xanadian: If reducing our national debt/deficit is such a big f*cking deal, you're gonna have to cut something.
Philip Francis Queeg: [images.politico.com image 605x328]Do these look like the sort of men who would be too cowardly to level with the American people?
Jairzinho: Philip Francis Queeg: [images.politico.com image 605x328]Do these look like the sort of men who would be too cowardly to level with the American people?A turtle, an orange and a jazz singer? Probably no yes.
gadian: Huh, it's almost like they know their proposed cuts will be unpopular and want to avoid the responsibility of facing public criticism.
randomjsa: Unlike Obama, who unabashedly "cuts" them to cover up the insane cost of ObamaCare.
Tomahawk513: Philip Francis Queeg: [images.politico.com image 605x328]Do these look like the sort of men who would be too cowardly to level with the American people?Yes. Especially the one on the left. Looks extremely punchable.
dracos31: You should never punch a turtle, that's animal cruelty.
Kibbler: Here's the irony: I'm in that "under but near 55" class that the GOP is willing to throw under the bus. I'd be amenable (if less than thrilled) to talk about cuts in benefits and delays until the benefits start...IF there were also real, creditable talk about cutting corporate subsidies, raising taxes back to reasonable levels on the very wealthy, and significant cuts in "security" spending (which includes not only the Pentagon budget but all the other places where hundreds of billions of spending are squirreled away).But until that happens? No.Talk to today's retirees, and suggest to them that the GOP actually wants to cut their current benefits by 0.01% (which they don't), and they would immediately go into hyperrage mode, and the GOP knows it.
markfara: xanadian: If reducing our national debt/deficit is such a big f*cking deal, you're gonna have to cut something.OK. Let's close our military bases in, you know, Germany and whatnot. And maybe start taxing oil companies instead of subsidizing them. And, I don't know, start taxing church property? Legalize and tax pot, maybe?Seriously, our "options" aren't nearly as limited as we've been duped into believing.
ghare: Now the Republicans want to raise the age again, a burden that falls most painfully upon the weakest among us. And why do the poor need to work more for less? Just to keep tax breaks for the people who least need them.
NFA: That's because Republicans prefer to cut help to those in need from behind closed doors like the cowards they are. They would prefer for you to wake up one day and realize that despite the fact that you have paid into Social Security your entire life, that suddenly that check you were expecting doesn't arrive. The funding instead went to the nation's billionaires so they can afford to spend a million dollars on party for their son or daughter.
mittromneysdog: putting them on the table when the time is right.
BlueDWarrior: So basically, the Republicans want Obama to do their job for them.Party of Personal Responsibility my ass...
The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Increase in Defense Spending (non-TWAT) ~150 billion/year = ~1.8 TrillionThe War Against Terror = ~ 4 Trillion
The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: It's been a little while since I checked the numbers do if anyone has better figures I'd welcome them.Policy set by a Republican controlled House, agreed on by a controlled Republican Senate and signed into law by a Republican President:Bush Tax Cuts ~ 300 billion/ year = ~3.6 TrillionIncrease in Defense Spending (non-TWAT) ~150 billion/year = ~1.8 TrillionThe War Against Terror = ~ 4 TrillionMedicare Part D ~ Approx 50 billion/year =~ ~ 600 billionTotal GOP spending and tax breaks due to GOP policy from 2000 to 2006: Approx 10 Trillion.National Debt 2000: Approx. 6 TrillionNational Debt 2013: Approx. 16 Trillion
Muta: Why don't they propose reducing the number of carrier battle groups? That would save a ton of money.
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