Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cartersville, GA
Re: Boehner to seek smaller $2 trillion deal
What's interesting in this case is that Obama is trying to get double the reduction that the Republicans are shooting for.
I can only assume that Boehner just subtracted out his half of the pain (tax increases on the wealthy and removing tax loopholes) to arrive at 2 trillion.
The fact is about 1/2 the population supports social programs (this is highly simplified) like Medicare in general (Democrats) and half don't (Republicans) therefore it's only logical to split the pain between the sides. Neither side can expect to get something w/o giving up an equivalent.
But Republicans better procede w/ caution when it comes to cutting seniors' benefits as seniors will slaughter them come November. It's really a shortfall in our entire political process. Our election system assumes that the public can make the correct decisions for the country w/o looking out strictly for their own interests. This denies human nature.
I think that the majority of the half that support the programs have paid for them all their life and feel they have a right to a return on their money, I don't blame them.
The republicans could very easily start cutting many of these programs if they would just make up their mind, do it and get the word out. The word being that those on the programs currently will not be affected. Of course they are too stupid to do such a thing.
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