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Harry Reid: 'We Are Not Going to Do Anything'
weekly standard ^ | 12/20/12 | d halper

Posted on 12/20/2012 12:05:47 PM PST by bestintxas

Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, made his "fiscal cliff" position clear in a press conference today. "We are not going to do anything," said Reid.

Reid added, "We are not taking up anything they are working on over there."

The top Democrat in the Senate was explaining his inaction on the House plan, the proposal put forward by Republican John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives. Boehner's plan is being referred to as 'Plan B.'

"Boehner described his Plan B as a fallback option to prevent a sweeping tax hike when tax cuts from the administration of President George W. Bush expire at the end of the year. Sources said the Boehner measure also would include extending the current estate tax and alternative minimum tax, two steps sought by Republicans," reports CNN.

The 'Plan B' option tracks closely to a proposal put forward by Democrats earlier this year.

But now Reid won't even allow the Senate to vote on Boehner's proposal.

In the past, Reid has indicated he'd be open to compromising. "We are willing to compromise," he said earlier this month, "but we also will not consign the middle class to higher tax bills while millionaires and billionaires avoid all the pain."

Now that Republicans have a serious proposal that would pass the House and would seem to meet the requirements Democrats previously insisted on, Reid won't permit a vote.

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All the GOP needs to do is to use this quote in nauseum to demonstrate what the American people are really up against.

The libs want everyone's taxes raised.

1 posted on 12/20/2012 12:05:51 PM PST by bestintxas
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To: bestintxas

Hope we have that on tape!

Then, all we’d have to do is find a Republican willing to BEAT THEM OVER THE HEAD WITH IT!


2 posted on 12/20/2012 12:07:58 PM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: bestintxas

they should.

they won’t.

Bonehead is working on Plan C as we type.


3 posted on 12/20/2012 12:09:37 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: bestintxas

Bonehead should have the House pass an extension of the current Bush tax cuts and adjourn.


4 posted on 12/20/2012 12:10:52 PM PST by AU72
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To: cableguymn

Plan C as in cave in?


5 posted on 12/20/2012 12:11:51 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: bestintxas

Who died and made Harry king? What an arrogant old POS.


6 posted on 12/20/2012 12:11:51 PM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: bestintxas
"We are not going to do anything," \

At last! An honest politician !!!!!

7 posted on 12/20/2012 12:13:41 PM PST by llevrok (ObamaLand - Where young people go to retire.)
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To: bestintxas

“”In the past, Reid has indicated he’d be open to compromising. “We are willing to compromise,” he said earlier this month, “but we also will not consign the middle class to higher tax bills while millionaires and billionaires avoid all the pain.””””

Harry maybe forgot that ALL Americans got a tax increase from the democrats called husseincare.


8 posted on 12/20/2012 12:15:31 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: bestintxas

The dems want to go over the cliff.

They will turn around in Jan and pass a middle class tax cut and leave the successful people at the higher level and OB will tout himself as the savior of the middle class.

Spending cuts, you ask???????? ROTFLMAO!


9 posted on 12/20/2012 12:15:39 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: cableguymn

Plan C
Plan D
Plan E

At the end of all of this, the media takeaway will be that the Democrats wanted to do business, and the Republican never put forth a proposal.

It’s all Kabuki theater.


10 posted on 12/20/2012 12:15:44 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: bestintxas
but we also will not consign the middle class to higher tax bills while millionaires and billionaires avoid all the pain

Well, Hairy...Boehner now has a bill which raises taxes on the millionaires and billionaires only.

But you're STILL against it!

11 posted on 12/20/2012 12:15:44 PM PST by what's up
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To: AU72
Bonehead should have the House pass an extension of the current Bush tax cuts and adjourn.

And adjourn until after New Years, so that Reid has a choice between passing that or going over the cliff.

12 posted on 12/20/2012 12:18:45 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: bestintxas

The idea that he could amend the bill is apparently beyond him.

Of course, we all know what’s going on. The senate and the president are as one. The senate does not want the house to actually legislate. And even if it does, the senate will not act. The senate is acting as Obama’s shied. No bill will get to him because the senate will not pass one. It’s either what Obama wants or nothing.

Unfortuantely, Boehner hasn’t figured out yet that in reality, it’s what the House wants or nothing.


13 posted on 12/20/2012 12:23:42 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: bestintxas

Seems like every year lately we are watching and waiting in the days up until Christmas to find out what abominable power grab is being cooked up in Washington D.C. I think Congress should go home before Thanksgiving and stay there until January. Please just save us the drama of 11th hour deals such as Obamacare, etc.


14 posted on 12/20/2012 12:25:06 PM PST by Faith
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To: AU72

I’ve been for the House adjourning as well, but they’d have to recess. They can’t adjourn for more than three days without the senate’s permission. They can go home though and leave a few Virginia or Maryland reps running the House in pro forma session.


15 posted on 12/20/2012 12:26:46 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cableguymn

This Plan B charade is going to backfire big time on Bonehead and the
GOP.


16 posted on 12/20/2012 12:29:33 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: bestintxas
"We are not going to do anything," said Reid. Reid added, "We are not taking up anything they are working on over there."

Start airing COMMERCIALS OF THAT PUNK SAYING THAT...24/7 IT SHOULD BE ON TV, RADIO, INTERNET.

Saturate the damn media with every available commercial slot....and let Americans know: "YOUR TAXES ARE GOING UP BECAUSE OF OBAMA AND HIS FRIENDS IN THE SENATE!"

17 posted on 12/20/2012 12:31:50 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: tennmountainman

“This Plan B charade is going to backfire big time on Bonehead and the GOP.”

Amen.


18 posted on 12/20/2012 12:32:47 PM PST by Perkalong (GOP 2012 = Whigs 1856)
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To: bestintxas

Par for the course , Hairy Reed—going on 4 years without a budget you little midget lunatic and other Congressionally prohibited words.


19 posted on 12/20/2012 12:33:50 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: tennmountainman

What is your recommendation?


20 posted on 12/20/2012 12:34:23 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: bestintxas

Is that a promise or is he just leading us on again?


21 posted on 12/20/2012 12:37:58 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: bestintxas

Then “No Budget Harry” has no further need to foul the Senate chamber.


22 posted on 12/20/2012 12:38:41 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: bestintxas
Pelosi made it clear yesterday that Democrats are not negotiating in good faith when she admitted that Democrats are only trying to "smoke Republicans out" with the negotiations.

They are using the ruse of negotiations to trap Republicans into moving towards new positions that are in conflict with past positions. Once they do that, they will turn against Republicans by bashing them with flip-flops and faked admissions that Republican tax philosophy is wrong and never worked.

The MSM will gladly play their part.

-PJ

23 posted on 12/20/2012 12:40:19 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: bestintxas
“”We are not going to do anything,” said Reid.”

This is Harry Reid. He is a slimeball who made a career out of never doing anything. The Senate has not produced a budget in 4 years though they are constitutionally and legally bound to do so. He has done nothing to control the irresponsible spending in Washington, in fact he is responsible for much of it.

Reid is involved in slimy, corrupt land deals and an enormous amount of corruption. He is never going to do anything useful or constructive.

24 posted on 12/20/2012 12:41:33 PM PST by detective
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To: bestintxas
Boehner and his wussy sidekick Cantor are probably wetting themselves trying to come up with a way to give Obama everything he wants.

If this vote in the House allows Obama to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans, I'm changing my party affiliation. They do this, and the GOP are dead to me!

25 posted on 12/20/2012 12:42:08 PM PST by Artcore
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To: AU72

Exactly. It’s what he should have done all along. Let them Dems decide how to go forward with that.


26 posted on 12/20/2012 12:44:35 PM PST by CityCenter (Compromise is the welcome mat to deception.)
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To: bestintxas
RE :”All the GOP needs to do is to use this quote in nauseum to demonstrate what the American people are really up against.
The libs want everyone’s taxes raised.”

And they will gut the filibuster next year to keep Genate GOP from forcing them to take it up.

As I been posting:

1) Pass plan B in house
2) Get all House and Senate R members into drama school to learn how to ham it up on TV like O does.
3) Then Get on TV over and over and weep for the middle class taxpayer due to Obama’s political games. Really look concerned and upset. Its show-time!

#4 is the most important:

STOP CALLING FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO DRIVE US OFF THE CLIFF!

27 posted on 12/20/2012 12:45:22 PM PST by sickoflibs (Dems know how to win. Rs know how to whine.)
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To: Artcore
"If this vote in the House allows Obama to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans, I'm changing my party affiliation. They do this, and the GOP are dead to me!"

So the GOP remaining silent as the the presidency is usurped, twice, is no problem for you. But as soon as they decide to raise taxes on the rich, you're done with them. You deserve Obama and and the spineless GOP.

28 posted on 12/20/2012 12:50:16 PM PST by Godebert (No Person Except a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN!)
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To: bestintxas

They haven’t done anything for 4 fricking YEARS.

WHY START NOW?


29 posted on 12/20/2012 12:54:35 PM PST by tickedoffnow (No more...)
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To: Godebert
“So the GOP remaining silent as the the presidency is usurped, twice, is no problem for you. But as soon as they decide to raise taxes on the rich, you're done with them. You deserve Obama and and the spineless GOP.”
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Please tell me where I said that a$$wipe? All I'm saying is this is MY line in the sand. Got it?

Now go F yourself.

30 posted on 12/20/2012 12:55:53 PM PST by Artcore
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To: SoFloFreeper

Get a better GOP leadership for a start.

Harry Reid has let the senate out for Christmas.
This bill is going NOWHERE, fast.
This bill is nothing more that a “test” vote for the coming
Grandest of All Bargains. Bonehead want to see who votes for
this bill and who doesn’t.

This bill is meaningless. And if it is meaningless, why would
you put your members in a position to vote for Tax Increase.
So, to answer your question, Bonehead should have done what
Reid just did in the senate. Send the members home.


31 posted on 12/20/2012 12:59:01 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: From The Deer Stand
"Who died and made Harry king?"

All of the "Pincipled Conservatives" who sat on their hands, didn't vote and "sent the GOP a strong message".

Elections, like temper tantrums, have consequences...especially when you let the Liberals play you like a cheap banjo.

32 posted on 12/20/2012 1:07:41 PM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: tennmountainman

I say everyone vote present and call it a day.


33 posted on 12/20/2012 1:07:47 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: bestintxas

Now that Harry Reid has made it clear that the Senate will NOT take up the House’s Plan B bill if passed, and the President has also made it clear that HE will NOT sign a Plan B bill, there is no reason for the House Republicans to do anything but leave Washington.

Why would John Boehner force his Republican House colleagues, many of whom have solemnly pledged never to raise taxes, to approve a bill raising taxes when there is no chance whatsoever that the bill will become law?

The Republicans should get out of Washington NOW, as urgently as if the entire city were on fire. Any extra minute that the Republicans remain in town is an extra minute that John Boehner may well use to do something stupid in that will hurt the Republicans. Go. Now.


34 posted on 12/20/2012 1:08:38 PM PST by Bluestocking
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To: cableguymn

Well put.


35 posted on 12/20/2012 1:12:54 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Bluestocking

I will tell you why.

Because this bill is nothing more than a “test” vote for
Bonehead and Cantor. They want to know who votes for and against.
So when the Grandest of All Bargains is ready for a vote,
they would have had time to threaten or bribe the no votes
on this bill. And time to gather some RAT votes, as well
just like Bonehead did with the Debt Ceiling Grandest of all Bargains.


36 posted on 12/20/2012 1:17:29 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: bestintxas

Boehnhead should have stopped with Plan A - anything more simply signifies that there can be Plans B, C, D,... ZZZ.


37 posted on 12/20/2012 1:34:22 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: bestintxas

We’ve noticed that, Harry, you mob-connected criminal.


38 posted on 12/20/2012 1:46:36 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: bestintxas

Its quite simple, don’t do anything back! Republicans (with balls) understand that the party will be blamed antways so why not act in this Countries best interests. Vote NO and go. Let Obama yammer how its the Repubs fault...so what. When we hit the dent ceiling vote NO, and let out President blame us again. What will fix this country is a party that actually say’s NO!


39 posted on 12/20/2012 1:58:29 PM PST by JohnD9207 (Isn't freedom worth fighting for?)
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To: bestintxas

Cliffhanger (with noose). It’s his funeral.


40 posted on 12/20/2012 2:01:50 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: AU72

Except for the top tax rate, the “Plan B” IS the “Bush tax rate cut”, with a proviso it be made permanent.

Harry Reid is the dog in the manger that cannot find his butt with both hands, which is the only reason he is not licking it continually.


41 posted on 12/20/2012 2:41:57 PM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: Artcore
"All I'm saying is this is MY line in the sand. Got it?"

Oh, I got it alright. You could give a flying sh#+ about the Constitution. Just like the rest of the GOP traitors.

42 posted on 12/20/2012 2:47:58 PM PST by Godebert (No Person Except a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN!)
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To: Artcore

My line in the sand is building a nuclear waste storage repository for 10 Billion and having some half-a$$&d senator dance into the oval office and have the president shut it down.


43 posted on 12/20/2012 2:53:32 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Godebert

“Oh, I got it alright. You could give a flying sh#+ about the Constitution. Just like the rest of the GOP traitors.”
_________________________________________________

Pi$$ off! You have no clue what I think about anything.


44 posted on 12/20/2012 3:17:45 PM PST by Artcore
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To: bestintxas

No, the GOP is acting very foolish.

In the midst of a greater recession, they keep allowing themselves to be defined as the party of the rich against the poor. They ran Romney, who was defined as a mega rich man, and lost partially because of that perception.

Change the debate. Move it to non welfare, non social security spending. We, as conservatives, are constantly told to sacrifice core principles in order to “win”. Yet the GOP is going to the mattresses on a losing issue, claiming principle. Most people do not, and will not, support keeping the tax cuts on those making over $400K. Call it ignorance, foolishness, or greed, but that is what it is.

Bohener and the GOP have allowed themselves to be played. The next step will be Obama agreeing to Plan B, if the House agrees to a gun ban. And I fear that the GOP and Bohener will go ahead and do it.


45 posted on 12/20/2012 3:36:45 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: bestintxas
So Reid and Obama will be responsible for the 2nd largest tax increase in American History, just behind Obamacare.
46 posted on 12/20/2012 3:43:47 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: Artcore

I know you support traitors until they raise your taxes.


47 posted on 12/20/2012 3:50:56 PM PST by Godebert (No Person Except a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN!)
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To: bestintxas
Harry Reid: 'We Are Not Going to Do Anything'

That isn't news.

48 posted on 12/20/2012 5:09:42 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: redgolum

Unfort. they (again) using the wrong battle techniques.

They SHOULD, IMHO, be shouting left/right 24/7: “EVERY American deserves to keep as much as their money as possible, as the Senate, led by Henry Reid, has not even passed a budget in over 4 years. With a yearly deficit of 1.5TRILLION dollars, the Fed. gov’t is not being a good steward of the People’s money. NOTHING will pass the house until a balanced budget, that starts reducing the deficit this year, is passed.”

Then walk away until the New Year. WHY is this so hard?!


49 posted on 12/20/2012 7:02:26 PM PST by i_robot73
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To: bestintxas

They’re not going to do anything? Why start now?


50 posted on 12/20/2012 7:57:19 PM PST by Terry Mross ( I don't watch the "news". Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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