Deal or No Deal? Obama, Boehner Meet at White House
For the first time in weeks, President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner met face to face in an attempt to overcome disagreements about the fiscal cliff. White House spokesperson Josh Earnest stated, “This afternoon, the President and Speaker Boehner met at the White House to discuss efforts to resolve the fiscal cliff. We’re not reading out details of the conversation, but the lines of communication remain open.”
In other words, get ready for a Republican cave.
Speaker Boehner has repeatedly said that increasing tax rates is not on the table. And President Obama has stated that he sees no reason to negotiate on raising the top marginal tax rates. But today, Republican spokespeople seemed ready to give Obama what he wants. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said that if the White House was ready to discuss entitlement reform, he’d be open to raising tax rates; Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) stated that he’d be open to raising the top tax rate, too. Meanwhile, Democrats offered … precisely nothing.