Archive for the ‘Budget’ Category
Although the announced reductions in military spending are being widely covered by news organizations and widely known by the public, America’s national security concerns are far more serious than most Americans realize with the Obama administration announcing on Tuesday the likelihood of significant cuts to the budgets for the many agencies under the Homeland Security Department umbrella, according to several law enforcement officials, such as Police Capt. Charles Hoffstetter on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, reacted immediately to what he believes is President Barack Obama and his minions buying into their own false narrative that the threats to this country are diminishing.”
McCaul served as chief of Counter Terrorism and National Security in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, and he commanded the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) which combined federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
With that background, McCaul is leery of a White House that denies the evidence of their own senses, according to Hoffstetter, a decorated police commander and former U.S. Marine.
“The President’s budget again shows that his priorities do not match up with the American people’s. Ultimately this proposal increases fees to taxpayers, travelers and businesses while decreasing the overall budget for securing the homeland,” said McCaul in a statement.
“This means the American people will pay more out of pocket while the Department cuts key security programs such as those to detain criminals and conduct aerial patrols of the border,” according to the five-term congressman.
McCaul claims that the American people are fully aware that the northern and southern U.S. borders are not secure, but what they may not know is that the Obama Administration expects to cut the funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement by almost $250 million – including a reduction of 3,500 detention beds.
He also accuses the Obama White House of proposing drastic cuts to the U.S. Coast Guard — up to $300 million in cuts — which will mean fewer ships available for indicting narcotics and other illicit drugs as well as fewer ships available to intercept criminals or terrorists headed for the United States, according to Federal Times.
“Meanwhile, the President increases funding for more bureaucracy including throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at a new headquarters instead of spending precious funds on keeping Americans safe,” McCaul stated.
“[Obama's budget] proposal shows a distinct disconnect between what the American people need and what the Administration wants. Ultimately, this budget proves that the Administration believes its own false narrative that the threats to this country are diminishing, and the Committee will have many questions for DHS at the full Committee budget hearing with the Secretary on March 13,” said McCaul.
The release of the proposed Fiscal-Year 2015 Budget released on Tuesday reveals that President Barack Obama and his minions have not abandoned their mission to control guns in the hands of U.S. citizens, even after the abysmal failures last year in the liberal-left’s quest to pass their anti-gun agenda items, according to the Washington, D.C., political news web site, The Hill.
Despite cuts to the nation’s defense, homeland security and public safety budgets, Obama’s 2015 budget proposal reveals his continued goal of controlling firearms and ammunition in the hands of civilians who wish to protect themselves, their loved ones and their homes.
The FY’15 Budget proposal has devoted cash to improve the background checks conducted by the FBI, better data collection and storage within the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) and increased inspections of firearms dealers, according an Examiner report.
President Obama’s budget proposal includes money earmarked for helping federal, state and local law enforcement and public health agencies in preventing and responding to shooting rampages that result in multiple casualties.
“The budget provides training for State and local law enforcement to prevent and respond to active shooters and prevent mass casualties, invests in programs to identify mental health issues early and continues the Comprehensive School Safety Program and other initiatives to enhance school security,” according to the White House document.
According to critics of President Obama, the nation’s Commander in Chief responded to the 2012 shooting spree that left 26 adults and children dead in a Connecticut grade school, using emotion in pushing for measures to reduce gun violence, according to an Examiner news story.
In fact, The Obama White House announced dozens of executive actions designed to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
While the White House boasted about their achievements through Obama’s executive orders, a series of proposed laws in the wake of the Newtown massacre went no where due to clearly intense opposition from gun rights groups and many Republicans in both houses of the U.S. Congress.
Advanced age and declining mental acumen have not prevented, or even slowed down, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) from growing her reputation as America’s queen of moon bat idiocy and foremost advocate of nanny-state Marxism.
In her latest tirade against responsible governance, the addled lady bemoaned the fact that the much- ballyhooed budget “deal” does not make unemployment benefits a lifetime entitlement.
Said she as reported:
(CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the Republican refusal to include unemployment benefits in the Ryan-Murray budget deal is immoral.
“It’s interesting to note that they rejected unemployment insurance—this is so unconscionable, it’s practically at the level of immoral to do. The people who work hard, play by the rules, lose their job through no fault of their own, are not able to get—continue to get an unemployment insurance check.”
Again, as I say, not only is it a bad idea from a humanity standpoint, but from an economic standpoint. For every dollar spent on unemployment benefits, it grows the economy by $1.52, a dollar and a half.”
Only a demented leftist, unfortunate enough to be cursed with Pelosi’s intellectual limitations, would see unemployment funding as a practical solution to sluggish economic growth and stalled prosperity!
Why not cut taxes, trim down anti-growth government regulations, and let free enterprise work, as it was intended to, Madam Pelosi?
Even more distressing than the Pelosi take on economic matters is her warped notion of morality.
Lest we forget, Nancy Pelosi sees abortion rights as “sacred” to the cause of liberated women; this despite the teachings of the Catholic Church of which Pelosi claims to be a devout member!
Thus, according to Pelosi, willfully killing a human life may be acceptable, even ‘sacred’, whereas limiting unemployment payments in a responsible fashion is somehow ‘immoral’?
Nancy Pelosi needs to retire from political life and join a circus where her fractured thinking and clown-like demeanor would be fully appreciated!
Here’s the situation: You’re in a high–stakes negotiation with an untrustworthy opponent. The opposition has violated every agreement the two of you have made in the past. Enforcement mechanisms are weak or non–existent.
In other areas of mutual interest your opponent regularly violates the law and dares you to do something about the violation. Your weak and vacillating leadership can’t be counted on in a pinch. And finally, the opposition lies shamelessly to the state media, doing its best to paint you as a fanatic and pathological liar.
So what do you do?
Bomb Iran is a good answer, but it’s not the answer for this question, because I’m talking about negotiating a budget deal with Democrats.
The Republican House leadership decision in this case was to sell out their conservative base in a brazen attempt to insure their own re–election at the expense of the nation’s fiscal future.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D–Sneakers) have presented us with a plan that shatters the spending ceiling that was the main result of the bruising sequester fight, dilutes the small budget cuts from the sequester and raises taxes (Ryan calls it a “fee” but if the feds get more money and it comes from our pockets it’s the same as a tax).
Ryan even has the gall to say the deal will balance the budget in ten years and sidestep the threat of government shutdowns in January and October 2014.
And those dates are what are really important for craven House negotiators. In fact, the real motivation for the deal is Ryan’s shutdown statement. House Republicans still think they suffered a near–death experience in the recent government shutdown. But instead of seeing Jesus and a bright light, they saw a Mayflower moving van and a bright white resume. For them if it’s a choice between selling out to the Democrats and losing their cushy Congressional job, sellout is just another word for job security.
The risk of a potential shutdown in January and October of an election year was simply too much uncertainty for these stalwarts to bear. So instead of simply passing a continuing resolution as has been done for the past few years and keeping the sequester savings, Ryan decided to remove all uncertainly and cave in this year.
Ryan and Speaker Boehner (R–Risible) think they can get away with this lie to conservatives because the result of increased federal spending and budget busting won’t have the personal impact on voters that Obama’s insurance lie had. You don’t get a letter from the government cancelling your future. You get a Chinaman repossessing the Washington monument.
The rationalization for this total surrender is threefold according to our betters: The agreement restores some defense spending reduced by the sequester, cuts the budget and brings the entire budget into balance in ten years.
Let’s start at the top. Ace negotiator Ryan was able to restore $2 billion in Pentagon spending next year in return for letting Democrats increase wasteful social spending by $ 22 BILLION! That’s a ratio of 11 to one in welfare to warfare spending.
On Wednesday, Speaker of the US House John Boehner (R-Ohio,), castigated fellow Republicans who dared express dissatisfaction with the budget “deal” worked out between Democrat Patty Murray and Republican Paul Ryan, a deal so awful that it was hailed by Barack Obama!
Boehner belched out his criticism of GOP conservatives with the following impolite words:
“They’re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous,” Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday.
Ridiculous, Mr. Speaker?
Good grief, this so-called “deal” savages sequesters, the only policy that has actually reduced the mounting federal deficit in recent times, and pays but a meager pittance to really cutting the federal deficit, now hovering over the heads of future American generations at 17 trillion green backs!
What IS truly ridiculous is that an alleged leader of the Republican opposition has apparently lost all cognizance of conservative values and is now in the business of carrying water for our scandal-ridden Marxist President!
Other items in the news which are far more ridiculous than opposition to the budget scam include:
- ObamaCare and it’s potential harm to the health and welfare of the American people;
- Continued presence of HHS head Kathleen Sebelius on the US Government payroll AND, in fact,on US soil;
- Obama’s “Interim” Agreement with Iran which may be the greatest threat to US Homeland Security since the events of 9/11/01;
- Willful abandonment of Israel and other US Allies;
- John Kerry, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi;
- 50 million Americans on food stamps, millions more on welfare;
- Amnesty for invading criminals;
- The incoherent mess called US foreign policy;
- Unresolved crimes involving Benghazi, unconstitutional abuse of power re the IRS scandal, “Fast and Furious,” and other high crimes and misdemeanors!, and
- Global warming farce.
Get it ,Mr. Speaker?
The LAST thing you should be worried about are heroic efforts by patriotic Republicans to contain the Obama mad cow plague, which, unless it is resisted, threatens our very existence!
After watching Barack Obama disgrace the US presidency even further with his nutty ‘Selfie’ during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, true American patriots are owed an answer.
Namely, how much more humiliation and embarrassment can this self-absorbed, spoiled brat dump on we the people and our blessed nation?
Is there no bottom to the Obama madness and his destructive reign of ruin?
Have we not suffered enough, what with the colossal failure known as ObamaCare and its potential to disrupt 17 percent of the national economy, the muddled and incoherent foreign policy which treats long-time allies as foes while favoring terrorist states, the dismantling of the American dream in order to placate the less capable and less diligent at the expense of the bright and successful, and the wanton destruction of American values and traditions in order to serve wrong-minded multiculturalism?
Lest we who lean to the Right get too full of ourselves, let us remember that while Obama was acting the fool in Johannesburg, leaders of the GOP were working overtime on the Hill to take the “Grand” out of the Grand Old Party by announcing a budget “deal” which scuttles, at least in part, the sequesters, the only tool which has been even remotely effective in cutting insane spending.
House and Senate negotiators unveiled an $85 billion agreement late Tuesday to fund federal agencies through the fall of 2015, averting another government shutdown and ending the cycle of crisis that has paralyzed Washington for much of the past three years.
In a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) stood side by side in the Capitol with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to announce the deal, which would cancel half of the sharp spending cuts known as the sequester for the current fiscal year.
Ryan called the agreement “a step in the right direction” that protects the Pentagon from fresh cuts set to hit in January while trimming deficits by more than $20 billion over the next decade.”
20 billion out of 17 trillion over ten years is a step in the right direction?
Baloney, Paul Ryan!
I’ve got to hand it to the White House — they really know how to sell an April Fools joke:
(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama, who has increased the national debt by $53,377 per household, has proclaimed April “National Financial Capability Month,” during which his administration will do things such as teach young people “how to budget responsibly.”
“I call upon all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities to improve their understanding of financial principles and practices,” Obama said in an official proclamation released Friday.
“My Administration is dedicated to helping people make sound decisions in the marketplace,” he said.
“Together, we can prepare young people to tackle financial challenges–from learning how to budget responsibly to saving for college, starting a business, or opening a retirement account,” he said.
Let’s kick off the Obama administration’s push to help Americans become “financially capable” with lesson #1 from Joe Biden:
The term “pre dawn” should only be used to describe two things: Raids and Tony Orlando’s early years. When “pre dawn” is used in reference to the time of day Congress acted, especially heading into a weekend, it probably means potential bad news for the rest of us. That said, at about 5 o’clock this morning — pre dawn — the Senate passed its first budget in four years. Maybe the “no budget no pay” bill did the trick, or maybe Dems decided it’s well past time to raise taxes again. The voting was first and foremost affected by positioning for 2014:
The Senate early Saturday passed its first budget in four years by a vote of 50 to 49.
The close vote was a big victory for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who had to overcome large differences within their caucus to push the resolution through.
Centrist Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) were all non-committal up until the end.
Baucus, Begich, Hagan and Pryor joined the entire GOP caucus in voting against the budget resolution. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) missed the vote.
All the Democratic senators who voted “no” are up for reelection in 2014 in states that voted for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
No Republicans voted for the Dem budget. An amendment in favor of constructing the Keystone Pipeline was approved by 62 senators, including 17 Democrats.
Republicans were quick to respond to the budget proposal passage:
In a statement released at 5 a.m. today, Senator Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, blasts the budget the Senate passed very early this morning. Sessions’s main concern is that the budget “has zero real deficit reduction” and “never balances.”
“The content of the plan the majority has now approved demonstrates why they were unwilling to reveal it for so long: their proposal, once accurately understood, cannot be publicly defended,” says Sessions.
Which leads us back to “pre dawn.”
The Murray budget that passed was the usual Democrat definition of “balanced”: $1 trillion dollars in tax increases now combined with “cuts” (read: “miniscule decrease in the rate of spending increase”) set to kick in when the sun becomes a red giant and consumes the earth before cooling into a white dwarf — granted that’s an “earliest case” scenario for actual budget cuts ever taking effect.
The budget the Senate just passed sets a quadrennial snail’s pace precedent that shouldn’t be too difficult for Harry Reid’s successors to live up to — that is if he does indeed have successors. Reid might just stick around many more years until forced to retire (see the “red giant” event in the preceding paragraph).
What happens to the budget now? Chances are House Republicans will ask to borrow Joe Biden’s shotgun as soon as it arrives:
It now goes to the House, where it is expected to be shot down. Senators recently voted down a budget proposal passed by the Republican-controlled house.
Authored by Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Washington, the proposal increases government spending — including repealing the automatic spending cuts required by sequestration — and raises taxes on the wealthy.
On Tuesday, March 5, Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell, offered some remarks on the Senate floor that were largely, if not completely, ignored by the mainstream media. They were a stark warning about a dysfunctional government led by a President who is already in full campaign mode for the 2014 midterm elections.
“Back in November,” said McConnell, “the American people sent a divided government to Washington. I know this is not the outcome President Obama had hoped for. I know he wanted complete control of Washington, just like he had the first two years of his presidency.”
Citing the President’s goal of a Democrat controlled House, in addition to the Senate in 2014, McConnell cited the rebooting of his political organization, the provoking of “manufactured crisis with Congress, engineering show votes in the Senate, and traveling around the country to campaign relentlessly against his opponents.” That’s a nice way of saying that the President and the Democrat Party have embarked on the deliberate demonization of Republicans.
McConnell cited the implementation of the Sequester as opposed to any response to the nation’s financial crisis, noting that Republicans and all Americans “find ourselves in a situation where more than 1,400 days have passed since Senate Democrats have passed a budget” and the fact that “House Republicans have passed budgets that seriously address the transcendent challenge of our time, putting runaway Washington spending and debt on a sustainable path so we can create jobs and grow the economy.”
Families have to have a budget, but as far as the Obama administration is concerned, the nation does not. McConnell pointed out that “The President has been late submitting his own budget outline nearly every single year. He’s already missed this year’s deadline by more than a month.”
“The budget blueprint he sent us last year,” said McConnell, “”was so roundly ridiculed for its fiscal gimmickry and its massive tax hikes that, when it come to a vote in the Senate, his own party joined Republicans in voting it down 99 to O.”
“The President has to figure out how to govern with the situation he’s got, not the one he wishes had. That’s what being President is all about.”
McConnell went on to urge the President and the Senate to join in “actually solving problems” by legislating the way “we’re supposed to around here, with transparency, with public input, and with sufficient time to develop sound policy.”
“I know Washington Democrats’ most important priority right now is getting Nancy Pelosi her old job back in 2014. But that’s not what Americans want—and that’s why Washington has become so dysfunctional.”
McConnell speaks with the authority of his position in the Senate, but he also speaks in a low-key, often bland way, about the serious problems facing the nation. In the House his counterpart, John Boehner, the Speaker, has reached a point of such frustration that he speaks publicly in short angry bursts. Neither command either the media’s nor the public’s attention.
“The public,” said McConnell, expects the Congress and the White House “to address the most serious challenges facing our country. The public is tired of the manufactured crisis, the poll-tested gimmicks, and the endless campaigning—they expect and deserve better.”
I would not swap jobs with McConnell.