Leading Conservative Group Rips Boehner’s Fiscal Cliff Offer: ‘It Is Utterly Unacceptable’

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The same morning Republican Sen. Jim DeMint ripped House Speaker John Boehner’s fiscal cliff offer, the influential Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, called it “utterly unacceptable.” “[T]he Republican counteroffer, to the extent it can be interpreted from the hazy details now available, is a dud,” Alison Fraser, director of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, and J.D. Foster, a senior fellow, wrote in a statement.

“It is utterly unacceptable. It is bad policy, bad economics, and, if we may say so, highly questionable as a negotiating tactic.”

Amy Payne, Heritage’s assistant director of communications, wrote this morning that Republicans’ offer “dooms future efforts at tax reform” and appears to show Republicans “caving on taxes.” Heritage also whacked Boehner for not proposing more specific reforms to entitlements at a time when reforms are “badly needed.”

“Beyond disappointing, the House Republican counteroffer appears at best to suggest incremental tweaks to these programs,” Fraser and Foster wrote. “Without real entitlement reform — not just spending cuts — we will never fix the underlying problem.”

Here are Sen. Jim DeMint’s comments >