White House: 'Deficit reduction not a worthy goal'
Evidence of disconnect in Washington?
- Duration 4:58
- Date Jan 11, 2013
Evidence of disconnect in Washington?
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All right our little more than a week you have to the president -- that the nation apparently didn't have a spending problem.
We get this from his white house Press Secretary.
Deficit reduction is not a goal were illegal unto itself.
-- television says that's the problem that's the whole problem right there Kate and me is actually made.
Well I think of that amazing me all -- this -- what's been going on all along wet and made Disney is that Republicans.
Continue to be flabbergasted.
That the president has no intention whatsoever of talking about deficit reduction.
Or containing spending or any sort of reasonable budgeting the senate may be passing a budget.
-- this president's goal and that on his Press Secretary and his to me Treasury Secretary.
Is fundamental transformation that's what the misunderstanding here as we think that every president wants a legacy of budgetary.
Unseen and a teen -- wants to leave the country in a better fiscal position and the one in which he founded this president wants to fundamentally transform the United States of America he sent that over four years to get everything he's done.
Has been in that direction and yet Republicans.
Dropped their hands and there as Paul Ryan said -- shocked at how partisan.
This president is this president is partisan he's gonna continue.
Did bill looked fine -- Republicans every time they pushed back and suggest that we have a little sanity here is gonna say that they only care about the mega wealthy.
-- You know I don't think it would explain even if you -- to do is -- stepped back from this it would explain a posture.
That presented agreement like we got on the -- -- that was you know what whatever was forty plus 21.
Tax hikes over spending cuts because they didn't see the need for spending -- at -- and furthermore they didn't see the need to address the underlying.
Our problems with the entitlements when so many blocks of Democrats.
Ultimately decided don't touch -- in this deal don't touch it and now we're getting word from a group of key democratic senators meeting with the president.
That when it comes that is debt ceiling thing -- -- power -- supporting them and not.
Since his raise this -- yourself.
So that yeah -- you can find creative loops around the debt ceiling that's without addressing the underlying spending.
That led to that -- it it does it.
Explain a lot.
Yet -- hairy aunts and Harry Reid today and other senate leaders when they said.
We will not allow the Republicans to hold back country hot stage.
By -- considering unbalanced.
Approach is unbalanced apprentice didn't we just see a massively.
Unbalanced approach after the president promised that it would be balanced these promises mean nothing -- it's time for the Republicans.
To realize this president this playing hard ball.
Well they're afraid that fit this captivating you know sort -- humble with the did did the deal they got and then they didn't want to look like obstructionists.
The -- Democrats are telling them they got from the election is.
We were vindicated.
More taxes not more spending cuts I I I think I would agree so partisans say the president god.
The support of Americans to -- my taxes on the rich.
I don't subscribe to that -- I don't support that view.
Then let's see he probably want on that basis but but he did not win on any basis to just -- -- and you know.
Right lucky -- Republicans did win a majority in the House of Representatives and you're gonna say that republic that that president had a mandate which 50% plus says.
Hardly a mandate.
The Republicans in congress ought to ask something -- a responsibility to get a mandate -- yeah I think that they didn't came out in June and may be because I had to do but come.
They're so frightens meal they don't understand the -- -- Obama at turning that into literally do any of the American people the poorly billion dollars today Kate that's about a block and I am now it's time they get back -- this is ridiculous -- towering and what they don't realize.
Is that they should be more scared.
-- being primary and losing their seat because neither way when they -- -- -- more conservative Republican or to a Democrat they're gonna Elizabeth -- -- standout.
But us a little unconcerned about the fact that we are headed at breakneck pace towards -- and that's what they really need to be afraid but they're -- I was scared.
Of the blame game plan being -- Being and perpetrated the big -- -- I don't know well I think -- -- it's bizarre it is are we need to get one of those bills lose out needles like a long.
It's time some courage and principle -- -- faced down these attacks all right Kate thank you very much you know they head island -- left or right it is certainly I'm not.
I know the money going to and I know -- -- -- out as a lot more money gone out and you can't solve it with just a lot more tax what again and again you got.
You gotta Tressel spent money you know gone out and I'm doing.
And I do mineral.