West Wing meetup
June 1st, 2011
09:18 AM ET

West Wing meetup

Consider this one of those times you'd like to be a fly on the wall - in the East Room of the White House as the president meets with the entire Republican House caucus Wednesday to discuss the debate over raising the debt ceiling.

CNN's Alan Silverleib previews the unconventional meeting.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with congressional Republicans on Wednesday as part of the administration's ongoing debt-ceiling and related budget negotiations.

Vice President Joe Biden has been holding similar talks with a bipartisan congressional delegation in recent weeks.

A day earlier, the House defeated a measure to raise the national debt ceiling without any accompanying deficit or spending reduction provisions. It was a symbolic vote intended to send a message to budget negotiators.


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  1. John

    Just another sham. POTUS meets with these repubs to find out what their plan is all about? Does anyone really believe he didn't know already?
    The house and Senate should be going line by line cutting everything they agree is non-essential. When you see the crap they are spending on in detail it is not as easy to defend the spending. Although we can't even to agree to cut a program like NPR.

    June 2, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  2. jean2009

    If trickle down economics, Bush era tax cuts, massive deregulation and subsidies for corporations, and no child left behind policies really worked we would currently have the best educated, highest paid work force, in the world, with zero unemployment. Obviously that is not the case, and it is a major myth that they do or would.

    During the last century the trickle down theory of economics has been the mantra of the conservative Republicans and in each instance it has proved to be the ruin of the middle class. May I say the periods during or following Hoover, Reagan, and Bush are the prime example of how they do not work. The failed philosophy of cutting spending for education, infrastructure, and every support system that helps those not born with a silver spoon in their mouth which would guarantee them being blessed with good health care and an excellent education are the first things eliminated.

    Now is the time to eliminate subsidies and corporate welfare and end the Bush era tax cuts, we currently have a revenue problem. Here we are with a President who is trying hard to get us back on level ground after 8 years of total mismanagement. Even if you are as dumb as a rock, you should know any country cannot fight two unfunded wars and give the wealthiest citizens who reap the greatest benefits from our society big tax breaks and subsidies. Those are just the facts. Yes, we can cut unnecessary things, but this should begin first with cutting subsidies for big oil and several other corporations, and eliminating tax breaks for those who can afford to pay more.

    This last week we heard someone from OPEC say they hope to have gasoline prices down so that we won't be in a rush to go green....well we should make a point of going green regardless of the price of fuel. If we don't do it and do it quickly some other country will, and we will be eating their dust. The space program took eight years from President Kennedy's 1961 speech to putting a man on the moon (1969). Today we need the same type of government program to make us energy efficient by the end of the decade ...including the use of wind, wave, solar, or any other method, and including high speed train with an emphasis on mass transportation instead of the wasteful method of everyone driving their own gas guzzler.

    June 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      jean2009, sounds like you are using the standard MSNBC talking points. You say "massive deregulation" Can you name one law, executive order, or other signed by President Bush that you would consider massive deregulation?

      You do know that Barry extended the tax cuts and continued to subsidies big corporations. If this was wrong for President Bush why don't you hold Barry to the same standards?

      June 3, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • Jay in NC

      jean2009, you also say "The failed philosophy of cutting spending for education" What philosophy? The fact is under President Bush spending for education increased. Many states were complaining that the NCLB act caused them to spend too much on education. Again you make a bold wild statement yet offer not facts.

      Please show us any legislation or act that President Bush signed that cut education.

      June 3, 2011 at 8:52 am |
      • Elle

        Jay, I would be more inclined to accept your comments as part of a serious and genuinely intellectual policy debate if you would afford the current president the same courtesy as the last and refer to him as President Obama...not Barry.

        June 3, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • Nelson

      Dear Jean, I so love my electric car that is powered by electricity generated from coal, oil and natural gas. Think for a moment before you type ever again. Jean when you leave the Garden of Eden, and enter the real world you will learn this fact. Survival requires us to use oil, gas, and coal because those other technologies are from ready. Someday but not now. We have a revenue problem because we have a jobs recession. Unfortunately, math is hard thing left wingnuts like you to understand. Less jobs, less tax revenues. If you tax more you take in more, that is true; however, we have a jobs recession so the economy which you so desire to improve will not as you tax it. The deficitis will decrease when the economy is not being strangled by government interference. If you cut government waste, you can eliminate many problems without tax increases-that should be your last resort. Otherwise, I suggest you head back to Eden because reality is something you will need to experience with heavy medication.

      June 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @jean2009; I'm sure you do know to ignore sarcastic 'advice' of all of the Teapartyers, Cons, Bushites, Racists, Obama-haters, and blogoshere lunatic politicians, and just keep up your good work. If you decided to run against any one of them for a political position, you'd WIN hands down! ONE HAD THE NERVE TO TELL YOU TO STOP USING GOOGLE! Yet one has told ME to do MORE research after I gave a personal, layman, common sense opinion on an issue! What do they want? Truth be told, they can't handle the truth!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm |