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    Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won’t Prejudge Tax Increases

    Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won’t Prejudge Tax Increases
    February 11, 2010, 08:45 AM EST

    Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama said he is “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit.

    Obama, in a Feb. 9 Oval Office interview, said that a presidential commission on the budget needs to consider all options for reducing the deficit, including tax increases and cuts in spending on entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

    “The whole point of it is to make sure that all ideas are on the table,” the president said in the interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which will appear on newsstands Friday. “So what I want to do is to be completely agnostic, in terms of solutions.”
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    In the interview, Obama said that putting preconditions on the agenda of a bipartisan advisory commission, which he said he would soon establish, would just undermine its purpose.

    “What I can’t do is to set the thing up where a whole bunch of things are off the table,” Obama said. “Some would say we can’t look at entitlements. There are going to be some that say we can’t look at taxes, and pretty soon, you just can’t solve the problem.”
    Again... so much for THAT campaign promise.

    Is this the Hope and Change you voted for?

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    Re: Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won’t Prejudge Tax Increases

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Again... so much for THAT campaign promise.

    Is this the Hope and Change you voted for?
    And this is exactly why we have a perpetual deficit. Because people freak out ZOMG TAX INCREASE over any suggestion that we cut the deficit. And other people shriek ZOMG ENTITLEMENT CUTS over the same.

    If we're ever going to balance the budget, we're going to need to rein in entitlement spending and increase taxes.
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    Re: Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won’t Prejudge Tax Increases

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    And this is exactly why we have a perpetual deficit. Because people freak out ZOMG TAX INCREASE over any suggestion that we cut the deficit. And other people shriek ZOMG ENTITLEMENT CUTS over the same.

    If we're ever going to balance the budget, we're going to need to rein in entitlement spending and increase taxes.
    Not so sure on that last one.



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    Re: Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won’t Prejudge Tax Increases

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    And this is exactly why we have a perpetual deficit. Because people freak out ZOMG TAX INCREASE over any suggestion that we cut the deficit. And other people shriek ZOMG ENTITLEMENT CUTS over the same.

    If we're ever going to balance the budget, we're going to need to rein in entitlement spending and increase taxes.
    I note you completely ignored the salient point.
    Note that I am not surprised.

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    Re: Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won’t Prejudge Tax Increases

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    And this is exactly why we have a perpetual deficit. Because people freak out ZOMG TAX INCREASE over any suggestion that we cut the deficit. And other people shriek ZOMG ENTITLEMENT CUTS over the same.

    If we're ever going to balance the budget, we're going to need to rein in entitlement spending and increase taxes.
    How 'bout not spending a trillion dollars on pork? Think that might help? Plus, the government can get thier dead asses out of the way and let the private sector do what it does best...make money. There's your tax increase.

    Make too much sense, I'm sure.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won’t Prejudge Tax Increases

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    How 'bout not spending a trillion dollars on pork? Think that might help? Plus, the government can get thier dead asses out of the way and let the private sector do what it does best...make money. There's your tax increase.
    Make too much sense, I'm sure.
    More accurately, it gives the liberal left less control of your life - and so there's no wonder that they will oppose it.

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    Re: Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won’t Prejudge Tax Increases

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    More accurately, it gives the liberal left less control of your life - and so there's no wonder that they will oppose it.
    Socializing the country is what it's really all about. For a century, now, the American people have rejected the progressive agenda and it has become clear to the Liberals that only a complete takeover will get their agenda to become a permanent part of America.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won’t Prejudge Tax Increases

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    I note you completely ignored the salient point.
    Note that I am not surprised.
    Ah yes, the "salient point" was how horrible of a human being Barack Obama is, rather than an actual discussion of the policies in question. I don't know why I would've expected anything different from you. Carry on.
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    Re: Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won’t Prejudge Tax Increases

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    And this is exactly why we have a perpetual deficit. Because people freak out ZOMG TAX INCREASE over any suggestion that we cut the deficit. And other people shriek ZOMG ENTITLEMENT CUTS over the same.

    If we're ever going to balance the budget, we're going to need to rein in entitlement spending and increase taxes.
    So lies don't matter? Obama can do anything and it is ok?

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    Re: Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won’t Prejudge Tax Increases

    obama is utterly incoherent

    a leader has to have A PLAN, people need to KNOW WHAT IT IS, he needs to STICK to it, it must be CONSISTENT

    it must MAKE SENSE

    the entire nation naturally looks to its president for leadership and THIS is what we get

    tax the banks to force them to lend

    give small biz the help they need then repeal the bush tax cuts

    banker fat cats get too much reward but i don't begrudge them

    i will never raise taxes on anyone under 200K except i'm agnostic

    agnostic?

    that's a rather ODD word, in this context

    the president is a CHIN STROKING academic, completely out of touch with real americans and the real world

    NEVER before november 4 has he ever been required to make an EXECUTIVE decision

    a universal, consensus ALL are coming unmistakably to see he's not up to it

    go back to class, professor

    take SHOP

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