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Boehner: 'I Did My Part'
CNS News.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 12/20/2012 12:59:47 PM PST by Hojczyk

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said 'I did my part’ in negotiations with President Barack Obama to avert the fiscal cliff by offering a proposal to raise taxes on millionaires.

Just hours before the House plans to vote on the Speaker’s “Plan B,” which will raise the marginal tax rate for people earning $1 million or more per year to 39.6 percent, Boehner said Republicans have done “everything we can” to avoid the fiscal cliff.

The fiscal cliff refers to the expiration of the Bush tax rates and the start of automatic spending cuts (sequestration) on Jan. 2, unless Congress and the White House act. The tax issues also include the child tax deduction; the end of the 10 percent bracket; and the Alternative Minimum Tax.

“President Obama and Senate Democrats haven’t done much of anything,” Boehner said during a Capitol Hill press conference today. “Their Plan B is to slow walk us over the fiscal cliff.”

“For weeks the White House has said that if I moved on rates, that they would make substantial concessions on spending cuts and entitlement reform,” Boehner said.

“I did my part,” he said. “They’ve done nothing.”

“The president’s last offer of $1.3 trillion in new revenue [taxes] with only $850 billion worth of spending reductions fails to meet the test of ‘balanced’ that he continues to call for.”

“Frankly,” Boehner continued, “I’m convinced that the president is unwilling to stand up to his own party on the big issues that face our country. Time is running short.”

“The House will act today and it’ll be up to the Senate Democrats and the White House to act,” he said.

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1 posted on 12/20/2012 12:59:48 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
Maybe he is smarter than I though...we will see if he caves..The Senate does not want to vote on anything..
2 posted on 12/20/2012 1:01:37 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

I’d mostly agree. He did what he could. I respect that he’s going to pass the bill — which isn’t great, but is better than it could’ve been — and then wash his hands of it.

Go as far as you’re willing, then take action and leave the ball in their court.

SnakeDoc


3 posted on 12/20/2012 1:04:43 PM PST by SnakeDoctor (Texas survived one Obama term, and we'll survive another. The rest of you are screwed.)
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To: Hojczyk

Why is this reported as a tax raise on those earning $1mm or more in 2013? Those people are going to be taxed at 39.6% if no bill is passed. And a lot more people will be taxed at that rate too if no bill is passed.

Boehner’s bill is to reduce taxes on everyone except those who earn $1mm or more. If nothing is done everyone’s taxes will be higher.


4 posted on 12/20/2012 1:04:59 PM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: Hojczyk

Yes you did, on behalf of the DC Party.
With this coming vote on Plan B, he is about to send the GOP
over the cliff, as well.
If the vote happens while Levin is on the air tonight, he has
said he will name names of the GOP members (conservatives)
who voted for this meaningless bill.


5 posted on 12/20/2012 1:05:05 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Hojczyk

Well he certainly did... but not for the right thing.


6 posted on 12/20/2012 1:06:35 PM PST by Republican1795.
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To: Hojczyk

The Senate will do nothing and the President will blame the “Congress” which the media will blame the Republicans in the House.


7 posted on 12/20/2012 1:07:05 PM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Hojczyk

I’m not convinced that Boehner did anything exept to mimic the Pelosi plan from months ago.

And now even that is not enough for Nobama?

(bleep) this. We are screwed.


8 posted on 12/20/2012 1:07:27 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Hojczyk

Can’t believe I am typing this:

“Good for Boehner.”

The president has consistently said he wants to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires. Well, here you go.

The press is so pathetic not to call the democrats out for opposing the House bill.


9 posted on 12/20/2012 1:07:32 PM PST by Tulane
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To: Hojczyk

He has certainly been more than accomodating.. damned if he does and damned if he don’t..

There is no victory to be won in this latest horror of governance risking it all to prevail and use it for political gains. If the party agenda is more important than the country, then we are screwed.


10 posted on 12/20/2012 1:08:09 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Hojczyk
Maybe he is smarter than I though...we will see if he caves..The Senate does not want to vote on anything..

I don't think it matters, I think Boehner could give Obama 100% of what he's asked for and Obama would just threaten a veto and move the goalposts. I think Obama WANTS to go over the so called fiscal cliff, because he gets two things democrats have been dreaming of for a decade, massive defense cuts and across the board tax increases when the bush cuts expire (don't believe for a second that Obama really cares about the middle class, revenue is revenue, he just wants Republican's to get the blame). Of course there IS that little provision about the billion in social spending cuts. But Obama knows all he has to do is drag out a parade of children who's school lunches will be cut, and senior citizens paying more for prescriptions and the Republican's will put there tail between their legs and reverse that part.

11 posted on 12/20/2012 1:08:13 PM PST by apillar
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To: Hojczyk

And now that you’ve done your part, Speaker Boehner, how about embarking on a three month vacation. Check back in at the end of March and see if the Dems ever gave you the $100 billion in spending cuts they promised when you raised the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion. We were assured at the time that the $2.5 trillion would last through March, so there is really no pressing need at all for you to stay here. Do America a favor - check out for the next three months. It’s what Obama has done for the last four years. Get with the program. Do nothing.


12 posted on 12/20/2012 1:08:18 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Hojczyk

The Republicans are going to lose the public relations battle over this. Boehner and the GOP will be blamed for the failure of the parties to reach a deal because Boehner is trying to be seen “cooperating” with President Obama.

The more time Boehner wastes trying to “cooperate” with President Obama, the worse the public relations outcome will be in 2013.

The House should simply pass a balance budget (one that doesn’t raise taxes) and let the government shut down if necessary until Senator Reid and President Obama surrender.

The GOP has ZERO CREDIBILITY on spending, deficits, and low taxes. Democrats have better approval ratings in all of these areas!

The GOP continues to sandbag genuine conservatives and to foist “candidates who can win the moderates” upon us.

It is high time to SMASH the GOP and send it to the ash heap of history.


13 posted on 12/20/2012 1:11:07 PM PST by Perkalong (GOP 2012 = Whigs 1856)
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To: Hojczyk; Arthurio; what's up; ArmstedFragg; Perdogg; Hoodat; dan on the right; ...
RE :’“President Obama and Senate Democrats haven’t done much of anything,” Boehner said during a Capitol Hill press conference today. “Their Plan B is to slow walk us over the fiscal cliff.”
“For weeks the White House has said that if I moved on rates, that they would make substantial concessions on spending cuts and entitlement reform,” Boehner said.
“I did my part,” he said. “They’ve done nothing.”

This is a good start but Boner needs some drama school. Quick tips:

1) Show distress, and emotion
2) plead with O to stop playing with peoples lives on taxes
3) Talk about how it will hurt ‘the children’
4) Explain how Democrats wont take YES for an answer
5) Splane how they are holding our taxes hostage for a even better deal then they demanded on raising taxes (punishing job creators).
6) Send House members to drama school crash course for their TV appearances play up 1 to 5 above

#7 is the most important:
Tell certain clueless Republicans to STOP CALLING FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO DRIVE US OFF THE CLIFF!

14 posted on 12/20/2012 1:11:11 PM PST by sickoflibs (Dems know how to win. Rs know how to whine.)
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To: Tulane

Mega Dittoes on “Good for Boehner”. You (and he) deserve it.


15 posted on 12/20/2012 1:11:46 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: Hojczyk

When everyone’s taxes go up, the House GOP can say “Here is our bill that would have prevented it. Where is the Senate bill?” The Senate has made no tangible attempt to prevent the tax increase.

If the nation is as stupid as they were in November, then the GOP may still be blamed by a majority of the voters. However, once the reality of smaller paychecks hit everyone, I think those voters just might get somewhat more focused on the matter.


16 posted on 12/20/2012 1:11:46 PM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: Hojczyk

Face it folks, taxes are going up sooner or later anyway. It’s a big sheiss sandwich and we’re all gonna take a bite.

I think FReepers are gonna be generally pissed off about whatever happens since we hold only ONE card and Boehner won’t play it...the debt ceiling.

I’m ready to go over the cliff. It’s the only way ANYTHING gets cut.


17 posted on 12/20/2012 1:11:56 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: apillar
I don't think it matters, I think Boehner could give Obama 100% of what he's asked for and Obama would just threaten a veto and move the goalposts. I think Obama WANTS to go over the so called fiscal cliff, . . .

You are correct. There is only one thing in all of this that Obama wants - and that is to raise the debt ceiling. So my for Boehner and the GOP House is to not give it to him. Let him do anything he wants, but DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. Call Obama's bluff. If he complains, then remind him that the last increase was supposed to carry him through the end of March. Tell him he has three months to come up with the $100 billion in spending cuts he promised.

18 posted on 12/20/2012 1:13:13 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Hojczyk

Remember the shell game is in the terminology.

“Reduction in spending” cuts nothing. It reduces the amount of increased spending.

Paul Ryan’s budget actually cut nothing, but at least it was a threat to entitlement spending.


19 posted on 12/20/2012 1:14:41 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: ez
we hold only ONE card and Boehner won’t play it...the debt ceiling.

What do you mean, he won't play it? Give him a blanking break. He's been trying to get something constructive on spending out of Obama and the Dems (yeah, I know: fat chance) but that's where he'll use the debt ceiling and that's where he'll have leverage.

All things considered, John Boehner has played this about as well as one could ever want. He had a weak hand, but he's found a way to regain some leverage. Vote for Plan B and go home for the holidays.

20 posted on 12/20/2012 1:16:49 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: Hojczyk

Democrats (All the time): “Tax the rich!”

Republicans (Plan B): “Tax the rich!”

What’s the difference?


21 posted on 12/20/2012 1:17:07 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile has killed more people than my guns.)
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To: Hojczyk
Good for Boehner.

So the Senate is adjourning.

The House will remain tomorrow after tonite's vote and work on the sequester.

So we have the days ahead to say "we're working still on this and the Senate is vacationing."

Good strategy IMO.

22 posted on 12/20/2012 1:18:42 PM PST by what's up
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To: sickoflibs

yep...(bump)


23 posted on 12/20/2012 1:19:30 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: apillar
Boehner could give Obama 100% of what he's asked for and Obama would just threaten a veto and move the goalposts. I think Obama WANTS to go over the so called fiscal cliff, because he gets two things democrats have been dreaming of for a decade, massive defense cuts and across the board tax increases when the bush cuts expire (don't believe for a second that Obama really cares about the middle class, revenue is revenue, he just wants Republican's to get the blame).

Exactly!!!

24 posted on 12/20/2012 1:19:40 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: ReleaseTheHounds

I like the plan...maybe you didn’t get that from what I said. We do what WE think is right and go home and let them play their little media political game all by themselves.

I just think that we should be playing hardball. You f@#k us on this cliff deal and we f#$k you for the next two years on the debt ceiling. NO RAISES.


25 posted on 12/20/2012 1:20:34 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Truth is a Weapon

that’s exactly right, and it’s why I am puzzled why so many Republicans seem to think it would be smart to walk away from the deal the White House offered Boehner, which frankly was very close to the deal Boehner offered the White House?

If we go over the cliff because the Republicans say, “Hell No, we won’t go!” then really what have we accomplished?? Isn’t a compromise with Obama better than what current law has in it, which is a reversion to 2000??


26 posted on 12/20/2012 1:20:34 PM PST by babble-on
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To: sickoflibs
Tell certain clueless Republicans to STOP CALLING FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO DRIVE US OFF THE CLIFF!

It would be a better idea to define what "the cliff" actually is. The only cliff here is the same cliff we saw 16 months ago. The cliff has nothing to do with tax rates or spending cuts. The only "cliff" here is in regard to continuing to print up more money to fund government. If Boehner would simply announce that it is time to cut up the government credit card, he would have the support of the American people. Instead, he allows Obama to define it as something that it is not.

This whole charade is cover for the biggest tax increase of all - the devaluation of the currency. Give Obama anything else, but DO NOT give him the ability to expand our money supply by another $5 trillion.

27 posted on 12/20/2012 1:21:47 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Perkalong

Excuse me, this hating Republicans is out of control here on FR. Why don’t you wish for destruction of the Democrat party? These are the true evil ones.


28 posted on 12/20/2012 1:21:58 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: tennmountainman

What are you talking about?

What do you think is the best approach to this situation? Ceasing negotiations and getting blamed for an utterly massive tax hike?


29 posted on 12/20/2012 1:22:23 PM PST by babble-on
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To: Perkalong

I agree. Bonehead has been so out front and so overexposed, that
the Public will blame him and the GOP, because he HAS BECOME
the face of the cliff. And his desperation has showed.


30 posted on 12/20/2012 1:22:28 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Arm_Bears
The difference is that thousands of small businesses are protected this way.

The less vulnerable (millionaires, billionaires) are clever enough to shield themselves. They're smarter...which is why they're where they are.

The mid-level businesses would be protected by this bill and as a result there will far less people being fired.

31 posted on 12/20/2012 1:22:38 PM PST by what's up
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To: tennmountainman

And who the frick is Levin?


32 posted on 12/20/2012 1:23:12 PM PST by babble-on
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To: Hojczyk

He and the rest of the Rinos did their part in throwing the game.


33 posted on 12/20/2012 1:23:51 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: babble-on

It is a meaningless vote that puts his members in a bad position of voting for a Tax increase.
Do what Dirty Harry just did. Send his members home.


34 posted on 12/20/2012 1:24:36 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Truth is a Weapon

The Senate passed a bill months ago!


35 posted on 12/20/2012 1:25:06 PM PST by babble-on
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To: sickoflibs

“Tell certain clueless Republicans to STOP CALLING FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO DRIVE US OFF THE CLIFF!”

Better hold one cause that’s exactly where we’re going.

I called and wrote my congressman today to tell him not to vote for raising taxes.

The better course is to let Obama own it.


36 posted on 12/20/2012 1:26:33 PM PST by bestintxas (Anyone who votes for Obama after these 4 miserable years needs to take a mandatory citizenship test.)
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To: Perkalong
The House should simply pass a balance budget (one that doesn’t raise taxes) and let the government shut down if necessary until Senator Reid and President Obama surrender.

Amen, amen, and amen!

37 posted on 12/20/2012 1:27:22 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: tennmountainman

Voting for a tax increase?? Taxes are going to go up 4 times as much if they DON’T vote for it.

Anything that stops a compromise with the White House is a vote for the biggest tax increase of all!!

We rolled the dice in 2011 that we would win the White House in 2012 and we’d be able to craft our own solution to the fiscal cliff. Well, we lost. So now you want to murder the US economy with massive tax hikes in order to say you didn’t vote for a much smaller one? Are you stupid?>>


38 posted on 12/20/2012 1:28:18 PM PST by babble-on
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To: babble-on

Mark Levin, the best talk show host in radio.
Served in the Reagan Administration under Ed Meese at the
Justice department. If u would like to listen, tune-in
to WABC Radio from 6-9 PM EDT. You might learn a few things.
BTW, if the vote happens tonight while he is on air, he said
he will name names of conservatives who voted for this Charade.


39 posted on 12/20/2012 1:28:34 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Hojczyk

Boehner’s mistake all along has been to negotiate with the president. The president, i.e. the executive, should play no part in the crafting of legislation (other than persuading individual members). The president’s only role in legislation is to sign a bill or reject a bill with his objections. If the president wants to legislate, let him go back to the senate.

Boehner is finally doing the right thing in having the actually vote on something. It is not a “political stunt” or an “exercise in futility.” It is their governmental function. Whether the president vetoes it should it get to him or if the senate fails to take up the bill is not the consern of the House. Once the House passes a bill, that is the end of it for them unless it comes back to them from either the senate or the president. Apparantly neither will be happening so Boehner is doing his part. Whether the bill is any good is a different question.

Regular legislative order is the key to liberty. No surprise that Obama and the democrats are working to undermine it.


40 posted on 12/20/2012 1:29:23 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: tennmountainman

The Senate is coming back on the 27th on the expectation that there is a deal by then that does not destroy the US economy. I hope they’re right.


41 posted on 12/20/2012 1:29:33 PM PST by babble-on
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To: Hojczyk

Reid has already said he wouldn’t being this bill up. Unless Hussein changes his mind and tells Reid to bring it up, it’s dead.


42 posted on 12/20/2012 1:30:26 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Galt is freedom.)
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To: for-q-clinton

I’m not saying that the media won’t blame the GOP but it will be difficult for them to do it with a straight face.


43 posted on 12/20/2012 1:31:08 PM PST by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: Hojczyk

Of course he’ll finally cave. That’s “his part” ultimately - caving.


44 posted on 12/20/2012 1:31:25 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Hojczyk

I think he should change his name to Donner in light of his record as Speaker of the House. In fact, they could change the name of the Republican Party to the Donner Party.


45 posted on 12/20/2012 1:31:55 PM PST by DoughtyOne (How about a waiting period for putting crazies out on the streets, say a million years or so.)
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To: for-q-clinton

“The Senate will do nothing and the President will blame the “Congress” which the media will blame the Republicans in the House.”

Republicans get the blame anyway. Now would be a good time to run ads blaming the Democrats and the media for why everyone’s taxes are going up Jan 1.

I would go so far as to informercial it.


46 posted on 12/20/2012 1:32:19 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (You can't bring something to its knees that refuses to stand on its own)
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To: tennmountainman

Is that supposed to be secret info he’s revealing?? It’s a roll call vote, I think we’ll know which members are in favor of huge tax increases quite well, they’ll be the ones who vote against the bill.


47 posted on 12/20/2012 1:32:23 PM PST by babble-on
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To: babble-on

It is you who is very short-sighted.
The same law that enacted these tax increases, can be changed
as well.
It is a meaningless vote that will not serve the GOP members.
It has no chance of passing. And because Bonehead has been so
out front working a deal with him self, he HAS BECOME the face of
this cliff. He and the GOP will get the blame regardless of what happens.


48 posted on 12/20/2012 1:33:40 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Marcella

Then let Reid pass his own bill and send it to Congress. When will Garry Reid get off his a$$?


49 posted on 12/20/2012 1:33:41 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Hojczyk

The stock market is up again today. Maybe going over the cliff is not such a bad thing. I am not an expert and I don’t know why the market goes up or down. I keep hearing experts say that if we go over the cliff the stock market will crater, but that is not happening.


50 posted on 12/20/2012 1:33:49 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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