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Washington - Cliffhanger No More; Obama Returns To Hawaii

Published on: January 1, 2013 11:35 PM
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 US President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement in the White House Briefing Room following passage by the House of tax legislation, in Washington, DC, USA, 01 January 2013. The House and Senate have now both passed the legislation, averting the so-called fiscal cliff. The US House of Representatives followed the Senate in approving a deal  to reduce the tax hikes and postpone the spending cuts that kicked in with the new year.  EPA/Brendan Hoffman / POOL US President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement in the White House Briefing Room following passage by the House of tax legislation, in Washington, DC, USA, 01 January 2013. The House and Senate have now both passed the legislation, averting the so-called fiscal cliff. The US House of Representatives followed the Senate in approving a deal to reduce the tax hikes and postpone the spending cuts that kicked in with the new year.  EPA/Brendan Hoffman / POOL

Washington - President Barack Obama departed the White House on Tuesday to resume his Hawaii vacation shortly after Congress approved legislation that raises taxes on the wealthiest Americans and avoids the “fiscal cliff” of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts.

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Obama can sign the bill remotely using a machine called an “autopen,” or the bill can be flown to Hawaii for his signature.

The president left the White House shortly before midnight. He had cut his vacation short on Wednesday to oversee negotiation of a deal before a year-end deadline.


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 Jan 01, 2013 at 11:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Kol hakovod to our president for leading the Congress away from the fiscal cliff and defeating the efforts of the right wing Republicans to destroy our economy. You deserve to take a well-deserved vacation for all your hard work on behalf of the average American.

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 Jan 01, 2013 at 11:47 PM Anonymous Says:

What else is new

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 06:46 AM Respect Says:

President Obama spent a good deal of his formative years in Hawaii and I assume that he doesn't get to spend as much time with his family as we do. There is nothing wrong with returning "home" to spend some time with the family.

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 08:08 AM Brooklynhocker Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Kol hakovod to our president for leading the Congress away from the fiscal cliff and defeating the efforts of the right wing Republicans to destroy our economy. You deserve to take a well-deserved vacation for all your hard work on behalf of the average American.

Really? You think we've averted disaster????? We've hit the debt ceiling AGAIN!! We need a government bailout from the government. Why don't Americans as a whole wake up and realize- our Government is as unprepared for the future as all those people whose houses went into foreclosure because they borrowed more then they could pay back. You think this is a fiscal cliff? In 2016 this will look like the fiscal speedbump.

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 08:50 AM Anonymous Says:

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Brooklynhocker Says:

Really? You think we've averted disaster????? We've hit the debt ceiling AGAIN!! We need a government bailout from the government. Why don't Americans as a whole wake up and realize- our Government is as unprepared for the future as all those people whose houses went into foreclosure because they borrowed more then they could pay back. You think this is a fiscal cliff? In 2016 this will look like the fiscal speedbump.

You are right. In two months we are going to argue about the debt ceiling. Our friend doesn't realize that the Republicans are trying to save the country as much as possible but the liberal media constantly bashes and says tax the rich. People don't realize that they will have an increased of 2% for payroll tax, but please lets lionize the president and how he averted the fiscal cliff without any reduction in spending. Please wake up increasing taxes will not make a dent in lowering our trillions in debt. We raised $600 billion in taxes to increase our spending by trillions while reducing $0 of spending over the next ten years.

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 09:42 AM The Professor Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You are right. In two months we are going to argue about the debt ceiling. Our friend doesn't realize that the Republicans are trying to save the country as much as possible but the liberal media constantly bashes and says tax the rich. People don't realize that they will have an increased of 2% for payroll tax, but please lets lionize the president and how he averted the fiscal cliff without any reduction in spending. Please wake up increasing taxes will not make a dent in lowering our trillions in debt. We raised $600 billion in taxes to increase our spending by trillions while reducing $0 of spending over the next ten years.

To Posters #4 and #5 - fine, gentlemen. Let's see our brethren (and everyone else) give up their claim to entitlements such as Section 8 housing vouchers, Medicaid, food stamps, and the myriad of other programs aimed at GENUINELY poor people. Unfortunately, we have in our midst individuals who feel that misrepresenting family income (because it's not properly reported) is fine since that's what they KNOW other minority groups are doing. It's still g'neivoh min ho-rabbim.The difference is that WE have a TORAH, and they don't!

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 09:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Kol hakovod to our president for leading the Congress away from the fiscal cliff and defeating the efforts of the right wing Republicans to destroy our economy. You deserve to take a well-deserved vacation for all your hard work on behalf of the average American.

Amen!

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 09:49 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

You are right. In two months we are going to argue about the debt ceiling. Our friend doesn't realize that the Republicans are trying to save the country as much as possible but the liberal media constantly bashes and says tax the rich. People don't realize that they will have an increased of 2% for payroll tax, but please lets lionize the president and how he averted the fiscal cliff without any reduction in spending. Please wake up increasing taxes will not make a dent in lowering our trillions in debt. We raised $600 billion in taxes to increase our spending by trillions while reducing $0 of spending over the next ten years.

The payroll tax cut was only intended as a temporray measure anyway. Maybe you don't realize that the Republican's voted for the tax increase. Also, the President already made large spending cuts and as the President said, while the deficit must be reduced, "We can't cut our way to prosperity."

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 09:57 AM Anonymous Says:

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The Professor Says:

To Posters #4 and #5 - fine, gentlemen. Let's see our brethren (and everyone else) give up their claim to entitlements such as Section 8 housing vouchers, Medicaid, food stamps, and the myriad of other programs aimed at GENUINELY poor people. Unfortunately, we have in our midst individuals who feel that misrepresenting family income (because it's not properly reported) is fine since that's what they KNOW other minority groups are doing. It's still g'neivoh min ho-rabbim.The difference is that WE have a TORAH, and they don't!

It's perfectly fine to steal from the government -- and by extension millions of tax-paying citizens. Fraud and theft are kosher just so long as you vote for Republicans. It's right there in the newly updated print of the Shulchan Aruch.

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 02:05 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

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Brooklynhocker Says:

Really? You think we've averted disaster????? We've hit the debt ceiling AGAIN!! We need a government bailout from the government. Why don't Americans as a whole wake up and realize- our Government is as unprepared for the future as all those people whose houses went into foreclosure because they borrowed more then they could pay back. You think this is a fiscal cliff? In 2016 this will look like the fiscal speedbump.

"Our goverment is as unprepared for the future as all those people whose houses went into foreclosure." Let me explain this to you. The people couldnt pay the payment on their houses. The govt makes the payment on time all the time. If they run out of money they can borrow it at 1% or print it for free and make the payment. Its done for 200 years. The people with forclosure couldn borrow more money at any rate and legally they cant print. Greece is Bankrupt because they owe all the money in Dollars and german Marks what they cant Print. Not one cent of the US deficit is in other currency. The payment we our currently paying on our debt is lower than any time under President Bush. We have a higher National Debt but lower Interest rate. The people with forclosures, their Assets including the Home was less than they owed. The Us Govt has 15 Trillion Debt but Much Much more in Assets Gold,Silver,etc. The Soc Sec fund alone has 5 Trillion. Many other Govt Agcys have Trillions more. Do you really think that the Chinese, Japanese, English and even Israel would buy US Treasurys paying 1% if it wasnt safe? I make this simple to you The higher the risk the Higher the Interest rate.

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