Countdown

I’m writing this on Wednesday.  According to reports the current CR, or Continuing Resolution, will expire on Friday.  If nothing is done, the government will shutdown.

Good!

Nothing dire will happen contrary to the protests from dem pols.  Locally, Sen. Claire Mcaskill (D-MO) claims the shutdown will mean “thousands and thousands” of Missourians won’t receive paychecks.  What she didn’t say was those Missourians are government workers.

If those workers are so critical, let’s wait and see just what happens.  I’ll bet there won’t be any noticeable difference.  It will be a good opportunity to see who is really needed and who isn’t.  Those are critical to the working of the government will be paid.  Those who aren’t, won’t.

Just so you’ll understand what a government shutdown means, here’s something to make it more understandable.

Update: Obama was asked what he was doing to help the senate reach an agreement. His reply was basically, “Not my problem,” as he prepared to leave DC for some fund-raising speeches in Philadelphia and New York.

Ryan’s Budget Proposals

I introduced this topic yesterday.  I didn’t know any details then but today some have been released.  The dem/lib idiots have started their expected, “People will DIE!!!!”, BS as usual.

Social Security was untouched. Medicare and Medicaid was.  The changes to Medicare was to eliminate it in its present form and provide direct subsidies to retirees to underwrite healthcare insurance premiums. Retirees can choose any insurance plan that fits their needs without having an unwanted socialist mandate crammed down their throats.  Medicaid would be changed to block-grants to each state.  The states would manage Medicaid in any manner they deem appropriate.

Tax rates would be reduced with a top level coming down to 25%.

The plan reduces the highest-in-the world corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent and the top individual income rate to the same level. The lower corporate tax rate would reverse the flow of jobs to foreign countries, and the lower individual income tax rate would improve incentives for workers and businesses to produce more and for investors and businesses to create new jobs. 

The federal budget would be frozen at the 2008 spending level. It also includes reducing corporate welfare, Pell grants (which would negatively affect my daughter’s education towards a Nursing degree,) reduces the federal workforce by 10% and some farm and food-stamp subsidies.

Will these reforms get passed?  Unfortunately, it’s unlikely.  Harry Reid still has control of the Senate and Obama has declared he’d veto it.  Regardless, it’s a very good start.  The next step is negotiations, the give and take.
My response to the give and take is to give as little as necessary and take everything the dems let slip through.  I end this post with this from Gary Varvel.
And just so you understand what the proposed cuts in the Continuing Resolution talks compare to the total budget, here is brief, clearly understood explanation from Michael Ramirez.

The Time of the Long Knives

Representative Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget committee, is expected to release his 10-year budget plan. Supposedly it will do three things. First it will freeze the federal budget to the 2008 level. Second, it will include a major overhaul of federal entitlement programs. Third, it will cut $4Trillion dollars out of the budget over 10 years.

It’s about time.

If that second item occurs, Mrs. Crucis and I WILL be affected. We’re both retired and receive Social Security money.  We’re not old enough for Medicare. I’d prefer to retain my health insurance, if possible, from my old employer.  It’s much better, although much more expensive, than Medicare.

I haven’t seen Ryan’s proposal yet. I think I’ll wait until I can hear the lib screaming here in my basement office.

In the mean time, here’s a little something by Bob Gorrell for your viewing pleasure.

It’s a good start.

At least some ‘Pubs in Washington are serious about corralling and controlling our national debt. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced legislation to balance the federal budget in five years.  How? Well, for starters, he’ll eliminate the Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, and Housing and Urban Development.  I’d also add eliminating DHS, Transportation, the EPA, TSA, and FCC.

Sen. Paul Unveils 5-Year Budget Plan: Eliminates Four Federal Agencies

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., unveiled today his five-year path to a balanced budget, leaving several federal agencies behind. Among the items on the cutting room floor are the Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development.
“There’s a lot of things in here that everybody could agree to, Republicans and Democrats, but nobody’s leading on the president’s side and on our side we felt we needed to put this forward to get the debate started, at the very least,” the freshman Senator explained at a Capitol Hill press conference this afternoon.

There’s more at the website.

Rand Paul must have been reading my blog.  I suggested the same thing here, here, and here.

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And for your viewing pleasure, I’ll leave you with this.

National Endowment for the Arts

I like political cartoons.  I have a dozen or so artists that I check every day.  Today’s offering is from Michael Ramirez.  Ramirez, by the way, once worked for the Los Angles Times until he wouldn’t knuckle under to their orders to support the libs.  Now his cartoons are shown on The Investment Business Daily website.