Is there hope that President Obama might break the political gridlock on budget negotiations? According to a new proposal he's extending to Republicans, he thinks so. The offer that's been labeled a "grand bargain" would involve cutting corporate tax rates in exchange for job investments, the Huffington Post reports:
White House officials say just because they're at an impasse with congressional Republicans over a grand bargain on reducing the deficit doesn't mean they shouldn't look for other areas of agreement. So Obama plans to use a trip to an Amazon.com distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Tuesday to propose a "grand bargain for middle-class jobs."
Obama long has called for a cut in corporate tax rates, but previously insisted such business tax reform be coupled with an individual tax overhaul. He's dropping that demand and says instead that he's open to the corporate tax cut that that businesses crave. But he wants it to be coupled with a significant investment on some sort of job creation program, such as manufacturing, infrastructure or community colleges.
House Speaker John Boehner's office said Obama's proposals were hardly a compromise.
"This proposal allows President Obama to support President Obama's position on taxes and President Obama's position on spending, while leaving small businesses and American families behind," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said…
Read more at the Huffington Post.