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Getting a Republican to actually suggest a specific cut to the budget is like
getting an NFL coach to detail their Wild Card playoff game strategy.

It's not gonna happen.

In Minnesota when Republicans took over the State House and Senate briefly in 2010,
they demanded the Governor cut the State Government. When asked what should Governor Dayton cut, the Republicans declared,


"Slash 15% across each department".
When repeatedly asked for suggestions as to what to cut, the response was,
"It is up to the Governor to specify the cuts,".
I will never forget the hearing of the Senate Senate Government Finance committee chaired by failed congressional candidate Mike Parry (R- Waseca). The room was full of veterans, fearing cuts to veterans programs. The new Commissioner  (on the job for about a week) overseeing  veterans programs was called up to testify.

Mike Parry barraged the newbie with a series of rapid fire interrogations as to why all the veterans were in the room that day. Further he demanded to know why Gov. Dayton wanted to cut veterans benefits.

Chairman Parry threw down his gavel and shouted:

I'll be damned to be accused of cutting veterans benefits! In fact, it is Governor Dayton wanting to cut veterans....!
The point is your specific cuts and you own the cut.   No matter who votes for the cut, you own it by naming it.

Democrats will trap Republicans by forcing them to cut.    So many times you hear:


Government spending is out of control."
"We need to shrink the size of Government."
But, you will never hear what they will cut....

Mitt Romney was asked repeatedly what specifically he would cut. He could not answer.

The Democrats should not suggest a single cut period. Let the Republicans make the suggested cuts. Lets then let the court of public opinion sort out whether these cuts
are appropriate. No Democrat in the near future should make any cut suggestions or concessions on any human service program, or entitlement.

We have found a weak spot. Republicans love to talk about shrinking government, but are afraid to walk the walk. Instead, they gleefully get the Democrats to do their bidding.

If Republicans try to force cuts to balance Hurricane Sandy aid, as we know they will, make them specify cuts.

No one has to vote for any cut, simply have Republicans specify their cuts!
Make them own their suffering they wish to impose.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Democrats should focus on tax loopholes to cut (2+ / 0-)
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    Intheknow, AlRod

    like carried interest, oil company subsidies, private plane subsidies, mining companies, etc., that have limited or no benefit to average taxpayers.

    For Medicare, the cut to be discussed should be requiring Medicare to negotiate drug prices like the VA already does.

    It is long past time to bring corporate welfare to the front for discussion. There are hundreds of billions of dollars that could be saved for deficit reduction.


    Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

    by bear83 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 08:47:12 PM PST

  •  It takes courage to inflict cost-cutting pain. (1+ / 0-)
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    Painful, but necessary, especially when government spending has gone on for too much and for too long.It is the nature of the political beast to hand out goodies, but anathema to try to take them back. Draining the federal trough demands courage and the political theater of the last week shows that courage is in short supply in Washington.

    This give-but-not-take political behavior is shared by both Democrats and Republicans. Proof: the millions and millions spent on the current campaigns were not contributions, but investments demanding a financial return from both parties.

  •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

    We should NEVER volunteer cuts (other than the bloated military budget).  We've played this game before--the GOP demands draconian cuts, the democrats volunteer some minor cuts, the GOP blasts democrats for destroying the programs they themselves want eliminated.  

    Fool us once, shame on you.  Fool us over and over and over...shame on us.  

    We should never agree to any cuts the GOP won't name and we should always insist on fully funding our government.  Period.  

    Glad you used Minnesota as an example.  I repeatedly picked on my state rep about this very thing during the shutdown.  Fortunately, said teabagger was swept out by a democrat in November!  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 04:16:42 AM PST

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