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‘Deep Cuts’ Threat To Security, Obama Says

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  U.S. President Barack Obama said pending defense budget cuts would severely affect the military’s ability to defend national interests.

Billions of dollars in the budget for the U.S. Defense Department is on the line should members of the U.S. Congress fail to act on economic policy before a March deadline.

National security is at stake without a balanced budget approach that embraces “sensible changes” to social welfare programs and tax codes, Obama said.

“As our military leaders have made clear, (budget) changes like this affect our ability to respond to threats in an unstable part of the world,” he said. “And we will be forced to make even more tough decisions in the weeks ahead if Congress fails to act.”

Obama said Republican leaders were holding too firm to tax loopholes that could benefit the wealthy.

The military last week delayed deployment of naval assets to the Persian Gulf, citing budgetary constraints.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said looming budget cuts are one of the greatest threats to national security.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said budget issues could be addressed “not with further tax increases on the American people but with responsible spending cuts that will help balance the federal budget within the next decade.”

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  • James

    I never thought the day would come when ‘common sense’ would be so uncommon! The same old ‘Scare Tactic’ used by local governments is being used by Obama and our Federal Government.

    When issues about raising taxes or funding local government agencies comes up, the danger of not following through with passing of these “Bills” will mean loss of POLICE and FIRE department services…or loss of School funding for our Children…or our roads condition will fail soon if nothing is done!

    Now, we have our Federal Government telling us our Military will loose the ability to protect us. We won’t be able to place enough ammunition in their hands to make sure the battles are won!

    Fear! This is by far the greatest, most over used justification for taxing the people in the history of mankind!!! Even legends use taxes as means for Heros to defend the poor, the weak or the children! And it is when the Hero finally brings to justice those ruling agents, who have usurped the authorities beyond their station, does the end of the story secure its desired climax!

    Enough!!! When does it end? We have reached the point where it is virtually impossible for one generation to eliminate the interest of a debt….let alone the principle of the debt!!! America understands the issue far better than given credit for their feeble little useless eater brains allow!!! Those elite few who never seem to have enough want to control every aspect of humanities life….from birth to death…..and even the dead are taxed…paid for by the dead willing properties or monies to their relatives!!!!

    Today, our children’s children will not be able to pay off the debt Our Federal Government has weighted us down with! And, still, they give themselves raises beyond Americas abilities! But don’t even think about lowering the debt…or tightening the belts of those in Congress and the White House! The little people of this Country must pay the way for those more affluent….more influential or educated!!!

    When does this end? Was not America suppose to be the best thing to happen to the masses of the people? Was not freedom, liberty and hope brought about by the shedding off of the strangle-hold England sought to retain on the Colonies? Was not the Declaration of Independence…the Constitution and Bill of Rights…the most audible voice of the masses of the people? Was not their unquestionable and undeniable intent perceived in these documents?!? Were they not painstakingly worded in such a way as to bring clarity to the writer and the reader as to the intent held so firmly to heart?

    Should we not remember and reconstitute the depth of emotions laid in word and blood of these near sacred documents of our historical fore-fathers?!? Would not a new National Holiday be worth development of the day of Resurrection of the Heart and Soul of America? Yeah…..should there not be a new day of remembrance from that day forth…a New day of Resurgence of the life flow in Heart, in Soul…and in Truth of the Liberties, Freedom…..and Forgiveness!!!

    Forgiveness of pains brought upon races of peoples for the simple reason of being different….forgiveness of debts brought about by lack of foresight…and of most precious, forgiveness of a National Debt upon all Nations of the World!!! Yeah…a world Wide Call for Forgiveness of Debts across the Board…give to all…for the sake of all….for to bring about a charitable Heart and Soul to all who are truly Brothers!!!

    We are….if we dare…a planet of one people….called Humanity….filled with individuals that have forgiveness for all…..no one owes anything to anyone any more……from this day…..A New Day Dawns where the needs of the many will be met….

    No longer will the gifts available from this amazing planet be owned by any single one person or entity!!! The resources of this planet….are not for sale…..for they are in truth……

    A GIFT…..TO ALL OF US!!!!

    FROM THIS DAY……..A NEW DAY OF INTERNATIONAL FORGIVENESS………..

    LET US SEEK TO TAKE CARE……….

    OF THIS PRECIOUS GIFT CALLED EARTH………..

    AND EACH OTHER!!!!!!!!!!

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