Friday Follies for July 8, 2011

The June 2011 jobs report was released this morning and the report is shocking.  There were only 18,000 new jobs created last month—for the entire country!  That’s all forty-eight contiguous states, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and a scattering of other US possession around the world.

The Jobless rate, which includes only around half of those unemployed, went up to 9.2%.  Not only that, but they’ve revised the May numbers downward.  The new jobs created for May, 2011 was reduced by 44,000.


The democrats strive to continue their job-killing agenda. They believe they can continue to spend without repercussions.  One, Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), continues the claim that Social Security payments is not debt. He continues to spew the lie that SS “loans” money to the government.  While once true, the IOUs issued by the government has been called due.  This year, SS did not receive sufficient payments to cover the outgo.

Van Jones, former Obama “Green” Czar, claims the US is not broke, that it can continue spending for who knows how long.  He also claims that any effort to curtail the liberals wild spending is “robbing” those dependent on government

The liberals know they’re losing.  They can’t support their claims that we can spend our way to prosperity. They now turn to their tried-and-true class warfare rhetoric hoping those lies will stop conservatives. 

The liberals know better.  What concerns them most is the loss of power, not the betterment of the country nor the betterment of those who live here.


The Missouri legislature passed a Voter-ID requirement this year.  Democrat Governor Jay Nixon veto’d the bill last month. The supporters of the ID effort are now circulating a petition to place an constitutional amendment on the ballot to enact voter-ID.  The libs are outraged.  Why, why, it’s unfair to curtail our vote-fraud efforts they claim.  They’ve now filed suit saying the language for the ballot “is misleading.” They’re confident one of their activist state judges will rule in their favor.

The libs claim the purpose is to disenfrancise voters.  The rest of us know the real reason is to limit voting to US citizens and eliminating democrat vote fraud.  That vote fraud is a proven fact and well documented for anyone who spends a few minutes googling “Missouri vote fraud 2010.”  The libs know if this goes to a vote, they’ll lose.


The budget/debt debate is shifting and not the way the dems want.  Earlier ‘Pubs submissions, while cutting spending, did nothing about eliminating our national debt.  All those efforts only limited the GROWTH of debt.  Even Paul Ryan’s plan, as good as it was, only reduced the growth of debt.

That is changing.

The ‘Pubs now have a new effort called “Cap, Cut and Balance.”  There is a pledge for ‘Pubs to sign to support this effort.

The plan has three elements:

  1. Cut. We must make discretionary and mandatory spending reductions that would cut the deficit in half next year.
  2. Cap. We need statutory, enforceable caps to align federal spending with average revenues at 18 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with automatic spending reductions if the caps are breached.
  3. Balance. We must send to the states a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) with strong protections against federal tax increases and a Spending Limitation Amendment (SLA) that aligns spending with average revenues as described above.

The Heritage Foundation has this to say about the plan.

The House Republican Study Committee (RSC) has deployed a new theme to be introduced into the debt limit increase debate: “Cut, Cap, and Balance.” The debt limit is expected to be considered by both chambers of Congress by August 2. House conservatives have drawn up a list of demands in consideration for allowing the debt limit to be increased.
The fault lines are clear in the debate right now. The Los Angeles Times reports today that there is a standoff between the two parties on a debt limit deal, and no comprehensive deal on taxes and entitlement reform is expected.

The standoff over raising the nation’s nearly $14.3-trillion debt limit may conclude this summer with a more limited round of spending cuts and promises of future reform, pushing off the tough choices about taxes and Medicare until after next year’s election. Republicans, by not compromising on taxes, can continue to campaign on the no-new-taxes stance that is a cornerstone of their political strategy, while attacking Democrats and President Obama for their proposed tax increases on the wealthy. Democrats, whose political prospects have brightened since House Republicans proposed deep cuts in Medicare, have all but ruled out any deal that would relinquish the issue as a political weapon.

Liberals want to increase taxes to balance the budget. They seek to remove entitlement reform from the debt limit debate, because they fear any changes to these programs. Liberals are pushing right now to divorce the debate over spending cuts from the debate over increasing the debt limit. They don’t want spending cuts to be attached to the debt limit increase.
Another liberal idea introduced into the debate was President Obama’s mechanism for automatic tax increases if the budget was not in balance starting in Fiscal Year 2014. Obama deployed the idea of a “Debt Failsafe Trigger” as a means to automatically increase taxes and cut spending when the budget is not in balance. Of course, this idea would exempt entitlement programs from the automatic cuts, and one should not expect that these cuts would end up balancing the budget.
Conservatives want to shrink government and are dead set against raising taxes as a means to balance the budget. The opponents of big government want to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, set up a tough budgetary mechanism to control spending, and/or implement entitlement reforms.

The dems want automatic tax-increases. The ‘Pubs want to curtail spending, reduce the debt and require a balanced budget.

The struggle for the future of our country continues. 


As a departing present this week, I give you this Lisa Benson cartoon.  For those of you not aware of the ongoing investigation into the BATFE’s Fast and Furious project (directing US gundealers to sell guns to Mexican drug cartels), the path keeps leading higher in the Department of Justice.

And this one from Michael Ramirez.

Y’all have a great weekend, hear?    

2 thoughts on “Friday Follies for July 8, 2011

  1. Sad news on all fronts… And the debt/cuts/spending mess is only going to get worse when the 'sacred cows' start getting slaughtered… Have a good weekend!

  2. Agree with Old NFO. Sad news indeed. The process of fixing things is going to hurt a lot more folks before all said and done. The advocates of the "sacred cows' are going to not go gently. Damn the bad luck!
    And it seems that the Chairman JCS has mentioned the retirements of guys like Old NFO and Me!

    Linked to ORPO and Among the Joshua Trees.

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