Balanced approach, my foot. The ideologues of the Left want to spend us into oblivion. They want endless tax increases, unlimited spending, and not a penny trimmed for the out of control entitlement state. The dinosaur wasteful fraud-riddled Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs are their sacred cows....no reform allowed, off the fiscal cliff we go.
President Obama's supposed plans to trim spending are like a Bigfoot sighting....hard to verify it really existed...no proof, no details.
The clueless libs below want to "rely on economic growth" to solve fiscal problems...Good luck with that, after ruining economic growth with anti free market policies ...
"One hundred and seven of the 200 House Democrats signed a letter to Obama threatening to vote “against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits — including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.”
Instead, they want the White House to “rely on economic growth and more fair revenue-raising policies to solve our fiscal problems,” like getting rid of subsidies for big businesses and raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
“I only know one thing: I’m against cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid,” said Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in the House. “I don’t really care who is pushing it. It doesn’t matter who says it’s a good idea. It’s a bad idea.”
Ellison said the early resistance from House Democrats to cutting benefits was an indication “they won’t be able to do it.”
A second letter, spearheaded by Reps. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and supported by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, simply states they pledge to vote against any proposal they see as a benefit cut.
[And even a minor slowing of the runway train is considered a "cut"..never mind a real "cut".]
The letter has been signed by 25 other members of the Democratic Caucus.