Quotes of the day

posted at 10:11 pm on January 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

Tuesday marks the 1,350th day since the Senate passed a budget. The law requires Congress to pass a budget every year, on the grounds that Americans deserve to know how the government plans to spend the trillions of taxpayer dollars it collects, along with dollars it borrows at the taxpayers’ expense. But Majority Leader Harry Reid, who last allowed a budget through the Senate in April 2009, has ignored the law since then…

“I think it should be a firm principle that we should not raise the debt ceiling until we have a plan on how the new borrowed money will be spent,” Sessions told me Monday in a phone conversation from his home in Alabama. “If the government wants to borrow money so it can spend more, then the government ought to tell the Congress and the American people how they will spend it.”…

As Sessions sees it, Reid’s budget gambit is the result of a long-term plan. “It’s not a failure of leadership,” Sessions said. “This is part of the president’s political tactics. There’s no doubt in my mind that the White House and the Senate leadership calculated that the lumps they would take for not producing a budget were preferable to actually exposing their financial plan for the future.”

***

The debt ceiling ought to be raised because nobody has a plan to eliminate the deficit immediately, and there is no popular support for doing what that would take. A congressman who isn’t presenting and supporting a zero-deficit-now plan has an obligation to give the federal government the additional borrowing authority that continued deficits make necessary.

For liberals, that’s the end of the matter. The debt ceiling should be raised without any spending cuts attached, and ideally it should be raised to infinity. One common argument goes like this: Since Congress sets spending and tax levels, no good purpose is served by holding a separate vote making it possible for the government to follow Congress’s original instructions.

That argument would have more force if the federal budget were the result of a deliberate policy. Instead, more and more of our spending rises on autopilot because of decisions made long ago, and nobody is forced to take responsibility for the gap between revenue and commitments. Bills to raise the debt ceiling are the only occasions when congressmen and the president come close to doing so. They are thus appropriate moments to attack the trends that are driving our rising debt.

***

The trillion dollar platinum is an absurdity wrapped in a legislative incongruity inside a farce. It is the logical extension of an utterly illogical legislative process that only becomes more irrational with each passing day. Each partisan battle has become stupider than the last. Silly loopholes are exploited for bargaining power, and the resulting stalemates are generally solved with a temporary patch that solves the immediate problem by creating a bigger one down the road. When the bigger problem arrives, naturally the other side seeks an even sillier loophole, resulting in an even more temporary patch…

Consider the fiscal cliff deal that we just passed. Virtually every economist agreed on what needed to happen: Congress should extend all the tax cuts and spending hikes temporarily, because any fiscal tightening would also reduce economic growth and raise unemployment. But because our current trillion dollar deficits are entirely unsustainable, Congress should also set a deadline to have all or most of these temporary measures expire. My favorite proposal would have pegged the expiration to the unemployment rate.

In a month-long round of backroom bargaining interspersed with public name calling, our politicians essentially managed to craft the opposite of this deal. We raised taxes immediately, which will put pressure on a still-weak economy. On the other hand, we also made the overwhelming majority of the Bush tax cuts permanent, at a cost of trillions over the next ten years. Just as Baby Boomer retirements put unprecedented pressure on the Federal budget, we have decided to fix tax revenues at the low end of their historical average…

Try this exercise: name some of President Obama’s campaign pledges. Unless you were actually covering the elecetion, I bet you can only name one: the pledge to raise taxes on people who made more than $250,000. No new programs to solve some problem, no high-concept bargain to unite the nation . . . no, the one thing that Democrats wanted to do was raise taxes for 2% of taxpayers, and only 2% of taxpayers. Not to pay for anything in particular, but just because the rich had too much. And why was this—rather than some actual policy program—the centerpiece of his agenda? Because his base liked it, and because opposing it made the ultra-rich Mitt Romney look like a selfish heel.

***

[I]f liberals can’t win, conservatives can’t win, and the two sides can’t strike a deal, how are we actually going to get our fiscal house in order?

I think one all-too-plausible answer is that we aren’t. That might mean a genuine debt crisis, a near-default scenario that forces a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, perhaps with some swift inflation worked in, that’s uglier than any grand bargain either side would countenance. But given the resilience of global confidence in the United States over the last two years, it might just mean living with structural deficits that drag on growth for years and decades to come. Indeed, if I were rank-ordering scenarios for the American future right now, the latter possibility would probably rank highest: Neither a massive crisis nor a sweeping legislative solution, but an ugly equilibrium in which muddling-through politicians win enough small victories and reach enough small deals to gradually stabilize the debt-to-GDP ratio … but at a level that all-but-ensures a generation or more of economic stagnation and lurching, shortsighted, crisis-driven domestic policymaking

In this landscape, no matter which painful solution polls better in the abstract, a political coalition that’s actually laid the groundwork for what it wants to do seems more likely to succeed in doing it. The Republican Party is an unserious party in many ways, but it has leaders (from Paul Ryan to Tom Coburn) who understand that crucial point, and who have spent the last few years elaborating the kind of entitlement reforms that the conservative vision of government requires, and putting their fellow Republicans on the record in support of them. From Barack Obama on down, I don’t see the same thing happening on the Democratic side; instead, I see a party that’s still loath to acknowledge that its program requires sacrifice from anyone save the wealthy, and that just responded to a moment of maximum leverage by narrowing its definition of who constitutes the rich. If Democrats want to raise middle class taxes — and I mean really raise them, not just cut deals that nudge revenue upward a little here and there — they need to lay the political and policy groundwork for that kind of push, and they need to start relatively soon. Until that starts to happen, it seems reasonable to give conservatism slightly better odds than liberalism of winning the long-term fiscal war outright … with the aforementioned structural-deficit stalemate, unfortunately, remaining the most likely outcome of all.

***

The choice the country faces is simple. We can have big government and the Life of Julia (at least for a while, but that is another essay), with everyone paying through the nose and the middle-class share of taxes rising not falling, or we can return to the American tradition of limited government, with everyone paying a smaller burden to the state, with relatively limited services for, and relatively light taxes on, the middle class. What we cannot have is the Life of Julia at no additional burden to 99 out of 100 of us. Nobody, Left or Right, really thinks that math works, no matter what they may say in public.

So what happens if we continue down the current path, with perhaps some small amount of revenue raised from some additional taxes on the rich? Remember, the only way to finance a big European-style state is to have it paid for by massive taxation of everyone, mostly the middle class. Right now we are avoiding honest debate on this fact, perhaps because those desirous of this change know the middle class would rebel if it saw the future bill it will have to pay. Instead, large government benefits are being continued and increased, and still new ones introduced, with little accurate discussion of who will ultimately pay…

The way to boil the frog of freedom is slowly.

We may, with open eyes, choose the reassuring security of big government with a far larger safety and subsidy net and far higher taxes for all — by no means just the “rich” but in fact more so on the middle class — and likely the sclerotic growth and dependency of Europe. Or we may choose the opposite. But we deserve an honest debate about this critical issue. A debate missing from the last election.

***

Optimist though I am, I can’t help feeling there’s something to this downhearted consensus. After living through the most peaceful and prosperous half century that any nation has ever experienced in the history of humankind, it seems impossible to believe we would re-elect a mediocre reactionary out to “fundamentally transform” our success into failure. But we did, and that’s — well, let’s call it “less than cheering.”…

So in the interest of letting a little light into the room, and with a full realization that our president is doing a bad job, the congress incapable of stopping him, and the media protecting him with coverups and lies, let me list three positive trends that might transform our country for the better in the next two years…

3. Reality is on our side. When I call Obama a reactionary, what I mean is that he adheres to a grievance-based socialist ideology he learned in college from professors who were probably old even then. As these academics die and go to hell for all eternity, up-and-comers may begin to notice that the poor suffer under left-wing programs and rise under the free market, that education improves under conservative guidance and gets worse under liberals, and that big business actually gets more entrenched and powerful under the left while the right helps the little guy thrive. That, after all, will be the off-beat, radical position, and academics love to be off-beat and radical as long as everyone around them is being off-beat and radical too. A new generation is already on the rise that understands entitlements are unsustainable and that freedom works. It won’t be long at all before we begin to hear their voices in the mainstream. I hope.

***

Via the Daily Caller.


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Bazil9

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I want to slap that face!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Gladeing

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Scrumpy

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

He always looks stupid.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

All Kids Left Behind, cause Obama ‘loves’ them, fools.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

[I]f liberals can’t win, conservatives can’t win, and the two sides can’t strike a deal, how are we actually going to get our fiscal house in order?

…L I B !

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

I hate that picture…

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

bluegill

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

bluegill wants all to stay on topic tonight.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

I hope it all comes to a screeching halt.

Bmore on January 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Jackie

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Stench.

Bmore on January 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Yeah, she needs to take a break and do some chastizin’

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

twerp

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 10:16 PM

KWR

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 10:16 PM

RWM

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 10:16 PM

TDC

tom daschle concerned on January 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Obama, the constitutional ‘scholar’ and Dummy in Chief, doesn’t understand that the Supreme Court has no right to go over the congress on the debt ceiling.

Obama is an oaf, or plays one to perfection. Media, you god damned fools, wake up. What you eat is his sh*t, not Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Stench.

Bmore on January 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

…the rest of us are having pleasant thoughts!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

“I think it should be a firm principle that we should not raise the debt ceiling until we have a plan on how the new borrowed money will be spent,” Sessions told me Monday in a phone conversation from his home in Alabama. “If the government wants to borrow money so it can spend more, then the government ought to tell the Congress and the American people how they will spend it.”…

Herein lies the problem.

davidk on January 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Anybody see twerp today?

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Yeah, she needs to take a break and do some chastizin’

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I just want all interested to go read the comments from this morning.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Tuesday marks the 1,350th day since the Senate passed a budget.

Where is the media?

Where is the GOP?

Why aren’t we marching on the Capitol bldg with assault forks?

This is BULLS**t! Harry Reid should be thrown against the nearest wall, and justice shall ring forth!

tom daschle concerned on January 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Raise the bloody thing and be done with it, I’ll muddle thru somehow.

L.i.B….

Good evening KCB Schad Koolaid2 Bmore Canopfor!!

And to all who follow!!

:-)

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Hi Scrumpy

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Yesterday’s qotd?

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Sparky where art thou?

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Yesterday’s qotd?

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Yes, indeed

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM

TDC

tom daschle concerned on January 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Top Dead Center?

How about a society wherein you don’t work, you don’t eat.

tom daschle concerned on January 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

As Rush would say, Right on, right on, right on.

davidk on January 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM

It was fun checking back in this morning. Normally don’t.

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Try this exercise: name some of President Obama’s campaign pledges. Unless you were actually covering the elecetion, I bet you can only name one: the pledge to raise taxes on people who made more than $250,000. No new programs to solve some problem, no high-concept bargain to unite the nation . . . no, the one thing that Democrats wanted to do was raise taxes for 2% of taxpayers, and only 2% of taxpayers. Not to pay for anything in particular, but just because the rich had too much. And why was this—rather than some actual policy program—the centerpiece of his agenda? Because his base liked it, and because opposing it made the ultra-rich Mitt Romney look like a selfish heel.

And, what happened? 77.1% of Americans found out that they were “rich.”

Surprise!

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

OT, you too need to know bluegill, this is the hypocritical left in front of your very eyes.

Ye and me

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I just want all interested to go read the comments from this morning.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Which thread?

davidk on January 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

It was fun checking back in this morning. Normally don’t.

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Indeed, it was platinum!

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Which thread?

davidk on January 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Last night’s QotD

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Ran into B9 there. Awesome!

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:26 PM

And, what happened? 77.1% of Americans found out that they were “rich.”

Surprise!

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Suffer fools, suffer!!!

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Heh, RWM, on cue.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:27 PM

You people are so rude.

davidk on January 8, 2013 at 10:28 PM

davidk on January 8, 2013 at 10:28 PM

HA!

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:28 PM

George Will makes an excellent point in this video posted above… There is nothing that liberal hate than give a tax cut to anyone… Their reason of existence is to extract money from every producers to fund their Welfare socialist state… In fact the only way to fund their socialist Welfare state is to heavily tax each producers (see socialist welfare European states as an example). By making the Bush tax rates permanent for 99.5% of the producers it would be politically very hard for them to go an impose taxes on the those making less than $ 400,000 a year… So despite that the image of the fiscal deal cliff look like a victory for Obama and his socialists in fact they went against the heart of their liberal ideology and on the long run it will be viewed as an utter defeat for them…

mnjg on January 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM

LOL our hockey team played Notre Dame tonight – we are #1 they are #2. Smoked them and student section was yelling “Alabama”

I love student sections.

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 10:30 PM

‘Toon of the Day: Which One Should Be Banned?

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Let me kick off the rudeness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUKB3PxG-0E

davidk on January 8, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Subdued Hi.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Rudeness, thy name is davidk.

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

How are you Twerp?

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

And, what happened? 77.1% of Americans found out that they were “rich.”

Surprise!

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

The Twitchy threads have been hilarious.

The one about the birth control has been my favorite.

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Bitchy fish lmao!!

Hi ALT…

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Let’s take a flight of imagination this morning. If I wanted to ‘radically change” America…My Take.

kingsjester on January 8, 2013 at 6:47 AM

Goo stuff, kj.

Until He comes!

davidk on January 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Americans wanted StiiteHead for another fore years..

We are asked to make the transition easy….

I expect not…

Electrongod on January 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Money to run out by mid Feb.

———–
Hi alt.

Thinking of you and sending you strength.

KCB has been very supportive of you (in case you missed the comments).

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Hi ALT. Hang in there.

wolly4321 on January 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Hi ALT!

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Gawker publishes list of ‘all the a**holes who own guns’ in NYC

Axe on January 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Someone is going to get hurt or killed because of these newspapers and then they are going to face one hell of a lawsuit.

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 10:39 PM

How are you Twerp?

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

numb. My useless, druggie brother was supposed to call me today so we 3(me, him, and his wife) could discuss what needed to be done regarding Ma’s affairs etc. He didn’t call. He probably won’t call. Instead, he’ll probably send me a bill for my share of ‘expenses’…which I will then tear-up and send back.
*grrr*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Rudeness, thy name is davidk.

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Was sarcastic

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:41 PM

So in the interest of letting a little light into the room, and with a full realization that our president is doing a bad job, the congress incapable of stopping him, and the media protecting him with coverups and lies, let me list three positive trends that might transform our country for the better in the next two years…

3. Reality is on our side. When I call Obama a reactionary, what I mean is that he adheres to a grievance-based socialist ideology he learned in college from professors who were probably old even then. As these academics die and go to hell for all eternity, up-and-comers may begin to notice that the poor suffer under left-wing programs and rise under the free market, that education improves under conservative guidance and gets worse under liberals, and that big business actually gets more entrenched and powerful under the left while the right helps the little guy thrive. That, after all, will be the off-beat, radical position, and academics love to be off-beat and radical as long as everyone around them is being off-beat and radical too. A new generation is already on the rise that understands entitlements are unsustainable and that freedom works. It won’t be long at all before we begin to hear their voices in the mainstream. I hope.

I too believe the truth is inextricable — but in the “next two years”?

Axe on January 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

i know he has…and I appreciate it. It appreciate ALL your kind thoughts. *What a very un-Aspie thing for me to write. sad grin*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Do you have any old friends in the area that could slap him around a little?

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM

The one about the birth control has been my favorite.

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

You’ll love this ‘toon. It encapsulates the thinking of the perpetually clueless in My Progressive Little Ponyland beautifully: Here.

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Quite. He knows.

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Someone is going to get hurt or killed because of these newspapers and then they are going to face one hell of a lawsuit.

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 10:39 PM

The sick thing is that they will (gawker, etc.) think and say “well, they deserved it.”

Axe on January 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

mnjg on January 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Don’t be naive.

Loopholes next
Financial transactions tax
VAT
Wealth tax
Etc.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Do you have any old friends in the area that could slap him around a little?

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM

No. My mother played very obvious favorites . He was her golden boy.
It was her favoritism that caused me to stop speaking to her a few months back. I’ll grieve…and then I’m done. Golden boy can pay for EVERYTHING.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:40 PM

I am so sorry you are having to go thru this, soounds so awful…

My thoughts and prayers are with you hon… :-)

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

You’ll love this ‘toon. It encapsulates the thinking of the perpetually clueless in My Progressive Little Ponyland beautifully: Here.

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM

That’s perfect

One of the tweets that was in that thread was to Barry asking if she could give up her $10 free BC for the payroll tax money she lost.

Liberals are just stupid.

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

I just figured out how they are going to balance the budget without raising taxes any more, or minting trillion dollar coins.

They are going to confiscate all of our guns, and then sell them to 0bama’s Brothers in Al Qaeda, The Cartels, and other terrorist organizations.

LegendHasIt on January 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Axe on January 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Certainly could happen, but to bolster the argument for guns, idiots would think twice about going after people on this list.

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

“This is payback for [Columbine].”

False guilt. Progressives operate on false guilt.

Axe on January 8, 2013 at 10:47 PM

No. My mother played very obvious favorites . He was her golden boy.
It was her favoritism that caused me to stop speaking to her a few months back. I’ll grieve…and then I’m done. Golden boy can pay for EVERYTHING.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

So sorry about your Mom but make sure to take care of yourself. Easy to forget this when you are dealing with a very difficult funeral/etc.

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 10:47 PM

BREAKING…………………………………….

REICHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…..

……states Permanent Trench Warfare!

canopfor on January 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

I have issues with my father. Haven’t spoken in years, though I do keep tabs. I moved to Austin a little over a year ago, and I am wondering what I will do when I get that call. I’m going to get it soon. I will say a prayer for you.

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

……states Permanent Trench Warfare!

canopfor on January 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

lol — what? What? Canada — calm down.

Axe on January 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 10:47 PM

There’s no funeral or anything.
No memorial service either.
No ‘closure’.
I’m sorry to be whining. When you’re estranged from a parent-it’s hard. I went through it with my dad. I survived. I’ll survive again.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Hiya RWM GG Axe!! :-)

And everyone!!

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM

numb. My useless, druggie brother was supposed to call me today so we 3(me, him, and his wife) could discuss what needed to be done regarding Ma’s affairs etc. He didn’t call. He probably won’t call. Instead, he’ll probably send me a bill for my share of ‘expenses’…which I will then tear-up and send back.
*grrr*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:40 PM

annoyinglittletwerp:

Its a small world,sorry for you loss,I haven`t spoke to my
mother for over 35 years,but,thats thee last time,i speak
chitty-chatty on dat!——————————:)

canopfor on January 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM

There’s no funeral or anything.
No memorial service either.
No ‘closure’.
I’m sorry to be whining. When you’re estranged from a parent-it’s hard. I went through it with my dad. I survived. I’ll survive again.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:52 PM

I’m so sorry. Hopefully you’ll be able to get closure when you go back to Chicago and have it on your own terms.

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Yes it is hon, been there got thru that myself…

You are tough sweet cookie… hang in there sweety (hugs)

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

OK. I don’t want any of you @ssholes chatting. No chat. And no links to music. Got it? No music.

I’ll send bluebill in later to check.

Sing Sing Sing

jaime on January 8, 2013 at 10:55 PM

I just figured out how they are going to balance the budget without raising taxes any more, or minting trillion dollar coins.

They are going to confiscate all of our guns, and then sell them to 0bama’s Brothers in Al Qaeda, The Cartels, and other terrorist organizations.

LegendHasIt on January 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

This is genius, except for the first part.

One should never assume any good intentions for the US by Obama.

He will do both, raise more taxes, ruining the US more, have more unemployed and etc. and continue to do the latter.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Anyone up for Squid’s latest EPIC FAIL at “parental guidance”?

sesquipedalian, still luvin you sum Hagel?

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 6:53 PM

i continue to support his nomination, notwithstanding the shocking revelation that several times, he successfully ran for the senate seat from a state so deep red it has only ever elected conservative republicans (though nobody knows for how long, since history forgot to record when nebraska became a state). part of the reason for my support, in fact, is that nebraska, where license plates say “are you lost?,” will can finally claim with some plausibility to be known for something.

sesquipedalian on January 8, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Pssst… Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska was a DEMOCRAT. You wouldn’t have Obamacare without him.

Wanna take another shot at being right for once this year — although you still have 357 days left to SCORE – genius?

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Sesqui, have you gotten all of that egg off of your face yet?

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Crickets.

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Hiya, Scrumpy!

Thinking about you, ALT.

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 10:56 PM

They are going to confiscate all of our guns, and then sell them to 0bama’s Brothers in Al Qaeda, The Cartels, and other terrorist organizations.

LegendHasIt on January 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Not so long ago this would have been fiction.

Sadly today it’s entirely conceivable and real.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM

It’s foolish saying Obama is not a socialist because he hasn’t led a government takeover of McDonalds. See, that would wake up the American Public, like the Chick Fil A brouhaha to the power of ten times ten. So instead, it’s death by a thousand paper cuts of socialism. The brand of socialism Obama prefers is fascism, where companies are nominally privately owned but are so heavily regulated and taxed by the government that they are creatures of the state, told what they can and cannot do. When things go wrong as they inevitably do because socialism always fails when it runs out of other people’s money, then a fascist government can blame “greedy businessmen”, the perfect fall guys.

RasThavas on January 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Hey ALT,, here’s a song for you. No rime or reason, just a pretty song. It’s so melancholy it’s beautiful and brings down my blood-pressure every time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogeUP6kUao4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

wolly4321 on January 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Thoughts and prayers for you and your family…

:(

Seven Percent Solution on January 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM

BREAKING…………………………………….

REICHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…..

……states Permanent Trench Warfare!

canopfor on January 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Bad news for REICHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…… considering he can’t see above the trenches.

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Don’t be naive.

Loopholes next
Financial transactions tax
VAT
Wealth tax
Etc.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

VAT, no way… All the other taxes you mentioned will be very strongly opposed by the limousine liberals… This group of hypocrites advocate all the high taxes in public but they know very well that at the end of the day they are going to use all the tax loopholes and tax deductions under the sun to pay the least amount of tax… If the liberal politicians decide to go for tax loopholes wealth tax and financial transactions then they have declared absolute war on their most powerful base by far and that is the limousine liberals… I only wish that Obama and his liberal politicians are dumb enough to go for this, it will create the biggest civil war in the democrat party…

mnjg on January 8, 2013 at 10:58 PM

……states Permanent Trench Warfare!

canopfor on January 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

lol — what? What? Canada — calm down.

Axe on January 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Axe:)

*Trying to a…a…breathe*,…..at the 1.35 second mark in the video,

..correction,…..

..Continuous Trench Warfare!

canopfor on January 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

I’m sorry to be whining. When you’re estranged from a parent-it’s hard.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 10:52 PM

You should get all that out, Twerp. :) Say everything you need to say.

Axe on January 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Hagel was for ban on abortions, even in cases of rape.

sesqui and cohorts

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

They are going to confiscate all of our guns, and then sell them to 0bama’s Brothers in Al Qaeda, The Cartels, and other terrorist organizations.

LegendHasIt on January 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Tell us which army are they going to use to confiscate 300 million guns from 80 million gun owners? Is it the US military that vote 70% Republican? Is it the Police?…

mnjg on January 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.

I’m looking forward to welcoming you to January 9th soon. It’s been a very good day so far, I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I.

DarkCurrent on January 8, 2013 at 11:01 PM

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

I’m going back to Chi to bum around w/ my closest friend. Bro and wife can frak themselves!

*I do hope they find good homes for Ma’s VERY elderly cats.*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Good night all – I am one sleep gophergirl this week.

Don’t get in trouble while I’m gone. Stay on topic dang it!

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

I know. Those posts were from that thread.

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 11:02 PM

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