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Choom Gang Economics

by Keith Koffler on March 4, 2014, 1:11 pm

President Obama’s FY 2015 budget, which he unveiled today, is a good budget. If you’re high.

The budget is going nowhere – it’s a document written by liberals with few areas for compromise, and the House is in the hands of Republicans.

And it’s not really a budget, because budgets are supposed to be written for people who are thinking straight. I take President Obama and his aides at their word that they believe in what they’ve created, but that doesn’t mean it’s a serious document.

The smartest people working for Obama – or at least those with a foot most securely in the real world – have always been the political types. And it’s as a political manifesto that the budget makes sense.

The budget has lots of stuff for the poor and the middle class, and it taxes the rich. And Obama, who appeared today at a school in Washington, wants to use it to let everyone know what heartless, child-despising bastards Republicans are:

I thought it was appropriate for me to say a few words about the budget that I sent to Congress this morning — because obviously the budget is not just about numbers, it’s about our values and it’s about our future, and how well we are laying the groundwork for those young children that I was with just a few moments ago to be able to succeed here in America.

Our budget is about choices.  It’s about our values.  As a country, we’ve got to make a decision if we’re going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, or if we’re going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy, and expand opportunity for every American.

At a time when our deficits are falling at the fastest rate in 60 years, we’ve got to decide if we’re going to keep squeezing the middle class, or if we’re going to continue to reduce the deficits responsibly, while taking steps to grow and strengthen the middle class.

The American people have made clear time and again which approach they prefer.  That’s the approach that my budget offers.

Well, we’ll see in November which approach they prefer, given that the current approach isn’t increasing employment or helping the economy much at all.

So Obama will talk on the campaign trail about Republicans who like to squeeze the middle class – while he wants to give them a pleasant hug – and who have no “values.” But he’s also given Republicans a nice round number to trumpet: $1 trillion in new taxes over the next decade.

Yup, that’s what Obama wants. Soak the rich to pay for the Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative, which will fund preschool for all four year olds, toddler and infant care for 100,000 children, medical research, National Parks improvements, roads, manufacturing “institutes,” climate research, job training, a new parental leave proposal, a $60 billion expansion of the earned income tax credit, and other free stuff, while cutting defense spending.

While it’s true the deficit has come down in the past few years, it’s declining from record heights, you must remember. And without real entitlement reform, it will begin to shoot right back up. And Obama barely touches entitlements.

It’s a Profile in Pusillanimity.

Every year you wait to address the crushing new debt that will be caused by Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the fixes you have to make hurt more people and hurt them worse. Obama is simply hoping to spend money today and leave the mess to be cleaned up by more responsible people later.

This is Choom Gang Economics. Party now, order out, and let someone else clean up the pizza crusts.

Some people never really grow up and become responsible. And some of them become president.

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gracepmc March 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Is there a line item for family vacations?

Scottso March 4, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Tax the rich, but the rich and powerful get things for free.
Free trips to China
Free ski trips
Free extra weeks in Hawaii
Free golf on the best courses
Free concerts (with no Ticketmaster fees)
Free food
Free transportation
Free Cable
Free everything.

DeniseVB March 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

When is the country going to come before politics for Obama ?

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Your kidding right ?

Sadie March 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm

In all fairness to Denise, she didn’t say which country.

Lee March 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm

AF Vet, Off topic. What is youir thoughts of us not sending a ship to the Black Sea. We do have the right to be there.
Would that be over the top, or do you feel it would show support for Ukraine, Poland etc.?

Langley Spook March 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Being a USN Vet I think the US should send an “ARG”; USN/USMC Amphip Ready Group in to the Black Sea… (what would Putin say or do knowing USN warships & a thousand US Marine Jar-heads are floating around in his backyard…)

DeniseVB March 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Thought that was a MEU ? Sidebar: Just consulted with ColVB, former (in the 80′s) MEU CO, he would send neither.

It’s why he didn’t make “flag” ;)

Lee March 4, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Tks for your thoughts.

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 6:15 pm

With a B-2 bomber on the side.
Nothing like a bit of air support.

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm

I wouldn’t put boots on the ground given this administration’s reputation for protecting our troops.
The ROE is so restrictive under the present regime they prohibit the warriors from making the decisions that they need to make to survive.

Langley Spook is Navy/Marine.
His answer to you is consistent with the tactics that we would employ under another administration, but not this one.
Hell, if we sent B-2′s over there, who gives the command to open the bomb bay doors ?
Obama ?

The Air Force has the capability to destroy the ships that Putin has sitting there.
Remember Pearl Harbor ?

Lee March 5, 2014 at 9:17 am

Thanks for your thoughts.

Sadie March 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm

“This is Choom Gang Economics. Party now, order out, and let someone else clean up the pizza crusts.”

Caught on camera Obama’s top notch economists designing a budget.
LOL (one minute +)

swedishlady March 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

You turn the spotlight on his hypocrisy, Keith, excellent !

Girly1 March 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I’m beginning to think Obama should be punished with a third term so that he can wallow in his second term mess (which will be significantly worse than the first term mess) and finally suffer the consequences – impeachment – or worse. High crimes and misdemeanors carry a stiff penalty.

veritaseequitas March 4, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Bite your tongue. I say we deny him a Presidential Library. What would he put in it anyway? The thousands of pages of his failed health insurance takeover? A diorama of him on the golf course? Menus from all the fancy restaurants he has eaten at?

Girly1 March 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm

He doesn’t get a Library – just a photo gallery (preferably in Kenya).

Car in March 4, 2014 at 1:59 pm


They should put his “library” right beside a golf course.

Sadie March 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

A series of “mug shots” should be sufficient.

Julie Brueckheimer March 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Amen to all of you.

DeniseVB March 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Doesn’t he have to raise about 500 million before he gets a library? He better raise it soon so he has time to use taxpayer money to pay his donors back double with “little favors” :D

Sadie March 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Well, there are the ‘pardons’ to come – that should cover library expenses.

Playrighter March 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Will he have to compete with the Clintons and the Billions they plan to raise for Hillary’s run?

Maybe Obama and Clinton can create (and fund?) a Global Library to Combat Unequal Distribution of Wealth.

Langley Spook March 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm

…Ive been reading alot of late Roman history nowadays (end of the Empire)… makes me think about this ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ and his regime…

DeniseVB March 4, 2014 at 5:53 pm

I always think of the Roman Empire when I get ticked off at our corrupted political system, as in, how long can we do this? Didn’t the Romans at least last for 7 centuries? We’re barely at our 3rd.
Down Twinkles :(

veritaseequitas March 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm

This moron acts like nobody ever made it to the top in the USA. This is the one place in the world that you can be born with nothing, or come here with nothing, and end up rich and famous.
What the hell is wrong with Barry’s mind?
And putting 4 year olds in union run, state sponsored schools? Maybe when hell freezes over.
He is so full of crap, it is painful to even acknowledge that is POTUS.

Sadie March 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm

“putting 4 year olds in union run, state sponsored schools”

Hammer meet nail or ‘sickle’ – it’s the very reason the Left denigrates charter schools – they’re union-free.

Playrighter March 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Again, the “grown up in the room” addresses his favorite constituency: low information children

Even the Politico “Breaking News” gave away the ruse:

“President Barack Obama proposed a $3.901 trillion budget that would raise taxes on the rich, expand tax credits for the poor and middle-class and serve as a White House wish list.

Though very little of it is expected to become law – or even be seriously considered for legislation at the Capitol – Obama’s budget serves as a benchmark for congressional Democrats heading into November’s midterm elections.”

Star March 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

If he bankrupts the rich, who will give those kids at Powell their fast food jobs?

srdem65 March 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Outline for the 2014 budget
Teacher’s union – check
UAW union – check
Trade unions – check
Soak the rich – check
More welfare money – check
Fool the middle class – check
Get the toddlers in government schools – check
Sqeeze the military – check
Hire more government union workers – check
Raise taxes on everyone – check
Spend, spend, spend – check

Sadie March 4, 2014 at 3:09 pm

I checked and it’s choke, strangle and suffocate until asphyxiated!

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Great post Keith !
I feel that Obama is still under the illusion that people are still taking his rhetoric as doctrine.
Personally, I am sick of seeing his image and tired of hearing his voice.
His credibility is waning among the American People and it has tanked among the people of the rest of the world, many of whom have lived in repressive regimes and are warning America that that is where we are headed.

Barry likes to talk big, and the world leaders are laughing at him and US for allowing him to take this Country to Her knees.

I’ll never forget the statement that he made,….”if you bring a knife, we’ll bring a gun.”
Arrogance, a little skinny bully that has surrounded himself with people that are as nefarious as he is to get him to the position that he now holds.

Hollow threats against the fiber of Americans will come back to bite him in the ass.
And it is starting.

Mandy Manners March 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Don’t forget him telling us how to polarize our neighborhoods by arguing with our neighboors and getting in their faces.

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Yes Mandy I remember that.
Time for someone to get in his face.
That would be US in the 2014 elections.
I am sick of him pissing across our bow.

Mandy Manners March 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Putin’s doing that right now.

Julie Brueckheimer March 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Putin’s pissing across our bow is less serious than Obama doing it. We expect it from Putin: that’s just world geopolitics. You don’t expect it from our own President. That’s the rot from within.

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Amen and agree Julie.
The very fact that they are trying to restrict the broadcast industry as to their content tells me that they are becoming desperate to maintain the power that they have over the airwaves.

Mandy Manners March 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I was refering to Putin’s testing an ICBM at this time.

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Yes,…and that too !

Julie Brueckheimer March 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm

So was I. Read your comment below. : – ))

Lee March 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I do not remember that. Was that a serious comment from him?
When was such a comment made?

DeniseVB March 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

the knife-gun comment ? Yes, he made it during a campaign rally in 2008.

Lee March 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm

It is so depressing, when I find out other things that he has said and done that I was unaware of.
We all know he has a load that none of us are aware of at this point.
We should all make a small note and hide it for our kids and future relatives to find, that states we did our best to know all we could.

Lee March 4, 2014 at 6:16 pm


Playrighter March 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said in Philadelphia last night. “Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”

DeniseVB March 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Thanks for posting the link playrighter! I usually do but wasn’t sure which quote Lee was concerned about.

Lee March 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I wonder if he has any family members on his mom’s side that are still alive that went though the depression, WWIi, etc.
If not he must have one or two family members that he could speak to who know what their elders went though, did without during the depression and pulled their boot straps up, worked hard and was a part of this Country getting back on its feet.
Maybe that is worthless. If he cared about his mom’s side of the family he would not be a part of all the intrusion of this administration and all the scandels.

bettyangelo March 4, 2014 at 6:15 pm

The universe was created when Barry was conceived, and exists for his majesty’s pleasure. After five years of him exhibiting his divine genius, you’d think you people would get it.

Julie Brueckheimer March 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Good comment, AFVet.

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

TKS ! :)

Marcus March 4, 2014 at 4:36 pm

On your last line, as of his key mentors, the Rev. Wright, would say to Obama—-The CHICKensss haavveeeee come HOOOMMME to roooost.

Ellen March 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Whew! Don’t hold back, Keith, tell us what you really think about Obama’s fairy tale, uh, budget. Oh, I SO want the Dems to lose the Senate this time around.

Scottso March 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm

If the GOP takes the Senate we can’t have McConnell in charge or Boehner in charge.

The American people want people who know what they are talking about and can articulate it.

KC March 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

“At a time when our deficits are falling at the fastest rate in 60 years.”. Really POTUS what world are you living in that this is happening? Certainly not in Real Ville like the rest of us have to live in.

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

He lives in a mansion called the White House.
He is surrounded by 24 hr. security and can ring a bell to get any food that he wants anytime of the night or day.
He has two dogs that he pays someone $100,000 dollars a year to walk them and clean up their poop.
He has a private movie theater and access to a personal gym, a bowling alley, a basketball court.
He has a 747 at his beck and call, fully outfitted with a military group that are always on the aircraft and are monitoring every aspect of what could possibly be a threat.

What a life !!!

Mandy Manners March 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm

“He has two dogs that WE pay someone $100,000 dollars a year to walk them and clean up their poop.”

Slight tweak, AFVet.

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Noted !
You are correct.

Playrighter March 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm

It will be interesting to see how his lifestyle changes post-White House. (Unless, of course, he is bestowed with plenty of “gifts” — including millions of dollars for doing what he does best — speak to adoring fans.)

Lindy March 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm

You forgot to mention all the family trips and Moochelle’s vacations, on which she takes the children, her mother, and various other relatives listed as her “senior advisors.” Maybe the mother is a “senior”…but the others not so much.

Girly1 March 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm

He’s a liar! He more than doubled the deficit in his first year. When Bush left in Jan. 2009 the deficit stood at $458B (and that was after the financial crash). Obama doubled it to $1.4T in 2009,. It didn’t drop until fiscal year 2012-2013. It is still $200B more than it was when he took office. He hasn’t cut one penny from Bush’s deficit.

Marcus March 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm

One of Obama’s most chilling abilities is that he can look right straight into the camera and tell the biggest boneheaded lie, and not skip a beat. No guilt, no looking aside, no beads of sweat on the brow, no compunction. He does this even when he knows the lie will exposed as soon as the camera turns off. And when he’s caught, he lies about telling the lie. There’s something deeply not right with this guy.

ImNoDhimmi March 5, 2014 at 7:28 am

Narcissistic sociopaths such as Barry are able to lie, and lie, and lie without care or compunction. Even worse, they are often smooth and charming, so people believe and buy into their lies. Think Ted Bundy. Barry is very like him, and in the end will be responsible for more deaths than Bundy ever dreamed of.

Mandy Manners March 4, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Russia test-fired an ICBM today.

Julie Brueckheimer March 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

You know, this and Ukraine should be hurting Hillary’s chances. Isn’t she the author of the “restart button”? Together with Moron-in-Chief maybe. But will the Republicans make something of this? Nah.

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm

The “reset button” was an indication of what we could expect from this administration.
The translation was wrong, and it indicates the the inability of the state department to translate a simple term into Russian.
Hillary laughed after the Russian said that it was a wrong translation.
Hillary was a bumbling idiot, being controlled by a bumbling idiot in charge of the strongest Country in the world.

Now the current Secretary of State is another arrogant fool that goes across the world and expounds upon what the Obama administration demands that everyone needs to conform to.

Kerry, the ketchup king, is making demands to world leaders.
Where would he be without his wife ?

Julie Brueckheimer March 4, 2014 at 6:36 pm

In a pickle? (I know, groan.)

Lee March 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I just read that. It seems he did it after Kerry’s speech.

Lee March 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm

It states that the lauch site, Kapustin Yar, it is near Volga River about 280 miles east of Ukranian Border.

Mandy Manners March 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Media are reporting that, in accordance with the terms of the START Treaty, we were notified ahead of time.

Lee March 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm

That is why I read as well. How far ahead were we notified?

Mandy Manners March 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

I don’t know.

CiscoKid March 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm

When the 10, 9, 8, 7… countdown started.

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Call the NSA .

Mandy Manners March 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm
Lee March 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I mentioned yesterday I have been reading the Emails and tweets on the BBC. These are journalist from all over and regular citizens from all over.
If a couple of people from Poland, etc., way back when could have asked everyone not to list to all of Hitler’s propoganda. You never know.
I mentioned this site yesterday, I hope Keith and the fellow readers are not offended that I am mentioning it again.
Can you imagine if people from Poland, etc. years….. ago were able to do this?

Mandy Manners March 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm

When someone tells you who he is, believe him.

Lee March 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Many of the people and journalist are named.

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Be very careful Lee.
I can call myself anything I want to on the internet.
Be cautious as to what messages you get in your e-mail.
If you don’t know them,…delete it.

Lee March 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm

I appreciate the warning.
I understand people can say they are King Tut on sites.

DeniseVB March 4, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Wasn’t that a scheduled test ? We knew about it, had our approval and all that stuff?

AFVet March 4, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Of course we did.
And we will be alerted to the next one also.
Carry on.

bettyangelo March 4, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Excellent article, Keith. Keep the faith, and God bless.

Julie Brueckheimer March 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm


AZ Granny March 4, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Does anybody in the WH ever check out the optics before Obama gives his speech? This is our Preezy, Mr. TOUGH GUY, speecifying on a kid’s alphabet rug, of all things. Putin probably laughed til he cried.

Darkangel March 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Never mind impeachment. Can’t we just get Congress to agree that the man is too mentally incompetent to continue to hold office?

ImNoDhimmi March 5, 2014 at 7:32 am

Sadly, if Barry was removed from office, another mentally incompetent fool would replace him. But at least Biden wouldn’t be as dangerous.

Langley Spook March 5, 2014 at 7:42 am

99% of Congress is mentally incompetent.

Tovarisch March 4, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Cease all this imperialist yankee running dog anti revolutionary banter comrades! You will submit to Premier Obamas will! Come comrades!….join with me in singing The Internationale!

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