That’s the debt deal cog, revenues for entitlement cuts, which Speaker Boehner addressed yesterday. From CBS News:
“I think there is room for revenues, but I think there clearly is a limit to the amount of revenues that are available,” Boehner told reporters.
The comment was significant because Boehner and other Republican leaders have repeatedly insisted that tax increases are off the table, and most Republicans in the House and Senate have signed a “taxpayer protection pledge” vowing not to raise taxes.
[...] Boehner insisted that Republicans would only compromise on tax revenue if Democrats were willing to take significant and painful steps to shore up Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. “Without real reform on the entitlement side, I don’t know how you put any revenue on the table.”
He said any new tax revenue would not come from raising rates but from overhauling the tax code, sweeping out loopholes and deductions in order to reduce individual and corporate rates.
If you haven’t heard, along with Boehner, a coalition of 100 House Republicans and Democrats, led by Blue Dog Heath Shuler, sent a letter to the supercommittee telling them to “go big” and include revenues. You can find the signatories at the bottom of the letter.
Meanwhile, Pres. Bush’s plan to withdraw from Iraq is being carried out by Pres. Obama, though we’ll build up our military presence in the Gulf (while keeping troops in Okinawa, Germany and dozens of other countries around the world). Americans will just have to do without.
After unsuccessfully pressing both the Obama administration and the Iraqi government to permit as many as 20,000 American troops to remain in Iraq beyond 2011, the Pentagon is now drawing up an alternative.
In addition to negotiations over maintaining a ground combat presence in Kuwait, the United States is considering sending more naval warships through international waters in the region.
With an eye on the threat of a belligerent Iran, the administration is also seeking to expand military ties with the six nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council – Saudi Arabia , Kuwait, Bahrain , Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. While the United States has close bilateral military relationships with each, the administration and the military are trying to foster a new “security architecture” for the Persian Gulf that would integrate air and naval patrols and missile defense.
The Pentagon always wins.
As for the one woman supercommittee, women are the voting, working and buying majority in this country, but Rep. Nancy Pelosi couldn’t bring herself to appoint even one woman. The party’s so over, for Republicans and Democrats.