How do you negotiate when one side says they want to negotiate, but the other side has to surrender and give up everything.
When I was a negotiator during my 30+ years doing Contract Administration, it was always a give and take action. We gave up something, and the contractor gave up something. From Noah Webster’s Best Seller here is the definition of negotiations:
Show IPA verb, ne·go·ti·at·ed, ne·go·ti·at·ing.
verb (used without object) 1. to deal or bargain with another or others, as in the preparation of a treaty or contract or in preliminaries to a business deal.
verb (used with object) 2. to arrange for or bring about by discussion and settlement of terms: to negotiate a loan.
3. to manage; transact; conduct: He negotiated an important business deal.
4. to move through, around, or over in a satisfactory manner: to negotiate a difficult dance step without tripping: to negotiate sharp curves.
5. to transfer (a draft, promissory note, etc.) to a new owner by endorsement and delivery or by delivery.
Of course what is done during negotiations is to present facts as to why the other side needs to give on a point. As the one commercial shows, “You need your Ducks in a row.” What BO is doing is Dictating the terms. His terms are simple, “You Surrender.” Over the years of negotiations, that is not a position. I once dealt with a contractor who would not give a penny on a $1.1million proposal. I showed him he had NO FACTS to support that number. I showed him a law he didn’t comply with. It got so bad I walked out. I came back and my partner had us both calm. He said what do you want. I said one word “FACTS”. He went away, and a few days later provided facts to support his new position around $800K. I said fine, that’s accepted. Now it sounds like I dictated terms, but I just showed him what his contract said.
The House sent their facts. BO’s Minions will blame the Reps, but with a my way or the highway with no facts negotiations, BO has the problem. HE IS NOT A DICK-TATOR, but sure acts like one. By the way, the CONSTITUTION which has been shredded by BO says all Appropriation Bills start in the HOUSE.
Dictator Obama Tells Boehner He Will Not Negotiate On Debt Limit
Posted By Dave Jolly on Sep 23, 2013
President Barack Obama expects Republicans to give up everything they stand for and what their constituents demand. He has made no attempt to hide the fact that he is completely unwilling to compromise on the debt limit and spending bill before Congress. If there is any compromising to be done, Republicans are required to do all of it, according to a recent phone call Obama made to House Speaker John Boehner.
After the House Republicans passed a spending bill that excluded funding for Obamacare, the president called Boehner. Boehner’s spokesman released a statement about the call, saying:
“The president called the speaker this evening to tell him he wouldn’t negotiate with him on the debt limit. Given the long history of using debt limit increases to achieve bipartisan deficit reduction and economic reforms, the speaker was disappointed, but told the president that the two chambers of Congress will chart the path ahead.”
“It was a brief call.”
Obama stated emphatically that he wants Congress to just extend the debt limit without any restrictions. He wants permission to keep spending out of control to bankrupt the government that is already on the verge of a financial collapse. House Republicans didn’t buy the president’s demand for a blank check spending bill. Not only did they opt not to fund Obamacare, at least for one year, they also opposed Obama’s plans to restrict coal ash pollution, to make all civil servants increase their contributions towards their retirement plans and his demands that Congress approve his many regulations.