Do you think that Eric Cantor was political posturing? Or do you think that Obama was political posturing?
Back in 2009 Obama stated that he wasn't looking to raise taxes until possibly 2013. But now he is so entrenched and committed to raising taxes.
"So, when you hear folks saying, “Well, the president shouldn’t want massive job killing tax increases when the economy is this weak.” Nobody’s looking to raise taxes right now. We’re talking about potentially 2013 and the out years."
So why does Obama want to raise taxes when our economy is so weak and on the verge of a double dip recession? We shouldn't be raising taxes on anyone while our economy is so weak.
What is a principled stance for the Republicans? Do you think that it would be irresponsible for the GOP not to raise the debt ceiling or would it be irresponsible for them to raise the debt ceiling? Or should the GOP raise the debt ceiling ONLY IF the President and Congress goes along with their Cut Cap and Balance Pledge? Or a similar plan? In all likelihood it would seem that in all probability that there is going to be some sort of compromise by both parties. Or do you think that the GOP should stand firm and risk the U.S. hitting the debt ceiling? And thus possibly defaulting? Then we have President Obama who is using fear mongering tactics, saying we may not have enough money to pay out social security, medicare and medicaid, and military benefits in order to put pressure on the Republicans. If the debt ceiling isn't raised then Obama might actually be forced to make some immediate and necessary budget cuts but that is something he isn't willing to do.
The Weekly Standard explains that the revenues would cover social security, medicaid and medicare, and military benefits.
The BPC study found that the United States is likely to hit the debt limit sometime between August 2 and August 9. “It’s a 44 percent overnight cut in federal spending” if Congress hits the debt limit, [Jay Powell of the Bipartisan Policy Center]said. The BPC study projects there will be $172 billion in federal revenues in August and $307 billion in authorized expenditures. That means there's enough money to pay for, say, interest on the debt ($29 billion), Social Security ($49.2 billion), Medicare and Medicaid ($50 billion), active duty troop pay ($2.9 billion), veterans affairs programs ($2.9 billion).
I just saw this on Eric Cantor's Facebook Page: "This debate is not a question of personalities; it is about doing what is right for the country."
The Cut, Cap, and Balance Plan consists of :
In your opinion what do you think is the principled position for the Republicans? What are your thoughts on the debt and debt ceiling issues?