February 15, 2011
“We’re Broke.”

At a press conference this morning, Li’l Johnny “Where-are-the-jobs?” Boehner had this to say about the presumptive fallout from the GOP’s suggested budget cuts:

“In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs,” Boehner said. “If some of those jobs are lost so be it. We’re broke.”

Of course, he neglected to mention one thing: We’re broke because we choose to be. We’re broke because of a deliberate strategy of his party and his party’s backers to bankrupt this nation as a way of targeting those individuals, groups and programs of which they disapprove. (It’s what Grover Norquist means by “starve the beast.”)

And just to add to the fun, yesterday Obama spoke of “living within our means.” Jerry Brown said the same thing not too long ago — I guess this is what Democrats say now to look grown up. But it raises a question that no one seems to be asking anywhere: Just what are our means? A government has the means to increase revenue darn near anytime it wants to. It seems to me if we’re talking about maintaining the basic trappings of a society — which is a topic for another time — that a government has the duty to do so as well.

We’re fond of the metaphor of a family tightening its collective belt. Somehow we’ve overlooked one of the things families consider when they tally up the bills: How to bring more money into the house.

Just ask any parent working multiple jobs…


Posted by Kurt Weldon at February 15, 2011 01:50 PM
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Knew an incredibly hard working woman when I was a child. She worked two full time jobs to support her 4 children.

She was very kind to me. One of her jobs was at a 24 hour diner. She was the only person that realized that I stood outside, waiting for the bus line that used the cafe for a meal stop, to drop off my newspapers.

She arranged for me to come into the kitchen and sit next to the stove.
Not much but really appreciated.

When she went on to Social Security, that was all she had. She was too broken down physically to work a part time job. She couldn't pay the rent on the house that she had rented for over 30 years and still run a car.

A year or so later, I stumbled on to a repossessed one bedroom home that the banker offered to sell me for less than the balance of the loan.

I cleaned the place up. Got a surveyor to mark out the property, so she could sell off lots if she needed money. I insulated the place to the maximum. I fixed everything that I found wrong.

Then I gave her the damned house. I never even held the deed myself. I had a purchase agreement with the bank while I cleaned and straightened the place.

My life is a long collection of doing things on a whim.

Posted by: evil is evil on February 15, 2011 3:41 PM

Hard to imagine that we're going into this budget debate with hardly a public word from any of the players on raising taxes on the very rich. Every poll shows overwhelming support for it. The disconnect between the people and the Congress has never been so total. Mubarek could only dream of such supine subjects. Our Tahrir Square, God help us, is a Tea Party rally funded by the Koch brothers.

Posted by: Furber on February 15, 2011 4:12 PM

Some whim, Evil is Evil. Everybody should have whims like that. God bless.

Posted by: Mamasan on February 15, 2011 10:18 PM

It turns out, surprise, surprise, that the federal workforce only has grown by 20,000. I would argue that we've gotten good value from these additional employees, especially if you consider how much money we're making from the TARP bailouts. Also, since State and local governments have shed many more jobs, total government employment has been trending downward under Obama.

Interesting to see how CT Gov. Malloy will fare with his mixture of tax hikes and voluntary union givebacks. Sort of the opposite of Gov. Christie in NJ, as the NYT pointed out today.

Posted by: Mike on February 16, 2011 9:55 AM
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