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  • Obama's Spending vs Obama's Spending Cuts -- in Pictures

    According to reports, President Barack Obama plans to convene his Cabinet for the first time today, where he will order members to identify a combined $100 million in budget cuts over the next 90 days. Just how laughable is Obama’s latest stunt to try to maintain his “fiscal responsibility” credentials? This graphic from Heritage’s John Fleming  might help:
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    Harvard University economics professor Greg Mankiw’s comments:

    To put those numbers in perspective, imagine that the head of a household with annual spending of $100,000 called everyone in the family together to deal with a $34,000 budget shortfall. How much would he or she announce that spending had to be cut? By $3 over the course of the year–approximately the cost of one latte at Starbucks. The other $33,997? We can put that on the family credit card and worry about it next year.”

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    164 Responses to Obama's Spending vs Obama's Spending Cuts -- in Pictures

    1. jb says:

      Anyone who has lived in the President's home state knows this is business as usual. Token gestures are the norm to placate what Chicago pols consider ” citizen complainers".

    2. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      Spend $3 Trillion and cut $4 Billion! Sounds like a sound plan!

      NOT!

    3. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      The effect of the $100M savings in Obama government spending of over $4T is the same as saying 375ppm CO2 has any effect on the earth's climate. Both are minuscule in scope and irrelevant.

    4. Ed, GA says:

      Sounds like he's taking too many pages from the neo-con ultra liberal spenders like Reagan and W and HW. It would be far more helpful if he was a conservative spender like Clinton.

    5. Andrew, Philadelphia says:

      Hmmm… Bush's 2008 budget was $2.9 trillion, plus the cost of the war… Can you please add that to the graphic for clarification? I get the disparity you're trying to show, but let's give it some historical perspective as well.

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    11. Robert, Virginia USA says:

      Dear Folks out there, I`ve just turned sixty years old. I have watched, listened, made choices, went to my polling place and voted, many times in the past 40 years. I no longer even think about what`s going on in America. I`ve stopped watching the major so-called, National News programs, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC,CBS, NBC; etc. etc. Now it`s just the weather, sports, HBO,etc.- you get the picture, i`m sure. Why did i give up, and say, to heck with it all, and mean it, not just another mouth full of words, blowing hot air all over the room. It happened, when I remembered, that saying, "What if they had a war, and nobody showed up to fight"? Looking at it that way, I went one step farther using this same line of outlook. " If my country is going to be kept in uproar for years to come by half assed, lame brained, politicians, from both party`s, coast to coast, from all over this land of our`s. Well, I not going for it. However, Me?, i do know who i`am, first. I`m a USA nobody, just one more of the so-called,"little guy`s", out there, who are everywhere in this large country, we all call home. Here`s what`s going on: There is really two America`s. The first,is what we all have been taught to know about the US. This is the America, were the well to do, see it all as just to grand for words. It works very well, thank you, and I like, it just the way it is. Then there`s the second half, down below, and that`s where i come in, or I should say, where I dropped out. So start taking much better care of yourself`s, turn off the TV news, don`t read the paper, (most big city newspapers will be out of business within the next 4-5 years anyway, if not sooner). In a word, relax, don`t worry your head over anything, go outside and have fun, remember how you used to have real good times in the past? Well just start doing them again. Live out your given lifetime, then die. Ignore it all, don`t join in, stay to ones self and enjoy what time you have left on this Earth.********* Life is really to short, don`t waste any of what you have, because one day, each of our life clock`s will stop, and the next morning, very few will even know what your name was, or that your even gone, who cares? It`s sad, but true, take my word for it. So they call it a $3.69 trillion budget, it all fake money, just printed by the mint, on orders from congress. Don`t get so worked up over this story. Say, to yourself, if and when it bothers you, the cash is fake, it`s not really, real money! Not real?? Then just don`t worry about, there`s nothing you can do, to stop what`s happening in America, at this moment in our short history, Ya all, are just going to have to ride on it and see where it takes you. What else can any of us do, other wise? For we, are all caught up in the times,that go on while experiencing this thing called life. It`s a short gig, drop out, have fun, grow old and die. That`s about the size of it, make the best of it. Washington DC. won`t help you, your on your own now, Good Luck America, We`er going to need some.

    12. JS, Missouri says:

      "Bush’s 2008 budget was $2.9 trillion, plus the cost of the war… Can you please add that to the graphic for clarification? I get the disparity you’re trying to show, but let’s give it some historical perspective as well."

      Why? Bush is no longer president, and that's not the point of the slide anyway. Most people are disgusted with the Republican's spending then and the Democrat's now. But, I am highly insulted by this token spending "cut".

      • vesey says:

        Andrew's point about Bush's spending translated: a person was murdered last night, but don't be horrified because three nights ago another person was murdered……..

    13. Dark Jethro, Galt&#0 says:

      "Bush’s 2008 budget was $2.9 trillion, plus the cost of the war… Can you please add that to the graphic for clarification? I get the disparity you’re trying to show, but let’s give it some historical perspective as well.”

      Heh. Perspective:

      http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/files/2009/04

      How does that work for ya?

    14. gtd South Carolina says:

      Agreed. President Bush was also a big spender and I was just as dismayed about his budgets, but I remember President Obama pledging that he was "change we could believe in". Well, was he right? His spending is change in historical proportions, but can you believe he had the audacity to submit it? He must think we are truly stupid. Hey, maybe he's on to something.

    15. Marte Cliff, Priest says:

      I'm disgusted by everything Obama has done, and disgusted by all of our Democratic people in Congress who voted in his stimulus package without reading it. Every single one of them should be booted out of office for irresponsible behavior.

      Go to the government grant site and do a little research. See where some of those trillions are going. Not to America, not to help our economy, but to foreign countries. This, while the New York Times reports that Americans get sick and die from food poisoning because there are not enough funds to react quickly when an outbreak occurs.

      There is NO good reason for the spending this little man proposes – so why is our Congress going along with him? Again, every last one of them needs to be removed.

      I'm also disgusted by the Americans who still think he's their savior and who will willingly give up all of their freedoms in exchange for Obama "taking care of them." They're in for a shock when they learn that he isn't going to give them food, a house, a car, a big screen TV, and the cable service so they can sit on their backsides and stare all day.

      I hope the rest of us will keep on – with the Tea Parties and the protests. If we stay silent, we may live to bitterly regret our inaction.

    16. Roger, Austin TX says:

      Gosh, Robert from Virginia. You obviously care enough to contribute 3x more words to the discussion than the original post. Give yourself a little credit.

      I, for one, am not one to give up a fight just because it's hard. Suck it up, get in the game and do what you know is right!

    17. Craig, Floral City,F says:

      Elephants and Asses screwing the masses! Oh..oh ..it's Bush's fault, Omama is this, Clinton did that, Reagan ate green eggs and ham said sam I am. Stop looking at the figure heads (puppets) it's congress and the State Dept that has been driving this bus for 60Yrs. AWAKEAMERICA!!!

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    24. John,Ohio says:

      Oh…… I get so tired of you Messiah bashers. Here He's trying and you don't give Him enough credit. Don't you see 100 is such a BIG number compared to 3.69. Pleaseeeeeee…..

    25. llh, Indiana says:

      Why is that every left leaning person in this country always responds to any current administration knocking with a comment about George W. Bush? Dont they understand that the majority of people dont care if its the Republicans or the Democrats endless spending, its still endless spending. Americans just want their voice heard by the people they elected – and to say that everyone obviously wanted Obama is worthless – 45 million people DID NOT vote for him!

    26. DueceGod, Colorado says:

      How much more in dept are we going to allow this Prez to put our children and childrens children. All this spending and no results. Makes you kinda wounder where the money is going. I say prepair for the New American Revolution. We just can give up or the Goverment will control everything. Which is what or founding fathers fought and died for to stop. We must do something before its to late.

    27. See dub, Florida says:

      "Andrew, Philadelphia writes:

      Hmmm… Bush’s 2008 budget was $2.9 trillion, plus the cost of the war… Can you please add that to the graphic for clarification? I get the disparity you’re trying to show, but let’s give it some historical perspective as well."

      Hey Andrew, $2.9 trillion is less than $3.69 trillion. Go back to you MoveOn.org talking points memo and find something else to post.

    28. RE says:

      I get it, we save and congress spends. This whole economy is fake

      and based on Military buildups, inflation and taxes. A triple whammy. The traitors in Washington have created this delusion that are American Freedom depends on fighting these horse back riders some where off in a distant land. They have no nation, no tax base to draw from. What are we to do when Communist China challenges us down the road? The only reason they want to keep GM and Chrysler alive is there ability to produce military equipment for their little war games. Man is truly evil…..

    29. gl, New York says:

      In Mother Jones Magazine I read Ex-President Bush expenditure during his kingdom was $10T. Can anyone draw a chart to compare?

      With President Obama is a 'stimulus package' that will help the country.

      The bad legacy will leave us working hard for the next 10 years to recover.I can hardly wait to join 'Organizing for America' to help bring change in the Judicial System, the Mental Health field where we are screaming for the alternative for our children, a call to the bureaucracy to move fast to help the American People and not to abuse their power, and many other things that will bring prosperity. Let's work with President Obama, he is inspirational, he means well, he is not prophet of doom…and most important he is diplomatic. Thanks!

    30. RJ says:

      The spending is just one more example of fiscal ineptitude from

      someone who never even ran a lemonade stand.

    31. PF, California says:

      Hmmmm…..seems as if every president regardless of party has had the same problem….making empty promises,spending more than saving and then scrambling for excuses….traditional..

    32. John Doe says:

      According to the link obama's "best" year for spending is much worse than W's worst spending year
      http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/files/2009/04

    33. el, NY, NY says:

      The significant increase in spending is certainly a concern.

      However, I agree with Obama that the time has come for us to work on our foundations; including weaning ourselves from foreign oil by developing the ability to collect and use cleaner energy, increasing our overall standard of living by providing a very basic form of national health care for the most needy, and providing better and more efficient travel alternatives by investing in more efficient transportation.

      For too many years we have ignored needs like these and now it is time to step up and take responsibility by investing in our future.

      As a member of the "just over 250K" dual income group (and living in one of the most expensive cities in the country) I am actually happy to pay the higher taxes to invest in our future. As we get over the hump of building a better foundation our outlays to some of these programs should go down. If we can resolve our current wars, then our defense spending should also be able to decrease. However, in a few years we will be dealing with a spike in spending to accommodate the baby boomers' retirement – which will cause additional inescapable challenges.

      I expect a little fat will be trimmed out of the budget before it passes, and at that point I am willing to give it a try.

      But for those of you who are not, please read it and make a list of the areas you think are fluff and should be cut. Contact your congressmen and women to voice your concerns and offer better solutions.

    34. Betty Hanicke, Kansa says:

      I may be old fashioned and mis-educated but I always thought if you get in debt, you automatively cut back on spending until you get out of debt. The new method of educating is if you get in debt, you spend, spend and spend some more!

    35. H1 Detroit says:

      I agree with Rob from Virginia, why worry be happy. Has the government ever listened to the constituency? Not when the majority is or used to be middle class workers and poor folk. Now that the middle class has all but been wiped out and you have rich and poor, do you really think they will listen to the majority now? I don't think so. They just want your vote so they can get in there and play the political game. It does not matter rather it is Dems or Repubs the rich will stay rich and get richer or get a bailout and the middle class will become the poor and the poor will stay poor and get poorer. Rob from Virginia is right, "In a word, relax, don`t worry your head over anything, go outside and have fun, remember how you used to have real good times in the past? Well just start doing them again. Live out your given lifetime, then die."

    36. Gary, Michigan says:

      We have lost our way as a country. History is repeating itself. The Pilgrims came here to escape similar over taxing, over ruling, over running of basic rights and beliefs. Our founding fathers wrote the constitution and its supporting documents to guide us as we grew, a foundation to look back on and remember the morals, beliefs, simple right and wrong ethical, spiritual standards. We have chosen leaders that are trying to make everybody in the world happy by swinging back and forth on the popularity rules ride that ultimately will take us all down. We the people need to somehow remind everyone what the leaders have sworn an oath to do and show specifically where they have not followed the basic constitution of this country. The first revolution hurt us bad and changed the direction of this country. I think the next revolution should change us back to the original founding fathers constitution. If you don't agree you are free to leave.

    37. David Austin Texas says:

      I for one support the tea parties and supported Dr Ron Paul but something has slipped by many…..do you know Congress is making up laws and passing them during the night now while we sleep.

      what happened to proposing a Law giving the citizens the time to contact their congressmen and their other representatives to voice their opinions on new laws …..when did those in government forget they are just cival servants and all Americans are their bosses.

      Sadly enough this country is in worse condition than when England ruled us.

      Another revolution maybe the only answer.

    38. marmo-usa says:

      Aren't you just sick to death of picking up almost everything in the stores and finding it made in china? I WANT AMERICAN MADE!!!!! even if i have to pay more for it. why is it no one ever mentions that this part of americas financial problems. our jobs sent to china. their economy is booming. and who is responsible for this. bill clinton, its his legacy he left behind after his do nothing terms. free trade agreements. china basically owns us now. we owe them so much money it is pathetic. i just hope they don't call in the loans on us as the banks are doing to the american consumer. poor loaning ethics perhaps on both their parts. did you see the news where the chinese are buying american made cars? enough said……..

    39. Sandy says:

      Robert from Virginia, your comment is not about politics, the budget, government. It is about (implicitly) having had a hole shot in the belief system you have carried throughout your life. Work hard, play fair and you will be treated accordingly.

      Your message seems to be,it's useless to try to make a difference or even acknowledge that problems need addressing.

      You think no one pays attention so you won't pay attention either. But you have clothed it in don't worry, be happy jargon to make it seem palatable. You are deceiving yourself if you think life is a series of one size fits all decisions.

      Happiness is the result of doing the right thing, not planting your head firmly in the sand.

      Never, under any circumstances or for any reason, surrender your integrity. It is all you really own.

      By the way, "fun" is really just "work" you like to do.

      If you have given up, that's fine. Just remember, no one else can fill the hole you have left in society. It was your job and you have chosen recess. Your retreat is not a life style choice, it is self absorption to the extreme. If you feel like a nobody, you have created that image for yourself.

      This is not condemnation, it is recognizing the pain you feel.

      It can be fixed. Fix it.

    40. Gena, Arkansas says:

      Why am I not surprised?! And, just think, he's just getting started!

    41. Brent, Rochester, MN says:

      Tired of hearing people bash Obama so early in his presidency. He has only been in office 3 months now and you people are already bashing him. It is going to take time to fix what the previous administration destroyed over an 8 year period. At the least, I am confident Obama will stop these Wall Street ***holes who have gotten us here in the first place. He won't turn his head and let it go on like it has been the last 8 years. Obama is spending alot, but spending is needed right now. How did we get out of the Great Depression of the 30's??? We spent. And today is no different. For all of you out there quick to bash Obama I ask you…. Are we better off now than we were prior to January?? I'm going to go out on a limb and say the majority of us think we are. At least we have a president that cares. If he fails, he fails. But at least he is trying, unlike our previous administration.

    42. Rachel, MI says:

      Its too bad most people don't even realize the "American Dream" is already dead. All our high paying non-skilled and skilled jobs have been outsourced and the few that are available will soon be reduced to low pay with no benefits, just like the rest of the world. When the Big 3 does go Bankrupt all their large debt to pensioners and the healthcare of past and present employees will be erased – Its MAGIC!! What a savings!! Good thing our President sent in his team to save the day. What else is the government going to take over?

      Americans must realize that the goal of the "Man" (The U.S. is no longer the world leader) is to reduce us all to the financial level of the rest of the world – the free ride is over. This country has always and ONLY been on top because of the highest wages; the land of opportunity is changing very quickly. Better buy some gold and stock up on necessities before the Chinese and other governments ask this government to pay up on their debt (Deficit) – Who do you think we owe all this money too anyway? Our government will not be taking care of us when the financial *#&! hits the fan; think and plan. Better safe than sorry I always say. I am a military veteran, have worked in the Federal civilian and the Nonprofit sector as well; its all the same -everyone wants job security and will do whatever it takes to keep it. Just remember that when your time comes to face REALITY; and have compassion for those around you who will be in need.

      The greed of generations past and the willingness to believe whatever the government said is to blame for this. Its not too late to REBEL and be a Real PATRIOT; this is how our country was formed (after we gratuitously eliminated the natives – again, job security). If you believe it is the right of the government to spend future generations earnings; than you join those who got us here in the first place. Americans cannot continue to demand things HERE and NOW without consequences (financial, health and otherwise). You reap what you sow and you are what you eat! Can you say Oink Oink or Mooooooo? Meat is for rich people so you better start cutting back on that too.

    43. basil fl says:

      WHAT WE SEEM TO FORGET IS

      1.WE VOTE FOR THOSE CLOWNS IN WASHINGTON…

      2.JUST LIKE ANY JOBS WHEN YOU DO NOT PERFORM YOU GET FIRED. HOW WHY THOSE LAWMAKERS KEEP STAYING IN OFFICE….THEY ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT BROUGHT THIS COUNTRY IN THE CONDITION WE ARE IN AND CONTINUE TO RULE. IF PRESIDENT CAN SERVE ONLY TWO TERMS SO SHOULD THEY….THEY PASSED THE LAW TO STAY FOREVER….LOOK AT KENNEDY..HE IS HARDLY THERE , CANT THINK AND STILL HAS HIS POSITION.

      3. WHY SHOULD THEY GET THE SAME SALARY THEY EARN NOW WHEN THEY RETIRE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE? AND THE WIVES GET HALF OF THAT…..

      4. PUT THEIR RETIREMENT MONEY IN SOCIAL SECURITY…

      WE NEED TO GET TOGETHER AND STAND FOR THOSE CHANGES…WE ARE THE BOSSES…WE TELL THEM LEAVE YOU ARE NOT DOING A GOOD JOB.

    44. Rodger, Texas says:

      When did common sense move away from the U.S. There was a time when Democrats were philosophically conservative and far less far left. When Republicans were more financially conservative and less far right. Now politics are about one upmanship via misleading half-truths and agendas that are not beneficial to the rank and file citizens of the Republic. Is there a vast majority of right down the middle Americans? Do they, we, you, and me want common sense restored in our nation? How about more Non-party Tea parties and a national vote for term limitation for all United Stated political offices.

    45. Ed, Illinois says:

      I really like Sandy's response to Robert in VA. Nicely put Sandy. Another comment I saw, is that we spend so much time castigating whoever the President is, that we miss the point that it is CONGRESS that makes laws. The President may well propose stuff, but it is our elected Senators and Congresspeople who evaluate and recommend/reject it. THAT is where everyone should be focused, cuz there a bunch of dolts presently! To Robert in VA, you CAN and MUST play a role and if you feel disenfranchised, you need to know that YOU CAN impact Congressional elections LOCALLY by getting involved around the causes/issues you feel are important. The reason we're in this mess is because far too many Americans, like you, don't care about anything. As a result, we might as well just sign the annexation agreement to China now.

    46. Debra, Texas says:

      If you really believe that only those who make over $250,000 a year will have a tax increase, you might as well just go have your glass of kool-aid and just "die" as some seem happy to do. You have no sense of simple mathematics.

      I am just below that number but I live in the real world. And by the way, if you don't officially "raise" someone's income taxes but you raise the cost of their essential neccessities through those tax hikes and penalties (and yes, in this real world things like oil are still very real necessities) seeking to kill their industry, you have done the same damage…and then some.

      According to Rob's age, he grew up during the sixties and I'm just wondering if he had a few too many "joints" – That's what we called the dope in the 80's when I grew up.

      I will never forget the men and women who bled and died for this Country (and if Rob happens to be one of them, I am sorry he has given up now and I still thank him for his service to me and all of us) so that we could have freedom.

      Freedom is not taken away just with chains and physical forms of bondage. When the freedom is taken from people as it has been done so many times in the past, it is always done the same way and it is two fold- first the people's ablity to defend themselves must be taken away and it's usually slowly as to avoid a messy revolution. At the same time, you MUST break them financially. This is nothing new. I remember in high school saying, "I just do not understand how these financially well-to-do, educated Jewish people just sat idly by and let all this happen and let it go so far." I understand now because I am watching it.

      The stress I may endure fighting to save this floundering country is so minor compared to what our young men and women have done in every war – and they do it for the right reasons and without complaint- no matter what the ever-changing, popular opinion of those wars are at any given time. They at least deserve my efforts to fight for our freedom.

      It is sad that so many people will just turn a blinds eye, throwing away our Constitution/Bill of Rights. They don't even bother to read it and know that we don't live in a democracy – democracies are doomed to fall by the way and there's no way around that. We have a "Republic" because our founding fathers knew that without it and without "inalienable rights endowed by OUR CREATOR", we would surely cease to exist – probably weaken and be taken over by some other country who will use it's resources and not depend on others- that's the most likely demise.

      I may go down with this young country that is being wrongly weekened and destroyed by a select very few, but I will fight for rightousness the entire way.

    47. Duke, Ohio says:

      When are we going to get fired up and do something about Washington. Clearly the Dems are out of control, but Conservatives play games too! Let's have an American Revolution and elect people who can do what we need them to do, not what will get them reelected!

    48. rachel, arizona says:

      Pay attention to which cuts he will be making. He had no problem giving 9000 earmarks to his constitutuents. These cuts will be in the areas of his "right wing radicals" list. The effective programs are going while the ones that help create his "chaos" will be staying.

    49. David Lindquist. Vir says:

      Well… look on the bright side.. it's better than nothing……..we are so screwed…;P

    50. rachel, arizona says:

      to gl in New York: Have you actually read the stimulus program? Do you know where the money is going? Not you. Not jobs. Not the environment.

      Just read it, then see what you think of this "good guy" we are supposed to be giving a chance.

    51. Marian, Charlotte, N says:

      $ 100 Million in cuts vs. trillions in spending? How insulting.

    52. Bill, Pennsylvania says:

      The scariest thing about all of this, is that there are far too many out there who still believe whatever this administration tells them. As long as that holds true, we will still have people like Obama, Pelosi, and Reid running, and ruining the country. We are obviously becoming a "GIVE ME" society in which too many people don't care where it comes from as long as they get what they feel they deserve. At the expense of those evil overachievers of course. Whom we all know, never pay their fair share. So, no matter what we say about this this very poor attempt. The main stream media will surely spin things in Obamas' favor anyway. Hopefully enough people will wake up and vote these crooks out of office.

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    55. Bruce, Iloilo City, says:

      I love a good graphic — something engaging, informative and opinionated. This is one such. Great work.

    56. Bruce, Iloilo City, says:

      This reminds me of those pictures comparing celestial bodies — the Red Giant, our Sun, Jupiter, and the tiny speck of earth.

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    59. Todd, WV says:

      I think back to the history of the United States of America and why she became into existence. Someone correct me if I am wrong, but the states became the USA because of a certain government (The old British) that wanted to tax the pants off of everyone and rule with the government first in mind. Taking all rights away from the people and giving them no hope. I think that is why the great people of this continent went to war. The Revolutionary War, The declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are all products of what people really wanted for their own lives. Our founding fathers would be turning in their graves if they knew that the country that they and many patriots put their lives on the line was being set back to the way it was before. Why then would some of the good people of the US want to go back to the way things were before the revolution that defined this great country? I say let the president and all of his anti-American friends pack their bags and move to the part of the world they believe they need to own. Send them back across the pound where they belong! Leave the United States of America to her people and the beliefs she was founded.

    60. Suzanne, Cincinnati says:

      That little dot just about reflects how much control taxpayers have about what is being spent vs. everything in color is the control the government has on our hard earned cash!

      The big picture is that Obama is giving things away and not taxing the majority along with promoting amnesty and all these moves add up to Democrats holding onto the office forever at the expense of the hard working, taxpaying, rule following, honest citizens!

      Throw out your representatives! Let's start fresh-they all are out for themselves and not for us taxpayers.

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    62. John, Bakersfield Ca says:

      Brent in Rochester, Do you even know where all of this started? In 1996 Citibank refused to lend money to people in economically depressed areas because it was deemed to big a risk They were sued in court and they were forced to make the loans to people who could not afford the houses they were taking loans on. The lawyer who filed the lawsuit? Barack HUSSEIN Obama. Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd, and Chuckie Schumer wereall in on it andgot kick backs and sweet mortgage deals out of it….Now the Dems are stabbing these CEO's, who lined these congressmen's pockets, in the back and twisting the knife all while playing the ethics card…they make me sick and they need to be in jail….all of them. This is what has caused the economic collapse, which, is not as bad as the one Reagan inherited from that ignoramus from Georgia who gave us double digit inflation and interest. Reagan didn't spend the money congress did. His budgets were all DOA. What was it that got us out of Carter's recession?? Tax cuts!!! We need more Tea Parties America!!! God Bless the USA!!!!

    63. Ron, Huntsville, Tex says:

      Robert, Virginia USA writes:"…Don't worry, be happy…It`s a short gig, drop out, have fun, grow old and die."

      I'm glad you dropped out you blithering idiot. The reason we're in the situation we face today with the Constitution being trashed and people laying on their backs spittin' out the next generation of "Baby Mommas" and "Baby Daddys" for the politicians is because of braying jackasses like you who helped turn them into good little slaves. We don't need half-baked, pie-eyed, brain-dead hippies running this country any more. Your feeble efforts at playing "Mr. Good Citizen" are what gave us more problems than a Cub Scout at the Neverland Ranch.

    64. Tom, Anderson, IN says:

      Brent in Rochester better go back and study his history. His notion that we got "out of the Great Depression of the 30’s" by spending is totally absurd. Roosevelt's massive spending on dozens of programs actually lengthened the depression and created massive unemployment – 20% or more – for several years. Is that what we can look forward to with Obama's spending? This is not about bashing Obama – it's about exposing his and the Congress' totally wrong-headed solution to the problems we face.

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    66. Richard, San Diego says:

      I agree with Budget Cuts! « Buttle’s World, what token cuts these are?

    67. Judithod, St. Paul, says:

      And he's finally convening his cabinet for the first time for this nonsense? On the other hand, surprised they all didn't fly off to Des Moines ("Middle America") in Air Force One to make the announcement. Obama seems to love combining trips with photo ops!

    68. Hal, Kingwood, TX says:

      Hey Brent in Rochester, when will liberals ever realize that the RESULT of the actual policy is what matters and not THAT YOU MEANT WELL & HAD GOOD INTENTIONS!!!

      The facts of FDR is that he actually prolonged the Great Depression by six to seven years due to his big spending policies.

      Will you be happy with that same result under Obama but still sleep good at night knowing that "he tried & meant well"?

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    71. JCY, IL says:

      Hey Rob in Virginia and H1 in Detroit, do your neighbors a favor and drop your internet service also. Fools like you were opposed to rebelling against the British in 1776 and the ones who fought and died for your freedom preserved your right to sit and do nothing to preserve it now. On second thought just get on to your end result and give us all a break.

      To Brent in Rochester, bone up on your history little man. It was WWII that ended the depression not all of the welfare programs and spending. Those actually prolonged it. Just like it is destined to now unless it is stopped.

    72. Tom, North Carolina says:

      "Brent, Rochester, MN writes:

      Tired of hearing people bash Obama so early in his presidency."

      You have got to be kidding, right? The liberals were bashing Bush BEFORE he even took office and NEVER relented. Also, your comments about the great depression demonstrate your lack of knowledge about history. NO country, including this one, has EVER had their government "spend" their way out of debt and/or a recession. That is just idiotic economics. As for the "WallStreet ***holes," they were only doing what your buddies, Dodd, Frank, and yes, Obama, were FORCING them to do, lend money to people that could not afford to pay it back. If you read anything or listened to anything other than the liberal media, you would know these things. Obama doesn't have a clue what he is doing and the "stimulus" that he and his democrat friends have crammed down our throats will saddle our children's children with debt payments. Disgusting.

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    75. Garrett, Illinois says:

      okay, let's understand this information in its context, people. this is nothing new or unusual for one who is just starting to manage the bureaucracy. A budget like this is needed to run this country right now. Regarding his cuts, he's doing what he can and starting somewhere. Let's not criminalize someone who is obviously committed to this country FAR more than anyone reading this ill-framed illustration. Believe it or not, the president is trying, and knows much more than you do. he is not going to drive this country into the ground: that's why we have checks and balances. Epistemological modesty is needed on all our part in this case.

    76. mt, Illinois says:

      World history is repeating itself. The difference is it took the Roman empire centuries to fall. It is just taking us alittle over 200 years. I am appalled. Read your world history people. Read the constitution, bill of rights, etc. It's all there for us to follow.

      I agree with all those who know CONGRESS is definitely one of our big problems. I have

      been saying we must send ALL of them packing.

      Then, we should change things so that congress

      gets to legislate twice each year for six weeks each time. The congressmen will get one perk,

      their real world jobs will be held for them while they legislate. Everyone gets one term (the two six week sessions) that's it. Then it is another American's turn to serve. We have waaaayyyy to many laws as it is. How many of you are so tired of the knee jerk reaction, idiotic laws that are passed to "fix a problem" without giving any thought to the unintended concequences the enacted law always has? I know I am. This is one of the sinister ways our freedoms are being stripped from us.

      And as for Mr. Obama, my parents came to America legally in 1949 to get away from oppression and despots like him. Where in the world do I escape to? I can only think of some deserted dessert island somewhere nobody cares about (And no I'm not talking about Cuba). I need one where noone else except my family would live. Think America – you are throwing away your God given rights to life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness. Communism and socialism NEVER work. They kill the individuals desire to strive to excell. Wake up America. Time is short!

    77. Robin in Cody WY says:

      Well, lets see,

      the US Treasury prints money,

      value of money goes down,

      Tax cut?

      Well, if paying taxes with money that is worth less, I guess it could be called a tax cut. But paying $15 for a loaf of bread is going to be a pain, if there is bread to buy. I remember reading about the USSR after they 'Nationalized' everything and then there was 'nothing' on the shelves.

      Better get your survival gardens going and include some corn or wheat to make your own bread.

    78. Steve Stone, Arizona says:

      Reminds me of the Austin Powers movie when Mike Myers (as Dr. Evil–after being unfrozen after 40 years) says he's going to hold the world ransom for the sum of $20 million dollars. The other evil characters snicker because inflation has eroded the value of money so much. Obama is proposing spending in today's dollars, but cuts in 1960's money.

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    80. Larry, Albuquerque says:

      I agree with H1 from Detroit and Rob from Virginia… The money we use is just a means to an end in many ways, not just Obama's. If this money was so important (read: real) I seriously doubt our supposed leaders would be spending it like this. Even if the money was real, who should care? Anyone that uses the force of govt to extract power and wealth for themselves is only comparable to a bully in elementary school. They'll get theirs. What the pols don't realize is that the world power grab is just another little segment of what the Lord's plans are for this world. They have no power of their own except what power God has allowed them to have. They are but pawns in this grand scale of events and they choose to turn away from their responsibilities to the people that elected them. They will have to face their eternal music at the great White Throne judgment after Christ's 1,000 year reign on this earth. I would hate to even be a fly on the wall for some of the judgments passed out for some of these vile world leaders, much less be in their shoes. Their only hope is Christ, just like the rest of us whether that is believed or not.

    81. marmo-usa says:

      i agree. the terms for senators and representatives should be limited just as the presidency is. too many on the take after being in their repective jobs. lets get some fresh faces in there. some with scruples. i will not comment on obama. i have too many negative thoughts about him and i do not trust him.

    82. Millie S....Maryland says:

      Here I am, just weeks short of becoming 85 years of age and each day becoming sicker and sicker of what is happening to our country.

      Why have we let this happen to us…why have we continued to remain silent as our country is going down the drain?

      I truly believe that a lot of what is wrong with our country today, is because we let prayer be taken out of school…and we have been sliding into oblivion ever since..just think it was one woman, Madeline Murray O'Hare able to take away what the majority of this country believed in..we just let (without much protest) our leaders in congress do what they darn well please..they keep taking slices of the pie (our Constitution) away from us and sad to say, we are letting them get away with it..Then along came Roe v Wade and inocent unborn babies are being aborted for no reason whatsoever..Now I also look at the opinions or decisions of the judges that are in our courts. It seems like they are not interpreting the laws as they are written…but as they have now learned that they can get away with doing what they please and the dickens with our constitution and the reason our founding fathers fought for it and wrote the Declaration of Independence..

      I find now, that much of the history about how our country was founded is being left out of the history books…even events as recent as World War 11…How can people be proud of our country, if they don't know what our founding fathers went through to give it to us?

      It's no wonder many of our young people are willing to let these people (that we elected) get by with doing whatever they please and never fear of losing their jobs…

      I wholeheartly agree with those that feel these officials should be limited to their term in office and they also should be made to pay into the Social Security fund and only get Social Security monthly checks like probably most Americans live on, when they retire…no big retirement checks because they lived high on the hog while they were in Congress..

      Just remember we are in this boat, because we let it happen..and the I most I can say at this point of my life, is GOD HELP US.

    83. Dave, Where it' says:

      Now make us eight other charts that show what Bush II did to the budget. Yeah, I didn't think you'd have the guts.

    84. Diane, Bremerton, WA says:

      Yesterday I faxed the PRESIDENT with this: "Dear Mr. President, Instead of cutting 0.0025% Try cutting 1% of $4,000,000,000,000. Small Gov't. Is Better Gov't." Your illustration says so much more. I'm going to fax him a copy. His Fax Number is 202 456 2461.

    85. David, Texas says:

      I still see finger pointing. Our enormous Government is the problem, Republican and Democrat. This is just one of the worst in a long string of ludicrous spending. Silent No More!

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    87. Barry, PA says:

      To: Robert, Virginia USA,

      Thank GOD you were NOT one of our founding fathers. I think you got stuck in the "Hippy" world. Tun in, turn on and drop out. No thanks, I love my country and don't want to see it distroid. I would rather die FOR something than OF something.

    88. Barry, PA says:

      Thank GOD you were NOT one of our founding fathers. I think you got stuck in the “Hippy” world. Tune in, turn on and drop out. No thanks, I love my country and don't want to see it destroyed I would rather die FOR something than OF something.

    89. Paul, Alabama says:

      It is scary when a people put their faith and devotion into any one man or governing body to take care of them. We as Americans have always worked hard and have protected ourselves as well as our neighbors under the freedom and inevitable rights given to us by God. That's what we have forgotten and that is sad because a lot of blood has been shed for these freedom's. So that's all I'm trying to say is that our leaders and we as a people have forsaken our Constitution which was written under the inspiration of God by godly men. Now we can only expect the judgement that has brung every mighty nation to shambles throughout the history of the world.

    90. David, Pampa Texas says:

      Obama’s Spending vs Obama’s Spending Cuts — in Pictures

      Posted April 20th, 2009 at 10.34am in Ongoing Priorities.

      According to reports, President Barack Obama plans to convene his Cabinet for the first time today, where he will order members to identify a combined $100 million in budget cuts over the next 90 days. Just how laughable is Obama’s latest stunt to try to maintain his “fiscal responsibility” credentials? This graphic from Heritage’s John Fleming might help:

      Harvard University economics professor Greg Mankiw’s comments:

      To put those numbers in perspective, imagine that the head of a household with annual spending of $100,000 called everyone in the family together to deal with a $34,000 budget shortfall. How much would he or she announce that spending had to be cut? By $3 over the course of the year–approximately the cost of one latte at Starbucks. The other $33,997? We can put that on the family credit card and worry about it next year.”

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      April 20, 2009 So now Obama gets religion and wants to cut spending? A ploy. #tcot « Kelly R. Conaty MD, MBA writes:

      [...] Obama’s Spending vs Obama’s Spending Cuts in Pictures [...]

      April 20, 2009 jb writes:

      Anyone who has lived in the President’s home state knows this is business as usual. Token gestures are the norm to placate what Chicago pols consider ” citizen complainers”.

      April 20, 2009 “Obama Spending vs Spending Cuts” « Patriot Burr writes:

      [...] to The Heritage Foundation for the powerful [...]

      April 20, 2009 And Rightly So… » Blog Archive » A Few Monday Midday Links writes:

      [...] WOW Check the graphic. And weep. [...]

      April 20, 2009 Ozzy6900, CT writes:

      Spend $3 Trillion and cut $4 Billion! Sounds like a sound plan!

      NOT!

      April 20, 2009 Obama’s Spending Cuts (and his sense of fiscal responsibility) Put in Perspective | EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE writes:

      [...] wonderful graphic that speaks pointedly. For those that check out the link, Obama’s spending cuts are the black [...]

      April 20, 2009 Jason’s Blog » Obama’s Spending vs Obama’s Spending Cuts — in Pictures writes:

      [...] Shared Link: Obama’s Spending vs Obama’s Spending Cuts — in Pictures [...]

      April 20, 2009 Spiritof76, New Hampshire writes:

      The effect of the $100M savings in Obama government spending of over $4T is the same as saying 375ppm CO2 has any effect on the earth’s climate. Both are minuscule in scope and irrelevant.

      April 20, 2009 Ed, GA writes:

      Sounds like he’s taking too many pages from the neo-con ultra liberal spenders like Reagan and W and HW. It would be far more helpful if he was a conservative spender like Clinton.

      April 20, 2009 Andrew, Philadelphia writes:

      Hmmm… Bush’s 2008 budget was $2.9 trillion, plus the cost of the war… Can you please add that to the graphic for clarification? I get the disparity you’re trying to show, but let’s give it some historical perspective as well.

      April 20, 2009 UrbanGrounds » Blog Archive » Obama’s $100B Budget Cut is a Joke writes:

      [...] image from the Heritage Foundation illustrates pretty much everything you need to know about Obama’s “budget cut” [...]

      April 20, 2009 Instapundit » Blog Archive » ASSOCIATED PRESS: SPIN METER: Obama’s latest budget-tightening effort hardly makes a dime’s worth o… writes:

      [...] Obama’s proposed spending cuts illustrated. Looks like one of those comparisons of the Earth to the Sun. . . [...]

      April 20, 2009 Robert, Virginia USA writes:

      Dear Folks out there, I`ve just turned sixty years old. I have watched, listened, made choices, went to my polling place and voted, many times in the past 40 years. I no longer even think about what`s going on in America. I`ve stopped watching the major so-called, National News programs, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC,CBS, NBC; etc. etc. Now it`s just the weather, sports, HBO,etc.- you get the picture, i`m sure. Why did i give up, and say, to heck with it all, and mean it, not just another mouth full of words, blowing hot air all over the room. It happened, when I remembered, that saying, “What if they had a war, and nobody showed up to fight”? Looking at it that way, I went one step farther using this same line of outlook. ” If my country is going to be kept in uproar for years to come by half assed, lame brained, politicians, from both party`s, coast to coast, from all over this land of our`s. Well, I not going for it. However, Me?, i do know who i`am, first. I`m a USA nobody, just one more of the so-called,”little guy`s”, out there, who are everywhere in this large country, we all call home. Here`s what`s going on: There is really two America`s. The first,is what we all have been taught to know about the US. This is the America, were the well to do, see it all as just to grand for words. It works very well, thank you, and I like, it just the way it is. Then there`s the second half, down below, and that`s where i come in, or I should say, where I dropped out. So start taking much better care of yourself`s, turn off the TV news, don`t read the paper, (most big city newspapers will be out of business within the next 4-5 years anyway, if not sooner). In a word, relax, don`t worry your head over anything, go outside and have fun, remember how you used to have real good times in the past? Well just start doing them again. Live out your given lifetime, then die. Ignore it all, don`t join in, stay to ones self and enjoy what time you have left on this Earth.********* Life is really to short, don`t waste any of what you have, because one day, each of our life clock`s will stop, and the next morning, very few will even know what your name was, or that your even gone, who cares? It`s sad, but true, take my word for it. So they call it a $3.69 trillion budget, it all fake money, just printed by the mint, on orders from congress. Don`t get so worked up over this story. Say, to yourself, if and when it bothers you, the cash is fake, it`s not really, real money! Not real?? Then just don`t worry about, there`s nothing you can do, to stop what`s happening in America, at this moment in our short history, Ya all, are just going to have to ride on it and see where it takes you. What else can any of us do, other wise? For we, are all caught up in the times,that go on while experiencing this thing called life. It`s a short gig, drop out, have fun, grow old and die. That`s about the size of it, make the best of it. Washington DC. won`t help you, your on your own now, Good Luck America, We`er going to need some.

      April 20, 2009 JS, Missouri writes:

      “Bush’s 2008 budget was $2.9 trillion, plus the cost of the war… Can you please add that to the graphic for clarification? I get the disparity you’re trying to show, but let’s give it some historical perspective as well.”

      Why? Bush is no longer president, and that’s not the point of the slide anyway. Most people are disgusted with the Republican’s spending then and the Democrat’s now. But, I am highly insulted by this token spending “cut”.

      April 20, 2009 Budget Cuts! « Buttle’s World writes:

      [...] Budget Cuts! Filed under: Posts — buttle @ 14:19 Oh, boy! The Messiah says He wants to cut the budget! What will we do with all the savings? I mean, just look at the size of them! [...]

      April 20, 2009 Budget cuts illustrated | Constructionpundit writes:

      [...] says they’re getting serious about budget cuts and restraint, the folks over at the Heritage Foundation wanted you to see just how big these cuts would be. Sometimes pictures speak louder than [...]

      April 20, 2009 Dark Jethro, Galt's Gulch writes:

      “Bush’s 2008 budget was $2.9 trillion, plus the cost of the war… Can you please add that to the graphic for clarification? I get the disparity you’re trying to show, but let’s give it some historical perspective as well.”

      Heh. Perspective:

      http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/files/2009/04

      How does that work for ya?

      April 20, 2009 gtd South Carolina writes:

      Agreed. President Bush was also a big spender and I was just as dismayed about his budgets, but I remember President Obama pledging that he was “change we could believe in”. Well, was he right? His spending is change in historical proportions, but can you believe he had the audacity to submit it? He must think we are truly stupid. Hey, maybe he’s on to something.

      April 20, 2009 Monday churning | And Still I Persist writes:

      [...] Visualization is always a good thing. The Heritage Foundation graphically illustrates the minuscule nature of Obama’s proposed — and far from realized — cuts (hat [...]

      April 20, 2009 Spending vs. Spending Cuts « bright line rules writes:

      [...] Heritage.org has come up with this nice visual depiction of the spending and the proposed/ordered cuts. (Maybe [...]

      April 20, 2009 Marte Cliff, Priest River, Idaho writes:

      I’m disgusted by everything Obama has done, and disgusted by all of our Democratic people in Congress who voted in his stimulus package without reading it. Every single one of them should be booted out of office for irresponsible behavior.

      Go to the government grant site and do a little research. See where some of those trillions are going. Not to America, not to help our economy, but to foreign countries. This, while the New York Times reports that Americans get sick and die from food poisoning because there are not enough funds to react quickly when an outbreak occurs.

      There is NO good reason for the spending this little man proposes – so why is our Congress going along with him? Again, every last one of them needs to be removed.

      I’m also disgusted by the Americans who still think he’s their savior and who will willingly give up all of their freedoms in exchange for Obama “taking care of them.” They’re in for a shock when they learn that he isn’t going to give them food, a house, a car, a big screen TV, and the cable service so they can sit on their backsides and stare all day.

      I hope the rest of us will keep on – with the Tea Parties and the protests. If we stay silent, we may live to bitterly regret our inaction.

      April 20, 2009 Roger, Austin TX writes:

      Gosh, Robert from Virginia. You obviously care enough to contribute 3x more words to the discussion than the original post. Give yourself a little credit.

      I, for one, am not one to give up a fight just because it’s hard. Suck it up, get in the game and do what you know is right!

      April 20, 2009 Craig, Floral City,FL writes:

      Elephants and Asses screwing the masses! Oh..oh ..it’s Bush’s fault, Omama is this, Clinton did that, Reagan ate green eggs and ham said sam I am. Stop looking at the figure heads (puppets) it’s congress and the State Dept that has been driving this bus for 60Yrs. AWAKEAMERICA!!!

      April 21, 2009 John,Ohio writes:

      Oh…… I get so tired of you Messiah bashers. Here He’s trying and you don’t give Him enough credit. Don’t you see 100 is such a BIG number compared to 3.69. Pleaseeeeeee…..

      April 21, 2009 llh, Indiana writes:

      Why is that every left leaning person in this country always responds to any current administration knocking with a comment about George W. Bush? Dont they understand that the majority of people dont care if its the Republicans or the Democrats endless spending, its still endless spending. Americans just want their voice heard by the people they elected – and to say that everyone obviously wanted Obama is worthless – 45 million people DID NOT vote for him!

      April 21, 2009 DueceGod, Colorado writes:

      How much more in dept are we going to allow this Prez to put our children and childrens children. All this spending and no results. Makes you kinda wounder where the money is going. I say prepair for the New American Revolution. We just can give up or the Goverment will control everything. Which is what or founding fathers fought and died for to stop. We must do something before its to late.

      April 21, 2009 See dub, Florida writes:

      “Andrew, Philadelphia writes:

      Hmmm… Bush’s 2008 budget was $2.9 trillion, plus the cost of the war… Can you please add that to the graphic for clarification? I get the disparity you’re trying to show, but let’s give it some historical perspective as well.”

      Hey Andrew, $2.9 trillion is less than $3.69 trillion. Go back to you MoveOn.org talking points memo and find something else to post.

      April 21, 2009 RE writes:

      I get it, we save and congress spends. This whole economy is fake

      and based on Military buildups, inflation and taxes. A triple whammy. The traitors in Washington have created this delusion that are American Freedom depends on fighting these horse back riders some where off in a distant land. They have no nation, no tax base to draw from. What are we to do when Communist China challenges us down the road? The only reason they want to keep GM and Chrysler alive is there ability to produce military equipment for their little war games. Man is truly evil…..

      April 21, 2009 gl, New York writes:

      In Mother Jones Magazine I read Ex-President Bush expenditure during his kingdom was $10T. Can anyone draw a chart to compare?

      With President Obama is a ’stimulus package’ that will help the country.

      The bad legacy will leave us working hard for the next 10 years to recover.I can hardly wait to join ‘Organizing for America’ to help bring change in the Judicial System, the Mental Health field where we are screaming for the alternative for our children, a call to the bureaucracy to move fast to help the American People and not to abuse their power, and many other things that will bring prosperity. Let’s work with President Obama, he is inspirational, he means well, he is not prophet of doom…and most important he is diplomatic. Thanks!

      April 21, 2009 RJ writes:

      The spending is just one more example of fiscal ineptitude from

      someone who never even ran a lemonade stand.

      April 21, 2009 PF, California writes:

      Hmmmm…..seems as if every president regardless of party has had the same problem….making empty promises,spending more than saving and then scrambling for excuses….traditional..

      April 21, 2009 John Doe writes:

      According to the link obama’s “best” year for spending is much worse than W’s worst spending year
      http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/files/2009/04

      April 21, 2009 Hey Look Here! Spending Cuts! « A View from the Nest writes:

      [...] clipped from foundry.org [...]

      April 21, 2009 Obama’s Spending/Cuts In Pictures « Justbkuz writes:

      [...] Heritage Foundation puts this example of fiscal responsibility in perspective, against the background of his [...]

      April 21, 2009 el, NY, NY writes:

      The significant increase in spending is certainly a concern.

      However, I agree with Obama that the time has come for us to work on our foundations; including weaning ourselves from foreign oil by developing the ability to collect and use cleaner energy, increasing our overall standard of living by providing a very basic form of national health care for the most needy, and providing better and more efficient travel alternatives by investing in more efficient transportation.

      For too many years we have ignored needs like these and now it is time to step up and take responsibility by investing in our future.

      As a member of the “just over 250K” dual income group (and living in one of the most expensive cities in the country) I am actually happy to pay the higher taxes to invest in our future. As we get over the hump of building a better foundation our outlays to some of these programs should go down. If we can resolve our current wars, then our defense spending should also be able to decrease. However, in a few years we will be dealing with a spike in spending to accommodate the baby boomers’ retirement – which will cause additional inescapable challenges.

      I expect a little fat will be trimmed out of the budget before it passes, and at that point I am willing to give it a try.

      But for those of you who are not, please read it and make a list of the areas you think are fluff and should be cut. Contact your congressmen and women to voice your concerns and offer better solutions.

      April 21, 2009 Betty Hanicke, Kansas writes:

      I may be old fashioned and mis-educated but I always thought if you get in debt, you automatively cut back on spending until you get out of debt. The new method of educating is if you get in debt, you spend, spend and spend some more!

      April 21, 2009 H1 Detroit writes:

      I agree with Rob from Virginia, why worry be happy. Has the government ever listened to the constituency? Not when the majority is or used to be middle class workers and poor folk. Now that the middle class has all but been wiped out and you have rich and poor, do you really think they will listen to the majority now? I don’t think so. They just want your vote so they can get in there and play the political game. It does not matter rather it is Dems or Repubs the rich will stay rich and get richer or get a bailout and the middle class will become the poor and the poor will stay poor and get poorer. Rob from Virginia is right, “In a word, relax, don`t worry your head over anything, go outside and have fun, remember how you used to have real good times in the past? Well just start doing them again. Live out your given lifetime, then die.”

      April 21, 2009 Random Nuclear Strikes » Lauded as a Great Idea writes:

      [...] This is a grapical representation of Obama’s latest budget plan. ………. This is a written one To put those numbers in perspective, imagine that the head of a household with annual spending of $100,000 called everyone in the family together to deal with a $34,000 budget shortfall. How much would he or she announce that spending had to be cut? By $3 over the course of the year–approximately the cost of one latte at Starbucks. The other $33,997? We can put that on the family credit card and worry about it next year. [...]

      April 21, 2009 Gary, Michigan writes:

      We have lost our way as a country. History is repeating itself. The Pilgrims came here to escape similar over taxing, over ruling, over running of basic rights and beliefs. Our founding fathers wrote the constitution and its supporting documents to guide us as we grew, a foundation to look back on and remember the morals, beliefs, simple right and wrong ethical, spiritual standards. We have chosen leaders that are trying to make everybody in the world happy by swinging back and forth on the popularity rules ride that ultimately will take us all down. We the people need to somehow remind everyone what the leaders have sworn an oath to do and show specifically where they have not followed the basic constitution of this country. The first revolution hurt us bad and changed the direction of this country. I think the next revolution should change us back to the original founding fathers constitution. If you don’t agree you are free to leave.

      April 21, 2009 David Austin Texas writes:

      I for one support the tea parties and supported Dr Ron Paul but something has slipped by many…..do you know Congress is making up laws and passing them during the night now while we sleep.

      what happened to proposing a Law giving the citizens the time to contact their congressmen and their other representatives to voice their opinions on new laws …..when did those in government forget they are just cival servants and all Americans are their bosses.

      Sadly enough this country is in worse condition than when England ruled us.

      Another revolution maybe the only answer.

      April 21, 2009 Nice try writes:

      [...] I’m not saying don’t save $100 million. I’m saying you’re going to have to do better than that, champ. [...]

      April 21, 2009 marmo-usa writes:

      Aren’t you just sick to death of picking up almost everything in the stores and finding it made in china? I WANT AMERICAN MADE!!!!! even if i have to pay more for it. why is it no one ever mentions that this part of americas financial problems. our jobs sent to china. their economy is booming. and who is responsible for this. bill clinton, its his legacy he left behind after his do nothing terms. free trade agreements. china basically owns us now. we owe them so much money it is pathetic. i just hope they don’t call in the loans on us as the banks are doing to the american consumer. poor loaning ethics perhaps on both their parts. did you see the news where the chinese are buying american made cars? enough said……..

      April 21, 2009 Budget Cutting Perspective | Bearing Drift :: Virginia Politics and Podcasts writes:

      [...] President Obama is asking the Cabinet to cut $100 million over the next 90 days. RealClearPolitics has a video of reporters taking the administration to task for hailing the $100 million dollar cut as significant after dismissing criticism of an $8 billion appropriations bill several weeks ago. Gibbs mentions how $100 million is a lot of money and to folks like you and me (assuming billionares don’t read J’s Notes) it most certainly is. $8 billion is a heck of a lot more, though, and pales in comparrison to the $787 billion bailout. Both of those are paltry compared to Obama’s proposed 2010 budget. The Heritage Foundation has a handy graphic to put it all in perspective: [...]

      April 21, 2009 Sandy writes:

      Robert from Virginia, your comment is not about politics, the budget, government. It is about (implicitly) having had a hole shot in the belief system you have carried throughout your life. Work hard, play fair and you will be treated accordingly.

      Sandy, when you reach 60 years old….maybe you will realize that psychobabble you spurt has no weight whatsoever…this individual hasnt given up…they make sense…good sense. Belief System? lol yes…I can tell who your generation was. Yes us old folks call it morals, the golden rule, etc… let your conscience be your guide…. but out of nowhere "The enlightened youth" are here to show us the way.. well Susan…the world was here long before you and I were even a thought…and it will go on..and you know what else Susan? You young people dont know everything like you think you do. Sometimes the best thing to do is let go and let God.

    91. BK, NY says:

      My word picture comparing the 100M cost cut to the size of the bloated budget proposal is this: a man runs out and buys a $62,000 Hummer for his wife but which neither of them can afford. He then "makes it all better" by returning the air freshener hanging on the mirror for a credit of $1.77.

    92. Andre says:

      So what if this $100 Million in 90 days starts the ball rolling on other ways to save money. It is a basic philosphy of ideation. Small changes and ideas lead to larger ideas and larger changes. Factor in the possibility of closing the off-shore tax loophole that large corporations are using to short change our country in $100 Billion a year, they draw down of a war that Bush never put on the books (but we have to pay for now), and this number starts getting larger. The tax increases are for infrasctrucure, health care (pay it now or pay it later, with the increase of disease, lost wages due to illness, staggering health care costs for businesses if we keep the status quo). End predatory lending, fix our regulation system (its odd that in the last 8 years toys and tomatoes can now kill you). Conservatives rail against the GM bailout, but they are too myopic to see what lies underneath. Do you know GM is one of the largest government contractors for the defense department. If GM goes away, then who gets that contract, Hyundai of Korea? And yes, the CEOs of those companies made bad decisions, but is that the fault off the hundreds of thousands of people that work for these companies? Do we want to increase our unemployment by a quick 5-8% with out of work former employees of GM?

      But, unfortunately, to undo the misguided policies of the last 8 years is going to take time and money. So Obama hasn't cured it in 100 days. But there seems to be a method to what the right calls his madness. I see no solutions from the right, only complaining and obstructionist actions. You have been out of power for three months and some hacks are already calling for seccession? It's going to be a long 8 years of sour grapes and hand-wrining.

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    94. Andrew, Virginia says:

      So what if this $100 Million in 90 days starts the ball rolling on other ways to save money. It is a basic philosphy of ideation. Small changes and ideas lead to larger ideas and larger changes. Factor in the possibility of closing the off-shore tax loophole that large corporations are using to short change our country in $100 Billion a year, they draw down of a war that Bush never put on the books (but we have to pay for now), and this number starts getting larger. The tax increases are for infrasctrucure, health care (pay it now or pay it later, with the increase of disease, lost wages due to illness, staggering health care costs for businesses if we keep the status quo). End predatory lending, fix our regulation system (its odd that in the last 8 years toys and tomatoes can now kill you). Conservatives rail against the GM bailout, but they are too myopic to see what lies underneath. Do you know GM is one of the largest government contractors for the defense department. If GM goes away, then who gets that contract, Hyundai of Korea? And yes, the CEOs of those companies made bad decisions, but is that the fault off the hundreds of thousands of people that work for these companies? Do we want to increase our unemployment by a quick 5-8% with out of work former employees of GM?

      But, unfortunately, to undo the misguided policies of the last 8 years is going to take time and money. So Obama hasn't cured it in 100 days. But there seems to be a method to what the right calls his madness. I see no solutions from the right, only complaining and obstructionist actions. You have been out of power for three months and some hacks are already calling for seccession? It's going to be a long 8 years of sour grapes and hand-wrining.

    95. Marion Olan Fretwell says:

      We the People had better take a stand and remind the government that we are the boss and we should all take a stand to have an emergency vote and fire these crooks ASAP. If enough knew about

      this it could cause a revolution.

    96. theyoungamerican, Ar says:

      Great article. The image is unforgettable. I have linked to this and written a small post at my blog, http://theyoungamerican.wordpress.com.

      Thanks for all you do Heritage!

      theyoungamerican

    97. billw, Silicon Valle says:

      Let's assume that the savings is 0.007% of the debt. Or let's assume you saved $7 an used to pay off $100,000 you borrowed. It would take 1000 years to pay off that $100,000 and you would have paid over $5,500,000 in interest at 4%. How do you say rounding error or just BS.

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    102. George says:

      Isn't it great that the leftists want us to get inline while they use our (stolen) money to help Americans? What happened to the old American spirit of pulling yourSELF up by the bootstraps and getting to work helping yourSELF?? That's the change we need.

      The latest spending bill to ioncrease volunteerism??? What a pile of crap! It's not volunteering when somebody pays you to do it… what's so hard to understand about that??!

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    104. angry, Ohio says:

      Graphics are good, but how about some numbers we can relate to? Scenario: The CEO of a company proposes a 3.69 million dollar budget. He then convenes his VPs and asks them to cut a combined total of 10 cents over the course of a year!!

    105. angry, Ohio says:

      Graphics are good, but how about some numbers we can relate to? Scenario: The CEO of a company proposes a 3.69 million dollar budget. He then convenes his VPs and asks them to cut a combined total of 10 cents over the course of the year!!

    106. Rich, New Jersey says:

      To Rob from Virginian and H1 from Detroit; I take it niether of you have children. So you don't care about the country or world you leave your posterity. But there once were people who did care. We call them patriots. Here is what one once said:

      "The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men." — Samuel Adams

      So the politicians aren't doing what you want and are robbing you and future Americans blind with social(ist) programs. You don't care, fine. The don't complain when and if it all falls apart and your scrounging for food without your HBO. Just another example of a spoiled American; I got m ine and lived the good life off the backs of others, so there is nothing to fight for. Good point comrade!

    107. Wayne Hendricks, Okl says:

      I read all of these comments…..wonder how many of you actually are registered and vote? Will the result of tea parties be people going to the ballot box and voting the bums out of office, on either side of the isle? So much rhetoric and window-dressing but very little substance. We can blame presidents all we want, which is lame and is a cop-out, but Congress has always been the ones that approve or disapprove of a Federal budget.

    108. Kernel85, Iowa says:

      Don't Republican business folks say that you have to spend money to make money?

    109. Jack, Lewisburg, PA says:

      I may have calculated this incorrectly, but the planned Obama budget cuts are 1/37 th of the total proposed budget. One could certainly fit many more than 37 dots in the big circle, no?

      I feel this may be slightly misleading to viewers…I am as angered by the numbers as anyone else here, but we must be truthful to ourselvs so as to not give the opposition fodder for criticism. Could someone please redraw the graph with appropriate scale??

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    111. Eric, Ringoes, NJ says:

      Jack from Lewisburg, you are missing a few decimal points. 1/37 = 2.702%, 100,000,000/3,690,000,000,000 = 0.00272%…so in the dot analogy, you'd have to fill in the circle with 3,700 dots. How about you go ahead and do that and let us know when you are done.

    112. greg, colorado says:

      Jack – your calculation of 1/37 is just 3.7 billion (37×100,000,000 = 3,700,000,000 you need 37,000 100 millions to equal the 3.7 trillion 37,000 x 100,000,000 = 3,700,000,000,000.

      so by those numbers I'd say the graph looks pretty good.

    113. Richard, GA says:

      Let's see these guys in Washington are all educated at where? Harvard,Yale,Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth. You would think they would be smarter. Guess they are just educated beyond their intelligence.

      If brains was electricity, you could wire the whole of the legislative branch, judicial branch, and the legislative branch, in series, one behind the other, with the president in the lead, and not generate enough electricity to light up a lighting bug's butt.

    114. Will, Wilmore, KY says:

      Your math is wrong … count those zeroes again.

    115. Jack D. Ripper says:

      NOBAMA

    116. angry, Ohio says:

      I wrote this email earlier today, and it has a math error!!! Spending at 3.69 million would result in asking for a $100 cut not 10 cents.

      Please, delete the earlier one and replace it with the one at the end of these comments. Angry

      April 22, 2009 angry, Ohio writes:

      Graphics are good, but how about some numbers we can relate to? Scenario: The CEO of a company proposes a 3.69 million dollar budget. He then convenes his VPs and asks them to cut a combined total of 10 cents over the course of the year!!

      Graphics are good, but how about some numbers we can relate to? Scenario: The CEO of a company proposes a 3.69 million dollar budget. He then convenes his VPs and asks them to cut a combined total of $100 over the course of the year!!

    117. Don, Michigan says:

      To Rich, New Jersey: BRAVO!!! Well said

    118. Don, Michigan says:

      To Kernel85, Iowa: You're kidding right? That applies to Business not Government. And Not when you don't have it!

    119. Will, Mass says:

      You are all looking at this in the wrong way. The problem is the expansion of government in express violation of the US Constitution. The Republican Party and the Democrat Party are the problems, not individual republicans or democrats. The solution is simple; read and understand the US Constitution, vote, get involved and depose the leadership of both parties. This country is in danger of becoming a shining example of failed socialism unless you get involved.

    120. Don, Michigan says:

      To Brent, Rochester, MN: Another example of our public school system failing or showing their bias. The WAR got us out of the depression. Not Roosevelt's socialist spending. His spending prolonged the depression.

    121. Greg, Columbus, OH says:

      Repeal the 17th amendment, focus on it. Think about the following it is key to our current situation.

      It was enacted in 1913 and the size of the Federal Government soared.

      The Constitution stated Senators were to be put in office by the "State" legislators.

      The 17th amendment changed it to popular vote.

      That is why we have a huge CENTRAL GOVERNMENT. States are imprisoned by the Federal Government. The Constitution intended for the Federal Government to be responsive to the states. Not the way it is now.

      We have no checks and balances. Just Democrats and Republicans. Majority with free rein!!!

    122. Rodger, Texas says:

      The theft of a nation brought on by a corrupt political system. Allowing the house to control it's own version of a national budget and does not make them answerable to the people they represent. Mainly because they only represent themselves and have shown time and time again that they are only enriching themselves. It may be that the national budget should be submitted and voted by the people. Congress has become an elitist American royalty. It's time to take away their very special reward system, and limit their term in office. Terms in office should be put to a national referendum with no input from the elected officials. Given the present circumstance that Congress is considering voting the Electoral College out of existence. Additionally they want to change or remove the 22nd amendment which limits the president to two terms in office.

      It is time for change.

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    124. Barb -mn says:

      Ignorance does not stand to make sense or reason.

    125. Marcus Hendle, St. S says:

      I'm with the guys in Texas…its time to secede.

      "Pissed in Georgia"

    126. Jim, from N.C.At says:

      I'm 63 years old, and a Vietnam Vet. I have seen politicians do some stupid things. I do believe America needs changes, but not the kind were getting.

      Congress may think that they have indeed become an elitist American royalty. But they are not. It is definately time to take away their very special reward system, and limit their term in office. However, I don't think it will happen. The reason I think that is this, the American people that put Obama into office remind me of one of my sisters. She voted for Bill Clinton simply because she believed that he would give her free medical insurance. Which never happened. (Instead, Bill Clinton gutted our Military to the point that America could not deploy, that means that Clinton put America in a position that endangered us as a whole. And who were the idiots that put him there? People like my sister, she was willing to give up freedoms to get something for herself, and that is what is motivating most of the people who hold on to Obama. They believe that he will give them something for nothing. The "something" is differant for each individual. It really does not matter what that "something" is, what matters is that they will sell their soul for that thing. It seems that here in America all that matters is "what will Obama give me."

      Terms in office definately should be put to a national referendum with no input from the elected officials. But do you really think that will happen? By the end his term,"Obama" that is. will have ruined America.

      Housewives are some of the best financial experts in the world, and they know that you cannot spend your way to prosperity.

      Congress should be replaced with regular housewives from across this nation and let them handle the money, lert them and them alone pay the bills, and borrow money when needed. Tell them to handle the nations budget like it was their household. This is what would happen. We would go through a period of hurt for a while till those women paid off our debts, like housewives have done for hundreds of years, and still do it at home today. But, there would come the day when America would shout for joy, "We'er out of debt."

      Housewives have the common sense to do this, but the pepole that are in office today and for the past how many years have not had it, don't have it today, and don't have the sense to get the people that have the common sense to do it.

      But I don't think that will happen eithe, because Obama and his goons would have to give up a lot of things.

      Obama put on his little show about using ABRAHAM LINCOLNs Bible. The only simalarity there is that ABRAHAM LINCOLN held the Bible and Obama held it. Obama doesn't believe anything like ABRAHAM LINCOLN believed.

      {Here are {TEN CAN-NOT’S, BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN}

      Think about these things, and put your own application to them.

      (1) “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift”.

      (2) “You cannot help small men by tearing down big men”.

      (3) “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong”

      (4) “You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer”.

      (5) “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich”.

      (6) “You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income”.{Really think about this one!}

      (7) “You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred”. {What about that?}

      (8) “You cannot establish security on borrowed money”. {WOW!! You don't say?}

      (9) “You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence”. "SAY WHAT?"

      (10) “You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves”.

      Given the present circumstance of our nation, I want to say this concerning Congress. Both parties have hurt our freedoms, both parties have given our tax dollars away, and they will keep doing it till they die, unless we as a people vote them out. We still have the vote, but there may be a day coming that even the vote will be taken away. Why would I say that? Because Obama is a socialist, that's why. It should not surprise anyone to hear that. All his buddies are too. Other wise he wouldn't like you and wouldn't help you.

      Socialism has never worked! Nor can it give the amount of material prosperity, RELIGIOUS liberty (not tolerance but LIBERTY). Nor can it give the safety that the American Republic was built on and that we prospered under. While our national government was originally set up under a more Biblical order than any before it or since, it has now been trampled down by both the Republican and Democratic parties. Every president since Woodrow Wilson( if not before him) has had a part in some way of dismantling the U.S. Constitution and eroding our individual freedoms in some form. So we have finally come to a man that got into the White-House that actually speaks Anti-America words. He does not like the America that our founding fathers fought and died to give us, and others have fought and died to preserve.

      We are racing down, at super sonic speed, the very slippery slope of despotism and Tyranny! It is the duty and responsibility of every American that believes in the America that our Consttution speaks of, to standup and be heard on what is happening in our country. Every one of us needs to be writing, emailing, or other wise contacting each of our local, state and national Congressmen, Senators, and other elected officials. If you don't do anything you have no right to complain. Our "elected" officials are not gods. They should be and must be held accountable for their Anti-American, black hearted, and improper actions.

      But I don't think that will happen either because of something that I spoke of earlier, and it is in all of us. Which is, "what can i get out of this?" I have seen our work ethic go from "an honest days work for an honest days pay", to "I want my fare share", or "I don't care if I do a good job or not man, all I want is my pay check." Or "I'm not doing no more (on the job) than I have to." The average young person does not know anything about how to work. I'm also talking about peope at the age of 30 and 40. Most of those who are younger are at a loss as to the meaning of the word work. {But to be fair, there are a few young people that know how to work and do. They are however, few and far in-between.}

      It is time for change. But how could we do it with 3 and 1/2 years of this mess left? Revolution? It could very well happen. America is ripe for it. There are those who study the economics of the world that predict it. You may laugh, but it was the same type of people that predicted the fall of Russia and its' economy. If it does happen we will be ripe for invasion from countries like Red China, Mexico, and possibly our friends up north. If no one else attacks, Red China will, if America goes down that path.

      Things look pretty bleak, don't they? The whole world is in a mess. Crime is going up every day. There is no "good" news. At least the so called main media doesn't give any. Dad and mom can't feed their children and pay the bills. I have stollen to feed my children. It's nothing to brag about, but I know something about what a dad will do when he hears his children cry because they are hungry, or sick and he can't help them. I know what aman will do when he and his wife and children are evicted because he can't pay the house payment or rent. We're living in some dead seriouse times. There is a lot of bad news out there. So I'm going to add a little more bad stuff.

      I believe that God put Obama into office and it is Gods' doing, not the Dems. great wisdom or the Repub. great failure. Whethier you believe in God or not, I'd like to share these things whith those who read this site. {Since I read the bulk of yours I feel I can say these things.}

      There are three things that God will judge a person for, a city, or a nation.

      One of those things is "shedding innocent blood." Gen.9:4-6; Gen 4:10; Ezekiel 22:4; Jeremiah 22:17; Isaiah 59:3; Proverbs 6:16-17;

      America murders more of its' own babies than any nation on earth. Those murdered babies blood crys out to a Holy God. We surpass Red China which is run by a godless group of people. Our Government supports the murder of these babies, and as tax payers we are forced to help kill the un-born child. Regardless of how much people say it is leagal, and there is nothing wrong with it. Abortion is the murder of the innocent baby, and God will judge America for this wicked sin.

      Another thing is drunkenness. God puts a curse on Drunkenness Isaiah 5:11; Luke 21:34; Romans 13:13; And regardless of how many of our politicians drink and party, that does not make it right. The fact that our laws in America allow booze to be sold freely does not make it right. America is a drunken nation. On any given day or weekend for any reason, and especially sports, booze is there, and where booze is, there is a judgment of God. Drunknness is a sin and God will judge it no matter who the person is.

      The next thing that God will judge any person, city, or nation for is man laying with man and women laying with women. In Gen. chapter 19 the story is told of Lot and how the men of that city were evil and wicked, the story is as old almost as the hills around that ancient city. But the curse on that sin is still in affect today.

      Regardless of whether people like to hear it or not. America condones this wicked sin. States have passed laws to protect this un-healthy lifestyle, and kicked God out of the class room and don't want God or Jesus Christ mentioned in public. This is the real America that we live in today.

      There is some good news though. God still loves the sinner, even though He hates the sin, and don't ask me to explain that. Because I don't know, but I do know that it is real and God will do what he says He will do, whether it agrees with the majority or not. And regardless of who is in the White House.

      If we as a nation repented of these three sins alone, (Repentance is turning from the sin to Christ and asking Him to forgive you of that sin, and to save your soul, when you truly turn to Christ, you will stop doing it.) God says He will forgive. First John 1:9 says "If we confess our sins, he is faithfull and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrightousness."

      So, we can worry and fret about Obama and all of the woes of America, but if you really want to help America and your fellow man, repent of your sins and turn to Christ. Then get into a real Bible believing church that preaches the Word of God, if they don't preach against sin then they arn't worth going to. He still has the answers that this world needs.

      I'm not talking about phony church members that go to church on sunday and live like the devil through the week. I'm talking about a Christian that fits 2nd. Crinthians 5:17

      Well, now that we all have said our peace, at least I have found some folks that think, and will at least say something about the mess were in. We all need to do the very best we can in our every day life, no matter what happens in the world. There are people that are worse off than we are, and we can help them, there are kind words and things that we all can say and do to help our fellow man, and we should do those things. We all need to really try not to complain so much, instead we should ask ourself, "what can I do better?" One day we all will die, and we each will stand before God and give an account of our lives. If you believe that your good works will save you then you need to do a lot of them. If you believe that your saved by the grace of God through faith, and that not of yourselves, then you need to do good to your fellow man because you will answere to God for your actions. No one will be left out of answering for their sins.

      God Bless America

    127. Tim, New Hope says:

      It is so abserd that he is our President with full support of our congress. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THS COUNTRY!!! HELP!!!!!!

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    131. Greg, Columbus, OH says:

      How can a $787B Stimulus Package be signed in less than a month?

      Senators acting in their own self interest. Most get re-elected by name recognition. They have no fear of getting voted out of office. 100 Senators beholden to themselves are the most corruptible group in our government. George Soros can just walk into Washington and buy 75 Senators. When they were beholden to their states it made it much harder to corrupt the Senate.

      How many voters know what their Senator is doing?

      Very few. Most are voted into office on their party affiliation. That is why the framers wanted the Senate comprised of people representing states, after all, we are called the UNITED "STATES" of AMERICA.

      Why, then, are the states not represented? The 17th Amendment made the Senate popular vote vs. state appointed (they were to be beholden to the state they represented).

      This broke the constitution. The power in Washington is "unlimited". The 17th Amendment may lead to the demise of our country. I'm gonna beat this horse to death, it really is the root of most all our problems!!

    132. SW, Ypsilanti says:

      [..] can you please [Bush's spending] to that [..]

      Oh enthymeme, oh enthymeme, how you make logic seem irrelevant. The ole 'two wrongs make a right' fallacy. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_wrongs_make_a_right) I don't give a damn how many people did it wrong, it has to stop.

    133. SW, Ypsilanti says:

      [..]but if you really want to help America and your fellow man, repent of your sins and turn to Christ. [..]

      Ahhh you gotta love it, exchange one nameless faceless entity that we should all obey and sacrifice to (the state) with another (god). Yeah that will fix everything!

    134. SW, Ypsilanti says:

      [..]How many voters know what their Senator is doing?

      Very few. Most are voted into office on their party affiliation.[..]

      And most are one of two parties. I say support any candidate that supports instant run-off ballots and break the 2-party stronghold. Neither party represents the people anymore, they only represent themselves.

    135. HOUSTON says:

      THIS SO CALLED PRESIDENT HAS NEVER WORKED A DAY IN HIS LIFE, NOR HAVE THE MAJORITY OF CONGRESSMAN AND SENATORS. THEY HAVE ALL HAD A PAYDAY FROM US THE TAXPAYERS. SO ALL THEY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IS THE MONEY CHANGERS. (LOBBIST IN WASHINGTON) THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR VOTE AS LONG AS THEY GET THE MONEY.

      OBAMMMA, IN HIS FIRST THREE MONTHS OF OFFICE HAS PRINTED MORE MONEY THAN ALL THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS IN HISTORY. ( WHAT DID I JUST SAY)?

      WHEN GOVERNMENT SAYS WE CUT $100 FROM BUDGET, THAT MEANS WE MOVED IT ANOTHER PLACE AND ADDED MORE TO THE BUDGET. ALL GOVERNMENT JOBS ARE GIVEN SO MUCH TO SPENT EACH YEAR, IF THEY DON'T SPEND EVERY COPPERPLATED PENNY. THEY DON'T GET AS MUCH NEXT YEAR. SO SPEND TWICE AS MUCH AS THEY GIVE YOU.

      ALL, ALL, THE TRILLIONS OF STIMULUS MONEY IS GOING FOR GOVERNMENT JOBS. UNLESS YOU WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT, YOU GET ZERO. GOVERNMENT MONEY TO GOVERNMENT WORKERS. GREEN HOUSE JOBS, CAP AND TRADE JOBS. SO THERE GOES THE REST OF OUR JOBS. PLANTS CLOSE. TO EXPENSIVE TO RUN.

      WE HAVE GOT A BUNCH OF HARVARD AND PRINCETON INCOMPREHENSIBLE IDIOTS IN WASHINGTON. ( THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ENTIRE CABINET, SENATORS, CONGRESSMEN.)

    136. Ed - Tulsa, Oklahoma says:

      We got the government we deserved.

      Because a majority allowed themselves to be led down the path of smiles and promises, they got what they voted for.

      We have 18 months left when we can vote again.

      Next time, pay attention.

    137. Doug From Lawn Guy L says:

      I failed to read all of the comments above but I did do the math….

      Relative to the 2010 Obama 3.69 Trillon dollar budget, the requested 100 Million dollar budget cut comes out to be .0027% of the over all budget. Not much of a cut, is it?

      "One Big Ass Mistake America"

      (Read the initials…..)

    138. Claudia says:

      President Obama is a very smart man.

      He has the intelligence and political skill to drastically improve this country on both the domestic and foreign fronts. It a civic duty for all of us, no matter our political stripes, to welcome and support our new president and to give him a chance… Claudia http://www.famous-philanthropists.org/

    139. John, Dover says:

      With that much money in the budget, makes me think there's another Whitewater going on. Oh, Congress just told us we're paying for it again anyway… suck it up. When do we real people get to have a real voice again?

    140. Jamon, Russellville says:

      I love how the administration thinks the public is ignorant and will applaud the measly $100 mil in inefficiency cuts. What about $300 mil to Hamas-controlled Gaza to rebuild under huge risk it's going to get demolished again? Now that's inefficient imho.

    141. Diogenes, Illinois says:

      Looks like the good old Illinois style budgeting I'm familiar with to me. Who is really surprised? What I get from this though is that if the government gives me a tax refund that is $36,900, more than it should be, the president would be impressed if I paid back $1 and let my children and grandhcildren pay the rest when they start paying taxes, that is IF they start paying taxes. I suspect you'll all be attending TEA parties with me soon.

    142. Jay, VA says:

      Would you be able to publish a similar picture on how much deficit the President inherited from the former….I am sure it would cover half of the picture you published

    143. Ed, San Antonio, TX says:

      Jay, VA writes:

      Would you be able to publish a similar picture on how much deficit the President inherited from the former….I am sure it would cover half of the picture you published.

      Way to go Jay! You and your liberal buddies never accept blame for anything and try to shift the attention to Bush. When is Obama ever going to take credit for what he is doing. Continually saying "I inherited this from the previous administration" is really growing old. Face it, he is a miserable excuse for a president and will never do anything but read what is written for him on a teleprompter.

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    145. C. Baumgardner , H says:

      I agree with the guys from Texas also, but am wondering just what planet Claudia is on? Sure we'll give Mr. Obama a chance, a chance to bow to other dignitaries. A chance to take taxpayer money and throw it away on useless bailouts, which only offer incentives for banks and other corporations to flub up again. Oh,,, the government will just bail us out again.. A chance to tax people to death in order to balance an obscene budget. Even a chance to remain in office until the idiots can get rid of the 22nd amendment and make him a monarch. Yes. 45 million didn't vote for him. Some of us saw the truth. I would worry about myself if I was one of the voters who didn't . Yes; the government has become as a beast and it is definitely imbalanced. This has been in the making since the early 1900's . Our form of government has been unique and it seems as if there has always been a plot to bring it to it's knees. Yes; in a sense there's little that most Americans can do that will change the status quo, but if we stop trying we admit defeat and render ourselves to Ceasar. Keep up the faith and keep on shouting for our rights. God's ears are always open and he hears our fervent cries. It's when we remain silent that we become as lambs. I say: May God continue to bless America. Because there's still those who are willing to stand up and say : We've had enough!

      And we're not going to take it anymore……..

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    147. Thomas, USA says:

      With acorn using the census, the left will have all they want and more for as long as taxpayer money is given to them. I bet we have an unusually high vote turn out in the next election.

      Now lets see, Mr. John Q. Public did not seem to show up and vote so we can go ahead and use his vote to add to our total. Also, Mickey Mouse has to have a vote, and Donald Duck, we cannot and must not forget their right to vote. It doesn't matter if they are inanimate objects, a name is all that is needed to add to the mass of illegal voting. How dare someone ask a voter for id or to show who they really are. Is this the country we have now? Please vote, please vote !!!!!! We have to get rid of anyone in Congress (Senate) who plays the game with only the elite. We are in the game also, just setting on the bench doing all the work.

    148. Von Goom, P.R.Calif. says:

      Whatever ya do, don't ask for a balanced budget…they'll raise taxes to accomplish the deed! Let's see, internet tax… .05 per word should be worth 15% raise in congress salaries, plus enough left to convert to expensive and unreliable wind energy! That's what I call REAL CHANGE!! Oh, will we be taxed by the flush next? Never mind putting pennies on your eyes when you die, better put some in your stools! Time for a cup of tea.

    149. Wallace, CA says:

      Further illustration, WOW!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWt8hTayupE

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    152. Pete, CA says:

      If I remember correctly, Clinton cut budgets for intel and military to the bone. That is just a different way of saying he didn't pay the bills. What happens when YOU don't pay YOUR bills? The bill doesn't go away. It sits on the side and builds up all kinds of "bill buddies", like late charges and interest. When you don't pay the bill next time it builds up more "bill buddies". Now you're paying late charges and interest based on last months late charges and interest. In time you will owe more in late charges and interest than the original bill was. Your $10.00 that you didn't pay will be a few thousand.

      Now, looking at the Clinton/Bush administrations from that point of view we see small bills that Clinton failed to pay were passed on to Bush. This would have been bad enough if left alone, but that's not what happened. The US was attacked, and Congress declared war (in Bush's name) on two countries. Bush was stuck with bringing a military that had been ignored and short changed for at least 8 years up to speed to meet the same enemy on two fronts, and bring our intel agencies into the twenty-first century. Bush got stuck with the tab, and if the liberal media hadn't had such a hardon for him from the day he announce his candidacy and instead concentrated on INFORMING the populace of the plain, simple, unadorned and twisted facts, allowing them to make their own decisions instead of trying to control it, we would all be better off today. In the two-hundres-plus years of the United States history, no body has ever attacked the US because they thought she was too strong.

    153. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      Well, I am not going to give up. I will continue to sceam at the top of my lungs " NEVER VOTE FOR ANY INCUMBENT' We must fire them all at once, repeal all this that we can, and put everybody in jail that is caught commiting crimes. If we do that, we might save our counrty. Otherwise, this is the end. No civilization has lasted longer We had a good run. Go down swinging.

    154. Jon, Grand Rapids MI says:

      …and did the President, or anyone representing the President claim that this $100MM was supposed to solve the problem? No, they didn't. 90 days in office people. Ever start a new job, with hundreds of direct reports who all have pretty high opinions of themselves and a fair amount of power themselves? If you've ever managed people, or even raised kids, you know that you start small and gradually increase the goals. 90 days. Six paychecks if you're paid weekly. Maybe one oil change. Most of us would be still trying to remember our coworker's names at 90 days. I wish the average American had the time, inclination and understanding to research this stuff personally, because EVERYTHING we hear or read on TV, the newspaper and all those email chain claims that are immediately ID'd as false by Snopes is published by someone who wants the power and the money.

    155. Truered, VA says:

      Here it is – 22Jan10, one year later & banks/big corps are still giving themselves $$$$ raises, while everyone else tries to survive (we're paying for their bailouts, raises, and so on…). I recall a line (paraphrased) from 'American President', when Michael J. Fox states (again, paraphrased): 'the american people would drink the sand, if they were led to it…'. Basically, what I got from that is: the american people (anyone, really) are naturally drawn to anything/anyone new, change is good & after four years of whoever as president, good/bad/indifferent, they'll think ANYONE with big words of promises and hope, change for the better…. Really, folks, can anyone in D.C., who has their hands on the wheel collectively steering this country for the better, agree that it isn't us, the little people who have to make the changes, but congress, Wall Street, etc, etc, etc (throw 'em all in this category) who have the innate responsibility & capability to turn 'this mess' around. GREED, GREED, and more GREED is what motivates this country's leaders. One thing that truly 'boils' me is government officials (down to the Mayor) are treated like royalty, and even expect your lowly servant attitude (because they just showed up somewhere), to treat them like they were a god. Sheesh! they work for us! enough said.

    156. Joe, Greensboro NC says:

      i got respect to all you politicians including the president.Every time i see you on tv i am sure of two things, one you got a job and two you work for us. So get to work

    157. Joe, Greensboro NC says:

      i dont really give a mississippi rodents colon who is to blame regarding our economic problems. What i want to knows is, who has a big enough testicular fortitude to fix it.

    158. Matt, Phoenix AZ says:

      I hate Obama for what he has done to this country. We're soon to be a walking zombie nation of slaves. The worst part is that our college education system is so biased toward liberalism that our future is already all but set in stone. A year ago we needed to end a war, not change. Now we need change to prevent civil unrest…

    159. Andrew, SLO, CA says:

      Its not even a comparison. First off you guys all get your info from biased sources, the Congressional Budget Office states the budget at 1.5-1.6 trillion, (http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/112xx/doc11231/index.cfm) not the 3.2 trillion that many people find at OBAMASPENDING.org. I wonder why a conservative website would smear the facts… This is not including the stimulus plan, well because most Republicans voted for it. So it isn't exactly all Obama's fault. Bush on the other hand spent 1.1 trillion on the Iraq war. (http://www.nationalpriorities.org/costofwar_home) Not only was this an illegal war, around 1 – 2 million Iraqis were killed and 4000 u.s. troops were killed. How can you even compare this to Obama pushing health care through!? Holy shit we have to spend money on our own civilians and not our billion dollar a day arab killing habit. I think someone needs to go to rehab.

    160. tony Oxford says:

      have you ever seen how a N spend their money welfare check CRACK more crack and if not crack booze and more booze we have all seen big O at the beer sumit need i say more big O aint doing his job and november is judgement day for him and those like him hope he is ready for the big switch id like to be swinging that stick

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