(CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke Friday about the fiscal cliff with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid before the three men - and the rest of Congress - left town for a long weekend. They'll return after Christmas to pick up where they left off.
Here's a look at the progress and the setbacks in the talks this past week.
Republicans don't want to cooperate as they still think they can beat President Obama by making him look "inept". You have been trying to do that for years. How did that work out for you? The middle class is tired of being squeezed. We are expected to help the poor and take the tax heat off of the rich. Give us a break.
Let's give the rest of Congress and long permanent weekend, fire them all because Xmas with their families is more important than the majority of Americans and their families. FIRE THEM ALL.
president obama do need the republicans or the democraters votes to the pass the tax cut anyway hes a nice guy i wouldnt be letting my head turn gray with boehner i would pass the tax cut and have a merry christmas and a happy new year with my family
I've had it with all this . What we the people say figure it out or where not filling taxes. Don't you work for us? I'm tired of you telling us the people what to do. it is time you do your job !!
Republican plan B or whatever including trying to change what they vorted for i.e fiscal cliff spending cuts comes no where near thier top line criticism of Obama being he does nothing for debt oh yes he does.. its Republicans who do nothing hoping to create another debt ceiling debate where they are not hoist on thier own petards.
Any realistic economic evaluation of thier budget plans and tax cuts failed to work in reducing debt an deficits.
If thier shenanilkins were not so pathetic and serious it might just be funny... regrettably it not even remotely funny what they will do to this nation; based on a one track vies of tax reductions fix all problems... would be true why have not the rest of the woeld developed economies used th same magic sauce... answer because it does not work.
I'd whisper in Boehners ear, we are going over the fiscal cliff and you will come up with $494bn in defense cuts.. i'll veto any proposal that ties to stop it. Try me and see. or compromise Taxes and spending I have put forward and then lets talk long term tax reform including corporate taxes and that debt celings increase as needed until a comprehensive tax and spending program can pass both houses of congress.
Let the games stop and lets get a compromise just spending is no good nor is just taxes but they must be balanced if spending cuts is $1tr then taxes have to increase $1tr. On this there is no debate. the CBO/TPC does the sums
Stick to your principles–god bless you.
President Barack Obama says being elected shows everyone is behind hes policy , he didn't get 100% vote for him so were doe's his thinking come from ?
#1 Cut Spending !!!