Obama takes a step — a small step — toward deficit cuts

President Obama is set to announce a three-year freeze in discretionary non-defense spending. The problem is, that’s not where the problem is. Those programs total $447 billion; the deficit this year is $1.4 trillion. In other words, you could eliminate those programs three times over and still face a deficit.

But it’s a start, a gesture. A lot of the current-year deficit is not caused by increased spending, but by collapsed federal revenues. Total federal revenue last year was just 15.1 percent of gross domestic product, a sharp drop from its average level of above 18 percent. In dollar terms, revenue isn’t projected to return to 2007 levels until at least 2011, and in the meantime the government is incurring additional expenses such as extended unemployment and aid to state budgets. Folks at the state Capitol are already in a panic over how to balance their own budget; ask them how many teachers and prison guards they would have to lay off without the federal stimulus money and they’ll turn pale in the face.

Obama is also pushing plans for a bipartisan deficit-reduction commission that by the end of the year would present Congress with a program on how to move us back toward fiscal reality. Congress would have to vote up or down on that package — no amendments. But that isn’t likely to pass. As the Washington Post notes, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “has turned against (the) proposal after endorsing it in Senate speeches last year. The reversal … coincided with word that anti-tax activists such as Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist was opposed.”

In other words, if deficit reduction requires tax increases as part of the package — which it will — the GOP wants no part of it. Of course, liberal Democrats also aren’t eager to swallow the other part of the required package, which would be cuts in entitlement programs. So congressional approval of that approach is unlikely.

As an alternative, President Obama may try to achieve the same goal by executive order, creating a bipartisan commission on his own to come up with a plan for a vote later this year. But House Minority Leader John Boehner has suggested that Republicans named to that commission might refuse to serve.

So there we are. Stuck with minor steps such as the spending freeze.

“Given Washington Democrats’ unprecedented spending binge, this is like announcing you’re going on a diet after winning a pie-eating contest,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in response to the freeze idea. “Will the budget still double the debt over five years and triple it over 10? That’s the bottom line.”

For the record, the national debt more than doubled under President George W. Bush. And it more than tripled in the 10-year period beginning in 1982, when Ronald Reagan took office, and 1991, when the elder President Bush sat in the White House.

594 comments Add your comment

TaxPayer

January 26th, 2010
7:59 am

I think the “Party of No” is still an appropriate label for the G_P. What we need is a little more transparency though. Let the Republicans refuse to help, when asked to serve their country, on camera, for starters.

Joel Edge

January 26th, 2010
8:01 am

Obama can do little. If the elected people in congress don’t face facts and reduce spending (earmarks). We’re doomed.

Mick

January 26th, 2010
8:02 am

It’s the military budget that needs to get the ax or deep freeze. Just watching our gov’t from the sidelines is a most frustrating exercise.

joe matarotz

January 26th, 2010
8:04 am

Obama: “Go close that barn door before the horse gets back in.”

Gale

January 26th, 2010
8:06 am

I’m still waiting for the promise of an end to programs that don’t work and cost too much money. A freeze on some is a start.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
8:08 am

Taxpayer

Yep, time for the spotlight to move stage right….Let’s see what they got besides “No”.

Mr. DeMille – The GOP is ready for it’s close up.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
8:10 am

Jenifer

January 26th, 2010
8:12 am

Come on, GOP, show us what you’re made of.

TaxPayer

January 26th, 2010
8:12 am

Republican congressmen should at least cost us little if anything to keep in DC. After all, how much effort does it take to just say no.

Jimmy Carter

January 26th, 2010
8:14 am

Oh well, just another campaign promise unfulfilled:

FLASHBACK: Obama Campaigned Against Spending Freeze [Over and Over]…

Gale

January 26th, 2010
8:15 am

Granny G, good point. But I was thinking of the many smaller items that slide under the radar. They probably fit in with the many medicare expenses that are unwarrented. Medicare has a lot of the same waste, but I think that is state funded.

Gale

January 26th, 2010
8:17 am

Jimmy Carter, once again, pay no attention to campaign promises. They mean no more than when a parrent says, “Sure, some day I will buy you a pony.” to a three year old.

Jenifer

January 26th, 2010
8:18 am

“Republican congressmen should at least cost us little if anything to keep in DC.”

You do have a point. After all, a lot of republicants do cozy up together there in the C Street house.

JD

January 26th, 2010
8:19 am

The largest items contributing to our current fiscal disaster are the unfunded Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, enacted by Bush and a Republican-led Congress, the tax cuts enacted by Bush and a Republican-led Congress, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which were started and subsequently grossly mismanaged by Bush and a Republican-led Congress. Why aren’t all the Tea Party people screaming at John Boehner (R), Mike Pence (R), Mitch McConnell (R), and all the rest who were the ones responsible for our current mess. And when will they own up to getting us in this mess? Obama inherited a fiscal disaster ($1.3 trillion deficit without him having done anything). Republicans are acting like a homeowner who starts a fire then yells and screams at the fire department because they didn’t get there fast enough.

thomas

January 26th, 2010
8:20 am

Why are you all calling for the republicans to do something?

Democrats had the house, senate and oval office all under their control and all they did was pass a stimulus bill that as of yet has provided little relief and tried to pass other numerous spending bills, with little success.

You had 60 votes and a super majority. Anything you wanted to do you could have, except you allowed the far left factions to control what was done and weild their power with a no give attitude.

So please save the republican party of no and any other request of republicans until you are able to honestly acknowledfge the failure to produce anything in the 12 months and 5 days since gaining total control of the government.

But the GOP does make a good boogie man scapegoat.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

January 26th, 2010
8:21 am

Bipartisan only insomuch that he will have an excuse to raise taxes, which he lied that he wouldn’t do?

Read those lips!

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
8:21 am

Jimmy carter

so the President gives the GOP what they said they wanted during the campaign. and your problem with that is?

Gale

some info for you

EXCLUSIVE: Obama wins more spending cuts than BushRate this story

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/14/obama-wins-more-cuts-in-spending-than-bush/

david wayne osedach

January 26th, 2010
8:21 am

If you are serious about budget cuts why not make them across the board? Both foreign and domestic?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 26th, 2010
8:22 am

Great, after raising spending more than $1 trillion, Chauncey plans to keep it there. If we had a competent president he would cut it back to the levels of the Bush administration.

Jimmy Carter

January 26th, 2010
8:22 am

Gale

January 26th, 2010
8:17 am

My parents DID actually buy me a pony. So what’s your point?

TaxPayer

January 26th, 2010
8:23 am

Have any Republicans actually put together any work on a proposal for spending cuts. As I recall, they certainly had an opportunity to speak up during the healthcare debate, for one, and voice their support for eliminating $400 billion in waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. I guess they didn’t really mean that they wanted to really cut the debt and deficit. To really do so would be so UN-GOP. So NOT Republican. They were just mouthing off, as usual. No substance, just more bumper sticker talk.

Jimmy Carter

January 26th, 2010
8:24 am

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
8:21 am

I actually don’t have a problem. My concern will be with the details. Those programs he refuses to cut may be the ones that actually need to be cut the most.

thomas

January 26th, 2010
8:24 am

JD,
contrary to what you have seen in some media reports alot of tea party members were actually p*ssed at both parties, and vocally acknowledged it.

Normal

January 26th, 2010
8:25 am

It’s like I said below(before I knew there was a new thread) :)

There are more than a few defense cuts that could be made. There are things being funded that the military doesn’t want or need, but as before, todays politicians are too small to have the ‘nads to cut those programs for fear of losing an election.

Shawny

January 26th, 2010
8:25 am

cut spending, cut spending, cut spending…
All bills in the future to only include spending related DIRECTLY to the bill. All earmarks to buy votes eliminated. Keep working at it, and we can stop the bleeding.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
8:26 am

thomas

this statement “failure to produce anything in the 12 months and 5 days since gaining total control of the government” is disingenuous.

thomas

January 26th, 2010
8:27 am

taxpayer @ 8:23

Would you mind linking us the plans and actual passed laws or regulations the democrats have done in the past 12 months and 5 days?

I mean they did have a super majority and could have passed and signed into law whatever they wanted.

They even blocked rep out of HC meetings so they could take all of the credit, but still failed. Wonder why?

AmVet

January 26th, 2010
8:28 am

First, eliminate the anti-capitalist pork, unjustified subsidies and unjustified tax breaks of OUR money that is given away each and every year in the insidious and counter-productive form of corporate WELFARE.

Which I could at least understand if there was a corresponding value back to society. But there isn’t.

According to the conservative Heritage Foundation (which is basically in bed with corporate America), government could save $20 billion a year by eliminating just three dozen corporate giveaways. This is almost one year’s worth of AFDC.

“The Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank, estimates that federal aid to corporations ranges from $250 to $350 billion a year. It has specifically identified 125 federal programs subsidizing private businesses that would save taxpayers $85 billion if cut.”

Read this damning indictment well, you fascist coddlers. (HA! Like you’ll even LOOK at it!)

http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-corporatewelfare.htm

thomas

January 26th, 2010
8:29 am

Granny Godzilla, only when taken out of context of the rest of my statement and argument.

BTW what have they produced?

They could have done what eveer they wanted but failed to act, fighting themselves and not for the American people.

Call it like it is.

January 26th, 2010
8:30 am

“”In other words, if deficit reduction requires tax increases as part of the package — which it will — the GOP wants no part of it. Of course, liberal Democrats also aren’t eager to swallow the other part of the required package, which would be cuts in entitlement programs. So congressional approval of that approach is unlikely.”"

Without throwing barbs, Jay hit it on the head with this one statement, both parties have issues! I for one would like to see us keep our money in house for the next couple of years. Stop with all of the foreign aid, stop with the out pouring of money into the UN. Why are we just one member of the UN, but 75% of the budget. Let Europe pony up, and start sending money and support to all of these 3rd world countries.

To my knowledge Bush spent more money in Africa then any President before or since. Don’t get me wrong, I know a lot of those people need help, but does our government have to always forsake our needs and give to a country who doesnt give a rats a** about us?

Disgusted

January 26th, 2010
8:30 am

All this talk is just that. A look at a pie chart of the FY2010 budget shows how little a spending freeze will do:

30% Human Resources
18% Past Military
36% Current Military
5% Physical Resources
11% General Government

Are you going to cut pensions of retired military personnel? The military itself? The pathetic 11% devoted to government operations? The 5% devoted to maintaining the buildings and parks we have?

No, the only thing being looked at falls under the category of Human Resources, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. And once you get to the few things that can be frozen in that category, you’re peeing in the ocean.

So long as more than 50% of government expenditures are devoted to the military, either current or retired, we’re going to continue running a deficit, barring massive tax increases.

Gale

January 26th, 2010
8:31 am

Thanks for the link, Granny G.

Agreed, Shawny, if a bill cannot be passed on its own merit, scrape it and start over. Congress needs to stop passing mediocre legislation bought by bribing special interests with our money.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
8:33 am

thomas

it so easy to find well documented lists of President Obama’s first years accomplishments I would think you’d be ashamed not to google it yourself.

now if you really can’t do it, I’d be happy to help you this once.

go to google

type in “Obama’s first year accomplishments”

and read

but again, if you can’t get it done, i’ll do it for you.

Bob

January 26th, 2010
8:33 am

It’s pretty pathetic that even though dems have all the power, posters here like taxpayer and Jenifer are looking for leadership from repubs. Is that the way you handle power ? Obo lost in Mass just as much as Coakley did so after spending a trillion of so on waste, he now wants to slow spending. When Bush asked for bipartison support for Social Security refom, dems wanted status quo, now dems want support ?

David

January 26th, 2010
8:34 am

We will never get our deficits under control until we reform entitlement spending. Freezing discretionary spending, which makes up a relatively small portion of the overall budget, just won’t do the job.

SOUTHERN ATL

January 26th, 2010
8:35 am

It will be very interesting for the President to follow the money trail of the stimulus to see which states originally turned down the funds and are receiving them now and what they are spending the money on. Jay, I believe that in all of the future major elections (national and local), the candidates are going to be analyzed more closely and it will not matter which party he/she belongs to. The American people are tired of the political atmosphere of the past and “Generation Jones” is on track to cause major changes in elections…..Wake up Georgia….they need to hear us loud and clear!!!

FrankLeeDarling

January 26th, 2010
8:36 am

I have a Idea let’s let congress pay for their own health plan,personal responsibility and all,why should I have to pay their health care ,they don’t pay mine.I wonder what that cost is, and how much could we as taxpayers save by letting them pay for their insurance themselves like every other American.

As for defense spending we could really make some cuts there.

Steven Daedalus

January 26th, 2010
8:37 am

Republicans have never been anything but obstructionists, they have never had a original idea or suggestion.

Gale

January 26th, 2010
8:38 am

Southern Atl, the only problem with the scruiteny is who is doing it and what slant is placed on the interpretation. If each voter doesn’t fact check for himself, we have the same problem. It is propaganda; maybe the facts and statistics presented are true, but what were the conditions and omitted facts. It comes back to an informed electorate.

RW-(the original)

January 26th, 2010
8:40 am

More Obamaspeak or nonsense if you will. What he’s really proposing is an increase over his last proposals.

This isn’t news. In the budget proposal that President Obama submitted to Congress last year, his budget office already projected actual cuts and freezes in “non-defense” discretionary spending for the next three years. That’s in part because of the huge increase in that area of spending that the President requested (and received) for the current fiscal year. To be specific: FY2009 (President Bush’s last budget) had $589 billion in non-defense discretionary spending. That number jumped to $687 billion in FY2010 (Obama’s first budget), and then drops to $641 billion in FY2011, $622 billion in FY2012 and $625 billion in FY2013. So for the White House to now boast that it will freeze non-defense discretionary spending is hardly news. If anything, it’s backtracking on its earlier plans to actually cut that area of spending.

http://alexconant.com/?p=1599

Peadawg

January 26th, 2010
8:40 am

“Obama takes a step — a small step — toward deficit cuts”

One word – FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brian

January 26th, 2010
8:40 am

A lot of the current-year deficit is not caused by increased spending, but by collapsed federal revenues.

WOW!!!! What a very twisted way to look at the problem. If you know you’re revenues are falling, what should you do? Further, when has actual federal spending ever decreased year to year?

Madison

January 26th, 2010
8:41 am

Jimmy Carter, Evidently you fell off that pony a lot!

thomas

January 26th, 2010
8:42 am

Granny godzilla,
Went and did as you requested.

Only problem I still stick to my comments.

I did see something about close Gitmo, funny thing is its still open.

Most of the stuff I saw were political acts NOTHING that helps real people.

Hooray Obama visted Muslim nations….chirp.chirp.chirp

Hooray Obama held a Beer summit after saying the Cambrifge police acted stupidly……only to remember he KNEW NONE of the CASE DETAILS, but he did have a beer summit…..chirp.chirp.chirp

So on second thought I may need you to show me that list of yours, cause my google just isn’t giving me the answers you said it would.

SOUTHERN ATL

January 26th, 2010
8:42 am

Gale@8:38 a.m. I agree with you 100%!! There is so much information out there and most of the time we as citizens can not trust all of the sources!! We have to come up with ways to separate politics from actual facts!!!

thomas

January 26th, 2010
8:43 am

Steven,

NEVER ever ever not once in the history of time?

Over-react much?

Brian

January 26th, 2010
8:43 am

Republicans have never been anything but obstructionists, they have never had a original idea or suggestion.

How about: The Emancipation Proclamation or EPA?

thomas

January 26th, 2010
8:45 am

Brian,

That doesn’t count that was before never, ever.

Go look it up in the history books.

jj

January 26th, 2010
8:45 am

Jay is a master of stating how deficits doubled under previous administrations, but he always leaves out the fact the it was on a much smaller number, and a much smaller percentage of GDP. Pretty important facts don’t you think?
Bush was bad with a -$480B deficit, Obama good with -$1.4 trillion. And yes I agree the -$480B was not good.

thomas

January 26th, 2010
8:47 am

jj,

Obama is a democrat
Bush is a republican

Its not a bad deficit if you agree with the cause and all money spent is bad if you disagree with the cause.

Who needs journalist or human integrity.

Jenifer

January 26th, 2010
8:49 am

“It’s pretty pathetic that even though dems have all the power, posters here like taxpayer and Jenifer are looking for leadership from repubs.”

Bob, if I’d wanted republicant leadership I would have voted for it.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
8:52 am

thomas

we have a President with greater legislative success than either
FDR or LBJ and you are unable to spend more than 9 minutes on research.

http://www.esquire.com/the-side/richardson-report/obama-timeline-110309

http://www.slate.com/id/2236708/

to start….

Reality

January 26th, 2010
8:53 am

Democrat’s spending????? Wasn’t it the Republican’s spending that got us in this mess to begin with? How quickly memory fades…. It was BUSH and the republican congress that over spent and created this deficit to begin with. Recall that when Clinton was President (a Democrat), we had a federal budget SURPLUS!!!!! Then, the Bushs got into office and spending went crazy.

And, jj, it is entirely unfair to blame Obama for the 2009 deficit. That budget is largely a result of the residual spending of Bush and his policies. I clearly recall that when a republican gets in office, they always blame their first 3 years on the previous democrat in office. Remember????!!!!!

Wes

January 26th, 2010
8:54 am

Taxpayer,

The WSJ yesterday had a great article about Sen. Coburn’s idea for reducing the redundancy in government. It delays raising the debt ceiling by a few months and cuts about $20 billion this year as opposed to waiting till 2011. Granted I don’t think the rest of the GOP or the Dems will go for it.

Here’s the link if you can get to it.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704509704575019504062222376.html

TaxPayer

January 26th, 2010
8:54 am

Poor widdle Republicans need a Democrat to show them the way. They just cannot do anything.

Well, except say no.

“No, I don’t want to help. I want to be an obstructionist because I know that it is the only chance I have of getting back in power. I know that I have no chance at all of regaining my rightful throne by helping. So, I Object to helping the people of this once great nation. If I go down, they all go down.” Scorched earth. That pretty much sums up the typical every day average Republican in a nut-shell.

FrankLeeDarling

January 26th, 2010
8:55 am

Leadership Bob? No just participation of a positive sort not just sore loser tantrums.

Reality

January 26th, 2010
8:56 am

As an aside…. I cringe to think that health care reform is dead. The American people have said time and again that we need to STOP getting ripped off by the AMA, drug companies, etc. The US medical system is not even in the top 15 in the world and yet we are number 1 in spending on health care – something is wrong.

Yes, we need jobs, etc. But PLEASE don’t let health care reform die. I don’t give a flip if it is a replican or democrat that takes the lead.

Madison

January 26th, 2010
8:57 am

People, please remember who Jay works for. He has to write these type of articles or the Cox sisters would find someone who would.

GoingBroke

January 26th, 2010
8:57 am

Two simple concepts.. Term Limits.. Fair Tax..

Bob

January 26th, 2010
8:57 am

Brian, you cannot go back in time prior to Reagan on this board. Although dems controlled the house, senate and white house with the exeption of Ike since FDR, we cannot metion things like the environment being so screwed up that a republican had to start the EPA. By limiting history to this smaller window, democrats can make statements like “repubs start wars in countries that did not attack us” and repubs are against clean air and water. Oh, don’t forget, according to dems, we had not budget deficit prior to Reagan and even though dems had vast majorities in the house and senate, the deficit during the eighties was all Reagan’s fault. I guess dem leadeship was as effective under Tip O’neal and George Mitchell than it is under Pelosi and Reid.

lmno

January 26th, 2010
8:59 am

I applaud the effort.

Taxes need to go up now, and more spending cuts need to be made.

Take a look at the history of income taxation in this country. Your taxes aren’t high. In fact, comparatively, your taxes are incredibly low.

Stew Day

January 26th, 2010
9:01 am

Jay, A small gesture?–we need a heavy handed axe to lay upon our bloated budget by the president who actually campaigned on– Cuts, open transparent decisions, change, a new direction in gov’t? Prove it.

Jimmy Carter

January 26th, 2010
9:02 am

Madison

January 26th, 2010
8:41 am

Jealous that I had a pony and you didn’t, huh?

Jenifer

January 26th, 2010
9:03 am

FLD,

Yes, Congress should most definitely have to pay for their own health care.

Please allow me to add injury to insult. Every Congressperson and Senator makes a minimum of $150,000 per year as salary. So why shouldn’t they pay for their own health insurance? But we shouldn’t stop there either. Their retirement pension package should be taken away from them. And with Senators, they can officially retire with a pension after only serving one term (6 years) in the Senate.

Is that a kick in the pants or what?

thomas

January 26th, 2010
9:03 am

Granny Godzilla,

The links you posted, first were opinions and second said the same thing I did.

He has not done much in the form of acts for the people only political acts, and by the way alot of your article spoke of things Obama has pledged or said he would do.

Which to me falls into the GITMO deal. Its one thing to say something, its a lil different to follow through.

RogersParkRob

January 26th, 2010
9:03 am

So he raised the price just to have a sale. It is still to much spending.

Reality

January 26th, 2010
9:03 am

Um, Bob….. I don’t know if you were alive during the Reagon Presidency, but the Congress did whatever he wanted. He was such a populist President, he was able to push through everything that he wanted.

So, yes, I think it is safe to say that all of the good and bad that happened during his terms is his ‘fault.’

How quickly people forget even recent history!

Bob

January 26th, 2010
9:04 am

Franklee, how does standing on the side of the majority compare to being a sore loser ? How can you participate in a positive manner in regard to putting gov in charge of healthcare. If you think I am wrong on that then I guess you think Scott Brown stold the election in Mass.

Madison

January 26th, 2010
9:05 am

Jimmy Carter, Yes, as a matter of fact.

TaxPayer

January 26th, 2010
9:05 am

Wes

January 26th, 2010
8:54 am

How does that compare to Obama’s proposal for a selective spending freeze. It looks like the spending freeze would be much more substantial than Coburn’s $20 billion proposed cut plus several month’s worth delay in hiking the debt ceiling.

Mick

January 26th, 2010
9:05 am

jj
**Bush was bad with a -$480B deficit, Obama good with -$1.4 trillion. And yes I agree the -$480B was not good.**

Don’t forget that bush kept the cost of iraq war off the books as supplementals = 800 billions worth.

Sam

January 26th, 2010
9:06 am

dont you people realize that obama is a complete failure. i mean he hasnt completely fixed the biggest economic mess in our history, a healthcare mess, and global war on terror in his first year… what a waste.

thomas

January 26th, 2010
9:07 am

taxpayer, again I’ll ask.

Since you claim democrats are so wonderful and republicans so bad, eventhough my opinion is they are all a lil evil, then could you please show us all of the great works accomplished by Obama and the house and senate in the past 12 months and 5 days?

I mean they have been in complete control and did not need one single republican vote. But infighting between normal people and the party’s far left wing left them with nothing.

Hell the GOP may screw things up but at least they produce something. So far the onlt thing the democrats have done is assign blame, to an impotent party. One I see you obtained the memo on.

Reality

January 26th, 2010
9:07 am

Bob – OMG! No where in any health care reform bill did anyone state to any measure of degree that “gov” should be “in charge of healthcare.” What type of extremist and inflamatory person are you? Did you even follow any of the real discussion? Or, did you solely listen to the idiots on FOX news?

Bob

January 26th, 2010
9:08 am

Reality you are so wrong, I still remember vividly Tip Oneal and George Mitchell claiming Reagans budget was “dead on arrival”, every year it arrived. Dems spent what they wanted and gave Reagan his military money, they were equals, that is history, you lose !

Normal

January 26th, 2010
9:08 am

Sam coulda done better…

Reality

January 26th, 2010
9:08 am

Sam and thomas: Are you kidding me????? You are judging a President on the results of the first year?

The first Bush blamed Clinton for his first three years. He said that Clinton didn’t handle foreign affairs well enough and so we had 9/11. He said that he had to dramatically increase military spending because Clinton spent too little. And on and on.

Now, you want to say that Obama is a “failure” because he hasn’t cleaned up Bush’s mess in 12 months? Are you SERIOUS?

Jenifer

January 26th, 2010
9:08 am

“dont you people realize that obama is a complete failure. i mean he hasnt completely fixed the biggest economic mess in our history, a healthcare mess, and global war on terror in his first year… what a waste.”

I keep emailing Obama, telling him to bring out that damn magic wand, but he refuses to do so. Stubborn!

Disgusted

January 26th, 2010
9:10 am

Although dems controlled the house, senate and white house with the exeption of Ike since FDR, we cannot metion things like the environment being so screwed up that a republican had to start the EPA.

Nice lie. Nixon, as a good little Republican, was opposed to any kind of federal control of environmental action. He at last had it forced on him, at which point he appointed a council to guide him. Only a fierce partisan could interpret this action as starting the EPA in the face of Democratic opposition.

Jimmy Carter

January 26th, 2010
9:10 am

Reality

January 26th, 2010
9:03 am

If, as you say, Reagan was a populist President who convinced the democrat controlled Congress to pass anything he wanted, then what does it say about Obama, another supposed populist President, who couldn’t get legislation passed with a super majority in Congress?

And since you like to assess “fault”, Obama said if we passed TARP then unemployment wouldn’t go above 8%, but if we didn’t pass it unemployment would go up to 9%. Congress passed it yet unemployment is at 10%. Using your logic, the high unemployment rate is the “fault” of Obama.

LA (the white guy AmVet loves to hate)

January 26th, 2010
9:11 am

Well, looks like Obama contradicts himself on this issue.

His own words.

Obama Campaigned Against Spending Freeze

YouTube: No less than four times during the presidential debates did President Obama actively campaign against an across the board spending freeze.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/01/26/obama_campaigned_against_spending_freeze.html

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
9:11 am

thomas

really?

the lilly ledbetter act was an opinion?
banning harsh interogation is an opinion?
green lighting California emmisiions standrads is an opinion?
reversing policy on stem cell research was an opinion?

ok, thomas if that’s what you think, best wishes.

Left wing management

January 26th, 2010
9:12 am

And just why do you think Grover Norquist is opposed to it, Jay?

Could it be he doesn’t want any part of half measures when really he’s only interested in hostile schemes that will help bring down the notion of budget, and all that it supports, as we know it?

LA

January 26th, 2010
9:12 am

LOLOLOL

Indonesia mulls tearing down Obama statue

JAKARTA — Indonesian authorities said Monday they are considering a petition to tear down a statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy, only a month after the bronze was unveiled in Jakarta.

The statue of “Little Barry” — as Obama was known when he lived in the capital in the late 1960s — stands in central Jakarta’s Menteng Park, a short walk from the US president’s former elementary school.

Critics say the site should have been used to honour an Indonesian and 55,000 people have joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for the statue to be removed.

“We’ve been discussing for the past two weeks what to do with the statue… whether to take it down, move it elsewhere or retain it. We’re finding the best solution,” Jakarta parks agency official Dwi Bintarto said.

“Barack Obama has yet to make a significant contribution to the Indonesian nation. We could say Obama only ate and s (expletive) in Menteng. He spent his subsequent days living as an American,” the web page says.

“For the dignity of a sovereign nation, Barack Obama’s monument in Menteng Park must be removed immediately.”

Jimmy Carter

January 26th, 2010
9:13 am

Reality

January 26th, 2010
9:08 am

Bush blamed Clinton for three years, such as 9-11? That happened less than 8 months after Bush took office. If 9-11 is Bush’s fault, then unemployment is surely Obama’s fault, as is bank failures, foreclosures, etc.

Reality

January 26th, 2010
9:14 am

Bob – LOL. Your statement “you lose” clearly shows how immature you are. This isn’t a competition between me and you.

However, go back to your history and see more clearly. The democratic congress did not dare challenge Reagan on his budgets. I challenege you to state a specific year where the congress rejected Reagan’s budget. You cannnot because it did not happen.

Of course there were negotiations. There always are. But, the fact remains that Reagan was a popular President and no congress member was going to go against him for fear of them not getting re-elected.

LA

January 26th, 2010
9:14 am

“Bush blamed Clinton for three years, such as 9-11? That happened less than 8 months after Bush took office. If 9-11 is Bush’s fault, then unemployment is surely Obama’s fault, as is bank failures, foreclosures, etc.”

GREAT POINT!

According to liberals, nothing is their fault and it’s always the GOP’s fault.

Example: When Clinton was disbarred, it was the GOP’s fault.

Wes

January 26th, 2010
9:15 am

Taxpayer,

Obama’s plan from what I understand is looking closer to $10-15B. Probably sometime in mid 2012 to beginning 2013 Obama’s plan is better. The big problem I have is waiting. The longer politicians of any stripe wait (or anyone for that matter) the less likely I think they are to do it.

Reality

January 26th, 2010
9:17 am

Jimmy Carter – You made my point, exactly. It is not Obama’s fault. Thanks.

LA

January 26th, 2010
9:17 am

“Obama takes a step — a small step — toward deficit cuts”

Actually, that describes his presidency pretty well. The man-child is horrible at making decisions.

Why, because he’s had no experience in governing.

LA

January 26th, 2010
9:18 am

“It is not Obama’s fault. ”

Spoken like a true Begala.

NICK

January 26th, 2010
9:18 am

Obama is a lying sack of sh*t! He will continue spend the people’s money who did not vote for him, while the ones that do not contribute anything will benefit.

Hard Right Hook

January 26th, 2010
9:19 am

lmno

January 26th, 2010
8:59 am
I applaud the effort.

Taxes need to go up now, and more spending cuts need to be made.

Take a look at the history of income taxation in this country. Your taxes aren’t high. In fact, comparatively, your taxes are incredibly low.

My taxes are low? How in the world would you know? You pay as much as you want, there, homey. I’m tired of working 65 hours a week to watch 40% of my income dissappear into Federal smoke.

You want an example of how to do it? Look at Ireland, a thriving economy with a sane tax program.

texgent

January 26th, 2010
9:19 am

fiscal drunks that now find sobriety…at least temporarily

Normal

January 26th, 2010
9:19 am

Reality

January 26th, 2010
9:19 am

LA – OMG. You are such an idiot. It was me that pointed out what you quoted. I was pointing out that Bush blamed Clinton – and the republicans accepted it.

And now, republicans are blaming Obama for his “failure” after 1 year.

As usualy, republicans are hypocrites.

Jenifer

January 26th, 2010
9:20 am

Poll Confirms Massachusetts Election Was Not A Rejection Of Health Care Reform

Hey tea partiers and such,

What did Scott Brown do when in the state legislature to get rid of Massachusetts’ health care?

Take your time, do your research, and get back to me.

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/01/25/mass-health-care/

Reality

January 26th, 2010
9:21 am

Jennifer – You do realize that when you ask tea partiers and republicans to “do your research” all they will do is turn on FOX TV. Do you really think that this will help them?

LA

January 26th, 2010
9:23 am

Obama’s Credibility Gap

By BOB HERBERT

Who is Barack Obama?

Mr. Obama is in danger of being perceived as someone whose rhetoric, however skillful, cannot always be trusted. He is creating a credibility gap for himself, and if it widens much more he won’t be able to close it.

LA

January 26th, 2010
9:23 am

“You are such an idiot.”

Jay, since this is the second name I’ve been called this morning, is it ok if I start calling this gal names?