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Read Sam Brownback’s Lips: Whoops, We Raised Kansas’s Taxes

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The last redoubt of conservative economists has always been the complaint that their radical, free-market ideas have never been tried before. If conservative ideas have never been put to the test, the argument goes, then how can you say they don’t work, you’re not even being fair! Sadly for conservative economists and their fedora-clad fanboys, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has, in fact, put low-tax, low-service conservatism to the test, and it didn’t work out quite the way he thought it would. Loosen up those cackling muscles, Wonketeers, because this one’s good. Read more on Read Sam Brownback’s Lips: Whoops, We Raised Kansas’s Taxes…
  down the rabbit hole

Paul Ryan Unveils Budget, Makes ‘White Rabbit’ Our New National Anthem

It is budget season again in Washington, D.C., which means it is time for the villagers in our nation’s capital to pretend that a plan written by Congressman Paul Ryan, who was last seen on election night icing down his tuchus after being spanked hard by Barry Bamz and Old Handsome Joe Biden, is not the legislative equivalent of a rotting whale carcass washed up on a beach. We admit, sometimes your Wonkette struggles to dislike Paul Ryan. How can you dislike a guy with that shayna punim? Those soulful eyes! That hangdog expression! It is as if a bunny rabbit and a tree sloth had a baby, and then that baby had sex with pouty-lipped Scarlett Johansson, and then she had a baby, and that baby is the unholy but soooo adorable bunny rabbit/tree sloth/pouty-lipped Scarlett Johansson mash-up that is Paul Ryan! Then words begin spewing out of the mouth hole of the unholy Paul Ryan thing and you want to scream “What part of shut the fuck up and go the fuck away, Paul Ryan, do you not understand?” Read more on Paul Ryan Unveils Budget, Makes ‘White Rabbit’ Our New National Anthem…
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‘Budget Hero’ Video Game Gives All Americans Chance To Fail At Budget Deal

For anyone out there who doesn’t find managing their own household budget on a daily basis to be nearly enough tedium, there is “Budget Hero 2.0,” a wonky computer game that allows players to reach the same eventual frustrating conclusion of fiscal doom as their ordinary leaders. Developed by the Woodrow Wilson Center, the game seeks to be “educational,” one of those strategies we know to always be very popular with the American People: Read more on ‘Budget Hero’ Video Game Gives All Americans Chance To Fail At Budget Deal…
  just punch him already

Obama, Cantor Debt Ceiling Talks Now Just Debt Ceiling Screaming

OOOH guys, there is a gross brawl going on in the lunchroom! “I heard Obama pushed Cantor!” “I heard Cantor tried to kick him!” “He started it!” “He interrupted me!” And that is your main political headline this morning, that both parties are flinging rumors about what happened inside a closed-door meeting between Obama and Cantor as they fought about the debt deal. Is it really different from any other Day in Washington? No, except that everyone is getting a righteousness boner from these rumors that Obama cold screamed at Eric Cantor, because Cantor is a shrill weasel. Immediately after Obama left the latest talks cursing the Republicans, Cantor ran out to the reporters to tattle on the bully, and this is Major News. Read more on Obama, Cantor Debt Ceiling Talks Now Just Debt Ceiling Screaming…
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Mitch McConnell Quits Debt Talks, Tells Obama To Just Do Whatever So GOP Can Blame Him For It Already

Ever since the fake “should we raise the debt ceiling debate” started (the answer is YES OF COURSE), the GOP has been using this fake debate as leverage to extract deep cuts from any social program not for millionaires as a condition for approving a ceiling hike. “No ceiling hike without spending cuts aimed at killing the poor” is the demand they have made over and over, and that Obama insanely agreed to even while alienating everyone in his party, just to get a deal done. This has been going on for weeks. So, after all this, brave hero Mitch McConnell announced he no longer wants to make ANY spending cuts just so the deal fails and Obama is forced to raise the debt limit on his own. Read more on Mitch McConnell Quits Debt Talks, Tells Obama To Just Do Whatever So GOP Can Blame Him For It Already…
  journamalism

WSJ To Obama: Some Poor Rich People Can’t Even Afford Private Jets At All

Does anyone seem to understand the fact that there are some very poor rich people out there who are not even wealthy enough to be able to afford a corporate jet? DOES ANYONE? Conservative tabloid The Wall Street Journal is not convinced that even the President of the United States knows this, so they typed out some important journalism that was titled, “Obama Calls People Making $250,000 a Year ‘Jet Owners.'” That’ll show him! Just more of the WSJ‘s typical Pulitzer-prize winning reporting, a job well done. EXCEPT THAT Obama never actually said this, at all, ever. Someone eventually noticed this and now the blog post is just titled with a dumb tip: “Note to Obama: $250,000-a-Year Earners Can’t Afford Jets.” Uh, thanks? Obama will try to remember not to close the tax loopholes on these peoples’ imaginary jets. Read more on WSJ To Obama: Some Poor Rich People Can’t Even Afford Private Jets At All…
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Ohio Fetal Heartbeat Bill Passed So Public Can Pay To Have It Struck Down

Take heart, angry war fetus! The cranky olds of the Ohio House of Representatives have imaginary-heard your testimony and finally passed their “Fetal Heartbeat Bill,” an unconstitutional law that prohibits abortion after six weeks. In other words, this was a law passed “for fun,” as it has no chance of becoming actual law. Here is something funny, tho! Governor John Kasich’s budget proposal cuts Medicaid spending by 30%, state aid to municipalities by 25%, and education by 11.5% after federal stimulus funds expire, which means while all of Ohio’s poor slobs go sick and stupid from these budget cuts, politicians still get to use taxpayer money to employ lawyers to lose at defending their dumb law. Read more on Ohio Fetal Heartbeat Bill Passed So Public Can Pay To Have It Struck Down…
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Allen West: Evil Women Keeping Men From Fixing Budget

Allen West compared American politics to the movie 300 last week, because that’s of course the best analogy for anything, especially if you’re face down on the beer-soaked floor of a frat house or something like that. Why is it that this huge country runs a budget deficit? Women. Stupid women are always like, “Don’t murder the poor,” and sap men of the testosterone they need to balance the budget. The rarer breed, conservative women, though, shut up and stand aside so the men can do their penis-required work. Sounds about right. Read more on Allen West: Evil Women Keeping Men From Fixing Budget…
 

Remainders: Lynch the Landlord

ABC News is convinced that foreign diplomats in the US are the most passive-aggressive people on the planet. [The Blotter] Congress to Smithsonian: eat shit and die. [LA Times] Mojo Nixon campaigns in Texas, “If your state don’t have Kinky Friedman, than your state could use some votin’.” [Mojo Nixon] Read more on Remainders: Lynch the Landlord…
 

Daily Briefing: America’s Torn Aorta

• Bush commits federal resources to Gulf Coast: “The challenges that we face on the ground are unprecedented. But there’s no doubt in my mind we’re going to succeed.” Pollster: “To the degree that he is the consoler and healer of the nation, it helps.” [WP, WP, WSJ, USAT] • Financial burden of recovery strikes at federal budget deficit; over $20b will be requested. [WSJ, WP, USAT] • Katrina sends oil prices over $3 a gallon, possibly beyond $4; Europeans may lend their stockpiles. [WSJ, MarketWatch, Bloomberg, NYT] • Commodity prices jump. Supply-chain expert: “The Mississippi River is the aorta of the American economy, and New Orleans is the access point to it.” [WP] • In Baghdad, nearly 1,000 Iraqis die in stampede sparked by panic; greatest loss of life since the invasion. [NYT, USAT] • Bush tested again by circumstances, but will he deliver? Professor: “It is usually the case with large-scale disasters that it centralizes power in the presidency and improves the president’s ratings in public opinion.” [NYT, LAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: America’s Torn Aorta…