May 7th, 2009
10:50 AM ET
12 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. Chris

    Wouldn't it be nice if he could remove the dead weight from our social programs. You know the ones I'm talking about, those people who grew up on welfare, live now on welfare, raise kids on welfare, and plan on the 'system' to continue. Trim the dead weight from a lifeboat that's overloaded and it will ride through the waves much higher! Welfare was never meant to be a continuing benefit for those who choose not to work.

    May 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Leslie

    CNN please post this before all of us TAXPAYERS totally BLINDED by LIES. There is NO CUT, the money will be diverted to other programs of Obama.


    545 PEOPLE
    By Charlie Reese

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

    You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

    You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

    You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

    You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

    You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices; 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

    I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.
    The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it..

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party.
    She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 320 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted - by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

    If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red .

    If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ .

    If they do not receive Social Security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

    There are no insoluble government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

    They, and they alone, have the power.

    They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

    Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

    May 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. keith A. sillsbury

    I love reading the babel of the nah sayers and all that they can't understand. 1 trillion spent to keep you in your house and job compared to over a trillion secretly spent behind your backs by the bush rajheem. savings that will continue into the future vs. giving money to the top 5% so they can take our jobs out of the country to slave labor. The president has done a good job sofar, better than the last four we had. I'd rather stand by him and fight my way out than to whine and cry like rush wanting to blame someone else for my mistakes.

    May 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Spend $1M for pig odor study...

    GOPers draw up a warm bath and grab the razors.

    Cut $17B from the budget...

    GOPers poopoo it as no big deal.

    November 2010 is going to be hilarious.

    May 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Pat F

    Yet another Obama publicity stunt. But what a cynical one from the guy who brought us trillion dollar deficits. It's just a cynical as the "let's cut $100 million" day, with Homeland Security deciding to buy its paperclips on sale at Staples. Really pathetic, and sad at how stupid they think we are. But judging from the posts on this blog, they are not far from the truth.

    Hey dim-bulb Democrats – Obama isn't laughing with you – he's laughing AT you!

    May 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Imarriedmysister in Alabama

    Cut the funding to the traitor states like Texas and we can save billions.

    May 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Tex

    I see Obama is proposing to eliminate the abandoned mine safety program. The western states, where I live, are riddled with dangerous abandoned mines. We need a more aggressive program of locating and sealing these mine shafts. They are very dangerous. If the program is not working, find out why and fix it.

    Eliminating Even Start is balancing the budget on the backs of the poor, only the $66 million is a drop in the bucket and the budget won't be balanced. Why punish poor parents trying to give their children a chance to start school with the skills they need? Plus many of these parents earn GEDs through the program and are able to get jobs.

    I am becoming disillusioned with Obama. These proposed cuts come right after his decision not to show the world that we really believe in the values we profess by trying accused war criminals. Little guys go to prison while the intellectual authors of their crimes go free. Kidnap and torture one person and you will go to prison. Kidnap and torture thousands and you will be excused. I wonder if we know Obama like we thought we did.

    May 7, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. CF

    A president keeping his campaign promises. What a novel idea.

    May 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. HonestMistake

    This isn't a budget cut, it's a ledger transfer. He said he was going to use the money cut to pay for his other programs like college tuition vouchers. Thus there is zero gain to the deficit.

    May 7, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Nestor, Austin, TX

    Great. Just cut about $600 billion more and you'll be back to the 2008 spending which the democrats said was irresponsible, which it was. It's amazing that the dems increase spending by a trillion dollars and cut a few billion and want people to say how responsible they are.

    May 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Suzan

    Yeahhhhhhhh!!! Obama is going to start making agency budget cuts!!!
    Number one on your list should be the IRS!!!
    It's time for the FAIR TAX LAW!!!

    May 7, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. MatthewDetroit

    Medicare must be cut.
    Medicaid must be cut.
    Welfare needs to be cut.
    Paying teachers in California that are laid off needs to be eliminated.
    California is in debt for many reasons.
    We need to stop paying for people that dont have jobs.
    We need to stop paying for lifetime welfare recipients.
    Limit it to 1 year and done.
    CUT THE BUDGET Obama and stop lying and acting like you are when you are not. You are spending 3.4 TRILLION this year by your own choice. Stop blaming President Bush and be a man you wimp.

    May 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Suzan

    Yeahhhhhh! It's about time Obama quit spending our money and started cutting the budget!!! The first program that needs to go is the IRS!! It's time to start up the FAIR TAX LAW!

    May 7, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Fla.

    Good job, Mr. President. That is why we voted for you.

    It is unbelievable to read the GOP nonsense on here. Too many Republicans will never be happy, not even when President Obama tries to reach out to them. The constant "wishing failure" should keep the GOP in the minority for a long time, rightfully so.

    May 7, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Liberal and proud of it dot com

    Those who criticize Obama's budget and efforts to manage it....Where were you when Reagan was tripling the national debt during good times? When Bush1 increased it by 50% in good times. When Bush2 doubled it during good times.

    It's during good times that we pay down the debt. During hard times, we borrow and spend to fix the economy and protect the most vulnerable.

    Conservatives acted like they were at a party at someone else's house. They were spending like there is no tomorrow while cutting taxes on themselves. Now, suddenly, they've got religion. They can't remember how it was them that got us into this mess in the first place.

    May 7, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Matt

    How dare you present actual numbers in your budget, Mr. President! The GOP demands wishy-washy big tent speak so that they can easily mince your words!

    May 7, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. jimmy-ohio

    that is why you can't be bipartisan by yourself,,,,he is starting to try and trim it,,,he has said this is only a start and wht do the repubs do?,,,cry scream and pout that they don't get more,,,pathetic

    May 7, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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