Skip to comments.Lock Congress Up Until They Deal
Posted on 12/28/2012 12:03:52 PM PST by Kaslin
Stocks staged a late day rally because the Senate is prepared to kick the can down the road, avoiding any chance of fiscal sanity this year or next.
Whether or not the House will go along is another matter, but unfortunately Speaker Boehner calls House back to Washington on Sunday
The House of Representatives will reconvene on Sunday evening, just less than 30 hours before the United States reaches the fiscal cliff.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, notified lawmakers that the House would come to order at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday in hopes of averting the end-of-year combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that constitute the fiscal cliff.
The lawmaker on Thursday's call told NBC News that any Senate plan Boehner puts on the House floor (of which there is no guarantee) would only receive as few as 40 Republican votes, making Democratic help necessary.
"If the Senate will not approve these bills and send them to the president to be signed into law in their current form, they must be amended and returned to the House," Boehner told Republicans Thursday, according to a source on the call. "Once this has occurred, the House will then consider whether to accept the bills as amended, or to send them back to the Senate with additional amendments. The House will take this action on whatever the Senate can pass -- but the Senate must act." Flagpole Rally S&P 500 Futures
The moment I saw that second green candle and volume spike on the S&P 500 futures I knew a deal was in the works even though I could not find any news for a half hour.
Magic Number is 60
MarketWatch reports Senate Republicans open to new cliff deal
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said late Thursday that Senate Republicans are open to any White House proposal to avert the fiscal cliff.
Reid urged the House to pass a Senate bill extending Bush-era tax cuts for those earning $250,000 a year or less. The Nevada Democrat said the House is being operated under a dictatorship of the speaker.
A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said in response: Senator Reid should talk less and legislate more.
Even in the Democratic-controlled Senate, Obamas preferred bill faces an obstacle: Sixty senators are required to break a filibuster, and Democrats control 53 seats. Easy Escape for Senate Republicans
The magic number may be 60, but I do not expect any filibusters in the Senate.
The easy escape route is to pass the buck. In this case the Senate is likely to pass anything, hoping to avoid the blame, while placing a burden on the House to do something fiscally responsible.
Let's hope the House rejects whatever watered-down proposal that comes out of the Senate.
Lock Congress Up Until They Deal?
MarketWatch Columnist Rex Nutting says On fiscal cliff: Dont negotiate, lets legislate.
The United States doesnt have a fiscal problem. Or an economic problem. It has a political problem. The workings of the government are so gummed up that were in danger of falling into a recession thats completely avoidable.
I think its high time we locked the members of Congress in a room and told them that well let them out when they reach a deal. Economic Folly of Recession Avoidance
The idea the US does not have a fiscal problem or an economic problem is of course total nonsense.
That said, I am of course totally sympathetic towards the idea the US also has a political problem. Indeed, I am even willing to say the political problem is largely responsible for the economic and fiscal problems.
Where Nutting crosses the line into economic folly is the idea Congress needs to avoid a recession. Quite frankly, that is a nut case proposal, and no solution at all.
The US is in this mess because every step of the way, the Fed and Congress acted to avoid recessions. Greenspan in particular fueled a housing bubble holding interest rates too low too long to "help" the economy out of a dot-com bubble bust largely of the Fed's making.
Now, Nutting wants to lock Congress in a room until they come up with a deal to avoid a recession.
Instead, I propose fiscal sanity. I propose we lock Congress in a room until they come up with a proposal that will balance the budget within five years.
Either Nutting is wrong or I am. And here's a hint, if I'm wrong about anything, it's that five years is too long.
Nutting proposed nothing more than another can-kicking exercise that will never end. I suggest it's time for an honest economic discussion on what the country can or cannot afford.
Actually, I don’t want a deal. I want to see what happens when the entitlement leeches start realizing how tenuous their grip on our throats is.
That’s a DEAL!.....................
Just lock Congress up and throw away the key. While we’re at it lock up the whole White House Communist administration too.
Let’s go off the cliff! The ba$tards in DC deserve it.
I read the headline as, “Lock Congress Up Until They’re Dead.”
As long as the subject is locking up elected officials, I have a different list, with no end date.
This is bull crap. Don’t lock them in, lock them OUT so they cannot do any more damage to our country. I’m 77 yo and have NEVER seen such inept, bumbling fools in my lifetime. If we don’t get our shit together, the country of our youth will be no more. I’m sure there’s many that desires that but I pray there are still patriots left.
I don’t want Congress to deal.
There has not been any deal on the table that would help the country at all.
Quite the contrary.
I want Congress (House) to just do its damned job and pass a responsible budget and revenue bill. Given the awful state of Obama’s “transformed” American economy, the bill should include substantial tax cuts (with cutbacks in some of the worst of the rip-off spending). Send a responsible bill to the Senate and let Reid deal with it there.
Stop “dealing” with Zero and start doing your damned jobs!
better off without a deal
Bump for the best post on this thread
I have a better idea...give them a raise.
You had me at the first 3 headline words.
You've got that right!
The House of Representatives is not, and has not been, the problem.
If no crisis exists, the Democrats will do their damnedest to assure that a “crisis” WILL be manufactured. By not negotiating in good faith with the House majority, there is no basis for any agreement now or anytime in the near future.
On top of the “fiscal cliff”, the national debt is bumping up against the artificial “debt limit”, which in a sane world, would be a highly compelling reason for the Senate Democrats and the Current Occupant of the White Hut to come to the Republicans with some real concessions on spending, not ten years from now, on supposed savings through “more prudent” stewardship of funding, but RIGHT NOW, this year, taking effect before the end of January, 2013.
But Harry Reid and Bronco Bama seem to be afflicted with some mental disorder bordering on psychosis, in which both seem to be totally adamant about not allowing Republicans to get credit for ANYTHING.
There is no way to apply logic or reasoning to this sort of attitude.
Didn't House do this a couple of times, even including a Ryan inspired bill? The logjam has been the Senate.
Petitions on the White hut web site?
I have one. TERM LIMITS!!! I bet that gets play.
I guess that is really how it looks when we take our glasses off.
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