The rhetoric heated up on December 27th 2012, as the time on the fiscal cliff clock wound down for a fiscal crisis deal, with lawmakers trickling back into Washington and no plan of action in place for averting the tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to hit next week.
President Obama returned Thursday afternoon from vacation in Hawaii,
as the Senate gaveled into session for unrelated business. House leaders
announced that members will return late Sunday – but that leaves just
one full day to act on any legislation before the deadline passes. Those die hard democrats who truly believed that Obama has genuine good intentions for the middle class should have been alert, interested, and defiant to the biased, and one sided media love affair with this man. He was re-elected and what does he do when the middle class need him most? He goes on an all expense trip to Hawaii.
Rumors were flying on December 27th, in the afternoon about last-ditch efforts to
craft some sort of a scaled-back package that can shield most Americans
from the more than $500 billion in tax hikes scheduled to take effect
Congressional leaders are expected to meet with Obama on Friday.
But with hope fading, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on the
floor that “it looks like” the nation is going to miss the deadline. Reid as well as Obama are prepared to send the middle class over the cliff with the excuse that "its the Republicans fault." Those of us who have the ability to actually think realize that these men could have come to an agreement, but rather than give in, they decided to trample the middle class and point the finger. "If you are suffering its because they did it."
Reid also put all the blame on House Speaker John Boehner, likening
him to a dictator and claiming he was putting his speakership before the
good of the country. Who is really the dictator?
"John Boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than
about keeping the nation on firm financial footing," Reid said. "He's
waiting until Jan. 3 to get re-elected as speaker before he gets serious
with negotiations because he has so many people ... that won't follow
what he wants."
Boehner's office quickly shot back: "Senator Reid should talk less
and legislate more. The House has already passed legislation to avoid
the entire fiscal cliff. Senate Democrats have not," Boehner spokesman
Brendan Buck said.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor that his party has "bent over backwards."
"We stepped way, way out of our comfort zone," he said. We wanted an
agreement, but we had no takers. The phone never rang. So here we are
five days from the new year and we might finally start talking."
But he also warned, "Republicans aren't about to write a blank check
for anything the Senate Democrats put forward just because we find
ourselves on the edge of the cliff."
Separately, Vice President Biden said he was neither optimistic nor
pessimistic about a deal. “You tell me what will attract Republican
votes and I will tell you” what sort of plan might work, he said.
Its time for Republicans to stand up for your children and grandchildren! Someone needs to be responsible and stop the Democrats from destroying America, and further pummeling the country into debt.
Each side continues to call on the other to act.
Reid, on the floor, urged the House to pass a Senate bill that would
extend current tax rates for most families but let them rise on top
earners. Reid, who wants Boehner to let the bill pass with mostly
Democratic votes, claimed the chamber was "being operated with a
dictatorship of the speaker."
Boehner earlier put the onus on the Senate, referring to two
Republican-passed bills in his chamber -- one extending current tax
rates for everyone; the other rearranging the $110 billion in spending
cuts set to hit next year.