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Obama: Spending Cuts Are 'Dumb,' Unnecessary

Obama: Spending Cuts 'Dumb,' Unnecessaryi
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March 01, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama is blaming Republican lawmakers for failing to stop automatic government spending cuts that took effect Friday. VOA’s Kent Klein reports from the White House that the president met with top Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House to discuss the issue.

Obama: Spending Cuts 'Dumb,' Unnecessary

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Kent Klein
— U.S. President Barack Obama is blaming Republican lawmakers for failing to stop automatic government spending cuts that took effect Friday. He met with top Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House to discuss the issue.
 
Obama called the $85 billion in automatic cuts “dumb” and “arbitrary,” and he said Republicans could have stopped them.

“Let’s be clear. None of this is necessary. It is happening because [of] a choice that Republicans in Congress have made. They have allowed these cuts to happen because they refuse to budge on closing a single wasteful loophole to help reduce the deficit,” said the president.

Obama met earlier Friday with the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Also attending were Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the leading House Democrat, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

They met for less than an hour and reached no agreement.

Obama wants to reduce the U.S. deficit by combining targeted spending cuts with higher taxes on wealthy Americans. Republicans oppose further tax increases.

U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks briefly after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, March 1, 2013.U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks briefly after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, March 1, 2013.
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U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks briefly after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, March 1, 2013.
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks briefly after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, March 1, 2013.
After the meeting, Boehner said the president obtained tax increases in their January 1 agreement, and the focus now must be on cutting spending.

“This discussion about revenue, in my view, is over. It is about taking on the spending problem here in Washington,” he said.

Obama and members of his team have been warning for days about the damage they say the cuts will cause to the U.S. economy, as he did Tuesday at a shipbuilding factory in Virginia. The president said the cuts will possibly cost as many as 750,000 jobs. He said the effects will not be felt immediately, but the pain will be real.

“We will get through this. This is not going to be an apocalypse, I think, as some people have said. It is just dumb. And it is going to hurt,” he said.

Obama, who has been criticized for failing to settle the dispute, said he cannot force Republican leaders to continue negotiating until a settlement is reached.

“I am not a dictator, I am the president. So, ultimately, if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say, ‘We need to go to catch a plane,’ I cannot have Secret Service block the doorway,” said Obama.

The president said he still believed the cuts could be replaced, but it may take weeks or months.

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by: barry from: tampa
March 04, 2013 8:29 AM
another pro-obama biased article:: shaking my head::
look how many paragraphs in it are pro-obama vs how many are pro-republican or boehner.


by: barry from: tampa
March 04, 2013 8:24 AM
biased headline


by: Steve from: West
March 01, 2013 4:29 PM
Obama: The entire Obama Dictatorship Administration is dumb...

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by: Anonymous
March 03, 2013 12:18 AM
Vote against the Republicans!


by: Tobin Grimmer from: St. Louis
March 01, 2013 4:21 PM
Obama: Spending Cuts Are 'Dumb,' Unnecessary
Yeah, I'd probably say the same thing if I was spending trillions of other people's dollars. Except that your job is to take us into account. Spending money just because you can is what is stupid Obama. Do your job.


by: nick from: New Jersey
March 01, 2013 3:07 PM
GOP is digging its own Grave.

They have lost their touch with the people of this country.

Feelings of the people have to be respected to command their respect and win over in elections.


by: Mari2 from: US
March 01, 2013 7:44 AM
"The meetings is largely viewed as symbolic." Are less taxes next year due to furloughs view as largely symbolic? Politicians are horrible, horrible people. For senators, congressmen and even the President to play with people lives out of ego and greed is so very disgusting. I hope we take name on both sides and vote them all out. The President has no worries, he doesn't need to run he will be take care of by his cronies, and we the American people with be left with the bill, thank you for that Mr. President, congress and senate, thank you.


by: Bearman from: U.S.A.
March 01, 2013 6:34 AM
The biggest single problem with Obama is the use of his fingers to assess blame. The tool that he should use is a mirror.


by: Anonymous
March 01, 2013 5:48 AM
Obama deserves respect

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by: TonyG from: AZ
March 02, 2013 9:08 AM
Respect . . . really. Where is his respect for the American people? With Obama it is always . . . . me, me, me, me, me, me, me, I don't respect a man with this big of a head.

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by: nick from: NY
March 01, 2013 4:25 PM
You need to give respect in order to receive it and he has yet to show that in any way shape or form.

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by: nick from: New Jersey
March 01, 2013 3:09 PM
Yes., Not Just Oabma., the people of the country who are so very eagerly waiting for better times. GOP Must co operate.
nick

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by: Margaret DeFrance from: Co / NY
March 01, 2013 9:24 AM
The Sente, House , Congress , Need to Revote get them out they are not do their job , 5 year they did not do their job . get them out. If they go HOME TODAY TAKE YOUR THING WITH YOU, DO NOT GO BACK. WALK OFF THE JOB NOT DONE> YOUR ARE GONE. DO NOT PAY THEM 1 DIME. I a e want to see what they have to say.

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