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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:53 PM

Pic Of The Moment: Mitch McConnell: It's Time To Confront Our Spending Addiction



McConnell: Obama will be "dragged kicking and screaming" to get spending cuts

McConnell: Tax negotiations are over, it's time to cut spending

Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama?


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Reply Pic Of The Moment: Mitch McConnell: It's Time To Confront Our Spending Addiction (Original post)
EarlG Jan 2013 OP
cer7711 Jan 2013 #1
caledesi Jan 2013 #3
PatrynXX Jan 2013 #25
gateley Jan 2013 #42
bonniebgood Jan 2013 #2
caledesi Jan 2013 #4
ReRe Jan 2013 #15
rickyhall Jan 2013 #5
Cleita Jan 2013 #6
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #20
dotymed Jan 2013 #47
Cleita Jan 2013 #53
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jan 2013 #7
ReRe Jan 2013 #16
JDPriestly Jan 2013 #21
BumRushDaShow Jan 2013 #8
Berlum Jan 2013 #9
santamargarita Jan 2013 #10
ReRe Jan 2013 #17
santamargarita Jan 2013 #26
ReRe Jan 2013 #28
mostlyconfused Jan 2013 #11
SoapBox Jan 2013 #12
lark Jan 2013 #13
ReRe Jan 2013 #18
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2013 #14
Jamaal510 Jan 2013 #45
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2013 #52
Left Brain Jan 2013 #19
Blue Owl Jan 2013 #22
humbled_opinion Jan 2013 #23
Bill USA Jan 2013 #24
OnlinePoker Jan 2013 #27
Mr.Bill Jan 2013 #39
rukidding1959 Jan 2013 #51
butterfly77 Jan 2013 #29
OccupyManny Jan 2013 #30
amuse bouche Jan 2013 #31
Rosa Luxemburg Jan 2013 #32
Cha Jan 2013 #33
Bainbridge Bear Jan 2013 #34
underthematrix Jan 2013 #35
chelsea0011 Jan 2013 #36
Iris Jan 2013 #37
wordpix Jan 2013 #38
Overseas Jan 2013 #40
ColumbusLib Jan 2013 #41
erth64net Jan 2013 #43
Fedaykin Jan 2013 #44
pasto76 Jan 2013 #46
merrily Jan 2013 #48
Towlie Jan 2013 #49
april Jan 2013 #50

Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:57 PM

1. Democrats Are Responsible for Budget Deficits Like . . .

. . . firemen are responsible for fires.

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Response to cer7711 (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:35 PM

3. Good one cer. nt

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Response to cer7711 (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:45 PM

25. It's always been

Republicans spend spend spend and Dems pay the bills. ie hence Republicans = spending , Democrats = Taxing. Always been this way.

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Response to PatrynXX (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:47 AM

42. That sums it up nicely.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:19 PM

2. Did Dick have this info chart on meet the press

when this frog talked 20 minutes repeating the same BS lines? Here is where I can say
'both sides do it' Dems won't use this chart when they are on. Dem and Repug ignore this fact.
They will (all) quick to say Medicare spending is the biggest driver of the debt. I guess that means its bigger than
the Military.

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Response to bonniebgood (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:39 PM

4. Correct bonnie...GOP "we don't need any stinkin' FACTS!" nt

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Response to bonniebgood (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:25 PM

15. Let's see if this makes any...

...evening shows on MSNBC tonight and into perpetuity. Each and every one of them needs to drill baby drill this story from now until he says uncle. I missed Ed's radio show today...did anyone listen to it? Did he touch this?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:40 PM

5. I wish they'd ask McLyer

how he made 20 million dollars is what? 2 years while he's supposed to be working for us?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:07 PM

6. Here's a start Mitch.

Convince Congress to fork over their salaries for the next four years as a start to cut down on spending. You guys are not doing your jobs and the taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for work not done. The money can be used to pay down the deficit instead.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:58 PM

20. +1000

They can fork over their "Platinum" Health Care benefits also! Let them pay out of pocket!

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Response to Cleita (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:46 AM

47. IMO, congress doesn't rely on their salary.

Once they get elected, they are millionaires in no time. It isn't from their salaries..Of course legalized insider trading and citizens united are their real source of wealth. What a fucked up system...

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Response to dotymed (Reply #47)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:01 PM

53. They would notice it. They have to use the salary to set up separate

households in Washington, travel and other expenses they wouldn't have if they weren't serving in Congress and that the government doesn't provide. Most rich people are notoriously cheap and expect others to pick up the tab. Also, they wouldn't have their Cadillac grade health insurance and other perks either. I would cut off that insider trading and citizens united spigot too. Of course, I'm jesting. I'm saying if they want to cut spending, this is a good place to start because this has been one of the most useless things we taxpayers have had to pay for in recent years. The Pentagon would be my second choice.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:08 PM

7. Is there something in the water in Kinfucky?

Between McConnell and Rand Paul stupid seems to be a way of life.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:32 PM

16. Neither one of them....

... EVER mentions Kentucky, especially McConnell. How long has McConnell been in there? Since Methuselah? I NEVER hear McConnell mention his home state.
And I can tell you for sure it's not the water. It's their hearts of stone. Go Ashley Judd!!!!!!!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:06 PM

21. Nothing new. It's Kentucky. There are a lot of jokes about it.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:08 PM

8. Bingo

These sorts of charts need to be disseminated far and wide but the M$M refuses to do it.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:10 PM

9. Republicans really need to get a grip on their spending addiction

They ladle out the gravy to their 1% Cabal O'Cronies while tossing America's elders and poor under their freaking Gold-Plated Boondoggle Bus (R).

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:45 PM

10. Why is it only a spending addiction when were in office.

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Response to santamargarita (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:35 PM

17. Deficit Attention Disorder

Did you see that elephant cartoon? Maybe it's on the front page by now? Look for it. It's a riot.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:46 PM

26. Thanks

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Response to santamargarita (Reply #26)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:10 PM

28. Here's a link to the cartoon...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/101790417

I couldn't find it while ago... sorry

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:53 PM

11. It would be great to see Obama undo this part of Bush's legacy as well...

and pull spending back to Clinton era levels. Seems the economy was pretty strong in the 90's.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:01 PM

12. Exactly.

...why isn't this chart smack-dab on the front of every major newspaper?

Diane Sawyer? Hello? Are you gonna show this on ABC World News Tonight?!?!?

Thought not.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:16 PM

13. You really do know why.

It's because the media is owned by rich people who support other rich people who pay rich people to be in congress and do their bidding. The game is rigged in favor of the rich in both parties. The Dems just don't want to give all the money to the rich and the Repugs want to steal every bit of it for them and their rich cronies. The media can't let this get out, it's counter to their goals of stealing all the money for themselves and the rich and impoverishing the rest of the country.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:42 PM

18. Why is it NOT on the front page of...

...the White House website???? Let's contact Alan Grayson and suggest he uses this chart on the floor of the house? Heck... just PM him here on DU! Everybody! Yesssssssssss!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:18 PM

14. Their entire myth is based on racism...

Republicans have been using the words "government spending" to dog whistle "welfare" for decades.

They go all through the South telling racist white people that MOST of their tax dollars are going to lazy black people. They invoke the image to some dirt poor white guy that the government is ripping them off and blacks have more than they do as a result of years of handouts that white people aren't eligible for. The image of a black guy kicking back in the "inner cities" smoking crack and watching cable TV is designed to fill Rednecks with anger and resentment considering they can't afford cable TV. After spreading this LIE Republicans then claim to be the heroes that will put a stop to this outrage and force those lazy blacks out of their comfortable welfare lifestyle and make them get a job so they will suffer just like the poor whites.

So, every time you hear Republicans talk about "Obama's spending" remember this is their game.

They are NOT talking about cutting the pay for park rangers at Yosemite or the guys who monitor earthquakes at the USGS.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:43 AM

45. I have to say--that's an interesting take on this myth.

I honestly never saw much racial components in the GOP's "Obama's out of control spending" myth. Of course I knew it was a lie, but I basically gave them the benefit of the doubt and looked at it like elected Republicans were just mostly con-artists and didn't care so much about the racial stuff.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Reply #45)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:54 PM

52. Next time you see a Republican on TV note that he refuses to be specific over cuts...

...he will rail about "out of control spending" and claim to be "looking out for taxpayers".

That's CLASSIC code throughout the South.

I'm telling you, there are racists that really believe MOST of their taxes are supporting black people.

Then you have the decades of Limbaugh telling these people "It's not how much you make, it's how much you keep" as if their job as a dishwasher at Denny's would make them a millionaire if it weren't for the "gubmunt stealing".

They even tell these people that taxes ARE a form of slavery.

What the HELL is with these people that they ASSUME there are those who rule and those who are ruled and they live in abject TERROR that they will become slaves? Yo get the idea they wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night after having a nightmare that they were forced to bow before a black man.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:44 PM

19. That Rick Unger article in Forbes is outstanding!

Even better are his responses to the jackasses who posted their brainwashed comments.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:08 PM

22. Listen to the McCon Man...

...lie his lame-o ass off!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:35 PM

23. I just brought this up at my job...

We are in a discussion about spending and cuts and I defended the President based on this chart... They started to beat me up by saying that we all would agree that 2009 was an historic year because of the Great Recession and the government intervention by both President Bush and President Obama but Obama is now using 2009 spending levels as a baseline and he still increases spending by 1.4 percent over that baseline as if we were having the Great Recession every year since he has been President....

What is a good comeback for this rationale?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:13 PM

24. McConnell is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the Big Lie in America today. And he is probably

the one Repug who most threatens our democracy.


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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:49 PM

27. Is there a chart for this based on the make-up of congress?

The president only signs the bills. It's congress that actually passes the legislation and I'm curious what the rates would be along congressional party lines.

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Response to OnlinePoker (Reply #27)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:37 PM

39. The president can also veto the spending.

If it happens, he signed it and he owns it, regardless of the makeup of Congress, unless they have a 2/3 majority.

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Response to OnlinePoker (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:52 AM

51. Congressional Make up

After I did the research, especially during the Regan years, this chart means ABSOLUTELY nothing. I also looked at the Bush years (#43) and that took a little more research. Had to look at when the spending took place. GRRRRRR.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:52 PM

29. The only spending he and his party care about is...

the ones that help people there are ways to cut spending but they want to hurt as many people as they can.

Now,they want to cut spending after they did all of the spending on bullshit,but when our money is needed for us we can't use it because turtle asshole says so..

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:53 PM

30. Hypocrite

Can't someone find a young boy in this asshole's personal life?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:58 PM

31. It amazes me how the dummies

fall for the right wing bull

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:04 PM

32. Can someone show that graph on TV (a lot)

Perhaps run off a few copies and stick the graph in people's doors.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:23 PM

33. "Spending Under President George W. Bush"

Adjusted for inflation, in eight years, President Clinton increased the federal budget by 11 percent. In eight years, President Bush increased it by a whopping 104 percent.


h/t think
.. http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2150983

http://mercatus.org/publication/spending-under-president-george-w-bush

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:47 PM

34. Actually, it is time

 

to confront the addiction of our political system to special interest whores and right-wing assholes like McConnell. He is a disgrace.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:48 PM

35. Sen. McConnell needs to give up his other job as PRC agent

because he's not doing a good job for them. McConnell also needs to get out of that stupid bubble he lives in.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:55 PM

36. It is a myth that is never put to rest. Republicans don't care about debt.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:05 PM

37. I can't wait for Ashley Judd to kick his ass.

That is all.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:36 PM

38. this graph says it all and from Forbes, no less. Pres. O & friends should remind people that *'s

two wars with tax cuts created about $12 trillion of the US $16 trillion debt.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:48 PM

40. K&R. Excellent graphic. Wish corporate media would call him on his lies too.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:43 PM

41. This chart-

is worth a thousand words! It says it all, should be used/evident at all debt/spending discussions.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:29 AM

44. For you...

 

For those who are still hypnotized into thinking there is much difference between Democrats and Republicans...
http://metanoia-films.org/lifting-the-veil/
Click on watch online to the right once directed to the link...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:53 AM

46. a FB friend told me to "check my source" on this

Im like yeah....tell me how SS contributes to the deficit too.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:12 AM

48. I agree. Slash the money that makes military contractors rich.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:28 AM

49. I analyzed the graphic. The graph actually UNDERSTATES the given numerical proportions!

bar label / top pixel position / bottom pixel position / height in pixels / Label proportion / Graphic proportion

8.7 106 350 244 6.21 5.95
4.9 212 350 138 3.5 3.37
5.4 198 350 152 3.86 3.71
3.2 260 350 90 2.29 2.2
3.9 241 350 109 2.79 2.66
7.3 145 350 205 5.21 5
8.1 123 350 227 5.79 5.54
1.4 309 350 41 1 1

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:36 AM

50. mabe Mc Connell should see this chart..............

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