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Published: Friday, April 8 2011 11:30 p.m. MDT

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BoringGuy
Holladay, UT

I can't believe how hard the Republicans pushed to shut down the government. Then they tried to use necessary military spending for our defense to manipulate the system to push the Tea Party agenda through Congress.

This is not good government and Ronald Reagan would not approve of the behavior by the Republicans today. What they're trying to do is wrong.

I say throw the bums out! Enough of the Tea Party Already!

fresnogirl
Fresno, CA

That's a relief. My nephew just returned to Germany from Afghanistan. They were told that if the government shut down, they would still be expected to work, the chow hall would be closed AND they would not be paid. (Which makes it kind of hard to buy food). WHEW!

I like that they are cutting Billions out of the budget. They should try to do that every year.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Harry Reid just paid his complements to both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner for their willingness to work through their differences to reach this agreement that will cut $78.5B from the Presidents original Budget Proposal for 2011. He said that Senator McConnell and he have a terrific relationship and that he is really a pleasure to work with.

Good for Harry to be "stand-up guy" for a change. As a Republican, I will pay complements to Senator Reid for his willingness to work through the differences to reach this agreement. This is a good start to getting government spending once again under control.

Sounds like to me that most of the rancor is within the rank-and-file of both parties and not at the leadership level. The cooler more rational heads prevailed tonight.

Emajor
Ogden, UT

We almost shut down the government over $37 billion dollars? That's what, about 1% of the total federal budget? Can you say "political posturing"?

Christy
Beaverton, OR

Crisis averted. For now.

$40 billion in cuts agreed upon and the tea partiers are now vowing to get rid of Boehner for 'compromising'.

I'm really looking forward to 2o years in the future when we look back on this long gone ridiculous caucus and can have a good laugh.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Notes to "BoringGuy" and "Emajor": Try really hard to be magnanimous and be one of the cooler more rational heads tonight. Just be thankful that we have an agreement and put the negativity into your pack pockets.

Patrick Henry
West Jordan, UT

Its not enough. Everyday that we run a deficit represents another day where it proves we have not cut enough.

BoringGuy
Holladay, UT

@Patrick Henry

We may consider raising taxes in addition to cutting. Just a thought. If you're serious about fixing the debt, everything must be on the table.

KM
Cedar Hills, UT

boring guy (spender)

How bout a novel idea ... quit the insane spending!

First the politicians spend more than we can afford, and then we here people like boringguy telling us we have an undertaxation problem. In the business thats called a 'set up'.

BoringGuy
Holladay, UT

@KM

Okay, I'll listen, what spending would you cut? It's easy to get up here and say you're going to cut spending but I want specifics. Here. I'll give you your choice from some of the largest segments of the federal budget. You have to cut these in order to curtail the deficit in any meaningful way. What would you do?

1. Defense and homeland security (cutting this category would mean a smaller military and pay cuts to service members and military families)

2. Health care for Seniors (Medicare)

3. Retirement security for seniors (Social Security)

4. The Dept of Veterans Affairs (health care service for those who served the nation and payments to disabled veterans)

or

5. A combination of cutting these programs in addition to some tax increases.

Which would you cut and how much would you need to cut to balance the budget??

International Cougar Fan
Tacoma, WA

I know some that I work with in the Army were nervous about the getting 50% less for their next pay check. Those families are the ones who the press loves to exploit on TV to try to scare people. Some of us live debt free and the government shutting down would have made little impact other than us getting our pay at a later date. I hope the Federal Government learns to live within their means. It is a great way to live!

AT
Prospect, KY

Shut down postponed, not avoided. Sorry kids, not if but when. We've run out of enough foreigners to buy our debt, now we're printing and buying it ourselves (get that, we're buying our own debt!!!). Seen what's happening to the price of silver, gold, food, oil, (just about everything)? The dollar is going down the tubes. If you think the fed. govt. is doing a good job of managing the dollar, keep holding their dollars in your savings accounts (every month they're buying less and less). If you don't think they're doing a good job, you might start looking for another option (commodities: gold, silver, oil, just about anything).

Christy
Beaverton, OR

Why are we only asking, how much spending needs to be cut? and not, "why arent some of the most profitable corporations in the history of the world skating by paying zero taxes?" and not, "why are the wealthiest Americans enjoying historically low tax rates during a historically high budget deficit?"

Are all you Obama haters going to vote for Trump in 2012?

The conversation in this country needs to change.

rvalens2
Burley, ID

They cut 38 Billion dollars.

The U.S. National debt is 14,260 billion versus the 38 billion they cut.

In truth, it's but a few drops taken out of a tsunami of debt which in the end is going to devastate the U.S. economy.

The U.S. National Debt increases by 4 billion dollars each day. That means they only cut the equivalent of 9 days worth of the debt.

(Statistics comes from the U.S. debt clock.)

rvalens2
Burley, ID

By focusing our attention on this battle over a paltry (by comparison) 38 billion dollars the Republicans, Democrats and the President have diverted our attention from the real problem ... our 14.26 Trillion Dollar National Debt.

That's $45,979.00 for each and everyone one of us.

And yet we continue to argue amongst ourselves, pitting Republican talking points against Democratic ones. It's time for us to all wake up and understand the real financial peril the government has put us in.

In the history of the World, no government has ever spent or owed so much money. In the end, it will collapse and when it does I hope we all remember how they suckered us into thinking they were really doing something about the debt.

My2Cents
Kearns, UT

Wait a minute, the republicans were right to shut down Obama who has by his own actions put this country in to bankruptcy. The Republicans had no choice but to put Obama on notice that the treasury is not a private bank account for his personal use.

The Obama administration and the Democrats are the guilty party and the tragedy of this nation. Obama had to be stopped, even if it meant to shutdown government.

Now I can't believe the news media is crediting Obama with this cost cutting budget that the republicans created and stood their ground to get approved. Obama is the criminal here, not our congressmen. You democrat welfare freeloaders should be ashamed to call yourselves americans, you are pathetic and part of the economic disaster.

Gentile
brookings, SD

To BoringGuy: you nailed it. I am impressed by your simplicity of answer. Now we wait with baited breath for the next round. Yee gads.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

The Republicans got the best of the Democrats and Obama on this round! Imagine that, politicians doing what they were elected to do by the people in the last election: stopping the government from destroying our economy any further by their out of control wastefull spending! Next task: get rid of Harry Reid, gain control of the Senate and make Obama a one term President and watch the economy soar! By the way, if gasolone prices remain high or continue to climb, Republicans will win in landslides in the next election, soundly rejecting Obama's no drill energy policy, windmills notwithstanding!

mohokat
Ogden, UT

Here is what we have learned through this crisis. The Commander In Chief vowed to veto a bill that would have payed the troops through fiscal 2011. But he would not agree to defunding planned parenthood. In other words he would not fund the troops but would fund the killing of babies. I am trying to figure out(as a Veteran) how much hate I can muster.

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

Christy: I agree, the conversation needs to change. Fixing the deficit should hurt everyone: wealthy need to pay more, but 48% of Americans pay no income tax. Why are they not paying their "fair share?"

Boringguy: Here's specifics:

1)the US provides about 25% of the UN's operating budget. It's time to let some other folks pick up more of the tab.

2)disability payments have skyrocketed in the past decade because the rules and regulations are to vague and tons of people with "back injuries" and depression have filled the rolls. Clamping down in this one area could save the government as much as Congress cut from the budget last night.

3)cut military spending. This would require us to no longer be policeman for the world and drastically cut back our involvement overseas. At present this step is an economic necessity.

4)Chuck obamacare. It has cost millions already just to gear up for this approaching medical disaster.

5)Eliminate the Departments of Education and Energy. Started under Carter, these two departments have done nothing to resolve crises in either education or energy but cost us billions annually.

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