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  • Icahn: Republicans don’t understand economics and it’s killing the country

    04/28/2016 4:09:53 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 65 replies
    cnbc ^ | 4/28/2016 | Everett Rosenfeld
    "...Icahn, who Trump had previously suggested could serve as his Treasury secretary, warned that markets will have a "day of reckoning" without fiscal stimulus, and argued that the U.S. government "certainly could do more spending." "The Republican Party that I used to be more sympathetic with — I'm right in the middle now, although as you know I'm for Trump — but what I would say is Congress is in this massive gridlock," he said, explaining that the Republican-controlled body is "obsessed with this deficit to a point that I think it's almost pathological..." "
  • Lyin’ Ryan – Four Months After Promising “Regular Order” Speaker Paul Ryan Announces No Prospect

    04/14/2016 6:00:47 AM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 13, 2016 | Sundance
    Truncated title. Full title: Lyin’ Ryan – Four Months After Promising “Regular Order” Speaker Paul Ryan Announces No Prospect for Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Please allow me to be perfectly clear. I hold a ‘traditional conservative’ outlook. Fiscally conservative. I don’t care if what you do in your bedroom, nor does it bother me if you choose to marry a squirrel, wear a snickers bar costume to the grocery store, or make it your life’s mission to spend all day filling canoes with pancakes. So long as your personal life choices in the pursuit of your happiness do not impact,...
  • Obama’s Tax-And-Spend Budget Would Add $7.5 Trillion To Debt, CBO Report Shows

    03/31/2016 4:31:38 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/31/2016 | John Merline
    President Obama’s first budget as president declared that he was ushering in a “new era of responsibility.” His last budget as president shows that he’s presided over an era of unprecedented fiscal irresponsibility. That at least, is what the Congressional Budget Office’s independent analysis of Obama’s budget makes plain.
  • The Trump Plan: Big Tax Hikes or Big Deficits

    03/25/2016 6:23:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | March 25, 2016 | James C. Capretta
    ... What Trump implicitly promises is a closing of the gap between federal revenue and spending without any pain for ordinary voters. He claims that better management, led by him, is all it will take. It is the worst kind of wishful thinking and deception. On entitlements, Trump is essentially in agreement with most Democrats. He says he won’t make any changes to Social Security or Medicare benefits. In previous years, he also said Medicaid shouldn’t be cut. He says he now favors converting Medicaid into a block grant to the states, although he has not promised that this switch...
  • U.S. trade deficit widens as exports hit 5-1/2-year low

    03/22/2016 6:09:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4 March 2016 | Lucia Mutikani
    The U.S. trade deficit widened more than expected in January as a strong dollar and weak global demand helped to push exports to a more than 5-1/2-year low, suggesting trade will continue to weigh on economic growth in the first quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday the trade gap increased 2.2 percent to $45.7 billion. December's trade deficit was revised up to $44.7 billion from the previously reported $43.4 billion. Exports have declined for four straight months. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the trade deficit widening to $44.0 billion in January. When adjusted for inflation, the deficit increased...
  • Loving Our Stuff, but Hating the People Who Sell It to Us

    03/20/2016 10:38:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/20/2016 | Kevin Williamson
    There is a popular website called Uncrate, which is the 21st-century version of the old Sears, Roebuck catalogue, i.e., consumer-goods porn, a resource for stylish young men with excess liquid assets who require suggestions for ways of being relieved of that burden. On Friday, the featured product was the Vollebak Baker Miller “relaxation hoodie,” a garment in “Baker Miller Pink,” a color believed to have psychoactive qualities that, according to Uncrate, “activate your parasympathetic nervous system and calm you down.” The hoodie also features “a mesh visor, vents that encourage breathing through your nose, and asymmetrical pockets designed like slings...
  • The public has no idea the deficit is shrinking (MSNBC, do I need to say more)

    02/23/2016 7:50:39 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 32 replies
    MSNBC.com ^ | 2/23/2016 | Steve Benen
    A couple of years ago, a Bloomberg Politics Poll asked the public a good question about the deficit: “Is it your sense that this year the deficit is getting bigger or getting smaller, or is it staying about the same as last year?” It wasn’t even close – despite the fact that the deficit, in reality, was shrinking quickly, only 6% of the public knew that. A 62% majority said they believed it was getting bigger, which was the opposite of the truth. Two years later, Al Hunt flags the results of the new Bloomberg Politics Poll, which offers some...
  • The Ignored Campaign Issue: the Deficit

    02/12/2016 1:13:01 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 17 replies
    americanthinker. ^ | February 11, 2016 | Jon N. Hall
    The largest financial operation in the known universe is the United States federal government. For fiscal 2009, that operation ran a budget deficit of -$1.412T, the all-time record. That’s more than -$3.868B a day, more than -$161M an hour, some -$2.686M a minute. That’s debt at -$44,774 … a second. Amazing, no? Surely others have also done that math. The only figure I got from the government is the -$1.412T deficit for 2009, which I got from Table 1.1 at the White House website. The other numbers I derived by already possessing knowledge of how many days there were in...
  • Obama budget busts the $4 trillion mark

    02/12/2016 7:32:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/12/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    While the rest of the world focused on the New Hampshire primary, the White House dropped a budget bomb. Congress will get a $4.1 trillion spending plan for FY2017 from Barack Obama, complete with a massive $2.8 trillion tax hike and a set of assumptions that boggles the imagination nearly as much as the topline spending number:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “The budget that we're releasing today reflects my priorities and the priorities that I believe will help advance security and prosperity in America for many years to come,” Obama told reporters at the White House. “It adheres...
  • The $1 Trillion Elephant in the Room

    02/05/2016 11:32:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | Gretchen Hamel
    In the midst of the election circus and pageantry, it seems once again fiscal policy issues have taken a backseat. This might not matter if the issue were not of dire importance to Americans and their futures. But on the heels of the new Budget and Economic Outlook released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) last week, it has become all too clear that the fiscal issues our country faces are very real and must be dealt with. Every year, this non partisan analysis of our projected debt and deficit published doesn't mince words- the deficit only continues to get...
  • How Will Negative Interest Rates Change the Rules of the Game?

    02/02/2016 10:24:49 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 15 replies
    CFA Institute ^ | 7 September 2015 | John Rubino
    In early 2015, Switzerland's interest rates turned negative. Not for one year. Not for five years. But all the way out to 10 years, meaning that virtually everyone desiring to park their cash in safe-haven Swiss francs had to pay for the privilege. And Swiss bonds weren't unique. Yields on French and German sovereign debt went negative out to five and seven years, respectively, while the overnight Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor), which had averaged about 2% for the previous couple of years, fell below zero and stayed there. By the end of 2015's first quarter, paper accounting for 31%...
  • Bill that would gut Obamacare would save half a trillion over next decade

    01/05/2016 8:20:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/05/2016 | Rick Moran
    A bill that would repeal nearly all Obamacare taxes and mandates will save the taxpayer more than $500 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. This is more than originally thought because Republicans successfully delayed the medical devices tax and the "Cadillac Tax" for several years. The Hill: Legislation to gut most of ObamaCare's mandates and taxes, known as Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, would reduce the deficit by $516 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The bill is expected to get a vote in the House this week,...
  • Donald Trump's big tax cuts come at a big cost

    12/24/2015 4:29:53 PM PST · by RC one · 37 replies
    money.cnn ^ | 12/22/15 | Jeanne Sahadi
    When Donald Trump put out his four-page tax plan in September, he said it wouldn't increase deficits. The economic growth it would spur, along with his spending cuts, would compensate for any potential loss in revenue from tax cuts, he said. Under his tax plan, Trump said he'd have to pay more than he does today. But an analysis by the Tax Policy Center released Tuesday suggests neither of those assertions are particularly grounded in reality, given what he's proposed so far. Key provisions in Trump's tax planFewer and lower rates: Trump would reduce the current seven income tax rates...
  • How Bobby Jindal Wrecked Louisiana [A retrospective]

    12/22/2015 2:49:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 02/15/2015 | Rod Dreher
    I keep telling my friends in the national media that if you think Bobby Jindal has a chance in hell of becoming president, send a reporter down to spend a few days in Louisiana, seeing what condition he’s leaving his state in. In today’s NYT, Campbell Robertson tells the country about the current mess. Excerpts: "Since I've been in Louisiana I've never seen a budget cycle as desperate as this one," said Robert Travis Scott, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council, a nonpartisan group based in Baton Rouge.Louisiana's budget shortfall is projected to reach $1.6 billion next...
  • "US Debt Is 3 Times More Than You Think" Warns Former Chief US Accountant

    11/08/2015 11:14:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/08/2015 | Tyler Durden
    In a shocking admission for most of mainstream America, the former U.S. comptroller general says the real U.S. debt is closer to about $65 trillion than the oft-cited figure of $18 trillion, thanks to unfunded liabilities which simply cannot be ignored. As The Hill reports, unless economic growth accelerates, he warns, "you’re not going to be able to provide the kind of social safety net that we need in this country," adding unequivocially that Americans have "lost touch with reality" when it comes to spending.As The Hill reports, Dave Walker, who headed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) under Presidents...
  • CBO: ObamaCare Increases Deficit by $1.35 Trillion

    10/28/2015 7:44:29 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    CFIF ^ | JANUARY 28 2015 | ASHTON ELLIS
    After barely more than a year in operation, ObamaCare is now projected to require more than a trillion dollars in deficit spending over the next decade, according to the new CBO report. Buried in a new report by the Congressional Budget Office is the latest admission that ObamaCare was sold on a foundation of lies. Back in 2009, President Barack Obama told a joint session of Congress that “our health care system is placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers.” “Put simply, our health care problem is our deficit problem. Nothing comes close. Nothing else.” The president’s speech was designed to...
  • In a dozen years there will be no money to fund the military, roads or education

    10/29/2015 5:53:48 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 16 replies
    Freedom.news ^ | Oct. 28, 2015 | Jon E Dougherty
    (Freedom.news) Americans who believe that they will still be alive 12 years from today had better brace themselves for the coming economic catastrophe that is the end result of a bipartisan effort to evade fiscal responsibility. As reported by The Washington Free Beacon, in a recent interview with C-SPAN, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., dropped a bombshell that should have been top-of-the-hour news stories on every major news broadcast (but, of course, wasn’t). By 2027, said Brat, the federal government will only take in enough money to cover entitlement programs and interest on the already unimaginably massive (and still growing) U.S....
  • U.S. Annual Budget Deficit Smallest in Nearly Seven Years

    10/09/2015 8:46:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/09/2015 | NICK TIMIRAOS
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. budget deficit narrowed further in May as revenue continued to rise faster than expenses have in the past year, the Treasury Department said Wednesday. The budget picture has improved this year amid higher tax revenue and stronger economic growth, even though government spending has also increased. Revenue for the fiscal year, which began in October, is running 9% ahead of the year-earlier levels, while government spending is up 6%. In the past 12 months, the budget deficit has fallen to $412 billion, down from $460 billion in April and $491 billion a year earlier. That marks the lowest...
  • The National Debt

    10/06/2015 3:30:44 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 18 replies
    10/6/15 | Originalbuckeye
    On July 7, 2015, at 9:07AM(PDT) I recorded the National Debt (from the US National Debt Clock) at $18,321,893,100,000.00 (Approx., as it goes up so fast it is difficult to get a completely accurate number). Right now, as I write this, the Clock says (approx.)$18,398,400,100,000.00.
  • Trustees: Social Security Will Run $84 Billion Deficit in 2015

    09/05/2015 11:24:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 1, 2015 | 5:17 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program commonly known as Social Security, which celebrated its 80th birthday on August 14, is projected to run an $84 billion deficit this year, according to the 2015 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees. […] During 2014, $646.2 billion in payroll taxes was collected from 166 million working Americans. But that was not enough to cover the $859 billion in Social Security benefits that were collected by 59 million people, including 42 million retired workers and their dependents, six million survivors of deceased workers, and 11 million disabled workers and their dependents....
  • The Nation's Budget Outlook Is Worse Than You Think

    08/27/2015 5:24:55 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/26/2015 | Staff
    Budgets: The bad news is that the country is headed toward $1 trillion deficits in 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The worse news is that, if history is any guide, this forecast is probably way too optimistic.
  • $2,672,414,000,000: Federal Taxes Set Record Through July […] Feds Still Run $465.5B Deficit

    08/13/2015 9:22:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 12, 2015 | 2:30 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The federal government raked in a record of approximately $2,672,414,000,000 in tax revenues through the first ten months of fiscal 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 through the end of July), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. That equaled approximately $17,955 for every person in the country who had either a full-time or part-time job in July. […] Despite the record tax revenues of $2,672,414,000,000 in the first ten months of this fiscal year, the government spent $3,137,953,000,000 in those ten months, and, thus, ran up a deficit of $465,539,000,000 during the period. …
  • The Story Of America's Debt In 6 Easy Graphics

    08/09/2015 10:34:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/08/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Despite incessant pundit parroting of the "deleveraging households" meme, America is and probably always will be, addicted to debt. If you need proof, have a look at the latest statistics on non-mortgage debt, which, thanks to America’s twin trillion-dollar bubbles, recently soared to its highest level in a decade. To wit, from HousingWire, citing Black Knight Financial:  What we’ve found is that mortgage holders today are carrying more non-mortgage debt than at any point in the past 10 years, with an average of $25,000 per borrower. That’s $1,400 more on average than one year ago, and nearly $2,600 more...
  • The F-35: Is the world's most expensive weapons program worth it? (DoD Obamacare)

    07/16/2015 8:12:53 AM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/15/2015 | Zachary Cohen
    Three years behind schedule and some $200 billion over its original budget, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is finally set to become operational this month. The fighter jet has been in development for nearly 15 years, weathered half a dozen years of testing and experienced myriad hardware malfunctions and software glitches along the way. Once it's declared ready for combat, it will be the most expensive weapons system in world history. It will also be the most advanced in the sky. The F-35, also referred to as the Joint Strike Fighter, is touted as the most lethal and versatile...
  • Greece: At Least It’s Not Detroit

    06/29/2015 5:45:26 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-29-2015 | MOTUS
    We’re going to have to cut those spanakopita pieces smaller!Okay, I’ve decided to back The Donald for president. Oh sure, he’s a pompous, arrogant, rich, white guy. Butt what difference, at this point, does it make? At least he speaks the truth: je suis Greece. In announcing his candidacy for U.S. president, Trump called Greece “unsalvageable” as he warned that America, with its own mounting debt, could end up just like it. – Politico Greece ran out of its own money a long time ago and now, as Madam Thatcher warned, it’s finally running out of other people’s as well,...
  • Senate Democrats Demand More Money for Amtrak Repair Backlog

    05/21/2015 11:15:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2015 | By JOAN LOWY
    Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that Republicans provide more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance and repair backlog, including replacing tunnels more than a century old. Democrats at a news conference cited last week's deadly crash in Philadelphia and said the backlog is compromising safety and service. Democrats want to Congress to give Amtrak the entire $2 billion in subsidies the railroad requested for the budget year that starts Oct. 1. They say GOP lawmakers have starved the railroad financially for years. A Republican-controlled House panel approved a spending bill the day after the...
  • What the Medicare ‘Doc Fix’ Means for States

    04/15/2015 11:45:30 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-15-15 | Sean Riley
    The U.S. Senate late Tuesday evening passed legislation containing a permanent ‘doc fix’ for calculating physician reimbursements under Medicare. By doing away with a decades old formula, the bill staves off an automatic 21 percent cut in payments that would have gone into effect at midnight. While much of the focus has been on Congress and the impact of the legislation on the federal Medicare program, the measure raises three important issues for the states. First, the measure also includes a two year extension of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the federal-state program extending coverage to low-income children...
  • Obama criticizes GOP’s budget in Ohio speech

    03/18/2015 2:42:36 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2015 | By David Nakamura and Juliet Eilperin
    CLEVELAND — President Obama used this manufacturing hub — and important swing state — as the backdrop to draw a sharp distinction Wednesday with his Republican rivals over the economy, as both sides aim to frame the debate for the coming presidential race. The day after House Republicans unveiled their budget proposal — which would cut more than $5 trillion out of the federal budget over the next decade and balance the budget by cutting domestic programs — the president touted some of the very programs that would come under the GOP axe. Obama dismissed a House plan that “doubles...
  • Robert Rector Estimates Lifetime Retirement Costs Of Illegals.. Executive Amnesty At $1.3 Trillion

    03/17/2015 5:53:31 PM PDT · by bushwon · 19 replies
    Breibart.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Carolyn May
    The lifetime costs of Social Security and Medicare benefits of illegal immigrant beneficiaries of President Obama’s executive amnesty would be well over a trillion dollars, according to Heritage Foundation expert Robert Rector’s prepared testimony for a House panel obtained in advance by Breitbart News. Rector, a senior research fellow at Heritage, is slated to speak on the costs of Obama’s executive amnesty Tuesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He will testify to the high entitlement costs of granting legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. Based on Rector’s calculations, which assume that at least 3.97 illegal immigrants...
  • House Republicans seek ObamaCare repeal, more defense $$ in new budget plan

    03/17/2015 10:06:41 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 8 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 17, 2015
    House Republicans, unveiling their first budget blueprint since the party took control of Congress, issued a sweeping spending plan Tuesday that calls for complete repeal of ObamaCare, major changes to Medicare and controversial moves to boost defense spending despite tight budget limits. GOP leaders say their budget would balance in less than 10 years, and in that time cut spending by $5.5 trillion compared with current projections. The spending plan stands little chance of ever being signed by President Obama, but makes clear that the party is not dialing back its ambitions despite a rocky start to the latest congressional...
  • Can America Afford a War With Iran?

    03/13/2015 9:29:02 AM PDT · by pinochet · 79 replies
    Vanity Fair estimated the cost of the Iraq War to be $3 trillion. Iran has a population that is more than double the population of Iraq, and is much richer than Iraq was in 2003. A War with Iran will cost over 6 trillion dollars, without even factoring inflation since 2003. When inflation is factored in, that would add about $10 trillion dollars to the deficit. Can America afford the $10 trillion it will take to wage war and occupy Iran?
  • GOP is warned: ‘$5.5 trillion to get us to balance in 10 years’

    03/12/2015 10:04:24 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/12/15 | David Ridgers
    Senate Budget Committee Republicans got a taste of things to come Wednesday as witnesses warned it will take $5.5 trillion in deficit reduction to bring the government into balance in a decade and the GOP can’t afford to take its eye off economic growth. “It will be about $5.5 trillion to get us to balance in 10 years,” Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget told the panel. “Just to put that in perspective that’s eight times the size of the [2012] fiscal cliff deal and it’s 65 times the size of the [2013] Ryan Murray...
  • There's a new mortgage crisis brewing [Richard Bove]

    02/24/2015 4:49:11 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2015 February 23 | Richard X. Bove
    In 2008, the nation entered into a financial crisis widely believed to have been caused by excesses in the residential mortgage industry. By 2010, the nation thought it had put in place a series of measures that not only would resolve the crisis but would insure that it never happened again. Yet, here we are in 2015 looking at another potential mortgage crisis. Only this time it is different. In 2008, funds flowed in waves into the mortgage industry. In 2015, it appears the funds are drying up. The solutions to the problem in 2010 and thereafter included: Suing and...
  • Egypt’s president raises cigarette tax

    02/22/2015 7:04:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2015 2:50 PM EST | Merrit Kennedy
    Egypt said Sunday it will raise the sales tax on both local and imported cigarettes as it confronts a major budget deficit. The decision announced by the presidency increases a flat tax by at least 7 cents for a pack of less expensive cigarettes. More expensive brands will see an increase of at least 20 cents. A similar move last July raised prices 25 to 40 cents per pack. One in four Egyptian adults smoke, according to a 2013 World Health Organization report. …
  • 20 Reasons It Will Be Great To Replace Obama With a Republican in 2016

    02/17/2015 4:08:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17. 2015 | John Hawkins
    1) It’ll finally give Obama a chance to pursue his real passion, golf. 2) And it will also give Joe Biden a chance to pursue his lifelong passion: chasing squirrels. 3) Al Sharpton will have to start paying his taxes again. 4) We’ll finally have someone in office who doesn’t think it’s a good thing when more Americans end up out of jobs and on the dole. 5) Forcing public school kids to eat kale and tofu dogs will suddenly drop way down the priority scale for the President of the United States. 6) The day after a Republican...
  • Cost of servicing the debt will hit $800 billion by 2025: Four Times What it Costs Today

    02/04/2015 8:49:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/04/2015 | Rick Moran
    The U.S. has gotten something of a free ride over the last 7 years as interest rates have hovered near zero. This has meant that the cost of servicing the debt – paying off some bonds and rolling others over – has been relatively low. This coming fiscal year, it's expected that the government will spend around $200 billion to keep the U.S. afloat. But the free ride is about to end. The Federal Reserve announced an end to their bond-buying program known as quantitative easing, and the resulting rise in interest rates will mean rising costs to service the...
  • 5 Things To Know About Obama's $4 Trillion Budget

    02/03/2015 8:01:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    resident Obama unveiled his fiscal year 2016 budget Monday, a proposal that would spend $3.99 trillion while running a $474 billion deficit. The document will serve as a blueprint for White House policy for upcoming fights with Republicans on immigration, health care, infrastructure, and tax reform. Highlights every conservative should know include:1. Higher SpendingObama's budget would increase spending by $74 billion in 2016 compared to current law, and by $322 billion over the next five years. Federal government spending as a percentage of GDP would rise from 20.3 percent in 2014 to 22.2 percent in 2025.The biggest spending increase items in Obama's budget...
  • Obama Budget Embraces Permanent US Decline- Growth of Reagan Era a Quaint Relic, Never to Return

    02/03/2015 3:23:33 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 February 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    'a gloomy view of an economy... growing slower...  creating fewer rewards for its workers  than it did in much of the last century' (Reuters) - Beneath President Barack Obama's plan to fight income inequality lies a gloomy view of an economy that is growing slower and creating fewer rewards for its workers than it did in much of the last century. In a budget proposal unveiled on Monday, the White House cut forecasts for an array of economic variables, depicting less growth, weaker inflation and lower interest rates than officials expected only a year ago. This comes despite an unemployment rate...
  • Teacher Pensions Going To Kill Us All

    01/28/2015 5:49:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Teacher pensions are a huge and growing crisis waiting to explode without major reforms, warns a new report released Tuesday by an educational think tank.“Do the math on teacher pensions and it just doesn’t add up,” argues the National Council on Teacher Quality in its report, Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions. Total unfunded teacher pension liabilities in 2014 were a whopping $499 billion dollars, the group found. That amount is surging rapidly; in 2012, the total was just $394 billion, meaning that pension debt is growing by over $50 billion a year.Some states are in a particularly huge hole....
  • CBO: Deficits To Explode As Obama Leaves Office

    01/26/2015 2:40:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    Federal deficits may have been falling since the end of the recent recession, but thanks to spending increases in major health care programs, including Obamacare, deficits are set to explode in 2017, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office. Thanks to the recent recession and President Obama's trillion dollar stimulus, the federal budget deficit reached an all time $1.4 trillion high in 2009. Then, as the economy slowly improved and Obama's stimulus trickled to end, the deficit began to fall. According to the CBO, the deficit will continue to fall to $467 billion in 2016. Immediately...
  • SOTU Fact Check: Obama's Health Care Debt Bomb

    01/21/2015 4:07:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    In his State of the Union Tuesday, President Obama claimed that Obamacare has helped cut the deficit by two thirds by slowing the rate of health care spending growth. Not only is this claim false, but Obamacare has created a deficit time bomb that will explode just as he is leaving office.Now it is true that the growth of health care spending has fallen during Obama's presidency. But that slowdown began not only before Obama passed Obamacare, but even before Obama took office. The reality is that larger economic factors, including the growth of cost-sharing health care plans, began slowing health care spending...
  • Conservatives start new push for 'balance[d]' [budget amendment] in the Constitution

    01/18/2015 4:42:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    Conservatives in Congress are reviving the push for a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution now that Republicans control both houses of Congress. GOP lawmakers in both chambers have filed several amendment proposals in the early days of the congressional session, breathing new life into an issue that had faded somewhat from the agenda. “I came here with a clear mission: work to get a balanced budget and do my best to reduce the size and scope of government, so that our small businesses and farm families can grow and create jobs,” said Freshman Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.) in a recent...
  • When the national debt was zero: An overflowing Treasury bedeviled earlier presidents

    01/08/2015 7:07:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/08/2015 | Thomas V. DiBacco
    On Jan. 8, 1835, the U.S. national debt stood at zero, the first and only time in its history. It was a remarkable turnabout from Jan. 1, 1791, when the federal government was in debt to the tune of $75,463,476.52. But that wasn’t the peak amount of indebtedness for the new nation ($120 million), which occurred at the end of the three-year War of 1812. To be sure, President Andrew Jackson, under whose watch the no-debt day was achieved, was jubilant, and a big Washington party overflowed with superlatives, as illustrated by Missouri Sen. Thomas Hart Benton’s remarks: “The apparition,...
  • If We Only Spent All the Money, Then Everyone Would Be Prosperous!

    01/02/2015 3:40:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | January 2, 2015 | Matt Welch, editor-in-chief
    On the front of today's New York Times business section is a remarkable—or should I say remarkably unremarkable—news article whose entire premise, unchallenged in the course of 1,341 words and input from 10 sources, is that more government spending is a very good thing because it leads to more government jobs and therefore helps the economy. Hooray! If you think I am being unfair in this characterization, consider the headline: "Government Spending, Edging Up, Is a Stimulus." Or the headline on the jump page inside: "Rebound in Government Spending Starts to Aid Economy After Years of Cuts." Or the headline...
  • It’s ending purposeless, perpetual, global warfare, stupid

    12/27/2014 8:29:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2014 | Bruce Fein
    “It’s ending purposeless, perpetual, global warfare, stupid.” Republican presidential contenders for 2016 should embrace that campaign theme to demolish the ultra-hawkish Hillary Clinton and her Napoleonic complex. Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign theme, “It’s the economy, stupid,” is obsolete. Presidential strategists sermonize that voters are instinctively concerned more about jobs, mortgages, and health care than about national security policy. True enough. But that is because presidential aspirants have failed to discern and to explain the direct connection between, on the one hand, purposeless, perpetual, global warfare and the projection of military force everywhere that has created an exorbitant, inefficient, and corrupt...
  • School cafeterias losing money on Michelle Obama's meals, jeopardizing programs

    12/13/2014 12:52:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 12, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    More than half of the nation’s school cafeteria workers expect to lose money selling low-salt, low-fat meals pushed by first lady Michelle Obama, a “serious” problem that threatens the programs, according to a survey of food providers.The School Nutrition Association, which is planning to demand changes to the meal requirements to make the food more attractive to students, found that 50.35 percent of cafeteria officials surveyed expect that serving the food will “exceed revenue” next year.“Of the 92 percent of respondents reporting that rising costs pose a ‘serious’ or ‘moderate’ challenge to their programs, 70 percent indicated ‘serious,’” said the...
  • The United States of Debt: Our debt is $18 Trillion and we're still borrowing, no matter the party

    12/10/2014 7:09:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/01/2014 | Stephen Moore
    Sorry, but this one you can’t blame on either party. Yes, President Obama has made the problem much, much worse, but the scary truth is that the national debt keeps rising inexorably no matter who or which party is in office. That’s the new law of American politics. When I first arrived in Washington in the early 1980s, the debt was roughly $2 trillion. This week, 30 years and five presidents later, the debt for the first time exceeded $18 trillion. We have been in the red in all but four of the last 40 years. That’s $18,000,000,000,000. We all...
  • How the 17th Amendment is destroying America

    12/04/2014 6:37:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Megyn Kelly ^ | December 4, 2014 | Justin Haskins
    Few Americans who entered polling booths for the Nov. 4 election and pulled the lever for their favorite candidate for Senate realize that for most of American history, senators were chosen by the state legislatures. It wasn’t until 1913 that the 17thAmendment was passed, granting American voters the constitutional right of directly electing their senators.While this important amendment may seem innocuous, the reality is that few other changes to our Constitution have had the same detrimental effect on our nation than this single, nearly forgotten alteration.The passage of the 17th Amendment was driven largely by the populist movement of the...
  • The U.S. National Debt Has Grown By More Than A Trillion Dollars In The Last 12 Months

    09/17/2014 6:50:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Economic Collapse ^ | 14 September 2014 | Michael Snyder
    The idea that the Obama administration has the budget deficit under control is a complete and total lie. According to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government has officially run a deficit of 589 billion dollars for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2014. But this number is just for public consumption and it relies on accounting tricks which massively understate how much debt is actually being accumulated. If you want to know what the real budget deficit is, all you have to do is go to a U.S. Treasury website which calculates the U.S. national debt to the penny....
  • CBO forecasts $506 billion budget deficit for 2014 (1.5% GDP)

    08/27/2014 7:41:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 27, 2014 | By Robert Schroeder
    The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday raised its estimate of the federal government’s budget deficit for the current fiscal year as it slashed its growth forecast, and warned red ink was due to rise in coming years if Washington doesn’t change current laws. In an update of budget and economic projections for 2014 to 2024, the nonpartisan CBO said the U.S. government’s deficit for fiscal 2014 will be $506 billion, or 2.9% of gross domestic product. The new estimate is $14 billion more than the agency’s prior estimate for the year, issued in April. The agency lowered its projection of...