Obama reaches out to GOP rank and file to exert pressure on leaders

  • Article by: JONATHAN WEISMAN , New York Times
  • Updated: March 3, 2013 - 10:43 PM

As leaders in Congress take a rigid stance on budget cuts, the president hopes to build consensus among rank and file.

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basia2186Mar. 4, 13 5:32 AM

How about if we stop trying to buy friends in the middle east? 450 million going to Egypt? Stop the madness already. We talk about trillions of dollars as billions and millions were referred to not so many years ago.

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comment229Mar. 4, 13 5:40 AM

When asked about budget negotiations and ideas, McCain and Graham replied, "what budget cuts? how about Benghazi? We will talk about budget cuts and revenue increases (ahhhh, can you say "loopholes" John and Lindsay?) when we know the truth about Benghazi." Actually, the truth about Benghazi is known to these two; it has been reported on fox every single night and to the highly informed Limbaugh listeners. Move on!

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pjoconn1Mar. 4, 13 6:04 AM

Now you wanna talk? What, you didn't have a campaign trip planned for today? No vacation to take? What's going to happen when we Americans really have to cut spending/waste?

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Truckman182Mar. 4, 13 6:29 AM

This is where Obama's "my way or the highway approach has gotten him."

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boris123Mar. 4, 13 7:07 AM

What is there to talk about? The reduction in govt spending increase has been implemented which is a good first step. If more talks are needed they should be about increasing the reduction in govt spending to bring the annual spending budget be no more than the CPI rate of inflation on a year over year basis. News Flash: President Obama scheduled a Foreign Affairs meeting with Dennis Rodman to resolve the North Korean conflict.

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palsarMar. 4, 13 7:13 AM

How much more "revenue" does he want? He got $600 Billion in January. Where was the "balanced" approach then? How in the world can't the Gov't handle $85 Billion in cuts?

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lawstarMar. 4, 13 7:24 AM

Perhaps Mr. Obama would serve us better by "reaching out" to GOP leaders to enact a budget as that is a long neglected Constitutional requirement.

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u4775Mar. 4, 13 7:43 AM

Obama is a real compromiser all right. Boehner offered him raising rates or closing loopholes. He took raising rates. Now he wants the other half, closing loopholes. So his idea of compromise is that he gets it all and the other side gets nothing. See where it got him this time.

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avejoeconMar. 4, 13 8:21 AM

Counting Obama care taxes, Obama has 1.8 TRILLION in tax increases. Now, lets get to those cuts he promised in order to be "balanced". He promised 3 dollars cuts for every dollar revenue. He so far has increased spending ONLY. He owe us 5.4 Trillion in cuts over the next 10 years. Lets have um!

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avejoeconMar. 4, 13 8:32 AM

Obama reaching out? yeah right! The only time he has ever reached out the the GOP is to slap them across the face. He has NEVER reached out with compromise. It's always his way or else. And this time, the "or else" is that he plans on cutting in the most damaging way he can. Want to see things he could cut rather than personnel. Goggle Ridiculous Govt Waste and see what Obama will be spending money on rather than keeping essential personnel on the job!

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