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Who will win the battle of the budget?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:00 pm - March 17, 2011.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Congress (112th)

Instead of serving as a post-partisan president whose policies will yield a “net spending cut,” Barack Obama has become, in the battle of the budget, the most partisan president whose team have directed ever more spending to favored projects.

Now, while paying lip service to the debt (as the NRCC ad below indicates), the president and his fellow Democrats are playing politics with the budget:

Ad via Jim Geraghty.  Instead of offering leadership on budget restraint, Obama, John Fund reports in today’s Wall Street Journal Political Dairy (available by subscription) is hanging backed and waiting for House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan to release a Republican budget:

President Obama has apparently decided to borrow some political plays from Bill Clinton, who after his party’s defeat in the 1994 mid-term elections began running ads attacking Republican plans to reform Medicare. At the same time, Mr. Clinton focused on a series of granular policy initiatives — promoting school uniforms was one memorable example — that were politically safe and popular with independent voters. Mr. Obama appears to be following the same strategy — offering little in terms of policy substance, remaining disengaged in budget negotiations and waiting for Republicans to present a target for him to shoot at.

Democrats are going to attack “heartless” Republicans for wanting to cut popular programs as they pay little heed to Obama’s campaign concern that we’d been “living beyond our means.” Will Americans believe the Democrats’ rhetoric?  Or will they look at the federal balance sheet awash in red ink and understand the need to cut spending?

Let’s hope that Republican legislators in Washington take a page from their counterparts in Madison, Wisconsin and stand firm in the face of, what is sure to be, blistering attacks from the Democrats, their allied interest groups and the media.

Should Republicans hold to their principles, they could both win the debate and finally start cutting federal spending.  But, they have to stand firm.

Greenspan: “stimulus” stymied recovery

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:24 pm - March 17, 2011.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Economy

Looks like instead of growing government and increasing our debt burden, we’d have been better off unshackling enterprise.   Or just doing nothing:

Massive government intervention to save the economy is to blame for the lagging recovery, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday.

Greenspan argued for less government intervention to get the recovery rolling and businesses investing in equipment and plants.

What we need to do now is to calm down; let things move by themselves,” he said at a forum at the Council of Foreign Relations. “And indeed the rate of activism has decreased significantly and the ratio of capital flow has inched back up.”

Emphasis added.

(H/t:  Gateway Pundit)

America’s Debt Contagion… Spreading to the States

If you watch nothing else on the Interwebs today, make it THIS!

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Great work from Caleb Howe and Benjamin Howe!!!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

How to Help Japan

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:01 am - March 17, 2011.
Filed under: Worthy Causes

After going through my budget, I’ve found that I can donate a little more than I had first thought to help Japanese relief efforts and have made a contribution for relief through the American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

In response to my blog post, a number of our readers have recommended organizations also working to help Japanese people displaced by this disaster.

A reader and a friend, a formerly left-leaning lesbian (formerly left-leaning, still lesbian) suggests Operation USA, a group backed by the silver-tongued Julie Andrews.

SoCalRobert suggests giving to the American Red Cross via Amazon.

Jennifer tells us Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian organization backed by Franklin Graham.

ThatGayConservative recommends Shelter Box.

David in N.O. recommends Doctors Without Borders.