I am a very proud Citizen of the United States. That took place in early 2008 after a seven year legal journey. As you can imagine, I have some views on immigration which you will find in these pages from time to time.
I was born in London, England and have been American in my attitudes for as long as I can remember. The Constitution should be regarded as a sacred document. Unfortunately as each year passes it seems to be less important. We have a President who told the American People BEFORE he was elected that the Constitution was a "flawed document". That would have been electoral suicide just a few short years ago. I remember when we were trying to help Iraq write it's constitution I said on the radio "we should give them ours! After all, we stopped using it years ago".
I started work as a journalist in 1976 when at the tender age of 16 I got a job on the Jerusalem Post. Recently I have been guest hosting talk radio around the country. Prior to that, you could have heard The Simon Conway Radio Experience.
I am a radio talk show host whose conservative outlook was forged in my native UK, where I experienced the considerable downsides of European-style socialism. I have a unique insight into health care and all the other trappings of a socialist society because I've already lived through where we are headed.
Do you remember those far off heady days of 2011… yes…. 2011…. when the so-called Boehner rule was put in place? Surely you do? There was a debt ceiling crisis and an 11th hour deal to form a committee to cut spending and when that didn’t work, sequestration entered our lives.
The Boehner Rule said that every single Dollar of new spending had to be offset by at least one Dollar in savings through cuts or reforms.
Well that didn’t last long, now did it? The great compromise two year budget deal unveiled as the Murray-Ryan budget, breaks that rule into little tiny pieces.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the deal will produce a net deficit of $23 Billion by 2023 – and of course that ignores that future Congresses are not bound by anything the current one does. ALSO the spending is NOW, most of the savings (which we all know will not come to pass) don’t kick in until 2022/23. And if you take out the “fee increases” (Boehner refuses to call them taxes), then the rule that has his name is off by $45 Billion.
This deal will increase the deficit by $8 trillion over the next ten years because it frankly cuts NOTHING – it merely slows (assuming future Congresses abide by it) the rate of increase.
How can any Conservative count a $17 Trillion Dollar deficit rising to at least $25 Trillion by 2023 with a budget that spends MORE THAN A TRILLION A YEAR as anything other than a disaster?
Faith is a dog who was born with no front legs but has learned to walk on her hind legs. She has become a regular on military bases and in military hospitals where she visits soldiers who have become amputees while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
National Republicans seem so out of touch with their members that they expressed genuine shock that Conservatives were horrified when the details of the budget deal were announced.
Paul Ryan - while repeatedly saying something to the effect of "I'm a conservative" to anyone who would listen, described the reaction by groups such as Heritage as "a strange new normal."
Speaker John Boehner went further. "They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals," he said. "This is ridiculous."
What he is talking about is a letter - National Review has more: "Though conservatives support more spending restraint, the discretionary spending limits defined in the Budget Control Act represent a promise to the American people to marginally slow the growth of government," reads a letter signed by the heads of Heritage Action, the Family Research Council, and the American Conservative Union. Heritage Action's Michael Needham penned an op-ed in USA Today on Tuesday calling the deal "a step backward." The Cato Institute called the deal a "huge Republican cave-in."
The GOP is so worried about being blamed for another shutdown and losing ground to the decimated democrats, that frankly this cave in was totally expected as we enter an election year.
And that is indeed what it is. People who are serious about controlling spending need to stand for something. Conservatives tell us they stand for smaller Government and big spending cuts without tax increases. If that's true, then anyone voting for this has some explaining to do. We'll talk about it on depth tomorrow on my show.