Your daily jolt: In Georgia, congressional Republicans split

Each of Georgia’s House Republicans on Tuesday voted to reject the Senate-passed measure to defuse the “fiscal cliff” debacle – highlighting the “yes” votes cast a day earlier by U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss.

Within the delegation, as a matter of courtesy, such splits rarely receive a public mention. But according to Slate, protocol was almost violated after a House GOP caucus meeting, when alternative legislation was still being pondered:

After he left the room, Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston joked that the deal passed only because “it was way past those senators’ bedtimes and they had blurry eyes when they were reading” it. House Republicans? Why, they were “trying to fill in the gaps they might have missed.”

The reply that Isakson and Chambliss can’t make, but would like to: “We don’t have the luxury of designer districts to guarantee our re-election.”

The bill would boost the top 35 percent income tax rate to nearly 40 percent for incomes exceeding $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples, while continuing Bush-era income tax cuts for everyone else – a major victory, in the eyes of Isakson, Chambliss and many other Republicans.

While 151 House Republicans voted “no,” scores voted yes, ending more than two decades of stalwart GOP opposition to any tax rate hikes at all. From the Washington Post:

In a sign of the moment’s gravity, [House Speaker John] Boehner himself cast a rare vote: He supported the bill. So did Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate last year, who parted ways from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a potential 2016 presidential contender, who voted against the measure.

But other top GOP leaders voted no, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.).

Boehner will be up for re-election before the House GOP caucus on Thursday. Though he isn’t likely to challenge an incumbent speaker, Robert Costa of National Review Online passes on this Tweeted notation flying around D.C.:

Buzzy: @RepTomPrice told WMAL this morning that GOP needs “red state leadership.” As @LarryOConnor notes, that doesn’t include OH, VA, & CA

We’re looking for the audio.

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Outside the Oval Office last week, during the crush of last-minute negotiations, House Speaker John Boehner let some of the tension show. According to Politico, Boehner twice he pointed his finger at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and urged the Democrat to commit a biological impossibility:

The harsh exchange just a few steps from the Oval Office — which Boehner later bragged about to fellow Republicans — was only one episode in nearly two months of high-stakes negotiations laced with distrust, miscommunication, false starts and yelling matches as Washington struggled to ward off $500 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts.

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According to the Gallup polling organization, half of American adults think our best days are behind us. Republicans are the most pessimistic – with nearly three-quarters looking back to the good ol’ days.

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On a slightly more important — and optimistic — note: While most of us were dithering over the fiscal cliff, some people had more important things on their minds. Former Sonny Perdue aide Nick Ayers, who managed the unsuccessful Republican presidential campaign of Tim Pawlenty, and his wife Jamie are the new parents of triplets, born just last month.

The Atlanta political consultant reported that the last of the trio, Charles, left a neo-natal intensive care unit at Piedmont Hospital on Tuesday – allowing for the family’s first group portrait:

Jamie and Nick Ayers present, from left to right, Mary Floyd, Talton and Charles Ayers.

Jamie and Nick Ayers present, from left to right, Mary Floyd, Talton and Charles Ayers.

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The Rome News-Tribune reports that its parent company, which also publishes the Calhoun Times, Walker County Messenger, Catoosa County, Cedartown Standard and Rockmart Journal, has filed a petition for bankruptcy:

Burgett H. Mooney III, president of the company, said that by filing the Chapter 11 documents, it guarantees that the business will continue.

“News Publishing Co. will come out of this as a stronger company on the backside than it is today,” said Mooney. “There are no excuses; we’re not going to make any.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 2nd, 2013
10:22 am

The bill would boost the top 35 percent income tax rate to nearly 40 percent for incomes exceeding $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples, while continuing Bush-era income tax cuts for everyone else – a major victory, in the eyes of Isakson, Chambliss and many other Republicans.

So the payroll tax increase of $1650 a year on a $41,000 income doesn’t count in the land of liberalism?

Do you trust that the obozobots, busy with their hate war on the successful, will be too stupid to notice their own paycheck just shrunk?

yuzeyurbrane

January 2nd, 2013
10:37 am

Aesop, how do you calculate a reinstatement of 2% of the FICA tax on $41,000 to be $1650? According to my arithmetic that figures out to be $820. Am I missing something or did you go to a government school?

Road Scholar

January 2nd, 2013
10:39 am

Aesop: Wasn’t the tax increase on the payroll tax a roll back of a temporary measure approved 2 years ago? If SS is so badly off, more revenue is one partial cure. A reduction in COLA rates or an increase in age for getting SS is the other part still to come.
Besides, the 2 % rollback on $41,000 amounts to $820.00! Are you practicing Repub math?

td

January 2nd, 2013
10:42 am

” We can’t simply cut our way to prosperity. Cutting spending has to go hand-in-hand with further reforms to our tax code so that the wealthiest corporations and individuals can’t take advantage of loopholes and deductions that aren’t available to most Americans. And we can’t keep cutting things like basic research and new technology and still expect to succeed in a 21st century economy. So we’re going to have to continue to move forward in deficit reduction, but we have to do it in a balanced way, making sure that we are growing even as we get a handle on our spending . . .

Today’s agreement enshrines, I think, a principle into law that will remain in place as long as I am President: The deficit needs to be reduced in a way that’s balanced. Everyone pays their fair share. Everyone does their part. That’s how our economy works best. That’s how we grow.”

So a balanced approach is raising taxes and increasing the debt Mr. President. I am sure the lame stream media is not going to call you on these BS remarks. If you work for a living America go ahead and bend over because your taxes are going up even more under this President.

td

January 2nd, 2013
10:44 am

Road Scholar

January 2nd, 2013
10:39 am

Was there not also a 2% cut on the company proportion that was “rolled back”? I guess their contribution does not count.

deegee

January 2nd, 2013
10:50 am

Why do republicans scream about the dire financial future of entitlement programs in one breath and then complain about a 2% increase in the SS payroll tax in the next breath? Not one republican has advocated for a cut in benefits. Where do they think the money comes from?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 2nd, 2013
10:52 am

yuz – You may not have heard it on pmsnbc, but a new “health care” tax took effect yesterday. Add that your calcs.

scholar – So let me get this straight – If the Repugs had let the Bush tax cuts expire, that would have been a Republican tax increase. But since obozo bin biden that jacked SS by 2%, on the backs of the working “poor” no less, is a good “increase” in revenue?

Voter

January 2nd, 2013
10:58 am

@yuzeyurbrane – Missing the point. Point is taxes are increasing on everyone because of this bill. obamacare taxes still to come and we still have NO spending cuts worth spit.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 2nd, 2013
10:58 am

I wonder what obozo bin biden will do with the money they just took from the working “poor” and middle class? Give it to one of their Wall Street Campaign Pets? Fund some giant corporation that builds electric bicycles that no one wants or buys?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 2nd, 2013
11:03 am

And the funniest thing is, most of these “people” earning over $400,000 are businesses that sell products to everyone and they will simply pass along their tax increases in the form of higher prices for……………. everyone.

Road Scholar

January 2nd, 2013
11:07 am

“temporary” does not mean it lasts forever. Programs cost money; I thought you were one to support pay as you go?

Aesop, whine on!

Voter

January 2nd, 2013
11:13 am

Don’t worry. It only took 4+ years to get this “temporary” stop gap measure Bill put together and passed.They plan to work together to bring about more spending cuts. Maybe even a budget. Cats and dogs lie down with each other. Cow jumps over the moon and oh yeah, the Mayans said the world was ending 12/21/2012

liberalefty

January 2nd, 2013
11:15 am

with the inept repubs in congress it shoes theyre incapable of leading. IF they can pass birther bills, sharia law bills and abortion bills why couldnt they come together..for the AMERICAN PEOPLE..

liberalefty

January 2nd, 2013
11:17 am

if this bill was about controlling a womans vagina the repubs would have been all for it…

liberalefty

January 2nd, 2013
11:17 am

the COMMUNITY ORGANIZER trumps the incompetent gop again…

Willis

January 2nd, 2013
11:20 am

Just think what the stock market would be doing today if the No votes had won.

Rafe Hollister

January 2nd, 2013
11:20 am

Yep, the GOP split, some voted political expediency, the others voted for what was best for the country.
Thanks to the House GOP members for not voting to kick the problem down the road, while adding 4T to our nations debt.

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
11:22 am

This was/is a really bad deal. Our senators will rue the day they voted for it.

In his victory lap last night Obama reaffirmed, twice, he will not neogiate with Congress on the debt ceiling. We should take him at his word. The first order of business Thursday should be hearings in the House on extending the debt ceiling 2 trillion dollars.

The extention should also include two trillion of spending cuts that will occur in the same time frame it is expected for the new debt ceiling to be reached,i.e. if at two trillion it should last 2 years, the teo trillion in cuts should be in the next two years. And…

An additional 500 billion of cuts should be included that were not part of the Fiscal Cliff deal. These cuts should be ovr ten years.

When the bill is pased and sent to the Senate and Obama screams bloodly murder, the Spaeker should say…”we will not neogiate Mr. President, take it or default.”

Just Saying..

January 2nd, 2013
11:31 am

It would appear that Kyle’s constituents really don’t want to talk about MARTA all that much…

yuzeyurbrane

January 2nd, 2013
11:33 am

Aesop, you are being disingenuous—why not just admit a math error? To quote your original statement: “So the payroll tax increase of $1650 a year on a $41,000 income doesn’t count in the land of liberalism?” I believe the key phrase identifying the subject to which you were referring is “payroll tax”. There is a 3.8% surcharge on the taxes of the wealthy to go towards Medicare which is a type of means testing I thought you would support. But not one person earning just $41,000 from wages (i.e. payroll) would be subject to it. If your math is not credible here, why should one believe it is credible in your other calculations?

Just Saying..

January 2nd, 2013
11:34 am

“Our senators will rue the day they voted for it.”

And will the Right’s Inman Paul Ryan also rue the day he voted for it?

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
11:36 am

Just saying-

It won’t help in four years if Ryan plans to run for president.

Just Saying..

January 2nd, 2013
11:43 am

“It won’t help in four years if Ryan plans to run for president.”

But learning to speak Spanish might help…

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
12:01 pm

Learning Spanish is always a good thing. Having lived in Latin America I wished I had spoken it better.

WOW

January 2nd, 2013
12:18 pm

Since the right and the left are mad, maybe just maybe compromise was enacted with the legislation. Is it perfect? No, but since we elected divided government, each side will have to compromise.

jaypat

January 2nd, 2013
12:22 pm

Re the 2% SS tax…This is an additional tax that was imposed on wage earners in 1983 that went into the so-called “Social Security Trust Fund.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_Trust_Fund

(The Congress took the money from the fund and spent it, and replaced it in the SSTF with special non-negotiable bonds. This is a bit complicated, but it was a really dumb idea to begin with.)

Think of that money (the 2% SS tax cut) as additional fuel that made the economic engine run a little bit faster. Now that the government will take it out of the economy, the economy will slow down.

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
12:34 pm

Here is the problem WOW, according to CBO this “compromise” adds 3.6 trillion to the debt over ten years.

Our nations number one problem is our debt and deficit, more “compromises” like this will surely kill this nation.

td

January 2nd, 2013
12:37 pm

WOW

January 2nd, 2013
12:18 pm

Since the right and the left are mad, maybe just maybe compromise was enacted with the legislation. Is it perfect? No, but since we elected divided government, each side will have to compromise.

You can not call anything that raises the debt an additional $4 trillion over 10 years a compromise. This bill is noting more then another spending bill that is not even totally paid for. The bill immediately spends all the “revenue” it brings in plus it barrows more money to spend more. One could call it spending on steroids.

Voter

January 2nd, 2013
12:39 pm

John Holmes

January 2nd, 2013
12:44 pm

“Biological impossibility”? Now we know what td stands for, why yuzeurbrane has to, Retired Soldier can’t and Aesop is lying.

123

January 2nd, 2013
12:52 pm

td

How much did Ryan’s budget that received almost all Republican votes in the House and was fawned over by your talk show Gods increase the budget?

Church of the painful Truth

January 2nd, 2013
12:57 pm

We are not on a cliff;we are in the Grand Canyon looking up for a way out! The sad problem is that we have to rely on the politicans to find the trails out of this mess.Good luck.

123

January 2nd, 2013
1:04 pm

What’s up Boortz or should that be Boortz wannabe?

Voter

January 2nd, 2013
1:25 pm

Incredible! Taxes go up on EVERYONE, deficit goes up this year, 4+ trillion added to the national debt and these liberals on the blog join the White House and Dems in calling this a victory! or it couldv’e been worse! What a joke. Talk about blind leading the blind.

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
1:37 pm

Holmes-

Say what?

Kris

January 2nd, 2013
1:48 pm

Bye Sax and Johnny boy.

curious

January 2nd, 2013
2:13 pm

FICA taxes for employees returning to previous levels.I thought employers were paying the 6.24% rate all along.

Anyway, neither party wants to change social security now, so th additional 2% will help prolong the program.

We owe that to our parents.

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
2:15 pm

curious-

Good thought and you should be right, but that “extra” money will just be spent on other things and the SS Trust Fund will be just as empty.

honested

January 2nd, 2013
2:17 pm

With the obvious ire this compromise has generated in the extreme wrong wing, I guess it has to be a good piece of legislation…….

And if it is a good piece of legislation, it stands to reason that the dullards in the Georgia gop caucus would vote against it!

td

January 2nd, 2013
2:25 pm

honested

January 2nd, 2013
2:17 pm

With the obvious ire this compromise

Where is the “compromise” is this legislation?

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
2:29 pm

honested-

I agree with you, from your point of view it is good. This legislation adds to the national debt, contines tax breaks for green energy that can’t make it on its merits and takes money away from those who create jobs.

What’s not to like?

Voter

January 2nd, 2013
2:42 pm

Let’s all give thanks to those who voted and re-elected our fearless leader.

Voter

January 2nd, 2013
2:46 pm

Voter

January 2nd, 2013
2:54 pm

4 more years of inept leadership. 4 more years of blackmail and political posturing when passing legislation. 4 more years of…..

Kris

January 2nd, 2013
3:28 pm

@ voter, consider the inept out of touch (born with silver plate spoon in rear) thinking Russia was our mortal enemy… Lets not forget President Obama did summit a budget it took the repukes until now to act on anything…Also do not forget the President cannot fix the budget only Congress can ( term used loosely) Fix the budget. I;m a working person…to put it in prospective…$2400 translates into 4 mortgage payments. Out With the GOP…

Buckhead Boy

January 2nd, 2013
3:34 pm

Yes, by all means for their next concocted fiscal crisis – the debt ceiling — the Republicans should endeavor to extort highly unpopular spending cuts. Please proceed, Republicans.

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
3:48 pm

Kris-

You need to lay off the koolaide. Obama’s budget was turned down in the Senate 99-0. Some budget. You are correct, the Congress must pass a budget. The House has every year, the Senate hasn’t in 3 1/2 years. You know the Reid Senate.

Then you need to thank Obama for your tax hike both in SS and Obamacare. Look at the whole picture.

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
3:51 pm

BB-

“concocted fiscal crisis” was proposed by Obama, passed by Congress and signed by Obama. Who “concocted” this mess?

Highly unpopular spending cuts? With whom? And without spending cuts how do you balance the budget and pay the debt?

Kris

January 2nd, 2013
4:08 pm

@ Retired Soldier ….per/ your request.

Thank you President Barrack Obama.

Thank you Democrats.

Thank you Reid Senate.

Thank you Vice President Joe Biden

and the hand full of (rape mongering, women hating) GOP slime bags. for your little or nothing help.

For your reading pleasure…

Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner has promised a vote Friday on $9 billion in disaster aid for Superstorm Sandy and then another vote on $51 billion in aid on January 15.
King and other lawmakers have been highly critical of House leadership, especially House Speaker John Boehner, for not allowing a vote on the federal package before the current Congress wraps up Thursday.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/02/breaking-house-to-vote-on-sandy-aid-king-says/?hpt=hp_c1

Now I will have a Jack and Water Plese.

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
4:23 pm

Kris-

I see you didn’t memtion the budget again. Isn’t fair that facts get the was of a good BS story.