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Boehner breaks off debt-limit talks with president

Published: Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 6:25 p.m.


Speaker John Boehner broke off talks with President Barack Obama on a deal to cut spending and avert a government default Friday night. He said he would begin talks instead with Senate leaders.

"In the end, we couldn't connect," Boehner said in a letter circulated to the Republican rank and file.

The White House said Obama would respond personally to the turn of events in an unusual evening appearance before reporters.

Boehner's announcement marked an unexpected turn in an increasingly desperate attempt by a government divided between the two political parties to beat an Aug. 2 default deadline.


1cambridge(3013 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Obama should just give in to the teabagger/republicans and cut social security and medicare......right?

The link below is the story not just the headline. Vindy, you're welcome.


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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

He is just a tea party hack

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3TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Last time I looked congress was a bicameral legislature. I know you both think I made that word up, but unless the senate agrees to any proposed bill it doesn't really matter if Boehner and Obama talk or not. Congress passes the bill and then the president can sign or veto it.
Even though you two clearly dropped out after fifth grade to pursue acting careers, I think we learned how government works in fourth grade, so no excuses.

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4TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

actually, it does matter because that's how the political process works.

Boehner wants to engage in brinksmanship. he's getting a lesson from Barack and Harry.

Welcome to being speaker of the house John. Try not to cry.

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5TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I didn't say any of that. I'm saying he wanted the job, and now he's got it.

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6UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

If Obama & his Democrats cut one dollar of social security or medicare then 2012 is toast for them. 50 million seniors are waiting to see what happens. Let the Republicans & the TEA Party destroy the economy by causing the defaulting on the debt instead of raising income tax on the rich so 2012 is a Democratic victory year. I'd tell Boner that I want an up or down vote on the $2.5T debt limit increase and let the chips fall where they may.

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7James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The true Tea Party was started by Ron Paul and Co. in 2008. But since then, the NEOCON REPUBLICANS HIJACKED the "Tea Party" and they did it with the full support and backing of RUPERT MURDOCH and his FOX NEWS.
Ron Paul is not a NEOCON REPUBLICAN. That's why Murdoch's FOX NEWS has been doing everything in their popwer to ignore and degrade Ron Paul. They did it in 2008 and they are doing it now in this election. But maybe the tide will turn because of the trouble Murdoch and Co. are having in London right now. Hopefully it will reach the US and his FOX NEWS.
They're all NEOCONS at FOX NEWS.
Don't pay any attention to them.
Vote for Ron Paul. He speaks the truth and FOX NEWS refuses to listen to it.

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8Rockabilly(93 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank God President Obama is smart enough to not listen to the Republicans when it comes to the budget or the economy. After all it was the Republicans that drove the economy off the cliff and are the ones pushing to cut Social Security and Medicare. Republicans are disgusting people.

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9Jerry(498 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

mrblue - "We the voters have elected a bunch of clowns and sent them to D.C. "

I completely agree, that is what happened in 2008, and we started correcting this in 2010.

A different way of looking at the budget and deficit ceiling issue is to realize that the House has already presented and passed a specific plan. That legislation was blocked in the Senate by the votes of 3 Senators. So we would have a plan implemented to avert the "debt ceiling crisis" right now, except that the plan is being blocked by 3 Democrat Senators and 1 Democrat President.

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10TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

"Thank God President Obama is smart enough to not listen to the Republicans when it comes to the budget or the economy. After all it was the Republicans that drove the economy off the cliff and are the ones pushing to cut Social Security and Medicare. Republicans are disgusting people."

You, however, are clearly a genius in history, sociology, economics, and most of all, reality. Get away from your 'puter box for awhile, I think something needs eaten from McDonald's somewhere.

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11cambridge(3013 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

James_S....Is this the ron paul you're talking about? The one that only got 5% of the votes in the 2008 texas primary? That's his home state right? Great idea, you've got your finger on the pulse of the nation.


Personally I'd love to see the two teabagger darlings team up. It would be a lot more fun to watch.

palen/bachman 2012!

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12DwightK(1256 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I am so embarrassed that Boehner is from Ohio. Behavior like this is expected of people from Florida.

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13James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Ron Paul beat all the candidates in the 2008 debates and all the broadcast and cable tv news stations refused to admit it. Even FOX NEWS.

And he is beating them up again this year.

NEOCON Boehner said he was going to keep the reins tightened on Ron Paul.

Ron Paul's biggest enemy is the NEOCON REPUBLICAN PARTY. And then second in line is the NEOCON REPUBLICAN PARTY-PROMOTED FOX NEWS with the deceptive RUPERT MURDOCH at the helm.

It's obvious that all the other Globalist-owned MSM News Stations are promoting the Democrats and the Democratic Party. But Murdoch's "Fair and Balanced" NEOCON-PROMOTING FOX NEWS is promoting the likes of your NEOCONS PALIN and BACHMANN who are in fact in support of NEOCON BUSH'S "WAR ON TERROR" that your PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS FURTHERED (AND NOT SUPPRESSED LIKE HE SAID HE WOULD) AND HAS EVEN VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION AND HAS DECLARED WAR ON LIBYA WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS.

At the CPAC Convention last year, Ron Paul won the straw poll much to the dislike of NEOCON ROMNEY supporters. They were so mad that they booed when the results were posted.


Do you trust all things?

I certainly don't especially what's coming out of the mouths of our politicians, our government, and the MSM.

Are you an independant thinker or just a piece in their game?

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14outoftownbutstillaround(16 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

@ James_S

Good luck getting people to support someone like Ron Paul - he is honest, principled (i.e., actually follows the Constitution) and is not beholden to any special interest groups.

I do NOT think Paul would be a good president because of the intense opposition he would encounter from the ruling parties. He knows that, and you have to give him and his supporters credit for running a campaign to deliver an important message, not to win an election.

The media and both parties fear Paul, even though they know he could never win. His message was ridiculed as extreme in 2008 (e.g., gay marriage, foreign entanglements). Now, all the NEOCON Republican panderers are repeating the very things they ridiculed.

If you disagree with his Libertarian views, I understand and respect that, but try and respect the fact that some people are more impressed with integrity than poll numbers.

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15James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

"...some people are more impressed with integrity than poll numbers."

Who has any integrity?

I believe ALL of them, except for Ron Paul and a handful of others, are in the hip pocket of the international banksters who own this country and this government.

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16cambridge(3013 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

James_S....I think your attraction to ron paul is that he is a conspiracy nut. That and and the fact that the teabagger/republicans have no one to run against Obama.

Here are your choices. Who in their right mind would vote for any of these fools. In a poll even the teabagger/republicans don't consider these knuckleheads electable. I'm loving it.


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17James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

"... he is a conspiracy nut"
What conspiracy are you talking about?
The 911 Truthers? With their claims that the twin towers came down using controlled demolition?
Granted, there are alot of them who believe that. I don't. I believe the so-called "terrorists" got lucky when those towers fell. I don't believe the "terrorists" placed explosives on each floor prior to the attacks to give it the "pancaking effect" that they say could only result from pre-placed explosives. I could be wrong on that. Building #7, however, did come down with controlled demolition (even though it sustained minimal damage from the attack on the towers). It's plain to see that #7 came down using standard demolition techniques. It's collapse started at the base of the building and not at the top floors, like the towers did. I don't believe I have ever heard Ron Paul talk of this. Many of his followers did and still do adhere to it.
Then there is the conspiracy that our government planned it and directed it- regardless of how those buildings came down. Clinton paid no attention to the 1st attack. Then Bush was perceived as being surprised (was he?). I don't believe I've ever heard Ron Paul speak about that either.
Then there is the conspiracy that those who own our government and every president and politician were the ones behind 911 which, by the way started this "War on Terror" against those nasty, radical Muslims (Sunni's that Kissinger is out to protect in Saudi Arabia and elswhere). I don't believe I've ever heard Ron Paul speak of that conspiracy either.
Then, there is the grandaddy of all conspiracies and that is the communist conspiracy that was the forerunner of all these others which began in the 50's. And I don't believe I've ever heard Ron Paul speak of this one either.
I have heard Ron Paul say that he wants to audit the Federal Reserve. I have heard Ron Paul say that we should withdraw all our troops from these unconstitutional wars that we are in. I did hear Ron Paul say that because of U.S. intervention in the M.E. (and the cooperative support we give to Israel- my words) in the annihilation of Israel's enemies, the Palestinians, the events of 911 may have never happened. I have heard Ron Paul say that Israel should and can fight it's own wars and not rely on U.S. troops and money.
It's what Ron Paul has said mainly regarding Israel that has the ESTABLISHMENT ridiculing him. And that's because the ESTABLISHMENT is being focused on by Ron Paul. He is exposing them for what and who they are. No other politicians have the guts to do it.
Then there is the Elvis Conspiracy and I don't believe I've ever heard him talk of that one either....

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