Gergen Explains GOP Debt Position

The goal of the GOP in holding up the Dems on raising the debt ceiling is to leverage a smaller government onto the Washington spending machine. Raising taxes contradicts this purpose, an obvious reality that I've not heard raised in the national media - until now, from a surprising source, David Gergen.

There's a strong feeling that what they're being asked to do is to agree to cuts that are not actually -- that are actually quite modest, and then increase taxes, and in effect, to pay for the welfare state, a bloated welfare state. And they would like to shrink the size of the welfare state.

This is ultimately a conversation, a debate... over how big the American government should be. And you know, that's why they're not -- that's why they're not doing it.