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  • Morning Bell: The Obama Spending Nightmare Continues

    This morning White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and budget director Peter Orszag will release a memo directing all federal agency heads “to develop plans” to cut at least 5 percent from their budgets by “identifying programs that do little to advance their missions or President Obama’s agenda.” This spasm of fiscal responsibility can mean only one thing: the Obama administration is about to go on another wild spending binge. And sure enough Politico reports that while Blue Dogs in the House managed to whittle what was a $200 billion “jobs” bill down to $146 billion last month, the Senate is now larding it back up again with a $24 billion Medicaid bailout and a $23 billion teachers union bailout.

    This spend-now/cut-later act has become a staple for the Obama administration. In February 2009, after signing the largest single-year increase in domestic federal spending since World War II, President Obama held a “fiscal responsibility” summit designed to “send a signal that we are serious” about putting the nation on sounder financial footing. Then in June 2009, the day after promising faster deficit spending to stimulate the economy, Obama called on Congress to pass “pay-as-you-go” legislation (PAYGO), a rule Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has violated by a mere $1 trillion since she took power in 2006. And then after President Obama signed his trillion-dollar health spending plan, he convened his toothless National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

    The American people have caught on to Obama’s fiscal responsibility farce. According to Gallup, federal government debt is now tied with terrorism as the most worrisome issue to Americans. In particular, independents identify federal government debt as their top concern, a full six points ahead of terror. And the latest Pew poll shows that for the first time ever, more Americans now believe that the president’s economic policies have made economic conditions worse than made them better. And Bloomberg reported this week that President Obama’s policies are poised to increase the U.S. debt to a level that exceeds the value of the nation’s annual economic output, a step toward what some called a “debt super cycle.”

    While the recession is chiefly responsible for collapsing federal revenues, it is runaway government spending that is the main driver of our nation’s long-term fiscal crisis. And not all of that spending can be pinned on President Obama. Since 2000 spending on anti-poverty programs surged by 89%, spending on K-12 education exploded 219%, and Medicare spending grew 81% (largely driven by President George Bush’s Medicare drug bill). But considering his short tenure in office, President Obama has contributed more than his fair share. Heritage fellow Brian Riedl details:

    Washington will spend $30,543 per household in 2010—$5,000 per household more than just two years ago. While some of this spending is a temporary result of the recession, President Obama’s latest budget would replace this temporary spending with permanent new programs. Consequently, by 2020—a time of assumed peace and prosperity—Washington would still spend nearly $36,000 per household, compared to $25,000 per household before this recession (adjusted for inflation).

    There is a way out of this deficit nightmare: stop spending. If the federal government managed to return to the per-household spending level of the Reagan administration, the budget would be balanced by 2012 without any tax hikes. Too ambitious? Just returning to the per-household spending levels that existed before the current recession would balance the budget by 2019. There is a way to stop this spending nightmare. We just need the will.

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    51 Responses to Morning Bell: The Obama Spending Nightmare Continues

    1. James A says:

      Obama and the Democrats, especially the Blue Dog Democrats, remind me of the individual who spends to the limit on credit cards. When the credit is refused, the user seeks a new card to spend to the maximum. Eventually, someone has to pay the bills. Or default and declare bankrupcy.

      It is time to cut up the Administration and Congressional credit cards.

    2. Blair, Franconia, NH says:

      Obama asked his department heads to cut 5% from their budgets. Big deal. Why not

      get serious? Why not cut 100% from the budget? Where to start? How about by getting rid of the only legal Ponzi scheme in the country? Do what Chile did and privatize Social Security.

    3. Jeanne Stotler, wood says:

      My mother used to say "Talk is cheap, it's the actions that matter" BHO can talk plenty but his actions speak loud and clear, he doesn't care about the future of our country or for the future of our children and grandchildren.

    4. William Bernsen, Tex says:

      I am afraid the will to stop the spending is only going to come when the the dollar and the economy completely crash…which could be welcomed by this liberal administration. God help us all.

    5. Vicki Bryson, Gruver says:

      I truly believe that the President is intentionally spending this country into a civil war. At which time, he will declare martial law and then shariah law. At that time, we will be totally helpless to an attack and takeover by the country of the President's choosing.

    6. susan,alabama says:

      are you sure the president's name isn't barack 'insane' obama???????

    7. Carol, AZ says:

      Yes,

      We are the most vulnerable we have ever been from all venues.

      But to overtly send this message in regards to our National Security for all help needed here in AZ is unspeakable.

      We are fighting a National Security problem here that the Head of Homeland Security has stated,

      "Are borders are more secured then ever."

      Now that the fire storm over little bill sn-1070 has settled-in

      slowly other states are finding their voices over ONE pervasive issue here in America.

      It must be a grass roots take-over to re-correct this pathetic leadership from all directions.

      Illegal means against the law .

      We must start they

      and also correct the anchor baby scam, saving billions in this counrty.

      Is this racial profiling?

      . AZ says, no

      Ca would , yes.

      You all must decide HOW you want your state to function and the costs for entitlements that has breaken all border states for any real growth.

      Our school sys. here is $1. B. in the red and ranked 49th in the nation.

      Just another example of this counrty's insanity related cost and the hidden cost of doing Buss..

      I don't know the WHY the Federal Gov.'t has not been sued by numerous states for NOT enfocing the laws to protect ALL pd America.

      We all can not turn our backs on this issue just because you live in MN. or VT.

      We are dying a slow death here as poisonous as the oil that continues to gush-out ino the Gulf. . Support AZ in all ways for National Security we must come together as a nation.

    8. susan,alabama says:

      are you sure the president's name isn't barack 'insane' obama???????????

    9. Mary.... WI says:

      We the people need the will to stop spending? The way I see it, it is the DEMOCRATS that need a monstrous wake up call to stop spending the American people's money. They won't stop spending until this country has been completley destroyed….Obama's agenda.

      Never have I seen such incompetence, arrogance, and deception. Liars all of them. Sorry, but the word TREASON still dances around in my head. Nov 2010 might be too late to stop this country from entering a black hole. Hope and Change? More like Incompetence and Deception.

    10. susan,alabama says:

      are you sure the president's nme isn't barack 'insane' obama??????????

    11. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      Obama's Agenda – from day one

      is the HELP THOSE IN NEED.

      So, THIS IS GOOD.

      "This morning White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and budget director Peter Orszag will release a memo directing all federal agency heads "to develop plans" to cut at least 5 percent from their budgets by "identifying programs that do little to advance their missions or President Obama's agenda."

      I'm betting the HF, Cs, GOP and Murdoch's HATE GROUP

      disregard the – advance their missions

      and JUMP ON THE – or President Obama's agenda." part.

      LVKen7@Gmail.com

    12. Carol Boston, MA says:

      Stop spending AND stop electing politician's who say they are fiscally responsible but vote for all spending increases and load bills up with pet pork projects. The ONLY way out is to elect TRUE Conservatives who will stop the entitlement programs, cut the size of the federal government, stop unions, permanently eliminate "czars", and get rid of government agencies like the Dept. Of Education and Health! and follow the Constitution!!! Also – we need EVERYONE TO HAVE SKIN IN THE GAME>>>>>>>>>>>>>>no more 49% of the population NOT paying taxes. Everone could pay Something – like 5% – 10% for families under a certain income and 15% – 20% for the rest. IF EVERYONE PAID TAXES, the demand for accountability and explanation would rise – forcing politicians to be more careful.

    13. Dan Yoder sr., Gardn says:

      Did you all Know???

      If all Citizens of the USA could have known of this event!! Looking back we surely miss them in the White House!!

      Dan

      Subject: Real Class Show's Up

      The doctor had his TV on in his office when the news of the military base shootings

      at Ft. Hood, TX came on. The husband of one of his employees was stationed there.

      He called her into his office and as he told her what had happened, she got a text message

      from her husband saying, "I am okay." Her cell phone rang right after she read the message.

      It was an ER nurse," I'm the one who just sent you a text, not your husband. I thought it would be comforting but I was mistaken in doing so.

      I am sorry to tell you this, but your husband has been shot 4 times and he is in surgery."

      The soldier's wife left Southern Clinic in Dothan , AL and drove all night to Ft. Hood.

      When she arrived, she found out her husband was out of surgery and would be OK.

      She rushed to his room and found that he already had visitors there to comfort

      him. He was just waking up and found his wife and the visitors by his side. The

      nurse took this picture.

      ?

      What? No news crews and cameras? This is how people with class respond and pay respect to those in uniform.

      I sent my cousin in Fayetteville , N.C. (Retired from Special Forces) that picture of Geo. W. visiting the wounded at Ft. Hood. I got this reply:

      What is even better is the fact George W. Bush heard about Fort Hood, got in his car without any escort, apparently they did not have time to react, and drove to Fort Hood. He was stopped at the gate and the guard could not believe who he had just stopped. Bush only asks for directions to the hospital then drove on.

      The gate guard called that "The President is on Fort Hood and driving to the hospital."

      The base went bananas looking for Obama. When they found it was Bush, they immediately offered escort. Bush simply told them to shut up and let him visit the wounded and the dependents of the dead.

      He stayed at Fort Hood for over six hours, and was finally asked to leave by a message from the White House.

      Obama flew in days later and held a "photo" session in a gym, and did not even go to the hospital.

      All this I picked up from two soldiers here who happened to be at Fort Hood when it happened.

      This Bush/Obama/Ft.Hood story is something that should be sent to every voter in the US.

      Those who wanted "change" certainly got it.

      Someone, PLEASE, show me anything that will tell us that Obama has ANY respect

      for the country he leads! I'm looking for just a little sign of respect.

    14. Wanita Twigg says:

      I don't know how the members of congress and the House and Senate, can and are standing by and do nothing to stop the bleeding of this country and our Constitution. What else does the president do to us, without any reason. What has he not done, that would be grounds for impeachment. First, I don't believe he is legal, and he has too much Muslim in him. Always taking the side of Muslim's against our flag and Constitution. The first thing he did was change the flag on his plane. That was the first signal. To all who reads this. Please t hink about what he is doing to this country. Tell me one good thing he has done for the people. May God help us.

    15. Alan Decarlo, Tennes says:

      Crass and irresponsible spending from the Manchurian Candidate.

      A person who calls bankers "fat cats" and people involved with the oil spill "talking heads."

      Meanwhile the POTUS supreme talking head fat cat himself is revelling in the egalitarian lifestyle afforded by unlimited airplane rides, personal servants, unlimited expense accounts etc. When did we miss our obligation to put public officials on such a strict budget that they would never want to take the job in the first place?

      The grand design is to intentionally bankrupt the country he openly admits to loathing. Won't even place his hand on his heart when allegiance is pledged to a flag he also wants to change and a National Antem he believes should be changed to "I Want to Teach the World to Sing."

      Might be time for a military coup.

    16. toledofan says:

      This is just amazing; this administration has no idea of what the heck they are doing and they continue to just keep spending us into oblivion. It's like this Congress is just completely out of touch with the rest of America. I can't imagine anyone wanting to continue on this path. Is it November yet?

    17. Norbert Stager, Ohio says:

      Anyone that still believes that the Obama administration is stupid or is not doing this on purpose is sadly mistaken . They are not going to waste an engineered crisis. This not rocket science just common sense.

    18. KB in PA says:

      "We" have the will, if you define "we" as what has now, by leftist design, become the near-minority of American citizens who still desire to work, and who desire to be freed from what has become nothing but governmental confiscatory collectivism. Let's call it GCC, and declare it for what it is, i.e., a scheme deliberately instituted by our dear despotic leftists to disincentivize the desire to work, by way of taxing working citizens into abject poverty, by essentially robbing them of what they earn, so it can be handed over to those who prefer not to work. This relentless exertion to materially and psychologically impoverish, by the government, if it is allowed to go on long enough, will finally squeeze the true American citizen out of existence; he will finally succumb to the defeat of realizing that all his efforts to provide for himself are going for naught but to establish a vast underclass of welfare recipients, on behalf of the unstated dictates of the current Administration and its Senatorial and Congressional puppets, whose sole ultimate purpose is to control.

      Who doesn't know how easy it is to control a welfare recipient?

      At any rate, the hoped-for results of this scheme can only be achieved by spending the nation into a nightmare of oblivion. It doesn't even really matter what the money is spent on, so long as it's out of the pockets of the private citizen, and into the hands of government.

      "The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name — liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names — liberty and tyranny." — Abraham Lincoln, April 18,1864, Baltimore MD

    19. Dennis Social Circle says:

      The uncontrolled spending by obama and clan is ruining this country. I purchased a home in 1982, shortly after carter was presdient, the assumable loan was at 11%, the day I signed the loan the interest went to 15%. At the time this coutry was also in a recession. Regan was elected president. I managed to refinance the loan several times. Then in 1987 I sold and built a new home, the cheapest rate I could find was 11%. As the years went by I refinance several times finally getting a 6.35% loan to finish paying for my home. When I relate this to others they all look at me as if I am crazy, loans have never been that high for homes. Well, I will bet a 15% loan will look good in the near future. With this debt we now have money will be very hard to come by, all that is avaliable will be going to pay our debt. The current administration is hell bent on seeing this country go the same way as most of Europe is going. America is fast becoming a give away country, people are depending on the "guvment" for all their needs and most of their wants. If one will look at Greece one can see where we are going. I think in the near future we will be on the brink of finicial ruin, those that live off the workers back will riot in the street because all they want will have to be cut, the entitlment programs that so many have grown used to will take us down. When they have to be cut the supposed needy ones will all trash this country while crying for more.

      This spending must stop. We must take controll of our own future. We must vote in November and get new blood with new ideas, and much needed common sence. It is plain that obama, pelosi, reid and the dems have no common sence as to spending, and refuse to listen to the people.

    20. Bill Sr. Jacksonvill says:

      We must not ignore the FACT that Nancy (Queen Mother) Pelosi and Harry (Prince Charming) Reid are the ones who have been and continue to be the ones actually responsible, along with the (I love my party more than my constituents) DEMOCRATS in congress, for allowing Obama and his czars the ability to proceed with the insane and deliberate destruction of our economy and its fiscal stability.

      Every responsible voter who wants to see America restored as the real hope and future for freedom loving people the world over as she has been for the last two hundred and fifty years needs to take this into consideration in the coming elections.

      And furthermore, the REPUBLICANS in congress must realize they have but one last chance to prove to conservative Americans that they are aware we are the backbone and life’s blood of their party. Without us their presence in State and Federal governments will be of little consequence and they will lose even more of their very limited power.

      To true Americans this is politically “Remember Pearl Harbor” all over again only the sneak attack was perpetrated by well meaning but misguided DEMOCRATS led by Nancy and Harry.

      Don't forget it!

    21. West Texan says:

      This independent voter sends a message to both political parties. RETURN OUR NATION TO ITS FEDERALIST ORIGINS. This means upholding the U.S. Constitution's 10th amendment. Need supporting material? Review Federalist # 45. This is the first step to resolving such fiscal irresponsibility at the national level. In addition, Obamacare and the 16th amendment need to be repealed. Then work closely with states to phase-out social security and medicare so as not to disrupt or harm current recipients. As I've shared with our leftist fellows, our founders' design is not archaic but one of wisdom. There's no insidious reason to repeat history's mistakes.

    22. Drew Page, IL says:

      This is truely theater of the absurd. While the House and Senate look to pass yet another massive spending bill, we carry the highest deficit in U.S. history and Obama has commissioned an 18 member panel to tell him how to get government spending under control.. What do you suppose the chances are of Obama vetoing this new spending bill if and when it passes?

      This man and his Democrat majority are irresponsible, dangerous lunatics. I believe the Democrats know this is their last hurrah and they will push every piece of spending legislation they possibly can before November. They absolutely must be stopped.

    23. Charlotte O'Har says:

      I wonder if the Obama adminstration cares to listen to what the markets are telling governments worldwide? Cradle to grave socialism is not sustainable. Stop spending and get you financial house in order or face an enormous economic meltdown.

    24. Arvid Myhre says:

      This administration wants to roll back pollution generation levels back to levels of 10 years ago, how about rolling back government spending to what it was 10 years ago. But no, this disasterious regime in power won't be happy until we become a third world nation.

    25. Ray, Savannah, GA says:

      What is covered in this per household spending???

    26. Ray, Savannah, GA says:

      What's included in this per household spending????

    27. Frank O'Toole says:

      Excellent article. Could be titled, "Obama's Head Fake towards Cost Cutting"

    28. Frank O'Toole, says:

      Excellent article. Could be titled, "Obama's Head Fake towards Responsible Cost Cutting"

    29. DANNY, HERMANN says:

      What makes you think you can convince the drunken sailor's in Washington to stop spending. It's like telling an alcoholic to stop drinking. Can't be done until they want to. At this time there is no reason to want to stop so until we force their hand, it AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN! VOTE THEM OUT IN NOVEMBER!

    30. Arvid Myhre says:

      This administration wants to roll back pollution generation levels back to levels of 10 years ago, how about rolling back government spending to what it was 10 years ago? But no, this disasterous regime in power won't be happy until America becomes a 3rd world nation and we are all equally poor.

    31. gary malo says:

      We are witnessing an end to our great nation if we do not stop this train wreck in November. The Democrats in Washington are ruining our way of life. I am 57 and have never seen a political class that is as arrogant as this bunch . I have never seen conservatives as energized as they are now. Hopefully, this continues in to November.

    32. Janet S, Atlanta says:

      Conn, you are forgetting that there was run-away spending under the Bush administration and Congress sat there and allowed it to happen. President Obama isn't the first to take this country down this path. You are also conveniently ignoring the fact that the country was in the throes of an economic quagmire when he took office.

      • Conn Carroll Conn Carroll says:

        Janet-
        Did you not read what I wrote?
        "And not all of that spending can be pinned on President Obama. Since 2000 spending on anti-poverty programs surged by 89%, spending on K-12 education exploded 219%, and Medicare spending grew 81% (largely driven by President George Bush’s Medicare drug bill)."

    33. John, Colorado says:

      Demoralization, destabilization, crisis, and normalization.

      This effort to spend the government broke is part of building the destabilization phase of communist takeover.

      Watch the You Tube videos of Yuri Bezmenov, formerly a KGB agent.

      The normalization stage is where people like the owners of CBS, ABC, NBC, etc., and anchors like Katie Kouric get taken out into the countryside and shot, having outlived their usefulness.

    34. Janet S, Atlanta says:

      I stand corrected.

    35. Warof2010 SF Bay Are says:

      Year…Revenues Outlays…Deficit

      FY2002 — 1.853 — 2.011 — 0.158 Trillion

      FY2003 — 1.783 — 2.160 — 0.378 Trillion

      FY2004 — 1.880 — 2.293 — 0.413 Trillion

      FY2005 — 2.154 — 2.472 — 0.318 Trillion

      FY2006 — 2.407 — 2.655 — 0.348 Trillion

      FY2007 — 2.568 — 2.731 — 0.163 Trillion

      FY2008 — 2.524 — 2.983 — 0.459 Trillion

      FY2009 — 2.105 — 3.518 — 1.413 Trillion

      Through May (8 months)

      FY2010 — 1.344 — 2.285 — 0.941 Trillion http://bit.ly/dzMXOA

      Predicted

      FY2011 — 2.673 — 3.668 — 0.996 Trillion

      Fiscal Year/US Gross Debt

      1910 2.6 (billions)

      1920 25.9

      1930 16.2

      1940 43.0

      1950 257.4

      1960 290.2

      1970 389.2

      1980 930.2

      1990 3.233 (trillions)

      2000 5.674

      2005 7.933

      2007 9.008

      2008 10.025

      2009 11.910

      2010 13.542 est.

      2011 15.4 est.

    36. john arizona says:

      Why is it that no one will stand up and say that money spent in the name of education is throwing money down a bottomless pit. Educators and politicians alike keep saying we need more. When is enough enough?

    37. Southern Illinois says:

      Have you seen the extra money is spent in the White House for attendants and etc? Many extras since the Bush days. How about the dates and parties? We are providing those parties and dates. If most of your citizens can't afford that type of parties, then how can anyone feel comfortable spending money for themselves?

    38. Geppetto says:

      We just need the will?

      No sir, it's the Congress that needs the will. That would be those guys and gals, of every political stripe, who consistently make campaign promises in staunch support of spending cuts, a balanced budget and no new taxes then blatantly and defiantly shift to increased spending, to hell with the budget, and raise taxes because experience shows that a lying politician is a successful politician. Nobody cares! It's the rule not the exception and Americans keep voting on the basis of carefully staged and craftily constructed sound bites and end up befuddled, disillusioned, cynical and frustrated and wondering why they even bother to vote. What's the point!

      Perhaps what we need is a contract with these political bozos that allows the voters to abort their term and replace them if they don't honor their campaign COMMITMENTS. Don't know quite how that would work but think it deserves some serious thought, perhaps a XXVIII amendment to the Constitution.

      A critical election is coming up in November and the spinmeisters are already gearing up for what has become an increasingly slick marketing approach to get malleable candidates elected, candidates easily indoctrinated into the good ole boys club that is D.C politics. We don't need malleable. We need gutsy folk willing to take on the establishment in a full frontal assault. What do you think are the chances? Perhaps a little better than in recent times but America is sure as hell not home free,

    39. Robert Edwards, Phoe says:

      Make NO mistake friends.. Obama knows exactly what he is doing… Now, the majority of the people are also realizing it…thank the Lord. .

    40. Ron Derry NH says:

      I just had to get a FEDERAL certificate to work on homes pre 1978…..99% of my business, at $300/5 years and the cost of the class at $175.

      I will have to add hundreds and in some cases thousands to the cost of jobs in remodeling, because the recommended or should I say required procedures are similar to hazardous work environment prepping.. Replacement windows will need to go up about $100 per installation per window as the federal government is transferring responsibility of lead poisoning to the contractors and their insurance companies rather than the paint companies and the building owners.

      The fine for improper set up or care in construction is $37,500 per day per incident…that is how Obat will balance his budget by putting the work force on notice. Though I do recall somewhere in our constitutional laws we aren't supposed to be levied by unreasonable fines, but no one in Washington really cares now do they?!.

      One word….SERFDOM!!

    41. Colo43, Colorado says:

      It was a sorry day when he took office.

      He breeds contempt and Shadiness, not to mention Corruption.

      Everyone hes place in office is as dishonest as he is.

    42. joel, Long Beach, CA says:

      Obama must be stopped. Each of us must do whatever we can to see that this happens. Most of us look at the ever-increasing federal deficit. And it is horrendous. Which is why the Chinese can snub Secretary Gates.

      But the worst is yet to come. When the Bush tax cuts expire the inheritance tax will re-emerge. And that tax is 45% of the value of the estate. What a great way to redistribute wealth. Take it from those who earned it and give it to those who do nothing. And that tax is placed on assets that were already taxed. Horrible.

    43. G Rome Laguna Niguel says:

      To Carol in AZ,

      Here is a person in California that has been for this legislation from the beginning. I do not consider it an attack upon civil rights, I consider it an action of wresting municipal law from the hands of the Federal Government. I think that it is time for the states to take care of their own issues and rely less upon the central government to be able to properly address such issues, be it immigration, budget, or the horrid entitlement programs so pervasive.

      I work and live amongst a diverse community, and have no qualms with people trying to make a better life for themselves and their family while employing their own heritage into the various aspects of their life. I DO have a problem with individual areas of the nation being unwilling to address immediate concerns within their districts, especially when it comes to the states on the Southern Border. We can spend much time talking about the money pouring out of this nation, but we are better left to discuss the eroding tax base that is requisite within illegal immigration and employment, as well as the impending — if not already — encroachment of another nation's lawlessness upon our own borders. Border towns are increasingly subject to the vices and violence that are a part of the government of Mexico's inability to provide a deterence to the criminal culture that is spilling across our national border.

      I thank you for your voice, and I completely support the a-political steps that your state government has taken.

    44. G Rome Laguna Niguel says:

      To Bill Sr. in Jacksonville,

      I can appreciate your semi-nonpartisian application amidst this website. I do not consider either side of the political coin as truth. I think that they both feed from the same trough, and that the political tide seems to ride upon the words of the outrage of our population from election year to election year. In other words, both parties are in the bag, and both parties are receiving infusions of campaign funds from the same corporations/unions/lobbies.

      I consider both parties "too big to fail," and our supposed voice will only be heard when we continue to apply such will to their position in politics. There was a prior post that discussed "pork" and suggested that it was a bad thing. The people that elect the representatives that continue to deliver such "pork" to their constituents do not consider that vote wasted. They derive a great deal of pleasure from receiving those gifts, and thus continue to elect said representative to office. Perhaps the problem is that we, as an electoral body, fail to see what is best for all involved in this nation. I would suppose that is the case, since in the last twenty years plus we have failed to stem the tide against free-trade-zones, outsourcing our manufacturing to emerging nations willing to use their people in what is essentially sweathshop environments, and leaving great swaths of our nation without their inherent abilities to fuel the domestic economy.

      Pubs or Dems doesnt seem to matter. All of this debate becomes reactionary when one considers the actions of the last five Presidents and their Administrations. We need to go beyond the parties. We need to demand that global trade be as kind to our consumers as it is to our base of employment, and that means we need to vote less with representatives supported by outside interests, and moreso by the interests of retaining a domestic economy that can provide necessary products, and ancillary products, that first address the needs of our own nation and its employment. Disregard the party and the color. Give me back the Rust-Belt jobs. While you are at it, fill my IRA with U.S. businesses, rather than a global-entanglement cluster that is reliant upon seventeen different nations to NOT blow something up at some time.

    45. Al Duhan New Milford says:

      We all know that the spending will never hurt him. He knows that he will be a one time president and then run back to his home country, Kenya. He will strip America of all the funds he could. That probably why Biden is in Kenya Now. His family will never have to want either and never work a day in their life. I believe that part of the bail outs have already been sent to his Kenyan bank account

    46. HawkWatcher,Mi. says:

      America says no, Congress spends, Obama signs. Throw the bums out.

    47. S Rubicon, Southcent says:

      How do we know current Washington politicians are not serious about deficit reductions & spending freezes? Look at the new plan to sell the American public on recently passed Health Care legislation. Our government is spending $125 million to tell us how terrific their plan is to ration our health care. That money is taxpayer money. The bill passed & now, months later, the White House realizes the public will not accept the plan. The public knows it is a fiscal nightmare & the public knows the plan will not work. In fact, it will do opposite of what we were told in many instances, and worse, it will do exactly what some suspected but were mocked for suggesting previously. Health care decisions will fall to a federal bureaucratic panel that will determine health care outcomes, according to their concepts of results, and decide whether or not you may obtain some specific treatments. That is rationing under any definition.

      If fiscal responsibility is the objective, spending money selling the public on something they overwhelmingly rejected before passage, then we are all insane. I really do now suspect the plan is to drive America into financial crisis so those with power can impose "their idea of government" on all of us, even by use of force if they encounter opposition. And it is patently obvious they will encounter opposition since Americans want freedom, not government overseers.

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    50. Hal, Joliet says:

      It is great to see the "conservatives" finally concerned about deficits after having their heads in the sand for eight years of "conservative" government.

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