Viewpoints: Corker pushed bipartisan task force to fight debt

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 12:57am

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, Tuesday voted to create a bipartisan task force to address America’s skyrocketing national debt, which is $12.3 trillion and rising. But the amendment failed by a vote of 53-46. (60 votes were required for passage.)

The Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action Act, introduced by Senators Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), and Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), would establish an 18-member task force to develop and vote on a series of recommendations to correct the federal government’s fiscal imbalances.

Corker was surprised that the act did not have broader support.

“I don’t see how anyone could be opposed to a statutory commission, established by Republicans and Democrats, to create a road map for dealing with America’s unsustainable entitlement spending,” he said. “With our country having racked up more than $12.3 trillion in debt and Medicare and Social Security rapidly approaching insolvency, our future prosperity as a nation literally hangs in the balance. Lacking any construct for fiscal discipline, Congress has repeatedly failed to address the coming fiscal calamity for political reasons, leaving us at point where we cannot wait any longer to act.

“We shouldn’t let politics keep us from making tough decisions that will put this country on solid footing,” Corker continued. “If the task force’s recommendations are not good, vote against them. But let’s put a process in place to make sure seniors continue to have Medicare and Social Security and young people in this country aren’t burdened with huge amounts of debt because we lack the courage to fulfill our responsibilities to the American people.

“I cannot support increasing the debt limit any further without a guarantee that Congress will make an honest attempt this year to restore fiscal discipline.”

(From a press release issued by Sen. Corker’s office on Tuesday.)


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150 Comments on this post:

By: dooley on 1/27/10 at 2:59

If the CP has quit letters then I quit the City Paper . I had rather read reader opinions than columists . That's where the truth is to be found. f this is the case hen i will stick with the Tennessean and USA Today .

By: bfra on 1/27/10 at 3:25

And I will follow! This off again, on again agenda is showing lack of experience, in some dept.. Also have noticed, alot of the columns are the day before repeats. There is enough news in and around Nashville for an completely updated paper every day.

By: bfra on 1/27/10 at 3:57

Need to change that "an" to "a" before completely!

By: dooley on 1/27/10 at 4:09

Not necessary bfra I didn't correct mine .

By: bfra on 1/27/10 at 4:15

Wanted to change it before the typo police woke up! (G)

By: dargent7 on 1/27/10 at 5:48

The Typo Police, like Drs., play golf on Weds.
"Vinnie T." responded on Monday saying the "Letters" was nothing more than a chat room. So, what?
What effort is there for someone to type a simple LTE? Or import the thing, typo's, poor grammer, misspellings, and all?
This format TCP uses is the most basic. Compared to DISCUS which a lot of papers use or the one The Tennessean uses. Oh, well.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 6:05

The previously undefeated & #1 ranked Kentucky basketball team received a congratulatory phone call from the president recently. Last night they lost to South Carolina. Coincidence? I think not. It's all Obama's fault...

By: Loner on 1/27/10 at 6:15

Good morning, Nashville!

First, the Corker letter. Sen. Corker, the Caucasian beneficiary of the GOP dirty election tricks squad, is suddenly a fiscal conservative. Corker sez he wants to "create a road map for dealing with America’s unsustainable entitlement spending". No mention. of course, of the out of control military spending, enormous bank and insurance company bailouts, or wasted foreign aid etc. It's the social welfare programs that the GOP "road map" is designed to curtail.

Road maps have failed wherever they are proposed; the Israeli-Palesiinian "roadmap to peace" dates back to the Clinton years and nobody is going anywhere with that. It's not that these maps don't offer a plan, it's that the plan is ususally fatally flawed from the outset and therefore doomed to failure.

Wth lobbyists controling every federal lawmaker and campaign finance reform set back by the recent SCOTUS decision, we Americans should get used to the fact that this nation is headed for absolute bankruptcy and geopolitical irrelevancy. The union of American states may well break apart under the titanic strain and stresses that are on the horizon.

As for the NCP. Let's all send in an LTE or two. If we want to save this posting community, we should all get to work and send something in.

By: dargent7 on 1/27/10 at 6:38

Loner: Tell me you were hopefully never a waiter.
When asked, "What's the daily special?", you'd take to the podium and recite the Gettysburg Address as a preamble....just kidding.
As "Vinnie T." said, "it's just a chat room" and by that, I think he was implying he was going to end it. Seems he already did.

By: Loner on 1/27/10 at 6:45

So, let's keep on chattin'

Chattin' my blues away....

Gotta run for now, later.

PS: I was never a waiter, too freakin' ugly.

By: Funditto on 1/27/10 at 6:48

Maybe they had no letters to publish? Sally needs to post another. A woman's point of view is always so refreshing and profound, right?

By: dargent7 on 1/27/10 at 6:48

Pain: My parents live in Hilton Head, SC. I'm quite sure they had something to do with it.

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 7:53

I don't care if they print LTE's or not, this is entertainment.

"With the lights's just we are now, entertain us..."

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 7:54

Morning all - D7 you still here?

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 7:59

Which green do they live on, d7?

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 8:00

House - Hurricane Tilly :)

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 8:04

Dusty, Jennifer or Meg?

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 8:05

Re corky's press release - He's surprised that neither D's or R's want limits on their pig trough? Who's he kidding?

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 8:11

House - Joyce definitely - Hurricanes are definitely female

By: dargent7 on 1/27/10 at 8:14

For the record, "Dooley" and myself have 10 LTE's in the hopper waiting for publication. Why TCP stopped was probably due to borderline incest. Aside from Zizza's blubbering all over Taylor Swift bringing pedophile charges, they just gave it up.
Parents live in Sun City, SC now.

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 8:16

d7 - do lte's have to be mailed or can I do it online somehow?

By: slacker on 1/27/10 at 8:28

Looks like VinnyT is gonna ''whack'' the LTE's.
We sleep with the fishes.
Arrivederci all.

By: dargent7 on 1/27/10 at 8:28

D-U: I know you asked this last week: e-mail them to:
They swithched over to "editor" from "letters" about 6 months ago.
I'd cc: it to The Tennessean paper:

I think TCP is pulling the plug in their "letters" section out of ED, shrunken testicles, COPD, or just plain spite.

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 8:31

d7 - Lord! You mean we'll have to move over to TOP with all those (other) crazies?

By: Loner on 1/27/10 at 8:31

I'm at the Java Junction in historic Brockport, New York. Many of the villages in this area end with a "-port" e.g. Brockport, Spencerport, Lockport, Gasport, Middleport and yes, even Weedsport. These towns are located on the Erie Canal.

Woody, the guy who did the "Fossil Metal" video is here. I told him that imprtant people in Nashville are aware of his talents. He is going to add more music at the end of the video.

He's looking over my shoulder, anybody want to say howdy to Woody Nicholson?

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 8:33

Fuhgetaboutit, slacker. I talked to my Italian friend, Sonny "Two D*cks", and he's checking into the matter personally.

By: slacker on 1/27/10 at 8:34

Loner, give Woody my regards.
Loved his father in ''One Flew Over The Cucoo's Nest''.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 8:35

Howdy, Woody.

By: slacker on 1/27/10 at 8:36

pain, just in case, I'm leaving you my gold chain, and pinkie ring.

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 8:36

Loner - Have a cup for me - Video's about the old fossils that listen to metal sounds interesting :)

By: Loner on 1/27/10 at 8:51

Dusty, I posted the following URL yesterday. It links to a site operated by Woody Nicholson. He put together a YouTube video featuring old Loner entitled "Fossil Metal". It was an impromptu, extemporaneous improvisational thing. Woody and I played together in the Loners, a cowboy blues band.

Woody read the greetings, he's says, "stay tuned for part 2.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 8:52

good morning, all.

By: dargent7 on 1/27/10 at 8:56

D-U: The only certified insane persons over at Tennessean is "ed179" and "stop thelunacy". They hate Al Gore, all Democrats, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, national health care, and our own "dooley". I once told them, "but 45,000 Americans die a year, 1,000 each week, because of no health insurance"....their comeback, "You exaggerate, it's only 900".

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 8:56

Banker's hours today, Blanket?
Loner, if you & Woody shoot the next one in Nashville, maybe Tony Zizza could get Taylor Swift to appear in the video.

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 9:05

d7 - considering some of the posts on your last lte are you sure about that? :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 9:05

i wish, house.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 9:10

I got lucky this boss went to Phizer yesterday, and won't be back until tomorrow. I'm taking full advantage of the situation. I'll be posting from home(again) shortly. Life is hard...

By: Loner on 1/27/10 at 9:13

That's a thought, House. Torch-bearing Tony has influence with the sweet and swooning could happen.

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 9:26

Good morning everyone! Welcome, Woody. How are things in the cold north today?

Taylor Swift did a video at the school my son goes to a couple years ago...not that that is important...

I thought the new guy was someone coming from Louisville? Is that Vinny T? I was thinking his (new guy) name was John for some reason. Let's all submit letters here and see if we can keep things going.

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 9:26

Dusty, glad to see you're back today. How was your date with Sid yesterday? I'm sure you had a great time! LOL

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 9:28

Hi mama - my grandson said you asked about me yesterday - thanks for your concern

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 9:28

House, I'm a little bit jealous!

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 9:30

Yep, dusty, just wanted to be sure you were okay. Glad you're back today. How was your blood sugar this morning?

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 9:30

Mama - spent last 2 days in St Thomas undergoing tests :(

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 9:34

Hope everything goes well for you, Dusty. I'll remember you in my prayers.

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 9:37

mama - don't want to go negative but should probably explain :(
8 years ago the cleveland clinic evaluated me for a experimental blowout patch for my weak heart wall but decided there was almost no chance of me surviving the surgery.
Now I'm being evaluated for a new procedure where they replace the weak wall altogether. :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 9:38

Bummer, Dusty. hope the tests come out okay.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 9:39

house, i am so jealous. what flavor of beer for this afternoon?

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 9:39

thanks blanket - me too :)

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 9:51

Wow, Dusty--I hope things work out well for you!