Since: Sep 12

Seattle, WA

#47076 Feb 15, 2013
debt reducer wrote:
Republican freshmen who came to Congress last year promising to transform Washington's free-spending culture are no different from most other lawmakers in at least one respect: They mailed out millions of taxpayer-funded flyers and brochures during their first year in office which the tax payers pay for.
GOP freshmen sent more than 25.6 million pieces of unsolicited mail last year at a cost of nearly $9.8 million, according to a review of records compiled by the chief administrative officer of the House.
The figures cover only the nine months from April 1 to Dec. 31. Prior to that, mass mailings were not broken out from other taxpayer-financed mass communications allowed under the congressional franking rule. The costs include the expense of producing the piece and the price of postage.
•Of the 10 lawmakers who spent the most taxpayer money on franked mail, eight were GOP freshmen. Of the 25 who spent the most, 18 were GOP freshmen. Republicans Joe Heck of Nevada ($319,251), Bobby Schilling of Illinois ($293,021) and Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee ($282,385) topped the list.
About 80 percent of House members — 347 — sent unsolicited mail. Those who sent none included seven of the 87 GOP freshmen and one freshman Democrat.
" We have to cut back on wasteful spending and entitlements" - Mitch McConnell [R]
" We cant spent more than we are taking in"-John Boehner [R]
Why does Obama keep giving away free cell phones !
That damn Obama is breaking the bank!


And your senate democrats shot every cost saving idea the republicans had.

Obama says he wants cuts......and he just says that, just talk. He wants more money to spend, even a liberal can see that.

Since: Sep 12

Seattle, WA

#47077 Feb 15, 2013
debt reducer wrote:
Congressional Republicans are trying to embarrass Democrats into spending less by highlighting what they said are the most wasteful spending projects of 2009, including almost $400,000 in federal money to encourage West Virginians to grow ginseng and shitake mushrooms.
•$1.9 million "Water Taxis to Nowhere" (Pleasure Beach, CT)
•$3.8 million urban art trail in Rochester, N.Y.
•$3.1 million in "mechanical upgrades" to an 88-year-old boat owned by the State Museum in New York
•$3 million for new bicycle racks in Georgetown, one of Washington, D.C.'s most affluent areas
•$1.5 million to streetscape six blocks around a casino in downtown Detroit
•$578,000 to fight homelessness in Union, New York, a town with no reported homeless people
•$550,000 skateboard park in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
•$500,000 in fish food for Missouri fish farmers
•$400,000 to renovate a vacant building in the city of Jal, New Mexico
•$380,350 to encourage West Virginia landowners to grow ginseng and shiitake mushrooms
•$90,000 for a communal kitchen for entrepreneurs in Watsonville, Calif.
Why does Obama keep giving away free cell phones!
That damn Obama is breaking the bank!
How much debt did Obama add? 6 plus trillion I think? That's a lot of money. More than all the Presidents combined since George Washington. Obama is on a spending spree to destroy America. He already caused out credit rating to drop and it looks like it will drop again.
Rufus

West Mifflin, PA

#47079 Feb 15, 2013
This claim is easily checked by plugging Obama’s inauguration date — Jan. 20, 2009 — into the Treasury Department’s handy “debt to the penny” calculator. It shows that the nation’s total debt stood at $10.6 trillion on the day Obama took office, and it was at $16.2 trillion on Oct. 8, 2012, That means total debt has increased $5.6 trillion so far under Obama. That’s a huge increase in the national debt — more than 50 percent. But $5.6 trillion is nowhere near “almost as much” as the $10.6 trillion in debt amassed under the first 43 presidents. Tune into FOX news for more updated,unbiased news breaking stories.

In 2012, the U.S. will spend around $220 billion in net interest alone on its debt, according to the Congressional Budget Office — a figure that is expected to spiral ever higher in coming years.

The cost of two wars, two tax cuts and the Medicare prescription plan that werent paid for under President George W Bush has a whopping interest debt of over 200 billion a year without even putting a penny on the principal that was borrowed.

Damn that Obama for giving out free cell phones!

It's going to break the bank!
dick cheney

Erie, PA

#47080 Feb 15, 2013
http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2008/09/21/...

IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION


-$142 million wasted on reconstruction projects that were either terminated or canceled.[Special Inspector General for Iraq, 7/28/08]

-“Significant” amount of U.S. funds for Iraq funneled to Sunni and Shiite militias.[GAO Comptroller, 3/11/08]

-$180 million payed to construction company Bechtel for projects it never finished.[Federal audit, 7/25/07]

-$5.1 billion in expenses for Iraq reconstruction charged without documentation.[Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction report, 3/19/07]

-$10 billion in spending on Iraq reconstruction was wasteful or poorly tracked.[GAO, 2/15/07]

-Halliburton overcharged the government $100 million for one day’s work in 2004.[Project on Government Oversight, 10/8/04]


KATRINA


-Millions wasted on four no-bid contracts, including paying $20 million for an unusable camp for evacuees.[Homeland Security Department Inspector General, 9/10/08]

-$2.4 billion in contracts doled out by FEMA that guaranteed profits for big companies.[Center for Public Integrity investigation, 6/25/07]

-An estimated $2 billion in fraud and waste — nearly 11 percent of the $19 billion spent by FEMA on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as of mid-June.[New York Times tally, 6/27/06]

-“Widespread” waste and mismanagement on millions for Katrina recovery, including at least $3 million for 4,000 beds that were never used.[GAO, 3/16/06]


DEFENSE CONTRACTS


-A $50 million Air Force contract awarded to a company with close ties to senior Air Force officers, in a process “fraught with improper influence, irregular procedures, glaring conflicts of interest.”[Project on Government Oversight, 4/18/08]

-$1.7 billion in excessive fees and waste paid by the Pentagon to the Interior Department to manage federal lands.[Defense Department and Interior Department Inspectors General audit, 12/25/06]

-$1 trillion unaccounted for by the Pentagon, including 56 airplanes, 32 tanks, and 36 Javelin missile command launch-units.[GAO, 5/18/03]
dick cheney

Erie, PA

#47081 Feb 15, 2013
Bush’s Legacy Of Squandering Taxpayer Money

By Ali Frick on Sep 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Yesterday, President Bush announced his $700 billion plan to buy out troubled financial institutions. Demanding enormous faith in his administration’s stewardship, the plan “would place no restrictions on the administration other than requiring semiannual reports to Congress, granting the Treasury secretary unprecedented power to buy and resell mortgage debt,” and to hire outside firms “to help manage its purchases.” Further, the proposal provides no oversight mechanism:


Sec. 8. Review: Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

Bush is demanding unprecedented control over billions of dollars — with no OVERSIGHT. His history of mismanaging taxpayer dollars should make Americans skeptical of his buyout plan.
Rufus

West Mifflin, PA

#47082 Feb 15, 2013
Some commentators blame major legislation adopted since 2008 — the stimulus bill and other recovery measures and the financial rescues — for today’s record deficits. Yet those costs pale next to other policies enacted since 2001 that have swollen the deficit. Those other policies may be less conspicuous now, because many were enacted some years ago and they have long since been absorbed into CBO’s and other organizations’ budget projections.

Just two policies dating from the Bush Administration — tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — accounted for over $500 billion of the deficit in 2009 and will account for $6 trillion in deficits in 2009 through 2019, including the associated debt-service costs. By 2019, we estimate that these two policies will account for almost half — nearly $9 trillion — of the $18 trillion in debt that will be owed under current policies.(The Medicare prescription drug benefit enacted in 2003 also will substantially increase deficits and debt, but we are unable to quantify these impacts due to data limitations.) These impacts easily dwarf the stimulus and financial rescues, which will account for less than $2 trillion (less than 10 percent) of the debt at that time. Furthermore, unlike those temporary costs, these inherited policies (especially the tax cuts and the drug benefit) do not fade away as the economy recovers.

Without the economic downturn and the fiscal policies of the previous Administration, the budget would be roughly in balance over the next decade. That would have put the nation on a much sounder footing to address the demographic challenges and the cost pressures in health care that darken the long-run fiscal outlook.

Damn that Obama for giving out free cell phones!

It's going to break the bank!
Rufus

West Mifflin, PA

#47083 Feb 15, 2013
dick cheney wrote:
http://thinkprogress.org/polit ics/2008/09/21/29510/bush-lega cy-taxpayer-funds/
IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION
-$142 million wasted on reconstruction projects that were either terminated or canceled.[Special Inspector General for Iraq, 7/28/08]
-“Significant” amount of U.S. funds for Iraq funneled to Sunni and Shiite militias.[GAO Comptroller, 3/11/08]
-$180 million payed to construction company Bechtel for projects it never finished.[Federal audit, 7/25/07]
-$5.1 billion in expenses for Iraq reconstruction charged without documentation.[Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction report, 3/19/07]
-$10 billion in spending on Iraq reconstruction was wasteful or poorly tracked.[GAO, 2/15/07]
-Halliburton overcharged the government $100 million for one day’s work in 2004.[Project on Government Oversight, 10/8/04]
KATRINA
-Millions wasted on four no-bid contracts, including paying $20 million for an unusable camp for evacuees.[Homeland Security Department Inspector General, 9/10/08]
-$2.4 billion in contracts doled out by FEMA that guaranteed profits for big companies.[Center for Public Integrity investigation, 6/25/07]
-An estimated $2 billion in fraud and waste — nearly 11 percent of the $19 billion spent by FEMA on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as of mid-June.[New York Times tally, 6/27/06]
-“Widespread” waste and mismanagement on millions for Katrina recovery, including at least $3 million for 4,000 beds that were never used.[GAO, 3/16/06]
DEFENSE CONTRACTS
-A $50 million Air Force contract awarded to a company with close ties to senior Air Force officers, in a process “fraught with improper influence, irregular procedures, glaring conflicts of interest.”[Project on Government Oversight, 4/18/08]
-$1.7 billion in excessive fees and waste paid by the Pentagon to the Interior Department to manage federal lands.[Defense Department and Interior Department Inspectors General audit, 12/25/06]
-$1 trillion unaccounted for by the Pentagon, including 56 airplanes, 32 tanks, and 36 Javelin missile command launch-units.[GAO, 5/18/03]
Damn that Obama for giving out free cell phones!

It's going to break the bank!
D Cheney

West Mifflin, PA

#47084 Feb 15, 2013
2.3 Trillion Dollars Missing from Dept of Defense Day before 9/11 2001 .?????????

LØØK HERE:



Can't believe Dick Cheny, Donald Rumsfeld, Henry Kissenger, George Bush Sr., George Bush Jr., Condalisa Rice, etc. weren't challenged on charges of treason. Zero investigation. What about the money that disappeared in OK City bombing? NYC bombing? Pentagon Bombing??????????

Tune into Fox News for more reliable, unbiased,up to date late breaking news !

Damn that Obama for giving out free cell phones!

It's going to break the bank!
D Cheney

West Mifflin, PA

#47085 Feb 15, 2013
Donald Rumsfeld 2.3 Trillion Dollars Just Gone .

On September 10, 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld held a press conference to disclose that over $2,000,000,000,000 in Pentagon funds could not be accounted for. Rumsfeld stated: "According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions." According to a report by the Inspector General, the Pentagon cannot account for 25 percent of what it spends.

Such a disclosure normally might have sparked a huge scandal. However, the commencement of the attack on New York City and Washington in the morning would assure that the story remained buried. To the trillions already missing from the coffers, an obedient Congress terrorized by anthrax attacks would add billions more in appropriations to fight the "War on Terror."

LØØK HERE:



Damn that Obama for giving out free cell phones!

It's going to break the bank!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#47086 Feb 15, 2013
John Galti wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't forget me, I hate you and your racist ignorance too.
Hit the road, you filthy hijacker.

Since: Sep 12

Seattle, WA

#47088 Feb 15, 2013
Federal charges filed against Jesse Jackson Jr., and wife.

Three reasons you won't hear the liberals condemning these two.

1. They are black.

2. They are democrats.

3. Condemning them would be racist.

Dan the dummy thinks I'm a racist for posting this.

Color or party should have no bearing on punishment. They broke the law and should be punished according to the law.
Condi Rice

West Mifflin, PA

#47089 Feb 15, 2013
The Terrible Cost of Bush II’s Deficit

It is now becoming evident just how much damage the GW Bush budget deficit has done to the U.S. In part from the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, which sharply reduced taxes on income, capital gains, and corporations, two wars, and the Great Recession that began halfway through Bush’s second term, the deficit now threatens not only our fiscal soundness, but status as the world’s economic powerhouse.

It was VP Cheney who maintained that Reagan had said deficits don’t matter, but President Reagan raised taxes 11 times during his tenure to save the budget, and economy, as his Budget Director David Stockman described so well in The Triumph of Politics. In other words, President Reagan didn’t dare go as far as Dubya and VP Cheney in creating a deficit that siphoned off revenues to the wealthiest 1 percent and raised corporate profits to the highest in history as a percentage of GDP, while almost causing the disappearance of our middle class and endangering Medicare and social security.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Republican Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget proposal passed by the Republican House follows in GW Bush’s footsteps. President Obama assailed it as “…a Trojan horse, disguised as deficit-reduction plans,” said the president at an Associated Press luncheon in Washington on April 3.“It is thinly veiled social Darwinism.”

Obama was referring to the fact that Ryan’s plan doesn’t really reduce deficits. Because it calls for $trillions in spending cuts without raising revenues, 62 percent of which would come from low-income programs, just as the Bush II budgets did. And both revenue increases and spending reductions are necessary to pay down the budget deficit. In fact, the new tax cuts at the top would dwarf those for middle-and lower-income families, says The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan think tank. After-tax incomes would rise by 12.5 percent among millionaires, but just 1.9 percent for middle-income households. It’s Bushonomics all over again.

LØØK HERE:

http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/popular-freako...

For further facts tune into FOX news for reliable,unbaised, latest breaking news!!

Damn that Obama for giving out free cell phones!

It's going to break the bank!
John Galti

Washington, DC

#47090 Feb 15, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Hit the road, you filthy hijacker.
No, I don't take orders from ignorant idiots like you.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#47101 Feb 15, 2013
Dave Rogers wrote:
<quoted text>
How much debt did Obama add? 6 plus trillion I think? That's a lot of money. More than all the Presidents combined since George Washington. Obama is on a spending spree to destroy America. He already caused out credit rating to drop and it looks like it will drop again.
Imagine that - Roger the Racist is telling lies.

Obama's policies have added less than $1 trillion to the national debt. The rest would have accrued no matter who was President since it was the result of spending decisions made before he was elected.

And when the S&P downgraded the US credit rating they specifically blamed the actions of the GOP Congress for the downgrade. That is historical fact.

Just because something bad happened while Obama was President, it doesn't mean he was responsible for it. Using Roger the Racist's "logic," it's President Obama's fault that REM broke up, since it happened while he was in office.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#47102 Feb 15, 2013
Some pesky facts for Roger the Racist and anyone else using his same simpleton "logic"...

----------

Doing the math on Obama’s deficits

There is a way to tally the effects Obama has had on the deficit. Look at every piece of legislation he has signed into law. Every time Congress passes a bill, either the Congressional Budget Office or the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates the effect it will have on the budget over the next 10 years. And then they continue to estimate changes to those bills. If you know how to read their numbers, you can come up with an estimate that zeros in on the laws Obama has had a hand in.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities was kind enough to help me come up with a comprehensive estimate of Obama’s effect on the deficit.
...
There are two answers: more than $4 trillion, or about $983 billion. The first answer is simple and wrong. The second answer is more complicated but a lot closer to being right.
...
For comparison’s sake, using the same method, beginning in 2001 and ending in 2009, George W. Bush added more than $5 trillion to the deficit.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#47103 Feb 15, 2013
Dave Rogers wrote:
Federal charges filed against Jesse Jackson Jr., and wife.
Three reasons you won't hear the liberals condemning these two.
1. They are black.
2. They are democrats.
3. Condemning them would be racist.
Dan the dummy thinks I'm a racist for posting this.
Color or party should have no bearing on punishment. They broke the law and should be punished according to the law.
I don't think you're racist because you posted this - I already know you're racist. You conclusively proved that long, long ago (and many times since).
Paulson

West Mifflin, PA

#47108 Feb 15, 2013
According to the Treasury Department, when George W. Bush took office in 2001 the national debt was $5.73 trillion and when Bush left office in 2009, the national debt had increased to $10.63 trillion.

Where was the GOP when the debt reached 6 trillion?

Where was the GOP when the debt reached 7 trillion?

Where was the GOP when the debt reached 8 trillion?

Where was the GOP when the debt reached 9 trillion?

Where was the GOP when the debt reached 10 trillion?

Where was the GOP when the debt hit 11 trillion?

OH! That's right we didnt pay for two wars,two tax cuts and the medicare prescription drug plan under Bush

Pres. Obama’s first budget did not take effect the day he was sworn in. If looking at the debt that Pres. Obama and the Democratic majority are “responsible”, suggests, then Oct 1, 2009 is the reasonable start date, when fiscal year 2010 and Pres. Obama’s first budget took effect. The debt at that point was $11.920 trillion,( almost 12 trillion )

Damn that Obama giving away free cell phones!

It's breaking the bank!
D Cheney

West Mifflin, PA

#47111 Feb 15, 2013
During his eight years in office, President Bush oversaw a large increase in government spending. In fact, President Bush increased government spending more than any of the six presidents preceding him, including LBJ. In his last term in office, President Bush increased discretionary outlays by an estimated 48.6 percent.

During his eight years in office, President Bush spent almost twice as much as his predecessor, President Clinton. Adjusted for inflation, in eight years, President Clinton increased the federal budget by 11 percent. In eight years, President Bush increased it by a whopping 104 percent.

One reason offered for these large budget increases is that entitlement programs are growing rapidly. Although Social Security and Medicare spending growth outpaced most other programs in the mid-1990s, spending growth in discretionary programs has accelerated in the last 15 years, especially during Bush’s two terms. Between FY2002 and FY2009, discretionary spending rose 96 percent.

Some argue that federal spending during the Bush years was so high because security needs drove up the budget. It is true that defense spending increased dramatically since the late-1990s, particularly since 9/11 and the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, nondefense spending increased too. Some also argue that much of the increase in nondefense spending stemmed from increases in homeland security spending. Whether this is true, the overall rapid rise of discretionary spending indicates that, here too, the administration and Congress made no trade-offs in the budget. If the administration and Congress wanted more security spending and wanted to be fiscally responsible, they should have found savings elsewhere in the budget.

President Bush added thousands of new federal subsidy programs during his eight years in office. In 2008, there were 1,816 subsidy programs in the federal budget that spread hundreds of billions of dollars annually to special interest groups such as state governments, businesses, nonprofit groups, and individuals

Damn that Obama giving away free cell phones!
It's breaking the bank!
D Cheney

West Mifflin, PA

#47113 Feb 15, 2013
When George W. Bush was inaugurated in 2001, he inherited a nation at peace and prosperity The peace looked so durable that military leaders were projecting a “strategic pause” lasting 20 years. Bush proposed in his signature campaign speech that the Pentagon take advantage of the lull in tensions to “skip a generation of technology” in order to construct “a new architecture of American defense for decades to come.”

The $291 billion defense budget that the Clinton Administration left him amounted to only 3% of the economy. But America’s economy was so big at the end of Clinton’s presidency — 32% of global output — that the budget represented a third of worldwide military spending. America thus seemed destined to dominate the global scene for the foreseeable future.

LØØK HERE:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/201...

Damn that Obama giving away free cell phones!
It's breaking the bank!
Condi Rice

West Mifflin, PA

#47116 Feb 15, 2013
Here are a few of the 9/11 line items:

IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION

-$142 million wasted on reconstruction projects that were either terminated or canceled.[Special Inspector General for Iraq, 7/28/08]

-“Significant” amount of U.S. funds for Iraq funneled to Sunni and Shiite militias.[GAO Comptroller, 3/11/08]

-$180 million payed to construction company Bechtel for projects it never finished.[Federal audit, 7/25/07]

-$5.1 billion in expenses for Iraq reconstruction charged without documentation.[Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction report, 3/19/07]

-$10 billion in spending on Iraq reconstruction was wasteful or poorly tracked.[GAO, 2/15/07]

-Halliburton overcharged the government $100 million for one day’s work in 2004.[Project on Government Oversight, 10/8/04]

KATRINA

-Millions wasted on four no-bid contracts, including paying $20 million for an unusable camp for evacuees.[Homeland Security Department Inspector General, 9/10/08]

-$2.4 billion in contracts doled out by FEMA that guaranteed profits for big companies.[Center for Public Integrity investigation, 6/25/07]

-An estimated $2 billion in fraud and waste — nearly 11 percent of the $19 billion spent by FEMA on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as of mid-June.[New York Times tally, 6/27/06]

-“Widespread” waste and mismanagement on millions for Katrina recovery, including at least $3 million for 4,000 beds that were never used.[GAO, 3/16/06]

DEFENSE CONTRACTS

-A $50 million Air Force contract awarded to a company with close ties to senior Air Force officers, in a process “fraught with improper influence, irregular procedures, glaring conflicts of interest.”[Project on Government Oversight, 4/18/08]

-$1.7 billion in excessive fees and waste paid by the Pentagon to the Interior Department to manage federal lands.[Defense Department and Interior Department Inspectors General audit, 12/25/06]

-$1 trillion unaccounted for by the Pentagon, including 56 airplanes, 32 tanks, and 36 Javelin missile command launch-units.[GAO, 5/18/03]

LØØK HERE:

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2008/09/21/...

Damn that Obama giving away free cell phones
It's breaking the bank!

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