John Boehner said that he was “flabbergasted” when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner presented him the President’s budget deal that actually included more spending than spending cuts. Boehner told Chris Wallace on Fox News:
“The president is asking for $1.6 trillion worth of new revenue [higher taxes on the wealthy] over 10 years, twice as much as he has been asking for in public. He has stimulus spending in here that exceeded the amount of new cuts that he was willing to consider. It was not a serious offer…They outlined — they’d be willing to talk about $400 billion worth of cuts over 10 years. But at the end of the year, they wanted to extend unemployment benefits, they wanted a new stimulus program for infrastructure, they wanted to extend some other tax breaks. And all of this stimulus spending would literally be more than the spending cuts that he was willing to put on the table.”
What’s more shocking than Obama’s non-deal is the fact that Boehner was shocked. Of course the President wants more spending. That is the Democrats’ nature. They don’t even want a debt ceiling. It’s too restrictive on their spending habits. They want to be able to spend as much as possible in order to buy as many votes as possible. And so far, it’s working because we have a lot of voters out there who “ask not what they can do for their country, but ask what their country can do for them.” They’re just waiting to be bought and paid for by the next entitlement.
Boehner and the rest of the team should not compromise on this. He told Chris Wallace that as long as the Democrats presented the Republicans with “real spending cuts,” the GOP would agree to raising revenue through taxes. They shouldn’t agree to any tax increases. There should only be spending cuts and tax cuts. If the government only did what it was Constitutionally bound to do, we wouldn’t even need an income tax, not to mention a whole slew of other taxes.
Of course, the President and the rest of his team would never agree to such a deal. That’s ok. The GOP should just respond, “Fine. No deal.” Democrats are offering such absurd budget deals because they know the GOP are mostly flimsy politicians who will compromise in any way needed in order to keep their positions. They know the media will in general defend their compromise and praise them for being team players.
If the Democrats knew that the Republicans would never agree to such silly offers, they never would have offered them in the first place. I’d rather my representative be voted out of office for doing something right than praised for doing something wrong.