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Published: Saturday, April 9 2011 3:25 p.m. MDT

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David
Centerville, UT

Soon Congress will get busy working on the budget for 2012, which must be signed by September 30th, 2011. The 2010 Congress (run by Dems Pelosi & Reid) failed to complete their work of the 2011 budget, which is why we just witnessed the recent efforts of Boehner, Reid & Obama.

Dems must realize that more severe budget cuts are in order, and will be the future challenge for years to come. Our national debt is so bad that it will take decades of disciplined spending to find ourselves back on solid financial footings. It is impressive to realize that Boehner's proposal to cut $4 trillion over 10 years would still leave our annual federal deficit spending at $400 billion! In other words, $4 trillion of reduced spending over 10 years is still not enough to get us to a balance.

The real battle is to get enough American's to understand the seriousness of our financial mess: When a nation's debt reaches 80% of its annual GDP, historically the nation collapses (Soviet Union is the most recent example). We are currently at 68% of debt to GDP ratio with trillions of unfunded mandates ahead.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

PS: Several U.S. anti-abortion religious leaders and leading advocates for preventing unplanned pregnancies say they are against defunding Planned Parenthood. Democratic congressional negotiators say Republicans are blocking agreement on a measure to fund the federal government because they want to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The faith leaders say the federal budget debate isn't about abortion funding, since federal law -- known as the Hyde Amendment -- bars any government money from going toward abortion services. I am a pro-life Mormon, and I know that the concerns regarding Planned Parenthood are misguided. It is clearly understood that there is no federal funding for abortion -- end of discussion. Nevada Democrat said his party is holding the line on a plan to cut Planned Parenthood off from federal money.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

David:

When will conservatives realize that much deeper cuts need to be made in Defense? There will be shared pain, my friend, including layoffs of military personnel in Utah. We can't borrow hundreds of $Billions from the Chinese and spend over seven times as much as they do on defense. This is like a bi-polar, cocaine using crazy woman at the mall with an arsenal of credit cards.

On economies collapsing at reaching 80% debt-to-GDP levels, Japan is currently at 225%. This is nothing to aspire to, but even Israel is at 77% (even though we donate several $Billion to them every year). The CIA lists US sovereign debt at 60% of GDP, #36 in a list of 128 nations carrying public debt.

It's serious and needs to be addressed, but we need to be smart about how we attack the problem. If we were to eliminate the deficit in one year, it would plunge the economy into a deep depression.

And we need to stop allowing corporations to get away with paying no (or drastically reduced) federal taxes. It's unconscionable that you & I both paid far more in taxes than GE.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: 10CC | 5:25 p.m. April 9, 2011

If Obama is going to send in cruise missiles, drop bombs and crash F-15E Strike Eagle jet fighters every time a country like Libya has a civil war he's going to need to double our defense budget. You don't get to play policeman to the world for free.

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