Video: “Dogs Against Romney” debuts new ad as long-term unfunded entitlement liabilities reach $35.5 trillion

posted at 8:04 pm on April 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

The bad news? Romney once put his dog in a kennel strapped to the top of his car during a family vacation. The good news? Although the Medicare fund is set to go bankrupt by 2024 and the Social Security fund by 2033, the feds are pretty sure they’ll still be able to pay 87 percent and 75 percent of benefits afterwards respectively. Assuming, that is, that creditors foolishly continue to buy treasuries even as our debt piles up and our credit rating sinks.

So, in sum, a mixed bag tonight: Dog on roof, but looming fiscal catastrophe should be semi-manageable. More from Philip Klein:

I’ve broken down both sets of numbers in the chart below, which show a combined long-term deficit of $63.3 trillion. Keep in mind that this assumes that certain Medicare cuts go into full effect. For instance, the trustees assume that physician payments get cut by 30 percent in 2013, even though they acknowledge that, “it is a virtual certainty that lawmakers, cognizant of the disruptive consequences of such a sudden, sharp reduction in payments, will override this reduction just as they have every year since 2003.” It also takes as a given that all of the Medicare changes in President Obama’s health care law will go into effect exactly as written. Of course, Obama’s projected Medicare cuts don’t actually extend the solvency of Medicare in reality, because the money is already slated to be spent to help finance Obamacare’s $1.76 trillion in spending.

Though it’s difficult to grasp numbers so large over such a long time period, it’s worth keeping in mind that investors deciding whether or not to purchase U.S. bonds take into account the nation’s long-term fiscal picture, and thus could choose to stop buying Treasuries a lot sooner than an actual crisis is projected to hit, driving up borrowing costs dramatically. It’s also important to realize that the sooner we take action to reform these programs, the easier it will be to phase in changes to avoid massive tax increases that will crush the economy and much more disruptive cuts. Unfortunately, with a predictable crisis staring us in the face that promises to wreck the futures of younger Americans, Obama has spent his first term avoiding dealing with the problem so he has a free hand to attack his Republican opponents.

$63.3 trillion is the “infinite horizon” of unfunded liabilites; over the next 75 years, it’s “just” $35.5 trillion — again, assuming that no fiscal crisis intervenes and that Congress okays Medicare cuts that are already scheduled to take effect, which it never, ever does. The shortfall in Medicare funding last year alone was $288 billion and change. It’ll take unusual wisdom and bold leadership to solve a problem like that, but fortunately we have a choice: Barack Obama, who’s added $5 trillion in debt since 2009, or dog-on-the-roof guy. Can we really trust the latter?

There are two ways to deal with the stupidity of the Romney “dog story.” I’ve just given you one; the second clip below is the other.

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the only way to solve this is to give more money to rich people

DBear on April 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Give them yours for a start.

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2012 at 10:02 PM

How much is that doggie in the window,
The one with the waggly tail.
How much is that doggie in the window,
I do hope that doggie’s not stale.

PatMac on April 23, 2012 at 10:11 PM

even money says al gore eats polar bears… but the left will note that unlike you at least he doesn’t use incandescent light bulbs while dining on ursus en croute.

mittens on April 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I strolled through Buzzfeeds comment section on the dog video..

These clowns are deadly serious.. I’ve seen death penalty debates that were lighter hearted, they are DESPERATE to destroy Romney, utterly desperate. Iran can have a nuke, and WW III can start tommorrow and those cretins wouldn’t care a bit.. They want Mitt’s scalp and they want it now..

The mind of a zealot at work,

mark81150 on April 23, 2012 at 10:47 PM

the only way to solve this is to give more money to rich people

DBear on April 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Like another “stimulus package” giving kickbacks to Obama supporters?

Sorry, that’s the last thing we need.

malclave on April 23, 2012 at 11:10 PM

… and Obama hates horses too…

I think he called those Pimlico Steaks.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Does Al Gore have a dog? Does Al Gore have a private plane? Just wonderin’

crosspatch on April 24, 2012 at 1:26 AM

the only way to solve this is to give more money to rich people

DBear on April 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Actually I often do. On a related note I’m curious how you’re commenting in this forum without having given money to a rich person?

gwelf on April 24, 2012 at 1:35 AM

I think that “dog for Obama” is much worse than “dogs against Romney.

Mr. President, will that be chicken or beef… or dog?

Mojave Mark on April 24, 2012 at 3:21 AM

What does advice dog say?

roy_batty on April 24, 2012 at 6:53 AM

Dingo’s against Obama:

“Obama ate my baby….”

Kuffar on April 24, 2012 at 8:41 AM

The dog vote is terribly important and Obama has given new meaning to the term HOT DOG.


MaiDee on April 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

the only way to solve this is to give more money to rich people

DBear on April 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Odd for you to say this, since you actually believe all money belongs to the richest entity in the history of the planet – the US govt.

Do you know how many corporations were involved in creating the computing device you’re using to post your stupidity? How about the internet connection you also used? Perhaps you should deal with your galactic hypocrisy before you decide to post again.

runawayyyy on April 24, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Could you please pass the German Sheppard’s pie Michelle!

royzer on April 24, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I’m so sick of this –these @sshats don’t even realize that a dog riding loose inside the car is extremely dangerous for the dog. Look at that picture Axlerod tweeted — Bo riding loose in the car — that’s how a “loving” owner transports his pet? Nope. If an accident occurred, Bo would have been tossed and (depending on speed/impact/etc) severely injured or killed. I’m not saying strapping a kennel to the top of the car is ideal (ideal is crate inside the car) but if you are going to get all bent out of shape over Seamus, you should actually know that a dog loose “inside” the car is just as bad, and arguably, worse.

And the truth is, these pet owners who let their dog ride loose inside the car are not (IMO) trying to intentionally harm their dog; but they are ignorant on animal safety –if they hadn’t noticed, dogs aren’t anatomically equipped to sit in a car with a seat belt. I also give Romney the same benefit of the doubt, especially given that 30 years ago this disturbing trend today of projecting human characteristics onto animals was not so prevalent.

PS — if you want to project human characteristics onto your dog, fine, but you should recognize that you are doing it for your own emotional benefit, not the dog’s.

Dark Star on April 24, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Guess we’re heading into the dog days of summer. I eat this stuff up.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on April 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Could we come up with something just a little more moronic?

How about “Kitties For Caligula”?

mojo on April 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Obama scrooms the pooch.

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

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