What the debt negotiations aren’t
The negotiations on spending cuts and deficit increases (somewhat of an oxymoron) are basically being conducted in secret. This alone conjures up visions of Obamacare, which, now that we can see what’s in it, is becoming more and more unpopular. But, even though the “negotiations” are being held behind closed doors, we have learned what the President will not talk about.
Mr. Obama refuses to discuss:
- any cuts to Obamacare,
- the $128 billion in unspent “stimulus” funds,
- any cuts for the $53 billion high speed rail boondoggle,
- any cuts for “green jobs”,
- any cuts to education, and,
- any cuts to student loans.
Depending upon what day it is, changes to Social Security, Medicare and the tax code are either on or off the table. However, when Medicare is “on the table”, the only discussion permitted is further reducing payments to health care providers.
Other than defense spending, which both parties have agreed to reduce, what is left to negotiate?
The House should simply pass what is acceptable and dump it on Senator Harry Reid’s and President Obama’s desks, and be done with it.
Right now, the Republicans are being asked to bid against themselves, with no plan from the President, except what he won’t do.
Good faith negotiations? You be the judge.
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