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If Obama has such a marvelous temperament, why can’t he make & advocate “tough choices” on entitlement reform?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:57 pm - March 18, 2011.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

When the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan releases the Republican budget it, unlike that the president prepared, “will deal with entitlements.

Despite the president’s decision to punt on this matter, even the Senate Democratic leader agrees that entitlements account for the better part of our budget as the indispensable Jennifer Rubin reminds us:

Although the White House has given the suggestion of including taxes and entitlements in the 2011 budget discussions the back of the hand, Reid was at it again: “‘We can’t balance the budget with 12 percent of the budget,’ he said, referring to the size of the non-defense discretionary budget. Reid said that he’s urging Boehner to expand the talks beyond the discretionary budget and include entitlements and revenues.”

Even the president still acknowledges that small cuts hither, thither and yon won’t solve our budget problem, that we need “to have a conversation after we get the short-term budget done about how do we really tackle the problem in a comprehensive way“.  And while he says we need to have that discusion, he hasn’t provided a framework  for doing so.

Now, he was billed in the campaign as having such a marvelous temperament.  Don’t you think such a fellow might be able both to present a budget making those “tough choices” his budget director promised and to explain why he made them to the American people?

The hairless male

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:03 pm - March 18, 2011.
Filed under: Gay Culture,Random Thoughts

On a regular, I receive unsolicited e-mails inviting me to various events at local gay clubs and semi-solicited* information about trips on all-gay cruises. More often than not such e-mails include pictures of well-built young men, either the entertainment at the club or participants in past cruises.

Almost all of them have perfectly smooth chests, some obviously shaved (or otherwise cleared of body hair). Oftentimes these guys look fake as if they’re manikins rather than men. Now, I find that it matters little whether a guy is smooth or hirsute; it’s how he carries himself that matters. And how he looks.

Obviously guys must find this artificial smooth attractive because we’re seeing it more and more. And not just in advertisements.

Have some of you noticed this trend? And what do you make of it?

Progressives, Blood & Oil…

Will ANSWER be in front of the White House tomorrow yelling “No Blood For Oil!” ????

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

If you believe “current deficits are unacceptably high”, then you probably shouldn’t sign off on a budget with a $1.6 trillion deficit

The Administration’s budget hypocrisy practically leaves me speechless.  Via Doug Powers, we learn how the White House Budget director reacted to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) budget estimates saying the administration’s “numbers are at least a couple trillion off“:

White House budget director Jacob Lew said in a blog post that “CBO confirms what we already know: current deficits are unacceptably high and if we stay on our current course and do nothing, the fiscal situation will hurt our recovery and hamstring future growth.”