Republicans Already Out of Ideas to Reduce the National Debt


We all know Republicans are serious about reducing the national debt — after all, they’ve been blocking an extension of unemployment benefits for weeks over concerns that it would increase the debt by a relatively minuscule amount. So they must have plenty of ideas ready for when they maybe take over the House and possibly even the Senate this fall, right? Nope. They have none. Or maybe they just have so many floating around in their heads that it’s hard to think of any specific one, as when a Beatles fan is asked to name his favorite Beatles song.

Either way, neither Pete Sessions, the head of the NRCC, nor John Cornyn, the head of the NRSC — groups dedicated to getting Republicans elected to the House and Senate, respectively — could name a single specific cut that the Republicans would make to reduce the debt on Meet the Press yesterday. All Sessions could muster up is that the government would “live within its means,” while Cornyn said he would like to see what President Obama’s debt commission comes up with in December. “But wait a minute,” host David Gregory asked, “conservatives need a Democratic president’s debt commission to figure out what it is they need to cut?” Er, yes, why? Is that bad?

First thoughts: Bush vs. Obama, by proxy [First Read/MSNBC]
Pete Sessions, NRCC Chair, Stumbles, Turns To Bush Agenda When Asked How GOP Would Cut Deficit [HuffPo]
Sessions And Cornyn Refuse To Detail GOP Agenda, Offer Zero ‘Painful Choices’ To Cut Spending [Think Progress]