Quotes of the day

posted at 10:35 pm on February 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

“‘This is big,’ wrote White House director of new media Macon Phillips in a February 23, 2009 blog post, ‘the President today promised that by the end of his first term, he will cut in half the massive federal deficit we’ve inherited. And we’ll do it in a new way: honestly and candidly.’

“Indeed, President Obama did make that promise that day, saying, ‘today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay — and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.’

“The 2013 budget the president submitted today does not come close to meeting this promise of being reduced to $650 billion for fiscal year 2013.”

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“Let’s recall that this document lays out what President Obama wants to do in terms of fiscal policy in the coming years. It is what he would do if he were completely free to act as he chose. And what would that be? After having presided over three of the largest deficits in our history, the president wants to go for four, and to end his term having added $6.4 trillion to the nation’s gross debt (about as much total debt in four years as the United States amassed in its first 225 years combined). He proposes to spend more next year than this year (and next year is the only year for which this budget would actually be the budget), he offers no meaningful entitlement reform (and therefore no way out of an oncoming debt crisis), and to soften the blow he filters his spending numbers through a series of patently transparent and insulting gimmicks (for instance, he counts as savings from the Iraq and Afghanistan drawdowns money that was never even requested or budgeted in the first place, he counts interest savings from tax increases as spending cuts, he relies on completely unrealistic growth projections for the coming years, and on and on).

“Of course, this is par for the course for this president. His budget documents have all been studies in the dereliction of duty. And it’s true that this particular act of dereliction has in it more elements of class warfare and punitive and economically damaging targeted tax increases than the past ones. But as we take note of that added layer of misguided political economy, we should not lose sight of the underlying scandal—the president’s complete lack of interest in addressing the mounting fiscal crisis which his policies have so severely exacerbated, and his readiness to allow our government’s finances to collapse around him (or rather around his wretched successor) and to burden our children with an unprecedented and unbearable burden of debt.”

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ANDREA MITCHELL: With us now is acting Budget Director, Jeffrey Zients, thanks so much. First of all, they renamed your budget “debt on arrival.” What is your response to that?

JEFFREY ZIENTS: I think the President has put forward today a balanced budget. Balanced in two ways. First of all, the President invests and makes immediate investments in job creation, starting with making sure that the payroll tax cut continues, and that we do not have a tax increase on 160 million Americans. The President also has proposals to put Americans back to work, on infrastructure projects, to modernize our schools, to help rebuild our neighborhoods. At the same time, we have year over year of deficit reduction, leading to a stable debt to GDP ratio by 2018. So it’s balanced, in that we have immediate job creation and then we have deficit reduction. And the deficit reduction itself is done in a balanced way. $2.50 of spending cuts for every dollar of new revenue. So I think this is a responsible budget and we hope Congress takes it seriously and passes it’s into law soon.

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Via the Daily Caller.

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Flora Duh on February 14, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Later..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 2:17 AM

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 2:16 AM

I figured they must be the were happy. Well I guess I should turn in, don’t really feel like it. I’m still listening to The Holmes Brother. Its nice.

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Right now Obama has won the tax argument, the spending argument, the congress grid lock argument, and on and on.

And yet he’s under 50% approval. Maybe he isn’t “Winning” these arguments as convincingly as you seem to think he is.

So no budget, is no biggie.

Except that, since we’re spiraling towards fiscal insolvency, is it a “biggie.” Not that you’d actually care about that.

Of course, the Dems know it’s a biggie, which is why they’re too cowardly to attempt a real budget.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 14, 2012 at 2:21 AM

The sleet sounds nice on the metal roof.

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Good Solid B-Plus on February 14, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Yeah, 0 is done. He is in an untenable position on so many fronts. They are done. I made it by the Carter years, we will get by this, its just gonna take a lot of work and sacrifice. I have the energy to do it one more time, then all you younger’s are on your own. It will be hard, it will always be worth it.

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Good Night All!

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Later..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Good to see you, my friend. Seems like we haven’t had a good night of posting for awhile. Things have definitely gotten strange since the two open regs, but it feels like things are settling down once again.

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 2:56 AM

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 2:56 AM

It is good to see you my friend..Yes it is starting to level out a little but it has indeed been the wild wild west for a while..:)

PS..Plus there is a “passion” for this GOP Primary I think is sometimes good and sometimes bizzare..and sometimes confusing to say the least..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 3:06 AM

sometimes confusing to say the least..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 3:06 AM

Yeah, it boggles me that people take these things so seriously. I like the entire Republican field, and would be happy with any of them (with the exception of Paul on his foreign policy). That said, I still think Rubio is a keeper, and hope he plays a prominent role.

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 3:15 AM

The obamanation put forth a “budget”. Why can’t Harry Reid?…

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:16 AM

Why can’t Harry Reid?…

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:16 AM

Because he’s a fan of the SEC?

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 3:22 AM

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 3:15 AM

I agree I could vote for any of the three (No to Ron Paul) with no problem….But sometimes this primary has just made folks “freak out” for sure..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Because he’s a fan of the SEC?

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 3:22 AM

All that whiny you do is starting to sound demish…

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:30 AM

You whiny, whining, whiner…

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:31 AM

The obamanation put forth a “budget”. Why can’t Harry Reid?…

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:16 AM

That Obie budget is a joke..I can’t imagine what Harry Reid would put up for a budget..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 3:33 AM

That Obie budget is a joke..I can’t imagine what Harry Reid would put up for a budget..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 3:33 AM

True…Same sheeit, different typeface…

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:35 AM

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:35 AM

LoLz..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 3:40 AM

I’m kinda interested in this “world tax” that the Budget Director wants. If the tax adds value, maybe Daniels could explain it to me…

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:44 AM

All that whiny you do is starting to sound demish…

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:30 AM

It’s true. I’m just a big ‘ol fat danish of a fat arse democrat that wants my free stuff, I wants my free stuff, oh, but don’t give me the dough-nuts if you ain’t gonna give me my donut holes!

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 3:45 AM

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 3:45 AM

Well, you do live in the Republic of Californication…

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:49 AM

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:44 AM

I don’t know about Daniels..But that Paul Ryan knows what he is talking about as far as a budget goes..:)

PS..That interview with Hannity is excellent..scary but excellent..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Well, you do live in the Republic of Californication…

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:49 AM

And by God I wished it could rear its head to become Reagan nation once again. I’m still wishing.

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 3:52 AM

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 3:45 AM

LoLz..You make a very good point about the Democrats..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 3:53 AM

And by God I wished it could rear its head to become Reagan nation once again. I’m still wishing.

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 3:54 AM

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 3:52 AM

If having Governor Moonbeam in office again doesn’t shock some sense into the electorate, nothing will…

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:54 AM

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 3:52 AM

tax adds value = VAT and Daniels likes VATs…

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:56 AM

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 3:56 AM

Gotcha..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2012 at 4:08 AM

What???

Gohawgs on February 14, 2012 at 4:09 AM

good morning HA :)

cmsinaz on February 14, 2012 at 6:16 AM

Mornin’, ma’am. $4 per gallon gas, bankrolling barbarians, and ignoring our friends…this is Smart Power? And then, he’s trying to distract with a phony budget. What a leader.

kingsjester on February 14, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Remember the good old days when people just bought their own contraceptives and didn’t expect their health insurance to even cover such over the counter remedies? What is next,forcing insurance companies to cover tooth paste in the name of oral health care preventive medicine? How can all these mandates not cause insurance premiums to rise? Obama is playing a shell game by claiming insurance companies will pay for free. Insurance companies set their insurance premiums based upon their costs to operate, nothing is “free”. This is all just part of the lefty plan to force private insurance out of the market and to force government control of the health care industry.

Dollayo on February 14, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Let’s see…this budget is a glaring reminder that the Dems intend to lead us toward a Greek style economic meltdown and today there are new stories about Nanzi Pelosi’s plans to take back the House. On top of that, Obama is the worst President in the history of the US – a President who actively seeks to inflict damage on the country for his and his own party’s benefit, a man who should be run out of Washington on a rail – if there is any justice in the world at all.

Meanwhile, our choices for President are Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul…choices so awful that they will severely damage our efforts to keep the House, nevermind gain the Senate. Most importantly, all four will LOSE to this abomination in the White House, which is flat-out inexcusable.

This is beyond pathetic.
Wake me up when the GOP and its voter base gets serious about winning elections and securing the future of this country. Unless a miracle happens, 2012 is practically a lost cause.

DRayRaven on February 14, 2012 at 6:52 AM

This is just sickening. First blame the Republicans, then whine and moan about inheriting the problem. How can this be? They say they will be honest and candid. They lie and lie….Do they believe this crap? What next? I hope I hear something forceful from on of the candidates (which I haven’t yet, still support Romney) but if not, then let’s hope for a brokered convention where a forceful leader could emerge. There isn’t one yet.

Paddington on February 14, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Come on guys, How do you expect me to turn us into a bunch of socialists without the kind of “investment” that only I am proposing?

Seriously, to Igor R., you comment is an insult to drunken sailors. When they run out of money they don’t start spending their kids and grandkids money in advance! Debt on arrival is about as apt a description of this jug-eared traitor’s budget as I can imagine.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2012 at 7:44 AM

kingsjester on February 14, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Another spot on analysis KJ.

But hey, we don’t have to worry about that $800 million “Arab Spring” economic aid the bozo-in-chief wants to distribute. Because Republicans control the purse strings and there’s no way John Boehner will ever let something like that happen, right? Right?

btw, good morning to you and all the other HA early risers.

Flora Duh on February 14, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Flora Duh on February 14, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Good morning to you, ma’am. The Leader of the Free World is either a socialist mastermind or an example of the Peter Principle in action…or both.

kingsjester on February 14, 2012 at 7:53 AM

“balanced” now takes on a new meaning.
It means now that he took a “balanced approach”, he looked long and hard at cutting spending, but he ended up increasing spending…but he looked at each on balance…he took 15 minutes to look at cutting, and took 15 at increasing…therefore, he was “balanced” in his approach…
He read for 15 minutes what the Republican’s had to say, and he read for 15 minutes what the dems had to say…then he made his decision, it was “balanced” he gave them each 15 minutes.
You guys just don’t understand what “balanced” means…it means a balanced approach, not application…not a balanced budget between spending and cuts…that’s Obama’s way, re-define the terms.

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 7:54 AM

kingsjester on February 14, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Me thinks, both.

O/T

My yard is filled with dozens of Red Breasted Robins this morning, which naturally made me think of this.

Flora Duh on February 14, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Unless a miracle happens, 2012 is practically a lost cause.

DRayRaven on February 14, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Or you wake up from your self imposed negative analysis…we have 4 of the strongest contestants the Republicans have ever placed up for nomination, each one with a strength and some weaknesses.
Your problem is that you are so easily duped by the MSM, they have your head spinning. It is so easy for the MSM to convince weak minded people that 5 or 10 errors over a lifetime of service is enough to disqualify someone, if they keep pounding away at the weak mind…you caved-in rather quickly.

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 7:59 AM

You guys just don’t understand what “balanced” means…it means a balanced approach, not application…not a balanced budget between spending and cuts…that’s Obama’s way, re-define the terms.

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Yes, he does have his own way of “defining terms”, and as the article I just read stated, “If this is what Obama considers being responsible, is it any wonder the country is in such dire straits?”

Flora Duh on February 14, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Good morning to you, ma’am. The Leader of the Free World is either a socialist mastermind or an example of the Peter Principle in action…or both.

kingsjester on February 14, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Maybe neither…maybe 4 years ago he was the “perfect storm”, people were hungry for a “change” and he defined the change they needed, but never came close to implementing any of those changes.
Now, like a member of a church who has just found out their pastor committed adultery, or stole from the church, his “congregation” is confused and disoriented, hanging onto to “his promise”,but looking at the disaster he has caused.
It is up to us to open our doors, and offer and welcome them the truth, and realize that their dreams were shattered…but we have a better way.

That is why Rick is gaining, and Mitt is losing ground, Mitt is still “grinding” away, and people are tired, tired of the personal attacks…they want solutions, and the one that provides the best solutions, along with hope and comfort, will be the one chosen.

If we allow the dems to set the agenda (as Mitt and Newt has), than they will convince the public that the economy is turning around, that hope and change is just around the corner, and people will embrace that, before they embrace the continuous personal attacks from Mitt…the people are tired, they just want out of this morass.

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Flora Duh on February 14, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Good link, and this is why he is successful because:

Obama’s budget boosts spending $227 billion, adds $329 billion to an already huge deficit, and does nothing to fix the entitlement crisis?

Does not fit on a bumper sticker but:

Obama,fiscal responisbility

Does fit…
He knows to make a problem complex enough that the average voter tunes out.
And that his “solution” is a slogan…and they buy into it.

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

The incompetence is so stunning. The Republicans should be out there every day pointing it out. 103 members of the House call for holder’s resignation. Why aren’t they all calling for it? That’s where my frustration is….I think they must be blind to not see what is happening to our country.

Paddington on February 14, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Or you wake up from your self imposed negative analysis…we have 4 of the strongest contestants the Republicans have ever placed up for nomination, each one with a strength and some weaknesses.
Your problem is that you are so easily duped by the MSM, they have your head spinning. It is so easy for the MSM to convince weak minded people that 5 or 10 errors over a lifetime of service is enough to disqualify someone, if they keep pounding away at the weak mind…you caved-in rather quickly.

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 7:59 AM

You’re delusional. I have been watching politics for thirty years, and this was the weakest field I had ever seen to begin with. To make matters worse, we have whittled it down to the four worst candidates.

If you want to take happy pills and fool yourself into thinking the American people will pick any of these B-listers over Obama, go right ahead. I’ll be here to tell you “I told you so” on November 7.

DRayRaven on February 14, 2012 at 8:28 AM

but he looked at each on balance…he took 15 minutes to look at cutting, and took 15 at increasing…therefore, he was “balanced” in his approach…
He read for 15 minutes what the Republican’s had to say, and he read for 15 minutes what the dems had to say…then he made his decision, it was “balanced” he gave them each 15 minutes.
You guys just don’t understand what “balanced” means…it means a balanced approach, not application…not a balanced budget between spending and cuts…that’s Obama’s way, re-define the terms.

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 7:54 AM

In other words he took 15 minutes. There is no way the jug-eared idiot bothered with what the GOP had to say. There was no way that he even considered fiscally responsible cutting. And he’ll tell his henchman what they think. So by my estimate, he took 15 minutes to spell out his massive spending plan. That is far less time than he takes on ESPN to spell out his picks for the NCAA Men’s Basketball finals.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2012 at 8:33 AM

You’re delusional. I have been watching politics for thirty years, and this was the weakest field I had ever seen to begin with. To make matters worse, we have whittled it down to the four worst candidates.

If you want to take happy pills and fool yourself into thinking the American people will pick any of these B-listers over Obama, go right ahead. I’ll be here to tell you “I told you so” on November 7.

DRayRaven on February 14, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Gee, I have been watching politics for a gadzillion years, whatever that quote from you means.
This field is strong, a great businessman, with huge financial backing, governor, strong faith, nothing in his background that is “nefarious”…you have a senator that has proven his fiscal chops, has the Tea Party support, has a quiet demeanor, and also with a squeaky clean background (both of these have MBA and Law degrees with honor), you have a long time house rep, a doctor, who brings a great balance of libertarian views, you have a past speaker of the house who orchestrated two major conservative events, the takeover of the House, and the Contract with America.
Did each of them make errors in leadership? Of course, they are leaders who make decisions, and not all decisions are “correct” or “right”…but each of them is strong, decisive, and infinitely better for America than Obama.
And when the dust settles, and we all get behind (all meaning Republicans who are really Republicans and not some of the pretenders who post on here), the American people will see that we have the leadership, the qualities, the policies that will change America.
You on the other hand, want to deride those of us who believe our candidates are superior to Obama…why? I don’t know, maybe your “30 years” of observing was wasted.
You have your opinion, I have mine…yours just happens to be wrong…

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 8:40 AM

So by my estimate, he took 15 minutes to spell out his massive spending plan. That is far less time than he takes on ESPN to spell out his picks for the NCAA Men’s Basketball finals.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I hate to say this, but he took 15 minutes, it was half-time during a basketball game…he went to the fridge and got a beer (that took a couple of minutes but he was thinking), he took a pee (that took a couple of minutes but he was thinking about pissing away our money so that fits), than he sat back down, and that left 11 minutes, but he forgot the chips and salsa, so back up and to the fridge, now it’s 9 minutes, he finished his beer, while reading the NYT financial pages, that took 5 min, because he only looks for his name…had to take another pee before the game started so now he was down to 3 minutes of serious thinking….and he thought hard for 3 minutes, but actually it started 12 minutes prior…so you are wrong my friend…15 minutes of study…

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM

JEFFREY ZIENTS: I think the President has put forward today a balanced budget. Balanced in two ways. First of all, the President invests and makes immediate investments in job creation, starting with making sure that the payroll tax cut continues, and that we do not have a tax increase on 160 million Americans.

This is lame and disingenuous beyond belief.
How can those people be so dämn stupid?
Thanks a lot, 52%. /sarc
Morons

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Karl Magnus on February 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

and he thought hard for 3 minutes, but actually it started 12 minutes prior…so you are wrong my friend…15 minutes of study…

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Well, how hard is it to add a few extra zeros to last year’s proposed budget? Besides I’m sure the game was starting up again by that point.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM

This is lame and disingenuous beyond belief.
How can those people be so dämn stupid?
Thanks a lot, 52%. /sarc
Morons

Karl Magnus on February 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I’ve been saying that for the last 39 months.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Yeah, you can just hear him…“Increase the budget, Slam Dunk!!”

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 9:06 AM

This is lame and disingenuous beyond belief.
How can those people be so dämn stupid?
Thanks a lot, 52%. /sarc
Morons

Karl Magnus on February 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

You need also to blame the RNC, they force these candidates down our throat…like a Barney Frank boyfriend…

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 9:07 AM

You on the other hand, want to deride those of us who believe our candidates are superior to Obama…why? I don’t know, maybe your “30 years” of observing was wasted.
You have your opinion, I have mine…yours just happens to be wrong…

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Sorry, but I know enough about politics to know that Romney is the living caricature of everything Obama wants to run against, Santorum will scare indies (and many Republicans) away with his extreme socio-con views, Gingrich will lose because of his personaly hypocrisy and lack of discipline, and Paul…well, Paul is a nut.

These were the weakest candidates in the entire field all along, and none of them can beat Obama.

And we’ll see whose opinion is wrong.

DRayRaven on February 14, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Let’s figure it out for them. I’m using Firefox, and it’s clearly freaking out. What other browsers have the problem? Anyone using IE, or Safari?

John the Libertarian on February 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM

FF here.

Who is John Galt on February 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Did anyone see where the military is drastically cut, but one of moochelle’s programs got $10Billion

ConservativePartyNow on February 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

So,is money to Egypt, Pakistan, and Palestine in this budget?

Total contributions to our friends is quadruple the US Defense Budget.
Hey, let’s save money but cutting our Defense Budget!
Keeping promises (1 for every 1,000 made)/
snark always on…

askwhatif on February 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

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