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John Boehner to Harry Reid in Fiscal Cliff Saga: “Go F— Yourself”

"Hey Harry-- Go fuck yourself!" (Photo: Flickr)

“Hey Harry– Go fuck yourself!” (Photo: Flickr)

Things got a little heated during the negotiations that ultimately led to a deal between Congressional Democrats and Republicans that averted the so-called ‘fiscal cliff.’

So heated, in fact, that the ‘family values’ Republican House Speaker told the top Senate Democrat what he could do with himself. Hint– it wasn’t “have a Happy New Year.”

Politico reports that House Spker John Boehner (R-OH) pointed an angry finger at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and told him to “Go fuck yourself” not once, but twice, in the White House lobby on Friday, according to several witnesses. After a shocked Reid asked what Boehner was talking about, the Speaker repeated himself lest his message wasn’t understood.

Perhaps Boehner was still fuming over Reid’s accusation that he was running a “dictatorship” in the House. Or perhaps the frustration at the impotence of Congress in finding a fix to avoid half a trillion dollars in tax hikes and spending cuts was wearing on him.

In the end, a deal was reached although neither side could really claim victory because the agreement does little to mitigate the debt ceiling and unemployment problems. A catastrophic default still looms less than two months from now, and allowing the payroll tax cut to expire means less money come payday for millions of Americans.

What the bill does is raise approximately $600 billion in new government revenue over the next decade. It permanently extends the Bush-era tax cuts for most Americans. Individuals earning more than $400,000 and married couples making more than $450,000 will see their taxes increase. It also:

* Permanently adjusts income exemption levels for the Alternative Minimum Tax.

* Limits tax breaks for wealthy households.

* Extends tax breaks for businesses, including the production and research and development tax credits.

* Retains expired tax breaks for individuals, including expense deductions for teachers and an option to deduct state and local sales taxes in place of state and local income taxes.

* Extends tax exemption on estates up to $5.12 million and indexes that amount to inflation.

* Extends unemployment benefits by one more year.

* Avoids a scheduled 27 percent cut in doctors’ Medicare reimbursements for one year.

* Avoids sequester— wherein automatic government spending cuts kick in– for two months.

There was a palpable sense that neither side, let alone the American people, won the fiscal cliff battle.

“We’re going to look back on this night and regret it,” Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) lamented.

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) said that passing the bill was as if “someone stopped hitting you in the head with a hammer, and you’re supposed to say, ‘Thanks so much!'”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sounded a tone of resignation. “Let’s take what’s been agreed to and get moving,” he urged.

“[Republicans] don’t think taxes should be going up on anyone, but we all knew if we did nothing they’d be going up on everyone today,” McConnell said on Monday. “We aren’t going to let that happen.”

President Barack Obama called the deal “just one step” towards strengthening the moribund US economy, adding that the deficit is “still too high.” The president warned that he will not negotiate another debt ceiling hike with Congress.

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  1. wildDecember 13, 2014 at 4:16 amReply

    Fast forward just 2 years, and we see the Democratic orgasm as they decouple from majority status…


    • Brett WilkinsDecember 16, 2014 at 11:43 amReplyAuthor

      You a big Justin Amash fan?

  2. wildDecember 19, 2014 at 8:40 amReply

    hahaa ya caught me!

    Nope I’m not a Justin Amash fan, I don’t even know what a Justin Amash is.

    I was following the breaking news over at and they actually had a better, easier to read article linked to Amash’s story, but Zero’s article was based in part on Amash’s title………I guess that is what I did.

    The blog posters on ZH get pretty stupid and I didn’t think it necessary to link to those kinds of responses. But if you can ignore most of the posters, I think ZH puts up some decent reads~~~~albeit it’s a blog!, and I never trust anything too much without backtracking with some common sense.

    Do I think the local economy in the United States of Pet Owners is in the toilet…yep.

    Was it necessary, or did it ‘just happen’ …Nope. The leadership of this country is intentional and has driven full steam ahead to drive submission to the World Trade Organization (WTO), at the expense, liberty, & life of many people.

    The direction of Milton Friedman’s destruction capitalism has and currently is the game plan, no matter what the breaking headlines lie about.

    And to pass the omnibus 2014 bill recently (last weekend 12-13-2014) which is drowning in all sorts of crazy law, demonstrates just how determined the leadership is in this country to intentionally plow the bottom of the ditch, demanding cutthroat wages, and out right legalizing fraud, and in general denying my support for any of it.

    I posted on this thread, to remind others that the US Congress, in lockstep with the US Supreme Court, & the Executive branch consider this type of leadership as ‘business as usual’! I consider them among the Moral Low Ground rank.


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