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Boehner makes a counteroffer; where’s the president’s?

Is this now the second counteroffer the House Speaker has offered the White House?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) sent the White House what his office is describing as a fresh offer to stave off the tax hikes and spending cuts set to take place at the end of the year.

“We sent the White House a counter-offer that would achieve tax and entitlement reform to solve our looming debt crisis and create more American jobs,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel. “As the Speaker said today, we’re still waiting for the White House to identify what spending cuts the president is willing to make as part of the ‘balanced approach’ he promised the American people. The longer the White House slow-walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff.”

Emphasis added.  Yes, what cuts has the White House identified?

Interesting that the only motion we’re seeing is on the Republican side.  Neither the president nor his Democrats have yet to make a serious offer.



  1. I am struck by what a coward Boehner is. He purges the Conservatives from committees in the House to clear the way for a cave-in. All right, that’s his prerogative. But instead of admitting to it, and then saying, “We’re ready to agree to tax increases, now show us your spending cuts,” he just sort of passively aggressively denies that he purged Conservatives, and won’t say one way or the other whether he’s ready to ramrod tax increases through the House.

    Comment by Average Democrat — December 12, 2012 @ 9:17 am - December 12, 2012

  2. El presidente will email his counter offer from his blackberry as he sits by the beach in Hawaii.

    Comment by Paul — December 12, 2012 @ 12:38 pm - December 12, 2012

  3. BHO is being a turd. That said, I’ve beginning to agree with John Derbyshire that given American repeatedly vote for Big Government, they need to start paying for it. Mark Steyn argues in a similar vein: we demand Scandanavian-size spending without Scandanavian-size taxes. We need to choose.
    The GOP’s challenge, a tough one, is to get people to understand that, whether or not their taxes rise, it still comes from their pocket.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — December 12, 2012 @ 6:17 pm - December 12, 2012

  4. Why is Boehner waiting on the President? Republicans are the ones that want cuts, shouldn’t it be up to them to decide what they would like cut?

    Of course, this has a political element to it. Polling indicates that people don’t like government spending, but people also have a very hard time being specific about what they’d be okay with cutting. Republicans would prefer that Obama suggested cuts so they don’t have to take responsibility for them. They want the political benefits of helping spending cuts get passed, but they’d rather avoid the political fallout of identifying what to cut. Inevitably, whatever Obama agrees to cut during the negotiations, the Republicans will campaign hard on that issue during the next election.

    Voters are extremely down on the Republican Party at the moment, and the establishment knows that they’ll only be doing more harm to their brand if they’re seen as wanting to cut popular government programs. It’s cowardice. For all their talk, they don’t want to put their money where their mouth is.

    Comment by Levi — December 13, 2012 @ 2:59 pm - December 13, 2012

  5. “Neither the president nor his Democrats have yet to make a serious offer, [though there is nothing in the offered link that tells me whether the Republican offer is serious as well] .”

    “The Huffington Post posed several questions to the speaker’s office: Did you give the White House a menu of cuts you’d accept and ask them to pick from among those? Or are you still asking the White House to propose the cuts? What if the White House doesn’t want any cuts beyond what it has proposed?

    We will not provide further information,” Steel said.”

    Comment by Passing By — December 13, 2012 @ 3:03 pm - December 13, 2012

  6. More fact free rants by Levi…

    Various plans have been offered, including Simpson Bowles, and giving Obama everything he wants. The later, the Democrats blocked in the senate, demonstrating their unseriousness.

    Voters are extremely down on both parties. But that would require facts, which Levi’s allergic to.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 13, 2012 @ 4:02 pm - December 13, 2012

  7. Why is Boehner waiting on the President? Republicans are the ones that want cuts, shouldn’t it be up to them to decide what they would like cut?

    So the screaming liar Levi admits that Obama doesn’t want ANY cuts, that Obama just wants to tax and tax and tax and tax and keep driving up spending.

    Again, that’s childish. Barack Obama is an intellectual child. But that’s typical; liberals are irrational fools who aren’t capable of basic math, understanding economics, or doing even simple work.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — December 13, 2012 @ 10:55 pm - December 13, 2012

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