The Hill is reporting that Boehner has ended negotiations with the White House over raising the debt limit ceiling:
House Republican leaders have called off negotiations with the White House over a broad deficit-reduction deal tied to an increase in the federal debt limit and will begin exclusive talks with Senate leaders to avert a government default on Aug. 2, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Friday.
Boehner told House Republicans in a letter that President Obama is “adamant” about raising taxes and would not agree to “fundamental changes” to entitlement programs.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Obama’s time in the Oval office to date is nothing but speeches that say one thing followed by policy that does another. To have thought that Obama was serious when he claimed he was willing to cut spending, reform medicare and social security is wishful thinking at best
There isn’t a bone in Barack’s body that’s willing to reduce government spending. The whole of his life has been spent enlarging government for the benefit of the “less fortunate”. I’m convinced Obama can’t envision a world where government shrinks. And reforming the entitlement programs? HA! If he speaks about reforming ’em, he isn’t talking about it in the way that you and I would reform ’em. In his mind those reforms take the shape of ADDING to the revenue side to reduce the deficit of the programs. Again, there is simply no way this man will shrink that aspect of government either.
There is no way that Obama means “spending cut” in any way that resembles reality as it relates to the common everyday American.
So, the fact that Boehner walked on him is the most positive thing that’s happened in a week. Or weeks, for that matter.
With only 1 week before the government shuts down, it looks like we’re facing exactly that; a shutdown. And judging by the reaction in Minnesota, namely — who cares? — and the fact that the Democrat gave in and accepted the Republican’s deal, I say let ‘er go.
America is fed up with the spending and it’s time we address it.