@ CL Mullins
"I forget what was this discussion about?"
Corondolet, Lowenstein's and what ever happened to Mr. Bingle? I heard he moved to Louisiana.
I have told you I respect you and appreciate your offering perspectives, which I may not have considered. However, when one goes to a self-defined, "Craig Steiner is a writer and political activist from Denver, Colorado. He is a member of the vast right-wing conspiracy now active in the country." Someone, Bruce VanWyngarden might possibly describe as, " Limbaugher cheese II, just not as well distributed as the original"and rightfully so, just to try to avoid admitting the rather inconsequential point that the Federal Budget can be balanced it is cause for concern.
This isn't a disagreement of opinion or a differing interpretation of facts. It is a denial of fact. I have given you FactCheck and other reputable sources, yet you come back with a "wackadoodle" and "gibberish":
"The response from Federal officials to this: well, we feel sorry for all of the people and damage that was done, however, the federal role here is very limited, for there is nothing left in the budget to give to this state. "
I know living in Memphis, we have little evidence of it, but projects can come in early and under budget. Much more often we experience the opposite, late and OVER budget. But it does happen. So it is with Government budgets. When budget overruns occur, then the argument of whether it was realistic and unforeseeable or poor management can commence. BTW, it doesn't mean you can't use reserves or even go into debt, when needed.
"But, the truth is the truth. It stands on it's own merit."
Well, at least you got that right.
Southgate...., jeez I think I sold hot dogs out of a plastic there when I was a teenager. There's a memory that just might turn me vegan. And of course Katz was and Lamar and Airways.... I forget what was this discussion about?
You mean you go as far west as the parkways? Hell, I don't even venture that far west. I guess it none like the brave!
I would love to see Julius at the Kroger Store, Lamar at Airways or Southgate, South
Third at Belz, asking people that are parked in handicapped spots if they have their papers and if they receive Snap benefits. Hell, I will take him over there to see that! LOL
I love the interchanges between OTP and JuliusJones. As someone who seldom ventures outside of the Parkways, I enjoy using Google Maps to see just what the hell they're talking about, and as a result come to know better this special city of ours.
You are a hard case!
Factcheck.org used the numbers supplied by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) . A closer look at those numbers and the actual numbers supplied by the Treasury department are different and not within the confines of the fiscal year. Clinton uses Jan1, while the federal fiscal year runs from Oct 1 thru June 30. But even with all of this sleight of hand maneuvering, the true facts were discerned.
If you truly want the facts and figures and sources, google: The Clinton Myth, Townhall.com, 4/22/2011, by Craig Steiner.
Hell, I liked and voted for Clinton in both elections. But, the truth is the truth. It stands on it's own merit.
Btw, there hasn't been a true balanced Federal budget since this became a republic.
Don't believe me, look it up!
"Q: During the Clinton administration was the federal budget balanced? Was the federal deficit erased?
A: Yes to both questions, whether you count Social Security or not."
Sorry, OTP you come up snake-eyes, again.
The real effects of a real balanced federal budget.
Breaking news! several category 5 tornados have struck the Memphis /Shelby County area. Most heaviest damage confined to the suburban cities of, Germantown, Collierville, Lakeland and Arlington. Major dame in downtown Memphis, new bridge over the Mississippi River destroyed. Total damage estimates could run as high as 5 billion dollars.
The response from Federal officials to this: well, we feel sorry for all of the people and damage that was done, however, the federal role here is very limited, for there is nothing left in the budget to give to this state. You see, we operate on a balanced budget and we can't exceed the spending limit. But, this is a state and local matter and I am sure that Tennessee and it's taxpayers will pay whatever cost it needs to get back on their feet.
When people say they want a balanced budget by the Federal Government, they don't really mean it. What they are really saying is if a program don't do anything for them, don't pay for it.
Who in the hell go to those stores? That is out in the hinterlands.
The Kroger that I go to, Kirby Pky, where the Starbucks is, has a ratio of about half and half white and black. The police, at the request of Kroger make sweeps through the parking lot several times a week. I have observed just as many whites parking illegally in handicap spots as I have black. Are you trying to say all of them are recipients of Snap benefits?
Julius, you sound just like a bigot, the more you post, the more it becomes evident!
Bill Clinton never balanced the budget in reality, only on paper. There was no surplus, only an illusionary one on paper.
Clinton did this, on paper only, by borrowing trillions from the Social Security and Medicare Trusts Funds.
In the Washington Time, hardly a democratic newspaper, published an article on this:
Dean: Clinton, Gingrich and the balanced budget myth.
You can read it and it will give you all of the sources to back the article up.
The Federal debt actually increased under his so-called balanced budget by 150 billion dollars.
It is getting worse for you each time you post!
There are plenty of disabilities which are not readily visible.
"Can you please tell me which parking lots you are talking about?"
Sure, ... try the Kroger at 9025 Us Hwy 64, Lakeland, TN. No shortage of violators there. You can watch someone park in a handicap spot, pull out the ole bogus blue tag to hang on the rearview mirror, jump out of the car and run into the store, ... sometimes with 4" high heels on.
You can also go to the Post Office on Macon Road if you want to see more. Hey, OTP, unless you're blind or inherently dishonest, you know exactly what I'm referring to is very true.
It's so widespread, I sometimes wonder if it's not an inherited trait. What do you think?
I would love to see a MPD officer or a Sheriff's deputy spend a little time asking these jerks for their documentation supporting the handicap tag, and citing all who can't produce any. Of course, that activity would be whined about as is the "stop & frisk" in NYC.
"Try researching this stuff before you post. You won't make yourself look so gullible about what others are saying. Remember, reading is fundamental."
You mean like this projection of Obama's 2014 budget:
I hope you will notice the numbers. They are as I said they are. Reading is fundamental. Although it is a rather tired internet cliche. Now, knowing what you're talking about won't make you look foolish.
You Just don't get it. We could cut all discretionary spending excluding defense and it still would not balance the budget. Defense and Entitlements have to be cut.
I don't know what kind of silly games you want to try to play saying the federal budget cannot be balanced, but the fact is we did it under Clinton.
Have you noticed every time you try to dispute what I say I back it up with cited facts? There is a reason for that.
You are right about Wharton. For an administrator he makes a pretty good trial lawyer.
Is this the Flyer, or did I accidentally stumble on someone's Instagram feed?
You are showing your ignorance of the economy with your last post.
First of all, all, 100% of safety net programs for the poor and low income accounts for 12% of the federal budget. Thirty percent of the federal budget accounts for all discretionary spending. But, only 12% of the entire budget is allocated for safety net programs. Social Security is technically off budget, while medicare spending is on budget. I will give you the source of why the gop try to always use social security to bolster their argument that we are spending too much.
Now, the reason why democrats stick to their guns on saying that discretionary spending is not out of control is because as a share of the federal budget, less tax breaks, it would be very, very, small or. You see, for the FY 2014 budget, there are 1.18 trillion dollars in tax breaks while there is only 1.5 trillion in all discretionary spending. The dems say cut the tax breaks and you don't have a problem with discretionary spending and you definitely don't, even now, have a problem with safety net programs for the poor and low income.
You can't really have a balanced federal budget because the federal budget is not the same as other budgets, even state and local governments. All states depend on the federal budget to shore up their shortfalls, however, the federal government on has 3 choices. They can either cut programs, raise taxes to pay for them or kick them back to the state to handle. The states have a fourth option, they can ask the federal government for help. If the federal budget were balanced by law with teeth into it, what you would have is many tax increases to pay for different things, especially disasters, etc. You would also have to cut essential programs and services that are now given. But, the federal government can take the last resort, deny states aid; in other words, let the states take care of all of their emergencies, etc. If you did either one of those things, the American people would scream bloody murder. So, having a rigid balanced budget for the federal budget is not really politically tenable, not in realistic terms.
Cats, you were wrong about the total amount being spent on discretionary spending and way wrong on the amount being spent on all social safety net programs.
Sources for total discretionary spending and tax breaks: OMB, National Priority Project
SSA and the budget: SSA.gov Agency History, Research #20, The Social Security Trusts Funds and The Federal Budgets.
How our budget is spent: Policy Basics: Where Do Our Tax Dollars Go, revised 4/13/2013 by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (that is where the 12% comes from and on which programs it supports).
Try researching this stuff before you post. You won't make yourself look so gullible about what others are saying. Remember, reading is fundamental.
It has been clear for some time that Wharton is not very adept at running a government. He is a nice fellow but his experience is in the legal field and that doesn't necessarily prepare you to head a major governmental administration. When he was county mayor, there were a number of experienced people who had been around for years who guided the government and kept Wharton from making major mistakes. For the most part, that situation did not exist when he got to City Hall. One of Herenton's strengths was that in coming into an office he always kept a large number of experienced people from previous administrations who were effective in governmental operations. However, by Herenton's last term or so most of those people had left city government. It appeared that a number of successors that Herenton picked for appointment were not as skilled at their jobs as the people they succeded. When Wharton came into office, there were not a large number of skilled and experienced people at the upper levels of city government. At the same time, the City Council members in this term and the last term have shown themselves to be the most inept council in the history of the council. They also seem to be nice well-meaning people but they have not performed well as a council. They are the only group of council members who believed for about six months that they had passed an 18-cent property tax increase when in fact they did not pass a tax increase. At the same time, the Wharton administration knew that the increase had not been passed but the mayor and top administration officials never alerted council members or the public that no increase had occurred.
I am a dyed in the wool democrat. Senator Alexander is a republican and I don't support him, however, I am not ready to crucify him for what his senior staffer is accused of.
If he didn't know, he didn't know and this is a type of thing that one doesn't necessarily suspect from working with a person. There is too much of this blaming people for things before all the facts are in.
If Alexander didn't know, then, he took the appropriate action once these charges were filed.
As far as clearances, that is the purview of the Department of Homeland Security. Most sexual perversions, illegal, are hidden from view when a person is investigated for a clearance.
Let the senator be until it is shown that he knew or suspected his staffer of something!
@ Sharyn Bovat
The investigation began in 2010. The invoices are dated 2010. When the feds got a hold of or were informed of the invoices, it doesn't really say. But, it is a damn good Question.
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