Campaigner/Agitator in Chief Obama Gloats and Attacks During FISCAL Cliff Presser … Leaves GOP Peeved, “does POTUS want a deal or not?”
The Agitator in Chief … There is just no doubt about it, President Obama is a miserable excuse for a president and his sole purpose is to agitate and divide the country.
Barack Obama just cannot stop campaigning and cannot stop his divisive nature as he agitated the GOP today in the midst of Republicans and Democrats negotiating a fiscal cliff compromise. During his campaign stump-style speech he ripped Republicans for their anti-tax raising approach and praised himself for his ability to get them to raise taxes on the so-called rich. And you thought Obama was cocky before the election.
Obama certainly managed to piss off the Republicans. One has to wonder what this guys issues really are. Will Obama ever how leadership and actually act in a manner that is more than the boorish, poor winner? Sorry, but this guy has serious issues.
But his midday press conference, with a group of middle-class Americans looking on, was not without a bit of bravado as well. Obama took multiple shots at Congress for its clumsiness in negotiations and insisted that he’d demand more tax hikes if the legislative body used the impending debt ceiling standoff to demand spending cuts.
In the process, the president irked several Republican aides, who suggested that the entire fiscal cliff deal had been complicated because of his tone and criticism.
“Potus just moved the goalpost again. Significantly. This is new,” tweeted a top aide to McConnell.
Doug Heye, a spokesman for House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), tweeted, “If Obama’s goal was to harm the process and make going over the cliff more likely, he’s succeeding.” Another Cantor spokesperson said, “So….I’m confused….does POTUS want a deal or not? Because all those jabs at Congress certainly sounded like a smack in the face to me.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the president “sent a message of confrontation” to Republicans, who could be voting on a deal in the next 24 hours. “I’m not sure … whether to be angry or to be saddened,” he added.
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) Says No Fiscal Cliff Deal Tonight … “I think the parties are much farther apart than I hoped they’d be by now”
Deal or no deal … it would appear that there is no deal.
As reported at the Washington Post, according to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) there is no deal as of yet and he would be shocked if there would be tonight as the two sides are further apart than he had hoped. They truly plan on taking this down to the last second. Of course one has to wonder how Congress can be having a fiscal cliff negotiation when none of what they are discussing reduces the US debt. It’s all just about tax increases and punishing the so-called rich.
Asked as he left a meeting of the Senate Democratic caucus whether a deal would be struck today, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) replied: “No, I’d be shocked. I think the parties are much farther apart than I hoped they’d be by now, and that the country thought they’d be when negotiations started on Friday.”
Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid Says … House ‘Being Operated With A Dictatorship Of The Speaker’
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black … What ever happened to the “civility” that Obama had called for? Where is his leadership to tell those in his in party to shut their mouths, as they are helping nothing.
It would appear that Sen. Reid (D-NV) could care less about civility and trying to offer an olive branch in order to come to a deal with House Speaker Boehner. Harry Reid stated while speaking on the floor of the US Senate that the House was “being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker.” How juvenile could one be? How could anyone think that such words are helpful an would be considered doing the work of the American people? Just how many bills have the Senate passed to deal with the fiscal cliff?
With a Dec. 31 deadline for an agreement to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” rapidly approaching, leaders in each party demanded the other side take the initiative. The new flare-up happened despite a round of calls that President Barack Obama made to congressional leaders by phone Wednesday night from Hawaii before he boarded Air Force One to head home from vacation.
The market was glum, with stocks falling for the fourth day in a row amid the stalled negotiations and a report that consumer confidence had plunged to its lowest level since August.
Obama’s plane landed in late morning at a suburban Maryland Air Force base, not long after Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor to chastise House Republicans who last week opposed Speaker John Boehner’s efforts to pass a narrowly crafted bill. Boehner’s “Plan B” would have raised tax rates only on the very wealthiest Americans. But the opposition within his own party caucus forced the Ohio Republican to cancel a vote on the bill.
Reid charged Thursday that the House was “being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker.”
In a response to Reid’s childish remarks, Speaker Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said: “Harry Reid should talk less and legislate more if he wants to avert the fiscal cliff. The House has already passed legislation to do so.”
I really have to question the wisdom of the American voters who reelected the status quo and those in Nevada who reelected Reid in 2010. The leadership in both parties needs to be purged and we need to start from scratch. Of course that should have meant Obama should have been thrown out on his ears as well.
Happy New Year America from Barack Obama … Turbo Tim Geithner Says US will hit $16.4 trillion debt limit? on New Year’s Eve
An early Happy News Year’s greetings from Barack Obama, according to Obama’s Treasury Secretary Turbo Tax Timmy Geithner, the United States will hit $16.4 trillion debt limit? on New Year’s Eve. Sadly, as the crystal ball drops in Time Square, NY ringing in the new year, the debt clock will be ringing in its own welcome to 2013 and $16.4 trillion. As Americans attempt to budget for 2013 and the impending fiscal cliff, Obamacare taxes and payroll taxes, Obama goes another year without a budget and more deficit spending.
The United States will reach its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit on Dec. 31 and undertake “extraordinary measures” to avoid default, the Treasury Department informed congressional leaders in a letter on Wednesday.
The notice about the debt ceiling came packaged with a stark warning from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who said the policy uncertainty stemming from the “fiscal cliff” makes it impossible for him to say with certainty how much time lawmakers have left to raise the borrowing cap.
“Given the significant uncertainty that now exists with regard to unresolved tax and spending policies for 2013, it is not possible to predict the effective duration of these measures,” Geithner wrote.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), “I Believe the President [Obama] is eager to Go Over the Cliff for Political Purposes”
What, President Barack Obama being all about politics and not what’s good for America, say it isn’t so …
This morning on FOX News Sunday, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) told Chris Wallace that he believes that President Barack Obama wants to drive off the “fiscal cliff” as Obama believes it is politically advantageous for him. Barrasso stated, “I believe the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes” and “He senses a political victory at the bottom of the cliff.” Barrasso also questioned Obama’s lack of leadership in negotiations.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said Sunday he thinks President Obama wants to dive over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
“I believe the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes,” Barrasso told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “He senses a political victory at the bottom of the cliff.”
The senator also said he believes the nation will go over the cliff, with the deadline just nine days away.
Barrasso said he thinks Obama is eager to blame Republicans if Congress cannot reach a deal by the end of the year. Polls have indicated that Americans would blame Republicans more than Democrats if talks fail.
Barrasso also pointed to a report in the Wall Street Journal late last week that said during negotiations, Obama threatened Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that he would use the presidential bully pulpit to heap blame on the GOP during his “State of the Union” speech next year.
UPDATE I: Senator Barrasso’s sentiment was shared by US Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina who believes as well that Obama wants to go off the “fiscal cliff”.
“I believed from the very beginning and continue to believe that the president has no interest at all in not going over the cliff,” Mulvaney told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.” “He wants to go over the cliff. Everything I’ve looked at and seen out of the White House.”