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Addicted to spending

February 18, 2013

While it’s possible during the Bush Presidency Republicans spent like drunken sailors, Democrats and the current administration spend like drug addicts....

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Tedeaux

Feb-18-13 3:39 AM

George W.s spending didn't have anything on the Obama spending plan! And he's just getting warmed up! Bend over middle class American, cause here comes the next round of tax increases!

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eriklatranyi

Feb-18-13 5:36 AM

This is a great way to put it.

The spending was excessive during Bush, but Obama's spending makes Bush look like an amateur.

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CHayes

Feb-18-13 6:49 AM

You mean they're going to increase taxes from the lowest rates in 50 years? Sounds like a pretty good plan to me.

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JerryfromRI

Feb-18-13 7:12 AM

Can someone provide examples of the out of control spending.

I've read that the rate of federal spending increase under Obama is the lowest in modern times.

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CHayes

Feb-18-13 7:27 AM

Isn't it the Republican party that's addicted to spending? They wanted to allocate money to fight a court battle supporting a law that persecutes gay American's, at the same time they were gutting the embassy security budget. And when you look at their campaign financing, you see that Karl Rove spent over $100 million through his super PAC in the last election and only got a 1% return. Republicans also seem to spend a lot on conspiracy theories, like the one Rand Paul threw out there the other day about a fake group called "Friends of Hamas" funding Chuck Hagel. There is no such group.

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CHayes

Feb-18-13 7:30 AM

"The spending was excessive during Bush, but Obama's spending makes Bush look like an amateur."

Yes when you inherit a new house that's in shambles, like America was in Jan 2009, you do have to spend some cash to keep the structure standing.

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eriklatranyi

Feb-18-13 8:08 AM

JerryfromRI:

You regurgitate the talking point about tax rates while failing to acknowledge deductions available to those higher rates in the past.

You are a liar by omission.

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eriklatranyi

Feb-18-13 8:10 AM

CHayes:

So, you inherit a house with loads of debt, and the liberal answer is to pile up more debt?

That makes you the Forest Gump of Economics.

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JerryfromRI

Feb-18-13 8:11 AM

@eriklatranyi

If you read my post a little more closely you'll see that I address spending, not revenue.

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Darlin

Feb-18-13 8:21 AM

With all the spending Obama has done, have you noticed that the Democratic majority Senate has not passed a budget in 4 years?? Maybe they could start there, but then that would make the dictator accountable and no matter what he does, he will alway avoid being held accountable for anything. He is a professional "Blamer." It is ALWAYS the Republicans fault even when the Dems held the majority in the house and senate, they still blamed the Repubs. So sick of the blame game. Time the man stepped up, controlled spending and passed a budget and do what is right for this country for a change.

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enigma

Feb-18-13 8:21 AM

Can we stop arguing about which party is spending the most money and agree that they both need to stop. If the people of each party would let their representatives know that this has to stop, we might have a chance, but as long as they can get away with blaming the other guy, while they continue down the same path to financial ruin, we will soon arrive. They only ones who will excape the effects of a collapse are the ones in government who caused it.

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MrShaman

Feb-18-13 8:26 AM

"While it's possible during the Bush Presidency Republicans spent like drunken sailors, Democrats and the current administration spend like drug addicts." - Ralph Hughey

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....'Cause, the President's Black, right??

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Darlin

Feb-18-13 8:32 AM

Shaman you are just so stupid bringing race into it. It has nothing to do with race you idiot. Its about the spending.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Feb-18-13 8:35 AM

"Can someone provide examples of the out of control spending.

I've read that the rate of federal spending increase under Obama is the lowest in modern times."---JerryFromRI

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Jerry, many reporters will mix relative and absolute terms or percentage increase/decrease and actual dollar amounts.

The measure that I like to use at the end of the day is the federal debt. It is an absolute dollar indicator; much like you can ask yourself how much you have in your bank account.

If you look at these trends, there was a big %increase during the Bush years due to funding the war, reduced taxes and bank bailout. The Obama administration has maintained a high debt amount each year but the percentage didn't increase much over GWB.

Politicians (current Potus) like to talk about reducing the deficit but low and behold the debt still increases.

The Tea Party focused on this but the press allowed the topic change to social issues instead of keeping it on the economy.

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CMReeder

Feb-18-13 9:00 AM

It's only possible!!!

Republicans are drunk sailors and Democrats are drug addicts and Mr. Hugely is a jerk.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Feb-18-13 9:00 AM

"....'Cause, the President's Black, right??"---JHilfirty

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Classic diversion off the real topic. One of the President's parents was black while the other was caucasian-nonhispanic. So what.

He spends taxpayer's money like it is an endless reservoir and he funnels taxpayer money back to his political supporters. He thinks that all who have worked their bu tts off or paid for extra education to earn more money have exploited the poor in some manner and should compensate them.

He is one of the best in glad-handing and pandering to political supporters. Our government can be bought and he is one of the foremost leaders of it. He talks meanly about the 1% rich but turns around and rewards the rich with government contracts and business. Hypocrite.

All businesses and entrepreneurs want a place at the government feed trough and they don't care if the democrat or republican is serving. It is all about money. Money that comes from taxpayers.

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GoBB62

Feb-18-13 10:10 AM

"....'Cause, the President's Black, right??"

Another graduate of the Hilfirty school of race relations.

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USABorn

Feb-18-13 11:36 AM

ToTEXASfromPA - 8:35 AM

"If you look at these trends, there was a big %increase during the Bush years due to funding the war, reduced taxes and bank bailout. The Obama administration has maintained a high debt amount each year but the percentage didn't increase much over GWB."

When Clinton left office AFTER 8 YEARS, the debt was $5.768 TRILLION.

When Bush left office AFTER 8 YEARS, the debt was $10.626 TRILLION. That's an increase of $4.858 TRILLION.

Today under Obama, the debt is $16,530 TRILLION after FOUR YEARS IN OFFICE. That's an increase of $5.904 TRILLION.

I might add, that only a liberal TOO LAZY TO CHECK, would disagree with these figures.

I think that is quite an increase over GWB!!!

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eriklatranyi

Feb-18-13 12:41 PM

MrShaman said:

"....'Cause, the President's Black, right??"

No, you racist pig....all races are capable of spending like drug addicts!

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eriklatranyi

Feb-18-13 12:44 PM

JerryfromRI:

My apologies, it was a post by CHayes, not you.

However, to address your post, the rate does not matter. The actual dollars spent are far more than ever before and the dollar size of the deficit is larger than ever before.

We can dissect it a million ways, but the spending by both sides is an issue.

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nobud74

Feb-18-13 12:49 PM

Bingo, Enigma. There is plenty of blame to go around. I just want them to fix it and stop acting like a bunch babies, and their supporters included. Fix it and save our future generations from having to pay our debt.

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BornHere

Feb-18-13 2:56 PM

Thank you enigma and nobud for your comments. This constant bickering on which side is right and which side is wrong and the naming calling grows old. I have a suggestion, "IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT FIX IT".

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spike2

Feb-19-13 8:24 AM

Erik _ I think this is the problem with "inmates/UC. The article does not specify the status of the inmates. I am assuming these are inmates who have family members on the outside calling in the bi-weekly report. You can't call in your UC under the ITS.(inmate telephone service) The call will not go through. The individual calling in the claim would be the criminal. The inmate would be the "claimant" but not the individual committing the crime. You can read more about the PA Inmate Telephone System on line or through our county site under Lycoming County then County Prisons, followed by Info re: visitation and inmate services.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Feb-20-13 9:45 PM

I think that is quite an increase over GWB!!!---USABorn

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In absolute dollars yes i agree. I was using percentage increase. That is the game the government and press play.

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