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Congress Leaves After Not Voting on Plan B – Hannity: “Punish” American Voters with Fiscal Cliff

The GOP House chose not to vote on Rep. Boehner’s “Plan B” proposal tonight, choosing instead to leave for the holidays with no solution to the fiscal cliff.

Watching a bit of each channel tonight I turned on FOX long enough to watch Sean Hannity, gleeful that the country is now on the verge of going over the fiscal cliff, saying: [sic]”we need to punish American voters for their decision in November”.

In the next hour Newt Gingrich is on, smiling and laughing.

Are they serious? Is it truly the strategy – as much as a party with a speaker who cannot get his own members to even vote on their own bill – to “punish” American voters for exercising their franchise, by turning a 3% Q1 2013 economic growth into a 3.9% economic contraction (as per the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office)?

Consider this a flabergastedly Open Thread.

Reuters, this hour:

The dramatic twist threw into disarray attempts to head off $600 billion worth of indiscriminate tax hikes and spending cuts that could push the U.S. economy into recession next year.

It also cast doubt over Boehner’s future as speaker after failing to control unruly conservatives in his caucus.

With only 11 days left for bickering politicians to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, U.S. stock futures fell sharply on the news of the rebuke to Boehner.

S&P 500 stock futures fell 1.6 percent while Dow Jones stock futures and Nasdaq futures both lost 1.5 percent. At one point S&P 500 e-mini futures were down as much as 3.6 percent.


  1. Hannnity – who I heard on talk radio just prior to the election state unequivocally that Obama was specifically planning to bankrupt the country so he could declare himself Dictator Of America for Life – apparently actually represents the average GOP congressional representative. Burning down the country is preferred to doing anything – no matter the consequences – as long as Obama is President.

    What laws are in place to recall congressmen? Now might be the time for many Americans to look that up.

  2. Cheryl Kopec

    …but I had to laugh when I heard she said she was so happy to hear Republicans talking about Plan B, because women’s health issues had been so neglected, or something to that effect.

  3. creamer

    We are going over the cliff, I think the last few weeks have been for show. The Tea Party will primary anyone who votes for a tax hike, Pelosi doesnt want to vote for a tax hike without lots of gop support.

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