Boehner Accuses Obama of 'Slow-Walking' to Cliff
Says Obama's plan would make things worse
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2012 12:02 PM CST
John Boehner walks to the House floor to deliver remarks about negotiations with President Barack Obama on the fiscal cliff, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – 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.

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Dec 12, 2012 8:00 AM CST
A.) Yes, Obama is slow walking to the cliff. It's a tactic, it's negotiating using chicken. He can do this because the majority of those who voted between dem and rep chose dem. He has the upper hand in popularity and pandering and you don't. Is it a sleezy tactic done at the expense of the taxpayers? Yes... is it somethign you wouldn't do Mr. Boner? No.... of course you would, you just don't have the upper hand so you're crying about it. ""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?" B.) This is incredibly important. Why are we expecting congress to say yes to something if they don't know the details? Now maybe they do and Boner here is just lying ( he is a liar after all ) But if the white house won't disclose their proposed cuts in detail why should congress just cave? Would you cave? I don't want my representation caving without knowing the details. On one hand we have a Panderer, who's only real danger is that he is soft and a panderer. No biggie most good presidents are great panderer's. Yes he is playing a game of chicken which is crazy irresponsible. I have no ideas as to the details in this dudes plan. Under any other circumstances Americans would be crying at how overtly crazy and stupid our president is. On the other hand, we have a republican congress who is very open to what they want to cut and preserve. Congres... do you realize that the guy who is pandering, who you are accusing wont release real details of his cuts, who is being crazy irresponsible with america's future by playing chicken ( which by the way you need two to play that game ) is more trusted and more prefered than you twits being open about what you want? Your ideas are so bad we'd rather take a surprise grab bag. What's in the bag? A surprise reach around? Perhaps a surprise kick in the jimmy? Who knows, but we'd rather take it than what you're proposing. This is sad.... it's like a big circus. Terrible congress, terrible presidents.... In the words of C. Barkly... This is just trrrrble
Dec 11, 2012 9:49 PM CST
Now we know who the leaker is. So much for meetings behind closed doors. The president should have the Senate ratify treaties with our real allies. President Thomas Jefferson signed the Louisiana Purchase. No okay was needed from the House!
Dec 11, 2012 8:13 PM CST
You know Boehner, it seems to me that the President has already told you, and everyone, over the past year and a half, what cuts he would be willing make. And since Obama doesn't write legislation, YOU need to define those cuts and put them in a bill. Oh but wait, you don't want that on your hands, hence why you're telling Obama to come up with them for you. You know what cuts he would agree to, and you've conceded that we need tax increases on the rich. So, Boehner, COME UP WITH A F#@CKING BILL, THAT'S YOUR JOB IN CONGRESS.