The Closing Argument: We Are Filthy Hobbitses

    So now we have the closing arguments.The Wall Street Journal calls conservatives hobbits. I’d point out that the hobbits won.Bill Kristol calls conservatives “pro-Obama.”And now John Boehner tells Republicans to get their “asses in line.”To quote General McAuliffe, “NUTS”Hold the line. When the Congressional Budget Office is saying that Harry Reid’s plan actually cuts more money than John Boehner’s even beyond budgetary gimmicks.Hold the line. | Read More »

    The President of “No”

    Sound familiar? It should, it’s been a trick of the Democrats to pin that label on Republicans for years; “The Party of NO.” I submit to you that despite media reports and observations to the contrary, that label is now firmly stuck not only to the Democrats, but President Nobama Obama as well. No Plan Obama has no budget plan, only a campaign agenda. Long | Read More »

    But How Does Your Hand Improve?

    The Kristol fans want to know how our hand improves if we reject the Boehner plan. First, it is worth pointing out what Bill Kristol noted back at the first part of July: “It sounds as if it’s heading towards a deal,” Kristol said. “It’s not a deal that I’m going to like I suspect, and think I it’s going to be a bad deal | Read More »

    But How Does Your Hand Improve?

    The Kristol fans want to know how our hand improves if we reject the Boehner plan. First, it is worth pointing out what Bill Kristol noted back at the first part of July: “It sounds as if it’s heading towards a deal,” Kristol said. “It’s not a deal that I’m going to like I suspect, and think I it’s going to be a bad deal | Read More »

    It’s All Too Odd

    Consider that John Boehner and Harry Reid named their different legislation to raise the debt ceiling by the identical name.Consider also that John Boehner and Harry Reid’s legislation are virtually mirror images to each other — a fact that the rhetoric has obscured, but is in reality accurate.Consider, in fact, that Boehner and Reid use the same language in various portions of their legislation.Consider that | Read More »

    It’s All Too Odd

    Consider that John Boehner and Harry Reid named their different legislation to raise the debt ceiling by the identical name.Consider also that John Boehner and Harry Reid’s legislation are virtually mirror images to each other — a fact that the rhetoric has obscured, but is in reality accurate.Consider, in fact, that Boehner and Reid use the same language in various portions of their legislation.Consider that | Read More »

    Boehner Grounds into a Double Play

    Late this afternoon, the CBO reaffirmed all of our concerns with Speaker Boehner’s Budget Control Act of 2011 – plus interest (pun intended). We have asserted ad nauseam that any proposed budget plan that fails to countermand the current prodigal spending levels, including the modestly reduced spending levels of 2011, is not worth the paper it is printed on.  The CBO estimates that Boehner’s $1.2 | Read More »

    Boehner Grounds into a Double Play

    Late this afternoon, the CBO reaffirmed all of our concerns with Speaker Boehner’s Budget Control Act of 2011 – plus interest (pun intended). We have asserted ad nauseam that any proposed budget plan that fails to countermand the current prodigal spending levels, including the modestly reduced spending levels of 2011, is not worth the paper it is printed on.  The CBO estimates that Boehner’s $1.2 | Read More »

    The Boehner Plan: Phony Cuts, Slimy Procedures, Dangerous Ignorance

    The main problems with the Boehner proposal are: Most of the initial $1.2 trillion of discretionary cuts are (1) from defense, or (2) are phony, out-year, and easily avoided. The compensatory immediate $1 trillion increase in the debt limit is, on the other hand, very real. Even worse, however, the notion of giving a Reid/Pelosi/McConnell/Boehner-appointed commission the power to devise non-filibusterable, unamendable tax increases (or, | Read More »

    The Boehner Plan: Phony Cuts, Slimy Procedures, Dangerous Ignorance

    The main problems with the Boehner proposal are: Most of the initial $1.2 trillion of discretionary cuts are (1) from defense, or (2) are phony, out-year, and easily avoided. The compensatory immediate $1 trillion increase in the debt limit is, on the other hand, very real. Even worse, however, the notion of giving a Reid/Pelosi/McConnell/Boehner-appointed commission the power to devise non-filibusterable, unamendable tax increases (or, | Read More »

    Same Old Song, Different Dance.

    Citing three respected Republican presidents, none of whom would have given Barack Hussein Obama the time of day, the Anointed One rushed once again to put his mug and carny pitch in front of the cameras for the umpteenth time. It was fifteen minutes of soundbites of everything Obama has said in the last two and one half years. It was enough to gag a | Read More »

    Punt

    I honestly cannot tell you how disgusted I am with the House Republicans today.They will yet again pass off their responsibility to a committee that will do nothing. We know it will do nothing because we have had 17 of these committees come before this one and the debt has gone up from $1 trillion to $14 trillion.Boehner’s plan, despite what you are hearing, does | Read More »

    Punt

    I honestly cannot tell you how disgusted I am with the House Republicans today.They will yet again pass off their responsibility to a committee that will do nothing. We know it will do nothing because we have had 17 of these committees come before this one and the debt has gone up from $1 trillion to $14 trillion.Boehner’s plan, despite what you are hearing, does | Read More »

    They Are Not Serious

    Senator Helms once said, “Compromise, hell! That’s what has happened to us all down the line — and that’s the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?”The Democrats and Republicans in Washington may be | Read More »

    They Are Not Serious

    Senator Helms once said, “Compromise, hell! That’s what has happened to us all down the line — and that’s the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?”The Democrats and Republicans in Washington may be | Read More »