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. Kevin in NJ

    "Obama seeks to cut more than 100 programs in budget.... " wait for it.... wait for it... AND ADD 350. I would laugh but it's not funny.

    I hope the goverment is making plans to handle the massive crime wave produced by high unemployment, as well as a run on banks and general panic and chaos. That should be a priority at this point.

    May 7, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. James

    This is like buying a Porsche Carrera GT at $440,000 then bragging that you are “cutting back on spending" by canceling the subscription to Sirius radio! What a joke!

    May 7, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Chris (SC)

    Yet again Obama makes a promise to go through the federal budget line by line and get rid of the wasteful spending and look, he has already cut 17 billion out. It also sounds like he is not done yet which is so refreshing than pretending we don't have a problem in Washington with wasteful spending that previous presidents have done.(both democrat and republican)

    This is exactly the kind of intelligent leadership we need. Please Republicans let Rush and his cohorts run your party into the ground so some smart people can get this great country back on track.

    May 7, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Lc Golladay

    I can here the critics already talking about how the budget cuts our just a drop in the bucket, but remember just over a month ago, the nation was outraged over millions pad out in bonuses to AIG. And the big circus we saw in congress.
    How short our memories!

    May 7, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. C W

    The proposed cuts are available on-line (right now, CNN has a link to the PDF document). I read through several of the proposed cuts and especially appreciate the detail and explanation as to why the funding will be cut. The most-often cited reason is duplication of effort/better results by another Federal program or Department.

    What a breath of fresh air to have transparency, not to mention a very practical approach to our budget problems!

    Thanks, Mr. President – and keep up the good work!

    May 7, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Chi Town

    Oh the hypocricy is astounding...

    You just spent more than anyone in history two months ago!
    And now you say we can't continue to spend... do you even believe your own BS?

    May 7, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. single mom

    Now he cuts spending??!!
    Why didn't he do this four months ago? He's worried about cutting a few billion after putting through bills that no one had time to read that added trillions to the deficit.
    Are people in Washington so delusional that they don't think Americans can figure out what's going on?
    There's a voter revolt brewing in Britain.
    I sure hope there's one brewing on this side of the Atlantic.

    May 7, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Nick

    One-half of one percent in a budget that exceeds all previous budgets. Funny way to instill fiscal discipline. He must still think he can bamboozle the public, that we can't do basic math because of the poor state of our education. If President Obama wants to impress me, let's see him cut one trillion dollars from the budget – THAT would impress me and my children and grandchildren that have to pay for all this.

    May 7, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. nom deplume, esq.

    If that is all he sees as wasteful spending, we are in a LOT of trouble.

    May 7, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Chris

    Duh, where was this man BEFORE the stimulus flood was passed?

    May 7, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    At this point in time, one has only to see the budget deficits each state is predicting now that the tax season is over to understand how important the stimulus money was to each state that received it. I applaud what President Obama has had to do to get the country above water. In order to stitch the hole in the economy, one must first thread the needle. 17B doesn't seem like much overall, but little by little, we will recover and in the year to come perhaps see more of an improvement when actual cuts will hold their own weight.

    May 7, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. B.H.

    It is about time! He can start with the Defense Department and try looking at all the waste that Eisenhower warned us about 55 years ago.

    May 7, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. dmcd

    Cutting wasteful government spending... how will this be spun as socialism?

    May 7, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Anonymous

    It is just a small baby step toward what really needs to be cut to get rid of the deficet. Obama is still spending more money in his first 100 days of ofice than little George di din his first term. And he is doing on the backs of the defense department, the one department that is constitutionally required.

    May 7, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Penny wise and pound foolish.

    May 7, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Bob in Pa

    "There is a lot of money being spent inefficiently, ineffectively"
    Really ? We had no idea.
    Scrap it all and start over. Start with the Tax code.

    May 7, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. No More Incumbents

    But $400k photo ops aren't a waste.

    May 7, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. 30m-PUMA for McCain

    I'd like to see ALL of the programs he wants to cut, not just three.

    May 7, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Gary

    It's a start. We need to repeal that $750 billion stimulus bill that was nothing more than Pelosi/Reid pork projects. We could probably cut $1 trillion of unnecessary spending this year if we really look for it. We can't borrow our way out of a recession.

    May 7, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

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

    As usual empty words to keep the masses quiet.

    How much did that stupid Air Force One fly-over cost again? He has not really changed the mentality of the government.

    May 7, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Lori

    Oh crap! As President Obama makes further cuts to unnecessary programs and continues to spend money on infrastructure, education, job creation, energy, the justified war in Afghanistan, etc. what are the Republicans going to be able to complain about now? Oh, I forgot. They will just go back to calling him a 'socialist' or bring up Rev. Wright or talk about him using a teleprompter. It must really suck to be one of the 21% of Republicans left in America.

    May 7, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Jonathan Burton

    Hmmmm,
    Cutting the budget?
    Removing unecessary government programs and spending?
    This doesn't sound like a liberal Democrat at all!
    Does this mean that Obama isn't a left wing liberal after all?
    Fox News wont admit they were wrong, neither will a single nay sayer from the Dead Old Party.
    Hypocricy here we come!

    May 7, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Ray Fisher

    An appropriate start toward the restructuring of America!!! After 233 years, we truly need a restructuring now that we're bancrupt!!!

    May 7, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Chris

    A cut of one half of one percent, yeah that is real serious cuts. We paid more than 17 billion to the automakers for bailout. Get real.

    One last thing, I noticed he cut a 10 million dollar earmark for a highway project in West Virginia. Weren’t the American people sold on the stimulus package that it was for infrastructure building? So why is infrastructure building still in the budget?

    The politicians have lied for far too long. Our country is going in to bankruptcy and most people are turning a blind eye. Term limits and we need to vote all of these politicians out and look at third party candidates. Wake up people.

    May 7, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Qui-Tam Relator

    ****************************************************************
    President Obama, Please don't cut programs that help the American People that need the essential programs like S.S. , Medicaid, and other programs for the poor! If you must cut there are a lot of programs for the Rich and the Banking Industry and Wall Street that you can go after. Please be
    Compassionate !
    ****************************************************************

    May 7, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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