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1,000 Days

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/01/02

We are fast approaching the inglorious 1,000 day mark. No actual attempts by the Democrat-controlled Senate to write a Federal Budget for nearly 1,000 days. This despite the Constitutional imperative and the Federal Law requiring such.

In the run-up to the 2008 elections, Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat-controlled House and Harry Reid’s Democrat-controlled Senate refused to send a budget to Republican President George W Bush, waiting instead until Democrat Barack Obama was inaugurated. They then produced the most deficit-ridden, spend-happy budget in the history of the US. But since that April 2009 Budget — which was supposed to have been done before November 2008 — the Democrats have steadfastly refused to attempt to create a Budget.

As 2009 came to a close, there was no new Budget even proposed for upcoming 2010 from either of the Democrat-held Houses of Congress, and as 2010 came to a close, there was again no new Budget even proposed for upcoming 2011 from either of the Democrat-held Houses of Congress. The reason for their reluctance to do their Constitutional duty and their reluctance to obey Federal Law is very straight-forward: The Democrats feared if they produced a Democrat Budget plan, the national outcry to oust Democrats from office would be even greater than it already was.

In 2011, the new, Republican-controlled House of Representatives did their Constitutionally and Federally mandated duties and produced a Federal Budget, which they then sent to the Senate. And Harry Reid and his Democrat-controlled Senate refused to even attempt to obey Federal Law and the Constitution. Harry Reid refuses to even attempt a Budget despite being required by Law to do so. It has been over 975 days now since the last Budget was passed and it will be another 380 days before another Budget is even attempted in the US Senate.

And Democrats deign to speak about irresponsibility when they are so transparently irresponsible in their refusal to obey the Law? November, 2012 is looking better by the day.

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About Those “Draconian” Spending Cuts

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/10/08

As most Americans expected, they didn’t happen. According to the CBO, Federal spending increased by 4.2 percent in Fiscal Year 2011 over Fiscal Year 2010. So, all that Democrat screaming about all those horrible and draconian spending cuts didn’t actually happen. What a surprise.

Jazz Shaw reports:

We still have a long way to go in sorting out the pressing issues facing the nation, and we don’t all agree on the solutions. Foreign policy questions abound, our energy policy is a mess and we still need to bring down those unemployment numbers. But at least there’s one thing we’ve managed to nail down, and that’s spending. Everyone figured out that we have to cut costs and stop running up the deficit, leading us to take quick, substantive action. So… how’s that working out for you? According to the latest CBO report… meh.

Defense spending, where Democrats look first for any cutting? It increased a lethargic 1 percent, as did Medicaid spending. Social Security and Medicare, on the other hand, increased 4 percent, according to The Hill’s reporting. That would mean none of those four even reached the total Federal Budget increase of 4.2 percent. So where was the huge increase?

According to the OMB, Defense spending in 2010 accounted for 19 percent of the Federal Budget, Social Security was 20.4 percent, and Medicare and Medicaid combined for another 19 percent. That means an entire 58.4 percent of the Federal Budget fell below the overall increase in Budget spending, large chunks of it well below. That really leaves only interest on the debt and non-defense discretionary spending as places to look for the major increases in spending. And the interest rate is near zero, record-low territory.

All these draconian cuts? Didn’t happen. All these draconian cuts in non-defense discretionary spending? Absolutely didn’t happen. But, hey, maybe the Federal Government increased spending by less than the inflation rate? We can hope. Oh well, that hope would be dashed. According to the Federal Government, the Consumer Price Index rose by 3.8 percent in the 12 months ending in August. That would mean that, while Defense spending didn’t come close to matching inflation, the overall Federal Budget increased faster than inflation. And as I’ve shown, non-defense discretionary spending necessarily increased much faster. Draconian cuts in non-defense discretionary spending? That was a big lie.

And here’s a real kicker for people putting money in savings accounts. You can get 1 percent interest on your money. That means, if you put 10 dollars in a savings account last year, it would be 10 dollars and 10 cents now. But what cost 10.00 last year costs 10.38 this year. Your ten bucks you saved and got interest on just lost 28 cents in buying power, so you’re 28 cents worse off than when you started. But then again, you get the added pleasure of paying taxes on that dime you got in interest. So you’re actually worse off than that 28 cent loss in buying power.

All while the government keeps spending more and more while claiming to make “draconian” cuts.

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Day By Day Hits The Nail On The Head

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/08/09

As usual.

Be sure to view more Day By Day cartoons.

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Does CCB Have Life?

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/08/08

As the US Senate “tabled” the US House “Cut, Cap, and Balance” bill that met Standard & Poor’s requirements to maintain AAA credit rating on a strictly party-line vote and elected to pass a very weak-sauce bill that did not meat Standard & Poor’s requirements, Standard & Poor’s did what they said they’d do: Lower the US credit rating. And of course, the Democrat loudmouths went all over the airwaves bawling their little heads off about the “terrorist” TEA Party who “held our country hostage”. They also bawled their little heads off at the meanie Standard & Poor’s who tax cheat “TurboTax” Tim Geithner claimed didn’t understand Federal Budgeting. (Irony meter got shattered on that one.)

That’s not going to change the credit rating. But passing CCB very well could. The Sundries Shack (HT The Other McCain) examined a CNN/ORC poll that came out during the dust-up — the same poll the Democrats were using to claim the majority of Americans support tax increases. Except CCB had much broader support than the tax increase idea.

[W]hen you get into the demographic breakdowns — where the poll shows you what people of different races, genders, income levels, and political affiliations felt about the plans — you find that only the Cut, Cap, and Balance plan enjoys majority support from every single group.

Now, go back and read Question 23 again, then look at the percentages by group of people who favor that approach.

Men: 67%; Women: 66%
White: 69%; Non-White: 63%
18-34 Year Olds: 64%; 35-49 Year Olds: 70%; 50-64 Year Olds: 62%; 65+ Year Olds: 73%
Under 50: 67%; 50 and Older: 67%
(Yearly earnings) Under $50,000: 73%; (Yearly earnings) Over $50,000: 63%
No College: 76%; Attended College: 60%
Democrat: 64%; Independent: 65%; Republican: 73%
Conservative: 77%; Moderate: 65%; Liberal: 53%
Northeast: 65%; Midwest: 61%; South: 71%; West: 68%
Urban: 66%; Suburban: 65%; Rural: 73%
Tea Party Supporters: 74%; Tea Party Neutral: 74%; Tea Party Opposed: 53%

I know those numbers can be a bit dizzying, grouped together like that. Notice, though, that none of them — not a single one — is less than 50% and only 2 of the 29 are under 60%. What those numbers say very clearly is America supports “Cap, Cut, and Balance”, man or woman, rich or poor, young or old, Democrat or Republican, Tea Party or not. No matter where you go around the country, no matter who you ask, you are more likely to find someone who wants Congress to cut the size of government, put real caps on government spending, and pass an effective and simple Balanced Budget Amendment than not. Even the most ardent progressives, those who identify themselves as liberal and opposed to the Tea Parties and the people to whom the White House Goon Squad spoke directly on all the talk shows today, support the “extremist” plan pushed by the Tea Parties.

CNN is responsible for the poll that shows every side of the issue, every demographic, shows majority support for CCB. This wasn’t some TEA Party poll; it was a Left-leaning CNN poll. And blasting the TEA Party did so well in 2010… Now, blasting experts in the world of credit, too? When the majority of Democrats, Liberals, TEA Party opponents, poor, young, old all support the CCB deal that would’ve prevented the downgrade? I got a (NSFW) suggestion for you.

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We Gotta Stop The Gravy Train

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/08/07

Video from Symphonic Satire, via RS McCain‘s sidebar. Go hit Symphonic Satire and buy the CD.

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White House Debt Graph Lies

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/07/30

It’s to be expected from this White House. The Obama Administration couldn’t tell the truth if their lives depended on it.

Read the whole article. HT Ocean Shores Patriot

Here’s a glimpse:

This graphical mis-truth has another major flaw. While showing 8 years of “domestic and defense spending” for President Bush, the White House propaganda bar shows no spending whatsoever for the Obama administration.

Lastly, the farm bill was passed in 2008 by a Democrat congress over George Bush’s VETO. That spending should fall on Pelosi and Reid, not Bush. The farm bill was $300 billion so almost that entire part of the chart does not belong to Bush.

Integrity is a thing of the past as far as the Democrat leadership is concerned. They don’t need no stinkin’ integrity!

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820

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/07/30

days since the Democrats in Congress tried to pass a Budget. That’s 2 years plus an additional 90 days. The American people (yes, Harry Reid, they are indeed Americans) voted the Republican Party into majority in the House of Representatives in the November 2010 elections. After the Republicans were seated in January, they promptly went to work and passed a Budget in order to follow the Law since the Democrats before them were unwilling to obey the Law that requires a Budget. Then the Democrat Senator Harry Reid sat on his hands, declaring he is not even interested in doing a Budget, despite the Law requiring it.

The debt ceiling is being hit. The Republican House, after passing the Budget that the Senate is still sitting on, passed the Cut, Cap and Balance + Balanced Budget Amendment debt ceiling raiser. Harry Reid’s Democrat Senate is sitting on it, refusing to even have a vote.

The Republican House passed a revised “compromise” (how do you compromise when you’re the only position at hand?) John Boehner debt ceiling raising bill since the Harry Reid Democrat Senate refused to act on CCB+BBA. Democrat Harry Reid promptly sat on the Boehner Bill (after all 51 Democrats and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats signed a letter declaring the Boehner Bill dead before it even got out of the House).

Socialist Democrat Barack Obama has never once provided any plan to cut spending and raise the debt ceiling, while at the same time demanding Republicans compromise with him.

While Republicans are busily offering plans, Democrats are busily obstructing and flinging poo from the sidelines as they refuse to enter the field of battle.

Back to those 820 days since the Democrats in Congress bothered to obey the law by passing a Budget: The most recent Continuing Resolution to keep the Federal government funded through the rest of Fiscal Year 2011 will expire in October, meaning we’re going to keep talking about the Budget in September and beyond. The Republican House will pass a FY2012 Budget. The Democrat Senate will sit on it. And a new round of battles over yet another Continuing Resolution to keep the Federal Government funded due to the intransigence of the Democrats in Congress will ensue.

All four Barack Obama years will be years of over 1,000,000,000,000 dollar deficits and only one of the four Obama years will see an actual Budget, that being the 2009 year — despite the Law requiring a Budget.

Yes, it is the Democrats who are fiscally irresponsible. Yes, it is the Democrats who are in violation of the Law. Yes, it is the Democrats who are obstructionist. Yes, it is the Democrats who keep saying “no”: No to obeying the Law requiring a Budget; no to presenting a Budget; no to presenting a deficit reduction plan to raise the debt ceiling; no to compromising with Republicans.

I can see 2012 from my window.

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Senator Johnson Hits Hypocritical Democrats Hard

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/06/29

In an earlier article, I wrote about Congressman Kelly hitting hypocritical Democrats hard. Now it’s the Senate’s turn. Ron Johnson (R – WI) hammers the hypocritical Democrats, using a TEA Party tactic — focusing in on the Rule of Law.

HT ColdWarrior

Congress has not passed a Budget in roughly 800 days. The Democrat-controlled Congress didn’t even try to pass a budget in 2010 — despite the Constitutional requirement to do so — because they knew doing so would cost them a lot of seats in Congress. Harry Reid declared the Senate will not bother with a budget this year. And, in fact, the Senate Budget Committee hasn’t even bothered to start a mark-up for a budget — despite the Constitutional requirement to do so.

What is Senator Ron Johnson (R – WI) going to do about it? He’s going to use Senate Rules (that thing the Constitution says the Senate writes for itself) to put the pressure on. If the Senate does not do its duty regarding the Budget process, and do so in the open, “unanimous consent” will be far less common, as Senator Johnson intends to object and withhold consent. Will this force the Senate to do a budget? No, not at all. But it could effectively shut down Senate business. “I ask unanimous consent that the [bill/amendment] be considered as read.” “I object.” Then the bill or amendment would have to be read in its entirety, each bill, each amendment, each reading. How long does it take to read aloud a 1,000-page bill? How long does it take to read aloud each of 100 amendments to the bill? How much business can be accomplished if every word of every bill and every amendment has to be read aloud before any debate begins?

To Senator Ron Johnson’s (R – WI) planned course of action in staring down the unconstitutional activities of Harry Reid (D – NV) and the rest of the hypocritical Senate Democrats (who are busily lambasting Republican budget plans), I say “Yes! Yes! A thousand times, yes!”

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Congressman Kelly Hits Hypocritical Democrats Hard

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/06/25

The previous Republican wave election, 1994, saw a large number of Conservative freshmen hit the stage. In 1995, after the wave election was seated, the House of Representatives went into session and commenced with their standard Committee hearings. And Democrats thought it was business as usual. A particular incident is burned into my memory. During one particular Committee hearing, a Democrat was busy giving his speech, where he was using boilerplate scare tactics and lies about the “meanie” Republicans. A Freshman Republican got out of his seat, walked over to the lying Democrat, pointed down at a section of the stack of papers in front of the Democrat. And the Democrat immediately shut up.

It was a banner day. It was definitely a shot across the bow. These Freshman Republicans were not going to lie down and take it. They were not going to “go along to get along” as the Democrats ran their typical lie-and-smear-and-fear-monger campaign. These Freshman Republicans were going to call the Democrats on their “life as usual” lies. And that lasted for a while, until the Statist Republicans once again took over — especially after Statist George W Bush got elected.

Enter 2010. Another wave election. This time even larger than the historic 1994 elections. This time a grass-roots wave election instead of the Top-Down wave of 1994. And the Committees of 2011. And we have a new banner day as obvious TEA Party Republican Representative Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania utterly crushes the Democrats.

HT Jazz Shaw

I’m trying to understand the criticism of Mr. Ryan’s budget from the side that didn’t even have the courage to pass a budget. To sit there now and rail about Mr. Ryan’s budget, about how it’s so ineffective and how it doesn’t work is, to me, the greatest, most hypocritical statement I’ve heard since coming here. And I’ve got to tell you something… I’m not speaking as a Republican here, I’m speaking as an American. You want to know why the public opinion of Congress is so low? It’s because we don’t listen.

If you want to start the reelection campaign and the strategy for 2012 now, that’s fine. But how about we just fix what’s broken? Instead of standing here pointing fingers at each other, let’s quit spending money we don’t have, let’s not keep borrowing money and using our kids and our grandkids as note signers.

Let’s stop railing against the really wealthy, because I’ve got to tell you something. As a guy who has had to pay his own way his whole life I am greatly offended by the idea that somehow somebody in Washington knows how to spend my money better than I do. That somebody in Washington knows how to regulate me to the point where I can’t even borrow money any more. You want to talk about people who are afraid? The small banks. They’re scared to death to do anything. Why? Because their government has such onerous regulations on them anymore that they don’t know about the rules and the regulations that have been put through or haven’t even been written.

Congress has not passed a budget in approaching 800 days. That’s over two years. In 2010, Congress — which was massively controlled by Democrats in both Houses — refused to even attempt a budget because the Democrats knew any budget they would come up with would cause more Democrats to lose their seats. The nation was broiling over the runaway spending and not about to sit still and take a tax increase, so the Democrats chose instead to violate the Constitution and not even attempt a budget. In 2011, the House of Representatives, run by Republicans, did their Constitutional duty and passed a budget. Harry Reid decided “his” Democrat-controlled Senate wouldn’t even bother. Despite the Constitutional requirements.

During the 2010 election cycle, Democrats foolishly tried to demagogue the budget issue while hypocritically refusing to even try to pass a budget, painting Republicans in what Democrats thought was a bad light. The problem? The American citizens wanted the fiscal restraint the Republicans were running on. In 2011, Democrats are still foolishly using that demagoguery, refusing to put forth a budget and trying to paint Republicans in what Democrats think is a bad light. Of course, they have the full aid and support of the mainstream media (who are no longer even trying to hide their Leftist agenda). But Conservative talk radio and the Conservative blogosphere is destroying the Leftist memes. And the American people are still demanding Government live within its means and actually cut spending — drastically.

Representative Mike Kelly (R – PA) (TEA Party) is not letting the Democrats get away with their usual lies and scare tactics. And he’s not the only one. Representative Allen West (R – FL) (TEA Party) is another, as is Representative Michele Bachmann (R – MN) (TEA Party) and many others. And the Conservative social media and Conservative talk radio are hammering away at the hypocritical, lying Democrats and mainstream media (but I repeat myself).

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