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McConnell 'Burst Into Laughter' as Geithner Outlined Obama's Plan
The Weekly Standard ^ | November 29,2012 | FRED BARNES

Posted on 11/29/2012 4:47:55 PM PST by Hojczyk

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, says he “burst into laughter” Thursday when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined the administration proposal for averting the fiscal cliff. He wasn’t trying to embarrass Geithner, McConnell says, only responding candidly to his one-sided plan, explicit on tax increases, vague on spending cuts.

Geithner’s visit to his office left McConnell discouraged about reaching a “balanced” deal on tax hikes and spending reductions designed to prevent a shock to the economy in January. “Nothing good is happening” in the negotiations, McConnell says, because of Obama’s insistence on tax rate hikes for the wealthy but unwillingness to embrace serious spending cuts

Geithner suggested $1.6 trillion in tax increases, McConnell says, but showed “minimal or no interest” in spending cuts. When congressional leaders went to the White House three days after the election, Obama talked of possible curbs on the explosive growth of food stamps and Social Security disability payments. But since Geithner didn’t mention them, those reductions appear to be off the table now, McConnell says.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 112th; fiscalcliff; geithner; mcconnell
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1 posted on 11/29/2012 4:48:02 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Bet they cave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2 posted on 11/29/2012 4:48:51 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Like a Neanderthal.


3 posted on 11/29/2012 4:52:24 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Hojczyk

This is typical the Dems demand tax hikes and promise cuts in spending in the future, that never happen!


4 posted on 11/29/2012 4:53:19 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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5 posted on 11/29/2012 4:54:36 PM PST by Nachum (The List is off the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Hojczyk

What a “joke” the GOP is going to be when they sell the American People down the river. This Kabuki dance is getting old. Every Christmas we have to put up with this crap.

Go over the cliff already!


6 posted on 11/29/2012 4:55:23 PM PST by marygam (I have extra ducktape for anyone who needs to wrap their head.)
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To: Hojczyk

Laughed in his face, huh? Right.

The man is ITCHING to give in. It’s killing him, he wants sooooo badly to sit at The Cool Kid Table.

He’ll let those Letterman Jacket guys titty twister and noogie him a trilllllion times, just so long as they permit him for a second to consider them, “his friends”.

Life does NOT change from high-school —Republicans are MACFLY, stumbling around ClockTower Square mumbling, shoes untied with jacket sleeves dragging.

I AM NOT FOOLED.


7 posted on 11/29/2012 4:56:38 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Hojczyk

The key to this mess is making every detail public. This crowd avoids daylight and more we can shine on their corrupt, shameful plans, the better. Since does the government of a democracy work in secret from its own people? For you political operatives out there, make everything public!


8 posted on 11/29/2012 4:58:34 PM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: Hojczyk

They WILL cave since the MSM will blame Republicans.

http://confoundedinterest.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/housing-employment-gdp-and-cnbc-with-rick-santelli/


9 posted on 11/29/2012 4:58:51 PM PST by whitedog57
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To: Hojczyk

Democrats aren’t worried about looking one sided. They expect the news media to do their heavy lifting, as usual.


11 posted on 11/29/2012 4:59:16 PM PST by skeeter
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To: gaijin

Needs more cowbell.


12 posted on 11/29/2012 4:59:16 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Hojczyk

And this article mentioned something Id like to see discussed. Disability. Social Security for senior i think should be honored. Disability once made sense too. It was when someone lost two legs in a railyard, was blinded in an industrial accident, etc.

Now disability is every obese lazy person who has a “backache”. They are everywhere if you start to notice. Disability should be separated from old folks SS, and it should be scrutinized hard. The default should be to nearly always assign them a job doing some menial, non strenuous task that they will not enjoy. If they refuse, no disability check.


13 posted on 11/29/2012 4:59:35 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Hojczyk

What have the democrats done in the last four years to solve the spending problem. It cannot be fixed with higher taxes. They own it!


14 posted on 11/29/2012 4:59:35 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Didn’t Reagan do amnesty for illegals in exchange for a Democrat promise for more Border fencing? A promise never kept, of course.


15 posted on 11/29/2012 4:59:46 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Red_Devil 232

“This is typical the Dems demand tax hikes and promise cuts in spending in the future, that never happen!”

Ronald Reagan learned this lesson from Tip O’Neill

George H.W. Bush learned this lesson from George Mitchell.

Newt Gingrich learned this lesson from Bill Clinton.

George W. Bush learned this lesson from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Will Boehner and McConnell have to learn it from Obama and Reid?


16 posted on 11/29/2012 5:02:20 PM PST by Soul of the South
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To: Hojczyk

He should have laughed and walked out.


17 posted on 11/29/2012 5:02:25 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Hojczyk
Bet they cave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm betting they fold like a cheap suit. McConnell has never let me down on that bet.

18 posted on 11/29/2012 5:03:11 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: gaijin

19 posted on 11/29/2012 5:03:22 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: Hojczyk

BamaClaus has been able to roll the Pubbies on every fiscal standoff. Why would he not try it again?

At some point the Pubbies will have to stand up and say enough is enough. Are we at that point yet? Probably not with Bohner being Leader of the Pack

I am willing to bet, nobama knows HE WON and has so much as told the Pubbies that and now dares them to stand in his way.

From the day they announced the sequester suicidal military cuts I knew and the dems knew the Pubbies would never let the Fiscal Cliff thing happen, no matter what it took. Craziest thing I ever saw!

If nothing big happens to head this off at the pass, we are done my friend. Hello Texas!


20 posted on 11/29/2012 5:04:36 PM PST by X-spurt (It is time for OFF YOUR FEET and on the gravy-train)
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To: Hojczyk

If it’s so bad, then no federal income tax refunds this year. The money’s already been taken. No one will miss it.


21 posted on 11/29/2012 5:06:12 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Hojczyk

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22 posted on 11/29/2012 5:06:35 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: Hojczyk

yeah sure I believe anything the GOP has to say. That is why he burst into laughter, the thought anyone actually believes he or any of them have the balls to fight.


23 posted on 11/29/2012 5:06:44 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: Hojczyk

Fold faster than Superman on laundry day.


24 posted on 11/29/2012 5:07:00 PM PST by SquirrelKing
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To: Hojczyk

That is the perfect response to darn near every liberal idea.

It’s honest.

It’s direct.

It’s to-the-point.

All things liberals hate.


25 posted on 11/29/2012 5:07:56 PM PST by null and void (Knowledge increases exponentially, wisdom increases logarithmically.)
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To: DesertRhino

Yes...I have noticed exactly what u said. I know someone who is an able-bodied male on disability due to bipolar. He has friends over who r also on disability for various ailments but they could all work if they had to. It is disgusting but they all line up to vote for obummer. I now view them as the enemy.


26 posted on 11/29/2012 5:08:37 PM PST by yellowdoghunter
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Let's Put This Baby To Bed!! Less than $2.7k to go!!

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27 posted on 11/29/2012 5:10:13 PM PST by RedMDer (Please support Toys for Tots this CHRISTmas season.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I'm with you man.

The only way is to MAKE IT HAPPEN NOW. Pubbies need to just unanimously say “Present” on every vote and let the chips fall where they may. My ol Grand Dad always said "there is more than one way to skin a cat".

28 posted on 11/29/2012 5:12:00 PM PST by X-spurt (It is time for OFF YOUR FEET and on the gravy-train)
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To: Hojczyk

The Dems promised no spending cuts at all. NONE.


29 posted on 11/29/2012 5:12:10 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Hojczyk

Hannity said today, that even if the government taxed the top 2% of income earners at 100%, it would only cover 8 DAYS of federal spending.

That’s the sort of thing that congressional Republicans need to be shouting from the rooftops. They need to take these Commies’ arguments apart so that Joe Average totally gets it.


30 posted on 11/29/2012 5:12:59 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: DesertRhino

I took a look around my local watering hole a while back and counted the ones I know for a fact are on SSDI.

out of 12 drinkers (and smokers)...there were 7 that we are paying for.

A couple of them I also know for a fact work pretty full time for cash.

Another 1 for sue, (maybe 2) that sells his 120 taxpayer provided Vicodin a month for $5/per to supplement his income.

All but a couple have never held a job where they paid taxes or recieved a w-2

There is a huge shadow economy that is bigger than anyone realizes

what sucks, is that the locals don’t want them in the county jail because of their high medical costs for ailments that don’t seem to bother them all that much .


31 posted on 11/29/2012 5:12:59 PM PST by digger48
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To: Hojczyk
Geithner looks so much like Monroe of Evolution.

The General....of destruction!

32 posted on 11/29/2012 5:13:08 PM PST by Texas4ever
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To: Hojczyk

THE ONLY WINNING MOVE IS NOT TO PLAY


33 posted on 11/29/2012 5:15:33 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Happy 10th FR birthday to meeeeeeeeee)
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To: Hojczyk

34 posted on 11/29/2012 5:16:02 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Hojczyk

Walk away. Go over the cliff. Let’s Do It. We survived 2008 and the meltdown. We will survive going over the cliff. It won’t be fun. I will hate to lose a ton of money. But I’m willing. Come on GOP. Let’s Roll.


35 posted on 11/29/2012 5:16:26 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: mnehring

36 posted on 11/29/2012 5:19:35 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Hojczyk
Duly elected to respresent the people of the United States in the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives hold the purse strings.

No bill can become a law without approval by the House of Representatives.

Leverage enough, plain and simple.

This is not a oligarchy, the people voted, and it is what it is.

Shut it all down if necessary. No continuing resolutions, nothing until that happens. The oligarchy will not respect the will of the people represented by those that were elected to the most representative aspect of our government - the House of Representatives. Innocent people will suffer, but it is better to suffer a little now than unimaginably later.

If the House wilts, they are nothing more than a squeeky rubber stamp. Our form of government wasn't meant to be quick and nimble, it was meant to be representative and fair. Elections have consequences and whoever wins the presidency is no more special than any other branch of the government. Time for our House leadership to step up.

37 posted on 11/29/2012 5:20:30 PM PST by !1776!
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To: DesertRhino; All

People need to start taking responsibility for their health. So much obesity and diabetes, and all they need to do is cut way back on their carbohydrate consumption and eat a lot more vegetables, seeds and nuts. Also eat modest amounts of fresh fruit and meat.


38 posted on 11/29/2012 5:21:56 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Yes. Get off their butts and exercise and quit eating so much. That would solve 50% or more of our health costs.


39 posted on 11/29/2012 5:24:12 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: Nachum

STOP NEGOTIATING!


40 posted on 11/29/2012 5:24:54 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: Hojczyk

Right before the election, the DemoRats were offering a skimpy $1 cut for $1 in new taxes. Now they don’t even offer than, because Dingy Harry Reid says they already cut $1Billion, doncha know. That’s not even toilet paper money for the bureaucrats.

The Republicans ought to go home and celebrate the Savior’s birth with their families. It’s not worth the aggravation to try to save this rotten economy.

You don’t do deals with liars and cheats and expect anything but humiliation in return.


41 posted on 11/29/2012 5:25:41 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: Hojczyk

Why in the HELL, do the Republicans not harp on the same message that Obama (and the damn media) were SCREAMING about during this past election!

Why the hell don’t the Republicans scream about the “vagueness” of Obama’s “cuts?” One of the biggest messages that the media and Obama were complaining about Romney’s plan was the lack of details - turn this crap around for a damn change!

IDIOTS! If they aren’t idiots, then they are in on the game! This is getting as obvious as the Democrat voter fraud!


42 posted on 11/29/2012 5:26:48 PM PST by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: gaijin

“The man is ITCHING to give in.”

You have no idea what you are talking about.


43 posted on 11/29/2012 5:28:02 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: Hojczyk

They already caved. The tax issue is a smokescreen. They want spending hikes for federal funding to state and local governments (regulator/teacher/other increases). BTW, the $1.6 trillion is over 10 years, and the Dems are appealing to the upper middle class by limiting the expiration of tax cuts to a smaller, higher income demographic.

High profile members of that same demographic have agreed to tax hikes (liberals). Most of the Republican politicians want the scheduled, automatic spending cuts stopped, as most, if not all Democrats do.


44 posted on 11/29/2012 5:28:30 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Hojczyk

A bunch of spelunkers.


45 posted on 11/29/2012 5:28:46 PM PST by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: X-spurt

Agree. Let the bastards own it.


46 posted on 11/29/2012 5:32:13 PM PST by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

“It cannont be fixed with higher taxes. They own it!”

With respect; nonsense.

They will blame Republicans again and again and it works.

Government policy, these days, is based upon how badly the press villifies Republicans as it characterizes the Progressives as the saviours of mankind.

Disgusting and amazing.

IMHO


47 posted on 11/29/2012 5:34:31 PM PST by ripley
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48 posted on 11/29/2012 5:34:31 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Hojczyk

“Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, says he “burst into laughter”

Yeah, I burst into laughter too when I heard that McConnell had potentially damaging information on Petreaus, and therefore on Obozo, that he withheld until after the election!!!! Freaking cowardly moron!


49 posted on 11/29/2012 5:36:10 PM PST by Batman11 (We came for the chicken sandwiches and a Sweet Tea Party broke out!)
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To: X-spurt
At some point the Pubbies will have to stand up and say enough is enough

Want to place a bet? Oh wait... Intrade is not in the US anymore. lol

50 posted on 11/29/2012 5:38:19 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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