Barack has added almost as much to the national debt as every past president in
the history of our country combined
Rosier picture? We are $17.4 trillion in debt! More spending of money we
don't have! Not even close to being "rosy".
Chris B,Barack has not added a single cent of spending. All spending
bills (100% of them) are approved by congress. The president can propose a
budget, but nothing else. If congress decides to pass that budget or reject it
(which they always do) there is nothing he can do. 100% of spending is done
through congress. When Obama came into office, there was $9 trillion in debt.
The 2009 budget proposed by Bush had already been passed through both houses of
congress and was in effect. That added another $2 trillion that no one could do
anything about. It had already passed congress. The remaining $6 trillion has
been added during President Obama's time in office. A good portion of that
was continuing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. $400 billion of it is from the
F-35. $21 billion was from three new Navy Destroyers. Did you want to cancel all
of these programs? Congress approved every single cent and all Obama could have
done would have been to veto it. Then you would complain about him being weak on
defense and not supporting the troops.
More spending will only do one thing- ensure more votes are bought from people
who like "free stuff" more than the concept of working to support
yourself and achieve your aspirations and desires for "stuff."At $17 trillion in debt, we already cannot afford any more "free
stuff" to buy votes, we cannot even afford to pay the debts we already owe.
Yes, we will have to make cuts to military spending which are a very real risk
in this dangerous world. But we also must, and should FIRST make
even more draconian cuts in other spending, especially the out of control and
unsustainable entitlement programs. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid,
welfare, Obamaphones, studies on mating habits of snails, student loans, $1
billion to the Ukraine, and a ton of other programs must, repeat MUST, but cut.
If not eliminated entirely, then cut to levels that we can afford while we make
serious repayment on what we already owe. Not just "cutting the amount we
add to the debt."Economists who want more spending now are not
worth listening too as they are detached from reality.We are broke
already. Stop the spending!
It's always a one way street with Barack. Give me my new spending!!! In
return I will cut nothing!!! So what's the problem? The problem is we have
a man who has no idea how or desire to actually govern. This is like Goundhog
day the movie...that never ends.
@FatherOfFour:"Barack has not added a single cent of spending. All
spending bills (100% of them) are approved by congress." You're absolutely right and he(Barack) is not the leader either
right?....well, what the heck is he doing then? Is this how he is leading from
Fact: Obama's budgets can't attract votes from his own party: they
regularly get defeated in the Senate by votes of 97-0 and such. Not
even Harry Reid is willing to consider Obama's budgets as anything more
than sheer lunacy.
DN Subscriber,I always find it interesting that republicans talk for
1.5 years (every few years) about the need to cut Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid, and student loans. Then when election time comes around they run like
crazy from those statements and blame the democrats for wanting to cut those
same programs. One of the biggest complaints that republicans ran on in 2012 was
that Obamacare cut money from Medicare. Paul Ryan ran ads complaining about
those very cuts. Yet, most of the time, republicans are the ones saying those
cuts are necessary. Those same cuts they complained about in 2012 were in the
Ryan budget. The same Ryan budget that the House recently passed. I will be
interested to see in November if you are still talking about the need to cut
Medicare. t702,He is the president, not king. He cannot
spend a single dime without John Boehner's signature. We have three
branches to our government in the US.
What Right Wingers can't seem to understand is that investments are
necessary. And investments can pay back with big gains.If
Republicans had not opposed Obama's job's bill in 2011, we would now
have millions of people busily building necessary infrastructure and employed in
support industries. With that infrastructure, we would be much more competitive
as a nation.Instead taxpayers are now paying billions in
unemployment extensions for people to sit around and do nothing.. .
. And it's all thanks to Republican obstructionism.
i hope the children of the father of four thank him and barry for spending their
futures. this type of attitude will not be appreciated by the coming
What is pathetic is people who talk out of two sides of their face -- things are
wonderful if done by a Republican, but if a Democrat does the exact same thing
it is socialism and going to lead us all to ruin. When a Republican is
president, then all of a sudden deficits don't matter. Now they are the
end of the world as we know it. Tea Partiers do not use logic and are rarely
What I want to know is who these economists are that Obama has been consulting.
The more reputable economists that I have read say that the ever debt, and the
excessive deficts that we have seen over the past 20 years are becoming a drag
on the economy.It is almost as if Obama has a magic 8 ball that he
consults for economic matters.
Outlook is rosy, according to Obama's economists? Yeah, and the recession
was over in 2009, except for those who can't find a job. We have yet to
replace the jobs lost, let alone actually grow. These guys have been
predicting 3% growth every year since Obama took office. They haven't been
right yet. The operative words are OBAMA'S ECONOMISTS. He
bought them with taxpayer money, but he owns them completely, so they say what
their master tells them to say.Slavery was supposed to be illegal,
but apparently if you hold the public purse, you can buy guys if you want to.
GaryOYou seem to be forgetting that the shovel ready jobs
aren't shovel ready (Ha ha).And the rest of the money went to
corporations like Solyndra, where all it bought was a high paid exec and a
bankrupt company. There were no unemployed folks who got jobs out of that
fiasco. The money just made the rich richer and the taxpayers poorer.