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Not whether to waste our money, but how to waste our money – That is their question

This isn’t a new one, but it has never seemed more appropriate than right now.

From the Onion-


In The Know: Should The Government Stop Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole?

It’s just like they say, ‘You have to throw money in a hole and set it on fire to make money.’

With numerous competing viewpoints, poison pills, deal-breakers, must-haves, and various philosophies, Washington D.C. is embroiled in a furious debate about spending and the debt ceiling.  It seems even the good guys have lost sight of the big picture.  Simply put: The federal government takes too much money, spends too much money, intrudes too much in our lives, and produces very little of value along the way.  No one up there is directly addressing that issue – even cap, cut, and balance does not go far enough in dealing with the problem, just limits future damage from it.  The big weenies in the room to me are the Republicans who shout about the need to cut, but lack the political courage to actually put anything of substance on the chopping block.  It is borne out of a ridiculous fear, because no matter what the proposals, the Democrats and the democrats media will run with the idea that Republicans are evil, greedy bloodsuckers that want to kill grandma, the poor, and minorities.  That will be the narrative, regardless.  If they are going to get tarred with it anyway, can they not at least produce something valuable for all of us who know better?  Especially since we are in the tea party era, where many more citizens than average know better.

As I stated in my Fundamental Changes post, the approach has to change, and apparently these guys can’t get it done.  The sane GOP lawmakers (and I know we put a few up there in 2010) need to remove all GOP leadership, and they need to do it now.  Of course the media will portray it in all kinds of bad light, but so what.  Republicans need to get it through their heads once and for all that the media is not their base.  The media will never be favorable to Republicans, no matter how much they bend over backwards to please them.  The Republicans learned exactly the wrong lesson from the shutdown in the 90’s.  They were winning the issue, and they caved.  Once they caved, it was easy to paint a narrative that they weren’t serious from the start and that it was just a political stunt.  Had they held out a while longer, President Clinton would have folded – he had no choice, and the political landscape would look much different today.

P.S.  If anyone could embed the onion video, that would be great.

What a great dispatch. And Mac, we appreciate you and your service.

Scott MacHardy
Retired Army. Disabled Veteran. Constitutional Conservative. Ordained Minister.

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  1. Wasn’t it fun when Gabrielle Giffords and the judge and the others were shot to see Lucy put the old football down again and invite Charlie to give it the old college try? Why, you even had tough old Peter King saying it would be a good idea to deprive citizens of their 2nd Amendment rights when they were within 1,000 feet of him and his…..colleagues.

    • I think what he’s saying is that when the Giffords shooting took place, the Rs tried to distance themselves from the crazy base and even talked about gun control, thinking that the media would not blame them (us) but of course, Lucy pulled the ball away again.

      The media won’t *ever* approve of a Republican, regardless of what we do, so we may as well do what is right.

    • Ha!. Sorry, H-M. You’re right, I didn’t phrase it well, but Queen read my mind. I was referring to the seating arrangements in the SOTU address, and all the hand-holding and slobbering going on and all the ‘moderate’ Repubs talking about ‘bipartisanship, etc. And first crack out of the box, King signs on to Schumer’s gun control proposals. Deja vu all over again.

  2. I *love* that video. I’ve never seen it before. How hilarious. Well…hilarious unless you live here and have to watch our government dumping money in the hole. That detracts just a bit.

    But still a funny one.

    Here’s your hole:

    sinkhole

  3. I had seen the video previously, but it is more than worth re-watching. That one and the one about the Idjits are my faves at Onion.

    There are so many conservatives mad at Leadership now, I do not see how they can remain in power past ’12. Or, I do see because I listen to Coldwarrior, so I guess I’m just in denial. Anyway, thanks for discussing what is in our minds and hearts. Good piece, as always.

  4. This is from Truman North, a commenter at Ace of Spades. It says we are right to hold their feet to the fire. Read the whole thing.

    The CBO does some stupid things. Like assuming an approximate 7% increase in federal spending year over year as normal, even without any new programs or departments. Like making 10-year budgets, when only one year really matters, because it’s impossible for one Congress to bind another.

    Let me give you some small idea of how screwed up Washington math is, and how much it favors those who are in power over those of us who foot the bill with our blood and treasure:

    If we JUST CAPPED SPENDING– spent the same amount next FY as we did this FY,

    the CBO would score that as a $9.5 trillion dollar cut.

    So before anyone can claim we’re “cutting” anything, the number they are talking about has to exceed $9.5 trillion.

    The Boehner plan, with all its actuarial tomfoolery, claims to cut something in the neighborhood of $850 billion.

    And only $20 billion of that is this year.

    So John Boehner is saying to you that spending $20 billion less than Obama’s opening offer is worth giving him a blank check for a trillion and more.

    As long as we’re going to go on playing for the “long game” it’s meaningless to even try to put together a plan. Just let the Democrats do what they want to, since the difference between what they’re going to do and Republicans’ counteroffer is less than a rounding error.

    My point is, either we fight for this, or we die like dogs. What the House is doing is not fighting.

    The elite Washington Republican insiders have a very tough tightrope to walk: They have to make you believe that they’re fighting for your interests, while making damn sure that they’re not fighting for your interests. Because your interests are directly opposed to their interests. Money is power. The power to tax is the power to rule. Not represent, but rule.

    And now we’re seeing just how representative our government is. The conservative movement achieved a nationwide landslide for the GOP. And what did we get for it? $352M in allocated spending de-allocated during the asinine CR (and don’t get me started on those filthy bipartisan statist backslappers passing a continuing resolution rather than stating their priorities in a budget document), and $20 billion unspent in exchange for an extra trillion borrowed. Unless, you know, Harry Reid says we get less and we like it.

    Pretty awesome work for eight months in office, TEA movement Representatives! You just saved us… about 54 hours of government borrowing. Not spending, just the borrowing we do in 54 hours.

    How much time and money did you spend getting these schmucks elected? Hours? Thousands? However much it was, that’s time and money you could have spent with your family that you will never get back. And our kids and grandkids are not only still slaves, but the Congress is forging new links on their chains as we speak.

    Mr. Speaker, the only rational position for a reasonable man acting prudently to take is to honor those who made his rule possible and not raise the debt ceiling. It is politically rational because the House has already given the Senate and the President a choice: Do it like Americans want you to do it, or leave the debt limit where it is. Not only is it politically rational, it is the only choice that obeys the laws of economics: There. Is. No. More. Money. Somebody already spent it.

    Drop the act, Boehner. Send the House home.

  5. Folks as if we didnt have enough to worry about, here’s the real problem even our own leadership and troops aren’t talking about. All the massive spending and borrowing, is creating acidic dollar devaluation. It’s inarguable it’s happening, you don’t have to ask economists, ask anyone who works for a living and buys groceries. Steady dollar devaluation is, in effect, inflation. By some measures, real inflation is at 10% now.
    If we don’t do something to stop it, this exhausted economy’s had it regardless of what they do or don’t do in DC.

  1. Wasn’t it fun when Gabrielle Giffords and the judge and the others were shot to see Lucy put the old football down again and invite Charlie to give it the old college try? Why, you even had tough old Peter King saying it would be a good idea to deprive citizens of their 2nd Amendment rights when they were within 1,000 feet of him and his…..colleagues.

    • I think what he’s saying is that when the Giffords shooting took place, the Rs tried to distance themselves from the crazy base and even talked about gun control, thinking that the media would not blame them (us) but of course, Lucy pulled the ball away again.

      The media won’t *ever* approve of a Republican, regardless of what we do, so we may as well do what is right.

    • Ha!. Sorry, H-M. You’re right, I didn’t phrase it well, but Queen read my mind. I was referring to the seating arrangements in the SOTU address, and all the hand-holding and slobbering going on and all the ‘moderate’ Repubs talking about ‘bipartisanship, etc. And first crack out of the box, King signs on to Schumer’s gun control proposals. Deja vu all over again.

  2. I *love* that video. I’ve never seen it before. How hilarious. Well…hilarious unless you live here and have to watch our government dumping money in the hole. That detracts just a bit.

    But still a funny one.

    Here’s your hole:

    sinkhole

  3. I had seen the video previously, but it is more than worth re-watching. That one and the one about the Idjits are my faves at Onion.

    There are so many conservatives mad at Leadership now, I do not see how they can remain in power past ’12. Or, I do see because I listen to Coldwarrior, so I guess I’m just in denial. Anyway, thanks for discussing what is in our minds and hearts. Good piece, as always.

  4. This is from Truman North, a commenter at Ace of Spades. It says we are right to hold their feet to the fire. Read the whole thing.

    The CBO does some stupid things. Like assuming an approximate 7% increase in federal spending year over year as normal, even without any new programs or departments. Like making 10-year budgets, when only one year really matters, because it’s impossible for one Congress to bind another.

    Let me give you some small idea of how screwed up Washington math is, and how much it favors those who are in power over those of us who foot the bill with our blood and treasure:

    If we JUST CAPPED SPENDING– spent the same amount next FY as we did this FY,

    the CBO would score that as a $9.5 trillion dollar cut.

    So before anyone can claim we’re “cutting” anything, the number they are talking about has to exceed $9.5 trillion.

    The Boehner plan, with all its actuarial tomfoolery, claims to cut something in the neighborhood of $850 billion.

    And only $20 billion of that is this year.

    So John Boehner is saying to you that spending $20 billion less than Obama’s opening offer is worth giving him a blank check for a trillion and more.

    As long as we’re going to go on playing for the “long game” it’s meaningless to even try to put together a plan. Just let the Democrats do what they want to, since the difference between what they’re going to do and Republicans’ counteroffer is less than a rounding error.

    My point is, either we fight for this, or we die like dogs. What the House is doing is not fighting.

    The elite Washington Republican insiders have a very tough tightrope to walk: They have to make you believe that they’re fighting for your interests, while making damn sure that they’re not fighting for your interests. Because your interests are directly opposed to their interests. Money is power. The power to tax is the power to rule. Not represent, but rule.

    And now we’re seeing just how representative our government is. The conservative movement achieved a nationwide landslide for the GOP. And what did we get for it? $352M in allocated spending de-allocated during the asinine CR (and don’t get me started on those filthy bipartisan statist backslappers passing a continuing resolution rather than stating their priorities in a budget document), and $20 billion unspent in exchange for an extra trillion borrowed. Unless, you know, Harry Reid says we get less and we like it.

    Pretty awesome work for eight months in office, TEA movement Representatives! You just saved us… about 54 hours of government borrowing. Not spending, just the borrowing we do in 54 hours.

    How much time and money did you spend getting these schmucks elected? Hours? Thousands? However much it was, that’s time and money you could have spent with your family that you will never get back. And our kids and grandkids are not only still slaves, but the Congress is forging new links on their chains as we speak.

    Mr. Speaker, the only rational position for a reasonable man acting prudently to take is to honor those who made his rule possible and not raise the debt ceiling. It is politically rational because the House has already given the Senate and the President a choice: Do it like Americans want you to do it, or leave the debt limit where it is. Not only is it politically rational, it is the only choice that obeys the laws of economics: There. Is. No. More. Money. Somebody already spent it.

    Drop the act, Boehner. Send the House home.

  5. Folks as if we didnt have enough to worry about, here’s the real problem even our own leadership and troops aren’t talking about. All the massive spending and borrowing, is creating acidic dollar devaluation. It’s inarguable it’s happening, you don’t have to ask economists, ask anyone who works for a living and buys groceries. Steady dollar devaluation is, in effect, inflation. By some measures, real inflation is at 10% now.
    If we don’t do something to stop it, this exhausted economy’s had it regardless of what they do or don’t do in DC.

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