House Minority Whip Eric Cantor appeared on "Meet the Press" yesterday to discuss the budget. He reiterated the Republican message that the current budget spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much. Cantor noted that Democrats have failed to hear Republcan alternatives.
"If we're going to get things going again, how can we have a budget that doubles the debt on our children? How can we say that we're going to raise taxes on the job creators? How can we see our way forward? And the way to do that is to try and address the problems here and now. As you have been saying with Dr. Romer, the real problem is the banking system. These small businesses that I spoke to, they can't get any credit lines. They're having difficulty in keeping the doors open."
"...As the minority party, I think part of our job is to be the honest opposition. And we also are charged with the task of bringing President Obama back to the center. That's what bipartisanship is about and frankly, that's what the solutions are going to be about going forward. And what we see is very troubling, given the last fifty days and the direction of the ideology of this administration and frankly of Speaker Pelosi and others in Congress. We've seen the failure of that ideology in the 70's in Great Britain, in the 80's in France. We understand this country, I believe, that we're about free markets, we're about individual freedoms. That is what our goal is and when you apply that to the budget we're going to be discussing over the next couple weeks, we've got a job to do. I don't think that the American people are going to embrace this budget. I think you've seen the news reports that the Administration is now on an all out campaign to beef up the support for their budget. If it was a sane budget, I don't think you'd have to have some kind multi-tiered campaign plan to get people behind it. It would sell itself."