White House “Not Serious at All” About Averting Fiscal Cliff

| December 1 2012

Three weeks after Republicans outlined a balanced, popular framework for averting the fiscal cliff by cutting spending and reforming our tax code, the White House finally made its offer: a spectacularly unserious grab bag of tax rate hikes, ‘stimulus’-style spending, and other Democratic pipe dreams.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what people are saying about the White House proposal:

  • “loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed spending cuts” (New York Times)
  • “a particularly expansive version of the White House’s wish list, with a heavy focus on tax increases and spending proposals” (Wall Street Journal)
  • “not serious at all. … in presenting his demands, the president has now made very clear that there is only one side that is working in good faith.” (Kim Strassel)
  • “Obama wish list” (Politico)
  • “insulting” (Charles Krauthammer)
  • “Obama demands $1.6 trillion tax boost, and an unlimited credit card” (Daily Caller)
  • Obama to Republicans: My Offer is Nothing (Power Line Blog)
  • “Administration officials said the offer constituted much of what Obama has suggested in budget proposals” which received zero votes in the House and Senate (Associated Press)
  • “it couldn’t get through the House, and maybe not even the Senate” (Wall Street Journal)

 

Speaker Boehner Statement on Potential Senate Rules Changes

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement regarding Senate Democrats’ attempt to alter Senate rules:

“Senate Democrats’ attempt to break Senate rules in order to change Senate rules is clearly designed to marginalize Senate Republicans and their constituents while greasing the skids for controversial partisan measures.  I question the wisdom of this maneuver, especially at a time when cooperation on Capitol Hill is critical, and fully support Leader McConnell’s efforts to protect minority rights, which are an essential part of our constitutional tradition.  Any bill that reaches a Republican-led House based on Senate Democrats’ heavy-handed power play would be dead on arrival.”

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