Many conservatives and Republicans are greeting the looming sequestration spending cuts with a collective yawn. "The much-ballyhooed ´sequester´ is a cut of $85 billion in a nearly $4 trillion federal budget. Good, let’s do it," writes one contributor to National Review Online´s symposium on sequestration. It´s true that sequestration is a tiny cut to total federal spending. But it is also true that sequestration is a major cut to defense spending. According to the House Armed Services Committee, the 2011 Budget Control Act (the law that imposed both
There is enough waste in military procurement, and other areas that they don´t have to cut personnel. That being said, the military could certainly afford o cut it´s excessive number of general officers and their staffs. The U.S. military has way to many chiefs and not enough indians. Anyone that has spent several years in our military shoul be able to tell horror stories about waste and inefficiency.
Having worked for the military for 35 years, I´ve seen how they´ve handled budget cuts in many ways. First, they freeze all hiring and reduce numbers by attrition (no replacement when someone leaves or retires).
Then they freeze everyone´s budget. No increases, no computer purchases, no travel, none. They find billions this way and this talk about cutting troops, etc, is pure d. bull.
To find the 34 billion, the U.S. should FIRST cut off funding to the U.N., then shut the foreign aid spigot, followed by firing of all those Czars that Zippy hired. Fixed.
RUSH: I kid you not. Folks, this is from the Washington Post. You´re gonna think I´m making this up. From the Washington Post: "Latino Voters Say Health Care, Controversial Remark Spur Them to Turn Out for McAuliffe." Now, what was the "controversial remark" that he made? I´m gonna tell you. This is from the article in the Washington Post. Cuccinelli "was pilloried in a Democratic campaign commercial for a remark he made criticizing a DC law on pest control, which he claimed prevented the killing of rats. ´It is worse than our immigration policy,´ Cuccinelli said in a 2012 radio interview.
RUSH: Here´s Denise in Charlotte, North Carolina, as we head to the phones. It´s great to have you, Denise. Thanks for waiting. CALLER: Well, thank you, and congratulations on your book. RUSH: Thank you. Thank you very much. I appreciate it. I really do. CALLER: Well, getting back to the election in Virginia. I know we´ve analyzed and there´s a lot of different reasons why Cuccinelli lost, but I think the primary reason that really needs to be taken seriously is that he lost because of the War on Women. The women´s issues hit him hard. It was the same reason that Romney
RUSH: I am so happy I moved out of New York, folks. I cannot begin to tell you. This guy, what did he get, 73% of the vote or something? (interruption) Yeah, you can predict what´s gonna happen in New York. You can literally predict it. This guy is gonna go after the rich like they´ve never been gone after before. That´s gonna be the sole focus of what he does. They´re not paying their fair share. They´re gonna be paying taxes they don´t know they have. They´re gonna be giving up money that they didn´t know they had hidden away.
Suddenly, congressional Democrats are catching Hillary Clinton fever. It’s still three years until the next presidential election, but already her endorsements from party leaders are piling up. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) delivered a speech in Iowa over the weekend urging Clinton to run in 2016, and other Democrats are touting her potential candidacy. Democratic strategists say it makes sense for lawmakers to line up behind Clinton — even before she’s announced her candidacy — because she is virtually assured of winning the party’s nomination. “She’s the prohibitive front-runner. She’s in a stronger position than anyone seeking the nomination other than an incumbent president in
WASHINGTON -- The number of poor people in America is 3 million higher than the official count, encompassing 1 in 6 residents due to out-of-pocket medical costs and work-related expenses, according to a revised census measure released Wednesday. The new measure is aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty, but does not replace the official government numbers. Put in place two years ago by the Obama administration, it generally is considered more reliable by social scientists because it factors in living expenses as well as the effects of government aid, such as food stamps and tax credits. Administration officials have declined
RUSH: Yeah, it looks like it´s exactly what we predicted it would be. In Virginia the GOP simply didn´t want a Tea Party candidate winning there. They just didn´t. ´Cause they coulda won that race, folks. I mean, it´s really a shame. I was gonna say stunning, but it really isn´t stunning. Anyway, great to have you. Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network. Here we are on hump day already, middle of the week, great to have you with us. The telephone number if you want to be on the program is 800-282-2882. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com. Phenomenal news to share with you
The ObamaCare debacle carries the name of the president and the face of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the highest-ranking official subject to congressional oversight. Sebelius was on Capitol Hill again today, testifying before the Senate Finance Committee. She assured the Democrat-run panel that "repairs are under way on the most serious [technical] problems" afflicting the federal insurance exchange, The Wall Street Journal reports. Such problems, she claimed, number "a couple of hundred." The exchange was supposed to be functional at the beginning of October. The administration now promises it will be by the end of November. Sebelius´s
Senator Ted Cruz addressed the audience at The American Spectator 2013 Robert L. Bartley Gala on October 23. It was Cruz’s first major speech since the government shutdown ended, and his last speech before he hit the campaign trail in Iowa: Here are some excerpts: “Well, we’re at the end of the evening and I will tell you I will do my very best to try and keep my remarks under 21 hours, but you will know that I am nearing the end when I pull out and begin to read The Cat in the Hat. Look, 21 hours is a long
The media’s election-night advice to the GOP is worthless. Arnold Schwarzenegger won re-election handily in 2006, defeating his hapless opponent Phil Angelides by a 56% to 38.9% margin. Yet this sizable win was a meaningless victory for the GOP. Similarly, Chris Christie’s thumping victory on Tuesday night over an equally forgettable candidate contains almost no national meaning, save that Chris Christie is good for Chris Christie. Like Schwarzenegger, Christie cruised to re-election not as a real Republican but as a preening non-partisan moderate. Like Schwarzenegger, Christie’s popularity hasn’t translated into any support for Republicans in his own legislature. Which raises the question:
It has been a full year since federal agents snooped through the private emails of my husband and me, setting in motion a series of events that ultimately led to the resignations of Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus and Gen. John Allen, the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan. The anniversary is a somber reminder of the unintended consequences and harsh realities that can result from unrestrained government probing into Americans´ personal communications. More recent revelations of National Security Agency spying suggest that the government´s invasion of citizens´ privacy is increasingly common. Millions of innocent Americans should be very concerned
Science: The global warming alarmists continue to go about their business — which is minding everyone else´s business — while their yarn keeps fraying. Their latest problem: a study that says nature, not man, drives climate. Last week President Obama issued the executive order "Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change." It´s almost 3,000 words outlining a plan to help the country get through "prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures" and "more heavy downpours" as well as "an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification and sea-level rise." The order even insists that these dire conditions "are
Bailouts for Cities? Advocates for cash-strapped municipalities want Washington to clean up their mess. Detroit´s July bankruptcy filing, prompted in part by its huge worker-retirement debts, has led to calls for a federal bailout of the beleaguered city — and also, by extension, of retirement debt in other fiscally squeezed municipalities. From the New York Times to blogs and union-issued position papers, bailout supporters argue that the citizens and workers of Detroit and other troubled places aren´t to blame for their retirement debts. Even if they were, the arguments go, the damage that insolvency will do to government services for average citizens and
The Virginia governor’s race was supposed to prove how the Tea Party destroyed the GOP. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was supposed to be too extreme and too much of a right-winger to be competitive. McAuliffe, who had a double-digit lead as late as two weeks ago, was coasting to victory on the strength of the national disgust over the government shutdown that hit Northern Virginia with its large number of federal employees hit. But once the shutdown ended and the country began to take notice of the ObamaCare rollout fiasco, the dynamic in Virginia changed. While liberal pundits will probably
President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times. The videos show Obama promising 300 million Americans that “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.” But that’s not what he really said, Obama announced Monday in a speech to about 200 Organizing for Action supporters, gathered at the St. Regis hotel in D.C. “What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” he told Obamacare’s political beneficiaries and contractors. That claim is not
They said he was “unelectable.” The RNC put only $3 million into this race. Ken was outspent by a margin of something between 4:1 and 10:1, if you believe the Associated Press. The Democrats poured everything into trying to lie to voters and portray Cuccinelli as an extremist — and they barely pulled this one out. Would another $3 million have swung 50,000 votes? The Republicans, starting with Bill Bolling, who undercut Cuccinelli as unelectable have egg all over their faces. This was a winnable election. How did we give this away to Terry McAuliffe? Some serious soul-searching should be
Hillary Clinton of all people knows how political fortunes turn on a dime. But she must be puzzled nonetheless, and spooked, that over a six-month period when she made no big news whatsoever, her popularity took a double-digit tumble. A poll released last week by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal charted the decline. It found that the percentage of Americans who view her favorably had dropped to 46 from 56. The percentage with unfavorable views had risen, less strikingly, to 33 from 29. Here we go. The beginning of the end of her inevitability. It’s about time, because
How the heck did that happen? Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor’s race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points. The much-closer-than-expected outcome blunts the narrative that this was a clean win for Democrats going into 2014 and guarantees an intense blame game among Republicans about what might have put Cuccinelli over the top.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe is projected to win the Virginia gubernatorial race, defeating Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli in a surprisingly close victory. Fox News projected McAuliffe as the winner Tuesday night. The closely watched raced pitted a Tea Party-backed Republican and an establishment Democrat locked in an expensive, ideological battle whose outcome is expected to set a course for the 2014 and 2016 elections -- in large part forcing the GOP to consider whether a strong conservative candidate is the party’s best pick to win a national election. Cuccinelli, trailing late by single digits, tried unsuccessfully to use voter dissatisfaction with ObamaCare to stage
Think back to the fall of 2008. Congress was asked to pass a $700 billion taxpayer bailout for Wall Street. We were told it had to be passed, or else the economy would collapse, perhaps into another Great Depression. House conservatives voted it down. The stock market fell hundreds of points in response. In the ensuing panic, Congress went along and passed the bailout. That bailout, and the insane, nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” bill passed just a few months later as Obama’s first act, gave birth to the Tea Party revolution that gave Republicans a 63-seat landslide in the House in the
Many insurance executives whose companies are offering plans on the federal exchanges are frustrated with the realities that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act have laid bare. They’re talking about it, yes, but prying a quote from them on the record is a different matter. Health care consultant Larry Thompson says that for them, speaking up would be “suicide.” “They are afraid to say anything because they don’t want HHS all over them,” he says. ”A lot of the carriers to Medicaid and Medicare work, they are afraid of retribution.” Last week, health care consultant Bob Laszewski told CNN
Voters elected Bill de Blasio New York’s 109th mayor Tuesday in one of the most sweeping victories in history — returning City Hall to Democratic control for the first time in 20 years. De Blasio, who at 6-foot-5 will become the city’s tallest leader ever, breezed in after waves of voters embraced his progressive vision and vows to move the city in a new direction. And according to the mayor-in-waiting, those changes could come right out of the gate. “We will have things to say tomorrow,” de Blasio said after casting a ballot with his family near their Park Slope,
Yesterday’s exit polls from New Jersey won’t easily be forgotten. They will be cited and repeated endlessly by pundits and Governor Chris Christie’s supporters to bolster his case for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Any Republican who can get 60 percent of the vote in a blue state is bound to become the subject of presidential speculation. But when a Republican who is pro-life and has fought a running battle with labor unions and Democrats over taxes and budgets does so, he parachutes into the first tier of any discussion of future candidates. That Christie did this while winning
There is an apocryphal story about the origins of neoconservatism in the 1960s. Some liberal professors at Harvard were sympathetic to the New Left and such radical groups as Students for a Democratic Society. But one day one of these professors heard the radicals suggest burning down the Harvard library as an act of protest, and the professor suddenly realized that he had nothing in common with them at all. He organized some other professors into a vigil to protect the library at all cost. Today, the problem isn’t the New Left, but the radical right, which has dominated American
Are you racist if you have a gun in your home? According to a study by foreigners, yes. Researchers in England and Australia randomly dialed phone numbers until they found white voters willing to take part in their study. Those who agreed to participate were paid $10 a month from January 2008 to September 2009 and provided Internet access if they didn’t have it. Respondents were quizzed to gauge their level of racism. Here’s a few of the questions: • How well does the word ‘violent’ describe most blacks? •How much do you agree with the following statement? “Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions