Many of the problems we face in the United States today are due to misguided past policies. Undeclared wars, tax breaks for the wealthy and subsidies for special interests have created a major deficit out the surplus left by the Clinton administration.

Growing problems came, at no extra charge, to the Democrats with winning the 2008 election. And, the growing problems have been made more difficult by the total lack of bipartisanship currently being shown in Washington. Somehow, many seem to believe that defeating President Obama is their No. 1 goal; more important than developing sustainable national policy.

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Paul ROBERTS

I think ALL of the comments on this thread including Ms Boone 's are all far off the mark. To blame one party at the exclution of the other is to show your ignorance! YOu just want to go and blame the other party. Both major parties are to blame for the predicament we're in.

I flew these politicians for 10 yrs. I witnessed first hand many of the personalities that come off blasting each other in the media spot light go and party and slap each other on the back in drunken stupors in my airplane! You're all being taken for a ride and you're too ignorant to know it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The ONE PERSON WHO NAILED THE PROBLEM ON THE HEAD WAS "AT THE LAKE". PLEASE GO AND READ THIS COMMENT. I promise it's the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul ROBERTS

Yea...darn right....it's blame Bush. People who don't acknowledge is contributions to our miserable conditions are simply ignorant period.

Bush inherited a vibrant, growing strong economy, with almost record low unemployment. He inherited peace. He inherited budget surpluses. He inherited paying down on the debt.

What did he leave us? Doubled the national debt, two unending wars, over 5,000 dead servicemen, over 35,000 servely wounded servicement, 8 consecutive years of budget debts, explosion of the size of the federal government, destruction of the constitution.

You people who dont' acknowledge this are just plain ignorant and biased. [wink]

Beverly NUCKOLS

Those of us with "Confederate accents" may need to watch out, too.
http://www.politico.com/static/PPM223_110803_extremism.html

Jim ALSTON

"Media Matters" will be history after the next election.

NBRules

Please be careful on what you post. The "non-profit", "tax-exempt", government-funded liberal group Media Matters may be watching you.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2011/08/03/media-matters-puts-tax-exempt-status-in-jeopardy/[ban]

George

Wanderlost and Charles, I could not say it any better. Most people who report on this site are just frustrated with the government as a whole and are independent-minded people who are afraid of their children's and grandchildren's future. It is just a few who post on this site just to push across their political agenda to suffice the politcal group(s) they belong to.

It just comes down to common sense. When times are tough, you CUT back on your spending. How you run a government should not be any different than running a business or household. Those who do not have to rely only on themselves to get through life understands this. Those who continuously seek help will never stand on their own. Sadly, people look at governemnt as a Nanny state for handouts instead of what government means (to govern).

You give someone fish to eat and they will be hungry the next day, teach him how to fish and they can feed themselves everyday.

Regan SMITH

Charles, the White House does, indeed, submit budget proposals to Congress. We former Executive Branch employees jumped through hoops to develop and justify each EB agency's budget several times a year, before the Office of Management and Budget finally had something the White House would sign off on and pass to the House. After that, the House would usually introduce funding bills with OMB submissions as a starting point, and then the funding politics would begin.

At least, that used to be the system. When Pelosi and Reid took over, there was no rhyme or reason to expenditures, other than to reward their supporters.

No, it's much too easy for the Democrats to blame anyone, everyone except themselves for the mess they chose to make. Deny everything and make counter accusations, while the media slavishly support them with made up statistics and other out and out lies - and then they can't understand why we think so little of them...

Beverly NUCKOLS

Bravo, Charles! The first time that the annual deficit had never reached $1 Trillion before this administration.

charles_tory

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009 as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011.

For FY 2009, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009.

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the FY 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

charles_tory

Sounds like yet another round of "Blame Bush". Is this the best that you guys can do? Every time you hear Obama give a speech, a similar line is spoken. Here are a few things for you to think about prior to using that approach in the future.

* The largest two debt ceiling increases in the history of the United States came during the Obama administration years. (que Dems reaction: It's because of the unjust wars that Bush started. Forget the fact that Obama has been in office how many years now? Has he ended those "wars" like his campaign promise? No. Because all of his campaign rhetoric was just him playing politics.)

* $787 Billion Stimulas plan passed by Obama and the Dem led Congress. This was supposed to have saved 2.3 million jobs and prevented the national unemployment rate from getting to the 9% + rate that it currently sits at. (How'd that plan work for you?)

* PAYGO. Remember all of the hoopla around this when it was passed (by Dem controlled Congress). Guess it's okay for Obama and company to ignore this law, even after they are the ones who created the new law.

* A quote you're going to love: "The fact that we're here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means 'The buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit."

- Senator Barack Obama 2006

Bill RUSSELL

"• Remember, the mess inherited by this administration had its birth in the previous administration through simultaneous wars and tax cuts"

Were you born last week Ms. Boone? You might want to read up on some of the spending plans that were set into action by your beloved Democrat legislators and presidents. Then you might want to read up on the cost of "Obamacare."

While Republicans are far from free of responsibility for some of the mess we are in, the birth of the mess was definitely not during the last administration.

Poe Zlaw

The real truth is this: WHen Bush was president, everything went to the poo-house because of the policies of the previous administration, Bill Clinton. Bush's policies were great, but they didnt have time to take affect. Right about the time the policies Bush put into place were going to start having a great effect on the economy, a Muslim president came into office and stopped them, imposed his own swift action policies and then everything that was about to recover didnt. So, Reagan's policies were the reason the Clinton Administration had a surplus, Clinton's polcies were the reason the Bush Administration had a hard time, but it WASNT bush's policies that caused the double dip recession during Obama's reign of terror; it was a combination of Clinton's and Obama's own. It is like Bush was never even president!!!!! So, I dont care what anyone says.. It is all the Democrats' faults. Amirite, people? Amirite?

Mary Gatchell

No, the problem goes way back before just the previous administration. It goes back to the time when our Congressmen first decided that it was more important to work for lobbyists and special interests than for constituents. They have forgotten how to use discretion when crafting bills. They value political influence more than the health of the country. Right now our Congress would serve us better if they would just sit in their chairs and do nothing until the session is over, as opposed to meeting with lobbyists to dream up new ways to waste our tax money or create new unneeded bureaucracies.

NBRules

Waaah Waaah Waaah We don't have a clue on how to solve the problem, so lets just spend 4 years just blaming the past. When you have no answers to the problems, just keep blaming the other guy. It works with children.

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