Snippets & Random Thoughts on a wintry day ….
Nancy Pelosi stated that everyone has to make a sacrifice as the illusion of cutting spending continues between the Congress and the White House. She failed to mention the taxpayer funding wasted in her abuse/use of US Air Force aircraft, as disclosed by Judicial Watch that showed that Ms. Pelosi racked up a bill of $2.1 million in her use of Air Force planes in the past two years. Particularly revealing of a woman in Congress with plenty of wealth of her own, produces a tab of $101,000 for in-flight services that include expensive liquor. She also has spent, on the average, according to Judicial Watch and Investor’s Business Daily $28,210.51 per flight traveling back and forth to her district in California. As Investor’s Business Daily stated: We can’t build any more Raptors, but we can use Air Force jets as sky taxis for politicians who consider themselves too important to fly commercial. She can well afford to charter a private plane for unofficial flights like flying back to her district in California and pay for her own liquor. And Marxists like her spew rhetoric that corporations are greedy, evil and self-indulging aristocrats.
Dennis Prager, radio talk show host, stated: The European knows: The government, the state, will take care of me, my children, my parents, my neighbors and my community. I don’t have to do anything. … That is what happens when the state gets bigger – you become smaller. America was once a role model for a democratic republic, today, Europe is a role model of how Marxism works. It is not the reputed Utopia they would have us believe.
On the discussion of the trial of five al Qaeda plotters … Wesley Pruden, Washington Times editor stated: …with even stalwarts in his own party denouncing a civilian trial in Manhattan as the nut-ball idea of the year, he’s looking for a smart solution … He should take the trial to San Francisco, where the flame that warms the cult burns brightest, and where surely no one would object. It is a matter for a military tribunal, as prescribed in international law within Geneva Convention as prisoners of war in accused of crimes against humanity and sabotage. One would think that a president who was a lawyer would understand and know this.
Kathryn Lopez, editor of National Review wrote: Americans are not victims who need handouts. Americans need the freedom to flourish. And until our president realizes this, he, and America, will lose out. Victims of the Haiti Earthquake disaster certainly need help. Volunteer medical teams are running out of supplies before they are replaced, despite flying there with a large store of medical supplies to help the people who were injured and/or trapped in buildings with crushed arms and legs, et cetera.
Matthew Spalding, Heritage Foundation, aptly and wisely stated: We must present a clear choice: stay the course of progressive liberalism, which moves away from popular consent, the rule of law, and constitutional government, and constitutional wisdom that are the roots of America’s continuing greatness.
Rich Tucker: The government can never spend its way out of recession. It can only get out of the way, through lower tax rates and less costly regulation, and allow private business to grow again.
In a question and answer session between House Republicans and President Obama, Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin stated: The spending bill that you’ve signed into law, the domestic discretionary spending has been increased by 84 percent. You now want to freeze spending at this elevated level beginning next year. So my question is, why not start freezing spending now? Read at the Heritage Foundation his reply. Basically President Obama and congressional policies and legislation will raise taxes on small businesses and upper-income taxpayers who provide employment and keep the economy in a circulating flow (more money made, more money spent). But the tax raises will not just affect the “rich” – it will affect all except those that have become wards of the state.
In perfect unison of FDR political tactics, President Obama rebutted the US Supreme Court during his State of the Union speech, quite a long transcript to read, and alleged that the US high court: …reversed a century of law … to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections. As Supreme Justice Samuel Alito stated not true and rightly so. There are at least three passages in the 183-page ruling that forbids application of electoral spending to foreign nationals, groups or corporations. Mr. Obama forgets that his campaign was wrought by scandal over foreign individuals and entities that funneled large amounts of donations to the campaign of one Barack Hussein Obama, and what came of it? His election by an apathetic and unwise voting base of Americans. Of course, the voters are not entirely to blame, look what they had as an alternative choice in the Election of 2008.
I like this entry of Michelle Malkin, columnist and author: There are more loopholes in President Obama’s proposed ‘spending freeze’ than in an Olympic volleyball net. Gargantuan government entitlements (Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid) are exempt. A half-trillion in unspent stimulus money is exempt. Foreign aid is exempt. The Democrats’ proposed $154 billion jobs bill (Stimulus II) is exempt. Pet federal education programs will be exempt (including $4 billion for the White House ‘Race to the Top’ standards initiative and an additional $1.35 billion he just requested in the 2011 budget). Green jobs spending will be exempt. (Obama proposed $10 billion in new clean energy spending earlier this month.) Electorally driven tax-credit expansions will be exempt. The health care takeover plan is not included. As even The New York Times reported, the ‘estimated $250 billion in savings over 10 years would be less than 3 percent of the roughly $9 trillion in additional deficits the government is expected to accumulate over that time.’ Which amounts to a molecule in a drop of the ocean of red ink in which American taxpayers have been drowning. It’s the spending, stupid.