Someone on the radio said today… “…nothing wrong with getting some of what you want en route to getting all you want”, regarding the House GOP’s compromise, trading the extension of all the so-called Bush tax cuts for and extension of all unemployment benefits.
Perhaps, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
Without the quid pro quo, there is little doubt that Americans would get hammered with a huge tax increase estimated to cost a family making $80K an additional $500 a month in taxes.
"We've got to do it. So let's do it. But that ought to be it,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. “Let's take care of the unemployment compensation even if it isn't ... backed up by real finances.”
Thus Hatch succinctly offered the money quote on how our out of control entitlement federal colossus has brought us to the abyss of economic suicide. The feds spent your money a very long time ago… it is now spending your children's, and even their children's’ money.
Even the so-called “tax cuts” favored by most Americans and set to expire at the end of the year are not fiscally sound. In addition, the House (with the House in GOP hands) should go through the budget and kill the equivalent amount of federal spending to offset the Bush tax cuts… just a very small start in attacking the deficit.
That way small business (which are actually most of the so called “rich people” making north of $250,000 a year, and so hated by the left) will have more money to do more business and hire more workers to do it. They grow the economy.
But in the face of all reason and 8th grade math, this is what we still hear from the in Congress and the White House socialists:
"We have to pay for unemployment insurance, we don't have to pay for tax cuts for the rich. Tax cuts do not create jobs. They haven't throughout the Bush Administration. Unemployment insurance creates jobs and does not add to the deficit."
Democrats are lying, they know the lie, they intend to lie and and they've gotten away with it since the earliest days of FDR. They foment class warfare because appealing to base human frailty… greed, envy, sloth—is the easiest way to generate votes when you are otherwise incapable of governing.
Besides, Mr. Jefferson already had the last word:
"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
"The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."
And speaking of the runway spending, absurdity and big government (pardon the redundancy), I give you The Train to Nowhere:
(LA Times)-- Citing a need for jobs and fast approaching federal deadlines for funding, the California High Speed Rail Authority board Thursday unanimously approved construction of the first leg of the state's proposed bullet train — a 65-mile section in the Central Valley that would not carry passengers until more of the system is built.
Even though I grew up in the Central Valley, graduated from Fresno State and worked in Merced, I had to look up Borden; I gave up trying to find its population (if any).
The economy in this nowhere land is so bad that it’s being called New Appalachia.
And if the boondoggle even made slight sense, the first leg would begin in either the Bay Area or LA.
So why in the middle of the Valley, yet doesn’t even include Bakersfield, just two hours south of Fresno? Just a little reading gave me the the answer as reported by Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee.
Why? You'd have to be terminally naïve not to believe that the splashy announcement, made personally by an Obama administration official (emphasis mine) in Fresno, was to help an embattled local congressman, Democrat Jim Costa, stave off a very stiff Republican challenge.
Costa, a long-time bullet train advocate, did, in fact, eke out a narrow re-election win. And last week, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) announced plans to spend that money and some other federal and state funds, $4.3 billion in all, to build a 54-mile segment from Madera to Corcoran.
Yep, what’s a few billion of your money to buy your president a congressman? Read more.
This is especially for my friend and comrade at the end of a long dirt road… Jeff The Norton Driver:
Glenn Harlan Reynolds is a man after my own heart; writing in the Washington Examiner he nails the Obama Administration fantasy world with the help of legendary Spinal Tap guitarist and song writer, Nigel Tufnel, right.
“The more I watch this administration at work, the more I think we're seeing the first Nigel Tufnel presidency.
“Nigel Tufnel, many will remember, was the fictitious heavy metal guitarist in the fictional ‘rockumentary’ This Is Spinal Tap. In a classic scene, he displays his guitar collection and his special amplifier that -- unlike all other amplifiers in existence -- has knobs that go all the way up to 11, instead of just 10.
“And, like the beleaguered band Spinal Tap, Obama is seeing his appeal shrink rapidly despite the increased volume -- though his advisers, like Spinal Tap's manager Ian Faith, protest that his appeal isn't shrinking, just becoming ‘more selective.’ In fact, as it flounders before the Wikileaks scandal and the TSA brouhaha, the entire Obama presidency seems to be shrinking, much like the 18-foot model of Stonehenge that, through a slip of Tufnel's pen, became an 18-inch model of Stonehenge that left audiences unimpressed.”
My August 27, 2008 post, “Cause we live in a world gone man…”:
Why am I thinking about the Stonehenge gag in "This is Spinal Tap"?
“Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.
"Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington's Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party's nomination for president.
"He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that can be raised from beneath the floor.
"Once Obama speaks, confetti will rain down on him and fireworks will be fired off from locations around the stadium wall."
Don Imus call your office:
Are those code words for community organizer?