April 15th is our national tax day deadline. This is the day many hard working Americans will run around frantically trying to get the income tax statements mailed into the IRS by the stroke of midnight, lest the nasty collection agents and thuggish IRS bullies start threatening anyone who has missed this all important deadline. If you will notice in the aforementioned group of taxpaying Americans, they were referred to as hard working, which certainly leaves the four and a half day weekend- loving politicians out. Most of the time they leave on Thursday afternoon and waltz into work sometime on Tuesday. When it comes to the tax man imposing strict penalties and interest charges on Americans who miss the April 15th deadline, this also appears to only apply to the hard working taxpayer and not the members of Congress.
Is that Senator Claire MCCaskell imitating the “scout’s honor” sign, and promising America that she will actually remember to pay all of her taxes this year in the picture at the left ?
I say the hell with them,why don’t we all just ” forget ” to meet the IRS deadline of April 15th, and not send in those payment checks ? We can just follow the lead of the politicians and their forgetfulness. Sen. Claire McCaskell (D-Mo) just ” forgot ” to pay her taxes on an airplane for over 4 years and paid no penalty or did any jail time either. We were told that she wrote the check for her back taxes right away, and will sell the airplane involved in her forgetfulness to pay her fair share of taxes. I would like to see the actual check and IRS thank you note for Claire’s stated payment for the almost half a million dollars in taxes that she just forget to pay for over four years. I recently asked Claire on twitter just how much jail time she did for the felony of evading pay-ing income tax for four years and never received a reply. Claire did have enough time to announce her next TV appearance on twitter, yet was too busy to answer the question of what jail time the big bad IRS gave her for her felony forgetfullness. She also refused to answer just how much in ” penalties ” she had to pay for it. Maybe the hard working taxpayers should just send in a note with their income tax return statement to the IRS that says I have a case of Claire McCaskell forgetfulness, and therefor I must have forgotten to include my payment check this year. Check with me in four years, maybe I will remember to pay it then, just like Claire did, Please do not threaten me with those silly penalties and jail time either , as we now know you do not enforce them any longer.
Another forgetful Democrat’s name you can write on your IRS statesment of non-payment this year is Congressman Charlie Rangel. Either the IRS publishes the proof that he paid all his back taxes and interest penalties for his forgetfulness, or we send in the Charlie forgot to pay his taxes for several years and so did I this note in leiu of a payment check. Ya see, in 1987 Charlie purchased a luxury rental unit in Punta Cana Yacht Club in the Dominican Republic. This is in a yacht club people, not the urban ghetto slums of America, and it rents for a whopping $1100.00 dollars a night in peak season. First Charlie emphatically said there is no unreported income, period. Then he tried to blame it on his wife’s incompetence. next he was found to have under-reported the income from this luxury rental property in 2004, and 2005 reporting less than 5 grand in income for the whole year. We pay income taxes on a yearly basis Mr. Rangel, and your property goes for 5 grand a week during peak season not 4 grand a year! In the end he remembered that he failed to pay income taxes on 75 grand over 7 years. Did he go to jail for felony income tax evasion ? Not only did he not go to jail, he still sits in our Congress demanding that other people pay more in taxes, and also paid no penalties or interest for the 7 years on income tax evasion. That is a hell of a lot of forgetfulness there, Charlie.
Tax day is tomorrow. While we must remember that tax laws and deadlines, penalties, interest and jail time will only be applied to the working man in America and not the career politicians that are supposed to work for the people, please remember Claire and Charlie as you write out the IRS payment check. Or, you could simply write out the ” I forgot just like Charlie and Claire did ” note, in leiu of a payment check.
I hang out on Twitter a lot. I am stating the obvious, as that is how many of you came to read this, but for those who aren’t addicts (yet), Twitter has become one of the best places for Conservatives to meet and converse with other Conservatives. I have met, online and in person, some people who have become political allies, some amazing people who I know will be lifelong friends, and some who have enlightened me in many ways. Twitter has, overall, been an incredibly positive experience for me.
As I dove headfirst into the political realm of Twitter, I was also exposed to the different ideas and practices of “Conservative”. Interestingly, we all seem to get along in a social situations fairly well, despite our different applications of the word. As speculation and conversation about a potential 2012 field of Conservative Presidential candidates becomes more and more the focus of my Twitter followers and following, I have noticed something new happening: We conservatives are fracturing the recently formed coalition right down an easily seen set of lines. RINO, NEOCON, Libertarian, Classic Liberal … all generally to the right on at least fiscal issues, are dividing in the face of choosing a stance in regards to the current GOP held Congress and what to look for in a 2012 nominee.
This concerns me because we need to rekindle and grow that unified front we had during the 2010 Congressional elections even more in the next nineteen months. We need to figure out what our greatest achievement can be in the scheme of the problems our Nation faces together, and unite behind that goal. We need to not add dynamite to the fissures between us.
I consider myself relatively informed on the current state of fiscal issues and many social issues. I am a realist in practice and an idealist in goals. That contradiction has placed me somewhere between Big L and little l. Oh , didn’t I mention that I am a L(l)ibertarian? Yep. Without question, without a doubt. I am a Ll. What, exactly, does that mean?
I am a registered member of the Libertarian Party , which sort of fits me into the Big L group. Big L Libertarians believe in a limited governmental role and is specifically laid out in the Libertarian Party Platform. So, on the surface, I agree with the entire platform. I agree that government has its place, and that place is very well laid out already. I don’t think the Platform is idealistic anymore than the Constitution is idealistic. With me so far?
On to the little “l”s. libertarians believe in the same program as Libertarians. There aren’t any great disagreements about the Rights of Man. The difference lies in the view of the Libertarian Party by libertarians. That’s right, they see the Party as often ineffective and just another part of the System ( completely unintentional Matrix reference) that hands a government entity too much control. libertarians would privatize everything, and the only real role of the “government” would be contract enforcement, and it would be handled by private companies in contract with the citizens they represent.
So, how am I personally an L(l)ibertarian? I support an extremely limited government in cases of national security, a lack of involvement in personal decisions, and the end of income and property taxation. I support the Libertarian Party platform, and I am a registered Libertarian. I do not, however believe that the current incarnation of governance is the way to guarantee the Rights laid out in our Constitution. I firmly believe in a true free market system of trade and that the rule of majority is just an excuse for placing power into too few hands. I believe that individuals are, or can be with a little less to rely on, perfectly capable of making decisions about how to live their own lives and that the vast majority will actually try to make choices that don’t intentionally infringe upon the common sense rights that were laid out by the framers of this, the GREATEST nation on earth.
.. maybe I am a little more idealistic than I should be … is that really a dividing characteristic to my fellow Conservatives?
Our Obama, who art on vacation, Hollowed be thy head.
Your limo come, vacation’s done,
in Chicago as it is in Hawaii.
Give us this day our daily cheese,
and forgive us our conservatism,
as we forgive those commie, pinko, progressive, tree-hugging environmentalist wacko Van Jones clones who trespass against us.
And lead us not into solvency,
but deliver us from living within our means.
For thine is the Federal Reserve, and the student loans,
and the Obama stash, forever and ever – at least until the worm turns.
The stupidity of Barack Hussein Obama’s supposedly intellectual political arguments goes beyond the pale. No, take that back! Obama didn’t say a thing. TOTUS did all the talking. Obama’s overhyped speech today, Wednesday, April 13th, didn’t deviate one whit from his commie track record. In fact it didn’t even start on time. He was late as usual…word has it that he was on the toilet. Presidentin’ makes you want to “go” don’t cha know. And then rumor has it that while walking to the speech he allegedly stopped along the way to squeeze the fruit – regrettably, Barney Frank couldn’t be reached for comment. Another possible reason given for the lateness of Obama’s arrival at the podium was the suggestion that the Obamas were held up reenacting that scene from the Geico commercial featuring Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. So Michelle supposedly told Barack to get her something good for her birthday and gives him some hints like “I want something shiny, which goes from zero to 200 in five seconds.” So Barack gets her a scale! But anyway, we digress – Time to get back on track with the weightier matter of the stupidity of Obama’s political speechifying arguments.
He’s a moron when it comes to economics, commerce, business, and finance. Stealing the message of conservatism from the true conservatives, Obama magnanimously called on both Democrats and Republicans to balance the budget and work toward paying down the debt of the federal government. But then his inner communist took over and he decided that the way to accomplish the feat would be to put an end to the Bush-era tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year. Somehow, Obama is convinced that penalizing the productive will somehow translate into exalting the nonproductive elements of society. In other news apples and oranges have been deemed to be identical. “The only concrete proposal that he proposed was raising taxes,” said Eric Cantor, a member of the House GOP leadership. “That solution falls far short of dealing with the kind of crises that we’re facing,” said Cantor.
A blogger known only as Freddie Cougar said it best: “Raising taxes = ‘reducing tax expenditures,’ addressing ‘spending reductions in the tax code,’ ‘spending in the tax code,’ and ‘spending reductions in the tax code.’ Doublespeak at its finest.” It was a friggin’ campaign speech. Government has been the source of our prosperity? Good grief, it was another revisionist history lesson from our commie president. According to Obama tax cuts are the problem. “It’s all the Bush’s fault” – signed Moses. Poor Dubya, the Evil Genius. Obama is good at only one thing. He is an exceptional liar. Obama is a crybaby. Obama is a wimp. Obama is a whiner. Obama blames everyone but himself. Obama sucks. His entire talk could have been summed up thusly: “When I took office…it’s not my fault!”
Behold the Lying King! We’ve all heard the old joke that goes something like this: “What is the difference between the Lion King and Barack Obama? The Lion King is an African Lion. Obama is a Lying African.” Liberals inevitably call the joke racist. They don’t get the fact that liars can come from any continent. It’s just the plain fact, Jack that this one’s roots are from Kenya. Last we heard, after that stupefying speech, is that the village doesn’t want its idiot back. Good for the village! Perhaps the HildaBeast can spare a dime.
In a poor zoo of Africa, a lion was frustrated as he was offered not more than 1 kilogram of meat a day.
The lion thought its prayers were answered when one day a Honolulu Zoo manager visited the zoo and requested the zoo management to shift the lion to the Honolulu Zoo.
The lion was so happy and started thinking of a central A/C environment and a goat or two every day.
On its first day after arrival, the lion was offered a big bag, sealed nicely for breakfast. The lion opened it quickly but was shocked to see that it contained nothing but a few bottles of KGBean dip. The lion thought that maybe they cared too much for him as they were worried about his stomach as he had recently shifted locations.
The next day the same thing happened. On the third day again the same food bag of KGBean dip was delivered. The lion was so furious; it stopped the delivery boy and blasted him, “don’t you know I am the lion…King of the Jungle? What’s wrong with your management? What nonsense is this? Why are you delivering KGBean dip to me?”
The delivery boy politely said, “Sir, I know you are the King of the Jungle … but… you have been brought here on Frank Marshall Davis’ visa!”
Now we know that Obama’s speech was timed so as to not go up against Dancing With The Stars. We don’t know why; but considering the way Obama tap-danced around Libya and the economy, he might have won. Some people are saying Obama was a little bit testy during the speech. Hmmm… it looks like somebody’s March Madness bracket pick didn’t do so well. You know, ever since the CEO of G.E. became his advisor, everything Obama says sounds like a light bulb commercial. Walk to the light, little people! Walk to the light!
It was recently reported in the news that Obama had been accidentally locked out of the White House. For that one panicked moment Obama thought that they must have found his real birth certificate. At least the locked door to the White House gave Obama an alibi. “I didn’t do it. It was broken when I got here.” – Barack “Bart Simpson” Obama.
America has taken up the drinking game to pass the time during Obama’s speeches. Drone. Drone. Drone. Drone. Drink. Of course the game gets a little mixed up when it comes to the Obamartini – made with Absolut Zero.
And then there was Barry’s Audacity of Hype. Did he really say “My finely honed political instincts”? Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! I can’t breathe! First off, Barack, you are a politician. Second, all of our taxes are spent on the entitlements. Everything else is funded by loans. Barack, you are a fiscal imbecile. “Gubmint cheese is the best cheese there is. And it is free. Free for you and free for me,” – the essence of Obama’s talk about his stash and entitlements. “I’ll take Manchurian Candidate for $500, Alex.” Ahhh, Komrades. It is boootiful day in USSA. Did he say corpseman? This dumbass couldn’t even pass a middle school speech class. By Friday afternoon he will backpedal on everything he said by making what he said “perfectly clear”. Got it? For the Obamassiah, there is no issue he cannot straddle. Oh fer cryin’ out loud. Did he just denounce his own 2012 budget? Is he mentally challenged? Does he not recall what he threw out in January? Obama is nothing but a Puppet of Meat. Yo, Meat Puppet! Nobody’s clapping so quit waiting for the applause. It ain’t coming your way.
Is there any doubt about his Marxism? Like was said up front, Obama’s stupidity goes beyond the pale. What level of Hell has the United States of America sunk to when Obama’s sophist rhetoric is actually taken seriously? Isn’t America starting to feel a bit bloated from all the smoke being blown up its collective arse? Furthermore, what the Hell is a Kwag-mahr? Is Kwag-marh a city in Pohkeesstohn?
Four trillion in cuts over 12 years…backed by his “fail-safe” guaranty. Wimpy: “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” LOL, when has congress ever followed up on a guarantee? Lock box anyone? America is going to have to practice bending over a LOT more… Can this get any worse? Of course it can! Darn it, Mr. President, would you at least treat us to dinner and a movie first?
Obama’s pandering for the senior vote is getting old. Note to Obama: You have lost the senior vote and you will not get it back. You stupid meat puppet teleprompter reading political hack. We all find you taxing, which explains this:
The Tax System – Explained With Beer
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that’s what they decided to do.
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve.
‘Since you are all such good customers,’ he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.’
‘Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.’
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings) .
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings) .
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 ( 25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 ( 22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.
‘I only got a dollar out of the $20,’ declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, ‘but he got $10!’
‘Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!’
‘That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’
‘Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.
So Barry, what are we cutting in order to balance the budget? Oh, I see, you’re cutting employment and taxing the rich. Great plan!!! Okay, JackWagon, WHAT DO WE CUT? – Besides Defense? Typical Obama speech, lots of hype and no substance. I thought Pakistan said no more drones. Obama never ceases to amaze. He is laying on the lies and class warfare like there’s no tomorrow. Logic isn’t his strong suit. Come to think of it…nothing is his strong suit…unless flies on the lip count for something. America felt like it was watching tennis during Obama’s speech. Left – right, left – right. Teleprompter 1, teleprompter 2.
Obama could have stood on the podium and picked his nose for 30 minutes. The Main Stream Media would have still declared the speech a victory, and that was that. Obama throws out accusations at conservatives but offers no plan of his own. He avoids specifics like the plague. You can just envision Obama saying something like this: “I will give every American everything they want and it won’t cost a cent. I’m leaving it to Congress to figure out how to make that happen.”
The jackwagoniest of jackwagons; what a miserable, pathetic president we have. Expectations for today’s speech were low, but he still managed to hook an ankle on the bar he could have easily stepped over.
The highlight of the speech was Rip Van Biden’s reaction to it – which was a big effing deal! Joe slept though it!
Joe Biden engaging in a Big Effing Deal!
See the photo for proof. Old Joe has heard the commie spiel so many times that he can doze off through an entire progressive speech and not miss a thing. No big deal, Joe. The rest of the country was going comatose, too. All you missed, Joe, was Obama saying “My vision for America is one where we live within our means, blinded by my socialistic government ideology.” Got it, Joe? Good! Now, remember, Joe, that for the rest of us our vision for America is to wipe away all you FDR/Johnson/LBJ/progressing/Obama stains from our Republic. All we know is that Obama’s plan is heavy on the “fail” and light on the “safe.” Obama says he wants America to live within its means? Okay! – Then no more flying in a favorite chef from Chicago to make pizza at the White House. No more ridiculously expensive vacations on the public’s dime! No more lobster deliveries for Michelle. No more flying Obama’s dog Bo around on his own private jet. Man, I dunno. I mean, it’s probably pretty hard subsisting on a $15T budget. Perhaps Obama meant everybody but the government has to live within their means. There, that’s better! Be thankful for small gifts, America – at least he’s not using the stupid Slurpee story anymore.
That’s an F+ for effort, Barry, and a G- for substance. “My vision for America is one where we live within our means.” No it’s not, Barry. LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR!
Gene Roddenberry was a prophet. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present Landreu, the automated president….programmed to respond. Click, whir, Dolby Sound enabled. Here’s Barry at his best:
“Let me be clear, as I’ve always said the time for change is now and we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Thank you and goodnight.” – Barack Hussein Obama
Stockbridge, GA – Potential Republican presidential candidate and longtime corporate executive Herman Cain responded to President Obama’s speech at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 regarding his budget proposal, saying:
President Obama’s address proved yet again that he values ideology over basic economics and leadership.
His budget employs his typical class warfare tactics, insisting on taxing America’s job creators into oblivion for what he deems “fairness.” In doing so, he makes clear his willingness to further cripple our economy in exchange for pushing his wealth redistribution agenda and abandonment of the free enterprise system.
President Obama also took the opportunity to blame everyone but his own administration for this economic disaster, shifting blame to the Bush administration, Congressional Republicans and America’s highest earners, neglecting his own administration’s reckless spending.
Instead of using this speech as an opportunity to preview a budget that could significantly pay down our mounting debt through meaningful spending cuts and entitlement reforms, he again insisted on saddling America’s job creators with an even heavier tax burden to pay down the debt. Meanwhile, Congressman Ryan proposed his own budget that reduces the national debt by $6 trillion without raising taxes on a single American family or business.
Most importantly, actions speak louder than words. President Obama claims that his budget proposal would cut $4 trillion in just 12 years. Can we really trust a man who vowed time and time again that his administration would cut the budget deficit in half, but instead, brought our budget deficits to record levels in just half a term in the White House?
Indeed, since President Obama just filed his re-election candidacy papers, Americans today got their first televised campaign speech for 2012: all talk, no leadership.
Obama explained his vision for the road to deficit reductions on Wednesday. In a speech that was light on details and heavy on the campaign rhetoric, he reminded Americans of the things most critical to his “progressive vision”.
Obama claims that his plan will cut $4 Trillion from budget deficits over 12 years. Where would that leave the total debt which now totals more than $14 trillion?
To sum it up, everything is on the table, except social security, and perhaps not transportation, education or clean energy. Tax hikes are definitely on the table, but only for the very rich. The video and full text is below for your perusal.
Good afternoon. It’s great to be back at GW. I want you to know that one of the reasons I kept the government open was so I could be here today with all of you. I wanted to make sure you had one more excuse to skip class. You’re welcome.
Of course, what we’ve been debating here in Washington for the last few weeks will affect your lives in ways that are potentially profound. This debate over budgets and deficits is about more than just numbers on a page, more than just cutting and spending. It’s about the kind of future we want. It’s about the kind of country we believe in. And that’s what I want to talk about today.
From our first days as a nation, we have put our faith in free markets and free enterprise as the engine of America’s wealth and prosperity. More than citizens of any other country, we are rugged individualists, a self-reliant people with a healthy skepticism of too much government.
But there has always been another thread running throughout our history – a belief that we are all connected; and that there are some things we can only do together, as a nation. We believe, in the words of our first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, that through government, we should do together what we cannot do as well for ourselves. And so we’ve built a strong military to keep us secure, and public schools and universities to educate our citizens. We’ve laid down railroads and highways to facilitate travel and commerce. We’ve supported the work of scientists and researchers whose discoveries have saved lives, unleashed repeated technological revolutions, and led to countless new jobs and entire industries. Each of us has benefitted from these investments, and we are a more prosperous country as a result.
Part of this American belief that we are all connected also expresses itself in a conviction that each one of us deserves some basic measure of security. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, hard times or bad luck, a crippling illness or a layoff, may strike any one of us. “There but for the grace of God go I,” we say to ourselves, and so we contribute to programs like Medicare and Social Security, which guarantee us health care and a measure of basic income after a lifetime of hard work; unemployment insurance, which protects us against unexpected job loss; and Medicaid, which provides care for millions of seniors in nursing homes, poor children, and those with disabilities. We are a better country because of these commitments. I’ll go further – we would not be a great country without those commitments.
For much of the last century, our nation found a way to afford these investments and priorities with the taxes paid by its citizens. As a country that values fairness, wealthier individuals have traditionally born a greater share of this burden than the middle class or those less fortunate. This is not because we begrudge those who’ve done well – we rightly celebrate their success. Rather, it is a basic reflection of our belief that those who have benefitted most from our way of life can afford to give a bit more back. Moreover, this belief has not hindered the success of those at the top of the income scale, who continue to do better and better with each passing year.
Now, at certain times – particularly during periods of war or recession – our nation has had to borrow money to pay for some of our priorities. And as most families understand, a little credit card debt isn’t going to hurt if it’s temporary.
But as far back as the 1980s, America started amassing debt at more alarming levels, and our leaders began to realize that a larger challenge was on the horizon. They knew that eventually, the Baby Boom generation would retire, which meant a much bigger portion of our citizens would be relying on programs like Medicare, Social Security, and possibly Medicaid. Like parents with young children who know they have to start saving for the college years, America had to start borrowing less and saving more to prepare for the retirement of an entire generation.
To meet this challenge, our leaders came together three times during the 1990s to reduce our nation’s deficit. They forged historic agreements that required tough decisions made by the first President Bush and President Clinton; by Democratic Congresses and a Republican Congress. All three agreements asked for shared responsibility and shared sacrifice, but they largely protected the middle class, our commitments to seniors, and key investments in our future.
As a result of these bipartisan efforts, America’s finances were in great shape by the year 2000. We went from deficit to surplus. America was actually on track to becoming completely debt-free, and we were prepared for the retirement of the Baby Boomers.
But after Democrats and Republicans committed to fiscal discipline during the 1990s, we lost our way in the decade that followed. We increased spending dramatically for two wars and an expensive prescription drug program – but we didn’t pay for any of this new spending. Instead, we made the problem worse with trillions of dollars in unpaid-for tax cuts – tax cuts that went to every millionaire and billionaire in the country; tax cuts that will force us to borrow an average of $500 billion every year over the next decade.
To give you an idea of how much damage this caused to our national checkbook, consider this: in the last decade, if we had simply found a way to pay for the tax cuts and the prescription drug benefit, our deficit would currently be at low historical levels in the coming years.
Of course, that’s not what happened. And so, by the time I took office, we once again found ourselves deeply in debt and unprepared for a Baby Boom retirement that is now starting to take place. When I took office, our projected deficit was more than $1 trillion. On top of that, we faced a terrible financial crisis and a recession that, like most recessions, led us to temporarily borrow even more. In this case, we took a series of emergency steps that saved millions of jobs, kept credit flowing, and provided working families extra money in their pockets. It was the right thing to do, but these steps were expensive, and added to our deficits in the short term.
So that’s how our fiscal challenge was created. This is how we got here. And now that our economic recovery is gaining strength, Democrats and Republicans must come together and restore the fiscal responsibility that served us so well in the 1990s. We have to live within our means, reduce our deficit, and get back on a path that will allow us to pay down our debt. And we have to do it in a way that protects the recovery, and protects the investments we need to grow, create jobs, and win the future.
Now, before I get into how we can achieve this goal, some of you might be wondering, “Why is this so important? Why does this matter to me?”
Here’s why. Even after our economy recovers, our government will still be on track to spend more money than it takes in throughout this decade and beyond. That means we’ll have to keep borrowing more from countries like China. And that means more of your tax dollars will go toward paying off the interest on all the loans we keep taking out. By the end of this decade, the interest we owe on our debt could rise to nearly $1 trillion. Just the interest payments.
Then, as the Baby Boomers start to retire and health care costs continue to rise, the situation will get even worse. By 2025, the amount of taxes we currently pay will only be enough to finance our health care programs, Social Security, and the interest we owe on our debt. That’s it. Every other national priority – education, transportation, even national security – will have to be paid for with borrowed money.
Ultimately, all this rising debt will cost us jobs and damage our economy. It will prevent us from making the investments we need to win the future. We won’t be able to afford good schools, new research, or the repair of roads and bridges – all the things that will create new jobs and businesses here in America. Businesses will be less likely to invest and open up shop in a country that seems unwilling or unable to balance its books. And if our creditors start worrying that we may be unable to pay back our debts, it could drive up interest rates for everyone who borrows money – making it harder for businesses to expand and hire, or families to take out a mortgage.
The good news is, this doesn’t have to be our future. This doesn’t have to be the country we leave to our children. We can solve this problem. We came together as Democrats and Republicans to meet this challenge before, and we can do it again.
But that starts by being honest about what’s causing our deficit. You see, most Americans tend to dislike government spending in the abstract, but they like the stuff it buys. Most of us, regardless of party affiliation, believe that we should have a strong military and a strong defense. Most Americans believe we should invest in education and medical research. Most Americans think we should protect commitments like Social Security and Medicare. And without even looking at a poll, my finely honed political skills tell me that almost no one believes they should be paying higher taxes.
Because all this spending is popular with both Republicans and Democrats alike, and because nobody wants to pay higher taxes, politicians are often eager to feed the impression that solving the problem is just a matter of eliminating waste and abuse –that tackling the deficit issue won’t require tough choices. Or they suggest that we can somehow close our entire deficit by eliminating things like foreign aid, even though foreign aid makes up about 1% of our entire budget.
So here’s the truth. Around two-thirds of our budget is spent on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and national security. Programs like unemployment insurance, student loans, veterans’ benefits, and tax credits for working families take up another 20%. What’s left, after interest on the debt, is just 12 percent for everything else. That’s 12 percent for all of our other national priorities like education and clean energy; medical research and transportation; food safety and keeping our air and water clean.
Up until now, the cuts proposed by a lot of folks in Washington have focused almost exclusively on that 12%. But cuts to that 12% alone won’t solve the problem. So any serious plan to tackle our deficit will require us to put everything on the table, and take on excess spending wherever it exists in the budget. A serious plan doesn’t require us to balance our budget overnight – in fact, economists think that with the economy just starting to grow again, we will need a phased-in approach – but it does require tough decisions and support from leaders in both parties. And above all, it will require us to choose a vision of the America we want to see five and ten and twenty years down the road.
One vision has been championed by Republicans in the House of Representatives and embraced by several of their party’s presidential candidates. It’s a plan that aims to reduce our deficit by $4 trillion over the next ten years, and one that addresses the challenge of Medicare and Medicaid in the years after that.
Those are both worthy goals for us to achieve. But the way this plan achieves those goals would lead to a fundamentally different America than the one we’ve known throughout most of our history.
A 70% cut to clean energy. A 25% cut in education. A 30% cut in transportation. Cuts in college Pell Grants that will grow to more than $1,000 per year. That’s what they’re proposing. These aren’t the kind of cuts you make when you’re trying to get rid of some waste or find extra savings in the budget. These aren’t the kind of cuts that Republicans and Democrats on the Fiscal Commission proposed. These are the kind of cuts that tell us we can’t afford the America we believe in. And they paint a vision of our future that’s deeply pessimistic.
It’s a vision that says if our roads crumble and our bridges collapse, we can’t afford to fix them. If there are bright young Americans who have the drive and the will but not the money to go to college, we can’t afford to send them. Go to China and you’ll see businesses opening research labs and solar facilities. South Korean children are outpacing our kids in math and science. Brazil is investing billions in new infrastructure and can run half their cars not on high-priced gasoline, but biofuels. And yet, we are presented with a vision that says the United States of America – the greatest nation on Earth – can’t afford any of this.
It’s a vision that says America can’t afford to keep the promise we’ve made to care for our seniors. It says that ten years from now, if you’re a 65 year old who’s eligible for Medicare, you should have to pay nearly $6,400 more than you would today. It says instead of guaranteed health care, you will get a voucher. And if that voucher isn’t worth enough to buy insurance, tough luck – you’re on your own. Put simply, it ends Medicare as we know it.
This is a vision that says up to 50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance in order for us to reduce the deficit. And who are those 50 million Americans? Many are someone’s grandparents who wouldn’t be able afford nursing home care without Medicaid. Many are poor children. Some are middle-class families who have children with autism or Down’s syndrome. Some are kids with disabilities so severe that they require 24-hour care. These are the Americans we’d be telling to fend for themselves.
Worst of all, this is a vision that says even though America can’t afford to invest in education or clean energy; even though we can’t afford to care for seniors and poor children, we can somehow afford more than $1 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthy. Think about it. In the last decade, the average income of the bottom 90% of all working Americans actually declined. The top 1% saw their income rise by an average of more than a quarter of a million dollars each. And that’s who needs to pay less taxes? They want to give people like me a two hundred thousand dollar tax cut that’s paid for by asking thirty three seniors to each pay six thousand dollars more in health costs? That’s not right, and it’s not going to happen as long as I’m President.
The fact is, their vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America. As Ronald Reagan’s own budget director said, there’s nothing “serious” or “courageous” about this plan. There’s nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. There’s nothing courageous about asking for sacrifice from those who can least afford it and don’t have any clout on Capitol Hill. And this is not a vision of the America I know.
The America I know is generous and compassionate; a land of opportunity and optimism. We take responsibility for ourselves and each other; for the country we want and the future we share. We are the nation that built a railroad across a continent and brought light to communities shrouded in darkness. We sent a generation to college on the GI bill and saved millions of seniors from poverty with Social Security and Medicare. We have led the world in scientific research and technological breakthroughs that have transformed millions of lives.
This is who we are. This is the America I know. We don’t have to choose between a future of spiraling debt and one where we forfeit investments in our people and our country. To meet our fiscal challenge, we will need to make reforms. We will all need to make sacrifices. But we do not have to sacrifice the America we believe in. And as long as I’m President, we won’t.
Today, I’m proposing a more balanced approach to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over twelve years. It’s an approach that borrows from the recommendations of the bipartisan Fiscal Commission I appointed last year, and builds on the roughly $1 trillion in deficit reduction I already proposed in my 2012 budget. It’s an approach that puts every kind of spending on the table, but one that protects the middle-class, our promise to seniors, and our investments in the future.
The first step in our approach is to keep annual domestic spending low by building on the savings that both parties agreed to last week – a step that will save us about $750 billion over twelve years. We will make the tough cuts necessary to achieve these savings, including in programs I care about, but I will not sacrifice the core investments we need to grow and create jobs. We’ll invest in medical research and clean energy technology. We’ll invest in new roads and airports and broadband access. We will invest in education and job training. We will do what we need to compete and we will win the future.
The second step in our approach is to find additional savings in our defense budget. As Commander-in-Chief, I have no greater responsibility than protecting our national security, and I will never accept cuts that compromise our ability to defend our homeland or America’s interests around the world. But as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mullen, has said, the greatest long-term threat to America’s national security is America’s debt.
Just as we must find more savings in domestic programs, we must do the same in defense. Over the last two years, Secretary Gates has courageously taken on wasteful spending, saving $400 billion in current and future spending. I believe we can do that again. We need to not only eliminate waste and improve efficiency and effectiveness, but conduct a fundamental review of America’s missions, capabilities, and our role in a changing world. I intend to work with Secretary Gates and the Joint Chiefs on this review, and I will make specific decisions about spending after it’s complete.
The third step in our approach is to further reduce health care spending in our budget. Here, the difference with the House Republican plan could not be clearer: their plan lowers the government’s health care bills by asking seniors and poor families to pay them instead. Our approach lowers the government’s health care bills by reducing the cost of health care itself.
Already, the reforms we passed in the health care law will reduce our deficit by $1 trillion. My approach would build on these reforms. We will reduce wasteful subsidies and erroneous payments. We will cut spending on prescription drugs by using Medicare’s purchasing power to drive greater efficiency and speed generic brands of medicine onto the market. We will work with governors of both parties to demand more efficiency and accountability from Medicaid. We will change the way we pay for health care – not by procedure or the number of days spent in a hospital, but with new incentives for doctors and hospitals to prevent injuries and improve results. And we will slow the growth of Medicare costs by strengthening an independent commission of doctors, nurses, medical experts and consumers who will look at all the evidence and recommend the best ways to reduce unnecessary spending while protecting access to the services seniors need.
Now, we believe the reforms we’ve proposed to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid will enable us to keep these commitments to our citizens while saving us $500 billion by 2023, and an additional one trillion dollars in the decade after that. And if we’re wrong, and Medicare costs rise faster than we expect, this approach will give the independent commission the authority to make additional savings by further improving Medicare.
But let me be absolutely clear: I will preserve these health care programs as a promise we make to each other in this society. I will not allow Medicare to become a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry, with a shrinking benefit to pay for rising costs. I will not tell families with children who have disabilities that they have to fend for themselves. We will reform these programs, but we will not abandon the fundamental commitment this country has kept for generations.
That includes, by the way, our commitment to Social Security. While Social Security is not the cause of our deficit, it faces real long-term challenges in a country that is growing older. As I said in the State of the Union, both parties should work together now to strengthen Social Security for future generations. But we must do it without putting at risk current retirees, the most vulnerable, or people with disabilities; without slashing benefits for future generations; and without subjecting Americans’ guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market.
The fourth step in our approach is to reduce spending in the tax code. In December, I agreed to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans because it was the only way I could prevent a tax hike on middle-class Americans. But we cannot afford $1 trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society. And I refuse to renew them again.
Beyond that, the tax code is also loaded up with spending on things like itemized deductions. And while I agree with the goals of many of these deductions, like homeownership or charitable giving, we cannot ignore the fact that they provide millionaires an average tax break of $75,000 while doing nothing for the typical middle-class family that doesn’t itemize.
My budget calls for limiting itemized deductions for the wealthiest 2% of Americans – a reform that would reduce the deficit by $320 billion over ten years. But to reduce the deficit, I believe we should go further. That’s why I’m calling on Congress to reform our individual tax code so that it is fair and simple – so that the amount of taxes you pay isn’t determined by what kind of accountant you can afford. I believe reform should protect the middle class, promote economic growth, and build on the Fiscal Commission’s model of reducing tax expenditures so that there is enough savings to both lower rates and lower the deficit. And as I called for in the State of the Union, we should reform our corporate tax code as well, to make our businesses and our economy more competitive.
This is my approach to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next twelve years. It’s an approach that achieves about $2 trillion in spending cuts across the budget. It will lower our interest payments on the debt by $1 trillion. It calls for tax reform to cut about $1 trillion in spending from the tax code. And it achieves these goals while protecting the middle class, our commitment to seniors, and our investments in the future.
In the coming years, if the recovery speeds up and our economy grows faster than our current projections, we can make even greater progress than I have pledged here. But just to hold Washington – and me – accountable and make sure that the debt burden continues to decline, my plan includes a debt failsafe. If, by 2014, our debt is not projected to fall as a share of the economy – or if Congress has failed to act – my plan will require us to come together and make up the additional savings with more spending cuts and more spending reductions in the tax code. That should be an incentive for us to act boldly now, instead of kicking our problems further down the road.
So this is our vision for America – a vision where we live within our means while still investing in our future; where everyone makes sacrifices but no one bears all the burden; where we provide a basic measure of security for our citizens and rising opportunity for our children.
Of course, there will be those who disagree with my approach. Some will argue we shouldn’t even consider raising taxes, even if only on the wealthiest Americans. It’s just an article of faith for them. I say that at a time when the tax burden on the wealthy is at its lowest level in half a century, the most fortunate among us can afford to pay a little more. I don’t need another tax cut. Warren Buffett doesn’t need another tax cut. Not if we have to pay for it by making seniors pay more for Medicare. Or by cutting kids from Head Start. Or by taking away college scholarships that I wouldn’t be here without. That some of you wouldn’t be here without. And I believe that most wealthy Americans would agree with me. They want to give back to the country that’s done so much for them. Washington just hasn’t asked them to.
Others will say that we shouldn’t even talk about cutting spending until the economy is fully recovered. I’m sympathetic to this view, which is one of the reasons I supported the payroll tax cuts we passed in December. It’s also why we have to use a scalpel and not a machete to reduce the deficit – so that we can keep making the investments that create jobs. But doing nothing on the deficit is just not an option. Our debt has grown so large that we could do real damage to the economy if we don’t begin a process now to get our fiscal house in order.
Finally, there are those who believe we shouldn’t make any reforms to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security out of a fear that any talk of change to these programs will usher in the sort of radical steps that House Republicans have proposed. I understand these fears. But I guarantee that if we don’t make any changes at all, we won’t be able to keep our commitments to a retiring generation that will live longer and face higher health care costs than those who came before.
Indeed, to those in my own party, I say that if we truly believe in a progressive vision of our society, we have the obligation to prove that we can afford our commitments. If we believe that government can make a difference in people’s lives, we have the obligation to prove that it works – by making government smarter, leaner and more effective.
Of course, there are those who will simply say that there’s no way we can come together and agree on a solution to this challenge. They’ll say the politics of this city are just too broken; that the choices are just too hard; that the parties are just too far apart. And after a few years in this job, I certainly have some sympathy for this view.
But I also know that we’ve come together and met big challenges before. Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill came together to save Social Security for future generations. The first President Bush and a Democratic Congress came together to reduce the deficit. President Clinton and a Republican Congress battled each other ferociously and still found a way to balance the budget. In the last few months, both parties have come together to pass historic tax relief and spending cuts. And I know there are Republicans and Democrats in Congress who want to see a balanced approach to deficit reduction.
I believe we can and must come together again. This morning, I met with Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to discuss the approach I laid out today. And in early May, the Vice President will begin regular meetings with leaders in both parties with the aim of reaching a final agreement on a plan to reduce the deficit by the end of June.
I don’t expect the details in any final agreement to look exactly like the approach I laid out today. I’m eager to hear other ideas from all ends of the political spectrum. And though I’m sure the criticism of what I’ve said here today will be fierce in some quarters, and my critique of the House Republican approach has been strong, Americans deserve and will demand that we all bridge our differences, and find common ground.
This larger debate we’re having, about the size and role of government, has been with us since our founding days. And during moments of great challenge and change, like the one we’re living through now, the debate gets sharper and more vigorous. That’s a good thing. As a country that prizes both our individual freedom and our obligations to one another, this is one of the most important debates we can have.
But no matter what we argue or where we stand, we’ve always held certain beliefs as Americans. We believe that in order to preserve our own freedoms and pursue our own happiness, we can’t just think about ourselves. We have to think about the country that made those liberties possible. We have to think about our fellow citizens with whom we share a community. And we have to think about what’s required to preserve the American Dream for future generations.
This sense of responsibility – to each other and to our country – this isn’t a partisan feeling. It isn’t a Democratic or Republican idea. It’s patriotism.
The other day I received a letter from a man in Florida. He started off by telling me he didn’t vote for me and he hasn’t always agreed with me. But even though he’s worried about our economy and the state of our politics, he said,
“I still believe. I believe in that great country that my grandfather told me about. I believe that somewhere lost in this quagmire of petty bickering on every news station, the ‘American Dream’ is still alive…
We need to use our dollars here rebuilding, refurbishing and restoring all that our ancestors struggled to create and maintain…We as a people must do this together, no matter the color of the state one comes from or the side of the aisle one might sit on.”
I still believe as well. And I know that if we can come together, and uphold our responsibilities to one another and to this larger enterprise that is America, we will keep the dream of our founding alive in our time, and pass on to our children the country we believe in. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.
The endless budget debate in Washington D. C. will ratchet up again next week as Democrats will push to raise the debt ceiling again, while Republicans will demand serious budget cuts in a trade-off for their support for raising the debt ceiling. Make no mistake either way, the people paying for all this will eventually see the debt ceiling risen, putting their children and grandchildren further in debt for decades to come. Does anyone think that these elitist tyrants actually care ? Hell no, after all, they are spending your money. ( and your children’s money) To add fuel to this pending financial Armageddon, is the recently exposed hypocricy of the Democrats previous votes on raising the debt ceiling in 2006. Actions speak louder than words, and all the propaganda and spin in the world can not hide the truth to be found in the voting records from the 2006 debt ceiling votes. While this will become another Democratically controlled Senate vote against a Republican controlled House vote, with final approval needed from the Senate, we shall take a look at what happened in 2006.
Barack Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006, as an Illinois Jr. Senator. While he is on record waxing emphatically against raising the debt ceiling to pay for the two wars we were in back in 2006, we have to wonder why he says it must be risen today, considering we are currently in three wars. two which he has failed to withdraw us from and one he illegally injected us into when he bombed Libya without any direct threat from them to the U.S. Obama’s only response to this proven hypocricy is to say his vote was a “simple mistake.” For this pathetic type of political spin, I feel he should be named The Hypocrite in Chief from here on out. If the shoe fits, Mr. President, wear it! A brief explanation about the more recent debt ceiling chicanery can be seen here from Fox Business:
The U.S. debt ceiling has been raised 11 times since 1996, amidst a worldwide bubble in government as politicians the world over try to fix their economies by drinking themselves sober.
And as Congress has raised the government debt ceiling those 11 times, almost in lockstep, the Government Accountability Office could not sign off on the government’s books for 14 consecutive years, because its regular audits found the nation’s books in terrible disarray. (emphasis mine)
In taking a look back at 2006, we see the unmistakable pattern of our government’s books being manipulated in so many ways that no one can decipher the real truth about our current fiscal status. This isn’t due to incompetence, so much as it is done by design to keep the people in the dark about America’s eventual bankruptcy and pending truth about U.S. loan repayment abilities. That truth can be found in Barack Hussein Obama’s own words back in the Senate in 2006:
Notably, the president was against raising the debt ceiling before he was for it. On March 16, 006, then Illinois Senator Obama was opposed to hiking the ceiling, noting: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” ( emphasis mine)
One one hand, I couldn’t agree with Senator Obama there, as leadership does start at the top, yet he should take notice that today he is the President of the United States of America , so this debt ceiling and budget quagmire reflect on his own failure to lead. Too bad he can’t find a way to blame Bush for this one, as I,m sure he would like to.
When President Bush was pushing for the debt ceiling to be risen to in part help fund the war on terror that stemmed from over 3000 innocent Americans being murd-ered by Muslims in 2001 in a direct attack on the USA, the Democratic party of no voted 100% against raising the debt ceiling in the U.S. Senate. Their hypocritical excuses for their sudden turnaround in supporting the debt ceiling increase is nothing short of amazing, when we look at some of the Senate Democrats recent statements found on Politico:
“I’m concerned how hard it is going to be to do it because these people want to govern by ideology,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) of House Republicans, who faces voters in 2012, and voted against increasing the statutory debt limit in 2007 but supported a hike in 2010.
I’m not gonna play chicken with the notion that the United States would welsh on a debt,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). “I think that is wildly political and irresponsible.”
Every Senate Democrat that voted against raising the debt ceiling back in 2006, is all of a sudden not so concerned with America’s debt burden, and now say we must raise the debt ceiling ! And after 4 long years of House Democrats under Ex-Speaker Pelosi piling on the debt with crony-capitalism payback through massive bills laden with riders, amendments and Earmarks, all of a sudden the powerless House Democrats are screaming for “clean bills.” From Msn here we see this:
And in a letter to House Democrats, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) writes, “We ask you to convene a caucus to discuss and establish a Democratic position in favor of a clean extension of the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling vote is about one thing: affirming that America pays its bills. It does not authorize new taxpayer obligations; it affirms to the world our commitment to pay obligations already incurred.”
With the numerous hypocritical statements and outright refusal to accept their responsibility for said hypocricy in their voting records, these tyrants should not have to wonder why they have completely lost the trust of the American people one bit. They are proving to be untrustworthy through their own actions and words, right from the House and Senate Democrats to the current President of the United States of America. We are broke and they want to continue to spend, period. Remember this when you go to cast your votes in 2012. This raising of the debt ceiling debate is no longer Democrats against Republicans, this is sanity and responibility vs. irresponsible spending and lunacy, along with a huge helping of disrespect for the American people footing the bill for decades to come. Remember exactly who is on the side of the taxpayers in 2012, and the fact proven right here, that it sure as hell isn’t the hypocritical Democrats of today.
Several of our staff and I made the jump to live internet radio. The Plain, Hard Truth aired it’s first show on Thursday, April 14th at 8pm Pacific/11pm Eastern. Our continuing fixed who time will be 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern.
While CDN is our serious side, the radio outlet is meant to show that we are human, not just word-churning, progressive-mashing, cynics. Ok, maybe it still will show that, but we’ll laugh about it .. or something.
This was our first episode so give it a listen as Michelle, Allenah and I talk about the worthlessness of zero tolerance rules, possible Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Mitch Daniels, the battle over budget cuts and the upcoming feature film, Atlas Shrugged.
You can listen to the archive version of the show with the player below (don’t forget to tweet and share it – we rock .. or something.
Perhaps in preparation for the second anniversary of the U.N.’s “International Mother Earth Day”, the international body is set to consider a draft treaty from Bolivia that would give “Mother Earth” the same rights as people. Bolivian President Evo Morales, a socialist that believes that the planet should be granted a set of specific rights has authored a resolution that also creates a new bureaucracy, The Ministry of Mother Earth (MOMiE?).
Based on the Gaia hypothesis, poses that the planet is a living organism instead of being formed of rocks, water and numerous minerals on top of which organisms thrive. The same basis is that used by Native Americans, druids, and other pagan cultures. The Earth and it’s creatures are to be worshiped and glorified.
It would not be new for environmentalists to create or harbor a failed ideology, and certainly one in-conflict with itself. While fighting for wind and solar, they fight solar plants in order to protect the desert and wind farms to protect the birds. Now it would seem we will protect the Earth and its, er sorry, her organisms to destroy humans (um, also organisms).
Certainly those that enjoy a good steak are harming an organism of Mother Earth, but what about you salad munchers. That iceburg lettuce didn’t come from thin air.
Considering the lack of action, accountability or efficacy of the entirety of the U.N., I cannot imagine that The Ministry of Mother Earth will be much different. Every time we seek to build a new store on hallowed ground – which is all of the ground now – we will have to seek a permit through this new U.N. agency. Fishing permits, hunting licenses, farming registration, mining, gardening, timber, you name it – will all require the blessing of the high druid of MOMiE. Will this blessing will come with a regular tithe to the new church of the MOMiE? I already have a God, thank you.
One more hair-brained idea among many from the United Nations. More proof the One World Government is nothing more than a Utopian fantasy. At first, we might hope that things like this fail to pass the assembly, then again, would it matter if it did?
Former Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty (R) announced on Tuesday night on CNN’s “Pierce Morgan Tonight” that he is indeed running for President.
I’m not putting my hat in the ring rhetorically or ultimately for vice president. I’m focused on running for president.
After his appearance and speeches at the 2011 CPAC, it is no great surprise to those paying close attention to the GOP nomination process.
Tim Pawlenty did also say that he would make a full formal announcement later when further pressed by Pierce Morgan. AFP also reported that his Campaign quickly watered down the announcement telling CNN that Mr. Pawlenty didn’t officially, really .. really announce that he’s running for President.
The implications for officially announcing the run is a host of complicated regulatory requirements around reporting and fund raising. It would appear that T-Paw is running, but is not really really running .. yet.
On Wednesday George W. Bush will be speaking in Elgin Illinois at the inaugural World Leaders Forum at Judson University in a conference titled, Free Enterprise: The Dream of all Free People. On Thursday Glenn Beck will bring his theatrical stage show to the Chicago theater with his now famous Glenn Beck Live show. Also on Thursday, President Obama will be in Chicago once again with three Chicago fundraisers. They don’t call Chicago ” The Windy City ” just based on the winds blowing off the shores of lake Michigan. Whern the wind is out of the Northeast, it comes down the corridor created by lakes Ontario and Eerie, which gives Illinois the much talked about lake effect snowstorms. This week the largest portion of that wind will be indoors, in the form of political rhetoric and campaign propaganda. Which ever side of the political spectrum a person resides on, one common thread will link all three of these functions later on this week in Chicago: They will all be raking in big money. Whoever said it isn’t about the money, when talking about why people get involved in politics today ?
Glenn Beck Live tickets are going for a reasonable $35 to $95 dollars for the 8 pm show. That is a pretty much standard price for an evening of entertainment, and can be considered to be quite a bargain, when we consider Glenn Beck’s star-power today.
Don’t miss out – until you’ve seen this side of Glenn Beck, you only know half the story. Courtesy of Glenn beck.com:
And from NBC Chicago we see big money politics on display this week in Chicago :
In Elgin, Bush serves as keynote speaker for Judson’s conference with a presentation called “Free Enterprise: The Dream of All Free People.” He’ll also answer audience questions during a moderated Q&A before a panel addressing “the value of free enterprise and share their perspectives as entrepreneurs.”
Tickets to the one-day event are $275 for general admission. VIP tickets cost $2,000 and include a chance to meet Bush during a pre-event soiree with appetizers and a possible formal photo op with the former president.
On Thursday, Obama launches a trio of campaign fundraising efforts. Two of President Obama’s events are pricey parties at MK Chicago and N9ne, and the third is a lower-priced shindig at Navy Pier.
Funds raised benefit the Democratic National Committee and Obama’s campaign. According to the web invitation, the first $5,000 of a contribution goes to Obama for America, and the next $30,800 goes to the Democratic National Committee.
As an added footnote about President Obama’s fundraisers, at his site you can not buy Obama bumper stickers , t-shirts or yard signs, but you must make a donation to his campaign to show your support here. yes indeed, it truly is all about the money.
In case you have just returned from a long space-ship flight from Planet Zeon, I need to let you know that America is involved in another civil war. It is a war for the very soul of our Nation—as was our first Civil War! This war is not necessarily between America’s two controlling political parties. The war is between an ideology of conservatism and liberalism. And these two groups of thinkers are purposely dividing our nation, and these two diverse philosophies are about to separate the men from the boys.
Fiscal Conservatives are telling Americans that what they are attempting to do socially and economically is for the good of both the nation and her people. The liberals are telling all who will listen that what they are attempting to do is for the good of some Americans. From what I have seen and read both philosophical camps are being very honest and up front about what their positions are and what their fighting tactics will be. The two differing political and social philosophies should make it easy for Americans to pick sides; just as the obvious political differences in America in the years before the Civil War should have made it easy for most Americans to pick sides. Unfortunately Americans don’t always do the right thing! Americans don’t always make the right choices! There are many variables in our lives which can influence us to say or do or agree with what we know is wrong. Greed and power are way up there in the influencing of choosing wrong over right. Laziness and complacency also play a big part in determining which political party you favor.
Even Sincere People Make Mistakes
In the Civil War, friends and family were willing to fight each other to death in order to keep their rights. One side decided it was their patriotic duty to fight to free American citizens from slavery. The other side decided it was their patriotic duty to fight to own (free) Americans. Two complete opposites. Two completely different ideologies, and yet both sides were willing to die for what they believed was the right thing to do. It is not uncommon to hear the retold stories of the Yanks and Rebs singing church hymns as they camped at night on opposite sides of a river, only to wake up early the next morning with the goal of killing each other! Obviously, the people fighting on one side of this war were wrong!
Well the two differing philosophies are at it again! Fortunately, there are no guns involved in this war! But mark my words; even though there are no guns involved in this war, it is basically the same war all over again! Americans on one side are willing to fight to save this country and her people; while the people on the other side are willing to fight for the rights for a few to control people. Only this time the slave owner is Big Government. And their ‘partner in crime’ is Big Union.
This War Can Get Confusing so stay Focused!
From a literal Christian perspective it seems that the liberal politicians have it right. They say that they are standing up for poor people. Are they? The fiscally liberal politicians cry out that they are not in favor of cutting the budget because it will hurt those poor people who can’t afford medical insurance, and those poor people who are on fixed governmental incomes, and those poor people who are poor because they can’t find employment in this bad economy. Sounds like the non-budget cutting liberals are really in favor of helping poor people – just as Jesus would be. Would Jesus agree with liberal politicians? (We will answer this a little later.) But we know this much about Jesus. Jesus would definitely not want the Christian church financially supporting any health-care organization or government which is helping women kill their babies. There is a big difference between widows, orphans and sexually permissive females who casually and flippantly abort their babies. (This is another story for another day.)
On the other hand most Americans have heard (mostly from liberal sources) that the fiscally conservative politicians want to cut the budget so dramatically that old people, young people, women and children will suffer so tremendously that there will be people dying by the thousands – some liberals even openly profess that millions of Americans will die of hunger. Americans will hear stories (again from the liberal side) of how women will be dying in back alleys from self-induced botched abortions. And poor widowed single mothers will have to watch their children die from lack of medical care. (I warned you conservatives that you needed to stay focused. Remember, you are in a war.) The liberals unabashedly use words like: drastic, extreme, and barbaric when referring to the size of the budget cuts that fiscally responsible conservatives propose. Do you think it would be fair to say the liberals are using a little political propaganda to get their points across? You think! These political liberals will say whatever it takes just so long as it erroneously exaggerates whatever the conservatives are trying to do. I may be wrong, (NOT!) but I highly doubt that even the meanest conservative in America would purposely let one American, let alone thousands or even millions of Americans die as a result of budget cuts. Fixing entitlements like Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid are going to hurt, but they won’t kill anybody—except for maybe one or two shell-shocked liberals. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Oh yeah, back to the Jesus thing. Would Jesus Christ Himself be on the side of fiscally responsible conservatives or Big Government liberals? I really don’t believe that this is that hard to figure-out—that is if you are Bible believing Christian! So let’s go to the Scriptures. The mighty Apostle Paul, the Christian Church leader, the man who talked to Christ Himself, the guy who wrote most of the New Testament Bible, had the same problems with liberal thinkers and social leeches in the church that we have today in America. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church leaders and told them to solve this sin problem this way.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command with the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from any Christian who lives in idleness and doesn’t follow the tradition of hard work we gave you. For you know that you ought to follow our example. We were never lazy when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so that we would not be a burden to any of you. It wasn’t that we didn’t have the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow. Even while we were with you, we gave you this rule: “Whoever does not work should not eat.” Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and wasting time meddling in other people’s business. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we appeal to such people—no, we command them: Settle down and get to work. Earn your own living. – 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-12
Wow, would this Christian teaching work great for America today or what? Now again, the Apostle Paul is not telling Christians that they should not help out people. The Apostle Paul is simply commanding that the Christian Church should not help lazy, irresponsible people. Below is another excellent Bible teaching out of the New Testament. The verses above and the verses below will clearly show that God does not care for the term ‘being politically correct.’
The church should care for any widow who has no one else to care for her. But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God very much. But a woman who is a true widow, one who is truly alone in this world, has placed her hope in God. Night and day she asks God for help and spends much time in prayer. But the widow who lives only for pleasure is spiritually dead. Give these instructions to the church so that the widows you support will not be criticized. But those who won’t care for their own relatives, especially those living in the same household, have denied what we believe. Such people are worse than unbelievers. A widow who is put on the list for support must be a woman who is at least sixty years old and was faithful to her husband. She must be well respected by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers? Has she served other Christians humbly? Has she helped those who are in trouble? Has she always been ready to do good? The younger widows should not be on the list, because their physical desires will overpower their devotion to Christ and they will want to remarry. 12 Then they would be guilty of breaking their previous pledge. Besides, they are likely to become lazy and spend their time gossiping from house to house, getting into other people’s business and saying things they shouldn’t. So I advise these younger widows to marry again, have children, and take care of their own homes. Then the enemy will not be able to say anything against them. If a Christian woman has relatives who are widows, she must take care of them and not put the responsibility on the church. Then the church can care for widows who are truly alone. – 1 Timothy 5: 3-16
Enough said about Jesus’ position!
America is slowly Bleeding to Death
Fact Number One – This country is so far in debt, that unless we fix our budgets and pay off our bills, America as we know it is going to implode. This is a fact. Unless we fix America’s numerous multi-trillion dollar debts and get our annual budgets actually and factually balanced, the weight of those debts is going to crush this country like an ant under the foot of a fat man’s shoe. This is not a conservative propaganda ploy. Everyone in America knows that America is bleeding financially. I am just afraid that many do not know just how serious the economic bleeding is! I am also afraid that there are even more who don’t care.
Fact Number Two – America has a money spending problem. America is spending more money than they are taking in. This is a fact.
Fact Number Three – Now the important thing to realize about Fact Number Two is that America does not have a money problem. America has a spending problem. This is a fact. Presently, America takes in enough revenue to solve her budgets issues – if certain political dweebs would allow us to severely cut the wasted spending that is going on in this country.
I am not going to go into details about how much of this country’s taxpayer monies are wasted. I am not going to give you a detailed CPA account of the billions (yes billions) of dollars that are literally wasted by Big Government each year. I am not going to list the names of all the multi-million or even multi-billion federally funded or federally run agencies or organizations which could be severely budgeted or eliminated all together. I am not going to list the billions of dollars of foreign ‘aid’ that is spent each year in countries that don’t even like us! Do a simple Google search for ‘government financial waste’ and you will find thousands of hits which will clearly lay out the billions upon billions of tax-payer dollars that our government wastes each year.
Conservatives: Are You in this Budget War for the Long Haul?
President Lincoln had a famous quote; “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, and then stand firm.” Conservative political leaders need to truly believe that the laws and budget cuts they are attempting to pass are right for America and right for her people. When you truly believe something is right, you must be steadfast in that belief in spite of your surroundings and in spite of the pressures put on you to give up. This is what a conviction is.
Conservatives, do you have the stomach for this up-coming budget fight? Do you have the conservative audacity and resolve to ignore the liberal budget-cut mantra that will be spewing out of the mouths of liberals? Do you have the ‘stones’ to look into the eyes of the American voters and your liberal friends and clearly explain to them that liberal politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Dick Durbin, Charlie Rangle and Harry Reid are not only political cowards, they are unpatriotic and political liars? Do you conservative politicians have the backbone to not mince words and to tell the American people want they need to hear and not necessarily what they want to hear.? There will be no sacred cows in this fight. I can promise you that the liberals will fight dirty. The liberals will have no problem spending hundreds of millions of (union donated) dollars to buy television, radio, internet and newspaper ads which will spin the budget cuts in such a way that they will make you conservatives seems like a reincarnated Genghis Khan.
Conservatives, take off the gloves. It is going to get real ugly in the months ahead! And I don’t mind you standing up and fighting for me. Just make sure you are in this fight to win. The second place finisher in a boxing match is still the loser! Remember these liberals (just like the public union employees) are fighting for their very existence. The liberals know (just like the public union employees know) that what the conservatives are trying to accomplish will change the political and social climate in America for a long time to come. These fiscally stupid liberals have enough brains to know that if they lose these budget fights it will definitely put an end to Big Government!
Except for the Civil War, political philosophies in America never divided this nation quite like today’s budget wars. There is a very good chance that if we do not fix America’s financial problems this country will become a second- or third-world nation. America is a China hiccup away from going under. If China decides they want a serious return on the money we owe them, America as we know it is done.
Presently both conservatives and liberals are standing pretty firm in their positions. And the American citizens on both sides of this argument are also standing firmly behind their political parties. And in spite of the obviousness of the serious budget and debt issues America has, some refuse to help solve the problems. It is blatantly logical which politicians in this budget war are trying to do the right thing. And yet the other side refuses to help. The vast majority of liberal politicians in this country are just like the liberal Big Government public union teachers in this country. They are self-centered and they are self-serving and will let this country die economically just so long as they get their way. So Mr. and Mrs. Conservative please don’t forget that even if you do the right thing, there will be people who will speak evil of you so don’t get discouraged. You will always be considered evil by some people, so be thick-skinned. And Mr. and Mrs. Conservative please don’t start this fight if you are only it in because you like the poll numbers. And please don’t tell me that you are going to fight for my conservative values only to bail out when you get poked in the eye once and awhile. You conservatives control the microphones of this land right now. Choose you words wisely. And Mr. and Mrs. Conservative Politician, don’t you dare tell me that you consider yourself a patriotic conservative and then run and hide when the real fighting starts. Right now America needs conservative men and women who are more than willing to stand in the gap for however long it takes, for those of us who can’t.
To say that our Foster Care system is broken is a gross understatement. Whether it is the actual Child Protective Service agency, the individual case workers, the judges deciding the cases, foster parents, or the law itself is hard to pinpoint. I would venture to say it is most likely all of these factors combined.
My main question is this: who hears the voice of the children? Or more especially, who speaks for the children? It should be all of the people above: CPS, case workers, foster parents, judges and the law.
But more often than not, no one is taking that position.
We have judges that care more about the rights of the “parents” than the rights of the voiceless children.
You are probably asking yourself why the Foster Care system is something I care so much about. Am I a product of “The System”? No, I was never in Foster Care. However, all five of my children were. Please note that I said “were”. Thankfully, we have made it to the other side of the Foster Care system and our adoptions were finalized on all 5 of our children the summer of 2009.
Through our journey to have a family, my husband and I learned more than I ever would have imagined about the Foster Care System. When we started the process I wanted one child. My husband talked me into committing to adopting two children. One day in prayer God spoke to my heart and told me He was preparing us to have five children. I literally laughed out loud at God. Just a note of warning for you…. Don’t ever laugh at God!
Our journey is amazing- one I would not change for anything in this world! Yes, there have been many tears shed through this process. There have been many broken hearts. But there have also been countless blessings on this journey.
We have been asked if we plan to adopt any more. I do not have plans for that, but I leave that decision to God. He knows the plans He has for me and my husband (Jeremiah 29:11).
I have also been told that I cannot save the world.
I agree. I can’t save the world- only Jesus can do that! However, I know that I can change the world! I believe God has a plan to use me and my husband- our journey- His story lived out through our lives- to shine the light of truth on the atrocities that go on in the Foster Care System.
I am committed to giving a voice to the voiceless. These children have no one to be their voice. Oh yes, there are the occasional CPS Case Workers, judges, foster parents, teachers, or other people who have come into the lives of these children. But all too often these children “slip through the cracks” of the system.
One day it is my goal to stand before Congress and be the voice for these children. Laws need to be changed. Accountability needs to be set in place for anyone who has contact with these children that have been entrusted to the care of the state. This system is broken and someone MUST stand up and demand that it be fixed!
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. So through the pain and anguish, heartache and anger of our journey, the joy is most definitely worth it! And in the process a passion has been lit inside my soul to be a voice for the hundreds of thousands of children who I cannot bring home and adopt.
As a Conservative leaning Libertarian I am often disgusted and appalled at the Liberal agenda. The common argument is that Conservatives have no heart for the poor and needy. Liberals argue that because as a Conservative I want to cut the Federal Budget to the barest minimum I have no heart. I would challenge anyone who says these things to stop expecting the government to help the needy and step up and help them yourself! If you truly care so much about those in need, show them you care, do not “trust” the government to take care of the needy! And as you can see from the statistics there are many lives that need help! Where are all those bleeding heart liberals? These children need all of us to speak up for them and take action! This is our future we are talking about!
I invite you to come along on this journey with me. It does not matter to me if you are Conservative, Liberal, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, straight or gay. If you dare to follow me on this journey, prepare yourself. At times you will be angry. Other times you will cry. Occasionally, you will smile, or even laugh. However, those times are rare in “The System”.
I will share our family story so that you will have a small glimpse into the darkness that truly exists. I pray that God will allow His Light to shine through me- our story- to change the world for these voiceless children. My prayer is that through our lives you will add your voice to mine. These children need to be heard!
Will you join me? Together, we can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children!
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GOVERNOR SCOTT GETS $30 MILLION FOR NORTHWEST FLORIDA MARKETING FROM BP
Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced that the Northwest Florida Tourism Council (NWFTC) will receive a $30-million BP marketing grant to help mitigate impacts to Northwest Florida ’s tourism industry as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The grant was a direct result of efforts by Governor Scott, with the help of local leaders, to ensure BP is more deeply invested in the Northwest Florida recovery effort.
“I’m pleased that BP is doing the right thing, and I’m optimistic that with the assistance of this grant the world will know that Florida’s beaches are as beautiful as ever and open for business,” said Governor Scott. “However, this is just one small step on the road to recovery, and I’m going to continue to hold BP accountable to the Floridians and businesses that lost millions of dollars because of the oil spill.”
The Governor and the NWFTC signed two separate agreements which direct the $30-million marketing grant directly to the NWFTC coalition, which includes Escambia, Santa Rosa , Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin , and establishes a policy for handling the grant.
“On behalf of the tourism council, we want to thank BP for helping to ensure Northwest Florida returns to its previous state and continuing to support this region’s economic recovery. This grant is over and above what is being allocated through the claims process,” said Dawn Moliterno, chairperson for the NWFTC. “We believe this additional marketing push will be just what Northwest Florida needs to create that share of voice to showcase that our beaches are as beautiful as ever.”
The three-year grant must be used for the purposes of tourism promotion and awareness building. BP will evaluate expenditures and the NWFTC partners have agreed to quarterly updates on tourism program activities and results pursuant to the grant agreement. The detailed reports will measure results against quarterly benchmarks to demonstrate how the funds are being used and the results that were generated. Return on investment will be measured in variety of ways including website metrics and analytics, participation at events, visitation, bed tax collections and economic impact.
BP America’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization Executive Vice President, Luke Keller said, “BP is very pleased to be working cooperatively with Governor Scott and the state on this road from response to restoration. The agreement we have signed is a further example of BP’s commitment to doing what is in the best interest of the state and the people of Florida . Today’s announcement brings BP’s commitment to Florida to $82 million for tourism and seafood testing and marketing.”
The NWFTC was created by seven tourism development councils (TDCs) many years ago for the purpose of marketing Northwest Florida through a regional partnership. The seven-county coalition reunited after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in an effort to overcome misperceptions about the status of Florida beaches. The organization, which is a 501C6, will receive the overall marketing grant funds and then distribute to the seven TDCs. The dollars will be allocated to each TDC based on an agreed upon formula—two percent flat plus two percent of annual bed tax collections. The individual grants will allow each organization the flexibility to customize advertising and marketing programs to their customers and markets and address specific needs.
“The Tourism Council has been in conversations with BP since fall of 2010,” said Moliterno. “We owe a great deal to our Governor Rick Scott and his staff who have been working tirelessly with state and local elected officials, our partners and VISIT FLORIDA to rally on behalf of the region, encouraging additional marketing funds be made available prior to our peak summer season.”
More change you can truly believe in for all Floridians. Thank you Governor Scott.