It will be interesting to see what Republicans recommend as the debate goes forward. It's disingenuous to blame the President for the deficit. Obama inherited a $1.3 trillion dollar debt from the Bush Administration. It's not only Democrats who have trouble controlling spending. The national debt exploded during the Reagan administration and some economists claim he started this mess (I have read different opinions about this).

I don't think we will be able to get the deficit under control until we reign in spending on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the Military. Neither party has been willing to take on those beasts in a realistic way. There are a lot duplicate programs, as well as waste and fraud. I would love those issues to get some attention.

Janine Queenin
Democratic Party Editor