Archive for December 2011
…but they sure can roll it together when budget shortfalls threaten to turn off the Government’s lights (even if they are in the shape of curly fries)
The US Senate continues to show its dysfunctional state of operation by showing that it can’t do one simple thing without overcomplicating the issue. At the center, the Balanced Budget Amendment prevents Congress from doing what normal people have no choice but to do – spend less than we take in and to show fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars. But rather than just promote a simple bill that would have started the process, both parties had to add in riders so they feel like they are getting something that they want.
Republican Bill (defeated 47-53)
- 2/3ds majority vote on raising taxes
- Spending limit 18% of GDP
Democrat Bill (defeated 12-79)
- Prohibit lowering taxes on millionaires
- Lock-box Social Security
Don’t get me wrong – I like the idea of restricting tax raises and controlling spending through caps. But perhaps it would be a good idea to just write a simple amendment and send it out to the states, rather than playing games.
The stupidest thing said in this process came from Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) made this statement: “I wish those who so often say they revere the Constitution would show it the respect it deserves rather than treating it like a blog entry.”
Uhh, excuse me Pat, but who is “those who so often say”? Are you talking about Democrats, Republicans, or your “living Constitution” brethren? By the way, the Founders didn’t say that the Constitution could never be changed, but rather, just put tight controls to keep it from being changed capriciously (like you say, “like a blog entry”). Now unfortunately, The Rabid Conservative doesn’t get updated as much as it should, but saying this process is anything like that, well, your objections are seriously far-fetched, dude.
However, I think the GOP seems to be more in touch with this than the Dems here, since the results of the GOP bill were along party lines while over 30 Democrats voted against their own bill – unless there are over 30 Dems who just don’t believe in fiscal policies like a balanced budget. Either way, to me, the Dems own this budgetary mess, since they lack the real mettle to fix it. And fixing it doesn’t mean the fallacy of taxing the rich into oblivion, since taking 100% of the rich’s earnings won’t even fix it.
So, no Balanced Budget Amendment from our do-nothing Congress. The losers in this aren’t the Republicans or Democrats – it’s all of us outside the Beltway who continue to watch the Government spend itself into oblivion and can’t make a simple piece of legislation without twenty policy riders.
Last night, the Congress though decided that it would be a really bad thing if it had to turn the lights off because they couldn’t spend money. So, faced with another $900 billion or so in spending, Congress throws together another big bill in darn near the dead of night.
But like Congress, policy riders abound, such as whether or not incadendescent light bulbs were legal, whether contractors had to disclose their political contributions, or issues over nuclear waste. Once again, Congress has to play games rather than doing the actual work of governance.
And as I write this, I see:
Do-Nothing Congress -> DNC -> Democrat National Convention
Coincidence? I think not.
Every once in a while, we write one of these – just a random smattering of news stories that are barely worth a full blog post, but when put them all together, it makes enough of one. A long time ago, a fellow brick-throwing blogger started a tradition and I think it’s high time to let tradition have its due – again.
` Chelsea Clinton returns to the media spotlight as a journalist. – Oh goodie. Another reason not to watch NBC. Why the heck is this even in the news? What relevance does the young Ms. Clinton have anyway? The sad part of this article is that the writer talks about the young Clinton running for Congress. That’s a face-palm moment there.
Obama: It really doesn’t matter who the GOP nominates – of course it doesn’t, because any Republican with a pulse can beat you, Mr. President. Your socialistically driven nonsense, wasted cronyism spending, and lack of leadership has made it so that any Republican could beat you. And you are right, Mr. President, most all Republicans have a different vision than you – one where less government and lower taxes with reduced government spending rule the day.
Now this is just funny – turns out that General Hossein "Salami" is saying that Iran won’t return the drone that they captured from the US, boasting about their intelligence program. Actually, that would be classified as a stroke of luck because for that one that malfunctioned and you found, there are about twenty more taking pictures of those mud-shacks you call houses. Of course, any military that has a person called "salami" as a General only invites additional ridicule – after all, I guess when a guy’s entire family is named after a sandwich meat, one must resort to silly saber-rattling in order to get some respect.
Salami with sharp cheddar cheese and a glass of tea….yum.
Of course, General, if you keep up with all this “hostile act” talk, you might find yourself much like “Baghdad Bob”.
That’s enough for now…more to toss later, as I read more nonsensical news.