The title of a recently released Reuters article is “”Fiscal cliff“ efforts IN DISARRAY as U.S. lawmakers FLEE” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/21/us-usa-fiscal-idUSBRE8A80WV20121221). IT’S NOT as if we need anything else “in disarray”.
“Efforts to avoid the looming U.S. “fiscal cliff” were THROWN INTO DISARRAY on Friday (December 21, 2012) with FINGER-POINTING lawmakers fleeing Washington for Christmas vacations EVEN AS the year-end deadline for edged ever closer“. “finger pointing” of course is the latest/yet another example of “Blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk).
“when asked about a possible comprehensive “fiscal cliff” solution”.House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, told reporters on Friday (December 21, 2012), “How we get there, GOD ONLY KNOWS“. How does BOEHNER feel about this?
“Boehner’s own “Plan B” option DRAMATICALLY COLLAPSED IN A HEAP on Thursday night (December 20, 2012) when he FAILED to rally the support of his fellow House Republicans”. And Boehner acts like he’s so good. Well we now know he’s just another ARROGANT POLITICIAN (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Stocks DROPPED SHARPLY on FEARS that the United States COULD FALL BACK INTO RECESSION IF (?) politicians do not prevent it“. THIS IS ALREADY HAPPENING/A REALITY. “Politicians” are DOING NOTHING “to prevent” a fiscal cliff. SQUABBLING DOESN’T HELP.
“Major indexes lost about 1 percent, though investors STILL HELD OUT HOPE that an agreement will be brokered in Washington”. “still held out hope”. Is this A REASONABLE EXPECTATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
According to Mark Lehmann (perhaps he is related to someone at LEHMAN Brothers?), “president of JMP Securities, in San Francisco”, “I think IF you get into mid-January (2013) and (the talks) keep going like this (i.e. KEEP STALLING), you get WORRIED, but I DON’T THINK WE’RE GOING TO GET THERE“. That’s EVEN MORE negative.
“Boehner, joined by his No. 2, (House Majority Leader) Eric Cantor, at a Capitol Hill news conference, said the ULTIMATE fault rests with Obama for refusing to agree to more spending reductions that would bring down America’s $1 trillion annual deficit and rising $16 trillion debt”. More specifically, Boehner said: “What the president has proposed so far simply WON’T DO ANYTHING to solve our SPENDING problem. He wants MORE spending and MORE TAX HIKES that will HURT our economy”, This is the latest example of “Blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk&playnext=1&list=PL4DE04EE66B562750&feature=results_video).
“Democrats responded with INCREDULITY” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, “I LIKE John Boehner (?), but GEE WHIZ“. POLITICIANS “like” each other? “He decried (denounced) what he called the “brinkmanship and SILLINESS” in the House”. Unfortunately, this is increasingly how POLITICIANS act these days: “silly”.
“House members, heading to their home states for the holidays, were instructed to be available on 48 hours notice IF NECESSARY (?)” WILL THIS BECOME “necessary?”
According to Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, speaking on MSNBC on Friday morning (December 21 2012), “They went from ‘Plan B’ to ‘ plan SEE-YOU-LATER‘”, yet another example of “blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk).
“Boehner’s bill was pulled after his team concluded that they were “40 to 50” votes short of the 217 needed in the chamber for passage, said Representative Tom Cole, who helps the House Republican leadership round up votes”. “If we were within FOUR or FIVE votes”, he and other Republican leaders along with Boehner would have kept trying to rally support”. “But there was TOO MUCH distance between where we were at and what we needed”.
“Republican Representative Tim Huelskamp criticized Boehner’s handling of the negotiations, saying the speaker had “caved” to Obama opening the door to tax hikes. Huelskamp, a DISSIDENT (?) first-term congressman, said he WAS NOT willing to compromise on taxes EVEN IF they are coupled with cuts to government spending sought by conservatives”. This (i.e. “not willing to compromise on taxes) is THE GOP PARTY LINE which means that Huelskamp IS NOT “a dissident”. Also “criticized” is the latest/another example of “blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk).Speaking “on MSNBC on Friday morning (December 21, 2012)“, Huelskamp said: “Fiscal conservatives “are so FRUSTRATED that the leader in the House right now, the speaker, has been talking about tax INCREASES (and) That’s ALL HE’S BEEN TALKING ABOUT” and Boehner ALMOST NEVER talks about “tax increases”.
“Democrats are now stepping up efforts to gather some Republican votes for a Democratic bill passed by the Senate months ago that would extend the expiring tax cuts to all BUT THE WEALTHIEST Americans”. Of course, we know that this WILL NOT sit well with the GOP.
Speaking “on CNBC Friday morning (December 21, 2012) Republican Representative Michael Burgess said: “What we’ll have to do is figure out where that line is that gives us those 218 votes” needed to garner A MAJORITY of the House behind legislation”, Or more accurately WILL THEY EVEN GET TO 218 votes?
“Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who has experience helping to forge deals (?) when House Republicans are in disarray, is likely to play a LARGER role now in ATTEMPTING to rescue the situation along with other Senate Republicans, who have been more receptive to compromising”. MCCONNELL “has experience helping to forge deals?” WHAT?
Finally, Sean West, “a Eurasia Group analyst”, finished off: “Boehner DIDN’T have a ton of good moves and has EVEN FEWER now“. “He said he thought Boehner was “either headed back to the White House for A BIG DEAL or he’s ACCEPTING WHATEVER BI-PARTISAN fallback is crafted by Senate leaders. HARD TO SEE him coming back with another partisan gambit“.
So, the “fiscal cliff” efforts (are) in disarray”, obviously, because POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON REFUSE TO NEGOTIATE. This time, the GOP-led House and the DEMOCRAT-led Senate refuse to cooperate/collaborate/work together. Again, we’ve said this many times before.