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Democrats- We can't keep charging the credit card and racking up Trillions in debt. We need not only a balanced budget, but a budget surplus EVERY YEAR in order to pay off our existing $16,600,000,000,000 debt. That's what $16.6 Trillion looks like. What is the plan to stop charging more debt and pay off the debt we already have? We've never heard a plan yet. "Taxing the rich" won't work as you can outright confiscate every dime and every asset from each millionaire in the US and it would only total roughly $7 Trillion. What is your plan?
I agree cuts need to happen, GOP needs to put their plan out there and it needs to include defense
Wasting your time asking. The response will be "what's the GOP plan?" But of course the GOP's plan is more cuts, so they will poo-poo it as ridiculous, forget about it, and 5 minutes later ask the same question.
Speaker Boehner walked away from a "grand bargain" offered by President Obama last year. Now the GOP wants to sink the economy (and maybe our national defense) by having drastic military cuts and blame the President. Congress needs to have the courage to pass Simpson-Bowles and stop playing partisian games.
You could google President Obama's deficit reduction plan. But if you are like most of the Republicans in Congress, it really doesn't matter what the President or the Democrats propose. The Republicans will just automatically oppose it.
The GOP lost their chance when they went with the vote buying "fiscal deficit reduction" plan of raising taxes on the rich with the same bill that increased spending by twice the amount of new revenue. What they should have done is let the cliff occur. According to the CBO that the left love to quote, it would have caused minor pain in the short run, but because of the spending cuts, would have been much more beneficial in the long term. But, nope, they did what the dems ahve always done, gone for the votes rather than the country. Now they have another chance. Let the sequestration begin. We need massive cuts in spending and make them across the board. think we don't have waste in spending, look at Obama's campaign trips for a week. This week into monday, his campaign trips are costing the taxpayer over 4.5 MILLOIN dollars. 1st Budget to cut, Campaign trips!
@falcon1681; should we do every bad idea that our predecessors did, x2000? Or should we be better than that? When I was young, my parents would tell me "don't stoop to his level". You're saying "we should stoop to his level, and then some". How does justifying a bad idea with another bad idea make it OK?
Speaker Boehner walked away from a "grand bargain" offered by President Obama last year. --------You mean the "grand Bargain" where he wanted to tax the heck out of those that worked hard to succeed and cut NOTHING! That grand bargain????
By threatening to damage our economy and to advocate indiscrimiate cuts rather than engage in debate and good old American horse trading, Republicans are in effect admitting that they lack a coherent argument that is persuasive to the American people. Too bad... an intelligent and fact-oriented (all the facts, please!) from the right would be most welcome, I think.
This is indeed a move fraught with peril for the GOP. It further reinforces the impression that they are ruthless, arrogant and contemptuous of the American citizenry.
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