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Senator: 'Increasingly Clear [Obama's] Comfortable Going Off the Cliff'
Weekly Standard ^ | Monday, December 3, 2012 | Daniel Halper

Posted on 12/03/2012 6:00:14 PM PST by upchuck

Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming believes President Barack Obama is "comfortable going off the [fiscal] cliff."

"I think the president is increasingly showing his hand that he is comfortable going off the cliff," Barrasso tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD, in response to a question about President Obama's negotiation strategy. "He’s not involving Republicans in the process. He was playing golf this weekend with Bill Clinton, Ron Kirk, and ex-DNC chair Terry McAuliffe. He’s not seeming to be one to work together. He seems to be lecturing more than listening. And I just think that it’s increasingly clear he's comfortable going off the cliff."

The Republican senator believes Obama's posture is being reinforced by bad advice he's getting from some of his fellow Democrats. "[T]hat’s what he’s being advised to do by a number of his Democratic colleagues—Howard Dean, former chairman of the DNC said they should go off the cliff, Patty Murray, who ran the senatorial committee, said they should go off the cliff," says Barrasso in a phone interview, referring multiple times to Obama’s weekend golf outing with Democratic stalwarts.

Barrasso thinks Obama should be working on getting a deal with the Republicans in Congress instead of spending his weekend on the golf course with such partisans.

Additionally, Barrasso believes Obama's willingness to go off the cliff relates to his view of achieving fairness through the tax code.

"The president is so fixated on higher taxes that he’s giving up on [the prospect of] a healthy economy. We’re going to see unemployment over 9 percent in this second recession, I believe, if the president doesn’t work together to find a bipartisan solution," says Barrasso.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
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nobama is living up to our expectations. Good for him.

Empty, vacuous, trash, a complete embarrassment.

1 posted on 12/03/2012 6:00:21 PM PST by upchuck
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To: upchuck

Why wouldn’t he? He thinks he can do it, reap the rewards, and then blame the Republicans for it.

It’ll probably work thanks to the media.


2 posted on 12/03/2012 6:03:15 PM PST by Shadow44
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To: upchuck

The thought of Obama going off a cliff makes me smile. Is that wrong?


3 posted on 12/03/2012 6:06:29 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Shadow44

His salary is guaranteed, his pension is secure, he has Secret Service protection for life.

He is today’s Alfred E, Neuman. What? Me Worry?

This cliff is the lifelong dream of Obama to destroy the economy of this country.


4 posted on 12/03/2012 6:09:16 PM PST by Venturer
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To: upchuck

The fix is in. The media have assured Obama that he can do anything he wants, and the GOP will be blamed.


5 posted on 12/03/2012 6:09:42 PM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: upchuck

Defund Air Force One.


6 posted on 12/03/2012 6:11:39 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: upchuck

Guess all the FEMA camps are ready...


7 posted on 12/03/2012 6:13:41 PM PST by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: Pollster1

Things will come to a boil in DC, Obama will fly off to Hawaii for 20 days, and the media will attack the GOP.


8 posted on 12/03/2012 6:14:13 PM PST by skeeter
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To: ilovesarah2012

Nope not all. As a matter of fact, it also brings me a smile to my face. As I would say to ODumbo “BE MY GUEST..LADIES FIRST” =)


9 posted on 12/03/2012 6:15:15 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: skeeter
"Things will come to a boil in DC, Obama will fly off to Hawaii for 20 days, and the media will attack the GOP."

He'll probably delay his vacation departure for a couple of days like he did last time and the media will hail his great sacrifice...

10 posted on 12/03/2012 6:16:44 PM PST by Truth29
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To: Truth29

He’ll probably delay his vacation departure for a couple of days like he did last time and the media will hail his great sacrifice...


Yep. That also gets the women out of the house so he can have some quality M2M time with Reggie.


11 posted on 12/03/2012 6:20:17 PM PST by lodi90
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To: Pollster1

“The fix is in. The media have assured Obama that he can do anything he wants, and the GOP will be blamed.”

Well, the GOP should be blamed! The GOP Establishment foisted Romney upon us and sandbagged genuine conservatives such as Sarah, Sharon Angle, Christine O’Donnell, and Todd Akin.

Furthermore, the House has the power of the purse. The answer is simple. Pass a balanced budget, shut down the government, and keep it shut down until the Senate and President Obama surrender.


12 posted on 12/03/2012 6:20:17 PM PST by Perkalong (GOP 2012 = Whigs 1856)
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To: ilovesarah2012
The thought of Obama going off a cliff makes me smile. Is that wrong?

An empty seat in his car. That makes me cry in shame. So it isn't wrong.

13 posted on 12/03/2012 6:20:50 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: upchuck
"He’s not involving Republicans in the process."

Hey Senator BarrASSo, this is what Dictator's do. Got it? Remember 0bamacare?

14 posted on 12/03/2012 6:20:58 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: ilovesarah2012

LOL


15 posted on 12/03/2012 6:21:56 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: upchuck
"The president is so fixated on higher taxes that he’s giving up on [the prospect of] a healthy economy.

Fundamental flaw in this man's thinking.

Yes, Obama is fixated on higher taxes -- but, No, the prospect of a health economy is the one thing he has been steadfastly trying to kill. He wants it all to go to smash. Certainly the cliff calls to him.

16 posted on 12/03/2012 6:22:12 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Global Warming is a religion, and I don't want to be taxed to pay for a faith that is not mine.)
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To: upchuck

Go already.


17 posted on 12/03/2012 6:22:31 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: upchuck

Let’s see who gets hurt most if it goes over the cliff. Lower income people, the 50% that don’t pay taxes won’t be hurt much except the 2% increase SS taxes or at most some would be pushed into the 10% tax bracket. Middle class will just go back to where they were before. A little hurt but not devastating. High income earners will hurt some but not significantly going back to the old rates. Defense contractors, the ones that funded the Food Stamp President, will be devastated because most of them are worthless non-essentials anyway. On the entitlement side, the cuts are what should be cut in the first place. Additionally, they can pass the tax cuts on Dec 31, 2013 and make them retroactive back to Jan 1, 2013. The Jan 1, 2013 deadline is a fake to try to pressure the conservatives into giving up early. Additionally, they ought not to raise the debt ceiling.


18 posted on 12/03/2012 6:24:51 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: skeeter

The GOP needs to start assaulting the media with trash talk. Get the public’s attention with trash talk. That’s the only way to enlighten people these days.. Just come out and call them “Effing LIARS”, “0bama WHORES”, “CORRUPT JUST LIKE THEIR BOSS, 0BAMA” etc..


19 posted on 12/03/2012 6:26:35 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I think if George Soros went over a cliff, that would really put a monkey wrench into 0bama’s devastating successes. The media can crash and burn too for all I care. They are the DEVIL.


20 posted on 12/03/2012 6:29:24 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: upchuck

He’ll still blame Bush.


21 posted on 12/03/2012 6:30:09 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: RobinOfKingston

Boy, it would be great to defund AF1. These people are living like billionaires - like African potentates. It’s unbelievable! Obviously a huge segment of our society have a need to worship a snake oil salesman and be taken to the cleaners.


22 posted on 12/03/2012 6:31:07 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - both were a coup d'etat.)
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To: upchuck

If it goes over the cliff nearly everyone will blame the Republicans. This seems a win/win for Odumbo.


23 posted on 12/03/2012 6:31:20 PM PST by cydcharisse (`)
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To: Perkalong

Bingo.

Excepting you forgot to add:

“Buy American”.


24 posted on 12/03/2012 6:31:56 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: upchuck

America is evil and must be destroyed. All hail our lord and savior Hussein Obama.


25 posted on 12/03/2012 6:31:56 PM PST by gotribe
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Sometimes I’m not sure the GOPe entirely disagrees with the role the media has them playing. No one can be that stupid.


26 posted on 12/03/2012 6:34:29 PM PST by skeeter
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To: cydcharisse

I agree 100%.

The Republicans are on the wrong side.

The GOP needs to be for America. For American jobs, for American made goods. For everything American.

How it has happened the GOP is on the side of imports and foreign factories is ridiculous.

Buy American!


27 posted on 12/03/2012 6:34:29 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: skeeter
GOP go on the offense.

Go to Hawaii hold a press conference everyday at 1am local time or 6am eastern time “ we are desperately trying to meet the POS but he is avoiding dealing with the peoples issues he promised. Parks will close, condom supplies will be short(no pun ), obama phones will stop working if he doesn't address the financial cliff.....”

28 posted on 12/03/2012 6:37:34 PM PST by Atilla_the_Hun (Reagan now more than ever)
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To: upchuck

It is NOT Ø going off any cliff... it’s all the rest of us. Ø will return happy as a clam back to Kenya once his work here is done...


29 posted on 12/03/2012 6:52:17 PM PST by C210N (In favor of private rights and public happiness)
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To: Aria
These people are living like billionaires - like African potentates.

Billionaires and African potentates are pikers compared to the Obama family.

30 posted on 12/03/2012 6:56:14 PM PST by marktwain
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To: upchuck

The house republicans should pass the bill they want - and send it to the democrats in the senate.

Simple as that...

If the cliff is what we get after that, then it is on the democrats.

The HOUSE has to originate the bill. It is the HOUSE that has the power in this scenario.

That the republicans don’t get this, is why they will and should be replaced by the tea party.


31 posted on 12/03/2012 6:57:15 PM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: upchuck

Obamanation style Communism File.


32 posted on 12/03/2012 6:57:28 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Perkalong

” genuine conservatives such as..... “
And don’t forget Herman Cain. A real conservative, a genuine African American, a businessman. I will never forgive the RINOs for leaving him in the lurch. At the VERY least we would have put to the test the presupposition that blacks voted for Obama just because he’s black (they might have still voted for free stuff, but now we will never know).


33 posted on 12/03/2012 7:06:05 PM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: upchuck

“Comfortable Going Off the Cliff”

Comfortable? He WANTS this country to go off of the cliff.


34 posted on 12/03/2012 7:27:22 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

“The GOP needs to start assaulting the media with trash talk.”
I couldn’t agree more. Attack the media and bozo. Talk trash and combine it with a good argument. The trash talk makes the media cover it and forces the message through. If the media takes the trash talker out of context, trash talk the media. Let them have it.


35 posted on 12/03/2012 7:30:10 PM PST by Dennis M.
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To: Pollster1
“...GOP will be blamed”

No, that's small potatoes. He'll go for the juggler, CAPITALISM. He'll blame Capitalism, the media will follow and all those who voted for him will follow. I can't foresee any situation where people are going to wake up. They're done.

36 posted on 12/03/2012 8:03:52 PM PST by ryan71 (Water, food and ammo.)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

“Comfortable Going Off the Cliff”

“Comfortable? He WANTS this country to go off of the cliff.”

That will be his opportunity to really change things, to blame CAPITALISM for all that is bad. Guess what comes after that?


37 posted on 12/03/2012 8:06:41 PM PST by ryan71 (Water, food and ammo.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Have you ever considered changing your freeper name to “Johnny One Note”?


38 posted on 12/03/2012 8:24:07 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Nik Naym

Nope...

:D


39 posted on 12/03/2012 8:39:12 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Pollster1

The ‘pubs should stick to their guns. “He’s getting what he wants”, “It’s all his doing”, that kind of stuff.


40 posted on 12/03/2012 10:03:20 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: upchuck
Put incredible "stress on the economy"!

Right out of the Socialist playbook.

It woudn't surprise anyone who didn't vote for him.

41 posted on 12/04/2012 12:11:56 AM PST by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: RedStateRocker

Most blacks would not vote for Herman Cain. They would have called him an Oreo, an Uncle Tom or a sellout, then voted for the free stuff. It is all about the free stuff.


42 posted on 12/04/2012 11:14:13 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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