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It's not gonna get any easier it's gonna get harder.
We must all do what map pull off the bandit.
-- -- -- You know now's the time -- -- -- there was never any agreement.
To allow tax rates -- grew up in any discussions I've ever have of the White House not want.
President today repeating that he still wants a big deal.
Meeting again this afternoon at the white house with both -- speaker Boehner saying tax increases a non starter for his caucus just can't get through.
Meantime there's word that to reach a grand -- deal sources say President Obama offered to raise the Medicare eligibility rate from 65 to 67.
Late today House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said this quote.
We continue to oppose benefit cuts in social security and Medicare these pillars of economic.
And health security should not be used as a piggy bank to subsidize tax cuts for the wealthy.
Where are we on this let's bring in our panel Steve Hayes senior writer for the weekly standard Juan Williams columnist with the hill and syndicated columnist program.
-- start with you first of all the tone and tenor of the president's news conference you've written about this.
About the chances he's had to address this big issue up until now what were your thoughts about.
The -- adopts this position of being the Olympian observer of all there's above all the squabbling.
Everyone else plays politics but he -- in the national interest.
And he says you know if not now -- all of a sudden he's decided you have to have a big deal not a small deal from Muncie insists that we have no deal.
For months he insisted that we have a debt ceiling increase would no cuts at all and now all of a sudden only -- big deal.
And he says if not now -- and how -- in February.
When he is president submitted a budget that increased the deficit.
All of a sudden he's a man who wants to be the one who cuts the deficit and the debt it's a farce and and you see it in the threat he made when he said.
I will not sign short term extension.
Let's say we're in negotiations -- we're approaching and we want something real like tax reform which takes a few months.
And Republicans -- pass a tax reform of old pass a debt ceiling increase for say three months.
To allow negotiations.
He says he will veto it because he's acting in -- national interest.
Has to be a big deal I think their vote because of the call the bluff on -- there is no way in which of the house approves of the three month extension.
Commensurate some relatively small cuts at the senate pulled through -- local.
Oppose it and the president will veto it because.
Then he gets the blame for the the catastrophe that he and Geithner have been protect me.
11 about that I mean if if this deal does not work out in both sides stick to their.
They're points and the house moves forward a short term deal that the president says he's not gonna sign.
It doesn't get passed the senate is if even if it does it get stopped at the White House -- is it in the White House's political court in dealing with this crisis.
Now it'll be it'll it'll come across as a prank as basically a ploy by Republicans to try to save space and cover for the fact that they have blocked.
What everyone sees is a deal that really.
Met the needs the demands of Republicans up front but do you really believe there was a deal as of Saturday before jonbenet's -- I don't think there was an actual deal but I think they were closer I think John Boehner is much more about let's get something done let's say that we.
A divided government.
Democrat in the white house Republican majority in the house.
Were able to achieve something the American people at a time I think John Boehner really believe that wanted that to happen I don't think that's the case with -- Eric Cantor.
Who I think is challenging John Boehner is leadership.
And I think when I listen -- Charles I think you know Republicans get -- on hectoring President Obama and President Obama is not perfect -- has lots applause.
But the idea that you would go back months and say well but pres Obama should have done this months ago we haven't.
He has conceded on everything from entitlement reform right which is what Republicans that they want to spending cuts.
Republicans know when we can't have a deal we would -- -- that it.
And he's made it bigger in terms of the entitlement reform.
That Republicans were ever thought was possible when she conceded to him when he was talking about Social Security he's talking about Medicare and an ambulance and specifically he was talking.
Now what -- -- raising the age raising the age -- which you would qualify.
Right he talked about it in public he said he wants to do it.
Now he has an and they don't see any action that's devers is now I don't know what you what you wanted to negotiate on Fox News.
Still he's told us the tax increases he wants.
He's told us exactly what he wants Republicans to do on taxes he has never won stated it cut the structurally change entitlements.
All -- -- he had an hour of a press conference in which he could do it.
All we got was a -- an hour after implying that he might.
We do X let's hash -- doing one statement in public.
The suggestion Steve is that this is all the booking theatre.
It is and look this is exactly right if if the president wanted to give anything specific you could have done it.
In public it suggests to me that he's not actually serious about it it it polls well when you say that you want to get serious about entitlements people so -- I like that.
And if you say I wanna get serious about debt and spending people say well I like that it's when you actually offer specifics like Paul Ryan did.
In his budget which was passed by the house Republicans.
That's when you run into potential political -- -- the president is totally unwilling to do that so he's in favor of general.
Vague entitlement reform he's not in favor of anything specific in any way that he can be held accountable port.
But I think that was that was a very important moment today in this press conference when he's talking.
About this is it unwillingness to -- sign something that was -- something sixty days or ninety -- 120.
Think about that think about what that means in terms of the president's position now.
He's -- you warned that if we don't have a deal the United States faces economic catastrophe ruin were off the precipice.
But he doesn't want to sign something that some arbitrary time limit because.
Why because he doesn't want to because he doesn't think it would be good for the country it would be better for the country to go into default is to see the consequences that Timothy Geithner has laid out now.
Over the past several months and how serious is the present let's just say okay -- can't that I wrote one more time if you don't worry that none other -- I'm not arguing for that I'm not arguing that I'm -- as a measure of what the president.
Thanks he's willing.
To -- if Republicans don't adhere to his arbitrary timetable which I don't think they would anyway if he's he's willing to take the country off the cliff that's 47 and.
And this is a president -- -- -- could be canned for two years and all of a sudden I decide has to be longer term you know what his definition of loan terms.
The day after Election Day anything shorter is short term because it would hurt him politically this has nothing.
11 -- -- -- -- I know you're gonna rush -- -- but when Lance Williams the panel on this OK but but you know what I'm gonna -- Okay and it's easy doesn't want the last -- -- he's -- nobody's trying to stay here.
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