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The Fiscal Cliff And The Keyser Soze Option
RedState.com ^ | November 8th, 2012 at 02:40 PM | streiff

Posted on 11/08/2012 9:33:30 PM PST by Redcloak

Movies often serve as a useful shorthand for how to address some of life’s issues. In the movie Usual Suspects, Keyser Soze is confronted with the fact that his wife and children would be an impediment in dealing with his business competitors. In a way the House GOP finds itself in the same position as Keyser Soze. Our home has been invaded. Our family despoiled. And we are facing a never ending series of ever increasing demands from the criminals who have abused us.

Sometimes the only way out of a dilemma is by clearing the table and starting again from scratch. At midnight on December 21, 2012 the United States will be faced with what is being called the “fiscal cliff.” In short this cliff is composed of several parts.

1. The payroll tax reduction passed in 2010 will end.
2. The temporary tax rates passed under President Bush will lapse.
3. Obamacare’s taxes will come due.
4. The Alternative Minimum Tax will expand to many more taxpayers.
5. Extended unemployment benefits will expire.
6. Some $78 billion in federal spending will be sequestered.
7. Medicare “doc fix” will expire.

There are several sets of sacred cattle here. The GOP is primarily interested in protecting the tax cuts and Defense spending. The Democrats are primarily interested in preserving the social spending and free stuff for their base. This time around the Democrats, in their never ending paean to class warfare, are insisting that the Bush Tax Rates for the wealthiest Americans be allowed to expire. The GOP should not negotiate on this. This will put the GOP in the position of only getting part of what it wants in exchange for giving the Democrats everything they want, in other words this is a textbook case of bipartisanship in Washington.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government
KEYWORDS: fiscalcliff; keysersoze
Or think of it as Reagan at Reykjavik. You have to know when it's the other guy who just can't walk away; and who really, really doesn't want you to walk away either.
1 posted on 11/08/2012 9:33:38 PM PST by Redcloak
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To: Redcloak

Obama doesn’t want to own the disaster. He will offer no plan. GOP should say give us your detailed plan, we’ll pass it, but Obama will own it whether it works or fails.

He’s a chickensh1t marxist bastard who knows nothing about economics, much less saving us from this disaster he’s helped greatly accelerate in such a short time.


2 posted on 11/08/2012 9:41:22 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Redcloak

Spread the Pain. I think I read that somewhere on Freerepublic today.


3 posted on 11/08/2012 9:41:48 PM PST by FlipWilson
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To: Redcloak

‘cept there was no Keyser Söze


4 posted on 11/08/2012 9:42:10 PM PST by stylin19a (Obama ->The Jayson Blair administration)
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To: Redcloak

Obama, Pelosim and reid extended the Bush tax cuts in 2010 right after the TEA party took over. As soon as the ink was dry, they immediately began complaining that the Republicans wouldn’t eliminate the Bush Tax cuts. Does anyone remember this?


5 posted on 11/08/2012 9:49:21 PM PST by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: stylin19a

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.


6 posted on 11/08/2012 9:49:35 PM PST by superfries
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To: FlipWilson
Spread the Pain. I think I read that somewhere on Freerepublic today.

Exactly. And there's no downside for the GOP. The election is over and done with; and there's no way that the MSM can stretch a the-GOP-is-to-blame meme out for 2 years. Let our idiotic countrymen see Obama's tax hikes just as the skinny little twerp get inaugurated.

7 posted on 11/08/2012 9:50:47 PM PST by Redcloak ("...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana shaped.")
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To: Redcloak

They’ll find a way to blame the Republican-Controlled House for all of the problems.


8 posted on 11/08/2012 9:55:15 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Redcloak

Like


9 posted on 11/08/2012 9:58:14 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Redcloak

I like this idea and the movie is a great metaphor. No matter what I say we don’t move an inch until Obama presents his plan to the country. It’s important he make the first proposal.


10 posted on 11/08/2012 9:59:12 PM PST by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: dfwgator

It doesn’t matter who gets blamed. Besides, the President of the US will ultimately be blamed even if the GOP takes a short term hit.

In any case, my bet is Obama will blink. It’s his presidency and his legacy. Is he really ready to push the entire country into recession over a tax hike from 35 to 40%? This hike barely brings any money into the coffers begin with. It’s always been a political gimmick more than an actual policy.

I say Obama will blink and if he doesn’t so be it. It’s time to face this fisscal dissaster head on...right now...today.


11 posted on 11/08/2012 10:05:04 PM PST by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: Redcloak

Let it happen we either deal with some major pain now or we shall have to deal with excruciating pain later. A pain so horrible some will die. Rip that band-aid off and deal with it.


12 posted on 11/08/2012 10:10:24 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (We have crossed the line from independence & liberty to dependency & servitude. We are doomed)
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To: Redcloak

From the article

“At midnight on December 21, 2012 the United States will be faced with what is being called the “fiscal cliff.”

Hmmmm, December 21st, December 21st...

Now where have I heard that before, some special date.....


13 posted on 11/08/2012 10:12:29 PM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: dfwgator

What they seem to want most is the tax hike on the rich. I would say: You can have a two year tax hike on the rich which automatically expires and must be shown to have substantially helped the situation before it can be renewed. We don’t want it to be just for revenge. (Be sure to use the word revenge).


14 posted on 11/08/2012 10:12:54 PM PST by Anima Mundi (You can lead a brain to facts but you can't make it think.)
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To: stylin19a
There is no Santa Claus either, but that doesn't stop the Leftists from believing that the Federal Government is Santa.
15 posted on 11/08/2012 10:19:08 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Redcloak

There is some merit to this argument. For the price of higher taxes, we get to dump the layabouts out of their hammocks. For me, that might be worth it.


16 posted on 11/08/2012 10:34:24 PM PST by gusty
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To: dfwgator

Like they aren’t going to do that anyway?


17 posted on 11/08/2012 10:50:49 PM PST by FlipWilson
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To: Secret Agent Man

It’s not even barry doing any of this! It’s valerie j and Lord only knows who else.

I can’t get that image out of my mind of the guy who ‘worked’ with Ayers and relayed that the ‘plan’ included eliminating millions of us.

Something very sick and sinister is playing out and all the bullcra* carping by the so called insiders on how this election was lost, is adding even more layers of confusion.

The puppet masters on the left must be laughing their a** off at how this is playing out. More chaos, more in-fighting.


18 posted on 11/08/2012 10:55:03 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: Mustangman

No one in the Brown Shirt Media remembers anything Dear Leader doesn’t remind them to.


19 posted on 11/08/2012 11:17:36 PM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: FlipWilson

This is 0bama’s regime. Maybe we should Cloward Piven it until it is paralyzed. we have to rebuild america after all this, and defeating the vile adversary with his own crap will keep the adversary down.


20 posted on 11/09/2012 12:40:14 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Redcloak

Boehner has the House majority. Can’t Boehner fight all of it: defund Obamacare, refuse all those tax hikes and defense cuts, and send him Paul Ryan’s budget again, and say “we’re done”?


21 posted on 11/09/2012 2:24:32 AM PST by ReaganGeneration2
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To: ReaganGeneration2

A few years back, it was a handful of Senate RINOs who stopped up the works; you couldn’t get reforms through without placating the demands of the Snows, Jeffordses, and McCains of that “august” body. There’s no reason now why the House GOP can’t be that roadblock to everything Obama and the Senate RINOs want.


22 posted on 11/09/2012 6:45:08 AM PST by Redcloak ("...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana shaped.")
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To: Secret Agent Man

Obama doesn’t want to own the disaster. He will offer no plan.


I suggest that the House take the position that renewing any tax cuts cannot be done without a budget so that the impact can be assessed.

This puts the Democrat Senators on record, and ends the Harry Reid pocket veto of a budget.


23 posted on 11/09/2012 1:17:43 PM PST by Mack the knife
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