Statement of former US Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), President of the Main Street Partnership
(Washington, DC) – Today, President Barack Obama unveiled his much anticipated – and overdue – budget for 2014. In response, former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), President of the Main Street Partnership, issued the following statement:
“In the budget he unveiled today, President Obama took an important first step in building a potential ‘grand bargain’ that all serious people agree is necessary to solve the looming debt crisis facing this country. That first important step is to put entitlement reform on the table. The incremental reforms proposed by President Obama – including chained CPI – are not an end but a beginning of this discussion.
“If we are going to find a solution to the debt and deficit crisis there can be no ‘sacred cows,’ all sides must be willing to put everything on the table to find a path forward that protects the American dream for future generations.
“By putting entitlement reform on the table, President Obama has challenged the traditional orthodoxy of the Democratic Party that has refused to consider any changes to Medicare or Social Security. This could be the President’s Sister Souljah moment with his left-wing base, and is an opportunity for fair-minded members on both sides of the political aisle to come together to craft a real compromise.
“Far too often in the deeply partisan Washington of today, every single proposal offered by a Republican is immediately shot down by Democrats and every single proposal offered by a Democrat is immediately shot down by Republicans. There are times when the other side gets it right, where they should be applauded for doing the right thing – and this is one of those times.”
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