It’s the Spending, Stupid!

Ezra Klein recently posted a New York Times graphic supporting his view that the deficit is primarily the fault of former President Bush and his predecessors, rather than President Obama. Interestingly, he makes no attempt to claim that Obama’s policies have reduced the deficit, just that Obama’s deficit increases were smaller than Bush’s.

Leave aside for a moment the fact that Bush’s entire eight-year record is being compared to policies enacted during Obama’s first two and a half years. The fundamental flaw in the New York Times graphic is that it assumes that a president’s fiscal policy is confined to “new” policies enacted under his watch. Every year, the president proposes a budget that contains a mix of new policies and old policies. The result is a comprehensive vision of what federal tax and spending policy ought to be. A president who simply continues the fiscal policy he inherits must bear his share of responsibility for its consequences.

A prime example of this is the “Bush tax cuts,” which the New York Times graphic charges solely to President Bush, conveniently ignoring the fact that President Obama supports making most of the cuts permanent and signed into law a two-year extension of all of them. President Bush also signed a new Medicare drug benefit into law. But President Obama didn’t repeal this new spending, he expanded it.

Below is a graphic that focuses on the results of fiscal policy, not simply on adjustments made on the margins of fiscal policy. If anything, the analysis is overly generous to President Obama because: (1) it assigns full responsibility for Fiscal Year 2009 to President Bush, despite the enactment by Obama of the stimulus, higher domestic appropriations and an expansion of TARP spending during that year; and (2) it gives Obama credit for the policies he intends to enact for the rest of his presidency, since we cannot judge his actual future record. The graphic compares the records of these two presidents based on the deficits, revenues and spending incurred by the federal government on their watch, expressed as a percentage of GDP.

The results show one surprise — thanks in part to the recession and tax stimulus measures which have temporarily lowered federal revenues, Bush and Obama tax policies yield virtually the same amount of revenues on average. But the real story is the comparison of spending. Obama’s policies result in historically high spending as a share of the economy, which in turn results in historically high deficits.

To President Obama’s credit, he has begun to embrace the need for a change in direction, though he was dragged there kicking and screaming by Republicans and continues to insist that significant spending cuts be linked to higher taxes. In contrast, Bush’s initiatives were opposed at every turn by congressional Democrats, who insisted on even higher spending.(DC)

Bush was wrong. Obama IS wrong. Period.

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising  America ‘s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.  It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills.  It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.  Increasing  America ‘s debt weakens us domestically and internationally.  Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’  Instead,  Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.   America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

Mind you, he only said it to bash Bush, not because he had any convictions on the matter. But it is instructive in how Liberals will say anything to gain power and will say anything not to cede any power thy get.

Highly Recommend:

http://schweikert.house.gov/ByTheNumbers/

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It’s the Spending, Stupid!

We took in 2.165 Trillion in 2010. Look at the Mandatory Spending. Very close aren’t they… 😦

Round Two: The Enemy of The Good

The Republican have passed yet another debt ceiling bill.

The Democrats hate it already. They’ve voted it down already. I bet they didn’t even read it…:)

It’s not THEIR Bill.

Remember, to compromise with a liberal YOU must give in to everything THEY want. That’s compromise in their minds.

“Unless there is a compromise or they accept my bill, we’re headed for economic disaster,” <Senate Majority Leader> Reid said.

But in a phone call Friday evening, <Senate Minority Leader> McConnell told Reid he wanted the White House at the table and expressed frustration that President Obama had rejected an emerging compromise between the two Senate leaders last weekend. Aides said McConnell expected to speak with administration officials Friday night and tamped down talk of an impasse. But Senate Democratic leaders reacted with outrage, accusing McConnell of blocking a deal.

Blocking the Deal = You haven’t kissed MY Liberal Ass enough yet! :0

“Yes, people can be critical of what we’ve done, but where are the other ideas?” Boehner said on the House floor. “At this point in time, the House is going to act and we’re going to act together.”

Ultimately, it was for naught. Within two hours, the Senate tabled the measure, 59 to 41, with six conservative Republicans joining all 53 senators in the Democratic caucus in voting against the bill.

Now that’s compromise! 🙂

<Senate Minority Leader> McConnell keeps pointing out how ironic it is that Reid is blocking an immediate vote on his own plan, then turning around and accusing the GOP of filibustering.  How can Republicans be “filibustering” a bill for which they are actively seeking a vote?  Reid then calls Republicans uncompromising obstructionists, rattling off a laundry list of bipartisan negotiations Republicans have supposedly undermined.  He curiously omits the three GOP plans his party own has defeated, as well as the bipartisan framework he himself agreed to last weekend before President Obama nixed it.  Selective memories are a common Democratic trait.  Speaking of which, Reid is also pretending that the demand for a 60 vote threshold to proceed is a tactic invented by Republicans.  This doesn’t even pass the laugh test.

But it’s the Republican’s Fault.

“We need to go some ways beyond that,” he continued, “because otherwise, we’re looking at incredibly grim scenarios — not in 2050 and 2070 with these other absurd CBO projections. We’re looking at grim scenarios kicking in around 2015, 2017 and 2018.” Columnist Mark Steyn.

The Democrats don’t have that kind of ability, you know. They want what they want when they want it and simply because they want it.

Obama also called on his supporters to pressure legislators to back a “compromise” bill, and emphasized his desire for a bill that would fund federal agencies until 2013.

Funding until 2013 is important for the White House, because it would help sideline campaign-year debates on the national debt and annual deficits.

Yeah, we don’t want the impending economic doom of the country to get in the way of  Our Dear leader’s Re-election campaign. God Forbid!!

The Senate also killed the Cut, Cap, Balance Act last Friday and has yet to vote on a formal proposal. Having passed two proposals and with little time to attempt another bill, the House now waits to act on a Senate bill.

“I stuck my neck out a mile to get an agreement with the president of the United States,” Boehner thundered from the floor after the vote. “It’s time for the administration and time for our colleagues across the aisle to put something on the table. Tell us where you are!”

But don’t worry, it’s still the Republican’s fault. Remember that. 🙂

“The door was open all day. Nobody knocked, nobody walked in,” Sen. {UP}Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat, said at the press conference. “We will not solve this problem by standing there and folding our arms and saying ‘I am not talking to anybody.’”

Just that two bills get passed by the House and the Senate quickly squashes both of them, that’s “I’m not talking to anybody” because the bills had nothing the Democrats wanted to hear. Much like “the Republicans have no plan” because they aren’t proposing anything the Democrats want to hear.
So eventually, the Democrats will pass the Reid plan at the last second, the Republicans will vote that down. The mainstream Media and the Democrats will have another round of 24/7 Armageddon scaremongering and hate-filled bile and forget they will forget that they  voted down 2 Republican proposals.
The downgrade will occur anyhow.
And that’s still will be the Republican’s Fault,by the way.
Isn’t “bi-partisan” “compromise” fun… 🙂
So now the president has resorted to hunkering down at the White House, leaving the tough decisions to Congress. Every now and then we hear from him on TV, begging Americans to call on Congress like a child asking one parent to convince the other to use their credit card. While job creators are struggling to make payroll and forced to make layoffs, the president marches on with his tax, spend and borrow policies that will only kill more jobs and continue to stifle economic growth.

But that’s the Republican’s Fault for not “compromising” with the Democrats, aka give them everything they wanted- Higher Taxes, more Spending and all the Class Warfare pie they stuff themselves with. It won’t actually fix the problem, but damn, it will make THEM feel better.
I will not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

But the Democrats will.

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The Fantasy of Reality

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody, anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Liberals won’t understand any of this though, you understand. It’s completely beyond them.

It’s not “fair”! 🙂

President to announce deal to boost fuel economy

See how it all started, in my view (with lots of Star Wars and Inception References to boot): https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/the-real-star-wars/

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”– Master Yoda

And who hates more Liberals.

Who wants to control absolutely everything you do from before you’re born until after you’re dead more than Liberals?

No one.

Who considers “compromise” being you given them everything they want first.

And “balance” is a euphemism for Tax Increases.

Liberals.

And quite why Republicans are so impudent in the face of this is beyond me.

White House Spokesman: “we are also realistic. that grand bargain if you will is still on the table. the one that the speaker of the house walked away from. and while often republicans don’t like to admit it, they came very close to an agreement. and that agreement is still available. now, if we are not able to achieve that in the next several days, we still need — we have no other alternative, we have to take action to ensure that we do not default. and we have to take action to reduce our deficit.

The Spin is amazing in it’s audacity. But then again the White House knows the in-the-tank Liberal Media and the not-paying-attention american public will eat this sort of spin up and vomit it out like it was real.

So the Republican passed a plan. The Democrats refused to even vote on it.

This is walking away from the “grand bargain”.

Boehner walks out of one meeting where Obama kept throwing more taxes in to the mix and suddenly that’s all the myopic media sees. Obama walked out of a meeting too, he even went on TV to complain about it. But does the media or the Left even remember that? No.

They were close to a deal, Obama crushed it by piling on more and more tax increases. But you’ll never, ever hear that from the media. No sir, they know nothing about it.

It never happened, even though it did.

The biggest lie though is the “default” scare. To default we have to not pay our bonds and debt. Guess what?

We have have enough to pay those, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Just not much else.

So the only way we really default is if the Democrats do it deliberately.

And why wouldn’t they!

It will be the Republican’s Fault! 🙂

(did you catch the logic error?)

And the “we will have to act” means the president will just summarily do whatever the hell he wants anyhow (Tax Increases and more spending) “to save the country”. That way he gets everything he wanted and the Republicans get the blame for it.

What could possibly be better than that!

He is the White Knight in the White House come to save you from those evil greedy Republicans and their psycho fringe Tea Partiers!

Mind you raising Taxes and spending more will not solve the problem. But it will be a political victory for the Democrats in their minds and in the minds of their fawning media lap-dogs.

And after all, that’s what’s REALLY important.

“Republicans have taken us to the brink of economic chaos,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said. “The delay must end now so we can focus on the American people’s top priority: creating jobs and growing the economy.”

(Sounds vaguely familiar? Have they repeatedly said this over the last 2+ years every time they are getting their way…why yes, they do…)

This would be the 9.2% Unemployment (and 8%+ since Obama was elected) that she’s referring to. The Democrats have done a brilliant so far, if only they could get rid of those damn Republicans…

And taxing the employers more, plus ObamaCare, is surely going to create more jobs and make everyone feel better!

If only we could get rid of the Republicans.

Obama told the press corps that Republican proposals to cut the budget would interfere with the well-loved American tradition of, er, expanding government:

We’re not out here trying to use this as a means of doing all these really tough political things. I’d rather be talking about stuff that everybody welcomes — like new programs

You may hear the argument that why not just go ahead and do all the cuts and we can debate the revenue issues in the election — right? You’ll hear that from some Republicans. The problem is, is that if you don’t do the revenues, then to get the same amount of savings you’ve got to have more cuts.

It took Obama this long to figure out that cuts are an alternative to increasing taxes?  Most of us had that figured out already, big guy.  (Hot air.com)

President Barack Obama and top auto executives are set to unveil details of a compromise to slash the amount of gasoline cars and trucks will need down the road.

The deal, to be announced Friday, will double fuel economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 and further restrict the tailpipe emissions blamed for global warming.

A Prius doesn’t get this.

So the automobile manufacturers who are losing money now have to spend even more to close that gap. And you can’t get rid of workers because the UAW runs the show.

Anyone for another bailout?

Oh, and that car you have now, the government will eventually rule you have to get rid of it (why do think Liberals like Obama wouldn’t?) and buy a new car you can’t afford. Doesn’t that sound good for the environment?

You can afford it.

And if you can’t I’m sure the government will help you out. Mind you they will have to get more money from you to do it. But hey, it’s only “fair”. 😮

And it’s good for the environment. 🙂

Thomas Sowell: Despite the widespread notion that raising tax rates automatically means collecting more revenue for the government, history says otherwise. As far back as the 1920s, Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon pointed out that the government received a very similar amount of revenue from high-income earners at low tax rates as it did at tax rates several times as high.

How was that possible? Because high tax rates drive investors into tax shelters, such as tax-exempt bonds. Today, as a result of globalization and electronic transfers of money, “the rich” are even less likely to stand still and be sheared like sheep, when they can easily send their money overseas, to places where tax rates are lower.

Money sent overseas creates jobs overseas — and American workers cannot transfer themselves overseas to get those jobs as readily as investors can send their money there.

All the overheated political rhetoric about needing to tax “millionaires and billionaires” is not about bringing in more revenue to the government. It is about bringing in more votes for politicians who stir up class warfare with rhetoric.

Now that the Republicans seem to have gotten the Democrats off their higher taxes kick, the question is whether a minority of the House Republicans will refuse to pass the Boehner legislation that could lead to a deal that will spare the country a major economic disruption and spare the Republicans from losing the 2012 elections by being blamed — rightly or wrongly — for the disruptions.

Is the Boehner legislation the best legislation possible? Of course not! You don’t get your heart’s desire when you control only one house of Congress and face a presidential veto.

The most basic fact of life is that we can make our choices only among the alternatives actually available. It is not idealism to ignore the limits of one’s power. Nor is it selling out one’s principles to recognize those limits at a given time and place, and get the best deal possible under those conditions.

That still leaves the option of working toward getting a better deal later, when the odds are more in your favor.

There would not be a United States of America today if George Washington’s army had not retreated and retreated and retreated, in the face of an overwhelmingly more powerful British military force bent on annihilating Washington’s troops.

Later, when the conditions were right for attack, General Washington attacked. But he would have had nothing to attack with if he had wasted his troops in battles that would have wiped them out.

Similar principles apply in politics. As Edmund Burke said, more than two centuries ago: “Preserving my principles unshaken, I reserve my activity for rational endeavors.”

What does “rational” mean? At its most basic, it means an ability to make a ratio, as with “rational numbers” in mathematics. More broadly, it means an ability to weigh one thing against another.

There are a lot of things to weigh against each other, not only as regards the economy, but also what the consequences to this nation would be to have Barack Obama get re-elected and go further down the dangerous path he has put us on, at home and abroad. Is it worth that risk to make a futile symbolic vote in Congress?

One of the good things about the Tea Party movement is that it resisted the temptation to actually form a third political party, which has been an exercise in futility, time and time again, under the American electoral system.

But, if the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party becomes just a rule-or-ruin minority, then they might just as well have formed a separate third party and gone on to oblivion.

Writers can advocate things that have no chance at the moment, for their very writing about those things persuasively can make them possible at some future date. But to adopt the same approach as an elected member of Congress risks losing both the present and the future.

But at least we know who to blame. 🙂

And Never Let a Crisis go to Waste!

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Transference

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Wednesday that House Republicans are trying to impose “dictatorship” through their tactics in the debt-ceiling negotiations. She said the GOP rhetoric could “spark panic and chaos,” which she called “potentially devastating” to the economy.

The chair telephoned POLITICO to express “significant disappointment in where … Republicans have allowed this debate to degenerate.”

This would be from the sky-is-falling, grandma-off-a-cliff, you’re-going-to-starve,We-aren’t-going-to-pay-our-bills even though we have the money for at least because we want to spread fear and panic…  fearmongering Democrats!!

Yeah, proposing solutions and having the Democrats freak out and refuse to even bring them up for a vote or have the President threaten to Veto anything they pass sure makes them the problem!!

The ones who have no plan (Democrats). Have not passed a Budget in 820 days!

They just go crazy with “Get him! The other guy is an asshole!”

So are you that easily manipulated? Are you?

“Aren’t we at the point where the closer we get to chaos, the more concern that there should be about coming to the table and compromising with Democrats?” Wasserman Schultz asked. “This is not leadership. This is almost like dictatorship. I know they want to force the outcome that … their extremists would like to impose. But they are getting ready to spark panic and chaos, and they seem to be OK with that. And it’s just really disappointing, and potentially devastating.”

Remember, “compromise” to a Democrat is shut up, sit down, agree with everything we want.

The DNC chair said: “They start the day with trying to incite their caucus with, essentially, violent movie clips – pushing their people to inflict pain and hurt people.”

After all, Right winger are “terrorists”.

Wasserman Schultz continued: “What should be happening is what we’ve been ready to do for months. Ideally, what should be happening is a big deal – a big solution for a big problem, as the president has pushed for. At this point, it’s probable that we’re too close to the breaking point on Tuesday for that to happen.

The Republicans passed one. You demagogued it, you refused to vote on it.

Whoopsie!

And the Republicans are going to propose another one that the President says he will veto.

Whoops again!

But don’t worry, the Liberal Media covered it up for you.

“At the very least, we should come to the table and hammer out a compromise that has the balance in it that the overwhelming majority of the American people want – and not just pile all the pain on seniors, on children, on the middle class and working families.

“balance” = TAX INCREASES! 😦

Democrats never go anywhere without their CLASS WARFARE CARD! 🙂

“It’s just shockingly irresponsible that the closer we get to the breaking point here, the more irresponsible – and the closer they are to pushing us to chaos, as if that is the desired outcome.”

That is the Democrats desire outcome. In psychology this is called transference.

The Democrats don’t want a plan. They don’t want to pass a plan. They just want to you to blame the Republicans when they prevent it from happening.

Wasserman Schultz concluded: “We’ve been sitting at the compromise table for a long time. We’re just waiting for that cold chair to be warmed up by the Republican leadership. They still have time to do the right thing and be responsible. They just seem to be moving further and further away from it.”

“compromise” = Do it our way or we’ll make sure you take the blame for it!
FEAR IS HOPE and HOPE IS FEAR!
Isn’t politics fun? 😦
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The Democrats Plan Revealed

Over the last few days the Democrats plan for dealing with the $14,300,000,000,000 debt of this country can be summed up in 3 words:

BLAME THE REPUBLICANS!

That’s it. That’s all they want or need.

Nothing else matters as they want you to blame the Republicans in the most hyper-partisan act in American History in 150 years.

It’s the Perfect POLITICAL solution.

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I didn’t say anything about economic solutions because neither are the Democrats.

The Republicans propose a plan (3 now) and the democrats just demagogue it into the ground and refuse to even vote on it.

Hell, they haven’t even passed their own budget (in the Senate) in 819 days!

Why do they need to commit to anything. They just demagogue whatever the Republican put up and the Ministry of Truth Media demagogues it to death and you buy the bullshit! It’s a perfect solution.

So what if it cause a depression that destroy the country for generations and possible crashes the world’s economy…like they care. As long as they win…who cares!

So what if this depression crushes the very people they are allegedly “protecting” in their demagoguery…The poor. Like they actually care.

If they can get the very people who are hurt by them to blame the other guy and flock to them and suckle at the government tits so much the better! It’s what they wanted all along. It’s a win-win for them.

As long as they aren’t to blame what does it matter how ugly it gets. And they calculate that they will win politically in 2012 from it. Political Capital is the only capitalism that Democrats believe in.

So where’s the downside for them??

Class Warfare. Demagoguery. Fearmongering. Dishonesty. It’s all Good.

The country can go completely to hell because that is irrelevant compared to the potential political gains they feel they will receive and are entitled to.

And the In-The-Tank Liberal Media will cheerleading them all the way.

The Republicans keep proposing plan after plan and the Democrats just turn their noses up at it like a 4 year old who’s told to eat their peas. 🙂

The Democrats just spread fear, intimidation, threats, and class warfare.

Divide and Conquer.

But as long as the Republicans are blamed for it that’s all that really matters in the end because then the Democrats can sweep into power in 2012 and really have no opposition to their Socialist Utopian vision. And that is the ultimate goal.

People so dependent on the Government that they have no choice but to keep the Democrats in power for generations and the longer and deeper it becomes the harder and harder it will be to pry them out of power and eventually it may even come to a point where people would wonder why you’d want to in the first place.

The Democrats dreams come true.

So why would they bother with an actual plan to fix the actual problem? They don’t need one, so why would they agree to one?

They wouldn’t.

But they key is, they have to keep the blame on the Republicans.

And the Republican have to keep acting like the school nerds who is constantly getting beat up by the school bully.

That’s they key.

So the question then becomes, are you that easy to manipulate?

I think so.

Baaaaaaaaa! 😦

In a series of phone calls, administration officials have told bankers that the administration will not allow a default to happen even if the debt cap isn’t raised by the August 2 date Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the government will run out of money to pay all its bills, including obligations to bond holders. Geithner made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows saying a default is imminent if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, and President Obama issued a similar warning during a Friday press conference after budget negotiations with House Republicans broke down.

A senior banking official told FOX Business that administration officials have provided guidance to them that even though a default is off the table, a downgrade “is a real possibility for no other reason than S&P and Moody’s have to cover (themselves) since they’ve been speaking out on the debt cap so much.”

This guidance is a big reason why Wall Street has largely dismissed the possibility of default, and though the markets have been jittery amid the talk of default, they haven’t imploded as would be the case, many economists fear, if the nation missed a payment on its debt.

Obama has offered nothing, instead just attacking, attacking, attacking, blaming everyone but himself in utter denial of the reality that no man on the face of this Earth is more responsible for our debt catastrophe than he.

Leadership anyone? anyone?

Sorry, all we have is a Community Organizer who only understands threats and intimidation not Leadership. And even since the days of Senator Obama when he voted “present” more often than he ever voted at all, he doesn’t like to take a stand for anything that isn’t beneficial to him personally. So that’s why we get nothing but campaign speeches from him.

He isn’t going to lead the nation. He is just going to lead himself to re-election. That’s all that matters to him.

So what if the nation goes down the toilet, as long as he get re-elected, and re-elected with a Democrat majority he’s good.

This president who now tells us we must raise taxes to save the Republic is the same president who just seven months ago was telling us that everyone agrees the worst thing one could do during a crisis is raise taxes. Republicans agreed then and hold to that position now. That makes them unreasonable, unbalanced.

And where did this sudden spurt of media fiscal discipline come from, anyway? Where were they when America needed someone to ask Obama, Pelosi and Reid how they were going to pay for TARP? Where were the media demanding to know where the trillion bucks for the anti-stimulus program was coming from? How about the trillion for Obamacare?

They went along for the ride on all these budget-busting disasters. And now they have the temerity to lecture us on fiscal discipline?

There is the oblivious. Some journalists refuse to acknowledge that spending has soared under Obama. When Grover Norquist factually noted Obama’s binge, CNN anchor Ali Velshi erupted in protest. “Wait a minute! ‘He created with his spending’? You didn’t just suggest that our budget problem is because of President Obama, did you, Grover?” Norquist said yes, he wasn’t kidding. Velshi dismissed this concept as unreasonable: “OK, we’re going to pass by that question because that’s an unreasonable position.”

In round numbers: In fewer than four years, Obama has increased the debt by $4 trillion. He proposes we raise it another $2.3 trillion. This makes Obama responsible for almost half the debt of the United States. But it is “unreasonable” to say so.

The leftist news media aren’t coming to this debate to be an honest broker. They’re just trying to break one side apart, and never mind that it’s their vision that is driving us right over a cliff. (Brent Bozell)

As long as The Democrats and The Liberals  win the Political battle nothing else matters to them.

After all, what will be left will be solely dependent on them and what better outcome for them could their possibly be?

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It’s Just Words

“The American people may have voted for divided government, but they didn’t vote for a dysfunctional government,” Obama said. “So I’m asking you all to make your voice heard. If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know. If you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message.”— President Obama

“balanced” = Tax Increases.

“Compromise”= Shut up, sit down and do what I say and what I want.

So bug the Republicans so they will do what we want.

Obama said “it’s not fair” to make massive cuts to programs affecting the poor and middle class without asking for sacrifices from wealthy Americans and large corporations as well. As he has in recent weeks, the president called for “a balanced approach” that includes large spending cuts along with revenue hikes — including a halt to Bush-era tax cuts for families earning more than $250,000 a year — to address the nation’s deficit.

“The only reason this balanced approach isn’t on its way to becoming law right now is because a significant number of Republicans in Congress are insisting on a cuts-only approach — an approach that doesn’t ask the wealthiest Americans or biggest corporations to contribute anything at all,” Obama said. “And because nothing is asked of those at the top of the income scales, such an approach would close the deficit only with more severe cuts to programs we all care about — cuts that place a greater burden on working families.”

Class Warfare.

Tax Increases.

That’s all he knows. It’s all he’ll accept.

Tedious.

Tax & Spend.

Divide and Conquer.

“The president has often said we need a ‘balanced’ approach — which in Washington means: we spend more . . . you pay more,” Boehner said in his response. “Having run a small business, I know those tax increases will destroy jobs.”

Dec 6, 2010:   I know there’s some people in my own party and in the other party who would rather prolong this battle, even if we can’t reach a compromise.  But I’m not willing to let working families across this country become collateral damage for political warfare here in Washington.  And I’m not willing to let our economy slip backwards just as we’re pulling ourselves out of this devastating recession. I’m not willing to see 2 million Americans who stand to lose their unemployment insurance at the end of this month be put in a situation where they might lose their home or their car or suffer some additional economic catastrophe.

“The American people didn’t send us here to wage symbolic battles or win symbolic victories.”

“Make no mistake:  Allowing taxes to go up on all Americans would have raised taxes by $3,000 for a typical American family. And that could cost our economy well over a million jobs.” (whitehouse.gov)

But that was then, but now he demands tax increases or else.

Now, his rhetoric of 8 months isn’t even remembered by the Left because it was just words then, it’s just words now.

Obama Tells La Raza: ‘The Democrats and Your President Are With You’

You remember La Raza, “The Race”, that teaches hispanics that America stole Souther Arizona and should give it back (Aztlan) and that white people are evil. Also they are the biggest Open Borders nuts.

“Right off the bat, I should thank you because I have poached quite a few of your alumni to work in my administration,” Obama said to laughter. “Remember who it is that we need to move in order to change the laws,” he said.

This hyper-partisan approach embraced by the White House is the latest sign Obama is rightly concerned that he could be losing a growing and influential voting bloc.

“Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own,” Obama said as the crowd began to chant, “Yes, you can!” Obama continued, “Believe me — believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you. Not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how — that’s not how our system works.”

Obama issuing executive orders going around Congress? Naw, he’s never done that before… 😦

But remember one thing about all this crap:

The Federal Government takes in $200 Million Dollars a months so no default (inability to pay ANY bills) can happen. What you have to do is selectively pay them (or extort seniors) and then cut spending.

But that’s not what the Democrats want. They just want more money to Spend and to Tax more people with their classic Class Warfare.

‘I have told leaders of both parties that they must come up with a fair compromise in the next few days that can pass both houses of Congress – a compromise I can sign,’ he said.

Do it my way, or the highway.

As I reported earlier, the president rejected a bipartisan congressional deal that would have calmed the markets, resolved the debt-ceiling crisis and restored faith in Washington politicians. President Obama was having none of it, demonstrating once and for all that the problem is NOT the House Republicans, but the election-obsessed White House.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is devising a sham that will never pass muster in the House. A Capitol Hill source with knowledge of the plan tells me: “It includes $1.2 trillion in OCO [Overseas Contingency Operations –Washington Speak for War] savings . . . which was assumed anyway, $1.2 trillion (over $1.1 trillion less than [Majority Leader Eric] Cantor identified in the Biden talks) and $300 billion in interest savings.” A Senate aide says dryly that Reid “has about a trillion in ‘savings’ from ending the war in Iraq that’s already going to end.” And a disgusted House adviser bluntly tells me that Reid’s plan “isn’t real.”

So Harry will save money by ending a war that is already ending! Wow! Now that’s amazing! 😦

We shouldn’t be too harsh on Reid. HE DID reach a bipartisan deal with the House. But the president squashed it. (Note to Congress: Next time don’t ask, just pass it and leave town.) Now we are back to gamesmanship.

It is extremely telling, however, that Reid’s plan contains NO tax hike. As I suspected, Obama doesn’t have enough support even in his own party (and particularly from Senate Democrats facing reelection) to pass the massive tax increases that he and his liberal base demand. And yet Obama at the last minute in negotiations with the speaker of the House last week threw in $400 billion in more taxes. There could only have been one purpose for that, since the Senate is as tax-hike-averse as the House: to create a crisis. We have finally found the president’s strong suit. (WP)

Never let a crisis go to Waste! 🙂

And now it’s the Media’s Fault!

It’s never his fault! Ever! It’s the Republicans! it’s the Tea party! It’s The Corporate Jet Owners! it’s The Rich!

Now it’s the Media:

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell


Noah’s Ark 2011

This apparently has been around the Internet for years. But I just got it and I wanted to pass it on.

In the year 2011, the Lord came unto Noah,who was now living in America and  said:
“Once again, the earth has become wicked and over -populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.””Build another Ark and  save 2 of every living thing
along with a few good humans.”He gave Noah the blueprints,saying:
“You have 6 months to build the Ark before  I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard – but no Ark.”Noah!,” He roared, “I’m about to start the rain!
Where is the Ark?””Forgive  me, Lord,” begged Noah, “but things have changed.”

“I needed a Building Permit.”

“I’ve been arguing with the Boat Inspector about the need for a sprinkler system.”

“My neighbors claim that I’ve violated the
neighborhood by-laws by building the Arkin my back yard and exceeding the height
limitations.
We had to go to the local Planning Committee for a decision.”

“Then the local Council and the Electricity Companydemanded a shed load of money for the future costs of moving power lines and other overheadobstructions, to clear the
passage for the Ark’s  move to the sea. I told them that the sea would
be coming to us, but they would hear none of it.”

“Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban
on cutting local trees in order to save the Greater Spotted Barn Owl.””I tried to convince the environmentalists that I
needed the wood to save the owls – but no go!”

“When I started gathering the animals the ASPCA took me to court. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They
argued the accommodations were too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.”

“Then the Environmental Agency ruled that I couldn’t build the Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study
on your proposed flood.”

“I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the
Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m supposed to hire for my building crew.”

“The Immigration Dept. is checking the visa status of most of the people who want to work.”

“The trade unions say I can’t use my sons. They
insist I have to hire only Union workers with Ark-building experience.”

“To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.”

I would add: “The Department of Homeland Security wanted to arrest me because I was obviously a Right-Wing Cultist and probably a terrorist who was making threats of destruction. After all, I am a devout Christian who is saying the world is doomed and I only want to save certain people so I must be the cause of it. And they said that Right Wingers were terrorists in their minds. So it fit.

But, on the bright side, if there has been one, Al Gore wanted to use me for his latest Global Warming Commercial, they wanted to say it was Global Warming instead of you that was going to cause the destruction, and he would have help pay for some of the others to leave me alone. Unfortunately, he wanted himself and his followers to be the ones saved. After all, they were superior to rest of humanity.”

“So,forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark.”

“Suddenly  the skies cleared, the sun began to shine,
anda rainbow stretched across the sky.”

Noah looked up in wonder and asked,
“You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?”

“No,” said the Lord.
” The Government beat me to it.”

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 

Good Grief…

“We have now run out of time,” a visibly angry Obama declared at a hastily arranged press conference in the White House briefing room.

This from the guy who utter the following:

“If the American people looked at this, theyd say, boy, some of these decisions are tough, but they dont require us to gut Medicare or Social Security. They dont require us to stop helping young people go to college. They dont require us to stop helping families who’ve got a disabled child. They dont require us to violate our obligations to our veterans. And they dont require ‘job-killing tax cuts.’

Sidebar: remember there were $500 Billion dollars cut from Medicare by Obamacare so it could be double counted as savings…

“I expect them to have an answer as to how they will get this thing done over the next week,” Obama said. Both sides agree that a proposal should be hammered out over the weekend.

Talks now begin between Boehner and senate leaders on a far less ambitious a Plan B.

Boehner held his own press conference after 7 p.m. Friday night and said the talks broke down because “The White House moved the goal posts.”

Specifically, he said the two sides had agreed on an unspecified amount of revenue to be included in deficit reduction, achieved by broadening the number of Americans who pay taxes and lowering general tax rates. But he said President Obama on Thursday demanded another $400 billion in revenue, which Boehner said “was going to be nothing more than a tax hike on the American people.”

Well, Liberals don’t know how to do anything but Tax and Spend. It’s beyond their capabilities to understand cutting anything without over-the-top fearmongering and hyperbole.

Boehner sent a letter to his Republican colleagues explaining his decision to pull out of talks for a “grand bargain.” Here are some highlights:

“It has become evident that the White House is not serious about ending the spending binge that is destroying jobs and endangering our children’s future,” he wrote, adding, “A deal was never reached, and was never really close.

“The president is emphatic that taxes have to be raised. … The president is emphatic that we cannot make fundamental changes to our entitlement programs,” Boehner wrote.

“For these reasons, I have decided to end discussions with the White House and begin conversations with the leaders in the Senate in an effort to find a path forward.”

So what happened? Immediately, the left said the Republicans abandoned the talks and Boehner chickened out.

Negotiating with children is nearly impossible.

But don’t worry, the Liberals and their Media will blame the Republican no matter what.

And the Republicans won’t fight back.

That’s almost guaranteed.

“I am confident because I cannot believe that congress would be that irresponsible” as to inflict a “self-inflicted wound” on the economy said President Obama.

The frustration was mutual. Shortly after Obama’s press conference ended, the press secretary for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Brad Daysrping, tweeted that president Obama threw a tantrum:

“As if there’s really a question whether President Obama threw a tantrum at the White House last week – same guy just appeared.”

Obama said he would reject any short-term deal to raise the borrowing limit. Now the White House says he could make an exception.

By early evening, the outlines of a two-stage strategy were emerging. First, lawmakers would vote on a package to cut agency spending by as much as $1 trillion over the next decade and raise the debt limit, currently set at $14.3 trillion, by the same amount. That would give Geithner enough borrowing authority to cover the nation’s bills through the end of this year.

Then Congress would go to work to produce as much as $3 trillion in additional savings through an overhaul of the tax code and major changes to Social Security and Medicare, the biggest drivers of federal spending. To identify those savings, Congress would create a new bipartisan debt-reduction committee comprising 12 lawmakers from both the House and Senate, an idea offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).

But the two sides were still fighting over how to force Congress to produce the second round of savings. Boehner wants to set another debt-limit vote early next year, while Democrats are insisting on a plan that would postpone another debt-limit showdown until after the 2012 presidential election.

Good luck with that.

So Welcome to Hell.

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

To Be Fair

After emerging from a lunch meeting on Thursday with members of her party and Jack Lew, the White House budget director, Ms Mikulski said her colleagues were feeling “volcanic” about the prospect of a $3,000bn (aka 3 Trillion) deal to cut deficits and raise the debt ceiling that did not include any higher taxes, adding that it was “like Mount Vesuvius” in the room.

Harry Reid, the US Senate majority leader, added: “This can’t be all cuts, there has to be a balance.”  We have to screw someone!

Facing a possible revolt from within Democratic ranks, White House officials immediately dismissed the notion that the president would strike any agreement with Republicans to implement significant spending cuts – including reform of treasured government programmes such as Medicare and Social Security – without garnering any new revenue in return  (aka TAX INCREASES). They also invited Democratic leaders back to the White House for a second straight day of talks in an effort to shore up their support in the negotiations.

Democrats are still expected to back whatever deal President Barack Obama strikes with congressional Republicans, but Thursday’s discontent highlighted the delicate balancing act facing White House officials as they go back-and-forth between the parties in search of a compromise.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “compromise” to a Liberal means do exactly as I say, and only what I say,  and shut and sit down you idiot!

Mind you, on Dec 6th, 2010 Obama said raising Taxes in a recession was a bad idea. But that was a politically calculated move of the moment. Now 7 months later he has to forget he ever said and the media will be glad to oblige. Also, he ardent supporters will have forgotten it also. And if you remind the they will blow it off because they are of the moment only. What do we want now is all that matters.

Dec 6,2010 Whitehouse.gov: Make no mistake:  Allowing taxes to go up on all Americans would have raised taxes by $3,000 for a typical American family. And that could cost our economy well over a million jobs.

But now IF WE DON’T RAISE TAXES Armageddon is upon us!!! Run For the Hills!!!

Obama Now, in this moment (trying to appear to be a centrist instead of the left wing ideologue because he’s running for re-coronation):

“Regardless of what you feel about the particular policies — some of you may have supported the wars or opposed the wars; some of you may have agreed with the Recovery Act; some of you may be opposed — regardless of your views on these various actions that were taken, the fact is they all cost money,” he said. “And the result is that there’s simply too much debt on America’s credit card.”

He added, “Neither party (Just the Republicans!) is blameless for the decisions that led to this problem, but both parties have a responsibility to solve it.”

But when the Republican propose, the Democrats dispose. So again, it comes down to kiss the Democrats ass or else. Now that’s a compromise!! 😦

“The one thing we can’t do — cannot do — is decide that we are not going to pay the bills the previous congresses have already racked up,”

But we can threatened and scare seniors with false claims of not paying their bills to stoke up the class warfare and fearmongering.

If you take in $200 billion a month and Social Security cost $50 billion the only reason you’d wouldn’t pay that first is if your try to extort and exploit people.

“We can’t just close our deficit with spending cuts alone, because if we take that route it means that seniors would have to pay a lot more for Medicare, or students would have to pay a lot more for student loans,” he said.

And what will cuts in these programs that have to be made to make any kind of deficit reduction even possible do to them?

Or if you do nothing and they crash and burn on their own in less than 10 years?!

You guessed it!

But don’t tell the President, he’s running for re-coronation so he doesn’t want to say it, even if it is the truth.

He’s trying to look “fair”. 😦

And we have the tried and true Democrat strategy of “Vote for me the other guy’s an asshole!”. The fact that I might be an even bigger asshole doesn’t enter into equation.

“If we only did it with cuts, if we did not get any revenue (TAX INCREASES!!) to help close this gap between how much money is coming in and how much money is going out  (yeah just not spending too much isn’t enough meat for your base is it), then a lot of ordinary people would be hurt and the country as a whole would be hurt. And that doesn’t make any sense. It’s not fair.”  (Oh there’s that word “fair”!!! ooh it makes me all tingly!)

And you morons keep spending more than you take in we ALL get hurt. But that’s not important right now… So says the Guy who was going to be the Great Uniter of the country and govern for all the people, not just Democrats. 😦

“fairness” and “compromise”. Bend over here comes the greatest enema of all time!

Adhering to the standard Democratic talking points, Time managing editor Rick Stengel told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer during the 6 p.m. EDT hour of The Situation Room that if tax rates go up in 2013, it’s “not a tax hike,” demanding that “this is something that Republicans have to get used to.”

On the CNN poll, one thing no one at CNN is mentioning, is that question #23: Do you want Cut, Cap and Balance? Sixty-six percent of the American people want it. Question #25: Do you want a balanced budget amendment? Seventy-four percent! This is CNN’s own poll and they’re not reporting it tonight. (MRC)

So bend over here it comes!!!!

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Dark Days

Forty-two years ago yesterday, Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ascended from the surface of the moon and rendezvoused with Michael Collins in the command module Columbia for their trip home from mankind’s maiden voyage to the moon. All three men are now in their 80s, and no human being has been on the moon since each of them was 42 — and now even the space shuttle has had its last liftoff.

Americans, however, do not seem to be content with this state of demise. A new CNN poll reminded Americans that, for the foreseeable future, “all manned U.S. space flights will take place in spacecraft that are owned by other countries” and then asked whether “the end of the space shuttle program” would be “good” or “bad” for the U.S.” By a margin of almost 3 to 1 (50 to 16 percent), Americans answered that it would be “bad.”

Moreover, by a margin of slightly more than 3 to 1 (75 to 23 percent), Americans think that we “should,” rather than “should not,” “develop a replacement spacecraft that will be capable of sending U.S. astronauts into space and returning them to Earth.” And by a margin of 28 points (64 to 36 percent), Americans think that it’s at least “fairly important” for us “to be ahead of Russia and other countries in space exploration.”

It’s interesting that President Obama effectively nixed the Constellation program — the program to take us back to the moon and eventually on to Mars — which would have cost about $10 billion a year, because we allegedly couldn’t afford it.  But he has felt no apparent hesitation in pushing a $787 billion “stimulus” that (even according to his own economists’ estimate) has stimulated job-growth at a rate of $278,000 per job, a health care overhaul that would cost more than $2 trillion in its real first decade (2014 to 2023), and now a $2.4 trillion debt ceiling extension — which is roughly the same amount of money, even in inflation-adjusted dollars, that we borrowed to fight World War II.

Put otherwise, Constellation would have cost about 4/10ths of 1 percent as much annually as a debt ceiling extension that’s designed to get Obama through his reelection bid next year — or $1 for every $240. Perhaps the eventual Republican nominee will see fit to set our national horizons a little higher — and restart this program that Obama has left for dead.  (Jeffrey Anderson)

Oh, and don’t forget if you don’t raise $1 Trillion Dollars in taxes we won’t have enough to pay for Social Security and Medicare (even if we take in enough every month to pay it!)

But that’s not a scare tactic, remember that. 🙂

July 21 (Bloomberg) — Democrats reacted angrily to reports that the White House is cutting a deal with House Republicans to boost the U.S. debt ceiling and reduce deficits by about $3 trillion over 10 years without immediate revenue increases.

President Barack Obama’s team has told congressional leaders it is pursuing such a deal, according to two officials familiar with the talks, as the White House and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio denied one was at hand.

The officials, who described outlines of the plan on condition of anonymity, said the leaders were told it would cut spending while calling for a future tax overhaul that could raise $1 trillion in additional revenue.

“The president always talked about balance, that there had to be some fairness in this, that this can’t be all cuts,” Reid told reporters at the Capitol. “There has to be a balance, there has to be some revenue with the cuts. My caucus agrees with that. I hope the president sticks with that. I’m confident he will.”

“revenue” = $$ Tax Increases by the way. (Orwellian translation).

The Democrats are even cowardly about what they really want, to Tax & Spend!!

In Congress, both Republicans and Democrats,  remind me of Wimpy, a character in the old Popeye the Sailor Man cartoons. Wimpy liked hamburgers and he frequently said,

I’ll gladly pay you on Tuesday for a hamburger today.

However, with Wimpy, the payment on Tuesday never comes.  With Congress, spending cuts never come.

So don’t hold your breath…

But at we have the Chinese & the Russians to fall back on for Manned Space Flight!! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

 


A Giant Leap Backwards for Mankind

Touchdown: Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center one minute behind schedule at 5.57am (10.57am BST) today, bringing to an end Nasa's 30-year shuttle programme
The End of the US Space program.
The End of Our Reach exceeding our grasp.
The End of the Dream.
After all, giving Space over to the Russians, The Chinese and India is a vastly better idea.
Mankind just took a giant leap backwards.
And speaking of backwards…Our “Friends” at DHS, Dept of Homeland Security.
A new promotional video released by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes white middle class Americans as the most likely terrorists, as Big Sis continues its relentless drive to cement the myth that mad bombers are hiding around every corner, when in reality Americans are just as likely to be killed by lightning strikes or peanut allergies.

The video is part of Homeland Security’s $10 million dollar “See Something, Say Something” program that encourages Americans to report “suspicious activity,” which in every case throughout history has been a trait of oppressive, dictatorial regimes.

In the course of the 10 minute clip, a myriad of different behaviors are characterized as terrorism, including opposing surveillance, using a video camera, talking to police officers, wearing hoodies, driving vans, writing on a piece of paper, and using a cell phone recording application.

Big Brother and Big Sis are watching you. And you better behave or else!

And watch out for Whitey, he’s an evil racist, bigoted, teabagger Terrorist!

Meanwhile, the actual bad guys we sell them guns to kills us with and let them move freely back and forth across our Southern Border. Great Job, Janet!

Despite encouraging viewers not to pay attention to a person’s race in determining whether or not they may be a terrorist, almost all of the scenarios in the clip proceed to portray white people as the most likely terrorists. Bizarrely, nearly every single one of the “patriotic” Americans who reports on their fellow citizen is either black, Asian or Arab. Imagine if the video had portrayed every terrorist as an Arab and every patriotic snoop as white, there’d be an outcry and rightly so, but this strange reversal must have been deliberate on the part of the DHS, but why? Is this merely political correctness taken to the extreme or is something deeper at work?

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the DHS’ own internal documents list predominantly white conservative groups as the most likely terrorists, such as Ron Paul supporters, gun owners, gold bullion enthusiasts, and a myriad of other comparatively banal political interests that are largely the domain of white middle class Americans.

This has little to do with the color of a person’s skin, and everything to do with the fact that white, middle class Americans are the biggest roadblock when it comes to Big Sis expanding its control over every facet of American society.

But the facts don’t matter for a federal agency whose primary function is to manufacture fear to keep Americans under control and submissive to the fact that their economic futures and their constitutional rights are being torn to shreds by their own government while it points to a contrived outside threat as a convenient distraction.

“At its core, the video is filled with scenes of ordinary citizens spying on each other and alerting the authorities to their compatriots’ suspicious deeds,” writes Simon Black. In my favorite scene, a woman calls the police after snooping over the shoulder of a young man typing away on his smartphone.”

Black notes that such videos are solely aimed at reinforcing ignorance, hate and fear for those who still live in darkness and are completely unaware of the real agenda behind Homeland Security’s “see something, say something” charade.

But what is that agenda?

No matter where you look, from East Germany, to Communist Russia, to Nazi Germany, historically governments who encourage their own citizens to report on each other do so not for any genuine safety concerns or presumed benefits to security, but in order to create an authoritarian police state that coerces the people into policing each other’s behavior and thoughts.

As Robert Gellately of Florida State University has highlighted, Germans under Hitler denounced their neighbors and friends not because they genuinely believed them to be a security threat, but because they expected to selfishly benefit from doing so, both financially, socially and psychologically via a pavlovian need to be rewarded by their masters for their obedience.

At the height of its influence around one in seven of the East German population was an informant for the Stasi. As in Nazi Germany, the creation of an informant system was wholly centered around identifying political dissidents and those with grievances against the state, and had little or nothing to do with genuine security concerns.

This is the kind of society the Department of Homeland Security is, whether deliberately or inadvertently, recreating in 21st century America. It is about as far removed as you can possibly get from the vision the founders of the nation had in mind when they created the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.

So welcome to the Orwellian future from the past. A giant leap backwards for Freedom and Democracy.

But at least you’ll know that they government will take care of you from birth (if allowed) until death (when they decide).

Rejoice! They are from the Government and they are here to save you from yourself!

And you want to re-elect these people why?

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Cockroaches and Twinkies

So the Republicans passed a Debt Bill the Democrats would never pass in a Trillion Years. Yeah! 😦

So let the Demagoguery and Liberal Media Mockery begin!

After all, the Democrats will “compromise”… <<wink wink>>

So now comes the “compromise” where we all get royally screwed.

But at least they got the symbolism down!

So bend over! That symbolism is about to be tattooed on your but and your children and grand-children’s butts!

Oh, and just in case you want to know who’d be left after the holocaust beside the cockroaches and the twinkies…Federal Government Employees!

Not only Does the Congress have a lower turnover than the British House of Lords (which is for life!) but their apparatchiks (which have had an unemployment rate less than 3%) who multiply like cockroaches never go away, no matter how incompetent they are!

And 30-40% of them, on average, make more than their Private Sector counterparts and have vastly better and less expensive (to them) benefits.

“Since the recession began, federal employment has risen by 240,000 – 12 percent. The unemployment rate for federal employees has only slightly risen from 2.0 percent to 2.9 percent between 2007 and 2009.” (and that was from a report in 2010!)

Federal employees’ job security is so great that workers in many agencies are more likely to die of natural causes than get laid off or fired, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

By Alex Brandon, AP

Job security for U.S. government workers tops those in the private sector.

Death — rather than poor performance, misconduct or layoffs — is the primary threat to job security at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Management and Budget and a dozen other federal operations.

The federal government fired 0.55% of its workers in the budget year that ended Sept. 30 — 11,668 employees in its 2.1 million workforce. Research shows that the private sector fires about 3% of workers annually for poor performance, says John Palguta, former research chief at the federal Merit Systems Protection Board, which handles federal firing disputes.

Federal departments or agencies employing 1,000 or more that had the lowest rates of firing or laying off employees in the year ending Sept. 30, 2010:

      Employees                                                      Laid off or fired
Federal Communications Commission     1,832     0
Federal Trade Commission     1,189     0
Nuclear Regulatory Commission     4,211     2
National Labor Relations Board     1,714     1
National Aeronautics and Space Administration     18,671     13
Environmental Protection Agency     18,742     19
U.S. Agency for International Development     3,376     4
Securities and Exchange Commission     3,917     5
Small Business Administration     4,019     6
Department of Housing and Urban Development     10,041     15

Source: Office of Personnel Management

The 1,800-employee Federal Communications Commission and the 1,200-employee Federal Trade Commission didn’t lay off or fire a single employee last year. The SBA had no layoffs, six firings and 17 deaths in its 4,000-employee workforce.

When job security is at a premium, the federal government remains the place to work for those who want to avoid losing a job. The job security rate for all federal workers was 99.43% last year and nearly 100% for those on the job more than a few years.

HUD spokesman Jerry Brown says his department’s low dismissal rate — providing a 99.85% job security rate for employees — shows a skilled and committed workforce. “We’ve never focused on firing people, and we don’t intend to start now. We’re more focused on hiring the right people,” he says.

San Francisco State University management professor John Sullivan, an expert on employee turnover, says the low departure rates show a failure to release poor performers and those with obsolete skills. “Rather than indicating something positive, rates below 1% in the firing and layoff components would indicate a serious management problem,” he says.

The government laid off 385 people in reorganizations last year — a 0.02% rate, or one in every 6,000 employees. No comparable private sector layoff rate is available.

USA TODAY analyzed the Office of Personnel Management’s database to examine job security in the federal workforce. Firings are for all reasons, including poor performance, stealing and sexual harassment. The Postal Service and uniformed military personnel are not included in the data. Departures from seasonal jobs, such as Census taker, are not counted.

“The notion that you can’t fire federal workers is a myth because we do it. But it doesn’t happen frequently,” says Palguta, vice president of the Partnership for Public Service, which advocates for a high-quality government workforce.

Palguta says some federal workers quit before they are fired, so the data underestimate how many poor performers are weeded out. Efforts to streamline the government cause few layoffs because federal law gives preference to certain workers, such as military veterans, making it hard to match protected workers with the skills needed, he says.

USA TODAY found that nearly 60% of firings occur in the first two years of employment, mostly workers on probation and outside the federal job protection system. Blue-collar workers are twice as likely to be fired as white-collar employees. The federal government’s 12,700 food preparation workers had the highest rate of getting fired last year — 2.5%.

White-collar federal workers have almost total job security after a few years on the job. Last year, the government fired none of its 3,000 meteorologists, 2,500 health insurance administrators, 1,000 optometrists, 800 historians or 500 industrial property managers.

The nearly half-million federal employees earning $100,000 or more enjoyed a 99.82% job security rate in 2010. Only 27 of 35,000 federal attorneys were fired last year. None was laid off. Death claimed 33.

Other findings:

•Secure location. The 168,000 federal workers in Washington had the safest jobs — 99.74% job security in 2010. Least secure: Indiana — 98.35%.

•Salary. Two-thirds of those fired or laid off earned less than $50,000 a year.

•Total turnover. NASA, the space agency, had the government’s lowest total turnover rate in 2010 — just 4% of its 18,700 employees quit, died, retired or were dismissed.

The federal government fired 0.55% of its workers in the budget year that ended Sept. 30 — 11,668 employees in its 2.1 million workforce. Research shows that the private sector fires about 3% of workers annually for poor performance, says John Palguta, former research chief at the federal Merit Systems Protection Board, which handles federal firing disputes.

So your chances of getting fired in the Private Sector (those evil greedy capitalists) is around 600 times more likely.

And most of the government workers are Public Sector Unions members.

88% of Americans are no in a Union.

But don’t worry, if you pass anything other than a Trillion $ tax increase you’re just a greedy rich-loving asshole! 🙂

But that would be a “compromise”. 🙂

Twinkie and Cockroach T-Shirt

 

Symbolism Sucks!

This week the Republicans want to have a symbolic vote. A “see we tried but we knew it would fail” vote.

THAT IS NOT WHAT WE ELECTED YOU FOR!

Symbolic votes and Pyrrhic victories.

YOU WERE ELECTED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT SPENDING and symbolic gestures and hopeless “tactical” votes are not it!

You you will have to drag the Democrats kicking a screaming. You should also know that the Democrats are vested in failure.

If it all fails, it will not be their fault. They will take no blame. And the Ministry of Truth Apparatchik Media will place no blame on them.

So symbolism will not do.

So stop play the Democrats game, and do what the people want.

And do it NOW!

And what I consider to be a total lack of leadership from the President and nothing’s going to get fixed until the President himself steps up and wrangles both parties in Congress. But everybody is so political, so focused on holding their job for the next year that the discussion in Washington is nauseating. –Casino Owner Steve Wynn (and Democrat).

“Back in the 80’s, Richard was also a five-time Jeopardy champion and a semi-finalist in the Tournament of Champions. Not too shabby,” President Obama said as he announced the nomination of Richard Cordray to run the consumer bureau on Monday.

“That’s why all his confirmation — all the answers at his confirmation hearings will be in a form of a question,” Obama said to silence.

“That’s a joke,” he reminded the audience.

The only Joke right now is you, Mr President.

You who secretly wants complete failure so he can march and “save us” from all the evil capitalists.

And the Republicans just want to put on a show.

Do something REAL and HARD, is not within them.

Chuck Norris: The OK Corral in Tombstone, Ariz., was where Doc Holliday and Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys on Oct. 26, 1881. At the end of that 30-second showdown, Virgil and Morgan Earp were wounded, and three cowboys were dead.

President Barack Obama and House Republicans’ showdown over the debt and deficit quickly is turning into Washington’s OK Corral. And politicians on each side are trying to convince you which are Tombstone law enforcement (the good guys) and who the rogue cowboys (the bad guys) are.

The real problem is that though they accuse each other of being relentlessly uncompromising, partisan preference and self-preservation is too often each camp’s greatest agenda. Compromise was an honorable concession in yesteryear, when two sides respectfully came together for the common good. Now it is a weapon used to pit your opponents against the American people — in the arsenal to assassinate an opponent’s character.

If I were in the Washington corral right now, this is what I would shout to those political yahoos: The issue and question shouldn’t be what compromise can you make to acquire your partisan preferences, but what catalyst can you create to build up our economy?

There is no better example of extreme partisan politics and underhanded compromises than President Obama. Two weeks ago, in the heart of the Washington debt debates, he proposed a far-reaching debt reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare. Sounds so compromising, doesn’t it? But it is conditionally connected to the Republicans’ support for a tax hike on households that earn more than $250,000 annually.

The politically devious aspect of that offer was that it had a twofold demise for Republicans if they rejected it. First, they would appear to be rejecting the heart of their political quest and plan, to cut spending. Secondly, they would be perceived by the public to be obstinate and uncompromising, unlike President Obama.

Mark Mardell, North America editor of BBC News, hit the nail on the head concerning Obama’s modus operandi: “If the Republicans quit, refuse to do a deal in the face of what looks like the president being so willing to compromise that he is damaging his reputation with his own party, they will look like ideological hotheads.”

Last week, Obama deepened that partisan divide by again pitting Republicans against Social Security recipients. Ironically, after proposing the week before to cut their benefits, he then appeared to coddle them. In an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS News, the president spoke to older Americans like a passionate caregiver and said they may not receive their Social Security, veterans and disability checks after Aug. 3 because “there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.”

What makes Obama’s whole “compromise” charade even more malevolent is that he lied to the American public by saying the federal government couldn’t pay for those entitlements. Karl Rove, in his commentary this past week in The Wall Street Journal, noted how Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank, projects that the government will receive $172 billion in revenue between Aug. 3 and Aug. 31. That revenue “can pay the $29 billion interest charges on the national debt, Social Security benefits ($49 billion), Medicaid and Medicare ($50 billion), active duty military pay ($2.9 billion), Department of Defense vendors ($31.7 billion), IRS refunds ($3.9 billion), and about a quarter of the $12.8 billion in unemployment checks due that month.”

No wonder tea party freshman Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., lambasted Obama in a video posted on his website: “President Obama, quit lying. You know darn well that if Aug. 2 comes and goes, there is plenty of money to pay off our debt and cover all of our Social Security obligations.” Is that the conduct you want and expect of the supreme leader of America and the Free World? So much for transparency!

Obama’s lie and misleading compromise prompts me to recall the wisdom of Founding Father Elias Boudinot, who once said, “If the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.”

Washington politicians, from the president on down, need to quit their demagoguery and enact only what would build up America’s economy and people. If I were president, I would push to cut 10 percent of the federal government’s spending across the board — no exceptions; everyone sacrifices. (It’s the only equitable way to lead forward.) I also would seek to cease all corporate tax exemptions and loopholes and cut the corporate tax rate from its present 35 percent to 24 percent (just less than the European 25 percent average), bringing offshore money and productivity back to America. (If Washington immediately made those two fiscal moves alone, it would not only send a strong signal of credibility to the world market about the American economy but also eliminate the need to raise the federal debt limit or to raise taxes on any American.)

If Washington politicians don’t enact a similar plan, Aug. 3 may be a day when we all watch the haze from their political smoking guns clear and reveal the wasteland in Washington’s OK corral — no thanks to their compromises and scare tactics. Like you, I hope and pray that the casualties of their showdown shootout will not be our economy and posterity.

But I fear these Earps and Clantons will not only shoot themselves in the foot but burn down the town in the process. Then proclaim victory a the wounded and the dead litter the battle field of history.

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

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The Deficit Hallows

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Dec 6,2010: This would be a chilling prospect for the American people whose taxes  are currently scheduled to go up on January 1st because of arrangements  that were made back in 2001 and 2003 under the Bush tax cuts.

   I am not willing to let that happen.  I know there are some people in  my own party and in the other party who would rather prolong this  battle, even if we can’t reach a compromise.  But I’m not willing to let  working families across this country become collateral damage for  political warfare here in Washington.  And I’m not willing to let our  economy slip backwards just as we’re pulling ourselves out of this  devastating recession.

The American people didnt send us here to wage symbolic battles or  win symbolic victories.  They would much rather have the comfort of  knowing that when they open their first paycheck on January of 2011, it  wont be smaller than it was before, all because Washington decided they  preferred to have a fight and failed to act.

     Make no mistake:  Allowing taxes to go up on all Americans would have  raised taxes by $3,000 for a typical American family. And that could  cost our economy well over a million jobs.(whitehouse.gov)

But 7 Months later it’s absolutely Armageddon if we don’t do it.

It’s hard to keep up with all the arguments and proposals in the debt limit struggle. But what’s at stake is fundamental.

The bedrock issue is whether we should have a larger and more expensive federal government. Over many years, federal spending has averaged about 20 percent of gross domestic product.

The Obama Democrats have raised that to 24 or 25 percent. And the president’s budget projects that that percentage will stay the same or increase far into the future.

In the process, the national debt as a percentage of gross domestic product has increased from a manageable 40 percent in 2008 to 62 percent this year and an estimated 72 percent in 2012. And it’s headed to the 90 percent level that economists Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart have identified as the danger point, when governments face fiscal collapse.

This is a level of spending as a share of the economy Americans haven’t seen since World War II. It seems more like Europe than like the America we have known.

President Obama insisted in his somber press conference Friday that he is willing to reduce federal spending from these levels. But he remained vague on specifics and intransigent in his demand that any debt limit deal include “revenue,” which translated into English means tax increases.

Mainstream media have pummeled Republicans for pushing spending cuts and refusing to support tax increases in connection with raising the debt limit.

But Republicans had a mandate from the voters in November 2010 to advance such policies. In contrast, it’s not at all clear that voters in November 2008 gave Obama and the Democrats a mandate to increase non-defense discretionary spending by 24 percent (84 percent if you count the stimulus package) in 2009 and 2010.

In negotiations on the debt limit, Obama has fenced off several programs from any cuts at all. One is Obamacare, even though majorities in polls continue to favor its repeal.

Another is, astonishingly, the $53 billion he wants to spend on high-speed rail projects. To call high-speed rail a “boondoggle,” as does House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, is to engage in considerable understatement.

These projects include $715 million for construction of 100 miles of track between the small towns of Borden and Corcoran in California’s Central Valley.

They include a train from Iowa City, Iowa, that will take longer to get to Chicago than already existing bus service and a train from Minneapolis to Duluth, Minn., that will average 69 miles per hour — about what you could average on the parallel Interstate 35.

Obama has rhapsodized about the pleasure of walking to a train station and taking a high-speed rail trip to another city. But the great majority of Americans don’t live within an easy drive of a train station.

He has called high-speed rail an “investment” in cutting-edge technology. But it’s hardly cutting-edge: Japan debuted its bullet train in 1964, and France inaugurated its TGV in 1981.

As for investment, Oxford professor Bent Flyvbjerg analyzed results from dozens of rail projects in 20 countries over the last 70 years. He found that 75 percent ended up costing at least 24 percent over projections and 25 percent exceeded projections by more than 60 percent.

No wonder the governors of Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida have turned down federal money for rail projects that parallel interstate highways. They realize that their taxpayers would get stuck for inevitable cost overruns and operating deficits.

A high-speed rail line might make sense in the densely populated Northeast corridor between Washington and Boston, and as a Washingtonian who travels frequently to Manhattan I would love a faster train than the current Acela. But these projects make no sense in most of the rest of America.

High-speed rail is not the biggest item in the budget. But it’s emblematic of the Obama Democrats’ theory that government spending can stimulate the economy.

That theory has been pretty well demolished by the fact of 9.2 percent unemployment. The clear signal from both economic markets and political polls is that we should cut federal spending back from 25 percent of GDP toward 20 percent.

It’s not clear how far the Republicans can move toward this goal in the debt limit battle, or whether they can move any distance at all. But it’s worth trying if only to clarify the choice before voters next year.

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Wait and See Jobs

The American people didn’t send us here to wage symbolic battles or win symbolic victories.  They would much rather have the comfort of knowing that when they open their first paycheck on January of 2011, it won’t be smaller than it was before, all because Washington decided they preferred to have a fight and failed to act.

Make no mistake:  Allowing taxes to go up on all Americans would have raised taxes by $3,000 for a typical American family. And that could cost our economy well over a million jobs.–Obama Dec 6, 2010 from Whitehouse.gov.

So what’s changed in 7 months?

Why is creating jobs so hard for business these days?

Think of it this way. When an employer hires a full-time worker, the employer thinks of the relationship as long term. During an initial training and learning period, the employer probably pays out more in wages and benefits than the company gets back in production. But over a longer period, the hope is to turn that around and make a profit.

When employers hire new employees, then, they are making a gamble. They are betting that over time, the economics of the relationship will pan out.

The problem in the current economy is that hiring new workers and committing to new production has become extremely risky. As the JCA folks explain, an employer who hires workers today has no idea what the company’s future labor costs will be. Or its building and facility costs. Or its cost of capital. Or its taxes.

What’s causing all this uncertainty? You guessed it. Nobody knows what is going to happen in Washington, D.C.

Take the cost of labor. The Affordable Care Act (what some people call ObamaCare) is designed to force employers to provide full-time employees with comprehensive health insurance in less than three years. While the goal may be admirable, the consequences are not. Although no one knows how much this extra burden will cost, estimates are that the required family coverage will reach $15,000 a year or more — the equivalent of an additional $6 an hour minimum wage.

Employers could decide to drop their health insurance altogether; and if they do so they must pay a fine of $2,000 per employee per year. Yet if a lot of employers do this (and apparently a lot of them are thinking about it), don’t you think the federal government will respond by making the fine a lot higher?

Then there is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). After the aircraft maker Boeing spent $1 billion building a new plant and hiring 1,000 workers in South Carolina, the agency brought a halt to the whole thing, calling it an unfair labor practice. Boeing’s sin? South Carolina is a right-to-work state. The company should have built the plant in Seattle, where it would be required to use union labor.

There is more bad news. The NLRB is considering rule changes that would make it much easier to unionize workers. Would you like to see employers across the country facing the same kind of turmoil state governments are now facing in dealing with public sector unions? Most employers don’t relish that idea either.

Under the Obama presidency, the NLRB has made a radical change of direction. Some would say it is much more pro-labor, but this is a misnomer. What the agency is dedicated to is not labor, but making labor more costly.

As for capital investments such as new buildings and new equipment, here again there is considerable regulatory uncertainty. It should come as no surprise that the Obama administration is overly friendly to environmental groups who see carbon dioxide emissions as pollution. Yet every act of production emits carbon dioxide. You even emit it when you exhale.

As for the cost of financial capital, what is going to happen is anybody’s guess. When the Bush tax cuts finally do expire, the tax on capital gains will increase by a third and the tax on dividends will more than double. The administration has made no secret that it would like to accelerate these tax increases and make them even higher.

Bottom line: even if there were no Republican opposition in Washington, we would be in trouble. The Obama administration is profoundly anti-labor. It thinks it is pro-labor, of course. But that is because it is so naïve about economics that it doesn’t understand that when you make hiring more costly there will be less hiring.

But there are Republicans in Washington, and (ironically) their presence in some ways adds to uncertainty. While the two parties are battling, who knows what the outcome will be? No one can.

So the best strategy from a business perspective is to sit on cash, delay the employment of labor and capital and wait to see what happens next. (John C. Goodman)

After all, if you’re deemed “rich” or a “fat cat” that is also a politically incorrect one then you’re just waiting for the hammer to fall.

Is the risk worth the reward?

Basic human nature says no.

And with Class Warfare in full bloom and anti-business Democrats on the warpath for Obama’s Re-Coronation why bother.

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The Dream

You have a dream to build Widgets.
You don’t have the money. But you start small. Just you.
Long, Long hours. Not making any money.
Owing people lots of money.
But you believe.
You work hard.
People start buying your Widgets.
More and more every year.
You get to the point where you need to hire someone else.
You continue selling. Working many long hours.
Your life is your business. it’s all about your Widgets.
But people Like your Widgets.
People buy more of your widgets.
You need more production space so you expand.
People buy more of your widgets so you hire more people and not just to make your widgets.

You need a receptionist, an accountant, suppliers, and more.
You get big enough to start selling your Widgets outside of your immediate neighborhood.
So you expand. You hire more people.
You even open a 2nd location, then a 3rd and more.
You are successful. It feels good. But it’s very hard work.
You now have hundreds, maybe even thousands of people depending on you and your widgets.
You have retail space that costs money.
You have taxes. You have regulations.
But you’re doing fine.
You continue to grow. You hire more people to help with making and selling even more Widgets.
You and the people you employ are successful.
People really like your Widgets. But now yo’re big enough that the other Widget makers notice you so you have to step up your game to survive — Competition.
But there is enough of a market for your widgets, you work hard, you carve out your place.
You hire more people.

Then the economy goes down. People aren’t buying your widgets as much as they used to. Not because of a bad product, just because they fear for their own survival.
So your buisness starts going down. You have to cut where you can to keep the jobs you have.
You can’t just keep on spending more and taking in less.
To keep the dream you have you have to prune the tree to keep it from dying.

But then the Democrats come along and call you an “evil” “rich” person who exploits people and make money to be greedy.
They demonize you as a greedy “fat cat”.
They want to take even more of your money so that they can give it to their people. But they aren’t “greedy” like you. They just more and more of your money.
They pass regulations that hurt your business.
They are endangering your people. Their jobs.
They don’t care because to them it’s all about “fairness” and their people.
If you don’t cut something you won’t be able to make it.
You have to turn a profit in order to re-invest money into the business. To feed your family.
The socialist Democrats call that being greedy. Too much profit (defined by their own nebulous and ever changing whims on  the winds of fickleness) is evil.
The economy is down.
People aren’t buying your widgets like they used just because they have other things they have to buy first or bill they have to pay first.
You have bills to pay also.
The Democrats continue to demonize you.
The economy continues to go down.
Now regulations and the costs to comply with them are going up.
You can either continue losing money or cut somewhere, possibly jobs.
If you cut jobs and shrink the money tree so that the roots survive you’ll be demonized for that too. If you continue losing money eventually the tree itself will die.
Tough choices.
The people are buying less.
You’re selling less.
But you are demonized for not hiring more people.
But if you hire more people, you will lose even more money because the Government have not only piled more regulations that cost money on you, they have “reformed” the Health Care plan you have been paying FOR your employee generously out of the profits of the business even when it’s slow, and now the costs are even higher.
But they don’t care. You’re just a one-dimensional villian.
And if you hire more people and start to get more successful the Democrats will demonize you  as a greedy “rich” person anyhow and want to take even more of your money.
So if spend more money to hire people the Democrats want to tax and take more.
If you don’t hire more people you’re just a greedy rich person.
People are not buying your widgets like they used to because they can’t afford them like they used to.
But don’t worry, it’s all your fault!!
You had a dream. A dream of making a Widget others would appreciate.
That grew into a business others could thrive from.
Now, all you have is your damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
You continue to struggle to keep the dream alive.
The Democrats just call you greedy and demonize you for being successful at it so you must do it against their constant barage of criticism, taxes, and regulations.
You have other people depending on you.
But you’re just a greedy capitalist.
You aren’t supposed to care.
You’re just supposed to be a miserly scrooge who just wants the buck and nothing else.
The people who are depending on you for their jobs, their bills, their dreams you’re not supposed to care about them because you’re just a heartless capitalist Widget maker.

But you’re supposed to hire more people so the socialists can tax you more and call you a greedy capitalist and take even more tax money. The money that you can’t use to make your business  better and make your employees lives better,or even hire more,so they can give it to their slacker constituents who have been told they are entitled to your money because you “have enough” and it’s “fair”.
And besides they vote for the Democrats to give them more of your money.

And if you protest. Well, they have their apparatchik media as weapon against you.
After all, you’re just a greedy, capitalist Widget Maker.
They are Social Justice.
So what if making things worse is suppose to make them better.

So you guard your resources so that the tree of life that is your dream doesn’t die.
Now, they say you’re “hoarding” your money.
That’s evil.

So if you hire more people you can’t afford they will tax you more so you lose more money.
If you don’t hire more people and protect what you have, you’re a greedy capitalist hoarder.

Maybe it’s time to just chuck the whole dream in the bin!
And forget about all the people who depend on you.
Not just your employees.
Your sales team in the field. The advertisers. The accountants.Your parts suppliers.
The mall owners who rent you space. The warehouse space you pay for.
the Drivers for your trucks.
The shop owners of your locations.
The city & state who tax you.
The Electric company who supplies you power.
The people they employee.
The dreams they have.
The stuggles they have.

Just chuck it all.
Is your Dream worth all this hassle??

If it is, the Democrats will hate you more and want even more of your money to feed the  people who’s only dream is to take your money “for free” and to continue to take more.
They are the drug addicts and prostitutes on the corner that make your neighborhood seedy.

But they are categorically not greedy!

Oh, and you’re a greedy capitalist pig either way.
If you’re successful they want more.
If you’re struggling, they want more.
If you’re failing, they don’t care. They want more.
And if you fail, well you were just too greedy.

But if you fail, it’s not just you. It’s all the other people who lose also.
So is failure a better option than success, hoping that someday success will be rewarded rather than punished??
So is taking your Widgets and going away until the Winter of Liberal discontent is over?
Good Question.
Because, for them it will never be over.
But for you, you have to survive.
For others to thrive you have to survive.
Even if that makes you a greedy capitalist hoarder pig.

Because after all is said and done, The flame of the Dream must not die.
The American Dream.
Take an idea. Make money.
Give People what they want and you can make more dreams come true and enable other people to pursue their own dreams.
Become a Success.
From Nothing to Something.
from Ramen to Success.
Whatever that success is to you.

But if you do, the Liberals will be right their with their drug addicts, pimps, and

prostitutes to take a piece of the action for themselves.

So is it worth it?
Hell yeah!!
But can you survive, that’s a question that has no answer.
We are only a brief candle in history to begin with.
Survival is a day to day struggle.
But a dream keeps hope alive.
But if you’re only dream is to take from others, then that dream is a nightmare.
And the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
So be careful.
Wishes are not always horses, sometimes they are horsemen.
But most of the time Wishes are Dreams and Dreams can come true. But not without lots of hard work, sacrifice, and challenge.
That’s what makes life worth living.
No matter how long or short it is.

But if a successful Widget maker can pass down his legacy to the next generation who can keep it going then you have a dream passed on, not just for the Widget Maker, but for the world and history and generations of people who benefit from that single dream.
And that’s worth fighting for.

And your time starts NOW!

p.s I have a dream. I may not be rich. I may not employee people. I may not make world-famous Widgets. But I have a dream.

So why do Liberals want to ruin it for their own greed?

I think you have your answer.

The Circle of Life continues.

The Bacchanal

So what is the President doing on Aug 3rd, the day after the US supposedly implodes from debt.

He’s throwing himself a swanky Birthday Party/Fundraiser!!!

Now that’s Leadership for you folks!!

He knows where his priorities are.

Buying his re-election and inviting a lot of evil “rich” people

So we can have 4 more years of THIS! 🙂

Aren’t you happy?

Undoubtedly, the sight of so much money getting thrown around and dissolute stars crooning to Obama will make a stirring contrast with a federal government bankruptcy featuring unpaid government workers, seniors and soldiers wondering how they’ll afford the groceries, shuttered national parks, and angry investors trying to cash out their Treasury Bills.

All those Social Security Checks he’ll refuse to send out will make a nice contribution to his party atmosphere. He can toast the “fat cats” who show up with champagne a Caviar. Ah, the life of the Rich and Famous….

For $10,000, a person gets a souvenir photo with Obama  (the Birthday Boy) at a reception and preferred seating at the concert. For $1,000 a person gets seated in a “premium section” with a “hosted bar.” A general admission ticket is $200.

Does that mean the clown at this party is Obama himself or will Tim Geithner show up to do more economic magic tricks where stagnation and recession is growth? Or Ben Bernacke will supply the inflation balloons by passing out more made-up money.

And the Democrat’s mascot will be everywhere because only a JACKASS would even contemplate this let alone show up to it.

But there will be Lots of evil “rich” people. Wonder if any of them will have a Corporate or Private Jet??

Makes you want to vote for him right now, doesn’t it! 😦

But don’t worry, the Media will be all over it…Like Robin Leach, rather than a Journalist though.

So to your Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams…The Anoited One…Barack Hussein Obama!!!

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Give Peas a Chance!

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

But wait just a minute. If Washington receives about $200 billion in monthly revenues and sends out roughly $50 billion worth of Social Security checks and the same amount of Medicare payments, why is Obama claiming the checks may not go out?

Isn’t $200 billion minus $100 billion still $100 billion?

Because Obama is playing the demogogue, that’s why. Pure and simple.

This is demogoguery of the worst sort because Obama has to know that what he is saying is false. When you and I say something we know to be false, it’s called a “lie.”

Clearly, it is of no matter to Obama that hiking taxes and raising the national debt limit very likely will keep millions of Americans unemployed and hobble the economy for years to come. All he has to do is scare enough voters long enough to get through the November 2012 election to get himself re-elected.

Here are the facts, as reported by MarketWatch and the Bipartisan Policy Center. You do the math:

* The federal government receives approximately $200 billion in revenues each month.

* Interest on the national debt in August will be approximately $29 billion.

* Social Security will cost about $49. 2 billion.

* Medicare and Medicaid will cost about $50 billion.

* Active duty military pay will cost about $2.9 billion.

* Veterans affairs programs will cost about $2.9 billion.

If you’ve been punching buttons on your calculator, you know that still leaves $39 billion each month. This is where Obama and the Democrats most fear to go. If Congress doesn’t agree to raise taxes and the national debt limit, they will then have to make the tough choices about which of the remaining programs gets paid or cut and by how much:

* Defense vendors

* IRS refunds

* Food stamps and welfare

* Unemployment benefits

* Department of Education

* Department of Housing and Urban Development

* Department of Justice, etc. etc.

In sum, federal spending would have to be cut about 44 percent. For more on this, go here and here.

So the next time you hear Obama, or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, or Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, or House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, or any of the multiple Democratic echo chambers in the liberal mainstream media, remember – what they are saying is pure demogoguery.

A Normal person would look to cut spending. Democrats look to increase spending! And also raise taxes.

So when the outlay is higher than intake the best the Democrats can come up with is to steal money from everyone else and then spend it. This is guaranteed to fix the problem!

Republicans said tense negotiations over raising the $14.3 trillion debt limit at the White House ended when President Obama stormed out of the meeting with a stern warning to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.): “Don’t call my bluff.”

“It ended with the president abruptly walking out of the meeting,” Cantor told reporters upon returning to the Capitol Wednesday.

A Democratic source familiar with the negotiations said the reports of a dramatic or abrupt walk-out by Obama were overblown, but the source acknowledged that the president “said what he was going to say, he got up and walked out.”

“The climax of the meeting was the president basically saying ‘what’s happening in this room confirms what everybody across the country thinks about Washington, D.C.,’” the official said. “Which is that people are more interested in protecting their base and political positioning than solving problems.”

Yes, they do. And you, Dear Leader as the head of that effort. Hence the demagoguery and the fearmongering with an unhealthy dose of Class Warfare.

“He said to me, ‘Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people with this,’ “ Cantor said.

I just want to know if he stamped his feet and threatened to hold his breath until he got what he wanted or else!

Give Peas a Chance! 🙂

Bernanke told Congress he could keep rates at record lows, and the Fed could kick off a third round of quantitative easing, known informally as QE3, to ease market pressures.

The best they can come up with is more inflation and to devalue the dollar even more, which makes everything we buy more expensive. BUT at least they printed more fake money and run up the debt to pay the bills and didn’t have to cut spending!!

No Democrats wants to cut any spending for anything.

The Media is in the tank for the Democrats.

And the Republicans just don’t want the blame.

Welcome to Hell.

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

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Known and Unknown

Thomas Sowell: When Donald Rumsfeld was Secretary of Defense, he coined some phrases about knowledge that apply far beyond military matters. Secretary Rumsfeld pointed out that there are some things that we know that we know. He called those “known knowns.” We may, for example, know how many aircraft carriers some other country has. We may also know that they have troops and tanks, without knowing how many. In Rumsfeld’s phrase, that would be an “unknown known” — a gap in our knowledge that we at least know exists. Finally, there are things we don’t even know exist, much less anything about them. These are “unknown unknowns” — and they are the most dangerous. We had no clue, for example, when dawn broke on September 11, 2001, that somebody was going to fly two commercial airliners into the World Trade Center that day. There are similar kinds of gaps in our knowledge in the economy. Unfortunately, our own government creates uncertainties that can paralyze the economy, especially when these uncertainties take the form of “unknown unknowns.” The short-run quick fixes that seem so attractive to so many politicians, and to many in the media, create many unknowns that make investors reluctant to invest and employers reluctant to employ. Politicians may only look as far ahead as the next election, but investors have to look ahead for as many years as it will take for their investments to start bringing in some money. The net result is that both our financial institutions and our businesses have had record amounts of cash sitting idle while millions of people can’t find jobs. Ordinarily these institutions make money by investing money and hiring workers. Why not now? Because numerous and unpredictable government interventions create many unknowns, including “unknown unknowns.” The quick fix that got both Democrats and Republicans off the hook with a temporary bipartisan tax compromise, several months ago, leaves investors uncertain as to what the tax rate will be when any money they invest today starts bringing in a return in another two or three or ten years. It is known that there will be taxes but nobody knows what the tax rate will be then. Some investors can send their investment money to foreign countries, where the tax rate is already known, is often lower than the tax rate in the United States and — perhaps even more important — is not some temporary, quick-fix compromise that is going to expire before their investments start earning a return.

Although more foreign investments were coming into the United States, a few years ago, than there were American investments going to foreign countries, today it is just the reverse. American investors are sending more of their money out of the country than foreign investors are sending here.

Since 2009, according to the Wall Street Journal, “the U.S. has lost more than $200 billion in investment capital.” They add: “That is the equivalent of about two million jobs that don’t exist on these shores and are now located in places like China, Germany and India.”

President Obama’s rhetoric deplores such “outsourcing,” but his administration’s policies make outsourcing an ever more attractive alternative to investing in the United States and creating American jobs.

Blithely piling onto American businesses both known costs like more taxes and unknowable costs — such as the massive ObamaCare mandates that are still evolving — provides more incentives for investors to send their money elsewhere to escape the hassles.

Hardly a month goes by without this administration coming up with a new anti-business policy — whether directed against Boeing, banks or other private enterprises. Neither investors nor employers can know when the next one is coming or what it will be. These are unknown unknowns.

Such anti-business policies would just be business’ problem, except that it is businesses that create jobs.

The biggest losers from creating an adverse business climate may not be businesses themselves — especially not big businesses, which can readily invest more of their money overseas. The biggest losers are likely to be working people in America, who cannot just relocate to Europe or Asia to take the jobs created there by American multinational corporations.

But at least the Class War Fare so loved by Liberals has a target rich environment (in their minds) because any “rich” person should be bludgeoned to the point of death to make up revenues for the Liberals to spend on their Socialism.

Not to cut spending. No paying down the debt. No, never that.

And any hint of doing that get’s them riled up and scare people on Social Security that the government won’t pay them because the Republican Boogieman is coming to get you!!

And I’m still waiting for the Republicans to buckle.

The Democrats have already stepped up the Class Warfare and the Fearmongering.

So all is right with the Political World…. 😦

That is well known. 🙂

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The Improving Cheese

“This is a disaster,” Mark Miller, the Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader, said in February after Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed a budget bill that would curtail the collective-bargaining powers of some public employees. Miller predicted catastrophe if the bill were to become law — a charge repeated thousands of times by his fellow Democrats, union officials and protesters in the streets.

Now the bill is law, and we have some early evidence of how it is working. And for one beleaguered Wisconsin school district, it’s a godsend, not a disaster.

The Kaukauna Area School District, in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin near Appleton, has about 4,200 students and about 400 employees. It has struggled in recent times and this year faced a deficit of $400,000. But after the law went into effect at 12:01 a.m. June 29, school officials put in place new policies they estimate will turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And it’s all because of the very provisions that union leaders predicted would be disastrous.

In the past, teachers and other staff at Kaukauna were required to pay 10 percent of the cost of their health-insurance coverage and none of their pension costs. Now they’ll pay 12.6 percent of the cost of their coverage (still well below rates in much of the private sector) and contribute 5.8 percent of salary to their pensions. The changes will save the school board an estimated $1.2 million this year, according to board president Todd Arnoldussen.

Of course, Wisconsin unions had offered to make benefit concessions during the budget fight. Wouldn’t Kaukauna’s money problems have been solved if Walker had just accepted those concessions and not demanded cutbacks in collective-bargaining powers?

“The monetary part of it is not the entire issue,” says Arnoldussen, a political independent who won a spot on the board in a nonpartisan election. Indeed, some of the most important improvements in Kaukauna’s outlook are because of the new limits on collective bargaining.

In the past, Kaukauna’s agreement with the teachers union required the school district to purchase health-insurance coverage from something called WEA Trust — a company created by the Wisconsin teachers union. “It was in the collective-bargaining agreement that we could negotiate only with them,” says Arnoldussen. “Well, you know what happens when you can negotiate with only one vendor.” This year, WEA Trust told Kaukauna that it would face a significant increase in premiums.

Now the collective-bargaining agreement is gone, and the school district is free to shop around for coverage. And all of a sudden, WEA Trust has changed its position. “With these changes, the schools could go out for bids, and, lo and behold, WEA Trust said, ‘We can match the lowest bid,'” says Republican state Rep. Jim Steineke, who represents the area and supports the Walker changes. At least for the moment, Kaukauna is staying with WEA Trust but saving substantial amounts of money.

Then there are work rules. “In the collective-bargaining agreement, high-school teachers had to teach only five periods a day out of seven,” says Arnoldussen. “Now they’re going to teach six.” In addition, the collective-bargaining agreement specified that teachers had to be in the school 37-1/2 hours a week. Now it will be 40 hours.

The changes mean Kaukauna can reduce the size of its classes — from 31 students to 26 students in high school and from 26 students to 23 students in elementary school. In addition, there will be more teacher time for one-on-one sessions with troubled students. Those changes would not have been possible without the much-maligned changes in collective bargaining.

Teachers’ salaries will stay “relatively the same,” Arnoldussen says, except for higher pension and health care payments. (The top salary is about $80,000 per year, with about $35,000 in additional benefits, for 184 days of work per year — summers off.) Finally, the money saved will be used to hire a few more teachers and institute merit pay.

It is impossible to overstate how bitter and ugly the Wisconsin fight has been, and that bitterness and ugliness continues to this day with efforts to recall senators and an unseemly battle inside the state Supreme Court. But the new law is now a reality, and Gov. Walker recently told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the measure would gain acceptance “with every day, week and month that goes by that the world doesn’t fall apart.”

In the Kaukauna schools, the world is definitely not falling apart — it’s getting better. (Byron York)

But never forget the Unions will fight tool and nail to your death to have their exclusive members-only kiss-ass club back. They are too arrogant and “entitled” not to.

Much like most Democrats.

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