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December 13th, 2010
04:10 PM ET

How serious is Pres. Obama about cutting the deficit?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When President Obama announced the formation of the deficit reduction commission, he looked at us all with a straight face and said he was serious about tackling the country's skyrocketing deficits and $13 trillion plus national debt.

Apparently that was just another "feel good" moment that meant absolutely nothing.

In addition to agreeing with the Republicans to add another $900 billion or so to the national debt by extending the Bush tax cuts, President Obama is also refusing his own deficit reduction commission's call for a summit with congressional leaders to tackle the debt crisis.

One person who attended the deficit meeting last week tells Politico that members of the administration who attended - including White House budget director and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, "didn't exactly jump at the idea."

The commission recently voted 11-to-7 to cut nearly $4 trillion in deficits over the next nine years through spending cuts and tax increases. But they were short the necessary 14 votes to formally recommend any of this stuff to Congress - which can now give the whole idea a wink and a nod as we spiral ever closer to insolvency.

Not only has the president rejected the idea of a summit on the national debt; he couldn't even be bothered to attend the meeting last Thursday.

Needless to say, committee members were annoyed. One Democrat tells CNN the president should have at least dropped by... you think?

President Obama is either getting some very bad advice these days, or his once-keen political instincts have completely deserted him.

Here’s my question to you: How serious is President Obama about cutting the deficit?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ken in California writes:
The only time any president and Congress will get serious about deficit reduction is when other nations refuse any further loans, and start calling for payments on that borrowing. I guess everything comes to an end, including nations, but what is our hurry? Are we stupid or what?

Donald writes:
Clearly President Obama is a spender and not a saver. Perhaps he naively thought the deficit reduction commission report would contain a magic, pain-free answer to America's financial predicament. More likely, though, he viewed it as a painless way to avoid having to deal with overspending until after the midterms. A lot of good that strategy did him. The president is obviously not serious about cutting the deficit.

Tom in Maine writes:
Jack, The president is not focused on deficit reduction whatsoever. No one is. The left is willing to spend us into oblivion because they honestly think they ought to; people need help. The right is willing to saddle generations to come simply out of greed. Sadly, I do not see anything changing in the foreseeable future. We're screwed, and so are our kids.

James writes:
Give Obama a break, Jack. The deficit-cutting decision is not made in a vacuum and he didn't cause this mess. I agree the tax cuts should end and we all need to chip in and pay our debt. But the economy is also very fragile and taxes going up right now may cause a double-dip recession. What we ought to do is cut the overinflated federal pay-scale by about 10 to 20 percent. It's a start on cutting the spending side of things.

Dave writes:
Obviously, he could care less. The question should be: What has taken you so long to ask this question?

Steve in Maryland writes:
Alan Greenspan told George Bush if he didn't stop running up the deficit he'd go blind. George said I'll just do it until I need glasses and let the next guy go blind. Obama lost his sight the second he got elected and now we have the blind leading the blind.

Bob in Pennsylvania writes:
Is this a trick question?


Filed under: Budget cuts • Deficit • President Barack Obama
soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Don (Ottawa)

    The deficit can only be cut after we have regained economic stability. Up until then government funding must be used to stimulate a new economy. There is no other way. China is doing just that and is gaining on us while we debate the logic of reducing the deficit by cutting government and making the Bush tax cuts permanent. Obama understands this, but most of America has it's head in the sand.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  2. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    He is every bit as serious as all the other Washington politicians. Even after the dire report both he and Congress waited for, they will keep kicking the can down the road until China and our other large creditors call in their chips. Then everyone will have to face the hard tru;th.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  3. Dr. Michael D. Knox

    Not at all. He spends the bulk of our tax dollars to wage wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. He prioritizes war over cutting the deficit, education, medical research, alternative energy sources, and everything else that can have a positive impact on our life.

    Dr. Michael D. Knox
    Tampa, FL

    December 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  4. Jane (Minnesota)

    Not too serious – given the digusting deal he just cut with the Party of No. I am really disappointed with his Administration. What I'm witnessing is NOT what I voted for!

    December 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  5. Brian

    The real question is, how serious are the Republicans about cutting the deficit. At one time Obama advocated letting all the Bush tax cuts expire, now he's back tracked. The Republicans campaigned in 2010 to cut the deficit. How in the world can they expect to cut the deficit by reauthorizing the very same tax cuts that put us in this financial hole? Last time I checked, the US was running a budget surplus under Clinton before these tax cuts were enacted.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  6. James in Idaho

    A better question might be how serious is the GOP?

    December 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    On the contrary.......the tax cut "deal" shows he is still entirely in a spending mode, as that is all he really knows how to do.

    You cannot cut the deficit, by adding 900 billion in new spending to the existing deficit. Anyone who thought he was serious about reducing the deficit, was deluding themselves.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  8. LAWANDA- ORANGEBURG, SC

    I feel the President is serious about the deficit but I'm not sure the Republicans do. If they did they would have never manipuled Him to try and pass this bill with an outrageous pricetag all so they can have their individual taxes and estate taxes cut. Heck they have all the money so why not spend it to stimulate the economy. We the less fortunate don't have a dime to spend and they will see that that never changes. Obama has his hands tied. You can't please everyone and He's finding that out the hard way. I n the long run I truly feel this tax bill being passed will do the common people more harm than good.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  9. Joanne Buck

    Not at all...he loves to spend. He is Symbolism and not Substance.
    Joanne
    Mn

    December 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  10. zuesman

    i dont think he is serious at all he keeps raising i smell conspiracy jack

    December 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  11. John from Alabama

    Jack: It is hard to be serious about the deficit when almost 10% of the population is out of work, and the only way out of this recession is going to be consumer spending. The top 3% of wage earners do not need the extra money from Pres. George W. Bush taxcut, but it want pass unless the rich get richer. The fat cat Republicans need their base to feel good. Deficit reduction begins when the unemployment is lower, and real tax reform can be accomplished.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  12. Ed from California

    He has no choice. This whole deal stinks. Every word that Senator Sanders said on Friday was so true, every word. We are a nation controlled by special interests. I should say, "Special interests with lots of money to spend".

    Our nation is hurting by our lack of jobs. We can't tax our way out. We have to WORK our way out, by being employed. By being employed with good paying jobs with benefits. The exact same jobs that are now being done by the Chinese and others, that were done here, and not that long ago either. All for the glory of being rich.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  13. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Obama is not serious at all about cutting the deficit. If he were serious he would not have tripled the number of troops in afghanistan, signed the the health care bill, and agreed to cut taxes for all including the payroll taxes.To prove he is serious he needs to cut the defense budget, 25%, eliminate all farm subsidies, eliminate space exploration, implement a luxury tax, implement a sliding scale fee for medicaid and medicare, leave iraq and afghanistan asap, re-instate the clinton tax rates, eliminate all tax deductions including corporate salaries,charity, churches, and home ownership.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  14. Anchorage,AK

    I think his priority right now is helping the poor and middle class make it through the winter without becoming homeless; the extremests on both parties seem more interested in ideology than people. If our governing class had to decide between food or heating, instead of where to spend their hoilday there might be more empathy.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  15. Jayne

    Apparently he's about as serious as the Republicans. The whole lot of them are giddy about adding to the Chinese credit card to give tax cuts to people who don't need them.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  16. zuesman

    i dont think he is serious at all he keeps addind too the deficit i smell conspiracy Cathlene Washington D.C.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  17. Bradley, Portland, OR

    Obama doesn't seem too serious about cutting the deficit, but neither are the Republicans or Tea Partiers.

    The agreement they all came up in order to give millionaires a bonus tax cut is going to add almost a trillion dollars to the national debt over the next two years.They're going to pay for it with money borrowed from China.

    And the only people I hear complaining about it are the Democrats.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  18. Gordon NJ

    Your should be asking "how serious is anyone in Washington about the deficit?" This so-called Compromise bill will inject $1 Trillion-dollars worth of political crack-cocaine deficit dollars to buy candy for both the Republicans and Democrats in congress - and all they have to do is charge it on our Bank of China credit card. What is Obama thinking? Did Republicans retire the word 'Deficit' after election day? Let's face it, the Bush tax cuts never worked. Let them expire. I wonder who gets the points on that credit card?

    December 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Kevin of SD CA

    If he was serious the government and media would be focusing on breaking the Government Unions, and Labor Unions stranglehold on the overgrown benefit packages and pensions that have not only destroyed our public schools but have run all the industries out of our country! Jack, why don’t you broadcast the specifics about what we are paying to government employs, officials and their friends in the labor unions which instead of constantly blaming Social Security, and Medicare!

    December 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  20. Loren

    Only to the extent it helps him get reelected. As members of the more left parts of his party are finding out, he is proving himself to be a politician of the worst sort, he would sell out his own mother for votes in an election (for a number of people, he has already done that by hiding his birth records, his scholastic records and his faith; as for me, when anyone tries to hide something, it says they've got something to hide).

    December 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  21. Pete from Georgia

    How serious ??
    As serious as the next poll results of his sliding negative popularity. He exists only for poll results and re-election strategy.

    Beyond pathetic.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  22. Dave in Phoenix

    I don't think he is serious at all. When I voted for Obama I thought he was a man of new ideas who would be different than the normal politicians. It turns out he is no different, just another political hack who told lies to get into office. He is saying what he needs to say to get re-elected, nothing more.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  23. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Obama cutting the deficit is kind of like pushing a rope. It is a fruitless task that will do nothing more then frustrate his supporters and that number is slowly dwindling. I don't know if his ineptness comes from his lack of experience, his advisors or if the man simply does not know what to do and is hoping for a miracle. All I know is that if he does not do something to get Americans back to work soon, he will be the one steering the helm when the ship sinks. There is no blaming Bush for that one. It is all on him.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  24. david- seattle

    i dont think any of his actions prove he is serious.. all he does is use taxpayer dollars to try and buy votes for his re-election all while derailing the country as he practices blaming others for his bad decisions...he is the worst of the curse

    December 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  25. BOB K YOUNGSTOWN OHIO

    It seems the President is as serious about cutting the deficit as he is about quitting smoking. Try it for while, give up....try it again, give again, and on and on and on.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  26. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Hey Jack, I really don't believe any of these so called leaders are serious about cutting the deficit or they would tell the American people that we are going to see small tax increase in 2011 and cut spending starting with no money goes to other countries. Then in 2012 the taxes for the wealthy will increase more every year for the next 4 years and everyone needs to live below their means.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  27. Patricia in Korea

    Wait a second. WHO was it that demanded all these tax cuts for the rich that they were willing tio shut down the government to get them?

    December 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  28. Donald Desaulniers (Belleville, Canada)

    Clearly President Obama is a spender and not a saver. Perhaps he naively thought the deficit reduction commission report would contain a magic, pain-free answer to America's financial predicament. More likely, though, he viewed it as a painless way in the spring to avoid having to deal with overspending until after the mid-terms. A lot of good that strategy did him.
    The President is obviously not serious about cutting the deficit. He is just hoping that the economy will improve over time and the deficit will blow away.
    It always amazes me how, time after time, politicians can magically find another unused credit card in the American wallet, and quickly max it out with more spending.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  29. wm in Penna

    Jack,
    Does not matter.
    Elected politicians will run us further into bankruptcy then weep that they did not see it coming; while checking their foreign investment balances. After all A. Greenspan says he is/was surprised by greed.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  30. Mr. D

    About as serious as he appears to be about running in 2012-which looks like not very serious. He is not heeding the call of the people as well as many congressmen in his own party.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  31. Ken in Pinon Hills California

    The tax bill in work in Congress is an ongoing economic melt down, (the new China Syndrome) borrowing billions more from Beijing to pay for the smoke and mirrors.
    The only time any President and Congress will get serious about deficit reduction is when other nations refuse any further loans, and start calling for payments on that borrowing.
    I guess everything comes to an end, including nations, but what is our hurry? Are we stupid or what?

    December 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  32. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The vote is now in the Senate. It may be in favor by 60 or 65 possibly up to 70 or more. Do I hear 80, sold to the American people for more debt.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  33. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Obviously he is unconcerned as he again wants to give almost another trillion dollars to billionaires, which our grandchildren will still be paying for as they sing lullabies to their grandchildren. He should have called the Republican bluff. Even if they aren’t bluffing, the return to normal taxes for the middle class will be as unnoticeable for us as the tax cut was. And even if it would make a difference and we would have had something to leave to our children, what would be the point if they have to spend all of their inheritance paying off the loan we took out to further enrich billionaires. Reminds me of the time Nero played his violin while Rome burned. It didn’t end well for the Italians either.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  34. Bizz Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, it really does not matter whether president Obama attends meetings or comes up with a bill that would have cuts assuring the deficit to be reduced. The bill would have to include benefits for the most wealthy people or the republicans would not approve. It would have to include benefits for the far left democrats. I agree that Obama can and should do more to reduce the deficit but how can he or any other president for that matter come up with a solution that would cut the deficit and have both sides approve the bill. I think Washington is out of touch with how the majority of Americans are living. If they did know they would realize that the protest we're starting to see around the world over the economy will be coming here soon.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  35. Sylvia from California

    As serious as he needs to get to secure a second term.. Let's call a spade a spade, they only care about their reelection....

    December 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  36. BILL, WI

    Pres Obama can not cut one dollar of spending unless the Congress agrees. And Congress does not want to cut spending, they want to increase spending.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  37. Kris in California

    No. Obama is not serious about national deficit nor the mounting national debt. He is driven by an entirely different obsession, namely bipartisanship. If he were Martin Luther King, his speech would have been"...I have a dream, if all of you agree..". He has reneged on leadership qualities. Alas!

    December 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  38. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,not at all,he is a tax and spend bleeding heart liberal!

    December 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  39. Greg in Arkansas

    I think it was a brilliant move on the part of the President.

    The President does NOT set the budget nor control the deficit, Congress does.

    He gave the Republicans in congress what they wanted, (major tax cuts) and now, the Republican controlled congress will have to come up with a budget that deals with the cash shortfall while trying to fund everything that will get them reelected.

    He basically tossed that "hot potato" back to the GOP with the message to "put up or shut up" and hopefully, the "whiners" in Congress will do their job and come up with some solutions instead of just slogans.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  40. Paul, New Port Richey, Florida

    I isn't just President Obama that completely missed the number one point of the last election which was to reduce spending. No one in DC gets it. Now another billion is going to go down the rat hole in a larded-up bill. Insanity.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  41. katiec Pekin, IL

    Well, Jack, I think he is a heck of a lot more serious than your republicans. He balks at ideas that will penalize middle class
    America, the less unfortunate, senior citizens, etc while your
    republicans sacrifice all but the wealthy, Wall St and big business.
    When you have a political party that has goals of destroy our president, win at any cost regardless of consequences, it is a
    miracle that anything gets accomplished.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  42. B.J., Quincy, Il

    If it comes to cutting back on the poor and the defenceless then I think he would be as serious as the Republicans.Take from the poor and give it to the rich. Same old story.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  43. Terry- Greensburg, IN

    President Obama announced the formation of the deficit reduction commission:
    Obama is ' a master ' (( @ passing the buck )) this is a perfect example. We both know this was just a poly by him to take the pressure off himself, he's got an intire staff that does that.
    If he's going to be president; { He needs to get some 'backbone' and act like it} or get out!

    December 13, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  44. southerncousin

    If he were real serious, we would not have the first question about Health Care Reform. He is just an empty suit, paying lip service to what seems to be the public concern. Realistically, he is probably still concerned that all of the entitlement receipients do not have their flat screen tv's so they can watch Oprah and Chris Matthew sing his praises. He is an empty suit, a corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toady empty suit.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  45. Terry- Greensburg, IN

    The commission recently voted 11-to-7 to cut nearly ($4 trillion in deficits) { wasn't that about how much we'd save by not giving the rich tax cuts?} over the next nine years through spending cuts and tax increases. But they were short the necessary 14 votes to formally recommend any of this stuff to Congress – which can now give the whole idea *>a wink and a nod<* {[ Jack 'i' like the Santa Claus add in ]}* as we spiral ever closer to insolvency.
    We're not spiraling toward it - WE'RE THERE!

    December 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  46. Independent Joe

    Jack,

    He's about as serious as a man with a dixie-cup trying to fight the towering inferno. I, however, will take serious consideration when I vote in 2012.

    Joe M (Mn)

    December 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  47. Craig in Arizona

    Here's a wild idea. The 900 billion you are talking about is over 10 years or 90 billion per year. Why not reduce our expenses by 90 billion per year. We can start by eliminating the 590,000 union government jobs created since 2008 at an average salary with benefits of $123,049, twice the private sector rate.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  48. Mike from Denver

    I believe that Obama is a committed as any other politician to cutting the deficit. With that said, any thoughts as to which country we will be doing this blog from in a couple years?

    December 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  49. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    It is, "Geithner, " Jack. Considering all the abuse he is taking, we should at least get the man's name right.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  50. cal

    falling waters wv
    the same as all the reat lip service only. we will never have that happen as long as all the elected congress have to pay back all that support they got from the banks wall street ect. have them do one thing at a time.

    December 13, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  51. Russ in PA

    The Demopublicans have no intention of dealing with the debt. Spending and hand-outs are all they understand and believe in. Nothing will change until the dollar finally reaches it's true value: $0.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    December 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  52. Gerry luimes

    Jack, It is unjust to lay the blame exclusively at Obama's feet.
    The people too must be addressed and be faulted .All of the Americas have been accustomed to easy credit and elaborate shopping habits.A timely correction in needed restraint and higher taxes will be approached with riots, not unlike those in some areas of Europe.For the country,as well as for us individuals "wolfkillslittle beaver" writes Financial lesson 101:
    If you don't have enough money in your bank account to write a cheque for something you want to purchase,then you CAN'T AFFORD IT! This includes : Bancrupt intellectuals looking at a $80,000 Lexus.
    Factory workers wanting a new $ 20,000 caravan. HighSchool kids considering a $70.- Ipod.
    Work hard and save up for something before you buy it(leasing,loans and fin ancing do not mean you bought it.It means someone else did
    to whom you now owe money.To practice this basic principle privately AND nationally is the only way to be allright.Don't and we will be poor Americans

    December 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  53. Ed

    About as serious as bankers wanting all mortgages paid off or credit card companies wanting all balances 0 balances. The puppet does not care what the puppetmaster does so long as he is at center stage.

    December 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  54. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    Just like the weather, politicians talk about the deficit but can't do anything about it. I had hope that the Tea Party would lead the Republicans back to fiscal responsibility, but I'm afraid it will be business as usual when they are all sworn in.

    December 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  55. KDS Irvine, CA

    President Obama serious about reducing the deficit? Actions speak louder than words Jack. He just signed into a law a trillion dollar health care reform bill that no one wanted.

    December 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  56. sheila

    I think he's still very serious about cutting the debt. But when all of the repubs and several dems vote to give tax breaks to the uber rich-what's he supposed to do? If it were a matter of jobs being created by these rich folks-we'd have seen the turn around by now. It's simply greed.

    December 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  57. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    I don't see how anyone, at this point, can take Obama seriously when he talks about reducing the deficit. It seems like the Republicans aren't very serious about reducing the deficit either. If the neither party can get their act together and seriously work together to reverse what's happening to the economy and job market, when it comes time to vote in 2012, I won't vote for anyone. I'll darken the circle next to "write-in", and then write, "None of the above". I've had it with politicians.

    December 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  58. Steve

    I'm waiting to see if he challenges the republicans to put their money where their mouth is at the state of union address, I predict he will.

    Vernon Hills, IL

    December 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  59. David Gerstenfeld

    Maybe it's like the old saying " I loose money on every sale but make it up on quanity ". Now if you believe that I have a bridge for sale that just fell out of escrow.
    David, Las Vegas

    December 13, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  60. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    You never hear of reverse psychology? He's getting democrats mad so the republicans will be for it, and then he will pin it to them in the election....

    December 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  61. Bob in Kansas City

    I think he's somewhat concerned with the deficit but take into count those on capitol hill that control spending railing against tax cuts for "rich people" there's only so much will get done, they have the ultimate say on spending not the president.

    December 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  62. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    At least Obama didn't campaign on lowering the deficit – The republicans and tea party made it their top priority, and then promptly broke their promise. It tells you how serious all parties are with fiscal responsibility.

    December 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  63. Phil, georgia

    The President is very Serious. Most of his committees that he creates, he normally ends up doing something. Far more than the republicans attempted to do when they were in controll. If they are serious we all have to take a hit, especially those who have more. "To whom much is given, much is required".

    December 13, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  64. JENNA ROSEVILLE CA

    How serious is President Obama about cutting the deficit?

    After caving into the GOP and their 900 BILLION add on to the deficit so that those who didn't create jobs in the past for us still get to keep their tax breaks I'd say that Obama no longer cares.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    December 13, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  65. John from San Antonio

    Is he a politician? If yes then he is not the least bit serious. We need massive cuts in government which means massive layoffs. Until Americans realize we are in deep trouble and start thinking like Americans instead of Republicrats nothing is going to change.

    December 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  66. chris brown fl.

    they are not at all serious they come under the rule of the bilderberg group and the federal reserve who you know are all fat cat bankers making billions of dollars on interest on our money they had a very bad scare under Clinton with his no deficit plan they made sure that this would never happen again

    been working glad to talk to you again jack keep asking the tough questions need about 1000 more of you would you be interested in being cloned

    December 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  67. Steve, Clifton, VA

    A better question would be how serious is Congress about cutting the deficit? How serious is the American citizens about making a shared sacrifice to cut the deficit?

    December 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  68. Mike Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    No, neither is anyone else once they get to Washington. The status quo works just fine if your guaranteed benefits and paychecks for life so why change a good thing who wants pie?

    December 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  69. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Not serious at all. Purely lip service. If he really wanted to pay down the debt he would let the Bush inheritance tax cut expire. He also would keep his campaign promise to let all of the tax cuts expire for the wealthy. He caved to the Republicans. No backbone or negotiating skills.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  70. Annie, Atlanta

    If there's nothing else I've learned in the past 10 years, deficits are only brought up by one party to fight the other, especially during election season. No one cares about them. The only thing politicians care about is keeping their jobs, and sucking up to the monied interests that help them do so. Extra tax cuts for the rich, anyone?

    December 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  71. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Is Obama serious about cutting deficits? Not by a long shot. Increasing unemployment benefits without a way to pay for them is just another example of spending with no stimulation of the economy. He should repeal healthcare as well.

    Minesh Baxi, Troy, MI

    December 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  72. Ron

    After the tax deal. Not the least bit serious.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  73. Barbara Leavitt

    Jack, personally I don't see where he is serious about anything. I don't even think he knows just how serious this country's problems are. That is the way he comes off anyway. We cannot afford all of these things this adminstration AND the Republicans included.....want to pass. It is so disheartning. It seems we have a president that ran one hell of a campaign but when it comes down to following through, he's totally lost. This tax cut for the rich, why will they all of the sudden start investing their money in THIS country? They've had this tax cut for about 10 years now, where was it helping the rest of us? What is going to change?

    Henderson Nevada

    December 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  74. Tillie / Texas

    No. Republicans only want to help the rich. To hell with the rest of us. What is wrong with health care for all?

    Why are we forced to buy auto insurance ?????????

    December 13, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  75. Steve Batts Edna, KS

    How do we cut the deficit, when the republicans demand tax cuts for the rich? It's their ball game now . Why not just cut the medicare, and social security off. That will help. Why not cut veterans benefits?? Put everyone on medicare and social security to sleep. Problem solved.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  76. Richard Show

    Hi Jack,little confused here,if the states can mandate you to have car insurance,why does the US goverment not have the right mandate it,the next 2 years appear to be no differant than the past years,no one wants to step up and work with any other party

    December 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  77. Ken in Maryland

    The defecit is bad, but the economy is worse. Fix the economy now, worry about the defecit once we can afford to. This is not the time to cut spending that can improve the economy.

    That said, inflating the defecit by extending the Bush tax cuts on the rich is just stupid. Economists (including the guy who INVENTED the "trickle-down economics" theory) insist that cutting taxes on the wealthy does not help create jobs or help the economy in any way.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  78. John Cromedy

    If i was President Obama I would moon you Jack!!

    December 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  79. Greg in Arkansas

    I think this is a brilliant move on the part of the President.

    The President does NOT set the budget nor control the deficit, Congress does.

    He gave the Republicans in congress what they wanted, (major tax cuts) and now, the Republican controlled congress will have to come up with a budget that deals with the cash shortfall while trying to fund everything that will get them reelected.

    He basically tossed that "hot potato" back to the GOP with the message to "put up or shut up" and hopefully, the "whiners" in Congress will do their job and come up with some solutions instead of just slogans.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  80. Scott Stodden

    Im Beginning To Wonder Speaking As A Liberal Democrat How Serious The President Is About Cutting Down The Deficit Especially When He Goes And Supports Extending The George W. Bush Tax Cuts For Two More Years. Isn't This The Same Tax Cuts That Got Us Into This Mess To Begin With? We Need To Repeal The George W. Bush Tax Cuts, Give Tax Cuts To The Middle Class & Poor, Give Tax Cuts To Buisnessess So They Can Start Hiring Again And Raise Taxes On The Wealthy Making $200,000 Or Wealthy Families Making $250,000 Or More A Year Cuz We All Know The Wealthy Are The Big Spenders And The More They Spend The More Revenue The Economy Generates! I Don't Support Extending The George W. Bush Tax Cuts For Any Reason Whatsoever, We Have To Cut The Debt Down!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    December 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  81. Ralph Spyer

    In President Obama world, perception is reality.I voted for him once ;shame on him,vote for him twice,shame on me.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  82. robert theriault

    Every one in Washington wants to balance the budget and cut the deficit, if you don;t believe it just ask them. Obama is just one of our 537 elected leader who has absolutely no idea of how to get us out of the mess they have gotten us into.

    All I can say is I'm glad I'm 70 plus and on my way out instead of 30 with what lies ahead if we keep on our present course. I don't see one shining stars in Washington just alot of meaningless talk, greed and dim wits.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  83. bennie

    Jack the only thing this president and congress is serious about is how much money they can steal from the taxpayers and who can out lie the other. The state of this country is the farthest thing from the minds of these politicians. They are actively giving this country away to a bunch of arrogant criminals and that is a fact. The white collar and no collar recipients are in seventh heaven while the rest of us die a slow death.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  84. Dick B

    Point your finger not at Obama but towards Simpson and Bowles. They couldn't come up with a plan that their own committee would approve. These two old fogies belong in the press corps with all the other folks who talk better than they think.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  85. Chris from NY

    Why must it be only President Obama's problem? Didn't the Republicans just win an election based on the promise of small government and cutting the deficit? Yet, here they are, giving the rich billions of dollars. Mr. Obama might be the President, congress has it's share of responsibility and governing to do too.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  86. Kim Smith

    Whether or not he is serious doesn't matter. The posistion of President contains no real power to direct policy or enforce common sense among Congress. As long as Congress puts their own self-interest above ours, we will never see a reversal of the deficit.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  87. Justin from Co.

    Since Congress controls the purse strings, the question is whether they are serious about the deficit. With even the Republicans supporting a deficit increase for the wealthy, it's obvious they don't give a damn about the deficit. What's more, not a single Congress person is willing to look the $800 billion dollar gorillia in the eye – the Defense budget. When Defense-related costs are factored in, these costs add up to as much as $1.3 trillion dollars. And these can't be touched? There's no pork there? Defense is essentially a multi-billion dollar welfare program for the military industrial complex. If Congress wants to get serious about cutting spending and the deficit, let's start with putting the gorilla in the room on a strict diet. There's tens of billions of dollars being wasted there. Plenty can be cut from that bloat.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  88. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, why would one be shocked when our President is nothing more than an empty suit?

    December 13, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  89. Jim

    Why should he even try. I believe a President not too long ago tried do do just that and Conservatives riduculed him and the next Presidential candidate The Conservatives won the election and look how they handled our debt.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  90. Dennis north Carolina

    Obama is very serious about the debt.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  91. honest John in Vermont

    The way things are right now there is no good way to appreciably cut the deficit.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  92. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    I am serious about reducing the debt. I think taxes need to go UP, and spending needs to go DOWN to fix the deficit.

    I think the President would like the same thing to happen, but he is running against the wind in this one!

    December 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  93. andrew in nc

    Whether he's serious, or not, it is apparent that the media is opposed to maintaining the "Bush tax cuts". Your question relates to a flawed thesis. The continuation of the tax cuts does, in no way, increase the federal deficit. How, pray tell, does the continuation of the current tax add to the budget deficit? Maybe Democrats have already planned to spend the windfall (should they get it). Otherwise, how does something you don't have, that you haven't had, cause you to become more in debt?

    December 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  94. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    He's as serious about cutting the deficit as he is getting us back to work, which is slim to none! Almost 2 years into his term and he has yet to seriously enforce employment laws to force out 6 million working illegals!! Yet he wants to spend billions on a stimulus plan which it would only cost less than 5 million to show and get the word out about serious enforcement! A lying hypocrite to say the least!! BTW-the Dream Act would cost billions, so he is not serious at all!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  95. Robby Bowling

    Good luck on that one, he got to stop spending first.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  96. Allen in Hartwell GA

    With the plan to keep giving millionaires and billionaires tax cuts you have to wonder. I say let the tax breaks expire, and start paying off some of the debt that the country has run up trying to democratize Iraq and Afghanistan. This was a terrible Republican idea in the first place, and no one seems able to vocalize how stupid it was.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  97. Katie

    Since when does the president cut the deficit? I thought that was for Congress to do.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  98. jeane

    Hm...Bout as serious as the Republicans. No Social Security cuts to pay for high wage earner's tax cuts!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  99. Gigi Oregon

    I think he is dead serious. But you have to be cunning as a fox. To deal with the devil.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  100. Ron, WA

    NOT!!! When it comes to money & fiscal responsibility he's like a drunken sailor on shore leave!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  101. Cathy in Alabama

    The Democrats don't care at ALL about the huge deficit. It's all about paying off the people and groups that got them into office. Just look at the pork they packed on to the tax-cut bill. Each item was inserted to "buy" the vote of a Senator or Congressman, all of which demanded it to pay off their cronies.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  102. marilynn toronto ontario

    I'm sure he is, but since your political system has dictated a change in his mandate, why are you pointing your finger at Obama?? All the Republicans had to do was agree to not extend the Bush tax cuts and your treasury would have had incoming revenue to pay down your deficit.

    This is not his fault. The Republicans have this idiotic mandate that they can 'tax cut' their way back into power, and unfortunately the American public wants to think that too.

    You can only pay down deficits with revenue, and if you insist on doing things mandating tax cuts, you will never have revenue to pay it down.

    Why you keep listening to thre Republicans is beyond me. Didn't they get you into this trouble in the first place??

    December 13, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  103. Debra from Phoenix

    He's not concerned at all about the deficit. His tax cut "compromise" with Republicans proves that. How can anyone-ANYONE- justify at least $750 billion added to the continually ballooning deficit. Obama's striking lack of concern about the deficit and the actions of the Congress are simply unconscionable.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  104. James

    About as serious as the Republicans... Not very...

    December 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  105. Aaron

    Not serious at all. Obama's only intention is to, simply, transfer wealth from the wealthy to the poor through increased taxation of the wealthy and increased spending for the poor – a net deficit change of $0.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  106. Steve in NC

    Not serious at all. No one in Washington. They are in the business of selling their influence to the highest bidders while selling out those of us paying the bills. Democrat, Republican, independent - doesn't matter. They just enough blow hot air to silence the masses. They all disgust me.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  107. USA#1

    Jack – A No Brainer Here – It Took 8 years to make this mess, mostly from 2 wars that were NEVER included in the budgets and bank deregulation and now we are in the worst recession. All economists know you have to spend your way out of recessions and so there can be suggestions, but Obama knows the real answer. The Tea Party needs to switch to Coffee and Wake Up Jack !!!

    Richard – Jacksonville, FL

    December 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  108. Mike

    I don't think Obama has ever been serious about any of his "political ambitions" he is now as he has always been just a political puppet.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  109. Deborah Dawson

    Jack,
    Seriously, how serious are any of our elected officials about addressing the deficit? Why pick on Obama? What about all of the Republicans and Tea Partiers who based their entire campaign on reducing both the deficit and the size of our Federal Government? And they're the ones who are driving the tax cut deal that is going to cost us an additional $850 billion! All in the service of making sure that rich people get to keep their money and pass it on to their children tax free. Well, I guess we know who THEY represent.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  110. Steve D

    Alan Greenspan told George Bush if he didn't stop running up the deficit he'd go blind. George said I'll just do it until I need glasses and let the next guy go blind. Obama lost his sight the second he got elected and now we have the blind leading the blind in our nations capital.

    Steve D
    New Windsor Maryland

    December 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  111. Jim Blevins

    He is very serious, but when the Republicans for him to choose between destroying the economy or bribing the fat cats, he certainly chooses to save the economy. Fixing the deficit will require the fat cats to pay up, but while they hold the economy hostage, nothing can be done.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    December 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  112. Debra in Phoenix

    He's not concerned at all about the deficit. His tax cut "compromise" with Republicans proves that. How can anyone-ANYONE- justify at least $750 billion added to the continually ballooning deficit? Obama's striking lack of concern about the deficit and the actions of the Congress are simply unconscionable.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  113. Ankur Gupta

    It is a shame that President Obama is being blamed for allowing to extend the tax cuts for wealthy. Given the choice put forward by Republicans that either extend tax cuts for both middle class and wealthy or for none, it is the Republicans who needs to be blamed. In fact, American public should blame themselves for extending tax cuts to wealthy. They knew the stand of Republicans on this issue and still voted for them.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  114. Diana

    How can Obama do anything to help our country and middle class Americans without the house and senate's help? They are wealthy people that have their own agenda's. I remember when he was running for office, he wanted everyone to have medical like his, however, with medical being big business that won't happen. It seems every time he wants to do something to help most Americans there is the GOP and blue dog democrats objecting! They don't want to give a penny to help the middle class! It's disgusting, and what's worse is the middle class vote for them.....like Bill Mahr said: American's are basically stupid! They continue to bite the hand that feeds them.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  115. Tony

    Jack,

    President Obama is as serious about reducing the deficit as a man who's in deep water worried about drowning while a shark chomps on their leg.

    Which is more immediate: healing the economy in the short term or cutting spending to the bone for an indistinct (and hopefully optimistic) future?

    December 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  116. Matt, FL

    Is the President serious about cutting the deficit? Jack i think at this point its safe to ask "Is the President serious about anything?"

    December 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  117. Steve in Manchester, WA

    Jack,
    Obama and the Republicrats (that's BOTH parties) have been behaving for decades like a drunken sailor who is holding your great, great, great, grandchild's credit card and every generation in between and is laughing all the way to the next bar. I suspect this nation will soon elect Hugh Djedette or his real life equivalent and the US national debt will approach the WORLD's gross annual domestic product – or crash trying to get there. Scary stuff...

    December 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  118. James Mcghin

    Give Obama a break, Jack.....the deficit cutting decision is not made in a vacuum and he didnt cause this mess. I agree the tax cuts should end and we all need to chip in and pay our debt. But the economy is alos very fragile and taxes going up right now may cause a double-dip. What we oughta do is cut the overinflated federal payscale by about 10-20 percent.....its a start on cutting the spending side of things.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  119. King Sol

    Jack, At the moment we need to get the middle class back on their feet again and grow the economy back out of the ditch. In other words, lets help the people first, get out of this mess, then worry about the deficit when when the economy is on solid ground.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  120. Tobi

    Neither party is concerned about cutting the deficit. Obama is pretending to care about it in opposing the Bush tax cuts even though he supported the stimulus, while the Republicans pretended to care about the deficit yet overwhelmingly support the tax cut extension (which will result in $800 billion of lost revenue).

    December 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  121. Steve

    Yes, Jack, he's serious about it, but he cut the deal he had to cut to keep your Aunt Mamie out of a homeless shelter this winter, along with the Aunt Mamies of millions of other Americans, thanks to the greed and foolishness of Republicans and their "one percent" constituency, along with millions of other Horatio Alger myth-swallowers who vote with them, who refused to agree to extending unemployment benefits without continuation of the tax cuts. And much of the other tax cut provisions in the deal have been described as "truly stimulative" for the economy by objective experts. You, Wolf, and your cohorts at CNN and the media generally fail so miserably to focus on what's relevant, to complete the story, to ask the right damned questions, and to back the hell off of the stupidity when the predictable well being of the nation commands that you back the hell off of the fluff and focus on the dire, that it's just insane, and I think, hopeless for the nation. If that miserable haridan Sarah Palin ever gets within a stones throw of a White House run, it will be because you, all of you, not just Fox, refused to give her the cold shoulder she so justly deserved, and instead nattered on about her endlessly, just to sell soap flakes and "snuggies". Truly a pathetic performance for years now, and getting worse. Stop yapping about the imagined failings of this president, and remember the slack-jawed sloucher in chief we got rid of only two years ago, and remember just....how....bad it could be again for the U.S.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  122. Docb

    Look deeper Jack –we have to get the economy going again, then deal with the deficit...Till then –till the jobs come and the taxes are being paid this is a republican talking point –they used to get elected but don't seem too concerned about if they BLACKMAIL the COUNTRY AND THE CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE YOU AND I GET OUR WEALTHY TAX BREAKS!

    Economists seem to agree that short and long term debt should be separated..

    Revenues must flow from the banks to the business to the people–or there is NOTHING to pay on the deficit! Neither party in congress want to give up their Earmarks or their Millionaire tax breaks –Regardless of the sound of stuck hogs screaming!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  123. Israel Barreto

    Jack: The Republicans push for a Deficit reduction commission then vote against it. They force a deal to keep the Bush tax cuts. Obama wants the tax cut to be extended for those making under $250k and you ask: Is Obama Serious about cutting the deficit? Your question is misdirected. You should be asking: Are the Republicans and Tea Partyers serious about cutting the deficit? This is why this deal is bad for Obama. If an intelligent person such as yourself puts the blame of deficits on Obama after the Republican "hostage taking" Lol, then he'll lose the deficit argument in 2012.
    My tax deal would've been: extension for those under $250 with no payroll tax for the same group for 2 years; no income tax for families making under $80k and unemployment for 2 years for "ALL" unemployed.
    Then, we would've had a real stimulus and a nice big deficit.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  124. Robert Brooks

    What proposal would YOU make on the tax bill? The GOP were not interested in letting the middle class continue to get the Bush tax cuts or the unemployed insurance continue unless the rich were allowed to get richer. It seems to me Obama did the best that could be done with the Republican's demands. We live in a democracy with two parties. Compromise is how things get done. If the GOP was interested in deficit reduction, as they claimed in the elections (!), they wouldn't have even raised the issue of extending tax cuts for the super rich. I hope the Tea Party now sees who they've actually sent to Washington.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  125. Spads

    Let the Bush Tax cuts expire. Let Obama's 2% tax cut for the working class stand. Stop attacking our president Jack. I'd like to see you up there trying to run this madhouse called a nation. Maybe you might then appreciate the President's plight. Obviously the President knows something you and I don't, like how much has the defense department squirreled away? Yeah buddy.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  126. Raymond McKinley

    wrong question,
    The question should be if Obama reduced the defecit to 0 and paid off all of our dept, would we be praising him or complaining that he's out of touch for not paying more attention to the unemployment. Bottom line is, if you complain without a balanced solution, then your just complaining. And those of us that are serius "get r done" folks out here really don't have care to here about it.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  127. Flobert

    As serious as the republicain are, in cutting the deficit by giving huge tax cut to the wealthy.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  128. MA in Phoenix

    Jobs or employment, make the world go 'round. What's the point of attacking the deficit if we don't have jobs? Will doing so create new jobs? Is that today's late afternoon economic theory of the day? Let the President create new jobs then we'll have revenue to tackle the deficit. Let's also focus on American goods and services afterwards too. I'm sick of hearing about how much we owe to other countries, how little we produce and how much we should be worried. Please give us a break on the fear mongering, ok!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  129. McBrown

    No one cares...
    Once the wealthiest are profiting and gaining from tax cuts, no one should care about the deficit. We can continue on the current path until we reach the level of the PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain) or the Zimbabwe. Then everyone would turn to the deficit, the wealthiest will understand their money worth nothing comparing to China, Japan and other countries in middle East.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  130. Tony

    It is all a joke Jack! These 'Fat Cats' on the hill think we the people are stupid. President's Obama effort to reduce the deficit is just as good as the GOP's effort to sell us a home in the Sky. It is simple Jack – just say what the people want to hear during the elections and do the opposite when in office. This is sure to be their demise. Just look at the last election.

    What we need is real reform. The Chinese is laughing all the way to the Bank.

    Tony in Va

    December 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  131. Steve Bender

    Yes he is serious, he has done a brilliant thing by working with the Republicans on the tax cuts. Now it is up to the Democrats and Republicans to work together towards a Bi-partisan agreement to lower the deficit.They both have to put their money were their mouths are, and if not; he will use his VETO power.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  132. Andy F.

    Obama is very serious about reducing the deficit. That's why his original proposal included offsetting stimulatory efforts (tax cuts for middle class only) with increasing the tax rate on the wealthy. Elections have consequences, so compromise was required. Perhaps you should ask Republicans if they are serious about reducing the deficit.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  133. Alice Elder

    I am confused. I was so happy when Obama and the Democrats got into office. I felt that things were going to change. Here we are 2 years later still compromising with the Republicans on spending bills just like before the 2008 election year as they run up the deficit and blame the democrats. Go figure. I give. It seems like Obama laid down and let them have their way. So, how serious is he about the debt. I agree with the debt reduction commission.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  134. Tony

    Jack – Give it a rest. Can't you find something better to complain about? Of course the president is going to help fix the deficit. How about asking a question about John Boehner? Just think how much fun that subject will generate.
    Tony

    December 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  135. Ed

    President Obama couldn'y care less about the reducing the deficit. His only intrest is gaining power and Social Justice. All should be poor equley under goverment. Mao and Stalin had the same idearAnd we know how good that turned out!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  136. Griff

    "Yes Jack! I know you gave up drinking a while back. But a Pint-of-bitter, is a regular order in an English-Pub. But that is nothbing to do with Bitterness, as the USA as become acclaimed with since Obama was elected. It was a means to put Politics and the world into another dimention. Now?? What do we/they order after Obama??"

    December 13, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  137. Wayne

    I've heard one politician say extending unemployment benefits is wrong. people will not go back to work if they are paid to stay at home. 80% of unemployed people return to work within 30 days of their last unemployment check. How can the president say he is trying to put people back to work when he extends how long they can stay home with pay. This not only would eliminate expense but increase tax revenue from their income tax. Why doest anyone else see this?

    December 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  138. Nancy, Tennessee

    President Obama and Congress keep telling us they will get things under control, but we have just one more spending bill we need to pass. He said he wanted us to grade him on how he is keeping his campaign promises. He gets a failing grade in all areas. We're still in Iraq and Afghanistan. He wants to extend the Bush tax cuts that he demeaned on the campaign trail and his time in office up until last week. With all he has failed to do, there is no need to think that he is likely to cut the deficit. He's too busy attending parties to think about such things. He can leave it to the Republicans that will be arriving in January. Maybe President Clinton will have some advise that will help us. God knows someone needs to help us.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  139. Monica

    I think President Obama is trying to reduce the deficit at the same time he's trying to create new jobs.Has another President had to deal with so many problems at the same time and with so many complainers? I don't think so! What's the deal?-let him do his job!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  140. bill

    I was hoping Obama would be a good President but unfortunately he doesn't have the backbone. Truman and Johnson must be turning in their graves at Obama's ineptness. If the Democrats want me to show up next election, they better dump Obama because there is nothing he can do now to regain credibility with me.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  141. Bob George

    Jack – How far can any human being go, Pres. or not, with the oppostion to any substantial appropriate changes being resisted by the Republican party, Teapartiers, and much of the American public. The majority of the latter, that MIGHT watch the 6:00 News & consider themselves informed, has little or no idea what is really happening whan it comes to the efforts of Obama & the Democratic party.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  142. Langston

    About as serious as Iranian President Ahmadinejad is when he states that Iran is pursuing peaceful nuclear energy. I hate to be a cynic but allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire is not going to solve the deficit problem. The fact is, our children and grandchildren are footing the bill. Stop kidding yourself Jack.

    Macon, GA

    December 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  143. Dylan Bryant

    VERY SERIOUS, JACK! Has any president ever not been serious about fixing the deficit? Seriously the right just keeps on coming up with fake reasons to make Obama look bad. As for the judge in Virginia (location says alot by the way) he is simply incompetent. We have to pay car insurance, I don't hear anyone crying about that! But when its our health, I guess Americans just dont care anymore. That's probably why we are the third fattest country in the world, and thats only because the top 2 have very small populations, AMERICAN Samoa, and Kiribati.

    Dylan Bryant
    Bakersfield, CA

    December 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  144. Kathie

    Not one polictian is serious about reducing the deficit–they are in the back pockets of their special interests. Congress and the White House have no concept of living within a budget. Look at the billions wasted on wars that will never end. No one wins a war. Why do we have to have military bases in multiple countries–what country has a military base in ours? What about the fact that illegal aliens continue to rape our education and health care systems at our dime–why not deport them and also bill their country of origin for the costs we incur? Why can't congress take a heft pay cut?

    December 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  145. Joe Hanson

    I don't think he's serious about being President. He must think it's a 9 to 5 job. Why else would he walk out of a press conference so he could get to a party?

    December 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  146. lynnej in nc

    He's serious about it. But due to the polarization of this country with some people mad that a black man is president, he can't get any help other than some Dems in the Senate. And they don't have even have enough votes to stop this crazy tax deal.

    People should ashamed of themselves for letting the color of the man's skin influence how we get this country back together.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  147. Luci

    Let's see, he has 2 wars, big tax cuts from Bush years and the Republicans wanting permenent tax cuts now etc. etc. He is working very hard to fix everything. Do you realise he hasn't had time to take the many vacations that Bush and company did when they were acting like Bush was President. You notice I said pretending.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:49 pm |