White House “Not Serious at All” About Averting Fiscal Cliff | Speaker.gov

Three weeks after Republicans outlined a balanced, popular framework for averting the fiscal cliff by cutting spending and reforming our tax code, the White House finally made its offer: a spectacularly unserious grab bag of tax rate hikes, ‘stimulus’-style spending, and other Democratic pipe dreams.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what people are saying about the White House proposal:

  • “loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed spending cuts” (New York Times)
  • “a particularly expansive version of the White House's wish list, with a heavy focus on tax increases and spending proposals” (Wall Street Journal)
  • “not serious at all. … in presenting his demands, the president has now made very clear that there is only one side that is working in good faith.” (Kim Strassel)
  • “Obama wish list” (Politico)
  • “insulting” (Charles Krauthammer)
  • “Obama demands $1.6 trillion tax boost, and an unlimited credit card” (Daily Caller)
  • Obama to Republicans: My Offer is Nothing (Power Line Blog)
  • “Administration officials said the offer constituted much of what Obama has suggested in budget proposals” which received zero votes in the House and Senate (Associated Press)
  • “it couldn't get through the House, and maybe not even the Senate” (Wall Street Journal)