19 November 2010

Alan Simpson is an incredible jerk

Any doubt that it was a mistake for the president to appoint Alan Simpson to a budget deficit reduction commission should be removed by his incredibly irresponsible comments:

""I can't wait for the blood bath in April," said Alan Simpson at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast roundtable with reporters this morning. "It won't matter whether two of us have signed this or 14 or 18. When debt limit time comes, they're going to look around and say, 'What in the hell do we do now? We've got guys who will not approve the debt limit extension unless we give 'em a piece of meat, real meat, off of this package.' And boy the bloodbath will be extraordinary.""

The fact that this jerk will say this should discredit EVERYTHING he is proposing.

If the Republicans want to refuse to extend the debt ceiling; I say LET them. They will have to back down. The president has to have the spine to say, you will not make unconscionable cuts to social security, medicare, or other necessary programs.

Then just stop spending money on non-essential defense, and other non-essentials until they back down. Which they will. If the Republicans think they will continue to hold the House and regain the Senate and White House by paralyzing our country, they are out of their minds, and frankly I almost hope they try to do it.

The president must stand strong and call the Rightists' bluff. No cuts to social security; no extension of tax cuts for the very rich; veto any attempt to derail the health bill. The Republicans will back down, because if they don't, they will watch their political fortunes going down the drain, and they know it.

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