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Published: Wednesday, April 10 2013 8:20 a.m. MDT

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Millsap fan
Taylorsville, UT

This plan will continue to de incentivize the successful business owner knowing more and more of his success is being taken from him. Meanwhile Obama offers to raise low to moderate income families' children for them through this government funded preschool. Also, Obama's plans for building roads and bridges. What happens to the workers when the projects end? Back to unemployment because business owners won't be able to hire due to new tax laws and paying for obamacare.

md
Cache, UT

Obama has been terrific with his prior budget.....wait....this is his FIRST budget. He has been President for 51 months and this is his first budget. He has added 9 trillion to our debt. He continues to penalize success. He continues to weaken our country morally, economically and militarily. What a failure.

Tulip
West Jordan, UT

And it's still not balanced...

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

Some observations and questions.
Why do we always hear about budgets that are supposed to go 10 years, when a new budget is required every year. How can a President or Congress even try to fool us the people with talk of the next 10 years? 10 years from now, we will have a new President, and many of the current people in Congress will be gone. And whoever is in the White House and Congress then will surely be talking about the "new" budget of 2023. Not of what budget was done 10 years before.

Why was the "infrastructure" not fixed with the first 800 billion that Obama said was going to be used for shovel ready jobs?

When Obama says he will protect the "very elderly", just where does that age begin?

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

More taxes and more spending as far as the eye can see! Results: more debt, fewer jobs and higher unemployment as far as the eye can see!

HS Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

United we stand, divided we fall. Most of the posters on this blog and their Tea Party leaders will continue to try and trip this great country up until we fall. Their doomsday prosticnations over the past 4 years have not come to pass. This is a great country that has become paralysed by extreme right wing nuts. Our country's greatest sign for a positive future lies with our youth. They overwhelming vote and speak out against these right wing anarchist and their narrow minded views. It's just a matter of time before the Tea Party joins McCarthyism in the dump bin of American history.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Wow, an honest assessment from the AP!! It actually acknowledges that taxes have already been raised on the wealth when it says “raising taxes further on the wealthy”.

BO’s plan includes ADDITIONAL $50B for infrastructure. So much for cutting. BO says it’s paid for by more taxes or deeper cuts elsewhere. Why not just reduce the deficit by another $50B?

Reducing increases by $130B and raising taxes by $580B is NOT a balanced approach, ESPECIALLY with increased spending for infrastructure and day care.

“(BO) has presided over four straight years of annual deficits totaling more than $1 trillion”

According to the treasury, bush’s average deficits, INCLUDING off-budget expenditures, were around $500B. BO is the WORST ever!

HS Fan,
Repubs can come along for the ride if they want, but they’ll have to ride in the back.

Bush stole the election from gore.

Judicial nominees get “borked”

Who is being divisive?

Actually, most of the posters are expressing their support for efforts to limit the damage the current mistake in the WH is doing.

And where is the DEM support for BO's budget? Hmmm?

md
Cache, UT

@HS Fan
So, if a person is critical of a president who is failing, you call them "narrow minded" and "right wing nuts". You assume everyone who disagrees with the president is a Tea Party member?

I remember, during GWB presidency, how many people from the left were saying horrible things about Bush. If the same things are said about this president, the left calls "foul!" or "United we stand, divided we fall".

Bush had many failures.
Obama has far more failures.

If you believe that this country is on the right track, you are delusional. We are quickly headed in the direction of France, Greece, Cyprus, Venezuela. Socialism doesn't work.

I pray for an independent leader in the next election who can help us dig out of this mess.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Ten commandments and BO:

* Thou shalt not lie--you will not see your taxes rise a single dime, cutting the deficit in half.
* Thou shalt not bear false witness--it's George Bushes fault, it's sequester, Mitt didn't pay enough taxes.
* Thou shalt not steal-- billions in benefits, rock parties, and vacation subsides.
* Thou shalt not commit adultery-- free birth control
* Thou shalt not covet--you didn't build that, you can pay a little more, the greedy rich.
* Thou shalt not kill--Bin Laden, abortion, collapse the economy

This guy wants to transform our country?

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm laughing. Nobody has even seen the beginning of job losses due to small businessed being mandated to buy Obamacare.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

Obama's last proposed budget did not get a single vote in the House of Representatives. Not even a single vote from Democrats. That's how far from political reality his fiscal ideas are. This budget appears to be no different.

Obama's idea of reducing spending is to cut back on the amount of increases he previously proposed... not on the actual spending numbers. It's very deceitful to those not knowing the difference.

It's interesting to note this would be his first proposed budget that has less than a trillion dollar deficit, but still over 50% higher than the highest deficit during the Bush years. Incidently, Obama called Bush's highest deficit "immoral to be passing such debt along to future generations". It's very hypocritical that every one of Obama's budgets have more than doubled that highest deficit of Bush. In fact, his combined 4 year deficits are higher than the total combined deficits of every other president since our country was founded. Numbers don't lie. That's something that politicians do. Then gullible voters re-elects the best of those liars. Then all of us pay the price.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Balanced approach is great. A family needs to get a second job to pay for excessive bills. They shouldn't force a short sale or take bankruptcy by refusing to pay.

Beaver Native
Garland, UT

Again, we seem to be robbing from those who have put so many years paying into the Social Security and Medicare funds to find they are being robbed by the government. We have an obligation to take care of our parents who no longer take care of themselves. Agreed, not all elderly fit into this category, so perhaps a better solution is to fix the system, rather than rob from those who truly need it.

Superfluous
Anaheim, CA

Sounds like he's become possessed by Republicans.

Oh well....he still can't do worse than anyone the GOP has pushed on us in the last ten years.

Why has voting become choosing the least damaging candidate?

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Check out the stock market. The market likes the budget. If Romney was so great for business market would be what...20,000?

bballjunkie
Pleasant Grove, UT

WOW! did not see this coming throughout the debates I could swear he said no more taxes espeacially on the middle class! That whole not raising taxes and bash Romney talk just went out the window. I would like to thank everybody who voted for this guy, and for help being a part of tearing down this great Nation. I hope you all can sleep well.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Well, since Reagan repubs have cut services, increased spending and cut taxes on the wealthy while putting the tax burden on the poor and middle class.
All this has done nothing more than increase the deficit exponentially and of course non of the repubs care about it when it's a repub doing the increasing.
At least Obama has a realistic view of raising taxes while cutting spending.
Things worked very well on this concept when Clinton was president, who left Bush with a large surplus which was quickly spent in just months of Bush taking office.
Nobody who voted for Reagan or the Bushes have any legitimate reason to complain about deficits.

TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

Stock Market is running higher not because of the economy, but because of QE3.....it has nothing to do with Obama! If anything the market is artificially inflated and eventually it will correct itself. All that cash created sitting on the sidelines rather than be invested in jobs because of Obama's unstable economic policies are in the stock mkt.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, Romney would have corrected the market to 5000, slashed government jobs and done a Hoover double down.

md
Cache, UT

@Ernest T. Bass re"At least Obama has a realistic view of raising taxes while cutting spending."

Really? Realistic? I take it you are on the public dole, rather than creating any jobs or paying heavily into a system that is broken. I currently pay 42% federal taxes, 5% State taxes, and a litany of other taxes that essentially overload me with >50% of my income being sent to the government. How is that fair? And you think I should have that amount raised? Really? As long as it doesn't hurt you, you don't care about it huh?

Your idea of realistic economics is self-serving and ridiculous. Just like Obama's.

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