Congress Leaves After Not Voting on Plan B - Hannity: "Punish" American Voters with Fiscal Cliff

by: Chris Blask

Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 22:49:38 PM EST

The GOP House chose not to vote on Rep. Boehner's "Plan B" proposal tonight, choosing instead to leave for the holidays with no solution to the fiscal cliff.

Watching a bit of each channel tonight I turned on FOX long enough to watch Sean Hannity, gleeful that the country is now on the verge of going over the fiscal cliff, saying: [sic]"we need to punish American voters for their decision in November".

In the next hour Newt Gingrich is on, smiling and laughing.

Are they serious? Is it truly the strategy - as much as a party with a speaker who cannot get his own members to even vote on their own bill - to "punish" American voters for exercising their franchise, by turning a 3% Q1 2013 economic growth into a 3.9% economic contraction (as per the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office)?

Consider this a flabergastedly Open Thread.

Chris Blask :: Congress Leaves After Not Voting on Plan B - Hannity: "Punish" American Voters with Fiscal Cliff
Reuters, this hour:

The dramatic twist threw into disarray attempts to head off $600 billion worth of indiscriminate tax hikes and spending cuts that could push the U.S. economy into recession next year.

It also cast doubt over Boehner's future as speaker after failing to control unruly conservatives in his caucus.

With only 11 days left for bickering politicians to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, U.S. stock futures fell sharply on the news of the rebuke to Boehner.


S&P 500 stock futures fell 1.6 percent while Dow Jones stock futures and Nasdaq futures both lost 1.5 percent. At one point S&P 500 e-mini futures were down as much as 3.6 percent.

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What. The. Hell. (2.00 / 3)
Hannnity - who I heard on talk radio just prior to the election state unequivocally that Obama was specifically planning to bankrupt the country so he could declare himself Dictator Of America for Life - apparently actually represents the average GOP congressional representative. Burning down the country is preferred to doing anything - no matter the consequences - as long as Obama is President.

What laws are in place to recall congressmen? Now might be the time for many Americans to look that up.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

I have no love for Patty Murray, senator from my state... (2.00 / 4)
...but I had to laugh when I heard she said she was so happy to hear Republicans talking about Plan B, because women's health issues had been so neglected, or something to that effect.

I love my country, but I think we should start seeing other people.

The narrative this morning is telling. (2.00 / 4)
I skimmed the network news, and sympathy for John Boehner was a common theme from all sides. The guy was humiliated by his caucus and understandably is trying to spin what he can, but the responsibility for this is squarely on the GOP House. If they cannot among themselves agree what they want to offer then nobody else can ever negotiate with them.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Hannity is mad because his taxes are going up. (2.00 / 4)
We are going over the cliff, I think the last few weeks have been for show. The Tea Party will primary anyone who votes for a tax hike, Pelosi doesnt want to vote for a tax hike without lots of gop support.

and now Boehner says it's up to the President and Reid? (2.00 / 3)
If Boehner can't get Plan B through the House, how can he possibly compromise with Obama?  

He can't, because the Tea Party wants to crash the country. (2.00 / 2)
Hannity just said it out loud, but by and large they don't care who knows they are crazy at this point.

I am afraid that we are in fact going to go off the cliff, that we will fall back into recession and by doing so further destabilize a fragile global economy. That in two years the suffering will have been enough that those responsible will finally be removed from office and replaced with sane people, probably mostly Democrats. But it will be a bit late by that point.

It's called "self fulfilling your own prophecies". The extreme-fear Right believes so much in a collapse that they are going to cause one. I still don't think it means the end of western civilization, so they are wrong in that extent, but it will be a god-awful experience all around in the worst case.

The worst case is still likely to be largely avoided, but what seems more likely is that the Tea Party Conservative movement is going to seal its fate at the cost of trillions of other people's dollars (and thereby millions of hungry children, neglected elderly people, miserable and stressed-beyond-breaking families and - in more cases than we would like to imagine - human lives).

If this path continues we will indeed learn enormous national lessons which will serve us well in the long term, but the cost will be staggeringly hard to reconcile.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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