Sen. Warner’s Statement on Pres. Obama’s Budget

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    The following press release is from Mark Warner. I completely agree with him that “This problem cannot be solved simply by focusing on cuts to non-defense discretionary spending, which is only 12% of the budget.” So, how about we start by repealing the idiotic, unaffordable Bush tax cuts, at least for people making $250,000 a year (but probably for everyone), save ourselves $4 TRILLION over the next decade, then talk about cuts of various sorts.

    “The President’s budget shows a willingness to cut spending on programs he cares about. It also demonstrates there is only so much that can be achieved in a one-year budget when the problem is a significant, long-term structural imbalance in our country’s budget.

    “That’s why I am continuing to work with a bipartisan coalition of senators who are willing to step-up to tackle our budget deficit and debt challenges.  Every day that we delay making these tough choices, we add an average of $4 billion to the national debt.

    “This problem cannot be solved simply by focusing on cuts to non-defense discretionary spending, which is only 12% of the budget. Increased revenues and economic growth by themselves will not get us there, either. That’s why we must have a grown-up discussion about spending cuts, tax reform, and necessary changes to entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare.

    “This is the only way we will  put our nation back on a responsible fiscal path that allows us to be competitive as we move forward.”

    • totallynext

      He is parroting the Republican talking points

      And why don’t you have an ongoing feature on Blue Virginia running at the top – that puts the myths to SS solvency to bed.

    • Jim B

      Why do democrats and republicans keep repeating the SS lie. SS stands by itself. No money comes out of the budget for SS, it is fully funded at current level for years.

    • Jim B

      Raising the retirement age is just plain cruelty to those folks that work with their hands for a living. Coal miners will likely die of black lung before 65. I worked for an aerospace company and some of my fellow workers died before 65 possibly from handling some of the dangerous chemicals. There were safeguards, but nothing is completely safe.