Paul Ryan’s Budget: In No Way Extreme, Despite Democrat Histrionics
Paul Ryan, House Budget Committee Chairman, released his FY 2012 Budget proposal today. The comprehensive proposal includes plans for the way forward over the next decade. You can read an excellent and full analysis of it here. Former Speaker (I love saying that) Nancy Pelosi of course immediately set to whining and wringing hands over how the Ryan plan will cause people TO DIE!!!!1111 NancyPelosi: The #GOP Ryan | Read More »
Paul Ryan is Not Jesus, But His Path To Prosperity Gospel is Really Good
Today you are going to hear a lot about Paul Ryan and his budget deal. He has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal previewing it. You can read that here. The budget proposal is a solid proposal of solid reform. I like what I see. But I also foresee real problems with it as a result. Let me first say the number you are | Read More »
The ‘GOP Path to Prosperity:’ first reaction.
Three things immediately leap out at me regarding this first look at the GOP’s long-term budget proposal: As Hot Air put it, everything’s apparently on the table. Everything. 6.2 trillion cut in spending over the next ten years*; 4.4 trillion cut from the deficit. Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security reform. An implicit promise of an end to ethanol subsidies. Defense cuts. Ending the bailout mindset. Top tax rates | Read More »
Hey Senator Schumer, Who are the Real Extremists?
As the Democrats continue to bankrupt the nation with crushing debt, and stymie Republican attempts to balance the budget, we were beginning to wonder if they had their own plan to achieve budget solvency. The New York Times just revealed their monumental plan for the future of our fiscal stability. Drum roll……Labeling Republicans and tea partiers as extremists! “Moments before a conference call with reporters | Read More »
Senate Action Alert: Small Business Bill
The major legislative item on the agenda in the Senate this week will be The Small Business Reauthorization Act (S. 493). Republicans plan to use this bill as a platform to promote critical pieces of legislation through the process of non-germane amendments to the bill. Here are some vital amendments that will be debated and voted on throughout the week: Senator Mitch McConnell is offering | Read More »
No More Extensions of Unemployment Benefits
Amidst record long-term unemployment, Democrats are trying to extend unemployment welfare yet again. Will Republicans continue to obediently follow them in accelerating more creeping socialism? Or will last December serve as the Republicans’ final act to perpetuate unemployment welfare? Beware the doomsday TARP coalition of Republicans. Conservatives must be ever vigilant of those Republicans who are willing to vote for an entitlement program one last | Read More »
Obama’s OMB Nominee Tells the Uncomfortable Truth
Heather Higginbottom, President Obama’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a smart and honest person — which is probably why she found it so difficult, under questioning from Sen. Jeff Sessions today, to run interference for Obama’s pathetic solution to our deficit problems. Watch the whole thing, but particularly note the end, where Sessions points out that the | Read More »
Nostalgia with ’95 Political Narrative Should Cut Both Ways
Republican leadership is waging a civil war against conservatives over the budget, due to their visceral fear of a government shutdown. Their inexplicable fixation on the 1995 political paradigm has traumatized them from repeating the alleged mistakes of Newt Gingrich and the 104th congress. Such a one-dimensional focus should logically dictate that we attempt to replicate the successes of that era as well. While the | Read More »
Texas Republicans: Grow A Spine
Texas enjoys a super-majority Republican status. As a friend pointed out to me, if Texas Republicans wanted to wholesale rewrite the Texas constitution with nary a Democrat involved, they could do it. And yet, Texas Republicans facing a budget shortfall are turning into collective addled mush. Tough decisions need to be made to balance the budget. The Republicans don’t want to make them, which leads | Read More »
No More Short-Term Budget CR’s
“Washington politicians of both parties scrambling to put together two and three week plans to keep funding the government, while not fundamentally changing the behavior that has gotten us into this mess to begin with.” Our country faces a brutal reality: for far too long, the federal government has been recklessly spending money it does not have. It is the reason we now have a | Read More »
So, Which Murderers are your Taxes Funding?
As the budget battle rages on and as we continue to fund domestic baby-killers, do we have to fund foreign ones as well?! For years, the left wing foreign policy establishment has rapturously promoted the ‘Palestinians’ as the cause célèbre of our national security interests. Despite their unyielding commitment to terror, these supercilious ‘wizards of smart’ have credulously identified the creation of a ‘Palestinian’ state | Read More »
Duplicative Programs Cost More than GOP Cuts
Yesterday, we dinged Senator Coburn for his involvement in the ‘Gang of Six’. Today, we commend him for initiating a GAO report which exposes the contempt in which the statists view taxpayers. Conservatives have always known that the promulgation of government programs was not conceived from some genuine conviction of Keynesian economics, or a professed concern for the recipients. Most government programs serve the function | Read More »
Nancy Pelosi’s irrelevant budget objection.
It’s looking increasingly likely that Senate Democrats are unwilling to die on the hill of opposition to 4 billion dollars’ worth of cuts in the short-term emergency funding bill to supplement the continuing resolution that the Republicans had to pass in lieu of a proper budget that the Democrats refused to even offer last year – yes, that’s a bit of a run-on sentence. It’s | Read More »
Beware the Gang of Six
Imagine for a moment a private financial services firm caught running a ponzi scheme in which public funds were spent on lavish projects for the manager’s friends. Astoundingly, instead of incarcerating the perpetrators and returning the money to the investors, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) negotiates with the criminals. That’s right. The SEC collaborates with the criminal executives to force the public to contribute | Read More »
Leadership Requires Leadership
All of the attempts by the media to make stories out of the budget battles going on in Washington, D.C. will not change the bottom line of how it will end up, no matter how many ways they try to create a story. Namely, the taxpayers will get stuck with more debt and more taxes again. After all of the political punches are thrown, President | Read More »