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  • Bombshell: Obama to cut border surveillance in half

    02/05/2016 11:30:24 AM PST · by amorphous · 81 replies
    WND ^ | 5 Feb 2016 | Leo Hohmann
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is planning to cut 50 percent of the budget for aerial surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border, agents revealed at a congressional hearing Thursday. In an effort to understand why DHS is cutting funding, Texas's Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, wrote a bi-partisan letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. "Any decrease in aerial observation is not only imprudent, but contradicts the very mission of border security enforcement," the letter states. The lawmakers' letter also asks for detailed information about the reduction aerial-based border security, also known as Operation Phalanx. Abbott and...
  • Pentagon unveils budget priority for next year: Countering Russia and China

    02/02/2016 3:26:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/02/2016 | Missy Ryan
    A senior defense official, who like others spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plans, said the advances made by Russia and China do "force a competition that has to be confronted in the next decade." Almost half of the new investments Carter will propose are related to what officials see as a growing threat from Moscow, where President Vladimir Putin has demonstrated his willingness to employ Russian military might from Ukraine to Syria. Despite repeated cease-fire agreements, the conflict in Ukraine continues there between Russian-backed separatists and the government in Kiev. If approved by Congress, the budget plan...
  • Obama to focus on expanding access to retirement accounts

    01/25/2016 9:35:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2016 12:03 AM EST | Kevin Freking
    President Barack Obama will pitch some new proposals to expand access to retirement savings accounts and revisit some old ones when issuing his budget next month. [...] The White House says Obama's proposals, if enacted, would provide more than 30 million people access to a retirement account. The biggest chunk of that increase would occur through legislation requiring employers that don't offer a retirement plan to automatically enroll their workers in an Individual Retirement Account. The employers that did so would get a tax credit of $3,000 to help them offset the administrative expense. The proposal was also part of...
  • "Le Grand Guignol" Comes To Town – Political Corruption in DC

    01/02/2016 10:07:37 AM PST · by Randall_S · 12 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | January 2, 2016 | Wallace Bruschweiler & William Palumbo
    By Wallace Bruschweiler and William Palumbo Over the last several years, the American people have witnessed one perplexing political shenanigan after another - a never-ending story. Instead of standing up for principles, for democracy itself, our elected leaders routinely sell-out the same country to which they swore an oath to protect. The most recent enormous sell-out was the passage of a budget that served only the government, not the country. It began with the election of a new Speaker, whom many hoped would serve the country better than his predecessor. Instead of a political savior, we got yet another total...
  • The Air Force will no longer fire three volley salutes at veteran funerals

    12/25/2015 1:37:09 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 24, 2015 | Fox News
    When a veteran or member of the armed forces dies, he or she is entitled to a ceremony that includes the presentation of a U.S. flag to a family member and a bugler blowing Taps. Most of the time, there is a three-volley rifle salute if requested by family members. But now, if the deceased served in the Air Force, the three-volley salute is not an option because the Air Force can no longer support riflemen for funeral services for veteran retirees. [....] “To me, without the 21-gun salute, it just does not make it complete a proper military burial,”...
  • Reid’s promise to Ryan prompts skepticism from Republicans

    12/23/2015 6:00:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 23, 2015 | Scott Wong
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) informed his GOP colleagues at a recent closed-door meeting that he had just received a “promise” from Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. The room — filled with lawmakers skeptical of Reid’s motives — erupted in laughter.
  • Paul Ryan: ‘I Hate Omnibus Bill’ But I Did It Anyway

    12/22/2015 3:17:41 PM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 22, 2015 | MIchelle Fields
    House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) told radio host Bill Bennett that he hates Omnibus bills, but he passed a $1 trillion omnibus last week anyway. “I hate omnibus bills and I don’t like doing these last-second bills,” Ryan said. He added that he blames Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) who filibustered, “all but one appropriations bill” and also his caucus who, “seized up in the middle of the summer, unable to pass any appropriations bills because of some poison pill amendments
  • TITLE IX--TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF PUBLIC DEBT LIMIT

    12/21/2015 10:13:57 PM PST · by Walt Griffith · 13 replies
    H.R.1314 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 ^ | 11/02/2015 | 114th-congress
    TITLE IX--TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF PUBLIC DEBT LIMIT (Sec. 901) The public debt limit is suspended through March 15, 2017. On March 16, 2017, the limit is increased to accommodate obligations issued during the suspension period. (Sec. 902) Adjustments to the debt limit for obligations during the suspension period are limited to obligations necessary to fund a commitment incurred by the federal government that required payment before March 16, 2017. The Department of the Treasury may not issue obligations during the suspension period to increase cash balances above normal operating balances.
  • Spending Bill Betrayal by Establishment Republicans Confirms Contempt for Base

    12/20/2015 10:52:02 AM PST · by Glad2bnuts · 15 replies
    Oath Keepers ^ | December 18, 2015 | David Codrea
    Spending Bill Betrayal by Establishment Republicans Confirms Contempt for Base by David Codrea , December 18, 2015 Elephantmary The Dead Elephant Party appears intent on forcing the rest of us down its suicidal path. How did your “servants” vote? Kurt Russell in “Tombstone” asks the essential question each of us must answer: “Are you going to do something or just stand there and bleed?”
  • Ryan Defends Spending Bill: 'We Fought For As Much As We Could Get'

    12/20/2015 10:28:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 94 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 20, 2015 | Carrie Dann
    House Speaker Paul Ryan is dismissing conservative criticism of the $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress passed on Friday, saying that Republican leaders "fought for as much as we could get" in the compromise legislation. "We advanced our priorities and principles. Not every single one of them, but many of them. And then we're going to pick up next year and pick up where we left off and keep going for more," he told NBC's Chuck Todd in an interview on Meet the Press.
  • Betrayed! Seething Sen. Sessions lets GOP have it over massive omnibus bill

    12/18/2015 9:20:51 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 84 replies
    Biz PAC Review ^ | 12/18/2015 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Sen. Jeff Sessions has had it with his Republican colleagues, and took to the floor this week to deliver a scathing speech in which he asked, "Who do we represent?" The Alabama Republican was talking about a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that extends tax credits to people who don't pay taxes -- including illegal immigrants. He was talking about a bill that offers sales tax deductions for those who live in jurisdictions without sales taxes. He was talking about a bill that delays implementation of Obamacare's "Cadillac tax" for two years, well after the president is out of office....
  • Brit Hume Approves of Omnibus (My Title)

    12/18/2015 5:03:09 PM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    Twitter ^ | December 18, 2015 | Brit Hume
    Much wrong with the big spending bill that passed today, but lifting the oil export ban is a big deal, which is why Obama threatened veto.
  • Marco Rubio on missing omnibus vote: “In essence, not voting for it is a vote against it”

    12/18/2015 1:52:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2015 | AllahPundit
    Two questions. One: Is he right? Two: Given that he’s been pounded for weeks for missing Senate votes, does it matter?On the first question, the answer is “depends.” You all know that it takes 60 votes to invoke cloture, i.e. prevent a filibuster, and move to a final vote on a bill. That number doesn’t change depending on how many senators show up for the vote. As people who know Senate rules better than I do pointed out to me on Twitter, the rule on cloture says it can only be invoked “by three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: The Republicans in Congress Are Surrendering to Obama

    12/18/2015 6:03:36 AM PST · by xzins · 83 replies
    Politico ^ | 17 Dec 15 | Ted Cruz
    Why I won't support the latest last-minute $1.1 trillion spending bill. By SEN. TED CRUZ December 17, 2015 It's Christmastime in Washington, D.C., and that can mean only one thing: Congress is once again playing Santa Claus. The names at the top of its list are the Washington Cartel: The big businesses and lobbyists who get in bed with career politicians to do nothing but grow government. And left off the list: the American taxpayer. Thanks to last year's landslide elections, Republicans now control more seats in Congress, more governorships and more state legislative seats across the country than at...
  • Reid spikes the football: 'Successful year for Democrats'

    12/18/2015 11:40:07 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 18, 2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Democrats on Friday boasted that they successfully managed to get just about everything they wanted in a massive spending and tax cut bill, despite being the minority party in both the House and Senate. "Months ago, Democrats called on Republicans to work with us to craft a budget agreement. We wanted to get rid of sequestration, we were able to do that," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. [Snip] "The legislation caps off a successful year for Senate Democrats," Reid said.
  • Marco Rubio explains why he skipped vote, swipes at Rand Paul

    12/18/2015 11:26:09 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/18/15 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, on Friday defended his decision to skip a major vote in the Senate that afternoon to fund the government through September, and he took a swipe at a GOP rival who called on him to resign from Congress.In an interview with CBS News' Face the Nation host John Dickerson, Rubio was asked to respond to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, who told Politico Friday that Rubio should resign from the Senate after missing the critical vote. "Look, I'm running for president," Rubio told Dickerson in Dubuque, Iowa ahead of his town hall. "We do our job everyday....
  • A Parody - "We've Been Fooled Again" (RINOs Sell-out)

    12/18/2015 11:15:29 AM PST · by mononymous · 13 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 12/18/2015 | Mononymous1
    A parody of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again..." here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHhrZgojY1Q You've been voting at the booths With your children at your feet That the morals they worship will be gone And the men who spurred us on Thought it all along That your will, will be damned I'll tip my hat to the new constitution Take a bow for the new revolution Watch the transformation all around Go to work again today Just like yesterday Then I'll get on my knees and pray 'Cause we've been fooled again The changes we'd hope to come But suspected all along Will...
  • WH Praises Spending Deal With GOP Congress: 'We Succeeded'

    12/18/2015 9:06:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    cns news ^ | 17 December, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The White House objects to a few Republican provisions in the omnibus $1.1-trillion spending bill, but overall, "We succeeded," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday. "So we walked into these negotiations focused on making sure that Republicans would not succeed in advancing their ideological agenda through the budgetary process, and I think, based on all of the solid reporting work that you have done over the last several weeks, there were a variety of attempts that Republicans undertook to try to do exactly that, and we did succeed in fighting off those efforts. What is...
  • Time for Speaker Paul Ryan to go. Enough is Enough

    12/18/2015 8:15:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/18/2015 | Ed Straker
    Paul Ryan is acting like every Democrat's wet dream. The massive budget he is shoving down America's throat is a wish list full of everything the Democrats could possibly want. o He's giving $1.6 billion to resettle illegal aliens rather than deport them. o He is fully funding Obama's illegal amnesty. o He is fully funding Obamacare. o He is fully funding Planned Parenthood and their baby cutting tactics. o He is allowing Obama to bring in hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees. o He is fully funding the EPA's program to shut down coal-fired power plants. o He is...
  • Breaking: Omnibus passes House 316-113 (Majority of GOP voted yes)

    12/18/2015 7:26:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 116 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 18, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s terrible for a number of reasons, but it’s on the way to the Senate anyway. A bipartisan vote closes out the House effort on the FY2016 budget, with the same kind of bloated and opaque legislation that Republicans were supposed to stop supporting: The House has passed a $1.14 trillion spending bill to fund the government through next September. It’s a peaceful end in the House to a yearlong struggle over the budget, taxes, and Republican demands of President Barack Obama. … Senators are expected vote on the budget measure in combination with a year-end tax plan that gives...
  • Running monkeys and typing cows, oh my!

    12/17/2015 11:26:05 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 12-16-15 | Kenric Ward
    Government agencies spent $8 million to put 12 primates on treadmills in Texas and paid $30,000 in fines for a host of federal violations, including performing a necropsy on a baboon that was still alive. The Southwest National Primate Research Center, in San Antonio, received grants from the National Institutes of Health to run the study. Over the past decade, the facility collected nearly $70 million from various federal agencies. During the same period, the center was slapped with more than $30,000 in penalties for abuse. The U.S. Department of Agriculture identified 14 violations of the Animal Welfare Act at...
  • GOP Sells America Down the River

    12/17/2015 8:17:13 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 51 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 12/17/15 | Rush Limbaugh
    So, very simply, ever since the Republican Party became the party of keeping the government open at all costs, we get bills like this. There's simply no stopping the Democrats. There's no mechanism. Every constitutional mechanism found in the power of the purse, Separation of Powers, the Republican Party years ago gave it away, in total fear of the media.
  • DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON BUDGET DEAL

    12/17/2015 3:47:49 PM PST · by Gasshog · 241 replies
    https://www.donaldjtrump.com/ ^ | 12-16-2015 | Donald J. Trump
    <p>The American people will have to absorb higher deficits, greater debt, less economic liberty and more corporate welfare. Congress cannot seem to help itself in bending to every whim of special interests. How can they face their constituents when they continue to burden our children and grandchildren with debts they will never be able to repay? Our government is failing us, so we must do something about it. Who knows how bad things will be when the next administration comes in and has to pick up the pieces?</p>
  • Ryan promises vote next month to roll back ObamaCare, on Obama's desk before State of Union

    12/17/2015 12:15:52 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that House members will vote on a rollback of ObamaCare as one of their first acts of 2016. "When we return in January, the House will put an ObamaCare repeal bill on the floor and pass it and put it on the president's desk," Ryan told reporters Thursday. "We are going to keep working to give families relief from this law while we work to dismantle and replace it altogether." The vote on the legislation, which has already passed the Senate, will set up a veto battle with the White House just ahead of...
  • Huge: New budget deal ends oil export ban

    12/17/2015 6:52:56 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/17/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Score one for the new Speaker The new budget deal heading for President Obama’s desk has a lot that’s awful in it, including extensions of lots of taxes and subsidies that are supposedly temporary but are never allowed to lapse. There’s no defending any of this as policy, and many will say this proves Paul Ryan is just another RINO squish like John Boehner. I’m a glass-half-full guy. All that would have been the default stance of any other Congress, and certainly of Obama. Ryan, to his credit, at least exacted a price for keeping these things alive the next...
  • Conservatives give Ryan a pass on budget deal they despise

    12/16/2015 6:17:16 PM PST · by Cheerio · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/16/15 | Anna Palmer and Lauren French
    The House Freedom Caucus hates the massive government-funding bill: Spending levels are billions of dollars higher than what conservatives wanted, and at least two top policy priorities — language addressing Syrian refugees and so-called sanctity of life — were cut. But unlike past fiscal battles, when lawmakers took shots at GOP leaders and tried to tank bills, this time conservatives are largely holding their fire. Even as they vow to oppose the package, many are still praising Speaker Paul Ryan’s handling of the $1.1 trillion spending bill and $680 billion in tax breaks.
  • White House declares total victory over GOP in budget battle

    12/16/2015 4:06:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 139 replies
    washington times ^ | 1216/15 | Dave Boyer
    The White House declared victory Wednesday over congressional Republicans in the budget negotiations that concluded lateTuesday night, saying Democrats beat back the GOP across the board. White House officials cited a long list of wins over majority Republicans on individual budget items ranging from funding for Planned Parenthood to an overall increase in spending beyond previous “sequestration” caps.
  • 2,009-Page, $1,205,146,000,000 Republican Spending Deal Allows Funding of Planned Parenthood

    12/16/2015 3:20:15 PM PST · by xzins · 98 replies
    CNS ^ | December 16, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The 2,009 page fiscal 2016 spending deal that the Republican House leadership released today authorizes $1,205,146,000,000 in federal outlays between now and the end of fiscal 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and it does not prohibit funding of Planned Parenthood, according to the House Appropriations Committee. The spending bill is paired with a separate 233-page tax bill. “We are maintaining all of our pro-life protections, including the Hyde Amendment, and we are making cuts to the UNFPA program,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said of the omnibus spending bill at a press conference today. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s...
  • $1.6 trillion budget deal revealed: Obamacare takes a hit while ban on Syrian refugees dropped

    12/16/2015 10:32:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/15/2015 | Rick Moran
    Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled a $1.6 trillion funding and tax package on late Tuesday night after weeks of negotiations with Democrats. The 2,009 page bill can be found here.  As compromises go, it could probably have been better. A lot of amendments important to conservatives were left out of the final package. For instance, there is no ban on admitting Syrian refugees and some of the tax provisions wanted by Democrats are in. Here are a few of the major tax items in the bill: The Hill: Ryan unveiled the details of the agreement while the political world was fixated on...
  • A Vote for Green Climate Fund in Omnibus Spending Bill Is a Vote for Paris Agreement

    12/16/2015 6:54:45 AM PST · by detective · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 15, 2015 | Nicolas Loris
    What better time than Christmas to spend other people's money and give presents to the environmental activists? In addition to the other generous handouts renewable companies would receive in the omnibus spending bill, backroom negotiators are also pushing for President Barack Obama's $3-billion pledge for the Green Climate Fund, a key component of the Paris climate change talks. Agreeing to allocate taxpayer dollars for the Green Climate Fund is effectively giving a congressional stamp of approval to the Paris Protocol. Congress should this reject this funding entirely.
  • Ryan Tells Members That Spending Deal Is Reached (and we're screwed alert)

    12/16/2015 1:10:36 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 15, 2015 | David M. Herszenhorn and Robert Pear
    Republican and Democratic negotiators in the House clinched a deal late Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill and a huge package of tax breaks. Legislative drafters, racing a midnight deadline, met the time limit for issuing the tax package but apparently missed it for the spending bill. That could push back a vote on the House floor by one day, until Friday. The late-hour tension emphasized the deep disagreements over an array of policy provisions that have left weeks of negotiations tinged with acrimony. Since the Republicans took back control of the House in 2011, a majority in the...
  • Activists Buy Lottery Tickets To Help Fund State Services, Bring Attention To Budget Stalemate

    12/14/2015 6:25:40 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies
    WBBM.COM ^ | 14 DECEMBER 2015 | WBBM.COM
    CHICAGO (CBS) — In a symbolic gesture to urge the governor and state lawmakers to come up with a budget, a group of community activists on Monday purchased Illinois Lottery tickets, and pledged to donate any winnings to the state. A week after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed stopgap legislation to resume payouts for Lottery winners – most of which had been halted due to the state’s budget impasse – a group of community leaders bought Powerball and scratch-off tickets on Monday.
  • Flake Channels 'The Force' to Fight Government Waste

    12/08/2015 6:17:19 PM PST · by Drago · 1 replies
    RollCall.com ^ | 12/08/2015 | Bridget Bowman
    Someone looking for the latest "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer is going to be very confused if they accidentally click on this, but they might learn something new. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is continuing his fight against government waste, continuing a crusade former Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., started, but with his own flare. Flake released "Wastebook: The Farce Awakens" Tuesday,...
  • Jeff Sessions leads the charge to cut funds for refugee resettlement on Senate side [Omnibus]

    12/04/2015 6:14:46 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 11 replies
    refugeeresettlementwatch ^ | Dec 2 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Go here for all the latest on the House side where blogger Richard Falknor is tracking it at Blue Ridge Forum. Here is the news yesterday at World Net Daily from reporter Leo Hohmann with a catchy title: 'New date that will live in infamy: December 11′ Despite all the tough talk by Speaker Paul Ryan and GOP leaders in Congress about Syrian refugees and the need for better screening, the true intent of those leaders will be laid bare on Dec. 11. That's the day that a catch-all "omnibus" budget bill is scheduled to be voted on in the...
  • Tax deal swelling into $800 billion blowout

    12/03/2015 6:49:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | December 2, 2015 | Brian Faler
    Congress is eyeing a year-end budget-busting tax cut blowout. Lawmakers’ latest effort to renew a hodgepodge of temporary tax breaks is swelling into a catch-all measure that could cost more than $800 billion over 10 years. The money would go for everything from extending generous write-offs for business investments to renewing tax credits for poor families to repealing or delaying Obamacare’s much-loathed Cadillac tax. All of it would be unpaid for, which is giving budget hawks nightmares.
  • GOP rider would boost party spending

    11/26/2015 8:59:41 AM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 25 Nov 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Seung Min Kim
    Mitch McConnell plans to slip campaign cash rider in omnibus spending bill. Senate Republicans plan to insert a provision into a must-pass government funding bill that would vastly expand the amount of cash that political parties could spend on candidates, multiple sources tell POLITICO.The provision, which sources say is one of a few campaign-finance related riders being discussed in closed-door negotiations over a $1.15 trillion omnibus spending package, would eliminate caps on the amount of cash that parties may spend in coordination with their candidates. Pushed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a longtime foe of campaign finance restrictions, the...
  • Shocker: Avis Car Rental Bars Israeli Executive from Renting

    11/22/2015 4:34:27 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 151 replies
    Observer News ^ | November 22, 2015 | Ken Kurson
    On Saturday evening, Dov Bergwerk arrived at the Avis branch on West 76th Street and Broadway. Accompanied by his wife Ruth, the Bergwerks were planning to join friends for dinner in Westchester. Mr. Bergwerk, a senior vice president and general corporate counsel at the Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva, got out his driver's license, reservation number and "Wizard" loyalty card - he's rented from Avis dozens of times before - and anticipated the usual smooth transition into a nondescript mid-sized sedan. That's when the trouble started.
  • Shocker: Avis Car Rental Bars Israeli Executive from Renting

    11/22/2015 8:21:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 106 replies
    Observer.com ^ | 11/22/15 | Ken Kurson
    On Saturday evening, Dov Bergwerk arrived at the Avis branch on West 76th Street and Broadway. Accompanied by his wife Ruth, the Bergwerks were planning to join friends for dinner in Westchester. Mr. Bergwerk, a senior vice president and general corporate counsel at the Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva, got out his driver’s license, reservation number and “Wizard” loyalty card – he’s rented from Avis dozens of times before – and anticipated the usual smooth transition into a nondescript mid-sized sedan. That’s when the trouble started. A reservation agent named Angelline declined to honor Mr. Bergwerk’s reservation, saying that it was...
  • How Global Warming Science Ate The NASA Budget

    11/18/2015 6:39:53 AM PST · by Purdue77 · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/17/2015 | Andrew Follett
    The Daily Caller (11/17, Follett) reports that according to Representative Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, NASA's dedication toward climate research has reduced the funding available for its planetary science and exploration efforts. In an email to the Daily Caller News Foundation, Smith stated, "The Obama administration has consistently tried to cut NASA's space exploration budgets in order to fund increases for Earth science programs," adding, "Just this year, the president proposed drastically cutting NASA's exploration systems by more than $440 million dollars while Earth Science accounts have increased by 63 percent over the...
  • What Do Tax Cuts 'Cost'? Less Than Advertized

    11/16/2015 3:48:50 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/13/2015 | Staff
    Budgets: The next time you hear someone complain about how much a tax cut will "cost" the government, take it with a very large grain of salt. The official scorekeeper of such things is almost always wrong.
  • How Ted Cruz Would Balance the Budget

    11/12/2015 8:54:24 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 36 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/12/2015 | Peter Ferrara
    As he made clear, he's not going to 'pay' for more big government business as usual. At the CNBC debate on October 28, Ted Cruz 97%released his tax reform proposal, which I believe is the best of all the presidential candidates' plans. At Tuesday night's debate, Cruz released a spending reduction plan showing how he will pay for the tax cut involved in the tax reform plan. For the individual income tax under his tax reform, Cruz's plan provides for one flat rate of 10% on everything – wages, capital gains, dividends, personal business income, rent, interest, and all other...
  • Again: Senate Democrats Mount Third Filibuster Against Bill to Pay Troops, Fund Military

    11/06/2015 9:04:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Senate Democrats launched athird consecutive filibuster of the bipartisan defense appropriations bill yesterday, once againblocking consideration of legislation that would fund the United States military and pay members of our armed forces. Yes, it's okay to be thoroughly perplexed bythis development. Remember, the ostensible reason that Democrats have engaged in this obstruction over recent months -- which also entailedfilibustering the Veterans Affairs appropriations bill -- was to exploit the troops and veterans as leverage to force Republicans to agree to higher federal spending on unrelated matters. It was a cynical play, but thanks in part to President Obama'shyper-partisan veto, it...
  • ...while you were sleeping the Senate voted to steal $150 billion dollars from Social Security...

    11/04/2015 4:20:53 AM PST · by FR_addict · 99 replies
    Twitter ^ | Oct 30, 2015 | Sen. Mike Lee
    See Mike Lee's Twitter page and his facebook post
  • $20 trillion man: National debt nearly doubles during Obama presidency

    11/01/2015 7:10:12 PM PST · by amorphous · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1 Nov 2015 | Dave Boyer
    When President Obama signs into law the new two-year budget deal Monday, his action will bring into sharper focus a part of his legacy that he doesn’t like to talk about: He is the $20 trillion man. Mr. Obama’s spending agreement with Congress will suspend the nation’s debt limit and allow the Treasury to borrow another $1.5 trillion or so by the end of his presidency in 2017. Added to the current total national debt of more than $18.15 trillion, the red ink will likely be crowding the $20 trillion mark right around the time Mr. Obama leaves the White...
  • Senate Approves Budget Deal and Here's How They Voted

    10/30/2015 3:01:01 PM PDT · by arista · 58 replies
    therightscoop.com ^ | 10/30/15 | The Right Scoop
    The Senate approved the horrible budget deal last night while most of us were asleep at 3am: Ted Cruz last night called this budget deal a corrupt betrayal of the people as he spoke over an hour and a half. The vote was mostly Democrats voting to pass it but a fair number of Republicans voted for it as well. Here's how they voted: YEAs: 64 Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Baldwin (D-WI) Barrasso (R-WY) Bennet (D-CO) Blumenthal (D-CT) Booker (D-NJ) Boxer (D-CA) Brown (D-OH) Cantwell (D-WA) Capito (R-WV) Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Coons (D-DE)...
  • Rand Paul Quickly Ends Filibuster Against Raising Debt Ceiling

    10/30/2015 6:56:36 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 18 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/29/15 | Polly Mosendz
    Updated |In an effort to delay passage of a bipartisan budget deal, Senator Rand Paul began a filibuster around 3p.m. on Thursday. The effort was expected to continue through 1 a.m. on Friday,but endedafter speaking for only 18 minutes and40 seconds, according to MSNBC. It turns out the Republican senator from Kentucky spoke against the budget bill only until the time the Senate was to vote on the deal. The Senate would have allowed Paul to continue speaking until midnight, but only if he didn't sit down or use the restroom, a physically exhausting feat if nothing else. At midnight,...
  • Senate passes budget and debt deal, sends measure to Obama

    10/30/2015 1:43:31 AM PDT · by napscoordinator · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | 30 October 2015 | Senate passes budget and debt deal, sends measure to Obama
    In a rare late-night session, the Senate gave final approval to an ambitious budget and debt deal early Friday, sending it to President Barack Obama to sign. The final vote on passage was 64-35, as Democrats joined forces with Republican defense hawks over the objections of GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio, all of whom voted against the deal. The bill is aimed at averting a debt default, avoiding a partial government shutdown and setting spending priorities for the next two years. Earlier in Friday's session, the Senate voted 63-35 to end debate on the measure....
  • In a dozen years there will be no money to fund the military, roads or education

    10/29/2015 5:53:48 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 16 replies
    Freedom.news ^ | Oct. 28, 2015 | Jon E Dougherty
    (Freedom.news) Americans who believe that they will still be alive 12 years from today had better brace themselves for the coming economic catastrophe that is the end result of a bipartisan effort to evade fiscal responsibility. As reported by The Washington Free Beacon, in a recent interview with C-SPAN, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., dropped a bombshell that should have been top-of-the-hour news stories on every major news broadcast (but, of course, wasn’t). By 2027, said Brat, the federal government will only take in enough money to cover entitlement programs and interest on the already unimaginably massive (and still growing) U.S....
  • Budget deal would nix popular Social Security claiming strategies

    10/28/2015 3:35:55 PM PDT · by taildragger · 114 replies
    Investment News ^ | Oct 28, 2015 | Mark Schoeff Jr.
    A budget agreement reached by congressional leaders and the White House would kill popular Social Security claiming strategies shortly after the measure becomes law, cutting off payments in midstream for beneficiaries, according to experts.
  • Ted Cruz and the Oxymorons of Washington

    10/28/2015 8:42:16 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces | 10-28-15 | Vince
    Oxymoron: A figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction One sometimes thinks the word started with our government: Government Intelligence Government Efficiency... Government Accountability In reality, its been around since the Greeks first coined the phrase, no doubt adding oxy to a word they probably used to describe their politicians too: Moron. The Greeks may have invented the word, but the US government has perfected its common use. We have a welfare system whose ostensible goal is to get people back on their feet during hard times yet the numbers of people on the program never...