The Best of the Forge


The Left has stood by President Obama, as he has attempted to use the sequester to teach Republicans – and the whole country — a painful lesson about cutting spending.  The lesson, of course, is that spending should never be cut, even when we’re drowning in the depths of unfathomable debt; rather, taxes should always be raised.

It’s becoming clear that the President’s masterful sequester plan is backfiring on him.  After all, the sequester, which White House press secretary Jay Carney called a “forcing mechanism,” went into effect and the rate of federal spending was reduced by 2.4 percent.

Conservative lawmakers should be able to see right through the Left’s histrionics, which are simply an indication of the Left’s desperation to raise taxes on the American people yet again.

Hey Washington, Get Your Budget Priorities Straight

#CutThisNotThat.  It’s likely that you share the sentiment expressed by this hashtag.  Conservatives know that when it comes to responsible budgeting, priorities and principles are both key.  Where do the President’s priorities lie?  The way elected officials budget reveals what their priorities are and whether or not they are principled.

The Senate Steering Committee Vice Chairman Mike Lee (R-UT) started the “Cut This, Not That” campaign to rebut the President’s false claims that the sequester will “require dramatic cuts to essential government services.” 

What’s Next for Obamacare?

Obamacare will force millions of Americans out of their existing plans; in fact, it is already happening.  Republicans in Congress, many who were elected in 2010 and 2012 based on their opposition to Obamacare, must defund Obamacare before it is too late.

The path to balance is not paved with Obamacare.  If lawmakers do not believe the forthcoming continuing resolution (CR) is “the best vehicles possible to delay the implementation of Obamacare,” they must put forth a real alternative to stopping the law’s implementation.  Standing idle when action is needed is not leadership.

The President’s Budget Decisions Have Consequences for Taxpayers

Ever wish there was more transparency in government?  Care how your taxpayer dollars are being spent and how much you owe on the deficit?

Yesterday the House passed legislation (sub. req’d) that would “require that annual budget submissions of the President to Congress provide an estimate of the cost per taxpayer of the deficit, and for other purposes.”  The bill, H.R. 668, passed 392-28 under suspension of the rules, an expedited procedure that limits debate and amendments and requires a two-thirds majority for passage.  The deficit requirement would apply to all future budgets as well. 

Judiciary Doesn’t Sequester Flowers

On Day 8 of the sequester, landscapers were busy planting flowers – an annual practice – in front of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, which also features an impressive five-story glass atrium entrance.

The post-sequester flower planting may come as a surprise to the Federal Bar Association, which warned, “The federal courts would be unable to properly supervise thousands of persons under pretrial release and convicted felons released from federal prisons, thus compromising public safety.”

Who needs public safety when you have flowers?

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