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Dianne Feinstein warns of debt as Senate votes on tax cuts
SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 12/15/10 | Carolyn Lochhead - Chronicle Washington Bureau

Posted on 12/15/2010 12:56:03 PM PST by SmithL

The Senate is voting now to pass, overwhelmingly, the $858 billion compromise between President Obama and congressional Republicans on taxes and unemployment insurance.

California's Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer support the bill, but Feinstein warned of deep cuts ahead in an impassioned, extemporaneous speech on the eve of the vote.

She said the Senate needs to immediately "pivot" to debt reduction, citing her experience as mayor of San Francisco in proposing cost-cutting to wake up the public about the threat.

Feinstein said she worried about the vote over last weekend, and didn't like the reduction in the estate tax and other tax cuts for the wealthy. But she said she called economists and found "a double-edged sword."

The economists told her the bill, including the tax cuts, the unemployment extension, payroll tax cut and other provisions, would stimulate the economy by adding anywhere between 0.6 to 1.2 percentage points to GDP growth. She said they translated that to 600,000 to 1.2 million jobs.

The flip side, she said, is "we are now reaching 63 percent of GDP in debt, and what will happen is one day if this continues we will just go off a cliff economically."

She recalled the financial crash of '08, when Fed chief Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson got on a conference call with her and other Senators warning that the economy was on the brink of utter collapse.

"I never thought this could ever happen in America," Feinstein said. "Now I know that the unprecedented can in fact happen in America. When we vote on a package that puts almost $1 trillion in addition to the debt and deficit we had better have a way to make a p

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: barbaraboxer; california; debt; diannefeinstein; earmarks; feinstein; prop8; taxbill
She showed her great concern by avoiding all earmarks, right?
1 posted on 12/15/2010 12:56:05 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Where were the libs with all of these warnings about debt when obamacare was being passed?
2 posted on 12/15/2010 12:57:02 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: SmithL

Feinstein is one of the most intelligent politicians on the other side. She is starting to sound the alarm over debt and talking about cuts to stay ahead of the curve. When Governor-elect Brown is talking cuts, you know it is bad in California. Feinstein sees the mess coming and is buying stock in shovels politically.


3 posted on 12/15/2010 12:58:50 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: SmithL
Sounds like Al Capone lecturing us on the evils of organized crime.

Classic Clintonista tactics. Accuse others of what you are sooooooo guilty of. Still works I guess?

4 posted on 12/15/2010 12:59:32 PM PST by blackdog
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To: SmithL

Such stinkin hubris is possible when the news media backing you up.


5 posted on 12/15/2010 1:00:26 PM PST by skeeter
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To: SmithL

NOT raising taxes does not equal a tax cut!!!!!!!!!!!!


6 posted on 12/15/2010 1:07:01 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SmithL
Dear Senator Feinstein,
How much estate tax were you planning on collecting next year? Were you expecting Buffet and Gates to die next year and leave the US govt half of everything to “reduce the deficit”? After all, Gates’ wife and kids didn't “earn” that money. Plus just look at what good stewards of tax revenues the Congress has been. Somewhere a rum producer or arrow maker or beaver counter will go hungry tonight because the US govt just didn't have enough tax revenue to support them.

Sincerely

7 posted on 12/15/2010 1:07:28 PM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: SmithL

Let’s be real...every state is getting a piece of us. What will be cut in the future is more aid to states...and the states will attack your paychecks...and your utility bills, raise every damn state fee...


8 posted on 12/15/2010 1:10:05 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SmithL

Libs/Dims only worry about debt when taxes are being cut. Other than that, their attitude is “It’s all good.”


9 posted on 12/15/2010 1:11:41 PM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

She voted yes for the omnibutthole bill.

LLS


10 posted on 12/15/2010 1:14:13 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: SmithL

“She showed her great concern by avoiding all earmarks, right?”

Right and voted for all the huge spending for banks, auto companies etc. that were “too big to fail”. And probably vetoed a one time $250.00 payment to Social Security recipients because it would cost to much money! What a gal! (sarcasm on)


11 posted on 12/15/2010 1:18:25 PM PST by tob2 (Merry Christmas to all!)
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To: tob2

Empty cans make the most noise.


12 posted on 12/15/2010 1:19:48 PM PST by blackdog
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To: SmithL
"I never thought this could ever happen in America," Feinstein said.

It's partially your fault, FineSwine.

You're too stupid to be a Senator.

13 posted on 12/15/2010 1:35:28 PM PST by hattend (The meaning of the 2010 election was rebuke, reject, and repeal. - Sarah Palin)
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To: tob2

We haven’t heard a peep from any politician about the Fed secretly giving $12 trillion to 9 banks. This should anger every American. It shows us that the bailout was a sideshow and a drop in the bucket. The Fed needs to get axed.


14 posted on 12/15/2010 1:36:15 PM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: SmithL

There’s one major philosophical problem I have with Democrats warning against taxs cuts due to the deficit:

WE DIDN’T ASK YOU TO SPEND ALL THIS F**KING MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE! HOW DARE YOU EXPECT US TO BEND OVER AND PAY MORE TO YOU WHEN WE TOLD YOUR ASSES NOT TO SPEND THE MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE!


15 posted on 12/15/2010 1:39:47 PM PST by RockinRight (if the choice is between Crazy and Commie, I choose Crazy.)
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To: RockinRight

Remember, all the supposed tax increases were to start next year. Ideally that won’t happen. On the other hand, all the new spending (>$900B over 10 years) hasn’t happened yet. They can just not spend all the new stuff. Keep in mind that when you add in that $90B the deficit next year will be $1.3T unless they curb the spending.


16 posted on 12/15/2010 1:54:14 PM PST by BillM
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

>>Feinstein is one of the most intelligent politicians on the other side. <<

Feinstein is one of the most sincere globalists in the entire US government. Without her the UN would be just another social club.


17 posted on 12/15/2010 1:55:21 PM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Amen brother!


18 posted on 12/15/2010 2:05:08 PM PST by Son-Joshua (son-joshua)
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To: Sacajaweau
Let’s be real...every state is getting a piece of us. What will be cut in the future is more aid to states...and the states will attack your paychecks...and your utility bills, raise every damn state fee...

It's coming in January. Multi-state corporations will have to track where you perform your physical work as their employee. Any time you rack up 20+ days within a state, your employer is required to apportion your state taxes to the one or more states where you have worked. I'm going to start getting hit for CA taxes even though I'm a resident of ID and have my home there. The fact that I work more than 20 days annually in San Diego will force me to pay CA state income tax and file state income tax returns to ID and CA.

19 posted on 12/15/2010 2:19:11 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
Feinstein is one of the most intelligent politicians on the other side.

I happen to agree. Of course, it isn't a hard bill when your ranks are filled with ultradim bulbs like Patrica Bin Murray, Barbara Boxer and Bob Casey, Jr.

20 posted on 12/15/2010 2:33:53 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SmithL

They mustn't be allowed to call them tax cuts. They are NOT tax cuts!


21 posted on 12/15/2010 3:06:17 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: SmithL
"Arsonist Extols Fire Extinguishers"


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

22 posted on 12/15/2010 3:24:01 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: SmithL

But she will vote to pass the 1.27 TRILLION DOLLAR Omnibus Appropriations Bill, right?

Another piece of work that deserves a “deep river” send off.


23 posted on 12/15/2010 3:35:21 PM PST by TCH (DON'T BE AN "O-HOLE"! ... DEMAND YOUR STATE ENACT ITS SOVEREIGNTY !When a majority of the American)
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To: SmithL

*****She said the Senate needs to immediately “pivot” to debt reduction, ... ****

And I repeat....They knew this before the election, that the outer parts of the onion were going to be peeled off..... which is why it was important for our side to win ONLY the House this time around.


24 posted on 12/15/2010 3:50:01 PM PST by Varsity Flight
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To: Red in Blue PA

O-Ram-a-Down the throat-Care, was originally created as a bail out, Vampire-Care style. But to force their foot in the door, came too many bribes (eg Nebraska) and now numerous exemptions.


25 posted on 12/15/2010 3:54:25 PM PST by Varsity Flight
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To: SmithL

Who introduced a tax cut bill? I missed it. Last I heard there was only no change or an increase on the table.


26 posted on 12/15/2010 4:05:05 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: SmithL

Isn’t it hilarious that Rats never worry about the deficit when they SPEND the money, but only worry about it when they want to RAISE taxes afterward?


27 posted on 12/15/2010 4:14:16 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from The Right Stuff!)
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To: Red in Blue PA
This is their great game. Cram down so much spending we cannot afford and then claim that they are so worried about the deficit they have to raise taxes.

Where will the liberals be tomorrow when they pass a $1 TRILLION BUDGET BUSTING PORK- BARREL BIG SPENDING MONSTROSITY?

We absolutely have to filibuster the whole thing, this is absolutely absurd.
28 posted on 12/15/2010 7:01:33 PM PST by WOSG (Carpe Diem)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Swordmaker; Perdogg; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ..

Thanks SmithL.
29 posted on 12/15/2010 7:54:59 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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Rambo’s View — Dianne Feinstein’s $4 billion earmark for Beverly Hills
OpinionJournal.com | September 7, 2007 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
Posted on 09/06/2007 10:20:15 PM PDT by gpapa
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1892401/posts


30 posted on 12/15/2010 7:55:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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