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The House will not vote on a budget deal tonight, meaning at least a temporary step over the...

The House will not vote on a budget deal tonight, meaning at least a temporary step over the fiscal cliff. With the 2 sides reportedly near agreement, it may just be a technicality, but maybe not. Tax rates go up at midnight, making any vote after that time a vote on cutting taxes.
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  • mickmars
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    Just after the markets to close. Guess some Senators had some long positions they needed to close out today.
    31 Dec 2012, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    Drama, drama, drama. Instead of statesmen, we now have thespians.
    31 Dec 2012, 04:34 PM Reply Like
  • wmateri
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    I wonder how long they'll be "close to a deal".
    31 Dec 2012, 04:35 PM Reply Like
  • GaltMachine
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    Explains why we heard not a single word from Boehner today. The Senate was trying to push the "it's a done deal" tactic to pressure the House into caving.

     

    Clearly without Nancy Pelosi's help there will be no deal in the House.

     

    Sometimes the obvious doesn't appear so obvious until it is.
    31 Dec 2012, 04:56 PM Reply Like
  • Ted Bear
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    I watch as these guys in Washington parade in and out, smiles and smirks, wowing us with how they are 'working' outside of 9 to 5, even made a phone call on the weekend.

     

    I wonder two things: Do they have any idea that this is how the majority of their constituents work? Nights, weekends, holidays. Whatever it takes to keep the house, put fuel in the car, and put food on the table. (Note to Washington: we are not impressed that you are 'working'.)

     

    And secondly, i sense the air of self aggrandizement with these guys in Washington. They really think they are something special and important. (Note to Washington: we the people think you are a bunch of incompetent morons who couldn't run a household if your life depended on it; let alone run a country. We are not impressed that YOU spent us $20 trillion into the hole and now You can't figure out a way to get yourselves out. Basically, what you think of as super-stardom, we think of as jerks).

     

    Of course, at the end of the day i am working on New Years Eve, and they are counting the billions that they made in bribes, kickbacks, salary and benefits on the backs of the American taxpayers.

     

    No wonder they smirk; the joke is on me.
    31 Dec 2012, 05:03 PM Reply Like
  • woodyj
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    Ted Bear
    Your comments are right on the mark and well done.
    Maybe we can commission King Norquist to have them printed, distributed and signed by the square balls that currently populate our government in Washington. Failure to sign will result in banishment from public office permanently.....
    31 Dec 2012, 05:56 PM Reply Like
  • The Geoffster
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    Going over the cliff doesn't bother me because the media and Democrats have been telling me for years that the Bush tax cuts only benefited the rich.
    31 Dec 2012, 06:08 PM Reply Like
  • Angel Martin
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    Geoffster, at least you have that figured out...

     

    i'm still trying to comprehend how not extending the Bush tax cuts on lower income people would be a tax increase... but not extending tax cuts on high income people would NOT be a tax increase...

     

    maybe John Boehner can explain it to us...
    31 Dec 2012, 06:51 PM Reply Like
  • Clint007
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    Deal or not deal? Who will get the blame? Republican or Democrat?
    31 Dec 2012, 07:27 PM Reply Like
  • Bruce7b
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    Us Seeking Alpha readers can't even have a productive debate on the value of dividends versus stock buybacks. Read the 350 comments on the Loehr article of a few months back. Why in the world do you expect the 536 to agree on something important (especially with us as voters)?
    31 Dec 2012, 07:57 PM Reply Like
  • pjmars
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    It is clear that all of our LEADERSHIP wanted to only vote on a tax cut. So they wait till taxes go up and then they can vote.
    1 Jan 2013, 01:29 AM Reply Like
  • btrahan
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    Who is John Galt?
    1 Jan 2013, 03:15 AM Reply Like
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