While speaking to the nation’s governors today, President Obama took aim at John Boehner for his hypocrisy on his own tax plan, and the lie that Obama won’t work with him on spending cuts.
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For over a week now, Speaker John Boehner and his office have been trying to sway public opinion on the sequester. The heart of Boehner’s argument is the idea that the sequester should be avoided just with spending cuts, and that President Obama has refused to work with him to make a deal on those cuts.
While speaking to the National Governors Association today, Obama took aim at the crux of Boehner’s argument. The president said, “These cuts do not have to happen. “Congress can turn them off anytime with just a little bit of compromise. To do so, Democrats like me, need to acknowledge that we’re going to have to make modest reforms to Medicare if we want the program to there for future generations…I’ve made that commitment. It’s reflected in proposals I made last year and the year before that, and will be reflected in my budget. And I stand by those commitments to make the reforms for smart spending cuts. But we also need Republicans to adopt the same approach to tax reform that Speaker Boehner championed just two months ago.”
Boehner is not going to win the battle in court of public opinion against Obama. For weeks the Speaker has been concocting various tall tales in an attempt to blame Obama for the sequester. Boehner wants to blame Obama for not acting, while he is trapped by a Republican caucus in the new congress that contains substantial support for the sequester.
John Boehner is a condemned man who is looking to lie his way off of political death row.
Since he doesn’t have the votes to stop the sequester, Boehner has adopted a public strategy of blaming Obama while behind closed doors, House Republican leadership is begging the president save them.
Polling reveals that the public is already blaming Republicans more than Obama for the sequester mess, and those numbers are likely to get worse for the GOP as the president publicly makes his case for avoiding the sequester this week.
It seems like the president has finally grown tired of John Boehner’s endless sequester spin and lies. He is pushing back, and by Friday, it is likely that he and his bully pulpit will have buried John Boehner and the Republican Party.