Posts Tagged ‘fiscal cliff’

One Wondrous Sentence: A moderate’s opinion

December 17, 2012

This one wondrous sentence, from a feature on retiring U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), gives one moderate law-maker’s view on the political process in Washington, D.C., as a deadline approaches.

She’s especially critical of Obama and congressional leaders who are “going to put the country through this emotional travail, whip-sawing Americans, leaving them to wonder as to whether or not they have the capacity to work together” to avoid the impending “fiscal cliff,” the series of tax increases and major spending cuts set to take effect next year.

Source: author, “Olympia Snowe leaving the Senate, but says she won’t stop fighting,” The Washington Post, Dec. 11, 2012. (Link is to second of two pages.)

One Wondrous Sentence: Republicans and taxes

December 5, 2012

This one wondrous sentence, quoting influential right-wing author and activist Brent Bozell, speaks volumes about the pressure on Republican lawmakers not to compromise with President Obama on his desire to raise tax rates for wealthy Americans as the nation approaches the so-called fiscal cliff.

“I will make it my mission to ensure that every conservative donor to the Republican Party that I have worked with for the last three decades—and there are many and they have given tens of millions to Republican causes—gives not one penny more to the Republican Party or any member of Congress that votes for tax increases.”

Source: John Fund, “Conservatives vs. the GOP,” National Review Online, Nov. 30, 2012.

One Wondrous Sentence: Fiscal cliff deal-breakers

December 4, 2012

This one wondrous sentence about a talk between influential anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) illustrates just why it will — probably — be extremely difficult for Democrats and Republicans to agree upon a deal that avoids the so-called fiscal cliff and reduces national debt.

In an earlier private telephone chat, Norquist said, Graham had assured him that he would compromise on taxes only if Democrats agreed to entitlement changes “on a massive scale” — prompting Norquist to tell Graham that he would “never be tempted” to raise taxes because the left would never make such a concession.

Source: Peter Wallsten, “Norquist still calling cadence in GOP ranks,” The Washington Post, Dec. 2, 2012. (Link is to story’s second page.)

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