John Boehner

When It Comes to Worldview, Jack Lew is Obama in Coke-Bottle Glasses
January 09, 2013

Two years ago I was interviewing Tim Geithner when he started ticking off the ways he was poorly suited to being Treasury secretary late in Obama’s first term. Above all, he said, was the fact that the job was increasingly focused on questions of values and ideology—how the government should spend its scarce resources, who should get the shaft and who should pick up the tab—whereas Geithner saw himself as a financial technocrat. “A huge part of the economic challenge the president faces on this stuff is that it’s going to be at the center of the political debate,” he told me.

Tax Reform, RIP
January 07, 2013

Tax reform, which was always undesirable and unlikely, is now officially impossible.

Finished With Taxes? Not Even Close
January 06, 2013

With two new fiscal fights approaching, Republicans want taxes off the table.

On Sandy Relief, GOP Is Stiffing Its Own
January 02, 2013

GOP House leaders skipped town without voting on Sandy relief—sticking it to Republican voters.

The House Comes Around on the Cliff. Why Am I Not Reassured?
January 02, 2013

If you’re gaming out what’s likely to happen during the next fiscal showdown a few months from now, there are two ways to interpret the legacy of the cliff episode, which ended when the House approved the McConnell-Biden compromise last night.  For Democrats, the optimistic take-away is that the two parties set up a mechanism for getting deals done, which is roughly as follows: First, the White House works out a compromise with Mitch McConnell, which passes the Senate with a bipartisan super-majority. This effectively isolates the House GOP and tells John Boehner the game is up.

Over the Cliff? A Better Deal Would Be Worth the Wait
December 28, 2012

Worry less about when a "fiscal cliff" deal comes and more about what it entails.

Obama's Tax Hikes Won't Be Nearly Big Enough
December 28, 2012

Republicans want to reduce the size of the federal government, and they won’t take no for an answer. “I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub,” Grover Norquist famously declared. And in negotiations over the fiscal cliff, they have insisted on cutting spending rather than raising taxes. “The President wants to pretend that spending isn’t the problem,” House Speaker John Boehner has complained. Democrats, for their part, have responded defensively.

The Real Fiscal-Cliff Message Starbucks Should Put on Its Coffee Cups
December 26, 2012

Who stands in the way of a deal on the 'fiscal cliff'? Hint, it's one party, not both of them...

Boehner’s Plan B Didn’t Fix Our Budget's Biggest Problem—But Neither Will Obama’s
December 21, 2012

Both plans jeopardize America's ability to invest in its future.

Plan B Dies, Prepare to Go Over the Cliff
December 21, 2012

Obama's hand looks better by the day.

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