So, I see this headline in the NYT:
Boehner Strikes Conciliatory Tone in Talk of Fiscal Cliff
Wow. Sounds great! Elections have consequences, and even leaders in the slash and burn House realize it. Yay!
And then I read the story:
The House speaker, John A. Boehner of Ohio, striking a conciliatory tone a day after the Republican Party’s electoral drubbing, said on Wednesday that he was ready to accept a budget deal that raises federal revenue as long as it is linked to an overhaul of entitlements and a reform of the tax code that closes loopholes, curtails or eliminates deductions and lowers income tax rates.
Mr. Boehner made it clear that his vision for additional revenue includes a tax code that lowers even the top income tax rate from where it is now, 35 percent, not where it would be in January when the Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire — 39.6 percent. At least some of that additional revenue would come from economic growth that he said would be fueled by a simpler tax code.
Um, this was Romney’s plan. Lock, stock, and barrel. Cut tax rates across the board. Limit deductions. “Overhaul” (read: gut) entitlements. And dismiss deficit concerns through “dynamic scoring.”
So, just to be clear on what the NYT considers a “conciliatory tone”: Boehner less than 24 hours after the election is asking Obama to adopt, wholly, Mitt Romney’s economic plan.
How about, no?