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Schumer, Democrats Goose-Stepping To Their Fuhrers’ Marching Orders

March 31, 2011

When Charles Schumer’s caucus gives marching orders, Charles Schumer knows exactly how to proceed: “Jawohl, mein Fuhrer!”

Even the New York Times of all sources affirms this was  an incredibly stupid display.  But it is an incredibly stupid act that reveals that the Democrats are strickly a Big Brother-style operation.  And that Republicans are their Immanuel Goldstein.

March 29, 2011, 12:30 pm
On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
4:58 p.m. | Updated Um, senators, ever heard of the mute button?

Moments before a conference call with reporters was scheduled to get underway on Tuesday morning, Charles E. Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, apparently unaware that many of the reporters were already on the line, began to instruct his fellow senators on how to talk to reporters about the contentious budget process.

After thanking his colleagues — Barbara Boxer of California, Benjamin L. Cardin of Maryland, Thomas R. Carper of Delaware and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut — for doing the budget bidding for the Senate Democrats, who are facing off against the House Republicans over how to cut spending for the rest of the fiscal year, Mr. Schumer told them to portray John A. Boehner of Ohio, the speaker of the House, as painted into a box by the Tea Party, and to decry the spending cuts that he wants as extreme. “I always use the word extreme,” Mr. Schumer said. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week.”

A minute or two into the talking-points tutorial, though, someone apparently figured out that reporters were listening, and silence fell.
Then the conference call began in earnest, with the Democrats right on message.

“We are urging Mr. Boehner to abandon the extreme right wing,” said Ms. Boxer, urging the House to compromise on the scale of spending cuts and to drop proposed amendments that would deny federal financing for Planned Parenthood and for government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mr. Carper continued with the theme, referring to some House Republicans’ “right-wing extremist friends.” Mr. Cardin decried Mr. Boehner’s giving into “extremes of his party.” Mr. Blumenthal closed by speaking of the “relatively small extreme group of ideologues” who are “an anchor” dragging down the budget negotiation process.

How news is made . . .

Update: Later in the day, Mr. Schumer’s spokesman, Brian Fallon, issued this statement about the senator’s remarks: “There’s nothing wrong with reporters overhearing him calling the House Republicans’ [position] extreme, because that’s what it is. He had just given a speech on the Senate floor saying the same thing. The sooner Speaker Boehner abandons the Tea Party’s extreme demands, the sooner there can be a bipartisan deal on the budget.”

So’kay, Republicans are “extreme right wing.”  But you guys are nothing more than a bunch of Nazis, goose stepping to your fuhrers’ marching orders.

The “relatively small extreme group of ideologues” just won the largest landslide election in 70 years, while Democrats – the “mainstream” in their warped view – just LOST the largest landslide election in 70 years.  What is wrong with this picture?

The Republican House is trying to fulfill the campaign pledge that won them victory in that landslide.  The are trying to cut a MERE $61 billion out of a $1.65 TRILLION deficit.  Democrats falsely and deceitfully claim they want to reduce the deficit when literally everything the Republicans propose to do so is “extremist.”

Let’s talk “extremist”:  When Democrats took over, Republicans had left them with a deficit of $161 billion (the deficit in the Republican-passed FY-2007 Budget).  The very next budget, and the first budget passed by Democrats (FY-2008), contained a $459 billion deficit – nearly three times larger than the previous year’s GOP budget.  If that seems crazy, consider their next budget, the FY-2009 budget that had a $1.4 TRILLION deficit – which again virtually tripled their previous tripling of the deficit.  Then there was the Democrats’ FY-2010 budget with a deficit of $1.6 trillion.  And even with total control over the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate, Democrats – caught like cockroaches with the kitchen lights turned on – couldn’t pass a budget at all prior to the election that threw them out of that total control.

Thanks to the Democrats, the United States is adding $4 billion to the deficit every single day this year. 

Now, you need to decide that either THAT is “extreme,” or Republicans trying to cut just a tiny fraction – just 1.5% – of that deficit, is “extremist.”

Republicans are the extremists?  Again, what is wrong with this picture???

Let us see who has used this tactic of unrelenting blame in the past:

Hitler wrote his Mein Kampf.  He blamed the Jews for pretty much everything that was wrong with Germany.

Hitler seized power after blaming the Reichstag fire on a communist conspiracy.

Hitler launched his Anschluss in Austria claiming that he was “protecting” the Austrian people from a Communist uprising (i.e., he blamed the communists).  For the record, both Nazi fascism and Soviet communism were both socialist and both left wing (“Nazi” stood for “National Socialist German Workers Party”).  The Nazis were “rightwing” only in that they were the far right of the extreme left.

Hitler demanded the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia after blaming the Czechs for oppressing the Volkdeutsch (ethnic Germans) there.

Hitler invaded Poland after fabricating the Gleiwitz incident which provided him with the pretext to blame the Poles.

The tactic of demagogic blame has worked for fascist socialists many times before.  Only an evil people falls for this tactic.

It remains to be seen whether it will work this time.

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Obama Says ‘We Cannot Turn Back’ As He Leads America To Hell

July 14, 2010

Obama talks about how we’ve got to keep moving forward with his policies:

From The Wall Street Journal:

“It’s a choice between the policies that led us into this mess and the policies that are leading us out of this mess. It’s a choice between falling backwards or moving forward,” he said.

He repeated the “moving forward” theme several times, and his press secretary, Robert Gibbs, tweeted that same thought, suggesting this is a theme we’re likely to hear again and again as the November elections approach.

But what if “moving forward” means driving pell mell off a cliff to a violent, bloody, screaming, pooping-your-pants-on-the-way-down death?  What if “moving forward” means going to hell?

Let us take a moment to ponder the views expressed by Obama’s handpicked Democrat on Obama’s handpicked debt commission:

From the Associated Press:

Debt commission leaders paint gloomy picture
By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Glen Johnson, Associated Press Writer   – Sun Jul 11, 9:30 pm ET

BOSTON – The heads of President Barack Obama’s national debt commission painted a gloomy picture Sunday as the United States struggles to get its spending under control.

Republican Alan Simpson and Democrat Erskine Bowles told a meeting of the National Governors Association that everything needs to be considered — including curtailing popular tax breaks, such as the home mortgage deduction, and instituting a financial trigger mechanism for gaining Medicare coverage.

The nation’s total federal debt next year is expected to exceed $14 trillion — about $47,000 for every U.S. resident.

This debt is like a cancer,” Bowles said in a sober presentation nonetheless lightened by humorous asides between him and Simpson. “It is truly going to destroy the country from within.”

And:

Bowles said if the U.S. makes no changes it will be spending $2 trillion by 2020 just for interest on the national debt.

“Just think about that: All that money, going somewhere else, to create jobs and opportunity somewhere else,” he said.

Okay.  In agreement with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Obama’s own handpicked Democrat on his own handpicked debt commission says our spending and the resultant skyrocketing debt is literally murdering America.

And who’s doing all the spending?

Obama is so completely out of control that even his own Democrat Party is pleading with him to slow down:

President Obama’s urgent plea for more spending on the economy ran into the political buzz saw of the Senate on Tuesday, where Democratic leaders began chopping apart an aid package for unemployed workers and state governments in an effort to lessen its impact on the deficit.

Obama is so completely out of control that even the socialist Europeans are telling him he’s flat-out wrong in his spending blitzkrieg:

President Barack Obama’s push for continued global stimulus in light of a tenuous economic recovery was largely pushed back at the G-20 as world leaders agreed to focus on deficit reduction.

Obama and his team have repeatedly warned that while the worst of the crisis has passed, the recovery is still “uneven and fragile” and ongoing stimulus efforts are needed.

But European leaders, led largely by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have pushed back on increased spending as deficits rage out of control.

And this isn’t something that just started happening, either.  Barack Obama has been recklessly spending out of control from the very beginning of his presidency, as an event from March 29, 2009 proves:

STRASBOURG, France —  A top European Union politician on Wednesday slammed U.S. plans to spend its way out of recession as “a way to hell.”

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, told the European Parliament that President Barack Obama’s massive stimulus package and banking bailout “will undermine the stability of the global financial market.”

The “God damn America” president is damning us down the way to hell.

The same article from March 2009 says:

The United States plans to spend heavily to try and lift its economy out of recession with a $787 billion economic stimulus plan of tax rebates, health and welfare benefits, as well as extra energy and infrastructure spending.

And we now know how that more-like-to-$862 billion which really will cost America $3.27 trillion “stimulus” worked out for us.  Poorly.

A poll by the New York Times and CBS revealed that only 6% of Americans believed that the Obama stimulus created any jobs at all.  And even those economists who see an economic rebound don’t believe the “stimulus” had anything to do with it.

The Europeans who are somehow less socialist than our Marxist-in-Chief were right.  And now our unemployment rate is actually the worse because of a “stimulus” that gave us little more than liberal Democrat special interest pork in exchange for crippling debt that will enslave us for decades to come.

Reckless spending is destroying this country.  And for Obama, “moving forward” means driving America off a cliff to it’s screaming doom.

And that is an overwhelmingly documented fact.

Erskine Bowles is also on the record as saying, “This is the most predictable economic crisis in history.”

Which is what people like me have been saying since even before Obama got elected.

In October 2008 I wrote an article which quoted Chief Executive Magazine as follows:

In expressing their rejection of Senator Obama, some CEOs who responded to the survey went as far as to say that “some of his programs would bankrupt the country within three years, if implemented.” In fact, the poll highlights that Obama’s tax policies, which scored the lowest grade in the poll, are particularly unpopular among CEOs.

What do I say but, in voting for Obama, we elected to slit our national belly open and stupidly watch our entrails spill out onto the floor?  Some fools may have naively believed they were voting for hopey-changey, but what they were really voting for was national harakari.

But Obama has said something else in his increasingly demagogic, no-hope-and-change-but-politics-of-divisiveness-and-fear speeches.

He’s also said:

At a second fundraiser, Obama said, “What the other side is counting on is people not having a very good memory.”

Well, let’s do that.  Let’s look at the facts from the past.  Let’s improve our memories.

Let’s start with spending, since that’s what we’ve been talking about up to now.

For the record, the last budget from a Republican President AND a Republican Congress – FY-2007 (passed in 2006) – resulted in a$161 billion deficit at a time when unemployment was 4.6%.  That’s what happened the last time the GOP was in control.

What happened when the Democrats took control in January 2007?  Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi passed a FY-2008 budget that had a $459 billion deficit – nearly three times the deficit in the immediately previous Republican-passed budget.  Three times.  And this before the financial crisis that somehow “necessitated” all this massive spending.

Now, that’s a pretty crazy increase under Democrat control.  But you aint seen nothin’ yet.

The Democrats passed a FY-2009 budget with a staggering, mind-boggling, totally reckless $1.42 TRILLION deficit.

The FY-2010 budget approved by Reid and Pelosi and signed by Obama had an estimated $1.6 TRILLION deficit.

The deficit has increased from $161 billion in the last budget before Democrats took control of the Congress (FY 2007) to $1.42 trillion in the most recent fiscal year (FY 2009)—an increase of $1.26 trillion or 782%.

With three months remaining in the fiscal 2009 budget, the federal deficit just officially passed the $1 trillion mark.  Worse yet, Obama borrowed more than forty cents for every single dollar he spent.

We also suffered a budget shortfall of $94 billion in the month of June, which marks the first June in more than ten years (read, “encompassing the entire Bush presidency”).

And now the Democrats aren’t even bothering to pass a budget for the next fiscal year, so they can simply spend without any accountability whatsoever.

The old annual deficits under Republicans have now become the monthly deficits under Democrats:

In the 12 years that Republicans controlled the House, the average deficit was $104 billion (average of final deficit/surplus FY1996-FY2007 data taken from Table F-1 below).  In just 3 years under Democrats, the average deficit is now almost $1.1 trillion (average of final deficit/surplus FY2008 and 2009 data taken from Table F-1; FY2010 data taken from Table 1-3).  Source: CBO January 2010 Budget and Economic Outlook

Some money quotes on who is responsible for all the reckless spending from The Wall Street Journal:

  • Mr. Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget blueprint, by his own admission, redefines the role of government in our economy and society. The budget more than doubles the national debt held by the public, adding more to the debt than all previous presidents — from George Washington to George W. Bush — combined. It reduces defense spending to a level not sustained since the dangerous days before World War II, while increasing nondefense spending (relative to GDP) to the highest level in U.S. history. And it would raise taxes to historically high levels (again, relative to GDP). And all of this before addressing the impending explosion in Social Security and Medicare costs.
  • Mr. Obama cannot dismiss critics by pointing to President George W. Bush’s decision to run $2.9 trillion in deficits while fighting two wars and dealing with 9/11 and Katrina. Mr. Obama will surpass Mr. Bush’s eight-year total in his first 20 months and 11 days in office, adding $3.2 trillion to the national debt. If America “cannot and will not sustain” deficits like Mr. Bush’s, as Mr. Obama said during the campaign, how can Mr. Obama sustain the geometrically larger ones he’s flogging?

I think I can rest my case on who is spending us into a painful death by cancer.  If you want to try to argue that Republicans were bad when they were in control, fine.  But the Democrat freak show since Republicans were in control has been so shockingly, appallingly horrendous SINCE Republicans were last in control that it isn’t even remotely funny.

To those who say “Blame Bush!  Blame Republicans!” I say, “No, blame YOU for being so stupid as to believe such transparent lies.”

Having firmly established who is giving America cancer, as per Obama’s own handpicked Democrat’s metaphor, let’s move on to who we should really blame for the economic meltdown.  With our good memories.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were as responsible for our 2008 economic meltdown as ANYTHING was.  George Bush tried SEVENTEEN TIMES to create tighter regulation of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  But Democrats are as thick as fleas in Fannie and Freddie, and every single effort by Bush and Republicans to avoid the financial disaster which ultimately engulfed us in 2008 was rebuffedEvery single one.

What you will find, if you do a forensic analysis after an explosion, is that Democrats had their hands all over whatever it was that exploded before the explosion happened.

Now let’s turn to the other debt.  Not the measly, paltry $14 trillion debt that Obama has had such a huge hand in such a short time racking up.  No, I mean the REAL debt.  The $130 TRILLION that is off the books.

George Bush also tried to deal with the massive problem of Social Security, which under Barack Obama and Democrat control is in the red for the very first time in its history.

We’ve heard over and over again the demagogic Democrat arguments that the Republican Party is obstructing progress by resisting Democrats.  And how evil they are to be the “party of no.”  Let’s see the REAL evil obstructionist party of no in action, as George Bush tried to fix Social Security BEFORE it entered negative cash-flow territory:

The Left now acts as if this never happened. For instance, in a recent television appearance, liberal commentator Bill Press argued that–rather than noisy disagreement–”Americans want discussion” on health-care reform. Who could disagree with that sentiment–except, perhaps, the Obama administration, which pushed Congress to rush through legislation by early August? This timeline was clearly aimed at preempting discussion and presenting the public with a “done deal” on health reform. As one protester put it, the president spent more time choosing a dog than he did discussing health-care reform.

Likewise, Mr. Press complained that opponents hadn’t put their own reform plans on the table. “The people who are there to protest–what are they for? Are they for the status quo? The Republicans haven’t put any other plan on the table.” But did congressional Democrats offer their own alternative to President Bush’s 2005 Social Security plan? When a fellow Democrat asked Rep. Nancy Pelosi when their party would offer its own Social Security plan, her answer was “Never. Is that soon enough for you?” Democrats would not even negotiate until personal retirement accounts were taken off the table. Why should Republicans act differently today, regarding the “public option”?

It’s hard not to see the Democrat Party as the party of genuine evil.

Obama keeps passing these gigantic, unwieldy bills that massively increase spending and massively redistribute wealth (aka Marxism and the maxim, “From each  according to his ability, to each according to his need”).  And he’s going to keep doing it until Democrats are stopped dead in their tracks.  And we’ve already reached critical mass.

Obama’s choice between falling backwards or moving forward is no choice at all.  We simply have got to purge ourselves of Democrats, or we are going to implode.