The Democratic Party: the party of class and race war?

August 31, 2011

I want you to look at two videos, both from Naked Emperor News (1), that illustrate the intellectual bankruptcy and political desperation of what passes for leadership in the modern Democratic Party. Not the average, working- and middle-class rank and file member who’s been a lifetime registered Democrat out of habit, but the career leftist pols who’ve risen to the top thanks to a pernicious combination of seniority and safe districts.

First we have Nancy Pelosi (whose San Francisco idol was avowed Stalinist Harry Bridges) offering an unusual motive on the part of those who oppose economic redistribution and advocate lower taxes: they’re the filthy rich who want immortality!

(via Pirate’s Cove)

Okay, okay. So, she’s talking about “immortality” through getting buildings named after them. It’s still bunkum. Not only are the most vociferous advocates of federal restraint and tax reform not among the filthy rich (2), but, in my experience, most of the money that buys names on buildings comes from rich liberal donors. And what about all the wealthy liberals just screaming for higher taxes, such as Warren Buffet or Stephen King? Are they conspiring for immortality at the expense of the poor and downtrodden, too, Nancy? Do all wealthy people look alike to you?

Oh, and while we’re at it, how goes your own search for life eternal? I mean, you are worth $35 million, after all…

Even more bizarre, however, is her attack on those opposed to raising the minimum wage: it’s all a conspiracy meant to make people dependent on private credit companies and lenders!! Seriously, Nancy? Are you actually arguing that, if we only kept making the minimum wage higher, people wouldn’t need to use credit cards or take out a loan to buy a car? Just how high a “minimum wage” do you envision, O Former Speaker, and what level of taxation do you think would be needed to support it?

Just how much of your $35 million are you willing to give up to save the counter-person at McDonald’s from the evils of the private credit market?

Ignore the fact that a rising minimum wage destroys jobs, this is utterly hypocritical class warfare and pathetic demagoguery that demonizes people who are successful or who are simply concerned about the self-destructive fiscal path this country is on.

But wait! It gets worse!

Earlier this summer, we heard Democratic National Committee Chairwoman (3) Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) claim that Republicans wanted to take America back to the era of Jim Crow. Debbie had to walk that back under fire, but the Congressional Black Caucus has decided that the Tea Party is the new Klan and to play the race card for all it’s worth. Just listen:

Ed Morrissey concentrates on Congressman Andre Carson’s (D-IN) claim that Republicans and Tea-Partiers would be happy to see Blacks lynched. That’s outrageous enough as it is — Carson shouldn’t just apologize and resign, he should be expelled from the House. But listen to the rest: claim after claim that Americans advocating limited government and fiscal sanity are motivated by racism (4), are the enemy, and, as the execrable Maxine Waters puts it, can go “straight to Hell.” This is class warfare blended with good, old-fashioned racism — only the racism is coming from the CBC.

(Be sure to click through to Ed’s post for a second video, this time with Congressman Allen West responding to Rep. Carson and making it quite clear that he’s reconsidering his membership in the CBC. I’m also sorry to see featured in the video my former Assemblywoman and former Speaker of the CA State Assembly, Rep. Karen Bass. She should be ashamed.)

Anyway, there you have it. With a dismal record in office and with the increasing rejection of progressive ideology by a majority of the nation, all the Democratic Party “leadership” has left to offer is class envy, ethnic vitriol, and social division.

Now there’s Hope and Change.

UPDATE: Heh. The Washington Examiner contacted Congressman Carson’s DC office to ask if he would identify which members of Congress want to see him lynched. So far, no response.

Footnotes:
(1) How does NEN get these videos? They must have a spy network to rival the CIA…
(2) Last I checked, the Tea Party counted very few millionaires and billionaires in its ranks.
(3) Yeah, I’m un-PC. I shall report to my nearest reeducation center right after lunch.
(4) I’d like to see them pull this crap on Allen West, Tim Scott, Marco Rubio, Susana Martinez, Nikki Haley, and other minority conservatives who’ve risen to political prominence. Or does that call for the related “Uncle Tom card?”

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Klavan on the Culture: It’s OK to celebrate bin Laden’s death

May 20, 2011

In this week’s edition, Andrew Klavan looks at fat-slob hack directors, unprincipled politicians, and sanctimonious, hypocritical comedians liberal public figures and asks: Hey, if they can celebrate(1) whacking Osama bin Laden, why shouldn’t we?

(1) Except Michael Moore, who is at least consistent in his moonbattery.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Pelosi: “Elections shouldn’t matter”

April 13, 2011

Well, at least she gets points for being honest about her elitist, anti-democratic, nigh-on fascist* values. While speaking to students at Tufts University last week, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives**, the woman who not too long ago was second in line to be President of the United States, had this to say:

To my Republican friends: take back your party. So that it doesn’t matter so much who wins the election, because we have shared values about the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, our security and civil liberties, how we respect our seniors. Because there are so many things at risk right now — perhaps in another question I’ll go into them, if you want. But the fact is that elections shouldn’t matter as much as they do…But when it comes to a place where there doesn’t seem to be shared values then that can be problematic for the country, as I think you can see right now.

“Elections shouldn’t matter.” We’ve seen this time and again since last November: at the national level, the President and the Democratic leadership regularly act as if they hadn’t suffered a total repudiation at the polls, still pushing an agenda the nation clearly rejected. And at the state level, they’ve brought out their allies in Wisconsin, Ohio, Washington, New Jersey, Idaho, and soon in Sacramento to intimidate the elected representatives of the people and overturn the results of a democratic election. Tells you all one needs to know about the leadership of the Democratic Party — and why they should never, ever win another election in our lifetimes.

via Lance

LINKS: Real Clear Politics has the video. Historian Steven Hayward analyzes this and shows how it represents a continuity in Progressive thought from its foundations to the present.

*Trust me, I’m not exaggerating — Read Goldberg’s book. This appeal to “shared values,” a unity that rises above politics, a “third way” — it’s all straight out of the Progressive/liberal fascist manual and has a history stretching back more than 100 years.

**You know, the chamber often called “The People’s House,” whose frequent elections are supposed to better reflect popular will. But, if elections “shouldn’t matter as much as they do,” then who are they representing?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Democrats vote to make Republicans happy

November 17, 2010

They’ve elected to retain Nancy Pelosi as their leader:

The closed-door vote Wednesday will let the California congresswoman shift from House speaker to minority leader in January, despite concerns by some Democrats that the party needs new leadership after suffering huge midterm election losses.

Pelosi has refused to take the blame and pinned party’s losses on stubbornly high unemployment.

The House Republicans really should send their counterparts some sort of thank you gift; the way Nancy has “lead” the Democrats, the Elephants will have a two-thirds majority after 2012.


The state of the Democratic Party in a single picture

November 16, 2010

This says it all, no?

Click to enlarge.

By Michael Ramirez via Power Line.


Bride of Shellacking faces pitchforks and torches

November 16, 2010

Nancy Pelosi confronts angry Democrats

Madame Speaker-for-now had to face the music today, arguing before her shrinking caucus why she should be elected Minority Leader. The meeting was, shall we say, discordant:

Disgruntled Democrats finally had a chance to confront Speaker Nancy Pelosi face to face for the first time during a raucous closed-door caucus meeting Tuesday, as defeated Rep. Allen Boyd called her “the face of our defeat.”

“We need new leadership,” Boyd, a Florida Democrat, told his colleagues, according to sources in the room.

His comments were made shortly after Pelosi told Democrats she was targeted in races around the country because she is an effective leader for them. The Democratic gathering was the first gathering of the caucus since the party lost control of the House.

Pelosi has asked her colleagues to elect her minority leader despite the loss of at least 60 seats.

“I know some of you suffered because of ads targeted to me,” Pelosi said to lawmakers at a closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting Tuesday. “They had to take down the person who brings the resources.”

Left unsaid is the fat lot of good all that money-raising did for the caucus: 61 seats lost so far, including about half of the (supposedly) moderate Blue Dog faction.  The article describes Pelosi as nervous going into the meeting, and she has reason to be: in addition to the losses suffered in the election, the Congressional Black Caucus is not happy about the bone thrown to race-baiter longstanding member Jim Clyburn (D-SC) to compensate for his demotion from Whip. And there’s a move afoot to strip the Leader (whoever that turns out to be) of its power to appoint subordinate members of the hierarchy, making them subject to caucus election, instead. This would strip a lot of Her Highness’ power even if she were elected, since there would be no guarantee her allies would get the posts.

Is this anyway to treat our modern-day Norma Desmond?

Meanwhile, the winner of both the clueless and outrageous statement of the day awards has got to be Jim Clyburn, who tried to comfort losing Democrats by telling them their sacrifices were comparable to those of the Civil Rights movement. No, really:

Majority Whip Jim Clyburn connected the Democratic agenda and subsequent losses to the civil rights movement

“Sometimes doing the right thing will cause you to pay dearly,” he said, according to a source in the room. “Sometimes what’s good for the American people is not good for the high and mighty.”

So, shoving unwanted, unread, and unconstitutional “reforms” down the throats of Americans while doing nothing to fix a sick economy is comparable to fighting for the civil rights of millions of Americans against the apartheid Jim Crow laws? It’s like standing against the denial of the right to vote or the horror of lynching? Really, Jim?

Unbelievable.

UPDATE: Allahpundit calls it kabuki theater.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Was the band playing “Nearer my God to Thee?”

October 26, 2010

I'm the best ever!

Barack Obama thinks Nancy Pelosi will go down as one of the “finest Speakers in the United States of America.”

That tyrannical harridan? I’ll agree she’s going down in History, but “finest” isn’t quite the word I’d choose.

Forget the Titanic references; the Democrats and their surreal cluelessness right now are reminding me of the party-goers in Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death.

Or, less dramatically, the Republicans in 2006 and 2008.

(via ST)


Real Democrats of Washington DC

October 25, 2010

GOProud is an organization of Gay conservatives that’s recently started endorsing candidates and working against those they think are harming America. To the latter end, they’ve released the following commercial, which will be played in Massachusetts, California, New York, and Hawaii. A parody of the “Real Housewives” franchise, it’s amusing and effective:

Personally, I think Bawney Fwank has a future on reality TV.

This has been an unusual election cycle in so many ways, and one of them has been the “coming out” of so many people as conservatives from groups usually assumed  (and often pressured to stay that way) to be left-liberal and reliably Democratic: women, minorities, and gays. This can only benefit our politics, as people more and more are judged by their beliefs and actions, and less by the group they belong to.


Pelosi whines: “We’re not getting the credit we deserve!”

October 25, 2010

Oh, you ungrateful, fact-fleeing and science-ignoring American voters. You’ve made the Speaker of the House unhappy, because you don’t appreciate all the crap wonderful things she and her fellow Democrats have shoved down your throats done for you.

Don’t you feel ashamed, you selfish peasants?

Democrats haven’t necessarily gotten the credit they’re due for the work they’ve done the last two years, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said.

Pelosi, in the middle of a tough campaign to defend Democrats’ majority in the House — as well as her own Speakership — seemed to echo a complaint voiced by other Democrats, that obstacles have made it difficult for the party’s message to get through.

“You have all those forces at work, pouring millions of millions of dollars into the media, and now into the campaigns to mischaracterize everything that we did,” Pelosi said in an interview with Politics Daily, video of which was posted Monday. “So that’s that. It’s up to us to go out there. I’m very confident; our members know why they voted for what they did.

“But you’re right, we haven’t really gotten the credit for what we have done, but we will take it to the voters and have a Democratic majority to follow through on it,” the Speaker added.

See, it’s not because they’ve pursued all the wrong policies and flushed nearly a trillion dollars down the toilet in pursuit of shovel-ready jobs they knew didn’t exist. It’s not because that same stimulus package was nothing but a pork-fiesta for their home states and districts. It’s not because they’ve violated the rule of law by crushing bondholder rights or attacked the fundamentals of democracy to reward their union cronies by trying to eliminate the secret ballot in union elections. It’s not because, on top of running the national debt to ungodly levels and costing people the insurance coverage they were told they could keep in pursuit of a health care reform no one wants, the Democrats have pursued an economy-killer of a “greenhouse gas” bill to address a problem that does not exist.

Nope. It’s because those eeevvviilll Republicans and their allies in Chamber of Commerce (and their foreign money!) are telling lies about them and the knuckle-dragging bitter-clingers aren’t able to see the truth.

Madame Speaker, I have news for you: We see very clearly what you’ve done and we’re giving you and your comrades all the credit you deserve.

And, on the first Tuesday in November, you’ll find out just how much that is.

Via Big Government.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


This just in: Dissent is no longer patriotic

August 18, 2010

I’m beginning to think Jonah Goldberg will have to add a new chapter or two to the next edition of his brilliant Liberal Fascism, just to cover Nancy Pelosi. In the wake of increasing opposition to the construction of a mega-mosque at Ground Zero, La Nancita has suggested that opponents should be placed under federal investigation!

“The freedom of religion is a Constitutional right.  Where a place of worship is located is a local decision.

“I support the statement made by the Interfaith Alliance that ‘We agree with the ADL that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center.  At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.’

Wait a gosh-darned minute, here! Critics of the mosque are getting funded? Where’s my check? Jeez… Waiting

And does that mean you want to investigate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to find out who’s funding him, Madame Speaker of the House?

Shall the Congress also investigate the two-thirds of New York City residents who also oppose the mosque? Or the nearly 70% of the nation?

Nothing like threatening a federal investigation of those making use of their right to free speech to reveal your inner statist, eh, Nancy?

Joe McCarthy would be proud.

LINKS: Power Line says the Speaker has forgotten how to listen.

UPDATE: Say, Madame Speaker: Since we’re in an investigating mood, how about we investigate that little land deal you and San Francisco Mayor Newsom have got going for Treasure Island? Should be real interesting…


Only in a Progressive’s imagination

July 2, 2010

Only in the Hopium-dream economics of a (Social) Democrat could the idea that unemployment checks are a “job creator” sound reasonable.

Enter Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi:

I’m now convinced: the (Social) Democratic leadership are refugees from Wonderland.

Via Dan Mitchell, who provides an earlier video of his explaining why Pelosi’s Keynesian economics just don’t work:

November can’t come fast enough.  Praying

LINKS: More from Sister Toldjah.


A conservative documentary? “I want your money”

June 24, 2010

If the trailer is any indication, it looks promising and funny:

A bit about the movie, from its web site:

Join filmmaker Ray Griggs in this documentary film I Want Your Money as he contrasts the two paths the United States can take using the words and actions of Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan. The film uses interviews from well-known public figures, experts, movie clips, dramatic portrayals, music, graphics and even comedic animation to tell the story in the plainest terms of the choice between the Obama and the Reagan views of the role of the federal government in our society. It also examines how these big government programs have been tried in the past at great moral and financial cost to the nation. California is offered as a case-in-point in understanding what economic challenges might face the nation, if we choose the larger government path. Finally, I Want Your Money is a call to action for those who care about the future of the United States.

I’ll see it, though I may be the only one in the LA area to do so.

(via The Jawa Report)


President Me! The Musical!

February 13, 2010

Andrew Klavan of PJTV has what he thinks is an idea for a sure-fire smash-hit on Broadway:

Katie Couric is sure to win a Tony for her solo performance, don’t you think?


Senatorial sell-outs and the Jacksonian wave

December 21, 2009

Late last night, Senator Harry Reid found the last vote he needed and forced through a cloture motion to cut off debate over the Senate’s version of a health-care “reform” bill.  Under the rules, the bill is now scheduled to come to a final vote and all-but assured passage sometime on Christmas Eve. (And if you noted the profound irony of voting for a bill that includes federal money to fund abortions on Christmas Eve, you’re not alone.)

It wasn’t easy for Harry. Republicans are unanimously opposed, while Several “moderate” Democratic senators had qualms about the bill because of the cost or (try not to snicker) over principles.  So, the Majority Leader from Nevada had to wheedle and bribe work for his 60 votes. In the end, he got what he wanted, and we learned how much it would take for thoughtful moderates to set aside those concerns about wrecking the US budget costs and violating the Constitution principles. Don Surber shows us the price tags for a six-pack of senators:

Ben Nelson of Nebraska gets:

“As Part Of The Deal To Win Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson’s Support, The Federal Government Will Fund Nebraska’s New Medicaid Recipients.” (“Ben Nelson’s Medicaid Deal,” Politico, 12/19/09)

“In Addition To The Medicaid Carve Out, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) Negotiated An Exemption From The Insurance Tax For Non-Profit Insurers Based In His State. The Language Was Written In A Way That Only Mutual Of Omaha Insurance Company, As Well As Blue Cross Blue Shield Nonprofit Plans In Nebraska and Michigan, would qualify, according to a Democratic Senate aide.” (“Nelson Wins Insurance Tax Exemption, Too,” Politico, 12/19/09)

Read the rest to see what it took for the other five. Michelle Malkin has the complete list of bribes needed to get ObamaCare through the Senate.

Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and the rest of the Democrat leadership are counting on creating a fait accompli, that once a national medical entitlement is in place, no matter how poorly crafted or harmful to the nation, the public will resist having it taken away. They may be right: one of the great weaknesses of democratic government is that the people can be bribed with their own money – and the Democrats know that. Speaker Pelosi is so sure that this reform will in the long run create a large class of voters beholden to the Democrat Party, thus ensuring that party a long-term majority, that she is willing to sacrifice Democratic seats in the near-term, even her majority, to get it.

She may get the first part of her wish.

Jay Cost of Real Clear Politics thinks we may be approaching one of our country’s periodic “Jacksonian moments,” when the public grows so disgusted with the ruling party in Washington that they throw the bums out en masse:

People in Congress and the lobbyists who court them have pretty good gigs. They have nice offices, make big salaries, and have lots of people hop to at their say so. Yet ultimately, all of their money, power, and prestige come from the people. The people are the sole source of sovereignty in our nation. Our Constitution opens, “We the people of the United States” – not “We the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of the United States” or “We the senior members of Congress with plum committee assignments.” Everything about our system is the way it is because the people allow it to be that way. This is why it’s best for the entrenched interests and the politicians to keep their under-handed means and particularistic ends from affecting the people. They can take it all away in a single instant – so the smart approach is not to give them a reason.

This Congress and this President seem hell-bent on ignoring that maxim. It started last year with TARP. It continued into this year with the pork-laden, wasteful stimulus bill. It moved to the auto bailouts, reckless deficit spending, and coziness with Wall Street. And now, it has moved to health care “reform.” The people are taking notice, they don’t like it, and they’re starting to blame the government for the weakened state of the union.

We might be on the verge of another Jacksonian moment: a time when the people awake from their slumber, angrily exercise their sovereign authority, and mercilessly fire the leaders who have for too long catered to the elites rather than average people. The first time this happened was in 1828 – when the people rallied to the cause of Old Hickory to avenge the “Corrupt Bargain” of four years prior. It’s happened several times throughout the centuries. Most relevant to today, it happened time and again in the 1880s and 1890s, as the people hired then fired one Republican and Democratic majority after another in search of leaders who could attend to the people’s interests instead of the special interests. That age saw the birth of the Populist Party. It was a time when so many felt so disgruntled by the political process that young William Jennings Bryan – just thirty-six years old and with only two terms in the House – came within a hundred thousand votes of the presidency.

I wonder if we’ve returned to that kind of dynamic. In true Jacksonian fashion, the country fired the Republicans in 2006 and 2008 because they bungled the war in Iraq and allowed the economy to sink into recession. They might soon have another Jacksonian moment, and fire these equally useless Democrats for hampering the recovery, exploding the deficit, and playing politics with health care.

Be sure to read the whole thing: it’s a long, angry fist-shake at our so-called leaders, who in their arrogance don’t seem to care a whit what we, the People think. In a similar vein, Michael Goodwin, a liberal who supported Hillary Clinton and voted for Obama, unleashes his own inner Jackson. I wonder how many people out there are similarly realizing they were duped by Obama and the Democrats?

We’ll find out next November.

As for the irrevocable fait accompli, I’m not so sure. To create the image that this bill is deficit-neutral in the first ten years, Reid has had to structure it so that all the new taxes come into play immediately, but the “benefits” don’t begin until 2014. That’s four years in which the people will suffer from more money being taken from their checks, but get nothing in return.  Assuming the Jacksonian wave hits in 2010 and/or 2012, this just might be one of those rare entitlements that gets repealed.

We can but hope.  Praying

LINKS: Fausta has a round-up of Cash for Cloture posts. By the way, did you know that, according to Senator Whitehouse (D-RI), you’re a racist Nazi hater if you oppose ObamaCare? No, really:

Remember, that’s the majority of Americans he’s talking about. Ed Morrissey talks about midnight votes. More at Blue Crab Boulevard.


Pelosi channels her inner Mussolini?

November 30, 2009

Nice to know that Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t let a little thing like the Constitution get in the way of shoving nationalized health care down our throats:

As Harry Reid’s health care bill moves to the Senate floor, the debate over Obamacare finally begins in earnest. Shouldn’t the Constitution be part of that debate? By what authority, after all, could Congress force all Americans to buy health insurance?

In a recent press release, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., argues that constitutional objections to the individual mandate are “nonsensical,” because “the power of Congress to regulate health care is essentially unlimited.”

Anyone with a modest knowledge of the American Revolution and the writing of the Constitution (Okay, okay. That lets out 98% of the population) should be aghast at reading that. Her assertion isn’t just questionable; it’s not merely wrong. No, Speaker Pelosi’s belief in the unlimited power of Congress is utterly antithetical to every principle on which this country was founded. It’s not unconstitutional, it’s anti-constitutional. Madison, Jefferson, Washington, and Adams would be doing a collective face-palm if they were around to hear this.

For Pete’s sake, Nancy, our Revolution was fought against the tyrannical actions of the national legislature in London. Do you really want to be the George Grenville of the 21st century? Should we be comforted to know that the third-highest officer in our government is a constitutional illiterate and a barely concealed statist?

The Constitution established the federal government as a limited government of defined powers; those powers not expressly granted to it were reserved to the States or the People. It was intended to check and limit the power of the legislature, not grant unlimited authority to remake the nation according to your progressive fantasies, you nitwit! Article 1, section 8 defines Congress’s power. You might try reading it sometime.

I’ve finally figured it out: the use of the word “democratic” in “Democratic Party” is an ironic joke.

And the joke’s on us.

(hat tip: Weekly Standard)


The Madness of Queen Nancy

November 5, 2009

John Fund wonders if Speaker Pelosi has lost all perspective in pursuit of her obsession to get a statist health care bill through the House:

It’s one thing to be serene under fire, it’s another to be delusional.

More than a few Democrats in Congress are perplexed and worried that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is insisting on ramming through a 1,900-page health care bill on Saturday, just days after her party took heavy losses in Tuesday’s elections. “It reminds me of Major Nicholson, the obsessed British major in the film ‘Bridge on the River Kwai,’” one Democrat told me. “She is fixated on finishing her health care bridge even as she’s lost sight of where it’s going and what damage it could cause to her own troops.”

Indeed, the Speaker’s take on Tuesday’s off-year elections struck some of her own members as delusive “happy talk.” “From our perspective, we won last night,” a cheerful Ms. Pelosi told reporters, citing her party’s pick-up of a single House seat in a New York special election and retention of another strongly Democratic seat in California.

That’s not how many of her own troops see it. Democratic Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama told Politico.com that members are “very, very sensitive” to the fact that the agenda being pushed by party leaders has “the potential to cost some of our front-line members their seats”

On health care, added New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell: “People who had weak knees before are going to have weaker knees now.”


The Pelosi-Obama deficits

August 26, 2009

Forwarded by a reader, this Wall St. Journal editorial provides a very clear summary of the administration’s deficit and spending binge and the fantasies on which it’s based:

Earlier this year when President Obama was selling his first budget blueprint, he promised to end years of “borrow and spend” budgeting. Yesterday, reality struck.

Mr. Obama’s White House and the Congressional Budget Office told us that current U.S. fiscal policy is “borrow and spend” on a hyperlink. The good news is the deficit for 2009 will be “only” $1.58 trillion, about $250 billion lower than expected thanks to less need for TARP funds. But the Obama fiscal plan envisions $9 trillion in new borrowing over the next decade, which is $2 trillion more debt than the White House predicted earlier this year. The 2010 deficit also rises by about as much as the 2009 deficit falls from January, so even the TARP windfall gets spent.

We’ve never fretted over budget deficits, at least if they finance tax cuts to promote growth or spending to win a war. But these deficit estimates are driven entirely by more domestic spending and already assume huge new tax increases. CBO predicts that debt held by the public as a share of GDP, which was 40.8% in 2008, will rise to 67.8% in 2019—and then keep climbing after that. CBO says this is “unsustainable,” but even this forecast may be optimistic.

The Journal’s editors are being kind to use the word “optimistic.” The more fair description is “delusional.” The progressive’s “plan” to control the deficit assumes Congress will hold spending to just the rate of inflation for the next 10 years – here’s a bipartisan reality check. Even funnier are the progressives’ assumption that crashing federal revenues will not just recover, but reach historic highs, sort of like running your credit cards to the max on the assumption you’re going to get that big raise. And the economic growth they’re counting on to provide those revenues is sure to be crippled thanks to the taxes imposed by their health-care reform plans and cap-and-trade scheme.

Whatever they’re smoking, I want some of it.

As I’ve said before, there are only three ways to pay for the deficits the Democrats are running (and growing): borrowing from overseas, leaving future generations saddled with the debt and its interest (think credit cards, again); printing money, which inevitably will cause high inflation and make creditors angry as their debt becomes worth less – and thus less likely to loan more; or raising taxes on everyone to massive levels, thus breaking another of the Lightworker’s promises and again crippling economic recovery.

And, let’s face it, they’ll probably come up with a combination of all three.

November, 2010, can’t get here fast enough.  Praying


Monday links fiesta

August 10, 2009

It’s a busy, busy day, today. (Why is it the day before a vacation is so hectic? At wits end) So, in lieu of a real post, here are some links to keep you amused, enlightened, and on the White House enemies list:

Global Warming Climate Change Junk Science Watch:

One of the major problems with the computer models cited by global-warming alarmists is their utter failure to accurately model the past or predict the future. Ron House at Watt’s Up With That? looks at one, the failure to find the predicted atmospheric red spot. For more background on this, check out David Evans’ 2008 article in The Australian: No smoking hot spot.

Guess what? The sun and variations in the Earth’s orbit are the cause of ice ages, not CO2.

More on CO2 and climate change: it’s a trailing indicator, not a cause.

On the Svensmark theory that cosmic rays influence the Earth’s cloud cover and thus Earth’s climate:

Sarah Palin Watch:

The former Alaska governor last week denounced the proposed health-care reform plan as evil. That caused a predictable firestorm, even on the Right. Rick Moran, normally a level-headed writer, denounced her for outrageous demagoguery. Smitty at The Other McCain, on the other hand, drew his sword to defend Mrs. Palin and denounce Mr. Moran as a blowhard. In this case, I’m with Smitty. Palin may have engaged in a bit of hyperbole when she used the words “death panel,” but, as Despina Karras shows, she wasn’t all that far off the mark. Legal Insurrection points out the underlying accuracy of her words, too.

Fishy Activities Watch:

Opposition to ObamaCare continues to grow, despite the Democrats best efforts to clap their hands to their ears and scream “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!”:

First, believe it or not, President Obama wants you to just shut up.

Meanwhile, enjoy this video of peaceful, unionized supporters of health-care reform kicking the crap out of a conservative Black man who dared to voice dissent. (More from Fausta and Hot Air.) And here’s a video of the victim attending a protest in a wheelchair a couple of days later outside of the local headquarters of the ever-peaceful SEIU, whose goons administered the beating. Why does this ring a bell?

More on SEIU’s commitment to democracy.

Meanwhile, did you know that the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, the woman second in line for the Presidency, and the House Majority Leader both think that vocal opposition to ObamaCare is un-American? Way to build that majority, Nancy and Steny! I’m sure slagging large swathes of the American people will bring loads of new voters to the Democratic banner. Minority Leader Boehner, on the other hand, takes predictable (and justifiable) exception to their editorial.

And, hey, if you object to being called un-American, how about being compared to Oklahoma City-bomber Timothy McVeigh? NiiiiceWaiting

Finally:

I always like to end linkapalooza posts with some humor. Tito found this hilarious blast from the past, Don Rickles roasting then-Governor Ronald Reagan. Enjoy.

Rolling on the floor


Those who oppose Obama’s health care reforms are Nazis!

August 5, 2009

So says Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-They’reAllVillains):

Impossible. Everyone knows Nazi villains are too well-dressed to genuinely oppose ObamaCare. Senator Boxer said so.

Somewhere, a circus is missing a couple of its clowns.  Clown


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