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A new football season is upon us, and you can bet the best teams will be using updated playbooks with new and sometimes innovative plays.

Meanwhile, another federal budget season is upon us, and Democrats will be sticking to the same old predictable playbook as before: Their rather odd claim that there’s just not a penny that can be cut from the bloated federal budget.

They know that’s patently untrue, of course. But the more of our money they get to direct, the more power they have and the more grateful serfs they get to rule over.

Just know this: The Democrats’ approach to this budget, as in other recent years, will have less to do with what’s good for the country than what’s beneficial for their power base.

They’re buying their power and our dependence – and many voters’ allegiance – with our money.

But it’s even worse than that. They’re buying our dependence and docility with our money – along with money borrowed from our children: Some 40 cents of every dollar the federal government spends is borrowed.

Stealing from succeeding generations to fund today’s comforts is more than imprudent. It’s immoral.

But this budget season, Democrats will carry on as if not doing it is somehow wrong.

Judging from both recent history and ancient history, people will eat it all up.

“History has shown every time a government tries that, it fails,” writes leading Tea Party activist Judson Phillips. “Just look at Greece, Spain, Portugal, Zimbabwe or Argentina. Or for that matter, just look at Detroit. ...

“As our debt increases, sooner or later, lenders will start to call the United States a credit risk. At some point they will realize our debt along with our liabilities are so huge that we will never be able to pay them off. Then the costs of our borrowing will skyrocket. We will not be able to borrow to cover our expenses anymore. ...

“Not only is there money in the budget that can be eliminated because it is simply waste, we have to make some hard choices on spending. We have to eliminate a lot of spending before it is too late.

“It may be too late now.”

As Phillips notes, solutions are readily at hand. The nonpartisan, nonprofit Citizens Against Government Waste can cite “557 recommendations that would save taxpayers $580.6 billion in the first year and $1.8 trillion over five years.”

Politicians talk a lot about cutting waste. They rarely do it. CAGW actually provides a road map to cut unnecessary spending, as do other organizations and even some federal agencies.

The first step, of course, is to admit you have a problem. And currently we have a political party in control of the Senate and White House that won’t admit it.

So this budget season, you’ll hear a lot about what the government needs, but hardly any mention of the tiniest inkling of a possibility that it just may not need everything it’s asking for.

Why is that? How is that? Where else in your experience – at home or at work or in your community – is spending never, ever, ever questioned?

Only in Democratic D.C.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/09/13 - 05:12 am
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Ulterior Motive

You have to wonder just how far the Democrats will go with the borrowing. I suspect they actually wouldn’t mind causing the destruction of our currency and financial systems because it would be a way of taking from the haves and giving to the Democratic have-nots. To them it’s simply another way of leveling the playing field and having everyone start over with the same thing…even if that’s nothing. The historical examples may not be lost on them, they know what they are doing.

But there’s one more example they should consider. If one country is growing wealthier while another is losing, it doesn’t take long before the country that keeps its finances in order and has a hard working population not trying to borrow its way to contentment dominates the other. See how that works for you.

carcraft
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carcraft 08/09/13 - 05:35 am
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Obama the hypocrite

When Bush ran his deficits Obama said it was immoral. Now that Obama and the Democrats have exceed Bush's spending by twice as much it's OK?

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 08/09/13 - 06:39 am
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Unbelievable, but as long as

Unbelievable, but as long as people keep voting these yahoos in office it will continue. Sad, very sad!

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 08/09/13 - 06:46 am
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Real deficit reduction

If the people who voted for the 40th time to repeal a law passed and upheld by the US Supreme Court would return their unmerited pay we could reduce the deficit further.

If any of us went to work and continued to repeat a practice time and time again without focusing on anything else, the boss would show us the door, and rightfully so.

Where are the jobs, Mr. Speaker? That is what you promised when your party took over the house.

I get an average of 3 emails a day from insurance companies looking to hire people in advance of the ACA sign up. So people need to know that there are job opportunities in ACA or "Obamacare" as it is affectionately known. Now you would think the party that is all about creating jobs would be happy about that.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/09/13 - 07:31 am
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Funny the crazy spend , spend

Funny the crazy spend , spend , spend policies were the death knell for a dominating GOP during the Bush years, yet now the same policies make Obama popular??????? Must be what they are spending it on- more tech to spy on Americans ,and more drones to kill Americans.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 08/09/13 - 07:58 am
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The "zero option" should go for all of central Asia

and not just Afghanistan. Obviously, we've lost all pretense of fighting for "democracy," so why spend another dime maintaining a presence in that part of the world? That should be the responsibility of the Collective Treaty Security Organization, because it's their neighborhood.

Another idea to consider is that if the Chinese will be buying the largest share of Persian Gulf oil, then maybe they should provide the security, as we're plainly not getting our money's worth. They have the capability and the resolve to keep the straits open, so why not?

deestafford
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deestafford 08/09/13 - 08:03 am
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Democrats have no play book.

They have a 3x5 play card and on it is written in big letters: SPEND! SPEND! SPEND!

I would be willing to bet you that the moocher enabling democrats in congress could not pass a dumb downed Economics 101 quiz. They have no concept of fiscal planning and responsibility. The only thing they may know about economics is something they got off a crib sheet about Keynesian Economics which he himself finally said wouldn't work.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 08/09/13 - 08:38 am
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really?

1. Government spending has been fairly flat for the past 4 years. The deficit is due to the economic downturn combined with tax cuts. 2. The annual deficit is actually shrinking under Obama, while it grew dramatically under Bush. 3. By far the majority of economists will tell you that deficit reduction is a job for boom times, not for hard times. 4. Democrats challenge government waste as often as anybody, and, furthermore, I don't recall any Democrat ever in history to argue that not a penny can be cut. 5. Austerity consistently worsens economic depressions. Our economy is in better shape than Europe's precisely because, for the last year of Bush's second term and the first two years of Obama's first term term, we resisted the well-intentioned but mistaken calls for austerity. This entire editorial, although quite sincere, is a straw man fallacy, attacking a position that no one actually holds. Have a great day.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 08/09/13 - 08:49 am
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by the way

And, of course, we're still waiting for Paul Ryan to list his actual proposed budget cuts. I imagine that we will still be waiting when Taylor Swift turns old and gray. The conservatives keep saying that government is too big, but stubbornly refuse to list their actual cuts. (Except, of course, for Rick Perry wanting to cut the National Weather Service and the Navy's nuclear reactor program, which, I think would go over poorly with the general public.)

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 08/09/13 - 09:05 am
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Deficit reduction?

Unbelievable! I mean really unbelievable! I don't believe anything that comes from this current administration.

If I pay my bills and become debt free, will I be safe from this madness??

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 08/09/13 - 09:11 am
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TruthMatters

These jobs you refer to as being created by ACA are temporary jobs. When Obamacare fails and the federal government takes complete control of healthcare these jobs will be gone and all these people will be"federal" employees..... by design. Think big government control....write it on you hand so you wont forget.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 08/09/13 - 09:19 am
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Gary Ross

If I pay my bills and become debt free, will I be safe from this madness??
I have asked myself this question. I think there is a "small" window of opportunity to turn things around some in 2014. If we are successful in keeping the house and taking the senate and capture the White House in 2016 there is a shot at actually reversing what Obama has done. It will be a LONG road back and there are MANY ifs in my scenario. Its a long shot with 50% being takers and 50% makers so it is better to plan your escape in advance and act accordingly.

chascushman
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chascushman 08/09/13 - 10:15 am
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The anointed one and his
Unpublished

The anointed one and his wanta be queen is on vacation again.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/08/08/obama-marthas-vineyard-...

fedex227
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fedex227 08/09/13 - 10:45 am
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Forget about a budget.
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Nothing will ever get done as long as Republicans continue to filibuster or threaten to fillibuster any attempt by the Senate to send the two current budget proposals to conference committee to hammer out a compromise. After years of complaining that Democrats have not proposed a budget, when they finally do, they block every attempt to follow regular order and send it to committee where they can negotiate their differences on tax revenue increases and budget cuts. What gives?

carcraft
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carcraft 08/09/13 - 10:48 am
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Rehtor-When Obama took office

Rehtor-When Obama took office the deficit was about 10 trillion, today it is about 16 trillion! You state "Government spending has been fairly flat for the past 4 years. The deficit is due to the economic downturn combined with tax cuts. 2. The annual deficit is actually shrinking under Obama, while it grew dramatically under Bush. " Well Obama promised to turn around the economy and etc, so what happened? Unemployment is over 7% . Obama PROMISED if we spent $900 billion it would not over 8%. We know it was above 8% for three years then came down to below 8% because the California unemployment was not included in the numbers. The economy is stalled because of federal regulations (employers are not hiring because of Obama care). So please, if you are going to blame the economy please state why the economy is where it is. For the 19th time Obama is focusing on job, along with vacations and golf!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/09/13 - 10:48 am
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"I think there is a "small"

"I think there is a "small" window of opportunity to turn things around some in 2014."

I'm shooting for a small window too....but a different one. My "target" is to live another few years, long enough to time my demise and be on my death bed in the hospital watching TV when the results of all of this borrowing and spending collapses the economy. I want to see all of these Democrats in the streets rioting when the welfare runs out and a loaf of bread costs $20. I want to go out laughing, saying "we told you so you stupid twits".....and then let Obamacare pick up the hospital bill.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 08/09/13 - 11:55 am
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Dichotomy

Don't worry, if things happen as you say and the economy tanks , the republicans will be blamed. Obama didn't do it !

carcraft
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carcraft 08/09/13 - 12:35 pm
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RMSHEFF-Close but it will be

RMSHEFF-Close but it will be blamed on George Bush the 2nd!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/09/13 - 02:46 pm
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Yeah,
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the Speaker of the House is responsible for a lack of jobs. The Easter Bunny is responsible for AIDS, Santa Claus is the reason for climate change and democrats are just the best people on earth. Not a turd among them, except maybe: teddy kennedy, adam clayton powell, charlie rangel, sick willie, hitlary, obama, holder, jealous, sharpton, jacksons sr. jr. and wife, kilpatrick, campbell, berry, blumenthal, carter, wallace, blagoyevich, thompson, walker, harold ford and my fingers have writer's cramp. I'll get back to you with more when the pain subsides.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/09/13 - 02:50 pm
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Quote from editorial

"They’re buying their power and our dependence – and many voters’ allegiance – with our money.

But it’s even worse than that. They’re buying our dependence and docility with our money – along with money borrowed from our children"

THIS IS AN EXELANT example of utra-conservative GARBAGE !! But why should any of us liberials be surprized coming from The ACES !! Just typical !!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/09/13 - 03:02 pm
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Garbage??? Democrats won't

Garbage??? Democrats won't even take the garbage out of public housing to the dumpster. They leave it in the hallways.

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 08/09/13 - 03:54 pm
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My thoughts
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If you look it up CAGW is hardly non partisan.
We need to stop talking about spending cuts and start talking about job-creating spending increases instead. Yes, I know that the politics of doing the right thing will be very hard. But, as far as the economics goes, the only thing we have to fear is fear-mongering itself.
This is the real issue.

carcraft
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carcraft 08/09/13 - 03:56 pm
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Garbage? More people are on

Garbage? More people are on welfare than at any other time in our history. More people are recieving government assistants than are working. More people are on disabilitythan ever before, more cities and states are facing severe financial problems than any time in history. The biggest government provider of aid is the federal government, how many peole are going to bite the hand that is feeding them? As long as the Democrats promise to provide the goods people will vote for them!

chascushman
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chascushman 08/09/13 - 03:59 pm
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"Garbage??? Democrats won't
Unpublished

"Garbage??? Democrats won't even take the garbage out of public housing to the dumpster. They leave it in the hallways."
Riverman, this is the results of liberals being in charge of the gov't schools for the last 30 yrs. They have been dummying down the kids and it is working.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/09/13 - 06:26 pm
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"The economy is stalled

"The economy is stalled because of federal regulations (employers are not hiring because of Obama care). "

Employers aren't hiring because nobody has any money to spend. The demand isn't there.

Nobody, but nobody, refuses to hire people if they think that they can make a profit on their product or services that they sell. If they thought that they could make a profit between now and December 31, 2013, they'd hire people right and left. Of course they would. Why wouldn't they?

It is absurd to think it's because of Obamacare. It's coming, it's a fact, and businesses exist to make money.

Take a look in the stores. This is August. Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, barely has any fall clothing in their stores. Because it is still jampacked with the summer stuff that hasn't sold.

They are practically throwing things in people's faces to get them to buy their inventory and clear their shelves.

No money in people's pockets, it all goes to put gas in their cars.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/09/13 - 06:29 pm
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"More people are on welfare

"More people are on welfare than at any other time in our history. More people are recieving government assistants than are working. More people are on disabilitythan ever before, more cities and states are facing severe financial problems than any time in history."

OF COURSE, the population of the US is higher than it's ever been in history! Geeze!

As for this- "More people are recieving government assistants than are working." That is not true. The fact is that there are many, many, many working people that are also receiving government assistance. To take the number of people receiving assistance of any kind, subtract it from the total population, and think the remainder is valid is erroneous.

Actually, if you itemize deductions on your income tax return you receive government assistance too, but people don't like to think that way.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/09/13 - 07:11 pm
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But I don't have any worries,

But I don't have any worries, the Tea Party Congress members will fix it all.

carcraft
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carcraft 08/09/13 - 08:50 pm
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Corgimom, many of the working

Corgimom, many of the working poor get food stamps etc so now are more people receiving welfare than work. There is an intersection of the two groups! When I get a tax refund I am getting money I over payed to the government. I purposely over pay because I hats writing a check to the government. How is getting MY MONEY back government assistance?

carcraft
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carcraft 08/09/13 - 08:56 pm
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Corgimom you are correct

Corgimom you are correct about working and welfare, my bad!

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