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July 13th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

McConnell debt plan a 'bad' idea?

CNN's John King gets editor-in-chief Erick Erickson's perspective on Sen. McConnell's new alternative plan.

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  1. James Jackson

    The McConnell plan is brilliant. It stops Obama and the liberals from forcing the Republicans into a no-win situation. Instead, Obama can now live with the results of his massive spending and his increased spending ceiling.

    Since it is apparent from Obama's demagoging that tax increases have to be part of any compromise, Republicans lose if they agree to a compromise that includes tax increases (since they have promised their constituents otherwise) and they lose if they don't agree (they will take the fall for a US default).

    To paint this as Republicans playing politics is simply ridiculous – the politics of the issue are clearly in the Obama trap which the McConnell plan avoids.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  2. John Hilderbrand

    It may be the only way out! It would be just like a Republican Congress to pass the buck! How about a fact check? I have heard most of the Republican candidates and several republicans in the house and senate (including John Baner and John McCain) state that “what we have is a spending problem…not a revenue problem.” Is that really true? Logic tells me that if we have 7 plus million more unemployed today than 3 years ago and a lot who are now underemployed, the revenue stream must be less – and we all know the expense stream didn't slow! I think a chart showing revenues for the last 3 – 4 years would be educational for America….maybe even
    broken down by Corp vs Individual.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  3. Kumari

    Dear John,I was wathcing your program on polygymist life. The womem Laurel should appologize to the third world about her referece to third world on polygamy. I am an American, but orginally from a third world country. She needs to be educated about the so called third world before making an ideotic statements like it is third world to practice polygamy. This kind of stupid arrogance is one reason I believe this country is in the situation where we are now.
    I am really offended by her remark.

    July 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  4. Mayur

    Being ainags cuts to Social Security and Medicare and for raising taxes on the wealthy isn't hypocritical at all. Social Security is solvent until 2037 and could be fixed by raising the tax cap so that the wealthier pay more into it. That would fix SS in an instant and would save our future grandparents (or us) from being on the street. My grandmother barely gets enough to live as it is and she's not alone.Agreed on the war front, but on the SS age front, the living longer argument is deceptive. Infant mortality rates have plummetted since its inception and, if you take that out of the equation, people aren't living that much longer. Agreed that the right and left are ineffective, but I only see one side compromising. Boehner said it himself, he got 98% of what he wanted in this debt deal. We have one party that won't bend and one party that won't stand up. It's a disgrace.

    February 22, 2012 at 8:32 pm |