White House outlines deep cuts it may have to make

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    you quote an old headline from 2011? I guess you missed the fact (or just chose to IGNORE it), that the repubs and BO reached a deal to delay sequestration. in that deal, the repubs compromised on taxes. BO has FAILED to outline ANY spending cuts.

    and I see you revert to your favorite, desparate cry - IT'S BUSH'S FAULT. after 4 years, no, it is not.

    Fred 44,
    according to BLS figures, the average monthly unemployment rate during bush's term was 5.3%. Under BO it's been 9.0%.

    a family of 4 with $50k saw their taxes cut by 700 basis poinst (500 bp rate cut and doubling the chld tax credit) the same family making $150,000 saw their rates cut only 460 basis point - 460bp rate cut and they don't qualify for the chld tax credit.

    so much for your claim the tax cut hurt the poor and middle class and only benefitted the wealthy or that the economy did not respond. Only after the barney frank-induced housing bubble collapsed did the economy lose the ground it had gained

  • LetsBeHonest2 Roy, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    Can we please take emotion and manipulation out of the income tax debates? If our elected officials call for a 40% income tax to balance the budget, then let every person who earns an income pay 40%...no exceptions, no deductions.

    That means if you earn $10,000 dollars a year, $4000 would be your fair share and if you earned $100,000, $40,000 would be your fair share. No emotion, no manipulation.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 6:31 a.m.

    When taxes were cut on the rich the rich paid more taxes than ever as their businesses improved. This is a bankrupt country and better get its house in order. We need fewer regulations, fewer Federal workers, and those remaining at lower salaries and pensions. We need strong job growth. We need some adults in DC

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 9, 2013 9:59 p.m.


    How did cutting taxes on the rich work to "stimulate" the economy? It made the rich richer and the rest of America poorer.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 9, 2013 9:35 p.m.

    How's taxing the rich working out?

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    Pagan, we understand your point of view, there are many of your friends out there. Most of us
    know we are badly led in our country and need reform. Chicago has a reputation of turning out bad acting politicians for decades. What kind of disruption and crisis do we need to learn this lesson.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Feb. 9, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    So CUT already! And then cut again! And again!

    Start by firing the 60,000 IRS auditors hired by Obama to squeeze every penny possible from the middle class.

    They audited me for 2009, saying I owed $14K. 18 months later, I wrote them a check for $232, which is the real amount of my undocumented deductions.

    Now I get an audit notice for 2010. How much will they waste over the next 12 months before they wring another $200 out of me?

    This administration LOVES to waste taxpayer money, and then ask for more.

    Look at the 3 trips around the world Ms. Clinton took in 4 years, spending more than any SoS in history, with nothing to show for it other than a well stamped passport....

    Cut, cut and cut again!!!

  • Swiss Price, Utah
    Feb. 9, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    Obama whiehouse came up with sequester so he could he elected. But he just figured out that it would ruin his legacy. The house has passed budgets. The Senate has not for four years. They have been listening to the Amateur/potus/Harry . Choose one.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 9, 2013 10:16 a.m.


    No Pagan, Obama is dishonorable because he Lies a lot. - m.g. scott

    Any evidence?

    Because when I present evidence, it's 'not' evidence because 'lies, by the way are as much about what is 'not' reported, as what is reported.')

    * a lie--"your taxes will not go up a single dime in any form"
    * a lie--"I will cut the deficit in half during my first term"
    * a lie--"if we haven't got this turned around in three years, then it's a one term proposition.
    * a lie--"all this Bush spending is irresponsible, and unpatriotic, I'll turn this around".

    What George Bush did years ago, is not evidence, for excusing Obama of his incompetency.

    Blaming are just cheap shots.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 9, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    Isn't Congress not the President responsible for the budget? I believe that is what it says in the Constitution.

  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    Feb. 9, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    Obama forgets(a long with a lot of other people) that he was involved in the sequestration. Yet, he can look down on congress and pass blame to them like he was just elected for the first time and had nothing to do with this mess. Congress is to blame as well, but Obama's lack of leadership has created a mess with the budget. His 'my way or the highway' attitude has backfired and he is finding out that coercion is not a quality of leadership. Obama often quotes Abraham Lincoln, but he either does not understand what made Lincoln great or chooses not to express Lincoln's leadership qualities through his own actions. One of Lincoln's core principals when it came to leadership was kind unassuming persuasion.

    "If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one."
    -Abraham Lincoln

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 8, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    How about cutting the bill that was passed before it was read...Obamacare.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 8, 2013 5:06 p.m.


    * sixteen trillion dollar debt
    * much of our population on welfare
    * high unemployment
    * half our college graduates from Asia
    * Mexican cartels with AFT guns--WMDs to Egypt

    This is no accident. We don't have honorable leadership.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    No Pagan, Obama is dishonorable because he Lies a lot. - m.g. scott

    Any evidence?

    Because when I present evidence, it's 'not' evidence because 'lies, by the way are as much about what is 'not' reported, as what is reported.'

    When you can verify something is a lie, that's fine.

    When you can't, and it's not factually true, what are YOU doing?

    "The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons.' - George W. Bush - Ohio Speech 10/7/2002

    *'George W Bush says Iraq intelligence failure is his biggest regret' - By Alex Spillius - 12/01/08 - The UK telegraph

    'Though the outgoing US president failed to take responsibility for the misfortunes that have beset the country during his eight years in office, he was candid about wishing things had gone better.'

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 4:25 p.m.

    No Pagan, Obama is dishonorable because he Lies a lot. And by the way, a lot of so called journalists (like AP types and mainstream news networks) lie too in defense of this guy. Lies by the way are as much about what is NOT reported as about what is reported.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    We need honorable leaders. - worf

    '"We do not torture,"' - Former President George W. Bush - 11/07/05 - BBC News

    'George Bush admits US waterboarded 9/11 mastermind' - Paul Owen - By UK Guardian - 06/03/10

    Fine worf.

    Find one.

    President Obama is not dishonorable simply because you disagree with him.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 8, 2013 2:23 p.m.

    Has our country become filled with:

    * lyings
    * deceits
    * mischiefs
    * a variety of hypocricies
    * murders
    * lusts
    * secret wrong doings

    We need honorable leaders.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    I would absolutely love to see the president's plan for fiscal management.

    Where is his plan?

    He speaks of raising taxes on the rich, but in reality the middle class has or will realize tax increases because of Obama's policies.

    Where is his plan for reducing the uncontrolled entitlement spending? He loves to force Congress to act, and then he turns around and bashes Republicans.

    But where is his plan?

    His style of leadership is one of destruction, and pushing tough decisions down the road for someone else to deal with.

    He could be so much better...if only...he would lead.

    Lets see your plan for reducing government spending, President Obama.

    $Billions of increased revenue has been passed. Now lets see reductions in spending.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    go ahead and cut. We have already raised taxes, but BO has not budged on cuts. - lost in DC

    'Republicans BAIL on budget talks, blame Democrats' - By David Espo - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/23/11

    WASHINGTON — Republicans pulled out of debt-reduction talks led by Vice President Joe Biden with a flourish on Thursday, blaming Democrats for...'

    Cut the debt.

    Isn't this what you wanted? Police, firefighters and teachers to loose their jobs so we can pay for W's wars?

    And today, those same people...complain about it.

    Choose a standard.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    go ahead and cut. We have already raised taxes, but BO has not budged on cuts.

    And to infer teachers will lose their jobs is disingenuous. The Federal government does not hire local school teachers, so they cannot fire them.