Our feckless leaders may be incapable of passing a budget, but, boy, can they pass the buck. The White House spent last week in full campaign hysteria, blitzing online followers with the message that heartless Republicans are prepared to transform America into “Les Misérables” in order to protect “millionaires and billionaires, oil companies, vacation homes, and private jet owners.” Republicans retort that the budget-cutting Doomsday device called sequester was actually invented by the White House. In fact, the conceptual paternity of sequester was bipartisan. Both sides agreed that Congress should set in
Comments: Keller takes his usual jabs at the Republicans, but I find it surprising he really bashes 0bama also. I´m always skeptical of articles like this because I wonder what the ulterior motive is, even though it´s a departure from their usual adoration of 0bama.
The Air Force planes used for personal trips by Obama, the Mooch, Panetta, Holder, Pelosi, Mueller and our other budget conscious leaders are not to be included in the slur, "private jets". Nor are the "vacation homes" owned by wealthy Obama supporters like Tiger Woods and the Aspen couple where the Mooch stayed in February. And surely, Hollywood celebrities and billionaires such as Warren Buffet are not to be viewed as being part of the heartless "millionaires and billionaires" constantly vilified by Obama.
No, the class, race and gender bile that spews from Obama and his worshippers are meant only for the Anne and Mitt Romneys of America. The Romneys and their kind are the reason Obama is having to fight so hard for us. For it is Romney and the thousands like him who have replaced Bush at the epicenter of the forces opposing Obama. Obama must prevail, and the ill-gotten success of these people must be reduced if not eliminated. Viva, Obama!
Just a minor point, but - the democrats went after rich people in 1990, or thereabouts, and President George H.W. Bush agreed to a ´luxury tax on some items, including yachts. What was the impact of that? It nearly killed the yacht building businesses in the U.S., causing alot of highly skilled workers to be laid off. (Economists call that an ´externality´ - an unanticpated result caused by a particular action.) The symbolic gestures coming from this White House are absurd. Same with the democrats in the legislature.
WE the people know exactly what´s going on. Our prez in a lying sack of ----.
After watching President Romney and First Lady Ann on the Fox channel -- my heart crys for what might have been -- if the poll/watchers hadn´t played with the numbers. I will never admit that the demorats took this election fairly. What a couple and what great kids and grandkids....
Despite the headline, there´s the usual invective against ´Republican zealots´ and their ´blackmail.´
But who is openly committing blackmail with threats regarding illegal alien inmate release and Fisher Price cuts (my term for anyone with a Fisher Price figure such as teachers, firemen, policemen and EMTs)?
Keller´s indictment is a mile wide and an inch deep. If he were truly curious about the spending/deficit/debt problem, he would be examining how we took on trillion dollar deficits in the midst of a financial emergency and subsequently adopted them as a routine fiscal policy. The democrats have never had to argue for trillion dollar deficits as part of an annual budget process...they sure didn´t let the banking crisis go to waste! But the emergency has passed and the federal budget needs to reflect that. This is why Reid will not follow the law and pass a budget. His intransigence is why we all wind up at sequester.
FTA: But if you care about the long-term health of the country, the president has more to answer for than just inventing a particular type of fiscal time bomb. The large mess we are in is in no small part the result of missed opportunities and political miscalculation at 1600 Pennsylvania.
Thanks to this article I just learned about the Noam Scheiber book. I love the title which I think we need to use for Zippy and Dems. “The Escape Artists". The second part of that title is "How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery”. I do wish people in the media and elsewhere would stop talking about the "recovery". There hasn´t been a "recovery".
After 9/11/2001, when things looked so bad for the economy, the stock market, and just life in general, Bush and his team worked hard and we did, through his leadership, have a recovery. Barry,OTOH, has sent us into a near depression.
Wherever Obama was when the Twin Towers went down a small smile creased his lips.....Bethcha! When the recent hero sniper was assassinated a small smile creased his lips. When Breitbart died on a Los Angeles street a smile creased his lips. When Benghazi....well
Agreed LZK. We needed a man with Romney´s skills at this particular time in our history. I also ache at what could have been.
On the brighter side, Mitt is also aching to be in the problem solving mix. I´d not be surprised to see Mitt as Budget Director in the next White House, where he could give a strong (and vocal) assist to Rubio, Paul, Cruz or whomever is saddled with the problem in ´16. Mitt wouldn´t be given a chance in ´16, but those Romney´s are a youthful bunch, so he could be a factor again in 10 years.
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Ida Lou Pino, 3/4/2013 9:32:18 AM (No. 9207207)
Poor Bilk Keller - - his dreams of a purely socialist Amerika are vanishing - - as he heads into his twilight years.
Even his venerated idol, Zippy, can´t seem to pull it off.
What´s an aging socialist to do? Retire to some Greek island? Heavens, no!
What #8 said. The comments to the Keller article demonstrate all too vividly that the only thing the modern Democrat cares about is blaming the Republicans. If taxes are too high, it´s that the Republicans are protecting The Rich (tm) at the expense of The Poor. If spending is too high, well, spending is never too high, so move on, people. If Ambassador Stevens is murdered by terrorists, it´s the fault of a Republican video, or that the Republicans cut funds for Embassy security. If it´s too hot, it´s the Republicans´ fault for causing global warming. If it´s too cold, it´s the Republicans´ fault for causing global climate change. I could go on and on, and why not? They do...
#2, add to your list of the "wealthy and the (--note this newly added term) ´well-connected´", Bill and Hillary Clinton, think John HEINZ Kerry, the Obamas themsleves (they won´t give up one RED cent, either, will they?
Let´s ask them to make a vow of poverty. Let´s see them live like the plebians they and all marxists claim to love. They need to be called out on their hypocrisy, every day, all day.
As others say here, Keller is Keller is a Dem/Leftie.
He and his ilk are not rethinking their political ideology. Therein is the crux of the problem.
Thanks for the heads up #8. The comments are revealing. Think ahead til January 2014 and those Dems are going to be paying premiums for Obama Care. First you will find readers suggesting that you can sign up only when you get sick. Then you are going to see people talking about notices that the subsidies count as taxable income. By election time there will a LOT of moaning going on the Democrat camp.
I did manage to get through the entire article, but I had to have a barff bag handy. I nearly lost it when Keller said how great the stimulus had worked. And his mention that the two programs that are going to go completely bankrupt in the next few years, Medicare and Social Security, are not to be touched for ANY reason. This jassack can´t even ask the simpole question of where is the money going to come from? With unemployment rising, that means a lot less people available to pay taxes, so I ask again, where is the money going to come from? Oh, I know. Just raise taxes on the rich!
The HOUSE nees to pass a mandatory spending referendum. It must define what is in the budget and what it was to be spent for. The House Owns the entire budget process. Can not they redefine what the money in past bills was allocated for that the President signed?
Now the President wants to control the entire budget and spend it his way. The house needs to counter that and force it to the SCOTUS for a ruling. There is NO WAY the President should be reallocating money voted for/signed for another purpose.
There is no need not to furlough air traffic controllers or any other critical, mission essential federal agency personnel. There are plenty of useless "management analysts" and "program analysts" to furlough - actually - just get rid of these positions and people. These positions are nothing but federal govt welfare for certain people who live in or near by Washington, DC. Actually, these people, if they didn´t have access to good paying, but useless govt jobs by virtue of where they live - would be lucky to be a greeter at a Walmart.
As for the Romneys - good and decent folks and even though he lost, Mitt and Ann are the paragons of grace where as the winners, the Obamas are anything but...
Do not think that this feral leftist has regained it´s sanity or humanity. Impossible n´est pas français. It must have laced it´s morning Koolaid with le curtsying queen Ø´Blamer´s Blo. Note that the queen has by feral decree revised the spelling of it´s blo to a capitalized Blo. Patents pending.
Howthahell did this Keller guy make it to lucianne? Any idiot who writes "thumbs up for bailout" should forever be ignored. Yet another NYT Marxist from America´s Pravda, spouting soft socialist rhetoric. A waste.
I would like to believe that some of obama´s boot-polishers have suddenly figured out where their manhood is located but common sense tells me that they are simply in the middle of a dilemma, not being able to spin current White House performance in any positive way whatsoever.
Keller define´s obama´s failures as "missed opportunities" when obama is so inept he doesn´t even realize that he had opportunities. With him it´s a constant childish game of "I Won" and he hasn´t a clue how to win his way out of the mess that he has created. Republicans are being blamed for stonewalling, something they should have done far more freqently since 2008. Then there would have been no sequester at all, just a series of needed cuts in wasteful spending.
Silly people...you are just seeing the begiining of a 4 year campaign for Her Thighness. Soon to follow...Clinton never would have let this happen (iow, don´t blame us for the mess of this thin skinned moron)
Let me introduce the premise: I am 68, came to America 20 years ago from the USSR. The point of this intro is that all my life I was asking this question: why if the person in power has several choices to accomplish something, this person usually does something to inflict the worst possible pain to the majority of the people? This was in the USSR when officials were controlling all aspects of our lives to leave us with poor housing, bad and little food, absolutely horrible healthcare, etc... In the last 5-6 years I see the distinct signs of this in America. My answer to the question why government officials do it that way is that they are sick sadists. It is not enough for them just to be powerful and corrupt. They have sick sadist agenda in their blood. And they vet the people for their cabal like gangster do their initiations. I have no other explanation!
The comments on the article are revealing about the gulf of opinion from here to there. Mayor Bloomberg said that the amount of money is infinite. This seems to be the general attitude. People who depend on the government should always get their increase each year, never mind that the people who earn the money for it are getting real cuts every year. There should always be enough money for everything we want to do. Take off all spending restrictions and Obama can pay for everything with platinum trillion dollar coins including supporting the other half of the population when they too become dependent on the government. No need to motivate anyone to work or produce etc. Liberalism is the stubborn refusal to grow up and accept responsibility as an adult! Libs in the comments condemn Keller for straying from Krugmans teachings!
Like I care what bill keller thinks! Idiots like him should be ridiculed. Obama gravitated toward his Marxist professors....nothings changed. The fundamental transformation of America continues, and we fight the good fight against it. Does little keller? I dont think so! He´s still part of the PROBLEM, not part of the solution. Nice feint. Didnt work. You´ll NEVER convert him or the slimes to our way of thinking, acting, serving, or protecting this great nation. Meh!
The Republicans should attach a specification of how spending is to be handled when we bump up against the debt limit to the next increase that they provide for the debt limit. Next they should hold zero based budget hearings on 1/2 of the budget and attach the next increase in the debt limit to this budget. Handle the other half of our budget the next year. If the Senate refuses to go along or Obama vetoes then there will be no increase in the debt limit. Obama won´t be able to use this to destroy the country because there will be a law that specifies what will be payed and what won´t from the current government income.
N0.20 -- WE NEED HIM NOW!! By 2016, this will not be a country. It will be a national disgrace and a communist country, with no freedoms. We are never going to be a country again. It is gone, it is over!!! Don´t try to kid yourself. Do you think for one minute that the ones who vote for Obama last time are going to let this get away from them? Never.
Sometimes newspapers like the New York Times can be so biased toward liberal politicians that they actually end up hurting them.
For example, over the weekend Mayor Bloomberg and Chuckie Schumer were booed during a parade in Queens by angry victims of Hurricane Sandy who had not yet received adequate government clean-up help.
Mayor Bloomberg and Senator Chuckie were surprised by the reaction and soon beat a quick retreat into their limosines and escaped.
Of course they were surprised. The New York Times and other liberal MSM outlets have done everything possible to keep the poor post-Sandy response of FEMA and other government agencies out of the news in order to protect Obama, just as they did everything possible during Hurricane Katrina to hurt George Bush.
But that left Mayor Bloomberg and Chuckie Schumer too uninformed to know the anger they would be greeted with at the parade. And how is Chuckie supposed to campaign in Queens now that everyone is mad at him?
Obama was, is and always will be two things: inept and a coward. He lacks real knowledge of anything outside the privileged elitist life he has lead and the ridiculously liberal institutions of ´learning´ he spent his developmental years in. He has no idea that there really are evil people, people intent on death and mayhem. He has no conception that his beloved islam is often perverted into a system of slavery and death. He is clueless and dangerous and the only people with less real world understanding than he, are the blind lemmings that voted for him.
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Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
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