Borrowing is a fact of life, and a way for many to make money. For Republicans, the draconian drive to "zero out" borrowing and wipe out all deficits is lunacy. So to hear Rep. Sean Duffy's naive parroting of the old "balanced budget" amendment talk is not just pathetic, but penny wise pound foolish.
Remember, Republicans created this massive deficit during the Bush years, spending like drunken sailors, which resulted in the Great Recession. If none of this had occurred, the Clinton surpluses would have started to pay down the national debt, giving us discretionary money to update the tax code and strengthen social safety net programs. Instead, we're left with Paul Ryan's austere Dickensian approach to budgeting.
Duffy whines Obama's plan never really wipes out the deficit. He deceptively insinuates how Obama might just admit that he might have to raise taxes on the middle class, which is not in the plans. Here's the test for me; if this guy sat down at my kitchen table and gave me this over the top sales pitch, there's no chance I'd buy what this guy was selling. Think about it...would you?
From Upfront with Mike Gousha (goo-shay):
The rebounding economy get a so-so response from Duffy. While Republicans laughed at saving a mere $2 billion a year on eliminating the corporate jet deduction, Duffy goes for all the marbles on spending $27 million on Moroccan pottery classes (I have no idea what he's talking about) and the traveling expenses of the Watermelon Queen of Alabama. You know, big ticket items like that.
He actually had the balls to say:
"...the little infants, those young Americans...their the ones who'll have to pay back the irresponsibility of this generation."He must mean our "spending like drunken sailors" Republican congress:
Zero Deficit: That's what's behind their unwillingness to pay for natural disaster relief for suffering Americans who get to savor freedom and liberty by taking their lumps.