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  • Gang of Six: Promises, Promises

    A group of U.S. Senators called the Gang of Six has cobbled together the third Senate-originated half-baked idea this week that would lead to hiking the debt limit. All three Senate approaches — the McConnell Plan, the McConnell-Reid “Just Borrow More” Plan, and now the Gang of Six “Maybe Later in the Year” Plan — have one thing in common: procedural gimmicks that promise Congress will do in the future what it won’t do now to control spending. The time has passed for procedural gimmickry — Congress should cut spending and cut it now.

    The Gang of Six circulated a plan that has Congress enact a law now whose principal elements (1) make unspecified spending cuts and unspecified tax increases to yield a $500 billion reduction in the federal deficit, and (2) impose spending caps on discretionary spending, but not on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and welfare programs that are the main cause of out-of-control spending.

    Then the Gang of Six promises — an unenforceable promise — that some time in the next six months Congress will enact a second law with all kinds of Christmas presents for everybody. As an imaginary present for Republicans, for example, the Gang of Six promises to eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, drop the top individual tax rate to 29 percent, and drop the corporate tax rate to 29 percent. And, as an imaginary present for the Democrats, the second law would have what appears to be a $3.4 trillion tax hike over the next 10 years, so the size of government can just keep on growing. Of course, enactment of the second law is just a promise, or, in the case of the huge tax hike, a threat.

    Although the “Gang of Six” claims that their plan is separate from the debt limit increase, everyone in Washington including President Obama thinks its precise purpose is to pave the way for a debt limit hike. Under the Gang of Six Plan, Congress will pass some easy stuff now, but punt the hard stuff to the future, promising that Congress will pass it some time within the next six months. There’s plenty in the Gang of Six Plan for President Obama — he gets his tax hikes and, in reality, he gets to borrow lots more money. But the American people don’t really get much of anything, except the usual empty promise of action in the future.

    Congress should not raise the debt limit without getting spending under control. Debt limit legislation should put America on the path to driving down federal spending and borrowing, while preserving our ability to protect America, and without raising taxes. Conservatives should stop the Gang of Six Plan. To control federal overspending and overborrowing, America doesn’t need more empty promises of future action — America needs action now.

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    81 Responses to Gang of Six: Promises, Promises

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      This is like finding out that hitting your head against a concrete wall is bad then making a law that requires you to hit your head harder. Is it me or are these people in congress insane. What is wrong with this government? Please congress. Please. No more debt! We are in enough trouble as it is.

    2. Country Ham says:

      Names that will live in infamy forever: Saxby Chambliss (GA), Mike Crapo (Idaho) & Tom Coburn (Okla). They sell out the country so they can "get along and get things done." Please vote them out next chance you get !

      • Shannon says:

        I and many other Georgia Residents have identified Sen. Chambliss for the moderate he is. There is no room for mediocrity. I look forward to finding the person who can take his spot and work for the people of Georgia and these United States! Send Cut Cap and Balance all the way! Let President Obama Veto it! It will then be owned by him. "Don't call my bluff.." We are not playing poker President Obama we are fighting for liberty and the American dream. Gang of six go sit on the sidelines we will deal with you in 2010 we have work to do!

      • Thank you for the names. I have been wondering who those bastards were.

      • Conservative says:

        Chanmbliss has been going soft on all this to begin with.Tom Coburn should know better

      • Roman says:

        I sent an email to Tom Coburn and just spoke with his DC Office.
        I have met Dr. Coburn at Heritage event in NYC. He was a keynote speaker.
        I told his office that I wish I could get that handshake back.
        If you feel like I do – call his office 202 224-5754 and express yourself.

      • Emily Armstrong says:

        The Republicans selected for the Gang of Six were ones already known to have soft Republcan leanings. Why can't we get rid of these jerks once and for all.

    3. George Finley says:

      Where was everyone while George W. Bush was doubling the national debt from $5.7 to more than $11 trillion?

      Where was everyone while George W. Bush cut taxes for the wealthy in 2001 and again in 2003, using the reconciliation approach to block possible Democratic filibuster?

      Where was everyone when George W. Bush started his $2 trillion hunt for weapons of mass destruction?

      Where was everyone while Republicans were voting 7 times during the George W. Bush years to raise the debt limit?

      Talk about two faced!!!

      • ole of nd says:

        Bush did raise spending because a Congress of Democratic morons like you were in control. Past that tax cuts only help all of us you imbecile but of course your simple mind can't understand that because you think spend more tax more is the answer. Get out and try running a business sometime but you will go broke because you haven't a clue. Oh by the way Bush is gone get over it….of course your hero the obominator has done nothing except set this country up to become a weak second class socialistic society.

      • drscoundrels.com says:

        Actually – 5.7 to 10.6 trillion in 8 years as opposed to the oft forgotten 3.7 trillion in 2.5 years by Obama.

        Actually most of the tax cuts were for businesses to simply depreciate their capital purchases faster – which mainly just pushes tax burdens down the road a little, but then the burdens are bigger then.

        Heritage just released some great charts showing that revenue actually increased from 2003 to 2007 as did gdp and employment until the housing crisis landmine field that Clinton set up suddenly went off under foot.

        Bush had 22 months of recession, a major terrorist attack, started the DHS, revamped an entire country's security grid and setup, had 2 land wars and a recession brought about by Clinton, Cisneros and Cuomo through Hud and Fannie and Freddie – still created 3.0 million net jobs and had no MORE than 440 billion in a whole year as a deficit.

        Obama? Hits 440 billion in February and has months to go.

        Talk about bad facts on your part.

        Obama – two faced? Stood against raising the debt limit in 2006 and called it irresponsible – til he wants to spend more.

        Good night – have a great time with this one. Facts is facts even if you don't like 'em.

      • George Colgrove, VA says:

        You are right GWB rose the debt by over $5 trillion – IN EIGHT YEARS! Not that I am condoning it. I think the federal workforce under Bush created massively poor economic policies. There was a lot of fear mongering going on with the war on terror, the environment, education and what we would do with the aging populaton. In all cases the Bush federal workforce opted for the most expensive solutions. Governemnt grew by leaps and bounds.

        But from one George to another, what Obama has done in 2.5 years is to grow Bush's debt from $11 trillion to $14.5 and stands to increase that to $17 trillion by the end of FY12 – that is $6 trillion in four years! Obama grew government faster than Bush and the same federal workers under him are creating even worse fiscal policies. So blame Bush, I think most real conservatives will be with you. But where you and I split is that we do see Bush as a problem, but Obama is far worse. You refuse to see Obama and his federal workers as a danger to this country.

      • Doc Wythe says:

        We were saying the same thing then as now, at least the true conservatives, which is why the GOP got tossed out in 06 & 08.

        You show your true colors with your "Bush Tax Cuts for the wealth comment" … you sir have no desire to cut any debt, any spending, any government. Your goal is to cut the wealth from those you declare to be wealthy and redistribute it to those who have not earned that wealth.

        And there is also a big difference between the fiscal misdemeanors committed by GW and the Fiscal Felonies by Obama and his liberal establishment status quo defenders.

        The Gan of Six proposal was hastily unveiled to undercut the real plan out there that would accomplish something and that is the Cut , Cap & Balance proposal. I find it funny that Sen Coburn would propose on one day over $9 trillion worth of cuts then the next day come out and endorse a plan that accomplishes, on paper with no guarantees, less than a third of that goal while raising taxes.

        The House GOP has shown the way, time for them to hold the line.

      • CTYankee says:

        We were working. We were driving on $1.04 gasoline. Corn was $2.bushel. Gold was $300/oz, shall I go on?

      • Renaus says:

        It was wrong of Bush to do these things and it is wrong of Obama to spend profligately without concern and in the face of the majority of Americans. You know as well as I do Mr. Leftist Liberal that the U.S. cannot continue down this path of printing U.S. dollars out of thin air. I'm sure you don't condone this fiscal irresponsibility in your own family. Why do you endorse fiscal irresponsibility when it comes to your own government's spending. What kind of twisted logic is that? Obama has had this economy for the past 3 years. He owns it now. You can't keep blaming Bush for Obama's failings.

      • El Cid says:

        Completely false. Get your figures correct and stop the liberal lies that you all feed upon.
        Unbelievable!
        You LOVE the class warfare, don't you?
        By your numbers, this President has done no evil. Has not raised the debt one penny, Healthcare Reform that was shoved down our throats without reading what was on it, was President Bush's idea, right?

      • Ardath Blauvelt says:

        It took W 8 years, 2 wars, the dot.com bubble bursting with its attendant scandals and 9/11 to add to the debt…..it's taken Obama 2 1/2 and during that time Dems have not passed one budget in the Senate. That's their job — now they want to raise the debt ceiling???? So they can spend another 1 + trillion in deficit spending every single year, without even passing a budget? You have got to be kidding. When the ugly truth outs, Dems start pointing fingers, even blaming the people whose money they squandered. I'd love to know how much is enough for our tax and spenders. As to the WMD search, go back and listen to the Dems under Clinton, practically begging him in writing to go after Hussein for his WMD. From the UN to World Leaders and the Dem majority, everyone was on Hussein's WMD bandwagon. But W was all by himself, lying about their existence? BTW – tax rate cuts were smaller at the top and larger at the lower ends. The people who pay the most, paid even more of the total. Do your homework, don't just repeat mantras.

      • Saraphina says:

        Does the continual bringing up of the past administrations poor moves do anything to help solve the George Bush on steroids spending and compounding debt increases incurred by this administration Today? If you consider what Bush did was bad, how is it when Obama does the same thing, only in hugely higher amounts that Obama's part in this is negated. Do you truley think that repeating the same behavior faster and w/ greater intensity will produce a different result simply because there is a different name behind it? That is the definition of insanity.
        The debt crisis we have is in the here and now. It's hurting people now. The past cannot be undone. Can you open your mind and your eyes to see what is? Do you care enough about the hurting people in the " now" to change the things we can to lessen this economic downfall?

      • Nathan says:

        George W Bush was not a Conservative, neither was he Reagan. GWB spent money like a Democrat. If you were paying attention, you’ll remember how the Conservatives were getting upset with Bush’s spending, especially during his second term.
        Do NOT EVER attempt to justify bad behavior, by citing George W Bush!

      • Pat Cole says:

        We were right here, emailing and phoning to tell them to stop, telling them to reform Social Security and Medicare, telling them to balance the budget. They didn't listen then, and they are not listening now.

      • Ron Phillips says:

        We were here waiting for the leftist Communist party to do better. Now we KNOW what a wonderful job a third generation communist can do with an economy and jobless situation. ksoon is his next vacation ? Jet fuel Millions, Jobs minus Millions. Thanks Dems!

      • Daniel Stewart says:

        how about all the economic growth that happened because of the tax cuts for EVERYONE, money belongs in the hands of those who earn it not the government

        5.7 trillion to 8 trillion in 6 years(GOP) compared to 8 trillion to 14.3 trillion in 4 years(DEM/obama)

        how about the 3 times in the last 3 years

      • Don't Cave GOP says:

        George,

        Sorry to break it to you but your facts are not correct.

        The combined amount spent on Iraq and Afghanistan wars since inception through this month is still combined at under $1 trillion. Two wars by the way that your guy promised we would end and be out of last year.

        When Bush took office the national debt was $4.9 trillion and he took it to $10 trillion by the end of 8 years. Not saying that is good, but if this is the standard for what is "bad", Obama took the national debt from $10 trillion to $14.3 trillion in 2.5 years. Both he and congress has not passed a budget in the time Obama has been in office and our government has been sustained by continuing resolutions.

        Again, George I would only offer this: "If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you wern't a racist, I would vote for somebody else in 2012 to prove your not an idiot." You seem like a smart guy.

      • Carl says:

        So your saying that Obama and the democrats in Congress are basically spending money and running the country the same as Bush. Don't liberals like yourself blame Bush for the recession? Thanks for proving our point.

      • Lissa says:

        I will concede that the congressional spending has been out of control since FDR, but lets QUIT pointing fingers and whining about past presidents, congress and act in the present. The ONLY way to balance a budget is to CUT spending and increase revenue. Not by increasing taxes though. We have tons and I mean tons of duplicate services in the govt, cut all foreign aide to ALL countries that are not on board with us. Drop the UN that is more trouble than it is worth (Our what 20% support). Consider what supporting IMF is actually doing for us before continuing to bail our Greece. There is no reason whatsoever that we need to raise the debt ceiling. It is no different than a home budget of taking the money for the mortgage and blowing it on entertainment and fast food when it should have went for Mortgage and utilites. Misuse of our tax dollars will not stop until it hurts the President, his twits and democratic spenders in their own pocket.

    4. LibertyAtStake says:

      "unspecified spending cuts and unspecified tax increases"

      Let me know when there are specifics. Or a Democrat budget for 2010, for that matter.

      d(^_^)b http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
      "Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

    5. Bobbie says:

      What the heck, you guys? Please stick to the focus. There is so much cleaning up to do. So many traps set and so much democrats have against America. You are the only ones that show a willingness to save this country! Please keep in mind daily, where we're headed without principled, solutions!

      Cut tax exempt statuses. No one should be inferior to America's principles when the choice is their's to be here. . . and if population needs control, put the responsibility of costs on those populating. Cut the special interests! Cut fannie and freddie, get rid of them! All they do is destroy accountability by discriminating factors. It's a corrupt entity that has been living off the backs of the responsible. Stop the exceptions to laws written, where all mankind applies. Mandate the correct interpretation of the American people's Constitution in all government run schools. Private schools do that inherently. Remove "head start to socialism" immediately. Or put all costs on those benefiting! A child's upbringing is in the best interest of the parents, not government. Make private daycares just that! Without government intervention or regulations! Free the people to work things out on their own!

      There is so much you can do that would have only exaggerated effect on people sadly influenced and exemplified by the democrat "pity party." Don't lower yourself to a level of democrat. We're not about socialism and all Obama's achievements are a flattery towards it! We're about freedom! Stand firm for America the beautiful!!!!!

      • oleof nd says:

        Well said!

      • a democrat says:

        You, Bobbie, perfectly and succinctly represent every thing that that is wrong with our country. You and those who think like you are the ones who are truly destroying "America the Beautiful". You are so afraid that everyone is out to take all that is yours away from you. You are so afraid. Poor man.

        • Bobbie says:

          Keep hiding behind the democrats, little one. I don't write anything in my favor BUT that's how democrats think, especially you sheep. Can't think for yourself, so scared of freedom, so scared of dignity and too weak to pull up your pants… poor baby!! Democrats will always be there with someone elses money to nurture your dependence. I'm not sure if I should take you thinking I'm a man as a compliment or an insult? Men sure have weakened from once the stereo type of strength and endurance. Look what they did to the people of this country! Look what happened to you? LOST in the arms of the democrat government pity party… toughen up, you can!!

        • Bobbie says:

          Gee a democrat, why doesn't it surprise me you find "freedom" wrong with America? You admit your fear!

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    7. Don Kilby says:

      Looks like Chicken Little Obama is starting to scare some spineless Republicans. Hope everyone remembers their names come election day.

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    9. doyourshare says:

      Absolutely incredible. Cut cap balance nothing less!

    10. Mike G says:

      I hope they can get a reasonable compromise. There is good commentary on the budget and Catholic social teaching at http://www.catholicurrent.com/#/.

      • ole of nd says:

        Sorry Mike but you need to clean up your own priests before you start talking Catholic social teachings to me. In other words get rid of the pedogiles immediately instead of sprinkling some holy water and chanting about others. While I don't believe in abortion I'm just saying this forum isn't the place to preach about Catholic beliefs.

      • Joe R says:

        I did take the time to scroll and read the article you are referring to. It shows that Catholic teachings are consistent with the US constitution and the traditional conservative views. It actually praises Paul Ryan's plan and calls on the govenrment to stop the handouts. It does not advocate abandoing the needs of the poor, but rather that the Government should not be doing that work. The church supports private charity to help the needy get back on their feet, not to create a poorly constructed government program that only encourages lazy and unproductive behavior. Olend is correct that this forum is not the right place for religious commentary, but in this case I think you were just pointing out that the catholic church is in agreement with those of us who believe in responsible and conservative values.

    11. betsp says:

      Every American who balances his checkbook knows what has to be done. We have too many people in the wagon and not enough people pulling it. We have Marxists running the show and a few cowardly men in opposition. Marco Rubio should be leading this fight in the Senate, and McConnell should blessedly sit down. Congress pretends and Obama lies and the rest of us will be forced to live with the results.

      • Pat C says:

        Apparently every American does not balance a checkbook, because the majority of Americans don't see the need for a balanced budget amendment, Medicare and Social Security reform and think taxing the rich will help out. We are going down the tubes, and we are going to get what (Most) Americans deserve for their continuing ignorance, laziness and selfishness.

    12. LlightSaber says:

      Just google Obama and Coburn are friends, and you'll find a pretty extensive list of articles. Just an interesting aside.

      McConnell, Coburn — all the usual suspects — betray the American people one more time. In doing so they betray the great idea that is America.

      I have one consolation: If they continuing going down this road, they will find themselves living under a tyranny which they helped create. If they believe their government employment will shield them from tyranny, all they need to do is look south of the border to Venezuela. One day their heads will also roll.

      With the exception of Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, Joe Walsh, Louie Gohmert, Steve King, et al., I find all the republicans contemptible and self-serving.

      P.S. Even though I live in NY, I've already contributed to Josh Mandel's campaign. I can't wait to contribute to the opponents of Boehner, McCarthy, McConnell, Coburn, Alexander, Hatch, Graham, Snowe, Collins, etc. etc.

      • drscoundrels.com says:

        Boehner – has passed everything he said he would as has McCarthy – just passed cut cap and balance with a call for 6 trillion in cuts.

        Sorry – don't buy the Boehner and McCarthy thing. The CR was a trap laid by Pelosi and people are falling for it. The setup was beautiful and people not seeing the political reality of if he breaks the rules to screw with the money Pelosi set up as untouchable under house rules- people would have beat him up for that. If he didn't same deal.

        Seriously – what do you expect with 1/2 of 1/3 of the power in D.C.?

        ACU has him rated as 95% conservative lifetime – and that's 20-25 votes per year they rank him on. Most people are lucky to crest 90%.

        This would be like shooting yourself in the foot when the money, time and energy would be better spent chasing down vulnerable senators from the DEM side – probably 10 – concentrating on them and the white house.

        Spread too thin and you won't get ANYwhere but back to Pelosi. And you think Boehner is somehow so horrible? Boy do you have a bloody short memory.

      • pat says:

        They are all contemptible! If we are going to suffer at their hands, along with children and grandchildren, I hope there is a day of reckoning coming for all the politicians who brought this on the American people.

    13. Gary says:

      Why are so many of our politicians all about deception as opposed to decision-making? Let's make the hard decisions now, face whatever consequences come in the short term but turn our country around and get it back on the path to fiscal responsibility for our children and grand children! We MUST cut spending and put limits on our ability to incur endless debt!

    14. Oldtimered says:

      At first perusal the gang of 6 plan looked good. Thank you for the clarification. The House has passed cut cap and balance. Now we see why BHO is so happy with the gang of 6 plan. The Senate will lose the republican party. The House will be the patriots who may save the Constitutional Republic.

      A proud citizen in the 22nd district of Congressman Allen West

    15. rickb says:

      So, WHO are these 6. Please Name them so we can contact them. Obviously, they did not get the message of last November.

      • R.A.Soren says:

        They are R-Tom Coburn O.K. , R-MIke Crapo Id. , R- Saxby Chambliss Geo. , D- Kent Conrad N.D. , D- Mark Warner Vir. , D-Dick Durban IL. Remember them next election.!

    16. Stirling says:

      at least they have their name attached to the bill, so we know who to vote out next election. The GOP doesn't need anymore RINO's who will cave into this presidents whims of socialist Utopia. Any option that this administration and democrats jump out of their seat to support is surely suspect.

      • stevenbiot says:

        Yep. We have got to weed these weaklings out of congress. This bill is a joke and the Republican party is finished. The Tea Party needs to take the reigns from Republicans; they are too weak to manage our country.

    17. Diane L Asp says:

      Heard about this on the Mark Levin show today. Thanks.

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    22. Jeff Schwind says:

      My opinion is, if President Obama thinks it is a good idea, it is not good for our country. One the same day this Gang(rene) of Six proposal comes out, Obama also says he would be behind repealing DOMA. Can we not see how he is trying to destroy this country piece by piece? From recognizing the Muslim Brotherhood to no taxes on people making less than $250,000 (or is it $200,000 or is it $180,000), why do we believe anything that comes out of this man's mouth? Please, for the good of this country, throw him, the Dems and any RINOs out of office and let's start over.

    23. Gennai says:

      "…Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and welfare programs …are the main cause of out-of-control spending…"
      Hardly a fact These programs are the proverbial cookie jar of which so many have pilfered the goodies without renewing the supply. The fact is that this cookie jar is mismanaged beyond the point of absurdity. The Federal Government's gluttony has become emetic in proportions beyond belief. We cannot talk about a budget until we establish appetite control on the Feds. It is easy enough to blame the aforementioned programs upon which so many people in this country depend upon when the blame lies within the governmental operation/expenditures. One thing we really need to do is eliminate pay raises without merit. Is it the Senate/ House of Representatives that have the capability of granting their own pay raises? Does the Executive/Legislative Branch also have this ability to feather the nest without approval from The People? SPENDING MUST BE REDUCED TO ONLY THE NECESSITIES. I would like an itemized list of ALL government expenditures! I WANT TO SEE what is considered necessary for gov operations.

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    27. Ardath Blauvelt says:

      CAP. CAP. CAP. Not promise, promise, promise. If we wrote a law that restricted spending to a percentage of GDP the government would be forced to prioritize, but more importantly, it would be in its interest to grow the economy — so it could spend more, not more of it. It would finally align America's interests with its government's. We'd all win. A balanced budget sounds good but in actuality is probably neither possible nor always desirable at the Federal level — but again, borrowing could also be restricted to an additional percentage and would have to a unanimous vote in the House, or at least 2/3. This is fixable — states and Americans do it all the time — we don't hire and send people to do less than we do at home.

    28. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Coburn and McConnell. Two more prime examples of why we need a third political party.

    29. toledofan says:

      I'm sure this gang has good intentions but I think they really don't grasp the ideological divide between the two parties; basically it's about big versus small government and the willingness of both sides to do what is right for America. If the If there is any other approach other than cap, cut and balance, the problem will just linger until the next time, nothing will get fixed and the problems wiill actually get worse because we'll be further in debt. I recoginze that compromise is prefered , but, there was none in the health care bill and efforts back in December were, again, one sided. The Republicans in the Senate, with the exception of a couple of new ones, need to retire, their time is past and it's time for a new generation to take charge.

    30. Gary Brumback says:

      Political wrangling over the fiscal debt ceiling is just another sign of how low our public leaders can climb up the moral debt ceiling.
      Polls show 70-80% of Americans think that governent is too big and inept, that corporations are too powerful, and that our endless wars must stop.
      We Americans need leaders who are truly public servants, not corporate servants. We need to turn the polls into massive "poll"itical pressure behind a strategically guided reform of our political, judicial, legislative, and economic institutions and people who are daily creating hardships for ordinary Americans. It can be done. Democracy can be reclaimed. A decent standard of living for every American can be achieved.
      Gary Brumback http://www.democracypowernow.com

    31. Twiz says:

      My understanding of “The Gang of Six” Proposal is that between now and the 2012 general election the proposal would give POTUS the power to raise the borrowing limit by a total of $2.5 trillion in three separate requests for debt ceiling hikes (a $700 billion increase and two $900 billion increases) all requiring a congressional vote.

      Along with each request, the president would have to submit a list of recommended spending cuts exceeding the debt ceiling increase. These cuts would not need to be enacted in order for the ceiling to rise.

      Congress would vote on and presumably pass "resolutions of disapproval" for each request however POTUS would likely veto each resolution. So unless Congress manages to override the president's vetoes which is highly unlikely, the debt ceiling would increase in each instance.

      The crime is that this scheme would allow most RINOs and some more conservative Democrats to vote against any debt ceiling hike with a presumably clear conscience knowing all the while that POTUS will veto it, once again kicking the can down the road.

    32. Fred says:

      Here's an idea. As soon as they get this budget thing resolved, let's give Congress a really long holiday. Send them back to their home states until the next election so they can't do any more harm.

    33. Obama alter ego says:

      Is this proposal constitutional? It appears the Congress will transfer the power of spending to the president.

    34. stevenbiot says:

      Great! Republicans show us time and time again that they are weak compromisers and placaters. Government is allowed to grow, while the private sector shrinks due to tax hikes and regulations. Republicans had a chance, but they blew it.

    35. Howard says:

      How about the "gang of hacks". Where is the republican spine? Why cave when we will face this same situation in a year or two years? Stop the madness now. Stop the EPA, DOE, Commerce; all those institutions that exist to thwart the progress of this country. Roll over the liberals. Go short term, pass a bill to pay debt, SS, etc, and make 0bama sweat. It is what our Founders would have done.

    36. RetCMS says:

      The Gang-plan gains support, to the extent it does, because it gives gutless politicians another chance to "kick the can." Meanwhile, Obama is having a great time dangling the GOP.

    37. pete says:

      I looked at Heritage's projected revenue and growth from 2001 and it was claimed there'd be no debt by 2011 and unemployment at 4.7% with many, many millions of good jobs created by the income, capital gains, dividends and estate tax cuts. None of these things came close to occuring. So what happened?

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    40. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      Of all the compromisers in the Senate, Coburn is the biggest disappointment. He has been a fairly strong voice for limiting the federal government and calling out its waste, fraud and abuse. He was just re-elected to his second term and plans no third term, so he has nothing to lose here.

      I still can't believe that these guys and gals continue to kick the can down the road despite the dire reports issued by their own actuaries. I think it would be good for the country if the two chambers did not agree on a plan, even a short-term one. Make them work within the current debt ceiling for the remainder of the year and beyond and force them to reform the entitlements.

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      The President, according to the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, must submit a budget to Congress each year. President Barack Obama proposed his 2011 budget during February 2010. He has indicated that jobs, health care, clean energy, edu…cation, and infrastructure will be priorities. Total requested spending is $3.83 trillion and the federal deficit is forecast to be $1.56 trillion in 2010 and $1.27 trillion in 2011. Total debt is budgeted to increase from $11.9 trillion in FY2009, to $13.8 trillion in FY2010, and $15.1 trillion in FY2011.

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    43. independent thinker says:

      Heritage claimed in 2001 that the tax cuts that followed would not only keep a balanced budget, but also have us debt free by 2011 and would create 30 million new jobs by 2011. If supply side economics is truly the ONLY way to go, why are we $14 trillion in debt and had a zero net increase in jobs for the past decade?

    44. Rudy clark says:

      On taxing "job-creators". . . Your owners are citizens of the United States, and although your jobs are appreciated, there are no free rides for anyone. America was built with hard work, on an even playing field, with the idea that all men were created equal. I did not like seeing bullies take children's milk money in my childhood, and I don't appreciate the same actions in congress by special interest groups. Concessions must be made.
      -A fiscally responsible and emotionally stable democrat

    45. Rudolph Clark says:

      "Democrats [introduced a bill that] (1) make unspecified spending cuts and unspecified tax increases to yield a $500 billion reduction in the federal deficit, and (2) impose spending caps on discretionary spending" ". . .Of course, enactment of the second law is just a promise, or, in the case of the huge tax hike, a threat."
      This is posturing by Democrats, and this is also spin by Mr. Addington. Both parties need to compromise; the spending policies of the United States are in fact out of control. Exxon Mobil, Apple, and every other tax – exempt corporation need to pay their worth into the United States, there is no such thing as a free ride. Conversely, I applaud the enactments by Florida's State Legislature requiring drug testing for welfare; if these applicants need that bad (because I was on food stamps once too, many college students I knew wouldn't have survive without it!) then they should be using the money responsibly. I don't want to see my tax-money go to someone who's getting high.

    46. Dale says:

      The gang of six is comprised of senators that don't have re-election ambitions, so we might call the plan "Slash and Dash". To me it is just another "Sausage Machine" where barrels of rotten pork will be dumped in with a little real red meat. What we want is a filet with the fat rendered into debt and tax reduction, what we get is more sausage with tainted pork!

      When will we ever learn? Fire them all and start over, continue the process until the people are in charge of their government again and not the other way around!

      BTW, has anyone given thought to abolishing the 17th Amendment? Federalism in this Republic is dead!

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    48. H Snyder says:

      Am I wrong, or is the new spending in Obama's "Stimulus" now part of the now "baseline budget?" If so, there can not be enough national revenue to cover it, and disastrous rises in the National Debt are nearly inevitable.

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