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Obama Is *Mostly* OK With The Budget Agreement

From The White House:

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Earlier this year, I called on Congress to work together on a balanced approach to a budget that grows our economy faster and creates more jobs – not through aimless, reckless spending cuts that harm our economy now, but by making sure we can afford to invest in the things that have always grown our economy and strengthened our middle class.  Today’s bipartisan budget agreement is a good first step.

This agreement replaces a portion of the across-the-board spending cuts known as “the sequester” that have harmed students, seniors, and middle-class families and served as a mindless drag on our economy over the last year.  It clears the path for critical investments in things like scientific research, which has the potential to unleash new innovation and new industries.  It’s balanced, and includes targeted fee increases and spending cuts designed in a way that doesn’t hurt our economy or break the ironclad promises we’ve made to our seniors. It does all this while slightly reducing our deficits over time – coming on top of four years of the fastest deficit reduction since the end of World War II.  And because it’s the first budget that leaders of both parties have agreed to in a few years, the American people should not have to endure the pain of another government shutdown for the next two years.

This agreement doesn’t include everything I’d like – and I know many Republicans feel the same way. That’s the nature of compromise. But it’s a good sign that Democrats and Republicans in Congress were able to come together and break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven decision-making to get this done. That’s the way the American people expect Washington to work. I want to thank Senator Murray, Congressman Ryan and all the other leaders who helped forge this bipartisan agreement. And I want to call on Members of Congress from both parties to take the next step and actually pass a budget based on this agreement so I can sign it into law and our economy can continue growing and creating jobs without more Washington headwinds.

But, as I said last week, the defining challenge of our time is not whether Congress can pass a budget – it’s whether we can make sure our economy works for every working American. And while today’s agreement is a good first step, Congress has a lot more to do on that front. In the immediate term, Congress should extend unemployment insurance, so more than a million Americans looking for work don’t lose a vital economic lifeline right after Christmas, and our economy doesn’t take a hit. And beyond that, they should do more to expand broad-based growth and opportunity – by creating more jobs that pay better wages, by growing our economy, and by offering a path into the middle class for every American willing to work for it.

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  1. I’m sure he is ok with it. He’s the head of a diseased body. Here is what should have been discussed with the budget that no one wants to say out loud–especially our “conservative” representatives

    The entitlement spending is the major issue that is killing the nation as the entitled are only growing. The old adage of leaving a feeder out
    will only attract more squirrels. That issue is based on breakdown of morality.

    This, of course is cowardice, on both sides, especially the GOP which claims to fall as conservatives. You don’t have to be a writer of fiction to see that the more who run to
    the entitlement well, the sooner the well will be dry. The adults in the room need to tell little Johnny that he can’t expect society to
    support him.

    First there are the illegal alien benefits. Those
    need to be ended. There should be one increase in budget on illegals–means to deport them. As by definition they are illegal. Any
    defense of this is anti reason.

    I was a former medical provider before I turned writer. Would you like to know what the professional disabled usually is? Now I preface this with I know it isn’t ALL of them–but it’s most. It is a 45-60 year old who has decided he has done
    enough to support himself and now due to chronic obesity, chronic pain related to obesity or general non specified anxiety, believes we should take care of him. Including all healthcare no questions asked.

    No one in Congress wishes to address the above due to unpopularity from voters within these very classes–the large number of Hispanics who
    support illegals and the professional entitled classes of all colors who are growing every year.

    When someone decides to make the big
    boy decisions in Congress–only then do we have a chance at undoing this mess. If that day never happens expect a total collapse of our country
    in the near future.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE.

  2. Jan Brown says:

    WHEW ! What a relief to find that “he” approves of something that those we hired according to that old outdated Constitution to do ‘the people’s business’ have deemed worthy. Now if only ‘he’ would!!!

    No,it isn’t a jewel to be treasured, however I believe it may well hold us together until we get that ‘jewel. IF this goes through the business owners will have some stability & can make their plans….and it seems very possible that this much too far extended ‘unemployment will come to an end. And very important…DOD will get some money back for our National Defense….Yes, most of that sequester will hang around, but this is a start…Obama has yet to pass a budget & chances are, he won’t….Rome wasn’t built in a day…Our day will come & until it does we just have to cowboy up & keep our powder dry.