May 7th, 2009
10:50 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama seeks to cut more than 100 programs in budget

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Thursday he is proposing eliminating or reducing more than 100 government programs from the federal budget.

"We can no longer afford to spend as if deficits don't matter and waste is not our problem," Obama said in a speech at the White House.

He cited a defense program, a literacy program and a Department of Education office in Paris as examples.

He said the cuts are no criticism of the staff of the targeted programs.

"There are many, many people doing valuable work for our government across the country and around the world. And it's important that we support these folks," he said. "This is not a criticism of them."

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  1. munchmom

    Well, well, these cuts will affect hundreds of Americans who will be looking for work eventually. Will they get one of those 3 million jobs Obama is going to create???? Not when he is cutting jobs, I don't think so. What is wrong with this picture??

    May 7, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Andy

    WHERE'S THE CHANGE?!?!

    Oh there it is, right there. Cool.

    May 7, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    Could it be he is finally realizing he has already mortgaged the future of future generations? Unfortunately, this is only a drop in the bucket. To return to any kind of sound fiscal responsibilty, any and all entitlement programs should vanish forever.

    May 7, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Melissa

    Good. This has been needed for a long time. For all that the Conservatives claimed to be about the money, they sure weren't looking at cutting the budget at all.

    May 7, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. dorothy miller

    Hooray. It's past time for some common sense, and some hard choices.

    May 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Bob in Pa

    A literacy program on the block. I guess it is better for politicians and bureaucrats that people not be able to read and understand what is being done to them.

    May 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Proud DHS radical

    No talk of cutting out foreign aid, we can save billions there every year.
    Just tell the non-grateful aid receiving nations that in these economic hard times, they're on their own until this nation is back on it's feet.

    H.U.D. can be eliminated along with the national endowment for the Arts. The arts can be funded privately through telethons.

    May 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Joe in NJ

    "We can no longer afford to spend as if deficits don't matter and waste is not our problem,"

    Why is he only bringing this up now? It's pretty hypocritical of him to say such a thing after the billions that have been allocated for the so-called stimulus and bailout packages.

    May 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Retired Army in San Antonio

    No......No......NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You're a Democrat, Obama!!

    You must ADD more programs......and then tax us exorbitantly to fund them!!!

    If you don't, the Conservatives will have nothing to cry about.......er, I mean, protest ;-)

    May 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. MatthewDetroit

    Barack is just a big liar.
    "he wants to cut 17 billion but he is spending 3.4 TRILLION.
    That is about as effective as when he announced they were cutting 100 million from the budget.
    You are a joke and a liar barack. You are spending more money than President Bush and making every excuse while you are doing it.
    You are nationalizing banks and automotive and handing the latter to the unions. You are a socialist.
    People better wake up you elected a socialist leader and a liar.

    May 7, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. John in Ohio

    Comings soon, Republicans complaining about Obama making the government smaller.

    May 7, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. dan

    100 million from cabinet folks... 17 billion from the budget... snip snip snip... little by little... hopefully Obama et al will finish what they start.... it seems, though, at least like they are trying in good faith....

    May 7, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Foreign observer

    Guess now the GOP is happy ?!

    May 7, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Independent_me

    That's what I'm talking about!
    I wonder what the Repugs will find to oppose him on???

    May 7, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Ricky

    YAY!!!!

    Obama proposes cuts totaling $17B – or ONE HALF OF ONE PERCENT of $3.4T budget Congress approved.

    Dems – Drink Up the Kool-Aid and follow your messiah off a cliff.

    GOP – Just sit and wait. Obama and the liberals are about to self destruct.

    May 7, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Tulsa

    You go Mr. President. The majority of this Country is behind you. Ignore the insane rants of the far right and left. Concentrate on what you have been doing. We who love this Nation are glad you are at the helm of the ship of State.

    May 7, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. J.P.

    Yep, and his $17B in proposed cuts ("proposed" because the congress ultimately won't allow anywhere near that much in cuts) amounts to .001416% (a little more than "one one-thousandth") of the 12 trillion dollars Obamas first 60 days is expected to cost us over 10 years.

    Whoo hoo! Change we can believe in!

    How about a five year freeze on all budgets? That would be a real change?

    Or better yet, cut every department's budget by a full five percent? Not a cut "in the rate of growth," but a REAL cut, in which you take this years budget, cut five percent out, and that becomes NEXT year's budget, followed by five percent cuts EVERY year for the following four years after that.

    THAT would be a real change. $17B indeed.

    May 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Chris in MI

    OMG! It just gets more bazaar! Funding a 1-person office in Paris for a literacy program? Who wouldn't want to have THAT job? How would John Q. Public ever know about this waste if not for the President REALLY scrutinizing the budget? And the previous administration APPROVED this stuff???Only goes to show you that Bush really COULDN'T read.

    May 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Those previous cuts were just the beginning. Here comes the scalpal.

    May 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. James

    "We can no longer afford to spend as if deficits don't matter and waste is not our problem," Obama said in a speech at the White House.--

    You have got to be kidding me.....you just spent 1.5 trillion dollars now you are cutting back....what a joke!

    May 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Great

    The problem with these 'cuts' is that they're cutting a program and calling it savings. It's only savings if the money is not going to be spent, which is not the case. He's cutting programs to fund other programs and none of us see a dime and the budget is still over 3.5 trillion dollars. That is definatly not saving, thats called spending. Spending more than the previous 43 presidents all together in fact, and that's not going to become a burdon on our children how? Riddle me that Mr. President.

    May 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. phoenix86

    Say a family has a household annual budget of $100,000 and decides to reduce spending $1000 by flying coach to Disney instead of First Class. That family has doubled the "savings" proposed by Obama.

    Please, put someone serious in the White House next time.

    May 7, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Bob Evano

    Yeah? What now repubs? What ? What?

    May 7, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Nsikan

    I love this administration. Now they are taking the fight of fiscal responsibility directly into our faces. We cried when they ask for stimulus package and we will scream when they cut waste. This is a very dynamic administration. They keep dismantling the stack of opponents cards with little or no efforts. Fiscal responsibility – used to be a dictionary word but now an administrative verb. I guess the playing field for politics in the US is changing everyday.

    May 7, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. RR

    Will the money be saved or just spent on other projects.

    we need to pay down the deficit, not spend, spend, spend!

    May 7, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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