Look up in the sky. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s the cost of the first section of California’s proposed high-speed rail line! And its estimated costs are increasing faster than Obamacare waivers.

The Merced Sun-Star reveals the future and the losing thereof:

Building tracks for the first section of California’s proposed high-speed rail line will cost $2.9 billion to $6.8 billion more than originally estimated…


California High Speed Rail, designed to deliver the Golden State into bankruptcy even faster

A 2009 business plan … estimated costs at about $7.1 billion for the equivalent stretch of tracks. Officials say those estimates were made before detailed engineering work and feedback from communities along the proposed route.

OK, the data produced by the Magic 8-Ball was wrong.

The latest estimates are contained in two environmental impact studies…

Environmental impact studies have destroyed more infrastructure projects than the Luftwaffe.

The rail authority’s chief executive, Roelof van Ark, said planners anticipated the higher costs as more information about land acquisition and other details related to actual construction became known.

Planners knew their estimates were bogus but it’s raaaaacist to bother Obama when he’s playing with his trains.

“We’ve had cost increases, but I believe the costs are now realistic and fair,” he said.

Likely they are neither.

Van Ark also said he expects the estimated total cost of the project, originally pegged at $43 billion, to rise.

Why produce an estimate he knows is low? It’s a game. He estimates $43 billion knowing it’s actually $200 billion and will act surprised when it hits $500 billion. All for a project nobody but politicians actually wants.

But at least your destitute grandkids will have a nice train station to sleep in.

– Written by Bonfire of the Absurdities

Source: Merced Sun Star

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The American government has wasted your hardearned tax dollars on some pretty stupid stuff, but the length and girth of this one tops them all.

The Daily Mail UK reveals the hard facts about how you’re getting screwed. Or at least how someone’s getting screwed:


Another completely transparent excuse to show Anthony Weiner's weiner again

As the country plunges further into debt and with the small task of securing a multi-trillion dollar deal still on the cards, it has emerged that thousands of tax dollars were wasted on a study examining the correlation between a gay man’s penis size and his sex life. 

The study was among several backed by the National Institutes of Health who granted almost $900,000 in one year on this and other studies.

We don’t even want to know what the other studies may have been. We’re still reeling over this one.

It has not been ascertained how much of the $900,000 grant went to he 2009 report, called The Association Between Penis Size and Sexual Health Among Men Who Have Sex with Men, but the coalition release stated that at least $9.4 million went to a ten-year study that included the penis-size research.

According to Fox, the grant was administered by NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, and went first to a group called Public Health Solutions and a researcher with the National Development and Research Institutes before going to individual researchers.

It compiled data from a survey of more than one thousand gay and bisexual men at events in New York City held for the gay community.

And now, let’s conclude with the highlight of the story.

Those who participated were given a free movie voucher.

And if they were lucky, they found Pee Wee Herman in the theater of their choice demonstrating the results of the survey.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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Damn, we love that line. And it’s about time someone – anyone – said it. In this case the quotee was Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador.

After Cokie Roberts reflexively spewed a litany of Democrat talking points, Labrador asked the simple question, “Why is it that compromise always means increasing taxes today and doing cuts ten years from now?”

“Homina, homina, homina,” Roberts said in response.

H/T: Breitbart.tv

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Some might say $7 million per home seems a bit pricey, but to those cynics we say money is no object when it comes to bringing high speed porn to rural areas of this fine nation.


Cletus and Clem, the Editor's redneck relatives in rural Montana, will love President Obama's high speed internet as soon as they get electricity

Forbes.com has the disturbing details:

Eisenach and Caves looked at three areas that received stimulus funds, in the form of loans and direct grants, to expand broadband access in Southwestern Montana, Northwestern Kansas, and Northeastern Minnesota. The median household income in these areas is between $40,100 and $50,900. The median home prices are between $94,400 and $189,000.

$94,000 for a house? Hell, that may be the real story in this story. $94K isn’t even a down payment here in California.

So how much did it cost per unserved household to get them broadband access? A whopping $349,234, or many multiples of household income, and significantly more than the cost of a home itself.

Sadly, it’s actually worse than that. Take the Montana project. The area is not in any meaningful sense unserved or even underserved. As many as seven broadband providers, including wireless, operate in the area. Only 1.5% of all households in the region had no wireline access. And if you include 3G wireless, there were only seven households in the Montana region that could be considered without access. So the cost of extending access in the Montana case comes to about $7 million for each additional household served.

Of course, the Obama administration was terribly disappointed by the $7 million figure. They were confident the number would come in much, much higher.

Source: Forbes.com

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Perhaps our earlier condemnations of Charlie Rangel were too harsh. We assumed he was corrupt, but this video clip leads us to believe he is merely stupid.

Here’s ol’ Charlie spouting Keynesian nonsense (pardon our redundancy) with Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox News.

“We have to really cut back in our spending,” Charlie said. “Everyone knows that, and we have to raise revenue in order to do it.”

Sit back and read that sentence again. Luxuriate in its utter stupidity. Swim in its ignorance.

All brought to you courtesy of Charlie Rangel, D-NY.

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Letter to the Editor: The Stimulus worked!

by editor on June 2, 2011

Dear I Hate The Media and The Feeling Is MUTUAL,

I’m so sick of you Republicans! I am tired of you and your erroneous belief that the government stimulus program – engineered by the greatest President in the history of mankind and the most kind, benevolent human being since Gandhi, Barack Obama – failed.


Fahrnsworth is correct: There are no monuments on Main Street

Well, I hope you have a big plate of crow in front of your fat cat, Klan-enhooded faces because the latest housing figures are in and–guess what?–home prices are soaring!


Home prices, according to the most trustworthy source of news in modern history, the Washington Post, are up in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Of course, they’re down in every other major city, but who cares about those places? They don’t matter. They don’t have monuments.

These cities – if you want to call them that – are in the second dip of a double dip housing recession. But, again, who cares about those citizens. These people aren’t entrusted with the preservation of the Union and over-paid government positions.

So next time you’re bashing the President, I hope you remember he single-handedly (Oh! Those precious hands! So soft it’s like they never did a day of work!) restored the economic luster of our great capital and promoted the prosperity of the people who make this country work – the bureaucrats and various czars and czarinas of the United States of America.

Oh, and suck it, GOP!


R. Coddington Fahrnsworth

Undersecretary to the Oversecretary’s Secretary, Department of the Budget, Budgeting Department, Division of the Department of Administration, Housing Administration

Source: Washington Post

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Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn is at it again. He’s issued his annual report that details massive government waste on stupid projects. We’re talking billions of dollars wasted on hairbrained projects.

Our favorite is the $1.5 million they spent to develop a robot that can fold shirts. Only problem is, it takes the robot 25 minutes per shirt.

jello wrestling

Hey, c'mon, Senator Coburn, some of these projects are vital scientific research

OK, OK, you know us too well. That’s not really our favorite. We were just trying to sound mature. Our real favorite is the Antarctic jello wrestling.

The New York Post reports:

The report found that at the Antarctic McMurdo research station, which part of a $451 million a year polar research project, NSF employees organized a Jell-o-wrestling event and nude “polar bear plunge” party.

Ahhh, but that’s just the beginning. Scientists at the NSF came up with lots of other wacky ways to waste your money. Such as:

  • Having shrimp walk on tiny treadmills to measure the impact of sickness on crustaceans;
  • $80,000 study on why the same teams always dominate March Madness;
  • $315,000 study suggesting playing FarmVille on Facebook helps adults develop and maintain relationships;
  • $1 million for an analysis of how quickly parents respond to trendy baby names;
  • $50,000 to produce and publicize amateur songs about science, including a rap called “Money 4 Drugz,” and a misleading song titled “Biogas is a Gas, Gas, Gas”;
  • $2 million to figure out that people who often post pictures on the internet from the same location at the same time are usually friends; and
  • $581,000 on whether online dating site users are racist.

Remember this next time you hear Democrats say there’s no way to cut the budget. Here’s Coburn outlining just a few of them.

Source: New York Post

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Hoo boy, what’s a socialist President to do? He needs to raise the debt limit so he can keep spending, needs to increase the debt limit to satisfy his political base, but a new poll indicates that he’d be punished in the polls for doing it.


Want more money? Just crank up the printing presses and let 'er rip!

CBS News reports Obama’s awkward situation:

Despite Obama administration warnings that failing to do so would devastate the economy, a clear majority of Americans say they oppose raising the debt limit, a new CBS News/New York Times poll shows.

Just 27 percent of Americans support raising the debt limit, while 63 percent oppose raising it.

Eighty-three percent of Republicans oppose raising the limit, along with 64 percent of independents and 48 percent of Democrats. Support for raising the debt limit is just 36 percent among Democrats, and only 14 percent among Republicans.

Note that 48% of Democrats oppose raising the debt limit. That means the President is appealing only to the extremists in his own party when he says, “This has worked so well that we should do it again.”

To tell the truth, we’re not actually sure they the extremists. They may actually be morons.

Source: CBS News

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What’s wrong with this picture? We can’t drill for offshore oil in the United States, but we can give billions of dollars to Brazil so they can build one. We haven’t built a refinery in the United States since 1976, but we can give Colombia $2.84 billion so they can build one.


We're not sure if this is a photo of the sun setting on the American oil industry or rising over the foreign oil industry

CSN News reports the completely inexplicable details of the pissing away of another few billion of your tax dollars:

The U.S. Export-Import Bank, an independent agency of the federal government, is now planning a $2.84-billion loan for a massive project to expand and upgrade an oil refinery–in Cartagena, Colombia.

The money would go to Reficar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ecopetrol, the Colombian national oil company.

“This is part of a $5.18 billion refinery and upgrade project in Cartagena, Colombia supplying petroleum products to the domestic and export markets,” the Export-Import Bank said in a statement.

The U.S. government-controlled bank says the $2.84-billion in financing it plans to undertake will be the second largest project it has ever done. The largest was $3 billion in financing for a liquid natural gas project in Papua New Guinea.

Yes, we know these are loans and loan guarantees, not outright gifts, and we understand the theory that American companies will benefit from purchases made by the foreign oil interests. But wouldn’t American companies also benefit from purchases made by companies drilling for and refining oil in the United States?

You have to give Obama credit. He may be anti-American, but at least he’s consistent.

Source: CNSnews.com

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The more we see this Rand Paul, the more we like him. His basic concept: quit pussyfooting around with meaningless budget cuts. The only way we’ll save the nation, he says, is by cutting entire governmental departments.

He’d start with the Departments of Education, the Commerce, and Agriculture. And he’s just getting warmed up.

Go, Rand, go.

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OK, perhaps those weren’t the Democrat Congresswoman’s exact words, but our paraphrase isn’t that far off.

Cavuto says, “We’re going to hell in a hand basket.” Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson replies, “Let’s buy matching shoes.”

Neil Cavuto says, “We have to try something different.” Johnson replies, “We have to try the same thing.”

Cavuto says, “Let’s raise hell.” Johnson replies, “Let’s raise taxes.”

Cavuto says, “We’re quickly becoming a banana republic.” Johnson replies, “I love to shop at Banana Republic.”

Good lord, we’re screwed. Really, really screwed. Greece, here we come.

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Yup. Ol’ Joe chose what some extremist Republicans are calling an inappropriate time to catch a catnap – right in the middle of his boss’ speech on the debt and the deficit.

But the Vice President had a really good excuse. Twenty-five of them, in fact.

  1. Up late last night trying to come up with something incredibly stupid to do while President spoke.
  2. In his dreams, the President is serious about deficit reduction.
  3. He made the mistake of counting members of the mainstream media lining up like sheep to back Obama’s plan.
  4. All those zeros… Zzzzzzeros.
  5. Hey, Gore slept through the 90s and nobody said anything about it.
  6. He was tired from a long day of making sure that only China could have coal plants.
  7. He stayed up all night trying to figure out a good comeback for that smartass at the ice cream shop.
  8. The way the government has been spending money, taking a 20-minute map is like stickin’ it to the man for $4 million.
  9. It’s the Biden Sleep Deficit plan.
  10. That’s not just a nap, that’ fucking serious sleep!
  11. “Barry told me to go ahead, take a nap, and he’ll wake me up when he needs me to add something intelligent.”
  12. Being a word genius is tiring work.
  13. Even the dimmest of bulbs need to be turned off to cool down once in a while.
  14. Up late last night making up phrases that rhyme with “Boehner.”
  15. Nice sunny day, gentle breeze from Barry’s mouth, the endless droning on and on of Barry’s speech … you do the math.
  16. His son Beau put music on Joe’s MP3 player and he fell asleep listening to the unofficial lib lullaby: Ten Years After’s I’d Love To Change The World:

    “Everywhere is freaks and hairies
    Dykes and fairies, tell me where there is sanity
    Tax the rich, feed the poor
    Till there are no rich no more

    I’d love to change the world
    But I don’t know what to do
    So I’ll leave it up to you

    And it’s somehow Bush’s fault.”

  17. Honoring those Latino citizens who made this country great by partaking in the traditional siesta!
  18. He lost a significant amount of sleep worrying over the results of Barrack’s AIDS test.
  19. The inside of Biden’s eyelids look just like the long, dark chasm that has been the Obama presidency.
  20. The anesthesia hadn’t completely worn off after an earlier trip to the hair clinic.
  21. His alien radio control implant was temporarily blocked by the lead paint in the rotunda.
  22. Late night panty raid in the Freshman dorm.
  23. He couldn’t get any coffee that morning because he didn’t have an Indian accent.
  24. Brainwashing Side Effects include: drowsiness, prolonged grinning, hair loss, and delusions of grandeur.
  25. Time for a nap – I’ve heard this all before from that peanut farmer guy … what the hell was his name? His brother made some great beer … where am I?

Contributors: Sven Waring, Perlcat, JJJRO

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You won’t believe this one. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) invited Alec Baldwin to Washington, DC to talk about campaign finance reform. (Unbeknownst to us, the actor has apparently developed an expertise on that subject in between screaming at his young daughter and shooting a ratings-challenged sitcom.)

Baldwin was asked if President Obama has lived up to his expectations. That’s when we learned that poor ol’ Obama just hasn’t been able to spend enough money.

CNS News reports Baldwin’s bizarre theory:

“Well, I mean, I think so because I think that when you come into office and you want to put your mark on things — this is just my opinion, when you want to put your mark on things, you want to be able to spend. And what’s crippled Obama’s administration, as far as I’m concerned, is the financial crisis and it’s prevented him from doing any new spending,” said Baldwin, who publicly supported Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.

“He’s not able –- if the country was as flush as it was under Bill Clinton and he had money — these things cost money — he could have made more of a mark,” said Baldwin. “I think right now he’s had to do a lot of counter-punching; a lot of back peddling. He inherited this crisis from Bush and Paulson. He had to extend the TARP. I think it’s been very difficult for him to spend his whole first term trying to, you know, correct our course financially. I think a second term of Obama, we’ll see a lot more of what we want to see from him.”

Obama and Baldwin are perfect together. One can’t speak without a Teleprompter, the other shouldn’t speak without a script.

Source: CNS News

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President Obama’s Word of the Day

by editor on April 6, 2011

As this video clip clearly demonstrates, there’s one word President Obama values over all other words in the English language. And we don’t mind telling that we’re completely spent after watching it.

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He’s remarkably bright. He has complete command of he issues and the numbers. He’s a great speaker. He’s telegenic. And he chewed up and spit out President Obama during the healthcare debate.

This video, the Path to Prosperity, clearly, compellingly outlines the fiscal problems we face.

Prepare to be demonized Paul.

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We love Thaddeus McCotter. He edges out Paul Ryan as our favorite Congressman.

In this video clip, the Michigan Republican gives the spenders and the cowards hell in the House of Representatives. Or as Harry Truman said, “I just tell the truth and they think it’s hell.”

Harry and Thad would probably get along pretty well, don’t you think?

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“Drill, baby, drill” now has a doppelgänger known as “Cut, baby, cut.”

Would someone please send the results of this new Rasmussen poll to John Boehner and the rest of the cowardly Republicans in Washington, DC:


Budget Chainsaw Massacre, starring Rand Paul, coming soon to a theater near you

A majority of voters are fine with a partial shutdown of the federal government if that’s what it takes to get deeper cuts in federal government spending.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters think making deeper spending cuts in the federal budget for 2011 is more important than avoiding a partial government shutdown. Thirty-one percent (31%) disagree and say avoiding a shutdown is more important. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

Republicans want to make more spending cuts in the current budget than Democrats do, but 36% of voters think it would be better to avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending at a level most Democrats will agree to. Fifty-seven percent (57%) would rather have a shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree on deeper spending cuts.

Everyone in Washington is addicted to spending and there’s only one way to cure it:

Cold turkey.

Source: Rasmussen

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We’re not quite sure what polling company the Democrats in Washington, DC are using, but they may want to put their research contract out to bid again.

We think these two stories, found side-by-side on Drudge, explain the risk they’re taking and the political realities they’re ignoring.

carlos alvarez

Fomer Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez learned a painful lesson: Raise taxes, raise the voters' ire

Here’s story #1:

Miami-Dade mayor ousted in recall vote; Anger over tax hike…

Voters swept Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez out of office by a stunning margin Tuesday, capping a dramatic collapse for a politician who was given increased authority by voters four years ago to clean up much-maligned county government but was ushered out in the largest recall of a local politician in U.S. history.

The spectacular fall from power comes after two years of missteps, ranging from granting top staffers big pay hikes to construction of a publicly funded stadium for the Florida Marlins to implementation of a property-tax rate increase that outraged an electorate struggling through an ugly recession.

Souce: MiamiHerald.com

And here’s story #2:

Mandatory Spending to Exceed all Federal Revenues — 50 Years Ahead of Schedule…

We have now gotten to the point — as I noted yesterday — where if national defense, interstate highways, national parks, homeland security, and all other discretionary programs somehow became absolutely free, we’d still have a budget deficit.

The White House Office of Management and Budget projects that in the current fiscal year (2011), mandatory spending alone will exceed all federal receipts. So even if we didn’t spend a single cent on discretionary programs, we still wouldn’t be able to balance our budget this year — let alone pay off any of the $14 trillion in debt that we have already accumulated.

Source: WeeklyStandard.com

Raise our taxes to compensate for your profligate spending, Democrats and you could soon find yourself standing behind Republican former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez in the unemployment line.

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With great fanfare, Democrats in Washington, DC have shamelessly announced a very painful $10 billion in budget cuts. Any deeper cuts would be dangerous. They’d threaten the fragile economic recovery. They’d disproportionately impact the weak and defenseless. They’d strike women and minorities hardest. Blah, blah, blah.


Perspective is now an economic phenomenon as well as a visual one

National Review puts those “draconian” cuts in perspective:

Senate Democrats have drawn the line at $10 billion in cuts to the budget in this fiscal year, already half-expired.

The national deficit for the month of February was $222.5 billion, or $7.9 billion per day.

Thus, the Democrats’ cuts are sufficient to get the government running even for roughly 30 hours. Those harsh, draconian cuts proposed by the GOP — $61 billion — would have the government running even for about a week.

Perspective. That’s the visual phenomenon that makes railroad tracks seem to come together in the distance. The same tracks, we assume, that the economic train is about to run off of.

Source: National Review

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President Obama may want to spend another $53 billion on high speed trains and other nonsense, but even the Chairman of the Fed knows this madness cannot go on forever.

Questioning the Chairman on Capitol Hill last week, Republican Paul Ryan got Bernanke to agree that the best way to generate growth in the economy is to cut spending. Direct question, very direct answer.

But then Ben said, “I’d really love to answer more questions, Congressman Ryan, but I’m working swing shift on the printing press tonight and I really have to get going. George Soros gets very angry when I’m late.”

OK, well, maybe he didn’t say it, but we’re pretty sure he was thinking it.

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CNBC’s Squawk Box turned to comedy on Tuesday as Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D., N.Y.) parroted President Obama’s call for more stimulus-style “investments.”

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan chewed Maloney up and spit her out like a piece of bad kielbasa at the White House Super Bowl party. “When a politician in Washington says ‘investment,’” Ryan noted, “that means more government spending. That is a problem.”

And it went on from there.


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Woe be the republic if we clamp a lid on spending. Or so the liberal elite says. But it looks like the Keynesians are standing out there alone on this one.


"Full speed ahead," shouted the Keynesian captain.

A new Reuters poll tells the tale:

Some 71 percent of those surveyed oppose increasing the borrowing authority, the focus of a brewing political battle over federal spending. Only 18 percent support an increase.

The poll underscores the tough task ahead for U.S. lawmakers as the debt nears its current ceiling of $14.3 trillion. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner last week warned that a failure to raise the borrowing limit in the coming months could lead to “catastrophic economic consequences”.

Republicans, who won control of the House of Representatives in November on a promise to scale back government, hope to pair any debt-ceiling hike with a commitment from President Barack Obama to reduce long-term spending.

The liberal elite, on the other hand, do not comprehend the concept of cutting back.

“There’s an iceberg on the horizon, Captain.”

“Full speed ahead.”

Source: Reuters.com

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How dumb are MSNBC viewers? This dumb.

by editor on January 7, 2011

Last week liberals intentionally misinterpreted a new study that seemed to indicate that Fox News viewers are dumber than viewers of other networks. Jealous of the attention its competitor was getting, MSNBC this week went out of its way to show that it thinks its viewers have the intellectual development of second graders.

Debt ceiling. Two simple words, one simple phrase. It’s not all that difficult a concept to comprehend. Unless, apparently, you’re a viewer of MSNBC in which case it has to explained to you in excrutiatingly simple terms.

In this clip MSNBC reporter Richard Lui plays the role of “spending” and acts out what would happen if the debt ceiling is raised. After watching his remarkably nuanced performance, we can’t decide if he’s using the Stanislawski Method or the Strasberg Method.

The only conclusion we can draw from this clip is that the M in MSNBC must stand for Moron.

Source: National Journal, WorldPublicOpinion.org

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All the President’s men are fanning out across the media landscape to insist that we must – absolutely must – increase the debt ceiling. Because a $14.3 trillion debt just won’t do.


Pot calls kettle black: Austin Goolsby uses words like catastrophe and insanity.

In fact, Austin Goolsby, the President’s top economic advisor, says those pesky Republicans’ refusal to increase it would be both “catastrophic” and “insanity.” This is odd, because catastrophe and insanity are two things liberals normally use to burnish their resumes.

Interestingly, but not unsurprisingly, this is not the position Senator Obama took on the debt ceiling. He voted against increasing it back in 2006. Here’s what he said about it back then:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

In keeping with his Illinois Senate tradition of voting “Present” on most major bills, Senator Obama skipped the U.S. Senate votes on increasing the debt ceiling in 2007 and 2008.

Source: National Review Online

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The word “shameless” comes to mind. But then so do the words “lying sack of excrement.”

FOX Nation has the details of Nancy Pelosi’s clumsy attempt to rewrite history:

At her final press conference as House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, “Deficit reduction has been a high priority for us. It is our mantra, pay-as-you-go.”

The numbers tell a different story.

When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04. The last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi’s Speakership on December 22, 2010 the national debt was $13,858,529,371,601.09 – a roughly $5.2 trillion increase in just four years. Furthermore, the year over year federal deficit has roughly quadrupled during Pelosi’s four years as speaker, from $342 billion in fiscal year 2007 to an estimated $1.6 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2010.

There’s an old saying, Nancy, that history is written by the winners. You, unfortunately, are the loser so you have been officially stripped of the golden quill and magic ink well with which the last decade’s history will be written.

H/T: Breitbart.tv

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