It was refreshing to see both Republicans (with the exception of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh) and Democrats supporting the peaceful protestors demanding Hosni Mubarak's resignation and democracy in Egypt.
Now the great political divide is back in focus as the budget debate gets started.
President Barack Obama's $3.73 trillion budget for 2012 would still result in a $1.1 trillion deficit, but would be lower than this year's $1.65 trillion deficit. Republicans in the House countered with $61 billion in proposed budget cuts for the current year. The cuts are concentrated in less than 15 percent of the federal budget -- the portion that funds so-called non-defense, discretionary spending, including education, health, environmental protection and child services.
The Economic Policy Institute has estimated as many as 800,000 jobs could be lost under the Republican proposal. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said, "If some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it."
Even on the deficit reduction issue, there is some agreement. Obama said, "The only way to truly tackle our deficit ($14.2 trillion in national debt) is to cut excessive spending wherever we find it, in domestic spending, defense spending, health care spending and spending through tax breaks and loopholes."
Both Democrats and Republicans agree with this statement, but there are great differences in just where these cuts should be made, how deep they should be, and who should "stick their neck out" by giving us the bad news.
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