Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on February 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

The White House plan so far is pretty much according to the Fireman First principle, the idea first promulgated by Washington Monthly founder Charles Peters: that a bureaucracy when faced with cuts will tout its most popular program. Hence a mayor faced with a budget shortfall says he’ll have to “cut firemen first” as opposed to “restructure munipcal bond sales first.”…

But we don’t really know how much the cuts will affect everyday life. The markets are yawning right now, but will they in a month? Or three months? What happens if there really is faulty meat inspection or a plane crash—things that could have happened even with full funding but which will be easy to blame on sequestration? Who’ll get blamed?

Democrats I spoke with think the Republicans will eventually come around just as they did in January when the Bush tax cuts expired and they signed on to new legislation that raised rates on families earning more than $450,000. Republicans, of course, insist that they’ve already given and that this time, without a cudgel like the expiration of tax cuts the president would not renew, they’re in no mood to cave. Neither side is budging because both sides think they can prevail. As with World War I, when Europe stumbled into war, no one’s really thought through what the world could look like a month from now.

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With Congress unlikely to stop deep automatic spending cuts that will strike hard at the military, the fiscal stalemate is highlighting a significant shift in the Republican Party: lawmakers most keenly dedicated to shrinking the size of government are now more dominant than the bloc committed foremost to a robust national defense, particularly in the House…

“Fiscal questions trump defense in a way they never would have after 9/11,” said Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma. “But the war in Iraq is over. Troops are coming home from Afghanistan, and we want to secure the cuts.”…

A sizable number of Republicans, including many senators, are incensed by the cuts about to fall on the Pentagon, totaling $43 billion for the 2013 fiscal year. Because the Defense Department will have only seven months to put them into effect and because military personnel are protected, military training, weapons acquisition and maintenance stand to be cut by 13 percent.

President Ronald Reagan’s push in the 1980s for tax cuts and domestic spending restraint were accompanied by a huge military buildup. “There’s no way the party of Ronald Reagan should be accepting these cuts,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who has privately sought some compromise on tax loopholes.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Monday urged lawmakers to call the president’s “bluff” and empower the White House to make targeted spending cuts to avoid sequestration.

“They should find an alternative, they should do their job and why not empower the president and his administration. Give them the authority within their budgets to make those changes so they don’t have to do some of the things they are talking about,” said Walker on “Fox & Friends.”…

Call the bluff and let them go forward in doing it, there’s got to be a better way, it’s not about avoiding cuts, it’s not about tax increases it’s about cutting true waste, fraud and abuse,” said Walker.

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Here are three questions for folks wetting their pants about the sequester:

1. Under what sort math do you figure that cutting $44 billion or $85 billion from a total tab of $3.6 trillion is anything more than a rounding error? Half of the cuts are slated for defense spending, which has grown massively over the past decade-plus. Do you really think that the military can’t cope?

2. Do you really believe that the sequester cuts will tank a $16 trillion economy? And if so, what’s the multiplier on that? GDP is counted in such a way that most government spending automatically gets counted as increasing the amount of economic activity (the same doesn’t hold for private spending, where different conditions hold). Do you at least agree in theory that government spending has been cut in the past without ruining the economy (and if you don’t, why not)?

3. When will conditions be right to actually cut spending? There’s a raft of anti-sequester people – such as Barack Obama – who pay lip service to the idea that government spending (especially government deficit spending) needs to stop or be reduced at some point in the future. But like St. Augustine in his partying period, they don’t want to get straight just yet. So when might that be? If we can’t afford to cut a tiny fraction of current spending now – after a year-plus of knowing this was coming and a major punting on the original deadline – when might we?

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BROOKS: So let me reject what the Republicans are doing. I have more ambivalent feelings about what the White House is doing. But the Republicans are doing the worst of all possible worlds. This was designed to be stupid; it magnificently achieves that.

The Democrats – or the Republicans are in a position politically where they have to show the country they’re [not] mindless anti-government fanatics, they can separate good government policies from bad government policies. This is a piece of mindless anti-government fanaticism, which doesn’t separate the good from the bad. It just cuts.

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But, it’s also possible that the size of the cuts — a trillion dollars is a ton of money even spread out over the next decade — and the heat of the rhetoric coming from the two parties causes the sort of crisis that forces a decent number of people to pay attention and begin to re-examine (or, more likely examine) the way they think about spending. And, if enough people start paying attention, their politicians — forever a reactive species — could well be emboldened or intimidated into doing something big(ger).

The most basic truth of modern politics is that action happens only in response to crisis. (That may not be the politics we want, but it’s definitely the politics we have.) The sequester may not be that crisis — maybe it’s the debt ceiling fight to come later this summer — but if it is, that’s probably a good thing for people who want things to change in some meaningful way. Short of a crisis, the sort of kick-the-can-ism that has dominated the last decade or more in politics will continue ad infinitum.

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Scrumpy!

KCB on February 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Hello?

KCB on February 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Still watching the Chinese guy?

KCB on February 25, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Booo!

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Hi Tommy!

KCB on February 25, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Peeka

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Yo Ken. Hows it hanging? ;-)

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 10:45 PM

The best part of this is watching Liberals scream about DEFENSE cuts. This backfired sooooo bad.

brewcrew67 on February 25, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Everybody should click my nic, and watch the music video I made using Bmore’s wonderful Photochop images…

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Pass the spray tanner.

AllahsNippleHair on February 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Just like CIR, the sequester crap make me YAWN…….

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM

First responders would be…
Obama.

Thanks Obama for being AWAL..

Electrongod on February 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

OK, so which one of you intertubes super savvy folks knows how to make a video go viral?

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

OK, so which one of you intertubes super savvy folks knows how to make a video go viral?

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Don’t know about a video.

But there was a certain Weiner that knew how to make pictures go viral..

Electrongod on February 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM

…what’s Crybaby going to do?

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM

I was gonna answer the questions, but my brain hurts from laughing!

Good evening Guys!! :-)

Scrumpy on February 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Good evening Guys!! :-)

Scrumpy on February 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Scrumpy..

Electrongod on February 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Why is Obama freaking out over 2.4%?

Really freaking out, and isn’t that the tell tale that the President isn’t in this for the good of the country?

Speakup on February 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

So Brooks has “ambivalent feelings” about his boyfriend Barack, eh? I’d call it something else. I’d call it a sad old queen crush that just won’t go away. And it is getting ickier and ickier to watch.

Rational Thought on February 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM

*crunch, munch*

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Exempted from Sequester:

1. “Compensation for the President” – (Section 25, p 19)

2. Social Security benefits (old-age, survivors, and disability) and Tier 1 Railroad
Retirement benefits.

3. Medicaid

4. Refundable tax credits to individuals (p18)

5. Children’s Health Insurance Programmes

6. Academic Competitiveness/Smart Grant Program;

7. Mandatory funding under the Child Care and Development Fund;

8. Child Nutrition Programs (including School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Food, and others, but excluding Special Milk);

9. Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);

10. Commodity Supplemental Food Program;

11. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the TANF Contingency Fund;

12. Family Support Programmes;

13. Federal Pell Grants;

14. All VA-administered programmes

15. Special benefits for certain WWII veterans (p17)

16. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programme

17. Net interest (budget function 900).

18. Unobligated balances carried over from previous years for non-defence programmes.

19. At the President’s sole discretion subject to Congressional notification, military personnel can be entirely exempted from sequester or receive a higher percentage of the rate set in place by sequester (p19)

20. A list of “other” budget accounts and activities; readers should consult the statute for a complete list. A few selected examples include a) activities resulting from private donations, bequests or

voluntary contributions, or financed by voluntary payments for good or services; b) advances to the Unemployment Trust Fund; payments to various retirement, health care, and disability trust funds; certain Tribal and Indian trust accounts; and Medical Facilities Guaranty and Loan Fund.(20)

21. Specified federal retirement and disability accounts and activities

22. Prior legal obligations of the federal government in specified budget accounts

23. Foster Care and Permanency Programmes

24. Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

25. Medicare Part D low-income premium and cost-sharing subsidies; Medicare Part D catastrophic subsidy payments; and Qualified Individual (QI) premiums.

26. Specified economic recovery programmes, including GSE Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements, the Office of Financial Stability, and the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

27. The following “split-treatment” programmes, to the extent that the programmes’ budgetary resources are subject to obligations limitations in appropriations bills:

*Federal Aid-Highways;

*Highway Traffic Safety Grants;

* Operations and Research NHTSA and National Driver Register;

* Motor Carrier Safety Operations and Programs;

* Motor Carrier Safety Grants;

* Formula and Bus Grants; and

* Grants-in-Aid for Airports.

The Following “Discretionary” Programmes Are ALSO Exempt From The Sequester

* student loans under Title IV-B and IV-D of the Higher Education Act;

* Medicare;

* community and migrant health centers, Indian health services and facilities, and veterans’ medical care;

* Child Support Enforcement;

* federal pay;

* federal administrative expenses;

* Unemployment Compensation; and

* Commodity Credit Corporation.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42050.pdf#page=1

Looking for more…

Exempted From Sequester: Obama’s Salary & Most Of His Strawmen!

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 10:54 PM

It’s all for the LoInFo voters, hystrionics, expect more.

Get less in yer paycheck!

See, I’m not crazy, I’m just ahead of the curve!

Scrumpy on February 25, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Why is Obama freaking out over 2.4%?

Speakup on February 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

He’s not..

It’s just his way of changing the emotion on as bill he created..

and the Low Infos will believe..

Electrongod on February 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM

OK, so which one of you intertubes super savvy folks knows how to make a video go viral?

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I’m no expert, but try this:

Link to your site and to youtube.

Change the youtube title because run is too generic. The title should tell more about what you’re doing, and make people curious enough to watch it.

INC on February 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

O/T Why is the sequester unbearable? Just imagine Karl Rove bangin Donna Brazile. Ain’t that imagery unbearable? Thats the sequester. ;-)

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Tommy, every time I see you, you are either peeping munching/crunching and driving!!

I am worried ’bout you :-)

Scrumpy on February 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Boner only has 4 days left to sell us out.

I’m sure he will achieve that.

I have adopted a new strategy: Vote DEMOCRAT so it all burns down faster. The GOP can’t save the country and won’t. Looter Nation won’t vote them in anyway.

So, vote democrat so the destruction (that we can’t stop anyway) happens FASTER so we can get back to a Looter-less Republic sooner.

wildcat72 on February 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

All I know is that they are going to eff it up soooo bad I’m going to be living on squirrels and rabbits.

Good thing I find them tasty.

wolly4321 on February 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

“Call the bluff and let them go forward in doing it, there’s got to be a better way, it’s not about avoiding cuts, it’s not about tax increases it’s about cutting true waste, fraud and abuse,” said Walker.

Why the GOP leadership has not had ever single member of Congress in front of a camera listing off the Billions of waste, fraud, abuse, and graft surely beats me…

.. Take it to the low informed voters and explain it them.

Seven Percent Solution on February 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM

SW, add some description under the video as well.

INC on February 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I just tweeted it out.

You’re welcome.

JPeterman on February 25, 2013 at 11:00 PM

The swine exempted himself, the Punk.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 11:00 PM

O/T Why is the sequester unbearable? Just imagine Karl Rove bangin Donna Brazile. Ain’t that imagery unbearable? Thats the sequester. ;-)

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

It unbearable because if and when it goes into effect, all elected officials will have to pay for their own airfare, no more free rides on Air Force aircraft.

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:00 PM

So, vote democrat so the destruction (that we can’t stop anyway) happens FASTER so we can get back to a Looter-less Republic sooner.

wildcat72 on February 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

That was actually Benedict Arnold’s strategy right after Valley Forge.

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Forgot twitter! That’ll do it.

INC on February 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Obama is the most ‘glorious’ leader the world ever had.

Also, SWalker, watch yourself.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Hiya Scrumpy. Sorry, I’ll try and be my sober self. *tommy, let the booze wear off, dude. You’re still drunk* *clink!*

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

so we can get back to a Looter-less Republic sooner.

wildcat72 on February 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

There won’t be much left of her when this Punk is finished.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Very well done.

CoffeeLover on February 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

All I know is that they are going to eff it up soooo bad I’m going to be living on squirrels and rabbits.

Good thing I find them tasty.

wolly4321 on February 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Great! You and Scrumpy get too eat. I’ll starve.

KCB on February 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

to

KCB on February 25, 2013 at 11:03 PM

This $85 billion has almost magical powers. According to the Democrats’ claims, it apparently has the ability to pay for a multitude of essential services and programs that Obama’s $1 trillion stimulus plan couldn’t even begin to touch.

Curtiss on February 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

KCB on February 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Be adventurous!

Eat Out!!

Wildy!

See, I’m not crazy, I’m just ahead of the curve!

Scrumpy on February 25, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Come on, Ken. Its just squirrel. No big deal. ;-)

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Everybody should click my nic, and watch the music video I made using Bmore’s wonderful Photochop images…

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Wow! You two make a good team. That is a great song. Like the voice & music too. Certainly goes along with Bmores’ images.

Good job!!

bluefox on February 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I’m no expert, but try this:

Link to your site and to youtube.

Change the youtube title because run is too generic. The title should tell more about what you’re doing, and make people curious enough to watch it.

INC on February 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

You mean kind of like this?

President Obama, Dancing in the ruins admiring his own handy work.

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Curtiss on February 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Strange isn’t it…

Scrumpy on February 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

This $85 billion has almost magical powers. According to the Democrats’ claims, it apparently has the ability to pay for a multitude of essential services and programs that Obama’s $1 trillion stimulus plan couldn’t even begin to touch.

Curtiss on February 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

We just spent $60 billion on Hurricane Sandy stuff.

JPeterman on February 25, 2013 at 11:07 PM

wolly4321 on February 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Great! You and Scrumpy get too eat. I’ll starve.

KCB on February 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Scrumpy is planning on having the snail market all to herself… O_O

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:08 PM

I was gonna answer the questions, but my brain hurts from laughing!

Good evening Guys!! :-)

Scrumpy on February 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

I’ll join you in laughing! Aren’t we glad these aren’t first responders? ROFL They couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag!!
Call the Girl Scouts!!

bluefox on February 25, 2013 at 11:09 PM

JPeterman on February 25, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Glad to ‘see’ you. I wondered how you were.

RWM, good to see that Canada didn’t die from common sense.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 11:09 PM

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Very well done.

CoffeeLover on February 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Thank you.

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:09 PM

RWM

excellent info…thank you

CoffeeLover on February 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

If ur home it’s ok! be drunk…

Scrumpy on February 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

I hunt wabbit with an assault weapon. Pink mist. I aim for the eye.

wolly4321 on February 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Why didn’t I think of that!! Do’h!! ;-)

Scrumpy on February 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Well, you wouldn’t want those unemployed air traffic controllers wooing those unemployed teachers, now would you? They’ll be pinging the teachers, and getting a fix on them all the time. Ultimately, you’ll have to send those unemployed firefighters to put out the fire.

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Curtiss on February 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

great point…too bad the Rs don’t explain it like that!

CoffeeLover on February 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

CoffeeLover on February 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Thx :-)

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Wow! You two make a good team. That is a great song. Like the voice & music too. Certainly goes along with Bmores’ images.

Good job!!

bluefox on February 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Thank you, the song is off the last CD I every recorded, way back in 1996. Something about the wonderful pictures Bmore was producing just spoke to me and said that they would go great with that song.

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Looking for more…

Exempted From Sequester: Obama’s Salary & Most Of His Strawmen!

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Is there anything that it DOES apply to? Good grief!!

bluefox on February 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Adding the lyrics was good. That’s lets people know some of what’s coming. I think the title will pull people in—it could be a little shorter—maybe 6 words or so.

INC on February 25, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Exempted From Sequester: Obama’s Salary & Most Of His Strawmen!

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 10:54 PM

So basically…

Everything that the Federal Government has no business meddling in..

Electrongod on February 25, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 11:09 PM

As I had feared, finding decent unemployment photos is a problem. Need to be a minimum of 850 pixels, more is better. Its almost as though someone is not letting them be seen. Oddly when I searched there was often unemployment at all time low associated with many photos. So until I can get better quality unemployment photos, project is on hold. These just aren’t quite cutting it for me. Have a look you’ll see what I mean. ; )

Bmore on February 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Forgot twitter! That’ll do it.

INC on February 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM

I tried got nadda for the effort.

JPeterman on February 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM

JPeterman on February 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM

SW is working on another title. That may help.

INC on February 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Bmore on February 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Smile Bmore, I got you half way to being a Rock Star… ;)

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM

So, my governor, Nikki Haley, is calling Barackabama a eunich.

SouthernGent on February 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Here are three questions for folks wetting their pants about the sequester…

Finally.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Why did Michelle get bangs? Cos she ain’t getting any from her hubby. ;-)

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 11:18 PM

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM

My days in that industry are long gone, thankfully. ; ) I appreciate the thank you. I saw it earlier but could not respond. : )

Bmore on February 25, 2013 at 11:19 PM

bluefox on February 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Thank you, the song is off the last CD I every recorded, way back in 1996. Something about the wonderful pictures Bmore was producing just spoke to me and said that they would go great with that song.

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Well, it must have been meant to be. Your voice reminds me of someone, but can’t place it yet. Will think on it. Willie Nelson?
Uh, not sure:-) Will let you know when I do.

bluefox on February 25, 2013 at 11:19 PM

SW is working on another title. That may help.

INC on February 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Not talking about titles a simple thanks would have sufficed.

JPeterman on February 25, 2013 at 11:19 PM

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM

How about “Love Among the O-Ruins” – “No Love Among the O-Ruins”?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Among_the_Ruins

INC on February 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM

@SouthernGent Thats eunuch. Sorry, I’m a spelling nazi. ;-)

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Curtiss on February 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

great point…too bad the Rs don’t explain it like that!

CoffeeLover on February 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

The lovely and vivacious Mrs. Curtiss and I sit at the kitchen table and marvel at the relentless stream of obvious lies from Obama and his sycophants. They really do think we’re stupid. And clearly, the Republicans are stupid.

Curtiss on February 25, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Drudge:

REPORT: White House Sells Meetings with Obama for $500k…

Carney dodges…

OBAMA: ‘We’ve got to do some governing’…

Uses fake TWITTER messages in fight for gun control…

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 11:21 PM

SWalker, good work!

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Not talking about titles a simple thanks would have sufficed.

JPeterman on February 25, 2013 at 11:19 PM

I got it. Maybe he missed it. I’m missing stuff until about the 2nd or third refresh because HA is taking the page up to top or else to my last comment, but never to where I was reading.

INC on February 25, 2013 at 11:22 PM

@SouthernGent Thats eunuch. Sorry, I’m a spelling nazi. ;-)

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 11:21 PM

And a peeping tommy… ;p

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Forgot twitter! That’ll do it.

INC on February 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM

I tried got nadda for the effort.

JPeterman on February 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM

I’m sorry, did I miss something?

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:24 PM

SW, I’m not that. A perfect gentleman am I, unless I’m sozzled. And right now, I am. ;-)

tommy71 on February 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM

While looking at Bmores’ images, the only thot was destruction=Obama’s World.

bluefox on February 25, 2013 at 11:26 PM

In FY2001, the government spent $1.8629 trillion. In FY2012, the Federal government spent $3.7956 trillion. That’s an 103.74684631% INCREASE in Federal spending SINCE 2001!!!
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PENSION SPENDING BY THE FEDS:
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There’s been A 72.5320985% INCREASE in pension expenses SINCE 2001!!!
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HEALTHCARE SPENDING BY THE FEDS:
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There’s been A 117.1714579% INCREASE in healthcare expenditures SINCE 2001!!!
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EDUCATION SPENDING BY THE FEDS:
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There’s been A 140.72327044% INCREASE in spending on education by SINCE 2001!!!
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DEFENCE SPENDING BY THE FEDS (KEEP IN MIND THAT THE IRAQ WAR IS OVER):
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There’s been A 146.31348989% INCREASE in defence spending SINCE 2001!!!
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WELFARE SPENDING BY THE FEDS:

In the past 12 years, the Feds have spent $3.8454 TRILLION on welfare or $320.5 billion on average each year. The Feds have INCREASED overall welfare spending by 139.35381355% SINCE 2001!!!
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FED’S SPENDING ON “PROTECTION”:
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The Feds have INCREASED overall “protection” spending by 105.29801324% SINCE 2001!!!
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TRANSPORTATION SPENDING BY THE FEDS:
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There’s been A 88.60294117% INCREASE in transportation spending SINCE 2001!!!
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GENERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDING:
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There’s been A 108.69565217% INCREASE General Government Spending in SINCE 2001!!!
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“OTHER” SPENDING:
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$1.3909 TRILLION was spent on “other spending” in 12 years or $115.91 BILLION PER YEAR!!!

“Other spending” expenditures have INCREASED BY 174.93112947% in the last dozen years.
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INTEREST SPENDING:
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We’ve spent $2.4288 TRILLION on debt service in the last 12 years or AN AVERAGE OF $202.4 BILLION A YEAR…and, that’s been during a period of historically-low interest rates! What happens when interest rates return to normal?
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DEFICIT:
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Our deficit has INCREASED BY 7,309.26856504% in A DOZEN YEARS!!!
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TOTAL SPENDING:
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That’s A 103.74684631% INCREASE in Federal spending in 12 YEARS!!!
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GROSS PUBLIC DEBT:
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There’s been A 183.3827276% INCREASE in the Federal Government’s Gross Public Debt in 12 YEARS!!!

For your records: Ship of Fools: Federal Spending INCREASES In The Last Dozen Years

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 11:09 PM

P.S. For what its worth I like the in office variety. ; )

Bmore on February 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Hey, ladies and dudes.

Rusty Allen on February 25, 2013 at 11:28 PM

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I just tweeted it out.

You’re welcome.

JPeterman on February 25, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Ok, I found it, I am totally sorry, I honestly did not see that, thank you very much…

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Hey, ladies and dudes.

Rusty Allen on February 25, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Hey Rusty old dude… ;)

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM

For your records: Ship of Fools: Federal Spending INCREASES In The Last Dozen Years

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Creating Democratic voters isn’t cheap..

Electrongod on February 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM

tommy, how was the CEO meeting?

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Report: Senate Democrats Will Vote to Ban “Assault Weapons” on Tuesday
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/02/report-senate-democrats-to-vote-on-assault-weapons-ban-in-committee-tuesday/

Looks like the Dems are to keep on pushing the Scam on “Assault Weapons”.

Colbyjack on February 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM

HA is taking the page up to top or else to my last comment, but never to where I was reading.

INC on February 25, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Me too. Annoying as hell.

KCB on February 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Ronald Reagan’s Macaroni and Cheese

1/2 lb. uncooked macaroni
1 tsp. butter
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 cup warm milk
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (3/4 lb.), reserve 1/4 cup for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2 quart casserole dish with non-stick coating. Cook macaroni in a pot of salted water until tender, drain. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter, egg, mustard and milk. Add cooked macaroni to mix and stir to coat. Add cheese, combine. Pour into casserole dish and sprinkle with additional shredded cheese. Bake 45 minutes or until custard is set and top is crusty. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

portlandon on February 25, 2013 at 11:31 PM

tommy, how was the CEO meeting?

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM

It is probably the reason he is like totally sozzled this evening… lol lol lol…

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:31 PM

SWalker, how are ya?

Rusty Allen on February 25, 2013 at 11:32 PM

For your records: Ship of Fools: Federal Spending INCREASES In The Last Dozen Years

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM

I won’t question the stats, but doubt that the funds went to where they say they went. Too bad no one audits those figures. I know the IRS wants a receipt and proof of payment:-)

bluefox on February 25, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Report: Senate Democrats Will Vote to Ban “Assault Weapons” on Tuesday
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/02/report-senate-democrats-to-vote-on-assault-weapons-ban-in-committee-tuesday/

Looks like the Dems are to keep on pushing the Scam on “Assault Weapons”.

Colbyjack on February 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Did anyone think they really wouldn’t?

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Bmore, they are great. I don’t know what you complain about. You do great work. I hope they go viral…with SWalker posting more videos and etc.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Lessons From Canada’s 10% Across-The-Board Spending Cuts

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Awesome writeup and analysis RWM. Some info in there I wasn’t aware of as a Canadian.

One key piece of info though that goes back a few years prior to your writeup was the enactment of the GST in 1991 by PM Mulroney (Cons). Chretien campaigned against it, said it would be repealed, won and when in power never did repeal it.

Nevertheless, this article goes in my bookmarks under essential Canadian Analysis. Merci Beaucoup RWM!

can_con on February 25, 2013 at 11:33 PM

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