With the president and Congressional Democrats insisting on raising taxes on America's top earners, and Republicans continuing to resist, House Speaker John Boehner gave a blunt update on the progress of fiscal cliff negotiations yesterday, saying that both sides have gotten "nowhere."
Republicans insist that the $1.6 trillion in new revenue called for in the president's plan is unacceptable, but until they present a plan of their own, the White House is standing by its proposal.
Republican Representatives Connie and Mary Bono Mack sit down with the Starting Point team this morning to weigh in on the apparent stalemate.
"No one should be surprised we are in the position we are in right now," Rep. Connie Mack says. "It is the same people negotiating the same deal all over again. And so when you get into that - what is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result? When we did the super committee last time, that was a complete failure. So no one should be surprised at where we are. And I would say that neither side has put up a credible plan."
Rep. Mary Mack builds on her husband's comments, saying that the American people should be angry about the ongoing impasse.
"The truth of the matter is there's such a breakdown within the Congress of trust and respect between both sides that we cannot trust one another to truly negotiate in fairness," the Congresswoman says. "It's very sad."