The fiscal cliff debacle: From hope to hopelessness

The fiscal cliff debacle: From hope to hopelessness

It began so optimistically. On November 16, after their first “fiscal cliff” session with President Barack Obama, the four leaders of Congress had stood in the driveway of the White House shoulder-to-shoulder for what is a rare photo these days, Republicans and Democrats together, smiling. There they were at the microphone, talking about a “framework” […]

Gov. Christie nails Republicans for failure to provide aid to hurricane victims

Gov. Christie nails Republicans for failure to provide aid to hurricane victims

Gov. Chris Christie‘s blunt talk has long been one of his hallmarks. But Christie, who has verbally tangled with many, showed Wednesday he’s willing to aim his barbs at the highest echelons of his own party. In a State House news conference, Christie blasted Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio for delaying a […]

Eric Cantor: A Republican in dire need of an ass-whipping

Eric Cantor: A Republican in dire need of an ass-whipping

It’s a good thing I no longer work on Capitol Hill, where I toiled for three different Congressmen from 1981 – 87. If I still called that location my place of employment, I would probably be in jail right now because I would have confronted Eric Cantor and decked him for crimes against this nation. […]

House Republicans throw monkey wrench into effort to avoid fiscal cliff

House Republicans throw monkey wrench into effort to avoid fiscal cliff

Emergency legislation to avoid the economy-threatening fiscal cliff ran into vehement New Year’s Day opposition from House Republicans, casting doubt on the divided government’s ability to prevent widespread tax increases and painful, across-the-board federal spending cuts. “I do not support the bill. We are looking, though, for the best path forward,” House Majority Leader Eric […]

Stuborn disputes delay hopes for deal to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’

Stuborn disputes delay hopes for deal to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’

The White House and Senate Republicans sorted through stubborn disputes over taxing the wealthy and cutting the budget to pay for Democratic spending proposals as Monday’s midnight deadline for an accord avoiding the “fiscal cliff” drew to within hours. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke repeatedly Sunday to Vice President Joe Biden, a former […]

Any deal will fall way short of expectations

Any deal will fall way short of expectations

Whether negotiated in a rush before the new year or left for early January, the fiscal deal President Barack Obama and Congress cobble together will be far smaller than what they initially envisioned as an alternative to purposefully distasteful tax increases and spending cuts. Instead, their compromise, if they do indeed cut a deal, will […]

Over the fiscal cliff: A hard of soft landing?

Over the fiscal cliff: A hard of soft landing?

Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end “fiscal cliff” were still in disarray as lawmakers returned to the Capitol to confront the tax-and-spend crisis. A tone-setting quotation was Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s assertion that the House under Republican Speaker John Boehner had been “operating with a dictatorship.” President Barack Obama flew back […]

Last-minute Senate talks to avert fiscal disaster

Last-minute Senate talks to avert fiscal disaster

Senate leaders groped for a last-minute compromise Saturday to avoid middle-class tax increases and possibly prevent deep spending cuts at the dawn of the new year as President Barack Obama warned that failure could mean a “self-inflicted wound to the economy.” Obama chastised lawmakers in his weekly radio and Internet address for waiting until the […]

For Senate, a ‘mission impossible’ from Obama?

For Senate, a ‘mission impossible’ from Obama?

Following a Friday meeting with congressional leaders, an impatient and annoyed President Barack Obama said it was “mind boggling” that Congress has been unable to fix a “fiscal cliff” mess that everyone has known about for more than a year. He then dispatched Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, […]

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