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President Barack Obama's proposed budget for 2012 outlines $3.7 trillion in spending during the next fiscal year and $8 trillion in new debt over the next decade. All without even a notion of how to pay for any of it.

What could possibly go wrong? Or right?

3 Reasons Obama's Budget (and the GOP Response) Won't Fix Anything is written and produced by Meredith Bragg, Austin Bragg, and Nick Gillespie, who also hosts. Approx 2 minutes.

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  1. At least give them a chance to fail.

    1. Done and done.

  2. Death panels ain’t looking so bad now, are they, assholes? YOU PEOPLE COST TOO MUCH MONEY.

    1. A while back at Urkobold, we joked about the Death Panels actually being Dearth Panels, where the government could allocate and distribute dearth to people.

  3. Easy to pay for it.

    All the federal government’s automobiles will be pawned at car title loan shops.

    1. That’s actually somewhat intriguing. (Similar to selling off the national parks, etc.) Got any more?

    2. I think they actually lease a lot of them.

  4. Licensing Gone Wild: Government Bureaucrats Shut Down 82-Year-Old Barber

    On Jan. 14, the Oregon Board of Cosmetology shut down his shop until he renews his license, a feat that wouldn’t seem that extraordinary except for the fact that Smith hasn’t had to take such a test since he graduated from barber school in 1956.

    Take that into account along with the fact that Smith is 82-years-old.

    After a hearing on Monday, the cosmetology board declined to let Smith cut hair again until he renews that license.

    On Monday afternoon, Smith said he was doing pretty good considering the circumstances.

    “Well they gave me a lot of literature about the test,” said Smith. “I’m still thinking about (whether or not to take) it.”

    The cosmetology board voted to require Smith to re-take and pass the barbering practical examination in order to have his certification reinstated after being in expired status since 2006.

    http://www.tualatintimes.com/n…..6807830900

    1. It sounds like he’s taking it calmly. I would have had some choicer words to utter to the press.

  5. How about enumerating all the reasons Libetarianism will never be tried on a scale larger than a small farm? About about the reasons a libertarian magazine can’t stay afloat without donations?

      1. Too generous – an F because this is clearly plagiarised from Max.

      2. Drink! anyway.

    1. “How about enumerating all the reasons Libetarianism will never be tried on a scale larger than a small farm?” Here is the one and only reason. Most people are fucking stupid and thanks for your example.

      1. Or maybe the world isn’t just a small farm writ large, and you’re stupid for expecting it to be?

  6. What could possibly go wrong? Everything – don’t worry, the bond market will let us know when.

    Or right? Nothing. Epic fail unless you count pure and cynical political posturing a substitute for leadership.

    1. Pshaw, Alfred E. Krugman says there’s nothing to worry about because interest rates are still low.

  7. [TRIATHLON REPLYS]

    Now, We [TRIATHLON] yes even We are feeling benevolent to our [Empire] Israeli-American Empire overlords across our Southern Border, on the other side of the [GREAT LAKES], therefore we offer you Our [TRIATHLON]’s budget:

    *Freeze Medicare spending to 1% + [GDP] Gross Domestic Product Growth

    *Raise the [SS] Social Security Age to [72] Seventy-Two

    *Raise the [MM] Medicare Age to [70] Seventy

    *Eliminate all foreign [Empire] American-Israeli Empire Foothold Imperial Bases in Europe and Asia

    *Institute a [Ten] 10% [VAT] Value-Added Tax

    *Eliminate [Empire] American-Israeli Empire Farm Subsidises,

    *Cut the [Empire] Government Imperial Workforce by 20%

    *Freeze Government Imperial Workforce Salaries for [10] Ten Years

    HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN

    1. Your forgot to mention the need to stop the empire from spending money on a new Death Star. I mean the last two didn’t work, why are we building another one?

      1. Didn’t work? DIDN’T WORK?!!

        I don’t see any sith ruling the galaxy, do you? I thought not. Those death stars are working EXACTLY as intended, tyvm. It’s sith apologists like you who cut death star spending that will be the death of the New Republic.

        1. When a bunch of teenagers in something called an aluminum falcon can blow your alledged planet killing super weapon out of the sky, the guys at Lockheed Martin have sold you a bill of goods.

          1. I thought I was pretty clear. Let me be clearerer: The guys at Lockheed are Rebel plants. The entire point of the Death Stars was to waste Imperial resources while also causing the deaths of as many officers and emperors as possible.

            MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, bitches!

            Now, where’d I put my stormtrooper-helmet xylophone…

            1. But at what cost?

              Behold: The Endor Holocaust

              You sir, are worse than Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pot and every other egg breaker and omelet maker!

              1. Never happened.

                1. DENIER!!!!!11111!!!!eleventy!!!eat@joes!!!

              2. Ewoks: They’re what’s for dinner!

      2. Silly John, they worked fine! Well, despite a slight design flaw in the first one…

        But more to the point, the upkeep for clones and slave wookies (who I understand eat their weight in meat) is astronomical. Seen the price of food lately?

        Now the Imperial Fleet, there’s ya a boodoggle…

        1. I have been complaining about the wookies for years. The whole thing is just a payoff to the farmers on Tatooine. Who do you think supplies all that meat?

          1. You’ll get no argument from me about moisture farming subsidies, but trying to tie it to some Wookie Conspiracy is a stretch at best.

            1. It’s the Hutts, always the Hutts.

                1. Say, was there ever a Hutt Jedi? If not, I think they may have some basis for a discrimination claim.

                  1. why, yes there was a Hutt Jedi: Beldorian

                    Of course, he fell to the dark side, but what do you expect from a scion of a gangster clan?

                    1. Well, okay then.

            2. If you can’t spell Wookiee correctly, I can’t take you seriously.

          2. Damned Tatooine Imperial Caucuses. Some other system should get to go first, you know.

            1. If they had spent even a little fucking money on teaching the troops to shoot straight, none of the rest of it would have happened.

              1. Also, what’s up with that armor? Doesn’t work against blasters, obviously, and also appears useless against even the simplest, most primitive weapons. Why wear it?

        2. I envy R. A. Salvatore in that he was assigned the writing duties for killing off Chewbacca.

    2. Are the [] some kind of tag? Will we get a nicely printed index when all the rants are done?

      1. [CTML] CrazyTalk Markup Language

      2. CTML – The CrazyText Markup Language

      3. (CrazyTalk….Had to retype it because of the All Glorious And Very Helpful Spam Filter…)

  8. What was that bit about the Great Lakes?

    1. He’s Canadian? This explains much. 🙂

  9. KOREA AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE!

    KOREA AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE!

    [This is a Test]

    Now, everyday we try to search the Web to find something that we just feel like writing a comment upon that will make others unhappy about the comment, and we found another jewel, today’s comment was made the one and only Media Messiah Imperial President of [The Empire] The Israeli-American Empire, quote This review is aimed at ensuring that we [The MIC Military Industrial Complex of the Empire] have adequate measures in place and to identify areas where adjustments would be appropriate, unquote, this in response to the sinking of a South Korean Warship by a Submarine of the North Korean Navy, an act of war in a war that is still in progress. The question is does anyone really know what this guy is talking about, the [PRK] The Peoples Republic of Korea, North Korea is a Nuclear Armed nation under the umbrella of protection of yet a larger Nuclear Armed Sphere of Influence in the [21st] Century the [PRC] the Peoples Republic of China, Red China, a member of the [BRIC] Brazil, The Russian Federation, India, and Peoples Republic of China, [21st] Century Spheres of Influence, and the country [The Empire] is the most financially in debt too. So, what was this all about, This is a Test and the [PRK] got a slap on the wrist, a Sanction, like the [PRC] didn’t sanction the event, and will not comply with any sanctions, to a country within its [SPHERE OF INFLUENCE] and under its umbrella of protection.

    [Did You Get The Message?]

    Come on give me a break! What is an appropriate response what are adequate measures in the [21st] Century, you have got to be kidding, this is not the Korean Police Action of [1950-1953], this is not [6] Six years after [WWII] World War Two, and forget about duck and cover, there isn’t enough ducking and covering to save anyone from a Nuclear Winter. The [PRC] has been sending messages that [The Empire] has no business in its Sphere of Influence, and to begin a phased withdrawal from its Sphere;

    * Forcing an [Empire] Spy Plane to land on Chinese Territory.

    * Chasing an [Empire] Spy Ship out of the Sea of China.

    * Closing its ports to [Empire] Men of War, and any Battle Groups heading to the Islamic Crescent/Arabian Peninsula/ Hindu Cush.

    * Demanding and having the demands met that the [Empire] stop all military aide to the Nationalist Chinese held up on the [PRC] Island of Taipei, and stop any further interference between the [PRC] and its breakaway province.

    Get real folks, the [PRC] is well aware of any actions or non-actions taking place within it [SPHERE OF INFLUENCE], and to think otherwise is less than critical thinking, and dangerous thinking since the Nuclear Club Door has been kick in.

    [Marking Territory]

    Where does Japan fit into all this mess, well the answer will be a missile defense system, along with a way to drag the Japanese into a war on the Korean Peninsula, its just that simple, vise just [EMPIRE] troops to ship from the Land of The Rising Sun to that of the Land of the Morning Calm, after the [3rd] Third Nuclear Weapon, since Hiroshima and Nagasaki goes off on Nago, Okinawa Marine Corp. Base, well the Japanese will be needed to balance the [2M] Two Million Route Chinese Armies backing the [2M] Peoples Republic of Korea Army pouring into the [ROK]. That’s if they even get them there before the Peninsula is completely taken by the forces of the [PRC] and Kim Jung ILL will have completed the work started by his father Kim IL Suk giving the [EMPIRE] its worse defeat in the [Empire’s] history. So, did you hear again a missile defense system, do we know of yet another missile defense system, the Foothold Europe missile defense system maybe? The fact of the matter [ALL] the [SPHERES OF INFLUENCE] are Marking Their Territory, this is our spot in the sand box and yours is over there, the review should aim at taking our toys out of the [PRC’s] spot in the sandbox, and adequate measures in place and taken to identify where any adjustments where possible would be appropriate to make it happen very rapidly.

    HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN

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    2. Hercules has cramp between the ears!

  10. We have an entire generation of elites and a political class produced by them who completly lack imagination. It is like they can’t imagine things ever going really south, so they act like they never will even though it is obvious that is what is going to happen if they don’t do something. This political class is starting to give the one that gave us the civil war a run for its money as the worst in the nation’s history.

    1. And the next war won’t be so civil, either!

    2. It’s not just the political class who can’t imagine things ever going really south, so they act like they never will. I know lots of people who think being concerned about federal spending or even more odd, concern about civil liberties makes you kind of a paranoid. Like the shit will never hit the fan HERE.

      1. It’s a perverted form of American exceptionalism, which I shall call American invincibilism.

        The funny thing is that most of the people who embrace the “it can never happen here” philosophy at this current moment are of a leftist persuasion and have always criticized the right for such behavior.

        “Like, dude, don’t worry. American socialism… I mean…. that’ll totally work. Just watch.”

        It’s not like the Tea Partiers are clamoring in the streets because of a deep belief that America is invincible.

    3. After the next civil war we are going to refer to it as “going north”.

  11. The following lists the percentage increases (after adjusting for inflation) from FY2000 to FY2012:

    Agriculture: 648%
    Commerce: 44%
    Defense: 108%
    Education: 71%
    Energy: 92%
    HHS: 1599%
    HUD: 64%
    Interior: 28%
    Justice: 42%
    Labor: 649%
    State: 673%
    Transportation: 449%
    Treasury: 750%
    Veteran Affairs: 411%
    EPA: 9%
    NASA: 5%
    NSF: 60%
    SBA: 18%

    In total, after adjusting for inflation, the current budget is about $1.5 trillion more than Clinton’s FY2000 budget.

    1. wtf are they doing at the Department of Frikkin Agriculture? Is that all the corn/ethanol subsidy bullshit that they are using to make all our food more expensive and our cars run shittier? Least we are getting our money’s worth on that.

  12. Plus we have fucking idiots electing fucking idiots.

  13. Even if we overspend like crazy, and other countries suffer when they do the same, nothing bad will ever happen to us. See, I do believe in American exceptionalism!

    1. How about we focus on “winning the present” first?

  14. If Republicans and their lapdog conventional wisdom media machine said the biggest problem in the world right now was insects from outer space, that’s what every second article on reason would be about and what every one of you simps would be pontificating about daily. Why is the deficit the most important thing right at this moment? Polls show Americans care much more about employment than the deficit, and both can’t really be solved at the same time.

    Have to give the starve-the-beasters credit–even with a Democratic white house they haven’t let up a single bit on their neverending crusade to give poor people’s money to rich people.

    1. What’s hilarious is that you actually appear to believe the shit you write, Tony.

    2. “f Republicans and their lapdog conventional wisdom media machine said the biggest problem in the world right now was insects from outer space, that’s what every second article on reason would be about and what every one of you simps would be pontificating about daily.”

      I don’t know if you’ve noticed this or not Tony, but we’re currently running a budget deficit larger than the one incurred during World War II. We’re also quickly approaching the legal debt ceiling of some $14 trillion. I’m thinking maybe, gee, I don’t know, that’s kinda important?

      “Why is the deficit the most important thing right at this moment?”

      If you don’t get why running deficits, which largely amounts to funding things through the magic of Fed printing presses, is bad for the economy after people here have explained it to you day in and day out then you’re completely hopeless. I will not rehash explanations that have been laid out on this website by Reason’s published authors and its commentators literally for months. You either get it, or you don’t.

      “Polls show Americans care much more about employment than the deficit, and both can’t really be solved at the same time.”

      I don’t get the Left’s fetish for full employment. Inflation causes employment temporarily, sure, most everyone here gets that. You can lock up labor in unproductive efforts by just having people build up pyramids to have them knocked down again. Libertarians understand why this isn’t prudent fiscal policy, but apparently you don’t; it’s okay, Keynes didn’t either, and he won the Nobel Prize in Economics. I’d tell you to go read Bastiat’s “Parable of the Broken Window”, but it was written like, 200 years ago by some French dude, and as you like to remind us over and over again, truth has an expiration date.

      But let’s go back to the issue of employment. North Korea has full employment. Prior to bureaucratic reforms pursued by Raul Castro, Cuba maintained full employment. Under Mao Zedong, the People’s Republic of China had full employment. It is clear that “employment=economic growth” is a false paradigm. But remember Tony, libertarians have known this for centuries. You seem to think that your arguments are subtle, nuanced, and original, when quite the opposite is true.

      “Have to give the starve-the-beasters credit–even with a Democratic white house they haven’t let up a single bit on their neverending crusade to give poor people’s money to rich people.”

      I’ve given up debating property rights with you. When it comes to such basic concepts like “ownership”, you are unforgivably stupid.

      1. Yes we’re running large deficits. Is that a bigger crisis than 10% unemployment? I don’t think so. Why do you think it is? Because bobbleheads on teevee tell you it is? You have to be specific here, and tell all those unemployed people and the future unemployed why deficits and debt are such an immediate crisis that we need to sacrifice their livelihoods for it. Is it an immediate crisis, as in we’re on the brink of defaulting, or is it just a convenient excuse being trotted out by people whose agenda is to cut government services?

        So libertarians don’t care about employment, yet they advocate no social safety net. It’s not employment that concerns me as far as fixing the fiscal outlook, it’s people outside of the top 5% or so having disposable income. Yes, we need to spread the wealth, because no amount of cutting the federal budget will solve its debt problem, but increasing the size of the tax base will.

        I’ve given up debating property rights with you. When it comes to such basic concepts like “ownership”, you are unforgivably stupid.

        I’m well aware that, to you, people are entitled to whatever the status quo happens to deliver to them, however unfair, unless you’re poor of course, in which case you probably aren’t entitled to even the pittance you have.

    3. Remember Tony, politics and logic are a deadly combination. If one applies the latter too thoroughly to the former, he or she may accidentally become a libertarian.

      Better to ground your political beliefs in raw emotionalism and class warfare. I hear you get get invited to better parties, at least.

      1. Logic isn’t enough in the absence of facts.

        1. “Yes we’re running large deficits. Is that a bigger crisis than 10% unemployment? I don’t think so. Why do you think it is?”

          That is a false dichotomy, Tony. You have can have low unemployment and a budget surplus, as evident by the Coolidge administration and many other Gilded Age presidencies. There was even gradual price deflation all throughout the Gilded Age, blowing up another one of your Leftist fallacies.

          “Because bobbleheads on teevee tell you it is? You have to be specific here, and tell all those unemployed people and the future unemployed why deficits and debt are such an immediate crisis that we need to sacrifice their livelihoods for it. Is it an immediate crisis, as in we’re on the brink of defaulting, or is it just a convenient excuse being trotted out by people whose agenda is to cut government services?”

          I try not to watch network news, but your ad hominem has been duly noted. I’m not going to get into this with you again, but I’ll briefly summarize why debt and deficits are bad: it crowds out private investment, causes capital consumption, locks up labor and other resources in unproductive efforts, erodes the value of the national currency, causes regime uncertainty, and in the long run lowers the standard of living, prolongs recessions, and causes unemployment. If you are unclear on what any of these things mean, I’ll be glad to link you to appropriate material or explain it myself.

          “So libertarians don’t care about employment, yet they advocate no social safety net.”

          I’ve never claimed that I don’t care about unemployment, it’s just that employment and economic growth aren’t inseparably linked. In fact, as capital grows and improves we can expect shorter working hours and lower demand for “physical” labor, all while real wages and the standard of living rise.

          But yes, I oppose all government safety nets, though I can’t speak for everyone on this site.

          ” It’s not employment that concerns me as far as fixing the fiscal outlook, it’s people outside of the top 5% or so having disposable income.”

          Wealth disparity and differences in wage rates is a natural and necessary part of the market process, just like fluctuations and variations in the prices of goods and services. Income inequality is aggravated, however, by regulations and corporate welfare which stifles competition to the benefit of larger firms, and promote economies of scale in all industries. But using government thugs to enforce the bankrupt ideology of egalitarianism and economic democracy is something I will always oppose.

          “Yes, we need to spread the wealth, because no amount of cutting the federal budget will solve its debt problem, but increasing the size of the tax base will.”

          The upper-class are the most mobile segment of our population. They can more easily “vote with their feet” in response to higher taxes than the middle class or poor can. Google “Laffer curve”.

          If you cut government expenditures to the point where income exceeds spending, you can begin to pay down the national debt. This isn’t even economics anymore, it’s basic accounting.

          “I’m well aware that, to you, people are entitled to whatever the status quo happens to deliver to them, however unfair, unless you’re poor of course, in which case you probably aren’t entitled to even the pittance you have.”

          The free market is not a living entity and thus to claim that it can give or takes thing away from people is fallacious. No one is entitled to anything that they haven’t received via gift or exchange; all else is theft.

  15. Found your blog and decided to have a quick read, not what a normally do but nice one. Nice to see a blog for a change that isn’t full of spam and rubbish, and actually makes some sense. Anyway, nice write up.

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