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  • Why pensions are set to eat the city budget

    06/25/2017 2:19:19 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 25, 2017 | Post Editorial Board
    Disgusted with the subway? Well, chew on this: Since 2014, the city has forked over more to its pension funds than it has for building and repairing schools, parks, bridges and, yes, subways — combined. In fact, the city’s current predicament is the result of benefit increases that state lawmakers have showered on retired city workers. The pension sweeteners added just in 2000 alone cost the city $13 billion over the next 10 years. These two factors (over-optimistic assumptions and ever-greater benefits) are why the city’s yearly contribution to the funds has had to mushroom nearly sevenfold, from $1.4 billion...
  • This State is Looking at Bankruptcy – There’s a Simple Way to Pull Back from the Brink

    06/23/2017 1:58:57 PM PDT · by davikkm · 35 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    Illinois is now spending over 100% of its monthly revenue and talk of Chapter 9 bankruptcy has begun; Congress has yet to step in, but chatter predicts it may not be much longer. The problem remains that until Illinois (and more specifically Chicago) changes its economically suicidal policies, there is almost nothing that can be done to stop the spiral. Major ideology changes will be blocked constantly, but there is something they can do that will keep all sides relatively happy. People have been talking about Illinois going bankrupt for years (in fact it seems to be an almost annual...
  • Why More States Are Killing Estate Taxes

    06/16/2017 6:33:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2017 | Laura Saunders
    Want proof taxes can actually go down? In the last three years, nine states have eliminated or lowered their estate taxes, mostly by raising exemptions. And more reductions are coming. Minnesota lawmakers recently raised the state’s estate-tax exemption to $2.1 million retroactive to January, and the exemption will rise to $2.4 million next year. Maryland will raise its $3 million exemption to $4 million next year. New Jersey’s exemption, which used to rank last at $675,000 per person, rose to $2 million per person this year. Next year New Jersey is scheduled to eliminate its estate tax altogether, joining about...
  • Russia "Gate?" More Like Coup D'Etat "Gate"

    06/15/2017 3:42:11 PM PDT · by FlipWilson · 16 replies
    Vanity | FlipWilson
    Not shockingly, the MSM and DC elites have come to the conclusion that the masses are too ignorant to realize what is afoot. Either that, or they have simply stopped caring what the masses think, at least they masses that disagree with the DC elites. What is going on here needs to be summarized from soup to nuts. I have seen bits and pieces of this tossed around here and there, but never an overall view of the coup that is playing out before our eyes. Some talking heads call it an "attempt to de-legitiimize the President" or some such...
  • Connecticut, home to great wealth, may be sinking into a fiscal mire

    05/26/2017 4:05:01 PM PDT · by Early2Rise · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/26/2017 | Elizabeth Liorente
    The administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat who has been in office since 2011, projects a budget deficit of more than $5 billion over the next two years, thanks to generous pension benefits and the burden of servicing its big debt, plus falling tax revenue due to the exodus of large employers and residents reaching retirement age. Its budget woes, as well as concerns that they will be repeated year after year, helped lead General Electric in 2015 to consider moving its headquarters out of the state. Last year, it did exactly that. The state’s population is falling: Its...
  • Secretary Rex Tillerson Presentation to State Dept. Audience–A Walk Around The Globe…(w/Trans.)

    05/03/2017 2:55:46 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 11 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 3, 2017 | Sundance
    Earlier today Secretary of State Rex Tillerson talked to the employees at the State Department and delivered outstanding remarks to explain the Trump administration foreign policy approach. T-Rex talks about the ongoing State Dept. mission and how values and policies intersect with the larger ‘America-First’ strategy. Specifically T-Rex explains how the distinction between U.S. ‘values’ relates to U.S. ‘policy’ but determinations of influence and our best interests cannot necessarily be contingent upon foreign governments accepting values that are inherently different to their culture. These remarks delivered to State Dept personnel are exceptionally well presented and intensely interesting.
  • State employee charged in FBI probe

    03/29/2017 1:25:17 PM PDT · by billorites · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    A State Department employee pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday after being charged in an FBI investigation, the Department of Justice announced. Candace Claiborne, who worked in the Caucasus Affairs office of the State Department, is being charged for two felony offenses. Claiborne is being charged with “obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, both felony offenses, for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents,” a Department of Justice release said. Claiborne, who has a Top Secret security clearance, failed to disclose her foreign contacts abroad...
  • Conservatives Do Believe in Social Justice. Here’s What Our Vision Looks Like.

    04/01/2017 12:07:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 17, 2017 | Ryan T. Anderson
    Last month, America lost a great defender of freedom, Michael Novak.Novak was committed to rightly ordered liberty and cared deeply about the principles and practices that produce it. His enormous body of work emphasized the cultural prerequisites for political and economic freedom, as he stressed that economic conservativism and social conservatism are indivisible.In the words of Heritage Foundation founder Ed Feulner, “Michael forced those of us trained in the dismal science of economics to explain that we should be more than ‘free to choose’—rather we should be free to make good free choices.”Last year, I was the recipient of the...
  • Clinton Bundler’s Contact With Campaign Chair Skirted Foreign Government Lobbying Laws

    10/26/2016 10:47:15 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 1 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | October 25, 2016 | Lachlan Markay
    Tony Podesta's firm failed to file legally required disclosures after emails with his WH adviser brother A high-dollar lobbyist and fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign failed to file legally required disclosures for his advocacy on behalf of a foreign government in discussions with Clinton’s future campaign chairman, according to a political law expert. High-powered Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta emailed his brother John, a top White House adviser who would later chair the Clinton campaign, in January 2015. Tony wondered if John would attend a meeting with the Indian ambassador to the United States. “I’m at Camp David Friday,” John...
  • Donald Trump Budget Slashes Funds for E.P.A. and State Department

    03/16/2017 2:13:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 15, 2017 | GLENN THRUSH and CORAL DAVENPORT
    President Trump’s budget blueprint for the coming fiscal year would slash the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent and cut State Department spending by a similar amount in a brash upending of the government’s priorities, according to congressional staff members familiar with the plan. The budget outline, to be unveiled on Thursday, is more of a broad political statement than a detailed plan for spending and taxation. But it represents Mr. Trump’s first real effort to translate his bold but vague campaign themes into the minutiae of governance. The president would funnel $54 billion in additional funding into defense programs,...
  • Illinois Is Prepared—for Zombies The state readies for an undead apocalypse -financial

    03/07/2017 3:07:13 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 6, 2017 | Gerald Skoning
    Illinois Is Prepared—for Zombies The state readies for an undead apocalypse while its financial situation grows worse. Gerald Skoning Illinois’s state lawmakers are busy these days, but not with trying to reform the pension system or improve Springfield’s dismal bond rating. Instead, they’re moving to designate October 2017 as Zombie Preparedness Month. This may sound like a joke, but it’s (un)deadly serious: A resolution adopted by the state House last month contends that “while a Zombie Apocalypse may never happen, the preparation for such an event is the same as for any natural disaster.” Residents are urged to “create a...
  • Report: Fox News anchor Heather Nauert to join Trump State Dept.

    03/04/2017 4:24:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 4, 2017 | Joe Concha
    Fox News anchor Heather Nauert has been hired by the State Department to be its spokeswoman, according to a report Saturday.Nauert accepted the job this week, Bloomberg News ...
  • Josh Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo on the Suppressor Export Act

    03/04/2017 5:43:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Suppressors are currently under the jurisdiction of the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). That means suppressors may not be sold to individuals overseas, only to approved governments. Suppressors are not extraordinary high technology. Sophisticated suppressors are not secrets. They can be produced by any concern with modern machinery. The current restrictions were put in place by a memorandum from the Department of State in 2002, a few months after the attack on 9/11.  While U.S. manufacturers are forbidden to sell to individuals overseas, foreign manufacturers are not.  A bill was introduced in the House of representatives in 2016...
  • Secretary Of State Tillerson FIRES the deep state ‘shadow government/7th floor’ traitors from State

    02/17/2017 5:57:49 AM PST · by Fennie · 105 replies
    IWB/CBS ^ | February 17, 2017 | IWB/Margaret Brennan, Kylie Atwood
    While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday. Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed. Remember, the "7th Floor" of the State Department was the 'SHADOW GOVERNMENT'.
  • Next Executive Order to list Iranian military as a terrorist organization?

    02/08/2017 1:39:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Donald Trump promised during the campaign to get tough on radical Islamic terror groups as well as force Iran to renegotiate terms on Barack Obama’s nuclear deal. The next executive orders from the president may address both pledges — and create more controversy. According to Reuters, Trump will designate the entire Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), expanding current sanctions applied at the moment to only its Quds Force: A designation of the entire IRGC as a terrorist group would potentially have much broader implications, including for the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and...
  • The State Department is the Cancer at the Heart of Democracy

    02/14/2017 4:55:49 AM PST · by davikkm · 18 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    This week, not only have the State Department workers been negatively discussion President Trump’s phone calls with foreign world leaders, they have also taken the opportunity to criticize the structure and content of these calls. According to politico.eu, the state department has suggested that Trump has been going off topic. Surely as elected leader of the United States, the “topic” he discusses is whatever he sees fit to make a benefit to the actual United States. This “topic” they’re referring to is what exactly? Who decided on it? Since when is it the Presidents job to push an agenda put...
  • Meanwhile, Obama Promotes Death-To-U.S.-Troops Cleric

    06/04/2014 4:16:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Quislings: At the same time our president springs dangerous terrorists from prison, he has quietly promoted an Islamic cleric who has issued fatwas calling for the death of U.S. troops with "child bombs." The State Department last week had to apologize for singing the praises of the creep — Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah — in a Tweeted message promoting his Muslim Brotherhood organization. But officials there are only sorry they got caught. The same bunch last year issued a visa for the radical cleric so he could visit, of all places, the White House. That's right, the administration knew full...
  • FP: Trump Keeps Obama’s Top Gay Rights Envoy at State Department

    02/13/2017 5:26:29 PM PST · by MadIsh32 · 53 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | February 13th 2017 | John Hudson
    The Trump administration has decided to keep President Barack Obama’s top advocate for gay rights issues at the State Department in defiance of Christian groups who called for his immediate expulsion, Foreign Policy has learned. Randy Berry, the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, is continuing “in his role under the current administration,” a State Department spokesperson said on Monday. The move marks the latest surprise decision by President Donald Trump on gay rights as he juggles the agenda of his staunchly conservative cabinet and top aides, and his cosmopolitan, New York-bred daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared...
  • Turmoil at DHS and State Department - "There Are People Literally Crying in the Office Here"

    02/02/2017 8:12:33 AM PST · by Zakeet · 65 replies
    The Intercept ^ | January 31, 2017 | Alice Speri, Ryan Devereaux
    While President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration has left families wondering when they will see their loved ones again, drawing condemnation from leaders around the globe, the administration’s actions have also impacted another group: career U.S. officials working on asylum and refugee cases as well as foreign policy. "There are people literally crying in the office here," said a senior U.S. immigration official who spoke to The Intercept on condition of anonymity.
  • The State Department’s entire Senior Management Team just Resigned

    01/26/2017 8:44:26 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 130 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 1-26-2017 | Josh Rogan
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s job running the State Department just got considerably more difficult. The entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era. Tillerson was actually inside the State Department’s headquarters in Foggy Bottom on Wednesday, taking meetings and getting the lay of the land. I reported Wednesday morning that the Trump team was narrowing its search for his No. 2, and that it was looking to replace the State Department’s long-serving undersecretary for management, Patrick Kennedy. Kennedy,...