Ugh, I am not sure the President can command Congress to do anything. Obama asks can the Republicans "Say yes to anything?" Obama also says that the proposed deal must take us beyond 2013 because of the election. Doesn't Obama have that backwards? Elections are supposed to prepare for orderly transitions of government so that the people's business and political governance continues uninterrupted. Our system was not designed to advance political careers and the country's governance be damned and at the mercy of the ambitions of political opportunists.
House Speaker John Boehner has walked away from negotiations with President Obama over a deal to raise the debt limit.
"In the end, we couldn't connect. Not because of different personalities, but because of different visions for our country," Boehner said in a letter to colleagues. He said Mr. Obama " is emphatic that taxes have to be raised" and "adamant that we cannot make fundamental changes to our entitlement programs."
"For these reasons, I have decided to end discussions with the White House and begin conversations with the leaders of the Senate in an effort to find a path forward," he said.
House Republican leadership aides told CBS News that Boehner will work with the Senate leadership in an attempt to reach a deal that meets the GOP's two central requirements: That spending cuts are equal to or greater than debt limit increase and that there are no new taxes.