Who's being 'extreme' here?

In debt debate, media perpetuate myth of intractable Republicans

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Never have the news media or the news makers been more disingenuous.

If the Democrats who control the White House and Senate and the Republicans who control the House can't agree on a deal to raise the nation's debt limit by Aug. 2, it will most assuredly be the fault of only one of the parties, in the "mainstream" media's view: the Republicans.

And, of course, the Tea Party. CNN's Fareed Zakaria over the weekend lamented the rise of the conservative movement, noting that "many people" -- the media love to use "many people" as cover for "here's what I think" -- are pointing fingers at the Tea Party, blaming them for the loggerheads in Washington.

"Why has the Tea Party become so prominent?" he asked plaintively. "Why is it able to dominate Washington?"

Well, perhaps because their concern for the country's financial future won the election last year, Mr. Zakaria. Maybe they're right that the country is headed off a financial cliff. And maybe a lot of folks agree: Your own CNN poll last week said 66 percent of Americans agree with the House Republican Cut, Cap and Balance Act -- including 63 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of independents -- in which "Congress would raise the debt ceiling only if a balanced budget amendment were passed by both houses of Congress and substantial spending cuts and caps on future spending were approved."

It's interesting that leftists in the media ignore the will of the people -- and then try to blame one side completely in a disagreement.

Let's turn this around for Fareed: Why are Democrats so opposed to badly needed spending cuts, Mr. Zakaria? If Tea Party balanced-budget dogma is to blame for the debt impasse in your eyes, isn't it just possible that others could see the left-wing soak-the-rich hysteria as the problem?

Moreover, consider: For two years now, Democrats in the House, and now the Senate, have failed to produce a federal budget. Just haven't even tried to write one. The Democratic president wrote a budget that was literally a joke: It earned not one vote in the Senate. Not one.

And yet, Mr. Obama tries to pretend as if he's the adult in the room, that he's the responsible budget-cutter. That's another joke.

He's hanging the country up precariously on a hook, making world markets and ordinary Americans jittery, to press his ideologically rigid view that the half of Americans who pay all the income taxes in this country aren't paying their fair share!

You want to talk "extreme, refuses to compromise, and cares more about purity than problem solving," Mr. Zakaria? Talk about the president.

Mr. Obama tried to make this about corporate jet owners, when he knows the real problem in the federal budget is untold trillions in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid promises we've made that we can't keep. He tries to claim the Republicans are walking away from talks, when sources say what is really happening is that he keeps changing the terms he'll accept (from $800 billion in new revenues to $1.2 trillion).

Have you noticed that the Republicans are the only ones that have put forth a plan? Where is the president's plan? For anything ?

The federal government is on track to consume its host: Historically around 18 percent of the economy, the federal government has grown to about 25 percent. Even Cut, Cap and Balance would allow it to remain at about 20 percent.

It's just the responsible thing to do -- for today and for future generations.

The Washington Post reported Monday that a Republican aide wrote this in an e-mail: "The Speaker, Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell all agreed on the general framework of a two-part plan. A short-term increase (with cuts greater than the increase), combined with a committee to find long-term savings before the rest of the increase would be considered. Sen. Reid took the bipartisan plan to the White House and the President said no."

Yet, perversely, the "mainstream" media are bent on tarring Republicans as irresponsible and, by extension, the plurality of Americans who put them there.

Sadly enough, it just may work.

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carcraft 07/27/11 - 05:39 am
ISGEssick-Increasing the tax

ISGEssick-Increasing the tax rate would raise about 90 billion a year, we are spending at a rate that increases the deficit by aboout about 4.1 billionA DAY. So that would eliminate the deficit for about 25 days! Is that really a solution? I do not buy on credit cards except to insure. We boought a computer last month and put it on a credit card so if there were any problems we could us the leverage the credit purchase affords. The credit card willl be paid off Friday. I use either debit cards or cash for most of my purchases.

workedforit 07/27/11 - 08:10 am
I cannot believe that anyone

I cannot believe that anyone still has confidence in this empty suit community agitator. He has never worked in his life, or had to use his own money, never done without or has any idea what hard times are.

KSL 07/27/11 - 08:39 am
I can't believe anyone ever

I can't believe anyone ever had confidence enough in him to vote for him, at least anyone who is an American.

1SGEssick 07/27/11 - 09:02 am
"Is that really a

"Is that really a solution?"

Nothing is a solution alone. But, in conjunction with spending reform it is part of a solution.

Any idea how much money is spent funding the IRS? How much could be saved if the IRS were reduced in size because of simplifying the tax code to a simple 13% tax on all earnings? No deductions, no shelters, no exemptions -- just a straight 13%.

The suggested 2011 IRS budget was $13 billion. If 90% of the IRS could be eliminated and simplified tax laws could produce $90 billion in added revenue that is $100 billion towards the solution.

$4 trillion in 10 years is $400 billion per year. Real tax reform would then contribute 25% of the annual need.

TK3 07/27/11 - 12:26 pm
Nothing but good faith and

Nothing but good faith and CREDIT of U.S. politicians backing the dollar. Enough said about their budgets and government built house of cards.

"Politicians invariably respond to crisis -- that in most cases they themselves created -- by spawning new government programs, laws and regulations. These, in turn, generate more havoc and poverty, which inspires the politicians to create more programs . . . and the downward spiral repeats itself until the productive sectors of the economy collapse under the collective weight of taxes and other burdens imposed in the name of fairness, equality and do-goodism."-Ayn Rand-

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