This is for all those who thought that President Obama would work across the isle . . .
President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning – but he also left no doubt about who’s in charge of these negotiations. “I won,” Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.
and those who thought he was going to give bigger tax cuts to the poor . . .
The Republicans stressed that they want to include more middle class tax cuts in the package, citing their proposal to cut the two lowest tax rates — 15 percent and 10 percent — to ten percent and five percent, rather than issue the refundable credit Obama wants.
and those who thought he was going to get rid of taxes all together . . .
But when the conversation got down to other specifics, it was clear that some of the Republican ideas were clearly non-starters with the new president – including calls to put off tax hikes during the recession. “He rejected that out of hand and said we couldn’t have any hard and fast rules like that,” Cantor said.
All I can say is . . . I told you so.
There is another important thing I want to say . . . why do Republicans campaign strong on issues (and pledge to uphold them) and then do the most to reach across the isle when they are elected (remember how they were giving up committee chairmanships back in 2000), when Democrats campaign weak (have you ever heard them say they support abortion . . . or choice? are they for or against the war? or funding it?) and promise cooperation and compromise, but rarely come through?