Republican Senators Demand Obama Take Lead
Oh, here they go again...
Almost two-dozen Republican senators are threatening to oppose increasing the U.S. debt limit unless President Barack Obama leads efforts to begin cutting government entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.
The 22 lawmakers, in a letter today to Obama, demanded he work out an agreement similar to the 1983 deal between President Ronald Reagan and then-House Speaker Tip O’Neill, a Massachusetts Democrat, that shored up the Social Security trust fund.
^ *cough cough* - That deal raised taxes.
“A similar show of leadership from you and from congressional leaders of both parties is necessary to address the long-term fiscal challenges facing our country,” the letter said. “Without action to begin addressing the deficit, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for us to support a further increase in the debt ceiling.”
Its signatories were Dan Coats and Richard Lugar, both of Indiana; Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire; Richard Burr of North Carolina; Saxby Chambliss of Georgia; Tom Coburn of Oklahoma; Bob Corker of Tennessee; John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas; Mike Crapo and James Risch of Idaho; John Ensign of Nevada; Mike Enzi of Wyoming; Mike Johanns of Nebraska; Ron Johnson of Wisconsin; Mike Lee of Utah; Rand Paul of Kentucky; Rob Portman of Ohio; Marco Rubio of Florida; Pat Roberts of Kansas, and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
No. You first. No. You first. The GOP don't dare take the lead! They know this is political suicide. Let's start with the "entitlements" of the Congress and Senate, then we can work our way down.