Comments for: AP sources: New Obama offer moves toward Boehner

Posted Dec. 17, 2012, at 10:02 p.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has agreed to curtail future cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels as part of accelerating negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner to avoid a “fiscal cliff,” people familiar with the talks said Monday. …

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  • Anonymous

    Sounds like progress, if the R/TP comes to their senses.

    • Anonymous

      and the Dems can decide just how much of the taxpayers’ money Obama gets to pay for what he wants.

  • Anonymous

    we’re never going to balance the budget by only raising taxes on the rich. We need to cut spending (mostly defense and entitlement reform) and raise taxes on all upper middle class and rich. I admit my taxes probably should go up, and we have a household income around 130K, but I don’t want my taxes to go up unless the federal government is going to use the money wisely (which means spending cuts and prioritization are a must).

    • Anonymous

      You are right, we are not going to change anything by taxing a very small group of people. The could impose higher taxes on everyone, but stop and think for a moment. Your 130k is taxed by the feds, by the state, taxed again when you go to buy something, and again when you file your taxes. Your tax rate is more along the lines of 50% as is anyone who works in a state like Maine and buys anything. Do not discount the fact that we pay more than just federal tax. The government gets enough of our income, more than enough. They are miserably failing at one thing…spending. They waste all our money every second of every day. We need deep, very deep cuts not just in defense and entitlement programs but every single aspect of government.

      We allowed this to happen, we did this to ourselves being so complacent with how government runs. This nation continues to vote in the same representatives to go to DC year after year and they are the single biggest problem in this nation when it comes to spending. They determine our budget, they approve what is spent, and they have drove this nation into the ground financially and in many other ways.

      Maybe we do need tax and program reform, but we also should look at finally imposing term limits on our members of congress. They are the last line of defense when it comes to budgeting and spending. I think the only way to turn things around is make them accountable for their actions and force them to stop and think before approving more and more spending. The American people are clearly aware of the waste, and one step in the right direction is cleaning out the lifelong members of congress who have done nothing but waste and spend our tax dollars.

    • Anonymous

      Your taxes shouldn’t go up, but a little higher up the chain, yes. Stop promoting wars, spend some money at home and save the rest – that should be the Presidents position.

  • Anonymous

    We need to end these seemingly endless wars and quit blowing nearly a trillion a year on Defense. It’s ridiculous. We could be spending that money to better ourselves and our country — investing in our future.

    • Anonymous

      Not just in defense, we need to stop sending monies to other countries as well. The monies spent over seas would go a long way in fixing our roads and bridges as well as creating jobs. And then there is the bribe monies, used to help countries in thinking like we think. Then we also need to put someone else in charge of the hen house. Congress spends like drunken sailors and they don’t have to answer to anyone. Then there is these so called budgets that no one is keeping track of. I think most of the monies spent by the Pentagon is not tracked. Why is that, if i kept my books like that i would have problems. Because its illegal to print money and my printer would be confiscated and my butt would be put in jail. We make light of the situation but its not funny. No one is being held accountable for the way they run the government. They get voted with the pretty words they spew, then after we get sucked in and they get voted in, they forget what they promised us to get them there. I must be the bigger fool for getting sucked into this time after time. I have nobody to blame but me, the voter.

  • Anonymous

    Take the money out of the pockets of old people and retirees, a Democrat move? Really? How about cutting some of that 800 Billion dollars from the Defense Appropriations.

    • Anonymous

      How many politicians like our Mike Michaud lease $800. a month cars while supporting bailouts for Chrysler who leases cars to the public for under $200.. These politicians need to be held accountable to the people they work for. Spending our money foolishly has got to come to an end. It’s time we citizens of the U.S. cut up their credit cards !

    • Anonymous

      Or maybe the welfare of the younger Americans who feel they don’t need to work for a living, the government owes them a living.

  • Anonymous

    Politicians pay should reflect that of the people they work for. I recommend , as a way to save millions , that politicians be limited to one term , paid the federal minimum wage , share the cost of Obamacare , and retire on social security. I would also outlaw PAC’s and lobbiests , cut all government subsidies to any business that pays dividends to shareholders and forbid campaign spending to exceed $1.00 for each citizen that candidate represents. It would not be too long before all our fiscal problems were fixed.

  • Anonymous

    “The president wants lower-income recipients to receive protection
    against any loss from scaling back future cost of living increases,
    these officials said.” NO ….the elderly are the ones that need this protection. Many due to age or health reason can no longer work to supplement their income. Many, many to the lower-income people are younger and are able to work. This is where the cuts need to be. Maybe these cut would motivate some of these younger people to find work or at least look.

  • Tyke

    “Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit. Social Security is
    totally funded by the payroll tax levied on employer and employee. If
    you reduce the outgo of Social Security, that money would not go into
    the general fund to reduce the deficit. It would go into the Social
    Security Trust Fund. So Social Security has nothing to do with balancing
    a budget or erasing or growing the deficit.”

    .
    Extremely relevant quote from our president

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