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Crossroads GPS Targets Democratic Senators Over The Fiscal Cliff

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Alaska Radio Ad targeting Denocratic Senator Mark Begich

The 2014 election for the United States Senate and GOP control has already started.

Crossroads GPS, a GOP Super PAC is up with radio ads targeting Democratic Senators who reside in Red States.

 Crossroads GPS will launch new radio ads in five states today urging Sens. Mark Begich (Alaska), Mary Landrieu (Louisiana), Kay Hagan (North Carolina), Tim Johnson (South Dakota), and Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia) to support significant spending cuts as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations.  The spots, supported by a $240,000 total buy, begin airing today on local radio stations.

Since the President continues to campaign, promote upper income tax increases and since he has lent his campaign e-mail list to the Fiscal Cliff campaign, I guess the GOP effort is in response.

Why not?

A balanced plan includes more than just the massive tax increases President Obama is insisting Congress pass, and these U.S. Senators should lead by pushing for significant spending cuts,” Crossroads GPS president and CEO Steven Law said in a statement. “It is up to these U.S. Senators to push President Obama and Harry Reid to show real leadership by negotiating a balanced plan which stops Washington spending and helps our economy.

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The House Fiscal Cliff Strategy: Shut Up and Pass a Bill

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Boehner and Obama What Should the GOP House Do About The Fiscal Cliff?

epublican House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama at the White House on November 16, 2012

Earth speaking to Republican House Speaker John Boehner on the “Fiscal Cliff” – shut up and pass a bill. You are not winning the discourse with the President.

I told you before what to do and it is very simple.

Pass an extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut and block its automatic rise from 4.2 percent of wages to 6.2 percent. To raise that tax now and scoop off the discretionary income of most of America’s families in this anemic economy makes no sense economically or politically.

The House should then vote to extend the Bush tax cuts for another year, with a pledge to do tax reform — lowering tax rates in return for culling, cutting or capping deductions for the well-to-do in the new year.

Then let Harry Reid work his will. If the Senate votes to let Social Security taxes rise, let Harry and his party explain this to the middle class that gets hammered in January. If the Senate votes to let the Bush tax cuts lapse for those over $200,000, decide in the caucus whether to negotiate — or to go home for Christmas and New Year’s.

As for the automatic sequester that would impose $100 billion in cuts next year, half in defense, do nothing. Let it take effect. The budget has to be cut, and while these cuts are heavy on defense, the depth and mixture can be adjusted in the new year.

Another week has gone by and nothing really has happened, except Obama has been beating up on the Republican brand. Boehner, you are not going to be doing any better than the above.

So, just do it and get it over.

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House GOP Can Fight Back #My2K By Passing a Bill

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The President went on a PR offensive with his tweet and hashtag this morning.

And, conservatives have gone on the offensive.

The White House’s ‘My2k’ hashtag campaign is a success on Twitter, trending nationally on Wednesday and stirring up debate over the upcoming tax rate deadline. But conservatives are fighting back, appropriating the hashtag and arguing their side of the debate.

The #My2k hashtag began trending nationwide on Twitter on Wednesday morning when senior members of the administration — in a coordinated effort — began tweeting about the hashtag campaign. Use surged anew after President Obama’s speech about extending middle-class tax rates, when he urged supporters to call, write, tweet at and post on the Facebook walls of their members of Congress.

But, all Speaker Boehner and the House GOP leadership have to do is pass a bill.

As I said before.

Pass an extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut and block its automatic rise from 4.2 percent of wages to 6.2 percent. To raise that tax now and scoop off the discretionary income of most of America’s families in this anemic economy makes no sense economically or politically.

The House should then vote to extend the Bush tax cuts for another year, with a pledge to do tax reform — lowering tax rates in return for culling, cutting or capping deductions for the well-to-do in the new year.

Then let Harry Reid work his will. If the Senate votes to let Social Security taxes rise, let Harry and his party explain this to the middle class that gets hammered in January. If the Senate votes to let the Bush tax cuts lapse for those over $200,000, decide in the caucus whether to negotiate — or to go home for Christmas and New Year’s.

As for the automatic sequester that would impose $100 billion in cuts next year, half in defense, do nothing. Let it take effect. The budget has to be cut, and while these cuts are heavy on defense, the depth and mixture can be adjusted in the new year.

There you go – very expedient.

But, so far, Speaker Boehner appears to be tone deaf – even from members of his own party, like Rep. Tom Cole.

Plus, Obama’s effort is actually funny:

 

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What Should the GOP House Do About The Fiscal Cliff?

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Speaker Boehner and President Obama at the White House

Republican House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama at the White House on November 16, 2012

Everyone seemingly has an idea about what the GOP controlled House should do to avert America going over the “Fiscal Cliff.””

But, what the House Republicans can do is really quite simple and is outlined by my friend, Pat Buchanan, in his piece for Real Clear Politics.

Pass an extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut and block its automatic rise from 4.2 percent of wages to 6.2 percent. To raise that tax now and scoop off the discretionary income of most of America’s families in this anemic economy makes no sense economically or politically.

The House should then vote to extend the Bush tax cuts for another year, with a pledge to do tax reform — lowering tax rates in return for culling, cutting or capping deductions for the well-to-do in the new year.

Then let Harry Reid work his will. If the Senate votes to let Social Security taxes rise, let Harry and his party explain this to the middle class that gets hammered in January. If the Senate votes to let the Bush tax cuts lapse for those over $200,000, decide in the caucus whether to negotiate — or to go home for Christmas and New Year’s.

As for the automatic sequester that would impose $100 billion in cuts next year, half in defense, do nothing. Let it take effect. The budget has to be cut, and while these cuts are heavy on defense, the depth and mixture can be adjusted in the new year.

There you have it.

The House is back in session today and they should get busy. Pass the extensions and let Harry Reid and Senate Democrats work their magic or not.

Let the President’s surrogates, including Warren Buffett, go on all of the tall shows touting how increasing the taxes on the rich is the savior of the nation. Of course, everyone knows there is not enough money there.

The House will have passed the Bush Tax Cuts and the Senate Democrats can simply negotiate what they will accept as a top rate roll back. Say, $500,000 for couples.

The GOP will not lose any sleep about increasing taxes on the rich, but in return the Democrats must agree to curbing the spending side.

Let the President and Harry Reid lead instead of bloviate.

Simple, isn’t it?

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