President Obama nominee emphasizes fighting poverty over financial restraint

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 30, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    We need Dave Ramsey for Treasury Secretary.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    I will say these descriptions of living and working in many countries, our citizens don't even comprehend what is in those countries as living conditions. When many travel on their escorted tours they don't necessarily see reality. I lived in one country for 5 1/2 years and when they had an international type of conference there, the government painted all the slum area frontages to make it look benign to the visitors as they traveled by.

    The roads, bridges and even nuclear power plants were built with non-compliant concrete and missing rebar. Collapses didn't happen just in their government but in the roads and bridges. We similar potential problems if people continue in the lapse of integrity and honesty in dealing with the public and businesses. We have government leaders who don't set a good example for those character traits and it is not just in foreign countries.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 30, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    Lean economic whoas. Len might improve the economy, and it may snow in Florida.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    Old man,
    No, he’s going to try to expand the 47% to 98%. The war on poverty coincides with the great expansion between the haves and have nots and the assault on the middle class. Maybe the war on poverty has something to do with it. Increasing government dependency sure never helped anyone but the dems’ reelection efforts.

    Cannot refute JWB, so you offer no counter-argument other than to mock? You've been to the third world country he describes and you know his claim to be false? Typical lib.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    My gosh, JWB, what sort of fantasy world do you live in? How is it there?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    Joe Biden's $300 donation to charity is almost as good in caring for the poor. This administration doesn't have a plan for money, just to spend us into delirium for future 200 years and all the generations to pay the bill from everyone being in poverty. This President got his schooling and special care from the government, which is from the people. He has a very good handle on everyone getting the same type of treatment as he has received.

    We have a lot to look forward to with all the crises in the world to sponsor. If there is no real budget, how are we making all these hard-earned payments to all these countries and poor around the world?

    What people need is some restraint and you don't teach them that by giving everyone a cell phone, IPad and a home. I remember living in foreign countries where the government moved people from the slums into nice high-rise apartments but didn't teach people who had animals that you don't take them into the apartment. Toilets were clogged and the apartments and nothing worked after a year or two. Goats in elevators?

  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    Jan. 30, 2013 5:55 a.m.

    People with Lew's financial accumen should know that what we are doing is nuts. Apparently we will continue on our path of going from our current 16.4 trillion dollars of Federal debt to 20 trillion dollars.

  • generalM Frannie, WY
    Jan. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m.

    If he's truly passionate about helping the poor, let's ask him how many of his personal millions he gave to charities. Progressives (former liberals) tend to be very charitable with other people's money.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Jan. 29, 2013 10:09 p.m.

    Since when does financial restraint cause poverty?

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Jan. 29, 2013 10:08 p.m.

    Since when does financial restraint curb poverty?

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    Lewis sounds like just another politician who knows how to spend someone else's hard earned money...

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    Jan. 29, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    Lew would be just another hard-line ideologue in an highly demagogic Obama administration that no longer has to run for re-election. "Pie in the sky" emotional appeals are at an all time high and the economic realities will soon come crashing in. You can only blame the previous administration, after a while even Obama's adoring national media will not be able to plug all the holes in the dike.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 7:12 p.m.

    In other equally shocking and informative headlines, it was discovered today that the earth revolves around the sun.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    Oooooh. He's just gonna pamper the awful folks in that 47%.

  • Anne26 West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 6:40 p.m.

    I would rather see tax dollars used in programs that help people gain employable skills. The old adage, "Give a man a fish and he eats for one day, teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime," is true. Self esteem and self respect grow as we work hard and contribute. I think we should be looking at long term emotional and financial health, and not just applying bandages. It is not unkind to want more for people than a welfare check.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 6:31 p.m.

    I'm in agreement, this guy should never be confirmed as treasury secretary.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Jan. 29, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    Hey, we can all quit our jobs and just collect money from the government. With nobody working and no goods (no food) or services available, that money will sure come in handy.

    In the war against poverty Obama has committed treason.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 29, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    Our country declared war on poverty back in 1964. Eleven trillion dollars later in 2013, we are losing the war with more people living in poverty.

    Like football, let's hope a new coach can turn things around.

  • Red Headed Stranger Billy Bobs, TX
    Jan. 29, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    Funny, I thought you fought poverty by showing financial restraint. You know, by not subsidizing people to not work. But there are many here who will gladly and glibly show me the error of my ways, and how paying people to not work is the true way to economic equality. I guess, ultimately they will get what they are looking for.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 4:34 p.m.

    He will be a perfect fit for this administration.