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The Lessons from Plan B

If President Obama and Senator Reid were actually negotiating in good faith, then one could argue that Speaker Boehner's Plan B was an acceptable, if unpalatable, compromise.  After all, it permanently extended the current tax rates for very nearly all Americans, eliminating the annual game of chicken in Congress over whether our taxes will automatically increase. 

But the President and Senator Reid made very clear that they are not interested in compromise, and that Boehner's offer was dead on arrival in the Senate because it did not raise taxes on enough people. This is not a negotiation on President Obama's part - it is holding all Americans' incomes hostage and demanding higher income earners as the ransom.

The choice being laid out by the President is a false choice between raising taxes on everyone or just on a few.  There is another choice, which FreedomWorks has endorsed all along: extend the current tax rates for everybody.  Once we've backed away from the fiscal cliff, we can have a real debate about how to collect revenue and curb spending through real reforms.

The fiscal conservatives in the House agreed. Led by a younger core of freshmen, they lobbied Speaker Boehner to stand his ground, to negotiate from a position of strength. Instead, the Republican leadership did not even allow any votes on amendments to Plan B, and subjected dissenters to intense pressure to just follow the party line. 

They did not.

The ball is now in President Obama's court, and if he is a responsible leader he will propose a solution to the fiscal cliff that extends current tax rates, like he did in 2010.

But the heartening message from the failure of Plan B is this - the hard work of so many grassroots activists all over the country is paying off.  Thanks to the strong core of solid limited-government conservatives in the House, leadership can no longer easily lure Republicans down the road of bigger government. 

David Lee

30 years of Reaganomics got us into this mess and it's going to take 30 years of the opposite to get us out.

We need more regulation and more taxes to solve the mess Republican policies have put us in.

Taxes on the rich need to be raised to pre-Reagan rates---50 --70%. The estate tax should be 100% over 5 million. Anyone who tries to take money out of the country should be taxed at 100%.

The Fed needs to be regulated and audited. They created much of our problem.

Rick LaBonte

You cannot deal with Democrats any more than you can negotiate with bacteria. They require you to surrender your principles in exchange for lies. Boehner is a lousy negotiator. he breaks every rule in the book, starting with not understanding what his opponent's goals are. If you do not understand what Obama wants, you cannot negotiate with him. What does Obama want? Totalitarian socialism. What does Obama want? To destroy the GOP. What does Obama want? Class warfare. What does Obama want? To punish his enemies. What does Obama want? Higher taxes and spending without limit are merely tools to get to his goals. Boehner must be replaced with someone who knows what Obama is. Very few Americans, and almost no one in Washington really know what Obama is. The history of the GOP is an almost uninterrupted series of retreats and surrenders. Boehner finally found a line they wouldn't cross. Is the Tea Party dead? Or is the GOP dead? Let's find out now.

Deborah Ray Foster

One of our bigger drains is the people that won't do their fair share and work for a living. They want their fair share of "free phones, food stamps, rent vouchers, etc.". They won't work for these things they drain the tax revenue. If they worked it would save our tax revenue and also add to it with the taxes they would be paying. I understand some people truly need help but how many are just scamming the system?

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David Farrar

We need to reduce the national debt by at least $400 billion a year, every year, for the next ten years, without incurring any annual deficits. If we want to save the American economy and its future as a world-class leader, this is the yardstick that is being held up as the 'minimum'. Actually, it's more than $400 billion because the ten years started in 2011.

This cannot be achieved if everyone doesn't pay their fair share. This includes allowing all of the Bush tax cuts to expire for the rich and the middle class to some degree, again, depending on government spending for any given year*. We are not going to dig ourselves out of this hole, let alone our grandchildren, if we don't stand up before the eyes of history, and meet this challenge, as have other American generations done before us. We can do it. It will take sacrifices, hard sacrifices from all of us, to be sure. At present, all we are lacking is a leader who can rally the people, all the people, to not only to get the job done, but be proud of having done their part for the common good of all.

ex animo
*paraphrasing Howard Dean