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12-05-2012 03:48 PM  5 years agoPost 1
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WASHINGTON—South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, as well as other conservatives, just gave Democrats a shiny new talking point.
The tea party-backed senator on Tuesday slammed House Republican leaders for the "fiscal cliff" proposal they offered earlier this week.
"Speaker [John] Boehner's $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny," DeMint said in a statement. "This isn't rocket science. Everyone knows that when you take money out of the economy, it destroys jobs, and everyone knows that when you give politicians more money, they spend it. This is why Republicans must oppose tax increases and insist on real spending reductions that shrink the size of government and allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money."
Republican House leaders on Monday sent a letter to the White House with a plan to avoid a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to begin on Jan. 1, 2013. With a 10-year price tag of about $2.2 trillion, the Republican proposal would raise federal revenue by closing loopholes and capping deductions within the tax code and making changes to entitlement programs. The letter was signed by seven House leaders, including Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan.
Democrats dismissed it quickly, calling for a bill that would increase taxes on households earning more than $250,000 per year and more federal spending on infrastructure, which were not included in the Republican plan.
Other conservatives have panned the proposal as well, with the Heritage Foundation releasing a blunt analysis. "Rarely in modern American politics have more counterproductive, more foolish words been set to paper," wrote Heritage Foundation researchers.
And in an open letter signed by more than 100 prominent conservative activists and organized by the advocacy group Let Freedom Ring, House Republicans were warned that they could lose support if they "cave" during negotiations.
As for DeMint, his comment may be a bit of a sideshow—he's not directly involved in the negotiations and he represents just a single vote in Congress—but it's representative of how conservatives feel about the Republican proposal, and it offers ample ammunition to President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fiscal cliff media relations war.

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Not looking good for Boehner and his followers.

Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends

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12-05-2012 04:29 PM  5 years agoPost 2
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Not looking good for Boehner and his followers
Not at all. I think the Republican Party is on the path to destruction. And they are doing it from the inside out. Complete idiots. The Democrats must be loving this. All they have to do is basically nothing, just sit back and enjoy watching the implosion of the Republican Party.

Cant say that I am really all that sorry about it though.

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12-05-2012 06:25 PM  5 years agoPost 3
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In order to create, sometimes one must first destroy.

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12-06-2012 01:40 AM  5 years agoPost 4
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Go ahead a push it over the damn cliff! Shut it all down until the money catches up! We'd all be better off in the end.

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12-06-2012 02:00 AM  5 years agoPost 5
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Elections have consequences.

Stupid Americans are going to be seeing some devastating consequences for this last one.

We asked for it. We are going to get it.

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12-06-2012 02:00 AM  5 years agoPost 6
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baby uh1
Go ahead a push it over the damn cliff! Shut it all down until the money catches up! We'd all be better off in the end.
You may be correct.

90% of life is "showing up"

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12-06-2012 02:14 AM  5 years agoPost 7
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Giving DC more money is just like giving a junkie a gold card. Not good for them or the poor suckers paying the bill!

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12-06-2012 02:15 AM  5 years agoPost 8
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Maybe a party with a "T" to replace the new weak, leaning liberal Republican trend. Boehner is becoming a Democrat, Democrats are becoming Socalists.

Your fun starts here!

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12-06-2012 03:14 AM  5 years agoPost 9
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As for DeMint, his comment may be a bit of a sideshow—he's not directly involved in the negotiations and he represents just a single vote in Congress
So the Tea Party has only one rep. in congress? Really?

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12-06-2012 07:30 AM  5 years agoPost 10
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baby uh1
Giving DC more money is just like giving a junkie a gold card. Not good for them or the poor suckers paying the bill!
Bingo!

We should not have tax increases...we should have tax decreases.

We should starve DC.

90% of life is "showing up"

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12-06-2012 01:30 PM  5 years agoPost 11
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I think the Republican Party is on the path to destruction.
As is the US. Boehner thinking that becoming democrat light will help them in the media. The media isn't even interested in the fact that raising taxes will not put a dent in the deficit even by the administrations static analysis. The rate debate is just a distraction from real problems. It's the news equivalent of watching Jersey Shore when we need to prepare for Sandy. I did like how McConnell offered to have the senate vote on Obama's fiscal cliff plan and Reid objected. But that won't be covered either.

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12-06-2012 01:54 PM  5 years agoPost 12
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When Boner became speaker and started dribbling all over himself crying, I slapped my hand against my forehead and said "Oh no, wrong guy for the job."

Boner has got to go and these "Closed Door" talks have got to stop.

Trasparency my ass! Need someone with s sack to lead the Republican House. This dude is a nutless wonder.

Cut spending, no tax hikes for anyone, or off the cliff we go.....

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12-06-2012 02:02 PM  5 years agoPost 13
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The Rep party is toast. I say good riddance.

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12-06-2012 02:40 PM  5 years agoPost 14
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^Abosuletly

They are Democrat Light.

3rd Party now. No more of this non-sense.

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12-06-2012 11:05 PM  5 years agoPost 15
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Getting pretty nervous yet ?????
South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, as well as other conservatives, just gave Democrats a shiny new talking point.
The tea party-backed senator

HE SAY's : I QUIT

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12-06-2012 11:33 PM  5 years agoPost 16
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DeMint is the one solid person that stands on principles. Paul might be the only other one.

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