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Obama Makes Pitch for Budget Priorities

By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama, working to reframe his $3.6 trillion budget proposal that has come under attack for its large size and even larger ambitions, today said the plan addresses the concerns of ordinary Americans about the spiraling cost of college, the availability of health care and the sustainabiliy of the nation's economy.

Speaking in his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama called the budget, "an economic blueprint for the future - a vision of America where growth is not based on real estate bubbles or over leveraged banks, but a firm foundation of investments in energy, education, and health care that will lead to a real and lasting prosperity."

With Congress scheduled to begin debate on the budget this week, Obama is hoping to sell its merits amid growing skepticism in Congress about the size of the projected size of the federal deficit and the far-reaching ambitions represented in the plan.

With the economy deep in recession, and with the public and Congress concerned about huge outlays that the federal government has already made to stabilize the nation's still shaky financial system and to jump start the economy, Obama has faced criticism for a budget that tries to remake major portions of the U.S. economy.

The plan would reform health care, invest heavily in renewable energy, create a new tax on greenhouse gases, and sharply increase federal spending on all levels of education.

The budgetary concerns, voiced by congressional Republicans and some deficit-wary Democrats, were only amplified yesterday by a new forecast from the independent Congressional Budget Office estimating that this year's deficit will surpass $1.8 trillion. Meanwhile, the CBO said, Obama's budget proposal would leave the nation much deeper in debt than White House budget makers have estimated, with deficits averaging $1 trillion for the next decade.

Still, Obama did not back off any of his priorities in his address. Instead, he called his budget the "central part of a comprehensive strategy" to grow the economy.

Obama said he expects changes in the spending plan, which Congressional leaders have said they hope to pass by their Easter recress. Still, Obama said he expects the final document to adhere to four principles: it must reduce dependence on foreign oil and put the nation on a path to "a clean, renewable energy future;" it must renew the national commitment to "a complete and competitive education for every American child;" it must make a "serious investment" in health care reform; and it must reduce the defect.

"I realize there are those who say these plans are to ambitious to enact," Obama said. "To that I say that the challenges we face are too large to ignore. I didn't come here to pass on our problems to the next president or next generation--I came here to solve them."

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Don't blame the democrats. I think america needs to stop blaming each other and start working together. united we stand divided we fall. real talk

Posted by: philthafuture | March 23, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't turn this country around in a day, a month, and maybe not even in a year's time. There are a lot of things going wrong in America but people are always quick to point fingers. This reminds me of a John Salley interview where he spoke about how everyone is always blaming the next person. Obama is doing his best with this stimulus package and we all need to get behind him and support his plan if there's any chance of making it work. The sooner people start to realize this, the sooner this country will turn around.

Posted by: marquesdayton | March 23, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

you say democrats like their any different from republicans. Its all the same party. What we all need to do is contribute our opinions and power like 99problem is. come people get on that

Posted by: brownwall123 | March 23, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

We've got to work together as a nation, let's embrace some of these proposals!

Posted by: AT40Fan1 | March 23, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Most countries are capitalist, and most of those countries are poor.

Posted by: rooster54 | March 23, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey anti-commie-
You're the one who's uninformed. Corporate media is right wing propaganda of our current corporate fascist system. Our freedom has been taken away by economic enslavement which was enabled by the blind faith people like you have in corporate thieves.
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-social-welfare-state

Posted by: rooster54 | March 23, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

As irresponsible as his stimulus packages are, Obama has to make an effort and let everyone know he's making an effort. He can't do that much per se to help the economy except inspire people to spend and take risks.

The sooner people realize the economy is backed by faith the sooner the economy will start back up. It's not really in his hands, it's up to the people.

Posted by: brangsta | March 23, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

If there is anything I can't stand, it's a "blue dog" Democrat. We really need to throw them out of the party (used to call them Dixiercrats). With all there bellyaching and whining, I think they have Reaganitis.

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | March 23, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

With the bailout as one of the principal items of government expense.
I suggest that the government takeover those banks in imminent danger of going under and put them in the hands of the FDIC.
That includes AIG. Then when the banks are liquid and solvent the FDIC could sell them.
Those individuals who caused the banks to make bad decisions should be fired and precluded from future employment in financial
institutions
BLACKBALL THEM FOR LIFE!!!!!

Posted by: speedyo | March 23, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

thebink wrote: "I expect to see alot of psychotropic drugs prescribed to jobless Obama supporters in the coming year."

I don't know. Judging by the posts here, they don't seem to be working very well for the jobless conservatives.

Is drooling and babbling a side-product of the medication, or what it's intended to cure?

Posted by: nodebris | March 23, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Today it was announced that Barack Obama will pursue controls on Executive Pay in the banking system & beyond. This clearly makes Barack Obama a Communist, as many of us tried to point out before so many uninformed people voted for him. This course of action he proposes will drive away our best talent, & cause them to be replaced by substandard, lazy lackeys with poor education. This will in turn destroy our productivity, & eventually we will look like Russia, Mexico, & Cuba..

In short, Obama & his already failed administration MUST be IMPEACHED for violating our U.S. Constitution, & for failing to uphold the oath of office in which they are required to protect it, if they continue on this tyrannical course. To regulate pay would be a violation of the Constitution, & it must not be tolerated. Communists must not be allowed in our Government, period..

There are Constitutional restrictions on bills of attainder, ex post facto laws, laws impairing the obligations of contract, & unauthorized takings of property. Obama & his administration are on course to violate at least three of those.

AGAIN, if we are to survive as a FREE nation, IT MUST NOT BE TOLERATED.

Posted by: Anti-Communist | March 22, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Does Obama have to give a weekly address? Is so, how many weeks before the market hits 0?

Posted by: thebink | March 22, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

THE LARCENY OF DISTRACTION


While the manufactured economic crisis effectuates the fleecing of the middle class by the clever plotting of the power elite, and manufactured controversies distract the masses from the root causes of this global transfer of wealth...

...freedom also is being stolen from the people; but the mainstream media "watchdogs" are too busy chasing the manufactured tale of the day to notice who's making off out the back door with the coin of liberty.

EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND PUNISHMENT OF AMERICAN BREADWINNERS AND THEIR FAMILIES:

THE UNTOLD STORY BEHIND THE ECONOMIC MELTDOWN.

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TEAM OBAMA: WHAT DO YOUR BUSH HOLDOVERS KNOW ABOUT THESE ONGOING SECURITY-INTEL-REVENUE 'MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATED ACTIONS'...

* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons (D.E.W.) assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

* Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction" that have used the IRS as an ideological tool of "social cleansing."


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 22, 2009 1:46 AM | Report abuse

I am genuinely concerned about the state of our nation, especially when I read some of the blogs....

Does anyone really believe that this mess that we are in was caused by Obama and the Democrats?

We had 8 years of Bush and Cheney et al who ran this country into the ground. They put us so deep in debt just to get at Iraq's oil and to let Bush pretend he's a war hero. "Mission accomplished" indeed! They lied to the American people, they tried to gut our Constitution, and turned their backs on the Geneva Convention and International Law with their acceptance of torture and secret prisons. The fired judges who would not collaborate with them.

But I stray off topic....

Bush et al allowed Halliburton (Cheney's old company) to have no-bid contracts. They denounced any attempt to regulate business activities and encouraged Americans to spend what they did not have. (Remember after 9/11 the advice to go shopping?). All the while Bush et al did everything they could to help the corporations and the rich not pay their fair share of taxes. (Do we forget the record profits of the oil companies?) They did nothing to hinder the outsourcing of American jobs. They cared nothing about people losing their jobs, homes, their medical insurance, or their dignity. All the while they ridiculed and denounced as "unpatriotic" those who dared to disagree with them.

Yes, we have had 8 years of this madness and what madness it has been.

Now capitalism has shown its ugly side, and everyone is complaining and blaming.

Does no one understand that when you have laissez-faire economics you are giving the richest in America, aka the "haves," a free hand to do whatever they want? Operating as if we live in an oligarchy, the "haves" do what is best for themselves and care not for what happens to the rest. They are motivated by their own self-interest and naught else.

We need drastic change and it will take drastic measures to undo the damage done and to try to prevent this from happening again.

What are you willing to do? What sacrifices will you make?

Or do you expect only the poor, the workers, and the seemingly dying middle class to shoulder the burden?

Posted by: abby0802 | March 21, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse


I am glad Barack Obama is doing everything for the benefit of the People of the United States of America.

We have been taxed to high heaven and never allowed to benefit from our own tax dollars.

It USED to be that Repubs only believed in tax dollars for National Defense, and not a "welfare society" pooling money for the poor.

But our politicians have bargained away our health care, our manufacturing jobs, and everything and anything belonging to the American people so much that we now HAVE to get some of these things back.

I am sick and tired of Wall Street investors running this country, and I'm sick and tired of the minority megolomaniacs running this country.

Right now, we need this ENTIRE country to be healthy, and we need a renewed spirit. The only way we can regain that is by investing in ourselves.

Then and only then will we be strong enough to keep fighting, and keep our stance in the world.

An America full of sick, unemployed, and hopeless, overtaxed people will not do.

I am overwhelmed that someone has finally realized that this country comes first, and that means the health, wealth, and prosperity of those of us who pay the bills.

Thank you, President Obama for seeing this.


Posted by: lindalovejones | March 21, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

$3.6 trillion and no more OFF BUDGET hidden Neocon costs..and lost and stolen money.

Getting back the the Clinton Tax formulas.
That is going to work.

It will work better if the JFK Tax rules were implemented. If US corporations want a better tax break they have to reinvest that money back into their companies.

NOT send it over sseas and to shareholders.
Meaning they would have to Re-growing from the foundations again.

OH one other issue...CEO can only earn 10 times the salary of the averaqge worker in their company.

If he wants a better deal. He has to increase the earning power of his employees and contractors.

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | March 21, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

TAX THE OBAMAS AND CONGRESS AND WHITE HOUSE APPOINTEES AT 90%.

It is time for punitive taxation to be applied to those responsible for our national debt. Then trillion dollar budgets on top of trillion dollar bailouts would stop.

Sadly big spender Barack needs to jet to another publicity appearance and millionairre Michelle needs more desiger label clothes while Dodd and Frank bilk the financial market for every penny they can get.

SO WE PAY FOR IT AT 100% WHILE THOSE IN CHARGE EVADE PAYING TAXES AND GET RICH AT OUR EXPENSE - ANTE UP!!!!

Posted by: mgd1 | March 21, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

"With the economy deep in recession, and with the public and Congress concerned about huge outlays that the federal government has already made to stabilize the nation's still shaky financial system and to jump start the economy, Obama has faced criticism for a budget that tries to remake major portions of the U.S. economy."

And the President has the audacity to call call himself practical. There's nothing practical about a $3.6 trillion budget with an economy in the toilet and a nearly $2 Trillion deficit on the horizon. He is an ideologue, tried and true.

I don't think this is the change that the independents/libertarians/moderates (and even conservates--C. Buckley) voted for. They wanted a break from the profligate spending. Instead the administration is using it as an excuse to push even more profligate spending of their own.

C. Buckley on his endorsement of Obama:

"But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves..."

I suspect he is digesting those words by now.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | March 21, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

thegreatpotatospamof2003 said:

"...and the US with less of a need on oil, well, that changes the picture, doesn't it?"

I agree. Let's put it in perspective.

We exported 300 billion dollars in cash in exchange for petroleum in 2006.

It would be worth over a trillion dollars in less than four years if we stopped importing energy that costs 60 dollars a barrel.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 21, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"To frededias: The estimated cost of all of this spending is $90,000.00 per household. So we can safely assume that your check is in the mail so that you can step up and pay your fair share. Right? Or are you sitting by your mailbox waiting for the government cheese to arrive?"

to Bubbette1: $90,000 / two earners = $45,000 / 60 working years = $750 per year

So your big scare tactic is that, assuming I believe your probably inflated number, and assuming I'm an "average"* earner, I'm going to have to pay $750 per year in taxes for the spending necessary to avoid Third World education, a Third World health system, and certain un-inhabitability of much of the country by my grandchildren due to climate change?

Well then yes, count me in. My check is in the mail, it's money well spent.

*(Of course, because the tax system is already progressive and should be more so, most people including me will pay MUCH LESS than the "average" tax that your "per household" number would indicate... since rich people will JUSTIFIABLY pay more according to their earnings...)

Posted by: frededias | March 21, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

People see that $3.6 Trillion number and think it's so much more than we've ever spent.
The truth is that Bush's budget for '09 (just before Obabma came in) was $3.1 Trillion and it didn't even include funding for Iraq or Afghanistan--and it hadn't for the last 7 years.
Talk about cooking the books! No wonder Wall St does the same thing.

Posted by: gce1356 | March 21, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

That's only about the 15th time Obama has used the "I came to solve the problems" quote... Someone needs to change the teleprompter or at least write some new talking points.

We've seen what happens (most recently on Leno, think, "special olympics") when he goes off the cuff. Unreal how these clowns think you can spend us into oblivion and somehow that will fix the economy.

Hillary has to be thinking, just keep your mouth shut, let the doofus do his thing and when he joins Jimmy Carter building habitat homes, the pathway will be open for me.

Posted by: randy_boyd | March 21, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

So,I cannot help but wonder,if Spend & Tax & Spend Somemore,Team Obama & Pelosi will be the cause of the demise of the dimwit
Dummercrat Party in 2010 and 2012 as well?
Since President Nancy Pelosi and her Trsinee President from Kenya Barack Obama
are on an orgy of out of control spending
and borrowing from China and other countries and are bound to raise taxes as
well by then. Impeach Obama! Recall Mad Madame President Nancy Pelosi!

Posted by: Amy2009 | March 21, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

SUSPECT BIG BROTHER INTERNET / TELECOM SPYING OR MALICIOUS INTERFERENCE -- USING YOUR TELECOMMUNICATIONS TO HARASS YOU?

Do something -- tell your story to the American Civil Liberties Union (link below).

And read in the "comments" section the ongoing account of a journalist in search of his First Amendment rights.

Then demand that ACLU renew its free speech fight by filing a class-action suit against unconstitutional, rogue government surveillance operations.

http://blog.aclu.org/2009/01/26/internet-filters-voluntary-ok-not-government-mandate/#comments

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"44" READERS:

The commentary I attempted to post a couple of minutes ago to this blog elicited a "held for blog owner" message -- even though only foul language causes posts here to be rejected.

I believe this is blatant, flagrant prior restraint/censorship of political speech on the web by rogue government surveillance "fusion center" operatives.

Apparently, their superiors see nothing wrong in their "info warriors" assuming the role of Washington Post political blog editor.

What's happening here affects the rights of mainstream media owners as well as their readers.

This week, I first learned of a Bush-Cheney "doctrine" of "ideological exclusion" -- apparently used to bar political "activists" from abroad from visiting the United States.

Now I am wondering if authoritarians within the bureaucracy are using this doctrine to censor political speech in this country.

Please visit the "Free Speech: Internet Filters" thread of http://blog.aclu.org and join the fight to RESTORE FREE SPEECH IN AMERICA. The link is posted above.

WaPo Editorial Staff:

Please forward the above post to WaPo ombudsman and legal counsel. Thank you.

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 21, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

1)You are BROKE.

2)The Chinese Communists hold a lean on your property.

3)Russia and China are backing a move to end the US dollar's role as the benchmark world currency because: (see number 1)

Irresponsible GOVERNMENT spending?
Don't make me laugh.


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Problem is, they really aren't resourceful, innovative economies, victims of the bubble, too.

Meaning, this could very well happen, not necessarily a bad thing, though, the move minor, in the bigger picture -- remember Iran's oil shift?

But I think it's naive to think people are unaware this is happening, you know, the world economies need to be devalued, period, and the US with less of a need on oil, well, that changes the picture, doesn't it?

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | March 21, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Can we ask Hillary to get that reset button back from the Russians so someone can glue it to Barama's forehead? She was right this guy ain't ready and could use a few do-overs.

Posted by: georgejones5 | March 21, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

No wonder We-the-People are $Trillions in Debt!! - We allow the Criminal Global Economic Terrorists,- the so-called Federal Reserve, to order Our Treasury to Print $Trillions for their' own personal use and investment!! This is unConstitutional and an act of Treason!! Abolish the Federal Reserve Act, and send these Global Banking Criminals back to Europe where they came from almost 95 years ago!! Bush, Cheny, and Greenspan were all in with these Crooks to Loot Our Nation & keep us in DEBT!!!! "AND WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT"!! - How stupid can the American People be? "To the Max"!! And how sad that We-the-People allow the Fed's Cronies in Congress to support these TRAITORS!! The U.S. Taxpayers deserve this CRISIS for allowwing these Usurious Global Banking Criminals to exist in Our Great Nation!! Economic Terrorism at its best,- and Our Congress has continued to support these GREEDY BANKING FAMILIES from Europe!! CONGRESS takes an Oath to the CONSTITUTION, - and has for years been bought off and controlled!!!!

Posted by: jward52 | March 21, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Further, the thirties left us with a good example. FDR’s programs were ambitious but the ensuing war showed that they could have been even more so. The war spurred the level of spending necessary to bring the country back more quickly than FDR’s measured response would have been able to do. This is a point that few of our so called experts seem to remember
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Because a specific manufacturing base was needed to meet the need for supplies of war goods -- same with replenishing scarce resources, post war, the need to build and supply fueling the economic expansion and DEMANDS of the post war era, too.

So, is the conversion to green energy the new stimulus, so to speak?

Much of the construction I see now centers on green retrofits, or new green structures.

What about the rest of the economy?

What if (most) petroluem based production were to be converted?

Beats the idea of prepetual war as an economic stimulus, as if that's possible.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | March 21, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

President Obama should stand his grounds. He would have solid grounds on which to do so. This country is waging an economic war which was started and handed to him by conservatives, no less. We are now struggling for our very survival. Looking at the unnecessary Iraq war, whenever a Democrat questioned the amount of tax dollars being voted on, the conservatives howled that he/she was asking for failure. That was Iraq, we have no kinship with Iraq and little else of worth, really. Now, when it comes to the salvation of our own country, everything is suddenly too expensive to these same conservatives. Are they advocating that we let the country fail? What was good enough for Iraq is not good enough for America, their own country. Have they no shame?

There are those, who are saying that the Administration’s plan is not ambitious enough. Further, the thirties left us with a good example. FDR’s programs were ambitious but the ensuing war showed that they could have been even more so. The war spurred the level of spending necessary to bring the country back more quickly than FDR’s measured response would have been able to do. This is a point that few of our so called experts seem to remember. I would rather spend the funds necessary to leave our children a country with which to work than not spend and leave them nothing with which to work except another language.

Posted by: vmonroe_valnesio | March 21, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse


I am overjoyed that finally we have a President that will do something for the American Taxpayer. We have been doing nothing but carrying the economic burden since the beginning of this County.

The sour grapes Repubs want nothing but overseas spending upon which they can gamble on in the Stock Market while shipping our manufacturing jobs overseas and bargaining away our healthcare in favor of the Stock Market.

Posted by: lindalovejones | March 21, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

We should listen to Paul Krugman because he is highly intelligent and obviously has a great deal of common sense.

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He really stands out from the crowd, and he's truly one of the economists I look forward to reading.

I think, as opposed to the old wave, he's humanistic in his economics, able to see other, if you will, and it makes a difference in his abilty to provide workable solutions. (But in all honesty, I think this is what makes, or had made America different, its humanism toward other). Perhaps Krugman's empathy, manifested in a heightened intellectual sensitivity, gives him greater insight into the problems we face. If you can SEE outside your own ego, you have a better understanding of what needs to be done.

And he's brave, most of the time.

A narcissist, OTOH, can only see himself, he can't ever problem solve.

There is an author named George Saunders, a geologist of all things, who also, to me, defines this emerging wave of humanism.

Kurt Wallinger of the band "World Party," too, another manifesting this tendency.


Makes life interesting, again, at the very least...

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | March 21, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

@thegreatpotatospamof2003
"we should listen to him because he's highly intelligent."

I stand corrected. You are right, Friedman won the Nobel and WAS a nut. His laissez-faire ideas were adopted by Reagan in the 80's and were an integral part of his policies regarding taxation, privatization and deregulation.

We should listen to Paul Krugman because he is highly intelligent and obviously has a great deal of common sense.

Posted by: teriberi35 | March 21, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

If you have no problem with this entire economy and its representative government descending into oblivion then by all means give your support to Obama's insane economic plans. Just remember, when the chaos overwhelms you don’t come crying for help.

Posted by: rplat | March 21, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

By my calculation we will have cumultatively increased the national debt four fold in sixteen years. Is anyone beside me concerned that we cannot afford this continued madness regardless of what idealogy drives the deficit?

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The republican press charge, such as it is, has been to not discuss rationally with the best interests of our country's future in mind, but to fearfully discredit Obama with silly ideas of a socialist plant (this, after Bush!).

I'm willing to speak of medicine, no President is ever perfect, but not with people incapable of discussing medicine.

Anyway, you're right, and I agree with you.

But until they clean it up, they fail, apparently, it's the only way we can get rid of this trash.

The people, the powerful people, too, have to see it, and dump them.

Only the smartest survive, and the Limbaugh-like aren't on solid ground, here, despite their delusions.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | March 21, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

If the muslims cannot beat the United States militarily then do you think he may be a chosen one and bankrupt the U.S.A.into submission?

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Ex CIA like John Brennan is dumber than dirt, but do you really think this country is full of people as stupid as a self-important, big-mouthed blogger who fancies himself smart, you know, the kind so dense he can't tell he's being trolled?

Wow.

I saw Col Larry Wilkerson on TV this morning, telling the truth about GITMO, and I thought "why wasn't HE put in charge?"

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | March 21, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

It is regrettable that so many posters use these blogs to continue advancing partisan views rather than address the core issue. In this case we should be discussing and sharing thoughts on the impact of President Obama's proposed budget, when coupled with the recently passed stimulus bill, on our national deficit and debt.

The CBO has estimated that the President's budget will increase the deficit and national debt by almost ten trillion dollars by 2015. This will likely occur on top of George Bush's presidency increasing the debt from approxikmately five to ten billion dollars.

By my calculation we will have cumultatively increased the national debt four fold in sixteen years. Is anyone beside me concerned that we cannot afford this continued madness regardless of what idealogy drives the deficit?

No doubt Obama was handed a mess. But by the admission of his own chief of staff he and the Democrats are using this "crisis" to push through a manifold agenda on health care, energy and education at a time the nation cannot afford expenditures of such an overwhelming magnitude. Oh, if Obama was only correct and we could wave a magic wand to begin attacking all our problems rather than solving them with some sense of priority.

So the core question in Washington should not be whether or not we can afford to be BOLD on all fronts? Are we being RESPONSIBLE?

If CBO is accurate by 2015 the national budget will consist of 82 cents of debt and only 18 cents in discretionary spending; that is vs. a 40/60 ratio today. Might we be, like so many of our citizens of late, spending today in complete disregard for our tomorrows?

We should all be encouraging our elected representatives to force a dialog on the budgetary impact of the Obama budget rather than being bludgeoned into submission in the name of jump starting our economy. The argument that we can afford to commit to long term deficits of this magnitude is one we must have lest we hasten the day when our nation is forced into our own Chapter 11; when the checks may be in the mail but the national bank account does not have enough money to pay our creditors.

We may all be susceptible to a smooth pitch which Obama has mastered but we haven't lost our ability to count. His budget, in spite of its aspirations, does not live up to our ability as a nation to pay for it.

Posted by: bobfbell | March 21, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

If the muslims cannot beat the United States militarily then do you think he may be a chosen one and bankrupt the U.S.A.into submission?

Posted by: wakocmd | March 21, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Here is his opinion(and I am sure that we can all agree that as a Nobel Prize winner for Economics, his opinion is WORTH listening to!):
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We sholdn't listen to him because he's he's a Nobel Prize winner, because no one wants to depend on simplistic external symbols when trying to determine truth in conjunciton with future validities -- that would be fatal -- we should listen to him because he's highly intelligent.

I mean, Freidman got a Nobel Prize, and he was(RIP) a stinking kook.

IMO.

Anyway, we shouldn't be spending so profously, IMO, until we shore up real wealth creation.

And I have yet to see that aspect really addressed.

But of all the economists I've read, I think Krugman is among the best.

And, btw, the spending is analogous to a shot of epinehprine given during a flat line, they want to make sure the patient lives -- you know, like the stuff they use on Cheney every time HE flatlines...


But some people just really aren't smart enough to get it.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | March 21, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

This Chi-Town Hack & and his team, of inept minions.

Will destroy this country.

Posted by: dashriprock | March 21, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Well at least we've finally realized it doesn't matter what color skin a man is. They're all going to pay homage to the same people, get the same agenda off track, and take advice from the same think tank. Why bother to vote?

Posted by: KraftPaper | March 21, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Paul Krugman, 2008 Nobel Prize Winner for Economics, recently wrote an article about Obama's stimulus plan and budget. Here is his opinion(and I am sure that we can all agree that as a Nobel Prize winner for Economics, his opinion is WORTH listening to!):

"President Obama’s plan to stimulate the economy was “massive,” “giant,” “enormous.” So the American people were told, especially by TV news, during the run-up to the stimulus vote. Watching the news, you might have thought that the only question was whether the plan was too big, too ambitious.

Yet many economists, myself included, actually argued that the plan was too small and too cautious. The latest data confirm those worries — and suggest that the Obama administration’s economic policies are already falling behind the curve.

There are now three big questions about economic policy. First, does the administration realize that it isn’t doing enough? Second, is it prepared to do more? Third, will Congress go along with stronger policies? "

Also read this article by Mr. Krugman:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/09/opinion/09krugman.html

Perhaps after reading these, you will understand a LITTLE bit about our current economic situation....

Posted by: teriberi35 | March 21, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm just reading some of the posts, especially from the right wing, interesting. We managed to get in to two wars, a recession, some say a minor depression and a deficit that doubled, all created by George Bush and the neo cons. President Obama has been in office for two months and the repubs are crying foul.mm mm
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Leon Panetta is today meeting with Pakistani officials, I was wondering if he has to be introduced as "not as dumb as Cheney!"

And that's just sad, the neocon posers here have no clue the damage, or the laughter, for that matter...

But the clock is still ticking...

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | March 21, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

If dems think that there party is for the middle class your out of your MINDS. Sure bush and repubs screwed up but they had help from the dems to.Now obama and company are like kids with there first credit card and there going to go nuts on spending. Bail out the banks,bail out car industry,and the list goes on and for good measure will make the taxpayers pay health care for illegals. Oh i forgot the middle class does get something out of it we get to pay for it for god knows when.

Posted by: rgodzala1 | March 21, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse


"I can't help thinking that it would have been nice to have been able to extend the Clinton years."

Hillary would have won the primary if Wright had hit the news earlier. She lost the first nine primaries due to sexism, then Wright hit the news and it was nip and tuck after that, and she almost won anyway. At least she would have had Bill by her side.


Posted by: Billw3 | March 21, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

For 30 years, Democrats used Herbert Hoover as a bogeyman.
Now the Republican Governers (Palin; Sanford) have managed to appear heartless and favoring business over the unemployed.
Way to go!
With a strategy like that, who needs Democrats?
If some of the Rep Govs refuse aid; they'll make great campaign fodder!

Posted by: sfmaster | March 21, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm just reading some of the posts, especially from the right wing, interesting. We managed to get in to two wars, a recession, some say a minor depression and a deficit that doubled, all created by George Bush and the neo cons. President Obama has been in office for two months and the repubs are crying foul.mm mm

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | March 21, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Treasonous sociopath arbitrageurs and "the trade"


How many hundred billions in credit default swaps did London / Wilton, Ct. based AIG FP {Citi, Bear, Lehman, GM, GE etc.} derivatives traders sell foreign banks and hedge funds in off shore tax havens with banking secrecy laws representing ; Rockefeller,Kissinger,Rubin,Frank, Dodd, Clinton, Obama, Pelosi , Reid, Greenspan, Schumer etc .that they now own in their personal accounts?
Are the CDS payments ongoing?
Are AIG bonuses hush monies to hide the identities of those 'counter-parties'?

Why hasn't Congress held formal investigations to differentiate true CDS hedgers from predatory speculators operating on insider knowledge ?

America is only as sick as these "secrets".
America can only become a tyrannical Oligarchy as long as these "secrets" are protected by Congress, regulators and the financial press.


Naked SHORT STOCK / long Credit default swap

http://antisocialmedia.net/ 24 minute instructional video


"What is to be Done With Credit Default Swaps?" IRA's Chris Whalen speech given to the AmericanEnterprise Institute
http://www.riskcenter.com/story.php?id=17904

Posted by: rtfanning | March 21, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse


A rational approach went down the crapper years ago.
Exploitation, greed, and indulgence at the expense of
others and of future generations has taken it's toll.
The results are now taking their toll.

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Posted by: Billw3 | March 21, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I can't help thinking that it would have been nice to have been able to extend the Clinton years. Of course, they weren't perfect either and there are definite perils in the idea of a 4 or 6 term presidency, but at least I seem to remember that there was a bit more fiscal sanity back then.

And I'm nominally a Republican!

Posted by: billmosby | March 21, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an arrogant, egotisical sob who doesn'r really care if he brings down the country as long as he gets his way. At the end of the day, his deficits will punish the middle class worse than the wealthy. Those who voted for him need to take credit for this upcoming pain on the middle class. Nice job.

Posted by: mmourges | March 21, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a rational approach to governing our country!

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Rational approach? You'd better revisit the numbers. The CBO analysis of the Obama budget revealed a
number of BIG red flags, including:

1. By 2019 total fed debt - debt held by the public and intragovernmental debt - would exceed 100% of GDP
2. By 2019 approximately 1 out of every 6.4 revenue dollars would go towards servicing JUST the interest on the debt

For some of these raw trends see:

http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/visualizations/cbos-estimate-of-obama-administratio

And as a reminder, during this period, 2018 or 2019, social security payments will begin exceeding receipts for good, with the gap only going on up from there unless that problem is addressed. And, of course, there's the even bigger medicare problem.

One would just about have to be nuts to think these results are rational.

Posted by: JamesSCameron | March 21, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse


Hey there tontosage,

You think Obama is still doin' a little blow?

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Posted by: Billw3 | March 21, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

THREE TRILLION BUCKS? WTF?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

What have we done...

Posted by: zap123 | March 21, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow ... just, wow. There are a lot of completely unhinged people commenting on this article. And I've got to say, the coverage of this in the Post is encouraging them, because it ignores the most salient fact of this story: CBO's baseline is deeply misleading.

CBO's baseline assumes that over the next 10 years taxes will go up by $3.6 trillion when the Bush tax cuts expire; that payments to physicians in Medicare will be cute by around $300 billion; and that spending for the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan will be only half of what's planned for this year. Those differences add up to more than $4 trillion worth of current policies that aren't included in CBO's baseline, that ARE included in Obama's - keeping a campaign promise to restore some honesty to our budgeting process.

So when you read about CBO's forecast showing deficits that are $2 trillion higher than Obama's over the next 10 years, bear that in mind. The stuff that CBO leaves out of its forecast (and i'm not blaming them, Congress made the law that tells them what they're allowed to assume & what they're not) MORE THAN ACCOUNTS FOR THE ENTIRE DIFFERENCE.

Which must mean that Obama's initiatives - in energy, education, health care, and middle-class tax relief - are MORE THAN PAID FOR. The things that are driving the deficit in CBO's forecast are the legacy of the last 8 years (including the financial system bailout) & the cratering economy. And Obama's right when he says that the major initiatives in his budget are part of the long-term cure for those ills, and if anything it's even more important that we get started on them now.

I'm not blindly backing the President: I'm really concerned that his approach to the financial crisis is focused too much on restoring a bankrupt (literally & figuratively) status quo rather than paving the way for a new, more prudent financial system to emerge. I think we're going to need more revenue in the future, specifically dedicated to paying down the costs of the financial rescue, and that those costs should come as much as possible from the banks themselves (maybe a supplement to the FDIC dues or something). I think the economic assumptions in his budget are too optimistic & should be closer to CBO's. I think neither of their forecasts include what we can really expect to spend on the bailouts over the next few years. Obama's making a lot of the right moves, but there's a lot of room to improve.

But let's not let this turn into a "blame Obama" frenzy, or use the bleak budget situation he inherited as an excuse not to make the kind of change we need, and that a solid majority of us voted for just a few months ago.

Posted by: tomwoods | March 21, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The most devoted of Rush Limbaugh's listeners are rewarded by being allowed inside the fatman's boxer shorts for an entire fun-filled day (not including consumption of narcotic pain pills- not including child prostitution)!
At the end of the day, the lucky turd babies are lifted out, brought back to consciousness and encouraged to write idiotic comments.

Posted by: tontosage | March 21, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey "DoTheMath"-learn how to add before you open your ignorant mouth. When the government tried to intervene on Fannie/Freddie, it was the Messiah most democRATS that took "donations" and prevented government intervention. Putting the government in charge of schools is and will always be a failure. You asked for efficient and effective action, then don't ask the government to solve your problems. You're another Obama supporter that needs to be put to sleep!

Posted by: trippermeow | March 21, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a rational approach to governing our country! Now we can start repairing the damage inflicted by government representatives whose mission was to eliminate government, to get government "out of the way" (except, of course, when they wanted government to enforce their religious beliefs). Now that we know why they wanted government to get out of the way - so they could rake in obscene amounts of money through "innovative" schemes that government oversight would have prevented - maybe it will take a while for them to distract and confuse their way into office again.

Let's try not to forget that we do have a government for a reason. Police protection, roads, armies - we need some services that we can't effectively acquire as individuals, and those services cost something. Instead of pretending that all government and all taxes are bad, let's figure out the most effective, efficient way to get what we need.

Posted by: DoTheMath | March 21, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Way too expensive to be done in a recession. I'd suggest to put this forth once the economy is recovering, not sliding to the bottom. I vote "Nay".

Posted by: yarbrougharts | March 21, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!!!


The "We the People" Stimulus package video is a MUST SEE!!!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeYscnFpEyA

Post it far and WIDE!!!!

Posted by: misssymoto | March 21, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Term limits for the House and Senate. Send Dodd, Pelosi, Franks and Reid back to whatever rock they crawled out from. Stop spending. Stop buying toxic assets. Let foreclosures and the bankruptcy courts take care of the debt and stop passing it off to the People. Support banks on the way out of bankruptcy after they have shed their toxic assets. Let the value of real estate sink to the market level and re-build from there. There is a plan for you.
We are now buying our own Treasury Notes, likely at the direction of our masters the Chinese.

Did anyone else have an issue with Obama's plan to grant amnesty to all illegal aliens, oops not pc,I mean illegal immigrants. He went on to say we need these illegals to join the unions? Obama estimates there are 12 million illegals, others estimate the number to be more like 30 to 40 million. Pelosi calls enforcement of immigration laws "un-American".

Where in all of these trillions is there any money to secure our borders and enforce immigration laws and cut-off the entitlement programs this is costing all of us?

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 21, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

To frededias: The estimated cost of all of this spending is $90,000.00 per household. So we can safely assume that your check is in the mail so that you can step up and pay your fair share. Right? Or are you sitting by your mailbox waiting for the government cheese to arrive?

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 21, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse


HAH3 said:
"Obama's a hack!"

A Wright worshiper, pravaricator, pal of shady people, and Chicago politicak hack, who is bankrupting America, and who was elected by ignorant 'messiah' worshiping voters.

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Posted by: Billw3 | March 21, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The marxist drug addict's loony-left liberal "economic plan":

SPEND, SPEND, SPEND. SPEND, SPEND, SPEND, SPEND, SPEND, SPEND, SPEND, SPEND --- ON BONUSES, BAILOUTS, PORK AND SOCIALIST WELFARE
then
TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX -- THE HARD-WORKING, RESPONSIBLE AMERICAN CITIZENS

As plagiarist-joe biden said: "Raising taxes is patriotic"

The "War-on-Wealth" policies of the marxist drug addict and his hopelessly hopeless loony-left liberal d-crat sycophants are already causing great harm to the US economy.

The hussein bear market is being driven by fear of the dreadful consequences of the irresponsible pork-a-palooza and social welfare boondoggle he, and the loony-left d-crats, are pursuing. This "generational theft" will curtail economic growth and hobble the economy for decades. Welcome to the new and improved great depression. As the economy burns, hussein and pelosi wastefully spend the earnings of future generations.

But, if your have NO INTEGRITY, NO ETHICS, NO CONSCIENCE and NO BRAINS and are a loony-left liberal d-crat (i.e. a TAX CHEAT), you don't have to worry about this since you can just "geithner" your taxes and all this waste won't cost you a penny in taxes.

Posted by: LoonyLeft | March 21, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse


morningglory51 ask:
"What is Obama's plan when the Chinese call in their markers and refuse to buy our worthless debt and the US dollar isn't worth 5 cents?"

Grin while he reads the congratulatory note from Ben Laden?

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Posted by: Billw3 | March 21, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I expect to see alot of psychotropic drugs prescribed to jobless Obama supporters in the coming year.

Posted by: thebink | March 21, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama campaigned that his budget priorities would be paid for by budget cuts elsewhere. Where are the budget cuts? I'm a social liberal but I think that Congress is so hopelessly addicted to corporate-interest spending that the only way they can be reined-in is to have a balanced budget amendment to the US constitution. There's a lot of programs which are unnecessary and a lot of other programs which should be privatized and paid for by user fees. We spend way too much on Defense and still don't have the capabilities that we need for the 21st century. Hopefully our foreign creditors will demand that we make the necessary changes. No wonder the Chinese are getting antsy; I would be too in their situation.

Posted by: ripvanwinkleincollege | March 21, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse


ACORN Barry is WAY out of control....

Obama will call for increased oversight of 'executive pay at all banks, Wall Street firms and possibly other companies' as part of sweeping plan to 'overhaul financial regulation', NY TIMES reporting Sunday

Posted by: FraudObama | March 21, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I have a very difficult time trying to understand just what Obama is trying to do other than bankrupt this country. He's like a little kid whose grandfather gave him a hundred bucks, dropped him off at a candy counter and the little darling is buying every candy bar in sight. Infantile behavior at best!

Posted by: BrownShoeAirForcePilot | March 21, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The nitwit doesn't have a clue about the economy. His "budget" is nothing more than a payoff to the weak and dishonest minds tht put an incompetent in the White House.
As for you Bush haters who say that this is all Bush's fault, go back to your cave, because that's obviously where you have been living. Either that or stop lying. It's all B.S..
If you really want to mortgage your grand children's future, go spend all your own money.
I hope the few rational people left in the Congress put a stop to this stupidity. Send Obama back to Leno's show. At least all he does there is make a fool out of himself.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 21, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

What is Obama's plan when the Chinese call in their markers and refuse to buy our worthless debt and the US dollar isn't worth 5 cents?

Posted by: morningglory51 | March 21, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

lets pray that moderate dems crush this bankruptcy inducing "budget" in its crib

its only obama's messanic streak that makes him think create wealth out of thin air by printing money

Posted by: dummypants | March 21, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow, there are a lot of very angry "fiscal conservatives" on this page. I understand during the election y'all got paid to rage on here, but now? Are y'all the Bush economic team that put us here in the first place, and now you're sitting around home reading the WaPo, still steaming over your lost job?

I got news for you folks... y'all and some AIG execs might have DESERVED the loss of your job, but you're the ones dragged 4 million good, hardworking folks down with you...

So Hell Yes we need to invest in a REAL economy... education, health care, and sustainable green energy to pull us out of this mess... and Hell Yes it will create deficits, just like you did for 30 years now since your hero Reagan tripled the national debt... and here we are 30 years later and tell me, is our biggest problem all the taxes and inflation because Reagan tripled the national debt? Not by a LONG SHOT, in fact just the opposite... our biggest problem is the speculative bubble you idiots created with your too-low taxes and too-low interest rates, together with the environmental Ponzi scheme of fossil-fuel pollution that will leave our grandchildren *underwater* if we don't fix your mess...

Taxes, please... taxes for the top bracket were 70% or more from the 30's until the 80's... I don't notice any lack of growth in a strong middle class during THAT time... http://tinyurl.com/dhbnpd (tax rate chart: REALITY y'all)

So, conservative budget whiners... take your fossil-fuel and insurance-company lobbying dollars, make into wads, stuff them down your lying, scheming throats, and let the middle class have a chance here!

Posted by: frededias | March 21, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey Guys - here's a frickin' hot flash:

1)You are BROKE.

2)The Chinese Communists hold a lean on your property.

3)Russia and China are backing a move to end the US dollar's role as the benchmark world currency because: (see number 1)

Irresponsible GOVERNMENT spending?
Don't make me laugh.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 21, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I say keep straying the money in all directions... sooner or later it will make a difference. Tax the rich,spread the wealth. Some say taxes and inflation will cripple the next generation..So what !! they'll deal with it. Each generation has had what looked like impossible barriers and we all survived...There will be far more serious international tensions and unrest in the next several years as we are tested on many fronts... Militarily, economically and socially. Buckle up, this ride will be rough....

Posted by: james_m_reilly1 | March 21, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Good grief! This isn't working out. Obama's a hack!

Posted by: JAH3 | March 21, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't appear to be grounded in reality. He's blathering on about cutting the deficit in half -- a budget that he is currently doubling. He's railing against AIG bonuses -- that were created as a part of his bailout package - in a backdoor meeting where Republican's weren't allowed. He's waving that finger of his at us, talking about a new age of accountability -- on the heels of a trillion dollar bailout package that was released and approved in two days -- a twelve hundred page document that literally no on in Congress read. Meanwhile the press treats us to pieces on White House gardening, Obama's bowling scores and his picks for basketball games. Not a big fan of Beck, but I've got to admit - it does look a like Nero's fiddling while Rome burns.

Posted by: jchenn | March 21, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

52% of the current Congress were members in 2000 when passage of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act paved the way for the Enron, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and AIG crises; 46% were members in 1997 when Congress pushed Freddie Mac to launch the securities market for subprime loans; and incredibly 20% were members in 1989 during the taxpayer bailout of the Savings & Loan industry.

As the purveyors of pay-to-play governance and architects of the America's economic collapse, Congress cannot be trusted to restore the American economy. A person needs to look no further than the U.S. Congress to see the truth of Lord Acton’s dictum, “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Congressional terms should be limited to 18 years in any combination of Senate or House terms.

Experience and connection with the past would not be lost since 18 years is approximately half of an adult's working career. Rather than harm the national interests, Congressional term limits wouldprotect the American public from its apathy and elected representatives from the corrupting influence of power.

Posted by: JohnSmithP | March 21, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Recessions and depressions are not propitious times to attempt to change the country in ways Obama intends. Cut spending, cut taxes, put the US in a good financial position. Then run on a plan to create Utopia USA, outlining what that will provide and what it will cost the American citizens who will pay for it all. This is not time for liberal Democrat experiments. Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty years ago- poverty won but the government got bigger, predictably

Posted by: mhr614 | March 21, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

THE ‘FIRE, READY, AIM’ OBAMA TEAM! (Team Obama in Action)

*They select folks for critical positions and jobs before checking to see if they are qualified!

*They rush through billions of dollars in ‘Stimulus’ legislations without knowing what they are signing (to wit, AIG retention bonuses).

*The President talks down business and the stock market until he is dressed down by the CEO of CITI (Mr. Parsons), and the following day, the skies are much brighter.

*On March 16, the President advises major veteran organizations that he is thinking about causing veterans with war wounds to obtain their own private health insurance.
Based on the serious impacts this would have had on veterans and the potential of the volunteer force – largely the out cry (of total disbelief) from veterans, the President backed down on March 18!

*One of President Obama’s first major international policy changes was to CLOSE GITMO! On March 18, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that some of those prisoners might be released in the US. Yes folks – this is the same Eric Holder who called citizens of the US ‘COWARDS’ last month. Guess he is now going to give us all a test!!!!

---- it appears that many of the democrats are all in a circle, with loaded pistols, firing at each other (Dodd vs Whitehouse and Geithner), and fighting over mics! As of March 20, even Maxine Waters (D, CA) was asking if the President knew what was going on regarding language authorizing bonuses to AIG, and if so, called for him to explain to the American people

---- the president escapes to Leno, only to make a joke at Special Olympics participant’s expense (can you imagine MSM’s revulsion had that been Bush?)

----now that CBO has crunched the numbers, and we see that the Obama Budget could bankrupt the Nation, the President is suggesting FULL SPEED AHEAD! How in the world can he expect any credibility?? When will he start leading and telling America (AND THE WORLD) that all of the ‘give-away’ programs just cannot be funded, and that individuals are going to have to stand on their own two feet (WHAT A NOVEL IDEA HE COULD TAKE CREDIT FOR!)??????

WHAT WILL BE THE NEXT FUMBLE BUM??? Please get Obama a teleprompter that will give him the correct answers to issues!!!!

Posted by: wheeljc | March 21, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing to me how many people do not want to invest in the long term. For the past eight years, the government has invested in nothing but a lousy stupid war. This administration wants to invest in education, health care and the environment. The government is already paying for that anyway by providing subsidies for uneducated people that have no jobs, by paying for health care for the uninsured, and by paying for cleaning up the toxic messes that companies leave behind.
The difference is that, while the initial investment is a lot, the long term investment will pay off.
I really do not understand people who are against investing in their future. Selfish...

Posted by: phorse | March 21, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

ARE HIGH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN THE BEAM PATH OF EMF...

...CAUSING ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS?


ATTENTION: Rahm Emanuel, WH Chief of Staff; David Axelrod, senior advisor (please forward)


It is a known scientific fact that radiation emanating from electromagnetic fields (or electromagnetic-emitting devices) can cause headaches, mood and behavioral changes, even adverse physical effects such as the induction of injury or illness.

Is it possible that high-tech communications (or security protection) devices or weaponry in the vicinity of POTUS and/or other high officials of government are causing physiological effects that could be affecting their sense of well-being -- perhaps even endangering their health?

Given the advanced state of White House telecommunications and security technology, President Obama and his key staff should commission an independent scientific field study to assess the presence and potential health hazards of both prolonged and pulsed-beam microwave radiation in and around the environment of high government officials.

Radiation-emitting devices and weaponry have been linked to adverse physical effects.


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted or disabled):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 21, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey, the man has accomplished more in 8 weeks than any president in history... In 7 weeks he doubled the national debt and is well on his way, if he has his way, of tripling it within the first 12 weeks... No other president has had such accomplishments in 8 weeks and such grand prospects for more...

dr. o

Posted by: ad4hk2004 | March 21, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

And what about the $2.0 Trillion Dollars Obama is about to give the banks free of charge with no requirement for repayment and uncontrolled compensation for bank executives? And Americans have yet to see any relief from the $6.6 Trillion given to the banks.

Posted by: Maddogg | March 21, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

More words from a pragmatic leader? For Obama, pragmatic is just a soft word for liar. If he thinks he can push the most liberal and largest spending package in history and then say he will revise it, can only give us two certian conclusions. First, we will discover what is truely importnat to the Obama agenda and second, we will determine what he doesn't want us to know by how he tries to hide it.

Obama is a narcisistic leader and because everything is about him, from his perception, he has no problem treading on our rights and our needs.

Oust him!!!

I pointed out the confidence degregation of Obama before he was elected president and duirng his president elect days and the entire strategy became finally obvious so he flip floped. Now we can see his pay off with tax payer funds to AIG to protect the bonus structure as he was the lagest taker of AIG donations to his campagin. Obama fanned the fires of the bonus outrage to draw attention away from himself and went on his hollywood trip to stay out of Washington. Wasn't he needed there? Does the man ever work? Perhaps we should be comparing his talent as president not to his bowling score as a special olympic participant, but more like the the criminally insane held in our state hospitals who are not fit for trial, because they see absoutely nothing wrong with what they have done.

Posted by: Chris561_561 | March 21, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Too much rhetoric and much too much spending. The rhetorical aims do not have specifics behind them.

The rising cost of college has been fueled by government lending. We need to prepare high school graduates as more rounded citizens ready to balance their budgets (not speak Spanish). Every high school grad needs to be ready for college or ready for a trade. Not everybody needs to go to college.

Posted by: hz9604 | March 21, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News. The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve announcing they will give banks $2.2 Trillion Dollars with uncontrolled compensation and no requirement for money to be paid back to taxpayers.

Posted by: Maddogg | March 21, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't appear to be grounded in reality. He's blathering on about cutting the deficit in half -- a budget that he is currently doubling. He's railing against AIG bonuses -- that were created as a part of his bailout package - in a backdoor meeting where Republican's weren't allowed. He's waving that finger of his at us, talking about a new age of accoutability -- on the heels of a trillion dollar bailout package that was released and approved in two days -- a twelve hundred page document that lierally no on in Congress read. Meanwhile the press treats us to pieces on White House gardening, Obama's bowling scores and his picks for basketball games. Not a big fan of Beck, but I've got to admit - it does look a like Nero's fiddling while Rome burns.

Posted by: jchenn | March 21, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse


I think it would be more accurate to say this situation is what happens when you: a) irresponsibly cut taxes; b) spend recklessly on an unnecessary war and inefficient private contractors; c) deregulate and corporate greed run amok; d) foolishly leave interest rates low to create a housing bubble to cover up income inequality and poor job growth going into the 2004 election and lastly e) when the GOP staunchly defends the corporate status quo by refusing to invest in the areas that President Obama is correctly identifying.

Due to the crisis the deficits was going to get worse. The key thing is how you spend the money. You can either give it away or build something lasting. President Obama's goals are solid but it is up to us to make sure the details are prudent and just.

Posted by: scorpion1 | March 21, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Having slammed our allies and hoisted his behind into the air in front of madmen potentates, he practices bowling in the white house basement while the economy burns, has a staff of chefs and gardeners plant arugula in the rose garden, asks vets to pay for their own rehabilitation, and flies off to a talk show to disparage the handicapped. What have we done?

Posted by: georgejones5 | March 21, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Folks, this is what happens when you elect democrats to power. It's not what's best for the future of the country, it's what's best for the DNC.

Posted by: trippermeow | March 21, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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