Tag Archive: Budget


Stuck In Congressional “Groundhog Day”

 

 

” In the movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray wakes up again and again to find that he is stuck in the same day. This happens multiple times a year now with Congress on the debt limit, which we just hit again on Saturday.

  Depending on which party’s in power, the ones arguing for or against raising the debt ceiling will change—which makes for fun historical quotations like Obama vs. Obama on the debt limit. In our new video, you can see politicians from both sides arguing the debt limit—and vowing that they will not, absolutely not, have this same argument again next year.”

 

But wait , the problem gets worse …

 

” Just since the limit was suspended in the fall, Washington has borrowed nearly $600 billion. So what happens if lawmakers throw up their hands and abandon the debt limit for a year? Romina Boccia, Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow, warns:

  The debt limit serves as an important congressional check on federal spending and borrowing. Without a debt limit, all control over borrowing decisions shifts to the Treasury secretary, who is appointed by the president. Effectively, this concentrates borrowing authority in the executive branch, and hands the president a blank check to borrow against the U.S. taxpayer.

  President Obama is already threatening to disregard Congress and use executive actions to make laws. Will he have all the borrowing power, too? Does Congress do anything anymore? “

 

Courtesy of Heritage.org read it all .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark Sanford Returns Over 25 Percent Of Budget

 

 

 

 

 

” This week, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S. Car.) returned over 25 percent of his congressional office budget to the U.S. Treasury. Sanford said in a press release Thursday:

  I have long believed that those in government need to spend taxpayer dollars as they would spend their own, both carefully and deliberately. Too often in government there is a distance between what a bureaucrat might spend money on and what a taxpayer would. Our office approaches this fundamental question from the side of the taxpayer and I believe our end-of-year surplus reflects that.

  Today I am pleased to announce that our office returned $231,140.30 or 28.8% of the taxpayer dollars provided to our office by the House of Representatives for 2013.

  Senator Rand Paul returned $600,000 to the U.S. Treasury in 2013 and returned $500,000 in 2012, both constituting around 20 percent of his annual senate budget.”

 

 

Rare has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My One-Item Christmas List: A Government That Stops Playing Santa”

 

 

 

” I’ve got a new column up at Time’s Ideas section. Here’s the opening:

  Forget a new car, Beats by Dre, or even affordable health care. You know what I really, really, really want for Christmas?

  I want a government that spends less money. I’m not alone in such a wish. Even President Obama, who has asked for more and more spending in each of his annual budget proposals, has called the nation’s long-term spending patterns “unsustainable.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Budget Of Wimps

 

 

” If you weighed 1,000 pounds, would people notice you lost weight if you went down to 999 pounds?

  In Congress, the Republicans feared there would be another shutdown they would be blamed for.  They compromised with Democrats and presented a budget of wimps.  During the next ten years, they will cut spending by $23 billion.  The sequester, which would have cut the budget by much more than that, was done away with for fear it would keep politicians from wasting more money.  What about the debt ceiling that we will have to raise?  The Democrats complain about trickle-down economics in which the rich invest in the economy, create jobs, and purchase expensive things that again require people to service them.  They practice it all the time when they privately invest their money to produce a return that is much larger than what retired people receive from Social Security.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schumer: Veterans Should Take A Pay Cut But Congress Should Not

 

” Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) believes that it’s time that US military veterans do their part for America by taking a cut to their retirement benefits.

  Because, of course, veterans haven’t done enough for the country.

  Members of Congress, however, should take no such cuts. According to the rather despicable gun-control advocating Senator Schumer, the government officials have sacrificed enough.

  Civilian federal employees have been cut, cut, cut. I think there was a feeling, if you’re going to cut them further, which was done, that the military retirees should have about an equal amount. It’s small,” the New York Democrat told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Postage Stamps Are Too Dangerous for Children’s Eyes

Are we free to gambol?

” Courtesy of Walter Olson of the Cato Institute and Overlawyered comes this silly piece of news regarding a series of postage stamps meant to commemorate first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” youth anti-obesity program. The existence of the postage stamps in the first place is not the silly news, though it certainly is silly. No, the United States Postal Service (heavily in debt, mind you) is destroying the entire run of stamps because some of the activities illustrated on them have been deemed unsafe:

The stamps in question depicted children performing a cannonball dive, skateboarding

without kneepads, and doing a headstand without a helmet 

Maybe the Real Lesson Is That It’s Best to Shut Down the Federal Government Before a New Fiscal Year Begins

 

 

 

” The politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists and interest groups in Washington are hyperventilating that the federal gravy train may get sidetracked for a day or two by a shutdown fight between Republicans and Democrats.

I’m not sure why they’re so agitated. After all, the shutdown is really just a slowdown since only non-essential bureaucrats are sent home. And everyone winds up getting paid for those unplanned vacations, which is why the bureaucrats I know are crossing their fingers for a lengthy confrontation.

But that describes what may happen when the new fiscal year begins tomorrow. What’s been happening in recent days, culminating today, is a feeding frenzy of end-of-the-fiscal-year wasteful spending.

Here are some details from a Washington Post expose.

This past week, the Department of Veterans Affairs bought $562,000 worth of artwork. In a single day, the Agriculture Department spent $144,000 on toner cartridges. And, in a single purchase, the Coast Guard spent $178,000 on “Cubicle Furniture Rehab.” …All week, while Congress fought over next year’s budget, federal workers were immersed in a separate frantic drama. They were trying to spend the rest of this year’s budget before it is too late. …If they don’t, the money becomes worthless to them on Oct. 1. And — even worse — if they fail to spend the money now, Congress could dock their funding in future years. The incentive, as always, is to spend. So they spent. “

 

 

 

 

Illustrations By Jeff McNelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can This Happen, Please? Maybe Without Washington “Taking Care Of Us” People Will Figure Out How To Do A Few Things For Themselves

 

 

 

” Any number of grandstanding D.C. types have now magnanimously declared that they will not accept those portions of their $174,000 salaries that might come during a possible government shutdown. The question is why they get paid the rest of the time.

If Congress had passed an actual FY 2014 budget back in the spring like they were supposed to, the federal government would not be on the verge of losing its spending authority. If Congress could manage its finances like you and I have to do, it would not be desperately seeking yet another increase in the phony “debt ceiling,” which is not a ceiling at all but merely an occasional to schedule another vote to raise said “ceiling.”

If you can get paid for perpetrating this kind of fraud on a regular basis, you are no hero for eschewing a paycheck when you spend a few days tripping over your own dereliction of duty.

That said, shut the thing down.

Lefties shriek that we just don’t realize how many essential things the government does. They inspect the meat! They control the air traffic! They fix the highways! They control disease! You don’t want to do without any of that, do you? 

Yes, it’s true that we rely on the federal government to do many things. But it’s also true that in many cases we would be better off if we did not, and necessity is the mother of invention. If the most inefficient, political, self-serving institution has been providing you with bread since long before anyone can remember, and then one day the institution grinds to a halt . . . flour, yeast, hey Bob, I think we’ve got something here! Add a little oil and you can make pizza dough! Why were we paying those people? “

 

 

Illustration by AF Branco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Government Is Hiring … And the Pay Ain’t Bad!

 

 

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” Despite the sequester, the federal government is still hiring! They posted a whopping 27,000 job openings, some with pretty fat pay checks. The median salary for the openings tops out at $76,000 a year. The Defense Department is now recruiting dozens of bartenders and waiters, and if they work full-time, these employees could earn more than $3.4 million a year combined.”

 

Click through to watch the video … shameful .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISENCHANTED AMERICANS START LIFE OVER IN TROPICAL BELIZE

Belize

” “Not everyone believes this country is moving in the right direction.  Staring down a future of increased tax burdens and shifting cultural values, you can keep chasing the old dream, or you can literally live on a beachfront property in a tropical setting with your own staff for $2,000 a month.”  That’s the offer of Orange County Real Estate Company, BuyBelize.com, according to President, Bill Bannon.

“We’re seeing increased demand for our premium properties in Belize.  When people come out and see first hand that they can afford a lifestyle they never thought possible in the U.S., the word starts to spread.”

Perhaps the strongest motivator for the new stream of Belizean converts is the favorable tax climate. BuyBelize.com reports, “A key consideration for a direct investment or development opportunity in Belize is the country’s tax climate. Belize has long been regarded as one of the T-7 Tax Havens and it is for this very reason that it is such an attractive option for investors. With the US in economic downturn many investors are looking to internationalize their finances and their portfolios for both tax and asset protection reasons. Belize offers a legitimate path to investors seeking to cover both of these bases.” “

60 Completely Outrageous Ways The U.S. Government Is Wasting Money

 

 

 

” Is there anyone better at wasting money then the U.S. government?  Despite the sequester and all of the talk about “deep cutbacks”, the federal government continues to waste money in some of the most outrageous ways imaginable.  For example, does the U.S. government really have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to study the size and shape of the reproductive organs of ducks?  Does the U.S. government really have to spend 1.5 million dollars to study why so many lesbians are overweight?  There is so much waste that could still be cut out of the federal budget, and yet the very small sequester cuts that just happened are being described as “catastrophic” by many of our politicians.

The following are some of the completely outrageous ways that the U.S. government is wasting money…

#1 The National Science Foundation has given $384,949 to Yale University to do a study on “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia”.  Try not to laugh, but much of this research involves examining and measuring the reproductive organs of male ducks.

#2 The IRS spent $60,000 on a film parody of “Star Trek” and a film parody of “Gilligan’s Island”.  Internal Revenue Service employees were the actors in the two parodies, so as you can imagine the acting was really bad.

#3 The National Institutes of Health has given $1.5 million to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts to study why “three-quarters” of lesbians in the United States are overweight and why most gay males are not.

#4 The National Institutes of Health has also spent $2.7 million to study why lesbians have more “vulnerability to hazardous drinking”.

#5 The U.S. government is giving sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt even though the new president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi (a member of the Muslim Brotherhood), constantly makes statements such as the following

“Dear brothers, we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews, and all those who support them”

#6 During 2012, the salaries of Barack Obama’s three climate change advisers combined came to a grand total of more than $370,000. “

 

 

 

 

BOEHNER: I ‘ABSOLUTELY’ TRUST OBAMA

 

 

” “The president and I, as I have made very clear, have a very good relationship. We’re open with each other. We’re honest with each other,” said Boehner.

“Do you trust President Obama?” Raddatz asked.

“Absolutely,” Boehner replied.

Framing Republicans as out-of-touch radicals, Raddatz then asked, “President Obama says these meetings are intended to find members of the common-sense caucus who he can make a deal with …. Are you not a member of the common-sense caucus?”

Boehner, falling for the trap, shot back, “I’m part of the common-sense caucus.”

 

 

Boehner is the dumbest Speaker I’ve ever seen . Fire him now .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Democrats’ Budget Includes Nearly $1 Trillion In New Taxes

 

 

 

” The first budget from Senate Democrats in four years includes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes but would not balance the budget.The budget would dedicate $100 billion to economic stimulus in the form of infrastructure spending and job training.”

 

More union gifts , graft and no balanced budget … 

 

” The Ryan budget would balance in 10 years without raising taxes and by reducing spending over the next decade by $5.7 trillion compared to the CBO baseline.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CBO: TAX REVENUE HITS ALL-TIME HIGH

 

 

” While President Obama claimed repeatedly during both the fiscal cliff and the sequestration debate that America’s problem lay just as much on the tax revenue side as it did on the government spending side, new statistics show what a lie that is. According to the Congressional Budget Office, federal tax revenue will hit $2.7 trillion in 2013, the highest number ever.

Liberals will hang their hat on the fact that tax revenue totals 16.9 percent of GDP this year, as opposed to 18.5 percent in 2007, but that is because people earn less taxable income during recessions.”

 

 

 

 

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Obama Names Three to Second Term Cabinet for EPA, Energy, Budget

 

 

 

 

” President Barack Obama announced three cabinet-level nominations, choosing Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the Wal-Mart Foundation as director of the Office of Management and Budget, scientist Ernest Moniz as head of the Energy Department, and Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, where she’s been an assistant administrator.

“I can promise you that as soon as the Senate gives them the go-ahead, they’re going to hit the ground running and they’re going to help make America a stronger and more prosperous country,” Obama said at the White House today.”

 

    How will any of these appointments make America “a stronger and more prosperous country” ? We haven’t had a budget in over four years so what’s the point of Burwell and as to Departments of Energy and EPA we live with the results of those departments every day … $5 gas , an over-arching regulatory environment , bogus e-mails , corruption , green energy scandals … ah , transparency … 

 

Kerry: US to Release Millions in Aid to Egypt

 

 

 

” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington will provide Egypt with immediate financial aid because of the nation’s “extreme needs.” Kerry announced the deal after meeting Sunday with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Cairo is the first stop in the Arab world for Kerry as he makes his inaugural trip as the top American diplomat.

Secretary of State Kerry says the United States will make $190 million available immediately from a promised $450-million package for budget support. He also pledged $60 million toward a new enterprise fund.”

 

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 Change You Can Believe In

Pot Tourism In Colorado ? Marijuana Regulators OK Idea

 

 

 

” Marijuana tourism is on the way to Colorado, under a recommendation made Tuesday by a state task force to regulate the drug made legal by voters last year.

But Colorado should erect signs in airports and borders telling visitors they can’t take pot home, the task force recommended.

Colorado’s marijuana task force was assembled to suggest regulations for pot after voters chose to flout federal drug law and allow its use without a doctor’s recommendation. Made up of lawmakers, law enforcement authorities and marijuana activists, the task force agreed Tuesday that the constitutional amendment on marijuana simply says that adults over 21 can use the drug, not just Colorado residents. If lawmakers agree with the recommendation, tourists would be free to buy and smoke marijuana.

“Imposing a residency requirement would almost certainly create a black market for recreational marijuana in the state,” said Rep. Dan Pabon, a Denver Democrat who sits on the task force.

Tourists could see purchasing caps though, possibly as low as an eighth of an ounce per transaction.”

Eastwood Disappointed By Lack Of Bipartisanship

 

 

 

” Halftime in America is over and talking to the chair didn’t work, so Clint Eastwood’s taking his political disappointment directly to the people.

The actor, director and Man With No Name went on CNBC on Friday to lament the lack of bipartisan cooperation in Congress and to give some credit to former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles for at least trying back in 2010. He worried aloud that the intractable disputes between both sides of the aisle will lead to political complacency that will only further complicate national politics.

“It’s almost like they don’t give a damn,” Eastwood said. “If they don’t give a damn, why do they expect anybody else to?”

It’s been an unusually active political cycle for Eastwood, whose appearance in Chrysler’s “Halftime in America” Super Bowl ad last year in the middle of primary season made onlookers speculate which side he would take in the 2012 presidential election. He supported John McCain in 2008, but his dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’s economic policies led him to the Republican National Convention and his conversation with a piece of furniture standing in for the president.”

 

 

 

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Big Dangers As Obama Democrats Flout Budget Laws

 

Rule Of Law Index

 

The Consent Of The Governed … Is Being Lost At An Ever-Increasing Rate 

 

” What are citizens to do when their government refuses to follow its own laws?

The answers to this question throughout history have been hugely unhappy. When individuals in government de-legitimize their own institutions by breaking the rules, rebellion, repression and general lawlessness have often been the result.
Americans have done better at this than anyone else, having inherited the love of the law from our British progenitors. The Founding Fathers took it a step further by ditching the idea of a monarch altogether and crafting what has become the world’s oldest and most revered national charter. The Constitution was a fulcrum point in human history and the greatest gift from the Framers to their nation: a government of laws, not men.

When leaders refuse to follow the rules laid out for them, societies devolve very quickly indeed. Ask any Argentine.

Like many good things – true love, baseball, table manners – the rule of law only exists by the voluntary participation of all involved and a willingness to be subject to sometimes seemingly arbitrary requirements.”

 

 

 

   From the nation that that led the way with respect to the rule of law we have fallen , according to the above graphic .

 

After America , What ?

Steyn: Congress Spent 2 Months Arguing for 10 Hours Worth of Spending Cuts

 

Steyn On Spending

 

 

 

 

 

” Conservative columnist Mark Steyn unleashed a torrent of pithy thoughts on the mercifully ended theater-of-the-absurd that resulted in a measly few billion dollars a year in spending cuts under the fiscal cliff deal. In the video above, the author of After America: Get Ready for Armageddon stated in his cheerfully sardonic way that “the American era is over“:

“In a sense America voted for big government in November. What it didn’t vote for is the willingness to pay for it. We have the biggest gap between revenue and spending of any nation on Earth. So people have got to get real about this. If you want Swedish-style government, you have to pay Swedish-style taxes. And if you don’t, you have to grow up and learn to live within your means.” “

 

 

President Obama in Denial: We Don’t Have a Spending Problem

 

 

 

” “At one point several weeks ago,” Mr. Boehner told Wall Street Journal writer Stephen Moore, “the president said to me, ‘We don’t have a spending problem.’ “

Such began the divinely timed epiphany of Speaker Boehner that the president is an ideologue who perhaps can’t be reasoned with. Thus, the Speaker’s eyes were opened during the fiscal cliff negotiations that the president is out to draw political blood on Republicans, and really isn’t all-too-concerned about compromise. Well, unless you consider “compromise” making an outrageous offer and then getting 90% of what he wants. “

 

 

 

Originally posted on LibertyTrail:

While the rest of us were eating, drinking and making merry (or turning in early) the drama queens in Washington were burning the midnight oil.  They haven’t done their job all year, so we all had to endure the theatrics of the past several weeks with their climactic high drama last night.

And it’s still not over.  Although the old media is talking as though all this is done, the House has still not voted on the bill.  Stay tuned.

I don’t know all the details of it yet.  Lots of info is swirling around.  There’s more money for unemployment benefits in it.  And most of us won’t see our taxes rise.  Except that we will.  The payroll tax cut was allowed to expire, so all our take-home is going down.  It’s being reported that for every dollar in cuts in the bill, there are $41 in new taxes.

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