Budget Committee Chair: President Must Negotiate To Prevent Debt Crisis

Paul Ryan says Obama’s refusal to compromise is the reason for the impasse

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Representative Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on October 1, 2013.

Ending the federal shutdown is simple, or so House Budget Committee Chairman, Republican Representative Paul Ryan, claimed in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. According to Ryan, a deal can be done if the President is willing to quit giving Congress the “silent treatment.”

“We need to find common ground,” Ryan said, seeking a compromise with Obama on reforming entitlement programs and revamping the nation’s tax laws as the price for ending the shutdown.

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“We need to pay our bills today—and make sure we can pay our bills tomorrow,” Ryan said. “So let’s negotiate an agreement to make modest reforms to entitlement programs and the tax code.”

Obama has repeatedly refused to compromise with hardline Republicans over the budgetary impasse. During a speech at the White House on Tuesday, the President said extortion from Congress cannot be allowed to become routine. “We’ve got to put a stop to it,” he said.

[WSJ]

6 comments
ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

What arrogance on Ryan's part.  We have the lowest tax burden in years.  We are below what is necessary to run the ciountry and effectively care for "we the people" but if they want something, how about eliminating subsidities to any farm that has a gross income over $100,000, no oil or gas subsidities to some of  the largest corporation on earth, take the limits off income for SS purposes and include all income.  Get rid of that super low tax rate for the 0,.001% like Romney and make the lowest effective rate on individuals 39% on total income,.  If they think that is too high, then raise it higher as the rich as getting a free ride as states and the federal government maintain the infrastrucrtuire that allows these fat cats to live like royalty.  All goods coming into the country taxed as 35% but make it less if manufacturted in the US.

And Ryan, your utopia exists in Somalia and they are waiting on you!

grape_crush
grape_crush

Taking what Paul Ryan says seriously is so 2011.

Headline might as well be, "Another Teabagger House GOPer Whines About Not Getting Their Way"

> During a speech at the White House on Tuesday, the President said extortion from Congress cannot be allowed to become routine.

And Obama is exactly right.

allthingsinaname
allthingsinaname

Look at the silly a.. Press take pictures of politcal non-event staged for dummies. Any wonder why we are where we are?

allthingsinaname
allthingsinaname

Common ground would be what the public has said what it wants, a clean CR.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

“So let’s negotiate an agreement to make modest reforms to entitlement programs and the tax code.”

Oddly enough, that particular ransom demand is completely unrelated to the one that started the crisis. Do you think that might be a clue as to why the President would see negotiation with these scum as a fools errand?

MrObvious
MrObvious

Optics and antics. But 100 percent do nothing nonsense.