Pictured: Majority Leader Eric Cantor.What the hell happened last night, and why does everybody think John Boehner is a big toolbox?

Ok. Deep breaths. We will work our way through this together.

The problem is the “fiscal cliff,” which is a thing invented by Congress to make themselves look like assholes. House Speaker John Boehner (R-The Sun) and Barack Obama have been “negotiating” to try to avoid this cliff, because it is projected to send the country back into a recession. This is regarded by both sides as a Bad Thing, so, logically, both sides have also turned it into a big game of chicken, for Leverage, because, again, they are assholes.

So Boehner and Obama have been yelling back and forth about what to do about taxes. Some days they are so friendly and optimistic, other days Boehner holds grumpy, 50-second press conferences. After lots of fake bullshit “offers” from both sides that everybody freaks out about as soon as they happen, we eventually came to what the REAL offers were, which, surprisingly, were quite different.

Eventually, Boehner said the tax-hike part of the deal should be extending the Bush tax cuts for anyone making less than a million dollars, which, yes, was way too generous for many in his caucus:

[T]he details did not stay secret for long. Reports leaked out Saturday evening that Boehner had agreed to raise taxes on millionaires. That was followed by a more alarming leak Sunday evening that Boehner was also willing to grant Obama another increase in the federal debt limit. Home in their districts, unsuspecting rank-and-file Republicans were stunned.

Stunned. The party that has been screaming about nothing but the federal deficit is stunned that Boehner would consider not extending all the Bush tax cuts, even though they would cost almost a trillion dollars over the next decade and become the single-largest contributing factor to the public debt.

Also probably contributing to their stunnedness: The tax part of Plan B was proposed earlier this year… by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Sassytown). At the time, Boehner said this plan was horrible. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Second Fiddle to Sassytown) explained to Politico this week that Pelosi’s whole proposal was “a political ploy.” In case you forgot how screwed the process has become.

Anyway, “millionaires get a slightly higher rate” was not good enough for Obama, who wanted anyone making more than $400,000 to pay more taxes, because hey, if you’re pulling in $400,000, maybe you don’t necessarily need that extra tax cut that was supposed to expire three years ago.

This, the two sides could not agree on. So here comes Boehner, swooping in with his “Plan B,” to bugger up the works. He wanted to pass it as some kind of backup thing, even though Obama (and the Democrats) didn’t like it, so, like, he could say he tried, or something. This part is still unclear. The Mayans may be involved.

Anyway, The Plan would extend, permanently, the Bush tax cuts for anyone making less than a million bucks a year, like he said he wanted. If you are not freaking out about the deficit, you might be inclined to think maybe this isn’t the worst thing, that maybe “Tax cuts for 99.81 percent of Americans!” sounds nice. If you are thinking this, you have forgotten that the people saying it are the House Republicans.

While tax rates would technically go up for millionaires, analysis by the Tax Policy Institute reveals that 40 percent of the new revenue in Plan B would have come from somewhere else. Can you guess where? You can! The middle class. Oh, and the poor. This is what a “tax cut” looks like now.

And while the Bush cuts would have been renewed, see, the rest of the cuts we’ve had since Obama took office would still expire. Expanded versions of the earned income tax credit and child tax credit, tax credits for going to college, the 2-percent payroll tax break, blah blah blah. The idea is that “Plan B,” presented as a way to keep taxes from going up, would actually raise taxes on the poor, by letting other provisions expire.

Also: Though tax rates would technically go up for those making more than a million bucks, analysis reveals that on average, it would result in a tax cut of $118,000 per household, because the tax policies expiring for the rich folks actually mean they pay less.

The lead-up to the Plan B vote was quite exciting, at least for people who stare at Twitter for a living. The Post began reporting on how lawmakers were shaking their heads. It was chaos:

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), a key Boehner ally, emerged from the Speaker’s office suite carrying a plate of Chick-Fil-A. Asked if she knew whether her conference had the votes to pass the bill, she said, “I have no idea” before rushing away…

On his way into Boehner’s office, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) would only say “Im doing good” when asked if he had the votes to pass Plan B.

Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), on his way to see [Sen. Daniel] Inouye’s casket, said “I have no clue” what would happen with Plan B — and responded “I have no clue” when asked whether he planned to vote for it.

Seriously. These are the people in charge. To be fair though, it is possible Tim Scott has been drunk since he got his magic ticket into the Senate.

Anyway, don’t bother getting mad — Boehner couldn’t get it passed. He canceled the vote on it and then fled the building, because he couldn’t convince enough representatives in his own party to vote for it.

Actually, you probably should bother getting mad. Here’s why: The Republicans who didn’t vote for it, wouldn’t vote for it because it raised taxes on the rich. They need us now more than ever, those beleaguered wealthies. In the economic recovery since 2010, the top one percent only received 93 percent of the entire country’s income growth. They’re really hurting.

So yes, it made Boehner look foolish, for not being able to whip up enough support for his big PR stunt. But there is someone else who looks even more foolish: The Republicans who voted against Boehner’s plan. They revealed with their “no”s last night that they would rather see the Bush tax cuts expire and let taxes go up for everyone than to vote for a bill that would technically raise taxes on, by their own accounting, the top 0.19 percent of Americans.

This is a real thing. “Letting taxes go up for everyone” is now worse than “Voting on taxes to go up for a few people.” Because voting. That’s it.

So, a question is raised: What if they had voted for it? What if the House had passed Plan B?

The Senate wouldn’t have even voted on it, and even if they had, it wouldn’t have passed. And even if it did pass, Obama said he would veto it. Plan B was dead from the second it left the House, but the House was too loyal to the top 0.19 percent to even get it out the door.

So where are we now? Well, the negotiations between Boehner and Obama resulted in Boehner running out of the room and trying to pass his own thing, which did not pass. Taxes are still set to go up, and staunch austerity measures are set to take effect January 1, on account of Congress voting for these measures last August, when they could have just acted like grown-ups and tried to compromise.

Staunch austerity measures, you will recall, have had a wonderful effect on the economies of Europe.

But compromise, as we saw last night, is not looking like it is in the cards, because compromise means you have no principles and should be run out of town, even if you only represent one half of one half of one branch of the government. Boehner said that “now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff,” which seems to be gibberish. If House Republicans can’t agree with Boehner, they are certainly not going to agree with Harry “Makin’ Shit Up” Reid. So, just, uh, have a merry Christmas, or something.

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  • Barbara_

    I get the feeling that John Boehner celebrated the brown liquors pretty hard last night.

  • freakishlywrong

    "Boner. Please pack your knives and go".

  • awwalk56

    Maybe when the Mayans were talking about the end of the world they meant only for republicans. Somebody re-read the codex.

  • sewollef

    If I'm not mistaken, that looks like Donald Rumsfeld as a teenager, not Cantor…. however neither could find their arse with both hands.

    • ibwilliamsi

      That's because Rummy was finding Cantor's ass, and Cantor was finding Rummy's ass.

  • freakishlywrong

    Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), a key Boehner ally, emerged from the Speaker’s office suite carrying a plate of Chick-Fil-A.
    That almost sounds porny.

    • GemlikeFlame

      But not if you're gay, no.

    • Or if you've ever seen Virginia Foxx. Extremely no.

      • freakishlywrong

        Or, quite frankly, Boehner, ick.

    • elviouslyqueer

      DO NOT WANT.

    • SigDeFlyinMonky

      Like the time the geology professor asked for volunteers to help with the mapping of Virginia's orogeny zones?

  • stefanbc

    Is it sad that your wonket has a better grasp on this bullshit behind this issue than the New York Times (save Krugtulu)?

  • unsuspecting rank-and-file Republicans were stunned

    Considering the long list of stupid they've uttered in the last 4 years, how can you tell?

  • freakishlywrong

    That GIF! Fuck me running!

    • TootsStansbury

      The babby gif is the best thing about the post.

      • freakishlywrong

        That and the creamy, delicious, chocolate covered schadenfreude.

        • TootsStansbury

          Well that and these assholes are destroying the country.

    • bobloblawlawblg

      i just found myself cracking up during a test i'm giving to my students (yes, during last period, and, yes, the day before break). this, of course, will only add to their notion that i am, indeed, a monster.

  • sudsmckenzie

    An obviously drunk John Boehner was seen leaving the Red Derby on K St. last night yelling "Mr. President, where are the Bees"!!2

  • EatsBabyDingos

    Maybe if we rubbed hot sauce on their balls like they do in certain prisons…

    • bearperney

      Yuck! Spray it on, maybe, but, "rub", never!

  • GemlikeFlame

    I've been reading all this, and I have to say that the amount of cognitive dissonance being embraced by Capitol Republicans is about to reach the kind of flash point portrayed by the destruction of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters.. Could somebody explain to me, in simple terms that can be understood by a naive college math/CS professor, just what is so awful about entitlements?

    • vulpes82

      Mutter mutter mutter BOOTSTRAPS mutter mutter mutter BLAHS mutter mutter mutter KENYAN MARXIST SOCIALIZT!

    • They are thought to go disproportionately to the blahs. And without them the rich get richer even faster than they arts now, because drowned-in-the-bathtub government. At least until Gozer reaches Wall Street, anyway.

      • GemlikeFlame

        OK, maybe I'm confused. The definition I have for entitlement is "a guarantee of access to benefits based on established rights or by legislation". Presumably the contention is over legislated social programs, I can't imagine the GOP as a whole wants to start chopping on the Bill of Rights. Could be wrong, though.

        Does the GOP want the guarantee of access to go away, or the benefits themselves? Neither makes much sense, many wingnuts are alive only because of Social Security and Medicare, and the cost of guarantee to access can't be significant compared to the cost of the things themselves.

        • BerkeleyBear

          Entitlement = welfare queens in cadillacs and jobless bucks eating steak in the GOP. Especially in the deep south where the white trash derps who actually rely on entitlement programs will say this with a straight face. The GOP has pulled off the big lie strategy beautifully since Reagan – and the result is a base that has no idea they are handing a scalpel to have their own throats cut.

          In all seriousness, though, the core nuts like DeMint, the Club for Growth, etc. – the ones really driving this madness – think that the Bill of Rights is inviolate, but only in the sense of restraining Federal government. They really think of these as cost free, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. Hence those are "good" rights, and any positive attempt by government to do something is a waste and deviation from the "good". The fact that this view makes a mockery of Equal Protection, Due Process and the basic philosophical underpinnings of American government as based on fidelity to principles of collective responsibility rather than pure fuck you individualism doesn't bother them in the least.

          These clowns are the direct descendants of every movement that has lost in the clash of ideals since at least the dawn of the Enlightenment, yet we can never eradicate them.

        • tessiee

          "I can't imagine the GOP as a whole wants to start chopping on the Bill of Rights."

          Certainly their words and actions wouldn't lead you to that conclusion.

    • Negropolis

      Romney already said it. Entitlements are political "gifts" to the lazy, shiftless rabble. You know, even though they are totally the opposite of that.

    • The Republican objection to entitlements comes down to this: " I got mine, fuck you."

      • redarmyzombie

        Well, excepting the knowledge that "theirs" was given to them by everyone else, but hey, nobody tell them that…

        • BerkeleyBear

          That's a feature, not a bug.

    • ibwilliamsi

      It's not their turn!

    • bearperney

      No explosion imminent. You have to be cognizant to have dissonance.

    • tessiee

      "Could somebody explain to me, in simple terms that can be understood by a naive college math/CS professor, just what is so awful about entitlements?"

      "I work at this job that grinds me to dust so that the gummint can take my money and give handouts to lazy n*ggers on Welfare" — every Fox viewer, ever

  • EatsBabyDingos

    Boehner is just being French and washing his hands of the mess. Just "douche" it all away, the Tea Bagger Way. Welcome, Douche-Baggers.

  • sewollef

    "Plan B" always meant Plan Bollocks in my book.

    But then, I'm a foreigner, what do I know about fiscal responsibility…. my country spent all its dough on keeping me healthy as a boy. How responsible is that, I came to America?

    It's the culinary equivalent of paying for a fabulous meal with wine and a taxi home and running out of the restaurant without eating it and sleeping in a flop house. I think.

    Geez, I'm glad it's Friday and I can have a drink soon.

    • LesBontemps

      What in the world has been stopping you?

    • StillGoinGreen

      I generally stop drinking on Fridays – I want to remember my weekends.

  • chascates

    I see no problem here. A bipartisan Congressional committee agreed to approach the problem by raising taxes on everyone and cutting every federal program even including Jesus' precious Defense Department. What's that you say? The economy could get worse? haven't had an actual job in 6 years, can no longer even afford the SSRI I desperately need, and just I hope whenever I die it's quick.
    And there are a lot of parents in Newtown, Connecticut who realize there are a lot more important things than media clamor and political gamesmanship. Which is good considering that is all they can expect for their misery,.

  • freakishlywrong

    Has the Murdoch empire managed to blame Obama for this yet? "Lack of leadership" and all that bewlshit.

  • keepwalkin

    Boehner said that “now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff,”

    ….as he was drug off to St Elizabeth's Psychiatric Ward, awaiting electro-convulsive therapy and a padded room.

  • Does this mean Louie Bullshit Buller Gohmert gets to be Speaker?

    / dances in circle with squeals of joy

    • Giveusabob

      Then that would mean the Mayans were correct, no?

  • HempDogbane

    Boehner (Logout)

  • Loch_Nessosaur

    We the 1% of the Feudal States of America need more moniez to build more private prisons and private workhouses to contain you, the riffraff, from walking on our lawns. Unless, of course, you have a mower.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    This post, it's like reading The Economist, except with snark.

    • James Michael Curley

      But no Big Mac Index so we know how really strong our dollar is.

  • beefhardcake

    President Obama, wherever he is and whatever he's doing, has got to be snickering like Nelson Muntz right now.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), on his way to see [Sen. Daniel] Inouye’s casket,"

    I hope they have a guard there to make sure he doesn't defile the corpse.

  • coolhandnuke

    Even Boehner's driver–Toonces–is ignoring Agent Orange when he says "step on it."

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Somebody tell that baby that there is no spoon.

  • Goonemeritus

    Even Republicans can no longer work with Republicans. I propose we replace the House of Representatives with a Magic 8 Ball, I’m not saying it would always be more rational but at least those things are decisive.

    • LesBontemps

      "Reply hazy, try again."

      • tessiee

        "Speaker hazy and GOP crazy, try again"

    • tessiee

      Not entirely prepared to agree with you there, Goonie.
      I used to have a Magic 8 Ball, and it turned out to be right a surprising amount of the time. The same cannot be said for the Repubs.

  • Oblios_Cap

    I'm glad we all survived the Mayapocalypse.

    I Feel fine!

    • LesBontemps

      It's early in the day yet.

      • Oblios_Cap

        Debbie Downer!

    • Doktor Zoom


      • I hate it, and the Billy Joel one too! Start the fire and burn them both!

  • Beowoof

    You know I have some doubts about the business acumen of the republican party. Someone should have noticed by now that you have to get some revenue. I mean most business people know that you cannot become profitable by just cutting expenses. Oh wait, never mind, corporate America hasn't figured this part out yet so I guess their minions in the republican party haven't figured it out yet.

  • NDeeeZ

    In defense of the blah man, last year Boner negotiated a settlement raising the debt ceiling, strolled back across the street, and couldn't deliver his own party to HIS agreed upon solution
    Tell me again why you would, and how you would enter into negotiations with him?

  • Negropolis

    Never would it happen, but I'd love to see nothing more than for Boner to be tossed out on his ass next month. Worst. Speaker. Ever. He makes like Denny Hastert look like a master of the House.

    He's got the tiger by the tail, eventually, it's going to bite back. This is what you get for enabling the tea party. Ride the whirlwind, motherfucker.

    • memzilla

      I think this negotiation charade is a power play by Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan to replace Boehner.

      • Redgyal

        Why bother? Either one will fail. This is a case of hubris and ignorance being mistaken for courage and intelligence.

    • Guppy

      To our knowledge, Boehner has not yet turned a blind eye to sexual abuse of minors, or at least not specific examples of it.

    • James Michael Curley

      As ordinary vote rules go getting a majority of the Republican Caucus to vote against the great orange may be difficult. But the Caucus Rules are not House Rules and caucuses usually vote on a 50% plus one OF MEMBERS PRESENT. Thus there is a likelihood that a caucus call to choose a Majority Party Leader can occur with dozens, perhaps scores, of Republican Congress members absent merely because they do not want to enter the next session with a vote for the great orange if he loses or a vote against him if he wins.

      The rumor around last night that Canter was doing his whip work by threatening tea bagers with loosing not only seniority on their favorite committees, but the committee position itself should cause a rather severe backlash.

      To the winner goes the spoils, but last night there were no winners and, "in the tunnels uptown The rats own dream guns him down as shots echo down them hallways in the Night."

    • BerkeleyBear

      The thing is, whoever will be Speaker needs a majority of the House, not a majority of the GOP caucus. So any alternative candidate would have to bridge the same yawning insanity, since Nancy and the Dems aren't stupid enough to help Cantor or anyone else evil.

      Now, what I wish could happen in this scenario (and would in a parliamentary system where the GOP admitted it was about 4 fragmentary parties and the Dems at least 2) would be a center left coalition where the core Dems pick off the small group of centrist Republicans in return for minor cabinet posts and/or policy concessions. But that would require self-awareness and giving a shit about the future of this country rather than their own skin, something the GOP as a whole seems to lack these days.

    • tessiee

      Considering that the two replacements I've seen suggested for him are Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell, it could be worse. They're both loathsome, but Cantor isn't a blithering incompetent.

  • Oblios_Cap

    both sides have also turned it into a big game of chicken, for Leverage, because, again, they are assholes.

    So… you're blaming it all on actor212?

    • I assume the game of chicken is why Rep. Virginia Foxx was carrying a plate of Chick-Fil-A.

      • Oblios_Cap

        I was attempting to make a Leverage joke.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Any truth to the rumor that Nic Cage will be playing the part of Boehner in the upcoming film "Leaving Los Beltway"?

  • TootsStansbury


    • Giveusabob

      I actually think the soon-to-be standard refrain "I have no clue" best sums up the cognitive state of the Congressbums involved.

  • memzilla

    I agree with Paul Krugman, the power of the Rethuglian Loonitocracy needs to be broken. With extreme votes.

  • docterry6973

    Morning Joe interviewed a Teabagger congressman this morning, and he said he would not vote for any tax increase, ever, because we must cut spending. Amazingly, no one asked him what spending he wanted to cut and I wish someone would. The congressman should be forced to tell his district that we must protect defense spending and cut medicaid and medicare. He really should.

    Joe did wonder if the congressman ever took a civics class to learn how government works, but of course the congressman does not want the government to work. He wants the government to be drowned in a bathtub.

    And so it goes.

  • How will this affect Sarah Palin?

    • James Michael Curley

      She will get older and uglier.

      Which now becomes my standard answer to the question.

  • Botlrokit

    Hey, guys, don't beat yourself up. We had a good run, and bridges fall down all the time, so no big deal…

  • FakaktaSouth

    Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) would only say “Im doing good”

    No shit man, short selling America while having these incompetent assholes run the show makes Eric's investments do really, really good. He ain't lying.

    • tessiee

      Wow, Cantor is so made of fail that even his grammar sucks.

      "I'm doing good"?
      He sounds like my Cousin Garlic from Jersey City.

  • prommie

    I think its time to start firing on Fort Sumter. Its the only logical thing to do at this point.

    • FakaktaSouth

      It's odd how something like logistics can change a person's opinion on such. I am with you. Let's start that shit up again but this time, to push folks out instead of trying to keep em in – what was the North fighting so hard to keep anyway? I still can't quite figure that out.

      • LesBontemps

        We were anticipating you.

        • prommie

          Awww, that was the sweetest thing to say!

      • prommie

        Ah ha, so, this time, its time to start firing FROM Fort Sumter?

      • What would that great and wise Republican leader, Daniel Day Lewis, counsel us to do at this grave moment in American history? Perhaps a long-winded and amusing anecdote about George Washington and a British toilet would be instructive. Just keep Sally Field from rushing in with another one of her mad scenes.

      • I'm going to move down to the Ancestral Home in Macon, GA and declare myself President of the Black Belt Confederacy, incorporating all Negro Counties and College Towns south of the Ohio River. We shall enforce this secession with a well-regulated black militia. Any white folks in our territories will be free to leave once they have worked off their accumulated generational debt; we'll call it "indentured servitude" so it doesn't sound too revenge-y.

  • Negropolis

    Boner forgot to take his Plan B, and now he's pregnant with Fail and he can't abort it, you know, 'cause Tea Party Jeebus or some shit.

  • Negropolis

    Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), a key Boehner ally, emerged from the Speaker’s office suite carrying a plate of Chick-Fil-A.

    Of course she was, bless her heart. Her and her wonky eye.

    • MayanRadio

      Well, they were playing chicken.

      • superdave

        I believe they were playing hide the drumstick.

  • GoodDogThor

    Here's a theory: Boehner's orangeness is a result of 1/64 Mayan ancestry. He's been bullshitting the whole time, expecting the apocalypse today.

  • Bartleby64

    Plan B does not prevent pregnancies. Or stupidity.

  • DahBoner

    To-Maya is the First Day of the Waste of your Life

    • James Michael Curley

      You say "To-Maya,"
      I say "To-Mahyah."

  • Negropolis

    Time to send the military states' already weak economies back into the shitter. This is what you're voting for, baggers.

    You want a revolution? Well, you're getting a recession, and you'll like it.

    Sequestration: It's what's your dinner…in fact, it's all that you'll eat.

    • James Michael Curley

      Sequestration: It's the other white meat. And it's going to be damn lean.

  • Baconzgood

    Maybe we should think about getting a king or somthing. At least until this tea party thing blows over.

    • Negropolis

      I could settle for a perpetual Bill Pullman Independence Day presidency.

      • shelwood46

        But not a Bill Pullman 1600 Penn presidency.

    • Maybe England will take us back?

  • freakishlywrong

    Maybe he drunk-dialed Bammy last night crying; "I love you, man"! (a girl can dream).

  • Negropolis

    After my schaden was freuded, I just had the more horrible feeling of dread realizing that we just had an election, and we're stuck with this Republican House for the next two years. **shivers**

    Surely, there must be a dozen or so Republicans we can peel off to have a functioning House on a least a few votes, right? Oh god, I'm having a panic attack.

    • James Michael Curley

      Unfortunately, Nate "The Oracle" says the likelihood of getting a non-Republican majority in the House in 2014 is exceedingly slim.

      • You can't just neglect that shit through several election cycles and expect to magically make it up in one. If I were Howard Dean, I would be yelling "Yeargh!!!" in frustration every day.

    • You're just now realizing all of that?!

    • BerkeleyBear

      The problem is that in the House, the power of the speaker to call votes is almost absolute. So Dems doing the heavy lifting only happens if the speaker is someone willing to cross his own party for the good of the country. Good luck finding that in the GOP today.

  • freakishlywrong

    What does it say about these assholes that cutting meals on wheels and food stamps is considered a "sweetener"? Christian fuckers, all of em'

    • TootsStansbury

      It says they are mean, selfish assholes.

    • comrad_darkness

      It's important to have your sermon victims as downtrodden and desperate as possible.

  • coolhandnuke

    It's the end of the world
    and Grover knows it
    And I feel fine

  • MayanRadio

    All this over a 3.6% marginal tax hike on the people who can afford it. Fuck 'em, I say JUMP.

  • christianmuslin

    Is it too late to take a vote as to whether we might be better off if the world actually does end today? Also, how does one dress for the end of the world event, boxers or briefs?

    • freakishlywrong

      Duhh..commando. Chaaaa.

    • redarmyzombie

      Full-body latex, of course!

  • eggsacklywright

    Wish the media would start calling it a fiscal bluff instead of a cliff. Because that's what it is, a great big bluff.

  • Misty Malarky

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

    • bearperney

      Intergalactic freeway, coming through!

  • My understanding of economics is tenuous at best, but what if Hopey just sits back and lets us go over the cliff? The economic collapse wouldn't happen right away, and then all he'd have to do is propose a tax cut for those making under $250,000 per year. The republicans would look like complete assholes if they refuse, and for refusing to compromise when they had the chance. We'd have a decent chance at the house I'd 2014. Would the cuts to social programs be irreversible at that point? Would the market crash? Smarter wonketeers explain please.

  • Best. Gif. Ever. Also too.

    • docterry6973

      Babies are neat. Maybe we need more guns for daycare workers and obstetric nurses, just in case.

  • Oblios_Cap

    The cliff is more of a media invention than actual thing. just because the deadline passes doesn't mean that gloom & doom will immediately occur or that Lucifer will rise from the Pit of Hell. There would be time to reach an "accommodation" before too much damage would be done. In fact, Krugman has been preaching that Bamz should let the deadline pass and go over the cliff to pressure the GOP jackasses and get a better deal.

    • BerkeleyBear

      Yep, and the irony is that the GOP's perceived leverage (other than some hazy idea the public will blame the President, which not passing Plan B shot to hell) – the debt ceiling – is immediately weakened because the expiring tax cuts give Treasury more projected revenues to put off hitting the ceiling.

  • ibwilliamsi

    Let it expire then fix it.

  • LibrarianX

    "Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), a key Boehner ally, emerged from the Speaker's office suite carrying a plate of Chick-Fil-A…"

    Foxx – too busy to comment, was instead planning to fling chicken bones at Congressional staffers, while screaming and berating them.

    • LibrarianX

      Staffers (speaking anonymously – to ensure their safety) report that this is a Holiday Ritual for Rep. Foxx (R-N.C.). No additional information was available.

    • BerkeleyBear

      Chik-fil-a got no bones – but plenty of greasy skin for flinging at subordinates.

      • shelwood46

        Also too, pickles.

  • ibwilliamsi

    "This House moment of failure brought to you by The Heritage Foundation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries."

  • Once again the Speaker of the House shows the dignified, effective leadership the nation has come to expect.

  • Veritas78

    So this week Boner cancels a vote on his own bill. Was it last week that McConnell filibustered his own bill in the Senate? I'm seeing a pattern here.

  • Wonkette Art Department (Dok): Hope you're getting that gif of the final seconds of "Thelma & Louise" ready.

  • BerkeleyBear

    What is being missed here is that these fucks in the GOP actually voted to shift the sequester to almost 100 percent domestic cuts, in a vote Boehner gave the TP to gain support for Plan B, and then refused to raise any revenue. So the Southern Party (because let's be honest) is on record that their pork back home industrial welfare is the only kind that matters, and the middle class and poor can all go fuck themselves. Combined with lax gun control standards this suddenly makes Les Miz start feeling like a blueprint and not an overly sentimental musical. And we have conclusive proof that Boehner couldn't negotiate with a cranky 4 year old – you don't give them dessert then ask them to finish their vegetables, dumbass.

  • comrad_darkness

    "Mr. Cantor, do you have the votes?"

    Cantor: "I'm fine . . . how are you?"

  • Benny

    I want a baby just like that.

  • lulzmonger


  • This gif totally wins the Internet.

  • comrad_darkness

    Congress reminds me of a drunk from what I think is a Twilight Zone episode. He took a "cure" pill that turned out to be a parasite that lived on alcohol and as soon as the guy inevitably slipped up and drank, this thing hatched and ate him from the inside. The guy was so sure he could be good, later, some time later.

    Except in this case, Congress knew the pill was a fucking monster that would do that.

  • tessiee

    "because it is projected to send the country back into a recession."

    "Back into a recession"? "BACK into a recession"?

  • ttommyunger

    Everybody can see Barry's Four Aces, why does Boner continue to try to bluff? We all know he is holding a pair of Deuces in one hand and his tiny peen in the other.

  • joeyblau

    It's the top .19% that pay the bills around here young lady!!

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