• Day By Day,  Federal Budget

    Day By Day April 20, 2011 – Return to Sender

    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    Yeah, Chris, the GOP Establishment is NOT real assuring with regards to budget deficits.

    But, I think American taxpayers should make it clear to all incumbent members of Congress – we will vote you out of office if you do not cut government spending. We cannot sustain the debt, nor should we incur it.

    This will be an interesting election season.


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  • Barack Obama,  Federal Budget,  Polling,  Tea Party

    Tea Party Maintains Strength During Federal Budget Debate?

    Well, sort of, according to this analysis by Karl Rove.

    But, there is another graph from Pew, after the budget agreement between President Obama and Speaker Boehner.

    The fact is the American people are fed up and want their politicians to work out a deal without the threat of shutting down the government. Americans know it is political theater.

    The public has an overwhelmingly negative reaction to the budget negotiations that narrowly avoided a government shutdown. A weekend survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Washington Post finds that “ridiculous” is the word used most frequently to describe the budget negotiations, followed by “disgusting,” “frustrating,” “messy,” “disappointing” and “stupid.”

    Overall, 69% of respondents use negative terms to describe the budget talks, while just 3% use positive words; 16% use neutral words to characterize their impressions of the negotiations. Large majorities of independents (74%), Democrats (69%) and Republicans (65%) offer negative terms to describe the negotiations.

    So, the LEFT is blaming the Tea Party and the RIGHT is blaming President Obama.

    And, the American people are saying a POX on both of their houses – a lose – lose.

    The House just passed the compromise budget deal 260-167 and so it is on to the Senate where passage is likely. 

    Now, next on the agenda are the federal debt ceiling and this year’s 2011-2012 budget.

  • Federal Budget,  Polling

    Poll Watch: Federal Budget Deficit is Most Important Problem for 17% of Americans

    According to the latest Gallup Poll.

    The April 7-11 poll was conducted in the final days of negotiations that led to a budget agreement late Friday night that averted a government shutdown, and in the initial days after the deal was reached. Americans were just as likely to mention the budget as the most important problem on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday as they were on Thursday and Friday.

    Americans’ increasing likelihood to cite the federal budget as the most important problem could be a function of its status as a dominant issue in the news media. Gallup has historically found that it ranks low on the most important problem list, but it has risen at times when the president and Congress make it a major focus. This occurred during the 1990 negotiations on the budget between President George H.W. Bush and congressional Democrats on a plan to reduce the deficit that led to Bush’s breaking his campaign promise not to raise taxes. It also happened during the budget standoff between President Bill Clinton and the Republicans in Congress in 1995 and 1996.

    The issue of the federal deficit is not an immediate issue but a generational one. Americans are just now understanding what crushing debt will do to the countries standing in the world. I suspect while the economy and unemployment will remain as the top issues concerning Americans, this issue will be at the forefront at least until the Presidential elction in 2012.

  • Day By Day,  Federal Budget,  John Boehner,  Tea Party

    Day by Day April 12, 2011 – The Sun King

    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    The 2010-11 Federal Budget deal between President Obama, Senator Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner has turned out to be a stinker to Tea Party activists. The deal which averted a government shut down at the last hour last week is not something that conservatives can tout.

    On the night the budget deal was struck to avert a shutdown, I argued that it was a deal that conservatives should be happy about. In light of further details that have emerged, I would no longer make such a statement.

     Today, the Associated Press reports on a new Congressional Budget Office report showing that the deal that purported to slash spending by $38.5 billion for the remainder of the year, really only reduces outlays by a fraction of that amount, and only cuts this year’s deficit by a mere $352 million. If the $38.5 billion was chump change in the context of $14 trillion debt, I wouldn’t even know what to call $352 million. Bread crumbs, maybe?

    It appears that Speaker Boehner’s deal will pass today with the Reppublican majority voting Yes. What will be the most interesting development will be how many Tea Party Representatives defect and vote NO.


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  • Federal Budget,  Polling

    Poll Watch: Americans Support GOP-Obama Budget Deal?

    Apparently so according to the latest Gallup Poll.

    Six in 10 Americans approve of the 11th-hour federal budget agreement that congressional leaders reached in time to avert a government shutdown. Support for the deal made on Friday is somewhat higher among Democrats than among independents and Republicans, 71% vs. 60% and 58%, respectively.

    But, who was the political winner in all of these last minute machinations?


    Well, neither the Democrats nor Republicans.

    Now, it is on to three more budget related battles:

    • 2011-2012 Federal Budget
    • Raising the Federal Debt Ceiling
    • Long-Term /Debt reduction

    The Democrats and Obama will now try a “balanced approach” of tax increases and budget cuts while the GOP will pursue mainly budget cuts. Which is the more popular approach?

    Not really a surprise here.

    And, with regard to cutting domestic programs, Americans have taken polarized positions.

    And, Medicare in which GOP Rep. Paul Ryan has proposed massive reforms? Americans say hands off and support minor changes.

    This is typical polling that drives the political discourse. Americans don’t want hard painful choices of cuts in spending. As to who will pay for the pain, it is easy for the “rich” to do so. This will be President Obama’s message today.

    The President can read the polls.

    Americans mostly approve of Friday’s budget agreement that will keep the federal government running through September, but few say it was a victory for either party. Whether this is because of the messy politics involved in reaching it, or because the $38.5 million in spending cuts was not, in fact, a complete victory for either party, is not clear.

    Republican and Democratic leaders are making considerable noise about the federal debt, and Americans share this concern. President Obama is expected to spell out his vision for reducing the national debt in a White House speech Wednesday afternoon, and Republicans are expected to press for dramatic deficit reduction in the looming negotiations over raising the debt ceiling. With a divided Congress, the challenge will be, once again, to strike a compromise between Democrats’ calls for higher taxes on the wealthy and Republicans’ calls for deeper domestic spending cuts. At this stage, the Democrats’ position seems to have the greater public appeal.

  • Barbara Boxer,  Democrats,  Federal Budget,  GOP

    Video: California Senator Barbara Boxer Says GOP Should Be Thanking Democrats for Budget Cuts

    Click on the image above for the video

    Come on, Barbara, who are you kidding? The Dems could have passed this budget last year but did not because of the political fall out and the November elections.

    By the way, notice how Boxer is changing the subject away from budget cuts to abortion and collective bargaining rights/unions.

    If the GOP does not hold the line now, even with a shutdown of the government for a while, there will never be any worthwhile budget discipline.

    Hold the line Republicans, take the political heat and make the cuts.