I really don’t feel comfortable calling what has been going on negotiations as it seems only the republicans are doing any negotiating. That isn’t really surprising since this democratic government has already spent more money than all of the US governments in our countries history combined, and folks that includes George Bush too.
You can hardly expect cutting spending to be very high in their list of important priorities. It does seem somewhat hypocritical to hear these same people talking about cutting spending.
All of that may change tomorrow. The democrats in the senate are going to finally produce a bill of their own that will go to the House of Representatives. I believe the real negotiations are about to start.
Today Mr. Boehner had a real struggle on his hands getting the house republicans to pass a republican bill. It did pass and was sent on to the senate where the senate democrats said it was a waste of time and would be dead on arrival. I think that is the third republican bill that has met the same fate.
Tomorrow they will have to consider a democratic senate bill in which the majority of costs cut are savings from not having to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which are still ongoing as we speak. I don’t think any savings from ending the “Not” war in Libya are included in this bill.
Do the democrats believe that the time constraints imposed on the republicans will be sufficient to cause them to rubber stamp this document and send it on to president Obama?
Although the republicans are the only ones who have made an effort to bring spending under control, the main stream media has done its best to cast them as bad guys. After all we are in a terrible financial crisis created by the democrats refusing to act. Time has marched on and we are rapidly approaching the date where the democrats say the government will no longer be able to pay its bills. Unless the republicans act quickly and pass the democratic bill, the mainstream media say the government will be broke.
Well picture yourself in John Boehner’s place. What would you do? If Mr. Boehner and the republicans revise that bill to get real spending cuts out of it the senate democrats may not pass it and the debt clock will count down and the country may be unable to pay its debts. Several economists say that isn’t the case but the democrats say it is.
If Mr. Boehner and the republicans do not wring real spending cuts out of this opportunity the congress will make short work out of the extra three trillion dollars the debt limit is raised, and be back next year for more money. Would you put on the green eye shade and call their bluff, or would you cave in and sign the senate bill?