Can we include "common sense" in the budget talks, please? There is no need to raise the debt ceiling at all. Tax increases for what? Realistically, unemployment is at least 15%. Less people working, less tax base, less revenue to be expected. Simple. Cut taxes, if anything. Cut spending, it's simple, too. Do you have a family, or at least, a monthly budget? You have to decide to cut some things at times, especially if your energy costs "necessarily skyrocket". Maybe you don't buy the brand name this time. Maybe you don't take that vacation this year. But you cut to meet your expenses. Your income may remain the same, or even decrease in buying power.
Why is that such a difficult concept? And, by the way, the government simply is unable to default, anyway. The Treasury Secretary Geithner knows this. He is required by Law to at least pay the interest on the national debt to avoid default. Default is not permitted, regardless of whether there is any conclusion to the debt talks. All the reports to the contrary are simply to scare people, unnecessarily, at that.
Now I don't see any reason to cut Medicare and Social Security, especially for retired people. The rest, maybe it's a good idea to review their situations and see if they still qualify. If not, then it's just welfare. Social programs can be good, but for the most part, they've been thoroughly abused politically and financially - too much payout.
We need a budget everyone can live with. Do you want secure borders, a secure nation? Then let's not get into cutting the military budget. There are a lot of things that can be cut, this isn't one of them. Our military is already stretched way too thin. Peace through power is the only way in this world. Don't kid yourself, the guy with the biggest stick, willing to use it, wins. I think we learned that in grade school, right? It hasn't changed.
And Obama is talking about raising everyone's taxes, not just the "rich". Won't that be nice? Come on, people, wake up. This is about the future of our nation, whether we'll still be around as a Republic under the Constitution, or under whatever laws and reg's one, or a few, want to make up as they go along (oh, that's already happening!). To our detriment. I don't care what party. As far as I can see, it's one party, just two ends of the spectrum, neither of which is to our benefit. There are some exceptions, not many.
For those with credit cards, if you exceed the limit, you get to pay a penalty, right? And if you don't pay enough, or on time, you are likely to lose that credit card. If they won't grant you an increase in your line of credit, guess what? You're going to have to pay it down, or lose it. We the People are the government's credit card. It's time to say "NO MORE". Start paying down the debt responsibly, like the rest of us have to figure out a budget, and businesses have to have on-time budgets to meet their expenses.
Finally, with a Democrat majority in both chambers of Congress and the White House for 2+ years, no budget was ever negotiated or passed. Now, at the last minute, people want to blame it all on Republicans for wanting to tame the deficit, and "not compromising". The Democrats didn't compromise before, why is that such a bad thing now - because the other player is now Republicans? How stupid. If we can't fix it or deny it, just sling mud to get your way. Babies. Get a grip. We should get a mind-set of "let's do what's right, not what's politically expedient". Let's get back to "the buck stops here", and not blame others for what you're doing wrong. And swooping in at the last minute proclaiming to "save the day" isn't leadership. Bursting out of a meeting is petty and childish, just because you didn't like something that was said.
Call me whatever you like, if this guy was white and Republican, most would be calling for his head on a platter, and you know it. Slinging mud is the lowest resort anyone has when nothing else works. Because almost nothing is or has worked for the last 2+ years. Real economic growth is pretty much at a standstill.
Have any of you looked at the policies we have in place? That's why we are where we are. The "rich" won't spend money because of those policies. There is nothing remotely secure for any business investment of significance. The capital is there, but the political policies are stopping it from being utilized to grow our economy. If you don't believe me, take a look into it.
EPA carbon/greenhouse gas regulation (illegal), foot dragging on oil drilling permits (last I checked, only 9 since January!). NLRB (not exactly neutral) siding with Union bosses in demanding Boeing move their facility in SC to WA, because SC is a "right to work" state. It's Boeing's decision, not a union's. Boeing has to be profitable, but this is making it harder if the union wins. Because this is supported by the NLRB, which has at least one former union member on the board. That makes it impartial, doesn't it?
And for one last example, although it may not seem like much, no incandescent light bulbs can legally be sold by some time this year. But, the EPA didn't tell you that there's a whole book on how to properly dispose of the new fluorescent mini bulbs, because they have MERCURY in them. Never mind the cost that it will incur to us. So we pay anywhere from $4-$15, maybe more for these "green" lightbulbs, and when they're fried, we get to pay even more for "proper disposal". But, regular lightbulbs cost 25-50 CENTS a piece, and most of that can be recycled, and no mercury to worry about. Jobs will be lost, and not gained back, because there isn't enough profitability in manufacturing the "green" bulbs in the good ol' USA. Wow. We're truly helping ourselves here.
Stop being partisan, start using common sense, and the brain the good Lord gave you. Take the blinders off, whatever party you stand with, or don't stand with. Then get a hold of those people that say they represent you and tell them what you want. Enough of us do that, they'll have to listen. Until then, you can keep watching this country fall apart, only more quickly.