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Senator Blasts 'Secret' Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
The Weekly Standard ^ | November 29, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER

Posted on 11/29/2012 2:22:43 PM PST by yoe

In remarks on the Senate floor today, Alabama senator Jeff Sessions blasted President Barack Obama and congressional leadership for holding "secret" fiscal cliff negotiations.

"I rise today to express my reservations about the fiscal cliff negotiations that are currently underway," said Sessions. "Over the last two years, Congress and the President have held an endless series of secret negotiations. There have been gangs of six and eight, a supercommittee of 12, talks at the Blair House and the White House. But the only thing these secret talks have produced is a government that skips from one crisis to the next. Everything has been tried but the open production of a 10-year budget plan as required by law and open discussions of the difficult choices."

Sessions, the highest Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, saved most of his criticism for the president. "President Obama campaigned on a tax increase of ‘only’ $800 billion," said Sessions. "But now the White House is demanding $1.6 trillion in new taxes. Don’t the American people have a right to see these taxes and where they will fall? Shouldn’t the President of the United States, the only person who represents everybody in the country, lay out his plan, or must that remain a secret too? Will it just be revealed to us on the eve of Christmas or eve of the new calendar year? We will be asked to vote for it, to ratify it like lemmings, I suppose."

The Alabama senator insisted Obama is not serious about cutting spending--or cutting government waste.

In fact, the President is giving speeches calling for even more spending. On Tuesday, he gave a speech in which he said he wants to use the tax hikes to ‘invest in training, education, science, and research.’ Investment......

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It is probably too late to do anything about the actual debt - the politicians and this president plus our Sectary of the Treasury...Mr. Geithner all refuse to address the $85 Trillion actual debt because they haven't a clue how to fix it....in their life times. The biggest TAX will be OBAMACARE - more than Medicare ever will be...however, all we hear is "..over the cliff.." or "tax the rich" or implement a "wealth tax"...which will tax every one! Folks had better study up on just what a "Wealth Tax" is. Government Pensions are not sustainable - cut them in half. Greece behaves like everyone owes them.............listen up Unions.
1 posted on 11/29/2012 2:22:44 PM PST by yoe
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To: yoe

The sad part is Sessions is the only senator that see’s how
wrong all of these issues are done.


2 posted on 11/29/2012 2:26:46 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: tennmountainman
Amen!!!

with all the news of bush tax cuts going away, death panels and now a doctor can't even prescribe non generic meds even if your are willing to pay difference any longer, and the final blow to IRAs and 401k and talk of taking them over, 0% on safe money investments cd’s and bonds...this has broken up our family to one on one and kids vs parents...well it has reach a point that ACTION has to be taken by each of us to STOP THIS SH*T or go down trying!!!!!!

3 posted on 11/29/2012 2:38:08 PM PST by ldish (Give me Freedom and Liberty or let's kick some a**!)
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To: yoe
"We will be asked to vote for it, to ratify it like lemmings, I suppose."

"You have to vote for the bill to see what's in it."
- Nancy Pelousy

4 posted on 11/29/2012 2:40:29 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: tennmountainman

It’s constantly a holiday soap opera with this President and this Congress. In 2009, the Senate passed their version of Obamacare on Christmas Eve, after all the kick-backs were finalized. In 2010, the lame duck Congress went along with Obama and passed only a 2 year extension of Bush Tax Cuts, which brings us to where we are today.

I’m so sick of John Boehner’s House agreeing to build a house of cards that gets taller every year. One day, it is going to fall.


5 posted on 11/29/2012 2:41:37 PM PST by Windy City Conservative
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To: ldish
forgot the extra extra killing inheritance taxes at 55%...go to h*ll nobama you filthy clown, illegal, lying corrupt, incompetent affirmative action puppet sob!!!!!

i have never in my life hated until NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 posted on 11/29/2012 2:41:42 PM PST by ldish (Give me Freedom and Liberty or let's kick some a**!)
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To: Windy City Conservative

One day is NOW day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they want my generation dead early anyway...no one lives past 70-75 with obama care...they say kill them...let them die anyway...ok you make our day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


7 posted on 11/29/2012 2:43:55 PM PST by ldish (Give me Freedom and Liberty or let's kick some a**!)
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To: yoe

I really wish the Repubs would tell the WH to go to hell. I’m ready to go over the cliff; hell’s bells, it’s what too many fools in this country voted for, so might as well give them a taste of it.


8 posted on 11/29/2012 2:46:07 PM PST by Marathoner (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Windy City Conservative

Bonehead is terrible. Cantor is just as bad. And The “Gobler”
McConnell is worse. This is the worst time to be living in this
once great nation. A leaderless GOP, the propects of Hillary
being president or Jeb Clampett Bush. At least I got to live
thru the real deal... Ronald Reagan.
What a diaster this country has become.


9 posted on 11/29/2012 2:46:41 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: tennmountainman

I’ve said for years that Sessions would be a great president. I guess he’s just too smart and classy to make the cut.


10 posted on 11/29/2012 2:48:16 PM PST by Himyar
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To: tennmountainman

Bravo Senator...wish he was the Speaker of the House...


11 posted on 11/29/2012 2:48:46 PM PST by Engedi
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To: Himyar

Sessions is AWESOME. Corker and Alexander, my senators are
worthless pond scum.


12 posted on 11/29/2012 2:51:51 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: ldish

bump


13 posted on 11/29/2012 2:59:50 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: yoe
Apparently Mr. Sessions doesn't know the Constitution no longer exists. I'm just curious as to why all these congressional clowns are still collecting pay and benefits and re the perks that come with being the dictator and chief in the WH, why does the obozo get paid at all? President makes what, $300,000+ per year, how the hell is the obozo affording a $34 million mansion in Hawaii? Rhetorical!
14 posted on 11/29/2012 2:59:54 PM PST by drypowder
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To: ldish

Mrs. GBC said the lifetime gift tax exclusion is also going down from 4 mil to 1 mil.


15 posted on 11/29/2012 3:01:14 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: yoe

Stop all negotiations now.

Cut the spending and the nonsense.

16 posted on 11/29/2012 3:02:27 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: yoe
Boehner's trying for a fait accompli again. Screw him and the GOP-E he rode in on.

I'm ready for the cliff. Who's with me?


17 posted on 11/29/2012 3:04:34 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: drypowder
how the hell is the obozo affording a $34 million mansion in Hawaii?

Judas received 30 pieces of silver. How much Gold did Obozo receive for his betrayal of the U.S.?

18 posted on 11/29/2012 3:04:42 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: ldish

You nailed it. The regime wants the elderly DEAD because they are the group that was taught HOW AMERICA IS SUPPOSED TO BE. The young’ns have purposely NOT been taught HOW AMERICA IS SUPPOSED TO BE to facilitate their acceptance of SOCIALISM.


19 posted on 11/29/2012 3:05:24 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: yoe

Go get ‘em Jeff. The finest senator of our generation. Proud that he is from Alabama.


20 posted on 11/29/2012 3:07:09 PM PST by Southern Partisan
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To: Texas Fossil

You can’t betray a country if you are an illegal enemy combatant who happens to be president!


21 posted on 11/29/2012 3:16:32 PM PST by kneehurts
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To: kneehurts

what if his biological father is Frank Marshall Davis? And Stanley Ann Dunham his mother? He would be a natural born US citizen and a natural born Commie Bastard.

It is possible.


22 posted on 11/29/2012 4:00:41 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: yoe

There’s still a few good men there fighting. God bless them.


23 posted on 11/29/2012 6:20:51 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: yoe
Shouldn’t the President of the United States, the only person who represents everybody in the country, lay out his plan, or must that remain a secret too?

The Marxist does NOT represent me in all things! The President of a Republic represents the interests of the Republic -that which all the people in common agree upon. The President does NOT represent a community organized mob UNLESS that President is a tyrant!

24 posted on 11/29/2012 6:38:18 PM PST by DBeers (†)
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To: Texas Fossil

You have posited the most likely scenario for his parentage. His birthplace is still undetermined.


25 posted on 11/29/2012 6:56:09 PM PST by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: yoe
Just kicked this to my congress critter - hope more folks are pinging theirs:

Congressman Pallazo, I have been watching the news on the "fiscal cliff" and hope that the Republicans in the House and Senate know that the Democrats cannot be trusted to follow up with any spending ciut "pledges" down the road, no matter what the Republicans do as signs of good faith. They have proved time and again that they have no honor and they have no compunction about breaking promises. Please push them to pass and enact a spending cuts bill into law BEFORE making any concessions. Else, the Republicans will have been complicit in another round of betraying their trust with the People. Same goes for raising taxes as the Democrats insist on - hold strong and push those who say they "love their country more than their pledge" because a man who will make excuses for breaking an oath cannot be trusted. I urge you and your fellow Congressmen to stand strong even if it means letting sequestration occur. The President has made it clear he will veto any bill he doesn't like, yet he signed the sequestration deal into law over a year ago. He and his side own it. I suggest that if it comes to it, the Republicans state that in the spirit of bipartisanship, they will not try to undo the law that the President has passed - you know the other side will make up lies to hurt Republicans with, why does it seem that Republicans are loath to even state the truth about the underhanded antics of the Democrats? Please stand firm and show us that some Republicans actually have principles and ethics that allow them to do what is best for America in the long-run instead of kicking the can down the road towards disaster. Sincerely, Name omitted to protect my alter identity

26 posted on 11/30/2012 3:23:48 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Sicvee

Yes, you are correct.

It is clear that he was not born in HI. All documents presented suggesting that are conjured. There is simply no proof of his birth place.

I do not believe it was Kenya. BUT, it is not HI.


27 posted on 11/30/2012 6:21:16 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: ldish

What would “THEY” do if everyone who pays taxes died (killed) or were put in prison? Where would “THEY” get the money then?


28 posted on 11/30/2012 9:04:27 AM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: Terry Mross
You do not have to die to not pay taxes. The tax code is very easy to massage to not pay any taxes, that is my goal they can't abuse my hard earned money if I don't send them any. Self employment is easier than getting a W2 but it can be done. Buy a rental, put your money into your property, into your community, into your local workers.

Put a bunch of money into a retirement fund, IRA, Sep IRA. Pretty sure every dime invested in a retirement account comes off your gross wages. Wouldn't you want to invest in big international corporations than send money to the DC spendaholics?

29 posted on 12/03/2012 7:50:19 AM PST by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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