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President Obama Predicts GOP Will Cave on Taxes
ABC News ^ | Dec. 11, 2012 | Devin Dwyer

Posted on 12/11/2012 3:57:31 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

As the clock ticks toward a tax hike on all Americans in 20 days, President Obama predicted Republicans would join Democrats to extend current rates for 98 percent of earners before the end of the year.

"I'm pretty confident that Republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to trying to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals," Obama said today in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters.

"I don't think they'll do that," he said of Republicans forcing tax-rate increases for families earning $250,000 a year or less.

The sign of optimism follows weeks of tense negotiations and public posturing to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," an economically toxic package of $6 trillion in across-the-board tax hikes and $1.2 trillion in deep spending cuts that could begin in early 2013.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: civility; newtone; obama; taxes

1 posted on 12/11/2012 3:57:35 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well, duh. They are republicans, aren’t they? It is amazing any of them have any children as none of them seem to have reproductive capabilities.


2 posted on 12/11/2012 4:01:50 PM PST by Jemian
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This guy is such a sage...

Miss Cleo..., is that you?


3 posted on 12/11/2012 4:02:48 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And he would be correct.


4 posted on 12/11/2012 4:04:08 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Has anyone seen Obama and Miss Cleo in the same room at the same time? That’s what I thought...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWyHiV3l3MA


5 posted on 12/11/2012 4:04:42 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Please prove this narcissistic muslim basturd wrong.

FUBO, you steaming Kenyan turd


6 posted on 12/11/2012 4:04:55 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Pass a bill in the republican house to make the current rates permanent for everyone then if the democrats vote it down or the president vetoes it THEY own it.


7 posted on 12/11/2012 4:06:43 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Holy Holey! After 4 loooong years, Broncho Bamma and I agree on something.


8 posted on 12/11/2012 4:09:08 PM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well.... the Republicans have Buckle Boehner out in front....always folding....


9 posted on 12/11/2012 4:10:48 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I don't know about that but I predict there will be no agreement as Obama doesn't want one. Obama wants economic chaos and he will reject any, and all offers Republicans might make.

Republicans need to get better at articulating the true nature of what is happening.

10 posted on 12/11/2012 4:10:59 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Free ThinkerNY

No doubt the GOP has already caved, which is why he can make that prediction.


11 posted on 12/11/2012 4:13:14 PM PST by kabar
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

I want the clif burn everyone make all the middle class pay democrat taxes


12 posted on 12/11/2012 4:13:19 PM PST by pwatson
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Caving? Gutless Old Party? What else is new?


13 posted on 12/11/2012 4:17:44 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Speaker of the House John Boehner was sighted today, practicing the delivery
of his final position on the fiscal cliff negotiations.


14 posted on 12/11/2012 4:19:14 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Duh? Easy bet!


15 posted on 12/11/2012 4:21:08 PM PST by ImpBill ("America, where are you now?" - Little "r" republican!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Obama just called Boehner his bitch.

And all the Speaker will do is grab his ankles.

16 posted on 12/11/2012 4:21:28 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (The trouble with the "masses" is that they never achieve the "m")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

John Boehnor caved in less than 12 hours after the election.


17 posted on 12/11/2012 4:22:03 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Really think this is just Kabuki theater for the masses.

0 and Boner already worked out a deal when they met on sunday, it's being written as we speak. They'll rattle sabers and build the tension until the 11th hour, then ink a deal in the dark of night (unread and undebated). They'll congratulate themselves for their hard work and then adjourn until the coast is clear.

After the holidays, we get to find out what's in it - surprises for you, me, and Boner too (since the Dems wrote it).

18 posted on 12/11/2012 4:24:10 PM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Jim Robinson

“Pass a bill in the republican house to make the current rates permanent for everyone then if the democrats vote it down or the president vetoes it THEY own it.”

Exactly. It is about damn time that the Pubs went on the offense and put 0bummer on the defense. We can never win if we are always on the defensive.


19 posted on 12/11/2012 4:24:29 PM PST by Islander2
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hmmm, Congress can become suddenly responsible and operate within the budget they never got around writing up these last four years, or steal more money.

More money, or more work... Hmmm Hard choice for the pampered princes of DC.


20 posted on 12/11/2012 4:26:11 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Jim Robinson

“Pass a bill in the republican house to make the current rates permanent for everyone then if the democrats vote it down or the president vetoes it THEY own it.”

That’s called fighting back. Not in this lifetime.


21 posted on 12/11/2012 4:29:58 PM PST by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If they taxed 100%, everybody would starve living in caves next year, yet Congress would still run out of money before the next election.

I suspect that taxation talk is just smoke and mirrors while they buy time to print more money to buy mansions in the Bahamas before the world wakes up to what is really going on.


22 posted on 12/11/2012 4:30:13 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
It's interesting that when the Bush tax cuts were passed, they were "tax cuts for the rich." Now that they're about to expire, everyone is crying over how the higher taxes will hit the middle class. Well, which was it? Tax cuts for the rich, or tax cuts for everyone?
23 posted on 12/11/2012 4:30:19 PM PST by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
As this communique torn by media puppet ABC News verbatim from the DNC's ticker suggests, the GOP will cave.

And the country's descent down the commode will accelerate.

Tomorrow this media puppet will continue to report, again using DNC talking points, that past GOP tax cuts are to blame.

Call me clairvoyant.

24 posted on 12/11/2012 4:30:23 PM PST by skeeter
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To: kabar
No doubt the GOP has already caved, which is why he can make that prediction.

No, it's part of the Alinsky "inevitably strategy" which means you get everybody all hyped up that something's going to happen so when it doesn't the other party gets blamed.

That's what's going on this week.

25 posted on 12/11/2012 4:33:36 PM PST by what's up
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To: Jim Robinson
Pass a bill in the republican house to make the current rates permanent for everyone then if the democrats vote it down or the president vetoes it THEY own it.

What ticks me off is why haven't they done this already?

26 posted on 12/11/2012 4:35:41 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Whatever. I’m so sick of hearing about it. At this point I’m ready to sit back and let Obama be known as the lying fraud who raised taxes and wrecked the economy. Whatever we do, this ship is going down.


27 posted on 12/11/2012 4:37:38 PM PST by jersey117
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A moron could make the same prediction and be right, and while we are at it, lets predict they will cave on the debt ceiling, spending cuts, Obama care, death panels, ever increasing taxes, homosexual marriage, auditing the Fed, entitlement reform, name it. Obama has a mandate, after all he won, no one is bragging about how much he won by or how many states went for him.


28 posted on 12/11/2012 4:38:17 PM PST by wita
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Speaker of Spelunkers? Go caving? Naaaah....Really?

I can’t believe it.

Next you’ll tell me the Pope is Catholic and Bears $hit in the woods.


29 posted on 12/11/2012 4:40:39 PM PST by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; All
Republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage

Remember the "new tone" and "civility" and all that Obama and his party were pushing after the Tucson shooting in 2011?

Preserving existing tax rates, adding to future grown... that's now a HOSTAGE taker.

30 posted on 12/11/2012 4:48:59 PM PST by newzjunkey (feh)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

When Obama and Boehner are alone together in a room, does Boehner cry?

Does Boehner squeal like a piggy? “Weeeeeeee!”


31 posted on 12/11/2012 4:52:09 PM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: ZOOKER
Obviously, Mr. Boehner caved immediately after the elections.
This is not about the weakness and cowardice of Mr. Boehner, it is about the worthless GOPe and their foreign masters that support and empower Mr. Boehner and his fellow Mainstream Republican GOPe’s
Mr. Boehner does not want Ms. Clinton to release his FBI files and will grab his ankles whenever necessary.
Mr. Obama is an ignorant, quota black, who is led by other , much smarter, entities.
Mr. Obama should lay back and puff a Camel, chain smoker that he is, and watch the puppet media foist his position on the nation.
TWB
32 posted on 12/11/2012 4:53:50 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: Jim Robinson

THAT, should have already been done.

THAT, is too easy.

THAT, assumes they are even on our side. Frankly, I am not so sure anymore.


33 posted on 12/11/2012 4:58:13 PM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: ZOOKER
They'll rattle sabers and build the tension until the 11th hour, then ink a deal in the dark of night (unread and undebated). They'll congratulate themselves for their hard work and then adjourn until the coast is clear.

yep, I bet it will get done by the 17, 'cause that is when ZERO is supposed to go to Hawaii for his two week vacation in that $34mm mansion.....

34 posted on 12/11/2012 5:06:15 PM PST by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

apparently the sniveling hypocrite democrats are desperate to keep: THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

so if your taxes DON’T go up, BLAME BUSH


35 posted on 12/11/2012 5:16:21 PM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: svcw

“President Obama predicted Republicans would join Democrats to extend current rates for 98 percent of earners before the end of the year.”

When you are right you are right.


36 posted on 12/11/2012 5:21:11 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And I predict the sun will light up the eastern seaboard and the rest of the country shortly thereafter tomorrow.


37 posted on 12/11/2012 5:23:08 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: JoeFromSidney

“It’s interesting that when the Bush tax cuts were passed, they were “tax cuts for the rich.” Now that they’re about to expire, everyone is crying over how the higher taxes will hit the middle class. “

Joe, good point. The democrats never wanted taxes cut for anyone, but now they have to pretend that they only want to raise taxes on the rich.

i’m contrarian here. I don’t think the repubicans will cave. Boehner and McConnell know what happened to Bush41 when he caved on taxes.

There is a big political difference between voting for a tax increase, and not being able to stop one from happening.

Obama’s primary goal here seems to be to raise taxes on the top 2%. He is willing to raise taxes on everyone to do it. Republicans can’t stop him but they should not enable him by “compromising” and voting for higher taxes for anyone.

In bizarre way, going over the fiscal cliff is win-win politically. Obama gets his tax increase, the republicans don’t have to vote for one... that’s why i think it’s going to happen. and after that, anything is possible...


38 posted on 12/11/2012 5:26:49 PM PST by Reverend Wright (1990 Budget Agreement: learn from other's mistakes)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m an optimist.... or a fool.

I’m hoping the GOP is smarter than this.


39 posted on 12/11/2012 6:02:39 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: mike_9958

I think they are indeed dumb enough to do this — cave in. But I also predict that if they do, it will be one of their last actions before becoming the Whigs of the 21st Century.

Reform Party here we come!


40 posted on 12/11/2012 6:47:03 PM PST by Cincinnatus.45-70 (What do DemocRats enjoy more than a truckload of dead babies? Unloading them with a pitchfork!)
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To: what's up

We will see who is right. No need to speculate.


41 posted on 12/11/2012 7:11:54 PM PST by kabar
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So do I.


42 posted on 12/11/2012 7:16:56 PM PST by sport
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The Fiscal Cliff deal makes raising taxes a forgone conclusion. It forces a rasing of rates on everyone if there is no agreement on spending cuts so guess who won't negotiate spending cuts? That's right, Obama and why should he when Republicans gave away the farm before the election.

You may as well raise rates on the "rich" because the economy is already in a recession when compared to the "Bush recession". If tax rates go up on everyone and the economy tanks, then the Republicans will be blamed. It's actually Obama's back against the wall of economic ruin brought about by his party.

43 posted on 12/11/2012 7:54:40 PM PST by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: Reverend Wright

In bizarre way, going over the fiscal cliff is win-win politically. Obama gets his tax increase, the republicans don’t have to vote for one... that’s why i think it’s going to happen. and after that, anything is possible...


Good analyses. The beltway GOP attacks on the kenyan have to so halfhearted. It’s obvious red meat for the base without any follow up. We’re being played.

The GOP will pay in 2014. Nobody will want to support these clueless losers. Being not Democrats isn’t good enough any more.


44 posted on 12/11/2012 8:40:12 PM PST by lodi90
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