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No more hostage taking. No more playing a Republican game that causes so many people pain.  The so called "Fiscal Cliff" is drama speak, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Those two words do make a handy drama drum beating phrase that serves Main Stream Media's need for selling Network air time and anti-math, anti-government, Republicans well, but then there is reality. That reality is one of Republican's blowing up the economy under George W. Bush and then taking the economy and our people hostage under President Obama.

Given how Congressional Republicans have shown no qualms in taking America hostage, time and again, I'm more than willing to have us go off the so called Fiscal Cliff in order to set the captives free.

I'm tired of Republicans inflicting harm on our people in order to further their own ideological ambitions.

Whether it's the American Jobs Act, the Veteran's Job Corps Bill, the Bring American Jobs Home Act, taking the Debt Ceiling hostage or renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, it's all part of the whole - taking the American people and the economy prisoner.  

So is the over hyped drama of the Fiscal Cliff. It's past time we called them out loudly and consistently by refusing to play their dangerous game.

That reality is that there simply is NO fiscal cliff. What there is a plenty is fear mongering used to manipulate us into an ill considered, hasty decision that does not serve the American people well, only the wealthy and connected few.

The Center for Budget and Political Policy stated in their September 12 paper -

                            TO PRODUCTIVE BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS
             Failure to Extend Tax Cuts Before January Will Not Plunge Economy
                                into Immediate Recession
                                By Chad Stone

To be sure, no one should aspire to a debate that extends into January or early February. That will not engender confidence in our political system, and the onset of tax increases and spending cuts whose duration appears uncertain will cause confusion on the part of many taxpayers, businesses, and beneficiaries of federal benefits and services.......

......Nevertheless, a relatively brief implementation of the tax and spending changes required by current law should cause little short-term damage to the economy as a whole, since policymakers would surely make whatever tax and other agreements they worked out in January or early February retroactive to January 1. Thus, the delay would withdraw little aggregate demand from the economy.

The greater danger is that misguided fears about the economy going over a “fiscal cliff” into another Great Recession will lead policymakers to believe they have to take some action, no matter how ill-conceived and damaging to long-term deficit reduction, before the end of the year, rather than craft a balanced plan that supports the economic recovery in the short term and promotes fiscal stabilization in the intermediate and longer run

[I strongly recommend reading the entire paper. ]

We can't afford to forget that the reality being ignored is the reality that the American people spend their lives inhabiting.

Those are the lives at risk in this true Kabuki Fiscal Cliff shadow play that MSM and Republicans are so determined to ignore.

Republicans once again are holding the unemployed hostage, our disabled and elderly hostage, our children and veterans hostage, our real small businesses and our crumbling infrastructure hostage.  It is what they've been doing for years.

And now House Republicans are taking those harmed by Super Storm Sandy hostage.

As predicted last week, when the Obama administration announced it was ready to submit its Sandy relief request, House Republicans are demanding spending cuts in return. The White House request was higher than originally reported, $60.4 billion, which is $22 billion below what the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut said the need from the federal government. Never mind that this request is lean, it's more than some Republicans can stand.


Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), who sits on the Appropriations Committee said she   will need to see offsets on Wednesday as did Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho).  “We have these emergencies every year and we should prepare for that in our budget,” Labrador said. [...]

    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said he will be looking for offsets for at least some of the spending and indicated he is not comfortable with the White House request that state and local governments contribute less than 25 percent of the cost of repairs.

They will not stop unless we are willing to call them out, unless we are willing to jump off the over hyped and distractionary "fiscal cliff."

Life will go on after the leap. Perhaps a shred of sanity may return to Congressional Republicans. I doubt it, but who knows?

What I do know is that we cannot continue to negotiate with hostage takers who are more than willing to blow us all up.

Lets jump!

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Onomastic on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 02:23:58 PM PST

  •  I heard John Yarmuth (D-KY) this morning (6+ / 0-)
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    KelleyRN2, Onomastic, blueoasis, DavidW, Smoh, Pluto

    give a whole list of unfinished business that's being ignored while this drama unfolds. IIRC, the reason S & P lowered our credit-worthiness score was because our Congress is dysfunctional. And here we go again. And we haven't even gotten to the debt ceiling yet. These fools are a disgrace!

  •  Amen, Ono. (7+ / 0-)

    There was an election. The president ran on raising taxes for the wealthy. The president won handily. Every legitimate poll tells me two things: Americans want the wealthy to pay higher taxes, and Americans think Congress is filled with dipshits.

    They prove it every time they open their mouths.

    "Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

    by KelleyRN2 on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 02:47:17 PM PST

  •  We're going off the cliff unless Boehner brings (4+ / 0-)
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    Onomastic, KelleyRN2, Smoh, Redfire

    a bill to the floor that the majority of his caucus opposes. I don't think he can do that and safely keep his Speakership so I'd say the odds of going over are around 8-1. After Jan 3rd, we'll have to see how these buffoons act. My money at this point is on total obstruction in a sick attempt to destroy Obama's legacy by crashing the entire global economy.  

    Let's not let 2014 be anything like 2010. Republicans only win when we stay home!

    by Tim D M on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 03:02:21 PM PST

  •  I agree. (6+ / 0-)

    It's time.

    Let the people, briefly, and it will be brief, see what happens when the government they want to destroy actually disappears for a brief time.

    Giving justification for such action as a last resort would not be that difficult since the logic is sound, and as long as all the voices who oppose weakening the social safety have the courage to speak out simply, concisely, and honestly about the real life consequences of such actions as the rightwing is demanding, a good majority of people will support our sensible viewpoints.  Of course, polling shows that they already do, but if handled correctly, the numbers will increase.

    And one thing that is going to have be made absolutely clear is how much we are spending on the MIC and the interwoven costs of the huge network of intelligence agencies and the private contractors.  So long as that continues, the safety net for the poor and middle class and hope for upward prosperity can never happen.  I as well as many others have moral objections to our misuse of defense, but regardless of that, the bottom line is that there is no way that we can continue to put so much money into hegemony and militancy and retain a decent standard of living for the majority of the people.

    There needs to finally be some plain talking about those extreme expenditures of money and humans and humanity, and while it won't be accomplished this time, except a bit if we're lucky, it's time to introduce it honestly into political discussion and gradually create the strategy we need for increases in prospertiy for now and the future.

    •  I'd like to see some serious talk about (3+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, side pocket, KelleyRN2

      a "Robin Hood" tax placed on financial transactions as well.

      There is a great deal of conversation that needs to be done.

      Great comment, thank you.

      "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Onomastic on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 03:40:39 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

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