Just Another Crisis – Again…

The weekend before the August 2 “deadline” is full of the high-drama and posturing that we have all become used to.  Another crisis that must be addressed against the backdrop of the political maneuvering and finger pointing from both political parties.  This time, it’s how to spend (or not spend as much) of our taxpayer dollars, and how much more money that Congress doesn’t have that can spend on whatever.

GeeeeeZ! found this video that really simplifies what Congress has done, and what we must do:

For all the bad press, the Tea Party has rightly stated that our government must practice fiscal responsibility, and to some of the newly elected Congresscritters credit, have stuck to their guns.  The proposed bills that have been debated or introduced only slow the uncontrolled spending down, and only “kick the can down the road,” which only delays the inevitable. 

What do you want to bet that after this “crisis” is dealt with, it will be back to business as usual for Congress, i.e., put any type of fiscal proposals on the far back burner until the next crisis?  They have done it before, and they will do it again. 

Too bad Congress doesn’t show the same urgency and long-range planning on the budget and debt ceiling as they did when working on Obamacare.  Oh, wait…that was politically motivated…just like the “negotiations” for everything else that Congress does…and we’re still finding out what havoc that monstrosity is going to cause.

What Congress must do is go on a spending diet, cutting out discretionary spending, aid to foreign governments, and useless programs and departments.  Congress must take care of the needs of this country and its citizens first before even thinking of going outside the borders.  If this country goes down the tubes, what country is going to come to our aid?  Not many or any, I would wager. 

Unfortunately, I don’t think the current crop of elected leader is going to do what is right for the country.  What do you think?

Negotiating What?

This weekend, Congress is attempting to negotiate a budget deal to reduce the deficit spending and how much debt our government can incur.  I can only wish that I have a bottomless bag of money that I could do with as I wish.

For those of you who do not know what deficit spending is, here’s the definition from Wikipedia:

Deficit spending is the amount by which a government, private company, or individual’s spending exceeds income over a particular period of time, also called simply “deficit,” or “budget deficit,” the opposite of budget surplus.

So our Congresscritters are voting how much they can spend without regard to how much is collected in taxes, tariffs, and fees.  And remember, whatever shortfall there is will be added to the nation debt.

It’s like a teenager with a credit card that the parents pay without question.  Except we are the parents, and we are starting to question what our elected officials are doing.  And I’ll tell you right now, I think Ramirez has it right on the money (pun intended).

These clowns are picking our pockets with near impunity, but they are starting to feel the heat.  The backlash from the Stimulus Package that didn’t, and the constant revelations of what Obamacare will cost the taxpayers has everyone nervous and mad as Hell.  Let’s face it – how many of us can keep on spending forever without consequences?

What also amazes me is that Congress can incur debt without a plan on repaying the loans.  Forever.  And when a plan to balance the budget and reduce the national debt is introduced, it’s shot down.  Is this fiscal responsibility to the American people who must foot the bill?  No, it is not.

And then there is the fear from the stock markets and investors that the US will not pay its debts.  As pointed out by Ken Taylor over at “The Liberal Lie, The Conservative Truth,”:

The 14th Amendment prohibits by law the Nation from defaulting on any loan made with the approval of Congress and as such if we were to default it would be by order of the President regardless of whether any debt ceiling deal is or is not made and if this happens he as the responsible officer of the government who gave the order would be in direct violation of the Constitution…

Our politicians (and President) are fear-mongering to push higher debt limits and taxes to support their limitless spending.  But the American taxpayer, no matter how rich, cannot support such a spending plan.  The American Thinker’s Alan Aszkler has an article that states that we are completely hosed at this point in time.  This paragraph caught my attention:

How much in new taxes will need to be seized from the private sector over and above every dollar currently collected?  One point eight trillion dollars.  What is the effect in real dollars on every American tax-paying citizen to pay the debt and the deficit spending?  Increasing your federal income tax rate to 48%.

How many of us can live on 50% of what we take home minus the taxes we pay to our respective states (sales, income, property, gasoline, etc…)?  Any volunteers?

Then there is this plan from the same article:

If Obama truly believed we all can pay a little more, he could put his money where his mouth is.  Mr. President, save $12 billion by abolishing the IRS and instituting a national sales tax of 26% on our $15.2-trillion economy to raise the $4 trillion to run your federal social justice program.  Everybody would pay their fair share of the ever-escalating costs of government entitlement programs.  Add in the local sales tax, and one third of every dollar goes to government costs!

In about a week, everybody would be willing to cut government spending.

Hmmm…  Let’s just get to the bottom line – cut the crap and the spending….

AWOL

As some of you may have noticed, the blog server went down for a couple of days. When it came back up, the database wasn’t connecting correctly. As if there were any new postings for you to read…

Work has been extremely busy. And when there was some time off (I think it is called a “vacation”), I and the wife were still busy around the house, working on the multitudes of things that needed to get done. Of course, when we get back to work, the desks now have PHDs (Piled Higher & Deeper).

Which means that I have not been posting on the BS that the politicians are pulling in Washington, especially with the budget “negotiations”.

You know, it really doesn’t matter who is in office and in charge of Congress, it is still the same old BS over and over again. Spend what they don’t have and hope that the American people won’t notice. If only they would spend only what they can afford,we wouldn’t be in this mess.

But everyone except the Congresscritters and their supporters will be on the recording end of a very sharp stick. That, my friends, needs to come to an end if it is already not too late.