Believe me, they're both the problem and I was in no way claiming the GOP has no culpability with it. Personally, would have preferred the cliff. At least it wouldn't have been filled with giveaways to Hollywood, GE, Bacardi, etc.
Yet the ways to address this has been dubbed extreme by the left, by the media. We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. This bill is a perfect example of that.
People need jobs to live, not just min wage jobs. I know several people on assistance programs and it's not because they are lazy. It's because there are simply no jobs out there and there is no training that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Hell, one of my friends has a degree in Electrical Engineering and can't get a job because he is overqualified and people don't want to hire him for fear that he will get another job when the economy gets better. That was a year ago.
The right wants to simply cut those things out (or cut spending in those things drastically) without addressing the reason people use them in the first place. I'll be the first to say we need welfare reform, but at the same time we also need jobs, training, and day care so people can get the training.
Without addressing the reasons people use these things, simply cutting them is only going to cause things to go from bad to worse for folks. Crime rates going up because, etc. is not a good solution either.
"Those who do not learn from history and condemned to relive it".
"There are those who will debate the necessity of wilderness, I will not, either you know it in your bones or you are very very old". Aldo Leopold - Sand County Almanac
If I may ask ALL you conservatives a sincere question...How can you not think there is a revenue problem along with a spending...when YOUR corporations have sent untold number of jobs to the phillipines, india and china and other places..every one of those jobs sent represents an american not paying taxs and possibly on govt subsistence...along with all the offshores and loopholes that allow the richest and the biggest corporations to pay zero...subisidies to big oil and farms and pharma that they just put in their pocket...this revenue PROBLEM was caused by the rich of the rich out of greed...now they dont even care to acknowledge it...all they want is MORE taken from the working class and poor.
The other side has to stop giving every single one of their pets a gimme that is costing us a fortune...until the gop says to the rich YOU HAVE ENOUGH stfu and the Democrats tell all the skids bums and special interest to stfu...were going nowhere.