The War on Taxpayers

As government clamors for our money, who's asking how it's spent?

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The federal health-care act is informally known as “Obamacare.”

The federal budget ought to be called “ObamaDon’tCare.”

He once promised to comb the federal budget line item by line item looking for places to cut. Yet, he has only added to the nation’s debt – more than any president in history.

Last year, the U.S. Senate voted 97-0 against even considering the president’s budget; it was that irrelevant. This year, Mr. Obama’s budget was defeated 414-0 in the U.S. House; it was that irrelevant.

Not a single vote for either budget by either a Republican or a Democrat.

Moreover, without much objection from this president, the Senate – as one Republican has noted – hasn’t passed a budget since the advent of the iPad. Apparently we’ve stopped counting the days.

Meanwhile, the president’s compliant “mainstream” media echo his calls for the rich to pay their “fair share,” whatever that is – largely without any questions as to how our taxes (and borrowed money from China) are already being spent.

Just shut up and send in your check. Is that the way it’s supposed to go?

We learned this week that the General Services Administration blew $820,000 on a luxurious conference at a Nevada resort spa and casino in 2010 – and laughed about the expense in videos made there. One federal employee at the conference even rapped about never being investigated for the wasteful spending.

The GSA itself called the outrageous video “another example of the complete lack of judgment exhibited during the 2010 Western Regions Conference. Our agency continues to be appalled by this indefensible behavior, and we are taking every step possible to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.” Trust them. Right?

Other people’s money. It’s so easy to spend.

Ask Leon Panetta.

The Secretary of Defense has rung up a bill of nearly $900,000 commuting on military aircraft to his California home since taking the job last July, according to the Associated Press.

Panetta seems like a nice guy. But next time, maybe we should hire someone who’s willing to relocate.

The AP exposé on Panetta’s commute is a laudable bit of reporting, but maddeningly rare.

Occasionally a lone watchdog in the government will do the media’s job and release a report detailing waste – such as the Inspector General’s report on the Vegas-area conference, or a Government Accountability Office report last year that detailed billions in waste. Nothing much came of the GAO’s scandalous revelations, mostly because the media lost interest in it.

It’s much more important, don’t you know, to cover the Republicans’ dastardly “War on Women”!

When will they start covering the War on Taxpayers?

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Techfan
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Techfan 04/07/12 - 07:48 am
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G W Bush- Debt accrued from

G W Bush- Debt accrued from 10/1/2001-9/30/2009 (US fiscal year. From inauguration to new fiscal year, the US is operating on the previous administration's budget) $6,103,677,614,321.54
Obama-Debt accrued from 10/1/2009-4/7/2012-$3,699,221,006,088.92
http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

draksig
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draksig 04/07/12 - 08:19 am
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@techfan Nice trick, you are

@techfan Nice trick, you are putting Obama's stimulus spending in Bush's years. ARRA was signed into law by Obama in February 2009 which added over 800 million to the debt but you are trying to attribute that to Bush. There were other emergency spending bills passed by congress and signed by Obama well before your 10/1/2009 cutoff date.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/07/12 - 08:34 am
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Trillion dollar deficits

Trillion dollar deficits every year by Obama with no end in sight. More debt ran up than in anyother administrtion in history. Obama and the Democrats have ran up more debt in 3 years than Bush ran up in eight. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57400369-503544/national-debt-has... Note Techfan this is CBS so I think the source is legitamite!

Techfan
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Techfan 04/07/12 - 08:37 am
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OK, if you like, add $800

OK, if you like, add $800 billion to Obama then subtract $800 billion from Bush. It's still not more

allhans
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allhans 04/07/12 - 09:36 am
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Dems believe what their

Dems believe what their exalted leader tells them.
You can't argue with true adulation.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 04/07/12 - 09:44 am
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The evolution of a

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The evolution of a Dem....from jackarse to sheeple.....................

freestyle
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freestyle 04/07/12 - 09:48 am
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Okay, you don't like Obama or

Okay, you don't like Obama or anything Obama ever has or will do. Fine. But if you are pro-business, maybe you have thought about economics at some time in your life. US spends almost 20% of its GNP on medical care, and is ranked close to 40th in quality of medical care. Our main economic rivals spend closer to 10% of their GNP on medical care, and achieve much better results. We compete at a self-imposed handicap of 10% structural cost overall vrs our competitors. We loose.
The really bad thing about Obamacare is that it doesn't go nearly far enough in reforming American medicine and slashing excessive charges.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/07/12 - 10:13 am
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Blame Bush. Bush did it too.

Blame Bush. Bush did it too. I don't care what Bush did. There are a lot of people who did not like the spending under Bush. That does not mean that Oblamer gets a pass for doing twice as worse. Oblamer...and Techfan.....cannot keep blaming Bush for the miserable record of the last 4 years. They may keep saying it but it just ain't true. And just remember, the really BAD effects of Oblamer's deficit spending and energy policies are just now starting to show up. Check the price of groceries. Check the price of gasoline. Check the price of everything made from petrochemicals. Check the price of everything delivered by a truck paying $4.25 a gallon or more for diesel.

Any administration can print money and make things look better for a few years but somebody has to pay the piper sooner or later. You, John Q. Public, are just beginning to pay for Oblamers policies at the grocery store and at the gas pump. The piper is warming up in the wings and now he wants his money. You have been running on worthless money for 4 years now and the piper wants his $5 a gallon and $5 for a loaf of bread. If your money isn't worth anything it takes a lot more of it to buy something.

allhans
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allhans 04/07/12 - 11:09 am
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A handfull of thumbs-up for

A handfull of thumbs-up for dichotomy...

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/07/12 - 11:32 am
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This should be an interesting

This should be an interesting election because it will divide Americans as those who want immediate gratification at the expense of future generations, and those who realize we need to make sacrifices and "all" participate in a solution-not just on the backs of the wealthy.Everyone but the absolute poor should be paying taxes. No tax breaks for anyone. It is absurd to talk about tax breaks for the rich when half of the population pays no taxes and most even get a check. Tell me whose getting a tax break.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/07/12 - 11:36 am
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The Dem controlled Senate

The Dem controlled Senate should all be impeached for breaking the law and not even bringing up a budget. They are not doing their constitutional designated duties and should be expelled. If it were Rep I'd ask the same.

faithson
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faithson 04/07/12 - 11:37 am
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And no one thinks that when

And no one thinks that when the republicans say they will do anything to make this a one term presidency and the only way to do that is tank the economy... come on people, you can blame this administration all you want, but they have NO ONE to negotiate with. all I hear are a bunch of complainers who think like so many that the only way out is through the basement.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/07/12 - 11:59 am
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Faith negotiation is a

Faith negotiation is a two-way street of compromise. Both sides are so steeped in ideology they both fail to use common sense and will even attempt a real negotiation. Both sides have abused their power when controlling both Exec and Legis. branches at the same time, and both have lost credibility in a willingness to work together.

DaddyFrog
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DaddyFrog 04/07/12 - 12:09 pm
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Sect. of Defense Panetta has

Sect. of Defense Panetta has to reimburse the government for every personal trip he takes on military aircraft. He has to pay the cost of what a commerical ticket would be. I think the going rate is $630 for the trips to his home in California. He has to travel on military aircraft because he must be available on a 24/7 basis, and he can only use secure communications which are only available on military aircraft.

jic
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jic 04/07/12 - 12:16 pm
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If you do an honest day's

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If you do an honest day's work you have earned the right to a living wage. That means access to health care, education, nutritious food, gas money and a roof over your head for you and your family along with a balanced, fair and reasonable amount of time for parents to rest and raise their children. If corporations consider that a Utopian dream then they advocate slavery and will soon lose their heads over it. It has happened so many times in the past and we are not immune to revolution here.
The real problem is that sometime in the past, corporate "value" was redefined as profit GROWTH. That, in fact, is Utopian and has lead to greed, corruption and employee abuse because it is impossible to achieve over the long haul, no matter the company is growing, hiring and earning reliable but steady profits. There are so many less simplistic ways of defining corporate value and they probably more directly measure the health of the nation. The healthcare industry is not a commodity and is not something we will ever be privileged to shop around for comparatively. Clearly the free market does not work here and a bipartisan solution is essential.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/07/12 - 12:33 pm
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Freestyle America will run

Freestyle America will run out of money if you continue down the path the Democrats are leading America. The Divisions being created are not going to heal over night. We can look at Greece, Ireland etc and this isn't hard to figure out. What about the poor etc then..Oh never mind the GSA can have another gala event and Obama will have 4 more years of parting at the White House. Then we blow out the candles, extend our hands to the manicles of debt and pray we have some form of country left after Mexco takes over the south easten US.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/07/12 - 01:47 pm
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The Democrats can't run on

The Democrats can't run on any kind of record so they are going to depend on continuing resolutions and hope that they can portray the Republicans as evil wanting some kind of fiscal sanity. This will then be the rallying cry, “those evil republicans want to strip the women down to worn out dresses, take away their shoes, give the baby a thread bare blanket and throw them out in the snow”, “The Evil republicans want to take away your food stamps and then give all this money to give to the rich, etc. etc. etc. I hope the billions wasted on Obumbler's "green energy" programs, parties, vacations, White House Galas, and the exorbitant waste of money on the GSA and travel for government officials are not lost on the American Public when the Democrats ask for a raise in the form of increased taxes. The Buffet Rule (and how I wish he would have his corporation pay the 1 billion in back taxes owed) will add only 9 billion to the federal coffers. That being said the Democrats are like irresponsible children about to get and inheritance. We'll spend the money on Medicare, well spend the money on food stamp programs, we'll spend the money on "green energy". Well you can only spend it once, but the Democrats haven't figured that out on either the 500 billion they are pulling out of Medicare or the taxes raised by the Buffet! The Democrats have no program to balance the budget or reduce the deficits despite Obumbler’s promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term!

jic
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jic 04/07/12 - 02:16 pm
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Stop equating Medicare (and

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Stop equating Medicare (and social security) with food stamps. I earned my share of Medicare from a lifetime of working hard. It is not the same as food stamps and it is personally insulting to equate them. If you want fiscal integrity and you want to fool with Medicare, then reimburse my lifetime investment with interest computed at a 3 year moving average for the last 40 years.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/07/12 - 02:17 pm
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On Thursday evening I watched

On Thursday evening I watched Diane Sawyer gush like a school girl who had been kissed by Justin Bieber. The reason for Diane's giddiness was that the new job numbers were coming out on Friday and the economy was improving! Well we now know the job numbers were a bust. 0.1% drop in unemployment and only 120,000 new jobs added. The US is barely keeping even. It turns out that the job growth the previous months was due to a warm spring. The problem for Democrats is that the US cooperate tax rate is now the highest in the World. The Democrats can hardly favor a tax reduction now after claiming for all these years that corporations need to pay their fair share. The normal tax deductions taken by oil companies are "billions in subsidize" favored by the republicans that are friends with big oil. The Democrats are now going to run with no jobs, increasing inflation, high gas and a squeeze on Middle America. They are going to blame Bush, the Republicans, etc. and hope to run a divisive campaign with the aid of the media elites like Diane Sawyer that will fool those not paying attention now!

carcraft
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carcraft 04/07/12 - 02:22 pm
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jic- I recognize your pain

jic- I recognize your pain but the problem is that medicare is going bankrupt. Medicare is one more program of promised government aid latter if you pay now (I will gladly give you a dollar tomorrow for a hamburger today) . It is being mis manage and needs to get back on track. Of course the Democrats have no plan to do that and only blame the people who try to get medicare back on a sound footing of trying to shove granny over the cliff.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 04/07/12 - 08:19 pm
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The democrat parties mantra

The democrat parties mantra has, and will always be, "we're looking out for you, as long as you are a union member, a liberal, black, female, an illegal immigrant,an unwed mother of (pick a double digit number), unemployable due to poor decision making, etc, OR you are willing to supplant your independence and liberty to worship at the altar of government..." The Democrat Party has ALWAYS been about group identity and never about individual identity.
These are ALL tenants that run counter to the spirit of the Declaration of Independece and the Constitution.
We should take care of those who CANNOT take care of themselves...
But this country will go bankrupt taking care of those who WILL NOT help themselves..
Dems care more about keeping power than they do about helping this country....And now we have an anti-capitalist at the helm.....I shake my head when I think about what the next generation will inherit.

allhans
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allhans 04/07/12 - 08:37 pm
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faithson All opposition

faithson
All opposition parties want to make the president a one-term president. It didn't begin with Obama, nor will it end with Obama.

That is what the two party system is about. Keep your party in, the other OUT!

Abbynoll
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Abbynoll 04/07/12 - 09:48 pm
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I don't understand why the

I don't understand why the focus is always put on the insurance itself when it's the healthcare that is outrageously priced. I had surgery this year... the procedure took 7 minutes. I was in the hospital a total of 3 hrs... the bill? $26k. Seriously? That doesn't even include what I had to pay to the surgeon and the anesthesiologist (spllck?). Ok, my insurance covered most of it but wouldn't the cost of insurance be less if the prices they were paying were less?

jic
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jic 04/08/12 - 06:12 pm
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Abby, the insurance industry

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Abby, the insurance industry has effectively neutralized the free market and enables high prices in every field it plays in. Just look at the original non-insured dental industry and where prices have gone now that most of us carry dental insurance. My out of pocket costs for dental care have actually gone up.

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