How do you square the New Hampshire Republican/Independent vote that gave Trump a big win but boosted John Kasich(R-OH) to second place?  Kasich, certainly one of - if not the - most sensible of the 11 Republican candidates  running for President, is about as similar to Donald Trump as is an ISIS terrorist to Mother Theresa.  But, hey, this is an odd election year where anything goes so I guess I’ll just hang on until Nevada, South Carolina and Super Tuesday to see how all this shakes out.

As for the Democrats?  No surprise.  Sanders 60% of the vote to Clinton’s 38% pretty much mirrors what the polls had been predicting all along.  Again, we’ll see what happens in Nevada and South Carolina which are not all white neighbor states to Bernie’s home state of Vermont. 

But in other news:

Obama sends 2017 Budget Proposal to Congress but Congress won’t read it.  Nor – in a first – allow the Administration’s Budget Director, Sean Donovan, to testify about what the proposed budget actually contains since Republicans said; “No, thanks.  We don’t need any factual information here to mess up our thinking.” 

Overall, the $4.15 trillion Obama Budget proposes a 1% increase in discretionary spending which is pretty much in line with the overall rate of inflation during the past seven years of the Obama Administration due principally to increased Social Security demands, and a total spending increase of 4.9%.    His budget shrinks the annual deficit to $503 billion continuing the trend that has been a hallmark over the past seven years. 

Here are a few of the 2017 Budget’s salient features:

Remember the cyber attacks against the Department of Defense, Office of Personnel Management, Sony and Target?  Well Obama proposes a 35% increase in funds to help combat cyberterrorism.

Strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit (for low income working folks) for workers who are not raising children.  Paul Ryan (R-WI) has proposed the same thing. 

Increases revenue over spending so that a $2.9 trillion deficit reduction would occur over the next 10 years.

Extends Medicare viability by 15 years by saving $375 billion in Federal Medicare spending.

Closes tax loopholes – not raising taxes – on wealthy individuals making more than $250,000 a year by disallowing the 3.8% ACA tax to be passed on as a corporate expense. 

Takes aim at corporate inversions by changing the threshold for a company to be considered foreign for tax purposes.

Proposes a 19% minimum tax rate on income and a 14% one-time tax on previously untaxed profits parked overseas by multi-national corporations.

Also proposed is a  $10 per barrel fee (tax) phased in over five years to support  “clean-tech” infrastructure development.

An increase of $1.2 billion for drug addiction treatment; $1 billion more to fight cancer; $2 billion more for Pell grants for college students.

Increases the Pentagon’s budget from $580.3 billion to $582.7 billion; increases the amount of funds directed towards defeating ISIS in the Middle East from $3.5 billion to $4.1 billion and increases humanitarian aid for Middle East refugees from $5.6 billion to $6.2 billion.

Now it seems to me that given current conditions here in America and around the world, Obama’s 2017 proposed budget seems quite sensible and pretty much reflects a reasonable response to the needs we face as a nation.

But here’s what Republicans say about it:

“This isn’t even a budget so much as it is a progressive manual for growing the federal government at the expense of hardworking Americans.”
Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Where the fuck he comes up with this assessment is beyond me.  Maybe he heard voices while he was shaving.  Oh, no.  That can’t be it because now he’s sporting a beard.  A wet dream? I give up.

“This budget joins his others by placing America on a fiscal path that is unsustainable and threatens our long term economic growth.”
Senate Budget Committee Chairman, Mike Enzi (R-WY)

Really?  Perhaps Chairman Enzi should look at this:

This is a Wall Street Journal chart - an organization that is not exactly friendly to Obama.  But as I read it, it seems that the deficit has decreased in every year - but one - of the Obama Administration.  I suppose fact-less, data adverse, statistics empty Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Enzi, would prefer going back to the “fiscal path” championed by Obama’s Republican predecessor?  Fucking idiot. 

“The only positive thing about the budget request is that it is the last one we will receive from President Obama.”
Senator Devid Purdue, (R-GA)
Right.  Since no Black person on the planet has the intelligcne to do math.  Or think logically.  Or something.

No matter who wins the Republican and Democratic primaries this year, I’m hopeful that the rest of us (Tea Baggers and Freedom Caucus members excluded) have learned enough to be able to discern fact from fiction unlike so many of our so-called leaders.  Particularly on the Republican side of the divide.    For too long we’ve been subjected to lies and misinformation – just like the comments from our “leaders” I’ve quoted above – on virtually every single issue of importance to us.  There is a startling divide – not among the American public – but between Democratic and Republican contenders for the Presdiency.  We, the people, are pretty much in agreement that income inequality is a big problem, that women do deserve equal pay, that we do not want to subject young men and women to “boots on the ground” in the Middle East, that climate change is real, that Citizens United must be overturned, that student debt is crushing folks, that our entire judicial system is a mess, that there are too many children in poverty, etc. etc. etc.

Oh, and that Planned Parenthood should not be defunded.

You will hear both Democratic candidates speaking to all of these issues.  This is what you hear from the Republican candidates:


Any more questions?


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