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CSPC Applauds Bold Proposal Put Forth By President Obama’s National Commission For Fiscal Responsibility And Reform

December 9, 2010

Although the official commission’s proposal did not garner the 14 votes needed to move it to Congress for a vote, it did draw support from 11 of its members.  If Congress voted on the proposal in the same proportion, the measure would pass with a supermajority.

The reports’ preamble offers a stirring assessment of where our nation finds itself:

“After all the talk about debt and deficits, it is long past time for America’s leaders to put up or shut up. The era of debt denial is over, and there can be no turning back. We sign our names to this plan because we love our children, our grandchildren, and our country too much not to act while we still have the chance to secure a better future for all our fellow citizens.”

CSPC especially recognizes the courage of members like Senators Tom Coburn and Mike Crapo, who could have easily voted against the measure in order to deal a political defeat to the President, but instead voted for it. Equally, admirable was the yes vote of Senator Richard Durbin, who could have followed other ideologically liberal commission members in voting no. 

It is our hope that these recommendations as well as others from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force and the Peterson-Pew Commission report will push Congress to take swift, appropriate action to save our country’s fiscal future.  CSPC has been proud to support such action since the early Congressional efforts to establish a fiscal commission by legislators Congressmen Frank Wolf and Jim Cooper and Commission members Senators Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg.

No plan is perfect. Some on the right have criticized the President’s Commission report for not questioning the amount of things government does instead of the amount it spends doing them, and revenue increases were a non-starter for many conservative commentators. Some on the left objected to the entitlement cuts on the grounds that they were unnecessary and that the budget could be balanced by taking more from the wealthy, eliminating subsidies and cutting defense spending.   

But that’s the nature of compromise, as well as the bitter pill we have to swallow as a country after years of irresponsible policies on the spending and revenue sides of the budget. We can no longer solve this problem the way any of individually might ideally like to solve it. The Commission members that heeded the call to put their country before ideology realized that they couldn’t withhold their vote in the hopes of a comprehensive budget reform proposal free of any elements that they opposed. They deserve our thanks and admiration.

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 8, 2011 1:20 am

    Hello. As a former student of American politics who still tries to follow what’s going on in your country, I’d like your opinions on the anti-Obama birther movement. Do they have any credibility?



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