Obama vs. Boehner

This is another article discussing the upcoming fiscal cliff, and the differences in approach in dealing with the cliff for both President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. Boehner’s continued reluctance to sign any plan that imposes a tax increase on the wealthy is becoming an increasingly difficult stance to hold, although it doesn’t seem as if he’s willing to change his opinion on the matter. A number of Republicans, both in the Senate and in the House, have said that they are willing to accept a plan from President Obama that includes a tax increase on the wealthy. If the President and Congress are unable to agree on a deal for the fiscal cliff, then who deserves the blame? In my opinion, it would be Boehner and his cronies in Congress for being so stubborn in their republican views.

 
 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/us/pol…

2 Comments »

  1. shawmi Said,

    December 7, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    According to the Examiner online, John Boehner has publicly stated that he will support raising taxes for the rich, so you should be relieved to know that even those who were adamantly opposed to it are capable of coming around. The “fiscal cliff” situation and the tax decision in front of Congress really reflects what Frank talked about in The Darwin Economy. He essentially argued that we should do whatever is most economically beneficial. In this case it would seem that it is necessary to raise taxes on the rich, in order to save the economy and reduce the debt. I personally have not yet decided which is more just, a flat tax or a progressive tax. However, in a situation such as this, the “just” thing to do is whatever will be the best for the economy. I respect the Republicans who have publicly disregarded the pledge they signed many years ago saying they would never raise taxes, because they recognize times have changed and doing what is best for the nation is always the right thing to do, regardless of party politics.

  2. briert Said,

    December 11, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

    In Frank’s work, he discusses his strong disregard for any flat taxes: “Many other conservatives have advocated a flat tax or value-added tax, which are essentially national sales taxes. But because the rich save much larger shares of their income than the poor, such taxes are extremely regressive.” So the “just” decision is definitely not to implement a flat tax. Also, Boehner has said no such thing about agreeing to support tax raises for the wealthy, so I’m not quite sure where that information is coming from. Boehner and his arrogance should take a reality check.

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