• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • White House Speeds Toward Fiscal Cliff, Declining House Republicans' Request for Terms

    Late Monday afternoon, the House Republican leadership lofted its latest offering to address the fiscal cliff. The kindest conservative response possible to this proposal is that it was “a dud.” It was much worse than a dud, however, as Heritage described in its initial response to the House proposal.

    Not to be outdone, the White House reaction to the House proposal was dismissive. The House leadership proposal involved nearly an even split between tax hikes and spending cuts.

    The Obama Administration’s reaction? The House plan “does not meet the test of balance,” further confirming that the White House definition of balance is, as usual, “heads, I win; tails, you lose.”

    Apparently, the operational definition of balance for Team Obama remains the approach taken in all major legislative battles (health care, the debt limit, etc): Balance apparently means that the President gets all he wants and Republicans are allowed to appear at the White House signing ceremony if they promise to behave and wipe their shoes.

    Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, reacted to the House Republican proposal to raise taxes by $800 billion over 10 years as follows: “Their plan contains nothing new and provides no details on which deductions they would eliminate, which deductions they will close.” For this Administration to complain about a lack of details—having previously floated a frivolous, flimsy, fantasy proposal—is, as our British friends might observe, quite cheeky.

    More to the point, how is Republicans caving on taxes to the tune of $800 billion in tax hikes “nothing new”?

    Suspicious minds might wonder what’s really being discussed heretofore in these high-level talks held behind closed doors. More likely than the memorialization of past policy indiscretions, the correct interpretation of Republicans offering such an unfortunate concession is that “nothing new” is White House code for “not enough, not nearly enough.” This would be consistent with their apparent definition of “balance,” which is to say all tax hikes and a bit of new spending to boot.

    If the White House and the House Republicans are to make real progress on resolving the fiscal cliff dilemma prior to Christmas, the fiscal policy passion play unfolding on the national stage must come quickly to an end.

    For President Obama and his minions, if they continue their public theatrics, they will be adding substance to the growing suspicion that, while going over the fiscal cliff may not be their first preference, as expressed recently by Senator John Barrasso (R–WY), Obama “is increasingly showing his hand that he is comfortable going off the cliff.”

    Posted in Featured [slideshow_deploy]

    2 Responses to White House Speeds Toward Fiscal Cliff, Declining House Republicans' Request for Terms

    1. ROBERT A. LACROSS says:

      It is high time for House Repulicanss to hire their own law firm and research ways to impeach President O Bama for all the actions he has taken that costs money and was not approved by the House of Representatives..the only authorized body that can initiate spending procedres and the actual dollars. He has added many costly items including the waiver for seeking approval and citizenship for aliens who are here illegally or their parents brought them here illegally. Lets make it inown that the researach is being done and then do it! He is guilty and deserves to be impeached. If not for all the Black American citizens and also the Hispanics, he would not have become President. But if we go off the fiscal cliff he wants it. One other items that should be considered thr=ough Democrats will oppose it is that a new voiting act that indicates ONLY CITIZENS who are in good standing, ie not on wefare, variousl entitlements and have had military service are eligible for the vote.

    2. I visited many websites except the audio quality for audio songs

      current at this web page is truly superb.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×