At the private White House meeting today between Obama and Congressional leaders, the President and John Boehner got into a testy exchange . . . [over] Obama’s proposal for a bipartisan fiscal commission on how to get control over the deficit.http://theplumline.whorunsgov.com/senate-republicans/obama-to-boehner-republicans-just-want-to-kill-all-my-initiatives/
Obama asked Boehner and Mitch McConnell if they were prepared to commit to appointing members to the commission. Boehner pushed back, aides say, arguing that if the White House is serious about cutting spending, he should should start now, and suggested Obama use his rescissions authority to send spending cut proposals to the Hill.
Boehner pledged GOP cooperation if Obama sent such proposals to Congress. But he and McConnell refused to commit to appointing members to the commission.
That's a good question. If Obama wants to cut spending, he can . . . cut spending. The president has rescissions authority to send spending cut proposals to Congress.
The answer is obvious. Obama doesn't want to cut spending. Instead, he wants to do nothing about the deficit (except increase it), appoint yet another commission, and claim "Job done!"