On second thought

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 10, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    Some names conspicuously missing from the republican convention include Cheney, Palin, most of the candidates who were in the race, and people named bush. And every politician of every stripe comes from a place called 'humble beginnings'.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Sept. 10, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    Bizzaro land or reality?

    The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, included 18 members, split between Democratic and Republican appointees. In December 2010, the commission released its final report, which included dozens of proposals to cut discretionary spending, reform the tax code and Social Security and rein in health care costs, among other measures.

    To have the proposal sent to Congress for a vote, 14 out of 18 members had to vote yes. That didn’t happen. In the end, only 11 members supported it. (nays=3 D, 3 R)

    Ryan cited a failure to do enough to reduce future health care costs, as well as its approach to taxes, as reasons to vote against it. On health care, Ryan said a vote for the report would advance the new Obama health care law, which he and other Republicans opposed.

    "The fact is that John Spratt (the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee) voted for the plan, and one of the other House Democrats on the Commission, Xavier Becerra, subsequently indicated a willingness to act on entitlement reforms, while none of the three House Republicans were willing to budge on taxes."