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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 02/20/2011

Rep. Paul Ryan: 'This president has punted' (Sunday talk shows)

By Aaron Blake and Emi Kolawole


Credit: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

MEET THE PRESS (NBC)

Ambassador Susan Rice: 'We are not pushing people out or dictating that they stay'

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice pushed back on the notion that the Obama administration has treated two allies - Egypt and Bahrain - differently in the face of protests. "We are not pushing people out or dictating that they stay," Rice said. Rice also said the administration is "very concerned" about reports of Libyan security forces shooting at protesters.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted that Congress will vote to continue funding the government with a temporary continuing resolution, which would allow the government to avoid a potential shutdown while the two sides debate spending cuts. The current resolution is set to expire in two weeks.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said everything but Social Security should be on the table for spending cuts, since Social Security doesn't add anything to the deficit.

CNN STATE OF THE UNION

Sen. Charles Schumer: 'We are saying negotiate; they are saying do it my way.'

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) discussed Democrats' and Republicans' attempts to come to a budget agreement before the March 4 deadline to continue funding the federal government through fiscal year 2011. Schumer went on to describe House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as "being on a course" that would lead to a government shutdown. Schumer countered the assertion that, should the government shut down, both Democrats and Republicans would share the blame. "We have said shutdown is off the table," said Schumer, adding that Republicans have not taken the same position. "We are saying negotiate; they are saying do it my way," Schumer said, repeatedly calling Republicans' proposals "wrong."

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) also was asked to comment on the increasingly heated budget debate. "I would not support the entirety of the House bill," he said, imploring the president to call together the leadership of both parties, stress the gravity of the situation and release a formula to achieve a bipartisan agreement. "The president sort of backed away from all of this," Lugar said. "This is a time for presidential leadership." Lugar also discussed the White House's reportedly having engaged in talks with the Taliban and the continued unrest in Egypt.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also joined Crowley to discuss his new memoir, "Known and Unknown." Rumsfeld discussed what keeps him up at night, whether the United States would be in Afghanistan another 10 years and his assessment of the Obama administration's approach to counterterrorism.

C-SPAN NEWSMAKERS

Rep. Jim Jordan: 'I think the Democrats will see things our way'

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the Republican Study Committee was joined by Jonathan Allen of Politico and Russell Berman of The Hill. "I think you saw this thing play out the way it was supposed to," Jordan said of Republican members' having challenged party leadership to increase the amount of cuts in the continuing resolution. He said the RSC would continue to advocate for the open legislative process, and he praised freshman members who had brought their amendments forward.

"I think the Democrats will see things our way," said Jordan when asked if Democrats would go to the wall, leading to government shutdown. Jordan also said the nation would see changes to Medicare and Medicaid that would affect younger Americans more so than older Americans, but not Social Security, calling the latter a "sacred contract."

Jordan called Obama's proposed government spending rate "crazy," saying that the government could not continue to fund otherwise popular programs such as funding for firefighters. Jordan said that the GOP would be pushing heavily for increased budget cuts. He also insisted that Republicans would win the battle over whether to cut or continue funding for public broadcasting.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R): 'We're willing to take this as long as it takes'

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is the subject of protests in the state capital of Madison, said he is willing to hold out on his budget proposal.

"For us, we're willing to take this as long as it takes," Walker said. "In the end, we're doing the right thing."

Wisconsin Senate Democrats are in hiding in order to avoid a vote on Walker's proposal, which would make union employees pay more for health and retirement benefits and strip them of collective bargaining rights. The Democrats have offered to concede on the money issues if unions can keep collective bargaining rights, but Walker on Sunday said "no."

"Those Senate Democrats should realize that, if you want to participate in democracy, you've got to be in the arena," Walker said. "Democracy means you show up and participate."

Meanwhile, on the federal budget, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) suggested that some of the cuts from a spending bill House Republicans passed last week could find their way into the Senate's bill, but she said Republicans must be willing to compromise. And Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said he doesn't believe the government is headed for shutdown.

FACE THE NATION (CBS)

Rep. Paul Ryan: 'This president has punted.'

"We're not looking for a government shutdown," said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc), chair of the House Budget Committee. "We want some real spending cuts," he said.

"We'll probably have some short-term extension" during the negotiation process he continued. "I'm not going to go through negotiation through the media, with all due respect."

Asked if Wisconsin was the Tunisia of America in terms of the budget battle, Ryan cited other states that were facing fiscal crises, and defended fellow Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. "All levels of government have been making empty promises to people and these governors have been telling people the truth," Ryan said.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was also asked to comment on the budget debate and the potential for a government shutdown. "I hope they won't push it to that," he said, defending the president's budget proposal against the claim that his budget proposal all but ignored the recommendations of the president-appointed Fiscal Responsibility Commission.

"His plan disavows the commission's recommendations," said Ryan, countering Van Hollen's claim that the president's budget proposal was in agreement with the recommendations. "He actually has failed to lead on these issues," Ryan said. "This president has punted. ... He has chose not to lead. ... We are going to lead."

THIS WEEK (ABC)

Sec. of State Hillary Clinton on human rights: 'Hold everyone to a similar standard'

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Obama Administration tries "to hold everyone to a similar standard" when it comes to human rights, but she stressed that every case is different. "If there were one template that could be imposed on every situation, then I wouldn't need to have this job and nobody else would have to either," Clinton said.

By Aaron Blake and Emi Kolawole  | February 20, 2011; 11:44 AM ET
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Comments

There is no legitimate defense for spending cuts after the $800 billion rich-people-welfare tax cuts.

Thirty years of these misguided, ill-thought tax cuts add up to almost $10 Trillion.

If there isn't enough money then raise your income. The American people have had our society hacked apart to make the rich richer and keep the rest of us struggling for thirty disastrous years of Reaganite economic policies.

I AM FED UP WITH SUBSIDIZING BILLIONAIRES !!!!

Posted by: PoliticalPrisoner2012 | February 22, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

After using campaign fear mongering tactics like ‘Obama wants to cut 500 billion from Medicare’, they are now demanding Obama takes the lead with Medicare/entitlement cuts. Ryan’s gotten more air time than Obama but doesn’t have the guts to take the lead himself. He’s nothing but a liar and a coward, and given his comments about the Madison protesters, I would say a traitor too.

Posted by: DonnyV | February 22, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

just 2 quick points.

1 The democrats in Wi are doing the same thing that Republicans did in DC for 2 YEARS. Preventing a simple vote through parliamentary maneuvering. Though so far they're only doing it on one bill while republicans did it on every bill and most appointments. Goose meet gander.

2 Paul Ryan's budget road map doesn't balance the budget for 50 years, and it only does that if you make believe about revenue rather than look at the actual tax structure he proposes, and on the way it throws the swelling ranks of seniors under the medicare bus. Why have no republicans taken up Mr. Ryan's road map? That's the real Dodge Mr. Ryan.

Posted by: TisforTwit | February 22, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Washington Post says a stupidity about the President to please teabaggers and their corporate masters (Koch Pollution Industries and Co). Paul Ryan repeats it. Washington Post "reports" without telling their readers where the idiocy came from.


Posted by: tchanta | February 21, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Since the House has sent the check to the senate to run the Gov for the remainder of the year, does anyone REALLY think the Senate Dems and/or Obama will shut down the government?

Posted by: illogicbuster | February 21, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Plan is the Destruction of America. The Actions show it. His words show it. The results are showing it. The People see it and have REJECTED OBAMA AND HIS POLICY. The People don't want a compromise. The People want the Destructive Policy of this Demonic Obama Administration STOPPED. Obama and his Administration are of a Demonic Nature. Obama is the Anti-Christ. Deny Obama and you will Destroy him. Look and you will understand what he is trying to do to America. To Follow Obama is to Worship him. He is

Posted by: makom
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Do you really think anyone is going to fall for your "I have no evidence, but trust me anyway" strategy?

"The Actions show it. His words show it."

Show what? Your post is nonsense.

Posted by: Independent4tw | February 21, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Plan is the Destruction of America. The Actions show it. His words show it. The results are showing it. The People see it and have REJECTED OBAMA AND HIS POLICY. The People don't want a compromise. The People want the Destructive Policy of this Demonic Obama Administration STOPPED. Obama and his Administration are of a Demonic Nature. Obama is the Anti-Christ. Deny Obama and you will Destroy him. Look and you will understand what he is trying to do to America. To Follow Obama is to Worship him. He is

Posted by: makom | February 21, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The Obama Plan is the Destruction of America. The Actions show it. His words show it. The results are showing it. The People see it and have REJECTED OBAMA AND HIS POLICY. The People don't want a compromise. The People want the Destructive Policy of this Demonic Obama Administration STOPPED. Obama and his Administration are of a Demonic Nature. Obama is the Anti-Christ. Deny Obama and you will Destroy him. Look and you will understand what he is trying to do to America. To Follow Obama is to Worship him. He is

Posted by: makom | February 21, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

It's actually both Republicans & Democrats that protect their special interests and not the citizens of this country.
Congressman Paul Ryan is no exception.....

Companies like GE have not paid Federal taxes in a long time ......
they where granted special deductions.

Also, the U.S. Congress must rescind the tax & tariff reductions plus "breaks," they voted large companies that are taking American jobs over seas. Also, just mirror the regulations, tariffs & taxes that countries like China, Japan, South Korea and the European Countries are putting on American products & services.


Second, "our" Congress must reenact The Glass-Steagall Act, in order to bring some order into our financial institutions and markets. The repeal of this act under President Clinton was a major reason for the financial meltdown.

So yes "our" career politician are sparing their "friends" the pain they are trying to inflect of the rest of us.

Whatever happened to that government by the people for the people???

Now we are no longer a Democracy, but a Cashrarocy!!
The best government that the moneyed can buy.

Posted by: bkarpus | February 21, 2011 7:18 AM | Report abuse

There is nothing about President Obama that suggests that he is stupid enough to just start shashing and burning Social Security like the new bumpkins in the House are taking and ax to everything mindlessly and in ignorance of their effect. We can be grateful that a sane man is in the White House in the face of so much uninformed and irrational behavior by the right.

Posted by: withersb | February 21, 2011 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey Ryan, there's no one out here that hates that fake Hussein bin Obama more than I do, but get real. There ain't a politician in Washington of any stripe who doesn't punt rather than solve . So as the Good Book says, take care of the Plank in your own eye , etc"

Posted by: puck-101 | February 21, 2011 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey Ryan, there's no one out here that hates that fake Hussein bin Obama more than I do, but get real. There ain't a politician in Washington of any stripe who doesn't put rather than solve . So as the Good Book says, take care of the Plank in your own eye , etc"

Posted by: puck-101 | February 21, 2011 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Jim Jordan: 'I think the Democrats will see things our way'

Hummmmm? How many times has Obama Threatened to VETO anything? 3-4 times he huffed and puffed and the Villagers got suckered; He's been more like the little boy that Cried Wolf too often and GOP will Gobble him up.

But maybe; Just maybe Obama will keep his word?

Posted by: ddoiron1 | February 21, 2011 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Democrats have been offered and Extension and it was Rejected by Republicans.

Democrats should allow the Government to Shut Down if Republicans don't propose an Extension equal to theirs or Republicans should Actually Negotiate instead of Dictate!

Posted by: ddoiron1 | February 21, 2011 2:14 AM | Report abuse

If according to Rep. Ryan that the President has punted, then expect the GOP to fumble in their red zone, and therefore allow the Democrats to recover and score. Kind of has been happening since 2008.

Posted by: ruraledcomm | February 20, 2011 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Ryan, please stop "whining" and get to work. We're tired of your political hypocritical sarcasm. You personally savaged Mr. Obama over the Medicare cuts in HCR. But now he "punted"? Congress is a co-equal branch of government. You don't get to claim a mandate in last falls election, then keep blaming Mr. Obama. Oh, that Republican House Jobs Plan is a real dandy!

Posted by: BBear1 | February 20, 2011 10:24 PM | Report abuse

This is a great example of how worthless football metaphors are.

Posted by: lonquest | February 20, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

If Obama punted it wasn't to the Republicans. Republicans didn't show up for the game.

Posted by: Sanchos_ | February 20, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I've got news for Ryan and the extremist Republican party:


Now that you have some actual power again (the House) you won't be able to get away with spending all of your time throwing verbal bombs at the Dems, going golfing and then hitting the DC cocktail circuit at night every day.


You either CREATE JOBS or you will be gone in 2012 so fast that your heads will spin!


Chop chop Repugs!


You've got two years!


Time's a wastin'!

.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 20, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"His plan disavows the [Fiscal Responsibility Commission}'s recommendations," said Ryan, countering Van Hollen's claim that the president's budget proposal was in agreement with the recommendations."

Rep. Paul Ryan is a hypocrite. He was ON that commission himself and dissented from the commission's recommendations!

Posted by: DisconsolateChimera | February 20, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chuckie - how those words working for you now? You know, "Americans do not care about little porky projects!"

Maybe you better line up the folks of Kiryas Joel again to vote early and often in two parts of the state - you Wall St hack.

Posted by: zendrell | February 20, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Moving Social Security Insurance to Wall Street would move $700 billion a year to the deficit for the next 20 years. That is not a bargain nor smart investing! IT IS DUMB!

Moving Social Security Insurance to Wall Street could once again threaten the nations economy ONCE AGAIN = DUMB

That 60-100 trillion is nothing but speculation. Some speculate substantially less than 60. AND I could not find $100 trillion anywhere.

This is way down the road a piece say 25-30 years. This is more scare stuff to justify moving the money to criminally reckless Wall Street.

Paulson, Bernake and Geitner should be sharing a cell. AIG, Goldman-Sachs,Bank of America and Citibank should fill an entire cell block.

Wall Street should be in jail face it! That is nowhere for anyone to put their money except maybe for the likes of Buffet who can afford to lose money while entertaining himself.

Face it the majority of USA citizens cannot afford to lose nor have some reckless managers lose it for them again and again.

Moving Social Security Insurance to Wall Street would $700 billion a year to the deficit for the next 20 years. That is not a bargain nor smart investing!

Posted by: rheckler2002 | February 20, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Ryan - Republicans have claimed they have the answers. Obama is letting you show that you do.

Act, enact, fund, and defund. Do it. Create the jobs, make the economy grow.

Go! It is yours for the doing. Do it and take responsibility for the outcome. You think it will work. Go for it!

In the meantime, Obama will be working to keep things going as best he can. It is the job of the legislature of enact laws and the job of the executive to see to their execution. Lets get back to the basics and let each do what was intended.

Act, enact, fund, defund.

Go!

Posted by: amelia45 | February 20, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Paul Ryan, you may speak for your teabag constituency all you want. But you DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME or 70% of the rest of this ocuntry. Back off. You are treading on very thin ice.

Posted by: fmamstyle | February 20, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

So, Ryan's trying to bait President Obama into making a move on Social Security. Well, one has to figure that the President is no fool, and after watching the Republicans distort his attempts during the health care debate to eliminate some of the excesses in Medicare to scare seniors, it's doubtful he'll be tricked again.

Posted by: seldoc1 | February 20, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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