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Published: Tuesday, July 5 2011 5:10 p.m. MDT

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Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

We didn't have to be here you know. At the end of the Clinton administration after cutting all kinds of spending we were headed towards paying the debt down when it was only 5 trillion.

Thanks Bush and republicans for 2 upaid wars, unbalanced tax cuts and medicare part d that got us here.

Taxes paid are at a 50 year low. Where are those jobs?

Clydesdale
Tooele, UT

All Clinton did was steal from Social Security, oh wait I think he used the word borrow. No amazing economics skills there. Yes both party's are to blame, but only the Republicans seem interested in "repentance" right now.

Rickety
Kaysville, UT

If the Republicans want spending cuts then all they have to do is refrain from raising the debt limit. They do not need a single Democrat. If the Democrats want to raise taxes they will need some Republicans to go along.

The Republicans get what they want either way.

the truth
Holladay, UT

As per usual,

NO new ideas from the democrats, just tax more, spend more, and more debt.

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

What does the last paragraph of the article really mean. 200 billion from medicare and medicaid, 200 billion from farm subsidies. These are not real cuts at least not annual cuts. Last time I checked 2.4 Trillion over 10 (1 decade) is 2.4 billion. Now if there is already 400 billion in cuts multiple them over 10 years and the deal is more than done. Obviously, smoke and mirrors in these numbers. The deal was raise the debt ceiling that gives the Obama administration all the revenue they need as they operating with out a budget, for equal cuts. But, the administration and senate now changed the deal. They want the raise in the debt ceiling, plus revenue or in other word not an equal amount of cuts. The President calls this a balanced approach, but really is the latest shift of an administration that refuse fiscal integrity.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Republicans are happy to spend on their programs, cut programs for the poor, and give subsidies, credits and loop[holes to the rich. The Dems have agreed to huge cuts and have asked for the rich to contribute to the solution. If you think the Republicans are looking out for you, you are either rich, or you are seriously deluded.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Sadly I have to explain the obvious. Taxing and spending doesn't cause debt. You can only do that by borrowing. Regan tripled the national debt and Bush doubled it.

Regan and Bush took more from the SS trust fund than Clinton.

Republicans are repentant? Why because they aren't in the position to spend? Do you remember Chenney telling us that deficits don't matter?

If you oppose the national debt and you are a republican, you are mixed up.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

No matter how much money we give the government (taxes) it will never be enough. Its like blaming the "rich" for not giving enough alcohol to an alcoholic. Our problem is a spending problem, hence our exploded national debt! Also, it is not logical to blame past or current Presidents. We get what we vote for! We vote for people who promise to give us things we can't afford, can't pay for or haven't earned, what do we expect the results will be?

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Screwdriver | 7:08 a.m. July 6, 2011

Actually spending IS the reason for debt. When you spend more than you have the result is ALWAYS the same.

If you oppose the national debt and you believe in spending less than you make and putting the rest into savings you are a Republican. If you believe that you can spend your way out of debt by increasing your debt ceiling you are a liberal Democrat. Ex-Gov. Gray Davis in California is a typical example and he gave his play book to Obama.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

screwdriver,

increase under Reagan (8 years) $1.7 trillion (about the same as BO's first year)

Increase under bush Jr. (8 years) $4.3 trillion

Increase under BO (2 years, 5 months) $4.3 trillion.

No amount of referrence to Reagan and/or Bush can hide the fact that BO is the WORST deficit spender we've ever had.

Esquire,
the rich ALREADY ARE contributing to the solution. They are the ONLY ones paying any taxes. Giving someone less than what you gave them before is NOT taking from them.

Flying Finn
Murray, UT

Re: Screwdriver | 5:21 p.m. July 5, 2011
"Where are those jobs?"

Obama's job stimulus package cost $278,000 for each job created. Pretty good investment ..... if you are a liberal.

There is a sucker born every minute and they all believe the government is the answer to their problems.

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