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

Jerry555 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 6:25 PM
rmock, this is a two stage approach, and they cannot even get close to approaching some semblance of getting the deficit under control let alone the DEBT. There needs to be a loophole deductions removal, and to cut ENTITLEMENTS across the board, a little here and there, will be unnoticeable.
rmock Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 6:32 PM
But I will have an extra $200 per month taken out of my January paycheck if something isn't done. My experience is that it is harder to get my taxes back down once they go up. I don't want my taxes to go up, do you?
Simplecaveman Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 6:40 PM
They're going up, anyhow. This is just a first step to dupe the middle class. This won't pay for squat. The liberals will come back and say "You know, $250k just isn't enough. We need to lower "rich lever" to $200k, even lower!

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: