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  • Laura Ingraham: Elizabeth Warren sounds more conservative than Paul Ryan

    12/13/2014 3:31:41 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 42 replies
    On Republicans working with Obama to pass a $1.1 trillion Omnibus spending bill written by and for the Chamber of Amnesty… I don’t know how you go into 2016…and you say: ‘Okay, I want you to support the GOP because…we didn’t stop immigration-amnesty, we’re gonna bring in a lot more guest workers, and we think it’s good to do these big omnibus bills…oh, and by the way, we’re probably gonna fight a couple more wars. Vote for us.’ … What position would you rather be in? Warren’s position or, like, Paul Ryan– Mister Budget Hawk? Oh boy, that Paul Ryan...
  • Cruz center of Senate meltdown

    12/13/2014 6:41:39 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 103 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/14 08:44 AM EST | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz, the firebrand conservative freshman from Texas, has blown up the Senate leadership’s plans to have a peaceful weekend by forcing round-the-clock votes on President Obama’s nominees and the $1.1 trillion omnibus.Cruz took to the floor late Friday to castigate congressional leaders for trying to pass the 1,600-page spending bill after only a few hours of debate and questioned the resolve of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to fight Obama’s executive order protecting five million illegal immigrants from deportation.“Even though millions of voters rose up just one month ago to protest how...
  • Congress moves one step closer toward allowing pension cuts

    12/12/2014 12:28:34 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 3 hours ago | CNN Money
    More than a million retired and current truck drivers, construction workers and other union workers could see their pension benefits cut if the U.S. Senate passes a proposal aimed at shoring up some of the nation's biggest pensions. The House of Representatives approved the proposal late Thursday night as part of a last-minute government spending bill. The bill now heads to the Senate, which is expected to vote on the funding bill by midnight on Saturday.     .
  • CRomnibus in Context

    12/12/2014 6:59:39 AM PST · by taildragger · 20 replies
    The Institute for Policy Innovation ^ | 12/11/2014 | Tom Giovanett
    The year-end fiscal drama in Washington DC to which we’ve become accustomed during the Obama years is reaching its 2014 climax. Tuesday night, the House of Representatives released the final text of the omnibus continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government through September 30, 2015. Nicknamed the “CRomnibus,” the legislation is of course highly controversial, as it rolls into a single massive bill all of the spending in all federal agencies and departments that are normally in 12 separate appropriations bills. In other words, there’s a lot of stuff in there for everyone to hate. We can judge...
  • Budget Bill Passes the House!

    12/11/2014 7:06:03 PM PST · by Maceman · 59 replies
    The REPUBLICANS rescued it. Boehner and his crew, and those that voted for it, can go straight to Hell as far as I'm concerned.
  • House narrowly passes spending bill, averts government shutdown

    12/12/2014 4:34:10 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:53am EST | David Lawder and Richard Cowan
    In the 219-206 vote, 67 Republicans rejected the spending bill, largely because it failed to take action to stop Obama's executive immigration order. But that was offset by 57 Democrats who voted in favor. Shortly after passage, both the House and Senate passed a 48-hour extension to allow the Senate more time to consider the measure. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said it would be debated on Friday.
  • Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep govt running

    12/12/2014 4:11:45 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1 hour ago | ANDREW TAYLOR / AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.
  • Democrats Vote to Shut Down Government

    12/12/2014 4:11:17 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 16 replies
    www.RushLimbaugh.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Democrats Vote to Shut Down Government December 11, 2014 by Rush Limbaugh BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay. We have a vote on the rule on the budget resolution in the House called the cromnibus omnibus and it's a little bit in the weeds to explain this,therefore nobody better than me to do it.What just happened isthat THE RULE setting the stage for the vote later BARELY PASSED.They had to vote on the rule, the procedure, in order to set the stage for the vote on the final passage of the omnibus bill in the House of Representatives. The vote was...
  • Woodall (R-GA) Statement on House-Passed Government Funding Bill

    12/11/2014 8:52:13 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 55 replies
    House.gov ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | U.S. Rep Rob Woodall (R-GA)
    “Congress and the American people have debated a number of different paths to try to hold President Obama accountable for his executive overreach. While there is still disagreement on which path is best, the path that we took in the House tonight is the first step to get us there. First and foremost, this bill holds the line on spending, implementing a spending level that is even lower than the one proposed in the original ‘too conservative to pass’ Paul Ryan budget. Additionally, the bill implements conservative priorities such as an increase in pay and funding for our troops, as...
  • House narrowly approves spending bill, legislation heads to Senate

    12/11/2014 9:00:08 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 62 replies
    ˇFoxNews.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | ˇFoxNews.com
    The House narrowly approved a sweeping spending bill Thursday night despite deep misgivings among liberals and conservatives alike, sending the measure to the Senate as lawmakers averted a partial government shutdown. The bill passed on a 219-206 vote, following an intense lobbying effort by House Republican leaders and the White House.
  • Slashing the Leviathan: Your Input Sought! (VANITY)

    12/11/2014 7:07:52 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 10 replies
    12/11/14 | dagogo redux
    I’m interested in the current Federal funding bill. Below is a list of Federal Departments, starting with the original four enumerated in the Constitution. For each Department, what percentage of their current budget do you think should be granted in this budget? Are there any departments that should be eliminated entirely from Federal funding and purview? After this list there are links that further flesh out the extent of the Federal leviathan, with further “government agencies and corporations” that could perhaps have their budgets cut or entirely eliminated. Enjoy! Departments of: (with my recommended funding levels) 1. Defense: 150% 2....
  • White House budget office holds call to prepare for government shutdown

    12/11/2014 2:07:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/2014 | Justin Sink
    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Thursday held a conference call with government agencies and departments to prepare them for a possible shutdown, as the House struggles to pass a funding bill. "Congress is taking a series of actions today on legislation that would prevent a lapse in appropriations and allow for continued Government operations. We continue to believe that time remains for Congress to pass full-year appropriations for FY 2015, and prevent a government shutdown," an OMB official said in a statement. "However, out of an abundance of caution, we are working with agencies and taking steps...
  • Collapse: Pelosi says Boehner doesn’t have votes for cromnibus after GOP leaders delay final vote

    12/11/2014 1:08:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2014 | AllahPundit
    I could have sworn the parties had a deal two days ago. But that was before lefty heroes like Elizabeth Warren and Barney Frank weighed in against the bill because of how it would roll back parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. Two days later, Pelosi’s walking away. Dear Democratic Colleague,It is clear from this recess on the floor that the Republicans don’t have enough votes to pass the CRomnibus. This increases our leverage to get two offensive provisions of the bill removed: the bank bailout and big money for campaigns provision.However you decide to vote in the...
  • One Senator's Simple Reform that Would Shrink the Federal Budget by 1/6th -- and How it Could Pass

    12/11/2014 12:16:23 PM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 4 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-12-11 | Benjamin Weingarten
    James Buckley, former U.S. senator from New York of the Conservative Party (also the first and only senator ever elected from the Conservative Party), under secretary of state during the Reagan and Bush administrations, federal judge, and the Buckley in the landmark campaign finance decision, Buckley v. Valeo, has a plan that could singlehandedly shrink the federal budget by one-sixth, restore the balance of federalism and Constitutional order, return power to the states and the people, and in the process improve the services provided to taxpayers. The novel idea to achieve these ends is the subject of his slender but...
  • Lawmakers Agree on $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    12/09/2014 3:36:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 75 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 9, 2014 | By DAVID ESPO and ANDREW TAYLOR
    ime running short, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until the new year. The compromise will permit virtually the entire government to operate normally through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year, with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security. Funds for that one agency will run out again in late winter. That will give Republicans an opportunity to try to use the expiration as leverage to force Obama to roll back a decision that will...
  • Conservatives Get Snubbed On Committees

    12/03/2014 6:19:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 52 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 12/1/14 | Gaston Mooney
    Squeezing out conservatives on committee assignments is a tried and true strategy of the establishment. Boehner has threatened and successfully kicked conservative “troublemakers” off of committees for standing up for their principles. In the Senate McConnell even had to recruit Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) for the Senate Finance Committee to jam then Senator DeMint. Even recently, conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was pushed out of the chair at House Oversight because he wanted to aggressively go after the Obama administration. "Given the fact that Senator Sessions has done a superb job serving as the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget...
  • Sessions could wield Budget gavel as a populist cudgel (but go-along Enzi wants it!)

    12/03/2014 6:25:47 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/3/14 | Timothy P. Carney
    Conservative Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama could be chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, injecting a much needed shot of populism into the GOP policymaking apparatus. Sessions would join other conservative chairmen with populist leanings, including the two men whose committees oversee Wall Street. But Sen. Mike Enzi — a Wyoming conservative who is closer to the party Establishment and the business lobby — could take the gavel instead. Here’s the background on the race for Budget chairman: Technically, the entire Senate Republican Conference — all 53 or 54 GOP senators — choose the committee chairman. But as a...
  • WH: Obama Will Use Veto to Shut Down Government Over Executive Amnesty

    12/02/2014 3:23:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Vetoes and the threats thereof are about to become regular features in Washington, DC, and President Obama appears to be taking a few warm-up tosses in advance of the Republican takeover of Congress. Last week, the president said he'd reject a bipartisan deal on tax extenders -- on which Harry Reid was a chief negotiator -- because it "exclude[s] a pair of Obama's top priorities."  That deal blew up anyway, as a result of Obama's controversial executive action on immigration.  Now the White House is vowing to veto a spending bill that funds all of the government, but blocks Obama's sweeping amnesty fiat. From yesterday's briefing:...
  • Boehner seeks to fund most of US government through September 30 2015: Aide

    12/02/2014 7:14:07 AM PST · by gwjack · 20 replies
    CNBC.COM ^ | 12/2/2014 | Reuters
    House Speaker John Boehner will propose a plan to fund most of the U.S. government's operations through Sept. 30 of next year, an aide said on Tuesday.
  • The Truth

    12/01/2014 9:59:58 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 5 replies
    Redstate ^ | 12/1/2014 | Erick Erickson
    Congress is coming back. And the painful truth is that the Republican leaders will not stop Barack Obama unless they hear from you in overwhelming numbers. Our action center is live. You can call them by clicking here. It is the truth. Republicans will not stop Barack Obama’s executive overreach. In fact, while you were enjoying your Thanksgiving there were a number of stories out that the Republican leadership wants to give its members an opportunity to express their outrage and opposition. Expression is not action. They will take no action to stop the President. In fact, a few days...
  • New House GOP plan: Nearly one year of funding for the entire government — except on immigration

    11/25/2014 2:07:13 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 19 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | Nov 25, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Looks like they're about to do this: LET'S LIGHT UP THEIR PHONES FOLKS: (202)-224-3121 Because you know in conference committee ": Nearly one year of funding for the entire government — except on immigration" Immigration funding WILL be added back in. WE WILL NOT BE FOOLED, and WE must demand ONLY a short term funding Bill through January, WHY this congress would want the next one to be hampered (by Republicans) is beyond me (well not completely..).
  • GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown

    11/25/2014 8:40:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | October 25, 2014 | Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
    House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month. The likely proposal would fund nearly the entire government through September 2015, but immigration enforcement related funding would be renewed on a short-term basis, according to several high-ranking GOP lawmakers and aides who described the plan as it stands now.
  • Don’t Let Lame Ducks Spend Your Money

    11/19/2014 2:49:56 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11-19-14 | Betsy McCaughey
    On November 4, voters fired the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, replacing it with a GOP majority that campaigned against Obamacare and big spending. But the Democrats who lost are still running the show. These lame ducks lack the moral authority to govern. They shouldn’t be allowed to do any more than the bare minimum to keep government operating until January, when the new Congress meets. Allowing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to ram through an omnibus spending bill for the coming year, or make other key decisions, would be like letting your ex-spouse keep using your checkbook. One...
  • Jeanne Shaheen's Dishonest Claim That Obamacare Doesn't Cut Medicare

    11/13/2014 6:07:10 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/22/2014 | Avik Roy
    Healthcare, Fiscal, and Tax 10/22/2014 Jeanne Shaheen's Dishonest Claim That Obamacare Doesn't Cut Medicare Avik Roy In last night’s U.S. Senate debate in New Hampshire between incumbent Jeanne Shaheen (D.) and challenger Scott Brown (R.), Shaheen uttered a flat-out, bald-faced lie: that Obamacare doesn’t cut Medicare spending to pay for its expansion of coverage to the uninsured. It’s a talking point that a number of Democratic Senate candidates—and their enablers in the lefty blogosphere—have been clinging to. And it’s embarrassingly dishonest. “I want to go back to Scott Brown’s suggestion that we’ve taken three-quarters of a trillion dollars out of...
  • State Budget Follies: Senior Olympics subsidies getting old

    11/12/2014 11:27:58 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/9/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    Michigan’s state budget is a $52 billion-plus document that cuts across most aspects of our lives: police, courts, transportation and education to name a few subjects. Is it any wonder then that few noticed or complained when a $100,000 “one-time” appropriation was slipped in to subsidize an athletic competition between people who are in the autumn of their years? Subsidizing the “Michigan Senior Olympics” is not a proper function of government. It is unfair to those whose hobbies are not subsidized, it financially supports a group who may already be healthier and wealthier than your average resident, and the state...
  • Kansas Slashes Revenue Forecast

    11/11/2014 8:41:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    KCUR Radio ^ | 11/11/14 | Andy Marso
    State revenue forecasters said Monday that the state can expect hundreds of millions of budget dollars less than previously thought to fund schools, social programs and highway projects. The consensus revenue estimating group lowered the official projections it made in April by $205 million. If accurate, the revised forecast means that Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators will have to raise taxes or make deep cuts in spending during the remaining seven months of the budget year to avoid a $278 million deficit. Additional cuts will be necessary to prevent a $435 million deficit in the next budget year, the analysts...
  • Funding bill will wait until December (last minute game again!)

    11/10/2014 9:44:05 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 11/10/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    An omnibus spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown by funding federal agencies through September 2015 won’t be released for several weeks, House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing told The Hill on Monday. The bill will likely be released the week of Dec. 8, Hing said. The government will shut down after Dec. 11 without a new funding bill. The timing would give lawmakers just a day or two to debate and vote on the new legislation in both chambers. It’s possible Congress might extend a continuing resolution funding the government for a short period of time before they...
  • 10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

    11/09/2014 12:26:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading...
  • The First Fight of the Lame Duck

    11/07/2014 7:58:07 PM PST · by Cheerio · 13 replies
    The Corner ^ | November 7, 2014 | Eliana Johnson
    The lame duck session hasn’t yet convened, but its first major battle — over how best to thwart the executive action on immigration the president is expected to issue in the coming months — is already underway. Conservatives are pushing to include a measure attempting to deny the government the funds it needs to administer the amnesty in a must-pass spending bill, the so-called continuing resolution. That would include the funds to issue green cards and work permits. National Review Online obtained a copy of a letter that Arizona congressman Matt Salmon is circulating to his colleagues to generate support...
  • Sen. Sessions explained to Megyn Kelly how Republicans can stop Obama’s amnesty

    11/06/2014 8:34:10 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    Sen. Sessions was on with Megyn Kelly tonight to talk about Obama’s amnesty plans and how Republicans can stop them. In short, it’s all about the power of the purse. Watch:
  • EXCLUSIVE: Budget cuts, errant B1 bomber blamed in deadly ‘friendly fire’ accident in Afghan war

    10/30/2014 7:49:19 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 30 Oct 14 | Rowan Scarborough
    The “friendly fire” airstrike that killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan on June 9 is the first known case of a battlefield catastrophe that can be linked to automatic defense spending cuts that greatly curtailed prewar training. A review of the worst American fratricide in the long Afghanistan war also shows that the military’s official investigation faults a Green Beret commander, an Air Force air controller and the four-man crew on the B-1B bomber that conducted the errant strike. PHOTOS: Top 10 U.S. fighter jets But the investigation, headed by an Air Force general, does not question the use of...
  • Elizabeth Warren Blames Republicans for Ebola

    10/29/2014 10:11:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | October 28, 2014 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) blamed Republicans for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by suggesting funding cuts to certain programs were the culprit. "Instead of making those investments up front, we wait until people die," Warren said. "Of course I'm worried, but part of this reminds me -- this is why elections matter and why they matter over time. you know, Ebola is not new. We've known about it for a long time. We were putting money into funding Ebola many years ago and the republicans have cut funding overall for medical research, for the...
  • Corbett cuts $72M from state budget, calls for action on pension reform

    10/24/2014 10:33:38 PM PDT · by Tamzee · 7 replies
    Pittsburgh Business Times ^ | July 10, 2014 | Paul J. Gough
    Gov. Tom Corbett blasted the General Assembly and line-item vetoed more than $70 million from the budget but signed the rest of it into law Thursday. The line-item veto removed $65 million in proposed spending from the General Assembly's own funding, which he said was equivalent to the legislators' surplus, as well as $7.2 million from general appropriations. (snip) Corbett reserved more ire for the General Assembly in what he said was its failure to address the public-pension crisis, an issue he has campaigned for big changes including a move toward a 401(k)-style system for new state employee and public...
  • 2014 Voter’s Guide For The Texas Constitutional Amendment, Proposition 1

    10/18/2014 5:47:16 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 26 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 10/17/2014 | Hardhatter's Team
    On November 4th, 2014 (early voting starts October 20), Texans will have the opportunity to vote on one proposed amendment to the state’s constitution. Hardhatters offers our views on Proposition 1. Prop 1 (HJR 1)Ballot: "The constitutional amendment providing for the use and dedication of certain money transferred to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transportation construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads."Summary: Proposition 1 will require the Texas Comptroller to transfer 50% of oil and gas tax revenues away from the economic stabilization fund (Rainy Day Fund) to the State Highway Fund....
  • Saudi billionaire Alwaleed warns over impact of falling oil price

    10/14/2014 10:54:23 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 41 replies
    ft.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Simeon Kerr
    In an open letter to Saudi ministers posted via Twitter, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud expressed his “astonishment” at comments made by Ali al-Naimi, the oil minister, who reportedly played down the impact of oil prices falling below $100 a barrel. Prices have since fallen below $88 a barrel, or a quarter since June. Prince Alwaleed, noting the kingdom’s 2014 budget was 90 per cent dependent on oil revenues, said belittling the impact of lower prices was a “catastrophe that cannot go unmentioned”.
  • U.S. Army Says it Faces Huge Equipment, Training Risks with Budget Cuts

    10/13/2014 11:56:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/13/14 | Andrea Shalal, Rueters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army warned on Monday that mandatory budget cuts due to resume in fiscal 2016 would be devastating to a service that is already facing huge risks as it tries to keep forces ready for battle, replace aging equipment and respond to crises around the world. “We have to have a national security debate … because there is too much going on,” U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told reporters at the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) conference. Odierno said the Army had agreed to further reduce the size of its active...
  • Rubio, Paul back Enzi's 'Penny Plan'

    10/01/2014 5:46:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/28/14 | Molly K Hooper
    ...GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) are co-sponsors of Sen. Mike Enzi’s “Penny Plan,” formally titled “One Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2014.” “If we just stopped spending one cent out of every dollar that we spend currently, and according to [the Congressional Budget Office], they say that would balance the budget in three years,” the Wyoming Republican Senator told The Hill.
  • Massive U.S. aid overwhelms Afghans

    09/14/2014 3:36:26 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    American officials have spent billions of tax dollars "setting up projects or programs that the Afghans cannot or will not sustain once international forces" leave Afghanistan, according to a government watchdog. "Afghanistan is a case study in projects and programs set up without considering" whether they can be continued, said John Sopko, Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Sopko's comments came in a speech Friday to a meeting of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University. The problem is the sheer magnitude of the reconstruction effort, which is bigger than any ever before undertaken by the U.S. "Last year, the...
  • Scott Walker says Madison school district (Mary Burke's) is only one to ignore Act 10

    09/11/2014 6:25:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ^ | 9-11-14 | PolitiFact
    Mary Burke’s position as a member of the Madison Metropolitan School District board has played a minimal role in the governor’s race so far. Gov. Scott Walker tried to change that Sept. 3, 2014, calling on Burke and the board to find savings by using his signature Act 10, which dramatically curtailed collective bargaining for most public employees, including those of the district. In a campaign news release, Walker said Madison "will be the only school district left in the state out of 424 to ignore the law and not take advantage of Governor Walker’s reforms into the 2015-16 school...
  • House GOP unveils “clean” CR to push budget fight to mid-December

    09/10/2014 11:58:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    With all of the other news ricocheting around the media and social networks, this may seem like a sleeper of a story, but it’s a bigger deal than one might think — literally as well as figuratively. Last night, House Republicans unveiled their proposed continuing resolution that will fund government well past the midterm elections, and it won’t make conservatives like Rep. Jeb Hensarling too happy. The proposal calls for a simple extension of current funding, plus some extra cash to deal with the Ebola outbreak in Africa and more flexibility on the use of cash for border security....
  • House GOP Setting the Stage for Massive Crony Capitalist Pay Backs (Why bother with the GOP?)

    09/09/2014 4:43:55 PM PDT · by INVAR · 80 replies
    Red State ^ | 09-09-14 | Erick Erickason
    House GOP Setting the Stage for Massive Crony Capitalist Pay Backs in a Lame Duck House Republicans are preparing a continuing resolution to keep the government open. In doing so, they’ve decided to be total sluts for K Street and Wall Street. The Crony Capitalists, emboldened by the Chamber of Commerce’s help during primary season, are doing some very unusual things. Here’s what I hear is happening. First, they will reauthorize the Ex-Im bank, which is something K Street is desperate to see happen. Second, current reports are that they will spend more than the original Paul Ryan — Patti...
  • Head of Marshals Service in Chicago reassigned

    09/09/2014 7:59:46 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    AP ^ | Sep 9, 2014
    Head of Marshals Service in Chicago reassigned AP , Associated Press Sep. 9, 2014 4:02 AM ET CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service has announced it has replaced the head of its Chicago office for the past four years in a re-organization, appointing an interim chief for its high-profile northern Illinois district. Darryl McPherson, who was named to the top Chicago post by President Barack Obama in 2010, was recently reassigned to the same office's judicial security division, said Drew Wade, an agency spokesman in Washington. Wade, however, declined to discuss why the 17-year Marshals Service veteran was moved...
  • Students can pay to arrive at university in a private jet, Aston Martin or even a carriage

    09/08/2014 11:03:19 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 9 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8 September 2014 | Carol Driver
    Students can wave goodbye to being driven to university by embarrassing parents in an overloaded car – and pay to arrive in style instead. Launching on Monday, The Very Important Fresher package offers those with the budget the option to travel to campus by helicopter, private jet, Ferrari or Aston Martin. Other luxury options include a Rolls Royce Phantom, Mclaren P1 – and even a horse and carriage - which will set buyers back up to Ł25,000.
  • A Half-Trillion Dollar Budget Deficit

    08/30/2014 10:20:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration continues to run up big budget deficits and huge long-term debts that threaten our economic future and put our national security in peril. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released new numbers this week, projecting that this year's budget deficit alone will be half a trillion dollars more than the U.S. Treasury takes in each year. That's far less than the string of record-breaking trillion dollar-plus budget deficits in President Obama's first term -- in some part due to the automatic sequestration budget cuts that Republicans forced on the administration. But deficits of that size continue...
  • The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

    08/20/2014 7:09:30 AM PDT · by xzins · 89 replies
    CNS ^ | August 20, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014. But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time. When those receiving benefits from...
  • U.S. budget deficit falls to $95 billion in July

    08/12/2014 1:23:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/12/2014 | ELVINA NAWAGUNA
    The U.S. budget deficit was $95 billion at the end of July, down 3 percent from the same period last year, according to data released by the Treasury Department on Tuesday. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a $96 billion deficit for last month. The deficit was $98 billion in July of 2013. The fiscal year-to-date deficit at the end of July was $460 billion, the lowest level since the same period in fiscal year 2008, compared with a deficit of $607 billion for the same period in fiscal year 2013, according to Treasury's monthly budget statement.
  • Neither Party Cares About Our $17 Trillion Debt

    08/06/2014 4:24:41 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 22 replies
    In five and half years in office President Obama has presided over an increase in the national debt of $7 trillion. His predecessor presided over a $4.9 trillion increase in eight years. Obama called the increase in the debt under Bush “unamerican.” What do you want to bet Obama doesn’t think the same of his debt increase? No doubt he’ll blame others. Our nation has a national debt of $17.6 trillion, it’s increased $12 trillion since 2001. This sort of debt is unsustainable and yet no one is talking about it. It’s no surprise that Obama doesn’t want to talk...
  • Why Republicans Lose (calls Ryan's budget proposal for 2015 “the height of political stupidity")

    08/02/2014 4:14:38 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-1-2014 | David Horowitz
    Earlier this year, congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan released a proposed budget for 2015. It contains an impressive list of cuts projecting a $5.1 trillion savings over ten years. It is also the height of political stupidity and an example of everything that cripples Republicans in their battles with the left.If you are going to make budget cuts, you do it. You don’t telegraph it. Paul Ryan can’t even make budget cuts unless Republicans win the White House and he has just made it harder for them to do it.For starters, Ryan’s list of cuts includes the...
  • Michigan State Budget Has Increased Almost $5 Billion the Past Three Years

    07/29/2014 12:30:16 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/26/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Amid all the publicity of the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy and bailout, the scramble to find money for road repairs and school superintendents who have spun funding increases as reductions, what may be lost is that the overall state budget is projected to increase by $2 billion in fiscal 2014-15. In fact, the state will spend about $4.7 billion more than it did in 2011-12, according to the Senate Fiscal Agency. An increase in federal money accounts for $2 billion of that $4.7 billion increase over the past three years. The state has appropriated $53.12 billion for 2014-15. The overall...
  • The Pentagon Overpays for Almost Everything—Even Prescription Drugs

    07/28/2014 11:11:22 AM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 11 replies
    Business ^ | July 28th, 2014 | Kenny
    Britain’s Farnborough Air Show wrapped up last week after seven ear-splitting days. To impress the excited kids and jaded dealers in attendance, the U.S. sent an F-8, an F-15, and a pair of F-16s. But the much anticipated F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was a no-show. After a runway fire grounded the fleet earlier this month, the Department of Defense suspended negotiations to purchase the next batch of the planes. The troubled fighter is only the latest in a growing number of cases where the DOD has bought poorly designed and massively overpriced equipment for the nation’s armed forces....