Latest developments in debt ceiling standoff

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  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    This is not what comprises the 14.3 trillion in debt. Just full of bogus numbers. For example: how can tax rate decrease cost anything. They are not an expense item. And, only expense items unpaid for with current income cause debt. Fact is that entire amount is money the government kept spending and is spending today without revenues. And, until there is a real program to cut spending and to stimulate private sector growth, which include the reductions in the cost to do business caused by government spending and over regulation, hirer cost of labor due to mandates, private business will choose to expand and employ people elsewhere. Tough to untangle the web and understand, but this article does little to help. It does show that the entire problem is not because of this administration. But, the "buck stops here" still applies, this administration must deal with it, and tax increases will do little to bring in more revenue just as the Bush tax decreases did not reduce revenue, but added to collected revenue through the last decade. And, are adding to revenues coming in now, by keeping many small and businesses profitable.

  • KDave Moab, UT
    July 25, 2011 8:54 a.m.

    The funds lost because of the Bush tax cuts is a number pulled out of thin air. According to the IRS revenues increased after the tax cuts. To say they would have increased even more is pure speculation. They could just a likely decreased.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    July 24, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    What this article didn't explain is: Why does it matter whether we have a ceiling on spending?

    Does it hurt the dollar's value overseas to have unending debt?

    If most other countries don't cap their spending, are their money values hurt?

    Common sense needs to be put into place on this issue, not partisan politics.

    Someone needs to figure out the ramifications of capping spending versus just letting it go wild.

    Which is worse in the short and long runs?

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    July 24, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    "... and it [U.S.] borrows from itself, mostly from the Social Security trust fund ..."

    That's why Social Security will go broke. You can't borrow from a source that never grows via investments. Duh!

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    July 24, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    I wish that this could have been published earlier. But let the spin begin.