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In praise of Saxby

I’m as surprised as you are.

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss leveled sharp criticism at his Republican colleagues for spouting “misinformation” about the Gang of Six’s proposal, calling their remarks “very disturbing” and questioning their desire to pass a deficit-cutting deal.

“Because people are here on this floor throwing out numbers that are wrong, giving specifics on a piece of legislation that has not even been written, and they’re talking like they’re experts on the subject of a matter that my five colleagues and I have been discussing, debating among ourselves for the last six months,” Chambliss said on the floor. “And we haven’t even put the legislation out there yet.”

“So it’s really pretty disturbing to me that there are some people in this body that want to see nothing done, and I assume want us to continue down the road of borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar that we are spending,” Chambliss said. “And I’m not willing to do that. … The only way we’re going to solve this fiscal problem that we have is to generate 60 votes in this body in support of some proposal.”

“Big Daddy” is about to discover the loneliness of being a reasonable Republican.

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1 Comment on In praise of Saxby

  1. Jack Straw // July 24, 2011 at pm //

    A “deal” means business as usual. Can we afford that? That politicians like Chambliss are suddenly concerned about the fiscal health of the U.S. makes me ask where the hell they have been since they arrived in Washington, D.C. We didn’t dig this hole in the last year.

    Obama’s indiscriminate spending, with the assistance of a complicit Congress, has accelerated the day of reckoning so that it may no longer be possible to kick the can down the road for another group of politicians to inherit in future. As the Economist put it, pension funds have been enabled with post-dated checks written by the politicians of yesterday and yesteryear.

    No Democrat has proposed a concrete plan. Obama has publicly stated what budget he will not sign, but has so far presented no detailed plan. All the negotiations so far have consisted of Obama telling Republicans “No.” He may find out that is a deficient strategy, economically and politically.

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