Boehner says debt limit should be part of talks

House Speaker John Boehner insisted on Friday that any deal with President Barack Obama to avert the so-called fiscal cliff must include lower tax rates, eliminating special interest loopholes and reining in government-benefit programs.
Associated Press
Nov 10, 2012

"2013 should be the year we begin to solve our debt through tax reform and entitlement reform," Boehner said.

Boehner and Obama have taken the initial steps in high-stakes negotiations over how to deal with expiring Bush-era tax cuts and automatic spending cuts to defense and domestic programs that economists warn could plunge the nation into another recession.

Boehner, Obama and Senate leaders face a Jan. 2 deadline to reach an agreement or at least come up with a framework to deal with the issue early next year.

Boehner expressed a degree of optimism about resolving the issues and ensuring that his sometimes reluctant GOP rank and file will back any deal.

"When the president and I have come to an agreement, there's been no problem getting it passed in the House," Boehner said.

The speaker declined to discuss specifics on deficit targets or what tax loopholes to eliminate though he cited both corporate and individual.

"I don't want to box myself in. I don't want to box anyone else in," he said.

Boehner indicated that increasing the nation's borrowing authority, which was a divisive issue in August 2011 talks, should be part of any talks in the coming weeks on avoiding the fiscal cliff. The government has said the nation won't reach the debt limit until the spring.

"It's an issue that's going to have to be addressed, sooner rather than later," he said.

Boehner said he had a brief, cordial conversation with Obama earlier in the week and reiterated that the president needs to lead on the negotiations.

Democrats have resisted including entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security in any deficit-cutting deal. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said earlier this week they were unwilling to make changes in Social Security.

Boehner insisted that the programs need to be on the table.

"It's not like there is money in Social Security and Medicare" trust fund, Boehner said. "This has to be dealt with."

The Ohio Republican, reflecting the sentiment of his caucus, said increasing the maximum 35 percent tax rate on high-income earners cannot be part of the deal. Boehner did signal that he was open to eliminating loopholes.

"The problem with raising tax rates on wealthy Americans is that more than half of them are small business owners," Boehner said. "Raising tax rates will slow down our ability to create the jobs that everyone says they want."

The Republican leader acknowledged that his party faces several roadblocks after Obama won a second term and the GOP lost seats in both the House and the Senate.

"It's clear that as a political party we've got some work to do," he said.

Republicans fared poorly with Hispanic voters. The fastest growing minority group went heavily for Democrats, backing Obama by more than 70 percent. Boehner signaled a willingness to tackle immigration legislation next year.

"What I'm talking about is a common sense, step-by-step approach, would secure our borders, allow us to enforce the laws, and fix a broken immigration system," he said. "But again on an issue this big, the president has to lead."

 

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verdict

You could take all 100% of the yearly income of every American who makes over $250k /yr. and you would still need everyone UNDER 250k to chip in $38 just to pay for the 2011 spending. Collapse seems imminent.
The real decision people made, during this election, is what kind of leader they wanted to have during the collapse. And they picked a Leftist. Read through history and see what kind of governments that Leftists install in the event of economic collapse. Hint: Dictatorships.

If the Republicans are now joining the "blame a Right Winger" narrative, it would not even cause me to blink. One thing Ron Paul has taught me about them: they are probably not even real Republicans, anyway.
I can go thru and lay out, in detail, how the Left Wing paradigm has sabotaged this country over the past 50 years. It is rather elementary, even. Yet, even now as it is all coming to a head in full view, the Republicans say nary a word in the mainstream about this to defend themselves. It is almost as if they only wanted to APPEAR to be two parties.

shucks

Chill verdict,

Dictatorship?(in the USA) No.
When Anti-Christ comes,(dictator of the earth) yes.

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

Fear instead the coming wrath of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

http://www.google.com/search?q=f...

Randy_Marsh

Evangelical Pastafarianism, Truly somthing to be afraid of, Death by buttery cholesterol while Liberals lecture you on the evils of bad eating habits.

shucks

Thanks for showing your colors.

Are there more atheists in the house?

Randy_Marsh

4Shizzle
Thanks for showing yours. Guess the studys are right,You liberals are a humorless people.

shucks

marsh
What makes you say that OR how did you determine that Im humorless?
That's interesting.

Randy_Marsh

Thats epic! You obviously do not see the humor in it.
To be more precise, The book is written as a parody. It is poking fun as "Life of Brian" by Python does.If you cannot see the humor in it and see everything as a direct attack on your beliefs you are in essence, Humorless.

shucks

Come on marsh!

How am I supposed to know that you are kidding when your post follows Contango and it has similarities?

I am not in your head, only you know what you are thinking.

Randy_Marsh

4shizzle
Look up the book itself. Its a parody and satire that is a pretty funny book. The athiest like to use it as a anti-religion thing and thats thier right to, But as a religion it is comical as it was written to be. Personally I am religious, Just not fanatical and like to keep my beliefs to myself and not impose doctrine on others.(Imposing belifs on others is one of the reasons the book was written, The author doesnt like it) Also i can laugh at almost anything even if they are poking fun at me.

shucks

Whats the name of the book? The life of brian?

I saw the movie.
Blessed are the cheesemakers.

Randy_Marsh

4shizzle
http://www.amazon.com/The-Gospel...
Is the name of the book. Pretty funny reading,It kept me cracking up. *Disclaimer* Not to be read and discussed as a serious book with those who claim to be part of it, It leads to headaches and cholesterol levels skyrocketing.
LOL! I agree the cheesemakers are truly blessed.

shucks

thanks

Randy_Marsh

4shizzle
You're welcome! Have fun with it,It only gets to those who cannot or will not allow themselves to laugh a little about things.

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

"Always look on the bright side of life."

Except for deities and different crazy customs, all religions are pretty similar aren't they?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L...

shucks

@ contango

No.
There is Christianity in contrast to ALL the OTHER religions of the world.

What God has done for you vs. what you must do for God.

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

So as an example, Muslims are wrong and YOU are right? LMAO!!!

Is the Judeo-Christian God so insecure that one must praise Him or be punished?

Would you want a parent with that form of mental illness?

shucks

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shucks

To answer your first question-yes.
Second-ignorance.
Third-hubris.

What good news do you have?
Make a lot of money then die?

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

So your little invisible friend(s) told you that you were right?

The Muslims have miracles and visions just like your cult experiences. How can one be any better than the other?

Good to see that your pretend afterlife fantasy makes you happy.

Money? Seems like Jesus went around beggin' for it. Seem like the Churches do much of the same - tax 'em!

Money is merely a tool to help provide a comfortable life for me and mine.

shucks

Sad.
You and yours are going to die, then what?
Will you go somewhere or not?

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

Where was I before I was born?

shucks

You didn't exist (contrary to certain eastern religions).

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

So your interpretation of life, death and existence is correct and everyone else's is wrong?

Pure sophistry and egotistical craziness.

shucks

It's not my interpretation of life, death and existence .

I'll ask you again-- What good news do you have?

What's your interpretation of life, death and existence ?

Just make money then die? (sounds like a bright future)

shucks

@
contango

So according to you, there is no afterlife?

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

And you believe in such a concept why? Because it makes you feel good?

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

So you depend on others for your interpretation of life, death and existence?

Can't think for yourself huh?

You read like someone who has no idea what money is, what it can do or how to make it.

Do you tithe to a church?

shucks

@ con
I'll bet you depended on others interpretations on how to make money.
I know money makes you feel good.
Money is your god and you worship and adore it.
Try spending it from the grave.

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

Anti-Christ? "Revelations" is an apocryphal Gnostic work.

Besides, some Christians believe that Mr. Obama is the A-C.

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