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Debt Ceiling and Plastic Testicles


Dear Mark: What is it with the tea party? That crazy wing of the Republican Party is holding up the raising of the debt ceiling because of their stubborn principles. Don't they understand by not compromising they are going to ruin this country by collapsing the economy? John Boehner's plan seems fairly reasonable, so why won't they compromise? — Do the Debt Deal in Delaware

Dear Do: Principles can be such a nuisance to Democrats, especially when they differ from their number one principle that government knows best and should spend as much of somebody else's money as possible to enforce that principle.

The tea party, which has been demonized, vilified and mischaracterized by the likes of President Obama, Harry Reid and the head of the Democrat National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has one guiding principle. That principle is that our government is too large and spends too much money. Seems harmless enough.

Speaking of compromise, I have used this analogy before. Let's say you believe two plus two equals six, and I say it equals four, and then you propose a compromise that two plus two equals five, and we agree to that compromise. That is not a compromise because two plus two definitely does not equal five. The agreement is factually inaccurate and just plain wrong, no matter how many votes one can muster to support the agreement.

I use this analogy to bring up the debt issue debate that has inflamed Washington. The numbers do not lie, as the budget deficit for 2011 is expected to be $1.6 trillion. According to the Office of Management and Budget, the deficit in 2012 will be $1.1 trillion. In 2013, it will be $767 billion — but only if the economy significantly improves.

The numbers are black and white and leave limited room for compromise if one truly wants to solve the problem.

The reason the tea party is in an uncompromising mood is that politicians have fooled them with broken promises, clever accounting tricks and sleight of hand for far too long. Because of the 2010 November elections, the magic show is officially over and the tea party is pulling back the curtain.

Democrats are acting as if Boehner's plan is the most draconian proposal in all of history, yet his plan merely proposes spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. Democrats are shedding more tears than the "Oprah" finale. The reality is that at the current spending levels, the national debt will increase by almost $10 trillion, and Boehner's plan barely scratches the surface. What will Democrats do when the tough decisions need to be made? You'd better build an ark for those tears.

Dear Mark: Our government is constantly overreaching into our business, but this one takes the cake. A woman in South Carolina is facing a jury trial for a ticket she received for hanging plastic testicles on the back of her pickup truck. There are so many other problems that our police should worry about, and plastic testicles should be at the bottom of that list. — Good Government Gone Groin

Dear Good: When I first read the story, I thought the truck belonged to Hillary Clinton and the parts hanging on the trailer hitch belonged to Bill. Actually, I'd like to call up that novelty company and have an order sent to Washington. Fake testicles have got to work better than what our politicians are currently using to solve our economic problems.

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6 Comments | Post Comment
It's good to know conservatives are talking about testicles! Sounds like you might be a little intimidated by a strong, intelligent female. It's too bad...we could solve the economic problem in no time ;)
Comment: #1
Posted by: Tammie Smith
Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:58 AM
Tammie (above) has to be a lib. I have never met one that was good-looking, intelligent or strong! Those seem to be a conservative traits!

Comment: #2
Posted by: Charlie
Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:21 AM
Poor thing. You must not get out much.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Tammie Smith
Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:27 PM
Tammie, your post backs up Charlies post.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Uncly Uncle
Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:21 AM
"Understand, there's NO reason ANY nation should be
borrowing money. Absolutely NONE. Esp. a nation such
as the US. This ---IS---- the CON."
(essential onine coverage)

----That 1.5 quadriion in FAKE derivatives debt

--------The USURY-feuled, ILLEGAL, sovereignty subverting, Constitution violating,
PRIVATE 'Federal Reserve'

------------The BILLIONS? --the TRILLIONS? of US taxpayer funding and enabling of the
RED China 'miracle'

Time to get beyond the Rockefeller set ups and phoney Left/Right fronts.

-----------TIME TO SHOW YOUR STUFF PEOPLE-----------

----------------HIGH TIME!
Comment: #5
Posted by: free bee
Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:55 PM
I love that analogy, and it is the first time I've heard it. Nevertheless, besides government being over extended, corporations are also over extended in the form of number of employees and overpaid employees. The job of the modern corporation is to loose money, falsify the books as long as possible, and allow the top middle class managers to become rich before leaving the sinking ship. (Books are falsified the same way the government does it or individuals do it with their checkbooks. People actually never accumulate all their debt and bills in one place and cross reference to what they are earning to do what in the 19th century would have been called "balancing the books.") We have become a nation of criminal thinkers. Both government and corporations do what the Mafia did to the restaurant in the movie Goodfellas. "And when their was nothing left, we burned it down for the insurance money." The focus needs to shift a bit to sociology. For half a century the decline has been steady and growing. The Tea Party does not resemble President Reagan's "Moral Majority" of the 1980s or President Nixon's "Silent Majority" of the 1970s. Evidence can be seen in the types of television shows the population watches. If one takes the most popular TV show on Sunday night and dissects it to find the underlying thoughts and emotions portrayed in the show (particulary network situation comedies), one will notice that ignorant thoughts and hateful emotions are deeply textured within the situation comedies. This gives a clue to the types of individuals that would watch such fare. That's the Tea Party. The rich middle class people expect it will all crash down and are positioning themselves to survive. "And when there was nothing left, we burned it down for the insurance money."
Comment: #6
Posted by: Mike Hayne
Mon Aug 1, 2011 7:28 AM
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