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That's peel back a little of the process you have gone out today pre taped a few of the other Sunday shows and -- -- here on FOX News Sunday.
And you are apparently saying that the president has been a light out this week new plans to cut the deficit.
Tell us about.
While lay out his approach this.
We can terms of the scale -- reduction he thinks the country needs that we can grow economically when future.
And a balanced approach.
Obviously we need -- to look at all corners of government -- he said previously.
His health care law is a trillion dollars in debt production over the next two decades but we have to do more there.
We have to look at -- more spending here carefully as he said we have to use a scalpel not a machete.
And obviously -- this going to be one distaste for the congressional Republican plan that was announced this week.
That plan would give the average millionaire.
Over 200000 dollars in tax cuts.
But ask a lot more senior citizens it would double their health care cost 6000 dollars.
A year down the road cut education cut energy investments at a time of record gas prices so we're gonna have a big debate but what's clear on -- reduction like on anything in Washington.
If we're gonna make any progress to -- -- and education reform job creation debt reduction.
The parties -- gonna have to come together to find common ground and that's what happened this week just as it did in December.
When the parties came together with the president's leadership to cut taxes for everybody in America let me ask a couple of specifics will the president address entitlements which he did not noticed when he twelve budget specifically what to do about Medicare and Medicaid -- first on the -- -- budget.
That would be a trillion dollars -- -- over the next decade.
Lowest level of domestic spending since Dwight Eisenhower and he said in the state of the union that was just to start we're gonna have to do more so.
As I said we've already.
On health care over trillion hours.
Actually the congressional Republican plan actually see it preserves the Medicare spending so presents -- we have to do more he's in loyalists thoughts about -- on Social Security.
There wasn't anything really in the congressional Republican plan on with the president's gonna say is.
He does not think so security is a chief contributor to our didn't deficit situations throwing short term but.
As we're having these debates as -- looking at the federal budget and all these programs if there's a way to preserve Social Security.
Really strive to do that so I think there's going to be discussions about -- security in a way that doesn't slash benefits but specifically on the -- he's -- he is gonna address Medicare and -- yet.
And what about taxes is he gonna raise taxes well first of all his budget for this year says for upper income Americans.
He does believe that they need to contribute to the deficit reduction in this country listen there was congressional -- -- basically gone back to it rescinding the bush tax cuts for the for the -- But that's gonna pass -- -- -- in in it it didn't passively lame duck session and it isn't gonna pass in his house Republican well listen what's going to be clear.
Now -- -- say on this issue the congressional Republican plan for people over 250000 dollars in this country their plan is a trillion dollar tax cut so again.
The reason that you have to ask more seniors of the middle class of the -- cut things like education.
It because you're -- these huge tax cuts now listen speaker said this week on and on and speaker Boehner said in an interview.
That he's not to take revenues off the table.
There's bipartisan group of senators in the senate.
We're clearly they're talking about revenues so I think the the president's -- -- this has to be balanced approach and if we do that we can get that's reductions country.
It isn't this the fact that the president is going to now lay out.
Planet it's going to be a more drastic plan isn't -- a recognition.
That your strategy didn't work that the fact that you didn't have a plan for deficit reduction as you -- these negotiations.
Over the continuing resolution.
That that didn't work you were playing defense to the Republicans not at all.
If you look at this agreement and that the president.
Has been clear.
That we need serious debt reduction.
And and he's gonna -- and approach this week where if you look at the deal this week.
It preserve things that are important to the president's plan when the future education funding funding and medical research under renovation areas and that's going to be his approach going forward.
That in fact if we're going to make those investments and we have to win the future economically.
We're gonna have to live within our means to know and there's going to be a very important that the country's gonna have over the the coming weeks and months.
And I think what should be clear.
After this week and again back in December where we -- cut taxes dealt with things like nuclear weapons and Don't Ask Don't Tell.
Federal leaders can come together and that's what the American people really are screaming at the top of their -- for.
Act like adults try and find common ground move the country.
Let's go to the continuing resolution the deal that that you made.
The White House -- the senate and the house this week.
Let's look at some key points in the final -- -- make billions of dollars in -- to infrastructure and research and development.
Including high speed rail a ban on public funding.
Federal and local of abortions in Washington DC audits of Health Care Reform and financial regulation.
You're -- it'll offer.
Was for no cuts.
A clean CR but no cuts you ended up agreeing to 38 and a half billion dollars would you admit that was the biggest annual spending cut in the history of the country.
You end up.
Giving up a lot more than you got didn't Republicans -- up ending those stimulus spending surge.
And beginning to impose there -- agenda of shrinking the size of the government.
We we always were clear that we are gonna need to cut spending -- so the question really didn't offer any cuts in the beginning.
Well no it was clear as we did these big debates on this in terms of the CR we're gonna have to cut spending the president was eager to do that.
But -- -- -- -- what yes because there was lines he was gonna cross though meaning it's not just the number it's it's what goes into the number what are we cutting what are we preserve -- So the president feels comfortable that this deal preserves our ability to invest at the level we need to when things like research and development education.
There wasn't playing politics on issues like Planned Parenthood and in family planning.
But does cut spending measures whereas you have in your intro.
It's the biggest annual spending -- -- -- country's history I I I understand what went when the Republicans originally proposed.
-- cuts like this.
Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer we're calling it draconian and extreme and radical and he ended up agreeing to about two thirds of -- will Gagnon is hot on the number there -- some cuts and of the actual cuts that were radical and draconian or not in the final package.
So billions of dollars in cuts and infrastructure research and development for high speed rail well there there are some cuts and there's still a lot of investments the president said Friday night.
Any compromise and by the way.
Compromise is not a dirty work.
Even with a lot of your viewers should -- we're not gonna move forward on anything even a lot of our viewers what my point is I think that.
That most Americans believe.
There may be some in in -- base of the Republican Party and polls show this out the American people want compromise there's a slim majority that does not.
We're not -- -- move forward and anything together and divided government.
And -- we come together and try to find common ground and the good news is we did it this week on the budget and spending.
We did in December on taxes so I think it can be done and it's a pointless we're gonna have tough debates tough battles.
There's going to be some Dicey moments but it's clear that we can -- -- reduction.
-- energy economy we need to move for all that together here's what Robert Reich Clinton -- former secretary of labor sad about the deal he he tweeted us the -- and these caved in.
Endangering the recovery and strengthening the right wing bullies a tactical win for pres and strategic loss.
It went on to say rush went on to say that that that that.
The Republicans held the government hostage and Obama ended up paying most of the -- that's a victory.
It's a victory for the American people and listen in this town you know they don't -- capitals right behind us here.
A lot of people in both parties sometimes look at everything first to the -- of the political fight.
And president looks at issues on.
How we move the country before how can we win the future.
And so I think -- know.
You can't look at adoption of any spending cuts is somehow.
You know your -- Republican orthodoxy -- -- debt the president believes we need to -- cut spending.
And reduce the deficit it's how you do it and -- he said you can take a machete to the budget he's not gonna do that or you can take a scalpel.
Look at every program every line in the budget very carefully.
And make smart decisions to make sure we preserve the ability to invest.
Well still reducing the deficit it out.
You you -- -- -- active to just sort of introduce.
David plot to people who may not know you where the campaign manager in 2008 you now replace David Axelrod.
As the strategic advisor and a number of democratic and -- Democrats in congress complain.
That that you have been behind a strategic shift for the president after the 2010 election.
To to have him play the grown opt to not be joined at the hip to congressional Democrats.
And not to be pushing their interest and -- site.
Remarks like this by the president this way.
You want -- to act like adults.
Quit playing games realize that it's not just my way or the highway.
At the -- and that's is only partly the point that Robert Reich was also making as that you are more focused on how on positioning the president.
And that's kind of what you're doing today as above the Friday.
It came out here the Republicans hear the Democrats the president's above the -- -- -- -- -- thank into the 2012 election.
It's not about positioning this as a reality of his approach and listen it's consistent if you look at the president's campaign last -- -- he's spoken.
Almost every day.
About the need for us to get serious.
Act like adults.
Try and find common ground so I think the president is trying to make the right decisions for the American people.
And I think that was his approach as -- -- by the way I think -- public comments this week we're very important.
As you in the media started to focus on what -- -- would mean not just the politics -- The impact it would have -- economy and people in this country.
President was saying let's get serious about this we ought to be able to bridge the divide here and I think that was an important contribution -- this.
So and again I think that lot of congressional Democrats think -- kind of on the not to drive.
Well I would say if you look at the final package I couldn't disagree more.
I think that the president's been clear we need to reduce spending that's what we do in this but we do and a smart.
And we do and what now -- he said Friday night there's of course some things in there.
That in other circumstances he wouldn't of agreed to.
That's gonna happen in any negotiation but we preserve the things that are really important to us community health centers.
-- head start for kids.
Those were all on the chopping block and through the president's leadership we preserves our the next battle is about the next immediate battle is about raising the debt limit which is gonna come sometime in the next couple of months.
Here's what speaker John Boehner said about that -- There's no plan to -- well well look for the -- the replacement.
This button will not be an increase in the -- without something really really big attached to a.
-- really big -- would which raises the question when the president comes out with his new plan this week.
Is the thought that you're gonna be able to try to make a deal as part of the agreement to raise the -- -- Well first of all we -- we should not be playing brinksmanship with the full faith and credit United States speaker Boehner in January.
Said if we default on the debt limit it would be a fiscal disaster the United States and world economy.
I think you're next guest majority leader -- -- also spoken so so all the leaders in Washington have said clearly.
We're not gonna default on the debt -- we can't do that.
So it would be the fiscal crisis we went in 2000 in 2009 many believe if we default on the debt limit interest rates skyrocket.
It would -- job creation of the -- so so the point it's -- but let me just have to speak about what an -- Golan.
Here's the argument against what you just -- let me put this on this -- America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership Americans deserve better I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt -- but let's -- senator Barack Obama -- in 2006 when he voted.
Against increasing the -- and he believes that vote was a mistake I think as we deal with this issue.
It's clear we cannot.
Put the economy we are growing now lowest on point that the biggest drop in four month unemployment since 1984 when President Reagan was an office.
One point three million jobs jobs over the last thirteen months that -- all be put at risk so that it should be clear I think you know the congressional plan came out last week.
The president's gonna put his ideas out this week there's a group of bipartisan senators working on some -- reduction ideas.
There we're gonna engaged in a serious debate about this and my hope is it will be clear to everybody in America most importantly.
But members of party here in congress that we can achieve debt reduction so we don't disagree that we cannot continue on this fiscal path and the president's gonna.
Make clear as he has previously but again this week that we can't do that so I think that we can make progress on debt reduction but.
The debt limit obviously is something that there needs to and will be passed.
That is not inconsistent.
A process and a belief that we have to get significant judgment we've only got thirty seconds left hand you've got a deal on these big issues trillions of dollars not billions of dollars as part of the agreement to raise the debt on.
Why -- it's going to be part of agreement there's details will be worked out not my point is.
Cutting spending shouldn't be relying on the that when it's something we have to do the good news for America is leaders in both parties the president.
Believes that we have to have significant that's -- reduction.
So the intent is there and I think what America's gonna demand is our leaders come together and it's going to be a tough issue there's no doubt -- big debates.
But can we find common ground to reduce deaths and when it still allows us to invest in things American when the future and the answer is.
In terms of that up.
Of whether we can come to get at whether you can come together I think this week shows the effort to cut taxes in December it shows that we can and I would argue that we must.
That blocked IQ thanks for coming in today always pleasant topic mr.
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