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Dec 11, 2012 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Buzz Feed: With an increase in taxes for the wealthy becoming increasingly likely, the rhetorical battle over the fiscal cliff Tuesday was moving into spending territory as Republicans and Democrats traded accusations over who was making what proposal.

Its become a familiar scene of the negotiations: one side accuses the other of refusing to come to the table with a “serious” plan, the other rejects that notion publicly, and all the while staff are behind the scenes slowly working out a basic structure for a final deal.

“We’re still waiting for the White House to identify what spending cuts the president is willing to make,” Speaker of the House John Boehner said from the floor Tuesday. “The longer the White House slow walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney essentially claimed Boehner was not telling the truth, calling it a “a simple fact” that Obama had produced the most detailed plans to cut the deficit on both the spending and revenue sides.

The truth lies somewhere in between the partisan rhetoric.

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