Skip to comments.The First War of the Next Congress: The Debt Ceiling
Posted on 11/04/2010 10:37:28 AM PDT by Candor7
What message did voters send on Tuesday? .......
The GOP needs to do something that demonstrates measurable success in cutting spending. At minimum, it must prevent an increase in taxes -- for anybody. In general, they'll want to put a break to administrative activities. Block the appropriation process.....
Clamp down on implementation of Obamacare, and EPA rule making. Perhaps the Department of Labor deserves some scrutiny. Obamacare is the headliner, but how would you defund it? The popular insurance regulations rely on the mandate. The mandate relies on funding. You kill the funding, and you kill the popular regulations. They have to tackle the day to day process that goes on inside HHS and Treasury and other agencies to implement various parts of the new law as it comes on line in the next few years. You want to repeal Obamacare, one month at a time, not letting funds be appropriated. Republicans have won both the House and many state legislatures. Work with the states setting up these exchanges, and stop the funding. Will Republicans support the deficit commission's recommendations? Not if it has tax increases in it. .......
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We now need to make sure the progressives in the House do their promised work, if not, Marsha Blackburn, Jack Ryan, or Darryl Issa should be the speaker istead of Boehner.
WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!
Put back in the Bush tax cuts set to expire
Trash the homos in military actions
A few starter points in my book.
Secure the border would be a huge winner and should be among the GOP’s top agenda items.
“...demonstrate measurable success in cutting spending”...I bet it ends up like usual. They will want to cut all the democrats spending, the democrats will fight back, hardly anything will get done and all of a sudden it’ll be 2012 and everyone will be promising anything to everybody, to get elected.
They need to draw a line in the sand - NOT ONE MORE DAMNED DIME OF DEBT, PERIOD - and see who wants to cross it.
Republicans NEED to refuse to raise this. We have a spending problem. Cut the spending. If you're going to cut the spending, you don't need to raise the debt ceiling. Thsi should not even be open to debate.
I’m thinkin’ that the Tea Party needs to hold a rally on January 3, 2011 on the Capitol steps to remind them, right at the start, that their collective butts are on the line. They’d better come through.
No more taxes. No more bailouts. No more socialism. No more RINOs.
The debt ceiling will have to be raised just to operate the government. The entitlement programs and the debt servicing costs consume all of the collected tax revenue. Everything else is funded by borrowing including Defense. 43 cents of every federal dollar spent is borrowed.
>>On Tuesday night, Lawrence O’Donnell went ballistic over the possibility that Rand Paul might refuse to raise the debt ceiling.
I remember seeing that and just HOPING Senator-elect Paul would do it. The democrats are never going to grow up and act fiscally responsible. Somebody needs to cut up the credit cards before the socialists spend us into oblivion.
Oh, yes. That also. Heck I could have filled up the page with stuff. Just tossed in a quick three there!
The GOP House should pass a bill to kill BarryCare. Then they should refuse to fund it. I think they need to offer a health care bill that replaces BarryCare with the few popular provisions — coverage of pre-existing conditions, coverage of college-aged children on parents’ plans — and go on an intense media blitz so that everyone hears that the few good parts of the bill (and there are indeed very few) will be preserved. Make it clear that the only reason to support BarryCare is a desire to see a government takeover of our economy’s health care sector.
What is the date by which this has to be passed? Also, the last time it was done, did any Pubbies' vote for it? Anyone have the roll call?
I cannot tell you how much I don't care.
Kill it. Kill it. We cannot get out of debt by increasing the size of our debt. We are going in the wrong direction, and we cannot reverse course by reducing the speed at which we go in the wrong direction.
I want cuts. I want reduction in debt. I will not support politicians who disagree.
The other spending battle is to bail out California.
You don't live in the real world. Exactly what would you stop funding? DOD? SS? Medicare? Medicaid? Not paying debt servicing costs?
I agree we need to cut spending including entitlement reform. But it has to be phased in. You just can't shut down the government cold turkey. What about our troops in combat? 54 million SS retirees, one third of whom depend entirely on SS for their income. 48 million on Medicare and 60 million on Medicaid. 43 million on food stamps.
It's what I want. Frankly, I'm not reasonable on this topic.
But allow me to be slightly less rabid -- In a Middle Eastern bazaar, if you try to sell me a rug for $10, I will offer $5. You will request $8, and I will offer $7. Eventually I walk away with a rug, and you walk away with $7.50.
In our system, The Democrats request $1T, and the Republicans suggest $1.1T. The Democrats respond with a demand for $1.2T and eventually the country pays $1.5T.
We're not going to ever get ANY budget cuts unless we shut down the government. Not permanantly, but enough to cause riots. That's what I want.
Before they do that, they should have a very public congressional hearing with each agency and department head explaining why they are essential to the workings of the government, given that we are in such a big mess. Then, have a rebuttal from a group like the Tea party saying, "No more of our tax dollars for you."
Shutting down the government is counterproductive. We tried that once. It is cutting off your nose to spite your face.
43 cents of every federal dollar spent is borrowed. If we don't raise the debt limit, we will effectively shut down the government. Tens of millions of people will be hurt. If you think that will garner more public support for our position, you are crazy. In any event, it won't happen.