GOP base also loves its Social Security checks and they LOOOOVE their free medicare/medicaid. The GOP base is the Free #$%$ Army, they just don't realize it. They think the guy bankrupting the Federal Gov't is some other guy. What a bunch of dopes...
Yep, Barack has got to rock the casba, by growing up, putting on his BIG BOY pants, manning up, and showing up, to talk, negotiate and for a change, get something positive done. Neither side is going to get their way, they'll have to COMPROMISE, like freakin' ADULTS. Say what you will, Reps are at least willing to talk, which is a good first step. Brought to you by a registered Independent, who's sick of BOTH parties, but knows which one is spending $$$ like a drunker sailor, on crack.
For what it's worth, my perception of the two parties are - democrats tax and spend, while the republicans don't tax and still spend. Neither is a particularly good option, but the former leads to a modestly better outcome in the fiscal sense.
Amen Bhawk! Amen. Just vote for the least toxic lawmaker. I always thought the Repukes were more liberal than the Dems. Why bloated military budget is one. Under both Reagan and Busch they doubled the national debt. Neither were tenure of major recession either!