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Super Committee/Congress Is Neither Super Nor Congressional–Cut $1,000 Billion In Fiscal Year 2013 Budget And Pass FairTax Or You Are Fired!–Videos

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The Super Committee Sham

The Super Congress Was Harry Reids Idea,Get Rid Of McConnell Too


Ron Paul “The Super Congress Will Not Contemplate Maybe We Spend Too Much Overseas”

For ‘Super Committee’, time runs short

Deficit Super Committee Stuck in Stalemate as Deadline Nears

Super Committee Nonsense | THE PLAIN TRUTH by Judge Napolitano 11/14/11

Sen. Pat Toomey on Fox News Sunday

Ron Paul “We Have To Cut Spending! That For Me Is Top Of The List”

Ron Paul: Super Congress “Monstrous,” Unconstitutional?

Newt Gingrich: Super Committee Is Washington’s Dumbest Idea

What Will The Super Congress Accomplish? (Besides Destroying The Constitution)

Ron Paul: “Super Congress” Is Part of a Dangerous Trend

Is Super Congress Constitutional?

Super Committee: Already Bought?

Ron Paul: “We Will Default Because The Debt Is Unsustainable”

National Debt Clock

Recent US Federal Deficit Numbers

Obama Deficits

Bush Deficits

FY 2012: $1,101 billion

FY 2009: $1,413 billion

FY 2011: $1,299 billion

FY 2008: $248 billion

FY 2010: $1,293 billion

FY 2007: $161 billion

The federal deficit is the amount each year by which federal outlays in the federal budget exceed federal receipts. But the gross federal debt increases each year by substantially more than the amount of the deficit each year. That is because a substantial amount of federal borrowing is not counted in the budget. See here.

Joint Statement of Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury, and Jacob Lew, Director of the Office of Management And Budget, on Budget Results for Fiscal Year 2011

Table 1. Total Receipts, Outlays, and Deficit (in billions of dollars)
FY 2010 Actual
    Percentage of GDP
FY 2011 Estimates:
    2012 Budget
    2012 Mid-Session Review
FY 2011 Actual
    Percentage of GDP
                                                  STAR - TREASURY FINANCIAL DATABASE

                                                        ACCOUNTING DATE:  10/11

   PERIOD                                                                     RECEIPTS                OUTLAYS    DEFICIT/SURPLUS (-)
+  ____________________________________________________________  _____________________  _____________________  _____________________

     OCTOBER                                                                   145,951                286,384                140,432
     NOVEMBER                                                                  148,970                299,364                150,394
     DECEMBER                                                                  236,875                315,009                 78,134
     JANUARY                                                                   226,550                276,346                 49,796
     FEBRUARY                                                                  110,656                333,163                222,507
     MARCH                                                                     150,894                339,048                188,154
     APRIL                                                                     289,543                329,929                 40,387
     MAY                                                                       174,936                232,577                 57,641
     JUNE                                                                      249,658                292,738                 43,080
     JULY                                                                      159,063                288,439                129,376
     AUGUST                                                                    169,246                303,388                134,143
     SEPTEMBER                                                                 240,153                301,699                 61,546

       YEAR-TO-DATE                                                          2,302,495              3,598,086              1,295,591


     OCTOBER                                                                   163,072                261,539                 98,466

       YEAR-TO-DATE                                                            163,072                261,539                 98,466
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Ron Paul On Bill Bennett’s Morning In America Show–6-8 A.M Eastern Time,Wednesday, November 16, 2011?–Talk Radio–Videos

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“Why Can’t We Be Friends”

John Denver..Sunshine On My Shoulders

Ron Paul Ad – Life

Campaign for Liberty supporter calls Bill Bennett

Near the end of his Tuesday’s radio talk show, Bill Bennett announced that he will have a surprise guest on his show Wednesday.

He did not mention the guest’s name because he thought you would not want to listen.

Will the surprise guest be Ron Paul?

Keep in mind that Newt Gingrich was on the show Tuesday and Bennett has a standing offer to all the Presidential candidates to call in and be on the radio show.

Also keep in mind that Paul mentioned Bill Bennett by name as one of the neoconservatives.

Ron Paul Calls Out Neocons By Name!

Ron Paul On Southern Avenger – Neoconservatives & The War State

Jack Hunter on Freedom Watch 03/31/11

Mark Levin Avoids the “Empire” Question

SA@TheDC – “I Like Ron Paul Except on Foreign Policy”

Bennett claims to be a classical liberal, but when it comes to guests on his show in the area of foreign policy, the majority of them are neoconservatives.

Wake up early and listen to William’s show and see if Ron Paul, MD and William Bennett, PhD, J.D. have a conversation.

Call in.


Never mind.

I am not surprised that Bill Bennett invites William A. Galston, a progressive liberal Democrat, student of Leo Strauss, that currently works at the Brookings Institution, as a guest on his show.

Galston believes Romney would be the strongest candidate to beat Barack Obama.


Galston probably believed that Gerald Ford was  the strongest candidate to beat  Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Ron Paul like Ronald Reagan before him was not the choice of either the Republican Party establishment nor the Democratic Party establishment in 1976 or 1980. Both party establishments want to nominate a progressive or liberal candidate. Romney and Perry are the leading candidates for the Republican Party establishment.

The conservative and libertarian movement will stay home on election day if the Republican Party nominates yet another progressive and/or neoconservative.

I simply do not trust Romney. He is a progressive Republican.

If I want to vote for a progressive candidate, I would vote for Obama or Clinton.

Since I am a traditional libertarian or classical liberal I plan to support and vote for Ron Paul.

However, in defense of William, Ron Paul, his campaign staff  and supporters would be  well advised to read Galston’s papers to understand how the a progressive liberal Democrat thinks and who they wish to run against so they can win.

The focus should be first on the issue of trust.

Do you trust Barack Obama or Ron Paul?

The second focus should be on the economy, job creation and inflation (rising food, gasoline and clothing prices).

Paul must link balancing the budget, cutting spending and taxes, creating money, and bringing the troops with creating more jobs.

Every issue discussed should be linked to creating more jobs and moving away from a warfare and welfare economy to a peace and prosperity economy.

Ron Paul should start asking the American people during the remaining debates the following:

“Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

Just like Ronald Reagan did:

Reagan 1980 Are you better off than you were four years ago?

If you want cradle to grave dependency on the government and a warfare and welfare economy, vote for Romney, Perry or Obama.

If you want to put faith, family, friends and freedom first and a peace and prosperity economy,  vote for Ron Paul.

William the time has come to have Ron Paul as a guest on your show.

Ron Paul On CNBC With Kudlow About Polling 2nd In Iowa

November 7, 2011

One Year to Go: President Barack Obama’s Uphill Battle for Reelection in 2012

William A. Galston

“…Despite recent signs of a modest upturn in President Barack Obama’s political fortunes, the 2012 election is likely to be close and hard-fought.  More than in any contest since 1992, the economy will be the overwhelming focus.  But fundamental clashes about the role of government will also be in play against a backdrop of record low public confidence in our governing institutions.  And contests involving incumbents tend to be referenda on their records more than choices between candidates.  If the election pitting Obama against the strongest  potential Republican nominee, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, were held tomorrow, the president would probably lose.

But a year is a very long time in American politics, and three factors could change the odds in Obama’s favor.  Economic growth could exceed expectations, and the unemployment rate—long stuck at 9 percent—could come down fast enough to restore a modicum of Americans’  shattered hopes for the future.  The Republicans could commit creedal suicide by nominating a presidential candidate outside the mainstream or  unqualified for the office.  And the Obama campaign could make a wise
decision to focus first and foremost on the states—principally in the Midwest—that have decided presidential elections in the past half century and are poised to do so again next year.  If the president tries  to rerun his 2008 campaign under very different circumstances, he could  end up turning potential victory into defeat. …”

“…During the 2007-2009 recession, median household income declined by 3.2 percent.  Since the official end of the recession in mid-2009, it has declined by an additional 6.7 percent. Median household income now stands below what it was in 2000.  For most American households, the past ten years have been a lost decade.

While some groups have done worse than others, few have been spared.  Median income for households headed by high school graduates has declined by 13.6 percent since 2007.  But those with some college education have lost 12 percent, and even those headed by college graduates have lost 6.9 percent.  Young adults and those nearing retirement have been especially hard-hit in the past two years: since mid-2009, household incomes of those under 25 are down 9.5 percent, 25 to 34 year olds have surrendered 9.8 percent, and households headed by workers in their early 60s have shed 10.7 percent on top of a 10.8 percent decline in 2007-2009—a staggering 21.5 percent loss overall.

During the early phase of the Obama administration, the vast majority  of Americans blamed former president George W. Bush for the country’s economic woes.  While they still do, President Obama is increasingly being held responsible as well: 53 percent of the voters now blame him a  “great deal” or a “moderate amount” for the economy, up more than 20 points.  Not surprisingly, most Republicans have held him responsible from the very beginning, and most Democrats still don’t.  The big swing has come among Independents, whose “blame Obama” percentage has risen from 37 percent in early 2009 to 60 percent in the fall of 2011 (Gallup,
September 21, 2011). …”

“…To an extraordinary degree, public attention is focused on a single issue.  Fifty-seven percent of the people regard the economy and jobs as  the most important issues facing the country, compared to 5 percent for  the budget deficit, 2 percent for health and education, and 1 percent for poverty, crime and war.  (Neither abortion nor moral values registers even 1 percent.)

Most people think the economy is doing badly, and they don’t expect things to improve anytime soon. This represents an abrupt change.  As recently as the first quarter of 2011, more people thought the economy was getting better than getting worse.  By September, only 12 percent saw improvement, while 43 percent were experiencing decline.  Indeed, four in five Americans think the economy is still in recession, and only  37 percent think it will be better a year from now.  Only 15 percent think they are better off than when Obama became president, versus 35 percent who feel worse off.

A recent Wall Street Journal analysis illuminates the harsh reality underlying this assessment.  During the 2007-2009 recession,
median household income declined by 3.2 percent.  Since the official end  of the recession in mid-2009, it has declined by an additional 6.7 percent. Median household income now stands below what it was in 2000.  For most American households, the past ten years have been a lost decade. …”

The Brand of Conservatism That Will Win (and the One That Will Fail) in 2012

William A. Galston, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies

The New Republic

“…Tuesday night’s election results illuminate the terrain on which the 2012 election will be fought. The American people want government to address their problems, but not at the cost of excessive intrusion in their lives. They recoil from ideologically motivated attacks on workers  and on women. While they are open to a moderate brand of conservatism, they will reject a harder-edge and more extreme version. …”

William Galston is a political theorist.
He is the Saul I Stern Professor of Civic Engagement and the director  of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the School of Public Policy of University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow of Governance at the Brookings Institution. He was also a senior adviser to President of the United States Bill Clinton on domestic policy, and has also been employed by the presidential campaigns of Al Gore and Walter Mondale.
Since 1995, Galston has served as a founding member of the Board of the  National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and as chair of the Campaign’s Task Force on Religion and Public Values. He previously taught in the department of Government at the University of  Texas-Austin.

In political philosophy, Galston has written influential works on political pluralism and on domestic policy issues in liberal society.

Galston was a student of classicist and political philosopher Leo Strauss.

Selected works

  • Justice and the Human Good, University of Chicago Press, 1980.
  • Liberal Purposes, Cambridge University Press, 1991.
  • Liberal Pluralism, Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • The Practice of Liberal Pluralism, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Public Matters: Essays on Politics, Policy and Religion, Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.

John Denver – Leaving on a Jet Plane

John Denver – Country Roads 

Background Articles and Videos

LPAC 2011: Jack Hunter

A Tale of Two Rights | by The Southern Avenger

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