Stealing and spending

Obama's new budget plunges nation even deeper into debt

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Few eras in American history, save for its founding, Civil War and World Wars, have begged for greatness in leadership as much as today does.



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Instead, what we’re getting is cowardice, broken promises and trickery. And it remains that a federal government that helped defeat tyranny on both sides of the globe seems wholly incapable – or just unwilling – of protecting us from itself.

In short, the greatest threat to our republic is our government.

Mr. Obama has taken that threat to unprecedented levels with his endless thirst for government growth and spending, while simultaneously setting new records for shamelessness. To pretend with his latest budget, for instance, that continuing trillion-dollar deficits to the horizon is in any way responsible is, frankly, a disgrace. To put on as if we simply have no other choice but to pick the pockets of the productive to pay for it is a charade the likes of which would’ve embarrassed P.T. Barnum.

At least Barnum asked suckers to part with their own money, willingly.

This president in his first year promised to cut yearly deficits in half. Instead, he has added more to our children’s debt than anyone in history.

“By the end of his first term in office,” writes Citizens Against Government Waste, “the national debt will have increased by $6.4 trillion. It took the country 227 years, from 1776 to 2002, to reach $6.2 trillion in debt. The (president’s) budget would add another $11 trillion to the debt by 2022, at which time interest payments on the debt would reach $1 trillion annually.”

Far from halving the annual deficit by the end of his first term, Mr. Obama’s blueprint wouldn’t even accomplish that for another 10 years at least.

Of course, all of this discussion presumes that the president’s budget is a serious piece of work. But it is less serious than his budget was last year – when members of both parties dismissed it out of hand 97-0 in the U.S. Senate.

Instead, this is a political document, a page from the class warfare playbook. He is, in effect, passing out candy, knowing that a more responsible budget from the Republican-controlled House will taste of bitter medicine in comparison.

Just in time for the elections!

“The president knows that we are headed over a cliff,” says syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, “and he just wants to get past election day. This is a budget worthy of Greece, and for the president of the United States to offer it, knowing how dire our situation is, is truly scandalous.”

Give the president this much credit: However cynical and useless, he has now produced more budgets than Harry Reid’s Senate, which hasn’t passed one in more than 1,000 days.

This is the state of leadership today in what the world looks to as the most got-it-together country.

Heaven help the world.

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omnomnom
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omnomnom 02/17/12 - 01:29 am
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Curb the war economy, save a

Curb the war economy, save a few trillion. Reunite families. <3 u Ron Paul

specsta
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specsta 02/17/12 - 03:00 am
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So - the obvious solution is

So - the obvious solution is for the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes, eliminate corporate welfare, stop locking folks up over the "War on Drugs", and stop fighting wars started by Republican administrations.

Will the right-wingers support that?

Or will it still be worship of the wealthy, "corporations are people, too" and should pay no taxes, finding another sovereign nation (Iran?) to attack and splurging on $32,000 per inmate per year for the two million folks locked up in this country (at a pricey 64 billion dollars?)

Then add the number of additional welfare/food stamp recipients due to lack of access to freely-available birth control - which could certainly happen under the leadership under a right-wing cabal of "morality" enforcers.

Now who's adding to the deficit?

allhans
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allhans 02/17/12 - 07:02 am
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Most of what Obama puts out

Most of what Obama puts out for the public to see is political. And especially his "outline" for a budget. Gets him votes, you know. Put a little a crap-pe out there and laugh when the GOP says"NO" as was the intent. Trickery is the correct word.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 02/17/12 - 07:13 am
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SPECSTA, you carefully
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SPECSTA, you carefully avoided making people who are able work, and increasing the number of taxpayers from the current 50% who don't pay a dime into the system. You also didn't mention congress and the president passing a balanced budget amendment, making them live within their means like the rest of us have to do. Yeah, that'll go over real well with the liberals, who think others should pay.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/17/12 - 07:14 am
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The wealthy already pay most

The wealthy already pay most of the federal taxes now, the bottom fifty percent of American house holds pay nothing in Federal income tax. How does more taxes help. that is like the family with $50,000 dollars in credit card debt thinking if they only get $100 more a month in income they can spend $200 more a month on credit cards.. Liberal finnancing

Techfan
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Techfan 02/17/12 - 09:30 am
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Let's see. The TEE Center and

Let's see. The TEE Center and parking deck, which is designed to bring $$$$ into Billy Morris' coffers cost around $30 million. The average welare payment (TANF and food stamps) for a family of 4 in Ga is $1,000 per month. So Billy received as much as over 8,000 welfare recpients receive in a year. How can they write about government spending with a straight face?

JRC2024
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JRC2024 02/17/12 - 09:44 am
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At least he will be bringing

At least he will be bringing dollars into the community and the welfare types take dollars. I bet he already pays his fair share. Want to bet the welfare types pay nothing.

charlesaiken
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charlesaiken 02/17/12 - 09:49 am
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JRC, You can't argue with

JRC, You can't argue with Hussein supporters. But then they are Hussein supporters.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 02/17/12 - 09:50 am
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I respectfully submit that,

I respectfully submit that, serious as the deficit is, the greatest threat to our nation is ignorance. When millions of conservatives think that Hawaii doesn't know how to issue a birth certificate, are convinced that modern science is a hoax, are convinced that our navy is weaker than it was 100 years ago, believe that Iraq was behind 9/11, and feel that the Civil War was only yesterday (and that the Yanks beat us only by cheating), we have a problem that no amount of editorializing will ever correct.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 02/17/12 - 10:07 am
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Rhetor, I agree that

Rhetor, I agree that ignorance is a great threat. I also know that alot of our representatives do not want to make the hard cuts in all the government programs but it needs to be done. The ones that will hurt the most are the takers but they will just have to reside to the fact that their ride is over. Incomes will have to go down to get manufacturing back to this county and people will also have to learn to live within their means. I know our navy is stronger and could care less who won the civil war in 1865. I only care about what is happing now and will happen in the future if our leaders do not get things under control.

faithson
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faithson 02/17/12 - 10:10 am
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The only thing worse than

The only thing worse than another Obama administration, would be the effort it takes to be in support of the 'other' party. Rhetor says it best, to support Charles Krauthammer and his quote, “and he just wants to get past election day.' you must believe in a scenario that is completely based upon fictions, fictions that are enunciated by the AC and these self-serving nincompoops who's only real interest is 'self-aggrandizement'. To many hoops to jump on the republican side, just to be 'one'.

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harley_52 02/17/12 - 10:19 am
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For the next nine months

For the next nine months we'll be living in Fantasyland. Where high unemployment numbers are good, where skyrocketing debt is just dandy, where high energy prices are a good thing, more illegal immigrants are good for society, higher taxes are a boon to economic growth, and anybody disagreeing with Obama's policies are racists.

Get used to it, folks. The left (including their sycophant media) are here to sell you all the snake oil they can bundle. If Obama wins a second term the Constitution and Capitalism are finished and the spin machine will be in high gear to try and make it happen. Just remember...these ultra-lefties represent about twenty percent of the population and can only win if they are able to convince you that down is up, black is white, and Obama's policies are good for America.

faithson
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faithson 02/17/12 - 10:32 am
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Dichotomy; I have to take

Dichotomy; I have to take you to task. Had; FL Secretary of State not disenfranchised 50,000 voters. WE would NOT, and I mean NOT have gone to war with Iraq. That elected administration would not have listened to the 'jewish cabal' that lead us to war. ps: got cha' eel.

allhans
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allhans 02/17/12 - 10:37 am
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eel...Wow! I hope you saved

eel...Wow! I hope you saved a spot for yourself. You and Newt would do very well together.

faithson
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faithson 02/17/12 - 10:45 am
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Harley, I understand what

Harley, I understand what your saying. Listened to Bartlett, Regan's budget boy. We are driving off a cliff and the driver only wants to keep going straight ahead, off the cliff. But, by the same token, the engine governor has broken. The fiscal republican contract has been abridged by the 'moralists', who want to WRECK the car to stop it. Bartlett as so many others, pines for the republicans to return to their 'fiscal responsibility' He and others have seen work in the past. Many including the AC would have a mix of 'morals' and 'fiscal' in one basket. There is a real need for 'finance reform' along with tax reform. I hope the better in each party can come together to 'slow' down the driver.

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Jon Lester 02/17/12 - 11:43 am
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The time to speak up about
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The time to speak up about government borrowing was during the Reagan administration, but of course he and his conservative successors are above reproach around here. Only now, when a president of color who otherwise governs more like Eisenhower than any of his other predecessors, do you sound the alarm.

TParty
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TParty 02/17/12 - 12:00 pm
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As much as I don't like

As much as I don't like Obama- the editorial only hit the nail on head at the end with "[Obama] has now produced more budgets than Harry Reid’s Senate, which hasn’t passed one in more than 1,000 days."

The democratic party in congress the dangerous part. They control the purse, the budget. They don't want to do anything though, nothing at all unless it lines their own pockets. While doing nothing, they play victim saying the Republicans are mean and scary. When Rand Paul proposed a tough budget (and it was hard, but we need to cut back) how many attacks came from the left? It's out of control.

Obama and all other Presidents can only make promises. They don't really control too much- and when they do they are probably exceeding their powers, but I digress.

Congress controls the money, and the democratic party cannot even propose a budget. I've asked liberals all the time- 'Where is the budget?' and they reply "Oh, the republicans will filibuster it." Every time I'm like Who has filibustered? Oh no one? You just want to blame someone else.

We have a serious fiscal problem in this country and everyone is going to have to cut back some. We can stop with the Bush tax cuts that Obama extended- that would cover a lot of ground. Simplify the tax code, lower the corporate tax rate, and reform medicare and social security.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/17/12 - 12:25 pm
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I will bet all the liberals

I will bet all the liberals that the SENATE controlled by the Democrates will not pass Obama's bloated budget..even if all the "rich' were taxed at 100% of their income they would not pay for Obama's deficit. Unemployment is still above 8% dispite Obama and Democrates spending over $800 billion dollars, and Obama still hasn't cut the deficit in half like he promised, Gitmo is still open and one good month doesn't make a recovery.. but I will agree the earth has stoped heating the oceans have stoped their rise (of course the earth really wan't warming and the oceans really weren't rising)...LOL

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/17/12 - 01:22 pm
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effete elitist liberal:

effete elitist liberal: “Don’t wait until it’s too late—reserve your seats today!”

Nominee for the 2013 Snark of the Year Awards; best post in the humor category using actual fringe claims and beliefs.

allhans
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allhans 02/17/12 - 01:31 pm
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Did eel say whether we need a

Did eel say whether we need a passport for the trip to space. Will a green card do?

allhans
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allhans 02/17/12 - 01:43 pm
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Funnee!!!Obama's

Funnee!!!Obama's America.heeheeheeheehee.........

carcraft
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carcraft 02/17/12 - 02:20 pm
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ELL- I have raynods syndrome

ELL- I have raynods syndrome and I don't slaways hit the right key, but it does give you sometning else to occupy your time with while waiting for Obama to cut the deficit, close Gitmo or reduce unemployment ...

kmb413
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kmb413 02/17/12 - 02:31 pm
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I am so glad I had not posted

I am so glad I had not posted on here earlier. I have dyslexia, I would hate to point out discrimination due to disability by a liberal.

twolane
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twolane 02/17/12 - 02:32 pm
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war economy what we spend on
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war economy what we spend on wars is not even a quarter of what we spend on absolutely nothing but politicians pet projects....and prison....we have more people in prison than some countries have as an entire population.....and there are thousands in prison that did not have enough dope to qualify for the intent laws.....its the mandatory sentences the rest just like in richmond county are locked up over speeding tickets and they didnt pay the probation officer.....in ga alone we have more people on parole and probation than folks in prison in california.....stop the corrupt and big business of for profit legal system

twolane
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twolane 02/17/12 - 02:35 pm
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and its pretty funny that
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and its pretty funny that almost ALL DEMOCRATS voted for the war in iraq.....

KSL
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KSL 02/17/12 - 02:44 pm
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eel, if you are so concerned

eel, if you are so concerned about grammar and punctuation, you should be totally upset with today's education. They are failing miserably. Thank you very much, feds. There is a huge correlation between the decline in public education and the creeping government interference.

As for me, I know every rule of grammar and punctuation. I was an English major. I guarantee that every paper I wrote, no matter how well written and researched it was, would receive a letter grade less for every 3 grammar, spelling, or punctuation mistake (obvious typos included). You seem like a person who is very insecure and who takes great pleasure in putting others down. Really brilliant and self-assured people just don't have to do that.

No doubt you are intelligent. Please make you points without putting others down, if you are indeed intelligent enough to do so.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/17/12 - 02:49 pm
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EEL, I is wondering bout the

EEL, I is wondering bout the spelling/punctuation ting meself; it does come accross as blather pettie.

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Riverman1 02/17/12 - 02:53 pm
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effete elitist liberal:

effete elitist liberal: “Don’t wait until it’s too late—reserve your seats today!”

So EEL is the "Airplane" girl?

allhans
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allhans 02/17/12 - 03:52 pm
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Wasn't there a girl under the

Wasn't there a girl under the desK?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/17/12 - 08:29 pm
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The biggest threat to the

The biggest threat to the American republic is citizen apathy.

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