True story, bro.
March 5th, 2013 9:01 am
True story, bro.
January 14th, 2013 7:01 pm
Today, Barack Obama demanded that Republicans accept the proposal to raise the debt ceiling, even going so far as to accuse them of holding the American people at gunpoint for even suggesting they may oppose the idea.
But back in 2006, when Congress was debating the idea of raising the debt limit, Senator Barack Obama had some harsh words about the very same proposal….
“Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is ‘‘trillion’’ with a ‘‘T.’’ That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.
Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the Federal Government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than we’ll spend on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation, and veterans benefits combined. It is more money in one year than we are likely to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf coast in a way that honors the best of America. And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on.
Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans—a debt tax that Washington doesn’t want to talk about. If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies. But we are not doing that. Despite repeated efforts by Senators CONRAD and FEINGOLD, the Senate continues to reject a return to the commonsense Pay-go rules that used to apply. Previously, Pay-go rules applied both to increases in mandatory spending and to tax cuts. The Senate had to abide by the commonsense budgeting principle of balancing expenses and revenues. Unfortunately, the principle was abandoned, and now the demands of budget discipline apply only to spending. As a result, tax breaks have not been paid for by reductions in Federal spending, and thus the only way to pay for them has been to increase our deficit to historically high levels and borrow more and more money. Now we have to pay for those tax breaks plus the cost of borrowing for them. Instead of reducing the deficit, as some people claimed, the fiscal policies of this administration and its allies in Congress will add more than $600 million in debt for each of the next 5 years. That is why I will once again cosponsor the Pay-go amendment and continue to hope that my colleagues will return to a smart rule that has worked in the past and can work again.
Our debt also matters internationally. My friend, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, likes to remind us that it took 42 Presidents 224 years to run up only $1 trillion of foreign-held debt. This administration did more than that in just 5 years. Now, there is nothing wrong with borrowing from foreign countries. But we must remember that the more we depend on foreign nations to lend us money, the more our economic security is tied to the whims of foreign leaders whose interests might not be aligned with ours. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘‘the buck stops here.’’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today on to the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”
So if we’re to believe Senator Barack Obama, then President Barack Obama has been a failure of leadership.
Finally, something we can agree upon…
October 12th, 2012 7:06 am
CNN’s headline this morning: Biden, Ryan in combative exchange, but call it a draw
Interesting analysis, considering CNN’s own post-debate poll results released last night showed Paul Ryan winning in EVERY SINGLE category.
August 13th, 2012 11:19 am
This was a picture taken by a friend this morning at a local high school here in the Houston area. Notice any issues?
That’s what I asked the principal and several assistant principals in an email (the contact info was publicly available on the school’s website). The response from the principal - THE PRINCIPAL - was quite shocking. Unsurprising, but yet shocking.
Why should we expect our kids to learn when those in charge of the education system don’t even know the basic laws of our lands themselves?
UPDATE: The principal emailed me to say the errors would be corrected. Incidentally, the thread she fowarded me was between her and the ROTC teacher to whom she sent the inquiry. Seems he had to do a little research, himself….
Ahhhh…. public education.
June 10th, 2011 9:15 am
A winning campaign slogan of course!
They’re sure to rise in the polls. You’d be nuts not to vote for them. Like Nancy Pelosi said, “Erections have consequences!”
February 3rd, 2011 2:30 pm
That’s the chant that’s been shouted from Muslim countries for decades. Yet, somehow during the Bush administration, the Left and the MSM (redundant, I know) kept covering the arab hatred of America as if it was something new, something concocted as a result of Bush’s foreign policy, something directly related to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, something directly related to Guantanamo Bay prison, etc.
But Obama’s been in the White House for two years now and the chants are still the same. Western (read: American) reporters are being attacked while covering the rock-throwing in Egypt and somehow the MSM and D-baggers on the Left are no longer pronouncing this incivility as an American-generated problem. Suddenly it’s a just a regional issue among the rubble-pounders. They want to pretend that Obama has cured the hatred like they claimed he would.
Except for the inconvenient truth… they hate America. They always have. They always will.
August 8th, 2010 2:54 pm
According to Charlie Rangel, it’s Republicans’ fault you know about his ethics violations. Despite being the one who committed the acts and abused the elected office, he wants to shift the blame to his political opponents… and accuse them of playing politics in this matter.
Rep. Charles Rangel told Harlem leaders Saturday he signed a plea deal on ethics charges but that the GOP pushed for a trial.
“He said he had signed an agreement. He was ready to go but I guess politics came into play,” said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Manhattan), one of about 50 leaders gathered for a Harlem district meeting Saturday.
Another attendee said Rangel implied, “It was Republicans that didn’t want an agreement” and that he signed a deal before the ethics committee released its report last month.
You know, Charlie, the easiest way to avoid this public embarrassment and the “political maneuvering of Republicans” is to… STOP ABUSING YOUR ELECTED POSITION FOR IMPROPER PERSONAL GAIN.
I hope the trial is messy, painful and strips you of any future taxpayer money forever. Enjoy retirement, Jackass.
August 13th, 2009 7:09 am
Thank goodness the White House has converted the official White House website into a campaign tool for promoting propaganda and collecting information on political dissenters, or I wouldn’t have a place to submit this “fishy” disinformation being disseminated in public forums.
“I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter.”
Never supported single-payer, huh?
I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.
And again on the campaign trail a year ago:
“If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system,” Obama told some 1,800 people at a town-hall style meeting on the economy.
And just as a reminder:
“I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter.”
Yeah, Barry, someone’s lying about your healthcare plans… but it isn’t us.
July 20th, 2009 6:29 pm
They say a “gaffe” is defined as a moment when a politician accidentally tells the truth.
Barack Obama, meet the gaffe.
“The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system…”
July 16th, 2009 10:55 am
Isn’t it interesting how the same people who used George W. Bush’s gaffes as evidence to bolster their claim that he was an idiot think Barack Obama is some sort of saintly intellectual and oratory genius?
Despite the fact that Barack Obama isn’t really so good at the speaking thing.
- He’s shown he can’t function without reading from a teleprompter… repeatedly.
- And the word heard most often in any speech or interview he gives is “uh“.
- He apparently doesn’t know the difference between privacy and piracy.
- He can’t properly pronounce the name of a company he uses as an example to bolster his policies.
He’s also not so good at the geography thing.
- He thinks there are 58 states in the U.S.
- And he thinks that Arkansas is closer to Kentucky than Illinois, which actually borders it.
- He thinks Austrian is a language.
- And he thinks Afghans speak Arabic.
- And he thinks Iran is “tiny” and doesn’t pose a serious threat. (though later he declared that he’s considered Iran a “grave threat” for years.
- He calls Sunrise, FL “Sunshine“, Sioux Falls, SD “Sioux City“, Rapid City, SD “Grand Rapids“, Wyoming “Wisconsin“…
Nor is he very good at the sports thing.
- He thinks the mascot for Penn State is the Nittaly Lions.
- And he thinks the White Sox played at “Cominskey Field“.
The healthcare thing? Nope, not good at that either.
- He thinks a kid having an asthma attack needs a breathalyzer.
- And he apparently can see dead people.
But surely he’s been trained in proper protocol. Wrong again.
But someone who is President certainly should know their history. Nope, not that either.
- He thinks the automobile was invented in the U.S..
- And he also said he had a “claim on Selma” because he was the offspring of a couple who first met during the march on Selma… which actually took place when he was 4 years old.
- He claimed his uncle was part of a group of Americans that liberated Auschwitz, despite the fact that it was liberated by the Soviet Red Army
Surely, though, the guys knows who’s in his own cabinet, right? Wrong.
- He introduces his Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates as “William Gates“. Granted, Gates was a Bush appointee, so we can cut him some slack on this one. It’s not like he goofed up on the title of his own pick for a running mate… wrong.
Maybe math is his specialty. Then again, maybe not.
- He said 10,000 people died in a Kansas tornado that actually killed 12 people.
- and 100 million people died in a cyclone in Burma, a country with a total population of 42 million.
And it’s quite telling that his supporters were so cheerful at his blissful admission of ignorance on the campaign trail last year when he was asked about the nation’s most contaminated nuclear waste site. Despite the fact he’d actually voted on the issue.
George W. Bush was a genius compared to this mental midget. Dope and change, man, dope and change.