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On Do you think the federal government will be able to avoid the "fiscal cliff"?


Cait McKnelly 1 year, 3 months ago

This is a lame duck Congress. How much of this is a high hearty bird from the people defeated in the last election? They already proved they were willing to destroy the country simply to make Obama a one termer. They failed. Are they now going to destroy us anyway out of retaliation for their rejection? They brought this country to the very brink in an attempt to destroy the president. They used bully tactics and fear mongering and threats to try and force the election. Instead, they've annihilated their own party.
This Congress is already going down in history as the worst since the founding of this country 135 years ago. Instead of renewing the Violence Against Women Act, they voted to repeal the ACA. Instead of dealing with the "fiscal cliff", they voted to repeal the ACA. Instead of renewing farm subsidies (which really are needed), they voted to repeal the ACA. The US House voted to repeal the ACA over THIRTY TIMES, an average of once per week (and sometimes twice) while Congress was in session. In the meantime, the Republican party mounted more filibusters in this session than in all other Congressional sessions combined since the inception of the country. Getting the picture?
There is now less than 24 hours for Congress to deal with the "fiscal cliff" and they aren't going to do it. Some have already packed up and gone home. It's going to destroy the GOP. The best that can be said for it is that they will at least go down in spectacular flames. Enjoy the show, because that's the only thing they will leave to entertain us..


James Minor 1 year, 3 months ago

If a compromise is not made before the end of the year more tax dollars will be inputted into the government. The money should lower the debt??? Unfortunately, that is not what is going to happen. Taxes will raise, unemployment will increase, the debt may drop a little and the rich will continue to move jobs overseas and use the fiscal cliff as an excuse. America needs a plan to lower the debt, overcome the fiscal cliff, decrease unemployment to generate more taxes, and use the revenue to improve our economic stablity in the world. How that is going to happen is anyone's guess!! The President can't come up with good ideas all by himself! The republicans only find ways to go against the President's ideas with the hope that the trickle down theory will be used as a last resort. The Bush's and Reagans, pushed the trickle down theory/supply side economics down Americas throat and caused this massive debt. One solution is to put all the options to a national vote and let everyone have a say in the decision.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

Social Security Insurance is off the table = breaking news from the GOP. Medicare Insurance should come off the table.

Medicare Single Payer Insurance for All should be introduced as a choice for those who wish to indulge. It would certainly reduce the cost of government and school districts substantially.

Guide to Going Over the Cliff which does not look real scary...

Paul Getto is likely on the money. The new boys an girls can come in and settle this matter.

From all that I've read there so many sources for money. Congress should take time out from raising campaign funds to educate themselves. As it is it is the same ole crap year after year.

Seems like congress could be among the most misinformed.


Matthew Herbert 1 year, 3 months ago

At least Congress got a raise yesterday.


Liberty275 1 year, 3 months ago

Place your trays in the upright and locked position.

Take her down.


tange 1 year, 3 months ago

Regarding Boehner, I have noticed, of late, that the mannequin has no clothes.


disappointed_regressive 1 year, 3 months ago

Soon we will have foreigners here trying to help us out!

Whatya mean soon?!

Better learn how to speak on Chinese PDQ.

Thanks Pelosi, Reid and Obama. Thanks a heap.

Four years, no budget, near doubled national debt..... Incredibly however, it's all Repubs fault. This is the narrative to protect Obama.


lawrenceguy40 1 year, 3 months ago

barry o will be the end of this once great United States.

I was on a mission trip overseas before Christmas and those poor people cannot understand why we were so foolish as to vote this fool into power for a second term. They see the mess that the liberals have made of their own countries. Soon we will have foreigners here trying to help us out!


Water 1 year, 3 months ago

Since the USA is already over $16,000,000,000,000 in debt, haven't we already fallen over the cliff? That translates to over $143,000 per citizen.
"Fiscal Cliff" could be the title of a Roadrunner cartoon. All the political pundits act like their the clever Roadrunner whose going to end up on top. Seems to me we're all Wiley Coyotes. We're wincing 'cause the bottoms going to hurt in some unimaginable way but that anvil.....oh God that anvils gonna hurt too. The Democrats and Republicans have been dishing us Acme products for years with the same ending yet we keep buying their stuff.


Abdu Omar 1 year, 3 months ago

I get tired of hearing that the fiscal cliff is a problem for us all. Yes, our taxes will increase, but so will the income to the Government. Is that what we want? We need to keep the recovery going AND we need to pay down our debt. But you can't do that on the backs of the Middle Class workers who are paying all they can or on the Senior Citizens who are on fixed incomes and cannot work.

We hear about the repubs saying that the welfare rolls include people who can work but don't-too lazy or whatever. Yes there are pretenders and there will always be those who take from the system. How do we stop that? We hire honest and dedicated social workers who visit every single family who claims they need welfare. Adjudicate whether or not they need it by observation and discussion with them. Cut it if they really don't qualify but if they do qualify, don't touch it. I am happy to pay my taxes for those who NEED it but not the others. We need to audit our spending and we will find so much graft that if we cut the graft we could keep another huge amout of money and save the raising of taxes. But we allow paying $100 for a tack hammer and $200 for a toilet seat. This is crazy and this must stop. We need HONEST people who will do the work without fail. Then and only then we can save money, use it where it is needed and not raise taxes on anyone.


autie 1 year, 3 months ago

I say fall off. Walk right up to edge and jump right off that bad boy. Maybe they'll start talking about solutions then...after the squawking begins in earnest back home with the constiutents.


Trumbull 1 year, 3 months ago

The fiscal cliff is a a "gift" resulting from the last debt ceiling crisis. The Republicans were vilians then because they risked the United States credit rating. Now they drag this fiscal cliff thing out to the last minute. Mostly because they are not willing to budge on the Bush tax cuts. A 3% tax increase on net income above 250k is not that burdensome. I repeat, the tax increase is only on net income above 250k. This amounts to $3,000 for every extra $100,000. Villains they are to drag this out like this. We are starting to this. Villians.


Cait McKnelly 1 year, 3 months ago

They will not be able to avoid it nor do I think they should. For ten years we danced to their tune, now it's time to pay the piper. Will it hurt the entire country? Damn right it will. But believe me, the next trip to the ballot box, people will know who to blame.
The era of the "old white male" politician is over. (At least in Washington. Can't say the same for Kansas. But the pendulum has started swinging back and the handwriting is on the wall.)


Paul R Getto 1 year, 3 months ago

They will do something short-term and kick the can down the road for a few weeks. The R's still cannot accept they lost the election.


labmonkey 1 year, 3 months ago

Let the cliff happen... it is the only way we will start getting some needed, long-term solutions. Taxes, taxes, taxes... the conversation is wrong. We need to talk where we can cut spending.


Gandalf 1 year, 3 months ago

Of coruse not, teapubs have blocked every attempt. It's their way or the highway.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

Where’s the money to fix America in addition to jobs jobs jobs?

--- Stop giving investors a sweetheart deal
 = Additional revenue: $533 billion over 10 years.

--- Quit subsidizing mansions and vacation homes = 
Additional revenue: $214.6 billion over 10 years.

--- End the "step up" giveaway on inherited stocks
Additional revenue: $764 billion over 10 years.

--- Revitalize the "death tax" = 
Additional revenue: $432 billion over 10 years.

--- Heed America's favorite investment guru = 
Additional revenue: $171 billion over 10 years.

--- Reset back to Clinton-era tax rates for upper incomes = 
Additional revenue: $442 billion over 10 years.

--- Take agribusiness giants off the federal teat = 
Additional revenue: $112 billion over 10 years.

--- End oil and gas drilling in Washington, DC = 
Additional revenue: $158 billion over 10 years.

--- Forget cap and trade: Impose a carbon tax instead = 
Additional revenue: $1.25 trillion over 10 years.

--- Stop giving corporations an excuse to hide profits and send jobs abroad
 = Additional revenue: $583 billion over 10 years.


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