published Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The $675 billion platform

Democratic Platform Sources
Democratic Platform Sources
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    During his tenure in the White House, President Obama has grown the budget from $3.1 trillion in 2009 to more than $3.8 trillion this year.

The Democratic Party platform was released late Monday night to little fanfare as the Democratic National Convention got under way.

Hidden within the 39 page document are calls to lower taxes on most Americans, reduce red tape on small businesses and slash the deficit by "cutting out programs we can't afford."

The introduction to the Democratic platform even says, "in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us."

What gives? Did the Democrats send out the Republican platform by mistake?

Those who didn't read the rest of the 26,000-word cure for insomnia, might think the Democrats had turned over a new leaf and discovered the wisdom in commonsense free market, limited government solutions.

Don't be fooled.

The actual substance of the Democratic the platform calls for billions in new taxes, pushes for the further expansion of government and encourages federal spending to increase substantially.

In fact, the Democratic platform recommends launching a number of new federal schemes and increasing the funding for many existing programs. Among the 21 new spending proposals included in the Democratic Party platform are:

• $453 billion over ten years to fund an expansive stimulus-like job creation scheme;

• $18.4 billion over ten years to get the transportation sector to buy into alternative fuels:

• $6.5 billion over five years for global food security and agriculture research;

• $5 billion in one-time funding for clean energy handouts;

• $5 billion in one-time funding to force the government into the broadband Internet business;

• $980 million over ten years for government-funded abortions (if taxpayers' pay for 10 percent of abortions); and

• $45 million over five years to support American Indian and Alaska Native languages.

In total, the Democratic Party platform recommends $674.8 billion in additional federal spending over the next decade.

That hefty sum — more than two-thirds of a trillion dollars — doesn't even include the 18 percent increase in the cost of electricity that is expected to result from the platform's plan to mandate that 80 percent of America's electricity come from clean energy sources by 2035.

The $674.8 billion price tag represents only the most conservative figures available from the bill texts, Congressional Budget Office cost estimates and news reports related to proposed legislation that would achieve the goals of the platform. It is possible, if not likely, that the final tally may be even more costly to taxpayers if Democrats have their way.

Democrats are quick to point out that they have a plan to pay for all of these new programs. That plan? Hike taxes like crazy and hope against hope that the money comes in.

Since only 85 million — or 59% — of the 143 million Americans who filed actually paid taxes, according to the IRS, just funding the $674.8 billion in new spending recommended by the Democratic platform would cost the average American taxpayer an additional $7,939 in new taxes.

All that spending doesn't even include the already enacted increases in spending by President Obama and the Democratic Party. In his first year in office alone, Obama increased the already bloated federal budget by 14.3 percent — while inflation rose only 1.6 percent. During his tenure in the White House, Obama has grown the budget from $3.1 trillion in 2009 to more than $3.8 trillion this year.

Given that startling growth in the size of government, but so little to show for it in terms of job creation, economic recovery or an increase in quality of life during Obama's time in office, it isn't surprising that the platform doesn't spend much time focusing on the president's limited successes. How could it?

Instead, the Democrats use the platform to criticize Mitt Romney, attack the Republican Party and — you guessed it — blame the Bush Administration.

The Democratic platform uses Romney's name 22 times, mentions Republicans 37 times and brings up George W. Bush three times. By contrast, the Republican platform maintains a sense of class, refusing to drag Obama through the mud, despite the president's failures. Instead of placing blame, Republicans focused more on what they hoped to accomplish. In the GOP platform, Obama's name and the Democratic Party were mentioned only four times in total.

Ironically, the title of the Democratic platform is "Moving America Forward." While that title may conjure images of looking to the future, the Democrats' platform spends most of the time focused firmly on the past: faulting previous administrations, embracing outmoded notions of expansive, intrusive government, and championing long-debunked tax and spend economic theories.

Given the perilous state of the economy and the ever growing size and scope of the government under Obama and the Democratic Party, if the Democrats' pricy platform is moving America anywhere, it's straight off the edge of a cliff.

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Easy123 said...

http://assets.dstatic.org/dnc-platform/2012-National-Platform.pdf

Show us all where it says any of this:

• $453 billion over ten years to fund an expansive stimulus-like job creation scheme;

• $18.4 billion over ten years to get the transportation sector to buy into alternative fuels:

• $6.5 billion over five years for global food security and agriculture research;

• $5 billion in one-time funding for clean energy handouts;

• $5 billion in one-time funding to force the government into the broadband Internet business;

• $980 million over ten years for government-funded abortions (if taxpayers' pay for 10 percent of abortions); and

• $45 million over five years to support American Indian and Alaska Native languages.

In total, the Democratic Party platform recommends $674.8 billion in additional federal spending over the next decade.

Oh wait, it doesn't say any of that anywhere in the 2012 Democratic Platform. I cannot find that figure ($674.8 billion) anywhere else on the Internet. Why is that?

September 6, 2012 at 12:22 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Big Yawn on DNC platform. I watched Elizabeth Warren's speech which was so whinny and lacking energy. Even Bill Clinton who was a great President could not energize the DNC platform that verged continually on "we are you, we are you, we feel your pain," The most comical theme was, "Pres. Obama is a Capitalist." Could not stop laughing on that one.

It a little to little, it's a little to late. If the Hope and Changers had a great plan, maybe they should of begun execution of the plan prior to the election year.

September 6, 2012 at 6:52 a.m.
moon4kat said...

aae1049, does someone pay you to post such blather?

Anyone who actually watched and listened to the convention last night would know that Elizabeth Warren gave a great, forceful speech addressing how the GOP has eviscerated the middle class. Bill Clinton did energize the DNC convention and fully supports President Obama.

You claim Obama isn't a capitalist because he used federal funds to save the American auto industry and gave insurance companies a huge batch of new clients. I don't agree with everything Obama has done, but he's certainly shown himself to be pro-business. Actually, he's pro-business to a fault.

September 6, 2012 at 9:02 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Moon4Kat

Last time I checked it is good citizenship to be politically engaged. No pay my Dem friend, just good old fashion love of Country. That ain't changing. As a matter of fact, this is mo fun than facebook.

Elizabeth Warren was verifiably whinny and weak in her delivery of the tiresome Dem theme, "we are you, you are me, I am the Dem man."

BTW, Moon4kat how in the heck have you arrived at the conclusion that Gov giving money to corporations is capitalisim or picking the business winner with tax payer gifts. That is not capitalism. I call it bad government.

On Clinton's supporting Obama, bahaha

September 6, 2012 at 9:41 a.m.
wintermute said...

@easy123, You apparently didn't read the editorial very carefully. There is a link above which contains a detailed breakdown of the CBO scoring of all of these Democrat Platform proposals. To make it easier for you to review, I'll include it here: http://media.timesfreepress.com/news/documents/2012/09/06/Democratic_Platform_Sources.pdf

September 6, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.
Easy123 said...

wintermute,

The link above was not added to the editorial until today. And those aren't new spending proposals. No budget has been laid out by the 2012 Democratic Platform. The Free Press added up the costs of proposed bills that died or haven't been passed. It's all presumption and conjecture.

$675 billion is an erroneous number that the Free Press has conjured up.

September 6, 2012 at 12:42 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Oh yeah, the TFP just sits around making up numbers to Okay Doke Dems.

September 6, 2012 at 1:31 p.m.
Easy123 said...

aae1049,

That is precisely what they've done. How can you add up the cost of bills that are dead or haven't even passed and apply it to that total? It's not honest or factual. The Democratic Platform never "recommends $674.8 billion in additional federal spending over the next decade.". You will not find that statement in the platform or anywhere on the Internet.

And it's "Okie Doke".

Care to give it another shot?

September 6, 2012 at 1:37 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Easy123, If Okie is really a word, I appreciate your correction on non substantive issues. Sure do the Dem Dance and ignore a $16 trillion debt that represents 100 percent of the GNP, and tell me it's all good and we should re elect a Jimmy Carter President.

September 6, 2012 at 3:35 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Aae,

Who mentioned the debt? You sure do ignore the facts.

Not Carter, Obama. Your mistake.

September 6, 2012 at 4:07 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Obama is the new generations Jimmy Carter.

September 6, 2012 at 4:42 p.m.
timbo said...

Easy123... It takes a brain to understand conservatism but it doesn't take much to understand that all the Demoncrats have is giving away "free stuff" for votes.

Also, to make it simple for you...and Lord knows we have to do that..aae1049 was being sarcastic by alluding to the fact that Obama is another "Jimmy Carter." He meant that Obama is just as bad.

The fact is that Obama is much worse...Jimmy Carter had a cumulative surplus over his 4 years. Obama's bill is 5 trillion.

September 6, 2012 at 4:42 p.m.
Easy123 said...

aae1049,

"Obama is the new generations Jimmy Carter."

No, not at all.

September 6, 2012 at 4:45 p.m.
Easy123 said...

timbo,

What "free stuff" is that? Welfare, food stamps, etc? If you want it so bad, just be poor. It's simple.

I'm aware of the sarcasm. But the comparison doesn't work. Sorry, sweetie.

What was Bush's bill? Bush, Sr? Reagan? I don't see you bitching about those? The debt only matters to you Republicans when a Democrat is in office.

Keep trying.

September 6, 2012 at 4:49 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Easy123 I understand that you ingest the Hope and Change PR Koolaid.

I lived the Jimmy Carter days, and it is absolutely true that we have a President lacking substance that is similar to Jimmy Carter failure, where it counts, in the eyes of the public.

September 6, 2012 at 5:09 p.m.
Easy123 said...

aae1049,

I understand that you ingest the Keep America American PR Koolaid.

I don't care when you lived.

Our President has more substance in his little finger than you have presented here.

In the eyes of 69,456,897 people, Obama was the right man for the job.

September 6, 2012 at 5:15 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Easy123

If you don't care about our country's past, then you could not possibly understand the needs of the future. Your problem may be lack of exposure to our history, and that was my point.

"was the right" is a key word here. Obama is likely to be a one term President. Hillary Clinton would have been a much better President.

September 6, 2012 at 5:27 p.m.
Easy123 said...

aae1049,

"If you don't care about our country's past, then you could not possibly understand the needs of the future."

I didn't say I didn't care about our country's past. I just don't care about your biased opinion.

"Your problem may be lack of exposure to our history, and that was my point."

I know my American history. And you didn't have a point.

"Obama is likely to be a one term President."

Obama is likely to be a two term President.

"Hillary Clinton would have been a much better President."

Your baseless opinion has been duly noted.

September 6, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
joneses said...

I cannot believe that 69,456,897 fools fell for Hussein Obama's lies. I spoke to the most liberal person I know today and he said he would not vote for Hussein Obama. He was going to write in Kucinich. Another liberal friend of mine said she was just not going to vote and knows many who feel the same way.

September 6, 2012 at 8:15 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Joneses,

You don't have any "liberal" friends. Maybe a liberal Republican friend or two. But there is no possible way that you are friends, or even acquaintances, with anyone that votes Democrat and especially no one that voted for Obama,

Your fabrications won't fly here, sucker. We have all seen your extremely hateful posts towards liberals. LMAO at your "liberal" friends!

Who is the liar now?

September 6, 2012 at 8:38 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Easy123 What? You don't like me because I am conservative. You dismiss me.

What happened to all that Dem tolerance and love for diversity? You need to find your inner Dem and embrace Joneses and I for our differences from you. Now, please find your Ghandi Dem side, and let talk numbers.

First of all CNN, with all their Borger Bias generated this map. For Obama to have more electoral votes, CNN assumed AZ (biggest gun huggers that side of the Mississippi) and Florida (Republican old people haven) were undecided. Commical and shame on CNN. If CNN were honest. That map would show that Obama is projected to be a one termer.

Respectfully, Easy

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2012/ecalculator#?battleground

September 6, 2012 at 8:56 p.m.
Easy123 said...

aae1049,

"You don't like me because I am conservative."

Show me where I said that. Bet you can't find it! Would you like to try to be honest now?

"You dismiss me."

I dismiss you because it is apparent that you don't care for facts or the truth.

"What happened to all that Dem tolerance and love for diversity?"

What happened to logic? I don't tolerate ignorance, lies, misinformation, etc. That's on you, not me.

"You need to find your inner Dem and embrace Joneses and I for our differences from you."

I'll never embrace anyone that blatantly lies, misinforms, and rejects facts.

September 6, 2012 at 9:09 p.m.
Easy123 said...

aae,

"CNN assumed AZ (biggest gun huggers that side of the Mississippi)"

The CNN map has Arizona leaning Romney, not undecided. You might want to look at the map before you spout off.

"Florida (Republican old people haven) were undecided."

Florida is a toss-up. You might want to do more research before you spout off.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/fl/florida_romney_vs_obama-1883.html

"Commical and shame on CNN."

Comical and shame on you.

"If CNN were honest. That map would show that Obama is projected to be a one termer."

If you were honest, you would already know that the CNN map is pretty accurate. Obama isn't projected to be a two-termer by that map anyway. He only has 237 electoral votes on that map. He needs 270. If you were honest, you would admit that it was basically a toss-up on whether Obama will be a two term President or not.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/2012_elections_electoral_college_map.html

September 6, 2012 at 9:19 p.m.
aae1049 said...

We shall see in 8 short weeks, if the Obama needs a U-Haul.

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2012/ecalculator#?castellanos

Best Wishes.

September 6, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.
moon4kat said...

Easy123, as a fellow citizen, I appreciate your patience, and tenacity in rebutting and challenging the deceitful and illogical comments that keep keep popping up from some quarters.

It should be clear to any thinking American that those who consistently lie and hide the truth -- like Romney & Ryan -- cannot be trusted to govern.

September 6, 2012 at 11:24 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Moon,

You are welcome, my friend. It's been a pleasure reading your posts. And I appreciate your constant search for truth and honesty. Keep on keepin' on!

September 6, 2012 at 11:34 p.m.
EaTn said...

President Obama closed the useless Iraq war and is closing the one in Afghanistan, gave orders to send Bin Laden to the bottom of the ocean, made medical care available to those who couldn't get help, saved the auto workers jobs and helped bring the Dow market back to record levels. It's half time and the home team is ahead. Why would you want to bring in a new inexperienced team?

September 7, 2012 at 6:55 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Remind me what the Republican platform is again? Let's see, I think it went something like this: More trickle-down; more tax cuts for the fat cats; more corporate welfare; more spending cuts on things like infrastructure, education, safety-net programs, technology and research, and on the the middle class and the poor in general; more money for the already bloated military budget. Why does all that sound so familiar? Oh yeah...because we've already been there, done that! The Repubs wouldn't be taking us "off the edge of a cliff" because they wouldn't even be getting us out of the hole they put us in in the first place. They would just be digging it deeper.

September 7, 2012 at 12:12 p.m.
moon4kat said...

Very apt characterization:

http://www.uclick.com/client/nyt/ta/

September 7, 2012 at 7:42 p.m.
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