Quotes of the day

posted at 10:40 pm on March 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

“Absent reform, government programs designed in the middle of the 20th century cannot fulfill their promises in the 21st century. It is a mathematical and demographic impossibility. And we said so.

“We assumed there would be some who would distort for political gain our efforts to preserve programs like Medicare. Having been featured in an attack ad literally throwing an elderly woman off a cliff, I can confirm that those assumptions were on the mark…

“The president’s budget gives more power to unelected bureaucrats, takes more from hard-working taxpayers to fuel the expansion of government, and commits our nation to a future of debt and decline.

“The contrast with our budget couldn’t be clearer: We put our trust in citizens, not government. Our budget returns power to individuals, families and communities. It draws inspiration from the Founders’ belief that all people are born with an unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. Protecting this right means trusting citizens, not nameless government officials, to decide what is in their best interests and make the right choice about our nation’s future.”

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“Mr. Ryan proposes a budget path that would leave government unable to fulfill essential functions. As the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis finds, by 2050 his budget would reduce federal spending for everything besides Social Security, health programs and interest payments to less than 4 percent of the gross domestic product, down from 12.5 percent in 2011. Since, as the CBO notes, ‘spending for defense alone has not been lower than 3 percent of GDP’ since World War II, and Mr. Ryan wants to increase defense spending, there would be essentially nothing left for the rest of government — nothing for education, for highways, for veterans, for low-income families, for the FBI.

“Even in the short term, the Ryan cuts would be breathtaking. He would impose spending caps that would reduce domestic discretionary spending by $800 billion more over the next 10 years than the cuts agreed to as part of the debt-ceiling deal. Mr. Ryan argues that he would strengthen the safety net by transforming programs such as Medicaid and food stamps into block grants for the states. But the plan would cut Medicaid funding by one-fifth over the next decade, not to mention repealing the new health-care law’s expansion of Medicaid to those slightly above the poverty level.

“Mr. Ryan is right about the risks posed by the nation’s mounting debt. But we think his lopsided approach is dangerously wrong for the country.”

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“Democrats are organizing media blitzes, House floor speeches and town halls back home to seize on the changes to Medicare that Republicans are expected to propose Tuesday. To blunt GOP talking points that only Republicans are willing to confront the debt, Democrats intend to unveil their own budget next week calling for a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes on the rich…

“‘They can run, but they cannot hide from their Medicare plan, which ends the Medicare guarantee at the same time they’re providing big new tax breaks to millionaires and protecting special interest tax loopholes,’ Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told POLITICO in an interview Monday…

“‘For the next few days, all our focus is going to be on Medicare,’ said a senior Democratic aide, who added that no Democrats were expected to support the House Republican budget when it heads to the floor for a vote next week.”

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“The debut of the House Budget Committee chairman’s vision for what conservative governance could and should look like might win him kudos from the conservative policy class, but it elicits only groans from GOP political professionals.

“‘As a campaign issue, the budget is a significant challenge for GOP candidates,’ said Bob Honold, a GOP strategist and partner at Revolution Agency. ‘As a campaign strategy, it is so much more difficult for Republicans to communicate their responsible solutions than it is for Democrats to spook seniors with rhetoric.’

“Another senior GOP strategist was far more blunt. ‘Didn’t they learn their lesson?’ the source asked. ‘House Republicans are still under the mistaken impression they have to lead. It’s a presidential election year; they’re along for the ride.’”

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“Most important, this budget tests Ryan’s reputation as a fiscal hawk, especially his tax plan. The latter would reduce the individual tax rates (which make up the majority of government revenue) to two brackets of 10 percent and 25 percent, while lowering the corporate tax rate to 25 percent. The Joint Committee on Taxation released a report last October saying that it would be hard to reduce the corporate tax rate to anything lower than 28 percent without losing money. Ryan’s plan would also create a territorial tax system that would offer a low tax rate, if any taxes, on the profit that U.S. companies earn overseas–a page from the playbook of the Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, who introduced a similar international tax plan last fall.

“To pay for these tax cuts, Ryan says that his budget would close tax loopholes–a political dodge both parties lean on heavily when talking taxes. But for an economic nerd like Ryan, the dodge does not come across well. Which loopholes? Would it be the wildly popular mortgage-interest deduction that encourages millions of Americans to buy homes, or the tax break that goes to employers that offer health care? And which segment of the population would bear the brunt of the elimination of certain tax breaks–the middle class, the poor, or the wealthy?”

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“With the House set to engage in another vicious fight over today’s new 2013 budget proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., we are witnessing once again a phenomenon that’s been apparent since the 2010 election: the tea party movement still holds the commanding heights of American politics. It is still setting the agenda for national debate. It wants what it wants. And it doesn’t much care what anyone in either the GOP or Democratic Party thinks about it…

“Fault them if you will as a band of primitivist monomaniacs, question whether they are sincere enough to surrender their own Social Security and Medicare as well as everyone else’s, but the tea partiers are not going to fade away. They clearly represent a deep and abiding — and perhaps last-ditch– movement of resistance to the indomitable tendency of American government to grow ever larger. They know that the various eruptions of conservative rebellion since the Reagan era, including the Gingrich-led takeover of the House in 1994, each amounted to little more than one step forward, two steps back. They know that George W. Bush blew the budget out entirely. And they know that none of the GOP candidates, ‘establishment’ or not, is delivering up the answer they want. Except maybe for Ron Paul, which accounts for his rise from the fringes…

“Like them or not, they’re not going away, no matter who wins in November.”

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“The reaction to Ryan’s tax plan will be the truly telling thing. He proposes to create two relatively low tax brackets but to do so in a way that achieves revenue neutrality by eliminating most deductions and exclusions. Almost certainly this will mean reducing or eliminating the mortgage-interest deduction, deductions for state and local taxes, and deductions for charitable giving. (Ramesh’s beloved child tax credit probably will survive, unfortunately.) The Committee to Reinflate the Bubble will fight tooth and talon to defend the mortgage-interest deduction, and they’ll have a great many middle-class homeowners behind them.

“Politicians in both parties (and many of my colleagues at this magazine) speak constantly of defending the interests of the middle class, but it is precisely the middle class that will have to see higher taxes or lower benefits or both if the country is to remain solvent. We could tax the rich at 100 percent and still fail to balance the budget, and the Bush tax cuts for the $200,000-and-up set are dwarfed by the Bush tax cuts for the middle class. Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of federal transfer payments go to the non-poor, mainly to the middle class. It is the middle class, not the wealthy, that enjoys relatively light taxation.

“Some generations have to storm Normandy, some have to give up tax-code housing welfare for relatively well-off homeowners. Watch your back, Mr. Chairman.”

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“I’m very supportive of the Ryan budget plan. It’s a bold and exciting effort on his part and on the part of the Republicans and it’s very much consistent with what I put out earlier. I think it’s amazing that we have a president who three and a half years in still hasn’t put a proposal out that deals with entitlements. This president’s dealing with entitlement reform — excuse me — this budget deals with entitlement reform, tax policy, which as you know is very similar to the one that I put out and efforts to reign in excessive spending. I applaud it. It’s an excellent piece of work and very much needed.”

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“‘We do believe that our nominee, whoever this person is going to be, is going to be perfectly consistent with this,’ Ryan told reporters as he unveiled his Road to Prosperity budget. ‘I’ve spoken to all of these guys – and they believe that we are heading in the right direction.’…

“‘Our nominee owes it to the country to give them a choice of two futures,’ Ryan said. ‘We’re helping him do that.’”

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I just saw “The gathering storm.” and thought I was going to see a picture of Tebow in a Jets uniform.

ninjapirate on March 20, 2012 at 10:43 PM

It’s a picture of the President!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Hang in there Ryan!

And don’t throw grandma off the cliff/

Electrongod on March 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM

predator if you get here tonight…WELCOME BACK!
…(meanwhile…Flora Duh…please say HI!)

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM

“Another senior GOP strategist was far more blunt. ‘Didn’t they learn their lesson?’ the source asked. ‘House Republicans are still under the mistaken impression they have to lead. It’s a presidential election year; they’re along for the ride.’”

How ’bout you stop hiding under the cloak of anonymity, a-hole?

Hawkins1701 on March 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM

The gathering storm.
====================

The Sh*t Winds are stirr’n,soon,a Sh*t Gale will form,into Sh*t Sqwalls,then,it’ll morph into a Category #5 Sh*t Hurricane,which
will then spawn,F-5 Sh*t Tornadoes,wich was fuelled by Liberal/
ProgTard Political Hot Gas’s out of there mouths,er orifices…

…..and then,Lib/Dem/Prog/Socialisy/commie Pinko’s will be
covered in Political Sh*t sooooooooooooooooooooooo deep,they’ll
need Jack*ss’s,er,Donkeys just to git around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

If this were only an election year…

… the GOP candidates could all rally behind Paul Ryan, and use this budget proposal to pound Obowma, and the Democrats to dust.

If only…

… What? Oh.

Seven Percent Solution on March 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I wish they would get the blame, but history suggests they will blame capitalism and use the economic destruction they created to institute their little marxist dreams.

txhsmom on March 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM

The gathering storm.
====================

????????

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I didn’t post the rest of your post as Google Interpreter is still working on it…..:)

I joke.

You got a winter storm up there?
Blowing snow here in Idaho….well there was..this morning.

Electrongod on March 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM

So I am driving in the car this morning, listening to Limbaugh, and the local news comes on at the top of the hour. I swear to G-d, this is what the announcer said:

“Paul Ryan and House Republicans introduced their proposed budget today, that calls for cuts to government spending. This will result in reductions of benefits to programs such as Medicare, Food Stamps, and Unemployment Compensation. President Obama has stated that he wants to save these programs.”

To me, it is the stupid little voiceovers like that that capture the votes of the idiots (read liberals) who don’t pay a lot of attention to what’s going on.

A fairer statement would read like this:

“Paul Ryan and House Republicans introduced their proposed budget today, that calls for cuts to government spending. Their position is that only by making responsible cuts, through a program of cost controls, can programs like Medicare be saved at all. President Obama continues to propose unrealistic budgets that call for continuous explosive growth of government, spending trillions of dollars that we do not have on these programs – thus virtually guaranteeing their imminent collapse.”

When will we get fair reporting like THAT? I’m not holding my breath…

JohnD13 on March 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

I’m not holding my breath…

JohnD13 on March 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Wise….
To bad there are many in this Country that aren’t….

Electrongod on March 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Allah, what no song to match the thread?/ Come on just one.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Ryan: the last intelligent Republican.

rickyricardo on March 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Time to pay the fiddler and the fiddler wants his money.

Bishop on March 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

You get around pretty good for a geyser yourself. Weren’t you just over there a moment ago?/

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

OT: Jason Mattera Bono.
Bono is a bit liberal, but he handled that interview pretty well.

At least, compared to Chris Rock.

Love the U2.

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Time to pay the fiddler and the fiddler wants his money.

Bishop on March 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

You got a song to go with that?

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Speaking of medicare…I’m hearing rumors that doctors, like orthapedics, are cancelling surgies of medicare patients because last fall medicare stopped paying for what bureaucrats deemed optional surgies. Anybody know if this is true?

txhsmom on March 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Aw, how quaint. The WaPo editorial board slammed Ryan’s budget plan. Color me shocked.

“Another senior GOP strategist was far more blunt. ‘Didn’t they learn their lesson?’ the source asked. ‘House Republicans are still under the mistaken impression they have to lead. It’s a presidential election year; they’re along for the ride.’”

*sigh* Just once can these amoebas speak on the record? Is this anonymous strategist saying a Republican POTUS won’t address entitlements?

conservative pilgrim on March 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Speaking of Chris Rock, I actually watched SNL back when he was on the cast. He was a very small presence on the show and a failure.
Just how did he get to be so “important. Never liked him. He has never made me laugh. Ever.

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

predator if you get here tonight…WELCOME BACK!
…(meanwhile…Flora Duh…please say HI!)

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I’m here, albeit for a short time prolly. Work tomorrow. I’m already up later than usual, but it’s been quite a past few days. I wanted to touch base with folks that had my back, including you. So I’m sticking around for a short while. Thanks to you, by the way. The way you guys supported me was way cool. You are why this blog is tops. MadCon’s site and the thread about the primary at this site pretty much tells the whole story. I’m back. Ed was fair. I stepped into something I didn’t mean to step into, and he realized that, so I’m back by his good graces. Feels good.

Now let’s do some jammin’.

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

When will we get fair reporting like THAT? I’m not holding my breath…

JohnD13 on March 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

I think its safe to say. Not in our lifetimes.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Why not?

U2 – Vertigo

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I didn’t post the rest of your post as Google Interpreter is still working on it…..:)

I joke.

You got a winter storm up there?
Blowing snow here in Idaho….well there was..this morning.

Electrongod on March 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Electrongod:Every thing is calm,unlike TX,and Oklahoma yesterday!

Watch this one,the school took a direct hit!!:)
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Security Video Shows Tornado Hitting School
Added: 3 days ago Occurred On: Mar-2-2012
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Cameras inside a school have give an inside look at the power of an EF 4 tornado that destroyed towns from Pekin to Henryville to Marysville. Surveillance cameras inside Henryville Junior Senior High School were rolling as the storm destroyed their building.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=566_1332036488
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Still Image:

http://edge.liveleak.com/80281E/s/s/19/media19/2012/Mar/17/LiveLeak-dot-com-72585dcb0aab-abc_henryville_jt_120317_wblog.jpg?d5e8cc8eccfb6039332f41f6249e92b06c91b4db65f5e99818bad4944e44dbdeffbf&ec_rate=300

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Time to pay the fiddler and the fiddler wants his money.

Bishop on March 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

You got a song to go with that?

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

I would definitely pay this fiddler her money.

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Regarding the fourth quote (Mr. “partner at Revolution Agency” — yeah, great irony in that name — and Mr. Anonymous “Didn’t they learn their lesson?”): with GOP strategists, (supposed friends?), and attitudes like those … who the he11 needs enemies?

Effing cowards …

ShainS on March 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Asking a government to live within its means, not only this year, but to plan to be on budget in the future, is the same as banning socialism.

Socialism cannot function when the taxpayers demand a balanced budget.

Time to unpack the shears and the bits.

Cut Cut Cut, Drill Drill Drill

RutRoh on March 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

O/T a tad,

Freshman US Rep. Kinzinger defeats 10-term Congressman Manzullo in Illinois Republican primary

Submitted 2 mins ago
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

When will we get fair reporting like THAT? I’m not holding my breath…

JohnD13 on March 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

I think its safe to say. Not in our lifetimes.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I keep hoping that the financial problems of the newspaper business will flow over to the rest of the legacy media…but I agree, sadly we may not live long enough. This is the real enemy of America.

d1carter on March 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Exactly! Why not indeed? Good one.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Predator is back? Woo hoo!!!!!!!!

angrymike on March 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Exactly! Why not indeed? Good one.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Glad you liked it. I have a soft spot for U2. Going back to 1982. Wow, thirty years.

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM

In life, you can either be the turkey or the fox. The turkey never misses any meals, but the occasionally hungry fox charts his own path, and lives past Thanksgiving.

RBMN on March 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM

To pay for these tax cuts, Ryan says that his budget would close tax loopholes–a political dodge both parties lean on heavily when talking taxes. But for an economic nerd like Ryan, the dodge does not come across well. Which loopholes? Would it be the wildly popular mortgage-interest deduction that encourages millions of Americans to buy homes, or the tax break that goes to employers that offer health care? And which segment of the population would bear the brunt of the elimination of certain tax breaks–the middle class, the poor, or the wealthy?”

Meh, Ryan is not as smart as the establishment shills want you to believe. He’s a just a placebo for the tea party masses.

promachus on March 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM

I just saw “The gathering storm.” and thought I was going to see a picture of Tebow in a Jets uniform.

ninjapirate on March 20, 2012 at 10:43 PM

This will happen. I wanted Peyton but Tebow will be good as a half back and for wild cats.

FLconservative on March 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Predator
welcome back, now behave! Lol ;-)

angrymike on March 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Predator is back? Woo hoo!!!!!!!!

angrymike on March 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Yep. And thanks for the support. You guys wowed me last night. It felt really good to read the comments on last night’s QOTD. Ed was very reasonable about the whole thing. It’s a pile of poo I’ll be mindful to avoid in the future.

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

The video of the basketball court…..
Very fast destruction.

Electrongod on March 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Now let’s do some jammin’.

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Welcome back…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

. ‘As a campaign strategy, it is so much more difficult for Republicans to communicate their responsible solutions than it is for Democrats to spook seniors with rhetoric.’

Sure it is easier for the Donkeys to use scare tatics..It has always been their mo..Nothing has changed..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

“The president’s budget gives more power to unelected bureaucrats, takes more from hard-working taxpayers to fuel the expansion of government, and commits our nation to a future of debt and decline.

Hey, we don’t call him El Presidente Downgrade for nuthin!

Chip on March 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

You do like the lady’s with fiddles.; )

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

What happened???

conservative pilgrim on March 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

U2 – “A Celebration”

From 1982!

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Happy Dire?

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

And somehow Jesse Jackson Jr. Jr. Jr. won his race too. Yep, somehow.

Bishop on March 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM
You get around pretty good for a geyser yourself. Weren’t you just over there a moment ago?/

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Bmore:10-4 on that,I gots breaking news,earthquake page,and Pink
Floyd,at 3/4 throttles a going!——:)
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Pink Floyd – The Wall [Full Album]
(1:21:12)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DcYQnqyrYM&feature=related

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Maybe just direct them back to the last thread.? I don’t know, its your deal. I’m just saying

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Now let’s do some jammin’.

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Welcome back…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Second that….
It that number hasn’t been taken yet…..

Electrongod on March 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Democrats on Paul Ryan’s Budget: “THE SKY IS FALLING! HE WANTS OLD PEOPLE TO DIE QUICKLY AFTER EATING CAT FOOD!”

Democrats on Obama’s Last Budget: ” WE’RE JOINING REPUBLICANS AND SHOOTING THIS SUCKA DOWN IN FLAMES!”

Harry Reid on a Senate Budget: “(YES, IT HAS BEEN 1,056 DAYS SINCE WE PASSED A BUDGET) NO, I DON’T PLAN TO BRING A BUDGET TO THE FLOOR THIS YEAR!”

Obama on his Budget: “MY ‘A NEW ERA OF RESPONSIBILITY: RENEWING AMERICA’S PROMISE’ BUDGET ONLY JACKS UP FEDERAL SPENDING BY A STUNNING 18% — A RATE OF INCREASE ‘NEARLY 3 TIMES THE AVERAGE GROWTH RATE OF FEDERAL OUTLAYS OVER THE PREVIOUS 10 YEARS,’ ACCORDING TO THE CBO, BUT IT IS TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE. I SWEAR. WOULD I LIE TO YOU?”

Resist We Much on March 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Save us, private Ryan!

Igor R. on March 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Rand Paul’s budget is a serious proposal that balances in 5 years, which is a more than enough time, whereas Paul Ryan’s budget doesn’t balance for several decades, if ever. His projections are so far over the horizon that they are virtually meaningless, nobody knows what will happen in 30 or 40 years, and the current Congress can’t tell them what to do anyway so it doesn’t even matter.

If Republicans want to be taken seriously on the economy they are going to have to take an approach like Rand Paul’s, not Paul Ryan’s.

Paul Ryan’s plan is an excuse to keep spending and slightly diminished rates that are still unsustainable. Rand Paul’s budget is a serious attempt to balance the budget.

FloatingRock on March 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I was a huge U2 fan but they are total hypocrites.

And Romney is a Rinocrite.

SparkPlug on March 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Predator
welcome back, now behave! Lol ;-)

angrymike on March 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Yeah, buddy. Gonna be careful about what I respond to from here on. *whew* I like it here, and I want to stick around. So I’ll try to be my normal, ornery self–with caution.;)

One of the things that got to me the most was this reply from Ed when I thanked him for letting me back in:

“My pleasure. You should be gratified by the email we’ve been getting in your absence from the comment sections. Enjoy!”

I know he didn’t let me back in because of that, but it was pretty humbling to know that a lot of you went to bat for me. I’ll not forget. Ever.

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I know he didn’t let me back in because of that, but it was pretty humbling to know that a lot of you went to bat for me. I’ll not forget. Ever.

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Welcome….

Electrongod on March 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Projection: By 2020, every penny in tax revenues taken in by the US Treasury will be consumed by Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and debt service, the latter of which will amount to $1 trillion alone.

Projection: When today’s college students reach retirement (about 2054), Social Security alone will require a 16.6% payroll tax, one-third greater than today’s rate, according to the non-partisan Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform.

Projection: When Medicare Part A is included, the payroll tax burden will rise to 25.7% – more than one of every four dollars workers will earn that year.

Projection: If Medicare Part B (physician services) and Part D are included, the total Social Security/Medicare burden will climb to 37% of payroll by 2054 – one in three dollars of taxable payroll, and twice the size of today’s payroll tax burden, according to the non-partisan Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform.

Projection: More than one-third of the wages workers earn in 2054 will need to be committed to pay benefits promised under current law. That is before any bridges or highways are built and before any teachers’ or police officers’ salaries are paid.

Projection: By 2030, about the midpoint of the baby boomer retirement years, the Medicare will require nearly half of all income tax dollars, according to the non-partisan Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform.

Projection: By 2060, Social Security and Medicare will require nearly three out of four income tax dollars.

“Lies” About Social Security and Medicare Pandering Politicians Never Told You

Resist We Much on March 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

I’m linking my ring tone for no particular reason.

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

Cindy Munford on March 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

A great work. A great modern Opera. Hard to believe its a classic now. Just like us geysers.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Glad you liked it. I have a soft spot for U2. Going back to 1982. Wow, thirty years.

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Me too. I saw them at the meadowlands on their Joshua Tree tour. Simply spectacular.

FLconservative on March 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Go get’em tiger…I mean wolf.

Igor R. on March 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Oooooo! The radical republicans are in troooouble!

Uppereastside on March 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Resist We Much on March 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Is it because we have the music too loud?

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Cindy Munford on March 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

LOL! Figures!

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Oooooo! The radical republicans are in troooouble!

Uppereastside on March 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Lets see how good you are. Got a song to go with that. You have 60 seconds.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM
And somehow Jesse Jackson Jr. Jr. Jr. won his race too. Yep, somehow.

Bishop on March 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Bishop:Yup,and this **clown as well!!:)
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Democratic US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. wins Illinois primary battle against former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson

Submitted 12 mins ago from http://www.chicagotribune.com
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM

And this **CLOWN
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One week after being indicted, Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith wins big in primary

Submitted 3 mins ago from http://www.suntimes.com
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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One week after being indicted, State Rep. Derrick Smith wins big March 20, 2012 8:47PM

Updated: March 20, 2012 9:03PM
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State Rep. Derrick Smith scored a big win Tuesday against his Republican-turned-Democratic challenger in a quirky primary contest a week after his arrest on a federal bribery charge.

Powerful Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan also claimed victory over a spirited but mostly overwhelmed challenger, highlighting a slate of legislative races with plenty of intrigue but few upsets.

Smith (D–Chicago), who was appointed to the House in 2011, was busted by the feds after allegedly accepting $7,000 to write a recommendation letter for a daycare center he thought was seeking a state grant.

With about 80 percent of the precincts reporting, Smith had taken in 77 percent of the vote against 23 percent for challenger Tom Swiss, who raised eyebrows by running billboard ads depicting black individuals in the mostly African-American district when he himself is white.

“I was annihilated,” Swiss said. ““The ideologues came out, and those are the people that just would rather vote for a crook than someone who had worked for Republicans.”(More….)
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http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/11427616-505/one-week-after-being-indicted-state-rep-derrick-smith-wins-big.html

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Heres the original Breaking News,on State Rep. Derrick Smith(D)

State Rep. Derrick Smith charged with accepting bribe

Mar. 13, 2012, 2:29 p.m. from http://www.chicagotribune.com
http://www.breakingnews.com/item/ahZzfmJyZWFraW5nbmV3cy13d3ctaHJkcg0LEgRTZWVkGKP-9QYM/2012/03/13/state-rep-derrick-smith-charged-with-accepting-bribe
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canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Maybe just direct them back to the last thread.? I don’t know, its your deal. I’m just saying
Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM

I found his explanation at MadCon’s site. I remember seeing that comment–someone linked it??? (bad stuff) and predator responded. My impression was as predator explained it. I’m glad predator was cleared.

conservative pilgrim on March 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

7%, Electron, thanks. Nice to be back in the fold.

Conservative Pilgrim: I wandered into the ban hammer a few nights ago. Got it resolved, but it was a bummer for a few days. I posted the details at Madison Conservative’s blog and then issued a thank you post in the early party of the “illinois primary” thread here. Lots o’ folks stood up for me, and Ed was fair and square about it, with a caution to be careful. I’m good with that. This is an investment and a business for him. He has to protect it. I get it. He did what he had to do at the time then investigated and reinstated me because it was obvious I wasn’t trying to promote the offending comment. It’s a long story, and not worth all you would have to go through to get the full scoop. Suffice to say, I inadvertently stepped in it, then was able to step out. But it was dicey.

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Me too. I saw them at the meadowlands on their Joshua Tree tour. Simply spectacular.

FLconservative on March 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Yes! I caught The Joshua Tree tour in Ft. Worth the night they filmed “When Love Comes to Town” with B.B. King. I drove over six hours to catch that show and then six hours back. It was worth it.

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

There is no greater hero in Washington than Paul Ryan. Nothing draws more liberal ire than someone proposing solutions to their failures.

Chuck Schick on March 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Btw- what is this conservative obsession with always trying to end Medicate as we know it? The Ryan plan is a complete joke. He wants to cut Medicare and appy the savings as tax breaks to his millionaire campaign funding buddies. Where are the loopholes you are looking eliminate Mr Voodoo Economist? You must think middle class Americans are stupid right?

Uppereastside on March 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Time to read.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qih-qSsLf0A&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Two hearts live.

FLconservative on March 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I can also vouch for Ed. I was drunk blogging over a year ago and received a very stern warning to my e-mail from Ed. I apologized, and he was magnanimous. Ed is a fantastic person to be on our side.

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Btw- what is this conservative obsession with always trying to end Medicate as we know it? The Ryan plan is a complete joke. He wants to cut Medicare and appy the savings as tax breaks to his millionaire campaign funding buddies. Where are the loopholes you are looking eliminate Mr Voodoo Economist? You must think middle class Americans are stupid right?

Uppereastside on March 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Nobody “deserves” Medicare.

Igor R. on March 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Uppereastside on March 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

What, no tunes left up in the uppereastside. There used to be.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Two hearts live.

FLconservative on March 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Great song. Back when mullets were cool.

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Sorry. My eyes are hard of hearing sometimes. :-)

Resist We Much on March 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Go get’em tiger…I mean wolf.

Igor R. on March 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Damn. That’s twice you’ve got that wrong. I may have to assemble the pack and provide you with a little “visit” to keep your memory sharp.

*psst, we’re not actually just wolves. We’re lycans. Bullets? Not so much*

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Sure..It is a beautiful day..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

O/T,sorry to post this one,I haven’t seen much press!

Jewish school shot up in France!!
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Victims of Toulouse, France, school shootings flown to Jerusalem for burial

Submitted 17 mins ago from http://www.bbc.co.uk
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

HAHA on the Sweater(vest) Song, Allahpundit–I know, other thread (which I pulled as I walked away).

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

A great work. A great modern Opera. Hard to believe its a classic now. Just like us geysers.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

‘Geezers’.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

“‘We do believe that our nominee, whoever this person is going to be, is going to be perfectly consistent with this,’ Ryan told reporters as he unveiled his Road to Prosperity budget. ‘I’ve spoken to all of these guys – and they believe that we are heading in the right direction.’…

Yea! Good luck with that champ.

Uppereastside on March 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

testing

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

You do like the lady’s with fiddles.; )

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

I’m still looking for a man who doesn’t. Someone from CT, maybe?

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

testing

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Excellent post…:)

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Igor R. on March 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Yea good luck campaigning on that okay.

Uppereastside on March 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Welcome back…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Second that….
It that number hasn’t been taken yet…..

Electrongod on March 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Electrongod:Third that!:)
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Dedicated to Predator:)

Back in the Saddle Again, Aerosmith
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIPS4LyveJs

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Nice to have ole predator back huh?

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Btw- what is this conservative obsession with always trying to end Medicate as we know it?

Fact: On our current path there will be “actual” cuts to Medicare of 17% and Medicare would “end as we know it” in 2024, according to the Social Security and Medicare Trustees May 2011 report.

https://www.cms.gov/ReportsTrustFunds/

Fact: Medicare hospitalisation, as we know it will end in 2024, absent some change in policy or some change in moving forward.

https://www.cms.gov/ReportsTrustFunds/

BTW: You do not have a “right” to either Social Security, Flemming v. Nestor, or Medicare, Heckler v. Ringer, even if you pay into both programmes for 40 years.

Resist We Much on March 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I have noticed a lot of people comparing Lycans to werewolves. That is no comparison. They are two completely different creatures.

Lycans are more wolf based. They can shift appearance when they want, night or day. They represent more of a large walking wolf with a mans posture, and of course much more muscular than werewolves. The Lycan is a Transylvanian based creature. The evidence is strongly supported, but it is nothing similar to a werewolf at all. The Lycan is also much smarter than a typical werewolf.

Werewolves are actually of old English folklore. They started up in the Americas after the Spanish settled here. The werewolf transforms randomly on full moons only. They represent more of witchcraft and curse, unlike the Lycan; which is said to be Religious practice. Werewolves resemble a man with a wolf-man like posture and a wolfs’ attitude and appearance.

Igor R. on March 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I’m still looking for a man who doesn’t. Someone from CT, maybe?

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

LOL!

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

It will not be long now..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Listening to my Outlaw music again. Damn! I love that tune! *But then I’m an evil bastage*

predator on March 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Yea good luck campaigning on that okay.

Uppereastside on March 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

There is “popular” and there is “right”. “Free money for everyone” is effective until you run out of money.

Igor R. on March 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

testing

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM
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Excellent post…:)

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

carbon_footprint:Lol,bad carbon..,….(Laughing with you Dire)!:)

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Romney just cemented my vote. I already preferred him to the competition but I am very surprised to see him endorse Ryan’s budget. Considering how the Democrats will use this in relentless Mediscare attacks, it’s a very bold move.

Caiwyn on March 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

LoLz..Had a glitch there..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM

testing

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

LOL! You worry too much.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM

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