Obama's Problem Is With Democrats
John Boehner complains that Obama isn't offering concessions, wants leadership
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 14, 2013 10:50 AM CDT
President Barack Obama turns to reporters as he leaves Capitol Hill, March 13, 2103, after his closed-door meeting with House Speaker John Boehner and Republican lawmakers to discuss the budget.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – "So it was a good meeting." That's how John Boehner begins his op-ed in the Washington Post today, in reference to yesterday's face-to-face with President Obama. But it wasn't that good. "While this may have been the first time some of my colleagues have heard the president's arguments so personally and directly, I've heard them all many times before," he writes. Washington may focus on Obama's battle with Republicans, but it's "his engagement with members of his own party" that will determine the budget battle.

"Democrats refuse to make the tough choices necessary to solve our long-term debt crisis," Boehner complains. In Obama's 2011 negotiations with Boehner, he supported reforms like raising the Medicare eligibility age and cutting Medicaid—now, they're off the table. "Instead of continuing to backpedal, the president could put these ideas back in the mix—and make it so that this budget process isn’t just a political exercise that goes nowhere." Obama's charm offensive is nice, but Boehner suggests "shifting the focus from charm to courage." Click for Boehner's full column.

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$28919642
Mar 18, 2013 12:34 PM CDT
"Co-operation", Starscream? This is bad comedy.
hog_one
Mar 15, 2013 4:35 AM CDT
Having taken the time to read what I could on the Democrat's budget plan, I will skip over the parts about new taxes and closing loop holes and get too the part that caught my eye. The Democrat's stated that this plan would increase the 'deficit' by another 4.6 trillion over the next ten years. That would make the total deficit around 21.2 trillion dollars by 2023, surpassing Bush's deficit that Obama said he inhearted of around 10 trillion dollars and makeing his under the proposed budget of around 11 trillion dollars, for a total around 21 trillion dollars. The Democrats stated that the goverment 'could' start to see a decrease in the national deficit after that time. Yep, the Democrat's are going to decrease the deficit.......... starting in the year 2024.
milo7453
Mar 14, 2013 10:49 PM CDT
obama has had a problem with the racist democrats since Jan. 20, 2009! lmao