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Struggles over taxes, spending and debt will continue in Washington

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2 2013 10:32 p.m. MST

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Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

With a leader like Obama, coupled withy Harry Reid, look for the worst. Buckle up, there is a muddy road ahead.

Albert Maslar CPA (Retired)
Absecon, NJ

America is living in the new age of never-ending crises simply because the first crises were "kicked down the road" and now there is a confluence of unsolvable problems in which either solution or none are equally damaging, promising a long-lasting economic winter. Speaker John Boehner has led his party to lose some of its numbers in the 2012 election portending a further decline and possible loss of the House in 2014. Both political parties have failed America but Boehner is particularly the culprit as he could have single-handedly blocked even ObamaCare by pulling a Harry Reid and not putting it to a vote. Ditto with the increases in borrowing limits and Continuing Resolutions in lieu of the Constitutionally mandated annual budget, now for the fourth year of Harry Reid;s failure to honor the Constitution. Boehner's strategy to "live to fight another day," has been notable only for its cowardice to bite the bullet in the beginning of his majority. Untreated serious disease eventually is fatal and there is no surgeon on hand willing or able to tackle the job. The time may have come for the E-Party, "None of the Above."

grammasmitty
American Fork, UT

How DARE you report that the so called "cliff" has been avoided? HOW DARE YOU? If nothing had done, we would be paying an additional $200 a month in taxes. They decided on just 1 tax issue which reduced that number down to $150 a month (in social security taxes). Please explain to me just what was avoided?????

raybies
Layton, UT

I don't understand why government wants us to pat it on the back and say "Good job" when the problem was entirely avoidable in the first place, was only a crisis because they made it one, and ultimately the solution they came up with was craptacular. This current administration is like the playground bully who beats you up and then wants you to pay him for the pleasure.

worf
Mcallen, TX

On January 22nd, we are giving ten F-16 jets, and two hundred tanks to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Why are we giving billions of dollars, and these kinds of weapons to them, when we are so far in debt? Is this why we pay taxes?

Are we creating another kind of cliff?

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The apparent loss only adds more fuel to the fire of hate and greed of the anti-people groups.

worf, Mcallen, TX

Meanwhile it’s business as usual for the millionaires who build and sell the F-16 jets and tanks.

I-am-I
South Jordan, UT

"the latest victory in chipping away at the deficit"? are you kidding me des news? the man has added trillions to it and his "life saving" legislation on new years day didn't change anything. we are still spending too much. "chipping away" does not mean what he nor any of our politicians have done.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

We have an actor President that won't let a crisis go by and makes a crisis from nothing to make him always have a reason to have government intervention.

This is not just a tax issue but a humongous spending issue that hasn't been stopped and is growing more than mold or a mushroom with entitlements promised to every citizen and non-citizen alike. The President always wants to spend as if it it actually growing green bills on the trees he won't allow anyone to cut down.

Spending limits will come up again shortly and this President may be able to talk a good spin and our last President couldn't talk.

Congress is our balance from the 400 plus districts and the 50 states with their 100 U.S. Senators should be diplomats for us but have turned into politicians instead. Representatives only have 2 years and are on the road after a year trying to keep their seat. But even Senator Hatch saw that he could go against the grain as he has 6 years and no reelection campaign and voted for the diplomat type working condition. Good or bad, statesmanship qualities can be good to work issues.

JimInSLC
Salt Lake City, UT

The Military Industrial Complex that Eisenhower warned of, and the Secret Societies that Kennedy warned of are still in power in Washington pulling the strings of the puppets that we elect to office. They have found that playing on the fears of people allows them to get American Citizens to go along with anything. Want a war? No problem, create an attack and accuse another. President Obama voted into office on the promise of "Hope and Change" just gives us more of the same; Thanksgiving Day he pardons a turkey, Christmas Day he authorizes drone strikes. America is the number one exporter of wars, weapons, Blackwater Mercenaries, and Halliburton profiteers so that corporations can rob people of other countries of their resources, the taxpayer gets the bill and the american serviceman pays the ultimate price. The founding fathers knew that they would one day be held accountable by a higher power. If only those elected to govern today based their decisions with the same knowledge, they would do what is best for the people and not what is best for thier pocketbooks.

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