We’re spending less on most government programs than when Reagan was president

We’re spending less on most government programs than when Reagan was president

Everyone knows that an aging population is making Social Security and Medicare more expensive. But besides that, as the above chart shows, there’s just no evidence to suggest that we’re spending more than has been typical over the past fifty years. Indeed, we’re spending considerably less than during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Granted, he spent a whole lot on defense programs, but still, it’s worth keeping this in mind the next time your granddad sends you a chain email about how Obama’s turning us into a socialist country. If he is, he’s doing a damn poor job of it.

Read more: http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2013/10/30/were-spending-less-on-most-govenrment-programs-than-when-reagan-was-president/

Reports: Iraqi PM Maliki resigns

http://twitter.com/#!/sshatipoglu/status/500007966788300800

Just in.

http://twitter.com/#!/mrfabrizi/status/500004055394291712
http://twitter.com/#!/SarahJReports/status/500008755522961408

Twitchy will update as news develops.

Via the New York Times:

http://twitter.com/#!/DefenseOne/status/500010360498573312

Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki on Thursday night said he agreed to relinquish power, state television reported, a move that came after days of crisis in which Mr. Maliki’s deployment of extra security forces around the capital raised worries of a military coup.

While the country is not at peace, Mr. Maliki’s decision, nonetheless, appeared to pave the way for the first truly peaceful transition of power, based on democratic elections and without the guiding hand of American military forces, in modern Iraq’s history.

In stepping aside Mr. Maliki agreed to end his legal challenge to the nomination of his replacement, which was made on Monday when Iraq’s president nominated Haider al-Abadi, a member of Mr. Maliki’s own Shiite Islamist Dawa Party.

“Maliki steps down as prime minister in favor of Abadi,” the state television said on its Arabic-language news crawler.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/08/14/reports-iraqi-pm-maliki-resigns/

Reports: Justice Alito writing majority opinion in Hobby Lobby case

http://twitter.com/#!/HawleyMO/status/483612164372959233

There are reports that Justice Samuel Alito is authoring the majority opinion for the Hobby Lobby decision, which could be a clue as to which way the court will fall on the case.

http://twitter.com/#!/ShannonBream/status/483613358479142912

Update:

Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby in landmark religious freedom case

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/06/30/reports-justice-alito-writing-majority-opinion-in-hobby-lobby-case/

The long, agonizing decline of the U.S. economy, in one chart

For about twenty years following the end of the Second World War, incomes rose steadily for the typical American worker. Then, abruptly, like a flower that grows and blooms and then begins to wither, the economy stopped working for the benefit of everyone who contributes to it. President Kennedy’s famous assertion in 1963 (“A rising tide lifts all the boats“) is simply no longer plausible. This has perhaps never been so well illustrated as in the chart above by Eric Portelance, which shows median incomes for male workers in different age groups using Census data, adjusted for inflation. Incomes have not only become more volatile, they’ve also declined for working men of all ages over the last four decades.

At the same time that men’s incomes began to decline, women began entering the workforce in large numbers — fortunately for women, for men and for the economy as a whole. Median household incomes remained flat instead of declining as a result. Looking at men’s incomes as opposed to household incomes more clearly shows the differences between now and before women began working.

Clearly, something happened around the time of the Vietnam War, and what that you think that something was determines your opinions about the economy in general. Some argue that government spending on the war, combined with loose monetary policy, led to a decade of inflation and halted equitable growth. Others blame the decline of the manufacturing unions. Still others attribute the change to increasingly assertive regulation by new bureaus such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, both formed during the Nixon administration. Perhaps not coincidentally, Milton Friedman published an article in 1970 arguing that corporations should elevate shareholders over employees and customers, establishing what remains a crucial theoretical tenet in business schools and on Wall Street. Or perhaps, with women and a new generation of young people born right after the war entering the workforce, there were simply too many people looking for work, and wages declined.

Know More has opinions about all of these questions but will not trouble you with them here. A tip of the hat to Junk Charts.

Read more: http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2014/02/10/the-long-agonizing-decline-of-the-u-s-economy-in-one-chart/

‘Term limits!’ Nancy Pelosi lauds ‘lifetime public servant’ John Dingell

http://twitter.com/#!/NancyPelosi/status/437995050371272704

Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell announced that he’ll be retiring at the end of this term after 58 years in Congress. Yes, 58 years. That’s way too much time and nothing to celebrate, according to many:

http://twitter.com/#!/TomFreemanOmaha/status/437997710457581568
http://twitter.com/#!/spandlegax/status/437997831299665920
http://twitter.com/#!/sachel62/status/438006527480184832

Dingell’s retirement announcement generated a fresh wave of calls for term limits:

http://twitter.com/#!/allahpundit/status/437955393487003648
http://twitter.com/#!/ROCKWITHBECK/status/438000920719134720
http://twitter.com/#!/maggiejaehnig/status/437988643957772288
http://twitter.com/#!/jeanniemcbride/status/437984211316654080

Perspective on the length of time Dingell has been in Congress:

http://twitter.com/#!/nfoyal/status/437995976851066880

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/02/24/nancy-pelosi-lauds-retiring-lifetime-public-servant-john-dingell-calls-for-term-limits-erupt/

‘That’s big of him’: Obama finally gives murdered Maj. Gen. Greene a ‘mention’

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/497424181831925760
http://twitter.com/#!/FilmLadd/status/497424328263467008

Army Major General Harold Greene was murdered in Afghanistan on August 5, but President Obama hadn’t said a word about it. Skeptical tweeters wondered if he ever would.

Well today, two days later, he finally broke his silence:

http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/497424248760442880

Nice of Obama to “mention” the slain hero.

http://twitter.com/#!/Rschrim/status/497425149432696832
http://twitter.com/#!/GuyMonzeglio/status/497425096839929856

Hey, it was the least POTUS could do — the very least.

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/497424348970762241

Not to mention sad and incredibly disrespectful. But what else would you expect from him?

http://twitter.com/#!/michelelfrost/status/497425299383267328

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Related:

‘Not a chance’: Reason Obama hasn’t commented on killing of US general met with skepticism

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/08/07/thats-big-of-him-obama-finally-gives-murdered-maj-gen-greene-a-mention/

‘Good stuff, Preezy’: WH claims photog access at Obama/Biden lunch is all about transparency

http://twitter.com/#!/SSReaney/status/420953338641797120

As Twitchy reported, still photography will be allowed during today’s Obama-Biden lunch date. Plenty of people thought the timing was suspect, as portions of former SecDef Robert Gates’ new book, which is quite critical of Obama and Biden, made the rounds yesterday. But the White House wants to assure all skeptics that the cameras will purely be around for transparency purposes. Because Obama promised a transparent presidency, and doggone it, he makes good on his promises!

http://twitter.com/#!/JimAcostaCNN/status/420951014267564032

Unfortunately, nobody seems to be buying what the White House is selling. We can’t imagine why that would be.

http://twitter.com/#!/ron_fournier/status/420952908511707136
http://twitter.com/#!/clararitger/status/420951392535060481
http://twitter.com/#!/Schwabcycler/status/420953168961212416
http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/420953090674937856
http://twitter.com/#!/ron_fournier/status/420953326809661440

Transparency. Suuuuuure.

http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/420955044226150400

Yeah, that’s what we thought.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/01/08/good-stuff-preezy-wh-claims-photog-access-at-obamabiden-lunch-is-all-about-transparency/

Heh: Drudge tweet-teases Cruz bill to ban … you fill in the blank

http://twitter.com/#!/ElaheIzadi/status/466970631784112128

Heh.

So, this tweet went out Thursday morning:

http://twitter.com/#!/DRUDGE_REPORT/status/466970542050799616

Way to tease, Drudge! The tweet was likely meant to link this Washington Examiner article about Sen. Cruz’s declaration that he will be proposing legislation to “ban the FCC’s latest adventure in ‘net neutrality’.” But Twitter users had some other ideas.

http://twitter.com/#!/Matthops82/status/466970904913014785
http://twitter.com/#!/youseenmikehunt/status/466971434682941440
http://twitter.com/#!/AndrewsDisciple/status/466971310174658561

Say it ain’t so …

The most delightful idea? This one:

http://twitter.com/#!/Matthops82/status/466971067672956928

Ditto!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/05/15/heh-drudge-teases-cruz-bill-to-ban-you-fill-in-the-blank/

Jan Brewer: Obama admin ‘has encouraged this massive influx’ of illegals

http://twitter.com/#!/GovBrewer/status/477229591304474624

“Our country is in the midst of a crisis manufactured by President Obama and his administration’s refusal to enforce our nation’s immigration laws,” wrote Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to John Boehner and Harry Reid today.

“It has become clear that the administration has encouraged this massive influx and intends to continue ignoring the states’ calls to end this policy,” Brewer continued. “Furthermore, it is indisputably evident that our border is not secure and is hardly “more secure than ever.”

http://twitter.com/#!/AZLiveFree/status/477230080435818497

That seems pretty likely.

http://twitter.com/#!/TrotAlex/status/477230846551015424

.@GovBrewer, call out the National Guard & defend the #border!
#Deport all #illegals!
#NoAmnesty!
@johnboehner @SenatorReid @BarackObama— Ralph Schiano (@RalphSchiano) June 12, 2014

http://twitter.com/#!/haas24712/status/477231702574903296
http://twitter.com/#!/BibleProphecy/status/477233249618382848
http://twitter.com/#!/ToriHart4/status/477232112689364992

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/06/12/gov-jan-brewer-obama-admin-has-encouraged-this-massive-influx-of-illegal-immigrants/

‘Proud socialist’ Kshama Sawant joins ‘McPoverty’ picket line in Seattle

http://twitter.com/#!/workingwa/status/436621686138748929

The same group that turned a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march into a protest for a $15 an hour minimum wage was at it again today in Seattle, Wash., calling for a one-day citywide boycott of McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King.

http://twitter.com/#!/workingwa/status/434371885791711232

Council member Kshama Sawant, who describes herself as a proud socialist, again marched with the protesters.

http://twitter.com/#!/Joe_Miz/status/436595711405088768
http://twitter.com/#!/workingwa/status/436646530414817280

Not even President Obama is suggesting a $15 an hour minimum wage, and it wasn’t all solidarity under the #McPoverty hashtag either.

http://twitter.com/#!/TheEvilOverlord/status/436530020488466432
http://twitter.com/#!/Shane74White/status/436564745189998593
http://twitter.com/#!/PaulIzzo2/status/436640571416133633
http://twitter.com/#!/JustAnotherMo/status/436641122501144577
http://twitter.com/#!/JustAnotherMo/status/436641856534102016

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/02/20/proud-socialist-kshama-sawant-joins-mcpoverty-picket-line-in-seattle/