Thursday, July 28, 2011

What's this "compromise" thing?

Recently the news stories covering the debt ceiling situation in Washington have zeroed in on Republican freshmen in the House of Representatives.  Many of them were elected with Tea Party support, with a mandate to reduce the size of government and its role in our lives.  Taxation being a major part of that philosophy, the Tea Party has influenced negotiations.  To wit – no new taxes.

This “ideological rigidity” (as Obama characterized it) has been accused of being the major reason no deal can be reached.  Words such as compromise, bipartisanship, and a “balanced approach” (definition: more taxes) are seen as necessary so that the U.S. government, its reputation, and the world economy don’t come crashing down.  Republicans must agree to increased revenue (definition: more taxes.)  

The current debt is (supposedly) capped at $14.2 trillion. 

In January of 2009, two days after Obama had been sworn into office, in response to a Republican Senator’s objection to increased taxes in the upcoming stimulus plan, Obama killed all dissenting voices by responding, “I won.”

In February of 2009, Obama signed the Democrat stimulus bill into law. The bill was written by Democrat leaders and their staffs, behind closed doors, with no Republican input at all.  The actual legislation was posted on the Congressional website late the night before the vote was scheduled.  The vote was taken before the wording was finalized – additional points were handwritten on the pages – meaning that no one knew what was actually in the legislation when they voted on it, because no one could have read it.  Contribution of the Democrat stimulus bill to the federal debt:  $1.2 trillion.

In December of 2009, the Democrat Congress passed Obamacare, again without any Republican input.  Again, the legislation was crafted by Democrat leaders behind closed doors.  Contribution of Obamacare to the federal debt:  Over $2 trillion.

Transition to today.  Everyone is up in arms because America’s credit rating is about to be downgraded, Social Security checks are threatened, and the nation’s financial status is about to be destroyed – all because (if you read the papers) Tea Party-influenced Republicans refuse to be “fiscally responsible” and compromise on a bipartisan balanced approach.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Who's the ideologue?

ideologue one who zealously advocates an ideology.
ideology the body of doctrine or belief that guides an individual.

In discussing the Republican position in negotiations about the federal debt ceiling and spending, Barack Obama said this: "If a party or a politician is constantly taking the position my-way-or-the-highway, constantly being locked into ideologically rigid positions, that we're going to remember at the polls."

One of the major obstacles in negotiations is the Democrat insistence that taxes have to be raised.  The euphemism of choice is "increased revenues," but revenues come from taxpayers, so ....

The Democrat position is political and ideological, not practical.  They use taxation as a way to create, exacerbate and exploit class envy, and to show constituents how they are punishing the enemy; i.e., selected segments such as the "rich" and "big business."  Obama and the Democrats are so insistent on this ideology, that they will do it even if it means decreasing the amount of revenues the government receives: 

So when Obama talks about those who are "locked into ideologically rigid positions," he's really talking about himself. (Again.)  And follow his advice -- remember at the polls.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Surprise! (Not.) Chrysler's going to cost taxpayers

Word's out today that with the federal government unloading its (our) shares of Chrysler, taxpayers are likely to lose up to $1.3 billion.  Fiat will own more than 58% of the company after the dust settles, and the Democrat-friendly auto workers union will own the rest.  As for those shareholders and bondholders who were left with nothing because of the Obama-brokered deal?  Obama and Democrats have one word:  Tough.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Obama supporters, the poster

Translation: "How do I vote for Obama?"

(Actual meaning may be lost in the translation.)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

How's that re-election coming along, Mr. President?

From the most recent Gallup poll:

Obama loses to (any) Republican candidate by eight points!

The "Anybody But Obama" ticket's looking pretty strong.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Washington and the Debt Limit

Barack Obama, Senate Democrats and House Republicans are negotiating raising the federal debt ceiling.  The Democrats are insistent on raising taxes.  (Politics dominate: In 2009, Obama said "The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession.") The Democrats have offered a combination of spending cuts along with the tax increases.

In 1982 Reagan agreed to a deal with Congressional Democrats -- $3 in spending cuts for every $1 it raised in tax increases.  He later called this deal the biggest mistake of his Presidency. Democrats imposed the tax increases they wanted, but broke their promise and failed to implement the spending cuts.  Reagan remarked, “I’m still waiting on those $3 of spending cuts I was promised by Congress.”

Other than the obvious fact that Democrats are untrustworthy, there is another point.  The federal government is notoriously and brutally efficient when it comes to legislating, imposing and collecting taxes from us. (The IRS, with an annual budget of more than $13 billion, is a government agency solely created for this purpose.) How efficient do any of the Democrats appear when it comes to lessening the amount of our money that they spend?  The old saying goes that there are only two sure things in life, and neither one of them is federal spending cuts.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue

Pay special attention to the reactions of the troops in this video.  See how American soldiers feel about America.