Obama Drops the Hammer on Republicans and Pulls Back His Last Fiscal Cliff Proposal

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After House Republicans imploded over their own Plan B, President Obama took away much of his previous proposal by calling for Republicans to get their act together and cut taxes on the 98% right now.

Obama said he met them on taxes and he met them more than halfway on spending, The president said he is still committed to working towards the goal of making a deal, but in 10 days we are facing a deadline. The president then reiterated his call for Congress to immediately extend the Bush tax cuts for the 98%. He said he spoke to both Boehner and Reid, and he is asking them to extend the tax cuts for the 98% and extend unemployment benefits. Obama said, “Governing is a shared responsibility between both parties…everybody’s got to give a little bit in a sensible way. We move forward together, or we don’t move forward at all.”

The president turned up the heat by asking members of Congress to think about their obligations to the people that they serve over Christmas. President Obama said, “We’re going to have find some common ground.” He said the challenge is that the American people are much more sensible, responsible, and willing to compromise than the people they elected.

Underneath all the nice language about compromise, President Obama pulled back any sort of cuts that he had offered in his previous proposal by urging Republicans and Democrats to pass a tax cut extension for the 98%. In other words, that $400,000 income cutoff for the tax cut extension is gone, and we are back to $250,000. In fact, the President appeared to take all spending cuts off the table.

Obama’s call for congressional leadership to put spending cuts on the shelf and cut taxes for the 98% is exactly what he has wanted all along. Republicans blew their once chance at a deal, and now it looks like they can kiss any immediate entitlement cuts goodbye. It would surprise no one if Republicans reject what the president put on the table today, but the president is making House Republicans pay a price for their incompetence by cutting his offer.

It looks like Republicans will either have to go off the cliff, or give President Obama everything he wants right now.

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5 responses to “Obama Drops the Hammer on Republicans and Pulls Back His Last Fiscal Cliff Proposal

  1. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    People of little faith moaned when the Chained CPI of Social Security was laid on the table by POTUS Obama. Little did those moaners understand that The President is a master chess player and Boehner is a UNO player. Outmatched and Outsmarted. Thank you Ms. Kstreet607 for this post.

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  2. jadeisnumbr1

    The American People Should not compromise. These politicians want u to compromise so they can keep on doing the same thing to keep the status quo.

    I’m a progressive, and I refuse to take the crap that these “compromised politicians” keep selling to the American people.

    Over the holidays watch these documentaries: “Inside Job” the documentary; “Bowling for Columbine”; “Top Secret America” Frontline PBS” ( http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/topsecretamerica/ )

    Then read: Engelhardt: The Washington Straitjacket”(http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175624/ )

    And then end it with or begin with : George Carlin – x rated language – http://youtu.be/rsL6mKxtOlQ

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  3. jadeisnumbr1

    I’m through drinking the “Kool-Aid”. Bernie Sanders has said over and over again… these people are “bought and paid for” and the lobbyists write the legislation. Watch Thom Hartmann and Democracy Now and stop listening to MSNBC, FOX (cable) news, CNN .. Bullshit.

    President met w prime time hosts of MSNBC and they’re now trying to get us to drink the “Kool-Aid”. Don’t get me wrong .. the President is a good husband, father, etc. .. but his job is to maintain the status quo with as few changes as possible. Didn’t matter who was elected, foreign policy would have stayed the same or gotten far worse (and that’s pretty damn bad).

    Now that I think of it, watch the George Carlin video first. http://youtu.be/rsL6mKxtOlQ

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  4. jadeisnumbr1

    Maybe the only time they’ll listen to us is when their salaries are cut, benefits significantly reduced, and pensions are whittled away (just like they’ve done to us) Please sign: CONGRESS AND THE SENATE SHOULD RECEIVE CUTS TO THEIR BENEFITS, NOT THE NEEDY http://www.petition2congress.com/7187/congress-senate-should-receive-cuts-to-their-benefits-not-needy/ / One can hope

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  5. Thank you MR. PRESIDENT, make them do they job, Boehner Played his game one time to many by working with the PRESIDENT, when it’s time to bring the Deal to the FLOOR BOEHNER walk away from the Deal, BOEHNER wasted the PRESIDENT TIME, know he wasn’t going to make a deal with the PRESIDENT, Playing games, they tried to derail the PRESIDENT VACATION by CIRCULATING A PETITION AROUND TO BLOCK HIS VACATION, we are happy the PRESIDENT IS STANDING UP FOR HIMSELF AND THE PEOPLE AND THIS COUNTRY, while Karl Rove and the Koch Bros., and GROVER are Selling this Country out and everyone know they are TRAITORS, the PRESIDENT DID and TRIED EVERYTHING AND WAY TO WORK WITH THEM. You can’t COMPRISE with someone when there is no one, BOEHNER, ERIC CANTOR, PAUL RYAN AND MITCH MCCONNELL AND RON PAUL HAVE BEEN HOLDING THIS COUNTRY HOSTAGE, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, LET’S GO OFF THE CLIFF AND FIX THIS COUNTRY RIGHT.

    The REPUBLICANS AND RIGHT WINGERS WHO IS WORKING FOR THE BILLIONAIRES ANDhave been RAPING THIS COUNTRY FOR YEARS, for 8 years of BUSH HE DIDN’t Pay any bills, in 2008 the same REPUBLICANS sit around and let this country hit rock bottom, quoting BUSH SAID THE ONLY THING THEY KNEW HOW TO DO WAS STAND AROUND, IT TRUE.

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