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Obama: Washington should cut back like average (shovel-ready) families do
The Hill ^ | 2/12/11 | Andrew Restuccia

Posted on 02/13/2011 6:16:10 AM PST by Libloather

Obama: Washington should cut back like average families do
By Andrew Restuccia - 02/12/11 06:00 AM ET

President Obama said Saturday that his upcoming budget will force Washington to “live within our means” at a time when American families are having to make difficult economic decisions every day.

In his weekly address, Obama outlined his fiscal year 2012 budget request, which he will send to Congress on Monday. Obama’s budget comes as Republicans in Congress are railing against government spending. House Republicans just unveiled a bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year that, at the prodding of Tea Party freshmen, cuts current spending by $58 billion.

Obama, in the address, compared the budget-making process to a family having to make sacrifices in order to get by.

Obama told the story of Brenda Breece, a special-ed teacher in Missouri, and her family. The Breece family has tightened their food budget, started watching movies on TV instead of going to the movie theater and even cuts each other’s hair.

“[I]t’s time Washington acted as responsibly as our families do,” Obama said. “And on Monday, I’m proposing a new budget that will help us live within our means while investing in our future.”

Obama said he had to make tough choices on his budget. The budget will call for a five-year spending freeze on all domestic spending, a move that will reduce the deficit by $400 million during the next 10 years, Obama said.

The budget targets wasteful spending, Obama said.

“We’re getting rid of thousands of government-owned buildings that sit empty because they aren’t needed,” he said. “I’ve also proposed freezing salaries for hard-working government employees, because everyone has to do their part.”

Obama also railed against earmarks. “I’m going to make sure politics doesn’t add to our deficit by vetoing any bill that contains earmarks,” he said.

But Obama stressed that there are a number of policies that are worth investing in. He pointed to investments in infrastructure like roads and high-speed rail, clean energy and education.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: average; campaigning; campaignmode; families; obama; washington
The rookie Hussein is all over the place. My guess - the election spanking is just being realized.
1 posted on 02/13/2011 6:16:15 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Does he have even a molecule of real intent to make cuts?


2 posted on 02/13/2011 6:21:16 AM PST by lurk
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To: Libloather

Yep, he is going to try to trick the “independents” and “moderates” with a bunch of words. Are they stupid enough to fall for it?


3 posted on 02/13/2011 6:21:44 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Obama and the left are making a mockery of our country.)
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To: Libloather

So, is Barry gonna cut Moochelle’s hair?
Maybe shave the dog too?

Personally I plan on cutting way back this year, I am not going to take 40 of my closest friends on vacation with me and book an entire 5 star hotel in Marbella.

Hard times call for sacrifices.


4 posted on 02/13/2011 6:22:08 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: lurk

No. He SAYS he will act responsibly and the media/libs will just repeat it.

Just like the Soviet Union under Stalin.


5 posted on 02/13/2011 6:23:33 AM PST by Squidster
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To: Libloather

HE DOESN’T GET IT!

“Brenda” didn’t “freeze spending at current levels for five years”, she made sacrifices.

Wimpy goofy sacrifices like Netflix vs. theatres, but at least she made them.

Odumbo has never proposed an actual honest-to-goodness government SACRIFICE in ANYTHING.


6 posted on 02/13/2011 6:23:33 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Libloather

Good thing he wasn’t hooked up to a lie detector when he said those things, or it would have shorted out and shocked the heck out of him.


7 posted on 02/13/2011 6:24:03 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Libloather

This is like a guy robbing you at gun point for two years (obama care) and then leaving you a few pennies saying ‘now I promise no more robbing’...

He wants a pat on the head for this?


8 posted on 02/13/2011 6:24:33 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: Libloather

“a move that will reduce the deficit by $400 million during the next 10 years”

I sure hope “million” is a typo. If he’s really willing to do this, Republicans should accept this concession and then up the ante by putting us on a 30-year plan to eradicate our debt (after all, most families manage in 30 years to wipe out a mortgage that may be multiples of their annual earnings capacity; some even do it in 15).

If spending is this tightly constrained, there won’t be a nickel to spare for boondoggles such as high-speed trains to nowhere or new entitlements we can’t afford, such as Obamacare.


9 posted on 02/13/2011 6:25:45 AM PST by DrC
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To: silverleaf

“Personally I plan on cutting way back this year, I am not going to take 40 of my closest friends on vacation with me and book an entire 5 star hotel in Marbella.”

Yeah, this year it can be 20 friends booking half of a 5 star hotel in Acapulco. Then we’ll hear about how much was
‘saved’.


10 posted on 02/13/2011 6:28:59 AM PST by paint_your_wagon
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To: Libloather

He meant to say foreign spending freeze?


11 posted on 02/13/2011 6:31:10 AM PST by RedhairRedhair (I STILL love my (scab made) Toyota)
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To: Libloather

If so, then he should note that the average American family generates a surplus.


12 posted on 02/13/2011 6:35:20 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Libloather

Obma is a Joke.

He is the poster child for affirmative action hires.


13 posted on 02/13/2011 6:49:19 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Libloather

I see the parties are still going on at the White House. Still serving lobster and Kobe beef, not to mention the one hundred ten dollar bottles of wine. Like a old monarch trying to show he’s a man of the people. Jerk.


14 posted on 02/13/2011 6:51:56 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: TomGuy
Good thing he wasn’t hooked up to a lie detector...

I wouldn't say that!

Anybody got a kid who needs a science-fair project?

I just had a brainstorm!!!!

You can get sound analysis and recording software online gratis.

1.Download samples of 'bam talks, discussions, speeches, etc
2.Isolate frequently recurring syllable from each, like "I"
3.Run an FFT analysis (DFT:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discrete_Fourier_transform)
4.Convert to linear graph
5.Compare each graph according to context: group one--true group 2--false

Just the bare bones of a notion, but it could be done.

15 posted on 02/13/2011 6:55:42 AM PST by tsomer
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To: Libloather
You may be looking at the graphic to the left and wondering, "What in the world is that?" That represents nobama's proposed budget "cut." Go here for an eye-opening explanation.

Isn't perception an amazing thing?

16 posted on 02/13/2011 7:13:39 AM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: Libloather

Is there anything this guy does that does not make things worse?


17 posted on 02/13/2011 7:15:35 AM PST by depressed in 06 (The only thing the ZerO administration is competent at is bad ideas.)
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To: Libloather

A good Republican candidate could make mince meat out of this hypocrite. I dont expect the economy to give him cover, all he has is the media.


18 posted on 02/13/2011 7:25:22 AM PST by Nonstatist
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To: Libloather

Has he obtained the approval for this from Marie Antoinette Moochelle?

The way his wife is in love with spending the public’s money so she can live in opulence and extravagance don’t correlate well to his call for DC to cut back.

This isn’t going to go over well with that beast he’s married to.


19 posted on 02/13/2011 7:28:49 AM PST by R0CK3T
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To: Libloather

BWA HA HA HA HA! Okay, so let’s stop the unspent stimulus money, revoke DeathCare, and put an end to Hussein’s over the top spending.


20 posted on 02/13/2011 7:36:06 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Libloather

BWA HA HA HA HA! Okay, so let’s stop the unspent stimulus money, revoke DeathCare, and put an end to Hussein’s over the top spending.


21 posted on 02/13/2011 7:36:06 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Libloather; All
The budget will call for a five-year spending freeze on all domestic spending, a move that will reduce the deficit by $400 million during the next 10 years, Obama said.

LOL. Oh yeah, Hussein is just gonna get it down to "just" $1.1 TRILLION a year, huh?

What an assclown.

22 posted on 02/13/2011 7:38:05 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Libloather
Obama: Washington should cut back like average (shovel-ready) families do

I feel another 2 week, 20 billion dollar trip to Spain or Hawaii coming on...

23 posted on 02/13/2011 7:42:04 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Libloather

How about the government start with The Zero? Maybe he could get a Prius and travel around the United States instaed of using AF1, maybe he could cut back on his HO’s trips and chefs?


24 posted on 02/13/2011 7:50:58 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: DrC
"high-speed trains to nowhere"
decades ago, here in the detroit area, the feds gave detroit cash for an elevated train, called the people mover. Nobody moved around the downtown area, or any outlying areas (ghetto)..my dad was down there for a telephone line related problem, and was standing next to the government man as he was surveying the project. He said the government looked around and said, " Where the hell are all the people this thing is supposed to move?".....now they want to build light rail lines from the suburbs right through the ghetto to a spot in one of the most dangerous area's in the city....idiots, i tell you, idiots
25 posted on 02/13/2011 8:28:31 AM PST by joe fonebone (The House has oversight of the Judiciary...why are the rogue judges not being impeached?)
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To: joe fonebone

“idiots, i tell you, idiots”

I think most voters would agree this is a pithy description of our Veep who apparently has been tasked with “selling” the idea of high-speed rail to America. Apparently an administration that got into power by selling the public on a fraudulent platform of “hope and change” believes those suckers are ready to swallow even more snake oil.


26 posted on 02/13/2011 10:06:46 AM PST by DrC
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To: DrC

I have ridden amtrak, and the train is a real nice way to go...if you have nothing but time...i can drive to chicago in 4 and a half hours, but it takes 8 and a half hours by train.....If I was in charge, the routes would only be between major cities...cut the time, cut the cost, and increase the riders...then it might possibly be a viable alternative to car rides....but, given the government, we cannot possibly do anything that makes even the remotest sense....you just can’t fix stupid..


27 posted on 02/13/2011 10:13:54 AM PST by joe fonebone (The House has oversight of the Judiciary...why are the rogue judges not being impeached?)
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To: Libloather
“I’ve also proposed freezing salaries for hard-working government employees, because everyone has to do their part.”

With the exception of military personnel, I'm pretty sure those terms are mutually exclusive.

28 posted on 02/13/2011 10:15:52 AM PST by NittanyLion
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To: Libloather

We are cutting back, because our FIXED income just got gutted by that IRS code fiddling by $600 for 2011.


29 posted on 02/13/2011 10:39:16 AM PST by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: paint_your_wagon

Wonder how much his Valentine date with moochelle is going to cost us Tax SERFS?


30 posted on 02/13/2011 10:41:31 AM PST by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: NittanyLion
With the exception of military personnel, I'm pretty sure those terms are mutually exclusive.

don't forget the ones working on Baraq's re-election campaign

31 posted on 02/13/2011 10:47:12 AM PST by nascarnation
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