‘the politics of least resistance’

CBS: The White House and Republican leaders had been negotiating recently over a comprehensive deal that would produce $4 trillion in savings, hoping to avoid defaulting on the nation’s debt ahead of an Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling.

On Saturday night, House Speaker John Boehner abandoned the deal, saying a mid-size package of reforms that do not include any kind of increase in taxes on anyone is the only politically viable solution…

The White House responded by releasing a statement decrying the move, saying that “congressional leaders…must reject the politics of least resistance and take on this critical challenge.”

In a statement, Boehner said: “Despite good-faith efforts to find common ground, the White House will not pursue a bigger debt reduction agreement without tax hikes. I believe the best approach may be to focus on producing a smaller measure, based on the cuts identified in the Biden-led negotiations, that still meets our call for spending reforms and cuts greater than the amount of any debt limit increase.”

In response, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said: “We cannot ask the middle-class and seniors to bear all the burden of higher costs and budget cuts. We need a balanced approach that asks the very wealthiest and special interests to pay their fair share as well. Both parties have made real progress thus far, and to back off now will not only fail to solve our fiscal challenge, it will confirm the cynicism people have about politics in Washington.”

The move by Boehner means the negotiations will likely fall back on the smaller reform package that Vice President Joe Biden and GOP leaders had been negotiating, which would amount to as much as $2.4 trillion in savings. That package includes only cuts to federal agency budgets and modest reforms to entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicaid.

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54 Responses to “‘the politics of least resistance’”

  1. 1 Tally
    July 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Mr Speaker: FUCK. YOU.


    • 2 sherijr
      July 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Ditto from me John effing Boehner.

    • 3 utaustinliberal
      July 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      I heartily concur. FUCK HIM and the rest of the KLAN GOP. How the hell do these numbnuts figure they can come to a deal that doesn’t include closing tax loopholes and tax hikes. How the fuck is the government supposed to provide services if it doesn’t continuously receive a commensurate amount of revenue? Do they think they can pluck money from a magical tree and pay SS benefits, pay soldiers, pay federal workers, pay medicare and medicaid benefits, provide pell grants and scholarships for colleges, pay for school lunches, pay for roads and transportation? If I could walk up to any member of the GOP and PIMP SLAP THE SHIT OUTTA THEM, I’D DO SO IN A HEARTBEAT. While doing that, I’d make the orange oompa lumpa cry until his lacrimal duct couldn’t secrete tears anymore.

      • 4 HZ
        July 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm

        And utaustinliberal, the blocking of those important ducts will surely cause Mr. Speaker some severe pain. These people do not realize the pain that they will cause on people and this country. Are they that dumb?

        • 5 lisalovesobama
          July 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm

          they aren’t dumb, they know exactly what they are doing, that’s what makes it so despicable and heart breaking.

      • 6 JojoRaze
        July 9, 2011 at 11:01 pm

        How .. is the government supposed to provide services if it doesn’t continuously receive a commensurate amount of revenue? Do they think they can pluck money from a magical tree and pay SS benefits, pay soldiers, pay federal workers, pay medicare and medicaid benefits, provide pell grants and scholarships for colleges, pay for school lunches, pay for roads and transportation?

        Unfortunately, a lot of Americans think that the government does pay for these things magically and that’s why they eat up Republican framing. The sad fact is that John Boehner and the Repubs want PBO to do their job for them, cut the welfare state, and then they will run ads in 2012 saying the Dems cut SS and Pell Grants when they were the ones who wanted the cuts anyway. This is exactly how this is going to end up.

    • 7 HZ
      July 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      Do Not Try To Play us, Mr. Speaker. You got That!

  2. 8 Me4obama
    July 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Blame it on the Alcohol.

    • 9 isonprize
      July 10, 2011 at 12:29 am

      oooooh, M4O. I signed on to pretty much say the same thing!!! In this picture, Pres. Obama looks clear eyed and focused. John (wear-an-orange-tie-for-color-coordination) Boehner just looks drunk. For real…

  3. 10 ChristiMtl
    July 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Tally, best comment of the night.

  4. 11 Brian
    July 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Portrait of a man drowning…

  5. July 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I’m praying for a vuctory, for our Country.

  6. July 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Good night everyone, and pray pray pray

  7. 15 Bobfr
    July 9, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Rusty, good to know you’ve already secured that lobbyist job with Gaddafi.


    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  8. 16 PoliticalJunkessa
    July 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Damn, these teapublicans are pitiful….wicked….stupid….diabolical….

    What will it take for Americans to wake up, get rid of these assholes, and take their (real) country back ?!?!?! 👿

  9. 17 HZ
    July 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Tally, I think that Mr. Speaker just messed up with the wrong man known as Mr. President, Barack Obama. Watch for the news tomorrow. Mr. Speaker will not get any sleep tonight. These people have no soul or heart. I would hate to be the Mr. Speaker tonight and in the meeting tomorrow. Send your tissues to Mr. Speaker, John Boehner. You can count on it, President Barack Obama will not need any. Count on it.

  10. 18 desertflower
    July 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    This is disturbing to me.The American people need to wake up and see these domestic terrorists for what they are. I hope you’re right HZ….and I hope that the President has an ace up his sleeve that will cut these arrogant assholes down to size. What that might be, I have no idea.The money flows like a river to wealthy, and gets cut to smitherines on everyone else……Tweeters can you bombard that idiot??/

  11. July 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    This doesn’t surprise me and neither does the reversal reported yesterday. Baynor blinked several weeks ago when he went on TV and said that he would like to wrap up negotiations quickly and way before the deadline.

    • 21 HZ
      July 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      I really believe in my heart that this President is NOT playing with these fools. Enough!. Remember that word and the look on his face. I really do believe that they think that they are dealing a toy. They have not been paying attention. I believe our President has his chess board set up just right for this foolish and beyong childish behavior. And to think of it, our young children have been paying attention to this President more than the foolish sorry behind people.

  12. 22 gd4obama
    July 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    The Orange Weeper of the House looks like he’s about to burst into tears….again.

  13. July 9, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    The republicans just showed their hands to the american people. They stood in front of the cameras for over a month now screaming we need to make serious cuts and when serious cuts were put on the table they balk because what they truely want is to protect the richest 1% of americans.

    Republicans just got served.

    • 25 HZ
      July 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      bjw2, have you ever been served papers or know of someone who has been served? You are so right. The Republicans just got served by someone, BUT wait until July 10,2011, at the Whitehouse, they will get served by The President of the United States. “Are you John Boehner? ” Yes.” “You have been served, sir” Now sit the down and listen up.

      • July 9, 2011 at 11:00 pm

        You’re so right, he has backed these clowns into the corner, and eitehr way they go the President will say checkmate you have no more moves John.

  14. 27 Betsy
    July 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Where are the moderate Republicans like Dick Lugar, and others?

  15. 30 Me4obama
    July 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    2012 debates.

    Bob sheifer: Mr. President what have you done to cut the deficit?
    PResident : well, look, Bob I tried to work with the soon to be Ex speaker of the house but he failed and now am looking forward to tackle the national debt with the next Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi. Yes we can win the future.

    Bob sheifer: republican nominee Michelle Bachman same question, what can we do to cut the deficit.
    Bachman: well first of all I will bow down to my husband and ask him is the country is really ready to cut the deficit because the barbarians are too lazy and obamacare well, i will cut taxes and stop all abortions, planned parenthood, the founding fathers will have to approve whether blacks are better off now or then. Am the real American so I will solve the debt problem.

    Bob sheifer 😦 America this country is in your hands please vote for 😯 wisely. Goodnight my friends.

  16. 33 meta
    July 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Such a pleasure hammering Boehner to smithereens tonight on Twitter. Sad but true.

  17. July 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Poor John I bet he’s chain smoking and on his second bottle of scotch.

    • 35 HZ
      July 9, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      bjw2, Mr. Boehner probably had done that before he dialed the President. It takes that much of artificial flavor for Mr. Speaker to even get the courage to face a very competent President as President Obama.

  18. 36 Uche
    July 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I posted this on an earlier thread.

    His action does not surprise me one bit – I actually expected it once the President announced he was going big on the deal…ie willing to consider cuts/tax savings of $4 trillion rather than $2trillion.
    This was a well-played political move to box in Boener and his cronies and expose their true intentions to those who still can’t understand the level of treachery and cynicism from these so-called leaders of the GOP. Some of us were pulling out their hairs when he announced a couple of days ago he wanted to tackle this deficit problem more robustly….all the agitation about SS/medicare/medicaid cuts,which was mostly unfounded. This is rich,coming from these same people who have been blathering about the need to solve our deficit problems asap.
    Once again GOP leadership has brought their amateurish checkers skills to a professional chess game…I’m just waiting for the checkmate move by President Obama.

    On a different topic….I read all the hand-wringing and dejection on the threads yesterday following the release of jobs #s and unemployment stats with a little amusement. That we had a small blip on the mostly positive trajectory of this economic recovery, did not call for us all to go on prozac. All the micro-economic indices point to a continued improvement on the jobs front. So TOD family,just relax – the world is not ending. We have someone in the WH who is focused on that north star and not on the day-to-day changes that the simple-minded and ignorant in the media and the GOP are spending their collective energies

  19. July 9, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Their alligator mouths have overloaded their hummingbird assholes! CHOKE ON IT ORANGE CRUSH.

  20. 43 CTGirl
    July 9, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Suki, suki now! Look at that! “Obama losing his base” right! The folks ate blatantly anti-Obama…SMH!

  21. 45 HZ
    July 10, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Uche, your comments are well taken, and I concur. However, I am sitting here with my wonderful jazz in one room and Galway downstairs with the lovely fragrance burning in my fragrance pots all over my home which gives me a space to be relaxed and calm as I share with my family on our site. One thing that I am sure of is that President Barack Obama will pull all of this off on a stage that he produced, directed, and paid for with the use of his brilliant mind long before the people even came to the table. We all remember that he thinks in the long term. Remember Michelle telling us “here’s the thing about my husband: even in the toughest moments, when it seems like all is lost, Barack Obama never loses sight of the end goal. He never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise, even if it comes from some of his best supporters. He just keeps moving forward. And in those moments when we’re all sweating it, when we are worried that the bill won’t pass or the negotiations will fall through, Barack always reminds me that we are playing a long game here. He reminds me that change is slow-it doesn’t happen overnight. If we keep showing up, if we keep fighting the good fight and doing what we know is right, then eventually we will get there. We always have.” Michelle Obama.

    As you said, “We have someone in the WH who is focused on that north star and not on the day-to=day changes that the simple minded and ignoorant in the media and the GOP are spending their collective energies.”
    My mind is cool, collective, my home is glowing with good light, and my ears are hearing some of the best of Miles Davis”Kind of Blue” and James Galway’s Meditations. We are going to be fine. But you have to let the light spirits come into our spaces , if we choose to and relax with each other in conversastions. That is what a well read, intelligent, calm, yes, tired of the mess being thrown at our President, but we are fine. Love you all back.

  22. 46 GGail
    July 10, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Where’s my favorite poster Chipsticks? I hear POTUS whispering in my ear…”I GOT THIS” And I believe and trust him.

  23. 47 Uche
    July 10, 2011 at 12:21 am

    HZ…great response. Jazz is my relaxation musical form as well….I can just imagine you in that mood – with candles and all.
    And paraphrasing our wonderful First laday again…”the only thing that happens instantanously is destruction; it takes time to build/rebiuld..”
    This struggle is a combined effort…we will trust the President to always have our interest at heart and we will reciprocate by having his back at all times. While he does the unenviable and heavy lifting,we will keep ourselves informed – and also informing the uninformed; we will keep knocking on doors,making calls,registering voters. If we do all that,we will be whistling our way back to another blowout Presidential victory in 2012 – and taking back the house doing it.

    • 48 HZ
      July 10, 2011 at 12:32 am

      Uche, yes jazz is a form that takes you to so many places. It is wonderful, Uche, with the light of the candles glowing all over the house and the music. It sets my mind in a state that I find comfort within my space when we are standing with President Obama. I feel, like you that we must be ready to have his back while he is doing the heavy lifting. The candles(for those who like them) and the music calms me within my space. I am able to really get down to the thought process as to how I can help our President in my small way. Uche, it will be a beautiful choir of whistlers marching up to the WH gate Jan. 2013, with all we need in the house including our Speaker of the House. I am purchasing more candles next week. Have a great Sunday, Uche.

  24. 50 Tally
    July 10, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Mr Soon-to-be-EX-Speaker:

    You sir, have been played on a massively EPIC scale, with no regard for humanity.

    As you deserve.


    CryBaby Boehner has put himself in the corner. boo fucking hoo.

  25. 51 Uche
    July 10, 2011 at 5:51 am

    House Speaker John Boener is a coward,full stop.

    The GOP is a failed party,full stop.

    A child who wants to play with adults needs to grow up first!. I have never seen a sitting US House Speaker behave and look so little and quite frankly ridiculous. Mr Boener,the whole country is watching you trying to clap with one hand….it’s not possible!.
    Borrowing from a tweet I saw earlier….’Go big,or go home’!. Is there no worthy democrat in his district to challenge him in ’12?….get this incapable man-child out of his misery already!

  26. July 10, 2011 at 6:11 am

    What is so amazing to me is that those clowns in the House leadership were thinking of taking another break with a deadline looming. I am so happy the President called them out on this 2 weeks off and 1 week in bullcrap work schedule…

  27. 53 mtmarilyn
    July 10, 2011 at 6:44 am

    It is so amazing to me that the repubs think they can let the country not pay it’s bills and when it comes to poor people all you here is personal responsibilty. They expect everyone else to be responsible but not them. Thank goodness we have someone in the WH who actually knows what he is doing.

    Thanks to all of you here for keeping all of us on track too.

  28. 54 jvw1982
    July 10, 2011 at 11:00 am

    That picture says it all……President is thinking, I got this and the best part about it, they don’t even know it……..Mr President schools the rethugs once again……..

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