Instead, on top of insisting that Republicans pass tax hikes that not even the Democrats were willing to put their name on last December, Obama and Congressional Democrats are insisting on additional spending.
Democrats proposed extending unemployment insurance for another 99 weeks at a cost of $43 billion. In addition, they requested another $10 billion to spend on research projects overseen by the National Institutes of Health. Democrats have not, Kyl says, offered to offset the new spending with additional cuts.
These measures come on top of the increased spending Democrats proposed in negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden, which included a $33 billion increase in Pell Grant funding and $27 billion — a number Kyl says was never explained and is much higher than Republican estimations — for the so-called “doc fix” to restore Medicare payments to physicians.
Another point of contention in the talks, Kyl explains, is that roughly 75 percent of the “savings” proposed in non-health-care mandatory spending are achieved through revenue mechanisms such as fee increases, which technically aren’t classified as tax hikes, but certainly highlight the Democrats’ fundamental unwillingness to reduce spending. Kyl says at this point he can identify only about $55 billion in actual reductions to federal spending....
these people want to increase spending and taxes... and they want Republicans to do it for them?
they are out of their minds. Republicans aren't going to commit suicide just because the President is willing to go past Aug 2. On Aug 3 everyone get's their Social Security payments and the President is shown for the community agitator he has been acting like.