9 Big Issues Covered in the State Of The Union Address

February 13, 2013  |  

Sen. Tom Coburn, Republican from Oklahoma. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Taxes vs. Revenue

One of the hugest sticking points between the White House and Congress — one that could cause the massive spending cuts of the sequestration to go into effect on March 1 — is the deficit and how to solve it. Republicans are in favor of no new taxes (even lower ones if possible) and spending cuts. The President and Democrats think the nation’s wealthiest should pay more. The two sides have been at loggerheads for months over it. “We can’t keep conducting business by going from one manufactured crisis to the other,” the President said last night.

In the latest news, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said on Morning Joe today that he thinks the sequestration is going to happen because Congresspeople need to feel some pain before they take action. “I think the blame lies on everyone’s shoulders including the president’s. Then we’re going to start coming around and picking and choosing what’s important and eliminating what’s not of great value and what we can’t afford.”

Some Republicans have suggested that they would like to see the sequester happen. And NBC’s Chuck Todd said that, with 27 days between the sequester kicking in and the government running out of money, Congress could use the time as a “trial sequester.” But all indications are that this would be very, very bad.

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  • SMHgurl24

    how are we gonna pay for all of this?! Rasing taxes for the wealthy (which is extremely unfair btw) isn’t going to come close to the amount we need to pay. we should stop handing out money to other countries and use it to fund these programs but were not gonna do that because those places are more important then our own citizens.. Smh he just like the rest of them

  • Nope

    The most ridiculous one: women in combat. Only because where the hell were these advocates during the TWO wars over past 12+ years…..?….. oh that’s right, we were at war….. Convenient Rights at its finest.

  • IllyPhilly

    Damn, only one person with something to say on here? Betcha that damn Beyonce special is going to have 250 comments though.

  • FromUR2UB

    I hope he can get some of the cooperation needed to make these things happen. Republicans don’t know it, but they’re hoeing a tough row for themselves, further shrinking the number of people who share their ideology. Their efforts to hurt him will be to the detriment of themselves and the country. Talk about cutting off one’s own nose to spite the face.