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Obama, not fixing his Debt Bomb

Last week, President Obama released his new budget proposal, which in February he said would be the end of austerity. First let’s ask, what is meant by “austerity”? As a policy, was it ever tried?

As discussed by myself and others, “austerity” means tax hikes (not spending cuts) in practice. Lefties hurl the word “austerity” to demonize the idea of spending cuts. But few of the countries which left-liberals accused of cruel austerity in the last few years cut their overall government spending levels; the majority continued to increase spending. So spending cuts can’t explain those countries’ poor economic results. What can? Well, most of them raised taxes.

Clearly, we should end (or reverse) the tax hikes. That would be a great “end of austerity”. But Obama’s meaning is that we should undertake spending increases; which, for reasons touched on below, probably mean deficit increases.

Before going into Obama’s proposal, let’s review the current state of the U.S. budget. (more…)

We Just Can’t Have Nice Things

Posted by V the K at 10:47 pm - March 9, 2014.
Filed under: Mitt Romney,Paul Ryan

Think of it as a picture of America’s last offramp before oblivion; the one we missed.

 

The Government We Deserve

Posted by V the K at 10:02 pm - March 9, 2014.
Filed under: Obama Watch

 

How many relatives do you have living illegally in the United States? Compare your answer with the President of the United States.

How many members of the Muslim Brotherhood do you associate with? Compare your answer with the President of the United States.

How many domestic terrorists launched your political career? Compare your answer with the President of the United States.

Mr. Obama’s Radical Left Nominees

Posted by V the K at 3:14 pm - March 9, 2014.
Filed under: Leftist Nutjobs

Last week, the Senate voted to reject the president’s nominee to head the Department of “Justice’s”  Civil Rights Division; radical leftist attorney Debo Adegbile; a defender of cop-killing racist (and Progressive Hero) Mumia Abu Jamal.  Naturally, Senator Harry Reid (D-Dementia), Jesse Jackson,  and many other leftist outfits including NPR shrieked “racism.”

Unfortunately, the Senate Republican’s brief outbreak of actually behaving like an opposition party is not expected to last, and they are expected to confirm Obama’s nominee for Surgeon-General, Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, an anti-2nd Amendment fanatic who wants doctors to help the Obama regime locate the people’s firearms.

Doctors for America has also promoted the invasion of privacy by doctors by allowing them to ask patients if they have guns at home, including asking children if their parents own guns, and pushing back against Florida Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to sign into law a bill prohibiting doctors there from asking the question.

He also doesn’t seem to understand science particularly well.

He also wants to spend more tax dollars on more research to prove that fewer guns mean a lower crime rate, despite the fact that a number of reputable studies prove the opposite.

So, the way science works on the left is 1. Come up with a conclusion that supports your political agenda. 2. Design a study to provide data in support of that conclusion. That, incidentally, is how they developed the Theory of Global Warming.

In other anti-Civil Rights news, you know how lefties always claim, “No one is going to confiscate your guns, we just want ‘common sense’ gun control.’ Well, in Connecticut, the Democrats passed ‘Common Sense’ gun control, and are now trying to figure out the best way to start confiscating people’s guns.

Frackin’ Liars.

Did the U.S. seek trouble in Ukraine?

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 2:02 pm - March 9, 2014.
Filed under: National Security,Obama Incompetence

To be clear: Putin is a tyrant, and I condemn him. I condemn Russia’s military actions against Ukraine, and I support the people of Ukraine in being free and determining their own government. (Should it still be called the Ukraine, in English? Some say no.)

Having said that: As human beings, Obama and Kerry tend to be hypocrites who overplay their hands. And they strike me as surprised that Putin has offered military resistance to their wishes in the Ukraine crisis. Which raises the question: What are their real wishes? Did U.S. agencies organize the most recent Ukrainian revolution?

If so, the U.S. security apparatus would have motive in plenty. Russia supplies Europe’s oil and gas via pipelines that go through Ukraine. Putting those pipelines under control of an anti-Putin, anti-Russia government would be payback for a lot of Russian moves, not limited to Russia’s harboring of Edward Snowden (of the NSA surveillance revelations).

As to evidence of U.S. meddling: first, the Voice of Russia claims to have revelations about it, including a story that Ukrainian protestors had been murdered by their new government as a ‘false flag’ operation to foment the revolution. But Voice of Russia isn’t good enough. After all, the KGB (Putin’s first career) specialized in putting out disinformation. Is there other evidence?

In February, the Financial Times leaked a phone conversation allegedly between US assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to Ukraine (Geoffrey Pyatt) wherein they explicitly plan who will be in Ukraine’s next government. The ZH link provides audio; the Nuland voice famously says “F**k the EU”, near the end.

That’s still not hard evidence, because Nuland/Pyatt might have been fantasizing or delusional about the extent of their influence. Overall, although motive abounds for the U.S. to have brought about the Ukraine revolution, the evidence for it is still weak.

Regardless of the answer here, my feelings are mixed. It would be nifty if President Obama really cared about promoting freedom in Ukraine and/or U.S. interests, especially after he failed to support them in Iran’s aborted Green revolution of 2009-10. On the other hand, I’m against murdering protestors; and the U.S. shouldn’t be making trouble on Russia’s doorstep without a very compelling U.S. security interest. It would be just like Obama to overplay his hand with something like that. Containing Putin is one thing; aggressive (and losing) games of brinksmanship with Putin are another.

Speaking of the U.S. possibly losing the game: Russia is keeping up the the financial threats I mentioned a few days ago. Russia’s foreign minister, Lavrov, affirms that sanctions would “hit the U.S. like a boomerang”. And yes, China is siding with Russia against Obama’s threat of sanctions (so China may join Russia in dumping U.S. Treasury bonds). FWIW, India also seems to lean toward Russia. It is not at all clear that, in a diplomatic contest between Obama and Putin, Putin would be the one who ends up isolated.

Big Government: Always Looking Out for the Citizenry…

Posted by V the K at 12:11 am - March 9, 2014.
Filed under: Politics abroad

From Canada’s National Post. Your porn is not Canadian enough, CRTC warns erotica channels

For failing to broadcast sufficient levels of Canadian-made pornography — and failing to close-caption said pornography properly — a trio of Toronto-based erotica channels has earned a reprimand from the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission.

How does one make pr0n more Canadian? Does it involve maple syrup, bacon, and three month delays for health care?