Partisan Debt Standoff Spills Over Onto County Board

CHICAGO (CBS) — While the standoff between Democrats and Republicans continues in Washington over the debt ceiling and spending cuts, the partisan rhetoric is spilling over into local governmental debates as well.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, a resolution before the Cook County Board this week urged the Illinois Congressional delegation to oppose cuts to the Medicaid program – cuts that would greatly affect the hospitals operated by the county.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

But Commissioner Gregg Goslin (R-14th) objected.

“I support cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security and defense spending – cuts,” he said. “We’re never going to survive if we don’t cut those entitlements.”

But across the aisle, Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy (D-6th) urged a yes vote.

“To cut the entitlements on the poor is not the way we need to go; I mean, they’re in enough trouble as it is,” she said. “What we need to cut is defense – absolutely, we need to cut defense – and they say they’re going to do that, and we also have to tax the wealthiest.”

Republicans on the board did not agree with the taxation suggestion. Still, the measure passed.

  • Bob

    We need to stop arguing about false statements by both sides and get this country working again. Getting more job openings will allow people to get off the “hand-outs” that are costing all of us. Many of those not working have no skin in the game and therefore want to keep getting their freebies. Once there are plenty of jobs, there is no excuse for them to be on the dole.

  • GM

    If we had more Republicans on the county board, our financial situation would be much better.

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