on May 18th, 2011

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    on May 10th, 2011

    Will Smith does a great job of telling us what it takes to succeed.

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        on April 27th, 2011

        Here is an ad for furniture you have got to see.

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          on April 7th, 2011
          Finally, an explicit explanation as to why The Congress failed to pass a FY 2011 Budget Bill last year.  Even though they had a supermajority in both houses of the 111th Congress, the Democratic Party failed in their Constitutional obligation to come up with a budget.  Worse yet, it was not an oversight or a scheduling error, it was done cynically, and on purpose!
          Inside that article was the link to a previous Heritage message from last year, which contains the explanation as to why there was no House FY2011 Budget Resolution or a budget bill passed by the Congress.

          Please note the Cheshire cat-smug grins on the faces of House Leadership, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Jim Clyburn, as Hoyer announces that the House would not pass a Budget Resolution for FY 2011.  That announcement was made on May 13, 2010, but, by law, the Resolution was due from the full Congress on April 15th!  The reason for that decision, with more than five (5) months left in the 111th Congress, was, in my mind bordering on real malfeasance, with their willful disregard for the law.  
          Without a Resolution from the House, there would be no limits on discretionary spending by the Federal Government.  Translation:  The Democratic Party had decided to buy off voters and pay off political cronies for the up-coming Congressional Election, as well as for the 2012 presidential election, by spending hundreds of billions of dollars from various stimulus packages (e.g. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010) and other discretionary, pork barrel spending!
          With a Continuing Resolution, entitlement programs (e.g. Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid) carry on, and are not affected.  On the other hand, discretionary spending can be enlarged without limits through Continuing Resolutions!  Now you know how the Obama Administration was able to spend trillions dollars in just over a little more than 2 years in office!  The Obama Administration has spent more money in the last two years than any previous administration in American history.  They did it by selling debt instruments to foreign governments and individuals, as well as through buying our own nation’s debt through the Federal Reserve Board and the Treasury Department (Qualitative Easing #1 and Qualitative Easing #2). On February 24, 2010, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke promised not to monetize the nation’s debt, in testimony before The Congress.  He then promptly reversed himself only a few months later.  It will be interesting to see what the Fed does in June, when QE2 expires; will we see QE3?  I suspect that we will.
          George W. Bush’s  FY2008 Budget was $2.9 trillion.  His FY2009 Budget was $3.1 trillion, with increases blamed on the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
          Barack Obama’s FY2010 Budget was for $3.55 trillion and his proposed FY2011 Budget was for $3.82 trillion, but we never saw a FY2011 Budget from the Congress, because discretionary spending was purposely hidden by the leaders of the Democratic Party in both Houses!  
          In February, the President proposed a FY2012 Budget of $3.73 trillion, which the Republicans have proposed to cut by $61 billion, in a bill that has passed The House.  But, that is a mere drop in the bucket when the numbers under discussion are trillions v. billions.  Yet, the White House is balking, because those cuts are to be to pet discretionary spending programs which Obama desperately wants to retain, for political reasons, because they please voters he will be counting on for his 2012 re-election: more funding for education, “income security” (e.g. transfer payments, such as earned income tax credits to low income taxpayers), food safety programs, EPA enforcement of CO2 regulatory standards, funding for NPR, funding Planned Parenthood activities, and the like.  
          Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has submitted a long-range budget plan to get the discussion out of the Continuing Resolution cycle of bargaining, imposed by the 111th Congress. As the Chair of the House Budget Committee, Ryan has come up with a FY2012 Budget Resolution which is a real stunner: It is a plan to cut discretionary spending back to 2008 levels ($900 billion); it pays off some of the existing deficit by $4.4 trillion; it reduces the corporate income tax by 10%; and it shaves $6.2 trillion in spending over the next ten years.  http://budget.house.gov/fy2012budget/

          Representative Ryan, with his FY2012 Budget Resolution, is literally cutting off the excessive and unlimited discretionary spending which the Democrats have been using as a cynical re-election tool, and as a methodology to transform our economy into a Socialist model.  In years past, the Democrats behavior would have been called graft (e.g. bribery, patronage, cronyism) and corruption, but no longer; the American press and our media have become the miniature French Poodle lap dogs of the Obama White House. Decisive GOP leadership has now emerged to combat the budget travesty of the 111th Congress. One of the best parts of Representative Ryan’s FY2012 Budget Resolution, is that it defunds The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ObamaCare), among other things.  http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/04/the-atlantic-guide-to-paul-ryans-budget-plan/236907/

          The Obama WH and the Democrats in The Congress have been out of control in their spending since January 20, 2009.  You don’t behave the way they have been, unless you intend co-opt voters, so that you can transform our economic system from a Capitalist to a National Socialist scheme, using the Cloward & Piven model. http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/09/barack_obama_and_the_strategy.html 
          Then again, there is also the community organizer model, used by Obama in Chicago, for affecting radical social change, which was enunciated by Saul Alinsky in “Rules for Radicals.”  http://theunionnews.blogspot.com/2008/10/summary-of-saul-alinskys-rules-for.html
          If Barack Hussein Obama is re-elected in 2012, he will probably successfully transform America into a nationalized economy by spending us into insolvency (Cloward & Piven).  If Obama wins re-election, it will be because he literally purchased the necessary votes to win, from the members of his political coalition and Independents, by handing out lots of money to the right people and the right groups.  This was the great fear of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin: that when people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.  http://jpetrie.myweb.uga.edu/poor_richard.html
          We are probably going to see a Federal Government shutdown this coming Friday evening, April 8.  The President and the Democrats are going to blame it on the nasty, unreasonable, and uncompassionate Republicans in The Congress, in yet another cynical move to seek a political advantage in the 2012 election campaigns.  
          Good!  Let’s have the debate between the Democrats and the Republicans for continuing in a regulated free market economy, accompanied by the accumulation of individual wealth and profit by entrepreneurs, versus descending into economic models which have consistently failed, each and every time that they have been tried.  This debate will be for all the marbles, folks!
          Al Baker  

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