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Obama meets with Boehner;
will his Democrats make a counteroffer?

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.

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5 Comments

  1. The Kabuki Dance continues.

    Comment by V the K — December 10, 2012 @ 7:52 am - December 10, 2012

  2. Democrats are out to destroy republicans once and for all.

    The republicans still don’t get it and Speaker Bonehead will hand them victory.

    Comment by Richard Bell — December 10, 2012 @ 9:14 am - December 10, 2012

  3. The GOP cannot win this. They should take a cue from the Massah’s own playbook: vote PRESENT. It was good enough for the then totally unqualified junior Senator from Illinois. The last election showed the great uninformed American voter still blames President Bush for our economic woes. The fantasy must be exposed. GOP needs to hand America’s economic self destruction to this monster of a President. If we survive till 2014, conservatives must present a bold choice to the electorate: excise this growing malignancy from our government before it is too late.

    Comment by Jim Van Zandt — December 10, 2012 @ 10:40 am - December 10, 2012

  4. Does anybody believe that if the Republicans give Obama the tax increases he wants that in the next session he´ll give in to pending cuts? If you do, call me, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale, cheap. When will Republicans learn not to trust anything Democrats say to get their vote. Bush 41 walked into that trap; sign the tax increase now and we´ll give you spending cuts later. It sounds a lot like Wimpy to Popeye, I´ll give you the price next Tuesday for a hamburger today.¨

    Comment by Roberto — December 10, 2012 @ 12:50 pm - December 10, 2012

  5. “The Kabuki Dance continues.”
    [Agreed]

    Comment by Passing By — December 10, 2012 @ 2:18 pm - December 10, 2012

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