No one is surprised but it’s always like a blast of cold air to hear a new total for the United States deficit. This year’s CBO forecast reported a federal deficit of $506 billion and spending is projected to be around $3.5 trillion.
Something’s got to give. While news reports are calling the federal deficit “relatively modest,” it’s hardly a number to scoff at. The number is down from last year’s $680 billion but there’s a lot of work to do – and the best place to start shoveling is in America’s huge pile of entitlements.
Total mandatory spending for 2014 was $2.54 trillion, which included social security, Medicare, Medicaid, other healthcare expenses and net interest. The idea of cutting entitlements isn’t fun – but it’s necessary to create a sustainable future for the country.
Unfortunately, while President Obama is in office, things don’t look to be changing and Medicaid will account for the largest increase in spending this year, with Social Security coming in second.
On the Left, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, ranking Member of the Budget Committee, blamed Republicans for a protecting “special interests and the very wealthy.”
Republicans blame out of control spending, of which entitlements are a major part. Unfortunately, the gridlock will ensue until at least 2015. And if we’re to believe CBO, things are looking scary. They write in their report:
“Later in the coming decade, if current laws governing federal taxes and spending generally remain unchanged, revenues would grow only slightly faster than the economy and spending would increase more rapidly.”
If you feel like taking this up with anyone at the Budget Committee, here’s the list.
I’m planning to move my family and extended family into Mexico for my health, and I would like to ask you to assist me.
We’re planning to simply walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and we’ll need your help to make a few arrangements.
We plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws.
I’m sure they handle those things the same way you do here. So, would you mind telling your buddy, the President of Mexico , that I’m on my way over?
Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:
1. Free medical care for my entire family.
2. English-speaking Government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not.
3. Please print all Mexican Government forms in English.
4. I want my grandkids to be taught Spanish by English-speaking (bi-lingual) teachers.
5. Tell their schools they need to include classes on American culture and history.
6. I want my grandkids to see the American flag on one of the flag poles at their school.
7. Please plan to feed my grandkids at school for both breakfast and lunch.
8. I will need a local Mexican driver’s license so I can get easy access to government services.
9. I do plan to get a car and drive in Mexico, but I don’t plan to purchase car insurance, and I probably won’t make any special effort to learn local traffic laws.
10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from their president to leave me alone, please be sure that every patrol car has at least one English-speaking officer.
11. I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my housetop, put U.S. flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. �I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals.
12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, or have any labor or tax laws enforced on any business I may start.
13. Please have the president tell all the Mexican people to be extremely nice and never say critical things about me or my family, or about the strain we might place on their economy.
14. I want to receive free food stamps.
15. Naturally, I’ll expect free rent subsidies.
16. I’ll need income tax credits so that although I don’t pay Mexican taxes, I’ll receive money from the government.
17. Please arrange it so that the Mexican Government pays $4,500.00 to help me buy a new car.
18. Oh yes, I almost forgot, please enroll me free into the Mexican Social Security program so that I’ll get a monthly income in retirement.
I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all of his people who walk over to the U.S. from Mexico. I am sure that the President of Mexico won’t mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.
Do you see how stupid this looks when you put it in writing????
What are conservatives up against in 2013? We are up against an extremely liberal President and his ideological allies in the Senate. What do we believe in and work to preserve? An America where freedom and prosperity flourish. We promote free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense – and liberals adamantly disagree with us.
In April of 2012, the New York Times had the stunning revelation that President Obama was intentionally bypassing Congress to advance his ideological goals. They noted what they characterized as a marked shift in the President’s tone at a strategy meeting in the fall of 2011.
He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.
The President told his staff that he wanted to “push the envelope” and find things they could “do on [their] own,” though he criticized George W. Bush for doing the same.
William G. Howell, a University of Chicago political science professor and author of “Power Without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action,” said that Mr. Obama was not necessarily doing something novel by exercising power unilaterally. Instead, he was doing what he needed to do to protect his legacy.
And it might be counterintuitive, but there are cheerleaders for cause of concentrating power in Mr. Obama’s hands, as if he needs cheerleaders! In a New York Times op-ed, David Brooks suggests that what needs to be done to overcome obstructionism of a divided Congress is give the executive more power:
It’s a good idea to be tolerant of executive branch power grabs and to give agencies flexibility.
It’s unclear how that notion will go over with conservatives and libertarians, but for some reason lead balloons come to mind.
Politico also suggests we’re now seeing a “different kind of Democrat” in President Obama now — one that’s “connecting to progressive populism with an aggressive, spending-oriented, activist government approach to the economy.”
Is this really new? It’s certainly possible for Mr. Obama to embrace more aggressive tactics, but that is not to say his tactics to date have been altogether passive.
The real question is whether he is increasing power for power’s sake? Is that the central motivation for Mr. Obama? Probably not. It’s more likely an ideological passion for advancing the liberal ideology, and that is something he has always possessed, and he has repeatedly expressed frustration at having institutions like Congress standing in his way.
Mr. Obama is driven by vision of America saturated in the liberal ideology of big government, at the expense of conservative principles. The two are, obviously, mutually exclusive.
As the recent House passage of a budget deal raising spending $63 billion in the next two years demonstrates, caving in Congress means inching evermore to the left, making this mission easier for Mr. Obama to accomplish.
Yet, liberals are philosophizing about how to advance progressive ideas more aggressively.
Apparently the following examples – or the plethora of others – of Mr. Obama’s power grabs aren’t enough to convince them he’s advancing the liberal ideology rapidly enough:
Then there was the time, more recently, when he “successfully lobbied Democratic senators to change the filibuster rules that were holding up his executive branch and judicial nominees.”
Whatever could his incentive have been for that? Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans A. von Spakovsky explains:
The president and his allies want to “remake” the federal courts. Why? Because they know that one of the only remaining avenues open to conservatives and others to try and stop the abuse of federal power is through the federal court system.
If Republicans in Congress think the go-along-to-get-along mentality will help the country, they’re sorely mistaken.
As Sen. Mike Lee recently articulated, what is truly needed to shore up the rift in Congress is a conservative reform agenda. Part of that agenda is a conservative, patient-centered, market-based healthcare reform plan. We need to stop Obamacare, because as Charles Krauthammer noted two months ago:
Obamacare is the core of the new expansion of the liberal idea. This is sort of the continuation of the New Deal; it’s the continuation of the Great Society. In a sense the way that liberals have portrayed it, it’s the completion of the entitlement state. The one element that separated us from the advanced industrial countries… If this collapses, this huge expansion of the entitlement state, this essential nationalization of one sixth of the U.S. economy, I think that discredits the entire enterprise of the expansion of government, which is at the heart of Obamaism.
That is why Heritage Action exists. We exist to ensure radical liberals are not the only ones in this nation taking a strong stand for their principles. We exist to give a voice to the American people who oppose the expansion of big government because it threatens their prosperity and way of life.
There will be many fights in Congress, and battles are being waged between those who believe in big government and those who believe in freedom. Our nation is still languishing under the ravages of Obamacare; it’s a battle that’s not yet won. Next we face a potential fight on amnesty and immigration reform, as our CEO Mike Needham said Friday morning. We will have liberals to contend with for years to come. The war may never be won – but the battles should be.
I am not sure if I should apologize to the constituents served by Congressman William Lacy Clay. I just know that I’m not one of those people. I do not live in the Congressman’s district. However, I can not hold my tongue on his shameful action of toeing the party line and leaving the hearings on the Benghazi victims and their parents. I am just so sick to my stomach right now because of something like this — not only to shame those who were killed and their survivors, but to willfully ignore their existence and search for justice.
What was going on in Benghazi? Right now, it does not matter if it was not a YouTube video or a gun running operation by this administration, which in light of Fast and Furious seems much more plausible then a schmuck running around in front of a video camera. This should be about trying to find out why there was a cover up, why is Hillary Clinton receiving a medal, not only in light of her actions as Secretary of State, but also past actions with Whitewater.
This whole debacle stinks, and unfortunately, Congressman Lacy brought it back to Missouri. This is supposed to be the Show-ME State, instead, the Congressman skittered out of the hearing, with no reasons or excuse, and crawled back into the blanketed crowd in the cesspool quagmire that is currently a District of Columbia mire of partisan muck and filth for not honoring fallen soldiers who attempted to protect American assets and interests above and beyond the call of duty.
It just befouls the entire state with stench when a Congressman avoids the truth like this. And to not even honor fallen military and their family. It just seems that Congressman Lacy is affiliated with a political super-hazard waste disposal site worse than Times Beach, the Love Canal, and Three Mile Island could ever accomplish together, even if they were fed by the Cuyahoga River. And he’s intent on pulling the truth down with him when he acts like this. It’s shameful for the constituents of his Congressional District #1 in St. Louis, and equally shameful for the entirety of Missouri and our honor not only as Missourians, but U.S. Citizens as well.
John McMillen, of Sikeston, MO, posted the following to Jason Smith’s Facebook timeline. It’s GREAT stuff!
The American system of private property ownership is the most important guaranty of freedom. This was the corner stone on which our founders built our “Bill of Rights” and our “Constitution.”
When personal property rights are respected, honored, and preserved, not only is it a guarantor of Freedom to those who own property, but also for those who do not. Each person is free to move from place to place for a better opportunity, and with no government confiscation of the wealth when individuals are free to produce, more real opportunities are created by the success of others. This principle applies right down to a person’s paycheck.
The best way for government to put more money in people’s wallets is for government to leave it there in the first place. This devilish system developed in America using the IRS INCOME TAX as the Mother Ship of Socialism has brought America’s economy and societal morays to its knees.
A good model to observe was adopted in a land of total communist rule by the Soviets in the late 1980s. It is a good example of evidence as to the original American system’s effects for increased production and industriousness voluntarily exercised among the people, without government coercion.
In that example under ‘Perestroika’ (Restructuring) and ‘Glasnost’ (Transparency) Russian citizens were allowed to keep the wealth they created by raising vegetables on their own garden plots to sell and trade however they wished, and were allowed to keep 100% of the proceeds. Although these individual garden plots composed only about 2% of the agricultural lands in the Soviet Union, they produced 25% of the food!
When Soviets kept the wealth they pe rsonally created individually, they produced almost 16 times more than when it was forced from them by government order (taxation) at gunpoint!
The Fairtax Bill HR-25 is available now with 65 cosponsors. 3 of Missouri’s U.S. Representatives are cosponsors of this Bill. Jason, I hope you will study this bill closely and consider becoming a cosponsor as well. I hope you will seek council with Rob Woodall, Georgia, Sponsor of HR-25, and Ann Wagoner who just signed on as cosponsor last week for their insights.
During the short campaign leading up to this special election, Smith articulated his fiscal conservative opposition to the run away spending in Washington, DC. While speaking about the farm bill, he made it clear that he would like the food stamp portion to be split-off into a separate bill. He also advocated a move away from direct subsidies to farmers in favor of a policy of farm insurance.
In a rural district like Missouri's 8th CD, Smith will face pressure from the special interests that rely on farm subsidies. It now falls on his constituents to make sure he stands strong on these issues.
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I’ve been monitoring the activity at the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) for a little over two years now. It’s a great way to know what legislation is coming down the pike in Congress. I highly recommend that you sign up for their e-mail list.
Yesterday was a banner day. I received four six different e-mails from the CBO with a total of twenty-four thirty-two different documents (four twelve were duplicates). I’ve never received that many documents from the CBO let alone four six different e-mails. Were we not buried in an avalanche of Obama scandals, I would likely ignore the avalanche of e-mails. But, in the current environment, it got my attention.
A couple of items stood out (links are below):
The Budget Baseline
The Supplemental Security Income
Scariest is the Budget Baseline which shows that by the 2023, our gross Federal Debt will be over $25,000,000,000,000… …another $9 Trillion in Federal Debt. This cannot be allowed to happen!
It’s been said that “Disability” is the fastest growing employment sector under the Obama administration. This expenditure stays static at about a $1 Trillion per year over the next 10 years. Yes, we will be spending $10 Trillion of our General Tax Revenues to help ‘Disabled’ people… …some who need it… …and (I suspect) most like the ones I saw dancing and smoking pot in Illinois a few months ago.
For Medicare, the next 10 years sees mandatory outlays doubling from $549 Billion to $1062 Billion ($1.062 Trillion) per year. Yes, I know you’ve paid for Medicare; so have I. But, have you paid into Medicare the same amount that you’ve taken out?!? For both SSOAI and Medicare, receivers should first be provided with the balance of their account… …the amount they paid in less expenses.
And finally, for Medicaid, the next 10 years sees outlays double from $251 Billion to $554 Billion per year. The DSH (Disproportionate Share Hospital) amount goes from $10 Billion to $13 Billion… …you know that horrible thing where people go to hospitals when they don’t have insurance and the government has to pay for them so we need to have the government fix the $10 Billion problem by taking over the entire healthcare system to the tune of $2 Trillion… …that DSH.
BOY! That’s a big document dump on the same day the IRS, Benghazi, Kermit Gosnell, Fast and Furious, and AP scandals hit a fever pitch. I’m glad I’m not a conspiracy theorist, or the black helicopters would be circling…