OK, this is just plain surreal.
The single best reason I’ve heard so far as to why I should support the debt deal was presented by…Dick Durbin?
The Republicans are killing Keynesian economics with their attempt to cut spending as the economy rebounds from a recession (uh…”rebounds”? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Durbin the Turban? – CL), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in a floor speech on Sunday.
“I would say … that symbolically, that agreement is moving us to the point where we are having the final interment of John Maynard Keynes,” he said, referring to the British economist. “He normally died in 1946 but it appears we are going to put him to his final rest with this agreement.”
Well, wouldn’t that be a friggin’ boo-hoo-fest? I mean, Keynesian economics has been widly successful thus far, hasn’t it? (For those of you on the left, the prior question was rhetorical, but in case you actually need an answer: No, it’s been a massive clusterfark of a failure!)
Guy Benson has a plethora (Three Amigos flashback) of Oprompter quotes related to the debt ceiling issue, but in my view, this one’s the biggest howler of them all:
We’re not out here trying to use this as a means of doing all these really tough political things. I’d rather be talking about stuff that everybody welcomes — like new programs…
“Stuff that everybody welcomes”?
Right, which is why Americans voted en masse to toss his party’s compatriots to the curb in 2010 and put in politicians that are fighting for the exact opposite of that which he alleges we really “welcome”. Then again, I suppose when one has lived in the leftist cocoon (or, rather, “cuckoo-n”) like ObaMao has for his entire life, it’s easy to project that kind of socialist nanny state vision on a mass of people you do not understand and to whom you cannot relate.
Muslim soldier, hailed by CNN, who went AWOL for refusing deployment to Afghanistan arrested in Fort Hood for trying to make explosives
Boy, CNN sure does know how to pick ’em, right?
Last year, CNN reported on a Muslim soldier serving in our military who refused to be deployed to Afghanistan due to his Muslim upbringing. CNN gave this guy the full Lewinsky treatment, gushing over his alleged “bravery” and humanity for not wanting to kill people.
Police in Central Texas have caught an AWOL Muslim soldier from Fort Campbell, Ky., at a motel in the city near Fort Hood after he asked how to build explosives at a gun store.
A law enforcement official told CBS News that Pfc. Naser Abdo’s questions about explosives and how to build them made the gun store employee suspicious. When police questioned Abdo at his motel, he made references to a plan to kill or injure people, the official said.
On top of that, the goathumper is a pedophile. Again, kudos to CNN for featuring the savory types amongst us.
If Islamonuts like this guy don’t kill us, political correctness will.
Exit question: Did this jihadist nutbar not stop and ask himself “You know, I wonder if it might not be a good idea to be a Muslim sniffing around a TX gun store for info on how to blow stuff up?” Seriously, Mohammed…Texas?
Newt: Yeah, I probably shouldn’t have filmed that global “warming” commercial on the couch with Pelosi, huh?
Ya think? From The Hill:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Tuesday that he regrets making a commercial with then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on the need to address climate change.
Gingrich, who partnered with Pelosi while she was Speaker for the 2008 ad, said the spot was “misconstrued,” and for that reason, he wouldn’t do it again.
“I was trying to make a point that we shouldn’t be afraid to debate the left, even on the environment,” Gingrich said on WGIR radio of the 30-second television commercial. “Obviously it was misconstrued, and it’s probably one of those things I wouldn’t do again.”
Gingrich said in January that he “meant exactly what [he] said in that commercial,” which was produced by the Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit organization founded by former Vice President Al Gore (D). In the ad, Gingrich makes no endorsement of any policy solution, but says the “country must take action to address climate change.”
Still spinning: I don’t regret anything I said, only that you people were too stupid to see the nuance of my appearance.
By the way, this line is crap: “we shouldn’t be afraid to debate the left”. Dude, you weren’t “debating” the left on that junk science fad…you were agreeing with the left! Agreeing with San Fran Nan while sitting on a couch with the Botox queen during the filming of a commercial produced by a Gore charity isn’t going to get you far in a primary, pal.
There is no global “warming”, or if you prefer, “global climate change” going on. Period. And if a purportedly intelligent man like Gingrich can’t see that, then he doesn’t merit my vote or yours.
Wisconsin Democrats challenge newly drawn districts on creative (and amusing) constitutional grounds
Dude, it’s official: I have seen it all. Details:
A group of residents asked a federal court to throw out new legislative and congressional maps on Thursday, a day after lawmakers approved them.
“Under the legislation, Democrats have little chance of attaining and retaining a majority in either the Senate or the Assembly, or in the congressional delegation, giving them little ability to overcome minority status at any point over the next decade,” the lawsuit argues.
Read that bold part again, aloud, then grab a spatula to get your jaw off of the floor. That’s the actual legal argument in their lawsuit.
Just to clarify:
When the duly-elected state legislature does their constitutionally specified duties of redrawing legislative districts, the minority party sues because the majority party missed the part in the Constitution whereby the majority must consider the ability of the minority to put themselves back into the majority. Well, I must have missed that part of the Constitution, too, so if one of you fine folks can point that out to me, I’d be greatly appreciative.
So at no time in the history of the republic has a majority party ever drawn legislative districts in a way that they feel maximizes their electoral chances on a perennial basis? That’s never happened? That doesn’t always happen about, oh, every ten years or so?
Exit question: Can we file a suit in California, then, that says “You know, it’s not fair that San Fransicko and L.A. and Suckramento get to decide things in CA in such a way that a conservative politician and agenda won’t be voted in anytime soon”?
Choke on it, liberals. Excerpt:
When it come to excellence in education, red states rule—at least according to a panel of experts assembled by Tina Brown’s Newsweek.
Using a set of indicators ranging from graduation rate to college admissions and SAT scores, the panel reviewed data from high schools all over the country to find the best public schools in the country.
The results make depressing reading for the teacher unions: The very best public high schools in the country are heavily concentrated in red states.
Three of the nation’s ten best public high schools are in Texas—the no-income tax, right-to-work state that blue model defenders like to characterize as America at its worst. Florida, another no-income tax, right-to-work state long misgoverned by the evil and rapacious Bush dynasty, has two of the top ten schools.
Well, this is just one study, a blip on the radar.
Newsweek isn’t alone with these shocking results.
Another top public school list, compiled by the Washington Post, was issued in May. Texas and Florida rank number one and number two on that list’s top ten as well.
Who’s up for a game of “gratuitous New England badmouthing”?
There’s something else interesting about the two lists: On both lists, only one of the top ten public schools was located in a blue state. (Definition alert: On this blog, a blue state is one that voted for John Kerry in 2004; red states cast their electoral votes for Bush.)
There were no top ten schools on either list from blue New England states like Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. Nor were there any in the top 25. By contrast, Alabama made both the Newsweek and the Washington Post top ten. Only two public schools from these states made the Washpost top fifty list; zero made it into Newsweek‘s elite.
150 years after the Civil War, South Carolina is kicking New England’s rear end when it comes to producing great public schools.
Ouch! That’s gotta hurt.
What about Vermont, that crazy state that produced Howard Dean and the Senate’s only open socialist (Bernie Sanders)?
As you go down the list, the numbers get a little more balanced. Fifty of the top 100 Newsweek schools are red, fifty blue—though according to the Washington Post, the split is sixty-one red, thirty-nine blue. But the results are shocking enough: The People’s Republic of Vermont has achieved parity with Mississippi: neither state has a single school on the Newsweek list of 500.
Defenders of the high tax, high regulation, highly unionized model of state governance that characterizes the blue states like to point to their higher quality of government services as justification for the taxes they pay and the regulations they accept.
Let those crackers and hillbillies in the red states wallow in their filth and their ignorance, say proud upholders of the blue state model. We blue staters believe in things like quality education—and that costs money.
In theory, perhaps, but in practice the extraordinary achievement of so many red state schools strongly supports the idea that blue state governance is no friend to excellence in education.
If only we didn’t have “divided government”, more would get done? Geez, dude, you had a supermajority for two stinking years, yet you still didn’t pass a budget or kick the debt ceiling up another notch when you had the numbers! But NOW, it’s the other side’s fault?
Look, pal, there are two things that appear to be non-negotiable: tax increases for the GOP, and entitlement reform for you and your socialist pals in the Senate. So, how’s about being a grown-up and work within the parameters of those two non-negotiable positions?
Says the guy whose chamber hasn’t produced a budget resolution in 800+ days? Seriously?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized the House of Representatives for taking the weekend off, saying it painted a “very bad picture” for debt negotiations.
“Let me get this off my chest,” he said on the Senate floor Thursday morning. “I just heard there is an announcement in the House of Representatives that they are taking the weekend off.”
“I think this is a very bad picture to have the House out this weekend when we have to likely wait for them to send us something, because as I understand the negotiations taking place deal with revenues which constitutionally have to start in the House,” said Reid.
“I think it is just untoward,” continued Reid. “That’s the kindest work I can say… What a bad picture.”
So Reid hasn’t done his d#mned job in a turtle’s age, and Boehner is the slacker? I guess it’s lost on Reid that the House has sent two bills to the Senate to address the fiscal crisis: The Ryan plan and the Cut, Cap, and Balance Plan. The former was voted down, and the latter will likely be voted down later today (not yet as of the time of this writing). The House has sent not one, but two proposals, and the Senate has proposed nothing…and the House is derelict in its duties?
Thanks, NV, for sending this senile old jack#ss back to the Senate.
UPDATE (7/22/2011 – 11:56 AM ET): Oh, boy, this gets even richer! Reid complained that the House (which, I remind you, passed two bills dealing with this) is adjourning for the weekend, rather than sticking around in the rare event that a debt deal is reached. And now Reid’s chamber (for those of you on the left, that would be the Senate) has just taken off for the weekend! Hey, Harry: does your Senate mailing it in mean that you and your colleagues are “just untoward”? 😆
A president’s #1 job is to keep the country safe. Someone tell that to Oprompter, who seems to think that his #1 job is to keep Americans enslaved (and get more Americans onto the dole):
“I think what’s absolutely true is that core commitments that we make to the most vulnerable have to be maintained,” Obama said. “A lot of the spending cuts that we’re making should be around areas like defense spending as opposed to food stamps.”
Remember when Newt Gingrich said that Obaby was becoming a “food stamp president” and was lambasted for it? Well, B.O. just confirmed what Gingrich said. I’m sure David Gregory will be calling Newt to apologize any day now…right?
Janet “Nappy” Napolitano is our guard dog. God help us. Excerpt:
A new promotional video released by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes white middle class Americans as the most likely terrorists, as Big Sis continues its relentless drive to cement the myth that mad bombers are hiding around every corner, when in reality Americans are just as likely to be killed by lightning strikes or peanut allergies.
Despite encouraging viewers not to pay attention to a person’s race in determining whether or not they may be a terrorist, almost all of the scenarios in the clip proceed to portray white people as the most likely terrorists. Bizarrely, nearly every single one of the “patriotic” Americans who reports on their fellow citizen is either black, Asian or Arab. Imagine if the video had portrayed every terrorist as an Arab and every patriotic snoop as white, there’d be an outcry and rightly so, but this strange reversal must have been deliberate on the part of the DHS, but why? Is this merely political correctness taken to the extreme or is something deeper at work?
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the DHS’ own internal documents list predominantly white conservative groups as the most likely terrorists, such as Ron Paul supporters, gun owners, gold bullion enthusiasts, and a myriad of other comparatively banal political interests that are largely the domain of white middle class Americans.
Video at link.
I can see why she’d be focused on rednecks from Possum Hump, TN. I mean, they practically fit the terrorist profile to a tee:
Ouch! Friends really shouldn’t bait each other like that, Sean. 😆
Bombshell: New findings further erode global “warming” cultists’ contention, so much that scientists responsible for findings are gagged from interpreting findings!
Al Gore, IPCC, commie retreads hardest hit. Excerpt:
It would appear so if this is being interpreted properly:
The chief of the world’s leading physics lab at CERN in Geneva has prohibited scientists from drawing conclusions from a major experiment. The CLOUD (“Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets”) experiment examines the role that energetic particles from deep space play in cloud formation. CLOUD uses CERN’s proton synchrotron to examine nucleation.
CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer told Welt Online that the scientists should refrain from drawing conclusions from the latest experiment.
“I have asked the colleagues to present the results clearly, but not to interpret them,” reports veteran science editor Nigel Calder on his blog. Why?
Because, Heuer says, “That would go immediately into the highly political arena of the climate change debate. One has to make clear that cosmic radiation is only one of many parameters.”
Oh … “only one of many parameters”, eh? So nice to see him admit that. Does he mean like that big yellow thing that hangs in the sky each day?
A sun? Affecting objects in a solar system? The heck you say!
Read it all. It’s not long and boring. It’s short, informative, and destructive to the junk science fad known as global “warming” (or, when it’s blistering cold, “climate change”).
Isn’t that like leaving your job as a fireman in order to begin your new job as a firefighter? Not much of a distinction.
Anywho, the deets (as those crazy kids on the street call it):
A Politico reporter who often penned stories about Sarah Palin and other Republicans has quit journalism to work with the Democratic Party in Arizona, sources tell The Daily Caller.
That reporter, Andy Barr, has covered national politics for the publication since 2008. Barr leaving to help elect Democrats will likely fan the flames of critics who say Politico has a liberal bias.
Why, that’s just crazy talk! Continuing:
Barr is not the first Politico reporter to leave for a Democratic gig. Congressional reporter Jonathan Allen left Politico in 2009 to work as an aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, a Florida Democrat, but he returned to Politico in 2010.
Politico’s editor-in-chief, John Harris, responded to questions about Barr’s departure, writing in an email that the website’s management does not “worry about someone’s personal ideology so long as it is understood that their responsibilities at POLITICO mean leaving personal views at the door.”
Yeah…”leaving personal views at the door”.
This was a question that popped into my head, as I was reading the article. Great minds think alike, I see:
But have any left Politico to work for a Republican? “I don’t know of any, but haven’t made any effort to keep track of where folks land,” Harris said.
But hey, it’s not like reporters and MSM figures are quitting their jobs to go work for Democrats…right?
Nope…no liberal media bias!
MSNBC’s Brewer to Republican Congressman: Do you have a degree in economics or something? Republican Congressman: Um…yeah, I do, plus two other degrees.
Both of Contessa Brewer’s viewers were appalled. Details:
When Rep. Mo Brooks disagrees with MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, she sarcastically asks: “Do you have a degree in economics.” He replies: “Uh, yes, ma’am, I do. Highest honors.”
Obama’s spokesman: Leadership is letting Congress come up with a plan, NOT coming up with your own plan!
White House press secretary Jay Carney argues, with a straight face, that leadership means waiting for House and Senate negotiators to come up with a plan:
TAPPER: OK. The House is passing something that many observers feel would never pass the Senate and the president has said he would veto. The Senate is passing — the McConnell-Reid plan, it’s not clear that that could pass the House. The Gang of Seven plan, it’s not clear that that could pass the House. Would this not be an opportune time for a president to lead and say, this —
CARNEY: Leadership is not proposing a plan for the sake of having it voted up or down, and likely voted down because it is — look, you know how this town works and how Congress works. If an individual, whether Democrat or Republican leader, steps forward and says, this is my plan and solely my plan, it makes it a lot harder for that plan to be the basis for a bipartisan compromise. The way to reach a bipartisan compromise is in bipartisan negotiations where a plan emerges that is the product of that negotiation and is supported by Republicans and Democrats and then presented. Otherwise, your chances of actually achieving something diminish greatly.
The man-child in the White House has no leadership skills at all, unless you accept Carney’s mutilation of Merriam-Webster.
Seems that Americans don’t like washed up commie hacks crapping on soldiers in any decade. Funny, that. Anywho, Fonda dials 9-waaaaah-waaaah and tries to get a waaaah-mbulance dispatched her way:
I was to have been on QVC today to introduce my book, “Prime Time,” about aging and the life cycle. …
The network said they got a lot of calls yesterday criticizing me for my opposition to the Vietnam War and threatening to boycott the show if I was allowed to appear.
Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT! I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us.
“NONE OF IT” is true.
“Never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us.”
Just a bunch of right-wing propaganda. Right?
I suppose this was just one big misunderstanding
Jake Tapper of ABC News: Which is worse, default or a short-term raising of debt ceiling that avoids default? O’s spokesfool: Don’t really know, Jake.
Hypothetical question for you folks.
Which is worse: your house getting foreclosed upon, or your lender giving you a year to get your financial shiite together before your house gets foreclosed upon?
I’m thinking that losing my house would be tons more horrific. While a year from now there is no guarantee that my financial picture would be any better, it still (a) gives me a year to come up with a plan and (b) avoids the devastation caused by an impending foreclosure.
Obaby’s spokesmoron, Jay Carney, isn’t really sure about that. Here’s a link to the transcript, but all you really need to know is that when ABC’s Jake Tapper pushes Carney on “Which is worse, default or agreeing to a short-term debt ceiling increase that will be readdressed next year (a campaign year)?”, Carney responds thusly:
CARNEY: Both are bad; I can’t choose which is worse for you.
Got that? “Hey, man, that’s a good question! I mean, sure we can avoid a calamity now by passing a short-term increase in the debt ceiling. But do you know what that will do to B.O.’s campaign message next year? His re-election is way more important than averting a crisis!”
To Oprompter and his minions, anything that causes him grief politically, even if it’s better for the country, will not be tolerated.
You gotta admit, 24 hours is quite a quick turnaround on hypocrisy, no? From NRO:
President Obama, yesterday: “I’ve asked leaders of both parties and both houses of Congress to come here to the White House on Thursday so we can build on the work that’s already been done and drive towards a final agreement. It’s my hope that everybody is going to leave their ultimatums at the door, that we’ll all leave our political rhetoric at the door.”
President Obama, today: “The debt ceiling should not be something that is used as a gun against the heads of the American people to extract tax breaks for corporate jet owners, for oil and gas companies that are making billions of dollars because the price of gasoline has gone up so high.”
Wondering where all of the leftist blowhards are who had a conniption over gun-related rhetoric after the Giffords shooting?
A heat wave is building and could reach dangerous levels in parts of the Midwest, the Plains and the Southeast this week.
Fifteen states are under heat advisories, which means temperatures are expected to exceed 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
Huh. Must be global “warming”.
The race director of a 100-mile ultra-marathon foot race through the Flathead National Forest has cancelled the event due to lingering snow on the route that he says would make the course too dangerous for runners and likely prevent anyone from finishing within the required 36-hour limit.
Huh. Must be global “warming”.
Obama today: Raising taxes on businesses and “the rich” are needed to fight the deficit I created.
Obama in 2009? Not quite the same thing:
In August 2009, on a visit to Elkhart, Indiana to tout his stimulus plan, Obama sat down for an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, and was conveyed a simple request from Elkhart resident Scott Ferguson: “Explain how raising taxes on anyone during a deep recession is going to help with the economy.”
Obama agreed with Ferguson’s premise – raising taxes in a recession is a bad idea. “First of all, he’s right. Normally, you don’t raise taxes in a recession, which is why we haven’t and why we’ve instead cut taxes. So I guess what I’d say to Scott is – his economics are right. You don’t raise taxes in a recession. We haven’t raised taxes in a recession.”
Obama responded by reiterating his opposition to tax hikes during a recession and making an argument about timing. “We have not proposed a tax hike for the wealthy that would take effect in the middle of a recession. Even the proposals that have come out of Congress – which by the way were different from the proposals I put forward – still wouldn’t kick in until after the recession was over. So he’s absolutely right, the last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession because that would just suck up – take more demand out of the economy and put business further in a hole.”
Obama made a similar argument in December, when he signed the bipartisan tax relief agreement – a deal that maintained Bush tax rates (even for the wealthy) and included additional tax breaks for businesses. “Millions of entrepreneurs who have been waiting to invest in their businesses will receive new tax incentives to help them expand, buy new equipment or make upgrades – freeing up other money to hire new workers.”
Stephen Hayes asks what I am wondering:
If Obama was right and the tax breaks in that deal freed up money for job creators to hire new workers, isn’t the reverse true? Isn’t it the case that new taxes on entrepreneurs and other job creators will leave them with less money to hire new workers? And wouldn’t raising taxes on the “wealthiest” just “put business further in a hole,” as Obama believed just two years ago?
His economics were right. So why the change?
I always got a kick out of that line of thinking. “Tax increases harm the economy. Since the economy sucks right now, we don’t need to harm it further. But once the economy recovers, THEN it’s a good time to harm the economy!”
When it comes to economics, ObaMao rides the short bus.
Right, because he hasn’t signed off on nearly enough in tax increases, has he? From WSJ:
Keep in mind that Mr. Obama has already signed the largest tax increase since 1993. While everyone focuses on the Bush tax rates that expire after 2012, other tax increases are already set to hit the economy thanks to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. As a refresher, here’s a non-exhaustive list of ObamaCare’s tax increases:
• Starting in 2013, the bill adds an additional 0.9% to the 2.9% Medicare tax for singles who earn more than $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000.
• For first time, the bill also applies Medicare’s 2.9% payroll tax rate to investment income, including dividends, interest income and capital gains. Added to the 0.9% payroll surcharge, that means a 3.8-percentage point tax hike on “the rich.” Oh, and these new taxes aren’t indexed for inflation, so many middle-class families will soon be considered rich and pay the surcharge as their incomes rise past $250,000 due to tax-bracket creep. Remember how the Alternative Minimum Tax was supposed to apply only to a handful of millionaires?
Taxpayer cost over 10 years: $210 billion.
• Also starting in 2013 is a 2.3% excise tax on medical device manufacturers and importers. That’s estimated to raise $20 billion.
• Already underway this year is the new annual fee on “branded” drug makers and importers, which will raise $27 billion.
• Another $15.2 billion will come from raising the floor on allowable medical deductions to 10% of adjusted gross income from 7.5%.
• Starting in 2018, the bill imposes a whopping 40% “excise tax” on high-cost health insurance plans. Though it only applies to two years in the 2010-2019 window of ObamaCare’s original budget score, this tax would still raise $32 billion—and much more in future years.
• And don’t forget a new annual fee on health insurance providers starting in 2014 and estimated to raise $60 billion. This tax, like many others on this list, will be passed along to consumers in higher health-care costs.
Since businesses do not pay taxes (they merely collect them), any cost increase will be passed on to consumers, employees (in the form of benefits and pay cuts, no raises, etc.), and dividend recipients and shareholders (mainly retirees). Continuing:
We think this was the President’s spend-and-tax plan from the very first. Run up spending and debt in the name of stimulus and health-care reform, then count on Wall Street bond holders and the political establishment to browbeat Republicans into paying for it all. He apparently didn’t figure on the rise of the tea party, or 1.9% GDP growth and 9.2% unemployment two years after the recession ended.
Last November Republicans won the House and landslide gains in many states in large part because of the deep unpopularity of the stimulus and ObamaCare. Mr. Boehner has a mandate for spending cuts and repealing the Affordable Care Act. If Republicans instead agree to raise taxes in return for future spending cuts that may or may not happen, they will simply be the tax collectors for Mr. Obama’s much expanded entitlement society.
The man-child’s economic illiteracy will kill this country yet.
Congrats, Minnesota. You’ve known for a decade that this guy was a few fries short of a Happy Meal, yet you made him your governor. Geez, between him and Franken, you guys are bound and determined to supplant Californiastan as the nation’s nuttiest state, no?
Anywho, here’s what Gov. Mark Dayton(D-MN) observed on July 4th, in response to his state shutting down because he wants to spend tons more money than the state has:
It is significant that this shutdown will begin on the 4th of July weekend. On that date, we celebrate our independence. It also reminds us that there are causes and principles worth struggling for – worth even suffering temporary hardships to achieve.
Our American Revolution was very much about fair and just taxes, where the middle-class was over-taxed while the very rich went tax-free. In the absence of fair taxes, the basic services people relied upon for their health and well-being were denied them. (um, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? – CL)
Er … riiiiiiiight. The American Revolution, led by wealthy landowners and businessmen like John Hancock, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the rest of the moneyed class revolted against the Crown for forced redistribution of wealth via government. Damn the History Channel for not covering this aspect of the Revolution!
By the way, I’d love to hear an explanation from Dayton as to the “basic services” that were denied colonists by the British based on uncollected taxes from the rich. As far as I know, the colonies didn’t have Medicare or Social Security either before or after the Revolution. The only services supplied by the British were the troops that defended the colonies, which is one of the reasons the British began taxing them.
Washington: “Please, King George! Take our money so the poor colonists can get free health care, or something. If you don’t, we WILL revolt! We have a RIGHT to…um…be subjected to confiscatory taxation. Which is why we got so mad at the confiscatory taxation…that…we’re now…advocating. Or something.”
Why Oprompter doesn’t want to face Rick Perry in the 2012 general election:
A full two and a half years after taking office, Team Obama still blames Bush—for everything except the fall of Adam. Well, there is one other elected chief executive who inherited a Bush economy: Rick Perry, as governor of Texas. And yet I have never once heard Perry whining that the state would be doing so much better if it hadn’t been for the policies of his predecessor.
To use a football analogy—I mean, we’re talking about Texas—it’s not who hands you the football and it’s not where the ball is handed to you, it’s what you do with the ball after you have it.
Rick Perry took the ball from Bush and scored an economic touchdown for Texas. Obama took the ball from Bush and fumbled it—repeatedly—giving the other team a chance to score a touchdown.
How well does blaming Bush work when his successor in TX didn’t seem to have a problem with the transition?
California going broke paying public 1400+ employees over $200k, but at least they’re focused on addressing the REAL problems plaguing the state
You know the bailout request is coming any day now. Californiastan must figure that the feds will oblige, too. “Too big to fail”, I’m guessing.
Here’s some of the financial management (or lack thereof) contributing to the once-Golden state’s fiscal demise:
More than 1,400 state employees were paid in excess of $200,000 last year, according to compensation data made public for the first time Tuesday on Controller John Chiang‘s website.
One prison doctor collected $777,423 in 2010 and a dentist took home $599,403, according to the website. The president of the state’s stem cell research agency received $482,234.
The database lists state positions by title and allows users to sort by department, salary range and total wages.
Chiang, a Democrat who has received millions in campaign contributions from state employee unions, did not include workers’ names even though that information is public and has been provided upon request for years.
But credit the state legislature for addressing this issue head on. Nah, I’m just effing with you:
A bill to require California public schools to teach the historical accomplishments of gay men and lesbians passed the state Legislature on Tuesday in what supporters call a first for the nation.
Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has not said publicly whether he supports the bill, which he has 12 days to sign or veto once it reaches his desk later this month. If he takes no action, the measure would become law automatically. …
California already requires public schools to teach the contributions made to society by women and by racial and ethnic groups that were historically discriminated against, such as blacks, Latinos and Native Americans.
Supporters of the latest bill said it would simply include gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals in that existing requirement, making it part of the curriculum in history and other social studies classes.
“We’re going broke, sinking into insolvency. Quick, let’s pass some gay-friendly legislation to deflect attention from our impending bankruptcy! Because at least when we’re belly up, our gay friends will still think we’re fabulous!”
I meant “saved”, and not in the Obamaspeak “saved or created” context. Details:
“This is a disaster,” said Mark Miller, the Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader, in February after Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed a budget bill that would curtail the collective bargaining powers of some public employees. Miller predicted catastrophe if the bill were to become law — a charge repeated thousands of times by his fellow Democrats, union officials, and protesters in the streets.
What disastrous consequences have occurred?
The Kaukauna School District, in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin near Appleton, has about 4,200 students and about 400 employees. It has struggled in recent times and this year faced a deficit of $400,000. But after the law went into effect, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, school officials put in place new policies they estimate will turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And it’s all because of the very provisions that union leaders predicted would be disastrous.
In the past, teachers and other staff at Kaukauna were required to pay 10 percent of the cost of their health insurance coverage and none of their pension costs. Now, they’ll pay 12.6 percent of the cost of their coverage (still well below rates in much of the private sector) and also contribute 5.8 percent of salary to their pensions. The changes will save the school board an estimated $1.2 million this year, according to board President Todd Arnoldussen.
Why, it’s as if the government worker unions were wrong in their dire predictions or something!
Exit question: Why do Wisconsin unions hate school children?
From Teh Won:
President Obama has checked the accounting ledgers and come to a disturbing conclusion: The government is broke.
“We are out of money,” Obama said during a lengthy interview with C-SPAN that aired yesterday morning.
He was responding to a question about the country’s $11 trillion national debt, which is the money the government borrows long-term, and the potential $1.7 trillion budget deficit, which is the gap between tax revenue and current spending.
From Van Jones: “Lie #1: We’re broke.” And to think, that nice man with such a firm grip on economic reality didn’t get a top admin post!
Happy Independence Day! We’ll celebrate a BIGGER Independence Day in November of 2012!
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