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  • 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...
  • Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill

    01/16/2014 3:47:32 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 16 Jan 14 | Lori Montgomery
    <p>Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $1.1 trillion spending bill that eases the sharp budget cuts known at the sequester and guarantees that the nation will not endure another government shutdown until at least Oct. 1.</p> <p>After three years of politically bruising and economically damaging battles over the budget, the bipartisan agreement to fund federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year passed with little fanfare.</p>
  • Even Paul Ryan Can't Please Conservatives Anymore

    01/16/2014 3:15:25 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 78 replies
    National Journal ^ | 16 Jan 14 | Marina Koren
    This week's spending-bill fight revealed deepening fractures within the GOP, spelling trouble for 2016. Imagine the ground is splitting open beneath your feet. The rocking plates of earth slowly spread apart, and you're left straddling both sides to keep from falling in. That is how some of the most publicly visible GOP lawmakers are feeling right now. They must choose whose side they're on: establishment Republicans or the far-right flank. Ultraconservative groups are furious over the omnibus appropriations package that coasted through the Republican-led House on Wednesday. The bill, which would fund the government for the rest of the...
  • In Defeat for Tea Party, House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    01/16/2014 7:14:27 AM PST · by Qbert · 33 replies
    NYT ^ | 1/15/2014 | Jonathan Weisman
    WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday, 359 to 67, to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill for the current fiscal year, shrugging off the angry threats of Tea Party activists and conservative groups whose power has ebbed as Congress has moved toward fiscal cooperation. The legislation, 1,582 pages in length and unveiled only two nights ago, embodies precisely what many House Republicans have railed against since the Tea Party movement began, a huge bill dropped in the cover of darkness and voted on before lawmakers could possibly have read it. The conservative political action committee Club for Growth...
  • Obama To Give PA $440 Million in 2014 (Palestinian Authority)

    01/01/2014 7:06:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 1/1/2014, 2:22 PM | Ari Yashar
    The US financial aid designated for the Palestinian Authority (PA) is set to grow considerably in 2014 to $440 million, up from $426 million in 2013. The aid aims to bail out the PA, which in June was revealed to owe $4.2 billion in internal and external debt. Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) representative in Washington DC, Maen Erekat, reported the figure, saying the transfer was already agreed upon by Congress, but will be influenced by progress in the peace talks with Israel. The PA recently declared the talks have failed, and threatened diplomatic action against Israel. …
  • A year in waste: Top examples of government fiscal follies (Golden Hammer ‘winners’)

    01/01/2014 5:39:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/31/13 | Phillip Swarts
    **SNIP** 3. Medicare and Medicaid Health care was been a huge issue in 2013, and Congress continues to grapple with how to fix the ailing benefits program. One thing that doesn’t help is the millions of dollars in waste uncovered in the programs. A December investigation found that Medicare payed $24 million for full vials of medicine, even when health care providers were only using part of the vial. It’s the kind of thing that happens often with the program, said Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. “This is endemic. This...
  • Fixing the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal (by Rep John Culberson R-TX)

    12/22/2013 6:21:52 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 41 replies
    Texas GOP Vote ^ | 22 Dec 13 | Rep John Culberson
    Last week the House passed the Ryan-Murray budget deal that inadvertently changed the benefits for service members who retired due to a disability or a service-related injury. This is not acceptable and was not the intention of either Chairman Ryan or Chairwoman Murray. I do not support changing the retirement benefits for disabled veterans, and today, I introduced a bill with House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (FL-01) that will ensure this COLA reduction does not impact service members who retired because of disability or a service-related injury. The bill I introduced will exempt: - All veterans who medically...
  • Ryan: No need to worry about another shutdown

    11/20/2013 8:47:42 AM PST · by Makana · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov. 19, 2013 | Eric Wasson
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that the country doesn’t need to worry about another government shutdown in January when the current stopgap spending bill runs out. The government shutdown lasted for 16 days in October, after Republicans demanded that President Obama defund his signature healthcare law. To avoid another shutdown, Ryan said either he and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) would strike a budget deal or Congress would pass a stopgap keeping existing spending levels. “Either of those two scenarios will prevail, and we will not have a government shutdown,” he said at the...
  • Top Democrat Hoyer says GOP is stalling on budget

    11/19/2013 11:25:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2013 2:07 PM EST | Andrew Taylor
    The No. 2 Democrat in the House said Tuesday that the top GOP negotiator on the budget is not interested in finding a compromise that would replace automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland says that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is not engaging in “a serious effort to reach agreement” and hasn’t forwarded an offer to Democrats. …
  • John Sununu: St. Cloud's new military vehicle shows Homeland Security's excesses

    10/29/2013 2:52:02 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 61 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-29-13 | John Sununu
    When director Ivan Reitman made the movie "Stripes," he wasn't trying to predict the future. He was just trying to be funny. The vehicle for his humor was the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle, commandeered by a ragtag group of neophyte soldiers led by actor Bill Murray. It resembled a family Winnebago -- with a nice color scheme and user-friendly interior -- but came with bulletproof shields and flamethrowers. It was only a matter of time before everyone would want one. That dream finally came true for St. Cloud, Minn. -- population 66,000. Courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security, America's...
  • The Republican Embrace of the Welfare State: The establishment GOP has accepted progressivism’s...

    10/26/2013 2:19:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 26, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The establishment GOP has accepted progressivism’s central premise.Charles Krauthammer has come to my rescue. You see, I’ve been on the receiving end of some spirited reaction since asserting in last weekend’s column that what we commonly call the Republican establishment — i.e., not all individual Republicans but GOP leadership — “is more sympathetic to Obama’s case for the welfare state than to the Tea Party’s case for limited government and individual liberty.” The statement may have been provocative in the sense of expressing a truth that people on the political Right prefer not to talk about. But it was not...
  • Feds Cancel Order for $48K in Mechanical Bulls

    10/10/2013 10:51:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/10/13 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) -The Utah National Guard has cancelled its order for $47,174 in mechanical bulls. CNSNews.com had reported the order on Monday in a story that was linked to the Drudge Report and cited on Fox News. A cancellation notice for the contract was posted on the General Services Administration (GSA) website at 9:32 AM Thursday. Press Information Officer Lt. Col. Hank McIntire of the Utah National Guard tells CNSNews.com there never really was a contract, “There were glitches in the contracting process. So, no contract was ever drawn up or consummated.” When asked if he could tell CNSNews.com what the...
  • US Debt Already Exceeds Debt Limit by $48 Billion Minimum; Gold vs. Debt Ceiling

    10/09/2013 10:12:17 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 4 replies
    Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 10/08/2013 | Mish Shedlock
    Please note that the current debt limit is $16.699 trillion. Debt to the Penny Interestingly, the US Treasury website Debt to the Penny and Who Hold It shows the current public debt as 16,747,429,285,635.12 (the same as Nick shows in the above chart). Treasury Stops Updating National Debt You do not have to be a math genius to figure out that "debt to the penny" already exceeds the debt limit. I asked Nick about that and he replied ... Since mid-May, "debt to the penny" hasn't been rising. When they postponed raising the debt limit they stopped showing any increase...
  • $445 million to Corporation for Public Broadcasting on first day of government slimdown

    10/08/2013 9:05:42 AM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/2013 | Hollie McKay
    LOS ANGELES – Funding for clinical cancer trials and other life-saving research under the National Institutes of Health was cut off in response to the government slimdown, but it looks like the cookie monster will still be knee-deep in chocolate chips (or is it carrots now?) According to the Daily Treasury Statement and first reported by CNS News, the administration dished out $445 million to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) on the first day of the slimdown, which means funds for the likes of PBS Newshour, NPR and “Sesame Street” are being spent before cancer research.
  • House votes to approve back pay for furloughed workers

    10/05/2013 1:50:12 PM PDT · by shego · 72 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/5/13 | Jeff Simon
    As the fifth day of the federal government shutdown began, members of the House came together in a moment of rare bipartisanship to pass a bill, by a vote of 407 to 0, approving back pay for furloughed government workers....
  • 57 Democrats join House GOP to fund key departments, programs

    10/04/2013 12:55:53 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 139 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-4-2013 | ASHE SCHOW
    Fifty-seven House Democrats have broken ranks with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer to vote with Republicans to fund parts of the government like veterans programs, national parks and the National Institutes of Health. Sixteen of those Democrats voted for all six targeted appropriations bills, introduced at the behest of House Speaker John Boehner, including measures to fund the National Guard and Reserve, NIH, national parks, the District of Columbia and two separate votes for veterans programs. (The House of Representatives voted twice to restore funding for veterans programs, once Oct. 1 and a second time Oct....
  • House fails to pass 3 emergency funding bills amid government slimdown

    10/01/2013 6:02:08 PM PDT · by umpqua · 76 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10/1/2013 | FoxNews.com
    The House of Representatives tried but failed to pass three emergency funding bills Tuesday, amid much political finger pointing by both parties in the wake of the potentially drawn out stalemate over the budget.
  • House to Pass Bills to Reopen National Parks, VA

    10/01/2013 11:15:50 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 83 replies
    AP ^ | October 1, 2013 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    Republicans say the GOP-controlled House intends to pass legislation to reopen portions of the government, including national parks and processing of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The House would also allow the government of Washington, D.C. to use its own taxpayer funds to provide services like garbage pickup, as well as keep D.C. employees on the job.
  • Republicans dig in on Day One of shutdown with plan to pass mini government spending bills

    10/01/2013 1:50:56 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 61 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-1-2013 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    Republicans dig in on Day One of shutdown with plan to pass mini government spending bills BY SUSAN FERRECHIO | OCTOBER 1, 2013 AT 4:33 PM On Day One of the government shutdown, some thought House Speaker John Boehner would begin to lighten the GOP's demand to defund the new health care law. But he is instead digging in. The House plans a Tuesday evening vote on three mini spending bills that would re-open some parts of the government, including national parks. It's a move aimed at putting pressure on Senate Democrats, who have so far rejected nearly every spending...
  • Meet the two Democrats who voted to defund Obamacare

    09/22/2013 5:04:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/20/2013 | Alexis Levinson
    Two Democratic members of the House voted with Republicans Friday to defund Obamacare and fund the government until the end of the year: Utah Rep. Jim Matheson and North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre. Matheson is the sole Democratic member of the Utah delegation, a state that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won with almost 73 percent of the vote. Matheson, on the other hand, eked out a win in 2012, beating former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love in 2012 by fewer than 3,000 votes. Love has said she will challenge Matheson again in 2014. McIntyre’s race was even tighter: he...
  • House Republicans pass test vote to defund Obamacare; shutdown edges closer

    09/20/2013 8:31:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 199 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 20 Sep 2013 | CONNECT: Facebook Twitter RSS HOMENEWSPOLITICSRADIOLOG INE-MAIL ALERTSSUBSCRIBECLASSIFIEDSE-EDITION
    House Republicans survived a key test vote Thursday on their plan to keep the government running while trying to halt the health care law, defying a veto threat from President Obama and inching closer to a shutdown showdown with Senate Democrats. Top Republicans say their party’s strategy is unlikely to succeed and not worth shutting down the government, but some rank-and-file lawmakers said they have to draw a line now and use the leverage of the spending bill to end the president’s signature achievement.
  • Use Private Capital for Roads and Bridges, Not Taxpayer Money

    08/20/2013 4:59:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2013 | Michael Barone
    This Congress has been criticized for not passing many laws -- and praised for that in some quarters. And it's true that in quantitative terms its productivity has been low. A major case in point is transportation. Neither the Democratic-majority Senate nor the Republican-controlled House has passed a reauthorization of what was once known as the highway bill, which used to be done every five or six years. This failure can be ascribed in part to partisan warfare and to intra-party differences. But it's also due to the obsolescence of the federal funding scheme used since the Interstate Highway System...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. still eligible for government pension, disability pay

    08/15/2013 12:13:41 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    abc local ^ | 8-14-13 | Chuck Goudie
    Ex-congressman Jackson is eligible to receive $8,700 dollars per month in disability pay due to his bipolar condition and could receive a partial federal pension of $45,000 per year once he reaches 65. While on the city council, Sandi Jackson had automatic pension contributions of more than $50,000 withdrawn from her pay, even though she chose not to be a member of the city pension fund.
  • Government shutdown won't shut Obamacare: Report

    08/05/2013 8:52:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 08/05/2013 | Jennifer Liberto
    <p>Obamacare would keep running even in a government shutdown, a new congressional report suggests.</p> <p>The new health care law draws funding from sources that are not subject to the congressional budget process, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. Also, the revenue collected under Obamacare is considered to be part of a category that ensures the "safety of human life or the protection of property," which makes it immune to government shutdowns, the report said.</p>
  • Christie swings back at Rand Paul: It’s your state that’s vacuuming up federal tax dollars, not mine

    07/30/2013 2:32:12 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | JULY 30, 2013 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Paul needled him last night on Hannity’s show for taking a “gimme, gimme, gimme” attitude towards federal spending on Sandy relief. Here’s Christie needling him back by accusing Paul and his home state of Kentucky of being a couple of deadbeats: “I find it interesting that Sen. Paul is accusing us of having a ‘gimme, gimme, gimme’ attitude towards federal spending when in fact New Jersey is a donor state and we get 61 cents back on every dollar we send to Washington,” Christie said. “And interestingly, Kentucky gets $1.51 on every dollar they send to Washington. So if Sen....
  • Still No WH Tours, but Parade of Special Visitors Continues

    07/29/2013 10:05:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 7/29/13 | Keith Koffler
    The White House continues to bar average Americans from touring “The People House” but nevertheless lavishes spending on all sorts of special invitees – from diners at last week’s Iftar dinner breaking the Muslim fast to sports teams and foreign diplomats. Obama basketball 2Soon after the outcry over the cancellation of tours due to the sequester, the White House promised to see what could be done to allow some visits to resume. But nothing was done and no one can visit – unless President Obama finds you useful or amusing. Favored guest have poured in this month, even though Obama...
  • House Refuses to Fund ‘Atheist Chaplains’ at Defense Department

    07/27/2013 12:14:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 25, 2013 - 5:49 PM | Shannon Quick
    House members voted Tuesday to bar the use of federal funds to hire “atheist chaplains” at the Department of Defense after Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) reminded his colleagues that the concept didn’t make any sense. “It’s just total nonsense, the idea of having a chaplain who is an atheist,” Fleming told fellow House members. “When it comes to the idea of an atheist chaplain, which is an oxymoron—it’s self-contradictory—what you’re really doing is now saying that we’re going to replace the true chaplains with non-chaplain chaplains.” Speaking about the current DOD rules for chaplains on the House floor, Fleming said:...
  • NIH Spends $3 Million To Study Health Risks of Dating Mexican Prostitutes ( What Sequester ? )

    07/14/2013 11:53:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 12, 2013 | Ryan Kierman
    Just how dangerous is it to your health to shack up with a Mexican hooker? That’s the question at the heart of a five-year, $3,029,663 study by researchers at the University of California San Diego funded by the National Institutes of Health. The five-year study is taking the first-ever look at the love lives – and sexually transmitted diseases – of 200 prostitutas mexicanas and their “non-commercial” male partners. Based on previous research, UCSD scientists have been able to determine conclusively that the “non-commercial male partners” of Mexican prostitutes are very likely to pick up and spread their partners’ sexually-transmitted...
  • Obama spending $650 million on shorelines

    07/13/2013 6:13:10 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 19 replies
    WND ^ | July 13, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Prepping for 'climate change' floods everywhere but in U.S.The Obama administration wants to spend as much $650 million to improve urban- and local-government service delivery, which includes the development of strategies to adapt to climate change and respond to natural disasters. The endeavor will target cities and towns around the globe – with the exception of those in the United States. Many coastal cities around the world are ill-prepared to deal with rising sea levels and extreme weather events that the administration expects from “climate change.”
  • Hospital Lobby Driving Medicaid Expansion

    07/12/2013 7:09:31 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/9/2013 | Jack McHugh
    People should understand the real reason we're here today. It's not "to help the poor," or because "Obamacare is the law," or because the reforms the House bill would supposedly require are so awesome. We are here because a politically powerful special interest stands to collect billions of dollars if this Legislature approves the Medicaid expansion — and it is willing do almost anything to make that happen. It's explained by the Medicaid expansion "1-2-3": 1. The medical services industry has become far more concentrated due to Obamacare, with a relative handful of big hospital corporations absorbing many formerly independent...
  • Ted Cruz Proposes Bill to Fully Defund Obamacare

    07/12/2013 6:44:10 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 70 replies
    Nice Deb ^ | 7-12-2013 | nicedeb
    A Republican Senate gang of 10 are pushing Congress  to strip all funding from ObamaCare, even as Senate Dems, Thursday, struck down a separate effort to kill the law’s most controversial mandates. With Senator Cruz leading the charge, the Senators  assailed the White House’s sudden decision to delay until 2015 the employer mandate, which requires businesses with more than 50 full-time workers to provide health insurance or pay fines. Via The Washington Times: Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas introduced a bill with nine GOP co-sponsors to defund implementation of the Affordable Care Act, calling the 2010 law “a colossal mistake”...
  • NPR’s new headquarters refuels funding debate

    06/21/2013 11:03:46 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 06/21/13 | Paul Farhi
    NPR’s gleaming new headquarters building in the shadow of the Capitol in Washington has soaring ceilings, a 24-hour “wellness” center, an employee gym and a gourmet cafe staffed by a resident chef.
  • BUSINESSES USE TAXPAYERS MONEY TO DO BUSINESS WITH GOP SUPPORT (FARM-FOOD STAMP BILL FAILS)

    06/21/2013 2:26:45 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    6/21/2013 | Self
    Yesterday El Rushbo reiterated a theme he's been presenting in connection with the amnesty bill ("immigration reform") being pushed through Congress. He's been noting that there are businesses out there perfectly happy with using taxpayers money to do business. While he's mentioned GE and its ties to the Obama Administration's "green energy" agenda, I think we can see another example of it playing out in the farm-food stamp legislation that failed in the House yesterday with 62 Republicans voting NO. Those 62 tend to be the more conservative members with notable execptions. Some of those Republicans called "conservative" from agri...
  • House defeats farm bill amid bipartisan opposition

    06/20/2013 11:24:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 151 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/20/13
    <p>More than 60 House Republicans defected and voted against the half-trillion-dollar bill, which sets funding for farm subsidies and other assistance as well as food stamps.</p> <p>The vote was 234-195 against the bill.</p>
  • CBO: Immigration Bill Will Reduce The Deficit Over The Next 20 Years

    06/19/2013 5:54:20 AM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 59 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | Brett Logiurato
    The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that the immigration bill currently being debated in the Senate would reduce the federal budget deficit by $875 billion over the first 20 years it becomes law. The CBO said in its official scoring of the bill that it would reduce the deficit by $175 billion in its first 10 years of existence. Over the next decade, it would provide an additional $700 billion in savings. .... Politics More: Congress Immigration Reform CBO CBO: Immigration Bill Will Reduce The Deficit Over The Next 20 Years Brett LoGiurato Jun. 18, 2013, 5:58 PM 489 6...
  • Guess Who's Getting $70 Million in Bonuses?

    06/19/2013 6:47:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Despite being under heavy scrutiny from both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill and all over the country for inappropriately targeting conservative groups, IRS employees are about to receive $70 million in bonuses. The Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts enacted this year, according to a GOP senator. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says his office has learned that the IRS is executing an agreement with the employees' union on Wednesday to pay the bonuses. Grassley says the bonuses should...
  • Subsidizing Disaster

    06/14/2013 10:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | June 14, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The New York Times is pleased with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 438-page, $20 billion plan to protect New York from the effects of future hurricanes. It notes benignly that the cost is probably an underestimate but agrees with the mayor, "Whether you believe climate change is real or not is beside the point; the bottom line is we can't run the risk." Really? Imagine the argument: "Whether you believe zombies are real or not is beside the point. ... We can't run the risk." Clearly one's willingness to undertake these sorts of preparations depends completely on whether the perceived danger is...
  • Government Celebrates Austerity With Fourth Largest Spending Month Ever

    06/12/2013 1:21:31 PM PDT · by RobertClark · 4 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 06/12/13 | Tyler Durden
    When in April the US government reported a surplus of $112.9 billion (thanks to tax collections, Fed and GSE remittances) - the largest surplus since April 2008, many wondered if DC's profligate ways were over, and if maybe the so-called US austerity was staring to kick in. It wasn't. Because as the just released May data showed, not only did the US go right back to its deficit ways, posting a negative surplus of $138.7 billion, the largest May deficit since 2009, but the amount the US government spent, a total of $335.9 billion, was the largest May outlay in...
  • Washington, D.C.: The New Boomtown

    05/28/2013 10:24:15 AM PDT · by posterchild · 17 replies
    WSJ via finance.yahoo.com ^ | Fri May 24, 2013 | Lauren Schuker Blum
    Bidding wars are breaking out. Foreign buyers are moving in. A new wave of contemporary architecture is taking hold. And a growing class of tech executives is helping to fuel the boom. All this is happening in Washington, D.C., a town known for its relative affordability compared with cities such as New York and San Francisco, and for architecture about as exciting as its fashion sense. Today, home prices in Washington and its surrounding suburbs are rapidly rising to new levels. As other American cities have been buffeted by an uneven economy, Washington's property market has been buoyed two forces...
  • Washington Post Column: The rich can save Social Security, by giving up their checks

    05/16/2013 8:34:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Washington ComPost ^ | 05/16/2013 | Jim Roumell, Founder of investment management firm Roumell Asset Management LLC.
    In the aftermath of 9/11, many young, strong Americans enlisted, willingly agreeing to sacrifice their lives if necessary to protect our countryÂ’s interests. TodayÂ’s wealthiest Americans have the same opportunity to put their countryÂ’s interests before their own. Politicians should not shy away from asking them to put forth not their lives but what are, for them, their modest Social Security checks. The philosophy of the investment management firm I founded 15 years ago focuses first on a companyÂ’s balance sheet and second on its income statement. This approach has served our clients well. The current debate over entitlement reform...
  • Top 10 Universities Getting the Most Government Money

    04/25/2013 7:40:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/25/2013 | Samuel Weigley, Alexander E.M. Hess
    The federal government gave out more than $40 billion for research and development (R&D) to universities across the country in fiscal 2011. Universities depend heavily on federal funding, with many of the top programs relying on the government for more than 60% of their R&D budgets. As a result, many research program directors fear that the federal cuts promoted by the sequester will hurt future funding. A few of the top schools received a disproportionate share of the governmentÂ’s spending on grants for R&D. Of all 896 schools that received federal money for R&D, approximately 20% of those funds went...
  • Gov’t Spending $152,500 to Study Voice Therapy for Transgenders

    04/25/2013 9:27:27 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 4/23/13 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is spending $152,000 to study “voice therapy” for transgenders, saying it is incumbent to being “accepted as one's preferred gender.” “This study will illuminate the capabilities of the human larynx and inform the relationship between voice production and perception,” states a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, awarded to George Washington University. “The long term goal of this research is to inform and provide new directions for Transgender (TG) voice care, thereby improving the lives of TG people who feel their voice is a great obstacle to living as their preferred gender.” “Incomplete gender presentation can negatively...
  • Flight delays pile up Monday after FAA budget cuts

    04/22/2013 8:51:27 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 22, 2013 | Scott Mayerowitz
    It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers as federal budget cuts led to cascading delays along the East Coast Monday morning. Some flights out of New York and Washington were delayed by more than two hours as the Federal Aviation Administration kept planes on the ground. The federal agency has said furloughs of air traffic controllers could lead to delays if there weren't enough people to monitor busy air corridors. *** Government budget cuts that kicked in last month are forcing the FAA and other agencies to cut their spending. FAA officials have said they...
  • Obama administration has SLASHED budget for domestic bombing prevention by 45 per cent...

    04/16/2013 6:01:05 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/16/13 | David Martosko
    Barack Obama's administration has cut the budget nearly in half for preventing domestic bombings, MailOnline can reveal. Under President George W. Bush, the Department of Homeland Security had $20 million allocated for preventing the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorists working inside the United States. The current White House has cut that funding down to $11 million. That assessment comes from Robert Liscouski, a former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 that killed three Americans and injured at least 173 others.
  • Imperial Washington

    03/27/2013 5:07:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | John Stossel
    The Senate did something this past weekend it hasn't done in four years: passed a budget. The law requires the Senate to pass a budget, but Congress often ignores its own laws. For most of Barack Obama's presidency, a series of continuing resolutions kept the money -- your money -- flowing. Now the Senate wants to add a trillion dollars of new taxes, even more than President Obama seeks. Despite our growing debt, the Senate wants to fund things like the Senate barbershop, which loses a third of a million dollars every year. It's like they live in a...