The title of a Fox News article released on November 30, 2012 is “Boehner says fiscal talks ‘GOING NOWHERE‘ as Obama warns of MIDDLE CLASS (Point of Emphasis) tax hikes” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/30/democrats-playing-chicken-in-fiscal-talks-as-tax-hikes-loom-for-all-says-gop/). Well A LOT OF/MANY negotiations are “going nowhere”.
“House Speaker John Boehner, responding to President Obama’s tax-hike campaign stop at Pennsylvania toy factory where he issued a “Scrooge Christmas” warning to America’s middle class, accused the administration of NOT being “serious” and characterized negotiation progress as “ALMOST nowhere“. OK this is slightly better than JUST/ONLY “nowhere”.
Boehner “said of the talks between both parties over how to avert a year-end package of tax increases and spending cuts that could throw the economy (back) into recession” “There is A STALEMATE” on Capitol Hill, as usual, between the White House and the GOP. “Let’s not kid ourselves”. WE COULDN’T HAVE EXPECTED ANYTHING ELSE.
“Boehner spoke minutes after Obama appealed to the public Friday (November 30, 2012) for support of his tax plan, which calls for an extension of existing Bush-era tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less, while allowing increases to kick in for income earned above that threshold ($250000)”.
“Obama said it will be a “Scrooge Christmas” for millions of middle-class Americans who could see their tax rates rise IF Congress fails to agree to his plan“. “Congress” will MOST LIKELY “fail to agree on (Obama’s) plan”. This will be NASTY.
“The president spoke after touring a Pennsylvania-based toy manufacturing facility that makes parts for Tinkertoys, K’NEX Building Sets and Lincoln Logs. He said he needs Americans to PUT PRESSURE ON Congress members to pass his proposal”. “put pressure on” = the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“on the factory floor of The Rodon Group in Hatfield, Pa.”, Obama said: “I want you to CALL, I want you to SEND THEM AN E-MAIL, post on their Facebook wall” and of course TWEET them but WILL THEY LISTEN?
“Boehner quickly shot back that it would be a “CRIPPLING BLOW” for small business owners if tax rates increase for THE TOP 2 percent of earners”. REALLY? “Raising taxes on small businesses — instead of taking a BALANCED (?) approach that would cut spending — is wrong”. There are THREE things to note here. First, this is the latest ASSERTION. Secondly Boehner is only interested in protecting “THE TOP 2 percent of earners?” On top of this, what is “balanced” to REPUBLICANS (which we’re mentioning first since Boehner is a Republican) IS NOT “balanced” to DEMOCRATS and vice versa making this the latest INTERPRETATION as well as the latest example of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Obama ACCUSED a “handful of Republicans” on Friday (November 30, 2012) of holding MIDDLE CLASS (point of emphasis) tax cuts “hostage“, and he said BOTH sides need to “get out of our comfort zones” to reach an agreement”. Again as we’ve seen both in politics and outside of politics “(getting) out of our comfort zones” is hard/difficult/a challenge. “I’ve been keeping my own naughty-and-nice list from Washington. You should keep your eye on who gets some K’NEX this year (2012). There’s going to be some members of Congress who get them and some who don’t“, adding that it will be a “lump of coal” for MIDDLE-CLASS families IF they see their taxes go up”. “accused” is the latest example of “blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk). This is also/another/the latest example of POLITICIANS acting like ADOLESCENTS or even KIDS.
“On Thursday (November 28, 2012), Obama dispatched Treasury Sec. Timothy Geithner and senior White House aide Rob Nabors to speak separately with congressional leaders from both parties”. Of course these meetings were FRUITLESS.
“A clearly-FRUSTRATED Boehner emerged from the meeting claiming the president’s money man (Geithner) DID NOT offer a “specific” plan for SPENDING CUTS“. “First, despite THE CLAIMS that the president supports a BALANCED (?) approach, Democrats HAVE YET TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT REAL spending cuts”. What exactly are ” REAL spending cuts?” “And secondly, NO substantive progress has been made in the talks between the White House and the House over the last TWO WEEKS (?)” Only “two weeks?” Heck, this has been the case for more than 2 YEARS now or ever since Republicans took control of the House in the 2010 mid-term elections when they won 63 House seats (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2010#Democrats). There has been an obvious disconnect between the Obama administration and Congress (the House). Democrats still have a majority in THE SENATE, but just barely, with a lead of 55-45 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_elections,_2012). Also BOEHNER is “frustrated” (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) A LOT.
Finally, “A senior Republican familiar with negotiations DISMISSED THE IDEA that the Democrats are simply playing hardball with their opening offer”. “EVEN AS AN OPENING BID, this offer would be LUDICROUS. But we’re WAY PAST THAT. We had about SEVEN weeks to resolve this. THREE of those weeks are (now) gone and THIS is what he comes with?”
This is the latest battle between Obama and Boehner (considering that Obama won re-election) that started with the PATIENT PROTECTION & AFFORDABLE CARE ACT where Boehner gave his “Hell No You Can’t” rant when he was still the House Minority Leader (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apTl2769Ig8).