Budget Agreement Not What It Was Cracked Up To Be – Rand Paul May Wage Filibuster

I’ve been listening to Rush for two days slamming the budget deal, hoping that this would be the 3.2% of the time he was wrong.

But no. It appears that Boehner’s negotiating prowess is not all that it was cracked up to be.

Via Hot Air: Analysis: Budget deal only reduces real discretionary spending by around $15 billion:

See this AP piece for the grim details. Quote: “[T]he cuts that actually will make it into law are far tamer, including cuts to earmarks, unspent census money, leftover federal construction funding, and $2.5 billion from the most recent renewal of highway programs that can’t be spent because of restrictions set by other legislation.” Another $4.9 billion comes from a Crime Victims Fund that wasn’t going to be spent this year anyway.


The specifics show that finding nearly $40 billion in cuts during the 2011 fiscal year required clever accounting and, for the White House, a willingness to concede on rhetoric to find gains on substance.

For example, the final cuts in the deal are advertised as $38.5 billion less than was appropriated in 2010, but after removing rescissions, cuts to reserve funds and reductions in mandatory spending programs, discretionary spending will be reduced only by $14.7 billion.

Allahpundit notes:

The overall spending baseline for the year will still end up being $773 billion higher than it was in 2008, before TARP was enacted and our Keynesian adventures began. (Even the deepest cuts demanded by Republicans didn’t imagine a return to that level this year.) The bill does eliminate four of Obama’s czars, as Ed noted this morning — but those positions were already being phased out.

(Not Kevin Jennings, by the way).

John Podhoretz surveys the scene and wonders if freshmen Republicans won’t be so angry at the specifics of the deal that we’ll end up with a shutdown after all. The short-term resolution that they passed on Friday night expires this Thursday, so if the initial vote fails in the House on Thursday morning, that could spell the end.

Ace says: Suckers: We Were Fooled; Budget Barely Cuts Anything

As Rand Paul said — and I didn’t think he was right when I first heard this, but he was, in fact right — we’ll actually spend more in 2011 then in 2010.

This is a “cut”? In what sense?

This is absolutely horrible. You know what we’ve got? Another stimulus, but a covert one.

And apparently it’s a stimulus that’s baked in the cake and will keep getting spent year after year forever.

I heard Rand Paul tell Hannity on his show, this afternoon that he would try to  filibuster the bill in the Senate.

The Hill has the story:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that he’s considering a filibuster of the budget agreement to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year.

Paul, who said yesterday that he would vote against the agreement reached last Friday to cut $39.9 billion between now and September, acknowledged that he’s considering waging a filibuster, which would make it so that leaders need 60 votes to pass the deal and advance it to President Obama’s desk.

“Yes, but we haven’t really made a final decision on that yet,” Paul said on conservative talker Sean Hannity’s radio show.

A filibuster would make it difficult for the Senate to pass the budget deal by midnight Friday, when the government’s funding will run out.

Paul acknowledged that even if he were to filibuster, it’s unlikely that he’ll attract 40 other senators’ votes in order to sustain his procedural roadblock to the budget deal.


Weasel Zippers: IMF Says Obama Regime Lacks “Credible Strategy” to Stop Mounting Public Debt, Risks Triggering New Global Economic Crisis…

(FT) – The US lacks a “credible strategy” to stabilise its mounting public debt posing a small but significant risk of a new global economic crisis, says the International Monetary Fund.

In an unusually stern rebuke to its largest shareholder, the IMF said the US was the only advanced economy to be increasing its underlying budget deficit in 2011 at a time when its economy was growing fast enough to reduce borrowing.

To meet the 2010 pledge by the Group of 20 countries for all advanced economies – except Japan – to halve their deficits by 2013, the US would need to implement tougher austerity measures than in any two-year period since records began in 1960, the IMF said. In its twice-yearly Fiscal Monitor, the IMF added that on its current plans the US would join Japan as the only country with rising public debt in 2016, creating a risk for the global economy.

Doug Ross is calling for a new Speaker.

Rogue Elephant, Donald Trump Is Stampeding Out Of Control (Updated)

Okay, I have to admit I’ve been somewhat entertained by the Donald’s antics in the 2012 Republican horse-race, thus far. His needling of the President on the birth certificate issue has been amusing, even though I don’t get the impression that he’s studied the issue that closely. Trump, who has obviously been following Jack Cashill’s work, Deconstructing Obama, also recently told Hannity that Bill Ayers wrote Obama’s book, Dreams From My Father. I don’t have a problem with that at all. More in the media should be talking about it -especially now that a possible contender for the highest office in the land has accused the sitting president of massive literary fraud.

The problem is — he can not be  serious. First of all, how conservative is the “very conservative” Trump?

2008 Trump Blasts Bush, Praises Obama, Says he Can Save the World: “I think he has a chance to go down as a great president. Now, if he’s not a great president, this country is in serious trouble,” said Trump. “I think [Obama’s] going to lead through consensus,” continued Trump. “It’s not going to be just a bull run like Bush did. He just did whatever the hell he wanted. He’d go into a country, attack Iraq, which had nothing to do with the World Trade Center and just do it because he wanted to do it.”

Now that Donald Trump is claiming that the Tea Party is the be all end all, isn’t it quite peculiar his support AGAINST nearly every tea party candidate in the 2010 cycle? He opposed Sharron Angle in favor of Harry Reid (and gave Reid almost $5k to defeat her). He supported uber-Rino Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio. He supported Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey. He donated the max to Kirsten Gillibrand over Joe DioGuardi. He donated to far left congressman Anthony Weiner and Carolyn Maloney. His one “big” uhhh “conservative” donation was $50k to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads PAC. Needless to say, Karl Rove is about as anti-Tea party establishment RINO as they come. This is a man who has NEVER done anything for either the Tea Party or the Republican Party or for Conservatism, and is now running around waving all three banners as though he is the Braveheart of the Right.

Meet the Donald Trump, Sudden Right-Wing Conservative: Contributions, Abortion, Health Care, and Taxes….

Political Donations: Might as well start here:

Charlie Rangel (D-NY): 2006 – $10,000 Yes, he of corruption, tax evasion, and mass liberalism

Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) $12,000 Total, $2,000 in 2006 Re-election

Harry Reid: Donated $4,800 in 2010 to Reid to defeat Sharon Angle. $10,400 to Reid overall

Chuck Schumer: Donated $4,000 during 2010 Election Cycle

Kirsten Gillibrand: $5,800 over past 2 cycles

Ted Kennedy: $7,000

John Kerry $5,500 ($2,000 in 2004 Pres race, which he also gave Bush $2,000. How bi-partisan!)

Democratic Senatorial Committee: $116,000 (versus $30K to GOP equivalent)


Donald Trump Then: “I support a woman’s right to choose, but I am uncomfortable with the procedures. When Tim Russert asked me on Meet the Press if I would ban partial-birth abortion, my pro-choice instincts led me to say no. After the show, I consulted two doctors I respect and, upon learning more about this procedure, I have concluded that I would support a ban.” From his 2000 book.

“I believe it is a personal decision that should be left to the women and their doctors” – When he last considered running for President in 2009.

Donald Trump Now: “As you know, I’m pro-life…  I’m forming an opinion, I’m forming a very strong opinion but I’ll let you know in about three or four weeks if I decided to.”

Until now, I always thought of Trump as just another  a left-leaning rich guy. Now he’s talking a good talk, and has people like Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, and Laura Ingraham taking his conservative creds seriously. I’m just not convinced.

Another problem -The opposition researchers are going to have a field day with Trump. How many past scandals from this man’s life (that I have no interest in knowing about) are we going to be treated to? October 2012 will be a very busy month for the MSM if La Donald runs.

But worst of all, he’s now saying he’ll run on an Independent ticket if he doesn’t get the Republican nomination.

He told The WSJ:

“I am very conservative,” said Mr. Trump. “The concern is if I don’t win [the GOP primary] will I run as an independent, and I think the answer is probably yes.” Mr. Trump said he thought he “could possibly win as an independent,” adding, “I’m not doing it for any other reason. I like winning.”

Somebody stop this rogue elephant before someone gets hurt.


Johathan Hoenig at Smart Money, The WSJ says Trump is no capitalist:

…Trump professes to support free trade, yet proposes a 25% tax on imported goods from China to level what he sees as trade imbalances in the global economy. It’s a contemptuous proposal which would immediately punish Americans by raising the price on virtually everything we buy.

He has also called for regulators to stop European stock operator Deutsche Börse’s ( DBOEY ) planned $9.5 billion buyout of the NYSE Euronext ( NYX: 37.85, +0.26, +0.69% ) , telling Fox Business Network, “I don’t want foreign countries owning the New York Stock Exchange.” If he was the president, he added, he “wouldn’t even have allowed the discussions to take place.” In a capitalist country, shareholders make that kind of decision, not regulators . Trump sees a clear role for government picking winners and losers in the economy, just the same as the previous presidents he claims to critique.

On top of that, he has pushed for a one-time 14.25% tax on the rich as a means of supplementing funding for Social Security and Medicaid, along with universal health care . Philosophically, those positions are indistinguishable from the anti-capitalist political establishment now in power.

Trump, of course, is free to run and support whatever platform he wishes, as are his many fans across the country. But despite his personal fortune, they should know his proposals and political philosophy are far from capitalist. Punitive and redistributionist taxes, centralized planning, barriers to trade and an entitlement “social safety net” are all ideas straight out of Karl Marx , not John Galt .

“You need a person like me to run this country for a while because we have to get this country back so that we’re respected again.” Trump told CNN recently.

A businessman whose proposals seek to destroy capitalism? There’s nothing to respect about that.

Ed Morrissey is  not on the Trump bandwagon, either:

this is a second coming of Perot.  Trump has the money (at least for now) to mount a vanity campaign as a third-party alternative to the two major-party nominees.  This would end up splitting the anti-Obama vote and set the President up for an easy re-election through a popular-vote plurality that would translate into an overwhelming Electoral College majority.  Liberals are not going to flock to Trump’s side for any reason, which means whatever Trump draws will come directly from those who were already inclined to vote against Obama.  It would be a nightmare scenario for Republicans in this cycle, a sort of Charlie Crist on steroids and junk bonds but with a viable Democratic opponent in the mix.The GOP should nip this in the bud now.  Can we agree that the starting position for anyone seeking the Republican nomination is that they will support the outcome of the primaries?

What can the GOP do to stop it? This is getting ridiculous.

Aaron Worthing: Trump: Give Me the Republican Nomination or I Will Give Obama a Second Term

But the thing that bothers him the most about Trump is —-the comb-over.


Mark Levin on facebook:

Trump is NOT the real deal. He will get Obama re-elected. This is not a game. This is not a circus. He is not a conservative. He was happy to donate to Schumer, Weiner, & Emanuel campaigns last year. He was pro-choice recently and now claims to be pro-life. He sounds more & more like Ross Perot. If he runs as an Independent, Obama wins. We should not encourage this.

See also:

The Right Scoop: What you need to know about Donald Trump

That should be titled – All you need to know about Donald Trump.

Hat tip: Charles B.

Reminder: Tax Day Rally At Mo Capitol, Today

Via Email:

United for Missouri will be hosting a statewide Capitol Tax Day Rally on April 12, 2011.  The location will be on the south lawn of the state capitol and will begin at high noon and conclude by 1:00pm.  Our focus this year will be on tax reform and government spending!  Register for the event here: United for Missouri Capitol Tax Day Rally

We are pleased to announce that Herman Cain will be our keynote speaker for the event!  Herman Cain has a unique personality and multi-dimensional background in business, politics and life. Herman Cain is an accomplished speaker and writer on the subjects of leadership, motivation, national and economic policy, politics, and achieving one’s American Dream. Herman Cain understands that it’s not government that “grants” the American Dream – it is individuals who obtain it – despite government’s “help”!

We anticipate a large crowd to gather at the Capitol on that day.  Invite your friends, neighbors and family to attend this event.  I’m excited to hear what Herman Cain will be sharing with our group. Come prepared to hear the truth – not to have your ears tickled!

After the event is concluded, we encourage you to go inside YOUR state capitol and let your legislators know you are watching!  Register for the event here: United for Missouri Capitol Tax Day Rally

To find the tax day tea party nearest you, use Freedomworks’ FreedomConnector.