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10 good things about Obama's budget

By Tyler S. Clark (Contact)

Published March 2, 2009

1. Begins the process of addressing the problems of our health care system with a $634 billion down payment.

2. Cuts taxes for 95% of working Americans.

3. Invests in clean energy technology with more than $100 billion.

4. Begins the withdrawal from Iraq. It doesn't happen as soon as one might like, but it does happen on a firm timetable, freeing up nearly ten billion dollars a month that we're spending there now.

5. Lets expensive and irresponsible tax cuts for wealthiest Americans expire, reversing widening income disparity.

6. Ends big-oil's multi-billion-dollar tax loopholes. Exxon/Mobil posted another record profit last year; they won't be hurting.

7. Helps families pay for college with the largest increase in grant funding ever.

8. I still don't believe this one, but it promises to cut the deficit in half by 2013. We'll see...

9. Caps global-warming-causing pollution and forces polluters to fund advances in clean energy.

10. Includes the costs of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan outright, rather than hiding them in follow-up emergency requests.

Thanks to MoveOn.org for this list.


1tylersclark(182 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

The majority party in Congress frequently squashes debate through a quick-vote process. This is a parliamentary prerogative, not one owned by either party. As for the Marxist claim, perhaps you can back that up with some specific points/facts?

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2Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

My God, My God.

Let's just say that entitlements are a good thing. Why then, would we steal money from our children to pay for ours? Don't we want to protect our children, instead of robbing them? Does any lib out there actually think they'll be able to run deficits too to pay for their and our entitlements?

The $13/paycheck tax cut will be readily wiped out by higher fuel costs and inflation.

I share the nonpartisan CBO's concern, as well as several nobel-winning economists concerns about the harm this budget and already-passed stimulus package will cause.

Where has socialized medicine worked? Do you want rationed and delayed care like in the NHS or Canadian system. Is CMS and Medicaid not financially endangered despite being a huge finacial liability to the Fedral Government? Why did the State of Hawai'i repeal its pediatric socialized medicine program?

When FDR and President Carter raised income taxes, what was the result? When Clinton cut the capital gains taxes, and Presidents Kennedy,Bush 43 and Reagan cut the personal income taxes, the economy improved.

Think libs. Even if socialism works (it never has before), what is so compassionate about stealing from your children to pay for a better life for you?

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3Tugboat(759 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

So when this stimulus package and bailouts are finally declared failures, will the Republicans be blamed for not fighting them enough???

The IRS is already looking more closely at your 'gifts to charity.' Non-qualified organizations and individuals will see less help as a result. They'll have to turn to the government as a result. So its a zero sum gain.

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4apollo(1227 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Contrary to what Nonsocialist says Government run single payer health care in Canada is far superior to our current private sector run health care. Europes health care and France in particular is way better than ours. American health care is in complete shambles with nearly 50 million uninsured, costs skyrocketing and causing businesses to go under. How Nonsocialist can argue against a government run single payer system is simply stunning!

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5JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

These posts are even more amusing than I expected they'd be. Keep them coming.

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6jimiohoh(86 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Caring for illegals is the tip of the iceberg, caring for thier American children will be the problem. Don,t forget, they get to vote in 18 years and then the fun begins. Do you speak Spanish?

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7Tugboat(759 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

This just in:

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8jimiohoh(86 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Right, and the Browns are going to win the superbowl this coming season. If you don't speak spanish in the boarder states you can't even work in goverment.

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9Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Apollo or anybody else who believes in socialized medicine,

When something is free, more of it is consumed. We see that now with Medicare and especially Medicaid. Every nation that has socialized medicine has realized that it must control costs either through delayed or denied care. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT?

Are you so impressed with the solvency of Medicare, Medicaid and the VA medical system that you want the same inept government to run all of our medical care? Seriously, what do you think is going to happen.

All of this socialism is all about electoral and government dependency. Don't think for a second there is a noble motive behind it.

There are a multitude of other solutions involving free market solutions, electronic medical records and reduction of hospitalizations through proper ED screening. When you nominate tax cheats for HHS, these solutions, however, are never on the radar.

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10jimiohoh(86 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Let's get back to Obama's budget. Late today he said now is the time to buy stocks. Tell this to the people in the valley.
Now the quote of the new year.
"Now, if people don't change how they use energy, then they will face higher costs for energy" Geither
I want him to look at the average gas and electric bills we have here. Gasoline by this time next year, with the oil companies and new taxes, will be over 4.00 and rising. Yes, new taxes to make up for revenues lost from the cut back in use. But don't forget about the $13.00. Now, doesn't that make it all feel better?
W was to far to the left, that's what got us here!

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11epicfail(217 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago


I'd have to add my own addendum to the good things in Obama's budget: It brings out all the reactionary "MUST RESPOND IN CAPS" types faster than a Thomas Maskell screed.

I agree with JeffLebowski, very entertaining stuff indeed!


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12valleyred(1102 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

All I know is everyone was on President Bush for spending too much, INCLUDING ME, but this is just a ridiculous amount of money.

The funny thing is in the same week he announces he is going to cut the deficit. Only way that will happen is if he really does raise taxes on everyone, which can tack another year or two onto this recession.

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13andersonathan(682 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Hey Clark, your a Socialist, a limp wrist-ed Lilly liberal. In fact take down the poster of Key in your bedroom.

Here is one piece of logic, if the housing bubble is the cause of this. Then it is the only thing that needs fixed.
You want to fix everything when in fact not everything is broke. People losing jobs and we get health care. You want to tax us on carbon usage. Green funding ? Global warming? Tax the wealthy? NObama supports Abortion and Infanticide and if not why did he sign the Bill? He supports Stem Cell research?
The only thing we will ever get from him is a running start downhill into Socialism.

Has anyone ever considered that jobs could come back. If we would build new nuclear reactors, If we would build new coal burning plants with a total recovery system. Ever think if we would build the Mexican fence/wall and then Guard it. Ever consider of pounding new gas and oil holes. Do ya think I just created a few thousand jobs right there and if you add in the total package try 10's of thousands. I would like to say solar and wind and geothermal could cover our needs. But imagine what would happen if for 4-5 years we took my route on energy. And in about 3 years start the green wave in areas that they are applicable. Then start combining them. We need jobs not Government handouts because we have been held down. You and a couple others need to grow a pair.

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14tylersclark(182 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Who is "Key"?

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15valleyred(1102 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

HAHAHA Apollo, are you kidding me. Maybe in your socialist mind do you think universal health care is good, but it is terrible for most Americans.

The last thing I want is someone else telling me what hospital to go to or what doctors I am supposed to attend.

Ever read the stories of people with broken arms and legs that don't get TREATMENT for weeks because it isn't bad enough to get treatment right away.

God help our country. This change is way too radical for me.

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16andersonathan(682 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Che sorry for the misspell

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