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    Cut wasteful military spending and raise taxes on the ultra-wealthy. Invest in rebuilding the country's infrastructure. Put Americans to work! Don't drink any of Neo's nasty old bitter tea!
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    @PNWest - Haven't we already raised taxes on the ultra-wealthy? Haven't we already cut the military spending (you libs claim that's why there was a 4th quarter contraction to the economy last year)? What more do you want? My nasty old bitter tea is the same nasty old bitter tea that made this country great. This used to be a country of few laws and low taxes that allowed those who are willing to take a risk and invest in their own business to be fruitful and successful. Now this country wants to tax and regulate every American to death. Those that survive get targeted like al-Awlaki.
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix No, no, no. We used to tax the ultra rich at a marginal tax rate that topped out at 95%. That's when we made this nation great. You nasty old tea is turning us into a bunch of haters. We need to get our troops out of the 130+ countries that we currently have them stationed in. Build an armed forces that DEFENDS our great nation not acts as the world's policeman. I'm glad that got that pr%ck al-Awlaki. I want to see us kill more terrorists.
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    @PNWest Bahahahaha ! I thought that almost trillion Stimulus 4 yrs ago was for Infrastructure. The left's new bumper sticker word.

    Can you think for once, Please? I'm for streamlining. But explain to me how Cutting Military spending (people who work) and 'raise taxes on the ultra wealthy'(people who already pay the majority of taxes and employ people) How does that put Americans to work?

    If you do want to take the ultra wealthy- start with Obama's Buddy Buffett and tell him to drop his opposition to the billion in taxes he owes.
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    You can tax the rich at 100%, it'll only generate approx.$87 Billion (not even a drop in the bucket to what we owe in national debt). The Defense department has already made drastic cuts and yes they could cut a little more fat (Some DoD agencies are already being proactive in that department). The real glutton of spending here are a combination of domestic programs, CONgressional pay & perks (to include SCOTUS and POTUS), Foreign Aid, and pork-barrel spending (yes it's still WAY out of control). Annual spending budgets account for $3.3 Trillion annually and those numbers go up every year. We take in on an annual basis approx.$2.2 Trillion in revenue (again with the rich taxed at a hypothetical 100% that total would go to $2.28 Trillion). We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
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    Drastic cuts in the defense dept? We're spending $400 billion more on the war machine than we were 10 years ago...

    Also, you're right and wrong about the spending problem and revenue problem. We have both, not enough revenue because not enough people paying taxes (due to the recession job losses) and we're spending more on the social safety net (welfare, UE benefits, etc... due to the recession).

    Get military spending down to 2000 levels, increase taxes on EVERYONE back to 2000's levels, take one single year of military spending and invest in a 3 year infrastructure program to get UE under 5% and in 12 months you have a balanced budget.
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    @AceLuby Partially correct on the revenue as we have approx. 50% of Americans who pay zero in income taxes for one reason or another. They should be made to start contributing. And if you ever served a day in uniform you would understand as to how much the military gets paid (here's a clue, it's not that much. Example, an E-6 pay is approx. $5000 below the poverty level).
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    The Military is the only know place on earth where you don't get a discount for buying large lots. If I buy pot I get a discount for buying more. If I buy 2,000 movies for Target I get a discount for buying more. I can buy a hammer of top quality for 30.00. Yet the Pentagon pays 5 times that and more. To claim there is no corruption, graft and kickbacks in the defense spending is to claim that Santa Claus is a gopher.
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    @MarkJM Those people make $12 an hour or less, mostly HS/College kids, the elderly, and the unfortunate people who have to try and feed a family on $12 an hour, like the people in the military. That 50% makes less money per year than the top 1% (including people who earn money from capital gains). To say there is a revenue problem from the bottom 50% is absolutely laughable.
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    First thing to be cut should be all of their salaries, congress, senate, president, and all cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, etc. Then cut other programs but first should be their pay.
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    Yay, you just solved .000001% of our budget deficit! Good thing we concentrate on ideas like this and don't address the 400 pound gorilla in the room.
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    @AceLuby I understand this doesn't solve a huge portion of our debt or deficit but it deserves attention besides you trying to be an ass about it. It will lower incentive for those wanting to make a career out of being a politician which causes a lot of our debt and deficit cause they get in there and decide to spend money. I never said it was the only thing that needed to be addressed but I said it does need to be addressed, I do think we need cuts all across the board and since I never gave numbers I'd like to know how you came up with that number. Since your making assumptions ill add one of my own, glad to know you support career politicians.
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    @Libertyiskey If you want to make serious suggestions then I will give you a serious response.
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    Temporary cuts?$1T over 10 years (for you math challenged liberals, that's $100B a year)? Is obama serious? No, I asked if he is serious. And is he? This is what defines leadership in this failed regime?

    "Oh, I'm not going to suggest what cuts should be made, I'll leave the heavy lifting to Congress. But I will say this, it has to only be temporary so I can put a show on for the American people, so I can lie that I cut spending, although I'm just going to increase it even greater later on."

    What a disgusting regime we have occupying the White House. Totally, totally depressing. If this news doesn't make you sad, it'll make your grandchildren suicidal.
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    @AceLuby - obama could make some suggestions. That is, if he doesn't mind the voters knowing what he really stands for. How is it that he can find work for them to do.He should send over some suggestions and let Congress mull it over and tinker with it as they see fit. However, ducking behind making it Congress' responsibility is not showing leadership.
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix It is Congress' responsibility and if Obama tried to push something through you would criticize him for acting like a dictator.
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    @AceLuby - Isn't he pushing something through with his immigration reform proposals and gun control legislation? Let him pick a side and stand by it. He should outline what he wants, where he'd like to see the cuts happen, and Congress can either go with it, tinker with it, or flat out reject it. obama shouldn't be allowed to thrown rocks and then hide his hands.
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix And haven't you criticized him for both of those? Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
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    Might as well pass around a cup in the house and senate and ask them for a dollar. Most of those clowns have no idea what spending cuts really mean. First thing is some of them need to experience it their personal life to fully appreciate what it means.
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    AGAIN: Won't work; fifth (5th)-grade math should tell anyone this fact. Only the populace has enough fiscal clout to pull the fat out of the fire, and they have to corporatize to do it. Wake up to the fact that corporations write tax laws (politicians merely rubber-stamp their meal tickets); the drone has no influence whatsoever in this environment. Vote for fools and liars, work up a sweat.....and watch nothing happen (again).
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    I still think they should just let the automatic cuts kick in. The Reps in the House can pass any bill they want in a panic, but the Senate should just crush any bill that makes it through.

    Force the spending cuts and tax hikes. Once they're in effect, THEN start negotiating. The folks on the hill need motivation and as of yet, they have none apparently.
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    I was out hunting unicorns the other day when I stumbled across a rational adult politician who didn't want to put the interests of party over people.
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    Temporary cuts: just until Congress raises taxes to a level sufficient to cover all current spending and several trillion more, right?
  • #134
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    its only pandering again.If it were something obama really believed in like granting illegal aliens amnesty for votes or covering up his past he would simply use an executive order.he likes those but only when it works against Americans well being.
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    BO knows he doesn't have a clue on running a corner hot dog stand let alone the US gov't. . He's doing nothing but begging , ' hey guys, c'mon help me out , I need to look good here. ' As usual with these elitists of BOTH parties , it's all about them.
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    Again Obama REFUSES to cut spending to bring sanity back to our nation's fiscal crisis. Did you know Liberals are now trying to get our nation to work less hours each week like Europe in order to help with reducing carbon emissions? LOL, they truly want us all living in a commune where money is redistributed as they see fit, using candle light and riding bikes to work. We will have chronic unemployment like Europe has and we will go bankrupt like Europe is doing.
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    Never deal with the King. He does not keep his deals. Do not give in but they will. They think if they deal the liberal media will like them. They need to wake up and smell the coffee. They are never going to be liked by the media. If and when the deal the press is going to spin it like Obama had another great defeat of congress today. He stopped the spending cuts until himself and congress hammer out a deal.
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    Our economic plans make me want to vomit. Can't touch anything of substance because the govt has convinced nearly everyone to be scared all the time. How anyone can justify $400 billion a year in extra defense spending while we run trillion dollar deficits is mind boggling.
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