Charles Krauthammer: Decision time: Cliff jumping with Barack Obama

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  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 9:08 p.m.

    Fox needs to bench this guy along with Rove.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 9:11 p.m.

    Krauthammer certainly knows this, but he's a columnist who needs to attract readers.

    Both parties know a compromise will need to be hammered out.

    Republicans need Democrats to propose raising taxes - that way they can say "it wasn't our idea", and by the same token, the Democrats need Republicans to propose detailed spending cuts, that can be used as the basis for negotiations. Democrats are not likely to tout "yep, cutting social programs was our idea", but they CAN return to their constituents and say "the Republicans proposed these cuts, and we had to compromise to get most of what we wanted".

    And the Republicans will be able to say the same thing to their base.

    The Democrats have proposed tax increases. That move has been made. Now it's time for the GOP to offer at least broad-brush spending cuts, and THEN they can all get together and pound out a deal.

    How do you think the mother of all compromises - the 3/5 compromise in the Constitution, where slaves were counted as 3/5 of a person for the purposes of congressional representation - was handled? Slaves states opposed slavery, and abolition states proposed more slavery?

    Find the way!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Dec. 2, 2012 6:36 p.m.

    We absolutely need spending cuts (defense and entitlement)

    I would like to see AT LEAST a 3 to 1 deal (spending cuts to revenue increase)

    To those on the left - Demand that the Dems include serious spending cuts in return for increase in taxes.

    We HAVE to get a handle on the deficit.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Dec. 2, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    As long as it cuts off bloated (offense) defense budgets I'm good with it.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    Let's go over --

    The Republicans will bare full responsibilty for it.

    Government will grind to a halt or shut-down,
    Citizens will revolt and insist on a Congressional do-over, this time the GOP will have nothing left to barter with.

    Pres. Obama wins,
    America wins,
    The Democrats in the Senate win,
    Republicans will take yet another step into historical obscurity and insignifigance.
    In 2014 the House will GOP will be blamed for it - voters will not re-elect them.

    So bring it on.

    President Obama has nothing to lose,
    and everything to gain from it.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    An excellent letter, and spot on.

    For a very disturbing read on the subject, may I recommend and excellent book by Hedrick Smith? It's called "Who Stole the American Dream?"

    It pulls no punches and assigns blame where it belongs with both parties and with America's increasingly greedy corporate bosses.

    Louis Brandeis said, clear back in the early 1900's: "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated int eh hands of a few, but we can't have both."

  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    It is feared in todays political climate that the republican party is dead but I believe that to be not true. If any party is nearing death, it is actually the democrats. We republicans should now just get out of the way and let the democrats be f will not take long for the democrats to implode once they enact all their strange ideas.
    Once the people actually are living the life that the democrats envision, it will not take long for implosion to occur.
    Take us off the cliff and let the chips fall where they may.

  • Scott C Ephraim, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 6:52 a.m.

    Smart man! Could not agree more!