Of course the President and Republicans can't make a deal. President Obama is trying to transform America into a European welfare state.
The Republicans want to stop him from doing that. This is a conflict over which there can be no compromise. President Obama has established huge new government programs and bureaucracies that eat up money like a big SUV eats up gas.
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His ridiculous promise that setting up a new government health care system wouldn't cost any money was either hopelessly na�ve or fundamentally dishonest. But the fact is that he's increased the size and scope of government to levels that are now destroying the economies of Europe.
And they could destroy our economy, as well...particularly if we try to raise taxes to keep feeding an ever growing government. So where's the room for compromise here? There really is none. President Obama is fond of lecturing Republicans about what Ronald Reagan would have done.
Well, let's hear from Ronald Reagan about these very issues, from his first inaugural address:
It is time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles, there will be no compromise.
That's the way Ronald Reagan saw it. And that's the way we see it.