Robert Bennett: $700 billion deficit is not good news

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  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    July 23, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    700 billion deficit is not good news. Neither is a 17 trillion dollar debt.
    I heard this weekend on a news show about a wealthy woman who just for fun applied for and got food stamps. That's how easy answering a few questions untruthfully gets you on the government dole. Question, if and when a lot of these new food stamp people, combined with the new Obamacare people are taken off the roles what will happen? It is kind of like feeding a stray cat. He will keep coming and coming until you cut him off, then he will either find a new food source and or starve. Enslaving people with govenment handouts that have no sunset on them is one of the worst things that a government can do to its people. There should always be a date given to any receipient of public services that it will end. My cynical side thinks Obama and Democrats want people to live off of government so they will get the vote over and over. That's just my cynical side.

  • David Centerville, UT
    July 22, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    Bennett is approaching this from multiple points and I applaud them: Rewrite the tax code to make it simpler, broader, and more reflective of the economic and political realities...make more Americans have a stake.

    Change the overbearing and cumbersome regulations.

    Change our spending priorities. In Utah we need more money going to education, where it has been deficient for decades. Nationally we must return to constitutional priorities of spending, while also taking into account the 21st century.

    Adjusting our entitlement spending is the elephant in the room. Entitlement spending is so large, it must be a major part of the equation.

    Well written. Now if we can only find politicians in DC that will actually get this done.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 22, 2013 8:35 p.m.

    @Mike Richards
    "Obama will not cut spending without being forced."

    Hold on... we've been arguing over who is to blame for the sequester with you saying Obama while I said Republicans, and now you say Obama only cuts spending when he's forced to? Glad you finally accepted my position which is that the massive cuts only exist because Republicans forced it, the sequester merely being the form taken as a means of compromising with Republicans spending cut demands.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 22, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    Obama's country of origin is the USA. What is yours?

  • wrz Pheonix, AZ
    July 22, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    Bob's four -point solution is no solution... it's just more political rhetoric.

    "Rewrite our impenetrable tax code" Rewrite? Every time it's rewritten it gets more complicated.

    "Re-examine our hodgepodge regulatory regimes" Re-examining something solves no problems.

    "Realign our outdated spending priorities" Realigning solves no fiscal problems. You have to actually cut spending to get any benefits.

    "Readjust our entitlement programs" If you'd have said 'cut entitlements' you might be onto something. Cut food stamp which have doubled under Obama. Now, food stampers are using stamps to buy food to ship to relatives overseas. And, cut unemployment benefits. Doing so will force the idle to take any job to put food on the table. And while you're at it, cut immigration (illegal or otherwise). Immigrants come here and suck up Americans' jobs.

    And here's another idea re immigration... stop spending billions on border patrol. Use E-Verify instead... at about a tenth the cost. And make sure E-Verify covers all employers, from one employee and up.

    And a final suggestion to solve our fiscal problem... get rid of Obama. Send him back to his country of origin.

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 22, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    @Howard Beal "Would one of those [mistakes]?"

    Possibly, but I was thinking more about solving our problems now, while we still have some time. We shouldn't wait to be forced to take emergency measures, as Europe did. It took decades for our disorders to develop, and will probably take decades to cure them. We should start today.

    I assure you: if we do nothing to change our course, austerity will find us.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 22, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    T. Party

    Learning from Europe's mistakes?

    Would austerity and why the economy can get (much worse) be one of those?

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 22, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    "Cut entitlements, as the Europeans have been forced to do?"

    Yes. Entitlement spending is where our budget is most out of control. Although Bailout Bob is only worried about the political implications (as usual), we have got to face reality. Ignoring the problem won't make it go away. We would be stupid not to learn from Europe's mistakes.

  • ray vaughn Ogden, UT
    July 22, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    Senator Bennet does not wish to note any progress on deficit reduction because it is not a large enough reduction? Progress is usually made by small steps. Yes the deficit is too large but we should welcoe this trend towards reduction. When he speaks about rewriting the tax code he fails to mention the large part he played in writing the current tax code. he is one of the Senators who fought any change to the code that would have impacted those who were his contributors.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 22, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    Mr. Bennett hasn't written anything that a school child could not have written. What did he tell us? He told us that Congress will not cut government spending in the areas that take the money: duties, including military and social spending. At this point, it doesn't matter that Social Security was not authorized by the Constitution. The government has forced us to comply with the SS tax, making it impossible for most to save independent of that "forced savings plan". Of course that money is long gone and there are not enough new workers to keep it viable.

    Defense spending is authorized by the Constitution. How much defense spending is open for debate. Most of the "self imposed" duties that Congress taxes us for, including the big one, ObamaCare, are not supported by the Constitution.

    We have only two choices. We can cut spending or we can increase jobs. Obama will not cut spending without being forced. He has not been able to increase viable jobs.

    Remove regulaitons and let private enterprise generate new jobs. More jobs = more revenue. Governemnt is the cause of the problem, not the solution.