Beware The ‘Supercommittee’

Budget Policy: Congress’ debt-ceiling deal kicked the can over to a special bipartisan “supercommittee” that will make big decisions on spending cuts and taxes. Will that panel be top-heavy with liberals?

There is a lot to fear from the establishment of an umpteenth blue-ribbon commission designed to solve another dilemma said to be beyond the reach of the ordinary legislative procedures of the U.S. government.

One such recent supercommittee of sorts, the 2006 Iraq Study Group, recommended another Vietnam-style surrender for the U.S.; then-President George W. Bush turned the tables with Gen. David Petraeus’ successful Iraq surge initiative.

Tea Party activists are properly worried about Congress’ new supercommittee duping the public into accepting tax hikes and phantom spending reform.

FreedomWorks Vice President Max Pappas, for instance, charged last week that “Speaker Boehner is using the committee as a facade for potential tax increases down the road without having to commit to anything on paper right now while the debate is hot. So essentially, the supercommittee is the tax hike.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, meanwhile, is mocking “Republican leaders in the Senate saying there will be no revenue.” According to Reid, “that’s not going to happen” because “this joint committee” will agree to politically “painful” tax increases.

Countering Reid, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday night promised that Republicans are “not going to put the kind of people on this committee that will go for a tax increase” and “it couldn’t pass the House even if they tried.”

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Higher fuel standards mean higher death toll

Much as President Obama and other liberals may think natural laws for things like physics and economics don’t matter, the reality is they do and nowhere more so than on American highways. The president reportedly has secured agreements from Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Honda and Hyundai to raise the Corporate Average Fuel Economy fleet average standard to 54.5 mpg by 2025. The new standard will be reviewed in 2018, but that won’t change the fact that automakers will immediately have to embark on efforts to lighten and downsize all of their models. Those that can’t be made sufficiently small to reach the required fleet average will go the way of the Model T.

It is inescapable that more weight means lower fuel economy, so heavier vehicles will have to go. So prepare to say goodbye to sport utility vehicles, pickups and minivans, the very vehicles millions of American families and businesses must rely upon every day. Even when lighter vehicle materials like aluminum and carbon fiber can be used instead of steel, the only SUVs and minivans that will survive will still have to be significantly smaller than at present, and thus far less practical for consumers.

By far the worst result, however, will be the fact that thousands will die because Obama, fanatical Big Green environmentalists, and their allies in the federal bureaucracy care more about removing micro-amounts of emissions than they do about the safety and convenience of people on the roads. We know this because the fanatics persist despite the fact that for years government and private sector researchers alike have documented the terrible correlation between CAFE, lighter cars and highway deaths.

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SideBear: What this really means is the automobile industry will suffer from low sales because most Americans will keep their present cars as long as they can rather than buy an Obama toy car.

Standing tall – for America By T. Scott

It is reasonable to comment that most literate Americans are growing weary of the constantly changing bits of information ( and structured mis-information ) coming from our Capitol concerning the budget ( or truthfully, the lack of a budget).

Knowing that most thinking people want drastic change, it is also important to note that unless Harry Reid gets his way, he will refuse to bring any legislation proposed by The House of Representatives up for a vote. Efforts to molify this sublime idiot are proving futile and in this context, I would offer a suggestion.

The House should go back to square one and bring forth a Cut, Cap and Balance proposal. The cut would be an immediate fall-back to the 2008 Federal Budget, the Cap would fix the Debt at no more than 35 % of our GNP and the Balance would require future Congressional actions to maintain a balance between spending and income.

This rather understandable measure needs to be passed in the House and sent to the Senate with one admonition – that this proposed bill is representative of the needs of Americans and will not be changed in any way. This puts the onus squarely on Reid’s back as it needs to be stated that Democrats have had chances to pass a budget and failed to do so. In light of their glaring failure, the Bill presented by the House is not subject to change.

Reid’s gang can table it and risk the ire of America, they can try to change it and in this case, the House will erase the changes and sent it back, or they can vote. Democrats in Congress have been the main block for over two years. This measure effectively tells them , Fish or Cut Bait !! ”

America needs no further displays of mis-placed emotions, structured lies from any on the Democrat side or threats that this or that group will suffer as payments might be withheld. Needed is a Congress with spine – that quality once widely spread across this land and now, obviously, missing in Washington – – – for the most part.

Our American Republic is severely wounded. It must be restored as designed by those who risked all to create our country. Americans have often taken the path less travelled and stood firmly for that which they know to be right.

This is such an occasion. Stand tall for America. There is no other course open.

Entitlements my #$$, I paid cash for my Social Security Insurance!

Entitlements my #$$, I paid cash for my Social Security Insurance! Just because they borrowed my money, doesn’t make my benefits some kind of charity or handout! Congressional benefits like free health care, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days: now that’s welfare; and they have the nerve to call my retirement entitlements!

Someone please tell me what the Hell is wrong with all the people that run this country!

We’re broke and can’t help our Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.?

In recent months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , Pakistan …home to bin Laden…literally BILLIONS of DOLLARS!

Our retired seniors living on a fixed incomes receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government gives Hundreds of Billions to Foreign Countries!

They call Social Security and Medicare entitlements even though most of us have been paying for them all our working lives. And now, when its time for us to collect, the Government is running out of money. Why did the Government borrow from our Social Security in the first place?

We have many adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.

AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without needed medication, mentally ill going without treatment, etc.

Imagine if our Government gave us the same support they give the people who hate us.

Sad, isn’t it?

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