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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12 2013 10:45 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

If 'trickle down' economics worked when Regan was in office...

why did we George W. Bush need to sign the first bailouts?

If the Bush tax cuts worked...?

why do some blame Obama for the unemployment?

Giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans was a idea. And we tried it. The result was...

**'The $2.5 Trillion tragedy: What America has given up for 10 years of Bush tax cuts' -
By Zaid Jilani – Think Progress – 07/07/11

'While doing so, Bush promised prosperity and growth, but the nation got neither.

The cost of these budget-busting 2001 and 2003 tax cuts was, as estimated by Citizens for Tax Justice, roughly $2.5 trillion through 2010.'

salt lake city, UT

Which GOP response am I suppose to adhere too?

Far East USA, SC

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, ..... said both parties had failed voters by driving up trillion-dollar deficits. "Washington acts in a way that your family never could — they spend money they do not have, they borrow from future generations, and then they blame each other for never fixing the problem,"

Exactly right Mr Paul (and you are often wrong). I am really sick of hearing people point across the political isle and blame only the other side.

Blaming Obama for the deficit is disingenuous. And if you take an honest look, you might find that your party shoulders a good part of the blame.

Clean up your own side before looking elsewhere.

Sanpete, UT

What is "fair" share? Why should I pay more because I make more? If a man who makes 10 mil a year pays 20%, he just paid 2 mil in taxes. You don't think that's enough? All you see is he has 8 mil left in the bank, not what he already gave.
If the Hollywood stars and people like Buffet, Pelosi, Obama and others feel they "should" pay more, what's stopping them? Everyone has the address to the IRS. Write a check and send it. The fact is that they don't want to pay more, they just want the appearance.

The government neeeds to stop spending. We do have a problem, despite what Pelosi says. That's it. There is enough coming in. Stop shoving it all out.


"Republicans warned Tuesday that President Barack Obama's second-term agenda would bring more tax increases and escalate deficit spending,"

And then an eighth grade kid pointed out that congress controls spending and that no tax increase can be passed without the approval of congress.

"Republicans responded to Obama's State of the Union address with fresh appeals to voters on the economy, promises to rein in federal spending and address the future of entitlement programs like Medicare."

So they blame Obama for the spending, then say they will rein in spending. Also, republicans have fought against Medicare since before its implementation and every day since. Their latest attempt to privatize medicare is just another way to kill one of the many New Deal programs that they have always hated.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

4 years ago barack said

"I will cut the deficit in half during my first term"

It wasn't cut in half

It wasn't cut by 25%

It wasn't cut by 1%

It increased

Barack also said if allowed his


of many spendathons of 787 billion that unemployment wouldnt reach 8%

It reached 8%

It reached 9%

It reached 10%

It reached 11%

Several trillion dollars later, barack still couldnt do as he promised

You will have to forgive me for using this guys actual history as indication of how the next 4 years will be.

As opposed to his nonsense talk that 50% of the country buys into.

I look at results.

And barack,

You failed.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Does the President know anything about double-entry bookkeeping? Does he even know how to use a "spreadsheet"? Does he know anything about "budgeting"? Nothing that he has proposed shows that he would even know how to operate a newspaper route, much less the United States of America.

He demanded (and got) taxes increases on the wealthy, which will pay for less than ten days of his spending. Who is going to pay for the other 355 days? He will have to taxes every family in America at 50% or more to pay for his programs. He has already raised the taxes on every American family by $1,200 just this year. In addition, our health costs have raised by $2,500 per year. That's money that you and I have to pay, money that neither you nor I have to spend.

If Congress allows him to spend one more dime, it will be derelict in its duty.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Under barack's "leadership" we have seen percentage of citizens on food stamps increaes to all time highs in the history or our country.

And barack claims this is a "success"

What is failure then barack - everyone doing well?

BYUtah Fan
Herriman, UT

Spend Spend Spend Spend Spend Spend Spend Spend. The tune changes, but the song remains the same.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Nice painting on the wall.

Far East USA, SC

"Spend Spend Spend Spend Spend Spend Spend Spend. The tune changes, but the song remains the same."

Yup, R or D it does not matter. Spend Spend Spend.

I am quite confident that the Dems were happy with No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D,
but don't forget. They also received a "YES" vote from Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and even Paul Ryan. (along with TARP, and the Bank Bailouts)

Yes, those of you who only blame Obama and the Dems would best be served by taking a closer look.

I would be happy to vote for a Fiscally Responsible party. I just cant find one.

And if the only choice is to EITHER spend money on defense and "liberating the Iraqi people" OR helping Americans, I vote to keep the money here.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Nice to know the republicans have the folks on this message board fooled. Who spends the money? Congress. Blaming the President shows a lack of understanding of the constitution.

How about we put the blame where it belongs, the congress, both republicans and democrats. The President has an obligation to provide a budget which is his SUGGESTION. The congress has an obligation to pass a budget, meaning they control spending. The House and Senate refuse to work together, that is the problem. Again both sides are equally guilty.

The House proposes a budget that has no chance of passing in the senate so the senate ignores it and doesn't pass a budget. Both are playing political games with the lives of the American people. If anyone thinks that either party gives a hoot about you and me think again. Both parties are only concerned with what they need to do to maintain/gain power and keep getting elected.

Cedar Hills, UT

Rubio is a common sense guy. Common sense however isn't part of Obama's collective thinking.. never has been. People listen to Rubio and they say "yes that makes sense". People listen to Obama and they say " that makes zero sense and I have zero confidence it will ever happen" ..but I will vote for him anyway. What sense does that make?? America is in trouble.

Mountain View, CA

We have to have taxes to improve our country and all aspects. I think the GOP is way behind schedule. They are operating from the 16th century. Last nights State of the Union was forceful and makes me proud to be a USA citizen.

I think Obama is so strong and so powerful and will go down in history as one of the most influencial president. Buba

Cedar Hills, UT

Washington acts in a way that your family never could — they spend money they do not have, they borrow from future generations, and then they blame each other for never fixing the problem.

Cedar Hills, UT


2 facts you need to come to grip with Joe ....

Fact # 1 Obama has added 6 trillion to the national debt since taking office. The deficit went from 10 trillion to 16 trillion under Barack. Bush added 4 trillion in 8 years which was BAD but no where near Obama. Obama is on course to add 10 trillion of NEW debt based on his projected borrowing and spending upto 2016. This is a disaster for the US and worst of all for each of us who will most likely see our financial future doomed due to debt.

Fact #2 The Senate under Harry Reid has not passed a budget in 4 years. Yes 4 years. The senate is controlled by the Dem's.

I understand your frustration with both parties but let's keep the ratio's correct here. I would honestly say this spending and debt problem is out of control under Obama and his senate dem's and you here NOTHING from the democrat's to address it - only from Republicans. This has been the case for 4 years now. Paul Ryan's budget last year would have been a GREAT solution but it died in the senate.


Patriot -

You left out the fact that GW Bush ran two wars "off budget" - meaning that all of the military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan were not included in his numbers.

If I run anything "off budget" I get bill collectors calling me and my stuff reposessed. It is not one party that is responsible for the fiscal mess we have - it is both parties.

Blame will never fix it. Honesty and compromise will.....

Salt Lake City, UT

Before the Bush tax cuts we were running a surplus, ever since we have been running a deficit. What we need to do does not seem very complicated to me.

Riverton, UT

Can I add Fact #3?

The Democrats controlled the Senate and the House of Representatives the first two years under Obama.

So, the Democrats were in 100% control the first two years, and 50% control the last two years. That sounds like 75% control of Congress over the past four years.


America didn't elect a businessman with business experience.

They elected a rock-star community organizer who attracted voters drawn to "free stuff".

Since Obama can't find enough "millionaires" to fund his "free stuff", he's now forced to ask all the rest of us to pony up the money.

Finally, the middle class are finding out THEY will eventually be footing the "free stuff" so they're not liking it much.

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