Shock or overwrought? After doomsday predictions, budget cuts may fizzle

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  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 7, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    Belief is only what you can count on or depend on. So the only thing that I can belief is things are going to get a lot worse.

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 6, 2013 9:09 p.m.


    You still don't get it. Most liberals and democrats don't.

    So lets try again. You can tax 100% of everything. You can confiscate all money from everyone and only cover the federal budget for one year. What about the next year?

    We don't have a tax problem. We have a spending problem.

    Obama would increase federal revenue by $1.7 Trillion from 2013-2022 (Tax Policy Center). Meanwhile, federal deficits would total nearly $8.3 Trillion during that same time span (assuming the increased revenue and budgets remain as they currently are). We currently have over $16 Trillion in debt. So in 2022 our debt would grow to nearly $25 Trillion. You cannot raise sufficient revenue to reverse.

    Republicans have it right. Spending must be addressed.

    Look, if you are overspending by $5000 per month, would you get a new job that brings in an additional $100 and believe you are going to be alright? Of course not. You have to reduce the spending. you have to change your lifestyle. this is what Republicans are trying to do: achieve meaningful reforms that preserve our nation. It is going to require a lifestyle change.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    March 6, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    @Red Corvette -- Obama got SOME of his tax increases, not all. He also agreed to $1 trillion in spending cuts in 2011 (before the sequester deal). So, I guess the Republicans got what they wanted too. So now why does Obama have to give in to the Republicans 100% while they don't have to give at all? Why do Republicans always want everything of what they want and can NEVER compromise? Talk about wanting your cake and eating it too.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    March 6, 2013 3:00 p.m.

    Let's see, first the idea of the sequester originated with President Obama.

    Then he got the tax increases he wanted back in December.

    Now he wants to close tax loopholes so he can raise taxes and make the tax code "Fairer."

    And now, once again, he's playing the "blame game" with the Republicans.

    Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice shame on me.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    March 6, 2013 3:00 p.m.

    Here is a sequester comparison that the average American should be able to understand.

    Cutting 85 Billion dollars from yearly U.S. expenditures is exactly like a person who makes $36,000 per year, cutting their yearly spending by $85.00.

    Is there any one of us, making that amount of money, that couldn't cut their spending by 85 bucks over the course of a year?

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    March 6, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    The sequester's not great, but it's the best we could hope for in Obama's Washington.

    If Republicans have the guts to stick to their guns on the continuing resolution fight, that, combined with the sequestration cuts, would cap spending at 2008 levels, force abandonment of the Obamacare debacle, and allow, at least in the short term, the inevitable growth that would result to eliminate the deficit.

    It won't solve the long-term entitlements issue, but once the economy rebounds, and Obama's voodoo economics are thoroughly discredited, politicians will be forced to give in to pressure to save Social Security, recognizing the current scam for the Ponzi it is, means testing its benefits, and placing it on firm footing for future recipients by making it the contribution-based system FDR originally sold it as.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 6, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    Despite the DN's attempt to make this into another partisan controversy - that there really was no problem, evidently the House did take it seriously, and passed legislation to address the effects. From the news the rest of the world sees

    Per the AP

    "The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of newly imposed spending cuts on the Defense Department."

    Good grief folks.... but the blue and red hats away. The reason the market didn't loose its mind over this - was they knew this was bad enough that something had to be done.

    And something was done. Lets stop pretending this was all much to do about nothing.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    It was not necessary.