Economics

GOP's "Tread Boldly" Budget Doc About as Useful as a Bucket of Armpits

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Reason Contributing Editor and San Francisco Chronicle scribe Carolyn Lochhead takes a look at the GOP's new 15-page booklet "Tread Boldly," which is supposed to stop the "reckless spending binge" that, well, began under a Republican president and Congress. The headline sums up the waste of paper the report signifies: GOP leaders lack concrete plans to reduce debt.

Among the ideas for reducing the nation's $13 trillion debt (mislabeled "deficit" in the pamphlet) is a call to "eliminate unnecessary and duplicative federal programs," a well-worn bullet point that fails to name any such program. Others, such as canceling what's left of the bank rescue and President Obama's stimulus in addition to freezing federal hiring, are slightly more specific but yield sums nowhere near what's necessary to tame the rising debt.

The document calls for extending $3.1 trillion in expiring Bush administration tax cuts, the vast majority of which Obama and Democratic leaders wholeheartedly embrace, except for the tax cuts for high earners. Defense spending, which has more than doubled since 2001, dwarfing every other budget category, goes unmentioned. The most telling omission is Medicare, the jet engine of U.S. deficits….

GOP leaders…ruled cuts to Medicare off the table in this year's health care debate by eviscerating Democrats for trimming the program to pay for health care to the uninsured and casting themselves as protectors of seniors. Republican leaders have similarly ruled the defense budget and tax increases off limits, ensuring that the debt would continue to soar should they assume power.

They have ignored a bipartisan plan to slash military spending by almost $1 trillion over the next decade. Among other things, the proposal by Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Ron Paul, R-Texas, would remove thousands of U.S. troops stationed in Japan and Germany since World War II, arguing that the United States is subsidizing its rich allies.

The Frank-Paul proposal, called "Debt, Deficits & Defense," argues that the defense budget has grown so large that it is weakening U.S. security by endangering the country's economy.

Reason columnist Veronique de Rugy gets in the zinger:

"Republicans don't have a plan" to cut spending, said Veronique de Rugy, an economist and budget expert at George Mason University's Mercatus Center and a conservative think-tank veteran. "I don't want to even say they've given up on free-market ideas, because that would be too nice to them."

Read more. The story is depressing but dead-on in detailing how the GOP, which has snubbed Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) semi-serious budget cutting plan, is full of crap when push comes to shove. They have proven themselves time and again, in word and deed, incapable of seriously grappling with reducing even the rate of growth of spending, let alone absolute, year-over-year cuts. In noting the Paul-Frank plan on defense spending, Lochhead's story also suggests that the real solutions are likely to come from unlikely alliances that reach across party lines. Certainly both parties got us into the mess and it's likely that both will need to get us out on some level. That sort of happened during the late '90s, even though spending was never actually cut.

Look for a special issue of Reason this fall that will make specific suggestions to trim the federal budget six ways to Sunday. In the meantime, offer up ideas in the comments!

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  1. Again proving that the only value of the current GOP is to provide enough Red vs. Blue fighting to stop any further substantive stupidity in congress.

  2. My idea (props to The Jacket) is to stop subsidizing buckets of armpits.

    1. The deodorant and razor lobby will not allow this.

      1. Axillism: Sexual climax achieved by rubbing the penis in the armpit of a partner.

        Also known as: Bagpiping, huffling or pit-job.

        1. Thanks for the visual.

        2. Well. Isn’t that interesting.

        3. Thanks. I learned something here today.

        4. As though the boys don’t smell bad enough, some idiot had to think of another stanky place to put a dick.

          Axillism. Do they make Axe for chicks? Maybe Axe-stroglide will take on this market.

        5. Axillism: Sexual climax achieved by rubbing the penis in the armpit of a partner.

          Also known as: Bagpiping, huffling or pit-job.

          Why am I not surprised that you know these terms?

      2. You’re just a shill for Big Hygiene.

  3. which is supposed to stop the “reckless spending binge” that, well, began under a Republican president and Congress.

    Lincoln?

    1. When I try to come up with the beginning of the “reckless spending binge”, I go back to the thirties. Where, oddly enough, the Dems held the Presidency and the Congress.

    2. Grossly unfair to the GOP… the purse string are held by CONGRESS, and since the 1930s the only time the Republicans had control was a few years in the 1940s and 1950s, where they WERE fiscally conservative (cut spending, etc), and 1994, where the Congress for the first time in a generation balanced the budget, and without raising taxes but cut spending lower than GDP growth.

      The REAL times when spending shot up? 1930s. 1964-1968. 1970s. 2006-2010 … consistent theme? Democrats in Congress.

      1. No love for me?

  4. “In noting the Paul-Frank plan on defense spending, Lochhead’s story also suggests that the real solutions are as liklely to come from unlikely alliances that reach across party lines.”

    Name another sector other than the military that the Democratic party will allow one cent to be cut from.

    1. Rep Barney Frank and other urban Democrats have called for cutting or ending farm subsidies. Even Michael Dukakis propsed this when he ran for President.

      Of course farm state Democrats join with farm state Republicans to keep them going.

      1. GOP Congress under Armey and Gingrich cut them, the Dems under Pelosi and Reid greatly expanded them. After the Dems increased spending by 40% in 4 years and quadrupled the deficit. … NOBODY outspends the Democrats on ANYTHING.

  5. End Dept.’s of Energy, Education & Commerce, for starters, then end all subsidies for all businesses.

    1. None of that will dent it though. The big problems are SS, and Medicare. If those aren’t fixed nothing else matters.

      1. I agree that SS & Medicarecaid are the biggies but they need to start small.

      2. But losing the other departments will make SS and Medicare look like bigger problems as a % of government spending…

    2. I’d keep Commerce and change its purpose to ending state restrictions on interstate business (like not allowing consumers to purchase insurance across state lines). But it could be seriously pared back. And I’m with you on the rest.

  6. GOP leaders lack concrete plans to reduce debt

    I’m sure this is “news” to someone.

  7. Balanced budget amendment.

    1. The government ignores other amendments, why would it pay attention to that one?

  8. “Level funding” for 3-5 years. Take it or leave it … the government has unmatched bargaining power.

  9. Is it realistic to think that politicians will voluntarily reduce the amount of resources they can get their hands on? It’s like asking King Kong not to snatch up airplanes and hot chicks or Godzilla to not stomp buildings. It’s in their nature.

  10. 10% cut across the board. No exceptions. This applies to public sector employee pay as well. Reduce 5% per year until we have the budget cut in half. The politics can be where to shuffle the deck chairs around, not adding more of them.

    1. What’s sad is that it would be relatively easy to cut government spending with abandon right now, under cover of the economic crisis. Granted, some spending would remain politically difficult to reduce much–like SS or Medicare–but that leaves plenty of room to destroy and eliminate large swaths of government.

      1. Yeah there was a post here a while ago–forgot which thread–where some sharp commenter here cut the budget by like 40 percent without touching defense, SS, or Medicare. Basically you would have to elimiate or slash pretty much everything else. It’s doable, at least in the abstract.

        1. Even a moratorium on new spending would be a start. No more trillions in payoffs to political friends. . .that sort of thing.

        2. It’s doable, at least in the abstract.

          Can I move to Abstract?

          1. So long as you take your canola rape plants with you.

      2. What’s sad is that it would be relatively easy to cut government spending with abandon right now, under cover of the economic crisis. Granted, some spending would remain politically difficult to reduce much–like SS or Medicare–but that leaves plenty of room to destroy and eliminate large swaths of government.

        Not with a scapel but a double bladed ax. That anyone even bothers trying to justify the departments of Education, Commerce, Labor, Homeland Security (those deck chairs should be over here), Housing and Urban Developement, and Agriculture boggles an intelligent mind.

        Yes, there are a few programs in that hall of bureaucratic shame that we should retain, move them to what’s left.

        1. And cut the defense budget 30-50%, raise the social security (and medicare) retirement age, and eliminate the home mortgage tax deduction.

          1. And completely rewrite the tax code removing every special interest deduction/incentive/exemption in it. The whole goddam thing should weigh less tha 50 pounds when printed out.

            And end the fucking insanity of the War on Drugs Liberty.

            1. J sub D

              I thought you hated threaded comments.

              ;P

  11. the “reckless spending binge” that, well, began under a Republican president and Congress.

    Bullshit.

    The reckless spending binge began a lot further back than that.

    It was called the “New Deal”

  12. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is so incredibly ripe for outright elimination it is crazy.

    You would think, if it could EVER happen, a department could be considered for cancellation after it aided and abeted the “worst recession since ever.”

    Unfortunately, this is all just a pipe dream, at least until buyers stop buying our bonds: note to bond-buyers STOP BUYING OUR BONDS!

    1. Think how much worse The Great Recession would be if not for the brave work of HUD.

      1. But without HUD, we wouldn’t have the tremendous successes of urban America like Detroit, Camden, Bridgeport and Cleveland!

  13. eviscerating Democrats

    As gratifying as that would be, I think the word you seek is “excoriating”.

    yr wlcm

    1. No, I think he had it right.

  14. The Department of [insert department name here] is so incredibly ripe for outright elimination it is crazy.

    It’s like Mad Libs!

  15. It’s stories like this that make me think our best option is to vote a super-duper majority of Democrats in. That’ll hasten the collapse of the US Economy can lead to a true overhaul of DC. Until then, this Republicrat BS (almost identical policies separated by a few social issues and loud ideologically vapid BS) will simply continue the road to doom, albeit at a slower pace.

    1. Shut up, dude. That was my idea.

      FIRSTIES!

    2. So you’re saying we should metaphorically choose to get gang-raped repeatedly to prevent the possibility that we might, under certain circumstances, maybe get get lightly raped later on.

      Your idea totally sucks.

      1. I’d like to end up rape free. Obviously, the beat-down that the GOP took in 2008 didn’t lead to a clarity of focus. The Tea Party movement is helping, but it’s not enough.

        1. The Tea Party is just a Republican Cats Paw to let disaffected types vent for a while before going back to being loyal R-voters without the party actually having to change anything.

        2. Sorry MP, but rape is part of the social contract.

      2. More that if you’re going to lose the tug-of-war anyways, letting go of the rope and watching the other team fall on their butts is the most entertaining option left.

      3. I think the idea is to trick them into raping us so hard that they rape us to death, after which we won’t have to actually experience the ongoing rape of our slowly decaying corpse.

    3. This idea makes a little too much sense. And we would get to learn Cantonese and Japanese to boot!

      1. Watch it, “RC”. I’ve got my eye on you.

  16. You know, I bet a bucket of armpits would scare the fuck out of any would-be intruders. They’re great for practical jokes, too – just leave a bucket out to warm in the sun, and then place it in the annoying co-worker’s office, cube, locker: the possibilities are endless!

    So budget doc – not nearly as useful as a bucket of armpits.

  17. Peruse the coverage of Gates’ proposed Pentagon Bureaucracy cuts, if you want to see how serious Congress is about getting spending under control.

    Reader’s Digest version:

    “But we NEED that! Waaaaaaaaaaah! You can’t take those paychecks out of MY district, it’s NOT FAAAAAAAIR!”

  18. takes a look at the GOP’s new 15-page booklet “Tread Boldly,” which is supposed to stop the “reckless spending binge” that, well, began under a Republican president and Congress

    heh. well played, sir!

  19. Summary execution for any politician that proposes new or increased spending on anything.

    The year after this is implemented will be known as “the year without a congress.”

  20. Even a moratorium on new spending would be a start. No more trillions in payoffs to political friends. . .that sort of thing.

    Is there no limit to your heartlessness?

  21. Was the idea that Republicans were about anything other than regaining Congress ever in doubt? Fuck, the idiots’ loudest opposition to Obamacare was that it was being financed by cuts to Medicare (aka “the socialism we’re okay with”).

    Once you’ve dined at the Big Government table, nothing else will ever satisfy. Far too many conservatives are interested in conserving what are essentially Johnson-era socialist ideals with a side dish of constitution revivalism. It ain’t gonna fucking work.

    I would be surprised if the tea party types were able to take control over the established goons, first of all, and secondly I really doubt their constituents really want massive spending cuts anyway. Do they really have the stomach for defense cuts? What about the feel good shit that progressives will hammer them on, like abolishing the Dept. of Edjimication, mandates for Medicaid and SCHIP? What about flipping public sector unions and government workers the bird – how will that play in Peoria?

    The only way the Republicans have a chance at redemption (for me, anyway) is if their entire current leadership, all their talking heads, and all their big money supporters commit seppuku at noon on tax freedom day in Lafayette Park. For the pro-establishment constituents, they can sell home-suicide kits as a fundraiser. Only after those fuckers are gone will it be possible to get some people that are disinterested in the idea that government is here to save us and interested in saying “no” to spending on a regular basis.

    1. I like the seppuku idea.

    2. Wouldn’t it be more productive for them to suicide bomb the Democrat leadership and their supporters?

    3. “. Far too many conservatives are interested in conserving what are essentially Johnson-era socialist ideals with a side dish of constitution revivalism. ”

      The number of real conservatives who think that is ZERO.
      Can we at least, though, quit whining about politicians who lack the courage to ‘commit seppuku’ by supporting things that will make them lose elections. … here’s a hint: THERE ARE MEN OF COURAGE LIKE THAT, BUT THEY LOSE ELECTIONS AND DISAPPEAR!
      “What about flipping public sector unions and government workers the bird – how will that play in Peoria?”
      Who cares? Govt unions are pouring about $80 MILLION to defend Democrat liars in Congress against Repub challengers. Even if it ‘plays well’, the special interests for Big Govt are crushing their enemies.

      The way out? Simple – Help the GOP win now, then hold feet to fire later. Making them mincemeat for Big Govt Dems is a fools errand.

  22. It is my understanding that the Obama stimulus raised non defense domestic spending by 50% accross the board. How about eliminating that? Or better yet promise to go back to the big spending Bush years by capping total spending at 2004 +inflation levels.

    I bet that piss any gesture alone would go a long way to solving the deficit. But neither party will do it because they are beholden to the parasite class not the country.

    And the Republicans are just signing their own death warrants. They are getting one last chance. If they don’t do something, there will be a serious third party by 2014 at the latest. And the Republicans will go the way of the whigs.

    1. I agree, the near future offers the best chance so far for a real third party alternative. If the Repubs take over and run the country into the ground further I think 2014 or 2016 may bring some very interesting shit.

    2. Hmmm.

      Not a bad idea.

      Cut spending by first peeling back the most recent layers (i.e programs) that were added on – like Obamacare, like the new education “entitlement” like the “stimulus” spending, etc.

    3. They need to take their cues from Chris Christie, level with the American people that We Are Out of Money, and fucking lead for a change.

      That will never happen with the careerist shitheels they have as leadership, however.

    4. “It is my understanding that the Obama stimulus raised non defense domestic spending by 50% accross the board. How about eliminating that?”

      Yes it did.

  23. In the meantime, offer up ideas in the comments!

    Social Security and Medicare: make them both voluntary, and make them financed entirely out of those voluntary payments. Anyone can permanently opt out of paying, if they also agree to permanently give up any benefits whatsoever, including the benefits allegedly “accrued” to them.

    OK, that reduces the federal budget by over half.

    Get rid of the unconstitutional stuff like the Department of Education, and you’re down to 10-20% of the current spending.

    1. “OK, that reduces the federal budget by over half.”

      No it wouldn’t. SS is a ponzi scheme. Letting people opt out is what kills a ponzi scheme. If you did that, young people would stop paying but you would still owe old people their money. It would explode the deficit even more.

      1. Put this together with Death Panels, and we’re about 20 years from a surplus.

    2. Get rid of the unconstitutional stuff like the Department of Education

      Why do you hate children? People will die!

    3. 1. Be honest with the American people and tell the truth about the impending bankruptcy of SS and Medicare.

      2. Say that before you cut one person’s social security or medicare, you are going to make sure that everything else that can be cut will be cut. That puts liberals in the position of arguing to cut social security and medicare to fund their cronies.

      3. Don’t worry about federal pay levels. You can do that later. Worry about employee levels. That means eliminating things. Start with

      1. HUD
      2. OSHA
      3. Agriculture
      4. FEMA
      5. Education
      6. Energy (but move the nuke stuff over to DOD)
      7. DHS (replace it with an integrated border enforcement agency. Get it out of the emergency management, infrastructure protection and local LE business)
      8. TSA let the airports go back to ensuring their own security
      9. Labor

      Eliminate all of that. And then see where you are on the deficit and go from there.

      1. Since these are all festering wounds of the executive-branch, what stops the Prez from issuing a shitload of pink-slips and an executive order or two? Like a reverse-FDR.

        1. The 1974 budget act. If Congress appropriates the money, the President has to spend it by law. I have always thought that law was ripe for a Constitutional crisis. I would love to see a President impound the money and refuse to spend it. And then tell the Congress to fuck off how many divisions do you have. Let the Congress argue to the country that the President needs to fund their pork.

          1. Pres wins this one, as long as there aren’t riots. Has the budget act ever been challenged?

            Clinton v. City of New York comes to mind.

      2. DEA – not needed
        BATF – not needed
        Cut DOJ, BOP, and courts 10% to make up for the loss of all the makework from DEA and BATF
        NEH
        NEA

    4. 1. Gradually phase out Social Security–the less you have paid into the system the less you will get. Get rid of it entirely for the youngest workers.

      2. Cap the Medicare budget and apply income limits. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet can afford their own health care.

      3. Get rid of unconstitutional/duplicative departments–Education, Energy, Commerce, HUD, and doubtless others.

      4. End the War on Drugs, at least the federal version. Let states decide how to enforce drug laws.

      5. End Medicaid. Let states worry about how to provide health care to their poor. Cap funding and give it to states in block grants.

      6. Get the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, except for the number required to protect vital US interests there. NO nation building. They can build their own nations however they want to. While we are at it, shut down most overseas bases–Europe can pay for its own defense.

      7. End all federal subsidies, beginning with farm subsidies. Businesses can stand or fall on their own merits.

      8. All Federal employees get paid at levels comparable to the private sector, with defined contribution retirement plans they are responsible for.

      That would be a good start.

      1. Also forgot, eliminate TSA and Homeland Security. Let airlines and the myriad other federal LE agencies worry about airline security.

        1. +1 Where do I sign up for your newsletter?

  24. People will die!

    Feature.

  25. Really, comment 39 and I’m the first one to specifically cite Ag subsidies as something that could go? Or just play Thunderdome with special interest group funding….

    “Gee, farmers, we’d really like to subsidize you but we have to give raises to the teachers…”

    1. I think agriculture is so far up the list of most here it has rolled over and is now at the bottom headed back to towards the top picking up speed.

      It’s pretty much a given for most here.

      1. Fair enough. I have no problem being Captain Obvious. Low hanging fruit is just as ripe.

        1. Eliminating the entire department was number three on my list.

          1. Check the timestamps dude.

  26. Ed Gein kept a bowl of salted labias next to his bed in case he wanted a snack in the middle of the night.

      1. MadV13

        Is theis th real video? or? just fan-made? but still great one!

  27. Even if the GOP were sincere about cutting the budget, going into specifics before the election would be absolutely insane.

    For instance, if they say they want to cut back on electric eel abatement programs, the Dems will drag a weeping mother before some committee or other to explain how her daughter was killed by electric eels and no amount of deficit cutting will bring back her little girl. Then the three networks and CNN will run the story 20 times a day for a week, giving us updates from eel experts and maybe even stream video an undersea eel-cam to show how dangerous they are to our way of life.

    1. This is exactly why the GOP is being as vague as possible as to what spending they would cut. Well, either that or they aren’t at all sincere in the first place.

      1. GOP Congress under Armey and Gingrich cut them, the Dems under Pelosi and Reid greatly expanded them. After the Dems increased spending by 40% in 4 years and quadrupled the deficit, its mindboggling to criticize the GOP for not having enough ‘specifics’. They have enough, it’s repeal Obamacare and you’ve got a TRILLION $$ Right there.

  28. It’s odd, whenever lists of “federal departments to be eliminated” comes up, the DEA is almost never listed. Getting rid of that useless, destructive organization would be a huge win.

    1. Thanks to asset forfeiture, it pays for itself and then some.

      1. I don’t think even with all they steal through asset forfeiture they can pay for 200,000 people in prison. At $25,000 a year, that’s $5 billion. Add to that all of the salaries of the DEA goons, the billions we waste giving to foreign governments, etc. etc.

    2. Very true. And the ATF as well and a whole chunk of the FBI. I would totally reorganize federal law enforcement. I would get the FBI out of the ordinary criminal business altogether. It serves no function anymore. In 1925, I could knock off a bank in Georgia and go to California and no one would know who I was. That created a good reason to have a federal interstate law enforcement agency. But those days are gone. State and locals communicate with each other instantaneously. Is there any reason why the FBI should investigate bank robberies rather than the local cops?

      The FBI ought to do two things; anti terrorism and government corruption and nothing else. Those are two areas that the states really can’t do by themselves.

      I would put the FBI out of justice in in the same cabinet department with ICE and CBP and USSS and have on federal LE agency that only does specifically federal crimes (border enforcement, counterfeiting, terrorism, and government corruption).

  29. The sad reality is that Med/SS are still the third rail of politics, and after GW Bush’s attempt to privatize a portion of Social Security failed so spectacularly Republicans would rather shoot themselves in the foot than let democrats make the claim that they are going to take away their SS checks and Medicare coverage.

    Paul Ryan’s plan is a start, and it’s a damn mess more than anything anyone else has proposed. We can fault the republicans for not following or supporting plans like this but it’s disingenuous to say that they haven’t proposed anything.

  30. Step 1: Leash the Beast.

    (1) Cap each department’s budget at 2003 levels. This year’s tax receipts are about equal to the entirety of 2003 expenditures.

    (2) Close most overseas military bases. Leave a couple of big ones in strategic places in case we need to stage troops there. Out of South Korea, out of Europe, etc.

    Tell the Iraqis and Afghanis to get their shit together – if they can’t put a decent country together on their own in a couple of years, they never will. Plan to be completely out of those two crapholes in no more than three years.

    Step 2: Grow the Base/Economy

    (1) Tax reform. Dramatically simplify the tax code. Get rid of income tax and go with a VAT, or get rid of all “social engineering” deductions and lower rates.

    (2) Regulatory reform. A lot of this could be done by executive order: repeal whole volumes of the Code of Federal Regulations. If Congress wants to save any of it, they can damn well pass a law with veto-proof majorities.

    Step 3: Entitlement Reform

    (1) Entitlements of all kinds are funded out of a separate tax that is enough to cover that year’s transfer payments and no more.

    (2) Phase out Social Security for younger workers a year at a time.

    (3) Raise the eligibility age for Social Security over time.

    (4) Eliminate Medicare and Medicaid and replace with a voucher system for catastrophic health insurance.

    There. Problem solved.

    1. “(1) Tax reform. Dramatically simplify the tax code. Get rid of income tax and go with a VAT, or get rid of all “social engineering” deductions and lower rates.”

      No, not a VAT, do the Fair Tax.

  31. Yeehaw: Fed buying US debt with mortgage securities investments.

    Thus ensuring they have a lock on the least valuable paper on the market.

  32. I’m still trying to figure out why everyone is such a fan of Paul Ryan. Yes, the Roadmap is impressive, but based on his previous voting record in the House, there is absolutely no evidence that he would actually vote for his own plan.

    He voted for the Auto Bailout. He voted for TARP. Jesus… the man voted for Medicare Part D – and now is saying that Medicare needs to be cut? He helped cause the problem!

    Why does anyone think this is anything more than a political stunt? He knows the rest of the GOP won’t back him, so he has nothing to lose in pushing a plan that makes him look good, but he’ll never have to stick to.

    1. It’s a start nothing more.

    2. Well, I am not a fan and is plan is frankly not nearly enough. With that said, it is pretty much the only thing on the table right now

  33. Cut federal pay & benefits down to private industry levels. And start with Congress. Not just their paychecks, also their perks and benefits — health insurance, pensions, travel, food, etc.

  34. In the meantime, offer up ideas in the comments!

    The Feds must have some prime assets to sell. I have no idea how many or how much they would bring, but I remember reading that most of Nevada was federal. Not saying that it would wipe out the debt, but it would at least soak up some of that TARP money that will eventually pour into the system.

    Wonder if a compromise could be worked out: The Demogogues sell Arizona and the Repubes sell California to the Mexicans. EZ Credit terms available.

  35. How in the hell can someone who is a Reason contributing editor and possibly a Libertarian, also work for the People’s Daily Chronicle? Back in the 60s an Education Committee member of the U.S. Communist Party told me he could get anything he wanted in the Chronicle as long as he worded it right, and he demonstrated that to me several times. I haven’t seen much change in the Chronicle since then.

  36. Just checked out the poll at SFGate. Funny how the same people which say rich people aren’t going anywhere if we raise taxes are the same people which later complain about companies not paying taxes or jobs moving overseas.

  37. Deficits are driven by rising health care costs. We can more than afford everything else we currently pay for if we can control those costs.

  38. That created a good reason to have a federal interstate law enforcement agency. But those days are gone. State and locals communicate with each other instantaneously.naruto episode dvdI could knock off a bank in Georgia and go to California and no one would know who I was. That created a good reason to have a federal interstate law enforcement agency.twilight movie dvdI haven’t seen much change in the Chronicle since then.

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