SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: Well, I can tell you where I think it is, because I have been working on it for a year-and-a-half. It started with the Bowles-Simpson presidential deficit commission.
The answer is to put everything on the table, everything -- I'm talking about spending, entitlements and revenue -- to come up with a plan that really does reduce this debt in an honest way over a 10-year period of time, and to do it in a fair fashion. That's the only thing that's going to work here.
This idea that the Republicans are going to walk away again from a conversation about serious deficit reduction is just unacceptable. You may remember, this started two years ago, when we passed the deficit commission. We tried to on the floor. Seven Republican senators who co-sponsored it voted against it, and it failed.
Mr. Durbin is a liar playing Americans for chumps. More and more, I am beginning to suspect Barack Obama refused to get a budget passed -- do not forget this is on him -- to create this crisis so he could gut Social Security.
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