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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 02/13/2011

Federal Budget 2012: What you think

By Ed O'Keefe

President Obama's proposed 2012 budget is set for release on Monday and many of you shared thoughts on what it should include. Check out some of the highlights below:

Increase the taxes on the filthy rich to a level prior to the Bush tax cuts. -- Andrew Morgen

I'm with the $100B bunch and more. I'd like to see an across the board cut. With a long term plan to conrol our single largest expense "Federal Pensions". Getting those costs in line with private industry would cut them in half eliminating the current deficit. -- Kevin Cox

Simple: Set the US budget at 15 percent of GDP by amendment. -- Don Belcher

Congress should address reforms in Social Security and Medicare in addition to tax increases. They should get serious about working on the recommendations of the Deficit Reduction Committee that Obama appointed. They should do what's necessary to get us on a fiscally responsible track and do what's right for the country rather than placing their re-election objectives as their top priority. -- Ron

1.) Cut $150 billion from defense.
2.) Raise taxes on the rich to 1960's levels
3.) Cut Congressional budgets in half
4.) Restore (and increase) the alternative minimum tax on corporations and the rich
5.) Cut Federal aid to school systems that teach creationism and/or have prayers in school
6.) Eliminate tax exemptions for any religious body that gets involved in politics or sues people for copyright infringement.
7.) Increase luxury taxes
8.) Eliminate any deductions for second, third, fourth, etc., homes
9.) Tax 100% of the income of corporate officers who make 40x the lowest wage earner in the corporation (including contractors).
10.) Tax any nuisance or SLAPP suits by 100% (before they even get to court).
11.) Stop buying nude-o-scopes for airports!!!!
12.) Eliminate high paying SES positions in government. Grade 15 is plenty.
13.) Cut 50 percent of political appointees in government.
14.) Eliminate contracting jobs in government, and make them government jobs.
15.) Tax banks for any credit card rates above 10%

Of course, none of these suggestions will fly. -- Sandy Stewart

In order to fix the problem, everyone has to give up something. The Republicans have to give up their misguided belief in reducing taxes as the panacea for all problems and the Democrats have to look at what governmental programs are cost-effective. Social Security is easily fixed if both sides of the aisle stop pandering to their bases. If you simply raise the retirement age to 70 years for people currently in their childhoods and early teens and increase the amount contributed into SS by those making between $106,000 to $185,000, we fix the problem. But, that would mean confronting the anti-government ideologues, who are still fighting the New Deal and FDR and actually saying something positive about a government program that nearly eradicated elderly poverty. -- Anne

I would like to see a 10 percent to 12 percent budget cut for every program and every agency across the board. I think this can be done by cutting back on programs and looking at every expense. Most people can save 10 to 12 percent on most expenses at home by looking at every expense and then cutting. Our government should be able to do the same. Cutting staff should be the last thing looked at. -- Melinda Barlow

An across the board cut by at least 5 percent to 10 percent this year and deeper, 50 percent, in foreign policy handouts. -- Richard Ondo

There is a large number of federal employees retiring in the next five years. Freeze these job openings and start consolidating like agencies to become more efficient and reduce costs. Start wittling the large amount of police and intelligence agencies such as FBI, DEA, ATF, etc. -- Jeff Lucchesi

I'd like to see either the Cost of Living increase returned to SS recipients or a return to the lower Medicare Part B premium. I have not had a COLA increase in my SS or Navy retirement since 2008, although Federal Civil Service and Military Personnel have. Between the new Medicare Part B premium and the new income tax rates I've just taken a $147.20 cut in my retirement income. -- Jim Doran

There need to be pay cuts in the federal, state and local government employees (upper and lower). There will be lots of screaming and crying, but it needs to be done. The private sector has been doing this for years and it works. -- Jim Hunt

Eliminate Department of Education and Energy completely. Cut all bureaucrats from ALL departments 10%. Defund EPA 50%. No Federal worker gets paid an amount over national average for non federal work force. That's just a start. -- Stephen W. Cooper

Here are a few of the big dollar programs which are no longer necessary:

Farm subsidies
Subsidies to the oil and gas industries
Subsidies to the ethanol industry
Foreign aid to friendly governments - reduce
Foreign aid to hostile governments - eliminate

Totally re-write the federal tax code - and simplify! Establish across the board spending cuts on EVERY agency, program, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the military, etc. Root out the hundreds of smaller programs which have been around for ages and which accomplish virtually nothing. Eliminate them entirely. With expenditures of 1.5 trillion, it is axiomatic that there millions and billions of dollars which can be cut WITHOUT adversely affecting essential programs - waste, mismanagement, duplication, gross inefficiency et. al. Pass the proposed 28th amendment !! Y'all take care. -- Ernest Ward

I believe the Department of Education should be closed and the states should be responsible for the education of their people. States that pursue excellence will get investment by industry that will move to their states. Bring ALL military home and place them in 4-5 bases on our borders with Mexico. This would help the economy in those areas while effectively stopping the drug war from encroaching on our country. People in U.S. don't realize it is here now. I live in the McAllen, Texas area and there are killings and kidnappings daily in this area. We still have thousands of troops in countries from WWII. Insane. -- Jim Donlon

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Many of your cuts make sense but we know what will be included in the budget

Many programs that WORK that may cost a bit will be cut
All programs that ACTUALLY kill the deficit with TRILLIONS won't be touched because SO MANY use them
Anyone not rich will get screwed

Posted by: Bious | February 13, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I would close down the congressional buildings and White House and send all our representatives home, including the President, and let government business be enacted on a "government network" prototype on the computer similar to the social networks we use now, with offices only in their home districts, cut all salaries to a dollar, cut all perks, insist all our reps have nothing more than any other citizen and have all political ads and info during elections free over the internet only with free access in libraries etc for those who do not have computers. I would then have many many town hall meetings with citizen and their representatives deciding on what and how to cut the rest of the budget, which would then be hashed from home bases on the government network, open to all, and free.

Posted by: 12121887 | February 13, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

The Federal Court ruling that lifted bans on the oil rigs in the gulf needs to happen ASAP. Then Shell that wanted to start drilling off coast for oil rigs should not be put off especially now and Alaska citizens want it also as it helps their state.

Posted by: egw7777 | February 13, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Eliminate any funding for the Office of Faith Based Initiative and The National Prayer Breakfast; eliminate tax exempt status on all prosperity churches or any community church which does not provide significant charitable assistance to the needy in the church's (or synagogue, mosque, etc.) community.
End the war in Afghanistan.
End subsidization of health care insurance for Congress and Supreme Court.
FIRE any time-wasting member of Congress who is acting only as an obstructionist to the legislative process.
Increase corporate taxes. Increase tax rate on CEO's who earn 40x or more than their lowest paid workers (including salaries offshore). This would also include derivative traders who make more than $10,000,000.
Institute a steep tariff upon any company which outsources or offshores their business, or on goods imported from China.

Posted by: Tifton | February 13, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I would cut Congress's salaries by 50%.
All pay raises that Congress votes for themselfs would be frozen for 5 years.
Congressional benefits would be cut 50%, health insurance coverage would be eliminated.
Congressional staff would be cut 30%.
Congressional Committee expenses would be cut 50%.

Posted by: pasisk | February 14, 2011 7:49 AM | Report abuse

What is immoral is to pay people for 99 weeks not to work! Give them a shovel and let them work for their money like any real American. As you all know Obama has thousands of shovel ready jobs just waiting! Time to fix our roads,bridges and parks! I think a few people instead of picking up a shovel might even magically suddenly find a job! The rest of the people spending 8 hours a day working with shovel in hand will sleep well at night knowing they are a productive part of America! As always you can contact me at work and yes keep those jokes coming! Yes that does include all Dems I mean only a joke could continue to let Obama **** in their face and tell them its rain!

Posted by: Loxinabox | February 14, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I have written to the White House and OMB about the Office of the Special Trustee (OST) mismanagement related to establishing an Office in Lenexa, KS in 2004. The Office of Trust Records (OTR) duplicated the duties of the National Archive Record Administration(NARA). NARA had the oversight of retiring trust records and responding to research requests from Tribes and other government offices. The new OTR office was established with enormous expense to the Federal government by OST. I transferred to this office from Office of Trust Records in Albuquerque and from day one could not understand why OST had set up a office to perform work already being done by NARA. My point is, as a federal retiree who now has had my annuity cut as a cost saving measure by the Federal government, when are these duplicate government departments going to be analyzed?

Posted by: shunka | February 14, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Here's another SLAPP lawsuit:

Posted by: texansay | February 14, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

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