Not only do Democrats demand that there be no entitlement reforms in this ‘fiscal cliff’ deal, but now they are saying that they want the debt ceiling increased but don’t want any spending cuts to go along with it:
MARKET WATCH – House Speaker John Boehner’s hard line on increasing the debt ceiling in the fiscal-cliff negotiations is “deeply irresponsible,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday. Responding to Boehner’s earlier comment that there would be a “price tag” for hiking the debt limit.
“Asking that a political price be paid in order for Congress to do its job to ensure that the United States of America pays its bills and does not default for the first time in its history is deeply irresponsible,” Carney said.
So basically they want tax increases on the wealthy and an increase in the debt ceiling, and they are only offering their word that they will deal with the other stuff next year.
Well, if it keeps going this way then there will be no deal, and that is the best thing at this point.