Tuesday, January 01, 2013

U.S. House Votes 257-167 To Accept Senate Compromise On Fiscal Cliff; Alaska Congressman Don Young Votes Yes

Late on January 1st, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 257-167 in favor of H.R. 8, a U.S. Senate compromise passed in that body earlier in the day to defer the fiscal cliff. Among the House members voting Yes was Alaska Congressman Don Young. Democrats voted in favor 172-16, while the Republican score was 85 Yes, 151 No. Read the full roll call vote HERE.

According to Atlantic, the House vote wasn't a slam dunk. It was unclear until the last minute that the vote would even occur, but a vote-counting operation by House Speaker John Boehner determined that an amended version of the bill would not have a chance in the Senate. So Boehner presented House Republicans with two options. The first option would be to amend the Senate bill to add spending cuts. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy counted votes on that proposal. Had there been enough Republican votes for passage, Boehner would have brought that to the floor for a vote. If there were not enough votes for the amended measure, the Senate-passed legislation would come to the floor for an up-or-down vote. That's exactly what happened. For those who are interested, Politico has published a history of the legislation and the behind-the-scenes maneuvering to get it passed.

Just before voting, Congressman Young explained to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the bill still made many of the Bush tax cuts permanent. He decided that although he didn't like the idea of raising taxes on the rich, he could accept the proposal that rates would only rise for people earning $400,000 or more and for households earning $450,000 or more. This keeps the number of people affected at a minimum. But Congressman Young decided to accept the political reality, saying “When you’re fighting with a president who has a winning hand, then you have to say ‘OK, he’s beat me this time. Let’s go back in the corner and fight later on. Don’t just keep fighting and losing when you’re going to come to bigger fight later on down the road”.

Basically, what that means is withdrawing into a more defensible perimeter down the road.

Earlier, the U.S. Senate had passed H.R. 8 by an 89-8 vote; Alaska Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski both voted Yes. According to Fox Business, here's what the bill does:

-- As stated earlier, it includes a tax increase on America’s high earners – the top two percent. Single filers making more than $400,000 and joint filers making more than $450,000 will see the tax rate on the top portion of their incomes increase to 39.6 percent.

-- Provides a permanent fix to the alternative minimum tax.

-- Taxes on capital gains and dividends for high earners increase from 15 percent to 20 percent (plus a 3.8 percent surcharge from Obamacare).

-- Allows the expiration of the temporary payroll tax cut, meaning that every American will pay an additional 2 percent in payroll taxes. Bloomberg claims that more than 80 percent of households with incomes between $50,000 and $200,000 would pay higher taxes as a result of this provision.

-- Delays sequestration – a series of automatic spending cuts – for two months, buying lawmakers more time.

-- Extends unemployment insurance benefits for one year.

-- Extends the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 for one year.

Alaska Dispatch has since published a story describing other effects of the bill, and referencing additional statements by Begich and Murkowski.

But it does virtually nothing about the deficit and the national debt. According to Breitbart, the Congressional Budget Office calculates that the bill cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion—a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts. In contrast, when Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush increased taxes in return for spending cuts — cuts that never ultimately came — they did so at ratios of only 1:3 and 1:2 respectively.

After House passage, President Barack Obama said "Thanks to the votes of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, I will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans while preventing a tax hike that could have sent the economy back into recession".


  1. After House passage, President Barack Obama said "Thanks to the votes of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, I will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans while preventing a tax hike that could have sent the economy back into recession".

    And immediately started skipping down the yellow brick road singing "I'm off to see the wizard, the wonderfull wizard of oz".

  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UajWQbXDblI


    by Dr Leonard Coldwell

    These facts are not secret. They are a matter of public record.

    1. The IRS is not a US government agency. It is an agency of the IMF (International Monetary Fund)

    2. The IMF is an agency of the U.N.

    3. The United States has NOT had a Treasury since 1921

    4. The U.S. Treasury is now the IMF (International Monetary Fund)

    5. The United States does not have any employees because there is no longer a United States! No more reorganizations. After over 200 years of bankruptcy it is finally over. (Executive Order 12803)

    6. The FCC, CIA, FBI, NASA and all of the other alphabet gangs were never part of the U.S. government, even though the "U.S. Government" held stock in the agencies.

    7. Social Security Numbers are issued by the U.N. through the IMF. The application for a Social Security Number is the SS5 Form. The Department of the Treasury (IMF) issues the SS5 forms and not the Social Security Administration. The new SS5 forms do not state who publishes them while the old form states they are "Department of the Treasury".

    8. There are NO Judicial courts in America and have not been since 1789. Judges do not enforce Statutes and Codes. Executive Administrators enforce Statutes and Codes.

    9. There have NOT been any judges in America since 1789. There have just been administrators.

    10. According to GATT (The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) you MUST have a Social Security number.

    11. New York City is defined in Federal Regulations as the United Nations. Rudolph Guiliani stated on C-Span that "New York City is the capital of the World." For once, he told the truth.

    12. Social Security is not insurance or a contract, nor is there a Trust Fund.

    13. Your Social Security check comes directly from the IMF (International Monetary Fund), which is an agency of the United Nations. (It says "U.S. Department of Treasury" at the top left corner, which again is part of the U.N.)

    14. You own NO property. Slaves can't own property. Read carefully the Deed to the property you think is yours. You are listed as a TENANT.

    15. The most powerful court in America is NOT the United States Supreme court, but the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. (42 PA. C.S.A. 502)

    by Dr Leonard Coldwell

    These facts are not secret. They are a matter of public record.

    ....PART 2
    16. The King of England financially backed both sides of the American Revolutionary War. (Treaty of Versailles-July 16, 1782 Treaty of Peace 8 Stat 80)

    17. You CANNOT use the U.S. Constitution to defend yourself because you are NOT a party to it! The U.S. Constitution applies to the CORPORATION OF THE UNITED STATES, a privately owned and operated corporation (headquartered out of Washington, DC) much like IBM (International Business Machines, Microsoft, et al) and NOT to the people of the sovereign Republic of the united States of America. (Padelford Fay & Co. v The Mayor and Alderman of the City of Savannah 14 Georgia 438, 520)

    18. America is a British Colony. The United States is a corporation, not a land mass and it existed before the Revolutionary War and the British Troops did not leave until 1796 (Republica v. Sweers 1 Dallas 43, Treaty of Commerce 8 Stat 116, Treaty of Peace 8 Stat 80, IRS Publication 6209, Articles of Association October 20, 1774)

    19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVsMUpPgdT0

    20. Britain is owned by the Vatican. (Treaty of 1213)

    21. The Pope can abolish any law in the United States (Elements of Ecclesiastical Law Vol. 1, 53-54)

    22. A 1040 Form is for tribute paid to Britain (IRS Publication 6209)

    23. The Pope claims to own the entire planet through the laws of conquest and discovery. (Papal Bulls of 1495 & 1493)

    24. The Pope has ordered the genocide and enslavement of millions of people.(Papal Bulls of 1455 & 1493)

    25. The Pope's laws are obligatory on everyone. (Bened. XIV., De Syn. Dioec, lib, ix, c. vii, n. 4. Prati, 1844 Syllabus Prop 28, 29, 44)

    26. We are slaves and own absolutely nothing, NOT even what we think are our children. (Tillman vs. Roberts 108 So. 62, Van Koten vs. Van Koten 154 N.E. 146, Senate Document 438 73rd Congress 1st Session, Wynehammer v. People 13 N.Y. REP 378, 481)

    27. Military dictator George Washington divided up the States (Estates) in to Districts (Messages and papers of the Presidents Volume 1 page 99 1828 Dictionary of Estate)

    28. "The People" does NOT include you and me. (Barron vs. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore 32 U.S. 243)

    29. It is NOT the duty of the police to protect you. Their job is to protect THE CORPORATION and arrest code breakers. (SAPP vs. Tallahassee, 348 So. 2nd. 363, REiff vs. City of Phila. 477 F. 1262, Lynch vs. NC Dept. of Justice 376 S.E. 2nd. 247)

    30. Every thing in the "United States" is up for sale: bridges, roads, water, schools, hospitals, prisons, airports, etc, etc... Did anybody take time to check who bought Klamath Lake?? (Executive Order 12803)

    by Dr Leonard Coldwell

    These facts are not secret. They are a matter of public record.
    .....PART 3

    31. "We are human capital” (Executive Order 13037) The world cabal makes money off of the use of your signatures on mortgages, car loans, credit cards, your social security number, etc.

    32. The U.N. - United Nations - has financed the operations of the United States government (the corporation of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) for over 50 years (U.S. Department of Treasury is part of the U.N. see above) and now owns every man, woman and child in America.



    The U.N. also holds all of the land of America in Fee Simple.

    The good news is we don't have to fulfill "our" fictitious obligations. You can discharge a fictitious obligation with another's fictitious obligation.

    Simple words such as "person" "citizen" "people" "or" "nation" "crime" "charge" "right" "statute" "preferred" "prefer" "constitutor" "creditor" "debtor" "debit" "discharge" "payment" "law" and "United States" doesn't mean what we think it does because we were never taught the legal definitions of the above words.

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  7. "When you’re fighting with a president who has a winning hand, then you have to say ‘OK, he’s beat me this time. "

    I don't see why he has a "winning hand". How is raising payroll taxes a winning hand? Or, avoiding spending cuts, and taking the country into an ever deeper hole a 'winning hand'?

    Regardless, this isn't about winning or losing, it's almost to the point of survival.