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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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.

Got an email from the President today.

Opened my email this morning and saw an email from our President. I will let you in on my thoughts by commenting inline.

Mike —

Real quick — tonight is the final FEC fundraising deadline of this campaign.

For me as a candidate, it’s my last FEC deadline ever. {Awesome, this brought a smile to my face. I hope we can take this as a pledge he won’t run again after loosing this year.}

I know we’ve asked a lot of you these last 18 months. {You can say that again. I don’t think a day went by with a DNC email begging for money.} But it would mean a lot to me if you could join the more than 4 million Americans who’ve already stepped up to build this campaign, and chip in today. {and yet he does it again}

Any donation, no matter how large or small, {blah, blah, blah.. edited for reality}

If you can, please make a donation of $5 or more before midnight:

{edited out url, no need to use my site a portal to spam}

Thank you — for everything. {because that is what he wants to take from us… everything}

Barack

Who wants to bet this is not the last DNC panhandling email we get?

For the record, I get nearly 1/10th the number of emails from Republicans asking for donations. The DNC is pathetic.

Hey GOP, don’t worry about the hurricane and pay attention to the people!

I live in Central Florida, transplanted from NY 16 years ago. I have been here through the hurricane season of 2004 when we had 4 hurricanes in one season come through our state. In those 16 years I have learned a lot about hurricanes and how to read NOAA project maps and I can assure the members of the GOP that hurricane Isaac will not effect the Tamp Bay area any where near enough to hinder the convention.

First, one of the things I have learned about the weather people, especially in Florida, is that they have a fairly mundane job and they look forward to something exciting to report…. like a hurricane. With that in mind they tend to over report and hype any gust of wind that is heading our way. 90% of the tropical storms that they predict will be a hurricane and make land fall in Florida don’t.

Secondly, tropical storms and hurricanes have a lot of consistency. If you look at the NOAA maps you will see a path that hurricanes in the same season follow, we learned this when 3 separate hurricanes followed the same general path in 2004… was not fun.

So what does this mean for Isaac and the GOP? Isaac is following a southern path below Cuba. This path does not allow the storm to make it’s way to Florida, at least not as anything strong enough to worry about. In fact, the “cone of probability” has already started to shift west, as it will continue to do so. When storms cross over Cuba they break up and weaken, and if they continue north to Florida they do not get re-organize. Usually those storms that go south of Cuba push into the Gulf and either keep west until they hit Mexico or they meander north and hit the gulf coast between the Florida pan handle and Texas.

The storms that go south of Cuba do not hit Tampa Bay as a hurricane unless they are already and cat3 or stronger hurricane when they hit Cuba. Isaac is not even a cat1.

To sum this up, the GOP should just forget about Isaac and pay attention to the people voting in November and balance the budget already! Forget about Aiken, Fluke, skinny dippers or racist demographics and DO YOUR JOB! Americans need a balanced budget and a plan to clear out the national debt, every thing else will take care of itself.

What progressives should learn from John Maynard Keynes

So it may not be often that I will agree with John Maynard Keynes, but like a lot of historical figures, his ideas have been twisted by modern interpretations for their own ends that when you really look at the original sources they mean different things. There is no doubt that Keynes believed the theory that government spending would increase demand in the economy which would lead to lower unemplyment, supply side economics. What progressives failed to learn from him though was that super high taxes were not the way to fund that spending.

“Nor should the argument seem strange that taxation may be so high as to defeat its object, and that, given sufficient time to gather the fruits, a reduction of taxation will run a better chance than an increase of balancing the budget.” – John Maynard Keynes

You see, Keynes there admits that there is a point at which rising taxes defeats its purpose of raising revenue;this is called the Laffer Curve. I will link some videos at the bottom that explains the curve better than I can.

The dangerous place we can fall into is thinking that tax cuts will lead to economic growth every time, there is a need to tax in order to fund the government operation, but there is a limit to the tax rate as the Laffer Curve demonstrates.

During a time of a recession when businesses need as much available funding you do not increase the tax rates on those with the income to create jobs. This is akin to slitting your wrist to get to the blood you need for a transfusion, when you’re the one that needs the transfusion. Neither am I saying that we should lower the tax rate during a recession, in fact we should continue the same tax level we had at the beginning of the recession until we are getting out of it, and then we can determine if a change is needed.

What conservatives are advocating for at this time is to lower the government’s burden on the public so that the public is free to create new jobs. Yes there are some responsibilities the government has and those responsibilities need to be funded, but there is plenty of waste that can be cut out. Until all the waste is cut out and the government is only doing what it is supposed to be doing it is necessary to look at raising taxes to increase revenue to the government.

Once the government demonstrates it is running on barebones we can then logically determine how much revenue is needed to maintain a healthy government.

I understand that progressives will ignore anything that comes from a Republican, Conservative or anyone that does not tell them what they want to hear, but I hope that John Maynard Keynes can get through to them.

 

Video Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIqyCpCPrvU

Video Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsB_rnzBA08

video Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw7LtVwDCbs