This is the way Republicans compromise:
Lew said Obama has not changed his opposition to coupling a bill to re-open the government and raise the borrowing authority with Republican demands for changes in the 3-year-old health care law and spending cuts.
Boehner insisted that Obama must negotiate if the president wants to end the shutdown and avert a default that could trigger a financial crisis and recession that would echo the events of 2008 or worse. The 2008 financial crisis pushed the country into the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
‘‘We’re not going to pass a clean debt limit increase,’’ the Ohio Republican said in a television interview. ‘‘I told the president, there’s no way we’re going to pass one. The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit, and the president is risking default by not having a conversation with us.’’
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a force in pushing Republicans to link changes to the health care law in exchange for keeping the government running, spelled out his conditions for raising the borrowing authority.
‘‘We should look for three things. No. 1, we should look for some significant structural plan to reduce government spending. No. 2, we should avoid new taxes. And No. 3, we should look for ways to mitigate the harms from ‘Obamacare,’’’ Cruz said, describing the debt ceiling issue as one of the ‘‘best leverage the Congress has to rein in the executive.’’
Yes, President Obama should negotiate with people like this–the CR is mostly a Republican budget, but they want more. If he agrees to delay Obamacare, they’ll ask for more cuts. There is no negotiating with these guys.