On Sunday morning, Congressman Raul Labrador (R-ID) asked ABC News’ Cokie Roberts: “Why is it that compromise always means increasing taxes today and doing cuts in ten years from now?”
Labrador – who represents Idaho’s 1st Congressional District – schooled Roberts about the role President Obama has taken in the debt ceiling debate and the idea of “compromise.”
“Let’s talk about this,” he calmly said. “The House majority, the House Republicans passed a budget that actually talked about reforming the tax system. We already agreed to that. We said that we want to make sure that we broaden the base which means getting rid of those loopholes and we want to lower the rates.”
He went on to inform Roberts that all President Obama wants to do is increase spending.
He reminded Roberts that Obama “came to congress and asked us to raise the debt ceiling without any spending cuts.”
“This is the man who gave us a budget that didn’t even get a single vote in the Senate, and now she’s saying that he’s “serious,” a serious deficit hawk. I think that’s a joke. He has never been a deficit hawk.”
Roberts – missing the real reason Republicans were elected as a majority to the House of Representatives – asked later:
When Congressman Labrador says, “We were elected to do something,” what I think the American people keep saying is, “You were elected to do something: to come together, to make compromises and make government work. And why isn’t that a message that you hear?”
According to Roberts, Republicans won based on a pledge to “compromise.”
Newsbusters’ Noel Sheppard posted Labrador’s response:
LABRADOR: Why is it that compromise always means increasing taxes today and doing cuts in ten years from now? I think that’s the problem the problem with the American people. The American people will not stand for that. I think we can do something, we can come to the table and actually work together. But it is pretty clear that the president is unwilling to, to not increase taxes. He’s unwilling to do something serious. I want to know what his plan is. So far, we have no idea what his plan is. He has not put anything on the table. All he talks is, they have all used the same phrase: “grand compromise.” Because that’s poll tested. Apparently the polls, people like that. But it doesn’t mean anything.
Translated: President Obama is all talk but no action.
In response, Roberts perfectly illustrated Charles Krauthammer’s point about how we now have a “completely compliant, pliant, supine press accepting every leak out of the White House”:
ROBERTS: But in the meetings with Vice President Biden, lots of specifics were talked about. They have, they have, what is the number, Jon, $1.4 trillion in…
Interesting. “Lots of specifics were talked about” – but she can’t name any.
Sheppard also points out that the man Roberts turned to for support actually proved Labrador’s assertion:
JONATHAN KARL, ABC NEWS: But as George points out, it’s only $2 billion in cuts until 2012…
KARL: …which will never fly with these guys.
Two billion dollars in cuts versus $1.4 trillion.
Maybe I should cut her some slack. She was only off by about 70,000 percent!
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