December 7th, 2012
01:39 PM ET
10 years ago

Fiscal cliff: what isn't said tells more than actual words

Washington (CNN) - In the Groundhog Day world of fiscal cliff posturing, with both sides repeating the same arguments over and over, what isn't said often tells more than the spoken word.

House Speaker John Boehner on Friday criticized President Barack Obama for the umpteenth time for not responding to the latest Republican proposal, saying White House inaction wasted time with the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts of the fiscal cliff looming.


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  1. Borderless

    Obama lacks the leadership to avert this crisis. He's a weak leader and an awful president. His ego won't allow for compromise. He is ready to watch the country crash and burn rather than find a mutually agreeable solution. Worst. President. Ever.

    December 7, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Worst president ever was little bush. The domestic terrorists from the party of "no" have done just about all the damage they can to our country. Maybe they will eventually figure out that the pledge to our country is more important than a pledge to a Right wingnut.

    December 7, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Obama wants the fiscal cliff. He designed it. That allows him to raise taxes on the middle class, while blaming the GOP. It was his plan, all along.

    December 7, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He is ready to watch the country crash and burn rather than find a mutually agreeable solution.
    That's Boehner in a nutshell but I think the best President we have had in many decades, Pres. Obama, has him over the proverbial barrel this time.

    December 7, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Maybe they will eventually figure out that the pledge to our country is more important than a pledge to a Right wingnut.
    Oh they've figured that out and couldn't care less. There's NO money in honoring their pledge to the country dontchaknow.

    December 7, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Darryl

    WOAHHHHHH, The Republicans / T-Party have done nothing but destroy this country for 4 years and keep people from WORK ! Period. They need to be thrown OUT of office.

    December 7, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Guest

    It is the presidents job to identify the end state and the congress' job to determine the best ways to get there. If it wasnt simply politcal posturing on his part the pres would say I want increased revenue with a debt reduction plan, get the best plan to do it! He wouldnt try to dictate to his leaders how to do it! It is here that you find he truly lacks leadership and the abilty to guide our nation and see what his motives really are. Those without leadership experience dont know how to lead.

    December 7, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Just me

    Why should the president "compromise" on something 80% of the american people agree with? It's the GOPs who should for once actually do what the people want, as opposed to mindlessly obeying the fat-cat donors pulling their strings.

    December 7, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. rs

    You know Republicans are facing their "end times" when Mitch McConnell has to filibuster his own bills, and Boehner is facing attacks from within the GOP for trying to control his crazies in the House. The sad thing is that for Mr. Obama, it is rapidly apparent that he has no one to negotiate with ans there is no cohesion or concensus in the GOP presently. They are a party out-of-control.

    December 7, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Guest

    Just me – Trust me when I say, if we were a majority rules society it would be total anarchy and our country would fall apart in devastating greed and selfishness.

    December 7, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Republicans keep pushing the same economic dogma, which people now know does not work. No one's listening except for the trained hamsters. Whatever happened to that old adage about doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.

    December 7, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Squigman

    Again, the American people cant handle the truth. If the populace were to gain insight on how they've been played during all of this, they'd crawl to the nearest cage at the zoo and refuse to leave. When it comes to liberty and freedom, you are limited. You've allowed this to happen because you look at your oppressors, as leaders. Using the same measure, you look at people that want to free you from your chains, with a large amount of distrust and hate. Always looking for a way to grant more power to your jailers. WAKE-UP.

    December 7, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Indeed. I've never heard the House or Senate GOP drop the n-bomb about Obama....but we all know they're thinking it.

    "Obama lacks the leadership to avert this crisis. "

    Yawn. And if Boehner and Faux News were yammering that Obama has to go because he refuses to eat Farnkenberry and will only eat Cuont Chocula, you idiots would be regurgitating that hot mess of talking points too. The GOP/Teatrolls HAVE NO LEVERAGE. WE are getting what WE want with or without them. It's all just a matter of how much damage the GOP/Teatrolls want to take in the process...and whether the damage is with their base or with the rest fo the country.

    December 7, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    Obama wants the fiscal cliff. He designed it. That allows him to raise taxes on the middle class, while blaming the GOP. It was his plan, all along.
    Nope. Pres. Obama did not design this bill. The Tea Party Republicans in the House designed. The grand master plan was to win retake the Senate and the White House while holding onto the House. Once that was complete, the lame duck Congress would selectively remove the tax increases, defense cuts, and etc. while leaving the cuts to Medicare, discretionary spending, and etc.

    Republicans never considered a scenario where all of their carefully designed skullduggery would go up in smoke. That's why the party is in such a state of confusion. People dropping out. Senate Minority leader filibustering his own "gotcha this time" bill.

    December 7, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. The REAL Truth...

    @Rick McDaniel – Obama wants the fiscal cliff. He designed it.
    ROTFLMAO – you sheeple nuts give me many great bouts of laughter with your clueless amnesiac mumblings. The Grand Obstructionist Party DESIGNED the fiscal cliff bubba !! It was the outcome carved out of the debt rating reduction deals and the raising of the Nat'l Debt limit last year. The Repugs figured Obama would be gone and they would have control of Congress so they could "undo" the sequestration agreements. The $1 Trillion in defense spending cuts are the result of TEAPUG negotiations, not Obama. The right is losing this one. Obama and the Dem win whether we go off the cliff or not.. Happy holidays doofus.

    December 7, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Chris in NY

    Republicans are hopelessly shameless. Americans spoke on Nov 6th. Yet they are willing to relitigate what the people voted a month ago. Republicans have ears but they don't listen. I guess Boehner won't be saying he got everything he ever wanted. That's what he said the last time infuriating the President whose concession was only because of middle class people whom he didn't want to suffer in the hands of Republicans. Now, the President has found ways around it and is not bulging on his stance just as I wouldn't want him to.

    December 7, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Data Driven

    I realize the Speaker was probably in a local watering hole at the time, but the Administration already responded to the GOP plan, which was devoid of specifics while adamantly refusing to raise rates on the wealthy. The Administration said "no dice".

    December 7, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. rs


    So even though the voting populace rejected Mr. Romney and the GOP's "Voodoo economics", we should let Republicans put their failed policies back in play? Where is the reasoning in that?

    December 7, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. CBR

    This fiscal crisis began when the first tax cuts were made. Nothing was done on the spending side of the budget to deal with the lost of income. If we would all ask Congress and the President to solve the problem it would be done. As long as we add tot he blame game then nothing will be done. It will be politics as usual.

    THe media needs to stop listening to these men They say nothing new and the constant reporting is ridiculous. Let's stop covering their news briefings and refuse to pay them until they solve the issue. Enough already!

    December 7, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |