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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — If you care about deficits, you should want our economy to grow faster. If you care about lifting up the poor and reducing unemployment, you should want our economy to grow faster. And if you are a committed capitalist and hope to make more money, you should want our economy to grow faster.

The moment’s highest priority should be speeding economic growth and ending the waste, human and economic, left by the Great Recession. But you would never know this because the conversation in our nation’s capital is being held hostage by a ludicrous cycle of phony fiscal deadlines driven by a misplaced belief that the only thing we have to fear is the budget deficit.

Let’s call a halt to this madness. If we don’t move the economy to a better place, none of the fiscal projections will matter. The economic downturn ballooned the deficit. Growth will move the numbers in the right direction.

Moreover, the whole point of an economy is to provide everyone with real opportunities for gainful employment and economic advance — the generational “relay” that San Antonio mayor Julian Castro affectingly described at last year’s Democratic convention. When we talk only about deficits, we take our eyes off the prize.

But there is good news. Gradually, establishment thinking is moving toward a new consensus that puts growth first and looks for deficit reduction over time. In the last few months, middle-of-the-road and moderately conservative voices have warned that if we cut the deficit too quickly, too soon, we could throw ourselves back into the economic doldrums — and increase the very deficit we are trying to reduce.

Here, for example, is excellent advice from the deservedly respected (and thoroughly pro-market) economic columnist Martin Wolf, offered last week in The Financial Times: “The federal government is not on the verge of bankruptcy. If anything, the tightening has been too much and too fast. The fiscal position is also not the most urgent economic challenge. It is far more important to promote recovery. The challenges in the longer term are to raise revenue while curbing the cost of health. Meanwhile, people, just calm down.”

“Calm down” is exactly what we need to do. We have been inundated with apocalyptic prophecies about our debt levels. While they come from the center as well as the right, Republicans are using them to turn the next two years into a carnival of contrived crises. These will (1) make normal governing impossible — no agency can plan when budgets are always up in the air; (2) distract us — we need to think about measures, such as an Infrastructure Bank, that would promote prosperity now and into the future; and (3) drive business people crazy — no enterprise would put itself through the contortions that are becoming part of Washington’s routine.

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110 responses to “The Urgency Of Growth”

  1. Lynda says:

    The GOP has worked very, very hard for the last four years to keep the economy from growing. Once the American public came to grips with that, re-elected Obama and increased the Democratic Parties membership in the country club of Congress small things are started to happen. Not enough certainly, but perhaps we will see a bit more progress on the JOBS front. Just enough for the clowns in Congress to hold up as proof they care, but hardly enough to prime the pump of the economy. I hope they prove me wrong.

    • nobsartist says:

      the GOP has had plenty of help fucking up America from Dems all in the spirit of bi-partisanship.

      Bush couldnt have done the damage to our country without the help of likes of shumer and biden.

      • Dmullins84 says:

        You Conservatives know only how to talk vulgar, cut taxes, and lie like untrained dog’s. That’s why you are where you are in politics. Wake up people you must compromise to get things done for the country before it’s to late for our children.

        • nobsartist says:

          I am a liberal. You are a dumb ass.

          • old_blu says:

            No BS, it’s getting harder to tell.

          • No Doubt Another Traitor!! 🙁

          • nosartist, you just proven yourself that you are a stupid ass. Now what did these words get us nothing thats why ryan and that dog carrier on the car roof did not get elected .

          • Sand_Cat says:

            Nevertheless, unpleasant as the admission may be, there’s a great deal of truth in what he says. Democrats did vote for the tax cuts, and the wars while Bush was president. Once Obama replaced him, the “blue dog” Democrats in the Senate assured that the filibuster almost always worked, even during the period the Dems had a “filibuster proof” majority in the Senate. None of the Democrats from the president on down did much of anything to make the GOP pay a political price: it was those in Congress who assured the vote on tax cuts for billionaires wasn’t held until after the disastrous 2010 mid-terms. Could forcing the Republicans to vote against the middle class in favor of the obscenely rich really have hurt the Dem’s chances in that election? Apparently quite a few of them thought so. We can only hope they were among those who lost as a result.

          • idamag says:

            Yes, during the bush administration both parties failed. I hope the Democratic party has awakened.

          • lessthantolerant says:

            fixed! nobsartist says, I am a liberal dumb ass!

        • lessthantolerant says:

          You are so correct, could you sign over your assets and holding to the government now so some poor black gang banger can get himself some more drugs?
          Put your words into action please.

      • You guys are always willing to take blame only when you can bring others down to your level of stupidity. What do you say to your Republican icon Ronald Reagan’s raising the debt limit 8 times during his tenur?

        • Sand_Cat says:

          I doubt very seriously that Ronny was or is nobsartist’s “icon,” though Obama seems to admire him to a degree that I for one find disturbing, and that I count among the reasons he has been a disappointment to those of us foolish enough to get caught up in the 2008 euphoria to seriously hope he would really undo the damage.

          The one thing he could have learned from Ronny was to go on TV and appeal directly to the people to make the GOP pay a price for their obstruction, but he never did until the 2012 campaign was really underway.

          • FredAppell says:

            Sand_cat, I’m glad to see you come to the defense of nobsartist. I also have been feeling the same way the two of you are feeling the last few weeks. I expected better from Obama and the Democrats. Only time will tell if we’re right or wrong but what bugs me is that we are getting lambasted from other Liberals simply because we are starting to ask questions.

        • Witnes, I just checked to confirm what I thought Obama had said in a speech back in 2011, that Reagan had raised the debt limit 18 times – I found an internet article from Politifact that says: After that statement, PolitiFact checked the WhiteHouse records and confirmed that what Obama said was true: Reagan raised the debt limit 18 times and GWB raised it 7 times. The only president since WWII not to raise the debt limit was Truman.

    • montanabill says:

      Yes, they had the control and implemented all the programs that stifled growth. They blocked all the really good programs like Obama’s Jobs Bills, which would have created hundreds of short term jobs that would have cost a measly $500,000 per job. Darn them anyway!

      • WhutHeSaid says:

        That’s right, dagnabbit! If only they would have listened to you, Bill, then we would have given billionaires MORE tax breaks, and the sun would be shining, the birds would all be singing, and Ann Coulter would win the next Miss USA contest.

      • Bill, as I mentioned in a previous posting, you’re without question one of the most shortsighted, pessimistic individuals I’ve ever encountered. Below is an excerpt from the Obama’s jobs plan that congress is sitting on. Sure doesn’t sound like just short term jobs to me. I’ll post some of it here so the other posters can see what you’re constantly trying to denigrate:

        Offering tax credits to encourage businesses to hire unemployed veterans.

        Preventing up to 280,000 teacher layoffs, and keeping first responders including firefighters and police officers on the job.

        Modernizing at least 35,000 public schools across the country, building science labs, internet ready classrooms, etc.

        Making immediate investments in infrastructure, roads, bridges, railroads, airports ,and more.

        Project Rebuild: an effort to put people back to work rehabilitating homes and businesses and stabilizing communities, leveraging private capital and scaling up successful models of public-private collaboration.

        Expanding wireless internet access to 98 percent of Americans and first responders by freeing up the nation’s spectrum
        The most innovative reform to the unemployment insurance program in 40 years.

        A $4,000 tax credit to employers for hiring long-term unemployed workers.
        Prohibiting employers from discriminating against unemployed workers when hiring.

        Expanding job opportunities for low-income youth and adults by investing in promising and proven strategies and programs like summer jobs and sector-based training programs.

        Expanding job opportunities for low-income youth and adults by investing in promising and proven strategies and programs like summer jobs and sector-based training programs.

        Cutting payroll taxes in half for 160 million workers next year.
        Allowing more Americans to refinance their mortgages.

        To ensure that the American Jobs Act is fully paid for, the President has called on the Joint Congressional Committee to achieve additional deficit reduction necessary to pay for the Act and still meet its deficit target. The President will, in the coming days, release a detailed plan that will show how the Committee can achieve the additional deficit reduction necessary to meet the President’s goal of stabilizing our debt as a share of the economy and pay for his plan to put Americans back to work.

        • No Doubt His Doughnuts Sucks Also!! LOL

        • idamag says:

          Independent, when he is crossing a rusted bridge and it collapses under his car, it will be too late to do something about the infrastructure.

        • montanabill says:

          When we actually see a plan from the President to cut real spending in exchange for new spending, I’ll be really surprised.

          You realize that most of the things you listed are local government controlled, not federal government. About like the funding of new police a few years ago. The funding was temporary and accomplished virtually nothing.

          I hire new long term employees every year. Even if I applied for a $4000 tax credit, it is a joke. The commissions to a head hunter are many times that amount. And I want to be the judge of whom I hire, not the President. He’s not running my businesses and I don’t need him interfering. He hasn’t even gotten the foggiest idea when guys like Warren Buffett or Jeffery Immelt are snowing him.

          Cutting payroll taxes? Who does he think is going to eventually pay the piper for all this spending. Do you want your taxes cut just so they will fall on your grandchildren?

          Can’t he free frequency spectrum by signing an executive order? What did he plan? Paying companies to release the frequencies? New technology by the private sector will accomplish his goal of high speed internet access.

      • Lynda says:

        Bill, dealng with infrastructure alone is not a short term jobs solution. The country could put millions to work for the next few decades just improving and dealing with what we’ve already got, let alone dealing with future needs. A new electrical grid would take decades to complete along with all of the supporting details required to keep it operational. Our railroad network is in great need of modernizaton to keep it functional…and that is forgetting about possible high-speed rail improvement. Putting vital services underground to protect and improve them is no easy or short term task. Phone and power lines function better when not hanging on old trees. New and old water supplies need protection and expansion to provide clean drinking water to an ever growing population. There are vast portions of the nations highways and roads that are over a half a century old, including Ike’s interstate highway system. Is there a need to list even more Bill? Just why folks like yourself are so short-sighted is a mystery that needs explaining.

        • montanabill says:

          All true. But. How many of those are or should be government projects? The electrical grid. Mostly provided by highly regulated, private companies. Railroad network. Again, highly regulated, private companies. Telephones. Substantial progress in many areas already toward underground and through-the-air service. The last to go will probably be the tangle in the northeast. Water. That is a tough one. Almost all areas have far better water than was available a couple of generations ago, but for those areas that depend on water from mountains hundreds of miles away or on underground aquifers, population growth is their primary enemy. We pay substantial fuel taxes that are supposed to be targeted to road maintenance. The nation’s truckers pay even more and have additional road taxes. Have you ever seen an accounting of these taxes and how they are spent?

          Should all of those utilities be nationalized? Do you want to pay the same level of taxes as the rich, i.e. 50% of your income, like the Europeans? Their high speed trains are wonderful. But they require constant subsidies.

          We spend more on 83 welfare programs than we spend on defense, including the wars, Social Security or Medicare. Over $1 T last year. Would you be willing to look for ways to route a substantial amount of that money to infrastructure?

          We can’t have a country with real unemployment at 15%, no economic growth and a very large nanny state that can support large scale infrastructure projects. Simply borrowing more than the 46 cents of every dollar we spend now, is an even faster road for the decline of America.

          • Lynda says:

            Here is the correct level of borrowing for your use from the budget office and breakdown of Federal Spending.

            For 2008 it was 15.4 cents for 2009 it was 40.2 cents
            for 2010 it was 37.4 cents for 2011 it was 36.1 cents
            for 2012 it was 32 cents.

            BTW, I never said that the examples I listed had to be nationalized or government projects. The electrical grid is a perfect example of how difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish anything without government direction. There are so many ultilities involved that it is impossible to envision a time when they could all get together and agree upon a solution…let alone when and how to start.

            As to the rest you’ve made my point as well. Of course they are primarily private companies which in itself is a large part of the problem. Without government direction and substantial financial assistance, or tax incentives when and where will such direction come from?

            Perhaps the difference between our views can be reduced to I don’t fear and distrust my governments ability to accomplish good things. If political will can be expressed in a positive manner progress can take place. BTW, we’ve gotton on the subject that these projects are certainly not short-term employment opportunities…are they.

          • montanabill says:

            And they are not what the President was proposing.

          • Never give anyone credit for anything, right Bill?

            You have absolutely now way of knowing just what Obama had proposed. But it’s got to be negative. Right!!!!

    • I Totally Agree With You My Friend!! That’s Cause That Mean More Money For Them!! GOP/Tea Party American Taliban Members Always Screwing Up This Country With Their Wars And Polices That’s Cause It Another Way They Make Their Money!! The Rich Get Richer While The Poor Suffers!! 🙁

    • rustacus21 says:

      Understanding this, there is no reason the President & the Senate majority – w/a little push & shove from We the people, to continue hanging on to policies (privatization, cutting entitlements, allowing corporate/rich only tax cuts & loopholes) w/a 100% FAILURE rate, in boosting economic growth & therefore, jobs increases. We also shouldn’t have to wait til the ’14 MidTerms which, for millions of American’s, will be too late to save their homes, cares, credit ratings, jobs, families, health care, etc. Conservatives are only friends to the rich. The President & the Democrats in the Senate majority haven’t gotten this message yet. Are we being therefore ignored, or do they NOT hear us yelling THIS LOUDLY yet?! Just curious…

    • montanabill says:

      I gather that what you are saying is that because the Republicans objected to endless new spending without compensating reductions in existing spending, that is keeping the economy from growing.

      A course in economics would really be beneficial.

    • lessthantolerant says:

      Does it hurt to be as stupid as you are?

    • lessthantolerant says:

      Stupidity appears to be your strong point, welcome to the new Socialist States of America, may tragedy befall you and your family soon.

  2. One of our greatest problems, besides partisanship, involves the consequences of decades of deficit spending, irresponsible borrowing and accumulation of debt on our ability to invest. The reason our economy has not rebounded as it should have is because of lack of robust investment by the private and public sectors. The private sector is reluctant to invest because (1) they get a larger return on investment when they invest abroad, and (2) because consumer confidence has not improved to the point of guaranteeing a high ROI. The public sector has not invested as it should have because (1) partisan obstructionism, and (2) because public investment requires temporary increases in the national debt that would be unacceptable to most Americans. The problem is further exacerbated by personal debt. Most Americans are so deep in debt that we simply cannot afford to buy a house, replace our cars, or buy a new appliance.
    The irony is that those temporary investments would stimulate the economy, reduce unemployment, and increase government revenues to the point that it would encourage private sector investment, sustainable growth, and reductions in deficit spending and accumulation of debt. We are not going to get out of the mess we are in without investing at all levels of our society.

    • MARK says:

      The old business axiom: You gotta spend money To make money!

      • Since Republicans seem to be so determined to put a business man in the presidency so they can run the country like a business, why is it that they don’t seem to understand that??? And the only way they seem to think that the government can run a profit (surplus) is by doing just the opposite of what they would do when running a business – doing everything they can to increase revenues!!!! Companies don’t make profits by cutting revenues!!! Just watch the stock market and see how many companies stocks get trashed when they miss their revenue targets.

    • And I know you’ve probably read multiple times on these threads my comments that when you’re talking about deficit spending, king of the hill are GOP presidents – every one of them since WWII but Ike has governed with significant deficit spending. That’s not to say the Dems haven’t had deficit budgets – but to this point it’s been because they inherited them. Just like Obama, 1.6 trillion in deficit spending from Bush, which he’s pared down to 1.1 trillion in his 2011-12 budget. A 1/2 trillion decrease in 3 years. And look what Clinton did- it took him 5 years, but he finally turned the deficit budget Bush Sr. passed him and turned it around to 3 years of surpluses which Bush Jr. promptly threw into the winds. My main gripe about Bush Jr., is that he spent almost 6 trillion in deficit monies on virtually nothing worthwhile to the country – 2 wars, 2 tax cuts that mostly put more money in the pockets of those who already have more money than they should ever need, and then a number of state mandates that were questionable – especially the No Child Left Behind fiasco which succeeded in doing more to drive a number of states to the verge of bankruptcy (coupled with him constantly cutting subsidies to the states for the mandates he dropped on them) than improving our educational system. Then to top things off, his administration managed to allow the economy to run amok (just like Coolidge did in the 1920s) to the point that the irresponsible actions of wall street and financial firms created the greatest economic disaster America has ever seen (this nonsense about it just being the biggest recession since the big depression is just that nonsense).

      The big depression wasn’t really about an economic disaster in 1928, it was more about the proof of just how flawed the GOP’s policies are for handling even mild economic downturns; Hoover and the GOP congress turned a mild depression in 1928 into the worst misguided political fiasco in history; and I’m convinced that had McCain been elected in 2008, we would be seeing breadlines even today because the GOP would have totally destroyed America and the world with their failed policies. REPUBLICANS KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT HOW TO RUN A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

      • MARK says:

        The reading I have done reveals that since the late 1920’s,the gop has been on the wrong side of every major issue of concern to average Americans.The question has been posed that how can any entity be so consistently wrong by accident? That it has not been an accident gives reason to further ask whether this entity is a criminal enterprise.The well documented relationship between the gop and fascism should make every American wonder.

  3. nobsartist says:

    Amazing. After 5 years the jackass’s have finally caught on. Perhaps if Obama had concentrated on this instead of his failed health care bill that forces us to buy product from criminals, America would not be desperate and on the way to becoming a 3rd world country.

    I used to blame republiCONs but having been a water safety instructor, I have nothing but disdain for those that do not try to help themselves.

    I do not blame those that cannot find work, I blame those that were elected to lead but turn out to be frauds.

    With as much time as this administration has spent with the Chinese there is no excuse for not adapting Chinese principles such as FULL employment.

    American society deserves the 3rd world status that they will soon own unless there is payback for the destruction of our economy and the MILLIONS of lives ruined thru the inaction of our government in respect to its own people. We spend TRILLIONS on other governments and we FUCK our own people (for profit).

    • I would have preferred a single payer system inasmuch as it would have been more cost effective and fair, but ACA is far from being a failure. Sometimes, progress can only be achieved incrementally, and considering the fact that Republicans managed to convince most Americans that healthcare reform was against their best interest, that keeping a system administered by for profit insurance companies was the way to go, and that medical Armagheddon would occur if medical care was extended to all Americans, ACA was the best we could hope for. What Republicans fear is not that ACA will fail, but that it will work and improve the health of thousands of Americans, without affecting the healthcare sector. In fact, the latter, and the insurance industry, will grow and healthcare costs, including insurance premiums, are likely to go down.
      Nirvana sounds wonderful, but it is likely to remain an elusive chimera for a very, very, long time.

      • nobsartist says:

        What we should have hoped for a long time ago were Democrats that would fight against these proposals from 30 years ago that have ruined our health care system.
        If more DEMOCRATS would have fought raygun, we wouldnt have the crap system that we have today.

        ACA is a give away to the same special interests that vote against America every time. “For profit” health care should be illegal. Democrats should have fought against this policy every year for the past 30 but instead go right along with what is e worse for America.

        Just like clinton signing nafta and there are numerous other examples of dems working with republiCONs to screw America.

        ACA screws America and does nothing for Americans. Right now I could lease a Cadillac for less than the cost of health insurance where 30 years ago, it cost 1/2 hours pay per WEEK. This is just another example of politicians selling out America and it does not matter what party they are members of.

        Sort of like Obama signing the bush tax cut extension when you know damned well that he was interested in HIS tax cuts first.

        • neeceoooo says:

          While I cannot disagree with you regarding the previous health care system being “crap” (CEO salaries for some major insurance companies; Cigna made 19.1 million in 2011, United Healthcare made 13.4 million, WellPoint made 13.3 million in 2011 just to name a few), President Obama has at least attempted to tackle the problem and not just sweep it under the rug. I for one am very appreciative of his effort because it took tenacity to go there. You are right, insurance companies should not be for profit but since they are, we have to try to work with what we have so what has been offered, this ACA, is better than nothing and we should all try to work with it and get the best from what we have.

          You also have to remember that the insurance lobby is probably as big as the NRA and we all know what happens when you try to go against the NRA.

          • old_blu says:


          • nobsartist says:

            Raygun passed the law in 1982 that made “for profit” health care legal and forced the sale of ALL county owned health care facilities that were built and paid for by taxpayers under Eisenhowers health care law, sold to “for profit” health insurance companies.

            It is pretty evident why this was done and how it turned out. It made a lot of people wealthy at the tax payers expense and DID NOTHING to improve access to health care by the middle class tax payer.

            If raygun could pass a law that made it legal to FUCK America, then Obama should be smart enough to figure out how to reverse it.

            The fact is, he will not get any support from the likes of shumer and biden, two of many who have supported republiCON policies for over 30 years.

            You know, if it wasnt for the support of numerous “Democrats”, the republiCON party would not have so successfully FUCKED UP AMERICA.

    • lana ward says:

      Omuslim is killing America on purpose! He knows what he’s doing. Plus he’s sending millions to mosques around the world and he’s giving BILLIONS to the UN. He’s a fraud and a traitor!!!

    • I think you’re misdirecting your ire about money spent on the Chinese, the the guy and the industry that has done the most to spend money with the Chinese lost the election. Mitt Romney and his cronies in the corporate pirating industry have been the ones doing most of the ‘spending money with the Chinese’. Even during the auto bailout process and economic downturn, Mitt his cronies were pirating companies like crazy and shipping American jobs to China, one that’s kind of important, was Delphi, the company that was the major supplier to America’s auto industry for small car parts. Mitt and his buddies did a leverage buyout on Delphi, which didn’t want to be bought but was foundering in the recession; just like usual, they stripped it of all it’s assets, including its pension funds, and shipped all 25,000 jobs to China; not only leaving 25,000 Americans out of work, but also thousands now without full or any pension monies. And what makes things even worse, is that in the process of the buyout, Mitt and his buddies, actually tried to force GM and Chrysler out of business but initially refusing to honor the contract they had with them for providing the small parts. Fortunately the judge overseeing the buyout put a kybosh on that fiasco. Really nice guy Mitt Romney (if you happen to like Satan I guess). And just so you’re aware, if you buy a new car and have problems with some of the small parts which are now supplied from Mexico or China, it’s Mitt Romney you can thank for that – not President Obama. Mitt Romney loved to champion the fake 100,000 jobs he supposedly created in America – what he didn’t tell you was that he was part of shipping more than 250,000 jobs to china and other places around the world. He was without question a much bigger American job destroyer than creator.

      • nobsartist says:

        Willard the rat and freinds operate the way they do because DEMOCRATS allowed them to do illegal and immoral activities legally.

        NAFTA. Clinton.

        By the way, willard the rat created 1,314 jobs at a cost of over 75,000 American tax dollars each and was able to transfer 150 MILLION in pensions to the “Pension Guarantee Fund”, another disaster created by both parties to allow their cronies to bail on obligations and have we taxpayers pay for them.

        The point is, how are these people able to get away with what they do and who is responsible for creating laws that FUCK us yet enrich the felons like willard the rat, gates and the rest of the tax free?

        I still have not heard one Democrat propose stopping H1B Visa’s while our un-employment is in depression era figures.

    • Dmullins84 says:

      If I were a fool such as you I would wish .40 cents per hour wages on you since you are so in love with Chinese principles. Let’s face it you really don’t know what you’re talking about. You may like his health care once you get laid off and have no where else to turn, and after all he’s been in office four years not five.

  4. montanabill says:

    E.J. is right. Government agencies cannot plan when their budgets are up in the air. Those darn Republicans have not produced a budget and all they want to do is bring spending under control. Good government depends on larger budgets. The economy will grow if only we can borrow and spend enough. The key to a strong economy is having millions and millions of middle class government employees. Business people want their government to be deeply in debt, especially those who are government contractors. If they can get large, lucrative contracts or massive tax breaks, they can hire people. Why won’t the Republicans see the light?

    • Bill, do you realize that every budget the GOP has created since Reagan was in office has been a sham??? Reagan, that glorious nitwit, started the practice of keeping his special projects out of his budgets, which Bush Jr. did to excess but keeping war costs, tax cut costs, unfunded drug benefit costs and much more out of his budgets. So even though the GOP may have submitted and passed a budget every year, what good were those budgets when they didn’t include 25-50% of the actual spending??? Obama has created a budget every year he’s been in office but he hasn’t been willing to fight over them with congresses that have been determined to do everything to make him fail. And with or without a passed budget, he’s managed to reduce a 1.6 trillion deficit in Bush’s last fake budget (10/1/08 to 9/30/09) to a 1.1 trillion deficit in the 2011-12 budget; that’s a 1/2 trillion reduction in spending!!! Wake up!! Stop being so shortsighted!!!

      • neeceoooo says:

        I agree with on your points, it is amazing how many people think that Reagan was such a great president. The difference in Bush and Reagan was at least the general public thought Bush was the village idiot.

        • Reagan Was A Thug Also He The One Brought The Trickle Down Bull Crap!! Plus He Was Senile Just Another Puppet For The Koch Brothers!! 🙁 And He Sold A Boat Load Of Weapons To Iran!! Just Another War Starting Thug!!!

          • neeceoooo says:

            Your right, Fern, but Reagan has ended smelling like a rose. We can only hope that as the years pass, Bush does not come out smelling like a rose.

          • They Know He Stunk They Only Pretending Like He Was A Good President He Was Good For The Rich People But For The Rest Of The 98% Reagan Sucked Big Time!! 🙁

      • montanabill says:

        Sham or not, the Senate is required to produce one. The Democrat controlled Senate has thought so highly of the President’s budgets that they unanimously rejected them. You need to wake up. Any money cut by Obama was simply wars winding down. Anything else was a sham, like taking into account increases in spending that he wanted, but didn’t get and calling it a ‘spending cut’.

  5. latebloomingrandma says:

    Listening to Paul Ryan on Meet the Press, he is very fixated on the debt. Severly limiting spending does not produce the “growth” he says that we need. When David Gregory bought up Keynsian economic theory, Ryan pretty much dismissed it outright. I would think that during the study of economics, you would learn all the various theories, and which ones are to be applied to which circumstances. I would also think a study of the Great Depression would also be in order. Republicans seem to apply the” low taxes, small government spending” as a solution to all that ails us. It reminds me of medical care through the centuries, before the germ theory. No matter what the problem, the physician “bled the patient.” Today, there are very few medical conditions that require taking a pint of blood from the patient. If a doctor applied the same treatment to whatever ails you, he would today be a well known quack. Yet, it seems as though Republicans apply the same theory to all economic woes: high inflation–lower taxes; full employment- lower taxes; high unemployment- of course lower taxes; starting a war–lower taxes, when we should have a war tax; have a budget surplus?- lower taxes; have a budget deficit and debt–of course lower taxes. Don’t diss job creators by hurting their feelings—lower their taxes!
    When will we hear that the cure for cancer is to lower taxes?

    • What’s unfortunate is that they never seem to learn from the disasterous consequences that they create – such as the Big Depression back in the 1930s. As the economy soured in 1928, they tried the same perverbial remedies and when Hoover took over in 1929 they exacerbated the problem by cutting spending and driving tax rates sky high (over 50%); Hoover, being the brilliant business man of his time (a la Romney), thought that the tax cuts would spur the private sector and that the high taxes would spike revenues. Well, their logic sure spiked something, but it wasn’t the private sector and spending, so just like toward the end of Bush’s second term, all their failed policies hit the fan, and the economy went into a tailspin, ending up in the Big Depression (not just of America, the whole world).

      But did the GOP learn that you don’t cut budgets drastically during a recession? NO! Look at what all the GOP legislators in red states have done – cut budgets and services so fast that they’ve thrown millions of Republicans out of work and on welfare, slowed their state economies which has kept the unemployment rate from falling as fast as it could, slowing the national economy, which has in turn driven the deficits even higher. The GOP just doesn’t seem to understand that their the country’s worst enemy. It’s not terrorists, it’s the GOP.

  6. hfassihi says:

    Forget the past but learn from the mistakes. The only way to overcome the economic problem in the US and around the world is to deal with Iran. You might say how can a small country be so important that can make such a big difference! Yes that is true. Iran is rich in resources , has lots of oil and natural gas. Most important is it’s location. An Islamic country that is developing so fast! Iran plays very important role in the region. OPEC , NAM ( consist of 120 countries , Iran is the head of it for the next 3 years) and so many regional and international organizations that Iran is member of . To prevent Iran from becoming nuclear power is getting closer to them. Having relation with them . Building TRUST is the most important factor when you are dealing with Iran. Believe me the world will love it to see this problem solved! This bad relation with Iran is making everyone suffer around the world. With all of these misunderstanding that exist between Iran and US, being an Iranian-American living in Massachusetts and going back and fort to Iran and knowing the Iranian inside and out,if they give a chance to pick one country to have the most relatios that country would be United States of America.
    I am willing to do my best to achieve this needs peace in order to over come this bad economic time. PEAEC friends PEACE.

    • Jim Myers says:

      Replying to hfassihi –

      Peace will never be accomplished when the stated goal of the Iranian political and religious leaders is the total destruction of Israel.

      Combining that with the hateful rhetoric towards the United States, and a total disregard of the international community regarding the nuclear intentions of the Iranian government, leaves little for us to hope for.

      On the other hand, I commend you for your attempts to spread a message of peace.

      Perhaps if enough of your countrymen join you, and take the risks necessary for political change, anything is possible.

      Best of luck. You have a LOT of work ahead of you.

      • hfassihi says:

        Dear Jim
        Thank you for your response. If you look closely to my opinion, the problem with Israel is there too! My friend, all problems can be solved by having a true dialogue and true understanding of each other. Yes people like me have along way to go but if people like you would join us we all can achieve peace and security. The Israelies need to live in peace and have a good and secure life. We all can get there by promoting this beautiful word ” PEACE “. With best wishes for you. Hfassihi

        • idamag says:

          Unfortunately, Netanyahu is a hawk. Israel is not without fault. Other times when a truce was reached, some hot headed Israelies broke the truce.

      • And Don’t Forget Reagan Sold Iran A Boat Load Of Weapons When He Was In Office!!!

    • idamag says:

      We cannot afford another war. If you are for attacking Iran, you should be there on the front line and not send our young people to be killed. We should learn to talk to our enemies.

  7. Canistercook says:

    The deficit provided us with Solyndra and the likes. Pouring money into things like this will only make our problems bigger. Getting people back to work must mean they are firstly employable and secondly they can produce something people will and can buy.

    • Do you realize that of the 90 billion in TARP allocated for green energy expenditures that only 26 billion was ever allocated (so Romney’s constant claims that Obama wasted 90 billion was nonsense); And that of that 26 Billion, more than 87% of the monies invested, over 23 billion have created very successful green energy businesses. Just go to Iowa and ask some of those companies makine parts for the wind turpines sprouting up around the country. Just like so many GOP lovers, you’re spouting about trivia. Given that the 26 billion were invested in R&D type ventures, achieving an 87% success rate is phenominal. But of course, GOP lovers have to hype the failures, no matter how small or trivial they are.

      Just like the constant GOP hype over Benghazi, when Obama’s record ovr the past 4 years in securing our embassies and off shore properties is light years better than any of the previous GOP presidents. Just compare this: There have been really only two serious attacks over the passed 4 years on our embassies that are not located in a country at war with 4 people being killed. In contrast, during Bush Jr’s 8 years there were 12 attacks on America and our off shore properties with more than 3,300 people being killed; even during his Dad’s 4 years there were 12 attacks with 60 people being killed, and during Reagan’s 8 years there were 7 attacks with 31 being killed; not to mention that under Reagan, 241 marines were killed in their barracks in Lebanon. So when are Republicans going to learn to stop being the hypocrites that they clearly are????

  8. i have a difficult time understanding why people lump congress unto one bag. the republican congress is determined to bring this country to its knees. ther is nothing in the republican agenda to benefit the american people. now if find something please let me know.

  9. charleo1 says:

    Beginning last spring around April, or June, it became fairly obvious the Republican Party was
    in fact, intentionally attempting to stall, or slow down the economy. Personally, I had a hard
    time believing that one of our major political Parties would do such a thing. Not on purpose.
    While true, they had not lifted a finger to help pull the economy out of the ditch, in the year, and
    a half Democrats held such a strong majority. No, they wouldn’t support, or vote for the stimulus
    package. Even though the final version contained most everything they claimed they wanted.
    Not one Republican in either chamber cast an affirmative vote. And, all the while telling the
    American public, the economy was much worse than they were being told. Not helpful, even
    if true. But it wasn’t true. And consumer confidence that the worst was behind us, rose. Of
    course after winning big in 2010, and taking the leadership in the House, all efforts to build
    on the momentum gained after a very tough ’09, was halted. And, other than the extension
    of the Bush tax cuts for an additional year, Republicans showed no interest in economic matters
    at all. No programs. No targeted stimulus. We could fix our bridges perhaps? No can do!
    In fact, they spent the vast majority of their time in the House, blocking economic bills
    originating in the Senate, and passing symbolic measures over, and over aganist ObamaCare.
    Or finding new ways to take reproductive choices away from women, and give them to the State.
    The closest they ever came to mentioning the Economy was when they got in front of the camera,
    and rhetorically ask the President, “Where are the jobs?!” I think it’s why they lost this past
    election. Their transparent efforts to work aganist the best interests of the Country, for a political
    victory. What other conclusion could we make, after absolutely refusing to raise the debt ceiling?
    Of course it had to be raised. The, “wonderful, ” Ryan budgets would require it to be raised.
    Boehner said, we must raise the ceiling. But not before making impossible demands for doing so.
    And achieving the goal of injecting some fear, and uncertainty into a recovering economy.
    Frankly, I just can’t get used to their behavior. I still have a hard time believing it. But, as they
    say, facts are facts. They are, what they are. Stubborn little things.

  10. MARK says:

    One thing that might help is to remove the obvious crooks from Congress so that we Americans won’t have to feel that Congress is the oposite of progress.The need for this action was revealed to me while watching the PBS Bill Moyers program yesterday morning.The discussion focused on a New York Times article written by investigating reporters Eric Lipton and Kevin Sack and they report that Biotech giant Amgen got a huge hidden gift from members of Congress.Three Senators that are so close to it they might be entries on its balance sheet: Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell,Democrat Senator Max Baucus,chair of the Senate Finance Committee,and that powerful committees ranking Republican Orin Hatch. A trio of perpatrators who treat the U.S. Treasury as if it were a cash and carry annex of corporate America. The Times story described how they slipped an eleventh hour loophole into the New Years Eve deal that kept the government from going over the fiscal cliff.A loophole for Amgen that will cost taxpayers a half billion dollars. Amgen with its 74 lobbyists has since 2007,made campaign donations in the amounts of $73K to McConnell,$68K to Baucus and $59K to Hatch. Hatch used to work as a heath policy analyst for -AMGEN. Weeks before the backroom betrayal of the public interest Amgen pleaded guilty to fraud and agreed to pay $762 million in criminal and civil penalties. Vermont Democratic Congressman Peter Welch introduced legislation to repeal the half billion dollar giveaway to Amgen. Co-sponsors are New York Republican Richard Hanna,and Democrats Jim Cooper of Tennessee and Bruce Braley of Iowa. Barack Obama said the commitments we make to each other through Medicare,Medicaid,and Social Security don’t make us a nation of takers.But the actions of Amgen and its cronies under the dome on Capitol Hill show us who the real takers are-not those who look to government for support in old age or hard times,but the ones at the top whose avarice and lust for profit compel them to take as much as they can from that government at the expense of everyone else. What more reason do we Americans need to kick these sons of bitches out of government? It seems as though the elective process is inadequate for the job.Can they not be prosecuted for fraud and conflict of interest? If I am wrong in my perspective than I would request an explanation of how. I can recall my history lessons of a time,perhaps mid 1800’s when these bastards would have been tarred and feathered.

  11. ObozoMustGo says:

    EJ Dionne, useful idiot du jour, once again does his best to distract us from the real issue of the day….. OBOZO’S TAXPAYER FUNDED “GIFT” OF FIGHTER JETS AND TANKS TO THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN EGYPT.

    Here is a real article from a real journalist at Godfather Politics. Hat tip to Marylin Assenheim:

    On January 22nd four of the proposed 20 F-16 fighter jets were delivered to Egypt. The jets, decorated with Egypt’s flag on their tails, are part of a $213 million “gift” from the United States, including 200 Abrams tanks. To paraphrase the contemptible Hillary Clinton, Why should that matter? After all, Egypt is already in possession of more than of 200 such aircraft, courtesy of their “friend,” America. What do another four or even 20 such military aircraft in Egypt’s bloody hands matter?

    Perhaps it’s because the highly questionable “gift” of such military might was originally intended for Hosni Mubarak in 2010. A fawning Lyin’ King, in collusion with Congress, finding fault with Israel’s ability to defend herself, was working overtime to level the playing field. In case anyone in Washington is paying attention, Hosni Mubarak is no longer in power in Egypt; Mohamed Morsi is. And we don’t know how long that will last.

    Morsi is head of a Muslim Brotherhood government. He has threatened to renege on the treaty Egypt has with Israel. He has publicly likened Jews to pigs and dogs. He publicly prays for Israel’s destruction. His thugs employ murder, beatings, and rape to suppress protesters. He has publicly declared (quite accurately in this case) our president to be a liar and the United States an “enemy” of Egypt. In short, he kicks America in the pants while picking our pockets, all with the blessing of our sycophantic, anti-Semitic, imperial President.

    Perhaps it matters because development of the F-16, a staple in the military arsenal for more than 25 years, is not static. The aircraft delivered to Egypt are 4th generation models with advanced electronics. John Larson, the vice president of Lockheed, is ecstatic about the deal:

    “This is a great day for Lockheed Martin and a testament to the enduring partnership and commitment we have made to the government of Egypt… We remain committed to providing our customer with a proven, advanced 4th Generation multirole fighter… In an air combat role, the F-16′s maneuverability and combat radius exceed that of all potential threat fighter aircraft.”

    Why shouldn’t Larson be happy? Thanks to our Commander in Chief, America won’t be purchasing any F-16s. The fiction about calling Egypt a “partner,” though, is a bit difficult to swallow. But if our president gets away with it, day in and day out, why shouldn’t Larson have a crack at it?

    The U.S. Air Force adds to the F-16s virtues: “The F-16 can fly more than 500 miles, deliver its weapons with superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy aircraft, and return to its starting point. An all-weather capability allows it to accurately deliver ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.” How nice for Egypt.

    The only countries it has declared worthy of aggression are Israel and America. Israel is considerably closer to Egypt. Well within striking range, according to the Air Force. So, conspiracy theories aside, why is America arming a hostile, insurgent nation?

    Perhaps it matters because Egypt’s “Arab Spring” has become a Sha’aria-dominated, winter wasteland. Let us not forget where the “spontaneous,” Muslim uprisings began. They ended with the nothing-to-see-here Benghazi disaster.

    It matters because, among Mohamed Morsi, our Congress, and our president, it’s a crapshoot as to who is the most duplicitous…and dangerous.

    Have a nice day!

    “Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.” — Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

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  12. PaulCindy says:

    I was so glad to see the N.Y. Times article in their archives from 9/30/99 showing who was responsible for the housing market crisis that led to the bailouts & recession. Check this out!

    New York Times Article From September 30, 1999 Showcases Who Is Really Responsible For The Credit Crisis � 84RULES
    NY Times Predicted Bail Out in 1999-Truth!

  13. PaulCindy says:

    New York Times Article From September 30, 1999 Showcases Who Is Really Responsible For The Credit Crisis � 84RULES
    NY Times Predicted Bail Out in 1999-Truth! You will have to google this, the link here isn’t working.

  14. Read this ryan you will learn that the middle class has a great President to let us know these things. The kochs will take your money as look at you.

  15. bchrista says:

    Reagan also gave guns to the Contras, he also destroyed a lot of small businesses in Miami, so I guess he did that else wheres in the United States, he was a friend of big business. He almost destroyed the Air Trafficers union by having them removed when they went on strike, because they were being forced to work too many hours nonstop without rest and didn’t want to pay them for the extra hours and then, he replaced them with untrained people and caused a disaster planes near colliding, flying at the wrong altitudes eventually they had to let some of them back in order to avert a major air crash. Reagon was a real fuckup yet Republicans revere him even to this day and call him the great saviour, and all he was was a second rate actor, he was a good speaker and women just melted at the mention of his name, but he should’ve been, what actor can’t follow a script.
    As to the problem of the budget, and the deficit, what the stupid Republicans haven’t taken in that we haven had a cencus taken in awhile and the country has grown by leaps and bounds all the people coming here whether legal or illegal. Someone has to feed them, hospitals have to treat them, house them, pay them for their work and where does the money come from for all this from State coffers and federal grants. The economy gets overloaded and since it hasn’t adjusted for the influx you have deficts and more people unemployed agravating matters even worse and the vicious cycle goes on.

  16. robert says:

    The history of the Republican Party has always been representative of the wealthy, keeping their wealth, and ensuring that the wealth of their families and friends are preserved. Their primary goal is focused on industry, corporations, and big business at the expense of the sweat, blood, and toil of of the common citizen at little or if possible, no cost at all. That is why unions are so hated by Republicans because unions shrink their bottom line in terms of fairness and equal opportunity. If we could understand the history of “slave power” Democrats/Moderate Republicans of the antebellum South in the 19th Century, you would see the exact same irrationality, the exact same ambition for wealth, keeping wealth, and ensuring wealth for their friends and families. They supported slavery in spite of its immorality and inhumanity for the incredible wealth it earned for America at the expense of the sweat, blood, and free labor of Africans in America. That is why they hated abolitionists because abolitionists shrank their bottom line in terms of morality and humanity. Republican/Tea Bag/Yellow Dog Democrats feel that cutting essential aide programs, “entitlements” they call them, would strengthen the economy, and giving the money to the wealthy as tax breaks and subsidies to corporations, industries, and big business would create jobs, eventhough 40% of Americaan jobs are outsourced by these same corporations and industries. But, essential aide programs, what they call “entitlements” are paid for by the millions of common workers who are investing in their country, are paid for through sales taxes that we pay for every time we go to the supermarket or make a purchase. We entrust that money to our government under the social contract we have with our government with the assurance that it will look out for us in times of need. What Republicans/Tea Bags/Yellow Dogs call “give aways” and “entitlements” is YOUR money at work, not theirs, not one individual’s contribution, but ALL of our money! Republicans/Tea Bags/Yellow Dogs seem to have forgotten who they work for. Like grandparents and parents who sacrifice to build a future for their children, who work, and scrape, and save to ensure that their children won’t have to struggle like them, then the children inherit it and squander it on valueless material, whores, alcohol, guns, and drugs, theses Republicans/Tea Bags/Yellow Dogs are quandering the sacrifice of our grandparents and parents. We need to stop them in 2014 and carry it through to 2016.

  17. bchrista says:

    Hey OMG you sure have got a lot of balls if you were in Israel, Egypt, or most any other country in the world they would have already hung you by your balls for making statements like you made against Hillery people all around the world praise her honesty, integrety, ability to communicate, and her forth rightousness to extend the american people desire to give them aid in times of hunger, sickness, and distress, she is considered one of the best SOD this country has ever had people like you can’t her feet, base on your ramblings I take it your one of those Republicans that have helped drag this country down, all you people understand is War, unless you’re getting our Sons and Daughters killed in some foreign land your not happy. Why don’t you get a life and try to be a true American and write about who is really fucking up this Country.

  18. Ronald B says:

    The American people, believe in President Barack Obama to lower the dificit! That’s why he was re-elected to be President of the United States for another (4) four years. God bless America.

  19. bchrista says:

    I have to agree with nobsartist and I am a liberal I cant figure the Democratic Party half of them behave like liberals and the other half like conservative Republicans and, that’s why President Obama has such a hard problem getting bills passed. We already know how the Republicans are going to vote on anything Obama proposes but, when they are bolstered by Democrats voting with them he’s got problems, I sincerely believe that these rogue Democrats have something going with their Republican counterpart, why else would they do this, I frankly believe we should start taking names and come election time find replacments for these assholes we can’t keep taking one step forward and two backwards and that’s what’s been happening, if they don’t want to help us and the President then lets throw their asses out and get someone that does there’s nothing worse than a phoney Democrat unless you’re a Republican at least you know where they stand, these phoney Democrats are hurting us and the Party I can understand someone having a difference of opinion but when they consistantly vote againist projects that would benefit the country it’s time for them to go, they are constantly going behind the President’s back and agreeing on proposals with Republicans that they know Obama will veto that way only the President looks like he’s not compromising the are nothing but a bunch of weasels. People we’ve got to remember these Democrats along with the rogue Republicans and vote them both out. that’s the reason the Republicans gained controll of the house because of the do nothing Democrats and the Republicans grabbed the opporunity to let the public know and convince them that they coulddo a better job and the public ate it up and now once again they’re at it again, throw all of the bastards out once and for all and lets start with a new group that will work with us. If you enjoy your style of living then do nothing, however, if you are tired of the same old bullshit then lets start now getting ready for 2014 the Republicans are already making changes to strengthen their position, we must counter that anyway we can.

  20. lessthantolerant says:

    The democrats simply want to continue to grow Parasite Nation and feed their Chinese masters, Look at the stupid deal on A123! More government waste for green energy then selling assets to China.
    The left are enemies of the American dream! Hope for revolution!

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