Skip to comments.Republicans weigh swallowing tax hike on the wealthy
Posted on 12/05/2012 1:55:36 PM PST by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While Republican leaders in the House of Representatives insist that raising tax rates on the rich is an impossibility, some Republican lawmakers now see it as inevitable to avoiding the "fiscal cliff" of severe tax hikes and spending cuts set to start January 1.
Congressional aides, who asked not to be identified, said Republicans are losing the public relations battle over keeping low tax rates for the rich and are getting battered by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in Congress following their November 6 election victories.
On Capitol Hill aides often play an important role of communicating what members are thinking but cannot say themselves. In recent days, increasing numbers are putting out word through news organizations that Republicans now feel they cannot win on tax cuts for the wealthy, at least not now.
Without a deal by December 31, $600 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases, which are so severe that they likely would shove the economy into recession, are scheduled to begin.
Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee told reporters that his fellow Republicans are beginning to see a possible upside to giving in to Obama on tax rates so the party can then try to gain the upper hand in subsequent negotiations - maybe next year - to make savings in expensive "entitlement" programs such as Medicare healthcare for the elderly.
"If the House were to give that to him, where does the discussion then go? It goes to entitlements, which is where it ought to be in the first place," said Corker, who added, "I'm hearing whispers of a light going off in some people's minds."
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add a case of 'Conservative'itis Boehner caught up in all the hullabaloo.. Merry Christmas America indeed!
meanwhile just one thing they were doing in DC today.. while the Republic is under assault
Congress votes to strike lunatic from federal law
Washington doesn’t like “lunatics,” but it seems fine with “idiots.”
The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a Senate-passed bill striking the word “lunatic” from federal law, without removing a nearby reference to “idiot.” The vote sends the legislation to President Barack Obama to be signed into law, removing what advocates consider an outdated, offensive term for mental illness from the United States Code.
The legislation, crafted by Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad and Republican Sen. Mike Crapo, sailed through the House on a 398-1 vote. The lone dissenter was Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert. Thirty-two lawmakers did not vote. The bill had won unanimous approval in the Senate in May.
We lost folks. The Three Stooges may have to change their name too at this rate .. umm,, how about The Three Republicans? ;-]
Monotonous, typical Yahoo propaganda.
aka ‘filler’ ,, pink slime .. lol
“said Republicans are losing the public relations battle “
LOL- they’ve been losing the public relations batter for half a dozen years now and have done nothing but fight like little girls....most learn from their mistakes and experiences- the GOPe gets dumber from theirs...
LOL- they've been losing the public relations battle for half a dozen years now and have done nothing but fight like little girls....most learn from their mistakes and experiences- the GOPe gets dumber from theirs...
Sally Quinn: RGIII ‘has united Washington in a way that I have never seen before’...
This is the only ‘game’ in DC these days.. the Wizards are 2-13. the Skins are alive and kicking.. unlike the Gop leadership...
pass the peyote.. GOPeace Party here we come again..
maybe they think they’ll be able to fly when they go over the ‘cliff’..
So if Repubs raise taxes on the “rich,” everyone, including the media, will automatically begin to love them?
Ironically, I am weighing whether I will ever vote for a Republican again.
Hmmm... So, then the Republicans can take a hit for both raising taxes AND pushing grandma off a cliff.
Wow, what a deal!
You're missing the big picture. Not only can the Republicans gain everybody's love by raising taxes, they can ALSO gain everybody's love by cutting grandma's medicare. It's just going to be a real love fest and goat rodeo for the GOP!
We’re assuming that Obama will be able to deliver his Dem stooges to vote yes for a tax hike.
Yep, the MSM runs with unsourced comments and FReepers believe every word.
Getting more and more common.
I've tried really hard for the past five minutes to come up with a dumber statement or an even more stupid strategy than what this is ... and I can't do it! Just examine the phraseology:
"beginning to see"
"can then try to"
"maybe next year"
What strength ... what confidence ... what leadership ... what a crock! (yet, totally predictable).
I get your point but don’t have to “believe every word” to conclude that the Stupid Party is capable of floating such a plan ...
Jump on anything negative only because someone is "capable". That there's no proof seems to be beside the point.
I see the GOP (Gutless Outmaneuvered Party) is still folding it's winning hands.
What else is new I should care about?
Just keep your eye on the actions of McConnell and Boner between now and the end of the year and you may very well have all the “proof” you need.
I really doubt it.
These Paul-ites are just out for themselves. Ron Paul never got a significant piece of legislation passed and even though these four who no one ever heard of before this week like to talk they aren't capable of it either.
There’s an Uncle Remus Tar Baby story somewhere in this whole sordid mess.
Or a Roadrunner/Wiley Coyote cartoon.
Or a Casino Royale Texas Hold ‘em scene.
Just take the darned thing over the cliff already! We’re ready out here!
Warming up to Fold up.
All of this distruction would not be happening if the republicans had done something about voter fraud in 2001. This last election was a farce and every democrat, AND republican, in congress knows it. I’d bet that many obama worshippers/voters would admit it was fraud. But not one republican office holder, even state and local, will say anything about it.