Paul Ryan on the debt ceiling and guvment slowdown

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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303442004579123943669167898.html


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    The president is giving Congress the silent treatment. He's refusing to talk, even though the federal government is about to hit the debt ceiling. That's a shame—because this doesn't have to be another crisis. It could be a breakthrough. We have an opportunity here to pay down the national debt and jump-start the economy, if we start talking, and talking specifics, now. To break the deadlock, both sides should agree to common-sense reforms of the country's entitlement programs and tax code.

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    President Obama's news conference Tuesday came on the eighth day of the government shutdown.

    First, let's clear something up. The president says he "will not negotiate" on the debt ceiling. He claims that such negotiations would be unprecedented. But many presidents have negotiated on the debt ceiling—including him. In 1985, Ronald Reagan signed a debt-ceiling deal with congressional Democrats that set deficit caps. In 1997, Bill Clinton hammered out an agreement with congressional Republicans to raise the debt ceiling, reform Medicare and cut capital-gains taxes. Two years ago, Mr. Obama signed the Budget Control Act, which swapped spending cuts for a debt-ceiling hike.

    So the president has negotiated before, and he can do so now. In 2011, Oregon's Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and I offered ideas to reform Medicare. We had different perspectives, but we also had mutual trust. Neither of us had to betray his principles; all we had to do was put prudence ahead of pride.
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    Obama wants nothing to do with saving our economy and credit rating. He's wants to grow our government's size and scope as large as he can... to make them as invincible to the public scrutiny as that of the former Soviet Union.
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    Hussein acts like a 3 year old that dropped his ice cream.
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    There is a significant portion of this country who are absolutely okay with this prospect. Geographic location doesn't negate the belief system.

    I'd say we weren't far off already if, well... you know.
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    0bamao will negotiate with Iran, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood, but not Republicans. What does that tell you?

    0bamao wants the American people to "suffer", as well as our nation as an economic power, due to his belief that we have been too successful, too influential, and too free.

    The USA deserves all of this strife and problems since the nation voted him in twice as well as his minions (pelosi, reid, etc).

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