Posts Tagged ‘budget’
While cruising through the news, this little video surfaced from ABC News. Shot in June 2011, it illustrates a very good point with respect to our government’s dysfunction.
Watch it Here: Hosted on ABC News so I can’t embed it directly :(
Now, I did some additional scooping through the net about the five people that were paneled. This is what I learned about them – from left to right. I wanted to know if the people they implicitly pitch as a “random sampling” of people were actually balanced. As far as I could tell, the panel was biased liberal.
- Barbara Schauer is a member of the DC Tea Party and is noted as a fiscal conservative, but a social liberal. As the linked article indicates, she is going to feel a little jilted, no matter the company she keeps (except her little puffy doggies, that is).
- Drew Greenblatt is the president of Marlin Steel Wire Products, LLC, a Baltimore-based company that makes things out of wire, such as baskets and racks. He bought the business in 1998 and has grown it. Mr. Greenblatt has also testified on Capitol Hill regarding the concerns of small business with respect to bookkeeping regulations.
- Megan Nabavian (in the clip, it’s spelled Nabaviania), is a 30-something recruiting director with NALCO Consulting. She also graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park.
- Leslie Echols is a Business Development director for BAE Systems in DC, supporting Homeland Security. She has a Masters in Public Relations from the University of Maryland, College Park.
- Tim McBride was a major surprise. I started digging – a student of American University, Tim ran for student body president. In May 2012, McBride came out as a transgendered person – and now is known as Sarah McBride. The clip ran in June 2011, so it’s pretty old news, but for the rest of it – I’ll leave that to you. All I know is, this person surely ain’t a chick, despite what he wants to dress like.
Well, at the end of the video, we see something that we don’t see in Congress – negotiation about the issues without politics. Seriously, it’s so bad that Congress and the government as a whole is basically useless.
This is why we don’t want tax increases – people lose money that gets thrown down a very large rat-hole or in the gullet of some special interest glutton. The government needs to abide by sound financial principles such as ‘don’t spend more than you take in’.
And for the record, I think we COULD do without the nukes.
Harry Reid doesn’t know what sound financial footing is, but he knows a lot about dictatorships.
Harry Reid is such a tool. His latest stint has been to call John Boehner a dictator because of how he runs the House. It’s funny though because, as I recall, Nancy Pelosi isn’t exactly Ms. Congeniality herself, yet, he probably thinks she’s the bees knees.
The thing is, Harry Reid hasn’t done anything to try to start a conversation about it in the Senate. He blocked the plan submitted by Tim Geithner because Senator McConnell called it so unserious that he wanted to see if the Dems would agree with that assessment. Well, Reid made his point known – and implicitly agreed with McConnell, writing it off as a GOP stunt (typical d-bag behavior).
As for sound financial footing, I would just say, “Like what, passing a budget – oh, wait, you people haven’t done that in three years”. Sound financial footing begins with a plan with short and long term goals, but since the Senate hasn’t even taken up a budget, it would seem that Harry Reid could care less about it.
But if Harry were to put up some actual leadership ability, rather than playing his little reindeer games and avoiding getting involved, well, perhaps he would have room to talk.
Sorry Harry, but you’re just as much, if not more, to blame for all of this.
…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.
Today, El Presidenté made the claim that the GOP was wasting precious time with the Boehner bill in the House, meanwhile the Democrats have yet to cough up anything that works and will even get passage. Thing is, Obama and Harry Reid have already made the point that they won’t pass anything that allows only a short-term raise in the debt ceiling and basically continue to complain about not wanting to make any real cuts to spending.
Then, Nancy “Queen Bee” Pelosi says that John Boehner “went to the dark side” to get the votes for passage. And I would have thought a woman of her experience would actually be able to act a little more than juvenile with her claims.
But no matter. The GOP still has done more to solve the debt ceiling problem than the Democrats have. The GOP has already produced a budget, something that the Dems haven’t done since they got the the Presidency with a super-majority in the Congress in 2008. The GOP passed the Cut, Cap, and Balance plan to fix the problem and Harry Reid has tabled it, with the promise of a veto if it ever got to his desk.
In short, since “Dem-Blonde Debbie” made the point that the Democrats “own the economy”, then I would say that, despite what the GOP does, the Democrats have already claimed ownership of this mess. They are standing in the way of their own bills, and pushing the government to the brink of default.
So, Mr. President, you and your people are the ones wasting time and all of this is now your party’s fault.
And you were calling for change…
I can’t wait for the change of 2012 when the American people give you a pink slip.
As we all know, the NASA Space Shuttle program is heading for the mothballs and there is at least a five to seven year gap in the wait before the US has something else to replace the Shuttle, if anything gets funded in the interim. So in the meantime, we’re gonna be hitching rides on Russian spacecraft for any missions to the International Space Station.
Obama has been of two minds with regards to space. First, he was against giving money to NASA, mostly because Bush was for it. Then, as he was on the stump in Florida, he had to circle back and change his policy so as to not anger the thousands of people at Kennedy SC who would lose their jobs as a result of the loss of the Shuttle program. Obama probably wishes he didn’t say this:
We cannot cede our leadership in space. That’s why I will help close the gap and ensure that our space program doesn’t suffer when the Shuttle goes out of service by working with Senator Bill Nelson to add at least one additional Space Shuttle flight beyond 2010; by supporting continued funding for NASA; by speeding the development of the Shuttle’s successor; and by making sure that all those who work in the space industry in Florida do not lose their jobs when the Shuttle is retired – because we cannot afford to lose their expertise”
Now, this movie was taken some time ago. But as of Feb 2, the budget for 2011 cancels the only hopeful program to return the US to space, the Constellation program which would create the Orion and Ares rockets designed to replace the Shuttle.
So, there is no follow-on project for the Shuttle. So far, he has at least delivered on the funding and planning for the “one more mission”, but that’s not going to really help matters if the Constellation program gets mothballed.
Oh, and about those jobs – well, just released was a news article that estimates that now 23,000 people are expected to lose their jobs once the Shuttle flies it’s last mission – 9,000 in the Space industry, and about 14,000 others from businesses that rely on the existence of the Shuttle work at the Space Center.
And additionally, when the Shuttle lands for the final time – so will our leadership of Space. We’ve led the space program since the ‘50s when Eisenhower, then Kennedy, then Johnson pushed for dominance into space, beating the Russians to the moon (which they have yet to go there). And we were supposed to go back, but that plan is shelved, pretty much indefinitely, NASA will be spending the time looking over computer models and learning lessons – but we won’t have the capability anymore of putting a human into space. The future of the US space program, at this point, looks pretty bleak.
How’s that hope and change now, good people of Florida?
The omnibus budget from The President (complete with 9,000 earmarks): $4,000,000,000,000.
The amount that the Cabinet has been asked to save: $100,000,000
If we scale it down, that’s $1 instead of $40,000. So, is it better to spend $39,999 or $40,000? Today, you can get a reasonably equipped Hummer H3 for $40,000. Would your buying decision be affected over the expense of one dollar? That’s like saying we won’t buy the Hummer because we didn’t get a complimentary cup of coffee from the dealer.
Big whoop, Mr. President. Zero impressiveness. How about taking out the 9,000 earmarks as a start?