There are some things money can’t buy and some things just aren’t negotiable. I don’t care if you have a web link or not, it’s a fact of life.
If you don’t have the meeting you have a 0% chance of reaching a compromise. If you have the meeting you have a chance. It’s called defeatist attitude and any leader who thinks that way isn’t a true leader.
Every adult male who has ANY experience with heirarchical organizations knows exactly what game is being played here.
"Polling isn't trending well on flirting with default. The latest information we have has Independent voters holding Republicans responsible if a default occurs. Cancel your weekend plans, and get me the presidents engagement schedule. Ok, he's got a fundraiser set for midday, so issue a formal invitation for him to have lunch with us to discuss raising the debt ceiling. He will refuse, because its obviously a ploy to make him appear subordinate to us in the eyes of the people. This boxes him quite well, because we get him either way. When he refuses, we label him a hypocrite who doesn't take the issue seriously, which the "messaging" guys say should shift blame for a possible default back onto the Democrats."
/End of meeting
I wonder if any of the Republicans ACTUALLY cleared their schedules for that meeting or if it was a sham in its entirety?
Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
The ridiculous thing is that tax rates have been higher. And nearly every decade with higher average tax rates were much better than the 2000s for this country. To say taxes aren't negotiable means you shouldn't bother negotiating.
Were we at the table, I'd walk out too. There's no point in meeting with you if you aren't going to listen to me and you've told me you aren't going to listen to me.