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Democrats help defeat Senate bill

Yeah…that’s a bullshit title.  Should read, “Some Democrats vote against Reid’s bill because it had no hope of passing anyway.”

Hot Air has the breakdown of Aye/Nays if you’re interested.  If your Representative voted against it – punch them in the bank account.  Or just give money to CPAC…

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2011 in politics

 

In the face

So the Democrats aren’t even going to bother looking at Bohner’s proposal?  Aghast, that’s what I am.

Here’s AZ congressman Jeff Flak (R) talking about how this whole thing is possible going to play out….

To sum it up, Jeff Flake is saying that Boehner’s and Reid’s proposals are practically the same in the short term with one notable exception – the bill that left the House actually requires the Cut, Cap, and Balance amendment to be sent to the states. I don’t really have any feelings one way or the other about Flake, but I agree with him totally in this interview. He suggests that the House should take Reid’s bill and put an amendment on it and send it right back to the Senate. What amendment you ask? Well, Cut, Cap, and Balance of course! That’s some ballsy politics and I’m all for it.

In the face…that’s where we taze ’em…

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2011 in politics

 

MSNBC sucks so I’ll do the analysis for them…

Alright, let’s do this…

 The Republican-controlled House on Friday evening passed Speaker John Boehner’s revised bill to raise the debt ceiling, cut spending and call for a balanced-budget amendment, sending it to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where leaders said it would be thwarted.

The bill passed 218-210, with no Democratic support.

The short-term, $900 billion increase in the nation’s borrowing limit also contains $917 billion in spending cuts over a decade.

So another bill passed the House with no Democratic support.  Shocker.  What heinous concessions does this Republican bill ask for?  Well it asks for about 4 months of debt ceiling increase in exchange for equivalent cuts in the current budget and some consideration for cutting spending, capping growth to GDP, and balancing our budget against requirements.  If you’re a big government type, that’s like someone pissing in your Cheerios.  “We want to permanently confine the government’s fiscal growth to about 19% of GDP.”  Sounds awfully damn reasonable to me…

Senate Democrats vow to block it in favor of a longer-term $2.5 trillion debt limit increase with about $2.2 trillion in spending cuts.

Riiiight.  Obama is weak sauce and you know that if he has to talk fiscal policy during his reelection campaign, he’s sunk.  Better tuck this problem away safely on the back shelf for the next 18+ months so he doesn’t have to defend the expansion of government that has occurred on his watch.

Rep. Kathy Hochul, D-NY, told the House before the vote, “Never, never has there been an intentional disaster perpetrated by the very people who were sent here to be the caretakers of this country. … Am I really supposed to tell the greatest generation that when they passed us the torch, we dropped it because we couldn’t compromise?”

What about the next generation?  Are your talking points really this two dimensional?  If I ask a WWII vet to choose between himself and his great granddaughter he will laugh in my face every time.  You know why?  The choice was made long ago, but you’re just too dumb and selfish to understand.  If you have a kid, you live your life for them.  The thought of someone leeching off of the future you’re working to provide for your kids would make any honest person mad beyond reason.  Rep Kathy Hochul is an idiot.  In your face NY.

“Any solution must be bipartisan,” said Obama from the Diplomatic Room at the White House. “We’re in rough agreement,” said the president. “There are plenty of ways out of this mess.”

Yeah, the GOP offered like 5 of them over the last 2 years.  Funny how running the government without a budget wasn’t a problem for you when it made your progressive redistribution agenda work.  Now that someone is standing in the middle of the road yelling that if we don’t stop we’re screwed you’re talking about, “plenty of ways out of this mess.”  Yep.  The Republicans just passed another one tonight.  Grow a pair and read it to the Senate.

“The time for putting party first is over,” he added. “It’s time to step up and show the leadership the American people expect.”

Dude, really?  Empty suit.  My son would make a better leader than you – at least he hasn’t learned to lie to my face…yet.

He later reiterated his call to action on Twitter: “The time for putting party first is over. If you want to see a bipartisan #compromise, let Congress know. Call. Email.Tweet. –BO”

How’d that work out brother?  What?  40,000 people unsubscribed to your demagoguery?  I…am…shocked.

I have an idea.  Let’s raise the debt limit high enough to carry us about 3-4 months out with the commensurate cuts in government to ensure we aren’t just floating the cost of doing business.  Contingent on passage, an amendment must be sent to the states for review – detailing a plan to curtail future spending to 19% of GDP or less.  This process would of course need to be debated in every pub and living room in America….hell it would almost be like the American people had a voice in it.  Then we vote…democracy style.  Does that sound reasonable Mr. President?  Harry?

That’s the Republican plan in a nutshell.  Any amendment to the Constitution would ensure healthy debate over the necessity of its contents.  If the American people are on record as being against limitless spending the progressive agenda is dead.  The Democrats must stop the legislation that leaves the house from getting into the body politic at all costs because it is their death sentence.

Good riddance.

 

Harry Reid is a douche

“Obvious what is being done in the House is not compromise. It is being jammed through with all kinds of non-transparent dealings, people shuffling in and out of the Republican Leader’s office. We’re recognizing that the only compromise that there is, is mine,” Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said.

Read that.  Think about it.  The only compromise that there is, is mine?  Really?  Because that’s what a compromise is Harry…when you get what you want.  Interesting that you consider it ridiculous that we would want an open debate on the merits of legislation that has ACTUALLY PASSED THE HOUSE.  CCB is not compromise because Harry Reid doesn’t get what he wants…because President Obama doesn’t get what he wants.  What about the American people, gentlemen?  Take the bill off the table and read the damn thing to us.  Ask us what we want.  I promise…we’ll tell you.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Debt Crisis, Harry Reid

 

Debt ceiling. What debt ceiling?

How could we make the budget debate more contentious?  Why, we could threaten that without a debt ceiling increase Social Security checks would not be sent out!  Brilliant!  Isn’t it amazing how this entire August 2nd deadline has been framed as a catastrophe?  Well it is a catastrophe, but only if we allow it to be used as a facilitator for further government expansion.  Do you know what happens if we reach the debt ceiling and don’t vote to increase it?  Here’s the Executive Summary from the Debt crisis of 1995-96 (with significant reach back to earlier debt crises):

“In 1985 the government experienced a debt ceiling crisis from September 3 through December 11. During that period, Treasury took several actions that were similar to those discussed in this report. For example, Treasury redeemed Treasury securities held by the Civil Service fund earlier than normal in order to borrow sufficient cash from the public to meet the fund’s benefit payments and did not invest some trust fund receipts.  In 1986 and 1987, following Treasury’s experiences during prior debt ceiling crises, the Congress provided to the Secretary of the Treasury statutory authority to use the Civil Service  fund and the G-Fund to assist Treasury in managing its financial operations during a debt ceiling crisis.”

So basically, if we don’t raise the debt ceiling then the government is required to reallocate funds internally and postpone some interest payments.  Gross oversimplification there perhaps, but if we let them make this out to be an unprecedented crisis they can pass whatever crap they want (see: TARP).  I seem to remember something about this government and not letting a crisis go to waste…

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Budget, Congress, Debt Crisis

 
 
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