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WH 'surprised' GOP laughed at Geithner offer
Washington Examiner ^ | 11/30/12 | Joel Gehrke

Posted on 11/30/2012 9:30:23 AM PST by Nachum

President Obama’s spokesman said he was “surprised” that Republicans laughed at a proposal from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner that would raise taxes by $1.6 trillion, increase spending, and give the president unilateral control over the debt ceiling.

“I was surprised they [the Republicans] were surprised,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today during the press gaggle when asked about the proposal Geithner made in a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “There is no reason for anybody to be surprised.”

Geithner foreshadowed this proposal with comments made to Bloomberg TV last week. “It would have been time a long time ago to eliminate it,” he said.

McConnell said Obama “ought to be embarrassed” about the proposal. “[H]ere we are witnessing the President running around the country thinking the campaign is not over yet,” he told Hugh Hewitt. “And they’re presenting laughable suggestions from the Secretary of the Treasury . . . It’s a serious blow to his credibility.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: geithner; gop; laughed; surprised
I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you.
1 posted on 11/30/2012 9:30:31 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

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2 posted on 11/30/2012 9:32:11 AM PST by Nachum (The List is off the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you.

Don't you mean, "surprised?" Are you surprised the WH is surprised?

3 posted on 11/30/2012 9:34:05 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Nachum

Is “Surprised” the Obama 2.0 version of “Unexpected”?


4 posted on 11/30/2012 9:35:02 AM PST by Fido969
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To: Nachum

I still expect that the GOP will wimp out again, but notice something. The Leftists in the Senate and White House are getting a bit arrogant.

Arrogance equals temporary.


5 posted on 11/30/2012 9:35:26 AM PST by lurk
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To: Nachum

” . It’s a serious blow to his credibility.””

WHAT credibility?


6 posted on 11/30/2012 9:36:26 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Nachum; All

It worked like a charm during the first 4 years ...

So why would he do anything different? It worked!!! Change requires not simply words but true intentions. If we buy lies then we will get lots of them coming our way.

If you fool me once, shame on you ... if you fool me twice or a dozen or multiple times shame on me!!!


7 posted on 11/30/2012 9:37:03 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: 1rudeboy
My favorite "Surprised" quote is from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation":
Eddie: You surprised to see us, Clark?
Clark: Surprised Eddie?... If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now.

8 posted on 11/30/2012 9:38:12 AM PST by COBOL2Java (GOPe: Already prepping for their 2016 loss - Jeb Bush!)
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To: Nachum

I hadn’t heard about them wanting to give the President unilateral control of the debt ceiling.

Another unconstitutional dictator - like power grab from the Stalinist wanna be.

Obama is communist scum.


9 posted on 11/30/2012 9:38:32 AM PST by ecomcon
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To: 1rudeboy
Don't you mean, "surprised?" Are you surprised the WH is surprised?

I am definitely surprised. Shockingly surprised.

10 posted on 11/30/2012 9:40:19 AM PST by Nachum (The List is off the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Must have been some of that “nervous” laughter the shrinks mention now an then....but then again, maybe they’ve been reading Alinsky...he always said the enemy cannot stand being laughed at!!!!!

;)

Semper Grinning!
*****


11 posted on 11/30/2012 9:40:35 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Nachum
When this story appears in your local paper sent them this as a letter to the editor about the situation...

"That jug-eared fool smoked pot in college, bows to foreign dictators, and let four American diplomats die in Libya because he was afraid of getting a bad headline – you're going to listen his fiscal cliff plan? Don't make me laugh!" (I copied this from another Freeper)

12 posted on 11/30/2012 9:41:37 AM PST by RedEyeJack
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To: gunnyg

He was not laughing.

(he he he)

Was not.

(ha haw hee hee)

Not.

(hahahahahahahahaha)


13 posted on 11/30/2012 9:42:07 AM PST by Nachum (The List is off the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: lurk
"I still expect that the GOP will wimp out again"
-I actually think the more Obama talks the more insulted the Republicans will be which will actually transform them into not wimping out. I also am seeing signs that it looks like the longer this debate about not cutting spending the more democrats look bad to the public. Republicans should stretch out this debate as long as they can because the longer it goes on the more the Democrats look bad to the public. We are looking at an Obama miscalculation. Why? because the mandate that people gave Obama the reason why the voted for him was to protect social issues NOT be fiscally liberal. The vast majority of Democrats are actually fiscally liberal.
14 posted on 11/30/2012 9:42:37 AM PST by Democrats hate too much
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To: Democrats hate too much

I meant the vast majority of Democrats are actually fiscally CONSERVATIVE.


15 posted on 11/30/2012 9:45:22 AM PST by Democrats hate too much
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To: Nachum

I could never be a senator.

I’d counter offer by climbing up on the table, dropping my drawers and leaving a steaming pile right in from of Turbo Tax Timmy.


16 posted on 11/30/2012 9:49:18 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Democrats hate too much
Right now what the Republicans should do is vote to continue current tax rates through 2013. Then either the Democratic Senate will vote against it or the President will veto it. Then one the first paycheck in 2013 when everyone's taxes goes up the Republicans should say "we tried to stop, but the Democrats raised your taxes."

What they will do is surrender in late December.

Nuts!

17 posted on 11/30/2012 9:51:30 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: Nachum
Just part of the communists takeover of America. Not much new here.

All hail King Obama, our beloved dictator. /s/

18 posted on 11/30/2012 9:54:56 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Nachum

I laugh every time I look at Geithner...he’s a buffoon.


19 posted on 11/30/2012 9:55:45 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Nachum
McConnell said Obama “ought to be embarrassed”

Of course part of the problem here is that Obama lacks any sense of shame whatsoever.

20 posted on 11/30/2012 10:05:11 AM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: Nachum; pookie18
McConnell laughs
21 posted on 11/30/2012 10:08:04 AM PST by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Nachum

Well the vice president laughed when Paul Ryan presented some ideas from his plan.


22 posted on 11/30/2012 10:11:27 AM PST by Deepest South
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To: Nachum

This is going to be the media story for the next two months during the negotiations — the GOP “laughed” at Obama’s proposals, as if the GOP isn’t serious or isn’t willing to negotiate. Remember during the budget negotiations in the 90s, how Newt Gingrich’s alleged temper tantrum over not being seated at the front of Clinton’s plane became the story of how the GOP was being childish during those negotiations.


23 posted on 11/30/2012 10:25:13 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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24 posted on 11/30/2012 10:27:48 AM PST by RedMDer (Please support Toys for Tots this CHRISTmas season.)
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To: Nachum

Anyone who has negotiated knows this is a farce...McConnell has to understand these obama proposal are designed to fail..

Obama wants to go over the cliff...there is very little downside for him


25 posted on 11/30/2012 10:36:18 AM PST by Popman
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To: Nachum

The laughter wasn’t an indication of surprise.


26 posted on 11/30/2012 10:38:40 AM PST by Principled
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To: Nachum

“There is no reason for anybody to be surprised.”

True enough. We have always known that the Democrats want higher taxes AND unlimited spending.


27 posted on 11/30/2012 10:40:46 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Why is the government more concerned about protecting a microbe on Mars than an unborn baby here?)
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To: Nachum

What I’d like to know is why GOP Congressional leaders are agreeing to meet with Obama’s cabinet members on these issues.. the talks should be with Obama directly. If Obama sends a cabinet member or staffer, the Boehner and McConnell should send their own staffers to meet with them.


28 posted on 11/30/2012 10:42:42 AM PST by Arthurio
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To: cripplecreek

I could never be a senator.

I’d counter offer by climbing up on the table, dropping my drawers and leaving a steaming pile right in from of Turbo Tax Timmy.


You’ve got my vote.


29 posted on 11/30/2012 10:45:46 AM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Nachum

In a way it’s understandable. After serving as a US Senator and then 2 years into his first term as President he was surprised to learn there’s no such thing as a “shovel ready job”.


30 posted on 11/30/2012 10:53:42 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Nachum

I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you.

31 posted on 11/30/2012 10:59:04 AM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: Nachum

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” - Albert Einstein


32 posted on 11/30/2012 11:01:29 AM PST by cruise_missile
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To: KarlInOhio
Then one the first paycheck in 2013 when everyone's taxes goes up the Republicans should say "we tried to stop, but the Democrats raised your taxes."

Right - because the Republicans are such good communicators and know how to get their message and the truth out despite the MSM.

The spineless Pub's will ultimately get hammered over this, no matter which way it goes - they are worthless.

33 posted on 11/30/2012 11:05:59 AM PST by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: cripplecreek

That would get my vote.


34 posted on 11/30/2012 11:12:38 AM PST by null and void (Knowledge increases exponentially, wisdom increases logarithmically.)
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To: Nachum
I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you.
be as 'shocked' as you wish...
The Carpetbagger and his / her staff in the
White Hut, are certifiable delusional.

35 posted on 11/30/2012 11:15:48 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: Nachum

“It’s a serious blow to his credibility.”

What credibility?


36 posted on 11/30/2012 11:25:02 AM PST by History Repeats (sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: Nachum

i’m surprised anyone believes the WH was surprised at the republican reaction.


37 posted on 11/30/2012 11:30:50 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Nachum
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38 posted on 11/30/2012 11:34:09 AM PST by Yohan
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To: Nachum

The US can solve it’s debt problem by:

1)Not allowing illegal immigrants to collect money for procreation in the U.S.

2)Limiting the number of children the state will support at two kids. If people on welfare wish to have more than 2 children, they will have to find a way to support them.

The republicans need to stop the procreation of generational dependency on the government. They’ve got nothing left to lose and must take a stand.
The taxpayers are BROKE.


39 posted on 11/30/2012 11:51:25 AM PST by doc maverick
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To: Nachum

“I was surprised,” said Hitler, upon learning that England and France had declared war on Germany after Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Hitler then turned angrily to Ribbentrop and asked, “Now what?” However, France and Britain did not act on their declarations immediately, and on 17 September, Hitler’s ally, The Soviet Union, invaded eastern Poland.


40 posted on 11/30/2012 12:34:37 PM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: Nachum

Haven’t seen this Mitch McConnell in 10 years. Hope he sticks around...


41 posted on 11/30/2012 12:54:23 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: FrankR

This is what our side should from this point forward - laugh at them. It is all the respect their proposals warrant.


42 posted on 11/30/2012 1:03:35 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: FrankR

This is what our side should do from this point forward - laugh at them. It is all the respect their proposals warrant.


43 posted on 11/30/2012 1:03:50 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Logical me

Why even have a congress?

Oh yeah, maybe as the cheering brigade.

Just don’t be caught being the first one to stop clapping - as in the old USSR. One’s last day outside a gulag.


44 posted on 11/30/2012 1:04:51 PM PST by Sheapdog
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To: ecomcon

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2964504/posts


45 posted on 11/30/2012 4:05:02 PM PST by lyby ("Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." ~ Galileo Galilei)
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