Boehner, McConnell Pen Partisan Op/Ed Before WH Meeting

November 30, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)–Just in case President Obama harbored any allusions that today’s White House meeting with both Republican and Democratic leaders would result in Republican compromise, soon to be Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-Oh) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) penned a partisan screed in the Washington Post. The piece, “A chance to heed the voters,” laughably insists that the American voters want tax cuts extended for the rich, want cuts made to entitlements to reduce the deficit and want a smaller government with less regulation. Americans as a whole, oppose extending tax cuts for the wealthy, they want jobs before deficit reduction efforts and want lawmakers to keep their hands off Medicare and Social Security. But not in Boehner and McConnell’s fantasy land. And do you want another laugh? Boehner and McConnell claim they are speaking for “struggling middle-class families.” Funny, last I checked, Republicans refused to extend unemployment benefits, because they say it makes people lazy.

In the Bizarro world of McConnell and Boehner, the wealthiest two percent of Americans are struggling small business owners, who need a tax cut.

“Republicans got the message voters have been delivering for more than a year. That’s why we made a pledge to America to cut spending, rein in government, and permanently extend the current tax rates so small-business owners won’t get hit with a massive tax hike at the end of December. That’s what Americans want. And that’s the message Republicans will bring to the meeting today. In other words, you’ll have a voice at that table.”

“We can work together and accomplish these things, but the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress first will have to prioritize. It’s time to choose struggling middle-class families and small businesses over the demands of the liberal base. It’s time to get serious.”

In other words, Republicans will be happy to work with Democrats, as long as they do whatever Republicans want.

Boehner and McConnell go on to blame unemployment on President Obama’s “liberal wish list.” Apparently, cutting the taxes of the rich is the only way to create jobs. But Boehner and McConnell conveniently neglect to mention that the last ten-years the Bush tax cuts have been in place, job growth and the economy have stagnated.

“If President Obama and Democratic leaders put forward a plan during the lame-duck session to cut spending and stop the tax hikes on all Americans, they can count on a positive response from Republicans. If the president and Democratic leaders don’t act before the end of the year, however, House and Senate Republicans will work to get the job done in the new Congress. But we hope it doesn’t come to that.”

Not much is expected to be accomplished in today’s meeting obviously, unless of course President Obama and the Democrats get rolled on extending the tax cuts for everyone. And that’s always a possibility.


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