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The senate budget votes and want -- challenges this nation faces.
We welcome senator Lamar Alexander Republican of Tennessee senator great to talk review again.
Thanks Lou thanks for the invitation.
Senator these votes is let me start with the the Biggest Loser of vote of the losers and the senate votes and that's zero to 97.
For the president's plan.
We're told us just a procedural matter.
No -- of all that looks bad -- don't you think.
Well I think so to me this is more than -- procedural matter everybody knew this was about the proposals in general and what it means is even the Democrats don't want to vote for.
A bill like the presence it would double and tripled the debt so that's a little progress.
Well and and and if I mean declare a winner among the losers senator Pat Toomey is proposition -- 55 to 42.
And you know as I'm saying this to you senator our punter -- sure you're aware of the irony of what I'm perhaps inserted it.
Cattle warning them this way.
I mean -- we go here with a vote on the 2012 budget this this looks if you look at -- more votes hopefuls.
Well what's hopeless is the fact that for 750 days the Democrats have been in charge haven't.
Produced a budget I mean that's really malfeasance first thing we ought to do.
Is produce a budget and then try to stay within it a -- also interesting that.
Almost all of the Republicans supported.
The house budget which includes Paul Ryan's budget.
None of us think it's perfect all of -- want to save Medicare but we also want to get the debt down so we're serious about that.
And I and I should point out that senator Alexander voted for both the Ryan proposal and the to me proposal -- -- -- -- that is correct and let's turn to this issue -- here.
The president former President Bill Clinton acknowledges the Democrat should not be hiding behind.
This issue that real reform is necessary one of the few can one of the few Democrats to be candid about it.
What's it going to take here for there to be grown up discussion of this very real issue -- one that every honest.
Honest -- person in this debate season is unsustainable.
Well growing up is -- -- -- were going to be every person who's looked seriously at the debt.
Knows that we have to deal -- Medicare if we want to stop spending money we don't have.
Now I like the proposal by former senator demanded -- Republican and former.
Democratic budget director Alice Rivlin which says on Medicare that you can go into the marketplace and shop you don't like what you find you can come back to traditional Medicare.
They say it saves lots of money.
But look the president said we have to fix Medicare.
The state lawyers should we have to fix Medicare even Nancy Pelosi has said that now Bill Clinton they all know that so we should stop playing politics and act like grown up.
It's been looks like senator.
As you -- -- looks like we're gonna run like hell.
Against you using Medicare is as I hammer.
Well we're -- they will but what we have.
To do is is is make it is painful for them to explain why they didn't deal we have.
Is there trying to make it painful for why we did try to save Medicare I'm perfectly willing.
To do that because -- people in Tennessee expect me to act responsibly that means saving Medicare -- program that has more money going out this year.
That it has coming it.
Let me ask you this because it becomes disconcerting for those of us are concerned about business and jobs and wealth creation in this great free enterprise capitalist economy.
We're not hearing much from the president the democratic leadership are -- about matter.
From the Republican leadership senator about restoring prosperity creating jobs and generating wealth and energizing this great economy of ours.
Is that going to be at some point.
A focus of the Republican leadership the Republican part.
This is yes it has to be -- -- is our focus just the debt gets more.
Of the attention but the Gallup poll this week said -- American's biggest problem 74%.
Say the economy.
We think the Obama administration is -- regulatory approach that -- a big wet blanket over job creation.
We want to try to make it easier and cheaper to create private sector jobs that's why we're.
Fighting repeal the right to work that's why we don't like the health care bill that's why we want trade.
Agreements inactive that's why we want to control the debt so yes -- jobs are at the top of our list but the depth is an important part of our.
Well senator always good Cochran thanks for being here come -- to thank you Lou senator Lamar Alexander.
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