Commentators have cried wolf about debt ceilings and fiscal cliffs so often that Canadians can be forgiven for ignoring the latest confrontation brewing between President Barack Obama and Congress. But that would be a mistake.
A perfect storm (to mix metaphors) of three separate fiscal and legislative crises is converging on Washington. Unless the administration and Congressional leaders can find a way to disperse that storm, the United States government could default on its debt, be forced to cut a trillion dollars from spending or simply shut down.
The price of staving off any one of these disasters may be allowing one of the others to happen. And that would be very bad news for the Canadian economy.
Over the past few years, the Americans have punted a series of debt and spending deadlines time and time again. Now all the deadlines are arriving at once.
On March 1, "sequestration" kicks in, the first tranche of $1.2-trillion (U.S.) over nine years in mandatory spending cuts -- half of them to Defence -- unless Congress and the administration can find another way to rein in the U.S. government's trillion-dollar annual deficits.
Yes, yes, yes were told yesterday in the presidential news conference that Social Security and military pensioner checks may be "delayed".
No intent to frighten or issue a threat to anyone mind you, but we must ensure that those who have invested in the old America, shoulder the burden of government failure. As we all know, in brave new world of fairness and 'needs based entitlements', they can afford to.... pay a little more receive a bit less. [sarc off]
Weird, above post should be in texas thread. Wow the lag is horrid out here today. We've got a storm front moving out to where the ship is. 8-10 foot waves with occasional 14:) I love rough weather out here.
Texas et al could put the Feds in a real bind by revising their own state militia laws, starting with the Swiss model as an example, by enrolling and authoring that they arm themselves with the standard side arms of their National Guard [which are subject to federalization, but the state militia is not and constitutes a backup if the former is mobilized and deployed].
Texas et al could put the Feds in a real bind by revising their own state militia laws, starting with the Swiss model as an example, by enrolling and authoring that they arm themselves with the standard side arms of their National Guard ....
Always wondered why pro-gun states haven't picked this fight with the federal government by doing just this.
If I lived next door and my home had been listed in that newspaper as having a gun inside I'd put a sign:
"MY HOUSE HAS GUNS AND WE KNOW HOW TO USE THEM.
BUT NEXT DOOR IS GUN-FREE"
You know, just to make things clear.
Posted by: Steve White ||
But, like most truths in the modern era, that would be hate speech...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
"CRIMINALS, ILLEGALS + ENEMY ARMIES LOVE GUN CONTROL"!
The DemoLeft's answer to stopping illegal immigration + neighborhood crime gangs is to take away the guns from law-abiding US Citizens so that the Welfare-Nanny State won't have to appropriate Monies to local law enforcement which they're not giving them anyway.
THE DEMOLEFT ALWAYS HAS TO BE THE SUPERIOR OR DOMINANT NO MATTER HOW STUPID + MORONIC THEIR POSITION, EVEN WHEN THEY KNOW OR ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR POSITION IS STUPID OR MORONIC.
President Obama is weighing as many as 19 different gun control measures that he could take without congressional approval, as he prepares to unveil a comprehensive plan on Wednesday to address gun violence amid claims from Republicans that he's overstepping his bounds.
The president plans to reveal the details of that plan shortly before noon on Wednesday, joined by children who wrote him letters on the issue, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. Carney stressed that Obama believes a "significant" part of the plan would include congressional action, but declined to specify what actions the president might take via executive order.
During the final press conference of his first term, Obama said Monday that he will "vigorously pursue" the recommendations he received from the Vice President Biden-led task force.
What you may not be hearing about is the wholesalers who have shipments of guns and ammo from overseas who their shipments locked up in Customs warehouses. The US Customs Service is reportedly sitting on the shipments, awaiting guidance from Washington. Gun shop inventories are vanishing and many will soon be out of business. Some retailers have terminated the sale of guns and ammo. I suspect the next shoe to drop will be domestic manufactures of guns and ammo giving it up as well.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
No links Rob, shop owner and distributor telephone conversation only. They are trying desperately to restock shelves, but cannot receive shipments. I am searching the web for further supporting data.
Anecdotes from here in the reddest of red states: major city pawn shops that would each typically have dozens of used ARs in stock are sold out (the last fair examples fetched 3-4x the price of a very clean example brought prior to the 2008 election); ammo in many calibers is simply unavailable, larger quantities are sold out (often with no expected restock dates); 30 round AR clips that sold for $10-12 a few months ago are fetching upwards of $75 and are sold out in most shops; etc.
Panic buying is definitely an apt description for what's going on here.