Archive for July, 2011
The Republican party of late has often been a party that says something but then does the complete opposite.
Nothing says Fiscally Responsible like a government shutdown and credit default!
Nothing says Protect the Constitution like proposing a Constitutional amendment!
Decreasing spending can be done without shutting down the government and tanking the economy. Balanced budget laws (whether or not the Federal government should be prohibited from borrowing is a different topic) can be passed without an amendment.
It’s not as though the only rules Congress has to follow are Constitutional laws.
Words have meanings. You cannot simply say you’re fiscally responsible and then completely fail to pass a resolution to fix the debt ceiling problem. The House of Representatives is a total and complete mess. The results of the mid-term elections have left the House in total disarray. This group has managed to pass only 1 bill regarding the debt problem – and they knew when they passed it that it had zero chance of getting through the Senate. Since it failed, they have sulked around and pouted instead of getting back to work.
Boehner, who has been leading this charge, has found that his “great” method of handling the debt was such a flop that within an hour of receiving a review from the CBO, it had to be re-written.
The House of Representatives is a joke. To paraphrase The Borowitz Report, the House is governing about as much as Farmville people are actually farming.
It’s a dangerous period with time winding down quickly – and the entire economy hanging by a thread… now is NOT the time for amending the Constitution.
Everyone who is (A) planning to live past 67 and (B) Has less than $4 million, should be against cutting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.
But the point is that a Constitutional Amendment is not something you rush through at the last hour. I’m not saying that we should not consider a balanced budget law (though I’m not sure a Constitutional amendment isn’t a bit extreme). I’m saying that it is a significant proposal that needs to be thoroughly examined and studied before it’s implemented so that it doesn’t blow up in our faces in 10 years.
When you have a gun to your head, you don’t start examining how to build bullet-proof headgear. Tea Partiers need to quit playing around and get a deal done, instead of trying to get their name in a history book.
How scary is the debt-ceiling debate? The consequences of a default are pretty scary. Predictions are difficult to agree on, but none of them are good. It’s well explained here:
U.S. Default Would Likely Cause Stocks, Bonds, Dollar To Collapse
So cut whatever – anything but Social Security and Medicare.
– Legalize it. “Legalize what”, you say? Whatever. Legalize marijuana. Legalize prostitution. Whatever. Only legalize it for 1 year. I bet we can cut the deficit in half in 12 months! Kidding? More or less. Some say marijuana is less dangerous than booze. We forego tons of tax revenue and instead spend tons of tax dollars hunting and prosecuting the traffic.
– Raise the taxes on smokes and booze.
– Increase fines and decrease jail time. Decreases costs while increases revenue.
– Increase penalties for companies hiring illegal aliens.
– Declare a date and give illegals who have proof of being here by July 22nd a subset of Social Security numbers that allows them to work and pay into Social Security, but not withdraw benefits.
– Stop fighting on foreign soil for a few years. The cost of buying and transporting gas to power generators that provide AC in battle areas is larger than NASA’s budget. Blackhawks, tanks, and armored transports get less than 1 mile per gallon. I’m thrilled we got Bin Laden – and my hat is off to Obama for getting it done after 1 1/2 years in office. Now, pack everything up and head home. We can’t police every country forever.
I’d rather see a Constitutional Amendment on term limitations for Congress. I don’t think we need to rotate everyone every few years – but I don’t think we need to have the same lawmakers for 40 years, either.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education meets this week for the first time under its conservative new chairwoman appointed by Gov. Rick Perry and is expected to rekindle the debate over teaching evolution and the origin of life in public schools.
Are you kidding me?? I learned this was settled decades ago in the Scopes Monkey Trial. This is scary.
Perry, who is considering a run for president and has embraced social conservatives in Texas, named Barbara Cargill chairwoman earlier this month. Cargill, a biology teacher considered to be one of the more conservative board members, disputes the theory of evolution and voted to require that the theory’s weaknesses be taught in classrooms.
Dinosaurs were not “Jesus-ponies”.
The board has been known to make controversial moves. It adopted a social studies and history curriculum last year that amended or watered down the teaching of religious freedoms, the civil rights movement, America’s relationship with the United Nations and hundreds of other items.
In one of the most significant changes, the board diluted the rationale for the separation of church and state in a high school government class.
“If you come to Texas and kill someone….we’ll kill you back.” — Ron White.
In a solid display of justice, Mark Stroman was executed for targeting and killing Muslims after 9/11.