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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013 11:23 a.m. MST

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Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Regan tripled the national debt.

W. Bush doubled the national debt.

Obama, has not factually done either.

As far as I'm concerned, for President Obama to do a better job than Republicans on the debt?

He just has to stand there.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Moving toward a single payer health system and eliminating medicare, medicaid, and health insurance companies will help a lot. I have no illusion whatsoever that we will go that way, but we should.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Pegan---look at the amount of increased spending. Did Reagan increase the deficit by seven trillion in four years? Wake up!

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Raising the debt ceiling and borrowing and spending more money we don't have is the only "ground" Obama is standing on. Its very shaky ground to say the least only kept from collapsing by the current low interest we are paying on the massive debt. When that changes, and it will, we are in deep trouble.

FT
salt lake city, UT

Comparing Obama and Regan is very relevant. Both were a disaster when it came to managing the country's budget. The spending under Regan was very similar to Obama when looking at it as a percent of GDP. Regan's two biggest fallacies were he created a perception that lower taxes are a way of reducing the debt. Totally false. The other is that when the country has a healthy, growing economy with increased revenue the goverment should pay down it's debt. The latter is why Bill Clinton is the most fiscally prudent President in our history. He actually increased taxes while the economy was growing to pay down the debt and attain a balance budget. BO won't have that option as goverment spending has been required to keep the country out of a depression. The real test of BO's resolve won't come for a few years as the economy continues to improve. Does Congress and BO raise taxes, and cut spending to balance the budget?

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

The headline confidently states, "Obama stands his ground on fiscal debates".

Yet, there are dozens of other articles by the mainstream media that describe Republicans who stand their ground as merely being "obstructionist".

Doesn't it seem blatantly slanted and unfair to describe the same behavior in almost heroic terms when done by Obama but nothing more than uncooperative when done by those with opposite ideas?

I'd say they are both standing their ground....with us in the middle.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Aw. Is it 'bad' when Obama stands his ground?

The current Republican House has passed the least amount of legislation than any in history.

3%.

Why is it bad when Obama does the same thing Republicans have been doing for 4 years?

Why do we pay Senators to vote against the well-being of America?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Pagan,
Yes, it is bad when BO stands his ground because it strands us all in a bad place.

The obstruction has been in the dem senate, where they won't even vote on bills.

BO raised the debt more in 3.5 years than bush or reagan did in 8, and you really want to compare? Really!?!?!?

BO said we need to bring the cost of healthcare down. I thought that was what Obamacare was all about. You mean it is just a lie!?!?!?

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