House Speaker John Boehner declared Wednesday that his chamber will approve a so-called “Plan B” to avert a crush of tax hikes just 13 days away, despite President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowing to oppose it.
The move came as talks between Boehner and Obama suddenly hit a standstill. Boehner’s decision on Tuesday to put forward the “Plan B” — which would raise taxes only on those making over $1 million, and preserve current rates for everyone else — angered the White House. On Wednesday morning, the White House issued a formal veto threat, as the president urged Republicans during a press conference to “peel off the partisan war paint.”
In response to the president’s criticism and resistance, Boehner called a press conference — which lasted less than one minute — to declare the House was moving forward and put the onus on the president to get Democrats on board.
“Tomorrow, the House will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every American,” Boehner said. “Then the president will have a decision to make. He can call on the Senate Democrats to pass that bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history.”
This is the best move I suppose. Pass a bill, send it the Senate, and let Democrats deal with the blame game. Pound the message home that the president has refused to address spending, and had played the role of a partisan hack, as has Harry Reid. Let Obama explain his inaction. If the president really wants to reach across the aisle for a balanced approach, let him do it, for once! Of course, we know what the president is going to try to use this to cripple the GOP. He thinks he can convince the people that this is all the GOP’s fault. This is also why the GOP better get busy and communicate their message properly. he fact is this, the president wants tax hikes, hikes that will do squat to fix the deficit, and promises, for “balance”, spending cuts, some day, cuts that will never ever happen.