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Knowing those -- -- federal spending but he says serious cuts need to be made it right now Republican senator John Thune of South Dakota joins us live this is -- -- and I seen him.
President talked about spending cuts.
-- -- Well it's kind of late in the game I think it's like you know closing the barn door after the -- already out.
Did the president in the last two years has increased spending -- -- -- national security didn't.
Not national security discretionary spending accounts by 21%.
So now all of a sudden proposing a phrase seems like a little bit too much to -- myself.
I think he's looked at the economy we haven't gotten jobs I think he saw the election in November so do you give him credit for sort of you know retooling this thinking what should be done necessary to the Steward of the government.
It's I think it's a movement right direction I mean obviously is going to be a big debate about this is going to be a vote on a continuing resolution coming -- march 4 march 4 is going to be a vote on the debt limit.
Coming up sometime in probably April timeframe.
And -- will present a great opportunity for us to have a debate about spending and about debt which are both issues that we would like to talk about.
And I think that you'll see an effort by particularly the house Republicans to go.
Deeper go back to the 2008 levels as opposed to freezing spending the levels they are today which as I said in -- -- -- -- These dramatic increases in spending we've seen in the last few years.
These big spending cuts he discussed tonight I those site real.
I realize -- any spending cuts gonna hurt but -- those spending necessarily get us ahead of the game.
Or is that just sort of win the precedent we know -- these serious spending cuts eleven and dramatic impact on our deficit and our debt.
It's insane what he proposed was a freeze in spending for five years but remember last year -- propose a three year freeze spending which we never saw.
And there are a lot of things in the speech tonight that -- similar things that he made in his speech that he said in a speech a year ago he talked about free trade agreement Korea's.
Colombia Panama on how we need to get those trade -- -- I -- that I went back and read a speech from last year and I saw three years -- -- the trade agreements.
Why didn't those things happen well I think part of it is.
It takes presidential leadership and I we always said that you know don't don't judge people by what they say judgment what they do I think president.
Says a lot of the right things and rhetorically -- -- and it sounds good sounding good tonight things instead that the the real proof is.
Does -- follow through and will there be action to support the rhetoric.
That's and respect what you that you are here and I was in a game -- -- -- but the I'm impatient in the sense that we've heard so many speeches over the years not just -- this present but the preceding presidents about you know what's gonna happen and things are gonna have win.
The President Clinton -- the end of the of the end of big government well that didn't happen you know we've been told so many stories and -- all sit together tonight that looks so nice and -- we have some fun with vanity.
But the fact is we don't see -- civility you know we need a product to -- the American people want.
We want our economy working jobs and we'd like to see be civil to each other not just have a date night.
I think people are understandably impatient they're frustrated.
And they should be because they've heard all the promises out of Washington yet to see the results of the action and that simply the point that we're making his.
The president gives a great speech as he did tonight period as he gets -- -- articulates his his message well.
But at the end of the day do any of the things he actually proposes and those speeches -- up coming to fruition and as the case in last year's speech we haven't seen that.
A Woolsey in this your speech maybe it's a different time and a different -- war.
Serious about it but it seems to -- of a lot of the things that he proposals out there are gonna require presidential leadership.
And he kind of -- to the congress and you know on tax reform talked about strengthening Social Security talked about entitlement reform talked about regulatory reform talked about.
As we said trade agreements all of which are things that have been previous speeches but he's got to step forward in providing leadership to make some of these things happen.
And I take it that you help but on tax reform.
And dealing with illegal immigrant wherever that might be that -- -- done.
God willing to help up.
He says some things that we we would help them on border enforcement and -- obviously would help -- tax reform would help on the trade deals.
And he was serious about spending we would certainly like to work with them on but we would you know time will tell and if previous history is any indication.
There's a big big gap between rhetoric and results of between what he says when he does it -- Steelers.
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