Speaker Boehner Agrees With Obama on Debt -- to a Point

The House speaker agreed with part of President Obama's assessment of the debt crisis.

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John Boehner at a press briefing on Capitol Hill on March 14 (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

On Sunday, House Speaker John Boehner said he agreed with President Obama's comment last weekend on ABC News that America is not "immediate crisis in terms of debt," reports ThinkProgress.

"We do not have an immediate debt crisis," Boehner said on ABC News's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos." "But we all know that we have one looming. And we have — one looming — because we have entitlement programs that are not sustainable in their current form. They're gonna go bankrupt." ...

"[President Obama's] point, as he went on to say in that interview, is that we don't — we don't really need to do anything at this point. And I would argue that we do need to do something," said the House speaker.

Debt is already projected to remain at or below its current share of the economy for the next decade, and it's good that Boehner is standing in agreement with the president on that point.

Unfortunately, the budget the House Republicans just released does not reflect this realization. It cuts all spending that isn't Medicare, Social Security, or the military down to near-historic lows over the next ten years.

Read more at ThinkProgress.

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