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“Hindsight is 20-20”: Boehner Regrets His Fiscal Cliff Strategy

deestafford Wrote: Jan 26, 2013 10:26 PM
A true conservative would not be having regrets today because he wouldn't have been that stupid/ignorant to start with.
Fooling Wrote: Jan 27, 2013 1:40 AM
Amen. Proof that the only core Boehner has is "show me the money" and nothing else. He loves his power. Loves his politics.

And sells us and our kids down the river to Massah.

What a coward.
Ronald484 Wrote: Jan 26, 2013 10:37 PM
Really? But didn't Reagan make a deal with the Democrats to raise tax rates in exchange for spending cuts that never happened. I believe he said that he regretted that deal. Was Reagan not a "true conservative?"
DocForesight Wrote: Jan 26, 2013 10:47 PM
Ronald -- Nice try, but that comparison doesn't fly. Reagan negotiated with Tip O'Neill to produce legislation. Like usual, it's the Dems who renege on their "promises" to curb spending. The ultimate fault falls on House Republicans for not conducting a more strenuous battle over those promised spending cuts than on Reagan for not extracting them.
The Sloandog Wrote: Jan 26, 2013 10:51 PM
Everyone has regrets and most people like Reagan learned from those experiences,however Boehner doesn't seem to be able to grasp the learning point,in fact he is in a constant state of regret.
Ronald484 Wrote: Jan 26, 2013 11:19 PM
And you miss the point. deestafford stated that a "true conservative would not be having regrets today because he wouldn't have been that stupid/ignorant',.." Tht is a generalization that, if carried logically, would apply to Reagan as well. It is one thing to say that Boehner's policies have not been conservative, but a whole different matter to say he is not a "true coservative" becase he regrets a mistaken strategy.
The Sloandog Wrote: Jan 26, 2013 11:28 PM
Well Ronald that may be what Dr Phil would say but most people can grasp the gist of it without splitting hairs.
Ronald484 Wrote: Jan 26, 2013 11:51 PM
And some are just too blinded by their supposed purist opinions to ever grasp anything.

After the fiscal cliff deal was reached, House Speaker John Boehner made it very clear that he was done negotiating directly with President Obama. Not surprisingly, Boehner’s promise of a new strategy going forward has to do with regrets over how he handled the cliff negotiations.

In a private speech to the Ripon Society on Tuesday, Boehner said that he should have taken a different course after the November election by immediately demanding that the Senate produce a bill to avert the worst parts of a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that were due...