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Hirono, Gabbard have concerns about Obama budget

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:55 p.m. HST, Apr 10, 2013

Two members of Hawaii's delegation in Washington are expressing reservations about parts of President Barack Obama's budget proposal.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she's concerned about cuts to missile defense as Hawaii and the rest of the country face direct and heightened threats from North Korea.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono says she doesn't support Obama's plan that would change how some benefits are calculated, including Social Security and benefits for veterans.

Obama on Wednesday sent Congress a $3.8 trillion budget plan that aims to slash the deficit by a net $600 billion over 10 years, raise taxes and trim popular benefit programs, including Social Security and Medicare.

Gabbard and Hirono both praise the proposal for its potential to create job growth.

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Skyler wrote:
They're both correct in their concerns: Chained CPI is destructive to the lives of the elderly & disabled who depend upon SS for their sole income, and cutting missile defense when Hawaii is in the crosshairs of NK's idiocy (if not feasibly now, then guarrans in the future as NK advances in technology).
on April 10,2013 | 03:27PM
thos wrote:
Unless Social Security (the so called Federal Income CONTRIBUTION Act), Medicare (il.e. Elder care) and Medicaid benefits are cut - - for example means tested - - none of these programs will survive. A growing number of young people are tipping wise to the hoax being perpetrated on them by politicians who excel at being generous with other people's money. The balance between geezer interests and the interests of young tax payers doing their best to sustain families is beginning to shift .... and about time!
on April 11,2013 | 07:20AM
AhiPoke wrote:
They both voiced their "concerns" which they can claim during their next election. However, make no mistake about it, they'll eventually vote as they are told to do. These two are game playing puppets.
on April 10,2013 | 04:10PM
Anonymous wrote:
I really don't think we want our Congressional delegation to end up as lone wolves howling at the moon; that wouldn't be very helpful to our state. Of course they need to work with the Democratic leadership but thankfully they are voicing concerns and putting the issue on the table -- nothing is a done deal yet.
on April 10,2013 | 06:43PM
pcman wrote:
IRT Anonymous on Congressional delagation. I agree that we will judge our representatives on how well they advocate to support our needs based on the final decision of the Senate and House. If they are unsuccessful in getting our needs passed, they wont' be worth our votes next time around.
on April 11,2013 | 06:31AM
sayer wrote:
I think there are some positive aspects to this budget but cutting seniors' and veterans' benefits are definitely not the way to go. By artificially creating inflation, the fed already trims everyone's income yearly. There have to be much better ways to cut waste and balance the budget. Why don't they start by getting rid of job-killing bureaucracy. It's so hard to start and run a business in America - so many rules and regulations, paperwork, etc., etc. The corporations have so much power at the federal level whereas the individual entrepreneurs are nobody.
on April 10,2013 | 04:35PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Does Mr. Obama know that Mazie and Tulsi disagree with him? I bet he is really quaking in his boots. Now that they have done their grandstanding, will they vote against the budget? (Answer: no.)
on April 10,2013 | 04:47PM
serious wrote:
Maneki- Good post. Our past congressional delegation has been termed the most inefficient by any state. And, we're just adding wood to the fire. Say something!! Make a decision. But, as posted earlier they will all vote as told!!
on April 10,2013 | 06:02PM
pcman wrote:
IRT Maneki on Obama. Obama does not care what our reps think or advocate because he is president and they have to follow his lead. He has his own agenda and he will be the first to tell you that he knows better than anyone because of the many advisors he has in the White House, who are smarter than we are. He has Secretaries Sebilius and Hagel, after all.
on April 11,2013 | 06:38AM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Stop lying. You 2 will do whatever Pelosi wants you to do.
on April 10,2013 | 11:45PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Anyone who isn't concerned about this president's budget proposal is simply foolish.
on April 11,2013 | 02:55AM
PaPakoolau808 wrote:
Obama wants to cut the deficit by 600 billion over the next ten years is like trying to drain the ocean with a 5 gallon bucket! All shibai!!!
on April 11,2013 | 05:58AM
thos wrote:
Talk about a CONTRAST! Gabbard is a rising glamorous young superstar in her party and is being groomed for top billing. Hirono remains what she always has been - - a ZERO used as a place holder who will meticulously follow the DNC talking points she is handed.
on April 11,2013 | 07:23AM
Pacej001 wrote:
They have concerns. Very impressive. Unfortunately, the thing they don't have is a CLUE. Obama's budget would apply the new method of calculating inflation (Chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) to every single federal program that is adjusted upward each year. This chained CPI takes into account shoppers’ ability to change what they buy in order to take advantage of bargains and avoid items that have risen in price-- steak too pricey, buy chicken. Chicken too pricey, buy bologna. Pretty soon "actual" inflation will have us all eating bologna sandwiches because the "chained CPI" cost of living adjustment applied to Social Security, veterans programs, or military/federal retirement will be much less than it would have been under the current method of calculating cost of living increases. ------ And for those of you who don't think this matters to you, think again. Chained CPI would also be applied to the annual inflation adjustment of income tax brackets. Meaning: Higher income taxes for all. Great. Heck of a job Barackie.
on April 11,2013 | 08:24AM
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