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Obama: He and Boehner 'pretty close' to a deal



Published: Wed, December 19, 2012 @ 3:08 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Optimistic despite a tightening deadline, President Barack Obama said today he and House Speaker John Boehner are "pretty close" to a grand fiscal deal to avoid a first-of-the-year shock to the economy, but that congressional Republicans "keep on finding ways to say no as opposed to finding ways to say yes."

Obama cast a resolution to the "fiscal cliff" as a matter of political will. He said in the aftermath of the massacre of school children in Connecticut, the nation deserves a compromise by its political leaders.

"If this past week has done anything, it should just give us some perspective," he said. And he urged lawmakers to "peel off the partisan war paint" and strike a deal.

Obama spoke to reporters at the White House after announcing an administration-wide response to Friday's shooting at an elementary school in Newtown that killed 20 first-graders and six adults.

His comments came shortly after the White House threatened to veto Boehner's backup plan for averting the "fiscal cliff." Boehner's measure, a so-called Plan B, would block tax increases from being triggered Jan. 1 on everyone but those whose incomes exceed $1 million.

Boehner is planning a House vote on his proposal Thursday, hoping it would raise pressure on Obama to make concessions as both sides continue reaching for a bipartisan deal on averting the "fiscal cliff." Without an agreement among lawmakers, broad tax increases on nearly all taxpayers and budget-wide spending cuts will be triggered in early January.


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1papa1(662 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

boehner is a poor excuse for a man and politician. 70% of the population agree with raising taxes on the top 2%. the republicans who are followers of grover norquist are considering instead of raising taxes on the riches people in the country, 2%, instead let's let them go up on everyone. there intent is obvious, they only care about the rich and large corporations. the repubs want to cut benefits on seniors and, if you can believe it, veterans with disabilities. they want to make cuts to social security which adds nothing to the nations' deficit. they act like they won the election! they protect big pharma and won't let obama negotiate for lower prices on meds for people on medicare. they hate unions. they hate anything that benefits the middle class. their actions border on treason. i pray obama steels his spine and doesn't cave to these political miscreants.

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276Ytown(1242 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

papa: Do you realize that even if the rich are taxed at 100% it won't work? We can take it all and still not make a dent in the deficit.

We don't have an INCOME problem, we have a SPENDING problem. We take in 5 million a day and spend 11 million a day, borrowing 46 cents on every dollar we spend. We can't afford a debt ceiling increase.

We're all going to have to sacrifice - that's when "fair" is going to happen. We're already screwed.

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

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3papa1(662 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

where were you people when bush was blowing the deficit through the roof with two wars off the books and medicare part d ? all unfunded? you're hypocrits. where were the teabaggers? now all of a sudden spending is the catchword? cheney said "deficits don't matter". where were you then? the repubs are phonies, they're all about getting the power back so they can take care of their rich friends. and let's just say it, racism. no president in history has been subjected to such vitriol and hatred. bush got everything he wanted, unfortunately. the repubs met on the night of obamas' inaguration and agreed to opose everything that he wanted to do. obamacare? the u.s. is the only industrialized country in the world without universal healthcare. 44 million without healthcare? that's unacceptable. but as long as the rich (most repubs) can afford to pay for their health problems it doesn't matter that middle class and poor people are dying every day for lack of healthcare.

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4papa1(662 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

i agree, let's go back to the clinton years when the rich paid their fair share and help create 22 million jobs.

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576Ytown(1242 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

toycannon...LOL

Obama wants to raise the debt ceiling and continue to spend, spend, spend with the money he plans to get by taxing the rich all while the national debt continues to skyrocket. He doesn't actually have a budget or plan of his own, his strategy is tax the rich!

Boehner wants to close the loopholes (tax revenue), cut the budget (reduce spending) reduce the deficit (protect our children's future) and not raise the debt ceiling (live within our means).

My earlier post said we take in 5 million and spend 11 million per day....correction....BILLION per day.

National Debt = $52,038 per citizen, $142,626.per taxpayer. Closing our eyes does not make this go away. Taxing the rich at 100% does is not even a drop in the ocean compared to what we owe.

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

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6papa1(662 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

76ytown, do you really put all this debt on obama? take off that triangular hat and get real. the deficit isn't even the most pressing problem facing america. it's jobs and the repubs voted no (surprising) on obamas' american jobs act that would have created millions of jobs fixing our crumbling infrastructure including thousands of dangerous, unsafe bridges, including one in boehners' district.

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7uselesseater(229 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Manufactured rubbish, all of it.

Who cares. Government didn't when they bailed the banks out and stuck the citizens in the gut.

What are they going to do? Cut off welfare monies? Stop mailing Social Security out? Delay tax refunds?

Government isn't going to do a damn thing.

Obama hasn't passed a budget in how long? The country still continues.

It is time to DEFUND government. Cut everything that isn't essential. NO more random projects. No more pork.

Entire thing is a hoax. Every tax applied to the rich inevitably has trickled down onto everyone else. Class warfare keeps people amused and confused and ignorant of reality.

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8uselesseater(229 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Yep @geogejeanie.

Let's not forget the $20 BILLION of handout cash given to GM that is going to start new production lines in China for GM's electric hybrid models and Cadillac.

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976Ytown(1242 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

papa: " Obamas' american jobs act that would have created millions of jobs fixing our crumbling infrastructure including thousands of dangerous, unsafe bridges,"
Government creating jobs, spending more, creating more deficit is not the answer. Jobs in the public sector is the answer. How do we get there? By creating an environment where business can thrive and hire and not be choked by taxes and regulations. Our current national debt and deficit and the direction it is going is keeping everyone - business and individuals cautious about spending. Government's answer to that...stimulus! (what did you spend your last stimulus check on to improve the economy?)

Once again, here's the debt clock: http://www.usdebtclock.org/ I think everyone should become familiar with these numbers since that is where the real fiscal cliff is. Once the interest rates rise...and they will...we're screwed!

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