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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.”

  5. 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.

  6. #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.

  7. L.i.F.B.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. “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.

  14. 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)

  15. 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.

  16. Give these leftist a-holes everything they want.

    Let it burn.

  17. 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).

  18. 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.



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