Listen: Rush Reveals One Question Moderators MUST Ask At GOP Debate Or ‘The Fix Is In’

Conservative radio talk show host stated during his program on Wednesday that if the CNBC debate moderators do not ask the GOP candidates about the budget deal, “the fix is really in.”

Limbaugh’s reference is to the budget deal brokered by outgoing House Speaker John Boehner, which raises the debt ceiling until March, 2017 and increases spending to defense and domestic programs by $80 billion over two years. The new spending is divided equally between defense and domestic, with $50 billion slated to be spent in FY 2016 and $30 billion in FY 2017.

“Those increases would be paid for with savings from changes to the Social Security Disability Insurance fund and Medicare payments to doctors and other health-care providers. New revenue would be raised by auctioning off portions of the government-owned broadcast spectrum, selling oil from the strategic oil reserve and cracking down on audits of large business partnerships,” the Washington Post reports

One of President Obama’s main objectives has been to lift the sequestration cuts instituted by the 2011 budget agreement, which the new plan would do.

Limbaugh observed regarding Wednesday night’s scheduled debate, “I fully expect the moderators to ask these various candidates if they endorse the Republican budget deal — I mean, that’s a sitting duck. If that doesn’t happen, then the fix is really in.”

The House is slated to vote on the deal on Wednesday, despite objections by conservatives regarding the new spending. New House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was not involved in the budget negotiations between the White House and Republican and Democrat congressional leaders, said the process “stinks” and promised a “new day” under his stewardship.

Limbaugh predicted dire consequences in 2016 for the GOP if the budget deal is embraced. “So how does the budget deal pave the way for Hillary Clinton? Folks, it’s real simple,” the talk show host told his audience. “Over half of any Republican candidate’s campaign arsenal has just been neutered. The Republican Party cannot campaign by running around blaming the Democrats for destroying budget, for overspending, for threatening the very fabric economically of the country. They can’t do it. This is the Republican budget deal that Barack Obama cannot wait to sign.”

“What’s gonna be the primary campaign message when all of this is off the table?” Limbaugh wondered. 

He added, “So I will be eager to see. This just argues more and more for a presidential candidate that’s not part of this apparatus. And eventually it may even happen tonight, if there’s some bright-eyed, bushy-tailed debate moderator tonight. ‘Can I see a show of hands of candidates who agree with the Republican budget and support it?’ That’s a sitting duck. That’s just waiting to happen tonight,” said Limbaugh.

Debt Ceiling Debate Ignores Warfare-Welfare State

The U.S. Treasury’s recent announcement that the government will reach the debt ceiling on November 3 means Congress will soon be debating raising the government’s borrowing limit again. Any delay in, or opposition to, raising the debt ceiling will inevitably be met with hand-wringing over Congress’ alleged irresponsibility. But the real irresponsible act would be for Congress to raise the debt ceiling.

Cutting up its credit card is the only way to make Congress reduce spending. Anyone who doubts this should listen to the bipartisan whining over how sequestration has so drastically reduced spending that there is literally nothing left to cut. But, according to the Heritage Foundation, sequestration has only reduced spending from $3.6 trillion to $3.5 trillion. Only in D.C. would a less than one percent spending reduction be considered a draconian cut.

Defense hawks have found a way around sequestration by shoving billions of dollars into the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account. OCO spending is classified as “emergency” spending so it does not count against the spending limits, even when OCO is used for items that do not fit any reasonable definition of emergency.

Yet, even using OCO to boost military spending by as much as $80 billion does not satisfy the military-industrial complex’s ravenous appetite for taxpayer dollars.

During the majority of my time in Congress, debt ceiling increases were routinely approved. In fact, congressional rules once allowed the House of Representatives to increase the debt ceiling without a vote or even a debate! Congress’ need to appear to respond to growing concerns over federal spending has forced it to end the practice of rubber-stamping debt ceiling increases.

Continuously increasing spending will lead to rising inflation as the Federal Reserve tries to monetize the ever-increasing debt. This will eventually lead to a serious economic crisis. When the crisis occurs, Congress will have no choice but to cut spending. The question is not if, but when and under what circumstances, spending will be cut.

The only alternative for cutting spending in response to economic crisis involves Congress gradually unwinding the welfare state in a manner that does not harm those dependent on federal programs. Congress will not even consider doing this until enough people have embraced the ideas of liberty to force the politicians to reconsider the proper role of government.

Those who accept the premises of the welfare statists are incapable of making principled arguments against welfare and entitlement programs. Thus, they can only quibble over spending levels or how to more efficiently manage the federal bureaucracy. While fiscal conservatives may gain some minor victories with this approach, their failure to challenge the welfare state’s morality or effectiveness dooms any effort to seriously curtail welfare state spending.

Similarly, one cannot favor both serious reductions in the military budget and an aggressive foreign policy. So-called cheap hawks may achieve some reforms in the Pentagon’s budget. They many even succeed in killing a few wasteful weapons projects. However, their unwillingness to oppose a foreign policy of perpetual war means they will always cave in to the war hawks’ demands for ever-higher military budgets.

Those who understand the dangers from continuing on our current path should support efforts to stop Congress from raising the debt ceiling. However, supporters of liberty will not win the political battle over government spending on welfare and warfare until we win the intellectual battle over the role of government. Those of us who know the truth must do all we can to spread the ideas of liberty.

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Toilet Paper?? This Is How The Dollar Could One Day Be As Valuable

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This week, we went up against the arcane debt ceiling once again. However, in a stunning display of maturity (?), our representatives in Washington have bypassed the usual opportunity for political brinksmanship and passed a clean debt limit increase bill. This means they are not, as usual, attaching other unrelated political footballs to the bill so they can play chicken with each other and with our country’s borrowing ability. Strange. Just months ago, that led to the infamous government shutdown (if you can really call what they did a “shutdown”), which mostly backfired for the politicians who backed it. Apparently, they aren’t going down that road again. Might they actually be learning something in Washington?

What our politicians should learn is that the debt ceiling is pointless if it keeps getting raised every few months. The law was originally intended to put a strict limit on Washington’s profligate spending and force politicians to prioritize and live at least somewhat within the reach of the nation’s means. It was only supposed to be raised in case of emergency – you know, like war.

Conveniently enough for Washington, we always seem to be in a state of emergency. And we are perpetually at war, so that excuse is always available.

Of course, our fiscal picture has always been alarming and is getting worse; but the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has issued yet another warning that our government’s spending habits are putting our future at severe risk. According to CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf:

“The large budget deficits recorded in recent years have substantially increased federal debt, and the amount of debt relative to the size of the economy is now very high by historical standards. CBO estimates that federal debt held by the public will equal 74 percent of GDP at the end of this year and 79 percent in 2024 (the end of the current 10-year projection period). Such large and growing federal debt could have serious negative consequences, including restraining economic growth in the long term, giving policymakers less flexibility to respond to unexpected challenges, and eventually increasing the risk of a fiscal crisis (in which investors would demand high interest rates to buy the government’s debt).”[Emphasis added]

The CBO is not hell-bent on espousing conspiracies. Nor are they trying to sell you anything. They are simply looking at numbers and projections and stating as gently and matter-of-factly as they can that the country’s spending and debt load is unsustainable, that what we could be facing here is a Greece-style debt crisis. The course we are on threatens to overwhelm our ability to eventually pay our debt back, which will hurt our credit rating, which will raise interest rates, and which will create inflation.

A $4 trillion balance sheet at the Federal Reserve means that we have massive amounts of inflation pent up and waiting.

No country can accelerate down the course we’re on and survive unscathed in the long run. Greece is just one example of what can happen. Argentina is another; they seem to be in perpetual currency crisis mode. But no country is immune from the laws of economics. Not even us.

If you inflate your currency to oblivion, if you can’t control your spending, and if you regulate and tax your businesses out of business, you will eventually kill your economy. It’s simple mathematics.

We suppose it is possible that Washington will wake up one day and change course. It could happen. Politicians could have a “come to Jesus” moment and decide that in too many areas – in social programs or in foreign policy, for example – spending has gotten too wasteful, and that our fiscal house demands to be put in order. We suppose that could theoretically happen. We could restructure how government operates, elect all new people, and get on the right course. If you’re optimistic, maybe you are betting that way and hoping it happens before they run us into the ground.

If you’re a realist, however, you see the patterns in Washington and the incentive structure, so you’re likely betting otherwise and listening to what the CBO is saying… even if it falls on deaf ears in Congress.

The realists realize you need a solid footing in your portfolio – a real, tangible asset, like gold – to get by when the fiscal crisis hits. The dollar will be toilet paper at that point. Is that what you worked your whole life to end up with? Toilet paper? Please be smarter than that. Let’s get started today. It begins with a simple click here.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Debt Ceiling Casts Boehner As The Ultimate Judas


It looks like John Boehner is feeling pretty good about maneuvering the Republican-controlled House of Representatives into a compromise with Barack Obama and Harry Reid on what they call the “clean” debt-ceiling extension.

At a celebratory news conference, Boehner began singing the upbeat Disney classic: “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay,” even though Republicans now have zero control over how much debt Obama can ladle upon America. So much for all of Boehner’s tough rhetoric.

You may recall that the classic Disney song is from the movie Song of the South, in which seven-year-old Johnny is excited about a vacation to visit his grandmother’s Georgia plantation. On the plantation, Johnny meets Uncle Remus, who tells him stories “in his old-timey way.”

Interestingly, these stories about the Briar Patch have some striking similarities to Congress.

Take, for instance, the story in which Br’er Fox fabricates a doll out of a lump of tar and dresses it up with clothes. When Br’er Rabbit appears, he speaks to the tar “baby,” but gets no answer. Br’er Rabbit becomes piqued by what he comprehends as the tar baby’s lack of manners. So he punches the doll and in doing so… gets stuck. The more the enraged Br’er Rabbit pokes and bangs the tar “baby,” the worse he becomes stuck.

This tar baby represents a problem that gets worse the more one struggles against it… just like our current debt predicament.

You see, Boehner may be happy now; but by putting off the debt-ceiling controversy until after the election, he’s setting the nation up for more difficult problems tomorrow. This is what we call kicking the can down the road.

Neither side wants to deal with it again until after the new members are seated post election, making the clean debt-ceiling extension nothing more than an accelerated step toward the collapse of the global, dollar-led fiat Ponzi scheme.

An Ugly Forecast

On top of that, the extension could be setting the country up for challenges in the bond markets. You see, markets are based on confidence. Once confidence is broken and mass psychology changes from comfort to fear, it’ll all be over.

The United States currently owes more money than we can ever pay off with the current size of the economy. To successfully pay back the debt, the economy would have to grow much faster… and that just isn’t happening. We’re a nation without food lines only because we keep printing virtual food stamps onto SNAP cards, no matter what the propaganda says.

Last year, when the mislabeled “No Budget, No Pay” Act was passed, the U.S. debt was $16.394 trillion. Now, despite repeated government lies regarding “declining deficits,” the national debt has risen to $17.3 trillion. If the government is controlling spending, why is the debt increasing so quickly?

I predict that the U.S. government will have another year of unfettered access to the Federal Reserve’s printing presses, despite all the talk of reining in out-of-control spending.

The truth is that the jobs picture is terrible, the economy is crashing anew, and energy prices are rising. Looking just 12 months into the future, I don’t see the good times rolling on.

For his part, John Boehner should be gone soon, as either the Democrats will win and retire him, or the tea party will win and retire him. Let’s hope that he enjoys his last months in office, because despite the Speaker’s happy songs, the tar “baby” is stuck squarely on him.


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Obama’s Outrageous Debt Ceiling Plan

Money down the drain

Mired in controversy and scandal from every direction, Barack Obama will soon face another battle as the debt ceiling debate resurfaces next year. While he has relied on a congressional blank check thus far in his presidency, the most recent budget negotiation resulted in a government shutdown with much of the blame accurately aimed at the White House.

In response, Obama has called for an end to the entire concept of a debt ceiling. As usual, when this imperial leader encounters an obstacle, he demands it be removed rather than find a way to absorb the setback.

Calling the ceiling a “loaded gun,” Obama said the nation is “probably better off with a system in which that threat is not there on a perpetual basis.”

During an address to the Wall Street Journal CEO Council this week, Obama touted his economic record, though a cursory review of his policies over the past five years calls his self-congratulation into question. Despite claiming to have cut deficits, it is obvious this administration has a serious spending problem. Removing the debt ceiling, as arbitrary as it is, would only give a leftist regime more latitude in driving the nation further into crippling debt.

Short of fully removing the limit, a move favored recently by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Washington, D.C. has floated several other possible fixes to the recurring issue.

Whether by minting an unprecedented $1 trillion coin to offset the debt or any number of other outlandish ideas, leftists are dedicated to finding a way to unilaterally spend more nonexistent money.

Establishment Republicans have not been much better. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed giving Obama the power to raise the debt ceiling instead of allowing that decision to originate in Congress.

As it stands, the debt ceiling is one of a decreasing number of tools at conservatives’ disposal. Naturally, Obama sees this – as well as any threats to his agenda – as an impediment that must be destroyed.

–B. Christopher Agee

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