And would somebody please remind me just why, exactly, we even need a republican party, given that the repube “leadership” jackasses have now rid themselves of their elephant suits?
And we’re going to fix this in November of 2014?
The federal government is telling us our accumulated national debt is somewhere around $16 Trillion. Sorry, but I am just not buying it – not even for a second. Of course, estimates of our real accumulated national debt are all over the map, and just trying to research this unpleasant and complex topic can leave your head positively spinning as you pull out of the driveway and head straight for your local liquor retailer – credit card at the ready.
Personally, I have settled on a figure of about $134 Trillion. I do not have any hard data to back that number up – perhaps it is coming from my gut, I do not know, but it is a number a little north of the mean of the estimates I have seen – the highest of which was an eye-popping $222 Trillion. The truth, after all, is often times somewhere in the middle. Besides, I doubt there there is anyone out there that knows exactly what our accumulated debt actually is.
Of course, the actual amount we are in hoc for is not nearly as important as how we came to this sorry point in our short 236 year history as a nation. Since WWII, America has been on a spending binge with no end in sight, and it gets worse as each year passes.
I may disagree with the numbers, but I am confident the rate of our hideous national debt increase illustrated in the above graph is dead-on.
(Note also that WWII saw the introduction of payroll withholding to help speed up funding for building the war machine that ultimately defeated Japan and helped to crush Corporal Hitler. Only problem is, congress failed to do away with it after the war. What a surprise).
This out-of-control growth in federal spending cannot go on for much longer, as at some point (and I believe it is coming sooner rather than later), America’s financial and economic house of cards is going to come crashing down literally overnight.
Yeah, I know many are saying that we are putting our children and their children in the poorhouse and thus relegating them to a much lower standard of living.
That is, of course, correct, but we are also screwing ourselves in the here and now.
Emily Goff September 28, 2012 at 11:42 am
Members of Congress left plenty of unfinished business as they hustled out of town last weekend, but they did manage to boost spending through another half-baked legislative measure.
The fiscal year (FY) 2013 Continuing Resolution (CR), H.J. Res.117, now on the way to the President’s desk, funds the federal government for six months at an annualized rate of $1.047 trillion—an $8 billion increase. Thus another dose of spend-as-you-go from a Congress that has all but given up on serious budgeting.
The Heritage Foundation’s FY 2013 Appropriations Tracker has been updated to reflect the annualized spending amounts in the CR and compares the agreement to House and Senate versions of the 12 regular appropriations bills as well as an FY 2013 base level and the amounts spent in the pre-stimulus year of 2008.
Usually a CR spends at the same level as would result from continuing the previous year’s policies—in this case, $1.039 trillion. This CR’s additional spending, however, pushes the rate of spending to that consistent with the total spending level of $1.047 trillion provided in the Budget Control Act of 2011.
You will find the rest of the article at this link.
I do not have much to add here, other than “our side” is clearly not in our corner.
The House of Representatives is the only government entity that is constitutionally authorized to introduce spending bills of any kind, but for whatever reason, they do not have it in their DNA to just say no – and they have had nearly two years to do so.
I am sorry, but John Boehner & Co. are all out of excuses, and we as a nation are pretty much out of time.
By Jonathan Easley and Jordy Yager – 06/15/12 10:03 AM ET
The Obama administration announced Friday it will stop deporting illegal immigrants who come to the country at a young age.
The politically charged decision comes as Obama faces a tough reelection fight against Republican Mitt Romney, with Hispanic voters in swing states seen as a key bloc.
The change in policy could allow as many as 800,000 immigrants who came to the United States illegally not only to remain in the country without fear of being deported, but to work legally, according to a senior administration official speaking to reporters Friday.
Obama is set to make a statement at 1:15 p.m. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the new policy Friday morning.
“Young people who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own as children, who meet several key criteria, will no longer be removed from the country or entered into removal proceedings,” said Napolitano in a conference call with reporters on Friday morning.
“This grant of deferred action is not immunity, it is not amnesty, it is an exercise of discretion so that these young people are not in the removal system,” she said. “It will help us continue to streamline immigration enforcement, ensure that resources are not spent pursuing the removal of low priority cases involving productive young people.”
The new policy will not grant citizenship to children who came to the United States as illegal immigrants, but will remove the threat of deportation and grant them the right to work in the United States.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the policy change will apply to those who came to the United States before they were 16 and who are younger than 30 if they have lived here for five years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or served in the military.
A memo from Napolitano ordering the “prosecutorial discretion with respect to individuals who came to the United States as children” argued that those covered by the order “only know this country as home.” It said these people “lacked the intent to violate the law.”
The new policy will apply to individuals who are already in deportation proceedings, the memo said.
The policy change will accomplish portions of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, legislation that has stalled in Congress amid Republican opposition.
You will find the rest of the article at this link.
I would ask just exactly where are the congressional republicans, but that would be utterly pointless given that those spineless wonders have been pretty much AWOL for the last eighteen months.
I really do not see that changing – not even for something as assinine as this.
Our country as being transformed into a dictatorship in broad daylight, right in front of God and everybody, and the sheeple do nothing.
And what is even worse, the government body charged with reigning in the power of the executive branch, the United States Congress, has apparently abdicated its oversight responsibilities.
(h/t: Matt Drudge)
H/t also our Grouchy & moxielouise!
Yesterday, I got a surprise in my mailbox.
I had been good this year and filed my taxes on time. But the IRS sent my Tax Return back!!
On the form listing all the reasons for tax returns to be returned, the IRS had checked off the box for “dependents”.
But on my tax return, I had dutifully followed the instruction to “List All Dependents”:
But the IRS apparently finds my response inadequate. So I sent it back with a question:
“Did I forget someone?”
H/t our beloved Lady Wendy.
Because it is high time John Boehner finally got some.
Please forward the above to everyone on your contact list.
Who knows? Maybe he might even get the message.
Pardon me if I do not exactly hold my breath.
(h/t: My bestest NB bud Blonde)
Throughout history, totalitarian governments have “encouraged” their loyal citizens to report on those that may be engaging in activities that could be deemed detrimental to the security of the state. Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Castro, and many others had, and still have, their citizens spying on one another, which has often led to the arrest, interrogation and possible incarceration of those fingered, and often to something even worse.
As I have posted previously, it appears we have moved well along that sad path right here in America, as not only is government itself spying on us, it is encouraging us to spy on each other.
Via publicintelligence.net (emphasis and highlights mine):
February 1, 2012 in Featured
Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist
A flyer designed by the FBI and the Department of Justice to promote suspicious activity reporting in internet cafes lists basic tools used for online privacy as potential signs of terrorist activity. The document, part of a program called “Communities Against Terrorism”, lists the use of “anonymizers, portals, or other means to shield IP address” as a sign that a person could be engaged in or supporting terrorist activity. The use of encryption is also listed as a suspicious activity along with steganography, the practice of using “software to hide encrypted data in digital photos” or other media. In fact, the flyer recommends that anyone “overly concerned about privacy” or attempting to “shield the screen from view of others” should be considered suspicious and potentially engaged in terrorist activities.
Logging into an account associated with a residential internet service provider (such as Comcast or AOL), an activity that could simply indicate that you are on a trip, is also considered a suspicious activity. Viewing any content related to “military tactics” including manuals or “revolutionary literature” is also considered a potential indicator of terrorist activity. This would mean that viewing a number of websites, including the one you are on right now, could be construed by a hapless employee as an highly suspicious activity potentially linking you to terrorism.
The “Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities” contained in the flyer are not to be construed alone as a sign of terrorist activity and the document notes that “just because someone’s speech, actions, beliefs, appearance, or way of life is different; it does not mean that he or she is suspicious.” However, many of the activities described in the document are basic practices of any individual concerned with security or privacy online. The use of PGP, VPNs, Tor or any of the many other technologies for anonymity and privacy online are directly targeted by the flyer, which is distributed to businesses in an effort to promote the reporting of these activities.
Click here for the original article and associated graphic.
We are very rapidly losing our America, and I find it not a little alarming that none of the current republican presidential candidates (who are always so quick to remind us of their unwavering “support” for the Constitution), are talking about this kind of stuff with any regularity – if they even bring it up at all.
Worse still are those that are actually in a position to do something to reign this crap in are simply not doing it, nor are they even giving it the usual hollow lip service. There is no way they do not know what is happening.
Perhaps they feel they will somehow be immune from the consequences when things really go to Hell?
God help us.
LIVE LINKS TO EACH HJR and SENATE RESOLUTION
~Steve~ H/T The always searching for the truth May
“America is going to Hell in a handbasket.”
That statement, or some variation thereof, has been around long before any of us were born. Like most of you, I have heard it repeatedly uttered by my older relatives as well as my parents ever since I can remember. Now my friends and neighbors are saying it, too, and with increasing frequency – well, at least those who are actually paying attention, anyway.
Of course, asserting that something is going somewhere implies that eventually it is going to reach its destination. In the case of our beloved America, I believe we have now reached the very edge of the smoldering abyss itself.
Via americanthinker.com (emphasis and highlights are mine):
January 24, 2012
Takers Taking Over
By Jeffrey Folks
In case anyone hasn’t noticed it yet, Europe is in crisis. Faced with violent protests and general strikes, European politicians seem unwilling to take the necessary steps of structural reform that would save their economies. With rigid labor laws, bloated government workforces, declining birthrates, and universal welfare schemes, Eurozone economies have experienced subpar performance for decades and are now sliding into recession once again. The model of the European-style welfare state simply does not work.
Unfortunately, when the percentage of those receiving government aid exceeds 50%, it is difficult to cut benefits. The threat of cutbacks in Greece has brought chaos to that country. The sight of thousands of left-wing thugs, marching in close ranks and armed with large batons and Molotov cocktails, is now a common one in central Athens. These blackshirted youths form a paramilitary force of a sort that has appeared in other European nations as well, adding a dangerous element of uncertainty to the future.
Government’s response to civil unrest has been to appease the protesters. Greek officials have dragged their feet finalizing proposals for “voluntary” write-downs of 50% on their sovereign debt since those write-downs come with stringent conditions of structural reform. From all appearances, it looks like the Greeks are angling for debt forgiveness with no substantive change in the Greek welfare state. In other words, they are asking investors to continue subsidizing their enormous deficit spending.
If all this sounds a lot like what’s happening in the U.S., it is. Like the socialists who govern Greece, Obama’s left-wing administration depends on the support of left-wing activists, unionized government workers, radicalized students, and welfare recipients. All of these groups have been pressing for more government spending, and Obama has not disappointed them.
In just three years, discretionary spending has increased by 24% (not counting an additional trillion dollars of stimulus spending plus two rounds of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve), all of it funded with deficit spending. Obama’s 2012 budget, which was rejected by every member of the Senate, called for continued spending at 2011 levels, even as his own budget supercommittee struggled to come up with $1.5 trillion in cuts.
It is clear that Obama’s priority is not fiscal responsibility. In fact, the single-minded focus of this administration has been the expansion of government benefit programs designed to foster dependency. From the beginning, Obama’s political strategy has centered on the restoration of “welfare as we know it.” The clients of welfare are always reliable supporters of the Democratic Party.
If Democrats can expand the percentage of the population dependent on benefits above 50% of the population, they will have achieved a permanent grasp on power. If anyone doubts this, let him look to the European welfare states. In none of these countries have social welfare programs been eliminated once they’ve gained their footing.
America stands at a crossroads in 2012, for this is the year when the American people will decide irrevocably whether they wish to see their country transformed into a European-style welfare state.
Ominously, the percentage of takers, those who collect benefits and pay no federal income tax, now sits at 49%. Anything beyond that and the country is lost forever.
You will find the entire article here.
I hate to say it, but I believe 51% is the proverbial “tipping point,” and we as a nation are now staring it squarely in the face.
I have to disagree in one area with Mr. Folks, and that is I do not believe we are headed for Western European socialism, but more toward a split somewhere between Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
I am praying enough of the American sheeple will awaken from their slumber between now and November (assuming we have that long), and run Barack Hussein Obama off into the weeds, flip the Senate as well as add enough true conservatives to effect a change in the currently useless House leadership.
And even if all that happens, the battle so save the America we all grew up in will only be just beginning – as merely halting the slide is not going to be enough this time.
Not even close.