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  1. Orlando Clay

    Davis, if Billo the Clown is your subject of hero worship, that’s fine and dandy, but the least you could do is learn how to spell his last name — O – ‘ – R – E – I – L – L – Y, you M – O – R – O – N.

    And if Keith Olbermann is indeed an idiot as you suggest, then what does that make you? How many network TV or radio shows have you hosted? Zero, right? How many books have you had published? Zilch, right? How many times have you been consulted by Topps to tap into your vast encyclopedic knowledge of baseball history? Nada, right?


  2. john.wilson

    “I didn’t raise taxes once. I lowered taxes over the last two years”
    So say President Obama.

    Using one of Pat’s favorite sources, they conclude
    “Obama said, “I didn’t raise taxes once.” But we’ve documented numerous instances when he has. He’s has signed off on small tax cuts for most taxpayers, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s also approved several tax increases. So we rate his statement


  3. Hey, Mr. Wilson… you and I both know he was referring to the tax rate that the IRS applies to taxpayers. But leave it to the pettiness of the right to go all semantics on us…

  4. Hey, Mr. Wilson,.. Since you’ve shown your propensity to go all semantics on us, I should have been more specific about my IRS comment… “you and I both know he was referring to the tax rate the IRS applies to individual income tax payers.”

  5. john wilson: Here’s the truth of the matter regarding Reagan and the federal budgets during his presidency:

    Reagan was elected in 1980, so he had no control over the 1981 budget.

    In 1982, Reagan proposed a budget of $508 billion; Congress passed a budget of $515 billion, a $7.1 billion increase. (By the way, Republicans controlled the Senate that year, as they did in the first six years of Reagan’s presidency.)

    In 1983, Congress passed a budget $8.7 billion higher than Reagan requested.

    In 1984, Congress passed a budget $17.1 billion lower than Reagan requested.

    In 1985, Congress passed a budget $5.3 billion lower than Reagan requested.

    In 1986, Congress passed a budget $13.1 billion lower than Reagan requested.

    In 1987, Congress passed a budget $3.7 billion lower than Reagan requested.

    In 1988, Congress passed a budget $4.7 billion higher than Reagan requested.

    In 1989 (the budget for which was adopted while Reagan was still president), Congress passed a budget $14.1 billion higher than Reagan requested.

    So, during the eight years of Reagan’s presidency, Congress passed budgets that were $4.7 billion lower, in total, than the budgets Reagan requested.

  6. Christina Ag…., here’s someone who has a little more traditional sense of vocals… call me old fashioned but this kid does a better job… leave melisma style singing where it should have been left, in the streets not in recording studios..


  7. john.wilson

    “On average, Congress spent 2.8% more than Reagan asked for, while the cumulative (yearly compounding rate) was a whopping 24.5% more. If the budget in 1989 had been 24.5% smaller (i.e., 280 billion dollars) there could have been a surplus of about 130 billion dollars instead of a deficit. This is equivalent to a constant compounding increase of 2.8% every year during the 8 budgets above and beyond the previous year’s spending. If anyone still thinks that is not a significant amount, they should ask themselves whether a balanced budget in 1989 would have been significant.” Budget Outlays
    Proposed (Reagan) and Actual (Congress) and
    Cumulative Percent Difference
    (billions of dollars)
    Fiscal Year Outlays Cumulative
    Proposed Actual % Difference
    1982 695.3 745.8 7.3 0.0
    1983 773.3 808.4 4.5 12.1
    1984 862.5 851.8 -1.2 10.8
    1985 940.3 946.4 0.7 11.6
    1986 973.7 990.3 1.7 13.5
    1987 994.0 1003.9 1.0 14.6
    1988 1024.3 1064.1 3.9 19.1
    1989 1094.2 1144.2 4.6 24.5
    Totals 7,357.6 7,554.9 Avg 2.8 Avg 3.1
    Budget Message of the President, FY’s 81 to 89
    Budget of the United States, FY 1993, Part 5, Table 1.3, page 5-18.
    Proposed outlays for 1981 from 1981 FY 1982 Budget Revisions


  8. john.wilson

    “The police are watching you. If you’re the wrong religion, they’ll spy on your every move. If you voice the wrong political opinions they’ll be watching you. According to Mike German, a 16-year veteran with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations, this is happening right in the U.S.”


  9. john.wilson: You and I have submitted here competing views of the budget-making process during the Reagan years. Here’s yet another view:


    And there’s more interesting stuff here:


  10. john.wilson

    “The Obama administration said Tuesday it wants a three-year extension of Patriot Act surveillance authorities, far longer than the timeline proposed by House Republicans.”

    “We all talk about the Democratic Party standing for something. Well, there it is.

    The party of personal liberty.” WRONG! Where is the outrage?


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