It’s not the debt ceiling, that’s only the symptom of the problem- spending.
Instead of honestly dealing with the avalanche of debt threatening to bury the United States, the Obama administration attempts to persuade Standard’s and Poor to not lower credit rating. Truly the Chicago thuggery way..
Even though the White House has publicly downplayed the credit warning issued Monday from a leading agency, Obama administration officials were privately trying in recent weeks to convince Standard & Poor’s not to lower its outlook for U.S. debt from “stable” to “negative,” Fox News has confirmed.
Many may not be aware of the Pigford settlement, the mainstream media has all but ignored what amounts to a flood gate of reparations soon to be paid out to “black farmers.”
Black farmers is in quotes above because the necessity of proof of USDA discrimination on the part of individuals in this settlement is laughable. Fill out some minor paperwork claiming you were denied USDA loans because you are black and shazam.. you are entitled to $50,000 in reparations from the government. No proof needed, other than your word since the USDA did not keep files of the loans applications which were turned down.
As early as tomorrow (11-16-2010) the Senate may take up pork barrel spending otherwise known as earmarks. You know those pet project add-ons which Congress critters slip in to legislation to show the folks back home they are doing something for their constituents.
Often these add-ons are totally unrelated to the legislation which they are attached to. They are not reviewed by committee and are “favors” to the Congress critters whose states/districts they will eventually land in. You’ve seen them reported, things like studying the impact of cow flatulence on the environment, the effects of alcohol on prostitutes in Taiwan, the mating habits of mice or installing new windows in a visitors center which has long ago been closed; none of these “projects” would stand peer review for their inherent worth. In fact I would suggest that none of them would pass unless attached to some other “vital legislation.”
It is time that Congress starts being honest with Americans and shuffling earmarks in to legislation is a violation of the trust we given elected officials.
It is amazing.. each week this administration must bear a new “crisis” of epic proportions, emergencies seem to define this White House. Every policy initiative is framed in catastrophe with subtle threats that if the legislation is not passed the United States will collapse. “Never waste a good crisis” or a manufactured one for that matter and this is what the White House under Obama does with unparalleled excellence; weekly Americans are hoisted directly in front of crisis with calls from the admin to act NOW ! The call for immediate action is stressed with vague ominousness foreboding because the result of what ever catastrophe about to occur is unimaginable. In some circles this type of behavior would be considered psychological drama, the overreaching to create chaos for the purpose of attention or personal gain.
The latest psychological drama created by this pResident is for $50 billion in emergency aid to states and local governments. Yesterday Obama urged in a letter to congressional leaders:
…the money is needed to avoid “massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters” and to support the still-fragile economic recovery.
…Obama defended last year’s huge economic stimulus package, saying it helped break the economy’s free fall, but argued that more spending is urgent and unavoidable. “We must take these emergency measures,” he wrote in an appeal aimed primarily at members of his own party. (emphasis mine)
The United States Gulf is experiencing a catastrophe of unprecedented proportions, the spewing BP oil now extends to the Florida Keys. We as a nation are experiencing day 52 of the Gulf coast held hostage and Obama has yet to speak with the CEO of British Petroleum, he’d rather huddle with the theorists now occupying the White House and play games of “what if.”
Oh but wait, never mind the ecological disaster which may not be cleaned in our lifetime, lets meet with Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas and promise to give the Gaza people and Palestine $400 million dollars for humanitarian purposes.
President Obama pledged an infusion of $400 million in aid for housing, school construction and business development in the Palestinian territories Wednesday, saying after a one-on-one meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that the situation in Gaza is “inherently unstable.”
“We agree that Israelis have the right to prevent arms from entering into Gaza that can be used to launch attacks into Israeli territory,” Obama told reporters after his meeting with Abbas in the White House. “But we also think that it is important for us to explore new mechanisms so that we can have goods and services, and economic development, and the ability of people to start their own businesses, and to grow the economy and provide opportunity within Gaza.”
And although I have seen reports questioning the “hardship” being experienced in Gaza, the primary question remains who is responsible for any dismal conditions currently in Gaza? The cold hard fact is the terrorist organization Hamas is the party responsible for any chaos in the region. Even the administration admits that Hamas controls Gaza. As long as the Palestinian government is complacent in allowing Hamas to terrorize any organization or individual citizen who does not adhere to Sharia law under the Koran, there will be continual hardship for the Gaza people. In fact a summer camp built by the United Nations in a Gaza neighborhood was recently destroyed. Some Hamas organizations were outspokenly against the camp days before the destruction. While a high ranking leader of Hamas condemned the incident, it falls in line with other acts of terror used by Hamas or groups who adhere to Sharia law.
While the pResident states the money supplied will be allocated by organizations performing relief work, there is no guarantee that the money will make one bit of difference in the quality of life for the people in the area controlled by Hamas. Oh, the Hamas terrorists may be able to eat, buy a home or start a business with the money but for the people outside the Hamas terror loop.. life will be the same.
As Representative Pence asks the pResident on the floor of the House, “Whose side are you on?”
I can only assume his question was asked in rhetorical manner, because from where I am sitting the pResident is not on the side of the American people nor does he show support to long standing allies.
American citizens of the Gulf, indeed of the entire country, the State Department assures you..
“the projects “a down payment” on the U.S. commitment to improving life in Gaza.”
Now doesn’t that make you feel good?
Until recently the concept of trillions of dollars was more apt to be spoken about while paying a board game or in the context of a joke. As common people, who work for a daily salary, even numbers in the millions are challenging to grasp. For most of us earning a million dollars will require decades of toil for an employer, even then for some that number may never be achieved.
h/t to Gene for sending this video
From the Wall Street Journal:
When lawmakers travel overseas on official business they are given up to $250 a day in taxpayer funds to cover meals and expenses. Congressional rules say they must return any leftover cash to the government.
They usually don’t.
Why should they, it’s not their money? Just look at some of the entitlement these jokers work from as a frame of reference…
“If that was the policy, you could never get many members traveling,” said Rep. Solomon Ortiz, a Texas Democrat. Mr. Ortiz said he had never returned any money.
Here’s a great idea, maybe these elected officials should just stay home and work their job?