Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Congressman chosen to give the "official" Republican response to the President's State of the Union address, might have been the designated funeral director, but for the fortunate fact that the patient is, remarkably, still alive. In a dark suit, seated behind his Budget Committee desk, the chairman was instead the family doctor, doing his best to appear both solemn and hopeful as he brought us the grim news. The prognosis is not good. The nation's fiscal ills, with their "crushing burden of debt," could be fatal unless we stop consuming fatty stimulus programs and high-cholesterol health care mandates and begin to exercise fiscal discipline.
I didn’t waste time listening to the [Mi]Stake of the Union last night, and I hope you didn’t either. Life contains enough indignities without subjecting ourselves to that. Besides, short of “I’m resigning after firing all federal employees,” the Thief-in-Chief has nothing to say that I want to hear.
On Tuesday, January 25, 2011, a man by the name of Barack Hussein Obama took his place at the rostrum before the two houses of Congress to deliver his State of the Union address. He was greeted by the members with smiles and great courtesy even though a growing number of Americans believe that he is not eligible to be President — an imposter.
In December, 2008, my American Policy Center (APC) helped lead a fight to stop Ohio from becoming the 33rd state to call for a Constitutional Convention (Con Con). In the 1980s 32 other states had passed Con Con resolutions for the specific purpose of passing a balanced budget amendment. Had that resolution passed the Ohio legislature, we would have been just one state away from such an event. We argued then that one cannot call a Con Con to discuss just one issue. Once a Con Con is in place, there is no controlling the agenda.
National debt is over $14 trillion, the federal budget deficit is $1.4 trillion and, depending on whose estimates are used, the unfunded liability or indebtedness of the federal government (mostly in the form of obligations for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and prescription drugs) is estimated to be between $60 and $100 trillion.