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“Are there any adults in charge of the House? Watch­ing this week’s fren­zied slash-and-burn bud­get con­test, we had to con­clude the an­swer to that is no. First, Speaker John Boehner’s Repub­li­can lead­er­ship pro­posed cut­ting the rest of the 2011 bud­get by $32 bil­lion. … Now some mem­bers want to go still fur­ther. … If the Repub­li­cans got their way, it would wreak havoc on Amer­i­cans’ lives and na­tional se­cu­rity. This blood sport also has noth­ing to do with the pro­grams that are driv­ing up the long-term deficit: Medi­care, Med­i­caid and, to a lesser ex­tent, So­cial Se­cu­rity.”

—NewYorkTimes “Peo­ple want Congress to stop spend­ing, but they’re not too wild about hear­ing it might squeeze their health­care or their re­tire­ment. It was all fine and good for Repub­li­cans and Democrats to sit next to each other at the State of the Union ad­dress in a show of bi­par­ti­san­ship. Here’s what they re­ally need to do. They need to grab each other’s arms, hold each other up, tell the Amer­i­can peo­ple what it will re­ally take to re­turn the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to fis­cal bal­ance.”

—ChicagoTri­bune

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