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Published: Thursday, Oct. 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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DN Subscriber 2

You simply cannot believe a word this man says. His only goal is personal power, and much of what he says is demonstrably false, or contradicted by his own actions within days. He bears equal responsibility for the "senseless damage" along with his Democrat cronies in the Senate and House, and the befuddled Republicans.

It is Obama's reckless debt spending, which is already nearly equal to the entire debt run up by all previous presidents COMBINED which is the worst problem facing us. But he refuses to even consider any reduction in spending (except cutting national defense.)

Regardless, we will do this same kabuki theater all over in a few weeks when we once again run out of money to fund government operations, and need to borrow more money (assuming the Chinese are foolish enough to lend to us). Obama will demonize and demagogue the Republicans who demand timid changes, to be totally rebuffed until the last minute when they will cave. Again.

Salt Lake City, UT

DN Subscriber 2 "It is Obama's reckless debt spending,"
In ending the shutdown, the President and Democrat-led Senate accepted the Republican Budget. Obama is spending money as directed by Republicans.

Tooele, UT

Re: "Obama bemoans senseless damage"

As well he should -- he inflicted it. Made it worse at every opportunity. And prolonged it as long as possible.

Knowing all the while that the media would cover for him -- is did NPR's Morning Sedition today, in one of many sickening displays of fawning, sycophantic partisanship.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Subscriber, you really, really, really do need to do some research and learn the truth.

How much of "Obama's spending" is money that must be spent as a result of laws and obligations passed under previous administrations -- particularly that last one?

If you will make an honest attempt to learn the truth, you will amaze yourself.

NEW spending initiated by Obama and his administration is the lowest in over 50 years. What you are bemoaning is NOT Obama spending, but left over BUSH spending.

Salt Lake City, UT

@DN Subscriber 2
Obama's reckless spending? Congress is the one that passes budgets. Any need to increase the debt ceiling is because Congress made it that way (even the Ryan budget would necessitate a 5 trillion debt increase over a decade).

Far East USA, SC

"It is Obama's reckless debt spending"

A great line if the intention is to whip the base into a frenzy.

However, please point to a couple of $dollars$ that Obama has spent that was not approved by congress.

Yes, we spend too much, but if one looks at the facts the blame cannot be put on Obama.

Riverton, UT

How long will we hear that this is all Bush's fault? One old man sugests that everything is Bush's fault and that Obama holds not blame for anything. Even when Obama has done more to take away our constitutional rights than any other president.

Cedar Hills, UT

senseless damage? You mean refusing to talk for 3 three weeks? That senseless damage? A 'real' president knows how to negotiate. Barack has never managed anything in his life - just a college professor and a year in congress voting present. Negotiate? Is that where the other side does EXACTLY everything I say? No Barack that is NOT negotiating. That is called conforming and that my friends is EXACTLY what a demagogue like Barack expects.

Kennedy negotiated
Johnson negotiated
Nixon negotiated
Ford negotiated
Carter negotiated
Reagan negotiated
Bush I negotiated
Clinton negotiated
Bush II negotiated

Obama does NOT negotiate

See the patterns here? See the problems? Government does NOT work when the White House lives in another world and refuses to negotiate.

Hayden, ID

Obama's approval numbers according to a recent A.P. poll= 37% Is that the damage he is talking about?

ute alumni
paradise, UT

ideologues don't negotiate, therefore barry is doing what one would expect

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are paving the way, and rolling out the red carpet for our next president...Hillary Clinton.

Lehi, UT

Obama likes to spend money that is not his, and why not? He's been doing that his whole life. Ohhh, Bummer!

Salt Lake City, UT

"Gov't open again, Obama bemoans senseless damage"


Yes, bemoan if you will Mr. Obama, but you and your administration did and do bear large large responsibility for the "senseless damage".

To those who rightly point out that it is Congress who holds the purse strings and is and has been largely responsible for the incredible deficits we've been having in the last decade or so, and stupendous $17 **trillion** (yes, that's with a "T") debt we're now on the hook for, AND, the almost unimaginable TRUE debt (the more than 100 **trillion** in unfunded liabilities most people ignore) that is about to land on us all like a ton of bricks, I say, I agree.

I will add that it is the **President** who presides over the entire mess and who, at least since Truman, has been considered the one at whose office the buck of responsibility stops.

And, that of all the presidents since Truman, it is surely Obama who has sought most to evade responsibility for any setbacks and eagerly, rapaciously, accepted responsibility for anything he found favorable to voters.

Finally, I will point out that it is WE, the electorate, who are, ultimately, responsible.

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

How quickly he forgets or ignores the "senseless damage" his IRS folks did to the opposing party in the last election. Go figure.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

I continue to be amazed at the narrow-minded tunnel-vision offered up by the GOP.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

There are holocaust deniers (Ahmadinejad -- did I spell that right?)
There are climate change deniers -- some we know because they post here.
There are deficit deniers -- "We will just keep on going as we are doing and we need to keep borrowing money to keep up our prosperity."

The Republicans have exhibited a double standard. But the Dems first impulse is to promise to spend.

Neither side wants to be the first to say, "Hey we should raise the retirement age." Or "It is criminal to tax the working poor and then turn around and give the money to well to-do seniors. We should means test for SSI."

I think that the Republicans would like to propose means testing, but as soon as they do the Dems are going to demagogue them over it. ("Throwing granny off of a cliff.") And it will work. So they don't do anything until, one day, in the not too distant future, Chinese banks are going to wake up and go, "Wait a second, are we going to get paid back?" And then granny will be thrown off cliff, as well as veterans, soldiers, the poor, college students, future generations, etc.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Bush was the poster boy for reckless spending.
Today's administration is still battling the fallout from that improvident lack-wit.

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

OK. How about his hiring of 32 "czars"? Were they approved by Congress? Can anyone tell me how much of OUR tax money HE spends on them including all the staff they require and all of the perks they get? Please. Can anyone tell me?

S. Jordan, UT

So...IF the posters here are to be given any ounce of credibility then we would surmise that President Obama is only spending what congress has authorized but it really is all President Bush's fault that President Obama has to spend so much because President Obama has introduced new spending far less than President Bush that only congress can approve.

The logical gymnastics required to follow liberal thought process is astounding!

" The President clearly stated this morning that he was willing to get advice from everyone to help boost the ecomony, get jobs, immigration, farm bill, budget, and so on. "

You did notice that his lips were moving right?

Springville, UT

All the right wingers here who want to blame Obama - ridiculous. THe conservatives, led by our own Mike Lee, just cause $24 Billion in damage to the U.S. economy according to S&P. FOr what? Their utter disrespect for the Constitution and our system of government. These people are bullies and thugs - nothing more. I am sick and tired of the coutnry being held hostage by people who lost the election (twice). If they can their their person elected, then they can propose their policies. There is an orderly process in our system, and showing such disdain and contempt for our system reminds me more of early 1930's Germany rather than a modern, mature democracy.

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