Boehner ends debt talks with President Obama
President Obama says House Speaker John Boehner "left (him) at the altar" by ending negotiations around 5:30 p.m. Friday.
July 22nd, 2011
06:02 PM ET

Boehner ends debt talks with President Obama

House Speaker John Boehner says he has ended debt talks with President Barack Obama, CNN has learned.

"I have decided to end discussions with the White House and begin conversations with the leaders of the Senate in an effort to find a path forward," Boehner says in a letter to be sent to Republican House members.

President Barack Obama he has told the Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress to come to the White House on Saturday morning to "explain to me how we are going to avoid default" on the nation's debt.

The president said his administration had offered "an extraordinarily fair deal" to cut expenditures and raise revenues, in return for Congress agreeing to hike the nation's debt ceiling. But he said that House Speaker John Boehner "left (him) at the altar" by ending negotiations around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

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  1. s kel

    there are still stupid so called american taliban tea putty supporters on here that still support this puppet ass troll for the wealthy. i call them the AMERICAN TALIBAN. this group of traitors are hell bent on dividing this country based on hate and totall dislike of a head of state based on his race and political affiliation. they are set to see this country destroyed based on tneir hate and lies. they need to be dismantled, voted out, cast out, hunted , and put out.

    July 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jill Knit

    Congress needs to be locked inside with bread and water and not let out until they reach compromises that are long term solutions to these problems. We need grown ups in charge who have to solve difficult problems like the rest of us. If Boehner wants to 'walk out', he ought to keep on walking out of his position, out of D.C., out of a job he can't handle.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. sugamama

    Boehner is trying to make a name for his self @the American peoples expense.they don't want to tax the rich Republicans. But have stripped the poor man of all he has.Homes,jobs,savings etc.

    July 23, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Sometimes one has to walk out of a situation to convince the other side that he is serious.
    Somebody wrote above about doing what is best for all citizens, not just for a select few.
    It is NEVER best for all citizens to take money away from "a select few" and give it to all the other citizens.
    Everybody needs to pay SOME taxes, and BUMS need to work.

    July 23, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I have seen 5 year olds do that Joey and run in a room and shut the door, because they could not have ice cream for breakfast.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ sugamama, 4:08 AM:
    You need to learn to write in English. Your serious post resembles a send-up of illiteracy posted by a clever troll.
    No responsible person could take your statement seriously.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. GAREYMS

    Wonder if the crying Boehner and the chinless McConnell will throw somebody under the bus to protect the wealthy. Yeah,just the middle class, the poor and elderly.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Boehnersays "Yeah the GOP will have the usual, Middle class with seniors on top."

      July 23, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Comments here frequently refer to "the wealthy" and "the rich." Imagine the reaction to one's referring to "the Jews" that way.
    My point, however, is that "the wealthy" are wealthy either because they have done absurdly hard work, or because they are much, much smarter than the poor. Sometimes the wealthy (and their children) are wealthy for both reasons.
    A nation without "the wealthy" never lasts very long.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Joey on the sematics of wealthy being likened to a race, you are stretching it. What would the wealthy oil companies (want to politically correct) want to be called.The elite well off Joey, have access to money when they are born, can afford schools that are the elite of the US, and do not have to work while they go to school. Most have never worked in their lives when they were handed the money. They have oppurtunities that regular middle class willnever have, come on Joey, you know it is true.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    IN ANTICIPATION:
    Somebody will say that China got rid of its "wealthy" and is doing very well.
    Under any version of Communism, the COMMUNIST LEADERS BECOME THE WEALTHY.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Isn't that where we are headed with the taking of bargaining rights, example Koch brothers buy seat and have the puppet, Walker, due the removal and dismantle the unions.Hmmm.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    True, Jesus was a very wealthy man. How did he become so rich? He became a master carpenter. He could have pursued other carreers, he was fairly inteligent after all. But he chose to work hard with his own two hands for an honest living. (until he was 29 years old, when he dedicated his like to serving his heavenly father and did so full-time up until the day that he died) Or you could go to work for a weapons manufacturer and climb the corporate ladder. I doubt you'll retire at 29 like Jesus did though.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I always thought doing the job you liked and was honest and loved it made you wealthy, spiritual wise.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jen

    Joey...STFU!! Light some of that money on fire that daddy handed you and sit on it!! The rest of us hard working people would like to see a government that works for everyone, even you annoying/selfish A$$.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Come on Baby light his fire, trying to start the world on Fire!!!!!!! Thats the new middle class logo, Fire it Up!! Jen, upper class or wealthy as we lower working class would put it, just don't get it, and we happen to be the majority, After the majority had the tea party hijacked by the opputunistic far right, it failed us again. The elite are in office today, the bad thing is when we kick them out, they will be handsomely paid for the rest of their lives. Their children and family go to school free, and are treated like royalty. While the middle class flounders to pay for all their sheet and our own on our non- able to bargain for pitance.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    China is rich because they produce 53% of their own oil, and pay around 27 dollars per barrel for the remainder. We pay around 100, and produce squat. No fair.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The people are poor in china. Why is it that they pay $27. from us and we pay $100. a barrel, isn"t that price fixing or gouging?

      July 23, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Jen? at least let him finish his coffee. sheesh. (chuckle) Sorry about that Joey...but she kinda has a point. lmao (ahem) Good morning. 🙂

    July 23, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. dummy on a pole

    and why China, what makes them sooo special? why not give this deal to any other oil Nation? Philip

    July 23, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    The IMA and World Bank will be hosting a 14 Trillion dollar debt party August 3rd , please wear appropriate attire. Hmmm and what would that be you think? Anything in "greed" I guess.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    @pole dummy...because the oil China purchases is land-locked in the Caspian Basin, and to get that oil anywhere, you've got to lay some pipelines down in some very hostile environments, and then protect them from the locals. Sure, Caspian oil could be brought to port and compete with OPEC, but that would drive global oil prices and profits down. So obviously it would make better business sense to just take-out Afghanistan and build a few lines to China, the 'cash-cow' of oil consuming nations. (we used to be the cow, now we are the pig. No, not the "cash pig", the big fat debt-pig. In debt to....what? China?)

    July 23, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • dummy on a pole

      Yeah, maybe with us now looking to barrow from them, what's up with that? why don't we just write another IOU after we have raised the debt ceiling again; like we will August 2nd. And your right china has long been a oil monger, makes sense.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
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