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What Obama and Boehner would really like to say

December 07, 2012

Great article in Politico today on what Obama and Boehner would really like to say to each other…

  • —WHAT SPEAKER BOEHNER would like to tell President Obama: You gotta give me something to work with here. My leadership knows they’re going to have to eat it – it’s just a question of how and when. But I need something to push off of if I’m going to sell my rank-and-file guys on higher top rates: BIG concessions on entitlements and spending cuts. I see now that I probably shouldn’t have drawn such a red line on rates. But I can’t move, and don’t want to move, from my position on taxes unless you move on entitlements and spending. $800 billion in revenue is ALREADY a compromise. House budget equals zero, you want $1.6 trillion. 800 is in the middle, and it’s all the Senate can pass. I would need a very specific plan for next year, with real triggers to force entitlement and spending cuts. If we’re going to bite it on rates, you’re going to have to bite it on spending…

    —WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA would like to tell Speaker Boehner: If you want concessions, you need to man up and ask for ’em, which you haven’t done. I want to do something big and I am willing compromise, but I have real leverage and I am not giving away the store. There is an easy deal here, but you have to give on rates and stop painting yourself into corners to get through the news cycle. When you are in a hole, stop digging. We know you need something to move on rates, so you have to say what it is. I won’t negotiate with myself. Rates are going up one way or the other, so let’s do this the easy way.

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