Weighing In On The Debt Debate

Two days away from the debt crisis and lawmakers are still trying to hammer out a deal.

White House officials and congressional republicans are discussing a potential agreement that could end their bitter debt limit showdown.

On WCCO Sunday Morning, Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Erik Paulsen and Rep. Keith Ellison gave us their take on the latest in Washington. Watch the video clips below, in order of appearance.

Sen. Al Franken

Rep. Erik Paulsen

Rep. Keith Ellison

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  • lefty

    there should be no debt debate the thing that congress is fighting over has nothing to do with the deb but for its name only t. Raise the debt ceiling just like it has been done before this is to pay for the things congress has already appropriated money. Next week start talking about ways to cut back in spending and changing the tax code thats another whole separate debate. Now if only someone could pound this info into the small pea sized brains of the repubs and the tea baggers that would help

    • Tbone

      Do you honestly think the dems would talk about cutting spending if they didn’t have a gun to their head. Get real, they have been on the biggest spending spree in the history of this country and have totally distroyed this economy.

      • Citizen

        For those of you who can appreciate sarcasm:
        “The Republicans will try to make people believe that everything the Government has done for the country is socialism. They will go to the people and say: “Did you see that social security check you received the other day-you thought that was good for you, didn’t you? That’s just too bad! That’s nothing in the world but socialism. Did you see that new flood control dam the Government is building over there for the protection of your property? Sorry-that’s awful socialism! That new hospital that they are building is socialism. Price supports, more socialism for the farmers! Minimum wage laws? Socialism for labor! Socialism is bad for you, my friend. Everybody knows that. And here you are, with your new car, and your home, and better opportunities for the kids, and a television set-you are just surrounded by socialism! Now the Republicans say, ‘That’s a terrible thing, my friend, and the only way out of this sinkhole of socialism is to vote for the Republican ticket.'”
        Harry S Truman” 1947

        • Barb

          They have to build the damn since morons build n a flood plain.

          They have to build more hospitals for illegals to have more kids, who then will drain what is left of social security.

          And who has been draining social security, maybe it is time we ensure social security is used only for americans.

          • O-done-a

            That’s not how social security works or is used. Wrong program.

        • Waste

          Democrats and republicans have been on a spending spree.
          The government has increased spending astronomically while the rest of us have had our pay frozen, had to cut back due to lost income, have had to live with real economics.

          Why raise the dept ceiling?  What are they spending on?

          One word needs to be heard, CUT. CUT.  CUT

          And quit quoting history, this is now.   People who quote history love to distort it for their agenda, as citizen clearly shows in his posts. 

      • Citizen

        Not true. But you would need to read the political, economic, and U.S. history since Reaganomics started. I think, for you, that would be a stretch and probably too much work.

    • How about some pounding of dem brains?

      When our country’s debt to GDP ratio is the highest its ever been and nearing that of Greece, dems needed a gavel to the head. You’re right “lefty”, this debate is not about raising the debt ceiling but about getting our debt under control. Dems love to point out that the debt ceiling was raised numerous times under Bush and Reagan, and many dems voted against raising the debt ceiling back then. (Lefty) who had the pea sized brains then? That was when debt to GDP ratio was not nearly as high or as dangerous as it is now! Dems seem to forget what they said…(dem) Obama quote back in 2006 about raising the debt ceiling…so I guess their small pea sized brains need some pounding too?

      These last minute deadline decisions will probably be the norm as it’s all about political positioning for power and votes up to the deadline.. Dems say they are the only ones willing to compromise, but truth be told…that’s just political spin. They know, what’s best for America right now under current economic conditions and our debt situation. The true colors of politicians..both dems and repubs will be seen when the vote on a compromise is cast. The hard right and hard left will be the ones voting against the compromise…not because they think it is or isn’t best for Amercia…but that it will gain them political re-election votes. Even when a comprise that doesn’t go far enough for them, but IS the best deal they can get at this time, a vote against the compromise IS a vote for default. And I’ll bet, there with be both dems and repubs, that vote against the actual compromise bill that does pass.

      After the debt ceiling debate is over, how long will it take for an agreement on spending cuts and tax code changes to occur, without a deadline? Do we have to wait till our debt to GDP ratio exceeds 100%? If there is a critical point or deadline, you can bet both dems and repubs will use all the time up till that final hour of the deadline to again spin for political power before getting the best compromise for America. What more can you expect from the small pea sized brains of dems, repubs, and tea baggers? Neither have the ability to reach a compromise well before a critical deadline!

      • lefty

        Clinton that is the only response needed had a surplus then Bushwacker no surplus economy in the toilet and the Repubs still say its the Democrats that caused the problem

        • Leroy

          I believe Clinton had a nice tech bubble to finish on. Then a recession happened, then a major attack on the US.

          Oh, Clinton was also in charge when the regulations were changed that cause the housing crisis. He was also the one who cut our intelligence agencies that had computers with information that could have stopped 911.

          See what happens when you try to select certain historical data just for yor agenda, you look like an idiot..

      • Citizen

        Uh, it has exceeded 100%, actually 120% during the Eisenhower administration. It reflected the costs of WWII which Eisenhower paid for with a 94% tax rate on the wealthy and over 35% on corporations. Now we have to pay for TWO WARS which have lasted twice as long as WWII. The finances are obvious–WE HAVE TO RAISE taxes, despite the delusional rhetoric of the right. And we have to raise taxes in such a way as to stimulate public investment by corporations and the wealthy. It has been done; it can be done again. Besides, the debt ceiling is unconstitutional, anyway.

        • How about some pounding of dem brains?

          Yes you are correct, the ratio has been higher, and drastic measures were taken back then to get America’s finances back in order. Back then unemployment rate was low compared to today. Back then America was united. Today the rich are called fat cats, ultra rich, filthy rich and we have a class warfare mentality coming from one party. I’ve heard many of them say they feel they should pay higher taxes and that they would gladly if they knew it would go to paying down the debt. Paying for more and more government programs is what they object to, because of one party’s thirst to spend, spend, spend.

          Yes, the finances are obvious, we have to control spending (despite the delusional rhetoric of the left) and we have to raise taxes or rework the tax code (despite the delusional rhetoric of the right) in such a way as to stimulate public investment by corporations and the wealthy. But until there is another critical point or deadline in our country’s finances like the debt ceiling (even if it is unconstitutional), there is NO hurry by either dems or repubs to do what is neccessary when political gain and power is the goal…and not the ultimate health and greater good for our country.

  • kieron

    Throw them all out and start over.

  • rw

    I’m fed up with ultra-conservative republicans. This country needs moderate people in congress in order to get things done for the betterment of the nation. too liberal or to conservative is not what is needed.

    • Louis

      Idiot, so we should loan more now, live large and wasteful, and let our kids pay for it.

      Yeah, you are someone our children can admire.

  • la de da

    @rw, I second your statement!

    • Louis

      And your a second idiot.
      Washington knew about this date and did nothing. Oboma sent Byden, Byden??? He can’t even add.

      Washington is incompetent, do not give them more money.

  • Zing

    The GOP needs to give up on defending the Bush tax rates for the wealthy. Let them return to the rates of the Clinton era which were even lower than the first half of the Regan years and less than half of what the were from the 1940s to the 1960s. Rates are historically low and that’s a fact, but you would not know it by listening to the GOP. They want you to be ignorant about history as they amass more and more wealth to gain leverage during the coming economic collapse. As in any pyramid plot, when it falls apart if you are not at the top you are screwed. We got a small taste in 2008. If you vote GOP you are just another willing victim unless you are ultra wealthy.You are being manipulated with distracting social issues that make no difference to the economic functioning of the nation. You are responsible for corporate agents you elected to the GOP. Thanks a lot!

    • Pat

      Why do we need any more money for incompetent officials to use to try and get re-elected?

      Do you know where the current money is going???

      Get a clue.

  • Joseph E. Blow

    This is all baloney. Neither side wants to make a deal, they just want to keep every American hostage to their iIdealogical differences.

  • Joseph E. Blow

    Three interviews and two slanted toward the Democratic stance. Something wrong here.

  • Chubby

    Lefty, I love your comment and, I AGREE. These Repugs have wasted enough time and tax dollars as it is. It has always been their way or the highway. It is HIGH time for them to grow up and STOP acting like a bunch of cry babies.

    • Jake

      Time to get a new handle Chubby, dems going to outlaw Big Macs. Obamas food police will lock you up.

      • O-done-a

        OMG Jake. Pull your head out of your…. those are priviate interest groups. There is no debate on the hill about big macs. This page was reading so well until you popped up.

  • Citizen

    Letter to the Peasants of America from the Top 2%,

    You asked, Where did all the money and jobs go?

    We took the money. We can never have enough. We shipped the jobs overseas. We started international corporations where we seek out the cheapest labor and the least stringent regulations. We invested in scams which produced nothing but debt for you.

    We crashed the economy. Now Americans are just as desperate to have a low paying job as anywhere else in the world. We arranged the largest theft in history and stuck you with the bill.

    We set up offshore businesses and accounts. We deposited our money in Swiss and Cayman Island banks. We bought enough politicians and judges to write the laws. We implemented free trade, free markets, low taxes for us, and no taxes for our corporations.

    We used the military (you pay for) to take over any competition that can’t be stolen or bought. We will destroy anyone in our way.

    We bought TV networks, radio stations, newspapers, and Internet providers. We propagandized our point of view to convince enough of you to vote against your own interest.

    We will go after civil rights, education, environmental laws, unions, Healthcare, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare …any group or law that stands in the way of us controlling the economy and government. This allows us to profit as much as possible. That’s our goal. That is all that matters.

    Forever looking down on you,
    The Top 2%

    • Taxes

      The jobs were her, but due to hand outs no one wanted to work them.

      Now you try to incite class warfare so you can get more control of money, so everyone has to go to citizen for their hand out.

      Nice. Tax more so no one can donate money because they won’t have any.

    • stubby

      Christ, Citizen, you see somewhat of a smart guy, so you should know that the bottom 48% of all households PAY NO FEDERAL INCOME TAX. The top 10% pay over 40% of all federal taxes. You have a member of obama’s advisory board, who happens to be the ceo of GE..WHICH PAID NO FEDERAL CORPORATE INCOME TAX. It’s time to tax EVERYONE!!!!!!

      • Citizen

        Stubby, you and Melvin don’t understand sarcasm, do you. That whole letter to the American Peasants is SARCASM. But, understanding sarcasm requires a certain level of intelligence.

      • O-done-a

        Top 1% pay 38.02%
        Top 5% pay 58.72%
        Top 10% pay 69.94%
        Top 25% pay 86.34%
        Top 50% pay 97.30%
        Bottom 50% pay 2.7%

    • Melvin

      Citizen you sound like the son of a federal government worker from the past. Only his top two % were the Jews.

    • Teddy

      Well said Mao

    • The Jig Is Up


  • stubby

    I don’t care what happens…just keep my welfare checks and free medical coming.

  • Molly

    Please raise taxes, I need more money to pay for my cable, cell phone, and I need to have a ninth kid since mine are getting too old to get welfare.

    My EBT card is low.

  • Chris

    Washington leaders are proving once again playing politics is more important than the American people.

    Why are they debating at yet another dead line?

    How many dead lines have been hit or passed by Obama.

    He could not lead and get a budget, even when the house and senate were controlled by the Democrats.

    Oh well, just another example of incompetence

  • Citizen

    Well, there is breaking news on the national CBS Website saying that a deal has been reached. Of course, it is short on facts, and long on a committee assignment. Congress will have to approve, also. The following is from a poster there who requests it be reposted:

    “In America – The Homeless go without eating. In America – The Elderly go without needed medicines. In America – The Mentally ill go without treatment. In America – Our Troops go without proper equipment. In America – Our Veterans go without benefits they were promised. Yet we donate billions to other countries before helping our own first. Have the guts to re-post this. 1% will re-post, 99% won’t
    The SS belongs to the American people not the goverment we paid into it not you and it is ours the goverment needs to stay out of it leave SS alone and medicare and medicaid.

    P.S. A lot of the posters at the national site are very afraid of cuts to SS, Medicare, and Medicaid. Several are disabled vets. I am severely disappointed in Obama’s rightward drift–but it does not surprise me. So tonight the wealthy can rejoice because their trickle up taxpayer dollars are secure. There was no tax increase for them.

    • frozenrunner

      The conservative posters here will never understand that it is about the top 2% retaining their wealth. The rest of the populace dos not matter. They can bicker that someone is getting a 10000 a year free ride and be totally clueless about the millions to billions that are siphoned away to those who have no need for it.

      • frozenrunner

        I forgot to add that proper equipment for the soldiers would cost less than the ongoing medical treatment and disability. The equipment they have is just good enough to keep many from being killed. To the government it would be cheaper if they were dead.

        • O-done-a

          Not to mention—it’s just the damn right thing to do! Makes me sick.

  • copycat

    Citizens “Letter to the Peasants of America” was lifted from the Huffington Post.

    • frozenrunner

      DO you also rebuke the regurgitation from Limbaugh et al?

      • copycat

        No. Do you?

    • O-done-a

      If you are implying that she committed plagiarism you obviously don’t read her posts often enough to understand that she uses many scholarly works and sites to provide information. This is an obvious one so I will disregard your ignorance.

  • copycat

    I will also disregard yours.

    • O-done-a

      Don’t work too hard at that, it could get tough for ya.

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