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McIntyre confident of fiscal cliff deal after Christmas

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Hours after House Speaker John Boehner's so-called "Plan B" to solve the fiscal cliff fell apart last night, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) says he's confident a deal will be reached soon. McIntyre spoke to WWAY by phone this morning shortly after arriving home in North Carolina after the House recessed for Christmas.

"Several of my colleagues and I had written to the speaker urging him to include a long-term deficit reduction plan that we could work together on," McIntyre said. "Obviously the Plan B was not the way to go. He could not even get the support of the members of his own party for that, so clearly it was not bi-partisan."

Boehner admitted he pulled his plan last night before the House could vote on it because it lacked enough votes to pass.

Despite the struggle to get a deal done before a combination of tax increases and spending cuts go into effect in the new year, McIntyre is optimistic.

"We all, of course, were disappointed that the president and the speaker did not come to terms, but I think now the realization is... we're in a situation where I think there will be serious discussions in terms of how we can come to grips with the fact that we need to make this a fair, comprehensive plan that needs bipartisan support, and we can get it done," McIntyre said.

The Congressman, though, is worried about Republican pushes to cut spending on entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. He says those programs are money Americans have earned and should be protected and are not regular government spending. Other than that, he says all government programs must be scrutinized for savings.

In the meantime, the negotiations continue. The president wanted tax hikes on incomes higher than $250,000, but has pushed that threshold up to $400,000. McIntyre says he expects the president will go higher, but not to the $1 million income level Boehner has signaled he's willing to accept.

" It'll probably end up somewhere in between. But much more drama to be played out, but I think that you'll see some folks coming to terms finally a couple of days after Christmas, and we can get this thing done and make sure that it's done the right way with bi-partisan support."

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Undertaxed income

We are undertaxed and overspent. So let's fixed both sides of the equation. Raise rates on individuals earning more than $250,00 per year. Raise capital gains tax to 25%, include carry-forward income as regular income and taxed as same. Means test for SS benefits along with age: If you make $5M over your life time you cannot collect until age 70. Reduce the rates accordingly based on salary over lifetime and age. For instance if you make minimum wage at a labor-intensive job, you get to retire earlier at 60 with full benefits. The more you make over a lifetime, you retire later at a lower rate. Fair to all.

Why are they taking a holiday vacation?

They're not doing the job that we pay them to do. Holidays off are a privilege to be earned by doing your job. Get back to work and get your jobs done, deadbeats!

Might want to ask good old

Might want to ask good old Mike why he voted no on H.R. 6684 on Thursday. This bill which passed along party lines added additional cuts to spending on top of what is already called out in the automatic sequester. At the end of the day it’s the excess borrowing and spending, 48 cents of every dollar spent that will end up destroying this economy. Spending is and always has been the problem; any reduction in spending should be welcomed. Maybe these so called political leaders on both sides of the aisle will finally address the third rail of politics, entitlement spending. Mike is also wrong on SS and Medicare, Medicare for example faces 60 trillion in unfunded liabilities through 2075. Mike knows this and knows that SS needs to be means tested to ensure long term future benefits. But like all of Congress, he along with most congressmen including the hero of the right Paul Ryan will not be honest with their constitutes. While I doubt any real discussion in curbing entitlement spending will occur since congress can keep kicking the fiscal can down the road for awhile. Mike needs to answer if he really is this independent thinking blue dog we all heard about why did he not supported additional spending cuts?

You Hit the nail

on the head.

Every study performed shows tax increases, alone, will not correct the fiscal problems our country faces.

There have to be significant, not token, cuts in discretionary and entitlement spending. Gutting our defence budget does nothing but open the door for third world terrorist nations to make further, unanswered, attacks on our country.

Mike can either accept the demands of his new constituency, and remember he no longer has the support of the Lumbee tribal council when it comes to electoral votes. OR, he can plan on being former Congressman McIntyre in two years. It was a close race this past November. It will be closer if he does not heed the expectations of his new constituency.

SCT

Using the logic of the day - if you have all the fancy weapons you can and all the soldiers you need you will not eliminate that third world terrorist because he's got evil in his heart.
Politicians have never seen a tax cut they didn't like and pursued them far too hard.
All the while they never curtailed spending.
But to say that now we have a spending problem not a taxing problem is disingenuous. We are under taxed thats for sure considering what we WANT to spend money on.
But if all departments are to suffer then across the board cuts should be considered to include Medicare.
The Bush tax cuts were temporary. They were proposed that way and passed that way. They should expire. At least $2T of our current debt can be attributed to those cuts alone. Now if Bush had cut spending to go along with those cuts I'd be saying something else but he never cut spending. Not once.
Not one Republican President has in modern times nor has a Democrat.

Vog

VOG

every study I have seen has one common thought. Raise the taxes as high as you wish. That alone will not fix the problem. There have to be significant spending cuts. Start with the giveaway programs such as free cell phones -- right there is $300 million annually.

Let January 1 come and go without a plan; and spending cuts hit across the specter of government. Even Medicare payment levels to providers get cut to the tune of 27%, I believe. Those long term unemployment benefits for the chronic unemployed end.

It amazes me, with all the focus, that no one mentions Geitner's ace in the hole. He has the authority to freeze employee withholding levels where they now are.

Here is where McIntyre can

Here is where McIntyre can back up all that "I'm a conservative" talk. Help the Obamunists implement international socialism (iNazis) or help empower Americans.

Thanks

I am hoping a deal that benifits all Americans will be reached before the end of the year.

Guess our national leaders didn't expect this. Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:

"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good &evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.
"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent
I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.
What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws.
Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.

To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!
My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!"
- Darrell Scott

Do what the media did not - - let the nation hear this man's speech. Please share this with your FB friends!

Erl, face it, your candidate

Erl, face it, your candidate lost. You can spew obnoxious names and crude characterizations to your heart's content but you can't change the fact that this time around the Democrats won and because the Democrats won, all America has won!

Hey, by the way, you Republicans custom built a gerrymandered district to try to unseat McIntyre and you flopped at doing that too.