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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: ". . . compromise muddles through without really confronting the deficit"

What a surprise! Liberal politicians demonstrate, yet again, that they can't be trusted to value the Nation and her people above their own selfish interests.

Liberals continue to make the point that America desperately needs a new birth of freedom -- from them.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Take money from the people who defend them. What are they thinking with their 3% a year pay increase.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

People, people...what's worse, defunding veteran's pensions or defunding Obamacare?

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@procuradorfiscal – “Liberal politicians demonstrate, yet again, that they can't be trusted to value the Nation and her people above their own selfish interests.”

As a statement premised on the fact that liberals seem unwilling to deal with entitlements, OK.

But we can make the exact same statement about conservatives with respect to their “no tax” pledge.

If we do have a crisis in the future (something I believe conservatives secretly want), let’s not kid ourselves into thinking that either party today is putting deficit/debt reduction high on their priority list.

And it is more than ironic that the current uncompromising & war-like mentality of many conservative politicians (and their media tail wagers) was birthed by a politician (Newt) who was smart enough to know when to compromise for the good of the country.

I look back with great nostalgia on the golden days of the 90’s when the Clinton/Gingrich government put country ahead of party/ideology and balanced the budget.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

I like Paul Ryan. Smart guy and one of the few decent congressmen. I know Ryan's compromise doesn't really solve much but it does at least keep the river flowing without freezing up. We are in such a mess that has been created by the run-a-way Obama spending and entitlement bonanza that the only REAL way to fix things is to repeal and reverse all of the Obama policies which can't happen so long as the man is in the Oval office. Also this budget to cut into military retirements is something you can blame 100% on the Democrat's. This is disgraceful and will hurt future military recruiting. How long can this country stand the progressive Democrats? Not much longer.

Mikhail
ALPINE, UT

Regardless of political party, the problem - as is set out so well by the writer of this argument - is motivation. Each party has their own agenda. Both parties have their objectives and justifications for their respective views. The problem is that neither party wants to give up personal power in order to risk that the change will be worth it. Liberals claim that the Federal government should dictate the solutions to social issues. Conservatives claim that the Federal government should not be the answer to all of the questions and should be limited to a specific set of issues and bounds. Liberals fear losing votes if they don't produce the programs. Conservatives fear that if they let government grow too big that freedom and fiscal security will be lost. History indicates that the conservatives have done more compromising than the liberals on these differences. Taxes have continued to increase over the last few decades. Governmental debt has skyrocketed. Social programs have become countless. The crisis is coming and it will make 2007 look like a highly solvable problem when it hits. The piper will need to be paid.

Alfred
Phoenix, AZ

@Thid Barker:
"People, people...what's worse, defunding veteran's pensions or defunding Obamacare?"

The definding is not a defunding of veteran's pensions. What is defudeded is pension cost-of-living increases... just as federal employee pension cost-of-living increases were defunded.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

When Congress has on democrat house and one republican house, they run up the biggest deficits, followed by democrat controlled congresses. The only congresses to balance the budget in the last 50 years were republican controlled in both houses.

As we kick the can down the road, one day we will catch up to it and discover it is too big to kick further, at which point it will take dynamite to move it. But oh the damage dynamite causes!

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "The definding is not a defunding of veteran's pensions. What is defudeded is pension cost-of-living increases . . . ."

Which, over time, is a de-funding of the pension itself.

The essence of this action is Democrats telling retired vets to die-off quickly. There won't be enough money for you to live on your pensions in a few years, when you can't work anymore to supplement them.

And Democrats somehow get away with calling Republicans hardhearted!

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

What a fix we're in... Can't raise taxes to help pay off the $17 trillion national debt or it will damage the fragile economy. Can't cut anything out of the almost $2 Trillion national budget or it will damage the fragile economy. We may have to live with a damaged fragile economy for awhile.

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