U.S. deficit totals $844.5B through year

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 13, 2012 7:47 p.m.

    of course, to hear BO's campaign, even this year's trillion dollar plu deficit is bush's fault.

    the deficits when BO had a dem congress - $1.7 trillion per year.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 13, 2012 5:56 a.m.

    Governments, like individuals, can always spend more than they earn ..... if they put their minds to it.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    June 12, 2012 11:59 p.m.

    Congress confirms the budget and the president works "with" it. Trouble is, most members of both parties and occupants of the White House for the past number of years have shown very little interest in spending limits.

    Folks, there is plenty of tax money to go around, reasonably. The only way to get those guys and gals is to send 'em home permanently. (Don't worry, their benefits will continue forever, including a health plan that doesn't include obamacare.)

  • David Centerville, UT
    June 12, 2012 11:43 p.m.

    Though a balanced approach to deficit reduction will be the plan that would have the highest chance of passing both houses of congress, & most likely enjoy a broader support among Americans, it should only follow evidence that the federal government can limit spending. Government has already shown itself addicted to overspending. The deficit is a spending problem. In my opinion government should first show it will cut spending, say for 4 consecutive years or until the annual budget is balanced. After proving fiscal discipline in this way, then I would trust government to raise taxes for the purpose of paying down the national debt.