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Republicans Bet on Stronger Hand in Spending Fight

davidfarrar Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:21 AM
Are serious spending cuts necessary? It seems now this is the question that needs to be answered by the general public before any serious spending cuts can be made. Assuming Obama will abide by the outcome, House Republicans should simply pass a resolution with the spending cuts they think is necessary that would allow them to extend the debt ceiling and pass it to the Senate. Once the Senate has adopted their own resolution, simply send it to the House for an up or down vote -- the same way they settled the fiscal cliff issue. ex animo davidfarrar ex animo davidfarrar
Corbett_ Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 11:00 AM
The GOP doesn't want spending cuts any more than the Democrats. At best, they advocate slight cuts in the rate of growth.
During the "fiscal cliff" battle, I asked several Republican lawmakers why they didn't push harder for spending cuts in exchange for their historic concession to vote for higher taxes. They invariably answered that they were waiting for the fight over raising the debt ceiling. Then, they promised, Republicans would demand serious cuts, especially in entitlement spending, from President Obama.

Their thinking was this: The GOP was on the wrong side of the polls in the battle over raising taxes on the highest earners. Surveys showed substantial public support for the president and Democrats on that issue. But Republicans are on...