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Friday, 24 April 2009 10:27

Let’s not forget that at the same time they’re looking for millions in savings, the President’s budget calls for adding trillions to the debt—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.



P erhaps BHO was feeling kind of guilty with all that money – taxpayers’ money, that is --- that he’s been throwing around. 


As y’all know, in his first three months of office, Mr. Obama has seen his $787-billion economic plan enacted and the outlines of his $3.5-trillion budget passed.  And all this money, albeit slowly but surely, is now being spent … and soon will be all spent.


So Monday this week, he gathered his Cabinet and told them to cut enough money from their budgets so as to set a new “tone” in Washington.  But the amount the President set for the overall cuts, comes only to a small fraction: $100-million in trims.  Y’all read it right, folks: $100-million! 


That’s from a budget expected to exceed $3.5-trillion!  Y’all read that right, too: $3.5-trillion!


That’s kind of lopsided, ain’t it?


A ccording to the Los Angeles Times, THAT merely would “cover 1/10,000th --- or less than 53 minutes’ worth – of the annual operating budgets for cabinet agencies, excluding the Iraq and Afghan wars and the stimulus bill . . . ”


Mr. Obama conceded that “none of these things alone are going to make a difference.”


But “cumulatively,” he reasoned out, “That would make an extraordinary difference, because they start setting a tone.”


“A cut of a $100-million there, a $100-million here,” President Obama said, “Pretty soon, even in Washington, it adds up to real money.”


What money?  What kind of weed Barack O. been smoking these days?  His math doesn’t add up.  As Mr. Bush used to say, it’s “fuzzy math.”  


“To put those numbers in perspective,” said Harvard University economist N. Greg Mankiw, “imagine that the head of a household with annual spending of $100,000 called everyone in the family together to deal with a $34,000 budget shortfall, how much would he or she announce that spending (be) cut?  By $3 over the course of the year – approximately the cost on one latte at Starbucks.  The other $33,997?  We can put that on the family credit card and worry about it next year.”


In other words, a penny wise, a dollar fool, this Mr. Obama.


Or as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, said: “Let’s not forget that at the same time they’re looking for millions in savings, the President’s budget calls for adding trillions to the debt.”


“That’s a pathetic joke,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reforms.


It is, indeed, a pathetic joke.


“ISTS” ON FOX News: Sean Hannity is now my second favorite (my first favorite is Bill O’Reiley) news commentator.  Sean said recently that “Obama is full of ‘ISTS,’ a Socialist, a Communist, a Fascist, a Typist, a Florist, a Manicurist . . . and a Bullshitist . . .” 


By the way, do y’all know that FOX News is now the most-watched TV channel in America?  And Bill O'Reilly has become the most-listened to as a news commentator? CNN and NBC and its sister channel, MSNBC, have dropped in ratings because of those disgusting Obama lap dogs that keep lapping Obama’s butt.  


GLIMMERS OF HOPE: More on Mr. Obama.  He and his economic team, led by his Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, AKA, “the tax evader,” I mean, “the tax man,” have said that the deep recession may have reached its bottom and that the economy is beginning to show “glimmers of hope.”


Really?  Or is that another pathetic joke?


Here in the State of Washington, where I am at, more than a third of a million are now unemployed and looking for work.  Our state’s unemployment rate has now reached the 9.2% mark.  And a state forecast says the unemployment rate will continue to rise for the rest of the year . . .


Out of work Washingtonians have plenty of company in their misery.  The national jobless rate is now 8.5 % and rising.


Here in Washington, construction had shed 5,100 jobs … and the shedding continues.  Financial services are down at 1,800 jobs … and counting.  Bars and restaurants cut 2,000 … and the cutting continues.


Health and social services were off 1,400 jobs.  Aerospace, an industry centered on Boeing, lost 500 more jobs this month.  And the software industry of Microsoft, plans to cut 2,000 to 3,000 jobs by the middle of 2010.


Glimmers of hope, indeed!  What a pathetic joke! 


"ID TEN T" ERROR: What follows is a little story, sent to me by “TDB,” my cyberspace friend from Virginia.  Here it is.  Enjoy.  If you’ve already heard it, well, read it again and laugh one more time.  It’s good to laugh.


I was having trouble with my computer.  So I called Eric, the 11-year-old next door, whose bedroom looks like “Mission Control” and asked to come over.


Eric clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.  As he was walking away, I called after him, “So, what was wrong?”


He replied, “It was an ‘ID TEN T’ error.”


I didn’t want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, “An ‘ID Ten T’ error?  What’s that?  In case I need to fix it again.”


Eric grinned . . .  “Haven’t you heard of an ‘ID Ten T’ error before?”


“No,” I replied.


“Write it down,” he said, “and I think you’ll figure it out.”


So, I wrote it down: “I D 1 0 T”.


I used to like Eric, the little bastard . . . JJ


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