Washington is edging closer to a budget deal, thanks to a gutsy change in strategy at the White House. Next week, President Obama will propose specific cuts to Social Security and Medicare in his annual budget, according to senior White House officials. That will put the onus on House Speaker John Boehner to show some leadership, too. He needs to push Republicans toward accepting tax increases beyond the $600 billion approved in December. It can be done. As I reported last month, Washington’s biggest myth is that a budget deal is out of reach
Given Zippy´s four year record, there will be a huge catch. These America haters will never give in on their primary goals. After all they WON. Republicans should readily enter into every dialogue that is offered, but never forget the basics.
Lets divert the topic from today´s unemployment numbers, shall we? We have the lowest labor force participation at 63.3%, the lowest since 1979, and they want to pile on more regulations and notcut their thieving and thuggery.
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In the end this will be nothing but smoke and mirrors. The proposed cuts in Medicare and SS will die in the Senate, killed by those with a D after their name and the tax hikes will live in perpetuity if enough gullible house RHINO´s forget the first point.
Obama delayed the budget to gain political cover from the "devastating" sequester. He hoped all the pain he purposefully inflicted would make any solution palatable.
He was, as usual, wrong. His formula is so predictable. Claim savings from elimination of "waste" even though in the last 50 years those savings have never been realized, Claim savings from paying less interest on money that didn´t have to be borrowed because they saved so much by cutting waste, cut reimbursments to the only two boogeymen left, Rich conniving greedy extornionate Doctors and evil in it for the money kill grandma corporation controlled fat cat hospitals.
In four years his budgets have garnered exactly 0 votes in congress, why would anyone think this one will be any different?
The goal here is not a budget deal, its a strategy to grow the economy, reduce our deficit, and increase jobs. Since President Obama hasn´t gotten a single vote for his last submission and this one is more than 2 months overdue, there is no reason to believe what he´s kept us waiting for will be anything different. But hey Journal staff writers, you can keep calling his irresponsibility a clever gambit. Hope it costs you your jobs when the Journal folds.
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