Charm Offensive Produces No Breakthroughs

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- No breakthroughs were predicted when President Barack Obama set out on his courtship of Congress. And there's no sign any have been achieved. That's particularly true on reducing the government's borrowing and debt.

Over and over, House and Senate Republicans told Obama he must lead, tone down the political attacks and lean on Democrats to concede to lower spending on benefit programs like Medicare.

Over and over, the president told Republicans that if he is to make concessions on Medicare and other programs, they would have to agree to higher taxes.

On that, there was little if any give. Republicans said they gave ground on taxes over the year-end holidays and noted that since then Obama's approval ratings have receded for the first time since his re-election. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. Comments may take up to 24 hours or longer to appear on the site.

See full commenting rules...
powered by Disqus
WILX 500 American Road Lansing, MI 48911 517-393-0110
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 198592981 -
Gray Television, Inc.