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Sen. Hatch slams Obama "unserious" plan: 30 days to the fiscal cliff

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Fiscal Cliff Notes for Dec. 1, 2012
30 days to the fiscal cliff


CONTEXT ALERT

FACTS ON THE FISCAL CLIFF: FACTCHECK.ORG SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT

How did we get to this "fiscal cliff?" What does it mean? The non-partisan FactCheck.org has a new primer on the facts and figures related to the looming "fiscal cliff" battles. Check out the entire briefing HERE.

OBAMA SATURDAY ADDRESS: PUSHING CONGRESS (AGAIN) TO PRESERVE TAX CUTS, HUNTING FOR A FEW GOP VOTES

"If we could just get a few House Republicans on board," says Obama in his Saturday radio address as he hunts for GOP House votes to extend the tax cuts set to expire on Dec. 31.


REPUBLICAN SATURDAY ADDRESS: SEN. ORRIN HATCH HITS OBAMA ON THE FISCAL CLIFF

Excerpt: Hatch says, "... the President has an obligation to first steer us away from the fiscal cliff...But we'll never get there with the unserious plan the President proposed this week." As only 30 days remain, Sen. Hatch presses, "The longer the White House waits to get serious is a day closer to going over the fiscal cliff, and the harder it will be to find a solution."

COLD CALLING

On Friday, Josh Earnest a White House spokesman was asked if Obama was going to be talking to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) or Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). This is the exchange with the answer a non-reponse response.

Q And will the President talk to Boehner or McConnell today?

MR. EARNEST: I don't have any scheduling updates to read out but --

Q Can you keep us posted?

MR. EARNEST: I will try. As you know, the President will regularly have phone consultations with Congress that we don't often -- we don't read out every one.

Q Or often.

MR. EARNEST: But we'll do our best.

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Mr. Hatch is being dishonest. Most of the speculated horribles would be eliminated simply by passing a clean bill for 98% of Americans. Contrary's to Hatch's assertion, raising the debt ceiling was not a controversial idea until 2011, when extremists preferred to let America default on its debts.

I realize Republicans don't like the optics of fighting solely for the top 2% of wage earners, but it's hardly better to be seen holding the bottom 98% hostage for that exact purpose.

And being that much of the tax structure and legislation supported by Mr. Hatch in his 32 years in Congress has favored the wealthy at the expense of the rest, isn't it time for a change?

I meant 36 years. Hatch has been in the Senate for 36 years.

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