Trump's $4.4 trillion budget moves deficit sharply higher

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  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2018 10:11 p.m.

    Trump and Congress should be ashamed of themselves for the debt they are saddling our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with. Absolutely ashamed.

  • airnaut Everett, WA
    Feb. 13, 2018 1:11 p.m.

    Fitting --
    the GOP party color is RED !

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2018 12:03 p.m.

    Don't just blame the budget. The huge tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations, legislated by a Republican-dominated Congress and signed by Trump, will drastically reduce revenues and will be equally to blame for increased deficits.

  • banliberals Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 13, 2018 11:26 a.m.

    2016.....The United States edges toward another recession, with the worst job creation figures in half a decade, but the Obama administration tells the public the market is booming......

    Those were the good old days, when Obama forced the Bureau of Labor Statistics to redefine "Unemployed" to suppress the real number!

    Thanks Trump for MAGA!

  • Sportsfan123 Salt lake, UT
    Feb. 13, 2018 8:35 a.m.


    Not sure what dossier you get your info from, but every slanderous remark you make regarding Trump and the GOP the very same can be said about Oblama, Clinton and the dems when it comes to the national debt.

    Every president carries a deficit at some point in their term, and just because a president reduces a deficit from one month to the next does not let them off the hook when it comes to adding to the national debt regardless if they are republican or democrat. Some how libs think because a president reduces a deficit one month to the next because the previous month they over spent means they did a good job compared to Trump, sorry not seeing the logic.

    Lets face it regardless of which side of the isle they are on, this govt over spends, repubs spend on military, dems spend on social programs and put the military on a sequesture to pay for it. We need leaders that can find a healthy median between the two and we need to reduce the size of the govt in other areas that are not a necessity.

    Fact: In the first month of Trumps tax cuts the treasury held a billion $ surplus in the month of Jan. Then we hear they plan for a for 4.4 tril budget, this is crazy.

  • Anti-Trump Everett, WA
    Feb. 13, 2018 8:34 a.m.

    Trump successfully bankrupted 6 of his companies.

    Anyone wonder what he's doing now to America?

    BTW -- Republicans can NEVER again lecture about the debt.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2018 7:39 a.m.

    This debt spree is out of control with more to add on. Billionaires get a shoppiong spree soon for large contracts.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2018 5:58 a.m.

    Amateurs are at the controls of our economy. Expect disaster in a couple of years.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 3:31 p.m.

    There should be no surprise here.

    Although most people seem not to realize it, deficit budgets like this are just one more handout to the most wealthy people in the world.

    What happens to our national debt?

    It is turned into bonds.

    What happens to the bonds?

    They are sold to investors.

    Investors are paid interest on bonds they hold.

    Who are the investors?

    Besides China, virtually all other investors are members of the international 1%.

    Who winds up paying the interest that is pumped into investors' pockets?

    We do. Ordinary Americans who can't count on tax breaks enjoyed by plutocrats.

    Who is being scammed by this?

    Anyone who votes for a Republican.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 3:27 p.m.

    Pres. Trump proposes to waste approximately 100 million on a military parade. There are simple places to cut back on waste and this parade idea of Trump's is certainly one of those.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 3:26 p.m.

    Actually, both Clinton and Obama reduced the deficits that they were handed upon entering office. Clinton actually got to the point of having a surplus by raising taxes during a time of prosperity (hint, hint GOP & Trump). The debt did double upon during Obama's 8 years in office but it was more to do with decreased revenues than spending. The worst recession in our lives was the reason for the reduced revenues and that certainly wasn't Obama's fault.
    The GOP's tax bill that was passed without a single democratic vote was a critical log taken from our country's financial Jenga. The recent 300 billion dollar bi-partisan spending bill that the GOP Congress and Trump passed is another one of those logs. The only difference between the 2 parties on spending is the Democrats show some responsibility by raising taxes while the GOP prefers to put it on a credit card.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 12, 2018 3:23 p.m.


    So you want to get rid of "freebies" as you call them, so I assume you are giving up your social security and medicare, or cutting them back drastically. Assuming that your investment returned 2% above inflation each year, you will still take out at least a 1/3 more than you put in.
    I am sure you will want to lead the way and call for a reduction in all current payments to social security recipients.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 2:43 p.m.

    Remember this headline, GOP voters. Since Reagan, the highest deficit spenders, by far, are republican presidents.

  • Sportsfan123 Salt lake, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 2:18 p.m.


    We all know what?

    That every president and political party can be pegged with the same adjectives you blame on the GOP.

    Oblama ran his campaign on reducing the national debt - what did he do, he spent more money than all of the presidents before him.

    Lets not be hypocritical ourselves, this is a problem for both parties.

  • airnaut Everett, WA
    Feb. 12, 2018 2:10 p.m.

    ALL Republicans have lost their "fiscally conservative" moniker forever!

    Republicans like Utah's own I promise fiscal hawk Mike
    [ I will NEVER vote for any bill that increases the national deficit ] Lee
    Orrin [ my Balanced Budget Amendment ] Hatch

    Are nothing but 2 faced, lying hypocrites!

    At least when Obama increased the debt to spur growth --
    it was during an 100-year Global economic meltdown,
    double digit HIGH unemployment,
    and 2 foreign war campaigns.

    Trump and the Republicans have now increased THEIR debts given --
    Stock Market at record highs,
    lending rates are at record lows,
    unemployment nearing zero,
    by giving 50% tax cuts to the wealthiest!

  • Sportsfan123 Salt lake, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 2:05 p.m.

    I thinks its safe to say either party doesnt matter, when it comes to spending the precedence has been set by too many presidents, and Trump is not following his campaign promise to reduce the national debt.
    He's just falling in line with everyone else that preceded him.

    Since Reagan the spending has been out of control, this govt needs to be reduced in size and only keep programs that are a necessity.

    This is crazy...

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Feb. 12, 2018 1:57 p.m.

    This budget is DOA in Congress. We all know it.

    This is a standard trumpian declaration of smoke and mirrors/Wizard of Oz numbers. We all know it.

    This kind of budget proposal would have caused cries of impeachment would a Democrat have proposed it. We all know it.

    Yet, the loyal sycophants of the GOP will hail it as a miracle. That trump is a genius. We all know it.

    You know what else we know? That the GOP is the party of deficits, hypocrisy, profligacy, and some out right looney tunes notions.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 1:13 p.m.

    The increase would be significantly less if Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, and Susan Collins stood their ground on the tax bill. They gave in to pressure from special interest groups. If we are not going to move toward balancing the budget now, during the good economic times, we probably never will.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 12:09 p.m.

    Plus there is a ludicrous giveaway of capital property and inherent government functions to private interests. This thing is a fiasco.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Feb. 12, 2018 11:56 a.m.

    * Interest on the national debt must be very high.
    * Lower spending will cause an uproar with those dependent on freebies.
    * Our national debt is a reflection of government corruption.

    With effective financial management, this country would never had created a national debt, and there would be no poor citizens.

    This is not the result of Donald Trump.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 11:28 a.m.

    Quiz for the day.

    Which is the party of borrow and Spend?

    A. Democratic party
    B. Republican Party
    C. Green Party

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 11:12 a.m.

    It's a simple formula. Reduce taxes, increase spending and balance the budget. Exactly the same snake oil that was peddled by Reagan, Bush and Bush. How many times will we fall for it? Keep voting Republican and I guess we'll find out.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Feb. 12, 2018 11:08 a.m.

    Now that the Republicans have given up being debt collectors for the Democrats, I guess we can all watch our country spiral totally out of fiscal control. Until both parties reach some type of fiscal restraint we are moving rapidly into a very dangerous situation.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 10:53 a.m.

    "The CBO says Obamacare will add nearly $2 trillion to the deficit alone! Should have repealed it but the Democrats refused, preferring to double the deficit and blame President Trump!"
    Obamacare was revenue neutral as the Democrats raised taxes to implement. Now that the GOP has cancelled the individual mandate and several of the other taxes that were funding it, it is contributing to the deficit. The GOP needs to make up its mind. If they are for tax cuts they need to be for reduced spending, but they don't legislate that way. The facts speak for themselves, when the GOP is in charge deficits increase. Educate yourself.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 10:18 a.m.

    The Republican party is no longer the party of fiscal responsibility.

    It is the party of billionaires, industry and special interest groups.

    Not that the Dems are much better but at least they don't try to claim the label of being responsible with money. Hypocrites.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Feb. 12, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    The CBO says Obamacare will add nearly $2 trillion to the deficit alone! Should have repealed it but the Democrats refused, preferring to double the deficit and blame President Trump!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 9:11 a.m.

    Of course it did. How could it not?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 8:06 a.m.

    The GOP and Trump both have something in common, and that is debt. At a time when our country is at full employment these two are complicit in adding trillions to our national debt. The facts speak clearly for themselves. Over the past 40 years our deficits have gone down under Democratic leadership and up when the GOP is in charge.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 8:02 a.m.

    Republicans love red ink! It goes out of control every time they take over. That's the reality, folks. Forget the rhetoric and the propaganda. Look at the facts.