Boehner says debt limit, eliminating tax loopholes should be part of fiscal cliff talks

  • Article by: ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 9, 2012 - 12:00 PM
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mylittleidNov. 9, 1211:53 AM

"It's clear that as a political party we've got some work to do," he said. --- Yeah, and it's called compromise. Solve the fiscal problems through a balanced combination of spending cuts and tax increases. It's simple and it's common sense. And tell Grover Norquist to take a hike.

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andy13tNov. 9, 1211:59 AM

I voted for Obama, and agree with the Speaker on these issues. Here's hoping they can work together and find a beneficial compromise. I'd really like our nation's vote of confidence in the President to pay off and the time for that is now......... side note, nice to see some humane, productive dialogue going on between the dems and reps now that the election is over!

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swmnguyNov. 9, 1212:04 PM

No talk about the only thing that would actually fix our economy. We need to get money into the pockets of people who will spend it. In short, we need to change tax policy to encourage businesses to pay their workers a lot more. Once we do that, the entitlements will be fixed because there will be more payroll to tax. Workers, the vast majority of Americans, will have more money left in their pockets to spend. That will drive consumer demand, which will help business. And people will be able to pay their mortgages so we won't have to spend more than the $13 trillion we've already spent, and $1 trillion a year going forward, buying up worthless mortgage bonds.

But now, cut taxes on people who already don't earn enough to pay any taxes. And slash government spending, which mostly goes to fund middle class jobs providing goods and services consumers can't pay for on their own. That'll help. What a joke.

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markerminnNov. 9, 1212:07 PM

"Any deal with President Barack Obama to avert the so-called fiscal cliff must include lower tax rates, eliminating special interest loopholes and reining in government-benefit programs." YES, now is the time to do this and not kick the can down the road until we bankrupt our children or tax them to the point that they no longer want to work. And if they don't work who takes care of us?

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johnnycgoodNov. 9, 1212:14 PM

andy - "side note, nice to see some humane, productive dialogue going on between the dems and reps now that the election is over!" --------- I heard the same lines in 2008 and 2010. Don't hold your breath.

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drposterNov. 9, 1212:18 PM

Alright! Lets get rid of some of these loopholes! No more business depreciation write offs, no more EITC, No more Child Credits, No more Mortgage deductions! Cut the Military by 50% pull them out of all foreign countries, No more Military aided disaster relief to foreign nations (I didn't see France, Germany or Indonesia helping out after Katrina or Sandy)

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ikyabwaiNov. 9, 1212:19 PM

Are you talking about the debt limit that was raised 11 times under Bush? That debt limit? I think before you go around asking for a hand-out Mr. Boehner you and the GOP need to take a crash course on compromise! Then maybe you can start asking for something...

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marcus100254Nov. 9, 1212:22 PM

Mr. Speaker, the first thing that I believe could aid in the process of getting the govt back on a more sound footing financially would be in your tendering your letter of resignation. I frequently ask myself about all politicians; part of the problem or part of the solution? You sir are part of the problem. You offer no leadership and nothing more then your tired old ideology as a way to fix our myriad of problems. Go home John, start collecting your wonderful govt pension and benefits you haven't earned, but please, just go away...

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butchie57Nov. 9, 1212:28 PM

Here we go again, less than a week after the election, now Boehner is talking about a working together to make things happen. Well do we forget for four years the Republicans did everything in their power to stop the President. How we forget. I personally do not trust Boehner, because when he had the chance to work with the President, and show his party leadership, what did he do? "Nothing"!!!

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RICHARK0Nov. 9, 1212:33 PM

I predict the Republicans in the house will dig their heels in and force this country off the cliff. What was it some one said during the campaign, "The rich will be fine." I believe alot of really rich people think that way, unfortunately some otherwise intelligent people vote Republican against their best interests.

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