Barack Obama .... Harry Reid .... Nancy Pelosi .... Joe Biden .... John Boehner .... Mitch McConnell ....
Every one of these dumb bastards ought to be thrown into jail for what they are doing to us. Fiscal Cliff, my ass. Manufactured crisis, manipulated to create political theatre, just so these a*holes can stroke their egos and act important.
The Fiscal Cliff was imposed by Congress on itself to make sure that it acted - the consequences of inaction were made so intolerable that it was thought that no one in their right mind would wait and actually let it happen. Well, there's that dirty phrase - 'in their right mind'.
Congress and the President have placed this country and ALL of its citizens in an untenable position, one that will cost all of us money and harm our well being ... all for their own political agenda.
Obama and the Dems want the Cliff to happen, so they can blame Republicans for it. It also means evisceration of the military, which every liberal creams their pants in anticipation of.
Republicans are to blame for letting it get to this point. These arguments should have been happening months ago. Then again, everyone in Republican land was sure that they'd be running things now, and none of this would be taking place. Oops.
Poor Republicans, they can't stand up for any of their principles. They can't do anything to stop Obama. Every attempt they make to try and compromise is met with another mover of Obama's goalpost. If it isn't apparent to them all by now, then they are stupid ... Obama will not agree to anything. If Republicans gave him everything he asked for - absolutely everything, he would come up with something else.
Joe Biden, Obama's Financial Sheriff (gag) and Mitch McConnel have been holed up in a room for over a day trying to hammer out an agreement. Late today (Monday) they thought they had one, only to find out Obama had changed the ground rules again - His Highness had suddenly decreed that NO spending cuts would be allowed to happen EXCEPT for the military in any potential agreement.
I heard a caller on a national radio show this afternoon sum it up pretty well. Two men are playing poker, in secret. The chips are our lives - our money, our future, our ability to make a living. We as a people have no say in what they decide. Once they play out their hands, His Highness has the untlimate (and only) say in what is put into place. If he doesn't like it, it doesn't happen. The President, who BY LAW and CONSTITUTION cannot levy a single tax, cannot collect a single dollar, cannot spend a single dollar, and cannot write a single law has decided he can do all of that, unilateraly.
He has declared himself Dictator.
Update - well, they did it. McConnell and Biden reached their grand agreement on the morning of the 1st, and now its off to the House to modify/bitch about/vote on. Obama gets what he wants - multiple tax hikes on the rich, so he has his 'rich whitey' scalps to hang on his wall. He did have to fudge a bit on the definition of rich, but no one is going to notice. After all, it was about punishing the rich, not about raising revenue ...
No spending cuts.
This just goes to prove my earlier point - the whole Fiscal Cliff was a sham. The requirements to avoid the fiscal cliff, as defined by Congress when it established the date for the automatic hikes, was a minimum of 1.2 trillion in budget cuts. None of that happened, so how could the cliff have been avoided? Because, Congress always had the power to void its own decree - it could have erased the cliff with the stoke of the pen - the same way it created the cliff. So, what was the panic about? Political theatre.
Update II - Democrat Weasel Bastards! As the House looks through the Senate bill that was signed at 2:00am this morning, it is apparent the Democrats are trying to pull a fast one. There are TONS of increased spending items buried in the bill. Pages and pages of special interest liberal spending is added. Dems are freaking out, saying you have to pass it right now. No time to look at it. Remember Pelosi saying 'we have to pass the bill to find out what's in it'? Same thing with this. The CBO graded the bill today, and has stated that it will ADD 4 TRILLION dollars to the debt over the next 10 years. And it was supposed to cut spending! There are even more green energy scam funds in it, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Republicans who are saying slow down and look at this, it isn't what it seems to be, are being villified by Dems and the media.
Unreal - Obama railroads Republicans and gets everything he wants, and he has to heap more garbage onto the pile. More hidden theft of our money. More undisclosed ripoffs. More horrendous debt ridden spending.
Republicans are going to cave in, and Obama is going to crow again about winning. His liberal buddies and campaign contributors will reap millions upon millions more of our dollars - and our taxes are going sky high to pay for a portion of it - the rest will be borrowed from the Chinese.
How can this bastard keep getting away with this? Because he has bought and paid for the Free Shit Generation (with our money!)
Update III - 12.1 BILLION dollars in tax credits for wind energy projects. That's just a little part of the EMERGENCY FISCAL CLIFF agreement. There are over 150 pages of crap like this buried in that bill, and the Senate members got a grand total of 3 minutes to review it before they were forced to vote on it. The public got ZERO time to review it, which is a violation of law.
Update IV - Outrage flowed today after the EMERGENCY $60 BILLION dollar Sandy relief bill didn't get voted on by the House. Boehner pulled the bill from a vote, decideing to allow the House members to study this pork filled lard fest before being forced to vote on it. Democrats howled bloody murder. Republicans from the northeast, including Chris Christie, were vicious in their attacks on Boehner.
60 Billion dollars is twice the entire yearly budget of the State of New Jersey. Representatives who were willing to talk about it stated that there is 9 Billion in actual hurricane relief in the bill, and 51 billion in pork projects scabbed onto it by Senators and Representatives looking to bring home their share of pork. They were trying to pull a fast one, get all their cash without a review, under the false premise of it being part of 'hurricane relief'.
Boehner and his staff should be applauded by all Americans for doing this. A stripped down version of this bill should be introduced to the House in a few days, containing nothing but the 9 Billion in hurricane relief that has been identifed as critical. The rest should be exposed as the theft of taxpayer funds it is - along with the sponsoring thieves who put each and every pork amendment into the bill while it was in the Senate.