FNC's Political Insiders Discuss Fiscal Cliff Deal: "Raping Of The Ordinary American"
Doug Schoen, Pat Caddell and fmr. Rep. John LeBoutillier (R-NY) weigh in on the fiscal cliff deal, spending cuts, Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense and the how Congress will deal with the sequestration. (via Johnny Dollar)
DOUG SCHOEN: This is a huge victory for the Democrats, a huge victory for the president. It doesn't solve the problem, but it does what President Obama said he was going to do, which is raise taxes on the wealthy. Democrats are happy, Republicans got rolled.
PAT CADDELL: The bigger loser was the American people by a long shot. This deal is a raping of the ordinary American. I mean, the special interest deal that they put together -- let me give you two examples.
The deals for extending tax breaks for corporations, for insiders -- billions and billions of dollars. Remember, it's $41 in taxes, $1 in cuts in spending, if that. They just went crazy. The Republicans even screwed Republican red states. If you live in Texas, you're taxes -- because of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) -- you pay five times more of a tax increase than if you live in New York. They couldn't even protect their own people.
But worse than anythingâ€¦ nobody is for cutting spending and they're all for special interests and the American people, we should be angry about this. It is impossible to believe they even did this deal.
LEBOUTILLIER: The big story here to me, to piggyback on what these two guys said, is that the Republicans -- who run the House of Republicans and who negotiated the deal over in the Senate with the vice president -- are the ones who allowed this to happen. They caved in. John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, is the most empty, powerless speaker in our lifetime. The night that this thing was adopted in the Senate, which was last Sunday, right away, immediately, Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader, announces, 'I'm against the deal.'
So we have the leader, Boehner, is for it. The next guy in charge is against it. There's no leadership insider the Republican caucus. They have fallen a part and allowed this thing to happen.
CADDELL on why Obama would nominate Hagel: Because it's his world view, number one. And basically he likes Hagel and his attitude is, 'I'm going to get you for Susan Rice, I'm going to shove this downâ€¦' He is really overplayingâ€¦ this could blow up.