More Cash for the Dash

The data that the White House published with President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal yesterday indicate that the federal deficit will increase by 20 percent during this fiscal year (2015) even though the administration predicts the Treasury will bring in record revenue during the year.

According to Table S-1 in the “Summary Tables” appendix to the Obama budget, the deficit was $485 billion in fiscal 2014 and will be $583 billion in fiscal 2015—an increase of $98 billion, or 20.2 percent.

The federal fiscal year begins on Oct. 1 and ends on Sept. 30.

In fiscal year 2015, according to the Obama budget tables, the federal government will take in $3.176 trillion in tax revenue and spend $3.759 trillion.

The $3.176 trillion in tax revenues the White House estimates the federal government will bring in this year is a record in both current and inflation-adjusted dollars.

So Uncle Sam is going to take in more $$ than it has ever taken in FROM YOU, and then turn around and SPEND EVEN MORE than that and praise itself for overspending less than it has in years!

“Since 2010,” says the Obama budget proposal, “federal deficits have shrunk at an historic pace—the most rapid sustained deficit reduction since the period just after World War II. The turn away from austerity in 2014 was ac­companied by another steep drop in the deficit, bringing it to 2.8 percent of GDP—the lowest level since 2007, about one-third the size of the deficit the president inherited, and below the 40-year average.” (CNS)

Hurray! Look how wonderful we are! We’re only going to over spend by a  $1/2 Trillion instead  1 1/2-2 like we used to!

The Jenny Craig Diet for chronic over-spenders! 🙂

So we’ll only go from $18 Trillion in Debt to 18 1/2 (minus the interest)!!

YIPEE!!

Since Obama took office, the federal debt has climbed from $10,626,877,048,913.08 to $18,082,294,157,510.20–an increase of $7,455,417,108,597.12 (and climbing), the most in US HISTORY!

Aren’t we wonderful!

And so fiscal responsible. 🙂

HAPPY TIMES ARE HERE AGAIN!

Oh, and Obama wants to raise even more taxes! so he can overspend even more next year. Hurray!

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The Dependent Life

Americans have now elected twice a man who said he wanted to spread the wealth around. So how ugly is it going to get? The Senate Budget Committee says welfare spending will nearly double in 10 years.This would be the Senate Budget Committee that refused to pass a budget for the 4th time in a row despite it being a requirement of both the Congress and The President. 🙂

Using data from the Congressional Research Service and Congressional Budget Office, the Budget Committee’s Republican staff has added up what’s spent on cash aid, health assistance, housing assistance, and social and family services.

All told, welfare spending will rocket from roughly $800 billion in the current fiscal year to about $1.4 trillion in fiscal 2022 — a nearly 80% jump.

All told, overall welfare spending for the decade will be $11 trillion — “roughly one-quarter of cumulative federal spending,” the Budget Committee reports.

And that doesn’t even include state spending on welfare, which, when added to federal benefits, was more than $1 trillion in fiscal 2011. That’s enough, the Budget Committee tells us, “to mail every household in poverty a check for $60,000 each year.”

How did we get here? In Obama-esque fashion, of course. The committee says the unimaginable spending is in part “driven by a series of controversial recruitment methods that include aggressive outreach to those who say they do not need financial assistance.”

Recruitment. Come be poor on the government’s dime. It’s free, it’s easy and you can be lazy. And all you have to do to maintain it is vote for me because the other guy’s an asshole who wants to take your candy away.

“Recruitment workers are even instructed on how to ‘overcome the word “no”‘ when individuals resist enrollment,” says committee research. “The USDA and Department of Homeland Security also have promotions to increase the number of immigrants on welfare despite legal prohibitions on welfare use among those seeking admittance into the United States.”

We want you to buy this poverty that you don’t need and you get a Free Obama Phone as free gift, and if you act now we’ll throw in free internet also!

So where’s my Ginzu Knife? 🙂

The best welfare program is not a government plan.

It is a strong, expanding economy, which is, in fact, the only path for overcoming poverty.

But poverty and the class warfare to go with it works much better for Democrats. A Permanent underclass is preferred. And then you add in 12 million illegal aliens and you have a voting block to win elections regardless of how bad things get for everyone else. What could be better than that? 🙂

Science fiction writer Robert Heinlein noted that “throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man.” It is only through free enterprise, which is fed by open trade, unfettered capitalism and liberalized markets, that humans have emerged from their natural state in which life was nasty, brutish and short.

To paraphrase the great Milton Friedman, man’s great achievements have not been the product of a government program, a redistributionary scheme or bustling bureaucracy. They are due to the simple profit motive at work in political systems that let people be fittingly compensated for their innovations and efforts.

No system has lifted man’s standard of living as free enterprise has. As Friedman also once said, the masses that suffer the most from grinding poverty are those trapped in societies that depart from free enterprise.

But Free enterprise is evil. Just as a Democrat.

“The record of history is absolutely crystal clear,” he said. “There is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.”

Washington’s focus should be on removing the restraints it has placed on free enterprise rather than busying itself with building a nation of dependents, as it has for the last eight decades.

But then it wouldn’t all be about them and what they want. We can’t have that!!

A growing welfare state helps no one — aside from politicians who traffic in addiction to government — but a burgeoning economy improves everyone’s well being.

But the addiction to government IS what government wants. The more the merrier.

Having people struggle and fail and struggle and succeed is far worse than people just sitting back and letting government do everything for them and then voting to continue to give them more and more of less and less and less.

It’s not what’s good for the people that matters. Its what’s good for the government that matters. After all, government is both Mother and God all rolled into one. Government can solve anything, can take care of anyone, better than any force on earth, right?

The best policy? Doubling not welfare spending over the next decade, but the size of the economy. (IBD)

But then you have a bunch ungrateful rich and independent people who want to do what’s best for THEM, and not you the government and we can’t allow that to happen now can we.
And don’t bother talking to people about inflation. The Democrats have bred their cattle dumb and with an unhealthy uninformed narcissism just like they like them.

If you put $1,000 in your piggy bank in 1960 and took it out to spend in 2000, you would discover that your money had, over time, lost 80 percent of its value.

Despite all the political rhetoric today about how nobody’s taxes will be raised, except for “the rich,” inflation transfers a percentage of everybody’s wealth to a government that expands the money supply. Moreover, inflation takes the same percentage from the poorest person in the country as it does from the richest.

That’s not all. Income taxes only transfer money from your current income to the government, but it does not touch whatever money you may have saved over the years. With inflation, the government takes the same cut out of both. (thomas sowell)

But “soak the rich” is the battle cry to get the addicted to rise up against their “oppressor” and vote to stick it to them!!!
The sheep then get sheered and don’t even know they got fleeced.
Always the best strategy for a thief, to make sure the mark never knows (or know way too late) that they’ve been robbed.
The use The Ministry of Truth to cover it up and rile up the addicts and you have the making a of a perpetual E-motion machine that will do your bidding almost mindlessly.
What could be better.

The biggest and most deadly “tax” rate on the poor comes from a loss of various welfare state benefits– food stamps, housing subsidies and the like– if their income goes up.

Someone who is trying to climb out of poverty by working their way up can easily reach a point where a $10,000 increase in pay can cost them $15,000 in lost benefits that they no longer qualify for. That amounts to a marginal tax rate of 150 percent– far more than millionaires pay. Some government policies help some people at the expense of other people. But some policies can hurt welfare recipients, the taxpayers and others, all at the same time, even though in different ways.

Why? Because we are too easily impressed by lofty political rhetoric and too little interested in the reality behind the words. (Thomas Sowell)

Dependency is Life. Life is dependency.
Government is your GOD.God will provide (hence cutting spending is also an evil that must be destroyed).
Life isn’t fair, but Government will make it fair! For you! All you have to is sell your soul to the Government store!
Join the faith!!!…. You will be Assimilated!…. or else!
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Report Card

Report Card For Barack H. Obama

Unemployment: Jan 2009  7.8%    Jan 2013 7.8%    Grade: F

u6 Unemployment (all categories and underemployed): Jan 2009  14.2%

Jan 2013: 14.4%   Grade: F

Spending: Spent $6.5 Trillion Dollars  added to the Debt.  Grade: F

The amount spent to service the debt is now as much as the cost of Iraq and

Afghanistan War:  Grade F

The “Arab spring”- Rampant Radical Islam. 4 people dead.  Grade: F

Fast & Furious: The only thing “fast” and “furious” was the cover up. Several dead in US and many more in Mexico: Grade F

Campaign promise: “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”   Grade F  (payroll tax flim-flam, Obamacare, etc)

Speaking of ObamaCare: “it’s a Tax!”. Yes it is. And it costs 3x the estimates already and is crushing job growth and empowering and burdening the IRS with enforcement of mandatory Insurance.  Grade: F

Gasoline: January 2009: $1.90

U.S. monthly average regular gasoline retail prices increased from an average of $3.53 per gallon in 2011 to average $3.63 per gallon in 2012, driven partly by isolated refinery outages and lower inventory levels on the East and West coasts. U.S. regular gasoline retail prices fell from an average of $3.85 per gallon in September 2012 to an average of $3.31 per gallon in December, which was the lowest average since December 2011. (eia.gov)

I paid 3.01 on Saturday.Grade: F

2nd Amendment: Grade F

Alternative Energy:  Wasted nearly a Trillion Dollars on 15 Solar companies that all went bankrupt quickly and refused to increase our own production of Oil because of pure politics.

The “Obama Car” The Chevy Volt continues to be one of the worst selling cars of all-time.    Grade: F

US Budget Submission Homework: Missed it every year except first one.

Grade : F

Iran:   (he ignoring them)  Grade F

But what’s most troubling is the the student displays a Narcissistic Personality Disorder and his legion of followers blame everything on someone else and are incapable of accepting responsibility for anything but they will take Credit for anything that services either a) their egos or b) their politics or perceived political advantage.

Case in Point:

On Saturday, for instance, the White House declared that “there are only two options to deal with the debt limit: Congress can pay its bills or it can fail to act and put the nation into default.”

Obama returned to the theme at his Monday press conference: “Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize more spending, it simply allows the country to pay for spending that Congress has already committed to.”

In other words, I didn’t load $5 trillion in future taxes on our children and grandchildren. Congress did it.

It’s important to note that when Obama says “Congress,” he’s talking about Republicans — specifically the Republicans who have controlled the House of Representatives for the past two years. The GOP has not held the Senate during any part of Obama’s time in office.

And it did not hold the House in Obama’s key first two years, when spending exploded with his blessing. In other words, most of the responsibility in Congress for the Obama deficits sits with members of his own party.

But you never hear this from Obama and his media allies. The problem is with Speaker John Boehner and, to his right, those Tea Party wackos who want the federal government to stop sending out Social Security checks.

Republicans, for their part, haven’t made their case, even with facts clearly on their side. But we have not given up hope that Americans, summoning up their reserves of common sense, will see through this Obama whopper even if they have let others pass.

Here are some facts for them to chew on:

• It takes two to tango. Congress cannot spend a single greenback unless the president signs a bill to do so. Thus, Obama OK’d every cent of the $5.095 trillion in deficit spending (per White House and Congressional Budget Office) from 2009 through 2012.

• Congress had its real spending binge in 2009, when Democrats were in charge of both houses and Obama asked for — and got — a massive stimulus bill. Total outlays soared from $2.98 trillion in 2008 to $3.53 trillion in 2009 and $3.46 trillion in 2010 (these are fiscal years ending Sept. 30). Spending in 2011 peaked at $3.60 trillion, but pulled back to an estimated $3.54 trillion in 2012.

• Presidents are required to submit budgets. Obama’s budgets called for the deficit spending he now claims wasn’t his fault.

A final thought: If Obama were just now taking office and if John McCain, say, had been president for the past four years, whose name would be on the debt problem? Hint: It wouldn’t be the new guy. (IBD)

Grade: F
But the moron, low-info, I-Dont-Wanna-Know Voter Grade: They don’t care.
Media Grade: F
Republican Grade: D
“Draining the Swamp” (Speaker Pelosi): Zzzzzzzzz
Failure is Success. Fear Is Hope.
Gotta Love America in 2013.

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Pyrrhic Victory For The People

Economy: President Obama and his acolytes are gushing over his fiscal cliff victory. But the glow isn’t likely to last long, once everyone figures out that the tax hikes Obama wrangled from Republicans only made matters worse.

But this wasn’t a battle about economics to begin with, as you will see…

Let’s look at what Obama has managed to achieve with his $620 billion tax hike on the wealthy and the boost in the payroll tax rate.

• They’ll hurt the economy. Economists are admitting the fiscal deal will slow the already sluggish economic growth.

Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi says the higher taxes on the wealthy and the increase in payroll taxes will shave close to 1 point off GDP growth this year and result in 600,000 fewer new jobs.

Pantheon Macroeconomic Advisors chief economist Ian Shepherdson figures the deal will cut GDP by 1.5 points. And Gallup’s chief economist Dennis Jacobe says the deal has created a “higher probability of recession — just the opposite of what fixing the fiscal cliff was intended to do.”

• They’ll do nothing to fix the debt crisis. Even with the Obama tax hikes, deficits are likely to reach nearly $1 trillion this year and top $6 trillion over the next decade. Worse, by slowing economic growth, the tax increase makes tackling the nation’s debt crisis all the harder. Getting deficits under control means tackling the massive growth in entitlement spending. But Obama still hasn’t put forward a credible plan to do so. If he fails again, he’ll pay a price with the public. And if he does put forward a plan, he’ll find himself at war with his own party.

• They won’t raise as much as advertized. History is clear: Tax hikes rarely produce as much revenues as expected, particularly when they’re targeted at the rich, who can more easily avoid the new taxes.

President George H.W. Bush’s tax hikes in 1990 generated $135 billion less than expected. And revenues as a share of GDP came in lower than predicted after Clinton’s tax hikes went into effect.

But this was not about economics per se, it was about Ideology. And he won that battle, the only one he was actually fighting.

Want more proof: The Evil scourge from hell “The Bush Tax Cuts” that the Democrats have been railing and wailing about incessantly for years now were made permanent, mostly.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) (BOY IS THAT AN ORWELLIAN TITLE TO BEAT THEM ALL! 🙂 ), which President Obama signed into law last night, makes permanent 82 percent of President Bush’s tax cuts.

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) and Congressional Budget Office estimate that making permanent all of the Bush tax cuts would have cost $3.4 trillion over 2013-2022.

“The Bush tax cuts” has been practically a curse word for Liberals these last few years. Nothing was more evil than them, THEY are almost exclusively responsible for the crash in 2008 according to them (that and the Iraq War).

They are so evil, they just made them permanent for most people and not only gave up “getting rid” of them they made a selling point for how great they are and how they are “protecting the middle class”.

That tells you it was just an Alinsky tactic to win the Political battle. It wasn’t about economics at all.

Well, played, sir. Well Played. And the Ministry of Truth was in on it, or they were too busy being cheerleaders to care.

• They’ll hurt the cause of tax reform. By adding still more brackets to the tax code, Obama has made it harder to get needed tax changes enacted. His own deficit commission urged him to push for legislation that lowered tax rates and broadened the tax base to make the code simpler and spur economic growth.

Again, this wasn’t about the economy, it was about his ideology.

“Jar Jar” Boehner”: “You’ve managed to kill everyone else but like a poor marksman, you keep missing the target“-Admiral James Kirk of the USS Enterprise.

This chess, not poker. Obama is not bluffing and can’t be bluffed. This is ideology, not economics.

Charles Krauthammer: the ultimatum was designed to exploit and exacerbate internal Republican divisions. It worked perfectly. Boehner’s attempted finesse (Plan B), which would have raised rates but only for those making more than $1 million, collapsed amid an open rebellion from a good quarter of the Republican caucus.

At which point, power passed from the House to the Senate, where a deal was brokered. By the time the Senate bill reached the House, there was no time or room for maneuver. Checkmate. Obama neutralized the one body that had stymied him during the last two years.

2) Ideological Breakthrough.

Obama’s ultimate ambition is to break the nation’s 30-year thrall of low taxes — so powerful that those who defied the Reaganite norm paid heavily for it. Walter Mondale’s acceptance speech at the 1984 convention promising to raise taxes ended his campaign before it began. President George H.W. Bush’s no-new-taxes reversal cost him a second term.

On this, too, Obama is succeeding.

He not only got his tax increase passed. He did it with public opinion behind him.

Why are higher taxes so important to him?

First, as a means: A high-tax economy is liberalism’s only hope for sustaining and enlarging the entitlement state. It provides the funds for enlightened adventures in everything from algae to ObamaCare.

Second, as an end in itself. Fundamentally, Obama is a leveler. The community organizer seeks, above all, to reverse the growing inequality that he attributes to ruthless-Reaganism. Now, however, clothed in the immense powers of the presidency, he can actually engage in unadorned redistributionism. As in Tuesday night’s $620 billion wealth transfer.

Upon losing the House in 2010, the leveler took cover for the next two years. He wasn’t going to advance his real agenda through the Republican House anyway, and he needed to win re-election.

Now he’s won. The old Obama is back. He must not be underestimated. He’s deftly leveraged his class-war-themed election victory (a) to secure a source of funding (albeit still small) for the bloated welfare state, (b) to carry out an admirably candid bit of income redistribution and (c) to fracture the one remaining institutional obstacle to his ideological agenda.

Not bad for two months’ work.

The Republicans are still playing the wrong game.

Thomas Purcell: Right after the financial deal package was sent to Congress this week, the President held a press conference on the bill.
 
I say press conference on the bill, but I mean it only in the loosest sense of word, it was more like a campaign speech. Except, of course, he isn’t running for office. Because he isn’t running for office I can only really apply one answer for it: a propaganda speech. 
 
Since he didn’t take any questions or mention any detail of the packaged bill I have to assume he was just trying to tell the American people how great he was.
 
He even used people as cardboard cut-out props to sell his agenda to applauding sheep. Dictators, tyrants and false gods use the same technique. To make their case to the people they stand in crowd of people who support him and show that world the he is loved, he is right and therefore, he ideas must the right ones.
Obama used the same technique during the Obamacare debates. A mob of fronted people stood around them, and even wore white labs coats. It looked like Trident commercial, ‘3 out 4 doctors approve of this bill’. Only problem was the real doctors who are out in field every day don’t support the bill at all. In fact, several doctors in the white lab coats behind Obama that day have offices that are private pay only, and don’t accept Medicare.
And the mass retirement that’s coming will be very painful for the people, but not for the politicians and certainly not for our Dear Leader.
 
One has to assume that the people props used for the fiscal cliff bill are as phony as the supposed deal signed up on the Hill. Certainly in a few days word is going to get out who they are and it’s certain they will be as phony as the President. More than likely they will be party leaders, political hacks and willful stooges.
The President has yet to answer for this blatantly propagandist technique worthy of a second rate used car salesman. None of the White House press corps asked an obvious question; who are these people and how did they get here so quickly. After all, those people had to be ready on moment’s notice, so they had to be interviewed and pre-screened by the Secret Service and had a background check on them. Those sorts of things can’t be done in a few hours; it takes a few days at least. Therefore it meant the President planned that ‘spontaneous’ press conference ahead of time.
 
So much for honesty and transparency in the Presidency.
 
It seems that no one wants to, or no one has the courage to, ask these questions. More importantly, no one bothers to ask the President why he feels the need to do so. Is it merely propaganda for the willing masses to gobble up with a spoon, a self-aggrandizement to soothe his ever flagging ego? Or is it more sinister, a prelude to his trying to manipulate the voters again into giving him power in the 2014 elections, or worse, somehow finagling a third – or more – term.
The Ministry of Truth isn’t there to ASK him questions, they are there to make him look like a God. Nothing more, nothing less.

It begs more questions than it answers, and the answers to questions don’t bode well for the American people regardless of what they might be.

It’s a Pyrrhic victory for the people, but since, for Obama, this wasn’t an economic fight but a Political Victory expect him to go to the well again and expect yet another Crisis that must not go to waste. And expect the Republicans to cave again.

Meanwhile, your tired, your poor, your huddled masses will be stuck with high taxes and even higher inflation and debt.

Now that’s a victory worth celebrating! 🙂

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FEED ME!!

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

In the coming New Year, 2013, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day!

This is an ironic juxtaposition of events……

One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication.
The other involves a groundhog. . .

FEED ME!!  Jar Jar FEED ME!!!

(with apologies to “Little Shop of Horrors”)

Jar Jar (as in Jar Jar Binks from “Star Wars”)= John Boehner (for those who haven’t been reading lately)

Feed me! Feed me! Feed me!
Feed me, Jar Jar!
Feed me all night long
That’s right, boy
You can do it
Feed me, Jar Jar!
Feed me all night long
‘Cause if you feed me, Jar Jar
I can grow up big and strong

….Come on, Jar Jar, don’t be a putz
Trust me and your life will surely rival King Tut’s
Take some initiative, work up the guts
And you’ll git it…

So go git it
And if you wanna be profound
If you really gotta justify
Take a breath and look around
A lot of folks deserve to die…

I got killer buds / A power Media/ Nasty pods / And I’m using them! / So better move ’em out / Nature calls / You got my pun? / I’m gonna bust your balls!

I’m just a mean black mother from Chi-Town and I’m bad!

Anyone who thinks the fiscal cliff deal will end President Obama’s soak-the-rich campaign isn’t paying attention. Even before the ink had dried on his $620 billion tax hike, Obama was talking up his desire for more.

Obama hinted at this on Sunday on “Meet the Press,” when he told David Gregory that “you are not only going to cut your way to prosperity” and that “one of the fallacies” was that “deficit reduction is only a matter of cutting programs.”

But as the fiscal cliff agreement looked increasingly likely, Obama started talking more specifically about additional tax hikes. On Monday, he told a White House rally that “revenues have to be part of the equation in turning off the sequester.” (IBD)

FEED ME!!!

Every household in America? Thousands of you eating… that’s what you had in mind all along, isn’t it?
No shit, Sherlock.

FEED ME!!!

Translation: If Republicans want to prevent devastating defense cuts from automatically kicking in two months from now, they’ll have to choke down another round of tax hikes.

And he made it clear any future deficit cuts will have to include still more new taxes. “If Republicans think that I will finish the job of deficit reduction through spending cuts alone,” he said, “then they’ve got another thing coming.”

Then, after the agreement had been signed on Tuesday, he talked about how “cutting spending has to go hand-in-hand with further reforms to our tax code” that take more money from “the wealthiest corporations and individuals.”

So, after getting a deal that includes only tax hikes and no spending cuts, Obama will demand that any future spending cuts come with still more new taxes. (IBD)

FEED ME!!!!
President Obama can call on all sides to please, pretty please, come together for the good of the country. Just before he ignites yet another self-serving, unnecessarily bitter crisis to keep opponents feuding. And then calls on all sides to reject their politics of division.

FEED ME!!

And we’ll all hear more overwhelming sums about the national debt being left for each of today’s children to pay if they manage to find jobs as adults.

How it’s all Bush’s Fault and the Republicans are just mean, granny-killing Bastards!

But by the time those bills come due, Obama will be making millions from his next autobiography.

His pals will be hitting up libs for big-money checks for the Barack H. Obama Presidential Library, which will not likely be located in Streator, Illinois.

And No. 44 will be safely ensconced in his beachfront mansion playing golf with his old buds from the Choom Gang, while the rest of us enjoy the expensive fruits of his labors transforming America into something else. (Andrew Malcolm)

FEED ME!!!

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Christmas Eve 2012

CNN’s Don Lemon discusses the possibility of profiling white men in an attempt to prevent gun violence and decrease the amount of mass shootings. Lemon argues that white males between the ages of 18 and 25 were behind nearly all recent mass killings.

MSNBC: People Against Gun Control Are Scared Of “Black And Brown People” Rising Up To Get Them…

Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.

D-Oh!  Never saw that coming…

At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr. Boehner told the president, “I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?”

“You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.”

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. (Abe Lincoln)

Imagine the man who spoke those words coming before his country in a time of distress and blaming a rival political party for all the nation’s ills; it’s impossible. Obama is a well-known admirer of the Lincoln biography “Team of Rivals,” but while he’s talking to the other side, he seems unwilling to listen. Apparently, he’s content with laying blame and saving face at the expense of the nation’s financial health. (Katie Hicks)

D’oh!  Never saw that coming…

After all, he gets a “get out of Blame” card for free. What else could want for Christmas…. 🙂

 

The  students at Terry Elementary School in Little Rock, Ark., were invited on a class field trip to see a performance of the show this month but unfortunately were blocked from seeing the Christmas classic by atheist groups that felt the children’s classic since time immemorial was ‘religious’ and therefore was banned under a separation of church and state.

The school naturally caved to the atheist groups, rather than fight a prolonged and expensive court battle to defend the matter.

The problem is, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has nothing to do with the teaching of religion, and is more about caring for each other and respecting one another’s differences—something the atheists like to exclaim they represent when defending their own viewpoint of the universe.

While Charles Schultz wanted a definitive religious experience for the viewer he was well aware of the problems of inserting anything religious into a television special, even as early as 1964. Executives at CBS originally balked at the special, so Schultz tempered the message. Schultz explained why Linus makes a speech from the Gospel of Luke:

“If we don’t tell the true meaning of Christmas, who will?” – Charles Schultz, on “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

The point Schultz was trying to make was that Christmas is not about religion so much as it is about the birth of Jesus Christ, who was as much an  historical figure as he was a religious figure. Jesus of Nazareth existed, and whether or not you believe he was the Son of God (a matter of religious conjecture and faith), billions of people worldwide follow his simple teaching of treating others as you would treat yourself.

The message of Jesus is fundamentally simple and non-religious in its content.  As such, it is supremely important that children understand and are taught the significance of the holiday—to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and the simple message that much of world tries to live by daily. The message of loving one another as equally as we love ourselves is hardly one that is unique to Christianity or any other religion for that matter, yet it was unique at the time of the Roman Empire when it was first delivered.

The Charlie Brown Christmas special does not delve into the religious aspects of Christianity, nor does it try to. The show merely expounds upon the message of loving each other equally, and does so in an equanimous manner. Charlie is castigated for his simple view of Christmas while the other children are focused on the commercial aspects of Christmas. They eventually come to the realization that all aspects of Man are wonderful, if given the love and equal treatment we all deserve. This is not a religious message; it is a universal message of unity, charity and love.  Most importantly, this is a message that almost certainly any atheist would agree with; love and charity and kindness to one another are hardly exclusive to religion.

The speech delivered by Linus is the only reference of in the special to any religious aspect, and even that is a simple Biblical description of the historical event of the birth of Jesus:

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'” Luke 2:7-14, from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Linus

Despite what the atheists argue, this is the sole reason for the existence of Christmas, the birth of Jesus and his birth being recognized as the birth of a Savior. That is a matter of historical fact, and the reason why children need this explained to them. (Thomas Purcell)

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

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And now a message from those fun-loving guys and gals, The Atheists:

Crush a Creche, Keep Christmas Free from Christianity: War on Christmas & Christmas Symbols

Christian Nationalists aren’t moved by the principle of treating adherents of other religions with respect — they sincerely believe that they deserve special privileges from the government. (atheism.about.com)

Unlike Liberals… 🙂

So, why is Christmas singled out? In essence, because Christianity is being singled out.

Not to say that other faiths, specifically Judaism, don’t have to fight against religious prejudices; however lambasting Christianity has become a social norm in American culture. People, who would have once been revered for a strong commitment to their faith, are now treated as second-class citizens.

In addition to personal attacks, Christianity has also come under fire from schools and the government. Like the six year-old girl from Marion, North Carolina who was forced by school administrators to remove the word “God” from a Veterans Day poem. Or the restaurant in Pennsylvania that was mandated by government officials to offer its “10% church pamphlet discount” to customers of all faiths — including atheists. Both of which sparked mass controversy, and opened a discussion concerning the freedoms of speech and religion.

Cities and individuals have also been forced to remove Christian symbols that were seen as offensive. For instance, Buhler, Kansas and Steubenville, Ohio both removed the depiction of the cross within their city logos, after being threatened by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) with a lawsuit. Or Patrick Racaniello, who was forced to remove the cross he posted in his front yard, because local officials claimed that it violated a city ordinance concerning the attraction of public attention.

Not to mention the Obamacare mandate that forces Catholic employers to provide contraceptives to their employees — a mandate strongly opposed by the Catholic faith.

Although revving-up around Christmas, religious freedom continues to be a year round struggle — with the preceding examples only being a small snippet of the full realm. Whether in the spirit of inclusion or in the sentiment of “separation of church and state” — a notion that cannot be found within the Constitution — the war on Christianity does not appear to be receding anytime soon.

Furthermore, the main point missed by opponents of Christianity is that it’s because of our Judeo-Christian founding that America has remained so diverse, not despite it. With Christmas being a yearly reminder of the occasion and the opportunity to celebrate faith, family and life, no matter your religious beliefs — because it’s freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. (Policymic)

And I’m not even an actual Christian, mind you…MERRY CHRISTMAS

I will say it while I still can. 🙂

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Happy Happy, Joy,Joy… To the World

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Charles Payne: Four years ago, there was a sense that America was clearing its last hurdle on race and ideological animosity. There was pride in electing the first black president, even by those that didn’t cast their vote for Barack Obama. Fast forward to even before Friday’s massacre, and there was a malaise hanging over the nation ripping it apart on so many levels. Americans pitted against fellow Americans. It’s not good enough to lose elections anymore, there has to be complete demonization and the absence of any compromise.

God is under attack, traditional values are being abandoned, and capitalism is considered heartless as many romanticized the notion there is a form of socialism that could be nicer. Then last week something happened that, like the election four years ago, could have galvanized the nation, but instead threatens to rip it apart even more. The first line in Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” speaks volumes about where America is these days.

It’s very difficult to think or discuss investing and politics in light of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. I haven’t felt so empty since 9-11, when unstoppable tears strolled down my face as I tried to navigate crowded roads to reach the schools of my children, all the time looking to the sky wondering when the next plane would crash into a building or fall from the sky. Sadly, what happens next will be another battle that rips apart the nation. While there will be no debate over better mental health testing and surveillance, the idea of going after gun owners is going to be ugly.

Most will agree on changes to so-called assault weapons, but warranted suspicions of ulterior motives will make certain registrations and other legislation is a battle. I don’t own a gun, but I think people have the right to own them and to protect themselves, their families, and businesses. In the meantime, a media onslaught has already begun, painting gun owners and folks that visit gun ranges as bad people. Already, I despise how moderately successful people are being painted as greedy and mean-spirited, worthy of scorn and higher taxes; now, more ordinary citizens will be painted as villains.

We are an unhappy country that will only grow sadder. We need help, leadership that finds a way to inspire everyone to do things they may not like but understand it’s for a greater good. In the meantime, we can never forget those children in Newtown, Connecticut. How we honor their deaths remains to be seen. This could move us closer as a nation, or this just might move us further apart.

‘Leave truth to the police and us; we know the Good;
We build the Perfect City time shall never alter;
Our law shall guard you always like a circle of mountains,
Your ignorance keep off evil like a dangerous sea;
You shall be consummated in the general will,
Your children innocent and charming as the beast’
W.H. Auden

The Never-Ending War

Since the inception of this nation, there has been a never-ending battle for the right balance between a giant central government and smaller local government. and it rages like a wildfire today. The Newtown massacre will fuel that debate just as the fiscal cliff has been its central battlefield. Lost on Friday was an olive branch from Speaker Boehner that was immediately rejected by democrats and hated by conservatives. The offer included higher taxes for those at $1.0 million and pushing the debt ceiling debate off a year.

I must say republicans mishandled this thing from the start, but Boehner has been more than accommodative. Even though there are polls that suggest a vast majority of Americas want give and take, the narrative has been the GOP comes out as the bad guys if we go over the cliff. I would suggest they forget the polls. If the will of almost half of Americans are trampled completely then at this point so be it. I get why President Obama keeps waiting and snubbing the GOP, Boehner keeps negotiating with himself, giving away more and more and still losing his grip.

Ever notice that Liberals are happiest when they are screwing everyone else over?

Feeding the Beast

The American public has given up so much over the last five years even as government spending continues to run amok. I keep hearing politicians talk about how much it costs to run the government, but its rings hollow to people that have made real sacrifices. Outside of student loans, Americans have cut back during the Great Recession. Our government simply will not.

Where to Put Your Money

I mentioned on Friday there is a strange chance that the stock market might be the only game in town for those seeking growth. I think a lot of money will find its way into the housing market, but it’s still a long way from being robust as mostly investors are stirring the action. If all the possible taxes go into effect, there is no reason to invest in “safe” dividend stocks. At some point, the bond market will implode and while gold should be in everyone’s portfolio the Fed will find a way to manipulate official inflation readings.

 

Of course, there is the question of how the market and society at large handles yet another impasse in Washington. I think the nation will sink deeper into a depression, mental not economic, although that becomes the risk as well.

In the long run, being part owner of great American companies might be the only economic salvation but, for now, there are a lot of questions.

The only thing we don’t have to question is that our unhappy family is unhappy in every way.

But unhappy is good, Citizen. Unhappy serves the Government Beast. Unhappy fuels Crisis. And Never let a Crisis go to Waste… 🙂

President Barack Obama says he is “ready and willing” to get a big package done to deal with the “fiscal cliff” and says there’s no reason not to protect middle-class Americans from tax increases.

Only, he just wants it to go to hell and the Republicans to take the blame they so richly have earned for themselves.

And ObamaCare is a Tax after all… The Supreme Court said so. 🙂

Funny That.

Ho Ho Ho! Merry TAXmas…

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez