Extra Special Lines

“Did you happen to catch Obama’s recent budget speech where he advised the little man to step aside to allow the “experts”—that is, the professional politicians—to address the nation’s most serious problems? If you didn’t swoon after that miracle of delusion, you may want to go get tested for terminal cognitive dissonance.” — Kelly O’Connell, Canada Free Press

In official Washington, the beat goes on…it’s a routine first perfected by Bud Abbott & Lou Costello–Democrats wants taxes; Republicans want cuts. Who’s on first? Depends on if you’re doing the pitching or the catching. Michael Boskin, professor of economics at Stanford U. writes in the Wall Street Journal:

“Covering future Social Security and Medicare deficits brings the combined marginal tax rate on that middle-income taxpayer to an astounding 71%. That teacher working a summer job would keep just 29% of her wages. At the margin, virtually everyone would be working primarily for the government, reduced to a minority partner in their own labor.

If that’s Obama’s pitch, it’s not only wild, he fired it all the way over the backstop and beaned the National Education Association, whose leadership recently endorsed Lefty’s re-election bid, right in the kisser.  So let’s adjourn from the vaudevillian temples of confusion in the nation’s capitol and instead look for advice from one of our own. The Bard of Murdock, poet laureate of the blogosphere, has solved the debt ceiling conundrum in a mere 28 lines of incisive verse:

Eight of Ten

Article links: Obama says 80% want to increase taxes; Warren Buffett agrees

The President has stated

That eight of ten agree,

A billion in new taxes

Is what they’d like to see.

I take him at face value:

Barack would never lie,

And no one in the press-room

Has raised a hue or cry.

But I have something better,

To offer as a plan:

Let’s make it voluntary;

Just give the most you can.

We’ll add to our 1040

An extra special line,

Allowing each to donate

A number they define.

If eight of ten are willing

To live with higher rates,

We’ll see increased deposits

From fifty-seven states.

Then folks like Warren Buffett,

And billionaires like Gates,

Can open up their coffers

To stratospheric rates.

But count me with the others

Who leave an empty line;

They’ve got sufficient income:

The spending must decline!

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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20 Responses to Extra Special Lines

  1. Pingback: From Obama the chief asshole. Little man step aside, let the professional politicians address the nation’s most serious problems. WTF? | Boudica BPI Weblog

  2. Ike Jakson says:

    Hi Bob

    I read somewhere yesterday someone explaining that defaulting doesn’t mean that The US won’t pay or default on all payments.

    The writer argues that Government will just have to get their priorities in a row and pay what has to be paid first. There will be lots of income flowing in which can be used to pay, just keep it under the debt ceiling.

    Isn’t that the obvious solution? Stop paying Mister Loudmouth and his cronies; keep paying the pensioner and those who work.

  3. Some 40% of the$14 trillion national debt consists of what the government has borrowed from the Medicare and Social Security funds.

    In fairness, I must mention that Reagan borrowed from the Social Security Fund. He was the first President to do so, and every President since has done the same.

    And let us also remember that the Obama administration recently borrowed from the federal pension funds.

    • bunkerville says:

      He also was the first to make major cuts in the benefits.

    • Grumpyelder says:

      I’m nit sure if he went throught the fomality of “Borrowing” or not, but Johnson was the first to put Social Security into the General Fund, so the surplus could be used to cover, and cover up, his Spending on Vietnam and his Great Society. Prior to that Government had generally lived up to FDR’s Pledge Social Security Funds would never be used to fund anything, except Social Security

      • Bob Mack says:

        I’m pretty sure it was LBJ, GRUMPY. My list of presidents the country would have been much better off without:
        Lincoln, Wilson, FDR, LBJ, Carter, & Tyrannus Obamus
        Dishonorable Mention: Nixon & Clinton

        • Grumpyelder says:

          Good list, Like you, I served under Johnson and Nixon, got out and registered to vote, as an Independant, registering Independant was almost unheard of back then, the woman at the courthouse had to find a judge to make sure it was legal..

          Agree completly with your other choices, The history books have done a hellva job cleaning up covering up the crap Linclon pulled.. FDR’s White House had more communists in it than the Russian embassy. We can thank Wilson for the Federal Reserve. The best thing Carter did was give us Billy Beer..even that sucked. At least Clinton keep the gossip columns full

  4. The Bard’s plan should introduced as a bill in Congress. It would be the perfect way to ridicule Obama and show the world what a fool he really is.

  5. Righthook38 says:

    I find it interesting that one minute Obama is saying 80% of Americans support this, but on the other hand he’s saying the American public doesn’t really understand how this works, and they should just let the professionals handle it. If 80% of Americans support this, then why would he make the other statement? Hello? Classic liberal behavior….talking out both sides of their mouth.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Obama uses the classic cliche of the serial rapist, RH: “just lie there & enjoy it…” His other line, “let’s work together” refuted by today’s threat to veto the spending cuts proposed by the House: Obama officially threatens to veto ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’

      “Neither setting arbitrary spending levels nor amending the Constitution is necessary to restore fiscal responsibility,” the White House said in its statement.

      Right. What’s necessary is to evict the Marxists from the White House & Congress.

  6. Freedom, by the way says:

    The “hard work” they don’t want to do is cut the fat and balance the budget. That IS hard work…but every American has to do it, every business has to do it. Why should congress–using OUR money, not have to do it?

  7. Angel says:

    they wont rest till we are a third world country BOB!..eeeek! p.s. I’m backkkkkk! :

  8. Matt says:

    That’s a great one. I fear though, that there is a desire to make cuts, but for many, it’s OK as long as they don’t cut THEIR benefit.

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