Earlier today President Obama made a public plea for Republicans to embrace either a long-term or short-term “balanced approach” to avoid the sequestration cuts. Speaker Boehner’s response made it clear the House Republicans are not interested in any possible compromise.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday February 19, 2013 5:06 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 18, 2012 12:20 pm|
The extension of unemployment benefits and a small amount of infrastructure spending are the only things Obama would have gotten in his recent deal offer that he probably couldn’t force the GOP to agree to by simply waiting them out. Those are both relatively small items compared to a large and deeply unpopular Social Security benefit cut.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 21, 2012 2:12 pm|
Boehner’s continued public opposition to the ACA will has have some real policy implications for health care. That fact that top Republican leaders are still publicly fighting the law after the election almost guarantees that implementation of the law will likely be an incredible mess. Democrats foolishly chose to make the success of the law heavily dependent upon state officials working hard to implement it, and that is unlikely to happen in states controlled by Republicans.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 8, 2012 12:30 pm|
The Republican Party has apparently decided that they really want to have a big public fight with President Obama over whether or not employers with connections to religious institutions should be required to provide birth control as part of their employee’s health insurance. The GOP is acting like they believe the issue is a political winner for them, while the Administration is seeking a compromise to avoid the fight.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 19, 2011 6:30 pm|
President Obama’s deficit speech may be viewed as the moment the Obama administration fully pivots away from trying to reach bipartisan compromise, to instead focusing on winning 2012 by bashing the Republican Party.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 26, 2011 6:00 pm|
It is unfortunate that as our whole political system comes unhinged due to this current fight, so little has been done to explain to regular people what a preposterous and unnecessary debate this really is.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 25, 2011 11:30 am|
To maintain his role as head of the Republican caucus Speaker John Boehner can’t cut just any old deal with the Democrats, at least not now that so much rides on this particular fight. Even if Boehner and most of the Republican leadership want to cut a deal, and that isn’t a given, the only way Boehner can sell a deal to his caucus is to claim he pushed the Democrats to the edge and got the best deal they can possibly hope for. Yet with the Democrats sweetening the pot with new concessions almost daily, there is no way the Republican caucus would think they have reached the Democrats’ final offer.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 19, 2011 1:34 pm|
The truly historic importance of what is happen right now can’t be repeated enough. It is a Democratic President who is the driving force now behind cutting Medicare and Social Security. It is a Democratic President who feels that deficit reduction during a recession and keeping tax rates near historic laws are both much more important policy goals than protecting Social Security and Medicare Benefits.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 12, 2011 8:40 am|
If the health care law really is a starter home, then what President Obama has been doing is effectively letting the Republicans rip out the house’s copper plumbing to be sold as scrap for pennies on the dollar.