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(The New York Times)   Senate leaders are hard at work on a path to avoid driving off the fiscal cliff come January 1st. House leaders, meanwhile, are on another vacation after a hard session of naming post offices   (nytimes.com) divider line 27
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2012-10-02 08:58:48 AM  
Senate majority - Democrat.
House majority - Republican.

Why does the Tea Party hate America?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-02 09:10:38 AM  
senators said they believed the White House would go along with a deal that locks in as much as four times those savings in exchange for canceling the automatic cuts.

Do nothing now in return for a promise to do more in a year? Of course Washington will love the plan. That's how we got the "cliff."
 
2012-10-02 09:22:55 AM  
This really should tell you all you need to know how serious they are about cutting spending in Washington.

A huge deal is made about it, but when it's time to actually make the cuts, everyone pusses out and attacks the other side for wanting to cut spending.
 
2012-10-02 10:44:07 AM  

Via Infinito: Senate majority - Democrat.
House majority - Republican.

Why does the Tea Party hate America?


To paraphrase Stephen Colbert, "America is perfect but needs fixing."
 
2012-10-02 10:51:46 AM  
msnbcmedia.msn.com

This man is one level of "defensive covering up" from a burka.
 
2012-10-02 10:52:47 AM  
Sooo very much the wrong thread!
 
2012-10-02 11:07:41 AM  

Via Infinito: Senate majority - Democrat.
House majority - Republican.

Why does the Tea Party hate America?


Because if they can't have America no one can.
 
2012-10-02 11:08:55 AM  

odinsposse: Via Infinito: Senate majority - Democrat.
House majority - Republican.

Why does the Tea Party hate America?

Because if they can't have America no one can.


Because the Crack ain't working no more for them Reps.
 
2012-10-02 11:09:45 AM  
They won't be able to fix it, and that's a good thing
 
2012-10-02 11:11:10 AM  
Ironic that Senate is majority Dem and House is majority Repug. would this be considered placing party before country??


Irony indeed.
 
2012-10-02 11:11:26 AM  
 
2012-10-02 11:12:12 AM  
a hard session of naming post offices

What's the point? You're just going to have to close them next week.
 
2012-10-02 11:12:41 AM  

Lost Thought 00: They won't be able to fix it, and that's a good thing



too bad your punk boy Rmoney still won't be President.

enjoy the loss. i know i will.

have a nice day!
 
2012-10-02 11:16:17 AM  

Lost Thought 00: They won't be able to fix it, and that's a good thing


Right, because it's not a "debt crisis catastrophe," it's a "Freedom Refinancing™."
 
2012-10-02 11:17:25 AM  
Let me guess... Another "crucial deadline" preceded by much pontificating, political theater and partisan sniping that will be pushed down the road a few months at the last minute with some kind of deal.
 
2012-10-02 11:19:09 AM  

NateGrey: Dont even think about making progress Repubs, your teabagger base is ready to whine.


You might have warned us first about the Freep link. On the other hand, the image one up from where you link has lulz potential on multiple levels, one as irony and another for the "reimagination" potential.
 
2012-10-02 11:55:41 AM  
To be fair to the House, it is October and all of them are up for re-election while only 1/3 of the Senate needs to be out there campaigning. Of course, most of the House seats are pretty safe, but even if they stayed and worked they wouldn't want to touch anything as contraversial as spending cuts during campaign season.
 
2012-10-02 12:00:57 PM  

Crabs_Can_Polevault: Right, because it's not a "debt crisis catastrophe," it's a "Freedom Refinancing™."


What exactly is a "debt crisis catastrophe"?
 
2012-10-02 12:02:19 PM  
First, senators would come to an agreement on a deficit reduction target - likely to be around $4 trillion over 10 years - to be reached through revenue raised by an overhaul of the tax code, savings from changes to social programs like Medicare and Social Security, and cuts to federal programs. Once the framework is approved, lawmakers would vote on expedited instructions to relevant Congressional committees to draft the details over six months to a year.

What total F*CKING HORSEshiat. These clowns haven't agreed on one thing in years, and every time they do "agree" on something, it's some "agreement" that nothing will be done for years, financed by money that doesn't exist yet, but will come from some vague "cuts." And that money is counted as if it's really in the gov coffers right now, while lawmakers get together behind closed doors to try to undermine the cuts that haven't happened yet, but are still touted as major deals and the solution to our budget crisis.

No wonder the bankers are running the country. They've taught our politicians how to cook the books on their end too.
 
2012-10-02 12:16:54 PM  
So Senators be doing it like aboom badoomboom and Representatves be doing it like earpaderp dip da dip
 
2012-10-02 12:34:02 PM  
You mean what the House already tried to do and Reid called "draconian" and we fiddled around until we cut basically nothing?
 
2012-10-02 12:35:59 PM  

Mad_Radhu: they wouldn't want to touch anything as contraversial as spending cuts during campaign season.


Except that it's always campaign season for the House. 
 
2012-10-02 01:26:05 PM  
Is this a surprise to anyone that a last minute "save" of the fiscal cliff occurs, which really just says "we will have these people meet and come back to us in 6-12 months with recommendations." In which case, no recommendations will come out and we will have this same argument once the public forgets about it.
 
2012-10-02 02:31:00 PM  
fark it, let it happen.
 
2012-10-02 02:39:00 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Crabs_Can_Polevault: Right, because it's not a "debt crisis catastrophe," it's a "Freedom Refinancing™."

What exactly is a "debt crisis catastrophe"?


The CBO Alternative Fiscal Scenario?
 
2012-10-02 06:23:26 PM  
Why would the House be holding off on action when it will only make President Romney's job that much harder when he takes office in January?

Do they know something we don't know?

/Do they know anything?
 
2012-10-02 09:18:44 PM  

Linux_Yes: too bad your punk boy Rmoney still won't be President.

enjoy the loss. i know i will.


I look forward to savoring the sweet, full-body tears of conservatives. I want to see Sheldon Adelsons money burn up in vein as if he'd just heaped it on a bonfire.

I look forward to Mitt Romney setting a world record for the most expensive loss of any kind ever.

And it will be sweet.
 
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