"Progressives cannot afford to stand on the sidelines in this fiscal cliff debate and to deny the obvious. Important critical decisions will be made soon that will affect this country for 10 years. I think we need to be part of this conversation, which means we need to be open to some topics and some issues that are painful and hard for us to talk about.
We have to look to reform and change that is significant, that preserves many of the values and programs that brought us to political life, and we cannot believe that merely ignoring these programs or not engaging is going to solve a problem."Senator Dick Durbin speaking to an audience at The Center for American Progress.
At least he seems to understand that their is a problem and not denying that the fiscal problems even exist. Sadly, many in the progressive community are.