Skip to comments.Boehner: ‘Let’s Be Honest … We’re Broke’
Posted on 12/11/2012 12:27:09 PM PST by Hojczyk
House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of slow-walking negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff, and urged him to name specific cuts in government spending he would support as part of any compromise.
Lets be honest. Were broke. The plan we offered is consistent with the presidents call for a balanced approach, said the Ohio Republican. Were still waiting for the White House to do the same.
Longer the White House slow walks this process, the closer we are to going over the fiscal cliff, Boehner said.
The White House and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi disputed the assertion within moments.
The irony of this is that the White House offer had very specific cuts, the GOP counteroffer had almost none, tweeted communications director Dan Pfeiffer.
In remarks on the House floor immediately after Boehner spoke, Pelosi also called on him and the Republican leadership to permit a vote on Obamas plan to extend expiring tax cuts for most Americans, while letting them lapse at upper incomes. She predicted it would have overwhelming support.
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Lets be honest ... you’re a Boner
Lets be honest ... youre all idiots in Congress.
Boehner is actually part of the problem —he makes ritualized little objections, providing an illusion of a viable political opposition.
It’s Kabuki, and we need to be rid of non-Conservatives.
Nothing in the article spelled out the cuts Pelosi referred to. Does anyone have any links to any proposal that President Obama has made with regards to spending cuts?
First, remember that once money has been spent, it creates a baseline. The President has stated that his winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will save close to $2 Trillion from the baseline defense spending. Links are easy to find.
I'm at least willing to see where this thing goes but I do not have good feelings about it because I see no clear solution.
THE problem is the RATS control the Senate and we have the Marxist/Muslim in the WH who hates American and does not want a solution--he wants to destroy America and he may have the power to do it.
Maybe we should give the US Senate and the WH the same treatment Democrats are giving Lansing, MI.
Ok Boner-Boy I’ll give ya some CUTS:
Entire Dept Of “Labor” GONE
Entire Dept of “Energy” GONE
Entire Dept of “Interior” GONE
Entire Dept of “Homeland Security” GONE
Entire “EPA” GONE
Entire Dept of Mis-Education” GONE
Entire “IRS” GONE
Entire “Federal Reserve” GONE
Break up the “Dept of “Defense””/Re-Constitute the Dept of WAR(Army and Air Force) AND Dept of the Navy(Navy and Marine Corps). DESTROY the Pentagon!
All of this SHOULD save a buck or 2.
He has to be lying.
I know for a fact, because I heard it from liberals I know,
that “the money’s out there”.
Too bad DC is somewhat insulated by the Christmas season. I'd be willing to go to DC. Someone needs to get the message.
I love the idea of all these. Can you imagine the bloodbath to Democrat coffers if we get rid of this many government workers. Remember Michigan.
They need to pass a republican plan in the house with a small tax increase and decreased spending ..call it a Rep compromise bill and send it to the Senate ..let the Dems in the Senate kill it and let them hold the blame for the cliff..
Nancy likes to make up things! :)
Did you ever notice that?
Pass the Ryan budget again and send it onto the Senate. Let Harriet Reid get her panties in a wad for a change. Then, resign as speakah and go home for Xmas, boner. Don’t call us, we’ll call you.
Oh and REDUCE the number of Flag and General Officers by 2/3rds/ Eliminate the E-8 and E-9 paygrades
idiots? yes but not as much as they are corrupt thieves. Every damn one of them in DC should lose all their perks and pay until the US budget is balanced.
He is such a fool. They’re biding their time until it’s Christmas so he’ll cave again.
Add about 35 of those Czars and MamaObama’s 45 assistants.
Let’s be honest — most congresscritters don’t care for this country but are only interested in getting re-elected.
As one conservative grandma to another: Our efforts to stop ObamaCare failed. We marched and raised hell about it and they passed it anyway. What makes you think it would work now?
I agree, conservative great grandma. Boehner’s House voted how many times to repeal Obamacare? Boehner’s House voted for the Ryan budget which would have greatly reformed the tax code taking the top tax rate down to 25%.
The problem Boehner has is the structure of the GWB tax cuts which is very flawed because they were designed to expire after a decade-—A VERY SERIOUS FLAW. If if Boehner does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (which is what many want) the GWB tax rates will AUTOMATICALLY expire on Jan. 1,2013 just weeks away. Boehner has a VERY DIFFICULY hand to play. Obama is holding at least three aces in his hand:
Ace #1 The tx cuts expire automatically in about three weeks.
Ace #2 The Dems control the US Senate
Ace#3 Obama was re-elected (yes I agree there was massive vote fraud but that still does not change the outcome)-—he therefore has significant political capital at this time.
What hand does Boehner have to play? He is clearly on defense, trying to preserve as much as the GWB tax rates as possible.
Here is what I think would be the best deal possible for our side:
The GOP agrees to raise the debt ceiling.
The Dems agree to keep tax rates at their current levels.
I know it’s kicking the can down the road, but probably the best deal we could hope for.
Well said. I’m not a Boehner fan, but sheesh, give the guy a break. Let’s try to be helpful as much as we can. Yeah, I know, trashing Conservatives was wrong and he needs to pay for this, but just splintering does nothing but help Obama and Reid.
WHY do we have a Dept of Commerce? Would we have no commerce without it? And why the ludicrous proposal for a Department of BUSINESS? The mere concept is silly.
Let’s start by doing away with the EPA and BATF —fire them all, sell the buildings, vehicles, etc.
Dept of Education has IMPROVED Education? No? Why not let it go, also...? In fact we can get rid of very many departments entirely.
That was glaringly apparent to me too.
WHAT CUTS has Obama proposed????
10-1 odds that not only will Bonehead cave, the Grandest of all Bargains
that Bonehead is about to agree to WILL ADDITIONAL PORK IN THE DEAL,
even though Bonehead says we are broke. So whats Bonehead’s solution?
Screw the GOP and spend even more money.
Wait and Fume.
I do not understand all of the wringing of hands and weeping going on in DC as we all know that there are only 536 people who caused all of the problems that they now can not bring themselves to fix or even own it.
I agree...The problem is Obama and his boot lickers...not Boehner. FR frequently kills their own. I believe there are some old Freepers that are actually Dem infiltrators.
I haven't seen that Obama is open to such an idea.
let’s be honest, Congressman Boehner...since we’re broke, pass a budget bill with substantial spending cuts!!!!!
The Dept of Commerce is responsible for Standardized Weight and Measures and yes we do need that at a national level BUT do we “need” and entire Dept for it, NO fold it into the Treasury Dept.
This happens on a regular basis. MSM tactics work here unfortunately.
What they should do is pass a line item budget,
with every spending line item having the Article I, Section 8 authorization for that line item.
Ummmm...Ryan bill was already passed?
we just didn’t get their attention, yet
The House needs to speak BIG!!! We need Churchillian statesmanship like never before. And we need it now!
What’s the problem, Chinamen are buying our bonds!
Small cut, but logical: Nobody in a military band goes over an E5 paygrade.
Ground Airforce 1 & 2 December 31.
I haven’t even heard the idea proposed. I thought of it myself. But the debt ceiling issue may very well be the only ace in Boehner’s hand, it’s the ONLY leverage he has as far as I know.
Nothing would please me more than to have Barack, Boehner, Reid and Pelosi hand in hand tiptoeing off the fiscal cliff as they emerge from the tulips.
Obama thinks there is money out there the same way that Hitler thought there were more combat units than he actually had.
Imaginary troops, imaginary money.
The only leverage that Boehner has is letting us go over the cliff.
Do not expect an answer, they will not be pinned down.
How about Boner being a LEADER and proposing and laying out a balanced budget within 5 years? Have the House pass it and move on. Do the right thing and ye shall be rewarded. Otherwise SHUTUP and go over the phony rhetorical cliff.
The only thing that is broke is Bonehead’s brain. And we might as well add the rest of the Republicans in the House and Senate. Damn idiots.
If the GOP goes along with the vote on taxes, it will loose all bargaining position. At that point, 0 and the rats will not care what the GOP demands, because the tax problem is done with.
They know it will not solve the budget problem and demand more stimulus and a higher debt ceiling, so as not to shut down government. The GOP has shown fear at that prospect before, and they know a bit of pressure from the media is all it takes. What a mess.
The rats will not give an inch with entitlements, that’s their bread and butter. The GOP should do the same. The only way out is for the other side to blink. The question is, which side will blink first. I would suggest that Boehner make public all negotiations. This back-room crap might work to get pork, but it is leaving the GOP vulnerable to more BS from Pelosi. Be upfront, post all documents and transcripts relating to the negotiation. Full information disclosure will help make the argument and put the rats on the defensive. And do it now!
This country is going down the tubes and I believe with every ounce of me, this is exactly what Obama wants. There will be no satisfactory deal because Obama and the RATS will make sure there won't be a deal. Boehner is in a no-win situation. We need to back him up and show Obama and the RATs we're sick of this.
GRRRRRREAT thread BUMP!
DEPOPULATE socialists from the body politic.
Above all, if you wish to be strong, begin by rooting out every particle of socialism that may have crept into your legislation. This will be no light task. - Bastiat 1801-1850
Socialism Is Legal Plunder - Bastiat The Law
535 Americans in the halls of Congress (without pay, without benefits, without perks) should be able to stop and reverse this debt clock and eventually turn it into a surplus clock WITHOUT raising taxes...and at that time (of surplus)...start drastically reducing current taxes.
We could build a nice monument to them in their respective states or in D.C., as a way of thanking them for preserving and strengthening the republic.
DEFUND socialist collectives, foreign and domestic.
DISMANTLE entire departments in government.
BIG GOVERNMENT IS CRONY SOCIALISM
Thousands of cuts. It’s how socialism dies.
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