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

sleroi Wrote: Jan 27, 2013 12:04 PM
Maybe you should reread the article. The point of it, and which most here agree, is that Boehner handled this ineptly. The left wants to demonize the 'rich' while protecting the 'middle class'. If taxes went up on everyone, there would be a lot more clamoring, and the new congress would have had to address the situation, and we could have negotiated from a position of power. Boehner however gave in to the manufactured crisis of a false deadline (which had only been looming for over a YEAR) and passed a bad bill against the wishes of his party. And now he regrets it. And why did he do this? So that revenues would be off the table and we could tackle spending. And then he suspended the debt ceiling. Bravo.

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...