Let's keep our balance around this fiscal cliff

  • Article by: AL FRANKEN
  • Updated: December 12, 2012 - 7:15 PM

People know it takes targeted taxes and targeted cuts.

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jdlellis1Dec. 12, 12 7:56 PM

Senator Franken, since the general media and President are focused solely on tax increases and blaming the Republicans for the stalemate, would you be so kind as to provide specific spending cuts the Democrats will bring to the table?

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elmore1Dec. 12, 12 8:28 PM

Al, I like the message but like Obama, I don't hear any specifics. I would also like to hear a message around shifting funding from underperforming govt programs to new opportunities and like we do every day in the private sector, a concerted effort to make govt more efficient and effective. That kind of centrist message and actions will get the support of everyone. Washington has a call to action and I hope you can carry a centrist message.

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drichmnDec. 12, 12 9:14 PM

"would you be so kind as to provide specific spending cuts the Democrats will bring to the table?" .... why is it that only conservatives can't seem to locate the spending cuts that have been proposed?

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drfranktDec. 12, 12 9:41 PM

It looks like it's time for the messiah to start to "reach across the aisle" and compromise like he promised so long ago. As much as his supporters and he, himself might disagree, he is not king!

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barefootpaulDec. 12, 1211:18 PM

"provide specific spending cuts the Democrats will bring to the table" -- Republicans are the ones screaming for spending cuts. Why can't they provide the specifics they want?

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lostwolf95Dec. 13, 12 1:49 AM

again, it comes down to politics. No one wants to be specific, because whoever is will be crucified in the next election. Both sides are pointing fingers and no one is getting closer to getting this done. Ours is a broken system that needs to be fixed, how about moving our system to a more representative, multiparty electoral process to prevent these types of gridlocks in the future?

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arspartzDec. 13, 12 3:27 AM

I disagree entirely. The government needs to stop using money to socially engineer the country. Raise taxes on everyone (including most of the 47%) and cut government spending across the board. Let the federal government return to the basics which it was founded to do.

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texas_technomanDec. 13, 12 5:16 AM

Cut defense spending. It has gone from $300b in 2000 to over $700b in 2012....we spend as much as the next 15 nations (who are, by the way, our allies). We have one admiral for every ship, DOD hasn't been able to have a successful audit in years. Bring our fighting men and women home, close out bases in Korea, Japan, Germany...focus on cyber warfare, drones, and special ops...budget problem solved. Let the Haliburtons, Northup Grummans, and all the other corporate welfare "takers" find some honest work......

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twinsajsfDec. 13, 12 6:40 AM

Very well said, Senator Franken. The sad thing is that many Republicans (including Speaker Boehner) actually agree and are willing to make the necessary compromise to get this done, BUT just enough other House Republicans of the hard-core, "compromise is for wimps" ilk have been able to prevent this from happening for two years. And thanks to successful GOP redistricting efforts across the nation, this group of purists will not be going away anytime soon. Last time around, the Dems caved and gave the GOP "98% of what I wanted" in Boehner's infamous words. We'll see if public opinion polling and Obama's persistent post-election campaigning on this issue can produce a different result this time, but I'm not holding my breath.

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nonewtaxesDec. 13, 12 6:58 AM

Like it or not, the current level of spending is cannot be sustained. There aren't enough "rich" to tax. Spending will be cut. Taxes will rise for everyone-back to the nirvana levels of the mythical Clinton years. If our elected members of congress don't do it, the bond market will force action. (The bond market is providing the 46% of the spending that is not covered by taxes) Brace yourselves, you will all pay more and get less, it's just arithmetic.

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