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Playing budget games

May 9, 2013

DEAR EDITOR: Massive budget cuts. Airport traffic controller furloughs. Small airport closures. Flight delays. All of the above were partial headlines recently....

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liemonger

May-13-13 7:02 PM

"It's interesting to note that the latest CBO numbers show that the deficit is dropping faster than expected due to increased Federal Revenue. "

Only on your moonbat websites.

Maybe if you could think for yourself you'd stop pasting lies.

Same lies about Obamacare.

Try again, leech.

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RobinJ

May-13-13 10:33 AM

For those that actually think the obama administration ever passed a budget ... wake up & do some research!!

CBO estimates dont make a passed budget!

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Karen59CortlandOhio

May-12-13 10:01 AM

For those who complain that the economy isn't recovering based on the unemployment numbers - please do your research.

The private sector has been adding jobs, while the public sector is shedding jobs - these include teachers, police, fire, and EMS positions.

Private-sector and government economists say that nation's unemployment rate would probably be nearly a point lower, roughly 6.5 percent, and economic growth almost two points higher in 2013 if federal government had not cut spending and raised taxes as it has since 2011; news bolsters consensus is that fiscal tightening has been drag on economic recovery. Source - New York Times, May 8, 2013.

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Karen59CortlandOhio

May-12-13 9:51 AM

For those who hate President Obama and blame everything on his presidency - here are a few facts about the Deficit.

BUSH deficit 2009 - $1,413 billion Obama deficit 2010 - $1,294 billion Obama deficit 2011 - $1,300 billion Obama deficit 2012 - $1,087 billion Obama deficit 2013* - $973 billion Obama deficit 2014* - $744 billion

* Projected based on budget numbers.

It's interesting to note that the latest CBO numbers show that the deficit is dropping faster than expected due to increased Federal Revenue. It would be dropping faster if we'd adopted the Obama tax plan.

Sadly, when faced with a choice of what's good for the American economy, Republicans chose instead to vote for what's economically beneficial for the those at the top of the economic ladder.

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Karen59CortlandOhio

May-12-13 9:42 AM

Congress passed the Budget Control Act 2011, which included the sequestration in case the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction failed to find a solution that Congress would approve.

The vote on the sequestration is public. The House passed the Budget Control Act[1] on August 1, 2011 by a vote of 269–161. 174 Republicans and 95 Democrats voted for it, while 66 Republicans and 95 Democrats voted against it.

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ArticWoof

May-11-13 5:44 PM

Warrenproud, WHO, I repeat who put the sequestration into place? Now think about this, look back at the facts. Obama did !!! He was the one who put the whole thing into play THINKING he could bluff his way into getting more money for his crazy spending. The repubs and other called his bluff. THEN, Obama points the finger at everyone else. It WAS HIS idea to do it.

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mrright

May-11-13 8:17 AM

WarrenProud, Sorry pal--Obama wanted the sequestration. Then when it happened he went around the country blaming it on the other party and you my friend are repeating a lie.

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Karen59CortlandOhio

May-09-13 11:53 PM

The point being made in the opinion piece is that Congress allowed the sequestration to happen, and now they're playing favorites.

They've changed the rules again, because they didn't want to get caught up in the delays at the airports.

Congress is worried about themselves, but not about the thousands of other things the sequestration is going to hurt, including Meals on Wheels, Head Start, layoffs for thousands of workers involved in the defense industry, etc.

The point is that we have a rather large group of Congressman, who are no longer worried about what's good for their constiuents or what's good for America.

So have your little word battle about the meaning of the word "Cuts". Heaven forbid we have a real discussion about issues.

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liemonger

May-09-13 10:48 PM

"But THEY ARE CUTS TO THE BUDGET!!!!!!!!! "

No. They're not and you're fitting of the same title.

What don't you understand.

THEY ARE NOT INCREASES.

Got it, simp?

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ItIsntEasyBeingFree

May-09-13 8:50 PM

If I put a proposed budget for my household together for the year,and that budget includes an increase in movie allowances,and then i go back over it and cut out my movie increase allowance,at that moment i have MADE A CUT!!!! to my BUDGET

Glad the idiot that made the above statement isn't running my household! What a moron!

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horatio

May-09-13 7:50 PM

@liemongerblue,you too.

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horatio

May-09-13 7:49 PM

Quit calling people stupid.They are not cuts in the sense that the amount of money will be smaller,But THEY ARE CUTS TO THE BUDGET!!!!!!!!! The dollar amt. does not have to go down to be a cut! If I put a proposed budget for my household together for the year,and that budget includes an increase in movie allowances,and then i go back over it and cut out my movie increase allowance,at that moment i have MADE A CUT!!!! to my BUDGET.These are BUDGET CUTS,not dollar cuts!!!The reason my movie allowance went up in my budget,is because it will cost more money this year to see the same amt. of movies as last year.If I cut the increase,i also will see less movies,therefore IT IS A CUT!!!!! @itisnt easybeingblue,quit calling people names.Quit it.People just want to have an opinion and should not have to be ridiculed by you.Please show others some respect.

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liemonger

May-09-13 7:12 PM

"The reason congressional Republicans let these cuts go into effect "

They're not cuts, stupid.

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ItIsntEasyBeingFree

May-09-13 6:19 PM

Ain't ya proud??   When  a soldier is killed in the line of duty, his family eventually gets a flag and a note conveying sympathy and respect and from the United States Government .   When a pro basketball player announces he is gay, he immediately gets a personal phone call from the President congratulating him for his courage.

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repubslie

May-09-13 2:05 PM

Boehner said, & I quote: "I don't know whether it's going to hurt the economy or not . . . I don't think anyone quite understands how the sequester is really going to work."

Really?

The reason congressional Republicans let these cuts go into effect is because they wouldn't support closing tax loopholes for millionaires & billionaires, for things like yachts & corporate jets.

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Billdog

May-09-13 1:33 PM

American's need to learn the difference between "need and want." Most have no clue. A couple hours delay on your flight won't kill anybody. I remember a time when it was rare for the average person to take plane anywhere. When my uncles went off to Vietnam it was a big deal to go see them off at the airport. They were the first people I knew that got to fly. I see so many people buying a new car, but don't have money to buy decent food. Live in houses that take 2/3 of their monthly budget, eat out instead of cook, vacation but don't have funds to repair their leaky roof, when they have a flat they drive on the doughnut tire that now comes for a spare for weeks because they don't funds for $10 tire repair, buy lunch out instead of pack,etc... It seems many live beyond their means just like our gooberment.

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nortman

May-09-13 8:22 AM

If you are speaking of the "sequestration" you need to do a little research. The "cuts" that the politicians are whining about are cuts only in that the budgets didn't increase as much as the politicians wanted.

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