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Republicans: This Much “Testicular Fortitude?”
[… can you muster up ANY “testicular fortitude {BALLS}?” Here’s an excerpt of the opposition’s response to Chancellor [Great Britian] Gordon Brown’s budget proposal. David Cameron has gone to great lengths to point out how the path to socialism is the path to governmental and individual financial ruin. One must remember that most of Europe is socialist, almost by definition. The US’ Congressional Republicans and conservatives could well take a lesson from his speech. The Repubvatives should…nay….MUST speak out against the socialist/ fascist trail oFluffy is taking America down. In the speech, we need only substitute dollars-for-pounds and it would be a necessary response to one of oFluffy’s promotional circuses for his “wealth re-distribution” plans. One needs only to substitute “oFluffy” in the appropriate places and this speech could have been made anywhere in the United States!]
David Cameron has described Chancellor Gordon Brown as an “analogue politician in a digital age”, adding: “You are the past”.
The Tory leader was replying to the chancellor’s Budget speech, claiming Mr Brown had “taxed too much, borrowed too much” and been “a roadblock to reform”.
“We wondered whether we’d get a budget or a leadership bid,” said Mr Cameron. “We didn’t get much of either.”
He said his party welcomed some of the plans, which he claimed had Tory roots.
Mr Cameron branded the chancellor’s spending forecasts as “a mess”.
Personal savings were down and the government was borrowing £175bn [US$255.5bln] over the next six years, he said.
This chancellor is mortgaging this country’s future – that’s over £6,000 [US$8,760] of debt for every household in this country,” he said.
In a carbon conscious world, we have a fossil-fuelled chancellor
“You are an old-fashioned ‘tax and spend’ chancellor and that approach is completely out of date. Mr Cameron criticised Mr Brown for giving the UK the “biggest tax burden in history”.
“The story of this week is of a prime minister and a chancellor up to their necks in debt, making promises you can’t keep and not knowing whether to work together or fight with each other as the ship starts going down,” he said.
The “real challenge” was competing in the global economy, but he said Mr Brown was not the right person for the job. The UK used to have the “10th lowest” business taxes in the world, but now has the “10th highest”, said Mr Cameron.
Despite having 10 budgets to boost science, there were science departments in universities closing. “You have had 10 budgets to improve transport and some of our motorways look like car parks. “You cannot be the change this country needs because you are the architect of the policies that have put us where we are.
Billions raised, billions spent. No idea where the money has gone.” “With a record like that you should be running for treasurer of the Labour Party,” he said, referring to the row over secret loans to the Labour Party.
Short speech The Tory leader told Mr Brown it had not been a genuinely green budget, “and that’s not surprising because you haven’t made a single major speech on the environment in 11 years”. “In a carbon-conscious world, we have a fossil-fuelled chancellor,” he said.
He mocked Mr Brown’s pledges of help for pensioners, adding: “The chancellor who smashed up the pension system can’t be the one to rebuild it.” Mr Cameron added: “You may see yourself as the rock upon which Labour can rebuild their church – instead you are the roadblock stopping Britain from meeting the challenges of the future.”
“Testicular Fortitude-Another Example:
[The text of a speech by Daniel Hannan, an elected member of The European Parliament {see next entry}. The speech essentially skewers the socialist bent of that legislative body. They’ve already started down the road that oFluffy is heading toward. Why is it that there’s not one spinal column sturdy enough to make speeches like this to either or both houses of the US Congress?? {I started highlighting with bold type, various parts of the speech I thought important. I realized that 90% of the speech would be highlighted so I stopped!}]
Prime Minister, I see you’ve already mastered the essential craft of this Parliament – that being to say one thing in this chamber, and a very different thing to your home electorate. You’ve spoken here about free trade, and amen to that; who would have guessed, listening to you just now, that you were the author of the phrase ‘British Jobs for British Workers’, and that you have subsidised – where you have not nationalised outright – swathes of our economy, including the car industry and many of the banks.
Perhaps you would have more moral authority in this house if your actions matched your words. Perhaps you would have more legitimacy in the councils of the world if the United Kingdom were not going into this recession in the worst condition of any G20 country.
The truth, Prime Minister, is that you have run out of our money. The country as a whole is now in negative equity. Every British child is born owing around £20,000. Servicing the interest on that debt is going to cost more than educating the child.
Now once again today you tried to spread the blame around, you spoke about an international recession; an international crisis. Well, it is true that we are all sailing together into the squall – but not every vessel in the convoy is in the same dilapidated condition. Other ships used the good years to caulk their hulls and clear up their rigging – in other words, to pay off debt – but you used the good years to raise borrowing yet further. As a consequence, under your captaincy, our hull is pressed deep into the water line, under the accumulated weight of your debt. We are now running a deficit that touches almost 10% of GDP – an unbelievable figure. More than Pakistan, more than Hungary – countries where the IMF has already been called in.
Now, it’s not that you’re not apologising – like everyone else, I’ve long accepted that you’re pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility for these things these things – it’s that you’re carrying on, wilfully worsening the situation, wantonly spending what little we have left. Last year, in the last twelve months, 125,000 private sector jobs have been lost – and yet you’ve created 30,000 public sector jobs. Prime Minister you cannot go on forever squeezing the productive bit of the economy in order to fund an unprecedented engorging of the unproductive bit.
You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt. And when you repeat, in that wooden and perfunctory way, that our situation is better than others, that we’re well place to weather the storm, I have to tell you, you sound like a Brezhnev-era Apparatchik giving the party line. You know, and we know, and you know that we know that it’s nonsense. Everyone knows that Britain is the worst placed to go into these hard times. The IMF has said so. The European Commission has said so. The markets have said so, which is why our currency has devalued by 30% – and soon the voters, too, will get their chance to say so.
They can see what the markets have already seen: that you are a devalued Prime Minister, of a devalued Government.
The European Parliament
The European Parliament (Europarl or EP) is the only directly elected parilamentary institution of the European Union (EU). Together with the Council of the European Union (the Council), it forms the bicameral [two chambers] legislative branch of the Union’s institutions and has been described as one of the most powerful legislatures in the world. The Parliament and Council form the highest legislative body within the Union. However their powers as such are limited to the competencies conferred upon the European Community by member states. The Parliament is composed of 785 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) who serve in the largest trans-national democratic electorate in the world (342 million eligible voters in 2004).
IRS Changes
Prior to March, 2009, the IRS Tax Tables didn’t start until after the taxpayer had earned $160. On the first of March, the revised IRS tables tax the first $7,180 at 10% and they of course, go up from there. The IRS must bring in the funds to pay oFluffy’s voter base to sit on their collective dead asses, spend our money, watch our TVs, eating name-brand snacks that we can’t afford!!
Til Nex’Time….
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