In a Wednesday afternoon press conference that lasted under a minute, House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama should support his plan to avoid the fiscal cliff or “be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history.”
Optimistic despite a tightening deadline, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he and House Speaker John Boehner are “pretty close” to a grand fiscal deal to avoid a first-of-the-year shock to the economy, but that congressional Republicans “keep on finding ways to say no as opposed to finding ways to say yes.”
Obama cast a resolution to the “fiscal cliff” as a matter of political will. He said in the aftermath of the massacre of school children in Connecticut, the nation deserves a compromise by its political leaders.
“If this past week has done anything, it should just give us some perspective,” he said. And he urged lawmakers to “peel off the partisan war paint” and strike a deal.
Obama spoke to reporters at the White House after announcing an administration-wide response to Friday’s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown that killed 20 first-graders and six adults.
His comments came shortly after the White House threatened to veto Boehner’s backup plan for averting the “fiscal cliff.” Boehner’s measure, a so-called Plan B, would block tax increases from being triggered Jan. 1 on everyone but those whose incomes exceed $1 million. …Continued.
Yesterday, Speaker Boehner had a 50 second press conference in which he announced a vote (today) on a ‘fiscal cliff bill’ that will give tax cuts to most Americans. “And if Democrats don’t pass it in the Senate, the responsibility for going over the fiscal cliff will be on President Obama.” Oh, no, he didn’t! Mr. Boehner, you cannot pass the buck so easily. I hear that the House is in a crisis and you are not really in charge. Some say, you are delaying negotiations until January to allow for your re-election on January 3, 2013. The American people watch the news, Mr. Boehner. We know that the ball is in your court and you are still trying to protect the richest of the rich from a raise in taxes. However, the President is resolute: The rich must pay their fair share! We will see how the wheel turns today with 11 days ’til we “go over the cliff.” Will Republicans accept political reality and accept President Obama’s deal? If not, some see a global crisis. Barack Obama: No more Mr. Nice Guy!
Spokesmen for both Obama and Boehner said they agreed to not release details of the conversation, but emphasized that the lines of communication remain open.
The meeting comes as the White House and Congress try to break an impasse over finding a way to stop a combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to kick in at the beginning of next year.
Along with the “Pomp and Circumstance” of being the President of the United States, Barack Obama has special powers and executive powers and military powers as Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces. We have been given three branches of government which check each other in getting the people’s business done and in defending The Constitution. [Of course the three branches are the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches.] The 112th Congress will prove interesting. However, it could be continued obstruction and delay or with the power divided in Congress, the watchword could be COMPROMISE… (or as one prominent congressman prefers, “reaching common ground.” The quick pace of legislating we witnessed in the lame duck session could be sustained and the stench of dysfunction could be purified with courageous action on bills in both houses of Congress. Have you prayed for this Congress and it’s leaders? Have you contacted your elected officials and voiced your opinions. CHECK THIS SITE. Where do you stand in the battle between FoxNews and MSNBC in covering the news from day-to-day? Do you use Twitter and Facebook to keep involved in the political process? I have not read “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire,” but, I’ll bet somewhere in there is apathy! If we leave it to others to get it done, we should not whine and whimper about how President Obama or Congress is doing “nothing” (gridlock) and the Washington lobbyists have more sway over politicians than the very people who stood in line and voted them into office. Let’s all make America the exceptional nation it once was. It is our destiny! God bless the United States of America!
Our Forefore Fathers Gave Us a Three Tier System of Checks and Balances