Daily Archives: March 18, 2011

Yes, We Really Are Broke

Yes, we really are broke | The Daily Caller – Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment.

The Washington Post‘s resident debt-denier E.J. Dionne, whose two-letter name makes him sound smarter than he really is, recently took to the pages of WaPo, as it is called in “cool” circles, to show that America isn’t really broke.  Peter Tucci, writing for The Daily Caller, or TheDC, as we “cool” people like to call it, proves that Mr. Dionne has his entire head up his ass:

The other day, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne wrote a column in which he posed the question, “What if we’re not broke?” Dionne concluded that we’re not actually broke and that “a phony metaphor [the idea that we’re broke] is being used to hijack the nation’s political conversation and skew public policies to benefit better-off Americans and hurt most others.”

Dionne might as well have written a column posing the question, “What if the moon landings never really happened?” or “What if LBJ was behind JFK’s assassination?” because, as it turns out, we’re broke by any conventional meaning of the term “broke.”

This year the federal government will collect $2.17 trillion and spend $3.82 trillion. In other words, the federal government is spending 76% more than it’s taking it. Last year the federal government spent 49% more than it took in. Our national debt is fast approaching 100% of our GDP, and our unfunded and underfunded liabilities — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — now total more than $66 trillion. If the federal government were a company, it would have a negative net worth of $45 trillion.

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Is It Too Little, Too Late For Libya?

On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council authorized a no-fly zone and potential military strikes to stop Col. Gaddafi from killing his own people.  And in response, Libya declared an immediate halt to military action against the rebels.  Yet, at the same time, Reuters is reporting that “twenty-five people, including several children, were killed during heavy bombardments by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on the western city of Misrata on Friday.”

I’m not sure what to make of the strike in Misrata, but I’m pretty sure that Gaddafi will soon stop his military operations against the rebels, now that the U.S. is involved.

Still, I feel that this is too little, too late (and I hate that phrase by the way).

Earlier action by Obama could have ended the bloodshed with relatively little effort.  Instead, thousands of Libyans are dead, the U.S. looks like a weak, declining superpower, and Gaddafi may still find a way to remain in control.  Look, I don’t like the idea of America getting involved in every single international squabble, and at this point, well into the fighting, I don’t necessarily like America putting military assets as risk, but what is happening in Libya is not your ordinary squabble.  Has the U.S. responded earlier, when the rebels had the advantage, this could have ended quickly.  Now, not so much.

Obama had two choices: stand up for the people of Libya, or state from the get-go (I hate that phrase too) that America would not get involved in a Libyan dispute.  After all, what difference does it make to America if Libyans keep killing each other? Should America care, if in the course of a civil war, hundreds if not thousands of innocents are killed, simply because Gaddafi is a nutjob?

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Hooray For House Republicans! Defund NPR!

NPR, National Palestinian Radio, is a perfectly legitimate news organization that is primarily listened to by affluent, urban liberals. I have nothing against the product, it just shouldn’t be subsidized by middle class, suburban and rural moderates and conservatives.

To the millions of NPR listeners out there who can’t understand why I don’t want to pay for their left-wing media outlet: Sorry, but if you like it so much, why don’t you fund it yourself?

The majority of NPR listeners are arrogant liberals who have no problem with other people paying for their media.  Most of the NPR lovers I’ve met are annoying “progressives” willing to share all their beliefs with you, assuming that everyone thinks organic hemp is the only moral clothing fiber and free-range tofu is the only moral food.  Take your stupid tofu, take your stupid hemp, take your stupid radio stations and LEAVE ME AND MY WALLET ALONE!

Yesterday the House voted to defund NPR. Finally, they are actually doing something I can get behind:

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to defund National Public Radio (NPR) from all public sources of funding, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), on Thursday afternoon, 228-192. Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn’s bill, HR 1076, cuts off all federal taxpayer money from being used to support NPR. The publicly-funded radio network currently receives funding through CPB and through its member stations, which are forced to use part of their federal grants to purchase programming from the national headquarters.

Lamborn’s bill also cuts NPR’s taxpayer funding from the Department of Education, the Department of Commerce and the National Endowment for the Arts. The bill does not, however, prohibit local stations from using state or local tax money to purchase content from NPR’s headquarters, nor does it prohibit them from using grant funds to produce their own local news programming.

Of course, hysterical liberals like Anthony Wiener flipped out:

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Greatness From Greg Gutfeld

Greg Gutfeld is great.  Here is some of his greatness:

So you remember “Red Dawn,” it was that 80’s flick about American kids arming themselves against a Soviet invasion.

I’ve seen it thirteen times, mainly because I’m a huge fan of C. Thomas Howell. And I’m lonely.

But that’s another story for another time. The film has since been remade, with the producers replacing the Russian bad guys with Chinese.

but now – According to the L.A. Times, China has become such a big market for Hollywood, MGM studios have decided to replace the Chinese with North Koreans.

Yep, in a first for Hollywood: filmmakers actually digitally erased Chinese flags and symbols and replaced dialogue… so now North Korea are the invaders.

Because, with that country, there’s nothing to be gained, financially. It’s as lucrative as a Kathy Griffin porn site.

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Inconvenient Truth: Wind Energy Has Killed More Americans Than Nuclear

Inconvenient Truth: Wind Energy Has Killed More Americans Than Nuclear | NewsBusters.org.

Interesting…

There has been quite a bit of hysteria among some major media outlets in the past few days regarding the potential dangers of nuclear power. Some have even suggested that the benefits of nuclear energy do not outweigh its potential dangers to human life.

The dangers of nuclear power, while serious, need to be put in perspective. To that end, here’s an interesting fact you won’t be hearing from the mainstream press: wind energy has killed more Americans than nuclear energy.

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What The Hell Is Going On?

I’ve been thinking a lot about what is happening in Japan.  The whole nuclear thing. You know what I’m talking about.

The quality of information is so bad.  I’m beginning to doubt the whole “nuclear fear-mongering” thing that I was ranting about the other day.  I still think that anti-nuclear power zealots have exaggerated things, but I have concluded that the situation in Japan is very bad.  I might want to dial back some of what I said earlier this week, but my basic beliefs haven’t changed.

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