Oooops...I forgot....I suspect none of my readers are actually senators...and therefore do not have the option to enjoy their weekends that way. I noticed that once again Harry lied when he stated that the Senate will work through the weekend until the debt deal is done....he rushed the vote on "cut, cap and balance" today so that the Senators could all rush to their waiting limo's to be whisked away to the airport for the flights home for the weekend. Where, no doubt they will enjoy all the finer things in life that you and I are PAYING for!
Well, I for one, am not a happy camper today.
The Senate has done nothing about this so-called debt crisis. They have not produced a budget in over 800 days...and now the crisis is so deep that they can simply go home early for the weekend. There opinion that the GOP controlled House should do all the work is really starting to wear thin.
And so, today, we hear good news. We hear that Boehner and the White House are in deep negotiations over the debt ceiling. We hear that the figure the administration is now talking about is $3 trillion in cuts. Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel here?
You must be joking if you think that!
Before I get to my thoughts, I have to ask....does anybody else get concerned when all these negotiations are being conducted behind closed doors? Does anyone else get the impression that when that door closes, the discussions turn to how the parties can spin something so that you and I will never know just how badly we are being screwed? Does anybody else see the GOP and White House getting into bed together to hammer out a deal that is good for them....but for us? Not so good?
What happend to the transparent Government Obama promised? Clearly just another lie....and yet he expects us to believe his nonsense.
I am sick of it. I am sick of the mealy mouthed lilly-livered politicians on both sides who have sold their soul to the devil in the white house because they are too damned scared to do what is right. I am sick of the power hungry pathetic politicians who are happy to fund special projects with my money for the sole purpose of re-election.
I am thrilled that America is waking up and more and more people are taking a cue from the 1976 movie Network.
You surely remember Howard Beale's rant...if not I include it here....
“I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!' So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"
35 years ago and while the problems were slightly different nothing has changed. I guess nobody was mad as hell!
But now we are...and it is time to do something.
OK..so let's look at what the liars leading our country have to say about the debt ceiling.
The latest word is that there is now a deal being discussed that provides for savings of about $3 trillion. I point at the start that this over a ten year period...and that is just crap. $300 billon savings per year does NOTHING to cut spending. It is simply a reduction in the RATE of increase. It is not a cut at all.
And this is how our leaders treat us. They think we are fool and idiots. They think we do not know what shell games they play with us. They think we believe we can win a game of three card Monty...they think their magician skills can keep us confused and trick us.
Well, not while I am here.
Let's look at these "cuts" that are proposed:_
1. Savings from the end of the wars in Iran and Afghanistan - $1 trillion
What? According to Obama we were leaving there anyway. This so called cut assumes we would have continued the war for another 10 years, even though he has made it clear that we will be out i the next year or so. This is just BS and is nothing more than smoke and mirrors designed to make us think the GOP bargained well for cuts before passing the increased debt ceiling.
2. Savings from interest reductions due to spending cuts and reduced borrowings - $250 billion
Are these idiots insane? Sorry, stupid question. Of course they are. Let's see...we have imaginary spending cuts of $1 trillion that will save us an imaginary interest cost of $250 billion...so lets call that a spending cut!
Maybe they are talking about interest savings on the entire $3 trillion dollar in proposed cuts?
Lets look at that possibility. $250 billion over ten year is about $25 billion a year which represents about a 10% per year cut in interest expense. That makes sense. To cut interest expense next year by 10% would require a retirement of debt of ...oh...about $1.43 trillion. And then, to reach the $250 billion mark over ten years...NO MORE borrowing would happen AT ALL.
SO, yes, it is possible...but wait...isn't the trade-off to this spending cut based on increasing the debt ceiling by around $2.5 trillion over the next 18 months? So where are these interest savings?
There are NONE! This claim is just more lies from the White House. The Budget Office has not calculated these numbers, they are White House estimates designed solely to fool you!
3. Reduction in SS payments of $300 billion over 10 years.
They propose to make this saving by recalculating how SS increases are aligned with inflation.
Now, this is a tricky one. The government calculated inflation numbers are already designed to understate inflation. (This will be the subject of another post). It is designed to understate inflation so that SS payments do not increase as much as they would if the calculations were real. This reduces government outflows while allowing them to feel good because SS is inflation adjusted. For all you folks on SS, you have been getting screwed for 30 years already and under this plan it is going to get worse.
Can the Government save $30 billion a year this way? Possibly, but given that government calculated inflation is in the low single digits right now, I doubt there is room for reduction so I suspect the White House has assumed an inflation rate much higher than what is currently stated, and worked backwards from that fictitious, imaginary number. (I expect inflation is really in the 10% - 15% range right now, not the 3% range the government touts. Take an honest look at your expenses and see what you think!)
4. Reduction in fraud and waste. - $250 billion
Now this one takes the cake. Since when has an effort to reduce fraud and waste been seen as a cut in spending?
Mr. President, if you can so easily identify savings as a result of fraud and waste, why have you not done something about it? Why does it become a spending cut to bump up your numbers? You are nothing but a lying deceitful jerk, and are conspiring with politicians of all flavors to destroy this economy!
OK...I have had enough of this...you get the picture.
What I am most angry about is that NO politician is standing up and saying these proposed spending cuts are just BS. Nobody is calling them what they are. Nobody has a pair big enough to state the truth.
Here's an idea. If you want to make a difference, Mr Congressman, demand that the balanced budget begin now. That means we need to see spending cuts of $1.6 trillion in the coming year. And that does not even get to the effort of reducing our borrowing...it simply stops the need for more.
Mr. President, we do not need $400 million programs to solve the problem of "food deserts"..a problem that does not exist. We do not need the food pyramid to be redesigned - ooops. too late, it already has been.
We do not need studies into how gay's penis size impacts their happiness...we do not need studies on teaching Chinese prostitutes to swallow....
We do not need government to tell us what light bulbs to use, what toilets to flush or how much salt to eat..
We need you to do your job, not play golf.
In the immortal words of Edgar Friendly (Demolition Man, 1993)....
" I'm the enemy, 'cause I like to think; I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I'm the kind of guy who likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder, "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?" I WANT high cholesterol. I want to eat bacon and butter and BUCKETS of cheese, okay? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of
in the non-smoking section. I want to run through the streets naked with green Jell-o all over my body reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly might feel the need to, okay, pal? I've SEEN the future. Do you know what it is? It's a 47-year-old virgin sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing "I'm an Oscar Meyer Wiener". .... Cincinnati
If you want a glimpse at the future the progressives offer, take a look at Demolition Man...you will soon open your eyes! The progressive future sucks.
Do not let the progressives, the liberals or the GOP spend YOUR money taking us down this path.
Be the enemy, fight every chance you have. Show their stupidity to everyone you know.
Get mad as hell.