Video: Obama unveils surreal, catastrophic new budget

posted at 6:12 pm on February 14, 2011 by Allahpundit

How bad is it? Try to guess who wrote the following:

[Senators] have to lead, because this president is too weak, too cautious, too beholden to politics over policy to lead. In this budget, in his refusal to do anything concrete to tackle the looming entitlement debt, in his failure to address the generational injustice, in his blithe indifference to the increasing danger of default, he has betrayed those of us who took him to be a serious president prepared to put the good of the country before his short term political interests. Like his State of the Union, this budget is good short term politics but such a massive pile of fiscal bullshit it makes it perfectly clear that Obama is kicking this vital issue down the road.

To all those under 30 who worked so hard to get this man elected, know this: he just screwed you over. He thinks you’re fools. Either the US will go into default because of Obama’s cowardice, or you will be paying far far more for far far less because this president has no courage when it counts. He let you down. On the critical issue of America’s fiscal crisis, he represents no hope and no change. Just the same old Washington politics he once promised to end.

That’s Andrew Sullivan, formerly Obama fan numero uno in the blogosphere, now coping for the second time in eight years with crushing disappointment from a president he ardently supported. Ed’s already written a bunch about the budget today so I won’t belabor it, but have a look at Andrew Stiles’s bullet-point list of the lowlights if you missed it. $26.3 trillion in new debt — repeat, new debt — alone over the next decade. Says Jake Tapper, summing things up in a single harrowing line, “At no point in the president’s 10-year projection would the U.S. government spend less than it’s taking in.”

I’m preaching to the choir but let’s make sure we all understand the magnitude of what we’re seeing here: On the seminal issue of his time, the long-term fiscal sustainability of the United States, this guy has completely abdicated. In fact, I’m tempted to say that this, not ObamaCare, will be the cornerstone of his legacy, but that’s really a false choice. They’re two sides of the same coin: He has a policy agenda but we don’t have the money to pay for it, and so one or the other must yield. Guess which one he thinks it should be. Remember too that O once famously said he’d rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-termer. Today’s budget exposes that canard for the total fraud that it is. He could have dealt with Social Security and Medicare here but seniors won’t stand for that, and, well, there’s an election coming up and we all know how high turnout is among seniors…

It is, as Yuval Levin says, “an appalling failure of leadership,” one which forces the GOP to lead on entitlements. Think they have the guts to do it? I don’t, and evidently neither does NRO’s Dan Foster. Read his post in full, please, because I keep seeing conservatives high-fiving over last week’s tea-party insurrection in the House over budget cuts and I can’t understand why. It’s a cosmetic win. It means next to nothing. But here’s the difference between Obama and the GOP: Even though there’s an election next year, congressional Republicans would, I think, be willing to tackle entitlements if Obama went all-in with them, simply because they’ve invested so much of their brand in fiscal responsibility to woo tea partiers that they couldn’t risk walking away. They need some bipartisan cover on it, though; they can’t make enemies of seniors all alone right before a presidential contest. The linchpin, then, is Obama. He could provide that bipartisan cover by making an impassioned push to deal with this issue now, together, and would probably impress a lot of independents in the process. But seniors’ reaction would be unpredictable and his base would despise him for trimming the “social safety net” instead of propping it up with more Monopoly money, so he’s walking away to get elected. Devastating. Thanks to Breitbart for the clip.


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Buy silver, ammo, wheat, rice, coffee, chocolate, frozen orange and citrus juice concentrate; invest in a large freezer for meats, buy a food sealer, canned goods, 5 gal jugs of pure water, soap and personal care products, cereals and dog food.

Hunker down. Because when the thugs don’t get the welfare checks they’ll be hunting the rest of us down. I can literally see this coming….

Key West Reader on February 14, 2011 at 6:39 PM

I hope you have either a big boat or a big plane, and a hidden supply of fuel, if you’re planning to make your stand from Key West.

I’m sure a few of those bridges are part of Plan A.

Jimmy Doolittle on February 14, 2011 at 7:14 PM

You just proved my point. Even conservatives don’t want to touch social security or medicare, instead arguing we can keep those programs if we just cut here and there. With the baby boomers beginning to retire next year, America will collapse under the weight of their health care, and pensions.

keep the change on February 14, 2011 at 7:04 PM

i don’t have a problem touching it. I am saying those that think it is the only way to solve the problem are setting up a starman. Much like citiues that want to cut police and fireman as the first cuts. the seniors will never accept cuts in SS and medicare until they see EVERYONE else making cuts. those that bang the drumbeat of SS and medicare as the bogieman are only doing so because they know its a third rail. Scream about cuts to SS and medicare and amazingly NO CUTS ANYWHERE get done.

will it have to be handled? Yes esp if taxes get raised and regulations continue to dampen economic activity.

when you are trying to ge tout of debt the very firs tthing you do is stop spending more, the second thing is to refi as much of the debt as possible. The third is to cut back on unneeded goods and services the last thing you want to do is sell the house and move out on the street.

there are a million programs waiting to be cut and ground into shambles before SS and medicare needs to be addressed.

unseen on February 14, 2011 at 7:14 PM

G M on February 14, 2011 at 7:02 PM

and yet their government are still communists. Crony capitalism is not capitalism. Until China comes out for private property rights including intellcual property rights its all moot and they are not cpaitalists. Watch how quickly the China’s government will seize those companies and their profits when times get tough.

unseen on February 14, 2011 at 7:17 PM

there are a million programs waiting to be cut and ground into shambles before SS and medicare needs to be addressed.

unseen on February 14, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Symbolically, everything should be cut, but the mathematical reality is that social security and medicare are the elephants in the room. And very few people, including conservatives, will accept cuts in something they feel is “owed” to them.

keep the change on February 14, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Rs are making a huge mistake in talking about SS. HUGE. SS is in surplus for the next ten years. Watch out for shell games people. SS payments are helping to reduce the deficit.

Long term reform will not help the next few years…unless, of course, Rs are talking about a tax INCREASE?…Hmmmmm. Increasing SS taxes will reduce the deficit…petty slick huh.

r keller on February 14, 2011 at 7:19 PM

So now Sullivan is lucid? Did the koolaid wear off? Of course not. He is saying words you may agree with but not in any context you comprehend. It’s a waste of time reading anything into Sullivan’s writing. He’s high as a kite, paranoid as all hell and you’d have better luck consulting the Oracle of Delphi for what it all means.

Yes, we are completely screwed, but not in the way Sullivan envisions.

BrideOfRove on February 14, 2011 at 7:20 PM

ladyingray on February 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Well put.

ericdijon on February 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Ok, with all of that said – and I’m quite serious – do we stop this now – really, take action and stop it NOW – or do we not?

Waiting for further elections is not really an option any longer, unless you’re looking forward to at least two more of these budgets, and maybe 6.

This isn’t a “dang, I disagree with these tax/spending proposals grumble grumble” moment – this is an “if we lie still and simply accept this, we all, this country, our futures and our kids futures, are over” moment.

Midas on February 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM

unseen: You have to address entitlements. Already nondiscretionary payments outweigh our income. We can cut everything else to zero and still have a deficit.

Yes, we need to get rid of entire departments of the current government. That won’t be enough, and I am much less sanguine than you about the fact that seniors will accept entitlement reform if everyone else also loses something.

Midas: We cannot resolve this budget issue unless and until we control veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress. I think this budget by Obama is the signal to the House that he will veto a budget that actually tries to fix something.

Scott H on February 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

How much intentional damage does one have to do…

… before someone raises the question if Obowma is fit for the job?

Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Midas on February 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM

His budget is DOA.

B Man on February 14, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Symbolically, everything should be cut, but the mathematical reality is that social security and medicare are the elephants in the room. And very few people, including conservatives, will accept cuts in something they feel is “owed” to them.

keep the change on February 14, 2011 at 7:18 PM

not at all the budget can be broken down into 4ths pretty easily.

you got 1/4th towards SS
1/4th towards healthcare
1/4th toward military
1/4 towards everything else.

If the 14th of spending “everything” else is the most politcal easy part to cut then that should be the part cut first. the fed budgert is about $1.5 trillion out of balance. Or about 1/4th out of balance. Stop going for the “big” item because it requires less work and instead dig into EVERY program in the federal budget.

then and only then if there is needed to be mor ecuts go after SS,medicare and the military.

the sad truth is the politicans don’t want to touch the “everything else pile” because they use that to buy votes, reward friends and punish enemies…

unseen on February 14, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I’m so f****g sick and tired of seniors. They’re the ones that got us into this mess. And now that we have to get out of it, we can’t do anything without getting their approval.

angryed on February 14, 2011 at 6:18 PM

No worries; Obamacare will kill them off soon enough. :-/

The problem is indirectly the seniors, but more directly, the media and the propaganda machine which convinces the seniors to act the way they act.

For example, my mother truly believes that SS is like some kind of bank account and she’s withdrawing the same money she put in – she has no clue that it only takes a couple of years for people to take out what they put in, plus more.

She truly believes that Medicare is a viable insurance plan, and not a massive money-burning welfare-type entitlement.

She has no idea about the actual facts, and as long as she trusts the likes of that adorable little Katie Couric, she never will hear the truth. The idea that what she’s been told her whole life by politicians and the press is complete BS is really beyond her. She’s worked for the last 50 years and faithfully paid into a system that was a total lie, and she doesn’t understand that she’s been scammed. So yes, she’s going to get heartily ticked off if you try to take “her” benefits away.

Laura Curtis on February 14, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Arms.

Are we actually getting close to a time when we discuss taking them up?

Or, will (some) States start printing their own money backed by commodities they have and say – “Ya’ll have fun now”.

BowHuntingTexas on February 14, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Like his State of the Union, this budget is good short term politics but such a massive pile of fiscal bullshit it makes it perfectly clear that Obama is kicking this vital issue down the road.

So, he’ll keep the old fogies and lose the youth vote, if only the latter would utilize their brains.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2011 at 7:40 PM

mizflame98 on February 14, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Exactly!!!! O

capejasmine on February 14, 2011 at 7:41 PM

G M on February 14, 2011 at 7:02 PM

and yet their government are still communists. Crony capitalism is not capitalism. Until China comes out for private property rights including intellcual property rights its all moot and they are not cpaitalists. Watch how quickly the China’s government will seize those companies and their profits when times get tough.

unseen on February 14, 2011 at 7:17 PM

I think it’s more accurate to describe China as totalitarian, but not communist. Good thing our president is against crony capitalism.

Oh, wait……

G M on February 14, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Already nondiscretionary payments outweigh our income. We can cut everything else to zero and still have a deficit.

Scott H on February 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

nope the numbers say you are wrong….most of the sky is falling on entitlements is for the out years. I.e if we do nothing it and we are toast. We are not talking about painful cuts to seniors now but in 10 15 years of what they would have gotten. the quicker we deal with that the better. But to get the budget in line SS and Meidcare don’t have to be touched.

We can decrease enough in the form of regulations form departments like education, EPA, interior, energy to jump start the economy and the increase in economic activity will bring in the tax revs to balance the budget….as long as we don’t increrase spending. If you want to get there quicker got the discretionary spending, put that money into paying off debt decreaseing the interest payments and find some programs in defense to cut. Everything else can get a zero based balance makeover.

unseen on February 14, 2011 at 7:41 PM

I get a kick out of these type of threads. The fools like Crr stay away like Superman to kryptonite.

CWforFreedom on February 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

At least Obama is doing a great job on foreign policy.

Oh, wait……

G M on February 14, 2011 at 7:43 PM

The clip makes him sound like a liar and a fool, compared to his financial reality.

Good thing that even Andrew woke up or came out from that dark and stinky place of O’s.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I get a kick out of these type of threads. The fools like Crr stay away like Superman to kryptonite.

CWforFreedom on February 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

Count it!

G M on February 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM

was watching nbc news tonight with savannah guthrie trying to explain this boondoggle…she said the budget would increase the debt by 1.1 trillion in the next year but would decrease 1.1 trillion in 10 years with of his cuts…i was talking with my hubby, does this makes sense…he’s going to raise it by 1.1 in a year but take 10 years to bring it down that much…hello blm, do you hear yourself talking????

cmsinaz on February 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Unreal. Obama gets totally spanked last November with economics being a top issue and what does he do….double (triple?) down on stupid.

Paradox Drive on February 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Most seniors know that they have or will collect much more than they put in. A lot of them can tell you when the ‘break even’ year is reached, so they do know. What bothers most and puts them on the defensive immediately is the governments collection of IOU’s against the trust fund. Now, I do not know whether or not the trust fund, if left intact, would actually cover the SS bill. I doubt anyone knows. There’s a lot of blame to pass around here(most of it caused by government ineptness and short sightedness)but this senior comes down on the side of–do what you must to put us back on a sound financial footing and everybody benefits–even seniors.

jeanie on February 14, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

apparently the blm has to be effected before they bring it up

cmsinaz on February 14, 2011 at 8:15 PM

More from Palin:

UPDATE: As J.D. Foster of the Heritage Foundation points out: “…the President proposes a budget that keeps the federal government on a thoroughly irresponsible and unsustainable course.” Please read the Heritage Foundation article and understand the $775 million in proposed cuts noted above are what the White House’s budget director Jacob Lew identified as reflecting what they perceive as some “tough calls.” Yet, as noted, they are a drop in the bucket; and the White House’s total proposed cuts for this year are still not at all enough to make us solvent.

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150091193588435

powerpro on February 14, 2011 at 8:19 PM

We’re doomed.
They’ll be taking over private retirement funds in the near future.
The ultimate redistribution of wealth.

justltl on February 14, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Republicans should bring the issue to a head sooner than later. They could require elimination of the departments of energy and education, and the EPA, in return for agreeing to a temporary increase in the debt limit. Or something like that to force Obama and the democrats to address the issues.
Once major cuts have been made in the size of government, ordinary citizens may be more understanding about reducing their “entitlement” payments.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 14, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Andrew Sullivan? Andrew freakin Sullivan? So can we now expect to hear that the Obama children are not really Barak’s, or that the older sister is actually the mother of the younger sister?

Who the hell cares what Andrew Sullivan says about anything?

MikeA on February 14, 2011 at 8:42 PM

And there it is. I think a lot of Republicans and Tea Partiers hurt their case hyperventilating over portions of Obamacare. But there is no reason to hyperventilate now, it’s all there and plain to see. Obama is a coward and fiscally irresponsible. Even Andrew Sullivan sees him for what he is.

In Rand Paul/Paul Ryan we trust?

Keljeck on February 14, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Oh, and while I’m stuck on and boring you with seniors and SS–near as I can tell the ‘break even year’(which varies depending on how large your income was)seems to average somewhere between 9 and 13 with seniors now retired. And there used to be a lot of ways to finagle but I think these are gone? Even the most highly paid though, were not subject to the considerably larger amounts of FICA one sees today,and pays were generally much lower.

jeanie on February 14, 2011 at 8:45 PM

First we need to go Egypt on the Media, then we can do something but as long as the sheep listen to the MSM, we will not get the Presidency….

SDarchitect on February 14, 2011 at 6:18 PM

You know, back in April of 2009 when the TEA party started to gain momentum, one of its participants told me that, instead of rallying at the county courthouse where we were gathered, we should be rallying en masse in the lots of television stations and newspaper offices. The message would be hard for these media outlets to ignore the message or to distort it.

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onlineanalyst on February 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

I remember learning what a trillion was in the fourth grade. Even as such a young age, I thought that was a huge number.

That was in the fourth grade.

madmonkphotog on February 14, 2011 at 9:06 PM

If we get stuck with Obama again in 2012, our only defense will be a GOP Senate and House. Got to make that happen no matter the cost.

jeanie on February 14, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Midas: We cannot resolve this budget issue unless and until we control veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress. I think this budget by Obama is the signal to the House that he will veto a budget that actually tries to fix something.

Scott H on February 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

You’re well missing the point. The point is, precisely, that we can’t wait for veto-proof majorities of this and that. This catastrophe will be well over and unrecoverable long before that happens.

The time for fixing it with elections is over. Honestly, if people aren’t marching in the streets of DC by this weekend demanding that Obama follow Mubarak out of office, it’s probably a pretty good sign that we as a nation are simply going to die with a whimper.

There may be much uncertainty about the future of Egypt, but we can at least say that those citizens have the courage of their convictions.

We, on the other hand… I guess we’ll have to wait until we’re all starving, then maybe we’ll be bothered enough to get off the couch and do something about it.

Midas on February 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

We’re doomed.
They’ll be taking over private retirement funds in the near future.
The ultimate redistribution of wealth.

justltl on February 14, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Yup. There’s already been talk of nationalizing 401ks.

BowHuntingTexas on February 14, 2011 at 9:15 PM

wonderful.

I have nothing else to say.

ted c on February 14, 2011 at 9:26 PM

We, on the other hand… I guess we’ll have to wait until we’re all starving, then maybe we’ll be bothered enough to get off the couch and do something about it.

That’s pretty much the way it’ll play out.

G M on February 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Actually Laura, your mother is right. The time value of money effect insures that your mother will be able to draw her check for 15 years or so in order to break even.(If she was of medium or less income that is, if she was in the upper regions of income the fomula SSA uses means she will likely never break even).

That said, the best solution I see is a 5% acrosss the board cut from 2008 levels. Yes, it will be hard on seniors. Right now we simply do not have a choice. Cuts have to be made, and SS and Defense cannot be left out.

Once our fiscal house is in order, we can begin to offer a better safety net.

Skywatcher44 on February 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Think they have the guts to do it? I don’t

Allah is learning!

HondaV65 on February 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Obama’s evidently more than happy to cut into those on fixed incomes, but he’s doing it indirectly through the hyperinflation that will inevitably result if we continue on this path.

jazz_piano on February 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Think they have the guts to do it? I don’t.

Neither does Barry.

Hence the most laughable budget in history.

PattyJ on February 14, 2011 at 9:59 PM

I’d like to be glad that Sully is going to get it good and hard, but the dipstick helped shaft the rest of us by electing the guy whose baby he wanted to carry.

What a pathetic person. Maybe he can Chris Matthews can start Tingles Anonymous.

Physics Geek on February 14, 2011 at 10:09 PM

So Government Motors is making a killing when we had to give them our money and now they want to take from the people that can barely survive on what they have. So many people getting actually pushed out of their homes. I cannot believe how many people I know that either was foreclosed on or had to do a short sale. These people had it real good not to long ago.

sheebe on February 14, 2011 at 10:18 PM

GE is going pretty well also.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 14, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Next years budget will be ONE HUNDRED TRILLION DOLLARS! Mwwaaahhaaahaaaahaaa!!!

BDavis on February 14, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Why has every single problem (“like those here in Parkville”) got to be a federal problem?

Tzetzes on February 14, 2011 at 10:41 PM

One other issue is that most people can’t comprehend what is happening. You tell them the deficit is $1 trillion and the reaction is ho-hum. I think people just can’t conceptualize how much money that truly is. And once you’ve desensitized the masses to 1 trillion, well 2 trillion doesn’t sound so bad. And neither does 5 or 10 or 20.

angryed on February 14, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Canada is much more fiscally solvent than the US or Europe and not by accident. My advice to you is to short the US/CAD dollar. There is a boat load of money to be made on that in the coming years.

keep the change on February 14, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Canadians come here in tour buses in droves to shop here. In one hand it’s good for us because they shop and stay here, but then you realize our dollar is less valued than the CAD.

Trust me I dread Christmas.

ProudPalinFan on February 14, 2011 at 10:42 PM

I think people who complain about American unwillingness to cut spending are missing the point. Americans complain about a lot of things. We (as expressed in polls) want lower taxes and more funding for all our favorite departments of government, even some – especially some – which have not the least reason to exist.

But we can’t – manifestly can not – have these things. That is to say: the people are wrong. Democracy has ruled, and Democracy is incorrect. The will of the people is a pig’s ear. No force on Earth, not even democratic electoral will, can overcome reality. Reality states that we are taking in significantly less than we intend to spend, that we have already overrun by 14 trillion, and that the President intends to exacerbate this problem every year for the next ten years.

This is more than a travesty – it is simply impossible. We borrow money from real lenders, not electoral will, and those people are starting to make noise and will soon stop lending, and they could care less how many seniors gum their outrage on their way to voting a straight D. The money will not be there.

What this means in political terms is that tax hikes or spending cuts will happen, and it’s simply a matter of which of the two is more politically dangerous – that is, which will result in incumbents actually losing, not just miserable polls and people bitching and protesting. In my estimation, only voting for deep cuts to SSI or Medicare would be as politically perilous for your average Congressman as raising taxes of any kind, particularly during a recession (which we all know is never fully going to disappear until we have a real President who will tackle these issues). I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

HitNRun on February 14, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Why isn’t any gop besides Rand Paul been talking about closing down entire agencies; agencies that have cost the nation hundreds of billions? What makes these agencies and the tens of thousands of fat, sleek, government employees that run them sacrosanct?

Rand Paul’s proposals would cut half a trillion dollars this year, alone, without touching SS and medicare.

Why should seniors and those who have worked for years paying into a system that stole their money have their necks’ chopped while the government agencies like Education, EPA, Commerce, Energy, and their flunkies get preferential treatment?

SHUT THE AGENCIES DOWN. What American, given the choice of between having their own or their parents’ SS and medicare messed with, or having these govt. flunkies take the fall, would choose themselves and their SS and medicare to get the axe?

Republicans, if they were honest and not just a subsidiary of the Left/Dems would have this all over the media, show the incredible theft, waste and private sector job killing these agencies are responsible for. The gop would win hands down. If they were not a subsidiary of the Left.

Paul Ryan was the most over-rated let down of all. Couldn’t find a paltry 100 million to cut, even though the “continuing resolution” budget that is in front of the House right now triggers 100 BILLION to be disbursed to begin the first major funding of obamacare.

That should have been the 100 billion cut right there. Instead, it looks like the GOP House, who swore before elections in Nov. that they would defund obamacare, is getting set to fund it.

Allah and Ed, a thread on this, please. It is a HUGE story.

tigerlily on February 14, 2011 at 11:01 PM

correction: Paul Ryan couldn’t find the promised 100 billion to cut.

tigerlily on February 14, 2011 at 11:03 PM

We’re doomed.
They’ll be taking over private retirement funds in the near future.
The ultimate redistribution of wealth.

justltl on February 14, 2011 at 8:35 PM
Yup. There’s already been talk of nationalizing 401ks.

BowHuntingTexas on February 14, 2011 at 9:15 PM

You would see rioting in the streets, people marching on Washington, D.C. with pitchforks and torches…and I would be one of them.

churchill995 on February 14, 2011 at 11:05 PM

The Clown-in-Chief promised audacity, and he continues to deliver it.

onlineanalyst on February 14, 2011 at 11:17 PM

I’m so sick of retirees, governmental employees, and retired governmental employees. Your way of life is coming to an end, and you just won’t recognize it. Please go off and die. Except for the small handfull of you about whom I actually care. Please.

Kralizec on February 14, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Whether Obama is an evil genius, diabolically intent on the self destruction of his (despised) capitalistic country or a totally innocent Don Quixote tilting at windmills is totally irrelevant. In the law of supply and demand, as with the laws of gravity, there are no credit points for “good intentions” as the innocent baby who accidentally wanders off a cliff rudely discovers.

As we have painfully discovered, over and over again, there are no moderate Democrats, blinded only by short term political gains, to help stem the tide. Instead they have become zealous collaberators , aiding and abetting in our economic destruction. And, alas, there are too many moderate, timorous Republicans who offer, at best, only aspirin as a solution to our national economic Ebola.

EVERYTHING Obama does, be it (international) foreign policy aid giveaways or military weakening or immigration laxity or (national) green jobs, Obamacare or fiscal policy is related in that it is cost-intensive PLUS-either directly or indirectly killing or maiming revenue producing sources or aiding and abetting cost producing sources. At some point (and not too far off at that) there will be implosion. The ONLY saving grace is that much of the rest of the world is doing the same thing albeit at a less accelerated pace.

MaiDee on February 14, 2011 at 11:42 PM

I think this budget by Obama is the signal to the House that he will veto a budget that actually tries to fix something.

Scott H on February 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Then the House had better send it to O to veto. Then start eliminating EPA, DoE, DoED, HUD, HHS, DoInt, DHS, USDA, all farm subsidies, open domestic drilling and gas exploration, and drastically reduce DoD by getting out of foreign countries like Europe, Asia and the middle East. Once you have done that start means testing SS and medicare and medicaid for American citizens only. Everybody then has some skin in the game.

belad on February 14, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Please go off and die.
Kralizec on February 14, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Nah. Not ready, son. I’m under no illusion that we are not one frakkin big beasty but die? Like what’s the point? We have to make sure your requirements for antacid and anger management at least equal our own. What fun is it to lay down and die? We have to at least try to keep you from texting and video gaming your life away.

Limerick on February 15, 2011 at 12:05 AM

ODumbAss only needs to appear busy for the idiots who adore and worship him.

In reality we all know he’s an empty headed, lazy, racist buffoon.

dogsoldier on February 15, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Kralizec on February 14, 2011 at 11:22 PM

And besides, some of us paid in. Not SS, but in the South Pacific, and Europe, North Africa, and Burma, Chosin, and Inchon, Phu Bai, and Da Nang, even in Kuwait there were some grey hairs. On top of that we came home, worked, payed our taxes, kept doing our best to be helping out. That the system frakked you doesn’t mean the system didn’t frak us too. Oh…I see…we WERE the system, so dues or not we are at fault. Die, faulty ones, you are holding up my credit score. That is the point, right? Sorry son, but a lot better men were left in the jungles and deserts and forests and plains of this planet then the sorry asses calling for us to ‘die’ will ever be.

Limerick on February 15, 2011 at 12:17 AM

I find it odd that very few house/senate Democrats are speaking about Obama’s budget. It’s not like Schumer, Durbin, Pelosi are shy. Where is Maxine Waters? Rangel? Hoyner? I thought the one thing they like better than cameras, is a crisis.

You would think they would be in favor of the spending, excuse me, ‘investments’, part; but their silent.

What is up? Besides abdication….

TN Mom on February 15, 2011 at 12:21 AM

their = they’re

TN Mom on February 15, 2011 at 12:22 AM

I’m so sick of retirees, governmental employees, and retired governmental employees. Your way of life is coming to an end, and you just won’t recognize it. Please go off and die. Except for the small handfull of you about whom I actually care. Please.

Kralizec on February 14, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Hey, FU you sorry waste of oxygen. You don’t have the brains to comment on “our way of life”. You will never measure up to the generation that you so callously wish to discaed. Pr*ck!

Vince on February 15, 2011 at 12:36 AM

I’m so f****g sick and tired of seniors. They’re the ones that got us into this mess. And now that we have to get out of it, we can’t do anything without getting their approval.

angryed on February 14, 2011 at 6:18 PM

They’re the one’s who built this world, pal. There are still many alive who fought the wars and did the hard work that built this country. I’m not throwing them overboard, and neither should you.

Paul Ryan had a perfectly good roadmap for reforming SS and Medicare that would have reformed both systems and put them on much sounder financial footing without throwing any seniors overboard.

And of course he was savaged by the democrats and media, and ignored by the GOP. Figures.

And Mr. Unseen above and myself agree for once…there is much, much more fat in non-entitlement programs than most are led to believe.

Another area where money can be saved is at the local and state levels – in many cases there is as much if not more government waste there than at the federal level. No it obviously doesn’t effect the federal debt, but any way you reduce the tax burden takes more money out of the public sector and puts it into the private sector, and lessens the overall burden on the taxpayer, making everythng else more affordable.

Personally, I pay damn near as much in property tax, sales tax, State Fees, and state Income tax, as I pay in Federal Income tax (and I pay the Feds plenty).

Dreadnought on February 15, 2011 at 12:42 AM

And besides, some of us paid in. Not SS, but in the South Pacific, and Europe, North Africa, and Burma, Chosin, and Inchon, Phu Bai, and Da Nang, even in Kuwait there were some grey hairs. On top of that we came home, worked, payed our taxes, kept doing our best to be helping out. That the system frakked you doesn’t mean the system didn’t frak us too. Oh…I see…we WERE the system, so dues or not we are at fault. Die, faulty ones, you are holding up my credit score. That is the point, right? Sorry son, but a lot better men were left in the jungles and deserts and forests and plains of this planet then the sorry asses calling for us to ‘die’ will ever be.

Limerick on February 15, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Very true and the “system” “frakked” my elders much more than it ever “frakked” me.

To say the least…..

When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today

http://www.burmastar.org.uk/epitaph.htm

Dreadnought on February 15, 2011 at 12:57 AM

Time for all of us to call House Republicans to give them some spine. Time to start slashing everything with a frenzy.

(1) Start cutting services to the generation currently in colleges & universities who “got out the vote” for our great almighty, alknowing President Boob. They are the first to get absolutely NO Social Security until they retire at the age of 85! Hope you live to see it! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!!!!

(2) Defund all of Obamacare. Invalidate all of the vouchers. Eliminate any UAW benefits that got funded by folding it into Obamacare. Hell they destroyed Chrysler & GM… what comes around, goes around. Good luck spending $40K for a friggin’ electric car!!! Make sure you’re charging your own AED in the back set when you get your coronary!!!!!!!

(3) Eliminate any bailout money to states who have demonstrated time & again that they cannot manage their own money. Good bye New York!!!! God bye California!!! Nice to have known you!!! Keep making those broadway plays, bad movies, and snark about flyover country… Perhaps some of those flyover states you bust chops upon will stop sending you food.

(4) Offer free transportation for all illegal aliens to New York State and California. Let them pay for the cost of education & healthcare… After all – it’s free!

(5) Eliminate any benefits, retroactive of course for the past 20 years, that would be awarded to any retiring Democrat or Republican Senator or Representative who participated in the spending spree during the last 20 years.

(6) Force the Kennedys to pay back the cost for having a naval warship ferry them out to the Long Island Sound to have a service over where John John’s plane crashed. It ain’t our fault the guy wasn’t the best pilot!

(7) Start planting windmills all over ‘Camelot’!

(8) Drop the income tax to 15% for all! Everyone works. eliminate all government social services. Allow private individuals to develop organizations to provide assistance to this who need it. They can do it better, and more efficiently, with donated money, that the Fed Gov’t.

(9) Limit the responsibility of the Federal Gov’t to: (a) national defense; (b) protecting the borders; (c) maintaining national transportation infrastructure; (d) international relations. Leave the rest up to the individual states.

(10) Put an end to the financial aid racket and indescriminate jacking-up of tuition by universities and colleges. Stop to propagation of education driven financial indentured servitude for graduating students. Stop this, force universities and colleges to live off of their endowments & drastically cut the cost of tuition – if they can’t, they close. They should get taxed >20% yearly off of the income that their endowment generates. Give that they are responsible for such a crappy product during the last few decades, its time for them to ante up. No college is worth more than $20,000/year. Not one.

(11) Eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

(12) Seize Pelosi’s assets to the equivalent value of the cost of flying Air Force jets to travel as Speaker of the House, liquidate and return to circulation. Same for anyone else prior to her.

(13) Get Harry Reid a new hairpiece!

Add on as you see fit… just a start. (Hey, maybe we could put together our wn 2000 page bill… of cuts!!!)

Danny on February 15, 2011 at 1:09 AM

he has betrayed those of us who took him to be a serious president prepared to put the good of the country before his short term political interests.

I can’t believe you fell for his BS, Andy boy.
Well, actually…. yes, I can

To all those under 30 who worked so hard to get this man elected, know this: he just screwed you over. He thinks you’re fools.

Should be a wake-up call for these under-30 people. But it won’t be. They’re too used to being told by people like 0bama that they can have everything for free, if they just vote for him.

UltimateBob on February 15, 2011 at 1:21 AM

Rs are making a huge mistake in talking about SS. HUGE. SS is in surplus for the next ten years. Watch out for shell games people. SS payments are helping to reduce the deficit.

Long term reform will not help the next few years…unless, of course, Rs are talking about a tax INCREASE?…Hmmmmm. Increasing SS taxes will reduce the deficit…petty slick huh.

r keller on February 14, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Not exactly, and by “not exactly”, I mean that, on a combined basis, the two parts of Social Security have been running annual cash deficits since early 2010, and will never again run an annual cash surplus without changes.

No cash surpluses equals no opportunity to raid the funds to support the rest of government. Of course, it also means the rest of government is required to come up with cash (i.e. borrow on the open bond market) to pay for SocSecurity’s shortfalls.

steveegg on February 15, 2011 at 2:34 AM

Republicans can’t do so much to address entitlements when they do not control the Senate.

SS and MC will have to be addressed soon, but there is no point on opening that can of worms for the heck of it. Instead, House Republicans can play hardball on spending and refuse to pass funding for much of Obama’s budget. Authorize what must be authorized, but at 2008 FY levels or below, and refuse to authorize other spending.

It will probably lead to a showdown over a government shutdown, with Obama and the Reid Senate calling the bluff of the Republican House. This is where we should make a stand. The public understands cuts must be made, and these will be the least painful. If we can’t win that battle – either in Congress or in 2012 – then it is just futile to hope we could win the fiscal war.

Adjoran on February 15, 2011 at 4:42 AM

Obama is absolutely inept . . . he behaves as though he had less than two functioning synapse connections. Does he even understand the problem, or is it that he simply doesn’t care?

rplat on February 15, 2011 at 6:54 AM

I live in New Jersey. I know, why? It’s a long story and not entertaining and I am stuck here for the near future(3-4 years).

I have sent FAXes and emails to all my state and US representative, I use the term representative lightly because they haven’t represented me for some time now because they still haven’t figured out how to stop spending money they have to confiscate from me to give to someone else. Forced labor used to be called ….SLAVERY.

I explained to each of them that I would have to put my resources, both time and money, in making sure that they were retired in the next election cycle that they came up for re-election. As far as I am concerned, they haven’t kept their word or their oath of office. They have decided that their own enrichment is more important than to keep the door of opportunity open for my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by the crushing debt they are levying on them by their reckless spending.

I want to see all public offices a revolving door, one term and out, for the remainder of my lifetime.

belad on February 15, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Republicans can’t do so much to address entitlements when they do not control the Senate.

Adjoran on February 15, 2011 at 4:42 AM

They don’t have to go after SS yet, to get to entitlements. Defund, don’t appropriate funding for DoEd, DoE, EPA, DoInt, HHS, DHS, HUD, USDA, cut DoD by 50% and no funding for Ocare. Ocare is an entitlement that shouldn’t ever see the light of day.

The House needs to flex its authority to control the purse strings and shutdown or severely curtail all regulatory agencies.

Open up the now restricted or off-limits for oil and gas exploration, stop the ethanol scam and subsidies.

I know, won’t happen, but I can dream!

belad on February 15, 2011 at 8:15 AM

On the seminal issue of his time, the long-term fiscal sustainability of the United States, this guy has completely abdicated.

LMAO.

Obama has no desire to maintain the long-term fiscal sustainablility of the US.

Obama’s intent is to run the US economy off a cliff. Pure and simple. He is doing to the US from within what Reagan did to the USSR. He is bankrupting the US on purpose. Obama thinks our capitalist system & our Constitution are oppressive, racist, and evil. His goal is light it all on fire and watch it burn. He thinks a socialist utopia will rise from the ashes.

bitsy on February 15, 2011 at 8:37 AM

It’s a good thing I already like Greek food, ’cause we’ll be like the Greeks, in time.

Ward Cleaver on February 15, 2011 at 9:14 AM

“He’s just trying to help,” -Michael Medved.

Akzed on February 15, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Aboobraham Hussein Lincoln’s March to the Sea.

Akzed on February 15, 2011 at 9:18 AM

“social safety net”

If that accurately described social security and Medicare, they would only be available to the destitute.

Count to 10 on February 15, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I get a kick out of these type of threads. The fools like Crr stay away like Superman to kryptonite. CWforFreedom on February 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

The private sector is generally more incompetent than the public sector. crr6 on June 12, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Akzed on February 15, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Allahpundit, consider leaving the somber comments to others, as they seem a poor use of your talent. A few years ago, you would have heaped ridicule on a man such as Obama. Your readers would have laughed so loudly and for so long, when they awoke the next day, they would have been sore from the exertion. Your wit would have been deadly to Obama’s pretenses, and refreshing and uplifting to his opponents.

Kralizec on February 15, 2011 at 9:47 AM

When you never intend to repay a debt, why should the amount of debt you incur scare you?

How much is earmarked each year to pay down the principal on the national debt?

Zero.

However, there is a natural limit to amount that can be spent. Even though the numbers show an increase in debt of $26T over the next decade, that money has to come from somewhere. Who has $26T to lend over the next 10 years? The answer is….nobody.

So, as scary as that number is, we’ll never get there. The annual interest payment (known as the full faith and credit of the US) on $40T will be in the vicinity of $4T each year. That’s more than the current and predicted total revenue of the Treasury.

The man is insane.

BobMbx on February 15, 2011 at 9:50 AM

This may sound odd, but – oh thank god. I’ve been really busy, but kept hearing these horrible snippets about the budget that were making me sick to my stomach with dread, as really disastrous ideas always do. Corresponding snippets of potus saying ‘winning the future’ with ‘investments’ had me ready to scream ‘stop the ride, I want off.’

Until I clicked on this story I was really worried people were falling for it.

This whole presidency is like being stuck in an elevator with someone trying to chinese drywall.

perries on February 15, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Er, that should be ‘sell chinese drywall.’

perries on February 15, 2011 at 10:07 AM

And there it is. I think a lot of Republicans and Tea Partiers hurt their case hyperventilating over portions of Obamacare. But there is no reason to hyperventilate now, it’s all there and plain to see. Obama is a coward and fiscally irresponsible. Even Andrew Sullivan sees him for what he is.

In Rand Paul/Paul Ryan we trust?

Keljeck on February 14, 2011 at 8:44 PM

At their core, most narcissists are incredible cowards.

98ZJUSMC on February 15, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Has anyone found it constructive that Obama’s budget doesn’t speak at all about the big entitlements such as Medicaid or Medicare, yet the one that it does highlight for cuts is HOME HEATING OIL!
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“Under my plan, energy costs would necessarily skyrocket”………….
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JeffVader on February 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM

LMAO.

Obama has no desire to maintain the long-term fiscal sustainablility of the US.

Obama’s intent is to run the US economy off a cliff. Pure and simple. He is doing to the US from within what Reagan did to the USSR. He is bankrupting the US on purpose. Obama thinks our capitalist system & our Constitution are oppressive, racist, and evil. His goal is light it all on fire and watch it burn. He thinks a socialist utopia will rise from the ashes.

bitsy on February 15, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Ding ding ding. The most amazing thing to me in all this is that there’s still a debate as to whether Obama is doing it on purpose. I’ll bet even in his wildest dreams, Obama didn’t think John Q Public would remain this blind and stupid this far into his presidency.

World B. Free on February 15, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I’m not even upset with the president here. He’s never been a leader, and no one should have expected anything but this.

WashingtonsWake on February 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I’m not even upset with the president here. He’s never been a leader, and no one should have expected anything but this.

WashingtonsWake on February 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Cluelessness personified. His worst offense is being a meat puppet for the true movers and shakers; without which he and the Dumbocrats would be nigh-helpless.

Dark-Star on February 15, 2011 at 11:27 AM

RealClearPolitics found that Obama may have been caught admitting what this budget plan is in his own eyes!

pilamaye on February 15, 2011 at 12:03 PM

If the GOP does not step up and propose making the cuts that need to be made, such as Rand Paul’s $500 billion, then the GOP will face a massacre at the pols from the hands of the tea party in 2012. Mark my words.

joshlbetts on February 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM

The only way not to fall into his trap (cut pieces for them to attack you on) is to dump the entire budget as a catastrophic incompetence designed to hurt America for the socialist cause. No sane man would put out a budget like that unless he had evil ends….?

Don L on February 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

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