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I Nominate Chuck Woolery

A sanctuary for albino squirrels!
A study on how African men can keep their weewees clean!
Air flight upgrades to 1st class for federal government workers!
Farm subsidies to millionaires Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen!
Yup, our tax dollars have gone into all the above and more.
Watch this and laugh ’cause if we don’t laugh, we’d cry.
~Videos by LTG
~Editorial comments by Eowyn

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Ron Paul's Latest Ad

I’m LTG and I approve this message!  ROFL

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Boehner may be caving. Call his office, write an email. The nation is at stake.

My writer friend Robert Wilcox sent me this e-mail.
You are welcome to copy and paste the following message to send to House Speaker John Boehner as your message:

I am a long-time Republican. Rumors today are that you are going to compromise with Obama on debt. Don’t do it. You are on the winning side. Don’t be afraid of reaction that you will be blamed. The American people see through this. The nation is at stake. You must hold the line. No compromise on debt in any way. We’ve compromised for decades and look where it’s led. This is the time for courage. Don’t cave. If you do, you will just be another in a long line of Washington sellouts who hurt this nation. Take up the challenge. Be strong. Have fortitude. Walk steadfast at the press’s disregard for the truth. The truth will win out. No compromise. Your enemies are faltering. Don’t give up this historic chance.

To send your e-mail to Mr. Boehner, click here.

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Who Said This?

Boys and girls, ladies and gents.

What time is it?

It’s “Who Said This?” time !!!

Does anyone know who said this?

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its  own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck  stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of  leadership. Americans deserve  better.”

Three guesses!

Are you ready?

Here’s the correct answer:


For more on Obama’s hypocrisy, go here.

July 12, 2011: Obama insists on tax increases in any debt limit deal

H/t my friend Bob W.


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Call John Boehner !!!

Message from TeaPartyPatriots.org:

Republicans promised in their Pledge To America:  “With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to begin paying down the debt, balancing the budget, and ending the spending spree in Washington that threatens our children’s future.”

Last November, 2010, Americans returned Republicans to power in the House for two main purposes:

1.  Repeal and/or defund ObamaCare

2.  Drastically reduce spending

It was because of our votes that John Boehner became Speaker of the House.

But Boehner and the GOP didn’t cut $100 billion as promised. In fact, they ended up increasing spending in some areas. And they certainly didn’t push very hard to defund Obamacare.

The American people expect results, not excuses. The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party movement fought tooth and nail to defeat ObamaCare, even though we knew it was an uphill battle. We expect the Republican leaders in Washington to fight just as hard and to keep their promises!

And we expect it NOW.

Soon, the House will decide whether or not to increase the debt limit.  Americans have spoken soundly, and a large majority oppose any increase in a limit that has been increased 10 times in 11 years!

When all of the real debt is added together, America’s debt is closer to $130 trillion.

So… should we raise the debt ceiling further?

Speaker Boehner has already indicated that he’s willing to raise the debt limit for a certain price… Is he not listening to the American people?

Speaker Boehner, whose team are you on?

Let Boehner and your Republican representative hear from you today.  

Tell them you expect the Republicans to live up to their Pledge To America and we oppose an increase to America’s debt limit.

This is Boehner’s office phone no.: (202) 225-0600.


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Ron Paul Breaks With GOP: Wants $157M in Earmarks

America is so much in debt (total US national debt is over $14.3 trillion) that, to stay afloat, our government is borrowing $46,296 every second or $4 billion a day or $1.46 trillion a year.
Despite that, the Obama administration and the Democrats refuse to trim spending, even less to reduce our debt. But we expect that from them. What we don’t expect is Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), who last week declared he’s running for the Presidency in 2012, being a porker.
Patrick Caldwell reports for The American Independent:

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was one of only four House Republicans to break rank from the party and request earmarks despite a Republican Conference earmark moratorium. Paul sent 41 earmark requests totaling $157,093,544 for the 2011 Fiscal Year. His largest single request was $19,500,000 for a naval training ship at the Texas Maritime Academy in Galveston, followed by a $18,126,000 to provide maintenance on the Matagorda Ship Channel….

Taxpayers for Common Sense released a database Tuesday of all the earmarks requested by members of Congress for Fiscal Year 2011. Over $130 billion was requested across 39,294 earmarks. With most House Republicans abstaining from the process, the majority of those requests came from Congressional Democrats. House Democrats requested over $51 billion, outpaced by Senate Democrats with just under $55 billion. On the other hand Senate Republicans only asked for $22 billion, with the four House Republicans accounting for a little over $1 billion in earmark requests. Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu had the highest request total for the year at around $4.5 billion.

From 2008-2010, the average Texas congressman brought back $74 million in earmarks, according to an analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics and Taxpayers for Common Sense, as the Texas Independent previously reported. In those three years, Paul sponsored/co-sponsored 45 successful earmarks totaling nearly $120 million. That was the sixth-greatest total among U.S. House members from Texas.

Of the five U.S. House members who brought home more total earmarked money than Paul, three were defeated in the November elections — Democratic U.S. Reps. Chet Edwards, Solomon Ortiz and Ciro Rodriguez (who all have large military installations in or near their districts.)

Read the whole article HERE.

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Tell House Conservatives What's On Your Mind

The radical cynics who insist elections don’t make a difference and that two main political parties are two peas in a pod probably didn’t vote in last November’s mid-term elections either. Even without their votes, the November 2nd elections did make a difference. All you have to do is look at what the Republican-led House of Representatives has been doing.
Here’s what the GOP-led 112th U.S. House of Representatives has done, since January this year:

In truth, the deal that the House made with the White House to cut a paltry $38 billion from the 2011 fiscal year federal budget turned out to be a major disappointment. All the more reason for us to let House conservatives know what we want them to do. Go HERE to take their survey!
H/t beloved fellow Tina.

Dear tina,

I want to share with you some of the early results of the Spring Issues Survey we sent out earlier this week. Thank you to all those who participated, your input helps us as we start early planning for the next round of elections in 2012. (If you haven’t had a chance to take the survey yet, it is six simple questions that will only take a moment of your time!)
We asked you which two issues facing Congress and our nation right now are the MOST important to you. Unsurprisingly, over 90% of you said that “reducing government spending and balancing the budget” is your #1 priority. Spending by our government is wildly out of control, and despite what Obama and Congressional leaders seem to think- the American people are paying attention!
According to 75% of you the second most important task facing us is repealing Obamacare. The unrestrained spending and unashamed market manipulation contained in the healthcare package Democrats rammed through Congress last year represents not only a tremendous threat to our freedom, but is a looming iceberg for our national economy.
Friends, I agree with you! Those are the two top priorities of all my fellow conservatives in the House.
In answer to the other questions in our survey we found:
  • 76% of you identify as pro-life
  • 45% said that the most important trait for a Congressional candidate is “Experience cutting the size of government,” followed by being a Tea Party member (29%).
  • 77% of respondents said that the federal government’s debt ceiling should not be raised. Another 22% allowed for it to be raised only as part of a larger agreement to significantly cut spending.
Again, thank you to those of you who took the survey. If you missed the first email, but wish to participate, please CLICK HERE to take the survey now.

Patrick McHenry
United States Congressman
Honorary Chairman, House Conservatives F

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California Teachers Protest -State of Emergency

California teachers are ready to rumble!  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, they are planning a week-long protest in Sacramento over budget cuts due to a $15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT 

(05-08) 09:00 PDT Sacramento, Calif. (AP) —

Calif. teachers call for week of budget protests

 Thousands of California teachers are expected to take part in a weeklong series of rallies and sit-ins this week at the Capitol and throughout the state to protest possible spending cuts in the state budget.
Teachers face the threat of mass layoffs, larger classes and the elimination of myriad programs because of California’s $15.4 billion budget shortfall.
The California Teachers Association is pressing Gov. Jerry Brown to back off his call for a special election and instead push GOP lawmakers to directly approve an extension of higher sales, income and vehicle taxes.
Union President David Sanchez says if the taxes aren’t approved, 21,000 teachers will lose their jobs next fall. They’ve already received pink slips.
Freeway billboards bearing the campaign’s tagline, State of Emergency, are up throughout the state.

Read more: https://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/05/08/state/n090019D70.DTL#ixzz1Lnze4vXI

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We Are Screwed: Govt Mandatory Spending Will Exceed All Income in 2011

3 guesses who the dinosaurs are

The GOP campaign promise in 2010 midterm elections was to cut $100 billion from the feral gubmint’s bloated budget, as a way toward decreasing America’s super-gargantuan national debt of more than $14 TRILLION. The Demonrats, of course, are in a screaming-and-hair-pulling fit, opposed to any and all cuts.
House Republicans have passed two stopgap measures that achieve that level of cutting on a temporary basis. In lieu of bipartisan agreement on a longer-term spending plan, a two-week stopgap funding bill passed March 1 cut $4 billion from last year’s spending levels. A three-week extension, passed on Tuesday, cut $6 billion. Multiply those cuts out over an entire year, and House Republicans supposedly will hit their $100 billion mark.
But as Republicans gain ground in the fight over federal spending, a dispute already is simmering within the GOP’s ranks over just how aggressively to confront the White House and the Democratic Senate. A coalition of conservatives and tea partiers — led by Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Allen West (Fla.), Raul Labrador (Idaho), and Mike Pence (Ind.) — are pushing for more cuts and taking on Obama and the Demonrats, while Speaker John Boehner and GOP leaders are content with what they’ve achieved thus far in the House — achievements that have an uncertain future in a Senate in which Demonrats still have a majority.
Here’s the bad news:

Even if the Republicans, by some miracle, succeed in cutting not just the promised $100 billion, but all discretionary non-essential spending, the federal government’s project revenue income in 2011 will still be less than mandatory spending — required expenditure to which the government is obliged! In other words, we’d still be accumulating more debt!

There are two types of government spending:

  1. Discretionary spending, which accounts for roughly one-third of all Federal spending, includes money for things like the Army, FBI, the Coast Guard, and highway projects. Congress explicitly determines how much to spend (or not spend) on these programs on an annual basis.
  2. Mandatory spending accounts for two-thirds of all government spending. This kind of spending is authorized by permanent laws. It includes entitlements like Social Security, Medicare, and Food Stamps — programs through which individuals receive benefits based on their age, income, or other criteria. Spending levels in these areas are dictated by the number of people who sign up for these benefits, rather than by Congress.

Here’s what Jeffrey H. Anderson discovered, in his “Mandatory Spending to Exceed all Federal Revenues — 50 Years Ahead of Schedule,” Weekly Standard, March 16, 2011:

We have now gotten to the point — as I noted yesterday — where if national defense, interstate highways, national parks, homeland security, and all other discretionary programs somehow became absolutely free, we’d still have a budget deficit. The White House Office of Management and Budget projects that in the current fiscal year (2011), mandatory spending alone will exceed all federal receipts. So even if we didn’t spend a single cent on discretionary programs, we still wouldn’t be able to balance our budget this year — let alone pay off any of the $14 trillion in debt that we have already accumulated.

Simply put: the (Dis)United States of America is broke.
We are so screwed….

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This Is How Tiny Obama's Proposed $100M Budget Cut Really Is

…and this is also how daunting the job of the 112th Republican Congress will be — to cut spending, balance the federal budget, reduce our national debt, and trim the morbidly obese BIG GOVERNMENT!
A college student brings home this sobering point by helping us visualize the federal government’s spending, commitments, and Obama’s teeny-weeny proposed cut. The video will take you only 1 minute 38 seconds to watch.
H/t my ol’ friend Sol.

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