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.

Good bye 2012, hello 2013.

I am a glass half full kind of guy. Sometimes my wife even gets annoyed with how positive I can be in most situations. I tell you this because you will not believe that statement after reading my last post of 2012.

Humans like to use numerical events as moments to either make change or mark progress, new years being one of the most popular to do both. Between the reminiscent of the year ending or the resolutions for the year beginning, we find out what is important to us.

Let me start by saying that I am thankful to God for all he has done for me in my life. I was born in the United States of America, the freest nation in the world. I grew up with two parents that loved each other and their children very much, even though we where not rich monetarily they provided a safe and happy living my whole life. I was giving the opportunity to serve my country in the US Army, and in return I was taught that I was able to accomplish more than I could image as long as I was willing to work for it. I was then blessed with a beautiful wife and two wonderful children, none of which do I deserve. I think God for all he has given me and pray I am able to do with it all as he wishes me to.

2012 was a year that I started with great optimism. America was getting by despite a recession and we where entering a Presidential election cycle. The more I studied and educated myself on economics and history showed me that Americans always found the solution to their problems when that solution was most needed. I talked to many people from all around the world and I got a sense that they knew what needed to be done and where willing to make the right choices to start another age of growth.

Then November 2012 came and I lost a lot of the hope I had for a better tomorrow. Nearly half of the eligible voters in America let apathy steal their vote. About 29% of eligible voters re-elected the President that has done nothing in four years to help our economy grow. Almost three quarter of Americans want the status quo to carry us through another 2-4 years, there is no desire for change in the majority of Americans any longer.

When I watch the election results come in, and when I spoke with people the next several days after, I learned that Americans don’t want to work for a better future and that they just want someone else to make it better for now.

So I have no hope for 2013. It pains me to say that. An optimist like me who loves his country should never feel this way. I have lost all faith in the American people to make a better world for my family to exist in, in fact… I feel like they are making harder for me to leave my children with an opportunity to succeed when they get older.

I do have hope in one thing, Jesus Christ still reigns. In 2013 I will spend more time growing closer to Jesus. I owe God everything I have and I will show Him how much I appreciate what He has done by giving Him my time.

If America needs me, I will do what I can to help. I will not search out solutions to offer to a country not looking for real solutions. I only pray that Jesus will protect my family as darkness makes a home in my country.

God bless America, God protect your people and I pray that all will turn to God in the coming year because we are not promised tomorrow.

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.

The new conservative must be an optimist.

There are two things I learned from the 2012 elections, well more like 100 but I want to look at just two of them today.

First, the JFK mind set of “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” is dead. The majority of voters in America only ask what they can get from their country and have no desire to help.

But more importantly I have learned that people love an optimist. As a conservative I have spent a lot of time pointing out the flaws in Keynesian theory or the progressive plans for the economy, with no real objections from others. Yes, I get bumper sticker slogans from some, but none offer real arguments that can prove the rationale behind the Keynesian model. Then I learned that most people do not care about what is wrong with the current government plans. I also pointed out the flaws of the policies of the Democrats in Washington and how they will lead to bigger problems down the road, and again I learned know one cares about what the Democrats are doing wrong.

What I learned was people want to hear positive ideas. They want people to say “this is how we can fix the problem”. So I propose that conservatives need to put forth detailed plans to fix the economy and fix the police state and then let others try and stop us.

I am calling out to any conservative representatives in Washington, no matter what party you are in, step forward with a real plan to fix a problem. Tell people how they will benefit from your solution, and how they will benefit immediately. We are in a “taker” civilization with a “microwave” patience threshold, we need to give them solutions and we need to tell them how they will benefit immediately.

Conservatives need to learn that the majority of Americans do not care about long term solutions that call for them to sacrifice today to create a solid foundation for tomorrow. They want to reap the benefits of a harvest before the crops are planted. We need to find a way to make them feel like we are harvesting when in reality we are planting the seeds needed to save out country.

Now we know what needs to be done, get to work.

2013 Crystal Ball

As we get ready to face a new year with politics as usual in Washington I want to strap on my best schwammy outfit and dust off my crystal ball. Here are my predicts for 2013.

1. Benghazi: The American people will not learn what really happened, nor will they care. The media will move on to another story and there will be no one held liable for what happened in Benghazi on 9/11/12.

2. Fast & Furious: This prediction is tied to the first one. Because of Benghazi almost no one is talking about Fast & Furious. My prediction is that Brian Terry will be forgotten by most Americans, if not already. Again no one will be held liable for what happened and everyone will keep their jobs as long as they want to.

3. Debt Limit: In a recent interview Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner suggested getting rid of the debt ceiling that congress uses to restrict the power of the Federal Reserve to barrow, and I predict the Obama administration will continue to push this idea through 2013. If the GOP looses the house in 2014 I predict the debt ceiling will be removed in 2015, but the argument will be furtherd in 2013 as we continue to hit our heads against that ceiling several times over the next year.

4. Econ Bubbles: I predict that we will see an economic boom during the summer of 2013. Of course this will be a bubble and it will be short lived. I predict the bubble will either pop during the winter of 2013 or the spring of 2014. As part of the prediction I will say that I predict the Fed will increase the money supply to inflate the bubble. The DNC will hope to use that bubble to take back the house in 2013.

5. Gold: This one is easy so I will push it further. Gold will be over $1,800 before 2013 starts, I predict we will see $2,000+ gold early in 2013 and I will push the prediction further and say we will see $2,300/once gold prices.

 

Sadly none of the predictions I have made will result in a better America. Because of that I hope that I am wrong.