Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Next 5 Things: #4 Regulations vs. Legislation

The Obama administration is a poor loser so as the losses begin to pile up watch for the administration to start to change strategy on how to achieve their goals. They are going to the bend rules in Congress, make back room deals and threaten those who don’t fall in line. When that doesn’t work they will use regulatory agencies, parliamentary tricks and executive orders to jam things through. They are running out of time and remember the Progressive motto: “The end justify the means.”

From the Saul Alinsky playbook: Rules for Radicals – In one chapter of his book, Alinsky discusses the question, “Does the end justify the means?” He suggests: the only question regarding the ethics of means and ends is, “Does this particular end justify this particular means?”

Alinsky’s rules of the ethics of means and ends:

  • The judgment of the ethics of means is dependent upon the political position of those sitting in judgment.
  • In war the end justifies almost any means.
  • Judgment must be made in the context of the times in which the action occurred and not from any other chronological vantage point.
  • Concern with ethics increases with the number of means available and vice versa.
  • The less important the end to be desired, the more one can afford to engage in ethical evaluations of means.
  • Generally, success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics.
  • The morality of a means depends upon whether the means is being employed at a time of imminent defeat or imminent victory.
  • Any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition as being unethical.
  • You do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments.
  • Goals must be phrased in general terms like “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” “Of the Common Welfare,” “Pursuit of Happiness,” or “Bread and Peace.”

With this as a back drop for their thinking, what can we expect as the clock winds down? Here are two examples: 

  • Cap & Trade has virtually no chance of passing the legislative hurdles to get it through Congress so:
    1. 04-17-09 RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that could endanger public health and welfare, a move that will likely set the stage to regulate harmful emissions, mainly carbon dioxide”.  These regulations will require better fuel efficiency in vehicles as well as regulating large emitters, such as coal-fired power plants. On this one move the agenda will be built and executed – less cars, more mass transit, smart grids, compact fluorescent light bulbs, monitoring your home’s temperature and smart appliances. But wait there will be more – no more disposable coffee cups or bottled water, changing your diet to include less red meat or including more organic food because of their respective “carbon footprints”. The “Green Police” are coming!
    2. On Monday, Feb. 3rd, the administration signed off on final EPA rules to implement a huge expansion of the national bio-fuels mandate. An EPA announcement of the new rules is expected soon. The EPA is considering implementing “international indirect land use changes” when measuring ethanol’s carbon footprint. The phrase refers to the emissions from forest clearing to create cropland in other countries to compensate for increasing use of U.S. corn and soybeans for making fuels. This is important because current law demands that ethanol and other bio-fuels have lower “lifecycle” emissions than gasoline and diesel. The ethanol industry has fought the calculation based on the idea that there is no meaningful way to connect U.S. industry/agriculture to deforestation in places like Brazil or Indonesia. Even if you could, how do you hold either party accountable for the environmental impact of the other? This is also an attempt to tie us to international/U.N. laws which weakens our sovereignty.  
  • Gun Control:
    1. If you can’t legislate something you can always find another path, even for gun control. Remember how Obama put the financial institutions in a stranglehold after giving them bailout cash? Now they are controlling pay and bonuses of executives. So think guns – then think Cass Sunstein and his “Nudge Theory”. Who is the largest purchaser of guns? Federal, state and local governments! So what happens when the government decides to leverage this position with the gun manufacturers? This is already being discussed… more to come.

Don’t forget health care reform is not dead yet either. The President refuses to give up or start over so eventually we may see the Progressives invoke the “nuclear option” of reconciliation to shove it through. There are plenty of other examples but I think you get the point.

So here is what we are faced with – a desperate President whose agenda is being rejected at every turn, a Congress with no backbone and an administration that arrogantly believes it knows what is best for the country regardless of what its’ citizens want. This is a recipe for disaster. We must push back hard – there is no longer time for a “nudge”. Our liberty, freedom, economy and sovereignty hang in the balance. The Constitution is no longer the conscience of the government; it will not stop them because they do not respect it. Desperate politicians will do desperate things.

Make your voice heard. Pay attention to the little things. It is no longer just about the bills being voted on in Congress. It is also about the executive orders, the agency regulations and parliamentary tactics. Take nothing for granted. This is a game that requires our focus and our attention. Remember what the Progressives believe:

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel, Obama White House Chief of Staff

“The morality of a means depends upon whether the means is being employed at a time of imminent defeat or imminent victory.” – Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals

Defeat for many of the administrations agenda items is becoming more and more imminent so they will use what ever means necessary to win. No tactic is off limits.

These people are radicals who want to reengineer our society and our nation. Open your eyes America, the Constitution and the American way of life are under attack! You must fight back, the threat is real. The “Progressives” in our government want to “fundamentally transform America”. This transformation is underway. This not only can but is happening in America. Will you help stop it?

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left – An Evolving Communist State!

“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition”. – Thomas Jefferson

UPDATE: Next 5 Things- #2 Employees Free Choice Act

Recently there was a report in the Las Vegas Sun called, Prospects For Organized Labor’s Legislative Agenda Rapidly Fading. According to the report organized labor is disappointed the Obama administration and the Democrats for a lack of progress on their “agenda items”, after their significant investment in the 2008 elections. Their agenda centerpiece was the Employees Free Choice Act or “Card Check” which would effectively end secret ballots in union elections. This legislation would give the unions a significant tool in driving up their membership because it exposes employees against a union to harassment tactics because their opposition is no longer protected by a secret ballot. Most experts now say that the bill can not pass as stand alone legislation.

However, the unions won’t give up that easily. Now there are rumors that the unions will attempt to leverage “moderate Republicans” to help pass the legislation by using “other tactics” such as embedding it in one of the proposed new jobs bills currently being discussed.

We with the recent defeat of Obama nominee, radical labor lawyer Craig Becker for a position with the NLRB, the unions are scrambling to salvage a win. We must watch closely and hold our representatives accountable for stopping it. This can not pass – if it does it will be a death blow to many small businesses and a job killer on all levels. The American public is clearly against this legislation and support the privacy a secret ballot ensures.

One additional note: Obama is now considering a recess appointment for Becker. These type of appointsment are not uncommon except that usually the candidate was not just voted down. Since Becker was rejected by our elected representatives, if Obama slams him through anyway – it is another clear example of how well he listens. 

Update Sources:
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Will-Dems-try-and-slip-card-check-legislation-into-upcoming-jobs-bill-83903662.html#ixzz0fFJOUS7W 

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/feb/06/union/ 

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Original Post below: 

January 18, 2010 ·

As I’ve been writing for several months, our way of life, our freedom, our liberty and the America that we all love is under attack from the Socialist Left. They are led by President Obama, a Harvard educated community organizer who grew up in the rough and tumble world of Chicago politics. As we have discussed previously, he has a plan and he built a team around him to execute it. He is counting on your passive – “that can’t happen in America attitude” to provide a window of opportunity for him to “Fundamentally transform America!”

Remember – his team is mostly the Czars who work inside the Executive Branch of the Government and are only accountable to the President – no congressional/judicial oversight or approval- and sure as hell – no transparency!

The President likes to discuss policies in general terms describing how the administration might interpret and administer proposed programs. All the while deftly avoiding discussion of the contents of the bills which might become law. Think back – tax cuts for 95% of Americans, transparency and the veto pen to stop pork barrel spending policies, all of which have or are changing because “the situation changed”. As a result we must be vigilant because healthcare reform is not the only game changing bill on the table. Keeping up with these guys is like playing 3 card monte with a street hustler. Don’t be distracted by one hand because the other is up to something too.

Remember the administration is following the community organizer’s handbook. The plan is to overwhelm the system. This is why there is such a rush to pass all this legislation. The plan – overwhelm the system because they are betting we can’t organize fast enough to stop everything.

So here is part 2 of a 5 part series on the Socialist Left’s agenda to “transform” the American Way of Life. These items are the building blocks for a national shift to socialism. This agenda must be stopped – our freedom and liberty depend on it.

In part 1 of the series we covered the plan to reintroduce Immigration Reform. In part 2 we will discuss The Employees Free Choice Act or Card Check.

The Employee Free Choice Act, or “card check,” has been introduced in the past three Congresses, but it always failed to win the 60 votes needed to pass the controversial legislation in the Senate.

The proposed law gives workers a choice of forming a union through majority sign-up (“card check”) or an election by secret ballot. Critics warn that this will lead to employee intimidation to sign cards and will deny individuals the right to a secret ballot. The secret ballot has been the safety valve in the organizing process. Employees could go along with process to allow a vote by signing the organizing petition but had they always had the safety of the secret ballot to protect their individual vote. As a manufacturing manager for 30 years I have had a front row seat to union organizing efforts twice. In both cases, employees were under tremendous peer pressure to sign the petition. However, both times the union was defeated by the secret ballot. It seems like the process worked as it was supposed to each time.

Supporters say the legislation will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions by helping workers form unions. However, employers say that “card check” will kill jobs because small to medium size companies will not be able to afford unionized shops and in many cases the incremental costs will drive them out of business.

“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.” – Hillary Clinton

Shouldn’t this apply towards something as important as a union election too? After all the signing the card means that you want to hear more. After both sides present their case you go cast your vote in private.

So why do we need this law? First, it will help the unions get easier victories and build their dwindling membership. Oh, yeah and the labor unions strongly support the democrats. Can you say UAW and SEIU? This is as much about politics as it is about employee’s rights.

There is one more aspect to the bill that is equally as troubling as the secret ballot issue. That is the method by which negotiations would be handled under the bill. If the employer and the union did not reach a deal in 120 days, a government arbitration panel could intervene and take over the negotiations.

For many, the government arbitration clause looks to be a deal breaker. As long as that provision is in the bill Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah says, “I don’t know how anybody can talk compromise.” He added, “If it wasn’t for the political power of the national unions, this wouldn’t have a chance. But they are powerful.”

A new development that makes this bill even more dangerous is the recently negotiated exemption from the proposed 5.25% luxury tax that will apply to “Cadillac health plans”. Under the terms of the agreement, “Cadillac health plans” that are negotiated through a collective bargaining agreement are exempt. This could turn into another tool for union organizers to use to entice new members.

Ironically, during the 2008 elections anti card check ads featured the leading liberal of his time – former S.D. Sen. George McGovern as their spokesman.

Even George could not get behind elimination of the secret ballot to protect the privacy of each employee. We must fight this legislation. With unemployment already tracking at over 10% nationally, we can not afford to lose more jobs. This legislation is bad for business, it is un-American and since when are we against a secret ballot? Write your Senator and tell them –just say no!

Unfortunately, Congress is currently littered with a variety of proposed legislation that supports the administration’s social reengineering agenda. Write your representatives and tell them we are not interested in an American makeover or living in a socialist nanny state. We must send them a clear message that these bills must not pass. We must be vigilant in identifying these bills and fighting them. After all, the only thing at stake is the American Dream!

Restore the Republic, Reject Socialism!

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.” – Mark Twain

The Green Police: A Joke or A Prediction

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So we all laughed when we saw the Audi ad during the Super Bowl featuring Cheap Trick’s Dream Police remade as The Green Police. The ad was clever probably appealing to both sides of the Environmental/Climate Change argument as either humorous or serious depending on your point of view. However, upon further review this is a clever  multi-layered propaganda campaign that clearly supports the progressive/green agenda.

From the Audi ad campaign:

“Every day consumers around the globe are faced with a myriad of decisions in their quest to become more environmentally responsible citizens. Paper or plastic? Bottled water or tap water? Gas or electric? Compost bucket or recycling bin? So many questions; yet so many conflicting answers. It can be overwhelming.

Now consumers have help, from the Green Police.

As part of the lead up to their third consecutive Super Bowl ad, Audi has created a fictional Green Police unit that are caricatures of today’s green movement. The Green Police are a humorous group of individuals that have joined forces in an effort to collectively help guide consumers to make the right decision when it comes to the environment. They’re not here to judge, merely to guide these decisions.

Coincidentally, there are numerous real Green Police units globally that are furthering green practices and environmental issues. For example, Israel’s main arm of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Audi strives to help protect the environment in all aspects of our vehicle manufacturing. Environmental Protection in the area of enforcement and deterrence is called; you guessed it, the Green Police. New York has officers within the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation that are fondly called the Green Police. The Green Police is also the popular name for Vietnam’s Environmental Police Department and the UK has a group who dresses in green as part of the Environment Agency’s squad to monitor excessive CO2 emissions”.

Now watch the ad again and the companion collateral available on the web site and see how funny you really think it is.

Today the Green Movement is the new religion that the world’s elite have created to move their agenda forward. This is being done under the banner of saving the planet, social justice and redistribution of wealth while retaining the power for themselves.

The threat to the world is not man-made global warming or climate change. The threat to the world, is the groups of fanatics who want to impose their values and desires on others.

Remember these quotes:

Quote by Maurice Strong, a primary power behind UN throne: “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”

Quote by Jeffery Sachs, Columbia University, Director of The Earth Institute: “Obama is already setting a new historic course by reorienting the economy from private consumption to public investments…free-market pundits bemoan the evident intention of Obama and team to ‘tell us what kind of car to drive’. Yet that is exactly what they intend to do…and rightly so. Free-market ideology is an anachronism in an era of climate change.”

Quote by Michael Oppenheimer, major environmentalist: “The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States. We can’t let other countries have the same number of cars, the amount of industrialization, we have in the US. We have to stop these Third World countries right where they are.”

The government is promising to create more jobs. We know the IRS is hiring agents. What’s next – the EPA and Green Police? It is not really that far fetched. Apparently the Green Police already exist in places around the world including the U.S. If the government has its’ way – will their numbers will continue to grow?

Congress’ inability to pass Cap & Trade resulted in the EPA declaring CO2 a harmful pollutant. With that as its’ launching pad the EPA is promising new regulations next month. There are a host of new federal mandates on everything from outdoor light bulbs and table lamps to water dispensers, commercial hot food cabinets, and Jacuzzis. (Remember the commercial!) Expecting people to be good stewards of the planet is one thing – but to create an environmental Gestapo would be another.

The real objective is social reengineering not saving the planet. It is time to see the green agenda, for what it is. Climate change and the green movement are mostly a giant money making, power grabbing scam for the elite – and YOU are the victim. Wake Up! Do your own research, the truth is out there – this is a scam.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” – Mark Twain

Obama’s Approval Rating -17 Again!

Today’s Rasmussen Report shows that the President’s Approval Index has returned to pre- State of the Union levels with an index score of -17. The new poll shows that 43% Strongly Disapprove of the President’s job performance as opposed to only 26% that Strongly Approve. The President also tied his lowest overall approval rating of only 44%.

On major problems the Republicans lead Democrats on trust factors:

Economy:   D = 42%   R = 46%

National Security:   D = 40%   R = 49%

War in Iraq:   D = 38%   R = 46%

Immigration:   D = 36%    R = 43%

Education:   D = 36%   R = 40%

Health :  D = 37%   R = 49%

Social Security:   D = 35%   R = 45%

Abortion:   D = 32%   R = 46%

Taxes:    D = 34%   R = 50%

Currently, the Republicans continue to hold 7% advantage in generic ballot and appear to be well positioned to regain seats in the Fall.

While the President appeared to receive a lift after his economy focused State of the Union, Americans are overwhelmingly rejecting the administration’s Keynesian approach to the economy. Keynesian economics is a theory that says, “it’s best to increase deficit spending in tough economic times.” A recent Rasmussen telephone finds that 70 % of Americans disagree, with 59% saying that “Keynes had it backwards” saying that increasing the deficit will further damage the economy. In fact, 56% Americans “believe that cutting the deficit is the way to go”. The rejection of increased deficit spending crosses party lines. Only 21% of Democrats favor continuing to increase the deficit.

The majority of Americans, 83%, say “the size of the federal budget deficit is due more to the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending than to the reluctance of taxpayers to pay more in taxes”. At this point, most Americans believe that lowering taxes is more important to jump starting the economy than a balanced budget with higher taxes – even if that means not dealing with the deficit immediately.

According to Rasmussen’s research, “only 35% of voters realize that the majority of federal spending goes just to defense, Social Security and Medicare”. “These figures highlight a massive failure of leadership from both Republicans and Democrats among the nation’s political elite,” says Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. “Given the amount of political chatter about the budget in recent years, it is almost beyond comprehension that neither party has seen fit to highlight the basics so that the American people can make reasoned choices on the fundamental issues before them.”

So the question is – President Obama are you listening? The will of the people is clear. They want reduced spending and lower taxes. They want more jobs and they believe that the free market is the answer to solving that problem. The priority is jobs not health care.

Don’t tell us that the economy is growing stronger because we are bleeding slower. We are still losing jobs; more people have become discouraged and quit looking which is the only reason the unemployment rate dropped to 9.7% in January. Officially there are 14,728,371 unemployed but the real number is 24,968,317 with 38,755,453 receiving food stamps.

Conservatives need to keep the heat on. The Republicans are not necessarily the answer as they have proven in the past. Hold everyone accountable!

Restore the Republic, Restore the Free Market Economy – Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left, Reject Big Government and Keynesian Economics!

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Cooper, Nov 29, 1802 

“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, May 28, 1816

 

Obama trying to stack deck at the NLRB

Senate Democrats’ are attempting to push through confirmation of SEIU Associate General Counsel Craig Becker and Mark Pearce, a member of the New York State United Teachers union for seats on the National Labor Relations Board.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), is a quasi-judicial agency responsible for administrating federal labor law. The Board’s functions include overseeing elections in union certification drives and resolving unfair labor practices committed by union organizers or employers.

Nominated by the President and adamantly supported by ACORN Founder Wade Rathke who said, “Here’s a big win no matter how you shake and bake it: Craig Becker being nominated for a seat on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)!”

Becker is currently the associate general counsel for the AFL-CIO and the SEIU. He has practiced and taught labor law for more than 25 years

Rathke cites Becker’s role in the creation of the “non-employee state employees” in California (dues paying union members without all the benefits of being state employee like retirement, healthcare, vacation time, sick leave, set work rules) and devising strategies for organizing the informal workers.

Becker believes that, “employers should be stripped of any legally cognizable interest in their employees’ election of representatives.” Despite years as an advocate for compulsory unionism, Becker claims he can be “fair and impartial”. 

Here are some examples of what Becker brings as part of his belief system as reported on the National Right to Work Committee’s website. Committee President Mark Mix analyzes Becker’s extreme views. 

Becker:

  • Supports “home visits,” in which union goons repeatedly harass workers at home until they sign union authorization cards (see here for an example of this intimidating practice)
  • Advocates letting government arbiters impose contracts on workers and employers on workers, without even allowing the workers to vote on the contract (a practice which even Far Left icon George McGovern opposes)
  • Believes employers should be absolutely prohibited from sharing any truthful and noncoercive information with employees about the effects of unionization
  • Illogically and radically compares union certification elections to US Congressional elections, stating that the only question decided in such elections should be which union gets monopoly control over workers, not whether they wish to remain independent and union free.

Watch this video:

If confirmed Becker would join a board stacked to be extremely pro member. Wilma Liebman, a longtime union supporter is already in place. The Board’s other member, Peter Carey Schaumber, was appointed by former President Bush. Two positions remain vacant. Obama has already nominated Mark Pearce and the other seat will be filled with a Republican member.

Pearce, is a member of the New York State United Teachers union, He has represented workers as a lawyer and also served as a member of the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals as well as a trial specialist for the NLRB’s regional office in Buffalo.

Obviously if both are confirmed the NLRB becomes a very union friendly environment. This will also create some new momentum for the “Employees’ Free Choice Act”. Both developments spell potential problems for small businesses. So once again America – the administration is attempting to add more radical reformers to key government positions so they can continue to push us toward a more socialistic society. Driving up union membership supports the administration’s social reengineering agenda and provides a payback to the administration’s union allies. Write your representatives and tell them we are not interested in an American makeover or living in a socialist nanny state. We must send them a clear message that these people must not be confirmed. Making the NLRB more polarized in favor of the unions will not help encourage job creation.

Restore the Republic, Reject the Angenda of the Progressive Left!

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.” – Mark Twain

Obama’s Rhetoric vs. Rep. Hensarling’s Facts

Last week when the President met with the Republicans at their retreat in Baltimore the Q&A session ended with an interesting exchange between Rep. Jeb Hensarling, TX 5th. Watch the exchange below and then view the Press Release put out Hensarling’s office providing the factual support of his comments. What makes this story even better is tht this week the President proposed a budget that was even larger than Hensarling had feared. Notice that the President again takes no ownership for the current economic situation and can’t man up with truth on what he is going to propose for the new budget. 

In his Stte of the Union speech, Obama said. “I know that some in my own party will argue that we can’t address the deficit or freeze government spending when so many are still hurting. I agree, which is why this freeze won’t take effect until next year, when the economy is stronger. But understand — if we don’t take meaningful steps to rein in our debt, it could damage our markets, increase the cost of borrowing, and jeopardize our recovery — all of which could have an even worse effect on our job growth and family incomes.” His idea of a responsible budget is 3.8 trillion dollars that is 25.5% of the GDP. 

Press Release

 

 

  

For Immediate Release
January 29, 2010
Contact: George Rasley
(202) 225-3484

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Vice Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement and fact summary sheet after President Obama challenged his facts on House Republican budget priorities verses Democrat budget priorities: 

“I asked the President today if he intended to propose the type of spending that has put our nation on the path to bankruptcy. Unfortunately, he didn’t assure taxpayers that he was committed to stopping the spending. 

“The President also challenged the facts I presented to him about House Republican budget priorities and Democrat budget priorities. I am happy to provide him with the following facts to back-up my statements. I stand by what I said. 

“I have great respect for President Obama. I am grateful he chose to address the House Republicans – and I give him credit for accepting our invitation. But, again, he didn’t answer my specific question on whether he would continue us on a path to tripling the national debt and increasing government spending to 24.5% of the economy. 

Assertion: “The Republicans proposed a (Fiscal Year 2010) budget that ensured that government did not grow beyond the historical standard of 20% of GDP.” 

FACT: Under the budget proposal put forward by House Republicans, spending as a percent of GDP is 20.7% of GDP in 2015, and in 10 years is at 20.7% of GDP. Source: House Budget Committee Republicans “The Path to American Prosperity” Budget Alternative, Table S-1 http://www.house.gov/budget_republicans/press/2007/pr20090401_gopbudget.pdf. Historical standard is 20.7% of GDP. Source: Heritage Foundation http://s3.amazonaws.com/thf_media/2010/pdf/wm_2780.pdf 

Assertion: “It was a budget that actually froze immediately nondefense, discretionary spending.” 

FACT: The House Republican budget froze non-defense/non-veteran spending for 5 years (FY2010-14). Source: House Budget Committee Republicans “The Path to American Prosperity” Budget Alternative, Page 39 http://www.house.gov/budget_republicans/press/2007/pr20090401_gopbudget.pdf 

Assertion: “It spent $5 trillion less than what was ultimately enacted into law.” 

FACT: The House Republican budget called for $36.913 trillion in spending over 10 years, whereas CBO estimated in March that the President’s budget would spend $41.726 trillion over 10 years. This is a difference of $4.813 trillion over a 10 year period. 

Source: House Budget Committee Republicans “The Path to American Prosperity” Budget Alternative, Table S-1 http://www.house.gov/budget_republicans/press/2007/pr20090401_gopbudget.pdf  and CBO’s Baseline and Estimate of the President’s Budget, June 2009 http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/102xx/doc10296/06-16-AnalysisPresBudget_forWeb.pdf 

Assertion: “What were the old annual deficits under Republicans have now become the monthly deficits under Democrats.” 

FACT: According to CBO’s September 2009 Monthly Budget Review http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/105xx/doc10552/09-08-mbr.htm  July 2009’s deficit was $181 billion. According to CBO’s December 2009 Monthly Budget Review http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/108xx/doc10825/12-4-09MBR.htm  October 2009’s deficit was $176 billion. Comparatively, according to OMB’s Historical Tables (Table 1.1) http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Historicals/  Republicans’ last annual deficit was $160.7 billion in FY2007. 

Assertion: “The national debt has increased 30%.” 

FACT: According to CBO’s January 2010 Budget and Economic Update (Table F-1) http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/108xx/doc10871/AppendixF.shtml096834  the debt held by the public at the end of FY2008 was $5.803 trillion, and at the end of FY2009 was $7.544 trillion. This is an increase of 30%. 

Assertion: “Your administration proposed a budget that would triple the national debt over the next 10 years.” 

FACT: According to CBO’s June 2009 estimate of the President’s Budget http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/102xx/doc10296/06-16-AnalysisPresBudget_forWeb.pdf  debt held by the public would rise from its 2008 level of $5.803 trillion to $17.126 trillion in 2019, which is 2.95 times larger than the 2008 level. 

Assertion: “Will that new budget, like your old budget, triple the national debt and continue to take us down a path of increasing the cost of government to almost 25% of our economy?” 

FACT: According to the President’s FY2010 budget (Table S-1) http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2010/assets/summary.pdf debt held by the public is set to rise from $5.803 trillion in FY2008 to $16.027 trillion in FY2019, which is 2.76% times larger. Also, the President’s budget shows spending as a percentage of GDP at 24.4% for FY2010. CBO’s June 2009 estimate http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/102xx/doc10296/06-16-AnalysisPresBudget_forWeb.pdf  of the President’s budget also shows federal outlays at 24.5% of GDP in 2019. 

UPDATE: “How did you arrive at the conclusion that what were the old annual deficits under Republicans have now become the monthly deficits under Democrats? And what is the back-up?” 

In the 12 years that Republicans controlled the House, the average deficit was $104 billion (average of final deficit/surplus FY1996-FY2007 data taken from Table F-1 below). In just 3 years under Democrats, the average deficit is now almost $1.1 trillion (average of final deficit/surplus FY2008 and 2009 data taken from Table F-1; FY2010 data taken from Table 1-3). Source: CBO January 2010 Budget and Economic Outlook http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/108xx/doc10871/Chapter1.shtml 

It is time to stop the madness, stop the spending and lower taxes for businesses to stimulate the economy. We can not spend our way to prosperity. Keynesian Economics will not work now – they never have. The engine of the economy is private enterprise and free market economics. It is time to let them work. 

By the way, we need more people like Jeb Hensarling in the Congress – honest, articulate conservatives with principles and values. As for the President – learn from history, listen to the your citizens and start telling the truth. 

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left!