“Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor. “Barabbas,” they answered. “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. — Matthew 27:21-26
I was quite surprised to hear that Mitt Romney had announced that tomorrow was “the big day” to announce his vice president selection. Like most, I assumed he would be making it immediately before the GOP National Convention.
I was also somewhat surprised to hear that, apparently, Romney had called Marco Rubio and told him that he would NOT be the running mate on the ticket.
We don’t know who it will be, of course, but there’s been a fair amount of intelligent conservative speculation that it may very well be Paul Ryan.
That will be an incredibly bold choice from a man who has a been cautious for most of his life, but this is what I believe Romney’s reasoning is:
Marco Rubio would have been a good choice if Romney was thinking in terms of winning more Hispanics or winning Florida. And Rob Portman would have been a good choice if Romney felt that he would need Portman’s pull to carry Ohio. Nikki Haley or Kelly Ayote would have been a decision to pursue “the women’s vote.” But none of these excellent choices would define the race the way Paul Ryan would.
Paul Ryan is all about the budget – and by that I mean more than ANYODY – and the need to get dead serious about reducing our spending. Versus Democrats who haven’t bothered to even TRY to pass a budget for 1,199 days and a president who has not received a SINGLE DEMOCRAT VOTE for one of his depraved and lunatic budgets in three years. Meanwhile as Obama and Democrats have made reckless irresponsibility their “governing strategy,” we just found out our true debt and our real fiscal gap just grew by a massive $11 trillion to – and you’d better sit down – $222 TRILLION:
Republicans and Democrats spent last summer battling how best to save $2.1 trillion over the next decade. They are spending this summer battling how best to not save $2.1 trillion over the next decade.
In the course of that year, the U.S. government’s fiscal gap — the true measure of the nation’s indebtedness — rose by $11 trillion.
The fiscal gap is the present value difference between projected future spending and revenue. It captures all government liabilities, whether they are official obligations to service Treasury bonds or unofficial commitments, such as paying for food stamps or buying drones.
The U.S. fiscal gap, calculated (by us) using theCongressional Budget Office’s realistic long-term budget forecast — the Alternative Fiscal Scenario — is now $222 trillion. Last year, it was $211 trillion. The $11 trillion difference — this year’s true federal deficit — is 10 times larger than the official deficit and roughly as large as the entire stock of official debt in public hands.
This fantastic and dangerous growth in the fiscal gap is not new. In 2003 and 2004, the economists Alan Auerbach and William Gale extended the CBO’s short-term forecast and measured fiscal gaps of $60 trillion and $86 trillion, respectively. In 2007, the first year the CBO produced the Alternative Fiscal Scenario, the gap, by our reckoning, stood at $175 trillion. By 2009, when the CBO began reporting the AFS annually, the gap was $184 trillion. In 2010, it was $202 trillion, followed by $211 trillion in 2011 and $222 trillion in 2012.
If in fact Mitt Romney picks Paul Ryan, THAT reckless fiscal insanity will be the central defining issue of the campaign.
More than any election in American history, this would be a true “monumental choice” election: do you want Obama and a welfare America that will utterly implode under the supermassive weight of hundreds of trillions of dollars of debt, or do you want to have at least a chance of national survival???
Many are saying that the Democrats are “licking their chops” over the prospect of running against Paul Ryan. Democrats have demonized Paul Ryan viciously, using a look-alike to depict him pushing an elderly lady in a wheelchair off of a cliff. But the actual reality is just the opposite – as the facts prove. For what it’s worth, the left was going to basically run against Ryan anyway.
Over one hundred million Americans are now on some form of welfare.
Food stamps have increased 53 percent since Obama took office, from 30 million receiving them in 2008 to 46 million people receiving them today. In the 1970s when the food stamp program began, one in fifty Americans were on them; one in seven Americans are on them now. And more Americans are filing for disability today than are getting jobs, with the number of Americans expected to go on disability expected to jump 71 percent in the next ten years. For the record, only 1 percent of people who go on disability ever return to work. You either think these are good things or you think they’re terribly bad things. And this November you’re going to vote which you think it is.
If you want to abdicate all personal responsibility and parasitically suck off the tit of a government that takes from the producers to hand out to those who vote Democrat until America collapses, then vote for Obama.
If you are looking around and saying, this can’t possibly continue. America is simply doomed on the path we’re on, then vote for Romney.
No one in America is more able to get our spending, deficit and debt under control than Paul Ryan.
If Paul Ryan is the guy, more than any other guy that Romney could pick, America will face a true choice in November.
City after city is beginning to collapse into bankruptcy as the choices to run up debts and deficits made by Democrats run their toxic course. Liberal California is leading the way into total fiscal disaster. Liberals keep pointing to the example of Europe even as Europe proves more every day that it is a terribly foolish model to follow. And the liberals that gave us nearly ALL of the $222 trillion debt that is utterly unpayable and utterly unsustainable keep demaning that we double down and then triple down and then quadruple down until America simply implodes. And don’t think the left doesn’t literally HOPE that day happens.
This election will mark the greatest and most monumental choice for the direction of America and the world since the one I cite at the beginning of this article. I pray that we have more wisdom than that last momentous decision. Israel was wiped off the map less than forty years later as a result of their choice; our disaster will ensue far faster than that if we choose foolishly and wickedly for Obama.