November 11th, 2010
12:05 PM ET
12 years ago

A chance for Obama, Congress to lead

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

Washington (CNN) - It took just eight days after the election for the two deficit commission chairmen to pounce. And the title page of their draft version of budget cuts doesn't mince words: "The problem is real - the solution is painful - There's no easy way out - Everything must be on the table - and Washington must lead."

How's that for an idea: Washington must lead!

Filed under: Congress • Democrats • President Obama
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Politicians have a way of allowing opportunities to expire, without being acted upon.

    November 11, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Obozo and a DEMOcRAT Senate LEAD the country on reducing government and the massive entitlements programs it has created?!! Surely you jest!! Their entire politcial schtick is that everybody is entitled to free everything because the evil rich people will pay for it! Without massive government spending and entitlements, the Party of Donkeys will cease to exist. Do you honestly expect them to work themselves out of existence? Oi vay....

    November 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. stufthis

    As long as there is a Mitch McConnell, there will be gridlock. Senate republicans have voted against every bill that would help American workers and keep jobs in the U.S.

    November 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Pete

    I am going to completely stop watching CNN and all political news channels until November 2, 2012. Then I will get up and
    go vote straight a Democratic ticket. This way I am sure to avoid all of the political BS and Bias of all of the networks. Maybe
    if all of the voters did this, network ratings will go down enough for them to realize that we prefer them to report the news
    and not try and make up the news and spread propaganda.

    November 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Bender of truth

    It is so republican to blame all of Bush's failures on the democrats who took over both houses in January, 2007. Harry Reid had 51 votes and Leiberman, and it only takes one republican to obstruct. Nancy Pelosi had a small majority, but it was Bush who became the Czar of veto for any help Americans could have received. Why can't you admit that is was Bush and the republicans who gave us unfunded tax cuts in reconciliation, unfunded medicare drugs, unfunded unnecessary wars, TARP, torture, 9-11, Homeland Security, no bid contracts, wiretapping, and much more, all in the name of conservatism.

    November 11, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. "Come hell or high water"

    "Made in the USA" within these words is most of the solution to restore Americas' economical growth and well-being....To get there Washington-politiciians of all stripes, USA-Banks-financial istitutions-manufacturing-sector-now over there, etc must unite in the common cause to refloat "Americas Dream" which has been sinking in red ink for too long like a ship adrift without a captain or a crew........The country must restore its fiscal sanity whatever it takes..!

    ...................................................."COME HELL OR HIGH WATER".....................................................................................

    November 11, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. thuner1

    Hey Pete! Way to go! Bury your head in the sand and be a thoughtless voter! "I will get up and go vote straight Democratic ticket". That is the problem with a complacent electorate (on both sides)...the lazy electorate that thinks the system will work just because well...were in America! Wake up!

    November 11, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. vic nashville tn

    Before I read this blog I read “World underdogs take the lead” on CNN money I tried the G-20 nations at a glance chart

    How we can help our economy and save our jobs

    Be American and buy made in America products one problem cooperate America already bought our politicians

    I don’t think Washington will lead us in right direction all about 2012,2014,2016 _ _

    November 11, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Cheryl

    I would like to see the health insurance plan and the pension received by Congress be among the items included in the proposed budget cuts. If they think the American public should be so willing to pay more taxes and have their social security benefits reduced then Congress should be willing to do it's share. Funny, there was no mention of any cuts for them!

    November 11, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It will be impossible for Congress to lead when their primary objective is to see the President fail. We've heard this repeatedly over and over. Nothing extraordinary that will benefit the middle class will happen over the next 2 years. The highlight of the next 2 years will be if the President, by executive order, repeals DADT.

    November 11, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. diridi

    I hate this gloria borger, she is half brain lady...GOP to long as John Boehner, Mitch McConnol, there is lobby, gridlock, bribe, loot, every nasty thugs possible....o.k....they are the ones to blame and be blamed...not obama, not dems..look, clinton left huge surplus...o.k

    November 11, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    AHhhhggggh!!!! I agree with PETE – everyone wants to be a KNOW-IT-ALL and know NOthing!!! How can you predict 2012 when we are still in 2010???? I agree with ONE point Borger made and that is the fact that Pelosi WAS quick to say “UNACCEPTABLE” when a lot in the proposal “WAS ACCEPTABLE” – sometimes we have to GRIN and BEAR it too!!! But when she went on to say:

    “We've got a whole new crew of deficit-conscious members moving in soon, so they can get right to work. If they're serious about getting the deficit under control…”

    All of a sudden the RepubliCAN’Ts are SERIOUS – NOW – when they could not come up with a concrete proposal – NOT that Pledge to Nowhere – but someone concrete about what would be CUT and what would STAY???? Well, we shall see and the Democrats NEED to SEE also and NOT make it all about the RepubliCAN’Ts!!!

    President Obama’s PANEL came up with the PLAN and President Obama should get credit for it when it is implemented – NOT the RepubliCAN’Ts, who for the past two years stated any REAL PLAN or mention what should be CUT and how would the TAX CUTS be paid for!!!!!!!!!

    Right now, this is kind of FUZZY for me but – I am still OUT of Campaign MODE – N2 Moving America Forward with our LEADER – President Barack Obama!!!

    November 11, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. King

    The repugs want to cut cut cut. Don't they realize that word is a psychology word that send fare through the economy. It's holiday season for crying out loud. You put fear in government workers and program regionals that they will lose their jobs and government substities they will stop spending and start saving then this will creat a domino affect local businesses start losing customers so they start cutting back and start laying off employees then the stuff picks up speed spooking the stock markets and then we will be in a bunch of crap. Stop saaaaaayyyyying that word cut back it's even spooking me and i don't even have a job yet. It's holiday season for crying out loud last year this time the country was booming when they heard spend spend spend. I sure was in the spending mood after hearing them words hah ha. Got to keep focus these people rooted the hell out of my dem party.

    November 11, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. SayWhat

    Americans have just resoundingly stated that they do not want to be led. They prefer to be lied to by cynical politicians who take their orders from political "strategists' (aka professional weasles) and lobbyists (aka corporate pimps). The GOP has clearly shown that you can con the American people by playing politics with America's future and obfuscating facts with propoganda. Why would the Democtrats do anything for the next two years except improve their chances of election in 2012 by making it their singular purpose to make the GOP look bad for not being able to deliver on its dreamscape of a balanced budget, contineud tax cuts and more jobs?

    November 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |