Phew! We Didn’t Fall Off The “Fiscal Cliff”!!!

Um… wow… I’m so relieved, I’m sure. The world has been saved from a return to the Dark Ages.

Or not.

I’m sick to death of hearing about the ginned-up non-emergency of the “fiscal cliff”. As a matter of fact, the term tops the annual list published by Lake Superior State University of words that should be “Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness” ( Link ).

I read an article today ( here ) entitled “How Much Should We Really Fear the Next Budget Fight?”

And my reaction was: We shouldn’t FEAR it at all. We conservatives should WELCOME it as an opportunity to take this battle to where it needs to be: about profligate and insane SPENDING. No country in history ever taxed and spent its way to prosperity. We’re squandering the next couple of generations’ inheritance and chance at prosperity, and dooming them to poverty and government dependency, AT BEST.

Is that what “the land of the free and the home of the brave” is supposed to mean? The populace chained to and enslaved by the government’s dependency plantation, slaves to whatever “largesse” our government masters deign to let us keep of our own earnings?

fiscal cliff bipartisanReally? THIS is what we fought a Revolution for? To trade in a tyrannical King George for a tyrannical Commissar Obama and Slavemaster Reid, aided and abetted by Quislings Boehner and McConnell?

I say no! By God, I hope not!

© Brian Baker 2013

35 comments on “Phew! We Didn’t Fall Off The “Fiscal Cliff”!!!

  1. says:

    House vote for Speaker going on right now. I really hoped Boehner would get his come uppance but it didn’t happen.
    2 votes for West, who ain’t there any more. Maybe he’ll be back in ’14. Speaking of Speaker Boehner, a perfect example of someone pissing on your leg and telling you it’s raining.

  2. “And my reaction was: We shouldn’t FEAR it at all. We conservatives should WELCOME it as an opportunity to take this battle to where it needs to be: about profligate and insane SPENDING. No country in history ever taxed and spent its way to prosperity.”

    Brian, I could NOT have said it better.

    Boehner needs a mule kick in his ass. I loathe the sissy. West SHOULD be the speaker and still can be as I understand it, the Speaker does not necessarily need to be a Congcritter. True?

    • BrianR says:

      Thanks, Gunny. Boehner — and McConnell — are all hat, no cowboy. They can’t even really talk the talk, let alone walk the walk.

      I think the Speaker does have to be a congresscritter. The Constitution says “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers…”. I’m pretty sure that means he has to be a Representative and then get elected to the position, because otherwise the document would say something about being able to “employ” a non-Rep to fill the post. It would also have to detail compensation and address other housekeeping issues involved in having a non-Rep fill the post.

  3. slowcowboy says:

    Yup. I personally love all the news now saying how everyone should prepare for their taxes to go up anyway. its a farce.

  4. Mrs. AL says:

    You wrote, BrianR, “Is that what “the land of the free and the home of the brave” is supposed to mean? The populace chained to and enslaved by the government’s dependency plantation, slaves to whatever “largesse” our government masters deign to let us keep of our own earnings?”

    I agree about the enslavement idea. Unfortunately, a good % of our fellow citizens don’t see themselves in that light. The brunt of my anger now lies with every single person who voted for the Resident. They are a the real traitors to the Declaration of Independence, IMHO.

    • BrianR says:

      Ooooooooh, yeah. I couldn’t agree more.

      It’s that “47%” who are the mooches who make it possible. The bums who sit back, pay no income taxes, keep their hands stuck out for the freebies, and couldn’t care less what happens as long as their personal gravy train isn’t derailed. They’re enslaving THEMSELVES, as well as the rest of the country. And they do it no only willingly, but EAGERLY.

      Just keep the ObamaPhones and freebies coming, Massa Barack!

    • CW says:

      I also could not agree more. I have never experienced such anger in my life. I don’t even want to share the thoughts that go through my head whenever I see a car with an “Obama 2012” sticker on it.

  5. thedrpete says:

    Two things, BrianR: (1) The Hous may elect anyone as Speaker, ANYONE. (2) Unless we become thug-dictators, everyone loses.

    • BrianR says:

      I’m not sure about that, DrP. I quoted the appropriate section of the Constitution, and my interpretation is that the Speaker has to be elected from the body of the Representatives, particularly as the office of Speaker has several other constitutional duties, and is third in line of succession.

      I don’t understand what you’re saying in (2). We should become “thug-dictators”? Can you clarify that?

      • thedrpete says:

        Sorta like in Argentina. Do a military-type coup, undo the whole gubmint with its departments, agencies and programs, restore the lost Constitution. Then we have new elections, so the dumb masses (Read aloud) can return to progressivism/socialism/fascism. Do a military . . .

      • BrianR says:

        Ah. Gotcha.

        You mean a revolution.

  6. clyde says:

    What a frigging circus sideshow this has become. Don’t see how there could be a “budget battle”,since there HAS NOT been one submitted in 4 YEARS. WHERE the hell is SCOTUS on THAT? Are WE the ONLY ones who give a good tinker’s damn that the ELECTED representatives ACTUALLY uphold their oaths? Sure as hell seems like it. Good post,and Happy New Year.

    • BrianR says:

      Happy New Year to you, too, Clyde.

      SCOTUS can’t issue orders to Congress to get off their butts and perform. They can only adjudicate.

      Thanks for the kind words, man.

  7. says:

    Clyde: Yeah, you’re right. Our government has become as big a farce as the Roman Senate. Now all we need is to have Obama convince the Senate to declare Bo a god…….

  8. Gray Ghost (Mississippi) says:

    Well the New Year has come to pass. We dodged a bullet with the Mayan “end of time”. And it now appears that the “fiscal cliff” is no more than the continuing drama of the soap-opera “The Days of Our Congress”.

    Frankly, I am more interested in: 1) Hillary’s blood clot (?), 2) When is Iran going to start the dance with Israel?, 3) Who in Congress wants to commit political suicide (or suicide by armed citizen) with a new gun control law? 4) Will my wife pass the “enhanced concealed weapons carry” course she is about to take so that she will be armed at the school she teaches at? 5) When will my oldest grandson and I get to take his new cap and ball revolver out for another shooting session?

    The New Year has all the makings of another “Year to Remember”.

    Happy New Year Brian!

    • BrianR says:

      Happy New Year to you, too, Gray.

      I’d say it can’t possibly be worse than the one just ended, but I don’t want to make a complete fool of myself.

      Interestingly enough on #3, it seems that a lot of the usual suspects — the socialists — are extremely interested in going for gun control again. As I noted an essay back, now’s the perfect time for them to try, because we’re absolutely as far from the next election as it’s possible to get. They never seem to learn that the issue’s toxic for them, and WILL come back to bite them on the ass later. If they turn it into a circus — as they undoubtedly will — I think they’ll pay a heavy penalty at the mid-terms next year.

      They seem to have forgotten that the last time they passed an “assault weapons ban”, back in 1994, they lost the following mid-terms later that year, costing them their majorities in BOTH chambers of Congress. I think they’re hoping that THIS time enough time will pass until the next election to save them. They forget that gun owners have long memories. Just ask AlBore and Kerry.

  9. CW says:

    “THIS is what we fought a Revolution for?”

    It takes a mature mind to be able to see the big picture and apply the lessons of the past to the choices we face today. Unfortunately, the more “progressive” we become the more we devolve into a nation of infants, unable to conceive of the long-term consequences of our actions and uncaring about the lessons of history. One of the many great tragedies of liberalism is that, like any other war, fighting it diverts our energy and our resources away from the things we should be doing in order to thrive. I know it’s trite by now but it can’t be said enough: liberalism is the worst kind of cancer.

    • BrianR says:

      Yes it is. That’s why I’ve pretty much stopped calling it “liberalism”, calling the modern version what it really is, “socialism”.

  10. jevica says:


    “The president’s insistence that Washington doesn’t have a spending problem, Mr. Boehner says, is predicated on the belief that massive federal deficits stem from what Mr. Obama called “a health-care problem.” Mr. Boehner says that after he recovered from his astonishment—”They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system”—he replied: “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with ObamaCare. But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem.” He repeated this message so often, he says, that toward the end of the negotiations, the president became irritated and said: “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.” ”

    They have to wake up and not do this one on one with BHO because, “Mr. Boehner says that the only way to build long-term economic growth is to reduce the nation’s debt through entitlement and tax reform. But can such a deal be achieved with a president who doesn’t even think that Washington has a spending problem? “He believes in the power of government,” Mr. Boehner answers. . . . “

    • BrianR says:

      Which is exactly why Boehner’s not the man for the job. He’s lousy at it. He NEVER calls Bat Ears’s bluffs.

  11. jevica says:


    “. . . it’s better to be feared than liked, ” which is just what this country has to know. Wanting the terrorists and the other garbage of the world LIKE us is B.S..

    These radical Muslims have to fear us and know that there will be consequences for their actions. That goes for Russia to and all the other slime around.

    • BrianR says:

      Yeah. The reality is that we’re NEVER going to be “liked” no matter what we do. The post-WW2 era is over; that was the heyday for us being “liked” because we defeated Nazism and Imperial Japan, and rebuilt the rest of the industrialized world. Now they couldn’t care less anymore, and don’t think they owe us a thing. Short memories, and ungrateful attitudes.

      That goes double in the Middle East Muslim world, as you know. I’ve written several times about that. But far too many — from BOTH parties — simply refuse to accept or understand that the cultural mindset is so completely foreign to our way of thinking, and things that might work in Western culture are laughable in the Middle East. They consider people like that naive fools to be taken advantage of.

  12. thedrpete says:

    The Alinskyite-Cloward-&-Piven-top-down-bottom-up imploders are playing the mere progressive-lites (Boehner, McConnell, et al) like violins. They use “static budgeting”, “baseline budgeting”, citing the CBO (which is required by law to ignore reality), “tax cuts” (actually tax RATE cuts), “fairness”, etc. to leave their opponents helpless to counter.

    • BrianR says:

      That’s always been a huge problem for non-Dumbocrats, framing and conveying the message that soicialism never works.

      Oh, maybe it does for ants and bees. But here’s a message for the “47 percent”-ers and Occutards: we’re not ants or bees!

  13. garnet92 says:

    Woe is us. I wish I could be more optimistic, but it’s damn hard with our “representation.” Our congressional “leadershit” is about as bad as they could be – only a shade or two better than Obama hisownself, and that’s not saying much. Like someone once said, you could pick random people out of a phone book and get better representation than we currently have. They are pure politicians – they view their jobs like trading marbles or comics within the “ol boys” club – not following the Constitution, not doing what’s best for the country and its citizens. The GOP’s “leadership” is impotent – and I’m not describing their ED.

    • BrianR says:

      “Leadershit”… Hilarious! And oh, so true.

      I’m with ya, Garnet. I fuily agree. As of at least right now, we’re completely screwed.

  14. Nee says:

    Brian….best column of picks for Doom! Love this guy!

  15. says:

    Garnet 92
    I just wonder when the office of Congressional Representative became a career job. The term of 2 years was what the founding fathers figured a citizen could be away from his farm or business and then return to civilian life.
    So how come even “conservative” politicians are spending 15-30 years in congress?

  16. clyde says:

    Well,I see Dumbo has issued 23 “directives” aimed at gun control. Do we get a guess as to how many of the 23 carry ANY wieght of law behind them? This asshole dancing on the graves of the dead children from Sandy Hook is simply beyond disgusting.Man,if there truly is a God,may He hit DC with a meteor before the asshat leaves on yet another vacation.

    • BrianR says:

      I’m with you on the targeted meteor idea.

      Obozo’s a total idiot. He and the other socialists have a real blind spot on the gun issue, constantly going at it periodically. In spite of the fact that it’s very toxic for them.

      Notice how the Batman theater shooting, just BEFORE the election, got shuffled under the rug. But this one happened right AFTER the election, as far from the next election as possible, so they’re hoping there’ll be enough time until the next election that new gun control laws will be forgotten by then.

      As we saw in ’94, 2000 and 2004, that’s a very big mistake for them. Gun owners have LOOOOONG memories.

      On top of that, the chances of them getting any bans through Congress are pretty much nil. What are they thinking?

      I think this is a diversionary tactic by Obozo to get people talking about something other than our looming national bankrutcy. presidential sleight-of-hand. “Look at what I’m doing over here! Ignore my other hand!”

  17. clyde says:

    If there is one thing this bunch IS good at,that would be creating a fake “crisis” to deflect from the REAL crisis. Good point.

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