Administration warns of 'destructive' budget cuts

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  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    Then why doesn't the president propose a budget that his party stands behind? He has shown little leadership in making constructive budget cuts and seems only capable in pointing out why others are wrong, not why he is right. Criticize Ryan, but then come up with something better. He is doing for a responsible budget what Republicans are doing for the ACA.

  • loneamerican SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT
    Sept. 17, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    The proposed cuts are minuscule compared to the bloated annual budgets we now have after 3.5 years of Obama. When they extend it out 10 years it looks like a lot, but the amount is only 110 billion out of a $3,750 billion budget and half the cuts come from defense. Remember when politicians squeal about slashing and cutting in upcoming budgets they are using their baseline budgeting system which automatically increases spending on every program every year. So, I have to ask are these real cuts from this years budget or are they cuts from next years already increased baseline budget?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Sept. 16, 2012 7:40 p.m.


    The expiration of the Bush tax cuts will be held hostage.

    Our politicians will take the easy way out.

    The Dems will work to insure that entitlement cuts are minimum
    The Reps will work to insure that defense cuts are minimum
    The Reps will demand that ALL Bush tax cuts are maintained.

    The deficit will continue to escalate.

    Obama will be blamed.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 6:58 p.m.

    @Rock Of The Marne

    Your right, the existing republican party has done nothing,

    the one taken over by RINO liberal progressives, and blue dog democrats (like Hatch) that were chased out the extreme left democratic party!

    So perhaps the attempted take over by the tea party is actually a good thing,

    that is, if you really want change from exorbitant spending and the federal government ever growing power and size and encroachment into everything...

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    The only way out is to restart growth in this country. Growth is something the current Administration has fought with its massive regulations and new costly programs. The major problem to overcome is tax revenues are down for every year of the Obama Administration, compared to revenues during the Bush Presidency, except for 2008. The report is nonsense given real cuts need to be in the area of 4 to 5 hundred billion. Then a simplified and consolidated taxing system as suggested by the bi-partisan commission and in a few years the country will be prosperous again. However, if Mr. Obama is elected this process will be delayed for 4 more years and be that much more difficult to accomplish. Truly no matter a person's party or political persuasion the vote must be for different leadership on Nov. 6 for the sake of preserving the country. Already we signs of Greece with the Chicago teacher's demonstrations. Stop the pain, vote for anyone but Mr. Obama.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 15, 2012 9:57 p.m.

    Enough of the blame game.

    Yes, the Republicans have spent too much, and the Democrats have spent way, way too much, but regardless of who spent first, or more, the bottom line is we are too deeply in debt to waste time blaming people or parties.

    Massive cuts must be made, and made immediately.

    There will be necessary and unavoidable massive pain to every special interest group. Favorite programs, sacred cows, bloated bureaucracy, and essential missions must and will be cut. There is no avoiding it. Confiscating every dollar of income from every citizen will not avoid it. Borrowing another dollar only makes the reality of tomorrow's solution even more grim.

    Food stamps, school funding, highways, farm aid, foreign aid, college loans, mortgage loans, Education and Energy Departments, federal workforce numbers, even Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and congressional pay ALL need to be cut back.

    No special exemption for pet projects, and no demagogueing can be allowed.

    There is no way we can continue our current spending habits, let alone ever pay back a dime of the debt without massive cuts in spending. Tax rates for our kids will be intolerable, even with cuts.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 15, 2012 4:35 p.m.


    The military provides many jobs, and beats free handouts for doing nothing. De-funding money to mid-east countries would be more effective.

    If not for our military. The world would be under a dictatorship. It's not a waste of money.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Sept. 15, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    Mountainman you know the republicans arn't going to cut anything. They declare they won't touch "your" medicare over the age of 55 so there's no immediate savings there. They aren't going to cut anyone off of SS either because senators will be gearing up for thier elections and you know they want a war in Iran and NEVER EVER will cut military spending - just the opposite. Look forward to + trillion pentagon budget.

    So how do you feel that republicans will be putting us back on a road to fiscal sanity when they never have before?

    I'm not one of those people that has stokholm syndrome, I won't vote for a republican because they ARE fiscally totally irresponsible. What makes you want to be abused? It's like a battered spouce begging the police to let thier abuser out.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Sept. 15, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    I say cut at least half the military budget. We can't spend kagillions forever.

    Most of the honest anti-terroism is comming from a few thousand special ops soldiers and itelligence agencies. They don't cost a trillion dollars a year.....

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 15, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    With a Democrat President, this sounds as if it is 1996 once again, with Mrs. Clinton and President Clinton still influencing national politics with the current President. The Senate and President are Democratic controlled positions and the Senate definitely won't budge with the House's offering of a budget. The President hasn't learned that you have to have a budget to live. As a Community Organizer the funds just kept coming in from the Federal Government. He didn't have to manage a budget and the Secretary of the Treasury can't even manage his own person budget to pay his income taxes. Blame someone else is the President's way of doing things. He blames Romneycare for his problems with Obamacare. He blames Romney for the United States mishandling the current embassy protection problems. The economy problems were President Bush's problems even though the Congress, both House and Senate were in control of the real budgeting process in 2007 and 2008 when the crisis hit.

    Six weeks more until the election of non-hope and hasn't been able to change because that hasn't been on his radar screen and not lead but organize today

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 15, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    A Federal Budget Lesson
    * U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
    * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
    * New debt: $1,650,000,000,000
    * National debt: $16,271,000,000,000
    * Recent budget cuts: $38,500,000,000
    Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:

    * Annual family income: $21,700
    * Money the family spent: $38,200
    * New debt on the credit card: $16,500
    * Outstanding balance on the credit card: $162,710
    * Total budget cuts so far: $3.85
    Got It !!!!!
    You can begin the long journey back to solvency on November 6.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 15, 2012 6:47 a.m.

    The elections are upon us. Blame the other guy! Step in front of the parade and declare, "I told you so!"
    I listen to an hour-long business report at lunch most days. They've been talking about this for six months. Politicians from both sides are getting what they deserve for failing to control spending and choosing to print more money instead. GWB spent too much. Obama ratcheted up the game by a factor of four. There's no budget.
    Imagine what would happen in your family if you knew you were spending too much a failed to take action? Keep spending and avoid the tough decisions. Month after month you were digging a deeper hole. Your lack of attention would soon ruin you.
    Government has invoked the default cuts they all knew were coming.
    Sorry, no sympathy for Obama or Congress. And no fair pointing to the other side of the aisle and blaming them. You guys ALL own this problem.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 15, 2012 6:17 a.m.

    It amazing, this administration warning about budget spending and cut when a budget does not exist. What budget is the administration referring to, one for borrowing which is much higher than the one we have for spending?

    The administration is right about one thing, the lack of a budget is dangerous and for some one to reconcile our debit and credit balance sheets and our $900 Trillion dollar debt will have some impact on creating a spending budget. The budget cuts should start with the presidential retirement fund and erasing the $1,000,000 cost to sustain a president in retirement government supplied security and pension benefits.

    Yes, the new president will have a lot of federal cuts to contend with and budgets cuts but how can the Obama administration pick and choose what parts of the budget a the new president will target and cut? Those in the Obama administration can be sure of one thing, they better be looking for another job and their time served as traitors and terrorist and thieves in US government service will not sit well with new employers.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 14, 2012 10:53 p.m.

    M.G Scott, Republicans have done nothing in 30 years to reduce the deficit. They just run it on different things than the Democrats but the net result has been the same.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 5:56 p.m.

    The only destructive budget cut will be the one that does not take place. When are you liberals ever going to realize the long term danger with this kind of borrowed spending. Unless I missed it, I didn't see a deficit clock at the Democrat convention like I did at the Republican convention. What does that tell you about who cares about getting spending under control?

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    @LDS Liberal

    Could you possibly get any more histrionic?

    In the last eight years; the Republicans lead the House and Senate in 2006 and 07, Democrats took the House in 2007 and Democrats and Republicans split the Senate evenly 2007-09. Democrats took both the House and Senate in 2009. In 2011 Republicans merely retook the House, Democrats retained the Senate. So it would appear that the "Al Quida" like destruction hoisted onto America by a "GOP congress" over the last 8 years, was actually mostly Democrat.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    Republicans should be on trial for treason.

    Al Quida pales comparison to the level of destruction to America that the GOP lead Congress has done to us for the last 8 years.