February 23rd, 2013
He was for it before he was against it, In fact, the Obama team actually organized the sequestration cuts in order to get the debt ceiling raised. The part of the argument continually being lost? The fact that Obama's entire reason for the budget sequester cuts was to substantially raise the US debt ceiling prior to the 2012 election season, now the President is trying to renege.
Conservative Refocus/ The Examiner
By Barry Secrest
The President came out furiously swinging on his return from a golf vacation with Tiger Woods on Monday. However, the thing that has confused a significant proportion of both pundits and news watchers, is the fact that Obama is vehemently attacking a sequestration proposal that he, himself, put forth back in the 2011 debt ceiling negotiations.
In the proposal, The sequestration cuts, which are now required (but could have been avoided had an agreement been reached by mid-December of 2011), set forth a number of mandatory spending cuts that would be automatic if Congress granted any increase in the debt limit thereafter without making any cuts.
These cuts would be applied to any and every program except Medicaid, Social Security, civil and military pay and veterans.
The cuts would be set at the baseline of 2011 spending levels, meaning an annual increase of 3% plus inflation, for all future years, beginning in 2012, of course. The only way to avoid these cuts would be for either a Constitutional balanced budget amendment to be sent to the states or spending being reduced by a greater amount than the debt limit is increased.
The main problem for the President, unfortunately, is the fact that the original provisions were initially proposed by the White House, not the Republicans.
According to Star Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, it was indeed the White House which proposed the sequestration cuts as a way to finally get a debt limit increase which was signed into law by the President in August of 2011.
Jack Lew, the then White House Office of Management Director and White House Legislative Affairs Director Ron Nabors , at Obama's approval, went to Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who then put forth the proposal to the congressional Republicans.
The agreement for increasing the debt ceiling was, therefore, finally reached due directly as a result of the sequestration proposal put forth by the President and his White House Staff.
These facts, coupled with Obama's furious attacks, ostensibly on himself, while also blaming the Republicans, has left many in the media confused with regard to the proper way to address this particular issue. Who, in the mainstream media, wants to call the President either totally confused or worse, a liar?
The Shadow-Fighting Lyin' King
The President, in his attack on the sequestration cuts which can clearly be seen in the accompanying video, was both adamant and forceful in his rather scathing attack on both himself and his earlier ideas, while dutifully surrounded by firefighters and other emergency personnel.
Obama angrily stated "these cuts are not smart, they're not fair, they will hurt our economy, they will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment rolls."
The question naturally arose, from many who were watching the President's address, as to why Obama must have offered such a terrible arrangement of cuts, if he himself, thought the cuts to be so utterly horrid, in the first place?
The President then went on an often confusing dissimulation on the programs which would hurt "ordinary American families," as follows:
With a large group of emergency personnel serving as a backdrop for the President's rancorous speech, the fact that the Federal Government does not employ local, County, nor even State emergency workers, was not lost on those boasting a critical thought process.
The utter contempt of many flying Americans surrounding the TSA's, who provide federal airport security, would probably mean a prolonged bout of extreme rejoicing rather than fearfulness over any cuts to this particular federal program.
Thousands of Teachers Laid-Off-
Most American teachers are probably wondering how they would be affected by the sequestration cuts since teachers are, once again, employed and paid by the States and not the US government.
Primary and Preventative Medical Care-
Since Social Security and Medicaid cannot be affected according to the sequestration rules, and health care is still primarily provided by private health insurers, many are unsure, perhaps even the President as well, as to what actual health programs could ultimately be affected by the government cuts.
US Navy Deployment
Obama claims that the March 1 cuts have forced a US Navy carrier deployment group to stay in port, however, the President leaves out the fact that the Obama regime had earlier forced over $ 487 billion in Department of Defense cuts while ramping up spending on Obamacare and other social programs.
All in all, as Senator Rand Paul indicated, the $85 billion in cuts which are at the core of these arguments are nothing much more than a cut in the future growth of government spending, with a bout of theatrical histrionics thrown in for effect. Which, in the parlance of the federal government's baseline budgeting process, would be correct.
Senator Paul further indicated "there are no real cuts happening over the next ten years."
However, since the sequestration cuts argument began, few within the mainstream media were willing to admit that Obama was the politico who orchestrated these cuts in the first place. As the arguments substantially intensified, Bob Woodward finally came out in an article at the Washington Post and made it very clear that Obama had indeed orchestrated the sequester cuts in the first place.
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February 19th, 2013
Conservative Refocus / The Examiner
By Barry Secrest
In Washington State, Democrat lawmakers have stunned even the staunchest members of the political left with a recent bill which would severely stretch a number of constitutional rights, while providing fuel to American Conservative warnings.
While many Americans have worried over the availability of future weapon purchases such as handguns and mutiple-round, semi-automatic rifles, few have considered the possibility of Orwellian home-to-home searches by law enforcement officials. And yet, that very possibility is what is now being considered by state lawmakers in Olympia.
The bill in question, SB 5737-2013-14, introduced on February 18th, 2013, is the first Orwellian shot across the bow of a what promises to be many future efforts, as the National Rifle Associations' repeated warnings of what Americans may have in store for them, has proven to be well beyond prophetic.
In the proposed bill, police would be allowed to come into an individual's home and conduct a search for not only where and how assault weapons are stored, but also how safely the weapons are stored.
The exact language reads as follows:
In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall ... safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”
Indeed, while the matter of 'what is an assault weapon' is still being bandied about by highly motivated legislators, the subjectivity of how safely a weapon is stored, appears to now also be at play, but only within the fertile imaginations of law enforcement officers, themselves, according to the proposed bill.
The sponsoring legislator, Democrat State Senator Ed Murray of Seattle, claims that he was unaware of the house-to-house search provisions, according to the Seattle Times, despite the fact that the Murray was the prime sponsor and ostensible writer of the bill in question. The lawmaker went on to indicate that such illegal search and seizure language was probably unconstitutional and "shouldn't be in there."
However, the question that most Washingtonians should be asking might center on the fact of who actually wrote the bill and why did Sen. Murray sponsor it, if he was unaware of the bill's provisions? Many Americans probably remember another such instance, when former House Leader Nancy Pelosi sated a particularly daring curiosity in passing the Affordable Healthcare Act in order to unlock its mythical secrets.
The bills co-sponsors included two other Democrat State Senators; Sen. Adam Kline, who also claimed a singular ignorance of the bill's contents, and Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who has not yet made any public statements as to the bill's ultimate disposition.
The main point being, despite where you may live, a number of possible outcomes from the increasing attempts at 2nd amendment scrapping provisionals will continue to pop-up, as the argument continues. It pays to keep an eye on what your often dizzy state legislators are up to, especially if you live, regrettably, in a blue state.
Update 2/19/2013: The Home search provision has been removed from the pending bill, but only after media coverage prompted a hail of protests.
The Seattle Times contributed to this report
February 12th, 2013
By Barry Secrest
While President Obama continues his prolific efforts at spending America into third-world oblivion, and the Republicans appear almost ready to throw in the proverbial hat, there is one prominent individual, in particular, who can be depended upon to confidently recast the deficit argument into the fairy-light of radical ridiculosity.
That individual is none other than Left-Wing Economist Paul Krugman, a man who has never seen a government dollar go to waste, and who insistently wishes for an impending extra-terrestrial attack on earth, so that Obama can spend America into extra-galactic oblivion.
In his latest article, Krugman can be heard to be insistent on kicking the debt-can down the road, over the cliff, and into the dark abyss of shredded-up currencies, and perhaps even well beyond the boundaries of the galaxy, since the stupendous amount of $ 17 trillion just hasn't quite done the trick for the US economy as of yet.
The illustrious Krugman begins by citing Speaker of the House John Boehner:
John Boehner, the speaker of the House, claims to be exasperated. “At some point, Washington has to deal with its spending problem,” he said Wednesday. “I’ve watched them kick this can down the road for 22 years since I’ve been here. I’ve had enough of it. It’s time to act.”
Actually, Mr. Boehner needs to refresh his memory. During the first decade of his time in Congress, (Early 1990's) the U.S. government was doing just fine on the fiscal front. In particular, the ratio of federal debt to G.D.P. was a third lower when Bill Clinton left office than it was when he came in. It was only when George W. Bush arrived and squandered the Clinton surplus on tax cuts and unfunded wars that the budget outlook began deteriorating again.
Now here is where the fallacies begin in earnest, for Krugman, and from there they never seem to stop, especially for a Nobel Prize winning Left-Wing anti-capitalist. Krugman begins by hearkening all the way back to Boehner's career while Clinton was in office in the early nineties and onward. However, what Krugman leaves out is the history of this period in the US. You see, the reason for that decade of fiscal balance was due to the Republican's "Contract with America," where the US government was shrunk down to size, the welfare state was largely done away with, and individual responsibility became the hallmark of governance brought under control.
The important thing to remember? Congress holds the purse strings, referring to the bicameral chambers of the Senate and the House, which have remained split, since the 2010 election. In essence, in the decade of the nineties, Clinton's comparably moderate hands were essentially tied in what he could spend, by Congress, hence Krugman's delight at naming Clinton as the budgetary savior, while forgetting the essential truths at play.
A Bit of History
At the time, it was 1994 when a debt-concerned America moved control of both the House and the Senate over to the Republican Party, and it was here that fiscal sanity was returned to America, at least for a time. The budget balancing under the Republican controlled chambers would continue for a decade, as the party of limited government would remain in control. It wasn't until 2001 when a Senate Republican would flee to the Democrat party that the Senate would come back under Democrat control, but only for a short time.
On September 11, 2001, America's walls would be breeched for the first time in the modern era by a group of religious radicals dedicated to the destruction of western civilization and its leader, the US. It was also here that America would first come head-to-head with the anti-Christ forces of fundamentalist Islam, conflict in which Krugman only seems to find contemptuousness towards the US, and for reasons already enumerated.
In 2004, control would revert back over to the Republicans. In fact, not until January 2007 would control go fully over to the Left-Wing of American politics, and this is where America's budgetary nightmare would begin, and in spades, as referenced in the below chart.
Note the spike beginning in 2007:
What's interesting is Krugman's use of the word "unfunded wars," above, as if anything that Obama and the Democrats have been doing "is funded?"
In fact, the problem is the yearly aggregation of all of these deficits, not the yearly deficit itself. Indeed, at a certain point of running these annual deficits, as they continue to stack up year after year, the total build-up becomes untenable, which is the essential problem, and which is also where we find ourselves in the America of today--a problem which Obama and Leftist "experts" like Krugman never seem to take into account.
Krugman haughtily continues:
But that’s a secondary issue. The key point is this: While it’s true that we will eventually need some combination of revenue increases and spending cuts to rein in the growth of U.S. government debt, now is very much not the time to act. Given the state we’re in, it would be irresponsible and destructive not to kick that can down the road.
But, wait, Mr. Krugman. We have all been told by the mainstream media, and yourself, over the past 4 years that things are looking up, that the economy is improving and things will be right again very soon. Now, after the presidential election, the tune has seemingly become just a shade more realistic or should that be fatalistic?
Now you're telling us that things haven't really gotten better, despite all of the economic crowing in 2011 by the media, and we need to keep spending ourselves into just a little bit more of oblivion so things will then turn out, magically, just right?
So, because these policies that Krugman has been espousing for the last four years have been working so infamously, we need to now hurry up and wait just a few years more to fix the problem. But, Krugman, dear man, what if the real problem is actually the fact that we're not doing anything to balance this outrageous debt in the first place, hmmm?
Krugman haltingly continues:
Start with a basic point: Slashing government spending destroys jobs and causes the economy to shrink.
This really isn’t a debatable proposition at this point. The contractionary effects of fiscal austerity have been demonstrated by study after study and overwhelmingly confirmed by recent experience — for example, by the severe and continuing slump in Ireland, which was for a while touted as a shining example of responsible policy, or by the way the Cameron government’s turn to austerity derailed recovery in Britain.
Indeed, that's not a basic point, but rather it's a fatally flawed point and is easily debatable. Government spending has to be taken from someone or something, Krugman, and if it's taken from someone, then that someone can no longer spend it. It it's taken from something, that being an bond invested in the government, then over 40% of the money taken now has to be repaid to the something or someone in the future, in the form of interest. With America's current load of debt, it becomes money that cannot be used by the very people who actually make the economy go forward.
In truth, if government spending is so absolutely fantastic, Krugman, then why don't we put everyone on unemployment and enjoy the crest of unbounded economic activity, that's sure to follow? Well, that's ridiculous, Krugman might say, and indeed, Krugman would be correct, which reflects the glaring flaw in his imperfect arguments.
Then Krugman trots out two Socialist forms of governments , in Ireland and Great Britain which have been overspending themselves to the same tune as Greece, and tells us that there spend-slashing is what has made their economies sink. However, how can you reach that particular conclusion?
Let's look below, and Behold! The period from 2002 onward represents a Left-Wing, Obama-style, aggregate of deficit spending, by a Leftist to be sure, that finally took its toll in 2009. While Krugman blames Cameron's reductions in deficit spending for the last several years, Krugman completely ignores the build-up of economic detritus that has been aggregated for the entire decade prior.
But what about Ireland, which is the other country that Krugman trots out? Oh, snap! Here, yet again, an aggregate of deficit spending that this tiny little economy could in no way overcome in just a few short years.
Krugman, dejectedly, continues:
Even Republicans admit, albeit selectively, that spending cuts hurt employment. Thus John McCain warned earlier this week that the defense cuts scheduled to happen under the budget sequester would cause the loss of a million jobs.
John McCain, Krugman? Seriously? The diminutive Ogre of the Tea Party's Hobbit-Land, as he calls it? Is he the absolute best that you can come up with on the Republican side, for God's sake? He can't even win a Presidential election against a radical Marxist in the Heart of world capitalism. The scrapings must be getting thin, indeed.
Krugman hesitantly continues:
It’s true that Republicans often seem to believe in “weaponized Keynesianism,” a doctrine under which military spending, and only military spending, creates jobs. But that is, of course, nonsense. By talking about job losses from defense cuts, the G.O.P. has already conceded the principle of the thing.
Weaponized Keynesianism? That would have to presuppose that the military makes money, somewhere along the way and it simply doesn't. Krugman is taking a government economic spending model called Keynesianism and slathering onto an entity that simply has no tangible way to produce an income, thus encompassing a sort of one-way military economy. Instead of "weaponized Keynesianism," lets try "weaponized imbecilism" which is apparently at the heart of Ole' Krugman's US economy-shattering attitude.
That dog simply won't hunt, Krugman. The military is not a micro-economy, although, that academian-acid you're hitting must be some pretty good stuff, I must point out.
Krugman woozily, continues:
Still, won’t spending cuts (or tax increases) cost jobs whenever they take place, so we might as well bite the bullet now? The answer is no — given the state of our economy, this is a uniquely bad time for austerity.
As if there is a good time to throw-up, Krugman? In fact, austerity measures are undertaken by a State to avert an economic disaster, slated to happen somewhere down the road, you know, the road we're kicking the can down. If the economy has a stomach ache because of something that it has consumed which is causing extreme discomfort to that particular economy, then the economy needs to in essense, throw-up, and get whatever's causing the economic bellyache to go away.
Now, while throwing up isn't a pleasant thing, it's much better to take that little bit of discomfort now, rather than to allow whatever is hurting the economic body, to run its course and make the economy septic after being allowed to be absorbed throughout the entire body economic. Never mind what eventually comes out the other end of that same economy, which just so happens to be what we are only midly beginning to see right now in comparison to what may come.
Krugman grimaces onward:
One way to see this is to compare today’s economic situation with the environment prevailing during an earlier round of defense cuts: the big winding down of military spending in the late 1980s and early 1990s, following the end of the cold war. Those spending cuts destroyed jobs, too, with especially severe consequences in places like southern California that relied heavily on defense contracts. At the national level, however, the effects were softened by monetary policy: the Federal Reserve cut interest rates more or less in tandem with the spending cuts, helping to boost private spending and minimize the overall adverse effect.
But wait, Krugman, didn't you, just a bit earlier, crow about how the decade of nineties was the greatest thing since Jiffy peanut butter? You know, while your greatest American hero, Bill Clinton, had his hand firmly on the tiller, and not a few other things , I might add? Wait, I shall go and fetch it for you...and voila' from just a few paragraphs up:
During the first decade of his time in Congress,(beginning in 1991) the U.S. government was doing just fine on the fiscal front. In particular, the ratio of federal debt to G.D.P. was a third lower when Bill Clinton left office than it was when he came in.
Okay, so now we all are confused Mr. Krugman.
In the first part you painted the decade of the nineties as the most wonderful time of the years. Now you're telling us it wasn't, except for an increase in private spending? That's not Keynesianism, that's Reaganism, and we all know how you feel about Reagan! Government spending is the thing you've been keying on throughout this entire article, especially when you continually bring up Keynesianism, so what gives, exactly?
Maybe it's actually you, Sir, who are confused.
Krugman warily continues:
Today, by contrast, we’re still living in the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and the Fed, in its effort to fight the slump, has already cut interest rates as far as it can — basically to zero. So the Fed can’t blunt the job-destroying effects of spending cuts, which would hit with full force.
The point, again, is that now is very much not the time to act; fiscal austerity should wait until the economy has recovered, and the Fed can once again cushion the impact.
Ah, but here, you see, the Fed has a bit of a problem. If interest rates naturally rise, ahead of the US Treasury's short-term treasury bonds, and eventually long-term bonds, then bond interest yields will be forced to rise also, over time. What if the markets dictate an interest rate rise ahead of the treasury's artificially set levels? Then, we could have what is referred to as a 'treasury bond bubble.'
In order to set treasuries at a level competitive with the markets, in this case, the interest rates that the US pays in debt could quadruple over time, essentially forcing the US into paying all of it tax revenue in bond debt, at some point.
Now, we all know what that means, right? The longer we wait to fix the problem, the worse these eventualities can and will become.
Krugman plows forward:
But aren’t we facing a fiscal crisis? No, not at all. The federal government can borrow more cheaply than at almost any point in history, and medium-term forecasts, like the 10-year projections released Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office, are distinctly not alarming. Yes, there’s a long-term fiscal problem, but it’s not urgent that we resolve that long-term problem right now. The alleged fiscal crisis exists only in the minds of Beltway insiders.
Indeed, America's financial security ratings have already dropped to an AA level for the first time in the nation's history. Is not that, alone, enough to say that America is in the midst of a financial crisis? But then, Krugman goes on to state that there is a problem, but it's not one that needs to be corrected anytime soon. In essence, if you're walking along on set of railroad tracks and a train rounds the corner, when should you step off? Should you immediately exit the tracks upon seeing the danger? Or, should you wait until the train is about to completely obliterate you, efforting a daring escape at the last possible moment?
Maybe Krugman just likes living dangerously....but what if the train speeds up? What if your foot becomes caught in the track? What if you pass-out in the ensuing excitement and unexpectedly collapse on the tracks? Why wait for a better time when we may, in fact, be within that better time before everything begins collapsing all around us?
Who, in fact, could actually know the answer to this question?
Krugman stays on-track:
Still, even if we should put off spending cuts for now, wouldn’t it be a good thing if our politicians could simultaneously agree on a long-term fiscal plan? Indeed, it would. It would also be a good thing if we had peace on earth and universal marital fidelity. In the real world, Republican senators are saying that the situation is desperate — but not desperate enough to justify even a penny in additional taxes. Do these sound like men ready and willing to reach a grand fiscal bargain?
But...even Krugman himself earlier writes that now would be a bad time to correct our government spending due to the bad economy. Hasn't every economist in the land, including the President, told us that raising taxes in a bad economy is a horribly bad thing to do? My, we seem to have a bit of quandary embedding itself throughout Mr. Krugman's assertively confused opinion.
But Krugman intrepidly circles back around:
Realistically, we’re not going to resolve our long-run fiscal issues any time soon, which is O.K. — not ideal, but nothing terrible will happen if we don’t fix everything this year. Meanwhile, we face the imminent threat of severe economic damage from short-term spending cuts.
So we should avoid that damage by kicking the can down the road. It’s the responsible thing to do.
So, in essence, stay on the tracks, ignore the train hurtling towards us, FORWARD...to the culmination of Obama's transformation of Amerika, got it!
Next stop? Procrasti-Nation Station...where living dangerously and spending other people's money, namely our children and grandchildren's, becomes the national pastime...move over football.
February 6th, 2013
Conservative Refocus/ The Examiner
As a prelude to the White House's legislative impetus to completely bypass any type of strengthened security of America's porous border with Mexico, the Obama Regime has discontinued a program considered integral to maintaining US border security, which has been in place since the 1980's.
The traditional media, with regard to the shutting down of this important border program, has completely failed at reporting the soon-to-be less than secure southern border, in the wake of a new congressional impetus which seeks a bi-partisan approach to amnesty for illegals.
In that vein Liberal Sen. Chuck Schumer stated this recently:
"We are not using border security as an excuse or block to path of citizenship", [Schumer] said in the press conference.
The blueprint's call for a secure border will help make a deal, but won't be linked to citizenship awards or be allowed to block or trigger citizenship for illegals, he said.
"We just want to make sure, this is very important both substantively and politically, that there is a secure border, [but] we are not going to use it as a battering ram to prevent the 11 million from gaining a path to citizenship."
In essence, the Senator is stating that border security essentially has nothing to do with the legislative impetus to convert approximately 11 million illegals to Democratic voter rolls. This recent statement, in addition, flies in the face of Republican bill co-sponsor Marco Rubio, who has indicated a willingness to completely cave-in to the Democrats so that they can refreshen their severely lessened voter base, as exhibited in the 2012 main election.
Some Conservatives, meanwhile, to include this writer, believe that the off-year 2014 election could actually solidify a Conservative hold on both the US Senate and US House, as in the off-year 2010 election, which could ostensibly be offset by a conversion of millions of newly-legalized illegal alien voters, which will invariably vote for the party of "free stuff."
So, while border security on the ground promises to remain well less than secure, the low-flying air incursion of illegal aliens seeking to bypass the border in the air, could prove to be a slipstream of new transportation possibilities for aliens, in addition to the well-documented incursion of illicit drugs, which has been utilized for decades by the Mexican drug cartels.
The soon to be terminated system, known by the acronym TARS was designed to identify low-flying airborne contacts attempting to evade US border security and air radar. These types of contacts could range from low-flying airplanes, helo's and military jets, to even terrorist fired missiles which could threaten mainland America, and especially citizens, who live within most US border States.
In response to what many deem a severe lapse of domestic security, a petition was filed at the White House's "We The People" website, which beseeched Obama to provide funding for the continuance of the US-Mexico border security program. So far, the petition has recorded only 1,195 signatures of the 100,000 needed to effect an administration response.
The defense program, identified as TARS, which stands for tethered aerostat systems, is a relatively low-cost stationary radar system providing real-time low level radar identification of any and all low-flying traffic. The system provides radar coverage to the entire US border along Mexico, the Florida straits, and even a section of the Caribbean sea, which also provides drug-trafficking surveillance for the US DOD counter-drug programs. In addition, TARS is also considered a segment of protection for the North American Aerospace Defense Command with regard to their air sovereignty mission for the continental US.
On January 17th, Exelis Systems Corporation sent out an email to its employees informing them that the border radar detection program would be shutdown and permanently ceased on March 15th of 2013. When Exelis had earlier learned that its operations were being discontinued, the Department of Homeland Security was contacted to apprise them of the gap in border security, but to no avail, DHS appeared not to be interested in maintaining such a security system, despite its operational budget of nearly $ 40 billion dollars for fiscal year 2013.
The cost of the TARS progam, in 2007, was a mere $ 3.5 million dollars, which is the approximate cost of flying Air Force One on a single round trip to Hawaii.
At a time when gun violence from drug cartel incursions along the border have increased in conjunction with congressional action on reforming US illegal immigration policy, many have questioned the administrations increasingly lackadaisical approach to US border security, which has often been referred to as Obama's 'Open Borders program.'
The cessation of this program should be a clear indication to congressional Republicans of how the Obama regime intends to pursue future border security.
On August 24th of 2012, ten ICE agents sued the Obama administration over its unwillingness to deport certain illegal immigrants.