Sunday, December 23, 2012

Fiscal Cliff - Yeah, Baby!!!, Let's Do It.

I have been ready to go over the fiscal cliff for months now.
I don’t fear it.
As a matter of fact I look forward to it – I think it can be a moment of awakening for both parties.

This morning on The Hill I saw this
Conservatives urge GOP leaders to be bold, prepare to go over cliff
And thought – oh shit, the GOP and I agree.

But it is really a RepubliCON “bait and switch” if you read the whole article.
The article is full of juicy little tidbits.

My emphasis throughout

Conservative activists who helped doom Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) fiscal Plan B say Republicans must be prepared to go over the fiscal cliff to force President Obama to reach a deal that includes no tax hikes.

The activists say Boehner and other GOP leaders have been too scared about suffering politically if the nation goes over the cliff and $500 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts are triggered in January.

Now that Boehner’s “Plan B” legislation has failed, they say Republicans should be empowered to make big demands and stop caving to Obama out of fear. They argue it is Obama who has something to fear if the economy slides into a recession because of tax increases and spending cuts, and the GOP that has leverage

Caving in to Obama out of fear?
h these guys are so cute.

At the same time – it’s important for all to remember this from the same article
“Speaker Boehner, working in conjunction with Senate Minority Leader McConnell, should craft legislation that gets us on the road to fiscal sanity. This agenda must include four key items: cutting the corporate tax rate, abolishing the immoral "death tax," real spending cuts, and serious entitlement reforms,” he said in a statement.

Bring a united GOP front and challenge the president to support this legislation.

You can’t forget what is really at the bottom of this
Dan Holler of Heritage Action said that Republicans now need to sell Medicare premium support and other bold ideas to get them into a fiscal cliff solution.

“When is the last time you heard Republicans make the case for Medicare premium support? When is the last time you heard Republicans talking about ending cronyism in the tax code? This is what Republicans need to focus on and commit to in the coming weeks and months. Until they do, no deal will be worth cutting,” he said Friday.

Truer words were never spoken.

BUT,  why would the Repugs be saying this out loud?
Why would they want the public to believe their bait and switch on the fiscal cliff?
Cause they are disintegrating – before our very eyes.
Several polls, however, suggest Republicans are in danger of being blamed by the public for a failure to prevent the tax hikes and spending cuts.

A Pew Research Center survey out last week found that 55 percent of those surveyed say Obama was making a serious effort to solve the fiscal cliff problem, but only 32 percent said Republican leaders were doing so.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey found that 65 percent of those surveyed view the GOP negatively compared to 35 percent who view the Democratic Party negatively. That poll found 24 percent would blame the GOP if the fiscal cliff occurs, compared to 19 percent who would blame Obama.

Still Afraid of the Cliff?
But – for those of you out there - that are afraid of the fiscal cliff – take the time to listen to this video article with James Galbraith – maybe is will sooth your fears.
Really listen to it - maybe twice if need be.
This video is well worth 9 minutes of your time:

Why the Fiscal Cliff is a Scam

I am truly not afraid of the fiscal cliff.
Please join me -  
Let’s do it!

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