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RepublicansAreFail
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03:01 PM on 12/15/2011
Obama grow a spine! Let the Republicans hang themselves!
02:59 PM on 12/15/2011
I'd rather see them keep the money rather than accept the trade-offs republicans are offering. I also don't like that it's putting my social security at risk.
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catmagnet
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11:49 PM on 12/15/2011
You want those blowhards keeping control of YOUR hard-earned money??? Just sayin'.
02:58 PM on 12/15/2011
weakness never works with re thugicants
when will obama ever learn
02:58 PM on 12/15/2011
Leave it to Fineman to put a totally biased slant to what the administration is actually is proposing and doing. First, Democrats have not dropped the idea of the surtax on millionaires to pay for the extensions.That is a rumor floated by AP and discounted yesterday by Pfeiffer in a statement from the WH. And, second, the Administration is merely proposing a short term extension so that the Democrats and Republicans can continue to work on the bill after the holidays. This would free up the Defense bill vote and also allow the unemployed to at least get paid throw the holidays. I have read this and many other articles including statements made by the WH and see no proof to indicate any capitulation on principle by the Administration. Yet, Fineman, and other pundits, continue to push the capitulation label.
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03:09 PM on 12/15/2011
Thank you...the media is also the problem. They need to get back to reporting facts and calling the right people out. The media is just a news rag like the Inquirer
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emmanuel kalu
information is knowledge, knowledge in power
03:10 PM on 12/15/2011
i agree with you. the dems and white house are floating ideas, which shows who the adults are in this debate. however it is very important for the country that we don't take any more hits economically. however the middle class can't be expected to pay for this because republicans refuse to tax the rich. i suggest you let the govt shut down, you let payroll expire and let the chip fall where they may. which i believe would be blaming the republicans.
02:58 PM on 12/15/2011
Until Barack is shown the door on 1.20.13, this country is basically screwed. He and his handlers NEVER have a solid, bipartisan approach to any issues impacting the American people. He either does not have a clue (very real possibility), or he just does care, as he has shown by ignoring even his own commission, Simpson-Bowles. This WH is hell-bent to spend, expand, control, litigate and over regulate until the cows come home - or we are totally bankrupt - whichever comes first.
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emmanuel kalu
information is knowledge, knowledge in power
03:16 PM on 12/15/2011
now here is a statement that is completely factless and useless.
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need-to-know
03:35 PM on 12/15/2011
This comment is an example of someone so blinded by hatred for Obama that they refuse to see any good in the man. Obama has tried time and time again to get the Republicans to sit down and work out a compromise. He almost accomplished this with the budget debate until the Tea Party revolted and the Republicans had to walk away. The goal of the Republicans has been to focus on defeating Obama at any cost, not allowing him to get anything done and hoping the economy tanks so they will be in a better position to win. On the other side the hard left is constantly complaining that he "caves in" to the Republicans if he tries to compromise at all. As far as regulation goes, the country has been deregulating the financial industry for the last 15 years and look where that got us.
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WhatDaBleep
Right is Wrong and Left is Correct
02:57 PM on 12/15/2011
Well he did try. Right?
02:57 PM on 12/15/2011
I still cannot support extending this . It only saves 1000 dollars for those making 50 K so for those making less it is much less. Like I have said before it is only one cup of coffee per day. Keep the tax flowing into the government.
03:00 PM on 12/15/2011
I agree
raising taxes to reduce the debt is the way to go
nothing will stimulate the economy more at this point in time
and it means the end to all bush tax cuts it is worth it
time the rich start to pay up
03:12 PM on 12/15/2011
They raise the taxes, but they never use an increase to reduce the debt. It's always earmarked for vote buying. If you pay taxes at all the "bush tax cut" you now enjoy will be gone too.
11:14 AM on 12/17/2011
Why is it no one dehines rich. 250K to 1.5 mil in the bank today is surely not rich
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emmanuel kalu
information is knowledge, knowledge in power
03:08 PM on 12/15/2011
when you give someone making 250 a week an additional 20-30 buck. it means a lot to them. this is very important to the working class. it needs to be passed, but not at the expense of the middle class. there are 100 of ways to pay for this, yet republicans refuse to allow this.
03:22 PM on 12/15/2011
If you make $250 a week, it is only $7.75 less in your check.
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glomtt
Terribly Political
02:56 PM on 12/15/2011
This is exactly why the President's numbers will take a hit again. None of them even the democrats are doing what the people want. The people want a surtax on millionaires an extension of the payroll tax cuts and an extension of unemployment benefits. We want the plan that was put out there. They have the spines of jellyfish!
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Cantinflas
My micro-bio is not empty.
03:01 PM on 12/15/2011
Now, if we only had the votes in the Congress to make it happen. Oh, wait, we could have had them if progressives had turned out to vote in sufficient numbers in 2010 to make it happen. The people can want all they want, but it takes votes to get what we want.
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emmanuel kalu
information is knowledge, knowledge in power
03:19 PM on 12/15/2011
what would you suggest the president and dems do. republicans in congress along party line passed a useless payroll tax cut. republicans in senate would not allow for even a vote on the dems bill that taxes the rich. how do you expect any law to be passed that favor what the people want. the president can't decree it, dems can't get the bill to a vote. what do you want them to do. the power is in the people hands, and yet 2010 we gave that power to thugs. now we are getting what we voted for. a complete attack on us.
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glomtt
Terribly Political
04:20 PM on 12/15/2011
Take a stand and stick to it, like the GOP!
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mzkitti
6/3/1927
02:52 PM on 12/15/2011
So what else is new?
Surprise, surprise.
If the Republicans don't win the 2012 election it is just because they have all gone crazy. It should really be a cake walk.
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03:10 PM on 12/15/2011
They are crazy. Don't believe all that you read, it's primarily sensationalism and propaganda, depending on who owns them
02:52 PM on 12/15/2011
If the Democrats wimp out and not veto this bill, or remove the tax on the rich provision, they will become harlots for the Republican pimps!
02:51 PM on 12/15/2011
Another puntificator sticking it to the President. This site is entirely predictable. Gobama 2012!
Citizen54
Conservatism is a con job!
03:00 PM on 12/15/2011
Yes... Gobama. Please go, Obama.... go away. Step down. Retire.
We need a Democratic president who is not a Republican stooge.
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opief
03:22 PM on 12/15/2011
It will be ABO.
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Ariel Finn
02:51 PM on 12/15/2011
So much for staying in Washington until it passes? I guess Michelle told President Obama not to screw up their 2 week Hawaiian Christmas vacation. lol
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tj101
Hata ukinichukia la kweli nitakwambia
03:09 PM on 12/15/2011
lol....were you in a coma throughout the month of August?
03:41 PM on 12/15/2011
It's been reported they already have spent $10,000,000 so far on their elaborate jaunts on the backs of those they say they care about. ! I guess we have to settle for just plain cake, no icing.!
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Ariel Finn
03:49 PM on 12/15/2011
It would be funny, if it wasn't so sad.
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dsgeorge
Proud to be Everything the Right Wing Hates
02:46 PM on 12/15/2011
and dems wonder why their own base is sick of them too.
02:50 PM on 12/15/2011
The Democratric base is strong, and has been strong and supportive during the entirety of the Obama presidency. Plus, the President's approval numbers are beginning to rise again. The far, far left isn't the President's base. They really don't like anybody.
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dsgeorge
Proud to be Everything the Right Wing Hates
02:54 PM on 12/15/2011
I support the POTUS too, trust me. But, I am so sick and tired of them caving to the GOP and wonder why they cannot find loopholes to get around the obstruction or have a better message system....the GOP is always on tv spreading lies and there is barely counter offensive by dems...Obama is starting to pivot...but of course, an election is a year away. It could be too little, too late - just like Holder NOW starting to be concerned about GOP voter suppresion going on....where has HE been!
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commonsensor2009
Do a Good Turn Daily
02:34 PM on 12/15/2011
The rich get a cut on their taxable income which allows them to plan for the future. The middle class gets a cut in the Social Security tax which IS their future.
02:58 PM on 12/15/2011
so it should be paid unless we go to the private plan
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catmagnet
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11:53 PM on 12/15/2011
I am part of the middle class and NEVER was under the delusion that Social Security was going to be there. At the best, it's a supplement for someone's effective retirement planning, and that was the intention.

How about earning your OWN money and doing your own financial planning instead of depending on the government for everything?
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commonsensor2009
Do a Good Turn Daily
01:01 PM on 12/16/2011
First of all the money that goes into Social Security is my OWN money. The program allows me to pool my money with millions of other Americans to provide a "safety net" in retirement. If you want to live more comfortably you will need to save and invest, but, Social Security gives you the assurance that SOMETHING will be there no matter what.
In fact the original intent Social insurance, as conceived by President Roosevelt,was to address the permanent problem of economic security for the elderly by creating a work-related, contributory system in which workers would provide for their own future economic security through taxes paid while employed. Thus it was an alternative both to reliance on welfare and to radical changes in our capitalist system.