The Democrats are not refusing to negotiate. They are refusing to RE-Negotiate. Big difference.
We are where we are because the Republicans are incapable of accepting a win. Even when they clean our clocks, they cannot simply take their victory lap and reap the glory. Instead, they all get together and decide it would be really great to drive their winning car into the grandstand.
Please watch this video of All In with Chris Hayes:
All In: Governing Stunt to Stunt
The ugly truth about the 'Clean CR'
The "clean CR" is astoundingly close to the 2014 Ryan budget.
If you don't feel like watching the video, you can read this, uses a similar phrase to describe the "clean" CR:
But no one should mistake the speaker’s plan for anything other than an attempt to shift the ground in his favor. Consider that the House’s original proposal for discretionary funding was $967 billion for FY 2014. The Senate’s proposal is $1,058 billion, the same as the president’s preferred levels and the original Budget Control Act levels. If Congress accepts Speaker Boehner’s “compromise,” it will be setting the temporary level just $11 billion above the original House proposal but $70 billion below the Senate Democratic leadership and the president’s shared proposal. That hardly seems like a fair compromise.No, it doesn't seem like a fair compromise, does it? But the Dems took it! They struck an agreement with Boehner that they would accept his number for the budget even though it is basically catastrophic Austerity/Paul Ryan level funding. And this was all done under the radar of most Americans and especially Democrats. Did you know about this?
I will confess that I didn't. But what Brian Beutler warns about here in a Salon article happened
Obamacare’s largely a distraction here. But the fear, according to Michael Linden, fiscal policy expert at the liberal Center for American Progress, is that if Boehner manages to pass his spending bill in the House, weary Senate Democrats will strip the Obamacare defunding piece from it, and decline the fight over spending levels.He's right, of course. This is the Democrats setting themselves up for a return to rational spending in any future budget bill being called an "increase" because they allowed themselves to accept these lower levels on a temporary basis.
“They wouldn’t accept 988 [billion] for the year-long. Why would they accept anything in the short run that they wouldn’t accept in the yearlong?” he told me. “They might be willing to fight to prevent future cuts. They would find it tough to move from the lower levels they just endorsed.”
But, lucky for us, Boehner and his Party reneged on the deal because even though they had just scored monumentally and even though he got the insane budget numbers he asked for, ridiculously close to the Ryan budget that had been pilloried and ridiculed throughout the entire Presidential election, IT WASN'T ENOUGH!
Now this speaks to what is essentially a character flaw of the Republicans - the inability to stop themselves.
Reflect, they won on the budget numbers. What is a budget but allocating from a starting point? They set the starting point - there is no greater budget victory than that! They should have shouted it from the rooftops. They could have embarrassed the President and demoralized rank and file Democrats and caused us to turn to our typical internecine wars that we specialize in between the "disappointed Progressives" and the "pragmatists".
But they didn't. They weren't sated by the fact that they had collected enough figurative budget antlers to decorate Republican dens with until the next millennium. No, they wanted the head that came with the antlers - the Presidents. Which is why they asked for the defunding of Obamacare in the first place. And when they were denied the head that went with the antlers, they decided they needed to kill the whole damn animal, the government, and have it put on display, stuffed and inanimate.
Currently, John Boehner says over and over "They won't negotiate" - that's his mantra.
The Democrats need to say "We did negotiate with you John and then you screwed us.We had an budget agreement using your own numbers and then you reneged. So, no, we will not RE-Negotiate the agreement we already had about the CR.