Obama? Are we to be your Lemmings?

May 6, 2012. The day Obama kicked off his campaign for his next term. His slogan?  Way Forward. Forward off the cliff is what it has been. Here is a Saturday re-do of my post video done then that is even more appropriate today. Forward like lemmings, off the cliff he would take us.

The ending? It is up to us.

Bob Woodward – Enemy of the State?

So the WH takes on Woodward. May have been one bridge too far. Looks like the boys aren’t backing down.

UPDATE: Latest twiiter from WH David Plouffe

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Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated.

Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.

 

Take a look at the video over at Politico and the story “Behind the Curtain”.

The Obama aide “yelled at me for about a half hour,” Woodward told us in an hour-long interview yesterday around the Georgetown dining room table where so many generations of Washington’s powerful have spilled their secrets.

Digging into one of his famous folders, Woodward said the tirade was followed by a page-long email from the aide, one of the four or five administration officials most closely involved in the fiscal negotiations with the Hill.

First Woodward Calls Out Obama For Sequestration “Madness” last week, now Obama threatens him. Anyone still wondering if Obama has an enemies list?

Now the background of the WH unhappiness.

As the clock ticks down to the implementation of President Obama’s sequester. The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward is blasting President Obama today for using the law as a way to put our national security at risk.

The Washington Post‘s Bob Woodward ripped into President Barack Obama on “Morning Joe” today, saying he’s exhibiting a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time” for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.

“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’” Woodward said.

Boehner cleaned Obama’s clock at the Battle of the Fiscal Cliff

As I wind down my month-long Florida vacation - the long vacation due in large part to Mr. Obama and his destruction of Healthcare which led to my early retirement- and head back to the chilly climes of the North, I searched for a good news piece. Many of us have been pretty hard on Boehner, so when I found this read, I thought O.K. let’s pass this one along. Any bright light these days so here we go:

In retrospect, at the Battle at Fiscal Cliff, Boehner took President Obama to the cleaners. He did it suavely, without histrionics. While Obama churlishly, and in a politically amateurish manner, publicly strutted about having forced the Republicans to raise tax rates on “the wealthiest Americans” Boehner, quietly, was pocketing his winnings.

Dazzled by Obama’s Ozymandias-scale sneer most liberals failed to notice that Boehner quietly made 99% of the Bush tax cuts permanent. As Boehner himself dryly observed, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board member Steve Moore, “”Who would have ever guessed that we could make 99% of the Bush tax cuts permanent? When we had a Republican House and Senate and a Republican in the White House, we couldn’t get that. And so, not bad.’”

“Not bad” is a resounding understatement. Dealt a weak hand, Boehner managed to 99% outfox, on tax policy, a president who had the massive apparatus of the executive branch, the Senate majority, and a left-leaning national elite media whooping it up for a whopping tax increase. Even more impressively, Boehner pulled it off with steady nerves while under heavy pressure from the anti-spending hawks in his own caucus. Full story at  Forbes

Vote Tally Count Fiscal Cliff -Taxpayer Relief Act

With any luck, this should finish Boehner. Let us hope to be relieved of this fellow.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) voted in favor of the legislation, splitting with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), the Budget Committee chairman and former Republican vice presidential nominee, voted yes.

The 257-167 vote culminated a day of high drama in the Capitol, as Republican leaders considered and then quickly abandoned a plan to attach steep spending cuts to a measure passed overwhelmingly by the Senate early Tuesday morning.

For individual votes by states click on Gov Track and scroll down a bit on their page here at Gov Track

The House passed the fiscal cliff deal late on Jan 1.

The earlier Senate vote at 2am can also be found here.

Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (On the Senate Amendment)

House Vote #659 [primary source: house.gov]

Date:
Jan 01, 2013 (112th Congress)
Result:
Passed
Related Bill:
H.R. 8: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012
Introduced by Rep. David “Dave” Camp [R-MI4] on July 24, 2012
Current Status: Passed Senate with Changes

This was a vote to approve or reject a bill or resolution.

The bill extends indefinitely marginal tax rates on annual family income up to $450,000, lifts the top capital gains and dividends rates to 20 percent, extends unemployment insurance benefits and a host of other tax provisions.

It delays automatic spending cuts for two months, setting up another fiscal showdown over replacing those cuts, raising the debt ceiling and funding the federal government. The Hill

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McConnell ‘Burst into laughter’ over Tim Geithner’s Obama Plan

While the more optimistic think Obama will want to come to sort of agreement rather than go over the “fiscal cliff”, others of us are less optimistic, and apparently McConnell is one, Those that think that Obama is concerned about his legacy and will want to turn the corner and try to save our country from bankruptcy are in for a surprise. There is nothing in his background, nor his minions he has marching to who knows whose orders, that would indicate it. To take down a super power what could be more grand. His anit-colonialist feelings are well-known. The more optimistic of us believe he can not achieve it during his tenure, and we shall rise again into fiscal sanity. Here we go:

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, says he “burst into laughter” Thursday when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined the administration proposal for averting the fiscal cliff. He wasn’t trying to embarrass Geithner, McConnell says, only responding candidly to his one-sided plan, explicit on tax increases, vague on spending cuts.

Charles Krauthammer on Obama’s ‘Insulting’ Fiscal Cliff Offer: ‘Republicans Ought to Simply Walk Away’

 

Geithner suggested $1.6 trillion in tax increases, McConnell says, but showed “minimal or no interest” in spending cuts. When congressional leaders went to the White House three days after the election, Obama talked of possible curbs on the explosive growth of food stamps and Social Security disability payments. But since Geithner didn’t mention them, those reductions appear to be off the table now, McConnell says.

Besides raising taxes, Geithner was reported to have proposed a one-year delay in scheduled $1.2 trillion spending cuts to defense and domestic, and a $400 billion reduction in Medicare funding. The $1.2 trillion in cuts was mandated after Congress failed to reach an agreement in 2011 on reductions. From The Weekly Standard

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