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June 15, 2011

Good News: Deal On Debt Cap Lay Entirely In Capable Hands of... Joe Biden

Via Spitzer/Why I Hardly Even Know 'er:

SIMPSON: It's disappointing to me. I wouldn't have done this job if the president said everything is on the table. I respect the president. If a president asked me it do something, I would do it. It doesn't matter what party. But what's really disappointing is to hear him talk about bipartisanship all over the place to the big forums and then get into an intimate fund-raiser where he just rams it to Ryan and the Republican Party. That's not right.

[Clip of Obama's cowardly ambush call-out of invited guest Ryan omitted]


SIMPSON: And it's not fair. And it may be fair in his line of politics but it's sure poisoning the well.

SPITZER: Look, Joe Biden right now is carrying the water --

SIMPSON: God bless Joe Biden.

SPITZER: Trying to pull folks together. Are you hearing that there's any consensus forming where you have the Democrats and the Republicans willing even behind closed doors until things can coalesce to sort of cross these hard boundaries on the revenue for the Republicans and entitlements and Medicare for the Democrats?

SIMPSON: I've known Joe for over 30 years. He's a dear friend. I really, really respect him and admire him. He got me into this lovely chore. Hey, Al, I've got a real deal for you on this. Anyway, I'll tell you, if Joe can't get it done, nobody will get it done.

SPITZER: Look, you were just pretty hard on the president in terms of what you said, he's poisoning the well.

SIMPSON: Well, it was Ryan. It was bad to watch. And he didn't mention Ryan. He just mentioned the Republicans. That's not -- you know, how does that help heal? It doesn't help at all. Go ahead. Excuse me.

SPITZER: Have you gone to the president and said, look, Mr. President, I've picked up all the pieces of my life, came here with Erskine Bowles and put together this package that is the right package, we need you to stop poisoning the well, get out there and market it, use the position of the presidency to bring everybody together instead of playing this partisanship? Have you told him that?

SIMPSON: Not in that sense. But I did tell him I was disappointed in the way that he invited Ryan to that event and then without using Ryan's name just cremated Republicans. When it came to that line, "not on my watch," it looked like it was almost contrived applause. I mean, you can't do it that way and then as I say go out of the city and chop him up. But I tell you, he has to listen to Joe Biden this trip. If Joe can't do anything, forget all this.


SIMPSON: We won't go anywhere without Joe Biden and this crew. Nowhere.

And how serious is Joe Biden? Serious as a heart attack candy.

We're now posting yearly deficits of $1.7 T a year, and that's going up, not down, and that doesn't even include all the off-the-books stuff for entitlements.

Now, $14.6 T in debt, adding $1.7 T in fresh debt each and every year, Joe Biden is "confident" we can cut a a trillion... over the course of 10-12 years.

Or, something like $80 billion per year.

Which is only about double or triple what he wants to spend on his stupid Engineer Joe Full-Scale Model Train Hobby.

God Bless Joe Biden indeed.

Now as Joe Biden, Boy Genius, looks for ways to heroically cut less than 1% of our yearly deficit, what's the actual President up to?

Well, you should know his "work ethic" is "tireless."

Thanks for the vid to JaniceG.

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