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  • The Federal Reserve is setting America up for economic disaster

    09/19/2017 7:24:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 18, 2017 | Armstrong Williams
    I recently had the opportunity to read "The Creature from Jekyll Island" by G. Edward Griffin, a prodigious tome dealing with the circumstances surrounding the creation of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. I was taken aback by some of its provocative assertions. America joined World War I largely to help a few bankers profit off the war (despite a long-standing Monroe doctrine that prohibited our involvement in European affairs) The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 was supported by international financial interests in order to destabilize Russia and steal the wealth of the Russian people; and So-called "foreign aid" is merely a...
  • PA's first diverging diamond interchange finished

    09/16/2017 1:04:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | August 24, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced the completion of the state's first-ever diverging diamond interchange (DDI), located on Interstate 70, according to Equipment World. The DDI design eliminates left turns across oncoming traffic, improving vehicle flow and decreasing the chance of accidents. The agency also chose the DDI configuration because it could use the former interchange's cloverleaf footprint, reducing the impact of construction on the area. PennDOT said it modified the traditional DDI design slightly. Dive Insight: Design is one way transportation agencies are combating gridlock resulting from increased traffic. Other tools in DOT arsenals are...
  • How to pay for billion-dollar I-10 Bridge as Alabama turns to private sector

    09/15/2017 12:13:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    AL.com ^ | August 28, 2017 | John Sharp
    With public funding options limited, Alabama transportation officials are turning to the private sector for advice and creative solutions in paying for the massive Interstate 10 overhaul in coastal Alabama.John Cooper, director of the Alabama Department of Transportation, said Monday that state officials were interested in learning more about project plans from approximately 400 private sector attendees during the two-day Industry Forum at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center.That includes financing, which remains the biggest hurdle toward moving the project forward in the next year. At this point, no options have been settled including whether to institute tolls to...
  • Time for a New Budget Process: Tiered Spending -- How to avoid being bullied over gov't shutdowns

    09/15/2017 8:29:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/15/2017 | Mike Razar
    t is high time that conservatives reform the budget process.[i] In theory, Congress should prioritize expenditures to achieve the greatest public good with the available funds taxpayers and lenders provide. But in practice, not only are tradeoffs not made, there is no visible mechanism for identifying levels of priority. The absence of such an analytical tool seems to have bullied President Trump into an unnecessary fear of defaulting on the debt. So much so that he has made a devil’s deal with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Doesn’t he know that they hate him and want him to fail or...
  • PA Turnpike Commission Approves Six Percent Toll Increase for 2018

    09/14/2017 4:13:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ^ | July 18, 2017 | Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
    HARRISBURG, PA. (July 18, 2017) — At its bimonthly meeting today, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) approved a six percent toll increase for both E-ZPass and cash customers; the increase is set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 7, 2018. Because of today’s action, the most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase next year from $1.23 to $1.30 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.95 to $2.10 for cash customers. The most common toll for a Class-5 vehicle — a prevalent tractor-trailer class — will increase from $10.17 to 10.78 for E-ZPass and from $14.45 to $15.35...
  • Get Rid Of Debt Ceiling? Not So Fast, Spending Controls Have To Be in Place

    09/11/2017 11:01:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/10/2017
    In his surprise deal with the Democrats to raise the debt ceiling last week, President Trump went one step further: He proposed getting rid of the debt ceiling entirely. It's not a bad idea, but only if you control future spending. "The president encouraged congressional leaders to find a more permanent solution to the debt ceiling so the vote is not so frequently politicized," said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Her comments came as the Senate voted 80 to 17 to approve the deal that would raise the debt ceiling and keep the government running until Dec. 8,...
  • The Do-Nothing Republican Congress Acts Fast — To Spend More Money

    09/07/2017 6:44:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/07/2017
    Less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the House passed an $8 billion bill to help the Houston region recover. So Republicans in Congress can get things done quickly, just not when it comes to enacting a conservative agenda. At a retreat for Republican lawmakers back in January, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan laid out an ambitious agenda they planned to achieve in their first 200 days — before the Senate would go on its monthlong break in August. They would: Repeal and replace ObamaCare, pass a sweeping tax reform, fund the border...
  • The health of our infrastructure: How Nevada ranks and what improvements are on the horizon

    09/04/2017 12:59:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | August 21, 2017 | Daniel Rothberg
    “We have bridges that are falling down,” then-candidate Donald Trump told Fox last August, pledging to double the amount Hillary Clinton wanted to spend on infrastructure as president of the United States. “We’ll get a fund, we’ll make a phenomenal deal with the low interest rates and rebuild our infrastructure.” One year later and eight months into his presidency, Trump has continued to double down on his lofty promises — during “Infrastructure Week” in June, he told his supporters in Cincinnati that the U.S. “deserves the best infrastructure in the world.” But the administration has been slow to move its...
  • I-73: One giant step forward, same old error

    08/19/2017 10:50:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Nerve ^ | June 29, 2017 | Robert Meyerowitz
    When it comes to spending and infrastructure, one of South Carolina’s great white whales rose from the deep with news last week that the Army Corps of Engineers approved a permit to begin work on the South Carolina leg of I-73. Ultimately, the interstate highway could take motorists from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula straight down to Myrtle Beach.The permit covers the whole state length, slicing across its northeastern corner, starting near Bennettsville. Construction could begin within two years, supporters say, on a project first contemplated in 1982.The southern half alone, linking I-95 to the Conway Bypass, is estimated to cost more...
  • Poll: Majority Of Americans Support Infrastructure Spending

    08/15/2017 8:56:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    cbs2la ^ | August 15, 2017 8:47 PM
    If Washington decides to focus on infrastructure there will be a key constituency supportive of the effort – the American people. ... The support for infrastructure spending to boost the economy includes 86 percent of urban Americans and 89 percent of rural Americans. There is also agreement in both urban and rural communities that infrastructure investments will increase jobs and improve quality of life.
  • 3 government 'solutions' that have failed miserably

    08/12/2017 12:19:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    WND ^ | July 17, 2017 | Rita Dunaway
    In their passion to achieve a government-crafted utopia, the liberal/progressive movement often does more harm than good. This is because their tool of choice – the government – can only apply superficial solutions that come with harmful side effects. Efforts to correct “income inequality” and “fight poverty” through government entitlement programs are a prime example. As columnist George Will recently asked and answered, “[W]hat if large causes of poverty are not matters of material distribution but are behavioral – bad choices and the cultures that produce them? If so, policymakers must rethink their confidence in social salvation through economic abundance.”...
  • Feds Spend $300,000 for ‘Dialogues About Water’

    08/05/2017 10:36:30 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 13 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 08/05/2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    New NEH grants include $30,000 for the 'oral histories' of LGBTQ community in Idaho! The National Endowment for the Humanities' list of taxpayer-funded projects includes $300,000 for conversations about water, $75,000 for a database of podcasts, and $30,000 for oral histories of lesbian and gay Idahoans. The NEH released its list of its first projects under the Trump administration this week. Jon Peede, the acting chairman of the NEH and Trump appointee, has discretion for signing off on every grant award. The $39.3 million list of projects comes after the president sought the elimination of the agency, as well as...
  • House Republicans weigh massive partisan spending bill

    07/14/2017 3:40:52 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/14/2017 | By Rachael Bade , Sarah Ferris and Jennifer Scholtes
    GOP leaders plan to whip lawmakers on whether they'd back a conservative, $1 trillion government funding bill. House GOP leaders will decide next week whether to brave an ugly floor fight over a massive GOP spending bill — a proposal applauded by some rank-and-file Republicans but that risks embarrassment if it fails. In a closed-door GOP conference meeting Friday morning, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said all 12 appropriations bills will be finished in committee by the end of next week. Starting Monday, leadership will begin a tentative whip count on whether lawmakers would vote for a package before the...
  • CBO: Treasury to run out of cash in next 3 days, leading to default or delay in payments.

    06/30/2017 2:11:36 AM PDT · by gattaca · 39 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Jun e30, 2017 | Ali Meyer
    The amount of money the government spends on programs and the amount it collects in taxes could change from the budget office projections, so the office warns that the Treasury could run out of funds even earlier. Currently, the federal deficit stands at $693 billion, which is an increase of $134 billion than what it projected in January. The federal government has an outstanding debt of $19.8 trillion, which includes $14.3 trillion in public debt and $5.5 trillion held by government accounts. Spending on major government programs such as Social Security and Medicare causes the amount of borrowing to increase....
  • World Offers Cautionary Tale for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

    06/26/2017 11:14:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 16, 2017 | Peter S. Goodman
    LONDON — The rest of the planet bears a warning for President Trump’s plan to lean heavily on private business in conjuring a trillion dollars’ worth of American infrastructure: Handing profit-making companies responsibility for public works can produce trouble. In India, politically connected firms have captured contracts on the strength of relationships with officialdom, yielding defective engineering at bloated prices. When Britain handed control to private companies to upgrade London’s subway system more than a decade ago, the result was substandard, budget-busting work, prompting the government to step back in. Canada has suffered a string of excessive costs on public...
  • Illinois budget crisis could shut down Aurora-area road projects

    06/25/2017 11:25:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 23, 2017 | Steve Lord, Rafael Guerrero and Gloria Casas (Aurora Beacon-News)
    It's possible Illinois is about to come down with a statewide case of Seasonal Affected Disorder. The season is construction, which an old joke says is one of two in Illinois. The disorder is the continuing one in Springfield, where the ongoing budget crisis is about to shut down road projects during the height of that season. And the affected are everyone from officials who work to put needed projects together, to the drivers who have to negotiate construction zones and torn up streets. In Aurora, workers last week got the barriers and cones out to reduce Farnsworth Avenue, near...
  • The infrastructure myth

    06/21/2017 9:49:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Lagniappe Weekly ^ | June 21, 2017 | Jeff Poor
    Throughout the 2016 campaign and into the early stages of his presidency, Donald Trump vowed to make infrastructure improvements around the country. The promise was all part of his brand of populism — spend more money domestically and less abroad. America first. “We need members of both parties to join hands and work with us to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to build new roads and bridges and airports and tunnels and highways and railways all across our great nation,” Trump pledged at a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida, earlier this year. Given Trump’s Russia investigation toxicity, it will...
  • [Illinois State] Comptroller Mendoza Reaches Out to State Leadership (We're broke and going down!)

    06/21/2017 3:42:57 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Illinois State Comptroller ^ | June 20, 2017 | Susana A. Mendoza
    OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER FORECASTS SEVERE FINANCIAL STRAIN BEGINNING IN JULY As Illinois' Chief Fiscal and Accountability Officer, my Office is responsible for managing the state's financial accounts as well as providing the public and the state's elected leadership with objective and timely data concerning the state’s difficult fiscal condition. As you are quite aware, I have been very vocal regarding these issues and the budgetary impasse since assuming office six months ago; however we are now reaching a new phase of crisis. Accordingly, I must communicate to you at this time the full extent of our dire fiscal straits...
  • Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure promise has an obstacle: His own budget cuts

    06/16/2017 5:52:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WZVN ABC 7 ^ | June 9, 2017 | Patrick Gillespie
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- President Trump says he's creating a $1 trillion plan to rebuild America's roads, bridges and runways. "We will create the first class infrastructure our country and our people deserve," Trump said Wednesday in Cincinnati. "It's time to rebuild our country to bring back our jobs." Trump has dubbed this week as "infrastructure week." But an analysis of the Trump budget finds that it cuts infrastructure spending overall by $55 billion, according to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Budget Model, a non-partisan research organization. (Coincidentally, Trump graduated from the Wharton School in 1968). Over 10 years, Trump's...
  • Journal Times editorial: The time for toll roads has arrived in Wisconsin

    06/15/2017 10:10:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Journal Times ^ | May 30, 2017 | The Journal Times Editorial Board
    Now that the long Memorial Day holiday is over and legislators and the governor have returned from their road trips, we hope they have a better sense of the condition of highways around the state and a renewed sense of urgency on the need for upgrades and repairs. The first order of business, it would seem to us, is to come to some agreement on a state transportation budget for the next two years. Hopefully, hopefully, when that is done they will also take a longer-term view of Wisconsin’s highway construction needs and how best they should be met —...