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House Speaker John Boehner: Enough is Enough! Call Obama's Bluff!

House Speaker John Boehner offered tax increases on millionaires and comprehensives entitlement reforms to avert the fiscal cliff. Obama rebuffed. Boehner must call the President's bluff.

The fiscal cliff is looming in Washington D.C., and soon the Bush tax cuts will expire, followed by a massive sequester of domestic spending, one trillion dollars worth of cuts divided out over ten years.

President Obama wants the wealthy to pay "their fair share". So does Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). Now some Republicans are signalling their willingness to go back on refusing to raise taxes. There are a diminishing number of wealthy people in this country in part because the taxes keep going up, yet  job growth remains anemic, regulations are proliferating, and the unending spending turns into a tax increase with rising inflation to follow. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has stated very soundly that "doing nothing is a tax increase."

Our government and our leaders owe future generations better than debt and deficits. Thomas Jefferson made this point in a letter to a close friend:

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."

John Adams, the one and only Federalist President, also warned in his first address to Congress:

"The consequences arising from the continual  accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be  careful to prevent their growth in our own."

The Republicans expect the federal government to honor the founding charter on which this country is based. That includes passing a budget, which the US Senate has failed to do for the past three and a half years. Two Senators have come up with one comprehensive compromise to get the government moving on entitlement reform. Independent Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Republican Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) cobbled together a much more effective compromise bill which would raise the age of retirement on Medicare and adjust the deductible for office visits slightly higher. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid killed this bill before it went to the Senate floor for an up or down vote.

US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) proposed raising taxes on millionaires as opposed to small business owners, who are barely getting by with more than $250,000 a year gross income. Even House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi shared her support for such Senator Schumer's compromise. In the latest round of negotiations, House Speaker John Boehner offered a tax increase on millionaires allowing with comprehensive entitlement reform, including long-term adjustments to raising the retirement age for Medicare and allowing lower cost of living adjustments for Social Security.

President Obama rejected this proposal, the same one championed by two liberal Democratic leaders in the House and the Senate. If President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are refusing to deal on entitlement reform and cut spending, then they do not deserve any deal at all.

Compromise cannot be "let's spend more money that we do not have, but not as much as before." Compromise must start with every representative in Congress making this pledge: "I will cut from my pet projects and yours, and among all other leaders in Congress to get out nation back on track."  Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) has declared his willingness to cut military spending, not just defense spending. He was even willing to make his case on the liberal-leaning "Chris Matthews" show. There is room for compromise based on principle and wisdom.

However, leadership in the Democratic Party is willing to go over the fiscal cliff. Speaking for the White House, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner signalled their own acquiescence for going over the cliff if they did not get the terms which they sought from Republicans. No matter what happens, entitlement reform must be enacted, whether responsibly based on calculated cuts, or by necessity because of the country's indebtedness, followed by bond markets unwillingness to continue serving the national debt.

This country can respect the interests and investments of previous entitlement beneficiaries, yet the government must also provide a program which will decrease the federal government's pilfering the entitlement funds without any regard for the future. Compromise must mean cutting spending, not more revenue. Tax increases on "the wealthy" are tax increases for everyone. The rich paying their fair share will lead to everyone having to pay for this "fair share" because of diminished investment, higher costs for goods and services, inflation, and joblessness.

If President Obama will not compromise on tax increases for millionaires, then he has sent the message loud and clear that he is not willing to compromise at all.

House Speaker John Boehner: Enough is Enough! Call President Obama's Bluff!

If the federal government ends up going over the fiscal cliff, then next year the Democrats will have to propose a different set of tax cuts and spending cuts, or prepare to witness markets shift dramatically and watch a possible second recession set in. Instead of Democrats playing the blame game, Republicans will be able to argue that they proposed principled tax increases which would not harm small businesses, job creators, or working Americans who still want to see less government in their lives.

Please contact your Congressman and Senators and tell them "Enough is Enough! Call Obama's Bluff!"

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Joker Joe January 04, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Carl "I hate to break it to you, but the money you put into Social Security isn't spent. It is used to pay a benefit you will receive later". The government should never of gotten into it then. What next? Government investments into solar energy?
Gregory Brittain January 04, 2013 at 08:33 PM
China has been cutting back its holdings of US debt. 60% of the new US debt to cover Obama's deficits is bought by the Federal Reserve, i.e. they are printing money to financing Obama's deficits. No problem here, let's increase government spending even more.
Carl Petersen III January 04, 2013 at 10:00 PM
William Bonney 8:56 am on Friday, January 4, 2013 "we have ALWAYS paid our debts they are better off with our securities." . . You keep on proving my point.
Carl Petersen III January 04, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Gregory Brittain 12:33 pm on Friday, January 4, 2013 "they are printing money to financing Obama's deficits. No problem here," . . As long as inflation stays under control, there is no problem.
Carl Petersen III January 04, 2013 at 10:05 PM
William Bonney 9:10 am on Friday, January 4, 2013 "The government should never of gotten into it then" . . I think a the vast majority of Americans would disagree with you. Isn't a better solution to fix the imbalance?
Carl Petersen III January 04, 2013 at 10:06 PM
William Bonney 9:10 am on Friday, January 4, 2013 "What next? Government investments into solar energy?" . . Works for me. I haven't paid an electric bill above $20 since I had my solar panels installed.
Gregory Brittain January 05, 2013 at 02:10 AM
"There's No 'I' in 'Kumbaya'" "Obama doesn't seem to have it in him to make a deal." by Peggy Noonan http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323374504578219860235756952.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h "After the past week it seems clear Mr. Obama doesn't really want to work well with the other side. He doesn't want big bipartisan victories that let everyone crow a little and move forward and make progress. He wants his opponents in disarray, fighting without and within. He wants them incapable. He wants them confused." "The great presidents are always in the end uniters, not dividers. They keep it together and keep it going. And people remember them fondly for that."
Gregory Brittain January 05, 2013 at 08:00 PM
“The Stealth Tax Hike” “Why the new $450,000 income threshold is a political fiction.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323874204578219793593903934.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h “Mr. Obama purports this is merely "a return to the Clinton-era tax rates." But capital-gains rates will be about three to five percentage points higher than in the 1990s, the Medicare tax is higher, and his stealth tax will raise personal rates higher than advertised. Forget the golden Clinton memories. Mr. Obama is pushing the U.S. back to the Carter era.” In addition, the bill was chock full of special interest tax breaks. This is more Washington business, i.e. flim flam, as usual. The 157 page bill was published on line 3 minutes before the Senate voted. In addition, there the Obamacare tax increases took effect January 1, 2013, $1 Trillion over 10 years.
Joker Joe January 07, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Carl Never said it has to do with socialism. Said it has to do with ruining the country!!
Joker Joe January 07, 2013 at 06:52 PM
You know you live in a Country run by idiots if.... You can get arrested for expired tags on your car but not for being in the country illegally. You know you live in a Country run by idiots if.... Being stripped of the ability to defend yourself (ie: anti-gun laws) makes you "safe." Working class Americans pay for their own health care (and the health care of everyone else) while unmarried women are free to have child after child on the State's" dime while never being held responsible for their own choices. You know you live in a Country run by idiots if.... Hard work and success are rewarded with higher taxes and government intrusion, while slothful, lazy behavior is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid and subsidized housing, and free cell phones. You know you live in a Country run by idiots if.... The government's plan for getting people back to work is to provide 99 weeks of unemployment checks (to not work). Being self-sufficient is considered a threat to the government. cont..
Joker Joe January 07, 2013 at 06:52 PM
You know you live in a Country run by idiots if.... Parents believe the State is responsible for providing for their children. You pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor defaults on his mortgage (while buying iphones, TV's & new cars) and the government forgives his debt and reduces his mortgage (with your tax $). You know you live in a Country run by idiots if.... You have to have your parents signature to go on a school field trip, but not to get an abortion. An 80 year old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA, but a Muslim woman in a burka is only subject to having her neck and head searched.
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 04:58 AM
William Bonney 10:39 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 "Never said it has to do with socialism. Said it has to do with ruining the country!!" . . ?????
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 05:16 AM
William Bonney 10:52 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 "You can get arrested for expired tags on your car but not for being in the country illegally." . . Ummm, you can get arrested for being in the country illegally. In fact, Obama has deported a record number of people.
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 05:17 AM
William Bonney 10:52 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 "Being stripped of the ability to defend yourself (ie: anti-gun laws) makes you 'safe.'" . . Name one anti-gun law that has been passed in the last four years. In fact, Obama has signed laws that expanded the ability to carry weapons.
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 05:21 AM
William Bonney 10:52 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 "Working class Americans pay for their own health care (and the health care of everyone else) while unmarried women are free to have child after child on the State's" dime while never being held responsible for their own choices." . . Should we throw them in jail? Forcibly sterilize them? Which party fought against efforts to expand access to birth control? Which party fielded a Presidential candidate who was against birth control? Why should it matter in your question if a woman is married or unmarried?
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 05:24 AM
William Bonney 10:52 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 "free cell phones." , , Another outright lie. http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/cellphone.asp
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 05:25 AM
William Bonney 10:52 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 "Being self-sufficient is considered a threat to the government." . . I've been self-sufficient since I left home at 20 and have never had a government agent knock at my door and demand that I start being reliant on the government.
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 05:27 AM
William Bonney 10:52 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 "You pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor defaults on his mortgage (while buying iphones, TV's & new cars) and the government forgives his debt and reduces his mortgage (with your tax $). " . . Show me a link to a government program that does that.
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 05:28 AM
William Bonney 10:52 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 "You have to have your parents signature to go on a school field trip, but not to get an abortion." . . You do not become an adult if you return from a field trip, but you do become one if you have a baby.
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 05:29 AM
William Bonney 10:52 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 "but a Muslim woman in a burka is only subject to having her neck and head searched." . . Show me a link that says that this is TSA policy.
Roberto January 08, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Comrade William Bonney, be careful what you say or the liberal politically correct freak police call you a racist, stingy, uncaring and unamerican. Share your wealth with those who don't work. Obama has created a whole generation of gimme-gimme voters.
Joker Joe January 08, 2013 at 04:48 PM
They already have... lol
Joker Joe January 08, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Carl Petersen III Obama's uncle was arrested about 3 X. Drunk driving. He was released each time. He is in the country illegally. Never deported. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/29/onyango-obama-obamas-uncle_n_940974.html The other arrest and no deportation. Onyango Obama was arrested on Aug. 24 outside the Chicken Bone Saloon in Framingham, Mass., after nearly hitting a police patrol car as he went through a stop sign. Tests showed his blood alcohol level was nearly double the legal limit. He was held in detention when police learned about the deportation order. When told he could make one phone call, he said, “I think I should call the White House.” The case has received little media attention in the United States, although it was widely covered in Britain and Australia. “If it was me and I had an illegal immigrant jailed for drunk driving, it would be all over the press,” Walsh said. “But the media have protected this president from the day he announced he was running.” The president referred to Onyango as “Uncle Omar” in his 1995 book “Dreams From My Father.” He visited members of his family in Kenya who called him “the uncle who had left for America 25 years ago and had never come back.” The Times of London tried to find Onyango while doing research on the then-presidential candidate in 2008 but failed, although it did turn up his sister Zeituni Obama who was living as an illegal immigrant on a Boston housing estate.
Joker Joe January 08, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Carl iii Don't put in a link because then we can check what you try to talk about. Here is the cell phone reference from YOUR LINK... Background Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income consumers to help ensure they have the opportunities and security that telephone service affords, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and 911 services. Lifeline is supported by the federal Universal Service Fund (USF).
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 05:17 PM
William Bonney 8:48 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 "They already have... lol" . . Funny, I don't remember calling you a racist, stingy, uncaring or un-american.
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 05:24 PM
William Bonney 9:05 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Carl iii Don't put in a link because then we can check what you try to talk about. . . This was your original quote: . . William Bonney 10:52 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 "Hard work and success are rewarded with higher taxes and government intrusion, while slothful, lazy behavior is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid and subsidized housing, and free cell phones." . . This is what the link says about free cell phones: "FALSE: The Obama administration created a program to provide cell phones and service to welfare recipients." and "The Lifeline program only covers monthly discounts on landline or wireless telephone service for eligible consumers. It does not pay cellular companies to provide free cell phones to consumers, although some cellular service providers choose to offer that benefit to their Lifeline customers."
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 05:26 PM
William Bonney 9:05 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 "Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income consumers to help ensure they have the opportunities and security that telephone service affords, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and 911 services. Lifeline is supported by the federal Universal Service Fund (USF)." . . Which says nothing about free cell phones. It also says: "The Lifeline program originated in 1984, during the administration of Ronald Reagan."
Joker Joe January 08, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Carl 111 Never said you did!!! "liberal politically correct freak police call you a racist, stingy, uncaring and unamerican" Are you saying you are or are not the above?.
Carl Petersen III January 08, 2013 at 06:05 PM
William Bonney 9:34 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 "Never said you did!!! " . . Has anyone else responded to your latest posts?
Joker Joe January 10, 2013 at 04:43 PM
New claims for unemployment benefits rose last week to 371,000 from a downwardly revised 367,000 the week prior. Claims were expected to fall to 365,000 from an initially reported 372,000.

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