Friday, March 11, 2011

The Weekly Rant

Now that we know the outcome of the Senate vote on H.R.1, I can't stop myself from "ranting" a bit regarding comments from Senate Democrat Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL).  Last weekend leading up to the vote Senator Durbin was reported as saying that he could support $6B in budget cuts and anything more than $10B would "push kids out of school", "stifle innovation" and "stop investment in infrastructure."  First of all, these amounts are not even cuts and at best are token "spitting in the wind" steps to slow spending growth.  Let's put these numbers in perspective so that you can see how laughable these comments really are.  President Obama has proposed roughly a $3.7 Trillion budget.  $6 Billion would represent a 0.16% reduction of this budget and $10 Billion would represent a 0.27% reduction of this budget.  Then Senator Durbin states that essential spending is off limits and only discretionary spending is on the table which is about 12% of the total annual budget.  12% of a $3.7 Trillion budget is $444 Billion and a $10 Billion reduction of this budget represents a 2.3% reduction.  If I lived in the great state of Illinois, I would be proud of Senator Durbin's hard work and tough decisions he is willing to make on my behalf. 

Now let's move on to President Obama's press conference yesterday.  It was surprising that no comments or questions were discussed about one of the most prominent issues in this country today, the budget situation in Wisconsin.  On the other hand, he was very comfortable making inaccurate statements and telling outright lies about the status of the oil industry in the U.S.  With a serious face he made statements based upon manipulation of data to support a false message.  It sure tells you something about his character.  How does he go home to his family, sit down and eat, look himself in the mirror and live with himself knowing that he lied to the American people?  I know I couldn't do it.  What's with all these liberals that seem to be lacking the truth gene.  Michelle Malkin wrote a entire book on this adminstration's "Culture of Corruption."  The key question is, are we going to let them get away with all this deception?  Not if I have my way!

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