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Monday, May 28, 2012

Alan Simpson Jabs At Rock For Brains Politicians

In easy to understand terms, former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) on Sunday took some indirect shots at members of his party for their unyielding opposition to new tax revenues and their inability to compromise. The most notable partisans among these at both the state and national levels would have to be Wisconsin's contemptible Scott Walker and his borg-like clone, the ever-poisonous Paul Ryan.

TPM Excerpt: “If you want to be a purist, go somewhere on a mountaintop and praise the East or something. But if you want to be in politics, you learn to compromise. And you learn to compromise on the issue without compromising yourself. Show me a guy who won’t compromise and I’ll show you a guy with rock for brains.”

That's not going to go over with the Tea Party's Anders Breivik fans too well.

But one item that I continue to find very troubling from Democrats is their apparent willingness to offer cutting funded "entitlement" outlays as part of a balanced deal when the big three programs, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have solid support from the American people. How cutting those valuable programs in exchange for closing loop holes on those who can most afford as a fair compromise doesn't square with me at all.

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