Mitch McConnell called the Senate’s bluff on Obama’s fiscal cliff proposal

Mitch McConnell called the Senate’s bluff on Obama’s absurd fiscal cliff proposal from last week and tried to get an up-or-down vote on it. But Harry Reid wouldn’t allow it, calling it a ‘stunt’ and basically proving McConnell’s point that the proposal was totally unserious:

TOWNHALL – Moments ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor and offered an immediate vote on President Obama’s fiscal cliff plan, which shocked the Beltway late last week. (In case you’re keeping score at home, this was the surreal proposal that induced McConnell to laugh out loud as it was outlined by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner). Harry Reid quickly objected and shut the whole thing down, labeling the suggestion a “stunt.”

Think about that. The President of the United States, a Democrat, crafted a fiscal cliff package that would give him everything he wants. It has tax hikes on the rich. It has huge tax hikes on investments and estates. It has more stimulus spending. It has no meaningful, specific, or guaranteed spending cuts. And it compels Congress to cede control of the debt ceiling to him. This is “fairness” on steroids.

The Senate’s top Republican proposed an up-or-down vote on everything the president wants, yet Democrats, who control the upper chamber, instantly blocked it. By what definition is it a “stunt” to hold a vote on the president’s full, public plan? The White House has insisted it’s a serious document, yet Hill Democrats don’t want it to see the light of day.


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  • opinionatedhermit

    I appreciate what McConnell did.

    I do have some questions, if anybody knows the answer ….

    At, exactly, what point in time did it become OK to spend even one thin dime, without a budget item to place it against?

    Why does a spending cap keep them from spending … but lack of a budget is no big deal?

    • BHliberty

      An excellent question but Article I of the U.S. Constitution require Congress to pass a federal budget and unfortunately, it appears they are not penalized for not doing so. I believe last year the House passed a budget but it was DOA in the senate (big surprise! and remember how Congressman Ryan was ridiculed for including changes in Medicare to balance a budget). The Senate Majority leader refused to consider such a move since he knew an election was on the horizon. At this point, it appears there is no desire to abide by the law of the land.

    • When did the spending cap stop them from spending? They will take all of our money and give it away and look for more. There is no stopping them now.

    • capelady

      It also appears that there are no consequences for breaking the oath of office, for Presidents or Congress. How is that? They should suffer consequences, just as our military does!

      • BHliberty


  • marketcomp

    Harry Reid, what a fraud! Way to go Sen. McConnell for calling Obama and democrats bluff!

  • stevenbiot

    Dingy Harry, just admit the proposal was too much for you to read.

    • nibblesyble


    • NoToTyrants

      Harry would have difficulty reading a Denny’s menu.

      • meyou

        I don’t think Harry knows the alphabet, does he?

        • NoToTyrants

          I doubt the demented senile old fool could recite all 26 letters from memory.

  • No Democrat will vote for Obama’s plan. They never have. Not one Dem voted for any of Obama’s budgets. Now, they want the Republicans to vote for something they themselves won’t touch. The fact that McConnell actually asked for a vote means that that’s how bad it really was. That the Dems just want to attack instead of actually working out a deal.

    • Orangeone

      If only McConnell had responded back to Dingy Harry that his response was equal to ZERO Dem votes….

  • That’s the thing. Republicans should just say they want a REAL budget from the Dems that they will all stand behind. Until they do that, there is no point in any negotiations because they just want to blame Republicans.

  • nibblesyble

    Hmmmm..have to say this is a surprise, a good one too, finally!

  • NYGino

    The whole Obama term in office is just one big destructive stunt.

  • Ok, that was very clever.

  • NoToTyrants

    Brilliant move!

    However, try explaining what transpired to you average leftist Obama voter.

    Watch as their eyes glaze over and spittle run down their chin. The rusty wheels spin furiously in their pea brains, as they search for talking points. Then, missing the whole point, they spew their tired platitudes about Republican obstructionism, the evil rich, and big fill in the blank.

  • NYGino

    The Dems don’t want to be put into a position that they have to vote on it and put their name and political future in jeopardy by actually saying they go along with this path to national suicide. They want to be able to fall back and blame the right for being obstructionists. Same old plan, same old dishonesty, same old parlor tricks.

    • NoToTyrants

      Bingo! …and Boehner is taking the bait.

  • So where is the Democrats proposal? Since they basically just rejected the presidents.

  • FreeManWalking

    Some one look at the tag under McConnell’s shoe, I can’t believe a Republican did this.

    McConnell proved that even the DemonRat Majority leader will not give the empty suit in an empty chair making empty promises, an UP or DOWN VOTE on his world on a silver platter Budget.

  • DebbyX

    What a bunch of clown! Our tax dollars at work.

  • But what about Obama’s new demand that HE control the debt ceiling limit now and NOT Congress? Obama is not a king, a dictator, or absolute ruler, even though he would like to be. To take the power of the purse away from Congress and hand it to the president would be highly unconstitutional, not that that seems to matter to a lot of people these days, espcially in the White House.

  • With Ashley Judd on his arse, McConnell has to make some moves to be relevant.

    • marketcomp

      Ashley Judd, are you kidding me?! It’s funny how she demeaned and ridiculed Sarah Palin and now it appears that she wants to go into politics. So was she really jealous of Sarah Palin? Moreover, I can see her really negoitating the debt and deficit with Obama!

  • Joengima

    Now why didn’t Boehner think of doing this along with McConnell?

    Hell get these Dems to vote on it. Have them eat it. I’m sick of these clowns.

    Obama and Dems want the cliff. Period. It’s now a message war and the GOP is getting their ass kicked there.

    Taxes are going up regardless of a deal. We lost the election the Dems won and this is what the country deserves to get now.

  • objective123

    Reid you are right. THE WHOLE DAMN THING IS MADE UP.

  • bongobear

    Harry Reid is a dangerous little twirp.

  • KateNE

    That anyone thinks the Democrats are at all serious about any of this is just beyond me. They are a bunch of clowns.

  • Is_Sense_Common

    I might take back some of my thoughts about McConnell. I tend to lump him in with Bonehead, which maybe isn’t fair…

  • repubboy

    MM is a Moderate . Has been known to wear many coats of different colors, but has always tried to do the best he can with what he had to work with..So we are still on a cliff..

  • Suzyqpie

    Jay Carney called the cliff bartering a Game. That perfectly sums up WDC vision of life. The WDC gang is liberated from the concerns of retirement savings, health care expense, tax burden. They are unconcerned about their employers viability and prospects for the future. They have zero cognizance of what it takes to create profitability. Actually, WDC has no idea what real life is like for most of America as they proceed to complicate and interfere with our very existence. Pres 0bama talks a big game………

  • Sober_Thinking

    It’s all games to these people.

    Harry Reid, Obama and the rest of these idiots are trying to play a game, where they are making up the rules as they go along. And when it’s pointed out that the rules favor them and are completely unfair or wrong… they change them again as it suits them. Because even their wretched, corrupt media can’t protect them from the absurdity of what they’re trying to do to America and the Republicans.

    Throw them all all out. They’re nothing but lying weasel’s… and America is suffering from their sickness. And Harry Reid is among the worst of them all… HE is a HUGE part of why America is suffering.

    • marketcomp

      You are right Sober_Thinking, but what this move by McConnell shows is the hypocrisy of the democrats. Obama, Harry Reid, and Geithner never intended for this bill to pass the Senate. In fact I would venture to say that they anticipated the initial reaction by McConnell was to laugh it off. But, by throwing it back in their faces show the transparent and two-facedness of the entire democrat party and the President.

      Look, the President and Harry Reid do this all the time and the republican politicians have to learn how to use parliamentary rules against the democrats and play the game. I don’t like it and I know you don’t it, but Obama and the dems love it because let’s face it that’s how they have harness the power that they have today! Republicans have to learn to roll with this and be agile and out maneuver the dems. Often times we look like we have our heads stuck in the sand looking out-of-touch and this is one way to give kind of a checkmate:)!

      • Sober_Thinking

        Great response! I agree with you.

        It sucks that the corrupt media is flying cover for these criminals.

        I think what McConnell did was admirable. But Americans in general will never know what we know about this all… that the GOP offered an up or down vote and that the Dems simply weren’t serious.

        This is just another attempt by them to maneuver the GOP to where they want them to be. And sadly, Boehner is going to keep on being a coward and will cut a deal… effectively splitting the GOP for a long time.

  • PVG

    Neither Reid or that proposal should ever see the light of day.

  • davienne

    reid needs a round rubber room,… the senile old F***K

  • kong1967

    This is hilarious. Dems put forth a proposal they knew was a joke, but wanted to use it for a political stunt. They knew Republicans would reject it. So, proposing to put Obama’s proposal “as is” up for a vote is a stunt? No, Reid, that’s proving you guys are full of crap and are playing games.

  • Kelly60

    That’s fine to do if you make sure everyone in America knows…remember, stupid people vote too.

  • mikeinidaho

    I must say I appreciate what McConnell did! Too bad old Blubbering Boehner doesn’t have any intestinal fortitude, huh? I’m sick of the lot of them.
    The House should pass a bill keeping the tax rates, ALL of them, as they are and pass it to the Senate. Let Harry the Rat Reid figure out what his next move is. He can either pass the same rates in the Senate, pass different rates and send it back to the House or do nothing at all. In any case it’s all on him and the Demunists in the Senate and the communist-in-chief to do what they will.

  • dontdrinkthecoolaid

    The entire fiscal cliff fiasco was created by the liberal media to give cover for Obama and the much talked about, but now silent, prectictions that there would be a substantial recession in 2013. These predictions came way before the “fiscal cliff” rhetoric. This is liberal propaganda in over drive to allow the administration to blame someone or something for the pending recession.

  • Immigrant_from_Socialism7

    So the Republican party should be airing advertisements pointing out that they attempted to vote on the plan..but only run them on PRAVDA networks

  • Steve

    This fiscal cliff is a hoax! You know , they say that Repubs and Remo’s are all the same. I tend to support the R’s because they claim to care about the unborn and they pretend to respect our bodies, say that they should be used in the way that makes most sense logically, the way that fits best. Males and females fit. Putting a male with a male or a female with a female is liken unto putting a round peg into a square hole, or a square peg into a round hole. The politicians use every advantage at their disposal and none of them are above telling a lie or doing what it takes to get themselves ahead. The fiscal cliff is the biggest spin of the day. If it was not a fiscal cliff that was our cliffhanger, it certainly would be something else that could hold our attention. Which in itself is an amazing feat in this day and age. The Demopublicans are merely the Pied Piper of the beginning of the 21st century. There is no fiscal cliff unless you believe in it. Do you really need what they have to offer? They feed upon your fear. Ignore them and in turn they will fall over their cliff and die. You on the other hand will still be able to plant your seeds and harvest your crop. And if you choose a lifestyle of procreation, your own seeds will thrive.

  • mgoodin08

    You know how wrong you all are on this, right? They were more than happy to vote on it and when McConnel realized they would vote and it WOULD NOT go his way he filibustered his own damn bill! What an idiot he and all of you are if you think this was a big win for the GOP.

    It’s a disgraceful perversion of the Senate system, really, and just exposed McConnel for the greedy, dumb-ass he really is.


  • mgoodin08

    You know how wrong you all are on this, right? They were more than happy to vote on it and when McConnel realized they would vote and it WOULD NOT go his way he filibustered his own damn bill! What an idiot he and all of you are if you think this was a big win for the GOP.

    It’s a disgraceful perversion of the Senate system, really, and just exposed McConnel for the greedy, dumb-ass he really is.