Originally Posted by longhornfan1234
Boehner couldn't get his own party to agree to the proposal because it had absolutely nothing to do with spending cuts, only about punishing the successful.
"Punishing the successful" by rolling back the top marginal tax rate to the Clinton era? What a complete crock of sh!t. You will just buy whatever your side puts out there, won't you? Do you ever deviate from the very basic, very flawed talking points on FNC?
Btw, the Republicans' position on this fiscal cliff discussion also involves tax hikes. They want to eliminate tax credits which benefit poor and middle class Americans, while increasing defense spending. They also want to eliminate the Obama payroll tax cut for the middle class.
It isn't just about spending cuts for the Republicans. If Democrats are only interest in "punishing" the successful, the Republicans are only interested in further widening the already absolutely massive gap between the haves and the have-nots, all the while throwing an even more ridiculous amount of money at the Pentagon.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Obama just win the election by a wide margin based on the policies that he is now attempting to enforce? The American people, by an absolutely massive margin, would like to see the rich pay more in taxes... Which still wouldn't be all that much when put in context of the history of our federal tax laws.
If the Republicans weren't marginalized enough already, they will do even more damage to their brand by continuing to take a hard-line stance on these matters. How will it look in a couple of years when these congresspeople are up for re-election and their stance on the fiscal cliff was to raise taxes on the poor and cut taxes for the super rich? Essentially holding our entire economy hostage to preserve under 3% lower taxes for their benefactors?
Good luck holding onto the House.