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Old 02-16-2011, 05:02 PM
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Filthy Animal Decides to Destroy Us NOW

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"An Appalling Lack of Leadership"

The Budget
February 14, 2011 12:46 P.M.
By Yuval Levin

The message of the budget the Obama administration released today is the same as the message the president delivered in his State of the Union address: All is well, full speed ahead, and let’s invest a little more in solar panels and high-speed rail.

This message seems clearly to be a function of a political calculation: that voters do not want to face the coming debt crisis, and so it would be bad politics to force them to do so. I tend to think that’s not entirely true, and that voters will judge this kind of blindfolded budget to be unserious and inadequate to the moment. People know we’ve got a major fiscal problem that will get worse as more of the baby boomers retire, and while obviously no one wants to make avoidable sacrifices, Americans do seem increasingly to understand that some change of course will be required. But that’s hard to say, and maybe the Obama team is right about the politics.

Whether they’re right or not, however, the substantive result of their political premise is a willful blindness that makes for a budget that is completely detached from reality. No entitlement reform, no tax reform, no significant spending reform, indeed no meaningful change of direction of any sort — the budget does nothing to lessen the burdens with which we now stand to saddle the rising generation, and which will stifle growth and prosperity along the way.

Of course, the budget assumes this won’t stifle growth at all — in fact, with no clear justification, it assumes significantly stronger economic growth than the CBO expects and counts on an extra $1.7 trillion in revenue over ten years as a result, asserting that the deficit will be that much lower by just assuming it will happen. That is perhaps the most egregious of the numerous assumptions tucked into the baseline of this budget, and therefore not presented as policy choices but as premises taken for granted — among the others are a tax increase on upper-income filers that results in more than $800 billion of revenue, and an almost $200 billion increase in spending on Pell grants.

Until the last few weeks, there might have been room to wonder whether President Obama might respond to the 2010 elections by moving to the center and seeking some politically advantageous but meaningful middle ground — offering tax reforms, perhaps even some Social Security reforms, and orienting the next two years around the question of who can provide a more appealing, more optimistic, and less painful set of solutions to our enormous fiscal challenge and the coming debt crisis. This budget puts an end to that possibility. The president appears to have decided to spend the next two years pretending there is no problem to solve, and therefore that Republican proposals to rein in spending are just mean-spirited cuts offered up for kicks.

This is, above all, an appalling failure of leadership. When we look back on this period a decade or two from now, I think we’ll identify this moment — the president’s decision about how to approach the budget battle of 2012 — as the last real opportunity we had for a gradual bipartisan course correction. That option now seems closed off, and it is up to Republicans to decide if the alternative is to march off the fiscal cliff in order to avoid political risks or to propose a gradual course correction to voters and make the case for why it is sensible, responsible, and essential.

Neither of these options would be easy. But one of them would be both difficult and irresponsible, while the other would be difficult and right.


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Old 02-16-2011, 05:09 PM
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"An Appalling Lack of Leadership"

The Budget
February 14, 2011 12:46 P.M.
By Yuval Levin

The message of the budget the Obama administration released today is the same as the message the president delivered in his State of the Union address: All is well, full speed ahead, and let’s invest a little more in solar panels and high-speed rail.




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Old 02-16-2011, 05:21 PM
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"An Appalling Lack of Leadership"

The Budget
February 14, 2011 12:46 P.M.
By Yuval Levin

The message of the budget the Obama administration released today is the same as the message the president delivered in his State of the Union address: All is well, full speed ahead, and let’s invest a little more in solar panels and high-speed rail.

This message seems clearly to be a function of a political calculation: that voters do not want to face the coming debt crisis, and so it would be bad politics to force them to do so. I tend to think that’s not entirely true, and that voters will judge this kind of blindfolded budget to be unserious and inadequate to the moment. People know we’ve got a major fiscal problem that will get worse as more of the baby boomers retire, and while obviously no one wants to make avoidable sacrifices, Americans do seem increasingly to understand that some change of course will be required. But that’s hard to say, and maybe the Obama team is right about the politics.

Whether they’re right or not, however, the substantive result of their political premise is a willful blindness that makes for a budget that is completely detached from reality. No entitlement reform, no tax reform, no significant spending reform, indeed no meaningful change of direction of any sort — the budget does nothing to lessen the burdens with which we now stand to saddle the rising generation, and which will stifle growth and prosperity along the way.

Of course, the budget assumes this won’t stifle growth at all — in fact, with no clear justification, it assumes significantly stronger economic growth than the CBO expects and counts on an extra $1.7 trillion in revenue over ten years as a result, asserting that the deficit will be that much lower by just assuming it will happen. That is perhaps the most egregious of the numerous assumptions tucked into the baseline of this budget, and therefore not presented as policy choices but as premises taken for granted — among the others are a tax increase on upper-income filers that results in more than $800 billion of revenue, and an almost $200 billion increase in spending on Pell grants.

Until the last few weeks, there might have been room to wonder whether President Obama might respond to the 2010 elections by moving to the center and seeking some politically advantageous but meaningful middle ground — offering tax reforms, perhaps even some Social Security reforms, and orienting the next two years around the question of who can provide a more appealing, more optimistic, and less painful set of solutions to our enormous fiscal challenge and the coming debt crisis. This budget puts an end to that possibility. The president appears to have decided to spend the next two years pretending there is no problem to solve, and therefore that Republican proposals to rein in spending are just mean-spirited cuts offered up for kicks.

This is, above all, an appalling failure of leadership. When we look back on this period a decade or two from now, I think we’ll identify this moment — the president’s decision about how to approach the budget battle of 2012 — as the last real opportunity we had for a gradual bipartisan course correction. That option now seems closed off, and it is up to Republicans to decide if the alternative is to march off the fiscal cliff in order to avoid political risks or to propose a gradual course correction to voters and make the case for why it is sensible, responsible, and essential.

Neither of these options would be easy. But one of them would be both difficult and irresponsible, while the other would be difficult and right.


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At this point the focus needs to be on making sure that the republicans do the right things.

Obviously the President's budget is all about political calculus and zero about doing what is right for the country.

Republicans promised us all that they had learned their lesson. It's time to prove it. Do the right things and stand by them. If that means the government gets shut down, let it shut down. Just do the right thing period. The democrats are convinced that the people will not support the republicans if they really do the right thing. Sadly they may be correct and if they are we are going to witness the failure of the US.

However, the problems are too severe to play stupid political games and we are out of time.

Republicans, do the right thing, stand by it and trust the people to be smart enough to see through the political B.S.

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Old 02-17-2011, 02:52 AM
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The message of the budget the Obama administration released today is the same as the message the president delivered in his State of the Union address: All is well, full speed ahead, and let’s invest a little more in solar panels and high-speed rail.
While Mexican vermin send their troops into our country and kill our agents.

Impeach this fucktard now!

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Old 02-17-2011, 07:16 AM
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While Mexican vermin send their troops into our country and kill our agents.

Impeach this fucktard now!
Yeah, 'cause his stance toward Mexico is soooooooooooooo different from all the administrations before him.

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.

Go ahead, inpeach him, double dog dare ya. Chat board hissyfitter.

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Old 02-17-2011, 07:46 AM
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Family Photos again Crusty?
Yeah Snap-tard.

But, why don't you post the ones that you kept OFF your Facebook page.
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Republicans, do the right thing, stand by it and trust the people to be smart enough to see through the political B.S.

Huh? Repukes do the right thing?

None are so blind as those who refuse to see.

But don't worry. They'll respect you in the morning,

Are these bastards really THAT dumb?

Hey Dude - I got a nice bridge to show ya... lololololol

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For once, I think that your images actually contribute to the opinion pool.

Indeed, investing in solar panels and high-speed rail is akin to wearing a tin foil hat.


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Christie....




Instead of being stupid, post a real graph, that also shows OBAMA on it. Thanks.
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Instead of being stupid, post a real graph, that also shows OBAMA on it. Thanks.

Clearly, like I've stated repeatedly, party ain't got shit tado widit.


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