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March 25th, 2009
05:30 PM ET

Should Pres. Obama get what he's asking for in budget?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In last night's news conference, President Obama said that his $3.6 trillion budget is "inseparable" from economic recovery. But not everyone would agree with the president on that one. Republicans have been highly critical - with House Minority Leader John Boehner calling Mr. Obama's budget "the most irresponsible piece of legislation" he's ever seen - Boehner is calling for a "do-over."

And it's not just Republicans. A group of centrist Democratic senators took the red pen to the president's budget; making hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts. North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad and others have raised concerns about the long-term impact of the president's spending plan on the deficit. Conrad says their version, which saves $608 billion over five5 years, will help reduce the deficit while also maintaining the president's priorities of education, energy and health care.

The plan cuts out money that was set aside for future bank bailouts, provides only a temporary fix for the alternative minimum tax and doesn't account for some major health care and energy initiatives. Republicans were also critical of Conrad's plan; saying it stripped out some items that may have to be funded anyways. Mr. Obama said last night that they never expected Congress "would simply Xerox" his budget and vote on it; and White House officials tried to play down any differences with Democrats, saying they were satisfied with the plans coming out of Congress.

Here’s my question to you: When it comes to the budget, should President Obama get what he's asking for?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steve writes:
Let’s give President Obama a chance to fix this country. Change doesn't come slowly. It took 8 years for President Bush to mess up this country; maybe it will take another 8 years to turn this country back on the right path. I also like how Obama is spending the money here in our country. All President Bush did was spend money overseas.

Al from Danbury, Connecticut writes:
There is certainly one budget item that the president should not get: He has requested $75 billion for 2009 and $130 billion for 2010 to fund the disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan. While there may be arguments on both sides of a debate over whether we need to press on with these failures, there can be no debate about whether or not we can afford almost an additional quarter of a trillion dollars to continue these wars.

Sandy from Arkansas writes:
Perhaps Pres. Obama will have to do what the majority of us have done regarding our personal budgets: make do with less, which means cutting something. You make choices - cut down the heat, eat lots of dried beans or peas, shop in Thrift Stores or at garage sales, drop insurance or raise deductibles, take a second job, etc. Very few of us can get what we ask for and we are just doing our best to survive.

James from Euless, Texas writes:
The question is not if President Obama gets what HE wants but if the American people get what THEY asked for when they overwhelmingly elected Barack Obama as president.

Mike from Korea writes:
The president should get what the Congress thinks he should get and that's that. The separation of powers is there for a reason.

Bill from Maine writes:
Jack, If we don't give him what he's asking for, we only have ourselves to blame if he doesn't accomplish all that we expect.


Filed under: Economy • President Barack Obama
soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. Gerry In Toronto

    If America wants change and still wants to lead the world, then Obama should get everything he wants.

    March 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  2. pat in michigan

    yes
    but post the budget on the internet

    March 25, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  3. A.Rice

    Yes. The President is trying to fix a financial mess. If, we do not come together, as the United States of America, we will be in BIG TROUBLE. We have, one of the smartest Presidents in America's history. He stood for one hour last night to make the case. He did not shrug his shoulders, stammer or make jokes. He was considerate and tried to instill, a sense of hope for the future. The entertainment news stations could not wait to paint a negative picture. How do you expect the American people to come together, if everyone is looking for the negatives. The Republicans stand on the sidelines waiting for failure. If economy is not fixed, the Republicans cannot come back. It is their fault that, we are in this situation. Support Obama and let's make some needed changes.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  4. LUCY - ILLINOIS

    I think he should. He has given Congress a chance to speak up and trim the budget and they did. Most of them would complain if they were going to be hung with a new rope.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  5. Al, Lawrence KS

    This is why President Obama was elected. He is doing exactly what he said he would do. Yeah, people have run for office before talking about energy, health care, yada, yada, but I get the feeling the the President actually meant it. He should get everything he asks for and maybe more. It's now or never. We need to get down to the business of saving our American dream. (I know it's self-serving plug just to get on the air)

    March 25, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  6. Tom in Desoto Texas

    To a large degree yes. The republican Bush years put us where we are today and now republicans compain. This is as if a stage 4 cancer patient who smoked 3 packs a day for 50 years is blaming the doctor cause the chemo is making them sick. We all know, in a republican budget health care would never be mentioned.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  7. George, Dunedin, Florida

    That is very refreshing, for someone to ask if they may do something in Washington instead of shoving it down out collective throats, you know things like the Iraq War. It is a change that we have to get used to all over again, but doesn't it make you feel a little more involved. or at least considered?

    March 25, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  8. Bill from Maine

    Jack:

    If we don't give him what he's asking for we only have ourselves to blame if he doesn't accomplish all that we expect.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  9. Jack Martin

    President Obama is asking congress to bail out our nation. He should get whatever he wants. Certainly the members of congress of both parties have helped put us in the jam we are in. The least they could do now is give someone with new ideas some help to bring those ideas to success,
    Jack
    Boynton Beach FL

    March 25, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  10. toni boutwell, myrtle beach, SC

    Absolutly. It's time to spend money here, not in other countries. Of course it will be expensive, but not as expensive as doing nothing. We are behind the world in science, health care, innovation and education, if we don't act now and act expansively we doom ourselves to being known as a great 20th century power that died from an inability to act.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  11. Howard M., Bolingbrook IL

    Yes! Let him try, before everyone condemns him his programs.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  12. Sue Austin Texas

    I think he sould get what he wants. It may hurt him but I still think he is being honest with us and realistic considering the current situation. When things in fact get better he will ask for much less.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  13. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: Yes, President Obama should get all that he's asking for. Look where we are without the help!!

    March 25, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  14. Debbie in San Marcos, CA

    Yep, he sure should. We "hired" him to clean up the mess Bush left so we need to support his effort. Plus his budget is an honest one...at least it includes the wars...something Bush didn't do.
    And for all of those making statements or supporting statements like ; "I hope Obama fails" or "I hope his policies fail" etc.,are really saying I hope America fails. That is disgusting. We all should be praying that everything he does succeeds for the good of our country. Most middle class Americans have no stomach for those kinds of politics. However, it does make it easier to know who to vote out of office next time around.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  15. Rory

    For once, someone is focusing on spending that will help Americans. Affordable Health Care, Clean Energy and Education. The focus appears to be on the amount and not the benefits. Let's do this for ourselves and our children.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  16. chris

    nope not unbtil he trims the fat from the bloatted and wasteful budget

    March 25, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  17. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    I'm a huge Obama supporter but I have to say NO! Getting down to a $500 billion annual deficit in a few years is just not acceptable nor is it responsible. I get we have to spend more now to cushion the fall. But in the long run we need to cut more of the waste out there. I buy investing in the future but we still have to be able to afford it. When we are finally out of this mess, we need to find a way to reduce the size and reshape the federal government to meet our future needs. What we don't need is to preserve 20th century programs that have outlived their usefulness. If Obama wants a real paradigm shift, then let's be more radical and start from scratch. Create a government like we were starting a new one today and let legacy programs be put their timely deaths!

    March 25, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  18. Gigi in Alabama

    Seems to me we are damned if we do and damned if we don't. We gave George Bush everything he wanted and look where it got us. . . trillions in debt and a global economy that has tanked.
    President Obama is trying his best to right everything that has gone wrong in the past eight years. I guess we need to let him try to put us back on the path of fiscal responsibility.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  19. struggling taxpayer

    Obama is coming to the table with a plan and is willing to negotiate. Everyone else, especially the republicans, only have criticism with no plan. Time for congress to actually put the needs of the peole ahead of their overinflated egos!

    March 25, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  20. Wanda Robinson

    Yes!! Jack the USA does not have any industry to fall back on due to the current economic downturn. Each sector of society is suffering. Where will the money come from to keep our country in tact? President Obama has the wisdom to understand this. His budget shores up the basics for our society to remain competitive through education and to remain secure through infrastructure. If we do not take care of these issues, the middle class will not exist as we know it and our country will be left vulnerable to others. We should look to our history when it comes to not taking care of basic needs. We will only have two classes–the very wealthy and the poor. Without education and a good healthcare system, where do you think our society will be, because there is nothing trickling down.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  21. Kim - Blair, NE

    Should he? YES! Will he? I doubt it. However, the more of us who call/email/write our representatives in Congess, the greater the chance are. I am from Nebraska & right now, I am mad as a hornet. You can probably guess at who and why.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  22. Hubert Bertrand Oberlin La.

    Jack: I'm so lost about our country I don't know what is right or wrong any more. I guess that is what our politicians want. Health care will break us.That's all I know

    March 25, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  23. garrick

    jack we all wish we could get everything we want but we just cant.if he gets education and energy this country will move in the right direction until his second term,then we can work on health care.
    clearwater,fl

    March 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  24. Liz, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    Provided President Obama can actually reduce the deficit by $1 trillion over the next 10 years, then yes, he should be given everything he has asked for in the budget. He will improve many, many areas of the U.S. economy in ways that no other President has ever attempted or dared to attempt, and he can do it.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  25. Joyce-Marshall, TX

    He should get it all and more. Our Congress needs to finally hear what we the people are saying. We've suffered the brunt of the status quo already and it's time they actually heard the people. This is the 21st century and I guess Congress doesn't get it. I'm no special interest, I'm part of the group that should be their interest and believe me, we should all let them know. Things must change vs what their political careers and egos seek. There has to be a turning point and I believe lots of Dems and Repubs will make their voices heard in 2010. Offer something or SHUT UP!

    March 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  26. Joel

    He didn't say he wants to get all he is asking for. He said he wanted congress and the senate to evaluate the budget and improve in areas as they are able. What frustrates me so much is that those who are so negative in thought towards his budget don't have a counter. One shouldn't criticize without an idea on how to improve.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  27. RSB - St George, UT

    What part of "bi-partisan democratic process to allow for checks and balances" does Mr. Obama not understand? We have just gone through 8 yrs of one president demanding everything he asked for (and even when Congress said no, he usually did it anyway)...and look at the mess we are in now. (Roland/St. George, UT)

    March 25, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  28. Allen, Hartwell GA

    The former president got just about anything he wanted, and we knew he was going to waste it. Why not give Obama what he says we need?

    March 25, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  29. Tony from Torrington

    Of course Jack. I'm sure you have the money to give to Obama. As for the rest of us, we'll sit back and collect. the social services that people in your income range pay for. And may I say it's about time.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  30. Ron

    I think that the president is making several attempts to bring our economy back from disaster and I believe that he needs support in his efforts. Like so many, I finally feal that we don't have a loose cannon in the office of the president. We finally have someone that gets the problem and is working hard to do something about it. Thank God!!

    March 25, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  31. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Yes! Give the man what he wants. We gave the most ignorant president in history what ever he wanted for eight years, including over 4000 american lives. All Obama wants is a little money to attempt to repair the damage done by Bush and co.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  32. Sherry, N. Calif.

    Yes, President Obama seems to be the only one in our Governent that thinks before opening his mouth. I am sure mistakes will be made but we have to move forward and learn from those mistakes. Congress does not get along even within their own parties. Bi-partisanship? Pooh on that. He has at least tried. I do not think he will quit trying, so everyone needs to learn a lessn here. THINK-before YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH!

    March 25, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  33. Peg

    I really don't know, Jack. Do any of us who vote these people in or out of office get any help with our home budgets? No. It seems a do-over may well be called for. Honestly, it is very hard to know or speculate.

    Peg in NY

    March 25, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  34. Terry in Virginia

    I wasn't happy about the idea that the mortgage interest and charity deductions, the only deductions I have, may be affected. It wasn't clear whether he meant to cut the deductions from 100% to 28% or 35% or that we still can take 100% of these deductions off the gross before we pay 28% or 35% in taxes. I think he meant the latter, but he's hitting us with so many changes all at once, I feel like I've gotten lost on the path to recovery. Right now the rich are still getting everything, including cash up front from our government, and the middle class and poor are continuing to get smoke and mirrors. Maybe after he clarifies some points, I can support his proposal 100%, but right now, I just don't know.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  35. Jerry,OK

    Jack, Last November voters elected Obama to clean up our economic mess. So...yes he should get his budget.

    Jerry N/Broken Arrow,OK

    March 25, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  36. Wells B. Lange

    Last night the president told the country that Americans all across the country were making many sacrifices to get along in this economy. He should have added that he himself would set the example by reducing his annual salary to $100,000 and was going to ask the members of Congress to do the same. He missed a good opportunity to show that he was willing to share our problems.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  37. HD in Phoenix, AZ

    Not without some very deep and thorough scrutiny.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    March 25, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  38. Jane (Minnesota)

    Jack I think he should Since his actions will be scruntized the next election cycle. If he doesn't then he should also give that "credit" to the parties that blocked it.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  39. Sue in the other Washington

    Yes! We have a President that sees the big picture and can look years down the road. Spend, stimulate now; cut the fat when the patient is healthy enough and lets build a new economy for the 21st century!

    March 25, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  40. Chris from Buffalo, NY

    I don't have a problem with the President getting all the money he's asking for with his budget and running up our national debt to levels that would make even George Bush blush, although I'm not sure how my 4 month old granddaughter feels about it.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  41. Arlene

    No but he doesn't expect to get everything he's put into the budget. This is negotiation 101. Ask for more than you need, wait for the counter offer, counter back if need be then come to a resolution. What takes this to the PHD level is the dollar amount and the number of initiatives involved. I'm just glad he understands how to do it. Something W never did. Imagine, keeping the cost of 2 wars off the balance sheet... Give me a break...

    Arlene

    March 25, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  42. Fran Cassanto

    Jack:

    Since the Bush presidency was so "do nothing" and irrational, I think that President Obama is doing a wonderful job. Yes, he should get what he is asking for. I am so sick of those politicians and right wing talking heads opposing him; they only care about themselves and their pockets. Bush and Cheney destroyed this country and now it will take a miracle to save us. I think Obama is the one to do this!! Please give us a break.

    Spring City, Pennsyvania

    March 25, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  43. Marcia in Michigan

    No one seemed to mind when truck load after truck load of US dollars went in to Iraq to buy bad information.

    So why not just go for it. Money for new energy, education, and making real things is essential... fixing or creating a better healthcare system... things that will really help all of us.

    Our children and their children may never need to worry about paying it off. If we keep going down the same road we are on... we will all be standing neck deep in poluted water holding our breathe or maybe we'll get to try out artificial gills.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  44. Pro Kankakee, IL.

    Yes because we are in reconstruction, if we leave it up to the Republicans they will only use or money to funnel it to their buddies in the Military Industrial Complex, and Big Business! We have had enough of them!

    March 25, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  45. Real Duteau

    I am amazed that we now have such experts in Congress who know how to solve our financial crisis and also know that the President's plan will not work. Where were these experts before and during the onset of the crisis? I say that we let the President do the job we elected him to do. He is the new JFK that we have been waiting for, who dares to dream of a better America and is working towards that goal. We need to remove, by electing out of office, those in Congress that are self-serving and not working for the American public. We need to support this President and that support should be honored by the news media, especially Ed Henry and Chuck Todd, with the absence of nonsense questions and antagonism.

    Real Duteau, Isle LaMotte, Vermont

    March 25, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  46. Jim, Spartanburg, SC

    Yes President Obama should get what he asked for. After all he won the election and coat-tailed a large group of the House and Senate with him. These so-called centrists are only after campaign contributions. Health Care should be at the top of the list. He should tell congress to kick out the lobbyists, drop some of their pet projects and get on with it. I'm mad as hell at this dysfunctional House and slow walking Senate.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  47. Ray

    Obama's program should be given a chance to work. In a time of economic distress when government action is needed to save the capitalism from the capitalists, gettying stingy with the budget sounds penny wise and pound foolish.

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    March 25, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  48. L Cooper of Los Angeles, CA

    yes, we have elected the president, let him do his job. He is only president for a couple of months, look at how his political enemies just want him to fail no matter what. No wonder we are where we are right now. We have too many critics, politics, less doers. So in the state that we are now, we deserve it. We got too many critics pointing what is wrong, how about doing something to fix it. At least the president is trying to fix it. Now everytime the critics comes to talk in your program the Situation Room, I just switch the dial Jack. Got enough of them, too many of them is not good for my sanity. I always believe no one can handle a new job like a pro, it takes time. Even the pro can not handle the president's job with the kind of problem that he has. I hope we should at least give him the benefit of the doubt.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  49. Brandon from New York City

    Yes he should. If you look at the edits, the "centrist" Democrats are taking out the provisions that will help the poor and the middle class the most. They know where they get their campaign contributions from, and it ain't from the little folks.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  50. Jim, from Las Vegas

    Where in that budget is anything that will bring jobs back to the US? It is impossible to solve this crisis (Obama's favorite word) without doing that.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  51. Emily, Summit, NJ

    Yes. The stimulus is about government spending money that the private sector won’t to jumpstart the economy. Last fall, under Bush, the banks and financial services firms were given huge sums of money with no stipulations invoked for accountability on what was to be done with the money. Credit dried up. Nothing was done with the toxic assets. Foreclosures are increasing. Money was used to acquire both US and foreign banks or just put in the vault. Wall Street turned a cold shoulder to Main Street. Responsible credit card holders had harsh cutbacks on credit limits because the now risk-averse credit card companies needed cash to stem their losses. Gone were the wacky, high-risk credit card offers that lined their coffers from high interest carrying charges. Health insurance benefits are a huge expense for any size business and solving that problem is a big piece of fixing our economy and creating jobs. Renewable energy is the future and investment there is key to our country being competitive in a global economy. Additionally, it solves the problem of our dependence on foreign oil. Republican conservatives thought nothing of driving the deficit up when they voted for every Bush request for money to fuel a war we should never have started. Now they are posturing in anticipation of the 2010 elections with their obstructionist No votes. Conservatives also incorrectly claim that FDR’s New Deal was a failure – the only failure was that he didn’t take it far enough. Truman advocated a national health insurance policy; it’s a little late and long overdue. Time to turn a cold shoulder to health insurance lobbyists and do what is right for Americans. Let President Obama do his job. If he fails, Americans will weigh-in with No vote for him.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  52. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    As long as some provisions are made to make industry more competitive and revise anti-trust laws to include any attempts by businesses to corner a market regardless of whether it is one company or many collecting profits by restricting choice then yes they should pass the budget because he is right about one things; if we do not begin to tackle these other problems like healthcare and competitive energy now the costs will continue to rise quality will suffer and business will continue to exploit us because they can get away with it.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  53. Cassie, NC

    Jack,

    Obama is caring about the issues that the American people worry with everyday our health care is a mess, education system is failing are kids, and we send billions of our money overseas for oil every year that could be used here. I get mad when Congress wants to make excuses so they don't have to deal with the real issues that the country wants done simply so they can sit on there a**es and do nothing and get paid by me the taxpayer. I really think Obama needs to send Congress on a vacation Jack to the streets and live like we do no health care and send there kids to crumbling schools I wonder would they get then what is happening in this country.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  54. Doris/St. Louis

    Certainly, at least he's trying, compared the last fiasco of a presidency.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  55. Bill D.

    Yes but also give him the line item veto. so he can cut the pork out.
    St. Cloud MN

    March 25, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  56. Marietta

    Yes!! Pres Obama should get the "full budget", he has a plan for right now and the future!! The last Pres. Bush did not! $12 Trillion dollars in debt handed a surplus plus $1.3 Trillion, Pres Obama has to put on his budget...that is $13.3 Trillion–anyone got a picture of what Americans are paying for, our children grandchildren? What did Americans buy, plus massive debt with China at its maxs? And America is destroyed on all fronts!-Got no new Health Care, No New Education, No New Energy resources for spending $13. 3 Trillion dollars–thanks Bush!

    -Give Pres Obama what he needs right now to turn this economy our future around!

    March 25, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  57. david sylvestre

    TAX INCREASED FOR EVERYONE JAN 1ST.....
    we dont even know whats in the budget.....we are told one thing in speaches and comments only to learn we have been dooped.....The new tax tables show Obama will tax the very first dollar we earn. Last year the first 150 was tax free..........did we know this was in the budget...........???

    March 25, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  58. Ann

    No he should not get what he is asking for. Why should our children and grandchildren pay for nothing. It is time for washington to stop the spending. Cap & Carbon what a joke! When China and India are not in so it is not going to do any good why should we pay the price when they have not proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the green gases are true. The only reason we are even talking about the earth warming is because Al Gore made a lot of money so he is having to push the agenda.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  59. Tyler C.

    Jack, no one gets what they asked for in their budget.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  60. natx

    We need to have the energy initiatives, and the healthcare for the jobs and future savings. I hate to say it but the education can wait until we are out of this recession its not going to help anyone right now or anytime soon unlike the healthcare and green collar jobs.

    -Philly

    March 25, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  61. Dan from Parker, CO

    It's easy to criticize a plan, especially one that is facing a problem as complicated as a national financial crisis that took years to develop. I believe President Obama is doing his best to address some serious problems and that he deserves lots of breathing room to give his plan a chance to work.

    My worry is that the Treasury Department will end up doing the exact same thing with the toxic assets as the banks did in the first place by selling the debt to someone else (China for example). Look how good Capitol Hill has been at tracking bailout money. If it hadn't been for consumer watch groups, would AIG have been an issue? Give me one good reason to think they'll be able to track millions of bad home loans.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  62. Vincent Ng(Canada)

    Sure! He seem to be doing fine now with the stimulus budget. He and his team are doing what is needed, even though there are some bumps along the way. At least he is facing the problems right on!

    March 25, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  63. John Brewer

    Absolutely not, Obama is about to oversee another huge transfer of wealth to the already rich. You cover the toxic assets at one end and still expect people to pay there mortgages and even help them out with tax money.

    John from Canada

    March 25, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  64. surge moose

    I for one trust that obama has all good intention, unlike our sour g.o.ps Yes he should , yes lets give him a chance ...for me so far so much at stake , bravo ,lets get down to work and clear the bush and strart planting good atmosphere.....

    March 25, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  65. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    I like the way you say that Conrad's budget saves 605 billion dollars.
    It doesn't save anything, it reduces the huge projected deficit by 605 billion dollars. Obama is out of his mind to present a budget with the deficits he proposes. I can only conclude that he wants to bankrupt our country and if he gets what he is asking for he will succeed.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  66. Sue NY

    Yes, Why not ,we have given and given to the rich and big business for years. They don't want to give the middle class a tax break but for years the rich have gotten one. In fact isn't that one of the things the GOP is complaining about. The tax cut to the rich Obama wants to get rid of. Give me a b reak this government isn't going to do anything that will help the middle class.Obama wants to help make this country be great again but the GOP and Congress and their lobbists isn't going to give us anything. Everyone in this country knows we need health care now .But I bet you the GOP and certain Democrats won't do anything about it. Our people are dying but they could care less about pollution. It's like to right to form a union. No way that would give the middle class too much power. The GOP and the rich business contol this government. Yes his budget is going to cost alot but atleast most of it's for to help the whole country instead of a certain few. I am not going to worry about the price. We have already spent more on non bid contracts, war, tax breaks for the rich. We have wasted more money then we will ever know.Tell congress to take a wage cut for the next 8 yrs. I bet you we will save alot of money. Pres. Obama keep fighting for the middle class because we are all behind you.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  67. Tony IL

    No one president should get what they ask for. That's why we have congress for checks and balances. As much that needs to be done for health care, education, and the economy, by spending too much to bail us out, just might make that Big Mac shown yesterday, costing us $6 or more in the future.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  68. Ed'sKate

    Absolutely, how else are we going to get out of the mess we inherited.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  69. Greg, Ontario

    No...But as long as he gets what he needs to get the banks acting like banks again the rest should fall into place. For this year.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  70. Steve, Clifton,VA

    Jack "

    President Obama should only get what he is asking for if he can, in fact, clearly make the case that what he's asking for is what America "Needs"..........

    Steve
    Clifton, VA

    March 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  71. Tom Port Angeles, WA

    Of course he should get what he is asking for. For too long, Congress and past administrations have ignored the needs of the country. The Senate, said to be the world's finest deliberative body, has turned into the worlds most do-nothing body. Senators like Conrad and Baucus would rather help out their wealthy contributors the the rest of us. Baucus wants to keep the extra 10% charitable contribution deduction for the wealthy rather than provide access to healthcare for ordinary citizens. I am becoming ashamed of being a Democrat when Democrats like this forget that the people elect them, not the rich.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  72. Buzz in Solvang, CA

    YES he should. I have more faith in him than a bunch of congressmen/women who are more beholden to lobbyist/special interest groups and who oppose him on the most specious grounds.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  73. Carlos VA

    Hi Jack, I would say the newly-elected President has already gotten quite abit more than what he asked for, symbolically speaking. As far as his proposed budget is concern, well it's wishfull thinking on anyone's part if they think congressional leaders (both sides) aren't going to fight the majority of his proposals tooth and nail. What he does have in his favor is the Republican's lack of presenting reasonable and/or more viable solutions as other options for the American people to seriously consider. Republicans simply just can't come to terms with this particular President informing them that we face enormous crisis across the board of which they carry the brunt of the blame, and if we fail to act the long term consequences will be dire to say the least. What's interesting is the noise that was made regarding the billions that is still being spent in Iraq is mild compared to the outcry against the proposed spending by the Obama Administration for things that could help everyday Americans like myself.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  74. Terry from Illinois

    The 8 long years of Reagan trickle down economics put America in a recession during the Bush 1 presidency and 8 long years of Bush 2 has put America in a worse recession today.
    How many jobs have to be outsourced out of America before there is action by our government to prevent this. Low wage jobs will be all that is left which will result in less taxes being collected, less money to spend on American economy.
    Building and manufacturing use to be America's strong point, now we outsource to foreign countries and import almost everything.

    I say yes, let Obama have everything he wants in his budget to change America and hopefully get our jobs back to America and penalize companies who outsource to make it more expensive to do that...

    March 25, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  75. Bruce

    The problem is that he will indeed get what he asks for; a 15 fold increase in domestic money supply, which translates into some hideous inflation condition and an economy about a zillion times worse than the great depression.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  76. Pat in Greensboro

    He shouldn't and he doesn't expect to. It's all part of the "process", put a budget out there that doesn't have a chance of passing, let the politicians huff and puff for a few weeks, make some minor modifications and let them feel like they swooped in to save the day. Kind of like the cartoon characters they have become.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  77. Andrew Crocker

    Hey Jack, Andrew from Springfield, Missouri here. I think these are historical times that call for historical demands to answer it. While I have in my heart the hope that Obama's policies will wildly succeed, I literally have no way of knowing, because we have simply never seen these issues arise before in our lifetimes.

    I do know this: that to respond to a crisis that has the world's economy riding on it, entrusting a wildly popular President right out of he gate with four years to respond and react to circumstances on the ground is flat-out fair. I don't intend to give Obama the red carpet forever, especially if he allows the deficit to barrell out of control for four years. But for now, especially because we elected him to respond to the recession, he should initially be allowed to do things his way, inviting our skepticism along the way.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  78. Dominic C. Gardunio

    Jack, the senate and the house needs to work together. He is the only one that made a budget plan. Did the republican party made their own budget plan? I DON'T THINK KNOW. It may hurt us or it may not hurt us. We are not a NATION OF CRY BABIES.

    NORTH EAST, PA

    March 25, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  79. Horn Lake, MS

    Has any president ever gotten what he wants in a budget? Go through the list of "stimulus projects" and you will see a lot that makes you go hmmmm.......We need term limits desperately.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  80. Herman Johnson

    President Obama is trying to correct the ills of government, of course he should be given every opportunity to do so, and those who desire to see him fail understand cleary that his success is in the power of the purse. No one is emphasizing tne fact that Laissez-faire government and Conservative politics practiced by the wealthy and the religious right, with media help, have been able to use the tools of ignorance, prejudice, racism, and more to commit extortion in this nation to the extent for which Americans now suffer as they do. The very fact that such a massive number of American are astute enough to understand how their destiny interwoven with the disadvantaged is where we can rely on best of America to immerge. God bless America.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  81. Mandy

    Jack, President Obama should get everything he asks for unless or until someone, anybody comes up with a better well thought out plan. But we know the congress and senate are all going to play stupid politics and turn down his requests, well you know because??

    March 25, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  82. Jane - WI

    Absolutely NOT!! If there ever was someone who was over reaching, it is Mr. Obama. He ran for President as some sort of centrist, and is governing from the far left right now. What he is trying to do in 3 short months is change the very fiber of our country. That could be why his poll numbers are dropping so quickly when it comes to people supporting his radical agenda. It is good to see that some Democrats have the common sense to try to reign in this out of control President. I assume he is trying to ram this stuff through so quickly because he knows that his unprecedented spending might cause his party to lose seats in next year's elections.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  83. george c paree

    No he needs to be stopped before bankrupt yhe world

    March 25, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  84. Sandra Lopez

    The Republican party has knocked down and stepped on the neck of every middle class and poor person for the last eight years. So, I am not asking you, i'm telling you to back off, either bring something possitive to the table, our your party will distroy itself. The election of our new president invokes a sense of peace, something your party was not willing to do. We are finally able to gasp for air, so step back shut your mouths and listen to what the majority of the people are saying and feeling, just maybe you all will become human again! Remember, this country is run by the people, for the people. The Republican party doesn"t represent the majority. I look at a republican and I don't see a human, i see one gaint dollar bill. Something most of us don"t have any more, thanks to them!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  85. Susan Frost

    As a lawyer, President Obama knows that the only way to negotiate is to ask for a whole lot MORE than you want in order to get what you REALLY want from a bunch of jerks (i.e., the lawyers or in this case politicians on the other side) who don't want to give you ANYTHING. That way nobody's ox realizes it's been gored. I'm confident that the President knows exactly what he's doing.

    Susan
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    March 25, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  86. Joseph Sousa

    New Bedford 02745

    The president should have in cooperate with huge smiles! Shame on those them for not wanting the President to do the will of the people. Health Care, Energy and Education are the PILLARS OF OUR DEMOCRACY!

    I like you a lot and hope one day you find another love for you life!

    Sincerely,
    Joseph Sousa

    March 25, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  87. Nancy, Tennessee

    President Obama told the American people that he has cut some of the programs that were not working out of the budget. I am particularly impressed with his movement to change the procurement process at the Pentagon. For years the costs of items such as hammers have been the punch line for jokes about Washington's spending. We need to buy quality products, but we need prices that are reasonable. Congress needs to approve this budget so that we can grow our products as predicted to offset the deficit.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  88. Mike – Denver, CO

    No. Just because he is the president does not mean he should automatically get his way. Oh, and quit trying to play the public for fools, "inseparable"? If items are really necessary, then they should have been part of the bailout bill instead of all those pet projects.

    Sorry, I guess I was expecting more "change" than just the name on the dotted line.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  89. Kmac - Utah

    NO!! President Obama should not receive all of his budget wishes!
    He needs to take a breath, get the economy back on track and then
    see which way he should go. He does not need to accomplish everything at once. There is always next year and the year after for
    at least the next 3 1/2 to 7 1/2 years.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  90. Bill Terry

    Jack;

    President Obama's ego has gotten the better of him. And his budget double-speak is wearing thin. You'd expect criticism from Rebublicans and they are not wrong in this case.

    But when you see his own party members and erstwhile supporters in Europe and now even China challenging him, you know he is off the track. He criticizes Republicans for profligate spending and then outdoes them by a factor of 3. The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  91. Debbie in Warrenton, OR

    Yes in principle. I think that if there is progress in starting to make healthcare affordable and safe, moving toward energey indepence, improving our education system, and controlling wasteful spending, then we all win. I don't think he cares how this is done, only that it begins to happen. I think the big problem with the budget is that we are dependent on Congress to think out of the box for solutions and so far I haven't seen a creative thought or the ability to create solid legislation from any of them.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  92. Shauna

    I am not usually a person who responds to these discussions and I feel there are many others like me out there. But I keep hearing people saying that the budget will steal from our children and they hope he fails. How financial safe will our children be without competitive education, clean renewable energy and most important the assurance of lifetime health care? For years these issues keep getting put on the back burner, until we have the money to pay for it. When is that going to happen? At least President Obama is saying that these are our priorities and fighting to actually, finally do something about it. I agree with him and I would be glad to for go my $400 tax breaks in favor of health care, education and renewable energy. Shauna

    March 25, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  93. Nancy Counter

    Where were all of you when Bush was burning down everything. I back President Obama 100%. It is going to take years to pull this left over Republican mess back to some kind of livable existance. Where was CNN in this " keeping them honest" during the Bush fiasco.What a let down CNN is first you push Obama into office then you pick apart his every movement and it hasn't even been 100 days. Give him a little time. And as for Ed Henry's going to take on President Obama, I suggest Mr Henry put his tail beneath him and slink away.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  94. Morgan

    Glendale, California

    I think that this stimulus bill might make things worse, in the end. Where are we going to get all this money? Apparently, we're going to print it ourselves, which means inflation will go up along with the deficit.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  95. garrick

    hi jack
    if we could all get what we want this world would be in great shape so if he gets half of what he wants we be alot better than what was givin to us in the past 8yrs and he can build on that to get the rest in his second term.
    clearwater,fl

    March 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  96. Mark Taylor

    Give President Obama ANYTHING he asks for. He's smarter than all of them put together.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  97. Dominic

    Maybe President Obama should add another war to the budget. Perhaps then 'fiscally responsible' Republicans will come on board.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  98. Joe

    All the things he wants in the budget is why he we elected him so YES!!! If healthcare, energy, and education are not in the budget to Obama's standards, then the people of the U.S. will not get what they voted for.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  99. keith in kentucky

    No,no and no, why in the world would anyone want the goverment to have any control over thier health care choices, if it's to expensive now just wait,wait and wait

    March 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  100. Jerry Williams

    Of course Mr. Obama should get what he's asking for. Which is the right to get this country back on track, and make good on those campaign promises he made. Give him a chance to succeed not fail.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  101. Morgan

    To answer the question, no, I don't think he should get all that he's asking for. It wouldn't be very democratic if the Democrat-controlled Congress handed him our tax dollars on a silver platter without much second thought.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  102. Tyler C.

    He wouldn't have to spend as much if he fixed the fundamental nature of the programs he's attempting to fund. We can pay off our national credit card, but not if all we do is pay into the very same system that got us into this mess. This is a systemic problem and must be solved at the systemic level.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  103. John Henry

    I think he should get what he is asking for. Why are the republicans making such a big deal over the budget they did not seemed to care when Bush was is office. Al he is trying to do is fix what they messed up. Give the Black man a break for the Love of God.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  104. Ekene A.

    Yes cuz hes president and h can do pretty much any thing he wants to republicans are jealous and are greedy and most importantly- they want him to fail!!!!!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  105. JIM FALLBROOK CA

    Absolutely not. He is doing his best to bankrupt the country. He is just another tax and spend liberal

    March 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  106. Sheree Bandukwala

    Anyone presenting a proposal for negotiation knows that you always ask for a lot more than you expect to get. So I would think that Obama is smart enough to know that simple fact of negotiating.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  107. melania bettarelli

    It is not a "should". It is a must.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  108. Kimberly in San Mateo,CA

    I don't think any president should get everything he is asking for, not even Obama-as much as I support him that's what checks & balances are for this is a democracy & other politicians have a say & I'm sure they can improve Obamas plan.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  109. Mike (in Korea)

    The President should get what the Congress thinks he should get and that's that. The separation of Powers is there for a reason.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  110. Lisa

    If President Obama asks for 40 acres and a mule, he should be able to get it. He is the President of the USA and he is doing whatever he thinks it will take to get economy back on track.

    Lisa Arkansas

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  111. Mike

    Of course not. We shouldn't change a thing. This country is on a roll. . . Its not like he's the president, or won a big election last fall.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  112. Chris Garrett (San Francisco)

    Maybe ... JUST MAYBE ... checks and balances AND getting something done can actually work this time. I'd like Obama to get as much of what he wants as possible, but even more, I just want SOMETHING to get done that will make things better.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  113. Larry Leedom

    Absolutely, it is time for congress to get behind a real leader.

    I am working my free time to get people on board with this budget. If we don't attack these problems now, we will become a 2nd or 3rd world nation, and like others the rich will be rich.... and the rest of us, well you can guess where we will be.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  114. Stephanie from Charlottesville VA

    No. Obama is smart and I have to assume he asked for much more than he expected to get. Therefore, he can "settle" for what Congress is willing to do and chuckle all the way to the bank.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  115. Adam Rodriguez

    Yes, he should.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  116. bill lewis

    It would be nice for everyone to realize, with Obama, that this is a process, not a contest. Rather than criticize the budget it would be helpful...to us...if ALL the members of congress rolled up their silk sleeves and began to work on reasonable alternatives that will address the crushing needs facing this country. This is not a political game, it is the future of this beloved country that is at stake.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  117. James Allen

    The question is not if President Obma gets what HE wants but if the American people get what THEY asked for when they overwhelmingly elected Barack Obqma President

    James Allen
    Euless, TX.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  118. Jim, South River, Maryland

    Do you know anyone who's put forth better ideas than Obama? You can't bear something with nothing, andnothing is what the Republicans are trying to sell us.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  119. Susan - Plano, TX

    Yes, we good American people should support our President. If those right wing extremists are doing all they could to campaign for 2012 by dragging Americans to mean and evil spirit. If Americans have doubts about whether we should give what Obama ask for, simply ask yourself a question: What is there to save now? We need to shop and get the economic locomotives to run and create jobs...it's painful right now but we have every reason to be hopeful under Obama leadership.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  120. Dottie,AZ

    Yes, it seems like we are punishing President Obama for the sins of the previous admininstration. We need the funds in place so we can get back to the business of getting America back on her feet again.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  121. Steve

    In for a penny – In for a pound

    Give him what he wants and judge the results in 4 years. Ten years of half measures by the Japanese didn't do anything.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  122. steve D.

    Lets give President Obama a chance to fix this country. Change doesn't come slowly. It took 8 years for President Bush to mess up this country, maybe it will take another 8 years to turn this country back on the right path. I also like how Obama is spending the money here in our country. All President Bush did was spend money overseas.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  123. Parker (Nashville, TN)

    I voted for President Obama in the fall, but I do not think he should have the ability to get whatever he asks for without discussion or compromise. This country was founded on a system of checks and balances, and the congressional power to add or remove items from the President's budget maintains this tradition. A President with the power to push a complete agenda without resistance would begin to look more like an absolute monarch as opposed to a President who holds equal power with two other branches of government.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  124. Jacobs

    YES HE SHOULD! I would rather have a president who invests tax payers money into America rebuilding America and her infrastructure than a President like Bush who wasted our money on a war that drained our nations coffers. China and the Europeans are screaming out in jealous rage because they know if Pres. Obama gets all he wants all their Citizens would be looking for the next flight to the US as we will be the country all their citizens want to live in, with our Health care and world class schools.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  125. Bryon Freitas

    Give him all hes asking and double it. Whats it matter China isn't buying our treasury's anymore, see treasury auction only 30% bought up. Where will the money come from?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  126. Beverly from NC

    Yes, he should get everything he is asking for. Education, healthcare, and energy reform are critical to the future of America. If we do not do it now, then when? The longer we wait the more expensive to fix it will get and the harder the reform will be.
    Despite the media and the constantly negative Republicans, the American People love President Obama and believe in his plans. These are high goals but they can be done. How many people thought JFK was crazy to say we would land on the moon within a decade – and we did it. These critical reforms can also be achieved and Congress needs to put up the money to support all of them. They will pay off over and over in the long-term future of our country.
    YES- GIVE OBAMA THE MONEY- THIS IS AMERICA'S FUTURE!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  127. Rene

    Yes, he should get what he's asking for. WE asked for it back in November! Congress needs to wake up, all those long term senators who have continued in the same manner need to go...we need fresh people in congress...Secondly, the difference betwee Obama's budget and someone like Bush's and the republicans budget is that Obama is investing in the PEOPLE...not some war or the rich! And finally, I was tickled when Obama muzzled Ed Henry, he was rude in his questioning and his body language seemed to me like he was angry with the President, and it almost appeared he wanted to strike the president physically....???

    March 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  128. Ron

    failure is not an option for the President and his staff and that is why his budget addresses the issues that must be tackled if the woeful status quo is to be avoided for generations to come. his budget is right on the money, and he should get 98.99% of it. what is missing is the will of congress and the senate to make a new and vibrant america a reality.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  129. John Holmes

    I believe that the president should not get everything that he has ask. I think it is still important to have input from others. Thank is what this county is built on. If you get all that he want than we should remove Congress.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  130. Turfkiller

    Yes if we want to succeed. No if we want to live the the poor people in Senator Richard Shelby's state or the poor in Eric Kantor's district. The only innovative ideas they have are how to make more people poorer.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  131. Margie Fletcher

    Yes, he should. If they start taking this apart, we know who will lose: US.

    They need to leave this alone, give it a chance to work, and shut the hell up – after all, it isn't like the policies they've written under Bush have done our country much good so far, so why should they get to hack up another policy, written by a new President.?

    Let him have everything and THEN they could blame him if it didn't work and I might even listen. As it is, after they hack through what a President wants, it's not even his anymore.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  132. Jim Voelz

    Yes, I think he is the only elected official with the "people" as his constituency, not the individual states, not the special interest groups etc.

    Jim Texas

    March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  133. Linell Winter Park, FL

    So where have all these people been for the past eight years when it came to the budget? They are too worried about their own reelection. We elected President Obama to bring change...I trust President Obama more than I trust the congress. Methinks they doth protest too much.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  134. Michael Ansley

    No way should the madman get what he wants in the budget. The United States is already broke and in debt many trillions. He is printing money as if that will HELP the economy and CNN is promoting that fact as if the madman is the answer to the plummeting economy. Let's have some change we can BELIEVE in.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  135. Rose Ray

    Jack,
    Yes, Pres.Obama should get everything he is asking for!! Why would over 9 million people vote for him and then not trust him to do his job. Let him have the budget and give him what he wants! He can't do any worse than Bush! I didn't cast my vote for him to get a "watered-down" plan of action. Those democrats who are fighting him now better remember the enthusiasm the Obama machine generated and why!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  136. Louise

    Somebody please stop the spending by Obama and congress.

    Is this a prelude to desire (by some) to bankrupt USA so we have to have one world currency? ...Is there a plot to move toward a one world government when the USA dollar is worthless?? It is getting scary!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  137. Russ Texas

    Yup, I'm retired, but every time in my life I ever got in financial trouble I leaned back, put my feet up and said, yup, ah think the way outta this deal is to spend 10 times more than I'l earn in the next 10 years. Jus makes sense don't it.

    I think it's irresponsible and absolutely crimminal to place this kind of burden on our grandchildren. They will not recover from it and it's all in the name of yet one more lousy politician trying to make a name for himself in the history books.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  138. Gwen Caranchini

    The key to Obama's plan is to attack multiple problems we have in this country all of which contributed to the current crisis: bad or no financial regulation AND no energy policy that was not dependent on foreign oil AND no plan to educate Americans to compete with other industrialized countries AND no plan to revise healthcare. The time for simplistic views of the world and our problems given us by eight years of Bush/Cheney are over. The time to divert our attention away from our domestic problems by focusing on wars abroad is over. As Obama said, if I don't fix it, vote me out in four years. Two months in office is hardly enough time to vote down this new President's vision. At least he has one!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  139. ron

    If he gets what he wants, he will break the country the Fed will need to make 14 More Trillion dollars to stop the bleeding. The cap and trade issue will cost each and every family a minimum of 1200 a family, hardly offset by the 400 energy give back. The 13 buck a week increase coming on April 1 is a joke. I guess you could buy afew happy meals for the kids.

    I am moving everything I have into gold and silver and wait for the crash.

    When he removes the interest deduction on housing...the housing industry will come to a halt.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  140. mike, ohio

    Yes he should Jack. It’s what the majority of us Americans hired him to do. I’m 47 and I’ve heard every singled President since Nixon say the where going to fix our energy problem. Several Presidents were going to fix Health care and entitlement programs and since Nixon we’ve been slowly falling behind on Education. President Bush was kicking the can down the road since day one. The Bush Administration literally ran this country into the ground. Now we’ve finally got a President who cares about the American people and not what the special interest want. It’s refreshing!!!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  141. Tunde Arogunmati

    Why are all the hounds after a man who has had only 60 days to tackle a problem that took 8 years of "Nintendo gone amok" to cause. The way out of this mess is going to take a whole lot of innovative thinking and action. The Republicans should back off and start to think about the general American good as opposed to desperate hawkish battering and proffer alternate solutions, if they have as much as a clue!!!

    Lagos, Nigeria.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  142. steve D.

    Lets give President Obama a chance to fix this country. Change doesn’t come over-night. It took 8 years for President Bush to mess up this country, maybe it will take another 8 years to turn this country back on the right path. I also like how Obama is spending the money here in our country. All President Bush did was spend money overseas.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  143. Minister Michael

    Hello Jack,
    President Obama ran as a President of Change, he has a vision to take our country into a new dimension of life. America is changing and Americans including those in Washington must realize change is good. The old ways of doing things are not working, why should we keep up old policies when they are failing.

    We need to be intelligent enough to realize change needs to take place in every area President Obama is requesting (Economy, Education, Dependence on oil and Healthcare). These areas are broken and must be fixed.

    Americans are smart and realize the change is needed. President Obama we love you and we support you in the new direction for our country. Change is needed and you are the man for the job !!!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  144. darryl

    Yes he should get what he wants. Its going to do our economy good for now and inthe long run.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  145. Barbara

    We do need major improvements in health care, energy, education, etc. Obama does have the right idea. Perhaps the timing is just off due to the economy.

    Rather than delay yet again and make more excuses, why can't we spend the time to get these things right? Can't we work on these items, pass the legislation needed but have a time constraint included, ie. when the economy or the debt level reaches a certain point or percentage the measures will take effect?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  146. garrick

    yes yes yes what did Bush give us besides a war that cost lives and bad trailers sent to Louisiania.O i forgot he gave us Cheney. tshts some great policies from the worst President no wonder we dont hear from him anymore.he gave us failure.
    clearwater,fl

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  147. Daniel Miami, Florida

    Sure Jack! Why the hell not? Give Obama a chance!

    After all George "Dubya" Bush got mostly what he wanted in his budgets for 6 out of his 8 years in office by the then Republican-controlled Congress. As a result, a hard-earned budget surplus – thanks to the Clinton administration – was wiped out, the national debt was doubled, and the deficit exploded thanks to blank checks written for the misguided wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And most of these same Republicans are now crying foul due to Obama's so-called gigantic budget?? Gimme a break! Give Obama what he wants! That way if his budget policies fail, the Republicans have some ammunition to go after him in the 2012. Obama's budget can't be any worse than the budgets we got under George W. Bush!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  148. Samuel Abasi-Obot

    President Obama was right when he said he did not expect the congress to xerox his budget ........................ The congress-men are there to scrutinize executive proposals and provide guidance or legislative framework that protects the interest of their contituencies and the nation...?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  149. Lynette

    Yes, we should support or President and his plan despite what Rush and Jindal has to say. Jindal should be careful, Rush is paid to be an idiot he's not.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  150. Shanah- Washington State

    To be blunt, yes. We need something that we can sink our teeth into to measure the outcome of. Having a plan that fails is considerably more productive than failing because you didn't.

    Help this young pioneer, Congress. He wants to do right by all. He is willing to sacrifice, so shall the rest of America.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  151. Bryan Beyer

    Considering I trust the motivations of President Obama more than I trust those of just about ANY of our politicians/yoyos, the answer is YES. It's entirely incumbent upon this administration to invest in our nation's best bets for prosperity. Energy, Healthcare, and Education are the right bets.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  152. Tim R

    You bet he should given the mess the republicans have gotten us into why on earth would anybody ask them for advice on the budget.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  153. David

    I don't think he should get everything he's asking for. The retiring of the baby boom generation is upon us. We will have to go even further into debt to fulfill obligations to social security, medicaid, and medicare in the very near future. This is more of a pending crisis than global warming which won't begin to raise temperatures significantly till the end of the century.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  154. Scott

    Yes, the Republicans spent so much money that now they can cry the deficit is too big for any Democratic Budget. The money that the Republicans spent hasn't given us anything to show for it. At least President Obama's Budget would help give health care at a reasonable cost to ALL Americans, gains toward Energy Independence, and quality education hopefully without growing individual person debt to devastating levels like the last eight yrs. At least we get something from his spending!

    Scott

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  155. Luke

    YES. he should and why not! Bush got all the money he ever needed for anything. Billions spent on the War that is endless. I say let Obama's plan play out, he's got 4 years, give him 2 and see if jobs are created in the sectors he says will be created. Green Jobs. Electric Cars. If the president doesn't push A BETTER PLANET then who will?! Bush was an Oil Man, Obama is a Clean Energy Man.
    Give him a shot, then judge.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  156. Byrd

    I'm not going to say that he should get everything that he wants. My problem is that i'm hearing allot of other people opposing him, yet not coming forward with a better plan. The majority of these people help take part in our defiset growing to as much as it has in the first place. So until some one presents a truthfully better plan I will continue to support Pre. Obama's. One other thing Jack could you please start calling him by his proper title which is Pres. Obama and not Mr. Obama

    Mr. Byrd Newark, OH

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  157. Jim McLain- Chesterton Indiana

    Not necesarrily a rubber stamp. That's why we have a legislative branch, unfortunately neither the Republicans nor the Democrats can lay aside their re-election ambitions long enough to put the good of the country first. Especially the Republicans. They are so obsessedi with getting a Republican in office next time we vote that they've lost focus on what the country needs. Maybe we need a congress full of independants that can concentrate on crafting laws and budgets that will benefit the country instead of their own selfish goals.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  158. Thomas Bate

    Yes, he should get what he's asking for.. and perhaps then some.. How much will it actually cost to fix all the things that have been neglected ;health care, energy, education, the economy. We've wasted trillions on unnecessary wars and the pentagon, its now time to spend the tax dollars on our country and its many issues.. YES, its alot of money, but the alternative is even worse.. It would be easy to sweep some of these issues under the rug, as we've done for years.. Lets deal with all of this ..NOW. We cant afford to wait any longer..

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  159. Ray Arroyo Westwood NJ.

    Just say no to 10 trillion in national debt …Making my 11 year old son an indentured servant to Chinese bankers is not the kind of American life I had in mind for him.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  160. Missy M

    Come on Jack. Does it really matter what we the little people think? We're just along for the ride - and to pay for it.

    Missy M. Phoenix, Ariz.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  161. aMediumCoke

    Yes. Republicans inherited a budget surplus only to reverse course and amass an unprecedented debt financing 2 wars and buttressing tax cuts to the rich. Their seemingly intentional goal to pass this debt to a new President as a hindrance to bringing about an agenda contrary to the antiquated GOP ideology should not succeed. Transforming our country's energy infrastructure and psyche and healthcare policy will not be cheap. But the funds would have been present if the previous administration did not purposefully and preemptively torpedo any thoughtful and forward moving agenda with its reckless and more importantly fruitless spending. Democrats cannot spend their presidency's cleaning up GOP messes without being allowed to seek their own policies.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  162. Reginald

    Jack,

    The President is the only primetime public servant willing to address our core issues – energy, education, healthcare and the like. With the changes in demographics, this country is in dire need to bridge gaps between rich and poor, black and white, educated and non-educated. Quite frankly, why is the country so willing to run deficits for war and defense spending yet we balk vehemently at any notion of increasing the welfare of citizen. I heard no one in Congress willing to stand up against the Bush war spends of $1 billion/day.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  163. Amy from Ohio

    YES, he should get everything he asks for. We need to invest in the USA, we give everywhere else ! Let us HELP ourselves for a change.

    AND

    This is a positive comment for President Obama in that I believe his response was entirely appropriate to Ed Henry's question. I like someone who thinks before he speaks ! It was appropriate and not terse !
    Let's not let Ed Henry's ego be so important it drives this frenzy which is worse than terse ! Let us rally behind the President rather than Ed Henry.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  164. Bob

    Sure he should get most of what he is asking for. Mostly his budget is a good thing. Or would our conservative friends prefer whatever McCain and what's-her-name would have proposed. Wonder what that would have been?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  165. Candy Meier

    Yes. I want Obama to get the budget he sent to congress. Lets looks at what the lobbiest are giving those conservacrats. Then we willl know why they are holding up Obamas plan.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  166. Janet, Yosemite Gateway, California

    I agree with House Minority Leader John Boehner. We need a do-over . . . going back to the 2000 presidential election. George W. Bush is responsible for the crisis in this country, and a costly/unnecessary war. The Republicans thought Bush was presidential, HUH? They need to shut-up!

    The Democratic party should support President Obama, period.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  167. Kasim

    Yes he should have what he want t to fix the mess of the past regime/Bush left.
    Nagoya Japan.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  168. Antonio Soto

    We find ourselves in a paradigm shift situation that requires bold action in order to prevent a future economic catastrophe like the one we currently are experiencing. It is absolutely imperative that we realize that the "business as usual" culture in both government and the private sector does not function as we have seen the direct negative impact to our health care system, energy dependance, and banking system lack of regulation. In order for our children to inherit a better sustainable world, we need to invest in the fundamental elements intelligently now, to see the net positive effects in the future.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  169. Kip, Albuquerque, NM

    I am frankly sick and tired of republicans and even democrats complaining about President Obama. Where was their outrage last year or for the last eight years. Bush's "War on Terror" was a colossal waste of both money and lives. And as for all the worry about the president creating an European style socialism, I ask, "What's wrong with that? They have better health care, better education, better retirements and better paying jobs. It sounds good to me!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  170. Americans WANT TRUTH

    He wants whats best for the country.

    The biggest worry for me is if he bankrupts the country he will ruin any chances for maintaining his plans.

    He has not given details.

    The will to do something is a good start but that is all I hear.

    We are all suffering that is not the issue.
    With respect sir but talk is cheap.
    I would think more details would help sell me on your plan. I do not want anyone to tell me your plan I want you to convince me.

    We picked you because you had a plan you said to fix the economy and if we wanted the GOP plan or any other plan we would have voted for another guy.

    We all want the same thing but how and what it looks like is why no one has been able to do it before you sir.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  171. June in CA

    Of course President Obama should get what he's asking for. I'm sick of those who snipe from their safe armchairs implying that they have a better plan...yeah right! And for those who worry about their tax dollars being used to get us out of this mess, remember willy-nilly that money will be used...and I don't want it to go for the so called plans of the blue dogs and Republicans who don't really give a damn for the little guy.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  172. John, Fort Collins, CO

    I would like to see him get most of what he is asking for, especially in the areas of long term improvements in education, health, and clean alternative energy. As the most impressive leader of our country in my lifetime (I'm 65), I feel it is important he be given the opportunity to implement his vision for the country to the fullest. President Obama has presented a detailed plan for our future, Representative Boner is still just talking.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  173. Matt

    How can the president expect to get everything he wants when he himself says, "We don't mind if you cut the budget. Please take off anything you want!"? Congress might just want to take everything that isn't essential off the budget and make it only 2 million dollars. What an idea? It seems like the budget was his first instinct and not thought out. Please brainstorm and see what is really necissary, Mr. President!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  174. Camilo

    I think yes and this is why. We all hear what the president said yesterday was that this budget is an investment in what he thinks is necessary for a better future. What people need to understand is that in every investment, you have to spend money in something that you believe it will give you a better life in the future. With these I think the questions we all should be asking are. Which are these investments that he has? And do we agree that this investment are necessary for our future?
    And I don't know or understand anybody who doesn't think, that investing in education or energy in the country that is suppose to be the worlds leaders is a bad idea.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  175. Stan Ross, Fresno, CA

    Dear Jack,

    Absolutely. We hired him for the job and he needs our support.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  176. Doug Erskine

    Jack,

    I feel the President should get what he is asking for, but as the Congressman earlier stipulated. Only the essential aspects of Obama's budget: energy, healthcare, and education, should be untouched. But, and I am a Democrat, fiscal responsibility must be used by Mr. Obama in order to appeal his budget on both sides of the aisle. I agree with leaders on the hill, both Dem and Rep. that this budget needs to be trimmed, so as not to seem wasteful, but at the same time remaining ambitious.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  177. Jan Neher Dallas Texas

    Absolutely! That's why he won. After watching the Republicans spend like drunken sailors over the last 8 years, it seem pretty hypocritical of them to suddenly start worrying about Obama's trillions that are being spent to help Americans, instead of being mute on Bush"s deficit trillions to fight an unjust war and let the country go to pot( no pun intended on the last drug story)

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  178. Reggie D.

    Yes. Putting off health care, education and energy reform any longer will burden our children more later, than the deficit that will be created by taking care of them now.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  179. Anya

    Jack, let me be honest. There is alot of talk from the GOP calling Obama and Orszag's budget generational theft, but why not ask that generation? I happen to represent it. How is investing in our education stealing from us? How lifting the burden of the rising health care costs off the shoulders of our parents stealing from us? How is ensuring that our planet it healthy by the time we are the leaders of it stealing from us? This budget is what we need! I am lucky enough to attend a quality private school in my area, but only choose to do so because the public government funded alternative doesn't offer me the same oppurtunity. That is not fair to other kids my age who don't have the option of alternative education, and are forced to attend these substandard public schools. Infact, stealing from my generation would be letting the system in place now to continue. So yes, the President should get what he is asking for. Please invest in our future, instead of leaving it for us to fix.
    Anya
    Michigan

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  180. Ruby Wright

    Yes the president should get what he is asking for. After all what have we got to loose?? I believe if anyone can save America from complete ruion he can. Ruby Glendale AZ.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  181. James Thomson

    Obama advocated all of the major items in his budget during the campaign. He was elected by a large popular margin and he is far more popular than anyone else from either party. The Democrats need to shutup and give the President what he wants. The Republicans continue to make themselves irrelevant.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  182. Robert of Lake Jackson, Texas

    Here's what I say... Give the President whatever he wants and needs. It’s about time somebody does something for this place we call America. He seems to be the only one getting out and explaining things to everyone. Everyone else seems to be talking about the short-sided, downside, and the possible slip-sliding away of what-have-nots. Here's what I say, ignore them. They are just repugnant naysayers. If anything, give Obama more than he wants.... $ 3.6 trillion, I say give him 5 trillion. I have faith in the man and believe HE will bring this place we call America back in line. Rich, poor…doesn’t matter. We are all eggs in this basket we call Earth.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  183. Tom MacDonald

    Jack:
    If I were Congress, I’d be very careful. They are working from the premise that growth will not achieve the Administrations forecast. They do this despite the fact indicators seem to show the recession slowing and the possibly turning much earlier than the CBO forecasted. If the Administration was closer to the truth; doesn’t it seem likely their growth forecast is more accurate, too? Everyone in America wanted someone with ideas who could deal with all the problems. They’ve finally got the guy; but, want to self-destruct instead.
    Tom MacDonald
    Mississauga, Ontario

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  184. Lorraine, Manila, Philippines

    Sure, let's give him all the support he needs. Let's give him a chance. The guy's already got a plateful to handle. I don't think he needs another problem playing politics with our Congressmen and Senators.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  185. beverly glenn

    The Republicans dug this deep hole for the US while stuffing their pockets full of public funds [Haliburton,KBR,AIG,BoA etc]. It was a riot by the rich. Now all of a sudden, they're blaming Obama who has been in office less than 3 months? Investing in health care, education and green energy will help pull us out.

    We voted for OBAMA to clean up the mess the Republicans put us in. Pass his budget as written. Now is the time to be bold, not timid.

    PS. Bobby Jindahl, hush honey!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  186. Dorothy Bell, La Grande, Or

    A big YES! I believe it is vital to our catching up, environmentally, economically; with innovative industries, education and modern health care. We have fallen behind in every way over the past ten, fifteen years. The old maxim, you have to spend money to make money applies. It is all or nothing at all now. We, the USA have reached a point of no return. We have no where to go but forward and damn the torpedoes!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  187. Joyce Umphlett

    Yes, we voted for him and the Senate Democrats should back his judgement. We all know the Republicans or going to balk at anything he tries to do.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  188. Leigh Titus

    Yes.
    Difficult times call for bold measures. Obama is asking for others to be as bold as he is. Congress is trying to water it down, so they can take cover, and they can swim away, take cover like rats. Where is their guts?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  189. Scott Bross

    Yes Jack, the President should get what he wants, especially on energy, and healthcare. It's what the majority of voters elected him to do. These have a direct benefit to jobs as it levels the playing field with our foreign competitors. It's the smart policy, it's the right policy. Given time it will work.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  190. COSSANDRA LEMON

    Jack,
    I think it is so unfair to President Obama to be put thru the changes that he has had to endure since taking office. No one question Bush's policies this way. I really enjoy watching your segment everyday. Sorry to hear about your wife but God knows best. I have to get your book and read it.
    Take care and God Bless you and Yours!
    Cossandra
    Wallace, SC

    March 25, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  191. Dave

    After 8 years of poor maintenance, our engine's burned out, our frame is bent, and our tires are shredded. You want this thing to run again? Fixing one or two of these problems would be less expensive, but what's the point? We'll still be stuck.

    Obama is right to attack all three of our fundamental problems: health care, energy independence, and education.

    Dave in Wayland, Massachusetts

    March 25, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  192. Bob

    The answer to you question depends on what model of self-destruction one chooses.
    Is it the Brazilian model or would Zimbabwe's way suit better.
    In both countries, people survive to this day, however, they probably wish their rulers did not succede as they did.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  193. gerald

    The budget process each year is a negotiation and this year is no different. What Obama should look for at least is a start on his initiatives and then could trumpet them as a measure of success. He could then maintain that these could be built upon with each succeeding budget. But I'm being too rational. The Republicans will try to sabotage him every chance they get. Obama will have to use his political skills to the utmost to outmaneveur them.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  194. Greg

    Many people in Washington are commenting that President Obama's budget plan is not mainstream. Isn't the mainstream that got us into this situation in the first place? Washington needs to go outside the mainstream to solve these problems since the mainstream can't solve them. These are desperate times; they call for desperate measures.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  195. Jacobs

    Stanley Jacobs from Pittsburgh PA
    I would rather have a president who invests tax payers money into America rebuilding America and her infrastructure than a President like Bush who wasted our money on a war that drained our nations coffers. China and the Europeans are screaming out in jealous rage because they know if Pres. Obama gets all he wants all their Citizens would be looking for the next flight to the US as we will be the country all their citizens want to live in, with our Health care and world class schools.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  196. Joe Garrett

    This just goes to show you the difference between the Bush administration and the Obama admin. If President Bush put forth a budget purposal it would not only get a rubber stamp from Congress, but anyone who criticized it was deemed "unamerican". Here you have members of the majority criticizing the leader of their own party, and the only comment coming out of the White House is they are open to listening. I hope that's what the founding fathers had in mind.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  197. Sandra, Salinas, Ca

    We voted for President Obama to reform this country. He is now asking for no more than what he campaigned. So I think that he should get every thing he wants. We all know in order to get this country on track that it's going to require some up front spending and this is the perfect storm to get it done.

    As the old saying go, You gotta spend money to make money.

    Sandra

    March 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  198. N.Scott

    I think the question should be written. It should be ...should the american people get what we want.

    That's why President Obama won the election. It will take a long time to cut the deficit. Does any body really believe that it could have been done with John McCain and the Republicans. We tried that experiment.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  199. rita broussard, la

    Jack, I think it should go through, we have nothing to lose. we are in the worst receession of our lives. We have no other place to go but up.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  200. edna

    yes Pres Obama is the first Pres to say he works for the American people so is essence what he wants is what the American people want and since congress also works for the American People then they should give us what we want. It is time the rich on capital hill realize that what they have been privilaged to have, like quality health care and the best education possible fro their children, that the poor and the middleclass should have the right to recieve the same things.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  201. DRNasrol

    President Obama is thinking of the "out years" which is different from other presidents in my memory. He doesn't just react; he plans actions for the future. I think his plan for education, health and the environment is right on target. If we don't have educated healthy people we won't be ahead of new environmental technology in this nation. If we don't begin we will keep losing ground until we're a third world nation. I plan to vote against any Representative or Senator at his or her next election who doesn't accept Obama's budget. So will my friends and the people I know. Many people think he has the best grip on what to do next because at least he's got vision for the future.

    Home Island, WA state

    March 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  202. Candy Kelly

    Let's stop nitpicking everything and allow the President to forge ahead. So, he makes a few mistakes. Big deal. The last one got us into a war and was allowed so much leeway, I can't believe every little thing Obama does is criticized to the maximum.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  203. Karl from SF, CA

    Jack, he needs all of it to get us back on track. Barack Obama and his team are the only ones in Washington that know how to get us out of this mess. Most of the rest of them are the ones that got us into it. Why do we listen to them? How do these ignorant retards get elected? I guess it’s by other ignorant retards. We need to demand a sanity screening on these clowns before they can even run for office.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  204. Pat, Fayetteville, NC

    Jack,

    The problem with the House, Senate, Republicans and pundits is that the President has set the bar very high and they are afraid that they will not be able to keep pace.

    It is unfortunate that Republicans in both Houses are willing to bankrupt the country rather than see the President prevail. Apparently, they are confused because President Obama can walk and chew gum at the same time.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  205. Joe

    Jack I think he should get what he is asking for in budget.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  206. Peggy Shields

    Hi, Jack, We enjoy your comments–keep up the good work. About the budget, Pres. Obama is young and eager to make his mark on the world and I can't blame him. But too much too quickly can get us in deep trouble. If he would concentrate on the economy for the next two years, get it back on track and the rest of us comfortable with our country and its economy, we would be ready to tackle the other issues he is proposing. His ideas are good, but it is too much, too soon. I am old and worried about my income, and the potential of rampade inflation is real. Remember Germany years ago when people carried their money in wheelbarrows? We don't want to go there!!!!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  207. helen antikian

    Hello Jack. you are great. Cutting the tax breaks for charitable donations should not effect the charities whatsoever. After all, a donation is to help these charities, not the donor. regards Helen

    March 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  208. CJ

    Of course he should! When Roosevelt was President during the depression everything that was set up to help the times was passed. How can we expect him to do any good if he isn't given a chance to prove himself. The back and forth chit chat about what he's doing wrong isn't helping anything or anyone, so the sooner everyone stops being divied and starts working together the much better off we'll be.

    CJ Pratt
    Toledo, OH

    March 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  209. OZIE FLEMISTER

    If the republican are stifling his ability to do is job by hoping that he fail why not give him his chance to fail and we will know it was truly a bad decision. Right now if he fail it would be because of the negativity of the republican party

    March 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  210. Rydell Simons

    Yes, give him what he wants. The U.S. is in a bad state right now and the things he is asking for are not unreasonable. Then again I don't make $400K per year and take home $1m in bonuses so who am I to talk. So i guess to those who make that type of coin it may sound like somebody is trying to rob them when in actual fact they have been robbing the American public for years. Hence this mess!!!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  211. Larry

    In every election, we're told by every candidate that education and healthcare are their top priorities yet, education is top of the list for cuts when the budget can't be balanced. Healthcare for all is not something those that have it are worried about. The Iraq debacle is still costing $10 billion a month because of the "bad intelligence" that occupied the Whitehouse for 8 years. The republicant's have had the majority say for the last 2 presential terms and look where we are!! Support President Obama's budget and policies! Finally we have a LEADER with vision who is trying to tackle our problems( and give us what we were told we deserve) so, start being part of the solution instead of continuously being and promoting the problem!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  212. Robert, Manila, Philippines

    Yes, he should get what he's asking for. Trillions invested in sustainable system will not be inflationary down the road.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  213. marie johnson

    Jack,

    The Republicans gave Bush a open check book, along with a pen
    and, this is were we are now. They are behaving as if they, had nothing to do with this mess. And for those dems who are blocking us the poor from getting medical insurance, next year we have what they need its called a vote.

    The president should get what he needs to fix this mess.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  214. Ann Radwan

    C'mon Jack..The man can't please everyone, do everything at once nor should he be expected to..The level of scrutiny and down right petty criticism by the republican is insatiable out weighed only by the media...I wish the media had put the previous adminstration under a fraction of the same microscope,then we wouldn't be in this huge mess. Bring back GW Bush so we can all go back to being fat and dumb (leave out the happy)...Grow UP America!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  215. Jim

    Jack, what is wrong with these evil Fascists that want the Government to fail ? havent they done enough damage in the last eight years ? seem to remember their being once a "House Un-American Activities " that would root out these parasites that have no concience about the plight of millions of hard working Americans, just my 2 cents worth.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  216. Chuck Barbour

    I've seen this play somewhere before. I know! I read this play in the bible, only we were played by the children of Isreal and Obama was played by Moses. The only question is, can Obama lead us out of the desert, or must we roam aimlessly for 40 years because we're hard headed?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  217. Tunde Arogunmati

    Americans voted for Obama; give him what he needs to deliver and judge him based on his performance; Over two terms, Bush was given all he needed to blow Iraq out of the water when it didn't make the least sense....., let's get real here!!!!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  218. Jeff

    You ask this question when I have less than a year to analyze the budget. How can I make an educated dicision without at least reading the budget, of which I do not have a copy? And if I had a copy, it would be three thousand pages long. OH! does this sound familier?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  219. Brett Bair

    Just wanted this said so badly.. The rich and Dems, Rep, had them pockets lined with our money for to long. And now that Obama tugs alittle they cry like Butt monkeys.. I guess it's hard to see a man who is not selfish and truly cares for all. One that does not bestow greed on his party but who is a caring soul. When his plan works the many butts they shall have to kiss.. And when this happens give me a seat to watch on the White House lawn...

    March 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  220. Natalia, Albuquerque, NM

    YES!!!!! I hope that President Obama gets what he wants in the budget. Afterall, the past budgets passed over the past eight years used Republican 'trickle-down" economics that only favored the very wealthiest 1%. This obviously did not work, as our country is in a severe recesssion and almost in a depression. Now that this Democrat president wants to drastically change things to help 95% of Americans, the Republicans see this as a waste!!! It's nice to know where we, regular Americans stand with the GOP. We need to invest in education, health care, and better paying jobs with decent benefits, period.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  221. Polycarp

    Dear Jack.
    Kudos to you on good works.
    Regarding Obama' budget, I think the new team at the white house appear sincere and are convincing in their efforts to set this country on a correct and fair part.
    The nay sayers, particularly the republican talkheads are the worst hypocrites ever. They were quiet these past 8 years when the economy was being sunk, jobs outsourced abroad, and other types of unfairnes in the system

    March 25, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  222. Steve D. in California

    Lets give President Obama a chance to fix this country. Real change doesn’t come over-night. It took 8 years for President Bush to mess up this country, maybe it will take another 8 years to turn this country back on the right path. I also like how Obama is spending the money here in our country. All President Bush did was spend money overseas to build his empire in the middle east.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  223. Anita Zervigon-Hakes

    Yes
    We must rebuild our competitveness. To do this we have to invest in our people and our small businesses. For too long, we have ignored investments in infrastructure, education and energy that only government can do. Meanwhile, other countries have invested in their people and future technology. Only through investing can we insure a healthy future where our people have good jobs and our nation can lead in the future.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  224. Morton

    In any team play, the most important rule is never, never, criticize your partner or act angry at him. Ever. If Democrats are smart, they will drop their objections to anything the President puts out. It is time to let the Republicans die on their own swords. Don't show any weakness, let the President have everything he asks for and see if it works. If it does, it will spell suicide for Paul Ryan. Eric Canto, Shelby, Boehner, etc. I hope they do impale themselves on their philosophies. Keep up the good work Republicans. And stay on course anyone who wants to see the President prevail! Now is the time to defeat the Republicans, humiliate them and crush them! Yeah!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  225. Sakunda Lee

    It is not easy to be the number one president of the world and Obama will not have it easy but I think he should get the budget through so that he can put America back on track to recovery. The plans of his admin seems to be paying off after all so why shouldn’t his budget?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  226. Carlton

    Sure he should, but it does not surprise me that he has a fight on his hands, i long expected the sore loser Republicans who could not beat him at the Poles have decided to beat him up while he is in office,
    Its just white america doing what they have always done in the history of this country discredit nun whites and take what they have. The opposition from members have his own party is all the proof we need, had he been white and he made Osama Bin Laden VP they would have gone right along without a word.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  227. sidney

    I believe he should because each piece of the budget is an intregal part of the whole for long term prosperity. Here is and idea, since John Mccain was the republican challenger he should proposed a budget. Oh I forgot during the campaign he stated he didn't understand budgets. Must have went back to school since the campaign, cause he's now an economist. Some say the republicans don't have a plan but I think it 's to piece mill the budget and hope for failure. With all my heart I truely believe Jesus was a socialist.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  228. Dawn

    Yes i see why he should get the money if he legalizes drugs so that we can save money in the long run and stop giving to Mexico.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  229. john christopher

    If we want to get out of the Bush, we're going to have to let President Obama do what he believes he was elected to do. This Republican attitude which relishes the idea of failure, shows its sad and ignorant penchant for flat-earth thinking and the "let the Republic go to hell if they don't do it "our" way" is the vast extent of their contribution.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  230. yetunde

    jack,
    Why crying foul,his spending makes much sence than the uneccesary spending of illegal war in Iraq,He is going to spend the money on everyday issue that affect most American,Go ahead Mr.President spend as long as you want!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  231. V. R. Thompson

    Yes why shouldn't he....the last eight years helped put us in a deep hole and its going to take an even deeper one to get us out of this crater we're in. It makes sense to correct the exhorbitant costs of Medicare and Medicaid.....this has not been addressed and should be. The Republicans did nothing when Bush was in office
    and they allowed it. He got and signed whatever they wanted....why now are they so concerned about the deficit and leaving a burden to our children - they weren't concerned before.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  232. Marie, Roslindale, MA

    I think prez Obama should get what he wants because he is the only one who cares about energy, health care, and educations. The previous and past administration did not stress enough on these policies and I believe they are very critical for our future. If Obama cannot get it done, who will. The Clinton tried with health care, but failed. I think Democrat should take a stand with the pres. consider what the Clinton's had to deal with. If we leave it up to the Republican, America will fail and that is exactly what they want..

    March 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  233. Joseph Wardy

    Dear Jack,

    Its not about what President Obama want sbut rather what we need as a country. Of course, the President's plan will be scrutinized and changed but the basic framework will remain as his strategy of long term answers is a challenge to our instant gratification society.

    The President is addressing a myriad of our country's challenges that is not based on the left or right. What does Rush Limbaugh have to offer in return?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  234. Christian

    YES! YES!! YES!!!
    Look Jack, let Republican stop playing politics with the American people future. It is time to spend for America to get back on its foot. Where was Republican; when all of the billions were been spend in Iraq?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  235. Tammy H.

    Most definitely; he understands how the economy works. He is a breath of fresh air and it certainly beats doing nothing!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  236. Peter Chang

    Not everything, but we should support his vision and strategy on steering the country in a right direction. I'd like his ideas on investing more on alternative energy which has both short-term and long-term impact on country's economic (and security) well being. But I'd like to see more concrete ideas on how to save health care cost in a long run. I'm not sure that improving health IT alone can be a big contributor to cost saving without stopping run-away cost arsing from lawsuits and system abuse. I like his vision but I do concern about huge budget deficit..

    March 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  237. Gilligan

    I believe President Obama should get what is asked on his newly planned budget. President Obama knows what needs to be done! Those who are concerned about this new budget are the ones who are greedy enough to keep it for themselves; but unfortunately they got caught taking our hard earned money and spending it on themselves...I guess there in debt after they found out Madoff robbed them of there hard earned money too..

    March 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  238. Orrin

    Should America get what it needs ? : that's the question @!
    We have wasted more than one trillion dollars on Iraq so far, so what's the big deal about three and a half trillion dollars ??

    March 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  239. Jesse Hadley

    The President should get what he's asking for because we need to take such bold action to get out of the rut we're in. Now that we're in a deep recession, the government needs to be spending a lot of money in order to get us out it; the short-term deficits are not as important as getting us out of this and laying a firm foundation so that we never find ourselves in such a mess again. Republicans wanting a "spending freeze" are playing Herbert Hoover's failed hand; they clearly don't care about the economy when they say that; they're just upholding some twisted ideology that says that Republican deficits are good (Reagan, G.W. Bush) and Democratic deficits are bad. They don't see that the reason the New Deal wasn't as effective as it could've been is because we didn't spend ENOUGH, not that we spent too much; it was massive war-time spending that brought us out of the Depression, and I believe war-time spending is still considered spending. The Republicans demonstrating such historical ignorance further underscores how increasingly irrelevant they're becoming to any kind of debate in this country.
    Jesse
    Twin Falls, Idaho

    March 25, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  240. Jeannie

    Jack:

    I, for one, will always welcome good healthy debate and ideas, whether it is coming from the Democrats or the Republicans Perhaps, many American (including myself) have forgotten how valuable great debates can be after 8 years of "YES" men and women in the White House.

    I feel President Obama is an extremely intelligent and thoughtful person and has brought together many great minds that led him to propose this budget. Americans need to remember that he also has two young daughters, and I am certain that the impact of these decisions weigh heavily upon his mind, knowing that they may be faced with future debt. I also believe that President Obama has been very assertive and asking for input, whether he agrees with the recommendations or not, I believe he will give such rebuttal plans their due consideration, and maybe, just maybe the result of these discussions will result in a lower budget proposal. I will support this President whatever his decision because I believe that he truly has the welfare of every American citizen at heart. I trust him.

    Jeannie

    March 25, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  241. Jacqueline Mongeot

    The most irresponsible budget and deficit belong to the previous administration.
    This administration budget is audacious but relevant to accomplish its projects funding. I believe Pres. Obama asked all Democrats, Independents and Republicans for their input on new policies and needed funds to accomplish what he believes is necessary to get
    America out of the hole, to provide jobs so Americans will be able to earn and spend for a stable economy. It is still time to voice positive ideas in a constructive way. Hearing negative comments and criticism do not help. I am tired of partisanship at its worst.
    Jacqueline San Diego CA

    March 25, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  242. curtis zumbro

    I do not think a single person has come to grips with the fact to spend this kind of money when the economy is in such a mess and americans are losing there jobs at a incrediable rate not seen since the Great Depression has everyone gone blind that we all selling this country into slavery. Social problems are ok in a good economy , its time to clean up our dung in our own backyard when it comes to fiscal behaviour and it looks like I voted for the wrong person and so do many of my colleges I visit with daily. To those in Congress and the President have a UPY day everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  243. ihek, NY

    Yes. If we really want recovery, we must follow the President's plan . We elected him to give him the mandate and our blessing to work for us. We cannot pick and choose items in his recovery plan. We must take the whole budget if we are to experience real progress.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  244. Ahmed Egal

    Does anyone else have any better idea we elected him so we have to accept it and if he does not do the job we can vote him out in four years. I just hope we don't make the same mistake that we did when we reelect President Bush. All Republicans are talking about how the president is bankrupting the country where they have been last eight years when President Bush get us into this mess. The only solution they seem to have whatever the problem may be is tax cut. What is there to cut if the people don't have jobs.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  245. James Carney

    Jack –
    Fact: Less than 15% of all college graduates have taken even a basic economics course; it is not offered as an elective in over 99% of high schools.
    Fact: Over 90% of all our legislators are lawyers who have never taken a basic economics course in 7-years of higher educsation..
    Fact: Over 95% of US citizens know diddly-squat about economics and finance.
    Fact: The real problem is not whether we are spending too much, but rather are we spending enough to get out the economy out of the disastrous mess created by a know-nothing about economics, Republican dominated federal government over the past decade?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  246. Pat Duncan

    Yes he should get what he wants. We had 8 years of an administration and house that got everything they asked for and delivered us to an economic horror show. Now we have a President with the most difficult task of our lifetime dropped on him at his inauguration and he has the courage to present a long term plans to real solutions for our country's economy and the rest of the industrialized world. The global economy is in a tailspin. And the foes of this plan are the ones who are largely responsible for serving this crisis to the President and the public. They will also bend to the will of the lobbyist for these industries to help them remain unchanged as much as possible and to continue their effort to manipulate regulations for their own self interest and not the public's.
    If he doesn't get the budget he wants, the bad guys will have won again.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  247. Frank

    Ofcourse...Im appalled at the speed that Americans expect Pres. Obama to solve both the economic and financial crisis. Lets be a little realistic 65 days is not close to enough. For all the criticism he is receiving, I dont know any business or economic model that turns debt into a surplus without spending. Besides, 8 years of the previous administration and all the salacious spending and deregulation that took place will take a lot of money-to wrong those rights. Oh how cynical we have become.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  248. Lisa in Florida

    I think the president is doing exactly what this Obama Republican heard him say he would do - education, healthcare, energy - Bayh and the rest of the "lapdogs" can get in his way if they like, but I have some campaign contribution money to make sure that they pay dearly for it.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  249. Thomas

    I am a disabled VET served nearly 20 yrs. I support Pres. Obama 110%. We've always made debt. I've been a child, a grand child! Now, Father, Grandfather. If not now When? Now or never! Stand your Ground Mr. President!! Our government has robbed veterans for more than 150 years (concurrent receipt Law).

    March 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  250. Judith

    Jack,
    Yes, I think his budget should be passed. If not now; when will Congress deal with the issues of energy, education, and health care. I've listened to enough politicians talk about these issues to know that nothing will change unless we have the courage to act. The President's argument that all these initiatives are necessary for the growth of our economy is convincing to me. I say go for it.
    Judi
    Dallas, Texas

    March 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  251. John Thrash

    Yes, the President should get his budget. The only thing wrong with it is that it may be a little too small. If the Congress cuts out the investments to health care and energy, that means we will continue to do those things as they are done today, and that is ineffective and expensive. Yes, this is spending $$, but it is not wasting money! CBO, Republicans (who had no sense of budget under President Bush and his wasteful expenditures) and some Democrats are worried about bankrupting the country. If we don't make the necessary to grow our economy, we will bankrupt the country, but if we grow, we will prosper. Don't they have faith is our ability to grow and innovate. Note that many business failures happen because banks won't loan them enough and under capitalize them. We should not do that.

    Alternately, Jindl, Thompson and Limbaugh, all well off individuals, would resolve some of our health problems by upping the eligible age for social security and simply hope that people just die before they need benefits. But, making the health system more efficient and less costly is the way to go. Their's is an old, worn out road. Let's take a different path.

    I do hope, however, that we encourage more manufacturing in America. Obviously, China is a big supporter now because of all the junk we buy for them. We need a "Buy American" campaign for both goods and services. Our "brilliant" MBAs must halt the outsourcing of American jobs, because people who do not have jobs can't buy!

    President Obama is bold and visionary; only fear can cause us to fail under his leadership.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  252. yetunde

    Every party spends across the board,but what they spend the money on differs,Republican are more eager to spend on war than everday issue that affect most American.This if the Republican ans so call blue dog democrates dont like it,aqI

    March 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  253. Jane - WI

    For those who say they want President Obama to get everything on his wish list passed in this budget, I also hope you are willing to pay for it. Or, are you among the people who want to tax the so called "rich", but are unwilling to have your own taxes jacked up substantially to pay for this out of control spending? Anyone who supports nationalized health insurance, cap and trade laws, more money sent down the black hole of education, etc. should be willing to cough up their own cash to pay for it, and not look or ask for a tax break.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  254. Jeannette

    Where were these budget-challenged congressional blow hards when (1) Reagan ran up the largest budget deficit in history & (2) Bush could never find his veto stamp?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  255. al

    they always said you can't teach a old dog new tricks! well some in congress have been there for years, while our heathcare ,education and energy policies have fell out of step with today's world. perhaps those old dogs should start doing some of what they always promise during campaigning instead of kicking the can down the road once again, and they wonder why their aproval ratings are so low!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  256. Pat in NM

    Not for one minute. I'm one of those meat head Republicans who want war without end and trickle down economics! Yeah, right.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  257. Steve Millican

    The 9.3 trillion dollar ten year deficit projected to be incurred if President Obama gets what he wants will likely never be paid off. If, in ten years we started paying it off at one million dollars a day at zero percent interest, the debt would take more than 25,462 years to repay. To put this into perspective, modern humans have been arould for about 40,000 years. It doesn't matter if he gets the budget authorization because it's reached the point where it's just a number and not really money.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  258. Venia PA

    Well let's see, we had a president who bankrupted us and we got nothing out of it but a war that was based on lies and oh, the rich got richer. Now we have a president willing to work for America and Americans, I say we give him a shot.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  259. sharon

    NO–he should NOT get everything he wants!!! He got the stimulas pkg he wanted, and look how well THAT worked out. This budget needs to be studied line by line, and all the crap needs to be taken out, and THen we'll look at the budget all over again. This president is going to bankrupt this country. Also, how come none no reporter for a major newspaper, magazine, CNN, FOX were called on last night? His news conferences are a joke, he refuses to take any hard hitting questions -WHY?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  260. Nhial Chuol Tut

    Jock, May God’s blessed President Obam’s and the United States! The man came to office while the nation systems from Private to public were in graved dead. I believe he and his teams are doing their best to stop these giant elephant problems that built up over the years, without one paying attention, if you will. Also I believe the nation will survive sooner than later and the congress to private’s just needs to understand that working together is only way out from this mixed, we’re in black or white.
    Nhial Chuol Tut
    Washington, D.C.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  261. Marietta

    The country's Foreign debt has grown like an avalanche even though in the early 1980s there was no DEBT..by 1198 it has exceeded $2 Trillion dollars. Now it is more then $12 Trillion dollars plus handing Pres Obama a $1.3 Trillion dollar budget debt to at to Pres Obama. And in the last 8 years America has been run into the ground on all fronts and now a war on its border whow! Republcians talk of Pres Obama??–What are we paying for? What did Bush buy?

    Give Pres Obama his full budget asked for!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  262. Ruben

    Jack,

    Yes, President Obama should definitely get what he wants because what he wants is best for the country. We have already tried it the Bush and Cheney way. We need to give the President a chance to get this economy back on course. This is the reason why we voted for him. It's amazing, so many in America are willing to lay down the lives of its citizens in the name of war to protect this great nation. Some of those same people are not willing to part with material possessions or taxes for the sake of this nation. The current state of this economy is just as critical as any war. So many need to wake up and realize this.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  263. R.C keep OREGON green!

    Obama should get what he needs to save our country.Republicans put us here with their war on drugs,war on terror,fear!Fueled by religion republicans use fear to control us,and the world.Livable wage,stop inflation,end the war on drugs,thats it really the trillions saved from ending the drug war.Helping the rich too keep their money,or trying to save the stock market who cares it doesnt effect most working Americans,or the disabled,poor in general.Iam talking about the super rich the corporations that control our government take back your government STOP letting religion getting into our government.D.E.A budget,homeland security and the war on drugs( you reap what you sow)STOP THE LIES AND LEGALIZE people are not owned by anyone.I have the right to chose,I have the right to put what ever I want in my body.END THE WAR ON DRUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  264. Jim

    If Obama gets what he is asking for, will the rest of America get what we are asking for? I don't see how when, in fact, we are paying for what Obama wants. Many years ago a Social Science teacher in my high school told the class that if everyone in America gave the Government one days pay, the national debt would be paid. Understand I am now 70 years old so the high school class was MANY years ago. The teacher went on to say that it would take only three months (not years) for the government to be right back into excessive debt again. Question, why the heck are we trying to balance a budget when our government spends faster than we can give?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  265. Eric

    3.6 trillion dollars, borrowed from US taxpayers and China, to pay off his political constituants. Nice...bankrupt our children. I've never seen a president mess up a counrty so quickly. A resounding NO.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  266. Jane - WI

    It's amazing how many people on this site and country actually think that Republicans have controlled the government for the last 8 years. Democrats have controlled Congress for over 2 years now. congress spends the money, not the President. congress makes the laws and regulations. Our economy made a remarkable recovery after the devastation of 9/11. The downturn seemed to start when Democrats took over Congress in January of 2007. Barack Obama is giving us a bigger budget deficit in 5 years than all of the past Presidents combined. that is frightening.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  267. jason morris

    i think president obama should get what he wants. our last president got every thing he wanted for eight years. what happened to those rubber stamps the republicans had for so many years?

    March 25, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  268. Scorpio7

    Yes, leave the plan as is. The proposed set aside cuts may rear it's ugly head again. It would be wise to include the cost in the current spending plan. Remember, the 608 Billion today will inflate to about 1 Trillion in 5 years. Should the set aside money never be used, then that would be another bonus.

    Sonny W. in Virginia

    March 25, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  269. Joe

    It's easy for the republicans to throw rocks and run rather than come up with a plan of their own. If we wait for the republicans to act, more jobs will be lost, more homes will be lost, and the problem will be compounded exponentially. Their answer is always "less government and tax cuts." Well that worked real well the last eight years. They have had as much time as he's had to formulate a plan but today it doesn't exist. His plan isn't perfect but no plan is on capital hill. Give him the ball and let him run.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  270. Josh NY

    I think Obama should get what he wants, but then again if he plan fails the dept is doubled. So it's basically a double edged-sword, maybe Obama should get his head out the window.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  271. J Everett

    No matter how big any president's budget is, it will always be too much. Let's move on and argue about something else.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  272. Dan

    No, he's asking for way too much. Yes, we need all of these reforms, but we cannot afford them all right now. If we spend all of this money now, than we are going to dig ourselves into an even deeper financial hole that will lead us to problems that are much worse than the ones we are experiencing right now and severely jeopardize our national security. These problems will be much worse than any solutions that come from this budget.

    Mr. President, I gave up 50 hours of my time for you this fall. Don't make me regret it.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  273. yetunde

    jack,
    I have never seen anyone condemning the cost of war in Iraq,and the debt it would leave American future generation,so why complainig now about Obama's spending, on issues that matter to us?If Republican dont like,is just too bad.

    /

    March 25, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  274. Tony

    Why should he not? In my opinion, he is the first President who has shown concern about our plight since these past eight years of darkness. If the Republicans are so concerned that someone is doing something then let them answer these questions. If they can't, they need to pull thier lower lip over thier heads and swallow...shut up and go home...
    1. Where were they when Bush was spending $1billion a month in Iraq? I guess they didn't see that as overspending because it is party first before country for them.
    2. Why do they have to pick and sing songs of woe when they have nothing to contribute?
    3. Are these republicans Americans? I doubt that because they think Republican instead of American first. They put thier party first before the country.
    In my opinion, they feel the whole country can go to blazes in so far as thier party is left alone. No wonder they have a drunk, loose mouth,drug addict, radio pundist saying he wishes the president should fail and they all ran around with their tails between their legs unable address him,yet they have a lot of teeth for the president. Maybe he missed the train and someone didn't tell him if the president fails, the country fails. They are living in another world.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  275. vera

    President Obama should absolutely get everything he wants. Any democrat that does not support him should be exposed so that the American people have an opportunity to vote them out. Isn't it strange that when the wealthy of this country ask for bonuses and bail outs there seems to be enough money. However, when a president wants to implement a health care system that benefits the American public all of a sudden there isn't enough money. It is about time that our taxes are used to better the lives of all. Even if 3.6 trillion puts us in a 10 year deficit , it is a small price to pay when you consider the benefits the American public will get from a revised health care system. Imagine an America where no citizen will ever have to worry about loosing their home because they get sick. Imagine an America where insurance companies don't dictate which doctors you can see. Imagine an America where your insurance is not tied to your work and when you loose a job you don't loose your insurance. Imagine an America where you are insured even if you have a preexisting condition. America wake up ,non of us choose to be sick but if you live long enough you will surely spend time in a hospital. By not supporting Universal healthcare you are voting against yourself and any politician that is opposed to it is too rich too care about the rest of us. We must keep an eye on all of them and when they don't use our money to help all the Americans then we need to vote the legal bums out.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  276. mark from tx.

    after bush buried this nation in debt , any thing that president obama does can only help us get out of this hole.i cannot believe that the republicans are still asking for tax cuts for the rich.are these people immune to the thinking process

    March 25, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  277. Kalar Walters

    Yes. He was voted into office for his vision. Change is hard but necessary at specific points in time. This is one of those times.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  278. Pat , Plano, Tx

    Of course he should get the budget he has asked for. He has this country's support and est interest at heart and has a long term plan to fix this economy for good in a way that has never been so forward looking in provisions for health care and energy independence, education and banking. Congress always take the short sighted approach for the benefit of big business and self interest. That ship has sailed and the houses of congress better get used to it. If his budget does not include all he has asked for, then corporate America will have won again and cost us taxpayers even more pain for a much longer period.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  279. TheRealMcCoy

    Jack,

    Not only should the President get everything he is asking for, I think that any Democrat that tries to stop him better pack his bags, because there's a good chance they'll be heading home come 2010.

    Right now, the only person in government that is inspiring any type of confidence is President Obama.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  280. Sandra Lopez

    Yes, President Obama should get all he askes for. As it is, his intent to get us back on track. The Republican Party has knocked down and stepped on the neck of every middle class and poor person not just in the US but also around the world for the last eight years. So, I'm not asking you, I'm telling you to back off. Let us breath. Either bring someting possitive to the table or your party will distroy itself. The election of our new president invokes a sense of peace, somehing your party was unwilling to do. We are finally able to gasp for air. So step back, shut your mouths and listen to what the majority of the people are saying and feeling. Just maybe, you all will beccome human again! Remember this country is run by the people, for the people . THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DOES NOT REPRESENT THE MAJORITY! I must admit, lately when I see a Republican, all I see is one giant dollar bill. Something most of us don't have anymore, thanks to them. I'm angry as hell and if I were not bed ridden, I would be picketing in front of every known republicans home. I'm almost possitive, there are many more people just like me. Stop provoking!
    Sandra Lopez
    Hammonton, NJ

    March 25, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  281. Beth

    Well, Jack, we wouldn't be at this stage right now if the "war" President hadn't taken us down this road to perdition. I give a resounding YES to the question. Those who are screaming and kicking about President Obama's budget and Economic Recovery Plan are the very ones who cater to the special interest groups in Washington and the very ones who created this mess in the first place. I say Power to People

    March 25, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  282. Carla Mc

    We need to stop criticizing and picking apart everything that the President is asking of us. He has been elected to run this country so let him do it. We all have our opinions, and ideas on what needs to be done, but we only have one President so give him a chance. Please stop all the negativity, and let's act like the GREAT AMERICANS we claim to be!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  283. Miss taylor

    Yes. For those who think our children and grandchidren will pay for some of this, I have been working for thirty years and have no children but I pay for everyone elses kids. I have been paying into SSN for the people who corrected for the last thirty years. My point is that every generation will have continue to pay taxes. If we want these kids to have a better future you have to spend money on this country for a change. I guest you'd rather spend money to build schools in other countries that we destroy. You say you love your country but you want everything to be free. Grow up.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  284. Thomas

    Yes, but the President has proposed a budget that will make both houses do their jobs and the Republicans can't just say no!

    March 25, 2009 at 6:53 pm |