While the media often criticizes Republicans for refusing to accept even the premise of arguments advanced by their opponents in the Democratic party, both House Speaker John Boehner and House Budget committee Chairman Paul Ryan managed to parrot one of the president’s more recent quotes on separate Sunday shows – Boehner on ABC’s “This Week” and Ryan on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
That quote? The idea that, as the president said this past week, “we don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt.”
First, when talking to CBS’ Bob Schieffer, Rep. Ryan (R-WI) made the argument that, “To borrow a phrase from my friend Erskine Bowles, we are the healthiest-looking horse in the glue factory. That means America is still a step ahead of the European nations who are confronting a debt crisis, of Japan, that’s in its second lost decade. It’s probably because of our resilient economy, because of our world currency status…So we do not have a debt crisis right now. But, we see it coming. We know it’s irrefutably happening. And the point we’re trying to make with our budget is, let’s get ahead of this problem.” (Emphasis added)
Watch Ryan’s remarks below:
Boehner, meanwhile, who has a history of butting heads with President Obama on fiscal matters, told “This Week’s” Martha Raddatz:
We do not have an immediate debt crisis. But we all know that we have one looming. And we have– one looming– because we have entitlement programs that are not sustainable in their current form. They’re gonna go bankrupt. Washington has responsibility– to our seniors and our near seniors– that we firm up these programs so that they’re there for the long term. Because if we don’t do it, not only will they not get benefits, we will have a debt crisis right around the corner. We have time to solve our problems. But we need to do it now.
Watch the full interview with Boehner below: