With the president and Congressional Democrats insisting on raising taxes on America's top earners, and Republicans continuing to resist, House Speaker John Boehner gave a blunt update on the progress of fiscal cliff negotiations yesterday, saying that both sides have gotten "nowhere."
Republicans insist that the $1.6 trillion in new revenue called for in the president's plan is unacceptable, but until they present a plan of their own, the White House is standing by its proposal.
Republican Representatives Connie and Mary Bono Mack sit down with the Starting Point team this morning to weigh in on the apparent stalemate.
"No one should be surprised we are in the position we are in right now," Rep. Connie Mack says. "It is the same people negotiating the same deal all over again. And so when you get into that - what is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result? When we did the super committee last time, that was a complete failure. So no one should be surprised at where we are. And I would say that neither side has put up a credible plan."
Rep. Mary Mack builds on her husband's comments, saying that the American people should be angry about the ongoing impasse.
"The truth of the matter is there's such a breakdown within the Congress of trust and respect between both sides that we cannot trust one another to truly negotiate in fairness," the Congresswoman says. "It's very sad."
Let's call a Republican bluff, and honestly/really let the budget go over the cliff and see what happens. Then we should turn to Boehner and Norquist for the solution. (:(:
For me, a major issue/concern related to how we operate our Government, at this time, is the behavior of many of our elected officials signing an oath that has NO legal or judicial undergirding, and is not a requirement for holding an elected office. Yes, the oath to Norquist. Ask yourself, who is Norquist, a citizen, and that's it. But, for some reason, he has inroads to people with a lot of money, and seems to have particular elected officials believing that if they break their oath to him, the oath they should have never signed in the first place, they will not receive the financial support they want for elections, and day to day operations.
Here is the question, do we(Americans)want any of our legislators BEHOLDING to anyone.....especially someone that has no formal, other than the seat he holds as chair of his organization, status in our legislative process. Think about it, he could be anyone off the street having elected officials sign oaths of various types. What we should be doing is passing legislation to eliminate "oaths" to special interest groups.
Let's find legislators that represent all of America, not just special interest groups.
Now, Soledad, why aren't you, or CNN taking on Norquist and what's going on regrading his role, who is benefiting and who isn't, and find out if what he is doing, having "oaths" signed, is legal. There are some subjects that you don't let go of until you have answers. I'm curious why the media isn't doing the same for the Norquist issue.
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