Borger: Why Obama punted on slashing deficit
January 27th, 2011
04:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Borger: Why Obama punted on slashing deficit

Washington (CNN) - It's easy to see why any politician would want to avoid making huge promises on the deficit. After all, it's out of control, unpredictable and chances are you'll fail anyway.

That's because any pollster will tell you that while people always say they want the deficit fixed, they never believe they're part of the problem. So they won't hear of reducing Medicare and Social Security, which amount to nearly a third of the domestic budget. That kinda rules out any serious discussion.

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Filed under: Deficit • President Obama • SOTU 2011
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    I can tell you why he didn;t mention much about it. He's waiting for the fascists republicans to stick their feet in their mouths by bringing up cuts to Medicare and SSI. Once they do that, it's over for them!

    January 27, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. moderate voter

    How bout we cut the pay of our representatives. Reduce their staff. Also require them to cover the cost of their travels if it does not include a trip to or from their homestate to Washington.

    January 27, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Git Whitey

    How about we tax capital gains as income? Problem solved.

    January 27, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    One has to wonder if anything serious ever goes on, in Washington.

    January 27, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Won't hear about slashing the defense budget either. And you won't and don't hear about any of it from any of them, not just Obama. Of course, it doesn't suprise me one bit to find myself responding to an article by Borger slanted against Obama as if he's the only one hiding the ball. Reality? WE NEED TO RAISE TAXES and no, it's not just because of Bush or just because of Obama. It's primarily because we've been diddling ourselves with this reaganomic BS for 40 years and NOBODY seems willing to admit that the richest Americans experiencing a 280%-300% increase in income and assets over those decades while the middle-class experienced a mere 25% increase (hence, the gigantic explosion in the wealth gap under Bush), was caused by the trickle-down daydream and is primarily at fault for the position we're in now (i.e., the middle-class grabbing its ankles). Why is it at fault? Simple: IT'S NOT FREEKIN TRUE AND THE WORLD DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY. Suck it up America. Taxes need to go up to fix the debt and deficit and the next 2 years of watching these a-holes tiptoe around it and get nothing done because all they care about is 2012...it's all a big fat waste of time that only going to make the problems worse. Corporate America isn't just a reference to the business sector anymore...it's who actually owns the country and the government that pretends to run it. It was the GOP/conservatives' answer to the civil rights act: if they can't discriminate about who they own, they'll just own ALL OF US.

    January 27, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Albo58

    Why did Obama punt? That's easy, he's a clueless coward with no integrity...but he's very photogenic and can read a teleprompter like a bat out of Hell!!

    January 27, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |