....and then he has the gall to accuse Republicans of being obstinate?
seven months ago Obama said that the last thing we wanted to do was raise taxes on a poor recovery, but now he thinks that we are doing So Awesome after the last jobs report that it won't effect us? I don't think so - he knows precisely the game he is playing. At least now we know for sure who's holding this whole thing up. Obama knows perfectly well that no package that includes tax hikes will pass the House. His insistence that they be included means he is delaying. Guess he really does want to use this to campaign on after all. Everyone get ready for Obama to start threatening Seniors.
President Barack Obama
declared on Monday there would be no deal on raising the government's debt limit if Republicans won't compromise, and he said he would not sign a short-term extension — raising the stakes on volatile negotiations with the clock ticking toward an Aug. 2 deadline.
"I don't see a path to a deal if they don't budge. Period," the president said in a challenge to his political opponents, accusing Republicans of having a "my way or the highway" posture on taxes.... But Republican Boehner said that tax increases are a nonstarter: "The American people will not accept — and the House cannot pass
— a bill that raises taxes on job creators."...
...Sunday's sometimes testy session was shorter than some had anticipated, and it's clear neither side is willing to budge on taxes. Democrats say tax increases are a prerequisite for big spending cuts; Republicans rule out the idea unless taxes are lowered elsewhere....
even before Obama was finished speaking, Republicans were disagreeing with his insistence that a deficit-trimming deal include cutbacks in tax breaks for the wealthy and some big corporations. While the news conference was under way, Boehner's office sent two emails to his news list saying tax hikes never should have been in the discussion.
The president warned that failure to reach agreement could create another recession and throw millions of Americans out of work, painting a picture of catastrophe
if a partisan stalemate is not broken and Congress fails to act....
yup. the President needs an economic narrative for 2012, and he's going to make himself one.