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Senate Democrats Pass First Budget Bill in Four Years Raising Taxes One Trillion Dollars

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WASHINGTON –  An exhausted Senate approved its first budget in four years early Saturday, calling for almost $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade while sheltering safety net programs targeted by House Republicans.

While their victory was by a razor-thin 50-49, the vote let Democrats tout their priorities. Yet it doesn’t resolve the deep differences the two parties have over deficits and the size of government.

The nonbinding but politically symbolic measure caters to party stalwarts on the liberal edge of the spectrum just as the House GOP measure is crafted to appeal to more recent tea party arrivals.

Late Friday afternoon, the Senate then began a marathon session of votes on dozens of amendments to the 2014 budget proposal. Many of the proposals were offered in hopes of inflicting political damage on Democratic senators up for re-election in GOP-leaning states like Alaska and Louisiana.

The two main budget proposals produced by Senate Democrats and House Republicans are miles apart. The Senate plan does not attempt to balance the budget at all, though it does claim to reduce the deficit by imposing nearly $1 trillion in tax increases on top of more than $600 billion in higher taxes on top earners enacted in January. It also includes $875 billion in spending cuts, generated by modest cuts to federal health care programs, domestic agencies and the Pentagon and reduced government borrowing costs.

The House plan — by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., his party’s vice presidential candidate last year — claims $4 trillion more in savings over the period than Senate Democrats by imposing major cuts in Medicaid, food stamps and other safety net programs for the needy. It would also transform the Medicare health care program for seniors into a voucher-like system for future recipients.

“We have presented very different visions for how our country should work and who it should work for,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who chairs the Senate Budget Committee. “But I am hopeful that we can bridge this divide.”

Congressional budgets are planning documents that leave actual changes in revenues and spending for later legislation, and this was the first the Democratic-run Senate has approved in four years. That is testament to the political and mathematical contortions needed to write fiscal plans in an era of record-breaking deficits that until this year exceeded an eye-popping $1 trillion annually, and to the parties’ profoundly conflicting views.

“I believe we’re in denial about the financial condition of our country,” Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, top Republican on the Budget panel, said of Democratic efforts to boost spending on some programs. “Trust me, we’ve got to have some spending reductions.”

Though the shortfalls have shown signs of easing slightly and temporarily, there is no easy path to the two parties finding compromise — which the first months of 2013 have amply illustrated.

Already this year, Congress has raised taxes on the rich after narrowly averting tax boosts on virtually everyone else, tolerated $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, temporarily sidestepped a federal default and prevented a potential government shutdown.

By sometime this summer, the government’s borrowing limit will have to be extended again — or a default will be at risk — and it is unclear what Republicans may demand for providing needed votes. It is also uncertain how the two parties will resolve the differences between their two budgets, something many believe simply won’t happen.

Both sides have expressed a desire to reduce federal deficits. But President Barack Obama is demanding a combination of tax increases and spending cuts to do so, while GOP leaders say they won’t consider higher revenues but want serious reductions in Medicare and other benefit programs that have rocketed deficits skyward.

Obama plans to release his own 2014 budget next month, an unveiling that will be studied for whether it signals a willingness to engage Republicans in negotiations or play political hardball.

In a long day that began Friday morning, senators plodded through scores of amendments — all of them non-binding but some delivering potent political messages.

They voted in favor of giving states more powers to collect sales taxes on online purchases their citizens make from out-of-state Internet companies, and to endorse the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that is to pump oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

They also approved amendments voicing support for eliminating the $2,500 annual cap on flexible spending account contributions imposed by Obama’s health care overhaul, and for charging regular postal rates for mailings by political parties, which currently qualify for the lower prices paid by non-profits.

In a rebuke to one of the Senate’s most conservative members, they overwhelmingly rejected a proposal by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to cut even deeper than the House GOP budget and eliminate deficits in just five years.

The Democratic budget envisions $975 billion in unspecified new taxes over the coming 10 years. There would be an equal amount of spending reductions coming chiefly from health programs, defense and reduced interest payments as deficits get smaller than previously anticipated.

This year’s projected deficit of nearly $900 billion would fall to around $700 billion next year and bottom out near $400 billion in 2016 before trending upward again.

Shoehorned into the package is $100 billion for public works projects and other programs aimed at creating jobs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Sequstration Crisis is over and all is well

528217_10151475615206743_1169205444_n  After all the Hype and Fear Mongering by this White House it appears the Sun has risen yet another day in America.  The world did not come to an end and sadly we are still being lorded over by the same corrupt regime in DC

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Perhaps now we can move “Forward” and deal with the real Crisis here in America!

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The time has come to Discuss

IMPEACHMENT

 

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Barack Obama’s Great Entitlement Society by the Numbers

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Barack Obama’s Great Entitlement Society

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Redistribution of Wealth?

The percentages those on welfare by race.

As of 2011  they are listed below in descending order by percentage.
Black-39.8%
White-38.8%
Hispanic-15.7%
Other-3.3%
Asian-2.4%

To break down these numbers, we look at how many Whites are in the population as a WHOLE.  If Blacks make up less 14% of the population and are almost 40% of all recipients, then they represent about 2.5 times their actual population.

Since Whites are over 50% of the total US pop., they represent less than their overall piece of the pie, population-wise.

Hispanics are at least 15% of the general population, so they take only about as much as what their population represents.

Why am I writing this?

Because I am tired of the misrepresentations on this issue.

I read there are many claiming that more Whites are on welfare than Blacks (not true, in terms of raw numbers), yet not accounting for the fact that there are over 4X as many Whites in this country than Blacks!

In statistics, you cannot go by mere numbers.

Only if the playing field is exactly equal, which it rarely is!
This thread was started, not to be racist, but to keep it real.

After all, there are some legitimate reasons for Blacks to be on welfare more than Whites. 

The worst thing anyone can do is be in denial

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The Numbers don’t Lie

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What Happens if Obama Wins?

Glenn Beck shares some thoughts at The Blaze

What America Can Expect in an Obama Second Term

On Tuesday evening Glenn Beck declared that if Barack Obama is reelected president, Americans will have only themselves to thank and will, essentially, reap what they deserve. He qualified that it pained him to admit such truths, but stressed that it is far better to deal with “harsh warnings” than the harsh consequences of a second Obama presidency. He ceded that during the 2008 election, Americans, being the consummate optimists, hoped to believe the best about Barack Obama when he emerged on the political scene. While the warning signs were there the public was “blinded” by the moment. “This time around there is no excuse, we will get exactly what we deserve,” Beck said.

Beck posited that under another Obama presidency America could become vulnerable to additional terrorist attacks and that the threats to Israel would mount as anti-Semitism rises across the globe. Likewise, record deficits, spending, bailouts, rising unemployment and corruption along with unsustainable investments (like Solyndra) will all boil down to disaster. He added that the economy both here and abroad could likely collapse and that the Muslim Brotherhood will begin to see success as it morphs from Islamic militant group to the architects of a far-reaching, anti-Western caliphate.

The usual suspects

So what, exactly, would the country look like during and after a second Obama term?

Aside from the possible outcomes Beck outlined, are increases in defense cuts and “green energy” investments — sound or otherwise. In turn, should President Obama occupy the Oval Office for another four years, it is almost definite that the Affordable Care Act will not be reformed in any meaningful or significant way, even if Republicans keep the House and take the Senate.

But while speculation abounds, Obama has  been far from reticent in voicing exactly what he himself would like to accomplish if reelected. At the end of March, the president detailed his second-term priorities which include immigration reform, energy reform with an emphasis on climate change, education reform and executing an “effective transition out of Afghanistan.”

Of course, a 2012 agenda would not be complete without tackling the deficit, which Obama proposes to do by raising taxes on the nation’s high income earners.Some believe a continuation of these failed economic policies will only result in America’s credit rating declining even further. Since liberals have shown little desire to curb spending or truly address entitlement reform, the country’s S&P rating is ”practically guaranteed to drop at least another notch,” by some report’s estimations.

More than meets the eye

As we seek to glean additional insight into the years 2012-2016 under an Obama presidency, one cannot help but look to Dinesh D’Souza and his recently released documentary by a similar name: “2016: Obama’s America,” in which the author posits that the president’s deep-rooted anti-colonial worldview will result in the downsizing of America. D’Souza explores the potential “global reparations” that would be doled out by a second-term Obama administration seeking to reduce America’s footprint in the world. According to D’Souza, so deep is Obama’s anti-colonialism, that he seeks to aid the world’s “99%,” not just America’s. The logic adds up when one considers that if the president truly does believe the U.S. to be an imperialist, aggressor state that has “stepped on” other countries, then by that same token he would seek to make amends with said countries and bring America back down to size.

“So, anti-colonialism is a program of global reparations, not racial reparations,” the author said in an interview with the Christian Post. “It’s reparations for global injustice. Obama’s goal is to shrink America. He wants to reduce America’s footprint in the world because he thinks we are stepping on the world. He wants to redistribute money away from the rich and toward the poor. But we are not talking about the rich and the poor in America solely. We are talking about a redistribution of income away from the rich countries – America included – toward the poor countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, and so on.”

In fact, if one looks not very far back, Obama seemed fixated on the Brazilian oil industry, offering Petrobras oil company $2 billion in loan subsidies to encourage the very same kind of offshore oil exploration he deemed verboten in America. Ironically, Human Events noted that the president’s offshore drilling moratorium had already cost the U.S. economy over a billion dollars and some 20,000 jobs at the time.

Thus, D‘Souza’s observation that Obama is preoccupied with giving a leg up to other countries “in need” while at the same time demoting American progress could be an astute one.

Redistributing suburbs’ wealth? 

As highlighted on the Blaze Blog is the president’s dubious plan to rob from the suburbs to give to the cities. Yes, you read that correctly. According to a Stanley Kurtz at Forbes, another second-term plan of Obama’s includes an initiative to “systematically redistribute the wealth of America’s suburbs to the cities.” The project has been crafted in collaboration with one of Obama’s community organizing mentors, Mike Kruglik.

Kurtz explains:

Kruglik’s new group, Building One America, advocates “regional tax-base sharing,” a practice by which suburban tax money is directly redistributed to nearby cities and less-well-off “inner-ring” suburbs.  Kruglik’s group also favors a raft of policies designed to coerce people out of their cars and force suburbanites (with their tax money) back into densely packed cities.

To wit, the Sustainable Communities Initiative is now setting up planning commissions across the nation with “regional equity” and “smart growth” as goals — each code words, of course.  According to Kurtz, “regional equity” means that:

…by their mere existence, suburbs cheat the people who live in cities.  It means, “Let’s spread the suburbs’ wealth around” – i.e., take from the suburbanites to give to the urban poor. “Smart growth” means, “Quit building sub-divisions and malls, and move back to where mass transit can shuttle you between your 800 square foot apartment in an urban tower and your downtown job.”

The author suspects that said planning commissions will soon issue “recommendations” which Obama would directly turn into requirements for additional federal aid — not far fetched considering his administration has used these very tactics to impose federal education requirements on certain states.  Further, Kurtz believes one of Obama’s motivations for targeting suburbs is to “undercut the autonomy of suburban school districts.”

Other milestones the president may seek to achieve 

Some conservatives also posit that a second-term Obama administration would create a modern version of Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration program, thus creating a new bureaucracy with which to expand government. Following suit would potentially be a proposal for an increase in the minimum wage and even mandates forcing businesses to provide or extend paid benefits to employees seeking bereavement, sick or maternity leave.

Among Townhall’s “7 things to expect” if Obama is re-elected, are an increase in taxes on the middle class (this is already a given when Obamacare is enacted); gas and energy prices would sky-rocket under the burden of cap and trade and the president’s “doubling down” on green energy investments. This prediction seems all the more plausible when taking into consideration the following statements Townhall reminds us of:

Obama once said, “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” His Energy Secretary Steven Chu added, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”

Perhaps that is why the president blocked development of Keystone oil pipeline and banned drilling in ANWR.

SCOTUS moves to left?

Another interesting point Townhall’s recent review brings up is that The Supreme Court could very well move further left. Currently, four of the justices including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer are well over the age of 70. Replacing any of them them with younger, left-leaning judges would guarantee the president five SCOTUS votes to use as his “wild card.”

Of course gun control will be a priority:

Barack Obama filled out a “questionnaire in which he called for banning ‘the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns‘” and he let everyone know what he thought about gun owners even before he was elected with his notorious “bitter clingers” quip. His campaign website doesn’t even have a section addressing 2nd Amendment issues, perhaps because Obama would have to admit that he’s already calling for a reinstatement of the Assault Weapons Ban.

And no second-term Obama presidency would be complete without at least one renewed attempt to close Guantanamo Bay, especially if his phase-out efforts in Afghanistan fall short of the mark.

At the end of the day, the policies Obama has already enacted in his first term are indelibly etched into the nation’s framework. A second term, where the president may feel more liberated to take even greater risks, can only guarantee that which he so desires: a fundamental transformation of America.

Hat Tip to The Blaze for this Story

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/what-happens-if-obama-wins/

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NEWSWEEKS: “HIT THE ROAD BARACK” COVER STORY

“Hit the Road, Barack”

Hat Tip to The Blaze for this story

Whoa: Newsweek’s Latest Cover May Surprise You

Now, we all know Newsweek isn’t shy when it comes to controversial cover photos and headline stories. Indeed, on more than a few occasions, Newsweek Editor Tina Brown has had to defend the magazine’s less-than-flattering photos and oftentimes incendiary articles.

Everyone’s also familiar with the publication’s left-leaning tendencies, right? Right.

Newsweek’s latest cover story comes from none other than noted historian Niall Ferguson. The article, titled “Hit the Road, Barack,” argues that President Obama has proven that he‘s an economic illiterate and that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan’s “path to prosperity is our only hope.”

“Unemployment was supposed to be 6 percent by now. It has averaged 8.2 percent this year so far. Meanwhile real median annual household income has dropped more than 5 percent since June 2009. Nearly 110 million individuals received a welfare benefit in 2011, mostly Medicaid or food stamps,” writes Ferguson.

“Welcome to Obama’s America,” he adds.

“America under this president is a superpower in retreat, if not retirement. Small wonder 46 percent of Americans — and 63 percent of Chinese  — believe that China already has replaced the U.S. as the world’s leading superpower or eventually will.”

Ferguson makes the case that the alternative to President Obama’s “Hopenchange” machine, though not the strongest he has ever seen, is infinitely preferable for the health of the U.S. economy:

Mitt Romney is not the best candidate for the presidency I can imagine. But he was clearly the best of the Republican contenders for the nomination. He brings to the presidency precisely the kind of experience — both in the business world and in executive office — that Barack Obama manifestly lacked four years ago. (If only Obama had worked at Bain Capital for a few years, instead of as a community organizer in Chicago, he might understand exactly why the private sector is not “doing fine” right now.)

“And by picking Ryan as his running mate, Romney has given the first real sign that—unlike Obama—he is a courageous leader who will not duck the challenges America faces,” Ferguson adds.

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Click here to read Ferguson’s full article.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/whoa-newsweeks-latest-cover-may-surprise-you/

Just when I thought I had seen it all

Can’t believe I am going to say this, but, Thank You Newsweek

Meet President Obama’s Worst Nightmare

America Deserves Better then what we have seen from President Obama. As bad as things were they have most certainly become worse under Barack Obama.  Much Worse!  Now we are seeing the true colors of this President in his Slanderous, Vile, and Vulgar Attack Ad’s against Mitt Romney, Christianity, the Constitution and all things American.

It is time to stop him in his tracks. This November Vote for Real Change and Return America to the Fundamentals which made her the Greatest Nation the World has ever known.

After all, aren’t we all Sick and Tired of Obama’s Vile and Vulgar Attacks on Our American Way of Life?

Vote Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan and a Republican Ticket across the Board

The Most Important Election in the History of the United States is coming November 6th

As America inches ever closer to that all important November 6th election

President Obama accelerates his power grab as Americans helplessly watch their Freedoms slip away

This is shaping up to be the single most important election in the history of these

United States of America

The American people are slowly beginning to see for themselves the devastation that has befallen US by this still UN-vetted President

Should President Barack Obama win re-election this November all that has been America will cease to exist as the

Founding Fathers intended

Don’t let it Happen America!

Get out and Encourage everyone you know to Vote this November 6th.

Get involved on the Blogs and let Your Voice be Heard. 

America is still the

Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave

Don’t let it Slip Away

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