Viewpoints: Corker pushed bipartisan task force to fight debt

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:57pm

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: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 10:52

Nut Brown Ale-Newcastle style!

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 10:55

Okay, I'm back...at home, that is. I'm going with Dos Perros today.
Gotta support the local product.

By: brrrrk on 1/27/10 at 10:55

Well, well, well..... Senator Corker's a real "chatty Kathy" when it comes to cutting funds to programs that are, in a lot of cases, the only financial support that some people have..... but try to get a comment out of his office on the recent supreme court decision on unlimited corporate spending on campaigns, or a comment on his support of corporate rights over the rights of rape victims... then it's "mum's the word".

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 10:56

Thanks mama - yeah I'M a brown ale fan too or a nice pint of Scottish bitters :)
They said if they can give me at least a 50/50 chance they'll medivac me to Cleveland for the operation :)

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 10:58

morning brrr - welcome back house :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 11:08

house, supporting local business one pint at a time! although i do like the Newcastle nut brown ale!

Dusty, when will you find out?

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

Blanket - not sure - sometimes doctors are worse than bureaucrats at making decisions :)

By: bfra on 1/27/10 at 11:18

Loner - Good video and Hi! to you & Woody. Hated the Jets lost and still upset over that late hit on Sanchez, the officials did not see (S) or chose to ignore. That will make me a Saints fan for the Super Bowl.

Some here will disagree with me, but IMO this paper has gone down ever since Brewer left. The comment they used yesterday was good and covered a complaint a lot of TV viewers have about how the weather is reported (guessed at).

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 11:20

it would be nice if they'd do some investigative reporting or something with more "meat" to it.

Mama, have you ever gone to a Zumba class?

By: Funditto on 1/27/10 at 11:20

Dusty: why the Cleveland Clinic? Just curious...

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

Fundi - they are the leaders in experimental heart surgery techniques - generally after they perfect the techniques other hospitals follow - and what they are talking about trying on me has never been attempted before :)

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 11:33

bfra - weather reporting is the only job I know of where you can be wrong most of the time and everybody still thinks you are doing a good job :)

By: pswindle on 1/27/10 at 11:34

Please don't guote Corker. What a joke, he is.

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 11:36

psw - you mean you don't just LUV corky? :)

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 11:38

Mama - what did you do with capt? Where is he today?

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 11:50

brrrrk, you can come to our SB party...we're hoping to see Peyton's patented "frowny face", too.

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 12:03

Blanket, no I haven't but I have thought about it. There is a place over here (Hooprama) that, I think, has Zumba. I know they have lots of other stuff and there is also a place somewhere nearby that does Hot Yoga. I used to love to do Yoga but I was much smaller and more agile than I am now! You?

Dusty, I'm not sure where Capt is today. I hope he's okay though!

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 12:08

What's all this talk of Zobomafoo & Hot Yogurt?

By: brrrrk on 1/27/10 at 12:12

So, the question of the day is.... Is a person who would resort to wrongfully entering the offices of a public official, belonging to the federal government, for the purpose of wiretapping said public official, a person that is credible?

Sounds to me like the infamous Acorn taper James O'Keefe, will be extending his acting role from pimp to bottom bunk buddy to a guy named "Bubba" in the Federal Pen.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 12:13

I found out that CBS has cleared the way to subject nearly 100 million people to Focus on the Family's extreme agenda by agreeing to air its new pro-life ad during the Super Bowl.

Focus on the Family has an unmistakable anti-choice, anti-birth-control, anti-sex-education, anti-gay agenda. If that isn't bad enough, its views on women are just plain insulting and dangerous. For example, its web site urges women facing an unintended pregnancy to seek "wise advice" because "the hormones and extreme emotions of pregnancy make reasonable decisions more difficult." Yeah, there is no way you can make this up.

We can't just sit by while CBS lets Focus on the Family place a political ad during the Super Bowl, when millions of people are watching ads.

CBS still has time to change course. Urge CBS to drop Focus on the Family's ad by adding your name to NARAL Pro-Choice America's petition - http://bit.ly/9BERW2.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 12:15

i saw that on the Today show this morning, brrrk. he's doing it in the name of "stopping corruption" which SOUNDS good, if he's "stopping corruption" on both ends.

By: brrrrk on 1/27/10 at 12:18

Blanketnazi2 said

"i saw that on the Today show this morning, brrrk. he's doing it in the name of 'stopping corruption' which SOUNDS good, if he's 'stopping corruption' on both ends."

That's pretty funny.... but to me this is just another fine example of the GOP SOP.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 12:23

My name is on that petition now. Thanks for the info.

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 12:24

Blanket, I saw last night where CBS has agreed to also run submissions from other groups as well. Thanks for the link, though and I will still add my name.

Zumba, Roomba, Scooba-dooba doomba!

By: brrrrk on 1/27/10 at 12:30

From my perspective this thing with O'Keefe will only serve to highlight the hypocrisy from the right.

When O'Keefe initially came out with his Acorn video, Acorn came out saying that O'Keefe had been kicked out of a lot of their offices because they knew he was bogus.. one woman in the tape said later that she only went along with it because she assumed it was some kind of joke. But of course these people weren't credible.

Now we find out that O'Keefe (who by the way is the son of a DA) is the kind of person who has no qualm in breaking the law to serve his agenda. And HE'S the credible one?

Make no mistake, the GOP will rally around O'Keefe... and still claim to be the "law in order" party.

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 12:43

Gee, thanks CBS for politcizing the Super Bowl. Morons.

I can't wait for the day the regular networks go away.

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 12:46

I signed the petition as Lorenzo De Medici.

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 12:52

Bonnaroo line up to be announced next week, per Lightning 100.

By: brrrrk on 1/27/10 at 12:54

Murray Hill Incorporated is Running for Congress!

http://murrayhillweb.com/index.html

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 12:55

Mama, have you been to Bonnaroo? I haven't....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 12:56

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 11:24
Blanket, I saw last night where CBS has agreed to also run submissions from other groups as well.

Well, that's good to know but I really wish they'd leave the political ads out of the Super Bowl.

By: bfra on 1/27/10 at 12:58

house - I always call him Peyton pouty long face. Yours is a good description too. Usually looks like he is about to cry.

Blanket - I also signed the petition.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 1:07

A teacher was arrested today at JFK Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule and a calculator. He is believed to be a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 1:09

"Al-Gebra is a problem for us," the Attorney General said. "They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values." They use secret code names like 'X' and 'Y' and refer to themselves as "unknowns", but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 1:15

He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 1:16

Ha!

By: brrrrk on 1/27/10 at 1:17

Blanketnazi2 said

"He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction."

Booo... I'm sorry, that story just doesn't add up... :-)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 1:20

lol, brrrk!

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 1:22

I'm sorry, I don't understand...I'm American...what's math?

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 1:25

Forget teaching kids math. Just show them how to use the calculator on their laptops.
I think I may have just solved the Metro school budget problem...

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

Back in my day we used an abacus...and we liked it!!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 1:28

State of the Union Drinking Game

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/26/state-of-the-union-drinki_n_436932.html

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 1:28

back in the day, g? i still have one on my desk! we cut budgets last year.....

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 1:33

LOL Blanket! As to Bonnaroo, no, haven't been and frankly, don't think I could handle the crowd there. It always seems to rain too, and mud is not my cup of tea! I just like to see who's going to be there and think, "Is it worth it for me to see ____?" Usually, it isn't! LOL

Also, agree with you about the whole CBS crap.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 1:35

I've not been to Bonnaroo for exactly the same reasons. Sounds good but too much of a bother. I don't do crowds.

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 1:36

Nowdays, the kids have to have TI-84 or 85 calculators to do the math at school and those things aren't cheap!!!

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 1:38

I'm gonna buy my kid a Terminator when she starts school.

By: sidneyames on 1/27/10 at 1:47

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

Mama, thanks for the sentiment. I was in Memphis and West TN since Sunday; Dusty and I met at The Peabody; we had a lovely time, thank you. Please don't tell my husband. I'd hate to lose him just cause I "fooled around with Dusty".

Hey Dusty.

Also, I heard on radio today that someone in Congress (or senate) is presenting a bill to ban the U.S. from funding the terrorists' trials in NY. Anyone know if that's true? If so, who will pay the bill?

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 1:52

sid - loved the peabody - about the only thing about memp I did :)

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 1:55

Sidney, I just had to dog Dusty a little bit like he does me about Capt.

House, LOL!