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  • Trump says cancel new Air Force One: Costs 'out of control'

    12/06/2016 6:48:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 86 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 6, 2016 9:36 AM EST | Jonathan Lemire
    Six weeks from taking office, Donald Trump says he wants the government to cut some costs by canceling its order for a new Air Force One, the plane that carries presidents around the globe. The government has contracted with Boeing to build two or more new planes, which would go into service around 2024. That means Trump wouldn’t fly on the new planes unless he pursued and won a second term. But the Air Force has pressed for a faster schedule, saying the current planes are becoming too expensive to repair and keep in good flying shape. The contract for...
  • President Elect Trump cancels order for new Air Force One - via Twitter!

    12/06/2016 5:54:04 AM PST · by SamAdams76 · 109 replies
    2m2 minutes ago...@realDonaldTrump feed: Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!
  • Note To Trump: Cut Useless, Unauthorized Spending And Here's The Place To Start

    11/25/2016 10:41:20 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25, 2016 | George Leef
    Let’s take Donald Trump at his word that he means to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. One aspect of that swamp is the way federal agencies spend money on public relations and outright propaganda. The erosion of budgetary constraints over time has led to a situation wherein federal agencies (many of which have scant constitutional authorization in the first place) get piles of money to spend as the officials choose. No one should be surprised to find that they like to hire public relations specialists or contract with outside firms for material that makes them look good and their...
  • President Trump Could Slash $500 Million from Public Broadcasting

    11/22/2016 5:19:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 122 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | 11/22/16 | Chriss W. Street
    With President-elect Trump promising to pay for his infrastructure and defense spending by defunding non-essential federal spending, one of the first programs on the block could be the almost $500 million spent on public broadcasting.Despite repeated efforts to kill federal funding of public broadcasting since Republicans won the House in 2010 and Presidential-nominee Mitt Romney made it a campaign promise in 2012, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education are spending $470.7 million in U.S. taxpayer cash to fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) this year, which provides 15 percent of PBS television and 10 percent...
  • Trump has a plan for government workers. They’re not going to like it.

    11/21/2016 8:47:18 AM PST · by detective · 147 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 21, 2016 | Lisa Rein
    President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are drawing up plans to take on the government bureaucracy they have long railed against, by eroding job protections and grinding down benefits that federal workers have received for a generation. Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union business on the government’s dime and less generous pensions — these are the contours of the blueprint emerging under Republican control of Washington in January. These changes were once unthinkable to federal employees, their unions and their supporters in Congress. But Trump’s election as an outsider promising to...
  • Ryan: No, House Republicans, you can’t bring back earmarks

    11/17/2016 11:15:28 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/17/16 | Dan Calabrese
    At least not now I wonder if the return of unified Republican government means we’re going to start re-running all the same arguments we had a decade ago. If Valerie Plame comes out of the woodwork I’m really going to be irritated. But we’re talking about earmarks again, if only because House Republicans seem to miss the little buggers an awful lot, and maybe they figured now that they have all the power again, it’s time to go back to shoveling piles of federal money into their districts like they did in the good old days. Good for them, that...
  • Rep. Tom Rooney Wants to Bring Back Earmarks for Water Project

    11/17/2016 11:27:04 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Florida Rep. Tom Rooney wants to bring earmarks back to Washington – sort of – but House Speaker Paul Ryan has put up an obstacle named Donald Trump. The Republican has offered a proposal that would allow lawmakers to designate money for water projects under the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation. “When I go home to my county commissioners, they say ‘Can you shore up the dike around Lake Okeechobee?’ I’m like, ‘no.’ I can write a letter and hope that they listen to me. Which, over at the Army Corps, they probably look at that letter...
  • Three Ways Trump, GOP May Cut Social Security, Medicare

    11/17/2016 8:34:20 AM PST · by MadIsh32 · 50 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 16th | John Wasik
    “We’re not going to hurt the people who have been paying into Social Security their whole life,” Trump declared, calling the payment of promised benefits “honoring a deal.” But the man heading the Trump transition team’s Social Security effort? Michael Korbey, a former lobbyist who has spent much of his career advocating for cutting and privatizing the program, according to Yahoo News. “It’s a failed system, broken and bankrupt,” Korbey said as a lobbyist in the mid 1990s. Korbey acknowledged that some of the reforms his group backed would hurt retirees, but “our constituents aren’t just senior citizens,” he told...
  • VA drops plans to cover surgery for transgender vets

    11/16/2016 5:45:28 PM PST · by MaxistheBest · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/2016 | REBECCA KHEEL
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has dropped plans to start covering gender transition surgery for veterans amid concerns about costs. The proposed rule change that would have allowed the VA to pay for such surgeries was withdrawn from the Fall 2016 Unified Agenda, a biannual publication of proposed regulation changes that was due Monday. “VA has been and will continue to explore a regulatory change that would allow VA to perform gender alteration surgery and a change in the medical benefits package, when appropriated funding is available,” the VA said in a statement Monday. VA officials sent a letter dated...
  • NPR: Change the staff or shut the operation down

    11/13/2016 6:27:13 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 43 replies
    NPR News this morning | 13 November 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Mr. Trump, please, do something about NPR (National Public Radio) upon taking office. That is one media outlet that can be changed or shut down. This morning I listened to their propaganda and they were talking about some girl who had allegedly been mistreated at school after the election. She and a boy had heated discussions prior to the election and he said something after the election that offended her. They used that incident as a platform to insinuate that Trump supporters all over the nation were persecuting Clinton supporters...when in reality, the exact opposite is true. Please do something...
  • Conservatives to Congress: Punt on funding and get out of town

    11/12/2016 7:28:28 AM PST · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 12, 2016 | Susan Crabtree
    Even though Donald Trump's victory handed control of both chambers of Congress and the White House to Republicans, intra-party divisions are already bubbling up over how to fund the government in the lame-duck session. House and Senate GOP leaders are trying to hash out their differences, GOP aides told the Examiner, but may still be at odds over the best strategy to keep the government funded and running into the New Year. The Republican leaders plan to hash out an exact plan early next week, but some fissures were evident heading into those discussions. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., along...
  • Pentagon can’t account for $6.5 trillion of taxpayer money – IG report

    08/20/2016 1:18:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    RT ^ | 08/20/16
    The Pentagon failed to account for $6.5 trillion in its financial statement, a recently-recovered Inspector General’s report on the 2015 fiscal year said. It reveals the audit of the Department of Defense was “materially misstated.” The army failed to provide “accurate, complete, timely and well-supported” documents that could have explained the use of trillions of dollars in quarterly and yearend adjustments. The US military made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year, but could not provide anything that would detail what it spent the money on. There were a total...
  • Federal Government Spends 1 Billion a Year on Gun Law Enforcement

    08/17/2016 5:31:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Federal Government spends a billion dollars a year on on federal gun laws.  Most of that money is for enforcement of federal gun laws, but some of it is to push state and local governments toward infringing on the Second Amendment. From FY 2015 Budget Fact Sheets U.S DOJ(pdf): In 2013, the Administration proposed a range of legislative remedies – along with 23 executive actions – to address mass shootings and reduce gun violence. The Justice Department is working to implement a number of these actions and requests a total of $1.1 billion in FY 2015 to address...
  • NBC, CBS Tout Dems Demanding Zika Funding...That They Blocked

    08/01/2016 12:49:18 PM PDT · by DFG · 2 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 08/01/2016 | Kyle Drennen
    On Monday, both NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning promoted Democrats calling on Congress to cut its recess short in order to approve federal funding to combat the Zika virus. However, both morning shows ignored the fact that Democrats were the ones that blocked legislation to do just that only one month earlier. In a report live from Miami on Today about the first mosquito transmission of the disease in the U.S., correspondent Sarah Dallof noted: “As Senate Democrats push for Congress to end its recess and approve emergency Zika funding, officials here in Miami are wasting no time, focusing...
  • Obama vetoes bill to cap ex-presidents' expense accounts

    07/22/2016 6:07:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2016 7:06 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama vetoed a bill Friday that would cap the taxpayer-funded expense accounts of former presidents. Obama said he supports the bill’s goal, but he sent the measure back to Congress because it would immediately end salaries and benefits to staffers carrying out the official duties of former presidents. He says the measure doesn’t provide enough time for these employees to be moved to another payroll.Obama says the bill would also interfere with the Secret Service’s ability to protect ex-presidents. …
  • Trump Challenges Hillary: Stop Your Support for Refugee Program, Give the Money to Inner City Kids

    06/11/2016 4:55:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 10, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    Donald Trump is calling on Hillary Clinton “to replace her support for increased refugee admissions… with a new job program for our inner cities.” Clinton “wants a 500% increase in Syrian refugees to come into our country,” Trump said at Friday’s Faith and Freedom Summit. Clinton’s plan to resettle 65,000 Syrian migrants would cost U.S. taxpayers over $42 billion over the course of the migrants’ lifetimes, based on projections from Heritage Foundation scholar Robert Rector. Trump said that rather than using taxpayer funds to import foreign migrants from terror-prone regions, Clinton should instead use the funds to help struggling Americans...
  • Man admits taking $250K from Head Start; bought Maserati, mink coat

    06/08/2016 8:40:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    The former executive director of a former Head Start program in Jersey City Tuesday admitted that he diverted more than $250,000 from programs for underprivileged children and used the money for personal expenses, including a Maserati and a mink coat, prosecutors said. Robert E. Mays, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in federal court to one count of wire fraud. According to court papers charging him, Mays in 2013 forged records and duped employees at the Jersey City Child Development Centers into believing that its board of directors had raised his salary 61 percent to $155,000...
  • Senate GOP drops push to 'defund Obamacare'

    06/07/2016 8:46:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2016 10:40 AM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The more pragmatic approach with a huge $164 billion spending measure reflects a hope by top Republicans like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to remove veto bait from must-pass spending bills in hopes of advancing them more easily. …
  • Has Anybody Seen $6,000,000,000?

    06/07/2016 8:27:58 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 47 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 6/7/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Apparently, while serving as our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton "misplaced" $6,000,000,000 of hard-earned American Taxpayer provided funds Have any of you, by chance, seen that money? I looked everywhere for it. I even looked in the junk drawer. You know, the drawer where you put stuff you might need but don't know where else to put it. I didn't find Hillary's missing money there. Found some batteries, though. Now, $6,000,000,000 is a pretty good sum of money. Bill Clinton could buy his own rape island if he had that kind of dough. So, I think we should all look...
  • State Dept. misplaced $6B under Hillary Clinton: IG report (2014)

    05/31/2016 5:42:12 AM PDT · by euram · 82 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 4, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report.
  • Battle Over LGBT Amendment Threatens to Stall Entire Appropriations Process

    05/27/2016 7:37:57 AM PDT · by milton23 · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/26/16 | Philip Wegmann
    An LGBT measure derailed a $37.5 billion House energy and water spending bill and now threatens to bring the entire appropriations process to a grinding halt in the House. The amendment from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., would codify a 2014 executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Opponents characterize the Maloney amendment as a violation of conscience rights. They fear that the failed amendment could require federal contractors to provide special status to members of the LGBT community or lose their business with the federal government. With the support of...
  • Gender Identity Spat Sinks Spending Bill

    05/27/2016 6:13:47 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Marine Link ^ | May 27, 2016 | Joseph Keefe
    The rancorous political debate over sexual identity unexpectedly prompted the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to rejected an energy and water spending bill on Thursday after Democrats attached an amendment to protect the rights of transgender people. The legislation, which would have funded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, failed on a 112-305 vote, with 130 Republicans and 175 Democrats opposing the legislation.
  • 70% Of Obama’s Budget Is Writing Checks To Individuals

    02/10/2016 4:26:54 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 76 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/9/2016 | Staff
    Budget: What is the federal government’s most important function these days? Based on the Obama budget released today, it’s not defense, or roads, or education, or the environment. It’s cutting checks.
  • How a Balanced Budget Amendment Gives the Feds Power Over Whatever They Want – Part 2

    01/25/2016 8:46:25 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/25/16 | Publius Huldah
    All federal and State officials take an oath to support the federal Constitution (Art. VI, clause 3). When people in Congress appropriate funds for objects not listed in the Constitution [Art. I]; and when State officials accept federal funds for objects not listed, they violate their oath to support the Constitution. According to the PEW Report, federal funds provided an average of 30% of the States’ revenue for FY 2013. Look up your State HERE. Were those federal funds used to implement unconstitutional federal programs in your State? Power over education, medical care, agriculture, state and local law enforcement, environment,...
  • Republicans Didn't Oppose Obama's Budget Because They Don't See a Country in Crisis

    12/21/2015 3:59:40 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 21 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 21 December 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Sanford, Maine. David, great to have you, sir. Hi. CALLER: Nice to talk to Rush. I hope I don't leave anything on the table, but I want to just start with I was with you in 2007. I knew who Barack Obama was. I don't know why the American people didn't figure it out. Now, as far as this budget bill goes, the Republican Party, every one of them who voted for this bill should be primaried. And the first one we should take out is Paul Ryan, 'cause I saw him on one of his shows...
  • Breaking and Live Video: Senate voting now on Final Spending Bill

    12/18/2015 8:37:19 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 12/18/2015 | CSPAN
    Vote is underway - everyone is ready to get out of town. http://www.c-span.org/video/?402296-1/us-senate-morning-business&live&live
  • Here Are the 95 Republicans Who Opposed the Omnibus Spending Bill

    12/18/2015 10:15:01 AM PST · by Perseverando · 68 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 18, 2015 | Philip Wegmann
    On Friday, the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill sailed through the House by a vote of 316-113. Ninety-five Republicans split with House GOP leadership to vote against the spending bill. Another 150 Republicans supported it, while just 18 Democrats opposed the legislation. Here is the full list of the Republicans who voted against the spending bill (see the complete roll call vote here): Abraham Amash Amodei Babin Barletta Black Blackburn Blum Brat Bridenstine Brooks (AL) Buck Byrne Clawson (FL) Crawford DeSantis DesJarlais Duncan (SC) Duncan (TN) Emmer (MN) Farenthold Fleming Forbes Fortenberry Franks (AZ) Garrett Gibbs Gohmert Goodlatte Gosar Gowdy...
  • Why One Congressman Voted "NO" On The Massive, Wasteful Omnibus Bill

    12/17/2015 10:44:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 17, 2015
    Paul Anthony Gosar is an American Republican politician and member of the United States House of Representatives from Arizona since 2011, representing Arizona's 4th congressional district. Yesterday, Gosar took to his Facebook page to expose the reality of the massive Omnibus Spending Bill... and who is to blame... Why I Am Voting NO on the Massive Omnibus Spending Bill: Once again I find myself shaking my head at the wasteful spending in DC and a flawed process that drops thousands of pages of text on us with 48 hours to "read" and understand. I wish I could put all the...
  • Paul Ryan Betrays America: ..... Funds ‘Fundamental Transformation of America’

    12/17/2015 5:04:04 AM PST · by don-o · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 16, 2015 | Stephen K. Bannon & Julia Hahn
    Rep. Paul Ryan 's first major legislative achievement is a total and complete sell-out of the American people masquerading as an appropriations bill. Too harsh, you say? Let the programs, the spending, and the implications speak for themselves.
  • Alan Greenspan: This is 'extremely dangerous' (Captain Obvious alert)

    07/30/2015 12:40:15 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 21 replies
    While markets hone in on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy hints, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan sees a bigger economic irritant—government spending. On Wednesday, Greenspan decried a rise in entitlement costs, which he contended have pressured the U.S. economy. "To me the discussion today shouldn't even be on monetary policy it should be on how do we constrain this extraordinary rise in entitlements," he said in a CNBC "Closing Bell" interview, calling the trend "extremely dangerous." Social expenditures in the U.S. were 19.2 percent of gross domestic product last year, up from 15.5 percent in 2005, according to data from...
  • House speaker decries 'stupid question' about Amtrak funds

    05/14/2015 4:12:40 PM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    AP ^ | May. 14, 2015 | ALAN FRAM
    House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that this week's fatal Amtrak crash wasn't caused by a lack of federal funds and mocked a reporter for even asking about it. "Are you really going to ask such a stupid question?" he said at a news conference as a reporter started to ask about Democratic complaints that the government shortchanges the railroad.
  • More Aid and Subsidy for Billionaires -- Who's For It?

    03/22/2015 9:52:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Big government rests upon myths, and the people who support it necessarily believe things about politics and society — and themselves — that simply aren’t true. This week, a new report from the Government Accountability Office shows just who benefits from federal crop insurance subsidies: big businesses, billionaires, and the like. It’s not primarily the “little guy” or “the small family farm” of American agrarian mythology. It’s the people for whom progressives usually seethe with hatred. Those on the left must either oppose their “progressive” programs or get over their alleged opposition to “the rich.” “Liberals,” “progressives” and other political...
  • DHS Posts 'Due to a Lapse in Funding' Notice

    03/01/2015 9:34:46 AM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    weekly standard ^ | march 1, 2015 | jeryl bier
    In spite of the Friday night passage of an eleventh hour, one-week stopgap spending bill to continue funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the department posted a lapse-of-funding notice and shut-down procedures on its website apparently intended if the last minute efforts failed. While the notice is not listed on the home page, the blog, or the list of DHS publications, it was originally posted around nine o'clock Friday night and remained at this link as of the time of publication of this article:
  • Breaking: House Votes Down DHS Spending Bill

    02/27/2015 2:27:56 PM PST · by NRx · 104 replies
    CNN ^ | 27 Feb 2015 | CNN
    Breaking: They voted it down
  • Poll: Blame for DHS shutdown would fall to GOP (Will the GOP buckle?

    02/17/2015 4:34:30 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/17/2015 (4:31 PM ET) | Jennifer Angiesta
    Republicans in Congress would shoulder the blame for a shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security if they are unable to enact a new spending bill to keep the agency running, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. The survey finds that 53% of Americans would blame the Republicans in Congress if the department must shut down, while 30% would blame President Barack Obama. Another 13% say both deserve the blame. If a spending bill is not passed by Feb. 28, the agency's funding will run out. ...
  • Dems in Check: Ruling Clears Way for GOP to Defund Illegal Amnesty

    02/17/2015 10:08:44 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 2/17/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Late Monday night, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction on every aspect of Obama’s November 20, 2014 executive amnesty pending the outcome of the lawsuit brought by 26 states against the Department of Homeland Security. This ruling makes the decision of Senate Democrats to filibuster a clean funding bill – one that funds all lawful aspects of the department – even more indefensible. Republicans should now go for the kill. The ruling itself was not on the underlying merits of the case, rather on the need to grant temporary relief in the likelihood that the states win...
  • FACT CHECK: What happens if Homeland Security shuts down?

    02/08/2015 3:23:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 2/08/15 | ERICA WERNER, ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    WASHINGTON — Spending for the Department of Homeland Security hangs in the balance as Congress fights over immigration matters in the agency's annual funding bill. Without action by Feb. 27, the department's budget will shut off. To hear Democrats and many Republicans tell it, the result would be unacceptable risks to U.S. security at a time of grave threats worldwide. In reality, though, most people will see little change if the department's money flow is halted, and some of the warnings of doom are as exaggerated as they are striking. "There are ghoulish, grim predators out there who would love...
  • Obama’s Big Fat Greek Budget

    02/08/2015 11:41:15 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/08/15 | Daniel Greenfield
    Debt is about more than just money. It's about the end of expectations and the death of hope In a speech at the Department of Homeland Security, Obama declared that he wants to “replace mindless austerity with smart investments that strengthen America”. Those “smart” investments scattered across a gargantuan $4 trillion budget include a $500 million Green Climate Fund for the Third World and $105 million to help the government build better websites. Obama is fond of putting the word “smart” in front of stupid ideas to make them seem less stupid. The $4 trillion budget is actually as stupid...
  • U.S. Senators Urge Funding UN Agency Tied to Abortion and Prostitution

    02/08/2015 12:48:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Cfam.org ^ | February 5, 2015 | Rebecca Oas, Ph.D. and Wendy Wright
    NEW YORK, January 6 (C-Fam) A group of U.S. senators is urging President Obama to fund the UN’s controversial population agency despite its ties to abortion and coercive population control programs, and its new push for countries to legalize prostitution. “We are disappointed that despite UNFPA’s critical work around the world, a number of misperceptions about the organization persist,” wrote Senator Barbara Boxer and 21 of her Democratic colleagues. “UNFPA does not promote abortion as a method of family planning and does not condone coercion in family planning, coercive abortion or forced sterilizations,” according to the senators, each an ardent...
  • The Unsustainability of Federal Spending

    01/10/2015 12:14:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    With so many high-profile, headline-grabbing issues facing the incoming Congress, lawmakers might be tempted to ignore one of the most persistent problems in Washington: overspending.How bad is it? In 2014, federal spending reached $3.5 trillion, and the one-year deficit was $486 billion. And these huge numbers represent “a small and temporary improvement in the nation’s fiscal situation,” a recent report by The Heritage Foundation notes.But as the authors point out, that doesn’t mean we’re on the right track. Far from it. A serious effort to cut spending -- not just trim a bit here and there -- is needed.“Without further...
  • A message of hope from a former U.S. senator: ‘An aroused citizenry can achieve miracles’

    12/23/2014 7:44:12 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 7 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-12-23 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Our interview with former U.S. senator, under secretary of state during the Reagan administration, and federal judge James Buckley (brother of William F.).
  • Lacking Sufficient Support, House GOP Leaders Delay ‘Cromnibus’ Vote

    12/11/2014 11:53:14 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 91 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 12/11/2014 | Emma Dumain & Matt Fuller
    Updated 2:30 p.m. | Unsure whether they have the votes to pass a trillion-dollar federal spending package, House GOP leaders on Thursday afternoon delayed a final vote on the “cromnibus.” They did so with mere hours to go until the government is set to run out of funding, and just before the House was scheduled to vote. GOP leaders called a recess to floor proceedings, with a GOP leadership aide confirming “no conference meeting [is] planned at this time.” The aide said “leadership teams are still talking to their respective members,” and noted, “We still plan to vote this afternoon.”...
  • Demonstrably False: The Presidency of Barack Obama

    10/11/2014 10:01:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/11/14 | George H. Shear
    Barack Obama’s flimsy lies in defense of his handling of the Secret Service prostitution scandal have been characterized by the Washington Post as “Demonstrably False.” This truthful statement from a leading media outlet has been a longtime coming; but those of us who have been honest observers of the miserable failure in the White House say: Better late than never. Barack Obama has lied to us from the first day he entered public life from wherever he came from. If Franklin Roosevelt’s Administration was the, “New Deal” and John Kennedy’s was the “New Frontier,” Barack Obama’s Administration must be labeled...
  • Tennessee Nuclear Lab Cancels 'Lose Your Southern Accent' Class

    07/31/2014 4:26:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 115 replies
    NBC ^ | 7/29/14
    A nuclear lab in Tennessee has canceled a "Southern accent reduction" class after employees raised heck about what they saw as a slap in their Southern faces, the class instructor said Tuesday.
  • Obama to seek $2 billion from Congress to tackle child migrant crisis

    06/30/2014 11:11:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/29/14 | Steve Holland
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is to ask Congress for more than $2 billion to deal with the surge in unaccompanied children from Central America flooding into the United States along its southern border.
  • Social Security

    04/22/2014 10:48:10 AM PDT · by Rational Voter · 36 replies
    Citizen Primer ^ | April 22, 2014 | Eric Patrick
    "Some think Social Security is going bankrupt, but since the program uses taxes from current workers to pay current retirees, it is impossible for it to go bankrupt. The program also doesn’t contribute to the national debt or the deficit as some have suggested. All taxes and spending for the program happen independently of the federal budget." "Social Security took in more money than it paid out in benefits until 2010, which created an enormous trust fund, but since 2010, the program has paid out more in benefits than it has received in taxes. Should this trend continue, the trust...
  • Boxer: 'Absolutely No Way We're Going to Cut Spending'

    03/03/2014 3:36:56 PM PST · by gooblah · 23 replies
    CNSnews ^ | March 3, 2014 - 11:23 AM | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - While discussing federal spending and transportation funding last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said “there is absolutely no way we’re going to cut spending.” Boxer was discussing the Highway Trust Fund with members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in Washington on Feb. 26, when she addressed various tax increases that may be used to raise money for the program. - See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/eric-scheiner/boxer-absolutely-no-way-were-going-cut-spending#sthash.bgvFVlLs.dpuf
  • Boxer: ‘Absolutely No Way We’re Going to Cut Spending’

    03/03/2014 10:16:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 3, 2014 - 11:23 AM | Eric Scheiner
    While discussing federal spending and transportation funding, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said “there is absolutely no way we’re going to cut spending.” Boxer was discussing the Highway Trust Fund with members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in Washington on Feb. 26th, when she addressed various tax increases that may be used to raise money for the program. “I don’t see support for raising the gas tax and there is absolutely no way we’re going to cut spending, so it’s going to have to be a creative way to fund this in reality,” Boxer said....
  • Checks, Balances, And Checkbooks

    02/24/2014 11:56:14 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 24, 2014 | David Corbin and Matthew Parks
    This column is part of an ongoing series of essays examining and applying the timeless principles and truths of the Federalist Papers to the political events of our day. “I don’t control the checkbook . . . I’m not the king of New Jersey. I’m just the governor.”- NJ Gov. Chris Christie The recent Jersey Shore town hall meeting that many who are “Ready for Hillary” may have hoped would end Chris Christie’s threat to their champion took an unexpected turn in the direction of a primer on 21st century American federalism. More the lion tamer than the elephant in...
  • Current government path is leading to a nightmare (Government is leading us into disaster)

    02/02/2014 11:32:54 AM PST · by campg · 25 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | February 2, 2014 | Dennis Clayson
    This year President Barack Obama and his party will begin their campaign against “the rich” while emphasizing the “gap” in wages between those on top and those on the bottom. Their solution will be to increase the minimum wage, raise taxes on “the rich” and increase government spending. They will exploit ignorance and envy to maintain power. Their solution will make the gap larger and create an endless recession. Unless reversed, the result is likely to be a financial collapse, wiping out savings, retirement accounts and putting almost everyone in the country into the category we now call the "working...