Economically-challenged Obama gets ‘stable’ voucher

[H/T and cred to Dave]

Former GOP Senator Judd Gregg to Moneynews: US Debt-to-GDP Ratio Is Exploding

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 07:04 AM
By Glenn J. Kalinoski and David Nelson

The debt-to-GDP ratio in the U.S. is moving to dangerous levels seen in Europe, said former Republican Senator Judd Gregg.

“We know that once a country’s cost is at 60 percent debt-to-GDP level they’re in trouble,” he told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview.

“Historically our debt-to-GDP level is 35 percent up until three, four years ago. Then it’s bounced,” said the veteran politician, who also was governor of New Hampshire and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Now it’s up to around 70 percent. It’s headed toward over 100 percent. You look at Greece, you look at Spain, you look at Italy, you look at France. Their debt-to-GDP ratios exceed 100 percent and they’re essentially in bankruptcy or headed in that direction. Unfortunately, our debt-to-GDP ratio is heading in that direction, too.”

The Republican discussed his service on the Simpson-Bowles Commission, which he said came to the conclusion that “we could stabilize [at] 70 percent and we’d be doing a good job.” Gregg said that would require a reduction in spending by, “at that time, that was two years ago,” $4 trillion over 10 years.

“Now we need to reduce spending by approximately $5 trillion over 10 years in order to hit that same number.” Gregg said.

Putting politics before people was another topic Gregg covered when discussing his time on Capitol Hill.

“There’s a natural tendency in Congress to want to get re-elected first and not worry too much about anything else,” he said. “It’s a difficult issue because these are complex questions. They involve very important issues that affect all Americans — Medicare, Social Security, tax reform,” he said.

“When you step on to that ground, you’re stepping on to a very volatile area of politics. But at its core is a question of whether or not we have a solid country, and if you don’t have a solid country, then you’re not doing your job as a member of government.”

/… see more:

http://www.moneynews.com/Economy/Judd-Gregg-Debt-GDP-Economy/2013/06/10/id/508927?s=al&promo_code=13C77-1

Sort of has a sense of urgency to it, doesn’t it? IF it were an emergency room they’d call it trauma. Well, to everyone but Obama.

Now for the real puzzler….

S&P revises U.S. credit outlook to ‘stable’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s on Monday upgraded its credit outlook for the United States government to “stable” from “negative,” saying the chances of a downgrade of the country’s rating is “less than one in three.”

In August 2011, S&P became the first credit rating agency to downgrade the sovereign U.S. credit rating from top-rated “AAA” to “AA+,” the second highest rating, and had left the U.S. credit outlook at “negative” at that time.

S&P said in a release that the recent improvements in tax receipts and steps taken to address longer-term budget issues improved the outlook for the United States. The agency raised concerns about the ability of policymakers to tackle long-standing issues due to a deepening of a partisan divide in Washington in the last decade, however.

“We believe that our current ‘AA+’ rating already factors in a lesser ability of U.S. elected officials to react swiftly and effectively to public finance pressures over the longer term in comparison with officials of some more highly rated sovereigns and we expect repeated divisive debates over raising the debt ceiling,” the agency said in a statement.

Rival agencies Moody’s and Fitch currently both hold triple-A ratings on the United States.

(Reporting by Dan Burns; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and W Simon)

http://www.insightbb.com/reuters/default.aspx?doc=2013-06-10T132742Z_2_BRE9590K8_RTROPTT_0_NEWS-US-USA-RATING-SP.XML

Thanks to Dave for the articles.

Anyone have a clue about the soundness, reasoning, or sheer “politics” of this S&P revision?  And the funniest part is here is the pretender prez-I-dent declaring how bad the sequestration is going to be for the economy and demonizing fiscal politics.  Then comes this.

And the fed has been flooding us with money and monetizing our debt….which incidentally is only going up(drastically) with this meathead, tone deaf, economics-challenged prez.  Of course, that is to presume he even cares!

I’m only grateful the S&P does not install  road signs in America. Remember irrational exuberance? Welcome to Obama’s economy of rational fear. Then again, I guess even S&P doesn’t believe what Obama says.

A government of know nothings

I always knew it would finally come to this. Having a Leviathan so large and massive that really no one knows anything. No one even knows what they are doing, or why.

As for President Know Nothing, how could he know even most of what this behemoth government is doing? Does he even care? Sure he has people for that, but they do not know anything either.

So when we have an investigation, just ask the people, and they will tell you no one outside the department influenced their policy or actions. And they don’t know how or why it happened. (sounds like an old Laugh-In bit) Nope, then it is clear, there was no outside [political] influence on the IRS – so you can take that to the bank. (sorry bad pun)

The investigators can say there was no influence, but if no one knows anything, how can employees state with any certainty that there was no outside influence? Then how are we to believe that when we don’t know for sure? And how can the IG state with any surety there was no outside influence. He surely does not know either. No one does.

And that is the great thing about this huge out of control government. At least there is one thing they can all agree on: that no one could possibly know because of its size. Even David Axelrod states with surety that the government is so breathtakingly huge that Obama could not know what is going on. That’s a far cry from transparency and the accountable government we were sold.

“Part of being president is there’s so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast”, Axelrod said. (see video)

So if you want an excuse for no accountability from government, there it is.

Government “of, by and for the people” is now of, by and for Government. And when it is wrong or errors, don’t worry it will investigate itself. You can trust its integrity. It’s always good for its tab too. (another bad analogy, I know)

Steven Miller

Sarah Ingram

Barack Obama

Eric Holder

Douglas Shulman

Lois Lerner

Hillary Clinton

Just to name a few of the prominent Know Nothings

Lists? What lists?

Besides, if it does come to a hearing where they are accused of keeping information from Congress, they can do like Eric Holder and criticize the messenger.

“No, that’s what you typically do…. That is inappropriate and is too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of Congress. It’s unacceptable and it’s shameful.” — Holder told Issa.

He can always revert back to the primary “I don’t know” answer that always works. And when he gets accused of hiding information or lying, he can always play the racism card. (that one never gets old)

Opportunism run amuck

This is a rant about the gun control non-debate. I heard this commercial several times. It is from a lobby affiliated with the anti-gun campaign but doesn’t matter.

They talk about gun control saying because of the events, this is the best “opportunity” to push through gun control they have had. Maybe I get offended whenever the word opportunity is used in politics? But that certainly touched my nerve, never have they had such a great opportunity to pass gun control.

Is that what this is a great “opportunity”? We also have Rahm Emanuel’s doctrine, “never let a crisis go to waste”. It is all the same thing. Opportunity? Is the murder of the kids in Newtown now reduced to an opportunity? I am not surprised.

That’s what the Left is all about, opportunity. The shooting in Colorado or the  shooting in Newtown, is just the greatest opportunity they’ve had. Note how cavalier they say it.

That’s why I relate politics to extortion, and extortion to terrorism. They extort the events for political gain. Politicians are out to get as much as they can from the circumstances. With progressives it is a jihad. They are opportunists. And what do terrorist do? Take advantage of circumstances to serve a political agenda.

I am so sick of their opportunism. No matter how horrible the event or circumstance, opportunists run to take full advantage of it. Hello, Barney Frank on Boston.

Like the death of a wealthy person, family members come out of the woodwork looking for a piece of the pie. When a disaster happens, people try to take advantage of victims. Opportunistis et al. Politicians looked at the banking/economic collapse the same way, “how can we use this?”

It is professional extortion, and all of us are the victims. There can be no doubt the Left is declaring jihad on guns, the second amendment, and gun owners. They tell us. They issued a fatwa to the American people that they want our second amendment rights. At the same time they will not defend the right to life. All part of the same fatwa.

But Liberals and pols will tell you that is just the way our system works.

Now the Boston bombing presents serious national security concerns while they push illegal immigration legislation and amnesty. But all of a sudden the Left cries foul and claims the bombing should not be “used” to deter their illegal immigration agenda. A legitimate national security issue is not relevant to illegal immigration? Beam me up!

There must be a bylaw for the left: when opportunity presents itself, bust down the door. Use a battering ram if possible.’…’when opportunity knocks, beat the hell out of victims.’

In fact, I heard political strategists/pundits talking about illegal immigration “reform” – whatever the hell they call the current concoction. The MSM loons complained that for the right to use the bombing in Boston against “immigration reform” is absurd. “Off sides…personal foul..95 yard penalty. “They can’t understand any remote connection. Say what?

They then accused the Republicans of playing politics and trying to use the illegal alien issue for political gain. Is that a hoot, using the issue for political gain? The gods of opportunism cry foul.

Obama and his cohorts already denounced Rand Paul and others for accusing Obama and the Left of standing on the graves of victims, playing politics with the second amendment, and using family members as “Props” in their anti-gun “campaign”. Oh no, attack the messengers, even if they happen to be right.

Obama’s brain initiative

Obama announces a Brain Initiative Project to study the human brain.

What is wrong with the picture of Obama suggesting we study the brain? I can’t quite put my finger on it though there seems to be something very ironic about that.

Obama: Brain initiative is “the next great American project”

Touting the economic as well as scientific benefits of investing in basic research, President Obama Tuesday unveiled a new initiative to study the human brain that he called “the next great American project.”

“Ideas are what power our economy,” Mr. Obama said at an event in the East Room of the White House. “We’ve been a nation of dreamers and risk takers. We do innovation better than anybody else, and that makes our economy stronger.”

In his proposed 2014 budget, Mr. Obama will call for investing $100 million to launch the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative — a project to speed up the development and application of technologies that will help researchers create dynamic brain imaging, in order to learn how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact.

“As humans we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom, but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter sitting between our ears,” Mr. Obama said.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57577467/obama-announces-the-next-great-american-project/

That three pounds of wasted matter sitting right there between his bat ears. So corrupted. Wait, I think I found that irony. Maybe research could lead to America choosing a prez with some constructive matter between his ears. Or maybe not; maybe its the brain patterns of illogical low-info voters we need to find the answer for.

Anyway, I’ll bet Dr. Benjamin Carson will not be consulted on this initiative. Just a hunch. Hmmm, where do those hunches come from?

Oh, all the complaining about sequestration didn’t last long. He’s back to talking about spending as usual. Old habits and old dogs, you know…

February 28, 2013

Low Information Voters? How about a Low Information President?

By Bruce Johnson

There is a real possibility, a strong likelihood, that President Obama knows nothing of the nuts and bolts, the details and realities of the positions he promotes. He rides the Starship Air Force One, thrills adolescent crowds and frames himself with federal employees while orating vapid clichés dowsed in demagoguery.

Imagery sans leadership. Celebrity is the accomplishment here, and adoration is the metric. Polls demonstrate people approve more of him and less of his execution of the responsibilities of office. This Presidency is therefore wrapped in a managed personal imagery that supersedes the measure of ability.

Dr. Benjamin Carson revealed his version of the world and the shortfalls of Obamacare standing a few feet from the President himself. Obama’s body language, as he was forced to bear witness, spoke volumes. This was the closest to an exchange between Obama and a critic of his beloved health insurance initiative to date. But there was no exchange. There was no defense. There was no telepromptered pre-authored clichéd speech to deliver.

/…

He declares that he has cut over a trillion dollars, somewhere. He has been told this and it seems he believes it.

He will not engage a critic and nor defend his positions in detail. He can not apparently even engage a questioning reporter nor engage his congressional opposition. In my opinion, he couldn’t last 5 minutes in a fact-driven analysis of that which he promotes.

Read more: American Thinker

So what about the brain matter of the voters who elected and fawn all over him?
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…DOA in the voting booth.

Well, Obama already created the low-info voter brain initiative.

NY, Cuomo and Gun Con-trol

March 25, 2013 4:00 A.M.

Cuomo’s Shameful SAFE Act

Rushed law is bad law, even when it’s “for the children.”

By Charles C. W. Cooke — NRO

All things being equal, New York State’s infamous new gun laws will go down in history as a prime example of the folly of hysterical calls to action; and Governor Andrew Cuomo, who led the chase for the measures, will join them in disgrace. After 20 children were killed in Newtown, Conn., last December, progressives saw a golden opportunity to reverse the liberalizing tide of recent firearms law and leverage the national outrage in favor of long-desired gun-control codes. Freed by his reelection, the president declared, in an increasingly tiresome formulation, “Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love.” In Albany, it appears that the governor took him literally.

Legislation cast in the wake of tragedy invariably carries with it the stench of the mob, and when it’s contrived in haste to protect “the children,” this is doubly so. Parliaments and institutions might protect us from the sight of angry, rash, pitchfork-wielding villagers in search of blood, but, however sanitized our politics have become, the impulse of rabble-rousing politicos is the same: Something must be done, it must be done right this second, and all naysayers are on the side of the monster. Wise men understand this, and they act to cool passions. Andrew Cuomo, we have learned in recent months, is not a wise man. His signature now adorns a law that has proven unworkable from start to finish. Next time we are told that we cannot wait for democracy or reflection to soothe passions, we might remember the course that New York has taken.

In Newtown’s aftermath, reacting became synonymous with fixing the problem; expressing support for change was treated as if it were the same thing as preventing tragedy; and those who urged patience or reason were seen as siding with the devil — or, worse, the Second Amendment. These tendencies were widespread, but Cuomo’s rhetoric stood out in particular, ranging as it quickly did into the extreme. So grave was the new threat, Cuomo warned, that New York State should consider “confiscation” of “assault weapons,” or, if that was too drastic, it should enforce “mandatory sales to the state.” There had been, we were told, a “sea change” in America. From now on, everything would be different.

SHOUTING his way through his State of the State speech on January 9, 2013, the governor outlined his thinking. “Guns impose huge economic costs, as well as [a cost in] lives,” he bellowed. “Fear of gun violence invades neighborhoods, causing disruptions in the normal rhythms of life, work, and school. That threat depresses property values and puts a drag on economic development.” This being so, and legislation being inescapable, there would be time for neither public input nor committee hearings. In a startling move, Cuomo issued a “Message of Necessity,” using a provision in the state’s constitution designed to permit expedited state action in a case of emergency. This gave Cuomo the power to suspend the usual democratic rules and charge forward.

He couldn’t allow public debate, he argued, lest it “cause a rush on the market of people who wanted to buy assault weapons.” He couldn’t allow the usual three-day waiting period between a bill’s being introduced and a vote’s being held, in case legislators asked difficult questions or tried to stall the measure. In a move that would have made Nancy Pelosi proud, Cuomo allotted state lawmakers mere minutes to read the bill before voting on it. Indeed, so aggressive were Cuomo’s tactics that the Albany Times Union, which was supportive of the basic thrust of the legislation, editorialized that he behaved like a man possessed of “a truncated view of the legislative process and a cynical view of representative government.” The governor disagreed: “If there is an issue that fits the definition of necessity,” Cuomo shot back, “I believe it’s gun violence.”

See complete in-depth article at NRO
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/343805/cuomo-s-shameful-safe-act-charles-c-w-cooke?pg=1

The empirical governor sounds a lot like Barack Obama blaming the sequester for everything from his TSA and firefighter threats to airport delays and White House tour cuts, and then falsely blaming Republicans. Birds of the feather. Just throw it all in there.

Anyone willing to suspend Constitutional government for his agenda — or hold it hostage in Obama’s case — and incite panic amongst the people, is willing to say just about anything to defend it. (as we see from Obama)

Oh, he says nothing about the fears he caused by enacting the legislation and the process he employed to do it. That is the fear of tyrannical government that really disturbs people. That is the threat of deceitful, scheming, tyranny at its worst. Not to mention all the shouting he did along the way. Different indeed!

The fallout of his political maneuvering?

(NRO)Before the massacre at Newtown, Cuomo had an approval rating of 74–18. After he pushed the bill, it dropped to 59–28, still high but a dramatic drop. Among Republicans in the state, he moved from 68–18 to 44–43. Cuomo “was afraid of the public rising up — and the public has risen up,” New York Conservative-party chairman Mike Long says. “There are 52 counties that have introduced resolutions calling for repeal. There are 40 counties that have passed resolutions. Three weeks ago, citizens held the largest rally that ever took place in Albany: over 5,000 people.” By the time people took to the streets, a petition urging Cuomo to revisit the law had collected 83,000 signatures.

But who really cares about Cuomo’s political survival when he took a Samurai Sword to the 2nd amendment, the state constitution, and the bill of rights? How it is legislators could go along with his machinations is beyond reason. Are they really telling people that, like legislators in the federal District of Corruption, there isn’t a damn thing they can do about it? “By George”, I think they have!

I guess it is just too bad for the subjects of his Empirical State.
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So why does Obama need 1.6 billion hollow-point bullets? – Safety?

As it turns out, those people who “cling to their guns” are not so wacky after all. I’d vouch for their sanity over an out of control government any day. Interesting how both Cuomo and Obama fancy themselves as a model to others. And neither can ever be shamed out of office. We saw the same scenario with Clintons and it has only gotten (much)worse since.

It’s time we get familiar with the truth, so we know how it all went down.

Obama’s unfair and unbalanced approach

And Obama takes on the “conclave”.

Obama’s mantra of a balanced approach apparently does not include a balanced budget any time in the future — in the near term or the far term. Isn’t it funny that the key word Obama always uses is “balanced” and yet he admits his fiscal strategy does not involve balancing the budget?

He told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he does not believe in balancing the budget “for the sake of balancing the budget”. Gee, and I always thought that was supposed to be one of the primary objectives of a budget. We’re in a brave new world.

So much for Obama’s “irresponsible and unpatriotic” complaints. I guess he believes in leaving his debt debacle to someone else, anyone.

“Fair and balanced” to Obama means unfair and unbalanced. Now that he tells us balancing the budget is not one of his goals, get ready for the other overused word “investment” to explain away his big-spending plans. All those votes get expensive.

This liar in chief is just a walking talking contradicting king of hypocrite hill (mountain). Besides, he doesn’t even plan to put out his budget until next month. And he blames that on the “fiscal cliff”, sequestration, and of course Republicans.

But even better than his unfair and unbalanced approach, Obama does a photo-op  going to meet Republicans in the Capitol and look how it gets reported. On the same day the Catholic Church is choosing its new Pope, nothing stops Obama’s papacy from stealing center stage.  Just look at this ABC report, complete with photo symbolism and suggestive title.

President Obama Faces House Republicans in Capitol Conclave

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President Barack Obama, escorted by House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, right, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 13, 2013, for closed-door talks with House Speaker John Boehner and the House Republican Conference to discuss the budget. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

Still, there is likely more hope for a new Pope today, than positive prospects for a bipartisan debt deal.

Say what, a new Pope is relevant to fiscal stalemates? Maybe they planned black and white smoke for effects too. Some red hats for congress would add to the visuals. Maybe they could have arranged for someone to bow and kiss his ring.

Let me see if I can further their narrative in Rome. Maybe the new Pope ought to immediately start blaming the prior Pope and then take pot shots at the cardinals rather than concentrate on his duties. Yea, that sounds like a plausible comparison. Then he could take to the road and tell the “faithful” to call up the cardinals and get after them. Am I taking it a bit far? I’m just fed up with their narrative.

What’s next, how about a big shout out to the church of Climatology? (that’s coming)

Meanwhile, back at sequestration

So the game show president, president not my fault, prez can’t cut the military enough, prez let the illegals out of jail, prez fast and furious, prez Benghazigate, prez can’t get enough gun control, president drone campaign, etc… that six-trillion dollar spendaholic president says the sequestration cuts “are just dumb”.

What could be wrong with that picture?

All the wasteful spending this government does and he thinks a cutting plan is stupid. An idea he put on the table, then threatened to veto anything that would remove it. He said that “none of this is necessary”.

And then he signs the sequestration order into effect, after calling it dumb. I think I have the answer, Obama finally ran out of adjectives and names for Republicans – his enemies. That must be it. Does he always sign dumb ideas into effect that were his idea? I think we know the answer.
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All any of us in this country are to this tyrant are pawns in his political agenda. He doesn’t care about jobs or people, or anything else. He does care about spending money as his means. (votes get expensive) All he cares about is using everyone to his own political benefit. Yet he calls future spending reduction “just dumb”.

Down at the WH laundromat
Near the end of his sequestration speech, he mentioned gun control on a laundry list of things he will continue “pushing for” and added: “this is the agenda that the American people voted for.“. 

People never voted for gun control. I don’t remember that being the subject in the election. As usual, we the people just don’t understand what he says… now he is already redefining the election.

The architects of our economic demise

From Northeast Intelligence Network

“Is there a conspiracy of global takeover, of a “New World Order,” of global governance that has been in the works since the United States gained independence from Great Britain? The honest answer is undeniable: yes.” – Doug Hagmann

Part I
By Douglas J. Hagmann
27 February 2013:

Today, we are witnessing the final stages of the greatest financial fraud ever perpetrated on the American people. Behind the massive debt, threat of “sequestration,” and the threat of massive pending layoffs exists a story that must be told and understood by every American. It is a truth that too few understand and even fewer will talk about.

The system has been rigged. However, understanding exactly what is being done to us, our country, and our economy has been deliberately made difficult for a person of average or even above-average intelligence by the architects of our demise. This process continues today, and much of it is done in secret or behind closed doors.

Every person on the planet is being robbed of their wealth by a select group of people. Worse, they are robbing your children, grandchildren, and further generations of their wealth not yet earned and (by extension) their time not yet invested, while making you believe that their enrichment is your moral obligation. It’s mental conditioning on a grand scale.

How we got here

A significant aspect of understanding why we find ourselves in our current financial mess is to understand exactly how we got here in the first place. Like most events taking place in Washington, DC, we are witnessing the ongoing shredding of the United States Constitution by both sides of the political divide. Yet how many people actually understand that what is taking place is completely unconstitutional? Thanks to the incremental infusion of Communist goals into the legal and societal framework of the fabric of America, people have been intellectually hobbled by a complicit media and a compromised educational system. //…

Read more: http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/archives/7899#more-7899

Executive flu over sequestration

Freshly back from his golf vacation, Obama developed symptoms of what appears to be a nasty flu virus. And he just vomited and had  diarrhea right in front of the American people.  He made a heck of a mess.

 How embarrassing? I forgot, he has no shame or conscience anyway. No cure found yet.

“THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. (Applause.) Please have a seat. Well, welcome to the White House.”

As I said in my State of the Union address last week, our top priority must be to do everything we can to grow the economy and create good, middle-class jobs. That’s our top priority. That’s our North Star. That drives every decision we make. And it has to drive every decision that Congress and everybody in Washington makes over the next several years.

First lie. North Star? Excellent synonym for it.

And that’s why it’s so troubling that just 10 days from now, Congress might allow a series of automatic, severe budget cuts to take place that will do the exact opposite. It won’t help the economy, won’t create jobs, will visit hardship on a whole lot of people.

It does what it’s designed to do….it was your idea, remember?

Here’s what’s at stake. Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce our deficits by more than $2.5 trillion. More than two-thirds of that was through some pretty tough spending cuts. The rest of it was through raising taxes — tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. And together, when you take the spending cuts and the increased tax rates on the top 1 percent, it puts us more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.

I see now where your problem is, we could never raise taxes fast enough to keep up with your spending.

Now, Congress, back in 2011, also passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach that $4 trillion goal, about a trillion dollars of additional, arbitrary budget cuts would start to take effect this year. And by the way, the whole design of these arbitrary cuts was to make them so unattractive and unappealing that Democrats and Republicans would actually get together and find a good compromise of sensible cuts as well as closing tax loopholes and so forth. And so this was all designed to say we can’t do these bad cuts; let’s do something smarter. That was the whole point of this so-called sequestration.

We’re making a tiny bit of progress here, Barry: “the whole design of these arbitrary cuts was to make them so unattractive and unappealing that Democrats and Republicans would actually get together and find a good compromise of sensible cuts as well as closing tax loopholes and so forth.” — By design, now you are catching on. But you refused to even negotiate and then said you had no interest in talking about spending cuts. Now you want more revenue after what you got last month.

Unfortunately, Congress didn’t compromise. They haven’t come together and done their jobs, and so as a consequence, we’ve got these automatic, brutal spending cuts that are poised to happen next Friday.

You would not compromise or even talk remember when you said I get the tax hikes for nothing in return? Your alternative reality is even worse than your budget, which isn’t done either. You’re the first one who is not doing your job.

Now, if Congress allows this meat-cleaver approach to take place, it will jeopardize our military readiness; it will eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research. It won’t consider whether we’re cutting some bloated program that has outlived its usefulness, or a vital service that Americans depend on every single day. It doesn’t make those distinctions.

You mean if your “meat cleaver approach” is allowed to go into effect.

Emergency responders like the ones who are here today — their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country. Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find childcare for their kids. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings.

Have you taken a look at the economy and the private sector lately? Probably not. But you would see all the sacrifices Americans have been forced to make while all you worry about is government jobs … and spending more borrowed money. And then you can’t even get a budget enacted, which all these companies in the private sector must do, along with the CEO’s being held accountable. But you said the private sector is doing fine and that government jobs were the real concern. Now you aim more torpedos at the economy while it has already begun contracting.

And already, the threat of these cuts has forced the Navy to delay an aircraft carrier that was supposed to deploy to the Persian Gulf. And as our military leaders have made clear, changes like this — not well thought through, not phased in properly — changes like this affect our ability to respond to threats in unstable parts of the world.

Who’s fault is that? Who has been ramming the military cuts through? …even trying to cut troops medical benefits? You could not be bothered by a response to Benghazi.

So these cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy. They will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment rolls. This is not an abstraction — people will lose their jobs. The unemployment rate might tick up again.

Tell me what is fair? While Americans are hurting, the economy contracting, unemployment at record highs, gas and fuel at record highs; not only don’t you mention that but you galavant around on luxury vacations even as you ignore your job and constitutional duties. And you told Americans you would not negotiate, again. (several times)

And that’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists, they’ve already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as sequestration, are a bad idea. They’re not good for our economy. They’re not how we should run our government.

If they are bad for the country, how could you, the executive, have let it come to this without working to avoid them?

And here’s the thing: They don’t have to happen. There is a smarter way to do this –- to reduce our deficits without harming our economy. But Congress has to act in order for that to happen.

That’s what you have been saying they don’t have to happen and they aren’t going to happen. But you’ve done nothing to avoid them. Your only concern is raising taxes on certain targeted people. (maybe you are getting it confused with your drone operation)

Now, for two years, I’ve offered a balanced approach to deficit reduction that would prevent these harmful cuts. I outlined it again last week at the State of the Union. I am willing to cut more spending that we don’t need, get rid of programs that aren’t working. I’ve laid out specific reforms to our entitlement programs that can achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms that were proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission. I’m willing to save hundreds of billions of dollars by enacting comprehensive tax reform that gets rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well off and well-connected, without raising tax rates.

Hogwash, Lie #____ (I lost count) Your “will” lacks any credibility at all. You wanted the tax hikes without negotiating spending cuts. Now you say you are willing? The Simpson Bowles you keep talking about you totally ignored. Once again, back to the tax hikes, closing loopholes mantra. We cannot balance the budget or decrease the deficit by raising taxes. You cannot get there.

I believe such a balanced approach that combines tax reform with some additional spending reforms, done in a smart, thoughtful way is the best way to finish the job of deficit reduction and avoid these cuts once and for all that could hurt our economy, slow our recovery, put people out of work. And most Americans agree with me.

A balanced approach to Obama is raising taxes while raising taxes.

The House and the Senate are working on budgets that I hope reflect this approach. But if they can’t get such a budget agreement done by next Friday — the day these harmful cuts begin to take effect — then at minimum, Congress should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would prevent these harmful cuts — not to kick the can down the road, but to give them time to work together on a plan that finishes the job of deficit reduction in a sensible way.

At least maybe someone is working on a budget. However, we haven’t had one yet under your first term. And it doesn’t look any more promising now.

I know Democrats in the House and in the Senate have proposed such a plan — a balanced plan, one that pairs more spending cuts with tax reform that closes special interest loopholes and makes sure that billionaires can’t pay a lower tax rate than their salary — their secretaries.

Democrats in the Senate have stubbornly stood in the way of any budget attempts.

And I know that Republicans have proposed some ideas, too. I have to say, though, that so far at least the ideas that the Republicans have proposed ask nothing of the wealthiest Americans or biggest corporations, so the burden is all on first responders or seniors or middle-class families. They double down, in fact, on the harsh, harmful cuts that I’ve outlined. They slash Medicare and investments that create good, middle-class jobs. And so far at least what they’ve expressed is a preference where they’d rather have these cuts go into effect than close a single tax loophole for the wealthiest Americans. Not one.

Straw man alert! Republicans have proposed ideas and a BUDGET. While all you want to talk about is those wealthiest Americans who, by the way, cannot solve your budget crisis. All you DO want to talk about is their taxes…and those evil loopholes.

Well, that’s not balanced. That would be like Democrats saying we have to close our deficits without any spending cuts whatsoever. It’s all taxes. That’s not the position Democrats have taken. That’s certainly not the position I’ve taken. It’s wrong to ask the middle class to bear the full burden of deficit reduction. And that’s why I will not sign a plan that harms the middle class.

What is not balanced here is you, Barack Obama. You and Democrats have said almost exactly that, no spending cuts whatsoever.

So now Republicans in Congress face a simple choice: Are they willing to compromise to protect vital investments in education and health care and national security and all the jobs that depend on them? Or would they rather put hundreds of thousands of jobs and our entire economy at risk just to protect a few special interest tax loopholes that benefit only the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations? That’s the choice.

Mr. President, you face a choice. If you are not willing to work, then there is nothing stopping these drastic cuts as you call them. But you’ve done nothing.

Are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their job because you want to protect some special interest tax loophole? Are you willing to have teachers laid off, or kids not have access to Head Start, or deeper cuts in student loan programs just because you want to protect a special tax interest loophole that the vast majority of Americans don’t benefit from? That’s the choice. That’s the question.

Now you want to threaten Americans with first responder cuts. You, however, have not been a first responder – now or in the past. Then your threaten us with air traffic controllers, or inspectors, or teachers, and on and on. Don’t you ever change your script? They should be asking you what you are doing about it, other than campaigning and playing politics?

And this is not an abstraction. There are people whose livelihoods are at stake. There are communities that are going to be impacted in a negative way. And I know that sometimes all this squabbling in Washington seems very abstract, and in the abstract, people like the idea, there must be some spending we can cut, there must be some waste out there. There absolutely is. But this isn’t the right way to do it.

It’s always for real with you, not an abstraction. You always want to hold Americans hostage to your plans and ideas, as bad as they are. But doing nothing to fix it has been your record.

So my door is open. I’ve put tough cuts and reforms on the table. I am willing to work with anybody to get this job done. None of us will get 100 percent of what we want. But nobody should want these cuts to go through, because the last thing our families can afford right now is pain imposed unnecessarily by partisan recklessness and ideological rigidity here in Washington.

So, your door is open…now?! After telling America you would not negotiate, again?

As I said at the State of the Union, the American people have worked too hard, too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause yet another one. And it seems like every three months around here there’s some manufactured crisis. We’ve got more work to do than to just try to dig ourselves out of these self-inflicted wounds

We’ve gone from one self-inflicted crisis to another that you’ve waged on America and the economy. Now you hold it hostage to your failing agenda.

And while a plan to reduce our deficit has to be part of our agenda, we also have to remember deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan.

5-alarm straw man alert. But a spending plan is our entire agenda, along with tax hikes? Even when it is well known that you cannot get there.

We learned in the 1990s, when Bill Clinton was President, nothing shrinks the deficit faster than a growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs. That should be our driving focus — making America a magnet for good jobs. Equipping our people with the skills required to fill those jobs. Making sure their hard work leads to a decent living. Those are the things we should be pushing ourselves to think about and work on every single day. That’s what the American people expect. That’s what I’m going to work on every single day to help deliver.

You seem to think by recreating some tax policies and rates of Bill Clinton’s term that the economy, budget and deficit will miraculously heal itself. The economy is nowhere near what it was then. On one hand you want to criticize the boom type bubble economy, on the other hand you want one of your own. Which is it?

So I need everybody who’s watching today to understand we’ve got a few days. Congress can do the right thing. We can avert just one more Washington-manufactured problem that slows our recovery, and bring down our deficits in a balanced, responsible way. That’s my goal. That’s what would do right by these first responders. That’s what would do right by America’s middle class. That’s what I’m going to be working on and fighting for not just over the next few weeks, but over the next few years.

This is your presidential manufactured problem, and your timetable. To project anything else is LIE #… someone count, please. These trillions of dollars you’ve blown are sucking all the oxygen out of the room. And I know, you aren’t done yet.

Thanks very much, everybody. Thank you, guys, for your service. (Applause.)

Thanks for nothing, Mr. Obama, nothing but yet another crisis…made to order and aimed at America. (at least you are good at something)

So its the “meat cleaver” vs. Obama’s invisible scalpel.
I was hoping for the best for that virus, but the prognosis is really not good.

Obama’s par for the course

Obama hits the links after the SOTUS. “I deserve a second term” so he   can go to Palm Springs to play golf, and Michelle can dispatch to Aspen. Oh, let’s see what she wears?  I can’t wait.

However, what can wait is that budget. Who needs a stinking budget? But the gun-grabbing gun control cannot happen soon enough to suit his fancy.

So when he returns, it will be campaign time again that “we can’t wait!”
Let the gun control resume.

 

While Obama Vacations in Palm Springs, Michelle Obama to Vacation in Aspen

Feb. 15, 2013  

Katie Pavlich  TownHall

One couple, two taxpayer funded vactions. More from White House Dossier:

First Lady Michelle Obama plans to vacation in Aspen, Colorado this Presidents’ Day weekend, separately from her husband, who will land this evening in West Palm Beach for his own down time with the boys.

According to Aspen newspapers, both Michelle and Vice President Biden are expected on the slopes. The White House has not yet announced the trip, and it’s not clear when she will be leaving, though she will presumably go today.

See.: Townhall.com

Incidentally, in Jan. 2012, CNN called Obama’s obsession with golf “par for the course for presidents”, digging up records about past presidents’ penchant for golf. But it was more like par for the course for CNN

So this term, expect to see a lot more golf and a lot more defense of Obama’s par.
But expect no “hole in one” on the budget.