Good News, Bad News

The federal government collected a record amount of taxes in fiscal year 2014, topping $3 trillion in revenue for the first time in its history, according to Treasury Department numbers released Wednesday that show the influx helped drop the deficit to its lowest level under President Obama.

The recovering economy was the key, sending personal and corporate incomes higher — and thus sending more money to Washington. Individual taxes rose 6 percent and corporate-income taxes, which are the best indicator of a business recovery, leapt 17 percent.

Just five years ago, the Treasury took in $2.1 trillion, but fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, saw the final take at $3.020 trillion. The government spent $3.504 trillion, leaving it $483 billion in the red. That’s down from $1.4 trillion in 2010, and is the lowest figure since 2008.

The good news is, that the government has never taken in more money ever. The bad news, it come from you! You’ve never given more.

The good news is the government has never taken in more money. The bad news is that th THEY STILL SPENT MORE THAN THEY TOOK IN.

The good news, according to Democrats, they spent more than  they took in LESS than they did 5 years ago. The bad news is that they have overspent EVERY SINGLE YEAR since 2008.

But it’s less, so you should be proud of them. 🙂

So the National Debt stands at $17.864 TRILLION dollar. That’s the good news, because, as the Democrats are proud to say, they overspent less than before.

The bad news is it’s nearly $8 Trillion more debt in 5+ years of Obama. He will spend more and accumulate more debt than all Presidents in the history of the country combined.

But that’s Bush’s fault, you know! 🙂

And hey, he’s got his drug addiction down 60% from 5 years ago. Of course he did it by taking more money in taxes than ever before and snorting roughly the say, but hey who’s counting that you “hater”! 🙂

“The president’s policies and a strengthening U.S. economy have resulted in a reduction of the U.S. budget deficit of approximately two-thirds — the fastest sustained deficit reduction since World War II,” Mr. Lew said.

Deficit reduction while the debt rises faster than ever.

Orwell would be proud of your dis-assembly of the language.

Over spending and debt is good, as long as you over spend less every year!

I really should try that with my credit cards… Nah! I’m not that stupid.

Just five years ago, in 2009, the trough of the recession, revenue was only $2.1 trillion. That means it’s leapt $900 billion in just five years.

Spending, meanwhile, has remained relatively flat at about $3.5 trillion.

So he’s overspending less and that’s a good thing… 🙂

Mr. Obama fought for higher personal income-tax rates in 2012, winning a postelection deal in the so-called “fiscal cliff” debate that saw income taxes hiked for the wealthiest, and payroll tax hikes for everyone. (WT)

President Obama made  a promise to not increase taxes for families making less than $250,000 a year.

Mind you, Obamacare IS a Tax, but it’s not a Tax, it’s a Penalty that is a Tax that isn’t a Tax. but then the Supreme Court said it was a Tax!

But the government has collected more taxes, so when it spends too much they can cheer that they are overspending less and you should be happy for them.

The $$$ drug addicts have cut back. No, they just got people to give them more drugs so they can maintain their habit and it LOOKS like they cut their consumption.

It’s good news for Orwell, bad news for the Country, as a whole.

Rejoice, we Overspend Less. Lets all throw a Party!

“I don’t think the government’s going to get any more out of the American economy. The only way Europe does is because they have the VAT taxes,” Mr. Edwards said, referring the Value Added Tax system that is prominent on the Continent. He predicted VAT would be the next big tax battle in the U.S.

Of course, the addicts still need more money. They can’t survive on a flat income source. THEY WANT MORE!

They NEED MORE! FEED ME!

FEED ME!  The BEAST IS HUNGRY!

And you get a starring role on the BIGGEST LOSER! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

 

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

 

Spending Problem

 

8 percent

lost in translation

 

Sen. Harkin: “First of all, I want to disagree with those who say we have a spending problem. Everyone keeps saying we have a spending problem. And when they talk about that, it’s like there’s an assumption that somehow we as a nation are broke. We can’t afford these things any longer. We’re too broke to invest in education and housing and things like that. Well look at it this way, we’re the richest nation in the history of the world. We are now the richest nation in the world. We have the highest per capita income of any major nation. That kind of begs the question, doesn’t it? If we’re so rich, why are we so broke? Is it a spending problem? No.

Nancy Pelosi: “We have to make a judgment about what — how do we get growth with jobs, that is where the real revenue comes from. You don’t get it by…cutting your education and cutting back on investments in science and National Institutes of Health, food safety, you name it. So, it isn’t as much a spending problem as it is a priorities — and that is what the budget is, setting priorities…So it is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem, we have a budget deficit problem.” 

ANCHOR: Sir, does the country have a spending problem?

HOYER: Does the country have a spending problem?  The country has a paying-for problem.  We haven’t paid for what we bought.  We haven’t paid for the tax cuts, we haven’t paid for the wars…

ANCHOR: Are we promising too much?

HOYER:  Absolutely.  If we don’t pay, we shouldn’t buy.  

ANCHOR: So how is this different from a spending problem?

HOYER: Well, we spent a lot of money when George Bush was President of the United States… 
Bravo, Congressman. (1) Concoct a plausible-sounding alternative to describing the government’s patently obvious spending problem, (2) insinuate that it’s a revenue issue, (3) imply that the bulk of the gap is due to unpaid-for tax cuts and wars — hint: Bush, (4) pay lip service to future fiscal restraint, (5) explicitly blame Bush.  Perfect.  (Townhall)

We don’t have spending problem, we have a “paying for it” problem!!!

ROTFL!

And Orwell would be proud you can say that with a straight face and mean it!

Yeah, last time I look at my budget, if I had a “paying for it” problem I cut my spending I didn’t go to my boss and ask for a raise because I needed to make more money to pay for my spending!!

That is, if you have a job and a boss to begin with… 🙂

Doctor-Who-50

I am leaving in a few hours for my annual pilgrimage to LA for The World’s Largest “Doctor Who” Convention where I can indulge in pleasure for 3 days and not have to worry about the end of my country as I knew it.

So I will be back on Monday. (No applause please) 🙂

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

It’s Wafer thin…. 🙂

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

 

 

Christmas Day Sing Along

I'll be Broke Fro Christmas


Baracka Claus is comin’ to town
Baracka Claus is comin’ to town

You better not work
You better not try
Get your hand out
I’m telling you why
Source: LYBIO.net

Baracka Claus is comin’ to town
Baracka Claus is comin’ to town
Baracka Claus is comin’ to town

If you’re a success
I’m taxin’ you twice
Gonna reverse who’s naughty and nice

Hey!
Baracka Claus is comin’ to town
Baracka Claus is comin’ to town
Baracka Claus is comin’ to town
I’ll pay you just for sleeping
Don’t work, stay home and play
You will care if you’re bad or good
‘Cause if you’re bad you get more cake

So, Republicans watch out
I’m lookin’ real fly
Media shouts ‘We elected our guy’

Hey!
Baracka Claus is comin’ to town
Baracka Claus is comin’ to town
Baracka Claus is comin’ to town

The market’s goin’ down
Why do you have a frown?

Baracka Claus is comin’ to town

Now the Christmas Sermon….
The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. Never
    under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects – his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity.”

American economist and philosopher Henry Hazlitt wrote the above.  Hazlitt understood Socialism and its evil foundations.

As we read, “Hate the man who is better off than you are,” our thoughts turn toward President Barack Obama.  Obama’s 2012 Presidential campaign was heavily focused on creating envy and hatred for those who have high incomes and wealth.  Obama promised his supporters that he would reward them by punishing “the rich,” whom he characterized as those in the upper 2% income bracket.

Saul Alinsky said of his book Rules for Radicals,

    “The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.”

Obama promised a “balanced” approach to taxes and spending. But data from the CBO and OMB show spending will surge 55% over the next 10 years under Obama — nearly $2 trillion in added spending — swamping Obama’s promised “cuts” of $880 billion.

And remember he borrows $5 Billion dollars A DAY. 🙂

Merry Christmas. Enjoy it while you’re allowed to.

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Over the Cliff

More from “Jar Jar Binks” Boehner:

Under the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio), the 112th House of Representatives has thus far approved legislation that has increased the debt of the federal government by approximately $18,944 for per American household.

The 112th House of Representatives has achieved this in a little more than 20 months time—and it may not be done yet enacting laws to approve new federal borrowing and spending.

On March 1, 2011, Boehner and President Barack Obama cut their first short-term federal spending deal. That deal took effect on March 4, 2011. Since then all new borrowing and spending by the federal government has been approved in laws enacted by Boehner’s House consistent with its constitutional power to control the borrowing and spending by the federal government. (KFYI)

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

AP
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): There’s a lot of talk right now about an impending fiscal cliff. But we already went over a cliff economically in this country a long time ago.The current debate over tax hikes is an empty one built upon a false premise. The debate is whether raising tax rates will address our current crisis. The premise is that it is a lack of taxation that has led to the crisis. Both are hopelessly wrong.President Obama’s proposed tax increases on the top 2% of earners would fund the federal government for about eight days. Even if we taxed Americans earning over $1 million on 100% of their income, we would raise only about $600 billion in revenue.

Taxing citizens at this level is a tyranny even Europe hasn’t reached, and still it would only address about one-third of our deficit.

If one actually does the math, “taxing the rich” turns out to be no real solution at all, only fantasyland rhetoric.

Every dollar the government takes is another dollar used unproductively. Every dollar removed from the private sector and wasted in the hands of bureaucrats is a dollar that will not be used to purchase goods, to pay for services or to meet a payroll.

Every dollar the government ever takes — today, tomorrow and forever — is an attack on jobs and the economy.

Instead of sitting around trying to think of new ways to vote away someone else’s money, Washington leaders should finally begin to address the real crisis that has threatened us long before the current handwringing: spending.

With a $16 trillion national debt and well over $1 trillion annually in deficits, we barreled over the edge of fiscal insolvency long before this month.

Why do we lurch from deadline to deadline with no apparent action on our nation’s problems until the next deadline approaches? I presented Social Security and Medicare reform to the Senate over a year ago. I directly spoke to the president and vice president about my plan. And their response? Absolutely nothing!

Is it any wonder people are fed up with their government? The president announces we have no time for spending reforms, but when the deadline passes I predict not one committee will step into the breach to begin the process of reform.

Why? Because Democratic leadership still insists that Social Security and Medicare are just fine. Meanwhile, Social Security actuaries tell us that Social Security this year will spend $165 billion more than it receives. Medicare will spend $3 for every $1 it collects. Yet, the president says he doesn’t have time for entitlement reform.

The “fiscal cliff” scenario has come and gone. The only question now is: How do we recover?

The only solution is to cut spending. It’s no secret to anyone, except perhaps Washington leaders, that our current levels of spending are not only unsustainable, but the main culprit in our fiscal crisis.

Opponents of spending reductions — whether Democrats who insist on maintaining and expanding current domestic spending, or Republicans who insist on maintaining and expanding current Pentagon spending — make the case that any cuts to their preferred parts of government would be “Draconian” or “devastating.”

Like tax hikes, this too is a false narrative. According to the Congressional Budget Office, nominal spending in 2008 was $2.5 trillion. The outlays for the 2013 budget are an estimated $3.5 trillion.

This means the federal government plans on spending $1 trillion more next year than it did four years ago. By any measure, this is a significant and dramatic growth in spending.

Estimated revenue for 2013 is $2.9 trillion if the Bush tax cuts expire. Our 2012 revenues were $2.4 trillion, which included the Bush tax cuts. The Bush tax cuts would only make a difference of $500 billion this year — about one third of our entire deficit — but would also further harm our economy due to the job market decline that always accompanies any rise in taxes. History has proved this point time and again.

But if we spent only at 2008 levels combined with the revenues of 2012, next year we would have a deficit as small as $89 billion. An $89 billion deficit would represent less than 1% of GDP. The 2012 deficit was as high as 7.3% of GDP.

Did anyone think the size of government we had in 2008 was somehow not enough government? This is how drastically spending has increased in just the last four years.

Those who argue we can’t cut spending are basically saying that our federal government was far too small when Barack Obama entered the White House and that now we can survive only if government continues to spend at its current level. I know few if any Americans who honestly believe this, Republican or Democrat.

It’s also hard to imagine reasonable people actually believing that our government spending this obscene amount of money is somehow what makes our economy tick.

A real plan would extend the tax rates we’ve had for 12 years, reform entitlements and examine any and every way to significantly cut spending. Right now, House GOP leadership seems to want Republicans to be the party that raises taxes just a little less than the Democrats. This will not do.

Republicans are supposed to be the party of limited government and low taxes. These are our most core and basic principles. I don’t think it’s time to change who we are or what we stand for. It will not help our economy. It will also defeat the purpose of even having a Republican Party.

And that’s what Sith Lord Obama wants, By the way… “Those are not the Spending Cuts you are looking for…”:)
Sith Apprentice Harry Reid: “Now is the time to show leadership, not kick the can down the road,” Reid said. “Speaker Boehner should focus his energy on forging a large-scale deficit reduction agreement. It would be a shame if Republicans abandoned productive negotiations due to pressure from the tea party, as they have time and again.” (NBC)
But nothing the Democrats propose actually cuts spending or the deficit in anyway that is actually meaningful. But that’s the trick.
Make the stupid people think that it is meaningful and the Republicans are getting in the way so they take the fall for it when it fails miserably.
It’s tactical. not practical.
Alinksy’s Rules for Radicals: Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have.
“The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”
According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”
So Boehner Proposes and Obama and Reid Dispose, even if it’s a plan that essentially mimics on their own it still is “protecting the rich” and is not “good enough”.
Simple. 🙂

“He (President Barack Obama) is not willing to accept a deal that doesn’t ask enough of the very wealthiest in taxes and instead shifts the burden to the middle class and seniors,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement. “The president is hopeful that both sides can work out remaining differences and reach a solution so we don’t miss the opportunity in front of us today.”

Boehner’s spokesman said: “The White House’s position defies common sense.”

“After spending months saying we must ask for more from millionaires and billionaires, how can they reject a plan that does exactly that?” spokesman Brendan Buck said. “By once again moving the goal posts, the president is threatening every American family with higher taxes.”

Because that isn’t the goal, Jar Jar. This is Chess not Poker. Simple, really. 🙂
Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Redistribution

Now this is Redistribution:

An alarming data point from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee: More Americans are being added to food stamps than are finding jobs. The data is detailed in this chart, provided by the committee:

As the chart shows, between April-June 2012 (the most recent three month block for which government data is available), only 200,000 jobs have been created while 265,000 individuals have been added to the food stamp rolls. Additionally, in that time period, 246,000 workers were awarded disability.

Another chart shows that the last three month block is part of a larger trend. The chart, also from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee, shows that “Workforce Shrinks Since January 2009 While Millions Sign Up For Disability And Food Stamps.”

As the chart shows, since January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, the net change jobs has been negative (-1.3 million), while 5.7 million workers and dependents have been awarded disability and a whopping 15.1 million have been added to the food stamp rolls.

“A total of 46,670,373 Americans are now on food stamps,” according to the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee. “The food stamp program has doubled in size since 2008 and quadrupled since 2001.”

And the government program isn’t cheap: “Spending on food stamps alone is projected to reach $770 billion over the next decade.” (Weekly Standard)

Round Two:

In remarks this morning to the Clinton Global Initiative, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed a radical idea: a global tax on elites around the world.

“One of the issues that I have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes in an equitable manner, especially from the elites in every country,” Clinton said to laughter from the audience. “You know I’m out of American politics, but – (applause) – it is a fact that around the world, the elites of every country are making money.”

Clinton continued her rift on the rich. “There are rich people everywhere. And yet they do not contribute to the growth of their own countries.”

The secretary of state suggested that the rich around the world do not give back to their communities. “They don’t invest in public schools, in public hospitals, in other kinds of development internally,” said Clinton.

She continued, saying that it is up to foreign leaders to make the change. “And so it means for leaders telling powerful people things they don’t want to hear,” Clinton said.

“It means being transparent about budgets and revenues and bringing corruption to light. And when that happens, we shouldn’t punish countries for uncovering corruption. We should reward them for doing so. And it means putting in place regulations designed to attract and protect investment.”

Clinton’s boss, Barack Obama, has made raising taxes on the rich–at least, raising taxes on wealthy Americans–a centerpiece of his reelection campaign. (weekly standard)

Wanna know who the 1%er’s are Globally?

What for it… AMERICANS!!! 🙂

So the old double whammy!

Fascinating how that worked out!

An American Express/Harrison Group survey found:

According to the survey…

– 67% grew up in a middle class or poorer household.
– 85% made their wealth in their lifetime.
– 76% describe themselves as “Middle Class” at heart.
– 3% is the sum total of their assets that they inherited.

“This is the triumph of the Middle Class,” says Jim Taylor, Vice Chairman of the Harrison Group. “Even when older, the [One Percent] don’t lose the degree with which they see themselves as the repository of the Middle Class. That means hard work. That means the value of education. That means the value of family and luck.” (http://blogs.barrons.com/penta/2012/05/07/who-are-the-one-percent/)

See also: http://www.financialsamurai.com/2011/10/12/who-are-the-top-1-income-earners/

So the Liberal meme, especially about Romney, isn’t true. But if you had half a brain cell you knew that already. But believing it is heresy on the Left. The 1% aren’t just rich kids who inherited their money and robber baron assholes who exploited their employees like slave master in Ancient Egypt building the Pyramids.

But as I have said repeatedly, the truth doesn’t matter to Liberals. Perception does. Perception is reality. Reality is to be denied, debunked or discredited in their heads and they want it to be in yours.

Rich people are the root of all evil. Government is the Fountain of that’s Good.

Republicans are Evil. Democrats are Good.

Earning your own money- Evil. Earning someone elses money- Good.

It’s that simple. 🙂

P.s.

 

The National Business Group on Health this morning released their annual survey of employer health insurance policies.  The survey found that health insurance costs are expected to rise another 7% next year.  In addition, a majority (60%) of firms “plan to increase the percentage of the premium paid by employees in 2013,” while sizable numbers of firms plan to increase in-network deductibles (40%), out-of-network deductibles (33%), and/or out-of-pocket maximums (32%).

Candidate Obama repeatedly promised premiums would go down by $2,500 — and would go down that amount by this year.  Yet while candidate Obama promised that premiums would go DOWN by $2,500, they actually have gone UP by nearly as much — from $12,680 in 2008 to $15,073 in 2011.

What’s more, even though candidate Obama promised that “you will not have to change plans,” today’s survey found that the number of firms able to keep their pre-Obamacare coverage has decreased yet again.  Fully 57% of firms said they had no health plans with “grandfathered” (i.e., pre-Obamacare) status, and only about one-quarter (27%) were able to keep any portion of their coverage from before Obamacare’s passage – just two short years ago. (Freedom works)

But remember, if you live in reality of what is, you just wanna throw grandmas under the bus and off the cliff!

You have to live in Liberal fantasy land where they are always right no matter what reality says and everything is kumbuya utopia, or at least it will be once they completely and utterly crush you under their boots and make you do everything they want when they want because they want. 🙂

Oh, and it’s all Bush’s fault… 🙂

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Happy, Happy, Joy Joy…

So they are going to give Obama $2 Trillion Dollars more to spend. Yippee….

So by the end of his 4 years he’ll have spent more than everyone in the first 225 years of the country but don’t worry, it’s not his fault. It’s Bush’s fault. It’s the Republican’s fault.

<<barf bag overload>>

The Congress is addicted to spending. In the last 30 years the debt has risen from $1 trillion now to $16 Trillion by 2013.

But at least they don’t have to have a another battle until after the 2012 re-coronation ceremony for King Obama. That is unless the King decides to just blow the whole thing off and just summarily declare it raised.

Big cuts in government spending would be phased in over a decade. Thousands of programs _ the Park Service, Internal Revenue Service and Labor Department accounts among them _ could be trimmed to levels last seen years ago.

No benefit cuts were envisioned for the Social Security pension system or Medicare, the federal program that provides health care payments to the elderly. But other programs would be scoured for savings. Taxes would be unlikely to rise.

The phasing in of cuts, means they will suddenly phase out and never appear. No cuts in entitlements means they will crash in a few years.

But at least the Political infighting is largely over until the next time. 🙂

The emerging deal could mark a classic compromise, a triumph of divided government that would let both Obama and Republicans claim they had achieved their objectives. 🙂

The first step would take place immediately, raising the debt limit by nearly $1 trillion and cutting spending by a slightly larger amount over a decade.

That would be followed by creation of a new congressional committee that would have until the end of November to recommend $1.8 trillion or more in deficit cuts, targeting benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, or overhauling the tax code. Those deficit cuts would allow a second increase in the debt limit, which would be needed by early next year.

OH GOD! NOT ANOTHER COMMITTEE!!! NO!!!!!!!!

The last one did a lot of good when Obama, who set it up, didn’t like the answers so he ignored it.

If the committee failed to reach its $1.8 trillion target, or Congress failed to approve its recommendations by the end of 2011, lawmakers would then have to vote on a proposed balanced-budget constitutional amendment.

Which would be voted down so no consequence there.

If that failed to pass, automatic spending cuts totaling $1.2 trillion would automatically take effect, and the debt limit would rise by an identical amount.

So more spending.

Social Security, Medicaid and food stamps would be exempt from the automatic cuts, but payments to doctors, nursing homes and other Medicare providers could be trimmed, as could subsidies to insurance companies that offer an alternative to government-run Medicare.

You mean alternatives to  ObamaCare? 🙂

As the president demanded, the deal would allow the debt limit to rise by enough to tide the Treasury over until after the 2012 elections.

Yeah, don’t get in the way of his re-coronation.

But remember that Obama’s target constituency in 2012 is not his base but rather independent and moderate voters. And those fence-sitters love compromise in almost any form. (WP)

I’m an independent, but I don’t sit on no fence!

Losers

Congress: Coming into this debt-ceiling showdown, Congress was about as popular as poison ivy. One can only imagine just how much further that discontent has spread after this high-profile demonstration of brinkmanship and intransigence. Lawmakers — bless their hearts — seem entirely unaware of just how bad they looked during this fight and will almost certainly spend the next few weeks (or months) congratulating themselves on their tremendous magnanimity.

And the Liberal Media will ignore any bits that don’t fit with the mantra or with Campaign Obama.

But maybe we can form a Commission to study it. 🙂

“All you want to do is spend money, buy votes, and say you’re spreading the wealth around.”–Sen. Jeff Session to the Democrats.

Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives in 2006 and gained the White House in 2008. For the past five years, Democrats have controlled the legislative process and for almost three years, Dems have controlled the Executive agencies. Democrat bungling and demagoguery have become the order of the day. The outright lies told to fellow members of congress and to the American people would make Pinocchio blush.

Is it any wonder that Republicans in congress find it hard to trust Democrats?

Consider, for example, the president’s promise that the $787 billion stimulus would create between 3 to 4 million new jobs. Didn’t happen. In fact, with unemployment at 9.2% and even government employment declining, the past thirty months have shown that Obama clearly overpromised and has under-delivered.

Speaker Pelosi promised that Obamacare would create an additional 4 million jobs. Didn’t happen. Furthermore, Democrats promised that under Obamacare, there would be no additional cost to the American taxpayer and they promised that insurance costs would not increase. Instead, Americans find that Obamacare will cost, at a minimum, $400 billion more than Democrats in congress claimed. Insurance companies have increased their rates by almost 25%. Furthermore, the promise that “everyone could keep the insurance they currently have” has all been forgotten. Much to their credit, Republicans argue that the promises of Obama, Reid, Durbin and Pelosi were hollow and would be broken. But, Democrats cling to their myths and distortions like a drowning man to a piece of wood.

When caught telling a whopper, the current crop of Democrat leaders show not a hint of remorse or shame. Democrat leaders see no problem promising Americans that they can expand benefits and coverage to all without ever raising taxes. Democrats figure that once the bill passes, and the inevitable constitutional challenges appear, they can quickly shift gears and rebrand the individual mandate as a tax, no doubt depending upon the fact that few Americans will remember, much less hold them accountable for their earlier promises.

Whether it is Obama, chastising Supreme Court justices at the 2010 State of the Union Address or chastising Republicans for inflammatory comments and demanding an end to patently partisan language and behavior, Obama has proved that he is part of the problem when he could not resist demagoguing Paul Ryan for his courage in putting forth a deficit management-budget cutting plan.

Democrat leadership has espoused a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do approach to government, resorting to calumny and demagoguery as their tools. Is it any wonder that, in congress, comity and civility are dead?

Then there’s the special case of Tim Geithner, the boy who cried wolf, and his sky-is-falling approach to fear-mongering. Americans were told that May 16 was the deadline to resolve the debt ceiling issue. But, it seems it really wasn’t. Then Americans were told that August 2nd was the deadline to resolve the debt ceiling issue. But, it seems it really wasn’t. Geithner, mouthing some mumbo-jumbo about Asian markets opening, claimed the deadline was really 4pm on July 24th—but, it seems it really wasn’t. Again. And now, it seems as if the debt ceiling window can be extended until August 10th. Sure. Why not?

For an Administration that claims it will have “unprecedented” transparency, Republicans in congress are finding it difficult to get anything in writing on the President’s approach to managing the debt ceiling and cutting the federal budget. Democrats in the Senate claim they are eager to get resolution on the debt ceiling, but Reid won’t even call for cloture on his own proposal, or put it to a vote.

Anyone who isn’t clear on why Republicans in congress are skeptical of Democrat promises has only to look at the Democrat track record. In the past, when children caught a schoolmate in a lie, they used to cry out “liar, liar, pants on fire”. Republicans, acting cautiously when confronted with Democrat lies, are simply too civil to admit the Democrats in congress and the White House have POFUS. Pants On Fire Syndrome.

Republicans don’t trust Democrat promises—not because there are so many new Republican members of congress and not because they are still strangers to one another, but because, sadly, they know and understand each other too well. Familiarity may not always breed contempt, but in the case of the Democrat leadership and the years of broken promises, familiarity might be a good explanation. (Laura Doan)

And if there is one thing Democrats do better than anyone else on the planet, it’s Contempt.

 

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!! 🙂

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