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In one or two words, how would you describe your feelings about the federal government and debt crisis?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 27, 2011

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“I would say disappointed.”


bradh 6 years, 8 months ago

What does Bush have to do with Obama quadrupling the debt, or with Obama not being able to get the economy going for that matter?

bradh 6 years, 7 months ago

And Bush had the crappy economy from Clinton and had it fixed in a couple of months, and Clinton inherited a crappy economy and had it fixed in months. Others have done it, Obama hasn't. Obama is responsible now, he's the president. He's had nearly 3 years to do something and all he's done is blame his predecessor. If he gets reelected, all we'll hear for his 8 years is that he's so stupid he can't fix what his predecessor created. Most recent presidents have been able to fix the economic problems of their predecessor within months. Obama has had years and it continues to get worse. He's had his shot, he's proven he can't do it, get him out of the way and elect someone who can get it done.

Liberty275 6 years, 7 months ago

If you drink the koolaid it will become obvious to you that it is Bush's fault.

Of course, if you think it's bad now because of bush, just wait until 2014. Those 25 year old guys and gals that voted for hope and change but have since gotten used to their $700 apartments, $500 payments on their nicely equipped accords and a few credit cards (along with the usual bills everyone pays) will start finding themselves short at the end of every month. I wonder what bush will make them give up to fatten the coffers of insurance companies?

fabian_zimbabwe 6 years, 8 months ago

You can also thank GW and his pointless war...gonna take a herculian effort to pay off that ridiculous mess.

kernal 6 years, 7 months ago

Sorry, Brad, but when Clinton left office, we had a surplus. You can thank George W and his mentor Cheney for the mess we're in now.

No one is a winner in trying to clean up this mess, especially with so many people in denial on how we got here and so many lacking the knowledge and common sense on now to fix it.

pumpkinpatch 6 years, 8 months ago

That's what I thought when I saw his comment too. Maybe he'd better get back into the books and reread something he must have missed. Remind me not to hire him.

ljwhirled 6 years, 8 months ago

Bad Mojo

Higher Interest Rate

Hypocritical Republicans


Wealth Gap

RoeDapple 6 years, 8 months ago

bout time for a alternate ots there cuzin autie?

Mary Darst 6 years, 8 months ago

all political posturing. Greedgreedgreedgreedgreed.

JerryStubbs 6 years, 7 months ago

The problem is groups that try to shift balance of power away from what's intended by design... in this case Tea Partiers trying to shut off funds to things they didn't vote for (.i.e, before their time).

The concept of not paying for something after you've already made the purchase is pretty senseless. The limits should built into things as they are voted on during appropriations.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

Paul Krugman wrote a great piece on this today. It's not a fight between the right and the left. It's a fight between the right and the gutless center right, AKA democrats. And neither of them are doing what the majority of the American people want done.

John Hamm 6 years, 7 months ago

Well I'm a conservative and I don't hate liberals as much as the other guy. Quite a comment there, "I am liberal and I hate conservatives as much as the next guy,"

Jimo 6 years, 7 months ago

Only a Mad Tea Hatter would think it made sense to demand a trillion dollars in job-killing spending cuts as blackmail to avoid a debt downgrade and higher interest rates that will raise the interest owed on the national debt by .... a trillion dollars! All because they can't stomach tax revenues that become more likely when even more interest is demanded by creditors.

What shrooms are in that tea?

Sigmund 6 years, 7 months ago

Lets simplify the most pressing issue of the day to one or two words, tweet about it in 140 characters or less, and then put a bumper sticker slogan on our car. That way nobody has to think too hard.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

This is not the most pressing issue of the day. It doesn't even make the top ten.

But that's why we're talking about it. It's a good distraction that sucks all the oxygen out of the room, and prevents the really pressing issues from being addressed.

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 7 months ago

Disaster Capitalism

The rapid-fire corporate re-engineering of societies still reeling from shock. Now, U.S. states are in crisis. The 2008 Wall Street financial meltdown, caused by years of deregulation and lack of government oversight, cost Americans $14 trillion in lost wealth and eight million lost jobs. Today some 25 million are unemployed or underemployed. This jobs crisis has tanked federal and state tax receipts, adding billions to state budget shortfalls.

As the prime movers of this deregulatory agenda, the GOP spin machine has launched into hyper-drive in an attempt to wash the blood from their hands. Governors across the nation, backed by Wall Street's Club for Growth and the Koch Brother's Americans for Prosperity, are working hard to convince average Americans the a jobs crisis is actually a deficit crisis and that the culprits are not the big banks on Wall Street, but state, county and municipal workers.

whats_going_on 6 years, 7 months ago


At this point in my life, I've realized that all of those yahoos in Congress are lying to us and pushing their own agendas.

and LOL @ more cowbell :-D

kernal 6 years, 7 months ago

He extended it. Of course he never admitted that he was wrong, just that he miscalculated the date. Sounds oddly familiar?

beatrice 6 years, 7 months ago

tax cuts

We allowed tax cuts, particularly those that help the wealthy, during times of war and soaring debt, which added greatly to our current situation. Now, we must tax the wealthy and make severe cuts in other areas if we ever hope to get the debt under control.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

That's how the hysterical right likes to spin it. But even with a raise in the top rate to 60%, the rich would still be rich, and easily able to buy even more stuff, and an even bigger house.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

Peoples Budget and Jobs!!!!

Congress should be fighting for Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs!

This is the only fiscally responsible budget:

* Creates good-paying jobs
* Fully maintains our social safety net
* Invests in education
* Ends our costly wars
* Closes the tax loopholes that have made offshoring jobs profitable
* Ends oil and gas subsidies that pollute our country at taxpayer expense
* Creates a national infrastructure investment bank to help us make intelligent investments for the future

People's Budget = $4 trillion debt reduction

Flap Doodle 6 years, 7 months ago

Forget the people's budget. Read the people's cube! It's waaaaaaay better!!!

gogoplata 6 years, 7 months ago

It is not a crisis. Media just uses that word so they can make money.

Wadde 6 years, 7 months ago

"they should be" this community is CO government dependent.

jonas_opines 6 years, 7 months ago

Everybody's fault.

(little late to the game, whatever)

majorfunding 6 years, 7 months ago

Reality is calling you Catfish. They say you have missed too many meetings to be able to have a valid opinion.

Blue_Falcon 6 years, 7 months ago

I would describe it the same as the two word review of Spinal Tap’s album “Shark Sandwich.”

TopJayhawk 6 years, 7 months ago

Complete abdication of responsibilities. Both sides of the isle. Now they want to cut social security and probably will. That is not an entittlement. I and you have paid into that all of our lives.

complete BS.

News_to_me 6 years, 7 months ago


Perhaps it is time to let us do the voting on how to spend our money. These clowns can't be trusted with other people's money. They no longer represent us or what is good for the country. Put a yea and a nay button on everyone's TV, laptop, iPhone, Blackberry, Droid, toilet, etc and we'll vote on spending. That will certainly reduce the influence of lobbyists and Big Money.

Nellane Laney Croan Stussie 6 years, 7 months ago

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words; redistribution of wealth. She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his. One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school. Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends, because she spent all her time studying. Her father listened and then asked , “How is your friend Audrey doing?’ She replied, ‘ Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She Is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.” Her wise father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA, and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.” The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!” The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the conservative movement.” Maybe that will cause some real critical thinking in the minds of some liberal college students.

lunacydetector 6 years, 7 months ago

it's not logic, it's convoluted logic. someone should do a study.

Nellane Laney Croan Stussie 6 years, 7 months ago

“Both the government and its debts will continue to grow faster than the American economy, primarily because the new law does not address federal spending on health care.”

When this liberal rag finally starts deviating from the company line, you know things are serious!

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