Looking For Courage In All The Wrong Places?

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Here's how it happened:

The President, in an effort to get control of the budget and our growing national debt, appoints two well-known figures, former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson (Republican) and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles (Democrat) of North Carolina to craft a plan. This was back in 2010.

The Simpson-Bowles Commission did exactly that, crafting a plan that would reduce debt by $4 trillion over a decade by cutting defense and discretionary spending, curbing federal entitlement costs and reforming the tax code. As Alan Simpson describes it, "It is a balanced plan. I know that because we have pissed off just about everyone on one point or another."

The plan garnered a majority of Commission members, but fell short of the supermajority required. President Obama, after making much noise about establishing the effort, largely ignored it. With the exception of a few hardy souls, most of Congress ran from it. But Bowles and Simpson persisted, enjoining the support of Warren Buffett (independent), former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (Democrat), respected former New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg (Republican), among others.

This week, Simpson-Bowles et al launched a campaign to enlist the support of taxpayers across the country to press for action – some action, any action – on the budget and our rapidly growing national debt. One initial goal is to obtain 10 million signatures on a petition calling on Congress to pass a comprehensive long-term plan by July 4, 2013.

Take a few minutes, and take a look at Fix The Debt. You can learn all about it it at www.fixthedebt.org – and, while there, become one of the 10 million supporters of this important initiative.

Congress has lost its nerve on most issues important to the country. Let's help them out on this one!

Listen to Warren Buffet, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles on CNBC here.

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Jack Baillargeron July 24, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Just for clarity there Larry, I belong to nothing but the party of Jack, I call it American period. So no need to have people call me, as they will get the statement, sorry wrong number lol.
Robert Trager July 24, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Going back to 1980 up until today, Congress has only been controlled by the Republicans (both House and Senate) for 8 years. That's 8 years out of 32. 7 out of those 8 years were the only ones where our deficits, as a percentage of GDP, actually went down. The one year that there was an exception was 2002; it went up a little after 9/11, but that's it. Look it up, it's true. My point being that congress has a lot more to do with deficit spending than the President does. And Democrats know how to spend us into oblivion.
Jack Baillargeron July 24, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Very true Robert and the numbers are even more stark, if we go bac futher. Democrats controlled BOTH house from 1955 until 1980 (26 years). From 1981 until 1987 the Republicans controlled the Senate and the Democrats the House. Democrats recaptured both houses in 87 and held them until 95 when the Republicans took both houses and held them until 2005. 2006 to 2010 the Dem controlled the house. 2006 to 2009 DEM controlled the senate.
Realistic voter July 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
By far the best post yet WOW reality for once!!!
Realistic voter July 24, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Teaparty is not what most Americans think, If they started out with good ideas they turned off people by acting like the westboro church!
Ray Andrews July 24, 2012 at 08:34 PM
... and in what years did congress start borrowing against the Social Security Trust fund, replacing treasury funds with iou's .... well, there's a coincidence.
Jack Baillargeron July 24, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Couldn't fit this. In a pure Democracy, which is mob rule, the Minority rights are ignored and not represented, that is the single and largest difference from our Republic form of governence in realtion to Democracy. ;-} With out a Representative Republic you would not have laws that protect the minority rights. ...
Jack Baillargeron July 24, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Oh well AC nap time later, to many geting hot under the collar here I think lol.
Howard Johnson July 24, 2012 at 08:46 PM
You need to read more carefully. The mob rule accusation s being made by (read slowly now) Constitution loving America lovers who simultaneously hate American government that is defined by that Constitution, but hate it less when their guys win whether by majority vote or otherwise, (like the Bush v Gore vote count stopping Republican SCOTUS, for instance). Tea Partiers love to say that they are non-Partisan, but they fail to recognize that those who spend more than a couple of seconds looking and listening to them can plainly see a bucnh of Republicans who don't think their GOP is right wing enough yet.
Emcee of Seekonk July 24, 2012 at 08:50 PM
@Larry. Mob rule is more or less direct democracy. That doesn't apply here. The phrase 'tyranny of the majority' could apply #1 by the passage of Obamacare by the majority of congress and #2 (frosting on the cake) by the SCOTUS vote. Considering nearly half the country is in an uproar about this new law it could seem to be oppressive by that group.
Emcee of Seekonk July 24, 2012 at 09:22 PM
LOL. Works for me.
Jack Baillargeron July 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Wow Larry, thanks, how magnanimous of you. Sure takes a lot off my shoulders, again thanks lol.
Jack Baillargeron July 24, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Too many parts to post the whole explanations, Ray lol. However here is a summary and link. When is on Budget they are robbing it, when off they are not. DEMS and GOP both robbed it, so it really does not matter who started it, though it was Technically LBJ. Do not have the amounts, but that does not matter I think. It should never be on Budget. In my opinion Ray. http://www.ssa.gov/history/BudgetTreatment.html Larry DeWitt SSA Historian's Office March 4, 2005 Updated 6/18/07 Summary- So, to sum up: 1- Social Security was off-budget from 1935-1968; 2- On-budget from 1969-1985; 3- Off-budget from 1986-1990, for all purposes except computing the deficit; 4- Off-budget for all purposes since 1990.
Uncle Ben July 24, 2012 at 10:53 PM
A simple phone call would have saved you guys 3 days of nothing, lol j/k
Jack Baillargeron July 24, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Larry thos numbers I posted are the actual Numbers of who Controled the Congress period. I post it at times to prove it is both parties but there are more years to blame DEMS then GOP. But like I kep saying, blaming the past accomplishes nothing, you have to quit making the mistakes of the past to accomplish anything. Of couse in this State we can blame DEMS for everything in Our lifetimes unlesss you are over 78 years old lol.
Jack Baillargeron July 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Shhhhhhhh William Phone calls are monitored by HS, and the NSA. This blog is secret!!! lol. PS Only some guy named Manning knows about it, and he will never tell.
Jack Baillargeron July 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Wow!!! I feel a lot better now, when I saw that Chinook circling Bellvue Ave, well in Newport this morning, I thought Holder was following Obama's orders to invade R.I. Fortunatly it turns out RI troops wee conducting parachute training. National Guard soldiers parachuted into water off Easton's Beach and the Forty Steps. whewwwww dodged a bullet there, thought it was Arizona all over again. ;-}
Jack Baillargeron July 24, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Corrected You are wrong there Larry, Judges are not Mob rule, (you are ignoring how our Government of three branches works), The Court is part of the Checks and balances in our Republic. They do not make law; they interpret (though many debate that aspect of it lol) they only determine whether it supports the Constitution of the Country. Nothing more nothing less. They ruled on 2 things in this law, is it a TAX, or a mandate to purchase a product? They said a TAX, and the Congress has the right to tax, so under the Constitution it stands. They ruled the government cannot threaten states withholding federal funding to states to expand Medicaid for the poor. Those issues for now are the law of the land. I support the law of the land period. It is not mob rule because the Minority also writes and opinion so that their interpretation is heard also, that is how the system works. Not perfect and nothing is, but it is the best system in history so far. The beauty of this Country is that if you do not like something like this, or even something in the Constitution the Republic can change it, we can petition the government under the 1st Amendment, for redress under the Constitution and change it. I would say that will start the day after Inauguration in January 2013, no matter who gets elected that fight is coming. So time will tell. I also feel it is pointless to discuss the law at his point as what is done is done until after the Election in November.
Joe Sousa. July 25, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Larry "broken clock" Welsh I stated how our nation was formed and how it was intended to work. Now big money lobbyists feed the politicians to raid the public trust.
Just Another Taxpayer July 25, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Medicare 1965, Race to the Moon, 1969, Civil Rights, and the Women's Movement all took place during the time period of 1964-1980 when the Democrats controlled Congress. I assume many of the posters on this thread would like to see a repeal of the Civil Rights Act and Medicare along with the repeal of all the laws associated with the Civil Rights and Women's movements.
Dan July 25, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Actually, the Civil Rights act destroyed personal property rights, so yeah, parts of it do need to get repealed.
deb of see-attleboro July 25, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Speaking of Nixon, forty years ago title IX was signed into law. Happy anniversary to all you women in athletics!!
English first July 25, 2012 at 03:28 PM
The (original) Constitution has 4,543 words, including the signatures. The Declaration of Independence has 1,458 words, with the signatures. Jack's blathering on this blog goes on way longer than both documents. If you want an answers, go back to the source.
Lee July 25, 2012 at 03:46 PM
J. Lane McHahon, I was I a hurry and forgot to the "y" in they, sorry if that upset you. To answer your question about where I have been. I have lived in Eroupe for eight years, Japan for 2 years, Cuba for 2 years, I have traveled to Canada and Mexico. I have lived in nine different states and visited all 50. What rankings are you referring to?
Just Another Taxpayer July 25, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Dan how did the Civil Rights Act of 1964 destroy personal property rights?
Ray Andrews July 25, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Please, enough of this crap that Democrats had full control for two years. It completely ignores the fact that Republicans used the filibuster to block any vote without a 60 vote filibuster-proof democratic super-majority January 20, 2009 - After a seizure Kennedy’s health forced him to retreat to Massachusetts Senator Al Franken of Minnesota had not been seated because the previous Senator, Norm Coleman challenged the election results. At the beginning of his Presidency, Democrats had 57 elected senators…55 Democrats and 2 Independents. April 28, 2009 Republican Sen. Arlen Specter has switched parties The Minnesota seat still remained vacant. The Senate had 56 sitting Democratic members and 2 Independents. May 15, 2009 Senator Robert Byrd was admitted to the hospital - 55 Democratic members and 2 Independents. (57) July 7, 2009 Al Franken sworn in Senator Kennedy continued to recuperate and was unable to cast any more votes; Senator Byrd was still in the hospital. The Senate - 56 Democratic members and 2 Independents. (58) July 21, 2009 Senator Byrd returned to the Senate making the count 59 seats. August 25, 2009 Senator Kennedy died . The Kennedy seat was vacant from August 25 until September 24 when Paul G. Kirk was appointed to occupy his seat - 60-seat majority. Democrats had a 60 seat majority from September 24, 2009 thru February 4, 2010. 4 months; not 2 years!!
jack baillargeron July 25, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Yea and the Country has about 2.5 million laws and regulations based on those documents. Explaining issues is more that just 8 word talking points. Don't like my opinions, Very simple do not read them if your incapable of unerstand the reasoning and context. geeze another one "holier than thou"
minivanhell July 26, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Does anyone moderate these comments?
Howard Johnson July 26, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I flagged it.
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) July 26, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Thanks Larry and minivanhell. I think it's time to shut this stream down.


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