Obama Budget Analysis: True Savings or Riddled with Gimmicks?

* Is a $3.8 trillion spending plan that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade
* Looks to achieve $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions through tax increases on the wealthy and removing certain corporate tax breaks. Will seek to make sure that households making more than $1 million annually pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes.
* Projects a deficit for the current budget year of $1.33 trillion, marking the fourth straight year that the deficit would top $1 trillion.
* Projects the deficit would decrease to $901 billion in the 2013 budget year, which begins October 1, confirming $3.8 trillion in spending next year, an increase of 0.2 percent over this year’s expected outlays, and a 17.5 percent increase in revenues.
* Projects deficits to gradually go down to $575 billion in 2018, which would still be higher in dollar terms than any deficits run up before Obama took office. It would be below 3 percent of the total economy, however, and thus at a level economists generally consider sustainable.
* Imposes a new $61 billion tax over 10 years on big banks aimed at recovering the costs of the financial bailout and providing money to help homeowners facing foreclosure on their homes.
* Would raise $41 billion over 10 years by eliminating tax breaks for oil, gas and coal companies and it claims significant savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
* Would increase spending on transportation projects, including efforts to expand inner-city rail services, by $476 billion.
* Proposes $30 billion to modernize at least 35,000 schools and $30 billion to help states hire teachers and police, rescue and fire department workers.
* Seeks $360 billion in savings in Medicare and Medicaid mainly through reducing payments to health care providers.
* Projects that Medicare spending will double over the coming decade from $478 billion this year to almost $1 trillion in 2022.
* Medicaid would more than double from $255 billion this year to $589 billion by 2022.
* Makes no changes to Social Security

We are all terrorists now

Every American could – literally – be labeled a suspected terrorist under current governmental criteria.

Specifically, the following actions may get a U.S. citizen labeled as a suspected terrorist today:

* Speaking out against government policies

* Protesting anything

* Questioning war(even though war reduces our national security.

* Criticizing the government’s targeting of innocent civilians with drones(although killing innocent civilians with drones is one of the main things which increases terrorism.

* Asking questions about pollution(even at a public Congressional hearing?)

* Paying cash at an Internet cafe

* Asking questions about Wall Street shenanigans

* Holding gold

* Creating alternative currencies

* Stocking up on more than 7 days of food(even though all Mormons are taught to stockpile food, and most Hawaiians store up on extra food

* Investigating factory farming

* Infringing a copyright

* Taking pictures or videos

Holding the following beliefs may also be considered grounds for suspected terrorism:

* Valuing online privacy

* Supporting Ron Paul or being a libertarian

* Liking the Founding Fathers

* Being a Christian

* Being anti-tax, anti-regulation or for the gold standard

* Being “reverent of individual liberty”

* Being “anti-nuclear”

* “Believe in conspiracy theories”

* “A belief that one’s personal and/or national “way of life” is under attack”

* “Impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

* “Insert religion into the political sphere”

* “Those who seek to politicize religion”

* “Supported political movements for autonomy”

* Being “anti-abortion”

* Being “anti-Catholic”

* Being “anti-global”

* “Suspicious of centralized federal authority”

* “Fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”

* “A belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in … survivalism”

New Occupy Chants

* “We’re smelly! We’re loud! Our parents are not proud!”

* “Our concept of rebelling! Is riots, rapes, and yelling!”

* “We’re the 99%! With some cash the unions spent!”

* “What’s the point behind this fad? Mostly to get back at Dad!”

* “Two, four, six, eight! After that, our math’s not great!”

* “Hey hey! Ho ho! This phase is one we might outgrow!”

* “The people! United! Deluded and shortsighted!”

* “99% are we! In our tents is where we pee!”

* “We’re nonviolent, we’ve got class! Watch your step, there’s broken glass!”

* “Money’s evil and it’s bad! I wrote this on my new iPad!”

* “‘You’re so violent,’ wingnuts moan! What about our Rape-Free Zones?”

* “Corporate fatcats are our foes! Our solution? No one knows!”

* “They closed our camp, it wasn’t nice! Who cares about some rats and lice?”

* “Just like Woodstock, but with Twitter! Using cop cars as our $#!++ers!”

* “We hate CPAC, yes we do! We wish we were winners too!”

‘Good Ol’ Boys’ and Preppers, or Anti-Gov’t Domestic Terrorists?

This combo of eight photos provided by the U.S. Marshals Service on Monday March 29, 2010 shows from top left, David Brian Stone Sr., 44, of Clayton, Mich,; David Brian Stone Jr. of Adrian, Mich,; Jacob Ward, 33, of Huron, Ohio; Tina Mae Stone and bottom row from left, Michael David Meeks, 40, of Manchester, Mich,; Kristopher T. Sickles, 27, of Sandusky, Ohio; Joshua John Clough, 28, of Blissfield, Mich.; and Thomas William Piatek, 46, of Whiting, Ind., suspects tied to Hutaree, a Christian militia. Jury selection is getting under way in Detroit federal court Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, nearly two years after the dramatic arrest of people who authorities say belonged to a southern Michigan militia with a goal of rebelling against the government. The trial is expected to last weeks. It involves seven of the nine people charged with belonging to a group called Hutaree. The government says they conspired to try to kill a police officer and plotted further strikes. No one was ever attacked, and the defendants say they’re being prosecuted for saying stupid things. Joshua Clough, bottom row second from right, is the only defendant to make a deal with prosecutors and could be called as a witness to testify against the Hutaree.

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