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July 18, 2011

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Danube of Thought

Palm to forehead, with extreme vigor.

When I read it I completely missed "domestic."

It appears that the author did, too. The chart he presents shows total federal spending, and his discussion focuses entirely of that as well.

A non-event.

Ignatz

"Domestic" and "discretionary" are not the same thing, DoT.
Neither you nor the AT author made a mistake, Barry did.

PD

I'm starting to hear among we laggards not yet picked remarks such as "saving the best for last?"

A little jury-pool humor, I guess.

70 more minutes and I can say "free as a bird"?

Clarice

PD, I'm so jealous..My torture begins the first week in August and continues for at least a month no matter what.

Chubby

((I'm starting to hear among we laggards not yet picked remarks such as "saving the best for last?"))

I just commented words to that effect in the other thread.

PD

Clarice, I'm not off the hook for sure yet. But even if I get picked it is unlikely to be a month. What are you up for, that it will be that long?

Danube of Thought

"Domestic" and "discretionary" are not the same thing, DoT.

That's true, but neither one is the same thing as total federal spending, which is the subject of all of the author's data.

TM says: "...focusing on 'domestic spending' sidesteps the philospohy espoused by Willie Sutton - since it excludes interest, entitlements and defense..."

I was unaware that interest and entitlements were not included in "domestic" spending. I'm confused...

Ignatz

Poltifact's story in February better explains Barry's imprecise, some might say deceptive, terminology.

Ignatz

--That's true, but neither one is the same thing as total federal spending, which is the subject of all of the author's data.--

Non domestic spending is a relatively miniscule amount.

Barry means discretionary spending when he says domestic spending. Seems to me the problem stems solely from his stupidity and/or duplicity.

PD

The clerk just announced that there are no more trials for which jurors are to be picked. However, some of the judges who are picking jurors from the earlier groups have asked that the rest of us be held in case so many candidates get struck that they need us. So now we are waiting until their jury selections are done, which means we're waiting indefinitely, possibly to the end of the day.

Parking ticket, here we come! (Actually, that should not be a problem. The clerk said she would "fix" them.)

PD

Just remembered I have a radio app on the iPad, so now I'm happily listening to Mark Steyn.

mikey

Bothers me to know end, listening to Laura Ingraham talking with Tucker Carlson and he sites a polls stating 71% are agains the republicans. It would have been nice to know it was a CBS Poll and the sample size was +11 Democrats.

This in a context of a discussion of how much better they would be, Laura and Tucker about messaging than the Republicans.

centralcal

Too funny, mikey, even though equally infuriating. Blowhards! pheh! Especially, Tucker.

Captain Hate

This in a context of a discussion of how much better they would be, Laura and Tucker about messaging than the Republicans.

I like both of them but I heard that this morning and just shook my head.

Clarice

PD, grand jury.

narciso

I like Laura more, but sometimes she can really be a Penelope to the Dukes sometimes.

Porchlight

Yes, Barry meant discretionary spending, but he is an idiot, so that is his problem.

Neo

Did White House Snub Fraud Fighter?
LUN

Cecil Turner

Barry means discretionary spending when he says domestic spending.

I didn't find the teriminology misleading . . . I just assumed he was using verbal shorthand for "domestic discretionary spending." Here's the definition (dated source, but I think it's still good) :

Domestic discretionary programs include all federal programs controlled through appro-priations except those in defense and international affairs. An extremely varied category results, comprising the areas of science and space, transportation, energy, agriculture, environmental protection, housing, education and training, medical research, and law enforcement (see Box 4-1). The agencies that receive significant funding from domestic discretionary appropriations are among the most visible in government; they include the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Justice, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The misleading part is the pretense this is some sort of fiscal panacea. So far, I've seen not one single proposal from the President that would affect entitlement spending (at least during his term in office); and any proposal without such reform is unserious.

PD

They're letting us go. I'm done!

Jane

Obama is threatening to veto, cut cap and balance.

Show us your plan Bambi, cause we are done til you do.

narciso

The check's in the mail, not:


"The bill would undercut the Federal Government's ability to meet its core commitments to seniors, middle-class families and the most vulnerable, while reducing our ability to invest in our future," said a just-released statement of administration policy.

Even if the Republican-run passes its "cut, cap, and balance" plan, the Senate is not expected to follow suit.

Instead, White House officials are focused on a plan being developed by Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, one that allow Obama to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling in exchange for about $1.5 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years. The plan would also create a new congressional panel that would look at other ways to reduce the federal debt, including possible entitlements and new tax revenue.

MarkO

This just in: Obama's a liar. And, wait, wait------he just not that smart.

MarkO

I am the best typist on this site.

Janet

Sez u.

Frau Rhetorische Figuren

Spengler sums up: "But the Tea Partiers remain amateurs, after all, and vulnerable to sucker punch. They don't seem to understand that the separation of powers is designed to slow the pace of change. A Republican administration, moreover, can't govern on the Tea Party program. It is a protest movement, and a valid one, but not a governing coalition. If the Tea Party expends all its ammunition in the debt-ceiling showdown with the President, it may take the Republicans down with it. The winning strategy is to keep the blame for failure on Obama through November 2012."

Appalled

If someone will just indicate what the Obama plan is, rather than what it might be, I might be able to say nice things about it. I'd like to. I've lived a long time with a GOP that thinks that shutdowns and defaults are playthings that show their advanced masculinity.

But Obama's plan is to wave his magic wand and make a plan appear yet disappar, always in the distance, always a mirage. I wonder when some wonky but tenacious reporter will get hold of him in one of these news conferences and make him speak something that is specific, rather than a a disapproving whine about process.

Jane

Frau,

Spengler is extremely thought provoking. I sent that to my tea party for reaction.

I just don't know where to go on this.,

PD

The plan would also create a new congressional panel

Just what we need.


MarkO, my typing skilks are second to none.

Cecil Turner

I've lived a long time with a GOP that thinks that shutdowns and defaults are playthings that show their advanced masculinity.

Oh, please. You got a license for that long-range psychoanalysis of millions of people?

A Republican administration, moreover, can't govern on the Tea Party program.

I'm not sure what a "Tea Party program" really means, besides generally smaller government and less spending . . . and that's something we can't do without. And the counterpoint to Spengler is that electing another group of Republicans who run up the debt only slightly less than the Dems is not a solution.

Meanwhile, Professor Boskin from Stanford nails it :

Many Democrats demand no changes to Social Security and Medicare spending. But these programs are projected to run ever-growing deficits totaling tens of trillions of dollars in coming decades, primarily from rising real benefits per beneficiary. To cover these projected deficits would require continually higher income and payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare on all taxpayers that would drive the combined marginal tax rate on labor income to more than 70% by 2035 and 80% by 2050.
Hey, no problem . . . right?

Clarice

Instapundit links to this re the smelly CBS poll:

This is the single most important set of numbers therein:


The internals
You know it’s easy to make the President look better than the GOP in a poll that has only 24% Republicans among the respondents—and in which Democrats outnumber Republicans by almost 50% in the sample. It would also be interesting to see if the “independents” leaned one way or another (after all, manipulating the “independents” by oversampling left/liberal leaners is the oldest trick in the book).

The purpose of this poll is not to inform; it is to spin.

All this data is available in the PDF, but in the soundbyte world we live in, our friends on the left are counting on you not having the time or inclination to check it out for yourself.

UPDATE: The Amazing Ed Morrissey notices the same thing at the same time:

This poll is a complete waste of time, and about the only conclusion one can reach is that CBS tried very hard to get a sample that would support its preconceived notions of the debate.

Janet

They don't seem to understand that the separation of powers is designed to slow the pace of change.

Part of my frustration with politics is that it seems like there is no slowing of the pace of change as long as we are moving left/toward socialism.
Leftist ideology gets applied through laws, regulation, or the courts....sometimes they just forge ahead & break the law without consequence...like with illegal immigration.
ex.
Implement Roe v. Wade - no problem
Roll Roe v. Wade back - can't be done, it is established law
Part of the Tea Party appeal to me is smaller government, less spending,...but also a level playing field. The MFM gives the left too much of an advantage...& I'm pretty much sick of it.

Porchlight

But Obama's plan is to wave his magic wand and make a plan appear yet disappar, always in the distance, always a mirage.

And yet any pushback from the GOP on this amounts to, in your view, playing with shutdowns and defaults.

One day maybe you'll explain to us the GOP should advance the ball with Obama in a way that comports properly with your worldview. And then you can explain how that can happen without Obama threatening to shut down the government.

Danube of Thought

For some reason I'm unable to register to comment at AT, but author Greg Richards is completely off base. He interprets Obama's statement to mean "federal spending" instead of "discretionary domestic spending." I wish someone would point that out to him.

His article is meaningless.

Appalled

Porchlight:

The GOP established itself as the brand that was OK with government shutdowns in Gingrich days. There's really nothing you can do about it, except win the Presidency and the Senate, and then work on the budget.

As for what to do today, I think the GOP can argue that they tried, but at the end of the day, Obama had no plan and no proposal, and the faith and credit of the US is more important than demonstrating Obama's bad faith.

bgates

I've lived a long time with a GOP that thinks that shutdowns and defaults are playthings that show their advanced masculinity.

This from a guy who whines that I use straw men.

Cecil Turner

The GOP established itself as the brand that was OK with government shutdowns in Gingrich days.

This is just silly. In the last shutdown, Clinton vetoed the budget and a shutdown ensued. Yeah, Gingrich took most of the blame (and Clinton got most of the credit for the somewhat-balanced budget that he delayed but eventually ensued), but claiming the Dems were blameless (or that this was the grand design of the GOP) is risible nonsense.


His article is meaningless.

Yep. I think somebody did point it out to him in the comments, and he missed the point and responded that his graphs included total spending. It won't register me either.

jimmyk

Part of my frustration with politics is that it seems like there is no slowing of the pace of change as long as we are moving left/toward socialism.

So true, Janet. I don't know if it's just innate, or if it's because so many Republicans are wimps. The day after some radical change is implemented (you name it: gay marriage, obamacare) the idea of undoing it is made out to be unthinkable.

The same is true for spending. The idea of going back to spending levels of, say, 2008 is unconscionable cruelty, as if in 2008 we were savages. (And yes, I know there's been inflation and population growth, but the point remains.)

Captain Hate

Once again the Party of Stoopid is wasting valuable political capital on Balanced Budget Amendment pie in the sky talk. This is the equivalent to the lefties saying "If we have a law for something, everything will be perfect". Idiots, you have the public on your side on the deficit issue; don't blow it with gimmicky ploys that won't be resolved in a timely fashion. Duke & Duke FTL.

Appalled

From the Tom DeLay annoying Republican playbook, circa 2005 -- When you want to look tough on finances, but can't really do squat, you take a stand four-square for the Balanced Budget Amendment.

Clarice

DoT, I passed your comment on to the editor though I can't promise anything.

Cecil Turner

For some reason I'm unable to register to comment at AT

I figured it out (at least my problem). It automatically deleted the space from the middle of my user name, so I had to crunch it together as one word.

narciso

Facepalm with an Octopus, Capt, It's as if they forgot how Gramm Rudman turned out, or
the 28th Amendment on congressional pay. Now the BBA, is much like the shock collars that
Kirk's crew were fitted on Triskelion, to make them do what they wouldn't be predisposed to doing.

Neo

Considering that a "shared sacrifice" requires spending cuts and new taxes on the "rich," can it now be concluded that the "rich" get no benefit from government spending ?

narciso

They can't actually be this daft, can they:

Conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe released the first installment in a new video investigation Monday morning, this one focused on Medicaid fraud. The first video in the series shows government employees in Ohio assisting two men who have described themselves as Russian drug smugglers with applications for Medicaid.


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/18/new-o%e2%80%99keefe-investigation-uncovers-medicaid-fraud-video/#ixzz1SU8ETvix

Extraneus

Has a Republican ever shut a government down?

Tom Maguire
I was unaware that interest and entitlements were not included in "domestic" spending. I'm confused...

Good point - somewhere either in the White House background or my imagination, it is clear they are talking about a freeze on *discretionary* domestic spending, which would exclude entitlements and interest.

Or from a different perspective, how would Obama freeze Social Security disbursements? Well, I suppose he could propose it, but that would be so DOA people wouldn't even have time to spell DOA.

PD

"News of the World phone-hacking whistleblower found dead"


Copious c&p to follow shortly, presumably.

Clarice

Gosh, narciso, I have a friend who prosecutes those cases. I'll send her the link.

Extraneus

I am able to post there, and left him a comment reflecting the above info from Ig, etc.

Captain Hate

They can't actually be this daft, can they:

Yes they can, narc; it's the MAD situation which saves us: Mutually Aggravating Dumbasses.

Extraneus

AT is moderated, though, so comments might not show up for hours, if ever.

This makes it virtually impossible to discuss anything in the comments at AT. All you can do is make a statement and move on to somewhere else.

narciso

The last comment is three hours old, by my reckoning, I found PJM used to be that way
sometimes a comment I posted, would be moderated for 12 hours or so.

Jane

PD, just imagine if you were on the Casey Anthony trial. You would have had to go without an IPAD. COLD TURKEY!

Jane

Domestic discretionary programs include all federal programs controlled through appro-priations

Doesn't Congress control all spending through appropriations?

It sounds like he is promising to cut nothing.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

If you love the archeology shows that run on Discovery, especially those about Egypt, you will recognize this as an end of an era.

Egypt's iconic antiquities chief fired

Zahi Hawass, long chided as publicity loving and short on scientific knowledge, lost his job along with about a dozen other ministers in a Cabinet reshuffle meant to ease pressure from protesters seeking to purge remnants of Mubarak's regime.

"He was the Mubarak of antiquities," said Nora Shalaby, an activist and archaeologist. "He acted as if he owned Egypt's antiquities, and not that they belonged to the people of Egypt."

Despite the criticism, he was credited with helping boost interest in archaeology in Egypt and tourism, a pillar of the country's economy.

Rob Crawford

If you love the archeology shows that run on Discovery, especially those about Egypt, you will recognize this as an end of an era.

On the other hand, if you love history, you'll recognize it as the end of a bad era.

PD

PD, just imagine if you were on the Casey Anthony trial. You would have had to go without an IPAD. COLD TURKEY!

If I had actually been picked and gone to trial, I would have had to surrender the iPad. (That's why I didn't take my laptop: Unwilling to give it into someone else's possession.)

PD

It sounds like he is promising to cut nothing.

Jane cuts through all the baloney to the heart of the matter.

Extraneus

Speaking of AT comments, there's no Preview there, either, and I'm guessing it doesn't allow real hyperlinks, blockquotes, etc., since all you see in the comments is unformatted text. So who knows if my comment will even be readable.

Rob Crawford

They can't actually be this daft, can they:

Certainly they can. And they're not daft, they're corrupt.

Seriously -- what is it with people willing to work with admitted criminals in the furtherance of their criminal enterprise? Is this why leftists assume business is always corrupt, everywhere -- it's how THEY operate?

I'd weep for this country, but I'm beginning to think the whole mess is irredeemable.

Extraneus

Jane cuts through all the baloney to the heart of the matter.

That's why she's so great at summarizing extreme bloviation in real time.

Ignatz

--Doesn't Congress control all spending through appropriations?--

Jane,
Entitlements are theoretically self funded through their own tax schemes which do not require yearly appropriations.

Captain Hate

Jane cuts through all the baloney to the heart of the matter.

Yep that's all the MFM has to report: The JEF has offered to make no specific cuts. He has proposed NOTHING. Months ago he proposed a budget that was defeated in the Senate 97-0. If that doesn't describe out of touch to everybody this side of Sheila Jerkstore-Lee, I don't know what could.

Danube of Thought

"Doesn't Congress control all spending through appropriations?"

The requrement to make the entitlement expenditures is embodied in the enabling legislation.

narciso

Do they understand this fundamental fact, Captain, and secondly, are they likely to report it;


Clarice

Have i mentioned I love Taranto?

From his piece today, this gem is a fave:
"If Obama turns out to be a one-term president, you can expect Ignatius's view to become the conventional liberal wisdom. It will be quite a feat of self-delusion if the same people who took candidate Obama for the World's Greatest Orator end up regarding ex-president Obama as having been undone by his poverty of rhetorical skills."

narciso

So they are going with the Chris Tucker line
from 'Rush Hour "Do('nt) you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth"

BB Key

Isn't the current debt/spending debate a rerun of the healthcare debacle....Obama yammering for Congess to do something big and Congressional leaders (his own party in the obamacare debate) begging him to lead/engage.... He is an expert in leading from behind

Captain Hate

Do they understand this fundamental fact

I get in trouble when I misunderestimate the degree of their density but I think somewhere deep in their otherwise shallow cortexes (cortexi?) there's kind of an instinctive ur-knowledge of it.

secondly, are they likely to report it

The LOLcano just erupted.

Jim Miller

On welfare fraud:

"Would you claim government benefits you were not entitled to if you could get away with it? The World Values Survey asked thousands of Americans that question. The results, again, were startling. Liberals were more than twice as likely as conservatives to say it is okay to get welfare benefits they were not entitled to. One-third of those who said they were very liberal said it was fine, compared to only 15 percent of conservatives." (Peter Schweizer, "Makers and Takers", pp. 106-107)

Porchlight

The results, again, were startling.

Startling to whom? To liberals? I personally know two people close to me, both very liberal politically, who have committed such fraud in the last five years. Odds are that others in my acquaintance have done something similar (though unknown to me).

They think it is their due, because "government doesn't do enough to take care of people" or something.

Chubby

((The results, again, were startling. Liberals were more than twice as likely as conservatives to say it is okay to get welfare benefits they were not entitled to))

what are dumbass moral values like honesty and integrity compared to the really important things in life like cultural ethnicity and sexual orientation?

Janet

Yeah Jim..on the other thread (Sunday morning...)that issue sorta came up.

Captain - ...doesn't have a charitable instinct in his empty head; look how he treats his impoverished relatives for example. As a statist, he can't imagine doing anything unless compelled to do so. Ergo, thanks to taxes Aunt Zeituni isn't homeless.

This is SO true!

IMO another lib. trait is always trying to get out of paying for something. The group that invents all the taxes, rules, regulations, fees, art/theater/environmental programs...never want to PAY. They know somebody that has a free pass or something. They know how to get around the rules or get around paying the fee.

Libs are definitely the takers.

Charlie (Colorado)

The last comment is three hours old, by my reckoning, I found PJM used to be that way
sometimes a comment I posted, would be moderated for 12 hours or so.

When I could moderate comments, I'd often get up in the morning -- especially weekend mornings -- and find that no one had moderated for 12 or even 18 hours. I think Bryan is more diligent; one of the other editors (I won't name names) used to think comments were moderated 9-5 ET weekdays.

Ben Franklin Forever

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2016132/Sean-Hoare-News-World-phone-hacking-whistleblower-dead.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

His death not thought to be suspicious. I'm sure no autopsy will indicate he had a MM suppository.

MarkO

Instead of saying that the unemployment was higher than expected, why not higher than promised? So, it would go like this: "The results were startling because Obama had promised something different. Always, the difference in perception should be because of Obama's lies. That should be easy. He does lie, you know.

Charlie (Colorado)

Doesn't Congress control all spending through appropriations?

I don't understand quite how it works, but this is the distinction between "discretionary" spending and "entitlement programs" -- entitlements must be paid. Some lawyer type want to expand on it?

Charlie (Colorado)

His death not thought to be suspicious. I'm sure no autopsy will indicate he had a MM suppository.

He was also a pretty hard drug user, multiple failed rehabs etc.

Janet

They think it is their due, because "government doesn't do enough to take care of people" or something.

Again, so true...they are usually loaded down with justifications & excuses. Like kids...
I used to get madder at the excuses & hem-hawing around than the crap thing that happened. 'Just own it!'

Ben Franklin Forever

"I wonder when some wonky but tenacious reporter will get hold of him in one of these news conferences and make him speak something that is specific, rather than a a disapproving whine about process."


Appalled

Oh the Press is quite aggressive with him. The problem is he takes questions only when he has the upper hand. He hasn't had that many free-wheeling Q&A's

Chubby

MarkO

Deb posted a fantastic article a few days ago that suggested tweaking Republican messaging in some very simple ways. It made so much sense and would be so easy to rhetorically paint Obama into a corner, it's painful to think it's not being done.

LUN

just a sample

((Enlightened Republicans would shift their basic strategy from “debt ceiling for spending cuts” to “debt ceiling for economic growth.” They would offer to increase the debt ceiling by $4 trillion in return for eliminating the corporate income tax and stabilizing the dollar against gold.))

Army of Davids

Racism smears coming from Obama again....Sheila Jackson Lee, Charlie Rangel fronting.

First came in South Carolina primary vs Bill Clinton.

Then election run-up vs McCain. Then pre-stimulus. Pre-ObamaCare.

Never linked directly to Obama... Always from Barrack (and Michelle).

Ignatz

-- entitlements must be paid--

Not according to Barry.

Chubby

more goodness from the Deb's link LUN:

((The next step would be for the House to pass a bill to increase the debt ceiling by $2 trillion in return for nothing more than scraping off a few Progressive barnacles (e.g., NPR, Amtrack subsidies). If the Democrats refused to agree to that, the Republicans could claim that Obama was driving the country into default simply to save NPR—and it would be true.))

Jane says obamasucks

You guys saw O'Keefe's latest right? (I'm running out but it is at the daily and hot air)

Even the people giving out the benefits are all for fraud. I bet they can't be fired too

Ben Franklin Forever

Cameron, next???


http://iaindale.com/posts/could-cameron-be-next

Extraneus

One of my aunts used to work in a NY City welfare office, dealing with applicants and recipients. Early in her career, she complained about people she knew or suspected were fraudulently collecting checks. She was slapped down like a bug.

She spent the rest of her career pissed off about the corruption that went on under the knowing noses of that entire bureaucracy, and ultimately became a taker herself. Skilled in the ways of the Cloward-Piven state, she found many opportunities.

(Cortices, Captain.)

Ben Franklin Forever

Board Stirrings
On the board, venture capital executive Tom Perkins and Viet Dinh, a law professor at Georgetown University who was the chief architect of the USA Patriot Act, are leading the efforts of independent directors, according to one of the people. Dinh also represented Perkins, a former Hewlett-Packard Co. director, during a scandal at that company.
News Corp.’s independent directors, who hold nine of 16 board seats, have expressed frustration over the quality and quantity of information they’ve received about the scandal and concern about management’s ability to handle the crisis given how slowly the company has responded, the person said.
Some directors said Murdoch, the company’s 80-year-old chairman and chief executive officer, appeared to be in denial over the fallout from the scandal in an interview he gave last week to the Wall Street Journal, one of News Corp.’s newspapers.'

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-17/murdoch-struggles-to-control-news

News Corp will probably be broken into a hundred pieces........

James Murdoch has no chance of keeping the whole pie.

glasater

I found Neo's link an absolute stunner.

The WH turned down IBM's offer to deal with Medicare fraud--for free!!

Porchlight

Now available for pre-order. Sue has dibs:

Dick Cheney: In My Time

Ben Franklin Forever

http://blogs.ft.com/westminster/2011/07/david-cameron-asked-if-he-will-consider-quitting/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ft%2Fwestminster+%28Westminster+Blog%29#axzz1SSURban2

The UK is on fire with Cameron.........

Rob Crawford

I don't understand quite how it works, but this is the distinction between "discretionary" spending and "entitlement programs" -- entitlements must be paid. Some lawyer type want to expand on it?

The laws creating Social Security, Medi*, etc. mandate the spending, so Congress has already voted on the spending. At least, a past Congress voted on the spending, and a past president signed the bill.

Other budget items must be passed each year, including the military.

MarkO

I wonder if Obama would consider stepping down. I wonder if Dana would consider dropping out of site (spelling correct for once).

Ben Franklin Forever

MarkO;

I assume you are referring to the Murdoch comments......

Be advised there are bigger issues than Murdoch......

This could be a visit to the woodshed for ALL MEDIA !!!!!!

Just sayin.....think beyond the box.

MarkO

Dana, I take it that's a "no."

Extraneus

Obama officially threatens to veto GOP's 'cut, cap and balance' bill

“Neither setting arbitrary spending levels nor amending the Constitution is necessary to restore fiscal responsibility,” the White House said in its statement.
I think they both are, although I realize the Amendment is just a bargaining chip to be discarded at the right time, and brought up again later.

But why couldn't Boehner simply say something like this, after they pass the bill and it bogs down in the Senate:

"The President has instructed the Senate Democrat majority to shut down the government in order to hold out for tax increases. Even he knows that increasing taxes in this environment is a death blow to the economy, yet he fights for it anyway. Why? And why aren't any of you media people asking him that?"

This isn't 1995. Republicans suck at messaging, but this is a golden opportunity, and they'll have help from new media and possibly some presidential hopefuls. It all comes down to Boehner, though. Fortunately, he seems savvier than his predecessors Gingrich and Hastert.

Ben Franklin Forever

"Applying this standard to British tabloids could turn payments made as part of traditional news-gathering into criminal acts. The Wall Street Journal doesn't pay sources for information, but the practice is common elsewhere in the press, including in the U.S.'

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303661904576451812776293184.html?mod=djkeyword

Sara (Pal2Pal)

When I first injured my back and realized that a person who could not dress herself or get to the bathroom without help, probably wasn't going to have an easy time getting themselves to work. This was before I was eligible to take early SS. An acquaintance told me I should apply for SS Disability.

She went on to detail how she had been drawing it for years. I thought this strange as she was a very active person and seemed to have no disability. Well it turned out that almost a decade earlier her then estranged husband burned her with a cigarette. She claimed the trauma from that was sufficient to keep her from working for almost as long. Now I don't doubt that getting attacked and burned is traumatic, but disabling for a decade?

On her suggestion, I made an appointment to be evaluated for SS disability. I was in very bad shape the day I saw their doctor and my son practically carried me into the office. The doctor spent less that 2 min. with me and said I'd hear from SS. Several weeks later, I got a letter denying me coverage. The doctor's report was that there was no impediment to me standing 8 hours and lifting 60 lbs.

The acquaintance is as far left as you can get. Had the doctor spent any time, he would have discovered what my orthopod discovered, 5 fractured vertebrae and a displaced hip. His office admin. told me later that my big mistake was claiming an actual documented physical disability, instead of claiming my secondary diagnosis of severe PTSD due to the home invasion attack and then she said something that totally validates that poll - she said, you Republicans, you just don't know how to play the game.

Captain Hate

Thanks, ext; I shudder to think of the butcher jobs I would've subsequently done before, you know, doing the responsible thing and looking it up.

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