‘Plan B’ Is DOA


Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” is dead on arrival in the House of Representatives. The House has adjourned until after Christmas without taking a vote on “Plan B.”

It was a tax increase on working Americans, coupled with a massive extension of the Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich on the first $1 million of income. Boehner couldn’t find the votes for it, but this didn’t matter because the Senate Majority Leader said the Senate would not consider it, and President Obama said he would veto it if somehow it got to his desk.

Because right-wing Tea-GOP House members oppose even a token income tax rate hike on multimillionaires, Boehner added a series of sweeteners from the right-wing wish list – like Christmas stockings hung by the fire (OK, not like that at all).

  • Cuts to food stamps that would hurt millions of low-income Americans
  • Cuts to Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers meals to seniors
  • Cuts funding to health exchanges and Medicaid
  • Cuts to the Dodd-Frank financial reform law that will yield no cost savings

Nobody in Washington seems to know why Boehner was wasting everyone’s time with this proposal, when all the House has to do is vote on the Senate-passed bill that makes tax cuts for the rich on the first $250,000 of income permanent. President Obama has said he would sign it.

Does it matter to average Americans if they get a tax cut on their first $250,000 or their first $1 million? I don’t even know anybody who makes $250,000 a year.

UPDATE: How Boehner’s ‘Plan B’ Debacle Has Transformed The Fiscal Cliff Talks

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on December 20, 2012 - 8:32 pm

    I still don’t know how you find these pictures, Richard.

    But thanks.

  2. #2 by Cliff Lyon on December 20, 2012 - 9:25 pm

    The Orange Man Leaveth

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on December 20, 2012 - 9:57 pm

    I tried “Quick Tan” once, but it just doesn’t work on white people.

  4. #4 by cav on December 20, 2012 - 10:05 pm

    And in the wings…Eric Cantor!

  5. #5 by Ronald D. Hunt on December 21, 2012 - 12:04 am

    yep only option now is to go over the cliff and in the new congress fix things where the rethuglicans will have 10 fewer votes worth of leeway in anything they pass.

    I think now is the time to take bets on whether or not the Orange man remains as the leader of the house or not!

    Ohh and oneutah.org is preforming a billion times better today!

  6. #6 by cav on December 21, 2012 - 8:08 am

    In a related note:

    “According to the Mayan calendar, the 21 of December is the end of the non-time and the beginning of time,” Evo Morales,Bolivian president, told the UN in September. “It is the end of hatred and the beginning of love, the end of lies and beginning of truth.”

    So my New Year’s resolution is only to have a soft landing!

  7. #7 by cav on December 21, 2012 - 9:27 am

    I’d say that Boehner has finally shredded the illusion that he had any power . I mean, we have the ‘fiscal cliff’ because he couldn’t get his caucus to vote on a deal that would have given Republicans things they have been working towards for over fifty years. It has been an illusion for a while.
    Both parts of the Republican factions have been living in fantasy land. I’m thinking he got the fiscal cliff deal because the tea partiers had deluded themselves that they were going to have the Presidency and the Senate in 2013. Now that they know this isn’t the case the craziest aren’t even trying politically. Kicking the can down the road doesn’t gain them anything. The old school, political hacks like Boehner and McConnell, expect them to look at the reality and actually realize they have been told no and to grab what you can get over that, not realizing that these are people who claim the earth is only 6000 years old.

    The fun part will be to see who follows Cantor into the abyss by really embracing the crazy.

  8. #8 by cav on December 21, 2012 - 9:42 am

    Charlie Pierce, amazing as usual:

    “What happened to John Boehner last night, when the feral children put Boehner’s balls inside a Christmas pinata and invited themselves to take a whack, couldn’t have happened to a nicer fellow. Boehner himself chose to be king of the dipwads.”


  9. #10 by Larry Bergan on December 22, 2012 - 7:24 pm

    From Richard’s update:

    2) Grover Norquist now supports raising tax rates. Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform announced on Wednesday that “Plan B” would not violate the ironclad oath nearly all Congressional Republicans have taken to never vote to raise taxes. In so doing, the group effectively conceded that President Obama’s proposed extension of tax cuts for the first $250,000 of income would also not violate the Norquist pledge.

    I love that paragraph! Grover has a real conundrum there, as does the Republican party.

    Is it possible that the Republicans didn’t get the word that Grover Norquist gave the go ahead?

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