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5/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
Gosar: No give in spending debate

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, encouraged Kingman business owners to take a closer look at the federal budget Monday evening.

"As business owners you know we have a problem in Washington, D.C.," he said. "This year's budget deficit may be less, but that's because the president raised taxes."

Federal budgets proposed by the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama are DOA, Gosar said, adding that he backs the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin.

Ryan's budget calls for replacing the current Medicare program with a voucher program in 2022 and increasing the eligibility age for Medicare to 67 in 2033. It would convert Medicaid to a grant program that would give a lump sum of money to the states each year. The budget also calls for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. It would also reform the U.S. tax code and calls for reducing government spending from 12 percent of gross domestic product to 6 percent by 2021. Ryan's budget passed the U.S. House of Representatives but was defeated in the U.S. Senate.

The Senate budget calls for increased spending on infrastructure and increasing revenue by closing tax loopholes. The budget passed the Senate but is unlikely to pass the U.S. House.

"I can tell you that the Senate budget is dead on arrival when it reaches the House," Gosar said. "The House has the only balanced budget."

The federal government hasn't had a balanced budget since the Clinton administration.

President Obama's budget calls for additional spending on clean energy, infrastructure and employment programs. It increases funding for education and raises the minimum wage to $9 an hour. It also calls for decreasing the deficit by $1.8 trillion.

"The president's budget won't balance the budget in 10 years," Gosar said. "He keeps thinking the growth is going to come in solar technology and infrastructure. It's not. He doesn't understand. He's not a businessman."

The federal government has to reform the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs in order to fix the debt, he said.

Gosar did not give a specific solution as to how the federal government could reform the three social programs, but suggested it would have to be done incrementally with the help of all parties involved.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: E Cifelli

This support for Paul Ryan's plan to me is simply political posturing. It had virtually no chance of passing in the Democrat controlled Senate and even if it did pass the Senate, the president would have vetoed it. Plus, doesn't Gosar realize that federal spending has actually gone down since the first year a federal budget under Obama was passed in 2010 ? The 2009 budget deficit he inherited was from George W. Bush and the Democratic Congress in 2008. The last President to allow this current level of low spending was Dwight Eisenhower.

"The first year of any incoming president term is saddled—for better or for worse—with the budget set by the president whom immediately precedes the new occupant of the White House. Indeed, not only was the 2009 budget the property of George W. Bush—and passed by the 2008 Congress—it was in effect four months before Barack Obama took the oath of office."

Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Roy Boy

Were to start? This post is the most massive amount of misinformation seen here since LA’s last post.

“Oh, yes, why does Congress, the senate and president have their own retirement(Paid by you) instead of Social Security?”

They don’t. Congress has been under the Social Security systems since 1984 (nearly THIRTY years ago) and their retirement is based on the same program used to compute retirement benefits for all federal employees. Why post such obviously incorrect nonsense?

“Why did congress choose to take the funds out of Social Security and place them into the General fund?”

Never happened. The monies paid into the Social Security trust have never been "put into the general fund." The requirements for how the Social Security Trust Fund is to be financed and invested have not changed since the fund's inception in 1939. A series of measures were enacted in 1983, 1985, and 1987 – under the Reign of Error of Ronald the Dim, a Republican – making the program a more distinct part of the budget and permitting Congressional floor objections (points of order) to be raised against budget bills containing Social Security changes.

Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013
Article comment by: Roy eggett

People need to stop argueing and ask questions. If the goverment owns General Motors(Oboma appointed the CEO) then whose pockets do the profits go in? If you own a furniture and times are rough, will the government bail you out? If Oboma Care is so great, why is Congress, the Senate and President not required to have it? Are they better than we are? Oh, yes, why does Congress, the senate and president have their own retirement(Paid by you) instead of Social Security? Why did congress choose to take the funds out of Social Security and place them into the General fund? ( this is money you pay in every payday.) All these questions need to be answered but Republicans and Democrats alike refuse to answer. Devide and conquere is alive today. Get the different political parties to argueing and it takes their eyes off Politics and becomes personal. Folks you need to wake up. It's time to clean house, both Republican and Democrate.Both parties are in Washington to make themselves rich and to hell with the people.

Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013
Article comment by: Roy Leggett

Barack Obama is going to spend almost $700 million dollars of taxpayer money to buy Russian helicopters for the Afghan Air Force. But wait. Just like those TV commercials, this gets better. When Congress passed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, it had an interesting provision. Congress included, as a part of that law a prohibition on the United States buying helicopters from Rosoboronexport, the Russian manufacturer of the Mi-17 helicopter.
Unfortunately as always happens, when such laws are passed, Congress always gives the Regime an escape hatch. The law stated that Obama could buy from Rosoboronexport if the Secretary of Defense certified it was in the interest of National Security. And of course, the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, a man committed to destroying the US military immediately signed off on that certification.
Then to add more. Check what the IRS is doing, to the tune of 4 million a year.

Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: Frederick Williams

@ Fed Up. Read Anson's Nephew.

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: Fed up

Frederick: "Created jobs"? Where? What jobs? "Stopped the recession "? Are you serious? What do you think we're in right now? You probably believe the propaganda about the unemployment being down. Seriously? The government (and the media) would like us to believe that because the number of people collecting benefits is down, that unemployment is down! No.... it's just that so many people who are unemployed have run out of benefits! You won't see THAT number being published. Time for a wake up call.

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: Frederick Williams

mr parker. President Obama's stimulus not only created jobs it stopped President Bush's recession from becoming a depression and it also saved a lot of jobs in the auto industry. The answer to the rest of your questions is because the Republicans in Congress will not work with the President to help the U.S. Their answer is "NO" to everything except more tax cut. What airheads they are.

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Joe Shmo

"Also do not cut taxes for the wealthy that don’t need it,..."

Yes, because of course how much one should pay in taxes should be based on "need".

I recommend you report every person who has worked hard and is doing better, moneywise, than you to the "U.S. Dept of Needs".Report back and tell us how that goes.

(Sarcasm, off)


Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Lift the Cap, Congressman

That's our congressman - playing to the crowd. The good congressman has to know social security doesn't impact the deficient. It has a 3 trillion dollar surplus and can pay out the current levels for several years. Over the long range 20 years or more there is a problem since there will be less paying in than those claiming their rightfully due benefits. Let's ask the good congressman why there is a cap for those making over $103,000. In other words those making $1,000,000 pay in to Social Security the same as those making $100,000. Is it fair? By lifting the cap SS will be solvent forever.

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew


“… where are all the jobs from his stimulus?”

Ask the Republican teabaggers who said if elected they would concentrate on jobs, jobs, jobs and yet have blocked every jobs bill put forth by the president while concentrating on denying a woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions.

“Ask BO why everyone got a tax increase at the beginning of the year …”

Because the Republicans refused to extend the payroll tax cuts as requested by the president.

“Ask BO why he makes cuts that will affect the average citizen like, White House tours,ATC's at airports and National Parks opening dates.”

Because the stupid sequestration was meant to impact everyone (well, not the congress people who fly it would seem) in an effort to NOT allow it to happen. BTW – the president had no decision making as to the cuts instituted. You righties keep wanting cuts and as soon as something you like is cut it’s … well you know.

Bottom line, Skippy, Obama won, get over it!

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: mr. parker

Thank God, a congressman with guts and brains.

@f. Williams,j.schmo: Ask BO, where are all the jobs from his stimulus? Ask BO why everyone got a tax increase at the beginning of the year- if you work- that is. Ask BO why he makes cuts that will affect the average citizen like, White House tours,ATC's at airports and National Parks opening dates.

Instead he has parties at taxpayer expense with his rich millionaire friends andHollywoodHalfwits and then flies around on his magic carpet at $184K/hour to attend fundraisers and more parties.

He's the life of the party and the death of this republic.

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: biker randy

Dr. Gosar, I only hope you are accurate and you and other Republicans don't cave to the liberal spending Democrats who vote with no conscience. It's past time to right this USA overloaded ship.

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: Warren AO

'The federal government hasn't had a balanced budget since the Clinton administration.'

That really says it all.

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: Lumpy Rutherford

Treat people like dirt, as long as it is far enough away we could never be blamed for it. That is the Gosar/Ryan budget. Along with plenty of smoke and mirrors and mythology. Continued giveaways to big corporate interests, while destroying the middle class. And more for defense, which already has the largest budget in the world. And tea party republicans against all spending as long as it is not spending for tanks or air systems built in their district even the Pentagon does not want. But government never creates jobs, right Paul? The Ryan budget is dead on arrival also. As George Bush (the smart one) said, it's Voodoo economics.

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: Dennis Jablonski

The Republicans don't often mention that their budget proposal mandates the repeal of the Affordable care Act in order to balance the budget in 10 years. Without that repeal, their budget is also DOA! How likely is it that the repeal will happen ??????

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Schmo

Oh good, more tea party nonsense from our intrepid congressman. Did you ever have an original thought Congressman Gosar, or do you just go with the flow like dead fish? (Thanks Sarah). Oh second thought you ought to preach this austerity garbage loud and clear for everyone to hear. I want your constituents to hear how you support balancing the federal budget on the backs of future seniors by dismantling Medicare as we know it and raising the future eligibility ages for Vouchercare and Social Security. How about chained CPI? I’m sure you support that as well.

I fail to understand this ideology that says you must balance the federal budget deficit by a certain time, especially when the deficit is actually decreasing, and you must do it by primarily cutting our social insurance programs which millions of Americans depend on. If you want to bring down the budget deficit, don’t go down the path of austerity which will, ironically, exacerbate the problem. Instead develop policies that will help grow the economy and get people back to work at living wages spending money and paying taxes. That will bring down our deficits. Also do not cut taxes for the wealthy that don’t need it, and do not start wars you cannot pay for. It worked under President Clinton. It can work now.

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: Frederick Williams

Way to go Gosar. Cut and reform whatever helps the poorest class while giving more tax breaks for the Ultra-Wealthy. Where are all the jobs the tax cuts created? Why don't you live up to the contract the republicans made and let the tax cuts expire?

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