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Budget Fight Almost Over?

It looks like the Republicans and Democrats are close to reaching an agreement on the budget,averting a government shutdown. The last sticking point is the massive cuts directed toward Planned Parenhood funding. Hopefully the Democrats will not budge on this, and Planned Parenthood won’t be effected.

Frankly, after watching President Obama hem and haw last night about the ramifications of a government shut down, I thouroghly expected that the Democrats would cave on most of the major sticking points, because, for the most part, that’s what Democrats do. I’m betting they already caved on cuts to PBS, NPR, and EPA.

If this bill goes through with the planned cuts to Planned Parenthood, whatever trust I have left in the Democratic party may go right out the window.

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  1. April 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I don’t see how this budget is at all salvageable. The dismantling of Medicare, the whole shift of counting on states to administer a version of Medicaid. (Some states can’t be trusted.) And absolving the wealthy of contributing to society with MORE tax cuts.

    If this is the solution, it makes me start thinking about a third party.

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  2. April 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

    LOL, I’m having the same discussion on one of my other posts. There should be a new and credible third party; the common sense party. Dennis Kucinich would be a perfect candidate to lead it, in my opinion.

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    • April 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      99% of the time, I adore Kucinich. And I love Vermont’s socialist Democrat. Common Sense Party is a great name. 🙂 Too bad we can’t take 20 years off Ralph Nadar. It’s too bad we can’t as a nation restrain corporate interests. Europe is becoming a leading economic power because they can. They can keep manufacturing in their nations AND pay kick ass wages AND provide for a meaningful safety net for the disadvantaged. And their companies are as capitalistic as ours.

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      • April 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm

        You’re absolutely right about Europe’s capitalist make up. For the most part the European economy has been extremely robust, and it’s no secret that Europe and China have been on point with utilizing green technologies.

        America is falling behind fast in every facet: the economy, education, green technology, etc, etc. Our two party system has failed us for a long time.

        BTW, I too wish Nader was 20 years younger; I think he and Kucinich would make a nice one-two punch.

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  3. Amy
    April 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    We need to cut deficit spending, Peter Orszag (former Director of the OMB- orszagsite.com) told us in 2009 that it was unsustainable and we knew it long before then. Congress and the President need to sit down and figure out a way to work this out. The budget needs to be fixed, but we need to cut the pork not valuable programs.

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  4. April 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    You have hit the nail directly on the head. The programs that the Republicans and Tea Baggers are aiming at are mere drops in the bucker compared to what they would get back if the tax codes were enacted in a fair manner. GE is a perfect example; they show a profit of over $5 billion and pay zero in taxes?

    Every single time our country tries to utilize trickle down economics, we go into massive debt, the class gap widens, and while the economy may get a brief boost, it spirals further down the toilet.

    Women and the poor are not to blame for this situation. I wish the Republicans would figure that out some day.

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  5. April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    If we hadn’t gave away our good paying jobs years ago we would have a tax base strong enough to support some of these programs. Ross Perot’s Giant Sucking Sound comes to mind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkgx1C_S6ls

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    • April 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      You have a point, but we would also have to actually force these companies to pay taxes on a level playing field. Sure, there may be more decent paying jobs in this country, but the fact that these companies pay little to no taxes is creating a massive burden on our budget. When GE pays less taxes than I do over the course of a year, that tells me that there is something massively wrong with our system.

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