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Arizona Rep.: Debts Will Mount If Entitlements Aren't Reduced

By    |   Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 01:13 PM

Washington Republicans who do not maintain their vigilance and shrink the national deficit will have "no credibility going forward," and without touching entitlement programs, the debts will continue to mount, and there will be "major upheaval" in our society as the programs change, Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said Thursday.

"It's time for people regardless of who they are – Republicans, Democrats – to actually have the credibility to fight for the things that they believe in, even when our guy's in the White House," Salmon told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Americans do not have tolerance for the continued debt, Salmon further commented, and if things don't change, Republicans are "going to be out on their ear in a couple of years."

"I think on both sides of the aisle, people expect Washington to operate differently," Salmon said. "And if they're not concerned about that, then I think they're going to be out on their ear. The fact is that if you don't touch entitlements, you can't get there. I have been saying that in every election and reelection as I've come back to Congress."

If Congress does not deal with entitlement spending now, he continued, "it's going to be cataclysmic by the time you get around to it in 10 years and, the solutions are going to be so painful, there is going be a major upheaval in our society."

"You have to start now, " he warned. "Dealing with it, you have to start now. And dealing with it. I hope that that's something that Republicans do. The other thing, though, is on all of these things that are being talked about, you've got to pay as you go and not with phony pay-fors. If you don't do that, I think Republicans will be very hypocritical."

Show host Joe Scarborough, who served with Salmon in Congress, commented there were many people who were not re-elected in 1996 because of cuts to the rate of increase on Medicare.

"Bill Clinton went around lying through his teeth, saying Republicans, they're cutting Medicare to pay for tax cuts for the rich," Scarborough said, "and we all laughed because it was such a lie. We couldn't believe people would be stupid enough to believe it. They believed it. So you look at the entitlement reform, you look at the two tax increases.

"You look at the spending cuts that we did for five years, and then add on top of that a robust economy," he continued. "You actually had Washington making some really tough choices. Which they didn't under Bush, didn't under Obama, and doesn't look like they're going to now."

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Washington Republicans who do not maintain their vigilance and shrink the national deficit will have "no credibility going forward," and without touching entitlement programs, the debts will continue to mount, Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said Thursday.
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