Just Get it Over With – Cut the Spending!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I for one am getting fed up with our perennially arrogant, perennially childish, perennially petulant, perennially lying pathetic individual the United States has the misfortune to call its President.  Shame on us for ever having elected this troglodyte.  His most recent speech (if you can presume to be gracious enough even to consider calling his most recent ‘blame everybody but me tirade’ a speech) was the worst ever given by a U.S. President, at least in my lifetime.

He actually has the audacity to blame Republicans for his own failures, and does so without having any plan of his own.  I’m not the only one who has been noticing this President’s clueless incompetence.

Obama repeatedly blasted Republicans for not agreeing with his approach while providing no plan at all, and modeled the need for compromise with … a campaign speech.  Anyone listening to Obama’s fifth foray in front of the cameras this month — by far the most intense public-relations campaign Obama has conducted in more than a year — could be forgiven for wondering why the President didn’t spend at least some of that time actually developing and presenting his own plan.
The simple answer: Obama doesn’t want the responsibility for raising the debt ceiling, cutting spending, and/or raising taxes.  This is what passes for leadership in the era of Hope and Change — voting present.

This is what happens when you elect a community organizer to the highest executive position in the country – he votes present and can’t accept nor does he want responsibility.  Its so much simpler to just continue to blame Bush, and everyone else who looks at him cross eyed.  This President is a perpetual campaigner who does very little, well, except play golf and blame Republicans.

Commentary Magazine says:

The first is the president’s angry and narcissistic press conference on Friday badly damaged the president, even with those, like David Brooks, who have  been sympathetic to Obama’s substantive position.

It’s been clear to some of us for a while that Barack Obama is a man of uncommon self-admiration, quite thin-skinned, and increasingly consumed by his grievances. Obama has masked these traits pretty well so far, but on Friday his mask slipped more than it ever has. And that is bound to hurt him.

Second, Democrats on Capitol Hill are rapidly losing confidence in the president’s competence as a negotiator. Obama’s conduct during the debt ceiling  negotiations – from his flip-flops to his irrelevant deadlines to his backtracking on his agreements with various parties – has been so erratic and uneven that  his own party has decided the best hope of reaching an agreement is to sideline him.

For those of you unaware, the New York Time’s David Brooks had this to say:

In his piece Tuesday, the so-called conservative said the President last Friday “lectured the leaders of the House and Senate in the sort of patronizing tone that a junior high principal might use with immature delinquents…personalizing the issue like a spurned prom date“:

I hope and pray that this not only hurts him, but leads to his impeachment!  And I have to ask, “What substantive position?”  With petulant childish behavior he runs around lecturing people always blaming everybody else for his own failures, all at the same time never offering any ideas or plans of his own.  That behavior alone is unworthy of a U.S. President, but now the Obama team is threatening to veto Boehner’s debt plan, after first demanding compromise!  At least Boehner has a plan, which is more than can be said for this three ring circus we dubiously call a presidential administration.  We conservatives have known for years now that to a Democrat compromise means give them everything they want.  When Democrats are in power, Republicans are not only not compromised with, they are locked out of the Congressional offices so that bills can be passed in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve insuring that no Republican gets the opportunity to read the bill at all, let alone have any input as to what’s in the bill.  Obama has merely proved that to a Democrat there is no such animal as compromise, if the Republicans don’t give me what I want, I will use the veto pen.   So much for Obama’s campaign promise to bring a new tone to Washington.   It gets even more comical when the White House finally admits they have no plan!

After bobbing-and-weaving for nine minutes, Carney finally says what everybody knows: the president won’t put his plan on paper because he doesn’t want it to become “politically charged” before a compromise can be reached. In other words, you’ve got to pass it to find out what’s in it:

Dick Morris was on Fox News “Hannity” last night and said it best:

“I hate to disrespect the president, but he’s lying.  This is total fear tactics, and it’s a lie – a big lie!”

Well how’s this for ‘truth’ Obama?  Raising taxes will not stimulate the economy, it never has and never will.  Cutting spending is the only way we will get ourselves out of this mess.  You will never, ever be able to tax the rich enough to get out of this mess!  Capiche?  Here’s why:

Taxing the rich in order to reduce the deficit is all an illusion.  Its a sleight of hand from the biggest snake oil salesman ever to sit in the oval office in order to take what you have worked hard for and give it to somebody who has done nothing, and never has any intentions of doing anything.

Consider the IRS data for 2006, the most recent year that such tax data are available and a good year for the economy and “the wealthiest 2%.” Roughly 3.8 million filers had adjusted gross incomes above $200,000 in 2006. (That’s about 7% of all returns; the data aren’t broken down at the $250,000 point.) These people paid about $522 billion in income taxes, or roughly 62% of all federal individual income receipts. The richest 1% — about 1.65 million filers making above $388,806 — paid some $408 billion, or 39.9% of all income tax revenues, while earning about 22% of all reported U.S. income. …

But let’s not stop at a 42% top rate; as a thought experiment, let’s go all the way. A tax policy that confiscated 100% of the taxable income of everyone in America earning over $500,000 in 2006 would only have given Congress an extra $1.3 trillion in revenue. That’s less than half the 2006 federal budget of $2.7 trillion and looks tiny compared to the more than $4 trillion Congress will spend in fiscal 2010. Even taking every taxable “dime” of everyone earning more than $75,000 in 2006 would have barely yielded enough to cover that $4 trillion.

The real facts are you just can’t tax the rich enough to get us out of the deep, deep hole the spend thrifts in Congress have dug for me, my children, my grandchildren, and great and great great grandchildren not yet born.  The only way to start to climb out of this hole is to CUT SPENDING!  Its’ really not a difficult concept.

Example:  I have a household budget.  If my husband and I fall into a hole after too much spending, the one thing we don’t do is borrow more money so that we can spend more, or raise the limit on our credit cards so as to do what?  Yeah, so that we can spend more!  Yeah, that will fix it!  Such ideas have always been ridiculous for normal sane people.  What a normal person does is tighten the belts and figure out what expenses they have that can be cut out, and then they cut them!  I honestly don’t know anyone who thinks a budget can be balanced by just spending more money that you don’t have.  Well, except for the Marxists in Congress who have their own agenda.  Hint:  And its not in the best interests of this country.

According to Tim Geithner, our government is sending out 80 million checks per month. That’s per month folks!  Our government creating a permanent entitlement class, dependent on the government for their daily sustenance, is nothing less than tyranny and oppression.  It is nothing more than a soft slavery if the entitled recipients would just use a little common sense.  But that’s the goal, and it has worked fabulously since the days of FDR and that’s what we have today:  a permanent entitlement class who thinks its’ their right to get things from the government.  And the numbers of these people in our country are expanding and growing completely out of control.

The entitlement class gets their so-called goodies, and in return the government gets their support and votes.  A win-win right?  Not so fast.  The more and more you become dependent on the government, the more and more the government controls you, and the more and more government controls you, the less freedom you have.  While this class of people grows ever larger, their freedom grows ever smaller as the federal government puts its boot on your throat.  You see the entitlement class hasn’t figured out yet that when the government determines what it will give you, it can also determine what it will TAKE from you.  President Ford had it right:

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have,” (An address to a joint session of Congress on August 12, 1974.  Suzy Platt, ed., Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations Requested from the Congressional Research Service [Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1989], 140.)

Now I’m not suggesting that we take away everybody’s workman’s compensation, medicare, social security checks, etc.  But I am suggesting that very many of these can be cut as there are many abuses in the system.  There is no reason for any able bodied individual capable of working to be receiving any entitlements.  There is also no reason for any non-citizens of this country to be receiving any entitlements.  I would suggest that if able bodied individuals capable of working, were required to work for some government project or community service (aka, grass mowing, road repair, cleaning toilets in public parks) a few hours a week as a prerequisite in order to receive their entitlements, the list of entitlement recipients would drop drastically.  Then there is the simple waste and abuse in our government some of which has been documented by Senator Coburn.  My personal favorite:  $700,000 to investigate Cow burps and farts in Durham, NH.

“Someone needs to teach cows proper manners.  A $700,000 federal grant paid for researchers to examine – greenhouse gas emission from organic dairies, which are caused by cow burps, among other things.  The principle investigator told a reporter, cows emit most of their methane through belching, only a small fraction from flatulence.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the funds to the University of New Hampshire to create a computer model that measures the amount of greenhouse gases an organic dairy farm produces.”

Whatever would we do without such studies?  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  Not only do we have examples in the thousands of waste such as the above, we have hundreds of government programs that can easily be cut or reduced in size.  Biggest example:  Obamacare.  That program alone will destroy this nation financially if allowed to be fully implemented.  And let us not forget that our current Congress was elected in 2010 to do precisely that:  Get rid of it.  I can think of many others; the EPA, the DOJ, DOH, just to begin with out of the gates.  When you get right down to it, how about we also cut the perks and privileges members of Congress have voted for themselves?  Why are they getting raises when the unemployment rate is skyrocketing?  For that matter why are any government employees getting any raises when the private sector is struggling and laying off workers?  Are private planes really necessary?  Ax them all.  Perhaps if the perks are gone, the career politician will also be gone which can’t be anything less than a positive development.   Why do we send billions of dollars overseas to countries who hate us?  There’s another cut.  If we are trillions of dollars in debt there shouldn’t be one cent heading overseas, even to friendly countries, let alone the hostile ones.

Well you get the idea.  The abuses, corruption, and wasteful spending our country has been engaging in for over 50 years have brought nothing but disaster.  Its time to change course, or die trying.

 

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About lynnmcgraw

A Christian grandmother of 3, and constitutionalist conservative.
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