The first few guys who replied were right, there was a problem with my gas.
I went out to the barn and started thinking it couldn't be my electricity because the fc wire worked well, so I realized the only difference was the shield is in the fc wire, so my gas had to have been screwy. It turns out that I have to set my gas about 6-7 times the manufacturers recommended setting to weld right. I've got it all set up now, burning right into anything I've tried so far.

Thanks a lot!