Even though Barack Obama’s Twitter Town Hall consisted largely of carefully selected softball question tweets that didn’t stop users of the microblogging service from generating 169,395 tweets.

The breakdown according t TVNewser:

  • Jobs – 18,957
  • Budget – 15,000
  • Taxes – 14,777
  • Education – 8,833

Despite the preferential treatment and controlled questions Obama still managed to muff the answers according to the Associated Press who did  a quick fact check on the president’s answers.

My recommendation is that maybe next time e could have the answers appear to him in a tweet format via his teleprompter.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to remain relevant which isn’t easy when you are deemed irrelevant by your own president.

Rather than ‘Hands off our Medicare” which was a less than rousing chant why not “Hands off my botox”? which would be more appropriate for her anyway.

As the economy continues to falter local governments across the country are facing sizable budget deficits and being forced to trim expenses in an effort to baance their budgets.

For some it is a painful experience, and in Alexandria, Va the pain is so great that they have hired an ethicist to assist them in deciding which programs to trim or eliminate.

Granted budget cuts are never easy for those tasked with making the cuts  and are doubly painful for those on the receiving end, but they are a by-product of short sighted and greedy politicians spending every dime in site rather than being prudent and planning for the inevitable slowdown or recession.

Now as a result of the liberal expansion of government programs and the lack of setting enough money aside for a “rainy day” the city is facing a $2.3 million budget gap.  Budget cutting is an economic decision.  Either there is money for a program or there isn’t.  Politicians are elected to make the tough decisions.  But in this case rather than do what they were elected to do they have chosen to turn budget cutting into an ethical and moral decision and creating a touchy-feely scenario rather than letting objectivity guide them,

Using an ethicist to help make budget cuts may salve the collective consciences of the officials involved, but it sets a bad precedent that all budget decisions should have an ethical and moral component and that it is okay to cede their responsibilities to someone who has no government budgeting experience.

As the economic crisis deepens virtually every governor in the U.S. is facing tough decisions when it comes to dealing with their state budget deficits that are expanding at a rapid clip.

In this regard there is no more important state than that of California and its actor turned governor Arnold Schwarzengger who is struggling t deal with a projected $40 billion deficit over the next two years.

When Schwarzengger was elected in 2003 his platform was based on restraining spending, not increasing taxes and less debt financing.  Well what a difference a few years make.  After being soundly defeated in his effort establish budget reform the state budget has grown to a staggering $144.5 billion – up 40% in just four years.  No wonder he has a deficit problem.

Granted Schwarzenegger has been dealing with a Democratically controlled legislature, but instead of hewing to his campaign promises he has completely caved in to the liberals wish list.

Remember that no tax increase pledge?  That’s gone out the window with his proposal to increase the state sales tax rate by 1.5 percentage points for three years which will push the overall sales tax rate to over 9% in some areas making it one of the highest in the country.  All this in the face of a nasty downturn that already has consumers keeping their wallets closed.  He also wants to triple the car tax which isn’t likely to generate as much money as he thinks with people abandoning their cars for mass transit.  Plus who is in the market for a new car these days?  Just look at the Big Three automakers begging for a taxpayer bailout if you don’t think the auto industry is in trouble.

The governor is so enamroed by his own proposals that he has been quoted saying that his tax plan will “invigorate our economy and generate jobs” and conveniently neglects that higher taxes does exactly the opposite.

Despite the fact that he thinks that tax increases are the way to solve his budget woes,  Schwarzenegger has been stymied by the Republicans in the Assembly where tax increases require a two-thirds vote to pass and the Democrats are 3 seats shy of that magic number.

What the state needs right now is the tough guy persona that Schwarzennegger portrayed in his action movies.  He should trim the budget by cutting government programs that were expanded under his watch and show some fiscal responsibility.  Except for his legacy as governor though there isn’t a lot of incentive for him to do much.  He can’t run for office again and if he can somehow finagle his way out of this budget crisis he probably will and saddle his successor with even more unpalatable choices.

The lesson here is that you can’t tax and spend your way to prosperity.

When the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006 they imposed their own version of fiscal conservatism known as pay as you go budgeting or “paygo”.  Under this policy the Democrats promised to offset any new spending increases or tax cuts with comparable tax increases or spending cuts.

It didn’t take long for the Democrats to quickly abandon their newly found spending restraint by waiving paygo restrictions no fewer than a dozen times that accomodated nearly $400 billion in new spending.

Yet despite this reckless behavior House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer reiterated his support as well as Speaker Pelosi’s support for paygo.

Now comes word from Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) that the Democrats are going to do away with paygo.  Why would they do that?  Because as Cooper was quoted as saying “It would be unfair to the new President to put him in a budget straitjacket.”  Whate he really means is that now that we control the White House the rules have changed regarding spending.

Conservatives complained about paygo and called it a sham which it was though the mainstream media said nary a word about this deceptive policy.  It’s just the first step in a return to the Democrats favorite tax and spend policies which undoubtedly receive little attention from the press especially under a new Democratic administration.

The people spoke last Tuesday and everyone will now pay a steep price for their folly.  Don’t say that you weren’t warned.