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Did School House Rock Lie?


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I feel really stupid. Stooo-pid. Like most of us, I’ve been watching, listening to and reading stuff about the current budget dispute. I’m puzzled.

The basics of the problem seem simple. The Fedgov is spending ‘way more than it takes in, thus the need to borrow. OK, get that. Now the old credit card is maxed out. Check. What to do?

While the family-budget-around-the-kitchen-table analogy probably doesn’t truly work for a nation, THE NATION, the world’s biggest economy, some basic fundamentals still have to apply, great big macro economy or teeny-tiny family economy. Like: you can’t eternally spend more than you ‘make’. And: you sure as heck can’t spend your way to wealth & prosperity. Makes sense so far.

And now our Esteemed Leader, in his rambling, teacherly way, seems to be saying that we have to cut a few expenses, but boost our income (taxes) so we can borrow more and spend lots more. OK, now you lost me. (Contessa’s asking the wrong dude ‘do you have a degree in economics?’. She needs to ask Jug-Ears.)

The adults in the room have done their job. They produced a budget. They produced a plan to balance the budget, reform taxes and cut spending. They put them in the form of bills, ran them through the appropriate processes, voted on them, and passed them both. They’ve gone over to the other legislative house, the Senate, where they sit.

Although I had to pass Constitution tests here in Illinois to graduate grade school and high school and college, my basic recollection of how this stuff works is from, you guessed it, School House Rock, when my kids watched it.

Why ‘negotiate’ with the President, who is a separate branch, not part of the ‘deal making’? There are only 3 things to know about him: he’s not too bright, he likes to lie, a lot, and he wants re-elected. But his part of the legislative process comes later, signing or vetoing what Congress sends him. Threats ain’t vetoes.

All today’s screaming and hair-tearing seems overblown. The House, where all spending bills have to originate, has passed their bills. On everything else, the Senate either votes it up or down, or makes changes and sends it back to the House; then they huddle in a conference committee to work out their differences. Why the heck is this so earth-shakingly different?

I guess the Dems are lucky I’m not Speaker. Because I’d tell the Senate, look boys & girls, we’ve done our job, the ball’s in your court. Here’s my number, me and my peeps are headed home, give me a buzz when you’re ready to conference. Bye now.

But, but we’re up against the apocalyptic August 2 credit card date!

Uh, really not my problem. This isn’t like airliners hitting skyscrapers. You’ve known this was looming forever. Deal with it, and call me when you want to act on what we’ve sent you. Bye now.

Either School House Rock was a total fabrication, or I was right in the first place. I’m just too stupid to understand all this.

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  1. Threats aren’t vetoes

    In Obama’s world of being “king,” they are. Was shocked at his thuggery. This boy who would be king thinks he can command and demand. I really believe that both sides of the aisle will be relieved to see the back of him in 2012.

    So sorry, mriggio, I think I just ranted in your article. Obama is trying to pull a fast one over the America people, and thinks we’re going to let it happen. Not this time.

    • Hi Lady P, love your rant! The entire congress needs to challenge him on the veto threat; didn’t he utter some babble about not calling his bluff? Good grief, he cannot even speak the King’s English properly! Agree about seeing him in our rear-view mirror in 2012. Cheers!

  2. Why ‘negotiate’ with the President, who is a separate branch, not part of the ‘deal making’? There are only 3 things to know about him: he’s not too bright, he likes to lie, a lot, and he wants re-elected. But his part of the legislative process comes later, signing or vetoing what Congress sends him. Threats ain’t vetoes.

    BINGO. Way to distill a mess into plain common everyday speech. Kudos.

  3. Now when you get this through their thick skulls, prepare lesson two, which is simplifying, really simplifying, really, really, really simplifying the federal government. Specifically, the executive branch of same. Might not hurt to whittle the judiciary down to size as well.

  4. MSM and Lib elites are probably behind closed doors, foaming at the mouth. They wonder: How is one little pip-Speaker and his Ways and Means Committee, accorded any power at all to stand against the great progressive President and the Senate Majority Leader raising taxes on the rich like they need to?What??! It’s written Art. I Sec. 7 of the Constitution that “all Revenue Bills must originate in the House”?! “Well, that’s stupid, who wrote that in there! Nixon? “What is this stupid Constitution stuff anyway?!” Sadly, ladies and gentlemen conversations are playing out like this all over the US among Dems and 18-24 year olds. And of course the MSM, who really believe we live in a democracy.

  5. Thanks Mark. I’ve been pointing out to every lefty who claims “the GOP is blocking the debt increase” that the GOP is the only group that actually ACTED on the debt increase and passed a bill. The GOP is the only group that even put a plan in writing. The GOP is the only group that is taking this seriously…. maybe I should start pointing them to the “I’m just a Bill” video so they learn how things work.

    Then I ask them if they think we should continue to spend 50% more than we take in. I’ve NEVER gotten one of them to answer that simple question.

  1. Threats aren’t vetoes

    In Obama’s world of being “king,” they are. Was shocked at his thuggery. This boy who would be king thinks he can command and demand. I really believe that both sides of the aisle will be relieved to see the back of him in 2012.

    So sorry, mriggio, I think I just ranted in your article. Obama is trying to pull a fast one over the America people, and thinks we’re going to let it happen. Not this time.

    • Hi Lady P, love your rant! The entire congress needs to challenge him on the veto threat; didn’t he utter some babble about not calling his bluff? Good grief, he cannot even speak the King’s English properly! Agree about seeing him in our rear-view mirror in 2012. Cheers!

  2. Why ‘negotiate’ with the President, who is a separate branch, not part of the ‘deal making’? There are only 3 things to know about him: he’s not too bright, he likes to lie, a lot, and he wants re-elected. But his part of the legislative process comes later, signing or vetoing what Congress sends him. Threats ain’t vetoes.

    BINGO. Way to distill a mess into plain common everyday speech. Kudos.

  3. Now when you get this through their thick skulls, prepare lesson two, which is simplifying, really simplifying, really, really, really simplifying the federal government. Specifically, the executive branch of same. Might not hurt to whittle the judiciary down to size as well.

  4. MSM and Lib elites are probably behind closed doors, foaming at the mouth. They wonder: How is one little pip-Speaker and his Ways and Means Committee, accorded any power at all to stand against the great progressive President and the Senate Majority Leader raising taxes on the rich like they need to?What??! It’s written Art. I Sec. 7 of the Constitution that “all Revenue Bills must originate in the House”?! “Well, that’s stupid, who wrote that in there! Nixon? “What is this stupid Constitution stuff anyway?!” Sadly, ladies and gentlemen conversations are playing out like this all over the US among Dems and 18-24 year olds. And of course the MSM, who really believe we live in a democracy.

  5. Thanks Mark. I’ve been pointing out to every lefty who claims “the GOP is blocking the debt increase” that the GOP is the only group that actually ACTED on the debt increase and passed a bill. The GOP is the only group that even put a plan in writing. The GOP is the only group that is taking this seriously…. maybe I should start pointing them to the “I’m just a Bill” video so they learn how things work.

    Then I ask them if they think we should continue to spend 50% more than we take in. I’ve NEVER gotten one of them to answer that simple question.

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