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    Re: Republican senators push for balanced budget amendment

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    Well, I'm still optimistic that this congress will be different.
    I wish that I shared in your optimism. We just ended a period not to long back where the Republicans had the opportunity and failed to act. And even if the Republicans were to pass the legislation as is, it would cause political and social chaos.

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    Re: Republican senators push for balanced budget amendment

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    Very interesting. I wish that I could agree with this proposal, but changing the rules to approve spending seems to be a huge problem considering our tendency to be so evenly split.

    If they took out the two-thirds to increase taxes, I'd be more willing to support the legislation. The failure to take out such a provision would pass legislation that has nothing to do with a balanced budget and everything to do with destroying the ability of the federal government to respond.
    Exactly. Requirements for super-majorities are prescriptions for no action which means not addressing the pressing issues of our day.
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    Re: Republican senators push for balanced budget amendment

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    Very interesting. I wish that I could agree with this proposal, but changing the rules to approve spending seems to be a huge problem considering our tendency to be so evenly split.

    If they took out the two-thirds to increase taxes, I'd be more willing to support the legislation. The failure to take out such a provision would pass legislation that has nothing to do with a balanced budget and everything to do with destroying the ability of the federal government to respond.
    I cannot support this because of the rules regarding new taxes. New taxes should have the same vote as cutting spending.

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    Re: Republican senators push for balanced budget amendment

    HAHAH Republicans pushing for a balanced budget... that is so hilarious!

    Funny how they had 6 years of total domination of the US politics and this NEVER came up and they spent like drunken sailors in a whore house. But now that they are in opposition and bare a huge part of the blame for the cluster**** the US is in, then all of a sudden they are back to the "balanced budget" crap. Freaking hypocrites.
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    Re: Republican senators push for balanced budget amendment

    While I believe the nation needs to work toward fiscal consolidation and debt reduction for the medium-term and beyond, I don't believe such an amendment is necessary or wise. It is not necessary, because providing budgets that are balanced does not require such an amendment. It does require an abundance of political courage. It is not wise, because there could be times other than war or national emergency where a budget might not be balanced e.g., raising taxes and/or cutting spending in the face of a severe recession to compensate for a recession-driven sharp decline in tax revenue would exacerbate the recession.

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    Re: Republican senators push for balanced budget amendment

    I think it's funny to say you want to pass a bill to balance the budget. There is nothing stopping any of them from working together to balance a budget...well except they can't possibly be seen working with each other. Their supporters would go ape ***. And the other reason they can't balance the budget is because they don't have a bill saying they can..LOL. I said this before but I still think it's funny. It's like saying you can't go on a diet because you didn't make a New Years resolution in time.

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    Re: Republican senators push for balanced budget amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    That is not fiscally responsible in the least! It seems like being GOP simply means doing everything in your power to keep taxes from being raised. What the hell has happened to that party?
    yes. It's much better to just raise taxes than to cut wasteful spending

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    Re: Republican senators push for balanced budget amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    HAHAH Republicans pushing for a balanced budget... that is so hilarious!

    Funny how they had 6 years of total domination of the US politics and this NEVER came up and they spent like drunken sailors in a whore house. But now that they are in opposition and bare a huge part of the blame for the cluster**** the US is in, then all of a sudden they are back to the "balanced budget" crap. Freaking hypocrites.
    And how would you describe the Democrats spending under Obama since his election?

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    Re: Republican senators push for balanced budget amendment

    This has been tried and failed before, like another poster said Obama would veto it. The last time this was attempted I believe clinton was in office.
    Some states have balanced budget amendments like New Jersey. It is not conservative Nirvana. If democrats are in charge they have huge tax increases to balance the budget, when republicans are in if they cant find enough cuts to make, that wont get them voted out of office they have no choice but to raise taxs and it all just continues

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    Re: Republican senators push for balanced budget amendment

    We already have a balanced budget law. It's called Gramm-Rudman, which was shredded by Democrats and Republicans alike not too long after it became law.
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