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Boehner's Debt Deal Dilemma

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By now, it is common knowledge that the 2011 continuing resolution negotiated by House Speaker John Boehner, which cut $38.5 billion in budget authority, will only reduce 2011 outlays by about $352 million.  That is mostly because the resolution did not address about $240 billion of budgeting authorities enacted by previous Congresses that have yet to be fully spent.  Only when they are will outlays begin reducing in subsequent fiscal years.


Tea parties and other grassroots activists across the country have cried foul, rightly noting that the legislation falls far short of the Republican pledge to "roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to balance the budget and pay down the debt."


Still, a $38.5 billion cut to the budgeting authority is a real cut, and its impact will be felt over this decade.   Regardless of the facts, however, there is now widespread perception among grassroots conservatives, tea party activists, and Republicans that there were no cuts of consequence in the continuing resolution.  This in turn has eroded public confidence in congressional Republicans.


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National Labor Relations Board says Boeing can't build plant in South Carolina


By Rick Manning


In a stunning move well beyond the scope of their legal mandate, the Obama Administration appointee  controlled National Labor Relations Board is suing Boeing Corporation for, get this, building a second production line for their new Dreamliner passenger plane in South Carolina rather than in Washington state.


At a time when corporations like General Electric are busily shutting down U.S. production facilities that manufacture items like light bulbs, in favor of Chinese made products, Boeing had the audacity to decide to create jobs in America.  Although maybe the Obama appointed NLRB members missed the part of U.S. history class where the Confederacy lost, and South Carolina remained a part of the U.S.?


Rightfully, Boeing is going to fight the NLRB decision to sue them.  One irony of the case is that Obama's recently appointed Chief of Staff, Bill Daley, served as a member of Boeing's Board of Directors when the company decided to create jobs in South Carolina by building a production line in the right to work state.


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