The Dem budget is nothing more than an exercise in futility, growing U.S. debt by more than $5 trillion.
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Commentary by Kay B. Day
At the moment, President Barack Obama’s administration is focused on sequester theatrics, scheduling for release thousands of detainees from Immigrations and Customs facilities, and canceling White House tours.
Instead of working to make sure cuts were practical, Obama held out for another tax hike.
The theatrics played out between the president and Congress recently, while a key report with alarming findings is being ignored.
Republicans submitted a plan to avert the sequester President Obama and the White House first conceived, as did Democrats. The U.S. Senate, led by Harry Reid (D-Nev.), shot both plans down. As the deadline for a solution drew near, Reid made muddled remarks on the Senate floor, muttering something about his fingers.
The real reason the sequester will happen is simple—tax hikes. The White House admits that.
President Barack Obama’s sequester is the very large chicken that is coming home to roost in the White House. Many of us won’t even notice a measly $85 billion in cuts, but some states may feel the pinch if they’re heavily reliant on increased spending in sectors like the defense industry.
Fact is all the cuts won’t be immediate and the cuts are actually mostly reductions in spending President Barack Obama and the Democrats increased with their now infamous and failed “Recovery Act.”
Even an op-ed writer at The Washington Post noted fears are overblown.
In 2011 as various Republicans competed for the nomination to oppose Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.) in the 2012 election, contender Connie Mack promoted the concept of The Penny Plan.
The Penny Plan was conceived by Georgia businessman Bruce Cook. Sen. Rand Paul resurrected the idea during his response on behalf of the Tea Party to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. There’s a lot to be said for the plan, but unfortunately, the messaging was skewed by politics and media.
How many times have we heard Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blame Republicans for not moving quickly on solutions to the federal financial nightmare?
Even as Leftist criticism continues, Illinois Democrats are mired in a pension problem that, despite their party’s control of the Legislature, has no solution in sight. In Illinois, the pension reform Gov. Pat Quinn (D) promised is nowhere in sight.
Please see the updated article on Sandy relief. The House will vote on funds to be expended in 2013 on Friday, January 4.
The maxim about never letting a crisis go to waste reared its head in a federal bill aimed at providing aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the bill today. At 94 pages, the bill is written in typical bureaucratic language enabling pork and waste along with necessary aid.
This bill is a perfect example of the lack of common sense budgeting and spending skills in the U.S. Senate. Toss in a large measure of government cronyism as well.