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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sanity hits both sides, entitlements off the table


"House Speaker John A. Boehner abandoned efforts Saturday night to cut a far-reaching debt-reduction deal, telling President Obama that a more modest package offers the only politically realistic path to avoiding a default on the mounting national debt.
On the eve of a critical White House summit on the debt issue, Boehner (R-Ohio) told Obama that their plan to “go big,” in the speaker’s words, and forge a compromise that would save more than $4 trillion over the next decade, was crumbling under Obama’s insistence on significant new tax revenue.

UPDATE (My mistake for omitting this, I wrote this with my Droid and it was clearly a mistake):

The sweeping deal Obama and Boehner had been discussing would have required both parties to take a bold leap into the political abyss. Democrats were demanding more than $800 billion in new tax revenue, causing heartburn among the hard-line fiscal conservatives who dominate the House Republican caucus. Republicans, meanwhile, were demanding sharp cuts to Medicare and Social Security, popular safety net programs that congressional Democrats have vowed to protect."


  1. Except this is the Republicans says "well we can't meet a deal because that crazy Obama wants tax hikes! We will keep all the spending cuts though, that sounds like a reasonable 'modest' proposal"

    I don't see where you got your headline from

  2. You assume I'm referring to the liberal/conservative/progressive wings of the party.

  3. I assumed you were referring to democrat and republican parties. Who were you talking about?

  4. Droid jumbled my response up with auto-correct, I was referring to the conservative wing of the Democratic Party. I think we've applied enough pressure on our own end to make entitlement cuts very unattractive.