How to be a terrible politician – By Godless Teen
December 27, 2012 in Politics
Today, I had the fantastic luck of seeing this first thing in the morning. Although I wouldn’t call myself a Democrat, I am far more Democratic-leaning than GOP-leaning, and this article only helped fuel my hatred for the GOP even more.
…By trying to pass his plan with GOP votes alone, Boehner could afford to lose only two dozen of the 241 House Republicans. His private headcount found nearly twice that many defectors, party insiders say, forcing Boehner to give up without seeking a formal vote. The miscalculation left negotiations in disarray as the Dec. 31 deadline nears.
The House’s 192 Democrats essentially sat on the sidelines, bit players in last week’s House drama.
Yo, Boehner: cut out all the non-cooperative nonsense and look at the facts. If you didn’t realize this yet, the deadline for the legislation preventing the fiscal cliff is coming up. December 31st is standing on our porches, ringing our doorbells, and you’re not concerned about it, but, rather, about attempting to give your party the credit for coming up with the plan to prevent the fiscal cliff.
This is exactly the kind of crap that is going to screw us over, if you don’t pull your act together.
While Obama did not explicitly embrace such a plan, he and Boehner appeared to be edging toward some variation of it. But Boehner abruptly launched his separate proposal – he dubbed it “Plan B” – which the conservatives’ revolt killed late Thursday.
Boehner’s plan would have spared anyone making less than $1 million a year from a tax rate hike in 2013. At least 40 House Republicans refused to back any tax rate increase at all, lawmakers said, dooming the plan.
However, perhaps as many as 200 House Republicans apparently were willing to let tax cuts expire for a fraction of the wealthiest households. That’s a significant break from the party’s no-tax-hikes-ever orthodoxy.
*sigh* this doesn’t even need commentary.
Boehner “could put something on the floor and vote against it,” Feehery said. But it’s more likely, he said, that Boehner and other Republicans will let the Dec. 31 deadline pass. That would send the government over the cliff and let virtually all tax rates rise, at least for a while.
How anybody could vote for these fanatical lunatics completely boggles my mind. It’s a shame to see such a lack of bipartisan cooperation from the Republicans at such a time as this.