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The Capitol Circus

July 14, 2011 by  

The Capitol Circus

P.J. O’Rourke once noted that “the whole idea of politics is to achieve power without possessing merit.” If a better description exists of 21st century American politics in general and the Obama Administration, I have yet to read it. (All right, besides: “Obama sucks!” That’s too obvious.)

Here at Personal Liberty Digest™, we watch the Capitol Circus because we’re paid to do it. But even a casual glance Washington-ward reminds the most dispassionate observer that these guys are clowns. Unfortunately, they’re not the kind who make balloon animals and juggle milk bottles; they’re the kind who show up in Stephen King novels and live in a sewer.

In 2006, then-Senator Barack Obama vocally opposed President George W. Bush’s plan to raise the United States’ debt ceiling. And he was right to do it. I’ve said before that George W. Bush spent money like a second wife. Unfortunately, now-President Barack Obama spends money like a second wife with a shopping compulsion who just found a Centurion Card, aka the American Express black card. And while Obama throws everything but that national debt clock in Times Square at the increasingly resolute Republicans in an effort to persuade them to hike the debt ceiling into the stratosphere, it’s clear that Obama expects someone else (preferably our grandchildren) to pay the bill.

What our profligate politicians fail to recognize is that a nation with a debt closing in on $15 trillion is like a poor sap who is in way over his head with the loan sharks. Hiking the debt ceiling to cover Federal spending is the political version of pawning your car title to make your car payment. Sure, you’ll keep the car for a few more days; but eventually, a guy named “Big Lou” is going to show up at your door. Truth be told, anyone who’s stretched his paycheck to the point of breaking knows this simple lesson. Perhaps our Harvard-educated President missed that day in life-outside-the-public-sector class.

With Obama growing increasingly frustrated with what he considers GOP intransigence — and what responsible people consider the reason conservatism is the most dynamic political movement — he is delivering increasingly desperate assaults on the forces of fiscal fitness. When the public didn’t bite on his demand of tax hikes on people who earn more than $250,000 per year, he claimed the GOP was sacrificing our security on behalf of the “private jet” set. When that class-warfare tack misfired, Obama started channeling our mothers: “… pull off the Band-Aid; eat our peas.” Sorry, Mr. President, Obamacare doesn’t offer Band-Aids; and when was the last time you ate peas? I doubt Oprah serves them in her palace. When the imperious tone flew like a stone kite, Obama took the expected tack for a liberal with strong ties to union thugs: threats.

Tuesday, Obama announced that thousands, if not millions, of Social Security checks due out in early August might meet Big Lou somewhere between the Treasury and your mailbox. After his Democratic Party produced an Obamacare ad that claimed conservative opposition would throw Grandma off a cliff, the Democratic President is threatening to starve her to death if he doesn’t get access to the cash under her mattress. Furthermore, it appears Obama broke into the Social Security “lockbox,” only to find a note which says “IOU $15 trillion, xoxo! –  Al Gore.”

Obama has risen to the pinnacle of power in meteoric fashion. But therein lies the problem: He didn’t earn it. All power, no merit not only makes Barack a bad President, it makes America a poor country.

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • Cawmun Cents

    Didnt I discuss the clowncar of the current adminstration just yesterday?Hmmm.-CC.

    • Vagabond

      CC I constantly refer to the CLOWN CHEIF in the oval office. and no you will never notice me calling him a president. he is meerly a PHONY occupieng the oval office,

      • C130 Gunship

        Vagabond……Obamian Rhapsody…

        Every time I hear a government ass clowns talking, I automatically start hearing Freddy Mercury in my subconscious mind:

        Is this the real life?
        Is this just fantasy?
        Caught in a land slide,
        No escape from reality…

        I honestly think that many of them are genuinely unaware of the REAL world where 99% of us exist. They don’t even know it exists. That doesn’t excuse any of their evil deeds, but it makes me hope that, someday, somewhere, after the nation has fallen into chaos, and the dust has settled, that someone wearing a crisp clean uniform of the armed forces of the New Republic of the United States, will take a brief moment to pray for their soul…just before tying them to a post to be shot, and thrown in a long and deep pit dug in the white house lawn..

        • Lost in Paradise

          C130 I think they know, but they hold the strings to control us, and we believe in the system, and vote. That is our downfall. Anyone that would go to war in the name of preserving freedom, has been fooled. They use us literally like chess pawns. We are their “enablers”. I am totally sick of it, and think we need to get drastic, and soon or it will all be lost forever.

          • Ed O

            You are right,violence is the onlyway we can save our wonderful country.NUKE israel now!

        • independant thinker

          “I honestly think that many of them are genuinely unaware of the REAL world where 99% of us exist.”

          Oh they know it alright but how 99% of them know it is only on a theoritical level not a hands on experience level.

          • Kate 8

            You guys seem to ignore the fact that there is a PLAN at work here.

            At least a good number of them know exactly what they are doing. They simply view us a poor saps who were unfortunate enough to be born…well, poor saps.

            Part of the plan to to take everything away from the common man, and to cause us untold grief and suffering. Don’g forget that most of these creeps gather regularly at Bohemian Grove to dress in hooded robes, light a bonfire over which they burn a child in effigy (at least, I hope it’s in effigy), and celebrate the “Death of Care”.

            That is, I presume, the “death” of caring about US.

    • DMS

      It is almost over. China owns us and we must pay. China has received hundreds of Free Trade Zones given to them by each State governor – check it out for yourself.

      • Carol

        If this is true, and it appears it is, we can store enough food water or ammo it this happens. We are doomed

  • DaveH

    And then there’s this little tidbit:

    First they take your money against your will (mine at least), and then they use that money to extort your votes. Folks, these people are just plain crooks in fancy clothes.

  • Doc Sarvis

    Mr. Crystal loves to heap blame on President Obama, as many on this site do. His railing against the President on the topic of raising our nation’s debt ceiling should point out one important fact; the majority of BOTH parties are in favor of raising the debt ceiling. The argument in congress and the executive branch is agreeing on how to do so.

    • Vagabond

      well doc I dont realy give a happy dam who is railing to increase the debt limit. it is still STUPID and they should be working toward reducing the debt period,

      • eddie47d

        Then don’t encourage or start wars which puts our integrity on the line each and every day. Too many get sappy over old WWII movies (I have at times also)and try to reenact those “glory” days. One more war for old times sake? Time to tell all the egomaniac Presidents to knock it off. You don’t need any more feathers in your cap.

    • Angel Wannabe

      Right Doc, we like to heap blame on Bam Bam, like he’s an innocent, Oh Harriet!!!!!!…besides you ARE ON A conservative site, your not gonna get PC here, we like the truth, no matter what or how bad it hurts!

      • eddie47d

        That’s the problem Angel for the Conservative truth is not always the TRUTH.

        • Angel Wannabe

          eddie__Like your Liberal cackling is truth either. Depends all what side of the boat your own and how far your willing to go for the truth, eyes ‘HALF” open ain’t cutting it! :) Two sides to every story buddy! I prefer the side I’m on!__gotta jet!

          • eddie47d

            I don’t make outrageous statements that Liberals tell the truth all the time. You seem to think Conservatives walk on water,have no vices,and are pure as the driven snow. It really makes you look bad when it isn’t true so lighten up sweet Angel.

          • Angel Wannabe

            and eddie my boy, most regulars on here all KNOW YA! Your a commie in a wanna-be savior clothing, you keep coming on here in hopes some “Newbie” will believe your crapola!_-Every so often its fun to pop in and remind folks, not to believe everything they read!__TTFN! :)

          • eddie47d

            I will keep rallying against the sinister forces that bring on wars as often as I can. As I stated above, so take your commie accusations somewhere else.

      • Doc Sarvis

        You say you like the truth, well that is what I am providing. Unlike what it says in the article BOTH parties are in on this. TRUTH.

    • Lost in Paradise

      Yes, how to do so without peeing the public off! They do fear us a small amount, and that is why they want our guns.

    • Harv

      this is why both parties have to go the way of the whigs.

      lancaster, taxifornia
      push 1 for ENGLISH only in the USA

  • Larry M.

    Just because crooked polititions in both parties have no concern for the people who elected them or those peoples best interest in mind, doesn’t change the fact that Obama is leading the charge to socialism and ruining the country in the process. The biggest concern for the politians of both parties in Washington is image, power, personal wealth,and re-election so they can continue to ignore the people who elect them. Getting elected takes money and they will do what ever it takes to get people to give them the money they need. America no longer has a two party system with conservative and liberals it has a two party system with polititians using different names to get elected Democrat and Republican, neither have ethics morals or principles. . Look at the facts there isn’t a single polition standing up with a plan to solve Americas Problems.

  • Tim

    Yes they certainly are a bunch of scary clowns, but even Stephen King couldn’t have dreamed up anything as vile and disgusting as Mich McConnell, John Boner, Eric Cantor and on and on……

    • slapjack

      Timmy you forgot your good buddies Barrack the magic NEGRO Nancy Pukelosi and Harry the joke Reid.

      • 45caliber

        You know, it hadn’t occurred to me before but this could be the reason Pelousy is so butt-ugly. She has her clown mask on!

        • Lost in Paradise

          NO! she forgot to put it on!LOL

      • Tim

        Hey slappy, you wouldn’t be a tad racist would you? It’s sad that people like you are willing to let the repubs take everything away that’s rightfully yours just because you hate someone so much.

        • ValDM

          This isn’t a D vs. R situation……….it’s US (taxpayers) vs. THEM (elites & parasites). When you wrap your mind around THAT concept, you can go further in reality.

        • Lost in Paradise

          Actually TIm it is ok to be a racist. I have no problem with that at all. WE like who we like and who we don’t, and it is that simple. [Offensive remarks removed]

          • independant thinker

            I take my race relations one person at a time. Just because you are Mexican, black, oriental, white, etc. does not put you on my sh!t list neither does it put you on my good guy list. I form my opinion of the individual as I know them whether personaly or thru the news media and other sources of information.

          • Doc Sarvis

            Lost in Paradise – you got the “lost” part right.

          • Kate 8

            Doc – The point is, we don’t need government to monitor how we think about ANYTHING.

            We have the right to think whatever we want, about whatever we want. We have the right to be racist if that is what we want to be.

            You seem to ignore the fact that it’s only whites who are forbidden to be racist. Most non-whites are exceedinly racist, not only against whites but against each other, as well. But no one seems to have a problem with that dirty little (not-so) secret.

  • Matt

    Both parties have been playing a game of “hot potato”(head-games)with the voter and non voters of this country. You would have thought that everyone would caught on to this by now given that our present president ran on “change” only to continue our downward spiral.
    Neither one of these parties(Democrat or Republican)give a dam what is good for the long term survival of this country. Do you think if they did that we would be in this mess?
    By the way the voters and non-voters of this country are equally to blame for this mess by reelecting the same political hacks back into office be it Republican or Democrat.

    • 45caliber


      You are correct. They don’t care about the country. They care about their own positions and their party far more than they do even their own families.

      • independant thinker

        I think they do care about the country but for 99% of them the “care” is only for what they can do to insure they can take more from the country for another term.

      • Kate 8

        45 – Last night on the radio, the guest made the comment, “how do you get any, let alone a majority, of 535 Congressional members to vote against their own self-interest?”

        Well, we can’t. They are crooks, and for any of them to even consider doing what’s right for their countrymen they’d have to admit to behaving in a treasonous manner up until now.

        They simply aren’t going to open up such a can of worms, even if they were so inclined. Which they aren’t. They are part of an insider’s club machine, and we cease to be relevant to them.


    A Real Eye Opener … WHY is the Mighty USA BANKRUPT?

    You think the war in Iraq was costing us too much? We have been hammered with the propaganda that it was the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us.
    $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.

    $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

    $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

    $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

    $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

    $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

    $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the
    American taxpayers.

    $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
    The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US

    In the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern
    Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the US from the Southern border.

    The National policy Institute estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.

    In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.
    The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States



    • Commonsense

      Amen!! And thats just a drop in the bucket compared to what is spent on the dead beats that feed off welfare and the social system that are legal.There are no third and fourth generation welfare babies that have made a lifestyle of living off the government trough. It’s time to drop everything, tighten the purse strings and say “NO MORE!”

    • Cribster

      Let’s not forget they will bever give up on implementing yet another amnesty. Amnesties do nothing but perpetuate bad behavior.

      The amnesty of 1986 was supposed to be a “one time only” amnesty. Yet since 1986, Congress passed a total of 7 amnesties for illegal aliens:

      The Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA) Amnesty of 1986 – the “one-time only” blanket amnesty for some 2.8 million illegal aliens.

      Section 245(i) The Amnesty of 1994 – a temporary rolling amnesty for 578,000 illegal aliens.

      Section 245(i) The Extension Amnesty of 1997 – an extension of the rolling amnesty created in 1994.
      The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) Amnesty of 1997 – an amnesty for nearly one million illegal aliens from Central America.

      The Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act Amnesty (HRIFA) of 1998 – an amnesty for 125,000 illegal aliens from Haiti.

      The Late Amnesty of 2000 – an amnesty for approximately 400,000 illegal aliens who claimed they should have been amnestied under the 1986 IRCA amnesty.

      The LIFE Act Amnesty of 2000 – a reinstatement of the rolling Section 245(i) amnesty to an estimated 900,000 illegal aliens.

      • 45caliber

        The politicians were SUPPOSED to seal the border after the first amnesty. They sort of forgot – well, let’s say they just didn’t want to do it. They needed the money more to buy more votes.

        At the time they estimated that there were only about 300,000 illegals here. Over 3 million came forward. But there was one interesting thing about that. They got cards for six months. At the end of that time only about 300,000 renewed. The rest became illegal again.

    • eddie47d

      Audrey; You made some excellent points and also had the courage to mention the year 2005.That was when illegal immigration was at it’s highest and under a different administration. Illegal entry from our southern border is now at it’s lowest since the 1950′s.(Reporter Damien Cave’s article) That is impressive and it should be noted that Obama is doing his best to keep it that way. The majority of illegals you refer to came in before Obama was elected so the blame game should have stopped there.This is another issue that the Republicans are desperately trying to hide under the rug as if they didn’t encourage all that cheap labor in 2005. They should be in the forefront of solving this issue.525,000 came north each year in 2000-2006. In 2010 there were 100,000. There are also other reason immigration is down. One is the border violence where few in Mexico want to chance heading north and getting killed or having to pay the coyotes so much money. Another is the Mexican economy doesn’t look so bad to them with what is going on up here with our economy. There is also a piece of positive news where the newest generation of Mexicans actually want to stay in their country and have no desire to come north. One source said that education has improved and they can get the training they need and job opportunities in Mexico. Another good thing is that Mexican families are using birth control and not wanting large families that they couldn’t afford. Now is about 2 children per family vs 7 children just a few years ago.This also means fewer families heading north.

      • 45caliber


        You are quite right about one thing. Illegal immigration is low right now. But not because of anything the government has done to slow it down.

        It is low because there are so many people out of work and not enough jobs. Even the illegals realize that if they come here they may not be able to take jobs from Americans when there are no jobs available.

        • eddie47d

          Greater number of deportations and more agents on the border in 2010. Also I already said what you repeated in your last sentence.

    • johnk

      May I ask how much is spent on the useless,anti-american bureaus that should be gone; such as the EPA, TSA, FDA, FCC, etc?

    • Lost in Paradise

      Audrey I have said it before, and that is our government does it all for the world, but not much for its own citizens, except bleed us dry.Like I said in another post, we are their “enablers”. Our best pet has gone rogue on us, and needs to be put to sleep.





    It is about time that you did your jobs which you were originally sent to Washington to do.

    Between 60% and 75% + of UNITED STATES CITIZENS want to see BIG CHANGE in Washington!!!!!!!!!!

    All of you SENATORS AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE took an oath of office to uphold the constitution of the United States when you took office…..what happened to that promise???????????????



    IT IS TIME….for Washington to give up; the EGOS AND THE SPECIAL INTERESTS


    IT IS TIME ….To send all illegal aliens back home and stop the free ride; NO FREE EDUCATION; NO MEDICAL; N0 FOOD STAMPS; AND anything else anyone dreams up who is not a legal citizen of the UNITED STATES.

    IT IS TIME…..To cut Washington’s pay!!!!!!

    IT IS TIME…. For Washington to start cutting the PORK and special interest projects


    IT IS TIME….for Washington to start cutting the perks and benefits and start contributing to Medicare and social security

    IT IS TIME ….for TERM LIMITS in Washington….one six year term …then go back where you came from WITH NO LIFETIME HEALTH CARE AND NO LIFETIME RETIREMENT. Working for the federal government should be a privilege NOT AN ENTITLEMENT

    IT IS TIME…for Washington to vote for E-VERIFY

    IT IS TIME….for Washington to STOP pandering to illegal aliens….SEND THEM HOME NOW AND CLOSE THE BORDER!!!!!!

    SINCE nothing is “OFF LIMITS” IN Washington ….why are the salaries of congress and the WHITE HOUSE not cut?????

    When are we going to stop paying farmers NOT TO GROW FOOD especially when corn is now being used as an alternative fuel which could lead to a food shortage??????????????

    If Washington collected over 2 trillion dollars of tax revenue in 2010.….why do we still have budget problems??????????????? Could it be; you are spending TOO MUCH MONEY??

    Why is the average net worth of congress @ 30 MILLION PLUS; if this is true lets start with congress salaries!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Mike Harlow

    Here’s something else that should be on this list of demands. We are currently past the level of the Intolerable Acts. How much more does Washington think we’ll tolerate before 10 million armed Americans show up in Washington? Did they not notice that Obama has been the best gun and ammunition salesman of all time? I don’t see anyone at the range. They’re sitting on that ammo and buying more. P.S. most of the guns were assault rifles. Someone on TV said it no longer is a question of wether we’ll have another evolution but wether it will be an American style revolution or a French style revolution.

    • 45caliber

      I know how to build a guillitine!!!

      • dqfreemind

        You just don’t know how to spell it.

        • 45caliber

          Correct. But I can build it!

      • Lost in Paradise

        Can I please operate it? [Offensive comment removed]

        • 45caliber

          I want the first chop.

  • Bubba Cookman

    Suppose this is to wipe out those that are still self-supporting through their own contributions. EXECUTIVE ORDER #13575

    Executive Order – Establishment of the White House Rural Council

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America and in order to enhance Federal engagement with rural communities, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation. Though rural communities face numerous challenges, they also present enormous economic potential. The Federal Government has an important role to play in order to expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands.

    To enhance the Federal Government’s efforts to address the needs of rural America, this order establishes a council to better coordinate Federal programs and maximize the impact of Federal investment to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in our rural communities.

    Sec. 2. Establishment. There is established a White House Rural Council (Council).

    Sec. 3. Membership. (a) The Secretary of Agriculture shall serve as the Chair of the Council, which shall also include the heads of the following executive branch departments, agencies, and offices:

    (1) the Department of the Treasury;

    (2) the Department of Defense;

    (3) the Department of Justice;

    (4) the Department of the Interior;

    (5) the Department of Commerce;

    (6) the Department of Labor;

    (7) the Department of Health and Human Services;

    (8) the Department of Housing and Urban Development;

    (9) the Department of Transportation;

    (10) the Department of Energy;

    (11) the Department of Education;

    (12) the Department of Veterans Affairs;

    (13) the Department of Homeland Security;

    (14) the Environmental Protection Agency;

    (15) the Federal Communications Commission;

    (16) the Office of Management and Budget;

    (17) the Office of Science and Technology Policy;

    (18) the Office of National Drug Control Policy;

    (19) the Council of Economic Advisers;

    (20) the Domestic Policy Council;

    (21) the National Economic Council;

    (22) the Small Business Administration;

    (23) the Council on Environmental Quality;

    (24) the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs;

    (25) the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs; and such other executive branch departments, agencies, and offices as the President or the Secretary of Agriculture may, from time to time, designate.

    (b) A member of the Council may designate, to perform the Council functions of the member, a senior-level official who is part of the member’s department, agency, or office, and who is a full-time officer or employee of the Federal Government.

    (c) The Department of Agriculture shall provide funding and administrative support for the Council to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations.

    (d) The Council shall coordinate its policy development through the Domestic Policy Council and the National Economic Council.

    Sec. 4. Mission and Function of the Council. The Council shall work across executive departments, agencies, and offices to coordinate development of policy recommendations to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America, and shall coordinate my Administration’s engagement with rural communities. The Council shall:

    (a) make recommendations to the President, through the Director of the Domestic Policy Council and the Director of the National Economic Council, on streamlining and leveraging Federal investments in rural areas, where appropriate, to increase the impact of Federal dollars and create economic opportunities to improve the quality of life in rural America;

    (b) coordinate and increase the effectiveness of Federal engagement with rural stakeholders, including agricultural organizations, small businesses, education and training institutions, health-care providers, telecommunications services providers, research and land grant institutions, law enforcement, State, local, and tribal governments, and nongovernmental organizations regarding the needs of rural America;

    (c) coordinate Federal efforts directed toward the growth and development of geographic regions that encompass both urban and rural areas; and

    (d) identify and facilitate rural economic opportunities associated with energy development, outdoor recreation, and other conservation related activities.

    Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) The heads of executive departments and agencies shall assist and provide information to the Council, consistent with applicable law, as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the Council. Each executive department and agency shall bear its own expense for participating in the Council.

    (b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (c) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
    June 9, 2011.



    • ValDM

      Simply put : take over rural communities for the “betterment” of the cities.

      • TIME

        No its to “remove, as in make dead – mass amounts of Human life,” read the full doucment all 2000 plus pages of it, then you will understand Ocare, Cap & Trade, the NAU, the Euro, and all the works you see daily.

        • kenneth viney

          Yes, Yes, the Obama Ex. Order again. The peacefull pervair of the farm and ranch will soon be taken over by more government. That is all we need. More gov on the farm.

  • http://personallibertydigest brigantine

    Comments on this site were very encouraging today. so many of them were so right on. collectively it shows how we are all getting so fed up with the CLOWNS in DC. they are the ones responsible for creating ALL of our problems and yet can never find a way to solve the simplest of them. as to the one currently in the crosshairs – national debt. how tough is this to figure out? too much spending got us into this quagmire. solution—————-CUT SPENDING. and while attempting that, stick to that single issue.taxes should be seperated out of the discussion. the two are not related and therefore time wasted on concessions could be put toward the SPENDING

    • James A. Olson

      Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only 30K over your working life, that’s close to $220,500. If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working (me) you’d have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3% per year, you receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years, and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you’d have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month. The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madhoff ever had.

    • Kookie

      What will happen if the country defalts on it’s debs? ‘
      Is it any worse than if all the American people have to default on all their debts?

    • wandamurline

      You are correct. This is not rocket science, neither do you have to have a degree in economics…as some economists must have failed their classes and paid for their degree because they don’t know the first thing about the real world of profit and loss. When a person gets in debt and is having trouble, they go to a credit counselor…that counselor takes all of their credit cards and cuts them up (no more borrowing), they look at expenses versus income…consolidate what bills that they can consolidate…and fix a budget within with the person has to operate. The government needs to hire a credit counselor..they could dissimilate a lot of departments that are not needed…i.e. the Department of Education, NPR, TSA, FBI & CIA consolidated, Homeland Security gone, and lots and lots more. We have heard about cutting the entitlements, but not one word about cutting the scope and size of government. It is time.

    • Harvey Herring

      Taxes do not need to be raised. There is no possible way to borrow ourselves out of debt. We need to make the President use the 192 billion of the tarp money that has not been given away. The goverent takes in about 200 billion in taxes each month. We can use this money to pay our debts. The p ly reason that the deems want to raise taxes is so they can buy more votes. The only wy we need to raise taxes is on the forty- eight percent of Americans that do not pay ANY taxes. All Americans enjoy the benefits of our great country and they should help pay the cost of living here.

    • Tim Orner

      Hey America!!! Do you REALLY want to solve our debt issues, because its so simple is isn’t even funny. Admittedly, I would have to be a dictator for about two years in order for the majority of people to see that the solution will work. There are 2 questions that need to be answered first, in order to understand what we need to do, and the questions are intertwined. I belive that not to many people will disagree that our Government is broken. When something is broken, what would you generally do? Consult the owners manual maybe? Who created Human Government? Maybe we could get some valuable insite, if we knew. Hint: Our forfathers knew. For what purpose was human government created? Without giving a lengthy answer: GOD is the creator, and government was to only control 2 things. One, the Federal Goverments ONLY function is to keep us free. The only tax dollars that should ever go to Washington, should fund our military, PERIOD. Our state and local tax dollars are to be used to keep us SAFE. Our police, firefighters, maintanance of roads, etc,. ALL social “programs” should be controlled and administered by the family and the church. As soon as you delocalize anything, and allow the government to take over, you ALWAYS get the same result, which is MASSIVE fraud, and no end to its funding.
      Now, what do we need to do? Janurary 21st 2012, one day after my swearing in to the Presedency. ALL Government programs except the military would cease to exist. That’s right, I would ELIMINATE THEM. Not cut spending, ELIMINATE them. I would also institute a 10% flat tax that EVERYONE working person will pay. All of the taxes collected, after the military is funded, will go DIRECTLY to paying off our debt. Because of the reduction and simplifying of the tax code, the economy will explode. Most if not all of the people currently working for the government will be able to gain employment, with respectable jobs. Also over time the costs of EVERYTHING will DRASTICLY come down, because there will be NO corporation taxes of any kind, and we will for the first time have a TRUE FREE enterprise system. All current LAWS will be eliminated, and the TEN COMMANDMENTS will be instituted. If GOD only needs ten laws in which to have a peacable society, why do we need any more, as long as the judiciary 100% of the time follows them, and WE THE PEOPLE will make sure they do. What kind of country would we live in, if everyone loved their neighbor as much as they love themselves. Why can’t we strive to be united instead of creating an environment of division and hate. Lets STOP with the LIE of RACE. There is NO SUCH THING AS RACE. There is ONE race, the HUMAN RACE. How much division, and hatred, and death, do the Jessie Jacksons and Al Sharptons perpetuate by continuing to separate us, instead of the BETTER way, which aught to be to bring us together. Do you think we would live in a MUCH better, safer, more caring world, if we would only strive to unite us. We WILL NOT EXIST much longer as a divided nation.
      Well, I would do a lot more things in order to makes us the country that so many have died for to live here, but I think you can see that the world that would be created if we did govern GOD’s way, and the way our forfathers envisioned, would be so much more prosperous and we would once again become the envy of the world.
      Lets unite, and make our Government do the right things, and truly get them off our backs, so that we can be set free to create an awsome place to live and raise our families.

    • http://none Dave Brown

      What would eliminating tax deduction “ALL” corporate and private and lowering the tax rate to 14% or even less. What effect would that have on the economy?
      I would enjoy any and all knowledgeable comments about this idea that has been discussed by few. A website on the subject would be interesting.
      Thanks for your comments

      Dave Brown
      “Heads up Billings”
      Community 7 Television

    • http://msn Ric

      High taxes are not the problem. Career politicians are. Term limits are one part and get rid of their lucrative benefits they awarded themselves at taxpayer expense. Adjust their pay and benefits accordingly. With the exception of the military, all government politicians and employees are all overpaid. The average citizen gets about 11 paid holidays a year, while government get about 30. Lets stop the madness. Term limits for all, except military.

    • kenneth viney

      Can the beltway boys stop the spending spree? Can the big legal firms in New York and Tx. who operate to prolong big Govt and extract huge fees be expected to quite and start constructing mortage agreements for realitors? Did the GOP congress pass a balanced budget for 2011? Why should 2012 be any different?

      This fine country needs a good political shakeup. DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. This will force both the Senate and the Congress to pay attention to the voters and we will have a balanced budget in 2012 and maybe better than that.

      Do not believe the BS that this country’s credit rating will take a dive. The market will make that determination and we may find our credibility comes up a notch and the Dollar increases in value.

    • http://N/A Thomas Dufresne

      It is NOT just the politicians who are at fault. Part of the fault is with the citizens of this country. How many adult citizens in this country have EVER read the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution, much less recently? How about their state’s Constitution? How many citizens know the name of their Congressman, their U.S. Senators, their Governor, their State Senator, their State Representative, their Mayor, their City Council members, their School Board members, etc.? Now, how many of these citizens have EVER written to any of these government officals about any issue at least ONCE in their term of office? If you haven’t educated yourself shame on YOU. If you haven’t let these politicians know your view on issues, then you have no one to blame but YOURSELF.

      My point here is that all citizens have an obligation, and, yes, the right and privilege to verify what is happening at the various levels of government. I am NOT saying that every citizen needs to be all-knowing on each and every issue at every level of government. What I am stating is that all citizens need to be aware of at least SOME of the issues and make their voice heard. It is not just the politicians that have messed up, it is most of the citizens as well who have not been paying attention and letting the politicians get away with it without so much as any protest. We are the people who have elected these people to office. Then 90%+ of the citizens go back to sleep until just a few days before the enxt election. Is it any wonder why we have the mess that we do? The Founding Fathers were also counting on alert, informed and assertive citizens as well.

    • ONTIME

      Needless to say, “IT’S THE SPENDING STUPID” is just what they cannot hear.

    • Glenn

      As comedian Ron White says, “Ain’t no cure for stupid!” Until “We the People” declare our own financial security and unleash the dependence chains from politicians, both parties, nothing will change.

      By the way it took over 100 years to create this mess; Woodrow Wilson to FDR to LBJ’s “Great Society” then on to Obama. Redistribution of wealth via confiscation is nothing less than sanctioned theft. What a legacy to leave to our children and grandchildren. No I am not a millionaire or billionaire; not even close.

      This whole mess can be solved using the energy of cooperation, not competition, with a financial outlay of only $7 per adult. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge when contemplating the unknown”, i.e. the future. In capitalism robust consumption is far more important than production; we need basic buying power not minimum wage survival jobs.

      Obama and his minions in Washington DC have been thoroughly schooled in how to control people; laws, regulations, confiscation and enforcement. It really isn’t their fault! They know nothing about creating true wealth. Hell, they think creating another government job creates leverage.

      The good news is-there is a solution. When “We the People” are ready to hear the answer it will be made public. Obama will not like it! This answer will show him up as totally incompetent. He has zero capacity to think outside the box. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised; this is the box of his father’s dreams.

      Yes, I am a fiscal conservative. I received my doctorate in Public Policy, Public Finance. My understanding of economic factors is based on knowledge I acquired by studying the writings of Stanford University’s Dr. Milton Freedman. Want to know more? Send me an inquiry at

    • http://none ED GREER

      Hi: I really enjoyed the read. You are dead right. However, why limit it to the clowns in D.C.? How
      about the rest of the clowns, the voters who vote in the clowns, the clowns in the financial “services”
      “industry” who sell junk mortgage loans to “clown” consumers, then bundle them up into junk which
      cannot be analaysed, then the clowns on Wall St. who sell this crap to unsuspecting jerks all over the
      world? The clown culture certainly comes to a head in D.C. – the top of the carbuncle, but let’s face
      it – there is a culltural failure clear across the boards in the U.S. A lack of common sense, common
      decency, and common morality. Who can we blame for this? The causes are multiple and complex but
      nobody can point their finger at any one in particular. The question is – how do we get out of the crap?
      Answer – probably can’t. Need a third party badly. Where do the Constitution thumpers find reference to
      the Democratic or Repulbican party system in that old piece of paper? Hang in there, Ed

    • Woody

      Cut the Credit card,spending and above all the republicans hopefully wont cave in to Obama. Otherwise they will lose in 2012

    • Ed O

      I can prove beyond a doubt that all of the worls troubles in the last 200,000 years have been caused by the jews and only the jews!

    • paul mcclaren

      The ONLY way to freedom is through an establised tradition: SECESSION. Reference our Patriot ancestors (1776) and Confederate ancestors (1860-1). We seceded from the tyrannical english crown and then again from the tyrannical abraham linclown tyranny. Tragically, we lost our second war for independence. Let us win our third. SECESSION and NOW.

    • Carol

      You are so correct. The politicians HAVE created all these problems and on purpose. I am convienced they are not interested in any solutions. I am not all that intelligent and even I could figure out how to solve most of it. I am convienced, with very few exceptions, all our elected officials are a group of the greatest con men the world has ever know.

  • 45caliber

    They are all clowns all right – but unfortunately not the funny ones. I don’t mind paying some money for a good laugh but not tears – which is about the only thing they leave us.

  • Helen

    Right on Audrey!! Agree with everything you said here. ALSO: remove ALL wasteful pork/special interest promises (and I’m not talking money for roads and other needed items) and they could balance the budget much easier. NO MORE promises of money to States with regard to unimportant, unnecessary chunks of money. Again – legislators took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. United States citizens I talk to want them to do the RIGHT thing and that is NOT to bring in a socialist government. More and more citizens are becoming dependent on the government recently and that is very scary.

  • dqfreemind

    Ben, I love bashing Obama as much as the next guy, who I assume is you, but to be fair, this budget crisis did not happen overnight or even in the last two years. this has been building up for years and over several administrations.
    Sure, Obama is a petulant jerk who hates anyone thwarting his idea how he wants to go down in history, but we have to hold the whole govenment in contempt..Uh, I mean accountable.
    As far as I am concerned, I do not care whose fault this is, we need somebody to fix it. Get rid of all the traitors on both sides of the aisle. Then we need to hold nominations from the average, hard working folks who balance personal budgets every month and elect some of them.

    • Lost in Paradise

      We need to fix it ourselves, if we want it done correctly! I hope you know what that means. It will be high risk for the first couple of weeks, then it will get easier, and we can and will win.

  • FreedomFighter

    Imagine Barny Franks in facial clown makeup, dressed only in a tight fitting speedo,running accross the floor of congress then flinging himself belly first onto a “Slip and Slide” covered in mineral oil, with Nancy Pelosi standing at the other end dressed as the wicked witch in OZ and you will have an idea how greasy gross greedy, shameless and ugly the current crop of Democrats are.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • 45caliber

      Oh, God! I won’t be able to sleep tonight with that in my mind!

    • OB1

      Actually, your observation makes me deleteriously happy! At least they have exposed themselves as to what they really are. How about the so called Republican hiders??? Well, they can’t hide anymore…they must be scared too. George H.W. Bush was not only involved with International Bankers, but also the Bilderberg group (a well as Bill Clinton, Hillary, Henry Kissinger and sooooooo many others!!!!!) I may be ignorant, but it appears to me that the NWO Globalists know we know about them and are stategizing as to how to keep business progressing. Maybe I am ignorant, but it appears to me they have a dispute among themselves…big time. The Rupubs maybe thought they were doing good for the planet with globalization, then they started disputing with the how-to’s I.E., notice to th lack of input from GW or #2 on any of this? (last I heard from the Bushes’s they supported Kay Bailey Hutchinson against Gov. Perry? Why He (Perry) spoke at the Bilderberg conference in 2007??? Then Barbara Bush said Sarah Palin should stay in Alaska because she apparently loves it there?????) They are obviously disputing among themselves. I’m suspecting they will try to put in a Republican who is already involved in their agenda to play God and save the Republican party (and of course their delusional ideas about OUR country and the world!!!) Really, look at how much media time all the other candidates for the Republicans have been given, including Bachmann and Romney? None of the other candidates including Ron Paul or Herman Cain who are advancing in both the polls and Paul in the straw polls, let alone the other candidates!!! Appalling! Carl Rove worked for Busch. You know what both parties are scared of??? US. US American Citizens. Register Independent. Hold all candidates to explainable reading and knowledge of the constitution. I had to pass a test on that before I could graduate US History class as a junior in high school! They should have to pass a test on THEIR knowledge of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence before they are allowed to run for office. What a thought. Make all lobbyists be listed on one public website (perhaps some are concerned citizens perhaps others or most are opportunists or slaves to other opportunists). How would we know? Things have worked in this dysfunctional way for so long, even the best intentioned fall for the lie. Read their histories (all) and their voting records while in office if they are already in the system. Plus, their college records, birth certificate and where in God’s name they came from! Who really are the people? It’s YOUR responsibility. Buy a small paper back copy of the Constitution of the United Staes of America and read it. We were and should be a republic! Not a democracy! Know the difference! Majority rule is mob rule!

  • Lost in Paradise

    Time to be a “real Freedom Fighter”. Lock and Load. We also can just let them have their way!

  • Lost in Paradise

    Can you imagine Nancy Pelosi for President!OH!

  • Les

    Let me get this straight. I owe 14+ trillion dollars, I spend 3.8+ Trillion dollars every year. I only take in about half that amount in taxes so I need to borrow more.

    Funny, that’s exactly how almost every American is managing their finances, spending money now and promising to pay it back in the future.

    I’m a little dense so I haven’t been playing this game. I was saving money for a things that would need cash flow in the future. How damned stupid of me to do that since every investment got hammered.

    I see a huge train wreck just ahead called USofA brought to us by all the socialists that worked their way into positions of power to destroy us from the inside. They used the Marxist playbook line by line.

  • jopa

    Lost in Paradise;I am having a hard time watching Boehner when he makes announcements.His eyes are all red and teary and it looks as though he just put down the crying towel.What’s up with this dude anyway and he is supposedly a leader.

  • Tanya

    Ben, loved this article. Thanks for injecting some humor into the situation. I need a chuckle sometimes to keep from crying as I watch this circus!

    “After his Democratic Party produced an Obamacare ad that claimed conservative opposition would throw Grandma off a cliff, the Democratic President is threatening to starve her to death if he doesn’t get access to the cash under her mattress.”


  • chuckb

    jopa, it’s equal funny watching the talking dummy act like he knows what’s going on. this charade he’s putting on may get exposed and then what are all the little bolsheviks going to do. i totally agree, boehner and mcconnell are not my idea of people i want running the government, they are more in the piglosi and hairy reed class.

  • DaveH

    Clowns to the left of me. Jokers to the right of me. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you:

    • OB1

      Really like your posts. Please keep it up! Love this video…it inspires me to do same!

    • OB1

      This one personally grabs my attention:

      I look at how many honorable and decent people and elderly have had their homes foreclosed on in my own county (as well as elsewhere. Many had more than 20% down and non-adjustable mortgages. We have been LIED to. Biggest land grab in the history of this country. Most have been two years trying to get a HAMP loan, (included in TARP???). That POS is exactly that. Look to see how much of your money (taxes) went to that program compared to the actual homeowners who have received it, including those who spent considerable sums on lawyers trying to get modifications! The banks were bailed out at our expense but the people have lost their homes and their not even done foreclosing yet. MSM has told you it’s non-qualified buyers who bought homes I say….LIE!!!! Talk to a few disgusted realtors who are selling stolen homes! They’ve got to be the most pissed off people I know (maybe…). I work with people and business owners. BTW, business owners cannot even get what’s called a traditional line of credit to keep up with the rise in commodities, taxes, regulations, and labor expenses. Yes, everyone’s afraid, but very Pi>>>ed off, to put it mildly, folks from all income levels and political parties. Enjoy DaveH my U-tube choice 4U!

  • chuckb

    ob1, who lied to these people you mention? the real estate salesman? the bank?. most young people have been sold a bill of goods by the real estate agents, and the banks turned their head on qualification. the government and politicians, “frank and dodd” starting back in clintons day with their liberal philosophy looking for the minority vote, qualified people for homes they couldn’t afford. i don’t feel sorry for anyone who falls into this trap, if you can’t afford a $300,000 house and don’t have enough brains to figure that out then don’t blame someone else, maybe the education system.

    • OB1

      Chuckb,I’ll give you one recent example. I was at the local food bank two weeks ago. We have a few voluntary one’s (non-government) in the county where I live. The older lady who runs the food bag distribution list told me of an elderly lady, one of her friends, that tried for a year and a half to get her home loan modified. You see she and her late husband had owned their home for a long time before he passed away. When the financial crisis hit, she (and so many others I know) lost a big chunk of their savings that were apparently in “safe” investment vehicles. I don’t know if they were guaranteed annuities or not. She no longer had enough liquidity to pay her expenses, her house payment and her taxes and PROPERTY TAXES. After trying to get her loan modified with her lender, they decided to foreclose. Well, I like this story because the elderly lady got really upset and decided to call the White House and gave them a piece of her mind. Needless to say, her lender called her back two weeks later and miraculously decided to modify her home loan! Do you have any idea how many have lost their homes because they cannot pay the property taxes, or because they lost their jobs after they were laid off after this crash? How about those that are loosing their homes because their COBRA medical insurance extension ran out months after they were laid off? How about those who have lost their homes because both husband and wife have been laid off? Many are doing the best they can by working two lower paying jobs. I am tired of hearing only about the young, the “minorities”, the unqualified (although the scalpers (mortgage lenders) are certainly guilty for lending practices. However where I live, the majority of the people who have lost or are in the process of loosing homes are ordinary people, some business owners trying to keep their employees going, because the banks drag the loan mod process on so long, then after a year or more they say sorry, you’re not getting a loan mod. Check out how much of your tax dollars are sitting in the account for the HAMP program (Home Affordable Mortgage Program). Those funds came out of the TARP fiasco. Most of those funds are still just sitting their in the account. only 65,000 more or less have used a fraction of the funds sitting in their for 2 1/2 to 3 years. Really sick. I wish I could explain more to you about this, but I have to go. Google HAMP, TARP and actual foreclosure stats. I think you will find it helpful compared to the lies we have all been fed. BTW, the banks bout the mortgage loans and collateralized them into sell-able, trade-able securities. Goldman Sachs did it too. Then when then knew the market was overheated, the short sold mortgage backed securities, leading to the collapse of Lehman Brothers (who never got bailed out by the Feds ? perhaps they were the sacrificial cow so to speak) which led to the chain reaction of bank collapses and bail outs of which we are all suffering the consequences of today. Please get more information yourself; I had to be way to brief here. Both Bernanke and Geitner both worked for Goldman Sachs before their previous positions. Scarey isn’t it. Also, Goldman Sachs was one of the larger contributors to Obama’s election. A little worrisome, but what do I know or any of us?

  • chuckb

    ob1, not to be argumentative, i am speaking thru my own exxperience. at one time in my life i was addicted to gambling and playing the horses, as you probably know this is not a safe investment. when people invest to make money and in a lot respects the stock market that is a form of gambling. now if i invest a share of my money in the stock market and the economy takes a nose dive who’s at fault here? me or the government.
    lots of people were sold homes they could not qualify for and i have a hard time comprehending the mind set of people that didn’t realize they couldn’t afford this. people have lost their responsibility, they are depending on the government to bail them out. i do believe
    the bankers and realtors that were involved in these shady deals should go to jail. dodd and frank were involved, we know this yet one of them is still setting in congress and you know where some of the bankers are, sitting in the administration. i agree to the point the banking system needs to be cleaned as well as a lot of our politicians, however, people have to be more responsible for themselves and not depend on the bolsheviks to bail them out every time a bad decision is made. the mistakes i have made in my life were paid by me not uncle sam.

    • Ed O

      I demand that bozomus bonomomus stop giving my money to israel!

      • paul mcclaren

        secession now. Who’s with us?


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