“For the first time in more than three weeks,” reports David Kerley of ABC OTUS news, “President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met face-to-face today at the White House to talk about avoiding the fiscal cliff.” Emphasis added.
It’s about time.
Wonder why the president dilly-dallyed so long, delaying this meeting. This appears to be the first time since the election that the president met alone with the top Republican in Washington.
If he had been more serious about avoiding the fiscal cliff, he would have met more regularly with Boehner and other congressional leaders. And have countered the Republicans’ offer made earlier this month.
The article goes on to note that “some Republicans were showing more flexibility about approving higher tax rates for the wealthy, one of the president’s demands to keep the country from the so-called fiscal cliff — a mixture of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts that many economists say would send the country back into recession.” Kerley did not indicate what some of the president’s other demand were.
And now that Republicans are showing some flexibility about raising taxes, will Democrats show some sincerity about cutting spending–and not just cuts from increases anticipated by the president’s past budgets, but real cuts.
As one Democrat put it, “spending is the biggest part of this problem, and the biggest part of that problem is the fact that healthcare is growing at a faster rate than GDP.” And this even after Democrats passed (what they called) the Affordable Care Act.
SOMEWHAT RELATED: WH Running Out Clock on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations? FYI, that article was posted before the Boehner/Obama meeting, but I read it only after posting this post.