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  • Abdication: Senate Votes to Do Nothing Unless It Can Hike Taxes for the President

    Now that the Senate has voted to do nothing to address the overspending crisis, conservatives must keep the liberals’ feet to the fire and not let them put off yet again finding a solution to federal overspending and overborrowing.  Congress should not raise the debt limit without getting spending under control.

    Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, to get federal spending under control and balance the budget.  That legislation passed with 234 votes in the House.  The House is a legislative body, and it has legislated.  The House has done its job.

    In contrast, the Senate is a legislative body that has failed to do its job.  So far, the Senate has come up with lots of bad plans, but no votes.  The Senate plans that have cropped up in the last week — the McConnell-Reid “Just Borrow More” Plan, the Coburn Plan with its tax hikes, and the Gang-of-Six Plan with its tax hikes — have among them exactly zero votes, because the Senate has not voted on any of them.

    Today, the Senate voted 51 to 46 to not even consider the House-passed Cut, Cap and Balance bill, even though two-thirds of Americans, according to the CNN Poll dated July 21, support such legislation.  The Obama Administration chimed in that, even if the Senate passed the bill, the President would veto it anyway.  Therefore, if, ten days from now, America fails temporarily to meet its obligations because the Treasury lacks sufficient money to pay them when due, the responsibility for that failure falls squarely upon President Obama and the Senate liberals, who let it happen because they wanted to raise taxes.  Conservatives have commendably pursued legislation to ensure that the government pays its most important obligations first when the Treasury has a shortage of money to pay all its bills, but even on that liberals have been no help.

    President Obama and the Senate liberals may represent well that ever-shrinking tax-spend-and-borrow crowd of liberal special interests, but most of the American people want to cut government spending, cut the size and scope of government, and cut up and throw away the national credit card.

    So far, only the House conservatives have acted responsibly.

    A week is still plenty of time to pass legislation to get the spending-cut job done.  The time to put America on the path to driving down federal spending and borrowing, while preserving our ability to protect America, and without raising taxes, is now.

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    10 Responses to Abdication: Senate Votes to Do Nothing Unless It Can Hike Taxes for the President

    1. Bobbie says:

      America continues to be held back by the democratic party that refuses to use or lost their ability to reason responsibly. This is unacceptable! Democrats hold everyone that isn't constituent accountable while they continue to come up with only one irrational, unfair solution, using their narrow mentality and continue acting irresponsibly… they show absolutely no effort in doing what is necessary to CLEAN UP THEIR MESS OF INCOMPETENCE AND CORRUPTION!!!!!!

      I was SHELTERED growing up in a democratic atmosphere. It was the words of a Republican that taught me what freedom is, self respect and dignity. Please remain devoted to the Constitution and the American people. The democrats look for inferiority and establish it through their demeaning programs.

      The good of the American people rightfully expect ALL are equal under the law as the Constitution reflects. No one should be recognized (AT A TAX PAYER EXPENSE) by the American government, inferior to the American way…

    2. Terry says:

      The Rich should share in this mess. The Rich for the most part benefited from the run away deft.

    3. Stirling says:

      Democrats have just sealed their fate in 2012. by Voting against the only "Real legislation" that was on the table shows their ineptness to lead.

    4. If it's so critical to pass a balanced budget amendment with default less than two weeks away and the credit rating agencies warning us to get something done, why don't the House Republicans offer to compromise and include revenue increases in the bill. They'd have a much better shot at getting enough support for a BBA.

      For instance, if the agreement was to let the irresponsible, debt-creating Bush tax cuts for the extremely wealthy expire early, I'd be willing to support ramming through a BBA at this critical time.

    5. Jim says:

      The cut, cap, and balance bill would be good except it sets the bar too high for tax increases if it becomes necessary in the future. You may not think its necessary now but if needed in the future, two thirds approval is not likely to happen. You have to remember that if you generally agree with views of the heritage foundation, you are not in the mainstream of public opinion. Most people are center right, not extreme conservative.

      By the way, 3 dollars cut for every 1 dollar of tax increases would be about right

    6. Jim says:

      The cut, cap, and balance bill would be good except it sets the bar too high for tax increases if it becomes necessary in the future. You may not think its necessary now but if needed in the future, two thirds approval is not likely to happen. You have to remember that if you generally agree with views of the heritage foundation, you are not in the mainstream of public opinion. Most people are center right, not extreme conservative.

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