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Spending issue a crisis

February 8, 2013

The cheering and applause you didn’t hear from Washington on Tuesday was over the Congressional Budget Office’s report that President Barack Obama may be about to pass a milestone — his first year i......

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Feb-08-13 11:42 AM

As bad as obama's record is on fiscal policy, it pales in comparison to his handling of the Bengazi affair. First, pleas for added security were ignored. Second, our lack of response during the attack and lastly the coverup in form of trying to blame it on an Internet video. Now we hear in sworn testimony from defense secretary panetta that the president was only involved during the attack briefly during the beginning stages of an 8 hour plus assault in which our ambassador was killed. Panetta testified that Obama told them to handle it and not once checked back in even after the white house was notified of the ambassadors death. Can you imagine the uproar if this happened under a republican administration?

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Feb-08-13 12:18 PM

Why didn't Panetta provide this information prior to the election?

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Feb-08-13 12:21 PM

Does anyone remember how fired up the left was when Bush didn't have a budget???? Yea, me neither. A budget is a plan. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. Republicans have on numerous occasions provided budget plans; their Democratic counterparts would much rather set us up for failure.

But let's face it. Over the last 20 years spending has increased by 400% GDP has grown by 70%. e can blame both the Democrats and the Republicans for the sorry state we are in. How about we start by eliminating ALL Subsidies? I'll give up mine and you give up yours.

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Feb-08-13 12:23 PM

@ Bill... Why was a lot of this stuff kept quiet by the MSM???

But hey, not worry, Obama energy polices are kicking in... Fuel prices are skyrocketing.

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Feb-08-13 12:32 PM

TommyLarry- Benghazi was not under attack for eight hours. It was attacked for 20 minutes, and then seven hours later attacked again. That's right from Panettas mouth.

Also, most major news organizations, including Al Jazeera, were reporting demonstrations about the video in Cairo and Benghazi. There was no cover up.

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Feb-08-13 12:48 PM

Dave, take off the blinders. When this is over Watergate and Iran-Contra will look like pranks. People died in this screw-up. They left them out on a limb with no support.

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Feb-08-13 1:10 PM

BillLair, "Why didn't Panetta provide this information prior to the election?" You answered your own question.

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Feb-08-13 1:47 PM

The spending is totally out of control BUT the true spending is going to kick in very soon as more and more of the Obamacare crap starts up. We will be lucky to have insurance as this is going to put it out of reach for many without going to the government to help them pay the higher costs. I hope that congress keeps the brakes on spending until we get some positive cuts in spending as the president has promised. Benghazi... just a continuation of the problems we elected Obama to continue, one after another. The very WORST president of all time!

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Feb-08-13 1:48 PM

"What difference does it make" Hillary R. Clinton. Fits everything.

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Feb-08-13 2:34 PM

Mr. Gibson, You back the president every time you have a chance. Are you backing the president, or are you willing to back everything Democratic? If a Republican had done any of the injustices that Obama has, you'd be up in arms. Obama could spend billions on dredging the Atlantic and you'd probably support his decision. You support the party more than the country. Just an opinion, The current administration is destroying this once great nation. I'm neither a republican or a democrat. I vote for anyone that I would believe would do a good job. Thank you for your time.

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Feb-08-13 3:09 PM

Opinionated- it's true that I back Democrats more than the current crop of Republicans, but that's because I think the present batch are totally and completely out of touch with the challenges this country faces. 52.42% of our federal budget is the military, and we have 700 overseas bases. What to Republicans want to cut? Social Security and Medicare, because congress emptied out the trust funds and cannot afford to pay it back.

But despite that, and despite how much I dis***** George Bush, I did not blame him for the biggest intelligence failure of all time, 911.

I am not a knee jerk Democrat. If Chris Christie runs, a guy who is a true conservative and not a phony Fox conservative, I'll have a hard time voting for a Democrat.

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Feb-08-13 5:08 PM

Opinionated: 'The current administration is destroying this once great nation.'

Nope. Try looking at GWB for the correct answer there. Freedoms lost, Patriot Act passed, rights of the accused out the window. The list goes on.

So don't go whining that the current company has done anything to destroy the nation (which is a total joke and you know it) when you said nothing for the 8 previous years.

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Feb-08-13 5:17 PM

We have a revenue problem. It is the first time in the history of this country that taxes were not raised when it went to war. Not only did we not raise taxes, we CUT them. A civil society costs money.

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Feb-08-13 7:24 PM

swizzer, I'll give you that our checkbook was not balanced w/GWB. BUT this administration apparently didn't notice the minus sign in front of the balance. in case you didn't notice the debt has more than tripled in the last 4 years.

these are big numbers sonny. More than all your fingers and toes, so you probably don't or can't undrestand.

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Feb-08-13 8:39 PM

drugsrus; Obama can only sign a spending bill if it's passed by congress. Stop looking at the president as the problem, look to congress, who can't seem to pass a budget.

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Feb-08-13 8:50 PM

Dave, in case you missed the law -"Each year, the President of the United States submits his budget request to Congress for the following fiscal year as required by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921." Barry hasn't done that in 4 years, so congress has no starting point.

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Feb-08-13 8:52 PM

Not true Dave, republicans passed several budgets over the past couple years, Harry will not bring them up for a vote though. Even Obama sent one to the senate and the republicans forced a vote and Obama was shot down by even the democrats by a unanimous and resounding NO to his plan, Failure is spelled Reid, Pelosi, Obama and Biden!! Also here in NY it is spelled SCHUMER!

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Feb-08-13 9:14 PM

Drugsrus and TOT- Obama has submitted a proposed budget every one of his years as president, as required by law. So quite simply, you're dead wrong. It is Congress' job to take the president's budget, modify it as they see fit, and pass it and submit it to the president. Congress hasn't done that.

You can blame Ried, Pelosi, McConnell, or Boehner. It doesn't matter. They're members of Congress, and that is what is dysfunctional.

If you want to blame anyone for the federal deficit and debt, look to Congress, not Obama.

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Feb-08-13 10:36 PM

Republicans have passed several budgets Dave, Obama's went down in flames and the senate doesn't even try to put a budget together, Now on to democrats honesty... The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election. A total of 19 voters and nine witnesses are part of the probe.

Democrat Melowese Richardson has been an official poll worker for the last quarter century and registered thousands of people to vote last year. She candidly admitted to Cincinnati’s Channel 9 this week that she voted twice in the last election.

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Feb-08-13 10:55 PM

Given the current GOP, which would make Ron Reagan roll over in his grave, it will be interesting to see what happens to Christie...will the extremists in the party try to bury him? Hopefully some more moderate voices will emerge in the gop. @ skyrocketing fuel prices, forget Obama and take a look at Wall St. and our Oil Companies. In less than 2 yrs, the US will have huge oil surpluses. Will gas prices drop accordingly??...don't get your hopes up, big oil will sell to China and continue to reap gigantic profits. The CEO's will be smiling, the wealthy won't care, and the struggling middle class will continue to struggle.

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Feb-08-13 11:33 PM

Dave - you, swizzer and laker have been drinking way too much Kool-ade and are obviously blinded by king Barry's aura.

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Feb-09-13 1:41 AM

drugs, you truly are something else. It is factually impossible to judge the current administration without considering the previous.

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Feb-09-13 1:44 AM

moderation: 'A civil society costs money.'

comment of the century. you could not be more right.

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Feb-09-13 1:55 AM

drugsrus, I think you need to go back and take a refresher course on constitutional law.

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Feb-09-13 7:40 AM

Everybody appears to agree on one thing, we have a serious problem. Seems to me that as long as we keep assigning blame to a line of Presidents for the mess we're in we will never solve the problem because the problem is US. We keep voting to pillage the Nation then blame the guy we voted in. The people of The United States need to regroup, refocus and don't expect ANY current politician to solve anything, we're going to have to go old-school and solve this ourselves.

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