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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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Harry Reid Breaks The Law Again

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/07/15

804 days. More than two years. That’s how long it’s been since the last time the US Senate passed a Federal Budget. The Democrat Congress last passed a Budget in early 2009 for the remainder of FY2009. The previous Congress — with Democrat majorities on both sides — refused to pass a FY2009 Budget while George W Bush was still in office, waiting until Barack Obama was seated before working on and passing the massively bloated Budget. The Democrats didn’t pass a FY2010 Budget, which would’ve ended in late 2010, and didn’t even try to pass a FY2011 Budget, which began prior to the 2010 elections. While the Republican House of Representatives did indeed pass a FY2011 Budget this year, Harry Reid (D – NV) stated very clearly that he wasn’t even interested in entertaining a Budget this year.

Harry Reid and the Senate Democrat leadership placed an Appropriations bill before the Senate. The Democrats placed an Appropriations bill before the Senate but haven’t even discussed a Budget. It is a violation of Federal Law to consider an Appropriations bill without first passing a Budget. That means Harry Reid and the Senate Democrat leadership violated Federal Law. They broke the Law. They acted illegally.

In direct violation of Federal Law, Harry Reid and the Senate Democrat leadership placed a military appropriations bill before the Senate, knowing full well the Republicans were threatening to force the Democrats to obey the Law, and knowing full well the military appropriations bill had heavy Republican support. And the Republicans acted in accordance with the Law, something the Democrats are incapable of doing. The Republicans chose to use the parliamentary procedures available to them in order to stop the Democrats from breaking the Law, to the surprise of the Democrats I fully suspect.

While the Democrats are trying to rule by Rule of Man, the Republicans are working hard to govern by Rule of Law. Kudos to the Senate Republicans who are standing up to the law-breaking Senate Democrats.

And read what Tina Korbe wrote.

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What Those Self-Proclaimed Right Wing Extremist™ Blogs Are Saying

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/24

Since the radical Leftist government wants to keep track of Right Wing Extremist™ activities, I figured I’d help them out. Here are some of the things the Self-Proclaimed Right Wing Extremist™ blogs are saying:

Beers with Demo on Indiana eradicating the US Fourth Amendment:

One gets the sense that the ruling views the 4th amendment as somewhat anachronistic in that the threat of brutish red coats violating the sovereignty of our property is long past and that any apparent violations can be addressed in the refined civility of the court room. There may no longer be any red coats but we don’t see how that is justification for relaxing our guard against tyranny via the unwarranted search and seizure of our property by the government or anyone else for that matter.

Common Sense Political Thought on more of Socialist Noam Chomsky’s idiocy (this time regarding the Islamic Terrorist bin Laden):

He could have been shot in the back of the head without it being “execution-style,” if he happened to turn around in fear. But, quite frankly, if the SEALs had him down on his knees, and did shoot him in the back of the head, it was absolutely the right thing to do. Capturing him alive, and bringing him to the United States or anywhere else for trial would have led to years of outlandish legal actions and provided the impetus for God only knows how many terrorist kidnappings and attacks in “exchange” for the captured al Qaeda leader.

Head Noises on Herman Cain and Israel (that she cross-posted here at my behest):

“The Palestinian right of return” is NOT an explanation when someone responds “right of return?”
I thought the interviewer had at least said something like “the ability for those Palestinians who use to live in the land that is now Israel to return to Israel.” Sure, the interviewer explained it a little more afterwards, and Cain reiterated that IT IS UP TO ISRAEL. Not seeing a big problem, there, if one ignores the automatic baggage. Anybody with some unbiased brain power knows that Israel, left to her own choices, is pretty good at surviving.

The Other McCain on AP’s disgraceful radically left-weighted polling:

‘That’s Not a Poll That’s Psy-Ops!’

So says Da Tech Guy about an Associated Press poll that surveyed nearly twice as many Democrats (35%) as Republicans (18%). You will perhaps not be surprised that this poll shows Obama with a 63% approval rating.

Speaking of “psy-ops” — psychological warfare — let me explain something: Nothing so sways the independent voter as bandwagon psychology.

On to those Right Wing Extremist™ blogs who are not self-proclaimed but just trying to hide it…

The Liberator Today discusses the TEA Party and Presidential Issues (and I’m not in full agreement, and that’s obvious when you read the article).

Michelle Malkin writes about consummate insider and Statist Republican Newt Gringrich trying to make like an outsider.

The Wintery Knight pushes for a Michele Bachmann Presidential candidacy.

Caffeinated Thoughts explains why same-sex marriage is not a civil rights issue.

Secondhand Smoke discusses the ObamaNation threatening to cut off Indiana’s poor from Medicaid since Indiana cut off the abortion mill Planned Parenthood.

There, I think I helped the radical Leftist government keep track of the Right Wing Extremist™ blogs enough… and helped sane people realize what’s going on with the radical Leftist, America-hating ObamaNation Administration of late.

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