Santorum Criticizes Obama Agenda as Based on ‘Some Phony Theology…Not a Theology Based on the Bible’
(AP) — Lashing out on two fronts, Rick Santorum on Saturday questioned President Barack Obama‘s Christian values and attacked GOP rival Mitt Romney’s Olympics leadership as he courted tea party activists and evangelical voters in Ohio, “ground zero” in the 2012 nomination fight.
Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator known for his social conservative views, said Obama’s agenda is based on “some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.” He later suggested that the president practices a different kind of Christianity.
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As many critics have noted, the president’s 2013 budget, replete with tax increases and so-called “spending cuts,” fails to close the deficit.
Some may recall that when Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) questioned Jeffrey Zients, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), during a House Budget Committee hearing, the OMB actually confessed: under the proposed plan, the budget would never be balanced.
“So much for a balanced approach,” writes Veronique de Rugy for National Review Online’s The Corner.
“This is bad news. As we know, most of the spending cuts will never materialize. Also, I suspect that the president’s plan will have a hard time delivering on the promise to increase tax collection above 19 percent of GDP as soon as 2015 and grow revenue to 20.1 percent of GDP by 2022,” de Rugy adds.
More importantly, she explains, data shows that budget numbers are “not to be trusted under any circumstances.”
Well, look at the president’s 2009 budget. You may recall that the president claimed, by 2012, his budget would cut the deficit in half. The following chart illustrates how incredibly — indeed, almost laughably — wrong the president was:
A quick explanation: the blue bars represent what the president projected in his 2009 budget. The red bars represent what actually happened, as well as the projections for 2012 and 2013.
“In 2010 and 2011, the deficits were worse than projected. Not surprisingly, the further the projections, the less accurate they became. For instance, in 2009 the president promised that the deficit for 2012 would be less than $600 billion. In reality, it will be $1.3 trillion,” de Rugy writes.
“In the president’s defense, the same thing can be said about most budget predictions by previous administrations (even though the scale of the mistake is quite large). But this example goes a long way to show that the FY 2013 budget numbers are not to be trusted,” she adds.
(H/T: Verum Serum)
Obama Holds San Francisco Fundraiser… Massive Tea Party Breaks Out Complete With ‘NoBama’ Finger Wags
WASHINGTON (The Blaze/AP) — Two Air Force F-16 fighters intercepted a privately owned Cessna airplane that entered the same Los Angeles airspace as Marine One on Thursday as the helicopter was ferrying President Barack Obama.
Police discovered about 40 pounds of marijuana inside the plane after it landed at Long Beach Airport, a law enforcement official said. The official was not authorized to comment publicly on the drug investigation and spoke under condition of anonymity.
The Secret Service said the president was never in any danger.
In a statement, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said it scrambled two F-16 fighters from March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, Calif., to intercept a Cessna 182 over Los Angeles about 2:30 p.m. EST.
The Secret Service said the plane had entered into the same airspace as Marine One. Officials interviewed the pilot and turned the matter over to local law enforcement.
NORAD spokesman Michael Kucharek declined to disclose how close the Cessna came to Marine One.
ABC provides a report:
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The Federal Aviation Administration had notified pilots that there was an eight-mile radius around Los Angeles that was off-limits to air traffic Thursday, spokeswoman Brie Sachse said. It was that radius that the Cessna violated.
Sachse declined to release the Cessna’s tail number, saying the agency doesn’t identify planes involved in security incidents.