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Do-nothing budget…

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First,  let us give credit to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for setting a  record for  the longest speech in the House, where the leader of each party may talk at length but there is no formal filibuster as there is in the Senate.   She deserves no credit for  applauding the  Dreamers and thanking their parents for bringing them to this country and instructing us that we owe them anything other than common civility.   No,  she earned plaudits for speaking for eight hours wearing stilettos.

Her speech was an extended version of the rambling,  incoherent utterances we have come to expect from her,  so loaded with platitudes and illogic and sheer nonsense that even her own Democratic colleague nodded off.   It was a protest in search of something to protest,  as Pelosi was claiming that Democrats would  not vote  for the budget unless Speaker Paul Ryan committed to a vote on on legislation to protect DREAMers.

Some Republicans  disliked the  budget deal as well,  though for vastly different reasons.   It spends far  too much  money  for starters.   Touting the fact that it  is bipartisan  does nothing to change that fact,  no matter what  area of  spending you’re interested in.  Yuval Levin has a clear-eyed view of  the fiscal rotten stew, which also gave me the title for this post.

In the end,  Senate recalcitrance caused the government to shut down only overnight,  for which Sen. Rand Paul is being unfairly blamed.  And we the taxpayers are stuck with a crappy spending bill.

 

 

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February 10, 2018 at 2:53 pm

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What IRS really needs…

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…is not  more money,  but to have its upper management levels summarily dismissed,  be forced to eliminate the wasteful conferences and team-building exercises and  party gifts.   Perhaps a real fear of losing one’s job and future pension will concentrate the employees’ minds sufficiently for them to do their damned jobs.

I’m quite certain the tea Party membership would be happy to volunteer to help them.

 

 

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May 25, 2017 at 4:27 pm

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Mike Lee lets loose…

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Sen. Mike Lee posts a video rant against  Congress here.   It is an epic twelve-mionute rant against the way funding has been done,  and he’s absolutely right.

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October 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

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Budget director stonewall…

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Watch Office of  Management and Budget director Cynthia Burwell repeatedly refuse to answer a simple question from Sen. Jeff Sessions  about whether the Obama administration’s proposed 2015 budget increases spending above the levels provided in the Ryan-Murray budget agreement passed last December.   This is what the Obama Administration does  — stonewall,  obfuscate,  then lie.

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March 8, 2014 at 10:18 am

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U.N. budget reduced a tiny bit…

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Why the hell should it take  “protracted negotiations” to cut 221 staff at the UN headquarters and freeze pay for a year for the New York workers,  and reduce the general budget by a whole $50 million?

Joe Torsella,  the US diplomat in charge of UN management affairs,  hailed the move to “eliminate unnecessary, duplicative or outdated” jobs.    Such an attitude,  which reflects that of the entire Obama Administration,  and indeed of the whole Democratic Party,  explains a lot about the sorry state of the United Nations and the USA.

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December 29, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Negotiator in chief…

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House Speaker John Boehner has tweeted out a  sharp-elbowed  video on His Oneness being wiling to negotiate with Putin,  but not with Republicans.   It’s quite well-done,  and I expect will annoy Democrats intensely.

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September 19, 2013 at 11:53 pm

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Brackets vs. budgets…

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His Oneness found time to complete his NCAA basketball tournament brackets before jetting off to lie to the Israelis,  but his  budget remains  unfinished.   Obama blew his brackets.   The budget is supposed to be released today,  so  here is a primer from the Wall Street Journal on understanding it.

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April 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

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