Published: Sunday, Oct. 20 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
When was the last time we had a balanced budget under a Republican President? Be
accurate. We know it wasn't GWB. Was it George HW? No. Was it Reagan? No,
we know he got all this recklessness started. Was it Nixon? Absolutely not, he
was bombing SE Asia. That leaves Eisenhower, some 60 or so years ago. Please
don't continue the illusion that Republicans are the fiscally responsible
ones. It doesn't work any more. At least, when we feed the poor, the
unemployed, pay back seniors money returns to the economy as opposed to the $24
billion it cost us to shutdown, slow down, or whatever you want to call it and
the irresponsible behaviors of unregulated Wall Street. That money is gone
forever and it's you and me that are forever poorer for it.
Well stated! However, too many people have bought into the lies already. It is
very hard to undo that among the republicans, and almost impossible with the
Cruz is no Churchill. He is more akin to Custer.
Interesting big of fiction, Rob. The truth is nowhere to be found in it.I'm a conservative (but not a far right extremist) Republican, and
an educated and motivated voter. It's clear from their actions that Lee,
Cruz, et al., act like children who throw tantrums when they don't get
their own way. I want a statesman leading my party, who will work for the
benefit of ALL Americans and not just an entitled few, and Lee, Cruz, et al.,
don't even come close to filling the bill. Lee, Cruz, et al., are not what
the Republicans, and the United States, really need. No thanks!
Lee and Cruz are the present day equivalent of Huey Long.
Establishment Republicans would like to govern. Ted Cruz wants publicity, so he
can run for President. Mike Lee, far as I can see, would very much like to be
his running mate.
@Semi-StrongLouisville, KYCruz is no Churchill. He is more
akin to Custer.7:46 a.m. Oct. 20, 2013=========== Agreed.Funny, and well put.
Ted Cruz and Mike Lee compared to Churchill? This has got to be the most
hilarious letter ever printed in the DN. Thanks, DN, for giving me good laughs
without even having to find the comics.
Didn't the senate pass a budget this year (6 months ago) and request the
house to go to conference on it, and didn't the house refuse to go to
conference? Where has this letter writer been for the past 6 months?
So funny (and typical) that Tea Partiers steadfastly refuse to acknowledge their
responsibility for the shutdown debacle. $24B drained from the
economy, all so Ted Cruz can build his email list.This will not end
The Democratic Senate passed a budget around 5 months ago and since then 20
times Senate Republicans have blocked Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray's
attempts to bring it to conference. You may recall a spat between McCain and the
Paul/Cruz/Lee contingent about "that's not how things are done".
What McCain was complaining about was their blocking of going to conference.
@ atl134. Senate Republicans can not block anything, they are the minority!
Please stop lying!
Mountanman,I believe there are 45 Republican Senators. There are 55
that caucus with the Democrats.Per Senate rules, you need 60 votes
for cloture (to end debate and get to an actual vote).So, yes the
Senate Republicans can block legislation.
ugottabkidn - The power of the purse lies with congress.So when was the last time a republican congress had a balanced budget? 2001When was the last time a democrat congress had a
balanced budget?196924 years of democrat congresses
couldn't balance a budget since 1969.9 years of republican
congresses have produced 4 years of balanced budgets since 1969.
Tea party owns it.
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