Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Backward Legacy of Progressivism;

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[Following is what happens when the 20% of Americans who are liberals control all Americans, from the AP]: The historic $38 billion in budget cuts resulting from at-times hostile bargaining between Congress and the Obama White House were accomplished in large part by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight of hand and going after programs President Barack Obama had targeted anyway.
Such moves permitted Obama to save favorite programs - Pell grants for poor college students, health research and "Race to the Top" aid for public schools, among others - from Republican knives, according to new details of the legislation released Tuesday morning.
And big holes in foreign aid and Environmental Protection Agency accounts were patched in large part. Republicans also gave up politically treacherous cuts to the Agriculture Department's food inspection program.
As a result of the legerdemain, Obama was able to reverse many of the cuts passed by House Republicans in February when the chamber approved a bill slashing this year's budget by more than $60 billion.  Instead, the cuts that actually will make it into law are far tamer, including cuts to earmarks, unspent census money, leftover federal construction funding, and $2.5 billion from the most recent renewal of highway programs that can't be spent because of restrictions set by other legislation. Another $3.5 billion comes from unused spending authority from a program providing health care to children of lower-income families.

Google writes: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) talks about how he enjoys hearing the pledge of allegiance at the beginning of the Senate session, however does not say "under God." Instead, he says "one nation, indivisible." 
The US budget deficit shot up 15.7 percent in the first six months of fiscal 2011, the Treasury Department said Wednesday as political knives were being sharpened for a new budget battle.
From Politico: The language in the short-term budget agreement seeks to put four of President Barack Obama's policy czars out of jobs — those appointed to assist the president on health care, climate change, autos and manufacturing, and urban affairs.
The catch: At least three of those four czars have already moved out of the czar jobs.
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The Week reports, from the Wall Street Journal:  "Progressive government is obsolete," said NYC Deputy Mayor.  A century ago, progressives created a system of rigid civil-service rules to block "the cronyism and corruption" in city and state governments.  The goal was to protect "the least fortunate members of society" from the abuses of the rich and powerful.  While that was necessary then, "the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction," and now civil-service rules and public unions are the enemy of the public and the poor.  In NYC seniority rules force us to base any  layoffs on when a public worker was hired, not on whether he or she does a good job.  This make dismissing bad apples int he Big Apple all but impossible - including bad teachers dragging down public schools.  The city must pour $8.4 billion from its operating expenses budget to fill a hole in employee pension obligations.  The result?  Less money for hospital care, homeless shelters and cops for crime-ridden neighborhoods.
Has it occurred to those who want to raise the tax rates for the working "rich" who earn all of $250,0000 that they are the rising from lower tax brackets workers?  The truly "rich" live off their dividends, not their salaries, and their wealth is hidden away from the tax man, some of them not even working for a salary.  They will not be affected, but the up and comer "rich" will be. 
Fox News reports: A J.Crew ad that shows a top designer painting her young son’s toenails neon pink has some parents and doctors seeing red.
This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity,” psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow wrote in a Health column about the ad.  Media Research Center’s Erin Brown agreed, calling the ad “blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children.”  [Who was it who just a few weeks ago ran an ad for the sale of push-up bras for 8 yrs. old.  You can make this stuff up!  Beware the culture degraders!]
Judicial Watch according to the Examiner has just posted the bounty from their latest Freedom of Information request, this time targeting,  the Obama Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “education” campaign for Obamacare: The documents include a Acquisition Plan entitled, “Independent Government Cost Estimate,” that sets a $200 million spending limit for televisions, radio, print and online communications.

The Ogilvy Group appears to be a big winner of HHS directed tax dollars collecting $4 million just for the creation of and its sister Spanish language site. A “Statement of Work” in the documents reads:

 Attitudes, feelings, values, needs, desires, behaviors and beliefs all play a part in the individual’s decision to accept information and make a behavioral change. It is by understanding the importance of these characteristics that health and program-related messages can be targeted to the beneficiary in effective ways.
“Health and program-related message” designed to “make a behavioral change” in individuals. If this isn’t taxpayer paid for propaganda, what is?  [So against our strong objections, using bribes to get their one-party votes, Obamacare was passsed.  And now we taxpayers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to be brainwashed by the same government to want a NULL and VOID law.  Sounds about right.]
Read more at the Washington Examiner:
Fox News reports: Owe thousands in back taxes and need to get out of the country? No problem. Under current law, the State Department can't withhold a passport over unpaid taxes. But that could change, if lawmakers decide to run with the findings of a new government report that suggests Uncle Sam could recoup billions by blocking delinquent Americans from getting passports until they settle their debts to the IRS.

1 comment:

  1. old grizzled veteranApril 14, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Just continues to be beyond comprehension what all Obama and his gang are doing to what once was a wonderful Country to live in, grow up in, raise a family in....well on our way to the complete change, with absolutely no hope !!