Cantor says hopes both sides can come together on debt

WASHINGTON Thu Jul 7, 2011 8:38am EDT

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) speaks at the Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing in Washington, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Molly Riley

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) speaks at the Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing in Washington, June 3, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Republican leader Eric Cantor said on Thursday he believed "both sides can come together" to reduce the debt.

Cantor was speaking as congressional leaders prepared for a White House meeting with President Barack Obama later on Thursday.

"It is about finding areas where we can agree and set aside the differences and hopefully that will be the spirit of the meeting today at the White House," he said on CBS.

(Washington World Desk)

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Let’s not mince words here. Cantor is making a political play instead of actually trying to help reach a compromise.

The democrats said: “We want to cut spending and increase revenues. We already agree on spending cuts. How about raising taxes to increase revenues?”

To which the republicans said: “You can’t just use tax increases! They’re off the table. Let’s fix this with spending cuts!”

The democrats called their bluff and pointed out that straw-man argument, saying: “We already said we would make spending cuts. In fact, we’ve already agreed to tons of them. How about those tax increases to raise revenues?”

To which Cantor replied: “Okay, we can have some tax increases, as long as you don’t use them to raise revenues, but instead use the money to fund other tax cuts.”

That is NOT a compromise! That’s the republican agenda as pure as it gets. I am not a blind democratic supporter. I want a real bi-partisan government. The democrats have come to the table here. The republicans have not. It’s plain as day to see what’s going on, and the thing I hate most is how many American people will stand by their party instead of calling them out when they lie.

Jul 07, 2011 9:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
thebruce wrote:
this is how you recover from being the one who won’t budge on taxes…? how the **** do you plan on cutting your way out of the DEBT, never mind the deficit? sorry rich, but your ride should be over just like it has been for EVERYONE ELSE.

Jul 07, 2011 9:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
cocostar wrote:
Cantor is a weirdo! Did you ever watch him stand behind Boehner when he is giving a press conference? He stares at the back of Boehner’s head with his beady little eyes.This guy could care less what the people want, he is bought and paid for by special interest just like the majority of his party. His oath of office is secondary to Grover’s oath of the lobbyist. Their main excuse is smaller government! Which means less oversight and more organized crime. There is no difference between the communist government of the USSR and the republican party in America.

Its like the USA, should be USSA! Or, the new world order, should be the new corporate world order! This is what the best college’s in the world did to America! All brains and no common sense!

Grover Norquist is a commie pig, a liar and a cheat! He has made the lobby in America a criminal organization. He has no common sense and should be jailed for life as a terrorist! He is proof of bribery and crime in American government. Its just a shame that the majority of all our politicians are cowards that are too cowardly and greedy to put this idiot in a cage where he belongs!

Jul 07, 2011 10:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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