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  • Trump's defense spending hike expected to be ignored by Congress next week

    04/23/2017 12:09:03 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2017 | Travis J. Tritten
    President Trump's push for a big military buildup in legislation funding the government is likely to go unfulfilled next week, when Congress returns and quickly tries to agree on how to keep the government open after April 28. A $578 billion bill that funds the Pentagon through September and provides some modest increases has already been hammered out by lawmakers in both chambers and passed by the House. While there is talk of a week-long extension before the big bill is passed, the main bill is likely to be the basis of all defense spending for the rest of the...
  • Ted Cruz on what the Iowa victory means to him (and how absolutely EVIL Washington has become)

    02/03/2016 10:11:31 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 2, 2016
    "They would rather Hillary Clinton, they would rather bankrupt our kids and grandkids, they'd rather lose the Supreme Court for a generation, they'd rather see our religious liberties stripped away, our Second Amendment taken away, they would rather see Islamic terrorism continue to rise and Israel continue to be under assault than actually have a true Reagan conservative in the White House who believes what he says. That shows just how messed up Washington is, but it also shows why frustration is volcanic."...
  • By the Way, Obama Just Vetoed a Bipartisan Bill to Fund the Military, Pay Troops

    10/23/2015 9:08:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Yesterday was slightly heavy on the breaking news front, so this (not unexpected) development went largely overlooked.  President Obama held a photo-op to highlight his decision to veto the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act, which appropriates $612 billion in defense spending -- a figure that matches Obama's military budget request.  Among other things, the legislation pays the troops and gives them a raise.  It sailed through the Senate with 70 votes, attracting dozens of Democratic votes at both ends of Capitol Hill.  But in an escalation of partisan politics, Obama has refused to sign the measure into law in an effort to coerce Republicans into...
  • GOP Challenges Obama: Are You Really Going to Veto Our Bipartisan Defense Bill?

    10/21/2015 8:45:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2015 | Guy Benson
    We've been critical of Republicans' chronic inability to thrust political predicaments upon Senate Democrats and President Obama by forcefully spotlighting risky, unpopular filibusters, and forcing politically painful vetoes. Progress on these fronts has been maddeningly rare, though not nonexistent. With additional Democratic obstruction efforts afoot, the GOP now appears poised to require presidential vetoes on measures that would gut much of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, via a budget maneuver known as reconciliation.  But perhaps their best opportunity to draw political blood, or even win, is on a showdown involving the National Defense Authorization Act, which large bipartisan majorities have now sent to Obama's desk, directly challenging a veto threat: Speaker...
  • McConnell: Well Make 'Every Effort' to Repeal Obamacare But Its Namesake is Still in Office

    12/08/2014 1:54:09 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 42 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 20:47 GMT | David Sherfinski
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, says he has every intention of voting to repeal Obamacare with a new GOP majority in January, but also said people should be realistic about what to expect in the way of repeal with President Obama still in the White House. We certainly will have a vote on proceeding to a bill to repeal Obamacare. It was a very large issue in the campaign, Mr. McConnell told Roll Call. Were certainly gonna keep our commitment to the American people to make every effort we can to repeal it. It is a...
  • Why Hasn't Obama Been Asked This Question?

    11/06/2014 4:50:13 PM PST · by econjack · 45 replies
    Personal | 11/6/2014 | Econjack
    Has anyone stood up in a Presidential Press Conference and simply asked: "Mr. President, why have you sequestered virtual every document from your past?" And if it hasn't been asked, why not?
  • Ebola medicine in short supply (blame Republicans)

    10/03/2014 12:51:05 PM PDT · by redreno · 37 replies
    http://money.cnn.com ^ | 10/03/2014 | Cnn
    Making Ebola medicine Zmapp takes time and the company has already distributed what it has. Government budget cuts may be partially to blame for the shortage.
  • The Idiots Guide to Wealth Creation; or How to Become a United States Senator

    05/24/2014 5:42:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2014 | John Ransom
    As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isnt rich. Seventy times seventy millions cant make him rich, as long as his poor heart is breaking for more. I am just about rich enough to buy the least valuable horse in your stable, perhaps, but I cannot sincerely and honestly take an oath that I need any more now. And so I am rich. But you, you have got seventy millions and you need five hundred millions, and are really suffering for it. Your poverty is something appalling.Mark Twain to Cornelius Vanderbuilt He lies in little...
  • White House won't say if Obama kept promise to return 5% of his salary

    05/20/2014 10:42:24 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 17 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | 20 May 14 | Joseph Weber
    790 shares 100 View comments President Barack Obama pledged in the spring of 2013 to give back 5 per cent of his $400,000 salary in solidarity with federal government workers who were expected to lose an average of two weeks' pay because of automatic budget cuts known in Washington parlance as a 'sequester.' A year later, however, it's not clear that he made good on his $20,000 promise. Mr. and Mrs. Obama's 2013 tax return, which the White House published last month, shows an adjusted gross income of $481,098. The couple claimed $147,769 in itemized deductions, but no line-item...
  • How Will the Ukraine Crisis Affect the Defense Budget?

    04/28/2014 3:23:46 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 4 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 28 Apr 14 | Charles S. Clark
    Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas Russian President Vladimir Putins ongoing push into Ukraine represents a startling brazenness not seen in history, a top House defense thinker said on Monday. It means we need to expand the range of military options for which we have to be prepared, according to Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, a member of the Armed Service Committee. On a recent trip to Asia just ahead of President Obama, I heard that China is a rising power and the U.S. is a declining one, which doesnt mean conflict is inevitable, only that theres the potential for increasing complexity,...
  • Local impact of defense budget uncertain (20,400 fewer airmen proposed)

    03/05/2014 1:30:26 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 5 replies
    News Herald ^ | 3/4/2014 | LAUREN SAGE REINLIE
    TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE Force reduction measures and degradation of military benefits could have an effect on local service members under the Pentagons proposed budget cuts. The Pentagon officially unveiled its 2015 budget proposal Tuesday as part of the White Houses total budget request. The first post-Afghanistan war budget calls for a drawdown of Army and Air Force personnel, but invests additional funding in training, new weapons systems and special operations. The budget still requires approval of Congress, where a heated battle is expected. Although the budget calls for the Army to reduce its ranks by 40,000 to 50,000...
  • US deficit to drop to $514B, lowest of Obama years

    02/04/2014 9:42:18 AM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 2/4/14 | ANDREW TAYLOR,Ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. budget deficit is set to fall to $514 billion this year, down substantially from last year and the lowest level by far since President Barack Obama took office five years ago, a congressional report said Tuesday. The Congressional Budget Office credits higher tax revenues from the rebounding economy and sharp curbs on agency spending as the chief reason for the deficit's short-term decline. But the budget experts see the long-term deficit picture worsening by about $100 billion a year through the end of the decade because of slower growth in the economy than they had...
  • President Pinocchio

    01/22/2014 11:05:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - President Obama's bogus promises, predictions and claims are legendary, but perhaps you've forgotten his "sky is falling" forecast about the $85 billion budget sequester. Last February, as Congress's automatic budget cuts began chipping away at the government's out-of-control spending levels, Obama went hyperbolic. The spending cuts would deal a "huge blow... to our economy as a whole" and "all our economic progress could be at risk." In a string of speeches, the president played his fear card again. Air traffic control operations were being put at risk. Cancer research projects would be halted. Your food safety was in...
  • Why the Sequester Had to Die : It was Too Successful

    01/15/2014 7:34:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/15/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Sequester, we hardly knew ye. The omnibus budget deal slithering its way toward President Barack Obamas desk for signing abandons the automatic spending cuts that resulted from an earlier fiscal compromise. Why was the sequester abandoned? Like the Gramm-Rudman Act a generation earlier, the sequester had to be stopped for one fundamental, undeniable, bipartisan reason. It worked. It did not work perfectly, and it did not balance the budget or put us on course for a balanced budget. But it did play a critical role in nudging the deficit away from catastrophic existential threat territory and toward terrifying money-suck. It...
  • Crashing and Burning in 2013

    12/30/2013 2:29:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 12-29-13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Recent polls suggest Barack Obama has become a turn-off. Why? In part, all presidents wear on Americans. Their presence has become as ubiquitous in our lives as the busts of the emperor Augustus dotting the Mediterranean world. So who wouldnt annoy after speaking and appearing on our screens 24/7 for five years? But in Obamas case, two character traits made him especially aggravating this year. Both explain why vero possumus and hope and change have descended to you can keep your plan, period. ~snip~ Why so? Few care to speculate anymore other than the obvious that his cursus honorum was...
  • Federal government not as important as politicians believe

    12/19/2013 12:30:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune Review ^ | December 18, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen
    Entering the world of official Washington is a bit like the mythical trip Alice took through the looking glass. Everything is upside-down and nonsensical. This was highlighted most recently in a Wall Street Journal article about how the American people have a deepening distaste for all Washington institutions and angst over Washington dysfunction. At the same time, the reporter noted that Americans were surprisingly upbeat about their own lives. Solid majorities were happy with their personal finances and more optimistic about the economy. This disconnect is surprising only to those who have gone through the D.C. looking glass and believe...
  • McCain: Republicans opposed to budget deal lack some intellectual integrity [VIDEO]

    12/17/2013 6:09:56 PM PST · by servo1969 · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-17-2013 | Brendan Bordelon
    Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain excoriated his conservative Republican colleagues Tuesday on the Senate floor for planning to vote against the House-passed budget deal, claiming their opposition lacks some intellectual integrity. The budget agreement cleared a key procedural block Tuesday morning, after the Senate voted 66-33 to end debate on the bill. Twelve Republican senators joined Democrats in supporting the move, but 33 others mostly fiscal conservatives voted against advancing the bill and are expected to reject the deal itself later this week. That didnt sit well with Sen. McCain. I understand that there are many of my...
  • The Air Boehner Tax ["Sorry. My Irish is up."]

    12/17/2013 4:09:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 17, 2013 | Jeffrey Lord
    He is the new tax collector for the welfare state. And House Speaker John Boehners latest gift to the American people a 124% tax increase on air travel can aptly be called The Air Boehner Tax. But firsta short time travel trip. The date: Monday. January 11, 1982 The place: The White House Wrote President Ronald Reagan in his diary of this day: Repub. House Leaders came down to the W.H. Except for Jack Kemp they are hl bent on new taxes Another date: Wednesday, August 4, 1982 The place: The White House. Another entry from Reagans diary:...
  • Cuts for military retirees costing GOP support for budget deal

    12/16/2013 10:07:17 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 101 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 16 Dec 13 | Josh Hicks
    <p>GOP lawmakers and military groups have lined up against the bipartisan budget deal making its way through Congress because of a provision that would trim pay for young military retirees.</p> <p>In a joint statement last week, Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said they cannot support the legislation because it disproportionately and unfairly targets those who have put their lives on the line to defend our country.</p>
  • Sequester We Hardly Knew Ye - No Vote on Budget Deal

    Sequester We Hardly Knew Ye By Congressman Tom McClintock The great irony of the Republican decision to bust the budget sequester is that barely two months ago, congressional roles were reversed. The Democrats insisted on funding the government according to existing law. The Republicans sought one simple change: that the individual insurance mandate under Obamacare be delayed for one year. They were trying to spare the American people the Obamacare disaster that is now unfolding, but to no avail. The American people sided overwhelmingly with the Democrats on the principle that the government should be funded according to current law...