Saxby Chambliss gets no buy-in from Nathan Deal on deficit reduction deal

(Left) Daniel Malloy, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Kyle Wingfield and Jim Galloway at AJC headquarters at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Special/Charlie Harper

(Left) Daniel Malloy, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Kyle Wingfield and Jim Galloway at AJC headquarters at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Special/Charlie Harper

TAMPA — U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss stopped by AJC headquarters at the Republican National Convention this afternoon.

One of the first topics we hit him with were Gov. Nathan Deal’s comments on his effort to broker a grand deal on the federal deficit that included a Simpson-Bowles approach – a 3:1 mix of budget cuts and revenue increases.
Said Deal:

”Not necessarily. I think this is a terrible time to be talking about tax increases.”

Chambliss’ reaction wasn’t one of dismissal, but it was close to that neighborhood:

”It’s not his issue. We need senators signing on. It’s great to have governors, but he’s got his own issues he’s got to deal with. As he well knows, this is something that we’ve got to figure out.”

And truth be told, Deal has just finished weathering a transportation sales tax campaign started by someone else. One can hardly expect the governor to be eager to join another fight picked by someone who’s not him.

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On the White House’s announcement that American-made cars will be required to get an average 54 miles per gallon by 2025, the senator was skeptical:

”That doesn’t surprise me. This administration lives in political la-la land. It’s nice to think that you can do that.”

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We also asked Chambliss, the ranking Republican member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, what the chances were that we’d see Iran or Syria blow up before the November elections. Said Georgia’s senior senator:

”You saw the president’s comments on Syria at the end of last week. I talked to General [David] Patraeus, [director of the Central Intelligence Agency]. I didn’t take what the president said as any kind of ramping up, but I asked that question of David, and he said no.

“There’s going to come a point when all of this rebel business shakes out. There’s so many groups. We’ve got to figure out who is the real deal. Who is the leadership among that myriad of rebel groups. I think when we figure that out – then there will be more U.S. involvement. Not troops on the ground – who knows what it will be.”

Before November?

”It’s hard to say. [President Bashar ] al-Assad will dictate that. If he ramps up the killing of innocent people, then it will become more and more important that the U.S. engage. And we’re not going to do it without our allies.”

And Iran?

”That could blow up any day. You guys could know it before we do. Because I don’t think Israel has the trust in this administration to give them much advance notice. It remains a powder keg.”

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Chambliss said that Republican control of the Senate will depend on a strong performance from Mitt Romney, who will be nominated on Thursday:

”We keep running into dead ends. Olympia Snowe in Maine, and now [Todd] Akin. Every seat is precious. Certainly the scenario is still there.”

How well Romney performs will determine whether the Senate goes GOP:

” I think it’s still Romney driving everybody. Some of the seats we’ll need to get to 51—Florida, in particular, Nevada, Massachusetts. Romney at the top of the ticket is what’s going to dictate.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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21 comments Add your comment

Pete

August 28th, 2012
4:56 pm

There is no sane person who thinks the deficit can be reduced by budget cuts alone. You have to have some revenue. Looks like Chambliss is one of the few grown-ups in the GOP. But obviously Deal doesn’t understand financial issues. Look at the mess his own personal finances are in.

Just Saying..

August 28th, 2012
5:03 pm

“Before November?

”It’s hard to say. [President Bashar ] al-Assad will dictate that. If he ramps up the killing of innocent people, then it will become more and more important that the U.S. engage. And we’re not going to do it without our allies.”

Aren’t the Cheney neocons Romney’s turning to for counsel already talking up a US unilateral approach to Syria?

general

August 28th, 2012
5:03 pm

Can we ever get rid of Saxby Chambles? And can Johnny go with him? For Chambliss to be the ranking member on any committee which includes intellegence in its name is truly frightening. It is time for him to fade off to big spending RINO land and collect his disgustingly generous pension on the backs of taxpayers whom he has sold out at every turn. He has done ZERO for this country but helped guide it halfway into the absys.

ld

August 28th, 2012
5:03 pm

Congress need to be given the fiscal cliff they negotiated and then start anew to totally rewrite the tax code in January. The “you didn’t build that” controversy has been really twisted. The millionaires billionaires would NOT have been able to become wealthy without BOTH government building the infrastructure AND the EMPLOYEE CLASS of men and women fighting to defend this country in our all-volunteer military. These “wealthiest among us” — especially those that made their wealth this century while the debt and deficit were run up need to be the ones that pay it down. IF they OWN property, they must PAY to maintain it — they should have been willing to pay for their opportunity for prosperity while they were making it, but, in their unchecked greed, they lobbied for loopholes and corporate welfare and tax exemptions and benefits and laws providing shortcuts to their massive wealth*.

It is time for a temporary term, unrenewable “wealth tax” dedicated solely to pay down the debt.

*recommended read: “How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich”, Rolling Stone, NOV 2011

general

August 28th, 2012
5:04 pm

sorry abyss…

ld

August 28th, 2012
5:04 pm

US participation in the proxy religious civil war raging between Iran and Saudia Arabia will be political and all about our “national interest” of oil (profit$)..

Carlos

August 28th, 2012
5:05 pm

Chambliss thinks the President lives in political la-la land because he wants American car makers to build cars that can get over 50 miles per gallon by 2025! How foolish of our President to require this… especially since Europe is already getting over 50 miles a gallon in 2012. Wake up Chambliss… it’s time to try something different… try supporting the middle class for a change!!!

general

August 28th, 2012
5:13 pm

I assume that ld believes that the 40%+ of people who pay nothing in federal income taxes and doing their fair share. It is not tax breaks that has gotten us into this fiscal mess but unstainable public employee retirement programs, lack of immigration laws and other pride stripping programs (mediccaid, foodstamps and earned income tax credits etc) and unbridled growth of government. We have spent 17 trillion dollars on give away programs and what do we have. It is time for people to take care of themselves. Our founding fathers would be sickened by our nanny state.

Hazel

August 28th, 2012
5:19 pm

You do realize that a person who pays $7K in payroll taxes and gets back $1K paid $6k in taxes?

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
5:24 pm

“But obviously Deal doesn’t understand financial issues.”

Very true Pete. As Governor Deal sure can spend the federal dollars, almost half a billion in ‘Race To The Top’ dollars he begged for, half billion for Savannah port.

I guess he expects these goodies will be paid for the same way they got paid for when he was a member of the House supporting Medicare Part D, the 2 wars, the new Department of Homeland Security, his infamous no-bid contracts, all washed down with massive tax cuts, with no funding sources. That’s right all unfunded!

Deal is the last person I would listen to.

general

August 28th, 2012
5:33 pm

Payroll taxes are to fund your social security and medicare. There should be a minimum federal income tax: wherein, everyone would have skin in the game and do their part. The earned income tax give away program should be ended today. Do we have to confiscate money from others to make them work?

Ga Values

August 28th, 2012
5:39 pm

time for Saxby to go

zeke

August 28th, 2012
5:43 pm

general, let’s cut the congressional pensions first and see how patriotic these folks are

general

August 28th, 2012
6:03 pm

All govenrment pensions should be eliminated and replaced with 401k’s. All workers should also have to be on social security.

BRW

August 28th, 2012
6:23 pm

general, everyone has “skin” in the game. The problem is , due to the richest tax cuts, the middle class now not only has skin but it has bone and muscle and guts in the game too. While the rich are barely trimming their fingernails.

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Bernie

August 28th, 2012
6:25 pm

Yes La La land…like I am sorry America, ” I Hurt My knee, so I cannot defend you on the battlefield”. But not to worry when I get to the Senate i will make sure I do everything to delay ALL of your citizens Healthcare. I Promise!

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yuzeyurbrane

August 29th, 2012
10:20 am

I am usually no Chambliss fan but at least he is talking with the Democrats and trying to reach a compromise. Deal is a petty crook and his opinion is just one more reason to turn him out of office at the earliest opportunity.

yuzeyurbrane

August 29th, 2012
10:21 am

p.s.– excuse me but the modifier “petty” is not accurate and should be disregarded.

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