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    Re: 'Gang of Six' revives hope for big deal in stalled debt-ceiling talks

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    If you have proof the Bush tax cuts were not temporary with an expiration date, present it. Simply repeating your opinion over and over again proves nothing.
    You mean the Obama tax cuts. They expired last year and Obama extended them.

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    Re: 'Gang of Six' revives hope for big deal in stalled debt-ceiling talks

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    No, if you had read my post, and the source I provided you would know that Obama's deficit reduction framework was based on the Bowles-Simpson plan, not the other way around.
    Really??? Then you obviously was mistaken when you posted the following:

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba
    Obama just provided the framework and let the committee fill in the speciics.

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    Re: 'Gang of Six' revives hope for big deal in stalled debt-ceiling talks

    what an embarrassment this plan is. and too bad for Coburn, who did such a great job with 9 trillion in cuts here, only to come out in favor of this disaster.




    ...The main deficit-reduction instruments would be a $1.2 trillion tax hike and deep cuts to defense spending. Neither of those proposals addresses the fundamental long-term spending drivers, which are the entitlement programs, mainly Social Security and Medicare. It is not entirely clear how that $1.2 trillion tax hike would be implemented....

    If the tax side is contradictory, the spending side is simply fuzzy — it depends on the vaguest of generalities. It calls for the government to “encourage greater economic growth” and “spend health-care dollars more efficiently.” That is government by platitude. Pleading for a stronger economy and plotting to trim federal fat hardly represents fresh thinking.

    The plan, as Paul Ryan points out, employs three different budget baselines, along with a good deal of wishful thinking. For instance, it claims to achieve $641 billion in so-called mandatory savings, but the cuts listed only add up to $516 billion. The other $125 billion apparently is to be taken on good faith. Billions of dollars of “savings” in federal health-care spending are to be realized by heroically limiting spending to exactly the range in which it already is expected to stay, under Congressional Budget Office forecasts. Only in Washington does continuing to spend money exactly as planned constitute savings. Worse, it sets up procedural hurdles that will make future Social Security reform difficult. The cynical among us might note that there is no enforcement mechanism to ensure that spending cuts actually are enacted, and suspect that this is not an oversight....


    fortunately, this thing should never pass the House. what a debacle.

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    Re: 'Gang of Six' revives hope for big deal in stalled debt-ceiling talks

    Obama says he wants something "big" and indeed something "big" would address the entitlement issue. You can argue it should be cuts or increased taxes but by not addressing them this proposal is not going to solve anything.

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    Re: 'Gang of Six' revives hope for big deal in stalled debt-ceiling talks

    precisely.

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    Re: 'Gang of Six' revives hope for big deal in stalled debt-ceiling talks

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    Obama says he wants something "big" and indeed something "big" would address the entitlement issue. You can argue it should be cuts or increased taxes but by not addressing them this proposal is not going to solve anything.

    Ofcourse I can agree that entitlements are a major factor in reducing our debt, but this plan is no real solution, yet rather more smoke and mirrors. 1 Trillion in tax increases, and around 1.2 Trillion in debt reduction is not going to make a dent as long as Obama, and the congress continues the reckless spending that has resulted in 5 trillion in just under three years.

    We need some real reform, not games.

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    Re: 'Gang of Six' revives hope for big deal in stalled debt-ceiling talks

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    You mean the Obama tax cuts. They expired last year and Obama extended them.
    President Bush's temporary tax cuts were extended one year past when they were set to expire because of the threat by the GOP to discontinue unemployment to our people that lost their jobs due to the Bush Recession.
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    Re: 'Gang of Six' revives hope for big deal in stalled debt-ceiling talks

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Ofcourse I can agree that entitlements are a major factor in reducing our debt, but this plan is no real solution, yet rather more smoke and mirrors. 1 Trillion in tax increases, and around 1.2 Trillion in debt reduction is not going to make a dent as long as Obama, and the congress continues the reckless spending that has resulted in 5 trillion in just under three years.

    We need some real reform, not games.

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    Obama isn't the only one who spent recklessly. Yes, his two and half years are an embarrassment but it didn't get this bad in only 2 1/2 years.

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    Re: 'Gang of Six' revives hope for big deal in stalled debt-ceiling talks

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Ofcourse I can agree that entitlements are a major factor in reducing our debt, but this plan is no real solution, yet rather more smoke and mirrors. 1 Trillion in tax increases, and around 1.2 Trillion in debt reduction is not going to make a dent as long as Obama, and the congress continues the reckless spending that has resulted in 5 trillion in just under three years.

    We need some real reform, not games.

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    Reckless spending aside, I don't know that this will even cover the interest. This may reduce the deficit, but "debt reduction" it most certainly is not.

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    Re: 'Gang of Six' revives hope for big deal in stalled debt-ceiling talks

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    Really??? Then you obviously was mistaken when you posted the following:
    You are confused and mistaken. I had already posted a reference that showed Obama based his framework he provided to Congress for deficit reduction on the Bowles-Simpson report.
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