House GOP Leader John Boehner seems to have trouble responding to David Gregory’s very direct questions to him regarding deficit-financed tax cuts on today’s Meet the Press. He just won’t come out of his ideological corner, no matter how hard David tries to lure him out with quotes from a suddenly agile Alan Greenspan doing his boxer shuffle from the center of the ring.
Kind of ironic, given that right after the exchange on tax cuts, Boehner claims to be ready to carry on an “adult conversation” with Democrats regarding Social Security reform–except he won’t even respond directly to David’s questions on that topic, either. And of course, if you asked many of the Democrats to respond to the same questions on tax cuts, even they might have trouble responding directly to the suggestion that deficit-financed tax cuts are not fiscally responsible–because they themselves support most of the same permanent, deficit-financed tax cuts that Boehner does. At the same time many Democrats have trouble talking about Social Security without staying in their version of their (opposite) ideological corner.
Guess it’s easier talking about having adult conversations (in theory) than actually having them (in practice).