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Government Still Spends Too Much

August 26, 2013

Taxes have gone up, not just for “the wealthy” but for every American who works. The national debt is approaching $17 trillio....

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Aug-30-13 7:25 AM

Fedup, I noticed you conviently failed to address my question on immigration bill lead by Marco Rubio. The trouble with republicans like you are it is either your way or no way. Anyone who disagrees with your views are wrong. I encourage politicans like you because that means your party will continue to lose elections now and in the years to come. Keep kidding yourself that all troubles in this country center on this presdident. Makes me think your distaste for him is for other reasons.

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Aug-30-13 7:21 AM

Well Fedup, I certainly do not side with you on the politicsl side. I tell you my views as they are. Sometmes i agree with the dems,sometimes not. I tell you I am a conservative dem. I could care less if you believe me or not. I said I am not a Reid o Pelosi fan, and I am less of a fan of Boehner and McConnell. You take from that what you want.

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Aug-29-13 3:55 PM

madman, you're no conservative Democrat if you think Obama should have passed more laws like Obamacare, Stimulus (pork on steroids) and Dodd-Frank. Obama isn't a liberal, he's even to the left of Progressives like Hillary. Obama is a socialist as is about half of the Democrats now serving in the House of Representatives. When he had control of both Houses of Congress, Obama did exactly what he wanted to do. And for you to say he should have done more of the same means you should try to be more honest with yourself about where you reside on the political spectrum.

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Aug-29-13 3:45 PM

madman, your argument against Boehner is exactly why I disagree with you. How many times have you seen the House pass a bill over the last 3 years only to hear Harry Reid say he won't bring it to the floor of the Senate or call for a vote because "it's dead on arrival". If you can't say it's occurred scores of times, then you haven't been paying attention. Just give me some of those numerous examples of when Obama tried to compromise. I'm not talking about his speeches. I'm talking about actual "actions". Actions speak louder than words. And yes, I did read your comment about Congressional leaders and you said that Pelosi and Reid were to be preferred with which I take great exception.

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Aug-28-13 9:11 PM

The US military budget is about 669 Billion dollars. Think about that. It's more than China's, more than Russia's, more than nay other country on earth. Yet what do we see people and the PJ complaining about? Food for kids!?!? Where are our priorities?

The biggest portion of the $669 billion goes to the militarty-industrial complex, the owners of our Congress and the source of our diminishing freedom and opportunity. Remove their influence! Stop falling into their divide and conquer tactics!!

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Aug-28-13 5:42 PM

As for your second post, the president has tried on numerous occassions to compromise. he faced nothing but road blocks. Look at immigration bill. Both sides of the team of 8 lead by Marco Rubio, potential 2016 Rep Pres candidate, and yet Boehner won't even take it to the floor. Why? It has been like this since Mr Obama took office. His mistake was not putting more bills through when his party h control of senate and house. And by the way, I consider myself a conservative dem. I agree with some of the republican ideas.

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Aug-28-13 5:37 PM

Fedup, if you read my post you will see I am no fan of Reid or Pelosi. So I think we both agree we would like to see those 4 gone. See, dems and reps can agree on somthings.

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Aug-28-13 3:53 PM

madman- Why are you so upset that McConnell wants to get rid of Obama because he thinks Obama is the worst President in our country's history. For six years, all we heard from Congressional Democrats was they had to get rid of George Bush. They said it loud and they said it often. And for the record, McConnell's remark came after the passage of the Stimulus, Obamacare and Dodd-Fran. All of these were passed by completely shutting out Republican input and no compromise. Never in our nation's history has a President signed laws written this way. Major legislation signed into law have the main sponsor names (one from each party) but to illustrate my point look no farther than Dodd-Frank (both Dems) who were leaving Congress under a cloud of ethical controversy.

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Aug-28-13 3:42 PM

madman- I would like to see McConnell and Boehner gone as well. But how can you say Pelosi and Reid are better? Reid is truly a fool if you would only recall a lot of the nonsense that has come out of his mouth. As for Pelosi, she's the worst of the bunch. Forget the stupid remark about passing Obamacare so we can find out what is in it, she's exempted her and her friends from every piece of garbage she's foisted on the rest of us. If you disagree, say so and I'll be happy to supply you with a list that will only be the tip of the iceberg.

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Aug-28-13 9:13 AM

Over 11 billion to feed kids in school even after sending their mama money to buy them food. The school (government) is their Father and Mother. Vote for more gifts and less responsibility. Vote Democrat.

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Aug-28-13 7:12 AM

Fedup, no one has said the republicans get al lthe blame That would be wrong, as is your comments that this president should get all the blame. I am not a Reid and pelosi fan at all, but I am less a fan of Boehner and McConnell. When a Senator says his party's only objective is to make this president a 1 term president, something is wrong in the party. Forget about healthcare reform, ta reform, jobs, energy policy, higher education, etc etc. Those things are not important to Mr McConnell.

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Aug-28-13 7:04 AM

HenryH, I didn't know that our standing Army was as large as several others. What source gave you that info?

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Aug-28-13 6:32 AM

FYI, Congress is not a Republican majority. The Senate has been controlled by the Dems for the last 10 years. The House was controlled by Pelosi from 2006-2010. As the leader of the Democratic Party, do you honestly think Harry Reid isn't doing exactly what Barack Obama wants him to do? That is, DO NOTHING. Then Obama can blame Congress for doing nothing and fire off more Executive Orders that circumvent the Constitutional checks and balances. And why should Republicans get all the blame when Obama (through Sec. Lew) says he won't compromise on spending. The majority of Americans want government spending reduced.

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Aug-27-13 2:42 PM

Why isn't congress putting anything on the table for the president to sign or veto?

Come on Reed, propose some legislation, get it voted on and then we can talk.

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Aug-27-13 7:54 AM

crosshairs I will ask the same question you did, except for the comment made by StoneJarl. What in his comment would cause 4 people to disagree? And I think his comments were more accurate than fedup as it included congress as a whole. To put this totally on this President is wrong. Why aren't you also including congress? Perhaps because it is a Rep majority? Although we all know your distaste for dems and this President, at least be honest in your comments and place the blame where it belongs.

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Aug-27-13 5:17 AM

How about we cut our military in half? We have the largest standing army in the world. We have hundreds of bases around the world. We are buying weaponry which was designed during the Cold War. We can save a Trillion Dollars a year but simply cutting it in half. What is stopping us from doing that?

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Aug-26-13 10:02 PM


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Aug-26-13 9:58 PM

The GAO was assigned the task of finding cost reductions in duplication and over lap under Public Law 111-139, Title !!. Enacted by the 111th Congress without a single Republican law and signed by President Obama in Feb. 2010 The 2011 report found 81 areas for potential savings of $200B annually. SInce that time, the 2013 report found 31 more areas. Currently, 299 areas have been listed. 65 have been addressed, 149 are on going, 85 have no action. Areas range from catfish inspection to military base consolidations of support services. Many requiring Congressional action and some Executive action. You are right, we should urge Congress and the President to do more.

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Aug-26-13 9:47 PM

OMG its finally happened, only righties are allowed to contribute here!!! LOL

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Aug-26-13 4:33 PM

crosshairs, there are several on here that will disagree with anything that bursts their bubble of infatuation with Obama.

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Aug-26-13 1:47 PM

It's amazing fedup that you get 2 disagrees. What in the world did you say in your post that anyone with a half a brain could disagree with.shaking my head

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Aug-26-13 12:28 PM

Three years ago, the GAO and the CBO identified duplicate government programs that could easily be eliminated or consolidated that would save well over $200 Billion a year. That's not even accounting for fraud, waste and abuse. Despite lofty rhetoric, Obama has done nothing. I repeat, Obama has done nothing. I take that back. Obama has cut White House tours for school-age children that cost in the tens of thousands of dollars while just one of his vacations (to Africa) cost the taxpayers $100 million. And why videoconference when you can use Air Force One at a cost of $300,000 per campaign and fund-raising rally. For a "green" President, that's not "leading from behind", it's not even "following from behind".

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Aug-26-13 9:23 AM

Good editorial. Now it is up to the Editor and everyone who agrees to choose three (3) federal programs that will be cut or eliminated. At least one (1) of the programs should be a program from which the thinker is benefitting.

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