Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal declared that the fiscal cliff talks have "progressed steadily" and are becoming more "serious." Its proof? The fact that both parties at the table "have maintained a strict public moratorium on commenting on the talks." Uhh, scratch that. John Boehner took to the House floor today to give an update on President Obama's slow-moving ways, per the National Review:
- "We're still waiting for the White House to identify what spending cuts the president is willing to make ... where are the president’s spending cuts? The longer the White House slow-walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff. Well here’s what we do know ... the president wants more stimulus spending and an increase in the debt ceiling without any cuts or reform. That’s not fixing our problem; frankly, it’s making it worse."
Politico sees the speech as a bad sign: If Boehner felt the need to discuss the negotiations publicly, it means "talks aren’t progressing well behind the scenes," it posits.