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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tea Party freshman House Republicans, emboldened by Democrats and the White House capitulating time again during the debt ceiling fight, have dug ever further into their deep delusion about immediately slashing the federal budget — which would necessarily mean big cuts to the entitlement programs Americans don’t want to see touched, and Barack Obama, touring the Midwest to talk jobs and the economy, is returning fire.

In an Op-Ed, the Tea Party crowd make their case for bills that already died in the Democratic Senate and have no path to passage before the deadline to avoid the across-the-board cuts to defense and domestic programs alike in the debt ceiling deal:

The House led by crafting solutions to our debt problem. Months ago, the House passed a budget that reduces short-term deficits by more than $4.4 trillion and addresses the unsustainable, long-term structural deficits that threaten this nation.

Just a few weeks ago, the House passed a bipartisan bill, Cut, Cap and Balance, that could have cut federal spending by $111 billion next year, capped future expenditures and required passage of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

It is against these very intransigent House Republicans — more interested in shrinking Social Security and Medicare than raising new revenue — that Obama is directing his attention this week.

“That’s just not common sense,” Obama said in Minnesota on Monday of Republicans refusing to consider new taxes of any kind on anyone to lower the long-term deficit.

“You’ve got to be willing to compromise to move the country forward,” he said later that day in Iowa.”

In addition to the Tea Party in the House, Obama is also addressing the more extreme Republican presidential candidates — Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry — who unlike the majority of even House freshmen opposed raising the debt ceiling and, in the case of Mr. Perry, questioned the very constitutionality of Social Security.

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  • jan.mann4045

    Did Rick Perry not advocate that TEXAS should Secede from the union? Meanwhile when disaster struck Texas, he requested Federal Assistance from the Government for his state? Have him check the internet for Wikipedia and look up the word SECEDE! I wonder what he plans to do with the U.S. if he becomes President?

  • renata mckinney

    rick perry should not be in government PERIOD!just think if he were the commander in cheif,there wouldn’t be unitrd states due to his thinking .everyone would attack us @once.perry isn’t a good governor for TEXAS; & you want this nut case to be the leader.he’ll lead you into poverty & HELL

  • gasbecca

    Rick Perry is a joke! Let him go swag in Texas not on the National stage. He is boasting on creating minimum wages jobs and lowest education rate in the Nation. America is not enslaved anymore by the rich oil land lords.

  • noreasterbybirth

    It seems to me that public debate and discourse are missing from so much of our lives today. Rick Perry has been a fine governor of Texas. In his 10 years he has been very successful. Naturally, in that amount of time running one of the most populous states in the Union he has made some mistakes. He never advocated seceding from the Union and certainly as President he would never support that from any of the 50 states. He has governed over a state that has created more jobs than any other 3 states put together. Some are minimum wage, but many are not. Especially not the jobs created by big corporations leaving the Northeast and West coast. Looking closely at the data you will notice that Texas has one of the highest immigrant populations. These individuals typically have less education and take lower paying jobs. This also applies to education and why Texas ranks so low in that category. I think it is telling that in a state that has limited resources (except oil), a high immigrant population (legal and illegal) and no state income tax is able to fare better than states such as California and New York with far larger populations, more resources and more revenue from extremely high income taxes. Maybe we should listen to this guy Perry and give him a look before dismissing him altogether. What does anyone in this country (besides those in Texas) really know about him pro or con?

  • Dik

    Why is the president making a political campaign address in a tax payer supported tour?

  • bwilly321

    Stealing jobs from other states doesn’t impress me as a way to create jobs for the nation, unless Mr. Perry intends to steal jobs from Mexico or some other country where our big businesses have moved them. I doubt he will be able to do this unless he abolishes the minimum wage and pays Americans the same wages as in third world countries.

  • kurt.lorentzen

    I agree that the immediate cap on federal spending was not feasable. But it seems those opposed to program cuts are willing to extend deficit spending indefinitely and continue to borrow to support them. The reason medicare and social security are targeted by those who wish to end deficit spending and still have enough surplus to repay the debt is because Medicare represents more than 1/5 of the total federal budget for 2011 and will increase by a full percentage point per year over the next decade. Social Security was 20.4% for 2010 (I couldn’t find the 2011 statistics). Together they represent over 40% of the budget and will escalate to 50 – 55% within 10 years. Spending on unpopular programs (including spending on foreign wars) are infinitessimal compared to those. And there’s no way to make up that kind of revenue in tax increases. No ideology required, just do the math. I’m 55 years old, and Social Security was factored in (in a big way) by my company pension, even before I lost it. There’s no way I can make up for my lost pension at this stage of the game. But should I expect working Americans to keep me alive at the cost of 20 – 30% just so they can continue to pay me to produce nothing for another decade at another 20 – 30% cost? Even in my position, I just don’t see how that’s a reasonable expectation. In the end, we’ll need to cut tremendously, and those cuts can only come from SS and medicare – they just don’t exist anywhere else. We’ll also need to raise taxes, close loopholes, and amend the tax laws to be more equitable (everyone must pay, without exception). Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have either foot planted in reality.

  • Victor Estrada

    This belief that both social security and medicare will go bankrupt is another ruse perpetuation on the public by the special interest “think tanks” of K street. This call for privatization is being directed by those on wall street that want to get their hands easy money and look what happened on wall street this passed week. Deficit spending in times of crisis is good financial policy. You do that when you have a crisis in your household like medical bills this why you develop good credit for times like those. Add up the cost of both these wars under Bush and remember they used accounting manuevers to hide their cost during his presidency, these cost include interest. Keep doing the bidding of the 1% who got richer in 2007 and again this passed week. Read Barbara Tuchman’s “A Distant Mirror” and you see why the average person is still being shilled.

  • CWis

    @Dik. Now I KNOW you’re not gonna complain about that! All the presidents have done it before. Come on, now. Besides, his bus tour involves explaining things that voters need to be aware of and understand. It’s like a Town Hall! And let’s face it: as the recent debt ceiling congressional fight shows, we need a Congress that has the needs of the country and the people in mind instead of just trying to wreck a sitting president’s chances for doing good so their party can win. So, as far as I’m concerned, I’m not going to “sweat” those pennies from my taxes that are involved in this!

  • sidycat411

    As stated above we need a Congress that has the needs of the country AND THE PEOPLE in mind instead of just trying to wreck a sitting presidents chances for doing good so their party can win. This country is in such a mess we may never crawl out of it thanks to all the greedy republicans who are in office. One thing I can hope for is any of them who are up for re-election, Democratic taxpayers need to get out there and get rid of all of them. They have destroyed this country enough. I’m ashamed I even live here it’s that bad. That also goes for the guv of PA who cancelled 42,000 people’s health ins and left them with something that has 300 – 400% higher premiums and less coverage. All he cares about is keeping the Marcellus Shale gas drillers in his back pocket so he can b re-elected. Got news 4 u guv, NOBODY wants u, so hit the road.

  • Gloria

    As a batuve Texan I beg the major media to please come down to Texas and properly investigate the Texas Governors office. Don’t just repeat what Perry says and don’t make the same mistake you did with George W. Bush. You might be surprised to discover that Governors here do not have much power or experemnce.