Compromise 1...Budget

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    If Republicans offered to cut Defense by 10%, would Democrats agree to cut all entitlement spending by the same amount?
     
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    I am not a Democrat, but I would support 10% cuts across the board, as long as NO programs were left out of the cuts.
     
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    Does entitlement spending include:

    Farm subsidies
    Corporate tax incentives
    Veterans benefits
    Social Security
    Capital gains
     
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    I will not even cut the amount of retirement benefits. Just increase it proportionally to the increase in life expectancy. Heck, half as much.

    Certainly the baby boomers are as tough as those who retired in the 40's, right?
     
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    Capital gains isn't entitlement spending. SS, medicare, welfare, medicaid, are entitlement spending. But to answer your question, specifically veterans, I would focus more on defense contracting waste. There's plenty of it. We could cut 10 percent out and still have the most advanced military in the world. I would not cut veterans benefits, even though they get crappy service.

    End SS. All seniors continue to receive what they put in. The rest of us receive a lump sum x amount of dollars depending on the amount we have put in. Yeah, farm subsidies need to be cut along with corporate welfare ie the fed continuously bailing out banking, financial institutions.
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    Farm subsidies yes.

    Corperate tax incentives aren't spending,

    Veterans benefits only as far as wasteful spending...they are an employment benefit, not an entitlement. Unless you'd like to put ALL government retirement plans on the table?

    The same with SS...wasteful spending should be cut.

    Capital gains are also not spending.
     
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    Again no.

    Nobody wants anything cut.

    Defense spending needs to be cut by 25%.

    Entitlements can be cut by a lot more if we put some necessary reforms in.

    Social security reform won't get through but it's necessary. It should be privatized.

    I wonder how many compromises it's going to take to end this silly drug war and close the bases we have in nations that haven't seen war in decades.
     
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    There's only two ways to cut entitlement spending....either depress benefits or raise the qualifications for eligibility. I have enough hungry families here already. There must be an extension of unemployment benefits out past 99 weeks....unemployment among blacks generally is above 16% with older people, teens, women and disabled people virtually unemployable.

    Cut DOD's budget by 25% without appearing to so -- just create a substantial whistleblower reward and allow private attorneys to sue contractors etc. for fraud on the taxpayer. Exempt the "black box" budget and not only will fraud diminish, quality will improve...no more/far fewer soldiers dying beneath shitty kevlar vests.

    And while we're slashing the budget, how's about we eliminate some goddamned corporate welfare? Close a few stupid and useless government agencies?

    It does not take brains to shrink the budget....it takes willpower. Someone has to be willing to take on Big Agriculture, etc. and more'n a few need to be willing to fall on the swords of their political careers.
     
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    There is no adult debate about cutting spending with folks who want to extend the Bush tax cuts. As they clearly have no interest in cutting the deficit.
     

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