The Sixties Radical on The Culture War

The more things change the more they stay the same. It is the demonizing of the Ryan’s budget, it’s the attack of the left on marriage and our very morals, the Prez and his destruction of the country; I mean this list goes on ad nasium.

The left wants to take this country into the dark ages.

The war is waged to see who will win.

It is a war on our very survival as a nation.

We don’t have time to debate the margins.

John Boehner you better be ready to wage war against the left.

We have to defeat their ideas.

The enemy from within will stop at nothing to get what they want.

We can’t be timid souls, sit back, and compromise with the Prez, the left, and the Dems.

If we do it will be all over.

Yet, the trend has been established to do this.

It started with the 385 million dollars in cuts in the first battle over the budget.

Round one to the Left and the Prez.

The next battle will be over the debt ceiling being raised.

John Boehner and his men of honour are ready to cave on this issue.

The Republican leadership tells us that they will fight for Raul Ryan’s budget.

Not in this lifetime.

Please read this from The Heritage Foundation-

Champions for Marriage and the Rule of Law

Speaker of the House John Boehner’s announcement that former Solicitor General Paul Clement will lead the defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court is a victory for the rule of law—and for an irreplaceable institution of civil society. That victory was confirmed this week as Clement resigned from the King & Spalding law firm because of its decision to abandon  DOMA after a campaign of intimidation by a gay activist group. Clement, who puts the interests of his client above his own, will continue to defend marriage as he joins Bancroft PLLC.

Ever since February 23, when Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he and President Obama had concluded that DOMA was unconstitutional, litigation over the 1996 law had been held in abeyance pending the decision to name Clement. The presence of Clement ends all doubt as to whether marriage as the union of a man and woman will get the vigorous defense it deserves in federal appeals court and, if necessary, the U.S. Supreme Court.

Acting quickly, Clement filed his first motion, an unopposed request to represent the House of Representatives as an intervenor in the case. The motion notes that the history of House participation in litigation on constitutional issues has generally involved merely filing amicus curiae briefs. Given the Obama Administration’s refusal to defend the constitutionality of DOMA’s Section 3—which reserves words such as spouse in federal law for relationships between a man and a woman—Clement’s motion seeks full intervenor status for the House to act as a party in the stead of the Justice Department. At the same time, the motion makes clear that the Justice Department retains the responsibility to defend other challenges to DOMA, including its provision protecting the states from being forced to recognize each other’s determinations regarding same-sex marriage.

Boehner and his colleagues on the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, Eric Cantor (R–VA) and Kevin McCarthy (R–CA), have taken the responsible approach to defend a wise and necessary law that the previous Congress, led by then-Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV), made no move to disturb.  The Human Rights Campaign to damage the intervention is a travesty.
Read more about the House’s defense of DOMA and other victories for traditional marriage in the states.

Then please this from The Heritage Foundation as well-

Pictures of a Budgetary Disaster

Another budget battle looms on the horizon as Congress returns from recess next week to continue work on the nation’s finances and debates whether to raise the debt limit, now at $14.3 trillion. In the last year, no single issues has captured the attention of Americans more. And for good reason. Spending and debt are skyrocketing, causing many to question what kind of course we are on. Hyper-drive spending is what last year’s elections were really all about.

To understand what that all really means — and why deep spending cuts and fiscal reforms are paramount — Americans must understand how bad the nation’s fiscal situation has gotten. Just in time for the debt limit debate, The Heritage Foundation has launched a special preview edition of its 2011 Budget Chart Book which paints a clear picture of how much the federal government is spending, how deep it’s in debt, how massive entitlement programs are, and what we pay in taxes.

Want to dive into the Budget Chart Book? Here’s a great place to start. Just this week, The Washington Post reported that all across Western Europe, countries are starting to tighten their belt and cut back on costly social welfare programs because they simply can’t afford them anymore. Countries like Greece and Portugal have suffered or are anticipating financial crises as a result of mounting debt. As our chart shows in dramatic detail, U.S. debt is, unfortunately, on track to fuel that kind of economic crisis.

Wall Street is taking notice of the problem. Last week, Standard & Poor’s lowered its outlook on the U.S. credit rating, warning that America needs to get its spending problems under control or else it’s in serious trouble. The 2011 Budget Chart Book shows just how bad that spending has gotten. See for yourself how federal spending has increased by 162 percent since 1965. Think we can fix this by just getting rid of foreign aid? See where our dollars are spent. Wonder how much we’re spending on entitlements? Check out the giant chunk Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security take out of the budget.

There are plenty of other charts, too, that fill in the blanks on how bad the budgetary picture really is. If you’ve got the post-Tax Day blues, our charts might not make you feel better, but they’ll arm you with valuable information. You can see how the total tax burden is rising to the highest level in history and visualize how the top 10 percent of income earners paid 70 percent of all federal income taxes (while 49 percent of U.S. households paid no income tax at all).

Unfortunately, these pictures aren’t pretty, but neither is the U.S. budget crisis. Some, though, just don’t get it and are insisting on borrowing more money without enacting much-needed reforms to get the government on a fiscally sustainable path. Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney warned, “It would be terrible folly to play games with [the debt ceiling],” and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner resorted to inflated hyperbole to warn of what’s at stake:

I mean, the idea that the United States would take the risks — people would start to believe we won’t pay our bills — is a ridiculous proposition, irresponsible, completely unacceptable risk for us to take.
Here’s an unacceptable risk: Spending keeps going up along with the national debt, and we are spiraling into an economic crisis. Yet President Barack Obama is calling for an increase in the $14.3 trillion debt limit without one single meaningful spending reform. That’s why it’s crucial to understand the facts and put vital reforms like those found in Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget resolution, passed recently by the House, into context. The Heritage Foundation’s 2011 Budget Chart Book will arm you with the facts you need to make sense of any discussion of the nation’s spending, taxes and debt.

Editor’s Note: Stay tuned for an updated, final version of the 2011 Budget Chart Book in mid-June. A print version of the 2011 Budget Chart Book is also available.

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