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Republicans Bet on Stronger Hand in Spending Fight

Rick 2811 Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 5:55 AM
I'm afraid way too many law-makers are too afraid of losing their seat to do the right thing about raising the financial ceiling...they won't risk their job to accomplish anything to change our current flow and harm. There is just too much rhetoric by mainline Republicans; they act like "groupies" rather fiscal conservatives. They talk a good game, but fail to compete. We are at the mercy of Obama and the Democrats and that's catastrophic because our best days are behind us. Very sad !
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...