Predictably, Democrats still won’t focus on the real problem and apparently want to keep talking about raising taxes, according to The Hill. “Democrats say they want to raise as much as $1 trillion in new revenues through tax reform later this year to balance Republican demands to slash mandatory spending.”
Leader McConnell shot down Democrats’ one-track thinking on CBS’ Face the Nation, saying, “[I]t certainly underscores the voracious appetite for more taxes on the other side. The tax issue is over. We resolved that a few days ago. . . . [N]ow it’s time to pivot to the single biggest threat to our country, both in the short term and the long term. We now have a debt of $16.4 trillion. That’s as big as our economy. . . . So the question is we all know that we have this massive debt and deficit not because we tax too little but because we spend too much. The question is will the president now pivot and address the single biggest issue confront our country and its future? And that’s reducing spending. And we have a few opportunities here in the next few months, presented to us by his request to raise the debt ceiling, by the sequester kicking in, two months from now, by the continuing resolution to operate the government, plenty of opportunities to generate that discussion.”
And on ABC’s “This Week,” he emphasized, “Look, the biggest problem confronting the country is not taxes. It’s spending. We don’t have this problem because we tax too little; we have it because we spend too much. . . . Until we address the entitlement programs and make the eligibility for entitlements meet the demographics of our country, we can’t ever solve this problem. If we want to have the kind of country for our children and grandchildren that our parents left behind for us, the time to do that is now.”
So far President Obama and Democrats have shown little interest in tackling our enormous debt and the current unsustainable trajectory of our entitlement programs. If the president refuses to lead on these absolutely critical issues, Republicans will once again use the president’s request to raise the debt ceiling and other upcoming opportunities to force a debate on spending.
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