Wonderful: Susan Collins opposes Paul Ryan’s budget

posted at 6:37 pm on April 22, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via the Hill, the key bit comes at the beginning. I could almost tolerate her willingness to gift-wrap a talking point for Democrats about how allegedly radical Ryan’s plan is if she had an alternative in mind. Instead, after paying lip service to the magnitude of our looming fiscal catastrophe, her big ideas for cutting spending are … eliminating ethanol subsidies and waste at the Pentagon. I’m almost disappointed that she didn’t mention earmarks and foreign aid too; if we’re going to go penny-ante by targeting unpopular expenditures that won’t remotely balance the budget, let’s go all the way.

She doesn’t say which parts of Ryan’s budget she objects to, but needless to say, she’s not in the Rand Paul camp of believing that it doesn’t go far enough. Realistically, either she thinks there should be a tax hike of some kind built-in or she has a problem with his Medicare reform scheme. Given these numbers from the Times, it might be both:

Something to mull while you watch: Why didn’t she just deflect the question? There are plenty of ways to do it. She could have said that she’s reserving judgment on Ryan’s plan until it actually comes to the floor, until the Gang of Six acts, until she hears from her constituents, etc etc etc. There’s a tiny spark of hope in the polls that the public’s willing to consider an ambitious program to reduce the debt. Why reject Ryan before you absolutely have to?


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So I guess she pretty much speaks for all the RINOs then? Why aren’t the Democrsts plagued with this problem?

CCRWM on April 22, 2011 at 6:41 PM

With friends like these….

Tasha on April 22, 2011 at 6:41 PM

What these selfish spending junkies are doing to future generations is immoral. The US Congress is the most selfish, greediest, most financially reckless organization in human history. They’ve spent 14 trillion they don’t have, and it’s still not enough. Disgusting.

forest on April 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Why reject Ryan before you absolutely have to?

Because she is a useless RINO who is more worried about conservatives in her own party than the damn neo-commies on the other side.

Brian1972 on April 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM

what does one expect from a RINO.
the problem is the longer you wait to deal with this problem the more ‘radical’ the cure will have to be. the other thing is even if the government were to confiscate all income from all earners for a year it would not make any difference, they would just see the money as more to spend. cutting spending is the key to fix the problem.

RonK on April 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Another thing, to all you people who have a problem with the tone or inflection of Sarah Palin’s voice, listen to this one for a minute.

Yikes, that is what you call annoying.

Brian1972 on April 22, 2011 at 6:43 PM

So, my guess is Brown, Murky and Snowe to follow in 3…2…1

Firefly_76 on April 22, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Why reject Ryan before you absolutely have to?

Because she’s RINOTASTIC!

AUINSC on April 22, 2011 at 6:44 PM

If the Feds took 100% of the income of all households making $250,000 a year or more, how much would that come to?

Emperor Norton on April 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM

OH SCREW YOU!

blatantblue on April 22, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Another dumb sh!t Repurblican

blatantblue on April 22, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Can we now once and for establish the fact:

EastCoast RINOs (Snowe, Collins, Brown, Castle, Jeffords, Chaffee, etc) are not “fiscally conservative/socially liberal” but just LIBERAL.

The sooner this scum is expelled from the GOP the better.

Norwegian on April 22, 2011 at 6:48 PM

“Why reject Ryan before you absolutely have to?”

Because being invited to the political elite ruling class cocktail parties…

… is more important than the financial security of the United States of America.

Do I have to do all the thinking around here…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 22, 2011 at 6:48 PM

I just cannot stand her.
The good people of Maine deserve better.

OmahaConservative on April 22, 2011 at 6:49 PM

If you want to know what it takes to make me say “primary her, and damn the consequences,” this is it. Unacceptable. I’ll put up with defections on abortion, on immigration, even on national security, but not on forcing government to live within it’s means.

Primary her. And if we lose the seat to the Dems, then so be it.

Caiwyn on April 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

There’s a tiny spark of hope in the polls that the public’s willing to consider an ambitious program to reduce the debt.

TINY spark…yup! GOP eeked out a win in November…barely. What’s that landslide you say? Meaningless…move on!

winston on April 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Cunning Stunt!

400lb Gorilla on April 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

This hack needs to get it over with and switch parties already.

jawkneemusic on April 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Primary her. And if we lose the seat to the Dems, then so be it.

Caiwyn on April 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Amen.

Norwegian on April 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Primary her..:)

Dire Straits on April 22, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Clearly, what’s needed here is a truce on social issues.

Robert_Paulson on April 22, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Obviously the poor woman isn’t as smart as a moose.

tarpon on April 22, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Brian1972 on April 22, 2011 at 6:43 PM

A voice only for use at Gitmo.

TugboatPhil on April 22, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Her ugly stepsister Snowe is up for re-election this year. Support her conservative Constitutionalist opposition Scott D’Amboise.

ErinF on April 22, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Primary her. And if we lose the seat to the Dems, then so be it.

Caiwyn on April 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

We have already lost the seat to a Democrat, just one who calls herself a Republican.

sharrukin on April 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Apparently the vast majority of the American people oppose it as well. Oh well, doesn’t bother me since I’m already at peace with the fact that nothing will be done until reality forces it to be done. And not because of RINO’s or the wolf in sheeps clothing Boehner, the American people don’t want it done except in theory.

jarodea on April 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Every time the shameless Maine Twins look like they’re about to sell another vote I’m reminded of the song “(Hey) Big Spender” with the cheesy muted trumpet providing seedy punctuation.

If Collins (and probably Snowe) take the same-old raise taxes dodge that should make it all the more painfully obvious her affiliation with GOP is for the campaign money only and to paraphrase Groucho Marx: “those are [her] principles and if you don’t like those [she] has others.”

viking01 on April 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Collins and her ilk depend on a lack of clarity to survive.

Primary her.

You can’t solve the problem without clarity.

If the seat goes Donk, so be it.

Bruno Strozek on April 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

The good people of Maine deserve better.

OmahaConservative on April 22, 2011 at 6:49 PM

If they deserved better, they would have elected someone better.

AUINSC on April 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

I just cannot stand her.
The good people of Maine deserve better.

OmahaConservative on April 22, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Apparently the stupid people of Maine outnumber the good people of Maine.

holygoat on April 22, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Let’s have a show of hands of those who didn’t expect this?

katiejane on April 22, 2011 at 7:02 PM

She doesn’t say which parts of Ryan’s budget she objects to, but needless to say, she’s not in the Rand Paul camp of believing that it doesn’t go far enough.

Rand Paul opposes, as he did in the campaign, Medicare Cuts because it ‘hurts Doctors pay’

Flashback, WSJ during campaign a yr ago:

Rand Paul: Cut Spending But Not Medicare Doctor Payments

Paul opposes the Ryan plan because it cuts Medicare and his buddies pay, plus he wants to be center of attention on this issue.

jp on April 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Maybe she’ll stumble into a McDonald’s sometime soon.

AubieJon on April 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Collins needs to be squatting over that mirror with Kloppy for Earth Day…

Seven Percent Solution on April 22, 2011 at 7:06 PM

If the Feds took 100% of the income of all households making $250,000 a year or more, how much would that come to?

Emperor Norton on April 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM


Why Taxing The Hell Out Of The Rich Won’t Get It Done

gary4205 on April 22, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Primary city

Blaise on April 22, 2011 at 7:07 PM

What these selfish spending junkies are doing to future generations is immoral. The US Congress is the most selfish, greediest, most financially reckless organization in human history. They’ve spent 14 trillion they don’t have, and it’s still not enough. Disgusting.

forest on April 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I couldn’t agree more.

INC on April 22, 2011 at 7:08 PM

She, like democraps and rino’s, don’t understand.

We have spending problem. Their solution is to raise taxes.

Kini on April 22, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Can we now once and for establish the fact:

EastCoast RINOs (Snowe, Collins, Brown, Castle, Jeffords, Chaffee, etc) are not “fiscally conservative/socially liberal” but just LIBERAL.

The sooner this scum is expelled from the GOP the better.

Norwegian on April 22, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Mega, mega dittos.

INC on April 22, 2011 at 7:09 PM

[Collins and her ilk depend on a lack of clarity to survive.]

Bruno Strozek on April 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

I think your statement gets straight to the heart of the matter. Collins and Snowe are spoilers. Both derive their power from loyalty to no one, to nothing and through being guided by no moral conscience whatsoever.

viking01 on April 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Urgh, she’s not up for re-election until 2014 so we can’t primary the RINO.
America’s fiscal crisis is the one issue where there can be absolutely no tolerance of defections from the conservative. We simply can’t afford to be moderate on fiscal issues, the solvency and with it the survival of our country is at stake. (Shaking my fist)

Raisedbywolves on April 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

What else is new. The GOP could create a bill that would give Susan Collins a lifetime senate seat and she would vote against it. If it says GOP on it, this fool will vote NO.

Bishop on April 22, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Yikes, that is what you call annoying.

Brian1972 on April 22, 2011 at 6:43 PM

She has a speech impediment due to a disease. There are plenty of other things to attack and vilify her for but that isn’t one of them.

OmahaConservative on April 22, 2011 at 7:14 PM

and waste at the Pentagon.
==========================

I do hope,this isn’t a roundy bout way of code talk,
for Military cuts,as I have heard,in late night top
of the news hour,between tak radio show breaks,of O
bama mentioning weapon systems,that even the Pentagon
doesn’t want!

At the rate of GOP Budget cave-ins,there is no doubt,that
projects,er,weapon systems,are gonna get scrutenized with
an axe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM

“Never question the scruples of a Republican in a Blue state!! They have to be terrible. It is the most we can hope for!!”

- Republicrat Intelligencia

portlandon on April 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Triumph – Fight the Good Fight
*******************************
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIYv-uvsPOI

canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Snowe and Collins’ ACU ratings are dead last for any Republican Senators- by a lot in 2009.
Both were more likely to take the democrat position on any issue.
Total Joke.

jjshaka on April 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

She, Snow, Murkowski, and Brown are sure votes for cloture on the debt ceiling. I’m sure at least Lamar Alexander, Chambliss, and Lugar can be persuaded to vote for it as well.

SouthernGent on April 22, 2011 at 7:21 PM

She has a speech impediment due to a disease. There are plenty of other things to attack and vilify her for but that isn’t one of them.

OmahaConservative on April 22, 2011 at 7:14 PM

OmahaConservative:I have also noticed that in the past,
and OC,thanks for the enlightenment on
her disease thingy,and yes,lets attack
the issues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!—:)

canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Squishy simpletons like this are the reason I’d rather lose a seat to a bearded socialist in Delaware than endorse another Castle. Yes the bearded socialist will do damage, but there’s considerable damage as well when the media starts the “even Republicans object to Ryan’s plan” line.

There’s something to be said for brand identity and intellectual rigor. Snowe’s a waste.

SoRight on April 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM

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Fri April 22 2011

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McKeon Statement On Obama’s Call For ‘Massive Defense Spending Cuts’
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In an April 13, 2011, statement, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) offers a response to President Obama’s speech calling for “massive cuts to defense spending.”

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canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Just when you thought the Maine hags disappeared, it’s back to Collinwood.

Feedie on April 22, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Because she’s switching parties this time around

michaelo on April 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Snowe and Collins’ ACU ratings are dead last for any Republican Senators- by a lot in 2009.
Both were more likely to take the democrat position on any issue.
Total Joke.

jjshaka on April 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Its not a coincidence they represent and are held accountable in a deep blue state nationally. They vote Conservative 50% of the time, where a Liberal Democrat who is only thing that can replace her would vote 0% conservative.

jp on April 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Jim DeMint was right.

INC on April 22, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Yea, let’s just keep printing money Susan. It’s so damn easy to pay off our T-Bills with 10,000 printed on a c-note. Why didn’t we think of that before. Oh yea, it led to a crazy man taking over Germany. We already have a crazy man leading us so let’s get started Susan.

Hummer53 on April 22, 2011 at 7:33 PM

actually the Twins were both 64 ACU ratings last year, lifetime closer to 50%

When we run them off the next 2 cycles when they are up, we will replace them with Liberal Democrats who’ll vote Conservative 0% of time. In effect changing the senate in a more liberal direction.

jp on April 22, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Progressives, they always reveal themselves.

tarpon on April 22, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Is anyone surprised? WTF

Dingbat63 on April 22, 2011 at 7:42 PM

If you want to know what it takes to make me say “primary her, and damn the consequences,” this is it. Unacceptable. I’ll put up with defections on abortion, on immigration, even on national security, but not on forcing government to live within it’s means.

Primary her. And if we lose the seat to the Dems, then so be it.

Caiwyn on April 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

You think money is more important than the life of a child? That’s where you draw the line?

CCRWM on April 22, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Progressive Witch of Maine!

How many RINOs are in the GOP Senate?…….30?…..40?

Wretches all of them!!

PappyD61 on April 22, 2011 at 7:52 PM

If a nation continues to kill its Posterity for mere convenience the distinctions of our nation as different from the Reich’s death camps, the Soviet gulags and the Killing Fields will continue to blur and basic self-determination central to Liberty will dissipate.

viking01 on April 22, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Quick, someone say that she’s at least fiscally conservative. Oh wait. She’s not.

So we can’t rely on her for fiscal issues, social issues, or really anything of significance.

Woohoo!

amerpundit on April 22, 2011 at 7:58 PM

amerpundit on April 22, 2011 at 7:58 PM

64% of the issues she was conservative in 2010 voting session.

jp on April 22, 2011 at 8:03 PM

No surprise, this dipstick will say anything to get on a camera. She’s worse than Chuckie Schumer in that regard.

slickwillie2001 on April 22, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Double Ditto of what Brian1972 said. Ugh. Susan Collins = waste of space.

Minorcan Maven on April 22, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Paul opposes the Ryan plan because it cuts Medicare and his buddies pay, plus he wants to be center of attention on this issue.

jp on April 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM

My sister is a doctor. Medicare pays about 30% of the going rate, that is it. Medicaid pays about 8%. One time we looked at the reimbursement for a medicaid cancer patient with a complicated treatment. We figured out the hours my sister spent with her and the amount her practice was reimbursed. The gross amount paid to her practice came to about $7 per hour. So don’t think the doctors are cleaning up here.

karenhasfreedom on April 22, 2011 at 8:29 PM

You can probably guess how she will vote on raising the debt ceiling, based on her squishiness. Collins is easily moved by Dem demagoguing.

Hasn’t she gotten a clue about how damaging O-care is to her state?

Sen.Toomey and Rep. Ryan need to pull her aside for several fundamental lessons in economics. And the party needs to keep weak sisters like her away from the cameras. The media and the Dems know where our weak links who are easily exploitable are. Toomey and Ryan need to infiltrate vulnerable Dems to counteract the damage that Collins and her ilk will do, too.

onlineanalyst on April 22, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Allahpundit is being drama queen. Susan Collins didn’t characterize Ryan’s plan as radical (and I think I listened to all of the clip). She didn’t give the Democrats any talking points. There is nothing she said which an economic conservative could strongly object to. If you want to attack the moderates in the GOP, you should at least wait until they do something. What’s next? Demanding to see Susan Collins’ birth certificate?

thuja on April 22, 2011 at 8:32 PM

You think money is more important than the life of a child? That’s where you draw the line?
CCRWM on April 22, 2011 at 7:45 PM

I think keeping runaway government spending from torpedoing private sector job creation so that working families can support the children they chose rightly not to abort is more important than demanding orthodoxy on an issue that won’t be resolved without supreme court involvement, yes.

But thanks for oversimplifying it for the sake of cheap demagoguery. No wonder we haven’t made any serious strides on abortion policy for over 30 years.

Caiwyn on April 22, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Isn’t this one of the Senatorial gals with a comically huge nose? What a riot! It’s like a facial version of clown shoes! I couldn’t follow her as she honked through that elephantine proboscis. Stand back! Nose coming through! You gotta love it. (Attn: All nose comments made in the most positive way possible. The Senator can’t be held responsible for her misshapen, enormous and hilarious nose. Yikes! What happened to Arlen Specter? He had a mighty appendage as well. It was fun to see it displayed from time to time). Whoa!

Mason on April 22, 2011 at 8:34 PM

She, like democraps and rino’s, don’t understand.

We have spending problem. Their solution is to raise taxes.

Kini on April 22, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Like the Dems, Collins and the rinos like her see their role as nannies to their constituents. She is being played out of misplaced sympathies for those who probably pay no taxes anyway.

onlineanalyst on April 22, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Collins track record already is dismal.

Expecting more of the same weather vane politics from her is realistic not dramatic.

viking01 on April 22, 2011 at 8:37 PM

mindless liberal. Proof that the GOP leadership has absolutely no cajones.

ultracon on April 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Q: If the Feds took 100% of the income of all households making $250,000 a year or more, how much would that come to?

A: About $1.4 trillion, or $200 billion less than the current year’s Federal budget deficit.

Emperor Norton on April 22, 2011 at 8:50 PM

The gross amount paid to her practice came to about $7 per hour. So don’t think the doctors are cleaning up here.

karenhasfreedom on April 22, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Karen, jp has been defending this hag in every comment since that one. Don’t bother feeding the RINO troll.

Big John on April 22, 2011 at 8:57 PM

64% of the issues she was conservative in 2010 voting session.

jp

90% of which were meaningless procedural votes. What was her conservative percentage on the things that matter?

xblade on April 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Paul opposes the Ryan plan because it cuts Medicare and his buddies pay, plus he wants to be center of attention on this issue.

jp

Or maybe he realizes that pricing them out of accepting medicare by continuously cutting their reimbursement doesn’t do anyone much good.

xblade on April 22, 2011 at 9:04 PM

LONG past time for Collins to go!

GarandFan on April 22, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Here’s the translation of what Collins is saying (if you have any doubt)Susan Collins

BD57 on April 22, 2011 at 9:39 PM

LOL RINO’s.

Scott Brown? Has he dis’d it yet?

Hehe … yeah – but we need these guys because the do vote with us 70% of the time right?

Just not on those critical votes – like oh, saving the nation and crap like that.

GO RINOS!!

POS

HondaV65 on April 22, 2011 at 9:56 PM

The GOP will betray you

True_King on April 22, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Same song, different verse…

Gohawgs on April 22, 2011 at 10:29 PM

It should never, ever be forgotten that every major piece of Obama legislation that has passed these last 2 1/2 years was because of her and Snowe. They should have been thrown out of the party on their first betrayal. Those two alone subverted the entire House and Senate to put us in our current mess.

The fact that the Repub leadership did not evict them from the party was proof positive that the Repubs are not fit to lead. Now their latest betrayal will be highlighted and used against the Repubs such that even less will get done. In fact it is not that much of a stretch to say the leadership likes having them pass Obama bills because it increases the size of government while allowing the party to posture that it is against this growth.

patrick neid on April 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Collins? Oh, hi scrunt!

Coronagold on April 22, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Awful.

Expected.

UltimateBob on April 23, 2011 at 12:39 AM

Collins is disgusting.

Ricohoc on April 23, 2011 at 12:51 AM

I could almost tolerate her willingness to gift-wrap a talking point for Democrats about how allegedly radical Ryan’s plan is if she had an alternative in mind.

“Live by the RINO, die by the RINO.”

The only surprise, here, is that Allah is surprised.

Kent18 on April 23, 2011 at 1:17 AM

In fact it is not that much of a stretch to say the leadership likes having them pass Obama bills because it increases the size of government while allowing the party to posture that it is against this growth.

patrick neid on April 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Bullseye!

rcl on April 23, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Third party. Its beyond obvious that 2012 is a lost cause.

Angry Dumbo on April 23, 2011 at 7:58 AM

Primary Snow and if you lose, you lose NOTHING. We need to make the 2010 election comparable to spitting in the ocean.Third Party??? The RINOs are the third party. When the Reagan democrats and Republican conservatives come together, the RINOs are an insignificant factor on the national scene. They are truly the third party, but too arrogant to know it.

volsense on April 23, 2011 at 10:38 AM

To understand Collins and Snowe, you also have to understand Brown. How many times did Ted Kennedy vote against his party and vote with the Republicans? My guess is you could could those times on one hand. How many times do you think Martha Coakley would vote with the Republicans? If you said, “Zero” you’re pretty close. So, if Scott Brown votes with the Republicans 90% of the time, it’s a win/win.

The Republicans need to bring in a Susan Collins and get their input on some things. They need to know what they need to get her vote because, if they can get her vote, there are certain Democrats that have a hard time voting with their liberal wing. Listening to Susan Collins and incorporating some of her ideas (not all, otherwise you’ll end up with the Democrats program) could be the difference between making a point and winning a point.

bflat879 on April 23, 2011 at 12:51 PM

The Democrats favorite pin up girl.

Herb on April 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Cunning Stunt!

400lb Gorilla on April 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

heh

Mr. Grump on April 23, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Because she’s a candy ass RINO and they are more dangerous that the Democrats?

flytier on April 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Ok. Let’s go to the calculator. According to Wikipedia the CBO says that in FY 2010 the USG spent $1.3 trillion more ($3.5 trillion) than it received in tax revenue ($2.2 trillion. Using some elementary mathematics that seems to mean that total expenditures must decline by 35-40 percent to balance the annual budget. The ethanol subsidy cost is a little hard to find on a quick search, but appears to be $6 billion/year. Ah, fraud and waste in defense expenditures. And this from a DOD audit report from FY 2008: “The Department of Defense Inspector General auditors identified over $1.5 billion in fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement of taxpayer dollars…” So, back to the calculator, the Honorable Senator from Maine has succeeded in trimming $7.5 billion from a deficit of at least $1.3 trillion, or a reduction of one half of one percent in the deficit. Of course, all this still masks the fact that the Zero Interest Rate Policy of Treasury/Fed hides the real interest cost ($190 billion in 2010). If U.S. Treasury bond rates were to suffer a case of Reversion to the Mean, total annual interest payments would consume $800 to $1,000 billion. Thus, the USG right here and right now MUST not only balance the budget but institute a policy of and strategy for total USG debt reduction in a meaningful time frame! The only comment is are our Congressional representatives already brain dead or do they take the stupid pills provided in their Welcome Packages upon arrival in DC?

boqueronman on April 24, 2011 at 4:27 PM