PALO ALTO (AP)  — Making his case to a young audience at Facebook headquarters, President Barack Obama says trimming $4 trillion from the nation’s deficits over the next 12 years sounds like a lot but can be done.

Obama was in Palo Alto, Calif., on Wednesday answering questions in person and online during a town hall at the home base of the popular social networking site.

Obama will hold another session Thursday in Reno, Nev. He’s on a three-day Western tour with his message that his approach to cutting government deficits is more balanced and less painful than a rival House Republican plan.

The president has proposed cutting spending, raising taxes and squeezing federal health care programs. The Republican plan rules out tax cuts and would achieve nearly $6 trillion in savings from spending cuts and overhauling Medicare and Medicaid.

The president shared the stage with Facebook’s youthful founder, Mark Zuckerberg, whose company noted that 19 million network users have electronically “liked” Obama’s White House Facebook site.

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Comments (15)
  1. Jack says:

    Democrat’s have no shame, lying through their teeth at every opportunity.

  2. TIM says:

    Yeah, Jack’s right. The republicans are the most honest bunch a folk on the planet.

  3. swhitS says:

    WOW! The sad thing is, he thinks people will still believe him!

  4. Ron says:

    Glad to see Republicans following the President. I guess he is effective in getting your attention!

  5. Lee says:

    He keeps talking about “Fair Taxes” to increase the Taxes on the top 10% when they already pay a majority of the Taxes and the bottom 42% pay NO Taxes at all!

    1. Nash says:

      Four score and seven minutes ago, I read a sweet ariltce. Lol thanks

  6. Kathryn says:

    Incorrect! the top ONE PERCENT have had tax breaks for decades – the bottom
    80% pay the most. Misinformation or deliberate disinformation?? put out by those lying hypocrites the Repuglicans! “Do as I say, not as I do” – they are all incapalble of empathy – no idea and do not care about anyone who is not white and rich, like they are. Sheeesshhh! It takes drastic measures – like paying what you should have all along – to get our country out of the economic mess of the Bush years.

    1. Ray says:

      Kathyrn you”re stupid 47 % of the workforce pays no taxes at all and about 28% get’s more money back than they pay in. And the Democrats want to put a VAT or Value Added Tax on everything that would make it worse for the poor one thing to have to realize the more they take the more they want to them it is not their money so they don’t care STOP THIS SPENDING MADNESS. you BUSH Whacker Obama has spent more money in less than 2 years than G.B. did in 4 years we can’t afford him anymore.

  7. Fred says:

    Here’s an idea, cut the tax breaks for more than 2 kids. Make them pay more!! Why should someone with no children pay more taxes than someone creating a burden in our school system, welfare system, food stamps (if they need it) etc. Because that person would not get elected. Tax increases to the common person doesn’t go over very well. We don’t need to increase our population like during the war time 50′ & 60’s, when we thought the bigger the population the better to fight wars. But, sadly it’s to late now. Cut the future population, you cut the future income to support the retirement of the baby boomers. What a mess we’re in.
    I just hope we don’t have this idiot for another 4 years. Increase the taxes of the rich, the ones employing thousands or more of people. They’ll just lay people off to keep their bottom line the same.
    What one should do is give tax incentives (breaks) for those willing to hire more people and create more jobs. Not stimulus packages. If you got a stimulus package would you pocket it for yourself or hire someone? Why create a new burden on your business with more payroll, medical costs and overhead, for a new hire. But if your company got a tax break only if you hire a new employee. Seems easy to me.

  8. Ray says:

    This guy is out of touch stop spending.

    1. fred says:

      I agree, stop spending and stop giving the money away. Both here and abroad

  9. Fred says:

    Sorry Ray, but I’ve probably been following politics longer that you’ve been a live. The government has to stop the spending, not just raise taxes when they’re short on dough. That also means no freebies for those who can’t afford to raise a family. In this country legally and especially illegally. But you’ve got a president who wants to give everybody everything whether they’ve earned it it not. Forget where the buck stops or who’s going to pay for it or when.

  10. ace says:

    OBAMA is a worthless lyer

    He is the one that wants to cut medicare and try to get everybody on his obamacare

    In all honisty the republicans wanted to give vouchers for healthcare to medicare recepiants

  11. Everyday Guy says:

    Worst president in American history.

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