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  • Journal Times editorial: The time for toll roads has arrived in Wisconsin

    06/15/2017 10:10:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Journal Times ^ | May 30, 2017 | The Journal Times Editorial Board
    Now that the long Memorial Day holiday is over and legislators and the governor have returned from their road trips, we hope they have a better sense of the condition of highways around the state and a renewed sense of urgency on the need for upgrades and repairs. The first order of business, it would seem to us, is to come to some agreement on a state transportation budget for the next two years. Hopefully, hopefully, when that is done they will also take a longer-term view of Wisconsin’s highway construction needs and how best they should be met —...
  • Trump infrastructure push faces cold shoulder from Congress

    06/15/2017 5:41:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WXOW News 19 ^ | June 6, 2017 | Erica Werner (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Repairing the nation's crumbling roads and bridges was supposed to be an area ripe for bipartisan compromise between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump. Instead, Democrats are panning Trump's proposed $1 trillion overhaul and even Republicans are balking at some aspects of the emerging plan. The White House's self-proclaimed "Infrastructure Week" began with Trump appearing Monday with aviation officials and some prominent GOP lawmakers to announce plans to privatize the nation's air traffic control system and separate operations from the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Tolls, private financing obstacles to Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan

    06/12/2017 8:16:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Huntsville Item ^ | June 10, 2017 | Kery Murakami CNHI Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s grand plan to spend $1 trillion over the next 10 years on highways and other infrastructure improvements faces a formidable roadblock in Congress and state legislatures. There’s agreement the investment is badly needed to improve the nation’s sagging infrastructure but how to cover the huge expense is the point of tension. Trump would use $200 billion in public funds to generate $800 billion in private money under a partnership program that would finance government bonds and also return a profit to private companies through interstate tolls and other user fees. To do that, Congress would...
  • Connecticut, home to great wealth, may be sinking into a fiscal mire

    05/26/2017 4:05:01 PM PDT · by Early2Rise · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/26/2017 | Elizabeth Liorente
    The administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat who has been in office since 2011, projects a budget deficit of more than $5 billion over the next two years, thanks to generous pension benefits and the burden of servicing its big debt, plus falling tax revenue due to the exodus of large employers and residents reaching retirement age. Its budget woes, as well as concerns that they will be repeated year after year, helped lead General Electric in 2015 to consider moving its headquarters out of the state. Last year, it did exactly that. The state’s population is falling: Its...
  • It Will Take An Ax, Not A Scalpel, To Control Federal Spending

    04/29/2017 11:55:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    Inestor's Business Daily ^ | April 27, 2017 | Adam Brandon (Freedomworks)
    The federal government once again hit the debt ceiling. The ceiling limits the amount of money the federal government can borrow — a number that was set at $20.1 trillion. Although the issue should have been dealt with in 2015, then-Speaker John Boehner capitulated to President Obama and postponed the debt limit until March 16, 2017. Since then, the federal debt has grown by $1,414,397,000,000 — more than one trillion in less than two years. President Trump promised during his campaign to bring back American prosperity and make Washington work for everyone — not just for the small group of...
  • Trump’s Tax Plan Is a Reckoning for Republican Deficit Hawks

    04/27/2017 2:02:10 PM PDT · by NRx · 55 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04-27-2017 | ALAN RAPPEPORT
    WASHINGTON — As President Trump’s top economic advisers faced a barrage of questions on Wednesday about the tax plan they had just unfurled, there was one that they struggled most to answer: how to keep the “massive tax cuts” they proposed from ballooning the federal deficit. The White House insists that economic growth will cover the cost, which could be as high as $7 trillion over a decade. But the question will dog Republicans and could fracture their party as they face the prospect of endorsing a plan that many economists and budget analysts warn will increase the deficit. After...
  • US Budget Deficit Grows By $176 Billion In March

    04/15/2017 3:35:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 12, 2017 | Robert Donachie
    The U.S. government posted a budget deficit in March that is markedly higher than a year ago, as government spending outpaced revenue for the month.The budget deficit hit $176.2 billion in March, up from $108 billion the same month last year. The year-to-date deficit is $527 billion, up 14.7 percent from the $479 billion budget deficit in March 2016. Total government revenue fell by 5 percent in March, down to $217 billion from $393 billion in the same month of 2016.A large part of the deficit increase is due to government officials’ decision to shift $42 billion in benefit payments...
  • Beijing has reason to be pleased with how the Trump-Xi meet went

    04/13/2017 8:47:03 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 41 replies
    China Post (TAIWAN) ^ | 13 April 2017 | Frank Ching
    Chinese leader Xi Jinping's two-day summit meeting with Donald Trump, overshadowed by the U.S. attack on Syria, gave each president the chance to take the measure of the other and, apparently, each liked what he saw. From the Chinese perspective, things went very well indeed, with China taking the initiative and the Americans going along. It wasn't supposed to be like that. Trump had plans to pressure Xi to reduce the U.S. trade deficit. Trump also expected Xi to "step up" and help rein in North Korea. Neither thing happened. From the beginning, China felt it had the situation under...
  • Trump cut Social Security changes from budget proposal

    04/12/2017 1:57:34 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 52 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/12/17 | Sylvan Lane
    President Trump scrapped potential reforms to Social Security and Medicare while preparing his first budget request, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. Mulvaney, a fiscal hawk and former member of the House Freedom Caucus, said Trump quashed potential changes to Social Security, citing his campaign pledge not to touch the program. “I laid to him the options that Mick Mulvaney would put on a piece of paper,” Mulvaney told CNBC in an interview that aired Tuesday. “And [Trump] looked at one and said, ‘What is that?’ And I said, ‘Well, that's a change to part of...
  • Federal Reserve wants to start unwinding the $4.5 trillion in bonds on its balance sheet this year

    04/05/2017 3:23:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 5, 2017 | by Jeff Cox
    Federal Reserve officials said the shedding of the $4.5 trillion in bonds the central bank is holding on its balance sheet will begin this year. The revelation came Wednesday from a summary of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting held in March, during which the group approved a quarter-point hike in its benchmark interest rate target. Officials at the meeting noted that the Fed likely is on a faster pace with rate hikes ahead. Unwinding the balance sheet is significant both because of its sheer size and the impact it could have on markets, as Fed members including Chair Janet...
  • Infrastructure overhaul may top $1 trillion, cut red tape: Trump

    04/04/2017 10:38:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2017 | By David Shepardson
    President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to cut red tape to speed up approval of infrastructure projects and said his overhaul could top $1 trillion on roads, tunnels and bridges, one of his 2016 election campaign promises. Trump, a real estate businessman before he was elected, did not provide further details on the amount or where the money would come from. Trump said building a highway can require dozens of approvals and take 10 to 20 years, a process he vowed to speed up. Trump said he would not fund projects that cannot be started within 90 days. The administration...
  • US Current Account Deficit Beats By 8 Standard Deviations, Shrinks To Smallest In 18 Months

    03/21/2017 8:04:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/21/2017
    The US current account deficit shrank dramatically in Q4.Beating expectations of -$129 billion by 8 standard deviations, the $112.4 billion print is the smallest deficit since Q2 2015. So 30 economists were way off the estimate with both trade and capital inflows improving -  the balance of goods and services deficit widened to $132.32b (compared to $116.23b prior quarter), and the balance on primary income widened to $61.5b (compared to $41.6b prior quarter).The current account deficit represents 2.4% of gross domestic product in the fourth quarter after 2.5% in the prior quarter.This smaller-than-expected current account balance is a positive for...
  • Sell Federal Land & Real Estate to pay off National Debt ?

    03/12/2017 5:06:16 AM PDT · by vooch · 92 replies
    12 March 2017 | vanity
    Federal Gov't owns about 750 million acres of land ( excluding Alaska ). Much of this land is low value, but a surprising amount is in high value areas. If the Feds sold off 1/2 their property at average price of $50,000 per acre that would generate about $20 trillion. This would be enough to retire the entire national debt. What are Freepers thoughts' ?
  • More Unbelievable Facts From The US Government's Own Financial Reports: Fails Its Own Audit Again

    02/08/2017 1:42:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/08/2017 | Simon Black via SovereignMan.com
    Yesterday I told you that the US government had recently released its annual financial report to the public.And the numbers are pretty gruesome.For example, the government’s “net loss” in fiscal year 2016 more than doubled, from MINUS $467 billion to MINUS $1 trillion.It’s astonishing that anyone could manage to lose so much money, let alone in a year where devoid of major wars, recessions, financial crises, or infrastructure projects.But what else can we expect from an institution that spent billions of dollars to build a website?Today I wanted to highlight a few other items from the government’s report that are...
  • 2016 U.S. Merchandise Trade Deficit: $734,316,300,000

    02/07/2017 8:14:36 AM PST · by xzins · 91 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | February 7, 2017 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The United States ran a merchandise trade deficit of $734,316,300,000 in 2016, according to data released today by the Census Bureau. During 2016, the U.S. imported $2,188,940,500,000 in goods but exported only $1,454,624,200,000. The People’s Republic of China was the greatest contributor to the U.S. merchandise trade deficit for the year. The U.S bilateral merchandise trade deficit with China was $347,037,900,000. This deficit resulted from the U.S. importing $462,813,000,000 in goods from China while exporting only $115,775,100,00 in goods to China.
  • Trump Targets 3 Agencies With Ambitious Budget Cuts

    01/23/2017 8:33:45 AM PST · by Perseverando · 79 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 23, 2017 | Thomas Pippen
    President Donald Trump’s reported plan to gut federal spending by $10.5 trillion over the next decade includes eliminating three of iconic agencies defended as cultural mainstays by many Democrats. The next administration is working on plans to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Hill reported Thursday. Combined, the three departments cost around $741 million in 2016, and is a small part of a host of budget reforms needed to cut more than a trillion a year from the federal budget. Eliminating funding to the Corporation...
  • Unsustainable model: Economist says 'balanced budget' adage doesn't work

    01/22/2017 7:13:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Montana Standard ^ | January 22, 2017 | Tom Lutey
    BILLINGS -- As bipartisan crowd-pleasers go, few get Montanans nodding more approvingly than calls for a balanced federal budget, which is why U.S. Sen. Steve Daines recently offered a bill forcing his peers to go unpaid unless they reign in spending. “As I travel around Montana, as I did in December wrapping up a 56-county tour, when I talk about this bill, it’s a bill that will literally bring applause from across the state,” Daines told The Gazette. The state of Montana balances its budget. The federal government should do the same, or so goes the narrative that literally every...
  • Report: Trump preparing ‘dramatic’ blueprint of intense budget cuts

    01/19/2017 8:57:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 30 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/19/17 | Robert Laurie
    Think bigger Today, Democrats are quaking in their jackboots. It’s bad enough that their messiah is about to leave D.C., but they’re also facing a new government that’s openly hostile toward most of their goals. On top of that, we’re getting word that the nascent Trump administration has “dramatic” plans to trim the federal fat. This news will, as will most news concerning Trump, have lefties curled up in a ball in the corner, shaking their fists as the sky.
  • Dallas Pension System Not Only "Ticking Time Bomb Ready To Explode," Public Policy Director Warns

    01/03/2017 8:41:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/03/2016
    For months, if not years, we've warned that conflicted politicians and union bosses pursue a perverse set of goals in their management of pension funds, most of which have nothing to do with the application of sound financial principles. Here's how we summarized the situation back in the summer (see "An Unsolvable Math Problem: Public Pensions Are Underfunded By As Much As $8 Trillion"): Defined Benefit Pension Plans are, in many cases, a ponzi scheme.  Current assets are used to pay current claims in full in spite of insufficient funding to pay future liabilities... classic Ponzi.  But unlike wall...
  • Obama in final presser: Growth has been great and we ‘cut the deficit’

    12/19/2016 11:30:03 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/19/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Fake News: When the media report these claims by Obama without challenging them, it's the definition of fake news Most of the coverage of this, especially on conservative sites, has focused on Obama’s claim that the media were unfair to Hillary during the election. Yeah. I don’t even know what to say about that one other than to shake my head and give the man back-handed props for his willingness to say absolutely anything, no matter how self-evidently absurd. But I think there are two far more substantive points to deal with here. Actually there are surely more than two....