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Chernynkaya On March - 12 - 2010
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Written by Chernynkaya

I am an artist and have lived in Los Angeles all of my life, except for a brief hippie period when I lived in SF. I am currently (semi-unwillingly) retired, but have had several careers.

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  1. KQuark says:

    Here’s a pretty good overview on the reconciliation process.

    Created in a budget resolution in 1974 as part of the congressional budget process, the reconciliation process is utilized when Congress issues directives to legislate policy changes in mandatory spending (entitlements) or revenue programs (tax laws) to achieve the goals in spending and revenue contemplated by the budget resolution. First used in1980 this process was used at the end of a fiscal year to enact legislation to fine tune revenue and spending levels through legislation that could not be filibustered in the Senate. The policy changes brought about by this part of the budget process have served as constraints on the levels of mandatory spending and federal tax revenues which also has served since 1981 as a vehicle for deficit reduction. The reconciliation process is an optional procedure and not a required action by Congress every fiscal year as is passage of the concurrent budget resolution. However, during the eighteen year period from 1980 to 1998 thirteen reconciliation measures have been enacted into law and numerous others have been considered by Congress. Occasionally, reconciliation legislation has included certain such enforcement mechanisms as extensions of the discretionary spending limits and PAYGO requirements or even reforms to the budget process. Whether for tax reduction, tax increases, deficit reduction, mandatory spending increases or decreases or adjustments in the public debt limit, this process has been used to focus many agents on one goal.

    On thing to keep in mind is the new HCR bill will be part of an entitlement program in a few ways like it’s ties to medicare, open expansion to Medicaid and the increase in payroll taxes on business. But the big entitlement program with all the language to start HCR has to be in a big bill that is passed in some way first. You can still add policy through legislation for entilements as long as they have a financial impact to the budget.

    The limitations also include time. Budget reconciliation is done once a year and can only lasts up to 10 years. That’s why the Bush tax cuts only last 10 years. But think about it only one entitlement program every which was welfare was ever cut.

    You can also see how voting for tax cuts is so easy since they never have to go to cloture.

  2. boomer1949 says:

    Cher,

    Hate to bail, but it’s 3 minutes from Saturday here and jeeze, it’s Daylight Saving Time weekend. Crap!!! And, I was just getting used to Standard Time. One more thing we can thank GWB for — screwing up our sleep patterns. Two weeks earlier and two weeks later. What a creep.

  3. Chernynkaya says:

    Anyway, I just want to reiterate how pissy I am about the Coffee Party. I am jealous of the name and recognition, and the fact that I don’t understand what they stand for also annoys me. There it’s off my chest for a while.

    • KQuark says:

      I’m just able to blog and on the email list. I did not take the pledge and probably won’t that’s never been my cup of coffee.

    • KQuark says:

      Cher sorry I missed that feeling completely. Sometimes I can be so insensitive.

    • Khirad says:

      I’m not really sure what it’s all about either. I thought Rachel did a good job giving them some constructive criticism.

    • boomer1949 says:

      If she/it is in fact a subversive cover for the WH, then I can’t complain…maybe. The idea is brilliant, but I’m not sure how long they thought they could get away with it. In this day and age, there are too many ways to research the good, bad, and ugly.

      Initially she was believable, but now? Depends on which side of the aisle one is on.

      • Khirad says:

        That part still doesn’t matter to me. Like the Tea Party isn’t a GOP operation (or at least played to, i.e. memos).

        Obama needs a grass roots org to support him towards policies which affect we the people, after all.

        They’re just about destroying him.

        • KQuark says:

          They’ve got to take a stand on something. You can’t just take a stand on a tactic. Sure I think politics should be more civil in this country but it needs ends too. They don’t need to define themselves right away but they have to sometime.

          If they are for a wide array of views they still have to set that vision in more concrete terms. The big tent Dems have a platform even though many fall outside that platform.

  4. boomer1949 says:

    Yea, you made it. Brat. I can’t help it. It’s the difference between blogging and like real admin type stuff, you know?

    • Chernynkaya says:

      Boomer believe me, I know! The reason I laughed was because I knew exactly what you were feeling!

      • boomer1949 says:

        It’s so different when one doesn’t have to think about it. Word or whatever just takes over, you know? Hit enter and it starts a new sentence or paragraph, not posts half a word or sentence… 😆

  5. PatsyT says:

    Cher that was fun ! Sorry I missed so much of the start.

  6. Chernynkaya says:

    I’m through the looking glass now!

  7. Khirad says:

    Here’s the Daily Show vid I referenced at the beginning of our chat.

    http://vodpod.com/watch/2811023-the-daily-show-even-better-than-the-real-thing


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