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    There were many things to dislike about King Obama's speech this evening, but the idea to form a bipartisan commission to reduce the deficit is one of the most laughable. The democrats have been in control of everything recently, they've created a tremendously large deficit, and it's on them. Forming a bipartisan commission to reduce the deficit is just an excuse to get a few republicans on board to raise taxes to deal with the problem the D's created.

    I don't recall the democrats asking for a commission to raise spending. They f'ed up the budget themselves. Sack up and fix it.

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    As a STAUNCH conservative I'm pretty peeved with the republicans, who controlled EVERYTHING for a while and acted like drunken sailors on leave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snackem View Post
    As a STAUNCH conservative I'm pretty peeved with the republicans, who controlled EVERYTHING for a while and acted like drunken sailors on leave.
    I agree completely - Bush was a big government Republican, but the D's are taking it to a whole new level. They alone exploded government spending in their first twelve months, and now they want to suck the R's into agreeing to raise taxes to pay for it all. It's a great strategy if they can pull it off, and I expect the R's will be dumb enough to follow along.

    At this point, I consider myself more of a libertarian than anything. Too bad they will never win an election.

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    I didn't get to watch the State of the Union tonight.....I would be really interested in hearing peoples take on it.

    I am in Manila right now and they did have it on TV but i have to admit I blew off politics for a day and was relaxing by the pool having an ice cold beer

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    I know that Hulu will have it.
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    In addition to all of that, the King is now calling for a spending freeze. Uh, a little late with that new policy. That would have been a good idea twelve months ago, but calling for it now, after increasing spending to unprecedented levels, is a new level of hubris.

    Calling out the supreme court was also a nice touch, and very presidential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flop The Nuts View Post
    In addition to all of that, the King is now calling for a spending freeze. Uh, a little late with that new policy. That would have been a good idea twelve months ago, but calling for it now, after increasing spending to unprecedented levels, is a new level of hubris.
    It would have also been a good idea 24 months ago, or 36 months ago, or 48 months ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloggingSully View Post
    It would have also been a good idea 24 months ago, or 36 months ago, or 48 months ago.
    I feel the need just to complain in general.

    1. The Republican Congress in the last 2-4 years they were in contol were big government Republicans and were almost as power hungry as the Dems in Congress now. Not to mention like Snackem stated they spent like drunken sailors.
    2. I think one of the biggest issues I had with Bush was that he didn't have the balls to veto all the spending that the 2006 Democrat controlled congress pushed through.
    3. Yes Obama inherited a bad economy but hasn't been doing anything to help it. He also fails to recognize the role that the Dem controlled played in the current state of the economy.

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    I listened to a program yesterday on NPR (Diane Rehm) and one of the participants felt the target of this "deficit" commission was going to be social security. He didn't think that type of discussion should be done behind a commission's closed doors. Another participant, Alice Rivlin, denied that allegation.

    However, later in the discussion she proceeded to talk about how high earners and others with "good means" could forego some social security and pay higher taxes on distributions they receive from the government. Pretty big contradiction within 20 minutes.

    I can't stand these piecemeal pronouncements basically telling people what it is thought they want to hear. Do any politicians really believe what they are saying?

    I've had it with commissions and task forces.

    How about a task force to end a couple of wars?
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