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The Liturgy of The State

A couple years ago radio/TV talk-jock Glenn Beck penned a book titled "Arguing With Idiots". In it he gave extensive pointers for folks to equip themselves when in the middle of a confrontation with, well, idiots (usually of the liberal mentality). Here, Rep. Paul Ryan discovers he is arguing with an idiot, Obama's Treasure Sec. Tim "Turbo Tax" Geithner:

Idiots? How about liars? When you have a propaganda media covering your ass it is real easy to bury important facts in an administration's economic report, such as actual unemployment numbers. But then there is our reality, and then there is the Obama administration's reality. Which do you think the media will spoon-feed the people? Anyhow, Obama's people don't have a plan that works, but they do know they just don't like Paul Ryan's. In an unbiased media somebody might just ask, "Why?". We keep hearing how Ryan's plan screws old people via his Medicare fixing, but we never seem to hear how ObamaCare hacks away roughly $500 billion from Medicare. Couple that with info below from Scott Gottlieb.

Next, one of the only Gingers I trust in the world (No, I'm NOT a "hater"...), Mark Steyn, who pretty much repeatedly hits the target on Obama's most recent "Responsible Budget" plan (Just a couple bits here)...

Have you seen the official White House version of what the New York Times headline writers call “A Responsible Budget”? My favorite bit is Chart 5-1 on page 58 of their 500-page appendix on “Analytical Perspectives.” This is entitled “Publicly Held Debt Under 2013 Budget Policy Projections.” It’s a straight lin e going straight up before disappearing off the top right-hand corner of the graph in the year 2084 and continuing northeast straight through your eye socket, out the back of your skull, and zooming up to rendezvous with Newt’s space colony on the moon circa 2100. Just to emphasize, this isn’t the doom-laden dystopian fancy of a right-wing apocalyptic loon like me; it’s the official Oval Office version of where America’s headed. In the New York Times–approved “responsible budget” there is no attempt even to pretend to bend the debt curve into something approaching reentry with reality.

As for us doom-mongers, at the House Budget Committee on Thursday, Chairman Paul Ryan produced another chart, this time from the Congressional Budget Office, with an even steeper straight line showing debt rising to 900 percent of GDP and rocketing off the graph circa 2075. America’s treasury secretary, Timmy Geithner the TurboTax Kid, thought the chart would have been even more hilarious if they’d run the numbers into the next millennium: “You could have taken it out to 3000 or to 4000” he chortled, to supportive titters from his aides. Has total societal collapse ever been such a non-stop laugh riot?

“Yeah, right.” replied Ryan. “We cut it off at the end of the century because the economy, according to the CBO, shuts down in 2027 on this path.”

The U.S. economy shuts down in 2027? Had you heard about that? It’s like the ultimate Presidents’ Day sale: Everything must go — literally! At such a moment, it may seem odd to find the political class embroiled in a bitter argument about the Obama administration’s determination to force Catholic institutions (and, indeed, my company and your company, if you’re foolish enough still to be in business in the United States) to provide free prophylactics to their employees.

But I really liked Steyn's line-drive here:

In 2009 Nancy Pelosi called for free contraceptives as a form of economic stimulus. Ten thousand Americans retire every day, and leave insufficient progeny to pick up the slack. In effect, Nancy has rolled a giant condom over the entire American economy.

Heh!

Obsolete_man

Perhaps you haven't been as upset the last two weeks over the Obama administration's trumping of the First Amendment rights of religious institutions in this country in favor of free contraception, as others have been. Don't worry too much about it. Why? Because eventually there WILL be something, or more, uncovered in the monstrous bureaucratic cement block around the legs of our healthcare in this country that will spark your eventual outrage, as Scott Gottlieb points out in the Wall Street Journal.

Offended by President Obama's decision to force health insurers to pay for contraception and surgical sterilization? It gets worse: In the future, thanks to ObamaCare, the government will issue such health edicts on a routine basis—and largely insulated from public view. This goes beyond contraception to cancer screenings, the use of common drugs like aspirin, and much more.

Under ObamaCare, a single committee—the United States Preventative Services Task Force—is empowered to evaluate preventive health services and decide which will be covered by health-insurance plans.

Yes, and as we are forced to recall, Gov. Sarah Palin was/is an idiot for suggesting there would be "death panels" inside ObamaCare.

Here is something the bulk of lazy and willingly ignorant Americans do not know... Throughout the vast length of the ObamaCare law the HHS Secretary is given power to change whatever she/he deems at any given time, to our/your healthcare. Unelected panels will be reviewing all aspects of tests, surgeries, basic health services, medicines, EVERYTHING that "We the People" depend on to keep us healthy and alive. For all the caterwauling over restrictions and costs in private heath insurance companies, ObamaCare promises to make those failings look quite mild in comparison. Unlike a private insurance company, ObamaCare is a fluid law that can, and will, contort itself to meet the socialist agenda of full control over every aspect of our lives ... just ask hungry clueless grade school students. We are all Chicago now...


Makes you want to pack your kid's lunch box with triple-decker peanut butter sammies and a box of 100W incandescent light bulbs. Hell, throw in a Snickers before the Mars candy company chops them down (without reducing prices) in accordance with the First Food Czar's demands.

Meanwhile, as Gasoline prices reach a record high for the month of February in some areas of the nation, Italian authorities have managed to seize $6 Trillion in fake U.S. bonds. The irony is, the fake bonds are probably worth as much as the last couple QE print-outs of U.S. dollars. But one place Obama is willing to actually make some cuts is in change. Yeah, change "change"...

“Time Magazine reports that hidden deep inside in the White House’s $3.8 trillion, 2,000-page budget that was sent to Congress this week is a proposal to make pennies and nickels cheaper to produce. Why? Because it currently costs the federal government 2.4 cents to make a penny and 11.2 cents for every nickel. If passed, the budget would allow the Treasury Department to ‘change the composition of coins to more cost-effective materials’ resulting in changes that could save more than $100 million a year.”

It is a fact that the only real money being circulated these days involves the millions Obama is busting his ass to raise in order to save his own job. The rest of the country's jobs, and the economy/debt, be damned.

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