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The People Have Spoken?

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What about your constituents?

from Politico-

Some Republican governors are softening on the party’s hard-line toward tax increases for the wealthy, suggesting that GOP congressmen at least be open to rate hikes in exchange for a comprehensive fiscal agreement on taxes and entitlements.

“The people have spoken, I think we’re going to have to be [flexible] now,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, when asked if his party would now have to be open to taxes on the highest earners. “Elections do have consequences. The president campaigned on that.”

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, one of the most influential Republicans in the country, echoed McDonnell’s assessment that Republicans should be open to upping the rates of the top filers in exchange for significant Democratic concessions on Social Security, Medicare and deficit reduction.

“If there’s enough savings, if there’s enough entitlement reform, if there’s enough certainty about tax reform in the next few years, I would,” Barbour said when asked whether his party should consider softening its opposition to letting the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest expire.

Like McDonnell, the Mississippian indicated he’d rather not raise the top rate, calling it “bad economics” that could “hurt the recovery.”

But Barbour also bowed to pragmatism.

“You can’t be purist,” Barbour said, adding: “If we don’t do something now about entitlement reform it gets harder next year.”

» 17 Comments

  1. old_oaks

    November 16th, 2012

    Republicans should ask for MORE than Oblamer wants.

    It is simple logic.

    If more is better, than more-er is better-er!

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  2. Tim

    November 16th, 2012

    The people were muzzled – the election fraud has spoken.

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  3. Mountain Dog

    November 16th, 2012

    Justice first, then we can talk about taxes. Deal with the traitor, the taxes can wait.

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  4. VaGal

    November 16th, 2012

    UGH! McDonnell….WTH? I guess since VA went blue (fraudulently) then the rest of us here who put his ass in office can just suck it. NoVa is just a cancer that needs to be removed.

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  5. Menderman

    November 16th, 2012

    US corporate assets are about $17 trillion. Corporatins aren’t people, right progs? So if obama confiscates all corporate assets, we no longer have a National Debt and no “people” are affected!

    I love logic.

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  6. Menderman

    November 16th, 2012

    NoVa…I like that..it means “No Go” in our second language.

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  7. grayjohn

    November 16th, 2012

    Stick a fork in the GOP they’re done.

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  8. CrustyB

    November 16th, 2012

    Taxation without representation. I’m paying taxes so these idiots can help Democrats steal from the productive members of society.

    How’s the weather in Cuba these days?

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  9. Twellsy

    November 16th, 2012

    But didn’t the Repubs go along with some deals with the dems awhile ago, but the dems didn’t hold up their end of the bargain? Whoda thunk it?

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  10. Gryph

    November 16th, 2012

    The Republican Party has given up. It is now worthless as a political organ.

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  11. IMPEACH Obama

    November 16th, 2012

    The magnificent two-party system functioning as always, in center-right America:

    Democrat: “F..them, they’re not my constituents”
    Rapeuglican: “We must compromise, by f..ing my constituents.”

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  12. Rick

    November 16th, 2012

    CrustyB, the weather in Cuba is gorgeous, but you can’t bring your guns. Or your books.

    “…suggesting that GOP congressmen at least be open to rate hikes in exchange for a comprehensive fiscal agreement on taxes and entitlements.”

    Oh, how many times has the GOP been suckered on THAT??

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  13. Commissar M

    November 16th, 2012

    The Demonrats will get the tax hikes and the Repugs will get the blame. Same as it ever was….

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  14. MNHawk

    November 16th, 2012

    Pandering to the dumbest in society will get you…well, nothing, unless there’s a D after your name.

    Think about that, establishment.

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  15. MM

    November 16th, 2012

    My fucking head is going to explode-I’m a man without representation. I’m called extreme for wanting smaller government, less spending and the baddest military on the planet.

    Go figure huh?

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  16. jus sayin yo

    November 16th, 2012

    Levin’s been blastin the rinos and eviscersated barbour last nite

    wanna get inspired download the levin show from last wednesday til tonite, hell naybe event the next month – marklevinshow.com

    screw the rinos – how about the Constitution Party – it’s foundation – it’s the right and wrong, right on paper

    [first rule of conservative club is don't talk about conservative club]

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  17. Anonymous

    November 16th, 2012

    “The People have Spoken?” The people who pay the taxes are screaming at the top of their lungs and you SOB’s in Congress and the Senate turn your backs on us. Get ready because you will hear us speak when we vote your sorry asses out of office!
    All of you and your stupid little games with pretend committees and big talk when the TV camera is on need to pack your bags and go home. You have disgraced yourself and your Country. Game Over Rinos!

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