Tag Archives: deficit

  romney would have done it better

Obama Is Bad Commie, Shrinks Deficit Again

Glad that's all behind us now
Do you remember the Great Deficit Panic of 2011? How Obamacare and The Stimulus and the GM Bailout were going to bankrupt the country? How our children were going to be left roaming the streets, forced to dumpster-dive for scraps because of oppressive socialist taxes? How we had The Sequester? How the Very Serious People decided Obama needed to Show Leadership, and how the president was willing to gut Social Security to appease the Ron Fucking Fourniers of the Beltway? How this mercifully fell apart because the Republicans weren’t willing to tax the Rich even if Obama ratfucked the Olds? How we had a Deficit Commission that was supposed to reach a Grand Bargain but could not because the Republicans were like we will only give you a Grand Bargain if you do everything we say, otherwise fuck this shit? And how none of this could possibly be George W. Bush’s fault, even though he dropped a $1.4 million deficit turd on Obummer’s desk on his way out of the Oval? Read more on Obama Is Bad Commie, Shrinks Deficit Again…
  There Are Cargo Cults With Better Economic Models

Now Grover Norquist Wants To Drown Republicans In The Bathtub

Wow such current meme. Still more up to date than Norquist
There is an old saying: if you laid all the economists in the world end to end, Grover Norquist would still be wrong about everything. Still, you have to give him a lot of credit (No you don’t). In spite of the fact that only 2 percent of economists polled by the University of Chicago agree with him, Norquist is trumpeting his belief that the economic recovery did not come as a result of the economic stimulus act passed in 2009. So what did cause the recovery? Why, the spending cuts caused by the sequester and the continuation of 85 percent of the Bush tax cuts, you silly goose. Read more on Now Grover Norquist Wants To Drown Republicans In The Bathtub…
  You Can't Make An Omelette Without Fucking That Chicken

GOP’s Awesome Plan To Make America All Better, Starting With Killing A Million Jobs

Thank god somebody has some fresh thinking!
John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have affixed their names to a VERY IMPORTANT op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today,* explaining all the terrific fresh new ideas that they’ll be able to accomplish with their brand-new Republican control of Congress. It’s so fresh and exciting! Just lookie: Read more on GOP’s Awesome Plan To Make America All Better, Starting With Killing A Million Jobs…
  Lies From the Pit Of Hell

Morning Maddow: So Many GOP Lies, So Much Rachel Debunking

This animation annoys us: aren't the two choo-choos on the left crashing into each other?
Rachel Maddow brought us a double helping of Debunktion Junction Wednesday night, because there was just too much misinformation out there for a single segment. First off, she looked at that outrageous ad that congressmoron Kevin Cramer filmed in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery without permission, violating VA rules to use dead soldiers’ graves as props in an ad. Cramer insisted to several media outlets that he would withdraw the ad. Has he actually done it? Watch and find out! Read more on Morning Maddow: So Many GOP Lies, So Much Rachel Debunking…
  Whatever Happened To That Crazy Deficit Anyway?

The Deficit Is Falling Rapidly, But Who Cares Because Look At All These Forgettable Scandals!

Your Wonkette is confused! We were under the impression that the deficit was the single greatest threat to our American Freedom, because it is a big number! We were told that incorporated Americans were su-su-su-SCARED, and they would soon stop wanting to be successful and make money, because “spending” (it is just economics, dumbo). We were told that our children would be born into bondage, because it’s the law that all the babies have to pay all the debts out of their own pockets, which how could they even do that, they have no pockets! Well, forget about all that, because the deficit will be $203 billion lower than projected three months ago thanks in part to this, and in the meantime there’s a bunch of other bullshit for you to obsess over, all of which will be long forgotten by the time Hillary seizes the crown of empire from John Roberts’s quivering hands and assumes her rightful place as dictatrix 4 lyfe. Read more on The Deficit Is Falling Rapidly, But Who Cares Because Look At All These Forgettable Scandals!…
  A Sphincter Says What?

Oh Paul Ryan, David Brooks Can’t Stay Mad At You!

What is Paul Ryan’s biggest mistake, you might be wondering — and yes, we know! It’s hard to pick just one! But if, for some reason, we were going to try, would we pick Ryan’s sponsorship of a personhood amendment? Or maybe the Ryan Plan, which would turn Medicare into a voucher program? Or oh — what about saying that voting for the Iraq War gave him “more foreign policy experience than Obama”? No, stupid, it was none of those things, it was refusing to vote for the Simpsons-Bowles Proposal, as David Brooks explains to us in a column called “Ryan’s Biggest Mistake.” Read more on Oh Paul Ryan, David Brooks Can’t Stay Mad At You!…
  Screwing Poors and Old People

Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz Has Some Original Ideas On Fixing The Deficit

Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican (duh) from Utah, has a lot in common with his fellow Republicans, given that he thinks that fixing the deficit is a very, very important issue, but! not so important that we should be willing to cut defense spending or let the Bush tax cuts expire to get the job done. See, to Representative Jason Chaffetz, the deficit is a very specific level of important that necessitates raising the retirement age to 72, but does NOT require the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. In an op-ed over at The Hill called “Washington Has a Spending Problem, Not a Revenue Problem,” Chaffetz patiently explains that if we’d all just be willing to pitch in and sacrifice a little — you know, retire at 72, privatize Medicare, limit government assistance to Poors, that sort of thing — we can protect the interests of oil companies and rich people AND fix the deficit! Read more on Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz Has Some Original Ideas On Fixing The Deficit…
 

Why Won’t The Democrats Compromise On The Budget Like Republicans Do?

Congressional Representative Robert J. Dold, a Republican (because SHOCKER) from Illinois, is a self-described “small business owner” from Illinois who is very, very concerned about the deficit. As all Very Serious People know, the deficit is the Most Important Challenge facing America today, and it’s not going to fix itself! It will take very specific, nuanced policy prescriptions like: “working together” and “finding common ground” so we can “spur the economy.” It’s just “common sense” that we can solemnly nod our heads in shared agreement about which platitudes best describe the correct course of action for addressing this non-problem. “Enough is enough,” by golly! (Democrats, he is talking to you!) Read more on Why Won’t The Democrats Compromise On The Budget Like Republicans Do?…
  everybody hates biden

Republicans Walk Out On Joe Biden’s Budget Talks

Jabbering moron Joe Biden was trying to save America by turning off a $125 website for endangered species, but somehow everybody still thinks Joe Biden is a fool. So congratulations to Joe Biden for somehow looking worse than congressional Republicans, great job! Read more on Republicans Walk Out On Joe Biden’s Budget Talks…
  the empire strikes back

Obama Back Trying To Trick People To Believe He Wants To Change Politics

Since kicking off his re-election bid with history’s least enthusiastic campaign ad, Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail again, simultaneously presenting his dead-in-the-water deficit plan to the country and trying to get people excited to give him another four years in office. The problem, of course, is that it’s hard for him to argue that orgasmic “Change” and “Hope” message again when Obama himself has seemed to give up on these things. “There have been times where I felt the same way you do,” Obama said about the disappointments of his term to a crowd of “young supporters” (though he wasn’t talking about enjoying keg stands) in Chicago. But obviously those “times” weren’t, say, when he was doling out tax cuts to the insanely rich. Read more on Obama Back Trying To Trick People To Believe He Wants To Change Politics…
  the winners win again

Paul Ryan Plans To Ruin Medicare and Medicaid, Sneak In Tax Cuts For Rich

What has Congress been up to these days? We didn’t fire them, right? Yes, it would appear they still have jobs, and that job is continually “avoiding shutdown” because voters dividing power between the two very polarized parties these days is akin to snapping the government’s neck and putting it on life support. Sure, the making war with new countries and denying the rights of wrongly jailed minorities parts still work, but that’s about it. Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan has been off in a corner thinking about the deficit and has decided the best way to save the government some money: cripple its successful Medicare and Medicaid programs and then throw in some more tax cuts for the very richest of Americans, because why not? Read more on Paul Ryan Plans To Ruin Medicare and Medicaid, Sneak In Tax Cuts For Rich…
  only those gay brits make real cuts

House GOP Deficit Plan Shows They Hate Poors, Federal Workers, Egypt

The House Republican leadership is continuing its tireless mission of pitching legislation that will never become law, like spending cuts they say will save $2.5 trillion over 10 years. Some of this is in specific cuts, like a “$1 million mohair subsidy,” which is bravely included despite the overwhelming political power of goats. But much more of it is in “firing 15 percent of the federal workforce and returning to 2006 spending levels for non-defense agencies starting in 2012.” That’s nice and unspecific and theoretical. Just tap the federal government with Paul Ryan’s magic pair of safety scissors, and suddenly it’s 2006 again. Hey, it will never pass anyway. May as well! Read more on House GOP Deficit Plan Shows They Hate Poors, Federal Workers, Egypt…
  tough choices are for non-congressmen

Ungrateful Americans Want Congress To Tax Rich To Balance Budget

Once again, we are posting the results of a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, which sets up a bowl of suet and has Annie Leibovitz take a snapshot of the Americans around it while Andy Rooney complains about how we don’t use suet anymore. So what is the important lesson we have learned this time, besides what percentage of Americans knows what a quadrillion is? (Pay attention, Card Sharks contestants!) Why, it turns out, to balance the federal budget, most Americans say they would increase taxes on the wealthy as the “first step.” Don’t those ingrates know how much they owe the kind wealth-inheritors of this country? Though actually, the poll is flawed, as it makes Americans choose from things that would actually cut the deficit. Read more on Ungrateful Americans Want Congress To Tax Rich To Balance Budget…
  money things

$1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Greased Up and Ready To Fund Dumb Government

Crisis has been averted: The government will probably not shut down at the end of the week, because Democrats put together a giant spending omnibus thing that will fund it for the next fiscal year. And what’s in the omnibus? Nobody really knows, but it’s all greased up and seems to have been cooked well, if you just look at its skin. “That’s an omnibus,” a senator probably said, looking at the giant stack of 1,924 pages. “Very omnibus. Let’s just go ahead and pass it. It’s making me hungry looking at it. Omnibus!” $1.1 trillion seems like a nice, round, debt-padding number, so it likely will be passed. Even though John Thune says it looks pretty evil to him. Read more on $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Greased Up and Ready To Fund Dumb Government…
  it's morning in america

Fiscal Commission: Smithsonian, Pandas To Blame For National Deficit

Your Wonkette recently suggested that our new Orange Overlord should privatize the Smithsonian, because that’s what Alexander Hamilton kept blogging about, in the Federalist Papers. Well, good things come to those who wait (for the co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to release their draft proposal)! Yes, this wise bipartisan commission of maggot-brained failures wants the government to “reduce funding to the Smithsonian and the National Park Service and allow the programs to offset the reduction through fees.” That’s not quite privatization, but the proposal also recommends severe cuts to Social Security, so it’s safe to say that reducing the deficit has already become a very successful bipartisan paint-huffing effort. Read more on Fiscal Commission: Smithsonian, Pandas To Blame For National Deficit… Read more on Fiscal Commission: Smithsonian, Pandas To Blame For National Deficit…
  conspiracies

Federal Government Now Paying Lots of People $150,000 For Some Reason

While the U.S. economy continues to suck, unemployment holds at a very high level, and employers are cutting salaries and benefits at every turn, one important employer is actually paying 11 times more people $150,000-a-year salaries than it did five years ago. And that employer is the federal government. Good for them! Hey, if your company is making record profits like the federal government is, you really should reward your employees. Still, federal employees are said to earn less than private-sector workers in similar jobs. But that’s not stopping Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz from deciding that all federal employees need an across-the-board pay cut right now. Read more on Federal Government Now Paying Lots of People $150,000 For Some Reason…
  oscar bait

New Wingnut Movie Will Teach Children About National Debt With 3-D Computer-Animated Obama and Reagan

Here is a cool new movie about Obama’s socialist federal spending! One-third of the documentary is animated with claymation and computers to “make it entertaining for a younger audience,” according to the filmmaker, Ray Griggs. But what will make it REALLY entertaining for children is that it features interviews with their friends Ken Blackwell and Newt Gingrich. Hooray! Read more on New Wingnut Movie Will Teach Children About National Debt With 3-D Computer-Animated Obama and Reagan…
  doing the sexy math

Mean Deficit Commission Does Not Like the Deficit

Former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, co-chairs of Obama’s deficit commission, have done all the math and are coming out with their big report soon, and it turns out they do not think highly of our old chum the deficit. Bowles said it is “like a cancer,” which is not nice, because the deficit can hear you, Erskine. It has spent a lot of money on military technology to give itself senses such as hearing and touch, Alvin Greene’s favorite. Bowles also said it “will destroy the country from within.” Saying the United States is destroying itself and is nearing the end of its empire usually gets a politician in trouble, but Bowles has a plan to cut spending and raise taxes, so Congress will love him and certainly pass it. Read more on Mean Deficit Commission Does Not Like the Deficit…
  daily briefing

Nidal Hasan’s Colleagues Were Cool With His Islam, Which, By The Transitive Property, Is Very Significant

Obama is just pretending to have any sway within the Obama/Hamid Karzai powercouple. [New York Times] A bunch of people in the Army were very encouraging of Nidal Hasan’s religious phase, and some even suggested he take college courses about Islam. Should we purge the Army of anyone who self-identifies as a “supportive friend” too?? [Washington Post] Read more on Nidal Hasan’s Colleagues Were Cool With His Islam, Which, By The Transitive Property, Is Very Significant…
  move to... oh damnit there is recession everywhere

RAISE TAXES ON ALL VAGUELY RICH PEOPLE ASAP, SRSLY: “For the first two months of the fiscal year, Treasury reported a record deficit of $401.6 billion.” And all because of… Obama. [Marketwatch] Read more on …