Sometimes “short and sweet” is better than long and boring…

I just saw this on a message board and wanted to share it:

Nothing can be more clear and concise as the final post in this exchange:

The question was: 

What are the largest pieces of the Budget?

1. Military Spending
2. Medicare
3. Social Security
4. Interest on debt

Someone answered: 

Then let Obama cut military spending, and end both Social Security – a Democratic Party program from FDR, and Medicare/Medicaid – wasn’t Johnson, another Democrat, to blame for that one?
Really as you say it’s easy Cut spending on the big three, two of which are holdovers from Democrats, and Pay Down the Debt.

Right he doesn’t want to do something so rash he loses the election in 2012.

The response to both of the above statements was short and sweet:


It is the responsibility of the people who spent the money to pay down the debt they incurred.

Republicans have been playing a nice little game for the past 30 years. They drive up the debt, and use it to fund their programs, and make themselves look good by running the economy on a big fat credit card…

And then when the Democrats come into office, they start screaming about the deficit and how it needs to be reduced…

Which conveniently doesn’t allow for any funding for Democratic programs.

Now just to make sure no one is blowing smoke from an empty pipe, here are some links to verify what  the last person wrote:

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Karl Rove Created Rick Perry — Now Can He Stop Him?

I’m curious about what could have happened between Rove and Perry to cause such a rift in their relationship?  I don’t mean the Kay Bailey-Hutchinson “cover” story.

I mean what really happened?

The Huffington Post

Karl Rove won’t say it aloud, but he is afraid of Rick Perry: afraid that the smack-talking Texas governor will wreck the GOP’s chances of winning the White House and the Senate in 2012.

The Perry-Rove story is shaping up as the ultimate tale of dangerously unintended consequences, with Rove in the role of Dr. Frankenstein and Perry as his living, rampaging political creation.

Insiders know that Rove helped launch Perry’s career by advising Perry’s successful run for agriculture commissioner in 1990.

But the larger, deeper point is that Rove designed and built the Texas Republican machine that has now allowed Perry to go national — even after Rove and company tried (and failed) to stop him by running Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) against him for re-election.

Rove and much of the rest of the GOP Texas establishment was and is embarrassed by Perry: his rootin’-tootin’ style; his naked plays for the votes of the prayerful; his sometimes almost violent accusatory language and his preference for sound bites so pronounced he makes George W. Bush seem like Pericles.

Before Perry announced his bid, Rove was cautious in his comments. “I think he can be a formidable candidate,” Rove told The Huffington Post. “He is the governor of Texas, and he can be a force.”

But Rove has since taken to the Fox airwaves to warn Perry to pipe down, especially after the governor warned Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke that he would be “treated ugly” in Texas and regarded as a “traitor” if he expanded the money supply to fight recession.

Continue reading here…

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West Wing Week: 8/19/11 or “Get On The Bus”

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President welcomed the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers to the White House beforeheading out on a three day bus tour across the midwestern states of MinnesotaIowa, and Illinois.  During his tour through the heartland, the President heard directly from Americans including small business owners, local families and private sector leaders who talked about the need for faster economic growth, strengthening the middle class and accelerating hiring in communities and towns across the nation. That’s August 12th to August 18th or “Get on the Bus.”

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Politico’s: The Week In One-Liners 8-19-2011




The top quotes in politics this week …
“The water’s fine.” — Mitt Romney welcoming newcomers to the presidential race

“He’s a good-looking rascal.” — Former President Bill Clinton complimenting Texas Gov. Rick Perry

“She’s a ball of fire, for one thing.” — Rick Perry describing Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann

“Before we get started, let’s all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today.” —Michele Bachmann mixing up the King’s birthday and the day he died

“The Republican party sickens me.” — Glenn Beck complaining about the GOP on his radio show

“Why are you being so weird?” — Piers Morgan interviewing former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell

“It was fun.” — Christine O’Donnell on walking out of her interview with Piers Morgan

“Contact USDA.” — President Obama giving what turned out to be unhelpful advice to farmers

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Sheriff Joe: Birther?

It seems logical to me.  The man is one fry short of a Happy Meal, so whatever he does is crazy as hell anyway.


Arizona’s “toughest” lawman tells some kooks that he’ll investigate the president’s birth certificate 

Sheriff Joe Arpaio might be a birther, now. A quasi-birther, at least.WorldNetDaily “broke” the “news” that Arizona’s most civil rights-disregarding lawman “has agreed to examine evidence challenging the validity of Barack Obama‘s purported long-form birth certificate in a determination of the president’s eligibility for the 2012 election ballot.” Which certainly sounds like a very good use of the resources of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, right? There is even a picture of Arpaio with Jerome Corsi, author of “Where’s the Birth Certificate,” a book whose title question was answered twice before publication:


Arpaio told the tea-party leaders that he expects political pressure, but he pointed out that as the chief law enforcement officer of Maricopa County, he’s taken an oath to respond to citizens who approach him about enforcing the law.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Justin Griffin confirmed to WND that Arpaio is “waiting to receive all the documentation and all the investigative material from Dr. Jerry Corsi, and then he will look into the matter and compare it to the Arizona revised statutes.”

Ha. Ha ha ha. He picked a great time to join this particular conspiracy theory, months after the president released his original birth certificate, to complement the first, perfectly legally valid one he released years ago. In August of 2011 you really have to be a colossal moron to still believe that the president’s birthplace and presidential eligibility are seriously in doubt. So kudos, Sheriff Joe, for either being a colossal moron or being too scared of a small minority of colossal morons to actually say the truth, which is that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, which is at this point better documented than Arpaio’s own citizenship status. (He looks kinda French, to me.) Even Governor Jan Brewer is smart enough to reject birtherism, and she can barely form sentences.

Arpaio “clarified” his stand by… confirming that he’s looking into it.

“What I have agreed to do, contrary to some published media reports, is simply look at the evidence these people have assembled and examine whether it is within my jurisdiction to investigate the document’s authenticity,” Arpaio said in a written statement Friday.

In the time it took you to write that statement, Sheriff Joe, you could’ve concluded the investigation. With one Google search! 

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