Comments on: How Harry Reid caused the debt-ceiling debacle A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: ebergerud Mon, 01 Aug 2011 08:25:02 +0000 America is under taxed. Remember that the biggest issue in the 2000 election was what to do with the budget surplus. Obama is right to want the upper brackets to return to the Clinton era. He’s wrong to exclude the supposedly suffering middle class. Half the revenues lost due to the cuts came from those coming from the middle class. America’s tax system is relatively progressive – it’s just too low. (Only in Obama-land is someone making $150,000 a year considered in the stressed-out middle class. Ridiculous.) Raise the rates across the board (the poor won’t pay anything anyway) and it will help a lot. As it stands the US taxation rates are the lowest in the industrial world: but our political desire is right up there with the Euros. Cut the budget for sure, but raise taxes on everyone.

By: hsvkitty Sat, 30 Jul 2011 00:08:20 +0000, republicans are very adept at trying to fit square pegs into round holes.

How quickly you forget that Bush was not in a recession, had a balanced budget, gave tax credits whilst going to war, indulged in 2 fake wars to appease his father and his oil cronies, and happily washed his hands of his mess as he handed the reigns to Obama as the recession hit.

You may feel compelled to repeat your partisan prattle, but it wasn’t simply the last 3 years… Bush inherited a budget surplus which he squandered. Go back in time and let Bush hand that same inheritance to Obama, than you can give Obama the blame.

Otherwise, I would place a lot of the blame at the feet of Congress, who are actually responsible for the budget, REVENUE in the form of taxes, jobs and responsible spending.

By: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 23:16:19 +0000 Dr.JJJJ,
I am pretty sure the question is retorical but since we are dealing with so much delusion on the Democrat side, I feel compelled to answer it for them.

The problem is the last three years listed, which by the way are Obama’s years, and the ridiculous deficits.

By: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 23:10:39 +0000 “Harry Reid, like President Obama, most of the rest of the Democratic Party and virtually our entire punditocracy and Media Elite, still harbor delusions”

At least that much of your statement is true. Democrats are most surely delusional. They really do believe that they are right and that the other side is evil. We on the other side however do not think you are evil, just stupid and delusional.

Obama and the completely Democrat controlled Congress put us on the path of deficit spending to the tune of 4.1 Billion dollars per day. Now they are fighting every effort to bring the spending under control. This cannot be blamed on Bush by any rational person so I conclude delusion. Obama and the completely Democrat controlled Congress increase the national debt by more in two years than Bush did in his entire eight years. Again, no rational person can blame this spending frenzy on Bush so again I conclude delusion.

Please, please , please stop drinking the koolaid or whatever it is that is making you so delusional and help save this country by voting Obama out before he and your delusions ruin this once great country.

By: DrJJJJ Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:32:18 +0000 He’s from Nevada (sin city) what do you expect? Look at Nevada’s stats-they’re #1 in nearly every category (social and finacial ills) No best practices to be had from these folks!
Over $10 Trillion in deficits is projected for the next 10 years and here’s the last 10:

2011 $1,500 Billion
2010 $1,300 Billion
2009 $1,400 Billion
2008 $240 Billion
2007 $161 Billion
2006 $248 Billion
2005 $319 Billion
2004 $412 Billion
2003 $374 Billion
2002 $159 Billion

What’s wrong with this picture?

By: LadyGodiva Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:54:47 +0000 Who will lose in the event of a debt default and economic crisis?

*Every single incumbent
*The idea of a responsible representative government
*Law and order

These are huge stakes, and it is ridiculous of either party to think they can game the system. It will collapse on top of both of them.

By: MyLord Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:10:33 +0000 Blame him for setting a trap for the Tea party to step into? There would have problems one way or another as no one can keep the determined from them.

By: GRRR Wed, 27 Jul 2011 09:05:06 +0000 Harry Reid punted on both the 2011 budget AND the debt ceiling; the least he could have done with Nancy Pelosi, was to try to bring both to votes, and force Republicans to register their votes to block legislation. It would have changed the narrative this year preventing Republicans from claiming that Democrats neglected their duties to the US.

By: Foppe Wed, 27 Jul 2011 06:07:05 +0000 SouthernBeale: have you read this recent Glenn Greenwald column: cifamerica/2011/jul/21/barack-obama-soci al-security-cuts
or this post by Auerback: arshall-auerback-worse-than-hoover.html
or this post:  /24
Because you’re wrong to note that only the GOP is ‘dead’. Both parties are.

By: SouthernBeale Wed, 27 Jul 2011 02:42:56 +0000 Harry Reid, like President Obama, most of the rest of the Democratic Party and virtually our entire punditocracy and Media Elite, still harbor delusions that Republicans are sensible and rational people.

But they are not. The Republican Party is dominated by zealots, and those few sane Republicans left in Congress are out-shouted and out-maneuvered by the Tea Party nuts. There is no such thing as a moderate Republican any more because even those few that exist must do the bidding of their increasingly volatile, angry base of nutters.

Yes Harry Reid miscalculated but so did every other Democrat and so does our media on a daily basis. Those of us who have been saying this for months now are never listened to, we’re discounted as a fringe element. Wake up and smell the coffee, people. The GOP is dead, and in its place we have zealots.