STUCK ON STUPID

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized

What’s that definition of insanity again?

Democratic leaders called on Wednesday for new spending and tax cuts to boost the sluggish U.S. economy, setting up a fresh hurdle for bipartisan efforts to head off a government debt default this summer.

Senate Democrats want the deal to include a payroll tax cut, more money for highway construction and clean-energy subsidies to bring down the 9.1 percent unemployment rate.

“Get the recovery right before you get in this deficit-cutting mode,” Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dick Durbin told reporters. “Get people back to work.”

The deal would then have to win approval from the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate — a tough task for party leaders. Many Republicans have said they won’t back a deal unless it includes immediate spending cuts and advances a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, which would be unacceptable to Democrats.

Here’s something for the Congress to spend more money on.

Taxpayers should be on the hook for abortions done on women and unborn children at military base hospitals, according to new legislation several Senate Democrats filed in order to advance an agenda item they’ve pushed in the past.

Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey joined with fellow Democrats Kirstin Gillibrand of New York, Barbara Boxer of California, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Patty Murray of Washington that would pay for the abortions of women in the military.

“Women who bravely choose to serve our country in the military shouldn’t have to forfeit their rights,” Lautenberg said. “When military hospitals fail to provide reproductive health services, women serving in foreign countries are left without access to safe and legal health care. This is unjust treatment for our servicewomen that must be brought to an end.”

10 Comments to STUCK ON STUPID

LaVallette
June 22, 2011

All rights but NO RESPONSIBILITY.

Woe the USA!!!

Daniel Muller
June 22, 2011

A day late and a few trillion dollars short. They had their chance to make and pass just as socialist and pro-death a budget as they wanted.

Katherine
June 23, 2011

We have witnessed the failure of their theory that spending will bring growth. They don’t want to look at evidence when it messes up their pretty theory. Besides, spending cuts would mean fewer opportunities for corruption. Corruption is what makes the Democratic government machine run.

WannabeAnglican
June 23, 2011

I see the usual baby-killers have their usual priorities.

Ed the Roman
June 23, 2011

They are missing some important points. The OUTUS US OB/GYN numbers are pretty small, and a substantial amount of the time, none of the doctors assigned abroad perform abortions. And good luck getting them to be ordered to do so.

Baillie
June 23, 2011

Jeanne Shaheen – are you a Natural Born Citizen of New Hampshire, or just a liberal infiltrator from Massachusetts?

Mark
June 23, 2011

It is delightful to see conservatives, here and at places like NRO, suddenly agreeing that cutting taxes now would be crazy, now that Democrats are proposing the idea.

Martial Artist
June 23, 2011

@Mark,

Not all of us here are in favor of cutting taxes and removing stimuli. I for one am quite happy to see the Evil Stupid Party™ (identified by their Nasty mascot, Equus asinus) spending us into oblivion on their menagerie of supporters, rather than electing a bunch of establishment members of the Stupid Evil Party™ (identified by their Nasty mascot, Loxodonta africana) doing so on their menagerie of supporters, only at a slightly more leisurely pace.

And here is why I say that. School for the American electorate is on the verge of being called into session on the virtues of personal responsibility and the wages of the sin of attempting to make others bear the costs of one’s choices. The more intense the items in the lesson plan, the more indelibly will the lesson be learned and remembered.

We didn’t learn it from the American experience of the 1930s, as can be readily seen from the state of the economy and the public purse today. We were taught, deliberately and erroneously, that FDR’s programs brought the Great Depression to an end, with the result that we have arrived at our current situation. The lesson of the falsehood of Keynesian economics needs to be driven home with an intensity that deters forgetfulness. Members of the Evil Stupid Party™ are intent on doing just that.

Let the practical pedagogy in political economy begin! There is no better time to start than the present day.

Pax et bonum,
Keith Töpfer

Katherine
June 23, 2011

Mark, the debt ceiling talks led by Vice President Biden have just broken down because, while participants say some serious spending cuts have been agreed to, Democrats on the panel are insisting on increasing taxes. The “payroll tax cuts” referred to in this Reuters report are combined with more “stimulus” spending, the sort of thing which has already failed. The action to extend the current income tax rates rather than raising them in a recession was wise. The sort of tax cut which would really lead to economic growth would be a drastic restructuring of the income tax rates at much lower levels combined with the cancellation of the maze of special deals which litter the code today. The payroll tax cut currently in place isn’t helping, is it? That’s because businesses are still facing uncertainty about the economy and the massive new regulations and taxes and fees which this administration has imposed.

St. Nikao
June 23, 2011

Fuinseoig, We’re sending our President and all the Democrats to you folks in Ireland, because that’s where they belong; since they’ve been Dublin the national debt every year since his Irishness O’bama has been in office.

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