Aren’t They Wonderful?

U.S. posts 19th straight monthly budget deficit

The United States posted an $82.69 billion deficit in April, nearly four times the $20.91 billion shortfall registered in April 2009 and the largest on record for that month, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.

Look what some hot-headed, wingnutty alarmist said about it: “the United States must tackle its deficits quickly to avoid the kind of debt crisis that hit Greece.”

Ha-ha. Greece! Ha! Like that could ever happen here. Haha. Heh…..

Q: So who said that?

A: White House budget director Peter Orszag


For even more awesome economic news see Doug Ross @Journal.

Palette Cleanser:

Kitteh vs. Parakeet:

Another Palette cleanser:

YouCut – a first-of-its-kind project – is designed to defeat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress. It allows you to vote, both online and on your cell phone, on spending cuts that you want to see the House enact. Vote on this page today for your priorities and together we can begin to change Washington’s culture of spending into a culture of savings.

You can vote to cut wasteful boondoggles, here.

I wonder how much the YouCut website costs?

Yet Another Palette Cleanser:

PJ TV: PolitiZoid: Dem Straits – Money for Nothin’ Spread the Wealth For Free!

That crazy lady with the gavel in the basement, yeah buddy, you’re really gettin’ dissed! That crazy lady has her own jet airplane, that crazy lady – she’s a social-ist!

NOT palette cleansers:

Gateway Pundit: More Good News… Unemployment Expected to Surge Above 10% Again

Fausta: Depression 2010?

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Don’t Text And Drive: A Video For The Kiddies

Actually, this is quite graphic – don’t watch if you don’t like blood and gore. But anyone with a teenager will want him/her to see it:

This video is being shown in the UK  and also in a longer-form documentary.

Seems to me – 3 or 4 minutes is plenty enough to get the point across.



Peter Orszag: Obama’s Repeated Tax Pledge Was Not a Promise But a “Preference”


Remember President Obama’s supposedly inviolable pledge—repeatedly uttered during the 2008 campaign and at countless town meetings since the inauguration—that he would never raise taxes on middle-class citizens who earn $250,000 a year or less?

This morning at a Manhattan breakfast sponsored by Thomson Reuters, White House Budget Director Peter Orszag threw that pledge out the window. Instead, he described Obama’s “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge as a “stance” and a “preference” that is subject to study by the president’s newly-formed bipartisan Commission on Fiscal Responsibility.

Thank God for YouTube, because I’m pretty sure I remember Obama traipsing around the country for two years telling everyone within hearing distance that no one making under $250,000 a year was going to see  a tax increase. And I don’t remember it as a suggestion, or a “preference”, but as a firm pledge – a solemn vow that he repeated over and over and over again, ad nauseaam. I say ad nauseam because it was making me physically ill that there were actually people out there who believed him.

A Dem Socialist was going to cut spending and lower taxes. Uh huh. Good God, people.

Here he was- doing what he does best:

I wonder if the Orszag comments are on tape. Because all those clips would belong on one video.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers