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.
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!
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!
@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.
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.
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.
@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
People, people...what's worse, defunding veteran's pensions or
Take money from the people who defend them. What are they thinking with their 3%
a year pay increase.
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.