MILLER: Hey, big spender – Washington Times

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MILLER: Hey, big spender – Washington Times.

When it comes to budget cuts, Congress is just a tease

By Emily Miller – The Washington Times

At the stroke of midnight Friday, the fiscal year ends. When the final numbers are in, the government will have grown larger. Despite politicians spouting off about tough cuts, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported federal outlays have gone up by $118 billion through August. America is barreling over the cliff into bankruptcy, but Washington isn’t willing to stop the train.

The same political games drove the debate over the Continuing Resolution (CR) this week. It funds the government until Nov. 18 at the topline levels from the debt deal that earned the United States a credit-rating downgrade, rather than the $19 billion lower target in the House-passed budget crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican.

Led by Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, 48 conservatives voted down the first attempt at a CR. Leaders came back with the fig leaf $100 million offset from a scandal-plagued “green” program to boost short-term disaster funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The revised CR passed with 24 conservatives, including Rep. Tim Huelskamp, dissenting. “I said ‘no’ because a projected $973 billion deficit for next year is not good enough,” the Kansas freshman told The Washington Times. “This Continuing Resolution falls short of making good on the promises House Republicans offered in the Pledge to America and sticking to the budget principles we affirmed in the Path to Prosperity.”

By the time the CR came up for a vote in the Senate, FEMA found $100 million under the sofa cushions, and the bill passed without the offset. The House is expected to get it to the president’s desk in time to avert the shutdown threat. After seven similar battles in the last 10 months, nothing has changed.

Cowed by fears of being called partisan, Republican leaders returned from August recess forswearing conflict through the 2012 election. Senate Democrats don’t even pretend to deal with fiscal issues. They haven’t put out a budget since April 2009 and didn’t pass a single appropriations bill for 2012. To its credit, the House passed a budget and six funding bills, but a strong reform budget doesn’t do much good if it’s not enforced.

The time has come to break the endless cycle of ever bigger government by using honest numbers. Both Republicans and Democrats play by the rules of appropriators who conjure up budget “cuts” that refer to reductions in the size of expected increases. CBO uses these phony, projected spending levels with built-in increases for inflation as a baseline. Government will never shrink so long as this is the case.

That’s why the Republican Study Committee in the House has been pushing “zero baseline budgeting” that eliminates the assumption that every government program gets to play with more money every year. It’s a simple budgetary change that would force lawmakers to justify every dime of spending again each year.

Gimmicks and disingenuous talking points have left this country with a crushing $14.7 trillion debt. Forcing reality into the public discourse is the only cure to Washington’s big-spending habit.

Emily Miller is a senior editor for the Opinion pages at The Washington Times.

Once again – Tea Party Nation

Once again – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips in Tea Party Nation Forum

It is no great shocker but the left is trying to blame the Tea Party for a government shut down, even though it is the Democrats that are forcing it.

 From Fox News:

 Republican leaders are putting the demands of 30 Tea Party members over 300 million Americans, a top White House adviser said Sunday, insisting that Congress pass a resolution to keep government functioning and approve President Obama’s jobs plan.

Senior adviser David Plouffe, who managed the president’s 2008 campaign, said the Tea Party is controlling the debate in Congress, even as it comes close to a government shutdown over how to pay for disaster relief as part of a continuing resolution to keep government operating. 

 “We’re not going to make progress on the deficit, on things we can do right now for jobs, on tax cuts, unless those 30 or 40 Tea Party members of the Republican House stop being the focal point of our discussion,” Plouffe said.

Senate Democrats on Friday defeated a House GOP-backed stopgap continuing resolution to fund the government through Nov. 18 by a vote of 59-36. The $1.04 trillion measure contained $3.7 billion for disaster aid, $200 million of which was offset by cuts to green energy programs, including a loan account that once helped fund the now-defunct, controversial solar panel firm Solyndra.

Without a continuing resolution, government is set to shut down on Friday. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency‘s Disaster Relief Fund is poised to run out of cash by Tuesday, if not earlier, with the account at the dangerously-low level of $175 million, according to Senate aides.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has offered a substitute for the CR that strips the offsets, and a procedural vote is set for Monday night in the Senate. But the chamber’s GOP leader, Mitch McConnell, predicted that bill’s demise.

 Here we go again.

 The House passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government running and guess what, the Party of Treason killed it in the Senate.

 Let’s get this message out.  The left and their allies in the drive by media are going to spin it as our fault.  We need to get the truth out.

Who is holding the government hostage now? – Tea Party Nation

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Who is holding the government hostage now? – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to keep government running after September 30th, the day funding for the government runs out.

 Looks like it is a bill to no where as the Senate under Harry Reid has announced he will not let the bill pass.

 From Politico:

 Senate Democrats on Friday blocked a House Republican stopgap budget plan, intensifying a bitter impasse that threatens to bring government operations to a halt in a matter of days.

On a 59-36 vote, the Senate voted to table the House plan, just the latest escalation in a government spending crisis that has dominated Capitol Hill this year.

The vote now threatens to derail next week’s congressional recess, dry up federal funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency by early next week and shutdown many government operations by Sept. 30 — unless both parties and chambers can reach an accord in a matter of days.

The situation is dire: FEMA has $174 million left in its coffers, according to House GOP aides. Depending on the rate at which they spend the money, the emergency pot could be empty as early as Monday and as late as Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scheduled a Monday evening vote on an alternative Democratic plan that mirrors the House measure — except for the corresponding spending cuts — but that appears destined to fail. Negotiations between party leaders are expected to continue in the meantime.

 All but one Senate Democrat voted to block the House bill, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, a conservative Democrat up for reelection who said he wanted the impasse resolved. Seven conservative Republicans who want deeper cuts broke party lines: Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

 Remember the media mantra a few weeks ago? It was the Tea Party holding the nation and the government hostage?  Now, the House has passed a bill and the Senate does nothing.  Where is the media decrying the Senate Democrats and Harry Reid, holding the nation and the government hostage?

Is the Second American Revolution Coming? (via Voting American)

Is the Second American Revolution Coming? To President Obama and all 535 Voting members of the Legislature It is now Official that the Majority of you are Corrupt Morons  The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.  Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke. War on Poverty started in 19 … Read More

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