Federal revenues are up, federal spending is down. I read this in the paper today. The brighter fiscal picture is due to higher tax rates for the wealthy, higher payroll taxes and an improving economy.
This whole thing backfired on the tea party Republicans. They wanted a way to force President Obama into agreeing to screw the elderly and disabled out of a substantial amount of their Social Security. Their Medicare and Medicaid would be cut also.
These nuts still actually think that Social Security is an entitlement. The only people who shouldn't be entitled to Social Security are the tea party members because they don't believe in it.
I also read that third president Thomas Jefferson once said, "Keep a close eye on government because the price of liberty is eternal vigilance." The tea party is constantly eyeballing President Obama, but where were they when President George W. Bush was rigging his two elections and violating the First and Fourth Amendments and Article I-Section 8 of the Constitution? They couldn't go after G.W. because he was one of their puppets, and the dirty tricks pulled in the 2012 elections should tell you what kind of people they are.
Things are getting better, people, so don't let this bunch of oligarchists throw you on the wrong track. If they had their way, people like the Koch brothers would be running our government.
-- Bud McKelvey, Hermitage, Pa.