In response to:

Durbin: Entitlement Reform is "On the Table," Just Don't Mention Any Specific Ideas

DelicateLoyalist Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:17 PM
"We'll see just how big of a government they really want. I suspect that we will find that they want a much smaller government once they are on the hook for the taxes needed to support it." This will never happen but the American taxpayers should get a monthly itemized bill for their Federal Income Taxes. This would shake things up the fastest without all the phony posturing by politicians.
eddie again Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:41 PM
your suggestion will not produce significant change because too close to a majority of americans are feasting on the government teat.

too many americans are too ignorant, thanks to our surrendering control of the people's education to the government, to understand that the american economy is on a downward spiral that can only be halted by ending government borrowing.

is the political support available to pass a "balanced federal budget" amendment. i seriously doubt that kind of political support exists. but that is the only way to halt the downward spiral in its tracks.

since the support is not available, the spiral continues until the collapse occurs. at which point, most likely, america will end.
indy2012 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:21 PM
I am sure it will....what do you think people will say when they see how much tax revenue go for military expenses? Can you imagine opening up your check and seeing an itemized line for Iraq war and afghan war for the next 20 years???? It goes both ways, republicans are not innocent in the spending dept.....we need to move on and work to fix the problem not linger on the past.....
DelicateLoyalist Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:23 PM
Indy - I agree with you. If you'll note (12:23 pm) I already listed Military and Foreign Aid as entitlement spending that should be considered for reform.

indy2012 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:29 PM
usmc, do you actually read the posts??? Itemized on your pay check, not a letter, if you have half a brain you would be looking at the itemized deductions on your check every week.......and yes the people like you are lingering on your own failures.....its time to grow up, the hard right lost, now its time to play ball.....if the GOP walks away from this they can forget about winning in 2016, they need to be working at getting things done......also you should drop the BS rhetoric, many people without a job are trying to get a job, not everyone is as lazy as you think......
indy2012 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:41 PM
I was talking about the failures of the hard right to influence the country...it didn't work the movement has failed.......

its time for the moderates to take back the party and do what is necessary to get this country back on the right track.....and if that means increases taxes then let them go up, I am willing to sacrifice to insure the prosperity of this country.....of course with those cuts I expect deep cuts into entitlements, also mandatory drug testing on welfare receipents would be great.....

You will invariably hear over the coming weeks that our politics are broken because these damned Republicans refuse to compromise on anything.  This narrative, to put it bluntly, is a lie.  John Boehner reportedly offered hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenues during debt deal negotiations last summer (only to have Obama pull the rug out from under him), as did the GOP contingent on the 'Super Committee.'  Democrats shut down that plan, too, then refused to offer a single unified counter-proposal.  Sensing that they've backed their opponents into a corner in this dispute, liberals are aggressively...