Patricia sends this in as a possible sign of conciliatory politics arising, perhaps as a result of containment. That sounds plausible to me.
Has John Boehner really agreed to increase taxes on the rich?
Since the election, House Speaker John Boehner (R) has had some conciliatory-sounding words about the need to avoid the ‘fiscal cliff.’ While he’s said ‘new revenue’ might be part of the solution, it’s problematic to assume he means higher taxes on the rich.
By Peter Grier, Christina Science Monitor Staff writer, November 15, 2012
Has speaker of the House John Boehner really agreed to increase taxes on the wealthy in some manner to help strike a fiscal deal with President Obama? That’s a crucial question as congressional Republicans and administration officials get ready for face-to-face negotiations Friday over the so-called “fiscal cliff” crisis facing the US.
Washington’s conventional wisdom is that Speaker Boehner has telegraphed his willingness to give a bit on this issue after years of GOP insistence that it wouldn’t accept higher taxes on anyone, millionaires included. The punditocracy bases this conclusion on the public statements Boehner has made since the election, which have been carefully worded but conciliatory in tone.
Take Boehner’s public statement of Nov. 7, in which he congratulated Mr. Obama on winning a second term, and said that when it came to producing a deficit-reduction package to keep the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes of the fiscal cliff from taking effect, House Republicans would be willing to accept new revenue, under the right conditions.
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