Today’s Phrase for Latin Lovers

Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

Translation:
The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta

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|Prudence Potpourri | Tea Party

Budget Betrayal

When voters, especially Tea Party voters, went to the polls last November, we wanted one key thing: stop the spending.

Barely a month into their two-year terms, the House committee for the budget has already betrayed us. Before the negotiations have even begun,  the GOP leadership has caved by being fearful to take more than a few puny dollars out of the government’s voracious maw.

According to Politico:

Facing a two-front war on the left and right, the House Appropriations Committee voted, 27-22, Tuesday evening to move ahead with Republican plans for cutting close to $40 billion from domestic and foreign aid spending over the last seven months of this fiscal year.

Democrats were united in their opposition, but more important for Republicans was the loss of two of their own Western-state conservatives – Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake and Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming — who voted “no” to protest the cuts being too small.

In a prior closed-door caucus, a third Republican, Georgia Rep. Tom Graves, had also threatened to bolt before being brought around by the committee leadership.

“He saw the light,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) told POLITICO.

Someone needs to wake up Rogers, because he is in the dark and leading us further down the hole.

This is an outrage. While the bill says it’s a $40 billion cut (still a far, far cry from the originally promised, and still disappointing, $100 billion), it’s even less:

The $40 billion in cuts is a major first bite but only takes Republicans halfway to their goal. And when added defense dollars are factored into the equation, the net reduction is closer to $32 billion — a small fraction of the $1.5 trillion 2011 deficit facing Washington.

Note that’s a $1.5 trillion DEFICIT, not a $1.5 trillion budget. They can only find $32 billion to cut from the $1.5 trillion hole they are digging in the $14 trillion crater we’re already in. Good grief. That’s hardly 0.9% of the budget. How many families have managed lately to cut only 1% of their budget?

One tweeter (GreatHairGuy) earlier said it’s like a surgeon being called in to amputate a gangrenous leg, and all he does is trims the toenails.

As one sign that the GOP still does not get it, Rogers had the audacity to call this minuscule cut a “jobs bill.” We need committee reassignments immediately. These people are being absolutely derelict in their duties.

So far, it appears that the GOP is all talk, all back-walking. The conservative voices such as Flake and South Carolina’s Jeff Duncan are going unheeded. Duncan has proposed a genius committee: Disappropriations. That’s the kind of bold thinking we expected from this Congress. So far we’re only seeing Pelosi-lite—despite the fact that even the Blue Dog Democrats are howling for some cuts.

Thanks a lot, Congress. This song goes out to you.

They smile in your face…

If you are on Twitter, send this tweet:

@SpeakerBoehner @RepPaulRyan @GOPLeader #CUTtheBUDGET #CUTtheBUDGET #CUTtheBUDGET #CUTtheBUDGET #CUTtheBUDGET #CUTtheBUDGET #CUTtheBUDGET

If not, be sure to call Congress and tell them what you think: (202) 224-3121

UPDATE 2/9/11 7:15pm

National Review has reported that the teeny proposed budget cuts had the freshmen Congressmen “almost in open revolt” at the Republican conference this afternoon.

At times, the meeting was quite heated. The source familiar with the meeting says, “They’re putting a lot of emotion out on the table early,” and adds that freshman said the cuts were peanuts and their constituents don’t think even $100 billion is enough.

The leadership issued the typical unreassuring comments that the message had been received. They keep saying that, and every new item that comes up on the agenda, especially if it pertains to spending, they demonstrate they haven’t heard us at all.

Don’t let up the pressure. Tweet and call your congressman. Let them know that even $100 billion out of a $3.5 trillion budget (or continuing resolution, if they want to get technical about it) is grossly insufficient.

Some other good stories on the Budget Betrayal of 2011:

Andrew Stiles at National Review: Flake Defies GOP on Cuts

Russ Voight at Red State: How House Leadership Can Fix Their Mess

David Rogers: GOP Cuts Deep as Right Revolts

Allahpundit’s take at HotAir: Report: House GOP in Revolt

And on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, a congressman (sorry, didn’t get his name and Hugh just calls him “Congressman”) said that the appropriations committee is meeting right this very moment.

We can hope this means the leadership has seen the light, realizes how upsetting this is to the voters. Unfortunately, the congressman didn’t have much hope for that himself.

|Pop Culture | Prudence Potpourri

The Week That Was...In Political Cartoons

Our Dear Leader barely took a moment to recover from his unproductive visit by China’s Dear Leader Hu—the clear point of which was summed up perfectly by Dana Summers:

Instead Leader Obama proceeded headlong into giving his annual address on how to ensure the bankruptcy and collapse of the Union.

As cries across the media and left-wing blogosphere laughably, discreditedly continued to call out for a New Tone in the political discourse:

(Chuck Asay at Townhall)

Congress got the brilliant bipartisan idea to hold a State of the Union Prom Night Charade:

(Chip Bok at Townhall)

Photo Angle #2:

(Michael Ramirez at National Review)

Two words summed up the State of the Union address. (Well, three, but I could find no political cartoon about salmon.) One, “investment”:

(Mike Lester at Townhall)

And two, Sputnik:

(Nate Beeler at Townhall)

So the American people were left with this:

(Steve Kelley at Townhall)

While the media cheered and began using “Obama” and “Reaganesque” in the same sickening sentence:

(Glenn McCoy at Townhall)

And so the US Congress rolls us blithely along into the future we so richly deserve:

(Lisa Benson at Townhall)

And Obama plays golf while Tunsia falls and Egypt burns:

(Bob Gorrell at Townhall)

Or for a closeup view, check these excellent Egyptian toons by Sherif Arafa, and introduced to a US audience by Daryl Cagle’s superb political cartoon blog.

On the bright side, MSNBC now has one less ranter, as Keith Olbermann bid a curt adieu to his viewers and staff and launched his FOKnewschannel on Twitter. What a winner that guy is!

(Brian Fairrington at Townhall)

And that’s the way it was. Better luck this week, America.

|Greetings | Prudence Potpourri

The Week in Political Cartoons

In the wake of the Arizona shootings, the left and their media pals have resumed their high-pitched calls for gun control.  Legislation has been proposed in Congress making it illegal to carry a gun within 1,000 feet of any federal official. Note: I’ve heard there are… well, an impossibly large number (between 100,000 and 2 million) of “federal officials.” Would anyone ever be not within 1,000 feet of one of them? How would you ever know for sure?

(via Brian Farrington at Townhall)

In the meantime, the media and left-wingers tried to push the mantra of “New Tone,” insisting that the Tucson massacre was the result of civil incivility, even though there is clear evidence that assassin Jared Lee Loughner had long been off his rocker and was influenced by the incivility in his own head, not by anything some pundit or politician said.

(via Michael Ramirez at Townhall)

Yet, the most long-running legalized massacre in history crossed its 38th anniversary:

(via Gary Varvel at Townhall)

Or perhaps this cartoon better celebrates the spirit of Roe v. Wade:

(via Gary McCoy at Townhall)

In other major events, one of our major creditors came to visit their investment and to have us whisper sweet nothings in their ear.

(via Glenn McCoy at Townhall)

Legislators actually began contemplating crafting bankruptcy laws for states, as California appears ready to lead a number of them off the cliff. For the taxpayers, bankruptcy definitely makes the pain swift yet short. With bailouts, the pain and financial mismanagement will drag on for years, generations even, unless the dire problem with public union pensions is addressed.

(via Bob Gorrell at Townhall)

And the national debt bore down on us all as we neared our debt ceiling.

(via Jerry Holbert at Townhall)

Yet, in a positive move, the GOP-dominated House voted to repeal ObamaCare, with more votes and more bipartisanship than the original passage of the monster had.

(via Lisa Benson at Townhall)

And finally, in a sure sign that the stars are currently aligned against us, experts announced that the true dates of each astrological sign have been woefully inaccurate for decades, centuries even.

(via Steve Kelley at Townhall)

Th-th-that’s all folks.