In dysfunctional and ideologically driven Washington, it seems the only way to slow out-of-control spending is with the debt ceiling votes. Republicans control only one-half of one-third of the government. The only leverage they have in imposing some form of fiscal sanity is their debt ceiling votes.
All the posturing and rhetoric of Democrats and Republicans leading up to the "deal" remind me of a WWF wrestling match: lots of pre-match bluster with a predetermined outcome.
It seems all the politicians want to do now is hit the "pause" button on all of this. Both sides are getting beat up in the polls. more >>
If you believe Bigfoot roams the Pacific Northwest, you might be gullible enough to believe Barack Obama's claim that the United States will default on its creditors if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling. But if you can see the President's propaganda for the scare tactic it is, you know there was never any chance the United States would default on its creditors.
The administration and the lame stream media have recklessly repeated the mantra that if the government can't continue to irresponsibly spend more than it takes in, this must end in "default," as if living within their means wasn't even an option. Well, here are some fast facts. The government is raking in, on average, $200 billion dollars per month. Interest on the national debt is around $30 billion per month. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that if a default happens, it is because Obama and his ilk want it as the final and ultimate protest.
The truth is the United States Treasury takes in enough revenue to pay its creditors such as Treasury holders, bond holders and foreign creditors, and the 14th Amendment clearly states that all creditors of the United States must be paid in full. This means that before the government pays for any program, department or subsidy, the creditor must be paid first. more >>
The "new era of civility in politics" called for by President Obama after former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot, lasted about five Washington minutes. Since then Obama has adopted a scorched earth public policy in an attempt to destroy his political enemies, but sacrificing the Constitution as collateral damage.
Consider Obama's January 12, 2011 words in Tucson: "At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized-at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do; it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds."
Fast forward to the October 8, 2013 press conference, when an unhinged Obama used highly inflamed words describing those who think differently as "hostage takers" party to "extortion" and "insanity," who created "catastrophe" and "chaos." Rather uncivil discourse for one who seems to believe he is destined to be the fifth president chiseled out of rock at Mount Rushmore. more >>
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Family Research Council kicked off their annual Values Voter Summit in the nations capitol on Friday with an all-star line of potential GOP presidential candidates and rising political stars attempting to motivate the social base of the conservative movement. But are there enough "values voters" who will vote to make a difference in the 2014 and 2016 elections?
Gauging by the response at the weekend event in Washington, the answer is "yes," albeit the attendees are heavily weighted in their political leanings. The challenge that conservative operatives (or Karl Rove wannabes) must contemplate as they gaze into their crystal balls is can they light a fire under those same types of voters who reside in the nations heartland and are trying to balance a family budget while figuring out how Obamacare might impact their health care cost?
Tony Perkins, the CEO of the Family Research Council and host of the weekend's summit expressed optimism that value voters will show up at the polls in the next two election cycles. more >>
During the Great Depression, the government initiated a temporary program to help distribute surplus food and alleviate hardship. During the Kennedy administration the program restarted, expanding to be a permanent entity. This Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, as it has been traditional known, has attracted particular scrutiny recently. The House has voted to cut $39 billion over the next ten years from the SNAP budget.
Extreme reactions from leaders on both sides of the issue have been disappointing as usual. On the one hand, some seem to think that any cuts to the SNAP program will result in the mass starvation of millions of Americans. Others appear to be convinced that every SNAP recipient is a freeloader and a fraud.
Of course the bill still has to pass the Senate, which remains unlikely, but that has not stopped partisans from issuing attacks from both sides of the aisle. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi insisted, "This legislation is preying on people. P-R-E-Y-I-N-G!" While Majority Leader Eric Cantor countered that it was "wrong for working, middle-class people to pay" for abuse of the program. more >>
We ought to think about the cultural roots of the budget crisis in Washington.
The political left says the shut down is all about an ideological tantrum of a handful of Republicans.
Certainly Tea Partiers have an ideology and vision about what ground rules would produce a more prosperous, freer, and fairer America. more >>