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September 23, 2013 - 7:21 am

The United States federal government is set to spend $3.68 trillion dollars in fiscal year 2013. That’s up a few billion from 2012 and up from $3.2 trillion in 2009 — which was a 16% increase over 2008′s federal spending. That 16% jump is largely due to major increases in welfare spending and the economic stimulus passed in 2009. The federal government has operated without a budget during the entirety of the Obama years, which effectively made that supposedly one-time stimulus spend a baseline for spending since 2009.

So federal spending is up, not down, despite all the Beltway talk of austerity and despite the supposedly draconian sequestration cuts that kicked in earlier this year.

None of that is real, if you ask Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Republican-led efforts to rein in government spending are pointless because there is nothing left to cut in the almost $4 trillion-a-year federal budget.

“The cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make.

Video at the link.

Federal agencies from the Government Services Administration to the National Park Service have been caught wasting wads of taxpayer money on absolutely useless, insane projects. The latest of the latter, the National Parks Service spent taxpayer dollars promoting Islam — as good for women!

But the cupboard’s bare, and there’s just nothing left to cut, dontcha know.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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How was Soros' wedding?
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
There's an old joke I'm sure you've all heard that definitely applies here:

Hey, Pelosi, want to lose 20 pounds of ugly fat?

Chop off your head.
51 weeks ago
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The business of refusing to enact a budget is a deriviative of the public employee union tactic to avoid accepting concessions. When an employer proposes give-backs and is serious about it, the union does everything it can to string out the negotiations yet avoid a legal state of impasse. In collective bargaining a legal state of impasse is achieved under most bargaining laws when one party has a good faith belief that further bargaining is futile and will not result in an agreement. There is an elaborate dance to be performed involving unfair labor practice complaints, guerilla theater, threats, and lots of singing songs and carrying signs. A labor relations professional would usually budget about a year to get to a legal state of impasse. I got there in three months one time with a big union that didn't want to be there by being very provocative towards the union's leader and getting him to do something stupid, but you can't count on that. (I think one could provoke an arrogant a** like Obama to do something stupid.) The significance of impasse is that at impasse the employer is able to impose its terms on the union or lock them out and if the union has the support, it can strike. Of course, there isn't much in the way of bargaining law in the conflict between the Congress and the Executive Branch over budgets, but the dynamic is the same.

The Republicans in Congress want spending and program cuts, the Democrats in Congress and the Executive Branch don't want to accept cuts, and, in fact, want more money. But if the only way you can reach agreement on a budget is to accept a budget acceptable to the Republican-controlled HoR, the Democrats have to accept Republican cuts, which they won't do. Consequently, the Executive Branch plays brinksmanship games to get Continuing Resolutions that maintain status quo spending and increases that are driven by statute or regulations, e.g. cost of living increases for SS recipients and in some cases employee wage increases, or other programs with built-in adjustments.

The other similarity to the bargaining dynamic is that the union can't stretch it out very long once they're at impasse because the employer can cut off dues collection and mandatory dues payments under most laws. Unions can be or at least act very agressively with Democrat administrations because they know (usually) that Democrats won't push them far enough to court "union buster" charges; Republicans with any sense will because they know there's nothing a Republican can do to make a union like him.

So, knowing this is the Administration's playbook, the HoR's equivalent move to an employer cutting off dues, imposing terms, or locking the union out is really only cutting off the Administration's money. Unfortunately, that is an all or nothing game, at least unless the Administration loses its nerve, because the President can make a government shutdown REALLY painful to the public, and this rotten SOB will. If you haven't, you should read Rules for Radicals to understand the contempt Alinsky and Alinsky disciples like Obama have for the people they "organize."

The only other alternative for HoR leaders takes a long time and should have been started in '09, and that's the way you deal with union coalitions, affectionately known in my trade as dog packs. The way you deal with a dog pack is you thrown a nice juicy bone in the pack and durn the dog pack into a a dog pile as they fight each other over the bone. There are a lot of Democrats who have no love for Obama and for whom supporting his programs and positions is an election liability. They could have been pried away from him, but we don't have any leadership that has even the hint of agression towards anyone but other Republicans.
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
I'l bet if we had a contest to see who comes up witht he best example of whee we can cut to put money back in the cupboard, we'd be overwhelmed with suggestions.

The problem with members of Congress in both parties, is that they never cut anything once it's in place. Having never read the federal budget in it's entirety I can't say for sure, but I'm guessing there is money for the pony express and the telegraph system still being funded. Probably money for sail repair and maintenance in the Navy's budget, and carrier pigeons in the Army budget. And quill pens and ink wells in congressional budget.
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
It seems the cupboard between Pelosi's ears is bare.
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
no $$ left to cut? yeah, they really needed that $156 million in s. africa to fund circumcisions to fight aids? more scifi-science from lawyers? billion$ more for the fight for global warming on the way? 15 years since temp increases worldwide, 60% increase in artic ice this year already. 0-bots are selling food stamps and trading obama-phones in crack houses everywhere. tens of millions of new 'injured' and 'poor' on ss disability and welfare since 0 took office. billion$ in fraud gov. exposed (and not prosecuted). unbelievable benefits for congress, u.s.s.c. and the executive branches of gov. one term and full retirement/h.care, etc. benefits. $100 million vacations? heck, we are borrowing $$ from countries we are giving it back to in aid, and who despise everything about us, except our $$., and on and on and on and on.

like everything this scary looking animated lib-toon says, it comes from a deep dark place of gov. free stuff. in lib-land we should just $pend what we don't have so we can see (much) later what we could not afford.

'raising the debt ceiling does not increase the amount of $$ the u.s. owes'.

now ... spit! (Josie Wales)

52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
I thought the First Amendment said separation of church and state so why is the government promoting Islam? Oh, I see: It doesn't say separation of mosque and state! My bad.
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well, it doesn't say anything about separation of church and state, either.

Maybe you should read it some time.

Just for giggles.
52 weeks ago
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I didn't think I needed to add /sarc at the end of my comment because the second sentence was sarcastic.

Just for giggles.
52 weeks ago
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