The Real Fiscal Cliff
Sean has been talking about it for months and yesterday’s legislative process in Washington has confirmed Sean’s worst fears, namely that our leaders in Congress have simply kicked the can down the road by avoiding to deal with any real spending cuts. “It’s going to be close to Christmas, I predict, and we’ll have a press release that talks about a great negotiation and the fiscal has been avoided,” predicted Hannity in his November 29th show, “ The real fiscal cliff of dealing with spending won’t have been dealt with.” The news today of an agreement speaks to Sean’s prediction, nearly to a tee. “ President Obama praised Congress saying, “Republicans nor Democrats got everything they wanted but this agreement is the right thing to do for our country.” With all that said, the devil continues to be in the details. With a payroll tax that wasn’t extended, Americans making between $40,000 and $50,000 can expect to see their taxes increase by $579 and that number goes up from there. “We need to cut spending, that’s the bottom line,” argued Hannity, “The real fiscal cliff is coming and if we continue to do nothing we’ll find ourselves in the same situation that Greece finds itself today.” For more and to listen to Sean’s reaction from last night’s deal, click here.
Great Day To Be An Asparagus Farmer
Sean was joined by Congressmen Huelskamp and Gohmert for a breakdown of how the fiscal cliff deal came together and what it means for America. “There were some good things in this bill if you were an exporter of rum or if you’re involved in the film and television business, this was good for you,” offered Congressman Gohmert, “For those, oh and asparagus farmers, they made out well but for everyone else there were no benefits and no spending cuts.” “Washington has a problem, a spending problem, we know what the problem is,” plainly spoke Huelskamp, “We did nothing in this to cut spending and that’s the problem.” “What is the point in this,” questioned Hannity, “Why are we passing bills when there’s no spending cuts.” “There isn’t a good response,” quickly concluded Huelskamp. “The President has tried to claim victory but he did say that spending cuts would be part of future deals,” offered Hannity, “Now we need to hold him to that promise.” While the battle is far from over, the major victory will be if we can make sure that some form of fiscal responsibility enters the Washington vocabulary. For more details on the deal, check out this break down here.
Senator Marco Rubio
While some Republican Congressmen were back in their districts running for cover and desperately trying to sell their “yes” vote as a good “first step,” Senator Marco Rubio was making bold statements about why he voted “no.” “I appreciate all the hard work that went into avoiding this so-called ‘fiscal cliff,’ said Rubio in his official statement today, “Never, I cannot support the arrangement. Rapid economic growth and spending reforms are the only way out of the real fiscal cliff facing our nation.” “I’ve said this all along,” offered Hannity, “Washington has a spending problem and it’s really that simple, we cannot sustain our spending habits.” While Sean made it sound really simple, it really isn’t possible to over complicate this situation. Congress and Presidents Bush and Obama have put us in a very deep fiscal hole when they changed the conversatio n from “how do we balance the budget” to “how do we raise the debt ceiling.” Once that thought process changes, America will be on a real road to recovery. For more on Senator Rubio’s statements, click here.
From 2000-2008, Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives. During this period, he served as Majority Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, effectively promoting an agenda of lower taxes, better schools, a leaner and more efficient government and free market empowerment. During his legislative career, Rubio also promoted efforts to develop a world-class public school curriculum, increase performance-based accountability, enhance school choice and target the socio-economic factors affecting chronic academic underperformance. At the end of his tenure as Speaker, Rubio resumed his law practice as a sole practitioner. He has also served as a visiting professor at Florida International University's Metropolitan Center, worked as Florida Chairman of GOPAC and as a political analyst for Univision during the 2008 election cycle. Senator Rubio currently serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation , the Committee on... More >