White House meeting with congressional leaders presents a last chance for a fiscal deal

  • Article by: JIM KUHNHENN , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 2:57 AM
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markoakesDec. 27, 12 7:29 AM

I say lets go over the cliff. The republicans are the problem, Obama presenteed a plan the taxpayers want to have passed. 80% of Americans want the wealthy to pay more and Obama put a plan out there that did just that. I say go over the cliff and pound republicans in 2014 and I am sick and tired of Minority leader in the senate Mitch Mcconnell using the filibuster to grind government to a halt. This is why congress has a single digit approval rating. The speaker of the house can't negotiate because he has no control over his caucus and even if he gets a deal done with Obama he can't get his own people to vote for it. John Boehner's "plan B" fiasco showed how weak he is and how much in disarray the GOP is. The public will hold republicans accountable for this mess.

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WalksHauntDec. 27, 12 7:32 AM

Growing government, during the worst recession in history, is unsustainable. You can tax every taxpayer at 100% and it will not put a dent in the deficit. Government has a spending problem - not a revenue problem. Proposed spending cuts over a 10 year period are only kicking the problem down the road to future generations. When will it stop?

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tandabussDec. 27, 12 7:40 AM

I was going to add a comment, but markoakes (first comment) articulated my thoughts already. Obama and Reid have no one to negotiate with--Boehner can't lead his party, and the tea partiers will not compromise. It's apparently going to take going over the cliff and holding Repubs (esp tea partiers) responsible, voting them out of office, and starting fresh to get federal govt working again.

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tessssDec. 27, 12 7:44 AM

I am still finding this standoff unbelievable. Both sides, Rep and Dem are so egotistical that they can't work together-COMPROMISE-and do whats right for the country. They are so out of touch with the average American that they don't know that we even exsist-until election time when they need money to run their campaigns. We are slowly moving forward-not at great leaps and bounds but moving forward-and something like this will set us back again. Then the blame game starts.

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stevenelDec. 27, 12 7:59 AM

I'm not certain Congress is capable of coming to even obvious solutions but what we're needing is a compromise with spending cuts the left will hate and tax increases the right will hate. The problem is too big for just one or the other. I think HoReps would find that those with the best interests of the country in mind would be okay with them negotiating with the other side of the aisle.

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yomammyDec. 27, 12 8:01 AM

I was going to add a comment, but WalksHaunt(second comment) articulated my thoughts already. We don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem...and the spending problem is in BOTH parties!

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firefight41Dec. 27, 12 8:15 AM

do whats right for the country. ****** Going over the fiscal cliff is the right thing.

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notforwardDec. 27, 12 8:16 AM

markoakes, The Republicans are the problem? Really? That's it? Say, is it remotely possible that this has just a little bit to do with our financial problems?------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Monthly US budget deficit reaches $172B in November, up 25 percent from a year ago Article by: CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER , Associated Press Updated: December 12, 2012 - 1:11 PM . WASHINGTON - The U.S. federal government's budget deficit widened in November compared to October, a sign that the nation is on a path to its fifth straight $1 trillion-plus deficit. The budget gap rose to $172 billion in November, up from $120 billion in October, the Treasury Department said Wednesday. The November deficit was also 25 percent higher than the same month last year. Last month's deficit was pushed higher by a calendar quirk that pulled about $33 billion in benefits payments into November from December. The government finished the 2012 budget year with a deficit of $1.1 trillion. President Barack Obama and Congress are under pressure to curb the deficit as part of a budget deal to prevent tax increases and deep spending cuts from kicking in Jan. 1.

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crychangDec. 27, 12 8:24 AM

Our government was designed to work this way for a reason. It won't happen if you can't get a majority vote. So far it is working just fine. I would rather have government grid-lock than more laws, rules, regulations and bigger government. Hold your ground and fight for what you believe in.

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clnorthDec. 27, 12 8:27 AM

If the cliff is so bad, Obama should have avoided it all costs. The fact is that he wants the additional revenue from everyone and the cuts to the military. He is getting everything he wants already. It is obvious he doesn't want to change that.

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