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Published: Wednesday, July 13 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Aurora, CO

Great...now our president is publicly admitting that he "bluffs"!?!?

Sanpete County, UT

To those who do not understand how Social Security can legally not be paid, conservative David Frum has written an excellent explanation. Just Google Frum Social Security checks not guaranteed.

This is no joke. And, while I would agree that we first not pay members of Congress, the sum of their salaries would not touch that which is needed for Social Security and our soldiers in the field, etc. It would be a nice symbolic act, however.

As as for the "bluff" term - it's a figure of speech. We all understand what is meant by it, so get over it. Obama is very serious in his position - he has offered compromise after compromise, but the Republicans have not budged. Even if this is not true (and I believe, from all I have read, that it is), this will be the perception the American public has, and the Republicans will be in deep trouble come election time. The average tea party member, after all, is an older, white man on or about to be on Social Security.


The Republican leadership reminds me of Yassir Arafat. They can't see the best deal is already on the table. Walking away is just gonna make it worse.

Murray, UT

This guy is so far out of his league as President it is beyond scary. Can you imagine running your household the way he is running our finances as a nation? We are totally broke and he wants to raise taxes on an already over taxed country that will only cause more unemployment and less tax revenue.

Logan, UT

"Don't call my bluff."

Barack! You sounded like Dirty Harry just then!

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

The only fathomable reason that anyone would demand that we continue to spend ourselves into bankruptcy is because bankruptcy is the goal.

Professors Cloward and Piven (married to each other) teach at Columbia University, one of the schools Obama attended. The Cloward and Piven strategy postulates that our economic system could be replaced with a socialist or communist system if they were to overburden our present system to the point that it were to collapse.

It would take only six months to turn the economy around and put us on course to balance the budget if sensible people were in the White House.

It is time for the Republicans to bluntly ask Obama, in public, if he is following the Cloward and Piven strategy. This is the only explanation.

Mcallen, TX

The people of our country puts money into social security. What has that got to do with our deficit spending? Two different accounts. Has someone been stealing money from social security?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Israel called Obama's bluff .... and he folded. First he sent US envoy George Mitchell to try and twist their arm and when that failed he gave it his personal best ..... and fell flat on his face.

Too bad Obama didn't try some bridge building with the Republicans instead of trying his in-your-face tactics .... which just aren't working the way he'd hoped.

Bronx, NY

@ CJ: He wants to raise taxes on the portion of the population most able to pay them.

And, just in case you are not aware of how our system of government works, the President does not write or pass the budget. That is done by Congress.

So if you don't like the way the finances of this country are being handled, blame them.

Port Alice, B.C.

GOP to Obama - Make my day. . .

Spanish Fork, UT


Obama's desire to take from the Rich to give to the poor is class warfare and un-American. Nearly half of all Americans do not even pay taxes while the "most able to pay" are already paying the vast majority of all taxes. These "most able to pay" are the job creators and by raising their taxes you limit their ability to create jobs.

Why are Liberals always so quick to spend other peoples hard earned money, yet I never hear about a Rich Liberal willingly paying more in taxes than what is required. I'm pretty sure that, like the rest of us, they take every deduction available.

And by the way, we did blame Congress. Did you not pay attention to the last election cycle?

Mapleton, UT

To Petra - the bluff from Obama is just that, there is plenty of money that comes in with federal withholding tax to pay SS and Medicare. Just ask Obama if he is willing not to pay SS, give a list of what he is going to pay. And to George in the Bronx, the Senate has not passed a budget in 800 days, do you see a problem with that? Maybe Congress needs to tell Obama, "don't call our bluff". This is the most arrogant, least qualified person to every be in the White House.

Sanpete County, UT

The rich and rich corporations do NOT pay their fare share of taxes - there's plenty of evidence for this, from Warren Buffet to GE. Of course, rich individuals pay most of the taxes in this nation - they have most of the money. But, by percentage, the rich do not pay anywhere near what you or I pay.

There is a reason it's called "corporate welfare." And there is a reason why Obama wants to close loopholes in the tax law that allows the rich (with their accountants) to pay only 17%. And why should someone who inherits his money and doesn't work a day in his life not pay just as much taxes as you and I? And how about that CEO several million dollar bonus that is taxed at only 15%?

(And, by the way, I would like you to tell me what jobs there are that these people have created in the past few years? Hmmmmm? Right - none. The rich and the big corporations are hoarding their money.)

It escapes me how Republicans are so naive about who these people are that need to be taxed just like the rest of us.

Salt Lake City, UT

"I never hear about a Rich Liberal willingly paying more in taxes than what is required."

Haven't heard of Rush Limbaugh's plans to not take social security or medicare either.

Anyway the American people know obama made a 4 trillion offer that was mostly spending cuts and the Republicans rejected it. McConnell is right, if there ends up not being a deal, the people will blame the Republicans because it's their fault after all.

Sanpete County, UT

Woodyff - read the article I referred you to. It explains why Social Security and soldiers come LAST to be paid, by law. David Frum is a conservative writer and his explanation is sound. This is no bluff.

Cedar Hills, UT

So the arrogant one is challenging the repubs with tax payer money. oooooh real tuff, that guy is.
Lets stop with the strutting and get down to the crux of the matter; Obama you have spent us into oblivion, so don't act like you have come to save the day. We know you all to well by now. We know your desire to fundamentally transform our country is almost complete. Behind the curtain you are laughing at the the chaos you have created. Hopefully the pubs call his bluff and get on with the adult decisions that will have to be made to right the good ship America.

Salt Lake City, UT

Seems as if the president is the only adult engaged in this process.

Bronx, NY

class warfare you say? you mean like the class warfare that conservatives have been waging for more then a decade the result of which is the largest gap in income and life expectancy we have seen, that class warfare? You can be upset about class warfare but it did not start with Obama. Obama has agreed that social services need to be cut but rightly states tax reform is also necessary for real change to happen. republicans want social services cut but stubbornly refuse to consider tax reform. So who do you think is really being unreasonable and engaging in class warfare?

Here is where republican stand at this point. they can either not be willing to be reasonable and let the country go into default and assure Obama's reelection or they can compromise and place tax reform on the table and likely alienate their base either way I would not want to be a republican senator or congressman right now they have really backed themselves into a corner.

Bronx, NY

you really have not heard of the list of Millionaires and Billionaires that have all publicly stated their taxes should be raised, the list includes people such as Bill Gates and even conservative Ben Stein.

Provo, Ut

Out of respect for the office of President of the United States I will refrain from printing what I think of the leadership skills and politics of the current office holder.

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