Some urge Speaker Boehner to take a risk, let Democrats provide votes to avert 'fiscal cliff'

  • Article by: CHARLES BABINGTON , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 26, 2012 - 3:33 PM
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Wally_99Dec. 25, 1211:02 AM

Hey Mr. Babington - here's a news flash. This is not congress' "failure" - it's completely the other way around since the white house is not budging on any meaningful spending cuts. To democrats, "comprise" means the right moving more to the center. Not the other way around.

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sarahanneDec. 25, 1211:28 AM

Congressional researchers found that lowering tax rates increases income inequality and does nothing for job growth and Republicans objected. That was in 1913 and for the next 100 years studies have continued to say the same thing and Republicans insist that in their minds that they are right.

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select1wDec. 25, 1211:43 AM

Republicans need to stay the course for once against this narcissist bully who thinks he walks on water. Obama has done nothing to better this country's situation in his four years in office. His Obamacare is a joke and will be a financial disaster for this country. Only 13 states have agreed to set up the insurance programs called for in the bill. That leaves Obama and his cronies to figure out not how to do it but also how to pay for it. The same will apply for this fiscal cliff...let Obama be the man in charge when we go over and he'll own it when the taxpayers start to feel the pain. They'll slowly come to realize his policies and his term in office have been a huge mistake for this country. Also Obama needs a history lesson on how our government is didvided into 3 branches. Executive, Judicial and Legislative. Obama can't spend a dime unless approved by the legislative branch. Keep the purse strings tied and he'll soon realize he has to bargain in good faith or watch his legasy(he has none as of now) turn into the same as Jimmy Carter's...a joke and disastrous.

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badgerfan2Dec. 25, 1211:56 AM

This is what you voted for America. The tea party cannot govern and would rather see the country burn to the ground than give an inch. They are basically terrorists inside our own government.

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carlbsDec. 25, 1212:04 PM

Republicans are completely on the wrong side of this issue. Sixty plus percent of Americans agree that we should raise taxes on the wealthy -- back to Clinton rates. Imagine saying no to that and yes to more painful cuts to programs for the middle class and the poor; especially considering the middle class has done so well at the expense of the wealthy (sic) for the last decade. Not to mention Social Security is completely solvent for the next 30 years. It seems the ONLY thing Republicans care about is coddling the wealthy. Who voted for these tools?

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avejoeconDec. 25, 1212:40 PM

Congressional researchers found that lowering tax rates increases income inequality and does nothing for job growth and Republicans objected. That was in 1913 and for the next 100 years studies have continued to say the same thing and Republicans insist that in their minds that they are right.---------------------Yeah, Right. then tell me, with Clinton's tax INCREASES, why is HIs term the era with the greatest increase in income inequality? I would love to see this "study" you claim exists!

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scottyhomerDec. 25, 1212:50 PM

It looks as if the Republicans in Congress prefer to have tax rates go up for everyone, while Democrats would only raise the rates on about 2% of the people. By sitting on their hands, the Republicans are raising tax rates on all of us without actually voting to raise rates. They get the higher tax revenue and they don't technically break their pledge to Grover Norquist. Come January, don't blame the Democrats for your smaller paycheck, as it is the choice of the Republicans to let the rates rise for all of us.

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paulb136Dec. 25, 12 1:09 PM

Republicans coddly the wealthy - what a joke. Same old mis-information we've been force fed for four years as the country goes to hell in a hand-basket. What type of spending reductions will you geniuses implement NOW to help reduce the deficit? You'll get to that next year, right.

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stpauloldiesDec. 25, 12 1:15 PM

I'm so sick and tired of the liberal bias by the media constantly bashing republicans. Why don't they call out hairy reed for never allowing a vote in the senate?? The house has sent them over 30 bills in the last 2 years and hairy won't allow a vote on any of them. I'll tell you why ... because there are dems that would vote for the house bills. That's called compromise, but the idiot liberal media won't ever attack hairy for collecting a paycheck and doing nothing to earn it.

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g5thistimeDec. 25, 12 1:31 PM

Hold STRONG JB. You are the only one that wants to do what's right for America. Obama and the Democrats have shown they do not care about their mounting debt to be laid at the feet of our children and grand children!! We do not have a tax problem, we have a spending problem. Can one level minded individual tell me how the Democrats are cutting spending, yet need to increase the debt ceiling?

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