Surprise, Surprise: Americans Place The Blame On Republicans, Not Democrats, For Fiscal Cliff

ProudProgressive 2012/12/28 12:50:26
This comes as a surprise to absolutely no one. Even Karl Rove.

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Surprise, Surprise: Americans Place All The Blame On Republicans, Not Democrats, For Fiscal Cliff
By Michael Hayne


Why does it seem like every year since Obama has been president that we've experienced some of the most vile partisan gamesmanship and heightened brinkmanship from the man children GOP that controls the House. Two summer's ago, the GOP was throwing a juvenile "I got mine so screw you" tantrum over the debt ceiling, which resulted in Standard & Poor's downgrading the U.S.'s AAA credit rating for the first time. One would think now that Obama has been reelected, Republican Senate Minority Leader and least likable Albino Turtle, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), could no longer deny Obama another presidential term with flagrant obstruction. Despite receiving a thumping in 2012, the GOP still appears to be heeding their Koch brother puppet masters. You would think that they would be more for gun control since they're constantly shooting themselves in the foot. But America isn't buying the pink-slime infused BS narrative that Fox News has been serving them before Obama was even inaugurated, one in which Obama refuses to comprise and is a reckless socialist who's spending white people's hard-earned money.

According to a new poll, when asked who they believed to be more responsible for the "fiscal cliff" situation, 27 percent blamed Republicans in Congress, 16 percent blamed Obama and only 6 percent pointed to the Democrats in Congress. The largest percentage – 31 percent – blamed "all of the above." (Reuters)

Although a failure to act on the fiscal cliff will affect everyone's taxes, lower-income Americans will be the first ones in the barrel to go off the cliff. According to the Wall Street Journal, wealthier Americans will pay more in taxes if Congress and the White House fail to avoid the cliff, catapulting income, payroll and investment taxes. But naturally the biggest scapegoat here are America's neediest and working poor, with Medicaid, unemployment and SNAP benefits vanishing like a fart in the wind. Once again, if Republicans don't accept a deal, the middle class and working poor will be on the receiving end of a one-sided fight reminiscent of Rocky-Apollo. The President, having received a mandate in November has been Cool Hand Luke (Google it) throughout the entire negotiations and House Republicans know it, so perhaps they're just dragging their feet to the very end to create even more annoying political theater. Worse yet, making the ridiculously redundant "fiscal cliff" phrase a permanent part of the Main Stream Meida's lexicon next to "Obama's [insert feigned Conservative outrage] Waterloo."

Grab your barrel while you can still afford one.

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  • Risk 2012/12/28 13:53:45
    So if Obama won't give and take then it must be the Republican's fault ?
    Liberal Logic in it's finest hour !
    liberal logic

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  • TidBit 2013/01/06 09:12:16 (edited)
    America's people are uninformed and "proud progressives" are proudly ill-informed.
    fiscal cliff
  • roxie 2012/12/29 23:24:46
    Not Everyone Gets Their Information from Faux Noise!
    REALITY no a 4 letter word!
  • TidBit roxie 2013/01/06 09:13:25
    rather have Fox than commie news
  • Nestofasssps 2012/12/29 18:03:07
    Well it is down to them... they have completely lost the plot..
  • stranger 2012/12/29 03:34:01 (edited)
    to liberals its always the other ones fault, heck obama could take a gun to someones head pull the trigger, and make it somehow the other persons fault. and sadly liberals somehow believe that crap line of thinking!

    america is in the terrible state its in because of obama, yes bush made a small mess of it, but it doesn;t even come close to what obama did! it is NOT the conservatives fault obama is fascists and wants to see america go to ruin, it is not the middle east's fault for it either! when will you people MAN THE HELL UP and take responsibility for your actions!

    that MAn up also goes for you liberals in your social lives to! always finding excuses to justify your behavior, or create false science so that you can shove it down our throats and demand we respect and support your perverse actions/beliefs!
  • TidBit stranger 2013/01/06 09:17:12
  • RoyJLores 2012/12/29 01:55:59
    Both parties are too blame period along with the braindead Statists that support them.

    parties blame period braindead statists support
  • Randy 2012/12/28 23:33:57
    I wonder whatever could be the reason for that? obama media group
  • ProudPr... Randy 2012/12/28 23:41:34
    The reason for that is that the American people have learned to ignore the flood of disinformation from the Fox propaganda network and THINK FOR THEMSELVES. ABC, NBC and CBS are becoming more conservative every day, and the claim that there is a "liberal media" in this country is simply not borne out by fact.
  • Randy ProudPr... 2012/12/28 23:50:53 (edited)
    The fact is the media voted Democrat by 87%. The most trusted anchors by Democrats? Work at Comedy Central!!!
  • Bill ProudPr... 2013/03/03 22:19:48
    They just have to be literate enough to sign the welfare checks Obummer is giving them. It's a handout, not a handup policy. It seems to have worked.
  • Wulfdane 2012/12/28 23:30:30 (edited)
    As Hitler's rise to power proves, the majority is often misguided and wrong. Nearly every tryant rose to power on the backs of the majority.

    All it takes is an efficient propaganda machine to mislead the masses and we have that in the Liberal media.
  • ProudPr... Wulfdane 2012/12/28 23:42:33
    LOL "liberal media". That's a good one. Apart from MSNBC there IS no "liberal media" in this country. People are learning to ignore the Fox propaganda and think for themselves, and the Republicans can no longer pretend that the real world doesn't exist.
  • Bill ProudPr... 2013/03/03 22:23:36
    Long before Fox and MSNBC, I used to be a George McGovern and Ted Kennedy liberal. I loved Cronkite, Rather and all the other Leftists anchors BECAUSE they were leftists. Their views were liberal and I loved it. I've mellowed. I became a conservative and voted for Reagan twice. The MSM is liberal. You are deluded if you think they are not. They cover for Obama, they don't report or investigate anything he does.
  • Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO 2012/12/28 23:06:37
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    not hard to trace the source of the blame .... recall August 2011.

    They did it to themselves.
  • ProudPr... Joe Shw... 2012/12/28 23:47:51
    I'd say the blame goes further back. On January 20, 2009 Senior Republicans entered into a conspiracy to obstruct anything and everything the President proposed no matter what it was, even proposals they themselves had come up with and had previously supported, in order to prevent an economic recovery, inflict as much suffering as possible on 99% of the American public, in order to cast blame on the President.

    As America proved on November 6, 2012, it didn't work.
  • Joe Shw... ProudPr... 2012/12/29 00:50:55
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    Its very possible, but the foundation for the "fiscal cliff" was laid when the Republicans held the debt ceiling limit hostage in August 2011.
    If you remember it appeared as Obama capitulated and gave the Boehner and the Republicans everything they wanted ... including creating the "super Congress" whose genius it was to instill automatic spending cuts.

    No ... this is ALL of their making and now they dont like the results.
  • Cn2012 2012/12/28 23:01:00
    Of course. And Obamas media machine is just perpetuating things. I guess most people don't understand how a budget works. And the democrats definitely don't since they haven't even set a budget in years.
  • Semper Fi 2012/12/28 22:20:32
    Semper Fi
    Good lord, when will this childish nonsense ever stop here. Grown adults acting like kids. Pathetic.
  • ManBearPig 2012/12/28 22:11:03
    go read those polls further.... even more people said all of congress, not just Republicans, are to blame for this fiscal cliff nonsense
  • ProudPr... ManBearPig 2012/12/28 23:48:46
    And who has a majority in the House? And who has changed the rules of the Senate so that 41 votes is now a "majority"?
  • ManBearPig ProudPr... 2012/12/29 00:01:03
    and who has majority in the Senate? and who approves those changes in the Senate?
  • Bill ProudPr... 2013/03/03 22:26:19
    No way. 51 votes for some legislation, 60 for others.
  • nononsenseguy 2012/12/28 21:08:39
    Warren Buffett is a business and investing genius....he should stick with that as he knows not what he talks about regarding politics.
  • Sodahea... nononse... 2012/12/28 23:54:49 (edited)
    Sodahead Founders are Fascists
    And yet you probably voted for Romney, where you used that "he is a business and investing genius" as an argument FOR Romney. Talk about hypocrisy.
  • nononse... Sodahea... 2013/01/06 09:16:30
    I voted Romney because he is what we had to oppose Obama. What business experience does Obama have????
  • Bill Sodahea... 2013/03/03 22:29:05
    Romney had good ideas, Obummer had a plane to catch...to Hawaii...to Martha's Vineyard...to anywhere but the White House.
  • Not a Fundy 2012/12/28 20:14:38
    Not a Fundy
    I'm not surprised; most Americans don't understand Economics. It shouldn't be a surprise if "most Americans" misattribute who is responsible.
  • Tuna Not a F... 2012/12/28 20:25:08
    The Brits.
  • nononse... Not a F... 2012/12/28 21:09:57
    Thank you.
  • ProudPr... Not a F... 2012/12/28 23:49:48
    Most Americans don't misattribute who is responsible. Regular viewers of Fox, on the other hand, have consistently be found to be the most misinformed people in the country, topping even people who have NO regular source of news in the amount of things they don't know.
  • cheetahlover156 2012/12/28 19:54:41
    It's everyone's fault that they won't work together.
  • ProudPr... cheetah... 2012/12/28 23:51:15
    How do they work together when one party refuses to do so?

    republican compromise cartoon
  • cheetah... ProudPr... 2012/12/29 01:55:56
    Obama refuses to pass anything unless tax rates for the wealthy are increased and he isn't offering much cuts at all.
  • Bill ProudPr... 2013/03/03 22:32:31
    Obama invented sequestration, he will oppose any bill to deny sequestration and now has signed sequestration into law. He also said that he will not negotiate on debt ceiling limits. He still got his Fiscal Cliff tax increases and now he wants more taxes and no spending cuts.
    Seems fair.
  • Tarheel 2012/12/28 19:44:25
    I think that most of the republicans are just pathetic. Why they put millionaires over 98% of regular folk is beyond me.
  • nononse... Tarheel 2012/12/28 21:12:15
    And what about democrat millionares??? I'll change the r to a d next to all millionares and that will make it ok????
  • ProudPr... nononse... 2012/12/28 23:51:57
    Democratic millionaires like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have advocated in FAVOR of raising taxes on the richest Americans.
  • Tuna ProudPr... 2012/12/28 23:58:50
    They have tax lawyers, investment advisors, sell-off capacity to pass the tax on or avoid it altogether; Dems raised taxes on all luxury yachts under Clinton; damn near killed the yacht business; put ALOT of yacht builders out of work.
  • nononse... ProudPr... 2013/01/06 09:17:58
    Nothing is stopping them from getting out their checkbooks and writing a big ole check to the IRS.....and yet they have not. Hypocracy nothing more.

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