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  1. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 2 years ago

    Under Obama, the deficit has decreased more and faster than at any time since the end of WWII. The debt ceiling is not Obama’s, since he doesn’t set spending levels. It’s the congress’ problem, and they’ll need to deal with it. Either cut 40% of all government spending (including Defense) in a recession, or raise taxes to unprecedented amounts in a recession, or recognize reality — in a recession, you need to spend money. Then you need to KEEP TAXES UP when the economy is doing well to pay down the debt. What are the chances THIS Republican congress can recognize reality?

  2. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    “We have ur dog”, lol!

    Beebee Doodle says;
    Sic’em, Bo! Show’em who has the bite!

  3. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 2 years ago

    As opposed to the NRA, who are going after his kids:
    http://youtu.be/fmGfZt8iJdA

  4. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 2 years ago

    Majority of the majority = extremist minority against America.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    @ARodney

    well, you guys are entitled to your opinion. But, please, consider this article.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesglassman/2012/07/11/the-facts-about-budget-deficits-how-the-presidents-truly-rank/

    The article concludes that " As for Obama, even excluding 2009, his spending has averaged 24.1 percent of GDP – the highest level for any three years since World War II."

    So, hitting the debt ceiling not being Obama’s fault. Well, sure. Obama did not pass the legislation fixing a debt limit. Congress did. He only agreed with it and signed it when the bill came across his desk. And as a senator he voted against raising it. And he ripped “W” as being unpatriotic for having a deficit of 450 billion (his have since been over a trillion dollars every year even though you are correct in saying he has reduced the deficit. By 300 billion since he took office or about 100 billion a year for those 3 years of record.)

    So when congress passed legislation limiting the amount of money congress could borrow, who do you think pressed for that? supposedly it was the “people” they represent. So that bit of law was the will of the people. Correct? The people said, hey credit limit. Stop spending. But shoot we can’t do THAT.

    Keeping taxes up during the “good years”. I suppose you are then willing to add YOUR taxes to the pile. At a 50% rate. So write the check. Pay YOUR fair share as well. Due a “refund”? Send it back. We MUST keep tax revenues high to pay down the debt. Come on. You managed to live on what you took home so you must not need all that cash they deducted for taxes. Let them keep it.

    What are the chances of THAT happening?

  6. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    Another fine example of liberal civil discourse, thanks radish

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    Gee, yep you refuted one thing. How about unemployment? How about people on welfare? How about the increase in debt per household? Yes, the stock market is doing well. The rich continue to get rich. Now tell me about the rest of us.

  8. Nancy

    Nancy GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Opposite Radish. I wish O and other would stop saying Americans want. I haven’t been asked, I am an American, and not tea party . I am a Libertarian and dislike both sides when they act stupid… LIKE NOW!

  9. SFLoridan

    SFLoridan said, over 2 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    Bruce,

    That article you quoted from Forbes is written by James K. Glassman, the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute…’nuff said!

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    I really like real numbers. Thanks.

  11. JoeCoolLives

    JoeCoolLives said, over 2 years ago

    Harleyquinn said, about 4 hours ago

    …" Poor guy, maybe if he was a leader those mean old R might work with him. Of course how dare those R do the job we the people sent them to do. Of course I no longer want Obama’s policies to fail. I say give the guy everything he wants and watch the USA burn down around his ears. There is no more but but but bush. Obama OWNS this economy! When it tanks! And It is tanking, has been since 2006, and when it hit rock bottom I want every loony lib to see what a failure Obama is. Hopefully come the next election we can find a real leader! "…
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    The process is the poison…
    We’ve had some good leaders, and we’ve had some fine individuals run for national office who WOULD probably have been good leaders. ‘Such is the give an’ take of our electoral process…
    BUT the modern-day gauntlet through which any presidential (or VP) candidate must run, endure an’ survive is so long, expensive, an’ controlled (or at the very least, heavily influenced) by the lame stream media that it is a tremendous DISincentive an’ DIScouragement for any one of character, integrity, courage an’ moral strength to step into that maelstrom an’ subject themselves an’ their families to its incredibly punishing abuse.
    None of this is news, an’ these observations on our process of finding, vetting an’ electing national leaders have been made many times before – for decades. And with each four-year cycle, it seems to get worse – more expensive, more divisive, longer and more of a distraction from dealing with many other pressing national problems.
    To wit, the election of 2012 began before the votes of the 2010 ‘midterm’ elections were even fully counted…TWO YEARS an’ billions of dollars later (no cost figure can be put on the additional division of our country along partisan lines) – an’ we wound up with essentially a status quo in the federal government – about a 5% change in officeholders – and of no significant consequence.
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    I also hope that in 2016, We, The People, can find, qualify an’ elect real leadership for our nation…Lord knows, we desperately need it.
    AND, we need more much than a petulant, thin-skinned, given-to-arrogance orator…although soaring oratory is a much prized qualification WHEN it is backed up with the qualities of character, integrity, courage, moral strength and a VISION for our nation’s future that is consistent with our founding values, liberties, ethics, morals an’ laws. Other leaders in history have been very effective an’ powerful speech-makers, but many of them have been revealed to be monsters. Names aren’t needed – you know who they are.
    When I think of modern presidents who reflected genuine vision for a better America an’ a better world, I think of John Kennedy, of Ronald Reagan…an’ then th’ pickens get a little slim, as the saying goes. Let’s go back…FDR was an opportunist who really did stay around too long, Harry Truman was something of a caretaker – resolute but hardly charismatic or visionary. Eisenhower was a great grandfatherly figure for the nation, but his best leadership was on the field of battle in WWII…the White House was his reward for winning the war – vanquishing the hun, as it were. John Kennedy was very seasoned and experienced for his age, had seen the world an’ took note of its strengths an’ weaknesses…He had a vision for a world safe from all-out war, an’ free from tyranny, oppression an’ poverty. Sadly, he was not granted enough time…
    Lyndon Johnson’s vision was the Great Society an’ all its tentacles – an’ how’s THAT working out now? Johnson was a mean-spirited manipulative tyrant who stopped at nothing in his lifelong pursuit of power…
    Richard Nixon was a paranoid little man who was fundamentally dishonest an’ without character. Gerald Ford was another caretaker president. Jimmy Carter was a failure an’ a disaster in every sense. George H.W. Bush didn’t seem to have a lot of vision – pretty much carried on from Reagan, and failed to earn re-election. Clinton was another outstanding orator, an’ a seasoned politician…he was not a visionary, but his biggest problems were with his personal weaknesses, not his ability to govern effectively.
    Thank GOD for George W. Bush – his election saved America from getting Al Gore for president.
    If he had real vision, he never got the chance to act on it, as 9/11sidetracked his presidency into war-mode, an’ it never fully recovered. Of course, that brings us to BHO, who is certainly not without a vision for America…but it is apparently counter to the vision of our Founding Fathers, an’ his disregard for the US Constitution, his obsession with power an’ control, his lack of credibility with other nations, his reluctance for effective compromise on a bipartisan basis, his disregard for the destructive spending habits of his party, and his inability to articulate his vision for America (other than his ‘fairness’ doctrine – which he uses as an excuse for punishing and dismantling the American tradition of self-reliance, hard work an’ success, and the rewards of capitalism. For him, Utopia is apparently where there are no rich, an’ there are no poor, and everybody is robotically on the federal government dole without soul or spirit.

  12. DavidGBA

    DavidGBA said, over 2 years ago

    When hit debt ceiling, first shutoff is Congress heat, lights, salary, expenses, staff, security.

  13. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 2 years ago

    thanks, Bruce for the Forbes url…
    from the article=
    Ronald Reagan
    1981-88 4.2 %
    1982-89 4.2
    Average 4.2

    George H. W. Bush
    1989-92 4.0
    1990-93 4.3
    Average 4.2

    Bill Clinton
    1993-2000 0.8
    1994-2001 0.1
    Average 0.5

    George W. Bush
    2001-08 2.0
    2002-09 3.4
    Average 2.7

    Barack Obama
    2009-12* 9.1
    2010-12 8.7
    Average 8.9
    *fiscal 2012 ends Sept. 30, 2012, so this figure is estimated

    Source: Economic Report of the President, February 2012
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    Answer that, lefty low-information posters!

  14. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 2 years ago

    Glassman is a long-time liberal.
    He used numbers from The President’s Reports….government numbers on the record.
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    the numbers are the Ratio of deficit to the GDP using the current fiscal year official numbers.
    Obama surpasses all other presidents in his skyhigh deficits and has added %$5 trillion to the Federal Debt.

  15. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, over 2 years ago

    Please, republicans, just go away. Far away. Take Lance Armstrong with you.

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