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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 11 2012 7:46 a.m. MST

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Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Ironic that the recent election, only a month ago now, had none of this on our minds. I wonder what percentage of those that are 'worried' about this fiscal cliff actually voted to reelect. I'd bet it's pretty high, especially as fiscal cliff problems will affect the poorer urban residents.

We need to fix our problems. We need higher taxes. We need to cut spending. If we don't then we'll keep bandaiding ourselves into a Greece/Spain/Portugal/Italy kind of problem. Then is when things will get really bad. We've got to address it all now and not wait for things to collapse 20 years from now.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

This President has done his Chicago group PR work and would put all the blame of everything on either George W. Bush or the House of Representatives. He can't even think that History would show that the Obama administration had anything to do with the fiscal cliff crisis he has invented and made public relations wise.

He did the same with anything about Mitt Romney, in the campaign.

By the Way, this President hasn't got off the campaign trail as he is in fear that his legacy, if any, would be for naught.

Mitt Romney was painted as a man that didn't care about people or our country.

Actually, President Obama should have painted that picture about himself, if you look at it. Obamacare was forced through His Congress and leadership on people that didn't want a change, even though he gave the medical care until 26 years old, which people took advantage of immediately, without the ink drying.

He demonizes everything the Republicans do but makes sure he is on the road to show all 5 networks that he is in control, pushing for the mandate that people "quote" gave him this past election.

He loves Obama.

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

JWB,

It is congress we should disdain because they control purse strings. The President can recommend, suggest, request, but it is congress who controls the federal budget. The President can't spend a dime without congressional approval.

J-TX
Allen, TX

I did not vote for a single incumbent. I am not to blame. How many of you can say that?

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Fred44, note:

This part has not been done in 3 years. The budget process begins the first month in February, when the President submits his proposal to Congress. This step established by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, not new.

The Act modified that with OMB, the largest and arguably the most powerful group in the Executive Office of the President. OMB is also responsible for overseeing management and budgets of executive branch agencies as well as advising the President on a variety of issues.

The President's proposed budget, if there was one, includes extensive supporting documentation to make the case for White House spending - and saving - priorities.

The Congressional Budget Resolution is developed following Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. This Act also created the House and Senate Budget Committees and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The Congressional Budget Resolution or proposal is for managing the federal government. It includes estimated revenue, new budget authorities, proposed outlays, net surplus or deficit, and the resulting estimated level of public debt.

House and Senate Appropriations Committees hold hearings, taking testimony from OMB, executive agency officials and others, which the President hasn't done.

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