Skip to comments.Campaigner in Chief Holds “Pep Rally” to Discuss Status of Fiscal Cliff Deal22
Posted on 12/31/2012 2:33:22 PM PST by Kaslin
If you watched Obama’s comments this afternoon you would not be remiss to think it was actually a campaign event. Obama came out, flanked by ‘middle class Americans’ or what Twitchy aptly referred to as a “human rainbow,” and played the blame game all while reminding
Americans Republicans that he won the election. Oh, and the “middle class taxpayers” repeatedly applauding when Obama took shots at Congress for its inaction thus far really helped set the pep rally vibe, too. GOP lawmakers weren’t thrilled with the comments, either:
President Obama on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations: Deal Is 'Within Sight'
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said President Obama likely lost votes for the deficit-reduction deal because of the “pep rally” he chose to hold Monday.
“I just listened to the president and my heart is still pounding,” Corker said on the floor Monday minutes after Obama called on Congress to finish work on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.
“I was very disappointed to hear what the president had to say in front of a prep rally," he said. “I know the president has fun heckling Congress, but I think he probably lost a number of votes with this.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he couldn't understand why Obama would mock Republicans in the midst of delicate talks.
"What did the president of the United States just do?" McCain said. "He sent a message of confrontation to Republicans."
"I guess I have to wonder — and I think the American people have to wonder — whether the president really wants this issue resolved, or is it to his short-term political benefit to go over the cliff?"
Campaigner in chief, indeed.
As The Hill’s post goes on to mention, “several Republican operatives” took to Twitter to ask why Obama “would hit the GOP as Vice President Biden and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell appear to be closing in on a deal to prevent looming tax hikes and spending cuts set to begin in January.” The talks between Biden and McConnell have resulted in key tax provisions as they continue working on a compromise. National Journal outlines these provisions:
·Income tax rates would go up to Clinton-era rates on individuals making more than $400,000 and families making more than $450,000. The Bush-era tax cuts would be made permanent for everyone under that threshold. Those below the threshold would see a permanent 15 percent capital gains and dividends rate, and those above the rate would pay 20 percent.
·The estate tax would be exempted on the first $5 million, and assets over that amount would be taxed at 40 percent. Current law exempts the first $5 million and taxes the rest at 35 percent, but that expires today and reverts to 55 percent tax rates on assets more than $1 million on Jan. 1.
·A permanent "patch" for the Alternative Minimum Tax, which was meant to make sure millionaires paid their fair share of taxes, but which has increasingly ensnared the middle class.
·A five-year extension on the American Opportunity Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Earned Income Tax Credit.
·Democrats and Republicans are still working on how to prevent across-the-board spending cuts that begin next year.
As Senator Ron Johnson said in the other thread the Senate is a joke. I say the Presidency is a joke under Obama. The Congress is not much better under Boehner(sp). The media has become a big joke. The dimoKKKRAT party is one big farce. The whole damn thing has become a joke yet people still vote for the charade.
He made the presidency into a joke. It doesn't matter, 75 percent of the democrats could agree with the republicans. What is important to him is his way, or the highway.
The pressure is already on the house to pass this “deal,” but I don’t think the Senate has voted yet. As far as I can see, there isn’t a “deal.” But much is hidden from the likes of me.
Because he has dumb asses like you wrapped around the finger that he's giving to the American people.
He held the press conference for the purpose of derailing the talks and going over the cliff. He and his evil cohorts need to collapse the economy so they can come in to save the day, but of course, they will need dictatorial powers to do that.
So, who is the guy that just saw his new pay check withholding amounts including health insurance amounts go through the roof; some Tea Party Congressman from Indiana or the President?
God's watching, Kaslin...
Dear Reader thinks he IS G-d.
No kidding. It’ll be a horrible fall for him someday.