Live from D.C.: House GOP preps for visit from Obama

WASHINGTON — President Obama comes to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to meet with House Republicans. Or, as Rep. Tom Price put it to me Tuesday, “Four years and two months into his term in office, it’s nice that he comes and visits us for a second time.”

Clearly, there are some trust issues between the two sides.

“Trust is the coin of the political realm, and you can’t do anything without trust,” the Roswell Republican continued. But he did leave an opening for optimism.

“Anything the president does to begin to build a foundation of trust is important. … We’re hopeful this is a sincere effort. But time will tell. A single meeting does not trust build.”

Price’s comments on both the limits of what can be accomplished in one meeting and the promise of even having a meeting were echoed by another Georgia Republican congressman.

“There are no words [Wednesday] that can bring us closer to a solution,” said Rep. Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville. “What we need are deeds. … I’m certain we have a [House Republican] conference that wants to do big things that matter. We just need a willing partner, and I have no doubt we’d be able to turn this corner for all Americans.”

Turning the corner, in Woodall’s view, means moving beyond the kind of spending cuts included in so-called sequestration.

“We’re spending less in discretionary [programs] — 10 percent less — than we spent on Jan. 3, 2011, when I arrived here” as a congressman, he said. “The only thing that matters is that [other] two-thirds of the budget: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.”

The House Budget Committee, chaired by former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan with Price as vice chair, released its latest 10-year plan for taxes and spending on Tuesday. Price said the document details how the House GOP would balance the budget within a decade — including by completely defunding Obamacare, to the tune of $1.8 trillion over 10 years. In all, total federal health spending from 2014-2023 would be $10 trillion instead of $12.7 trillion, with savings also coming from the introduction of competition to Medicare and flexibility to states for their Medicaid programs.

But, Price added, the budget document is “more about why it is important” to rein in federal spending. Among the reasons he named: “to get the economy rolling again, job creation, opportunities for young people, a level of security for seniors that will be eroded if we continue to spend more than we take in.”

The House GOP budget, Price said, would mean “greater opportunity and growth, so that future generations can … enjoy the realization of their dreams as well.”

That budget isn’t going to become law as long as Obama remains president, not to mention while Democrats control the Senate. But Price was upbeat about the fact the Senate will be going through its budgeting process for the first time in four years, rather than relying on the extension of short-term measures (known as continuing resolutions).

“The days of having two or three or four people, behind closed doors, decide what they will push to be adopted by Congress, without any changes, I think those days are over,” Price said.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

March 13th, 2013
7:55 am

As the WH insider said yesterday this dog and pony show is for the media’s benefit. Obama plans to run hard against the GOP in 2014, so he needs some talking points. This will be his evidence that he tried with working with them and it didn’t work, so now he needs to replace them.

His ideas of government as all things to all people is so far apart from the GOP’s goal of fiscal sanity, there is little hope. We will however be inundated with media fawning over Obama’s good intentions, as they see it, not knowing his true political aims.

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

March 13th, 2013
7:58 am

Growing government and reducing government spending are somewhat antithetical, so common ground is a vast chasm.

Cheesy Grits is gone but not forgotten

March 13th, 2013
8:03 am

Clearly, there are some trust issues between the two sides.

“the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term President.”

Wonder why ?

Cheesy Grits is gone but not forgotten

March 13th, 2013
8:08 am

GOP’s goal of fiscal sanity

Almost fell out of my chair with that one.

Growing government and reducing government

Never mind that spending has somewhat leveled off under Obama compared to Bush.

Cheesy Grits is gone but not forgotten

March 13th, 2013
8:10 am

The House GOP budget, Price said, would mean “greater opportunity and growth, so that future generations can … enjoy the realization of their dreams as well.”

More trickle down BS.

They have just repackaged it.

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

March 13th, 2013
8:23 am

At 50 percent, Obama’s overall standing in the poll is lower than that of most other modern second-term presidents at this point in their terms. Of the seven second-term presidents who have been in office since Harry S. Truman, only George W. Bush had a positive rating as low as 50 percent at this stage.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obamas-approval-drops-as-americans-take-a-dimmer-view-of-his-economic-policies

Tied with GWB at the bottom, doesn’t say much for the public’s confidence in your ability, but of course, when you haven’t demonstrated much ability, what do you expect.

Don't Tread

March 13th, 2013
8:29 am

“Trust is the coin of the political realm, and you can’t do anything without trust”

Well if that’s the case, then 0bama is bankrupt. Comrade 0bama can’t be “trusted” with anything, especially our individual rights.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
8:34 am

Off-topic a bit early, but is there any logical reason why this AJC server seems to be the only one left on the planet that hasn’t been upgraded to Daylight Saving Time – 3 days after the event occurred?

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
8:38 am

It appears more and more likely that Democrats will continue to deny that needed changes to Medicare and Social Security will be included in any proposal they will consider.

If they aren’t going to be serious about real reform, let’s end this experiment right now and either dissolve the Union or bankrupt it. Just avoid the endless decades of ensuing misery for us and our grandchildren.

Just Saying..

March 13th, 2013
8:40 am

“…this AJC server seems to be the only one left on the planet that hasn’t been upgraded to Daylight Saving Time – 3 days after the event occurred?”

It knows you’re always behind the times, Tib…

Just Saying..

March 13th, 2013
8:44 am

“…it’s nice that he comes and visits us for a second time.”

Because Tom Price ALWAYS is eager to return to forums where people shout “You lie!” while he’s speaking…

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
8:47 am

“Because Tom Price ALWAYS is eager to return to forums where people shout “You lie!” while he’s speaking…”

Considering that was at the State of the Union address (held each and EVERY year) where the President speaks TO Congress, and not an actual visit to speak WITH Congress, I think we have just learned who is “behind the times”, Just Saying.

Aynie Sue

March 13th, 2013
8:50 am

I hope that the President’s visit to the House of Inequity is a courtesy call only. Now that the Republicans have renewed their dastardly plans for America in the new Paul Ryan budget, the President should throw all his energy into making sure that Republican domination of Congress is ended by the 2014 elections.

The Paul Ryan budget for austerity is cynical and defeatist, the anathema of the American spirit. I’m not interested in a plan to balance the federal budget in 10 years! That is a recipe for national decline.

I want a plan to restore Clintonesque prosperity for Americans who are able and willing to work, provide Clintonesque investment opportunities for the trillions of dollars of pent-up private capital, and create a Clintonesque federal budget surplus for paying down the national debt,

I want growth and expansion through massive investment in education, urban transportation, bridges, railways, and ports to jump-start the economy in the next few years and sustain economic growth in the future.

I want a hard-working, enthusiastic, exciting, hopeful America, a nation of innovators and builders, not a nation of the jobless and the poor.

Just Saying..

March 13th, 2013
8:51 am

Tib: “Considering that was at the State of the Union address…”

You’re right, Tib. That makes it ok…

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
8:54 am

Just Saying, you do not have my permission to put words in my mouth. Got it?

Aquagirl

March 13th, 2013
8:55 am

It knows you’re always behind the times, Tib…

C’mon Tiberius, I don’t care who you are, thas’ funny. :)

Cutty

March 13th, 2013
8:59 am

Trust is a two way street. At least it is in the real world. And when the opposing party is plotting how to bring you down the same day you’re being inaugurated, how much trust can there be. And I won’t even go into the Kenyan-born, Marxist, Socialist, Communist crap. Nice try tho Wingfield.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
9:00 am

“I want growth and expansion through massive investment in education, urban transportation, bridges, railways, and ports to jump-start the economy in the next few years and sustain economic growth in the future.”

Stimulus I and II and all those little Stimuli programs like Cash for Clunkers was tried, and they failed, Aynie Sue. Yet you want more. Go figure.

“I want a hard-working, enthusiastic, exciting, hopeful America, a nation of innovators and builders, not a nation of the jobless and the poor.”

Then why did you vote to re-elect the Incompetent One who has made more people dependent on government that ever before?

“The Paul Ryan budget for austerity is cynical and defeatist, the anathema of the American spirit.”

Actually, it’s American at it’s very core. It signals to the world that we pay our bills.

“I’m not interested in a plan to balance the federal budget in 10 years!”

Color me shocked, considering that President Incompetent hasn’t submitted one that would come close to being balanced in 15 years.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
9:03 am

“And when the opposing party is plotting how to bring you down the same day you’re being inaugurated, how much trust can there be.”

Uh, Cutty? There hasn’t been a time in the past 80 years when the opposing party hasn’t been dedicated to bringing down the opposition. Get with reality, son. The only difference is that someone on the opposing side stupidly made the pronouncement in public, rather than in private.

fair and balanced

March 13th, 2013
9:08 am

Kyle can’t wait for the star speaker at CPAC, the honorable Ted Cruz of Texas, an unabashed Reagan Republican and tea party darling ready to do some major deficit cutting in D.C. Problem is his actions are different than his words (seems to be a big problem with this “seriously conservative” crowd.
“”"”"”"In 2009, Texas closed a $6.6-billion budget deficit with $6.4 billion from the stimulus. The Texas House wanted to spend $155 million of the stimulus to give retired teachers one-time $500 checks. Senate Republicans who opposed the payments got wording inserted into the final bill requiring the Attorney General to issue a “conclusive opinion that such one-time payments are constitutionally and statutorily permissive” before the state could write the checks.
That kicked off a months-long process during which interested parties could submit legal briefs to the Opinion Committee in the Office of the Texas Attorney General. The Texas Retired Teachers Association hired the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to lay out the legal case in favor of the extra money. Morgan, Lewis had previously represented the teachers’ pension system. Cruz worked at the firm then but, more importantly, he had been Solicitor General at the AG’s office beforehand and knew how the place worked.
The Opinion Committee was in for a couple surprises when it received Cruz’ brief on July 20, 2009. One member speaking privately to avoid professional retribution thought it odd that Cruz, a conservative Republican then exploring a race for Attorney General, was representing teachers. An even bigger deal was how pro-stimulus and pro-Washington Cruz’s legal reasoning was. For a senator who loves the anti-Obama limelight, Cruz’s 2009 brief could not have been more pro-stimulus had the DNC written it.
In the memo that he alone signed, Cruz argued that rejecting the payments to retired teachers “would risk frustrating the purposes of federal law to stimulate the economy and invest in education” but allowing them “affords a clear public benefit.””"”"”"”"”"”

http://www.cagle.com/2013/03/ted-cruz-pro-stimulus-republican/#.UUCGjRwp92Y

I am sure Kyle and the Fox News crowd will get us an explanation on the latest star flip flopper in this sanctimoniousness bunch..

Cutty

March 13th, 2013
9:09 am

Well I wish the dems wouldve opposed more of W’s hair-brained schemes like NCLB and those tax cuts. Ironic that you care so much about the deficit, but think tax cuts similar to Bush’s are the way to go. You and your ilk blame Obama for making people ‘dependent on government’ when your guy tanked the economy, tossed the hot potato to Obama and ran back to Crawford never to be seen again.

Just Saying..

March 13th, 2013
9:11 am

Tib, you’ve always had the deal here wrong. It’s a forum of debate and ideas. Everyone here is equal, separated only by the merits of their offerings. Despite your ego and esteem issues, you have no special standing here. Deal with it, or take your lower lip elsewhere.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
9:18 am

“Well I wish the dems wouldve opposed more of W’s hair-brained schemes like NCLB”

Yeah, ’cause Ted Kennedy had nothing to do with that proposal . . . :roll:

“and those tax cuts.”

Yep. Should’ve had some spending cuts to go along with them.

“Ironic that you care so much about the deficit, but think tax cuts similar to Bush’s are the way to go.”

Tax cuts ARE the way to go, as long as there are spending cuts to pay for them. It’s where GWB and I ALWAYS disagreed.

“You and your ilk blame Obama for making people ‘dependent on government’”

Because we’re correct in that regard.

“when your guy tanked the economy,”

Which he actually didn’t, but please feel free to tell us which bills Bush signed which actually had a direct cause to the recession.

“tossed the hot potato to Obama and ran back to Crawford never to be seen again.”

Uh, Cutty? He was Constitutionally required to do so. He wasn’t President anymore. And at least he’s done what other honorable Presidents used to do, which is to keep his pie-hole shut about his successor. Can’t say the same about the less than honorable Clinton and Carter embarrassments.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
9:21 am

“Tib, you’ve always had the deal here wrong.”

No, Just Saying, I think I have the whole “Calling out jackalopes for their nonsense” thing down pat.

If you want to debate, debate YOUR ideas. You do not have the right to tell me what mine are.

independent thinker

March 13th, 2013
9:24 am

Funny how the cons here totally forget they were wailing a year ago about Obama cutting 716 billion from Medicare and putting Ryan’s momma on her death bed.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
9:28 am

So unfair and unbalanced is now arguing that a lawyer who supports the Constitutional powers of the Federal government (when those powers have been used time and time again) is somehow doing something wrong?

But when he opposes something the Federal government does that was (at the time) arguably unconstitutional, he was wrong to do that as well?

And uses a blog opinion from a flaming liberal to make his case?

Got it.

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 13th, 2013
9:30 am

What time is Obama scheduled to deliver the beat down?

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
9:32 am

Ever notice that “fair and balanced” and “independent thinker” always show up at the same time, neither use capital letters in their blog names, and always post the same kind of thing in the same writing style?

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
9:34 am

“What time is Obama scheduled to deliver the beat down?”

And you’re the one always whining about the GOP not being open to compromise, Finn . . .

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 13th, 2013
9:35 am

That budget isn’t going to become law as long as Obama remains president, not to mention while Democrats control the Senate.

So, instead of putting out a budget based somewhat on reality, Ryan and his group wasted millions of tax payer dollars and hours upon hours of their time putting out something that is supposed to “show” us where their imaginations can go.

What a bunch of idiots you Cons have elected.

You want to fix problems in government? Want to make it a more efficient place? How about this load of crap? Why not start here. Call your rep and give them hell.

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

March 13th, 2013
9:35 am

I’m not interested in a plan to balance the federal budget

and create a Clintonesque federal budget surplus

Aynie Sue, you got lost somewhere in your rant. How do you get to a surplus, without balancing the budget first? Did you get your talking points all mixed up and confused.

indigo

March 13th, 2013
9:37 am

This will accomplish nothing.

Republicans are committed to doing nothing but blocking Obama at every turn untill to next election.

Only in America.

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 13th, 2013
9:37 am

Fiscal conservative is an oxymoron.

southpaw

March 13th, 2013
9:37 am

What time is Obama scheduled to deliver the beat down?
———————————————————
Right after Satan adds to the complaints about climate change (no longer called global warming for a reason).

No, I’m not trying to change subjects.

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 13th, 2013
9:38 am

So, instead of putting out a budget based somewhat on reality,

Instead of starting negotiations in the same ballpark, we have to bring the Republicans back down onto the same planet first.

Just Saying..

March 13th, 2013
9:41 am

Tib: “If you want to debate, debate YOUR ideas. You do not have the right to tell me what mine are.”

Tib, I’ll always point out the logical inconsistencies of your arguments. That’s what debate is.

And you still have the deal wrong. I do not need your permission, nor do you grant rights here.
The AJC provides this blog for Kyle, not you.
And everyone here knows why that will always be the case…

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

March 13th, 2013
9:44 am

Funny how the cons here totally forget they were wailing a year ago about Obama cutting 716 billion from Medicare

Not correct as usual. We were complaining about the phony accounting trick of counting the money twice, both to improve medicare and to fund Obamacare. He was so desperate to show that Obamacare would not add to the deficit and his manufactured ways to pay for it was all a lie, as the cost was about triple what he claimed it to be. You knew this, but decided this talking point was just too good not to use even though it was untrue, even Obama used it against Romney when he also knew it was untrue. Saying something that you know to be untrue makes you a liar.

JF McNamara

March 13th, 2013
9:46 am

“Four years and two months into his term in office, it’s nice that he comes and visits us for a second time.”

It’s probably because of how you treated him. Every time I hear this woe is me stuff coming out of a Republicans mouth, I wonder do they remember Birthers, the Tea Party and statements like our number one objective is to defeat Obama. They also had a no compromise arrangement to the point Boehner was on TV and wouldn’t even utter the words.

It’s not a coincidence that polls blame Republicans for the bipartisan mess. For two or three years, they were the party of intransigence. I’m sure Obama isn’t completely faultless, but it felt like for two years Republicans were disrespecting the office of the Presidency any time a camera was on.

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

March 13th, 2013
9:55 am

“America uses 20 percent of the world’s oil, and we’ve got 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves. I wasn’t a math major, but if you’re using 20, you’ve only got 2, that means you got to bring in the rest from someplace else.” Barack Obama

Remember when he used to throw this out at every opportunity and now you never hear it. Bloggers quoted him ad nausem with this line. Turns out he got 4 pinocchios from the Wash Post. Yesterday, I heard an energy expert say that current estimates indicate that we will be the energy production leader in the world by 2020, due to new techniques for producing shale oil, fracking, and other new techniques.

Wrong on energy, wrong on the economy!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/pinocchios-obama-gets-a-downgrade-romney-an-upgrade/2012/03/21/gIQAX7uPSS_blog.html

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
9:59 am

“So, instead of putting out a budget based somewhat on reality, ”

You may not LIKE the reality, Finn, but you need to learn that you cannot avoid it.

independent thinker

March 13th, 2013
10:00 am

Kyle, I am sure is going to expound on this story about CPAC:

“”"”"”On the eve of the most widely anticipated conservative event of the year, the group responsible for organizing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 13) has chosen to feature the work of a controversial white nationalist professor on its website.”"”"”"”"”"”"”"
http://www.irehr.org/issue-areas/race-racism-and-white-nationalism/item/467-alert-acu-weissberg

Should do a lot to gin up the Southern white vote

Whirled Peas

March 13th, 2013
10:02 am

Lets see who is brave enough to stand up and proclaim publicly that “the king has no clothes.”

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
10:02 am

“It’s probably because of how you treated him.”

Really, JF McNamara? The President is now a petulant child to be coddled? He’s the head of the Executive Branch of the most powerful nation on earth, and he’s to be treated with kid freakin’ gloves?

You’ll never, ever realize how low you set the bar for the Incompetent One.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
10:07 am

“And you still have the deal wrong.”

No, Just Saying, I don’t. I cannot force you to stop putting words in my mouth (good thing, or you’d be gone), but I CAN point out how intellectually dishonest people such as you are when you try to do so.

It’s called “exposing the liars”, and it’s a game I LOVE to play, mainly due to the fact that there are so many of you on this blog.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

March 13th, 2013
10:14 am

Obama’s approval drops as Americans take a dimmer view of his economic policies

Which is exactly why he is out negotiating with the Repugs and the loons in his own party to try and get something, anything, accomplished. We’re talking about an attempt to stave off total Lame Duck status. That’s why we should give him the benefit of the doubt and take full advantage of the vulnerability, the very fate of our country lies in the balance.

If you partisan ill will you must exercise, then just enjoy the fact that libs like cheesy and finn probably clutched their pillows and burst into tears at the thought of dear leader with his back side fully exposed.

md

March 13th, 2013
10:23 am

““the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term President.” ”

Seems Cheesy is one of the few that don’t know that even the media is now acknowledging the above was taken out of context.

Sigh………..

md

March 13th, 2013
10:26 am

“So, instead of putting out a budget based somewhat on reality, ”

Now that is comical considering the other side doesn’t even bother putting out a budget………

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

March 13th, 2013
10:36 am

Somehow, Finn, missed this story in his favorite online news site, Slate.com. The article skewers Barry for his lack of transparency and credits Fox News for being the only one pushing the regime on Fast and Furious, among other issues. Seems at least one liberal source is tired of toting water for Obama.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2013/03/barack_obama_promised_transparency_the_white_house_is_as_opaque_secretive.2.html

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 13th, 2013
10:36 am

“Now that is comical considering the other side doesn’t even bother putting out a budget………”

To be fair, md, the other side has put out a budget.

That it failed to get any votes certainly points to their side being out of touch with reality, though.

Matz

March 13th, 2013
10:38 am

Mr. Wingfield,

I must protest the half-hearted reporting on this. WHAT WAS THE DAPPER DOC WEARING? While his fashion choices are rarely flamboyant, they’re always brilliant in the subtlety of power and steady confidence they convey. Oh please, oh please, oh please… WHAT’S HE WEARING NOW for his meeting with the President? I’m almost as tingly as he is, just thinking about it!