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Obama: John Boehner 'Doesn't Want To Look Like He's Giving In To Me'

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President Obama said Thursday that he believes House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) unwillingness to raise taxes on the nation's top earners is motivated by a desire to remain in good graces with House Republicans.

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jan b (5)
Friday December 14, 2012, 2:40 am
Nancy Pelosi reported that this week---the GOP met on Tues & left on THURS.......two days is their workweek ? Harry Reid said the democrats cannot negotiate by themselves.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 14, 2012, 4:29 am
Surprised Obama is involved at all, it's congresses responsibilty.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 14, 2012, 4:39 am
Thanks for the update.

David C (29)
Friday December 14, 2012, 5:33 am
Do not lose face or help the US people. well that easy, the people are poor so they do need my help!

pam w (139)
Friday December 14, 2012, 6:38 am
I'm sure he's right! After all...the GOP is the party of RESISTENCE...and DAMN the people!

Sara Williams (8)
Friday December 14, 2012, 8:56 am
Well....duh. Since Grover Norquist makes every Republican to join Congress sign a pledge to never raise taxes the Speaker of the House isn't exactly about to ostracize himself by joining a Democratic president in raising taxes. Republicans make that political suicide for their party's members. So stupid and downright unhelpful.

DORIS L (61)
Friday December 14, 2012, 9:09 am of the rich, grave of the poor.

Angelika R (143)
Friday December 14, 2012, 11:02 am
.. perhaps that headline with names switched v v would be just as appropriate or true... what do we really know...

Diana Bair (7)
Friday December 14, 2012, 1:14 pm
The republicians gave in to bush......EVERY TIME and for .......ALL THE WRONG REASONS!!!!!!. Now they need to for once in their....LIVES, "DO WHATS RIGHT"!!!!!!. Keep needed programs, and TAX THE FRIGGING RICH.....ALREADY!!!!!!!. Diana.

Felicita Luna (208)
Friday December 14, 2012, 1:49 pm
Democrats are full of it!! With all the hope and lets all move forward slogans..oh please!

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Friday December 14, 2012, 1:55 pm
Republicans can't get it through their heads that people want fairness in our tax laws. They don't understand that Social Security and Medicare are not entitlements, they are benefits that we have paid for all of our working lives. We want what is ours by right, and they want whatever they can grab while our backs are turned. The wealthy need to step up and pay their fair share, not cry about spending too much on things WE have already paid for.

. (0)
Friday December 14, 2012, 3:05 pm
"The issue of not raising taxes has become sort of a religion for the Republican Party." This is an actual quote from the President who on one hand can actually admit this out loud, yet cannot understand why the Speaker doesn't "want to look like he is giving in ( to Obama).
For those who voted for Obama, you have voted for your worst GOP nightmare.

Diane O (194)
Friday December 14, 2012, 3:37 pm
Liberals can't get through their heads that if you want to spend more printed money you have to make spending cuts. It's called fiscal responsibility.

And, Allan, let it be stated here that the liberals haven't a clue on basic math. Spend? Okay. But we need to cut the waste in order to move ahead. Liberals don't understand basic math. Look at European countries. If you dare.


JL A (281)
Friday December 14, 2012, 4:24 pm
The relevant data:
Washington Doesn't Have a Spending Problem. It Has a Health Care Problem. Period.

Fiscal reality and what fiscal responsibility should address by now.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 14, 2012, 6:25 pm
So odd, his behavior, contrasted with the last two administrations wherein Congress never disrespected Presidents Clinton or Bush, when they allowed their tax plans to be granted without any such displays of pettiness. I send emails to Boehner via his website reining him of this fact.

John B (185)
Friday December 14, 2012, 9:41 pm
Thanks cal for the link to the Mollie Reilly article. The Speaker is constrained by the Hastert Rule that the GOP uses. It simply states that "no bill will be brought to the floor that lacks majority support among the majority caucus." He could ignore the rule but that would mean he probably would be voted out of the the position of Speaker by the GOP house members. I'm sure he'd rather keep the gavel rather than do the right thing for the country. Read and noted.


Patrice M (84)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:37 am
Isn't it high time Boner grew up and acted like a Speaker of the House? What he wants has nothing to do with what the people need. He's holding up the entire country because he wants job security. His incompetence is breath-taking.

JL A (281)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 7:24 am
You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
You cannot currently send a star to Angelica because you have done so within the last week.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 11:53 am
Good bye bush tax cuts, hello revenue!!! 1/1 marks the first day our economy starts to recover!!!

Diane fox rove...LOLOLOL

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 3:30 pm
Look at what Rove and fox did to our country!!! Look at the loonies that love them!!! OMG!

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 3:32 pm
Well said,
You cannot currently send a star to Angelica because you have done so within the last week.

This is what a high jacked by the rich party looks like and their brainwashed.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 5:42 pm
As the GOP is poised to fall off the so-called fiscal cliff of their own creation, Boner is front-and-center, standing at the edge with his back to the edge as he slowly loses his footing and careens downward. As other GOP'ers watch him fall, they wonder who will be next to take a stand near the edge. And in the faroff distance, they think they hear Grover Norquist continuing to threaten them all with their lives. Do they jump? Or wait to be pushed? Tune in tomorrow......

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 12:45 pm
Lemmings jump. They will jump.

Diane O (194)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 1:52 pm
Obama isn't compromising. End of story. If we go over the "cliff" sing a song of praise for Obama.
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