Monday, August 24, 2009

The Friday afternoon dump and a welcome vacation

If you follow politics at all, a phenomenon takes place on a regular basis in Washington D.C. It’s the Friday afternoon dump. When politicians have bad news to report, they break the story on Friday afternoon when everyone is heading out for the weekend. It's kind of like dropping off your report card on the kitchen table as you head out to stay at your friend's house for the night.

President Obama just dropped off his spending report card as he left for vacation. How were his grades?

"Needs improvement" does not seem to be strong enough.

"The Obama administration will raise its 10-year budget deficit projection to approximately $9 Trillion from $7.108 Trillion in a report next week, a senior administration official told Reuters on Friday."

This is future debt, not the $7.4 Trillion national debt we already owe. That is a total of $16.4 Trillion in ten years. It makes you yearn for the good old days, when deficits were measured in billions.

A great analysis from columnist to the world, Mark Steyn:

"Meanwhile, in Brazil, India, China, Japan and much of Continental Europe the recession has ended. In the second quarter this year, both the French and German economies grew by 0.3 percent, while the U.S. economy shrank by 1 percent. How can that be? Unlike America, France and Germany had no government stimulus worth speaking of, the Germans declining to go the Obama route on the quaint grounds that they couldn't afford it. They did not invest in the critical signage-in-front-of-holes-in-the-road sector. And yet their recession has gone away. Of the world's biggest economies, only the U.S., Britain and Italy are still contracting. All three are big stimulators, though Gordon Brown and Silvio Berlusconi can't compete with Obama's $800 billion porkapalooza. The president has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet."

Now there is a call by US commanders for more troops to immediately be sent to Afghanistan. Isn't it strange that the anti-war crowd is so silent today? Last month in Afghanistan, the US lost forty soldiers. Forty brave, young Americans and their sacrifices hardly get any coverage in the mainstream media. Remember when the MSM were showing every smoldering bombing site in Iraq? Remember them giving a nightly update of every soldier killed? That was a different President and a different war. To Quote Cindy Sheehan, "The 'anti-war' 'left' was used by the Democratic Party. I like to call it the 'anti-Republican War' movement." Stop the presses, I actually agree with Cindy Sheehan on something.

For those who sent care packages and wrote letters to the troops before, it's time to double down. They need to know we support them and we stand behind them. Republican, Democrat, Independent, Peace and Freedom, or Decline to state, these men and women are our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, neighbors and friends. There are many groups out there; Soldiers,, or Get in touch with these groups and make a difference.

When the President and Congress come back from their recess, there will be many things left on the Democrat's legislative agenda. They will try to force some form of health care reform bill through the Senate and onto the President's desk. They need a victory on this one, even a tiny victory. However, the road does not look any smother for Democrats even if they do get a watered down bill passed. They will then take up even more unpopular legislation. The massive energy tax, better known as Cap and Trade, will again swamp the D.C. switchboards with angry constituents, and if that were not enough, the President wants to take on comprehensive immigration reform.

Stay tuned folks; this is going to get messy.

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