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CBO: Debt Spiral Deepening, Health Costs Soaring

Jim Oakland Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 6:17 PM
Democrats did not win the house. The house can shut down spending. The reason that I am not GOP, is that they will not shut down spending. They will compromise with an inflated dishonest spending level by the democrats and then conservatives will be somehow blamed for that which we strongly do not want even fractionally. Conservatives want zero deficits. There is zero reason to add to the debt. Spend less period.
D G Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 6:22 PM
Careful. The problem is the voters and not the Republicans. Voters elect too many Democrats. Republicans will do fine as soon as more are elected.
Jim Oakland Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 6:26 PM
No more Republicans are need to shut down spending. They will not shut down spending because they are afraid they will lose the PR battle with Obama.
george washington Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 6:43 PM
Yes, Jim is correct...

...which is why I said "as a practical matter".

The GOP would theoretically have the votes to commit political suicide by forcing government shutdowns, only to have the Obamulists and the MSM propaganda machine demonize them to in the eyes of the low info voters.
Jim Oakland Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 6:51 PM
It is political suicide to agree to spend way too much. I am not even going to vote again unless there is a non-spending to vote for. If the GOP votes to spend way too much, I am not even voting for any of them.
HarryReidAllAmerican Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 6:19 PM
This is never, ever, ever going to happen.
george washington Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 6:22 PM
The U. S. House, acting alone, cannot "shut down" spending, as a practical matter.
Jim Oakland Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 6:22 PM
I am glad you agree with me that it is not going to happen.

Behold, the projected consequences of four more years.  Philip Klein surveys the wreckage described in the latest comprehensive budget report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (most of these estimates assume an unrealistic "baseline" in which the "doc fix" doesn't happen and various unpopular cuts to Medicare actually go into effect):