It’s Wednesday Night and I am sitting watching the news (Fox News, not because I necessarily think they are any more fair than anyone else, but anyone who pisses off the politicians as much as they do are alright in my book). And it’s 2120 hrs EST and there is 2 hours and 40 minutes left in their (admittedly, self-imposed) deadline of midnight and they still haven’t decided anything for sure! For more information on why I say “self-imposed” I urge you to re-read Lethal’s Parting Shot from this past Wednesday a little closer.
I’m so completely disappointed in our political parties. I can understand a few vying for bullshit programs and greedy for themselves, I can’t believe there was almost nobody who stood up and cried “foul!”
Now, at 2130, they have decided in the House to have one hour of debate and then vote. Okay, I know that a lot of people want to get their feelings on record, but why did it ever get to this point. Obama Care is such a piss poor thing that is being shoved down our throats, hurting the working person in favor of those that are here illegally, on state support, or without insurance to begin with. Why the hell should my insurance triple, so that I can pay for someone unwilling to get off their ass and do the right thing? Or who have snuck into the country illegally. It’s crazy!
What the hell is happening to OUR COUNTRY? WHO is representing us, WE, THE PEOPLE?
NOBODY, NOBODY, NOBODY!
I agree with the Lethal Leprechaun in this 100% Everyone of those greedy, ass-licking, motherless bastards of hemoroidic camels, entitlement granting sons-a-bitches needs TO GO! Everyone of them! We vote out as many as we can this year, vote out the rest of them in two years!
A.L.L. O.F. T.H.E.M. !!!!!!!
Okay, well, look. Here it is. I’m not able to publish this issue on Saturday in person this Saturday, so, this issue will be finished early (obviously, or you wouldn’t be reading it right now). But, hopefully, before I’m done, I’ll have an answer for you about what the crotch eaters in Washington have decided to do. So, the rest of this issue is going to be humor. All Laughter because quite frankly, I’ve got to get this crappy taste out of my mouth and coffee and laughter is the only hope I have…..
Norman was excited about his first day at school. So excited in fact, that only a few minutes after class started, he realized that he desperately needed to go to the bathroom. So Norman raised his hand politely to ask if he could be excused. Of course the teacher said yes, but asked Norman to be quick. Five minutes later Norman returned, looking more desperate and embarrassed. “I can’t find it,” he admitted. The teacher sat Norman down and drew him a little diagram to where he should go and asked him if he will be able to find it now. Norman looked at the diagram, said “yes” and goes on his way. Well, five minutes later he returned to the class room and says to the teacher “I can’t find it”. Frustrated, the teacher asked Eddie, a boy who has been at the school for awhile, to help him find the bathroom. So Eddie and Norman go together and five minutes later they both return and sit down at their seats. The teacher asks Eddie “Well, did you find it?” Eddie is quick with his reply: “Oh sure, he just had his boxer shorts on backwards.”
God: St. Francis, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there in the USA? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honeybee and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now, but all I see are these green rectangles.
ST. FRANCIS: It’s the tribes that settled there, LORD. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers weeds and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.
GOD: Grass? But it’s so boring. It’s not colorful, it doesn’t attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It’s temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there? ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so LORD. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.
GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That should make the Suburbanites happy.
ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, LORD. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it, sometimes twice a week.
GOD: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?
ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly,
LORD. They bag it. Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?
ST. FRANCIS: No, sir — just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.
GOD: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize the grass so it will grow, and when it grows they cut it off and pay to throw it away?
ST. FRANCIS: Yes, sir.
GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved it the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.
ST. FRANCIS: You aren’t going to believe this, LORD. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.
GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. Inn the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It’s the natural cycle of life.
ST. FRANCIS: You’d better sit down, LORD. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.
GOD: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?
ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.
GOD: And where do they get this mulch?
ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make mulch.
GOD: Enough! I don’t want to hear anymore. St. Catherine, you’re in charge of the arts. What movie do you have scheduled for us tonight?
ST. CATHERINE: Dumb and Dumber, LORD. It’s a real stupid movie about
GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.
During training exercises, the lieutenant who was driving down a muddy back road encountered another jeep stuck in the mud with a red-faced colonel at the wheel. “Your jeep stuck, sir?” asked the lieutenant as he pulled alongside. “Nope,” replied the colonel, coming over and handing him the keys, “Yours is .”
A woman was walking along pushing her newborn baby in the carriage when an old friend approached her. The friend leaned over, peering into the carriage said, “What a beautiful baby boy, and he looks JUST like his father.” “I know”, replied the woman, “I just wish he looked more like my husband!”
A young man was visiting his brother and sister-in-law for Sunday dinner. As he arrived at their house he found his young nephew, Mikey, helping them bake some cupcakes. After they were done, his sister-in-law allowed Mikey to put the icing on. When the boy had finished, he brought them to the table. “The cupcakes look delicious, Mike.” his uncle said. He took a bite and said, “Mikey these are so good.” As he finished one cupcake and took another, he again complimented his little nephew. “The cupcakes look beautiful, Mikey,” his uncle said. “How did you get the icing so neat?” His nephew replied, “It was easy. I just licked them.” The uncle turned pale. He pointed to the plate of cupcakes. “You licked all of these?” Mikey replied, “Well no. After a while my tongue got tired, and I got the dog to help.”
In the historic first manned mission to Mars, two Astronauts were charting the Martian surface. “Look at that,” said one to the other, “how beautiful this alien landscape is, untouched by man.” At that point, he was cut off, as he found his radio communications knocked out by unknown interference. Using an emissions detector, they followed the source of the interference until they reached the rim of a crater. “Do you see what the source of that noise is?” asked the first astronaut. “I don’t know,” said the second, “but it might be coming from that Starbucks behind you.”
Walking down main street in a very rural West Virginia town, two local men met a Catholic nun who’s arm was in a sling. “What’s wrong with your arm, sister?” asked one local Bubba. “It’s broken in three places,” the nun replied. “How did it happen?” asked the second West Virginian, now wide-eyed. “I slipped in a bathtub,” answered the nun. After leaving, the first local man asked the other, “Bubba, what’s a bathtub?” “Heck, I don’t know,” said his friend, “I ain’t no Catholic!”
Two neighbors were sitting on a deck talking. They saw their pretty blonde neighbor walk behind her barn with a rake.. Soon, they heard a blood-curdling scream and they rushed over. She was clutching her left leg. They took her to the doctor where they found that her leg was broken. Finally the neighbors asked her what she had done. “Well,” she replied, “I was raking leaves, and I fell out of the tree!”
Carolyn, a very rich blonde, buys a new automatic Jaguar XKR Sports car. She drives the car perfectly well during the day, but at night, the car just won’t go at all. After trying to drive the car at night for a week (but without any luck), she furiously calls the Jaguar dealer, and they send out a technician to her. The technician examines the car and finds nothing wrong with it. So he turns to the blonde and asks, “Ma’am, are you sure you are using the right gears?” Full of anger, the blonde replies, “You nut, you idiot, how on earth you could ask such a question? I’m not stupid you know! Of course I am using the right gears. I use “D” during the day and “N” at night.”
Patrick O’Reilly was lucky. Since the day he had found that four-leaf clover, everything good seemed to come his way.
He had met the wonderful Rosie, and after a whirlwind romance, they were married. And now, a year later, he was the proud father of beautiful twins, a boy and a girl.
At work, the story was the same. He had been promoted and had received a substantial raise; now the firm had come up with a profit-sharing plan! Paddy was certain his good fortune was due to his four-leaf clover.
Everywhere he went, he was certain to be carrying the talisman in his suit pocket.
One morning, Paddy could not find the clover. He searched the house, but it was not there. In panic, he tried to recall when he had last seen it. He finally recalled it was in his grey suit he had dropped off at the dry cleaners. He rushed to the cleaners, only to find that the work had been completed and his suit was ready to be picked up.
He searched the suit and found the four-leaf clover, still in one piece, but now flattened from the dry cleaning.
From that day on, Paddy’s fortunes changed. Life was good, but was no longer perfect. The little inconveniences were always there. He had a flat tire as he was driving to an important meeting. The twins developed measles when his boss and his wife were over for dinner.
No, Paddy’s luck (and life) had changed. He still carried the amulet, but he was certainly not living under the silver lining he was used to and had come to expect.
Finally, he had had enough. He visited the parish priest to see if he could help him understand what had happened.
“This certainly was to be expected,” he was told. “Ye should have known… One should never press one’s luck.”
Where did the whole idea of sequestration originate? It goes back to 1985. The tax cuts of Ronald Reagan’s early years, combined with his aggressive defense buildup, produced a growing budget deficit that eventually prompted passage of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act. GRH set out a series of ambitious deficit reduction targets, and to put teeth into them it specified that if the targets weren’t met, money would automatically be “sequestered,” or held back, by the Treasury Department from the agencies to which it was originally appropriated. The act was declared unconstitutional in 1986, and a new version was passed in 1987.
Sequestration never really worked, though, and it was repealed in 1990 and replaced by a new budget deal. After that, it disappeared down the Washington, DC, memory hole for the next 20 years.
What about the 2013 version? Where did that come from? In the summer of 2011, Republicans decided to hold the country hostage, insisting that they’d refuse to raise the debt ceiling unless President Obama agreed to substantial deficit reduction. After months of negotiations over a “grand bargain” finally broke down in July, Republicans proposed a plan that would (a) make some cuts immediately and (b) create a bipartisan committee to propose further cuts down the road. But they wanted some kind of automatic trigger in case the committee couldn’t agree on those further cuts, so the White House hauled out sequestration from the dustbin of history as an enforcement mechanism. It would go into effect automatically if no deal was reached.
REALLY Don? I’m throwing the bullshit flag on that statement. Let’s go the ‘”Factron” for a truth replay sans liberal lies shall we?
Fortunately, there is a detailed and contemporaneous look at the debt ceiling deal that led to the current budget crunch: Bob Woodward’s “The Price of Politics.” The book clearly had the full cooperation of top White House and congressional officials. With the help of our colleague, we took a tour through the relevant sections in order to determine the accuracy of the president’s statement.
The battle over raising the debt ceiling consumed Washington in the summer of 2011, with Republicans refusing to agree to raise it unless spending was cut by an equivalent amount. Obama pressed but failed to get an agreement on raising revenue as part of the package. Woodward’s book details the efforts to come up with an enforcement mechanism that would make sure the cuts took place — and virtually every mention shows this was a White House gambit.
Page 215 (July 12, 2011):
They turned to [White House national economic council director Gene] Sperling for details about a compulsory trigger if they didn’t cut spending or raise taxes in an amount at least equivalent to the debt ceiling increase.
“A trigger would lock in our commitment,” Sperling explained. “Even though we disagree on the composition of how to get to the cuts, it would lock us in. The form of the automatic sequester would punish both sides. We’d have to September to avert any sequester” — a legal obligation to make spending cuts.
“Then we could use a medium or big deal to force tax reform,” Obama said optimistically.
“If this is a trigger for tax reform,” [House speaker John] Boehner said, “this could be worth discussing. But as a budget tool, it’s too complicated. I’m very nervous about this.”
“This would be an enforcement mechanism,” Obama said.
Short version: The White House proposed the idea of a compulsory trigger, with Sperling calling it an “automatic sequester,” though initially it was to include tax revenue, not just spending cuts. Boehner was “nervous” about using it as a budget tool.
You’ve been caught once already bullshitting and blaming the Republicans for the Obama’s screw up Don. Strike 1. I say Obama here and not the Democrats because if you read the Washington Post article, even Harry Reid was afraid of the idea of Sequestration.
Back to Don’s Dung Pile:
In the end, no immediate cuts were made, but a “supercommittee” was set up to propose $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction later in the year. To make sure everyone was motivated to make a deal, the sequester was designed to be brutal: a set of immediate, across-the-board cuts to both defense spending and domestic spending, starting on January 1, 2013. The idea was that everyone would hate this so much they’d be sure to agree on a substitute.
Needless to say, no such agreement was reached. So now we’re stuck with the automatic sequestration cuts.
How big is the sequester? You’d think this would be an easy question to answer. In fact, it’s surprisingly complicated! Are you ready?
The basic amount of the sequester is $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years. But when you reduce spending, you also reduce interest on the national debt. This means that we only need $984 billion in actual program cuts. And since it’s for 10 years, naturally that means we divide by nine to get annual spending cuts of $109 billion. For FY2013, this comes to $12 billion per month, because there are only nine months from January (when the sequester begins) through the end of the fiscal year in September.
But wait! The fiscal cliff deal in January delayed the sequester until March 1, so it also lopped off two months of cuts. This means that the total amount of spending cuts for this year clocks in at $85 billion.
So what gets cut? The sequester is split evenly between defense spending and domestic spending. The domestic half has two parts: Medicare and everything else. For Medicare, the sequester specifies a flat 2 percent cut in reimbursements. Doctors will continue to bill at their usual rate, but they’ll only receive 98 cents on the dollar. According to the Congressional Budget Office, here’s how the whole thing nets out (see Table 1-2):
Defense: $42.7 billion
Medicare: $9.9 billion
Other domestic: $32.7 billion
Aside from Medicare, how are the other cuts divvied up? The sequester legislation requires the cuts to come evenly from every budget account. This means everything (with a few exceptions) gets cut the same amount. It’s an especially stupid way to cut spending, since everyone agrees that some programs are more important than others, but that’s the way it is. If you really want to torture yourself, you can read this Office of Management and Budget report, which contains 224 pages listing the sequester amounts from every single agency in the United States government. It’s followed by another 158 mind-numbing pages of agency accounts that are exempt from the sequester.
Lets not obfuscate here Don, you’re on one hand making it sound complicated with ‘fuzzy math’ and on the other hand trying to hide the facts by not providing links to them as we do. Could it be because the facts don‘t support your warped version of reality much less the truth? Lets look at a few specifics shall we?
Here are just a few, with the amount they got cut by in fiscal year 2013 (which concluded on September 30, 2013).
• Aircraft purchases by the Army, Air Force and Navy are cut by $4 billion.
• Military operations across the services (including reserves and National Guard) are cut by about $17.1 billion.
• Military research is cut by $6.1 billion.
• The National Institutes of Health get cut by $1.6 billion.
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are cut by about $303 million.
• Border security is cut by about $595 million.
• Immigration enforcement is cut by about $295 million.
• Airport security is cut by about $276 million.
• FEMA’s disaster relief budget is cut by $928 million.
• Public housing support is cut by about $1.74 billion.
• The FDA is cut by $209 million.
• NASA gets cut by $896 million.
• Special education is cut by $827 million.
• The Energy Department’s programs for securing our nukes are cut by $903 million.
• The National Science Foundation gets cut by about $361 million.
• The FBI gets cut by $556 million.
• The federal prison system gets cut by $339 million.
• State Department diplomatic functions are cut by $665 million.
• Global health programs are cut by $411 million; the Millenium Challenge Corp. sees a $45 million cut, and USAID a cut of about $289 million.
• The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is cut by $53 million.
• The SEC is cut by $74 million.
• The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is cut by $3 million.
• The Library of Congress is cut by $30 million.
• The Patent and Trademark office is cut by $148 million.
You can find cuts for fiscal year 2014 (which would have started October 1 had a spending bill been passed) here. <= See? We don’t hide the facts Don!
The supercommittee sequestration cuts are evenly split between domestic and defense programs, with half affecting defense discretionary spending (weapons purchases, base operations, construction work, etc.) and the rest affecting both mandatory (which generally means regular payouts like Social Security or Medicaid) and discretionary domestic spending.
Only a few mandatory programs, like the unemployment trust fund and, most notably, Medicare (more specifically its provider payments) are affected. The bulk of cuts are borne by discretionary spending for either defense or domestic functions.
Back to Don’s Ripening Dung Pile:
But as stupid as this is, don’t get too excited about it. It’s only for FY2013, which lasts seven more months. After that, although the total amount stays in place ($109 billion, split evenly between defense and domestic spending), congressional appropriations committees have much more flexibility about how to juggle the cuts.
Aren’t we still in a recession? What are these cuts going to do to the economy? Technically, we’re no longer in a recession, but there’s no question the economy remains weak. A big bunch of dumb spending cuts is about the last thing we need.
That said, the actual impact of the cuts is hazy. Among private forecasting firms, Macroeconomic Advisers figures the sequester will cut GDP by 0.7 percentage points, while IHS Global Insight puts it at 0.3 percent. Back before the sequester was delayed, CBO estimated 0.8 percentage points. Given a consensus growth forecast of about 2 percent for this year, this is a fairly substantial headwind. In terms of jobs, it will probably increase the unemployment rate by about half a percentage point. This is why Fed chairman Ben Bernanke basically told Congress on Tuesday that they were nuts to let the sequester proceed.
That’s all sort of bloodless. How about some horror stories? You know, three-hour waits at airports because of TSA cutbacks, food poisoning epidemics thanks to USDA cutbacks, that sort of thing? The White House has been making a lot of hay over its 50-state breakdown of cutbacks. California, for example, will lose 1,200 teachers, 8,200 Head Start slots, 49,000 HIV tests, $5 million in meals for seniors, etc. You can see the forecasts for your state here. Aside from that, Wonkblog seems to be the go-to site for alarmist coverage of the sequester. Brad Plumer has the impact on R&D spending here. In an interview with Ezra Klein, former NIH director Elias Zerhouni says it will be a “disaster for research.” Suzy Khimm interviews a former Homeland Security official here who says smuggling will increase. And MoJo’s own Zaineb Mohammed lists six ways the sequester will hurt the environment here, including higher risk of damage from wildfires.
BLOODLESS??!! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE SHITTING ME! DON YOU’VE GOT SOME NERVE CALLING THIS BLOODLESS! Impish lost 20%. ONE FIFTH his already shitty pay as a Civilian Military Employee!!! YOU’RE GOING TO SIT THERE AND SMUGLY CLAIM ON BEHALF OF YOUR INEPT HERO THAT THIS DOESN’T HURT PEOPLE??! My partially bed ridden mother lost her Meals on Wheels due to Sequestration when they cut their delivery radius back and said that if she wanted to eat she’d have to find someone to drive her the 10 miles to the Senior Citizens Center daily and then stand in line! BLOODLESS MY ARSE! (Impish here, actually, I lost a bit more than 20%. I lost my overtime each month. Still had to work 2 weekends a month, but no longer go paid time and a half, as I was promised, as is in the contract. Instead, I had to take two days off during the week. I could have refused, but the whole reason I have this job is because I think I’m actually accomplishing something by training the military reservists. If I refused, the only ones I would have been hurting was them. I lost the OT anyway, I wasn’t going to lose any of my guys because they didn’t get trained. Sure, I could make more on the outside, but there is something important making sure the military gets trained. So, overall, I lost 40% of my pay. Ran out my savings, borrowed money from my brother twice and came within days of being evicted from my home and homeless. Not so bloodless. Okay, you may carry on Lethal.)
YOU SIR, ARE AN IGNORANT AND UNCARING ASS OF THE FIRST MAGNITUDE!
Back to Don’s Rapidly Ripening Dung Pile:
That’s terrible! Does anyone have a plan to avoid the sequester? Sure. Sort of. President Obama has proposed a substitute that includes about $1.1 trillion in spending cuts and $700 billion in new revenue. It was dead on arrival because Republicans are flatly unwilling to consider any plan that includes higher taxes. Back in December, Republicans in the House passed a bill that would have kept all the domestic cuts and replaced the defense cuts with yet more domestic cuts, mostly to anti-poverty programs. It was DOA too, for obvious reasons. House and Senate Democrats have plans as well.
Gee given the poor state of the Economy, is it any wonder the Republicans don’t want to see any additional tax burden? Let’s not forget we are already stuck with the new Obamacare Tax want the Healthcare or not! Democrats know only one phrase when it comes to taxes and taxpayers- “Give us more because we aren’t giving anything back ever! We’d be crazy to because that’s how we buy our voter base, with your taxes!”
Back to Don’s Rapidly Ripening Dung Pile:
But the truth is that there’s probably no deal to be made. Republicans won’t accept tax hikes, Democrats won’t accept any bill that’s exclusively spending cuts, and neither party is willing to just kill the sequester outright, which is the most sensible option. For now, all that’s really happening is that both sides are barnstorming the country blaming the other guys. Obama seems to be winning that battle at the moment.
Gee. Obama’s winning the blame game. Big surprise there not only has that been the hallmark of his Presidency, along with bowing to Foreign Heads of State instead of meeting them as equals but he has the Left Wing Liberal Lame Stream Media fighting 85% of the battle for him. With getting their message out in a succinct clear manner never having been a Republican strong suit and in particularly this current batch seems to suffer from the in ability to even speak coherently in front of the camera is it really any wonder Don figures Obama is winning the blame game? Better yet is being a winner at selling what has been clearly demonstrated to be a total fabrication of lies something the Liberal Lemmings should be bragging about their President doing much less be proud of?
Speaking of Sequester options how about killing the nearly $50 billion in foreign aid to countries that all hate us anyway and using that to lessen the impact of Sequestration?
In fiscal year 2011, the U.S. government allocated the following amounts for aid:
Total economic and military assistance: $49.5 billion
- Total military assistance: $17.8 billion
- Total economic assistance: $31.7 billion
- of which, USAID assistance: $14.1 billion.
U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants (Greenbook), “Program and Account Reports”
What about making Congress’s pay and benefits subject to the effects as well? Conveniently Congress and the President are excluded from the pain and suffering they are causing the rest of us? Obama has nothing but contempt for Americans and needs to be made to feel and suffer his actions just like the rest of us do! In a “government of the people, by the people, for the people” nobody should be exempt from the laws made to govern the people especially those making the laws!
Speaking of suffering Don, I am of no mind to suffer your incessant Liberal hype and lies or the smell of your blatant bullshit any longer. Your comments will no longer see the light of day on this blog. From no on they all go straight to the garbage. You’re all done here and no longer welcome since you think you can force us to constantly refute your bullshit with the truth. In 3 years of you posting your liberal lies as your own words not once have we been unable to not prove you full of shit. You’re not interested in the truth or an open honest discussion/exchange of ideas, you just want to deface anything that isn’t screaming the liberal lies from the roof tops.
Well no longer that ends today. Go sell your liberal brand of political fertilizer someplace else. We’re full up with what we are forced to accept out of Obama and Congress we don’t need your zealous regurgitation of farcical fictional nonfactual Liberal spin and blame deflection around here any longer.