Posts Tagged ‘Fiscal Cliff’

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HuffPost: Finally!

“Yes, to all of those who say all the other things that don’t happen in the bill — I don’t know any piece of legislation I’ve ever voted for that did everything that I thought it should do,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said. “While this bill doesn’t accomplish all that we need to do … it is a good way for us to have a happy start to a new year by taking this first step.”

“I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed,” Obama said in brief speech from the White House. “Let me repeat. We can’t not pay bills that we’ve already incurred. If Congress refuses to give the United States government the ability to pay these bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy would be catastrophic, far worse than the impact of a fiscal cliff.”

“The one thing I think hopefully in the new year we’ll focus on is seeing if we can put a package like this together with a little bit less drama, a little less brinksmanship, not scare the heck out of folks quite as much,” Obama said.

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Surprised that our lame-duck representatives can’t reach a fiscal-cliff deal? You shouldn’t be. John Avlon on how our government turned to self-sabotage.

Congressional approval now stands at 18 percent. The real question is why is it so high?

The current 112th Congress—characterized by Tea Party congressmen elected two years ago—is the least productive since the 1940s. It makes Harry Truman’s infamous “Do-Nothing Congress” look like a paragon of speed and efficiency.

The problem of course is that polarization—the decline of competitive swing districts due to the rigged system of redistricting—has made most Republican congressmen terrified of being primaried from the right for being too reasonable. This problem has been compounded by the rise of partisan media, which has dumbed down civic discourse into an angry, idiotic us-against-them exercise. The result is congressional division and dysfunction. Congratulations.

The Daily Beast: Our Pathetic Congress

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Anyone think that the House will work with the democrats or do you think we will go #OverTheCliff?

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Politico: Behind Boehner’s new tone

“Mr. President, the Republican majority in the House of Representatives stands ready to work with you to do what’s best for our country,”

the prepared text read.

Boehner then told Schnittger to go to the teleprompter and add a line:

“And that’s exactly what I told the president earlier today.”