Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Alan Simpson Speaks Out About Debt Reduction and the Need for Political Courage

Simpson talks about the need to support the efforts deficit reduction committee, and even to "pray" for them. He speaks to about the political courage of both Tom Coburn and Dick Durbin, two politicians obviously coming from very different political perspectives but both trying to do what is right for the country. Says Simpson:

"When Dick Durbin announced that he was supporting our plan he said he was doing so even though it contained items he "hated like the devil hates holy water" and he knew his vote for it would deeply disappoint many of his friends and allies.
Tom Coburn well knew he would be demonized on taxes by the zealous enforcers of ideological purity like Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. But both Tom Coburn and Dick Durbin, and a supermajority of our commission, were willing to give up something they like to protect the country they love.
Our nation simply cannot afford to have our elected leaders fearfully bow and scrape to the likes of Grover Norquist and the AARP. We need real leaders, courageous leaders who will place the national interest ahead of special interests. The members of the super committee as well as congressional leaders and the president must do just that. Pray for 'em!"


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