Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Stephanopoulos: Senator Johnson how
was dinner with the President?
Johnson: it was nice – we had a beet and
argula salad, pasta with vegetables,
veal with mushrooms, and we also
agreed to cut Medicare
Stephanopoulos: can you reach an angreement?
Johnson: yes were willing to work with the
President to get what we want
Stephanopoulos: will the GOP really raise taxes?
Will: no because Obama has said Republicans
are bad people and you don't undo those
hurt feelings just because of one admittedly delicious meal
Johnson: don't underestimate Barack –
he's one charming dude
Schultz: the problem is the tea party is
full of crazy people who won't
ever make a deal
Krugman: indeed – the problem is that
one side wants to shred the social safety net
and privatize Social Security and the other
might event want to expand it
Goldman: if Obama hits beneficiaries on
Medicare and goes out and sells the Republican
agenda to give them cover you might possibly
get some Republicans to go along with that
Will: would Democrats ever consider
raising the Medicare age?
Schultz: we supported 1 trillion dollars
in spending cuts!
Krugman: oh by the way raising the
Medicare age is a terrible horrible idea
Johnson: Social Security is bankrupt!
Stephanopoulos: what about means-testing
in exchange for higher taxes?
Johnson: we already had a trillion dollars tax
increases and if you want jobs and more
revenue you just have to cut taxes
Schultz: there's no rush on Social Security –
and no I'm sorry but we're not done
with tax increases
Krugman: let's have some facts
Johnson: I have some facts
Krugman: but your facts are false
Johnson: well they're my facts and I love them
Krugman: Social security has a dedicated
source of revenue unlike defense
or corporate welfare
Johnson: there is no such thing as
the Social Security trust fund – it's a lie!
Krugman: well then it's part of the budget
and ergo there's no more problem
with Social Security than with
aircraft carriers or fighter jets
Johnson: [ head explodes ]
Stephanopoulos: damm that's icky
Karl: Paul Ryan wants to balance the
budget by getting rid of all spending
Karl: and the Senate might even pass a budget
Audience: holy cow
Stephanopoulos: the economy is doing well
Goldman: battle lines are being drawn
Stephanopoulos: Nobody's right if
Goldman: President Obama must be very
respectful and civil and not hurt
Paul Ryan's feelings
Stephanopoulos: America will run
out of money in the summer
Will: Republicans love the sequester
Krugman: wait until Americans experience
air traffic delays
Johnson: American is bankrupt!
Krugman: half the deficit is due to the
Schultz: the sequester will cost us
750,000 jobs – it's insane!
Schultz: but I would be willing to
support entitlement cuts
Goldman: the sequester is bad for everybody
Will: that's why I like it so much
Krugman: we should try to avoid
crushing the economy if possible
Johnson: at one point do we restrain
the evil government??
Will: I don't care what you say -
unemployment is actually getting higher
Stephanopoulos: mostly because we
cut government jobs like you wanted
Johnson: Obama did not recover from
the Bush Recession fast enough!
Schultz: we have 37 straight months
of jobs growth you moron
Johnson: Saint Reagan was a saint!
Schultz: there is a trust deficit between the
parties and we have to sit down and
talk with each other
Johnson: only when you admit that Obama
caused the recession in 2007
Stephanopoulos: thanks for coming everyone