For John, BLUF: A Republican admits that a Democrat can help fix the fiscal crisis. Unfortunately, he has timed out of office. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From News Busters we have this short note on Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) saying on NBC's Meet the Press "If We Had a Clinton Presidency, We Would Have Fixed This Fiscal Mess By Now."
If we had a Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles chief-of-staff at the White House, or President of the United States, I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now. That's not the kind of presidency we're dealing with right now.Congressman Ryan isn't wrong here.
Both parties - forget about just the recent past - both parties got us to the mess we are in, this fiscal crisis, Republicans and Democrats. And you know what? It’s going to take both parties to solve this problem. That’s the kind of leadership we need today.And he isn't wrong there either.
And remember, President Bill Clinton, for part of his time in office, had to work with a Republican Congress and a Senate with a filibuster rule.
Regards — Cliff