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New Jersey Democrats push measures to protect illegal immigrants, vow to defy Trump

wisniewskiFrom Fox News: Sanctuary city advocates in one state with a Trump friendly Republican governor are digging in their heels in the face of President Trump’s threat to cut off federal funding.
Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey introduced bills this week calling on the state to reimburse so-called sanctuary cities that lose federal funding. And on Wednesday, Assemblyman John Wisniewski* introduced legislation designating New Jersey a “sanctuary state,” generally preventing law enforcement officers from initiating contact with immigration officials, and from using state resources for the purpose of enforcing immigration laws. *Wisniewski’s education includes a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.
In addition, several towns that have significant immigrant populations have declared themselves sanctuaries, saying they will not reach out to immigration officials about illegal immigrants they arrest or provide a service to unless they are serious criminals or a national security threat.
“We are putting President Trump and his administration on notice,” said Wisniewski in written public announcement about his legislation. “New Jersey will not be a ‘willing partner’ to the unjustified and inhumane deportations of our neighbors and friends.” New York and California also have moved toward declaring their states sanctuaries for illegal immigrants.
Trump, who made cracking down on illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, has issued executive orders and directives aimed at border security and tracking down and deporting undocumented people illegal aliens.
He directed the Department of Homeland Security to identify and publish a list of sanctuary communities. Although no strict definition of the term exists, it is generally used to describe communities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
The New Jersey measures have little chance of passing, given GOP resistance and Gov. Chris Christie’s veto threat, said Ross Baker, a Rutgers University professor of political science. “It’s more of a gesture to the immigrant community,” Baker told Fox News. “It’s a message to them that they would be protected against hypothetical actions by the federal government.”
In Maplewood, Mayor Victor DeLuca consulted with police administrators before crafting a sanctuary ordinance that became final at the end of January. DeLuca said police officials said they did not want the responsibility of enforcing federal immigration laws. “The police said ‘We don’t do it now,’” DeLuca told Fox News, “and there was a feeling on our part that wanted to make clear that there are distinctions between the role of the police department and the role of immigration officials.”
New Jersey has more than 500,000 illegal immigrants, according to estimates.
Republicans in the state legislature say they will not support sanctuary towns in any way. Christie, a Republican, says he will veto any legislation that would favor sanctuary cities.
Proponents of strict immigration enforcement say sanctuary communities are violating the law. “To have lawmakers in Trenton say ‘O.K., we’ll show the president, if they withhold funding, we’ll pay,’ is violating federal law,” said Ron Bass, founder of United Patriots of America, a New Jersey-based group that pushes for strict enforcement. “It’s like the state saying to sanctuary cities ‘You rob the bank, I’ll drive the [getaway] car.’”
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Why did Jewish senator Schumer sabotage Senate bill to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for 9/11?

28 pages of the Senate’s 9/11 report are still classified, kept a secret from the American people because, continuing what the Bush administration had done, the Obama administration refuses to declassify them.
Why are those pages important? Because former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who was chairman of the congressional Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 that issued the 9/11 report, said “there is compelling evidence in the 28 pages that one or more foreign governments was involved in assisting some of the hijackers in their preparation for 9/11.” Graham later indicated that by “foreign governments” he was referring to Saudi Arabia. (15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudis.)

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Authentic, undoctored photo taken by AP photog Mark D. Phillips on 9/11.


In 2013, conservative Congressman Walter Jones (R-N.C.) revived the push to declassify the 28 pages by sponsoring a House resolution because, as he put it, “the American people deserve the truth. Releasing these pages will enhance our national security, not harm it.” Jones has since become one of the most outspoken opponents of reckless U.S. intervention abroad.
Last May, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) joined the 28-page fight by introducing the Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Victims and Survivors Act, which was opposed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who instead urged deference to Obama’s judgment on the issue.
Members of Congress can read the still-classified 28 pages in a special secure room on Capitol Hill if they get prior permission from the House or Senate Intelligence Committee. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), one of 18 co-sponsors of Jones’ resolution, is one of a few to have read the classified 28 pages. Massie was shocked: “I had to stop every couple of pages and just sort of absorb and try to rearrange my understanding of history for the past 13 years and the years leading up to that. It challenges you to rethink everything.
Said to have bankrolled the 9/11 attacks that launched the United States on its War on Terror which has cost thousands of American lives and more than $1.6 trillion, Saudi Arabia is widely reported to be bankrolling Islamic State terrorists throughout the Middle East. None other than Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate committee last September that “I know major Arab allies who fund [ISIS].”
In response to the Congressional investigation into Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11, the Saudi government first threatened to dump its U.S. treasury holdings of $750 billion, then pointed the finger at the U.S. government being responsible for carrying out the 9/11 attack in order to create the War on Terror.
Writing in the London-based Al Hayat newspaper, Saudi legal scholar Katib al Shammari, who is believed to represent the view of the Saudi government,   called 9/11 an inside job — “a purely American action, planned and carried out within the U.S.” Al Shammari cites as proof “the sequence of continuous explosions that dramatically ripped through both buildings… Expert structural engineers demolished them with explosives, while the planes crashing only gave the green light for the detonation – they were not the reason for the collapse. But the U.S. still spreads blame in all directions.”
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Remember the 9/11 jumpers


On May 17, 2016, the Senate passed S. 2040: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act to enable 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. As S. 2040 puts it:

Section 2(a)(6): Persons, entities, or countries that knowingly or recklessly contribute material support or resources, directly or indirectly, to persons or organizations that pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten the security of nationals of the United States or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States, necessarily direct their conduct at the United States, and should reasonably anticipate being brought to court in the United States to answer for such activities.
Section 2(b): Purpose- The purpose of this Act is to provide civil litigants with the broadest possible basis, consistent with the Constitution of the United States, to seek relief against persons, entities, and foreign countries, wherever acting and wherever they may be found, that have provided material support, directly or indirectly, to foreign organizations or persons that engage in terrorist activities against the United States.
Section 3(b): Responsibility of Foreign States- A foreign state shall not be immune from the jurisdiction of the courts of the United States in any case in which money damages are sought against a foreign state for physical injury to person or property or death occurring in the United States and caused by–(1) an act of international terrorism in the United States.
Section 3(c): Claims by Nationals of the United States- Notwithstanding section 2337(2) of title 18, a national of the United States may bring a claim against a foreign state in accordance with section 2333 of that title if the foreign state would not be immune under subsection (b).

That’s all well and good.
What you don’t know is that the final version of S. 2040: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act — the one that was passed by the Senate on May 17, 2016, contains an amendment (Senate Amendment 3945: Section 5 of S. 2040) that wasn’t in the original draft of the bill, and that the amendment effectively neuters the bill by allowing the State and Justice Departments to seek from the court continual 180-day stays, thus killing any lawsuits indefinitely.
Below are the relevant portions of S. 2040’s Section 5:

Section 5(b): Intervention- The Attorney General may intervene in any action in which a foreign state is subject to the jurisdiction of a court of the United States under section 1605B of title 28, United States Code, as added by section 3(a) of this Act, for the purpose of seeking a stay of the civil action, in whole or in part.
Section 5 (c) Stay-(1) IN GENERAL- A court of the United States may stay a proceeding against a foreign state if the Secretary of State certifies that the United States is engaged in good faith discussions with the foreign state defendant concerning the resolution of the claims against the foreign state, or any other parties as to whom a stay of claims is sought. (2) DURATION- (A) IN GENERAL- A stay under this section may be granted for not more than 180 days. (B) EXTENSION-(i) IN GENERAL- The Attorney General may petition the court for an extension of the stay for additional 180-day periods. (ii) RECERTIFICATION- A court shall grant an extension under clause (i) if the Secretary of State recertifies that the United States remains engaged in good faith discussions with the foreign state defendant concerning the resolution of the claims against the foreign state, or any other parties as to whom a stay of claims is sought.

In law, the noun “stay” means “a suspension or postponement of judicial proceedings.”
In other words, Section 5 of S. 2040, which was added to the bill via an amendment, enables the permanent suspension (“extension of the stay for additional 180-day periods“) of any lawsuits against Saudi Arabia for its role in 9/11.
The amendment that neutered S. 2040: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, was introduced and co-sponsored by a Jewish senator, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is one of the 24 original co-sponsors of S. 2040 in the first place.

Sen. Chuck SchumerNow ask yourself these questions:

  1. Why would a Jewish U.S. senator help to shield Saudi Arabia, a Muslim country, from lawsuits brought by American victims of 9/11? Aren’t Jews and Muslims supposed to be enemies?
  2. Why would Schumer sponsor S. 2040: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, then sabotage it with an amendment that defangs the Act?
  3. And why would the Senate approve of Schumer’s amendment by unanimous consent, thereby rendering toothless and really quite pointless the entire Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act? Unless, of course, S. 2040 is all just “smoke and mirror” for show?

In a for-subscribers-only article on May 26, 2016, investigative independent journalist Wayne Madsen not only identifies Saudi Arabia as the country that provided the manpower, finances, and hijacker personnel for 9/11’s cover story that “Al Qaeda did it,” he maintains that Schumer’s amendment was prompted by Israel.
Referring to Saudi Arabia now accusing the U.S. of instigating 9/11, Madsen writes:

Alarmed by the willingness of its regional ally Saudi Arabia to question the official version of 9/11, Israel weighed in with New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer to place a “poison pill” in the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA) bill that cleared the Senate in a unanimous vote. The bill would allow the families of the victims of foreign government-sponsored terrorism to sue the governments involved for damages. The law [S. 2040], which President Obama indicated he would veto, would lift “sovereign immunity” on countries like Saudi Arabia, thus making them liable for civil law suits. Schumer placed an amendment inside the JASTA bill that would allow Saudi Arabia to avoid law suits so long as the U.S. State and Justice Departments certified to the trial judge hearing any JASTA case that the two departments were making good faith efforts with the defendant country to resolve any issues bilaterally. Schumer’s amendment — the Stay of Actions Pending State Negotiations — would also allow the State and Justice Departments to seek from the court continual 180-day stays, thus killing any lawsuits indefinitely.
Israel is also concerned that it, too, could face lawsuits under the provisions of JASTA. WMR has previously reported that some of the footnotes in the classified 28 pages provide links that lead to Israeli involvement in 9/11. It is noteworthy that the Saudis are blaming the George W. Bush administration for carrying out 9/11 and are leaving Israel out of the equation. Schumer’s actions on behalf of the Saudis are a clear indication that the Saudi-Israeli alliance remains intact.
Coupled with House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision, after his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, to not allow JASTA to come before a full House vote and Obama’s promise to veto the bill, it is all but dead. Meanwhile, Congress has been inundated with Saudi lobbyists who now appear to have been successful in killing off JASTA. However, the damage to the troika of conspirators may have already been done.
Schumer, a virtual agent for the government of Israel, has killed JASTA to protect two of the conspirators — Israel and Saudi Arabia. That leaves only the U.S. neoconservatives who were involved in facilitating 9/11 without protection. And with Donald Trump already giving muted signals that 9/11 was an inside job, the neocons have only Hillary Clinton to provide them protection. If Trump wins the White House, the neocons will be left as the exposed third leg of the 9/11 troika.

Obama bows to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, April 2009.

Obama bows to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, April 2009.


By the way, how come we never hear news about the terrible Islamic State/ISIS persecuting or beheading Jews, while ISIS is slaughtering Christians?
In Revelation 3:9, Jesus warned about fake Jews: “those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars”. For my post on 90% of Jews in the world not being genetic descendants of the ancient Hebrews, go here.
See also “Pact with the devil: Israel gives weapons and free medical care to Syrian jihad”.
~Eowyn

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How many days could you be late to work before you were fired? How about 111?

Fox News: An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness.

“I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning, and I lost track of time,” 15-year veteran teacher Arnold Anderson told The Associated Press.

In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator in New Jersey rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School in New Brunswick to fire Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline. But the arbitrator also criticized Anderson’s claim that the quality of his teaching outweighed his tardiness.

Anderson was late 46 times in the most recent school year through March 20 and 65 times in the previous school year, the arbitrator said. Anderson said he was one to two minutes late to school “at the most” but was prepared and was never late for class. “I have to cut out eating breakfast at home,” he said Friday.

Anderson remains suspended without pay until Jan. 1. A message seeking comment was left Friday with the school superintendent’s office.

The arbitrator found that the district failed to provide Anderson with due process by not providing him with a formal notice of inefficiency or giving him 90 days to correct his failings before terminating his employment.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie referenced the case in a tweet on Friday. Christie wrote: “Think I’m too tough on the teachers union? This is what we’re dealing with in NJ.”

Anderson said he was “very upset” to be suspended but conceded that losing his job would have been worse. When he returns to school in January, “I will be early,” he said.

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Things fall apart, but we can still play Caption Contest!

This is the 61st world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic (h/t FOTM’s DCG):

Chris Christie with crossdressing cheerleadersOn Nov. 18, 2013, New Jersey governor Chris Christie went to a Princeton-Yale football game and posed for a pic with members of Princeton’s Triangle Club dressed in drag as cheerleaders. 

You know the drill:

  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM! :D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.
To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

“Phony politician with phony women: Frauds of a feather flock together.”

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, click here!
Seen any good pics that’ll be great for our Caption Contest? Email them to us!

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Ann Coulter hits it out of the park at CPAC 2013


I think Ann is at her best when she has Liberal veins in her teeth. ~ TD 
The people who should take cover immediately include:

  • Chris Christie
  • Bill Clinton
  • President Obama
  • Lindsey Graham
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Streaking teacher first to be fired under NJ's new tenure law

BringhurstMark C. Binghurst (Source of photo: The Daily Journal)

Behavior has consequences.
A 5th-grade teacher in New Jersey, who was arrested for lewdness after running naked through an apartment parking lot, became the first successful test case of the state’s new teacher tenure law enabling a speedier firing of errant teachers. In the past, tenure cases had dragged on for a year or more.
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Diane D’Amico reports for PressOfAtlanticCity, Dec. 13, 2012, that Mark C. Bringhurst was a fifth-grade teacher at the Winslow Elementary School in Vineland, NJ (photo above), for about eight years, and was its Teacher of the Year for 2011-12.
On March 21, Bringhurst was arrested by Berlin Township police in Camden County and charged with lewdness after running naked through the Greenway Apartments parking lot. According to the police report cited in the case, Bringhurst said it was the second time he had done so, both times on a dare, but he did not expect anyone to see him. The case was heard in municipal court, and in July the charges were amended to “acting in an improper manner” to which Bringhurst pleaded guilty.
The Vineland school district on June 27 notified Bringhurst that tenure charges would be brought before the local board of education, which held a hearing on Oct. 18. In his decision posted on the Department of Education web site Dec. 5, arbitrator Robert C. Gifford said Bringhurst exercised very poor judgment on more than one occasion, and his lack of judgement is not diminished by the fact that the conduct occurred outside of school: “The respondent’s actions are simply not consistent with the conduct that a fifth-grade elementary teacher must display, whether in or out of the classroom.” Gifford concluded that the penalty of dismissal was justifiable and reasonable.
The arbitrator’s decision does not affect Bringhurst’s teaching license or his ability to teach in another district. The decision to revoke his license would be made separately by the state Board of Examiners.
Bringhurst’s attorney, Robert Bowman, said he thought the arbitration process was “fair and expeditious” and “brought resolution in a timely manner.” Representatives of both the state teacher’s union and the school boards association said the new procedure protected Bringhurst’s right of due process while resolving the case in a timely manner. It took less than four months from the time charges were filed with the state.
State Department of Education officials said the case was the first to be handled under the new arbitration system, and there are currently 31 additional active tenure cases statewide.
The binding arbitration system is part of the new state TEACHNJ tenure reform law and was included to make it easier for school districts to terminate tenured teachers.
Prior contested tenure cases had gone through the administrative court system and had often taken a year to resolve. The New Jersey Education Association proposed an arbitration system to make sure tenured teachers could not be arbitrarily fired and would still have the right of due process. Under the new law, signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Aug. 6, a hearing must be held within 45 days of a contested tenure case being assigned.
H/t NBC affiliate 4NewYork
As of this morning, Mark Bringhurst is still listed as a member of Winslow Elementary School’s faculty.
~Eowyn

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Hurricane Sandy victim feels used by Obama

Remember how after mega storm Sandy had devastated the East coast, Obama and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, on Oct. 31, 2012, made a big show of touring the storm-damaged areas?
Obama made this promise to New Jersey: “We are here for you, and we will not forget, we will follow up … until you rebuild. We will not quit until this is done. … We are not going to tolerate red tape.”
That was when RINO Chris Christie fell madly in love with the POS, mere days before the 2012 presidential election, although Christie had delivered a speech introducing (and presumably supporting) Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention.
In Brigantine, N.J., there was a photo-op moment when Obama hugged a storm victim, Donna Vanzant, the owner of North Point Marina that was wiped out by the storm. Official Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza captured the hug in this photo, which was posted on the White House website:

Jim Hoft writes for Gateway Pundit, Nov. 27, 2012, that at the time Obama had promised to get help for Vanzant. But after nearly a month, Vanzant hasn’t received any help. She now feels Obama’s visit and promise were all a show, devoid of substance.

I was very excited and felt warm by the embrace thinking this is really going to happen. I’m going to get the help I need because he promised that. I’ve gotten no help. I’ve gotten nothing but ‘No, you’re not covered for this. No, you’re not covered for that.”

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Welcome to the Obama’s Suckas Club, Vanzant!
Meanwhile, NBC4 New York reports that a shocking 800 apartment buildings in New York City are still without heat or power a month after Sandy.
~Eowyn

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Detroit public schools bribe students to attend

This is the low to which America’s public government schools have sunken.

Public schools in Detroit are now bribing students to show up — with a pair of Nikes.

But wait!

The resort to bribery is NOT motivated by the schools’ concern for educating America’s young. The bribery is to boost the number of attendance for Count Day, which in turn determines how much state funding the school gets. In Michigan, public schools get as much as $7,000 per student. Nor is Detroit the only city, and Michigan the only state that engages in this bribery.

Last year, pepper spray, punches and a gunshot were deployed in a mad Christmas-season shopping rush to purchase the new Nike Air Jordans.

Kelsey Sheehy reports for U.S. News and World Report, Sept. 10, 2012:

Once a year, Detroit Public Schools pulls out all the stops to get students in their seats.

In 2010, the district enticed students with a total of $20,000 in Target gift cards. The prize for attendance in 2009: a shot to win a laptop, iPod, or 42-inch flat screen TV.

This year, every Detroit public high school student who shows up to school on Oct. 3 will be rewarded with a free pair of Nikes, courtesy of a local shoe store.

The reason for all the swag: Count Day. The number of students in attendance for the entirety of count day in the fall determines 90 percent of per-pupil state funding for Michigan public school districts. The other 10 percent is determined by a second count day in the winter.

“Count information is critical to districts, because each student translates into state funding,” according to the Michigan Department of Education.

Per-pupil funding varies by district in Michigan, with a minimum payout of close to $7,000 per student, and schools across the state woo students with pizza parties, raffles, and giveaways to ensure they max out their state funding.

Basing school funding on attendance numbers from only one or two days out of the school year provides funding stability for districts, but it can also “create perverse financial incentives … to not retain students after the count date,” according to a March 2012 report by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University–Bloomington.

Count Days are not exclusive to Michigan. At least 10 states determine school funding using a single count day–including Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, and Iowa. Several other states mimic Michigan’s practice of multiple Count Days, but for many of those states, that only amounts to two days, the CEEP report states.

Using incentives to bump enrollment on Count Days is not exclusive to Michigan, either.

In 2011, the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., raffled off a shopping spree in an effort to reach its goal of 100 percent attendance on Count Day. And Northeast Academy Charter School in Denver turned to gift cards in 2010 to attract new students prior to Count Day, according to a local CBS station.

Northeast Academy’s move was effective. The school enrolled at least 10 new students, thus increasing its state funding, the station reported. “[It is]more efficient. It means more income, same expenses,” Joseph Arlinghaus, director of advancement at the academy, told the TV station.

That mentality is just one of the concerns critics have about Count Day. Measuring average daily attendance for the school year or taking student counts over an extended time period gives states a more accurate portrayal of the funding needed in each district, experts say.

That reasoning prompted New Jersey to move away from a system of using a single Count D ay this year, with Governor Chris Christie’s office calling it a “common sense” move.

H/t FOTM’s igor!

~Eowyn

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Paul Ryan’s speech at 2012 RNC

I watched Congressman Ryan’s speech last night and thought it to be very well done: clear and clear-eyed, well-delivered, determined, and effective.

He did not take cheap shots at Obama but emphasized, citing evidence, that Obama failed to do what he said he’d do, which is to fix the economy. More than that, Obama has made things worse, adding $5 trillion to our national debt since he came to office — more than all other presidents in U.S. history. Ryan’s message to Obama is that the latter can no longer keep blaming the Bush administration of 4 years ago and that it’d be stupid to give a failed Obama administration 4 more years to do more of the same.

Ryan noted that he and Mitt Romney are of “different faiths,” but drew our attention to what really matters, which is that he and Romney share the same moral principles and commitments. Without mentioning Romney’s Mormonism, Ryan reminds us that what matters is that Romney is a good decent man.

Like Gov. Chris Christie a day ago, Paul Ryan delivered sober warnings about the present condition of the U.S. economy — our $16 trillion national debt, unemployment, the continuing housing slump, Medicare, the burden of Obamacare. Like Christie, Ryan ended on an optimistic note — but only if we roll our sleeves up and get to work. Ryan’s last words:

“Let’s get it done!”

If you didn’t see Ryan’s speech, here’s your chance!

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Ryan budget does reverse debt spiral

By Rick Manning, Communications Director of Americans for Limited Government, Aug. 30, 2012

The economic news continues its grim march toward a reality that many believe may not be in the fixable category.

Preppers, who store foodstuffs and buy hard metal assets, have become mainstream as even Costco offers a wide variety of buckets filled with bulk food that are guaranteed to last for 20-25 years.

Gun sales are at record levels as people who never would have dreamed of getting a firearm are considering their needs in a society where the police might not be there to protect your family.

The Los Angeles Times features links to article on their websites “rest of the web” section featuring economists declaring that we are already in an “economic death spiral.”

The facts are indeed scary:

  • Our nation’s official $16 trillion national debt is now larger than our entire economy, putting America in a debt spiral that threatens to bankrupt the country.
  • Our nation will run a trillion dollar deficit once again this year.
  • Gross interest payments on the national debt are approaching half a trillion dollars every year.
  • The employment situation is only slightly better than during the last half of the Great Depression.
  • The European economy appears to be in near meltdown due to excessive government borrowing and a debt spiral that virtually ensures that multiple countries will actually go bankrupt.

But are these truths so devastating that our nation’s economy cannot recover, and Americans should just accept ever dwindling expectations and lifestyles?

Not if we choose to get control over our budget now.

If Representative Paul Ryan’s budget was followed for the next decade, the debt to GDP ratio would fall to 88 percent within ten years, and this is with relatively modest economic growth projections.

Obama’s rejected budget would also purportedly get us back to where we are today, just over 100 percent debt to GDP by 2022. Obama relies upon more aggressive economic growth assumptions than Ryan to make his numbers work.

Of course, for Obama’s budget to succeed, you would have to believe that the economy will grow at twice its current rate over the next ten years. This growth must occur in spite of massive tax increases imposed through Obamacare and on the personal incomes of those very small business job creators who are the nation’s economic engine. Hardly a likely scenario.

The bottom line is that the federal budget has continued spending around $3.6 trillion a year since Obama became president. Before he became president spending was just under $3 trillion. The increased spending is in large part locked in due to systemic cost changes created by the Pelosi-Reid Congress that lowered eligibility standards for safety net programs opening them up to many more people. As a result, annual spending will rise to $6 trillion by 2022.

This built-in spending has to be tackled in order for America to return to prosperity. Today, it is government spending itself that is sucking the life out of the economy. It is the constantly increasing hundreds of billions of dollars sent to China, Japan and financial institutions who purchased our debt each year that gnaws at our nation’s future viability.

And, finally, some economists are beginning to come to the somewhat obvious conclusion that the bloated federal budget actually chokes out the very growth needed to increase the total revenue collections needed to feed it.

For those who worry that our nation’s financial system might fail, the only adult choice is to support budget cuts now. While the Ryan budget is too tepid for my tastes (it doesn’t get to balance for forty years), it does drive the percentage of debt to GDP down below the 100 percent level in five years, crowding government out and re-tooling the tax code to encourage job creation and growth.

Many families have to make hard economic decisions in their own lives. Each of us knows that if each month, our credit card balance grows by four dollars for every ten dollars we spend, we are headed for real financial trouble.

Each of us knows that when we pay only the interest on a mortgage, we never own our home.

When faced with too much credit card debt, we cut back on our spending, eat at home more often, delay a vacation or new car purchase, and start paying more than the minimum payment due. Eventually, with hard work and time, the debt is paid, and we are no longer slaves to stuff we purchased long ago.

America needs to do the same by setting spending priorities and sticking to them.

Can America still afford public broadcasting? If not, it should be eliminated. Can America still afford to have around 2 million federal employees? Can America still afford to promise the current, expensive Medicare system to future generations of seniors, or does it need to be changed to make it more affordable in the future? Can America still afford to have military bases located throughout the world, or should some of these be shut down?

These are just a few of the thousands of spending priority decisions that Congress needs to tackle.

The gloom from the specter of an ever increasing debt burden that eventually collapses the entire U.S. economy need not be prophetic. The spending decisions over the past six years, need not destroy more than 200 years of economic liberty.

But only if America chooses to face the problem and make some tough decisions now, before prepping becomes the only rational choice.

H/t my friend Robert Wilcox.

~Eowyn

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Chris Christie Tears the Dear Ruler a New One

I got this in a couple of emails earlier today:

The money line is, “Well then, what the hell are we paying you for?”
I hate to tell the Governor of New Jersey, but that so-called “supercommittee” was never intended to succeed, it was created and put through that farcical dog-and-pony show to help Obama in his coming presidential campaign against congress. He clearly cannot run on his record.
The dems are hoping there are enough American Idol-watching dolts among us that think the republicans control the entire congress (even though they actually only control the House of Representatives) to buy into it.
The scary thing is, they are probably right.
Why do you think they took over education in the first place?
-Dave 

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