Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Republicans, Democrats Still Far Apart On Deficit Debate

July 8, 2011 by  

Lawmakers are still struggling to reach a consensus on the debt ceiling.On Thursday, President Barack Obama spoke with Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle about the debt ceiling debate.

The President said that there were "real differences" between the two sides of the debate, according to The New York Times. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that America will begin defaulting on its loans on Aug. 2 if the debt ceiling is not raised, something Republicans have refused to do without promises of spending cuts.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that a deal on the deficit is not close, noting that the two sides are still far apart on how to best address the country's economic issues.

"It’s not like there is some imminent deal about to happen," he said during a news conference. "This is a Rubik’s cube that we have not worked out yet."

Boehner also pointed to recently released data from the Labor Department — which showed the unemployment rate increased to 9.2 percent — as a sign that Obama's economic policies were not working.

Despite the differences, The Associated Press reported that Obama called the recent talk "very constructive."

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Republicans, Democrats Still Far Apart On Deficit Debate”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.