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February 14th, 2011
10:03 AM ET

What Would You Cut?

President Barack Obama is out with his 2012 budget today.  There are some major cuts.  But we want to know what you would cut?






Choose from these options and leave your comments below.

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soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Bob

    I would cut all of congress,senators and white house employees. they don't need free health care, they should not have a free pensions. They should pay into social security like every other American. This would save our country millions and millions of dollars and would also save social security.The American people authorize them to have a free pension or free health espcially for life. It is rediculouse for them to get all of that for only serving one term four years and getting all those benefits for life. Why not let the American people vote on that? Remember they serve the American Public. They steal from us without a gun.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  2. joyce

    I would cut all of congress and senators and all the employees that work in the White House. I would also cut out only the Pell Grant-which is the fianancial grants for students that can't afford college, because I have seen many students at the community college level get grants/aid for school and for books. The problem is that these students hardly show up to class or they don't go. Then the question is where is that money and what did they do with it.

    February 14, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  3. Rick

    Cut aircraft carriers to three along with their accomanpanying surface ships.

    February 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  4. Bob

    Start with cuts in military spending. Sec. Gates has said there are many programs not needed but Congress seems to have a blind eye to this.
    The President and Congress want to cut programs, e.g., social services, that will affect the poor and middle class. At the same time, why are the millionaires and billionaires benefiting from the extension of the Bush tax cuts? Where is their sacrifice?

    February 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  5. Frederick. Bronson

    What we need to do is cut contracts to employers that do not use e-verify to insure only Americans are collecting a pay check. If you have zero or near zero unemployment, people paying taxes, getting off the welfare programs, and the money that is earned staying and being spent here in stead of going south, our economy what improve with in two years.

    February 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  6. Larry H

    Rather than continuing the ongoing process of cutting on those that have been literally cut to death already. Some out of work, some having to decide on necessary medication over groceries, some that have already lost homes, cars, and practically their lives. Why don't we look at cutting some of these ridiculous salaries of professional sports players and those associated, making millions a year. Then lets look at cutting some ridiculous salaries in congress, the senate and the white house. Those alone could fix our whole national economy. I'm not against folks working to make a good living. But, lets face it, while some get a free ride while making millions. There are a great number of American Citizens that have worked hard to make this Nation prosperous and now they're unemployed not by choice with no work to be found or they're elderly struggling just to live. Oh, and what about these banks that have literally eaten alive the working class of America with their bogus interest and fees. You make a $800 house payment and $700 goes to interest. Well there's another place we can look. I'm sure none of this will be considered but I just wanted to share a view from the lower class. One thing for certain, if we continue the same path that led us here, we will cease to exist as the greatest Nation in the world. Thanks for your time.

    February 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  7. Trish

    One of the items I would cut would be the Social Security payments to Drug Addicts. Paying them a monthly stipend as disabled persons is only enabling them to continue the habit that's killing them.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  8. Jeff Morton

    Cut "defense" spending. The US spends as much on "defense" as the rest of the world combined. Why? We spend 11 times as much as China. Cut it by 90%, then we will talk about cutting other stuff.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  9. Scott Brostrom

    First off, I agree with Larry above. Instead of cutting education and social service spending, cut some of the militaries budget for heaven's sake!!! We spend the most on our military in the world. I though liberals believed in peace not war. Where's the Obama I elected?

    February 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  10. Megan

    Honestly we need to do across the board spending in my opinion. No one will be happy if you take away money from one area so I think its going to be the most beneficial to take money from all sections.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  11. Linda Puzio

    I say we begin by cutting Congress' salaries and reducing their daily stipends. Do they really need a driver, a large car allowance, multi-layered staff?

    February 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  12. Mary Minnesota

    Before anyone touches Medicare/Social Security,,,,,how about getting out of Iraq, Afghanistan, and limit aid to foreign countries. Why don't the democrats lay it on the step of the Republicans that war is expensive and Bush took us there?

    February 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  13. Cfarr

    The cuts need to come from the free services, medical, and education that is offered to illegals in this country. We spend billions across the nation on supporting illegals – to the point that they can recieve Pell Grants when our own citizens struggle to get them. Why penalize our American citizens so that we can support those who enter our country illegally? Just look at the devestated economy in California as an example of what can happen with this kind of policy. No problem with those who follow the rules and are legal – but with our economy going down the tubes, we need to cut spending on philanthropy and take care of our own.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  14. Liz

    I think there is a great way to cut Medicare. Everyone that makes 500,000 or more would no longer receive a check. I also have another great budget cut. Federal employees pay for their own health insurance. Face it our laws are set up to benefit the rich and drain the pockets of everyone else.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  15. Ella

    If congress wants to show that they are serious about cutting the deficit they should start by looking within. They need to be on the same retirement system as other Americans are instead of walking away with the same amount they make in office. They get plenty of speaking engagements and money from lobbist when they leave office to keep them for a long long time. Start with themselves then the American people will know that they are really serious about cutting the deficit.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  16. Ian

    I think everyone who works in the congress should not get healthcare fully paid for. If Americans can't have it paid for neither should them. Cuts in the military should be first. How about cut all funding to other foreign countries. How can one lend money to others when one has no money. Also stop wasting money fighting unjust laws in court. They wasted so much on don't ask don't tell and now DOMA. Why waste money on defending laws that are unconstitutional.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  17. Barbara R

    In my opinion, they should cut military, bring the troops home, and cut all the military aid we give to other countries. It's ridiculous that we should be supplying money and arms to these other countries. That would save us billions or more.

    THEN – they need to cut the salaries and all the perks of the members of Congress. Many of them are already millionaires and do not need the money. We also need to cut the perks of the president after retirement. Neither the president nor congress should get their huge salaries for life. Give them all social security and medicare and nothing more. Forget life-time secret service. They are all rich enough to hire their own security guards. And the children should NEVER have secret service details and perks after their father/mother is out of office.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  18. Scott Brostrom

    Instead of cutting education and social service spending, cut some of the military's budget for heaven's sake!!! We spend the most money in the world on our military. I thought liberals believed in peace, not war. Where's the Obama I elected?

    February 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  19. Joe

    Now, we know why we should have not settled for allowing the huge tax cuts for the filthy rich back in December. Make the middle and lower income classes pay for the welfare funds of the rich. Estate taxes need to be implemented, no more deductions for corporations with all kinds of loop holes to the point that many major companies pay a very small percentage of their overall income. Eliminate the loopholes including mortgage tax credits and we will get somewhere. Reduce or eliminate 90 percent of military spending for foreign operations. Why do we need to have troops in so many other countries of the world. It is time to concentrate on building our manufacturing base, as Mr. Ego (Donald Trump) says, tax all goods 25 percent from countries such as China and India.

    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    February 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  20. Vilma Zuniga

    I resent the fact the the congressmen we elected are wanting to cut out social security and medicare benefits. They are the ones getting FREE healthcare for the rest of their lives. It seems to me if they are soooo concerned with the deficit, maybe they need to cut their own entitlements. Maybe if they paid into social security like the rest of us and had to depend on it to live on when they retired, they wouldn't want to cut out our social security and medicare.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  21. Harry

    In terms of social security, there needs to be a combination of higher taxes and lower benefits over the long term – why not gradually move the 'full benefit' age to 68, and raise the current taxed income level to 250,000, or more?

    February 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  22. Scott Brostrom

    Military, Military, Military!

    February 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  23. Gwen S.

    1) Subsidies to oil and gas companies need to be eliminated, as well as subsidies to tobacco companies.

    2) Cut military spending by closing overseas bases. The U.S. needs to tell our allies that they need to supply their own defenses and quit depending on the U.S. to provide that service. We can't afford it anymore and we are spreading our military too thin.

    3) Tweek Social Security and shore it up by eliminating the cap on earnings subject to withholdings. This would provide funds for many years in the future for the younger workers as well as today's retirees.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  24. Miriam Givens

    President Obama says we need to "tighen the belt." Is his belt tightened or is it just for 'other' Americans. I would have none of your categories aimed for a reduction in spending, except have auditors respond on ways their departments can save. Otherwise I would begin with the executive branch and the White House to see how their budgets can be reduced. Do they use alternative energy? How many steak dinners? How much could we reduce President Obama's salary and benefits? Lets look at all government energy bills before we cut energy assistance for the needy.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  25. Rex Harrison

    Cut extra programs, like we have 17 programs for job training with only 5 show effectiveness why drain unneeded money. Also grants for college students need to be stricter, I'm at Central Michigan and the kids receiving the grants do attend class (majority) they should have to meet a GPA requirement for the Pell Grant. I WANT to see Congress members take a pay cut like the rest of Americans, currently they make on average 174,000 a year cutting 100,000 sould save 53.5 million, no to mention Congress and governmental benefits.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  26. Dave

    Eliminate income caps that reduce employee social security contributions to 0%. Have individuals continue to pay into social security.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  27. Phillip Hart

    I would like to see the pay of our elected officials cut by at least one third and their pensions cut the same. We need to have citizen legislators, not life long politicians.
    With the price of corn and soybeans at such high prices which drive the cost of food and other basics, we need to stop the set aside program for farmland. Every acre needs to be planted. The money saved from the agriculture budget would be substantial and perhaps lower the price of food with a greater supply

    February 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  28. patrick

    stop foriegn aid, we give egypt 20 billion a year and god knows how much to all the other countries including isreal who recieves a 1/4 of all foriegn aid, honestly if our big companies want to exploit the other nations labor and natural resources let big business pay the foriegn aid??

    February 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  29. Fred

    Why not subject the views you sprout about Social Security to your fact and myth machine/program?

    Perhaps, just once a news source could say the words: the Social Security program has not added one cent to the national debt.

    The fact that the federal government has overwhelmed the Social Security trust fund with its useless IOUs does not mean that the Social Security program itself is bankrupt.

    I'm quite sure that this point will never make your CNN comments.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  30. Jo Ann Wright

    The Defense Department is one of the biggest fat cows in Washington and they and Congress need to get realistic about what is needed for defense. Every year Congress votes Defense more money than they ask for!!! Get real what kind of wars are we fighting.
    That would be my first cut. No one wants to say it because it's not patriotic.

    This is not a cut but I think Congress should have term limits. We have career politicians who become so entwined with the lobbists and corporations that they no longer represent the people. If they weren't around for so long they wouldn't be so much to the lobbists and corporations.

    Talk about cutting Social Security AFTER what is owed to Social Security by the Government is paid back. Until then find somewhere else to cut. AND STOP DEPLETING THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND OF ITS EXCESS. NOW!!!

    February 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  31. virgie

    What the President need to propose is a cut in the congressperson and Senators pay, expense accounts, insurance benefits and retirement benefits.

    2. The President's and former Presidents salaries, expense accounts, insurance benefits and retirement benefits.

    3. Maybe the people need to consider protesting aginst the cuts to Medicare and medicade as they did in Egypt.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  32. Jean Posell

    I would cut foreigh aid, additional bailouts for Wall Street and/or banks, close loopholes for corporations so that they have to pay their fair share and then lower their rate a little, and cut military spending on nuclear weapons (fighter planes, bunker busters, drones, etc.) Last but not least, pull all military out of Iraq and Afghanistan, but leave non-military advisors to help them bebuild their countries, with some financial aid from us and a lot from other countries.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  33. Kathleen R

    Education?? As a part of the academic slavery system for 20 years (adjunct college instructors), my pay has already been cut so much the last two years that I am looking for a third job just to make the average wage in my state which is one of the lowest in the nation. Cutting Pell grants-yes, students see this as free money and waste it by not attending class after they get their "checks". Health care? We already put out 50% of our income in taxes and health care and can't afford to see a doctor. Cut the politicians health care and retirement, why should my tax dollars pay for a lifetime retirement and health care when I can't afford my own!! Cut the waste in Washington first before you cut what the people need to survive. Control the bank and credit industry that is keeping us poor; get the special interests out of the pockets of OUR representatives-they are OURS after all not the lobbyists. Energy? We are already the laughing stock of the world-develop the rail system, not cut it we need more alternatives to survive and last Military?? Oh, please-shop at Menards like the rest of us and stop the unnecessary spending -get in the real world. You waste more money than the majority of Americans will ever make in their lifetimes! Stop the waste in Washington first before you punish us! Try making it on our budgets for 6 months then go back and see what you need to cut!

    February 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  34. M. Glenn Osterhoudt, III

    If we ran our personal finances like the US Government manages theirs, we'd be backrupt. But yet the majority of the deficit stems from entitlements, not discetionary spending. Thus the efforts of Congress and the President is as effective as charging hell with a bucket of water. Efforts in futility.

    Solution: Put a 25 cent tax on EVERY gallon of gasoline which would go directly to buying down the national debt, leave the price of diesel alone, thus, applying pressure on energy independence, raising capital, and not be inflationary by way of leaving the trucks that bring our goods to market alone.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  35. Sandra Whiteowl Paul

    I would cut all government officials big salaries and expenses. Below is a few examples:
    President on down get paid per hourly rate at minimum hourly wage for lower government officials to no more than $30.00 a hour for the President. That travel expenses be cut to a minimum, only as needed could the President or officials be allowed to travel, to be approved by a special committee of volunteers. That healthcare for all government officials be paid for out of their income. That no government offical be given special allowances or gratitudes. That all life insurance policys be only as normal for general public and paid for by the individual government officials' income.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  36. Enforceourlaws

    Cut all benefits to illegal aliens. That should save 100 billion + dollars every year. Tax at 100% the 90 billion dollars stolen from this country every year (this money should be going into our economy, our tax coffers, not sponsoring the next wave of illegals). Put legal tax paying citizens to work (make e-verify mandatory for all employers). Stop giving citizenship to children of illegals (who then live off of welfare). Stop suing Arizona (wasting millions of taxpayer dollars) let them enforce our laws. Start suing these states, counties, cities that are blatantly breaking federal law declaring themselves sanctuaries for illegals. If they declare themselves sancturaries cut all federal dollars (New york, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montgomery county MD, should all have their federal financing cut). Stop these corrupt politicians from using Government resources like they where there personal slush found. Nancy Pelosi shouldn't be using Armed forces aircraft for personal use. Make them pay taxes. Charles Rangel should be in Jail. Stop these pork barrel projects. Harry Reid is spending 400 billion plus to give jobs to the chinese. Any politician who is convicted of a crime should immediately lose there pensions. Stop funding these criminal enterprises like Casa De MD, La-Raza, Acorn and all the rest.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  37. frank

    I agree with the other comments that the first cuts should be in congress,. Their salaries, benefits, and perks should be cut by significant amounts.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  38. David

    I would remove the wage cap for social security. Everyone else pays a large percentage of their taxes up to $106,800.00. If you removed the cap you could balance the budget and pay off the deficit easily. Someone making $10 million a year would pay in more but draw out more in the end. Most people pay in for 40 years but only draw out for 10 why shouldn't the super rich do the same thing.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  39. RVW51

    1) Bring 50% or more of our troops home from now useless bases in Germany, Japan and a few other countries and put them to work patrolling our border with Mexico. At least they'd be spending their pay checks here at home! Cut now useless spending on tanks, certain ships and planes. Eliminate private contractors entirely. That's what the CB's and Army Corp were for... remember KP duty?
    2) Get rid of Congressional pensions and health care.
    3) Quickly and totally restructure the income tax code eliminating all loop holes and special deductions by making one big standard deduction, then everyone pays like 5-10% of their gross income above that. In short: tax all income the same. We now tax "wealth" at a lower rate than "work."
    4) Cease being the world's policeman!
    5) End any/all tax incentives to export jobs.
    6) Start bringing back limited tarriffs on imports from countries who manipulate their currency, and violate US copyright, Trade Mark, and patent laws.
    7) Turn down the heat in the Capitol Building to 50 degrees.
    8) Start breaking up all "too big to fail" banks, lending institutions, and corporations so we never have to bail them out again.
    9) Institute a "National Usury Law" tied to the prime rate so credit card and other borrowers can actually work themselves out of financial slavery and start spending money again. THAT will create demand and result in jobs.
    10) Restrict all "futures trading" on the stock market to only those companies and businesses that actually need it, and make other things like hedge funds subject to the most strict oversight and quarterly review.

    It's not JUST cuts, folks... it's leveling the playing field so that everyone can get back into the game and operate under the same rules.


    February 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  40. Abby Smith

    Under the military, and easy cut is the F-35 fighter jet engines that the Pentagon does not want. That is a savings of 3.5 billion that makes sense.

    Under energy, there is the 6.2 billion which can be saved by eliminating the tax credits for oil & gas companies. The last I heard, they are making record profits which means record bonus's for the upper management is not far behind. Why then do they need tax credits at our expense?

    Also under energy is the ethanol subsidys. Why are we paying 5 billion a year to subsidize a program which is not doing what they thought it would do for the environment?

    I don't know what category the old US postal service department headquaters in Washington DC that was built in 1892 falls under but why are tax payers paying 6.5 million a year to maintain a building that is practically empty? Why don't we sell this white elephant?

    These are the types of things they should be looking at first before they do a hachet job on social programs that are going to make life a lot more difficult for the poor of our country. Social programs should be the last thing they look at, not the firs. The wealthy have been living on the backs of the poor long enough.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  41. Mel

    I would not cut Social Security or Medicare that is for sure. You see the ones who have done well in life and really don't need Social Security or Medicare to retire see this as something they don't need. Those Jackwagons have no clue what the pulse of the nation is or what people need to live now in the United States. It is easy to cut something you personally don't need. I think their should be a small increase in Social Security deduction from future pay checks. Maybe we should cut spending overseas to countries who don't appreciate it and feed our own homeless people who need medical care. Just my opinion. Can't help someone else until you help yourself first. Where are all those troops gonna work when they come home?

    February 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  42. Dom Carusone

    Congress NEEDS to show it's sincerity in doing the "painful decisions" required to put this country back on a sound fisical track. This can be done by example ...... you know, since thier pensions and health care post retirement, are paid for with tax dollars ( as well as their saleries while in office ) substancial cuts in thier own compensation packages must be of thier Up-most priority to have any credability when they dicuss cutting the average guys SSI or Health care. As they have said ..... it's going to be painful for everyone ............ lets take a breather in discussing my future and talk about the " painful cuts' thier giong to take. Real "leaders" lead by example.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  43. Rick Perry

    This is easy. Start with foreign aid. Think of it as charitable contributions. If we have no money ( deficit spending) then just stop all foreign aid until we get into the black. Next, re-examine the Earned Income Tax Credit. As a former tax preparer for the largest tax prep company in the US, I saw many, many flagrant abuses of this credit. We even wanted to ask the IRS to give us a check box to warn them of suspected abuse and they said no! So, this cleaning up of the EITC could save billions. Next, limit all refundable tax credits to no more than 5% of your earned income. That would stop all of that "free money". Next, institute a VAT immediately. We are one of the few industrialized countries not to have one. I work for a Swedish company where the VAT is about 25%. I think 5% would go along way here to reducing the deficit.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  44. tony from puyallup

    i think cut in half the pay of law maker and pay of old presidents. there rich they have the money . I think that most of the higher government are pretty well off they need to tighten there belt for the country and all so cut most off these working vacation . how any american do u now that can do that . that can cut a lot

    February 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  45. Amnon Mike Cohen

    1st CUT is to funding other countries and economies which do not deserve it more then American Taxpayers.

    FOREIGN SUPPORT PAYMENTS, to selected nations which had demonstrated poor or wasteful investment by American taxpayers, as these funds are better spent on helping American needy citizens as well as offering growth opportunities for new original American Enterprise – as proposed for the Super Economy by Prepatent partnering method – or by suitable Federal Initiative with such wisdom.
    MILITARY: As it is a very expensive and none productive 'job creation' national program – where Mandatory Draft can make it much more effective as a National building and harvesting way to offer same Military power which does not run like a self interest serving Big Business.
    NASA: As it has granted us the basic information, knowing now, that this IS the Only Living Planet in the cosmos – we must protect now as much as we know how...
    Fr more, just ask for solutions which are viable and very sound as well as blessed...

    February 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  46. Fred White

    Cut back the military. Our war against terrorism has been, and will continue to be, a total failure. The terrorists are as strong as ever and we are weaker than ever. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were useless and cost us trillions of dollars as well as the lives and limbs of thousands of our "heroes". Of course, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi & Afghanistani lives and limbs were also the cost of these stupid & unnecessary wars. I always thought that diplomacy was the first resort not the last.

    Eisenhower was right.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  47. michael mcdonald

    they need to cut all the free govt. hand outs until they can prove theres not work for them to get off foodstamps,wic ,etc.i live in I think It's a shame the way the system is abused.If they want to a bill then pass that if you get govt. hand outs then you would need to pass a ramdon drug test.If i'm going to split the taxes on all these free programs then I should have a say so.I'm feed up with knowing that there are a few out there that do work an thats are married but they know system.don't take the man last name.go to the local food stores, fish markets produce market etc.You can tell that the lady in the nice cloth. will be showing the ones with the food stamp card what she want.Take 400.00 in stamps she'll give her after checking out 150.00 in cash.this is 75% of the time for drugs.Just like fannie mae freddie max programs total abused.Most did not have qualfiecation to get financed to begin with if so why are these two programs holding over 1 trillon plus in homes

    February 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  48. Susan Wolfe

    How to make unemployment a thing of the past. If we want to build our economy as well as have enough money for the workingman to pay their taxes, mortgages as well as the huge cost of living it's going to take to live, we must find a way for the workingman to find their self-worth! We need to CUT CHEAP LABOR for the workingman, FOR GOOD. Companies must take pride in what they pay their workers. Cheap labor has to be a thing of the past or there won't be a cut in the world that will work. If the working people could find their self-worth without companies making money, right off the top, off of them, there would be plenty of money for everyone to make ends meet. I say " do away with cheap labor, educate and above all, when possible, buy good quality American products or don't buy at all. Yes We Can! Thanx!

    February 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  49. Pastor Phil Van Dam

    I am very concerned about the budget, but there are two sides: income and spending. We need to raise taxes. A moderate tax increase on gasoline, such as $4-5 per gallon would help. It would reduce our balance of trade deficit, and it would cut our subsidy to Muslim missionaries. A twenty percent cut in the military, with a ten year freeze on new weapons systems would be good. Eliminate all of the Bush tax cuts. Allow the Federal Govt. to own patents and copyrights. This would mean that USGS could have its own sub-budget, and pay for its work through royalties when mapmakers create maps based on Federally funded research. Our current practice amounts to a Federal subsidy to mapmakers. Social security also uses a sub-budget. The retirement age should be increased over a period of years to 70, and the cap on earnings should be raised. A similar sub-budget could be used to help the fishing industry in the gulf recover. This industry is hurt by a large deadzone in the gulf. This area has little oxygen because of fertilizer washed down the Mississippi, and other rivers. A tax on fertilizer could be used to pay for floating platforms that would aerate the water in the deadzone. This would mean that the people who are creating the problem are paying for the solution. This would stimulate the economy, remediate the environment, and eventually, increase tax revenues because of increased profits in the fishing industry.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  50. Amitoj

    I'll tell you what I would NOT cut, and that would be education. As a college student, and with parents with many children and relatives as students, we worry as to how education will be paid for. How will loans be paid off in the future?
    Maybe we should cut some of those federal employees where the government is just made too big. Why was the TSA created in airports by George W. Bush? Why so many big government agencies?

    February 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  51. Tim

    I have worked hard all my life and payed into secial security. I have had my retirement robbed by my employer, and all I have is secial security I have had surgery on my wrists, elbows,shoulders,and back
    my body is worn out! Isn't time for the millionaires and billionaires to pay there fair share! No more extension of the Bush tax cuts! Where is their sacrifice? Also I would cut all foreign aid, and take our troops back home. Then cut all free health care to our senators they need to pay there fair share also.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  52. PalestinianAmericanVoice

    if it were my choice i would make cuts in the military and foreign aid. The country and its people deserve it more.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  53. Jim J.

    Let's see:

    Switch to a flat tax, no loopholes, no deductions. Cut the Tax code.

    Mandatory 2 year service in Peace Corp, then 2 years service in Military, or 3 years service in Military completed by age 28, can be began by age 19. In exchange, 3 years of public trade school covered, or first 2 years of higher education (public College or public University).

    Some form of Public Service beyond retirement. Perhaps taking ones life experiences and injecting that back into education.

    More competitive pricing for medications, if foreign governments can get identical medications from the drug companies, so too then should the US.

    Examine the profit margin on drugs at the pharmacy/distribution levels. Cut the excess profits on generic drugs especially at this level. Don't allow them (on generic drugs) to exceed the profit margin on non-generic drugs by more than 5 percent.

    Limit frivolous law suits on doctors.

    Not sure how to make a blanket cut to Medicare and SSI. Perhaps scale it to a percentage above poverty level, say 300%, then reduced benefits.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  54. Edward

    Cut out giving money to other countries...we are going to cut Medicare and Social Security but continue to give billions to other countries??I guess the people of America who are the ones who's money this is in the first place don't matter.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  55. CBM

    Cut the Senators to 50

    Cut the House of Reprentatives to 218

    Cut all aid jobs who work for Senators or House of Rrepresentatives

    Outlaw Earmarks

    U.S. Citizens to have final vote on all Bills proposed by Senators & House of Representatives

    February 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  56. CBM

    Cut aid to other countries

    February 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  57. elizabeth

    what i would really like to see is our goverment pay social security
    back all the millions g. bush took out of our retirement fund to pay other bills just because we did have enough to last quite a few years,yes, it
    would be nice to be paid back. elizabeth

    February 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm |

    Ali: You need to educate CNN staff. I heard Martin Savage today to intone solemnly that Social Security is a major driver of the deficit.

    The truth is that the Social Security Trust Fund has 2.6 trillion dollars in reserves that will buttress its payments until 2037. The Fund cannot borrow money and its payments do not add a dime to the deficit as they are entirely financed by the money that I and millions of Americans have ALREADY contributed.

    Unless CNN makes that clear every time it discusses Social Security, it is adding to the confusion and misinformation that surrounds this debate.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  59. Greg Gunderson

    Congress should consider cutting all Foreign Aid until we can balance our own Federal budget. Congress should also cut the Military Budget by 50% and increase the taxes on Indian Casinos. Our Federal Government should cut all services to illegal immigrants and no longer allow children of illegal immigrants to automaticall become US Citizens when they are born in the US. The Federal Government should also crack down on Medicare Fraud and severly fine the those committing the fraud. The Federal Government should also heavily fine those involved in insider stock trading and those involved in stock market manipulation. These suggestions, if implemented could dramatically help reduce the Federal Deficit. And for those who feel that they are undertaxed, such as Warren Buffet, Bil Gates, George Soros, etc., they can certainly voluntarily pay more in taxes.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  60. Debbie

    Here's a few ideas for you :
    1) Cut benefits to drug addicts & alcoholics....what are they doing on social security bebefits anyway????
    2) All illegal immigrants should not be able to receive welfare, medical
    educational and housing bebefits from this government. I f they choose to have children here in the US before they became citizens, then they should return to their homeland and live off the citizens of that country. Their children can return when their 18. Why should all of our hardworking elderly citizens, Veterans and the hardworking people of this country suffer cuts in the SS program while the corrupt politicians of this country continue to support illegals and "bumbs"??

    February 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  61. marjorie whitaker

    what happened to tony harris?????? he was great.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  62. barb m

    Iam a senior and use a walker to get around. I still manage
    to work. And donot ask for any assitance. I think they should
    look at these people that are sucking medicade dr y, I have 2 family members that fall in that catogory, they are young and able to work
    but they make more this way than if they went to work.
    They have no problem letting tax payers pay for their food stamps
    And having kids etc.
    We are retired military and I am well aware of the hugh amount of
    money that is spent unnecessarily So cut things in the military.
    Seniors on fixed incomes haven`t had a raise in 2 years. And everything keeps going up and up. But the those who are in Washington make sure they get their raise!!!!
    Thank you

    February 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  63. Greg Gunderson

    We should also bring the troops home from Afganistan and Iraq and quit wasting money on these lost causes. It isn't worth the life of one more soldier or the billions that it is costing us. The Chinese and Russians are closer to the problem, but sit back and let the foolish Americans pay for the war which benefits them at no expense to themselves. America no longer can afford to be the World Peace keeper and to pay to promote foreign democracy. Let's face it, we do not have democracy in this country, only a representative repiblic. The wealthy can also afford to pay more in taxes and should. What does congress propose to do about that? We should also put the Federal Employees and retirees in Social Security, instead of their own retirement plan and then Congress would get serious about fixing it.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  64. Jon

    Solution, simple, sensible. A one time 15% tax on the wealthiest Americans would wipe out our national debt and in turn spur our economy greatly. The wealthiest Americans are sitting on billions of dollars, refusing to hire and expand because profits are increasing at record rates as is. This one time tax would help the wealthiest and the rest of us all at one time. Greed is no excuse to continue robbing the lower and middle incomes.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  65. Matthew G.

    I don't like any of the choices given by CNN. Let's look at a few things, although very unpopular, practical. Cut well fare spending. Limit the number of months or years a person or family can collect well fare. STOP GENERATIONAL WELL FARE! What motivation is there for people if they know or have been taught, that Uncle Sam will take care of them? Stop supporting other countries (a form of well far). The U.S. should stop foreign aid and concentrate on our own issues. Stop illegal immigrants use of our hospitals, education, etc. If your not a U.S. citizen you shouldn't benefit from our social programs. Those in Congress & the Senate as well as the Executive branch should pay their fare share for health care, social security, etc. Finally, a flat tax for all American's would go a long way in eliminating the deficit.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  66. Roger Elmes

    Over the short term cuts will be needed, but they should be shakllow and wide-spread so as not to place a major share of the burden on any one sector.

    It would be really helpful to the budget debates in the US, and other countries for that matter, if the electorate became better informed. A more balanced perspective would help. A good way to begin creating that balance would be to see more discussion of Naomi Klein's best seller .

    At the present tiime the preponderance of belief is predicated on the Friedmanites and the Chicago School of Economics. To rely on this currently predominant belief will lead to tremendous socio-economic problems for the US and by extension, the western world.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  67. Edi Falk

    All we hear is the need to cut Soc. Security and Medicare but little is said about the amount of money that has been "borrowed" over the years from these funds. Why should those who have contributed to both funds all their lives now have to face cuts in benefits?

    February 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  68. Jon G.

    People are too out of touch with their reality to see the real problem which is the currouption of our government due to capitalism. We will never excel as a country as long as our government keeps its constituency distracted with continuously new yet unnecesary technology coupled with the failure to allow news agencies to openly deliver the honest-to-god truth. Why must we be lied to with white lies and obvious political jargon. This is how they convince us that we should cut money given to heat the homes of the poor in the winter and to cut the money that college-bound-peoples need in order to achieve higher eeducation. Shouldn't we be focusing on education to combat low educational ratings from the past year? If anything incorporate a GPA requirement, thus combatting both essential problems to "unnecesary PELL Grant spending." I'm a college student with a 3.89 GPA in a Pre-PA program, why should I be forced to risk the quality of my education and attain a job just to keep food in my stomach? I live, eat, and breathe on the money I recieve from the PELL Grants. How does this help our country? Can the government actually expect us to believe that these cuts are the most appropriate? Hopefully for the peoples sake they do!

    {air this whole thing please, the American people need to read this!}

    February 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  69. lee

    do those in guiding this country not know that we are going broke when the people have less and less to spend that they are draining are the seed money soon you will not have seed mony left then this country will be given over to the ones who sure enough don't care about any body, cut all that does not help defend this country if you go back a hundred years you will find that there were no taxes given except volontered and had the mony to do that it would be in congress
    to start with check on what is need by them.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  70. Dylan From Chicago, IL

    Cuts are definately needed in the Federal Government's spending, but there it's alot more than that. If Congress goes about with the tax reform measures the President is supporting, this country will be much better off. For all that people talk of how high taxes today are, during Eisenhower's administration those who made over $250,000 a year paid over 50% in income taxes. I'm not supporting something that drastic, mainly because it would never get passed, but if Americans want to pull themselves out of this ditch, they have to be willing to not only cut government spending, but also provide funds for those programs left behind.

    Most people don't know it, but between the end of the Revolutionary War (1781) and the ratification of the Constitution (1793), there was another document that governed this country, The Articles of Confederation. The reason is lasted for such a short time was it left the Federal Government with extremely limited means to pay it's debts. As much as TEA Party Supporters may dislike it, the Founding Fathers did infact recognize the need for the government to tax the citizens in order to provide for the services the country would be providing.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  71. james harris

    Start by cutting all gov. pay by 10% from top to bottom. That would Help , get out fo our schools let the states take care of that .

    February 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  72. Anne

    Start with the outrageous pensions paid to ALL government employees (exempt military) beginning with Congress, down to Federal and State employees whose pensions of over $100,000 are bankrupting our states and our country. Then limit medical coverage for all federal and state employees (plus prison inmates) to what the general public has available to them.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  73. Marcia Legris

    Goverment will never give up any of their benefits. If we bring the military home, where are they going to work?
    I lost my job after 18 years and took any job in order to support myself.
    First job was at a grocery store: the people I waited on ate much better than me because they are on state aid.
    Second job janitor at a grade school: We (people that work) feed some of these kids, buy them school supplies, pay for the baby sitter, phone allowance as well as gas and electricity.
    Third job, pharmacy technician...boy does the state pay for DRUGS.. the older patients must meet a yearly deductible to obtain their medication but NOT the state aid people, the most they have is a $3.00 co pay. I had one lady come in with her ILMED

    February 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  74. Max

    Cut the military spending at least in half.

    The US military spending has increased dramatically over the past 10 years, from $290 billion in 1999 to $870 billion in 2009 ($700 b DOD budget + $170 b war spending authorized by Congress). The US military is entirely government run and is the largest Socialist program that produces nothing, zero zeda but sucking billions of billions of American taxpayers money. In the U.S. military everyone gets government provided housing, health care, and even government clothing.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  75. John Linville

    He's talking about us walking the walk. How about him. He can park Air Force one in DC a little more often. It costs a lot to fly that thing.

    February 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  76. raven

    I think its ironic that the people talk about cuttin into medicaid and medicare dont have to worry about thier OWN healthcare.its all PAID FOR.

    February 14, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  77. chris anger

    Ali, Lets talk about all the tax cuts that the OIL companies are getting so they can turn another million dollars worth of profits and we pay for them with Midicare and Social Security and turning off the heat in the winter for older residents. That's the America we know and love.

    February 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  78. Julie

    I would cut what other organizations could support. Why don't churches do more to help people with heating and unemployment needs. I hear philanthropic stories in the community especially with health care. There are generous people out there. I think we can come up with other solutions rather than government handouts.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  79. admiral ackbar

    I would start by cutting the wages and benefits of the people running the three branches of the government.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  80. Garry

    I was listening to our president today, he was saying the cost of fuel was down i like to know who his oil man is because i am paying $3.90 a gal. Gas is $3.45 am S.S.I get 661.00 per mt. no cost of living in two years but food goes up every mouth what does he mean no inflation?????fuel is going down Where??? This they say is called the golden years for me,I have to worry about where I am going to live,thats not golden.
    Thank You Garry

    February 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  81. Daoud Koch

    You must have known the response to your trick question regarding
    The medal of freedom not honour as you kept mistakingly kept calling.
    Only a boor would do that to a fellow colleague in public

    February 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  82. Beth S

    I would review Medicaid and Social Security Disability Income for fraud. From what I've seen since the welfare reform of the Clinton era – SSDI has become the new welfare. We never saved any money, we just shifted the cost to a new arena. I would revoke the tax break for the most affluent in our country. Something seems wrong about cutting such a big break, so that the top 2% of our country can have "buying power", while we have the poor to sit in the cold and dark because they can't afford utilities. What happened to our sense of civic duty? As for cutting Pell Grants, and calling it "an investment in our future" – PHOOEY. I think that is called double-speak. (Like calling a guided missile system a "Peacemaker") We need to regain a strong work ethic and a sense of compassion for each other. We need to stop being greedy little pigs, and focus on the important aspects of life – not things, not power. We need a sense of pride and dignity in ourselves and our country. Until we do that, no amount of spending cuts, or tax increases will save our country.

    February 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  83. judy ferdinand

    1. Cut salaries of all federal employees, cut or remove all stipend, and perks, put all on medicare and social security retirement, same as U.S. population. Remove all after service salaries, stipends, and perks.

    2. Cut or reduce all foreign aid to governments, special interests and military groups abroad before any cuts to middle and low income needs of U.S. citizens.

    3. At this point cut social security retirement to those with income of over $300,000 a year and or assets totaling $500,000.

    4. Cut supplements or funding to oil companies, and tobacco companies.

    5. Raise taxes on all companies with manufacturing and outsourcing out side of the U.S.

    6. Raise fees on all products imported for sale in the U.S.

    February 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  84. Gregory Hickey

    Cut Defense! It's like Ike said, beware of the military-industrial complex!

    February 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  85. Brad Ness

    I would cut military spending by ending all overseas occupations/wars. Bring our troops home and help each and every one of them stay employed here at home. Next cut would be part of this new health care system that Obama enacted last year where the people would be forced to pay in if they don't have health care, that's not right, fair, or American.

    I know it's not on the list but I would slash spending on the prison systems nation wide. Why should these folks who commit a crime get a roof over their heads, 3 meals a day, and free cable TV while the rest of us non-felon citizens get our houses foreclosed on by the banks, rarely get to eat good home cooked meals, and the Satellite/Cable companies just keep raising there rates like they run a big oil company. I say the prison system is doing the most injustice to Americans with wasting tax dollars left and right, if we were to clean this particular sector up we could save millions.

    February 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  86. Rudy05

    Military, why because we spend a billion a month! I love the men and women that protect us every day! Just cut where the money is not being utilized well.

    February 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  87. Dominic Samonte

    MILITARY – duh – this is a 'no-brainer'. Focus on the domestic and local outcries and pleas from the american people living here, thinking and worrying just thinking what how to stay alive for the next day. JOBS, Jobs, jobs ... If everyone have a job, then all the other issues of unemployment, public assistance, healthcare will be stave off. I sure miss the Reagan and Clinton years!

    February 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  88. Elizabeth


    If Medicade and Medicare were both ended and replaced with the offer of medical insurance to anyone with the premium on a sliding scale of income, I believe that more people could contribute to the cost of their care and the federal government would untimately save money.

    Americans currently spend the most money per capita on healthcare of any developed country in the world.

    February 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  89. Genny Wilson

    Fix what's broken first. SS Disb. has many people receiving payments for disabilities long since gone or left unteated. Once they get on it the only way for it to end is die! We need more auditors in the Federal government to quash these frauds, tax dodgers, federal programs that don't work or are being used to line pockets. Federal government is too big. Change the tax structures and let the state's handle their own problems. Raise the social security cap to today's values. Add food and fuel costs to the COLA. I retired from a fortune 100 company receiving a lower rate of salary because of all the "great benefits" that we would have while working and our retirement. The company is still making billions but the benefits are costing more or cut completely every year. Retiree's have no recourse. Based on the government's rules when I was working, I put my required share into the SS system as did my employer. I earned it and I'm sorry if I'm living too long. Since there are no term caps on congress or the Senate and they have their own uniquick health and retirement system they have no business making rules for those paying their salaries. i know they took a pay cut but do they deserve any pay? That is the question. Jobs in this country uses American workers who pay payroll taxes and social security would add to everyone's budget. The only way government can add jobs is to make work. Fix the bridges, roads, national monuments, water, gas and sewar pipes. Clean up the water and the air.

    February 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  90. Carey

    I would only cut the wasteful items that have been found. And then increase the budget to make certain we are hiring more employees. This could be done by one simple action, Increase social security and medicare tax revenue by eliminating the ceiling of 106,800 at which the tax is figured, and make unearned income such as divdends intrest sale of stock rent etc. taxable for medicare and social security. Perhaps this unearned income would not be taxable for the first 50,000 anything over that is taxable for social security and medicare. I belief this would increase tax revenue by billions.

    February 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  91. Winslow D Spady

    Can not cut social security since most company based pension funds are under water or nonexistent. 401Ks are not going to get it. It would take $600,000 to bring in $2000/mo @ 4%, or you could live for 24 years of retirement at $25,000/yr. We need to pay more FICA tax to cover future retirees. Young people don't realize that they are going to need it more than the baby boomers.

    I am a engineer and the first thing we need to do is to hold Defense contractors accountable to their contractual due dates. Any extensions should be taken out of their bottom line since they are making billions any way and their average salaries are close to $100,000.

    Also medicare should learn from Blue Cross and monitor the test procedures done on medicare patients.. Blue Cross seems to be making a profit every year. Why is that since most of the Baby Boomers have to pay for Medicare and a supplement plan which is almost equal to the cost of Blue Cross.

    February 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  92. scott

    End the "war" on drugs and all the related activities. Spending on foreign governments to erradicate and stop smuggling, etc. Rehabilitation not prisions, savings in law enforcement, etc. The drug gangs would dry up and cease to exists. The savings to tax payers would be in the 100's of billions. Tax the heck out of it!

    February 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  93. Carol

    @Joyce seriously cut student grants? Thank God for those grants because I'm able to go back to school to do something in the medical field because I can't find a decent job and what they pay for temp jobs are not much. You try being single, paying a $1,000 a month rent, plus food, car gas, etc and see how good getting those grants make you feel. I happen to be doing really good in school and I show up every night. The college I go to has an amount of days you can be out and then they kick you out.

    February 16, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  94. Carol

    And i'm not getting food stamps. The little temp job I have I bring hom $331.00 a week. Try living off that and hunting down little odd jobs to pay for car insurance. There are times I go without tv bc i cant pay my bill on time or have to chose to which bill to cut because car insurance is due. rent always put first because without a roof over my head i'm homeless then the next bill would be the car. I have to go with night lights at night to keep that bill small but thank god im in school now so that helps. I dont know the last time i went out and got my nails done, buy a beautiful dress or got my hair cut. things I always got done before losing my job so thank GOD for the student grants because of that i see a light at the end of the tunnel.

    February 16, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  95. Paul

    Solving the Budget Deficit Problem in 3 Steps:

    1. Cut Defense by 50% while increasing National Security by 100%*

    2. Extend payroll tax thru all income levels**

    3. Cut Medicare cost by 70% by following German Health Care Model.

    This could all by accomplished in 3 years.

    * Anyone who opposes this recommendation does no know anything about the U.S. military.

    **Housing and meals will be provided free to anyone hurt by this measure.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  96. Andy Olsen

    I am away from my Wisconsin home on vacation while Wisconsin erupts in major and escalating protests over a radical Governor's plans to strip public workers of collective bargaining rights.

    So I turn on CNN to try to find news. HA! FAT CHANCE!

    CNN is ignoring this event while spending 5 minutes on a teacher's BLOG!

    Really, CNN? You think that's the news priority? You spend more time covering smaller protests abroad while blacking out major news happening right here in America.


    Oh! Dead body found in cubicle! THAT'S NEWS!

    CNN is terrible and doesn't rate being called a news organization. I respond to your news blackout with my own boycott.

    February 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  97. Andy Olsen

    Oh, Danny Bonaduce on Charlie Sheen!!

    You call yourselves journalists?

    NOTHING on massive Wisconsin protests.

    February 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  98. William Hodge

    The First thing I would cut would be the interest we pay on the National debt. If we let the Federal Reserve buy up all Treasury issued debt like it is now doing to create lower interest rates and put dollars in the economy, the results will be that all interest payments would be returned to the Government as Fed profit.
    Why does the Government pay interest on money that the Constitution gave Congress the Power to create. Lincoln created Greenbacks to Finance the Army in the Civil War.

    February 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  99. Helen D


    The military budget is $700 BILLION. That is more than any other country in the world including China. It is estimated that China's military budget (it is not known for sure but the estimate is based on known military forces and equipment) is in the range of 40 – 70 billion. China is a military state. What does our military budget make us given that it is 10 times the budget of China. The interesting thing is that the military budget has actually grown under President Obama. The budget was approximately 670 billion under Former Pres. Bush. When you look at the overall percentage of the military to every other component of the budget, we could be using federal funds in much more productive ways!!!

    February 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  100. Robert Pladek

    At a minimum – 10% across the board. Each day we wait, it will only become more painful to begin this necessary change.

    February 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  101. Dennis Geiger

    Cut spending to other countries. We should not be paying troops and leaders of other countries. These countries have resources such as oil and minerals that can be sold to pay for our help. If Social Security, Medicare and, Madicaid are cut, the demonstrations in Egypt will look like a barbecue as compared to the demonstrations that will occur here in the United States.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  102. EasyEd1848

    Who's the numb-nuts coward who included Security, Health, and Education in anything that's to be cut? Swapping out the future for a less bumpy road? All I can see is a gigantic ZERO in that kind of thinking. And, I don't even have any kids. It seems as though it's being done on purpose.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  103. travis

    I don't see any politicians volunteering to take a pay cut. maybe we should cut funding to congress or the Senate. those bills would be D.O.A.

    February 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  104. Dennis Geiger

    Quit giving our tax dollars to other countries. It is stupid to borrow money from China and give it to other countries.

    February 18, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  105. Dennis Geiger

    Instead of buying oil at these high prices, I propose that we trade one 55 gallon drum of wheat or grain for one 55 gallon drum of oil. Let us see how that will affect our economic situation.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  106. Sue Aguilar

    First of all I would cut Scott Walkers pay and Health Benfits then I would go through the capital and cut all of everyones pay and bring them down to reality. We the working people have to work our butts of for 40 to 50 years or more, and then still do not get half of what these people make in such a short time. A President works 4years and we have to pay for them the rest of there lives and there vacations and many houses. After 4 years they should have to go out and find a real job and try living on Pennies a month and no insurance. See how long they last. There are millions of people out of work right now and I would bet anything if I had anything as I lost my job in 2008 and still have not found work as they say Wisconsin is picking up9 WHERE). But I bet that 90% of the unemployed are from nonunion companies, because they do care all they think about is money in there pockets. Union Compaines or what ever at least stick behind there fellow workers and try to keep them working. Why don't they GET RID OF THE FREE WILL WORK PLACE LAW then these companies could not be getting rid of the people because they want more money in there pockets. WELL it is a start and it would keep people working.............. But nobody thinks of the little things, lets just go right for the heart and get more people out of work..Let put our children and grandchildren in danger with no education, or the injured and sick because the medical is in damger lets just take it out on them. Take it out on the people that caused this miss, the GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. They are sending more money overseas for things that could be used right here in our own country. They send more money overseas then we lost jobs. With all that money they could have billions stacked, and no body should be hurting. Think about our people first and our country.

    February 18, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  107. Sue

    WE need not CUT anything...other than...
    Gee, TWO wars.... And raise the tax on the top 2 %- no pain there
    And how is this for an idea.... Make BIG Corporations pay some taxes!
    I know this does not fly with the politicians that are funded by these Corps. but why do they get a free ride on the backs of the middle class??

    March 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  108. Nina rudd

    The question is what is fair? What will give all of America the responsibility of paying down the debt? So, I propose that we start at the very top, both on the fed and state level and figure out what percentage of a person or governments stipend or salary is and deduct that from the top down.
    Percentage is the most fair because it takes the least from the poor and the most from the rich.

    March 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  109. Greg

    Billions and Billions could be cut from Defense spending by combining training. An example in San Antonio Texas the Air Force and Army both operate Medical training center's! Why do we still train our branches of the military seperatly in area's that are the same no matter what branch. This could also be done in Admin, Mechanical, Basic and many other areas. All saving Billions.
    But good luck getting even one General to give up something they now control......

    March 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  110. Mike

    Whenever our elected officials want us to foot the bill they start by cutting social progams. First Social Security isn't and entitlement, we pay for that, second if the politicans would take there hand out of that pot it would be fine. Lets start where the problem, cut all public funding for elections, no more matching funds.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  111. Molly Darden

    I would cut healthcare, because we are not approaching accelerating costs correctly. We should put physicians on salary and monitor wastage in medical facilities, as well as excessive pharmacy charges.

    1. At Emory University Medical Center in Atlanta (which I love), they remove sutures with high-quality stainless steel forceps and scissors, then throw them away.

    2. Pharmacy: If drug companies stopped advertising , imagine how much money could go back for R&d, and charges to patients would be reasonable - still allowing drug companies a reasonable profit.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  112. Bill Parker

    President Obama needs to drastically reduce defence spending by 10% a year for ten years! Bring all our troops home or ask China and the Arab States to hire US to Police the World. Energy solutions can start now with a PRICE FREEZE @ $2.00 a gallon on DIESEL. President Nixon did it. The oil companies and the commodities traders are destroying our economy with ILLEGAL Price Fixing. Foreign oil companies here should pay a fee to sell here, especially BP with it's dangerous practices.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  113. Johnathon Ramirez

    I can't believe the president & GOP wants to cut social security. What's gonna happen to all those people? I was talking to some individuals today to ask their reactions about it, their first words out of their mouths were, " RIOT"
    They were from California. i hope not, that's all we need right now....

    July 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  114. Johnathon Ramirez

    I think we need to get rid of this war, we don't need to be over there anymore. We can use that extra million to help put us in shape. We also don't need to spend money trying to rebuild other countries, we need to rebuild ours...I think the wealthy shouldn't get tax breaks, whey haven't contribute anything put grease politicians over the years...

    July 17, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  115. joann

    I would require US companies to increase employment in the US. End the tax deductions that they receive when they move to other countries for cheep labor.
    The first thing I would cut would be the salaries and all other beniifits of congressmen and staff, because they didn't do there job.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  116. Pat

    None of the above. Congress has forgotten, and perhaps Americans never knew that Congress also borrows to pay their own salaries, colas, health care, and pensions.

    We obviously cannot afford the level of spending that permits that at the levels promised just as we can't afford Social Security at the current levels, as evidenced by no colas in the last two years.

    If everything goes on the table, most certainly that should include Congressional entitlements if nonCongressional entitlements may be viewed as potential for cuts.

    July 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  117. Ron Goddard

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    I would have Amended the current Medicare system to include not insured, One Medical System. Not this Obama Healthcare, its already not working and it was separated like this to charge us taxes of Course, plus if we no longer took care of foriegners – it would probley help alot
    Like I said I am ignorant to what all the US spends but I know for sure its time to take care of the US and cut the rest

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