That’s the amount of budget cuts proposed by the House GOP today.

Moving aggressively to make good on election promises to slash the federal budget, the House GOP today unveiled an eye-popping plan to eliminate $2.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Gone would be Amtrak subsidies, fat checks to the Legal Services Corporation and National Endowment for the Arts, and some $900 million to run President Obama’s healthcare reform program.

I guess it’s eye-popping if you’re a liberal Democrat. Here’s a list of proposed cuts. Not bad for just a few weeks of work.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy. $445 million annual savings.

Save America’s Treasures Program. $25 million annual savings.

International Fund for Ireland. $17 million annual savings.

Legal Services Corporation. $420 million annual savings.

National Endowment for the Arts. $167.5 million annual savings.

National Endowment for the Humanities. $167.5 million annual savings.

Hope VI Program. $250 million annual savings.

Amtrak Subsidies. $1.565 billion annual savings.

Eliminate duplicative education programs. H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.

U.S. Trade Development Agency. $55 million annual savings.

Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy. $20 million annual savings.

Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding. $47 million annual savings.

John C. Stennis Center Subsidy. $430,000 annual savings.

Community Development Fund. $4.5 billion annual savings.

Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid. $24 million annual savings.

Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half. $7.5 billion annual savings.

Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20%. $600 million annual savings.

Essential Air Service. $150 million annual savings.

Technology Innovation Program. $70 million annual savings.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. $125 million annual savings.

Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization. $530 million annual savings.

Beach Replenishment. $95 million annual savings.

New Starts Transit. $2 billion annual savings.

Exchange Programs for Alaska, Natives Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts. $9 million annual savings.

Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants. $2.5 billion annual savings.

Title X Family Planning. $318 million annual savings.

Appalachian Regional Commission. $76 million annual savings.

Economic Development Administration. $293 million annual savings.

Programs under the National and Community Services Act. $1.15 billion annual savings.

Applied Research at Department of Energy. $1.27 billion annual savings.

FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. $200 million annual savings.

Energy Star Program. $52 million annual savings.

Economic Assistance to Egypt. $250 million annually.

U.S. Agency for International Development. $1.39 billion annual savings.

General Assistance to District of Columbia. $210 million annual savings.

Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. $150 million annual savings.

Presidential Campaign Fund. $775 million savings over ten years.

No funding for federal office space acquisition. $864 million annual savings.

End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.

Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. More than $1 billion annually.

IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget. $1.8 billion savings over ten years.

Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees. $1 billion total savings.

Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees. $1.2 billion savings over ten years.

Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of. $15 billion total savings.

Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.

Eliminate Mohair Subsidies. $1 million annual savings.

Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. $12.5 million annual savings.

Eliminate Market Access Program. $200 million annual savings.

USDA Sugar Program. $14 million annual savings.

Subsidy to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). $93 million annual savings.

Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. $56.2 million annual savings.

Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs. $900 million savings.

Ready to Learn TV Program. $27 million savings.

HUD Ph.D. Program.

Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.

Post Vacation Stress Syndrome

Faced with 556 unread emails bright and early this morning, today’s plans wilted. Add a surprise (expensive) brake repair, and I’m pinin’ for the beach. Again. So soon. And I’ve only just begun to peel (so sue me, I have Irish ancestors)…

To get me back in the swing of things, here’s a some linky-love. Enjoy.

Tea Party Crashers.

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble.

About that 3 a.m. phone call… Be sure to check out the lively discussion over at Potluck.

Couldn’t have happened to a finer man. Phil wins his third Masters for his wife. Our friend Bethany shows off her fabulous cookies – I’ll have a couple of dozen, please.

Scotland Yard and shoes. Not what you think.

Diary of the Traveling Fedora.

Preston’s point. It’s long, but read it all.

Doug’s history lesson.

Stacy McCain/French Quarter. Incoming!

Well, shoot, let’s just invite everybody for a welcome home party!

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More Cowbell

The Obama ship is sinking fast and even more cowbell won’t save it.

Between “the trophy” and the Death Stare, Obama had a rough day. His agenda is on life support.

Most Americans don’t even believe anything he says anymore.

Well, we all know that in “prepared remarks” Obama will say just about anything. He said he had no interest in taking over GM, just before he took them over. Anytime he says he is not interested in doing something, that’s usually about the time he does it. In his world words mean what he says he means.

Here’s one change I bet he wasn’t expecting: most Americans now believe the government is a threat to their rights.

The silver lining is the GOP had its best day in years…yesterday…thank’s to the Obama Kabuki Theater.

Erick’s Excellent Lunch

Erick of RedState had lunch with Vice-President Dick Cheney just the other day. Here are Parts 1, 2 and 3 at Peach Pundit, his Georgia politics blog. How cool is that?

Looking back –

At the end of eight years, Cheney pointed out, the administration did not get a lot of credit for the stuff that did not happen. We’ve ended up in a situation where critics label everything the administration does as “torture.” “That word,” he sighed, “is used with reckless abandon.” Cheney was asked to assess whether President Bush and he would be leaving the Presidency in a stronger position than they found it. He thought so.

“Our system works best in this day and age with a strong executive,” he affirmed. He went on to say he thought the present administration had enhanced the ability of the President to do what needs to be done in the war given the circumstances. They made a conscious decision that they could not chance weakening the Presidency as happened after Vietnam. As a result, they made the decision to fight all the way to the Supreme Court on issues like the energy task force. Cheney said people told him if he had nothing to hide about the task force, why bother hiding. He said that wasn’t the point. “Henry Waxman does not tell me who he meets with” so why should I have to tell him who I meet with, Cheney argued. “You’ve got to be prepared to do these sorts of things to defend your turf.”

[…]He said he thinks the economy will be the immediate big issue the Obama administration will have to deal with and it will be important that the new administration not give up on the war on terror. Obama will also have to deal with Russia and China, both of which Cheney says he is interested to see how they fare in the current financial crisis.

[…] Regarding President Bush, Vice President Cheney was extremely complimentary. “He has been and is a remarkable man,” Cheney said of his boss. He admires Bush’s willingness to make and stand by tough decisions. He said he knows how hard President Bush has worked at the job and the depth of the President’s feelings over what he has had to ask people to do. “He has a great capacity to share with them and to an extent comfort” the families of the fallen and others, he said — going so far as to say the President was better at it than Cheney. He concluded saying that he thinks the President “will be very well regarded” in history for his handling of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror over eight years.

As far as “Our system works best in this day and age with a strong executive…,” well, we’ll just have to wait and see how that works out with the new President. So far, I am not optimistic. After all, he got an interesting RSVP to his Inauguration this week.

Your Lyin’ Eyes

Finally, the McCain camp is calling Obama out on his ties to the homegrown terrorist Bill Ayers. FINALLY. From McCain’s speech:

This is the agenda I have set before my fellow citizens. And the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent. Even at this late hour in the campaign, there are essential things we don’t know about Senator Obama or the record that he brings to this campaign.

We have all heard what he has said, but it is less clear what he has done or what he will do. What Senator Obama says today and what he has done in the past are often two different things. He has often changed his positions in this campaign, and the best way to determine where he would really take this country is to examine where he has tried to take it in the past.

My opponent has invited serious questioning by announcing a few weeks ago that he would quote — “take off the gloves.” Since then, whenever I have questioned his policies or his record, he has called me a liar.

Rather than answer his critics, Senator Obama will try to distract you from noticing that he never answers the serious and legitimate questions he has been asked. But let me reply in the plainest terms I know. I don’t need lessons about telling the truth to American people. And were I ever to need any improvement in that regard, I probably wouldn’t seek advice from a Chicago politician.

My opponent’s touchiness every time he is questioned about his record should make us only more concerned. For a guy who’s already authored two memoirs, he’s not exactly an open book. It’s as if somehow the usual rules don’t apply, and where other candidates have to explain themselves and their records, Senator Obama seems to think he is above all that. Whatever the question, whatever the issue, there’s always a back story with Senator Obama. All people want to know is: What has this man ever actually accomplished in government? What does he plan for America? In short: Who is the real Barack Obama? But ask such questions and all you get in response is another barrage of angry insults.

Our current economic crisis is a good case in point. What was his actual record in the years before the great economic crisis of our lifetimes?

This crisis started in our housing market in the form of subprime loans that were pushed on people who could not afford them. Bad mortgages were being backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and it was only a matter of time before a contagion of unsustainable debt began to spread. This corruption was encouraged by Democrats in Congress, and abetted by Senator Obama.

Senator Obama has accused me of opposing regulation to avert this crisis. I guess he believes if a lie is big enough and repeated often enough it will be believed. But the truth is I was the one who called at the time for tighter restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that could have helped prevent this crisis from happening in the first place.

Senator Obama was silent on the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and his Democratic allies in Congress opposed every effort to rein them in. As recently as September of last year he said that subprime loans had been, quote, “a good idea.” Well, Senator Obama, that “good idea” has now plunged this country into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Ka-zing! Funny, if McCain had read this blog MONTHS ago, he’d see that along with a bushel of other bloggers, I was asking the same darn questions! Remember the hissy fit Obama pitched when the American Issues Project brought up his relationship with Bill Ayers? I can’t WAIT to see what will happen this time.

Fausta has more – even David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategy guy, is flipping by the hour on the Ayers issue. He knew him, he didn’t know, he shared the stage, he didn’t share the stage, he loves me, he loves me not….

Cap’n Ed at Hotair notes

Of course, voters have to make up their own mind as to whether associating with domestic terrorists is just a “distraction” or an indictment on the judgment of the candidate. However, both Axelrod and Gibbs make it clear that judgment is applicable here. The Obamas had a long association lasting several years with Ayers and Dohrn, serving on two boards together and working for Ayers for several years at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Does Axelrod now want to argue that Obama never learned about Ayers’ radical politics and track record as a Weather Underground terrorist? How clueless would Obama have to be to miss that?

[…] Ayers was hardly quiet about his life and his aspirations. He wrote a book about it in 2001. Chicago Magazine did a lengthy profile of him at the time, complete with pictures of Ayers standing on an American flag thrown on the ground in an alley. Nevertheless, Obama continued to work with Ayers at the Woods Fund and work together on public events. Either Obama liked what Ayers did, or he’s the most clueless politician to have ever reached the US Senate, and neither commends itself as a recommendation for a presidential candidate.

The nose on your face, sport. Distraction? Or outright lie? Obama would have to be living under some rock with no tv/radio reception, no newspapers back then to not have heard about Bill Ayers. Erick also points out

At the height of this exposure, major media outlets were quoting Bill Ayers and pointing out his radical past.

What else happened in 1996 when the media was reminiscing about the Democratic Convention of 1968, and interviewing key players like Bill Ayers?

Bill Ayers held a fundraiser for Barack Obama.

And we’re really supposed to believe Obama did not know, by 1996, given all the major media coverage of the 1996 Democratic Convention going back to Chicago despite the 1968 riots — including local and national media interviews with Bill Ayers on the subject — that Obama did not know?

You’ve got to be kidding me.

Heh. Over the weekend, Sarah Palin called Obama out as well. His minions hissed at her, calling her a racist for even bringing it up. Telling the truth, at least the truth they don’t want America to hear, starts the name-calling. It takes a Washington-outsider, a regular American to call it like it is. As commenter Cindy said about Super Sarah –

…she is romping and stomping through America now and reminding us that there is someone out there that has a backbone and is willing to USE IT!

Right about now, Obama is probably crying to his whiny wife, about how unfair America is. He can’t just skip to the front of the line, without working his way up like the rest of us. Why put in the effort, when cheating works so well?

UPDATE: Pigs fly!

You’ll want to double-check the logo at the bottom left corner during this report. It really is CNN and Anderson Cooper fact-checking Barack Obama’s claims to have barely known William Ayers — and calling it dishonest.

Woooohoooo! Now all we need is a Rezko tell-all!

McCain’s Speech

Lots of folks weighing in on The Speech. It was long, to be sure, but the last 5 minutes or so are electric. In fact, if weren’t for the mics, you probably couldn’t have heard the last 2 minutes because of the cheering from the crowd!

Belmont Club has an interesting interpretation of Palin’s and McCain’s speeches during the RNC. By running them through “word cloud” software – the most frequently used words are noted by larger fonts. You know how it works. Go take a peek.

Jumping off Wretchard’s dock, I decided to put Obama’s DNC acceptance speech through the same process. Here’s the result:

“Promise” is obviously the most frequently used word in Obama’s speech, compared with McCain’s, which was “country.”

Funny, I would have thought the most prevalent word would have been “ME.”

The best phrase, in my opinion was –

I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency; for its faith in the wisdom, justice and goodness of its people. I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for. I was never the same again. I wasn’t my own man anymore. I was my country’s.

The difference between the two men couldn’t be any different when it comes to their perspectives. Obama looks at himself, while McCain looks outward.

I especially like how both McCain and Palin both emphasized they are servants of the American people, not vice-versa.

It’s going to be an interesting 60 days!

UPDATE: Speaking of “Promise,” whatever happened to the Obama campaign manager’s promise of returning McCain’s kindness of congratulations on Obama’s nomination?

Running on Empty

The Democrats, that is. Margaret Thatcher once said, “When they attack one personally it means they haven’t a single political argument left.” Heh.

By hitting her first grand slam last night, Sarah Palin has literally scared the pants off the opposition.

The Anchoress is still channeling Instapundit. I like the format, especially since there is always a greater purpose behind the links she chooses. One theme that continually emerges is how some folks seem to think that Gov. Palin’s reproductive history is any of their business. Or any woman’s for that matter. Funny, isn’t it, how they’ve changed their tune on strong, self-reliant, confident women in just a few news cycles.

Gagdad Bob (h/t Gerard) called Palin “John Wayne with Lipstick”:

The way Palin grabbed Urkel by the scruff of the neck and shook the fairy dust off his bony ass…. marvelous.

You just gotta love it. Read the whole thing. You’ll laugh your eyelashes off.

Aside: (Nothing to do with Palin, but just politics in general) On the way to my dentist appointment today, Boortz was interviewing someone (sorry, I didn’t catch the name), but he delivered the quote of the day –

“I was born in Massachusetts, but moved to America when I was young.”

Snort. Hold on tight – the next 60 days are going to be one helluva ride!

Outta Da Park, Baby!

As I noted earlier, The Anchoress has been rounding up to beat the band on all things Palin. Like her, I’ve been appalled at the liberal media’s deplorable attack dog treatment of her and her family.

Funny, isn’t it, how we’ve not heard much from Obama or Hillary about the horrific attacks? Like good Warsaw neighbors, they close their curtains and refuse to get involved. Unless, of course, it is to start a rumor themselves.

Funny, isn’t it, how Chelsea was (and still is) untouchable?

Funny, isn’t it, how a certain silky-haired former candidate gets a super-duper pass from the media for his “indiscretion” that resulted in a baby while his wife had cancer, but the press considers the latest candidate’s family fair game one nanosecond after the announcement. All of ’em. Even the baby.

Funny, isn’t it, how the Left has demonized the Modern Major Female they tried so hard to promote and legislate for decades. For years, they screamed and scratched against families and traditions and culture until women were so free of the shackles of femaleness that many lost their way. Many were confused and empty. Now, when faced with a woman who epitomizes everything they’ve dreamed of the last forty years, what is their reaction? Destroy her! Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!

But as the wise Anchoress likes to say, the Left always overplays their hand. And this time they have done it in spades. The vitriol that has spewed from the MSM orafices of hate the last six days is unprecedented. And America – good, decent, hard-working America – has heard the hate and know it for what it is. More on that later.

Tonight Rudy warmed up the crowd to a fever pitch, as only Rudy could.

Sarah Palin hit her speech out of the park tonight. Thanks to the hype of the liberal media, she was ready for the fight. She was stunning. Focused like a laser. The future of America is bright, indeed. God Bless America!

Smack down!

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