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Here's How We Can Take a Couple Steps Back From the Brink

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First, raise the debt ceiling until December 31, 2012, without it being contingent on cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or increases in taxes or cuts in taxes or cuts in spending.

The attempt to resolve all these issues at once as a moment of reckoning arrives was never a good idea. It guarantees that the people we were sent here to represent will lose -- either in the details of a rushed grand bargain or to the consequences of default.

Take the debate to the American people in the next election. Ask the American people if they want cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, increases in taxes, what kind of cuts in spending, what kind of jobs programs.

For those who say that's what we were sent here to do, claim your victory. You came here and you changed the terms of debate, but you lose the debate if America defaults.

You win if you bring this debate in every district in America in the 2012 election. And when you go home people will thank you for being able to focus America's attention on these fiscal issues.

But you may be surprised to learn that the American people did not want us to burn down the house in an argument over the height of the ceiling. 

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Dennis Kucinich is former US Congressman and two-time presidential candidate from Ohio who served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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then get rid of the debt ceiling altogether. If th... by John Sanchez Jr. on Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 11:10:44 AM
What a better president he would have made.... by Penny Dever-Reynolds on Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 5:56:17 PM
The whole debt ceiling issue is a joke at best. Th... by Greg Campbell on Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 at 3:57:45 AM
Take the debate to the American people in the nex... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 at 6:28:39 AM
There is a man with reason down there in that wild... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 at 7:13:44 AM
...the voters would do the right thing in an upcom... by Gustav Wynn on Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 at 11:37:53 AM
only Congressman Kucinich has introduced a bill to... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 at 11:50:59 AM
Dennis your assessment is right on and needs to be... by Peter Lumetta on Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 at 8:02:16 PM