Where Is the Beef?

The Republicans were all over weekend talk shows talking about their prospects for victory in November. Plenty of criticism for the President and Democrats on the deficit, but when repeatedly pressed for one area where they would make substantive change to reduce the deficit they repeatedly refused to do so. Chris Van Hollen had it right at the end of this clip when he referred to the Rep. Paul Ryan (R) “roadmap” for a balanced budget, which calls for major changes in medicare and social security. At least Ryan had the guts to put on paper what Sessions and Coryn took pains to avoid discussing. As with my earlier praise for Tea Party candidates honesty, until people in politics are willing to actually say what they mean a real discussion and debate cannot happen. And we need a real debate, with honest choices. How can these guys cut the deficit when they are afraid to mention one specific cut, and when they say that tax cuts that add billions to the deficit do not need to be accounted for in deficit reduction efforts. Nonsense. Chris Matthews does have this one right.

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3 Responses to Where Is the Beef?

  1. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,
    Wonderful entry. Now you think you got this thing figured out, which you don’t.

    Your “honest choices” are all but. This is just a liberal trick to corner some republican dummies to answer the unanswerable. That is right, it’s unanswerable.

    Thanks to your Super President with his super liberal majority creating a super debit worth trillions and backing it with dumb economic decisions that freezes business in its tracks resulting in super no-growth.

    The result the budget is so overloaded debit management as to make it difficult to support those things the government is responsible for. Medicare busted; Social security busted; Obama care soon to be busted. And these items aren’t even counted in the debit.

    The only thing left (excuse the reference) is to try and drive growth. Of course you and the tax and spend crowd can only imagine taxing the hell out of the folks. Tax and trade, this foolish regulation law that provides a growing bureaucracy with the freedom to make law for the next 5 years.

    If the folks maintain the liberal majority then it will be up to your grandchildren to pay this off. Isn’t that wonderful.

    This country needs economic growth for years to come to clear out this super debit.

    Hope the grandkids get good jobs.

    Jules

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  2. Bill Manzi says:

    Jules,

    While I agree that growth needs to be a priority lets focus for a moment on areas of disagreement. The debt. Long before President Obama took office we had problems with Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Long before he took office President Bush and the Republican Congress took a surplus left from President Clinton, and turned it into deficits as far as the eye can see. Now, with the economy tanking and unemployment at unacceptably high levels Republicans criticize “deficit spending”??? If you are ever going to run deficits and keep money flowing I would say now is that time. But on the assumption that Republicans don’t agree (and apparently they don’t) then are you saying it is unfair to ask what they would cut? Why is that unfair.

    Let us not forget that TARP and the auto bailout began under President Bush. But what was the alternative to TARP? Should the government have allowed the likes of AIG and the big Wall Street Houses to fail, creating a domino effect that could have crippled the worldwide economy? Maybe that would have satisfied free market principles, but the result would have been catastrophe. Could TARP have been implemented better. No question. But it is easy to throw rocks when you do not have to make quick decisions on an executive level based on incomplete information. Bush made the right call in principle on TARP, and I am no Bush fan. Obama made the right decision on the stimulus package, but it should have had more of a job creation focus, and he should not have allowed Congress the leeway that he did in creating it. He is at fault in execution, but right on the principle.

    It is rather funny to see Republicans squirm on the deficit issue. The questions are not at all unanswerable. What you should say is that the answers are not acceptable to the American voters, and so Republicans choose to not answer and hope nobody is paying attention.

    Bill

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  3. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,
    Very buy now. I will respond to your somewhat confusing reply.

    Jules.

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