Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Blame Game

    The following exchange took place at Friday's Press Briefing with Jay Carney at the White House:
Q    Jay, the Speaker is in Ohio this weekend.  The President has plans himself to go on holiday a week from today.  The deadline draws closer.  Is it the White House’s calculus that if the nation does in fact go off the fiscal cliff, the blame -- the burden of the blame will fall on the Republican side?  Secretary Geithner said not that long ago that absolutely, that there would be willingness to go off the cliff if there was no acceptable deal.
MR. CARNEY:  The President is not interested in apportioning blame.  He’s interested in reaching a deal...
    Apparently Jim Messina, writing at BarackObama.com on Wednesday, didn't get the memo:
If your taxes go up, there's only one reason why 
By Jim Messina on December 12, 2012 
This week, thousands of Americans picked up the phone to help the President prevent a tax hike on middle-class families. 
We can't stop now. Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is still refusing to allow a vote on a bill that would prevent 98 percent of American families from paying higher taxes next year. 
If your taxes go up by more than $2,000 in a couple weeks, there's only one reason: because a few dozen Republican representatives refuse to ask the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans to pay their fair share.

    I love this new tone in Washington.

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