Dems Debate

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Question about balancing the budget

Obama–said we can’t dig out of deficit hole in a few years.

Richardson–said balancing budget would be major priority. eliminate corporate welfare. get rid of congressional earmarks.

Biden–shouldn’t have to make a choice of balancing budget and accomplishing priorities. cutting $20 billion out of certain military programs will help…star wars.

Dodd–federal govt is different than state govt. end war in iraq.

Edwards–corporate power literally taken over the govt. need a prez who will take these powers on.

Clinton–just have to go back to the 1990s. results will take a while.

Question: When are tax increases necessary and appropriate?

Richardson–wants constitutional amendment to balance budget. can’t do it in war and recession. would exclude social security.

Edwards–get rid of tax breaks for wealthiest americans and for companies that take jobs overseas.

Clinton–people feel like they’re standing on a trap door. should raise taxes on wealthy.