Reason Writers on the Tube: Katherine Mangu-Ward Talks Budget Cuts at Freedom Watch

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Reason Senior Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward appeared on Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano to discuss competing budget proposals from Republicans Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and John Boehner as well as what, if anything, will be done to reform Social Security. Airdate: February 11, 2011.

Approximately 7 minutes.

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  1. Obama can add to his long list of disappointments to me his seeming inability to try to offer a liberal vision of smaller government. Why not offer a budget with big cuts in defense, big cuts in corporate subsidies, means testing, albeit at a very high level, of certain entitlements? It’s a sad thing to see liberalism become defined merely as spending more than than the other guys on everything…It’s worse than the liberal pols failure to enact meaningful reform in areas like foriegn policy and the war on drugs.

    1. Obama can add to his long list of disappointments to me his seeming inability to try to offer a liberal vision of smaller government.

      He cannot offer what doesn’t exist.

    2. “Obama can add to his long list of disappointments to me his seeming inability to try to offer a liberal vision of smaller government.”

      Weird. It’s almost like he prefers policies that give the government elite more power over people’s lives and the product of their labor, rather than less.

      I get the feeling that the ongoing political reorientation is killing liberalism as a distinct view; we’re going to end up being divided between Progressives (whose liberal tendencies will be muted in favor of their quest to fix other people), and a less socially conservative Libertarianism. But maybe not, old habits die hard.

  2. Don’t like high frutcose corn syrup in everything? Cut corn subsidies.

    Don’t want programs that help the needy to go bankrupt? Means test them.

    Don’t want to see us embroiled in foriegn adventurism? Cut the defense budget.

    Don’t want to see so much draconian, disparate criminal justice action? Cut the Department of Justice budget.

    Liberals need to realize that there are many traditionally liberal goals than can be furthered in small government times.

    Jesus this makes me angry…

    1. You forgot to eliminate the Dept. of Education, Energy, TSA and the EPA.

      You need more alphabet in your soup.

  3. THE [21ST] CENTURY WHAT DO YOU SEE?

    THE [21ST] CENTURY WHAT DO YOU SEE?

    [WHAT DO YOU SEE?]

    Now, we are in the [21st] Century, and the American-Israeli Empire has been dragging the problems of the [20th] Century into it, and its time that it ended, there are those that are the enemies of the Dreamers, Thinkers, Workers, and [NetCitizens] of the [21st] Century and the Champions of the Old-Think, the Empire Think, the use of paralimentary tricks to accomplish the will of the Empire, the continuation of the Empire, the global rule of the Empire with military bases of [Occupation, Footholds, Trip-wire and regional encirclement], of Wars of Economic Stimulus. They see a world of rule from within the Beltway of Washington, D.C. [District of Clowns], not doing the business of the people, but ruling the people by political backroom choice for their gains. They see the [NYC/NYSE] New York City/New York Stock Exchange as the Worlds Economic Epicenter, they see the $$$Dollar$$$ as the one and only base currency of the new World Order. They see the [20th] Century as the American-Israeli Empire all knowing, all powerful, all supreme, on Steroids, the question is WHAT DO YOU SEE!!, what do you the Dreamers, Thinkers, Workers and [NetCitizens] of this the [21st] Century see, not only for yourselves but for generations to come, for the [22nd] Century and beyond.

    [CENTRAL GOVERNMENT]

    There is a vision, of one who is a Ponder, of the [20th] Century, who’s circle of life is nearing it close, which is as life and all things must and should be [This Too Shall End], a vision where government is not based upon parliamentary tricks and backroom deals, were those in government as sent by the regions they represent to a location, not multiple time zones away from those they are sent to represent, not a government made up of [50] fifty vassal states of the [CENTRAL GOVERNMENT], too be dictated too but [8-10] eight to ten Republics were the American-Israeli Empire which now exists, upon the North American Continent, part of a new North American Sphere of Influence one of many International Spheres of Influence, forming the New Community of Nations, each with its own Geo-Economic, [Defensive] Military and Political, Structures making their own decision as to their forms of governments, and/or religious, basis. We envision Spheres of Influence working in harmony with each other, based upon a Diverse Monetary Structure, a floating value to each individual currency based upon markets values. We envision separate Sphere of Influence Economic Markets with separate currencies for the Sphere of Influence, as the Euro for the Common Market the [EU] European Union, we envision the [UN] United Nations in Brussels, and we envision [NATO] the North American Treaty Organization as no longer in existence, a relic of a bygone era.

    [DRONES OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION]

    The Ponder of the [20th] Century see’s one possible vision of the [21st] Century but that is unimportant, what is important is what do you the Dreamers, Thinkers, Workers, [NetCitizens] of the [21st in the 22nd] Century envision for yourselves, a [21st] Century of Empire on Steroids, or the ending of the Empire its division into a peaceful group of Republics, being only a separate buy equal Geo-Economic, [Defensive] Military, and Political Structure, within its own Sphere of Influence. What is it that you would want for yourselves and others to look up into the light of day, and see only the Sun and the clouds, and birds in their domain, or the cool of the evening looking into the heavens seeing the moon in its many phases, the stars on a cloudless evening, or the DRONES OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, raining down death to the innocent, prisons filled with prisoners awaiting trials without the ability to have even the show of a proper defense, after having been imprisoned, abused, beaten, tortured, for years having been given [SPECIAL RENDITION]. What do you of the [21st] Century see, and when if not brought to its end do you think it will be your fate to be a victim of that Empire, or masters of your own fates within your own communities, and Sphere of Influence, it’s the [21st] Century What Do You See?

    HERCULE TRIAHLON SAVINIEN

    1. This would be more effective using the British spelling.

    2. Wow, this guy is like a reverse Underzog with logorrhea…

    3. Oh great. Hump-Bot has become sentient. How the hell do ya turn this thing off?
      *grabs a lasso*

      1. Huh. Its comment has been duh-leet-ted!

        1. Please describe deleted content.

        2. Why? They don’t delete THE COMMANDER’S comments, after all.

  4. [TRIATHLON REPLYS]

    No, We [TRIATHLON] when addressing the Hear-Nothing, See-Nothing, Know-Nothing Imperial Citizens will speak to them in their own dialect.

    HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN

    1. Oh, okay. Thanks for clearing that up.

      1. Mr. Pro Lib, ask it if it has the same programmer as Sark and the MCP.

        1. Sure.

          HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN,

          Do you have the same programmer as Sark and the MCP?

          1. “Comb the desert”

            (combs the desert)

            “Do you think we’re being too literal?”

  5. how come there is no video link?

  6. Judge Nappy is a truther!

    Thank you, Reason, for promoting Judge Nappy and his 9/11 trutherism!

  7. Wow, that Dem “strategist” at the end sure made a good point: “You’re in the minority!” Yeah, since other people are willing to put their money into this bankrupt ‘retirement plan’ we all should be forced to.

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