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  • Treasury Dept.: The real deficit is twice as big – and getting worse

    02/23/2018 10:03:09 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 23 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | Feb 23, 2018 | Daniel Horowitz
    The largest financial institution in the world – the U.S. government – issued its financial statement just a few days ago, and nobody in Washington seems to care that the deficit is almost twice as large as they once thought. snip In substance-free Washington, the release of the annual financial statements of the U.S. government isn’t a big deal, but it should be. The statements demonstrate that we have gone backward, not forward, with Republicans in charge of all branches of government. According to the annual financial report of the U.S. government published by the Treasury Department, the real deficit...
  • Obama's Real Debt and Deficit Legacy

    02/20/2018 5:55:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | February 20, 2018 | Stephen Moore
    Congressional Republicans have been raked over the coals in the last two weeks for slamming through budget caps and inflating government spending and debt by another $300 billion. The criticisms are well-deserved. It's a historical truism that Republicans are much more fiscally conscientious when they are in the minority than when they run Congress. And Republicans tend to be much bigger fiscal hawks when there is a Democratic president than a Republican president -- as we are now witnessing. The only time in half a century that the budget has been balanced was in the late 1990s, when Bill Clinton...
  • A million dollars a minute

    02/18/2018 11:26:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 14, 2018 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    Imagine you open the faucet of your kitchen sink expecting water and instead out comes cash. Now imagine that it comes out at the rate of $1 million a minute. You call your plumber, who thinks you’re crazy. To get you off the phone, he opines that it is your sink and therefore must be your money. So you spend it wildly. Then you realize that the money wasn’t yours and you owe it back. Now imagine that this happens every minute of every day for the next three years. At the end of the three years, you owe back...
  • Drowning in Debt

    02/13/2018 10:37:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | February 13, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    In "Hamlet," Shakespeare pens one of the most familiar lines -- and best advice -- ever written. Before Laertes leaves for Paris, his father, Polonius, tells him: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be..." We have ignored that advice for far too long, which is why the U.S. national debt is $20 trillion with more to come, thanks to the Republican Congress, which has passed a two-year spending bill that calls for $300 billion in new spending and removes caps applied by the Budget Control Act of 2011. It's being sold to the public with the highest and purist motives....
  • Trump signs sweeping two-year budget deal

    02/09/2018 6:48:10 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 147 replies
    NY POST ^ | February 9, 2018 | AP
    <p>Trump tweeted, “Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”</p>
  • What fueled the budget deal? Cold, hard cash

    02/09/2018 7:03:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 9, 2018 | by JONATHAN ALLEN
    WASHINGTON — Just add cash. That was the ingredient Republican and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill needed to strike and pass a long-term budget deal after months of bitter fighting across and within party lines about how to spend funds that had been limited by budget caps. An $89 billion injection "changes a lot of votes," explained North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of Republicans' arch-conservative Freedom Caucus and an opponent of the bill, hours before it passed. And that figure, an important factor in securing the support of lawmakers from the Republican-heavy states of Texas and Florida, only...
  • U.S. federal workers worry about government shutdown

    01/22/2018 7:27:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 22, 2018 | by Chris Kenning
    Thousands of federal workers faced uncertainty about the status of their jobs and paychecks after U.S. Senate leaders failed to reach an agreement to end a government shutdown before the work week begins on Monday. “This is incredibly stressful,” said Jessica Klement, vice president at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, which represents more than 20,000 workers. “Essential employees must report to work without knowing when they’ll be paid next,” she said. “Non-essential employees will be forced to stay home without pay, not knowing if back pay will be provided.” Some employees may not have received notice of...
  • Trump Administration Says US Mistakenly Backed China WTO Accession in 2001

    01/21/2018 9:35:26 PM PST · by cba123 · 10 replies
    Reuters / The Epoch Times ^ | January 21, 2018
    WASHINGTON–The United States mistakenly supported China’s membership of the World Trade Organization in 2001 during Bill Clinton’s presidency on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy, the Trump administration said on Friday as it prepares to clamp down on Chinese trade. “It seems clear that the United States erred in supporting China’s entry into the WTO on terms that have proven to be ineffective in securing China’s embrace of an open, market-orientated trade regime,” the administration said in an annual report to Congress on China’s compliance with WTO commitments. (Please link to follow article for additional...
  • Racial Overkill

    01/18/2018 1:00:32 PM PST · by huckfillary · 4 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | January 18, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    Why do we constantly talk about race and immigration? Race and immigration? It never ends. That's all we talk about. We have allowed the Democrats, liberals, cultural marxists and their Republican suck-ups to set the terms of this national debate. Why do we never talk about balancing the budget or eliminating our $100 trillion federal debt? To me, this is far more important. Why don't we put off the race and immigration debate until we balance the budget? How can we even consider giving illegal immigrants government money when the government is completely broke? Repeat after me---OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMPLETELY...
  • United States Balance of Trade (currently 50 billion, trade deficit in November)

    01/15/2018 9:26:59 PM PST · by cba123 · 27 replies
    The trade deficit in the US widened to USD 50.5 billion in November of 2017 from an upwardly revised USD 48.9 billion in October. It is the biggest trade gap since January of 2012 as imports reached a record high on rising demand for consumer goods, cell phones, crude oil and semiconductors. Exports recovered form October's fall and touched a record value on higher sales of capital goods, aircraft and cars. Balance of Trade in the United States averaged -14032.83 USD Million from 1950 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 1946 USD Million in June of 1975 and...
  • Feds Collect Record Income Taxes Through December; Still Run $225 Billion Deficit

    01/14/2018 3:55:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 12, 2018 | 2:45 PM EST | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The federal government collected record individual-income-tax revenues through the first quarter of fiscal 2018 (October through December), according to the new Monthly Treasury Statement. This was the last quarter before the new tax-cut law signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22 took effect. Despite taking in record individual-income-tax revenues, the federal government ran a deficit of approximately $225 billion during the quarter. The Treasury collected a record $390,847,000,000 in individual income taxes in October through December, according to the Treasury statement. That was $30,568,380,000 more than the $360,278,620,000 that the Treasury collected (in constant December 2017 dollars) in individual...
  • The House passes spending, disaster measures Thursday to avert shutdown

    12/21/2017 2:35:43 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2017
    he House passed a short-term spending measure Thursday to avert a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday, and quickly voted on a separate $81 billion disaster relief bill to aid victims of recent hurricanes and wildfires. The Senate is expected to vote Thursday evening on the stopgap, which passed the House 231-188 and will push back delicate decisions on spending, immigration, health care and national security until Jan. 17.
  • Politicians Are Selective About When Debt and Deficits Matter

    12/06/2017 7:00:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | December 6, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    If you're a normal person who pays attention to politics, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Washington can't decide whether deficits are bad or not. Well, I have one easy trick that will help you make sense of it all. In Washington, when you hear people complain that this or that piece of legislation will "explode" the deficit, what they are really telling you is that they don't like the legislation. It's really that simple. Good legislation, like good food, movies, novels and pretty much everything else except for dogs (they're all good), is in the eye of the beholder....
  • Fiscal Responsibility or Lower Taxes?

    12/06/2017 6:16:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | December 6, 2017 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, Republicans in the Senate finally passed their long-awaited tax reform plan. It lowers individual income tax rates across the board, although it does claw back some government revenue in the form of elimination of state and local tax deductions. It drops corporate tax rates as well. It is, in other words, a significant but not atypical Republican tax cut designed to boost economic growth by allowing Americans to keep more of their own money. The tax cut will almost certainly increase the deficit, however. Even with dynamic scoring -- the assumption that the economy will grow at...
  • U.S. Fed buys $3.4 billion of mortgage bonds, sells none

    11/30/2017 11:28:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30, 2017 | by Staff
    NEW YORK - The Federal Reserve bought $3.447 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities in the week from Nov. 23 to Nov. 29, compared with $5.516 billion purchased the previous week, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Thursday. In a move to help the housing market begun in October 2011, the U.S. central bank has been using funds from principal payments on the agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, or MBS, it holds to reinvest in agency MBS.
  • U.S. budget deficit up sharply in October

    11/13/2017 1:55:55 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 13, 2017
    WASHINGTON - The federal government began its new budget year with an October deficit of $63.2 billion, up sharply from a year ago. The Treasury Department reported Monday that the October deficit was 37.9 percent higher than the $45.8 billion deficit recorded in October 2016. Both government receipts and spending were up for the month, with receipts climbing 14.3 percent to $235.3 billion, a record for the month of October. The larger spending figure was up a sizable 11.6 percent to $298.6 billion. The deficit for the 2017 budget year, which ended on Sept. 30, totaled $666 billion, up 13.7...
  • China's Trade Surplus with the United States Is Growing Faster Under Trump (Hello Trump)

    11/08/2017 8:34:32 AM PST · by cba123 · 45 replies
    The Street ^ | November 8, 2017 | Edward Hardy
    China's trade surplus with the United States slipped from a record high last month, according to official data published Wednesday, but still rose past $300 billion over the first 10 months of the year just as President Donald Trump arrives for a state visit in Beijing. China's customs office said total exports from the word's second largest economy grew an annual 6.9% last month, slowing from the 8.1% pace recorded in September. Import growth, however, was impressively strong at 17.2%, although again slower than the 18.1% pace notched in the previous month. The figures also reveal a 37.8% increase in...
  • It Would Take A 50% Hike in Income Tax to Fund Our Current Deficit

    10/14/2017 12:24:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Mauldin Economics ^ | 10/13/2017 | BY JOHN MAULDIN
    Authored by John Mauldin via,The projected total US debt will be $30 trillion within 10 years, using the CBO’s own numbers. But the CBO also makes the rosy assumptions that there will be no recessions and that GDP will grow at a 4% nominal rate.Now, that’s possible; I'm inclined to haircut it a bit.If you asked me to bet the “over/under” on the debt in 2027, I would bet the over at $35 trillion.After the next recession the deficit will be $30 trillion within 4–5 years and then grow from there at a rate of anywhere from $1.5...
  • A Debt Crisis Is Coming, and We’re All to Blame

    09/13/2017 8:09:10 AM PDT · by Governor Dinwiddie · 59 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 13, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    The largest threat to our prosperity is government spending that far exceeds the authority enumerated in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. Federal spending in 2017 will top $4 trillion. Social Security, at $1 trillion, will take up most of it. Medicare ($582 billion) and Medicaid ($404 billion) are the next-largest expenditures. Other federal social spending includes food stamps, unemployment compensation, child nutrition, child tax credits, supplemental security income and student loans, all of which total roughly $550 billion. Social spending by Congress consumes about two-thirds of the federal budget. Where do you think Congress gets the resources for...
  • US Trade Deficit Narrowed To $43.6 Billion In June

    08/04/2017 6:06:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/04/17 | y paul wiseman
    The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in June as exports hit the highest level in 2 ? years. The Commerce Department says the trade gap slid 5.9 percent in June to $43.6 billion. Exports of goods and services rose 1.2 percent to $194.4 billion, the highest amount since December 2014. Services exports reached a record $65.4 billion. Overall imports slipped 0.2 percent to $238 billion. So far this year, the trade deficit is up 10.7 percent to $276.6 billion. A shrinking trade gap adds to U.S. economic output. President Donald Trump has vowed to bring down America's trade deficits, saying they...