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We have a Bipartisan “Deal” in Congress that will roll back the Sequester and add back at least $63B in additional Debt. The “Deal” will result in raising Revenue to offset the new spending and to make it appear like spending has been reduced! For those of you that don’t understand the Washington jargon, raising “Revenue” means raising “Taxes”.
When our good friend of Liberty and Fiscal Responsibility, Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has qualms about the ” Deal”, then Houston, we have a problem!
The “Deal” is great for most of our “Political Class” on both sides of the aisle that just want to continue their comfy spending habits without any accountability, interference or distressing phone calls from their constituents. Hence, this “Deal compromise” promises to exacerbate and accelerate our present economic ticking time-bomb.
We already have a monumental Federal Deficit of $17.2 Trillion and super-Monumental Unfunded Liabilities of anywhere between $60 and $90 Trillion “…or 550 percent of our GDP. And the debt per household is more than 10 times the median family income.”
Folks, we have Local, State and Federal Governments that are totally out of control and are literally taxing us to death and a Federal Reserve that has been feeding $85 B/ month in Quantitative Easing into our banking system. Every time the Fed attempts to withdraw what some characterize as the QE “Heroin Fix” our economy pulls back. Will the imminent pull back by the Federal Reserve of of QE3 be the trigger that will plunge us into an unprecedented economic Collapse?
Whatever the case, as you will see from the following signs, Americans can no longer afford the debt being placed upon us and future generations by our Legislators without some sort of personal financial buckling!
The time has come to stand up and be counted. Enough is Enough! Our Governments continue to squander and misappropriate our hard earned treasure on cronyism. Career Congressmen and Senators become multimillionaires while working as public servants.
Meanwhile, the “Standard of Living” for American who work deteriorates as both the “Government class” and their rapidly growing “class of non-producer perpetrators” at the Local, State and Federal levels continue to feed on and to suck the “Systems” dry.
#1 According to a survey that was just released, 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. But most Americans are acting as if their jobs will always be there. But the truth is that mass layoffs can occur at any time. In fact, it just happened at one of the largest law firms in New York City.
#2 27 percent of all Americans do not have even a single penny saved up.
#3 46 percent of all Americans have $800 or less saved up.
#4 Less than one out of every four Americans has enough money stored away to cover six months of expenses.
#5 Wages continue to fall even as the cost of living continues to go up. Today, the average income for the bottom 90 percent of all income earners in America is just $31,244. An increasing percentage of American families are just trying to find a way to survive from month to month.
#6 62 percent of all middle class Americans say that they have had to reduce household spending over the past year.
#7 Small business is becoming an endangered species in America. In fact, only about 7 percent of all non-farm workers in the United States are self-employed at this point. That means that the vast majority of Americans are depending on someone else to provide them with an income. But what is going to happen as those jobs disappear?
#8 In 1989, the debt to income ratio of the average American family was about 58 percent. Today it is up to 154 percent.
#9 Today, a higher percentage of Americans are dependent on the government than ever before. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that gets direct monetary benefits from the federal government. So what is going to happen when the government handout gravy train comes to an end?
#10 Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.
Finally we hear Scott Brown hitting a home run on Sequestration. He rightly points out that Barack Hussein Obama conceived and created Sequestration. While he was still serving in the Senate, the leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell both told him that Sequestration would never happen!
Jon Scott: And here we are with the White House closed to school kids The Administration can’t find a better way to save a couple of bucks?
Scott Brown: Listen, the bottom line is the Republicans have offered, and it makes common sense that the president should have what is called “Transfer Authority”. The ability to get in there and Kind of reopen and tweak the Sequester in a whole, and actually delegate – do thoughtful, judicious, methodical cuts. For example in the military, they need that. Give it to Heigl. Let him go in with a fine tooth-comb, no a scalpel I should say, to make the cuts that you need to make.
The President does not want this authority [“Transfer Authority”] because he wants to make the Republicans look bad. Everybody knows it and it’s time to show real leadership.”
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Strassel: Jumping the Sequester
By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
When the president canceled White House tours, he revealed his claims as ludicrous.
The phrase “jumping the shark” describes that gimmicky moment when something once considered significant is exposed as ludicrous. This is the week the White House jumped the sequester.
The precise moment came Tuesday, when the administration announced that it was canceling public tours of the White House, blaming budget cuts.
The Sequesterer in Chief has insisted that cutting even $44 billion from this fiscal year will cause agonizing pain—airport security snarls, uninspected meat, uneducated children. Since none of those things has come to pass, the White House decided it needed an immediate and high-profile way of making its point. Ergo, it would deny the nation’s school kids a chance to view a symbol of America.
The act was designed to spark outrage against Republicans, yet the sheer pettiness of it instead provided a moment of clarity. Americans might not understand the technicalities of sequester, but this was something else entirely. Was the president actually claiming there was not a single other government item—not one—that could be cut instead of the White House tours? Really?
St. Paul’s Lutheran SchoolSixth-graders at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa.
The cancellations were an open invitation for the nation to dive into the gory depths of the federal budget—and re-emerge with a debate over waste and priorities. Over the past week, an entire cottage industry has sprung up of journalists, watchdog groups and average citizens reporting on the absurdities of federal spending. Republicans have lit up Twitter with examples of indefensible projects (#SequesterThis).
We’ve learned that the White House employs three calligraphers, who cumulatively earn $277,000 a year. The Environmental Protection Agency gave $141,000 to fund a Chinese study on swine manure. Part of a $325,000 National Science Foundation outlay went to building a robotic squirrel.
The government gave a $3,700 grant to build a miniature street in West Virginia—out of Legos. It shelled out $500,000 to support specialty shampoo products for cats and dogs. A San Diego outfit got $10,000 for trolley dancing. The feds last year held 894 conferences that each cost more than $100,000—$340 million altogether. But Mr. Obama is too broke to let American kids look around the White House.
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Columnist Kim Strassel on how the world did and will not end because of sequester.
Speaking of that, the tour stunt itself is turning into a PR fiasco. ABC reports the cancellations save a total of $18,000 a week. A Forbes opinion piece noted the cost of cutting the tours was equal to about two hours operating Air Force One. Speaker John Boehner twisted the knife, announcing that while Congress was also getting hit by sequester, it had planned wisely, and tours of the Capitol would continue. Come on down folks! Visit the government branch that knows how to prioritize!
To top it off, a group of cherubic sixth-graders from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa, became a national sensation in a YouTube video pleading with the White House to reopen tours. “The White House is our house. Please let us visit,” they beg in unison. The White House hasn’t yet responded, no doubt being too busy overseeing its $27 million project that helped fund pottery classes in Morocco. (No joke.)
This is the opportunity Republicans have been pushing for, to pivot the sequester discussion to the problem of spending, and they are taking a lead from Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn. This was the guy, remember, who in 2005 offered an amendment to remove funds from a little thing he called the Alaskan “Bridge to Nowhere” and to divert them to a vital bridge destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The Bridge to Nowhere became such an embarrassing symbol of waste, Congress ultimately gave up earmarks.
Not all Republicans appreciated that episode, but they took away a couple of valuable political lessons. One, the public responds strongly to examples of waste. And two, the way to claim the high ground in such a debate is to contrast that waste with projects of real importance (like the Katrina bridge). Both lessons are tailor-made for today’s sequester fight.
Sen. Coburn himself has daily been sending letters to federal agencies, demanding that they justify their decisions to furlough existing workers rather than forgo new hires or fancy conferences. His efforts were one reason the Department of Agriculture spent this week stuttering out a justification for its sponsorship of a wine junket in California.
Utah Sen. Mike Lee has been producing graphics that show, for instance, pictures of free government cellphones next to pictures of border agents—with the Twitter tag #CutThisNotThat. Since late February, the House GOP has been highlighting its own #CutWaste projects, each of which contrasts Mr. Obama’s call for taxes with an example of embarrassing government outlays.
The White House’s shark-jumping moment has given these efforts new attention and threatens to take the sequester debate to a place this overconfident administration never imagined. The whole point of the White House’s effort to make the cuts hurt was to convince Americans that they couldn’t live without big, sweeping government. Now Americans are asking how the White House justifies living with it.
The Weimar Republic is the name given to the federal republic and parliamentaryrepresentative democracy established in 1919 in Germany toreplace its pre-WWI imperial form of government. It was named afterWeimar, the city where the constitutional assembly tookplace. The Weimar‘s Constitution was signed on August 11, 1919 and was deposed by Hitler’s Third Reich ascendency in February/March 1933. During its fourteen year existence the Weimar Republic was burdened by hefty reparations imposed by the victors of WWI, political extremist from both the Left and Right as well as rampant hyperinflation that permitted Hitler to seize power and dissolve the Constitution. The caption below the above photo of a one Hundred Million Mark note[A mark was equivalent to our $1-dollar bill] reads: In 1923, a German housewife burned mark notes in her kitchen stove since it was cheaper to burn marks than to buy firewood.
The vision most vividly embedded into the minds of school children studying the era is one of a wheelbarrow filled with thousands or millions of marks to purchase a single loaf of bread! The photo at left taken during this period, depicts that scenario.
When Barack Hussein Obama came into office, our FY2009 Budget stood at $3.1Trillion. Today the FY2013 Budget is at $3.8Trillion. Sequestration, which is a program devised by President Obama, cuts $85B across-the-board from THE RATE OF INCREASE of theFY2012 budge of 3.72Trillion. It DOES NOT DECREASE the FY2013 total budget amount from that of FY2012. Of the phantom $85B in cuts, half isslated to be removed from Defense Spending and half from Entitlement Spending. The $85B in phantom cuts represents measly 2.2% of our $3.8T Budget.
The FY2013 Budget consists of 60% Mandatory Spending and 40% Discretionary Spending. Mandatory spending is spending that is required under existing law. In passing, it needs to be noted that while Defense spending represents 19% of the FY2012 Budget, it is slated for 50% of the FY2013 Sequestration cuts.
Last Fall, Jim Rogers, the founder of Rogers International Commodity Index and economic guru,” predicted that America is headed to a “Financial Armageddon”. Rogers stated that he was absolutely convinced that the economy would burst soon after the election. He also stated that he has never been a supporter of the policy of quantitative easing.[ The Federal Reserve can just create dollars out of thin air by buying up assets like long-term Treasuries or mortgage-backed securities from commercial banks and other institutions. These “thin air” dollars created by the Federal Reserve flow into the banks, and in turn are pumped into the U.S. economy and ultimately reduce our long-term interest rates. The theory is that when long-term interest rates go down, investors have a greater incentive to spend their money.] Jim Rogers is also quite certain that our Government needs to cut spending in order to reduce our burgeoning debt. Rogers also stated that German Chancellor Angela Marker and Obama were promoting policies which were just another disguise for hiding the real state of their economies.
www.usgovernmentpending.com is estimating that the US debt to GDP will exceed 100% for 2012. Two American economists, Carmen Reinhardt and Ken Rogoff, argue that growth slows sharply in countries where the ratio of debt to GDP exceeds 90 percent.
So there you have it. Barack Hussein Obama is jawboning Congress about Sequestration, seeking even more deficit spending that will most certainly result in even slower growth, less jobs and further US credit rating downgrades. Are you going to push back on the President and his propaganda squads and support a strong America, or are you going to sit idly by and watch our economy and country slide further into the abyss?
Sequestration does not cut spending, it simply reduces the rate-of-increased spending
The Military is 1/4 of the Budget yet it is taking 1/2 of the Sequestration Budget Hits
America at Risk: Budget Cuts Threaten Military Readiness
Sequester Main Points:
On the sequester “cuts” not being real cuts:
The so-called sequester “cuts” aren’t even real cuts! This year the government will spend more of your money than they did last year, and next year they will spend even more. If you spent more money year after year, you wouldn’t say you were cutting spending, so why does Washington get away with it?
Overspending is overspending, no matter which way you look at it. Spending $800 that you don’t have on your credit card instead of $1000, doesn’t mean you cut $200 of spending. It means you’re still overspending by $800.
Only an extremist would want to stop the sequester. As the National Taxpayers Union said, it is a starting point, not a finish line. Politicians will never actually cut spending if we let the spending radicals like Nancy Pelosi stop us from taking this small step forward.
The amount of the so-called “cuts” would be enough to run the government for only 4.5 days, and the spending radicals like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid want us to believe that the sequester will be “devastating.”
On the President’s flip-flop:
As the president’s own press secretary admitted, the sequester was President Obama’s idea in the first place. American families are tired of him playing politics and blaming others for his own ideas.
In July 2011, a White House fact sheet praised the deal that gave us the sequester as “a win for the economy and budget discipline.” At the time, President Obama said it didn’t impact the middle class or working families. Now he says it does. He was either lying then, or he’s lying now.
What is the sequester anyway? In a nutshell, the sequester is a deal that the President signed into law that says the government will overspend a little less this year than they did last year. That’s it. So they’re still overspending.
A recent poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research shows that 73% of Americans want the government to cut spending, while only 15% want increased spending. The time is now to do what the majority of the American people want done.
Everyone agrees that we need to reduce the deficit. Let’s start now by keeping the sequester in place, and making the politicians keep their promises, and uphold the laws they pass.
We need to become an economically sustainable nation. The sequester is a step in the right direction. Don’t let politicians and their well-connected friends stop this little bit of badly-needed progress.
Recently, Nancy Pelosi said that cutting Congressional pay would undermine their “dignity.” Could she be any more insulting? What about the dignity of the millions of Americans that are still out of work? Or the dignity of younger generations that will be burdened by the massive debt that paid politicians like Nancy Pelosi have racked up? What’s undignified is making a promise to the American people that you will cut spending and then trying to weasel your way out of it when the time comes, hoping that you’ll be retired before the bills come due.
The Heritage Foundation
Morning Bell: Spending Cuts Are Happening, One Way or Another
Amy Payne February 19, 2013 at 7:32 am
Federal budget cuts called “sequestration” are scheduled to hit in just 10 days. The sequestration cuts are not perfect—they’re a blunt instrument to cut spending, rather than a deliberative plan that sets priorities, trims entitlements, and cuts other spending. But they are law. It would be better to replace them with smarter cuts, but the reality is that Washington has to start cutting spending now. Real program reforms and a balanced budget are the only way to solve our continuing fiscal crises. So it is critical that Congress keep its word and follow through on these spending cuts to prove it is serious about bringing our budget into balance over the next 10 years. Now that the March 1 deadline is approaching, the President is urging Congress to offset the sequestration budget cuts with more tax increases. That’s simply unacceptable, says Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Senior Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs, Patrick Louis Knudsen: “President Obama has already pocketed a $618 billion tax increase, so simply holding the line against taxes is a given.” Lawmakers shouldn’t be fooled by the President’s rhetoric on a “balanced” approach to sequestration or any other budget issue—that simply means he’s looking to raise taxes again. Instead, they should be focusing on true balance—balancing the federal budget in the next 10 years. Producing a budget would be a start, but balancing that budget is the way to put the country back on track. Knudsen explains:
We need spending cuts that are targeted to the programs that need reforms—the entitlements that are the major drivers of our growing deficit. Sequestration leaves many programs like Social Security, welfare, food stamps, and Medicaid untouched, while having devastating effects on national security. Trying to use defense cuts to balance the out-of-control entitlement spending while we still face growing threats (Russia, China, Iran, and al-Qaeda affiliates) is a fool’s errand that will create a hollow military and do nothing to fix economic troubles. But if Congress does not replace the sequestration cuts with smarter cuts—like eliminating Obamacare funding or other ineffective programs—then the sequestration cuts will be our first step toward getting serious about federal spending. The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation
On August 5th 2011 in an unprecedented move, the Standard & Poors Rating Agency lowered the Debt Rating of the United States from AAA to AA+. The lowered rating represented the first downgrade in 70 years and was preceded by numerous warnings to our government that the unprecedented Debt by the Obama Administration was crippling our economy and”..had grown increasingly skeptical that Washington policy makers would make significant progress in reducing the deficit, given the tortured talks over raising the debt ceiling.”
“S&P said the downgrade “reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics.” It also blamed the weakened “effectiveness, stability, and predictability” of U.S. policy making and political institutions at a time when challenges are mounting. ”
S&P also put the new grade on “negative outlook,” meaning the U.S. has little chance of regaining the top rating in the near term.”
Barack Hussein Obama is now jawboning Congress for even more fiscally irresponsible $Trillions in debt to satisfy his lust for a a new Socialist Order in America and this lawsuit appears to be a warning shot across the bow of S&P.
It will also serve as a warning to the other Rating Agencies not to challenge the Obama Administrations continuing black hole Debt lest they too succumb to the same fate that faces S&P .
Our Economy contracted -0.1% in the Last Quarter and the lamestream media is either yawning or rationalizing that there is no reason for panic or alarm! They excuse our precipitous GDP downturn even though the Barack Hussein Obama Administration injected enormous amounts of (borrowed) stimulus money into the quarter to bolster his election campaign.
According to a Money News article yesterday, Controversial Interview Exposes 5 Signs Stocks Will Collapse in 2013 The Obama Campaign was accused of dirty tricks for banning a video that portrayed our economy in a negative light.
“After putting $803,436 in Obama’s re-election campaign, a media giant attempted to keep Americans from seeing the video by banning it from their sites,” stated Aaron DeHoog, the financial publisher who is unapologetic for the release of controversial footage that has gained international attention.
The Obama Campaign outright LIED to us as this October 26 report will show:
“While we have more work to do, today’s GDP growth report, showing the 13th straight quarter of growth, is more evidence that our economy continues to come back from the worst recession since the Great Depression under President Obama’s leadership,” Obama campaign spokesman Adam Fetcher said in a statement.
Meanwhile the Middle and Upper Class along with businesses face even a greater economic challenge this quarter with Federal State and Local government’s out of control spending and the piling on of new taxes to confiscate even more of our treasure so as to replenish their constituency’s depleted political campaign coffers.
Meanwhile, “We the People” get the funny end of the lollipop stuck to us. Can we believe anything that this Administration says about our Economy, about the Fiscal Cliff, about the Debt Ceiling, about our Military, about Benghazi, about Terrorism, about National Security, about, Israel, about Gun Control, about the Environment, about Global Warming, about Illegal Immigration, about redistribution of Wealth, about Iran’s Nuclear Threat, about UN Treaties …?
Yesterday, Breitbart News reported that consumer confidencehad dropped to its lowest level in almost two years. Much of the media spun the number as the result of a payroll tax increase that hit millions who were repeatedly told by Obama that only the rich would see their taxes increase. Surprise! But the spin didn’t explain why consumer confidence had steadily dropped during the months prior. Well, now we know: The American economy has taken a nosedive.
For the first time in over three years, the U.S. Gross Domestic Product shrank. Between October and December of 2012, the GDP had a negative growth of 0.1. And let’s remember that this is the same quarter where we saw the media go into hyper-drive to spin Obama’s anemic job and GDP growth into a repeat of the Roaring Twenties.
The problem with the American economy is that Obama and his media can’t fool it. Happy talk and spin and distractions about contraception don’t create jobs or growth. You might be able to fool legions of people into voting a certain way, but you can’t fool them into spending and hiring and investing.
Apparently, though, the media and Obama have managed to fool themselves. Even theWall Street Journal calls today’s news “unexpected.” And anyone who watched Obama’s Inauguration speech knows that his failed economy and the millions suffering in it are either not on his radar or of no concern whatsoever. Obama spoke of many things, but not the economy. He’s in a war to win the culture, not to win anyone a job to lift them out of poverty.
The media is just as bad. The biggest story in our country today should be the increase in poverty and an unemployment crisis so dire our labor force has shrunk to thirty-year lows. But neither will speak of it. We do, however, know all about some idiot and his phony girlfriend. We know all about a “heckle” that didn’t happen. One wonders which is the bread and which is the circus.
The pickle both Obama and the media have put themselves in, though, is this: If either makes the economy a priority, that’s an admission Obama’s economy is in trouble. And so we find ourselves in a situation we’ve seen in other countries where the state and media have aligned — a situation where we’re told a bad economy is a good economy, and the victims of this propaganda are those suffering in a bad economy no one wants to admit exists.
Already the media’s spinning this GDP report in a way that says our economy tanked because the government didn’t spend enough. That’s right, annual trillion dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see, but the media push to protect the State from blame and to use this terrible news as a way to further grow the State, is already on.
NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent, Chuck Todd, just assured America this was a one-time economic anomaly and that prosperity is right around the corner. If a job had been created every time a member of Obama’s media said this, we’d have full employment today.
Senator Marco Rubio in an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox talked about his plan for “Undocumented Immigrants.”
Even our so called rising star Republican political class can’t help but use the same political speak of the Progressive Left, who seek to legitimatize criminal behavior. According to Title 8 Section Section 1325 of the US Code of Federal Regulations:
“Improper Entry by Alien,” any citizen of any country other than the United States who:
Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or
Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or
Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact;
has committed a federal crime.”
Further, one has to question the political motives of Senator Rubio. After all, a similar Amnesty law to that proposed by Rubio et al, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) was signed into law by President Reagan on November 6, 1986 who called it, “the most comprehensive reform of our immigration laws since 1952.”.
required employers to attest to their employees’ immigration status.
made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit unauthorized immigrants.
legalized certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants.
legalized illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously with the penalty of a fine, back taxes due, and admission of guilt. About three million illegal immigrants were granted legal status.
The law turned out to be a complete and utter failure when you consider that, it did nothing to stem the flow of Illegal Immigration. It is estimated that we now have 4 to 6 times the 1986 illegal Alien population, residing in the United States when IRCA became law. Thus Senator Marco Rubio follows in the footsteps of his political elite predecessors and ignores George Santayana admonition that, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
” There is much talk about the need for “comprehensive immigration reform”. With that in mind it would be useful to review what we as a nation learned, or should have learned, from our last big experiment in the field, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).” (Ref: Center for Immigration Studies Article January 2013)
In MA alone 17,000 EBT card holders were unable to be identified in 2012. What percentage of these lost EBT cardholders are illegal Aliens? What about the fraud perpetrated by Illegal Aliens that are on Welfare, on Medicare and perpetrate felonious. Criminals that are stealing our hard earned treasure at a time when America faces debt crises after debt crisis and at at a time when every level of government can barely manage to provide care for its legal citizenry. The effect of Amnesty on our economy at this time would be nothing short of devestating.
Doesn’t Senator Rubio understand that the end game for illegal Aliens is a quid pro quo relationship, wherein the Democrat Party keeps them as a permanent government dependent underclass in return for their votes and political support. If Amnesty were to passe, these Illegal Aliens would then become a permanent dependent American underclass. These demographic trends have been causing dramatic political changes in our Southwestern states and if Amnesty were to be passed, this trend will befall our state as well.
The following is an article from Real Clear Politics:
Real Clear Politics
Rubio Finds Support on the Right for Immigration Plan
By Scott Conroy – January 22, 2013
With leaders from both parties calling on Congress to take up immigration reform this year, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has been meeting with news outlets and conservative opinion-shapers to lay out his vision for a plan that would offer temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants. Those applying would have to pass background checks and other tests designed to eventually lead from permanent residency to citizenship.
Though he has not yet introduced legislation, in trumpeting his sweeping proposals Rubio has seized a torch that in recent years burned several similarly ambitious Republican politicians. But in a sign of how quickly the parameters of the debate on this issue have shifted since President Obama’s re-election, prominent conservatives — many of whom were vocal in their opposition to previous similar plans — have been lavishing praise on Rubio’s ideas for reform.
On his nationally syndicated radio show, Sean Hannity said that Rubio’s plan was “probably the most thoughtful bill that I have heard heretofore,” while Fox News colleague Bill O’Reilly called the program “a good one.” Other purveyors of conservative thought, from Grover Norquist to Ralph Reed to David Brody, have also weighed in with positive reactions.
The most important seal of approval thus far may have come from Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who had until recently been tied to 2012 running mate Mitt Romney’s policy of opposing “amnesty” for illegal immigrants (whom Romney had suggested could be encouraged to “self-deport”).
But Ryan has made clear that he, too, is ready to pivot on the issue.
“Senator Rubio is exactly right on the need to fix our broken immigration system,” Ryan wrote last week in a post on his Facebook page. “I support the principles he’s outlined: modernization of our immigration laws; stronger security to curb illegal immigration; and respect for the rule of law in addressing the complex challenge of the undocumented population. Our future depends on an immigration system that works.”
Rubio spent much of the first half of last year trying to drum up support for his plan to offer visas to the children of illegal immigrants who have served in the military or attended college — an alternative to the Democratic-backed DREAM Act. But when the president issued an executive order that achieved similar ends, Rubio criticized him for having sidestepped Congress.
Since Obama’s re-election, which came with the support of more than 70 percent of Hispanic voters, Rubio’s team has been heartened by the stark sea change they have seen on the issue.
“Overall, the reaction’s been really positive, and there really hasn’t been any significant opposition to it,” Rubio spokesperson Alex Conant said of the senator’s plan. “People have made good points about the proposals, and we welcome a healthy debate. This isn’t something [where] the senator just woke up one morning and decided to do. He’s been thinking about these issues for years now.”
Rubio’s goal is to pass immigration legislation this year, and the political implications for the rising GOP star could be long-lasting. The first-term senator is widely expected to run for president in 2016. If he does, his first political hurdle to overcome would likely be in Iowa, where conservative hardliners on illegal immigration have long held sway.
In the 2008 nominating fight, John McCain’s efforts to promote comprehensive immigration reform were perhaps his greatest challenge in Iowa — where he finished a distant fourth in that year’s caucuses. He was able to recover and win the Republican nomination, but immigration became an unshakeable albatross for a more recent GOP White House hopeful.
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry suggested in a primary debate that people who disagreed with a Texas law offering in-state tuition rates to children of illegal immigrants “don’t have a heart,” the resulting criticism from conservatives grew into a firestorm in the Hawkeye State. Perry’s opponents and right-leaning activists hammered him for the comment, which he was forced to spend precious time on the stump trying to explain away.
But Republican consultant Bob Haus, who helped run Perry’s Iowa campaign, predicted that Rubio’s efforts on immigration reform would not sting him in a similar manner, if he does run in 2016.
“There are now more Republican leaders who are working to craft sensible, workable solutions than trying to simply derail everything,” Haus said. “These leaders are changing the debate. Republicans aren’t just against everything related to immigration. Now they’re for something. That signals a paradigm shift, and it will be a good one for the Republican Party.”
Despite those shifting sentiments on the right, however, there will no doubt be more than a few influential Republican voices in Iowa who remain resistant to Rubio’s proposals. Steve Deace, an influential conservative radio host in the nation’s first voting state, made clear on Twitter last week that he had no intention of getting behind Rubio’s plan.
“Strangely I am not reassured by Bill O’Reilly’s endorsement of Marco Rubio’s amnesty..err..immigration plan,” Deace tweeted.
During the 2012 primaries, Romney largely succeeded in his efforts to stake out a position to the right of his Republican opponents on the issue. But his short-term political gain became a Pyrrhic victory when the general election came around and the Obama campaign was able to paint him as an extremist on the issue.
Some former members of Romney’s team are among those taking that lesson to heart, seeing Rubio’s efforts as both politically savvy and a near necessity for the GOP’s future.
David Kochel, who helmed Romney’s near-victory in the 2012 Iowa caucuses, suggested that Rubio and other Republicans with their eye on the White House are wise to demonstrate a willingness to be a part of the solution to a difficult challenge.
“I think there will always be some folks in the conservative entertainment industry who will bang away at Republicans who want to work on immigration,” Kochel said. “But it’s a real problem, and not just a party problem. Time to look it in the eye and solve it. We can do it without compromising our principles.”
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Pollster: ‘I cannot remember a time when America was this despondent’
January 19, 2013
by BOB UNRUH
Bob Unruh joined WND in 2006 after nearly three decades with the Associated Press, as well as several Upper Midwest newspapers, where he covered everything from legislative battles and sports to tornadoes and homicidal survivalists. He is also a photographer whose scenic work has been used commercially.
Editor’s note:This is another in a series of “WND/WENZEL POLLS” conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting companyWenzel Strategies.
Barack Obama has led the nation into a “full-on depression,” according to a new poll that indicates only one in three people believes America is going in the right direction.
The poll shows a whopping 38 percent of Democrats believe America in general is “on the wrong track” or they are not sure.
The results are from a telephone poll conducted for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies. It was taken Jan. 9-12 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.22 percentage points.
On the basic question, 34 percent said the nation is going the right direction, 60 percent said America is on the wrong track and 6 percent said they were unsure.
The 60 percent included an overwhelming 84 percent of Republicans, a strong 66 percent majority of independents and even 30 percent of the Democrats.
“At the beginning of a second presidential term, you generally expect the country to be in full-bore optimism, in part as an endorsement of the re-elected president and in part a reflection of the nation settled in its current course,” said Fritz Wenzel, president of his strategies organization.
“We saw that with Reagan, we saw that with Clinton, and we saw that with George W. Bush. But that is not what we find with Obama,” he said.
“The country is already in full-on depression, as just 34 percent said they think things in America are headed in the right direction. Even among Democrats, just 62 percent said they think things are headed in the right direction, an abysmal figure for the president’s own fellow party members.”
He continued: “There is just no sugar-coating this – America may have liked Obama more than Romney, but they have no confidence in his leadership. This spells nothing but tough sledding for the nation over the next four years. Politically, it’s bound to get very ugly as the nation continues in a downward spiral and leaders in Washington point fingers across the political aisle. Forget solutions and reform for the next four years – the only thing coming from Washington will be blame for our sorry condition. This survey finding reflects that the nation is in the process of giving up hope.”
Even among those who called themselves “very liberal,” only 59 percent approve of the direction the nation is moving. At the opposite end of the scale, 90 percent of the “very conservative” said the nation is going down the wrong path.
Only 45 percent of Americans believe the nation’s best days still are ahead. Fifty-five percent said they are long gone.
“I cannot remember a time when America was this despondent. Our survey shows 55 percent of American adults believe America’s best days are now behind us, while just 45 percent said they think the brightest days are still ahead,” said Wenzel.
“Here we are, four years into a recession, with Washington acting – and spending – like the economy is booming and everything is rosy. This shocking disconnect between Washington leaders and the American public has perhaps never been greater,” he said.
“This finding is undoubtedly a reflection of the belief among most Americans that their leader has lost his way. Or maybe they just think that he doesn’t believe in America as that shining city on a hill, and so have lost their hope in their own country. It could very well be, at least for some, a despondent reaction to his re-election and the in-your-face attitude that the White House has adopted in dealing with the Congress in general, Republicans in Washington in particular, and Obama’s callous disregard for the massive problems that are about to destroy our nation,” Wenzel said.
“His first solution to every problem is to increase government spending and regulation, which Americans have consistently rejected. A majority still opposes Obamacare, and a majority opposed TARP and auto bailout. The idea that the nation may well have passed the point of no return in many areas may well be behind this shocking poll finding.”
Barack Hussein Obama’s agenda is to demonize fiscal conservatives so they he can continue to give away “Obama phones” from his “stash” to his constituency. Actually his “stash” is a bunch of generational IOUs to our children and grandchildren that won’t be worth the paper their printed on.
Let’s try to break down the consequences of Obama’s fondness for a disgraceful Spending appetite.
The Annual Income to Federal Government $2.2 trillion
Obama will Spend$3.8 trillion in the coming fiscal year.
The Debt for this year alone $1.6 trillion
The national debt is $16.5 trillion
Since Trillions are too big for people to comprehend let’ s strike the last 8 zeros and treat these Federal figures as if they were being used in your household.
$38,000 Spending – $ 22,000 Income = $16,000 Household deficit spending this year
$165,000 Cumulative debt + $16,000 Current Debt = $181,000 Total Cumulative Household Debt
This is a Problem!!!
The Total Cuts in the recent Budget Control Act were 38.5 billion.
Strike the zeros and it takes the cuts amount to a measly$38.50 from the household Deficit debt this year or:
$16,000 – $38.50 = $15,961.50 Your Household Deficit spending for this year alone
$165000 + $15,961.50 = $180,961.50 Total Cumulative Household Debt
Yes this is the Obama Math in play. How long could you or would your creditors allow you to rack up these credit card charges without forcing you into bankruptcy? Yet we have been doing just this for decades now. Once our creditors acknowledge our inability to pay off our debt, our interest rate, as we have seen in Greece, will be so onerous that there will be riots in the streets when basic government necessities can no longer be provided. We’re not talking about “Obama phones”, but rather necessities like food medicine etc.
Our federal government can and must do better than that.
Whenever the President and Congress talk about Borrowing, we should look at it in household terms. In the above example it should be evident to all, that there is really no real ability and therefore no real intention to pay back the accumulated $15,961.50 debt.
Borrowing is when you ask a lender to give you money and based upon your financial position, he agrees and you agree to pay it back in some predetermined term at an agreed upon interest rate.
What is occurring in the above example and what the Obama Administration is advocating is generational theft from our Children and grandchildren who have no voice in the matter!
This generational borrowing is stealing, and criminal behavior that must be punished because we must Stop Stealing from our Children and Stop the Overspending.