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Austerity does not work while we are in this downturn. After the depression occurred, the U.S. government started work programs for citizens such as the WPA and CCC. .... This was considered a good thing to put people to work fixing the infrastructure in this country. ..... The parks of this country still have the buildings that were built during that time frame. .... We need something similar now. .... This is what government is for and why we pay taxes ... so the government can use our tax dollars to help us in situations like the one we are in now. .... Giving our tax dollars to the wealthy in the form of tax subsidies and loopholes is not where our tax dollars should go..... Why do Republicans refuse to help the very people - middle class - who as a group pay most of the taxes in this country? The middle class are the people who do the work of this country without which the wealthy would have nothing.
Obama reached out to the Republicans in his first term, but their priority was (in Mitch McConnell's words) to make Obama a one term president. They failed, so now Obama is reaching out to the Republican's bosses: their constituents. Obama can't influence them, but their constituents can. That' democracy in action.
"As long as he keeps his promise on cuts v. revenue, why do you need to know the details on that part of the deal before the details on the rest of the deal?"...For the exact same reason all the libs were crying for Romney to be specific on his plan for eliminating deductions and cutting of programs. Seems to be a bit hypocritical of the libs to use this argument.
Them that win must pay the bills. It's always been so. Teach the young and poor to help themselves and to not be wasteful, but let's contribute realistically to their futures. Remember, you can't take it with you.
@Gimbel - Let's do some math then. Current revenue = $2.468.6Trillion. Current spending = $3.8Trillion for 2012. Overspending is $1.4Trillion. So on a 3-1 ratio, just to correct this issue you raise taxes $350Billion. Please show me Obama's $1trillion in spending cuts for 2013. If he is speaking about adopting the simpson-bowles, then are you OK with cutting the federal workforce by 10%, eliminating the deductions listed and also adding 15 cents on each gallon of gas?
Wow, another politician using scare tactics to con the public into allowing him and his henchmen to keep up their reckless spending habits. The "fiscal cliff" is nothing but a weapon of terminology being used to excuse their complete lack of fiscal sanity. And watch the minions line up to support the grifters. Again.
re: ---No one who looks at the situation honestly believes that Obama and the democrats ever tried to work with the Republicans. Goes both ways..... joe, public option with health care bill COMPROMISE. 2010 tax extensions for top marginal rates COMPROMISE. Please give us an example of Republican compromise.
Oh and.... no one who looks at the situation honestly believes that the Republicans ever tried to work with President Obama or the Democrats.----------------------------No one who looks at the situation honestly believes that Obama and the democrats ever tried to work with the Republicans. Goes both ways. They were suppose to be working on this together. What does Obama do? Demands everything his way or he will veto it. He needs to look up the word, cooperation.
knichols: how do you know that the Simpson Bowles plan does not amount to a ratio of 3 dollars of cuts to every 1 dollar of increased revenue? Did you do the math?
Amazing. Obama is doing the same thing he did the last time we went through this. All talk and noaction. Sit down and negotiate a compromise instead of demagoguing the issue. If Obama can't do it he should shut up and get someone in there that can speak for the Dems and get this done!
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