2 Jan 2013 10:06 AM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Steve LaTourette (Image Source: U.S. Government)
The Democrats and Republicans successfully completed their aversion of the dreaded fiscal cliff yesterday when the final proposals of the deal made it through the House just a day after making it through the Senate.
Most see the deal as a triumph of the White House and President Barack Obama, who were able to include the tax hikes they were seeking in their testy negotiations with Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
Many politicians from within the GOP, however, have expressed disappointment in Boehner and regret in how the Republicans handled the situation.
Ohio House Representative Steve LaTourette went so far as to tell CBS This Morning that the GOP “got whooped,” in the final product.
As far as the vote in the Senate, LaTourette opined, jokingly, that GOP Senators who negotiated the deal “must have been drunk.”
“Nothing good happens after midnight on New Year’s Eve,” LaTourette quipped.
“It’s worse than that,” he said when asked if the deal simply worked as a band-aid to delay tough decisions.
“It’s outrageous” that “no one will make the difficult decisions necessary” for comprehensive deficit reduction, he continued. “You really have to come to grips with some of these programs that have been around since the Great Depression and figure out how to make them viable and sustainable” going forward.