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BREAKING: GOP Counters WH Offer on Fiscal Cliff, Embraces Bowles-Simpson Variant

AmyDB Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 6:15 PM
jay_p said.... No more tax cuts! It's time to slap taxes on the rich and make them pay their fair shares. Greed and capitalism are what have ruined this once great nation! ___________________ Now j_p you do know that the "rich" already pay the lion's share of federal income taxes don't you? Why don't you just admit it. You want to punish the "rich" because they have more stuff than you do. Oh btw j_p what income level, exactly, is "rich"?
AmyDB Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 6:30 PM
Let the country sail off the cliff & face sequestration as it is.
Cut spending to the bone across the board for all of the federal government, tax hikes for all brackets across the board.
Yes this will hurt everyone, especially those who think to rely on the government for bread & circuses. I do regret that.
It'll be painful for everyone but then doesn't BHO say we need to be fair & share everything?

You progressives bytch & moan that the "rich" don't pay enough now yet you won't clarify what being "rich" actually is. I think then that all should bear the burden.

Well, this move by Speaker Boehner doesn't exactly follow my Simpson-Bowles playbook to a tee -- but Erskine Bowles does make an appearance, and Republicans are going on (realistic, reasonable) offense.  In a new letter addressed to the president, House Republican leaders firmly reject the president's non-starter "proposal," pointedly decline to counter with an equally unrealistic wish list, and offer an alternative bipartisan solution: