If President Obama's commission's proposals actually get approved and
implemented as written, he may be one of the greatest presidents in the history
of the country. We pray for his success.
I agree with other comments on this board: vote out any politician that won't
vote for these recommendations or other similar recommendations. American
citizens need a clear-cut, well defined plan proposed by our government for
getting us out of debt over a defined period of time. If someone votes against
the plan, get them out of office.We the People must stand up and
take charge. We must be informed. We must vote. We must be involved in the
process by letting our representatives and senators hear us. Of course getting
our country back onto solid financial footings will be painful. But everyone
knows what will happen if we don't make these changes."Change", now that is an interesting word that we heard a lot of
from our president 2 years ago. We know the kind of "change" he was
talking about now, don't we? He is the exact opposite of what this country
needs. Barack will expand government, increase spending, and enslave everybody.
Barack has got to go.
For those who think this will put a dent in...look at the pie chart of federal
expenditures. Most of the money goes to Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security,
Defense, and interest...in that order. The rest of the federal government is a
tiny sliver. Entitlement spending is where we need to focus in the long term. It
is not sustainable.
$3 in cuts for every $1 in tax increases. I like it a lot. Grover's comments
are spot on. The problem is these recommendations are needed and responsible,
so they won't be enacted. Pelosi "The commissions recommendations give us
a non starter." That comment alone tells the nation why she led her party
out of power. They wont even talk about fiscal responsibility.
The far-right hates it, the far-left hates it. It must be okay.
You need to remember that the "debt commission" was something created
by this Pres. The "raising taxes part" will MOST LIKELY HAPPEN. Not
so much with the "cutting government part"!Americans don't
mind paying for essential services, what we DO MIND though, is seeing mass
amounts of waste, higher than average salaries for federal employees, sending
OUR TAX DOLLARS to the U.N. directly, and supporting illegal aliens INDIRECTLY.
This commission is spot on. I will not vote for anyone who opposes the ideas put
forward by this commission. We as a nation are living way beyond our means. In
2009 we had a $1.4 Trillion dollar deficit. It is absolutely
impossible to have a balanced budget without cutting something from everything,
military, social security, medicare, and medicaid. I like lower taxes, but I'd
be willing to pay a little bit more in taxes if it means the governments has
strict rules and laws that require it to live within a budget. I'm
so sick of the government talking head politicians, that just dance around the
topics to get reelected and never solve anything. Quite frankly if
you aren't willing to consider, work on, and support this proposal you don't
belong in office. This is what are representatives are paid for.
I like what this commission is coming up with. Hard choices have to be made.
As a nation we need to grow a spine, turn down the rhetoric a notch, and move
Hopefully the Deficit panel pushes Demos, GOP off a cliff soon.Conservatives are the conservators, or conservationists, with regard to the
Constitutional government, and make all policy decisions based on the dictates
of the principle that these few delegated powers are all that the federal
government is allowed to do, and anything beyond this is unconstitutional,
unless the GOP fully intends to stay involved, interested in money, greed,
corruption, above the law, (ignore us common people unless they need your votes
while re-campaigning again), career politician's who will take money from any
special interest and say or do anything to keep his hold on power. It's secret
government by the insiders, for the insiders only today. That's for BIG BUSINESS
"ONLY" and their deep pocket's. .YOU BE THE JUDGE.Liberals are those who constantly push the limits of the national
government's constitutional mandate, to include powers that are specifically
prohibited. Leftists fall into this category because everything they attempt to
impose is specifically prohibited by the Constitution. In 2008 we
had to think about living within our means, paying cash for purchases, and
purchasing what we need, if we had anything left.
Well, our debt problems cannot solely be blamed upon the current administration.
Any country who fights too many overseas wars is bound to incur a lot of debt.
How much did the Iraq war and its follow-on policing as well as the war in
Afganistan cost us? Our job problems began 20-25 years ago when we
went for cheap labor overseas and became a service economy. WE decided to end
manufacturing here, with disastrous results. There is enough blame
in our current situation for everyone, which is why the Tea Partiers annoy me so
much. I can see that younger people in my family are beginning to
think about living within their means, paying cash for purchases, and purchasing
what they need instead of what they want and doing without. They also know now
that bad times happen. (duh) That's a good start. Too bad it took a national
economic crisis for them to think this way.
Once again, serious proposals that hold up a mirror to the size of the mess we
are in are called everything but serious by those who have to go on record
voting for them and then try to get reelected. Both parties know that cutting
anything has a peril, where borrowing to pay is what sells to the public. BOTH
parties made the mess (at our urging) now let's see them act like statesmen and
women and put real proposals on the table if these are not workable. The
election is over, the time for governing is here.
The article's leading lines miss a key point of this commission, whacking
military spending. Simpson and Bowles are spot on. Our foreign military bases
are an extreme waste of money, the cold war has long ended and these people are
our friends. End our Korean occupation, the troops never stopped the one
problem there, old man Kim, now South Korea is on its own 2 feet economically,
remove our troops. And work on diplomatic solutions to the Korea problem, and
we've demonstrated we can act militarily if necessary without remote bases.The debt reduction plan proposes some very small changes to social
security, that are badly needed. Because we are living longer, and we're not
paying enough into ss. Means test all recipients of ss, we don't need to
supplement those people who already have ample income. Make capital gains
income subject to fica, and remove the upper limit upon which we pay fica. Yes
it's income redistribution, a time honored policy since Robin Hood, it's a good
thing.Got more ideas too, when you're wealthy you better be
generous. Stop the military industrial complex already.
Alan Simpson (give us a break) Cut Congress pay and Pensions. Social Security
has already been cut by no increases. A 15 cent added federal gas tax a
joke?Cut administration in all Government. Alan go back to Wyoming dude.
Cut social security, cut public television and other entitlement programs. We're
not entitled to anything, especially those who don't work from their own
laziness.We need to make being unemployed a little more painful to
make going back to work a better plan than living on welfare.I would
rather stop paying into social security and invest that money on my own.
Currently social security gurantees or predicts 75 cents back on every dollar I
invest with them. That's just 25% loss of my money. Or I can invest that money
into the market and get a 10% return. I would rathe grow my money instead of
losing 25% and then some to the federal government. I could have had my house
paid for if it weren't for that tax.