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Republicans weigh swallowing tax hike on the wealthy
Yahoo! Health ^ | 12/5/12 | Richard Cowan - Reuters

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at health.yahoo.net ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boehner; fiscalcliff; obama; republicans; swallowing; taxhike; wealthy
as if rich democRats like to swallow tax hikes, amongst other things.. if minds were ponds , some of them would be pretty shallow nigh parched.

add a case of 'Conservative'itis Boehner caught up in all the hullabaloo.. Merry Christmas America indeed!

1 posted on 12/05/2012 1:55:42 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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meanwhile just one thing they were doing in DC today.. while the Republic is under assault

Congress votes to strike ‘lunatic’ from federal law

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/congress-votes-strike-lunatic-federal-law-191704327—election.html

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.

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We lost folks. The Three Stooges may have to change their name too at this rate .. umm,, how about The Three Republicans? ;-]


2 posted on 12/05/2012 2:05:58 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge
Congressional aides, who asked not to be identified...

Monotonous, typical Yahoo propaganda.

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3 posted on 12/05/2012 2:06:37 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: NormsRevenge
So give in to Obama today in order to tell themselves they will be in a stronger bargaining position next year. The DEA needs to pay Corker a visit. Everything is going to be the GOP/s fault anyway. Why not exhibit some courage and stand their ground...
4 posted on 12/05/2012 2:08:17 PM PST by Truth29
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To: TLI

aka ‘filler’ ,, pink slime .. lol


5 posted on 12/05/2012 2:08:39 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

“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...


6 posted on 12/05/2012 2:09:28 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: NormsRevenge
“said Republicans are losing the public relations battle “


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...

7 posted on 12/05/2012 2:10:00 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Truth29

Sally Quinn: RGIII ‘has united Washington in a way that I have never seen before’...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2012/12/04/cbs-news-on-rgiiis-bipartisan-appeal/

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’..


8 posted on 12/05/2012 2:13:02 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

So if Repubs raise taxes on the “rich,” everyone, including the media, will automatically begin to love them?


9 posted on 12/05/2012 2:14:55 PM PST by eCSMaster (2012 elections: American Coup d'etat!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Republicans weigh swallowing tax hike on the wealthy

Ironically, I am weighing whether I will ever vote for a Republican again.

10 posted on 12/05/2012 2:17:00 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: NormsRevenge
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.

Hmmm... So, then the Republicans can take a hit for both raising taxes AND pushing grandma off a cliff.
Wow, what a deal!

11 posted on 12/05/2012 2:20:43 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: eCSMaster
So if Repubs raise taxes on the “rich,” everyone, including the media, will automatically begin to love them?

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!

12 posted on 12/05/2012 2:24:50 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: NormsRevenge

We’re assuming that Obama will be able to deliver his Dem stooges to vote yes for a tax hike.


13 posted on 12/05/2012 2:25:49 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: TLI
Monotonous, typical Yahoo propaganda.

Yep, the MSM runs with unsourced comments and FReepers believe every word.

Getting more and more common.

14 posted on 12/05/2012 2:30:11 PM PST by what's up
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To: Truth29
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 - ...

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"
"possible upside"
"can then try to"
"maybe next year"

What strength ... what confidence ... what leadership ... what a crock! (yet, totally predictable).

15 posted on 12/05/2012 2:32:10 PM PST by glennaro
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To: what's up

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 ...


16 posted on 12/05/2012 2:37:44 PM PST by glennaro
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To: glennaro
Yes, and that is exactly what the MSM loves you to believe.

Jump on anything negative only because someone is "capable". That there's no proof seems to be beside the point.

17 posted on 12/05/2012 2:41:27 PM PST by what's up
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To: NormsRevenge
Ho Hum.

I see the GOP (Gutless Outmaneuvered Party) is still folding it's winning hands.

What else is new I should care about?

18 posted on 12/05/2012 2:48:00 PM PST by Gritty (I enjoy living in the 3rd World. Soon Americans will be able to do so from the comfort of home-FReed)
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To: what's up

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.


19 posted on 12/05/2012 2:48:43 PM PST by glennaro
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To: glennaro
Proof that these four who voted against the Ryan bill are some kind of heros?

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.

20 posted on 12/05/2012 2:52:31 PM PST by what's up
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To: Lancey Howard
Ha! Sometimes i think they should all just go home and let Bronco Bama
and his presidential signing orders jump into the fiscal abyss ...
just Bronco and his Unicorn.


21 posted on 12/05/2012 2:56:20 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.

Or something.

Just take the darned thing over the cliff already! We’re ready out here!


22 posted on 12/05/2012 3:36:00 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Warming up to Fold up.


23 posted on 12/05/2012 5:29:51 PM PST by Venturer
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


24 posted on 12/07/2012 3:17:35 PM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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