President Obama is taking a tough opening stance in talks over deficit reduction, pushing Republicans to accept a plan that calls for $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over the next ten years, according to reports.
The figure is double the $800 billion last discussed by the White House and House Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio) during their 2011 negotiations on raising the debt-ceiling limit.
Let me tell you ahead of time what the Republican response to this is going to be: No. Really. If Obama couldn’t get 800 billion last year, he’s not going to get 1.6 trillion this year. I don’t care how much people reading this mistrust the House leadership; this number is not an invitation for negotiations. It’s an invitation for the House delegation to walk out of the talks until a grown-up can be found to replace Barack Obama in them. Which would almost impress me, except I suspect that the President still has no real skill at negotiating with people who can tell him to kindly go engage in auto-erotic activity.
Stuff like this tells me that the next four years are going to be interesting times.