Obama is not, by nature or ideology, a conciliator. He is not a centrist, and he’s not someone who is interested in the other side’s ideas. He knows what he wants to do, and he is hell-bent on doing it.
He is not just playing hardball as a matter of strategy; he has no interest in compromise and is angling to get his way entirely. And he wants to further damage the Republican brand in the process.
The way Obama probably looks at it is that Republicans will cave and he will either get most of what he wants, or the Republicans will hold fast and he can effectively blame them for taking us over the fiscal cliff
This entire article is replete with conflicting stories suggesting that people are going with different sources.
It may be too early to have a final reading, trust when one arrives the reader will find it here.
We will try as of today’s date to put them in perspective.
The Blaze on December 2nd led with an article, “John Boehner: ‘We’re Nowhere’ on Fiscal Cliff Talks.”
With less than a month to go, House Speaker John Boehner said White House and GOP negotiators have made no progress on talks to avert the “fiscal cliff.”
“I would say we’re nowhere. Period. We’re nowhere,” Boehner (R-Ohio) said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
In an article published by Erick Erickson’s Red State, ” I am Thankful for John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy,” he goes on to pummel them for purging fiscal conservatives from The Financial Services Committee; thus punishing them for being authentically fiscal conservatives; while replacing them with congressmen who are moderates. This when the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations are supposed to be on going?
In today’s Wall Street Journal, ” GOP Makes Counter offer In Cliff Talks” Team Obama is dead set on raising taxes on the “rich.”
The GOP offer was immediately rejected by the White House, but it provides the most detailed statement to date of what Republicans are willing to concede for now. It comes days after the White House put forward its opening bid in the high-stakes deficit talks. With both sides now having made preliminary offers, the parameters for future negotiations between Republicans and the White House are becoming clearer.
It is the desire of this site for no settlement to be reached, as stated before this is just another man-made crisis, let it blow up on Obama while the light shines on him as he vacations in Hawaii, he leaves for a three-week vacation in less that 13 days.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.
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