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: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 12:58

I love Mr. Peabody too. I used the Wabac machine once, to get an abacus.

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 12:59

Yep, blanket, after I got kicked in the head, hair pulled, side-gouged and had my full beer spilled (alcohol abuse) all over me at a Dancin' in the District event, I quit crowds. That was miserable! I think Cake was on stage.

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 1:00

That was totally uncalled for Mama. Had I been there I would have kicked their ass for spilling your beer.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 1:03

lol, g! i really did lol!

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 1:03

Please tell me no one tried to Rochambeau you, MamaG.

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

the bad mama jamma :)

By: DustyU on 1/27/10 at 1:08

bye ya'll - off to get a couple more tests - will check in tomorrow

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 1:08

"I think Cake was on stage."

So they threw dessert on stage too? What a bunch of animals...

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

My mom got a picture with Shaq at the Peabody. There...back on topic.

By: sidneyames on 1/27/10 at 1:19

Dusty, did you see 'mducks? RMducks? by gosh MRducks!

Yeah, mama just a little bit of "dogging" is fun! Actually I was working at my day job.

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

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 1:03
Please tell me no one tried to Rochambeau you, MamaG.

I think that is exactly what they did, house! LOL
G, thanks! I hate it when that happens--what a waste of good booze!

By: dooley on 1/27/10 at 1:37

So long everybody . It was fun while it lasted.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 1:40

you're coming back, right?

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 1:41

He'll be back in an hour...BACK...get it?

By: MamaG on 1/27/10 at 2:00

I'm gone for the day, myself. Have a great evening everyone!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 2:09

later, Mama.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 2:48

Did dooley go *POOF*?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 2:50

well, i don't think he went *PUFF*

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 2:51

house, my friend decided she didn't want to be a scrub tech after all - lol!

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 2:55

I hope it wasn't something I said...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 2:59

lol! i think it was my pressure washer comment.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 2:59

how's the dos perros?

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 3:03

Good beer. Me likey.
Mr. Bubble will be disappointed.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 3:04

Mr. Bubble?

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 3:04

The guy who was looking for a scrub tech.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 3:05

oh.....gotcha.

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 3:08

Ok, prediction time...

AFC 35
NFC 38

Tim Tebow is asked to replace a place kicker that bows out and kicks the game winner for the NFC.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 3:10

Tebow won't be able to see through the tears.

AFC 27
NFC 21

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 3:11

He won't have to, Jesus does it for him.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 3:12

The NFL has told the Colts & Saints that they are expected to be in Miami on Sunday.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 3:13

g, i'm saving you a seat next to me in hell.

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 3:13

Really? Why?

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 3:14

That was to house's comment...

You won't have to save me a seat, Blanket, I have my own suite. Full of low fat cheese pizza....it is Hell you know...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 3:14

what, you don't want to sit next to me now?

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 3:15

How come Jesus gets only praise from athletes, never any blame?

"Well, we were winning the game...until Jesus made me fumble..."

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 3:16

yeah, but if you had light beer to go with that low fat cheese pizza you'd really be in the third circle of hell.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 3:18

i know, house! everyone has to tip tow around his feelings so that baby jesus doesn't cry. enough of that crap. grow up already.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 3:18

One bottomless pitcher of Bud Light, comin' right up.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 3:19

oh noes.....not the Bud Light.......i'll mend my ways.....just until you bring a good beer.....

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 3:19

I'll sit next to you blanket...just saying I have reservations...I can get you upgraded to love seat...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 3:19

is that still in the third circle, g?

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 3:20

I reserved a reclining sectional years ago.

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 3:21

I wonder what would happen if someone wrote "god sucks" under his eyes, like Tebow did with the Biblical versus. Think the NCAA would start banning those messages? You betcha!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 3:22

I'd like to see the NCAA battle the ACLU at UCLA.

By: gdiafante on 1/27/10 at 3:23

More like the 2nd hexagon...but not the 5th rectangle...that's reserved for those evil math destructors...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/27/10 at 3:24

oh cool. i'll take the upgrade. didn't want to be next to those gluttons anyway.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/10 at 3:27

Correction on my NFL post: Roger Gotohell said he wanted the Pro Bowl selections from the SB teams to be at this Sunday's game.

By: brrrrk on 1/27/10 at 4:01

gdiafante said

"I wonder what would happen if someone wrote "god sucks" under his eyes, like Tebow did with the Biblical versus. Think the NCAA would start banning those messages? You betcha!"

No doubt, look at the flack that Kathy Griffin took for saying "suck it Jesus" when she received her Emmy

By: dooley on 1/27/10 at 7:26

Hang in there dusty . I' m here because of miracles performed on my heart.

By: dooley on 1/27/10 at 7:43

Had to come back briefly for this observation by 4 surgeons debating which type person was easiest to operate on after four of them gave their preference , "But the fifth surgeon, from Washington, DC shut them all up when he
observed: "You're all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on.
There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the
head and the ass are interchangeable."