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  • If other governors can be responsible, why can't ours?

    07/05/2011 7:51:07 PM PDT · by rhema · 16 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | July 5, 2011 | ANNETTE MEEKS
    Last Thursday, California's liberal Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a balanced budget that doesn't raise income taxes. Imagine that -- on the same day that Minnesota's governor insisted on implementing a significant income tax increase, California -- a state that faced a budget deficit five times larger than Minnesota's -- did the right thing. It is living within its means. Fact is, we're the only state in the nation without a budget. That is because Gov. Mark Dayton is unable to shake the urge to fall back on the failed tax-and-spend politics of the 1960s. It's hard to imagine...
  • Will Minnesota Meet de Tocqueville?

    07/05/2011 8:14:13 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 8 replies
    Renew America ^ | 4 July 2011 | Tim Dunkin
    According to some observers, a terrible catastrophe has just struck the state of Minnesota. Due to an impasse on fiscal and taxation questions, the government of that state has been "shut down." On one side of the divide, you have Governor Mark Dayton, a tranquil (and some would say tranquilized) leftist who has been pushing for higher taxes as a way of solving Minnesota's budgetary deficit. On the other side, there is the Republican-controlled legislature that, to its credit, have taken the rare step of actually displaying a backbone by pushing for spending reductions instead and by standing up to...
  • The Folly of Soaking the Rich

    07/04/2011 12:29:47 PM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | July 3, 2011 | Mario Loyola
    The chart Andrew Stiles referred to Friday (from an earlier post by Veronique de Rugy) shows only the start of how counterproductive it is to increase taxes on the wealthy. As a result of lower tax rates on the top income earners, not only do they pay a much larger share of all taxes, but they pay much more taxes total — and revenue to the government has increased. This is because lowering taxes on the rich creates more rich people and richer rich people. The federal government gets much more revenue if you impose a 40 percent tax on...
  • The Moral Stakes of Minnesota's Shutdown

    07/04/2011 7:24:29 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 11 replies
    Fightin Words ^ | July 3, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    Everything happens for a reason. In the wake of Minnesota's state government shutdown, many reasons have been offered to explain the impasse between Governor Dayton and the Republican-led legislature. Most seem to center around the notion of compromise. On Friday's Almanac, DFL party chair Ken Martin sparred with MN-GOP vice chair Michael Brodkorb over which party was to blame. Each accused the other of refusing to compromise. While there is certainly an instructive argument to be had over which side has been more willing to negotiate, it defers the important moral consideration which will inform any deal. Martin evoked that...
  • The Dayton Dustbowl: The “Political Stunt”

    07/04/2011 5:06:28 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Shot in the Dark ^ | 7/3/11 | Mitch Berg
    The Minnesota Legislative GOP, in the waning hours last Thursday before the shutdown, introduced a “lights-on” bill – a bill that would provide a couple of weeks of short-term funding to keep state services going to those who need them, and are genuinely dependent on the state. Governor Dayton dismissed the bill as a “stunt”. Here’s Governor Dayton, not “stunting”: At the Alexandra House, a women’s shelter in Blaine that depends on state money, executive director Connie Moore has begun spending the shelter’s savings to keep the doors open. The desperate move won’t buy much time. “We’re gambling right now,”...
  • A TALE OF TWO SHUTDOWNS

    07/04/2011 4:28:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 3, 2011 | John Hinderaker
    Minnesota’s government shutdown has made national news, in part because it foreshadows, in some respects, the battle that will play out in Washington over the next month on the debt ceiling. What has happened in Minnesota is clearcut: our Republican legislature passed a budget for the next two years, consisting of nine spending bills. Our Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, didn’t think the legislature spent enough money, so he vetoed them. As a result of Dayton’s vetoes, state agencies ran out of funding as of July 1 and, with the exception of certain critical functions, the state’s government shut down. Dayton’s...
  • Taxing 'the rich' isn't enough. We need longer vision [Dayton spending 'unsustainable']

    07/03/2011 3:51:33 AM PDT · by rhema · 21 replies
    What we have here is a failure to compromise. Much of the state budget could have been passed, but the governor chose not to get those parts of the deal done. At midnight the lights went out unnecessarily on lots of state workers and government functions tied to parts of the budget that could have been passed. At the 11th hour legislators proposed a lights-on measure that would have kept the government running for a few more days. The governor dismissed it as a gimmick. In other words, bring on the pain - an unnecessary infliction of pain. But, as...
  • Minnesota Shutdown Hits Poor; Aid Groups Scramble (Here comes the sob stories and "blame the GOP")

    07/01/2011 3:29:52 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 83 replies
    npr ^ | 7/1/2011 | staff
    In Minnesota Friday, highway construction came to a halt, rest stops and state parks closed. And 22,000 state workers have been laid off. The reason: a protracted budget dispute between the state's Democratic governor and Republicans who control the Legislature. In the absence of talks between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders, the shutdown was rippling into the lives of people like Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies. Until the government closure, Mills had been focused on recovering from a May 22 tornado that...
  • FREEP this poll: On whom do you place the most blame for the Minnesota state shutdown?

    07/01/2011 6:41:41 AM PDT · by rhema · 31 replies
    Who's to blame? On whom do you place the most blame for the state shutdown? __The GOP __ The DFL and Governor Dayton __All of the above __ I'm not sure
  • Minnesota Government Shuts Down as Budget Talks Fail

    06/30/2011 10:37:49 PM PDT · by matt04 · 109 replies
    Minnesota state government goes into shutdown as budget talks end without deal on $5B deficit. Talks between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans fell apart well before a midnight deadline. Dayton demanded tax increases on top earners, but the GOP refused.
  • Tom Emmer: Republicans must not back down

    06/28/2011 2:51:57 PM PDT · by rhema · 10 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 6/28/11 | Tom Emmer
    [ . . . ] In last year's campaign, Republican candidates across Minnesota ran on a very clear message: We have too much government; it is time to reduce its size and impact on our daily lives, liberties and economic freedom. We need to shrink the size of the bureaucracies, streamline government regulation and reduce taxes to jump-start our private economy. Mark Dayton campaigned on a different message: We must raise taxes to continue to grow government, and I will tax only the richest Minnesotans. DFL candidates across Minnesota campaigned on the same message: We must raise taxes, but don't...
  • Keith Downey: Taking issue with the archbishop - don't confuse higher spending with moral good

    06/26/2011 3:24:31 PM PDT · by rhema · 21 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/25/11 | Keith Downey
    Catholic Archbishop Nienstedt recently asserted in a letter to state officials that the state budget is a moral document and higher state spending is a moral good. At a time when society needs the Church's teaching more than ever, unfortunately in this case the Archbishop's reasoning creates more confusion than clarity and sheds more heat than light. Many of us who share the Archbishop's faith-based heart for the poor disagree with his conclusion that more state spending is the answer. In secular terms we would call it a confusion of means versus ends. In Catholic terms it is a confusion...
  • Minnesota Cage Match, Cont'd

    06/24/2011 5:46:40 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    True North ^ | 6-23-11 | scott johnson
    Those trying to understand the issues involved might find the following summary offered by a friend to be of use. The total budget proposed by the legislature for the next biennium is approximately $34.2 billion. This is up from $32.3 billion currently spent. $34.2 billion is the amount generated by the current tax system based on forecasted economic growth, plus money carried over from the biennium that ends June 30. The Republican budget thus lives within our means. It requires no new money even though it is able to spend 6 percent more than before.
  • Zellers, Koch: GOP gave up tax cuts, Gov. Dayton should give up tax increase

    06/19/2011 3:46:34 AM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/19/11 | Kurt Zellers and Amy Koch
    During the gubernatorial campaign, Mark Dayton said he would not shut down government. In his State of the State address, Gov. Dayton said: "It should not happen; it need not happen - not as long as we are willing to work together and to compromise our individual views for the common good." We couldn't agree more. As Republican leaders in the Minnesota Legislature, we have no interest in shutting down government. We want to get down to brass tacks and resolve the state's budget before the June 30 deadline. But we are currently the only party to this negotiation. Despite...
  • Joe Soucheray: Soak the rich? That's Dayton's trust fund talking

    06/19/2011 3:40:23 AM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 06/19/2011 | Joe Soucheray
    Repeated again the other day in a letter to the editor by Ron Schally of Stacy, Minn., was the contention that Gov. Mark Dayton's family trust sits in South Dakota, avoiding much of his " 'tax the wealthy' pitch." I sympathize with Mr. Schally, although I can't quite nail down the location of Dayton's trust, how much it is worth and what exactly it means for the trust to be sitting in South Dakota. I called the guy who does my taxes, but being a smart fellow, he was out enjoying the few days of summer we might get this...
  • What Does Dayton Propose to Cut? Does He Know?

    06/10/2011 6:00:43 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    MN Free Market Institute ^ | 6-10-11 | Kim Crockett
    Here is a very brief and startling exchange between Sen. Mike Parry (R-Waseca) and Minnesota Management & Budget Jim Schowalter. On June 7th, weeks after Dayton vetoed the budget, a frustrated Sen. Parry asked for details of the Governor's planned cuts so the legislature has a place to start negotiations--asking "what are you going to cut?" Commissioner Schowalter reiterated Dayton's plan to "find a way to work together...to meet in the middle" and said that he could not give "details for a proposal that do not exist." Why does this proposal not exist? That is outrageous, odd and irresponsible. Please...
  • Dayton asks commissioners to skip budget panel meeting

    06/04/2011 12:01:36 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 1 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-3-11 | denny lien
    Republican legislative leaders said today they are disappointed that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton pulled two of his key budget commissioners out of a legislative budget session today. Calling the action counterproductive, they said it's important to get a better understanding of what types of budget cuts Dayton wants to prioritize as the two sides try to resolve a projected $5 billion deficit. They also rejected Dayton's recommendation that a professional mediator help them bridge their differences. "We were elected to lead,'' House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said. The Republican response came two hours after Dayton announced he had asked...
  • Survey USA Poll Results: MN Budget Show-down (government shutdown-who's to blame?)

    05/25/2011 5:36:38 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    kstp ^ | 5-24-11 | tim shernow
    a. tax wealthiest b. tax all c. cut spending d. both 'man on the street' video at link
  • Japan Promises to Shut Down Fukushima Reactors By Year's End (promise?)

    05/16/2011 6:55:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    VOA News ^ | 05/16/11 | Steve Herman
    Japan Promises to Shut Down Fukushima Reactors By Year's End Steve Herman | Seoul May 16, 2011 Japan says it will shut down reactors at the Fukushima-1 power plant by the end of the year. The announcement comes despite revelations that a natural disaster in March damaged the nuclear facility worse than earlier believed. Serious troubles continue to beleaguer the operators of the Japanese nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture that was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami. But Prime Minister Naoto Kan told parliament Monday the damaged reactors will be shut down sometime this year. Kan says the timeline...
  • Local concerns could delay nuclear operations throughout Japan(80% of nuke plants to go offline)

    05/12/2011 5:44:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 05/12/11
    Local concerns could delay nuclear operations throughout Japan Municipalities hosting nuclear power plants are now so nervous about potential accidents that 42 of Japan's 54 commercial reactors could be offline during the peak electricity demand period this summer. That situation could lead to power outages spreading throughout Japan. Electric power companies are not legally bound to gain the approval of local communities before resuming reactor operations. However, the companies have signed safety agreements with prefectural and municipal governments that make it difficult to resume operations without their consent. Considering the protracted problems at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power...
  • MINTON: Obama axes the right to play Internet poker

    04/23/2011 4:28:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2011 | Michelle Minton
    Last week, while many people reported their income to the Internal Revenue Service, others suddenly found their source of income shut off. On a day now known among online poker players as “Black Friday,” the Department of Justice did us Americans the favor of saving us from ourselves by shutting down the three most popular and trusted online poker platforms. Not only did the department seize the three domain names, it also froze 77 accounts around the world and charged the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, among others. What’s there crime? While the charges very carefully...
  • Budgeting is not rocket science

    04/19/2011 4:39:49 PM PDT · by libertycause13 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Freedom Politics ^ | 4/17/11 | Thomas J. Lucente Jr.
    The politicians in Washington make little sense and Democratic politicians make even less sense. Budgeting is not rocket science. So listen up, Washington. You have a certain amount of revenue. That is all you can spend. If your solution to the problem is simply to increase revenue by raising taxes, you failed in your job. If you think any program you have is too important to face budget cuts, you failed in your job. Don’t talk to me about health care reform, just do your job and balance the budget. Don’t talk to me about fighting senseless wars in far-flung...
  • Japan: TEPCO aims to achieve 'cold shutdown' for reactors in 6-9 months

    04/17/2011 3:10:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    Kyodo News ^ | 04/17/11
    TEPCO aims to achieve 'cold shutdown' for reactors in 6-9 months TOKYO, April 17, Kyodo Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday that it aims to bring the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to a stable condition known as a ''cold shutdown'' in about six to nine months, while restoring stable cooling to the reactors and spent fuel pools in about three months. At a news conference in Tokyo, company Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata announced the utility's schedule ''for the moment'' for bringing the complex in Fukushima Prefecture under control, while offering an apology for the ongoing nuclear...
  • Freshmen shrugging off Tea Party primary threats over spending deal

    04/14/2011 8:16:56 AM PDT · by Qbert · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/14/11 | Shane D’Aprile
    House Republicans aren’t worried about primary threats from Tea Party activists, who are unhappy with the level of spending cuts in the 2011 budget deal and the possibility of raising the debt limit. Mark Meckler, co-founder of one of the nation’s largest Tea Party groups, said votes in favor of the budget deal and raising the debt ceiling will make for a toxic electoral combination for House Republicans. “I’m literally getting emails by the hour from people talking about primary challenges,” Meckler, a leader of the Tea Party Patriots, said. But freshman members of the House don’t appear concerned. “It’s...
  • GOP Leaders Lobby For CR Votes

    04/13/2011 7:30:11 PM PDT · by Qbert · 13 replies
    NRO ^ | April 13, 2011 | Andrew Stiles
    As the disheartening details continue to emerge about the $38 billion spending cut deal, and on the eve of a vote scheduled for Thursday, Republicans leaders are urging members to show party loyalty and vote for the bill. According to sources present at a GOP conference meeting Wednesday morning, House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) pressed members for support, saying that a vote against the CR would be “taking the easy way out.” That did not sit well with some freshman members, many of whom are particularly...
  • SOLD! American

    04/13/2011 5:39:09 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy
    Cold Fury ^ | 4/13/11 | Mike Hendrix
    Chumped barely even begins to cover it: (snip) And with that, I have to say it — which might put me out ahead of the curve again with Goldstein as an extremely extreme extremist and an unreasonable ideological purist who wants to purge the RINOs blah blah blah, but — does this look to anybody else just a wee mite like it might be…too much? I mean, can Boehner — can anybody — really be this stupid? Or are Republicans sabotaging themselves on budget cuts because they’re every bit as wedded to spending and bigger government as Democrat Socialists, and...
  • Rand Paul says he's considering filibuster of budget agreement

    04/12/2011 3:03:15 PM PDT · by Qbert · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/12/11 | Michael O'Brien and Jordan Fabian
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that he's considering a filibuster of the budget agreement to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year.  Paul, who said yesterday that he would vote against the agreement reached last Friday to cut $39.9 billion between now and September, acknowledged that he's considering waging a filibuster, which would make it so that leaders need 60 votes to pass the deal and advance it to President Obama's desk. "Yes, but we haven't really made a final decision on that yet," Paul said on conservative talker Sean Hannity's radio show.  A filibuster would...
  • The Budget Deal May Collapse

    04/12/2011 12:39:47 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 59 replies
    Commentary ^ | 04/12/2011 | John Podhertz
    The big news today is that the $38.5 billion in budget cuts announced with such fanfare on Friday night mostly aren’t real. A good deal of it involves money from previous years and previous budgets that hasn’t actually been spent. As the AP puts it, the budget deal is financed with a lot of one-time savings and cuts that officially ‘score’ as savings to pay for spending elsewhere, -snip- The total amount actually cut appears to be somewhere between $8 and $14 billion. The politics here are very complicated now. On the one hand, polls suggest the public is overwhelmingly...
  • Budget deal details: Cuts that aren't quite cuts (Including $1.7 Billion unspent 2010 census funds)

    04/12/2011 10:58:10 AM PDT · by Qbert · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/12/2011 | AP, CBS
    (CBS/AP)  Details of the $38 billion worth of spending cuts factoring in last Friday's 11th-hour budget that averted a government shutdown have been released, but the cuts, while historic, were significantly eased by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight of hand and going after programs President Barack Obama had targeted anyway. [Snip] Many of the cuts appear to have been cuts in name only, because they came from programs that had unspent funds. For example, $1.7 billion left over from the 2010 census; $3.5 billion in unused children's health insurance funds; $2.2 billion in subsidies for...
  • Obama to offer “scalpel, not machete” for entitlement reform in response to Paul Ryan.

    04/11/2011 7:24:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama has belatedly discovered that Americans want to see reductions in government spending. How else to explain David Plouffe’s appearance on a series of talk shows yesterday announcing that the President would unveil a new proposal this week to counter Paul Ryan’s roadmap on entitlement reform? However, it seems as though Obama still hasn’t figured out the scale of the problem: In an effort to go on the offensive in the battle over government spending, Obama will look for cuts in “all corners of government,” senior adviser David Plouffesaid on several Sunday talk shows.Although Obama’s health-care law is projected...
  • Who Won the Government Shutdown Smackdown?

    04/10/2011 7:41:58 PM PDT · by bostonconsercative · 22 replies
    The Boston Conservative Wordpress ^ | 4/10/2011 | The Boston Conservative
    Just before midnight on Friday, April 8th, Congress pulled off the equivalent of a last-minute field goal in the realm of government; they got a long-term spending deal done and are able to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. Although there is still no real budget, the spending plan promises to cut a record $39 billion, the largest one-year cut in history. President Obama and John Boehner both claimed victory for this negotiation, and in a rarer moment, the Tea Party praised Boehner rather than criticized him. Democrats and Republicans, in usual partisan fashion, each hit...
  • Damned Stupid Republicans Blowing It, Again

    04/10/2011 5:10:47 PM PDT · by Qbert · 34 replies · 3+ views
    Riehl World View ^ | 4/10/2011 | Dan Riehl
    We all know that in terms of seriously addressing America's debt issues, the recent deal to avert a government shutdown is all but insignificant. So, what is the conventional wisdom being created to define it? Obama Advisor David Plouffe: Budget Cuts Both 'Draconian' and 'Historic' Plouffe Lauds Bipartisanship NRO and others on the Right are praising Boehner as a terrific leader, saying he accomplished something great - when, in relative terms, he didn't come close. Meanwhile, the Democrats are busy casting it as historic, if draconian - and accomplished through bi-partisanship. So, where does that leave a hapless GOP currently led...
  • Budget deal still leaves largest deficit in history

    04/10/2011 4:39:23 PM PDT · by Qbert · 6 replies
    WTSP.com ^ | Apr 10, 2011 | WTSP-CBS
    If you believe the spin from the White House and the offices of congressional leaders, there were only winners in the struggle to reach a budget agreement last night and avert a government shutdown. Both House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the agreement "historic" and President Obama praised "their leadership" while a team of his top aides did the same for him. [Snip] Depending on whose numbers you accept, the budget agreement calls for either $87.5 billion in cuts or $38.5 billion. Either way, it's a drop in the budget bucket. The federal budget for 2011...
  • Pence: I Probably Won’t Support Budget Deal

    04/10/2011 9:46:02 AM PDT · by Qbert · 41 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10 Apr 2011 | Hiram Reisner
    Indiana GOP Rep. Mike Pence says he is not likely to support the compromise brokered Friday between Congress and the President Barack Obama, Politico reports. “From what I know, it sounds like John Boehner got a good deal,” Pence said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” adding that the cuts were “probably not good enough for me to support it.”
  • A Decisive Moment for Life

    04/09/2011 4:39:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Towhall.com ^ | April 9, 2011 | Hugh Hewitt
    I will speak tonight in Phoenix at the Arizona Right to Life dinner. Though planned months ago, the fund raiser is occurring even as the most important debate on abortion policy in years plays out in the United States Congress. The dinner raises money for pro-life activities in Arizona, and this year the honoree is Arizona's wonderful United States Senator Jon Kyl, long a champion of the rights of the unborn. I suspect the senator and most of the Arizona delegation will miss the event because of the budget gridlock, and because the enormous importance of the debates within the...
  • WaPo: Budget battle came down to 3 men and their weaknesses

    04/09/2011 7:17:26 PM PDT · by maggief · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 9, 2011 | Paul Kane, Perry Bacon Jr. and David A. Fahrenthold
    The story of Capitol Hill’s week on the brink — which brought Washington within an hour of a government shutdown — is a narrative of three men, each with a confining sense of his own limitations. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) entered budget negotiations at the head of a rambunctious Republican majority. Quietly, though, he worried that conservative lawmakers might desert him if the deal he struck didn’t meet their expectations. President Obama had his own problem: He was trying to change his public image in midstream, from America’s top Democrat to a chief executive immune from partisan squabbling....
  • Obama Thinks Cutting $38 Billion Is “Living Within Our Means”

    04/09/2011 12:53:55 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Gateway Pundit ,Rightnetwork ^ | April 9,2011 | Jim Hoft
    Obama talked again about “living within our means” in his Weekly Address today. Beginning to live within our means is the only way to protect the investments that will help America compete for new jobs – investments in our kids’ education and student loans; in clean energy and life-saving medical research. Of Course, Obama was bragging about the fact that he agreed to cut $38.5 billion from the federal budget this year. This is after Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Democrats added over a trillion dollars to the annual federal budget in the last 4 years. That’s at least a 30%...
  • You’re kidding, right? [Andy McCarthy on the budget deal]

    04/09/2011 9:14:39 AM PDT · by Al B. · 70 replies
    NRO Corner ^ | April 9, 2011 | Andrew McCarthy
    With due respect, I think those who are praising the budget deal are deluding themselves. Under circumstances where we are trillions of dollars in debt, the GOP just caved on its promise to cut the relative pittance of $61 billion in spending because it’s just not worth fighting for more than the half-pittance of $40 billion Democrats claimed was their drop-dead number. “Drop dead” meant daring Republicans to shut the government down (which, as we know, doesn’t actually shut the government down). The Republicans blinked.  For me, this is no surprise — as I’ve said several times (see, e.g., here and...
  • Coming Up: A Senate Vote On Obamacare

    04/09/2011 9:43:39 AM PDT · by Confab · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/9/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    One of the more intriguing parts of the budget deal announced late last night was a commitment from Harry Reid to allow two floor votes on Republican legislative priorities, both of which would never have otherwise seen in the Senate chamber before 2013. The first is the effort to defund Planned Parenthood, a rider that got stripped out of last night’s final compromise, which would have an uncertain future in the Senate anyway. The second, though, holds a great deal more promise, and a great deal of political risk for Democrats: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, agreed to remove the...
  • John Boehner closes the deal to avoid government shutdown

    04/09/2011 12:02:55 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 55 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 4/9/11 2:35 AM EDT | JOHN BRESNAHAN & JAKE SHERMAN
    They gathered in HC-5 all week talking — sometimes complaining loudly — about where the party was headed in the budget crisis. Many said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) didn’t share enough information. Others were peeved he wasn’t pushing for deep enough cuts. Some were ready for a government shutdown. And on Friday night, Boehner himself was unsure what would happen. Halfway through a closed-door meeting of House Republicans, an aide approached Boehner, slipped him a piece a paper, which he read and quickly pocketed.He then stepped to the podium, and announced what everyone had been waiting for. “We have...
  • Military pay during a possible shutdown

    04/09/2011 11:44:44 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | April 9th, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Should the Federal Government shutdown this weekend most people wouldn’t feel the impact, in fact, they wouldn’t notice anything different. The people who would be impacted would be the men and women of the U.S. Military and their families. Without a resolution these brave men and women would not be paid until the situation is resolved. They will be given back pay for the time they serve at a later date. That fact doesn’t put groceries on the table or pay the bills. How did we get into his situation? The Democrats had control of Congress and the White House...
  • Congress Strikes a Budget Deal, Averts Shutdown

    04/08/2011 8:26:58 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 370 replies
    Fox News ^ | Apr 9, 2011
    DEVELOPING: Congressional leaders, with barely an hour to go before a federal government, announced late Friday night they had reached a deal to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. House Speaker John Boehner, speaking briefly to reporters after talks had concluded, said the plan was to pass one last short-term spending resolution Friday night to buy lawmakers the time needed to prepare and pass the final budget bill.
  • The Stimulus Is Now Permanent

    04/09/2011 5:38:04 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 33 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 4/9/11 | Self (VANITY)
    With the passage of the continued funding at FY2010 levels through the end of the year, the Congress has endorsed the spending of the Stimulus, and incorporated it into the baseline figure for the FY2012 budget. That is why nobody wanted to produce a FY2011 budget. In 2011, they would have either had to explicitly incorporate the stimulus spending into the budget or pass a baseline budget with a one-year stimulus on top. By not passing a budget, the Congress is able to carry the entire amount of spending forward without having to pass a temporary stimulus package. Now that...
  • Government Shutdown Won’t Affect Congressional Pay

    04/09/2011 12:40:59 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 April 2011 | John Semmens
    While various segments of the federal government face defunding in the event of a government shutdown, Congressional pay won’t be affected. In an effort to deflect political repercussions, several members of Congress (including House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio) have sworn to forgo their paychecks for the duration of any shutdown, Representative Linda Sánchez (D-Calif) won’t be one of them. “I can’t afford to go one day without my salary,” Sánchez declared. “Like most Americans, I live paycheck-to-paycheck. I have a two-year-old son. I have expenses. I need this money. Voters who elected me gave me a right to this money....
  • Deal falls short of GOP cut pledge; 'As good as we could get,' says Boehner (We lost!)

    04/08/2011 10:15:07 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 211 replies
    The Hill ^ | Saturday April 9, 2011 | Bob Cusack
    The bipartisan deal struck Friday falls short of the House Republican campaign pledge to cut $100 billion in fiscal 2011 spending. The pact cuts $78.5 billion when compared to President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget request, which was never enacted. The accord cuts $39 billion in actual spending, $22 billion less than bill the House passed in February. In a brief interview, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Hill the agreement was "as good a deal as we could get." Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said he expects "significant" opposition from conservatives, both to the short-term...
  • Last-minute deal averts government shutdown

    04/08/2011 9:53:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/8/11 | Michael A. Memoli, James Oliphant, Lisa Mascaro and Kathleen Hennessey
    Congressional negotiators struck a last-minute deal to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, congressional leaders and the White House said late Friday, averting a threatened shutdown. The House and Senate are expected to approve a seven-day stopgap measure to keep the government running until the final details of the agreement can be worked out. Talks continued deep into the evening until, finally, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) met with his caucus to outline the details of the proposed compromise, one in which Republicans succeeded in securing nearly $38 billion in cuts from current spending levels....
  • 'Historic' deal to avoid government shutdown

    04/08/2011 8:46:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 127 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/8/11 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON – Perilously close to a government shutdown, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders forged agreement late Friday night on a deal to cut more than $37 billion in federal spending and avert the first closure in 15 years. Obama hailed the deal as "the biggest annual spending cut in history," and House Speaker John Boehner said that over the next decade it would cut government spending by $500 billion. "This is historic, what we've done," said the third man in the talks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
  • Military Already Told of Less Pay

    04/08/2011 6:45:43 PM PDT · by sr4402 · 34 replies
    Vanity | 10/8/2011 | Self
    My son called and said he was not going to be paid. He is a Sergent in the Air force, a Veteran, currently on base. I heard of another Soldier who said that he was getting half pay. Obamma is not making those serving abroad nor those at home very happy.
  • Source: Budget deadline may be pushed back [3 day deal]

    04/08/2011 5:29:14 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 12 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 04/08/2011 | Alan Silverleib and Tom Cohen
    Budget negotiators are working on a proposal to keep the federal government open for another three days while Democratic and Republican leaders try to put together a broader deal this weekend, a senior Democratic source told CNN late Friday. The measure would not include any language on controversial topics like abortion, which has been an apparent sticking point, according to Democrats. But it is not clear, the source cautioned, that the plan could pass the House of Representatives and the Senate by midnight -- the deadline for keeping the government running and preventing a partial shutdown.
  • Shut Gov't Down Until Obama Fully Funds Universal Access to Handguns

    04/08/2011 4:14:57 PM PDT · by Texas Peartree · 1 replies
    The Voice of Reason ^ | April 8, 2011 | Texas Peartree
    Abortion is an issue that people tend to have VERY strong feelings about. Over the last few years polling data has shown that Americans increasingly believe that abortion should be rare and only allowed in very few instances. To many Democrats, however, the right to an abortion is not only sacred (like Wicca-level sacred), but to deny access to a woman simply because she cannot afford the procedure is anathema to what America stands for. in case you didn't hear, we now stand for taxpayer-funded abortions. This is how we got to a point where the government will shut down...