GOP standing firm on taxes

Don't look now but the Republicans in congress might just be earning their keep for once. It appears that both senate leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner are digging in their heels on tax increases in the debt ceiling talks going on with the White House. Politico: President Barack Obama stepped back into deficit-reduction talks Monday, only to be greeted by a double-barrel blast from Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who peremptorily rejected any deal that would include the added revenues Obama wants together with spending cuts. McConnell's meeting with the president stretched more than an hour, but even before the two men sat down together, the Kentucky Republican had delivered a toughly worded speech on the Senate floor and posted an opinion piece on demanding that "tax hikes" come off the table. Returning to the Capitol after his own shorter session with Obama on Monday morning, a sad-faced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told POLITICO:...(Read Full Post)