Live Chat Transcript and Video: President Obama on Fiscal Policy

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

On Wednesday, President Obama delivered a major speech on fiscal policy, deficit reduction, and budget priorities. It looked to rebut Republican proposals, and set the economic strategy going into the 2012 election. Brian Lehrer; Pat Garofalo, Economic Policy Editor at the Center for American Progress; It's A Free Country's Anna Sale and Jody Avirgan; and fellow listeners chatted about a plethora of things, among them - the main takeaways and "debt-triggers." 


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Comments [6]

Part of the reasons for the deficit is to have the US Dollar function as a reserve and transaction currency. The Obama Administration has to develop a monetary vision to close this deficit cause and make the international monetary system more equitable, sustainable, and therefore, more stable.

Apr. 13 2011 02:50 PM
J M from NYC

Would someone tell Amy Ettings to keep her mouth shut while the President is speaking??? I don't need the station ID during the speech. And I don't need her lame wrap up now. I've got Brian Lehrer for that!

Apr. 13 2011 02:33 PM
carole hart

What about corporate taxes? And corporate loopholes? Is he under their control

Apr. 13 2011 02:26 PM
David Miller-Engel

I hope he finds his roots and moves left of where he has been.....

Apr. 13 2011 01:45 PM
Jonathan from Park Slope

Is someone going to try to spin this in the light of the sequicentenial of the civil war's beginning?

Apr. 13 2011 01:41 PM
Barbara from Brooklyn

Leave Medicare alone, find other creative solutions, including raising the retirement age to protect social security. Raise taxes on the wealthy, yes. Trickle down is a nice theory that doesn't work. Offer incentives to keep business on-shore, and start to reform off-shore tax avoidance.

Apr. 13 2011 01:40 PM

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