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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Democrats Answer to Debt Crisis: MORE SPENDING/RAISE TAXES

We don't call them "tax and spend" Democrats for nothing!

I was astounded to learn that in the midst of a debt crisis, with Democrats predicting dire consequences if we fail to increase the debt limit, that Democrats would also be demanding MORE SPENDING! While debt talks are going nowhere fast due to the absolute failure on the part of President Obama to lead, Democrats in the U.S. Senate are asking for another stimulus bill:
Democratic leaders called on Wednesday for new spending and tax cuts to boost the sluggish U.S. economy, setting up a fresh hurdle for bipartisan efforts to head off a government debt default this summer.
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Senate Democrats want the deal to include a payroll tax cut, more money for highway construction and clean-energy subsidies to bring down the 9.1 percent unemployment rate. "Get the recovery right before you get in this deficit-cutting mode," Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dick Durbin told reporters. "Get people back to work."
We all know how the $TRILLION+ in past stimulus spending failed to create jobs but Democrats seem to be stuck on stupid eyeing a deal on debt as an opportunity to throw more pork spending to unions and green crony capitalists.

GOP's Cantor Quits Debt Talks

Highlighting just how unserious Democrats are in the current debt talks, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) walked out of the talks chaired by Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday suggesting in a statement that until President Obama breaks the impasse over Democrat demands for new and higher taxes, which Republicans have repeatedly said are off the table, there was no point in continuing.

The prior day, before walking out, Cantor said:
Heading into the first of up to four pivotal negotiations this week on deficit reduction, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor declared “it is crunch time now” and that as the negotiations tighten “it’s time for the president to step up.”

“Everything that we’ve discussed has led to the point now that we are in some very tough discussions right now, and you know, as we approach July, where there’s not much time now if we’re going to come to see some agreement, I would just call on the president to be willing to make some of these tough decisions now,” Cantor, R-Va., said. “The president has not seemed willing to engage and say that he’s willing to do the tough stuff with us.”
Where's Obama? Where is HIS plan?

Republicans have put forward multiple plans to deal with the budget, spending and debt only to have Democrats use them as a target for partisan political attacks. Thus far, Democrats have presented no viable budget and no plan for solving the debt crisis that doesn't include massive job-killing tax increases and more wasteful spending.

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell went to the Senate floor Thursday and reminded Senators that even when Democrats held a near veto proof majority, they refused to pass tax increases. So why now do Democrats continue to demand something which they could not pass when they had so many more votes?

McConnell went on to say:
And that’s to say nothing of those who are now proposing more spending as a solution to our debt crisis. This isn’t just mystifying, it’s farcical. I mean, most Americans had to wonder if they were dreaming this morning when they saw this headline:

'Democrats call for new spending in U.S. debt deal’

More spending? As a solution to a debt crisis? What planet are they on?

All of which gets at a larger issue in this whole debate. And here I’m referring to the continuing silence of the one person who matters most to its outcome.

For weeks, lawmakers have worked around the clock to hammer out a plan that would help us avert a crisis we all know is coming — all the while knowing that at some point the president would have to sign it. So it’s worth asking: Where in the world has President Obama been for the past month?

What does he propose? What is he willing to do to reduce the debt and avoid the crisis that is building on his watch.

He’s in charge. I think most Americans think it’s about time he starts acting like it. It’s not enough for the President to step in front of a microphone every once in a while and say a few words that someone hands him to say about jobs and the economy.


Americans want to see that he’s actually doing something about it. What they see instead is more bad economic news every day, a gathering crisis that threatens to make current problems even worse, and a President who is either unwilling or unable to recognize that our nation’s economy is in serious trouble.

He’s the president. He needs to lead. He needs to show that he recognizes the problem. And do something about it.

We’re not in the majority. We can’t sign anything into law. That’s the president’s job.

Yet until now, he’s stood in the background. He’s acted as if it’s not his problem. Well, it is. This is his problem to solve.

America is waiting.
Senator McConnell won't say it but I will. Obama is AWOL on leadership on this issue because: A. he has no idea what to do and B. he intends to use this crisis as another weapon to bludgeon Republicans.

There is NO PLAN from Obama and NO LEADERSHIP. Only crass political moves designed to help bolster his fading hopes for re-election!

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