As Washington wrestles with the challenge of keeping the government's lights on and paying the bills, the Democrats have hunkered down in their familiar "no more spending cuts" position.
The House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says, "We all want to reduce the deficit." However, "There's no more cuts to make," she says. "The cupboard is bare." Harry Reid accuses thrift-minded Republicans of extortion, and calls them anarchists, arsonists, and extremists. The President has no time for Congressional Republicans. "I will not negotiate," with elected representatives of the people, he says. Obama's chief adviser likened Republicans to terrorists with "a bomb strapped to their chests." Meanwhile, the President is perfectly willing to extend an olive branch to Iran and sub-contract management of U.S. foreign policy to Vladimir Putin.
Most Americans understand that the federal government's cupboard is definitely not bare – more like stuffed with waste. The folks back home also noticed that the Armageddon that the Democrats warned would occur with the sequester cuts instead resulted in barely a ripple. While there may be disagreement on the "how," Americans by 2-to-1 want the politicians to work toward compromises to solve our problems according to a Gallup survey.
Virtually everyone understands that the government needs to be put on a diet; but since they can't come together on solutions, the politicians keep feeding the beast. The Democrats idea of "compromise" is to "agree to more spending today in exchange for a promise to talk about spending cuts tomorrow." But, tomorrow never comes.
Led by Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and House conservatives, the GOP's recent fight has focused on defunding or delaying ObamaCare. A spattering of Democrats agree that ObamaCare is going to be a train wreck and should at a minimum be delayed. But, for Democrats who supported and passed the behemoth legislation, that would amount to eating crow – and, no one on Capitol Hill finds crow very appetizing.
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