Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told George Stephanopoulos today that any attempts to avoid the looming “sequester” must involve tax hikes.
Reid was on This Week this morning:

Harry Reid also said the American public was behind him.
ABC’s This Week reported:

Asserting that “the American people” are on his side, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told me during an exclusive interview for “This Week” that any that deal reached between Republicans and Democrats to avoid the looming sequester must — “without any question” – include revenue.

“The American people are on our side. The American people don’t believe in these austere things. We believe that the rich should contribute. We believe we should fill those tax loopholes — get rid of them, I should say. And that’s where we need to go,” Reid said. “And I’ve got a pretty good fan base for that: the American people. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.”

Reid confirmed his position on revenue would apply to any deal put into place to avert a government shutdown or lift the debt ceiling as well. This puts him directly at odds with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, who said earlier this month on “This Week” that the ”tax issue is finished,”But Reid — invoking the GOP’s 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney — suggested a deal could include such things as the elimination of oil and gas subsidies, or what he called “low hanging fruit.” The Nevada senator also pushed back when I asked if he was sidelined during the so called “fiscal cliff” negotiations, telling me he played the “bad cop” during that period.

 

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  1. Why don’t these discussions with Harry Reid ever involve less spending? Why don’t the Democrats ever get through their thick heads that they’re spending our children’s inheritance?

  2. Harry Reid is a greedy old tax pig.

  3. If you the deficit is a big threat (it’s not) then Senator Reid is right.

    Or maybe you can provide a list of spending cuts and please be specific.

    And keep in mind the complete meltdown by conservatives and republicans when Obama cut Medicare spending by $600 billion.

  4. If you think the deficit is a big threat (it’s not) then Senator Reid is right.

    Or maybe you can provide a list of spending cuts and please be specific.

    And please keep in mind the complete meltdown by conservatives and republicans when Obama cut Medicare spending by $600 billion.

  5. “Reid confirmed his position on revenue would apply to any deal”

    President Reid actually said this?

    Will wonders never cease?

  6. “maybe you can provide a list of spending cuts and please be specific.”

    I’ll start with these two:

    Close down the Department of Education.

    Close down the Department of Energy.

    I don’t mean scale them back. I mean shutter them.

  7. This is to expected. For the Obamaite/dem, they never have enough tax money(other peoples) or a big enough govt. This is why they never define what ‘fair share’ is. Incrementalism.

  8. Well, little Harpy, I know that as a demonic Leftist freak this is not what you are actually looking for – a real answer – but here it is for the genuine human beings out there. Cut the entire federal workforce by 10%, evenly against all departments, agencies, boards, commissions and congressional staff. Totally eliminate the departments of education, energy, commerce, interior, homeland security and Health and Human Services. Fire the Environmental Protection Agency, the TSA and the National Labor Relations Board. Then take some of that savings in dollars and personnel and build a few prisons and wage war on welfare, social security, food stamp and housing cheats. Anyone who has defrauded the American people in these entitlement programs goes to prison for 20 years.

    That’s for starters.

  9. #6 February 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    Stella Baskomb commented:

    “maybe you can provide a list of spending cuts and please be specific.”

    I’ll start with these two:

    “Close down the Department of Education.”

    “Close down the Department of Energy.”

    “I don’t mean scale them back. I mean shutter them.”

    Go for it. We would very much like to have control of the House back.

    And you are out of your mind.

  10. C’mon Harry! Lead from the front, forget that convenient little ‘exemption’ clause that means you (and all the rest of the Congressional Mandarins) don’t have to pay taxes. Go for broke and set the tax rate at 150% for every single American citizen.

    Then we’ll see how many odious Congresscritters leave the country like cockroaches.

    Oh, and we’ll also see a brand spanking NEW Congress and Administation Regime take office.

  11. jharpy…could we cut foreign aid to the seventeen countries we borrow money from?

    could we eliminate all federal aid to states and municipalities and let those tax revenues be raised at the state and municipal level since that is where the money comes from anyway? it is at the local level that the citizen has the best chance of having a say in what their government is doing.

    could we eliminate gifts to political donors in the form of green energy grants and instead let those companies get their revenues from producing a product that consumers want and could afford?

    could we eliminate all federal aid to education for the same reasons as number two.

    the only reason politicans at the federal level tax the citizens and return the money to local entities to to control those entities and have them do what the federal politicans want instead of their constitutents want. surely your not in favor of that.

  12. #8 February 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    Doug Wakeman commented:

    That”ll fix the joblessness problem. If by fix you mean grow unemployment to 25%.

    But by all means campaign on doing just that.

    It’s working out so well in national elections for you.

  13. the goal of the american politican is to confiscate every penny that the american worker earns.

    the biggest supporter the politican has in this endevador is that famous fighter for the rights of the american worker, the american union leader.

  14. jharp, the screams and wailing that we’d hear from the left would be DEAFENING if we cut what really needs to be cut, and you know exactly what I’m talking about. No, you parasites aren’t going to be forced off the gravy train until you drive it right off the cliff. Personally, I’m going to enjoy watching that. I’ve taken the necessary precautions to protect my family. Have you?

  15. For those of you who think Government Greed of more taxes can slow down our number one problem, explain to me how higher taxes can slow this down.

    http://www.usdebtclock.org/

    Higher taxes aren’t needed, spending cuts are needed. Too many people are in denial over that fact.

  16. OK jharp. I know you’re a troll, but I’ll play.

    Currently “entitlements” make up 61% of the fed gov’ts expenditures. Current revenues cover that, plus interest. We could cut the entire federal govt – defense, Congress, Depts of Education, State, everything and not have any extra money left.

    So, the total pie needs to be cut by 40%. That’s nearly 1.5 trillion on our current expenses of 3.8 trillion Here goes:

    Take every budget back to 2008 levels. That’s the last time there was a budget. That cuts it by .836 trillion (.664 to go).

    Eliminate fraud on Medicare. CBO estimates there is 80 billion / year there (oddly the same amount that the tax on the “rich” got us). If we extrapolate that 20% fraud rate to the other entitlements, that’s 0.4636 trillion / year.

    That leaves us with 200 billion left.

    Let’s cut unnecessary departments and return those functions to the states.

    For revenue – let’s cut tax writeoffs (as Romney suggested). That will increase revenue by 1.2 trillion / year. Let’s eliminate income redistribution tax rates and make sure that every citizen pays something. Now lower tax rates on the wealthy & middle class. (after all, we only need the .2 of that 1.2 trillion from ending exemptions etc).

    So what have we really cut? We’ve only rolled the gov’t back by 4 years, and we’ve eliminated fraud. The last little bit just makes sure that everyone pays their “fair” share and simplifies the code.

    What ideas did you have?

  17. #26 February 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    tommy mc donnell commented:

    “jharpy…could we cut foreign aid to the seventeen countries we borrow money from?

    could we eliminate all federal aid to states and municipalities and let those tax revenues be raised at the state and municipal level”

    Foreign aid doesn’t amount to a hill of beans and the red states would literally starve to death if we ended the blue state subsidies to them.

    Though tempting it’s a bad idea.

  18. Well, I see we have a new troll (not). Nice to meet you Stephana …

  19. A few of the Alinsky Trolls have made their way over from the Daily Kook site.

  20. Jim, It looks like somebody had hijacked my name. #32, #27, and one before that.



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