Boehner tells Obama, My offer is this: nothing
Enough of the games, John Boehner and other members of the house need to be called out on this. Barack Obama already faced 4 years of the house refusing to cooperate with him and pass job bills and economic reform.
We can not allow those at the top to pay less in taxes then teachers and fire fighters. The PEOPLE elected President Obama for a second term for a reason, they agree with the plan he has put forth for the country. The Bush tax cuts need to expire and other cuts can be made but not at the expense of necessary programs such as unemployment and food stamps. Cooperate with the President, do not allow us to fall off the cliff because you're too stubborn.
BOEHNER AND FRIENDS: DON'T MAKE THE PEOPLE PAY FOR YOUR OWN SELFISHNESS
End the Gridlock in Washington
Parts of Article By: Steve Benen
With the election having come and gone, the political world's attention now shifts to the next major national development: avoiding the looming "fiscal cliff." The White House and Congress fully intend to strike some kind of compromise, but they're very far apart and have limited time to craft a deal.
For Democrats, finding agreement on a debt-reduction agreement isn't that difficult. After all, if President Obama has a clear mandate on any issue, it's modest tax increases on the wealthy -- he campaigned on the issue, making it one of his signature policies. Republicans tried to use it against him, but they failed, and polls show most Americans support the idea.
So what's the problem? The Republican position has not changed: no tax increases on anyone, at any time, by any amount, for any reason. I found the New York Times' reporting on this to be a little misleading.
The House speaker, John A. Boehner of Ohio, is trying to appear that he is being conciliatory; this was largely the opposite. Remember in "Godfather II," when Michael says, "My offer is this: nothing"? That's pretty much what the House Speaker was saying yesterday.
Indeed, what's striking is how little movement there's been from Boehner, despite Obama's re-election, despite the looming deadline, and despite Wall Street's reaction yesterday to the possibility that there would be no agreement.
In Boehner's idea of a "deal," Republicans would agree to close some unnamed tax loopholes and end some unnamed deductions, but only if Democrats give them entitlement cuts and more tax breaks through tax "reform."
Boehner realizes that Romney lost, right?