1,350 days of a “do nothing” Senate

Byron York of the Washington Examiner says it clearly (emphasis added by me):

Tuesday marks the 1,350th day since the Senate passed a budget. The law requires Congress to pass a budget every year, on the grounds that Americans deserve to know how the government plans to spend the trillions of taxpayer dollars it collects, along with dollars it borrows at the taxpayers’ expense. But Majority Leader Harry Reid, who last allowed a budget through the Senate in April 2009, has ignored the law since then.

There’s no mystery why. The budget passed by large Democratic majorities in the first months of the Obama administration had hugely elevated levels of spending in it. By not passing a new spending plan since, Reid has in effect made those levels the new budgetary baseline. Congress has kept the government going with continuing resolutions based on the last budget signed into law.

While Reid has forbidden action, the House has passed budgets as required. Senate Democrats have been highly critical of those budgets, designed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. But under Reid’s leadership, Democrats have steadfastly refused to come up with a plan of their own.

Yet some how the lunatic left will still blame Republicans for this.

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Quote of the Day: Ted Cruz (R-Tx)

Let me be clear, I do not support default on the debt and we should never default on the debt and the only players who are threatening to default are President Obama and Harry Reid. This is an issue, and earlier in the show you played the President threatening default. In any given month tax revenue are 200 billion and interest is 30 or 40 billion. There is it plenty of revenue to service the debt and any responsible President would’ve stood at that podium and said ‘whatever happens with the debt ceiling, we will always pay our debt. We’ll never default on the debt’ and the reason the President isn’t doing that is he’s trying to scare people and raise the specter of financial apocalypse.” – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Fox News Sunday 1/6/12

It’s good to hear some common sense coming from a politician.

Consequences of a “kick the can down the road” administration.

Ever since Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took control of the US Congress there has been a “kick the can down the road” mind set to dealing with problems. I know that both of them, and the majority of congress, are too old to care about paying the bills for the votes they are buying today, but this style of governing is going to destroy our country.

There was hope that when the GOP took the majority in the House that Mr Boehner would stating making real decisions, that has proven wrong. Once Harry Reid made the decision to not vote on any budget passed by the house, or vote on any budget cut bills, we have been stuck with the status quo created during the DNC majority in congress.

(side note: It is amazing how the media has trained Americans to think of the GOP as the do nothing party when it is the DNC that has done nothing since 2009-2010, when they had control of both houses of congress and the White House)

Now I would like any one that voted for Barack Obama in November to look at their next paycheck. Notice something? That’s right, your taking home less. In order to try and buy votes he got congress to cut employees contribution to Social Security from 6.2% to 4.2%, so we paid less to Social Security for the last two years. As of Jan 1st 2013 our contribution now goes back to 6.2%.

If the President really cared about the middle class that 2% reduction would have been a permanent change,not a 2 year “kick the can” plan.

So for all those that voted for Barack Obama, thank you for the reduction in pay.

Oh, and a little advice, don’t get used to what you make as it will continue to decrease as long as he is President and Harry Reid refuses to bring House bills up for a vote. Once they tax away the wealthy they will come for the middle class and those taxes will increase before long.

Why SOPA is so dangerous

Everyone remembers that internet blackout to protest SOPA and PIPA. Congress proposed restrictions on the internet and the voice of the people showed them that it was not acceptable.

Then a UN conference in Dubai suggested that the UN should be in-charge or regulating the internet. Once exposed by the internet the conference backed down.

internet-in-chains-aNow stores are surfacing of China cracking down on the use of the internet in their country out of fear that the internet could facilitate opposition.

So, why should you care?

With the November elections completed and Americans have given Democrats control of the Senate and the White House. This is important because Senate majority Harry Reid (D-NV) has said he wants to pass SOPA once the election was over.

So here we are, Americans gave Harry Reid another Democrat majority in the Senate and a Democrat in the White House to pass what ever bills he wants. Once the Democrats get the GOP to fold on the fiscal cliff they will strong arm them to regulate the internet. Well done American voters that gave your vote to President Obama and any Senate Democrats, it is your votes that will kill the internet.

Why so inflexible?

Recently the press Secretary for the President said:

“There can be no deal without rates on top earners going up,” said Carney, who reiterated that the president will not sign legislation that extends the Bush-era tax rates for the wealthy.

The President has drawn his line in the sand and refuses to negotiate unless he gets what he wants… which is not the definition of negotiation. Of course this is the type of negotiation the Democrats have done for the last 4 years and they are thankful for an obedient media that will continue to blame the Republicans for the stand still.

But lets forget the lack of understand what negotiations are for a moment and take a look at the one point the Democrats continue to not budge on, tax increases for the top take rate.

Facts:

  1. Top tax rate is on any earned income over $250k/year.
  2. This tax rate is currently 35%.
  3. This tax rate under President Clinton was 39.6%.
  4. By raising this tax rate, as the President has lobbied for, the federal government would receive an estimated $82 billion in 2013.

Now let me point out for a moment that I could not find any information on the President’s website about the specifics of his proposal, only campaign slogans and speeches. So I am going to take him at his word and only look at the increase of taxes on the top tax rate as he has asked for repeatedly.

Our federal government spent an estimated budget deficit of $1.1 trillion, or $1,100 billion (keep in  mind that the Senate has not passed a budget in over 3 years). Raising the top tax rate would only bring the deficit down to $1,018 billion, if nothing changes next year. Does this sound like a solution to our budget issues? Keep in mind that raising the tax rate would be removing $82 billion from the economy, which results in less sales taxes to states and less employment for the working class.

If you where spending 133% of your income each year, putting 33% on a credit card, how long would you be able to do this before you where bankrupt? Wouldn’t you think it smart to cut some spending and fund just the essentially? Why can’t the President understand this simple concept?

I understand the President wants to “stick it to the rich” to continue his class warfare game, but it makes no sense. If the President was at all serious about fixing the problem he would stop being so inflexible and he would offer up $1.2 trillion in budget cuts for 2013 (not ten years… one year). Once we get spending under control we can look at where we can increase our income if it is still needed.

I would also say, let negotiate. Offer up $900 billion in spending cuts for 2013 and we can close loop holes in the tax system to raise the other $300 billion (over 3 times the amount of revenue he is asking for). That is how real adults negotiate, I’ll give a little if you give a little, then we both win.

Why I fear for America’s future

Sometimes I come across a comment on WordPress that makes me want to weep for the future of America. Today I came across a post where the author said:

“that our President who has done everything in his power to be conciliatory and has been by all accounts a moderate” (source)

This level of ignorance makes me fear that it is too late for America. When the most left leaning president since LBJ is considered a “moderate” I weep. When the most divisive president since Woodrow Wilson is considered “conciliatory” I weep.

If someone creates a political scale that uses Barack Obama as the middle of the scale JFK would look like a right wing radical. That person will never be able to have an honest discussion on politics, they are too far gone.

Eric Holder chooses his scape goat and the MSM will be happy with it.

So the Obama administration and the Department of Justice are going to throw Lanny Breur under the bus to take the heat off of Eric Holder for the Fast and Furious debacle.

The report says Attorney General Eric Holder was not made aware of potential flaws in the program until February of last year. But the report cites 14 other department employees — including Criminal Division head Lanny Breuer — for potential wrongdoing, recommending the department consider disciplinary action against them. (Fox News)

All though this conclusion does not explain the use of executive privileged by President Obama, and it does not say that Eric Holder had no knowledge of “Fast and Furious” prior to February. But I predict that the media will run with this report and call anyone that questions the report a “conspiracy theorist” and then dismiss any additional inquiry.

Forget the fact that the report was written by an employee of the Department of Justice. Are we supposed to believe they are impartial? A crime has been committed and someone needs to go to jail and that someone is the person that allowed this to happen. Eric Holder wants the paycheck and prestige of being the Attorney General, now he has to accept the responsibility that goes with that position.

Until we the people hold our elected official responsible for their actions they will continue to act irresponsibly. Start throwing some of these dirt bags in prison and we will start getting better results from Washington.