So failing to ever get a budget passed, and running the government on the CR, which gives congress no chance to reduce spending, is legitimate?
By utilizing the no budget/annual CR tactic, Obama has successfully carried over the 2009 stimulus level spending year after year. As long as he's circumventing the legitimate budget, the only way to force a normal budget process is to vote down the CR and shut down 15% of the government. Who's the extortionist?
Don't worry. The press will hammer the republicans into submission. The can will be kicked. Vacationing IRS employees will all receive back pay. Another trillion will be added to your grand children's debt. Another win for Obama.posted @ Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 19:38
Is there a D line coach in college football worth 300k+ a year? Seriously. Can the fans sue for malpractice when they give up a 360yd rushing game?
Now we know where the doctors will go for a raise after Obamacare kicks in.posted @ Friday, December 21, 2012 - 10:38
BTW - how many times has Obama said the Clinton era tax rates worked great?
Just let the Bush tax cuts expire on everyone and then we'll have those golden Clinton rates. On all taxpayers.posted @ Monday, December 10, 2012 - 16:17
Even with 2 wars going on Bush era spending was at the average % of GDP for the last 30 years... 19-20%. Obama is running at 24% for 2010 and 2011.
Yes Bush spent more than we were collecting in taxes. That gap was 3-4 % a year. Now the excess spending is 9% a year. Why is Obama spending more today than was spent in the TARP bailout/stimulus year? Aren't we out of Iraq?
Agree completely that SS and Medicare should be means tested more. Also the retirement age should be increased along with number of years for full vesting. Why is it someone who works 10 years gets the same benefit as someone who pays in taxes for 40? That's ridiculous.posted @ Monday, December 10, 2012 - 16:10
Yes, If you combine all the non-progressive taxes, sales, property, social security, with the income taxes you can come up with a chart showing that the overall taxes are less progressive than they were in 1980.
If you read the entire NYT article the section that analyzed income taxes shows that the rich are paying a larger share of income taxes now than they were in 1980. Even though the article will provide fodder for the "rich aren't paying their fair share" crowd as it relates to the budget battle over raising income taxes on the rich, the actual data shows that as far as income taxes are concerned, the current rates are actually more progressive.
Another gimmick in the article was the inclusion of corporate tax collections, which the author admits are "ultimately paid by people". Since corporate tax collections have fallen, the author counts this as a gain for the affluent, who pay most of the corporate taxes. Yet corporate tax rates are the same.
The article left out the explosion in refundable credits and unemployment benefits paid out which have gone from 44bil in 1980 to 400bil in 2011.
More propaganda constructed to bolster the myth that our budget deficits are caused by Bush tax cuts for the rich and "2 wars on a credit card".
fed spending 1990s average 20.7% GDP
fed spending 2006 2,729bil 19.7% of GDP (while fighting the 2 wars)
fed spending 2009 3,518bil 25.2% of GDP(with TARP and Stimulus)
fed spending 2011 3,598bil 24.1% of GDP the new Obama normal
Instead of constructing pretzel logic charts to demonize the rich, maybe the NYT could provide an explanation of why the federal government spent more money in 2010 and 2011 than the bailout/TARP/stimulus years and why the end of the Iraq war hasn't gotten us back to the Bush/Clinton era spending norms.
Until the 750billion a year excess spending over historical norms is addressed, does Obama have the right to ask anyone to pay more in taxes?posted @ Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 17:12
Murray is one player on a team. Suggesting that he doesn't have what it takes to win a big game after he played great in the a heavyweight game that came down to a coin toss is just ignorant.
Last I checked the 2 SEC champ games Richt won were "big games". He was 3-1 vs Bama, and has posted 3 blowout wins over LSU. Those were all big games.
Frankly, the question, coming after THIS game, says volumes about the sports IQ of the reporter, and I'd be shocked to learn that he's ever competed on any serious level in sports.
Ask yourself, what kind of loser tries to blame a close loss like that on a single player?posted @ Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 15:46
This is silly. We've had four years of a president hell bent on get-even-omics. He hasn't been shy about it. "The best revenge is voting". It's ok to spend their money, and all their children and grandchildren's money, 'cause "they didn't build that".
Of course this election was about redistribution. Look at Greece. You think people are going to line up at polls and vote for smaller government? What does Obama stand for if not socialist redistribution?
A mandate to raise taxes on the 1% could just as easily be a mandate for more free cell phones. Or a mandate from union leaders to keep the free taxpayer funded bailouts coming.posted @ Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:46
You've got it backwards.
The fed revenue agents are there at the port every day with hands out, and they're not asking.
So Kingston et al just need to tell the fed govt that all revenues generated by the port will be kept local to finance this wholely state financed project. Good luck with that.posted @ Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 10:48
Voting for revenge.
Not a new them for PBO. After all, "economic fairness" is really nothing more than "revenge economics". And what better revenge could PBO inflict than leaving US taxpayers 20-25 Trillion in debt??
Voting is the best revenge 'cause.... You didn't build that!!posted @ Monday, November 5, 2012 - 00:06
I understand it's not possible for college teams to play with this much intensity every week.. But Bama and LSU seem to be able to play like that in all big games. For GA (with just as much talent) it's a half here and there a few times a year.
Ga needs to get to the point where this level of intensity for 60 minutes becomes the norm... not the exception. And not something that has to be elicited by players callling each other out.posted @ Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 11:58
Yeah I like the president's plan better. We'll cut the current budget by raising taxes in an economy that's growing at 1.5%, (vs 8% in Reagan's 4th year coming out of a recession) and he'll use the temporary war spending to pay for long term carved in stone social program increases. Sorry about those extra trillions in debt grandkids, but we had to spend the 10 year war money for an extra 200 years... blame it on Bush.
And if any of you Romney tax plan auditors can figure out how we cut the current deficits by applying war money we're already having to borrow please let us know how that works.posted @ Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 09:25
I think there are so many of these argumentative talk shows on TV that Joe may have been confused. Maybe he thought he was on Hard Ball or The View.
Moderator failed to provide forum for free flow of ideas by each candidate without interruption, distraction, or being shouted down. Other than that she did a great job.posted @ Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 09:59
See "credit freeze" on the Clarke Howard web site.posted @ Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 08:40
Same ole filliBLUSTERING Joe. Always a great show... just don't look too hard at what he actually says. Missed his calling as the circus carney spinning the shells.
"Romney pays a lower tax rate than families making 50k." That's Joe, and this administration, spinning the shells again. Actual effective taxes paid on income... Romney 13.5%, 50k family 1%. Not exactly less... but hey... that's good ole Joe.
I don't know about anyone else, but I like the idea that after tax dollars invested in American companies get capital gains rate treatment on dividends that have already had another layer of corporate taxes paid on them. How many times does the government need to tax that income?posted @ Friday, October 12, 2012 - 08:58
I'm not sure Obama's people running around screaming "liar liar..." helps Obama's case much. My take on that is that he was standing face to face with Romney and either he didn't have the facts or the guts to call him out when it mattered. Which is worse?
So he looks down and mumbles ok into the mike and then has Axelrod, Cutter etal to run out the next day and call Romney a liar? That's more embarrasing than the debate.posted @ Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 08:34
Used to go to Morrison's a lot in 90s with my dad. Food was great. Happened to eat there a couple of weeks ago and wondered why there were so few people there until we started eating. What a disappointment.
Let's hold on to Weaver Ds.posted @ Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 23:22
If this had been a presidential debate they'd have stopped it after the first lie.posted @ Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 08:29
Republicans wake up? Pitty you weren't that concerned about how something was going to be paid for when the health care bill got voted in. What's the latest over/under from the CBO on how much thats going to drive up debt per decade? 1.5 Tril? Of course that means it's 3 trillion and running.
The Obama plan is to lock in the current WWII emergency level 25% of GDP spending and demonize anyone who proposes phasing it back to the historical 18-20% spending range as extremist, "slashing the budget". When asked how Obama is going to pay for his spending plans, the only answer we get is that he's going to make the rich pay their fair share, cutting medicare, "and use the money saved by ending the wars".
The wife asked her blonde husband how he planned to pay for the new tires on the car since they had no money in the checking account. He responded with a grin... "don't worry about it honey, the golf clubs I just bought were 50% off, and I'll use the money I'm saving there to pay for the tires I put on the credit card".
Saying your going to pay down debt by using money you're already borrowing isn't a plan, it's a blonde joke. Converting temporary war spending into permanent carved-in-stone social program spending isn't a plan, it's generational theft.posted @ Monday, September 10, 2012 - 11:19
and would those Americans jobs be union dues paying?
And oil industry doesn't count either. Or Wall St.
Or Vegas. Or Gibson Guitars.posted @ Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 14:21
Wow Keeler... what happened to "Jesus was a community organizer"? Losing faith in YOUR messiah?
Keelers actually a little late to the reality party. The non union GM-Delphi plant workers could have clued him in a couple years ago when O slashed their benefits in half to help fund the union cut of the GM pie. Guess which group contributed to O's campaign?
Another cheerleader pretending to be a journalist is now putting the blame on the politician for "disappointing" him. Maybe if you put the pom poms down and do your job in the first place you wouldn't be duped so easily.posted @ Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 10:33
"And it was easy to rejoice that a nation still steeped in racism had somehow elected its first-ever African-American president."
And in our rush to "do the right thing", the country lost sight of the fact that being anti-war is great, but he was never going to bring the troops home ahead of the Bush timeline. Except now we're stuck with a guy who has no real world business experience and no clue on how to create jobs.
Unless you're talking about his caddy, or the fund raising caterers. He's saved some gas though. His job creation team hasn't had a meeting all year.posted @ Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 08:59
Could anything be sillier than O justifying tax increases with the argument that we had higher tax rates under Clinton and "the economy did pretty good".
Seriously? You have to give him at least a little credit for keeping a straight face during these speeches. "Romney wants to raise taxes by $2000 on the middle class to pay for more tax cuts for the rich." An impressive double lie in one sentence. That should raise O's fib/sentence average a few points.
1) There are no tax cut proposals for the rich. Extending the rates we've have for 12 years isn't a cut. 2) Only dems are proposing raising tax rates on the middle class. Romney supports keeping the rates the same for all.
Here's a test:
$Trillion peace dividend - courtesy of USSR downfall.
$12-15/bbl oil fueling economic growth.
Internet explosion driving the GDP and job growth
Welfare reform... that thing O just reversed.
Government spending 18% of GDP as compared to 25% today.
Which items on this 90s list do you think were factors in economic growth?
We could only dream of O agreeing to go back to Clinton era economic policies. Including the same govt spending GDP%.posted @ Friday, August 3, 2012 - 17:16
Does softball have a rule about running out of the baseline to avoid a tag?posted @ Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 15:23
Yeah... hard to figure how a team with Cobb and Gwinnett Co in their recruiting "backyard" can't finish in the top half of SEC... but SC, Vandy, and Ky can. Must be their awesome facilities, right?posted @ Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 15:19
Is Eric Gregg calling women's softball now? After game replay of strikeouts was comical... catcher reaches right - strike 3... catcher reaches left... strike three. Ga player can't reach pitch in same spot 'cause the bats not long enough... strike 3.
yeah they got hosed.posted @ Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 12:40
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