Kerry: Top U.S. priority is shaping up our fiscal house

  • Article by: MICHAEL R. GORDON , New York Times
  • Updated: January 24, 2013 - 9:44 PM

Massachusetts senator nominated for secretary of state got a generally friendly confirmation hearing.

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comment229Jan. 25, 13 4:47 AM

"That bothers every American," said Kerry, who said that he was nonetheless opposed to cutting aid. "We need to build our relationship with the Pakistanis, not diminish it."... We are trying to buy them with money and appease them? Since when does the USA do this? It is time to leave these people alone and let them fend for themselves. Last time I checked, every politician was screaming about the deficit and debt, and yet we just keep right on with the foreign aid and spending on nation building around the world. If you are near bankruptcy, and struggling financially as a family, you don't go around town handing out $100 bills.

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comment229Jan. 25, 13 4:49 AM

I used to like Kerry. I thought he had a mind of his own, much like Hagel. Yesterday I found out that he took every politically correct position to get the job. He took the path of least resistance in this, didn't rock the boat, and he will be sent flying through. And what will the America public get on the other end? Same old, same old.

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comment229Jan. 25, 13 4:54 AM

As for the comment about Obama's foreign policy, I think it is crystal clear. Saying that it is not, is simply stating you do not agree with it, or have to take the opposite position because of political influence that we see more and more each day. Obama had every opportunity to "send in the troops" in several crises in his first term, but chose not to, unlike a previous president I know. For that, I respect and applaud him. Ask Richard Engle about how countries around the world perceived the USA during our mired down two wars. And finally, does Kerry really think he can stop Iran with diplomacy? I will give him a little hint; it is either going to be the USA attacking Iran or the Israelis who will then be more ostracized around the world, than they already are. So.. what's the solution? I don't have one; do you?

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probsolverJan. 25, 13 5:31 AM

Hes qualified. It would be interesting to see his voting record on spending bills to see if it squares with his statements.

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elmore1Jan. 25, 13 5:43 AM

He should tell that to the President. The need to set a budget, make the promised cuts and get the economy going hasn't gotten much attention from Barry.

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firefight41Jan. 25, 13 7:59 AM

I used to like Kerry. I thought he had a mind of his own, much like Hagel. Yesterday I found out that he took every politically correct position to get the job. He took the path of least resistance in this, didn't rock the boat, and he will be sent flying through. And what will the America public get on the other end? Same old, same old. ************* You expected different?

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jimjimjimjimJan. 25, 1310:16 AM

Kerry avoids taxes like all rich liberals and then claims we need to get our fiscal house in order. Maybe if he was really interested in paying his fair share our fiscal house would be in order.

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theagonybhoJan. 25, 13 6:09 PM

I guess i never heard increased taxes, more spending and no cuts was the formula for getting our fiscal house in order.

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