Skip to comments.If elected, Romney wants a say in 'fiscal cliff' negotiations
Posted on 10/19/2012 12:05:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Mitt Romney's transition team is quietly talking with government officials and Capitol Hill to develop a plan, if he's elected, to prevent massive cuts to the defense budget and extend tax cuts first passed under President George W. Bush.
The Republican's goal is to put his own stamp on legislation to fix the so-called fiscal cliff well before his Jan. 20 inauguration. The tax cuts are set to expire Jan. 1, and economists in both political parties warn say the reductions in spending combined with higher taxes would likely throw the country back into recession.
The economic policy planning is a major element of what's dubbed "The Readiness Project" inside the campaign. Led by former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, Romney's transition team has been at work since summer preparing to choose Cabinet officials and build the new government if he's elected. The team has held events to raise private money, hired more staff in Washington, and moved into bigger, government-provided offices Sept. 4. Some of Romney's top campaign advisers, including former private equity colleague Bob White, are preparing to take on larger roles in the transition.
Looming over the standard transition discussions is the big policy fight on the horizon created by lawmakers trying to force a deal to reform entitlements and cut government spending and what role Romney should take if elected.
President Barack Obama also faced significant, pressing policy problems and began grappling with them before the inauguration. The country's financial system was in crisis, work was beginning on an economic stimulus plan and U.S. automakers were still in trouble. In the early months of his term, Obama pushed a stimulus bill through Congress and restructured the auto companies in a bailout process that Bush had begun.
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Mitt Romney’s Office of the President-Elect. I actually like this.
Mittens is entitled to use the “Office of the President Elect” right? Or is that just for Obama?
What a complete f**cking farce that was...showed the idiots what they just elected.
My bet .... scorched earth.
If Obama loses (and hopefully he will) I’m still going back to Birtherism. Obama needs to answer for all of his crimes. But then again, if Obama wins I’m going Birther anyways.
I agree with you totally! But after watching “Dreams of My Real Father”, I’m wondering if when 0bama made the rounds in congress and the SCOTUS he admitted his real father was Frank Marshall Davis. That might explain why none of those pukes want to challenge his natural born status. He does look like him.
They aint doing this unless they are sure, they are expecting to win.
Mistake. Should have stated “when” elected.
You got to listen to ISPYRADIO.com this weekend....interview with Jerome Corsi....very interesting. (After 1pm Saturday it will be available online.)
Obastard doesnt care, and neither do the democrats. They will destroy as much as they can until all are sworn in.
Then, they will try to blame the new administration.
BTW, I had forgotten how incredibly "pro-American," mainstream he sounded at the DNC acceptance speech. What a liar.
Doesn’t the GOP trust their own in Congress to stop Rat shennanigans?
Doesn’t the Romney camp believe in checks and balances?
IMO, very, very bad idea.
Funny things happening on Intrade. Look at the map. Ohio has gone from lean Zero to tossup.
So little time, so much to redistribute (a little quip from Mitt last night referring to Obama’s upcoming lame duck session).
After Romney wins and we have the expected Republican majority (with a substantially more conservative Republican caucus leading that caucus) elected to the Senate the MOST we should allow to be done in the lame duck session is a 60 - 90 day delay in the effective date of the “fiscal cliff”. The long term changes should then be made in the Republican congress in partnership with the Republican president. Any tax changes can be made retroactive to January 1, 2013 if necessary.
We should not, under any circumstances, allow our representatives & Senators to be stampeded into doing something prematurely. Anything done in the lame duck session would have been done under too much influence by the outgoing Democrat Senate majority and their RINO partners in crime. So screw them!!
Doh, didn’t go through. Have to resend. Posting updated absentees now.
Bush called in Obama and Obama OK’ed EVERYTHING that Bush did!!
Job one for Ryan.
I don't trust them to stop shenanigans at all, Republican or Democrat.
Doesnt the Romney camp believe in checks and balances?
No, Romney is a statist and therefore anything 'checking' the power of the government is restricting the power of his god.
As the man who would inherit the mess left by Obama and the Democrats, Romney has every reason in the world to inject himself into the deliberations.
It is simply absurd -- nay, pig-headed -- of you to claim otherwise.
Read what I said again; I'm not saying that he has no reason; I'm saying that even if he had none he would insist to be in on it.
He is a statist, the state is his god; and to put a finer point on it he wishes himself to be that god or influence it such a manner as to make the distinction one without difference.
BTW, claiming this mess is "left by the democrats" is going to make the Republican party look just as bad as the democrats sating it's "left by the republicans" -- to put it succinctly both parties have added to the mess, and both have not prevented the mess [and more] from being made, or cleaning it up.
Indeed, the Republicans themselves have shown that they have no intention of "cleaning up" simply with Fast & Furious, it was on its face State Sponsored Terrorism (there doesn't need to be a committee to investigate it in order to try them for that crime, all the necessary information to start is available) and, arguably, treason (the agencies involved committed unauthorized acts of war).
However, you didn't qualify your post -- so how was I to know. In any event, whether Romney is a statist or not, the jury is still out. There is no question where the other guy stands, however.
And, sure, the Republicans share some blame for the state of the nation. But there is no question which party bears the bulk of the blame, either.
As to Fast & Furious, we have no idea how this will eventually turn out. So far, Issa and his committee have done a fine job of uncovering and following the evidence and have firmly controlled the direction. The Constitution has limited the pace of discovery, but they have shown ample zeal in pursuing the miscreants as quickly as circumstances have allowed.
What would you have done to accelerate the case?
If Issa drops the ball after the election, I'll be disappointed -- but, as yet, I see no reason to be complain.
Well, there's a couple things that they could do:
Granted, the above lacks the elegance that could be used to force the immigration issue: a governor could declare a state of invasion, call up their militia [and national Guard] to secure the border (w/ authorized lethal force)... then demand that the federal government send [military] aid, under Art 4, Sec 4 -- that would cause an instant national stir, and force the open-border statist types into a no-win situation. (Note that at that point a court order demanding that the State cease such activities is, by definition, Treason [aid & comfort]... and because a court would be issuing it, it would already be admitted by a court.)
I full well understand your frustration.
But, before you can start extradition proceedings, there must first be proof that a crime was committed and an indictment issued. We're not anywhere close to either -- because the evidence is behind the stonewall erected by the DOJ and the President. Before the matter can proceed further, the evidence must be examined and adjudicated. This is in accordance with the Constitution.
get involved with the grand juries in AZ and request that they start working up their local ATF chain looking for presentable infractions
As noted above, Grand Juries need evidence.
respond to the DOJ's stonewalling by defunding the DOJ -- likewise the ATF
Under the current arrangement, thanks to Harry Reid, the House's normal ability to originate (or withdraw) funds does not exist. Departmental budgets are solely a function of the baseline. Thus, in order to accomplish what you desire, the Senate must approve of this sequestration of funds -- or it will take a new administration and Congress to accomplish it. Checkmate...for the time being.
Currently, Issa (and the House) are doing what they can do.
Patience is in order. And -- my point is -- perseverance should be an expectation. Post-election, Fast & Furious should not be swept into the garbage bin of the Obama administration. The investigation -- and appropriate prosecutions -- must be pursued.
We have proof that crimes have been committed, our own firearm laws, in addition to the firearms treaty w/ Mexico.
The operation's own stated methodologies admit what was done, we have testimonies of on-the-ground agents as well.
We're not anywhere close to either -- because the evidence is behind the stonewall erected by the DOJ and the President.
Only insofar as to how deep the crime went; there is no doubt that crimes were committed.
>Before the matter can proceed further, the evidence must be examined and adjudicated. This is in accordance with the Constitution.
>>get involved with the grand juries in AZ and request that they start working up their local ATF chain looking for presentable infractions >As noted above, Grand Juries need evidence.
Not quite; grand juries are themselves investigative bodies fully capable of investigating and obtaining evidence. Most people forget this, but it is the entire grounds for presentment, which differs form indictment in that it is an order to prosecute a crime [usu investigated by the grand jury] where as an indictment is presented to the grand jury [by the government].
IOW, the grand jury is actually independent of the government itself and able to investigate, on its own authority, and order that a court try a case.