Breaking down Senator Mark Pryor’s speech on debt ceiling, Do the Republicans want to send granny over the cliff? (Part 2)

For Senator Mark Pryor it is time to get back to his liberal democratic roots. Blame the evil Republicans for wanting to end Medicare as we know it and push granny off the cliff. For heavens sake we better not cut a dime out of the government now, but maybe promise to cut 6 trillion out of it about 7 or 8 years from now and call that a 10 year plan.

The Arkansas Times Blog reported on July 22, 2011:

Senator Mark Pryor on July 22  made the following statement on the Senate floor to encourage his colleagues to end the budget gimmicks and move forward with a comprehensive debt-reduction plan as part of a debt ceiling solution. A portion of his statement is below:

Mr. President, Abraham Lincoln once said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

We need to bring people the facts about our nation’s debt. People in my state see through the games being played in Washington. They want solutions, courage and leadership — the kind that puts us on a more secure fiscal path for the future.

… Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last summer said, “Our national debt is our biggest national security threat.”

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Mark Pryor is not going to lift a finger to cut down our national deficit. That is why he did not want to pass the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan.

Pryor notes, “We need to bring people the facts about our nation’s debt.” However, he does not believe in a Balanced Budget Amendment. How does that make sense?

Then he complains, “People in my state see through the games being played in Washington.They want solutions, courage and leadership — the kind that puts us on a more secure fiscal path for the future.” Nevertheless, he will vote for a responsible plan like “Cut, Cap and Balance.”

Finally Pryor asserts, “… Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last summer said, “Our national debt is our biggest national security threat.” But Pryor’s inaction on cutting the deficit is speaking volumes. He just can’t break away from those old favorite tactics of the liberals. He travels across Arkansas screaming “The Republicans want to send granny over the cliff!!”

Abdication: Senate Votes to Do Nothing Unless It Can Hike Taxes for the President” by David S. Addington July 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm, seems to be perfectly describing Pryor’s own actions. Here is a portion of that article:

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, to get federal spending under control and balance the budget.  That legislation passed with 234 votes in the House.  The House is a legislative body, and it has legislated.  The House has done its job.

In contrast, the Senate is a legislative body that has failed to do its job.  So far, the Senate has come up with lots of bad plans, but no votes.  The Senate plans that have cropped up in the last week — the McConnell-Reid “Just Borrow More” Plan, the Coburn Plan with its tax hikes, and the Gang-of-Six Plan with its tax hikes — have among them exactly zero votes, because the Senate has not voted on any of them.

Today, the Senate voted 51 to 46 to not even consider the House-passed Cut, Cap and Balance bill, even though two-thirds of Americans, according to the CNN Poll dated July 21, support such legislation.  The Obama Administration chimed in that, even if the Senate passed the bill, the President would veto it anyway.  Therefore, if, ten days from now, America fails temporarily to meet its obligations because the Treasury lacks sufficient money to pay them when due, the responsibility for that failure falls squarely upon President Obama and the Senate liberals, who let it happen because they wanted to raise taxes.  Conservatives have commendably pursued legislation to ensure that the government pays its most important obligations first when the Treasury has a shortage of money to pay all its bills, but even on that liberals have been no help.

President Obama and the Senate liberals may represent well that ever-shrinking tax-spend-and-borrow crowd of liberal special interests, but most of the American people want to cut government spending, cut the size and scope of government, and cut up and throw away the national credit card.

So far, only the House conservatives have acted responsibly.

A week is still plenty of time to pass legislation to get the spending-cut job done.  The time to put America on the path to driving down federal spending and borrowing, while preserving our ability to protect America, and without raising taxes, is now.

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