David Brooks On Fiscal Cliff: "Most Of The Blame" Still Goes To GOP
DAVID BROOKS: First, let's just say that what's happening in Washington right now is pathetic. When you think about what the Revolutionary generation did, what the Civil War generation did, what the World War II generation did -- we're asking not to bankrupt our children, and weâ€™ve got a shambolic, dysfunctional process.
Now I think most of the blame still has to go to the Republicans. They've had a brain freeze since the election. They have no strategy. They -- you don't know what they want, they haven't decided what they want.
But if I could fault President Obama, I would say that sometimes he governs like a visitor from a morally superior civilization. He comes in here, and he will not -- he'll talk with Boehner, he won't talk with the other Republicans. He hasn't built their trust. Boehner actually made a pretty serious concession, $800 billion in tax revenues, probably willing to go up on rates. But the trust wasn't there to get that done. And if the president wants to get stuff done over the next four years, it's got to be a lot more than making the intellectual concessions.