“The government is supposed to provide order and structure. It is the agency of law in a just and reasoned society. The shameful failure of the Pelosi Congress to produce a budget is an example of lawlessness — a failure of fiscal duty no different from various accounting frauds that would put corporate CEOs behind bars. A budget is the government’s way of explaining to its masters in the electorate how it will perform the duties they have assigned to it, using the resources they have seen fit to provide. The current process of limitless deficits and make-it-up-as-we-go spending resolutions makes an utter mockery of this republican ideal. … Government through continuing resolution is a fraud. Politicians who claim the wisdom to manage our lives, with piles of law carved into stone, are instead scribbling their judgments on scratch paper with pencils. It’s time to hear exactly what they intend to do, and exactly how much it’s going to cost us, so we can pass judgment on them.” – columnist John Hayward
I am getting a little leery of the House’s GOP leadership (John Boehner and Eric Cantor)as to their handling of the long overdue 2011 government budget. This budget should have been submitted by law before APRIL 1, 2010 and of course the failure to do so, totally falls on the incompetents in the Democratic Party controlled House in 2010 lead by the reigning Botox Queen who suffers from a minus I.Q.
I am not comfortable with nickel and dime cuts in the budget the GOP has let Obama and Democrats get away with in their biweekly “continuing resolutions.” (CR’s) To date the latest CR’s have amassed 10 billion dollars in budget cuts, this is chump change for a government that spends $12 to $14 billion dollars A DAY.
It is foolhardy to continue these “continuing resolutions” and it time to face up to the massive budgets problems that America has and deal with them. If the Democrats want a government shutdown and I do believe that is what they want, so they can blame the Republicans, then so be it. Most of American People are adult enough to understand that a government ‘shutdown’ does not mean a loss of essential services, police and firefighters will remain in service, the military will remain ready and grandma’s Social Security check will go out on time.
When the American People put control of the House in the GOP hands at the ballot box this past November they delivered a clear mandate to stop this insane spending. And at first our fearless GOP leaders talked about $100 billion in cuts and that was soon modified to $61 billion based on a proration per month. This in my mind wins them the “Weasels of the Month award.”
For every day that Congress dithers on the budget battle our National Debt has increased by $4.12 billion dollars on average per day. That is in access of $2 million dollars a minute.
I am willing to cut the GOP leadership a little slack for the moment and wait and see what they propose for the 2012 budget that is due out shortly, and this will tell the People if the Republicans are serious about budget cuts and deserve to be reelected.
Another Bad Joke
Once again we see the Obama administration engaging in “fuzzy math” as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) latest analysis estimates that the Obami underestimated the long term budget deficits by a measly $2.3 TRILLION DOLLARS through 2021.
The Congressional Budget Office on Friday released its analysis of President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal and found it does less to rein in deficits and the debt than the administration had estimated.
CBO estimates Obama’s plan would produce 10 years of deficits totaling $9.5 trillion. By 2021, it would increase the debt held by the public to 87 percent of gross domestic product.
The administration, using different methods, estimated budget deficits would total $7.2 trillion over the next 10 years under the 2012 budget. It forecast that total debt in 2021 would be 77 percent of GDP.
A trillion here and a trillion there and pretty some you have some serious money. Whether it is 77% or 87% it doesn’t matter because both of them spell BANKRUPTCY.
At what point does “fuzzy math” or creative accounting become a crime of treason against the People of the United States? Certainly bankrupting the country rates high on the impeachment scale.
Why did we elect them? By T. Scott
“If you can’t have faith in what is held up to you for faith, you must find things to believe in for yourself, for a life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live.” – George E. Woodberry
In early September 2009, We The People came to Washington in vast numbers – some say it was over a million. The message was delivered peacefully and without incident and was clear to all – stop spending – stop the Obama agenda which was hurting this, our country and was actively killing jobs..
Galvanized by that turnout and amplified a hundred times across this nation, in November 2010, We The People used our fingers to select you as the next representatives of We The People and you were given a majority in the House of Representatives, the people’s house. It was our thought, and your election promise to us, that this nation would quickly be put onto a course truly reflecting the need of most Americans, that business crushing proposals would exist no more, that government would be pared down to a more meaningful size and that the spending of the future’s money would stop. A nation’s faith was put into your hands.
We did not elect you to continue Washington politics as usual or to try to play ball with those who so casually dismissed all Republican concerns over the preceding two years. We do expect you to clearly articulate the needs of those who elected you and to move forward with dispatch, not in the typical pace of bureaucratic Washington. After all, we gave you a commanding presence and that vote count will allow you to take deliberate steps to quickly put all America on a course respecting We The People and our Constitution. Above all, we gave you absolute power in the House, our House and we want you to use that power quickly since each hour of delay costs us all money none of us can afford.
Government is bent, nearly broken ,and it is our charge to you that this be addressed. Were the situation less severe, there would be little need for urgency, but it is quite urgent and there is great need for actions taken with dispatch to remedy a host of ills. You have it within your hands to do those things we all know must be done, and done quickly. Stop playing the typical Washington policical game, it doesn’t suit you and it certainly does not address our needs.
“Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, thinks what ne’er was, nor is, nor e’er shall be.” – Alexander Pope
The best strategy is to quickly end the squabbling over the budget that should have been passed for fiscal 2011 and then have House Republicans introduce a 2012 budget that lays out their vision.
For the foreseeable future, economic policy in Washington will be one big budget fight. And on that fight, we’re about as conservative as they come: we recently argued that history shows that the only way to balance the budget and close the looming entitlement gap will be almost 100 percent through spending cuts.
But even then, we think that conservative Republicans in the House may be picking the wrong fight at the wrong time.
For a while now, many have predicted that the force of the Tea Party faction within the Republican Party could cause it to fracture. The stress on party cohesion began to show on Tuesday, when 54 House Republicans bucked the leadership and voted against a continuing resolution to fund government spending through April 8. The resolution would not have passed without the support of House Democrats.
Some Republicans voting against the resolution cited the short-term nature of the legislation. Others rejected the measure, despite a $6 billion spending cut, because it did not include provisions to remove funding from some left-wing priorities such as Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “ObamaCare.” Additionally, many voiced a desire to see larger cuts in government spending.
“If we really believe we are against ObamaCare, this is the vote,” said Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) earlier this week. “If a member votes for the continuing resolution, that vote effectively says, I am choosing not to fight.”
Tea Party-aligned Republicans have signaled they are prepared to force a government shutdown and will not vote in favor of future budget resolutions unless they eliminate unwanted funding.