Republicans Favor Deficit Increases

Orrin Hatch US Senator

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (Image via Wikipedia)

The Republicans in Congress continue to clamor for a deficit increase of a quarter-trillion dollars in 2011, despite promises of more fiscal responsibility.

Regarding the Republican plans, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) told CNN today “I hope Americans will understand how craven and empty and hollow and contradictory the Republican position is.” Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), when asked if Republicans can cut the deficit and show fiscal responsibility, responded “I don’t think we can.”

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5 Responses to Republicans Favor Deficit Increases

  1. Bart DePalma says:

    Kerry never saw a spending increase he would not vote for. What a joke.

  2. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    GOP leadership agrees to a $1 TRILLION increase in the National Debt over the next two years. In order to maintain the lower tax rate for the wealthiest 2% of Americans, the GOP leadership has held the President hostage by demand that NOTHING shall happen until their wish is granted.

    As a result, to pour on the gravy for ALL sides, the total bill for the “compromise” negotiated today between the White House and the GOP will increase the deficit by almost $500 Billion per year over the course of the next two years.

    So much for fighting the deficit the GOP promised during the just concluded campaign.

  3. shiloh says:

    Bartles ~ What a joke.

    As are your inane, undocumented generalizations …

    Bart is now attempting brief trollish flyby’s w/the same success as his other winger minutiae.

    Again, consistency is a virtue!

  4. Monotreme says:

    If I’m reading the tea leaves correctly (and I’m not saying I am), this proposal is Dead on Arrival:

    I don’t think they can hold the Democratic caucus together on this one.

    I also think it’s amusing that the Senate Republicans are fine spending $800 billion on tax cuts for the wealthy, but not $800 billion on economic stimulus (about half of which was not stimulatory to the economy because it was for tax cuts). So much for being serious about deficit reduction.

    As I’ve said previously in other threads, given the situation in Congress, the best possible outcome now is that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts are allowed to expire on schedule, and Congress moves to enact a payroll tax holiday for the next two years as an economic stimulus. It looks like Part A of that plan is on its way.

  5. Just Sayin' says:

    A sad day indeed, however I am not one who is surviving on an unemployment check.

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