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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 03:34 PM
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Boehner can't explain why the Republicans' Pledge doesn't include any solutions

Boehner: The Pledge Is Just To Lay Out The Size Of The Problem, Americans Arent Ready For Solutions

Since its release last week, House Republicans have been touting their Pledge To America as a bold policy vision to solve the nations problems, which they would enact if they gain a majority after the November elections. However, revealing the pledge to be nothing more than regurgitated rhetoric that ignores critical issues, even conservative critics have slammed it as meaningless stuff that fails on advocacy of long term sound public policy.

Today on Fox News Sunday, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) seemed to concede this point. When host Chris Wallace noted that the Pledge does not even address entitlement spending such as Social Security and Medicare, Boehner countered by saying that its purpose is only to lay out the size of the problem, rather than to get to potential solutions. This, of course, flies in the face of GOP branding of the proposal, but Boehner explained that he doesnt think the American people can handle his ideas right now, saying, Once Americans understand how big the problem is, then we can begin to talk about potential solutions:

WALLACE: Congressman Boehner, as Willie Sutton said about banks, entitlements are where the money is. More than 40% of the budget. Yet, Ive looked through this pledge and there is not one single proposal to cut social security, medicare, medicaid.

BOEHNER: Chris, we make it clear in there that were going to lay out a plan to work toward a balanced budget and deal with the entitlement crisis. Chris, its time for us as americans to have an adult conversation with each other about the serious challenges our country faces. And we cant have that serious conversation until we lay out the size of the problem. Once Americans understand how big the problem is, then we can begin to talk about potential solutions. <...>

WALLACE: Forgive me, sir, isnt the right time to have the adult conversation now before the election when you have this document? Why not make a single proposal to cut social security, medicare and medicaid?

BOEHNER: Chris, this is what happens here in washington. When you start down that path, you just invite all kind of problems. I know. Ive been there. I think we need to do this in a more systemic way and have this conversation first. Lets not get to the potential solutions. Lets make sure americans understand how big the problem is. Then we can talk about possible solutions and then work ourselves into those solutions that are doable.

Indeed, Boehner was more than a little off message in saying lets not get to the potential solutions. As his own Pledge states, surveying the proposals laid out in its pages, We recognize that these solutions are ambitious. It concludes by affirming that Republicans will fight to promote and advance solutions.

But numerous Republicans, including Boehner, have proposed plans to deal with Social Security and Medicare: cut benefits. All of their proposals from raising the retirement age, to privatization, to declaring the entire social safety net unconstitutional are deeply unpopular with the American people, hence Boehners apprehension to delve into the issue.

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toddwv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 03:40 PM
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1. Not hard to figure out.
The lobbyists have written their "solutions" for them yet.
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 03:42 PM
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2. I saw the show. Yup-Boehner was trying to wiggle out of answering any question
Edited on Sun Sep-26-10 03:43 PM by jenmito
that Wallace asked. Of course, Wallace let him go after "pressing" him on issues with maybe ONE more attempt to get an answer.

It would've been so funny if Wallace would've shown Boehner the bit from The Daily Show that compares, word for word, what Boehner and other Repubs. said throughout the last decade and more ago to their "Pledge for America" they just rolled out. But a couple shows DID show it this morning, including "This Week" and another one that I forget.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 03:47 PM
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3. Republicans are horrible. nt
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Andy823 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 03:56 PM
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4. Well...
I think WE know how bad things are, and have known since the end of 2008, why haven't the republicans helped to fix this mess instead of playing politics and trying to make the president fail from day one?

There are also a lot of "entitlements" going to the rich also, like big corporate farms getting subsidies in the millions, each year. Tax breaks for the rich, the oil companies, corporations, etc. Why are the republicans so against cutting those tax breaks for those who outsource american jobs? It's always the republican way to cut things from the bottom up so the rich don't have to lose any of their "entitlements"! And what about all the benefits congress receive, why aren't we talking about taking some of that away from them? Most members of congress are millionaires so why do we have to pay for their health care, their transportation, etc.? Hell why do they even need a salary when they are already rich and get millions more from the corporations who have bought and paid for them?
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 04:04 PM
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5. "Republicans will fight to 'promote and advance solutions.'"
What more could anybody possibly want?
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BlueIdaho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 04:08 PM
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6. Its a shit sandwich...
But it's a different kind of shit sandwich... Its a really shitty shit sandwich.!
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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 04:13 PM
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7. In Plain English, Ma'am? 'Boehner Says: If We Tell People What We Plan To Do We'll Get No Votes'
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 04:23 PM
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8. Translated: "If we told you our 'solutions' now, you'd know that we're out to screw you all!"

... and then once we've moved the counry closer to dictatorship, we won't need to explain our 'solutions' later either, since they won't matter to those in charge!

Get this piece of GARBAGE out of our congress along with the rest of those pigs that keep wanting to steal everything from us!
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 04:25 PM
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9. The GOP doesn't want solutions
They just want to give it all the the corporations and their CEO's
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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 04:28 PM
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10. last year my sister NanceGreggs
wrote "a man, a tan and no plan".
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prole_for_peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 04:32 PM
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11. "entitlement crisis"
Wouldn't that include the tax cuts for the richest American's?
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 04:37 PM
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12. They have nothing so say because they have no plan - they want to privatize
Edited on Sun Sep-26-10 04:38 PM by old mark
social security and gut or totally eliminate all social programs...except subsidies for the corporations and the rich. They KNOW thateven the 'Baggers won't vote for them it their real intentions were well known.

They want to see the US reduced to the extremely rich and the poor, with no one in between.
It's telling that he can't even answer this question on Fox!!!


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pansypoo53219 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-26-10 06:40 PM
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13. we can't handle the solutions?
are they that bad?
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