Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 10 months ago

    @cubefarmer

    To uselessness? We out spend Russia, China, and most of Europe combined! We have congressmen adding billions of dollars on to the already over bloated military budget to purchase stuff the Pentagon didn’t even ask for in order to bring home more pork barrel spending. I’d say “Welcome to what the Republicans want,” but we’ve been living that for decades.

  2. Habenero Hound

    Habenero Hound said, 10 months ago

    @Jase99

    So it’s just Republicans who are all about the pork? I’m signed up for newsletters from my two senators (both Ds). The Feb. newsletter from Carl Levin (D) was about a federal grant for U of M, a federally subsidized center for research & development, bragging about provisions in the farm bill that were goodies for MI agriculture, and fed assistance for emergency response in several different MI townships. Debbie Stabenow’s (D) Feb. report has more about the R & D center, federal money to to build greenhouses, and housing grants for several communities. This is typical of these two and of politicians in general. The two parties have different spending priorities, but both sides are guilty of adding to government bloat.

  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 10 months ago

    Has anyone looked at the actual budget?


    The deficit was $680 billion in 2013, is projected to be $649 billion in 2014, and down to just $564 billion in 2015, so a big reduction. The official budget also shows the deficit as a percent of GDP, and that shows even better results: 4.1% in 2013, 3.7% in 2014, and just 3.1% in 2015, so a big improvement.


    Of course, the 2015 budget is only a projection, and the real expenditures and revenues probably won’t look anything at all like the projections. I agree with Ms Benson that what will really happen will be out of control, but reality, thy name is NOT ‘budget’, so attacking the ‘budget’ seems to defy orthography (whatever orthography is).

  4. David B

    David B said, 10 months ago

    I thought he “said” he quit smoking?

  5. Enoki

    Enoki said, 10 months ago

    Maybe Congress will vote on Obama’s budget. The one time they did do that he got less support for his budget proposal than the Japanese got after they bombed Pearl Harbor…
    .
    One thing about Obama’s proposals is they are consistently the delusions of someone who knows nothing about budgets. Maybe that’s because Obama has no experiance in his lifetime with one…

  6. joaquinxx

    joaquinxx said, 10 months ago

    He’s not Bush.

  7. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, 10 months ago

    The president submits a budget, but it’s Congress’ budget they end up with. If there’s some tax and spend going on, they should look to their own house. When they aren’t trying yet again to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, 10 months ago

    @Jase99

    That’s funny. WE HAD the sequestration that cut 500 billion from the defense budget BUT it seems that the last deal stopped THAT nonsense….and Reid says nope no budget THIS year either.

    How much debt do you think we can add before other countries decide to look elsewhere for financial stability and quit buying US bonds?

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, 10 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    Which is why we need smaller government period. Both sides are not realistic in their demands for unlimited spending power. For whatever reason.

    The less money you send to Washington, the more money you have in the state that you have control over to spend as YOU deem necessary. Want more teachers? Hire them. Want better project housing? Build them. Want to give tax breaks to green industry? Fine do it. BUT if you have to follow the feral guidelines and meet federal goals – that THEY won’t meet (example Obamacare) then you will only get what they will give you according to your compliance with mandates.

    Why should less than a thousand people in DC tell MY state how to spend the money earned in MY State?

  10. Independent Thinker and Voter

    Independent Thinker and Voter said, 10 months ago

    Lisa prefers the republican plan of “Borrow and Spend.”

    And it’s congress, not the prez, who controls spending.

    You should try reading the constitution sometime, Lisa. You will learn a lot about how our government is structured.

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 10 months ago

    So far, Democrats are Tax and Spend. Republicans are Borrow and Spend. Both parties spend. And spending is the problem, which both parties readily agree upon.

    But they both spend. If we have to spend, it’s better to spend money we have, rather than what we have to borrow. But the best answer is to stop spending so much. Good luck on that one.

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 10 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    You asked:

    Social (welfare, AFDC, food stamps, etc.): this should be temporary. People should be given the opportunity to get on their feet, then they should stand on them. I am not familiar enough with the details of the laws/regulations that allow for people to continue to get benefits for life, but this cannot continue as it has in the past. Means testing must be done, and the bar needs to be set higher each time a “renewal” comes up. There has to be a point where the government says: you’ve had enough help. Good luck in the future.

    Subsidies for corporations and industries need to have a sunset clause. All industries could use help to get started. The oil companies no longer need billions in subsidies/tax breaks. Neither does agribusiness. Not to say that it wasn’t helpful when first proposed, but some programs outlive their usefulness.

    Military: the Pentagon wants too much. But the Congress often approves programs that the Pentagon does not want or need. Those programs should be dead before they hit the ground. Not to say the Pentagon should get everything they want, but if THEY don’t want it, I believe it is superfluous.

    Cuts to the military should not be related to personnel but to weaponry: types and numbers. What has been a problem in the past is that when people say they want the military budget to be cut, the proposal is to cut spending on troops or troop benefits. This has the effect of blunting any effort to cut, since no one wants to cut that.

    But I believe the biggest problem is lack of accountability. Just as in the private sector, if you don’t perform as expected, you do not keep your job. Whether you are demoted, transferred to another department, or fired…if you can’t do the job, move over and let someone better qualified do so. Certainly this is nickel-and-dime stuff, but nickels and dimes add up. A good example was the retreat for Internal Revenue agents in Las Vegas, complete with professional videos for entertainment, and lavish accommodations. Or the head of the Department of the Interior updating his office with a shower and a freezer in the bathroom. The total cost for the upgrade was over a quarter million taxpayer dollars. At a time when people have problems paying the rent, this is inexcusable. Heads should roll. A couple high-profile firings may make civil “servants” pay attention.

    That’s a start. Let the nay-sayers have the floor starting……now.

  13. denis1112

    denis1112 said, 10 months ago

    @Michael wme

    The debt is well over 17 trillion dollars and counting rather quickly.

  14. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 10 months ago

    @Habenero Hound

    I was replying to cubefarmer, who was specifically talking about the defense budget. I wholeheartedly agree that both sides of the political divide are as guilty of pork barrel spending as the other side. I’ve stated that on the GoComics fora in the past. To my knowledge, the Democrats’ preferred pork projects generally don’t add to the military budget, so they doesn’t have a place in my rant about the over bloated military budget.

  15. bb d

    bb d GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    Generally, I think it’s a lost cause, but I admire those with passion enough to counter falsehoods and myopia.

    I don’t generally like John Mayer, but he nailed the paradigm in the song Belief from the album Continuum. It starts out


    “Is there anyone who ever remembers
    Changing their mind from the paint on a sign?
    Is there anyone who really recalls
    Ever breaking rank at all
    For something someone yelled real loud one time?

    Oh, everyone believes
    In how they think it oughta be
    Oh, everyone believes
    And they’re not going easily

    Belief is a beautiful armor
    But makes for the heaviest sword
    Like punching underwater
    You never can hit who you’re trying for…"

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