Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced a piece of legislation that could have come straight out of an Ayn Rand novel. It’s the Cliff Alleviation at the Last Minute (CALM) Act. Seriously, I’m not making this up.
“This is not a great plan, merely a better plan than going over the cliff,” Manchin said in a floor speech. “It should never have come to this.”
The measure would phase in the looming tax increases over three years, rather than all at once, and allow the Office of Management and Budget to pick which programs would be cut rather than having the across-the-board cuts contained in sequestration. (Read More)
Manchin’s website has more information.
Oh well, at least he’s trying, unlike President Obama who continues to blame Republicans, the only party that has passed a budget in the past three years. Of course, the media gives Obama a pass, in some cases so much so that it’s down right embarrassing.
Not that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing much better. The Republicans in the House have passed a number of bills that were sent to the Senate. Reid refused to allow any debate on the bills. Normally those bills would be considered and debated, amendments would be voted on and the Senate would vote on the amended bills. But thanks to Reid that hasn’t happened. So if Obama should be pointing his finger at anyone it should be Reid, his ally. Speaker Boehner brought this up again today, but I’m sure the media will ignore it.
“Americans elected President Obama to lead, not cast blame,” said a statement released Sunday afternoon from House Speaker John Boehner.
“Republicans made every effort to reach the ‘balanced’ deficit agreement that the president promised the American people, while the president has continued to insist on a package skewed dramatically in favor of higher taxes that would destroy jobs,” the statement reads.
“We’ve been reasonable and responsible,” Boehner added. “The House has passed legislation to avert the entire fiscal cliff, and the president has never called for the Senate to act on those bills. … He instead has simply allowed the Democratic-controlled Senate to sit on them and lead our economy to the edge of the fiscal cliff.” (Read More)
Instead we have stupid bills like the CALM Act introduced. What a joke. But the joke is on all of us.