Monday, January 7, 2013



A cornucopeia of events in Afghanistan over 2012.  Watch video review. 


Republicans like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are hoping most Americans are too dumb to know that President Obama already made 1.2 TRILLION DOLLARS in spending cuts to the nation's deficit.

McConnell was all over TV Sunday morning selling the Republican "talking points" that the debt ceiling will not be adjusted until Obama comes up with spending cuts.

On ABC’s This Week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reiterated what has become the go-to Republican talking point in the wake of the fiscal cliff deal: That the issue of taxes and new revenue is finished, and will not be re-opened. “Now the question is, what are we going to do about the biggest problem confronting our country and our future,” McConnell said. But this time host George Stephanopoulos pushed back. He pointed out that since last year Congress has already cut $1.2 trillion in spending, without any counter-balancing hikes in tax revenue until the fiscal cliff deal.

McConnell and other Republican cohorts were all over TV singing the same tune.
Republicans want the Obama administration to present a list of spending cuts before there is any talk about raising the debt ceiling.
McConnell and his Republican buddies are careful to never mention that 11 TRILLION DOLLARS of the national debt came about when the Bush/Cheney administration never added the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, estimated to cost 9 BILLION DOLLARS A WEEK, to the national debt. 
Obama has already said there will be cuts to the Department of Defense to get rid of outmoded programs and programs the Defense Department has already said they don't need.
Social Security is not on the table according to Obama, but the President is willing to listen to any cuts the Republicans want to make in Medicare and Medicaid. 
The biggest roadblock in the debt ceiling battle is Republicans refuse to come up with a list of entitlement programs they would like to see cut.

Republicans like McConnell and all the others who are all over TV especially on their Republican mouthpiece Fox News know only too well that any entitlement programs they would suggest be cut would impact on some if not all of the Republican constituency all across the country.
In the coming weeks, the trick the Obama administration faces is to box the Republicans into being specific about what entitlement programs they want to seen cut.
Republicans, on the other hand, are hoping the American public is too dumb to know that the Obama administration has already made 1.2 TRILLION DOLLARS in spending cuts.