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Budget Battle Springs Into Deadline Mode — Again

March 30, 2011 by  

Budget battle springs into deadline mode -- againIt may sound like a broken record to many Americans, but Congress is approaching yet another deadline to prevent a government shutdown. Lawmakers have until April 8 to approve a spending budget.

According to The Hill, Democrats and Republicans appear to be nowhere close to a deal. On March 28, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said the onus will be on Senate Democrats if the government shuts down. The media outlet reported that Democrats are willing to slash up to $20 billion to fund the remainder of fiscal year 2011, however Cantor's comments indicate that GOP leaders believe that it is not enough.

"Our Federal government borrows nearly forty cents of each dollar it spends, yet Senate Democrats want to keep spending money that we don't have," said Cantor, quoted by the news source.

Tea Party members have criticized House Republican leaders for not holding true to the party's pledge last year, which called for $100 billion in cuts to reduce the national deficit. Democrats claim that if a GOP-backed budget is approved without compromise, the economy will suffer and jobs will be lost.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll reveals that many Americans are fed up with politicians on both sides of the aisle. A total of 62 percent of respondents said that they disapprove of Democratic congressional leadership, while 64 percent feel the same way about Republican leaders. 

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  • s c

    What the heck, folks. We have but three options. A, we can shut it down for a while. B, we can shut it down for a while. Or, C, we can shut it down for a while. Give it a try.

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      SC… I think that is what the dems want. If it gets shut down, they can blame the Republicans. But what really burns me up is they went on vacation! Why???? They should have been made to stay in Washington until this budget issue was fixed!!!!

      • 45caliber

        Of course that’s what they want! They want anything that they can accuse the GOP of causing so they can hopefully get back in power. The fact that it may upset the country and ruin it are incidental since the political GAME is all! It is just a game to them – on both sides.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Or we can always shut it down for awhile!!!

  • Mick

    I know that I am off topic but I am sick and tired to constantly seing BigBadJohn lying through his teeth to try to influence the rest of us to his way of thinking, so I am posting this on every articles the personal Liberty puts out, if people don’t like it ………OH WELL.

    Mick says:
    March 30, 2011 at 6:20 am

    BigBadJohn says:
    March 29, 2011 at 10:53 am
    Here we go again….

    Old Henry

    Bush inherited a 100 billion dollar deficit and turned it into a 1.5 TRILLION dollar deficit – a 1500% increase.

    Obama inherited a 1.5 trillion dollar deficit and turned it into a 1.8 trillion dollar deficit. Approximately a 30% increase.

    Obama is not/has not been near as destructive as Bush and the republicans

    OK BigBadJohn ! Why don’t you stop been a good lefty for once and start telling the truth, quit lying to try to prove a point.
    if people really want to know what’s going on with the Budget go to……..

    The data for the total public debt outstanding is published each business day. If there is no debt value for the date(s) you requested, the value for the preceding business day will be displayed.

    ( Debt Held by the Public vs. Intragovernmental Holdings )

    Date Debt Held by the Public Intragovernmental Holdings Total Public Debt Outstanding

    Here are the treasury direct figures for when Bush took over UntilObama took over

    01/19/2001 5,727,776,738,304.64 Bush takes over

    8 YEARS

    01/20/2009 10,626,877,048,913.08 Obama take over

    Now from January 20 2009 and present time under Obama

    01/20/2009 10,626,877,048,913.08 Jan 20, 2009

    2 YEARS , 2 month and 8 days, Damn it people start doing the math and begin to see clearly.

    03/28/2011 14,211,567,662,931.23 march 28, 2011

    For people interested at seing the daily report on OUR DEBT I would suggest that you go and (I repeat) to the TREASURY DIRECT site, punch in the dates you want to verify and it will give you the debt to the penny,may I also suggest you forward this site to many of your friends and family regardless of their party affiliation, some of them just might wake the hell up.
    Have a good day…

    • Robert D

      The real truth is that both sides have caused this catastrophy of a debt, and we all (democrats, republicans, conservatives, liberals, Tea Partiers, etc) need to band together to save this country from the bankruptcy that washington elitists are forcing down our throats.
      Do you have the intestinal fortitude to stand up and cut programs like the department of education, the EPA, etc., etc. that are nothing but massive red tape that costs our country dearly.

  • Doc Sarvis

    I heard on the news this morning that Republican leadership is looking to deal with moderate Democrats since they can’t deal with the Tea Partiers.

    • Mick

      Doc Sarvis says:
      March 30, 2011 at 7:46 am
      I heard on the news this morning that Republican leadership is looking to deal with moderate Democrats since they can’t deal with the Tea Partiers.

      If so they need to be booted out with the rest of the refuse..

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      Doc… Were you listening to the MSM? Believe them if you want, but I wouldn’t….

      • Doc Sarvis

        It was a local radio news program (drive-time).

        • 45caliber

          That could only mean that they were copying MSM stories.

        • Doc Sarvis

          So Robin & 45, are you saying this information is wrong?

          • Robin from Arcadia, IN

            Doc… Maybe, maybe not. Who knows? We are lied to by the POTUS and MSM and nearly everyone else in Washington….

          • http://?? Joe H.

            If it IS true, then we need more TEA party people in next vote!!!!

  • Kevin Beck

    From what I understand, little Chucky Scumbag says that the cuts proposed by the Tea Party Republicans are “extreme.” Well, I have an extreme idea for him to try: Are you aware, little Chucky, that your party failed to pass a budget last year, when your beloved Democrat party was in charge of everything? THAT is extreme; the Congress is REQUIRED BY LAW to pass a budget EVERY YEAR! It is now time for the real adults to clean up the mess created by you and your Democrat party cronies. Then the next order of business would be having all of you failures arrested for treason to this nation’s citizens, impeached, convicted and sentenced according to the laws in effect for such crimes to humanity.

    • Mick

      Kevin Beck says:
      March 30, 2011 at 7:46 am
      From what I understand, little Chucky Scumbag says that the cuts proposed by the Tea Party Republicans are “extreme.” Well, I have an extreme idea for him to try: Are you aware, little Chucky, that your party failed to pass a budget last year, when your beloved Democrat party was in charge of everything? THAT is extreme; the Congress is REQUIRED BY LAW to pass a budget EVERY YEAR! It is now time for the real adults to clean up the mess created by you and your Democrat party cronies. Then the next order of business would be having all of you failures arrested for treason to this nation’s citizens, impeached, convicted and sentenced according to the laws in effect for such crimes to humanity.

      Kevin …You’re right, Congress is REQUIRED BY LAW to pass a budget EVERY YEAR!But hell many of us know that the democrats stand on their pedestal preaching to others while ignoring their own advice and to the degenerate mind it’s O.K.
      it pretty pitiful to see public servants like in Wisconsin desert their job and neglect their duty in the process just to get their way, just like a 4 year old throwing a tantrum, no more , no less .
      America deserves better and the next generation will pay an enormous price if we continue catering to those Liberal loons…….

      • 45caliber

        They remind me of the boy who wants to hit a home run. Since the opposing team won’t pitch so he can, he takes the ball and goes home. Then no one can play – particularly him. And when the rest get their own ball, he insists it isn’t fair.

    • Greg

      You are so right Sir, arrested for Treason

  • J.M.R.

    SHUT IT DOWN tell schumer reid and nancy to go to the back of the room and SHUT UP

    • MSG J. Gary Hunt

      Amen, Amen, Amen……..Shut it down, shut it down…………

    • Robert D

      I agree CHUT IT DOWN. Everyday we are not operating the government is every day we do not need to borrow 4 Billion (yes that IS 4 BILLION with a B) to operate these scam artists.

  • http://PayStatus Garx69

    Will all of congress stop being paid if the Democrats shut down our government? I know they are too rich to care but we still need to know. If they are smart they will not shut down activities like the Grand Canyon which actually make money. Our last shut down was done without thinking about our tourist trade. Those jobs should be considered as essential. Yes, I say SHUT IT DOWN.

    • 45caliber

      When the government shuts down, they first take away our defense (police and fire). If we don’t shut up and give them more tax money, they shut down the parks so we won’t have a place to go have fun.

      But the one thing they never shut down is their own pay and the pay of their staffs. Which is probably the first place they should start…

    • Doc Sarvis

      I believe in the last shut down federal employees were not paid during the shut down but were paid retroactively when the shutdown was over. I don’t know if that is in their contracts or how that came about but there was no cost savings from salaries.

      • Jeep

        Doc, you are correct in the retro-active pay for govt employees. And, most likely if another shut down occurs there will be the same result. However, the problem is so much deeper than just paying govt employees. How about tax reform? Both corporate and individual. How about entitlements (by far the largest part of the budget)? How about Foreign Aid? In fact, the current squabble is over a measly 30 billion dollars. What if we just cut funding to Africa or the South Pacific region? That would easily cut more than 30 billion with very little impact on domestic spending. Then we could get on to the very real problems of entitlement spending and corporate bailouts.

  • barbm

    this is a pretty good article on what happens if the govt shuts down.

  • Norman F.

    If there is a shut down the House (where all spending bills start) should de-fund all the “non essential” services, then have them present new budgets for approval before re-funding them. That would give the house a chance to get some of the slack out of their budgets. We might save enough to balance the budget!

    • Doc Sarvis

      Not with three war zones going on.

      • Norman F.

        The military is not a non-essential service.

        • Jeep

          Right on Norman, but the prez has threatened to not fund military retirement checks if there is a shut down. Somehow he must think this puts pressure on Reps to deal with him…hmmm…

          • http://?? Joe H.

            That just proves what I have been saying about him and Clintoon!! All along I have been saying that nobummer and Mr. Clintoon both don’t give a swiss dam about the military and the vets!! They sure don’t have any problem sending them into harms way, though!! They can both kiss the dark side!!!

  • sherri ww

    Let’s get this really straight.The Repubs ARE the ones wanting to shut the Govt.down.They did it last time,and right now,they would LOVE to do it again.AND-there are a few Dem’s in congress who,for whatever reason of their own,are dumb enough to help the Repub/Teapers do it.Fine.Shut it down,and stop the nonsense threats to do it.While the whole world is in Big Trouble-and the not far behind,all these guys can think of,while the bad guys are circling the wagons around 95%of us(the middle class),all these blowhards are worried about,and all they have been worried about,since the day Pres.Obama was elected,is”How can we get the” Black Man”out of the WH?While there is no jobs,money,health care,and our entire infrastructure crumbles around us,those fools hold up the”shiny object”,the deficit,to distract folks from getting that WE NEED JOBS,AND THEN THE DEFICIT WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF,JUST AS IT DID IN THE 1940s,when people got Jobs again.Then,the Repubs want to REDUCE the Social Security benefits of folks who make a whole$1000 a month and have NOTHING now!Well,remember folks,this ALL has to hit You Too,if you let them completely sell the middle class down the drain!What you all better do,is PRAY REAL HARD,that we keep this good man,OUR President,thru 2016,or the 95%of us are toast.Someday the Teapers will even figure it out-that’s THEIR money the rich are planning on taking, along with all the rest,and we best stop it quick!

    • 45caliber

      They are playing the “GAME”! Everyone calls politics a game … and they are right. And when you are having fun in the GAME why worry about others? They aren’t playing. Both sides are involved in this. I seriously doubt if there are more than a dozen people there who don’t consider this a game and play it to their limits.

    • Norman F.

      Sherri, it was a guy named Bill Clinton who shut down all “non essential” government after the republican led Congress wouldn’t give him all he wanted. And he was a democrat.

      • sherri ww

        Norm.I never did have time to answer you back a couple days ago,but yes,President Clinton did let them shut the govt.down(and he couldnt do much to stop it anyway-unfortunately a president doesnt have all the say-so)but they shut it down for the exact reasons it may get shut down this time-because the Repubs hated Clinton,and fought him on everything,just as they do with President Obama.Newt G.was the same idiot then as he is now and the Repubs were being total jerks just like they are now,simple as that!

  • Dennis

    Shut it down, its the best thing that could happen for us the tax payer.

  • http://com i41

    With the recordings of Chichen s–t Schumer and Ye Ha Dean both, it shows who is wanting a shut down sherri. Dems will not cut even 1% of the national budget, that is the problem. Why are dems a pouting like a whore, who got a 7 and a 3 dollar tip. Since the senate is going to vote on the worthless cap and trade bill, we think that there will not be problems with any jobs loses and prices on everything will rocket to the roof, just wait and see what pukes vote for the mess. Another area you are so wrong about is, it wasn’t he is a crossbred, but a known marxist/communist muslim wanna be dictator. Appantly you beleived the b–l s–t put out by the socialist media, when if you had the brain capicity to read his books. He stated why he and his roping mare spout the anti-American crap they beleived in. He was a beleiver in and supporter of Karl Marx, Saul Alinsky and other dictator nut jobs veiws of a perfect government and how to destroy a government. He and his group of radical freaks hate Israel. and who beleive in every country being controlled by UN mandates. Such as outlawing all private land ownership of property, which he is still working at. He is hoping to accomplished that under an executive order, to by pass Congress, like he just did with the Libyan kinetic misson. sherri, you must be a hardcore socialist welfare democrap idoit who never reads, or just swallows the liberial progressive line of being a government smuck.

  • GenEarly

    Always amazes me that Democrat-Socialists can ram through any laws they want (obamacare,finance deform,food control, gays in the military) and Repubdupes have to compromise and be bi-partisan. There are only 2 choices for Americans: Progressive Socialist Union Internationalist Democrats and Progressive Internationalist Republicans. Not so much a choice, Skim or 2% Milk?
    Ever read about the Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire? No need to, YOU are going to get to LIVE IT! Have Fun and please stop the political drivel.There will be NO Government Solution, It’s ALL up to YOU to secure your survival.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    According to a recent poll on , a large majority of Americans want the GOP to listen to the Tea Party. And we saw some of this message conveyed via the 2010 midterm elections!! Thus the GOP House MUST CUT SPENDING!! Most importantly, Obamacare must be defunded and sabotaged, especially considering that it’s been ruled unconstitutional!! And while on the subject, let’s urge the GOP to stand up to the leftwing socialist democraps!! E.g., when the democraps tell lies, just use Ronald Reagan’s quote: “OH SHUT UP”!! I’m tired of all the BS we hear from democraps who say the GOP wants to starve people to give tax breaks to the rich. We know the truth!! It’s really about letting producers keep more of what they earn as opposed to confiscating the fruits of their labor to redistribute to non-productive drones!! Doesn’t the Bible tell us “Thou shall not covet”?? Well, the Democrap Party is good at peddling class envy!! Just yesterday I saw a t-shirt window display. One shirt had large letters: “HATERS”. Below that read: “having anger towards everyone reaching success”. LOL!! Sounds like a good t-shirt for drones and welfare moochers!! Let me add to it: “EFTOSS”, which means “except for their own selfish selves”. “HATERS-EFTOSS” would be a perfect t-shirt for today’s leftwing socialist Democrap Party!!


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