By Jeff Spross
This morning on ABC’s This Week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reiterated what has become the go-to Republican talking point in the wake of the fiscal cliff deal: That the issue of taxes and new revenue is finished, and will not be re-opened. “Now the question is, what are we going to do about the biggest problem confronting our country and our future,” McConnell said.
But this time host George Stephanopoulos pushed back. He pointed out that since last year Congress has already cut $1.5 trillion in spending, without any counter-balancing hikes in tax revenue until the fiscal cliff deal… FULL ARTICLE
Boehner moves to Plan B
By Erik Wasson
Speaker John Boehner told his conference on Tuesday he will move to a Plan B in fiscal cliff talks with the White House that would raise tax rates on annual income above $1 million.
Boehner (R-Ohio) announced the plan to his conference behind closed doors after a flurry of negotiations with President Obama that made it appear the two sides were moving closer to a deal.
Boehner is not cutting off talks with Obama and told members his “Plan B” is less than ideal.
But he told members that with time dwindling before massive tax increases on all taxpayers occur in January, the House must also have a back-up plan.
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THE LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O’DONNELL
By Sarah Muller, @digimuller
Anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist put on a brave face despite rumblings of “new revenue” in the form of tax hikes to avert the so-called fiscal curb.
The Americans for Tax Reform founder insisted his “pledge” remains rock-solid and that Republican lawmakers will not cave on their promises never
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to raises taxes. “It’s been 22 years since a Republican voted for a tax increase in this town,” said Norquist, according to a reportpublished Tuesday in The New York Times. “This is not my first rodeo.”
But after the 2012 election, rustling up support may be more difficult. In January, the House will seat 16 incoming Republicans who have not signed on Norquist’s dotted line–that’s up from six with the outgoing Congress.
“People don’t always take the pledge first when they run. A lot take it after they have been there for a while,” Norquist said, defending the drop in new signatures. “The pledge isn’t the only vehicle for stopping tax increases.”
Norquist earned the nickname “most powerful man in Washington who does not sleep in the White House” from MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. His anti-tax pledge has seemed to hold Republican legislators–and a balanced budget deal–hostage. The GOP’s refusal to raise taxes to pay down the deficit doomed President Obama’s search for a budget deal last year.
Gov. Romney, for political convenience you are trying to walk-back your comments in the “Secret Video.” Sir, you were behind closed doors talking candidly to your peers. You spoke from your heart. Elegant speaking would have been inappropriate for the sentiments you expressed. Governor, you have lost all credibility! You cannot adopt the strategy of using pro-poor, pro-middle-class campaign phrases. We don’t a word that comes out of your mouth. To put it succinctly, you are an inveterate liar, sir. When in your life did you adopt the anti Christian conduct: THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS? —GoodOleWoody
“Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round”
Romney’s still-secret tax returns
This week, Newsweek reported that Romney asked Paul Ryan for 10 years of tax returns before picking him as his running mate — showing that he understands their importance as a vetting tool. But Romney refuses to give the American people the same level of disclosure that he asks of others. He needs to come clean and release multiple years of tax returns, so voters know whether he tried to avoid paying his fair share — and judge how that might influence the tax reform debate if he were president. Watch this videoabout Romney’s refusal to release more than one full year of his tax returns, then share it with others.
Silly rabbit. Elephants don’t wear clothes.
George W. Bush has stayed out of the limelight…until now. He spoke about raising taxes on the rich. He is against it because those taxed would be “the job creators.” Mr. Bush, it was the job creators who closed our manufacturing plants and sent our jobs overseas. It has been the job creators who went along with the Republican War on Barack Obama and refused to support his legislation to create jobs. Somehow, with all the power of the various elements of the Republican Party, President Obama has been able to create 4 million jobs!
Mr. Bush, thanks for the decision to not disparage our current president. But, what about your responsibility in creating the fiscal crisis we must defeat by years’ end? Your two wars have been very expensive. President Obama ended one of them but the other rages with our troops giving their lives for Afghanistan. Have you no shame or guilt?
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