Well probably borrow it, but some Democrats say tax it now! Get it from s-corporations with three or less stockholders (read: small businesses). Mitt Romney — and Ron Paul (along with Libertarian Party presidential candidate and former Republican New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson) — might think real people earn a living working for s-corporations, but Obama and Democratic congressional leaders know better. S-corporations serve as an infinite supply of funds for . . . others.
Republicans say cut $6 billion from the Preventative Healthcare Fund — hence the howls of fear from Democrats accusing the maleficent GOP of another civilian strafing, slashing healthcare for women in their brutal and ruthless war on women.
Accordingly, one might think this particular fund focuses on healthcare for women. No. Questioned by CNNs Anderson Cooper, after being informed that only about one-fourth of one percent of the spending was targeted specifically to the medical care needs of women, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) fumbled that women are concerned about their husbands, before saying the Preventive Healthcare program is important for men, women, children, Americans . . .
Certainly, Democrats would never cut something as life-and-death important as the Preventative Healthcare Fund.
But they did. Earlier this year, congressional Democrats voted to enact — and the White House signed into law — an extension of the payroll tax cut that specifically took money from this same Preventative Healthcare Fund.
Apparently, Democrats hate women, too.
At the risk of stating the obvious: the Democrats are playing games. They are trumping up transparently ridiculous and hypocritical charges against Republicans to win votes.
So . . . what else is new?
But behind the obvious shadowboxing lurks the real game being played, the game of evasion: If government spending can be cut to afford new spending, it can be cut to stop federal borrowing and reduce the dangerous debt-load were accumulating.
Career politicians of both parties refuse to take the risk of offending any interest group. No one wishes to stand alone, the proverbial cheese, not offering the financial goodies to students, who might vote this fall, and to their parents, who are even more likely to show up at the polls.
It was no coincidence President Barack Obama barnstormed college campuses last week, making the case, College education is one of the best investments America can make for our future. This is important for all of us. We cant price most Americans out of a college education. We cant make higher education a luxury. Its an economic imperative. Every American should be able to afford it. So thats why Im here.
To play Santa Claus.
Funny, though, with all the federal government help with rising college costs, the price keeps rising. The cost of tuition and room and board at the colleges my wife and I attended is today, some 30 years later, about ten times as expensive. Debt owed by students and parents on these educational loans is now more than a trillion dollars — more than U.S. citizens total credit card debt.
As I informed my Common Sense e-letter subscribers this week, even Harvard University, the wealthiest educational institution in the world, can no longer afford to subscribe to specialized academic journals due to the outrageous costs. The folks who run Harvard are clearly more cost-conscious and less encumbered by ivory-tower thinking than the folks in Washington running the country.
Boehner could have reminded Democrats (along with fellow Republicans) that the United States of America is in a fiscal crisis. Politicians cannot spend over a trillion dollars more each year than they get in revenue. Some difficult issues must be confronted and tough choices made.
It will require a fight.