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story.lead_photo.caption President Barack Obama, joined Friday at the White House by Vice President Joe Biden (left) and a group of supporters, declared, “I’m open to compromise. I’m open to new ideas. I’m committed to solving our fiscal challenges. But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced.”

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner circled each other warily Friday, defending their competing approaches for resolving the budget impasse even as both professed their willingness to reach common ground.

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  • Jackabbott
    November 10, 2012 at 8:02 a.m.

    Once Obama gets back from his traveling road show and vacation and the football season ends and the Speaker gets his instructions from Corporate CEOS, then maybe something will get done. But do not count on much.The election was a wash.
    Perhaps somewhere in the fog of election night a leader or statesman will emerge that can aid in leading us out of this mess.

  • RonalFos
    November 10, 2012 at 8:25 a.m.

    The election was not exactly a wash. In spite of train loads of Conservative PAC money being spent in an effort to destroy Obama and Democrats, the President won a decisive victory and Dems gained a few Senate seats. I agree that we need statesmen in government more than ever these days. Unfortunately they are not what voters are sending to Washington. Maybe some will learn on the job.

  • cliffcarson
    November 10, 2012 at 9:21 a.m.

    From McConnell in this article:
    “Every one of us wants to help the American people by helping the economy grow, and Republicans are eager to hear the president’s proposals on this and many other pressing issues going forward. The president has a duty to lead. We implore him again to do so.”

    Do any of you remember what the Republican Party did to try and help the Economy grow under OBAMA? Didn't think so, it is extremely hard to remember something that didn't happen.

    Sounds to me that the Republican Party has once again decided to govern for the rich and special interests and to hell with the American general public.
    They know that the Super Rich saw their wealth grow at rates exceeding 300% while you and me saw our wealth decreasing over the same period of time, yet there is the Republican Party still insisting that giving the Rich more and more while allowing the not so fortunate less and less is the theme of the Republican Party. Has been since Reagan and continues to be.

    People, trickle down is an ugly joke on the less than super rich.

    As to Social Security - Leave it alone and just make adjustments that were put in to vary the rate as necessary to keep it solvent. Even more importantly stop raiding the fund for things not Social Security, this is what really has Washington sputtering about "going broke". Washington admits that they owe the fund over $2.7 Trillion in funds they have raided - that's about 1 of every five dollars in the National Debt that the Republicans cry so much about and yet the way I calculate it, Washington actually really owe you and me, those who have paid into SS all our working lives, Washington actually owes us $5.6 Trillion in stolen funds. That's more than one of every three dollars of the National Debt.
    The bottom line is that if it wasn't for the thievery of Washington, we wouldn't be worrying about the National Debt because it would be manageable.
    The biggest thief over the years has been Republican Policies. Don't forget this when you start seeing the Republican Party once again trying to "fail" Obama over the next four years. This is the only goal of the Republican Party - control the money to their advantage and blame it on someone else , most likely -blame it on you and me and Obama.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    November 10, 2012 at 1:43 p.m.

    How has trickle down Government worked out so far? Well it has also become an ugly joke on all of us.
    What party has controlled the Senate since 2006?
    What party has controlled the House between 2006-2010?
    What party voted to put Social security into the general fund?
    The problem Obama has, is his lack of leadership, while he hopefully holds onto the Senate in 2014.

  • Populist
    November 10, 2012 at 2:27 p.m.


    I think that I am going to like the newly elected Angus King from Maine. Winning 52% of the vote as an Indepedent is pretty impressive. He is pro education and the environment and was a successful businessman.