Gimme A Break

Alex Knapp rightly skewers Sam brownback for his anti-cloning legislation and this ludicrous op-ed in the National Review.

You remember the Raelians– the cultists who are a step above Heaven’s Gate crowd– the morons who claimed to have cloned a baby- Brownback is terrified of them, and he thinks you should be too:

Let’s be clear, the Raelians and those interested in human-cloning research seek to create human life through a process of human cloning that a vast majority of Americans clearly oppose. The threat presented to us by the Raelians is one that should refocus our attention on the immediacy of passing a permanent and comprehensive ban on all human cloning.

The only threat the Raelians present to anyone is to their own credibility.








Fiscal Conservatives, My Ass, Pt. 27636732

Groan:

President Bush will sign legislation this week setting a 2003 budget that raises federal spending by 7.8 percent over last year, capping a remarkable two years in which the federal budget increased by 22 percent.

Although Bush has made controlling spending a recurring theme in recent months, the $791.5 billion spending bill for 2003 that he plans to approve by Thursday night will be one for the record books. The 2003 rate of discretionary spending increases — the part of the budget subject to Congress’s annual oversight — will be the second-fastest since 1985. It is topped only by the 2002 increase, which included the government’s response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Seven-point-eight percent? Twenty-two percent? Remember when you said this, Mr. Bush:

We must work together to fund only our most important priorities. I will send you a budget that increases discretionary spending by 4 percent next year — about as much as the average family’s income is expected to grow. And that is a good benchmark for us. Federal spending should not rise any faster than the paychecks of American families.

What happened here? Am I missing something? Am I reading about different budgets? Everett Dirksen is rolling in his grave.








The Real Welfare Queens?


WinnerState$$$$ Rank
GoreNorth
Dakota
2.031
BushNorth
Dakota
1.862
BushMississippi1.783
BushWest
Virginia
1.754
BushAlaska1.685
BushMontana1.596
GoreHawaii1.567
BushAlabama1.548
BushVirginia1.489
BushSouth
Dakota
1.4610
BushOklahoma1.4611
BushKentucky1.4112
BushLouisiana1.3913
BushArkansas1.3814
GoreMaine1.3215
GoreMaryland1.3216
BushIdaho1.3017
BushSouth Carolina1.2718
BushMissouri1.2619
BushTennessee1.2020
GoreRhode
Island
1.1821
BushArizona1.1822
BushWyoming1.0923
BushNebraska1.0924
GoreVermont1.0825
GorePennsylvania1.0626
BushUtah1.0627
BushNorth Carolina1.0628
BushIowa1.0429
BushKansas1.0230
BushFlorida1.0031
BushGeorgia0.9932
BushOhio0.9733
BushTexas0.9634
GoreOregon0.9335
BushIndiana0.9236
GoreWashington0.8737
GoreMassachusetts0.8638
GoreNew
York
0.8639
GoreCalifornia0.8640
BushColorado0.8541
GoreDelaware0.8442
GoreWisconsin0.8343
GoreMichigan0.8144
GoreMinnesota0.7645
GoreIllinois0.7446
BushNew
Hampshire
0.7147
BushNevada0.6948
GoreNew
Jersey
0.6649
GoreConnecticut0.6250

The current budget has me so pissed off because it is so spectacularly irresponsible that I spent a good bit of time trying to figure out why the Republicans are incapable of controling spending now that they are in charge of the House, Senate, and Presidency.

The table above has the winer of the state, how many dollars the state receives back from the federal government for every dollar taxed by the feds, and the ranking.

This is, of course, in no means a complete analysis of anything, just me playing around. There are about a million factors you can look into- control of state government, population, income disparities, cost of living adjustments, etc. Regardless, from this alone it appears the Blue States are subsidizing the industrious, hard-working, red states. Go figure. Borrow and Spend Republicans is not just a pithy statement.

*** Update ***

The information I posted is from the year 2000, and was provided by the Nonprofit Tax Foundation. Again, clearly this is a simplistic way to look at things, because it has not taken everything into account- for example, my state, West Virginia, is #4. This is not because we are a bastion of conservatives, but rather, because Sen. Byrd is our Senator and has been on the Appropriations Committee for 80 years.








Fiscal Conservatives, My Ass, (part 2029378)

Mr. Greenspan spoke today, and here is what he had to say:

He characterized as “sobering” recent budget estimates from the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget, which forecast deficits well through the balance of the decade.

“It is necessary to extend budget enforcement rules promulgated in the Budget Enforcement Act of 1990,” he said. “I am concerned that, should the enforcement mechanisms not be restored, the resulting lack of clear direction and constructive goals will allow in-built political bias in favor of growing budget deficits to again become entrenched.”

The rules set in place under the Budget Enforcement Act, which was passed to restrain spending, expired in the House last September. They were partly extended in the Senate through mid-April of this year.

Mr. Greenspan said that while there seems to be a “large and growing constituency” for holding down the deficit, “I sense less appetite to do what is required to achieve that outcome.”

Translation: Congress is a bunch of tax and spend REPUBLICANS. Or to borrow a term from the left- BORROW AND SPEND REPUBLICANS.

Less appetite to do what is required, my ass. Try no appetite for anything but spending. I never thought my party would make Robert Byrd look like a spendthrift.








Fiscal Conervatives, My Ass (Part 500)

Ted Barlow has some good links up about the bloated piece of crap known as the Bush budget proposal.

This budget is scandalous, and the Dems could have the high ground if they didn’t have 9 million issues they wanted to spend MORE money on. The best comment from Ted’s links actually comes from Mark Kleiman (who I have just added to the permalinks):

The good news is that the bad news is finally getting through. I got a phone call last night from a hard-core conservative friend, now doing a non-political job in Washington that puts him face-to-face with the budget numbers. “I hate to say it,” he said, “but these people are completely out of control.”

Yep- and they will have to be held accountable if they do not regain some control. Soon.