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Both Sides Must Give Ground To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

TabSpangler Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 10:25 AM
I wondered if Barone might suggest cutting military spending and other republican welfare spending. Unfortunately, he just wants to raise taxes too.
Texas Chris Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 2:53 PM
Yup. The military is sacred to neocons. But if we stopped policing the world and brought our troops home we could save about half a trillion a year. If we cut all the corporate welfare like ethanol subsidies and green energy initiatives, we can reduce about 100 billion. End welfare and we can get it to a cool trillion in real cuts.

We're still 300,000,000,000 over budget. Cut every department by 10%, every year, for the next 4 years, and put the surplus toward paying the debt. Pay that down, and continue to cut. Real cuts.

The day the debt is paid off, 10 years or so, cap spending at that level and then lower taxes based on prospective spending. No debt. Ever.

And end the Fed!
In his first formal press conference in months, Barack Obama showed that getting re-elected can increase a president's confidence and combativeness. He staked out tough stands on several issues, especially on the looming budget negotiations.

Looking ahead to the "fiscal cliff" on Dec. 31, when the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire and sequestration cuts government spending sharply, Obama demanded $1.6 trillion of increased revenues as part of any budget bargain.

That's twice the number he and Speaker John Boehner agreed on in the grand bargain talks in the summer of 2011.

Those talks fell apart when Obama telephoned Boehner and raised his demand...