July 13th, 2011
03:18 PM ET
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Ron Paul: too old, too extreme for America. He is just NOT what the majority of people want. Period. I think he may have been good during the good ole 50's. This was a different country then but not now. Images mean EVERYTHING to most people (not me). If you aren't good looking then you have to be charismatic like that destroyer (Reagan). He has neither. There is no chance of him winning anything and I, for one, am glad of that.

    July 13, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Christina

    Dr. Paul, will you please share your opinion on why you understand the debt cieling debate has been boiled down to a debate over why Republicans refuse to raise taxes? And can you articulate why Republicans are so staunchly opposed to the hikes, particularly as it pertains to the argument that higher taxes generates jobs, as seen in the Clinton vs. Bush taxes and jobs graph shown on CNN earlier today?

    July 13, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. California Conservative

    FACT: You democrats no longer hold a near super majority anymore.

    Quit you bayish ways democrats and actually gert something down on paper. A 97-0 vote against Obama's bill wasn't even a try.

    July 13, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    S. In California – Obama 2012

    Mr. Bernanke republicans don't care. They are nothing more than "political perverts" who care nothing about this country other than the money they can make. Hating our president is a personal choice but this has gone beyond hate – its now reached the level of insanity. They would rather see this country collaspe than to bargain with our president. Should we default on Aug. 2, – I say let's storm the capital and throw them ALL OUT
    I'm with you S.!!!

    July 13, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "The Republicans have offered a spending reduction agreement that makes sense and they are willing to raise the debt ceiling now. "

    No they haven't.

    1. McConnell's poisoned pill would never pass the House. NEVER. Made no sense to propose something like that when out of the other side of their mouths, GOP leadership has been yammering constantly that the House will not pass anything that doesn't include massive cuts to the societal safety net and

    2. Nobody in theri right mind thinks it's a good idea to give the GOP 3 more chances to demagogue the debt ceiling issue. This gets done now, gets done right, gets done long-term or EVERYONE involved is a joke and a failure. Nobody escapes that blame.

    3. Whether it rises to constitutional level questions or just represents a policy threat to the separation of powers, allowing a POTUS, any POTUS from ANY party, to have unilateral powers to raise the debt ceiling, etc., is bad precedent...and one that everyone should be horrified to think of landing in the GOP's hands sometime int he future given what they did under Dubya.

    4. More than anything, McConnell's proposal was a craven run for cover. Wall Street and giant corporations are starting to get angry and very VERY nervous about the debt ceiling. The GOP had painted themselves into a very tight corner and Obama refusing to give them the 14th Amendment release valve based on the Treasury's General Counsel's opinion letter had the GOP crawling up the walls in their corner. They needed to have an "out" for if they caused a default...the hopes that they could force Obama to save the day but then call him a dictator and impeach him for it. So, the opportunity for a default-situation rapidly dwindles and disappears BUT they still need some "hook" for blaming Obama. Here's how it works:

    (a) Obama takes the silly deal and they vote against the 3 raises of the debt ceiling, forcing the Dems in the Senate to filibuster the disapprovals and let the debt ceiling raises stand...then they deny Obama any of the cuts he proposes so that he can't say he cut anything...all of which is designed to shirk their responsibility as the majority party in the House, their responsibility to be in charge of appropriations (they simply can't take the blame with their extremist base for raising the debt ceiling and certainly don't want the blame for a default blowing up the country) OR

    (b) Obama refuses McConnell's attempt to trap him and shift all responsibility to Obama and the Dems, and so the GOP runs around pulling its hair out trying to make it sound like they gave him everything he wants but he is refusing so it's all on him. Meanwhile, Obama continues to try to make a deal like a responsible adult, keeps all his offered concessions on the table and continues to get the GOP to make a concession or two of their own in the spirit of compromise and behaving like adults, which they refuse to do because McConnell made his play and they will insist on it being the only alternative to getting everything THEY want. See, the GOP is still saying "our way or no way"...they've just wrapped it up in tinfoil hats and misdirection.

    What's too bad about the whole thing is that the "news" media is uncritically pretending McConnell made a reasonable, rational offer in good faith. HE DIDN'T. Not in anyway shape or form. It was PURELY a political gambit.

    July 13, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Emily

    Listening to the republicans and democrats alike, on the debt limit increase, I am disgusted with their cowardice. No one wants to vote for the DLI, but all experts agree it is a necessary evil of the situation the USA has put itself in. I love the fact that McConnell is willing to allow the President to be the scapegoat for a necessary, but generally unfavorable increase to our deficit. I also find it morally reprehensible that Republicans are so intent on cutting the support to our seniors and poverty stricken, but won't close disgusting tax loopholes or raise taxes for the affluent. I guess you can't alienate your base? Looking to cut spending, I'm all for it. I'm even willing to pay higher taxes, as a teacher, but cutting to those who are on fixed incomes or who work 2 jobs and still dont make ends meet? Unacceptable.

    July 13, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Bootsy

    In addition to Ron Paul's sharp mind, he is VERY healthy, fit and in great shape for his age. We should be so lucky in sound mind and body if and when we reach his age.

    Dr. Paul has been exactly correct about the economy, foreign policy, the wars, the drug war, sound money and the Fed.

    Therefore, the Ron Paul Wing of the Republican Party, that is, the Jeffersonian-Constitutional Wing of the Republican Party, is where the Republican Party SHOULD BE!

    July 13, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Snifffit, finish your (b) option scenario, what's it going to be ultimately as we all know that the Rethugs don't want to budge an inch, and while McConnell's "blink" is indicative of the Thugs being in the proverbial corner, do you think that they will ultimately realize that there's no more wiggle room?
    It is my deepest desire that the President continues to stand tall and hold strong. All eyes are on him, this is his defining moment. I'm all for compromise but NOT for paying the Rethugs a ransom.

    July 13, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans must listen to Ron Paul

    We need to restart Only Ron Paul can take us back to 1776

    July 13, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |