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Balance the budget starting at the White House

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Too bad we can’t balance the budget starting at the White House! More

Has the Line Been Crossed?

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new-logo25Dan Martin

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A question for all members of our Federal Legislative Branch:

At what point is the insanity currently playing out in the House of Representatives more correctly defined as sedition?

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H.R. 3778: More crap from CRAPitol Hill

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Marti Oakley     

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In what is clearly another of those actions meant to deceive the public into thinking someone in the District of Criminals is actually trying to accomplish something meaningful, comes this bill regarding raising the debt ceiling.  A cursory read may make you think the intent is to prevent raising the ceiling, thereby preventing an increase in the overall national debt.  We could only hope!  Unfortunately, this bill H.R. 3778, is simply a tactic used to make it appear that (in this particular case) the Republicans are really, really serious about stopping the mindless spending that they themselves have contributed to right along with the Democrats.

Take a closer look.  You’ll see this bill has nothing to do with limiting federal spending.

Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill is reporting:

“Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) on Wednesday introduced a bill that would prevent Congress from considering an increase in the debt ceiling unless both the House and Senate have approved a concurrent budget resolution, something the Senate has not done in nearly three years.”

Lamborn said his bill would at least require a budget to be in place before these debt ceiling increases can occur.

“Today I have introduced a bill to stop this madness,” he said on the floor. “The Budget Before Borrowing Act,” H.R. 3778, is a straightforward, no-gimmicks approach to spending money. It very simply says that the nation cannot raise the debt ceiling limit unless the House and the Senate have agreed on a budget resolution.” 

Did you catch the “approach to spending money” comment? More

Why The United States Is Playing “Riot Gap”

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Image From : The Burning Platform

Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The United States long ago became a “catch up” Nation and in the instance of Rioting, well thankfully we still are. One has to wonder how long that will continue. As evidenced in multiple sources, the United Kingdom has been having a rough go of it this week. Rioting, which may or may not be attributed to the death of one man, has advanced to the point of individuals of all ages, ethnic groups and occupations joining in. More

The Lights Are Still On Washington! You Lie

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

So about now many of us realize that S&P has officially recognized that the American Government is stuuupppiiidd.

Downgrading our “Credit Limit” has happened regardless of the “emergency” reaction by those crazy Legislators who tried so very hard to scare the piss out of us. Now Boner is “pulling out” of the responsibility on his part, Tea-Party-wanna-be-Bachmann (who cannot even attend her own Iowa bus tour) trumpets the panic, and the Demon-crat Reid says that more taxes revenue would have prevented/cured the whole thing – I call Bull Shite.

Readers – take a look around you. If you are like me, the electricity is still on, a nice bottle of Vino resides next to the Roma’s in the ‘fridge, and not much has changed. True – I might raise my hand a few more times at Auction tomorrow to purchase some junk silver, but hey – I’d most likely do that anyway.  The truth is, Washington – You Lie!

The sun will still rise tomorrow, the almost defunct Postal Service will still deposit my mail in the Rural Post Office down the road a piece, and I’ll most likely still be considered a “terrorist” by the SPLC. Syria still is being largely ignored as it systematically butchers its own citizens (nothing “we” want),  Fannie Mae and Freddie are still lining up for their “fix” at the tune of ungodly amounts of useless printed dollars, and some dumb schmoe in Minnesota had the balls to feed hungry birds (according to stated regulations) which could lead to jail time.

The reality is this folks. Washington and the Legislative body are flailing around like a recently butchered meat bird headed for the pot. In some cases ya’ll hold on because you don’t want the breast bruised before you prepare it for dinner. In other cases you just watch the circling poultry finishing your cigarette because to retrieve it is too much effort. The American public does not care in large part because in the end, a meal is on  the table one way or another.

We’re fine because we don’t care what them yahoo’s do up in Washington. We’ll be fine and just keep on doing what works.

Let the Tigers eat each other. Smoke’ll clear, a few less predators about, and the whole damn red button will reset us on our travels through Fresno. I’m gonna’ grab a glass of Vino while ya’ll figure that one out.

The Debt Deal Con: Is It Fooling Anyone?

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Brandon Smith

Alternative economic analysis brings with it a certain number of advantages and insights, but also many uncomfortable burdens. Honest financial research is a discipline. It requires us to not only understand the fundamentals, but to question the fundamentals. It requires us to look beyond what we would LIKE to see in the economy, and accept the reality of what is actually there. With this methodology comes the difficulty of knowing the dangers ahead while the mainstream stumbles about well behind the curve. It means constantly having to qualify one’s conclusions, no matter how factual, because the skeptics and opposition base their views on an entirely different set of rules; farcical rules that no longer (or never did) apply to the true state of our country’s fiscal health.

After a while, you begin to expect that a majority of the public will buy into any number of government or Federal Reserve con games and swindles as the process of full spectrum collapse rolls onward. However, this expectation is not always accurate…

A majority of Americans were against the bailouts, TARP, quantitative easing, the “too big to fail” concept, etc. Sometimes a government action is so fraudulent that even those who aren’t educated on the specifics can smell the grift in play. The recent debt ceiling debate and resulting debt deal are fuming with the hot stench of predigested disinformation, so much so that no one seems to be happy with it, even people who a month ago were begging for it. When you have to parade around a hobbled shooting victim in order to get any applause for your legislation, then you may be in trouble…

Though their reasons and motivations vary, everyone, whether on the so called “Left”, or the so called “Right”, is asking “Was anything really accomplished here?” The question is a valid one. To discern the exact nature of the debt deal, we must first cut through the web of misconceptions that surround it. While no American is satisfied with the final plan, many are disenchanted for the wrong reasons. Let’s clear the fog (or light a match), as it were…

Where Are The Spending Cuts?  READ MORE

http://www.alt-market.com/articles/208-the-debt-deal-con-is-it-fooling-anyone

Ten Years Later – The BS Continues

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I got all weepy eyed when I read this article from ABC “Bush to Be in NYC to Mark 10th Anniversary of 9/11”:

The ceremony at the World Trade Center site marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks will be a solemn but stately event that will include former President George W. Bush and a chance for victims’ families to view the names of loved ones etched into the memorial, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

President Barack Obama and Bloomberg will be joined by the leaders in charge during the 2001 attacks, including Bush, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former New York Gov. George Pataki. Current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will also be there, he said.

As the Ol’ Boys Club (OBC) gathers to remember the events of 10 years ago, obviously Government is showing their thanks in spectacular ways. Like the Compensation funds distributed later to those affected or the Companies that cleaned up on the backs of workers:  Cancer-stricken WTC worker gets $0 settlement check:

Cancer-stricken Ground Zero worker Edgar Galvis has finally received a compensation check — for zero dollars. More

An Education For The President et al.

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The timber rattlesnake and eastern diamondback rattlesnake both populate the geographical areas of the original thirteen colonies. Their use as a symbol of the American colonies can be traced back to the publications of Benjamin Franklin. In 1751, he made the first reference to the rattlesnake in a satirical commentary published in his Pennsylvania Gazette. It had been the policy of Britain to send convicted criminals to America, so Franklin suggested that they thank the British by sending rattlesnakes to England.[1]

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Dear Mr. President,

The American people understand your frustration in dealing with the Debt Ceiling. I personally understand that it is your impression that those of us “outside” of Washington do not have the mental capacity to be aware of the conditions we now face.  Contrary to professional political individuals – you Sir are wrong.

Now, what makes today’s stalemate so dangerous is that it has been tied to something known as the debt ceiling — a term that most people outside of Washington have probably never heard of before.

Respectfully I would like to point out that we do understand. That is why last election cycle we placed (through the electoral process) over 100 new Legislators replacing those who chose to “go along” as Legislators are want to do for special interest purposes. While skewed media pointed out that “only” 32% of Tea Party Candidates won their elections, the American Public cheered because this is the beginning of the “Change” you proposed to support in the Political landscape.

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Never Carry A Goose On The Glock Side

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I ask readers to once again read this inane experience to get to the final allegory presented. Y’all are pretty much above the cut of blog consumers, so I’m thinking I may be in luck.

In the tradition of many rural homesteaders, I had something someone else wanted. Geese. After the preliminary examination of said fowl – and I do mean fowl – a deal was struck. Without the entire “addressing of Committees” and “passing Resolutions before the Press”, we’d managed to hammer out a deal over the pasture fence in the intense heat. I’d herded the two 20 pound Toulouse down from the upper back 40 and was preparing to load them. Leaning down I slung “Thing One” up and over to my left hip. About 2 steps into the production, I felt the warm, gooey mess that leads to the term “loosey goosey” begin to slide down the inside of my waistband. Of course the cross draw Glock 40 on my left hip was coated with the odious mess – probably the most important resource I had upon myself at the time.

After the obligatory farm humor, I progressed over to transport “Thing Two”.

Now here readers is where the allegory of “learning from past mistakes” comes to mind. What exactly did I do? Did I think as the current Republican Party leaders and fling that sucker up on the same hip thinking “In for a penny, in for a pound” ’cause we’ll clean up this mess (debt) later. Or could I perhaps have crossed the party lines stating “I’ll just shift the shit dumping to the other side and hope it sticks”.

I’ll tell you what I did. I placed Number Two on the ground and guided it over. Sure enough a few steps into the process she let loose with the familiar gift unique to Geese across the world – in a harmless location – without fuss.

This entire situation gave rise to an interesting thought process. If in the past 49 years the debt ceiling has been raised over 74 times (10 times since 2001), what exactly are both parties doing? In the simplest sense of the word they are continuing the great tradition of stupidity. Reaching down and hoisting ol’ reliable “goosey loosey” on their left hip, they run to the nearest printer to whip themselves up a Bill to spend the cash no matter what is cascading down the waistband of the American Taxpayer (the most important resource of The United States).

The situation is neither as dire nor as “unexpected” as .gov would have us believe. The political games could easily have been solved across Washington’s pasture fences if either side chose to. What would be missing is the Political Posturing that creates great sound bites for re-election. They surely cannot have that. Both sides of the warped Washington coin will arrive at a deal considered “great” for the Nation as a whole.

It would be easier if all considered the issues across the pasture fencing stretching across this Nation – person to person versus party to party. Instead, I suppose after reconsidering that impossibility, the only words of wisdom I can propose are “Never carry a goose on the Glock side.”

Passing Legislation Chicago Style : New “Black Hand” Emerges

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Back before most of us were born a group of Thugs roamed the streets with Tommy guns and fast cars. Cruising the streets they owned,  the term “mob rule” was created. Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Detroit – these good ol’ boys ran the Nation’s crime gangs slicker than snail spit. Descended from the original Black Hand in the 1750’s, the American Mafia ruled uncontested for decades. Until of course a bigger Crime Boss came to town.

Not liking the competition for control, the Federal RICO Act effectively drove underground the Bosses and their ilk.  Nature deplores a vacuum and flowing in to control the Cities was the largest organized crime unit – The Federal Government.

After 25 years of non-commisaro activity, apparently the Gang has reformed. Only this time, they are elected not through bullets nor related by blood – they’re elected across this Nation every 2, 4 or 6 years – by the American Voters.

One only hopes this “Gang of Six” does not end up as Antonio Caponigro  who acted without “authorization”  of the Commission in 1980 took action against another member: More

“…” – Obama’s Answer To Everything.

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I’m sure glad I’m not an Attorney working for this Administration. True they are kept busy attempting to dig up validation for circumventing The Constitution, but oh my – they sure should have tried a different one for raising the Debt Limit.

Obscure clause may help US avert default

Some legal experts believe he could, citing the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, adopted in 1868.

With the country still wrestling with post-war divisions, section four of the amendment was written after politicians from the defeated south sought to block the north’s commitment to repay large debts arising from its victorious campaign.

“The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law … shall not be questioned,” it reads.

I’m always curious what those funny little “…”s stand for, so I led myself down the path of actually reviewing what Section Four of the 14th Amendment actually says. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that of the 84 words contained, the Administration chose only 17 words to support their “obscure clause claim”. What could those other 67 words pertain to? More

ORPDGPSTDER : GAO Doublespeak

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How a "Social Contract" is supposed to work.

Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The riveting 345 page Government Accounting Office bestseller is hot off the presses!

For those of us who wonder what S510 was really for in the first place, don’t worry – there is no mention of “harmonizing” the entire food system under one “super-stellar ultra-powerful” (SSUP) governmental organization to starve the little people into submission – the proposal presented is just to save money!

According to Representative Rosa De Lauro from Connecticut:

“… the study provides additional evidence for the need to consolidate food safety oversight into one independent agency.
“I have introduced legislation that would establish such an agency since 1999 and believe that this is a critical step toward preventing foodborne illnesses and protecting public health,”

If one should choose to waste a few hours perusing this interesting PDf entitled “Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue,” (ORPDGPSTDER)  (alternate Text option here) look for such stirring passages as: More

The Debt Ceiling : 71 Days

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



At the end of the month or year, many of us must look at our individual budgets and sigh. Again due to rising food, fuel, tax increases, or just the general cost of surviving we must “create” more money. We comb through the tangible assets we have and determine which are essential for our continued effort to stay afloat as it were. Maybe Grandma’s silver Tea Pot goes up on EBay, those books one would never part with go on Amazon, and Craigslist becomes our second job.

We cut expenses.

Instead of driving through the inevitable “easy” meal of fast food – we learn that Mac N Cheese from a box isn’t so difficult.

Department Stores become a thing of the past as we comb through second-hand shops to find a “retro” outfit or learn to hem and modify what we have.

Maybe we consider putting in a Garden instead of stopping by the produce department for our thrice weekly sales. More

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