Obama budget declares end to … austerity?

posted at 10:01 am on February 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Say, did you know that we are living in the age of austerity budgets in Washington? This year’s budget will spend more than last year’s $3.44 trillion, but not as much as Barack Obama requested for FY2014, which was an apparently austere $3.778 trillion. Nevertheless, the Washington Post reports that a newly-emboldened President will demand an end to an “era of austerity” that we haven’t seen in decades with his new FY2015 budget proposal:

President Obama’s forthcoming budget request will seek tens of billions of dollars in fresh spending for domestic priorities while abandoning a compromise proposal to tame the national debt in part by trimming Social Security benefits.

With the 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency and to his efforts to find common ground with Republicans. Instead, the president will focus on pumping new cash into job training, early-childhood education and other programs aimed at bolstering the middle class, providing Democrats with a policy blueprint heading into the midterm elections. …

Republicans said emerging details of the president’s budget prove he was never serious about addressing the nation’s long-term debt problems.

“This reaffirms what has become all too apparent: the president has no interest in doing anything, even modest, to address our looming debt crisis,” Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), said in a statement. “The one and only idea the president has to offer is even more job-destroying tax hikes, and that non-starter won’t do anything to save the entitlement programs that are critical to so many Americans.”

The new budget request, due out March 4, comes during a relative lull in Washington’s lengthy budget wars. Late last year, Congress approved a two-year spending plan negotiated by the chairmen of the House and Senate Budget committees, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), that would ease automatic cuts, known as the sequester, that were eating away at agency spending. And this month, Congress agreed to forgo another battle over the federal debt limit, voting to suspend its enforcement until March 2015.

So what will be the top-line number for the FY2015 budget that will end this “era of austerity”? Actually, the Post doesn’t report the top-line outlay number, and the OMB doesn’t have the budget request available on the White House portal yet. One presumes that ending austerity means a demand north of the $3.498 trillion that House Republicans proposed in their budget plan from late last year. It may just be an additional $56 billion over the actual FY2014 levels, which would make it far below his FY2014 proposed budget.

Let’s take a look at all that austerity in the Obama presidency, shall we? Heritage produced this handy graphic in the middle of last year, but it’s very useful now:

heritage-fed-spending

Outlays for FY2014 authorized in the recent budget deal are still a bit ambiguous in the reams of data from both Congress and the White House, but CBO estimates it at $3.54 trillion. At that level, we are spending 9.3% more in FY2014 than in FY2008, the last budget signed by George W. Bush (Democrats stalled the FY2009 budget with continuing resolutions until Obama signed an omnibus bill in March 2009 to complete that budget).If the new budget ends “austerity” by returning to Obama’s original top-line outlay demand of last year’s budget request, that will mean an additional increase of federal spending of 6.7% in just one year. If it’s just $56 billion more than the actual FY2014 outlays, then the notion that this ends “austerity” is doubly laughable.

The notion that we’ve been laboring under an “era of austerity” is as ridiculous and out of touch as … well, as most of Obama’s budget requests during his presidency. This one has just as much chance of being enacted, too. The Post suggests that Democrats can use this to beat up Republicans on the campaign trail, but the GOP can easily parry that with this question: “Do you really believe Washington deserves a 6.7% raise after ObamaCare?” Good luck winning on this issue.


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I’ll simply repeat my headlines comment:

Doubling our national debt is austerity?

rbj on February 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Bizarroland. You just gotta love it.

NavyMustang on February 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

As per usual Democrats first wage a war on the actual meaning of words then take it to the people.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

What more proof do you need that this liar and marxist wants to destroy the Republic.

ultracon on February 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Will this one actually get a single yea vote?

Lost in Jersey on February 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

So what will be the top-line number for the FY2015 budget that will end this “era of austerity”?

I’ll go with, to the nearest billion, $4.109 billion.

Steve Eggleston on February 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Obama doubled the National Debt when he wanted to Octuple it, so in the way they do accounting in DC (using methods that would land the CFO of any private company in prison) his (mere) doubling of the debt SAVED 6 times as much money based on what he WANTED to spend, so… Austerity.

ConstantineXI on February 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

This is my favorite “facepalm” photo

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Er, that should be a comma between the 4 and the 1.

Steve Eggleston on February 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Just more Alinsky at work. Right out of O’s bible…

vnvet on February 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I’ll simply repeat my headlines comment:

Doubling our national debt is austerity?

rbj on February 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Democrats would really like to quadruple it so doubling it is just the common sense middle of the road compromise.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

The Post suggests that Democrats can use this to beat up Republicans on the campaign trail, but the GOP can easily parry that with this question: “Do you really believe Washington deserves a 6.7% raise after ObamaCare?” Good luck winning on this issue.

It probably won’t work, but keep in mind that the Dems never frame it as a raise for DC. It’s about “investments” and “helping the middle class”.

Doughboy on February 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Will this one actually get a single yea vote?

Lost in Jersey on February 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

It wont even get a vote. Reid will never let it see the light of day. If he doesn’t chuck it in a fire first he’ll just throw it in the pile with the other Obama budgets gathering dust.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Just so all you newbies know…

The bug-eyed girl is MINE!

CurtZHP on February 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Er, that should be a comma between the 4 and the 1.

Steve Eggleston on February 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I was going to say – you can’t even build a decent website for under a billion these days.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM

No doubt this is simultaneously happening at the same time
the Republican Party in DC is calling for an end to it’s
usefulness….

ToddPA on February 21, 2014 at 9:54 AM

ToddPA on February 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I was going to say – you can’t even build a decent website for under a billion these days.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I was tempted to say $5.1 trillion. It might be that.

Steve Eggleston on February 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

PAYGO?

Dems will remember that when the next gop president arrives..

cmsinaz on February 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Just so all you newbies know…

The bug-eyed girl is MINE!

CurtZHP on February 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Heh, never noticed her before!
Pretty face…interesting eyes.

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

So the budgets Senator Obama decried as irresponsibly ruinous and unpatriotic would now be considered draconian and austere by President Obama.

If he talks about needing to build roads and bridges again everyone should just walk out of the press conference.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

This is simply about trying to gin up the “Can never spend enough” base of the Democratic Party, to go through their usual spin of conservatives hating (name your special interest group here) because they won’t allow Carte Blanch spending on (name your pet project here).

As noted, post-Obamacare, this is going to be a lot tougher spin to sell, given the wasteful incompetence of the federal rollout doesn’t just show government-run health care is bad, but that the government inefficiency and wasteful spending is on full display just at the front end stage of the ACA.

jon1979 on February 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Doubling our national debt is austerity?

rbj on February 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

what more needs saying

smitty41 on February 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM

If Obama has demonstrated one thing it’s that government works.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Obama budgets 0 votes and counting

cmsinaz on February 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM

To be fair to Obama we’ve got a red hot economy right now so the government will be seeing drastically increased tax revenue.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Perhaps this budget will get a unanimous vote in Congress, like his past few.

PunditPete on February 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Just look at a Europe. Europe followed GOPTea Party austerity and look at their growth and unemployment.

US much, much better today.

Even Republicans are giving up. Paul Ryan led discussions and final agreement on ending some of sequestration cuts.

Deficit down from $1.4 Trillion in 2009 to $530 Billion today.

No. More. Austerity.

Might_Is_Right on February 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

It’s like reading news articles from an alternate Earth.

JeremiahJohnson on February 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Democrats would really like to quadruple it so doubling it is just the common sense middle of the road compromise.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Cool. Since I’d really like a Rolls Royce, but that’s a bit too expensive, a Porsche is a common sense compromise. Even though I can’t afford that either.

rbj on February 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

He’s also requesting an end to transparency, bipartisanship, fairness, civility, and following the Constitution that has dogged his presidency…
/sarc

Tuari on February 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Might_Is_Right

Your name is now Kruggy.

After the great accomplished and esteemed “economist”, Paul Krugman. /

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Just look at a Europe. Europe followed GOPTea Party austerity and look at their growth and unemployment.

US much, much better today.

Even Republicans are giving up. Paul Ryan led discussions and final agreement on ending some of sequestration cuts.

Deficit down from $1.4 Trillion in 2009 to $530 Billion today.

No. More. Austerity.

Might_Is_Right on February 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

We.Never.Had.Austerity.

Neither.Did.Europe.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

More bad news for GOP from Gallup

Gallup: Hillary Clinton is very popular.

A majority of Americans, 59 percent, view Clinton favorably, compared with 37 percent who view her unfavorably, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/167510/hillary-clinton-maintains-positive-image.aspx

But..but… Benghaaaazeeeee!!!

Might_Is_Right on February 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

It wont even get a vote. Reid will never let it see the light of day. If he doesn’t chuck it in a fire first he’ll just throw it in the pile with the other Obama budgets gathering dust.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

IDK. Cruz is pretty effective at working Senate rules, so he may have a trick up his sleeve to force Reid to bring it to the floor.

Bitter Clinger on February 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Might_Is_Right

OK, Kruggy.

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Cool. Since I’d really like a Rolls Royce, but that’s a bit too expensive, a Porsche is a common sense compromise. Even though I can’t afford that either.

rbj on February 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I approve your choice of a Porshe.

Lets pick out which models we want and get the state to force our fellow citizens to pay for it.

Maybe I can be a liberal afterall.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Might_Is_Right, please run Hillary. Please.

Bmore on February 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Might_Is_Right on February 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Only someone with the brain of a gnat could look at the fact that 1 in 6 people are on food stamps and labor participation rates at record lows (with perversely extended unemployment benefits) and conclude that we’ve been living in austere times.

Bitter Clinger on February 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

As usual the RHINO’s will be there to sign the blank check .

Lucano on February 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

“It’s only money.” – Carlos Ponzi

myiq2xu on February 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Time for me to feebly attempt to hijack this thread!

Hillary’s Underpants on February 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

What is she going to run on?

(Starts another snowdial)

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Deficit down from $1.4 Trillion in 2009 to $530 Billion today.

No. More. Austerity.

Might_Is_Right on February 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

LOL, holy shit, you’re a moron.

HumpBot Salvation on February 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

interesting eyes.

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

My heart swims in those limpid pools every time she shows up.

CurtZHP on February 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

No. More. Austerity.

Might_Is_Right on February 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

LOL, holy shit, you’re a moron.

HumpBot Salvation on February 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

“Hey, we’re only in debt up to our armpits! We used to be in debt up to our eyeballs! LET’S GO TO DISNEY WORLD!!”

CurtZHP on February 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Might_Is_Right, please run Hillary. Please.

Bmore on February 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Yes, please.

I’ll enjoy seeing the director of the bimbo eruptions squad lead a campaign of War on Womynses!

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Will this one actually get a single yea vote?

Lost in Jersey on February 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

He doesn’t need any yea votes.

He’s got a pen. And a phone.

And dammit, he knows how to use them.

bigmacdaddy on February 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Does anyone notice that the dipsh!t likes to run around saying he has cut discretionary? According to the chart mandatory spending has doubled over the last 20 years while discretionary spending has risen at half that rate. That seems to confirm that the government is just moving items from one column to the other.

JAGonzo on February 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

….to address our looming debt crisis,” Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio),

It went from looming to crushing a couple decades ago, bucko.

Fenris on February 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

What is she going to run on?

(Starts another snowdial)

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Maybe your name is better than Kruggy.
Where is Killary Loving Pajama Boy aka HillAREwe?

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

What is she going to run on?

(Starts another snowdial)

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

She aint nah waaaaays tirrrred

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Lolz! Will be fun! Plus I have some new chops on her I don’t want wasted. ; )

Bmore on February 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

The notion that we’ve been laboring under an “era of austerity” is as ridiculous and out of touch as … well, as most of Obama’s budget requests during his presidency.

Shhhhhhhhhh . . . . you’ll interrupt Barry’s busy t.v.-watching schedule.

And who are you calling “out of touch”? Barry knows the plots of all his favorite soap operas . . . er, t.v. serial dramas . . . before the rest of you rubes. All those millions of our tax dollars he’s been spending on lavish White House parties for Hollywood A-listers have really paid off for him.

AZCoyote on February 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Where is Killary Loving Pajama Boy aka HillAREwe?

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I thought HillAbeans was a broad?

Lanceman on February 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Europe followed GOPTea Party austerity and look at their growth and unemployment.

Hillary’s Underpants on February 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Unemployment in Europe

Belgium: 8.4%

European Union as a whole: 11.1%

Ireland 12.3%

Netherlands 6.9%

Poland 10.6%

UK 7.1%

And last but not least:

France, 10.8%

F-

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Orwell is rolling in his grave as if on a spit.

KMC1 on February 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM

a newly-emboldened President

Thank you, John F’in Boehner. By all rights, barky should be on the ropes after all of the failures, but the GOPe just keeps shoring him up…

bofh on February 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM

….to address our looming debt crisis,” Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio),

It went from looming to crushing a couple decades ago, bucko.

Fenris on February 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Its a pretty big loom.

Lanceman on February 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I thought HillAbeans was a broad?

Lanceman on February 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM

I think you are correct, but since we celebrate gender confusion in Obamatopia, I think Pajama Boy fits her.

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I think you are correct, but since we celebrate gender confusion in Obamatopia, I think Pajama Boy fits her.

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I don’t know, actually. It could very well be a pajama boy type. Comment style doesn’t indicate a man, at any rate.

Lanceman on February 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIP6EwqMEoE

Had to do it. Austerity?????

gophergirl on February 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Just so all you newbies know…

The bug-eyed girl is MINE!

CurtZHP on February 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

If you don’t treat her right, my friend
You’re going to find her gone
(You’re going to find her gone)
‘Cause I will treat her right and then
You’ll be the lonely one
(You’re not the only one)

You’re going to lose that girl
(Yes, yes you’re going to lose that girl)…

SacredFire on February 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Where is Killary Loving Pajama Boy aka HillAREwe?

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

She thought it would be easy to convince us rubes that Hillary is to die for because, you know, she’s a woman and diverse and stuff. Actual argument on the merits is too much effort, especially when all you have to work with is The Hillary.

Fenris on February 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

………..2009: Tax & Spend, 2010: Spend & Tax, 2011: Tax & Spend, 2012: Spend & Tax, 2013: Tax & Spend, 2014: Spend & Tax

I Think I Got It Now.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on February 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

MMMMMMmmmmm

The only country in Europe that even implemented anything close to austerity measures? Germany. Who now has an unemployment rate of 5.1% and has a projected budget surplus of $270 Billion.

Dang, those German teabaggers.

HumpBot Salvation on February 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Austerity is relative, I suppose. Obama’s spending has been reduced significantly over the last couple of years, but that is only relative to the mind-boggling spending he was doing for the first 3 years he was in office. I did some maths through the end of 2012, and Obama is a complete disaster when it comes to our debt. Even adjusting for inflation he increased our debt by a whopping 26%+ in his first 4 years (base is the start of the Kennedy administration). Not even Bush II did that in 8 years of being president!

NotCoach on February 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Obama is a loon.

albill on February 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

More bad news for GOP from Gallup

Gallup: Hillary Clinton is very popular.

A majority of Americans, 59 percent, view Clinton favorably, compared with 37 percent who view her unfavorably, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/167510/hillary-clinton-maintains-positive-image.aspx

But..but… Benghaaaazeeeee!!!

Might_Is_Right on February 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

59% ain’t that good considering how much the media protects her and how she hasn’t had to take any concrete positions on key issues. What will happen to her poll numbers the moment she has to declare where she stands on Obamacare(and no, wanting to “fix” it doesn’t count as a position)?

Doughboy on February 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

MMMMMMmmmmm

The only country in Europe that even implemented anything close to austerity measures? Germany. Who now has an unemployment rate of 5.1% and has a projected budget surplus of $270 Billion.

Dang, those German teabaggers.

HumpBot Salvation on February 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

+1

And German culture is much different than ours – particularly as it regards government.

Like other northern European countries their is a cultural understanding that big government requires big taxes on the middle class and a bigger burden on businesses.

But when the economy gets too bad they also cut back government spending.

They have a certain honesty about the trade-offs and give and take that’s necessary to achieve the “balance” they want.

In America liberals constantly lie about the trade-offs and treat any reduction in the increase of spending (not actual cuts) as draconian and the end of the world.

And as you point out – austerity was supposed to bring disaster and not increased prospects but Germany disproved that.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The notion that we’ve been laboring under an “era of austerity” is as ridiculous and out of touch as … well, as most of Obama’s budget requests during his presidency.

Now Ed to be fair…Obama et,al. are compensating…Y’know to save the nation.

“National clown shortage…”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/exclusive-national-clown-shortage-approaching-article-1.1616801

workingclass artist on February 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

MMMMMMmmmmm

The only country in Europe that even implemented anything close to austerity measures? Germany. Who now has an unemployment rate of 5.1% and has a projected budget surplus of $270 Billion.

Dang, those German teabaggers.

HumpBot Salvation on February 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

+1

And German culture is much different than ours – particularly as it regards government.

Like other northern European countries their is a cultural understanding that big government requires big taxes on the middle class and a bigger burden on businesses.

But when the economy gets too bad they also cut back government spending.

They have a certain honesty about the trade-offs and give and take that’s necessary to achieve the “balance” they want.

In America liberals constantly lie about the trade-offs and treat any reduction in the increase of spending (not actual cuts) as draconian and the end of the world.

And as you point out – austerity was supposed to bring disaster and not increased prospects but Germany disproved that.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The Germans are also completely comfortable with Centralized Big Government squatting in their lives.

workingclass artist on February 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Germany. Who now has an unemployment rate of 5.1% and has a projected budget surplus of $270 Billion.

HumpBot Salvation on February 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM


Your information is incorrect.

German unemployment rate is7.3%
“Arbeitslosenquote in Deutschland von Januar 2013 bis Januar 2014″

There is no projected surplus of $270 Billion. There is a projected debt for 2014 of €6.4 billion.
http://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Content/DE/Pressemitteilungen/Finanzpolitik/2013/03/2013-03-13-PM22.html

albill on February 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Ahhhhhhh Barry’s economic plan……..

Cheers

http://cdn.frontpagemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/cuba-hospital.jpg

roflmmfao

donabernathy on February 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

But..but… Benghaaaazeeeee!!!

Might_Is_Right on February 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

59% ain’t that good considering how much the media protects her and how she hasn’t had to take any concrete positions on key issues. What will happen to her poll numbers the moment she has to declare where she stands on Obamacare(and no, wanting to “fix” it doesn’t count as a position)?

Doughboy on February 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

McCain: Hillary Clinton Would Be President If Election Were Tomorrow

If the presidential election were held tomorrow, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) thinks Hillary Clinton would come out on top.

“I would bet, my friend, as much as I hate to admit it, that right now – this is why we have campaigns – but right now, if the election were tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would most likely be the president of the United States,” McCain told CNN’s Piers Morgan on Thursday.

This is the same John McCain you ALL voted for.

Might_Is_Right on February 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Obama does not have to worry.

Republicans can not do math either.

Done deal.

No Chop Charlie on February 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

McCain: Hillary Clinton Would Be President If Election Were Tomorrow

Hillary’s Underpants on February 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

McCain also said he would be President in 2008.

What is she going to run on, and why are you afraid to answer that simple question? After all, you’re as simple as simon was.

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Might_Is_Right

Getting desperate, huh, Underpantsy?

Most of the HotAirians hate John McCain Obama.

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

The Germans are also completely comfortable with Centralized Big Government squatting in their lives.

workingclass artist on February 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Yes they are but they are more honest with each other about what that means.

They don’t lie about it like our liberals do.

They don’t pretend that the 1% can magically pay the bill.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

With the 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency

The man has spent more money than any other individual in the history of the planet, and this reporter says he’s been “dogged”.

BobMbx on February 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Hillary’s Underpants on February 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Please assign a letter grade to each of the following traits to describe your Cult Heroine (or should that be, “heroin”?), Hillary Rodham Clinton:

1. Ethics

2. Honesty

3. Professionalism

4. Tolerance for the views of others

5. Respect for the letter of the law

Next, please illustrate for us what she accomplished as

1. Junior Senator from New York

2. Secretary of State

Get cracking, it’s only an hour until lunch recess!

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

They don’t pretend that the 1% can magically pay the bill.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

The German government tries to over tax and over regulate every one “equally”.
Hence the (past) need for bank accounts in Switzerland…

albill on February 21, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Have to go beyond the A-F grade range:

1 Z
2 Z-
3 Z+ (a point for arriving for work dressed)
4 Z
5 Z-

1 Got elected despite being a carpetbagger.
2 Got an American ambassador killed, something that hadn’t happened in thirty years.

rbj on February 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Your information is incorrect.

German unemployment rate is7.3%
“Arbeitslosenquote in Deutschland von Januar 2013 bis Januar 2014″

There is no projected surplus of $270 Billion. There is a projected debt for 2014 of €6.4 billion.
http://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Content/DE/Pressemitteilungen/Finanzpolitik/2013/03/2013-03-13-PM22.html

albill on February 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

The German government tries to over tax and over regulate every one “equally”.
Hence the (past) need for bank accounts in Switzerland…

albill on February 21, 2014 at 11:06 AM

And their debt to GDP ratio is still 80%

Germany underwent the most “austerity” but I’m not sure how austere it actually was.

gwelf on February 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM

But..but… Benghaaaazeeeee!!!

Might_Is_Right on February 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

.
OFFENSIVE…
.
Four dead Americans at the hands of Islamic terrorists, lying points on the situation distributed by the Clinton State Department, blame shifted to a little-know youtube video by a lying Ø administration to prop up a lying Clinton State Department, “What difference at this point does it make?”…
.
You. Are. OFFENSIVE.
.
You are also demonstrably insensitive and ignorant, too.

ExpressoBold on February 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Must be a new definition of “austerity” that I’ve never known.

sadatoni on February 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Getting desperate, huh, Underpantsy?

Most of the HotAirians hate John McCain Obama.

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Another one gettin’ all pouty on us?

bigmacdaddy on February 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Cool. Since I’d really like a Rolls Royce, but that’s a bit too expensive, a Porsche is a common sense compromise. Even though I can’t afford that either.

rbj on February 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

no, no, no. You have it all wrong. You can afford it. Take it from me, I started with $182.73 in my account. I wanted a $2.5M Bugatti, but I settled for a $800k Ferrari. With the $1.7M left over I bought a new yacht.

It pays to be frugal.

Lost in Jersey on February 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Please assign a letter grade to each of the following traits to describe your Cult Heroine (or should that be, “heroin”?), Hillary Rodham Clinton:

1. Ethics

2. Honesty

3. Professionalism

4. Tolerance for the views of others

5. Respect for the letter of the law

Next, please illustrate for us what she accomplished as

1. Junior Senator from New York

2. Secretary of State

Get cracking, it’s only an hour until lunch recess!

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

But Del, her voice is just candy for your ears! /

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Another one gettin’ all pouty on us?

bigmacdaddy on February 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Heh – indeed! So predictable.

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Please assign a letter grade to each of the following traits to describe your Cult Heroine (or should that be, “heroin”?), Hillary Rodham Clinton:

1. Ethics

2. Honesty

3. Professionalism

4. Tolerance for the views of others

5. Respect for the letter of the law

Next, please illustrate for us what she accomplished as

1. Junior Senator from New York

2. Secretary of State

Get cracking, it’s only an hour until lunch recess!

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Oh, come on.

What difference, at this point, does it make? :-D

bigmacdaddy on February 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Heh – indeed! So predictable.

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM

They’re so cute when they do that.

Don’t you just want to pinch their l’il cheeks?

bigmacdaddy on February 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Might_Is_Right, allow me to repeat. Please run her. Please.

Bmore on February 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Worst President ever!

neyney on February 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I stopped at “bolstering the middle class.” The Anthony Weiner flashback was more than I could handle.

cbenoistd on February 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Read Rules for Radicals, the social state, Obama has.

StevC on February 21, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Read Rules for Radicals, the social state, Obama has.

StevC on February 21, 2014 at 11:44 AM

It’s their handbook. Hillary even wrote her college thesis on it.

Flora Duh on February 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM

The bug-eyed girl is MINE!
CurtZHP on February 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

That’s my niece dude. Back off!

Akzed on February 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM

That’s my niece dude. Back off!

Akzed on February 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Her and I were meant to be! You can’t stop us!

CurtZHP on February 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

They’re so cute when they do that.

Don’t you just want to pinch their l’il cheeks?

bigmacdaddy on February 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

“OK honey, computer time is over now.”

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

“OK honey, computer time is over now.”

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

“Awwwwwww…Moooooooom…you’re SO MEAN!

bigmacdaddy on February 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM

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