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Lies our leaders tell us

July 29, 2011 by  

Lies our leaders tell us

OK, this is it, I promise: my last column on the so-called debt crisis (at least until next month). I know you’re getting tired of hearing about it. Heck, I’m getting tired of writing about it.

But the lies and distortions have gotten so outrageous in the past few days that I simply must get up on my soapbox one more time and try to clear up a few of the biggest piles of malarkey. (Some of you may prefer a stronger word for what’s being thrown around.) Here are the latest “Big Four” that got my goat.

There is no Aug. 2 deadline

I know; it’s hard to believe. All we’ve heard for months is economic catastrophe will befall us if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by Tuesday.

But where did that date come from? It was plucked out of thin air by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. It has no basis in fact, in law or in any accounting data anyone can present. The big spenders in Washington simply picked a date at random with which to frighten the American public.

Even Geithner admits that “technically” the government ran out of money two months ago. He says he used “extraordinary measures” and “accounting maneuvers” to delay the crisis as long as possible. But if he could do it for eight weeks, why not nine? Or 10?

Obama threatens to stiff seniors and vets

This one really has me steamed. Two weeks ago, the President told CBS News, “I cannot guarantee that those [Social Security] checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. …this is not just a matter of Social Security checks. These are veterans’ checks, these are folks on disability and their checks.”

All of which, as I showed in last week’s column, is a big, fat lie. (Click here if you missed that one.) If Social Security checks go out late, it will be because Barack Obama and his henchmen wanted to frighten our senior citizens and disabled vets out of their wits. (And frighten them into voting for him again in 2012, I should add.)

Can you think of anything this man has done that’s more despicable? (Well, OK, I’ll admit that killing a bunch of innocent civilians in Libya and other places is also pretty bad.)

There is plenty of money to pay our debts

The latest figures I could find show that the government expects to take in about $173 billion in revenue in August. Interest payments on Treasury securities for the month come to about $29 billion. We can pay every penny we owe and still have $144 billion left for other things. Not everything the Democrats want to do, I’ll admit. Not even everything they’ve already authorized. But so what?

It’s time to do what every family in America has to do when the money runs out, folks. Cut spending.

It’s all the Republicans’ fault

This may be the biggest whopper of them all. It wasn’t the Republicans who ran up those gigantic deficits. Barack Obama has forced our government to borrow more money in the past two years than any prior President did in eight.

Yet he wants you to believe that everything would be hunky-dory if it weren’t for those troglodytes in Congress. Is there anyone in America who actually believes this? Besides a few leftist university professors and some community organizers, that is.

Please remember that as President of the United States, Barack Obama was legally required to present a budget to Congress a year ago. Let me also remind you that back then, he had a solid Democratic majority in both houses. He could have gotten virtually anything he wanted passed. Why didn’t he?

Oh, and here’s a kicker you probably don’t know: According to a law passed way back in the days when Jimmy “Killer Rabbit” Carter was President, Obama’s budget had to be balanced.

Yup, even I forgot about this one. Section 7 of Public Law 95-435 declares, “Beginning with fiscal year 1981, the total budget outlays of the Federal Government shall not exceed its receipts.”

This has been the law of the land for 30 years, ladies and gentlemen. It’s never been repealed. Of course, I’ve got to admit it’s never been obeyed, either. That’s another objection I have to a Balanced Budget Amendment. If the big spenders in Washington won’t obey this law, what makes you think they’ll obey another one that says essentially the same thing?

In yet another speech filled with lies and deception, our Dissembler in Chief declared last week that “Congress has run up the credit card.” Who told it to, Mr. President? In fact, who insisted on all of that additional spending? May I respectfully suggest, sir, that for the answer you look in a mirror?

The President keeps trotting out his lament about corporate jets and how awful it is that our country allows this “tax break for the rich.” Apparently, this canard plays well in Peoria, so he uses it again and again.

Here’s how petty the President is being. If businesses weren’t allowed special deductions for the depreciation of those jets, government tax revenue would go up $3 billion. Or to put it another way, Obama’s deficit just for this year would be slashed from $1.4 trillion to — are you ready for this? — $1.397 trillion. That’s really impressive, isn’t it?

If the Democrats could do this 1,000 times, the Internal Revenue Service would collect an additional $300 billion in taxes. That is about one-third the deficit Barack Obama has incurred for this year.

Barack Obama is one of the most divisive, dishonest and mean-spirited men to ever hold high office in this country. And considering the competition, that’s saying something.

So what if we run out of money?

The bean counters tell us that if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, the government of the United States won’t be able to pay about 44 percent of the bills coming due next month.

Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

I’m serious. Think for a moment about what would happen if this country went a month with the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Interior, Agriculture and a bunch of others doing nothing, because they didn’t have the funds?

I think we would quickly find out we don’t need them. And that this country is a richer, freer, more prosperous place without them. Private industry would create millions of new jobs. Profits would go up. So would tax revenue.

Ask some of the oldsters out there what happened at the end of World War II. Millions of soldiers returned home, ready to roll up their sleeves and go to work. Thousands of factories that were busy making war material turned their attention to making consumer goods. And this nation rode a wave of prosperity, innovation and job creation that lasted for decades.

I think the same thing would happen again, if the bloated, oppressive bureaucracy our politicians have created were shut down… or at least drastically trimmed.

As a fellow writer put it, wouldn’t you relish the prospect of “thousands of government employees, people with perfectly productive minds, some of them quite brilliant, making the change from parasites to producers?”

Sure you would. We can dream, can’t we?

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • Debt and More Debt

    IT APPEARS SOCIAL SECURITY MUST BE PAID REGARDLESS WHETHER OR NOT CONGRESS RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. Read more:

    Part I – AMENDMENT 14 ……………………………
    Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868

    SECTION 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

    SECTION 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

    SECTION 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

    Part 2: The article – “Clinton Would Use 14th Amendment To Raise Debt Limit ‘Without Hesitation’”

    http://www.personalliberty.com/news/clinton-would-use-14th-amendment-to-raise-debt-limit-%e2%80%98without-hesitation%e2%80%99/

    Prez Bill Clinton is 100% wrong.

    • Debt and More Debt

      Doomsday Plan, Mark Your Calender, LOL.

      News – Part I:

      ISRAEL-IRAN WAR IN SEPTEMBER?
      http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2011/07/israel-iran-war-in-september.html#comment-form

      As the most recently updated naval map from Stratfor demonstrates, the CVN 77 G.H.W. Bush has just entered the Persian Gulf, the first time a US aircraft carrier has passed through the Straits of Hormuz in months. What is also notable is that the LHD 5 Bataan amphibious warfare ship has just weighed anchor right next to Libya: this is odd since the coast of Tripoli had been left unattended for many weeks by US attack ships. And topping it all off is that a third aircraft carrier, the CVN 73, is sailing west from the South China seas, potentially with a target next to CVN 76 Ronald Reagan which is the second carrier in the Straits of Hormuz area. Three carriers in proximity to Iran would be extremely troubling.
      Zerohedge goes on to report:

      CIA veteran Robert Baer, the man played by George Clooney in Syriana, who as Al Jazeera reports, appeared on KPFK Los Angeles, warning that Israeli PM Netanyahu is “likely to ignite a war with Iran in the very near future.”

      News – Part #2

      September 20, 2009
      By Jake Tapper (ABC News)

      Zbig Brzezinski: “Obama Adm. Should Tell Israel U.S. Will Attack Israeli Jets if They Try to Attack Iran.”

      The national security adviser for former President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, gave an interview to The Daily Beast in which he suggested President Obama should make it clear to Israel that if they attempt to attack Iran’s nuclear weapons sites the U.S. Air Force will stop them.

      “We are not exactly impotent little babies,” Brzezinski said. “They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? … We have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not.

      No one wishes for this but it could be a ‘Liberty’ in reverse.”

      • FreedomFighter

        Defeat the Obama, Pelosi, Reed trinity of evil.

        “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”–Ronald Reagan

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

        • mark

          Reid just won, he will be around for five and a half more years. Ronald Reagan tripled the national debt in his 8 years in office, raising it from $900 billion in 1981 to $2.6 trillion in 1989. He was a huge spender and deficit deadbeat.

          • FreedomFighter

            Lucy minion distortion.

            http://www.reagansheritage.org/

            Learn the truth, not just distorted stats, denie leftest Lucy lies.

            Buy gold, silver, lead now.

            Laus Deo
            Semper Fi

          • SJvet

            I think you mean the Congress at the time was a deficit deadbeat.

          • mark

            No, these were also Reagan’s budgets that he authorized, approved, and signed. He spent vast amounts of money on the military and never really cut that much in social spending as he claimed he would. He also enacted significant tax breaks that greatly increase the deficits exponentially. You certainly wouldn’t say that the giant deficits in the past two budgets were all Congress’ fault would you? Obama had no hand in them?

          • eyeswideopen

            Chip Wood, your figures are wrong! You must use due diligence when quoting figures. These facts were supplied by the Bipartisan Policy Center. Maybe facts don’t matter to the conservatives but the rest of us demand accuracy when screwing with our lives. The Bipartisan Policy Center also has Conservatives on it’s board, maybe you would consider them as a source of info.

            Please make the corrections to your article. http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2011-07-28-Treasury-payment-decisions-debt-ceiling_n.htm

          • eyeswideopen
          • FreedomFighter

            “Would you bring back the Soviet empire? President Reagan spent $3 trillion on defense, well above the $2.2 trillion baseline. What did that extra $800 billion buy? The end of the Cold War — saving, perhaps, a billion lives from nuclear extinction.”–Brian R.

            Link:

            http://www.heritage.org/Research/Commentary/2004/06/Defending-the-Reagan-Deficits

            Dang Lucy leftest liars always tring to rewrite history, makes me want to puke.

            Laus Deo
            Semper Fi

          • Pappadave

            Sorry, Mark, but you’re WRONG. ALL spending bills MUST originate in the House of Representatives. Between about 1953 and 1995, the House of Representatives was totally controlled by Democrats–without a single year’s break. If President Reagan had any faults, it was his reluctance to veto those 2,500 page “budgets” submitted by Congress with ONE day before government shutdown and just LET the government shut down. The Reagan tax CUTS resulted in tax revenues to the government DOUBLING within 3 years! THAT’S a fact. The deficits were because (contrary to their promise to Reagan) the Democrat-controlled Congress SPENT $1.60 for every new dollar coming in. Seeing all that “extra” money, Democrats simply CANNOT restrain themselves from spending it, and THAT’S a fact, too.

          • Freedom

            Reagan had a libeal DemoRAT congress that could not stop spending. He even stated this many times.

          • JohnC, Freeport,NY

            Mark: That is not true. Reagan had a Democratic Congress, and had to go along with THEIR spending just to get his programs through the Congress. He also created millions of jobs, because he got out of the way of businesses.

          • Old Henry

            Mark, how can that be? I remember that Reagan was CONTINUALLY vilified by the democraps and the press for constantly CUTTING spending.

          • eyeswideopen

            Pappdove, you are incorrect, Reagan had the repub senate, who are the final say in spending after the house passes the bills. This might help you.
            http://uspolitics.about.com/od/usgovernment/l/bl_party_division_2.htm

          • TexasPatriot

            You just don’t get it do you? It is easy to find issues in the past – history is full of them. We can’t do anything about what Reagan did 25 or 30 years ago. Why don’t you defend what Osamabama is doing now?

          • eyeswideopen

            TexasPatriot, I was only giving information about who had control. Why does that bother you so much? When you keep ignoring facts, someone has to stand up and correct the misconceptions stated. Why does the truth scare you so much? By the way, if you don’t acknowledge history and the facts, you will repeat the previous mistakes over and over and over again. Garbage in garbage out. You can’t make logical decisions based on incorrect information.

          • DaveH

            Eyes,
            Perhaps you could explain to us where Chip’s figures are wrong?

          • DaveH

            Eyes said “Pappdove, you are incorrect, Reagan had the repub senate, who are the final say in spending after the house passes the bills.”
            Perhaps, Eyes, you could explain to us how PappaDave’s comment was “incorrect”? He didn’t say anything about the Senate, and they aren’t the “final say”.
            Whoever’s paying you Eyes is paying too much.

          • Jerry Eaves

            I think that if you go check it out you will also find that G.W. Bush ran our debt up by leaps and bounds. However I will admitt that Obama’s big problem is he has no strong backbone to stand up for what is right for the U.S.A. he alwasy caves in under big business pressure just like all of the Republicans and Democrats do because big business runs this country not the people.

        • FreedomFighter

          “No less than former Soviet Union Foreign Minister Alexander Bessmertnykh has been quoted crediting President Reagan’s defense buildup for the accelerated collapse of the Soviet Union. The fragile communist economy, already stretched thin by substantial defense spending, could not keep up with America’s defense buildup. The possibility of American missile defense, and President Reagan’s powerful rhetoric, further persuaded the Soviets they could not win the Cold War, and induced the reforms that culminated in the collapse of the Soviet empire — without America firing a single shot. It was the best $800 billion investment America ever made.

          Would you raise the top income-tax rate back to 70 percent? Commentators also blame the 1980s deficits on President Reagan’s insistence on reducing taxes in 1981. Yet President Reagan inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression. Excessively high tax rates were discouraging work and investment and therefore damaging the economy while raising little revenue. President Reagan removed barriers to entrepreneurship by reducing tax rates, cutting red tape, and stabilizing the economy, thereby encouraging risk takers. The centerpiece of this policy was a radical series of across-the-board tax cuts that lowered the top income tax rate from 70 percent to 50 percent, and eventually to 28 percent. (It stands at 35 percent today.)

          This tax relief unleashed a 20-year surge of entrepreneurship, as the U.S. economy tripled in size. The lasting impact of these policies can be seen in successive presidents, who ratified Reaganomics by refusing to even consider raising taxes back to their 1970s levels. Thus, America continues to benefit from lower tax rates.

          Would you trade 2.8 million jobs? Before the Reagan tax relief, the unemployment rate averaged 7.7 percent. Since the tax cuts, it has averaged 5.8 percent — a difference that translates into 2.8 million jobs per year.

          Would you trade $15,000 of your annual income? In the two decades before the Reagan tax relief, the average household’s annual disposable income increased $13,000. In the 20 years following Reagan’s tax cuts, these incomes surged $28,000.

          Would you trade the stock market boom? In the two decades before the Reagan tax relief, the S&P 500 increased 120 percent. In the 20 years following Reagan’s tax cuts, the market jumped 575 percent.

          And don’t forget the 12 percent inflation rate and 21 percent interest rates that Reaganomics slew.

          The Reagan tax cuts replaced the deepest recession since the Great Depression with the largest 20-year boom in American history. Tax revenues actually grew faster in the low-tax 1980s than in the high-tax 1970s, and rising incomes meant the share of taxes paid by the wealthy actually increased throughout the 1980s. Millions of people who had entered the 1980s in the lowest income quintile surged to the highest income quintile by 1990.

          All a coincidence? As Reagan would say, “there you go again.”

          Sure, President Reagan would have preferred to minimize the deficits by eliminating wasteful spending. However, the only way to persuade a Democratic Congress to accept a defense buildup and pro-growth tax cuts was to agree to their domestic spending demands.

          Ironically, the 1980s budget deficits made the 1990s surpluses possible. The budget was balanced by surging tax revenues from a booming, low-tax economy and defense savings brought on by the end of the Cold War.”–Brian R.

          Yes we really should learn from history, Progressive/Liberal communist systems such as Obama’s socialist/communist agenda is a failure. The Demonrat party is now the Communist party and must be defeated at all costs.

          Laus Deo
          Semper Fi

        • http://sandstone gail

          Your insane crap just goes on and on. For people who want to know whats wrong with this country, just read some this. You people are surely locked up somewhere and have nothing better to do but see who can out lie the other person. HA

      • Pat Bright

        As a former member of the United States Air Force, I can speak from my personal knowledge of fighter pilots. NONE will attack Israel’s fighters.Most would assist them !

        • Joy

          My money is and always will be on Israel. The Obama Regime is a whiny bag of suet and the Israelis know it.

          • FreedomFighter

            The more you know the better:

            http://www.newswithviews.com/Wallace/andrew128.htm

            Thanks again Steve Quayle.

            Laus Deo
            Semper Fi

          • Kate8

            FreedomFighter – Loved the article.

            The only thing I would say about the ESTABLISHMENT fearing to go toe-to-toe with us is that they are smarter than that. They have set us up to turn on each other and get the job done for them. It’s another big reason why we have had the flood of third-worlders, both legal and illegal, pouring into our country and taking more than what our citizens can get, and why they bring people from countries who despise America and seek to take us over.

            With the threats that continue to pile up against us from those who will soon see the free ride slipping away, and the increasing thuggery from our law enforcement, and the Leftist Marxists who are being incited to explode into homegrown terrorists, the PTB doesn’t need to do another thing. They’ll just wait out the raging wars among the factions from the comfort of their palacial underground bunkers (which they built through theft of OUR MONEY) until all they have to do is bring in their forces to clean up the rest.

        • Nadzieja Batki

          I hope to God you are right.

        • JUKEBOX

          It has been reported that the Israeli fighters are superior to our most advanced fighters, so we would be wise to not confront them, but to assist them.

          • moonbeam

            You are correct. Israel has one heck of an army, as does China.

          • Average Joe

            We would be wiser to not get involved at all. If they bite off more than they can chew….so be it.
            Don’t get me wrong, if Israel is attacked by their neighbors…by all means, help them….If they initiate the conflict…they are on their own…..stop expecting the US to come to their aid….when they are the obvious “agressor”.
            I firmly believe in the old saying, “Don’t let your alligator mouth write a check your canary ass can’t cash”.

          • Old Henry

            JUKEBOX:

            You are correct, but there is also one other factor regarding Israel – God Almighty. We as a nation are already pushing our luck with God.

          • Karolyn

            Here is an interesting article which gives a different view of the Israeli-Palestinian situation by an Australian Anglican priest.
            http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/07/22/the-fighting-father-a-christian-anarchist-and-god-part-iii/

          • ron

            Gee, thats funny because I thought Israel got most if not all of their military gear (fighters ) ect. from the United States. and BTW there is no military in the world more superior or professional than ours. There is no military in the world capable of doing what our military does.Yes ours is the profession of arms. Don’t ever forget that. Israel, give me a darn break. One of or heavy divisions would crush the entire armed forces of Israel reload and take Cuba.

          • DaveH

            Yes, Ron, we would crush them, but Jukebox was talking about particular soldiers being better trained. I doubt that anybody would dispute our per capita firepower over that of China, but who do you think would win in a land war?

        • USAF VET

          If not assist, then stand by to intercept anything Iran tries to throw at them, or back them on their way home.

        • Peace

          Here’s the link for you.

          US voices commitment to Israel in defense talks

          http://www.activistpost.com/search/label/America%27s%20relationship%20with%20Israel

        • patriot37

          AT LAST somebody who knows and is compelled to speak the truth, Semper Fi to Pat Bright. As one who was a frequent flyer in that Karzy Asian conflict, a gun ship helo driver, I would not obey any order to fire upon any ally regardless of political or religious beliefs. Every American must know that there are few, if any, ‘political solutions’ when dealing with a mad man. I am not privy to any conflict that did not require military means in which to resolve the conflict. Please inform me if I’m misinformed.

      • Dan az

        DMD
        The UN right now is forcing Isreal to give up there land.They are going to force the issue and obummer is fully behind it.They just had another meeting in DC on it and they refuse to give it up.They are planning to go to war as we speak.I would hope that we support them in it but with this jerk in office I doubt it.The invasion of Syria is almost ready they have been prepping our military to go in through turkey for some months now.And china and russia both are going to stand in the way.So you see this is the first step to total world war.

        • moonbeam

          Yep, welcome to Armageddon. The US would get a beat down if it went to war against Israel. God won’t take too kindly to it either.

        • Al Sieber

          Dan, we need to get out of the middle east completely and take care of our own business, our economy, our borders,unemployment etc., we need to quit giving other countries money, as G. Washington said stay out of foreign entanglements. we went from a Republic to a Empire, we need to take this country back, time is getting real short. i don’t care about Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Israel, etc. just about our country, we already hit the iceberg and we’re going down and all they’re doing is rearranging the deck chairs and the water is up to the deck. all this other bull$hit propaganda is just to take our minds off what’s really happening. “goggle” PNAC, “Project For A New American Century”, or read the “Grand Chessboard”, or “Between Two Ages”, by Z.Brezinski. that’s what’s in store for us, that’s their plan. ain’t no Democrat or Republican gonna save us, we vote the same trash in every 4 years. it’s past frigging “1984″ brother, got any rain yet?

          • Dan az

            hey Al
            Good post brother thats the most you have said in months!!!
            The monsoons really suck this year every time they move in they go around us.So all we get is the humidity.I’ve been pre occupied with some gubmnt cover up crap and trying to help out some old ship mates that are dieing from it,so I haven’t been on here as much as I like to be.Good to here from ya!

          • Dan az

            Al
            That PNAC is some scary stuff!Its the hand of the NWO!

          • Al Sieber

            Dan, you don’t have to explain anything to me. I had problems with the FEDS.also, MSHA, they tried to say I fell under their rules and regs., for small mining, they were wrong, I don’t back down. sorry about your shipmates.looking in your direction it looks like rain.

        • USAF VET

          Dan, since Turkey won’t let us use their airspace to fly over, how do you think they are going to let our troops just march through their country. It ain’t gonna happen that way.

          • Dan az

            USAF VET
            I had the site a few months ago that told and showed it happening but I had to let it go because my bookmarks are two colums now.Sorry cant remember sh-t any more were I put things and were I get them,usely I get the site right here if I run across it again I’ll post it for ya.

      • BKWsr

        Why should we stop Israel from doing what it needs to do. That is their buisness. If we had not stuck our nose in their buisness back in the 80′s, There would not be a PLO, or any other PLO type left. Why are we messing with Lybia today. It should had been completed in the 80′s.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Were you not able to comment on what Chip wrote and had to go off on tangents?

      • Void1972

        Ever notice how liberals like to spend money…particularly other people’s money?

        If you’ve ever found yourself engaged in debate with a liberal in an attempt to convince him that government spending is out of control, you know it’s often an exercise in frustration. This is especially true when your liberal invokes his holier-than-thou conviction that the supposed good he is intent on imposing upon the world — both domestically and internationally — must trump any financial considerations you may introduce into the debate.

        Well, fret no more. Here’s a surefire formula to stop any liberal dead in his tracks: a series of four questions that every liberal must be asked. It involves a few mathematical exercises, the effects of which are guaranteed to negate whatever Keynesian psycho-babble may have infected a liberal’s neuronal functioning. I have found this bottom-line number-crunching to be the best form of deprogramming for whatever Kool-Aid the Obamanomics crowd has been ingesting.

        The Four Questions

        Here’s how it works. Take out a sheet of lined paper (legal yellow pad, preferably) and a pen. Number the top four lines of the page 1 through 4 down the left-hand side. Hand the page to your liberal and ask him if he would kindly indulge you: would he answer the following four questions? Then proceed to ask them, in order. Let him write down each answer before proceeding to the next question.

        The four questions are:

        What is total spending of the federal budget?
        What is the federal deficit?
        What is the national debt?
        What was the most recent interest payment on the national debt?
        You’ll be surprised at the answers. The first impression you’ll get is that most won’t know the difference between “deficit” and “national debt.” You see, liberals are all for spending your money, but they don’t have a clue how much of it is being spent nor how much debt they’re getting us into in order to do that spending. You’ll also find that the answer to question #1 ranges from a low of several hundred billion to a trillion; no one, it seems, is able to get the answer to within $300-$400 billion.

        The Four Answers

        The next step is to correct their answers by crossing out what they’ve written and, beside it, writing down the right figures. They are:

        1) Total spending for the federal budget for 2010 is projected to be approximately $3.6 trillion. The budget comprises total expenditures and total receipts by the federal government.

        2) The federal deficit for 2010 is projected to be approximately $1.2 trillion. However, note that in 2009, the deficit was projected to be $407 billion but ended up being $1.4 trillion. The deficit is total expenditures less total receipts (such as income taxes) received. When receipts exceed expenditures, there is a surplus.

        3) The national debt at the end of fiscal year 2010 is projected to be $14 trillion. This debt is the accumulation of every year’s deficit since 1776 less all accumulated surpluses.

        4) The annual interest payment on the National Debt for 2010 is projected to be $164 billion.

        The Debt In 2015

        Underneath the four answers, write this: “The debt in 2015 is projected to total $20 trillion.”

        The Extrapolation

        Explain that the interest the government pays (#4) on the debt (#3) is raised by selling financial instruments such as Treasury Bills to investors (such as the People’s Republic of China). These financial instruments are currently paying about 1.5% interest, which will result in the approximately $164 billion in interest expense to the federal government.

        Here’s where it gets interesting. Remind your liberal that interest rates fluctuate (Remember when interest rates almost reached 20% back in the early ’80s?), as this graph demonstrates. Note this graph is the historical rates for three-month U.S. Treasury Bills, one of the very instruments used to service the debt. Also remind your liberal that we are experiencing historically low interest rates, which means that interest rates have only one direction in which to go.

        Treasuries at 6% Paying Today’s Debt

        Then ask what he thinks will happen to interest rates if China and other purchasers of American debt stop buying, and what we would have to do in order to attract them back: will rates go up or down? Ask your liberal, “If interest rates on treasuries go up to just a modest 6% — which is more than triple the current interest rate we are paying — what will the annual interest payment be on just today’s approximately $14-trillion national debt?” Here’s the math:

        $14,000,000,000,000 X 0.06 = $840,000,000,000.

        That’s an $840-billion annual interest payment on the current national debt.

        Treasuries at 10% Paying Today’s Debt

        But interest rates can easily go up to 10%…after all we’ve seen much higher rates within our lifetimes. What would the annual interest expense be on the current debt level if we had to pay 10% a year in interest?

        $14,000,000,000,000 X 0.10 = $1,400,000,000,000.

        That’s $1.4 trillion in annual interest payments on just the current national debt.

        Treasuries at 6% and 10% in 2015

        But we’re told that at projected deficit levels the debt will reach $20 trillion in just four years. At 6% and 10%, the annual interest payments on the debt would be:

        @ 6%: $1.2 trillion

        @ 10%: $2 trillion

        Note that the above two figures just service the debt; they don’t reduce the principal of the debt. Note also that $2 trillion represents more than half of all current federal spending.

        All the Signs Were There for the 2007 Financial Meltdown

        Only a few astute individuals foresaw the global financial meltdown of 2007. Indeed, those few warned us and provided ample evidence: AIG’s overselling of their credit default swaps, lax Freddie and Fannie rules for granting mortgages, etc. But we ignored them.

        Now we look at those very same facts and figures from pre-2007 and think, of course! It was so obvious…how could we have missed it? The numbers were there for anyone to see. Trillions of dollars in credit default swaps liability on just the part of AIG, and if the market moved against it, the world economy collapses. And yet despite all the signs, despite all the public information readily available upon which any and all could perform the most rudimentary high school math, we missed everything.

        There’s another financial crisis looming. All the signs are there, all the numbers are right under our collective nose, and we all have access to calculators and spreadsheets on those free Microsoft programs that come on the laptops and desktops we own. But again, we’re in full court press denial mode: ignoring what’s sitting smack drab in front of us…and President Obama, his Democrat minions in Congress, and not just a few borrow and spend Bush 43 Republicans insist upon going down the same deficit path we’ve been tripping the light fantastic upon for the past decade of unbridled spending.

        What to Do

        Governments tax and spend; this is what they do. Indeed, it’s what they’re supposed to do. It’s all part and parcel of running a country, and it can’t be avoided. But as we all now know, things have simply gotten out of hand…and record deficits and a national debt approaching our annual GDP underline the insanity of the liberal spend spend spend credo.

        We have come to accept declarations of political pundits who declare that “it is the end of America as we know it!” unless we heed whatever warning or policy they are promoting as part of the political lexicon. A hackneyed phrase, to be sure, and largely ignored or merely tolerated.

        But in this instance, we may want to conclude that such a declaration is justified. Trillions in annual payments just to service the debt without even reducing it one iota does indeed justify alarm. As I see it, it means one of two things:

        - Indebted servitude to our creditors for decades to come, a form of financial slavery in which at least half of every dollar in federal taxes goes to interest payments instead of government services; or

        - Government-induced hyper-inflation in which the trillions in debt will be paid off, but the process will impoverish tens of millions of fixed-income Americans and irrevocably diminish the reputation of America on the world stage and global markets.

        Either way, the America we’ve known up to now is over. And Republican 2010 campaign pledges to bring federal spending down to — wow! — 2008 levels simply don’t cut it.

        Even a balanced budget is not enough. What we need is a surplus budget, and we need it now — not next year, not five years from now…even if it means financial pain, which it will.

        An ounce of hurt now is going to be a whole lot better than a pound of excruciating pain later.

        Tony Kondaks is the author of “Why Canada must end,”

        • Al Sieber

          Well Void, not far from me across the Colorado River is Laughlin Nevada, and Harry Reid is making a deal with Communist China to sell land to them so they could build a solar energy plant, what happened to lying Obama’s plan to put Americans to work doing the same? Harry Reid is a traitor to this country.

          • Lost in Paradise

            Al I think that could be said of our entire government. They have been selling us off piece by piece for years. Yet we as citizens do nothing.

          • Al Sieber

            You’re right Lost, we need to stop it.

          • Void1972

            Al
            It’s very disturbing that China is buying tens of thousands of acres of land in America. The Chinese are using our money to buy up America, and our government does nothing. We need a new government very soon, or we will be a communist nation in less then a decade.

          • DaveH

            Void,
            Don’t blame the Chinese for spending the money they earned from us in legitimate transactions. The Government is at fault, and we need to keep our focus on them. If Government wasn’t spending a lion’s share of our money wastefully, encouraging people to be slackers by giving them somebody else’s hard-earned money for nothing, diminishing our companies’ productivity with stifling regulations, and taxing our corporations to death, we would have our own cheaply produced American products to buy.

          • http://deleted Claire

            DaveH– Good point. Our government (past and present) has allowed this to happen through their incompetence.

          • Jana

            Clair,
            And so have we the people sat back and let it happen.
            We should have been paying closer attention. Shame on us.

          • http://deleted Claire

            Jana:

            You are correct. I agree with you 100%. And I will tell you the truth-I am aggravated with myself for voting for some of these characters. I can offer no excuses. I simply was not on the ball as so to speak. Yes, shame on me.

      • eyeswideopen

        One of the biggest lies told by Rick Perry and his states balanced budget. How do you like underwritting Texas with your tax dollars, when they supposedly have a balanced budget law?
        http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/23/news/economy/texas_perry_budget_stimulus/index.htm

    • Daniel

      Rules and laws didn’t stop Liberals from collapsing this country for the past 5 years, so what makes you think they will start obeying them now? A few prison sentences would go a long way in restoring fiscal sanity and showing the tyrants in Congress we mean frigging business!

      • Liddie

        Bernie Madoff should have lots of company whose salaries and perks have been
        eliminated because of their criminal record against the citizenry.

      • Glenda

        Daniel, Your memory is short. If you will think back about 2 1/2 years when President Obama was elected, he inherited most of our problems of today due to President Bush’s enormous tax cuts to the wealthy and lack of regulations on the banks and lending institutions and, also on Wall Street. And how about two wars that we are still involved in, not to mention the loss of lives. A lot of money had to be spent to bail this Country out of a deep recession, which your conservative Republicans are trying to lead us right back into. If you think this Country has problems now, just wait. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, we will see a great depression. All of this Countries problems can’t be laid on a President that has only been in office 2 1/2 years, but many can be applied to President Bush who was in office 8 years.

        • Al Sieber

          Glenda, wake up, Obama is bought and paid for by the Banksters, and Wall street, just like all the rest.

        • George E

          Glenda,

          We blame President Obama for what he has, and has not done while in office, not for any other reason. He simply does not seem to understand capitalist economics because if he did he wouldn’t do most of the things he is doing, and has done, if he wanted to grow this economy. So, in this regard, I think it is fair to claim he is incompetent. If you don’t accept that, then you must believe he is intentionally trying to hurt this country, or believes socialism is a better path than capitalism. As much as I dislike what he is doing, I prefer to give him the benefit of the doubt and simply think he is incompetent.

          • Al Sieber

            George E, Obama damn well knows what he’s doing, he’s a puppet like all the rest.

        • TexasPatriot

          How about Clinton (the sexual predator) who was also in office eight years. When will you fools stop protecting Osamababa from any responsibility whatsoever?

    • George

      Apparently, “Debt and More Debt”, you are unaware of the distinction made between “debts” and “obligations.” The money the Federal Government borrows from other countries and from its own citizens is debt. Money to pay such items as “entitlements”, salaries, etc are obligations. It would not be a default should they fail to pay the military or social security, etc since those are not considered debt. I agree, it would be scurrilous, but that’s the way politicians operate. Next we’ll be trying to determine how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

    • wandamurline

      That includes our military also.

    • Andee

      Colorado lawmakes are saying the same thing plus they are saying, we in the House control the money and as such, we will pay our military, our vets and SS! Good for them! They are joined by others but by whom I do not know..this groups met away from their offices or perhaps via teleconferencing to discuss what this jokster, idiot that is, over and beyond despicable!

      Chips article is fantastic…what he left out that I feel is quite important is this: Why do we continue to pay out to the UN to help take America over with this SOB in the W House? Why do we pay out billions to countrys that want to wipe us off the map…does that not equate to billions upon billions and would not both of these seriously reduse our debt, produce happier citizens that want to go out and try to produce something better that can be left behind for their children and grandchildren? Would it not bring back some of the freedoms of not worrying about being castrated by this bobo in office of our little SS checks, of healthcare for the poor, the seniors and the truly disabled that need the help?

      For me, it seems that the illegla Latinos get more and more of our tax dollars through the anchor babies they produce on purpose for this explicit reason…many of those innocent lives come into this world as Meth babies or crack and that brings more taxpayer dollars into pla…should there not be a way to handle this effectively and rid ourselves of the anchor babies…what happened to the legislation to do so?

      Finally, why are we paying out for 44 aides for the organutan in W House, why are we paying taxpayer dollars for a gardener that is nothing more than a boy toy, why do we still have as many Czars as before to control our lives and not have to report to anyone but the floppy eared monkey in the W House? Considering all of these things, I just bet we could reduce our national debts a whopping amount and go back to being a nation…that is JUST AFTER JANET IS GONE, HOMELAND, AN ILLEGAL AGENCY IS DEFUNDED, GONE AND THE TSA GO AWAY. Then we can return to being treated like humans and restore dignity to our citizens………..has there ever been a terrorist that is an American Citizen? Nope….

      • Viola Perry

        As Thomas Jefferson warned us about: “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

        • eyeswideopen

          You mean like those Corporations do?

          • crisscross

            It doesn’t have matter whether government policy favores public or corporate welfare. Jefferson would have opposed both.

          • swampfox

            No like you liberals do.

      • Glenda

        Andee, I think you need to get your facts straight. It is not President Obama who wants to do away with your pitiful little Social Security check or any other social benefits. It is your conservative Republicans and Tea Party members who want to wipe out all social benefits that have taken us 50 – 100 years to acquire. It would really be nice if you would address the President of the United States as President Obama. How childish and disrespectful to call any President names just because you disagree with the way he is running the Country. If you think President Obama is ruining this Country, think again. It is the hard-nosed Republicans and Tea Party members that are trying to take away your rights and social benefits. Wake Up and see things as they really are. Don’t twist the truth!

        • George E

          Glenda,

          Bottom line, our government spends about 40% more money each year than they take in. That has got to change, and quick, or our government is going to go bankrupt. The rating agencies threatened downgrade is simply a symptom of the real problem, not the problem. If the debt isn’t reduced significantly, and soon, our credit rating is going to be downgraded anyway. If our Congress doesn’t debate the debt now when they’ve got to vote on raising the debt limit, then when? I’m pretty sure that’s why Congress imposed a debt limit on themselves in the first place, don’t you think? Also, don’t forget if the Democrats really wanted to increase the debt limit without debate, then why do you think they didn’t simply do this when they were in the majority in both houses of Congress? It has occurred to some of us that they probably wanted the Republicans to submit a budget that put some constraints on spending so they could claim Republicans were “cutting” critical funding for social programs. Republicans have tried to constrain the government’s spending, although not enough. They have not really cut spending on any program from current spending levels. All that they’ve been able to do so far is cut the amount of increase in spending that has been proposed. None of these proposals have really reduced the debt, much less balanced the budget. As I said, we’ve got to get real about how much debt we already have, and seriously start reducing it. We’re out of time.

        • TexasPatriot

          Glenda, you are obviously indoctrinated beyond any hope. Go drink some more Osamabama kool-aid and cash your ‘hard earned’ welfare check.

          • http://deleted Claire

            At the risk of stirring the pot and everyone jumping on me–the Republicans have always wanted to do away with SS. Wasn’t this in Boehner’s Bill or am I wrong? They wanted cuts to SS and Medicare. Correct me if I am wrong. Americans paid into these programs and like I said before, all administrations stole from these programs. They stole OUR money. It would place a heavy burden on our Seniors, and it is not right. (No pun intended.) Seniors paid into these programs. It is not their fault that the politicians stole this money for their own freaking agendas.

          • George E

            Claire,

            I don’t think so. Here’s what Paul Ryan proposed regarding Social Security in his recent budget proposal: http://www.roadmap.republicans.budget.house.gov/Issues/Issue/?IssueID=8521.

            He proposed making changes to the program for folks over 55, but leaving those over 55 alone. If we don’t allow these kinds of changes to be made to the program, it’s going to go down the drain along with everything else in the not-so-distant future. I don’t think it’s unfair to make changes to younger people’s benefits since they haven’t contributed as much to the program as older folks.

            By the way, it was the Democrats that voted to put the Social Security funds in the general fund so this money could be spent on anything Congress wanted to spend it on. Republicans have argued for years that this money should be set aside and put in a “lock box.” Remember?

            It’s true that Republicans didn’t initially want to set up the Social Security program because they didn’t like the premise it was built on. It’s also true that they still see flaws in the program structure, and that’s why they have proposed reforms to it on several occassions. However, now that we have it, they have tried to reform and preserve it for the people who have been contributing into it. It’s the Democrats that don’t want to reform the program, but they don’t have any problem increasing the contribution levels and spending the money on other things. If either party is trying to kill the program, I believe it’s the Democratic Party.

          • George E

            Sorry, but I just caught an error in my post.

            Paul Ryan proposed changes in Social Security for people “under” 55, but proposed no changes for people “over” 55.

          • DaveH

            Claire,
            The Republicans didn’t want to do away with Social Security. That was the spin put on their real proposals by the MSM. Republicans have proposed various fixes such as privatizing Social Security or scaling down the participation rates.
            Also Means Testing has been tossed around, but I don’t remember any Republicans advocating that. I have heard Democrat James Clyburn talk about Means Testing though.

          • http://deleted Claire

            Okay, I have read your posts. However, I still hold to the fact that both parties jeopardized SS and Medicare by taking the money that Americans paid into this program. They should have kept their sticky fingers out of it and left it well enough alone. I am stubborn, and they are going to have to prove to me that they are doing their “best” for America, and not for their so-called party. Party affiliation means nothing to me, doing what is correct and honest does. These parties got America into this mess, let them figure out how to get out of it, however, I sure do not see that happening. At this moment in time, I certainly am not impressed with any of them. All I see is nothing more than a war between parties and who will be the winner. To me, none of them are winners, at anything.

          • Al Sieber

            Claire, I don’t agree with either party, I know they sold out, bought and paid for. you’re right, political choice is a illusion to me anymore.

          • http://deleted Claire

            Al– I will no longer blindly follow any party. I have done that in times past and I could kick myself for doing so. I am trying to keep openminded about the way the issues are dealt with–I still say it is nothing more than a “war” between the parties and who will WIN. This chaos should not be a matter of which party wins–it should be a matter of solving the devastating issues. If the politicians were actually concerned with the problems of America, they would not be wrangling with each other. They should forget their party affiliation, put their heads together and figure out the mess, not add to it and prolong it.

          • DaveH

            Claire,
            Once you realize that they are in it for themselves, the veil will be lifted. They want to get re-elected, and they will do whatever it takes to accomplish that. If it takes pulling the wool over the voters eyes, they will do that. If it takes scratching the backs of their Crony Capitalists, they will do that.
            The only way to change that is to quit putting known liars and self-serving politicians back in office.
            Read “The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money” to learn just how bad it is.

          • Al Sieber

            I understand Claire, I don’t trust any of them, but Dave has a point, but, how much longer are we gonna take this crap?

    • Proud to be a Christian

      Greetings!

      Charley Reese’s Final Column for the Orlando Sentinel. Charley Reese is retiring. His last column is this one. I know many will miss this southern gentleman. He had a great run and we are all better off for it. Farewell, Mr. Reese, and thank you.

      Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.

      Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

      This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be; read it!! The article below is completely neutral, not anti republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

      555 PEOPLE–By Charlie Reese

      Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them..

      Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

      Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

      You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

      You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

      You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

      You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

      You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

      One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 555 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

      I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but PRIVATE, central bank.

      I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

      Those 555 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

      What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits….. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

      The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who was the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She was the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want.

      If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

      It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 555 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 555 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 555 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

      If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

      If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red ..

      If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan…

      If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it
      that way.

      There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 555 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

      Those 555 people, and they alone, are responsible.

      They, and they alone, have the power..

      They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

      Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

      We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

      Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

      • Kopen

        Me thinks it is time to divorce this congress and the current administration .. They never met a tax they didn’t like .. “We The People” can’t afford them any more .. To many of us have had our head in the sand .. Do your own checking on what this Government is trying to do to us .. It’s not for our Good but their own ..
        We need to get back to a Constitutional Government By the people for the people and of the people .. And “We the People” should be holding their feet to the fire .. Insist on a balanced Budget .. less spending ..A LOWER debt ceiling .. And downsize this bloated top heavy Government .. Throw out the IRS and revise the tax system to where everyone Pays 10% of their income .. Why should this Government get more than GOD .. Wake up America “it ain’t over till it’s over” “We the People” can take this Country back to it’s once Great self .. We have God on our side .. Who can defeat us?

        GOD Bless America .. Let Freedom Ring

        • JUKEBOX

          I just watched the THREE STOOGES, Schumer, Reid, and Durbin, bloviating about the extreme right wing conservatives. If they don’t think they are extreme, they need to find a good mirror, and then take a long look in it.

        • Average Joe

          When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    • Rick

      No he was not!

      • independant thinker

        OK Rick how was Clinton not wrong.

      • TexasPatriot

        Clinton is a pervert, single largest embarassment to the office in history!

        • DaveH

          His perversion was the least of our worries. His wife should have been concerned but she was too busy following the scent of power.
          Our real concern with Clinton was all the murders that just coincidentally occurred around his administration, and his chronic lying, and his taking campaign funds from the Chinese.
          His wife couldn’t trust him, and the American people couldn’t trust him. He would have sold out our country in a heartbeat if he thought he could get away with it.
          And he’s still doing it. He advised Obama to invoke the 14th Amendment and raise the debt ceiling unilaterally (and Unconstitutionally). Why do you suppose he did that? My theory is that Bill is trying to set Obama up for Impeachment, so that Hillary can get the nomination in 2012.

          • JeffH

            Dave, I agree, especially with his advising/influencing Obama as a way to set Obama up for Hillary’s gain.

          • http://deleted Claire

            Ye Gods. Hillary for POTUS? Geez, I remember all the women that were obsessed with her during the last election. It was crazy. They were truly die-hard Hillary supporters.

    • Rob

      I would not have unsubscribed from all of your email lists if you didn’t have that snag pop-up when trying to leave the page and the phoney online helper. That is a tactic shiesters use- not a legitimate business.

    • SMSgt Z retired Nam 68

      ENJOY

      Debt Limit Debate Round-Up
      Here’s a look at the false and misleading claims that have plagued the political battle.
      July 29, 2011

      Summary
      The last few weeks have been filled with debate, accusations, stalemate and false claims about the debt ceiling and how — and whether — it should be raised. As the Aug. 2 default deadline looms, here’s a look at the less-than-factual talking points we’ve addressed.
      Republicans constantly repeat that President Obama is demanding a “blank check,” when in fact he’s seeking borrowing authority to pay obligations already approved by Congress — and has said he’d accept deep spending cuts to get approval of that authority. For his part, the president has said raising the debt limit has been “routine” for every president since the 1950s. True, but his request is anything but routine; it would be the largest increase in history, in inflation-adjusted dollars.
      Some in the GOP have claimed that the government could continue to make interest payments on the debt and avoid default, even without borrowing any more. But to do that, the government would have to cut all non-interest spending by 34 percent next fiscal year to make ends meet. And if some programs (like Social Security or Medicare) were cut less, others would have to be cut even more deeply.
      Read on to the Analysis for more on these claims and others from the debt-limit debate.
      Analysis
      Will Congress agree on a way to raise the debt limit before Treasury says the government can’t pay all of its obligations? We only wish we could predict the future. But we can give a rundown of the misleading and false claims that have fueled the long, partisan debate.
      What’s a Blank Check?
      Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Michele Bachmann, have said that the president wants “a blank check.” Not true. First, he’s asking to borrow money to pay obligations Congress has already approved. Second, Obama has proposed cutting spending by between $1.5 trillion and $1.7 trillion over 10 years in exchange for increasing the borrowing limit.
      Boehner said in his July 25 speech that the president “wants a blank check today.” At a July 28 appearance at the National Press Club, presidential candidate Bachmann said that “President Obama has asked for a $2.4 trillion blank check to get himself through the election in 2012.” The conservative group Crossroads GPS also has made “no more blank checks” the theme of a major ad campaign.
      We’re a little perplexed by this popular talking point. A “blank check” would be authorization for unlimited spending. But Obama has been seeking, as Bachmann mentioned, a $2.4 trillion increase in the debt limit, according to various reports — that’s a lot of money, but not a blank check. Plus, as we mentioned, the president has proposed well more than a trillion in spending cuts, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, as well as tax increases to raise revenue. That’s not a $2.4 trillion check with no strings attached. Republicans haven’t agreed with what the president has supported to reduce the deficit, but it’s false to characterize his proposals as a “blank check.”
      FactChecking Dueling Debt Speeches July 26
      Not Exactly ‘Routine’
      Obama said it has been “routine” for presidents to raise the debt limit in the past. “Since the 1950s, Congress has always passed it, and every president has signed it,” he said July 25. That’s true — in fact, every president since the 1940s except for Harry Truman raised the debt ceiling. But this increase is the largest in history, in inflation-adjusted dollars.
      We only found a few occasions that came anywhere close to the $2.4 trillion increase the White House wants this time around. There was a $1.6 trillion increase, in inflation-adjusted dollars, under President George H.W. Bush, and a $1.2 trillion increase, also inflation-adjusted, under President George W. Bush. During President Jimmy Carter’s term, the limit was raised by nearly $1.4 trillion and $1.3 trillion in two separate instances.
      FactChecking Dueling Debt Speeches July 26
      34 Percent Spending Cuts
      Bachmann claimed that the U.S. wouldn’t default if it didn’t raise the debt limit, “because very simply the Treasury secretary can pay the interest on the debt first and then from there we have to just prioritize our spending.” And Sen. Jim DeMint said that “we’re not talking about draconian types of situations” if the ceiling isn’t increased.
      But we did the math, and the government would have to cut spending next fiscal year by 34 percent if the debt limit doesn’t go up, and if interest payments are exempted from those cuts. If popular programs like Medicare and Social Security were also exempted, everything else the government spends money on would have to be cut by 53 percent. It’s a matter of opinion whether such cuts are acceptable, but Bachmann and DeMint suggested these wouldn’t amount to drastic budget slashing.
      Deficit Arithmetic: Cut Everything 34% Now? June 27
      Social Security and the Deficit
      Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra of California said that he would “fight to take [Social Security] off the table” in budget negotiations, because it “hasn’t contributed 1 cent to the deficit that we face today, nor 1 cent to any of the national debt, the $14.3 trillion.” We take no position on whether Social Security should be cut, but it’s wrong to say it’s not contributing to the deficit.
      Social Security benefits paid were more than payroll taxes in 2010, leading to a cash deficit of $49 billion. For 2011, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees project a $46 billion deficit. And those figures don’t include the billions more the government will have to borrow to cover that reduction in payroll taxes that was in last year’s deal to extend the Bush tax cuts.
      Twists and Turns on the Debt July 12
      First Time Flirting with Default?
      Obama’s communications director, Dan Pfeiffer, said the country has “never been in a situation where we have been in danger of defaulting on our obligations.” Actually, we have.
      The U.S. was in danger of default three previous times under President George W. Bush, according to a Congressional Research Service report. Treasury used accounting measures to avoid default when the government was just millions away from hitting the debt limit in 2002 and 2003. In 2002, Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill threatened to resign, telling Congress: “You’re going to have to raise the debt ceiling or you’re going to have to find a new Treasury secretary, because I’m not going to go to jail because you failed to act and I have to take some extraordinary action that is unconstitutional. I’m not going to do that.”
      The country also came close to defaulting in 1995-1996 under President Bill Clinton.
      Default ‘Danger’ Revisited July 28
      Falsely Accusing the President
      Speaker Boehner said Obama is against “fundamental changes to our entitlement programs.” But Obama has supported raising the eligibility age for Medicare, means-testing benefits and decreasing future Social Security payments, and he says he has proposed cuts of $650 billion over a decade. Whether those are “fundamental changes” is opinion, but it’s false to imply that Obama isn’t willing to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
      Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell claimed that Obama “rejected the only plan the Democrats have proposed” to increase the debt limit, a reference to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan. But that’s not true. In fact, White House Press Secretary Carney issued a statement that said the Senate Democrats’ proposal was “a responsible compromise” that both parties should support. And in his speech to the nation July 25, the president said: “The Senate has introduced a plan to avoid default, which makes a down payment on deficit reduction and ensures that we don’t have to go through this again in six months. I think that’s a much better approach, although serious deficit reduction would still require us to tackle the tough challenges of entitlement and tax reform.”
      McConnell’s spokesman told us that since the Reid plan didn’t raise taxes and Obama has called for doing so, he must not support Reid’s plan. But that reasoning is completely contradicted by Obama’s explicit support for the Reid proposal.
      FactChecking Dueling Debt Speeches July 26
      McConnell’s Debt Claim ‘Rejected’ July 27
      Won’t Get Much from Oil Companies
      Obama said Republicans would rather cut Medicare than get rid of tax breaks for oil companies and corporate jet owners. But voters should know that the revenue from raising those taxes wouldn’t even amount to 1 percent of the deficit.
      The president, in his July 25 speech, said that “most Americans … don’t understand how we can ask a senior citizen to pay more for her Medicare before we ask a corporate jet owner or the oil companies to give up tax breaks that other companies don’t get.” But most Americans may not know that those popular-sounding revenue raisers would only bring in about $39 billion over 10 years. That’s less than one-half of 1 percent of the $9.5 trillion projected deficit over those 10 years. And it’s also a small fraction of the $1.2 trillion in tax revenue the president reportedly has been seeking.
      FactChecking Dueling Debt Speeches July 26
      Reagan Wasn’t So Reluctant
      In a campaign ad, Texas Rep. Ron Paul — no fan of raising the debt limit — falsely suggested that President Ronald Reagan was reluctant to increase the debt ceiling in 1987. But Reagan actually said he had “no objection whatsoever” to doing so.
      Paul’s ad quoted a New York Times article as saying, “‘Mr. Reagan reluctantly agreed Saturday to sign the legislation, which also raises the government debt ceiling.” … (The emphasis was included in the ad graphics.)
      But Reagan’s reluctancy in signing the bill had to with his objection to spending cuts that would be triggered under certain circumstances, cuts that he thought would hurt national defense. As we mentioned, Reagan didn’t object to raising the debt limit. In fact, he signed legislation to do so 17 times during his eight years in office.
      Ron Paul Ad Invokes Reagan, Imprecisely July 15
      And the debate isn’t over yet. We’ll be watching for more questionable claims as it rages on.
      – by Lori Robertson

    • Dan az

      Good news
      President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is at a new low, averaging 40 percent according to the latest from Gallup.

      Read more on Newsmax.com: Gallup: Obama Approval Hits New Lows
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  • eyeswideopen
    • DaveH

      There goes the typical Liberal logic again.
      Two wrongs do not make a right, Eyes. Never have and never will.

      • JUKEBOX

        My personal description of the Democrats is “MASTERS OF THE ART OF DUPLICITY”.

    • L

      Eyeswideopen, your handle should be Eyestightlyclosed as you excrete the usual mindless liberal/socialist/fascist/communist crap that you Obamabots have been programmed to do when you were hired by the evil would- be dictator Obama and his Google henchmen.

      • JUKEBOX

        In Alabama, we call that “RECTAL CRANIAL INVERSION”.

    • texastwin827

      Eyes….first, having been a mom that didn’t get child support for years, until I finally found him in AZ, let me say I have no use for this man nor ANY man, regardless of his political affiliation, who does not support his children. Personally, his ex-wife is an idiot for not going after him, full force.

      That said explain to me why you ignore the fact that the Obama appointed Sec of Treasury and his tax evasion plus employment of a housekeeper who was not here, legally, doesn’t irk you just as much as this idiot does?

      Geithner’s Tax History Muddles Confirmation .
      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123187503629378119.html

      Your comments make you bias so blatant.

      • eyeswideopen

        texastwin827, It wasn’t me who didn’t pay. What bias? You are against those slackers who don’t pay, but I can’t be against them? Typical conservative thinking. The man is a republican shister, who preaches one thing while doing the other. And to think that he has a vote in congress? Go ahead keep supporting these types of unethical people and see where that leads.

        • DaveH

          You ducked her question, Eyes. Why?

        • TexasPatriot

          uh . . . Rangel? Waters? Need I continue? Yes, you are biased.

      • Viola Perry

        I work with a lady that earns her paycheck by driving school buses.
        She once was married to a soldier, who then got a young soldier pregnant and literally disappeared. All the lawyers and government offices have not produced one penny for that child yet and she is already 10 years old. How do you suppose what to do next? Talk is cheap!

        • DaveH

          My ex-wife never paid a penny towards the support of my son who lived with me. I just lived with it. Life can be tough, especially so since the Government is taking more than 40% of our Gross Domestic Product to supposedly protect us from such things. They’re overpaid and under-worked.

          • Al Sieber

            That’s what happened to me Dave, I was awarded custody of my son when he was 3 years old, and I never asked for one penny from his mother and didn’t care, took him to work with me, etc. and I’d do it again for my grand kids.

          • DaveH

            I’m all for equal rights. Trouble is that when Government steps in they always end up being unequal rights.

          • Al Sieber

            Well Dave, we keep losing our equal rights.

    • Void1972

      eyeswide
      This is why every politician should be fully screened before they take office. Outsiders can use information like this to blackmail our officials into doing exactly what they have been doing for the last 50yrs.
      If a Muslim, Communist, un-natural citizen can become President of America, then anything is possible.

  • DaveH

    “Obama threatens to stiff seniors and vets”.
    That is why Big Government created Social Security — to make a whole class of people dependent on them, and thus secure their votes. Do not let these creepy people get away with their power-tripping.

    • s c

      The ‘normal’ schizophrenic mantra involves putting FEAR into voters and non-voters alike. When a prez “THREATENS TO STIFF SENIORS AND VETS,” then we can conclude at last the “mask” is off this plastic puppet, and everyone can see WHY he must go. Now, no one who has a conscience can support this puppet.
      When a prez declares war on seniors and vets (to intimidate and see whether their conditioning is still intact), it’s time to do whatever is necessary and use the power of the Constitution and
      ship that hack back to Chicago. As for his ‘supporters,’ they can change their ways or risk being exposed BY NAME who they are and where they live. TWO can play that game.

      • Joy

        Obama is just using the Hank Paulson playbook to get what he wants. Fear is a great motivator to those who never watch the news or read. That was how Paulson managed to get Congress to give him and his buddies a black check to cover their own rape of the monetary system. I don’t like Obama, but he does appear to be a semi-quick study when the situation suits him and is to his advantage. Probably another trait he brought out of the Chicago political sewer.

        • Joy

          Sorry: ‘blank check’, not ‘black check’. My bad typo. Not enough coffee yet. My apologies!!!

    • Push comes to Shove

      Maybe i missed it, can anyone (liberal or conservative) tell me one thing this so called community organizer organized? besides his concerted effort to hide his family history.

      • BKWsr

        Thats the problem nobody knows, and the Dem’s don’t really care.

      • JUKEBOX

        He managed to organize that 96% African/American voting block, that is so ignorant that they do not realize that the Democrats kept them suppressed for nearly 100 years after the Civil War ended.

        • Push comes to Shove

          Well, unfortunately he did not even do that because, as unfortunate as it sounds and racist as it is (not on my part, on the part of black people), the black voting block was going to vote for the black man running for president, i think, even if he told them he was going start nuclear war with Russia.

        • TexasPatriot

          not to mention the systematic genocide of the black race via Dimocrap supported abortion

      • DaveH

        Well, he did organize the greatest transfer of wealth from the citizens to the Political Class that I’ve seen in my lifetime.

  • DaveH

    Chip,
    Check your figures following “Here’s how petty the President is being”.

    Don’t take it wrong, as you are my 2nd favorite author after Bob on PLD.

  • Jana

    Chip asked,
    “Please remember that as President of the United States, Barack Obama was legally required to present a budget to Congress a year ago. Let me also remind you that back then, he had a solid Democratic majority in both houses. He could have gotten virtually anything he wanted passed. Why didn’t he?”

    Because he was too busy sticking us with his Obama Care Health Bill. He was so coton pickin focused on one thing and one thing only that he could not run the country like it needed to be.
    Actually he was focused on two things. Health Care fiasco and playing games.
    Thats what happens when an inexperienced community organizer gets voted in.

    • Walter

      @Jane
      Actually, IMO, it is being exposed taht the Progressive Liberals don’t want a budget. They don’t want to be saddled with accountability when blank checks will do the job. These modern-liberals hate the constitution and the restrictions it puts on their brand of social-justice government. How else can they buy their votes if it were’nt for programs like “reparations” for blacks and other discriminated classes? Obama has his departments, Czars, and agencies to run the government, why whould he want the roadblock of Congress and the Constitution.

      i.e.: The FDA is finding new ways to redistribute the wealth through “black reparations” by “correcting” past discrimination of black farmers,

      …and now they have decided that hispanic and women farmers were discriminated against too.

      I am not making this up folks.

      What’s next; ACORN, SEIU, homosexual, lesbian, and transgender farmers were discriminated against?

      http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2011/jul/obama-gives-discriminated-hispanic-women-farmers-1-3-bil
      Obama Gives Discriminated Hispanic, Women Farmers $1.3 Billion

      A year after giving black farmers $1.25 billion to settle discrimination allegations against the government, the Obama Administration is promoting another huge minority cash giveaway for Hispanic and women farmers

      • Vulpine

        Let me ask one simple question: If the Democrats hate our Constitution so much, why is it that the Republicans are the ones constantly trying to change it? Hmmm?

        • http://WeThePeople Jean

          Don’t you mean – trying to repair it? Dyslexic????

        • BKWsr

          I have not heard one Repub, say anything about changing our constitution, But Obama has frequently stated the Constitution is Antiquated, along with Hillary, and other Dem’s. So what do you mean Repub’s.

          • eyeswideopen

            BKWsr, where have you been? What do you think the Balanced Budget Amendment is? It is the repubs trying to change the Constitution. Too much Fox watching and not enough facts.

          • crisscross

            Progressives like Obama believe the Founders were wrong when they created the Constitution. This is because they reject the fundament thing that distinguished the US from other countries, i.e., a country of sovereign individuals endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights protected by limitations on the power of government. Obama and other progressives have made it clear that they believe in a system of man made positive rights, which requires an ever-growing and more powerful government. They would put limits on our inalienable rights whenever they are determined to conflict with their entitlement or other cause du jour. Liberals and progressives have been at war with the Constitution for more than a century. Some misguided Republicans have joined them, but generally, when Republicans advocate changes, it’s to limit the power of government or otherwise preserve the original intent of the Constitution which has been substantially chipped away by this incessant liberal-progressive onslaught. Except for Republican RINOs and other Republican sell-outs, the two camp are very different.

          • George E

            Eyes,

            Republicans are proposing to amend the Constitution within the bounds of the law provided in the Constitution. I think that’s probably different than what some on this board are saying about changing the Constitution through executive order, administrative interpretation and regulations, and judicial ruling.

    • 45caliber

      Jana:

      I answered your comment and question about how to shoot a gun without pain yesterday. If you can’t find it on yesterday’s column Ben Crystal wrote about the guy in Norway, I’ll try to answer it again.

      • Jana

        45caliber,
        I went back and found it. I copied and saved this information and I plan to use it. What you say makes good sense.
        Thank you.

    • Green Mountain Boy

      Jana, A new theory has come up.. If the President is doing all of
      what he’s doing- Since he’s had his records sealed, all of them
      mind you, Just suppose he’s not U.S. born and he thinks he can do
      as he damned well pleases.That he’s not bound to the Constitution. That’s why we need to open those records. The only other ways to
      get him out are Votes or Impeachment. We all know there can be
      boucoup charges brought before Congress, but will anyone in Congress
      have gonads enough to start impeachment proceedings?

      • Liddie

        Impeachment? Never. Clinton was impeached but he didn’t step down. Obummer with his ego wouldn’t remove himself either. Rather we find some federal law that would legally remove him from office.

    • JeffH

      Jana says: “Chip asked, “Please remember that as President of the United States, Barack Obama was legally required to present a budget to Congress a year ago. Let me also remind you that back then, he had a solid Democratic majority in both houses. He could have gotten virtually anything he wanted passed. Why didn’t he?”

      May I point out that the senate rejected Obama’s vague budget plan in May, 97 – 0. No Democratic senator was willing to support it, however, after Obama discussed a more ambitious plan at George Washington University to save $4 trillion over 12 years. Republicans criticized his speech for lacking detail…No surprise as political doublespeak has always lacked any form of detail.

      • JUKEBOX

        The only way he can save is by proposing to spend $20 trillion, and then say he is only going to spend $16 trillion. See how easy it is for him to save $4 trillion.

  • Jana

    Wow, I think we need to send this little law as a reminder to all of our congressmen.
    “Oh, and here’s a kicker you probably don’t know: According to a law passed way back in the days when Jimmy “Killer Rabbit” Carter was President, Obama’s budget had to be balanced.

    Yup, even I forgot about this one. Section 7 of Public Law 95-435 declares, “Beginning with fiscal year 1981, the total budget outlays of the Federal Government shall not exceed its receipts.”

    This has been the law of the land for 30 years, ladies and gentlemen. It’s never been repealed. Of course, I’ve got to admit it’s never been obeyed, either. That’s another objection I have to a Balanced Budget Amendment. If the big spenders in Washington won’t obey this law, what makes you think they’ll obey another one that says essentially the same thing?”

    Of course Obama and his minions would probably try to repeal this law.

  • Bob S

    Wake Up majority of Americans! Ronald Reagan’s “Trickle Down” was an enormous failure that tremendously increased America’s debt and unemployment. The billionaires have not been and are not “job creaters” as Speaker of the House Boehner says. The billionaires and their paid politicians have been job robbers by shipping jobs out of America for 50 years to slave countries that pay virtually no salary and no benefits. The billionaire’s action demolished America’s tax base, reduced employee contributions to social security and medicare/medicaid, and they bankrupted America. I feel very bad for the poor population of countries that are run by exploitive corrupt ruthless leaders. But, shipping jobs from America to those countries did not help the citizens of those countries. America has become a country run by exploitive, corrupt ruthless leaders!

    It is infuriating and insulting to see the politicians at their worst today playing stupid games stupidly and they think the public does not recognize what games they are playing for whom!

    A few examples of their destructive corruption are:
    1. Trade agreements such as NAFTA that politicians enact to authorize their billionaires to ship jobs away from America. There used to be Tariff wars to protect a countries employers and products. They then saw the gold mine to exploit global economy and transportation to ship jobs to slave countries and make consumers buy the cheap products unencumbered by Tariffs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tariffs_in_United_States_history).
    2. Tax breaks, subsidies and loopholes for their billionaire employers.
    3. Contracts that politicians award to their billionaire’s companies that cannot do the job (costs and schedule quadruple or terminate, hopefully terminate) instead of awarding the contracts to companies that could do the job that were carefully selected by the employees.
    4. Unions were needed in the 1920s to protect employees and help build America’s middle class. But, unions became self-interested corporations that enabled shipping jobs out of America that led to the destruction of the middle class in America.

    I contributed to Social Security and Medicare for almost 50 years. I expect those programs to be there in the future.

    Remove the tax breaks, subsidies and loopholes for billionaires and use that revenue to create innovation and inventiveness that creates jobs that will be kept in America. Make that effective in 2012, don’t delay to 2013. Remove politicians that refuse to do that.

    Curley, Larry and Moe would have led us better than the corrupt leaders we now have.

    President Obama has acted more conservative than most Republicans by approving the extension of tax cuts to Billionaires. Very Disappointing! President Obama is just another puppet paid by the Billionaires, as have been all politicians!

    • Daniel

      Grow up, no one with half a brain believes the media matter tripe. Clear enough JOY?

    • http://personalliberty.com Rufus

      Bob
      You are dead wrong when you think government can take taxes and create jobs. Look at the Post Office. How much does it lose annually? UPS and FedEx both are profitable doing the same thing the Post office does and cheaper. Why? They have an incentive to find ways to save expenses. Government does not have any incentive as its funds come from taxes, involuntarily paid, rather than purchases made voluntarily. Look at all the businesses the IRS has taken over for back taxes and have had to sell at a loss since the could not keep them going. Government has no profit motive to make it more efficient. When you have taxes as a fall back to shore you up, why be efficient. You must have some reason for people to buy your product and the government does not produce, it only regulates. Regulation costs money and reduces the profits available to create more jobs, or buy other producer’s goods.

      • Karolyn

        The USPS does NOT receive tax dollars other than for special projects like free mail for the blind. It is NOT a government agency.

        • Buddy

          BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH !!!

          • Karolyn

            Well, it can be consideed a government agency, but it is not tax-supported.
            http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/uspsabout.htm

          • DaveH

            I got a certified letter today, or I should say a notice of a certified letter. The mailman was too lazy to drive down a 200 ft driveway and get my signature, so he left the notice instead. Now I have to drive 2 miles to the Post Office, and then wait in line for 20 minutes to pick up the letter. That on top of the fact that certified mail is much more expensive than regular mail.
            This is reality, Karolyn:
            http://blog.mises.org/17865/the-postal-service-doesnt-need-reform/

          • libertytrain

            Dave, I had a problem with FedEx similar. Rather than drive the two blocks of my easy to drive driveway, he left down by the mailbox. Who knew? Not I till 24 hours later. It was a new receiver from Direct TV since mine got electrocuted. It was out there in the rain, and a cat peed on it. I called FedEx and said don’t do that again. The driver said he hand delivered it to me according to his records. Not.

        • JeffH

          USPS does receive indirect subsidies from tax revenues, however, which reimburse the Postal Service for the reduced rates it charges to nonprofit organizations and “others”. Others? Hmmmm!

          The Postal Service has a legally protected monopoly on the delivery of letters to mailboxes. Eighty percent of its revenues come from mail covered by that monopoly.

          So the answer is “YES”, the USPS does recieve taxpayer subsidised money.

          • TexasPatriot

            Thanks for your post. Kommie Karolyn is patently wrong, as usual.

    • Bill Ritter

      I always love socialist dribble! They hate those who have earned and produced their way to success. Instead we must punish them in their tiny minds. If tomorrow everyone made no more than 250,000 there would have to be an immediate huge tax on everyone to make up for the 70% drop in tax revenues. Obviously you have no clue on running a business. What you have to spend to produce and market a product is subtracted from what you sell it for. That includes corporate jets so you can quickly get from one place to another and not be dependent on seat availabilty or even the one flight a day that goes into some cities in America. That is not a loop hole the incompetent and economically illiterate DIC (Dictator in Chief) thinks it is. He thought corporate jets was a good idea when he put in the stimulus bill. I side with the freedom of letting producers produce and oppose the enslavers who are the Looter and Moocher class progressives/liberals/socialists who just want to use the law to steal from people who earned their way. We no longer tax to pay for roads, bridges, military, courts, etc. — no we tax to steal from one group to give to another group (moochers)so they will vote the looters into office.

      The other big problem is the out of control regulations and EPA rules changes. A guy and his 2 brothers just built a small shed for us. $2600. I asked how business was going and how I was amazed at how they could walk on top of the 2×4 to build the shed – he immediately launched into a tirade on how OSHA rules changes would levy a $30,000+ fine for anything they thought was unsafe. A fine that would take half a year for them to pay off doing every shed in that time, without a penny for them.

      Or how about the lunacy of destroying the coal industry which will drive thousands out of work and increase energy costs. Or leasing to foreign countries the right to drill in the gulf while denying our companies the same privilege. The govt take on our drilling is equal to the profits of the oil companies. So if an oil company made $10 Bill profit the govt collected $10 Bill in taxes, royalties and leasing fees. How stupid are the people who support this admin.

      • Karolyn

        Advantages and disadvantages of coal. Guess which outweighs the other?
        http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_advantages_and_disadvantages_of_using_coal_to_generate_electricity

        • Push comes to Shove

          The biggest advantage of coal, especially right now with unemployment at 9.2% and probably rising, is JOBS. Just keep regulating and the unemployment will rise another .2 to .4% (just guessing) with the coal miners out of work. Do YOU want that? Please say no, as our energy costs will go up as well, even yours.

          • Karolyn

            Sure, increase coal-manufacturing jobs and then sit back as more people get sick and the environment gets worse, leading to more expenditure for healthcare.

          • Al Sieber

            The Obama Adm. Salazar just shut down the Uranium Mines in Arizona putting 400 thousand people out of work. and Karolyn why are you against mining? I’m sure you reap the benefits of electricity from mining one way or the other. If you can’t grow it you have to mine it, or Earth First!!!, then we’ll mine the other planets.

          • George E

            Karolyn,

            You could shut down every factory in American using that argument. I don’t know anyone whose gotten sick from breathing our air, but I know a bunch of people who have lost their jobs in this economy. I vote for putting people back to work so that we can afford to invest in research that helps find better ways of improving our environment.

          • Karolyn

            George – why do you think there are so many people with allergies, asthma and other illnesses these days that I didn’t see when I was younger? It’s the air we breathe and the chemicals we eat and are forced to eat.

          • George E

            Karolyn,

            I’ve been around a long time as well, and I’ve seen our air and water become much cleaner over the years, not the reverse. I also know that there is still room for further improvement, and that this improvement only comes when we have the money to spend on such things. You may have noticed that poor countries generally don’t have clean air and water because they can’t afford it. So, let’s make sure that the things we do to improve our society and environment don’t prevent our economy from growing because when we do, we simply remove the means that is necessary to do the kinds of things you are interested in. I think we lose sight of this very often, and “punish” our people and businesses to get them to improve their lives, products and processes. There is a better way.

          • JeffH

            George E, well said in your last comment. Unfortunately extremists can only see one side of an arguement and almost never the bigger picture. To put it simply, “To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

          • DaveH

            I agree with Jeff, that was well-said George. Thank you.

          • Al Sieber

            George E, I agree, I’ve seen a lot of the pollution clear up in the last 40+ years.

          • Karolyn

            Just saw a piece on the news last night about the coal companies blowing the tops off the beautiful West Virginia mountains because it’s cost effective. Even people who need work are picketing about the destruction of that beautiful state. The companies say they will landscape and bring back the beauty when they’re done blowing it up. HA!

          • Al Sieber

            Karolyn, you still didn’t answer my question? do you reap the benefits of electricity? coal etc.,?

          • George E

            Karolyn,

            Don’t believe all of the news reports you get on how companies are abusing the environment. I have first-hand experience where the media was only interested in reporting the “bad” news, especially if it fit their narrative.

            I am an engineer and worked for process companies for many years. I can tell you than none of the companies I worked for ever intentionally abused the environment. They all spent hundreds of thousands (in some cases millions) of dollars trying to avoid environmental problems. The last thing any of them wanted was a problem that got publicized. Everyone wants a clean and healthy environment.

            Surely you don’t want to shut down these companies, and have all of these people lose their jobs. We must work together to find a balance between environmental responsibility and economics.

    • JimRed

      “Ronald Reagan’s “Trickle Down” was an enormous failure that tremendously increased America’s debt and unemployment.”

      IIRC, $2.00 in cuts were promised for each $1.00 in tax relief. The cuts never came. Instead spending hit new highs. Reagan’s most crucial mistake involved the apparent loss of his VETO pen.

    • Green Mountain Boy

      Hi James, I agree with you. Social Security should be returned
      to a separate fund. Pulled away from the General Fund
      and used exclusively for Social Security & Social Security
      only. Had it been left in it’s own fund from day one,we
      would’nt need to be extending retirement dates or worrying
      about the system going broke.
      I think a national recall of Congress may be needed.

      • IDart

        The trust fund holds 2.7 TRILLION in government bonds. It is not insolvert.

        • JUKEBOX

          Let them try to cash them in!

          • Push comes to Shove

            Ditto

            Government bonds right now are not worth the paper they are printed on. Would anyone on this site, besides Karolyn, Eddie and a few others, but government bonds? Nope, meaning they are worthless.

            Another thought i just had, with the talks about the debt limit and propsing a balanced budget amendment, no has even talked about how the US is going to pay off the 14.4 trillion debt. Even Rand Pauls, who i like, plan only wanted to produce a balanced budget in 8-10 years with no talk of paying off the national debt. WTF?

      • George E

        Remember, it was the Democrats that took Social Security funds out of the separate trust fund and put them in the general fund so that money could be spent on anything the Congress wanted to spend it on. It’s been the Republicans who have argued that this money should be set aside and protected….but according to the Democrats it’s been the Republicans who have been trying to kill the program…..Can you say “propaganda”?

        • DaveH

          Social Security is morally wrong, and it is Unconstitutional. Government has no Constitutional or moral right to take peoples’ money away for their own good. But having done that, the least any decent Government could do is repay that money to the victims from which it was taken. We should also work to end that immoral and Unconstitutional system for future generations.
          We can see the insidious nature of allowing Government to control our retirements by Obama’s recent statement about Social Security payments. Politicians are not to be trusted:
          http://theeprovocateur.blogspot.com/2008/12/sociopathic-politician.html

          • George E

            Yes, indeed. People are going to wake up to the fallacies built into the Social Security program soon enough, and then they’ll listen to what you are saying. Until then, they’ll just stay in denial and pretend this isn’t really happening so we don’t have to deal with it. I just hope it isn’t too late when this happens. Many of us need to get our money back that we’ve paid into the system all these years.

          • DaveH

            Don’t let them kid you George. If they do say they can’t pay us back, it will only be because they are liars and cheats. They own 1/3 of the land in the country (and they’re still buying) and many other assets that they could sell to meet their obligations. They could even offer us land in trade for what they owe us.

          • George E

            I might accept an offer of land in lieu of Social Security money if 1) that’s my only option, or 2) I get the mineral rights along with the land. I’d love to lease it out for natural gas production……

      • TexasPatriot

        We have one next year for Pres, VP, all Reps, and a third of Senators.

    • professor

      Billionaires take their companies out of country because the Government “rewards them,” when they do!! If the Government did not penalize the “making of profit,” in this country, everyone would share in a revived economy….including the tax mongers!

      How about Jeff Immelt, the muslim’s good friend that he appointed as “Jobs Czar!” General Electric has paid NO taxes, despite runaway profits! Immelt has been on Air Force One, accompanying the muslim on his “international campaign”(deal making) throughout the world! It was just announced that Immelt is moving GE to China, along with all those American jobs (what does he know that we don’t)! It seems our appointed “Jobs Czar” has clearly mistaken his responsibility for creating “American jobs” for one that “moves jobs to China!” Great example of how this regime is aiding the American Job market!

      Chip is right, the lies coming out of this regime are outrageous. The country will not “default!” Starting last night, the Republicans began divesting themselves from any responsibility to “stand fast.” They are “caving,” yet, again! This is a lawless group of criminals, in Washington, and they play by their own rules! The government has been “hijacked!” The people have no representation! The Constitution is in the “trash!

      The “Highlight” is that the muslim is running-scared! He is losing his avid supporters, including many blacks! People are arming themselves with information..they are looking for the facts and coming to their own conclusions about government spending. Americans are hearing the “threats” made by government, to cut the people’s programs, rather than cut government “waste and fraud!” The American people seem to be the “easier targets!” The muslim is demanding that the debt ceiling be raised $2.4 Trillion dollars, and taxes increased! The muslim and his coharts are finally getting the attention they “deserves!” Americans are not happy!

      • TexasPatriot

        Yup. The natives are getting restless. She’s about to blow – and when the $hit hits the fan, it ain’t gonna be pretty.

    • Arthur Micheal

      Bob C.

      Stop and think a minute. If you raise corporate taxes, who pays them? A corporation is required by its shareholders(read it as “my retirement/pension plans”) to show a profit. If their taxes are raised, two things happen:
      1. They raise prices to cover the cost
      2. Due to increased prices they are forced to sell at, they are now less competitive in the market place.

      You pay those tax increases in increased cost of the goods you buy from them. I only see tax increases on corps. as removing money from my pocket.

      As to billionaires, I remember Ronald Regan Paying in a couple Thou in taxes as he felt he should pay something, his tax accountants said he owed nothing. At the time, what he payed was less than what I did. I sure didn’t have his income or assets. The tax laws were written by people who depended on the wealthy to provide election coffers.

      • JUKEBOX

        Consumers pay 100% of all taxes, and the sooner people realize this, they will be better off.

      • Shirley

        Many of us have “…done for our country” now, we would like for those who have been elected to run our government to act like adults and do what is best for America. The debt ceiling MUST be raised ~ we have accrued this debt and now we must pay it THEN our elected “leaders??? HA!” need to trim back the expenditures of our country. Requiring a balanced budget does not strike me as reasonable nor responsible – it seems more like a cop out of responsibility. Contrary to political rhetoric, Social Security is not in dire straits and needs to remain strong. Medicare should not be weakened; tweeked but not diminished. Medicaid needs to more closely monitored along with Food Stamps, but I believe that a good strong government looks after her people. As for the wealthy not paying their fair share of taxes; that is disgraceful and should be changed. Big Corporations should not get tax breaks anymore than any other business – in fact, the small business owner probably needs more help than the large businesses. The profits that oil companies are making are excessive and that needs to be regulated and become more equitable. The playing field currently is tilted against the middle class and that will ruin our country if it is not balanced. We need statesmen in our Congress! We must find them, elect them and then support them. Big money currently runs our government and this must stop!

        • TexasPatriot

          Spoken like a true scialist/libturd/communist. Better watch out if Osamabama makes a quick stop – you might get your nostrils full of muslim $hit, same as your brain already is.

    • Al Sieber

      Bob S, I have a tee shirt that says vote for Curly, I prefer Moe though. it doesn’t matter because they’re all mostly corrupt, the politicians I mean.

  • http://www.roiunlimited.com/mycashforums matt

    well they best make a decision here how can they not pay people there money they earned over the yrs after all we paid taxes all those yrs

  • Stewart

    I am so tired of blind allegiance to one party or the other, and I say this as a Republican – have been for life.
    The ‘revenue increase’ (or tax increase as we like to call it) is really just a reinstatement of the taxes Bush cut (which, if your honest, has attributed to the debt). It also incudes closing of some loopholes which has allowed companies like Bank of America to not pay any taxes in 2009. If you are making money by doing business in this great Country – support it by paying your taxes!
    Don’t tell me the cuts are there to create jobs – they haven’t in over a decade. Also, don’t tell me it’s because businesses were never ‘certain’ the cuts would stay in place – they were there for over 7 years under Bush and no new jobs were created (jobs were actually lost in the end). Let’s stop the rhetoric on both sides. Let’s cut spending and reinstate the taxes for businesses willing to do business in this country (Yes, I also own a business that would fall into this category). We claimed we needed certainty for the tax cuts but not for the debt ceiling crisis – we’re ok with this coming about again in six months? Where is the certainty for businesses in that? Give me a break.
    Neither side is right, neither side is wrong, but I do feel it is the “Tea Party’ type Republicans that are more to blame for the stalemate. I am REALLY tired of the Tea Party type people messing up my Republican party.
    Whether you like it or not, this crisis will hurt this Country – of course, that would allow the banks and credit cards to make more money, so we Republicans may be ok with that. Sorry, I am beggining to think my party no longer has the Country’s best interest in mind, and I am getting depressed about it.
    You can say the deadline is fake, but I will believe S&P and Moody’s over your analysis – they have better credentials than you. They say it will hurt. You are biased, and your type of disinformation can hurt this Country. We need to get on board with a compromise – it is what’s best for the Country. To hell with trying to win an election.

    • Daniel

      Borrow another 4 trillion dollars in debt for this stagnant economy to continue into a depression and America’s impending insolvency? ? I hope you have children that you will be made to explain that tripe to one day when they are paying 90% of their salaries to the government as Dems had people doing decades ago for their vote-begging schemes.

    • Karolyn

      Good post!

    • Bill Ritter

      The Bush admin did gain million of jobs and unemployment was under 5% the vast majority of his admin. To his credit, he sent economists to congress 11 times trying to get rid of the Comminity Reinvestment Act — the DEMS in lockstep blocked and defended Fannie and Freddie and the FHA rules. This act forced banks to make loans to people who logically could not pay them back. Remember the term Ninja loans (no job no income)and the only way to do such a loan was via subprime loans. A type of loan that should probably be outlawed. To Bush’s discredit, when the Dems successfully blocked reforming CRA and getting rid of the quotas – currently at 29%. Bush decided to tout the ownership society. The Dems built a time bomb – and then set it off when the economoy slowed down, you could get out of a subprime when housing prices were going up, but not when they go down. Along comes Chuck Schumer who leaks that a bank is failing ensuring the start of the bank crisis.

      Remember the bank crisis was precipitated by selling of Fannie Mae insured bundles of loans. In those bundles were CRA subprime loans that were virtually worthless – but insured by the tax payer.

      Now we are faced by the Dems demanding more credit card spending with phantom cuts that won’t take effect for 7 years – way past when Obama will be out of office. Ryan plan can get us there, cut cap and balance can get us there. Everything else just builds a bigger cliff to fall down from. Each year the Dem plan will add 1.5 Trillion or more to the debt, the supposed cuts will just trim the debt in 2021 from 27 Trillion to 24 Trillion. Before then, we will collapse. The Day interests rates catch up to 10-15% inflation of the last year and half – the debt will grow eponentially.

    • professor

      Amazing how radical-libs always want to “share the responsibility” for “big debt and big taxes”….when they have had 100% control of the presidency, the House, and the Senate!!

    • eyeswideopen

      Finally an old style Republican, one who accepts facts, and takes some responsibility for our economic crisis. Free thinking in the GOP has now been shut down and the Tea Party is what you have been left with. Changing to Independent is your only hope. Thanks for a clear and concise post.

    • JeffH

      Stewart, like some others around here, you pay too much attention to the MSM. If it is said long enough and loud enough it becomes “fact” to those that listen. Tea Party my arse…!

      Cavuto: Stop Blaming the TEA Partiers for the Debt Crisis…10 REAL FACTS…watch this video for the truth and “stop blaming the Tea Party”!
      http://weaselzippers.us/2011/07/22/cavuto-stop-blaming-the-tea-partiers-for-the-debt-crisis/

    • TexasPatriot

      You need to pray that the Tea Party keeps ‘messing up’ your Republican party. Should they abandon your pathetic RINOs, your party will be reduced to a footnote in history within one or two election cycles. That what ya want?

  • Joy

    First of all I’m sick and tired of this Washington Fire Sale over the debt ceiling and the budget. “Hurry and buy into it NOW! Aug 2nd is coming and we’re DOOMED if we don’t raise the debt ceiling!! Its NOW OR NEVER!!!” Nonsense. Another political tactic to try to stampede the AMerican people into backing lame legislation on both sides of the ailse. Boehner’s and Reid’s plan both suck because they do not cut enough, and they also kick a very large part of the goverment’s crazy spending right on down the road AGAIN. Estimates put the defitic by 2016 at close to 17 trillion dollars. WHY? Why is the United States in debt at all? Why does Washington even THINK that being in a hole that deep is anywhere near the neighborhood of acceptable? Why do the AMerican people? If the US has enough internal revenue being generated even in this terrible economy to service its debt, pay SSI and the military, vetrans and keep the government going, then the rest of the deficit has to be nothing but dead weight and needs to be gotten rid of. Its time for auterity measures in AMerica, starting with the Federal government, the politicians, and the unproductive citizens.

    • Liddie

      Our government is badly administered and is nothing more than a parasite on the taxpayers’ backs. When will people get it through their heads that the government produces nothing that can be sold but belches enough fertilizer to make the world’s worst soils productive.

  • Ken

    The lies out of Obamas mouth are beyond unbelievable. I am just wondering if this yahoo is the Anti-Christ…He certainly isn’t Christian which is something else he lied about. It’s time to get him out of office by any legal means necessary along with some of his political allies.

  • FlaJim

    Chip, your math is a little off. $3 billion off of $1.4 trillion equals $1.397 trillion. Sort of like using a thimble to drain the pond.

    Similarly, this Boehner budget plan that give the Dems another $2.4 trillion to squander requires $1.3 trillion in cuts over 10 years — maybe. The next Congress that convenes in 18 months has no obligation to live up to any deals made by this one, so the plan is basically worthless.

    We need to cut now, starting with putting every department and agency on a zero budgeting base. Force them all to justify every dime they’re demanding instead of allowing them to use last year’s expenditures and projecting up. Three items that could be cut immediately are the $1 trillion the manchild has set aside for his healthcare destruction, over $100 billion in unspent ‘stimulus’ funds, and the $48 billion for his harebrained high speed rail plan. If there was a pressing need for the latter, private enterpirse would be all over it like white on rice.

  • Warrior

    And this just in: “harry reid saves the day”!

    This morning dingy harry announced he has found $100 trillion in savings. Asked, where the savings came from, dingy responded, we are not going to attack Iceland and embark on a 100 year war with them.

    Kudos to harry. Our problems are solved.

  • Wild Bill

    $1.4 trillion less $3 billion is $1,397 trillion. Chip you need to review your basic math skills.

    • TF

      Also 1000 X 3 billion equals 3 trillion. I like Chips articles but his math skills leave a lot to be desired.

      • TF

        Actually I think the figures I read was that repeal of that tax break would only garner 3 million which would then make his math correct, at least for the 1000 X figure.

      • JUKEBOX

        The democrats are far less skilled in their math.

  • SPXZ

    Chip has it exactly right. Just today, an examination of the Democrats proposed taxes ‘on the rich’ shows some very disturbing facts, and they don’t want anyone knowing this!
    If they were to take EVERY CENT of income over $250,000 – from everyone in the USA, (not 35%, not 50% .. but 100% – certainly a ‘more than fair share’) – the money would NOT cover 1/2 of the country’s yearly debt. (This came from data provided by the CBO on total ‘over $250K incomes). So the ‘distributed approach’ is bovine excrement.

    Aug. 2 deadline? More bovine dung. The debt payments and military, Social Security, etc. are MORE than covered by our monthly ‘cash flow’. Any Politician not admitting this should be thrown out of office for lying to the country. That goes for the pretender in the White House too. And Geithner – well, nothing he has said or done over the past few years has been correct, and he lies daily about a ‘DEFAULT’. Send him to Iran, or some country we don’t like. Hell, I wouldn’t even send him to FRANCE, even though they might deserve him.
    The proposals by the President and many Democrats in the Senate are diversions. Lies and distortions to make the public focus on the BS and not the issues. They have been buying votes with taxpayer money for years, and amassed huge power and wealth feeding at the taxpayer trough. They want to keep it that way.
    But even worse, the vast majority of the 535 people who run this country are not intelligent. In fact, many are just plain dumb. The President thinks there are 57 States. The former Speaker of the House had to pass a Bill to find out what was in it, and she is now ‘saving the planet’ by opposing the Republicans! Incredible. Then we have my favorite Congressman Hank Johnson, who is working diligently to keep Guam from ‘tipping over’. If you have not watched this, please do. It might be the funniest thing you have seen this year!

    http://washingtonscene.thehill.com/in-the-know/36-news/3169-rep-hank-johnson-guam-could-tip-over-and-capsize

    Damn, I just watched it again, and the tears are running down my face from laughter. can’t type anymore. Spit my coffe on keyboard. Should have known better.

    These are the people deciding on our Debt ceiling, how we will pay, and how to control our overspending. What a bunch. Oh yes.. yesterday Senator (Mr. Smarmy) Schumer, went on TV to read Democrat ‘talking points – very carefully prepared written statement’. But, it wasn’t about debt, spending, or the financial crisis. IT WAS AMOUT A MOVIE. I’m ashamed to admit I live in NY. Weiner, Shcumer…. wait.. Weiner was a Schumer/Durbin protege! Maybe Chuckie and His Housemate Dickie Durbin can explain how they chose Weiner for their Protege!

    • Joy

      Good post and points. Don’t worry about Geithner, tho. He’s headed to Wall Street after this debt ceiling mess he helped create is over. With any luck he’ll last about 2 days before teh REAL money sharks figure out he’s chum and eat him with gusto and a dash of tartar sauce.

    • Liddie

      Congressman Johnson has some serious health issues and should be removed from congress because of them, not waiting until election. His statement is funny yes, but we should not make fun of someone who is no longer a responsible person, he can’t help his condition.

      There should be some legislation that covers Mr. Johnson’s situation as he is not able to represent his constituents and should be removed from office.

      • professor

        If he is unable to fulfill his obligations, then he should resign for “health reasons.” He should not continue making a spectacle of himself. Surely, he has friends that could guide him toward the “right decision.”

    • professor

      Good post!

      I, too, am entertained by the “mental giant” congressman that is trying to keep Guam from “tilting!” What kind of population would vote for this “nutcase!” That should prove there is a segment of society that shouldn’t be allowed a vote!

  • JimRed

    “According to a law passed way back in the days when Jimmy “Killer Rabbit” Carter was President, Obama’s budget had to be balanced.

    Yup, even I forgot about this one. Section 7 of Public Law 95-435 declares, “Beginning with fiscal year 1981, the total budget outlays of the Federal Government shall not exceed its receipts.”

    But liberal dogma has it that to hold this President to that standard (when admittedly we did NOT hold our own to it) would be Right Wing Racism, pure and simple.

  • Elwin Valberg

    I like this writers comments about our wonderful politicans that some how or other got themselves elected to a retirement job. I think the statement this writer has made really hits the mark “Curley, Larry and Moe would have led us better than the corrupt leaders we now have”. It is really tragic when you can make a statement like that and nobody objects to it. It would make things a little better if at least one person could object to that statement. I have lost my enthusiam for keeping up with what is going on in that cesspool.

  • Bad Math

    Really, Chip, you need to freshen up your math skills. You are starting to make the Democrats look smart. Surely you have someone that can help you with your math disability? Other than that, keep up the good work.

  • Altaica

    Ah, how I wish we had Theodore Roosevelt these days! He’d kick the politicians out of the big business beds and knock them down a few pegs.

    • Joy

      Don’t know about that: T Roosevelt was a progressive back in the day when most people didn’t know the meaning of the word when it came to politics.

  • Bob

    We need to make it a capital crime for a politician or the media to lie to the people of the United States. This would clean out the elitists of the scumocrat party and would take down the RINOs also. This would also do away with the maobama controlled media. We could then start over with those who seek only to serve and inform.

    • eyeswideopen

      Unless Chip, immediately changes his errors in his article, you would be talking about him!!! lol

  • 45caliber

    Chip says: “It’s time to do what every family in America has to do when the money runs out, folks. Cut spending.”

    That’s what Congress MUST be told over and over until they understand it. And if they don’t understand it … well, election is coming up next year. And ALL Representatives are on it. Further, one third of the Senators are as well as the President himself.

    If they can’t or won’t understand this, then we need to replace them with people who do. Preferably people that has to actually balance their budget at home was most of us have to do. Not someone who inherited millions from Mom and Dad and never had to balance a budget in his life.

  • Karolyn

    Presbyterian Church Clergy Arrested for Civil Disobedience over Budget Debate
    http://officeofpublicwitness.blogspot.com/2011/07/religious-leaders-arrested-in-capitol.html

  • crystal

    Last night I decided to torture myself by watching MSNBC. The woman who was taking Maddow’s place said (and I quote), “Not raising the debt ceiling is like having dirty laundry. Instead of washing the laundry you burn your whole house down.”

    I kid you NOT!!!

    • Joy

      you have to admit, the scare tactics are getting more and more colorful as the days wear on. You can’t fault the current regime for not being imaginative if nothing else!!!

  • Michael Hardy

    You wrote, “…If businesses weren’t allowed special deductions for the depreciation of those jets, government tax revenue would go up $3 billion. Or to put it another way, Obama’s deficit just for this year would be slashed from $1.4 trillion to — are you ready for this? — $1.1 trillion. That’s really impressive, isn’t it?”

    ACTUALLY, IT WOULD ONLY BE REDUCED TO $1.397 TRILLION NOT $1.1T !!
    (I know, it’s hard to write and do arithmetic at the same time.)
    The point is that the reduction in debt for such a move is virtually ZERO!

  • Bill Ritter

    The current spending budget is 3,700 Billion which is even more than the year we did stimulus. Emergency spending is now “normal” spending to buy votes. The Dems say we can’t even cut 6 Billion from a budget of 3,700 Billion thats not even 1%. But they had no problem cutting 500 Billion from Medicare on their phoney budget for adding Obamacare.

    We need to show charts that show each budget proposal in terms of the total debt each year, the total revenue each year, the total spending each year – not imaginary savings 10 or 12 years out. Then people will see what is actually happening to them and our country.

    Reduce the spending by 10% each year from the current spending total, not baselines with 7% growth figured in, until spending drops down to revenue. Eliminate any agency that duplicates a state agency – Dept of Ed. (I am a retired Teacher), Natl Endoment for the Arts, Dept of Agriculture (states will manage it better anyway).

  • Centurion

    Chip:
    Agree with your points, but get your math right! If the loss of corporate jet accelerated depreciation will net $3Billion next year, then it would take the deficit from $1.4B to $1.397B, not $1.1T. And, $300B is only 100 X $3B, not 1,000 X. And, $300B is not “nearly a third of the $1.4B deficit, it is 21.4%. These are substantial mistakes and each of them diminishes your message.

    Mistakes of $300B are the province of Congress. Math mistakes like this provide fodder for the spendthrifts to attack the overall truth of your column.

    • Jay From Colorado

      Centurion

      I believe that Chip was talking about 1.4Trillion
      not 1.4Billion.

  • Dan az

    Thanks chip
    I knew that there was a law but couldn’t remember when it was or who made it and didn’t know how to find it.But I knew they HAD to balance it.Thirty yrs ago explains why I couldn’t remember hell I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night. :)

  • Robert Lambert

    I am one of those social security and VA vets who receive those benefits and I have received my ss on the 4th Wednesday of the month and will receive vets benefits on Monday the first day of the month. Also, I might add that I am a true conservative and will not under any circumstances vote for that so-called Pres of this great union. I do believe that he has broken the law with this guns to Mexico and should be impeached and for the illegal war he stsrted in Libya. One other thing that you might want to think about is That Where Preceptions are involved THE TRUE IS ILLRELAVENT (DOES NOT MATTER).

    • armyblue

      Have never seen the country so divided. Politicians are no longer credible, period. The voice of the American people is threatened by intimidation and lies. All this while the circus “ringmaster” sees the tent burning behind him. He has surrounded himself with people who are socialists to the max. The two-party team is an ancient vestige of a DC sitcom, where “the plot” always comes together in the ninth hour. Then the whole “organization” comes together for “the good of the people.” “Golf games, beer to resolve conflicts, promises to do the RIGHT thing,” all for the benefit of the progressive news cameras. Washington has put us to sleep without the injection.

    • mark

      Yeah, but Bush’s war in Iraq was great! At least he found all that WMD. And he got all those terrorists who planned 9/11 there. Fifteen of the 19 in those hijacked planes were Iraqis. Oh, I’m sorry I got that wrong, 15 were Saudis, our allies, and the Bush family’s best friends. Oh well, everyone makes a mistake now and then. Gun’s to Mexico, Bush’s ATF started that program, too, in 2005. Gee whiz, what next?

      • eyeswideopen

        mark, these people don’t accept any responsibilty for our debts, or any other types of wrong doing. Didn’t anyone tell you that the Conservatives don’t make mistakes? Look above to article about congressman not paying child support and the response to me. I am slaming a slacker and she is accusing me of being biased. Biased about outing a slacker? No, it happens to be one of “theirs” and she didn’t like the facts. A sitting Congressman who owes 117K in back child support?? Come on, the radical right can see no wrong in any of their buddies.

        • DaveH

          Exactly when does the increasing debt become Obama’s responsibility, Eyes? Please enlighten us. Or are you just going to wait until the next Republican gets in office and blame it on him?

          • eyeswideopen

            DaveH, for goodness sake, you know better than to make a statement like that, it is the Congress that has the duty to pass the debt limit for their previous spending, not the President. Have you gone back to smoking the good stuff?
            I do have a question for you. All of those red states who are having horrible budget problems, how did that happen? Since they are run by the repubs, here in fl they have had control since 1996, how do you blame the dems? I can hear the wheels turning on how to make the dems responsible for the repub spending in republican controlled states. Come on let’s hear your explanation.lmao. How about letting the tax cuts expire and we will have almost paid down the debt in 10 yrs. I know you don’t want to pay more taxes on that expensive home in San Bernadino, but that’s how this country has always worked.

          • George E

            Eyes,

            Everyone has contributed to the current financial problem, not just Democrats or Republicans. We’re all responsible, and we’ve all got to work together to solve the problem. Our country is out of money and out of time to fix the problem. We’re hanging on the cliff and about to fall. Unfortunately, most people don’t want to participate in fixing the problem, except to “volunteer” the other guy make all the sacrifices. That kind of thinking is inadequate, and likely to drive us right over the cliff. To fix the problem today, our government has to reduce spending by about 42% immediately to stop creating more debt, and then additional cuts each year until the debt gets paid down. By cuts, I mean less spending each year than the previous year, not less spending than someone would like to spend. This is a tough pill to swallow, but necessary. There is no easy answer, like eliminating waste and abuse or taxing the rich. We may do some of these things, but by themselves they are inadequate measures to fix the current problem. We’ve simply got to cut government spending significantly and soon. We also need to grow the economy as much as possible to increase revenue to the government so those additional yearly cuts aren’t anymore painful than necessary. So let’s take a hard look at all of those new, and well-intentioned regulations that we’re pushing on our businesses to be sure they aren’t actually constraining the economy and tax revenues.

          • DaveH

            Eyes,
            You know I don’t smoke. But I’m sure someday you will try to use that fact against me in your typical personal attacks.
            And it’s Congress now, Eyes, when that suits your purposes? And why are you equivocating? You know that I was talking about spending, not the debt limit. Don’t you know the difference between “increasing debt” and “debt limit”? And you know that Obama more than most other Presidents actively pushed the spending programs.
            And I don’t know where you get the idea that I support Republican Big Government anymore than I support Democrat Big Government. You, the person who constantly tries to make dirt out of my personal statements, know that I’m Libertarian. After all, you’ve often tried to personally attack me based on that.
            And you know that blaming the states problems on Republicans is equivocating to the highest degree. Until the midterm elections, Democrats controlled 27 state legislatures outright:
            http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/13/AR2010111302389.html

            You, Eyes, are just a Liberal Zealot.

      • DaveH

        Are you mixing apples and oranges, Mark?
        Project Gunrunner was indeed started in 2005.
        But Operation Fast and Furious, the one in the news, was started in the fall of 2009.

  • James

    The Democrats and Republicans need to work at the table together as a team and come up with a deal that cuts spending and balances the budget.Until you work together as a team nothing good will come out of it.We have a two party system and should be dealt with that way. Act like well educated adults that you are instead of like spoiled children fighting over a piece of candy. We need to put America back to where it should be. America should have never gotten to this point in the beginning that it has boiled down to a last minute deal and our Country has to suffer because of it..

    • Joy

      Theres a couple of problems with that idea, the basic one being the huge difference between Republican and Democratic philosophies. Another huge problem right now is that Obama will NOT entertain any budget deal that doesn’t take this whole problem off his plate until after the 2012 elections so his inaction and passing-the-buck to Biden and Reid doesn’t come back to haunt him at the polls. Another huge problem is that over 50% of Americans want the Feds to quit spending the country into economic armaggeddon and balance the budget and live within their means.

    • DaveH

      Compromise got us where we are today, James. We need some real leaders who will ignore the manipulative tactics of the budget-busters and shrink Government. We need Real Budget Cuts, not the baseline budget-cutting shell game.
      There would be no deficit if Government would just cut back to 2003 size. Was 2003 a bad year?
      Of course, if I had my way, we would shrink the Government to 1/3 of its present size.

      • eyeswideopen

        DaveH, I have been asking you for a year and a half, just what would you cut? You will never make a committment, similar to the repubs. Just what would you cut?

        • George E

          Eyes,

          I’ll make it easy and fair. Let’s just cut EVERYTHING by 42% across the board. Then we can argue from there as to how the remaining money should be better distributed. This is basically what will happen if we don’t come to grips with this problem soon.

        • DaveH

          First off, Eyes, I would fire whoever is paying you to harass us freedom lovers.
          And I don’t know what makes you think I’m obligated to answer every inane question you ask. I guess that’s just a hangover from your Liberal Force training?
          But I would eliminate whole Unconstitutional agencies first — ATF, DEA, DE, DOE, FEMA, FDA, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, NIH, ESA, NLRB, WB, and many others. Then I would sell off Federal assets (they own 30% of our country’s land). Basically, If I controlled things, I would cut the Federal Government back to 1/3 of its present size. Then, hopefully, the States would follow the example and similarly cut back their bloated Governments.

          • JeffH

            Dave, Hear Hear!

          • DaveH

            I left out the Federal Reserve. I would abolish that wealth sucking organization faster than Bernanke could shave his beard.

          • George E

            DaveH,

            I’ll bet you would replace the Fed with a warehouse full of gold, silver, and other rare and precious minerals……..

          • Jana

            And how about taking all of the illegals off of our entitlements programs, ie: food stamps, government housing, and monthly pay checks for just being here. If they get sick, treat them and send them home.

            How about stopping the automatic pay raises for Congress every year.

            Lets cut down on the expense accounts of ALL of our elected officials. If they want to party they will have to do it on their own dime.

            Lets cut out the bonuses such as the ones the President gave his staff.

            Lets cut out spending money on the Arts, we can’t afford them any more, as well as most of these bogus studies they pay for such as the effects of the air from the flatulance of cows. There are a lot of these costly but unnecessary programs.

          • Jana

            Oh yes, and WHY does Michelle Obama need over 40 personal assistants???

          • Jana

            If those brilliant men and women in Congress can’t figure out HOW to cut the budget, I would be very happy to go up there and help them. I have lived on a budget all of my life. Even when we had money to put back, I still stayed on budget and put that money back gladly. We live within our means and are quite happy.

            Our politicians sought out the job because they felt they were better than anyone else to do that job. Then they need to do their job.
            Thank goodness the Republicans are standing for reducing the budget (although it is not enough) in spite of the Democrats pathetic propaganda of lies.

          • DaveH

            When I got through slashing Government, the Democrats (and most Republicans) would be begging to replace me with Ron Paul.

          • DaveH

            Here are John Stossel’s proposed cuts:
            http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/stossel/blog/2011/07/29/take-chainsaw-budget-2

            Eyes will be feverishly looking to dig up dirt on John Stossel now. Poor thing.

  • Donald

    Much is being made about the fabled “Democratic Majority, that Obama had during the first 2 years of his administration. The Republicans now have a majority in the House and are unable, so far. to pass their debt ceiling plan. This sorry situation occurs because neither Republicans, nor Democrats are required to support the basic positions of their party.

    This is almost unheard of in England where they have party discipline and where if you run under a party label, everyone knows you will vote the party line. So, you know how someone will vote no matter how dumb or ambitious they may otherwise be.

    Here, as Tip O’Neil observed: “All politics is local” so people vote for whatever will get them elected regardless of the party label they run on or what is good for the country.

    In this regard our system is flawed and party leadership is too often defied, whether it’s the President, or the Speaker of the House.

    We have manged to have gotten by with split government for ages, but now our beloved system of “Checks and Balances” is doing us in.

    • George E

      Donald,

      I believe you are incorrect when you say the Republicans in the House can’t pass a bill to raise the debt ceiling. Actually, they sent a bipartisan bill to the Senate over a week ago that is also very popular with a majority of the American people according to polls, but Senator Reid tabled it and would not allow it to be debated or voted on in the Senate. Since then Republicans have been scrambling to try to construct other bills that the Democrats might be willing to consider.

      Many of us on the conservative side, think the Republicans might have done better had they simply stood their ground and demanded the Senate vote on the bill that’s already been sent over before engaging in any other negotiations.

      Here’s more information on the bill that the House passed:
      http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/60228.html

      • DaveH

        I agree with Judge Napolitano (Freedom Watch, Fox Business Network).
        They should not raise the debt ceiling, period. No bargains. That is the only way the spending is ever going to get cut. Most of the so-called Tea Partiers are caving to the concept of raising the debt ceiling if a Balanced Budget Amendment is started. But there is no guarantee that the States would approve it, and it would just open up a huge can of worms. And there’s no guarantee the Government would abide by it anyway. Look at how many other Constitutional requirements they have ignored over the years.
        I can’t help but wonder if they (Tea Party candidates) secretly just don’t have the huevos to get the job done, but are hoping their Balanced Budget requirement will fool the voters and get them re-elected.
        This is the one chance for the Tea-Party candidates to prove their mettle because without the House of Representatives approval, the Debt Limit can’t be raised, unlike the spending bill cuts that would have to get both houses and the president’s approval. If the Tea-Party candidates fall down on this one, we need to show no mercy come 2012.

  • Joy

    Ahh, the smell of Washington in the morning. It reeks of deceit, lies, bipartisanship and squabbling.

    • armyblue

      Washington more like a spa at the center of the city’s processing plant.

      • Joy

        Yep. Instead of mud baths the politicians take kaa-kaa baths. Doesn’t do a thing for their personal images.

    • DaveH

      It’s all about feathering their own nests while they delude the citizens into believing that it is for them.

  • andy

    aug 2 was not pulled out of thin air it is the day before the first
    social security checks go out. I am not positive on this but it does make sense mine comes on the second wednsday my friends comes on the first wednsday probably just coincidence but it makes for a great scare tactic just the same. obummer and his cronies don’t obey the constitution anyway but SSI, SSD payments have to be made the money comes from a trust fund set up specifically for it.

  • http://www.diyyardandhome.com Dan

    Chip has it right and if that scares you then don’t read Bloomberg’s article “Why the Debt Crisis Is Even Worse Than You Think” at

    http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/why-the-debt-crisis-is-even-worse-than-you-think-07272011.html

    This is the best article I’ve seen to explain the whole problem of US finances. I don’t quite agree with part of it about raising taxes but I do realize that at sometime in the future higher taxes will be a necessity.

    • DaveH

      Canada solved their problems by cutting spending, not raising taxes:
      http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/canadas-spending-cuts-and-economic-growth/

      • eyeswideopen

        DaveH, let’s be fair and show the tax rates for the Canadians. Read it carefully on how they use a progressive tax.
        http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/fq/txrts-eng.html

        • DaveH

          Canada’s Government spends roughly the same amount of their GDP as the US does. I didn’t say they met my ideal of Government size. I said they corrected their out of control Government spending by cutting spending rather than raising taxes.

      • eyeswideopen

        DaveH, they didn’t try and change their system overnite, like you radicals are proposing. It took them ten years to lower their GDP.

        http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/canadas-spending-cuts-economic-growth

        • George E

          Eyes,

          The length of time a government has to fix their problem depends on how bad the problem is. The US government is rapidly running out of time, and the longer we wait, the more harsh the solution will have to be.

          Tongue in cheek, maybe we should “raise” tax rates like our politicians have “reduced” spending. That is, we can say that we were going to lower the tax rate by 20%, but since we only lowered it by 10%, we actually raised the tax rate by 10%….ha. Think that will fix the problem?

        • DaveH

          It took them 10 years to lower their GDP?
          And you expect people to follow your advice, Eyes? You don’t even know what you’re talking about. No country aspires to lower their Gross Domestic Product.

      • eyeswideopen

        They also only have 35 million people, which is a little easier to control vs 311 million. You did notice that they didn’t do away with their tax system, they actually raised tax rates.We cannot fix our system overnight like you want.

        • DaveH

          What has population size got to do with it? Hong Kong has a population density 3 times that of our most densely populated state. Yet they get by with Government Spending that is only 19% of their GDP compared to the United States which spends 40% of their GDP. You know, GDP, that thing that you think Canada has lowered over the last 10 years.
          And before you attempt to disparage Hong Kong which is now owned by the Chinese, I will add that Singapore has a similarly sized Government.

  • http://www.personalliberty.com/conservative-politics/government/lies-our-leaders-tell-us/#comment-504618 andy

    Aug 2 was not pulled out of thin air it is a date before the first social security checks come out. that way you can scare all the people into putting pressure on their reps to get a deal done so they can receive their benefits. I think that obummer and his cronies under estimate the american people sure some just follow blindly like organized laborers that are brainwashed by their union propeganda news letters. but I think most of the people can see whats goin on

    • http://yahoo Rob

      Really…the american people can see what is going on? THEN WHERE IS THE OUTCRY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? I don’t SEE it or HEAR it! Complacency and apathy….HELLOOOOOOOO are you out there?

  • nw

    Why can’t someone in Congress start impeachment of this president?

  • Donald

    If the concern over the debt ceiling is so much baloney, why is the stock market sinking like a stone: Down all week and going down again today unless the House can get its act together? Just curious.

    • sid

      the manipulators, at work!!!

    • DaveH

      Investors dislike uncertainty. But they also dislike certainty when it is in the wrong direction. Borrowing even more money, in their hair-of-the-dog attempts to cure their hangover with more spending is not the certainty that we need.

    • George E

      Donald,

      What happened in the market this week is only a “tremor” before the big quake, if we don’t deal with the total amount of debt, and soon. If this tremor serves to wake us up to the big quake coming so that we can take effective action now, then we might avoid or minimize the quake that is certainly coming.

  • Carl J.

    I have a message from the 15,000 lobbyists living in Washington DC: “”There is absolutely NO difference between a Democratic congressman accepting lobbyist money, a Republican comgressman accepting lobbyist money, or an Independent congressman accepting lobbyist money. Sorry to burst your delusional bubble folks…… but there’s 15,000 lobbyists in DC that can unanimously tell you that our congressman are ALL whores, regardless if they’re Dems, Republicans or Independents.

    • sid

      they all do have deep pockets!!!

  • sid

    what is ironic, about all of this, is that, if iran would actually launch a missle from, say venezuela, and hit the wh, potus maybe in the oval office, having a cigarette!!!

  • Dave B.

    No offense, but just to show the obamanationites just how stupid the “jet” tax break is 3 Billion from 1.4 Trillion still leaves 1.397 Trillion.

    • sid

      and instant credit “DOWNGRADE”!!!

    • eyeswideopen
      • DaveH

        There should be no Corporate Tax. It is just another of many schemes by which the Leaders extract more money from the citizens.
        Corporations don’t pay taxes. People pay taxes. When taxed, the Corporations just raise their prices, lower their wages, or move somewhere where they can make a profit. None of those outcomes are good for the citizens.
        And the Government just wastes the money. See here for some examples:
        http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=18265

        • eyeswideopen

          DaveH, so you want to be the only industrialized country in the world who doesn’t tax corporations? yes, we have a 35% rate, which absoutely no companies pay.
          http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/03/business/economy/03rates.html?_r=1

          • eyeswideopen

            http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/03/business/economy/03rates.html?_r=1

            You also didn’t mention that other countries provide more benefits to their citiens when they are taxing their corporations.

            As a percentage of our GDP we don’t pay the highest tax rates. What would be better a AVT?
            Since corporations get to vote as a private citien, why shouldn’t they pay taxes like a private citizen?

          • George E

            Eyes,

            You’re generally correct. That simply suggests to me that our tax code is screwed up when companies and individuals don’t pay at their tax rate. Some, often the largest and wealthiest, are taking advantage of the “loopholes” while the smallest and least wealthy may not. Since it’s the small businesses that create most of the new jobs in this country, we need to be sure we’re not penalizing them through our tax code and regulations. Also, it’s just ashame that our corporations have to use loopholes to get their tax rate down to competitive global levels, don’t you think?

          • DaveH

            Oh goodness, we’d be the only industrialized country? And that makes it okay for Government to keep screwing the citizens?
            For those who would like to remove the blinders:
            http://mises.org/daily/3024
            Government Leaders are very adept at figuring new imperceptible ways to extract money from the citizens. The Corporate Taxes are just one method they use. As I said, Corporations don’t pay taxes. People pay taxes.

          • DaveH

            You’re right about the loopholes, George, but keep in mind that most of the so-called “loopholes” are just tax-deferral methods. The Government eventually gets its money from those.
            When Government takes money from the Corporations they are really just taking that money from the consumers. The thing that has made our country so wealthy is capital investment. That is the investment in machinery and other things that allows companies to become more productive. When Government diverts that money to themselves they just consume it at the expense of the country’s productivity.
            And while there are absolutely Crony Capitalists who work the system in their favor (think ADM for instance), we cannot expect Big Government to be the solution. The only real solution is to get Government out of the marketplace and give the power back to the consumers. Government if left involved can only be expected to aid their favorite Crony Capitalists at the expense of their customers, their smaller competitors, and the taxpayer.

          • George E

            DaveH,

            We’re on the same page….

  • http://none Dan Spoonhour

    My question: Why is congress allowing this “president” and his cohorts to run rampant over our constitution and American traditions when the evidence is overwhelmingly obvious of it’s intent to destroy this nation and the American way of life! I know communism when I see and I’m seeing it manifest itself in Washington every day that passes!

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  • http://yahoo Rob

    OK….!!!! With ALL the crap we are reading and hearing about and how ALL these issues are affecting “WE” citizens, WHERE is the OUTCRY? WHERE is visual and/or physical protecting? the marches on Washington? It seems today all we do is vent on forums. AGAIN! Where is the OUTCRY of disapproval from the “PEOPLE”?

    • armyblue

      Well it was called, in a former time the tea party, now homogenized along with other movements to get things accomplished. Now we have been put into a state of stupor from the media which plays into the hands of people worried about the latest in Hollywood and their wrinkles; not to mention the 45 million of welfare that look for that check every month. We’re on sleeping medication in the country.

    • Joy

      Do you really think the politicians in Washington, who are bought a piad for by people with bigger bankrolls than we have, really listen to anyone who isn’t threatening their jobs?
      I’m telling you: all it will take is 1 politician being recalled by his constituents to shake DC politics to its roots. So many of these ‘career politicians’have gotten the idea they don’t have to listen to anyone but lobbyists lining their pockets. Talk about an ‘entitlement mentallity’? Just look at a politician. They are the poster children for it.

  • Bob Marshall

    No matter what you think of Ron Paul he has been warning about congresses wasteful spending for years.Everything that has happened with the debt and industrial military complex was mentioned time and time again both by our founders and General Dwight David Esienhower.It amazes me that our government can help other countries but can’t seem to help those in America.

  • Carol

    I knew he was a liar before even entered the White House and nobody would listen but now maybe they are listening now too late to listen.

  • Joy

    Well, heres a little something to lift our spirits: Obama is going to go back on national TV and fill us all in on the debt talks. 10:30 Eastern time. Should be mildly amusing, if not downright funny depending on which direction he starts laying out the blame.

  • Melody

    Just wondering why no one is punished, sued, or held accountable in Congress for going over budget and running up the deficit? The government got us into this mess, and the citizens are being punished for…. yet nothing happens to Congreess!!!???? Why don’t they lose their job, have their wages confiscated, thrown into court… or taken to court. If any private citizen did any of these things in their business or in their own homes…. they would be sued, fined, lose their job, lose their credit card…..ect…. The government needs to pay the price for such criminal practices! Can the citizens sue the government for deceiving the people????? The government acts like the mob!

  • mark

    The American people deceive themselves. They claim they don’t want deficit spending but they love all those programs that are fully funded through international borrowing beyond our means. We have met the enemy and he is US!

    • professor

      Mark, Americans that worked for a living (you probably don’t understand that concept) are not asking for something they did earn! The government took money out of their paychecks, every month, promising it would be used for “earned benefits” in their later years.. They had no choice, that money was deducted from their checks without consent.

      So, stop turning-up your nose at people who deserve those SS checks!

      Save your disdain for the illegals that have sucked these programs dry, without ever having contributed a penny! Save your disdain for those that have never been contributing members of society, they have been nothing but burdens and living off of other people’s labor! This is where the cuts need to be made….and everyone else understands except liberals that have pushed for a “class of government slaves” for the last 70-years!

      • mark

        Illegals do not get Social Security though many pay into it. Illegals pay sales, alcohol, and cigarette taxes. They work for lots of freemarket conservative capitalists who love them for their cheap labor and the fact they you can give them zero benefits and get them to work overtime for straight time. Illegals never complain to OSHA about unsafe and unsanitary working conditions – another benefit to the free market capitalists who run sweat shops, dive restaurants, and unsafe factories. Nursing homes frequently hire illegal immmigrants. There they change the diapers, empty the bedpans, make the beds, mop the floors, shower, spoonfeed and shave seniors and veterans on Social Security pensions and veteran pensions. They do this for minimum wages and are glad to have the jobs. The owners of these nursing homes are multi-millionaires and they thank you for cutting their taxes. There are lots of things wrong with our system besides illegal immigrants. Parts of our economy couldn’t function without them. Of course seniors who paid into Social Security deserve to get their full benefits but the Tea Party conservatives want to cut Social Security, to save it they claim but I have my doubts and so do my parents who are both on Social Security.

        • professor

          First of all…only a radical liberal would say that the Tea Party wants to cut Social Security benefits! The Tea Party membership majority receives Social Security and/or Veterans’ benefits!

          Secondly, I live in Texas and know a little about illegals!

          They collect Social Security!
          They collect Medicare!
          They have their wives and kids on Medicaid!
          They get free medical and dental care!
          They vote!
          They get valid driver’s licenses for $250 under the table!
          They will not work for low wages(they get plenty of American tax-money)!
          They fill our jails!
          They don’t pay taxes. (but I guess we should be “grateful” that they will pay sales tax on the items they purchase!)
          They receive Tax Credit Checks!

          Since a lot of the men don’g don’t have to work, they want great working conditions with benefits, just like the Americans that they are REPLACING in the workforce!

          Hispanic organizations give these people all the information that they need to get the most they can out of the “Gringos!”

          They are not the people that you describe in your post… Illegals are the ones “taking advantage” and getting something for nothing! Illegals are stealing from a system that they have NO LEGAL RIGHT to participate in, whatsoever! Add up what they cost this Nation. Every household that is headed by a working American pays part of the debt that supports these invaders. Other countries do not allow their borders breeched and neither should we….if it were not for people like you…our borders would be secure.

        • Proud to be a Christian

          Mark, I don’t know under what rock you are living under, but a number of illegals and non citizens get social security, some to the tune of $2600.00 per month and live in beautiful homes that are government furnished even down to the lawn care, all paid by social secrutiy (See the project in Tahoma Washington). If they would take everyone off social security that never paid in, there would be plenty to go on for years and of course out of the general fund. Where do you think most of the government revenues comes from, people working (not politicians) and they and their employers matching the funds. This brings up another point, all politicians should have to pay into the social security fund and draw their benefits and medical benefits when of the age from there. There should be no exemptions not even for Muslims on paying into medical and are exempt from Obamacare. Social Security is not an entitlement for most of us as we paid into the fund by force.

        • George E

          Mark,

          Let me see if I can simplify the issue. Illegal immigrants are here “illegally”, so it’s difficult for me to justify giving them ANY benefit out of the federal treasury, especially when I know that in order to balance the federal budget today, Congress would have to cut spending by “42%”. In order to do that, NO federal program will escape the pain, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or Defense. Now, would you voluntarily “share” your parents Social Security and Medicare benefits with illegal immigrants when these kind of cuts are implemented? This is the kind of thinking we’re going to be forced to do in order to get our spending priorities in order. It won’t matter anymore how “needy” we think some people are. It’s going to come down to how much money we’re willing to take out of our pocket in reduced benefits to give to these “needy” people through other benefits.

  • Monk21

    Dear USA;
    To the world you look dumb, dumb and dumber.
    If I need more money to pay my bills, and don’t have enough income, I get another job to bring in more money. It’s that simple, but you guys let the rich say they are poor, and you believe them.

  • john

    I have never encountered so many miss guided people as I have on this blog and web site. Pull your heads out of the sand. George Bush ruined our economy, and than the tea party pops up and spreads lies to all you weak minded people. We have had socialism in this GREAT COUNTRY since
    it was created you people need to open a dictionary every once and awhile and see what the difference between socialism and communism is.

    • wandamurline

      And you need to read the Constitution and troll somewhere else.

      • OB1

        Agreed. Not even worth a reply.

        • http://monstermastiffs.com BigMike

          ditto, go troll elsewhere

      • eyeswideopen

        wandamurline, the Constitution states that we will pay our debts, what about that don’t you like?

  • George

    Good newsletter, Bob. Normally I agree with you about 90-95%; today I’ll give you 99.99%.

  • http://moniquer7 Merlin

    Obama is deplorable but congress needs to get a backbone.

  • john

    The troll is now leaving the land of the nitwits. ADIOS

  • Todd Kreigh

    Yes, Bob’s arithmetic is a bit off but when you’re dealing with this many endless zeroes, it’s forgivable: 1,400,000,000,000 – 3,000,000,000 = 1.397 trillion. He missed out on an even more effective illustration of how Obama’s grandstanding about corporate jets shaves a whole .0025 percent off the deficit, not .65%. According to the Dems though, .0025% is really significant. To people who aren’t stupid, not so much.

    The USPS is “not a government agency”? Seriously? It’s a rarity among government agencies because it is expected to generate its own revenue. But it can’t compete with private carriers – Fedex, UPS, DSL, etc. And the only reason it floats at all is because it is protected by a legal mandate that only the USPS can handle first class mail. If it lost first class mail, it would fold like a tent within two months. In other words, the USPS is a shining example that a government agency can’t compete with a private business that offers the same services.

    • libertytrain

      Todd, Chip Wood wrote this puppy, not Bob.

      • eyeswideopen

        Since when does facts (chips figures are incorrect) matter to those on this site? Who cares who wrote the article? Just another example of talking points by talking heads, who snag those not willing to question their statements. Here is the main question; Do you pay your mortgage on time? Do you pay your credit card on time? Do you pay any personal loans on time? This debt is from the past, it is not to cover future debt. Those wars, and medicare advantage need to be paid for. I am getting the idea that the economy crashed because conservatives don’t like to pay for what they have received.

        • libertytrain

          eyes….eyes….eyes….

        • JeffH

          eyes say: “This debt is from the past”…and the “PRESENT”… you are joking aren’t you? Pure “doublespeak”…again…What do you do when you don’t make enough money to pay your bills? You cut spending, pay what’s most important and start figuring out how to pay the rest of your debts or don’t pay at all and declare bankruptcy. You don’t keep spending more than you have, plain and simple.

          Just in case you are unaware, our government created this debt problem we’re faced with…yes you may find it difficult to believe but the Democrats and Republicans are both responsibe…surprise!

          Obama’s lack of leadership allowed the Republicans to focus American onto deficit reduction, and allowed them to tie spending reduction to the debt ceiling Last December, he didn’t embrace the recommendations of his own bipartisan deficit reduction commission, and in his State of the Union address in January, he again avoided any serious discussion of how to address the looming deficit crisis.

          In May, the Senate voted 97 – 0 on a vague Obama budget plan which promised(we all know what that means)$4 trillion in cuts…sounds good in theory but we all know that you can’t make a “beef stew” if the recipe doesn’t include any beef…

        • Marlene

          I’ve got newsa for you and your biased brain. I’m a white Republican, divorced for 38 years and I paid my mortgage off in 8.5 years by working two to three jobs at a time, never was late on utility payments and pay my charge accounts the moment I receive the3 email noticce that they are due. I paid into Social Security ssince I began working at 16 and until I had to stop working at nearly 71 due to failing health. I sold my home because I could no longer do the maintenance myself and set the proceeds aside to pay for the end-of-life costs which will be horrific. I DO take from the government dole – I get $16 in food stamps each month but after working as long as I did, I don’t think that’s bad. You seem to want to believe that you and those who think like you are the only upright citizens in this country, but you are dead wrong. Republicans work, Liberals take.

          • eyeswideopen

            Marlene, you are the epitome of the Conservative party. It is ok that I take a handout, but you liberals better not!!! The hyprocrisy lives on!

          • George E

            Eyes,

            I think the problem for many of us is that we’re allowing many people who did not contribute to these social programs to receive benefits from them. We expect people to get the benefits from the programs they’ve paid into for years.

          • http://deleted Claire

            I will tell you what honks me off about Social Security. Americans paid into this program legally. And for the past 30-50 years every administration that was in office took this money for their own agendas. To me, that is out and out stealing. They had no right to take this money. As far as I am concerned–they should repay all the money they stole and then keep their damn hands off it.

          • George E

            You know what they say, Claire. You can take all the coulda’s, woulda’s, and shoulda’s and $0.50, and you’ll still only get a half cup of coffee………ha. You can’t get blood out of a turnip and you can’t get money from a politician that he doesn’t take from you first (less his service fee). They’ve already spent the money we’ve previously given them to “save” Social Security, so we can either give them more money or find ways of reducing payments if we want to continue getting our checks at their present levels. You can forget about ever getting another cost of living adjustment. We’ll be lucky if they don’t actually start cutting the amounts we presently get…….ugh.

          • JeffH

            Claire, you’re absolutly right. What honks me are people like “eyes” who conveniently regard Social Security as strictly an entitlement program, because she despises someone who has paid and earned the benefiets of SS, despite our contributions and despite the fact that the federal government has borrowed(stolen) all of that trust fund money and spent it. The only way the trust fund can get some cash to pay Social Security benefits is if the federal government draws it from general revenues or borrows the money.

          • DaveH

            Leave it to Eyes to try to disparage a responsible person. Marlene is not a hypocrite for taking what’s being offered by the Government, Eyes. She paid for other peoples’ support during her working life, why shouldn’t she get back a little? She wouldn’t need help now if people like you hadn’t been helping themselves to her money during her working life.
            I would put her character far above that of people like you, Eyes, who vote to continue the theft of other peoples’ money.

    • Jay From Colorado

      Actually that works out to .21%, And after going back to review Chip’s he has it correct.

  • Liddie

    Our present dumbed down government educational system doesn’t teach people how to use the dictionary, know history, how to think and reason out problems and that’s why Obummer was elected because they didn’t understand “fundamentally change . . “. The minute I heard those words, I understood his meaning and knew we were on the road to a downhill slide if this slick talker was elected. What this country needs is a “the buck stops here” Harry Truman type in office.

  • http://personalliberty.com Hudmar

    It sounds like Hitler all over again.

  • john

    Really you compare PRESIDENT OBAMA to Hitler. I think you republican pukes are jealous because there is a black man in the White House that is 100 times smarter then all of you goofballs put together.

    • OB1

      Herman Cain. Allen West. Patriots. True Americans. Obama? No comment. At this point, no comment is needed. Perhaps you are a racist?

      • professor

        Allen West says he is signing-onto Boehner’s plan to give the dems what they want.

        To quote Rush,”We don’t have to “compromise” with the destroyers of this country!” The president would be the real loser, if the debt ceiling is not raised! He would be accountable for any chaos resulting from his outrageous spending! He and the dems have been 100% in control of the presidency, the House and the Senate!

        • OB1

          Thanks for the heads up about West. Will call and send message asap. Sent out several for Ron Paul last night. The house must hold it’s ground. Period.

      • Marlene

        To my knowledge, there are THREE black me, not TWO, who are intelligent patriots. You said Herman Cain and Allen West, but may I add Alan Keyes? He,too, is an admirable man and when he campaigned for the 2008 election and until he stepped down, he was my choice for President. I’m definitely not racist but was never for the forked-tongued Obama. His ‘change’ made my white hair stand on end and his use of the word ‘folks’ always grated on my nerves because it was so phony. I’ll bet, on the teleprompter, ‘folks’ is all in capital letters. Correct me if I’m wrong but, when he was sworn into the Senate, didn’t he use the Koran instead of the Bible and until 9-11, didn’t he brag that he was Muslim? Then, and only then, did he deny that fact. He was elected to the Senate because he was a novelty and then to the presidency because of that and he began using the race card so voting for him was considered PC. When it comes to sneaky, he wins.

  • Mike

    To John the Troll, You forgot Clinton. It was he who signed N.A.F.T.A. AND G.A.T.T. INTO LAW . IT WAS CLINTON WHO SIGNED THE DEAL WITH CHINA BRINGING HER INTO THE WORLD TRADE ORG. But Ill agree with you on the Bush family. Nothing but Globalists , the lot of them. Carter (Trilateral commission), Bush sr. new world order(trilateral commission) Clinton( trilateral commission,Bilderberg group) AND Bush jr. Trilateral commission. These guys all serve a global authority and have no real investment in the United States. They all have sought and continue to seek a world government. Until fools like John accept the fact that both parties serve global elite corporatists they will continue to blame one party or the other. You have been fooled by the dialectic. Google George Hegel. If you want a chance for America vote for Ron Paul, good day. Michael West Michigan Volunteer Militia

    • OB1

      I don’t know you Mike, but I wish I did! God bless you.

    • professor

      You are right in that “globalists” have no interest in the United States, but work towards “A One World Government!” These globalists have taken over our government. The debt ceiling debate, the debate about raising taxes, taxing the rich, taxing corporate jets,etc., are all diversions! They work behind the scenes to further the real agenda.

    • eyeswideopen

      Mike and you forgot to mention who started NAFTA, Bush one, that’s who. He left office prior to signing. But that was all his baby. Check the facts and you will be in the lite. lol

      • Marlene

        WRONG! It was Clinton, with his second in command, Hillary.

      • http://deleted Claire

        NAFTA was started by G.H.W. Bush, Brian Mulroney (Canada), and Carlos Salinas (Mexico). They ceremoniously signed it on 12-17-92. Before negotiations were finalized, Clinton became President. Clinton signed it into law 12-8-93 and it took effect 1-1-94.

        • eyeswideopen

          Claire, thank you, someone who knows the facts. Hands clapping for the truth!

          • DaveH

            That’s a sound your comments won’t hear often.

        • Jana

          And I also remember BEFORE Clinton became President he was going down to Mexico to push this deal along.

  • Mike

    God men wake up will you?? Hitler really? Hitler was a saint compared to every president after Reagan. Reagan was the last president who had protectionist trade policies. HE KEPT OUR MONEY HERE!! Bush sr. and Carter were the real masterminds of this new Global authority. Reagan came in and fought communism but he took Bush as his vice president. Notice how high ranking people get shot around Bush sr? He was the head of the CIA during the Kennedy years. Today you have the results of Clinton and Bush trade policies where over 85 thousand companies,corporations and even tiny little one man companies have outsourced or moved off shore to escape paying taxes. The Constitution states that excise taxes are supposed to fund the government. Those are paid by corporations. I pay excise taxes every year. Wake up . Obama is not Hitler, he’s nothing but Globalist puppet and a shill for the wallstreet gang. The real power is behind him. Central bankers , Rockefeller, Rothchild, etc. Mike

    • eyeswideopen

      Let’s go back the the tax rates of Reagan!!!! That would save this country. Now let the screaming begin. They don’t want those tax rates of Reagan as it would be fair. Welcome to the United Corporations of America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://msn Jocko Webb

    Simply put, the middle class is the main target to reduce their voices and save the government from the horrific mistakes made that solely cost the taxpayers. I can site many of things that are totally economic issues but the whole truth is government see’s the world and the big picture from the G SUMMIT. First of all and foremost 1.2 trillion dollars are collected yearly from the taxpayers, secondly, out of control government spending has gotten America where we are today, thirdly, both parties are the blame (governement runs the post office and yearly they are in the red) and for the past decade they manipulated industry which was developed by companies like Mr.Ford for labors, Labors we sent jobs overeseas reduce ability to middle class BEING able to meet mortgage PAYMENTS and the inconsistent fluxuation of interest in the housing market (people now livivng out in the streets). We have created panhandlers as a result of government not being forefull enough to block the wall street greed, to block the Ken L.AND ENRON DISASTER I could go on endlessly, but the government has decided to reduce the middle class strength and the strength of the people(foundation our forefathers created to develop a country worth living and dyeing for) has alloowed lobbyist, oil companies to prevail destroying the fabricate of America because of greed. I could go on endlessly what is happening without resolve. It’s like watch 60minutes without any resolution. We need to remember this, in the USA to HAVE BEEN the richest country in the world, 17million children go to bed, hungry every day, (SAD STAT). What destroyed this country isn’t the American person but those in control getting to greedy such as: Wall street, Fanny May on and on. Lastly, the old saying that still fits today, IF YOUR NOT APART OF THE SOLUTION THEN YOU ARE APART OF THE PRO_LEM. Government ask yourself the above question and answer it, WHERE DOES GOVERNMENT FIT IN THE ABOVE EQUATION. WORLD ORDER IS NEEDED LIKE:POPULATION CONTROL, ENERGY IDEAS, ON AND ON. ANOTHER OLD SAYING, UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL. Are we falling?

    Paul Harvey would end here saying, “GOOD DAY.” WE MISS THE PAUL HARVEY’S OF THE WORLD LIKE WINSTON CHURCHHILL ON AND ON. SOLUTION DRIVEN PEOPLE WITH RESULTS.

  • Diane Martin

    My opinion for the subterfuge and spin over the so-called debt crisis is that Obama needs the debt ceiling increased to meet his obligation to the people that really got him elected which are the unions, and he will also forgive the bankers that were bailed out. After that Geithner will cook the books, and the whole incident will fall of the country’s balance sheet. Obama will do this whether he is re-elected or not. No one is trying to expose this idea in the mainstream media or otherwise.

    • eyeswideopen

      Diane, you obviously don’t understand that the repubs stated two wars with no funding, this is debt that has already made, not new funding for anything else. Good grief no wonder this country is in trouble. Do you pay on your credit cards for items purchased? Since the repubs didn’t fund the wars, how do you think they get paid for???

      • George E

        Eyes,

        The Republicans WILL pay bills already incurred. That’s not the real issue, although some have mentioned it from time-to-time. They are using the present situation to say “enough is enough. We’ve got to get our budget in balance and pay-off the debt. Give us a solid plan to do that, and we’ll sign-off on raising the debt ceiling.”

  • john

    Ron Paul cant tie his own shoes.

  • http://none Dan Spoonhour

    Well folkes, All my life I’ve tried to do be a good citizen and pay my taxes on time, vote, write my congress, as requested, when I have issues, and try to understand, by research and study, the political scene each day as it unfolds over the years. I’ve served eight years in the Army, and paid into social security a life time, and I’m still working to keep in shape. I feel I have exhausted every aspect of approaching the problems we face in a peaceful manner and without using any form of violence.

    But now I find myself being used and abused by a federal government gone wild to the point of rebellion.

    What I would like to do is march up to Washington and physically grab the ones responsible by the nape of the neck and seat of their pants and physically haul their sorry souls right out of the building onto the streets telling them to get out and stay out!

    But then they would say I was a “Terrorist!” Oh Yeah? Look who’s calling who a terrorist! I’m terrified at what they’re doing to my country! I may be an “Old Lion” but I’m still a lion and my kicking leg is really itching! Hey I can dream can’t I?

  • Mike

    Google George Bush sr. his father the world banker. When you see where this man came from you will start to see the pattern. Research is your friend. Remember this, world banks loaned Hitler money so build his war machine. Who was worse the monster? or the monster who financed him? So it goes on even today as Dwight D.E. Warned us. The Military industrial complex. War for profit. The United Nations, the face plate for global authority. The grand puppet show . Take 5 steps back and look at the big picture of the world today. What do you see? I see the consolidation of wealth and power into the top 2% of the global elite. A new feudal system so to speak. Not Lords and serfs but more like Collectives of worker bees and queens. It is a blend of communism and capitalism where you vote for your oppressors and like it. It is the vision of one George Hegel. Carl Marx studied him as did Bush, Clinton, Carter, and other secular humanists. Google UN Agenda 21 signed by Bush in REO. Why do you think they are erasing our borders? Why on earth would anyone want to dis assemble the industrial base of the United States? Redistribution of wealth that’s why . Redistribution of industry is redistribution of wealth and power. Now these Globalists can operate anywhere in the world. They have no real alligence to any one country only to wealth and power.

    To anyone reading , please research everything I just wrote. and dig deeper, keep digging until you know the truth. Time is running out and we are on the brink of losing this country. As John Kennedy said, there can be no place in this country for secret societies. He was going to end the Federal reserve and put congress back in control of our money . he was shot for it. Research people research. Take an hour every day and educate yourself in history and the facts about the group of people who control this country and this world. God Bless, keep your powder dry . Long live the Republic. Mike

  • Mike

    John John John, Blinders on for sure. Ron Paul believes the same thing John Kennedy believed . Sound money IS THE ONLY WAY BACK. We need to remove this vile enity that is loaning OUR money to the government. Even Woodrow Wilson who signed it into law regretted his decision to do so. John? google that. Educate yourself and stop being a fool. Ron Paul believes in the constitution and what the founders set down for us . Only Paul has been right in the last two decades. He said the bubble was coming, it came . he said it would burst, It did. He has been calling for restraint in spending for 20 years and no one listened. He has called repeatedly for audits of the federal reserve which is as federal as federal express. It is made up of private banks and has no governing power over it. We send our tax dollars to this entity and it then loans it (with interest) to the government. No my friend it is you who cant seem to tie your own shoes. Educate yourself or Ill just keep schooling you. Mike

  • Brad

    Chip Wood,

    Sir, just to give some info my Navy retirement check is scheduled for electronic deposit this evening, Obama and company are lying there pants off just to scare the American people. Just wanted to pass this on.

    • http://deleted Claire

      My husband and I received our social security cheks-direct deposit.

  • Bob

    Although this is true there were some details left out to slant to what some want to believe. Like many issues in Washington the whole debit ceiling is so much more complex than the article/s from both parties presents to us uninformed. I believe in the old joke “how do you know if a politician is lying? If his lips are moving. A good indicator is the fact the U.S. was warned by major rating originations that if the debit is not reduced the AAA rating will be reduced. What I have been reading is it is too late even raising the debit will not keep the rating from possible drop. The U.S. interest paid every month is 1 trillion dollars and is far more than what was presented. The U.S. has keep from default by taking large funds from other areas but that cannot continue. Already Weiss Rating has downgraded the U.S. to a C- just over Junk. U.S. bonds are dropping faster than I can type this and other countries are dumping US bonds for more secure things like precious metals. Furthermore, is our rating is dropped the interest rated payment above will go up dramatically. Oh, OPEC is looking at switching oil per barrel from U.S. currency to the gold backed Dinar. I do not know what will happen next few months but I’m certain it will not be good.

  • Mike

    Dan , god bless you man!! Ill stand with you. I for one will never accept anything other then our constitution as my rule of law. These Globalist swine have all but torn it down. In the name of what? They claim they are doing it in the name of humanity. What we are seeing here is #1 The removal of God #2 the insertion of secular Humanism in his place.

    We are being played Christian against Islam, Jew against Isalm and Christian. Religion against religion which is Hegel’s dialectic. All religion has one common enemy and that is Secular Humanism. Some would call this the Anti Christ written about in the Bible. No matter what religion you serve you are persecuted by Secular Humanists. To them all religion is folly. They are the Global elite, They serve wealth and power. They have ascended to the top of the worlds stage and now are just a few treaties away from being in complete control. However the United States is being stubborn. We wont give up our guns and have fought tooth and nail to remain sovereign and free. AND THIS COUNTRY IS WAKING UP!! George Soros said that the United States should give in and let them run things. You can google this little youtube tirade of his. He is one of the Elite. It is the people of this nation that will have to transcend above party lines to save this country. Force a return to constitution and a return to the principles that founded this great nation. Mike

    • http://fox richard

      We should hang everyone of these worthless officials in Washington ASAP

    • Karolyn

      What is wrong with secular Humanism? Of course, it will never replace Christianity, but it does work for people who espouse it.

      Secular Humanism:
      Secular Humanism, alternatively known as Humanism (often with a capital H to distinguish it from other forms of humanism), is a secular philosophy that espouses human reason, ethics, and justice, and the search for human fulfillment. It specifically rejects religious dogma, supernaturalism, pseudoscience or superstition as the basis of morality and decision-making.

      Secular Humanism is a comprehensive life stance that focuses on the way human beings can lead happy and functional lives. Though it posits that human beings are capable of being ethical and moral without religion or God, it neither assumes humans to be inherently or innately good, nor presents humans as “above nature” or superior to it. Rather, the Humanist life stance emphasizes the unique responsibility facing humanity and the ethical consequences of human decisions. Fundamental to the concept of Secular Humanism is the strongly held viewpoint that ideology — be it religious or political — must be thoroughly examined by each individual and not simply accepted or rejected on faith.[citation needed] Along with this, an essential part of Secular Humanism is a continually adapting search for truth, primarily through science and philosophy.

  • Bert Cundle

    MY REPORT: As a witness of the last 50 Years… Their were many of us scarred of Ike; from being a General, in our Military to Presidency, will make all of Public be in uniform, and marching not walking. But as President, no real changes became noticeable.
    Than their was J.F.K. Scarred that a Catholic as president would have all public Kissing the Ring of the Pope! If so… Stopped early.
    Than all the Hollywood Actors as President; What is the public thinking?
    Than a C.I.A. Ruller. Government gone incognito.
    Than a Lawyer fresh out of school loved by all. Brought our Federal Resurves to the + .
    Than the worthless son of a past President seizes the Presidency, and all hell breaks loose. Bogus wars, uncermountable debt & robbing of other Countries.
    Than a not possible of election President: Making Hollow Prommices, of Change… Driveing us into a tail spin of debt, seeking dictatorship with Bi Partisianship! Threatining The Elderly & The Childreen of the future & Amnisty to illegal alians.
    The best person for presidency isn’t going to try for the job! his ways wouldn’t be excepted by the War Mongers & Socialest.

  • American Citizen

    It’s time Congress stops cobbling bills together with one that needs to be passed. This is one way the politicians get their pet projects financed. The balanced budget Amendment should be a stand alone bill. It has no business being a part of the budget itself. Each bill should be voted on separately.

  • Thinking About

    Who is going to step up and tell these so called hold outs on raising the debt ceiling will cause the US to default and the results will still be with us for years and past the next election and will affect even if one of the deadhead tea baggers is elected in every office of this land. Have we elected some many deadheads who does not have the ability to read and comprehend basic math. Congress members have an oath to uphold the Constitution and hide behind the destructive pledge to a nobody.

    • Bert Cundle

      Compromizer: Take the blame apon YOURSELF! What did you do to stop this president from taking office or the last one?

  • arnold doty

    great report they have to get rid of his(pres.)czar’s that should put us ahead
    arnold doty

  • AJ

    “The President keeps trotting out his lament about corporate jets and how awful it is that our country allows this “tax break for the rich.” They keep pointing the finger at the “dirty rich”. Who really is the dirty rich? The Bafoon in chief who takes extravagant vacations and the first bimbo who has 20+ attendents drawing 6 figures? It’s time to pull back the curtin on the wizards as Toto did
    and we would see a group of wizards (The elite globalists). Let’s face it as it was stated above on one of the comments ”There is absolutely NO difference between a Democratic congressman accepting lobbyist money, a Republican comgressman accepting lobbyist money, or an Independent congressman accepting lobbyist money. There’s 15,000 lobbyists in DC that can unanimously tell you that our congressman are ALL whores, regardless if they’re Dems, Republicans or Independents. They do not represent us anymore. Our comanders in chiefs regardless if they’re Dem’s, Republicans, Independents have all been nothing but hand pupets. The real power is behind them. Central bankers , Rockefellers, Rothchilds, George Soros etc. Do these people pay taxes? They’re the dirty rich and they don’t pay taxes. They’re even the ones that put in the IRS here. Wake up it’s not the Obama’s and the Bushes or the Clintins. They are mearly hand puppets manipulated by these super rich. The super rich is our real enimies and it’s about time we shine the light on them because they are the real problem. If you turn on the lights the rats scatter. It’s time we turn the lights on the cause of our problems not bickering over the effects that these people have caused. Why not get rid of Obamma in 2012 and just bring in George Sorros for Comander in chief. At least then we could see who is responsible. He wasn’t born here but that doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Time to understand we are being manipulated by a global agenda.

  • Insurgent

    I think that Washington, DC, has nothing but Democrats in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. My reason for stating that is because they all act like a bunch of stupid jackasses!!!!!

    • eyeswideopen

      insurgent, didn’t anybody tell you that the House is republican? Oh, of course, repubs are never jackasses are they?

      • Marlene

        Of course they’re not jackasses – they’re elephants. Democrats use the jackass because it symbolizes them as a party.

  • OB1

    News: Soros pulls out of big fund managing to dodge new regulations he and Obama worked for.
    By Sarah N. Lynch, Reuters

    Prominent Republican Senator Richard Shelby accused billionaire investor George Soros of hypocrisy on Wednesday for evading new hedge fund regulations he once publicly backed.

    Soros recently said he would return money to outsider investors and only manage his own family’s funds to escape the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new hedge fund adviser registration rules.

    “It appears that Mr. Soros talked up financial reform only to sell it short,” Shelby told Reuters in a statement. “Don’t be surprised to see his fellow Wall Street financiers follow suit. They’ll use their political clout and legal muscle to sidestep Dodd-Frank, while their smaller competitors and businesses take the hit.”

    By giving back investors’ money — which is a small slice of the roughly $25 billion Soros oversees — Soros is taking advantage of an exemption in a recently approved SEC rule required by the Dodd-Frank Act.

    The exemption allows family offices not only to avoid the registration requirements, but also to dodge a greater disclosure burden that requires big fund managers to turn over confidential data to help the SEC police systemic risk.

    A spokesman for Soros Fund Management declined to comment.

    Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/senator-shelby-says-soros-hypocrite-reforms-dodge-041709270.html#ixzz1TW9hw2K1

    Immelt is moving his GE xray business to china.
    2 more small pieces of the big puzzle fall into place.
    Soros and Immelt, 2 huge obama advisors and financial supporters.
    And now the debt ceiling will give Obama another crisis to “save” us from. Both the Rhino Repubs and the Progressive Dem elites are involved in this. All American people need to be aware of this.

    Honestly– are there really folks out there who don’t see we – liberals , conservatives, left, right, all of us- are being played for fools by the socialist thugs?

    • http://deleted Claire

      Okay, Soros is behind Obama and company. The Koch Brothers are behind the Tea Party along with Dick Armey. The Tea Party is Republican. As far as I am concerned, I do not trust any of them. I will not blindly follow these political parties ever again. All of them are wanting to “rule” America. I will follow my own path and I will believe what “I” want to believe–not what these shysters are trying to “tell” me what to believe. They are all cut from the same cloth. The MSM and the radio talk show hosts are going crazy. Rush is stuttering like a nut. Mark Levin is blasting away like a frenzied thing. The rest of them are armchair quarterbacks. If any of them are so damn smart, why don’t they run for POTUS? Where on earth is common sense? They are all contributing to the fear and paranoia that is now rampant. They have all contributed to this nightmare of hate–join this party, join that party and so on. Why should I join the Republicans, the Democrats, the Tea Party when all they have to offer is more of the same. Do any of you think for one moment that these parties will get rid of the lobbyists, the earmarks, the corporations, big pharma, insurance companies, etc. that generously donate to their campaigns to get them elected? Hell no they won’t. The old scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours will continue. These politicians are in “election mode” NOT America mode.” They are doing nothing more than trying to “prevent” the other party from doing anything “good.” And in reality, I don’t see any of them doing any “good” for America at all. Socialism, Marxism, communism, take a good look at all administrations that have been in office for the past 60-70 years.

      • http://deleted Claire

        In addition–the coporations, big businesses, etc. all receive tax breaks and loopholes. Guess what? They still went overseas for the cheap labor. They sure as hell aren’t dong any hiring here in the States.

        • http://deleted Claire

          Good grief– “corporations” “doing”

      • OB1

        I became educated about the many years of this mess and registered as an Independent. Believe you me, their are liberal progressives in the Republican party as well as in the Dems. The “Tea Party” was a way for very ordinary (or should I say extraordinary) people to put $$’s to elect ordinary (or should I say extraordinary) people to represent their ideas, frustrations and values. Many of those have been espoused by Ron Paul for many years and his congressional voting record supports it. No one else can say that. I would have to say, that he is given virtually no press coverage and little time or no time on the MSM nor FOX News. Even if he never gets elected president (or figure head, or should I say hood ornament?) he will be remembered in history as the father of the on-going movement for ordinary people to return to the principals of a constitutional republic. Doesn’t matter which party you are in. Both need to be held accountable to the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Period.

        • http://deleted Claire

          OB1–I agree.

        • http://deleted Claire

          OB1–Since you are an Independent, what do you think of Bernie Sanders?

          • Kate8

            Claire – Bernie Sanders is an admitted socialist.

            He seems to say the right things at times, but don’t forget: they ALL lie.

          • George E

            Bernie is a socialist nut job……ha.

        • http://www.malibukim.com Malibu Kim

          I specifically registered Republican to support Ron Paul in the primaries. I highly recommend others to register Republican to support Ron Paul with your votes. President Ron Paul can set our country back on track.

        • Mike

          Well said OB1, mIKE

      • JeffH

        Claire, as you well know, I disagree and am having a hard time understanding what triggered your negative position on the “Tea Party”, though I know it really isn’t any of my business. Which Tea Party are you talking about as there ae several organizations that have “Tea Party” in their name? The grassroots Tea Party movement, Tea Party Express, Tea Party Patriots, Tea Party Inc., which one as I’m curious to know?

        You continually draw parallels to the Tea Party and the Koch’s with Soros and his social engineering organizations and I’m just curious how you arrived at that conclusion? Just asking’ thats all? It sounds more like progressive “talking points” and I do know you are not a liberal. I realize that the MSM has continually, since the inception of the movement, demonized the good, hard working and patriotic people of the Tea Party movement an d I would bet a dollar to a donut that you have more in common with them than you would be willing to admit.

        I’m not sayin’ you should or shouldn’t support them, I’m just sayin’ that they are not this big evil demon that the Dems, progressives, old school RINOS and the MSM has made them out to be. I fully believe they are a great American patriotic ally to, and not the adversary of, the constitutional republic that our forefathers build for us.

        The Tea Party grassroots movement endorses reduced government spending,opposition to taxation in varying degrees,reduction of the national debt and federal budget deficit,and adherence to an originalist interpretation of the United States Constitution.

        Ron Paul has been described as the “intellectual grandfather” of the movement. As of 2011, the Tea Party movement is not a national political party, but has endorsed some Republican candidates.

        An October 2010 Washington Post canvass of local Tea Party organizers found 87% saying “dissatisfaction with mainstream Republican Party leaders” was “an important factor in the support the group has received so far”.

        According to pollster Scott Rasmussen, the bailouts of banks by the Bush and Obama administrations triggered the Tea Party’s rise.

      • eyeswideopen

        CLAIRE, FINALLY A LOGICAL PERSON WITH A FREE THINKING MIND. We truly need a third party (not Libertarian) with independent thinking. You are a fine example of someone who will do the research prior to buying into the current talking points. Congrats to you! God Bless.

        • DaveH

          Of course, Eyes wouldn’t want Libertarians because they wouldn’t allow her to help herself to other peoples’ money.

          • JeffH

            Dave, you know good and well the reason eyes doesn’t like Libertarians…it’s because you are a Libertarian… :)

          • Jana

            And that’s a complement to Dave.
            Actually, Eyes doesn’t get along with anyone that doesn’t agree with her 100%. I bet if she were in a room by herself she would have problems.

          • DaveH

            I seem to have that effect with some people, lol.

  • Brad

    Obama has spent more money in his first 2.5 years than all of the presidents in the past, put together, from George Washington through Ronald Regan. That was for our first 200 years as a nation.

    • Thinking About

      Brad, you should name your post “lies brad told you”. Your statement does not even stand to reason, try to keep your day job you are terrible at lying.

  • professor

    Again, radicals love to “share the guilt” for the increase in the National debt to the nearly $15 Trillion, under the obama regime!
    He has spent more in two-plus years than all the presidents before him, combined! And, remember the dems had control of the presidency, the House and the Senate! So….it is obama’s credibility that is, “on the line.” When the U.S. credit rating is downgraded, he will be solely responsible!

    • Thinking About

      Are you for real? I hope your specialty is not an the accounting line.

  • professor

    Brad, looks like we had the same thought, at the same time!

  • JeffH

    Has anybody seen or heard Nazi Pelosi Speaking to a crowd of SEIU union workers on Capitol Hill yesterday.

    The Demon Lady put on quite a performance ‘yesterday’ for her SEIU union supporters. Speaking to the SEIU, Minority leader Pelosi told her far left supporters that the Republicans are using the budget deficit as an excuse to destroy… plain and simple.

    “This isn’t just about them saying we should reduce the deficit,” she said, adding: “This is an excuse. The budget deficit is an excuse for the Republicans to undermine government plain and simple. They don’t just want to make cuts, they want to destroy. They want to destroy food safety, clean air, clean water, the department of education. They want to destroy your rights.”

    ‘We Get The Sacrifice, They Get The Wealth’
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/07/pelosi-tells-seiu-gop-is-using-budget-defict-as-excuse-to-destroy-plain-and-simple-video/

    • http://deleted Claire

      JeffH– I have rarely seen her on TV. She has nothing to say that I want to hear.

  • chuckb

    claire, you are starting to talk like some of the bolsheviks that post here. when things go wrong for their party, like the present boondoggle, the bolsheviks want to draw the opposition party in under the pretense they are all crooked. how many have you read on this post; “i have always been a republican”, but. i can’t believe they are holding up this budget, they want to protect the rich from being taxed, they refuse to help barry when he’s doing his best not to cut ss. this is nothing but pure baloney. rush limbaugh is a liar, all conservative talk hosts are propaganda machines for the right wing christians. when you confront them about limbaugh lies, they become dead silent. if limbaugh lied, how long do you think he would be on the air? the tea party is nothing but a shadow party amongst the rich republicans and are the same ideology, sorry, that isn’t true , they realize where the country is headed and since the republican party is more so of their thinking they connect and try to make change within their ranks. the democrat party is too far gone down the socialist road. a lot of the problem some people have who are truly democrat and long time members are starting to see the truth of where this party is headed and are looking for something else and want to blame both parties for their misgivings.

    • http://deleted Claire

      chuckb–I am a registered Republican–have been for 33 years. I will no longer vote for the “party”— I will vote for the person I believe will do the best job. However, regarding the current state of affairs, who is doing the best job? I think none of them are. And I really do not care for the upcoming “roster” of candidates, other than Ron Paul.

    • OB1

      Spot on, I agree! The democratic party was infiltrated with socialist progressives starting years ago. Some days, I think, “Good grief, if John Kennedy could see what’s going on in the democratic party now, he’d roll over in his grave!” He was an adamant anti-communist. He wanted to shut down the federal reserve and was murdered shortly thereafter. Then we got Lyndon Johnson who got into politics because he was elected to a local school board, moved up in the ranks of demo politics and had the financial backing and “southern appeal” to help Kennedy win the election in the first place. Please don’t think I’m touting John Kennedy as a saint, which we all know he as well as his father were not!!! However, red his books (remember books???) then read Obamas. Prepare to be surprised and disgusted. If I were a democrat, I’d be really pi>>ed off! The demo part was hijacked by LBJ’s “Great Society”; i.e., SOCIALISM! As far as I am concerned, if the progressives can hijack the democrats, then if it takes a “Tea Party” movement of constitutional loving American Citizens to be “hobbits” as The Wall Street Journal (or was it John McCain commenting on a WSJ article?) calling them, then so be it. Remember, Mr. Frodo prevails in the end, a small simple hobbit who heard the stories from Bilbo Baggins, had great and loyal friends, and a force for good far greater than any of them (evidenced in part by Gandolf.) I’ll support the “hobbits”.

  • http://none Dan Spoonhour

    Thanks for the reply Mike! Appreciate it!

  • professor

    Gallop poll says that obama’s approval rating is at 40%!!

    Keep it up people, this fraud is being undone! He is “running scared” and losing his supporters! This push to raise the “Debt Limit” is but a scam to produce another “slush fund” for the democrats…just like the TARP money was used to pay-off obama supporters and unions! Americans are mad about the lies, deceitt, and distinct acrid smell coming from the White House!!

  • Karolyn

    The Transformation of the American Consertive Movement into Fascism
    Interestin facts about Glen Beck.
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/08/10/the-transformation-of-the-american-conservative-movement-into-fascism/

    • Push comes to Shove

      I read about three pages worth of that crap. The author blantantly omits facts to prove his points, or distorts the truth altogether. Were you not listening to the news (MSM & Foxnews) in 2008 & 2009. Probably not, or you would not cite that page as a reference. As i read what the author wrote i was thinking back on that time and knew he was leaving out the parts that did bot support his line of thinking.

      Example: (from your linked story)
      “Former McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt warned that Palin’s nomination in 2012 would be “catastrophic” for the GOP. His doomsday prediction was backed by an October Gallup poll revealing her as one of the most polarizing and unpopular political figures in the country with a disapproval rating of over 50 percent. Unfortunately for Schmidt and other party pragmatists, those who approve of Palin represent the heartbeat of the Republican Party, its most fervent activists, and cannot be dissuaded from following her, even if she is leading the party off a cliff.”

      Nowhere in the article (clip above or elsewhere) did he say that she was defamed and attacked by the MSM on a daily basis, her children were ridiculed, etc. and they were called every name in the book.

      WHAT A PIECE OF JUNK THIS LINK YOU GAVE US IS. Any one person with half a brain knows this guy is misleading his readers and tha tthe facism comes from the liberal/democratic side.

      • Karolyn

        Push – Well, it is written by a liberal. Why would he mention anything about Palin being harrassed? Just like a conservative writer wouldn’t humanize somebody on the left. He does make some interesting points and I learned a few things. I never knew anything about Beck.

        I will continue to read both conservative and liberal material and make up my own mind after wading through the facts and fallacies.

        Do you never read liberal material?

  • Marlene

    No matter how hard Congress works to put together a budget and hold down the debt ceiling, even if we’re 100% for their bill, The Senate will not pass it or Obama will veto it because it bears the signature of Republicans. It was their vow to not agree with Republicans after the upset in Congress 8 months ago and, vindictive souls that they are, they’re holding themselves to that promise. Probably the only promise they’ve kept throughout their sorry lives.

  • OB1

    Leave Glenn Beck out of it. Try getting John Kennedy’s books from a senior or on line (if you even still can!!!)Dirty job, Karolyn, but somebody has to do it (this will be good for you); here goes:

    When you’ve read to the end, come back and read this first paragraph again.

    A Coil of Rage

    The character of any man is defined by how he treats his mother as the years pass …. need I say more about this person below other than there is no character, no integrity but there is a ton of attitude and arrogance that defines his shallow past and hollow future …. I rest my case..

    I bought and read Obama’s book, Audacity of Hope. It was difficult to read considering his attitude toward us and everything American. Let me add a phrase he use to describe his attitude toward w h i t e s. He harbors a “COIL OF RAGE”. His words not mine.

    THIS IS OUR PRESIDENT — HE’S RUNNING AGAIN, YOU KNOW! Is anyone out there awake?

    Everyone of voting age should read these two books by him: Don’t buy them, just get them from the library. From

    Dreams From My Father:
    “I ceased to advertise my mother’s r a c e at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to w h i t e s.”

    From Dreams From My Father :
    “I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s r a c e.” From

    Dreams From My Father:
    “There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and w h i t e.”

    From Dreams From My Father:
    “It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the b l a c k masses, to strike out and name names.”

    From Dreams From My Father:
    “I never emulate w h i t e men and b r o w n men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the b l a c k man, son of Africa , that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself: the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.”

    And FINALLY ……….. and most scary:

    From Audacity of Hope:
    “I will stand with the M u s l i m s should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

    • Karolyn

      I read “Dreams….” and found it to be a very inteesting story about someone trying to find his place in a confusing world. He had great grandparents, btw. If you have never been a rebel or a seeker of answers, you would not understand.

      • professor

        Right, Karolyn, I am sure you understood the book because of your “superior intellect!”

        • http://deleted Claire

          I never bought Obama’s books, maybe I should have. As an editor I am aware that many of the books that were written by politicians actually were written by an editor. All the politician had to do was supply some information and the editor took it, compiled it, inserting words of his own. From reading what OB1 has posted and knowing the mannerisms of Obama, I would say Obama wrote his own books without the help of an editor. The sentence “I will stand with muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction” should open everyone’s eyes. I posted last night to Karolyn that if muslim-Americans truly gave up their muslim religion, why aren’t they in danger? It appears the majority are living peacefully here in the U.S. Why? Especially since muslims kill their own if they try to LEAVE the muslim religion. Something is going on.

          • Kate8

            Check out this quote from “Apollyon Rising” by Tom Horn:

            “A Hadith (tradition) sacred to Shiite Islam from the seventeenth century contains a prophecy from Ali ibn Abi-Talib, which predicts that just before the return of the Mahdi (the end-times redeemer of Islam), a ‘tall black man will assume the reins of government in the West’. This leader will command ‘the strongest army on earth’ and will bear ‘a clear sign’ from the third imam, “Hussein”. The prophecy concludes that: ‘Shiites whould have no doubt that he is with us.’

            “Does this Islamic prophecy identify Obama as the ‘promised warrior’ who comes to help the savior of Shiite Muslims conquer the world? Amir Taheri asked this ery question for Forbes Magazine in October 2008, pointing out how Obama’s first and second names–Barack Hussein–mean ‘the blessing of Hussein’ in Arabic and Persian, while his family name, Obama, written in the Persian alphabet, reads O BA Ma, which means ‘he is with us’, the magic formula in Majlisi’s tradition.”

            Nostradamus also writes of a “black king” whom he calls “Mabus”, who works to bring about end-times destruction.

            We must remember that the NWO elite are very much into symbolism, and they take these prophecies very seriously. Everyone would be stunned to realize just how deeply religious these Masonic Luciferians are. This is all, indeed, a religious endeavor on their part, and that makes it more dangerous than we can imagine.

          • http://gunner689 gunner689

            Have you noticed that BO didn’t seem to have any trouble leaving the muslim religion ? No death threats, not a peep. Sleepr agent ?

  • Palin12

    Sarah explains why people vote Democrat (quite humorous, will make your day):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41ujmtr9bQQ&feature=feedrec_grec_index

  • professor

    Anybody want to know how fascism works, look at the obama regime!

    Interesting how radical extremists justify their agenda by “projecting” the same on their perceived enemies. In essence, they project the very things that they know are evil about themselves…onto their adversaries! it is “twisted!” This diversion confuses people and time is wasted sorting out the truth…no matter how obvious.

    • OB1

      Obama is no fascist (nor is our form of government in the US. Here are two definitions. One of Cultural Marxism and the other of Communism:

      Cultural Marxism or Cultural Bolshevism or German Kulturbolschewismus is Marxism as applied in the cultural sphere and the analysis and control of the media, art, theatre, film and other cultural institutions in society, often with an emphasis on class, race and gender. As a form of political analysis, Cultural Marxism gained strength in the 1920s, and was the model used by a group of intellectuals in Germany known as the Frankfurt School; and later by another group of intellectuals at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham, England. The fields of Cultural Studies and Critical theory are rooted in and influenced by work of Cultural Marxism.

      Most people know what communism is at its most basic level. Simply put, communism is the idea that everyone in a given society receives equal shares of the benefits derived from labor. Communism is designed to allow the poor to rise up and attain financial and social status equal to that of the middle-class landowners. In order for everyone to achieve equality, wealth is redistributed so that the members of the upper class are brought down to the same financial and social level as the middle class. Communism also requires that all means of production be controlled by the state. In other words, no one can own his or her own business or produce his or her own goods because the state owns everything.

      Cultural Marxism is formulated as a way to subvert European nations and civilization using methods other than direct political action. William S. Lind, Patrick J. Buchanan and others state that Cultural Marxists seek to control society by manipulating language, media, and academia by way of political correctness by employing the Frankfurt School’s “Critical theory.” Europhobia and demographic genocide are a major focus of Cultural Marxism.

      • professor

        I did not say that our form of government is “Fascism!”

        I did mean that the obama regime does show signs of Fascism because of the “hope and change” that was promised and how this “hope and change” is being slowly implemented.

        Some points of Fascism that applicable to the obama regime:

        A Fascist State is governed by a “Dictator that has complete power.”
        It forcibly suppresses opposition and criticism.
        It is a “single-party” (ruling class) State.
        It purges ideas, people, systems deemed to cause degeneration (opposition).
        It uses para-military organizations for attacks on political opponents or for overthrowing a political system (our Republic).
        It will use para-military organizations to produce, “A Nation’s rebirth.”
        Its commitment is to a National “Community” with a “Collective identity.”
        It believes in regimenting all industry and commerce and emphasizing aggressive Nationalism and Racism (class warfare).
        It believes in a “National Collective” based on race and blood with a “will” to use violence and war.

        These are points of Fascism that I feel is compatible with the agenda of this regime. Is it pure Fascism they want?…I doubt it. But, their desire for the destruction of this Nation, and its “rebirth” into something that is completely alien to Americans…is undeniable.
        This Communist/Marxist/Fascist is nothing but a “street organizer”
        that has been given control of our country, along with her foreign enemies! Call their plans, what you will,… we are all in jeopardy and there is a “stench” coming from the White House.

        • eyeswideopen

          professor, the stench is probably from when we were torturing prisioners in violation of the Geneva Convention. That stench will haunt our soliders for decades to come.

  • Larry Owens

    Yep, we need less government and less spending but the good ole boys and girls just love spending money and telling the voters in their (districts)states how wonderful they are and you know if they get re-elected the money will just keep flowing and every one will live happily ever after. We need a good Default to see what the elected elitist will do or not do,at least there will be less money for them to argue & fight over. Heck it may even help their esteem to learn a few things ( I doubt it, can not teach OLD politicians new tricks.)

    Oh well it is good comedy listening to the late show, and the other comedians poking fun at the Stellar Politicians.

  • chuckb

    palin12, every word is true, absolutely.

  • http://www.malibukim.com Malibu Kim

    PRESIDENT RON PAUL 2012. PUT YOUR VOTES WHERE THEY COUNT.

  • OB1

    Tax his land,
    Tax his bed,
    Tax the table,
    At which he’s fed.

    Tax his tractor,
    Tax his mule,
    Teach him taxes
    Are the rule.

    Tax his work,
    Tax his pay,
    He works for
    peanuts anyway!

    Tax his cow,
    Tax his goat,
    Tax his pants,
    Tax his coat.

    Tax his ties,
    Tax his shirt,
    Tax his work,
    Tax his dirt.

    Tax his tobacco,
    Tax his drink,
    Tax him if he
    Tries to think.

    Tax his cigars,
    Tax his beers,
    If he cries
    Tax his tears.

    Tax his car,
    Tax his gas,
    Find other ways
    To tax his ass.

    Tax all he has
    Then let him know
    That you won’t be done
    Till he has no dough.

    When he screams and hollers;
    Then tax him some more,
    Tax him till
    He’s good and sore.

    Then tax his coffin,
    Tax his grave,
    Tax the sod in
    Which he’s laid…

    Put these words
    Upon his tomb,
    ‘Taxes drove me
    to my doom…’

    When he’s gone,
    Do not relax,
    Its time to apply
    The inheritance tax.

    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    CDL license Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Excise Taxes
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel Permit Tax
    Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
    Gross Receipts Tax
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Inventory Tax
    IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Taxes
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Personal Property Tax
    Property Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Service Charge Tax
    Social Security Tax
    Road Usage Tax
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    Sales Tax
    School Tax
    State Income Tax
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
    Telephone State and Local Tax
    Telephone Usage Charge Tax
    Utility Taxes
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Watercraft Registration Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax

    STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
    We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom, if agreed, stayed home to raise the kids.

    What in the heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’

    I say cut, cap and balance or NO DEAL! Let Obama go on TV Friday night to say medicare and vets won’t get their checks. The wrath of every WW11, Viet Nam, Korea, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan will go to him directly! Don’t think they won’t have wrath against grandma in the wheelchair getting dumped over the cliff! Hold your senators accountable! And please make sure you contact your house members who currently hold ALL the cards. No debt limit increase.

  • Thinking About

    At least we know where the tea baggers stand and by their moves in the last month it has been for destruction of this great country. They sure are not for honoring their oath to the Constitution. Tea baggers, good for one shot, all wet and ready for the garbage.

    • JohnC, Freeport,NY

      Do you really believe the BS you posted? Sounds like you took that post out of obamas campaign book. Or maybe you watch to much of msnbc.

      • OB1

        JohnC,I agree with you. I’ll share another quote for Think About to think about:
        Interesting how your perspective changes when it is your turn to drive the bus!
        “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America ’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
        – Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

      • Thinking About

        Sure I believe what I posted, where do I get my information from, try C-SPAN where those speaking are proving this is truth. They are radical in their thoughts and need lots of education in civics, Constitution and American history. Who would attempt to get a Constititional admendment passed in two weeks. To even propose this is radical. Just as when you are left you are right and when you are right you are wrong.

        • JeffH

          I think you’r parrot info from Nazi Pelosi…

        • Jana

          C-SPAN? hahahaha

          • Jana

            The reason I laugh is I listen to C-SPAN myself. I hear all of the Deomocratic lies and half truths.
            Harry Reid is calling it a filibuster that the Republicans won’t let it be voted on when good old Harry wants to change the rules and have an up or down vote that he knows will pass because they will vote along party lines. Harry Reid himslef wrote that for important votes there needs to be a 60 FOR vote to pass. Nope all of a sudden just when it suits him, Harry wants to change the rules.
            Thinking about it, you had better listen a little better to what the TEA Party is actually saying. Or, we will all have to think of you as a hard line liberal who just wants his own way just like Harry and Nancy. YUK.

    • OB1

      At least we know where the tea baggers stand and by their moves in the last month it has been for destruction of this great country. They sure are not for honoring their oath to the Constitution. Tea baggers, good for one shot, all wet and ready for the garbage.
      From Wikipedia:
      The colonial Americans threw the tea into the water of Boston Harbor. It was part of what started this little thing commonly called the American Revolution. These very same people are some that wrote and signed the US Constitution. Get it: the tea (bag) was thrown in the water. If you call people with opinions different to yourself “tea baggers” will you accept being called a “wind bag”? Now, how did that make you FEEL? Read the US Constitution lately? It’s online too.

      The Boston Tea Party was a direct action by colonists in Boston, a town in the British colony of Massachusetts, against the British government and the monopolistic East India Company that controlled all the tea coming into the colonies. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The incident remains an iconic event of American history, and other political protests often refer to it.

      The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act for a variety of reasons, especially because they believed that it violated their right to be taxed only by their own elected representatives. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain. He apparently did not expect that the protesters would choose to destroy the tea rather than concede the authority of a legislature in which they were not directly represented.

      The Boston Tea Party was a key event in the growth of the American Revolution. Parliament responded in 1774 with the Coercive Acts, which, among other provisions, closed Boston’s commerce until the British East India Company had been repaid for the destroyed tea. Colonists in turn responded to the Coercive Acts with additional acts of protest, and by convening the First Continental Congress, which petitioned the British monarch for repeal of the acts and coordinated colonial resistance to them. The crisis escalated, and the American Revolutionary War began near Boston in 1775.

      • BagObama

        OB1 – you have got it completely correct.
        If Tea baggers (Tea Party Patriots) are only good for one shot…….I suggest you watch what happens in 2012. This budget commotion is only swelling their ranks to busting over. Obamas’ and the Dems’ lies and scare tactics will sit and fester in the minds of the thinking and will create much anger. Obama is gone in 2012, if he doesn’t get the Pert Walk before then.

        • BagObama

          uhhh…that would be PerP Walk. Oops

  • downs1

    The list of complaints against Obama is long and getting longer. He has shown himself to be anti-American, anti-Israeli, anti-Christian, pro-Muslim, an inveterate liar, inept (or seemingly so), narcisistic, a follower of Saul Alinski’s teachings for radicals, a chum of unrepentent domestic terrorists (Bill Ayers and Barnadine Dohrne), inconsistent in his standards from those when he was a Senator to those as President, a man of mystery concerning his birthplace and early citizenship, his questionable Connecticut social security number, the doubtful authenticity of his recently disclosed Birth Certificate, the refusal to release his early school records and college transcripts, his early travels and passport information, etc. Oh, and he flubbed the oath of office at his inauguration, such that he never took it openly before the American people! My question is: Why isn’t the Congress, specifically the House of Representatives looking into his background and preparing articles of impeachment? They will dither until this man destroys this country which is obviously his intention! For God sake, wake up America!

  • chuckb

    downs1, don’t fear barry, he can be removed, fear the ignorance of the people that voted for him. most of these clowns that post here defending his actions are graduates from the public school system since the sixties. the teachers passed their knowledge on to these poor souls and it left them both in a morass of bolshevism.
    i believe bill and hillary will take care of barry, if we can last until 2012. they want back in the white house and it’s not going to be easy, removing michelle from the lap of luxury and vacations will take some doing, however, they are capable of destroying people one way or the other, remember vince.

    • OB1

      Chuckb, This humorous video is a microcosm of how liberals seek to silence the opposition by censorship and leveling personal attacks while avoiding the issues at hand. It further elucidates their ignorance of the facts. I thought you would appreciate it. It’s pretty funny….

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGwtG8nVpUU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

      • chuckb

        ob1, good one. sounds exactly like some of these bolsheviks that post here.

      • JeffH

        OB1, that was very good and humorous…how about this one…
        Obama explains change
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQWQ-6kyiYI&feature=related

      • DaveH

        She sounds like EyesWide.

        • JeffH

          OMG, you’re right! …or any other liberal…

  • JohnC, Freeport,NY

    I have just read the many, and diverse comments on this post. There is a lot of blame to go around. The Congress, the Senate, the President (?), the Supreme Court, Special interests, etc. But where does the blame really belong? I say it belongs to us. Why? Because we voted these people into office. We never demanded term limits; we never demanded accountability; We never demanded that our Representatives actually work for us. We supposedly elect these prople to office to represent us. When they fail to do that, do we demand a recall?
    We all brag about our freedom, in an unfree world. We all say how great we Americans are. Freedom is one thing, but it takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Many people have served and died for this Country. After all of this, we are looking for somebody to blame.
    We tolerated the way we were treated and never said boo! So who is to blame? If we all look in the mirror tonight, we will see who is to blame.
    We are our own worst enemy. Remember what JFK said; “Ask not what your Country can do for you; Ask what you can do for your Country”
    JohnC. Freeport, NY

  • http://thisone sick of it all

    and glenn beck is a fag and obomas book dreams is fake to throw you off the real dreams he has, of men naked,

  • pete the simian

    I reckon them Repubs in the House of Reps are just doing their job. They aren’t wrong in what they are doing. The American Voter put them there, to do the will of the people.

    Congress is suppose to keep spending in check, you Democrat Senators should fall in line and do the right thing.

    I hope Boehner doesn’t compromise – it’s a slugging match, and the one who stands the longest will get the prize.

  • robert l

    I don’t see much difference anymore between the republicans and the democrats. There may be a few more conservatives on the republican side but you can count those on your fingers.

  • Jay

    Political Correctness-A god that failed?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ymxLA5oRYI&feature=related

    • Jay

      This is the link i meant to post regarding political correctness.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czZlb7LshN0&feature=relmfu

      • OB1

        Jay, Thank you so much for sharing that video link. Excellent. I had never heard of Victor David Hansen. What an articulate, brilliant, insightful man! I Just waited another one of his interviews on the current challenges facing internal US problems, but also China, Russia, Iran, Mexico and many others. Utterly hopeful and brilliant. It is very long bust very worth watching. I kept thinking, what would it be like to have somebody like him as Secretary of State? Wow. P.S. Don’t be misled by the title. This is a very wise and insightful interview.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go8uMp-gUsY&feature=email

        • Jay

          OB1, yes, I quite agree, excellent speaker and thinker, that Mr. Hansen. The link for the video you posted is also an excellent one, and of considerable profit. You are right, we do need more people of that caliber running this country.

      • JeffH

        Jay, excellant!

  • Kathleen B

    Chip: Could you please explain to me what is the the difference between what our political system has done to the American people and what Bernie Madoff had done to so many unsuspecting citizens? It ALL sounds like a Ponzi Scheme to me. Sounds like either we need to herd our legislators into jail WITH Madoff or let Bernie out.

  • http://FafeBook Colleen Roth

    What also bothers me is that he appears during the day when the majority of the people home are the ones that voted for him.

  • jopa

    Colleen: Don’t let it bother you too much, I am sure the people that work the second and third shift will give the message to the day shift workers.Not only that those messages can be recorded today and they are played over and over.Just be careful of the editing in that some folks can twist a story around to come from a complete different direction than what was said in the first place.

  • Mad Max

    Cheer up! The Revolution has started -
    Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

    FIGHT THE CAUSE – NOT THE SYMPTOM
    Time to throw out the garbage before we become the garbage!

  • robert shrugged

    when you have politicians passing laws that our founding fathers detested and they did because they revolted and became free. be careful what you do. if you do not stop this runaway spending on things our founding fathers would have started a war of indepence again . our founding fathers wanted the states to be superior to the federal government, and if you do not believe it read the constitution especilly the bill of rights numbers nine and ten. and the constitution says nothing but gold and silver are the only things that can pay debt. read it congress will make nothing but gold and silver a tender in payment of debt. that is comerce. you buy something you pay with gold or silver or a combination of gold and silver. the federal reserve is a private bank. And hecause it is it should be set adrift because it can do what the federal government can not do. it subverts the constitution and subjects the people of the united states to servitude of a private bank. we have become slaves of the federal reserve and the politicians who violate the constitution. the bigger the government the smaller the people. throwj all the politicians out and vote for citizen legislatures. allow the federal reserve to die a quick death. the politicians are trying to create a uprising allowing matial law and establish a feseral social marixt government and later a dictatorship. just what Hitler did. keep the powder dry and decide what you want. freedom or dictatorship.? I am willing to spill my blood for this nation. you are free or slave and presently we ate slaves. we are being dictated to what the government wants.

  • DaveH
    • Dan az

      Dave
      Good one!

    • OB1

      DaveH, Thank you, again for another great post; learned so many things from your posts. There are so many things I would like to say about this video… When runners run a marathon, they encounter this occurrence called “the wall”. It is when even the most experienced, practiced runner “feels” like he can’t go on, that he or she has to stop and take a rest. But they KNOW from practicing, that if they go beyond “the wall”, past that feeling, they have a good chance of finishing, because they have been practicing, that the feeling of despair will pass. After a bit, a total renewal of energy comes and they finish the race on faith (experience & the experience of other runners), knowing they went beyond that feeling (which is physical too, by the way)and feel energized, tired and exhilarated! We run the race as if to win. Actually, thanks to all who post and share. It is really helping.

  • DaveH
  • chuckb

    two great video’s.

  • Terry M. Campbell

    Below is a copy of a letter I sent to Boehner befor it became a crisis.
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    April 18, 2011

    To: Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner
    United States House of Representatives
    H-232 The Capital
    Washington, D.C. 20515

    Subject: On the federal level, what should and shouldn’t be funded.

    Dear Representative John Boehner;

    I submitted a seven page procedure on how to create a budget last month, none of you listened. Still everything I see, hear and read about deriving a sensible, realistic budget for this great free market, republic form of government country called the United States of America is completely out of touch with reality. What is being purposed just makes absolutely no sense to the average intelligent human. The mess we are currently in requires us to take a completely different approach than is currently being used in congress to establish a budget. We have to start with basics. There are only two categories of expenditures that have to be funded. Everything else is either what congress wants or just plain wishful thinking of what to through money away on ridiculous departments, agencies or programs. Right now we have to distinguish between what is absolutely, positively required to run our country and what is just a plain wishful thinking wants.

    It appears to be too late to fix the 2010/2011 budget. What was just past is really “Pathetic”. You only cut $38.5 Billion out of a $3.5 Trillion deficit spending spree, only a 1% reduction. I Repeat “Pathetic”! It was required by law to be completed by the end of September 2010. Well the liberal (socialist) 2009/2010 Congress has really missed the boat on performing their basic duties. Instead of working on a realistic budget, which is one of their core responsibilities, they were just wasting time and money, lots of money, on trying to have the government buying (no really taking control) of the private sector businesses using the current code word “stimulus”. The prime examples are healthcare, banking industry, auto industry, insurance industry, etc. Now, it is time to get started working on the 2011/2012 budget by first correcting all of the mistakes made over the last two years. Please finish your work on the new budget by the legal dead line of the end of September 2011. This year no emergency spending bills are allowed.

    Let us start this process by simply eliminating all of the duplicate government programs. This is really not simple, because just as an example we have 15 different agencies overseeing food-safety laws; more than 20 programs intended to help the homeless; over 80 programs for economic development and none of these misguided attempts are solving the perceived problems. The nonpartisan GAO estimates that there is between $100 and $200 billion dollars in wasteful duplicate spending just last year (2010) alone. This is one of the leading problems, with multiple departments and agencies with overlapping responsibilities and working on the same projects without any coordination. I think if congress really tried they could eliminate many useless departments, agencies and all the Czar positions that even their existence violates our Constitution or are just not necessary. This spending overlap must be eliminated before we can even start developing a budget. Once congress has handled the redundancies, we can start looking at what is really necessary and what is just plain wishful thinking wants. But first we have three major commitments that must be met:

    Social Security is a large committed portion of the budget. In 1935, the progressive (socialist) President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, but to hide it from “We the People” he called it “The Federal Insurance Contributions Act” (FICA deduction on your paycheck). This contribution (camouflaged tax) was meant only to be short term, but you know the government, once a social program starts you can never get rid of it. The real problem started when progressive President Lyndon Johnson move the social security trust fund into the congressional general fund, congress has been spending this fund, which is forcibly collected from us taxpayers, and leaving IOU’s. Currently there is $2.611 Trillion dollars worth of IOU’s in place of real money in the social security fund. This is not expectable. Congress must fully fund Social Security and prevent any future raiding of the Social Security fund. Plus, two drains on these funds must be terminated, those who never paid into the fund and all illegal immigrants.

    President Lyndon Johnson pitched in 1965, Medicare as way to provide for the poor elderly with out calling it welfare. This time bomb called “Medicare” is in worse shape than Social Security. The funds collected for Medicare has been raided by Congress and spent on more useless social programs. This is a major commitment that must be met. The major problem is that both Social Security and Medicare are Ponzi schemes and have been for their inception. Medicaid is a totally different story. It should be reduced to a minimum to cover only the widows, orphans, disabled and those physically unable to work. It should not be used to cover illegal immigrants or the slothful.

    The only other major commitment that must be paid is the interest on the $14 Trillion Nation Debt. The number one thing here is never-ever raise the ‘Debt Ceiling’ and each year lower the debt by at least a ‘Billion Dollars’ until we are operating with a surplus. This will take about 14 years. Of course this means each annual budget must have a surplus each year to pay down the federal debt by a billion dollars. This will eliminate this foolish interest payment commitment. The debt clock must start counting down to zero, not up to infinity. The total elimination of deficit spending must be enforced with a balanced budget law. No more borrowing to fund worthless harmful social programs.

    Beyond the commitments there is only one real need. National Defense is the major need. This must be funded at the federal level. Defense has two main elements, border security (domestic national law enforcement) and the military (protect us from foreign enemies). Border Patrol, Customs and Immigration Services (ICE) plus the Coast Guard are the main federal domestic law enforcement agencies that must be funded. Just a comment: TSA is a joke and should have never been unionized. Also we must fund the “United States Armed Forces”. They are our defense against our foreign enemies. But, money can be saved here. Why do we still have military bases in Germany, Spain, Japan, Korea, and all over the world? World War II was over 65 years ago and Korean police action was over 55 years ago, these countries can and must now defend themselves. If our troops are not actively engaged in a conflict, bring them home, close the bases and save the money. We can no longer afford to be the worlds’ police force. But one major thing will have to be protected against and that is the Islamic, Muslim menace. They have been at war with the west (Christian thinking) for the last 1,400 years, whether we realize it or not, they do. The “Muslim Brotherhood” and “Council of American Islamic Relations” (CAIR) must join the rest of the Islamic organizations and be declared terrorist organizations and be outlawed in the United States.

    Our largest, no most monstrous, economic problem in this country is that we have to overcome is the addiction to government handouts. This nanny state mentality of waiting for the government of solve our problems must stop. This horrible addiction is worse than having a drug habit. Ever since the progressive movement started in 1913, the self-esteem and independents of the individuals of this great nation has been gradually destroyed. We have to start with correcting a lot of major mistakes that has been made by the previous administrations and the current one. Simply put, we are spending way too much money we do not have on programs that are NOT necessary. We must fund the commitments and needs first. Then prioritize the wants for funding if there are any funds remaining. Absolutely no deficit spending or borrowing to spend on any social program will be permitted.

    Now let us take a look at the most glaring problems with the current Federal Budget that must be corrected:

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must be drastically reduced in size. They have grown so large that it is impossible to regulate Medicare and Medicaid. Fraud is running ramped in both organizations. Another main problem is with the FDA. It is getting out of its realm of responsibility and must be brought back under control. There is room for billions of dollars of savings in the operation and shrinkage of the HHS.

    Stop the destruction of the best healthcare system in the world just to insure a small percentage of people without medical insurance. Get them group insurance and leave the rest of us alone. The healthcare industry is 1/6th of the national economy, government take over will not be allowed. Repeal Obamacare!!! Sure there are a few things that need to be addressed, but a 2,700 page restructuring and destroying the entire industry is not the answer. This abomination of a job killing healthcare law has so many faults the only solution is to cancel it. Things like cutting $523 billion dollars from our seniors Medicare program, expanding Medicaid, saddling the states with 1099 unfunded mandates, instead of shrinking the IRS it adds more than 11,000 new positions, hidden in this new law is illegally imbedded $103 Billion of spending (this must be eliminated), plus hundreds of other destructive measures which has absolutely nothing to do with medical care. Medical cost was the main problem. So, work on cost. Get the government out of the health industry and let the private sector free market system work. Install tort reform to stop frivolous malpractice law suites, by instituting loser pays laws and lower the cost of malpractice insurance thereby lowering healthcare cost.

    While on the medical service subject, we must abolish the “Planned Parenthood” organization. The only service it provides is government paid for abortions. During 2010 this organization performed an abortion every 95 seconds. All other medical procedures they are not qualified to perform. Therefore, all they do is refer the patients to other doctors, clinics or hospitals. They are not even qualified to perform a mammogram.

    Eliminate all the TARP programs. Stop and prevent further taking control of private business. This betrays and is continuing to betray the public trust when they throw hundreds of Billions even Trillions of dollars away by bailing out (actually taking control over) the insurance, banking, medical, real estate, auto, etc. industries. By dictionary definition this is a blatant act of treason. This is a big step toward turning our country into an oppressive socialistic state.

    Stop subsidizing all of these sub-industry programs. Mainly the so called “Green Jobs”. Let the free market system work. If a program cannot make a profit, let it fail. A business must stand on its’ own. Let’s take a look at just one example of wasting billions of tax payer dollars. “Ethanol” Now here is a real idiot of an idea. It requires 1½ times more energy to produce Ethanol than there is energy in Ethanol. That is why it is so heavily subsidized. On its own it is a total failure, plus increases the cost of food and transportation. Plus, stop paying farmers to not grow food. Let the fair market handle what crops farmers grow. If the government would get out of the way and let our farmers grow food, we can feed the world. No more world hunger.

    While we are in the energy arena, let us stop the Progressives (Liberals) in Congress and the Eco-idiots from blocking a common sense energy policy. Saudi Arabia has stated that it is working toward raising the price of a barrel of oil to $300. The first thing we need to do is recover oil and natural gas from where ever we can, uncapped all of the existing oil and natural gas wells in Texas, Oklahoma and California for a fast supply of fuel. Then start drilling in Alaska, offshore and onshore as fast as we can. We have more oil under the continental United States than the rest of the world put together, why are we not getting it?!? This will reduce or stop importing oil from and giving money to our enemies, this is funding Islamic and Muslim terrorists. Continuing on energy, new refineries are needed and more nuclear power plants must be built immediately by private industry not the government. All that is needed is for the wacko environmentalist; the wildly misguided ‘Environmental Protection Agency’ (EPA); and the inefficient ‘Department of Energy’ to just eliminate all of their disruptive regulations and get out of the way. Actually the Department of Energy should be abolished. Ever sense their inception all they have done is get into the way of producing energy in this country. While we are on the subject of energy, “Cap and Trade” comes to mind. This massive energy tax must never be allowed to go into effect. It is based on politically driven Eco-idiots and greedy scammers who will get rich selling thin air. All of the hype about this Global Warming Hoax is based on political science not physical science. Carbon Dioxide is NOT a pollutant, it is a required rare gas used by plants to produce the oxygen that we need to breath. Plus, congress must stop the EPA from going around them and instituting this ridiculous carbon tax scam. Plus, all of the renewable energy (wind, solar, bio, ethanol, etc.) subsidizing must stop immediately. If a project can not stand on its own and make a profit let it fail, in other words let the free market system work.

    Welfare System needs a major overhauling. It’s become a generational way of life for millions of people and has destroyed their self esteem. “Put them to work or they don’t get paid or eat!” Stop rewarding the slothful. Eliminate the disease of the nanny state mentality started by the progressive movement in 1913 and continuing today. All government antipoverty programs have only produced more poverty. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for welfare, but is limited to the disabled, widowed, orphaned and the members of society that can’t work, plus it cuts into the charity of the churches. Welfare payments should never go to anyone who has entered this country and is living here illegally. Plus, all welfare recipients must pass a drug test before they receive any sustenance. This also goes for Medicaid. This forced redistribution of wealth under the guise of social justice is a major step toward a socialist, repressive and nanny state government. This has never been successful, just look at history. With the current economic situation in this country, we can not afford to continue wasting billions of dollars on programs that do not work.

    The Constitution limits the Federal Government and only allows it to operate in 18 areas of responsibility which they have far exceeded. The general size of the federal government has grown way too large. Last September (2010) the number of public (government) employees past the number of workers in the private sector. This is not good, it means we are well on our way to becoming a Socialist nation. With the current economic climate we can not afford to support the government we have, it is way too expensive. Therefore, we must cut the number of government (public) employees in half; cut departments, agencies, all czar positions; reduce and/or freeze all government salaries (this includes congress); collect delinquent taxes from federal employees; limit travel and the use of federal vehicles for all federal employees (includes congress); in other words they must live within their means. Another thing is eliminate the parasite of collective bargaining public unions. The average salary of public employees is twice that of employees in the private sector with the same responsibilities. Unions in the private sector are acceptable, because they are negotiating for a portion of the profits of a company. But in the pubic sector collective bargaining unions must be eliminated, because they are negotiating for more of our tax dollars. There are 22 states that are “Right to Work” states. The right to work laws should be made national.

    The ‘Department of the Interior’ must be brought under control. Currently the federal government (Department of the Interior) owns three out of every 10 acres of land in the United States. They have a multibillion dollar backlog in maintenance on this public land. The Department of the Interior has long range plans to purchase 1.5 million more acres for $1.8 Billion. In the near term they want to spend $900 million to buy more land. They cannot maintain the federal land we currently own. They must sell all federal real estate that is not currently in use, thereby cutting their bloated expenditures.

    While we are discussing the ‘Department of the Interior’, let’s have a look at the ridiculous ‘Endangered Species Program’ administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under their preview. The polar bears are flourishing, global warming is a hoax. The protection of the flourishing spotted owl has done major damage to the logging industry. The delta smelt in the San Joaquin valley is not even native to the region; let the farmers have the water to grow food that is drastically needed around the world. What is this stupid move to make the dunes sagebrush lizard and endangered species with no proof it is diminishing and trying to restrict the cattle industry and the production of oil is west Texas. All of this is just some of the examples of federal government regulations interfering with the lively hood and infringing in the lives of the average U.S. citizens. This must stop immediately.

    We need to reign in and drastically reduce the size of the FCC. They are getting into areas that are not in their realm of responsibility, plus they have become way too large and expensive to maintain. While we are on the subject of communication both NPR and PBS must not receive any more federal funds. They are a national embarrassment and they are just another wasteful example of unnecessary government subsidies.

    The federal government must get out of the education business, it is the states responsibility. Unfunded federal laws, regulations and mandates by the Federal Department of Education are destroying this countries education system. Eliminate the “National Education Administration” (NEA – teachers union). They are the problem, not the solution. Before the NEA was formed (about 20 years ago) here in Texas we had a ratio of 5 teachers for every administrator, now the ratio is one to one and the administrators salaries are at least twice that of the teachers. We can fund two teachers for every administrator we eliminate. As stated above, the NEA and The Federal Department of Education are destroying our education system and are far too expensive to even let them continue to exist. Return the responsibility of education to the local and state authorities where it belongs.

    Fannie May and Freddie Mac were one of the major contributors to the economic melt down. They must be eliminated. While on this subject we must audit the Federal Reserve Bank (The FED) to find out were all of the trillions of dollars went in the bail outs. Then dismantle the FED and bring the control of our money supply and national credit interest rate back under the control of Congress, which is the way it is specified in the Constitution. The control of inflation, our entire monetary system and supply of our money should have never been subcontracted to a private unaccountable company (The Federal Reserve Bank).

    Until we get our national debt paid off we must eliminate all funding to non essential domestic organizations. Here are just a few examples of them: Endowment for the Arts and Humanities; ACORN; IRS; HUD; Planned Parenthood; all special interest so called ear marks; and any thing that cost money and is not absolutely necessary to run the country should be eliminated.

    Areas in foreign affair will save billions of dollars need to be addressed as well:

    The UNITED NATIONS has become a worthless social club. Plus, we (the United States) get a very negative return on our investment. We pay $1.2 billion a year which is 41% of the United Nations’ operating budget and less than 1% of the 192 members vote with the United States on any issue. This is definitely a waste of our taxpayers’ money. We must totally stop funding and evict all influence of the United Nations out of our country. Their “ONE WORLD Government Agenda” (agenda 21, for example); the “United Nations (Marxist) Sea Treaty” (we lose control of all off shore oil); the “United Nations Small Arms Treaty” (It makes it against the law to own a fire arm); and the United Nations Convention on the “Rights of the Child Treaty” (eliminates all parents rights) all are extremely detrimental to maintaining the sovereignty of the United State of America. Therefore, save the money and boycott the United Nations.

    The State Department is way too expensive to be maintained. They need to stop all FOREIGN AID until our economy is restored, then evaluate each country as to their support of United States interests as to whether they deserve our aid. There are 192 countries, we send aid to 150 of them and most of them hate us, mainly the Islamic (Muslim) terrorist supporting nations. We are supporting terrorism with our foreign aid which is just plain wrong. By cutting out this it will save us billions of dollars a year. Name one country that has improved their life style or way of living since we started sending them aid. Only the corrupt leaders get the money, it never helps their poor that really have need of the aid.

    Still on the responsibilities of the State Department, we need to readdress all TRADE AGREEMENTS or TREATIES. All of them are lopsided and not in our favor. We need to cancel all trade agreements and start new negotiations from scratch keeping the United States interests in mind this time. Let us calculate what it costs to manufacture a product in the United States and charge a duty or tariff to make the imported equivalent product cost, plus 10% more. This in the short term will raise funds from the tariffs and in the long term it will bring manufacturing back on shore creating jobs. The people who fill these jobs will pay taxes which will increase revenue. This will help fund the federal budget.

    In conclusion, here is a short summary. First eliminate all redundancy; drastically reduce the size of the federal government (at least cut it in half); Eliminate nonessential cabinet level departments of Education, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Labor and Agriculture; drastically reduce the size and scope of all other departments (especially State, Treasury, Commerce, Interior, Transportation and Defense); eliminate all Czar posts; eliminate all government subsidies; fund our commitments; de-fund the United Nations; cut off all foreign aid; redo all trade agreements and fund only our real needs and pay off our national debt. Deficit spending will never be allowed from this point on and never-ever raise the debt ceiling. If there are any funds remaining, then start prioritizing the wants to be funded at a much reduced rate.

    In closing, never compromise your core small federal government, free market economy, Judeo-Christian principles and for heaven sakes when putting the 2011/2012 budget together please use just a little bit of common sense. Look at each essential function and fund what it really cost to perform that function, not the inflated price we are currently paying for that job. Yea, Yea, I know it is hard to imagine Washington DC as having any politicians with any common since.

    Thank you for your time,

    Terry M. Campbell, PE, EE, CS
    3016 Clearview Drive
    San Angelo, Texas 76904
    (325) 942-9753
    terryntx@suddenlink.net
    Retired Senior Scientist (IBM & General Dynamics)
    Consistently Voting Conservative Patriotic Veteran (US Army)
    Active Member of the “National Rife Association”
    Active Member of the “Tea Party Nation”
    Active Member of “Texans Defending Liberty”
    Active Member of the “San Angelo Tea Party”
    Active Member of the “Pachyderm Club”
    Active Member of the “Glen Meadows Baptist Church”
    Proud Native TEXAN and Citizen of the United States of America

    • Debt and More Debt

      I feel sorry for small businesses, but bankers and their Asset-Grabbing Bureaucrats are reinventing their techniques. Small businesses are trying to survive, make a living and reserve some cash for a rainy day and at the same time they create jobs.

      The Democratic Senate and Obama want a tax increase and to raise the debt ceiling. OBAMA & THE SENATE HAVE SAID THEY WILL NOT GO ALONG WITH ANY DEAL IF THERE IS NO INCREASE IN THE DEBT CEILING. I know they will accept the GOP’s DEAL AT THE LAST POSSIBLE MINUTE. They’re playing games right now, so the GOP will get them what they want.

      Businessmen say “A large percentage of small businesses are run as DBA’s and Sub-chapter S corporations and are taxed as part of the owner’s personal income. They report large personal incomes but are really small businesses. They are small businesses that create jobs and also the rich that liberals hate.”

      • People’s Rights

        The GOP party took the bait and Reid alreay signed off on the deal pedning Caucus approval.

        Dems got what they wanted. But they’re acting like they were forced into it and are saying they will use it against the GOP during the election.

        Senator Reid (D), Democrats and Eric Cantor (R ) are hurrying to sign off on the “Debt Deal” today before Republicans and Boehner try to stop it again.
        According to Democratic and Republican sources, here’re the key elements of the “Debt Deal”:
        · A debt ceiling increase of up to $2.1 to $2.4 trillion (depending on the size of the spending cuts agreed to in the final deal).
        · They have now agreed to spending cuts of roughly $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
        · The formation of a special Congressional committee to recommend further deficit reduction of up to $1.6 trillion (whatever it takes to add up to the total of the debt ceiling increase). This deficit reduction could take the form of spending cuts, tax increases or both.
        · The special committee must make recommendations by late November (before Congress’ Thanksgiving recess).
        · If Congress does not approve those cuts by December 23, automatic across-the-board cuts go into effect, including cuts to Defense and Medicare. This “trigger” is designed to force action on the deficit reduction committee’s recommendations by making the alternative painful to both Democrats and Republicans.
        A vote, in both the House and Senate, on a balanced budget amendment.

    • Bert Cundle

      You need to get Focused… Loyalties too wide & Week. Get a hobby…

    • chuckb

      terry m campbell, hopefully boehner read your letter. excellent advise, however, it is too long, but, very good.

    • OB1

      Terry Proud Texan US, I am so sorry it took so long to respond to your post. Your letter was a personal inspiration to me. I could see the tremendous amount of thought, research and effort that went into it’s creation. I felt very privileged to read it. The responses to your post were stunning to me, but I learned from them as well. It seems to me, most people can only handle small bites of of a fabulous meal at a time right now; they’re overwhelmed, frightened, worried and anxious.
      I love your ideas. Sounds like a plan to me (to put it mildly). I think you should run for congress. Texas is fortunate to have one such as you. (Makes me want to move to Texas!)

  • Jana

    Mr. Campbell,
    When sending any letter especially to a Congressman, no matter how great the ideas, it needs to be short. They will hardly read a short letter, let alone a long one.
    I read a lot of your letter and from what I did read (time constraints) it was right on.

  • http://deleted Debt and More Debt

    Here’s an article that shows exactly what the White House wants:

    W.House says supports bill lifting debt limit to 2013

    Reuters – The White House said on Saturday it “strongly supports” a bill being considered in the House of Representatives that incorporates both Democratic and Republican ideas and would raise the debt limit to early 2013.”

    “If the bill were presented to the president, his senior advisors would recommend that he sign it.”

    The bill would require two-thirds approval in the Republican-controlled House to pass.

    • Jana

      The only reason Obama wants the bill to go through 2013 is so it won’t disturb him during his campaigning. He knows he won’t have time for it then.
      Of course its a wonder he has taken time for this bill at this time as he has been in campaign mode ever since he has gotten in office.
      He is the strangest acting President I have ever seen.

      • JeffH

        BINGO Jana…well said!

        • Peace

          BINGO. The Fed wins again.

  • JC

    More on Government/Corporate Cronyism and the Diseased realationship between them. Enter: The FDA:

    Why has the government been trying to imprison a Dr. Stanislaw Burzinski, who has cured hundreds of cancer patients, many of whom are still in remission, 10 years after treatment?

    The director of this film, Eric Merola suspects that it is because when Burzynski’s “Antineoplastons” therapies are approved for pubic use, it will allow a single scientist (Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski) to hold the exclusive license to manufacture and sell these medicines on the open market, leaving Big Pharma out of the game of profiting
    from the most effective, gene-targeted cancer treatment the world has ever seen.

    Today, Dr. Burzynski is once again being sued by the State of Texas, so the recently-released documentary about his work – that is as infuriating as it is inspiring – has now been made free to the public. Please share this film with as many people as you can. The film’s director, Eric Merola is putting together a well-buttoned up fact sheet and form letters for those interested in taking up this cause (more information about this appears beneath the video, linked below).

    As Merola says, “If we put the FDA on the stand today, we can not only expose this abuse of power – but participate in the first time in history the general public will be responsible for forcing a medicine into FDA-approval and into the public’s hands. (That’s almost as exciting as discovering a cure for cancer).

    Video:

    http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/page/4052.html

  • Bert Cundle

    The Matadour & The Bull… “Come on Bull!”

  • robert shrugged

    terry campbell I am in full agreement with you and if you read my post I have a few you can add to yours, futher you might want to resd Atlas Shrugged by ayn rand. I disagree with 8 percent but that is pretty good. we need more educated private school non bias learning and thought.

  • sherriww

    I used to comment on here,and like this site,but I have not said anything, for a long while,because,as a commentor before me said”they knew their comment would get everybody jumping on them.I blog on different sites now usually,because that is what is so very wrong in our country right now-people are not willing to listen to differing points of view,and then work out the best of everybodys’views,as the correct answer.Anyway,I want to say to everyone,that no matter who you are,or your beliefs about the Debt crisis going on,there remains one fact we should ALL be able to live with,and agree on,if its properly thought out.Now,it is a fact that our Federal Govt.may always be somewhat a mess,BUT,they can still do,and MUST do,things for the majority of us,than states cannot or will not do.Now,which is fine.,Many,many folks on this site have to be collecting Social Security,one way or the other.There seems much misunderstanding,because nearly everyone calls it SSI.Now,Regular Soc.Sec. and SSI are two different things.Some collect both,which is fine.Social Security itself,is for folks that have worked enough years,and paid in enough to qualify for it.SSI is another program for folks that have not been able to work so much,in their lifetimes,and it is a much smaller check.A gentleman I look after collects about 500dollars of SS,and another 113 dollars of SSI,not much to live on.Whatever the case,everybody pays into it if we work,and it needs to be there when we can no longer work,because it IS OUR money! People only pay taxes into SS&Medicare,up to $106,800,meaning if one makes 214.000 Dollars,they only pay on half their earnings-BUT they cllect a BIGGER check,simply because they DO make lots of money,and its based on how much you made,in a certin period of time.That means everybody making less, pays taxes on 100% of what they make.Raising the FICA tax to cover 198,00dollars of income,would set SS right for 75 Years! The one other point I want to say,is that if they would adopt the plan John Boehner put out,and a so-called”Balanced Budget”was REQUIRED to raise the debt ceiling,in six months-there is ONLY ONE WAY they could” balance” it,and that IS BY SLASHING SOC.SEC.,MEDICARE AND MEDICAID!(about 30%!) That is fact,and the Dems and President Obama are TRYING TO KEEP THAT FROM HAPPENING.

    • JC

      To continuosly raise the debt limit (print money) will be the undoing of the dollar. Which is what Obama is trying to do.
      You want to balance the budget? Bring our troops home and let the world look after itself for a while.

      • http://deleted Claire

        JC– I agree.

    • DaveH

      Sherri,
      You have bought into the self-serving propaganda of the administration. Social Security payments are in no danger unless they purposely put them in danger. There are many ways to reduce the deficit spending without stiffing the Social Security recipients. All they need do is cut Federal Spending to the 2003 level, and the budget would be balanced.
      And they are further deluding you when they convince you that the Government can take care of us. Primarily they are taking care of themselves with our money. They dole just enough out to buy votes.
      If you won’t take care of yourself, don’t think for a minute that anybody in the Government cares enough to take care of you.

  • AJ

    sherriww I do respect your opinion and take issue with how you ended
    it. “That is fact,and the Dems and President Obama are TRYING TO KEEP THAT FROM HAPPENING.” I’m sorry but the only thing that the Dems and the Repubunkins and the George Sorros hand pupet president in office now are trying to do is BSing us to get re-elected so they can fill their own coffers at our expense. Our two parties for a very long time
    have catered to special interest groups and their own special interests. Our fearful leaders ought to heed the scriptue, ‘Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay, is a man who gains riches by unjust means…in the end he will prove to be a fool’ (Jeremiah 17:11). It is your first lie that makes you a liar, and whether you steal one dollar or one million, you are still a thief. Phillips Brooks says, ‘Character is made in the small moments of our lives.’ Integrity always puts character over personal gain, people over things, service over power, principle over convenience and the long view over the immediate. Our poluted-tions do not subscribe to this sort of philosopy. There is a time a coming when their house of cards will fall.

  • Cawmun Cents

    “I will never vote republican again if they agree to raise the debt(shyte)ceiling,no matter their reasoning.”-CC.
    P.S.”I have alraedy refused to vote for a democrat again.”-CC.

  • GotSense

    We Americans are too smart to let a bunch of “Un-american idiots” in Washington run us into the ground.

  • Thinking About

    A happy and proud moment for this nation will bring home our troops. They are our great assets. I was never for our presense in Iraq and we have lost loved ones in a war of choice. The death of bin Laden should allow our troops to leave Afghansitan. We need our infrastructure repaired and updated and out troops could do those jobs, refocus our war spending to take care of our problems. Revenues would increase because of taxes paid to the workers , homes bought, and products purchased and our economy would grow. We need to restructure our taxes. We can not continue pulling apart this great nation. Love it or leave it.

  • robert shrugged

    when someone or a group of politicians lie to you and stesl from you and work for foriegh governments and unions (who the leaders are in the pocket of the government, as the leaders are working for themselves) then want to steal from you and put burdens and limitions on you and your posterity so they can have fiefdoms to control everyone and have everyone a slave to the leaders.you have no freedom or foundation to live a life as the constitution would give you. I would rather have a thousand andrew carniegies or john d rockerfellers runing this country than what we have now. they worked to grow their companies and paid good wages, and they gave their fortunes to charties and left a legacy of the greatest country in the world. the socialists and the liberals have left a road of poverty and destruction in their wake. look at how poor this country is becoming. because they want everyone to be equal and that means the lowest common demominator which means poorest. the elete rulers will live like kings to because they deserve to be well taken care of to do all they are to make us equal .

    who are only

  • Ronald Johnston

    osama obama, the terrorist!

  • Jay

    Obama isn’t spending our money to help improve the lives of America’s poor, seniors, veterans, homeless, minorities or others we care deeply about. Here’s just a taste of his real priorities… where he’s been spending our money and what our kids and grandkids will be expected to repay for decades to come:

    OVERSEAS

    $63 billion – US Global Health Initiative.

    $665.7 million – International Family Planning & Reproductive Health Programs.

    $1 billion – to Mexico so that they can drill in the Gulf (while Obama caused 23,000 Americans to lose their jobs because of his ban on US drilling in the Gulf).

    $2 billion – to Brazil for OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING!!!!

    $147.3 million – US pays Brazil each year in cotton subsidies to keep its mouth shut.

    $30 billion – of the $100 billion per year for UN Climate Change Policy; the UN admitted global warming is about wealth redistribution, not climate change policy.

    $430 billion from TARP that Timothy Geitner stated will be recovered by January 2011 – of which the Fed spent $350 billion in taxpayer funds to save 35 foreign banks.

    $8 billion – US pays to IMF for Greece Bailout.

    $1.9 billion – International Agriculture Programs.

    $54.1 billion – USAID to other countries for FY 2011 – President Obama already sent $173.5 billion for international/foreign assistance ($90.6 billion in 2010 – a 60% increase compared to FY 2008; $82.9 billion in 2009 – a 47% increase compared to FY 2008).

    $5.96 million – U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2010 Awards (i.e. mosque restoration overseas). NOTE: Section 205.1(d) of title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations prohibits USAID funds from being used for the rehabilitation of structures to the extent that those structures are used for “inherently religious activities.”

    PROPAGANDA ORGANIZATIONS

    $80 billion to Apollo Alliance (socialist/communist George Soros group) to expand community agitation; see this video too.

    $422 million – Funding for Public Broadcasting/NPR – a private company that doesn’t need taxpayer funds.

    $161 million – NEH anti-American group which targets our military.

    GROW GOVERNMENT

    $44 billion – This represents a 28% pay increase for Fed employees (Fed pay increased 36.9% since 2000 while private worker’s pay increased only 8.8%.)

    $148 billion – loaned to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – these are government operated organizations that are taking control of 90%+ of U.S. home mortgages, and these are the organizations who contributed to the housing meltdown.

    $1.416 billion – Serve America Act FY 2011 to recruit our children at school and get them into “volunteerism” (i.e. recruit and train community agitators).

    $1 billion – Dead people to whom our Federal government sends our money.

    $1.4 billion – FDA to take over our food supply and hire 17,000 more taxpayer-funded government employees.

    $400 million – Michelle Obama’s Food Deserts to open government food stores that are closer to urban areas to save residents the 5 extra minutes of driving time that it takes to get to their existing, privately owned store.

    GLOBAL WARMING

    $1.741 billion – INCREASE for “critical efficiency and renewables programs” – this is just the amount of increase to their existing budget.

    $2.4 billion – “clean tech” for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, a $2.287 billion increase from $113 million in the previous budget [ID:nN01180827].

    $6 billion – clean energy technologies.

    $535 million – Global warming money for a politically-connected private company, Solyndra, to lay off workers and build a new plant.

    $611.4 million – Bureau of Labor Statistics to gather data on ‘green jobs.’

    $123 million – DoE’s wind program, a $43 million increase over current spending.

    $300 million – the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E.

    $880 Billion is being spent on these items alone in 2011. Are these discretionary expenditures worthy of collapsing America’s economy at a time when we need to reign in spending? If Obama continues to refuse to cut spending, that’s just what will happen.

    Don’t be fooled by the propaganda coming from Obama and his regime – to include his MoveOn.org pals. They’re doing George Soros’ bidding. If you haven’t heard, Soros wants a ‘managed decline’ of our dollar and an economic collapse is exactly what he wants. Obama’s actions are clearly leading to what Soros wants.

    It’s dangerous to raise the debt ceiling without significant cuts and caps on Obama’s spending and a legislative balanced-budget amendment to prevent future Presidents from doing what Obama’s doing to America.
    http://trevorloudon.com/

    • People’s Rights

      Jay – Your list did not show up and review the gov’t expense waste during the negotiations and none of 555 Senators and Congressmen have demanded what expenses need to be cut. (including Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Michele Bachman, Eric Cantor, etc……)

      Your list is soliciting Americans to demand another Amendment as you said, “It’s dangerous to raise the debt ceiling without significant cuts and caps on Obama’s spending and a legislative balanced-budget amendment to prevent future Presidents from doing what Obama’s doing to America.”

      YOUR SUGGESTION is ‘OPENING A CAN OF WORMS” and VERY DANGEROUS, JUST LIKE THE “PATRIOT ACT.”

      PREZ. BUSH TOOK THE BAIT & AMERICANS ARE STILL PAYING FOR IT.

      Liberals, young progressive politicians (Democrats, Libertarians and Republicans) and the mainstream media have been targeting older Republicans (Boehner), so they can replace with YOUNGER PROGRESSIVE AND NAÏVE REPUBLICANS.

      • People’s Rights

        Obama said his success was due to receiving overwhelming numbers of Emails and Tweets from his supporters. So please send emails to your congressmen, otherwise liberals will send them and make outrageous demands; and liberals will get what they want. :)

        REMEMBER, NO AMENDMENT, NO CHANGE. YOU CAN’T CHANGE A FOUNDATION OVERNIGHT WHICH TOOK HUNDREDS OF YEARS TO BUILD.

        One of these days, bankers will tell America, you have:

        NO more assets
        NO more loans
        NO Social Security money and NO healthcare either.

        HOW TO CONTACT CONGRESS

        http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/newsroom/how-to-contact-congress-.html

        Here is contact information for your representatives & senators as the August 2 deadline for NOT raising the debt ceiling approaches.

        #1. U.S. HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES

        Official directory

        Facebook directory

        Twitter directory

        #2. U.S. SENATE

        Official directory

        Facebook directory

        Twitter directory
        :)

  • Jay

    Our President, Barack Obama, was a member of a radical communist party, called the Illinois New Party and/or the Chicago New Party, which has Chicago Mob and Black Communist Activist roots.

    He admits receiving Marxist training (Marxism is the ideology of using law as a means of oppression and control). Obama has friends whose terrorist organization bombed the US Capital, the Pentagon and the State Department, killed policemen and plans to kill 25 million people.

    These people may be agents of Cuba or Russia. Obama has surrounded himself with socialists-communists of similar backgrounds and has built and is building a shadow government of communists-socialists-progressives-radicals to bypass Congressional and Citizen control.

    As elected leader of our country, he regularly meets with large labor unions led by known communists. He worked for an international communist organization, ACORN, now under investigation by the FBI and others.

    As a marxist-trained socialist and apparent narcissist, Obama’s primary goals are to eliminate capitalism and replace it with a socialist-marxist-communist program, perhaps under the direction of the Soviet Union who has been our enemy for over 50 years.

    Obama’s policies are leaving our nation open to attack and infiltration by communists and terrorists of dictator countries and his initiatives will collapse the US financial system as it forces us to obtain huge financial loans from other countries like communist China. Obama made the Top Ten List of Corrupt Politicians in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, with “Dishonorable Mention” on the 2006 List. Without any doubt, Obama is a Communist.

    The 111th Congress’ US House of Representatives was led by a majority of Progressives (i.e., documented Socialists and Communists) and most remain in the 112th Congress. Its Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, was also a Progressive-Socialist-Communist who made the Top Ten List of Corrupt politicians in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

    Of the 435 House members, at least 80 were Progressive (Socialist-Communist) Democrats, about 59 are members of the New Democrat Coalition, and about 52 are Blue Dog Democrats. Some identified as non-Progressive Democrats were actually socialists bringing the total to over 100.

    As CBS News reported, Progressives follow Mao (NBC report example: Congressman Bobby Rush).

    Progressives attempted to enter and refocus our US census and voting process via ACORN. Many of these socialist/communist US House of Representatives members travel to Communist Cuba frequently and meet with the Castro brothers and associates of a US-convicted Cuban spy ring.

    They have changed US laws to allow enable money transfer, travel and better communications with Communist Cuba and many openly praise mass murderers Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. They are working to make it easier for illegal immigrants to enter our country so they can expand their control of America via labor unions.

    The goal is transforming tens of millions of illegal aliens into communist union members who will vote as a block and increase communist transition funding via annual union dues. Their policies are not “freedom of religion”, but rather “no religion”.

    They are implementing budget-busting initiatives to redistribute wealth and convert the USA to communism. Their current policies can collapse our US financial system.

    Progressive-Socialist-Communists control the US Senate. In both Houses of Congress, RINOs (Republicans who behave like Socialists or who are Communist Sleeper Cells) aid Democrat and Independent Socialists.

  • robert shrugged

    the president and the senate especially want unrestricted welfare to illegal alliens, and welfare receipiants, and low income people so their votes will be cast to obama and the senate dems. regardless of the restriction of illegal aliens to vote. I am not a dem nor a republican. I am closer to a libertatian, but in reality I am a conatitionalist. If people would read the constitution and the federalist papers as to what our founding fathers wanted I believe that we would have a very large new party, but the newspapers and the media would ignore them or try to make them look like flakes. the only problem is their are many people who do not know what the constitution means and that it would over take all parties, especially if the tea party would read the same books and decide that would be a great launch pad for the retaking of america from the liberals, democrats, and the conseratives who think they know what the constitution is and means but ignore the facts that would lead them to a better way to turn this country around.

  • Angel Wannabe

    Well the jack azzes in Washington and the news Media , Including Fox have done an awesome job of keeping us all fearful & focused on the debt problem, while The Marxist administration continues to destroy what’s left of the America._Frankly I’m pretty sic and tired of hearing it.
    I get it, that the TPTB are trying to collaspe the dollar. AND, I get it, that when you pump money into an economy, its a face lift that doesn’t last, if you will__still I’m further amazed that Washington continues to try convince us, that we are in dyer straights over money, when the printing presses run whenever the Prez or his cohorts tell it too__Just a thought….Put the Currency in states hands, quite Honestly, they can’t do any worse than Bam Bam and his Band of Merry thieves!

  • Angel Wannabe

    BTW, BOB L, New Website Looks Great! :)

  • bob wire

    Lie #1 deadline ~ True! but only in the sense that the first stroke after midnight Cinderella carriage doesn’t turn back into a pumpkin. There is no cliff edge, one final step into a bottomless abyss. ~ Just an invitation card into uncharted waters with 325 million American souls aboard.

    Lie #2 stiffing senior ~ True again! That most likely won’t happen, even in uncharted waters. But! It’s effective and most apropos if you stop to consider the “Death Camps” GOP proponents have served up to frighten seniors. So which one is the biggest whopper of the two? ~ Seniors hate uncharted waters and the unknown. Can’t say I blame them, all things considered.

    Lie #3 default, no money ~ True again! But Chip, I don’t know who stated that lie first, but I don’t believe it was “O”, but some people that thinks cutting spending a very good idea. And while it’s true the Fed is holding more then just pocket lint today it’s sees a crisis in the making, much like Ronnie did when he asked for the debit limit to be raised 17 times during his 8 year tenure.

    Lie #4 It’s all the Republicans fault; Well “O” didn’t say that lie. He placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of America’s government. Now if you wish to exclude the Republican party from American government that’s up to you, a sound argument I’d enjoy listening too.

    If these are your “Big Four” Chip, I see room for promising resolve and resolution and most willing to met you in the middle.

    It is class warfare when you take food off of people tables and offer it to someone “entitled” by virtue of political power. People that have “invested’ their life work into a system and now rather the confess to our mistakes and make equatable corrections we wish to side with the top 2 % of Americans and renege on the most basic of commitments to the American people?

    But I offer to you we are a sick nation of people with the way we look at retirement today . Retirement “should be” for people that can no longer endure the riggers of an 8 hour day. Too many are hungry for retirement, yearn for it, simple because they have vested a mere 20 years. ~ I’ve rose bushes and cloths older then that. Retire should be a matter of pending necessity and not simply a magic number. While at the same time, someone getting their money “BACK” I fail to see it as an “entitlement” but simple a “Return”

    I believe people are at their best being engaged and active. We have too many just sitting today, Desperadoes waiting for a slow moving train. They’re brains turning to puddy while they stalk the mailman and watch day time TV. ~ Just how many times can a person watch “The Waltons” or the “Andy Griffin Show” or Dr. Phil?

    The federal tax code and social security is in serious need of restructuring in America today. It favor the two extremes, the poor and the wealthy AND the people that have been clever little hobbits and worked a flawed system.

    It’s not in “hate” I say these thing,~ but simple factual observation. I harbor no hate or envy but wish to see equitable “fairness” for all Americans that have invested and applied themselves to a lifetime of committed service. We can, we should, we will provide for those that simple can’t anymore. That should come as a comfort to every American and should not looked on it as a burden but a honored commitment and a blessing.

  • chuckb

    hopefully the tea party republicans will hold tight and stop this rape of our country. the progressives are out to destroy the last remaining segment of capitalism in this nation. the media has had a field day in scaring the feeble minded and fox news has their share of little marxist. the president has done nothing but lie throughout these hearings and i feel sure if you ask him what was going on he couldn’t answer.
    the gop should stop these bolsheviks in their tracks by voting no on this budget bill, call barrys bluff and believe me it’s nothing but bluff. with leaders like boehner and mcconnell i don;t think we stand a chance. lets see barry stop the ss checks and military pay, it won’t happen.

  • Jay

    President Ronald Reagan:

    “… an American Socialist, Norman Thomas, six-time candidate for the President on the Social Party ticket said, Americans would never vote for socialism. But, he said, under Liberalism, Americans would adopt every fragment of a Socialist program.”

    America: Progressives, socialists, communists and radicals are the arch-enemy of capitalism and America. It’s been that way for 90 years and they will always be our enemy. For those of you too young to remember learning in school how to react to a nuclear war, ask your mom and dad why we we fought communism in the Korean War, the Viet Nam War and the Cold War. America’s fight is never over if we want our land to remain the home of the free.

  • Jay

    Why does President Barack Obama want Leon Panetta to be Secretary of Defense?

    Anyone familiar with Panetta’s record as a Congressman in the 1980s knows that Panetta is both a leftist and markedly hostile towards the US military establishment.

    Panetta has no military backgound. he has a Budget background. He was once head of the Office of Budget Management.

    What does this suggest to you?

    Was Panetta specifically chosen to oversee large cuts in the US defense budget?

    At a time when the US is facing Islamic terrorism, an increasingly belligerent China, a resurgent Russia, and an ongoing “red tide” in Latin America, has Leon Panetta been commissioned to take a scythe to the US Defense budget?

    Mark Rudd predicted this possibility just before the 2008 election.

    Mark Rudd is a former leader of the terrorist Weather Underground. In 2006, he joined with a whole bunch of communists and socialists, including his old comrades and Presidential pals Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn to found an activist umbrella organization – the Movement for a Democratic Society. In 2008, that organization begat Progressives for Obama, which Mark Rudd happily endorsed.

    Mark Rudd is in a unique position to understand Obama’s long term strategy.

    Mark Rudd wrote this analysis just after the 2008 elections. Note what Rudd says about defense:

    Obama is a very strategic thinker. He knew precisely what it would take to get elected and didn’t blow it. He used community organizing methods to mobilize a base consisting of many people who had never voted before or who regularly don’t vote….But he also knew that what he said had to basically play to the center to not be run over by the press, the Republicans, scare centrist and cross-over voters away. He made it.

    So he has a narrow mandate for change, without any direction specified. What he’s doing now is moving on the most popular issues — the environment, health care, and the economy. He’ll be progressive on the environment because that has broad popular support; health care will be extended to children, then made universal, but the medical, pharmaceutical, and insurance corporations will stay in place, perhaps yielding some power; the economic agenda will stress stimulation from the bottom sometimes and handouts to the top at other times. It will be pragmatic…

    And I agree with this strategy. Anything else will court sure defeat. Move on the stuff you can to a small but significant extent, gain support and confidence. Leave the military alone because they’re way too powerful. For now, until enough momentum is raised. By the second or third year of this recession, when stimulus is needed at the bottom, people may begin to discuss cutting the military budget if security is being increased through diplomacy and application of nascent international law.

    Obama plays basketball. I’m not much of an athlete, barely know the game, but one thing I do know is that you have to be able to look like you’re doing one thing but do another. That’s why all these conservative appointments are important: the strategy is feint to the right, move left. Any other strategy invites sure defeat. It would be stupid to do otherwise in this environment…

    By the second or third year of this recession, when stimulus is needed at the bottom, people may begin to discuss cutting the military budget…

    That, in my opinion sums up what this great game is all about. America’s enemies know that America can only be destroyed if its military is humbled, heavily reduced in size and capability.

    Americans will only accept the gutting of their military capability, if the economy is so fragile and prospects so dire, that they will be willing to sacrifice national security to ease the economic pain.

    In the last two years the Obama Administration has done everything it could to indebt and impoverish America and Americans.

    Now it is time for the socialists to harvest the fruits of their efforts.

    Leon Panetta, a leftist, with ties to communists, socialists and one degree of separation from several Soviet and/or Chines agents, may well turn out to be the Grim Reaper.

  • Jay

    “…We aspire to corrupt in order to govern… We have taken from the people all the gods of heaven and earth…their religious faith, their faith in monarchy, their honesty and their family virtues…”

    (Giuseppe Mazzini, 1805-1872, Founder of Italian Freemasonry and the Mafia)

    “The objectives of Communism are being steadily advanced … The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous, he cannot believe it exists.”
    (J. Edgar Hoover, Elks Magazine, August, 1956)

    “Man can become enslaved and betrayed by his own thoughts. He has indeed become a mental robot, completely unaware that he is such, and absolutely oblivious to the invisible power that controls him.”
    (Helen Peters, “The Union Jack: Masonry and British Israelism” 1970)

    “Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast and editorial — but democracy and freedom in a strictly Pickwickian [i.e. not literal] sense. Meanwhile the ruling oligarchy and its highly trained elite of soldiers, policemen, thought-manufacturers and mind-manipulators will quietly run the show as they see fit.”
    (Aldous Huxley, “Brave New World Revisited” 1958)

    “Sarah, if the American people knew the truth about what we Bushes have done to the nation, we would be chased down the street and lynched.”
    (George H.W. Bush to reporter Sarah McClendon, Dec. 1992)

  • Mike

    ALL OF YOU WATCH THIS ENTIRE MOVIE IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO THE REAL DEMONS ARE.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw

    After watching this movie , ACT and call your reps and Senators. Demand answers. Mike

  • http://donthaveone Beberoni

    They are all politicians. That means they are all lawyers. All lawyers lie to get their way. That is what they do. Until we make it illegal for lawyers to be politicians, we will continually have this problem. Ever since FDR came up with the idea that he could blatantly lie and get his way, it has become a mass way in politics. Not to say they didnt tell lies before that, he just took it to a new level, and lets just say, Bill Clinton mastered it. This clown tries to, but he isnt very good at it, as he can only come up with what is written on his telestrator, as he has proven time and time again, he has no leadership skills what so ever. He is just their facepiece. Thats its.

  • Mike

    Face piece or puppet its all the same. Yes, Clinton was a master as was Bush Jr. I really don’t think the Elite wanted Obama. I think they were all set for Hillary or McCain. Either that or Obama was a great Liar during the campaign when he claimed he was going to get us out of N.A.F.T.A. AND G.A.T.T. and the wars. He has done nothing of the sort so he is either a Liar or he was told he would be killed if he did not do as ordered. No matter what the truth is about Obama most of us have figured out that there is a ruling elite behind the Government calling the shots Globally. Mike

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