This Is What Democrats Do

Obama’s latest budget is a joke and an insult to the American people. If Harry Reid allows it to reach the floor it will be voted down like last year: 97-0.

Republicans in the House are passing budgets and bills.

Obama is passing the buck.

He’d raise tax rates and cut defense spending while expanding spending in every other area. This is a broken record.

The recent flap involving the Catholic Church and contraception etc. shows exactly what Obamacare is all about. We all lose our freedom when we hand over the health care and insurance business to bureaucrats. Now we are being told that pregnancy is a preventable illness. Do they read their own press releases? The Democrats simply run around declaring that one thing or another will be free of cost. There is no such thing. This is childish and ignorant.

The free market isn’t a bunch of “greedy capitalists” ripping us off without repercussions. The free market is about OUR freedom to choose. In that system businesses compete for our money — just like Apple and Microsoft compete for our computer and technology business. Things get better and cheaper for us while the corporations make money. There are profits and jobs — not subsidies and scandals like Solyndra.

The GOP needs a coordinated message that explains that to the voters and shows how Republicans will be distinctly different than the incompetents in charge now.

Obama and the Democrats are attempting the same controlled-economy nonsense that has failed every single time it has been forced on a population. The Soviet Union is only the most infamous example.

We are at a point where we need strong leadership to push bold policies that repeal and reverse most of this. We’ve been sliding toward socialism since FDR and the main difference now is that quicker pace. We’re at multiple tipping points. We’re broke and facing a real economic catastrophe.

If Mitt Romney wants to win the election he needs to understand that the President is not the CEO of America. You cannot micro-manage the economy–you can only set it free.

Pat Duggan

Congress Defaults

The so-called “Super Committee” failed to yield one iota of progress in resolving our debt crisis and credit-rating downgrade. We knew this would be the result the day it was announced. The leadership of both parties and President Obama should be ashamed for supporting this stunt that merely wasted precious time. The notion that 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans could agree on anything was and is ludicrous. That Congress would abdicate it’s duty in this way is shameful. This will be Boehner’s legacy.

I don’t know what is more frustrating: the ridiculous straw man arguments that the Democrats keep recycling — or the Republicans inability to debunk them.

The left has assailed sensible economic policy for decades via this tactic. Reagan’s policies that focused on cutting top tax rates, a strong dollar and selective deregulation were smeared with the moniker “trickle down” — as if that is what the conservatives were hoping would result. In a grand compromise, tax rates were cut with the promise that spending would be cut later. The Democrat-controlled Congress reneged on that pledge and the resulting deficits were blamed on Reagan’s tax reductions. The fact that revenues doubled in 8 years as top rates were cut from 70% to 28% was and is intentionally ignored. It is worth noting that it was Newt Gingrich and the GOP-led Congress that did get things under control resulting in the alleged surpluses of the Clinton era. (This was mostly smoke and mirrors that involved the raiding of the mythical Social Security “trust fund”; an accounting ruse that would land a CEO in jail.)

Now the Democrats are trying to pretend that the GOP has only one solution to every economic ill. They’ve consistently referred to unchanging tax rates as “tax cuts”. Democrats ramped up spending by 25 % in their 2 years of control and we have a jobless, weak recovery with record debt to show for it. Their stimulus failed as every sensible economist said it would. Keynesian economics can now be relegated to the “ash heap of history”.

The truth is that it is the Democrats who are offering a single solution to all our problems: hike tax rates on the top-earning bracket. A quick analysis shows that this doesn’t result in a substantial increase in revenue or a reduction in debt. Why? As always, there just aren’t enough rich people around. When this is acknowledged the next logical question must be: if taxing the top bracket is insufficient and we refuse to cut spending what must happen? And the only possible answer is: tax rates must then be raised across the board or our exploding debt will lead to excessive money printing, hyperinflation and ultimately, default and economic collapse. The middle class would be wise to take notice and vote accordingly.

Polls consistently show that we hold Congress as a whole in utter contempt – yet tend to give our own representative a passing grade. News flash: If your Senator or Representative has been around for more than 2 terms they are the problem.

I suggest Newt or Mitt or whoever make this their campaign theme:

It’s the spending stupid.

At some point spending and taxes must equate. Deficits at any point ensure higher taxes later. Politicians always prefer later. Later is here. We are at a point on the Laffer Curve where higher rates will produce diminishing returns. Comparisons to rates of earlier eras become faulty as local governments raise their taxes ever higher.

The tax demagogues should be confronted with this simple graph:

The lower rates accompany a period of tremendous growth, falling inflation rates and low unemployment. When I see this graph my impulse is to ask: what gives us the right to seize 90% of anybody’s anything? How did this happen? Isn’t our Constitution designed to prevent exactly this type of tyranny?

As for the spending, our next GOP nominee would be wise to choose Oklahoma Sen. (and Dr.) Tom Coburn as VP. He has outlined hundreds of billions in wasted spending – and yes, much of it is earmarked for Republican projects. This is the time for leadership. The GOP must take the first steps and specify where they will make cuts dear to their own constituency for the good of the country.

We have all the ammunition we need to support a conservative plan for real spending cuts – not just smaller increases – and tax reform that would eliminate the loopholes and streamline the filing process. When properly presented this common sense approach reveals the Democrats singular alternative for what it is: a simplistic and naïve approach that has been used before with disastrous results. Their insistence that it be tried once more is not policy it is a tantrum.

If the current President and Congress can’t take the obvious steps we need to fire them and elect a group who will.

It’s This Simple

Obama and the Democrats want to raise taxes on “millionaires and billionaires” — but then define them as those making more than $250,000 per year.  I think the key to negotiating with these nitwits is to give them what they want.  By how much would we need to “raise taxes” on these selfish bastards to balance the budget?  Well, for those making $250,o00 per year they’d need to cough up an extra $500,000 annually.

Read more here: LINK

Now that we’ve put that to rest, what is their next great idea?

Thanks to Mark Steyn for the tip.

Published in: on October 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm  Comments (1)  
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The Debt Ceiling Charade

The so-called debate over the debt ceiling is going nowhere because the elected officials involved have zero experience in problem solving at any level. The only reason this debt ceiling increase hasn’t been rubber stamped like the last 100 times is that the Republican House is attempting to use it as a bargaining chip. With the Democrats in control of the Senate and Obama in the White House they have very little leverage and seemingly no clue as to how to use what they have.

Part of the problem is that Washington politicians know virtually nothing about negotiating. The result of almost every impasse is a “Washington Compromise”, just one more oxymoron from our capital. As every married man knows, a real compromise requires a tradeoff, some sort of sacrifice. You want to play golf this Saturday? Fine, but you’ll be spending Sunday working on that “honey do” list. You gotta give a little to get a little.

In the Washington alternative universe both sides get everything they want. But the laws of mathematics are not so easily suspended. Who does the giving? The tax payer of course. It is because of this habitual way of doing things that the debt keeps mounting.

It is all made worse due to the static scoring that assumes higher tax rates produce higher revenue. History shows us otherwise. The lowering of tax rates under Coolidge, Kennedy, Reagan and Bush II all were followed by increased revenue. Revenues fall during recessions-so let’s stop having them.

The GOP is trying to appear tough right now because they know this is why they won so big in the 2010 mid-terms. They have a mandate to cut spending without raising tax rates. Obama and the Democrats received the same message. Their solution? Stop passing budgets and try to stall until after the 2012 elections.

What should the Republican Party do?

First, get its act together. They are rudderless. There should be a clear plan with a chosen leader to promote it. Plan it before you publicize it. Instead, on the night we pass the “Cut, Cap and Balance” the “Gang of Six” announces a conflicting plan. I am a fan of Tom Coburn. He is one of the few decent people in politics-but he should have his head examined. Why would anyone join a “gang” that included Dick Durbin?

They need to make this a 2012 issue. It goes like this:

We have presented a plan for moving forward. In acknowledgement that the economy is still showing signs of weakness, particularly in the employment sector, we refuse to consider a tax hike. Since government spending requires diverting money from the private sector and prevents growth we are proposing serious spending cuts-not just lower levels of increase. By necessity this includes serious entitlement reform.

If the Democrats in the Senate refuse to work with us-or if the President vetoes this common sense plan-we will have no choice but to pass a series of small bumps in the debt ceiling to prevent a shutdown of government. The American people have made it clear that the growth of government must stop. We agree and we’re willing to take that fight to the polls in 2012.

Pat Duggan

Debate the Bigger Issue

Instead of playing a game of political chicken with Obama, the Republican leadership should grab the high ground and focus everyone’s attention on the big picture. Everyone knows the debt ceiling must be raised. The question is not whether it will peak at 15 or 16 trillion dollars-the cold reality is that it will be a much higher number. The GOP should not get trapped into negotiating around such a puny issue. They need to move the focus on the bigger, more important concerns. The health of the economy and the debt rating hinge on Washington’s ability to change the trajectory of government spending and the debt it generates. Under Obama, spending as a share of GDP has jumped 25% while revenues have dropped, as they always do, due to the deep recession. Current debt is virtually irrelevant when compared to the unfunded entitlement liabilities that exceed $100 TRILLION.

The only way to solve this problem, which was decades in the making, is with a long-term plan that will transcend the 2 year election cycle. The GOP needs to reject the static scoring that puts a price tag on lower tax rates. The Laffer curve demonstrates that the presumed correlations do not exist. Alan Reynolds recently authored a piece in the Wall Street Journal accompanied by a chart showing income tax revenue as a share of GDP as the top marginal rate was lowered from 91% to 28%. Revenues rose as a raw number and a percentage. (More on that here: LINK)

The silver lining in the current economic cloud is that the Democrats with their super majorities were able to give their economic theories a thorough test. The failure is also thorough and evident. The so-called “stimulus” was neither targeted nor temporary. The Democrats are trying to use it as a new baseline for budgeting. The crown for the party of big spending is properly placed once again. The GOP needs to claim victory and move on. The 2010 mid-term elections are their mandate.

This is our moment. We must seize it. Promises have been made for decades that can never be kept. The age of unfunded liabilities is over. True entitlement reform must include a transition to private accounts so that congress can never again spend what should have been in the mythical trust fund. Our health care is our responsibility. It is not a right-it is a basic necessity, just like food and housing-other areas where government meddling wreaks havoc. Insurance is a risk management tool that adds a layer of bureaucracy and the associated costs. It should be used sparingly, and will be, once it is untangled from the insane tax code.

A vibrant, growing economy can eventually dwarf the debt figures and then we can pay it off entirely. A rational energy policy focused on domestic drilling and proven technologies must replace the “green” fantasy. Real jobs will produce real revenue and help slay the inflation dragon that has already brought us $4 gas. Gains in national security are achieved as well. This message, this vision, can clarify the ongoing debate and serve as a national platform for the 2012 elections.

Pat Duggan

U.S. is Certain to Default

-Not on the debt that has been issued in U.S. Treasury bonds-but on the promises they made to you dear tax payer, when they deducted from your paycheck for Social Security and Medicare.

It wasn’t so much a promise as a lie-and we eagerly believed it. Now that we know it’s lie we need to snap out of our collective trance and deal with it.

This requires leadership; a quality sadly lacking in Washington (and Illinois and Chicago for local readers).

Paul Ryan comes closest right now in terms of delivering the bad news. There’s a lot of “shoot the messenger” and way too little support from his team.

Pat Duggan

Published in: on June 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm  Comments (2)  
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Reality Check For The Left

If we don’t force our elected representatives to cut spending they will be forced to tax YOU, regardless of your income, at a painfully high rate. The liberals have been lying about taxes ever since they first passed the initial income tax on “only the very wealthy” and only at small levels. They said they would never tax YOU-but they are now, aren’t they? They feed the beast of government and then when we try to cut some programs they scream bloody murder. Never forget that in the recent budget “negotiations” their proposal was to cut zero from our bloated federal budget. Nothing was on the table.

At some point tax revenue and spending levels must match. Borrowing only delays the inevitable but that is the preferred method for our gutless politicians. As anyone who has ever financed anything knows, it just costs more in the long run. Imagine a world in which everything that Congress authorized had to be paid for immediately. Imagine what it would be necessary if they were not allowed to create an unfunded liability. What if there really was a Social Security trust fund? A “lock box”? Washington pols would be faced with some serious decisions. They would have to raise taxes on everyone to levels that would end their political careers, or they would immediately have to trim the fat from the budget. Suddenly there would be no funds available for the Rock and Roll Museum or the “Bridge to Nowhere”. We wouldn’t have hundreds of federal agencies doing virtually the same thing. The Department of Redundancy Department would finally be shut down.

Today’s Wall Street Journal has the hard numbers here. It is eye opening.

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Pat Duggan

Published in: on April 18, 2011 at 8:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Left’s New Math

In their attempts to demonize Republican efforts to restore fiscal sanity the left will try anything, from basic smears to grand hyperbole and outright lies. The Tea Party is “extreme”. Budget cuts will starve seniors and even “kill women” according to Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y. Now the class warriors are trying a new tactic, one that requires inventing a totally new concept: reverse wealth redistribution.

The theme is appearing more frequently. I hear it in conversations with liberal friends and echoed in the media. E.J. Dionne floated it in a recent column, where left-wing fantasies run free. More evidence that this is an orchestrated left-wing talking point came from Donna Brazile on ABC’s Sunday morning show.

What is their claim? Ms. Brazile claims that Republican policy, as evidenced in Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity”, is “taking money from the poor and giving it to the rich…in a redistribution of wealth.” Huh?

E.J. Dionne wrote that we “are about to learn how radical the new conservatives in Washington are, and the extent to which some politicians would transfer even more resources from the have-nots and have-a-littles to the have-a-lots.” I see.

So this is what goes for logic on the left.

All this is based on the left-wing fallacy that the government has any money that isn’t first seized from the private-sector economy. Under this straw man presumption, money is then doled out, with the rich getting more than they need at the expense of the poor. Only using this deeply-flawed starting point can the wealthy, really just this year’s hard-working top earners, actually be “taking” anything from a group that has nothing to begin with-or they wouldn’t be poor now would they?

They’ll say anything that fits their view, regardless of fact. From this foundation they build their “argument”. According to the left, so-called “income distribution” has been severely skewed in recent decades, going back to the Reagan era of course. This is ground zero for tax zealots. But facts are stubborn things. While top tax rates were cut from 91% to 28%, before moving back up to the 35/39% area, revenues continued to increase and the top income brackets saw their share of total tax revenue increase as well. Rather than concede the obvious-that they have lost the debate-they opt to change the subject. It’s not about revenue anymore; it is about “fairness”. Obama said just that in his famous chat with Charlie Gibson when it was pointed out that lower capital gains rates had produced higher revenues.

Bill Gates became a billionaire, and thousands of employees became millionaires, while developing the software that propelled us into the age of personal computers. Billions upon billions in taxes were paid, both by the corporation and the employees through corporate, income and FICA taxes. Microsoft stock has generated billions more in capital gains. Thousands of companies were launched in related industries, creating yet more jobs. Thousand of separate industries became more efficient and our cost of living was lowered while our standard of living increased. We have thousands of years of information at our fingertips and up-to-the-minute news. Yet all this must be wrong because Bill Gates makes X-times more money than the average Joe.

This is the tantrum of the left. When confronted with evidence that destroys their theories they cover their eyes and ears. They won’t look and they won’t listen. Why not embrace the basic truths of the “Laffer Curve” and enjoy the optimized revenue stream? Because that would begin to unravel their carefully constructed world view. If they’re wrong about economics-and they are-what is next? Could it be that their welfare programs actually hurt the poor? Is global warming a hoax? Could the U.S. drill for enough oil here to be truly energy independent?

In the left’s imagination, America is a pie that magically appears and they think the government should slice it up more “fairly”. In reality, those who bake the pie, after paying for all the ingredients, should have a bigger say in how many slices the government seizes. Under current projections, in a few years they will take it all. The bakers will be on strike before that happens.

Pat Duggan

Published in: on April 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm  Comments (1)  
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Victory in Wisconsin

Polls regarding the recent Republican victory in Wisconsin are close, with some indicating public disapproval of the union busting maneuvers. Take them with a large dose of salt.

Polls can be worded in ways that promote a desired outcome. Emotions are running high and misinformation is being spread.

The public doesn’t officially weigh in until the next election. Between now and then the Republicans will have time to more fully explain the budget numbers. As more tax payers come to understand that public sector unions expect us to pay ever-higher taxes to perpetuate their gold-plated compensation packages, sentiment will shift and solidify on the side of Governor Walker and the elected majority.

The hypocrisy of the “flee-baggers” stands in glaring contrast to the honorable Republicans who cast their losing votes on Obamacare and then looked for constitutional methods to fight back while preparing for the next election-which they won handily. That process continues with efforts to de-fund that Obamanation led by Rep. Michele Bachmann who has helped to expose $105 billion in costs buried in the bill.

The Tea Party energizes new Republicans by demonstrating rock-solid support for this brand of tough, no-nonsense politics.

Pat Duggan

Published in: on March 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm  Comments (3)  
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Cheese Head Temper Tantrum

Egypt has been replaced on the front page by the angry mob that gathered in Madison, Wisconsin yesterday to protest the new Governor’s budget plan. The source of outrage? The radical notion that public-sector workers should contribute a portion of their own health insurance and pension expenses.

Once again we see that liberal policy is barely distinguishable from a child’s tantrum. It’s the equivalent of asking for a raise in your allowance right after your dad announces he’s been laid off.  The government of Wisconsin is faced with a simple math problem shared by a frightening number of states: they don’t have the money to make good on the promises to public sector unions, forged in deals brokered by mostly Democrat-party politicians over decades. The union members traded their votes for these doomed plans. The politicians they voted for are nearing retirement and many are rushing for the exits early. It is not going to be much fun to be a politician in coming years. Instead of trading favors, paid for by tax payers, they will be forced to be the bearers of bad news.

Some, like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have embraced the challenge. Peggy Noonan recounts in her WSJ column that in September he faced a crowd of 7,500 firefighters at a convention days after announcing a proposal to raise their retirement age, eliminate the cost-of-living adjustment, increase employee pension contributions and roll back a pay raise.

As Noonan reports: He crumpled up his prepared remarks and threw them on the floor. He told them, “Here’s the deal: I understand you’re angry, and I understand you’re frustrated, and I understand you feel deceived and betrayed.” And, he said, they were right: “For 20 years, governors have come into this room and lied to you, promised you benefits that they had no way of paying for, making promises they knew they couldn’t keep, and just hoping that they wouldn’t be the man or women left holding the bag. I understand why you feel angry and betrayed and deceived by those people. Here’s what I don’t understand. Why are you booing the first guy who came in here and told you the truth?”

There are some simple truths that these public-sector union employees are going to have to come to terms with:

1.    You are not going to get far demanding money that doesn’t exist.

2.    We can do the math. Salary + Bonus + HealthCare + Retirement = Total Compensation. Add it all up and your compensation packages are out of whack with the private sector-otherwise know as the real world.

3.    Politicians have proved that they cannot be trusted with retirement funds at any level of government. Privatized, defined contribution plans and 401K’s are going to be the only viable option going forward. This is the future for Social Security as well. Unfunded liabilities are the #1 fiscal problem at every level of government and the only solution is to eliminate them.

A friend emailed this set of suggestions recently. You want to retire at 50? Fine. But you can’t start collecting that pension until you are 65-and you only get one. No more double-or triple-dipping. Your pension will be a fraction of your average lifetime pay-excluding overtime, unused vacation days and other pension-padding scams. Your benefits package, including health care, will be counted in your total compensation score and that score will be tied to the average of the private sector tax payers who fund it all. You can choose from a selection of health care plans but you must ante up the difference if you choose the gold-plated plan. Incentives will be put in place to assure that all are watching every penny.

These austerity measure are coming to Illinois soon-whether the Democrats running the show pull their heads out of the sand or not.

Pat Duggan

Published in: on February 18, 2011 at 9:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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Serious Comments on an Unserious Budget

Our friend Mike Ashton at E-piphany blog makes a comment on the Obama budget that is seemingly obvious-except to the political class.  He links to a color-coded chart in The New York Times that shows where the budget is increasing.

Mike’s comment:

What is amazing to me (and I don’t want this to become a political comment, but large deficits have a market effect and an economic effect and so it’s worth discussing) is how many parts of the budget are increasing at the very time when we’re running pan-trillion-dollar deficits. This is true even among discretionary items, but let’s be frank here: if the alternative is that the nation is unable to fund this budget and unable to borrow it, these are all discretionary items.

It reminds me of times of budgetary crisis when “non-essential” workers are furloughed. If they’re not essential-then why do we have them?

Published in: on February 15, 2011 at 9:24 am  Leave a Comment  
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Obama Pivots Back

Well that didn’t take long. Obama presented his budget proposal today. It is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. Government spending, taxes, deficits and their impact on the economy are of concern to all tax paying Americans-but apparently not to the President. There was no pivot to the center-just pandering to the voters and a compliant media.

I am not going to go into detail on the numbers or post one link. Any reader can simply go to his favorite news page or turn on the TV. The specific numbers simply provide a laugh track.

The government is currently running ANNUAL deficits of 1.5 TRILLION DOLLARS. Obama is proposing overall spending increases on top of an already inflated base to set a new spending record. He is also proposing myriad tax increases, including a hike in rates in two years when he just admitted that would be harmful for the economy. He combines the tax hikes with  puny spending cuts in targeted programs and voila! He claims he will reduce the deficit by 1 trillion over 10 years.

This is Orwellian double-speak. The deficits and debt are increasing. Period.

The GOP should denounce this for the stinking pile of crap that it is. Every serious Democrat should renounce this. The 2012 campaign starts now. Obama just gave the challengers are huge head start.

Pat Duggan

Rand Paul’s $500 Billion Budget Cut

This is exactly what the Tea Party brings to the table. Rand Paul is a doctor. He did not spend a career accumulating favors owed to special interests. This gets us 1/3rd of the way to a balanced budget. This makes it a good starting point. Many will say it is too much. Obama would be one of them. It is not possible to take these people seriously. They would sink this country and all the way down insist that spending more money was still the only solution.

See Dr. Senator Paul’s specific plan here:

LINK

Pat Duggan

GOP Needs to Clarify Their Message

Yes, Republicans are going to win a lot of seats next month. They should take the House and have a decent chance of splitting the Senate. Even with 50 the RINO factor will dilute their power and Obama maintains the veto. Most importantly though, voters are rejecting Democrats more than they are embracing Republicans. Only to the extent that they follow through on TEA party planks and real fiscal restraint will they build momentum going into 2012.

The economy is still a mess. Unemployment is officially 9.6% but everyone understands that the real figure is much higher. Not only have Obama and the Democrats in congress not made this a priority, choosing to jam through a health care bill that a clear majority of Americans opposed, they’ve attempted to obfuscate their non-fix by inventing the ridiculous new talking point that claims they “saved or created” millions of jobs. This attempt to claim the un-measureable only further damages whatever credibility they have left. Voters are reminded that the Democrats’ default economic plan is always to raise taxes and grow government. This has never created a job and it never will.

FDR presided over a long depression. We have term limits because of him. Obama and the Democrats have embraced his failed theories with predictable results. Hammer that home and spell out the solution in short sound bite worthy terms. Free Enterprise and the American Dream.

Obamacare is being revealed to be a 2,000 page package of lies. If the GOP is not 100% committed to repeal of this mess expect the TEA party to abandon ship and launch a true third party. This would do certain short term damage to the GOP. Luckily the Democrat party is self destructing without the TEA party’s help.

The housing mess that is at the core of the ongoing economic crisis was decades in the making and is far from over. The congress could spend the bulk of the remainder of Obama’s first and final term investigating Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Community Reinvestment Act. If they started soon they might be able to derail Rahm Emanuel’s campaign for mayor Chicago. Last I checked there is no such plan. Foreclosures continue and prices are barely stabilizing.

The GOP needs to get on top of this now. The campaign for President in 2012 begins the day after the midterm elections. There is zero chance that the economy is going to recover in any significant way. The FED has short term interest rates at zero and holding. Their “quantitative easing” policy (printing money) is sure to result in a troublesome round of inflation as the gold market is now signaling. They’ve already deployed whatever weapons they have.

That is no substitute for pro-growth economic policy. The Republican Party needs a national campaign that will give voters a crash course in economics that will help them understand the role that liberal housing policy has played in distorting markets and causing the bubble that, when it popped, endangered the banking and economic system.

The solution is what has always worked before: low taxes and a government that gets out of the way and lets business people run their businesses without non-stop interference. The GOP lost their way and their identity. The party needs to circle the wagons and get everyone on the same page. Across the board spending cuts mean there are no sacred cows. Earmarks should be declared dead. Lastly, they need to tell the truth about social security. Chris Christie has shown that constituents can handle the truth. This is the best way to disarm the favorite Democrat TV commercials: “Joe Republican wants to take away your social security”.

The truth is that Congress took it long ago and spent it on bridges to nowhere. The party that tells the truth will be forgiven-sort of. The other one will bear the brunt of the blame. Democrats deserve to be the symbol of bankrupt entitlements. Help them take ownership of it.

Pat Duggan

Published in: on October 12, 2010 at 10:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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Stop Calling Them “Tax Cuts”

The GOP has bungled this situation for 10 years and running. This is about tax RATES and how high is too high. It appears that the GOP is not much better informed on economics than the Democrats. They got suckered into lowering tax rates back in the early Bush years with sunset provisions and now we have to vote for passage again with a hostile congress and a stubborn president without an economic clue.

This is one of the top reasons Michael Steele should be forced out. The GOP has a golden opportunity here to frame the debate in it’s proper terms: Optimal rates and the Laffer curve. The Democrats would have you believe that “tax cuts” are no different than welfare checks and are simply handed to wealthy folks that don’t need them. This is not about how the government spends money this is about where the government gets the money in the first place. Taxing top earners at punitive rates sucks the life blood out of the economy. The GOP has a chance to prove once and for all that the Laffer curve is not a “supply-side” theory, it is an economic truth.

They need to prepare now. Take the house in 2010 and the senate with a new President in 2012. Then gradually lower rates while holding the line on spending and watch the deficits turn to surpluses and showcase the results. The revenue gains from the Reagan and Bush tax reductions were obscured by spending increases. This is the time to take control and regain the title of fiscal responsibility.

Robert Tracinski of the Intellectual Activist reminds us of the toxic policies of the FDR era  in his latest missive, “And let me add that the Republicans of today are (with a few notable exceptions) more radical than the Republicans of 1946, back in the era when “me-too” was the official policy of the right. And that’s not to underestimate the achievement of the post-war Republicans, who did a lot to dismantle FDR’s sweeping wartime economic controls—which is what actually ended the Great Depression and ushered in the prosperity of the 1950s.

You can sign up for a free trial here: LINK

This is a battle of ideas. The GOP needs to prove they have a better idea and this is the way to do it.

Pat Duggan

Illinois Construction Strike

It is aggravating enough dealing with the poorly planned construction projects here in Illinois, now we have to tolerate a slowdown due to striking workers. They are making $50 to $68 per hour ($100K+ annual) and asking for more in a deep recession from a bankrupt state. This is what happens when necessary work is funneled through the government process and comes out the other end as a wasteful bloated mess. Our elected officials are blessing this malfeasance to but the union votes with our money.

Vote every single incumbent out now and every election going forward until this ends. Take care to be sure that when you throw the current bum out you are not replacing him / her with just another political hack who was waiting in the wings. The most important votes will continue to happen in the primaries. The last one produced hacks like Kirk and Gianoulias but we can still send the message this fall and in the future.

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Pat Duggan with thanks to a friend for the story link.

Election Priorities and the Illinois Mess

There is not much to say about Mark Kirk. Anyone paying attention already knew that he was a phony and a typical politician; an opportunistic, flip-flopping RINO. The unanimous Democrat support for socialized health care in the Senate made our decision making process very clear: first we must vote out the Democrats for their disregard for the wishes of American voters, then remove all other incumbents of both parties as they were all complicit in creating the various components of our very big mess.

Our mission: Vote Kirk in to move us closer to a total repeal of Obamacare-then vote him out. It would be risky at best. Six years is a long time. Kirk was already not trustworthy. His “cap and trade” vote was inexcusable.

Now it has been revealed that Kirk lied and exaggerated his military record. Nice timing. In the wake of the Richard Blumenthal scandal this was already a hot topic. Both of them acted like weasels. Their actions were deplorable and showed poor character and judgment and their pathetic attempts to explain it all away showed an utter lack of class. We can thank Bill Clinton for making this an art form. Do these jerks know what it means to “take responsibility”? Clearly not. Real apologies do NOT include these phrases: ” I regret…” or “I am sorry if you were offended…”. Real apologies are simple and straightforward: I am sorry for what I did; I messed up; I resign; I am dropping out of the race.

What next? In a perfect world Kirk would drop from the race. This is not going to happen. The Illinois Republican party is too weak and disorganized to handle the choosing of a replacement candidate. Their last botched attempt brought us the ridiculous Alan Keyes and resulted in the election of Barack Obama. Thanks. Maybe the Democrats would agree to a “do over” so they could jettison their own wounded idiot Alexi Gianoulias? Wishful thinking.

So where are we now” ? The latest Rasmussen poll (HERE) shows Kirk leading 42% to 39%. This will be a bad summer for Democrats, especially in Illinois with the Blago trial. Gianoulias is a smarmy hack with odious connections to the corrupt organization that put Blago in office and laughingstock Roland Burris in the US Senate. Kirk can win. I will hold my nose and vote for him. I promised Karl Rove I would.

Kirk should handle this mess one last time. I suggest:

“Here is exactly what I did in the military. Anything else is retracted and I apologize for it. I take responsibility for all errors. I am not blaming my staff. Now let’s move on to the issues. As a Republican Senator I will support and vote for the full repeal of Obamacare and will work with the Republican party for fiscal responsibility and the repair of this economy. I will will work to move us back in the right direction which means moving back to a free market economy with minimal, sensible regulation and away from bailouts and cronyism. We have a a serious and mounting debt problem and the current administration and congress are making it worse. I hear the TEA party supporters loud and clear and I will demand that our government balance its budget as every business and household in this great nation already do.”

Vote him in-then vote him out. Hold his feet to the fire for his entire six years. This guy needs supervision.

Pat Duggan

More Chris Christie

We desperately need more leaders just like this. The public education system is broken. The anti-voucher movement’s solution? Status quo. Keep doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

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“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

~ Cicero  55 BC

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