Here's the quick, low information voter friendly guide to Obama's budget proposal:
Never balances - spending always outpaces revenues.
Tax hikes are 8.5 times larger than proposed tax cuts.
$55 billion more in reported additional spending in 2015 alone.
Government size and regulatory reach continues to grow.
By 2024 the national debt will grow from the current $17.3 trillion to $25 trillion.
Fully funds Obamacare (or so it claims) but cuts military budget, pay and benefits to 1930 levels.
Abandons Social Security reform leaving retirees and those who will retire out to dry but creates a $1 billion climate change fund.
Why are liberals so ashamed of America? We have given the world more in just 200 years than any other country and most countries combined, have given in a thousand years. What's wrong with believing we are the best? No one is saying we don't have flaws and haven't made mistakes but look at what we've done for the little guy, given them hope and opportunity - not to mention freedom - that's why so many people have flocked to America over the last two centuries. Guess who the vast majority of those coming to America were; other countries outcasts, their poor, their repressed. Here they found what they wanted all along but couldn't get, a chance at a better life.
This new Cadillac ad has the liberals all in an uproar because it touts all things about America that made us great, in the eyes of some. Hard work, a willingness to do what other countries can't or wouldn't do. America is great, period. We should not be ashamed of being proud of that belief; there's a lot of factual evidence to support that claim. Who saved Europe, Asia and Africa from tyranny, twice? America. Who spends more on foreign aid to help other countries, even though much of that foreign aid is abused? America. Who is there to help in times of disaster providing money, food, medicine, personnel? America. Who has the highest standard of living, the best medical care, the best education system (at least until the last 20-30 years) in the world? America.
Isn't it funny how liberals get all upset about those of us who want to feel good about our country yet their agendas, especially when it comes to kids are all about 'feeling good' and building 'self-esteem'; remember, these are the people that don't like trophies for winning but rather for participation so that they can build up positive feelings. But just like that philosophy, you can't feel better than anyone else, we must all feel equal; even when it's clear that we are not. And the solution for the liberals is always to tear down those that are successful rather than build up those that are not.
Despite the liberals' best efforts, we will never be equal in outcome, it's impossible. I will never be as good as Tom Watson or Tom Brady or Tom Hanks (damn my parents, if they'd just named me Tom, maybe I'd be a great athlete or actor). But that doesn't mean I'm less of a person and I know that but liberals seem to think that is the case. Just because I have faults or flaws or am less talented than famous people, I must think that I'm less valuable. Same thinking goes with patriotism; if we believe that we are a great nation, other countries must be less valuable.
Here's a little secret, other countries are less valuable and some people are less valuable than others; society places value on what we do and rewards us for how well we perform. But from a legal standpoint, that doesn't mean our rights are less valuable than others. Just because the Toms make more money than me doesn't mean they have more rights, at least that's not what it used to mean. The Constitution said all men are created equal from a legal standpoint, that one's economic or societal status did not correlate with legal rights. That's the thing that liberals miss the most about our country; they tend to equate economic or social status with equality, despite everything they say, their actions show what they really think.
Our country is a great nation; we have provided more opportunity to more people than all other nations combined. We have never claimed to be perfect and just because we have pride in what our founding fathers created and what we built, doesn't mean we are denigrating other countries. We just made choices different from them and we're happy with those choices. The past few years not included in that statement.
Obama said it in front of probably the largest T.V. audience of the year; he claimed there was not even a smidgeon of corruption inside the IRS when it came to targeting conservative groups. Why did FOrmer IRS head Lois Lerner refuse to answer questions in front of the House Oversight Committee this week? She did appear, instead exerting her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. You only do that when you have done something illegal or appearing to be illegal. And if you think Obama didn't know when he said that to Bill O'Reilly, wake up. He knew exactly what was going on; in fact I'd be more surprised if he didn't know, since he's just doing things the "Chicago Way". Through her attorney she also sought a guarantee of immunity in exchange for her full testimony.
It sure sounds serious; 10 year old Nathan Entignh has been suspended from school. Officials said it was a "level 2 lookalike firearm" pointed "execution style" at a fellow student. Now Nathan will have to stay home in Devonshire OH for three days and contemplate why he should never, ever clasp his hands together, extend his arms shoulder high, away from his body, point both index fingers out and pretend to shoot at a classmate. Think the Charlie's Angels pose with your hands. Principal Patricia Price said the kids in the school had been warned repeatedly that making fake guns with your hands and fingers was against the rules and Nathan earned his suspension. This is serious business. Right, someone's eye could get poked out.
What did you think was going to happen part 2: Three third graders at Sonora Elementary school in San Francisco were busted smoking pot in the school's bathroom last week. Unlike getting caught making a "level 2 lookalike firearm", these student, two 8 year old and a 9 year old, may or may not be suspended from school. Superintendent Leigh Shampain would not discuss possible discipline and would only say after police were called the students were released to the care of their parents. What did you expect? Kids are told the ganja is 'harmless' and should be treated like tobacco or alcohol so why not give it a try? And where'd they get the weed? Likely from their parents', although they probably stole it from mom and dad's or their 2 dads' dresser drawer. But why isn't CPS removing the kids from their homes? Aren't they in danger? We've seen other kids removed for less...
First we kill all the lawyers. 18 year old Rachel Canning left her family home and is now suing her parents for support. The Lincoln Park NJ teen refused to live by her parents' rules and was suspended from school twice for showing up drunk; broke curfew repeatedly; dated a boy they did not like; and left on her own. She of course claimed Dad was inappropriately 'affectionate' and their strict rules caused her to become bulimic. She wants them to pay for her living expenses, college education and buy her a car; despite her recent phone message saying she wanted to sh** all over her mother's face. Guess what missy, you are 18, legally emancipated. You've got what you wanted, you're out on your own and can live by your own rules. Go for it.
Obama was lauded for his quip in one of the debates against Mitt Romney, after Romney said Russia under Vladimir Putin was a threat to the world. Obama claimed Russia is not a threat to our safety or world stability. How's that working out for you, Glorious Leader? Let's take a little look shall we? Remember while you read this that Obama's budget cuts our military back to pre-World War II levels not to mention having already decreased our stockpile of nuclear missiles.
The Russian defense ministry confirmed the test firing of a Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday. The missile is known to have the ability to carry multiple nuclear warheads and was fired from the Caspian sea area hitting a target in Kazakhstan. Defense ministry officials said it was in response to U.S. aggression and provocation related to the situation in the Ukraine. Even Obama supporters can't say the President has been anything but conciliatory in the Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a press conference after it was widely reported that Russian army personnel had entered the Crimea on Tuesday. He claimed it was not Russian military personnel but local self-defense forces dressed in Russian uniforms. Oh, well, in that case we'll forget that you ordered Russian military units to amass on the border, which they did; that they then drove across the border, as seen by multiple sources including Google Earth, and that reporters have been threatened for reporting Russian army units are in the Crimea - by Russian army soldiers.
Russia has made deals with multiple countries, including Iran, North Korea, Pakistan and Afghanistan to supply them with arms. They are still helping, along with North Korea, the Iranians to build nuclear bombs.
While Russia is telling the U.S. not to intervene in the Syrian conflict they are clearly intervening in the Ukrainian conflict. Putin has said ousted President Viktor Yanukovych is still the rightful, legal President of the Ukraine but won't say that he'll put him back in power.
No, sounds nothing like the Russia of the 80's or the 70's or the 60's... but at least we have al Qaeda on the run.
Obama released his 2015 budget, which is an exercise in wastefulness since Congress hasn't passed a real budget in years. But let's compare some things that Obama said about his budget proposal versus what's really in the pages of the budget. Obama adds $55 billion in spending on big government programs that are already failing, like innovation centers and energy efficiency subsidies or pre-school programs. He claims the spending increases in his budget don't violate spending caps but maybe he's taking the Bill Clinton approach; it depends what the definition of 'cap' is. Obama's budget proposes to spend more than the current Budget Control act allows, so the budget violates the caps.
Debt borrowed in credit markets would grow from $12 trillion in 2013 to $19 trillion in 2024. This budget alone, let's forget what 2016, 2017 and so on will look like, will add $8 trillion to the national debt. We'll reach that benchmark by 2024.
Obama claims almost $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years but this relies on massive tax increases panning out, which we know from history doesn't work and some budget tricks such as $700 billion in cancelled war related spending. Even the Office of Management and Budget says the spending and revenue never balance much less revenue exceeding spending.
In short, this budget is the same old liberal pie in the sky big government program spending bill that does nothing but sap energy from our economy. All while we are being bent over and told that we are not being given a colonoscopy.
You would think that someone's head will explode over this whole thing but you would be wrong; liberals don't react the same way sane people do. Let's get things straight here about this whole discriminating against gays argument. The Religious Rights Freedom bill vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer did not say one thing about discriminating against gays. In fact it was a bill that was passed with the intent to plug some loopholes in a bill that had been passed a few years ago. It did not give any person a 'right' to refuse service to someone because of their sexual orientation. But it was portrayed that way and once again the majority was forced to submit to the will of a misleading or at best misinformed minority.
Now could someone have used the law to shield themselves and said they refused service to a gay couple, maybe so but I'll ask again, if you know someone doesn't like you why do you want to to business with them? And who feels the need to walk into any business and announce to everyone that "I'm gay" or "I'm not" or whatever. Most people really don't care. But as we've seen a baker in NM can't refuse to make a cake for a gay couple and a photographer can't refuse to take your photos or a church can't refuse to allow to be married on their property because you think it's a beautiful setting.
But let's turn it around on you. A bar owner in San Francisco can refuse to allow you to eat or drink in his establishment if you don't support gay marriage. So discrimination is OK as long as it's the right kind of discrimination. The gay man that has been styling NM Governor Susana Martinez' hair can refuse to cut her hair now because she doesn't support gay marriage. That's OK because it's the right kind of discrimination. While gay rights advocates are claiming they are against discrimination, they really aren't they just want others to be discriminated against for their beliefs.
Let's see how the liberals handle this one: Faith McGregor is a lesbian who likes a masculine style of haircut. She went into the Terminal Barber Shop in Toronto and asked owner Omar Mahrouk to cut her hair. He said no because of his religious beliefs. Talk about a liberal conundrum; their favorite religion v. their favorite repressed minority. Omar and his fellow Muslim barbers say touching a female other than their own wives is wrong not to mention lesbianism is wrong as well.
This is an easy problem if the barber is Christian, because we know all Christians are mean and evil and just want to force the beliefs upon the rest of the world; but pit the lone "diverse" religion against gay rights activists and that's a real problem. Under Canada's Multiculturalism Act this is a problem for the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Here you have a double minority (lesbian & female) against a male Muslim. Tough call.
Albert Einstein once said, "Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it." He's right. If a homosexual baker is asked to make a "God Hates Fags" cake for Westboro Baptist, he should have the right to say "take your business elsewhere." A black man running a printing shop should be able to refuse service to the KKK or skinheads. Should a Muslim photographer be required to document the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco? No none of them should. By the same principle neither should a Christian florist be forced to provide black flowers to a Satanic group or to a gay wedding. By the way, the AZ bill vetoed by Governor Brewer would have protected everyone in the scenarios above.
So far no one has been jailed for violating Uganda's anti-homosexual intercourse laws but Obama has ordered foreign aid to the country be slashed. Monday of this week, the bodies of 7 Egyptian Coptic Christians were found on a beach outside of Benghazi in Libya. Yes, that Benghazi. The victims were kidnapped from their apartments and shot in the head, execution style. It is believed Ansar al_Sharia is responsible for the executions. Stories abound about heavily armed men going door to door in Benghazi asking occupants if they pray to Allah or Jesus Christ. Answer Jesus Christ and you will be dragged out and beaten or shot. So far not one word from the Obama administration.
Lobbyists for large banks are pushing Congress to end the tax exempt status for nonprofit credit unions saying it gives them an unfair advantage over for profit banks. Adding taxes to the bottom line of credit unions would of course reduce interest rates paid on savings; increase interest rates on loans; cost jobs and hit mostly middle class customers and small businesses. Never mind that credit unions have only 6% of the market share. If it was such an unfair advantage don't you think the CUs would have a larger market share?
The new defense budget approved by the Senate this week slashes the size of the U.S. military to pre-World War II levels. Certainly there is pork to be shaved out of the military complex but why is Obama cutting the pay of active duty military, reducing the subsidies military families enjoy at the PX and on base housing; increasing healthcare copay amounts and reducing retiree benefits. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Congress has taken important step in recent years to cut costs but the DOD must do more. What a moron. Congress hasn't cut crap from any budget or continuing resolution in decades. Instead of cutting the pay and benefits of those risking their lives why not cut Congress' pay; pay of their staffers; pay of Cabinet members; cut food stamps for perpetual welfare recipients; oh that's right Obama and the liberals don't like the military.
What's going on? When an avowed radical left winger starts to sound logical, there has to be a reason. Figuring it out is not always easy but maybe there is some money in the deal. And this isn't just some left leaning activist, this is one of the most radical left wing activists we've seen, Patrick Moore. Moore is a co-founder of Greenpeace. They've been known to be pretty left wing and radical in their tactics to protect the environment.
On Tuesday Moore was allowed to testify in front of a Senate committee about global warming. What he said has to have the liberals, especially Al Gore, squirming in their leather lined Lear jets. Moore said the claim that burning fossil fuels is driving global warming over the past century lacks scientific evidence. Blasphemer! He added that the Earth is in an unusually cold period and could actually benefit from some warming but we can't control it.
"There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth's atmosphere over the past 100 years. Today, we live in an unusually cold period in the history of life on Earth and there is no reason to believe that a warmer climate would be anything but beneficial for humans and the majority of other species. It is important to recognize, in the face of dire predictions about a 2 degrees Celsius rise in global average temperatures, that humans are a tropical species. We evolved at the equator in a climate where freezing weather did not exist. The only reasons we can survive in these cold climates are fire, clothing and housing."
Statistics bear out Moore's point that freezing temps kill more people than hotter temperatures. From 1999 to 2010, a total of 4563 people died from heat related conditions while 7778 died from cold conditions. In Britain alone, an estimated 4.5 million families face "fuel poverty" conditions because of high energy prices, which in part are contributed to by regulations meant to deal with man caused global warming.
Moore goes on to make a point we've discussed repeatedly in our entries about man caused global warming; at multiple times in the past we have had higher concentrations of CO2 in our atmosphere than we have today yet we've had ice ages at times when the CO2 level was 10 times greater. To argue that man made CO2 is the cause of global warming is contradictory to scientific evidence and thus is a red herring. He appears to be advocating for the repeal of some regulations designed to combat global warming to make energy cheaper especially for poorer families.
To be fair, Moore left Greenpeace when the group became too radical in their tactics, but to have someone who is clearly on the left side of the aisle in environmental issues come out and clearly state a contrary position will no doubt make him a target for the left. He'll be excoriated and could even be audited by the IRS given President Obama's claim in his SOTU speech that global warming is a fact. Forget messing with Mother Nature, don't leave the left's reservation, you'll be ostracized quicker than one of Warren Jeff's ex-wives.
It is almost one of the undeniable truths of life; liberals are always surprised when they 'well thought out' plans don't work. Even though you and I might see the 'unexpected results' coming like a runaway freight train, liberals are just flabbergasted that things go wrong.
For years we have been told that kids as young as 4-5 years old need to be taught about sex. Sex needs to be demystified and brought out into the open so that it's not scary and kids don't feel odd or weird when talking about it. So elementary schools have begun teaching kids about reproduction, sex acts and so on. Never mind that they don't have the mental capacity or experience to put things in perspective and understand all the consequences or the emotional maturity to handle complex concepts.
In a New Jersey elementary school a teacher has been suspended and may be fired because two of her students, a girl and a boy, both 5 years old, were caught in the bathroom, naked, "having sex." Kelly Mascio has been a teacher in the Mullica Township school system for 15 years and by all accounts is a dedicated, well respected educator. On Sept. 30 she noticed two kids weren't in the room and found the pair in the bathroom, which I believe is in the classroom. They were naked and she asked them what they were doing; they replied "we're having sex."
Mascio immediately separated the kids, got them dressed and reported the incident to the principal. She didn't wait for a break or anything else. The principal then reported the incident to child protective services and the police. They investigated and apparently found it to be kids just being kids. They were practicing what they were being taught in sex ed class. Mascio did nothing wrong. She didn't encourage the kids to engage in sex acts; she didn't have sex with the kids; nothing untoward. But she has been suspended and may be fired.
That's the logic liberal educators use, when the expected happens and it's not a good thing, fire the person that was just doing her job. Blame the teacher for not watching the kids closely enough. Have you ever been in a room with 20 five year olds? It's hard to keep track of them especially when you can't discipline them in any way shape or form. The teacher did what she was supposed to do but she's getting the blame for policies that lead to two 5 year olds thinking about having sex. Typical liberal 'logic'.
I don't know if Jeff Foxworthy really said these things but if he did, good job.
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.