Senator McCain and Congressman Grijalva address debt and politics
Politicians are pointing fingers, offering their own solutions
Reporter: Ileana Diaz
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Before Senator John McCain could get a word out at his own town hall meeting, the public spoke out fired up over the debt. McCain responded with a plan including a moratorium on federal regulation, a civilian hiring freeze, and splitting the tax code into 3 simple tax brackets. Then he sparked more excitement.
“Let’s cut the corporate rate from 35 to 25 percent,” said Senator McCain.
Some were in favor and some were against, including Congressman Raul Grijalva. “We’re not going to cut our way out of this problem. We need a salutation that involves getting rid of tax subsidies for big oil companies, it means rolling back bush tax cuts to wealthy and corporate America and it means us sharing the sacrifice,” said Congressman Grijalva.
That's the problem. There is no compromise on Capitol Hill, instead just a lot finger pointing from every side of the spectrum.
“The President is the President. He is responsible. I’m not evading responsibility. I’m also saying congress has not acted as well. But the fact is the President leads. The President is responsible and we never got a specific plan from the President of the United States,” said Senator McCain.
While Congressman Grijalva told KGUN9 he often disagrees with Senator McCain, this time, it is not the case.
“In a sense, I agree. I think the President needs to use his bully pulpit to galvanize, to lead, to inspire American people to push agenda that's going to take us out of economic situation were in,” said Congressman Grijalva.
Now what politicians say stands in the way of any solution is just that, the politics.
“American people are going to have to hold our feet to the fire. If they do that then I think colleagues are going to respond because their political survival depends on it,” said Congressman Grijalva.