Selective Memory Rampant in Senate!

Government Shutdown Averted, The New York Time...

Anyone remember why the government shutdown occurred?  It was a last minute attempt to avoid the Obamacare disaster.

A variety of compromises were offered to simply delay certain portions and make it less painful on the population. The answer from the senate and the administration was to play hardball, no negotiation whatsoever, which led to the shutdown.

So where are we now?  5,000,000 people that have become “magically” uninsured with no chance of regaining insurance in the near future.

Now, the “we will not negotiate” bomb-throwers in the senate that used vile hate mongering to defend a political position are now saying the exact same things that was being said by those trying to avoid the disaster in the first place.

By Dan Gilbert

ObamaCare: Killing An Already Dying Economy!

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Can you say … Duh!  The Affordable Care act (ObamaCare), Obama’s only real achievement since becoming president in 2008, is in real serious trouble. A new AP poll finds that only 1/3 of Americans support his takeover of our nation’s healthcare system.

Many small businesses have already had to start cutting employee hours or even have been forced to have layoffs to avoid the business-killing regulations imposed by ObamaCare.  This has not helped an already terrible economy.  To make matters worse, the recovery has also been further stalled by uncertainty as Obama’s massive tax hikes (you know, the ones Nancy Pelosi had to “pass” the bill to see were hidden in it) have slowly come into the light.   But then, Pelosi can just exempt herself from ObamaCare … can’t she.  Handy … isn’t it!

Small businesses aren’t the only ones trying to mitigate Obama’s jobs-killing rules, either. Even unions have begun to understand how bad ObamaCare will be and have started making noises … and asking if it should be repealed.

Remember Obama’s claim that his new law would lower medical costs for all? Now, even the government is admitting that costs will actually go up as a result of ObamaCare. In fact, insurance rates and healthcare costs are skyrocketing as the full effect of ObamaCare is beginning to be realized.  Maybe somebody should have read it before Congress rammed it on through!  Ironically, Sen. Democrat leader Harry Reid just recently asked for even more money for ObamaCare.

Some elected Democrats are running scared over their support of ObamaCare, worried that it will cost them their seats.  And it should!  Republican or Democrat, we pay our representatives a six-figure salary to do their jobs … which should, I would think, include reading and understanding the legislation they are voting to pass.

ObamaCare is making healthcare costs go up,  is already making healthcare harder to get, is already driving doctors out of the field, is driving up the costs of business, depressing wages, and is hurting our already delicate economy.  We have Obama, Pelosi, Reid and their group of radical, non-reading left-wing thugs to thank for that!  Remember that in 2016!

America Blown to Bits and Pieces by Our Feckless Leader

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What excuse this time?

My heart and prayers go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, their families, and the City of Boston.  Such a heinous attack on innocent civilians is unforgivable.  I learned something else from this tragic event.  As Sean Hannity has often stated, true journalism in America … is dead!  Journalists, at one time, tried to ferret out the TRUTH and report it … consequences be damned!  Now … pseudo-journalists rush to be the first to prematurely place blame based on political agenda … and the TRUTH be damned!  It is a sad day and further evidence of the declining standards of integrity and morality that is slowly destroying our great country.

 

Obama ranted and raved in the Rose Garden that the NRA ‘willfully” lied to Congress about Harry Reid‘s “anti-gun bill.”  Well, Obama got what he wanted … a vote.  Obama lost … and like the petulant little dictator wannabe he is … he was throwing a temper tantrum.  Gallup Polls show clearly that only about 4% of Americans are concerned with new gun laws (despite his claim 90% of Americans support his universal background check).  The 4.5 million NRA members and 300,000 GOA members all know that the term “universal background check” is simply Obama-speak for “disgraced AG Eric Holder gets a list of all American gun owners.”  None of the new regulations and restrictions would have prevented Sandy Hook, or Aurora, or future tragic shootings.  They only penalize  law-abiding gun owners with arbitrary, silly, and poorly thought out restrictions while ignoring the root causes of these shootings … young people desensitized to extreme violence by graphically violent Hollywood movies and video games, the declining moral fiber of our nation, ignored mental illness, and illegally acquired weapons.  I seem to remember the two Columbine killers even had pipe bombs which were already banned (or illegal)!  If we continue to follow the Obama, Pelosi, Moore, Reid , Maher, Feinstein plan to end violence in America … we are now going to have to add to our list of assault weapons: backpacks, pressure cookers, boxes of 100 white envelopes, and even possibly fertilizer factories.  Have no fear, while the gun-grabbers have suffered a defeat … they will be back!  The American people cannot be properly subjugated until they have properly disarmed all of us!

And while Obama and his lap-dog media has successfully shifted America’s attention elsewhere:

  • U.S. unemployment claims last week jumped 4000 to 352000
  • U.S. Border Patrol agents have found the remains of three suspected illegal immigrants on South Texas ranches in recent days, adding to a total that is quickly outpacing last year’s numbers.
  • Mexican drug cartels are listed as the number one organized crime threat in Texas.
  • Iran and North Korea are racing to see who can launch the first nuke at American territories or Allies.
  • Radical Islamists who have received huge gifts of cash, 450 Abrams tanks, and a boatload of F18s from our feckless leader are dancing in the streets and singing for joy at the deaths and injuries brought about by the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
  • Brian Terry’s family still has no answers or satisfaction from Obama, Holder, or the DOJ over the  “Fast and Furious” fiasco!
  • And … guess what … the economy still sucks!

Oh … and none of this is George W. Bush’s fault!

 

 

The Great Socialist Gun Grab!

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Tell me … how many of you really believe the government can keep you safe?  How many of you will be assigned your own personal security team?  Barack Obama, Diane Feinstein, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi all travel with bodyguards armed with … “gasp” … guns!  Why is it ok for them to have the protection firearms provide … but not you?  Are their lives more valuable to them than yours is to you?  Will the country not survive without them … so therefore, they are the privileged few … the only ones who deserve to be protected?

Or … maybe in their eyes, we are not all created equal in the eyes of the Lord.

Like glorified Snake Oil salesman, Obama and his administration want to sell you the idea that only the government can keep you free and safe.  But to Obama and his big-government socialist cronies, the truth hidden behind all the trappings is that to them, it is simply about obedience to their laws (legal or otherwise) and to your betters … a benevolent dictatorship!  This is kind of funny in a way because Obama runs one of the most lawless administrations in the history of our country.

The vigorously renewed liberal elite’s assault on the 2nd Amendment is being wrapped in the guise of protecting the American people from criminals and is capitalizing on the raw emotions brought on by recent shooting tragedies such the two that occurred in Aurora, Co and Newtown, CT.  These were tragic events and I do not in any way belittle them. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the victims and their families.  However, the highly emotional context of this situation makes people very susceptible to government-sponsored knee-jerk reactions and quick fixes like blaming and banning the gun; while ignoring the shooters, their history, mental illness, etc.  They also ignore the fact that most of these shooters obtained their weapons illegally!   In the minds those evil or mentally ill in our society who murder the innocents among us; obedience to gun laws is the very last of their thoughts.

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Therefore, passing laws that take away the ability of law-abiding Americans to protect themselves against criminals is not the right answer, the smart answer, or the Constitutional answer.  The hard reality is that, because the federal government refuses to do its job of protecting its citizens along our southern border, we have ranchers in Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arizona fighting pitched battles with Mexican Cartel drug runners and human traffickers. Obama’s administration even uses the sequestration, which is in reality a very, very minor cut in the growth of government spending, as a politically expedient excuse to cut funding for Border Patrol Agents.  The real “irony” is that the drug runners and human traffickers are heavily armed with “assault weapons” provided by Obama, Eric Holder, and the ATF during operation “Fast and Furious!”   So what is the solution according to Obama and the liberal elites?  Simple … disarm the ranchers!  Common sense would tell you that the venerable old double-barrelled shotgun suggested by good old Uncle Joe “gun-expert” Biden would be wholly inadequate to the task these ranchers are left on their own by the Anointed One to complete.  No, the real truth is, that for Obama and the ruling liberal elites, banning guns is the politically expedient answer.

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The truth is that, historically, all governments have feared individual freedom.  God gave us freedom (the Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness) and the government systematically tries to take it away!  I have always subscribed to the theory that all government is evil,  and that the American form of democratic government is just the least evil form.  The Founding Fathers knew that for this new Nation to survive, it needed a means to control its destiny, protect its citizens, and protect its interests.  It needed a government of some form.  They worked hard to design a government with a system of checks and balances to keep the government from getting to big and enslaving its citizens.  Was it a perfect government?  No!   Just the best one going!  But the Founding Fathers also understood that, by its very nature, government negates freedom and liberty;  and that the bigger it gets … the more freedom it negates.  That is why George Washington said that government is not reason or eloquence … it is force. And, that if the government gets its way, it would have a monopoly on force!

However, individual freedom was the essential key that made America the unique, prosperous, and wonderful experiment it was.  It was this idea; that personal freedom comes as a gift from God and thereby comes first … that made American special.   This very same idea led to the end of slavery, to civil rights, and to modern ideas of equality for all people … disregarding race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, creed, or sexual preference!   Again … is it perfect?  No!  Did it take time?  Yes!  But it happened and it continues to improve!  But, too many people have such short memories!  These ideas did not come from government … they came from “We the People!”  Americans usually had to fight the government to change the status quo!  Democrats fought hard to keep slavery intact!  Democrats fought hard against civil rights legislation!   A Republican even had to call out the Nation Guard to see civil rights legislation enforced.  As Ronald Reagan said, government is not the solution … it is the problem!

To those of us who believe in the U.S. Constitution, this gun-debate is not about the law (or even about a new bunch of gun laws that good old Uncle Joe Biden say the government has no time to enforce anyway).  To those of us who believe in the U.S. Constitution, this debate is about personal liberty and personal responsibility in a free society.  And the real, ugly truth that Obama and liberal/socialist elites do not want Americans to know is that …  it is the exercise of one specific personal freedom; the freedom to defend yourself and those you love when the police cannot and the government will not, and the freedom to use weapons to repel tyrants if they take over our government …that Obama, his big-government socialist thugs, and their doting Hollywood elitist buddies fear the most!  Do you ever stop and wonder why communist dictators and fascist tyrants such as Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez are so attractive to liberal elites such Jack Nicholson, Stephen Spielberg, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Oliver Stone, Chevy Chase, Courtney Love, and Harry Belafonte?  And, that just perhaps, it is the same reason they are so equally enamored with Barack Obama?

Simply put, government always compels, restricts, and takes away.  Thomas Jefferson understood that when he wrote in the Declaration of Independence that “We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.”  According to Jefferson, the only reason the Founding Fathers created a “federal” government was to protect these same rights, and then, as a further protection … they hammered out the U.S. Constitution to keep the federal government contained.  But there have always been those opposed to this idea.  There are always those who like to rule those around them … and they often buy power by promising those who prefer, or are at least willing, to be ruled that they will take care of them with entitlements.  Vote for me and I will give you a house, food stamps, free government schools, a free cellphone, free lunch, free government television programing, a free chicken in every pot, free this, free that.  I ask you … what will happen when the government runs out of its “free Obama money,” and begins to implement austerity measures such as we saw in Greece and some European countries?  Riots, looting, violence, crime!  I will keep my guns thank you!

Those in the ant-gun crowd cannot point to a single case when restricting the freedoms of law-abiding citizens has stopped criminals, the mentally ill, or the down-right-evil from killing innocent people. Criminals by their very nature do not obey laws, and the mentally deranged do not recognize any external restraints on their own behavior because they cannot distinguish between right and wrong; and cannot be reasonably expected to do so in the future either!  Hence, the “not guilty by reason of insanity” plea!

On the other hand, the American Revolution was successful in great part due to the fact that Americans were armed and did not fear the use of weapons.  I am very sure King George III later wished he had stripped the colonists of the means to defend themselves.  Had King George III and his Parliament passed and enforced the kinds of laws Obama, Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein, and a few others want to enact; laws that told them who among us owned guns, that limited the capacity of those guns, and limited the amount of ammunition one could possess … our Founding Fathers could and would have been hanged for treason!  One of the true stories of the American Revolution which is not taught in our public schools is that the colonists actually had superior firepower to the Kings forces. British soldiers carried the standard issue smooth-bore musket, which propelled a lead ball (or several of them) less than 100 yards from the shooter with very little accuracy.  The colonists, however, had the long gun(sometimes known as the “Kentucky” or “Tennessee” Long Rifle) which propelled a single lead ball up to 200 yards (about 2 times farther than the British soldier could shoot) and with much greater accuracy.  It is no wonder that by 1781, King George III had lost enough men and money to surrender!

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During World War II, the American federal government constantly worried about a Japanese invasion of the West Coast.  This impart led to the successful attack at Pearl Harbor.  Politicians would not listen to front line commanders, and worried about their own safety!  When, after the war was over, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was asked why Japan never invaded the U.S.   He replied that they had determined it would be a suicidal attempt saying,” You cannot invade the mainland United States.  There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”  I always wondered why anyone in their right mind would be for gun bans and confiscation … seeing it was such a historic deterrent to the invasion of the United States!

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And … a great many Americans are alive today because they had the means to protect themselves from murders, rapists, home invaders, etc.  Their stories are out there to!  You just never hear about them from the Obama lap-dog media!

The real lesson in all of this is that a free people cannot remain free very long  by permitting the government to take their freedoms away …   even when it is a temporary, popularly elected government that can later be unelected.  Simply stated, the anti-American liberty faction, composed of Obama, his big government thugs, rich liberal/socialists, Hollywood elites, and their entitlement addicted voting block  … want your guns!  Of course, Gabby Gifford’s husband and other liberal elites get to keep theirs!

Obama and his administration are deceptively trying to present this as some kind of benevlent big government action designed to protect the many law-abiding citizens from the few violent criminals by taking away the rights of the many law-abiding citizens (Does anyone else see the apparent flaw in this logic … or is it just me?). Obama will use any means, U.S. Constitution be damned, to create burdensome and intrusive registration laws, laws that restrict the capacity of weapons and  quantity, and quality of ammunition, and their latest trick … laws that impose financial liability on law-abiding gun manufacturers and sellers for the criminal behavior of a few users to make gun ownership so hard and so burdensome, that law-abiding gun owners will simply roll over and give up.

What Barack Obama, like King George III, does not understand is that the more you try to restrict freedom … the more you create the desire for it in.  The more you tax an already overly taxed citizenry, the more resentment grows.  This is what caused the first American Revolution.  Hopefully, history will not repeat itself as it so often does.  But then, perhaps this is why the Department of Homeland Security is so busily buying 1.6 billion bullets and 2,700 light-armored tanks!

A Response to a Reader’s Comments:

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Healthcare USA, after Anton Bruehl (Photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com)

As usual, your comment plays on the emotions and fears of the uninformed, but has little in the way of fact and reality.  You paint the picture of “Ron Paul conservatives” cruelly turning people away from urgently needed medical care.  Oh …. those cold-hearted conservative bastards!  They make Scrooge look like Mother Teresa! Did you know conservatives eat their young!   Barak Obama, the Messiah … the Holy One …  will save us all from the evil, fascist, chauvinistic, racist, hate-mongering conservatives!

Don’t like spending nearly a trillion bucks on stimulus?  You’re a racist!   Don’t like ObamaCare?  You’re a racist!

Why is it when liberals rant … it is “free speech,” but when conservatives rant, it is “hate speech?”  Need some examples?  Maybe I can find a few …. it isn’t very hard …

Margaret Carlson of Bloomberg News comparing the Tea Party caucus in Congress to terrorists:  “I mean, they’ve strapped explosives to the Capitol and they think they are immune from it.”

Former Rep. Paul Kanjorski (Dem): “Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to put him against a wall and shoot him.”
 
Barack Obama, 2008 and 2010: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” & “We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends…”
 
New York Times Columnist  Paul Krugman: “A message to progressives: By all means, hang Senator Joe Lieberman in effigy.”
 
Talk show host Montel Williams, directed at Rep. Michele Bachmann: “Michele, slit your wrist. Go ahead… or, do us all a better thing [sic]… start at the collarbone.”
 
Senator Harry Reid, 2008:  Barack Obama is a “light-skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
 
Reverend Jesse Jackson:  “All Hymie wants to talk about is Israel; every time you go to Hymietown, that’s all they want to talk about.”
 
DNC Charmian Howard Dean:  “You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room?  Only if they had the hotel staff in here.”
 
The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen and CNN:  “How much time do we have left to talk about how stupid Sarah Palin is?”
 
Foul-mouthed comedian Sandra Bernhard warning Sarah Palin she would be “gang-raped by my big black brothers” if she tried coming to New York.
 
Do you remember when Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy said: “I know how the ‘tea party’ people feel, the anger, venom and bile that many of them showed during the recent House vote on health care reform.  I know because I want to spit on them, take one of their ‘Obama Plan White Slavery’ signs and knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads.”
 
Remember when Liberal talk radio host Mike Malloy said: “Drudge? Aw, Drudge, somebody ought to wrap a strong Republican entrail around his neck and hoist him up about 6 feet in the air and watch him bounce.”
 
And of course, we all know about Bill Maher ….
 
Remember when “stupid” Sarah Palin made Rahm Emanuel’s expletive-enhanced use of the word “retarded” an embarrassment for him and the the Anointed One?  She forced the left to live up to its own P.C. standards. Saul Alinsky would have been proud.
 
But I digress ….
 
There will still be millions of un-insured under Obamacare.  The cost for Obamacare has already been revised by the CBO from the original estimate of approx. $900 Billion to $1.8 Trillion … and it will continue to grow. The programs you mention; Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are, themselves, on the verge of collapse; therefore taxes will skyrocket to subsidise them and yet another massive, unsustainable entitlement bureaucratic-nightmare called Obamacare. 
 

Doctors are fleeing the medical field or making decisions to not accept government-based healthcare plans because reimbursement levels are already too low and shrinking.  (I know this because I have several friends who are doctors … and no they are not greedy monsters.  They are normal folks, whose business costs are skyrocketing because of massive paperwork involved with regulatory compliance forced on them by Obamacare). 

Enrollment in medical school is down because not too many students can afford to take on such massive debt in the form of the student loans required to complete a medical degree program … for the dwindling return on their investment. Doctor’s work very hard for their degrees (typically for at least 7 years) and incur a great deal of debt achieving it.  To begrudge them a higher salary than folks who, say,  decided to flip hamburgers for a living or just go on the public dole …  is pretty short-sighted and very small-minded!  

Tell me  … do you begrudge George Soros, Warren Buffett,  AL Gore, John Kerry, or George Clooney their massive incomes?

And yes … even those dastardly, despicable, racist, hate-mongering, tea bagging, slutty, conservatives (who hate autistic children, the mentally challenged, and who want old people to die starving in the streets) want American citizens to have access to affordable, transportable, quality health insurance.  The problem is that Obamacare will not provide that.  It will only bankrupt the country.

I am not a big fan of Ron Paul.  I don’t believe Ron Paul is actually a true conservative.  I like some of his domestic positions, but he is not truly a Constitutionalist.  If you go back to Ron Paul’s early years and his influences, they include a list of folks who detested conservatives and the U.S. Constitution.  Ron Paul mostly uses the U.S. Constitution as a hammer to bash all other candidates on the head.  His foreign policy is to the left of even Barack Obama’s and I feel would be disastrous for this country and the rest of the world.  Isolationist-based  policies have indirectly caused several wars including World War I, World War II, and The Vietnam Conflict.   His roots are, perhaps, slightly less scary than Barack Obama’s;  while Obama is a Saul Alinsky “inspired” socialist, Ron Paul is essentially a Murry Rothbard inspired free-market anarchist.

The Teflon President (or Obama Lied, America Died)

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I was on another blog the other day and spotted a new “nick name for our peerless leader!  We should all  call him “The Teflon President,” because in the American drive-by media … absolutely nothing sticks to him.

I seem to remember that during the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama promised to lead the most transparent administration in U.S. history.  However, he has failed to deliver on his promise.  In fact, quite the opposite is true.  The anointed One’s administration’s approach to governing is to:  Choose or create a problem, stridently proclaim the urgent need to address it, propose hurried legislation, and then try to ram it through Congress before congress or people have a chance to read it or appreciate the exact effect it will have on the nation.

Remember the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailout? The truth is that the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 was a democratic bill signed by Jimmy Carter and enhanced by Bill Clinton (who had the Justice Department rewrite it).  Put in the hands of crooks like  Barney Frank, Democrat  and Chris Dodd, Democrat (who should both be sharing a cell with Jack Abramoff);  it forced banks to make mortgage loans to people who simply could not afford them …. or face government sanctions and violent protests by ACORN members outside their banking offices.   So … while banks are not without blame for the housing market collapse , the lion’s share of the blame truthfully belongs to the Democrats.  Well, it now seems the U.S. government’s mortgage monster is again in trouble. Fannie Mae lost money in the fourth quarter and is asking the federal government for nearly $4.6 billion in aid to cover its deficit.  But never fear … Obama says the economy is improving!

Recently, Obama gave a speech at an SEIU (another flavor of ACORN) gathering where he raised $80,000,000 for his campaign fund.  Amid cheers and praises and loud chants of “YES WE CAN'” , Obama spewed forth a record number of lies and half-truths!  Obama knows many Americans will not put forth any effort to check his claims and will just accept them as fact because he spoke them.  After all, he is the Chosen One … descended from on High to leads us to Amertopia, where we are all equally miserable and slaves to an Omniscient, Omnipotent Government (the  liberal left’s PC version of God).  Obama is really very skilful at telling lies and half-truths that sound good enough to be true.   After all, the Cool Aid drinkers will believe anything he spews forth and too many others are just too plain lazy to check the facts! You have to dig a little deeper to get at the truth and that takes work … something the Obama administration discourages regularly. 

And lo and behold, … our Messiah has finally gotten around to coming up with a budget (Can you say … “re-election year”); which, much to my surprise, does not cut any real spending …. and in fact, increases our deficit spending and raises all sorts of taxes (both direct and indirect).  Oh … and did I mention that the interest on my student loans (taken over by Obama’s administration) is about to double … from 3.2% to 6.4%!  Yay!  I am not sure which makes me happier …. that … or $6-a-gallon gasoline!   Anyway, here are some prime examples from Obama’s proposed budget to chew on:

Obama Budget Claim: $850 billion in savings from ending wars. $230 billion of those savings will be used on highways.

The Fact:  There is no direct peace savings. The money that was used for the wars was borrowed money.  If they are to spend it on something else (assuming they can end the wars) they would have to continue to borrow money.

Obama Budget Claim: Taxes on the rich will be increased, breaks for the oil and gas industry’s will end, some spending programs the president is willing to sacrifice, will be cut.

The Fact: There has been no tax increases passed, and any effort to do so will be inevitably blocked by republicans. As it stands right now, the “tax the rich” narrative is nothing more then a campaign promise if he gets re-elected.

Obama Budget Claim: The U.S. will see good GDP growth. The Budget predicts that it will reach 4 percent in 2014 and 4.2 in 2015.

The Fact: Basing a budget on speculative growth is irresponsible. Looking back, the White House GDP projection for 2011 was 2.7 percent. It was actually 1.7 falling a percentage point. For 2012, the White House at first projected 3.6 percent growth, but has since been lowered to 3 percent.  Several reputable firms such as IHS Global Insight have their projections around the 2 – 2.1 percent range. Their record of past projections have been much stronger then the White House’s speculation.

Considering that 2012 is an election year, we could guess that the Obama budget would contain some wild promises, but the released budget was chock full of stretched promises based on non-existent savings.

On Sunday, February 12, 2012, Obama sent his Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, out to demonize the Republican Party as a smoke screen when people began asking why his administration had not passed a budget since his election.   Jack Lew lied to every single mainstream media outlet that would welcome his lies.  And not ONE network host challenged his bold-faced lies!

From NBC‘s Meet the Press, Sunday, February 12, 2012:

MR. GREGORY: So the leadership deficit in Washington has had an impact on what business does in America and certainly our economic outlook. Here’s a stat that a lot of people may not know, but it’s pretty striking. The number of days since Senate Democrats passed a budget is 1,019. Can you just explain as a former budget director, how do you fund the government when there’s no budget?

MR. LEW: Well, you know, one of the things about the United States Senate that I think the American people have realized is that it takes 60, not 50 votes to pass something. And there has been Republican opposition to anything that Senate Democrats have tried to do. So it, it is a challenge in the United States Senate to pass legislation when there’s not that willingness to work together. Congress didn’t do a great job last year. It, it, it drove right to the edge of a cliff on occasion after occasion. I actually think it’s unfair to blame the United States Senate for that. A lot of that was because of the extreme, you know, conservative approach taken by House Republicans.

From  CNN‘s State of the Union that same day:

CROWLEY:  I know we’ll want to talk about the tax hikes in a second, but I want to read for our viewers something that Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader in the U.S. Senate, who said, we do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year.  It’s done.  We don’t need to do it, talking about last year’s two-year agreement and saying that, you know, so it’s already done.
 
This budget, I can assure you and you know, because you’ve been in this town for a long time, is going to be attacked as a political document.  This is a budget that promises 2 million more jobs if it’s passed, so that come September the president can go out there and say, well, if they’d only passed by budget, we’d have 2 million more jobs, but those darn Republicans are standing in my way, when, in fact, even the Democratic leader in the Senate says, you know what, we don’t need a budget.
 
LEW:  Well, let’s be clear.  What Senator Reid is talking about is a fairly narrow point.  In order for the Senate to do its annual work on appropriation bills, they need to pass a certain piece of legislation which sets a limit.  They did that last year.  That’s what he’s talking about.
 
He’s not saying that they shouldn’t pass a budget.  But we also need to be honestYou can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes, and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support.  So unless Republicans

So, what is the real truth?

As Politifact CLEARLYpoints out:

Most business in the Senate is subject to filibustering — that is, actions, or even just threats, to talk a bill to death. Filibusters can be overcome by what’s known as a “cloture” vote that shuts off debate and moves a measure toward final consideration. For the Senate to agree to cloture requires 60 votes — a high threshold that many Senate majorities are unable to muster on controversial votes (and, increasingly, even on relatively uncontroversial votes).

However, the filibuster cannot be used to block a budget resolution. That’s because the Budget Act sets out a specific amount of time for debate in the Senate — 50 hours. If a specific amount of debate time is enshrined in the controlling statute, the filibuster is moot. So a simple majority — not 60 votes — is all that’s required to pass a budget resolution.

Indeed, passing a budget resolution by at least 60 votes has become increasingly rare in recent years, according to CRS data. Since 1994, the Senate vote has exceeded that vote threshold just three times, either in the initial vote or on a subsequent vote in which lawmakers consider an identical House-Senate version of the resolution.

More common in recent years are votes where 51 was enough to prevail. In 2009, the Senate even passed the final budget resolution by a 48-45 margin.

“The budget resolution vote is always a partisan affair, and rarely does it gain any minority party support,” said Steve Ellis, a vice president at Taxpayers for Common Sense.

So Lew is clearly wrong to say that “you can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes.” As a longtime senior official at OMB and other federal agencies, he should have known better.

The truth is that you need 51 votes to pass a budget.  The Democrat Party currently has 53 votes in the Senate.  When Obama took over, they had a filibuster-proof Senate and they could have passed ANY budget they wanted.  You need to remember that just last year, Obama submitted a budget to a Senate under the control of his own party.  It was such an abject disgrace that it went down 97-0 without a SINGLE Senator voting for it.

I know,  I know.  That was the Republicans Party’s fault, too.   

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So … by the way …. do high gas prices have you bummed?  Are you stressing over the strain on you already overburdened wallet?

No need to  worry!!  The Anointed One, President Obama, is coming to save you.  Can I get a “YES HE CAN!  YES HE CAN!”    I knew I could!!

Do you remember?   It was not to long ago that the Anointed One proclaimed that just periodically checking your tire pressure will help you save money on as!  

“Simple things you can do to save gas.  Make sure that your tires are inflated properly.  And getting regular tune ups.”

 So next time your feeling down because you can’t pay those skyrocketing gas price, remember that “YES YOU CAN” … and you will … unless we elect a President who will pave the way for increasing the exploration and drilling for America’s abundant supply of fossil fuels, decrease America’s dependence on foreign oil, build “Keystone” pipe lines, and yes, RESPONSIBLY investigate alternative energy. 

However,  if we get four more years of nonsense and suggestions that consumers  “check your tire pressure;” while  Obama gives more money to companies Solyndra to flush down the toilet;  then we’re pretty much screwed.

Now, let me  be completely honest!  For America, (as true patriotic, conservative American’s love it) to survive; we must defeat  Obama and his  party of pathological socialist liars in 2012.  Whoever is the Republican nominee must be supported by supporters of the other candidates.  And … to finish Jack Lew’s earlier interrupted sentence, unless Republicans can grow a set of balls … and rise up and hold the Democrats responsible for all of their vicious lies, this nation is doomed.

New Video Game Lets You “Slaughter” Beck, Palin, O’Reilly

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Ok!  A video game company in Brooklyn, N.Y., that has created a violent first-person shooter game targeting conservatives called “Tea Party Zombies Must Die.”  How cool is that?  When playing the game, users can bludgeon Bill O’Reilly with a crow bar, shoot Glenn Beck with a semi-automatic weapon, and stab former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with a knife.  Such good clean progressive-liberal fun.  And progressive-liberals say conservatives are angry, violent, and racist!!?  Some other high-profile conservatives game players can gleefully massacre while playing this video game include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Fox News commentator Brit Hume, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and the Koch Brothers.

Really, I am not all that surprised.  After all, aren’t progressive-liberals are the driving force behind legally murdering unborn children, eugenics, and health care rationing … to include helpful “end of life” committees.

Not surprisingly Glenn Beck recently blasted the video game saying: “This is one of the most violent things I’ve ever seen, where you’re walking in, you’re the zombie hunter and you’re walking in the front door of FOX News and you’re shooting me and Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann and Sean Hannity, you’re just shooting all of us or you’re cutting us in half with a machete.”

Can you imagine the onslaught of screaming liberals and the drive-by media outrage that would be generated if a “conservative” video game company created a game where you could brutally “massacre” Barack and Michele Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Ben Bernanke, Bill Maher, or Hillary Clinton?  It would be sheer bedlam … 

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