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GOP Puts Spotlight on Feckless Senate Democrats

tired-of-it Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 10:37 AM
I find the statement that the public does not want the US to default on debt insulting. The government has more than enough money coming in to make the payments on the debt. The only way that could happen is if O choose not to pay the debt in the case of a government shutdown but it would be O's choice not lack of funds.
kenneth416 Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 11:38 AM
While what you said--that there is enough revenue coming in daily to pay the interest on our debt--there is not enough to pay Social Security benefits and Medicare claims, not to mention routine bills (as, for example, on government contracts which come due). So, failure to increase the debt ceiling would simply FORCE Obama and Geithner/Lew to prioritize disbursments, and, for sure, their priorities likely don't match mine.
psydoc Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 5:35 PM
Projected tax revenue for this year would almost exactly cover the budgets for the military, veterans’ benefits, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and interest payments on outstanding debt. The rest of the government would have to shut down. I like that plan.
The Masked Patriot Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 10:58 AM
Your point is well noted. The only problem is that too many Americans have no clue to these and other facts of government and couldn't give a d@mn. Hey, free health care for everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'
Have the House Republicans come up with a winning strategy on the debt ceiling and spending cuts? Or just a viable one? Maybe so.

They certainly need one that is at least the latter, if not the former. Barack Obama is up in the polls since the election, as most re-elected presidents have been. The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows him with 52 percent approval and 44 percent disapproval. Other public polls have similar results.

In contrast, the NBC/WSJ poll reports that only 26 percent have positive feelings about the Republican Party and 51 negative feelings. Toward Speaker John...