Posts Tagged ‘spending’
This video by American Future Fund explains the sequester issue:
Darn funny stuff.
Tonight, in New Orleans, there’s sure to be a little song and dance as The Big Easy celebrates Fat Tuesday, the last day before the Lenten Season. As revelers prepare for the festivities, with the traditional wearing of masks and costumes, parades, and overeating, President Obama prepares to give the first State of the Union Address of his second term. But how different will things really be in the Capitol Building and the bayou?
During his speech, President Obama might wear the costume of bipartisanship. He often pays lip service to reaching across the aisle, but everyone in Washington knows what lies behind the mask: a man uninterested in compromise or building consensus with those who don’t share his extreme ideology.
He’ll likely display a parade of citizens who support his agenda. Whoever they are, however heartbreaking their situations may be, U.S. policy cannot be built on emotion; it must be rooted in the constitution and based on facts.
But the biggest part of President Obama’s speech tonight will be his plans for gluttonous government spending. Obama’s gobbling up your tax dollars. Like all people who “eat their feelings,” if he can have just a little bit more everything will be ok. The rich can afford it, so what’s the harm? After all, we need to “invest” in this, that and the other.
Doesn’t President Obama know that, since WWII, revenues from taxes have remained around 18% of GDP no matter the tax rates, while government spending as a percentage of GDP has sharply increased? Of course he does. But that doesn’t stop him, because after Obama’s Fat Tuesday, there is no Washington version of Lent. No time to forgo the excessive and extreme spending, compliments of the U.S. taxpayer. Try to remember that during tonight’s song and dance.
So begins President Obama’s second term.
There is something historic about our first Black president begin sworn in for a second term on Martin Luther King Day. King had a dream, Obama seems to be living that dream, but imagine the nightmare of anger and outrage had it been Romney being sworn in on MLK Day.
Instead, Obama will start his second term in the peaceful way that every President has done so since Washington. That is part of what makes the United States a blessed and unique nation, we transfer political power without killing people and forcing our will.
Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t some pretty strong feelings along the political spectrum. Obama has and will certainly continue to instigate strong feelings through his policies – just look at his inaugural speech. It was a clear sign that the era of big government is coming back with a vengeance.
And while he used a lot of language that gave the impression of bringing the country together, he just couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a backhanded swipe at his most recent opponent, Mitt Romney’s 47 percent remark:
We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss or a sudden illness or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative.
They strengthen us.
They do not make us a nation of takers. They free us to take the risks that make this country great.
Obama’s vision of America is one in which the government is the solution to every problem. If that ideology advances, more and more people will be reliant on an ever-growing government and making it harder to break the cycle of dependency.
What do most Americans worry about when it comes to the federal government? By strong majorities, it is that the government spends too much and has too much debt. And yet, our President didn’t even mention the word spending once in his entire speech.
That, more than anything, tells you how he is going to approach the next four years.
Since I wrote the Case for Paul Ryan post, I have whipped myself into a blind frenzy that Romney really must pick Paul Ryan and hoping that he will pick Paul Ryan.
I don’t know whether Romney will pick Ryan, but it really makes a ton of sense from both a policy standpoint and a political standpoint.
First, let’s think about the long-term reasons to pick Ryan. The most pressing issue facing our country is the out of control spending and ever increasing debt – coupled with the entitlement disaster as more and more baby boomers retire.
When Obama talks about voters facing a big choice in November, he is right. But he has punted on the big choices, never taking serious the looming fiscal crisis. This the guy who promised he would cut the deficit in half in his first term and yet pushed an $800 billion stimulus bill and what will turn out to be a nearly $2 trillion health care bill. This, among other things, has led to our national debt going from $10 trillion when Obama took office to $15.9 trillion today.
The remedy? Paul Ryan. He thinks big. He has vision. He has real answers to the problems.
And guess what? What makes Paul Ryan the right pick from a policy standpoint is exactly what makes him the right pick politically. In tough economic times, with government spending off the charts, a health care law that injects bureaucrats in between doctors and their patients, and systemic corruption within the administration and their cronies on Wall Street and green energy, the cure is the simple plan Paul Ryan has laid out. Simplify the tax code, reduce spending and provide choice in Medicare.
Paul Ryan for Vice President is Joe Biden’s worst nightmare and America’s dream come true.
In the race to replace Senator Jon Kyl, it’s not even a close call. Congressman Jeff Flake is by far the superior candidate over Wil Cardon.
I have known both Wil and Jeff for many years. Both are great guys, come from long-time Arizona families and are successful in their own right. I believe that Wil could have a future as a public official, but this is the wrong race at the wrong time for him to be spending millions of dollars.
Flake has a reputation for annoying establishment Washington – particularly big spenders and appropriators. There isn’t anything we need more in Washington than someone willing to stand up to the spenders on both side of the aisle and yell “Stop!”
Jeff Flake is that guy.
Vote Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate.
Congress and President Obama struck a deal to fund the government through next fall and avoided a shutdown.
What, you didn’t know anything about that? No surprise. I get the sense that the American people have tuned out the machinations of Washington lately. I’m going to call it the calm before the storm. There is no doubt that dark clouds are brewing and it’s going to be pretty rough for Washington – both Democrats and Republicans.
Democrats have more to lose – the Senate and the White House – and the Republicans who lose are more likely to go down in primaries to other Republicans. Let’s just say there is some serious angst out there.
What must be the world’s longest (and largest) spending spree is coming to an end. Politicos everywhere were abuzz this afternoon following Representative David Obey’s (D-WI) surprise announcement of his plans to retire at the end of this Congress. Elected in 1969 (he’s been in Congress longer than I’ve been alive, and it feels really nice to say that), Obey won all but two of his 21 elections with more than 60% of the vote (1969, in his first election, and in 1994, the year of the Republican Revolution and, importantly, when the political environment was very similar to today’s).
While the 71 year-old Chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee asserted during his announcement that being “bone tired” was one of the primary motivations in making his decision (Hey, who can blame him? All those taxpayer dollars don’t spend themselves!), it no doubt deals a huge blow to House Democrats as they already face an uphill battle to November.
Will Obey’s move inspire other Dems to follow suit? How ugly will the fight for the Approps gavel get? Today’s events leave many a question mark, but it can safely be said that Republican Sean Duffy, who was already waging a fierce battle against Mr. Obey, is having a pretty great Wednesday.
I’m obviously no fan of MoveOn.org, but the latest ad they have on health care is good. It’s an effective message and uses a known Hollywood star. What I like most about it is that for all intents and purposes, the “public option” on health care is dead in Washington, and every dollar they spend on this ad is completely wasted. To that, I say, be good liberals and spend, spend, spend!