Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Boehner: Dealing With Obama 'Has Been Like Dealing With Jell-o'

GOP Speaker John Boehner went public today with his version of what's been going on in negotiations with the White House over raising the debt ceiling.

“Dealing with them the last couple months has been like dealing with Jell-o,” Boehner said. “Some days it’s firmer than others. Sometimes it’s like they’ve left it out over night.”

According to Boehner, talks broke down over the weekend because the president backed off entitlement reforms so much from Friday to Saturday, “It was Jell-o; it was damn near liquid.”

“By Saturday, they’d spent the previous day and a half just going backwards” on reforming entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

“The only thing they’ve been firm on is these damn tax increases,” the Speaker said.

The Speaker was also critical of President Obama's lack of personal involvement in the whole process. Apparently when Obama was informed by Boehner Saturday that the talks had broken down, President Obama seemed surprised but not shocked, the speaker said.

I can't imagine what else the president was expecting.

While Boehner and President Obama agree on raising the debt ceiling, the American people overwhelmingly don't. They understand that when your credit card is maxed out, the answer is not to just get another one with a higher limit but to cut down on expenses and work on paying off what you owe.

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louielouie said...

boehner needs to be replaced in 2012.

Rosey said...

Wait, it's not just me? I thought as usual I'm alone in the woods. Michelle Bachman came out saying she refused to vote to raise the debt ceiling no matter what. I thought this was correct and perhaps a little courageous. Of course she is being attacked in the media for this. But as you say, the credit card is maxed out. Time to stop spending and pay it down.