Virginia Congressmen Vote No to Fiscal Cliff Compromise - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sp...

A few Virginia Congressmen did not stand behind a measure to reverse the effects of the so called "fiscal cliff". The House of Representatives approved the Senate bill that will counter the higher tax rates and sweeping spending cuts that went into effect midnight New Year's Day. Full Story

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#23 Jan 2, 2013
huck wrote:
political pandering from a bunch of selfish louts elected by wealthy interests
that said, the pork in this bill is astounding
now will the teaparty allow Sandy relief?
Do you have any idea how Democrats also didn't vote for the Sandy Relief? Why don't you do some research and get back to me with the answer.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#24 Jan 2, 2013
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
<quoted text>They cut it $500,000,000,000.00 in 2012.
uh, it went up
http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/year_spen...
dweeb

Orange, VA

#25 Jan 2, 2013
I do not understand why neither party has mentioned Bowles-Simpson as a blueprint for resolving these matters.

I am more concerned that the leadership of both parties seems to have resolved never to compromise. I would love to see reforms of social security, the elimination of Bush's prescription drug benefit for seniors, and significant reforms of student loan programs. I would also like to see, in exchange for these reforms, higher taxes on estates, and a higher tax on incomes in certain brackets.

Or, I can be a rhetorical hard liner and let the country continue to borrow its way into oblivion.
Judy

Charlottesville, VA

#26 Jan 2, 2013
shaking wrote:
I am sick to death of conservatives calling Medicare and Social Security "Entitlements" They are not! We've paid in to them, we have earned them. They are not going away. Get over it.
Hurt has shown he cares nothing for the people of the 5th.
Social Security has been raided by the congress, there is no money for those folks who have put their money in. But guess what social security for workers has been increased so the middleclass workers will have to pay 2% more of their hard earned money to the government. When are those liberals going to get a back bone and stop spending and stop pandering to folks just to get votes? I have to balance my budget, why do the liberals give the dems a pass
T-Money

Louisa, VA

#27 Jan 2, 2013
shaking wrote:
I am sick to death of conservatives calling Medicare and Social Security "Entitlements" They are not! We've paid in to them, we have earned them. They are not going away. Get over it.
Hurt has shown he cares nothing for the people of the 5th.
Social Security and Medicare ARE entitlements. You do NOT pay into your OWN account and get a return. YOU pay for someone else to receive benefits and the number of people paying in to the system is far less than those who receive the money! EDUCATE YOURSELF!
T-Money

Louisa, VA

#28 Jan 2, 2013
I applaud our Congressmen. This agreement adds tons of pork, raises everyone's taxes, and adds 4 Trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years! Entitlements aren't addressed, the military wasn't addressed. What about this don't libtards understand?!
What you get

Bronx, NY

#29 Jan 2, 2013
People often complain about the do-nothing Congress that can't solve any problems facing our country. That is because we are a polarized country with two opposing points of view on how to solve our problems. Our Congress is not a do-nothing body, they just worked round the clock through the New Year holiday, how many Federal workers were doing that...the problem is who and what they were working for. They are there to represent the wishes of their constituency, and they are often blocking forward progress because the voters they represent don't think certain solutions are the right direction to take the country, simple as that. This gridlock won't be solved until there is a majority representation for one ideology or the other. Or a civil war...
Incredulous

AOL

#30 Jan 2, 2013
You are all cowards and a disgrace to our country who are letting the NRA, Norquist, big money and the likes of Rush Limbaugh take over your brains and your souls. How did "big money" work out in the election - just ask Karl Rove & Fox News. The Republican party is in shambles and you are stacking wood on the fire. The American people saw through the national party in November and given time they can make the Tea Party extinct.
sez you

Richmond, VA

#31 Jan 2, 2013
What you get wrote:
People often complain about the do-nothing Congress that can't solve any problems facing our country. That is because we are a polarized country with two opposing points of view on how to solve our problems. Our Congress is not a do-nothing body, they just worked round the clock through the New Year holiday, how many Federal workers were doing that...the problem is who and what they were working for. They are there to represent the wishes of their constituency, and they are often blocking forward progress because the voters they represent don't think certain solutions are the right direction to take the country, simple as that. This gridlock won't be solved until there is a majority representation for one ideology or the other. Or a civil war...
Polarised only in perception, they do exactly as their lobbyists tell them to do which has nothing to do with whats right.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#32 Jan 2, 2013
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
<quoted text>Do you have any idea how Democrats also didn't vote for the Sandy Relief? Why don't you do some research and get back to me with the answer.
I did. Boehner refused to allow the bill to come to a vote in the house yesterday and today (fyi,$60 bil was already approved in the democratic led senate), despite his assurances to the congressional representatives affected by Sandy that it would.

it's ur teaparty/norquist/meanie effect
sez you

Richmond, VA

#33 Jan 2, 2013
Boehner, the debel incarnate.
Gnu

Charlottesville, VA

#34 Jan 2, 2013
Ron wrote:
Hurt has not got a clue!!!! Social security has nothing to do with debt. It has not cost one penny of debt. It is funded by pay roll deductions. Most people will never get back what they put into S.S.. These clowns should be removed from office. They are nothing but protectors of the rich and corporations. The problem is more of a revanue problem. You have got rich that pay no taxes. You have got corporations that pay no taxes and some get money back. Oil companys make billions of dollars a quater,pay no taxes and are paid money to drill oil. 80 of the top 100 corporations pay no taxes!!!!! For example GE,Bank of America and Citi Bank are a few.
Killing off-shore tax havens would be a good start -$30 million in Bain Capital funds in the Cayman Islands squirelled away by what's his name?
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#35 Jan 2, 2013
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
<quoted text>I did not write this post. Some uninformed hijacker made the statement.
Maybe the new "thinking free", he has no life of his own.
Combat Doc

Buena Vista, VA

#36 Jan 2, 2013
You paid into social security and medicare but you also elected politicians who time and time again raided those funds to pay for more spending. You may be tired of politicians saying that it is adding to the debt but just because you are tired of it doesn't make it so. Lets face it our population growth particularly amongst new workers isn't where it needs to be to support the boomers that are retiring. With less and less workers paying into the pot there will either be less benefits or its going to add to the debt. The debt is already unsustainable and at current spending levels our economy is going to collapse all together. Then everything is out the window. FYI we spend more on the benefits programs then we do on defense. As it currently stands the federal government spends 61.9% of the budget on entitlements (their words not mine) and only 18.6% on defense spending. That is almost 3 times as much for the benefits programs over defense according the the White House's Office of Management and Budget. That is an awful lot of money that we no longer have period. We have got to rein in spending period! If we continue on the current path there will be no Social Security or Medicare when I retire, the government's own numbers state they will be completely insolvent by 2033 for Social Security and 2024 for Medicare. The Boomers generation has robbed the next generations to pay for their lifestyle and left us the bill to pay and we don't have the money to pay it.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#37 Jan 3, 2013
Combat Doc wrote:
You paid into social security and medicare but you also elected politicians who time and time again raided those funds to pay for more spending. You may be tired of politicians saying that it is adding to the debt but just because you are tired of it doesn't make it so. Lets face it our population growth particularly amongst new workers isn't where it needs to be to support the boomers that are retiring. With less and less workers paying into the pot there will either be less benefits or its going to add to the debt. The debt is already unsustainable and at current spending levels our economy is going to collapse all together. Then everything is out the window. FYI we spend more on the benefits programs then we do on defense. As it currently stands the federal government spends 61.9% of the budget on entitlements (their words not mine) and only 18.6% on defense spending. That is almost 3 times as much for the benefits programs over defense according the the White House's Office of Management and Budget. That is an awful lot of money that we no longer have period. We have got to rein in spending period! If we continue on the current path there will be no Social Security or Medicare when I retire, the government's own numbers state they will be completely insolvent by 2033 for Social Security and 2024 for Medicare. The Boomers generation has robbed the next generations to pay for their lifestyle and left us the bill to pay and we don't have the money to pay it.
meanwhile our tax rate is at historic lows
ditto capital gains rate
waaaaay to many tax loopholes for the wealthy
we need to means test for soc sec and medicare
the boomer bubble (created by a war) will begin to deflate as old farts die off in a few decades
dweeb

Orange, VA

#38 Jan 3, 2013
History will not be kind to the Boomers. They protested a war in Vietnam, but have sent US troops all over the wrld to fight wars of questionable national interest. As they reached retirement age, they enhanced the benefits we pay to seniors. All the while claiming they earned whatever handout it might be. When their parents were dying, they clamored for the elimination of the estate tax, which would come out of their inheeritance. They objected to Big Tobacco and the unhealthy lifestyles of their parents, and they have raised the most obese generation on the planet. The American Century Henry Luce descibed is unlikely to last more than eighty years. Hopefully, someone will point out my typographical errors.

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#39 Jan 3, 2013
huck wrote:
<quoted text>
I did. Boehner refused to allow the bill to come to a vote in the house yesterday and today (fyi,$60 bil was already approved in the democratic led senate), despite his assurances to the congressional representatives affected by Sandy that it would.
it's ur teaparty/norquist/meanie effect
Have you actually read the Sandy bill? Did you see how much "pet project pork" was stuffed into it? Thank god someone is starting to stand up to the unrelated, out of control spending on Capital Hill! This madness has to stop. We are out of money and a majority of our representatives up there don't get it....! You don't seem to understand that this country is slowly going down in flames because of our debt and deficit. Sometimes the right thing to do is not popular.
Ron

Rocky Mount, VA

#40 Jan 3, 2013
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
<quoted text>Oh dear God, not you again. I thought you had shamed yourself off of this site with your ignorant uniformed rants.
I see you still make the same comments that say nothing!!! What I posted are facts!!!
Ron

Rocky Mount, VA

#41 Jan 3, 2013
The Republican do nothing house has done nothing. It is even hated by their own party. It is the most unproductive house in history. The republican house is less popular than the British Crown was during the revolution!! Now thats prety bad. The Tea Party has destroyed the Republican party, just as I said it would 2 years ago. They will never win another national election until they get away from the crazy people.

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#42 Jan 3, 2013
Ron wrote:
<quoted text>I see you still make the same comments that say nothing!!! What I posted are facts!!!
Your facts are what most people call fabrications. You never seem to be able to find credible sources for the rubbish that you post. You are a bitter old man that is unable to listen to reason.

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