Skip to comments.Dianne Feinstein warns of debt as Senate votes on tax cuts
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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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.
Classic Clintonista tactics. Accuse others of what you are sooooooo guilty of. Still works I guess?
Such stinkin hubris is possible when the news media backing you up.
NOT raising taxes does not equal a tax cut!!!!!!!!!!!!
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...
Libs/Dims only worry about debt when taxes are being cut. Other than that, their attitude is “It’s all good.”
She voted yes for the omnibutthole bill.
“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)
Empty cans make the most noise.
It's partially your fault, FineSwine.
You're too stupid to be a Senator.
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.
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!
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.
>>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.
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.
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.
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