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    Re: Alan Simpson Slams Fellow Republicans For Unwillingness To Compromise

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    I absolutely agree with him...

    Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) lashed out at members of his party on Sunday, slamming them for their unwillingness to compromise on proposed tax increases.



    Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) lashed out at members of his party on Sunday, slamming them for their unwillingness to compromise on proposed tax increases.
    In his characteristically colorful style, Simpson told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that Republicans' rigid opposition to new tax revenues has hampered productivity and diminished the chances of reaching an agreement with Democrats on debt reduction.


    Simpson continued: "If you want to be a purist, go somewhere on a mountaintop and praise the east or something. But if you want to be in politics, you learn to compromise. And you learn to compromise on the issue without compromising yourself. Show me a guy who won’t compromise and I’ll show you a guy with rock for brains."

    Alan Simpson Slams Fellow Republicans For Unwillingness To Compromise
    Glad to finally see some Republicans standing up for for their country. The only time in the last 30 years we significantly reduced the debt was when both side compromised to accomplish tax increases and spending cuts.
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    Re: Alan Simpson Slams Fellow Republicans For Unwillingness To Compromise

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    The only time in the last 30 years we significantly reduced the debt was when both side compromised to accomplish tax increases and spending cuts. Republicans took control of both houses of Congress for the first time in over forty years, and the President, a Democrat who, up to that point had been pushing Obamaesque big-taxing-and-spending policies, and big-government policies in general, realized that the only way he could retain any power or relevance was by pretending to be a Republican, and supporting Republican-type policies.
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    Re: Alan Simpson Slams Fellow Republicans For Unwillingness To Compromise

    Quote Originally Posted by OpportunityCost View Post
    And your post is a shined up turd.

    Defense spending is around 15%, entitlements are over 65%. Which one is it more important we get under control?

    Im for means testing and have stated so several times.

    Do you ever get tired of being so wrong?
    So you're throwing SS in with welfare? In that case my Federal taxes are about 17% and Romney & Co. can start coughing up their "fair share" instead of sliding by on their 14%.
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    Re: Alan Simpson Slams Fellow Republicans For Unwillingness To Compromise

    Quote Originally Posted by Born Free View Post
    Was Obamacare and the trillion dollar stimulus a compromise with Republicans? No, and please notice Obama does not talk about his signature accomplishment "Obamacare" nor how his trillion dollar stimulus has did anything for the economy.
    Yes, in the compromise with health care reform, the Democrats compromised to give up the public option and go with the GOP's insurance mandate.

    "Conservative economists developed the concept (of the insurance mandate) in the late 1980s, when they were searching for a market-based alternative to the government-sponsored, universal health-care system liberals were proposing."

    The individual mandate's Republican roots: A guide - The Week


    And yes, "Republicans Loved Stimulus When Bush Was in the White House

    Back Then, Helping Boost Economic Growth Was Bipartisan"

    Republicans Loved Stimulus When Bush Was in the White House
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    Re: Alan Simpson Slams Fellow Republicans For Unwillingness To Compromise

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Blaylock View Post
    Fixed it for you.
    Are you really trying to get people to believe that it was the Republicans that pushed for tax increases for the wealthy and cutting military spending in the 90's???


    You are going to have to rewrite history, and not just my post above, to pull that one off!
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    Re: Alan Simpson Slams Fellow Republicans For Unwillingness To Compromise

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    Glad to finally see some Republicans standing up for for their country. The only time in the last 30 years we significantly reduced the debt was when both side compromised to accomplish tax increases and spending cuts.
    Theres more and more republicans speaking out about the far right strangling any progress

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    Re: Alan Simpson Slams Fellow Republicans For Unwillingness To Compromise

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    So you're throwing SS in with welfare? In that case my Federal taxes are about 17% and Romney & Co. can start coughing up their "fair share" instead of sliding by on their 14%.
    Medicare, medicaid, SS, welfare and food stamps all are in that category. They are labeled in budget items as aid or entitlements. They are the biggest outlay in the budget and are growing at a rate where they will be 8 times the defense spending in a matter of 6 years. It has to be brought under control we are just fooling our selves with anything else.

    Spending decreases need to be on the table as an immediate solution coupled with a tax increase. I dont mean a 1 trillion in cuts over to years. I mean we cut 400billion NOW as part of a tax agreement. Its rediculous to think we can just keep raising taxes and expect the government to do anything but keep spending it.

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    Re: Alan Simpson Slams Fellow Republicans For Unwillingness To Compromise

    Quote Originally Posted by OpportunityCost View Post
    Medicare, medicaid, SS, welfare and food stamps all are in that category. They are labeled in budget items as aid or entitlements. They are the biggest outlay in the budget and are growing at a rate where they will be 8 times the defense spending in a matter of 6 years. It has to be brought under control we are just fooling our selves with anything else.

    Spending decreases need to be on the table as an immediate solution coupled with a tax increase. I dont mean a 1 trillion in cuts over to years. I mean we cut 400billion NOW as part of a tax agreement. Its rediculous to think we can just keep raising taxes and expect the government to do anything but keep spending it.
    First, I agree with you that we need reasonable spending cuts coupled with tax increases....whether the tax increases are through getting rid of loopholes and havens that allow the super rich and corporations to pay nothing and next to nothing or an increase in tax rate with some loopholes removed.

    I strongly disagree that Social Security and Medicare...are the same as Medicaid and Welfare and Foodstamps....first of all every WORKING american if FORCED into paying for social security and medicare their entire working lives...you are given no choice, they take your money every paycheck.
    We all know welfare and medicaid recpients do not prepay a dime for their benefits...
    Before I agreed to one cent in spending cuts for Working middleclass americans....they MUST stop all foriegn aid and stop all the billions upon billions in subsidies to corporations...especially big oil and farm subsidies and including all the green companies....and to BIG BANKS and never ever give another bailout to any corporation....you want to suck all the profit you can and milk the middle class...then die when you fail all on your own and dont give them my tax money...

    You right wingers got this thing in your head that all the money the govt spends goes to everyone but the rich....THAT IS PURE BOULDERDASH...
    Last edited by lpast; 05-29-12 at 11:19 AM.

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    Re: Alan Simpson Slams Fellow Republicans For Unwillingness To Compromise

    politicians who are unwilling to compromise only want to hurt the USA.

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    Re: Alan Simpson Slams Fellow Republicans For Unwillingness To Compromise

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    1) he's a RINO

    2) he forgot or ignores what happened when GHWB compromised with the dems on taxes-taxes went up, the dems didn't cut spending and then the dems lambasted Bush for breaking his promises when they ran against him


    The rich pay too much now, until the government proves it can massively go on a diet no one should have to feed it more
    Casepoint of the reason for gridlock. If you don't march lockstep to the party message you're branded a "RINO" which means you're no longer a "true conservative" and are ignored. Thanks turtle for the example.
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