" Obama can't present a budget in 4 years that shows any evidence of controlling our spending problem. His own party doesn't support his budget."
He tried to present a budget balanced between tax increases and cuts in spending. The Republicans told him not to bother because it was dead on arrival.
"Neither party is increased in solving the problem"
I think it is clear the Democrats are far more interested than the Republicans, who have steadfastly refused to even consider tax increases as PART of the solution, whereas the Democrats have indicated a willingness to compromise.
"Bush tax cuts are a dark cloud in January, but you hear neither party address. The large consensus if we roll them all back we are headed for a recession at best."
It the Republicans finally blink and settle for a balanced package of cuts to entitlements, defense, etc, AND tax increases, primarily on those making in excess of $250,000, we will have a chance to avoid that outcome. Wasn't that what Simpson-Bowles was about?
"Defense cuts pending in January. This has a very negative impact on economy and more job losses."
Now that is a truly sad state of affairs. What does it say about us as a nation that our economy depends to such an extent on the manufacture of instruments of death. Ah, yes, now I remember: We account for something like 60% of the international arms trade. Or is it 70%? My memory fails me, or maybe I just don't want to remember.
"Biden saying we are going to increase taxes on the rich by 1 trillion. No mention of a balanced approach"
The Republicans have already rejected the balanced approach. I haven't heard Romney/Ryan mention a balanced approach either, for that matter.
"Neither party wants to develop a comprehensive plan that is needed to address the crisis our country is in."
"My friend this is the big picture in my opinion. I don't think:
- Romney's tax returns. Just assume the worse and move on
- Ben Ghazi: mistakes where made. learn from it and move on
- Obama birth certificate: don't care
- Fast and furious: mistakes where made. learn from it and move on"
Thanks for sharing. Pretty reasonable, IMO.
"Both parties are using these non issues to avoid dealing with the bigger issue. Maybe you can defend your party, but they both make me sick and I feel like we have no hope to addressing these issues in future. I think the only hope we have is to have several elections of massive turnover to get the parties attention."
They'll either start addressing the issues soon or both be out of a job as things continue to deteriorate, IMO, and deservedly so. People are slowly starting to wake up and pay attention. Discussions like the one you and I are having are part of that process. Thanks for engaging, Brad.
BTW, I don't have a party. I'm independent again, and back to voting for the lesser of two evils, the story of my entire adult life. :(