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Obama's Secret Plan For Deficit Reduction: Talk A Lot, Dr. Doolittle

Obama yesterday finally unveiled what he, Geithner, Summers, Romer and Goolsbee have been promising for months would be "a substantial program of deficit reduction."  Dr. Dolittle now serves as President.

But first, here's what Senator Bank's Obama said about the deficit in 2006:

“Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren,” Obama said in a 2006 floor speech that preceded a Senate vote to extend the debt limit. “America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.”

Obama later joined his Democratic colleagues in voting en bloc against raising the debt increase.

Now Obama is asking Congress to raise the debt ceiling, something lawmakers are almost certain to do despite misgivings about the federal debt.  The ceiling already has been hiked three times in the past two years, and the House took action earlier this year to raise the ceiling to $13 trillion.


Now, from Banks Obama's interview yesterday with ABC's Jake Tapper:

But there are going to be two things that we've got to focus on next year. And we are already beginning to work diligently on this. Now that we've rescued the economy and the economy is growing, businesses aren't yet hiring. And so what can we do to make sure that job growth is accelerated even as the economy begins to recover?

And the other thing that I think a lot of Independents, Democrats and Republicans, all are concerned about is what are we going to do about this long-term debt?

And we've got to show people that we are responsible stewards for their taxpayer dollars and that we're taking some serious steps to at least lay the foundation -- the pathway for bringing those deficits down over the next several years.  We may not be able to do it all in one big gulp because the economy is still very weak right now.  And, you know, any steps to take to shrink the deficit could potentially take too much money out of the economy at a time when it needs it.  But at least people have to be convinced that we understand the problem.

And that we're working on it. And if we do those things, then I think the American people will -- will feel like we have been good and responsible stewards for an economy during some very difficult times.

Complete transcript is HERE

Watch Video (at ABC)


There you have it.  This is huge news.  The Obama administration finally gets it.  And they are obviously extremely serious about their rhetorical onslaughts.  A victory for the side of truth, reason and balanced budgets.  Banks Obama has promised to use responsible language while discussing the out-of-control debt and deficit numbers all next year.  Wow, WOW!   Even better, in his own words to Tapper, he has no plans to actually do anything about it, which is smart we think, lest the Treasury prop trading desks all over Wall Street get spooked by the possibility of diminished future supply.  He correctly understands that convincing Americans that his administration understands the problem will be enough to placate the angry groundswell.

Excuuuuussse me?   Has Banks lost his bubble-blowing mind?   We've heard nothing but convincing rhetoric on the debt for a decade, so what we're lacking is more of the same?  Does the White House read the current polling and focus-group data?  Deficit anger among voters has grown from 'palpable' to 'seething' in the last 24 months, yet fancy elocution will calm our protestations? 

Democrats will be slaughtered next Fall if they don't respond with a comprehensive plan of government belt-tightening, which they won't.  And then sadly, we'll get 2 years of no-action on the deficit from Republicans.  Sound familiar?

We have a more detailed article coming on this subject, but here are 3 quick steps to save a trillion dollars annually and at least get the deficit back to the $500 billion range:

  • End the illegal, undeclared wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and close all non-essential bases overseas -- annual savings of $700 billion (source The Economist).
  • Allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies  -- annual savings of $150 billion (source former Comptroller General David Walker).
  • Implement means testing of entitlement programs -- if you're wealthy, you'll pay more for Medicare, and you'll get less in Social Security payments -- annual savings $150 billion (source The Peterson Foundation).


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U.S. Treasury Confident Congress Will Increase Debt Ceiling
Nov 13, 2009 at 2:37 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
After spending binge, White House says it will focus on deficits
Nov 13, 2009 at 2:37 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Remember as you read what Kerry is now saying that he once said this...


Yes, he called U.S. troops terrorists. Obama now doesn't let Kerry call the terrorists terrorists. How the liberal mush mind works I will never understand.

Kerry: U.S. can't 'walk away' from Afghanistan
By Michael O'Brien - 11/13/09 01:18 PM ET
The U.S. can't "walk away" from its effort in Afghanistan, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) emphasized Friday.

Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been skeptical of recommendations for a troop surge in Afghanistan, but maintained that the U.S. cannot simply abandon its efforts in the reason.

"I don't think you can just pull out; I don't think anybody believes that," Kerry said

Nov 13, 2009 at 3:43 PM | Unregistered Commentergobias
Nice work, Steve.
Nov 13, 2009 at 4:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
Jake Tapper was at the White House Halloween party, he went as Monica Lewinsky.
Nov 13, 2009 at 4:04 PM | Unregistered Commentergobias
Focus: Home Grown Financial AL Qaeda

What Terrorists?lol

USA working class banged into bust pit without a single Bullett and USA bamboozled Generation brains fucked by all teh AL QAEDA and Terror talk by Media Shill Propaganda

9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB -- but not like the shills want you to believe that explosives were detonated, that's the lie "they" created to throw off those who were awakening to the truth that 9/11 was an inside job by ridiculing the notion that 9/11 is an inside job.

What Truth? The Truth that the USA needed a reason to declare war in the middle east and stop the denomination of oil being converted to the Euro.

-- Bib Laden will never be apprehended, he is one with the inside shills who recruits delusional retards and deploys them when necessary for missions precisely such as this.

-- Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction and no ties to Al Qaeda.

The Truth is rising, people are going to awaken that the shills were behind 9/11, the shills contracted Bin Laden for this job. Security was lax across airports and for reason. Warnings from within the Pentagon and the Oval Office were disregarded, and for reason, they knew.

The shills afterwards went on damage control and began a conspiracy that 9/11 was an inside job with denoting bombs planted (nano-termites James Bond technology). This was done to ridicule the notion of an inside job. When examined properly the detonating theory is so ridiculous that further investigation by those seeking the truth into 9/11 are quickly quailed and seen as too ridiculous to pursue now.
Nov 16, 2009 at 10:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterKen
My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often, the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
Nov 16, 2009 at 1:54 PM | Unregistered Commentergobias
"And they are obviously extremely serious about their rhetorical onslaughts." ROFL! The empty words are par for the course, though.

Actually, 2 years of INaction sounds far better than the type of action we are getting now. Can I add another cost saving/economy repair measure? Fly them all (Congress, administration, the Fed--but keep Ron Paul) to Hawaii, dump them and cut off all communication/transportation to and from there. I'm estimating We the People can get the economy humming in about 2 years.
Nov 16, 2009 at 4:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterSonic Ninja Kitty

Isn't that the truth of it. Most people have far more sense and integrity than those in govt, and yet "they" rule US. We'd be better off without them, for sure. I can soberly say that it's time for a revolution, hopefully a peaceful one. It's either that or out and out collapse of the economy and then we start over.
Nov 16, 2009 at 4:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
Thank you Al Gore, thank you Obama, thank you to all the green movement big business believers...

Lawmaker seeks to pull plug on Allegheny Power light bulb promotion
Staff and AP reports
January 9, 2008

A Maryland state delegate said Tuesday he will introduce a bill that would prohibit utilities from sending customers unsolicited light bulbs and adding the cost to their monthly bills.

Kevin Kelly, D-Allegany, objected to an Allegheny Power promotion aimed at encouraging consumers to switch to energy-efficient, compact fluorescent bulbs. The company sent a pair of the bulbs to each of its 220,000 Western Maryland customers and is billing them $11.52, spread out over 12 months as a 96-cent surcharge.

The program was approved by the state Public Service Commission, an independent state agency that regulates state utilities.

As news of the mailings and surcharge spread this week, Allegheny Power and the commission said they received about 185 calls about the program from customers, some of whom wanted to send the bulbs back to avoid the surcharge.

"I find it very disturbing that the Public Service Commission would sanction this surcharge," Kelly said. "The power company is charging a premium price and I assure you, you can go to Lowe's or Wal-Mart and buy them at a significant price difference."

Company spokesman Todd Meyers said Allegheny Power, a unit of Allegheny Energy Inc., of Greensburg, Pa., made no profit on the bulbs, charging only what it cost to buy and mail them.

"The cost of the bulbs will be equal to the customer's savings for one year. Because the bulbs can last seven years, the customer can save another $72 after the first year," Meyers said.

He said concerned customers were directed to the customer service center at 1-800-255-3443.

There, customer service representatives explained that the energy conservation surcharge had been approved by the PSC and was not optional.

Customers who do not want to waste unwanted bulbs may contact their manufacturer, Niagra Conservation, to ask about sending them back, a representative said.

LaWanda Edwards, a spokeswoman for the Public Service Commission, said many of the approximately 60 people who called Tuesday just wanted to vent.

She said the bulbs Allegheny sent out use 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and last, on average, 10 times longer.

"The commission believes that the compact flourescent light bulb programs are truly in the public interest because they will encourage and provide incentives for consumers, as a starting point to concerve energy," Edwards said.

The commission released a report in December highlighting an impending energy crisis that would force mandatory usage restrictions by 2011 unless steps were taken toward conserving energy or increasing capacity, Meyers said.

Though energy-saving light bulbs have been available for some time, residential customers have been slow to take them up, so the power company introduced the mailing as a way to encourage customers to try them.

The company didn't tell customers they would be paying for the bulbs when it announced the program in September, but Meyers said that information was available in public filings with the PSC.

Kelly said most people probably think they got two free light bulbs from the company. He said he has asked the Maryland Department of Legislative Services to draft a bill to prohibit the PSC from authorizing such promotions.

Staff writer Heather Keels contributed to this story.
Nov 16, 2009 at 4:54 PM | Unregistered Commentergobias
James H, Maybe Hawaii is too good for them--how about the moon, since we found water and all? :)
Nov 16, 2009 at 8:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterSonic Ninja Kitty
Fellow Americans

Ship them to Afghanistan

Taliban will take care of these Criminal Rulers and teach them what real Al Qaeda is?
Nov 16, 2009 at 9:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterKen
OBAMA ( Chicago Mob Shill)

The Significance Of The Bow: Obama Is A House Servant For The Global Elite

OBAMA shill Deceived us all and Stabbed in the Back and handed Trillions to Same Banker criminals who busted us all.

New Scam; Wall street 0% Carry trade scam...................

Our Pensions go to Zippo next


and OBAMA shill in their Pockets
Nov 16, 2009 at 9:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterKen
Ron Paul: Stop Dreaming Video - Remastered Version by Avaroth!
Some Videos are GOOD, and some are Great ...

However, some can CHANGE a NATION!

Nov 16, 2009 at 9:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterKen
"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is
wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts
they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ...
And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not
warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as
to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
It is its natural manure."

who said it and why did he say it,
and this is how our message should be sent
Nov 16, 2009 at 10:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterKen
Great video, Ken. Thanks.
Nov 16, 2009 at 10:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterSonic Ninja Kitty
If only they still wore red coats.
Nov 17, 2009 at 1:02 AM | Unregistered Commentergobias
"Fly them all (Congress, administration, the Fed--but keep Ron Paul) to Hawaii, dump them and cut off all communication/transportation to and from there. I'm estimating We the People can get the economy humming in about 2 years. "

I vote for sending them to Saipan, where they can live out their version of the American dream in the forced labor camps they have supported that are allowed to say made in U.S.A.

Nov 17, 2009 at 7:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Who will you owe this money to?

Little Luxembourg, no bigger than Rhode Island, gave us $104.2 billion. Russia has us on the hook for another $120 billion. Brazil, nearly $140 billion. Secretive banks in the Caribbean, nearly $190 billion...
Those thugs that run Iran, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Venezuela? So far — along with a half-dozen other oil-producing nations — they've got us dangling for another $191 billion in I.O.U.s.
Great Britain just loaned us $214 billion. D.C. borrowed $523 billion from bankrupt state governments. And, as if the bank bailouts weren't bad enough, we're in hock another $630 billion to Wall Street financial firms and other buyers.
Japan owns a $712 billion slice of America. China owns a staggering $776 billion call on our capital. And guess who tops the list? The Fed itself, which uses dollars they print to buy up $4.785 TRILLION of their own debt, just to keep the prosperity illusion alive.
Nov 17, 2009 at 7:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterKen
What are you waiting for Fellow Americans?

We can't afford to pay all these bills and if we just pay them by printing money, it will destroy the currency..."

— Dr. Ron Paul, Congressman, TX
"When you can't service your debt, you're finished."

— Paul O'Neill, former U.S. Treasury Secretary
Even one more failed bond auction could signal to the rest of the world that the gig is up... that the U.S. is done for and that it's time to bring the lend-borrow cycle to an end.

With the bailouts and this fake "recovery" already looking like it will cost $23.7 trillion before it's all said and done, you can bet the Fed and the Treasury don't want to let any more failed bond auctions show up in the headlines.

Which is why they've taken their "swindle" to a whole new level... by deciding not to just to fake the "success" of the recovery... but to fake the success of the bond auctions that are supposed to pay for it!


By transferring billions of dollars to our lenders... then paying them interest while we borrow back our own cash! See, for this scam to keep working, it has to look like foreigners still crave our debt.[from penny sleuth]
Nov 17, 2009 at 7:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterKen
Obama's Secret Plan For Deficit Reduction: Talk A Lot, Dr. Doolittle


Main Street Tells Wall Street, ‘Get a Real Job’: Susan Antilla

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Wall Street, meet Eric W. Haugaard, a civil engineer who designs water and sewer-line systems for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Haugaard says he had tears in his eyes as he watched Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, hopeful that politics would get more constructive and the economic crisis would get fixed. Today, he is disgusted when he thinks about “what Wall Street has done to average, honest, tax-paying, no-loopholes citizens,” and says it makes him ill when he considers that Congress is letting taxpayer-assisted financial outfits get rich “without producing anything of real value to our society.”
Nov 17, 2009 at 8:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterKen
Wow Ken, your two party dictatorship post was written in 1951. Where do you find this stuff?
Nov 17, 2009 at 11:51 AM | Unregistered Commentergobias
Debtors Revolt: The Banks Do Not Care!

by Moe Bedard on October 27, 2009 · 0 comments

in American Nightmare

debtors revoltThe debtors revolt is gaining steam as the few lenders left in our country send out millions of letters raising the rates on their clients credit cards. Many of these people are now following Ann Minch’s lead and telling their credit card companies to take their cards and shove them where the sun don’t shine.

While this is a noble cause and one I may have happily consigned six months ago, these days I have come to the realization that the banks simply do not care. The facts are that they have covered their gambles and have already hedged their bets that most of you will pay and some of you will not . That increase in rate for many consumers who will continue on paying will easily cover the people who default on their debt.

In addition, most of the remaining big banks have received billions in bail out money from American tax payers and they have taken out insurance policies to cover all losses when you do default or revolt.

These bankers know exactly what they are doing. Debtors, not so much…

Guess who is paying for the debtors revolt and their unpaid debts folks? Yup, you and me!! The bank depositors, fellow debtors and the taxpayers. Basically everyone on Main Street.

Soon we will see the tax payers or tea party against the debtors revolt. Homeowner stayer against homeowner walk awayer or good debtor against bad debtor. Why? Because we are all screwing each other in the end as the bankers laugh all the way to You Tube.

Nov 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterKen
Why Won't Obama Give You a Job?

Wall Street's raking in massive profits and paying its execs and traders record bonuses, thanks in part to government cash. What about ordinary Americans?

Working Americans continue to suffer from the worst financial crash since the Great Depression, and Washington has so far offered up only band-aids to help them out -- extended unemployment benefits, small stimulus checks and deeply flawed mortgage relief programs that have done little to stem the tide of foreclosures.
Nov 17, 2009 at 1:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterKen
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange are now prepared to expand the environmental markets for industrial pollution (also known as the carbon markets), into futures and options products on 40 different U.S. and industrial indexes.

That's right. The same people who got rich on mortgage-backed securities and credit default swaps while the rest of the country went under are going to be doing the same with carbon emissions!

These career crooks are creating a whole new niche of lucrative derivative investments...

Which are based on legislative mandates through Congress...

On the strength of fabricated "global warming" hysteria their cronies in the "scientific community" (like Al Gore) invented.

How's that for a racket?

That means companies like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup will continue to line their pockets while the common man suffers.

By the way, those two companies ranked second and sixth, respectively, as the largest contributors to Barack Obama's election campaign.

Look at what happened with American automakers --

The "Green Mafia" tried to kill the U.S. auto industry
once -- they may succeed this time.

And now the "Green Mafia" is trying to use the current fear of carbon emissions to revive a proposed requirement that all vehicles on the road have "zero emissions."
Nov 17, 2009 at 3:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterKen
Actually, 2 years of INaction sounds far better than the type of action we are getting now. Can I add another cost saving/economy repair measure? Fly them all (Congress, administration, the Fed--but keep Ron Paul) to Hawaii, dump them and cut off all communication/transportation to and from there. I'm estimating We the People can get the economy humming in about 2 years.
Well said SNK...
Nov 17, 2009 at 10:26 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Execuse me DB readers for this:

Received this email from DCCC.ORG

Ken --

On November 7th you helped make history when House Democrats passed landmark health insurance reform legislation that will cover 36 million more Americans, protect Medicare and rein in the worst abuses of health insurance companies.

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That's why I would like to offer you the opportunity to join me and Vice President Gore for dinner.

Contribute $5, $10 or more today and be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles (airfare and hotel included). You and your guest will be my guests for dinner with Vice President Gore and leading Democrats from across America on December 6th.

Although we should all take great pride in our victory in the House, our work is not done.

Republicans and their allies in the health insurance industry have already unleashed a massively funded anti-reform campaign attacking Democrats with half-truths and distortions. Their goal is to derail health care reform and then defeat Democrats in next year's election. I need your generous support to help defend Democrats who are targets of the Republicans' multi-million dollar campaign.

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Nov 18, 2009 at 11:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterKen
That's a long post, Ken..i will have to edit it...but the first part was very funny...
Nov 18, 2009 at 2:04 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

It OK to edit it. But My message to all here is take on the criminal rulers don't be polite these criminal now. A nation is under seize by HOME GROWN FINANCIAL AL QAEDA

Revolt can only free the Republic now.

NO way out folks

Any Leader in USA republic to scream loud to REVOLT now?
Nov 18, 2009 at 3:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterKen
It's time we drew a line in the sand.

If ever there was a time to revolt ... "It's now."

That's what our founding fathers recommend when all else fails.
We no longer have a government. We now have a club of
indictable, murderous, establishment criminals.
Nov 18, 2009 at 11:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterKen
This what Fucking OBAMA promised for education?

32% Inflation in UCLA Tuition Causes Near Riots (14 Arrested, 1 Tasered)
Nov 19, 2009 at 10:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterKen
Ken says...This what Fucking OBAMA promised for education?

Hmmmm, sounds goooooooooooooooood.
Nov 19, 2009 at 11:36 PM | Unregistered Commentergobias
Why is he so focused on Obama, what, huh, louder, come on speak up, oh, he is the President. Shouldn't we just see both parties as one face and spread the blame to everyone like the media did for the last eight years. No shit, they didn't blame both parties. What, they just steamrolled Bush. What did that do to his popularity and his image. Hmmmmm. This is all very confusing.
Nov 19, 2009 at 11:55 PM | Unregistered Commentergobias

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