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Obama: Time to start governing

2013-02-25 21:50

Washington - US President Barack Obama warned warring politicians on Monday it was time to start governing as Washington headed into another manufactured crisis threatening the fragile economy.

Obama told an annual meeting of state governors at the White House that huge budget cuts due to hit on 1 March would "slow our economy, eliminate good jobs" and leave Americans with "thinly stretched" budgets wondering what to do.

The president is demanding that congressional Republicans stave off a set of arbitrary, automatic spending cuts known as the sequester by closing tax loopholes that benefit the rich and corporations.

"We can't just cut our way to prosperity. Cutting alone is not an economic policy," Obama told Democratic and Republican governors in the State Dining Room of the White House.

Many Republicans agree that the sequester, which imposes across the board cuts of $85bn this year from government programme, is a bad way to cut spending and reduce the deficit.

But they argue that Obama is not serious about reining in spending and warn the president that his success in getting higher income tax rates on the rich late last year is the last time they will permit him to raise more revenue.

Obama, who no longer has to worry about answering to voters, warned Washington had to "get past its obsession with focusing on the next election instead of the next generation”.

"All of us are concerned about our politics, both in our own party as well as the other party. But at some point we've got to do some governing.

"What we can't do is keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis.

"The American people have worked hard and long to dig themselves out of one crisis. They don't need us creating another one."

Comments
  • craig.king.7505 - 2013-02-26 06:57

    Probably the worst president America has ever had. Ineffectual, narcissistic and an opportunistic liar.

      Themba Khumalo - 2013-02-26 07:58

      The worst American president must be Bush read my lips Sr, and Jr a close, very close, second.

  • TheBigTT - 2013-02-26 07:07

    A pissing match between two groups of babies that are running the country. A president who wants to raise taxes which won't raise enough revenue to run the government for hours and a congress who want taxes cut in an amount that doesn't add up to a drop in a bucket. What a reason to crash the country.

      AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-02-26 15:08

      The US debt cost per day is +-$840m ,they add $6B to the deficit everyday . The $85B in sequester which cuts that amount in a year will cover 2 weeks of debt accumalation or payback 101 days of debt costs. The Obama administration is the most academically accredited in US history but they seem unable to work with basic arithmetic. Even if you took all of the top 5% of americans money , you'd be looking at a few weeks of relief . Its loonacy but don't worry Obama's approval ratings are at their highest, why not raise the debt ceiling further and carry on handing out goodies.

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