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  • Morning Bell: A Budget for a European Welfare State

    Last Friday, President Barack Obama accepted an invitation from House Republicans to speak and answer questions at the Republican House Issues Conference. During the Q&A period, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) pressed the President: The spending bills that you’ve signed into law, the domestic discretionary spending has been increased by 84 percent. You now want to freeze spending at this elevated level beginning next year. … So my question is, why not start freezing spending now?”

    President Obama replied: “The fact of the matter is, is that most of the increases in this year’s budget, this past year’s budget, were not as a consequence of policies that we initiated but instead were built in as a consequence of the automatic stabilizers that kick in because of this enormous recession. So the increase in the budget for this past year was actually predicted before I was even sworn into office and had initiated any policies. … Now, the reason that I’m not proposing the discretionary freeze take into effect this year — we prepared a budget for 2010, it’s now going forward — is, again, I am just listening to the consensus among people who know the economy best. And what they will say is that if you either increase taxes or significantly lowered spending when the economy remains somewhat fragile, that that would have a de-stimulative effect and potentially you’d see a lot of folks losing business, more folks potentially losing jobs. That would be a mistake when the economy has not fully taken off.”

    First of all, note that the President never contradicted Rep. Ryan’s factual claim that discretionary spending under President Obama has increased 84%. But more importantly, notice how eagerly the President attempts to make it seem like he had no choice in the matter by shifting the blame for our nation’s deficits to other administrations. Earlier in that same Q&A, the President said he did not want “to re-litigate the past.“ Fair enough. Our focus should be on our future policies, and the budget the Obama administration released yesterday is a great place to start. Heritage Foundation fellow Brian Riedl has completed a quick analysis of the budget released yesterday, and this is what President Obama’s policies would do:

    • Permanently expand the federal government by nearly 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) over 2007 pre-recession levels;
    • Raise taxes on all Americans by more than $2 trillion over the next decade (counting health care reform and cap and trade);
    • Raise taxes for 3.2 million small businesses and upper-income taxpayers by an average of $300,000 over the next decade;
    • Leave permanent deficits that top $1 trillion in as late as 2020; and
    • Double the publicly held national debt to over $18 trillion.

    Riedl adds: “Before the recession, federal spending totaled $24,000 per U.S. household. President Obama would hike it to $36,000 per household by 2020 — an inflation-adjusted $12,000-per-household expansion of government.” The deficit reduction measures proposed in the President’s budget are all more rhetoric than action. The Pay-as-You-Go provisions and spending freeze cover such tiny fractions of the budget and are so filled with loopholes that they are destined to be ineffectual. The President’s Deficit Reduction Commission is compromised by a lack of legislative “fast track” protections, a deadline that sends recommendations to a lame duck Congress, and a complete lack of any public hearings that allow for Americans’ input.

    Commenting on the President Obama’s budget, Rep. Ryan tells National Review Online: “This budget presents a choice of two futures. … This budget is about more than specific programs or policies. It is really about the American idea, and whether we want to move towards a European-style welfare state.” Or as then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan put it in a slightly different context over 40 years ago: “This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

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    60 Responses to Morning Bell: A Budget for a European Welfare State

    1. Dennis Social Circle says:

      This country can not survive at this spending spree, obama and the dems just do not get it. I really belive these people are seeking their own agenda. This country is not a socialist type government, but many in power want it to be. We must show up at the voteing polls in 2010 and by huge numbers, this has got to stop.

    2. Mike Baker - McKinne says:

      In the America I grew up in if you said one thing but did another you were a liar….Joe Wilson has if right POTUS you lie.

    3. Dana NC says:

      This Marxist Dictator we have for a President, is flushing this great country down the toilet. Where am I suppose to get 36,000 dollars for his so called budget. I am treading water at this time dealing with the medical bills from my wife's cancer treatments, which Obama care would nt cover if it was put in place. I am 70 years old and in a position to loose everything I have worked for, as no one is hiring 70 year old's. And his so called job's bill is a farce. I refuse to party to a Socialistic country which our illustrious Muslim leader is trying to take us. (rant over)

    4. bigdave, ocala fl says:

      The GREAT SHIP AMERICA is now being steered by an inexperienced-over-his-head-little-boy-dictator-wannabe. The MEDIA sold us a bill of goods with all the "he's the smartest man ever to run for Prez, he is a wonderful speaker,etc". Well, if you are a braindead/brainwashed/don't work/don't pay taxes liberal or so-called progressive, that may be so. To INTELLIGENT, FREE THINKING PEOPLE WHO HAVE A CLUE and understand our Heritage and what our forefathers wanted and warned us about, OBAMA IS EXACTLY what they WARNED us of! Don't think so? Are you afraid NOW of your government? Thats what I thought. Ready to join the (third) WORLD ORDER? We are well on our way.

    5. Candice in Oklahoma says:

      When will Mr. President learn that what was done apart from his watch, is not what "WE THE PEOPLE" are keeping watch of now.

      This is his ship and his time at the helm is being marked.

    6. Wayne, Florida says:

      The truth is, Obama's budget doesn't become reality without Congress's blessing. It's time for the Tea Party folks to act on this, which is effectively acting on Health Care Reform, Cap & Trade, future "Stimulus" (money laundering), and government growth. Kill this budget and put in an actual budget with expense reductions, and 2010 begins a trend.

    7. Arnold Linnemeier, F says:

      Based on what I have heard so far, this bill is defacto cap and trade, defacto healthcare and what ever else. This budget should not be passed in this Congress. The Senate has veto power. This budget should be reworked in the next Congress when, hopefully, there is a republican majority.

      Also, when this budget is reworked whatever money is left in the 800 billion dollar stimulus bill and the TARP should be applied to the new budget.

    8. Mary.... WI says:

      This is insanity!!!! I wish someone would/could verify that Obama was indeed born in Kenya so we can get rid of him and his progressive administration. We need to take our country back! Or we will have to turn it over to the Chinese. Is there no other way out from under this devasting grip! 2012 seems like a very, very, very long time to vote him out of office. Aren't thee any grounds for impeachment? This is so maddening!

    9. Ken Jarvis says:

      Ask a C or GOP what they want – 3 things

      1. To CONTROL Women, and their Reproduction

      2. Less Govt

      3. I forgot…

      What is #3? – LVKen7@Gmail.com

    10. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      Well, no body does anything and it keeps getting worse by the minute I am ashamed that we have squandered the freedom our fathers fought and died for through ignorance and apathy. The american citizen is the dumbest animal on earth, and as all dumb animals they are consumed by predators and doomed to extinction.

    11. Ken Jarvis says:

      Dennis – THE GOP gave us SOCIALISM

      THIS round of American Socialism

      started when Bush took over the IndyMac Banks in CA.

      It would be Nice, if EVERYONE could forget this MESS

      was started by Bush.

      The HF and Murdock's Bunch

      want to forget it, but the REST OF US NEVER WILL.

    12. Jim, Houston says:

      My mother was a wonderful business woman as was my father. Both subscribed to a simple tenant of financial management: "If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall." All my life we owned successful businesses that supported many families throughout their lives. Only when all the respective children chose alternate careers did it all finally end, but the philosophy held true.

      This "new" government math won't work, i.e., see California's budget woes. Now these thugs in charge want the whole government and national economy to take this road to destruction. Vote them out now, or fight them in the streets later.

    13. apberusdisvet, FL says:

      Oft ridiculed as a right wing conspiracy theory, it's now fairly obvious that there is some truth to the Cloward-Piven theory, especially since this Administration seem's to be following the Alinsky playbook in perfect lockstep fashion.

    14. Prentice Jones, Weat says:

      Everything that Obama does is based in his agenda as an activist to move the country further toward a Social Democracy. Americans must come to understand this and watch what he is trying to do, not what he says.

    15. Recruiter says:

      I was never a conspiracy theorist, but I am now of the mind that Obama intends to bankrupt the United States so that his far left Marxist agenda can move forward. The more people that are forced onto Welfare, the more dependent on Government we become. It's a very scary prospect for the USA. The only hope is that the purge begins in November of 2010 and we actually vote people in that love Liberty, Freedom and Capitalism.

    16. SAMUEL says:

      There are no leaders in WASHINGTON! They do not have the guts to cut waste.

      So my take on the BUDGET is have an outside source to go in and set up a BUDGET.

    17. Blair, Franconia, NH says:

      President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, all believe in the European/Canadian welfare state, where poor people are kept on welfare, (the dole, and I don't mean pineapples, or the former Senators from Kansas and North Carolina), and remain on the dole, forever. We had that before the 1995.

      It was called Aid to Families with Dependent Children, (AFDC), or "welfare as we know it." Richard Shelby, (R-Alabama), has said that the Obama Administration "is

      setting the manned space program on a death march." Personally, I've turned against

      the manned space program. I think it should be zero-budgeted, and we should do all

      our exploration with robots. However, the Constellation program, which was started

      by Bush, and killed by Obama, for being too expensive, was cheaper than Obamacare. Obama only cancelled the Constellation program to prove he wasn't Bush. It all adds up. After the shuttle programs ends, we'll be outsourcing our astronauts' flights to the International Space Station, to Russia. We outsourced our

      oil production to OPEC. And that worked well,, didn't it? What's next? Outsourcing our defense to China? Obama's only getting away with it because he's a Democrat. If this was a Republican, proposing that we allow private citizens to infest in Social Security, the Democrats would be—–wait a minute! We had that idea. Bush proposed it as part of Social Security reform five years ago. The Democrats did howl. They shouted "DON'T PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY!"

      I trust private companies to administer Social Security and Medicare better than I

      trust the federal government. They're already broke, since 1972, they've been treated like they're cash cows. They're milked for all they're worth. Why do you think Congress, and the government in general, is so reluctant to cut Social Security and Medicare? Why do you think it's called the third rail of American politics? Touch it and you die. Shouldn't space exploration be treated like Social

      Security Medicare? Shouldn't space exploration be treated like defense? Instead

      of returning to the moon, Obama wants to use NASA for something trivial. What's

      that? Looking for signs of non-existant global warming

    18. Margaret, California says:

      Those in public office do not have the courage to cut spending. They were comfortably elected, in their own minds, to have one function'; hand out largess. The mantra should be, "Consolidate or cut." We need to cut more than a trillion and a half out of this budget. They need to get started. Now.

    19. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      Obama and the Progressive "Liberals"will destroy America! A thorough housecleaning is needed. We must start in November, 2010 and finish the job in November 2012!

    20. Dennis - Livonia, Mi says:

      Mr. obama, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Emanuel, Schumer, Dodd, Geithner, etc, etc., are into OUR money. Not theirs!

      We are on the verge of foreign troops and law enforcement on our soil, if they are not here already, to quell an uprising over the greed and enslavement of Washington, over the American people.

      It just might take a French Revolution, not an election, to stop the Democrats and far Left Republicans from continuuing the undoing of our Constitution.

      Being made president doesn't mean you are God! Unfortunately, this man, who hasn't proven his citizenship, thinks he is. Who was the ast person that thought he was…oh yeah, Bill Clinton!

    21. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      The answer to the question "why not start the freeze spending now?" Simple, the November 2010 elections!. We all should know by this time Obama's "spending

      freeze" is just another lie Obama is using to once again try to fool us into

      thinking he has the best interest of this country at heart. Nothing, absolutely nothing Obama says or does is for the betterment of this country. To the contrary, it all about "transforming" this country into a socialist, European type state.

    22. Ed Hornberger, Maryl says:

      Maybe if "We the People" held those we elect to govern OUR country accountable for their actions they would think twice about lieing to us. How many times does Obama have to get caught lieing to us before "We the People" do something about it? Obama forgets that it is OUR money he is spending not his!

    23. Evan, Anchorage says:

      Everybody is at fault for our budget problems as shown by the purchase of airplans for the military that the military does not want. Republicans big time too. Let's pass a law that congress can not force spending on the Pentgon that it does not want. Stupidity is for the whole world to see with the latest purchase of planes.

    24. Corky, Howey in the says:

      Is not what obama doing to our Country akin to treason? He is deliberately taking this Country apart. To all who might think "government run healthcare" would be good, let me tell you it's not! I cannot get an appointment with my primary care provider in the VA. Instead of going 18 miles to see my doctor they send me 58 miles to the "Urgent Care" in Gainsville!! At which time I sit around for over 5 hours!

      obama thinks he's going to get a second term….NOT!!!! He's nothing more than a lying #%%$$@$^& When he's voted out he can go back to wearing a turbin and pelosi can go back to wearing a burkaah.

    25. Bob Veigel, Arlingto says:

      It has taken our government almost a century to prepare us for a welfare State. And the sad part is many American's are ready, willing and able to be part of such a program. And it has not been just the Democrats or liberals or socialists, the Republican's have played a big part in this disaster. Years and years of deficit spending causing inflation and the devaluing of earnings and savings. Years and years of uncontrolled spending resulting in a huge national debt that has us on the brink of bankruptcy. Years and years of an ever poorer education system that has made many ignorant of the importance of our magnificent history. Years and years of political vote buying with promises of more and more 'freebees' and little consideration as to the eventual massive costs, not only in dollars but also in the loss of personal responsibility and initiative. Years and years of more and more rules and regulations and laws that have prevented the private sector from growing and creating and increasing businesses and jobs. As a result a President has recently been elected to place a knife in the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free. To compound this mess, most American's, including most leaders, are so fearful of ridicule and derision because of our obsession with political correctness, that no one will stand up, face facts and shout this 'horror' story to all.

    26. Pablo, Palm Coast, F says:

      Obama is focused on one thing – to bankrupt America, create civil chaos, institute martial law and voila – America's transformation to a 3rd rate socialist state is done. Meanwhile some citizens carp about what is taking place while being clueless about what to do. He who controls the purse strings and guns and he who has the 'gold' and guns rules. Americans are so dumbed down politically they will not realize what hit them until it is too late – if then.. I have long held the view that what happened in Europe, in the '20's and '30's, could happen in America and it looks more and more as though I may be right – with deepest regrets. As a point of reference, my first presidential vote was for Dwight Eisenhower.

    27. Brenda Cregor, CA. says:

      Sorry to be a pessimist.

      There were 5 top reasons Rome, the past pinnacle of Western civilization, fell. One was that its citizenry desired to depend on the "state".

      This is quite significant.

      It is not only temporally demaging to a free market system, but the psychology of those who demand it is contrary to the principles of individual freedom.

      We live in a society of culturally bankrupt individuals. Cultural relativism, as Dinesh D'Souza terms it, has decayed the last two generations.

      Let's face it.

      We have a disturbing segment of society which "wants it all", while putting their hands out to obtain it.

      And a federal government, with the goal of a more gentle-socialistic America in mind, is going to be more than happy to oblige them.

    28. Dotty Thompson, Utah says:

      Everyone: Please Google Tea Party or Tea Party Patriots, and look up your state's tea party movement(s), as this is the best way to get involved and try to turn things around. It is the only way to unite as citizens and try to do SOMETHING to fight Obama's handling of about everything! Every state has a tea party movement and of course, it costs nothing to be involved, except your time!

    29. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      Why are Americans putting up with this? I cannot understand why we let these crooks do this to us impunity. Are we totally brainwashed? Have we lost the ability to reason? Or is it that we are just so bust playing that we do not realize what is happening? I understand that Kay Bailey is running a dead heat with Perry for the republican nomination in Texas. That has to be due to ignorance in the part of Texas republicans, because if they would study her actions in the senate, they would NEVER allow her anywhere near the Governors Mansion.

    30. Edward MacIsaac says:

      Perhaps it is a good thing that NOBODY in DC ever took an OATH to protect, preserve or defend the Constitution of the United States.

      Any memory of any such oath has been wiped clean since 1/20/09.

    31. Dwana Townsend, Harv says:

      Is it just me, or does everyone feel like the POTUS was lecturing during the Republican convention rather than constructively listening. Did he acutally skirt around several key questions with NON answers??? I am so sick of listening to this man speak.

      Someone in the convention should have called him out for the posturing he did.

    32. Oldmanjob Dana NC says:

      Our illustrious Socialist Dictator, is really trying to flush our country and freedom down the toilet with this wonderful budget he is presenting to us. I really can't afford another 36,000 dollar debt added to the surmounting medical bill stacked up on my desk related to my wife's cancer treatment. At 70 years of age I am having a hard time finding employment and this illustrious job bill is useless to me. But when all is said and done, and his socialist henchman railroad his monstrous spending bills through we will be in the same position a Soviet Russia was before the Berlin wall came down. The people in this country had better get their heads out of the sand before it is too late.

    33. bigdave, ocala fl says:

      Ken Jarvis obviously gets his information from watching trhose disgusting women on TV..the clueless Rasta head, the moron Beyhar and he is obviously enamored with Arianna Huffpuff, and ocasional visitor. ALL LIES! Obama knows many Americans have been dumbed down and brainwashed as is Jarvis, hence his bewilderment as to WHY the so many people resist/object to his REMAKING AMERICA INTO A SOCIALIST STATE! ObstinantBama's proposed budget DOES NOT INCLUDE $6TRILLION for FREDDIE MAC and FANNIE MAE! And Jarvis you supreme IDIOT, NO ONE in the GOP wants to CONTROL WOMEN nor anyone else you bumbling fool! That is exactly what OBAMA WANTS>>CONTROL OF EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE per ALINSKY, by MAKING THEM DEPENDENT ON THE GOVERNMENT, JUST LIKE JARVIS IS!

    34. Peg, Massillon, OH says:

      I find it amazing that while President Obama was increasing discretionary spending by 84%, I was receiving notice from Social Security that due to zero inflation in 2009, my monthly stipend for 2010 would not include a cost of living increase. Meanwhile, I have noticed in the past year that my meager monthly purchases have increased in cost by an average of 3% over 2008. The only reason the inflation rate has remained at zero, is because the Fed. is printing money faster than one would think possible. This flooding of the market has decreased the value of the dollar which has had the same result as an increase in inflation. It is all semantics, with no regard to real world affects on the population.

    35. Peg, Massillon, OH says:

      Given the trampling of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, I find myself wondering what documents Mr. Obama taught? As a Constitutional law teacher (I can find no indication that he ever attained the title Professor) I cannot find any indication in his actions that he neither believes in nor considers the Constitution to be of any value in today's society.

      Unfortunately, there are many Republicans who seem to embrace the same attitude even while they espouse their loyalty to the tenets of the Constitutions, the wiseness of the Founding Fathers and the absolute rightness of the Republic. Shame on these RINOS for believing they can continue to deceive us. We are waking up and it is not only the Democrats who will feel the will of the people in 2010 and 2012.

    36. RennyG Maryland says:

      We are about half way through, leaving our Constitional ways and into Progressiveism/Socialism.

      These people running our government are focused on unions and illegals and are pissing our money away on them for votes! We have to go on the attack and don't let up. "They won't!!"

      There is one person who we never hear about or go to, and that is our creator, GOD!!!

      Always remember, He is in controll and waiting on us to see what we are going to do!!

    37. Joe DeRosa, Penfield says:

      I believe Joe Biden put it best during one of the democratic Primary debates when he addressed the crowd about Mr Obama: The presidency is not a place for on the job training. Well the American people got what they wanted: CHANGE! Obama is nothing more than a tax and spend liberal who is snowing the electorate with his nice speeches and good oratory. Like one viewer on FOX news said "he is doing nothing but recycling his campaign speeches".

      Our health care system can use some fixing but why do you have to throw out the entire system and start over. If the following: Mr. obama, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Emanuel, Schumer, Dodd, Geithner, etc, etc. are TRULY interested in fixing health care why don't they start with the obvious first and go from there? When they go on the record stating that the same health care system they are trying to shove down our throat is the same health care system they will be using then I might seriously take a look at it.

      But I agree with another commenator: throw the bums out in 2010 and finish the job in 2012.

    38. Bill, Athens GA says:

      When did overspending create wealth? As a businessman I can't spend more without increasing revenue and profitabilty. If I use the Obama method for business growth, I'll spend myself into the poor house.

    39. Tammy says:

      God Help Us ! It will take all Americans to say " no more " all to walk.drive, go to D.C and call this FRAUD OUT ! He knows what he is doing and that is taking our country down from the time this fraud steped into senate to do the job he was trained to do years ago ! HE IS A FRAUD AND IS NOT AND NEVER WAS BORN IN U.S.A ! I SAW THE DAM TAPE OF HIS GRANDMA SAYING SHE WAS THERE IN THE DELIVERLY ROOM IN NoBossso Kenya…..I did, I did. The Fraud had to gone fast ! Hillary is in on this to ! People, you need to get fighting MAD !!!!! EVEN IF IT TAKES A BIG FRIGHT..WE HAVE TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY ! LET'S ROLL….. AND WHILE WE DO..WE NEED TO VOTE ALL THE DEMOCRATS OUT OF CONGRESS-SENATE AND HOUSE AS WELL AS CLEAN OUT OUR WHITE HOUSE !! I AM SO SICK OF THIS FRAUD !!!!! I AM SICK OF MSNBC-NBC-CNN-ABC-THE VIEW OF WHAT THEY DID TO OURR COUNTRY….I CAN COUNT ON FOX NEWS AND THAT'S ABOUT THE ONLY NEWS I CAN COUNTON..I SHUT DOWN THE REST.I BUY NO NEWS PAPERS CAUSE OF THE LIES.I WATCH NO LOCAL NEWS……THE THING TO DO PEOPLE IS SHUT DOWN THOSE MEDIA AND ALL THEIR NETWORKS,MEANING DO NOT WATCH A DARN THING OF THOSE NETWORKS,NONE..NO MOVIES-NO MEIDA NOTHING !!! WE HAVE GOT TO FIGHT BACK ON THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA WHO DID THIS TO US AND OUR COUNTRY !!!! TODAY SHOW 20/20 THE TODAY MORNING SHOW-RICKEY LAKE-OPRAH ALL OF THEM

      WATCH FOX NEWS….. SHUT THE REST DOWN INCLUDING NEWS PAPERS DO NOT BUY ! MAGAZINES DO NOT BUY ! WE CAN SHOW THEM…..

      JOIN US http://www.teamsarah.org/

      WE ARE BUILDING UP OUR COUNTRY AND WE WILL TAKE IT BACK..THEY CAN GO EASY OR WHICH WAY THEY WANT TO GO… WE ARE FIGHTING BACK..BUT WE HAVE TO DO IT NOW ! THE MORE WE WAIT THE MORE THEY GET PASS AND PUSH ON US.WE HAVE NO TIME…..HELP IN ALL STATES….ILLINOIS A MESSAGE.. DO NOT VOTE FOR MARK KIRK (R) HE IS A RINO…VOTE FOR DON LAWAERY PLEASE ILLINOIS FOR SENATE OF ILLINOIS.. MARK KIRK VOTED FOR CAP-N-TRADE AND MORE ALONG SIDE OF THE FRAUD OBAMA ! MARK KIRK NEEDS TO GO ILLINOIS !

      VOTE FOR DON LAWERY (R) FOR ILLINOIS SENATE PLEASE ILLINOIS !

      and let's vote the bums out..they now will say anything they have to to keep their seats.democrats voted yes,yes and yes for the health bill and now…they need to keep their senate seat cause they know they are doomed !! they will say anything..don't be fooled by those DAM-O-RATS !!!!!

      remember Obama said while running 2008 he was going to cut space program ? well he is doing it now ! He as well is disarmen america.. get this fraud out and take his wife with him..he should be tried for treason as well as Nancy Pelosi and the rest of those democrats.. advise… watch out for rinos to…

    40. toledofan says:

      So what's next? This is just incredible trying to spend our way out of this recession, wasn't that what TARP 1 was supposed to do, didn't FDR try to do the same thing? This philosophy of spending with money we don't have is not only absurd, it lacks any credibility that it will work. Increasing taxes, especially on the poor is not only a bad idea, it's going to make things even worse, for everybody. Isn't it time to say ouch!

    41. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      The Gay soldier says the Government taught him an honor code" you will not lie,NOR tolerate those who do" Why don't we hold the politicians to this standard? when did they rise above everything that controls mankind? when did they become as Gods' ?? when are we going to stop accepting brass lying as normal, and force them to be accountable/ 325 TRILLION dollars of debt, and counting. Lets make THEM pay it! lets at least make them stop making it bigger Did you hear Glenn today? he is the only person in america with a microphone who dares speak truth. I want to DO something, but I feel as if I am all alone. Isn't anybody else outraged??

    42. PopGoesBend,Bend says:

      >Raise taxes for 3.2 million small businesses and upper-income taxpayers by an average of $300,000 over the next decade;

      What would be the Median increase?

    43. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      In my fathers day, if you told a lie, nobody would do business with you.

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    46. Ken in SB says:

      You are ignoring one very important point. The conservatism you staunchly support

      and is reflected in the Supreme court handing down a very important decision recently. Do any of you know what that decision was? Does anyone think we aren't leaning very corporatist at this point ? I think I'd likely pick socialism over fascism if I have the choice. Anybody care to comment??

    47. joseph gerant, boyne says:

      the people in washington and elsewhere know that the fairtax system will cure the rotten economy. i suspect it is not law yet because it would cut into congressional personal funds. mr o. seems to think we don't know bull from ice cream. jefferson said "a little rebellion once in a while is a good thing." people are catching on.

    48. Judith in Michigan says:

      Mr. J. Let me help you out here. You asked what 3 things C or GOP want. You said

      !: To control women and their reproduction (Wow, Does China realize that they are

      C onservative and GOP?)

      2: Less govt.

      3: You forgot

      You were right on #2, Smallet govt,

      And #3, the one you are probably unfamiliar with is "Personal Responsibility"

      There are a lot more we Conservatives believe in, but will stay with the 3 you asked about.

      #1 is another discussion for another time., but Conservatives believe in the sanctify of innocent life and feel it is wrong to murder babies in the womb. If a woman wants control over her reproduction rights, she had better start BEFORE she decideds to engage in behavior where a baby could be produced. Here is where the "Personall Responsibility" comes in.

      Now, why don't you return to the topic of the column. You always manage to stray.

      Try to stay focused.

    49. joseph gerant, boyne says:

      The people in Washington know that the FairTax System will cure this rotten economy. I suspect it is not law because it would cut into congressional personal funds. Dump those who fail to support this revolutionary turn from Fascism. We do this by ballot, not bullet. We don't need martyrs laying around. That is why we have a constitution. Jefferson said: "a little rebellion once in a while is a good thing." Read the "Federalist" and the "AntiFederalist" Papers. They are still in print after 200 years because they are still important. Our Founding Fathers were truely brilliant men. People are catching on.

    50. duelles, santa fe says:

      Obama is nuts! He supports Bushes bailout and that bailout caused all the misery of Obama's presidency. He wants banks to recapitalise and lend money and then tax them. Almost all his proposals are at odds with his rhetoric, promises and populism.

      The man is pschysophrenicat best.

      Oh yeah, I'm vocally against this bully!

    51. Jean Smith, Californ says:

      Hello:

      For all you wonderful racists out there, small food for thought. Okay, Obama isn't great, but how quickly do we forget the Great American Buyout by the Bush Administration (and yes, Clinton, too). Between job outsourcing, and allowing foreign interests to own more of America than the American Government owns, says something about you Republicans, no?

      Have you quickly forgotten that under your Mr. Bush, we almost lost our port security to Dubai? How easily forgotten. Or how Mr. Cheney manipulated his Haliburton construction company in Iraq at the expense of American lives and would have continued the trend? Does Obama own Haliburton or anything thereabouts that is a conflict of interest with this country? Think about it, hum.

      Oh, by the way, it's probably a terrible idea I think to force OUR banks to lend OUR money to OUR citizens over time and NOT engage in foreign hedge fund and private equity speculation. And the nerve to try and tax them on foreign profits earned with our money! How dare we. Don't you think the same?

      No one wants socialism in the long run. But since George Bush (and yes, Clinton, too) picked America's pockets dry in terms of job outsourcing, lack of access to American funds, and croni-ism beyond belief so his oil, gas and speculator friends could rape America's pockets, don't you think Mr. Obama deserves our chance now?

      Stop being racist and give him a chance.

      Thank you. (A white person speaking).

    52. Jeff,Huntsville AL says:

      I always thought growing up if you got a Federal job you had it made.Like the post office,good pay,good benefits and good retirement.If Obama and the Lib's get their way we all will be working for the government minus the pay,benefits and retirement……..Why don't you just put the shackles around my ankles now and my children because it all amounts to putting a nation in bondage and servitude to give what you earn to the government!!!

    53. don OK says:

      SAME OLD CRAP AS ALWAYS, WE ARE TOLD ABOUT ALL THIS HELP WE ARE GETTING, AND THEN FIND OUT IT IS THE SAME AS BEFORE, HIGHER TAXES,, STILL NO JOBS, H ELPING THE RICH AND TO HELL WITH THE POOR JOBLESS SLOBS THAT WE ARE. WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR? ALL WE GET IT TALK, TALL, TALK. AND WE CAN'T BELIEVE ANY OF IT ANYMORE.. I THINK OBAMA LIKES TO SEE HIMSELF ON TV. MUST HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A MOVIE STAR!! HE DON''T HARDLY MISS A DAY OF PUTTING HIS MUG OUT THERE.

      DON'T BET ON HAVING THAT GOOD JOB WITH THE POST OFFICE. THOSE AREN'T THERE ANYMORE. YOU HAVE TO GET A CIVIL SERVICE JOB FOR ANY BENEFITS, AND THEY AREN'T LIKE THEY USED TO BE. MOST POSTAL JOBS ARE ON CONTRACTS NOW AND YOU HAVE TO BID FOR THEM. I KNOW SOME THAT BID FOR THE JOB, THEN GAS WENT UP AND THEY LOST BIG MONEY.

      I WANT TO KNOW WHERE THE STIMULUS IS FOR THE SOCIAL SECURITY BUNCH? WE WORKED FOR YEARS PAYING TAXES AND NOW WE GET KICKED TO THE CURB?

      IT IS TIME FOR THE REBELLION THAT JEFFERSON SAID WAS GOOD ONCE IN AWHILE…

      I THINK IT IS TIME TO BACK SOME MOVING TRUCKS UP TO THE WHITE HOUSE AGAIN…

    54. ella quinn,kinston,n says:

      No obama does not deserve a chance, he has had a year.The democrats controlled the last 3 years of bush adminstration and obama was there in the mist of it all. H e was a senator.He helped with the decisions when he was with bush also.Leave george bush alone.

    55. Mike, Chicago says:

      This is Fascism, not Socialism that the neocons have created. The only thing different here is that there is a Democrat in the White House instead of a Republican (well I guess we could add he was elected fairly too this time instead of what happened in 2000) when the country has a record budget deficit. But otherwise things look just like like the trickle down economic theories that have gotten the country into the mess it's in continue unabated.

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    57. Barbara G, York, Pa. says:

      His plans are essentially an overthrow of our country, to cripple us financially, then, offer us on a silver plate to another country– China? Middle East? His ties in Indonesia? Hugo Chavez? Does he fall into any categories for impeachment? He DOES NOT REPRESENT AMERICA! Can any of his policies be overturned? I truly believe we are lining up for a second American Revolution! How many more billions/trillions will be spent before we can elect him out of office? Is the Stimulus package(s) going to be his election fund, artfully contrived to sound like another bank loan, car company loan, ACORN funds, FANNY MAE or FREDDY MAC entitlement fund? This man and his greedy cohorts need to be removed from office ASAP!!

    58. david turney says:

      Could you please send me a copy of the constituation so i can see in there where it says that the cencus taker can ask me for more information other than how many people live in my house. Isnt that unconstitutional to do that?????????????

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    60. George says:

      Yes All of the job destruction from 2000 until the present day was Obama's fault.

      Are you people joking or just high . Republicans along with Bill Clinton outsourced nearly all of our manufacturing capacity over a 10 year period. You seem to ignore the fact that there was a surplus before Bush took over. You seem to forget the money dumped in that rathole called Iraq by the pallets. You seem to forget about NAFTA, CAFTA, MFN and outsourcing to India , China, Mexico etc. You forget about CEO golden parachutes and bonuses given to the same CEOs laying AMERICAN citizens off for cheaper, not better, foreign labor . When the Great Bush recession started in 2007 , he pretended the " fundamentals of the economy were sound" and had the same look on his face when he and Paulson robbed the bank as he did when 911 occurred.

      I suppose it makes you feel better to live in a make believe world where facts and what actually occurred can be replaced by winks and hate just because your guy lost , but the truth of the matter is you will have to deal with the President of the United States for another 3 – 7 years.

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