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Obama Speech Details Leaked: Promises To Cut $4 Trillion In Deficit Over Next 12 Years (Or Less)

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In about an hour, the Teleprompter in Chief will once again address a nation on the topic of the exploding US deficit, which he can only hope has the attention span of an HFT algorithm, and has forgotten his proclamations on the same issue from early 2009. Among the things Obama will discuss:

  • Sets a goal of reducing US deficit by $4 trilllion in 12 years or less, according to a congressional source
  • Implements a deficit plan would curb deficits to 2.5% of GDP in 2015, 2% toward end of decade according to a congressional source
  • Wants US debt on "declining path", enforced by "debt failsafe" trigger of broad cuts, according to a congressional source
  • Seeks $770 billion in savings by 2023 in cuts to non-security discretionary spending according to a congressional source

Good luck with that. In the meantime... a clip from Obama circa February 2009 on where Obama saw the budget by the end of 2012. That did not...quite... work... out.

More details on the upcoming speech from Reuters:

According to congressional sources, Obama will propose:

  • Reducing the deficit by $4 trillion in 12 years or less
  • Curbing deficits to 2.5 percent of GDP in 2015, 2 percent toward the end of the decade
  • Ending Bush-era tax rates for the wealthiest Americans
  • Seeking $770 billion in savings by 2023 in cuts to non-security discretionary spending
  • Saving $480 billion in Medicare and Medicaid by 2023 and at least $1 trillion more by 2033.

Obama will use the speech to try to regain control of the spending
debate by drawing a contrast with a Republican plan to combine an
overhaul of the Medicare health program with lower taxes to reduce the
deficit by $4.4 trillion in 10 years.

Obama was expected to
point to recommendations made last year by his debt commission,
co-chaired by Republican Alan Simpson and Democrat Erskine Bowles, as a
starting point for discussion.

He has so far declined to endorse
their report but in a sign he was moving closer toward their findings,
the panel co-chairmen were expected to attend the speech.

deficit issue has become entangled with a vote Congress will consider in
the next few weeks on raising the nation's borrowing limit. Republicans
say they will not vote to lift the debt limit without commitments to
rein in long-term deficits.

The debt is expected to hit the $14.3 trillion ceiling as early as
mid-May and a failure to lift it could raise the specter of default and
ripple through financial markets.


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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:20 | 1165463 Dolar in a vortex
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Obama, creating or saving jobs and deficit since his birth in parts unknown.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:45 | 1165613 jus_lite_reading
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Strange stuff but he is just a puppet of the banksters. Who cares what sensational crap he talks up. The most important news comes from japan!!! With radioactive STRONTIUM being found more than 20 miles from Fukushima AND NOW reactor 1 pressure is building up!

To me that is news!!! It means all those people in about 5 prefectures will never be able to return! Milliions of people maybe forced to live in empty Chinese ghost towns!


Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:51 | 1165650 66Sexy
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I love how they throw dates around like 2015 and 2023 ... like this bullshit ponzi economy and ponzi fiat government will still be around then...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:12 | 1165744 Hard1
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Totally agree, as liar in chief you just need to promise that the deficit/debt problem will be in control by the time you have (quietly) stepped out of office.

This holds not only in US, but also PIIGS+Japan.

There are no longer developed and emerging economies.  Now we have submerging and emerged.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:22 | 1165812 TruthInSunshine
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Obamanomics is the best 'nomics ever.

Obamanomics = Bullshit²

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:35 | 1165893 SilverIsKing
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I wonder if anyone actually believes what he says.  I'm going to conduct an informal poll later today and tomorrow and ask what people think of his plan.

I want to get a handle on how deep the public has their heads buried in the dogshit.

If they actually buy what he's shoveling, he should actually put forth a plan that provides zillion dollar surpluses and new cars and homes for everyone by 2032.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:14 | 1166353 perelmanfan
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My anecdotal evidence is that public ignorance on budget matters is vast. I asked CFOs of two major companies over the weekend what they thought of the Fed's quantitative easing. Neither had ever heard the term; had no idea what it mean. I'd guess not one person in 100 knows the meaning of fiat currency, and not one in a thousand knows such currencies have finite lifespans. Very scary.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:50 | 1165962 jus_lite_reading
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Talk about lies! Breaking news from PM KAN says "evacuation area will be uninhabitable!"

Thats update 8 on that page! Incredible!!!!!! ITS ALWAYS ABOUT THE BENJAMINS!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:23 | 1165805 ZackAttack
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The old principle of IBG,YBG. Screw it, promise 'em skittle-shitting ponies while he's at it.

I'll be gone, you'll be gone.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:56 | 1165675 SheepDog-One
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Yes thats the real news going on in Japan, but detrimental to world banksters stocks so that story is 'Cntrl alt del' since it happened. 

BTW whatever happened to that war thingy in Libya? Havent heard a peep since the 1st day really.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:05 | 1165716 HelluvaEngineer
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I think we won.  Something about missiles.  zzzzzzz

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:04 | 1165720 Shitters_Full
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Yes...ZH, where is the Fukushima news today?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:50 | 1165970 jus_lite_reading
Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:11 | 1165754 Dolar in a vortex
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Milliions of people maybe forced to live in empty Chinese ghost towns!

Japanese people living in Chinese ghost towns? Bahahahaha!

That's the day the lion will be laying with the lamb.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 14:01 | 1166021 jus_lite_reading
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HAHA I meant it as a joke... didn't you see the video the other day from Austrailia dateline showing 70 million apartment no vacant in China but they keep building? INSANE!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:52 | 1166515 Strider52
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Yeah, that would be like 20 million illegal Mexican immigrants moving into California....oh, wait...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:20 | 1165465 f16hoser
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4 billion? OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!


Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:20 | 1165466 trav7777
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ROTFL,  bitchez

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:24 | 1165488 schoolsout
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So, if I read this right, the debt still climbs...



Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:41 | 1165592 NOTW777
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its obamaobiden new math - we have to spend $ to get out of debt.  the new cost cutting is not spending as much.  

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:32 | 1165863 The Profit Prophet
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It's actually the new Keynesian have to borrow 10 % of GDP in order to funnel enough free money to the Oligarchs to create the illusion of 1% GDP growth.  It's a great business model....borrow 10, make 1......borrow 10, make 1.

T.E.I.N. everyone!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:39 | 1165586 SWRichmond
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This is the extent of the left's willingness to cut.  Wisconsin made it plain that lawlessness will be quickly applied by the public employee unions and the rest of the dependency classes in the event of any attempted deep cuts.  The Repubs and Dems don't want to be the ones to cut because they know what'll happen when the deficit is slashed by 10% of GDP.  Both sides will ride the boat until it sinks, then quickly blame the other side and keep the debate within the phony left-right thing. 

We are doomed.  This boat will sink.  There is no majority political will in this country to fix it, so it will not be fixed.  Buckle up.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:45 | 1165624 Shameful
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Kick back, relax, and enjoy the free fall.

It is sort of exciting, in a drag race among the Developed world to see who can 3rd world themselves first.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:55 | 1165683 Bob Sacamano
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This is what they say they are willing to cut.  Actual cuts (as reminded in the video) will be far less than what they say.

"When all is said and done, more is said than done."

We can not even cut spending to fund NPR without hysterical rants. 

The Wisconsin unions are scary -- going after businesses that do not publicly embrace their position. 

Game on folks -- it is us against them.  Align yourself only with like minded people.  The big government, dependency loving, low personal responsibility, victim class is coming after you.


Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:16 | 1165774 Spastica Rex
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Yeah -- French Revolution MKII, American style coming soon to a neck near you, huh?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:31 | 1165853 Bob Sacamano
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Ready for the revolution.  I await the opportunity to "greet" you. 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:35 | 1165883 Spastica Rex
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Oh, I think you misuderstand me. However, there are way more of "them" than "you."


Good luck.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 18:24 | 1166975 Bob Sacamano
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Understood - but some revolutions are not decided by headcount.   

The majority of folks who pay virtually no federal income taxes (and a few that do but who think they should live better - despite being easily in the top quartile of the world) like where all of this is headed.  The class warfare flames are being fanned by government - it is what most in government want.  They only see things as zero sum games -- for every winner, there is a loser.

If not already, at some point you and everyone else will be on one side or the other -- a victim of some sort or someone the victims want to get. 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 14:22 | 1166126 ElvisDog
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I am not a fan of the Wisconsin unions, however there is nothing wrong with trying to organize a boycott of a business you disagree with. It is, dare I say, within their democratic rights.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 18:07 | 1166938 Bob Sacamano
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But the business never suggested they disagreed with them.  They were boycotted because the business said they would take no position on the matter -- they would not put pro union / anti-governor signs in their windows.   Absurd.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:21 | 1165470 FOC 1183
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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:22 | 1165473 Sofa King
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I know it's a misprint, but even the $4 Billion is a stretch

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:24 | 1165489 Tyler Durden
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It really is a misprint. Obama meant "quadrillion" pro forma for the DXY hitting 10

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:28 | 1165513 redpill
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Precisely, $4 trillion in 2023 dollars should be a breeze.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:28 | 1165836 r101958
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LO-frigging-L. +1 redpill

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:34 | 1165542 carbonmutant
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You mean he can't even read a teleprompter right?

Who wrote this f**king script?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:06 | 1165558 SheepDog-One
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OH $4 quadrillion! Well that makes more sense, seeing as by 2016 youll need $5 trillion just to buy 1 can of Spam.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:26 | 1165510 Dr. No
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Ron Burgundy.  He will read anything on the teleprompter.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:36 | 1165575 chunkylover42
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go f*ck yourselves, San Diego

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:40 | 1165594 Gubbmint Cheese
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ha ha ha ha ha ha..

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:46 | 1165620 jus_lite_reading
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LMAO! Teleprompter in Chief... Ron Obamao Burgundy

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:21 | 1165474 samseau
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Let's see... 4 trillion minus running deficiets of soon to be 2 then 3 trillion... nope, no problems here.



I think we should just start a movement to have everyone vote democrat, so they will spend even faster.  This way the current government will fall apart faster and we can go back to living in a productive society sooner.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:45 | 1165615 silvertrain
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I wonder what the future gdp projections have to be for this scheme to get off the floor?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:53 | 1165660 RafterManFMJ
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I have not voted last 2 elections, but I also thought of this, and will do as you have so preceptively suggested. Burn, baby, BURN!!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:19 | 1165796 Spastica Rex
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Faster than who?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:28 | 1165847 LFMayor
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run with the rope instead of pulling against it?  Very Wing Chung of you.  Since crash = ++(road warrior) I think it's a great idea.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:21 | 1165475 nah
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its not about the law or money its about the power


the cops have to understand the rule

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:42 | 1165595 chumbawamba
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Cash to carbines.

Guns and gold.

That is power.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:21 | 1165476 redpill
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Any time any President speaks about fiscal years long past the end of their theoretical second term you know they are vomiting bullshit on to your face.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:23 | 1165491 hedgeless_horseman
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...would curb deficits to 2.5% of GDP in 2015

War, foreign aid, bank bailouts,and entitlements later!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:48 | 1165632 jus_lite_reading
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More crap to breathe in... if the radiation doesnt get you!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:55 | 1165680 Guarded Pessimist
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Like former governor George Ryan (R-IL) saying (back in 2000) that in order to do away with tolls they would have to double them for the next 20 years before doing away with them.


Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:56 | 1165691 Vendetta
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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 14:29 | 1166169 ElvisDog
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Obama said something the other day about having 80% of our electricity generated by renewal means by 2030 or 2040. I thought "wow, what a crystal ball he has"

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:21 | 1165477 Astute Investor
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Everybody's got plans...until they get hit.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:33 | 1165544 hedgeless_horseman
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Jan. 22, 2009 - President Obama vowed to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center within a year.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:21 | 1165479 AxiosAdv
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Even it it's true, that's pathetic.  The politicians still don't get it.  Ryan's plan isn't good enough either.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:23 | 1165480 DonnieD
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This lying sack of horseshit couldn't even cut 10 billion off this years budget. Who out there is dumb enough to believe this asshole?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:35 | 1165554 vxpatel
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the 1/2 of the american fatsheeple who don't believe sarah palin is qualified to be president...that's who


Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:44 | 1165607 chumbawamba
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I agree.  Get Sarah in there so she can finish the job of destroying America.

I can't wait for the press conferences when she's president.  Instead of getting asked questions, reporters will be yelling "SHOW US YOUR TITS!"

I'd like to see them.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:47 | 1165634 JLee2027
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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:26 | 1165818 Clampit
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LEGALLY president

This November go pink!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:22 | 1166843 krispkritter
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And I'd like to see her Oval Orifice...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:42 | 1165612 SheepDog-One
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Fuck that Zionist bag lady Palin!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:17 | 1165772 citta vritti
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and the 1/2 who do

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:29 | 1165857 oddjob
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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:21 | 1165481 dow2000
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Impeach the asshole

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:21 | 1165482 Mr. Anonymous
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I would call this guy a sack of shit, but that's disparaging to real sacks of shit.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:22 | 1165484 Dr. No
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We need to spend more to keep ourselves from going bankrupt.  Didnt he get the memo?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:52 | 1165654 JLee2027
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Exactly.  The guy changes his message like the wind.

The only that matters is how much they are cutting right now, and the answer is nearly ZERO. Useless.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:24 | 1165487 trav7777
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either way, this appears to be the banks finally being flush now.  They've been saved and bailed out.  All their NPL crap is on the Fed.

Now the banks want repaid on all those bullshit ponzi loans.  AUSTERITY TIME.


Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:56 | 1165677 doomandbloom
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+4 T

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:23 | 1165490 Oh regional Indian
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Politicialns have short memories. Unfortunately sheeple have even shorter ones.

As long as someone is danzing on ze ice and there is chep beer and wine in the fridge, all is swell. I'm swell(ing), you are swell(ing), deficit is Swell(ing).... big deal. Another war....pffffft, that be a deficit shrinker, you watch. And following the law of squares in verse....

One war, half,

Two wars, hahahlf,

Three wars... you're dead.

All a big lie, see thsoe massive jawbones on the man? That is for some serious Jawboning.

It's all a big lie folks.

Big lie.


Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:28 | 1165525 carbonmutant
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But inflation keeps the memory alive...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:49 | 1165651 Rick64
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Obama lying his ass off like all the presidents and most politicians.      Obama and lobbyists

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:29 | 1165854 r101958
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I think you meant 'all is swill'

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 14:05 | 1166032 Oh regional Indian
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Hah! That too... :-)


Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:27 | 1165492 plocequ1
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Wake me up when The seven trumpets of the seventh seals acometh. This is getting fucking boring. A total waste of WIFi signal and Laptop battery power (Not Zerohedge)

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:28 | 1165518 topcallingtroll
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So true.

If i didnt get a chance to critticise our fukwad in chief i wouldnt even bother to read about him.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:00 | 1165705 Vendetta
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I hear em but is still faint ... but not for long

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:24 | 1165493 SheepDog-One
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Been hearing this assclown promise cuts since 2008, no beef. BTW it appears he plans to be president for another 12 years? 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:42 | 1165596 clones2
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+1 - minor lol...  Yeah - he is totally going to be involved for another 10 years. :-)  More like 10 months.

Approval rating keeps dropping... and now he's threatening entitlement program cuts.

Good luck with that.  It's really a choice of "Worse, or Worser" at this point though.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:24 | 1165495 redpill
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Wall Street couldn't be any fatter, now comes time that the rest of us pay for their Rolexes and penthouse apartments.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:26 | 1165496 nyse
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Cool! So we're good then?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:48 | 1165629 55mph
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yea, it's all good.  



Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:26 | 1165497 newworldorder
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Obama is a lawyer and politician who does not understand how the economy works. He has surrounded himself with academics, bankers and other career politicians.

All of this is a smokesctreen. He has no intention of taking away the gravy train from his supporters or this banking contributors.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:31 | 1165524 SheepDog-One
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AH but they DO plan on taking away the gravy train from benefit check america! 401K pensioners, those on perpetual food stamps and unemployment, etc. Back in the hamster wheel time to PAYYYYYYY!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:07 | 1165736 Vendetta
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It should be delightful to see how the majority of Americans will react to having their 401k clocks cleaned another 40% when the dead cat boot bounce from 2008 strikes its rebound strike. 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:24 | 1165499 Clampit
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Yes, please do explain again how free money from a captive market will voluntarily suppress the natural tendency to be a growth industry.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:27 | 1165506 topcallingtroll
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Cut more. Not enough.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:25 | 1165508 carbonmutant
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In 12 Years?

Is he planning to do away with elections too?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:41 | 1165590 carbonmutant
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Sign of approaching senility...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:20 | 1165790 Rodent Freikorps
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Botox causes brain damage.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 14:31 | 1166200 ElvisDog
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God, just imagine what Pelosi would look like without Botox. Like Al Davis' older sister I suspect.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:36 | 1165566 Shameful
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Would it make a difference?  Selecting between puppet A and puppet B is so tiresome.  Sure it's a great distraction for the masses, but we could probably replace that with Rollerball or something.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:45 | 1165614 carbonmutant
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Actually it does.

However making them compete on American Idol would certainly improve the entertainment value

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:51 | 1165642 Shameful
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I'll one up you, American Gladiator, but lets up the ante.  Make it more like Thunderdome, two men enter one president leaves!  Think about the foreign policy strength!  Some people think Putin is a hard ass, well how much tough would America look if our president fought in the gladiator pits and impaled a dude on a spike to win the Presidential Bloodsport Tournament?

"Dude the president is hardcore!  Did you see the way he caved that other guys head in with a hammer and then cut his ears off to make a necklace?  That's the guy I want to straighten out health care!"

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:07 | 1165724 carbonmutant
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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:10 | 1165746 Vendetta
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masterblaster has been winning for 40 years if that was the case ... in figurative terms of course.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:28 | 1165509 alexwest
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Implements a deficit plan would curb deficits to 2.5% of GDP in 2015, 2% toward end of decade according to a congressional source

each politican who uses debt/gdp ratio should be executed on spot..

suckers not only 'forecast' what deficit is goona be , and also make prediction what GDP will be...



2011 - defict is
2012 - defict is


Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:30 | 1165519 clymer
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Here's an idea: END THE FED

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:29 | 1165528 clymer
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not to mention the wars, the banker bailouts, the crony capitalism, the department of education, unicef, etc.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:56 | 1165685 doomandbloom
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IMF= soon to be Global Fed

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:37 | 1165555 Clampit
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Here's a better idea: END THE FEDS.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:42 | 1165599 Robot Traders Mom
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You should run with that creative idea...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:30 | 1165522 Yield2Greatness
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Just last week the government almost shut down over how to cut 38.x billion, now it's 4 trillion.  DOA!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:58 | 1165687 you enjoy myself
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except that as someone mentioned above, that "$4T in cuts" is baselined against what is no doubt ridiculous GDP assumptions.  see, its so easy when you can just pull unicorn GDP numbers for 2025 out of your ass -- we'll grow the economy at 6% a year, but only increase spending 5% a year!  we'll shave 1% of GDP off our deficit every year!  austerity!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:30 | 1165849 hedgeless_horseman
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Peter Orzag, is that you?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 14:33 | 1166209 ElvisDog
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I would bet that the $4T in cuts is really $4T in reductions of future spending increases and increasing the long term growth trend estimates.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:24 | 1165807 citta vritti
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I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today. Wimpy

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:31 | 1165529 PolishHammer
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Yes we can

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:43 | 1165604 1fortheroad
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Said the blind man as he picked up hammer and nails.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:29 | 1165534 King_of_simpletons
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This guy is only talk. No action. I wonder why he is only saying 4T in cuts, he might as well say that he has a plan to pay off the national debt if reelected.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:30 | 1165537 darkpool2
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$4Tn over 12 years.....hmmm, that will just about eliminate the EXTRA $4tn debt that will be on the books between now and the time O hopes to be re-elected. Maybe better if we didnt incur this extra $4tn between now and early 2013?   Thoughts anyone....?


Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:32 | 1165539 centerline
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Blah, blah, blah.  This has actually gone from funny to sad and back to funny again.  Watching the politicians squirm.  Do they really not know they are patsies for what happens next?  They can't be that stupid.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:13 | 1165758 Vendetta
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stupid or corrupt looks like the same thing these days, the end result is the same .. total economic devastation with zero justice.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:15 | 1165759 Vendetta
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stupid or corrupt looks like the same thing these days, the end result is the same .. total economic devastation with zero justice.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:32 | 1165540 lynnybee
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as my dad would say, "what a horses ass ! " .    his boss is JAMIE DIMON.   OBAMA is nothing but a bankster-in-chief.   the damn C.I.A. is running this country.   OBAMA worked for BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, for god's sake!   BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL is a known front for covert operations for the C.I.A.      WAKE UP AMERICA !    Nothing is as it seems, the masses are still sleeping.  

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:36 | 1165578 ZakuKommander
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You're a good member of the community, but stop with the CAPS.  Diminishes you:

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:51 | 1165659 lynnybee
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i will take the advice & tone it down...... my problem is that i type so fast, that i just keep it all caps so i don't waste time shifting.    sincerely ....

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:04 | 1165713 ZakuKommander
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And we all thought your problem was your conure or whatever screaming at you.

Keep up the posting!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:51 | 1165648 dracos_ghost
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In the late summer of 1983, future United States President Barack Obama interviewed for a job at Business International Corporation. He worked there for "little more than year."[3] As a research associate in its financial services division, he edited Financing Foreign Operations, a global reference service, and wrote for Business International Money Report, a weekly financial newsletter.[4] His responsibilities included "interviewing business experts, researching trends in foreign exchange, following market developments. . . . He wrote about currency swaps and leverage leases. . . . Obama also helped write financial reports on Mexico and Brazil.[5]

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:18 | 1165789 Vendetta
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Capitalizing "WAKE UP AMERICA" won't do the trick ... A 60% clock cleaning of their 401ks might ... soon to be delivered courtesy US government and their banker friends

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:33 | 1165545 Twindrives
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Obama, a legend in his own mind.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 14:37 | 1166219 ElvisDog
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At least he no longer refers to everything he does, or says, or proposes as "historic" like he did the first year he was in office.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:31 | 1165547 Millennial
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But what about all those jobs he saved or created? Won't they destroyed or lost?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:33 | 1165549 Mike Cowan
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Too bad he didn't end the food for fuel program. 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:34 | 1165552 Shameful
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Funny how all these cuts are in some distant future, and the average attention span is about the same as the attention span of a fruit fly.  Hell elect me president and in 10 years I promise massive budget surpluses, no taxes, mandatory 50 week vacations, no unemployment, hover cars, and free candy to all.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:36 | 1165576 SheepDog-One
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30 minute MAX attention span of america, trained thru sitcom length.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:59 | 1165693 oogs66
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25 minutes...people don't watch the credits and commercials at the end.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:00 | 1165703 saulysw
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You got my vote!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:23 | 1165800 Vendetta
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Many already have their hoverounds already... at little or no cost to them .... but pillaged the medicare system with 80% profit margins charged to John Q Public

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:34 | 1165553 Milestones
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Total package!!  Complete a--hole!      Milestones

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:33 | 1165557 Gimp
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Ivy League Education = Clueless

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:52 | 1165667 gordengeko
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Ivy League Education - vy League institutions, therefore, account for seven of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

American Revolution - The American Revolution was the political upheaval during the last half of the 18th century in which thirteen colonies in North America joined together to break free from the British Empire, combining to become the United States of America.

How much more clearer can one be???  Again, who is your enemy fellow peasant prole?  I'm not trying to come off as arrogant but whatever it takes to get the point across I guess.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:02 | 1165704 Temporalist
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You can't possibly mean that the present Ivy League is anything like it was back than.  I'm not defending his comment but the comparison to then and now is about as far off as one can get.  The present culture of these institutions is nothing but a sycophantic orgy where everyone is competing to be the smartest where "smartest" doesn't mean more moral, ethical, altruistic, logical or rational but just the best bullshitter.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:05 | 1165715 gordengeko
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You're right I'm not talking about the present day half-retarded inbred royal fuckstains.  I'm speaking of the early-late 20th century inbreds, like FDR, Bushes and those from that era that are leading the world right now.  It's a giant private inbred club that includes the business world.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:31 | 1165869 newworldorder
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The Ivy League is what it has always been;

1. A place where legacy US families go to learn how to maintain political and financial power.

2. A place where some very smart plebeians are admitted to the club, mentored and seduced to serve the needs of the elite.

If this were not so, why do the fortune 500, government agencies, think tanks, and international institutions kill themselves to hire these graduates. Do you believe that people who attend those schools do not know the score? For almost all of their graduates, it is the ticket punch on the golden ticket to riches and fame. All you need are legacy family connections or an outstanding intellect like Benny and the Jets or Obama and you too can hobnob with old money.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:34 | 1165561 Bubbles the cat (not verified)
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Guess 4 trill ain't what it used to be.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:46 | 1165618 slaughterer
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Isn't it the same with all the US Prezzes?  It is impossible for them to cut the spending, otherwise people will riot.  But it sure looks good to the people, if they are fooled into thinking that the government wants to put its books in order.  Structurally impossible.  We all know that. 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:23 | 1165816 Vendetta
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the MIC would riot with spending cuts where they are truly needed ... regular folks down on their luck in the worst economy in 80 years are already eating shit sandwiches courtesy US government

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:36 | 1165563 Dreadker
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If anyone points out that the budgets wont work, they'll pull out the good old "It's a step in the right direction... " but can't tell you which direction they're headed, or how many steps it takes to reach it...


And let the masses sleep - if they can't wake up with this in front of them... they're doomed...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:37 | 1165568 Seasmoke
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i still will not be voting for Obama in 12 years

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:42 | 1165570 Kaiser Sousa
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and this would of course explain why the only 2 forms of real money have given back all their gains for the day & the Fraud Market retreats slightly...yeah i get it ...

its all good again.......

fuck O'Sellout and his bitch made banker overlords.......

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:35 | 1165572 vxpatel
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this is going to work...i just know a plane powered by hamster piss


Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:38 | 1165573 tmosley
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He'll cut $4 Trillion from the budget, and replace it with $40 Trillion.

So simple, a caveman could do it.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:37 | 1165582 Dr. No
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"Supply and demand.  The treasury cant stop issuing debt.  Havent you seen the demand for gov debt?  They buy billions every day.  The only way to balance demand is with supply." 

As Timmah looks up from his comic book and shrugs off commodity prices. 

"Thats the Bernak's job!"

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:39 | 1165583 lucasjackson
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We should short some random country's internationally traded companies stocks at 10000x leverage and then bomb the crap out of them for "humanitarian" reasons.  Or we could elect Trump.  That dirty fucker will have us discharge our sovereign debt through some arcane section of the Bankruptcy code.  No way this ever gets repaid unless we sell Alaska and Texas, and not just to get rid of the Bushes and Palins.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:06 | 1165717 slaughterer
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Pull the plug, slice the pie.

Sell Florida to Germany.

Sell California to China.

Sell Alaska to the Russians.

Sell Wisconsin and Maine to Canada.

Sell Texas and Nevada to Mexico.

Sell the rest to JPM and GS.

We are all good.

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