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    Re: Obama seeks 'consolidation authority' to merge agencies

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhapsody1447 View Post
    I've already replied to this. You completely ignore the Balanced Budget Amendment included in nearly every single Republican proposal. That remains the most serious proposal combating future deficits. It has been roundly rejected by the Democrats.
    The balanced budget amendment, as they wrote it, would be a total disaster. If a deficit occurred after passing it, there are two choices- take it out of the middle class or take it out of the super rich. The way they set it up, it would take a super majority to take any of it from the rich, but by default it would all come from the middle class... It was structured so that in a recession our spending would automatically contract, and then be able to expand in a boom- exactly the opposite of what makes sense economically... It was idiotic. Like Ryan's budget, it was just posturing. Obviously they knew it would never even clear the senate, let alone be ratified by the states. In fact, it would almost certainly never even get the supermajority it would need to clear the house. That's what they wasted a week on in the middle of the debt ceiling hostage crisis- a PR stunt.

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    Re: Obama seeks 'consolidation authority' to merge agencies

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    You thought Ryan's budget was a serious proposal? It was opposed more than 2 to 1 by the country. It basically just amounted to dismantling the federal government except for the military. Obviously everybody knew it wouldn't really happen. They just passed it so they could say they did without having to worry that it would actually happen.

    What "fantasy cuts" do you mean? That's just something right wingers say because they don't want to acknowledge cuts that Democrats propose... And, yeah, of course it included tax hikes for the super rich. There are three fronts of deficit reduction- domestic spending, military spending and revenues. The Democrats are coming in so much higher because they're willing to tackle all three where the Republicans are only willing to address one of them.

    You know about inflation and the the GDP grows over time, so you tell me- what is wrong with your statement?
    That we have a timeline to end the wars was a "cut" to Obama. It was part of his balance to then raise taxes, as Obama's formula with such cuts was 50-50, btw. End the war, and raise taxes. Tough decisions that Obama fellow makes !!

    He's a complete inept jackass.

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    Re: Obama seeks 'consolidation authority' to merge agencies

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    The balanced budget amendment, as they wrote it, would be a total disaster. If a deficit occurred after passing it, there are two choices- take it out of the middle class or take it out of the super rich. The way they set it up, it would take a super majority to take any of it from the rich, but by default it would all come from the middle class... It was structured so that in a recession our spending would automatically contract, and then be able to expand in a boom- exactly the opposite of what makes sense economically... It was idiotic. Like Ryan's budget, it was just posturing. Obviously they knew it would never even clear the senate, let alone be ratified by the states. In fact, it would almost certainly never even get the supermajority it would need to clear the house. That's what they wasted a week on in the middle of the debt ceiling hostage crisis- a PR stunt.
    So what are you arguing? That the Republicans plan don't agree with your viewpoint or that they aren't as serious about deficit reduction? I know you find any Republican proposal idiotic but to use that to claim the Democrats are more serious about deficit reduction is absurd. Most economist agree that austerity will not help the economy and fix the deficit yet that is what Democrats are pushing for so stop trying to take the high road and act like your party has all the answers and the opposition just doesn't care.

    Obviously Democrats knew $1 trillion in new taxes wouldn't pass the super committee and that didn't stop them from pushing it, it was just posturing.
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    Re: Obama seeks 'consolidation authority' to merge agencies

    Quote Originally Posted by Eighty Deuce View Post
    That we have a timeline to end the wars was a "cut" to Obama.
    No, to end the wars ahead of schedule. Both sides counted that in their proposals because the proposals are measured against the current budget plan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eighty Deuce View Post
    It was part of his balance to then raise taxes, as Obama's formula with such cuts was 50-50, btw.
    No, it was 1/3 revenues, about 1/2 domestic spending cuts and 1/6 military cuts.

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    Re: Obama seeks 'consolidation authority' to merge agencies

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    Uh, he proposed $4.4 trillion in deficit reductions. That remains the largest serious proposal for deficit reduction any party has put forward. The only one that is higher was Ryan's joke plan. The rest of the Republican proposals, and even the other Democrats's proposals have all been smaller. He just the other day proposed cutting the military back to pre-Bush war size. He is pushing to get government out of marriage. Etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickieboy View Post
    I was able to read Ryan's 'Path to Properity' and it took some pretty broad generalizations. It also predicted the debt would breach $20t ultimately. However I have been unable to find a WRITTEN copy of the proposal that included the $4.4t deficit reductions you claim. Please direct me to this if you would.
    Should I expect you to provide the written source of this suggested $4.4t or quit asking?

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    Re: Obama seeks 'consolidation authority' to merge agencies

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    No, to end the wars ahead of schedule. Both sides counted that in their proposals because the proposals are measured against the current budget plan.
    Show me the "schedule" Obama was ahead of ? Further, how is that a cut, even in liberal speak ?

    No, it was 1/3 revenues, about 1/2 domestic spending cuts and 1/6 military cuts.
    No. Obama was closer to 50-50. With the bogus war cut you describe. Completely ignorant of his own Simpson Bowles Commission.

    Cause Obama and his nanny-state teat-suckers need class warfare above all else.

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    Re: Obama seeks 'consolidation authority' to merge agencies

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhapsody1447 View Post
    So what are you arguing? That the Republicans plan don't agree with your viewpoint or that they aren't as serious about deficit reduction? I know you find any Republican proposal idiotic but to use that to claim the Democrats are more serious about deficit reduction is absurd.
    I'm saying it was so clearly ridiculous that there is a 0% chance that they thought it would actually pass the constitutional amendment process. There is no way even one of them actually thought that would happen. So why did they waste all that time doing it? Just for politics.

    As for whether they are serious about deficit reduction, I think they are serious about reducing domestic spending, but not at all serious about the other 2/3 of deficit reduction- revenues and military spending cuts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhapsody1447 View Post
    Obviously Democrats knew $1 trillion in new taxes wouldn't pass the super committee and that didn't stop them from pushing it, it was just posturing.
    It isn't mathematically possible to fix the deficit without raising taxes on the rich unless you're willing to completely destroy the country. 75% of people in this country say they support including revenues in a solution to the deficit, including mind you the majority of Republicans. You can't possibly compare that to a ridiculous stunt like the BBA. The GOP needs to accept that their super rich benefactors are going to have to chip in like everybody else or this can't get done. Period.

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    Re: Obama seeks 'consolidation authority' to merge agencies

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickieboy View Post
    Should I expect you to provide the written source of this suggested $4.4t or quit asking?
    I've posted links to it several times... Besides, what's the problem? Is your google broken?

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    Re: Obama seeks 'consolidation authority' to merge agencies

    Quote Originally Posted by Antiderivative View Post
    In this thread, conservatives are upset about downsizing government.

    Next up, conservatives complain that the government is too big.
    OH NO, conservatives applaud the idea but are just suspicious of the validity of the effort. I mean really, they project this to save $3 billion over 10 years…REALLY? What is that, if averaged annually, like 0.01% reduction in annual cost? Real serious deficit reduction! But heck I guess everything helps.

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    Re: Obama seeks 'consolidation authority' to merge agencies

    Quote Originally Posted by Eighty Deuce View Post
    Show me the "schedule" Obama was ahead of ? Further, how is that a cut, even in liberal speak ?
    They have budgets projections for the next 10 years. Plans are measured against those projections. Those projections included being in Iraq and Afghanistan longer, Obama pulled out earlier, so that is part of what the CBO includes in it's estimate of how much Obama's proposal will reduce the deficit.

    The same number is figured in to the Republican proposals. So, if you don't want to count that, whatever, that's fine, it comes out of both and the Democrats' is still higher by just as much as it was before you take it out....

    Quote Originally Posted by Eighty Deuce View Post
    No. Obama was closer to 50-50.
    No it was not. Quit making things up. $1.5 trillion in revenues, $2.9 in spending cuts. It's right there in the link I gave you.

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