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Indiana, being the Alabama of the north, is front and center this week. Governor with presidential ambitions Mike Pence signed into law the "Religious Freedom" act. Basically vilified by all those who are part of the thinking human race, it is just…Continue

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Comment by Doone on August 2, 2011 at 2:24am

From Kevin Drum 

 

The Bars Go Up, Spending Goes Down

| Mon Aug. 1, 2011 2:27 PM PDT

This chart has been making the rounds today. It's from Cato's Chris Edwards,who's pretty unhappy about the proposed spending cap in the debt ce...

Wait a minute, those bars are rising! Spending isn’t being cut at all. The “cuts” in the deal are only cuts from the CBO “baseline,” which is a Washington construct of ever-rising spending....No program or agency terminations are identified in the deal. None of the vast armada of federal subsidies are targeted for elimination. Old folks will continue to gorge themselves on inflated benefits paid for by young families and future generations.

Well, yeah, I guess that's right. The plan doesn't eliminate either the Education Department or Social Security. Still, just do a bit of arithmetic on those spending levels: they amount to an increase of 1.9% per year. That's almost certainly well below the future rate of inflation and population growth. If we actually stick to these caps, they represent a steady and consistent decrease in real per-capita spending, and that's the only fair way to look at it.

Per my last post, I suppose I should be gleefully reprinting this chart and agreeing with Edwards that the tea party got rolled on this deal. But I guess I don't have it in me. Looked at honestly, this represents a decrease in spending. It just does.

(But will these caps actually hold together in future years? Who knows. That's a fairer criticism, though I don't really know what more you could do to enforce them than the deal already does.)

 

Comment by Stephen on August 1, 2011 at 11:24pm

Sharia law, coming to a city near you soon. It's the agenda plain and simple. Oh, and not forgetting the "complete domination of the world by Islam" ...

http://www.youtube.com/user/108morris108#p/u/3/h5CZ_AVyRzg 

Comment by Stephen on August 1, 2011 at 8:59pm

None of us should be surprised. Beck compares dead Norway teens to Hitler youth.   

Comment by Doone on August 1, 2011 at 7:48pm

Why Defense Cuts Are Nothing to Fear

 

AUG 1 2011, 6:25 PM ET

 

Recent budget trends and the behavior of other countries suggests we're giving the Pentagon too much money

Defense trends full.jpg
Ponder the part of the debt ceiling compromise that has some conservatives in a state of upset: if a future deal isn't reached to reduce the deficit, automatic cuts to defense spending will result, something they're calling a threat to national security.

Is it?

Above is a chart that shows growth in the Pentagon budget over the last decade. Keep it in mind as you evaluate John Bolton's widely cited reaction to the deal (emphasis added):

While the trigger mechanism comes into play only if the Congressional negotiators fail to reach agreement on the second phase of spending cuts, it verges on catastrophe to take such a national security risk.

Defense has already taken hugely disproportionate cuts under President Obama, and there is simply no basis for expanding those cuts further. Republican negotiators must hold the line, since the Obama Administration plainly will not. 
It is fantasy to suggest that the Pentagon has suffered under Obama. Nor is it likely to start suffering: the Obama Administration's 2012 request for Defense Department spending "grows the base defense budget by 3.0 percent in real terms from the level enacted in FY 2011," says the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Its only "cut" is to request 27 percent less in additional funds for fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, conflicts where our role is winding down.

But what if we do spend less on our military. Does that mean that we'll suddenly be vulnerable to being attacked by other countries? Courtesy of the Cato Institute, here's global spending on defenseput into perspective (using 2010 numbers):

pie chart defense.jpgThe United States could substantially cut its defense budget and still spend more money on our military than every country that even plausibly threatens us combined. Can someone explain why that isn't enough? There is one explanation. If you're someone like Bill Kristol, who wants to maintain American troops in countries all over the globe forever, favors military intervention in countries like Libya that pose no threat to us, is ideologically committed to remaking more foreign countries via force, and favors ratcheting up the likelihood of military confrontation with countries like Iran and China, current levels of "defense" spending makes perfect sense. Imperial garrisons are expensive to maintain, after all, and more foreign wars will be costly to wage.

Defense cuts make that sort of foreign policy untenable (not that Kristol will stop calling for those same policies even if cuts happen). For most rank and file Republicans, that's a feature, not a bug. 

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Comment by Hope on August 1, 2011 at 6:27pm

Palestine: the world's next nation

http://www.avaaz.org/en/independence_for_palestine_9/?rc=fb&pv=105

Let's build this petition and ramp up the pressure -- sign now and send to everyone!
Comment by Neal on August 1, 2011 at 6:14pm

Had to toss that on FB doone, too funny.

Comment by Neal on August 1, 2011 at 6:11pm

Lolz! I probably won't be able to afford a FL winter if the chinese get it.

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Comment by Doone on August 1, 2011 at 5:58pm

Rep. Doug Lamborn likened compromising with Obama to "touching a tar baby" on talk radiotoday. But he probably didn't mean to use theracially charged term in a racist way, right? There's no way he missed the lesson from John McCain's "tar baby" blunder, or Mitt Romney's "tar baby" blunder, or Tony Snow's "tar baby"blunder, right?

Comment by Doone on August 1, 2011 at 5:40pm

First, the timing: the cuts are heavily back-loaded, so the deal is unlikely to have much direct effect on the economy in 2012.

The spending cuts will proceed in two stages. There is an initial round of about $1 trillion in cuts, which will be locked in place when (and if) the deal is signed by the president. Then there is an additional $1.5 trillion in cuts, which will go into effect if Congress is unable to agree to the recommendations of a bipartisan commission (or “Super Congress”) by the end of the year.

The first round of cuts include “only” about $22 billion in reductions in 2012 spending — the same as the bill proposed last week by Representative John A. Boehner, which provided some of the outlines for this deal. That wouldreduce 2012 G.D.P. by just 0.1 percent, other factors being equal.

The second and larger round of cuts, according to the White House’s summary of the deal, would not include any reductions to the fiscal year 2012 budget. Instead, those cuts would kick in during 2013 and last through 2022.

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/the-fine-print-...

 
 
 

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