BLITZER'S BLOG: It's hard not to be cynical about debt talks
July 14th, 2011
06:18 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: It's hard not to be cynical about debt talks

(CNN) – It's hard not to be a bit cynical in watching politics unfold in Washington.

As you know, the Republicans are all lined up resisting any effort to simply pass an increase in the nation's debt ceiling with a straight up-or-down vote. They insist on large-scale spending cuts.


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  1. ivan

    If I understand, some GOP members signed a 'pledge' not to raise taxes. How about the "Pledge Of the... United States of America..."?!?!

    July 14, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Don Garrison

    Eric Cantor is a childish Man-Baby, is very vain and full of himself, is dangerous for Ameriica, and should resign his congressional seat. He and the other of the so called Young-guns, are going to tear America apart. I can't remember a time when I have seen him give a straight answer to a question, and he displays the mannerisms of a spoiled rotten Baby. All this, and the biggest problem is that he is oblivious to it, which shows how unintelligent he really is. How in the world does he keep his congressional seat? The only thing he inspires in me is to become more involved in the political arena, to make sure that others like him do not get elected to our Congress. The only good thing I see happening because of Him is his own undoing. This guy has no class what so ever! I am sorry for my rant, but I am so angry I can spit, and the worst thing about it is I am helpless do do anything about it!

    July 14, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Kick Cantor out and this meeting might produce some positive results. Send this little boy home!

    July 14, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared war on US!

    RIght now, I'm far more cynical about the GOBPbaggers than I am about the Dems. The deal is pretty simple: A straight increase vote will pass. Spending cuts with tax increases/closed loopholes will pass. Spending cuts alone will not pass because they harm the poor and middle class while the corporations and the filthy rich make no similar sacrifices. The teatards are clearly political prostitutes owned by the un-American corporatism cultists seeking to return America to the times of feudalism.

    July 14, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Franklin

    National Debt when Bush took office in 2001 was $5.7T and currently the debt is $14.3T. The GOP is using terms like "Obama economy" when in reality his policies are responsible for a mere 10% of the increase (17 billion annually) in the last three years, with the rest due to the recession, and extensions of Bush era policies such as multiple wars and tax cuts. Considering that Republican policies are directly responsible for 8.09 trillion dollars of debt increase (78 billion a year) in the last 11 years, who is really responsible for this fiscal situation? REPUBLICANS. They seem oddly determined to crash our economy or perhaps its just old fashion robbery?
    In either case, the stale "smaller government" and "less regulation" rhetoric is obviously a bald faced lie meant to mask the policies that created this recession, and will only serve to increase public dept for the profit of business and the wealthy at the expense of the 98% of us carrying the water.

    July 14, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Neil

    The issue here clearly is that neither side wants to look bad. The American people are surely to suffer most once all is said and done. The Democrates want to raise the debt ceiling which in all honesty does nothing more then push the main issue back a few years. The country can't pay the bills already so really why give it more money all that will do is increase the overall debt. The real issue here is, why is the debt where it is and how can we stop it. Seems like CNN is dodging that issue. Why are the Democrates so opposed to raising tax on the rich but not on the poor? I also just saw the CEO of the FED basically scaring the public at the thought of what could happen if the US defaults on there loans. I'll tell you what will happen, the American public will demand to know how this could happen, and all paths will lead to the FED. I personally believe America defaulting on their loans would be the best thing that could happen, sure there will be tough times ahead, but if the debt ceiling is increased the times ahead will be alot tougher. it's time to address the root of the issue no more quick fixes. Quick fixes created this issue with full back from the

    July 14, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    When tea party took control of GOP primaries in 2010 we knew its coming.

    Before our elected official debate , argue result they will find a common ground

    July 14, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. Neil

    We have massive debt now from raising the debt ceiling in the past, why continue down the same road. These childish politicians need to put their personal agendas aside and, do whats good for the country and her citizens. Which I might add the majority being poor and middle class. Does anybody really feel raising taxes in a downward spiralling economy is the right thing to do? Or having seniors benefits and medicade taking the hit being the right thing? America has always been known as the land of opportunity, Well nothing could be further from the truth at this point. Not only does the government need to be reformed, but the filthly rich of this country, who after all made their money here, need to pay equal tax percentages, without breaks, back to the country. Like every one else. Why should the rich not feel economic hardship like the majority. When the laws created are not enforced on all, there cannot be true growth and harmony within a society.

    July 14, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. GonzoinHouston

    Like most things in DC, this is 10% about America and 90% about re-election and building power. I won't say the democrats are in the right, but the republicans are more in the wrong. This time. Adding to the fun is Cantor trying to upstage, and ultimately unseat, Boehner.

    July 14, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. Republicans, The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    It will go back to what President Obama requested months ago; the "straight up / down" bill to increase the debt ceiling.

    Independents, Moderates, Democrats, I hope you PUNISH the GOP in November of 2012 for WASTING 6 MONTHS on this instead of creating Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! as the bamboozled Americans into thinking they would.

    Instead the public has not been served with attacks on unions, debates about birth certificates, attempts to eliminate abortion rights, pledges on marital fidelity – [w/riders saying blacks were better off as slaves].

    Meanwhile the President popped bin Laden and is meeting yet another campaign promise to end combat operations in Iraq and begin to bring US soldiers home from Afghanistan. What-a-man, What-a-man, What-a MIGHT-GOOD Man our President is.

    He had jobs growing at the rate of over 200,000 per month until this GOP-manufactured debt celing crisis spooked the economy. Moody's says the debt downgrade is real, Bachmann says ITS NOT, and the Republicans adopt the Bachmann position. You can't make this stuff up.

    July 14, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. chris

    To all the Republicans – Grover Norquist does not equal the American People.

    July 15, 2011 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    I'm far more cynical about the GOBPbaggers than I am about the Dems. The teatards refuse to demand their corporate and billionaire masters make any sacrifices, while demanding the rest of us make sacrifices. This is not the behavior of a real political party, it is the behavior of an insane cult.

    July 15, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |