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Published: Thursday, Nov. 15 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Anyone wishing to avoid the "fiscal cliff" needs to acknowledge something: they are in favor of higher deficits. Going over the "cliff" cuts the deficit in half, so all those who claim to be deficit hawks (like me) should be in favor. Granted, it's a stupid way to reduce the deficit, but stupid seems like the only way we can get congress to do anything.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

It's about time.

Far East USA, SC

"do as I wish, or I will drive this bus off the cliff and you will get the blame."

The GOP would get the blame, only because it will be clear to the masses that they would be at fault.

Even Bill Kristol (hyper conservative) said this week -

"You know what? It won’t kill the country if Republicans raise taxes a little bit on millionaires. It really won’t, I don’t think.

I don’t really understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000. Make it $500,000, make it a million.

Really? The Republican party is gonna fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic, and half of whom live in Hollywood and are hostile to Republicans?

Christian 24-7
Murray, UT

That has been the president's message to congressional republicans since he took office, except for the first 2 years there were no bones offered.

Well summerized Mr. Brown!

It would be nice if he took a class in how to negotiate with others for the common good. Making threats and demands will not help this country move forward. But sadly that is what we can expect for 4 more years.

Ogden, UT

One thing I took away from the press conference...Obama admitted that he (the White House)sent Susan Rice out, five days after the terrorist attack, to go "forward" (yes, pun intended) with the false narrative of the video.


The survey by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post found 51 percent of those polled said they don’t think President Barack Obama and Congress will be able to agree on a package of tax increases and spending cuts to replace the automatic reductions in government spending and the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts scheduled for Jan. 1. Thirty-eight percent said they expected Obama and Congress to cut a deal.

If lawmakers fail to reach a deal, 53 percent said Republicans in Congress will bear responsibility, compared with 29 percent who said Obama will be at fault and 10 percent who chose both sides.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

No, even if you do play nice, he STILL won't say anything nice about them.

Granted, it's a stupid way to reduce the deficit, but stupid seems like the only way we can get BO and reid to do anything.

The truth is, BO and the dems know how to manipulate the masses, along with their complicit lamestream media.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Mr. Obama is the President. He has no legislative authority. All budget bills originate in the House. (Article I, Section 7: "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills. . .")

Notice that nothing is said that the Senate must agree on the budget; however, the Senate may NOT originate budget bills. Obama has no Constitutional authority in the budget. The Senate has no Constitutional authority to force the House to do anything with the budget.

The House has a majority of Republicans. Republicans are clearly in charge, not Obama.

Revenue MUST be increased, but tax rates must NOT be raised. More workers will increase revenues and will decrease government welfare payments. Providing incentives for businessmen to hire more workers is the lowest cost path to increasing revenues.

Obama opposes hiring workers. He has crippled business. He increased welfare has added to the deficit. He needs to sit back and let businessmen solve the financial mess by hiring more workers who pay income taxes. Taking one million workers off welfare will save $30 billion in welfare payments and it will generate tax revenue.

salt lake city, utah

So Mr. Brown you missed the part where the President when pressed by Chuck Todd on the tax increases said he wasn't wedded to increasing taxes but was committed to increasing revenues from those making over $250,000. That's not just a wink to the Repbulican leadership it's a gift of epic proportions. So Mr. Brown and Christian 24-7 you're both absolutely wrong about the Presidents attitude and his negotiating skills..but then why would anyone be surprised at that. Republicans demonstrated over the past year that their view of reality is a big illusion.

Millcreek, UT

Mr. Brown is completely right about the first point. President Obama is the legally elected president of the United States. Mitt lost. This is how a republic works. Your guy doesn't always win.

Salt Lake City, UT

Lost in DC: "Granted, it's a stupid way to reduce the deficit, but stupid seems like the only way we can get BO and reid to do anything."

This is a budget showdown that Republicans overwhelmingly approved. The president is just pointing out that elections have consequences, and if the GOP hopes to get any credit whatsoever for deficit reduction they can only do so by intelligently playing the hand that they dealt themselves.

But speaking of "stupid," I like this the best.

AP news story from Tuesday, reporting on Republican governor Bobby Jindal's remarks to the Republican Governors Association:

"Louisiana's Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal has asked Republicans to "stop being the stupid party" as he forcefully rejected Mitt Romney's claim that President Barack Obama won with "gifts" to minorities and young voters."

Amazing! A grown-up has dared rear his head in the GOP!

J Thompson

If Obama is serious about reducing the deficit, let him donate $1 million to the treasury today. Let him lead by example. If there is one person in America who could give away $1 million without sacrificing his home, his meals, his transportation, or his entertainment, it would be the President. Everything paid for by the people. He will not be hungry. He will not be homeless. He will not walk around in rags.

Let him lead by example. Let him get the rich Democrats in Congress to donate their millions to the treasury. Let him get the rich entertainers to donate their millions to the treasury.

All he is doing is being a miser even as he tells Republicans that they need to raise taxes on others.

Let him lead by example.

Let him show us how giving HIS money to the government will help US.


Obama already compromised with Republicans when he extended all the Bush tax cuts in 2010. Now it is the Republican's turn to step forward and forge a compromise with Obama.

one old man
Ogden, UT

It's not hard to see who has the common man's interests at heart.

Hint: It's not the GOP.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT


Reducing unemployment from 7.9 percent to 3 percent would not give us enough revenue. We need to increase revenue substantially, which means closing loopholes AND raising tax rates. A majority of Americans favor increasing taxes. The super rich know they need to pay more, and groups of them have banded together to lobby Congress along these lines. It is only the Republican Party apparatus, which has been hijacked by Grover Norquist, that will fall on its sword to defend the rights of millionaires and billionaires to save 4.6 percent of their taxable income (the result of allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire. Oh, by the way, those tax cuts were intended to be temporary. That's why Congress put an expiration date on them. HELLO.

Salt Lake City, UT

The GOP has the tax payers (common man) interest at heart. If higher taxes reduced the deficit and were not wasted by the government, I would gladly pay. We cannot afford more crony wasting like the 38 failing or failed green industries funded at the common man's expense or the General Accounting Office spending more than $900,000 on a Vegas party. Obama won the election buy Romney's 49% of the voted clearly shows that Obama does not have a mandate to be a dictator. Obama has chosen Hugo Chavez as his role model.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT


1. Yes, he is the President, get over it.
2. Yes, Republicans had better start compromising or they WILL get the blame.

I might add:
3. There's another House Congressional election in 2 years. All 435 seats will be up for grabs. Congress only has a 14% approval rating as is -- The GOP only remains in power today due to the gerrymandering of voting disctricts [According to Princeton University, The GOP lost the popular vote in the House last week]. The GOP LOST seats in both the House and the Senate this race -- One more bone-head stalemate this time around will doom the Republican Party for the next 10-12 years.

Republicans need to "stop being the party of stupid" ~ Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Loosing the elections and then taking America hostage by pointing a gun at our head is a cowardly fool's way of getting what you want. It won't end pretty is all I can say.

salt lake, UT

@mike richards
the tax cuts that where suppose to lead to more workers has not worked for 11 years why do you think it is magically going to work now? Save your magical thinking for religion.


@Mike Richards
In one sentence you say Congress is in charge, the next sentence you are saying Obama crippled business, how is this possible in your scenario?

Far East USA, SC

" All budget bills originate in the House. ..." The Senate has no Constitutional authority to force the House to do anything with the budget."

"The House has a majority of Republicans. Republicans are clearly in charge, not Obama."

And yet, you constantly blame Obama for not passing a budget.

Which way is it Mike. Consistency. Thats all I ask for.

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