Tensions High over Budget Deal

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Accordingly, if the 2011 budget fails to pass on Thursday, it will be because the unlikely, unwitting coalition of conservative Republican budget hawks and left-wing, big-government Democrats combined to defeat the measure. Leaders of both parties hope to find enough votes in the middle to pass the bill, but the faster the national debt increases, the harder it is to avoid the question that President Obama is supposed to address tomorrow night in a nationally televised address: how do we start living within our means before it’s too late?  The right believes that deep, meaningful cuts – including cuts to the big entitlement programs – are necessary. On the other hand, the left believes that tax increases aimed at higher income individuals and corporations are the way to go. Both sides argue that a compromise position essentially kicks the can down the road a little farther and, in that sense, the vote over the 2011 budget is a microcosm of the more important and far bigger battle to reign in the national debt.

Some of the cuts included in the bill will certainly be popular on the right, like reducing the EPA’s budget by $1.6 billion and cutting spending for community health centers by $600 million. Likewise, some Democrats trumpeted the deal as a victory for their side, because Republicans didn’t get all of the cuts they wanted. Senator Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, praised the bill for preserving “critical programs” like Head Start and Pell Grants. Yet, no one is kidding themselves into believing that this bill addresses the nation’s $14 trillion deficit in any meaningful way. When the president addresses the nation tonight, Americans will find out what plans – if any – he has to deal with that, much more important problem.

 

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  • fingaz

    Is this a conservative site? I always thought it was, but this article is full of the same twisted logic and imaginative use of language the left uses to present a distorted view of reality. We are all in deep do-do, and arguing over ~$40 billion is laughable.

    I am bitterly disappointed in Republican Leadership, and if the Speaker (who is no where near as effective as his predecessor) and his co-horts don't get their act together, and NOW, it will be too late. It might already be so…

    • aamador

      You will find no disagreement on my part. I am having a fit over this scam they call budget cuts. In the time it took to reach the agreement the Govt had already spent way over that amount. Give me a break!

  • davarino

    Limp wristed repubs dont have the guts to push it and take it to the American people to make their case. If it was explained to the majority of people they would agree that we have to do more. Money doenst grow on trees and it doenst come from the government. It comes from you and me and there is only so much of it.

  • tanstaafl

    Arguing over the color of the marigolds in the front yard while the house burns down.

  • mike c

    The cuts need to be deeper! Heck A Trillion in cuts would not be enough but would be a great start!! Stopping All foreign aid to countires that want to hurt us needs to stop! UN crap needs to stop and run them out of this country! However; I cant blame the senate republicans for the problems! The big dog at the top in the white house is the problem right now. Also senate dems. Remember that 2012 is coming up and it will take time to clear up the trash!! When certain members of the senate get fired and a new president gets elected { dont forget to keep up the pressure!!} Then, Maybe we can get on track!!

  • mike c

    OPPS, I mean Libya.

  • Dennis X

    Make corporations paid their fair share!!!!

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

    The seven dwarfs always left to go to work in the mine early each morning.

    As always, Snow White stayed home doing her domestic chores.

    As lunchtime approached, she would prepare their lunch and carry it to the mine.

    One day as she arrived at the mine with the lunch, she saw that there had been a terrible cave-in.

    Tearfully, and fearing the worst, Snow White began calling out, hoping against hope that the dwarfs had somehow survived.

    “Hello…Hello!” she shouted, “Can anyone hear me? Hello!”

    For a long while, there was no answer. Losing hope, Snow White again shouted, “Hello! Is anyone down there?”

    Just as she was about to give up all hope, she heard a faint voice from deep within the mine, singing: “Re-elect Barack Obama, vote for Barack Obama….”

    Snow White fell to her knees and prayed, “Oh, thank you, God!

    At least Dopey is still alive.”

  • http://theoldgeek.com Bob Madden

    It is becoming increasingly apparent that even the paltry 38 billion that was negotiated was all smoke,and mirrors anyway. A NO vote should be a NO-brainer on this one.