americans see one party eager to CUT
the other is dragging its feet and dithering
in washington, that is
out across the country, americans see people like cuomo, christie, moonbeam, quinn, deleo, etc, not so much leading as bowing to the inevitable
it is what it is
if something isn't done now to fundamentally reform our budgets our big 3 federal programs, as well as state pensions, will simply not exist in their present forms for our next generation
and yet kent conrad, two years later, still can't write up a budget
and Reid could have easily said fine we won't reform entitlements, either, and they would have gone from there to cut spending from the non-entitlement budget in order to increase the debt ceiling.he wants something from Reid, he is going to have to give something
i sincerely doubt it. Boehner here has the stronger hand - the numbers vary a bit by poll, but at the very least a strong plurality of Americans oppose raising the debt ceiling at all, and some polling even indicates that as much as 43% of Democrats oppose such a move. Any debt - ceiling increase that isn't matched with large spending cuts will be rejected by the American people as spending-as-usual, and will absolutely infuriate the Republicans. Boehner already had to face down a near rebellion over his "100 billion, 60 Billion, 30 billion, 500 million" in "cuts" that he negotiated for what was left of the 2011 budget - if he walks out of there with tax hikes in a debt ceiling rise, he could very easily lose his speakership and/or spawn a third party capable of bleeding off enough support to destroy Republicans in 2012.and i suspect that that will be some tax increases, which i know Boehner will throw a fit over, but i suspect he will give in to a tax increase of some kind...
boehner suggested 2 trillion. but generally speaking Republicans are open to cutting any amount... and they will vote to raise the debt ceiling by precisely that. If Democrats want to become the "party of debt ceiling increases" by doing it in $250 billion chunks, that's their call.as for Reid, yeah, there will have to be some definite cutting. there is room here for both sides to work, but you can't sit down and straight up say something isnt going to happen....neither side seriously wasnts the U.S. to default, they may play chicken right up to hours before the deadline, but i suspect a deal will get done... i don't think it will be anywhere near the what was it 2 trill? that boehner was looking for....
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
i propose freezing the budget at 2011 levels, and then doing 3 percent across the board cuts over the next 5 years...everything gets cut, everyone feels the pain. i don't disagree with you on the fact that cuts need to be made, but boehner wants to take a hacksaw to a problem that requires a scalpel.
i would also raise the tax rates back to clinton era levels.
Last edited by randel; 05-21-11 at 09:15 PM.
Now, there is 14TRILLION plus in debt, and Obama's portion of that is 5TRILLION so speak to that or adjust your lying post.