There’s an article in today’s Politico about how Senators Saxby Chambliss and Mark Warner are trying to come together in a bipartisan fashion and wrangle the bloated federal budget:
“If we put this off, we are approaching financial Armageddon,” Warner said. “We don’t need another study, we need to start.”
Though there is no way to eliminate the country’s $14 trillion debt in a single shot, the Obama administration and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle must come together, the senators said. Their event in Richmond was the first of at least two town halls – the other scheduled for next month in Atlanta – aimed at generating public support for the politically risky step of proposing substantial reductions in spending on entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare.
“For a Republican to put revenues on the table is significant. For a Democrat to put entitlements on the table is significant,” Chambliss said. “The only way we’re going to solve this problem is to have a dialogue about all these issues, because there is no silver bullet.”
The fact is that the Senate is still controlled by the Democrats, so the Republicans will have to stand strong on principles but work with the Democrats if we’re to get anything accomplished. We must cut government spending, and I hope we can resist the urge to raise taxes. I’m interested to see what comes out of this.
Once we get word about when the town hall in Atlanta will be, we’ll pass that information along so you can air thoughts about the plan to your Senator.