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Today, President Obama demonstrated again that he is not serious about defending America against the biggest threat to our future: runaway government spending. He proposed a budget with a record $1.65 trillion deficit for 2012. No surprise there.

Republican House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan has offered an appropriate response about Obama “punting” on the budget crisis:

But let’s look a little deeper into the Republicans’ action on spending because we have been disappointed before. Last year, Republicans published a pledge to cut discretionary spending to 2008 levels, i.e. before the financial meltdown, TARP, the bailouts, etc. They promised that they would save at least $100 billion.

Over the past week, Republicans have stumbled in keeping that pledge when it comes to spending for the rest of the year. Rather than reducing discretionary spending to 2008 levels, they proposed initially to cut much less not from current spending, but from Obama’s proposed 2011 budget which was never passed. They have since increased the amount, but they still have failed to keep their promise to go back to 2008 levels. Radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt has covered this issue extensively on his show and on his blog.

Some Republican like John Campbell of California are trying to fix this issue in amendments that will be voted on later this week. See Hugh Hewitt’s “The Pledge-Keepers”: Congressman John Campbell’s Two Budget Amendments.

We hope that the Republican representatives elected with Tea Party support will support Congressman Campbell’s amendments and reject the position of Republicans that have been compromised by Washington’s culture of spending and still don’t get why we sent eighty-seven new Republicans to Congress in November.

Beyond this current test of Republican resolve, Republican will need to take the lead in having what Paul Ryan calls an “adult conversation” with the American people about the long-term spending on so-called non-discretionary items including Social Security and Medicare. No one advocates any cuts for current recipients and those who are close to retirement. But why do we have to wait decades to raise the retirement age? People today live longer and healthier lives. For example, what’s wrong with raising the retirement age to 70 for everyone under the age of 50 today? Paul Ryan’s Roadmap for America’s Future isn’t this aggressive on the retirement age, but it outlines a plan to return America to fiscal sanity avoiding the fate of Greece.

Opinion polls show that most Americans are still in denial about the need for spending cuts. A recent poll shows that most Americans have no idea that we cannot balance the budget without cutting more than foreign aid:

What Republicans need to realize is that the Tea Party movement recognizes the need for across-the-board spending cuts and Americans are more ready than ever for an adult conversation on this topic. The polls reflect a lack of understanding of what makes up our deficit. This is the time for Republicans to inform and educate the public about what needs to be done to achieve what the vast of Americans agrees is necessary in principle.

Americans who want us to return to constitutional limited government have a responsibility to understand that this is our last chance to avoid a financial catastrophe and that this will require not just cuts, but elimination of entire programs. Republicans have an unprecedented opportunity to lead, inform and educate people. If they fail to do so, they will lose support of the Tea Party movement in 2012 and we will most like be faced with a ruinous second term for President Obama.

In leading and being frank about the issue, Republicans take the risk that not enough people will understand the message and will reject them in favor of the Democrats’ fairy tales about a government that caters to everyone. That is a risk worth taking. If they succeed, they will be responsible for what Allen West recently called a “new dawn for America” and they will be the trusted majority party for a generation. If they honestly and effectively advocate limited constitutional government and a majority of Americans reject their message, then they will at least have offered American a final chance to keep the principles the United States was founded on.

If we do nothing to change the current state, a decline of America is inevitable. The American people today face a huge responsibility in prevent this decline. But America needs leaders that can show the way to a new dawn with confidence. Republican must not shrink from the task ahead when they face inevitable lies that they will “hurt the poor” or that they will “cut your Social Security.” Everyone benefits when individual initiative is valued and the government stays out of our lives except where it is absolutely needed. When America prospers, we can be generous with those in need. Will Republican leaders have the backbone to stand up to the demagogues of the Left or will they revert once again to caving to the demands of the Left in the media and the Democrat Party?

Watch what happens and contact your representatives and senators in the coming weeks and months and urge them to stand firm in support of constitutional effective and efficient government and in keeping American free.

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Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is deluding herself about why Democrats lost the election. She blames 9.5 percent unemployment as the sole cause for the loss. Well, yes, high unemployment certainly didn’t help, but it was the policies of the Obama administration and Pelosi’s House Democrats that have damaged our economy and suppressed job growth. Voters rejected Obamacare, stimulus spending and the vast overreach of the federal government that has been building up for some time and reached a new peak with the Obama administration.

Much to the joy of Republicans, Nancy Pelosi is going to stay on as Democrat Minority Leader in the House. Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama are the three politicians most visibly associated with the failure of the past two years. Having Pelosi around for the next two years continuing to support failed policies and demonstrating the arrogance of the Left is bound to help keeping American voters focused on the need to hand the Democrats another resounding defeat in Congress and the White House in 2012.

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If you live in San Francisco and are not a committed socialist this election must have been very depressing: Jerry Brown is governor again, Barbara “Don’t Call Me Ma’am” Boxer is still a senator from California and Nancy Pelosi still represents San Francisco residents in the House of Representatives.

But there is more. This one will upset your children. San Francisco has banned McDonald’s Happy Meals, at least in the form they are served in the rest of the country.

In recognition, Reason TV has awarded its latest Nanny of the Month award to San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar, who sponsored what Hot Air calls the “Mom’s Too Dumb To Decide What Her Kid Eats Act.”

This month’s top busybody is the pol who sponsored the ordinance to make happy meals sad, the one who hopes his “food justice” agenda goes nationwide.

Presenting the Nanny of the Month for October 2010: San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar!

What is wrong with California?

There was a time when California was the most innovative, entrepreneurial place in the United States. We fondly remember that great Californian who once was governor of the state and went on to become the greatest president of the 20th century – Ronald Reagan.

California and particularly San Francisco are good places to check what the left wants to do next to the entire country. The state of California is a giant pilot program that demonstrates the results of socialist policies. Whether it is high taxes, reckless spending, excessive regulation, cap-and-tax carbon legislation or what Eric Mar calls “food justice”, when it comes to bad leftist ideas in California you get to have them all.

Over the past couple of years, courts have diverted water from California’s once great agriculture to protect one subspecies of a small fish. Unemployment in the agricultural region of the Central Valley has reached Great-Depression-era levels. Companies and the jobs they provide are fleeing California for states with a more business-friendly climates like Texas, Arizona and Florida.

But maybe it is not such a bad thing that Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxes and other Democrats still win in California. They provide a great example that should scare straight people in the rest of the country who still flirt with Democratic socialism. Today, it was reported that Nancy Pelosi wants to hang on to be the House Minority Leader. Together with President Obama, and Nevada’s Harry Reid, Pelosi forms a national trio from which more and more Americans recoil.

Too bad California did not legalize marijuana. More pot heads voting in the next election should have made the California experience even scarier.

If you do live in California and are unhappy with your state becoming to America what Greece is to Europe, maybe we can start a welcome program for California exiles here in Florida. We already have exiles from places like communist Cuba and we value the contributions they make to our state.

We too have sunny weather. For disasters we have hurricanes, which you can see coming and prepare for, instead of earthquakes, which take you by surprise.

In this election, Florida has driven Democrats from all statewide offices with the exception of Senator Bill Nelson who we will replace in 2012. Both houses of our state legislature have Republican super majorities. There is no state income tax. Real estate is a bargain again. Our governor-elect, Rick Scott, has a plan to make Florida a model of free market innovation and we just sent Marco Rubio, a son of Cuban exiles, to Washington. Senator-elect Rubio is widely considered one of two or three rising superstar in the conservative movement with the qualities to be President one day if he chooses to run. Democrats are already having regular nightmares about Rubio.

So come on over to Florida and live the dream you thought you could have in California.

It is a shame that as a result of the already ongoing exodus from California, the loony left will become a bigger share of the remaining population of voters. We’ll still enjoy your great wines and visit to see magnificent sites like Yosemite, but increasingly visiting California will be more like visiting a strange impoverished country that has failed to take advantage of all its natural advantages.

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Florida Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink continually tries to questions her opponent’s integrity and refuses to answer questions about what taxes she will raise to pay for the $12 billion in new spending she has proposed. On Monday she was caught violating the rules agreed by both candidates during a debate.

The incident has drawn national attention and even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews today realized that Sink lied about the event when he interviewed her on Tuesday.

Most people outside Florida never had heard of Alex Sink. She has gotten national exposure this week in the worst kind of way. If Florida were to elect Sink, the nation will know that Florida elected a cynical corrupt Obama Democrat politician.

Meanwhile the most important issue for Floridians is jobs and Republican Rick Scott has a plan to create jobs. He has created thousands of jobs in the private sector and knows how government can create conditions for businesses to create jobs. The Sink cheating incident was instructive about Sink’s character, but voters should focus on Scott’s positive agenda for turning Florida’s economy around.

Scott is leading in the polls, but the race is close. Does Florida want to be the state that chooses Obama-style policies by electing Alex Sink when the rest of the country rejects Obama socialism or do we want to elect Rick Scott who supports policies that will remove government obstacles to growth and will restore Florida to be one of the strongest economies in the country?

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Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, one of the worst and most leftist members of Congress, has won Reason TV’s and Citizens Against Government Waste’s Porker of the Month award for October.

In the video below she says: “People are feeling good about how things are going”

Hot Air comments: “Perhaps the Congresswoman deserves the Baghdad Bob Award for Resisting Reality as well.”

What do you do when you and your friends in congress go on a taxpayer funded spending binge, only to see massive unemployment and a floundering economy?

Just say something that sounds good and has zero credibility.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is CAGW’s October 2010 Porker of the Month for exaggerating the
effect of the failed stimulus program, exaggerating jobs numbers, and lying to the American people
about the true economic picture.

Congratulations, Debbie!

“Porker of the Month” is written and produced by Austin Bragg. Approximately 1.2 minutes.

For more info on Citizens Against Government Waste and the Porker of The Month, visit cagw.org.

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If you live in Florida’s 20th Congressional District vote for Karen Harrington, a local business owner who runs Rickey’s Restaurant.

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