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Gridlock In DC

The first session of this 112th Congress was spent with Democrats and Republicans at loggerheads over the debt ceiling, taxes, spending cuts, the deficit super committee, appropriations bills and finally the extension of unemployment compensation and a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut. Standard and Poor's downgrade of the United States' federal debt was due in part to all the haggling over how, and actually whether, to reduce the debt.

No One Is Willing to Pay the Political Price to Cut Spending

This year Obama asked Congress for, and was given, an additional $1.2 trillion of borrowing authority, which will increase the debt limit to $16.4 trillion, just enough to get him past the 2012 election. It could be close, however. If budget projections prove to be overly optimistic, Obama could face another cliffhanger over a further increase in the debt ceiling in the midst of the presidential election in November. How embarrassing to have to say "re-elect me – and by the way, I need to borrow some more money to pay this month's bills."

President Barack Obama

Sometime early in January, the US crossed the line at which its national debt exceeds its gross domestic product of $15.1 trillion. Each party blames the other, but in truth, almost no one in the federal government is willing to bite the bullet and make necessary cuts. Everyone hopes someone else's ox will be gored.

The federal government's expenditures have been exceeding its revenues by about $107 billion per month so far in fiscal year 2012. At that rate, there will only be about $100 billion of this additional $1.2 trillion of borrowing authority left come November. That's not much breathing room.

After the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to reject the president's request for authorization to borrow another $1.2 trillion, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said the vote "is an indictment of the administration's reckless spending binge that has driven America's economy down a disastrous fiscal path ... the most rapid increase in debt under any US president." Boehner noted that the national debt has increased more than $4.6 trillion since Obama took office.

While the House vote may seem like an encouraging gesture, it is ultimately irrelevant. Under the deal cut last summer, a majority of both houses of Congress would be required to block the debt limit increase, but even then the president could veto it. Simply, if the Democrat Senate joined the House in rejecting the increase, there's no way a 2/3 majority of both houses could have been summoned to override a presidential veto.

At Loggerheads

Both parties accuse the other of obstruction. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) observed that "we've spent months on things that used to happen just matter-of-factly." He added that "the Senate works on consensus, and we haven't been able to get that because the Republicans [are engaged in] obstructionism on steroids." He accused Republicans of using Senate rules friendly to the minority, namely the filibuster, to thwart his agenda. On the other hand, John Boehner's spokesman, Michael Steel, said "the House passed nearly 30 jobs bills with bipartisan support, but Senate Democratic leaders have refused to act." Representative Pat Meehan (R-PA) said that if only the Democrat-controlled Senate and President Obama would work with Republicans, Congress could "end the gridlock and get our economy moving... Our economy faces serious challenges right now – gridlock in Washington doesn't have to be one of them."

Obfuscation

A recent Gallup poll gives Congress a bipartisan approval rating of only 13%. This exasperation with Congress is certainly tied to gridlock and obstruction, but we are also faced with so much obfuscation that there is no telling who is at fault.

For example, a bill to extend the two-percent payroll tax cut for a full year was passed by the Republican-led House, but not by the Democrat-controlled Senate. The tax cuts were to expire on December 31, 2011. Both parties had attached other provisions or qualifications to their versions of the legislation that the other party in turn opposed. Yet both parties tried to gain political points by accusing the other of simply opposing extending the payroll tax cut. For example, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) accused: "You're walking out, you're walking away, just as so many Republicans have walked away from middle-class taxpayers."

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer

But in reality, the Republicans were proposing to extend the tax cuts for a full year, and Hoyer's party proposed extending for only two months. Obfuscation at its finest.

Legislative Futility

Since 1947, the Congressional Record has included the Résumé of Congressional Activity at the end of each year. The Washington Times recently analyzed these reports and concluded that "Congress set a record for legislative futility by accomplishing less in 2011 than any other year in history." What was accomplished consisted mostly of things like naming post offices and extending existing laws. The House and Senate often failed to reach agreement in conference, and the Senate often failed to reach agreement within its own chamber. Hoyer said 2011 was "as unproductive a session as I have served in since I came to Congress 30 years ago."

The Senate continues to abdicate its responsibilities by failing to unveil a budget rather than risk putting forward a plan that results in political backlash in an election year. Sarah Binder, both of Brookings Institute and a professor at George Washington University, observed that it's hard to get things done "when revenues aren't growing and the decisions are how to cut, and how to cut long term." She said that it is harder for Congress to compromise on spending quarrels "because the two parties are drastically opposed on fundamental principles."

There's little hope in the near future; this second session of the 112th Congress will suffer from election-year paralysis. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said of gridlock in the coming year: "You think this is bad? You ain't seen nothing yet." As a candidate in 2008, Obama promised to transcend partisanship. Instead, Congress and the nation seem more polarized than ever.

Embracing Gridlock

Gridlock may be the nation's salvation, an encouraging sign that the ever-expanding leviathan is collapsing under its own weight. Robert Heinlein would undoubtedly welcome the gridlock we see today on Capitol Hill. In The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Heinlein's character, Professor Bernardo de la Paz, advises a constitutional committee as follows:

I note one proposal to make this Congress a two-house body. Excellent, the more impediments to legislation the better. But, instead of following tradition, I suggest one house legislators, another whose single duty is to repeal laws. Let legislators pass laws only with a two-thirds majority ... while the repealers are able to cancel any law through a mere one-third minority. Preposterous? Think about it. If a bill is so poor that it cannot command two-thirds of your consents, is it not likely that it would make a poor law? And if a law is disliked by as many as one-third, is it not likely that you would be better off without it?

Gridlock by design? He was on to something. Here's to hoping they don't find a solution.

 

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Thu, 03/15/2012 - 17:53 | 2259498 trav7777
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They'll spend enough to make this an election issue in the closing weeks, bitchez

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:07 | 2259527 malikai
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If Iran happens soon enough, they'll spend it all by summer.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:28 | 2259849 Buck Johnson
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They need this war to kick off in order to have cover for their economic and political policies.  And also the implosion of some financial systems. 

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 07:42 | 2261192 GMadScientist
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Squirrel!

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:07 | 2259766 Pool Shark
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Don't know who junked Trav, but he speaks the truth here.

Front row seat for the next budget ceiling debaucle: October, 2012... 

 

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 23:24 | 2260652 Janice
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Agreed. Everyone hates Obama except Pelosi. Obama has thrown too many under the bus to make himself look good. Payback is a mother.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 23:25 | 2260653 Janice
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Dup

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 17:53 | 2259499 geotrader
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HOW TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE PRESIDENT'S CAMPAIGN (WITHOUT SPENDING A $ (OF YOUR OWN MONEY)).

 

Date:  12/16/11

Bank of  Mr. Pres Contributor (BPC):  Mr. Obama, we'd like to donate $5M to your campaign.  Does this interest you?

Mr. Pres:  I'm listening.

BPC:  It's like this.  As you know our stock hasn't been doing so well.  We need your short term help.

Mr. Pres:  I'm listening.

BPC:  Everyone knows more QE is coming.  If history is any indicator, then the money will be going in to the NYSE.  Kindly direct some of that in our direction.  When our stock price hits $x, our group is prepared to donate $5M where you direct.  

Mr. Pres:  Thanks for coming by Mr. Banker.  Consider it done.  The tax payers will never know they just paid me $5M to get re-elected.

 

And there you have it!  Nothing going on here, move along now.

 

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 17:55 | 2259505 fonzannoon
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Yeah right gridlock. Like both parties are not only too happy to let the ponzi go on.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:00 | 2259519 DoChenRollingBearing
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I´d rather have spending cuts, really big cuts, but I can live with gridlock.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:15 | 2259545 redpill
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Agreed.  I'm ecstatic I don't get nearly all the government I pay for.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:57 | 2259719 GovtMediaLiars
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Indeed. It's a good thing they are so inefficient at most things or we'd have been screwed long ago. Of course, we're still still getting screwed so...

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 01:36 | 2260933 Tsunami Wave
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Most people I know here in the NJ area don't give a fuck about what anyone outside of the democratic party thinks here.  They think Obama must be re-elected because he saved the economy from the abyss, he's ending 2 wars, he passed Obamacare, republicans are really dumb, they're intellectually superior, they have no idea why re-hypothication/LTRO/ESM or EFSF/Operation Twist is, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah they won't hear any of it. We're done.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:18 | 2259551 piceridu
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I rather have those cleptocrats doing nothing...no new idiotic law on the books; sitting quietly with their hands folded for 4 more years. But we know that could never happen...so much ponzi-fiat-bread-circus to give, so little time.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:32 | 2259618 847328_3527
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I'd rather have Graved Lachs then gridlocks.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 07:57 | 2261206 Breaker
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Normally, I would agree with you. Normally, I would cheer for the Congress that accomplishes the least.

But ever growing spending and deficits are built into the system now. A gigantic crash is built into the system now. A passive Congress comprises tacit consent to the crash.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:50 | 2259514 Zero Govt
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"The first session of this 112th Congress was spent ... at loggerheads.."

Well it's already been a complete bloody farce for over a year ..just wait for the unlucky No. 113th Congress ...popcorn dipped in valium to watch these morons friggin round the rigging (again)

democracy: the biggest shitshow ever invented


Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:04 | 2259524 Comay Mierda
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its all a charade.  you think these psychopaths want to restore a constitutional republic with a balanced budget?  you are out of your mind.  the best way to establish a dictatorship in a country is to bankrupt it.  let the slaves try to revolt.  they will be too focused on surviving day-to-day to revolt against the dictator.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:57 | 2259720 babylon15
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Gaddafi would like a word with you.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:04 | 2259525 Piranhanoia
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What legislation was passed?   That will tell us what was is important to the companies that own the concept of America. 

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:08 | 2259529 EscapeKey
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Ah, I haven't seen a good act of political theatre for a while. Pass the popcorn.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:28 | 2259847 Zero Govt
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True, where did Super Committee go ..they on holiday?

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 21:55 | 2260348 UP Forester
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They went back to Krypton.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:18 | 2259530 ilovefreedom
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That's why I think its funny when people say Obama is a shoe-in for re-election, the way the economy is doing this topic will be front and center before election time.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:16 | 2259801 Moe Howard
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I have a plan to get out the vote for Obama. I am going to get me some of those US flags with obamas head instead of stars, and fly those and some  hammer and sickle (?) flags from my truck and write "Kill Whitey" all over it and drive it around the suburbs with rap music blasting. That should help get out the vote.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 21:08 | 2260192 krispkritter
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Now THAT sounds like a fun weekend...honey, where's the kid's rap CDs? 

http://news.yahoo.com/american-flag-obama-face-enrages-veterans-florida-170908457.html

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 21:58 | 2260360 UP Forester
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Sounds like when I lived in Alabama.

Loud rap music all week, and I had to be to work for 4 a.m.

On weekends, after the bar closed, I'd do Low 1 runs around the neighborhood.

I guess the neighbors decided a slightly lower volume on their car stereo was a small price to pay compared to dual glass-packs at 2:30 in the morning from the crazy Yankee with Michigan plates....

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 22:01 | 2260371 ClassicalLib17
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@ Moe  That was hilarious,  I think you're on to something there.  I found the Obama head flags to be particularly disgusting.  I hope you don't mind that I copied and pasted your post in an e-mail for the more forward thinking on my contact list.   God bless

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:08 | 2259531 smb12321
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Tyler -  You said, "How embarrassing to have to say "re-elect me – and by the way, I need to borrow some more money..."   But don't you see, Obama is not the least embarrassed and in fact, seems to relish in his power to drown the country in red (or should I say blue?).  His "solutions" to the debt are on par with those fror energy independence - every action undercats his avowed objective.  Just truly pathetic - a politician who neither leads nor inspires.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:10 | 2259534 non_anon
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Blago just started his prison sentence today, Obammy needs to follow

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:21 | 2259537 bob_dabolina
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I just want Obama to release the SPR stock so I can buy oil and than sell it back to him at a 30% premium when it needs to get refilled.

....just waiting for Obama "the oil speculator" to make his move.

For a guy so worried about evil speculators manipulating the price of oil he sure has earned himself a spot in the upper echelon of price manipulators. I wonder if he's smarter than the market he's speculating in?

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:31 | 2259615 TMT
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For a guy who says he has no control over gas prices, it's interesting he is releasing SPR.  Which is it - he has no control or does have control?

It's all optics with this clown.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:55 | 2259692 bob_dabolina
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Nancy Pelosi would call him a speculator and part of the reason that oil prices are so high.

Because B.O is speculating right? With a source of oil that's meant to be reserved for times of war.

bu bu bu speculators are evil.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:50 | 2259698 nmewn
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No shit. Maybe he needs a new teleprompter.

If the quantity of oil on the market doesn't make any difference in the price of oil...then why release any? The mental calisthenics he goes through are a sight to behold, no wonder he only gives speeches to kids.

He even trotted out the Flat Earther meme today...ROTFL!!!...when they knew perfectly well the earth was round in Columbus' time. 

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:59 | 2259729 bob_dabolina
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OBAMA!!! The Great Oil Speculator!

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 20:17 | 2260029 nmewn
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And he has the "authority" to force the issue ;-)

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 21:18 | 2260217 krispkritter
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Mental calisthenics? I bet he can't spell that.  I'm also guessing it looks like the exercise portion of World's Biggest Loser...President Edition...my God, the guy couldn't fucking fix breakfast and he thinks he can solve this countries problems? Oh crap, he is the problem. Gotcha...

PS. New teleprompters cost money unless he's buying cheap Chinese ones...hmmm... (We no likey what you say. We change programming maybe?)

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 22:06 | 2260383 nmewn
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"...unless he's buying cheap Chinese ones..."

You'll love this one...

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/03/14/Obama-flag-Florida

Yes, the flag was made in China...lol.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:14 | 2259540 Xibalba
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HA!

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:16 | 2259549 T-roll
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The problem is the US voter because We the People keep electing the same assholes to represent us.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 02:49 | 2260998 StychoKiller
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Correction, the US voters either choose heads or tails, but it's ALWAYS the SAME COIN!

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:22 | 2259563 Doubleguns
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Every thing passed this past year has been designed to remove more rights from the people. NDAA and now the attacks on freedom of speech around any areas designated by the secret service as off limits its called the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act. Patriot act was extended, and god only knows whats in bills we still do not know about. "You have to pass it to find out whats in it" always comes to mind.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 20:12 | 2259987 uno
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yes and both passed overwhelming, the freedom of speech had 3 nay votes.  The only thing these aholes agree unaminously on is destroying the Constitution.  If this does not show us the 0.1% control nothing will.  

house vote  399 yes - 3 no

 

House Vote On Passage: H.R. 347: Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011

 

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:21 | 2259568 apberusdisvet
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Who needs Congress.  Laws can be written by the EPA, the DOJ and the CIA, and signed by the President.  Haven't you heard?  The Constitution was abolished by secret vote.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 07:48 | 2261198 GMadScientist
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Who needs Congress.  Laws can be written by GE, GS, and GM, and signed by the President.  Haven't you heard?  Democracy was abolished by corporate political "speech".

Vote?!

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 08:03 | 2261218 Breaker
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Actually, EPA, DOJ, FCC, HHS all write laws that need not be signed by the President. Then those agencies investigate violations of the laws. Those agencies try the violators. The appeal is usually to the agency. And the agency has enforcement powers. 

Complete abrogation of separation of powers. That was progressives' goal in creating the modern administrative agency. Separation of powers is so inefficient and gets in the way of wise, smart people doing what is best for the dumber, flyover country people, who don't even know what is best for themselves.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:23 | 2259572 TMT
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1.  Flat tax with no deductions.

2.  Balanced budget amendment.

3.  Make all meetings/conversations between politicians and lobbyists public record and live-streamed on the internet.

4.  Move the white house and congress to the center of the country.  There they can work in cubicles in large warehouses.  DC is too corrupt to do the people's business.

5.  All military action must be approved by congress.  All politicians' children of age must be put into a draft.  At least one of the politician's in DC children will be drafted for every military adventure.

6.  Term limits for all elected politicians and judges.  Once your term is up, you cannot work for any firm who has any direct or indirect dealings with the federal government.

7.  Politicians have to use public funds to campaign for office.  $20 MM for each presidential candidate and $1 MM for each house/senate candidate.

8.  Every bill must be approved by a Constitutional Committee who has to site the section of the constitution that authorizes said law.

That would be a decent start.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:48 | 2259684 reTARD
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It maybe simplier than you'd think as our corrupt government and their dealings have everything to do with creating complexity. They use the addition of more laws, regulations and deductions (exceptions) as a means to mask their real motives. Everytime you heard them say "it will be for the public good" you know it's the opposite. And the way to combat that is simplicity.

I agree with your #4.

The simple fix is to make government positions undesirable. That will by nature limit the size and scope of government and at the same time be a constant reminder to the "civil servant" that they work for the people and not the other way around.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:59 | 2259727 geotrader
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9. When an elected official declares themselves to be a candidate for another office, they must resign their current post.  It's all or nothing.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 08:06 | 2261224 Breaker
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9. Remove rule making authority from administrative agencies.

10. Force administrative agencies to try violators in a court of law subject to normal due process.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:27 | 2259596 Animal Cracker
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With these gangsters, gridlock is a positive thing.

When our rulers agree on anything, you know you are about to get fucked hard.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:47 | 2259616 tahoebumsmith
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But wait, didn't the President promise that the super committee would have the TRILLION dollar answer by the time we cut our first slice into the turkey last Thanksgiving? Well here I sit, the dried up bird is starting to smell really bad and my kids are playing catch with the yams and marbles with the peas. So Mr. President, I know you said it was time to eat our peas and I'm still waiting. Another pipe dream promise that was not delivered just like every other promise made by our government. Here let me give you a place to start... How about a fricken budget? It's only been 535 days now since you breached that obligation to the people. How people can even consider electing any of these hypocrites is mind boggling. It's time to change direction, the only people getting attention is the Banks and Wall St. I'm really getting sick and tired of the excuses coming out of Washington, nothing more then lip service from a bunch of bought out con men... I was inspired by the turn out Ron Paul got in Illinois... I could only dream of an America run by such inspiration...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSjWlnAVT6Y

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:47 | 2259682 John Law Lives
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"No One Is Willing to Pay the Political Price to Cut Spending"

Why should they?  The goddam Fed will print money and buy securities and subsidize their reckless spending until the system implodes.  When that day comes, they will simply point fingers at someone else.

I hope SOMEONE exists that stands a snowball's chance in Hell of replacing the current ChairSatan that actually believes in fiscal conservatism.  Maybe that is nothing more than a pipe dream, but I would like to believe there is such a person and he/she could actually be nominated and confirmed.

 

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:59 | 2259726 Westcoastliberal
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Seems to me what we've seeing is an Empire in its' last days. Perhaps Rome felt like this near the end. Certainly something better must await us.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:00 | 2259735 Börjesson
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The debt ceiling is not a problem. Once the war starts, Obama will get unlimited credit in order to defeat the towering menace that is Iran. If he can't siphon off enough dosh from that to last him over the election (even if the war doesn't last that long), then he's more inept than he's shown so far.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:22 | 2259829 Moe Howard
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blank check aka no vote needed just here is a blank check spend at will bitch.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:01 | 2259738 Everybodys All ...
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Obama intends to wreck the system. What other conclusion can you make at this point? 

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 20:07 | 2259996 chubbar
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Once the economy collapses and martial law is instituted they plan to regionalize the U.S. in order to take the ability of folks to use their state representatives to enact change. It's all spelled out in Agenda 21.

http://ppjg.me/2012/03/14/agenda-21-on-steroids/

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 20:14 | 2260018 blunderdog
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I've concluded you're a moron, since you ask.

If you really think Obama INTENDS to wreck the economy, you give him wayyyyy more credit than he deserves.  That'd be like if he were Lex Luthor or something--a mad genius feverishly pursuing his evil plans.

He certainly ain't that.  He's a smooth-talking opportunist who wanted to become the biggest celebrity on Earth.  Pretty much a nothing, ascended to great power because of forces he had almost nothing to do with.

But if you need a fantasy villain, I guess he'll do.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 21:04 | 2260185 Everybodys All ...
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I've made this conclusion long ago. The question is for those that conclude something different. I would include you with people like Obama. Name calling and dividing serves no purpose other than to maybe boost your own ego.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 22:35 | 2260504 blunderdog
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No sir, no, you have me all wrong--I'm trying to warn others about the fact that you're a moron!

I wish the best for you--I hope Obama doesn't manage to ruin your life by "wrecking the system" with his evil plans. 

I just strongly recommend that others work toward a better future by completely ignoring the stupid shit that comes out of the big hole in your face. 

Honestly, it's even for your own benefit that I do this.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:12 | 2259785 newworldorder
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Gridlock by design? He was on to something. Here's to hoping they don't find a solution.

As long as the FED and its Primary Dealers Network are willing to buy unlimited supply of US Debt, Gridlock will not work and the current racket will not stop. There is no forcing function for the President or Congress to stop the games they are playing. The majority of "We the people" are not interested in figuring this out yet.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:18 | 2259810 Bay Area Guy
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Neither party is interested in anything other than gridlock, as it maintains the status quo. When the red team had both houses of Congress and W was president, they screwed things up so bad they lost boh houses in 2006. In 2008, the blue team got both houses, along with O and proceeded to screw everything up. I think it was intentional both times. If you have control of the White House nd both houses of Congress, you're completely responsible for what happens nd the voters will punish the individuals as well as the party for screwing up. These guys, ultimately, could give a shit about the country and, frankly, about the party. They only care about continuing at the public trough.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:21 | 2259819 Moe Howard
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Where is my fucking bread and circuses? Where the fuck is the christians being eaten by the lions? if they want me to ignore this bullshit they need to get serious. Dancing with the mutherfukin stars is not goin to cut it. At least paint a bullseye on the USS Enterprise and sail her into harm's way, pay 4 view streaming as you false flag that bitch.

My Republic is sinking, and the best the hollywierd can do is desperate joo housewives and jersey eyetalians.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:22 | 2259826 Sathington Willougby
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Vote Muppet 2012!

Pull the lever for the guy with a hand up his ass!

 

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 23:18 | 2260638 SokPOTUS
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We did in 2008.  It's our documentary challenged friend, Soros' little SokPOTUS!!!

 

Muppet Heaven!!!

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:26 | 2259840 gwar5
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Squidlock.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 21:48 | 2260332 krispkritter
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What do you call Wall Street at lunchtime? Hey, F U Trebek! Where's Vanna? She knows this stuff!...Get your hands off me you friggin' Canuck!

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:36 | 2259882 pauhana
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How to choose from among a plethora of bad choices?  It's truly Hobson's Choice.  The better question is:  Of the really bad choices remaining, which will hurt us the least?  Can I just crawl back under the covers and stay there until it's safe to come out again?  And, btw, when will that be?  

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:39 | 2259889 HungrySeagull
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There is a check box on apr 15th tax donation to presidental election.

$1? Nope 10. now

Remove the current 535 and insert 535 ordinary people and make them follow the rules and be quick about it.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:50 | 2259934 odatruf
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I agree.  Make it like jury duty.  You get called on to serve understanding that it's a short term thing and that because there will be so many ex Congressman and women around that you won't be able to profit from it later.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:57 | 2259975 reTARD
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+15.5 trillion. Bingo.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 21:53 | 2260341 HungrySeagull
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Make the Jury Duty effective for say.. 3 months per person. Pay about 3000 per month. Provide transport to and from Capitol building and put em up in a hotel.

Have the 13 fiscal budgets ready at the start of each quarter pending tax reciepts for that quarter.

Provide everything straight up and down votes with bills on actual paper written in regular english (Or street jive if you prefer) and consist of no more than one specific law. No No amendments, riders, attachments etc etc etc.

One hour to read, 15 minute break to think and vote up down simple majority.

When term of 3 months is up, salary is paid and a record is given to the district of that person's votes and actions in the paper for the area.

No military travel perks, no other perks, no fancy food except what is required to maintain good health and alert work time performance.

No electioneering is provided or wanted. Just a lottery that runs similar Jury duty in our county courts today.

I would suppose it would not be necessary to make or provide COG or Opsec/persec for 535 out of 300,000,000 people half of which probably qualify to serve briefly.

This way we can reach back to the old "Longhouse" days when everyone of age had a yea or nay (Or at least something better or worst to say.) good laws passed, bad laws discarded.

No bull, no politics no problem.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 21:55 | 2260349 HungrySeagull
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Oh, one more thing.

At the end of 3 months any and all unresolved bills will be sent to Ballots in every county to vote on for a time period of one month by the People. Two weeks to vote, one week for president to sign and one week to enter into the Federal Registry.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:56 | 2259968 AC_Doctor
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Less than 5 (1%) out of the 535 kuntts in Congress would barely tell anyone that we are on the brink of financial failure.  The other 530 numbnuts need the borrowed money to promise voters things we cannot afford to keep the voters reelecting them.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:57 | 2259972 digalert
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I called my house rep of CONgress today asking him to support his fellow congressman, Walter Jones, NC

House Concurrent Resolution 107 Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

These bastards swore to uphold the constitution...damn't!

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 20:53 | 2260146 Sathington Willougby
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I called every damn day this week.

Every day I get a little more tireless, a little more irate.

Those Congr-AssMuppets are going to pay.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 20:13 | 2260016 israhole
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All I want to know is where's the fuckin gold?  Simple enough, let's see it.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 20:48 | 2260126 CrashisOptimistic
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Did someone mention a windfall profits tax on Apple?

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 21:31 | 2260272 navy62802
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But but ... the super committee. I thought that was supposed to fix everything.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 21:54 | 2260347 dolph9
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Simple question.  Kudos to anybody who can provide a straight answer.  Honestly.

If fiat debt can be expanded to infinity to fund the federal government, why do we even pay any federal income taxes?

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 01:05 | 2260892 Money 4 Nothing
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Correct, Because our Government figued out there is more money to be made in Military Industrial Complex than Tax reciepts.

Fractional Reserve Banking at it's finest doesn't help either.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 22:17 | 2260406 Element
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No One Is Willing to Pay the Political Price to Cut Spending

 

Or rather, no one dares tell the truth to the now awakening muddle-class.

It's easier to print $$$ and lie ... than it is to face a noose.

 

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 23:44 | 2260703 moonstears
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Hey, here's the answer, Mr Smith goes to DC, then all is well?

http://www.kjct8.com/news/30172361/detail.html

(ohhh /sarc...by the way)

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 01:02 | 2260875 Money 4 Nothing
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Both parties are two wings of the same bird, reduced to ceremonial status. Their "Grid Lock" is all dog and pony show. Obama isn't worried about a second term, he already has it wrapped up. Hopium Muppet.

 Sorry to say, but this guy isn't going anywhere anytime soon and it won't be because he got re-elected. Stay tuned, more outrage to come.

 

http://lewrockwell.com/napolitano/napolitano45.1.html

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 01:20 | 2260919 lolmao500
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Weird uh how these sons of bitches don't have gridlock when it's time to pass NDAA or that kind of stuff??

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 06:44 | 2261148 Disenchanted
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When we get this 'monkey' off our back, maybe then we'll be on the road to fixing things:

 

The documented performance of the leading Zionists in public office in the United States over the past two decades has been an unmitigated disaster. The self-proclaimed best and brightest have led the country into the worst economic and military catastrophes in a century. It was Alan Greenspan, as head of the Federal Reserve, who de-regulated the financial sector and optimized conditions for the mega-swindles and speculative frenzy bringing down the entire financial system. It was his replacement, Ben Bernanke, who pushed for trillions of US tax-payer dollars in bail-out funds to save his cronies on Wall Street and set them back on course, in the last 2 years, to repeat their speculative orgy - and allow such tribal compatriots as Stephen Schwartzman to reap $213 million in earnings in 2011[38].

 

It was Fred Kagan, Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, Libby, Abrams and Ross, as well as their less prominent lieutenants, who pushed the US into wars on Israel’s behalf in Afghanistan and Iraq, all the while confidently predicting ‘low cost, quick victories’ (even slam-dunks). Never has such a cohort of Ivy League mediocrities collectively produced so many disastrous policies in such a brief historical time while never being held in any way, shape or form responsible or accountable for their performance. It is obvious that these policy disasters did not result from faulty intellect or lack of an elite education. Their apparent ignorance of historical, political, economic and military realities was a result of their blinding Zionist loyalties to the Israeli state whose real interests they embraced. This lack of accountability guarantees that this process will continue until the US, as a republic, is destroyed for the masses of its misled citizens.

 

quote from: Israel's Willing Executioners

 

btw in case anyone hasn't noticed, zionism and international banksterism seem to be more than nodding aquaintances. Wait does that make me an 'antisemite'? Oh boo fucking hoo that would just crush me...

 

edit: oh yeah make sure you get out and vote to change all this...lol!

Diebold e-voting systems vulnerable to attack

The e-voting system hack can be completed with "just $10.50 in parts and an 8th grade science education"; for another $15 worth of parts, a wireless RF remote control can be added to start and stop the attacks. VAT leader Roger Johnston said that the team believes that these type of attacks "are potentially possible on a wide variety of electronic voting machines", adding that they think they can "do similar things on pretty much every electronic voting machine".

 

that's just the e-voting, then there's the e-vote counting system...you get the picture.


Fri, 03/16/2012 - 10:13 | 2261573 Clowns on Acid
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Simple question....Where is the Budget ? Obiwan the Kenyan has not even attempted to formulate a budget.

This by itself is unconstitutional. As we move away from the Constitution, into uncharted waters, Smith & Wesson share price moves higher.

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