Classless Warrior Without A Clue

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you know that the U.S. economy isn’t in good shape. Some doomsayers are even predicting that we’re headed for or already in another recession. What’s the proper tax policy when dealing with a fragile economy? Let’s see what Obama had to say on the subject two years ago.

That’s right, the last thing you want to do is raise taxes in a recessionary environment, because it would suck demand out of the economy and put businesses further in a hole. So, what did cynical Captain Clueless announce today?

Obama proposes new taxes on wealthy for half of debt plan

President Obama made a defiant call on Monday for $1.5 trillion in new taxes as part of a plan to find $3.2 trillion in budget savings over the next decade, issuing his most detailed proposal yet to tame the soaring federal debt.

Abandoning earlier compromises, Obama adopted a posture that cedes far less ground in cutting the nation’s social safety net and demands much more in terms of new levies on millionaires, other wealthy Americans and some industries.

See also:
Obama says raise taxes for the rich to help cut huge deficits; GOP says that’s class warfare
Boehner on Obama deficit plans: Tells Fox Business, “I don’t think I would describe class warfare as leadership”
Old debate over raising rich’s taxes plays out on new landscape
Tax the rich, Obama says; class warfare, says GOP
Analysis: Deficit plan not class warfare, Obama insists
Obama: “This is not class warfare — It’s math”
Obama campaign takes on ‘class warfare’
Obama Yokes Benefit Cuts to New Taxes
Obama links entitlement cuts to tax changes
Obama proposes tax hike on wealthy to close deficit
Higher taxes for the mega-rich
Obama’s deficit proposal marks a move away from compromise

What a brilliant idea, let’s tax the [expletive deleted] out of the rich, you know, the same people who spend and invest money and create the jobs that we need to grow the economy out of the hole we’re in now. Of course, Obama knows damn well that his proposed tax increases will never pass through Congress. Even most Democrats aren’t stupid enough to vote to raise taxes in the face of a weak economy.

But Obama still proposed the tax increases anyway, even though he knows they’ll never see the light of day, why? Because it’s a cynical political ploy to shore up his lefty base in a futile attempt to salvage his ever decreasing chances of winning reelection. When Obama says it’s not about class warfare, you can be damn sure it’s all about class warfare. Hey Obama, you want everybody to pay their “fair share”, how about the 50% of Americans that don’t pay any taxes at all?

Obama doesn’t give a [expletive deleted] about the economy and whether his words and actions make a recovery harder to achieve. The only “job” he cares about is his own. He’s basically abdicated from the last 14 months of his first term as President to campaign full time for a second term, the rest of the country be damned.

Obama is like a $4 trillion ton drag, jumping up and down on the back of the economy. I can guarantee you that the second it’s a done deal that Obama’s on his way out, the country will breathe a huge, collective sigh of relief and the economy will take off like gangbusters again.

/until the elections, I think it’s best that we just ignore Obama and practice a policy of fiscal and regulatory containment

Budget Hero 2.0

Find out how hard it really is to get us out of the economic mess we’re in. Do you have a better fiscal plan than Paul Ryan’s road map, can you destroy the country as quickly as Obama’s reckless spending spree?

Computer game gives people shot at managing budget

Think you might do better than President Barack Obama and congressional leaders in picking and choosing what government spending to cut — or taxes to raise — to stave off a debt showdown that could wreck the economy? A new computer game gives you, too, the chance to play “Budget Hero.”

“Budget Hero 2.0” is an update of an original version that came out in 2008. It shows players just how difficult it might be to carry out their grand policy objectives — universal health care, extending the Bush tax cuts or ending foreign aid — and still keep the government from either becoming irrelevant, or going broke.

“Our timing turns out to be perfect,” said former Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., who resigned this year to head the Woodrow Wilson Center, a nonpartisan think tank that developed the game with American Public Media.

Play the game:

Budget Hero 2.0

See also:
Budget Hero 2.0: Fun with debt ceilings!
Get Ready To Get Your Game On And Save The Country! (Civic Duty Meets Casual Gaming)
Computer Game Lets You Be a ‘Budget Hero’
Computer game gives people shot at managing budget
New Game Allows Users to Take a Crack at the Debt Ceiling
Computer game offers a chance to solve fiscal crisis
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
American Public Media
American Public Media

Okay, okay, so the game was developed by Lefties, as disclosed above. It’s still somewhat amusing, factual, and pertinent to our current predicament.

/give it a whirl, be a Budget Hero

Next Time They Shoot To Kill

Isn’t having Obama as President awesome? Because Obama still insists on raising taxes in a slow economy, something everybody knows would never pass the House of Representatives, the United States is in danger of losing its AAA credit rating. No one can say we haven’t had an impossible to miss or misinterpret warning shot fired across our bow.

U.S. Debt Rating Placed on Review for Downgrade by Moody’s as Talks Stall

Moody’s Investors Service raised the pressure on U.S. lawmakers to increase the government’s $14.3 trillion debt limit by placing the nation’s credit rating under review for a downgrade.

The U.S., rated Aaa since 1917, was put on review for the first time since 1996 on concern the debt threshold won’t be raised in time to prevent a missed interest or principal payment on outstanding bonds and notes, even though the risk remains low, Moody’s said in a statement yesterday. The rating may be reduced to the Aa range, and there is no assurance Moody’s would restore its top rating, even if a default is quickly “cured.”

See also:
Moody’s May Downgrade U.S. Debt, If Crisis Isn’t Resolved
Moody’s: If U.S. Misses Debt Payment, Rating Could Be Cut Next Day
Moody’s moves on US credit rating
Moody’s puts debt rating on review
Moody’s downgrade threat adds to US woes
Moody’s considers downgrading U.S. credit rating
Moody’s Puts U.S. AAA Credit Rating at Risk of Downgrade
US debt crunch: A nation taken to the limit
Reports: S&P Says U.S. Rating Could Be Downgraded If It Misses Any Payments
Cost of Protecting U.S. Debt Rises on Moody’s Action

Boy oh boy, you think we have a debt problem now? Just watch what happens if our debt rating gets cut. It will immediately become more expensive to borrow money, thus compounding our already beyond serious debt woes, a self inflicted wound, like tasering ourselves in the neck. Obama needs to drop his, non starter in the House, tax increase obsession and get on with increasing the debt ceiling. You know, if Obama wanted to intentionally destroy the U.S. economy, he couldn’t be doing a better job. Is he the President or an enemy of the United States?

/if you’re ever wondering what Obama might be thinking of regarding U.S. economic policy, just ask yourself, what would Vladimir Putin do (WWVPD)?

Get With The Program

Cut, cap, balance. Get used to hearing those three words, because they’re going to be the “drill baby drill” mantra of the 2012 election cycle. It’s a winning issue and our country’s fiscal survival depends on it.

Cut, cap and balance

This week a group of serious, committed advocacy organizations banded together to send a clear message to Washington and urged members of Congress to sign their pledge, titled “Cut, Cap and Balance.”

. . .

So what are the right things to do, according to the pledge?

Cut — Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.

Cap — Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.

Balance — Passage of a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution — but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a supermajority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses.

Take the pledge:

Cut Cap Balance Pledge

See also:
The Fiscal Pledge We Need: Cut, Cap, Balance
Conservative Lawmakers Sign Pledge Demanding Cuts, Caps & Balanced Budget Amendment in Debt Limit Deal
Coalition Calls for ‘Cut, Cap, And Balance’ on Capitol Hill
Conservative groups, lawmakers officially roll out Cut, Cap, Balance Pledge
Lawmakers sign pledge to balance the budget
Cut, cap, balance to save economy
CBO Warning Bolsters ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’
Cut, Cap and Balance–As in the Budget–Full-Speed Ahead
Cut, Cap, Balance: How to Address the Debt Ceiling Issue
Behind the GOP’s ‘Cut, Cap, Balance’ Pledge
Can Conservatives’ ‘Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge’ Cure Spending Problem?

Go to the pledge website, work your e-mail, work your phone. Do whatever you can to get your Congressional representatives to sign on to the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge. Just do it, do it now.

/and if they won’t sign on, make sure you do your part to vote them out of office

The “Stimulus” That Keeps On Sucking

It’s bad enough that we borrowed a trillion dollars from China to waste on a “stimulus” program that actually destroyed 595,000 jobs, but it turns out that we lavished $24 billion of the massively useless pork potpourri on tax criminals! How cool was that?

Stimulus recipients found to be tax cheats

One construction company that won multiple awards of money under President Obama’s 2009 stimulus program was delinquent on its federal tax bill to the tune of $700,000, even as a company executive was blowing hundreds of thousands of dollars at casinos.

Yet another company failed to pay taxes, entered into a payment plan with the Internal Revenue Service, and then repeatedly defaulted on that agreement – and still won stimulus contracts worth more than $1 million, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday.

All told, government investigators found that during the period they examined, one out of every six stimulus contract or grant dollars went to a known tax cheat, according to Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who, along with several colleagues, requested the GAO review.

The review found that at least 3,700 stimulus recipients owed a total of more than $757 million in taxes, but were awarded $24 billion in stimulus money.

Read the report:

Thousands of Recovery Act Contract and Grant Recipients
Owe Hundreds of Millions in Federal Taxes

See also:
Report: Stimulus recipients owe $750 million in taxes
Companies that got stimulus money owe millions in back taxes
Stimulus contractors owe millions in back taxes
Stimulus Recipients Owe Back Taxes
Report: Stimulus Recipients Owe Hundreds Of Millions In Taxes
Stimulus money recipients owe billions in US taxes-GAO
GAO Report: 3,700 Stimulus Fund Recipients Owe Millions in Taxes
GAO Voices Concerns (Again) About Contracts, Grants Awarded to Delinquent Taxpayers
Senators: Tax delinquency issue larger than stimulus
Report: Tax dodgers pocketed $24B+

Now, you need to ask yourself, if the Obama administration was this incompetent that they gave $24 billion to known tax cheats, just how inept were they in frittering away the rest of the trillion dollars? If they couldn’t even catch the obvious gaming of the “stimulus” program, how much more undetected abuse and fraud is out there? I bet it totals in the hundreds of billions. And you, your children and grandchildren will get stuck paying for Obama’s “stimulus” folly, because we borrowed the trillion he wasted.

/Obama, putting the boon in boondoggle

Charlie Gets A Wrist Slap

You know, most people who failed to pay taxes for 17 years would spend some time in Federal prison.

Charles Rangel censured on House floor

As the House of Representatives began debating censuring Charles Rangel there was still much in the balance.However, a vote was called and passed, and as the Post reported:

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 333-79 to censure Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) for violations of tax and fundraising rules, the first time in nearly 30 years that the House has considered such a severe punishment for one of its own.

The historic proceedings began shortly after 4 p.m., with the House chamber nearly full. The first speaker was Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House ethics committtee, which investigated Rangel and recommended he receive Congress’s second-most severe punishment.

See also:
House Roll Call: Vote to censure NY’s Rangel
House censures New York’s Charlie Rangel for misconduct
House censures veteran Rep. Charles Rangel for misconduct
Democrat congressman censured over ethics violations
House votes to censure New York Rep. Rangel
Charlie Rangel: censured!
The Rangel Censure
Charles Rangel censured on House floor – what does censure mean?
Ethics woes tarnish Rangel’s flashy, old-school style
Reaction to the Rep. Charles Rangel’s censureCharlie Rangel got his just deserts in the House censure, and he has only himself to blame
Charlie Rangel’s censure, House’s disgrace
Despite Censure, Rangel’s Name Will Remain on CCNY Building
Rangel has swagger back after House censure
Rangel statement to the House after censure vote

So, that’s it, Charlie has to stand there for a couple minutes while Pelosi says some words, he has to pay the taxes he owes anyway, and everyone goes on their merry way like nothing happened. That’s supposed to be punishment?

/how do you shame a shameless politician?

Time To Pay The Piper

Back in February, Obama created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to come up with solutions to our $14 trillion national debt problem, a good chunk of that debt created by Obama himself. Anyway, after ten months of deep thought, the commission has released a report that they don’t even agree on.

Presenting plan to cut deficit, commission members offer surprising compromises

Members of President Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission expressed a surprising willingness Wednesday to compromise on issues that have long divided Republicans and Democrats, including raising taxes and cutting Social Security.

Confronted with a deficit-reduction plan loaded with political dynamite, members from both parties set aside ideological orthodoxy at least briefly, sparking hope that their work could ignite a serious effort to reduce government debt and spare the nation from a European-style fiscal crisis.

While only seven of the 18 members endorsed the package outright, others staked out positions that could change the terms of the well-worn Washington debate over taxes and spending

Read the report:

The Moment of Truth
REPORT OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND REFORM

See also:
Map is offered to slash deficit
Deficit Plan Released by Obama Commission, Few Expect Consensus
A time to govern
Deficit Commission Report receives mixed support
The Deficit Commission Report Is Dead Before Arrival
Deficit Panel Ideas to Lack Needed Support: Conrad
Obama Deficit Commission Plan Won’t Win 14 Votes
U.S. Deficit-Cutting Panel’s $3.8 Trillion Plan on Brink of Being Rejected
Deficit commission: four reasons it could fail
Majority on deficit panel expected to back its recommendations
Obama’s fiscal commission to win majority for deficit cuts
Vote set for controversial debt-slashing plan
National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

Even though no one seems to agree on exactly what to do about the deficits and debt, at least they’re starting to talk about it. That’s a good thing. The longer we wait to make the hard choices that are absolutely necessary for the country’s long term fiscal survival, they harder the choices get, and they’re already hard now. If it was easy to solve this problem, it would have been solved by now.

/according to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, “The most significant threat to our national security is our debt”