Our Starting Point Friday morning... Boehner's brain. After the Speaker of the House said he was disappointed that "no substantive progress" has occurred in two weeks of fiscal cliff talks, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said of the Speaker, "I don't understand his brain." We've got some top brains on Friday to discuss fiscal cliff negotiations... and much more:
7:10am ET - Rep. Steny Hoyer, (D) Maryland and House Democratic Whip
7:30am ET - Ken Rogoff, Professor of Economics & Public Policy at Harvard University
7:50am ET - Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons
8am ET - Jon Huntsman, former presidential candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to China under President Obama
8:10am ET - Lawrence Deprimo from the NYPD who was photographed giving boots to a homeless man
8:30am ET - Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn
Bring Soledad back. These two pathetic stand-ins would not give Steny Hoyer time to finish a sentence. They were so set on making the Republican case that they had to show Hoyer's face but run their ugly conservative mouths continuously. I don't appreciate it.
I totally reject the Republican perception that we are negotiating from a conservative benchmark. We're negotiating from a Progressive benchmark. We are a Democracy, elections matter and the Democratic party won the 2012 federal elections. We won the White House with 332 Electoral Votes, gained seats in the Senate and trim the Republican majority in the House. Where do Republicans get off saying that after all that they only offer a little bit more revenue and still make demands on entitlements and spending.
I fully accept that there will be a measure of entitlement reform and spending cuts, their has to, but Republicans must fully accept that they will have to give up more than the Democrats. They ain't be two faced obstructionist. Claim a mandate when President Bush wins 200 something votes and then say Obama can ask but only so much when he wins 332 electoral votes.
With voter suppression, secret money and obstructionism, I truly believe Republicans have a my way or the high way look at governing the country.