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We are also to blame for the deficit

February 25, 2013

It’s easy to point the finger at elected officials, especially those in Congress, for the huge debt and unprecedented deficit spending draining our treasury....

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HaveANiceDay

Mar-03-13 4:17 PM

agree with chris on this one. well done.

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Kristopher

Mar-02-13 9:40 AM

WELL, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I seldom agree with you lately, but I do on this one. Good commentary!

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MikeDavis

Mar-01-13 6:39 PM

Local, what did you expect to happen? Barry and Michelle to give up taxpayer funded weekenders? Or Pelosi, Reid, Feinstein, or any of the Republicans to give up THEIR perks? No way, this load is all on those lousy cheap taxpayers backs to carry. Now, quit whining and open those wallets and purses folks. Barry is HOPING you still have some CHANGE for them to take. And don't you dare have the AUDACITY to argue with him. That would obviously be construed as racist and greedy by the democrats.

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localresident

Mar-01-13 1:52 PM

Yeah, it's interesting how the Obama Administration is whpping up a frenzy where one doesn't really exist. What's more, any actions won't even be taken unitl later in the Spring, but they act like at 12:01am March 1st, it's full shutdown time. The only thing that did shutdown was the ICE agency prematurely releasing illegal aliens because "they don't have the funds to hold them". So, affecting 3% of the budget leads to releasing a bunch of illegals that were arrested for criminal behavior.

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MikeDavis

Feb-28-13 4:00 PM

And Tom, I don't call a three percent margin of victory overwhelming. What's your idea of a slim margin of victory? One vote? LOL

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MikeDavis

Feb-28-13 3:47 PM

And I think you also confuse the word "hate" with the phrase "is completely inept." Rough day over there? Or just a staunch defender of the faith?

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MikeDavis

Feb-28-13 3:44 PM

I was referring to the sequestration and his blaming the republicans for this mess. He came up with the darned thing to make sure there was a deal made because it would be so hard on people and the economy. But now he doesn't have anything to do with it? And it isn't my agenda Tom, it's just Obama being the politician he is..

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Regelski

Feb-28-13 3:21 PM

Sorry for the repeated entries below. Software malfunction. tom

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Regelski

Feb-28-13 3:19 PM

Mike: You're so sad. You use every opportunity to advance your ideological agenda. What in*****has your response to do with the article? I don't agree with some of the article, but your response is a pure animosity to--what? What is it that you hate so much? Your response (unlike others) is totally out of context (at least concerning the letter and responses) and shows a complete hatred of our President, elected overwhelmingly by "the people " with whom you thereby disaffiliate and express your condenscension. I happen to agree in general with your take on politicians, but recourse is to be had through voting: not invective. Can you offer one defense of how your negative comments advance the cause of anything, except your audience of admirers, already hating Obama and the American way of life?? The most avid of those who oppose Obama (and current conditions) are at least are at least articulate in their views. I take them seriously. Not you.

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Regelski

Feb-28-13 3:19 PM

Mike: You're so sad. You use every opportunity to advance your ideological agenda. What in*****has your response to do with the article? I don't agree with some of the article, but your response is a pure animosity to--what? What is it that you hate so much? Your response (unlike others) is totally out of context (at least concerning the letter and responses) and shows a complete hatred of our President, elected overwhelmingly by "the people " with whom you thereby disaffiliate and express your condenscension. I happen to agree in general with your take on politicians, but recourse is to be had through voting: not invective. Can you offer one defense of how your negative comments advance the cause of anything, except your audience of admirers, already hating Obama and the American way of life?? The most avid of those who oppose Obama (and current conditions) are at least are at least articulate in their views. I take them seriously. Not you.

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Regelski

Feb-28-13 3:19 PM

Mike: You're so sad. You use every opportunity to advance your ideological agenda. What in*****has your response to do with the article? I don't agree with some of the article, but your response is a pure animosity to--what? What is it that you hate so much? Your response (unlike others) is totally out of context (at least concerning the letter and responses) and shows a complete hatred of our President, elected overwhelmingly by "the people " with whom you thereby disaffiliate and express your condenscension. I happen to agree in general with your take on politicians, but recourse is to be had through voting: not invective. Can you offer one defense of how your negative comments advance the cause of anything, except your audience of admirers, already hating Obama and the American way of life?? The most avid of those who oppose Obama (and current conditions) are at least are at least articulate in their views. I take them seriously. Not you.

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MikeDavis

Feb-28-13 12:43 PM

Gotta love the posturing of Obama and his laying the blame at the republicans feet for this (His) fiasco. And yet again people will come screaming to his defense. Face it, the guy is a professional politician. In English that means he's a professional liar. Now that he is being exposed more and more, I wonder how long before his rabid fan base starts to catch on.

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localresident

Feb-27-13 9:23 PM

"What did republican dislike about the jobs bill? The fact that it would help the country get out of the recession and make the president look good. They are willing to kill our economy to make Obama look bad."

Bahaha, I think Obama's doing very that very well on his own.

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hadenough

Feb-27-13 12:18 PM

Yes we are responsible in part for the budget deficit. Increased grant money to study the habitat of worms. Food stamps that are sold for beer and cigs. Crying congressmen who want money because their states cannot budget correctly. Free hospital care for illegal immigrants. So why not become a socialist state? Everyone is looking for a government handout. This entire political scene sickens me. Free money. And food. *****look what Bloomberg is trying to get the governor to do. Ban all soda bottles larger than 12 oz. I tell ya our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves.

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joew

Feb-27-13 6:55 AM

Judeye-I have no doubt the headstart program is wonderful. The HHS report states that those kids are no further ahead academically after third grade. That's what I said! So tell me,where is the ROI? I have no idea where you people keep coming up with the Clinton "surplus"? The national debt increased during the Clinton years just as with other Presidents. Please access US Treasury figures and not some "cook the books" web site for verification.

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hadenough

Feb-26-13 7:45 PM

Let's face facts folks. Judeye is a person who thrives off living off the Federal and State government. Read her comments. She thinks we should all be on the Federal dole. Well sweetheart being on the federal dole is called socialism. Plain and simple. And if you do not know the definition of socialism look it up. Personally there are a lot of folks who happen to like the Democratic way of life. I suggest a trip- one way of course to North Korea.

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localresident

Feb-26-13 6:15 PM

Judeye, those wars were ironically started because the administration before Bush failed to take any action at all when the U.S. was attacked. That gave the terrorists more courage to try bigger and bolder. They did, and largely because Clinton was more into sexual harassment than defending his country, a madman that was offered to the U.S. on three separate occasions (Clinton turned them all down) managed to kill 3000 people, forcing something to be done. Oh, and that's not counting the U.S.S. Cole, embassy bombings in Africa, the first WTC attack, etc. (again no response). Why WOULDN'T bin Laden go for a four-in-one?

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localresident

Feb-26-13 6:02 PM

Judeye, this is the second time I've posted this. The first time was also when you made a claim that it was the best thing since sliced bread.

Even Elliot Spitzer says it's bad news:

***********huffingtonpost****/2012/03/20/jobs-act-eliot-spitzer-wall-street-reforms-undone_n_1367649.html

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MikeDavis

Feb-26-13 12:49 PM

the first thing any household in America has to do when they are out of money is STOP spending. But this congress and administration just keeps printing money and spending like a fresh lottery winner. It can't continue or we are forked. Our children and grandchildren are already on the hook for the blatant stupidity that is congressional "oversight" of the purse. The thing that is infuriating to me is how Obama and his family fly around for their vacations and weekenders on the taxpayer's dime. All the while saying we have to cut spending. How about leading by example? Or is that to much to ask?

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MikeDavis

Feb-26-13 12:45 PM

Judeye, I agree Obama walked into a firestorm with the problems he took over. But, he knew these problems were there, he wasn't elected and then have planes crashed into buildings. He didn't have the start of the market slide caused by the dot com mess, nor the housing debacle allowed to happen with Barney Frank running the committee that was supposed to be watching out for the taxpayers. Bush got some raw deals also...None of which he was fully AWARE of...Obama cannot make that same claim. One of the biggest reason he was swept into office was his promise to get us out of those two wars. Another was he knew how to reduce the deficit. We only got out of Iraq in time for the feel good bounce before his re-election. Afghanistan withdrawal is on the books for the end of next year. The deficit has climbed every year he has been in office. Slowing the borrowing is NOT reducing, contrary to his proponents claims that it's the "smallest" in relation to GDP in a while. SO WHAT?

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PhilJulian

Feb-26-13 10:04 AM

JUDEYE - During the prime of my working years I have peraonally taken pay cuts as high as 12%. All it really forced me to do was to eliminate some of the FAT in my household budget. I expect the federal budget cuts will do the same - force a removal of SOME of the FAT. I once knew a dishwasher gentleman who supported a wife and six kids on a minimum wage job. I asked him "how can you afford to support a family on such a meager salary? He responded "how much you make is not as important as how you spend what you make". That discussion took place over 50 years ago and I think his philosophy is even more relevant today. Government has grown too big, too expensive and too intrusive in our lives. Too much money is wasted on senseless wars, foreign aid and poorly designed healthcare programs.

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Nathan

Feb-26-13 9:49 AM

The surplus was projected and based on the belief that the dot com crash would not have occurred. It was never realized and was the first major hurdle of the Bush Administration. I believe there were estimates of 5 trillion lost in one year.

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judeye

Feb-26-13 9:24 AM

localresident...please point that out in the Jobs bill. I have read this bill many times and I did not see anywhere that it would undo the regulations to the finance industry. Please point this out...specifically in the bill.

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judeye

Feb-26-13 9:23 AM

MikeDavis..please go and read the Jobs Bill. It is not that long. Then see if you can find any good reason why this bill was not permitted to even come to the floor for debate. when you find out..please tell me.

As a former employment counselor, I can tell you that we used many of these strategies on a regular basis because they work! Things such as On the job training, tax incentives for hiring, and specific training programs for skills. In fact I bet you know many of the people who benefited from the programs after they lost their jobs or the company closed (such as Altech) Getting people back to work..into jobs that pay family sustaining wages..should be our number one goal.

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judeye

Feb-26-13 9:16 AM

MikeDavis...When Bush was elected we had a SURPLUS. When Obama was elected we had a deep deficit due to unpaid wars, cuts in taxes and an unpaid for prescription drug plan (give away to drug companies). Now Pres Obama has been able to reduce the deficit..and continues to work on further reductions..but somehow because he was unable to make up for all the money that Bush spent with NO revenues to pay for it, many blame him.

I congratulate him for being able during the worse recession since the great depression to still make reductions in the deficit.

Marcia you are so right regarding the JOBS bill. Why has it not even been brought to the floor for debate? Hmm..some want us to remain in a poor economy for political reasons? Hard to imagine this..but....

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