He’s a uniter.
Obama’s ripped Republicans during his “fiscal cliff” speech today for not agreeing to raise taxes. He praised himself for his “responsible” approach. At one point in his speech he bragged about how he got Republicans to agree to raise taxes on wealthy Americans.
His supporters cheered.

His speech left several Republicans angry and confused.
Huffington Post reported:

With hours remaining to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama said a deal is “within sight” and urged lawmakers to come together to avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that kick in on Tuesday.

But his midday press conference, with a group of middle-class Americans looking on, was not without a bit of bravado as well. Obama took multiple shots at Congress for its clumsiness in negotiations and insisted that he’d demand more tax hikes if the legislative body used the impending debt ceiling standoff to demand spending cuts.

In the process, the president irked several Republican aides, who suggested that the entire fiscal cliff deal had been complicated because of his tone and criticism.

“Potus just moved the goalpost again. Significantly. This is new,” tweeted a top aide to McConnell.

Doug Heye, a spokesman for House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), tweeted, “If Obama’s goal was to harm the process and make going over the cliff more likely, he’s succeeding.” Another Cantor spokesperson said, “So….I’m confused….does POTUS want a deal or not? Because all those jabs at Congress certainly sounded like a smack in the face to me.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the president “sent a message of confrontation” to Republicans, who could be voting on a deal in the next 24 hours. “I’m not sure … whether to be angry or to be saddened,” he added.

A source close to House Republican leadership went even further, telling HuffPost that the lower chamber was in revolt over Obama’s remarks and that the deal could blow up because of them.

UPDATE: The US House will not hold a vote on a fiscal cliff deal tonight.

 

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  1. He doesn’t want a deal, he wants the issue to completely destroy the Republican Party. Hopefully Boehner won’t go on TV and cry.

  2. @ #6 lincoln’s widow,

    Congress passed a bill several months ago to resolve this problem. Harry Reid has not let it come to the floor for a vote.

    Furthermore, the overwhelming majority of bills passed by the Republican House never see the light of day in the Senate. Harry Reid’ idea of compromise is the Republicans accepting what the Democrats are pushing.

    Our system of government is seriously broken and the President and his minions in the D party choose name calling and bullying instead of leading.

    I really don’t expect you to understand that. After all, it is painfully obvious that you are a low information voter, spoon fed by the D party.

  3. Lincoln’s Widow:
    “Do you think it’s right for the middle class and poor to continue to pick up the tab while the 2% hide their money away in offshore accounts?”

    On what F***ing planet are the “middle class and poor” picking up the tab?? The bottom half pays NOTHING, ZERO, NADA, ZIP. And the next 25% pays less than 10% of the tab?

    I’m sick of you idiotic liberals who watched too many Richie Rich cartoons as a child. You’re all butthurt about that little boy who had more than you and you believed that every rich person has a giant vault in their backyard and used their goldplated bullbozer to push their money around all day.

    You’re an absolute blithering idiot!!

  4. #30 lincoln’s widow said:

    “Do you think it’s right for the middle class and poor to continue to pick up the tab while the 2% hide their money away in offshore accounts?”

    Prove that the middle class and poor are picking up the tab. You can’t because it is not true. Wealthy Americans earn roughly 50% of the income, while paying 70% of the taxes.

    You want to talk about fair share? The poor don’t pay anywhere near their fair share.

  5. #30 asks “What else do you want?”

    Why ask? You know what must be done. Just as any child who is paying attention knows. Just as Obama knows. Spending cuts. Deep spending cuts.

    “GOP needs to determine the spending cuts, which they have been vague and wishy-washy about. ”

    GOP? Why? So Obama won’t have to put his fingerprints on it?

    The Executive branch is responsible for the U.S. budget. Obama and his administration are responsible for the budget in all its detail. They have been shirking this responsibility. You on the other hand, suggest that the White House is powerless to carry out its duty to issue a budget unless the budget is written for them line-by-line, by Republicans. Well, piffle.

    If only lack of a budget were our biggest problem. Unfortunately, our national debt has been massively increased by the present administration thru runaway spending, to a point that clearly threatens our country. And unfortunately we have a President who intends to increase the present threat through even more spending without limit – and could not care less what impact it has on the country. Both these problems are greater than the budget problem for 2013.

  6. How very apropos. Childish insults from childish people. Btw most of the GOP bills that Reid sat on had to do with the backwards social engineering that the GOP loves. Where were all the jobs bills they promised in 2010? Bait and switch, that’s what?

    Its effing fantastic to see the right wing imploding upon itself. Won’t be long before it’s an asterisk in a history book. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  7. For lincoln’s widow:

    “A new CBO Report found the bottom 20 percent of American earners paid just three-tenths of a percent of the total tax burden, while the richest 20 percent paid 67.9 percent of taxes.

  8. Well, it’s been going on for four years. Do you think the chuckle-head Republicans NOW have a clue who & what they’re dealing with? They’re in shock because it’s not the same old D.C. log-rolling, financial slight-of-hand and polite lies, which are the only ‘politics’ they know.

    Obama very clearly said he would fundamentally change America. Republicans snoozed.

    Don’t cry for me John Boehner.

  9. In one post lincoln’s widow said she/he/it doesn’t respond to insulting posts, then in #46 said “… childish insults from childish people”

    So you can dish it out, but not take it? Is that correct?

    BTW, you need to be very clear with people when you mention jobs bills, that you are really talking about projects designed to enrich unions.

    The GOP idea of a jobs bill is one that allows ALL businesses to hire and employ people, not just the very small percentage of companies that have union workers.

  10. He’s a classless punk. What do you expect?

  11. Let Obama and the Senate play their games. The House doesn’t have to accept a damned thing they supposedly negotiate. The HOUSE controls the purse strings and it’s about time Obama and the democrats learned that lesson.

  12. I am outraged that Congress may pass new tax laws that discriminate against married couples compared to individuals. It is shameful that Congress would raise tax rates for married couples earning over $450K compared to individuals earning $400K. A married couple should be treated as two individuals for tax purposes. It is ridiculous to structure the tax code in a way that discriminates against marriage. At a minimum, the House should amend the deal to increase the income threshold for married couples to $500K, or 25% more than the $00K threshold for individuals. Similar amendments should be made for other elements of the deal that treat individuals better than married couples. I’d love to see Obama and the Democrats argue against amendments that benefit married people.

  13. @# 30:

    The poor don’t pay taxes you ignorant sot. This is all about taking the middle class hostage and you obviously enjoy being a serf.

  14. Its hilarious watching the downfall of the GOP, party of NO. The events of today demonstrate that it isn’t our government that is broken and dysfunctional. The Senate and the White House have been trying to do their jobs. The reason why Washington can’t get anything done begins and ends with the Republican control of the House of Representatives.

  15. There never was a “recovery” therefore, a recession was always inevitable.

    And now, Obama can blame it all on Republicans.

    Anyone who thinks this wasn’t the plan all along is naive.

  16. This sad creature, Hussein Obama, spent too much time in the “choom wagon” as a boy. His connection with reality has finally become totally and irrevocably severed. The disgrace on the office of the POTUS is severe.

  17. They could confiscate all the wealth and it would not be enough to pay the bills long term. We have a spending problem and those like Lincoln’s shrew don’t care because all they want is for the working class to continue to fund the parasitic class who, Ill bet, Lincoln’s shrew is a joyful member.

  18. That Lincoln’s Widow is kind of funny if you read each of the posts one after the other–so thin on substance–pulling out tired little bromides, “the party of NO”, how original and quaint. Not sure why anyone here bothers to respond to that one–not worth it–they have clearly been fed a line and sucked it in without even chewing it over.

  19. #59 – Hugh: Agreed! Wish there was a “do not feed the trolls” rule here on GP.



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