Understanding the deficit pt: 13

The Center for american progress breaks down the budget.

Today, James Inhofe, crack addict of Oklahoma (is Oklahoma the stupidest place on the planet?) claimed that the president’s comments about the Bush administration’s contribution to the deficit “disingenuous” and “just not true.”

I’ve discussed that enough – Obama’s comments are fact.
I do understand the republicans not wanting to agree with reality, but they made that bed.

Inhofe is also the moron that went to the copenhagen climate conference as part of a “truth commission”, which turned out to be just him – in order to convince the rest of the world that climate change is a hoax.

Does Inhofe guy make Oklahoma proud?

Additionally, I found this recent garbage article.

Instead of stating fact, they state “what democrats say” and nearly give equal credence to repub spin.
Its really not hard to determine who spent what – its all in the budgets for the last 10 years.

THERE IS NO PERSPECTIVE – THERE IS NO VIEWPOINT ATTACHED TO A BUDGET.
NUMBERS DON’T CARE AND THEY DON’T LIE.

WARS COST MONEY (OVER A TRILLION – NONE OF IT PAID FOR)
BUSH TAX CUTS COST MONEY (OVER 1.3 TRILLION – NOT OF IT PAID FOR)
MEDICARE PART D COST OVER HALF A TRILLION – AGAIN, NOT PAID FOR

THE FINANCIAL RESCUE COST MONEY (TARP+BAILOUTS).
THAT WAS BUSH, and I applaud that effort.

Obama’s contribution to the deficit last year (the 1.4 trillion) was roughly 200 billion, of which about half was TAX CUTS.
The rest was that years investments in the stimulus and some increases to veteran’s care and a couple other mandatory programs.

200 billion is obama’s total, of that 1.4 trillion dollar deficit.
The vast majority is due to Bush and the recessions (fewer taxes collected).

And another thing I keep seeing in comments is that some democrats voted for president bush’s tax cuts.
Sure, we have a few conservative democrats mucking things up.
Probably Landrieu, Nelson and Lieberdouche consult with Rove.

But remember, the bush tax cuts for the wealthy were passed with reconciliation (simple majority required, which repubs had for 6 of Bush’s years).
Same with the medicare expansion.

Constructing a trillion dollar deficit

As stupidity gets repeated, often stupid people believe it.
If you really have an interest in the deficit, look at the last two budgets before you make a remark.

I keep discovering that people who I previously assumed had functioning mental synapses, are actually vegetables.
Makes me wonder what the percentage of vegetables vs. informed voters is.
Likely that would be extremely depressing.

Below is a chart by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which shows various factors contributing to the deficit that republicans are suddenly worried about now that we have a democratic president.

cbpp

And below is a chart produced by the new york times, illustrating the same thing.
trillion dollar deficit

There is more at media matters, regarding myths about the deficit.

Rachel Maddow catches what Ed has

Ed Schultz has a hard-on for the term ‘public-option’.

Tonight Rachel showcased her dislike of the term “spending freeze”, without being able to notice that all spending freezes are not equal.

Her guest, vice president Biden’s economic advisor gave it a good shot, but she was stuck.
First time I’ve been less than thrilled with Ms. Maddow.
She’s still great, though – and I’m certain we’ll hear some clarity from her on the subject in the coming days, as she digests what her guest said.

Its a simple matter of getting stuck on a word of phrase.
I do it, too.
But Rachel is smarter than I am.

Ed Schultz and the art of misunderstanding

The host of the Ed Show has been a ranting machine throughout the health care debate.
He’s hard to watch.

And its clear he’s had his hopes set squarely on having a public option.
Which isn’t a bad position, considering the majority of the country wants a public option (according to recent polls and polls throughout the summer).

But for Ed, if there’s no public option there’s no health care reform.
His attacks on Robert Gibbs lately make that much obvious.

Ed has never pretended to be the sharpest tool in the shed though.

He continues to miss the big picture.

Another fine example of dishonest republicans

This comes from repeat offender, Chairman Michaele Steele, who attached A Census to his push-polling questionaire.

And look at how the republicans try to dodge all responsibility for the deficit (they are responsible for the majority).

Politico (Dick Cheney’s internet mouthpiece) doesn’t discuss the details.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31956.html

But take a look at one of my previous posts, which describes things in more detail.

More deception from the Right.
Business as usual.

Our dysfunctional senate and minority abuse of the filibuster

I’ve had the impression that nearly every piece of legislation over this last year has required 60 votes (Every democrat before they recently lost their supermajority). That is NOT how the senate is supposed to work.

Then we’ll have republican agents complaining that things didn’t get done (a lie, talking point) and try to lay the blame at the doorstep of the white house, oddly enough. They’ll assume that the public hasn’t been paying ANY attention, and they’ll largely be correct.

Ever wonder why republicans simply make shit up?
Because the public lets them get away with it.

Back to the point of this post, the use of the filibuster has more than doubled in the last year.
Anyone claiming that democrats locked out Bush like the republican party is trying to do to Obama has their head squarely up their own ass.

After all, bush passed his 1.3 trillion tax cut for the wealthy (note for the uninformed – that isn’t the $500 check bush handed you, that was his attempt at a stimulus package, which has been shown to be ineffective), got most of congress to back his warmongering and passed medicare part D (more than half a trillion dollars and again, ineffective). Albeit the tax cut and medicare part D required the outlandish (repubs then: reconciliation good, repubs now: reconciliation bad) use of reconciliation.

There is more at ThinkProgress.

Sad Revelations & Transparency added more to the deficit than obama

Even our brightest* have ZERO CLUE about politics.
But they’ll make decisions about politics based on a limited, skewed version of reality.

Might as well watch Fox, for all the difference that makes.

These people regurgitate headlines.
They don’t read or understand the article.
And they likely don’t separate out an article’s author’s impression from the facts that are presented.

They read headlines then congratulate themselves for being “informed”, lol.
Nevermind the fact that political authors know this, and title headlines to reflect their agenda – often regardless of whether the title matches the content of the article.

TOO MANY PEOPLE WANT TO BE TOLD WHAT TO FEEL AND WHAT TO THINK.
STOP BEING DUMB – IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HELL YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, DON’T SAY IT.
NOT TO ME AT LEAST, UNLESS YOU LIKE HAVING A BIG FIGURATIVE RETARD MARK STAMPED ON YOUR FOREHEAD.

*I give too much credit, clearly.

Also remember that when you are too dumb or too lazy to spend the time to get your own opinion right, you are failing yourself and your country and very likely voting against your own best interests (I’m looking at you Kansas). Don’t get your opinions from commercials.

I’ll likely get some flack for this post.
Its a blog, get over it.

I’m a dick because people are too busy to learn before they decide.
Its pathetic.

Here, the last two budgets – learn something.

Bush, fiscal year 2009 (October 1, 2008 to October 1, 2009)
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy09/pdf/budget/tables.pdf
The wars are listed as part of an emergency supplementary bill – not counted against the deficit despite it counting as much as it would otherwise. Budget trick. TARP was signed by bush, but shows up on Obama’s because the presidency and the fiscal year doesn’t match up. Same with the auto bailouts, fannie and freddie, etc.

Obama’s
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy10/pdf/summary.pdf
If you go through this is thoroughly as I did a while back, you’d notice a number of cuts that don’t get much attention and the only increases being the stimulus (under 15% combined with small increases to mandatory programs). And next year you’ll notice some luxury programs were cut from out bloated military budget (we don’t need to kill everyone else on earth 50 times over). Give me better paid teachers – make that a prestigious job. In addition to be truthful about the war’s financial costs, the Obama administration has banned several other budget tricks used by Bush which shaved hundreds of billions off the official deficit numbers.

That added transparency “cost” us an extra $400 billion, straight to the deficit. Cost is in quotes, because its not a new cost, despite showing up on the deficit for the first time in 8 years. So when people, especially conservatives complain about budgets I laugh at them for not knowing anything. These same people complain about transparency, lol. The transparency added more to the deficit than obama’s spending did, morons.

When I don’t know much about a subject, I ask questions, do research or shut my yap, rather than pretend I can make a good decision about something I’m unfamiliar with. So watch yourself, there are dicks like me out there that will correct you. And I’m not above making you feel dumb about your failings.

How’s that for a rant?
3 stars?

Outlaw Global Warming?

Great idea!
If only the planet would play along.
Bah-dump-bump.

Actually this is a reference to a post at thinkprogress, entitled “After hottest decade in history, senators attempt to outlaw science of global warming.”

As scientists announce that the 2000s were the hottest decade in recorded history, U.S. senators are working to outlaw the reality of global warming.

The post further notes:

Ms. [Lisa] Murkowski (R-AK), joined by 35 Republicans and three conservative Democrats, proposed to use the Congressional Review Act to strip the agency of the power to limit emissions of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The Supreme Court gave the agency legal authority to regulate such emissions in a landmark 2007 ruling.

The 3 democrats in question?
Not really democrats.
In fact, lets just call those three “Feces”.

Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu and Blanche Lincoln.

With those three conservative democrats and Lieberdouche, the so-called super-majority was never a reality.