A Budget Out Of Control

@gewcew23 (8010)
United States
June 6, 2008 1:06pm CST
The Democrat controlled Senate approved a bloated $3.1 trillion budget, $21 billion above the President’s request. Despite the looming entitlement crisis and a budget deficit of nearly half a trillion dollars, the budget does nothing to address these issues, not to mention that it allows more than 20 million taxpayers to be burdened by the alternative minimum tax (AMT) after next year, it fails to renew President Bush’s tax cuts, doesn’t even point out the need for earmark reform, nor does it take into account the more than $50 billion dollar GI Bill, which will likely be approved by Congress sometime next week. If it wasn’t apparent before, it is crystal clear now, the current majority is more willing to pass on existing problems to the next administration and Congress rather than work towards a solution now.
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• United States
6 Jun 08
Woah - I hate to say it, but isn't this kinda of disingenuous? Who proposed a "bloated $3.1 trillion budget" in the first place? http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/04/washington/04cnd-budget.html And when did President Bush *EVER* include the GI funding in his federal budgets? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_budget%2C_2009 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_budget For whatever it's worth, I do agree with you *COMPLETELY* that government continues to get more and more bloated and spending is insane. The republicans have clearly NOT lived up to their name as the party of smaller government. I think it's a bit disingenuous to lay this problem at the hands of democrats alone. This is a pure washington bureaucrat problem and it crosses party lines starting from the top down. I agree with you completely that the budget is out of control and the spending is out of control. I don't really know how the government expects to pay for deficit spending. Bush is spending and spending on this Iraq war and is leaving the paying for it to the next administration(s) to figure out.
• United States
7 Jun 08
Exactly. The current administration is passing it on. They don't even want to lift a finger for our economy right now. I really worry about our country in the next year, and I see some really hard times coming around the corner. Americans are loosing jobs, can't afford to buy groceries, pay electricity bills, or mortgage's. I do not think we have in our lifetimes ever experience what is about to happen here. I believe that it is going to get real bad. I hope at least that we can fix it for our children.
@rodney850 (2145)
• United States
6 Jun 08
The terrible part of this is that with the strangle-hold the democrats have on congress right now it is probably veto-proof! All of these liberals are so quick to jump on GWB as the cause for all of our economic turmoil and all of the time their own elected officials refuse to take any kind of fiscal responsibility and cut earmarks, pork, special interests and give-aways! The only place they can think of to cut is the only place where we really can't afford to cut and that is defense!
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Yeah, and if Bush doesn't veto it then he will be blamed for raising the deficit again. The democrats don't care about the economy of the deficit... nor do they care about the hardships to the taxpayers. All they are interested in is soaking the taxpayers for as much money as possible, and then blaming the president for the bad economy.... just like always.
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Gee, where did that deficit come from? I seem to recall having a pretty healthy surplus when Bush took office and I also seem to recall there being a Republican in the White House and a Republican majority in Congress for most of his Presidency. I'll say this much, though, about the "current majority" - they're happily waiting for their majority to grow in leaps and bounds and to have a friend in the White House so maybe we can get that surplus back, and not on the "backs" of the American people who are struggling now. By the way, do you know how much of the budget earmarks make up? LESS THAN 1%. Annie
• United States
8 Jun 08
There was no surplus, that is nothing more than a result of Clinton cooking the books.... hell he didn't even balance the budget,although he came close by cutting the military and dipping into social security for some off the budget funding which is something that Bush has not done. Here are the facts abut you so called surplus.... http://www.worldfreeinternet.net/news/nws174.htm http://www.letxa.com/articles/16 http://www.thelandofthefree.net/conservativepoliticalopinion/surplusfallacy.html So you keep on spreading your propaganda for all the good it won't do, because there are those who know the truth.
@anniepa (27280)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Sorry, I don't get my "facts" from a site with "conservative political opinions" in the title. Annie