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“The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.” – American lawyer Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)

Why The Left Abhors The Ryan Budget By: Christopher G. Adamo

The transparently choreographed liberal/Democrat hysterics over the proposed federal budget of Representative Paul Ryan (R.-WI) might seem a bit excessive and drenched in paranoia, given that the measure has zero chance of ever being enacted. Yet in light of the successes of America’s grassroots during the past three years, it does indeed represent a potential first step towards dismantling the leftist nanny-state that has brought this country to the brink of societal collapse and financial insolvency.

Certainly, the Ryan budget could not garner the necessary votes to pass in Harry Reid’s Democrat controlled Senate. And beyond that, an even more insurmountable obstacle looms in the White House, where it would need the signature of Barack Obama in order to become law. It would drastically curtail government spending and reduce personal and corporate income taxes. But most significantly, its crowning feature is the complete repeal of Obamacare which would exceed any leftist boundary, even if Democrats ever were predisposed to the “bipartisanship” they so sanctimoniously demand from their Republican counterparts. And of course they are not.

So why would a bill that has absolutely no chance of passage or implementation generate such consuming fear and dismay among its opponents? The answer is simply that it characterizes both the genuine hope of America’s future, and the manner in which the traditions and institutions of this great nation can and must be restored. As such, it unambiguously defines the choice Americans must make this fall, if their beloved country is to survive.

It thus represents a starkly divergent course from the current “fast track to insolvency” on which the Reid/Pelosi Congress and Obama White House have placed America. If Republicans diligently focus on it, voters will increasingly recognize the defining criticality of the fall’s elections and the consequences they face if they accept the liberal status quo.

In contrast to the Ryan budget, even a cursory examination of the leftist agenda of recent years reveals the twisted philosophies from which liberals derive their political worldview. While frustrated Americans imprudently delivered Congress into the hands of the Democrats in 2006 as a repudiation of Republican capitulation and fiscal irresponsibility, and though they likewise bought the inane utopian promises of Barack Obama as preferable to the back-peddling and “moderation” of John McCain in 2008, they were clearly unprepared for the leftist onslaught that has since ensued against their beloved country. But when confronted with the ugly reality that has befallen them since Obama’s inauguration, they have fervently sought to rectify their blunder.

Americans had no desire to see their health-care system forcibly nationalized as if they were living in some banana republic. Nor did they expect that the largely manufactured financial upheaval of late 2008 would be subsequently exploited as an excuse to criminally squander trillions of dollars on government expansion under the bogus premises of economic “stimulus.”

Since that time, the good people of this country have recoiled in shock as their out-of-control government has voraciously confiscated two of the nation’s three major automobile manufacturers, carelessly doled out billions to futile “green energy” projects that shortly thereafter go into default, and demanded multi-trillion dollar debt ceiling increases to “cover” the ongoing expenditures. Americans know and understand the financial catastrophe that is unfolding across the Atlantic Ocean in Europe, and are outraged that those holding this nation’s reins of power would relentlessly steer it in a similar direction. Nor do they intend to sit idly by as the costs of these irresponsible actions are piled onto future generations.

In light of this, the Ryan budget serves to remind Americans that they can restore their nation’s former economic splendor, but only if the choking burdens of overregulation and over-taxation are reversed. Americans can continue to enjoy the greatest and most advanced health-care system on the planet, but doing so requires the immediate rescinding of the socialist monstrosity of Obamacare. And Americans can tame the entitlement monster before it drains the life out of the current generation and leaves a nation of squalor for the next, but only if drastic reforms in the scope and structure of the programs are implemented.

Unfortunately, given the existing make-up of the United States Senate, and the current occupant of the White House, no such changes will ensue. Any truly effective changes will absolutely require a major house-cleaning in Washington this November. As things presently stand, the nation’s budget will continue to mushroom and its economy continue to stagnate interminably under the load of reckless spending. The languishing segment of society which presumes that its wellbeing is the responsibility of those who work, pay their bills, and cough up their taxes will continue to grow. And despite endless pontification and empty assurances to the contrary, the circumstances guaranteeing the inevitable and cataclysmic financial meltdown will worsen.

Despite the best efforts at history revisionism and the poisoning of young minds through “politically correct” indoctrination in the educational establishment, the people of this nation have not forgotten their legacy, nor relinquished their birthright. Given an informed choice between a downward spiral into socialism and the meager subsistence it offers for the huddled masses, or the renewal of possibility for those able to dream and willing to toil to make their dreams come true, Americans will overwhelmingly opt for the latter.

The Ryan budget illuminates this circumstance. America has arrived at a defining fork in the road. It can accept the premise that it must decline in prosperity and freedom, or it can reverse and repeal the disastrous decisions of the past four years, and begin to repair the enormous damage they have done. What Democrats fear, above all else, is that the people of the Heartland might enter the voting booths on Election Day comprehending what needs to be done to heal their land, and who stands in the way of every effort to undo the evils of liberalism.

Christopher G. Adamo is a resident of southeastern Wyoming. He has been involved in politics at the local and state level for many years. His archives and contact information can be found at www.chrisadamo.com

Liberal Opposition to Ryan Plan Is Delusional Demagoguery by David Limbaugh

It’s one thing for good-faith conservative Republicans to challenge the Ryan plan from the right if they believe its cuts are too small and too slow, but these liberal attacks are something else again.

How catastrophic would the nation’s fiscal condition have to be before liberals recognized its urgency? Is there any scenario under which they’d consider setting aside their partisan populism to come to the nation’s rescue? Are they capable of even temporarily setting aside their redistributionist myopia long enough meaningfully to address the main drivers of the national debt?

As we know, President Obama hasn’t addressed and won’t address our financial problems. He has never presented a budget plan that even pretends to rein in entitlement spending or comes anywhere close to reducing our annual deficits to less than shocking numbers, much less reversing the debt picture.

When Paul Ryan presented his plan in April 2011, Obama mocked, ridiculed and demonized him and Republicans as wanting to inflict pain on the elderly and autistic, among other sympathetic groups. Yet when Obama’s treasury secretary appeared before the House and the Senate, he admitted the administration’s plan wholly fails to address the long-term debt issue and said only that the administration doesn’t like the way Ryan’s plan approaches it.

We are witnessing the end results of liberal policies on a wide variety of issues — from health care to the economy to the national debt — yet liberals can’t give them up. Instead of acknowledging that their utopian dreams haven’t delivered, they are shaking their fists at Republicans and conservatives, as if it were our fault that reality doesn’t conform to their fantasies. They’d be much better off reading Mark Levin’s “Ameritopia,” but I won’t hold my breath.

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Faith-based energy policy By Victor Davis Hanson

When the summer driving season starts soon, and tension heats up over Iran, gas may reach $5 a gallon. Nothing bothers voters more than paying an extra $20 or $30 every time they fill up. In times like these, they soon might prefer even an oilman in the White House to an ideologue whose opposition to new oil development seems more religious than empirically based.

All presidents, of course, usually get the blame or praise when the price of gas skyrockets or plummets, just like they own a bad or good economy, or a successful or failed war.

Obama, however, earns additional blame for the gas rise for reasons well beyond the normal oil bogeymen — tension in the Middle East, rapacious OPEC dictators, oil company greed and Wall Street speculation.

Why? Americans remember that his team boasted about wanting higher energy costs in 2008, when Obama was still basking in hope-and-change adulation. Energy Secretary designate Steven Chu, who doesn’t own a car, pontificated about wanting higher American gasoline prices, hoping they would somehow reach European levels.

Candidate Obama breezily warned of skyrocketing energy prices — the necessary cost of his planned cap-and-trade, anti-global-warming legislation.

Sen. Ken Salazar, who was soon to become Interior secretary, bragged that even if gas reached $10 a gallon, he would not vote to open up new federal offshore oil leases.

Once upon a time, Obama and his supporters believed that high gas and oil prices were either helpful in ensuring that favored subsidized green energies would be cost competitive, or helped the environment. That’s why a now-embarrassed Obama digs in by mocking opponents who call for increased drilling.

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