Boehner Caves To Obama Twice In One Weekend!

House Speaker John Boehner just cannot do the right thing. This weekend he apparently broke with his party's principles again to offer Barack Obama an entire year of not fighting about the debt limit, which would effectively remove all the leverage the GOP had in the "fiscal cliff" talks. He also offered to go along with raising tax rates on those making over $1 million and it looks like Barack Obama has done nothing but reject his offer, laugh at him, pat him on the head and say, "You haven't caved enough on Republican principles Johnny Boy." With friends like John Boehner, who needs enemas? (Yes, I meant that word, not the other.)

The Washington Post reports,

House Speaker John A. Boehner has offered to push any fight over the federal debt limit off for a year, a concession that would deprive Republicans of leverage in the budget battle but is breathing new life into stalled talks over the year-end “fiscal cliff.”

The offer came Friday, according to people in both parties familiar with the talks, as part of the latest effort by Boehner (R-Ohio) to strike a deal with President Obama to replace more than $500 billion in painful deficit-reduction measures set to take effect in January.

The most recent raising of the debt ceiling was to $16.4 trillion, set by Congress last year. Harry Reid, immediately following the elections, said that he will raise it another $2.4 trillion!

Currently the country is on the brink of crossing that debt threshold.

Boehner seems to be going out on a limb by himself and then sawing it off behind him. He is add odds with many in his own party, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel who actually laughed out loud at Obama's proposal when Timothy Geithner read it to him.

Earlier in the weekend Boehner reportedly offered to raise tax rates on those earning more than $1 million per year.

Politico reports,

Speaker John Boehner has proposed allowing tax rates to rise for the wealthiest Americans if President Barack Obama agrees to major entitlement cuts, according to several sources close to the talks. It is the first time Boehner has offered any boost in marginal tax rates for any income group, and it would represent a major concession for the Ohio Republican. Boehner suggested hiking the Bush-era tax rates for top wage earners, including those with annual incomes of $1 million or more annually, beginning Jan. 1, two sources said. Obama and Boehner spoke by phone Friday after a lengthy face-to-face session at the White House on Thursday. The quickening pace of private conversations between the two key players in the fiscal-cliff talks shows progress is being made in the negotiations, although they are not close to a deal yet, sources said. Boehner also wants to use a new method of calculating benefits for entitlement programs known as “chained CPI,” which would slow the growth of Medicare and other federal health programs and save hundreds of billions over the next decade.

The speaker’s offer would not include extending federal unemployment benefits, and it is unclear how it would address sequestration — the tens of billions in spending cuts scheduled to go into effect for the Pentagon and other federal agencies starting Jan. 2. And Republicans remain unyielding on agreeing to raise the U.S. debt limit as part of any agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. Boehner’s offer on tax rates was a significant move toward Obama’s position. But the proposal, as a whole, still isn’t acceptable to Democrats because of the level of revenue, the changes to entitlement programs that would hit beneficiaries and the absence of an extension for unemployment insurance benefits, according to a source familiar with the talks.

The only way to see this is that John Boehner has no true Republican principles. It's been only rhetoric coming from his mouth, but apparently that's not what's in his heart.

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  • Moose853

    Well it's time to NULLIFY the Federal Government..

  • jerry1944

    You are right we do need Bachmann for speaker but i would much rather her for pres

  • jerry1944

    I think lot of pplknow the gop has gone mod since they picked someone like romney to put against obambo. So he is just doing what the gop wants him to do. Being a conservative i think its time i get out of the gop. Now since i dont know of a conservative 3rd party it what to switch to thats the problem but it want be the gop again since they have showed they have gone mod

  • Mary

    Boehner is suppose to represent and has not...I am disappointment with his performance as Speaker. He seems to have become a turncoat

  • J J

    I have yet to see any compromises coming from the Democrats!!! They are still sitting there waiting for the Republicans to give them everything they want. But then, when America is completely bankrupt, Obama and the Democrats completely own that but it will be too late to fix anything.

  • Mike Slaney

    John Boehner, Loser, literally, just retire in grace and not disgrace!

  • ironhide

    Boner is an obama kissing spineless sissy who needs to join the dems and just make it official.

  • The Shadow

    It appears playing golf with President Obama weakens one's confidence in negotiation tactics.My faxs to Boehner asking him not to fold under presidential pressure were ignored and his staff never delivered the message; file thirteen must be over flowing by now.

  • emjay98

    As irritating as it is for Boehner to cave in to the President, as most of us feared, it should be up to the House of Representative to call for a "vote of confidence" on whether he is the most competent one to fight Obama. Now that he has said he will agree to give Obama another year on raising the debt limit, against the wishes of the people, shouldn't he be ousted as the speaker?. What in the world does he think our problem is? Does he think we can sustain another trillion dollar added to our national debt? Then Harry Reid has to chime in by saying he will raise the debt ceiling another 2.4 trillion. What gives him the power to do that? I would think that the house has that authority. But it sure looks like the Democrats can do whatever they want to do. No such thing as a check and balance on Obama or Reid.

  • har82

    Hmm, no surprise there people. Ol yellow belly , rubber spined - boner - bends over once again.

  • vietnamvet1971

    WHIMP, NO Back Bone or GUTS.

  • Thomas McAuliffe

    bohner is a snvelling coward and should be made to resign in total disgrace

  • Joan

    Boehner, keep it at a million or nothing! Give the imposter nothing and let him take us off the cliff along with granny in her wheelchair. Let's start holding him accountable. The Republicans will be blamed no matter what, short term, but eventually Obama and Jarrett(the real Pres.) will expose himself/herself, and the medial will have to report some of his dirty work done behind our backs. Nothing, absolutely nothing! Spending cuts and stop buying votes!


    maybe maybe not;; Bachmann for speaker.time for the Tea Party to fix the mess.

  • Jacqueline L

    The thing with ceilings, John and Harry, is that they can get to high for their supports to hold. The resulting crash wipes out every thing beneath it!
    Every housholder knows to survive one must live within their incomes. ALL DEBTS EVENTUALLY MUST BE PAID OR THE RESULTS CAN CE CATASTROPHIC!