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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

America Jumps Off Fiscal Cliff, Then Rescues Itself Mid-Air

This story will probably be reversed and updated a few more times, but as of this exact moment there IS a fiscal cliff deal[yawn]  I was pretty much hoping we’d take the plunge off the fiscal cliff, then start from scratch with a new tax cut for everyone EXCEPT those earning over $250,000.

But this deal — if it even still exists by the time you read this post — is better than nothing.  There’ll be higher taxes on individuals earning more than $400,000 and households earning more than $450,000.  And there will be new limits on the exemptions and deductions currently being used by the wealthiest Americans.  (The linked article doesn’t give any specifics.)

The estate tax — if you’re a Republican, it’s that there death tax — will go up from 35% to 40% on estates worth over $5 million.  Unemployment benefits will be extended for one more year.  And doctors who treat Medicare patients will NOT have their payments reduced.

This deal was reached only because moderate House Republicans — I thought they’d all gone the way of running boards and hip flasks — outvoted the teabaggers.  Or as Democratic Representative Alcee Hastings put it:

“They’re crazy, but they’re not that batshit crazy.”

Moderate and teatard Republicans were tearing each other apart.  As the linked article said:

“In a sign of deep GOP unease over the legislation, Republican leaders Boehner, Cantor, and McCarthy did not speak during the debate. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and James Clyburn all did.”

Will John Boehner still be Speaker of the House after showing himself to be a weak-kneed RINO?  If not, who do you think will take his place?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boner's out, the no good dick.

January 1, 2013 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Cliff Burton rules.

January 2, 2013 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

The question now remains who will replace Boner? You know this isn't going to be good if the tea baggers get their way.

And the next presidential election maybe we could find a black gay hispanic jewish lady to run and watch their heads explode. Picture that for a moment.

January 2, 2013 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

I don't know of any moderate House Republicans. I know a lot who don't want to face primary opponents accusing them of letting taxes go up for all Americans.

January 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be Prepared for a real knock-down, drag-out if Cantor makes speaker

Alcee Hastings - gets impeached as a Federal Judge but is allowed to be a congressman - what a country!


January 2, 2013 at 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Worry not. They will f*ck us over soon enough with a debt default.

January 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anon.: Good riddance if he goes.

Randal: Fiscal Burton was a better bass player.

Demeur: It'll be even more ironic if the Republicans can come up with a Far Rightwing black gay hispanic jewish lady.

Dave: Their greatest fear is getting primaried, either from the right or the center.

Erik: I didn't know that about Alcee Hastings. I hadn't heard of him before.

JR: I hope the whole "debt ceiling" concept will be declared unconstitutional once and for all.

January 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah after he got impeached he ran for congress and won. The Republicans sued and their Supreme Court backed Hastings! There is life after Impeachment in the Federal System


January 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Thanks for the info. Nice to know how high they've set the bar for congressmen.

January 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM  

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