Obscene spending, open corruption

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If the captain of the Titanic were told that A) the ship is sinking and B) a committee might be able to save it -- how loony would he be to turn that down?

Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf prepared to testify before the Senate Budget Committee last week. The CBO projects that this year's deficit will reach a staggering $1.35 trillion.  Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo
Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf prepared to testify before the Senate Budget Committee last week. The CBO projects that this year's deficit will reach a staggering $1.35 trillion.

That's essentially what the U.S. Senate did last week, in dismissing out of hand a proposal for a blue-ribbon commission to save the country from financial ruin by putting a lid on the mushrooming national deficit.

The commission would have merely made recommendations to reduce the deficit, and Congress would have been able to vote the package of recommendations up or down.

What an act of sheer senatorial arrogance at its worst, to throw away a lifeline that could save all of us.

This Senate and House, and others before it, have revealed themselves to be spectacularly incapable of managing the country's finances well enough to avoid catastrophe -- which is where we are now headed.

Consider: The Congressional Budget Office says this year's deficit will be $1.35 trillion -- and that Washington is on a course to double our publicly held debt in the next five years, and to triple it in a decade!

Some perspective, as noted by an Augusta radio caller Wednesday: A billion seconds is a little more than 30 years; a trillion seconds is nearly 32,000 years. So if you paid off $1 trillion at a pace of $1 a second, it would take 32,000 years.

Now, multiply that by 12 (the trillions we already owe). That's the burden this Congress is heaping on our families.

So, let's get this straight: The Senate and House are wholly unwilling or unable to steer us away from that cliff. But neither will they allow anyone else to step in and do it for them.

When your kids are reading in history books about the Era of Obscene Spending and Open Corruption in Washington, we hope the books list the names of those senators and congressmen who did this to the country -- who enslaved our children and grandchildren with trillions in debt out of naked greed and self-absorption, and fended off any and all attempts to prevent it.

As its spending has hit unprecedented highs, the most shameless, shameful Congress in U.S. history just hit a new low.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/01/10 - 04:27 am
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It's one thing for this

It's one thing for this country to be ruined by those on the heavy side of the tipping point, but other countries who are managing their budgets carefully won't go down with us. They won't take our debt or dollars in a very short while. Just as many forecasted the problems with the toxic loans to cries of chicken little, the obvious is before us again. But what is our government talking about? Spending more for health care and forgiving loans. Why can't some understand what broke means?

justus4
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justus4 02/01/10 - 04:38 am
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Blah, blah, blah. Bush
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Blah, blah, blah. Bush borrowed money (580b) from China to start two wars. He didn't veto a single spending bill for eight yrs and, NOW fiscial resposibility is important. It should've been IMPORTANT back in 2003! That's when the country went over the cliff, so why wory about the trillions except to sound concerned. If U were not concerned then, why be concerned now? And oh, the legislative process is completely broken because of MONEY. The entire Congress is a circus and money & corruption is having a grand time, while the American people chooses sides to bet on. Truth doesn't matter about nothing, just repeat the same lie, time after time, then have a printing operation print the half truth, then have the Supreme Court open the flood gates for more ads to tell more lies. Wow! Talkin' 'bout spending! Wait till this election cycle gets heated up and the money spent - and NO ONE will bat an eye at the huge amounts of money spent to get elected, BUT once elected, a commission is needed to STUDY problems. Our system is rotting.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 02/01/10 - 04:50 am
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"He didn't veto a single

"He didn't veto a single spending bill for eight yrs?" Nice revisionist history there Justus the racist. Try 5.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 02/01/10 - 05:23 am
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Unfortunately, our government

Unfortunately, our government schools are turning out voters more interested in, and informed about, American Idol and Survivor than they are about the way the national government is run. As a result, we have good campaigners in office. Very few politicians have the country's best interest in mind when they get to D.C. . If the voters demand more, and hold politicians accountable, they'll get more.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/01/10 - 05:24 am
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Like we said before, we need

Like we said before, we need a brand new congress..they have made a career of getting elected over & over..& let the common folks fall by the wayside..Just wonder what congress would be like if we put folks in there that were not multi-millionaires.

robaroo
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robaroo 02/01/10 - 06:28 am
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Here's the the real problem -

Here's the the real problem - you can't get elected on a campaign to reduce spending and raise taxes. So expect Democrats to keep pushing expensive programs, and Republicans to keep pushing for tax cuts. We adults want Santa Clause to pay for our government.

TechLover
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TechLover 02/01/10 - 06:28 am
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justus, If you were referring

justus, If you were referring to the number of budgets Bush vetoed, you are correct. If you are talking about any bills that had "spending" you are incorrect. Bush only vetoed 12 bills in his 8 years. He didn't even use a veto until 7/19/06 agaist stem cell research, and then not again until 5/1/07. You could say any and all spending the Repubs did was fine fine with him and he began opposing any spending once the Dems took control. As to the Spending Commission, the Dems voted in favor of it by a wide margin, the 2 independents split. Of the 40 Repubs in the Senate, 23 voted against it and 1 did not vote. If only the AC would place the blame where it is due instead of only part of the story.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 02/01/10 - 06:48 am
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Both of our RINO senators

Both of our RINO senators voted for TARP. Johnny the Socialist wrote the $34 BILLION housing taxpayer rip off. Johnny needs to be fired this year and Saxby in 5 years. Georgia needs CONSERVATIVE Senators not ones that are owned by LOBBYIST.

dashiel
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dashiel 02/01/10 - 07:33 am
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Though this Congress is

Though this Congress is definitely a contender, the bottom is a long way down. For the heavyweight champ, read up on the 1920's before President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came along. Before there even WAS a middle class. History will repeat itself when enough weak and lazy citizens allow themselves to be coerced. Your Titanic rallying cry should be: "Women and children, follow me!"

BetanInyoe
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BetanInyoe 02/01/10 - 07:42 am
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"There will be no more

"There will be no more business as usual on Capitol Hill." -- Candidate Obama

chascush
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chascush 02/01/10 - 07:44 am
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justus4, your reasoning is

justus4, your reasoning is warped. Just because Bush was dumb enough to spent billions we didn’t have now it is ok for Obama to spend trillions we don’t have. So if Bush had jumped off a 100 ft cliff it would be ok for Obama to jump off a 200 ft cliff.

dominionfs
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dominionfs 02/01/10 - 08:08 am
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Justus in his 4:38 in right.

Justus in his 4:38 in right. I don't care about the veto argument that is going on, but BOTH parties have spent us into this hole and the $3.83 trillion budget Obama just submitted to congress is only gonna dig it deeper. Any middle school kid can tell them, when ya got too much month left at the end of the paycheck, ya gotta cut out unecessary spending. Yet our elected, overeducated, mental defective politicians think if we throw more BORROWED money at the problem it will go away. Never mind that it didn't work before, let's try again. Someone once said "A politician thinks about the next election, a statesman thinks about the next generation" Seems to me we need some statesmen in washington ( and Augusta) yet the voting morons of this country continue to argue over political parties and send the same idiots back time after time. We have gotten the representation we deserve. We have met the problem, and he is us. Wake up and stop the partisan bickering, there is not a politician in washington worthy of trust.

jb5365
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jb5365 02/01/10 - 08:47 am
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JC at 5:13, that`s why they

JC at 5:13, that`s why they make the political process so slow and boring. Even if you are paying attention, mostly, they`re gonna do as they wish. If it were as exciting as those tv shows then they would have too much attention to pull off shady, underhanded deals. I say there should NEVER be a closed door anything for public officials...

KSL
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KSL 02/01/10 - 01:41 pm
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Obama jacks up the budget

Obama jacks up the budget that wants a freeze on it. That means it can't be cut. Obama is a charlatan.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/10 - 04:07 pm
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If the Titanic was sailing up

If the Titanic was sailing up the Savannah River, and started sinking, the Augusta Commission would hire a consultant and pay them huge bucks to do a study on how ships sink, why they sink, and the economic impact upon Augusta. Meanwhile, the ship would SINK.

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 02/01/10 - 04:22 pm
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Great post corgimom!! Michael

Great post corgimom!!
Michael Ryan
editorial page editor

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 02/02/10 - 03:49 pm
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There is a big difference

There is a big difference between "Billion" and "Trillion"..Hello? Yet we keep printing money as fast as we can, and spending like there is no tomorrow. We, as a country, are well past living from paycheck to paycheck, and if you liken us to a family, we will soon be sleeping in our car, and bathing in the IHOP restroom. Folks, it doesn't take a financial genius to tell that we are broke. Yet knowing that, they raise the ceiling of the national debt, which was a limit most thought we would never hit, and was implemented to prevent us from certian financial disaster. Yet they raised it like it was no big deal, and where was the lamestream media? Out to lunch like always. Like the diet lady used to say, "Stop the Insanity"!!! Please!

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