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Mitch McConnell: 'We Have a Voter Mandate Not to Raise Taxes' (Let it go!)
Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/9/2012 | By STEPHEN MOORE

Posted on 11/09/2012 8:57:03 PM PST by tobyhill

In the wake of President Barack Obama's electoral victory, gleeful Democrats believe that the impending "fiscal cliff" has Republicans trapped into finally accepting higher tax rates. But as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sits for an interview in his Capitol office 48 hours after the election, one thing is certain: He is in no way chastened by Tuesday's results. If Mr. Obama wants fiscal hand-to-hand combat, he will get it.

"Let me put it very clearly," says the five-term Republican senator from Kentucky. "I am not willing to raise taxes to turn off the sequester. Period." On Jan. 1, Washington faces both a huge tax increase and an automatic spending cut known as the "sequester," which could tip the economy back into recession. A newly emboldened President Obama is likely to take his soak-the-rich case straight to the people, I remind the senator. The political pressure to capitulate could become intense.

"Look, he may think it would be helpful to his presidency to continue to divide and demonize us," says Mr. McConnell. "But my answer will still be short and firm: No. We won't agree to any tax increases that will hurt the economy."

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chinlesswonder

1 posted on 11/09/2012 8:57:08 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

SHUT.....IT.....DOWN.


2 posted on 11/09/2012 8:58:29 PM PST by Paladin2 (.)
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To: tobyhill

The Democrats have already stated that they are going to change the Senate rules to prevent the minority party from being able to stop the majority.


3 posted on 11/09/2012 9:00:09 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Hey, Bobo! You broke it, you bought it.)
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To: tobyhill

Right on Mitch! No new taxes!!


4 posted on 11/09/2012 9:02:12 PM PST by stillonaroll
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To: Paladin2

Amen! SHUT IT DOWN!!


5 posted on 11/09/2012 9:05:35 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

still has to go through the house and Boehner won’t raise taxes. That’s his job, not rasing taxes.


6 posted on 11/09/2012 9:06:49 PM PST by RC one (Akin/Mourdock-2016)
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To: Jeff Chandler
It's ok because to do nothing accomplishes exactly what Obama is asking for, raising taxes on the “rich”.
7 posted on 11/09/2012 9:06:51 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Blah blah, blah blah, says Mitch.

Words to sooth us.. But a lie nonetheless.


8 posted on 11/09/2012 9:08:57 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: tobyhill

Blah blah, blah blah, says Mitch.

Words to sooth us.. But a lie nonetheless.


9 posted on 11/09/2012 9:09:05 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: tobyhill

What do the Republicans have to lose? They are pretty much at rock bottom right now anyway, might as well go scorched Earth.


10 posted on 11/09/2012 9:11:12 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: tobyhill
Don't cave in ..Block it.. do whatever it takes to let the pressure go back to the obama regime. Starve him, don't help him at all. Don't give the welfare state anything more. No more tax increases.
11 posted on 11/09/2012 9:16:01 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt.)
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To: tobyhill

ObamaCare will raise plenty of taxes anyway.


12 posted on 11/09/2012 9:25:20 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: tobyhill

What happened to Mitch? Did he decide he didn’t want IRRELEVANT as his legacy?


13 posted on 11/09/2012 9:27:56 PM PST by RushingWater
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To: headstamp 2
"ObamaCare will raise plenty of taxes anyway. "

How will the gov't collect taxes if it's shut down?

14 posted on 11/09/2012 9:28:08 PM PST by Paladin2 (.)
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To: Christie at the beach

But, Obama has to pay his bundlers. Bonehead has been funding the payments to them, he must have a couple of more “caves” left in him.


15 posted on 11/09/2012 9:28:55 PM PST by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: RushingWater
Mitch has had this same position all along.

Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn't been paying attention.

16 posted on 11/09/2012 9:31:08 PM PST by what's up
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To: tobyhill

To do “nothing” raise taxes on EVERYBODY, not just “the rich.”


17 posted on 11/09/2012 9:35:21 PM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: headstamp 2
Obama care is a tax, so can they stop that tax? I thought congress could stop spending.
Anybody?
18 posted on 11/09/2012 9:39:55 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: Paladin2

The GOP is a toothless tiger cub

they refuse to even raise a voice against a stolen election


19 posted on 11/09/2012 9:42:50 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: tobyhill
Republicans own the purse, and that's a Mandate, ZERO!
Better check with OUR voters first because you didn't win by much.
20 posted on 11/09/2012 9:43:01 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: tobyhill

No new taxes! No debt increase! Call the Jackhole’s bluff.


21 posted on 11/09/2012 9:43:38 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (We have crossed the line from independence & liberty to dependency & servitude. We are doomed)
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To: Goreknowshowtocheat

Well..the House is our last and only firewall to the Marxist. They need to get... determined and please the half of the country that are the producers.


22 posted on 11/09/2012 9:47:19 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt.)
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To: Christie at the beach
"the House is our last and only firewall to the Marxist. They need to get... determined and please the half of the country that are the producers."

I believe that they will continue to disappoint. Their "legacy" is already toast.

23 posted on 11/09/2012 9:49:56 PM PST by Paladin2 (.)
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To: tobyhill

I have a hard time giving a damn anymore.


24 posted on 11/09/2012 10:02:55 PM PST by pnut22
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To: tobyhill

He will raise taxes.


25 posted on 11/09/2012 10:15:05 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: fortheDeclaration
Mitch: either go to the wall 100% over this, or shut up.

Don't let your mouth write a check that your butt can't cash.

If you DO decide to take a stand, then do NOT ever give up. The MSM will savage you either way, so you have nothing to lose.

26 posted on 11/09/2012 10:40:43 PM PST by boop ("I need another Cutty Sark"-LBJ)
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To: tobyhill

If they do nothing taxes are going to go up anyway. Would be better if they had some say in how the reform is shaped.


27 posted on 11/09/2012 10:57:03 PM PST by timlot
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To: tobyhill

Let taxmageddon cometh. At this point i don’t care. I want to
see Barry CRUSHED by the chaos it will bring.


28 posted on 11/09/2012 11:03:08 PM PST by NeverForgetBataan (I am become Barry... destroyer of wealth)
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To: Christie at the beach

No. On taxes and the economy, they need to get out of the way and start voting to abstain. That way they can’t be accused of blocking The One in the media and the Dems will own the disaster completely.


29 posted on 11/09/2012 11:03:17 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: tobyhill

I realize a large part of the citizenry is stupid. They did re-elect Obama. I realize a large part don’t give a rats ass they just want free shit.
But a fight overtaxing the “rich” is just silly.
All the GOP needs do is show that if you taxed every tax filer last year that made over 250,000 dollars at a 50 pecent rate it would not even make a noticible dent in the deficit..
We have TRILLION dollar deficits every year. It is not possible to tax your way out of that. The problem is simple. The Federal Government spends to much money. PERIOD. Until Americans get a set of stones and say enough, nothing will change...........


30 posted on 11/09/2012 11:18:51 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Spktyr

No offense..who freakin cares about what the media thinks of them or accuses them of..part of our nation voted no to obama so they represent those taxpayers who do not want to pour money into more spending for the government expansion ..to those who think it’s unfair that the other guy has more... if they have any hope of any doable legacy, this is where they should begin or by your terms..they should pack up and go home..the dems and the media are socialists...hope Mitch really gets it..if they fail, USA IS DONE, as we knew it to be. The media is doing this-Obama is the prop. Our side has to make the media part of Obama.


31 posted on 11/09/2012 11:27:32 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt.)
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To: MaxMax

Correction. They didn’t STEAL the election by that much.


32 posted on 11/09/2012 11:34:51 PM PST by Terry Mross (Once again I wasted my vote. But I have learned my lesson.)
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To: tobyhill

I don’t have a whole lot of faith left, in McConnell or any other politician. That said, I hope they stay strong. We learned firsthand what Obama’s idea of negotiation is thanks to Bob Woodward (of all people) reporting on the administration’s sabotage of the so-called “Grand Bargain”.

Beyond that, I’m hoping the GOP is already preparing for the 2014 Senate races. There are several Democrats that I think can be beaten next time: Al Franken in Minnesota, Begich in Alaska, Shaheen in New Hampshire, and possibly Merkley in Oregon. Not enough to swing a majority, but a good start.


33 posted on 11/10/2012 1:07:57 AM PST by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
All the GOP needs do is show that if you taxed every tax filer last year that made over 250,000 dollars at a 50 pecent rate it would not even make a noticible dent in the deficit..

You do realize that the majority of voters who voted for Obama aren't economically literate enough to understand nor care. They voted for free stuff, whether the gov't redistributes it or they loot it. We are Rome circa 200 AD

34 posted on 11/10/2012 1:54:12 AM PST by cidrasm
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To: boop

Reid plans to go right around the GOP Senators, making up the rules along the way.


35 posted on 11/10/2012 2:32:01 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: tobyhill

Maybe he didn’t hear Boehner. Boehner has already raised taxes by saying Obamacare is the law of the land.


36 posted on 11/10/2012 2:55:24 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Goreknowshowtocheat
Bonehead has been funding the payments to them, he must have a couple of more “caves” left in him.

No doubt in my mind. Prepare for the worst. Obama, Axelrod and Jarrett can't wait to let it all burn.

37 posted on 11/10/2012 3:06:02 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: boop
The MSM will savage you either way, so you have nothing to lose.

Needs to be repeated a thousand times.

The MSM will savage you either way, so you have nothing to lose.
The MSM will savage you either way, so you have nothing to lose.
The MSM will savage you either way, so you have nothing to lose.
The MSM will savage you either way, so you have nothing to lose.
The MSM will savage you either way, so you have nothing to lose.
The MSM will savage you either way, so you have nothing to lose...

38 posted on 11/10/2012 3:09:16 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
All the GOP needs do is show that if you taxed every tax filer last year that made over 250,000 dollars at a 50 pecent rate it would not even make a noticible dent in the deficit.

The message will never leave our orbit. The media has, and will, bury it under a mountain of verbiage.

39 posted on 11/10/2012 3:11:21 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Christie at the beach

Who cares?

The voters.

They scream and holler and blame the Republicans for blocking The One on his ‘perfect economic policies.’ I say we give them exactly what they want.


40 posted on 11/10/2012 3:33:59 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: tobyhill

.!


41 posted on 11/10/2012 4:19:15 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth. - RWR 8-)
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To: Jeff Chandler
The Democrats have already stated that they are going to change the Senate rules to prevent the minority party from being able to stop the majority.

The Congress holds the purse strings. Maybe they can do the same thing and sideline the Dim congresscritters...

42 posted on 11/10/2012 6:00:38 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: tobyhill; Fred Nerks; Beckwith; null and void

McConnell:

“And what if the president insists on raising tax rates? Expect a principled stand by the minority leader and his fellow Republicans: “He’s got to understand he doesn’t fully control the Senate. He doesn’t control the House at all. In order to accomplish things for the country he will need to work with us.”

As Mr. McConnell walks me to the door, he adds: “You know, he doesn’t own the place.”

***************************

Oh yes, Obama DOES own the place in fact. The GOP does not attack Obama on issues which would reveal his true plan to with malice and intent destroy America.That has to change, because he truly does own the place when there is no balanced MSM reporting, and no genuine congressional opposition to Obama’s treasonous policies.Grow the Tea Party and accept it’s ;eaders into the GOP.Get rid of Karl Rove.

Obama does own the place. Change it.


43 posted on 11/10/2012 6:14:33 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: GeronL

Stolen elections aren’t in their vocabulary.


44 posted on 11/10/2012 7:54:38 AM PST by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: tobyhill; IMissPresidentReagan; CourtneyLeigh; Just Kimberly; Knuckrider; MBohman; ...
tobyhill; republicanwildcat..thxs, for the posts..
A Kentucky Ping.

...for those interested. :-/

Mitch McConnell: 'We Have a Voter Mandate Not to Raise Taxes' (Let it go!)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2957841/posts

Congressman-elect Massie says he wants to see federal spending cuts take effect
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2958142/posts


45 posted on 11/10/2012 7:59:36 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth. - RWR 8-)
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To: tobyhill; IMissPresidentReagan; CourtneyLeigh; Just Kimberly; Knuckrider; MBohman; ...
tobyhill; republicanwildcat..thxs, for the posts..
A Kentucky Ping.

...for those interested. :-/

Mitch McConnell: 'We Have a Voter Mandate Not to Raise Taxes' (Let it go!)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2957841/posts

Congressman-elect Massie says he wants to see federal spending cuts take effect
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2958142/posts


46 posted on 11/10/2012 8:00:36 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth. - RWR 8-)
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To: KittenClaws
Blah blah, blah blah,

A couple there.

47 posted on 11/11/2012 4:21:41 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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