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  1. Jennifer Ruben of all people sees the problem:

    Boehner is trying, Obama is not
    Posted by Jennifer Rubin on December 14, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.

    This has become a farce. The Post editorial board takes the president to task because ”there’s no way to fix America’s problem without doing something on entitlements. If the Democrats — and Mr. Obama, in particular — don’t get more seriously into that discussion, they have no standing to complain about the Republicans’ lack of balance.”

    It also seems the GOP may have finally grown a pair:

    With Gap Wide and Time Short, Obama and Boehner Meet

    If no deal is reached, Republicans are increasingly talking about a more hostile outcome in which the House passes legislation that extends tax cuts for the middle class, sets relatively low tax rates on dividends, capital gains and inherited estates, and cancels the across-the-board defense cuts, but leaves in place across-the-board domestic cuts. Then House Republicans would engage in what Mr. Boehner, in a private meeting last week, called “trench warfare,” a running battle with the president on spending, first as the government approaches its statutory borrowing limit early next year, then in late March, when a stopgap government spending bill runs out. But such legislation might not be able to pass the Senate, leaving the country no closer to a resolution.

    same NYT story cited in Post article.

    Comment by dscott — December 14, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

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