Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Republicans are incapable of bipartisanship

Obama is the most popular and politically powerful incoming POTUS since JFK. The President doesn't need Republican votes to get what he wants. Yet, in an unprecedented step the Democratic President of the United States is meeting with the GOP House Caucus to discuss his stimulus bill. George Bush would have died before he ever did anything of this sort.

Obama has offered compromises including more tax cuts and removing $200M for low income family planning.

The GOP response?
Hours before a meeting with President Barack Obama, House Republican leaders sought to rally opposition Tuesday to a White House-backed economic stimulus measure with an $825 billion price tag.

Several officials said that Reps. John Boehner of Ohio, the GOP leader, and Eric Cantor of Virginia, his second-in-command, delivered the appeal at a closed-door meeting of the Republican rank and file. Both men said the legislation contains too much wasteful spending that will not help the economy recover from its worst nosedive since the Great Depression, the officials added.

The officials who described the closed-door session did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to disclose the discussions.
In response to Obama's Olive branch, Boehner demands unconditional surrender, suggesting that the House GOP will only support their counter-plan of permanent tax cuts, presumably relying on how far they have gotten us so far.

At some point Obama pulls out his sizable stick and beats them into further irrelevance, which seems to be what they seek.

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