Reid: Fiscal cliff failure looks likely due to Boehner’s House ‘dictatorship’

Reid: Fiscal cliff failure looks likely due to Boehner’s House ‘dictatorship’

BooHoo BonerThe Senate’s top Democrat said Thursday that he was pessimistic that Washington could avoid the impending fiscal cliff, accusing House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, of running the lower chamber as a “dictatorship.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he was unsure there was enough time between now and the end of the year to reach a deal to avoid the combination of spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect on Jan. 1. Reid said “the only viable escape route” was for the GOP-controlled House to give its approval to a Senate bill that would preserve existing tax rates on income under $250,000. SOURCE

Make NO mistake, I am NOT a fan of Harry Reid, but Reid is correct, John Boehner is responsible for this debacle, as is most, if not ALL of the Senate and House, on both sides of the aisle, including Harry Reid himself.

What we see from our elected officials is this: chests get pounded, long speeches get made, fingers are pointed and things are said like; *fiscal cliff*, a term that is designed to instill FEAR in the American people. Accusations are made, by ALL involved, lies are told, responsibility is shunned and blame is assigned.

Meanwhile the United States borders on financial collapse as most of our elected officials are still in their home districts celebrating the holiday season.

We now have the government we deserve, and WE, The People, put them there.

Harry Reid is, on this one point, very correct when he accuses Boehner of running the House as if it were a dictatorship and he, Boehner were the dictator. Does anyone need to be reminded of the way Boehner wields his power? Boehner, GOP Leaders Purge Conservatives from Powerful Committees.

The GOP fears Conservatives and the Conservative movement, and again, make NO mistake about it; the words Conservative and GOP are not synonymous. Anyone believing they are needs to remove themselves from the field of political battle.

John Boehner is NOT a Conservative and the *plan* that he pushed through the House of Representatives was not a Conservative plan, it was a GOP plan and certainly not one that could be used as a place to negotiate from.

It’s not just Boehner, although he seriously needs to be removed from his leadership position, the entire House and Senate are at loggerheads over this *fiscal cliff* and neither side is willing to budge.

All the while the American people are about to be taxed into a new level of poverty.

The Fiscal Cliff Explained

“Fiscal cliff” is the popular shorthand term used to describe the conundrum that the U.S. government will face at the end of 2012, when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into effect.

Among the laws set to change at midnight on December 31, 2012, are the end of last year’s temporary payroll tax cuts (resulting in a 2% tax increase for workers), the end of certain tax breaks for businesses, shifts in the alternative minimum tax that would take a larger bite, a rollback of the “Bush tax cuts” from 2001-2003, and the beginning of taxes related to President Obama’s health care law. At the same time, the spending cuts agreed upon as part of the debt ceiling deal of 2011 will begin to go into effect. According to Barron’s, over 1,000 government programs - including the defense budget and Medicare are in line for “deep, automatic cuts.”

In dealing with the fiscal cliff, U.S. lawmakers have a choice among three options, none of which are particularly attractive:

• They can let the current policy scheduled for the beginning of 2013 – which features a number of tax increases and spending cuts that are expected to weigh heavily on growth and possibly drive the economy back into a recession – go into effect. The plus side: the deficit, as a percentage of GDP, would be cut in half.

• They can cancel some or all of the scheduled tax increases and spending cuts, which would add to the deficit and increase the odds that the United States could face a crisis similar to that which is occurring in Europe. The flip side of this, of course, is that the United States’ debt will continue to grow.

• They could take a middle course, opting for an approach that would address the budget issues to a limited extent, but that would have a more modest impact on growth. SOURCE

Aren’t we supposed to have some relatively well educated and learned individuals in charge of this nation? Don’t we have some folks that are financial geniuses that know that this one fact is indisputable; WE MUST HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET!

The Democrats haven’t offered a budget, balanced or otherwise in a very long time.

Giving credit where credit is due; the GOP has offered budget proposals, four of them if my memory is correct, and all four were rejected by the Democrats, even though they, the Democrats, had nothing of their own to offer. Typical Dem hypocrisy.

It seems to me that America is in a downward spiral of our own making, furthered by the total ineptness of those we put into office and positions of power. It’s really nothing new, we have been in this *tail spin* since the war in Vietnam, if not before.

Deficit spending, no budget, no hint of a budget and no balanced budget amendment that makes it mandatory that the Federal government live within its means is about to make us ALL feel the pain.

And remember, elections have consequences. It’s not like many Conservative bloggers and pundits haven’t tried to hammer that thought home.

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9 Responses to Reid: Fiscal cliff failure looks likely due to Boehner’s House ‘dictatorship’

  1. Texasperated says:

    Well, while I agree with you Fred I have to point out that Reid referring to Boehner as a dictator is … well, pot, kettle, black material at its finest.

    Here is the nature of the fiscal cliff from this conservative’s perspective:
    1. The tax cuts from 2001-03 often called the “Bush tax cuts” were supposedly only for the rich anyway — at least according to Dems while Bush was still in office. Those cuts will go away.
    2. Spending that would otherwise have taken place will be “sequestered” in such a way as to result in ‘cuts’ in both defense and entitlements. While $500 Billion sounds like a lot of money, it is not comparatively speaking. It comes to only $50 Billion per year.
    3. The compromise that was made in 2011 that resulted in a decrease in payroll taxes (FICA) will also expire. This means that people presently earning retirement credit for Social Security and Medicare will actually have to pay as much of a percentage of their earnings as I did.

    Now, I put it to you that this is not so much a cliff as a speed bump — and not a very effective one at that. What is needed is not simply a return to Clinton era tax levels (what would happen if we go over the “cliff”) but to Clinton era spending levels as well. At least as a start. Then we could get serious about yet more cuts.

    Keep your powder dry

  2. Bloviating Zeppelin says:

    Isn’t it odd that the US has been without an approved Senate budget for THREE YEARS? And does anyone remember that the House passed Ryan’s Budget 228-191, and rejected Obama’s budget 0-414 in March, then the Senate rejected Obama’s budget 0 - 99 in May?

    Now, I’d say it’s BOTH sides of the aisle, since Boehner knocks back drinks with the Demorats at the end of the day.


  3. sdkar says:

    Is this America going over the fiscal cliff thing due to inept politicians? Or…is it exactly as planned?

  4. Bunkerville says:

    Exactly as planned IMO.

  5. Katie says:

    They are all at fault, but Boner is one of the worst. He is no leader but an enabler. Prince Harry Reid gets his marching orders from Obama and carries them out. Orders that do not have the welfare of the American people in them. Only the welfare of the destruction of our nation.

    I pray that one day this nation will awaken to the horror that is about to befall upon it and strike back at the tyrant in the White House.

  6. NativeSon says:

    They are “ALL” guilty-but, Hussein is MAKING SURE we go over the fiscal cliff-because it further weakens America AND Hussein and the democraps will use the lame stream media to SCREAM, “Look what the republicans have done!!!!” Hussein has DONE nothing to avoid, and IMHO, wouldn’t agree if the Boner-led ‘pubs caved and gave into everything Hussein asked/demanded…

  7. Soffitrat says:

    Boehner is a blight. That said, it is time to go over their so-called fiscal cliff. It our Nation’s only hope at this point. We are ready up I-30, to your east.

  8. myfoxmystere says:

    Johnny Bonehead begged us to vote out a number of left wing extremists, saying he’d save our hides from 0bama. We remember, and we haven’t forgotten how he caved in. I hope Michele Bachmann gives him a big whipping by taking the Speakership. In fact, she’d be the opposite of Pigloser: big Nanny is a drunken crook and thug, while Michele Bachmann is a classy lady and honest. And Bachmann has more courage than Johnny Bonehead.

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