Lose Weight Without Dieting Or Exercise!

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It looks like the GOP has learned its lesson:

Budget agreement reached

Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray unveiled a two-year budget agreement late Tuesday night that they say will end years of bitter budget wars on Capitol Hill.

The framework amounts to a modest deal that averts another government shutdown, replaces the sequester and provides a level of certainty on spending that hasn’t been seen in Washington for several years. But it doesn’t raise the debt ceiling, which Congress must address sometime next spring. And it’s far from a grand bargain that overhauls entitlement programs or the tax code — an approach the negotiators refused to entertain for fear of getting bogged down.

The bipartisan package includes $63 billion of “sequester relief,” $85 billion of total savings, and $23 billion in net deficit reduction. The agreement would set the discretionary spending level for fiscal year 2014 at $1.012 trillion, and $1.014 trillion in FY 2015.

President Barack Obama backed the deal and Ryan and Murray predicted that it would pass both the House and Senate. Still, both lawmakers acknowledged that conservatives and progressives will find items they don’t like in the package.

For instance, a number of top House Democrats are unhappy the agreement does not include an extension in federal unemployment benefits expiring on Dec. 28. Meanwhile, federal workers hired after Dec. 31, 2013, will have to pay more toward their retirement.

Conservatives will be equally displeased that the plan will require businesses to pay higher premiums to the federal government to guarantee their pension benefits.

Those under age 62 who retired from the military will see a slightly smaller annual cost-of-living increase. Tickets prices will rise for airline passengers. And Medicare providers will face $22 billion in across-the-board cuts in 2022-23, beyond the time period covered by the current Budget Control Act.

Murray and Ryan, however, stood side-by-side to hail the deal as progress, not perfection. They both repeatedly said it was just a “first step.” And both lawmakers said far more work needs to be done to revamp the U.S. government’s fiscal outlook, while still urging their colleagues to back this agreement.

“This bill reduces the deficit by $23 billion, it does not raise taxes, and it cuts spending in a smarter way,” Ryan said at Tuesday night press conference. “I see this agreement as a step in the right direction.”


Comity! Bipartisanship! Group hugs! Reach-arounds!

I know I must sound like a broken record but we can’t keep going on like this. The federal government spends way more than it takes in. This plan, if passed as-is, would reduce the deficit (the annual shortage) by a measly $23 billion over two years. But we will spend over $1 TRILLION each year.

Pardon me while I shout:

THE RYAN-MURRAY PLAN DOES NOT REDUCE THE NATIONAL DEBT BY ONE PENNY!

THE RYAN MURRAY PLAN INCREASES THE NATIONAL DEBT!

You will excuse me if I don’t run around with my hair on fire. I ran out of hair a long time ago.

Seriously, I am very pessimistic about the situation. And I blame the voters for the problem. They WANT big government, but they don’t want to pay for it. Any politician who tries to cut spending or increase taxes gets killed at the ballot box.

On the other hand, politicians like Obama who lie to the voters and make promises they know they can’t keep get elected and reelected.

A day of reckoning is coming. Sooner or later the music will stop and the gravy train will end.

But not this year. Or next year either.


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109 Responses to Lose Weight Without Dieting Or Exercise!

  1. The Klown says:
  2. The Klown says:
    • elliesmom says:

      But look at all of the publicity they got by putting Miley Cyrus on the list. Looks like they were trying to cash in on her skank act, too.

      • Constance says:

        It was probably “synergy”. They probably own Miley. Or I think Time is owned by whoever owns CNN and that company also owns Viacom who also owns MTV, VH1 and all the places Miley has been performing. All they did is make themselves look stupid and anti woman. Seriously they couldn’t find one accomplished woman to put on the list? F Time!

    • The Klown says:

      Apparently Glenn Greenwald is all butt-hurt that Eddie Snowden didn’t get picked.

  3. The Klown says:
    • Somebody says:

      Did I miss something? I haven’t heard a word about Ted Cruz at Mandela’s funeral other than he and some other Congresscritters went and he supposedly walked out during Castro’s speech. Did something else happen I’m unaware of??

      • Lulu says:

        I read that a bunch of Dem congresscritters chewed his ass out on the plane over. I imagine he laughed at them. And yes he walked out during mini-Castro’s speech while Bronco kissed his butt. But nothing is as funny as Michelle throwing a fit over the hot Danish PM talking to President Narcissus.

  4. Somebody says:

    As far as the budget deal I agree with you it’s a nothing burger and doesn’t scratch the surface. You’d think both sides could at least agree to some modest entitlement reforms, but apparently not.

    Did you see the reporting on the farm subsidies? That might be a good place to start. While they’re dealing with the agricultural appropriations they could make some food stamp reforms……gore the ox on both sides a little bit and perhaps take a small step toward changing our fiscal trajectory. I guess that would take courage and leadership, nevermind.

    • The Klown says:

      When you incentivize bad behavior you get more bad behavior. All the incentives for politicians (money and votes) is on the side of out-of-control spending. Not only is there no incentive for reform, trying to do the right thing gets them voted out of office!

      Imagine if Congress tried to pass a budget that not only didn’t increase the national debt but reduced it. They would either have to make drastic cuts in spending or add huge tax increases, or some combination of both. The howls and screams would be coming from across the country!

      The Sequester was a very modest cut of less than 3% of discretionary spending and look at the negative reaction to that.

  5. elliesmom says:

    On lighter note – the best Dad jokes. Not about Dad, told by Dad.I swear someone hacked my husband’s phone texts and printed them. I know the one about losing your phones numbers must be his. http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-greatest-dad-jokes-of-all-time

  6. DandyTIger says:

    It will be a glorious train wreck though.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    The GOP is between a rock and a hard place trying to avoid another shutdown as Ocare faces some more hard deadlines. Why take the eye off that ball ? Let Obama leave on time for Hawaii while the country deals with their ruined Christmases looking for “affordable” health insurance.

    I’m for whatever keeps the govt open with 2014 in mind.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Yes, someone agrees with my rationale 😀 2014 and 2016 !

      http://www.caintv.com/the-rationale-behind-paul-ryan

    • DandyTIger says:

      Yes, the GOP strategy is to get elected, and their thinking that to do something responsible would make them lose in ’14 and ’16. They’re likely right. But that’s always the rationale. And sadly, both sides are right, to make the hard choices is a death sentence for re-election and for a party. So the question is, if they take the senate in ’14 (or at least by ’16) and win the presidency in ’16, will they then do something responsible. Not holding my breath.

      • DandyTIger says:

        Though regardless, I’m all for continuing to shake up the system by switching them in and out. But until voters see the dangers ahead and make bolder decisions, the problem only compounds.

  8. helenk3 says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/12/dirty_harry_strikes_again.html

    well at least dirty harry did not put a horse’s head in the guy’s bed

    • The plan probably includes further military slashes to pretend money is being ‘saved’. The clue will be when US uniform caps are ‘modernized’, making them larger. This follows the rule-of-thumb established by other banana republics that enlarged uniform hat brims are in inverse ratio to their overall military might.

  9. helenk3 says:

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/10/former-illegal-immigrant-used-fake-social-security-number-sues-over-job-rejections/

    former illegal alien who used fake social security # sues because he can not get a job as a corrections officer. claims discrimination

    do we just shake our heads in disbelief?

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Another round of Hollyweird award noms announced. Oprah and her movie made this cut …….winners will be announced in Jan.

    http://www.imdb.com/oscars/nominations/screen-actors-guild

    SAG awards are another pre-season Academy Awards (the Super Bowl). These are probably the most insider political of them all. Note Alec Baldwin got another nom ??? Holy sweet smell of hypocrisy.

  11. The Klown says:
  12. Constance says:

    ” Any politician who tries to cut spending or increase taxes gets killed at the ballot box.”

    I think they could make progress with income tax reform. Taxes are so high and they are not understandable, there are government subsidies for keeping your taxable income low….I think the untaxed underground economy is expanding. People are looking for ways to barter for what they need. If they reform taxes so you pay a reasonable rate on ALL income, let’s just go for the Forbes suggestion of 15%, I think they would collect more tax money.

  13. foxyladi14 says:

    No names tho. 😉

  14. foxyladi14 says:

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    @JammieWF Obama to Dutch Lady (whispers): “I’ll have a lot more flexibility when I’m out of office.” pic.twitter.com/I1dN7wyf62
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  15. DeniseVB says:

    The “selfie” AFP photographer defends his photos……

    http://dcist.com/2013/12/photographer_who_took_obama_selfie.php

  16. votermom says:

  17. Totally OT- I have arrived at Old Faithful for my winter job. Interstate 90 from Wyoming all the way to Livingston Montana was a nightmare- half a lane- the LEFT one- open. All else ice packed. Very scary!
    I made it though- and as soon as I get out of here in March the first thing I am doing is having a tshirt made that reads something to the effect of “I survived I90 in the winter”
    Kansas wins for best maintained roads. No construction. Smooth sailing all the way.
    Oklahoma City needs to move somewhere around Jamaica. They knew that ice storm was coming and could not get brine and sand down on the highway? What a bunch of dolts.

    • helenk3 says:

      glad you made it safely. Enjoy your winter

      I learned something today. a family was stuck in mountains for several days due to auto accident.
      the man used spare tire to keep fire burning. heated rocks to keep the family warm in the car. they were found safe and healthy due to these actions

    • Kansas, for some reason, always admininisters well. Years ago was involved as CA participant in 48 state fed program Kansas chosen by Congress to run. Smooth as silk. No people, just oversight.

    • piper says:

      Glad to hear that you made it safely. Good that you didn’t have to go thru Southern Wisconsin – people forgot how to drive on bad road conditions – the accidents and pile-ups were horrible.

      Enjoy your time out West

    • DeniseVB says:

      Enjoy your adventure !

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Congratulations are making it in one piece. Perhaps we could get the metro DC area to send all the sand and ice melt that is still on the roads from the past couple days over to Oklahoma.

      Growing up in PA they used to toss coal dust on snow covered roads but I am sure BO would throw a hissy fit since he seems to hate coal with a burning passion (maybe that is all Santa ever left him in in his Christmas stocking). If The One has time between musical chairs and selfies and parties.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Be safe PMM. 🙂

  18. helenk3 says:

    legal question

    if you lost your health insurance due to obamacare, thought you got through on the website and again had insurance and found out on January 1st you did not and can not get treatment for your illness and you die, can your family sue the US government for malfeasance?
    think about it. the US government essentially killed you by their actions.

  19. helenk3 says:

    obamacare what’s next

  20. The Klown says:

    Kool-aid is a helluva drug.

  21. The Klown says:
  22. votermom says:

    Poppy Bush is on twitter.

  23. DeniseVB says:

    Probably the least popular woman in the world is still more likable than MO. I know it’s photo ops, but this is her favorite charity and does this every year to draw awareness to it.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2522041/Terminally-ill-toddler-helps-Duchess-Cornwall-decorate-Christmas-tree-Clarence-House.html

  24. The Klown says:
  25. lyn says:

    My three boys have a new theme song.

  26. helenk3 says:

    backtrack and mooch return from mandela memorial

  27. The Klown says:

    Dinner: Navy beans, ham, celery, onion, carrots, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, garlic – cut up, simmer for a while, eat.

  28. The Klown says:
    • Constance says:

      I find it really odd too and I am a Catholic. To say nothing of the fact that only men participate in the Catholic religion at the highest decision making levels. If a religion excluded gay men or men of color Time would never choose their leader as “Man of the Year”.

  29. helenk3 says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/11/report-hhs-told-contractors-not-to-cooperate-with-congressional-investigators-looking-into-obamacare/

    DHS told contractors not to cooperate with congressional investigators looking into obamacare.

    I do not remember ever seeing cabinet members disrespecting congress like this backtrack bunch

  30. The Klown says:

    My Twitter account is suspended and I have no idea why.

  31. Have been enjoying the miniseries Mob City on TNT. Set in LA during my teen years, it brings back floods of memories and reminds me of why my parents moved us from the city to the mountains east of Hemet in that era. One of last week’s episodes took place on the far side of the Baldwin Hills, the low range of hills lying between Santa Monica and Liemert Park/Crenshaw Blvd. Which is the exact deserted area dad took me to teach me to drive back in ’44. Watching it is fun for me, but boring to the child bride.

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