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  • The problem with CBO projections

    04/20/2018 7:32:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/20/2018 | Jack Hellner
    In January 2016, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected economic growth for 2018 to be 2.3% and for 2019 to be 1.9%   Now the office projects that GDP will expand by 3.3% in 2018 and 2.4% in 2019, and then it will slow down.  Why would anyone believe these people's long-term projections when they are frequently so far off on their short-term projections?  Why do the media report the numbers as if they were gospel when they are just guesses? The tax cuts for individuals and corporations are all still in effect until 2025, so why the massive slowdown after just one...
  • Fallout over tolls divides local, state leaders

    04/16/2018 11:04:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The political tide has turned against toll roads in Texas, imperiling a Tomball interchange project and hamstringing frustrated local officials, while setting an ominous tone for projects to come. For years, state officials relied on tolls to tackle some of TexasÂ’ biggest traffic messes as a way to build without adding taxes. Since 2016, however, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have taken hard-line stances against the mixing of Texas Department of Transportation money and toll revenues. Most Popular More men accuse former Texas judge, Baptist leader of sexual misconduct Breaking down 2018 Texas A&M football: Quarterback With...
  • In for a Penny, in for Impound (almost line-item veto)

    04/05/2018 1:33:21 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    WSJ ^ | Kimberley A. Strassel
    Plenty of Republicans remain bitter that their party passed that bloated $1.3 trillion omnibus—almost as bitter as President Trump, who felt pressured to sign it. But this fight doesn’t have to be over. Across Washington, principled conservatives are noodling with an idea that—if done right—could be a political winner. It’s a chance for Republicans to honor their promises of spending restraint and redeem themselves with a base turned off by the omnibus blowout. It’s an opening for the GOP to highlight the degree to which Democrats used the bill to hold the military hostage to their own domestic boondoggles. And...
  • Congress Curbs [Education Secretary] Devos's Agenda

    03/31/2018 11:01:03 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2018 | Michelle Hackman
    Congress last week awarded the department a $2.6 billion boost when Mrs. DeVos had requested a $9 billion cut. She had sought to dismantle her agency’s central budget office, a move she said would create a leaner structure, and to cut the number of field offices in the civil-rights division to four from 12. The spending package included specific measures preventing her from doing so.Much of the additional funding for the department boosted initiatives undertaken by the Obama administration. None went to her signature request, a $1 billion program to expand school choice, though there was a slight increase in...
  • Ann Coulter: ‘In One Generation’ U.S. Will Be ‘South Africa,’ Trump ‘Betrayed’ Voters!

    03/26/2018 5:46:32 AM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 104 replies
    Ann Coulter: ‘In One Generation’ U.S. Will Be ‘South Africa,’ Trump ‘Betrayed’ Voters with ‘Paul Ryan Republicanism’ "“I can’t imagine how it could be any worse,” Coulter said. “There’s zero funding for the wall, and in fact, he’s prevented from putting up even one little inch from those prototypes. No, all he can do is build a little pedestrian fence. Nothing that he’s been looking at. None of the prototypes, totally banned.” More at link:
  • Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985

    03/25/2018 6:43:01 AM PDT · by CodeToad · 29 replies ^ | 23 March 2018 | President Trump
    Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) In accordance with section 7058(d) of division K of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1625; the “Act”), I hereby designate as an emergency requirement all funding so designated by the Congress in the Act pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, for the accounts referenced in section 7058(d). The details of this action are set forth in the enclosed memorandum from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Sincerely, DONALD J. TRUMP
  • Rescission of Budget Items (1974 Statute)

    03/24/2018 5:47:01 PM PDT · by research99 · 21 replies
    Checking the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (Public Law 93–344, 88 Stat. 297, 2 U.S.C. §§ 601–688) online: Part B, Section 1011-1012 and related (identified elsewhere as Title X) within the Act (also known as the Impoundment Control Act of 1974), specifies that the President may request that Congress rescind appropriated funds. The timeline for approval by both the house and senate is 45 days.
  • Did Trump Just Hint at Building the Border Wall Using the Military?

    03/24/2018 3:26:05 PM PDT · by zencycler · 296 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 03/24/2018 | Ivan Pentchoukov
    President Donald Trump briefly threatened to veto a giant spending bill on Friday and then reluctantly signed it to keep the military funded. The lack of funding for a border wall with Mexico is likely one of the president’s biggest frustrations. Trump mentioned the wall when he threatened to veto the bill. The $1.3 trillion budget includes just $1.6 billion for wall construction along the southern border, far short of the $25 billion needed to accomplish Trump’s signature campaign promise. To make matters worse, the spending bill specifically prohibits Trump from building the kind of wall he wants. The president...
  • Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House...

    03/24/2018 1:38:46 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 84 replies ^ | 23 MAR 18 | White House Staff
    Full Title: Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate Budget & Spending Issued on: March 23, 2018 Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) In accordance with section 7058(d) of division K of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1625; the “Act”), I hereby designate as an emergency requirement all funding so designated by the Congress in the Act pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, for the accounts referenced in section 7058(d). The details of this action are...
  • Vanity - Trump Critics

    03/24/2018 12:41:45 PM PDT · by Moe-Patrick · 165 replies
    3/24/18 | self
    To the Freepers blaming Trump for the Omnibus: Please state what he should have done including the aftermath. Many wanted a veto, but never address the subsequent steps necessary for a ‘win’. I love Free Republic and the thoughtful, intelligent commentary. Yet I was stunned to see so many comment on various posts with such little insight. Trump cannot write legislation nor can he make politicians do anything. What role do voters play? It seems that most expect Trump to fix everything while we as voters do nothing. We voted for the uniparty. We don’t march on Washington, we send...
  • Trump outsmarted them again!

    03/23/2018 11:17:53 PM PDT · by ResisTyr · 149 replies
    N/A | 24 March 2018 | ResisTyr
    POTUS Trump just signed an Omnibus bill, NOT a federal budget! The appropriations in the bill are "suggestions" of how Trump SHOULD spend the money. Since this is not a budget, Trump is not bound by The Constitution to spend the money as appropriated. The Demonrats screwed themselves again by not passing a federal budget. I'm here to tell you that Trump's Wall shall indeed be funded with money from this Omnibus bill! President Donald J. Trump outsmarted these fools, once again!! Haahaa!!
  • Ronald Reagan State of the Union (on Budgets and Deficits, 1988)

    03/23/2018 3:19:34 PM PDT · by Hostage · 2 replies
    Joint Session before Congress ^ | January 25, 1988 | Ronald Reagan
    And let's begin by discussing how to maintain economic growth by controlling and eventually eliminating the problem of Federal deficits. We have had a balanced budget only eight times in the last 57 years. For the first time in 14 years, the Federal Government spent less in real terms last year than the year before. We took $73 billion off last year's deficit compared to the year before. The deficit itself has moved from 6.3 percent of the gross national product to only 3.4 percent. And perhaps the most important sign of progress has been the change in our view...
  • Lessons for Today from Reagan’s 1982 Deficit Reduction Compromise

    03/23/2018 3:05:07 PM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 25, 2011 | Mike Brownfield
    Want some perspective on the debt ceiling negotiations and calls for tax increases in exchange for spending cuts? You might want to consider a cautionary tale dating back to 1982 when President Ronald Reagan agreed to a deficit-reduction compromise—and a result he didn’t bargain for. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, who served under President Reagan, and Heritage Action for America’s Michael Needham write in today’s USA Today of the agreement Reagan struck in 1982 in hopes of tackling high deficits. He agreed to a modest increase in business taxes (which he didn’t like) in exchange for spending cuts (which...
  • Trump Signing the Omnibus Bill a Snake Bite in the Butt

    03/23/2018 2:47:36 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 75 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/23/18 | Judi McLeod
    You owe it to your country, Sir, to pick them up, dust them off, and ready them for the coming new battle. Unfortunately, Round 2 has already slipped away from ‘Making America Great Again’ to ‘Saving America Again’ It was, as a caller told Rush Limbaugh today, a snake bite in the butt, President Trump. Your suddenly changing course and signing the outrageous Omnibus Bill, that is. Up to now, you’ve done a good job remaining loyal to the things you promised some 63 million people who voted for you. Now many of them will say you are a politician...
  • Trump signs $1.3 trillion spending bill despite veto threat on Twitter

    03/23/2018 11:10:15 AM PDT · by Innovative · 521 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2018 | John Wagner and Mike DeBonis
    Just hours after threatening a veto, President Trump said Friday afternoon that he had signed the sweeping $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress early Friday and averted a government shutdown. In a morning tweet, Trump said he might veto the omnibus bill because it does nothing to address the fate of young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” and does not fully fund his border wall. But speaking to reporters at the White House about four hours later, Trump said he had decided to sign the bill despite his reservations, arguing that it provides much-needed funding for the military, including...
  • Omnibus spending bill funds big-ticket military communications satellites that DoD did not request

    03/23/2018 10:57:55 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 26 replies
    Space News ^ | 3/22/2018 | Sandra Erwin
    The satellite communications industry was shocked to see a $600 million addition for WGS-11 and WGS-12.WASHINGTON — In a surprise last-minute add-on, House appropriators included $600 million in the Air Force budget for two high-capacity communications satellites made by Boeing that the Pentagon did not request. The omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 funds two Wideband Global SATCOM satellites, WGS-11 and WGS-12. The Air Force did not request funding for these spacecraft nor were these satellites included in any previous marks of the congressional defense committees, or in the fiscal year 2019 budget request. This was a very large...
  • Trump signing spending bill despite earlier veto threat

    03/23/2018 10:50:08 AM PDT · by detective · 69 replies
    MSN News ^ | 3/23/2018 | ohn Wagner and Mike DeBonis
    Update: President Trump announced that he is signing the spending bill as a "matter of national security." But he also said, "there are a lot of things I’m unhappy about" in the measure. Earlier report Just hours after threatening a veto, President Trump appeared set to back down and sign a sweeping $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress early Friday and avoid a government shutdown, according to senior legislative aides. In a morning tweet, Trump said he might veto the omnibus bill because it does nothing to address the fate of young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” and does...
  • GOP Rep Perry: You Couldn’t Have Read the Omnibus Before the House Voted on it

    03/23/2018 10:40:19 AM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Mar 2018 | Ian Hanchett
    On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered Overtime,” House Freedom Caucus member Scott Perry (R-PA) stated that no one could have read the omnibus bill before the House voted on it. Perry said, “[W]e get the bill, 2,232 pages last night at 8:30. … But you could have stayed up all night anyhow, into right now, and read the bill, and you still wouldn’t be done. So, it — look, it’s not good when the other side does it, and it’s not good when this side does it. We want to know what we’re voting on.”
  • Will Trump Sign the Omnibus Bill? [Vanity]

    03/22/2018 11:59:27 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 126 replies
    Self ^ | March 23, 2018 | Self
    Wow, Omnibus bill rushed through both House and Senate without discussion, now to President Trump. Not just the balance of the year, but for many items, for the next three years! Planned Parenthood, token amount for wall and prohibition to build further, funding for sanctuary cities, funding for ObamaCare, new 2nd amendment infringements, and more.
  • Chuck-You Celebrates: The Era of Austerity Is Over

    03/22/2018 2:14:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush ^ | March 22, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here’s Chuck You Schumer. This is in Washington today on the Senate floor. Audio sound bite No. 24. SCHUMER: Overall, we Democrats are very happy with what we’ve been able to accomplish on a number of very important priorities to the middle class in America: infrastructure, education, opioid treatment, mental health, child care. This spending agreement brings that era of austerity to an unceremonious end and represents one of the most significant investments in the middle class in decades. RUSH: I don’t know, folks. I just want to puke when I hear this stuff. I just want to vomit....