How Not to Run a Nation – Tea Party Nation

How Not to Run a Nation – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

The political farce that ended 2012 and began 2013 has surely made the United States a laughingstock among the nations of the world. The sharp divisions between liberals and conservatives in Congress led to desperate last minute negotiations to avoid a “fiscal cliff” that faced the nation’s taxpayers and that still threatens default on our debts. The same battles will be fought again when it comes time to raise the nation’s debt ceiling limit in two months.

This is a Congress that has not passed a budget for three years.

This is no way to run a nation!

By a vote of 89-8 in the early hours of Tuesday, the Democrat-controlled Senate approved a plan to raise taxes on families earning more than $250,000 and to postpone sequester cuts for two months. By mid-afternoon, however, Politico.com reported that “House Republicans are overwhelmingly opposed to the Senate’s bill to avert the fiscal cliff, making it nearly certain that Speaker John Boehner’s chamber will amend the legislation and send it back to the Senate – a potentially serious blow to a package that appeared well on its way to becoming law.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the No. 2 House Republican, told GOP lawmakers that he was opposed to the legislation in its current form. Republicans are chiefly concerned with the lack of spending cuts in the tax bill.” And that has been the problem since Obama took office, too much spending and too much borrowing to continue spending.

For the year or more the “fiscal cliff” existed Congress chose to do nothing. The frantic negotiations resulted in an agreement to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, something Democrats and the President campaigned against for years.

Having to fight these fiscal battles all over again in two months will only reaffirm that Congress is incapable to arriving at common sense solutions. For the 47% of Americans who pay no taxes, the discussion is a distraction from watching the bowl games and other diversions.

It is useful to review the Heritage Foundation analysis issued prior to the late night vote. Amy Payne spelled it out in a recent commentary, saying “Tax hikes are the centerpiece of the problem” warning that the largest tax increase in American history was scheduled to kick in on January 1.

While the Bush tax cuts remain, solutions are needed to resolve what to do with the payroll tax, the alternative minimum tax patch, and a host of other tax policies that were scheduled to expire at year’s end.

However, twenty tax increases built into Obamacare are scheduled to go into effect. They will generate a trillion dollar increase for the years 2013-2022. Curiously, a tax on medical instruments that covers everything from tongue depressors to MRI machines will make healthcare more expensive for everyone despite the claim that Obamacare would make healthcare more affordable.

As the Heritage Foundation and others have been shouting from the housetops, Obamacare raises the hospital insurance (HI) portion of the payroll tax on wage income over $250,000 from 2.9 percent to 3.8 percent. It then applies that 3.8 percent rate to investment income-capital gains and dividends—for anyone earning above $250,000.

Tax experts like Curtis Dubay, a senior policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation, points out that “this is a massive policy change, since it represents the first time the payroll tax will apply to investment income.” He calls the investment income HI tax “a dangerous step down a slippery, tax-hiking slope”, predicting that “the economy will suffer, because incentives to work and invest will fall. Less work and investment will mean that businesses create fewer jobs and pay their existing workers less than they otherwise would have.”

Dubay refutes President Obama’s claim that his plan for taxing the rich would just be a return to the rates that existed under President Clinton. “That is flat out incorrect,” noting that Obama is ignoring the tax hikes hidden in Obamacare.

Stephen Moore, a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and a senior economics writer, a regular commentator on CNBC-TV and Fox News, has a new book out, “Who’s the Fairest of the Them All? The Truth About Opportunity, Taxes, and Wealth in America.” ($21.50, Encounter Books). It blessedly brief, but it covers a lot of ground, especially as regards the lies coming out of the White House about the “rich.”

A lot of Americans are oblivious to the fact that the President is operating from an ideology that is the opposite of everything that built the greatest economy the world has ever seen. His views are those of a Socialist or to put it more bluntly, a Communist. He stops short of initiating programs by which the government would nationalize all industries, but Obamacare in effect does that for the health care industry; twenty percent of the nation’s economy.

In his book, Moore defends the free enterprise system as “the on-ramp to economic progress and rising incomes.” Under President Obama, “the ranks of the poor have risen and the progress of the middle class has stalled in the United States in recent years because we have moved so aggressively away from free markets and toward ham-handed government solutions.”

The lies the President told all through his 2008 campaign and the last four years of his first term have all been intended to create class warfare. Moore points out that “Mr. Obama says that in recent decades the middle class has suffered and shrunk. He is dead wrong on this count. In fact, the last thirty years (up until the 2008 recession) have been a boom period for the middle class.”

The proof of that, Moore notes, “By 2011, after Mr. Obama’s first three full years in office, and after nearly two years of radical spending and taxing policies, the median American family incomes declined by almost $4,500 for every household. The poverty rate increased, and so did the number of Americans losing their homes. Yes, Mr. Obama inherited an economic mess, but his policies have done little to stop the decline.”

Throughout 2012, according to Obama, if you earn more than $250,000 you are among the “rich” in America. This is surely a redefining of what we used to consider rich; usually those earning a million or more. As things stand now “Our government,” says Moore, “relies for more than 50 percent of its revenue on the richest three percent.”

The tax rate increase on “the rich” that Obama has been demanding would raise enough revenue to run the nation for about a week. Meanwhile, the U.S. must borrow $4.8 billion every day just to meet its expenses.

Obama’s goals since becoming President can be found in the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” and I recommend you get familiar with it as the nation hurtles toward financial collapse because that is exactly what the strategy is intended to bring about in order to impose a total socialist/communist system on the world’s greatest capitalistic economy.

Among the strategy’s proposals was a “massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls” and we have seen this in the expansion of the food stamp program and loosening of requirements for those on welfare to seek employment. The goal of the Cloward-Piven strategy is to ultimately “sabotage and destroy the welfare system in order to ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation; poor people would rise in revolt; only then would ‘the rest of society’ accept their demands.”

That is Obama’s definition of “fairness” and it exists today as half of society, those with jobs or self-employed, are having their income taxed to pay for government programs for those who do not work or cannot find work; an estimated 26 million are unemployed or stopped looking for work. Another 47 million are using food stamps, a program that has greatly expanded during Obama’s first term and which uses television commercials to encourage more people to sign on.

A recent Rasmussen Reports poll noted that 73% of likely voters want government spending cut. They sense the danger of a government grown so large it threatens the economy and, indeed, enforcement of the Constitution’s limits on government.

It has become a cliché to say the problem is government spending, but the problem is government spending.

There are a variety of scenarios regarding the near future and among them is the collapse of the U.S. dollar. Should that occur there would be wide-spread panic and demands that the government “do something.” One massive form of control has already been imposed in the form of Obamacare. When the government can determine who lives or dies, or how much care they can receive, Americans have lost a precious freedom. Other freedoms would be lost.

Obama has found ways to worsen the financial crisis and it has been deliberate. He is not merely “transforming” America, he is destroying it.

© Alan Caruba, 2013

 

Are John Boehner’s days as Speaker numbered? – Tea Party Nation

Are John Boehner’s days as Speaker numbered? – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

distressAre John Boehner’s days as Speaker numbered?

There is a fascinating game that is played in Washington.  People watch to see the ebbs and flow of power in the corridors of the Nation’s capital

 John Boehner rose to the Speakership in 2011 after the Tea Party swept Republicans into office.   But could John Boehner possibly be a one term Speaker?

 There is an interesting rumor floating through parts of Washington.  John Boehner’s days as Speaker could be numbered.

 Could Boehner really be leaving the Speaker’s post?

 No one is saying yes, in fact, I expect if Boehner’s office is asked about it there will be nothing but denials.   But there are a couple of clues out there that say there may be some truth to this rumor.

 First, recently George Rogers, one of Boehner’s top aids left to go work for a K Street lobbying firm.   There is nothing out of the ordinary in people leaving the corridors of the Capital to cash in their skills as lobbyists. 

 But why now?

 It is not uncommon for top Congressional aides to hit the door and leave if they get wind their boss is going to leave.  There could be many innocent explanations for Rogers’ departure including the desire to make more money.

 But as a practical matter, how does Boehner survive as Speaker?

 First, he has painted himself into a corner.  He has all but agreed to Barack Obama’s major demands on taxes.  By surrendering on taxes, he will break the back of the Republican Party.    For two years, Boehner has presided over one defeat after another. 

 Activists are furious with Boehner and among the conservative media and blogosphere there are non-stop calls for Boehner to be replaced.

 No matter how the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” crisis ends, there is no path for Boehner to declare victory.   He has walked into Obama’s trap again.   If Boehner agrees to massive tax hikes, the base of the Republican Party revolts against him.  A significant part of the Republican Caucus in the House probably will too.

John Boehner - Caricature

John Boehner – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

 If he agrees to give Obama the blank check on the debt ceiling that he wants, the only Republican votes in the House for that proposition might be his and Eric Cantor’s. 

 Boehner will have no leverage with Obama to get any kind of cuts in spending because he agreed to Obama’s demand that they deal with and raise taxes first. 

 Even if no agreement is reached, and the fiscal cliff is hit, Boehner still loses because the fiscal cliff was his idea. 

 Is John Boehner going to be leaving the Speaker’s post soon?   Some are already pushing others to run.   Tom Price’s name has come up. 

 Will Boehner leave?

 I am sure there will be official denials of that as soon as his office is asked. 

 If he does not and he surrenders to Obama, as he will, I predict Boehner, who once was a part of the revolt against then House Speaker Newt Gingrich will see his own revolt.

#FireBoehner – Tea Party Nation

John Boehner - Caricature

John Boehner – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

 

#FireBoehner – Tea Party Nation.

 

Posted by Judson Phillips

 

There is a hashtag now floating around twitter.  It is simple and it is to the point.

 

 John Boehner must go.

 

 He is totally unwilling to fight Barack Obama, but he is quite willing to fight conservatives.  His white flag of surrender is out and he is ready to agree to massive tax increases that will only grow the big government state but will also destroy the Republican Party

 

 So what do we need to do?

 

 I was not the first to come up with this idea but I was one of the first to call for getting rid of John Boehner and warning that he was going to be a disaster for the conservative movement.

 

 On March 1, 2011, I wrote that then out of control actor Charlie Sheen was making more sense than John Boehner.  I also called for a primary opponent for Boehner.

 

 The fight today is much simpler than trying to primary John Boehner.

 

 If sixteen Republicans defect and refuse to vote for Boehner as Speaker, he will not have the requisite 218 votes to be reelected. 

 

 We need to put pressure on Republican Members of Congress to vote against Boehner for Speaker. 

 

 It is safe to say we already have four votes.    Those would be from the conservatives removed from Committees.   Louie Gohmert, who is one of the heroes in Congress who nominated Newt Gingrich to be Speaker during Party Leadership elections might well be a 5thvote. 

 

 That would leave only eleven members of the GOP to defect to end Boehner’s epic failure of a tenure as Speaker.

 

 We conservatives need to reach out to every Republican member of Congress.  The message needs to be the same.  Boehner must go.

 

 If Boehner does not go, a lot of Republicans are going to leave the Party.    If Boehner surrenders as I predict he will, he will destroy what is left of the Republican brand.    Conservatives will have no choice but to form a third party because the Republican Party will simply collapse. 

 

 If we are successful in kicking Boehner from the Speaker’s chair, who replaces him?

 

 It cannot be anyone in the current leadership.  Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy were up to their ears in the conservative purge.  All we would be doing would be trading one bad leader for another. 

 

 Perhaps Louie Gohmert was right.

 

 Perhaps we need Newt Gingrich.

 

 The Speaker of the House does not have to be a current member of the House.  Article One, Clause Five of the Constitution sets up the Office of the Speaker of the House but does not explicitly require that the Speaker be a current member of Congress. 

 

 Gingrich would come into the job with a wealth of experience no one else could offer.   Gingrich has dealt with a Democrat President in the past and got a conservative agenda through.

 

 Newt is a field general.  That is his greatest strength.  He can articulate a conservative vision and more importantly he can strategize to get that vision accomplished. 

 

 Of all of the potential leaders out there, Newt is the only one I can think of who I would trust and feel totally comfortable with leading the charge against the Democrats and the Party of Treason.

 

 Newt is the only leader I can think of who we could put in charge of the House and be confident that he would not only fight, but he would win.

 

 We have a choice.   Surrender or victory. 

 

 John Boehner will not fight.  He is too much of a coward to go up against Barack Obama.   Newt is not a coward.  He is a brilliant leader.  He would have done much better than Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee.  

 

 The day has come and we need his leadership.

 

 Louie Gohmert is one of the wisest men in Congress.   When he nominated Newt to be Speaker in the party leadership elections, he showed that wisdom. 

 

 We should listen to Louie more often!

 

 

 

House Conservatives to Boehner: Defund Obamacare Now | CNSNews.com

House Conservatives to Boehner: Defund Obamacare Now | CNSNews.com.

By Michael W. Chapman

(CNSNews.com) – Although the House of Representatives,

dominated by Republicans, voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, on Wednesday, at least 80 House Republicans so far have signed a letter calling upon Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the House GOP leaders to halt any future funding of the health care law given that the House controls most appropriations.

The letter, signed by Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Steve King (Iowa), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Allen West (Fla.), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (Tex.), and 74 other House members, was sent out by the House Republican Study Committee and the House Tea Party Caucus.

The letter, in part, states:

“Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor,

” … We appreciate your willingness to schedule a vote on the full repeal of ObamaCare.  We should continue efforts to repeal the law in its entirety this year, next year, and until we are successful.  However, in the meantime, there is more we can do in Congress.

“Since much of the implementation of ObamaCare is a function of the discretionary appropriations process, and since most of the citizens we represent believe that ObamaCare should never go into effect, we urge you not to bring to the House floor in the 112th Congress any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare through the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, or any other federal entity.  We also urge you to take legislative steps necessary to immediately rescind all ObamaCare-implementation funds.

“In Federalist No. 58, James Madison wrote that the ‘power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon … for obtaining a redress of every grievance….’  We thank you for your consideration and look forward to working closely with you to address defunding one of the largest grievances in our time and to restore patient-centered healthcare in America.”

In an e-mail announcing the letter, Wesley A. Goodman, director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach at the House Republican Study Committee, said, “We have the ‘power of the purse.’  A Republican House should not bring any bill to the floor that funds the implementation of Obamacare, and we should take every action to rescind money out the door.”

The letter is still in circulation and potentially gathering more signatures. The House Republican Study Committee said it anticipates sending the letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor at the end of this week.

In the Obamacare vote today, three Democrats joined with 242 Republicans for repeal while 189 Democrats voted against repeal.

Back in November 2011, CNSNews.com spoke with Rep. King (R-Iowa) about the House GOP cutting funding to Obamacare and he said he did not think it would happen because the House Republican leadership is afraid of a showdown with Senate Democrats and the President.

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An early draft of the 2,000-plus-page health care bill. (AP Photo)

“We didn’t bring up the maximum leverage because the decision was made by leadership to avoid the prospect of a showdown with the president or Harry Reid that could result in a potential shutdown of government,” said King.

“I think the American public would have sided with us, and if we had held our ground on shutting off the funding to Obamacare in particular, as well as funding Planned Parenthood, because it puts the president and Harry Reid and the Democrats in the position of having to defend Obamacare as more important than all of the rest of the functions of government combined,” he said.

“They will not win that argument, but we were not as a body willing to make it in a place where we had a chance to succeed legislatively,” the Iowa conservative added.

“If the repeal of Obamacare went up on the floor, every Republican would vote for the repeal of it,” King told CNSNews.com.   “Cutting all funding, same thing — especially if it was written by the Speaker or the Majority Leader and, of course, we don’t expect that will happen.

When asked about the GOP leaders halting the funding of Obamacare in February 2011, Boehner did not directly answer.

John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo)

At a Feb. 11, 2011 press conference, CNSNews.com asked Speaker Boehner, “Majority Leader Cantor says that the continuing resolution that comes out of the House will not fund Obamacare. In order for that to pass, the Senate and the president will have to agree to defund the program.  If they don’t, either the GOP will have to cave in and fund Obamacare or the government will shut down. So, given that fact, is there any way that the House majority led by you will fund ObamaCare after March 4th?”

Boehner said,  “We are opposed to Obamacare.  We have voted to repeal it.  That also included $700 million in tax hikes, about $2.6 trillion in new spending. We’re going to continue to take all the actions that we can to make sure that we do not ruin the best health care delivery system in the world, bankrupt our nation and, most importantly, get in the way of job creation in America.”

WOLF: GOP’s unfounded Obama fears – Washington Times

WOLF: GOP’s unfounded Obama fears – Washington Times.

By Dr. Milton R. Wolf – The Washington Times

Life is full of mysteries. Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets? Why are there no B size batteries? Who would pay good money to see a Michael Moore movie? More mysterious still, why should Republicans be scared to call Barack Obama’s bluff?

Republicans hold the winning cards in the debt debate, but too often in their recent past, they have surrendered quicker than a French battalion. Wait, that’s not quite fair to the French. Too often, Republicans have surrendered more spectacularly than Steven Slater – you remember, the JetBlue flight attendant who set a new standard in quitting when he escaped down the plane’s emergency chute onto the tarmac, leaving behind a plane full of befuddled passengers.

Am I understating the amount of calcium in the GOP’s spine? Consider the continuing-resolution debacle from earlier this year. Republicans campaigned in the 2010 elections on $100 billion in spending cuts and had just delivered President Obama the largest midterm “shellacking” in 72 years. Resounding Republican victories spread like wildfire from statehouses to dogcatchers. The $100 billion spending-cut mandate was compromised almost immediately down to $60 billion before the final $38 billion, which, after the accounting gimmicks were discovered, amounted to a minuscule $350 million, and still the Republicans patted themselves on the back and declared victory. If anything, I may be overstating the GOP’s backbone. At least Steven Slater had the guts to tell everybody off before he caved.

For starters, let’s call our current predicament what it is: a debt crisis, not a debt-ceiling crisis. The Democrats have staked out the ridiculous ground that the credit cards are maxed out, so rather than curtailing our wild spending, we should solve the problem by applying for more credit cards. As Tea Party leader Christina Botteri says, “Ridiculous ideas deserve ridicule, not consideration, and certainly not the dignity of compromise.”

Democrats once again confirmed last week that they will never voluntarily surrender one ounce of their power, so we must do it for them. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and company successfully blocked the Republicans’ “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill. But that should not deter House Republicans from getting behind Speaker John A. Boehner’s proposal to raise the debt ceiling by $1 trillion and cut spending by a greater amount, as well as a vote on a balanced-budget amendment, which is scheduled for Thursday.

Americans overwhelmingly support the GOP’s Cut, Cap and Balance bill – nearly two-thirds of all Americans do, and even 63 percent of Democrats. If the Democrats’ idea of winning the future is obstructing the will of two-thirds of Americans, let’s steel ourselves and meet them at the ballot box.

The overwhelming public demand for fiscal sanity is causing the ground to shake beneath the president’s feet. Remember when he used at least to talk tough? Before Sarah Palin single-handedly caused every crime in North America simply by placing a few surveyor cross hairs on an election map, the machismo-in-chief pounded his chest and bragged, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Now he’s reduced to pleading to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, “Don’t call my bluff, Eric.” (Note to the president: When bluffing, it’s usually best to not announce that you’re bluffing.)

It’s no wonder that he’s lost his stride. Mr. Obama’s economic credibility lies in tatters alongside his promises that his so-called “stimulus” would keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent, that his “cash for clunkers” program would revive the auto industry and that his mortgage bailout would stave off foreclosures. According to Rasmussen, just 21 percent believe America is on the right track. The president’s anemic approval rating gasps for breath in the mid-40s and has lost six points in the Real Clear Politics average since the debt debate began. Mr. Obama trails a generic Republican in head-to-head polling, and now, for the first time, the president has fallen behind potential Republican rival Mitt Romney. Even long-shot Republican contender Ron Paul is within four points.

The president has nothing to offer but fear itself. His predictions du jour of economic Armageddon sound eerily similar to his dubious 2009 claims that led to his failed stimulus package. So desperate is the president that he has issued a thinly veiled threat to cut off Social Security benefits for grandma if he doesn’t get his way. Let him try. It’s time to call his bluff.

What in the world are the Republicans scared of? If they can’t muster the courage for this fight, when will they ever? Of course, the Obama cheerleader media will go into hyperdrive GOP attack mode. That’s a given. Brace for it. But it hasn’t helped them so far. In fact, the public opinion trends are moving in the Republicans’ favor.

Squishy Republicans should forget the weak-kneed “Gang of Six” $3 trillion-dollar tax-hike compromise and, worse still, Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s outright surrender, and instead join the “Gang of 234” that passed the Cut, Cap and Balance Act in the House. Start running ads today in the vulnerable Democratic senators’ home states to remind voters just which politicians have claimed previously to support the balanced budget but are obstructing it.

If the Democrats want to run in 2012 as the party that is willing to hold grandma hostage in their desperate determination to block a balanced budget, then let them. The only mystery would be why Republicans should fear it.

Dr. Milton R. Wolf is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist and cousin of President Obama. He blogs at MiltonWolf.com.

Chin Music – Tea Party Nation

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Chin Music – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips on July 24, 2011 at 6:47am in Tea Party Nation Forum

“As I read the Constitution, Congress writes the laws and you get to decide what you are going to sign.”

 Wow!  There is a high and tight fastball aimed right at Obama.   Can you guess who the pitcher is?  It will shock you.

 It was none other than John Boehner.

 No freshly laundered white flag of surrender for him on Saturday.  He was giving Obama some chin music.   Has Boehner seen the light? Or just responding to the pressure from freshmen and from the people who are telling Boehner this time, no surrender.

 Boehner is a politician so I know all too well not to get excited about him, but this is the power of the Tea Party at work.  Boehner is not capitulating, at least not now. 

 One thing I have talked about at length is the need to push back in the media.   We conservatives too often ignore the media.  We often complain that the media is liberal.  Yes, they are liberal.  Yes, by and large they are pushing a liberal agenda.  Yes, by and large, they will feature a liberal host and one or more liberal guests vs. just one conservative guest.  Most of the time the liberal guest gets the softball questions while the conservative gets the gotcha questions. 

 Just because the media is mostly liberal, we cannot ignore them.  We must push back. 

 On Face the Nation this morning, extreme left wing Senator Richard Durbin is going to be on CBS, talking about the Debt Ceiling talks. Let’s show him the Twitter Tea Party.  This morning take the time to tweet at him.  His handle is @senatordurbin.   Durbin may not see it directly but his staff will tell him about it.  Send Twitter Tea Party messages to Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer as well.  His twitter is @bobschieffer.   Use the hashtags #twitterteaparty and #predeclined.    The hashtag #twitterteaparty is being used this weekend and #predeclined leads into the Washington Addiction Intervention week that Tea Party Nation is a part of.

 As we roll into next week, there is going to be another major push to stop Washington’s spending addiction.  Beltwayaddicts.com is the website for the intervention.  The plan is very simple.  Use social media as well as personal contacts with our Representatives to tell them to stop spending. 

 This week, make it a point to call your Representative and Senators to tell them personally, to stop spending our money.  America has a debt problem.  How do we get to a debt problem?  It is really simple.  We have overspent and we continue to over spend.   With hundreds of billions of dollars in waste in the Federal budget and no one addressing the issue, we are over spending.

 When our government will spend $2.6 million of our tax dollars on a program to teach Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly, we the people have the right to say something is wrong with this system and we do not need our money going there.  How about spending close to a million to study methane production from cows or to digitize images from concerts by the band, The Grateful Dead?  How about $1.8 million to a museum for neon signs in Las Vegas?  $35 million to phantom medial clinics that never existed?

 With this amount of waste and fraud in the government, and those are just a few examples, for the government to continue spending money the way it is with no effort to reform and stop, it is the classic sign of an addiction. 

 If you are fed up with what the government is doing, step up.   Join the Twitter Tea Party this weekend and join the Washington Spending Addiction Intervention this week.  Fire off your tweets, using both the hashtags #twitterteaparty and #predeclined.   Tweet to Speaker Boehner (@speakerboehner) and to Eric Cantor (@ericcantor) as well as to your Representative and Senators.  Let them know you are sick and tired of paying out your hard earned tax dollars for this kind of waste and fraud.   Tell them the government does not deserve any more of America’s money when it cannot even manage what it already has.

Now is the time to keep the pressure on.  Now they are listening.  Now, we are winning.

KUHNER: Barack’s bumbling breakdown – Washington Times

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KUHNER: Barack’s bumbling breakdown – Washington Times.

Adolescent walkout reveals president’s desire to manufacture calamity

President Obama is on the verge of a crackup. The debt-limit talks are beginning to take their toll. On Wednesday, the president stormed out of a meeting with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Like a petulant adolescent, Mr. Obama blamed the Virginia Republican for opposing a “grand bargain.”

Yet Mr. Obama is to blame for the current political crisis. He refused to engage in discussions about lifting the debt ceiling until very late in the process. He has not been serious about controlling runaway deficits. In fact, the budget he proposed earlier this year dramatically boosted federal spending. It was voted down in the Senate 97-0. Even Democrats considered it irresponsible and reckless.

Mr. Obama has buried America under a mountain of debt. His claim to be above partisan bickering, a supposedly frustrated patriotic statesman who is worried about our long-term debt bomb, is preposterous; it is merely a charade. He is playing to the TV cameras.

For weeks, the administration has argued that unless the government’s borrowing authority is lifted, Uncle Sam will default after Aug. 2, leading to economic turmoil – and maybe fiscal collapse. Mr. Obama even has played the Grandma card, threatening seniors with not receiving their Social Security benefits.

“I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on Aug. 3 if we haven’t resolved this issue,” he told CBS News. “Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.”

This is shameless demagoguery. The president knows full well that Washington will continue to take in more than enough to pay easily for Social Security as well as other basic government services – including the financing of our debt. The sky will not fall if an agreement is not reached by Aug. 2. At worst, there may be a partial government shutdown, but that would take several weeks. Hence, the GOP – and the nation – should not be bull-rushed into accepting any deal.

The reason for Mr. Obama’s political – and perhaps psychological – disintegration is a simple one: He is in a corner. He wants a “big” deal,” one that would slash $4 trillion from the deficit over 10 years. In particular, he insists on huge, $1 trillion tax increases, which would deliver a death blow to the staggering economy and most probably send it into a depression. Moreover, he has publicly vowed that he will veto short-term debt-limit raises coupled with equal spending cuts. In short, he has boxed himself into a my-way-or-the-highway negotiating strategy.

Republicans understand that agreeing to any new taxes would violate their seminal campaign pledge. House Republican fiscal hawks are right to insist on a short-term deal that makes any increase in the debt ceiling contingent upon accompanying spending reductions. This would avoid destructive tax increases, force the administration to accept substantial cuts and call Mr. Obama’s bluff. Either he vetoes the House GOP-backed bill and throws America into default – for which he will be solely blamed – or he capitulates, signs the legislation and is exposed as a political weakling. This is why Mr. Obama exploded at Mr. Cantor and walked out. He is desperately trying to bully Republicans into breaking their promise to voters.

“I have reached the point where I say enough,” Mr. Obama said, according to Reuters news agency. “Would Ronald Reagan be sitting here? I’ve reached my limit. This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this.”

If that’s the case, Republicans should let him go down. Mr. Obama’s refusal to contemplate a short-term deal reveals that he wants permanent higher revenues – tax increases – to finance his entitlement society. This has been his Machiavellian plan all along. If that’s not possible, he then wants the other debt-limit option: a blank check. Raise the ceiling without any cuts.

That is what SenateGOP leader Mitch McConnell plans to give him. The Republicans are the Palestinians of American politics: They never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. With Mr. Obama on the ropes, Mr. McConnell is throwing in the towel. He argues that any agreement with the president is impossible and the GOP will be politically eviscerated if there is a government shutdown. Therefore, Mr. McConnell is putting forth a convoluted plan that would enable Mr. Obama to vote himself three successive debt-ceiling increases totaling $2.5 trillion – enough to get the government past the 2012 election – without Republican votes. The minority leader thinks this will make the president own the debt-limit issue. The record deficits, the skyrocketing debt, the addiction to spending – all of this clearly would be pinned on Mr. Obama.

Mr. McConnell is wrong. The GOP rightly will be blamed by its base and independents for selling out. America can no longer sustain its borrowing-and-spending binge: We are going broke. If Republicans cannot block Mr. Obama’s voracious socialist appetites, what good are they? A blank check would dangerously rack up the debt, demoralize the Tea Party and cripple the GOP’s credibility as champions of fiscal responsibility and small government. It easily could spark a third-party movement.

Mr. McConnell’s proposal enables Mr. Obama to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The president is in free fall. He is a victim of his own colossal hubris and incompetence. Don’t throw him a lifeline.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute.