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OBAMA INCREASES PRESSURE ON REPUBLICANS TO JUST ACCEPT HIS FISCAL CLIFF DEAL
December 30 2012
Washington, D.C. – The clock is ticking and the sound of that ticking is getting louder and louder. With only a few hours, really, left before the country goes over the Fiscal Cliff the pressure is on for the President and for lawmakers to strike a deal, obviously a last minute deal, to save the country from financial oblivion.
Well, not exactly oblivion but certainly some difficulty, a thing the people of the surely do not need anymore of considering how badly things have going. That difficulty is coming though, coming quickly, and it doesn’t appear that a deal is any closer now than it has been at any other time.
Because that deadline looms the pressure is clearly on everyone involved in the talks to work something, some kind of compromise. While it is the people who will suffer the most should the country go over the cliff, the people, the President and Congress, who are making the decisions will likely also pay. Now President Obama has stepped up the pressure and made it clear to the Republicans that they need to just accept his deal before the deadline hits because he has no plans on backing down from it.
“They say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they're behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected. That seems to be their only overriding, unifying theme,” said Obama.
Currently the Senate is locked in negotiations to try and figure out a compromise which they will then hand down to the House.
The Senate is controlled by Democrats and so the majority of any deal they work out will likely be according to what the President wants.
“Obviously it’s down to the wire which, frankly, was always the way it was going to be. It would have been nice if they could have figured something out earlier but both sides want what they want and that means pushing it to the limit so they can try to get the very last thing, whatever that thing is, into the deal,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “Obviously both sides want the majority of the things they want, that’s always the way these things go but eventually one side has to compromise and the other has to win, that’s just the way things go. With two thirds majority in the equation I would assume the President will get most of what he wants.”
Obama is not directly involved in the Senate talks but he is, really.
“I’m sure he didn’t expect that the Republicans would just take whatever he was offering and go with it. I’m sure he assumed there would be some give and take that had to happen and perhaps even realized that it would get those close to failing beforehand but he’s obviously going to still try and get what he wants, at least the majority of it,” continued Kinsey. “I would bet that Obama, if they work a deal, will come out the winner because he is President and the people did just kind of vote for the very things he is trying to push through in this deal. He won’t get everything, which has to be frustrating, but at least he will likely get the majority of what he wants and being the President, well, that’s something.”
Obama will have to sign any deal that is approved no matter what it is in order for it to go into effect.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent