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Twelve Step Program for Swamp Spending Addiction

This is an  updated spending discipline plan that I offered to the Republican members of the house years ago.  They failed to act in any way.  I now offer the same basic  program to President Trump and Larry Kudlow;  Gratis of course.

 Swamp Spending Addiction Program

Dear Mr. President

This is how many Americans would prefer that you begin the process of ending the practices associated with what will be known heretofore as Swamp Bureaucrat Spending Addiction (SBSA) and beginning the process of cutting the reckless spending of our hard earned tax dollars:

1. Put the last existing federal budget on a searchable Excel spread sheet.

2. Use search terms like “museum, poetry, pottery, sexual habits, awareness, bike paths, parks , outreach, recreation, entertainment, fairness” to highlight line items that include such terms.

3. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

4. Search all federal government  budgets and expense accounts and reduce by the percentage of GDP that is the percentage of the national debt. Note that this same procedure should be followed in each fiscal year.

5. Once search is complete, select all, hit apply.

6. Search for any item that includes the terms “jobs” or “retraining”.  We have full employment, retraining at taxpayers expense is not an option.

7. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

8. Search again for the term “department”

9. Within that department search, highlight all departments that have no relation to national security and defense or tax collection and Social Security or Medicare, Medicaid maintenance, paying special attention to see that the Obamacare is highlighted.

10. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

11. Search for all countries on terrorist watch list receiving foreign aid.

12. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.  You now have a new budget.

These 12 steps should be repeated every year until our national debt is beneath 4% and be used every year thereafter to keep it there. These steps are only a good start, and by no means preclude any further cuts or future cuts in the federal budget.

My office is always open.

Ryan Reform Redux

Early last evening, I took the time to read the new and improved Ryan Budget Plan in its entirety Read the bill here.

First, my praise to the brave Congressman Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin for giving it another shot, no matter how unlikely its success. He is aware that yet again, a budget bill written by the Republican House will be ignored in the narrowly controlled Democrat Senate, unless Republican Minority leader, Mitch McConnell again somehow manages to engineer a vote on a doomed budget in spite of Harry Reid.

No matter who forces the vote in the Senate, it will be rejected by the Democrats> This is the underlying point of this exercise. The House has done its job as dictated by our laws. How refreshing.

Eight months ago or so, as mentioned previously, a similar exercise took place.

At that time, I fashioned my own version of long term budget reform. It has its moments, but anyone who has ever had to do so knows that THIS is how you cut a budget. Long term budget reform is defined by making good budgets for a long time into the future, versus taking forever to reform our no existent budget. The Cold Turkey method may be painful, but you gotta love the result. This Twelve Step Program addresses the underlying problem, going straight to the source of the pain.

From Freedom Radio Rocks, July 201l,
Twelve Step Program for Bureaucratic Spending Addiction

Dear members of the US House of Representatives;

This is how many Americans would prefer that you begin the process of ending the practices associated with what will heartofore be known as your Bureaucrat Spending Addiction and beginning the process of cutting the reckless spending of our hard earned tax dollars:

1. Put the last existing federal budget on a searchable Excel spread sheet.

2. Use search terms like “museum, poetry, sexual habits, awareness, bike paths, parks , outreach, recreation, entertainment, fairness” to highlight line items that include such terms.

3. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

4. Search all federal government employees salary budgets and expense accounts and reduce by budgets by 24%, which is the percentage of GDP that is national debt. Note that this same procedure should be followed in each fiscal year.

5. Once search is complete, select all, hit apply.

6. Search for any item that includes the terms “jobs” or “retraining”.

7. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

8. Search again for the term “department”

9. Within that department search, highlight all departments that have no relation to national security and defense or tax collection and Social Security or Medicare maintenance, paying special attention to see that the Oshamnocare is highlighted.

10. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

11. Search for all countries on terrorist watch list receiving foreign aid.

12. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

These 12 steps should be repeated every year until our national debt is beneath 4% and be used every year thereafter to keep it there. These steps are only a good start, and by no means preclude any further cuts or future cuts in the federal budget.

My office is always open.

Ryans budget or any future legally passed budget needs to be based on the last legally passed budget.

The Trash Heap has spoken.

THE SHREW

These are times that try women’s souls, and these three Shrews are no exception.

Pat Carfagno of Freedom Radio, Jen Kuznicki of http://jenkuznicki.com and Anna Bee, trusted conservative reviewer put there heads together and an explosion of humor and information ensues!

We are LIVE at Freedom Radio every Thursday at 10 AM EST

Here is the download of yesterday’s show. Enjoy THE SHREW!

Freedom Radio Rocks with Col. Frank Ryan and Abdirizak Bihi

Freedom Radio, November 2, 2011 Wednesday morning at 10 AM EST has the distinct honor and pleasure to welcome Colonel Frank Ryan, USMC, retired.

Col. Ryan has more military, business and professional experience than any or all of the current Presidential candidates. Col Ryan is a retired Marine and CPA who served on General Tommy Franks staff in Iraq, as an expert in economic warfare. When forming his staff, Gen. Franks said, “Get me Ryan”. His decades of public service have not ended with his retirement from the military.

For nearly twenty years, Frank Ryan has been president of the small business he founded – F. X. Ryan & Associates, a Lebanon County, Pennsylvania-based management consulting firm specializing in turnarounds, workouts, crisis management, strategic planning, and working capital management. He has extensive experience in business process redesign.

We can find Col. Ryan’s work and commentary at IBD and American Thinker.
Read his latest work here.

It is a further privilege to have Mr. Abdirizak Bihi join Freedom Radio. Mr. Bihi is the executive director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center in Minneapolis, and is driven to save at risk teens by the memory of his 18 year old nephew, who was recruited to fight in Somalia and died there.

Mr. Bihi bravely testified at the Congressman Peter Kings Congressional hearings on terrorism back in March, and his testimony was invaluable. Watch his testimony here. We will expand upon Mr. Bihi’s testimony and bring home the importance and relevance of each aspect of the struggle of the Somali immigrants in America to remain free, as its critical relationship to the survival of the American experience of freedom and our national security.

Learn more about the King Hearings at the Liberty Alliance.

Latest developments related to the terror inflicted on American Somalis can be found here and here.

Of course Freedom Radio’s National Security Update with Tim Sumner of Liberty Alliance and 911 Families for a Safe and Strong America is our MOAB in the struggle against Islamofascism.

The Democrats Just Do Not Get It.

Sometimes, I have to step away from the radio. After all the evidence has been presented and the powers that be remain ineffectual and intellectually impenetrable, it seems a good time to take a break. My friend Douglas L Hoffman, former conservative Republican candidate from New York’s 23rd congressional district said it so well, it seems best to just present it as he wrote it.

The Democrats Just Don’t Get It

by Douglas L. Hoffman

Last Thursday President Obama unveiled his new proposals to spur the economy and hopefully jobs in our nation. In doing so he finally got one thing right, he acknowledge that businesses will drive the job growth in our country, not the government. I also like the unemployment proposal that copies Georgia and North Carolina’s wherein businesses can hire the unemployed who will continue to receive up to eight weeks of unemployment benefits while training for a new position. This allows the business to be subsidized for payroll costs during the initial training period when the employee is normally unproductive.

But, I still believe that the President just does not understand the problem with our economy and what is hindering businesses from hiring in the first place. Small businesses create about two thirds of the net new jobs in our economy and account for more than half of private sector work force. Research done by the National Federation of Independent Business shows small business optimism is in recession level territory and last Thursday’s speech gave business owners little encouragement and even less reasons to go out and hire new employees.

What we are seeing instead is another veiled attempt at yet another failed stimulus plan. All of the ingredients to the first two plans put forth by the Democrats and the President are in this plan. President Obama is proposing another $445 billion stimulus that, in the end, will be another band-aid approach to creating jobs. The bottom line is that government cannot spend its way out of a recession.

His other approach of offering tax incentives to business to hire has some merit. However these are short term in nature and may not be enough to motivate a business owner to hire in the first place. Also they were tried last year and failed to create job growth. The President offers a carrot to the business owner while at the same time holding a club behind his back saying that he may have to raise taxes at the same time to pay for the plan. This uncertainty combined with his past administration’s job killing measures such as “Obamacare” and a host of other regulations passed while the Democrats controlled congress just doesn’t leave the business owner with a warm and fuzzy feeling about their long term planning.

Small business owners simply cannot plan with confidence in this tax and regulatory environment. If there are not customers out there to increase revenues and the employer does not have a long term view that the cost of a new employee will be less that the revenues generated, they will not hire a new employee merely to save a few thousand dollars in payroll taxes.

We need concrete long term solutions to give business owners a long term perspective and incentive to grow their businesses and hire new employees. Current tax policies have the Bush era tax cuts expiring at the end of 2012 while the Obama healthcare regulations and tax penalties start hitting in 2013 and 2014.

The US has the second highest corporate tax rate in the world. A tidal wave of new regulations continues to come down from Washington. More than 4,000 new regulations are in the pipeline with no sign that the pace will let up. Small business owners had hoped to hear something new and encouraging from the President last week, but instead got more of the same. A mixed bag of temporary tax fixes and an ill advised stimulus do little to address the problems facing small businesses, the economic engine of America’s economy.

Obama and the Democrats simply don’t get it.

Mr. Hoffman of course is so so right. But I think there is more. Either the Republicans don’t get it either or they are so dedicated to retaining their title as the “Stupid Party”, they see some twisted strategery in failing to strike a fatal blow at Obamacare at a time of Democrat panic and weakness.

If Mr. Boehner and his loyal subjects in the House give a damn, they’ll bring out the big guns on Obamacare NOW.

How Obama Spent Your Summer Vacation

We chose a vacation in upstate New York in an attempt to escape the oppressive Philadelphia heat, at least for a week. It was a seven hour drive and traffic wasn’t bad, despite it being a Saturday in August. Weird. New York state is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The mountains and flora are simply majestic.

But I digress.

Upon arrival at our destination on Lake Champlain, we are thrilled with our simple, but well placed accommodations. The view of the lake and the mountains can be seen from every window. Our front porch is covered and is right on the lake and has two comfortable rockers. We both know that this is where we will be spending most of the week, on those two rockers.

We can see Russia from our front porch. Okay it’s Vermont. Close enough.

We arrived a bit early to check in so we drive around a bit looking for a place to dine out lakeside. Our trip into town was revealing.

Like many Pennsylvania towns, once filled shopping centers here in NY are largely empty. Many of the big anchor food stores are closed. Most of the independent stores are gone and mostly the drug stores and liquor stores remain. Many of the old small neighborhood bars and restaurants are also closed. We ask in the liquor store if there are any restaurants on the water that remain in business, and the gentleman kindly fills us in. There are two.

We chose the restaurant that is very close to our cabin and had a marvelous meal. The service was excellent. We left happy. As we are leaving, we are startled as the waitress runs out to speak with us, before we drive away.

She came to thank us. Apparently a 20% tip is no longer expected around these parts. Holy crap. We promised to return.

As we departed and arrived back at our humble but perfect cabin, we settle in, unpack and take our subconsciously assigned seats on the porch were we intend to sit for the week and watch the world go by.

Except it doesn’t.

There are maybe 100 boats, most of them sail, anchored off shore and not docked in the marina. No one is on any of the boats. The lonely vessels are without skippers or passengers; they bob like corks in a tub, their sails tucked away.

Night comes and still there are no signs of life on the boats. No lights, no nothing. No fisherman, no sailors, no party animals. Dead. Its a Saturday, and it is August.

Sunday comes and only a handful of boats pass by. Only one of the anchored sailboats has left us. It was towed, with its life raft lagging behind.

The sun is bright, the sky is blue. It is about 80 degrees with no humidity and a steady breeze, yet no one sails. None of the motor boats are coming or going with the exception of a very small vessel that seems to be occasionally taxiing a person or two from the island across the way.

I can almost hear Rod Serling’s voice telling me I’m in the Twilight Zone. What I do hear, way back in the deep and haunted recesses of my mind, is a voice that talks about shared sacrifice.

It is expected that the Obama family will be vacationing this week in Martha’s Vineyard. They will be staying at a rented mansion that they have taken a liking to that has been reported to cost up to $50,000 a week. The Obama’s pay for some, but the taxpayer covers a great deal of the expense.

I see the sacrifice, but am wondering where the sharing starts.

John Boehner, Meet The Great Gretzky

Eric Erickson of Red State wrote the following in today’s Morning Briefing:

On Fox News Sunday, John Boehner began the day saying that he wanted a deal that kept to the principles of “Cut, Cap, and Balance.” He concluded Sunday by telling House Republicans that Cut, Cap, and Balance was off the table due to Senate opposition.

Twice the House GOP has staked out a position. Twice they have been shot up and beat to hell by the Democrats for daring to do so. Twice their leaders then threw in the towel on their plans. First on Paul Ryan’s plan and now this.

No wonder so many House Republicans are privately expressing so much anger at their leadership.

Read more >here.

Any political junky knows that politics ain’t bean bag and it ain’t horse shoes either. Its more like Ice Hockey, where there is a fight scheduled and suddenly a game breaks out. Lord knows that these guys in Washington haven’t even scheduled the fight yet.

At dinner last evening, hubby mentioned a speech given by a former boss of his, a true leader. In that speech, the boss used the great Wayne Gretzky as an example of what leadership was, sprinkling his speech with some of Gretzky’s great quotes. I found the discussion inspiring and naturally being a political junky my mind went to the usual places.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky

“All the discussion is about the Trillions we’re going to cut, a remarkable change in Washington DC….I will continue to work with the members of the House and Senate within the framework of Cut Cap & Balance”. John Boehner

“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” Wayne Gretzky

“It could come together……a preferable path would be a bipartisan plan that would involve all the leaders but it is to early to say that that is possible.” John Boehner

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. Wayne Gretzky

Moody’s, S & P and foreign markets will look at our government’s painful slow grinding procrastination as “skating where the puck was” and drop that credit rating like a goalie’s teeth on Philadelphia ice.

Speaker Boehner, lead, follow, or get back behind the glass.

Andrew Stiles of NRO Rocks Freedom Radio

Join us tonight on Freedom Radio 8 pm EST as we welcome Mr. Andrew Stiles of National Review Online who will discuss his latest work on the proposed budget plan known as Cut, Cap and Balance. Watch here as Congressman Allen B West of Florida explains his position on CCB.

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