The Budget Talks
As they continue to negotiate and posture, you and I know that with the deadline approaching there will be a deal. By Sunday night or early Monday at the latest is my prediction.
Now I wonder how many people know this:
The interest charges on our debt is approaching One Trillion dollars a year.
Let that sink in for a second. One trillion dollars of interest payments. A trillion dollars that does nothing except pay interest.
At that rate it would be about $3 billion dollars a day in interest charges.
Could you run your household finances that way?
Now the fight they are having is over this.
The administration wants the debt ceiling (limit) raised with no stipulations.
Just allow them to spend more.
McCarthy is saying “no.” We want some spending cuts.
Well how about no welfare without 20 hours of work for able bodied individuals 18 -49, with no dependents.
Does that sound radical to you? It doesn’t to me.
Republicans also say stop spending.
Limit increases in the budget to 1% annually. (The 1% increase is called a cut in Washington.)
I can tell you that in business they certainly manage increases in this manner. They often ask their management for a zero per cent increase as the starting point.
These are the same corporations that the President says are multi billion dollar companies and making so much profit.
Maybe they are because they manage their spending, Mr. President?
You know, the same ones you keep saying should pay their “fair share.”
How about following their lead?
Plus, I will tell you again.
You can raise the rates as high as you want. It’s the deductions you need to take away.
Then again, you can fool some of the people all the time with the “fair share” line.
And here’s a novel thought.
The President wants higher taxes, or closed loopholes. The Speaker wants less spending. With a $1.5 trillion dollar deficit, how about both?
Are You Serious?
The NAACP issued a “travel advisory” for the state of Florida, saying that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ policies constitute an “all-out attack on Black Americans” and other minorities.
They can’t be serious. Is it all about politics for them now, and not the mission?
Look at their words:
“Please be advised that Florida is openly hostile toward African-Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the State of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of and the challenges faced by African-Americans and other minorities.”
What are they talking about? I guess things like:
In 2021, the Governor signed a law that creates harsher penalties for crimes committed during riots or violent protests, and also made it a felony to destroy symbols that commemorate historical events or people.
The law still hasn’t taken effect due to ongoing legal challenges.
“I don’t even know what the NAACP is talking about,” Rep Donalds of FL said. “This is silly, and it’s dumb. It’s political. It makes no sense. We should be focused on making sure people actually have the opportunity to achieve, which Florida is actually doing and thriving in way better than other states, let’s say New York or California or Washington state.”
Florida is booming with people, jobs and opportunity. Does the NAACP really wants minorities to miss the opportunity?
Now This Could Be Interesting
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said that the state’s new 12-week abortion law (passed over his veto) was a deal struck between “right-wing” Republicans. He said this:
“This bill was contradictory, conflicting, confusing. They wrote it in the middle of the night. It’s a compromise between the right wing and the radical right wing.”
Now, the law bans most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy and includes a mandatory 72-hour waiting period. There are 20-week exceptions for rape and incest, and a 24-week exception for “life limiting” fetal abnormalities.
Now, this is close, to where the majority are Americans are (15-20 weeks instead of 12 and not the 72 hour waiting period).
The question becomes this.
Can he define the Republicans as radical and anti abortion with this timeframe and restriction?
Or, can they define him as okay with abortion at nine months?
The winner of that debate wins the state of North Carolina.
Here’s A Surprise
Legal marijuana appears to have played a role in the number of workers testing positive after on-the-job accidents hitting a 25-year high, according to a new analysis.
Let me close with a question.
Did you see the former President’s reaction to Senator’s Scott announcement yesterday? Very complimentary, while taking a shot at Governor DeSantis.
Could the former President realize his VP options are limited and Scott is one who could actually help him?