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No Big Deal? Debt Ceiling Talks Break Down (Again)

Filed under: General — Karl @ 5:47 pm

[Posted by Karl]

Talks between House Speaker John Boehner and Pres. Obama to raise the debt ceiling have broken down again.  Given that I mocked the media’s coverage of this topic to date, let me point out some who are getting the story straight.

Jonathan Karl at ABC News notes Pres. Obama was “visibly angry” at today’s presser (which Jay Cost calls Obama’s “malaise moment“; it won’t be because it wasn’t a primetime speech and enough of the media will filter it for Obama’s benefit).  More important — albeit stuck in mid-story:

Boehner held his own press conference after 7 p.m. Friday night and said the talks broke down because “The White House moved the goal posts.”

Specifically, he said the two sides had agreed on an unspecified amount of revenue to be included in deficit reduction, achieved by broadening the number of Americans who pay taxes and lowering general tax rates. But he said President Obama on Thursday demanded another $400 billion in revenue, which Boehner said “was going to be nothing more than a tax hike on the American people.”

It is clear, however, that Boehner and Cantor were ready to accept up to $800 billion in revenue measures as part of a grand bargain. But when that number jumped, in part because of pressure from Democrats, the talks broke down. (Emphasis added.)

CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller confirms this (twice).  Indeed, Obama implied it at his presser:

“This was an extraordinarily fair deal,” Obama said. “If it was unbalanced, it was unbalanced in the direction of not enough revenue.”

ABC’s Rick Klein hypothesizes that the Gang of Six proposal (which included $2 trillion or more in taxes) triggered Obama’s demand for 50% more in “revenues.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Dems may reluctantly accept a last-minute compromise to avoid a default that involves up to $2.5 trillion in spending cuts — without new taxes — if entitlements are protected.  That may not suffice to avoid a downgrade of our AAA debt rating, and it doesn’t address the driver of the debt bomb… but it’s something.

It is getting increasingly difficult for anyone to miss that the GOP was ready to deal, while Obama is ready to campaign.

Update: DCCC already fundraising!

Update 2: Obama may have figured out his overweening desire for higher taxes is not playing well.

Update 3: Boehner claims that after the Gang of Six proposal and pressure from Dems, Obama started pushing for $1.2 trillion in revenue as a floor (with plenty more on Medicaid, Medicare, SocSec…).


Sockpuppet Friday — the Debt Ceiling Media Narratives Edition

Filed under: General — Karl @ 12:11 pm

[Posted by Karl]

As usual, you are positively encouraged to engage in sockpuppetry in this thread. The usual rules apply.

Please, be sure to switch back to your regular handle when commenting on other threads. I have made that mistake myself.

And remember: the worst sin you can commit on this thread is not being funny.

Allow me to get the ball rolling by sockpuppeting the establishment media coverage and commentary on the debt ceiling talks: (more…)

Journalist Admits Is Illegal, Has License Cancelled

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 am

Another guy living in the shadows, by which I mean writing an article in a national publication about his illegal status:

Washington state has canceled the driver’s license of a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who attracted national attention with his disclosure that he is an illegal immigrant.

Department of Licensing spokeswoman Christine Anthony said Thursday that officials opened an investigation after Jose Antonio Vargas’ essay about his background was published in the New York Times Magazine in June.

Vargas wrote in his essay that he emigrated from the Philippines in 1993 when he was 12 years old at the wish of his mother. He moved to California, where his grandparents had arranged forged documents for him. When he was 16, Vargas wrote, he found out that he was in the country illegally after he tried to obtain a driver’s permit with those documents.

. . . .

The Licensing Department sent Vargas a letter requesting proof of residency, and the letter was returned. The state canceled his license July 18.

I am outraged. I call upon all good citizens of conscience to demand that this man be allowed to seek citizenship in the normal manner that an illegal immigrant seeks citizenship.

One second. I’ve just been handed a note that says he can already do that.

Carry on, then.

Thanks to daleyrocks.

Explosion at Government Headquarters in Norway

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:17 am

Details at Hot Air.

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