Republican Doomsday Plan: Cave on Tax Hikes for the Rich


Republicans may pull an Obama and vote “present” on tax hikes.

Republicans in Congress may fold on tax hikes, allowing Democrats to increase taxes on rich Americans.
Yahoo-ABC reported, via Free Republic:

Republicans are seriously considering a Doomsday Plan if fiscal cliff talks collapse entirely. It’s quite simple: House Republicans would allow a vote on extending the Bush middle class tax cuts (the bill passed in August by the Senate) and offer the President nothing more: no extension of the debt ceiling, nothing on unemployment, nothing on closing loopholes. Congress would recess for the holidays and the president would face a big battle early in the year over the debt ceiling.

Two senior Republican elected officials tell me this doomsday plan is becoming the most likely scenario. A top GOP House leadership aide confirms the plan is under consideration, but says Speaker Boehner has made no decision on whether to pursue it.

Under one variation of this Doomsday Plan, House Republicans would allow a vote on extending only the middle class tax cuts and Republicans, to express disapproval at the failure to extend all tax cuts, would vote “present” on the bill, allowing it to pass entirely on Democratic votes.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., an influential conservative House Republican, is already on record supporting extending the middle class tax cuts.

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  • FurryGuy

    It was a foregone conclusion that the current crop of balls-less GOP RINOs would eventually cave and screw the American tax-payers. It was only a matter of how much Kabuki Theatre would play before the sell-out.

  • Comrade J

    Just a reminder about “taxing the rich”

    2012 Obama’s deficit (best case scenario)
    $1,100,000,000,000

    Taxing “rich” – Buffet rule (1 year)
    $4,700,000,000

    The difference is a modest factor of … 234. That is you have to take the Buffet rule times 234.

  • Tee Dub

    The Republicans are going to lose the battle against raising taxes anyway. If they did get a partial victory, it won’t be enough, and the media will use whatever minor say the Republicans have and turn it into the sole reason the economy is in the crapper. The Dems owned the House, Senate and WH for two years, then the Senate and WH for the next two, and yet the media was able to successfully spin the Republicans as the culprits behind the continuing economic slump.

    Might have well give complete ownership to the Democrats and the Whitehouse. As it has pointed out, don’t vote yea, just vote present. Maybe the social liberals will start to wise up when they find out that it isn’t just the very rich who will get soaked.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    It was a foregone conclusion that the current crop of balls-less GOP RINOs would eventually cave and screw the American tax-payers.

    I’d only call it a cave if they voted directly for the tax hike (a yes vote). Voting “present” is perfectly fine, in my opinion. When the inevitable consequences arrive, all that needs to be said is, “We told you so.”

  • Mad Hatter

    For you good people that live in Southwest Ohio, you need to start scouting out a real Conservative to run against Boehner in the 2014 Primary.

    It’s time for him to go.

  • Tee Dub

    #2 Buffett – what an asshat. He was as Republican as the next guy until he got so rich that politics became irrelevant to his personal fortune. Then he decided that he liked being a media whore and getting lovey-dovey interviews from the leftwing media who love nothing more than a conservative turncoat. He got his fortune already, so time to switch sides. All he cares about now is his big ego and getting it buttered.

  • RickZ

    L.i.F.B.

  • jharp

    Unbelievable. Who does Obama think he is? Raising taxes on the rich after campaigning to raise taxes on the rich and winning easily.

    The gall. Start the impeachment proceedings.

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  • The Republicans will take full blame if they don’t give Obama everything he asks for. The Leftist critics will say, “See, Obama’s plan would have solved all the problems, but the EVIL REPUBLICANS messed it up, so THEY are to blame.

    ONLY by showing that the Republicans made NO changes at all can they show it is Obama’s and Obama’s alone. Since doing that would be a total disaster, they may opt for the minor cave described in this article in hopes someone will actually place blame where it belongs, but they are fools to think any media or “experts” won’t blame them no matter what they do.

  • ★FALCON★

    Had Republicans shut down the government last year – Obama would have been in a different frame of mind about their gumption.

    Better late than never, shut it down now.

  • ★FALCON★

    The GOP should also drive home the point that Obama is a mathematical illiterate and this tax hikes are about fairness and not tax revenue.

    Since when is a millionaire or billionaire someone that brings in 250k per year?

  • Letter Sequence

    Might have well give complete ownership to the Democrats and the Whitehouse. As it has pointed out, don’t vote yea, just vote present. Maybe the social liberals will start to wise up when they find out that it isn’t just the very rich who will get soaked.

    It won’t go like that. Voting “Present” will be spun as an abdication of responsibility and therefore an assumption of blame. Sloped forehead “voters” like commenter #8 jharp will be perfectly willing to blame Republicans for stubbing their own toes, or dribbling food onto their laps. They don’t understand that taxing the rich, even at 100% of all their income and assets, will only pay for a few weeks of the raging out-of-control spending the government is engaging in now.

    Also, expect ludicrous ammendments to be attached to the bill, like allowing the executive to unilaterally raise the debt limit, allowing the FCC to shut down blogs, allowing the EEOC to shut down businesses at a whim, allowing the NLRB to hand over assets of random businesses to unions, etc.

    Soon, racial quotas will de-criminalize violent crime against people on the right.

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  • jharp

    “Since when is a millionaire or billionaire someone that brings in 250k per year?”

    Depending on how much you spend a person that brings in $250K cab pretty easily become a millionaire in 10 years. Or if you’re a big spender 20 years or more. A billionaire? Extremely unlikely.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Voting “Present” will be spun as an abdication of responsibility and therefore an assumption of blame.

    Only if the Republican Party fails to vigorously defend the position they’ve taken. Being willing to sacrifice principles for fear of negative press cedes the initiative to the enemy. (and believe me, the press IS, for the most part, the enemy)

  • cavt

    Agreed Blacque. Just vote present–don’t vote for increases. Force the Obamaites to defend and define their position for all to see. Also force them to present solid options not nebulous possibilities.

  • Winston Wolfe

    Give these leftist a-holes everything they want.

    Let it burn.

  • Paz

    Raise taxes on EVERYONE. Then when everyone starts crying, the GOP can pick up more seats in the 2014 mid-terms. Maybe the TEA Party will actually show up (what happened in 2012?…oh wait Romney the lib GOPer).

  • Where’s the MF money Jon?

    RE #8. I suppose that type of comment is what passes for clever in the circles you travel. Simple retort. First, all revenue bills must originate in the house. Obama can campaign all he wants on raising taxes but he cannot raise taxes. Second, we know he campaigned on his support for raising taxes. That is fine. He also campaigned on hatred for republicans. Obama did not campaign promising to work with republicans. He did not campaign on negotiating or cooperating with republicans. He campaigned on lies, slander, and hate when it came to republicans. So why should the targets of his vitriol now cooperate with him?
    Plus, please get with the program and learn some political tactics. Obama never wanted a deal with the republicans. He wants to continue blaming republicans in hopes he swings the 2014 elections toward a democratic house. He knows his policies will cause a lengthy recession and likely depression beginning in 2013. This is by design as party comes before country. Now, I don’t write this to complain. This is what the people voted for. I’m just observing.

  • Joe Blow

    As to be expected, Boehner’s office wouldn’t answer the phone this morning. The old line Republicans don’t give a rat’s a$$ what the people think.

  • brian

    Republicans won the house. They shouldn’t follow the Senate’s example and not do their job. If possible the republicans should fight this and if they go down in 2 years, so be it. The republicans will get the blame no matter what. When do you EVER seem democrats taking responsibility for ANYTHING? That would be a first.

  • donh

    .Learn to use the progressive satanist double speak code language. …Keep tax rates the same , CALL THE BILL A TAX HIKE ON THE RICH , and close a number of wasteful spending programs in the fine print. ..and when the Democrats cry fraud and foul…accuse them of FAILING TO HIKE TAXES ON THE RICH. …and continue to offer more spending cuts as ” taxes on the rich”…because in all honesty a spending cut IS a tax HIKE on the rich who are making their fortunes off wasteful graft spending and croney connections.

  • Walk away. The GOP will get the blame anyway. At least this way we’ll get the cuts.

    The rich voted for Obama. The majority of voters voted for Obama. They want more spending.

    So….tax them all and make them pay for it.

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  • GotFreedom

    Go ahead GOP, raise taxes on the job creators and you will be joining your constituents in the unemployment line next time around!

  • maynardb61

    Our representatives are acting like this is TARP pt.2 and it is not. Let the democrats have
    tax increases on everybody. It will not bring down the deficit anyway. Walk away from the empty table Republicans and quit digging a hole.

  • bg

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    “wELCOME tO tHE nEW oNE wORLD oRDER”

    “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

    ~ bARRY dUNHAM sOETORO bARACK hUSSEIN oBAMA (by any other factual, fictional, composite, some sort of god, or messianic names)

    ==

  • Meg

    Obama stated that he ran his campaign on raising taxes on the rich and that is why he was elected. Let us not forget that a large percentage of Obama voters do not and never will pay taxes. That is why he had their vote. So, I disregard their opinion.

  • rrpjr

    Why don’t they all just resign for the next four years. Give the country to the Left. Announce to Obama and the democrats that it’s all theirs, and they and no others will be entirely responsible for the results. This at least would save the taxpayers their salaries — one small public service the GOP could perform.

  • bg

    ++

    KABUKI PLAYA’S

    [Oh, the gnashing of the teeth; oh, the flamboyant tactics. Oh, all the
    breaking news excitement on cable news as the debt ceiling countdown
    saga goes down to the wire, with an intense political confrontation of a
    kind we haven’t seen before …

    Or maybe we had – in the TARP debate and the so-called Obamacare vote,
    to cite but two moments of high political drama. Once again, all the key
    players knew the outcome, but wanted to keep us guessing because it
    served everyone’s interests.

    For Boehner and the boys on the GOP side, it was the great leadership test
    subplot. He would prove how tough he was, demonstrate his leadership
    mettle, get equal time with the president, and even look presidential. The
    orange tan was gone. His moment in the sunlight had come as he roped
    the Tea Party kids into the politically correct corral. The congressman from
    Ohio was now a national force to be reckoned with.

    Let’s not forget that he had become Wall Street’s sycophantic underling,
    had been put added to their financial slush fund, and had many of the
    big money lobbyists on his side even as the financiers whined and
    complained about exaggerated threats to the world economy.

    They made some noise but not too much. They well remember the wit
    and wisdom of ex-White House aide and now Chicago Mayor Rahm
    Emanuel about a crisis being a terrible opportunity to waste.

    The Wall Street powercrats are high-stakes poker players, and this was
    one game they knew they would win in a political arena dependent on
    their beneficence.

    [..]

    There is no ceiling on these political shenanigans. It’s just part of a
    fast-paced game designed to keep the public on the sidelines and on
    the edge of uncertainty while the media keeps the politicians in the
    spotlight and excites the base in both parties.

    In the end, the media will salute both sides for putting country
    above party. The only deficit here is one of political morality
    and honesty
    .

    You tell me: am I too cynical, or is this the
    way what some call politricks has become?
    ]

    wash, rinse, repeat..

    how dumbed down are we??

    verily.

    ==

  • bg

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    jharp #15 December 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    “a tyranny of the elite”

    The Oligarchy We Live In, Charted

    Crony Capitalism: definition

    Crony Capitalism: video/transcript

    [The largest banks are actually bigger than they were when he took
    office. And earned more in the first two-and-a-half years of his term
    than they did during the entire eight years of the Bush administration.]

    The Enrich US Party.. (#54)

    [Democrats beat the market by 73 basis points per month, compared
    to 18 for Republicans. That’s a rout anyway you look at it. Senators
    fare even better than house members.]

    How dare the millionaires in Congress speak of “shared sacrifice”

    [Harry Reid in a statement to the press yesterday said that “We asked
    Republicans to consider a balanced approach that would have required
    shared sacrifice, but they would not.”

    First of all let’s get one thing straight. When Senator Reid and others from
    BOTH parties of the 44% Wall Street millionaire dominated Congress speak
    of “shared sacrifice”, they are not speaking of any sacrifice on their part
    or on the part of any member of Congress. All members of Congress, even
    those few who are not multimillionaires, belong to the upper 5% of the
    wealthiest people in our nation. [Any American who earns in excess of
    $180,000 a year is in the upper 5% bracket.
    ]

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  • bg

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    donh #23 December 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    i don’t agree with calling them the BUSH TAX CUTS, especially since they
    expired on JANUARY 11, 2011, and now belong to Obama, who gave the
    RICH a tax cut this year, question is, will he do it again next year, or will
    BARRY and everyone else still be calling them the BUSH TAX CUTS for the
    RICH, and continue ignoring all the good they did for the middle class??

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  • Ripped

    Does the current crop of republicans have any brains? Why don’t they turn this around on 0bama and call him out for raising taxes on the middle-class?

    Did it not dawn on the Republicans that the people have spoken and given them the majority in the house for another 2 years. Now oppose 0bama and his tax and spend class warfare with all you have.

  • bg

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    Ripped #34 December 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    CONGRESS IS IN BED WITH ITSELF

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  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    CONGRESS IS IN BED WITH ITSELF

    Yeah, but it’s us, the public, that they’re screwing.

  • the republican politicans want your income just as much as the democrats.

  • theblackdude

    No surprise they don’t represent anything complain about everything. Cant hold there own against libs and only represent there personal interest. We going to hell and we deserve it. Its gonna take a civil war to fix this country. The populace is stupid and our representatives are cowards. Prepare your self so you can at least die later than most.

  • dork lungfish

    I see that only a couple of you understand the GOP srategy here. Whether this “plan” is a great idea or not, I undertand the intent: to allow the taxes to go up on the “rich” with Democrat “yays” only (hence, Republicans voting “present” on raising taxes on the “rich,” while going along with keeping current — lower — rates on the rest of us). The “rich” get taxed, which is what Obama, and, apparently, a majority of clueless “Americans,” want. So they “win,” and the likely resulting downturn in an already dismal economy happens and, logically, belongs to the Democrats. The danger in the plan is that Republicans are really lousy at making their case, and have the MSM against them. If they can’t make the case that the Democrats were wrong for raising taxes when the economy goes further south than it already is, then we as a nation face a long dismal future.

  • shadow

    Since when is a millionaire or billionaire someone that brings in 250k per year?

    If you bring in $250K per year and haven’t managed to amass $1M or more in wealth, you ain’t doing something right.

  • bg

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    #36 December 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm
    Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    yep.. 🙁

    used to say Clinton was getting a BJ while he was giving
    US a BJ, see how far we’ve come since then.. /sarc pun/

    ==

  • bg

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    shadow #40 December 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    or, you’re not a politician..

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  • bg

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    KABUKI KABUKI KABUKI

    Coming: ‘$3 trillion tax increase on middle class’

    December 3, 2012

    “This is just the first act of a two- or three-act play,”

    [Norquist suggested in the final analysis, the House Republicans
    could simply pass the plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.,
    proving to the American public that federal budget deficits can
    be reduced without raising taxes on the rich.

    The Ryan plan was passed by the House April 15 by a vote of 235 to
    193, with no votes from Democrats. The Democrat-controlled Senate
    voted it down a month later, 57–40. The bill sought to reduce the 10-
    year federal deficit by capping discretionary spending and dismantling
    Obamacare.]

    ==

  • Rose

    Shackle EVERY RINO Caver to the Dim NECKS. Every way possible. Eternal-Rings.

  • Kingslayor

    Jharp, I bet its pretty easy to pick you out in a crowded room. Your the one thats is sucking all the air out of the atmosphere. I would bet you are Gay, Minority,and female. Give it a rest!