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    Obama proposes more spending.

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans said on Thursday that Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner presented the House speaker, John A. Boehner, a detailed proposal to avert the year-end fiscal crisis with $1.6 trillion in tax increases over 10 years, an immediate new round of stimulus spending, home mortgage refinancing and a permanent end to Congressional control over statutory borrowing limits.
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    Wow. He's trying to implement exactly what he ran on? Shocking!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Norwegian View Post
    Wow. He's trying to implement exactly what he ran on? Shocking!!
    We have a spending problem. Libs think that debt doesn't matter............and it's responsible to keep raising our debt limit.
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    Obama proposes more spending.

    Great just what we need, more DEBT!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longhornfan1234 View Post
    We have a spending problem. Libs think that debt doesn't matter............and it's responsible to keep raising our debt limit.
    First, I thought you wanted to be taken seriously (Libs? really?)

    Second, you are missing the point. In his first term, he would try to come out with a proposal that he thought would be acceptable. He would then be taken to the right from there. That is not how you negotiate.

    He took an opening negotiating position. That's all.
    Here is the question of the day, does anyone think that wealthy people should pay a lower percentage of their income to taxes than middle class people? Don't argue tax brackets, just a simple question. Do you think someone earning 46 million dollars should pay a lower percentage of their income than say someone earning sixty thousand?

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    Hold on while I contain my shock and surprise...okay.

    Do we know how the spending is proposed to be allocated?

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    This was his campaign, just as rightists campaign to increase debt by giving tax breaks to the wealthy who fund their campaigns and superPACs. It's just to bad their aren't enough rich voters to impact the fiscal cliff negotiations.

    Obama has no reason to negotiate on this. He should put an extension of the bush tax cuts for everyone under $250k and wait for that to pass. Do nothing until it passes, nothing. Then move on to the next item in the fiscal cliff. He holds all the cards, there is nothing stopping this path. Let John boehner have to pass just that pass or explain to America why he won't. This is the hardball Obama should be playing. Reid can deliver it in the senate

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    the spending is a proposed infrastructure program...
    roads and bridges.

    Did you even read the article Longhorn?

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    Def against the tax increases but I know that we will have them probably not to that extent though.

    More against the 50 billion in spending. For one lets not say we have a debt problem then say lets spend more which is what Obama is doing, and 50 billion will have little help on to the economy which is what a "stimulus" is designed to do.

    I think he can do better then 400 billion in cuts, especially when proposing 1.6 trillion in taxes. Didn't he a year ago say he'd cut 10 bucks for every 1 dollar in tax increases? This is no where near that. But 400 billion is a decent start.

    Def against raising the inheritance tax at all. The money has been taxed it's a double tax to me. I like that some Democrat senators are against that. And man I feel sorry for the poor sap dying on Jan 2nd next year with just over a million in savings and his or her air's are left with 450k That's just horrible to me.

    But overall right now it's going to be a lot of rhetoric till we get right to the cliff because that's how politics works sadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lancelot View Post
    This was his campaign, just as rightists campaign to increase debt by giving tax breaks to the wealthy who fund their campaigns and superPACs. It's just to bad their aren't enough rich voters to impact the fiscal cliff negotiations.

    Obama has no reason to negotiate on this. He should put an extension of the bush tax cuts for everyone under $250k and wait for that to pass. Do nothing until it passes, nothing. Then move on to the next item in the fiscal cliff. He holds all the cards, there is nothing stopping this path. Let John boehner have to pass just that pass or explain to America why he won't. This is the hardball Obama should be playing. Reid can deliver it in the senate
    Actually that's not how America works. The president isn't the king he doesn't just get to do whatever he wants. Boehner has every right as the majority leader of the house to get the votes not to pass something.

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    How is it that when the tax cuts and the wars are going to account for such a percentage of government spending (other thread) is it that we have a "spending problem"? Unless you mean war spending, in which case I agree with you.

    Social Security doesn't add one dime to the debt...lets cut it!
    Medicare doesn't add one dime to the debt...lets cut it!

    These programs are financed through tax revenue and while they need changes or tweaks, cutting them won't do a damn thing to the debt or deficit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbroncos78087 View Post
    How is it that when the tax cuts and the wars are going to account for such a percentage of government spending (other thread) is it that we have a "spending problem"? Unless you mean war spending, in which case I agree with you.

    Social Security doesn't add one dime to the debt...lets cut it!
    Medicare doesn't add one dime to the debt...lets cut it!

    These programs are financed through tax revenue and while they need changes or tweaks, cutting them won't do a damn thing to the debt or deficit.
    We have more then a war problem. Considering we've had what 3 years with a balanced budget and a surplus in the last 60 years it's more then just wars and tax cuts.

    And yes if you keep the taxes at what they are and cut into medicare it will reduce the deficit as long as you don't raise spending somewhere else.

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    And since it's now become the thing to say that the wars are what is solely causing our deficit with a slice of tax cut pie

    2011 numbers
    War in Iraq cost 50 billion
    War in Afghanistan cost 108 billiion
    Total (above numbers included in this figure) department of defense cost in 2011 513 billion

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_850293.html
    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0933935.html


    Total 2011 deficit (mind you this is just 2011) 1.4 trillion http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/us_deficit

    You could wipe out the department of defense hit the economy super hard and still have a 900 billion +- deficit

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    Infrastructure and home mortgage refinancing are two things that are really needed to fix our ailing economy. The debt is a problem that can be addressed over the next 20 years. The mortgage crisis continues to be a drag on our economy and will only get worse when the market rebounds and banks start suing defaulting mortgagees.

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    Combined cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 is approximately 1.4 trillion dollars.

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    Loss of revenue attributed to the Bush Tax Cuts to the Federal Government through 2011 is approximately 1.3 trillion dollars.

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    It is now that I wish our resident economist was still with us, that we could peg the amount of lost tax revenue because of the recession. But if we look at just these two figures, we can see where a substantial part of the debt comes from.
    Here is the question of the day, does anyone think that wealthy people should pay a lower percentage of their income to taxes than middle class people? Don't argue tax brackets, just a simple question. Do you think someone earning 46 million dollars should pay a lower percentage of their income than say someone earning sixty thousand?

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