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  1. SeattleSam

    The media has no interest in being a conduit for the Republican message.

  2. Max Planck

    Peter, there is only one thing a man like you can do at a time like this:

    Blame ACORN.

    The nation is counting on you.

  3. “How can this be done? The Republican message should be simple: we will have nothing further to say on the issue of taxes or revenue until the president comes forward with a serious plan on entitlement reform. Relentless focus on a message like this will turn the media’s attention from how much the Republicans will yield on taxes to what the president is willing to do on entitlements.”

    Lots of luck on that one!!! The media will never cooperate with anything the Democrats don’t want: they have become an arm of the DNC.

  4. it’s NOT up to the POTUS to propose entitlement reform – especially when it’s the GOP that is so HOT TO TROT on entitlements.

    Where the heck is THEIR proposal?

    These guys are weasels. they lack the courage to put on the table their proposals for entitlement reform.

    and it does not help their cause when they keep blathering about Social Security which has virtually no effect on the entitlement impacts to the budget.

    re: ” The Republican message should be simple: we will have nothing further to say on the issue of taxes or revenue until the president comes forward with a serious plan on entitlement reform”

    what? WTF?

    WHO says we NEED to have entitlement reform?

    WHERE is THAT proposal? The GOP is feckless.

  5. Great. In addition to holding middle class tax rates hostage over their not wanting to raise tax rates on the so-called ‘rich’, the GOP is also demanding that entitlements be cut. You can make all the economic-ish arguments you want that both are needed, but they make for lousy optics… and the more that the GOP demands cuts in entitlements, the easier it is for the Democrats to portray themselves as being on the side of the people.

    Here’s a clue: if people don’t want something, let’s not try cramming it down their throat. Perhaps some day the public will buy into the need to reform entitlements, but there’s no sense in pushing before people are ready to be pushed.

    1. SeattleSam

      People didn’t want Obamacare and it was crammed down down their throats.

      1. And it cost the Democrats control of the House, a bunch of Senate seats and but for a bad candidate, it would have cost Obama the White House.

        With this in mind, tell me why any sane Republican would want to push entitlement cuts?

        1. re: ” With this in mind, tell me why any sane Republican would want to push entitlement cuts?”

          because they’ve spent 4 F’ing years blathering about a spending problem and too it right into the election talking about ‘takers”?

          they can’t step up now and show some leadership on what they’ve spent 4 years flapping their gums about?

      2. re: ” People didn’t want Obamacare and it was crammed down down their throats.”

        actually wrong.. the country was/is split on that and the winners won.

        but speaking of cramming down throats – can you tell us why the Bush taxes cuts when enacted were temporary and not permanent?

        How about that nasty old govt-subsidized Medicare part D (and C)? was that crammed down throats?

  6. Max Planck

    Here’s the truth of the matter from someone- unlike Mr. Wallison- knows what he’s talking about.

    http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/the-real-long-term-budget-challenge/?smid=tw-share

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