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  • [Virginia] Gov. McAuliffe’s Healthcare Plan May Push Budget to $2.4B Shortfall

    08/17/2014 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 03:00 AM | Kathryn Watson
    Virginia’s bleak financial outlook just got gloomier. Gov. Terry McAuliffe told members of the joint state House and Senate money committees on Friday that Virginia is projected to rake in $2.4 billion less than it’s budgeted to spend during a three-year period. […] Even as he emphasized that cuts need to be made, however, he also made another thing clear—he’s going to find a way to expand healthcare options for Virginia’s poor, and he’s ready to use the power of his executive office to do so. …
  • Medvedev instructs ministry to work on 10% layoff of public servants

    05/13/2014 10:10:10 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/14/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the Finance Ministry to prepare and submit proposals by July 1, 2014 to lay off 10% of public servants, said the government official website which posted Medvedev’s instructions upon results of his annual report on government’s working results in 2013 at the State Duma. The Prime Minister delivered the annual government report on April 22. The premier stated particularly to ponder another 10% cuts of public servants in regions and at the federal level, because Russia needs “a modern, compact and effective state personnel oriented at people’s requests.” Meanwhile,...
  • Military readiness?

    05/02/2014 7:51:16 AM PDT · by rey · 22 replies
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    I spoke with an acquaintance in the Marine Corps yesterday. He said they hadn't even blanks for field training exercises, that they live fire only to qualify. Crew served weapons hardly ever fire. On a visit to Mirimar he said the vast majority of pilots hardly fly at all and that the majority of squadrons haven't the flight hours required to legally fly let alone be flight/combat ready. Does anyone live near a major air field have comment on the number of flights they see? I noticed that Travis flight numbers seem low, but I only occasionally drive by. Does...
  • Obama's Army Only 85% Ready To Fight

    02/03/2014 9:58:40 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: Budget cuts, sequestration and indifference to maintaining what was once "the arsenal of democracy" have led to units that are not deployment-ready and soldiers with weapons their grandfathers could have used. The standing ovation given at the State of the Union to Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, seriously wounded in an Afghan war that his commander in chief did not believe was winnable, was well deserved. It also served as a tribute to all the heroes we send into battle, particularly under rules of engagement that often make the proverbial "one hand tied behind your back" a preferable option....
  • Vanity - Chris Van Hollen on WMAL Yesterday Afternoon

    01/16/2014 4:23:41 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    Self
    Yesterday afternoon, as I was leaving my office just east of Faggy Bottom, I tuned in Larry O'Connor on WMAL's "Drive at Five." He had Chris Van Hollen on the air and asked him , in short, why retired and disabled veteran's are the only people taking a haircut among Federal employees or retires under the pending budget deal. The answer from Van Hollen was that he, and his fellow DemocRats did not want to cut the COLA on disabled vets and retirees, but that the Pubbies wouldn't agree to a decrease in agricultural subsidies. I have been searching online...
  • Fed-Up Veteran Tells Paul Ryan What He Thinks of ‘Bipartisan’ Budget Deal

    12/27/2013 9:39:41 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 47 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 26, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    Chuck Wooten, a military veteran, was already ticked off about Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) pushing through the “bipartisan” budget deal, which includes cuts to veterans’ retirement benefits. So when he got a fundraising email from Ryan’s office asking for money, he decided to really let the Wisconsin congressman know how he feels.The scathing open letter, posted on Facebook last week, is going viral — and you only have to read the first few sentences to know why.
  • End looms for US Air Force's 'Warthog' ground-attack jet

    12/12/2013 3:48:56 PM PST · by DemforBush · 84 replies
    AFP ^ | 12/12/13 | Mathieu Rabechault
    Washington (AFP) - Long disliked by the US Air Force, the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet may finally be heading for the chopping block due to budget constraints...
  • White House budget talks with Senate Republicans break off

    08/31/2013 6:12:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:26pm EDT | David Lawder
    Budget talks between the White House and a small group of U.S. Republican senators have reached an impasse, eliminating Washington’s only active channel for resolving deep fiscal differences as key deadlines loom, senators and aides said on Friday. A meeting on Thursday between the eight senators and White House chief of staff Denis McDonough failed to produce any movement toward a deal to reduce “unsustainable debt and deficits,” said Senator Dan Coats, a Republican from Indiana. … Republican Senate aides said that the group of senators, led by Johnny Isakson of Georgia, does not see any reason to continue the...
  • Pentagon Can’t Afford Syria Operation; Must Seek Additional Funds

    08/30/2013 6:34:53 PM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 24 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 30, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    Congressional leaders decry lack of clear military objective. However, estimates of the limited-duration strike are expected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. “The secretary indicated that the administration would consult with Congress on the cost of exercising a potential military option, but specific dollar amounts weren’t discussed,” a senior defense official when asked about the funding shortfalls. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated in a July 19 letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee, that larger-scale military operations would cost hundreds of millions or billions, depending on the number of forces and...
  • Extortion in the Skies

    04/25/2013 5:52:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    This week, the Obama administration furloughed 14,500 air traffic controllers -- staffers will lose two days of work per month -- ostensibly to comply with the 2011 Budget Control Act's $85 billion in sequester cuts this year. The Federal Aviation Administration's share is $637 million. So expect delays at the airport. That's the idea, but it didn't have to be. The Obama administration has chosen to hold airline travel hostage in its never-ending effort to extort further tax increases from the GOP. The administration argues that its hands are tied. By law, the FAA must cut spending across the...
  • Army could lose 100,000 soldiers (Barf Alert)

    04/24/2013 7:58:46 AM PDT · by kimtom · 30 replies
    federalnewsradio ^ | Wednesday - 4/24/2013 | Jared Serbu
    Army could lose 100,000 soldiers due to sequestration. Of all the military services facing budget pressure this year, the Army is in the direst of straits. The budget Congress finally passed a month ago will help matters, but the service says it's still more than $15 billion short of funds in fiscal 2013. Army senior leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday that the elimination of a continuing resolution and the passage of a formal budget only fixed about a third of the funding problem they face this year. The sequestration cuts that Congress left in place will force...
  • Fort Bragg cancels July 4th celebration over budget cuts

    04/11/2013 7:16:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Fort Bragg is canceling its July 4th celebration because of budget cuts and worker furloughs. The event - a tradition for more than 30 years - usually attracts 50,000 people and includes what many people believe to be among the best fireworks shows in the region. "Our reduced operating budget for the remainder of this year forces many very tough decisions," said Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg ... Fort Bragg announced other cuts and reductions today
  • Columnist advocates ending military honors at funerals for most vets

    03/29/2013 1:12:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 28, 2013 | Rick Moran
    Long time St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan is advocating ending the practice of giving most veterans military honors at their funerals. His reason? Government can't afford it. Certainly, men and women killed in combat deserve full military honors. It's a way for the country to say, "We honor the memory of those who died in our service." These military honors - and the thought behind them - are intended to provide some solace for the families of the fallen. But what about the guy who spends a couple of years in the military and then gets on with...
  • Behind All the Hullabaloo, the Secret About Those Budget Cuts

    03/07/2013 11:08:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    There's a secret lurking behind all that weeping and wailing over those across-the-board cuts in federal spending now going into effect -- and beginning to filter through the economy: They're working. The emphasis in the news continues to be on the economic repercussions of Washington's meat-ax approach to reining in the federal debt. "But lost in the talk of Washington's dysfunction," to quote a story from the New York Times over the weekend, "is this fact: On paper at least, President Barack Obama and Congress have reduced projected deficits by nearly $4 trillion over a decade -- the widely embraced...
  • MacDill Cancels Airfest

    03/02/2013 1:24:03 PM PST · by Iron Munro · 33 replies
    Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg Times) ^ | March 1, 2013 | William R. Levesque
    TAMPA — MacDill Air Force Base officials announced Friday they have canceled the Airfest scheduled for April 6 and 7 because of forced budget cuts. "We waited until the very last minute kind of hoping for a breakthrough," said Terry Montrose, a spokesman for the 6th Air Mobility Wing. "We just came up against some unfortunate circumstances that won't allow it to happen." Montrose said even a budget breakthrough in the next few days would be unlikely to save the Airfest, given the months of planning required. "I don't see how we could turn it back on," he said. The...
  • BRADY: Obama cries robbery but it’s only about 2 cents

    03/01/2013 6:35:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/01/2013 | Kevin Brady
    Like the little boy who cried wolf, the White House has decided that if there isn’t a crisis, you can create one and take advantage of it. That sums up President Obama’s approach to the looming sequestration. To hear Mr. Obama describe it, one might be led to believe that come Saturday, America will be in an episode of “Survivor” — without teachers, firefighters, air-traffic controllers, etc. The president’s antics might make for funny reality TV, but the underlying scare tactics belie reality and are truly beneath the dignity of a serious debate. Mr. President, whether you padlock our national...
  • Democrats' Budget Blackmail: Uncle Sam wants 5th sticky bun or he'll burn your house down

    02/27/2013 8:22:10 PM PST · by Moseley · 25 replies
    February 27, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    “Buy this magazine or the dog gets it!” screamed the National Lampoon magazine cover for January 1973, showing a gun at a dog’s head. Today, President Barack Obama is nakedly threatening to harm the country and the American people if he has to slow spending. Democrats have a gun at the heads of American families. They are threatening to pull the trigger if they have to give up their spending addiction. While these tactics are old, they are not normally done so badly. What’s new is that Obama is being so obvious that everyone is noticing. The Democrats are bungling...
  • Here's What The American People Really Want To Cut From The Federal Budget

    02/25/2013 10:04:50 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-25-2013 | Walter Hickey
    Here's What The American People Really Want To Cut From The Federal Budget Walter HickeyFebruary 25, 2013The Pew Research Center conducted a poll in mid-February asking respondents what aspects of federal spending they would prefer to see cut. The poll confirms past surveys that show that although Americans prefer to cut government spending in abstract terms, there aren't many specifics they want slashed. The poll comes as the cuts known as the sequester begin to start kicking in this week. Under sequestration, every non-exempt aspect of government spending will see a cut. This will generate $1.2 trillion worth of savings...
  • Blame Game Rages on Over Looming Sequester

    02/22/2013 11:52:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    We are just days away from a cataclysm of biblical proportions. The cuts foretold in the Budget Control Act of 2011 are young as far as prophecies go, but apparently they are every bit as terrifying as rivers of blood and plagues of locusts. Any day now we can expect White House spokesman Jay Carney to take to the podium and read a prepared statement: "And when he opened the seventh seal, there was a small decrease in the rate of increase in federal spending." The great game in Washington is who will get the blame for something both House...
  • Obama's Good War

    03/31/2011 12:48:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 31, 2011 | James Lewis
    Well, well, well, so Obama has embarked on his third war in little more than two years. You've got to admit that "flexibility" is his middle name. Or at least one of his middle names: Barack Barry Hussein "Flexibility" Soetoro Obama, Jr. Those are the names we know so far, but The Donald thinks there might be more. Whodda thunk? Here we are barely into the first week of what started out as a "No-Fly Zone" and it is now turning out to be Air Al Qaida. Ten years ago, AQ had a mere four civilian airplanes to crash into...
  • Budget Cuts May Shut Down Meatpackers, White House Warns (Vengence is Mine sayeth "The One")

    02/09/2013 8:49:34 AM PST · by ConradofMontferrat · 68 replies
    Newsmax Media, Inc. ^ | Friday, 08 Feb 2013 06:45 PM | © 2013 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.
    The Obama administration warned on Friday that across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect in March may result in furloughing every U.S. meat and poultry inspector for two weeks, causing the meat industry to shut down. By law, meatpackers and processors are not allowed to ship beef, pork, lamb and poultry meat without the Agriculture Department's inspection seal. The prospect of mass furloughs of meat and food inspectors was part of a broader White House warning about the effects of the potential spending cuts on everyday life. Meatpackers said a shut-down would devastate consumers as well as their industry. Read...
  • The Military Is Already Preparing For The Worst-Case Sequester Scenario

    01/17/2013 3:42:17 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-17-2013 | Paul Szoldra
    The Military Is Already Preparing For The Worst-Case Sequester Scenario Paul SzoldraJanuary 17, 2013There's plenty of talk about the "fiscal cliff" -- which was avoided by a last-minute deal last month — but that only delayed a huge Pentagon fear: Sequestration. What happens if the military is slapped with sequestration -- automatic budget cuts to the tune of about $500 billion over ten years? The Defense Department is the biggest loser in the latest budget battle, and although Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is hopeful about reaching an agreement, they still need to plan for the possibility, which left unchecked...
  • It's the Waste, Stupid!

    01/13/2013 3:26:11 AM PST · by Moseley · 4 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 13, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Conservatives are forgetting their most important lever: Voters logically must support raising taxes if they believe that every dollar of Federal spending is needed. But if some spending is unnecessary, cutting spending is correct. America is divided by assumptions about whether the Federal budget includes a lot of lard or is completely necessary. Conservatives need to return to what built the conservative movement, to return to what works. We need to stop talking as if helping rich people become richer is our main priority. Despite years of effort in the past, conservatives must now explain all over again to today's...
  • Obama's Second Term Starts With More of the Same

    01/04/2013 9:03:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- The newly elected Republican-led House was peacefully sworn into office Thursday as GOP leaders began planning for four years of divided government. If you thought the past year was a rocky one, 2013 may make the political trench warfare battles of 2012 look like a Sunday school picnic. Soon after the smoke cleared in the wee hours of New Year's Day, when Congress had taken the government to the precipice of the "fiscal cliff," and even a bit over, it was clear that ever more contentious battles awaited incoming lawmakers. There were the automatic spending cuts buried in...
  • Are Budget Cuts Or Tax Hikes Better For The Economy?

    11/21/2012 6:53:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/21/2012 | Alberto Alesina
    Should debt-ridden and economically struggling Western governments be doing everything possible to reduce their deficits? Those in favor of immediate deficit-reduction argue that it is a necessary precondition of economic growth. Today's deficits become tomorrow's debt, they say, and too much debt can bring fiscal crises, including government defaults. Markets, worried about solvency, will require high interest rates on government bonds, making it more costly for countries to service their debts. Defaults could cause banks holding government bonds to collapse, possibly leading to another financial meltdown. There can be no sustained growth, say the deficit hawks, unless we start balancing...
  • (IBD) Russian Attack Sub Off Our Coast As Obama's Sequestration Cuts Loom

    11/08/2012 11:57:10 AM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Defense: The fruit of unilateral disarmament, appeasement and promised "flexibility" patrols our East Coast near one of our largest ballistic missile submarine bases. Defense cuts and Russian subs — a double whammy. 'On June 1 or a bit later, we will resume constant patrolling of the world's oceans by strategic nuclear submarines," Russian Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky said in February. Keeping that promise, a Russian Sierra-2 class nuclear attack submarine cruised within 200 miles of our East Coast on the eve of a U.S. presidential election in which defense spending and priorities were a key issue. This is the...
  • Mitt Romney Was Right: U.S. Needs A Bigger Navy

    10/26/2012 2:46:07 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 26, 2012
    Common Defense: The president says it's OK to have fewer ships because today's vessels have much better capabilities. But each ship can be in only one place at a time. When Mitt Romney noted the shrinking Navy under Barack Obama's budget cuts and the sequestration his Office of Management and Budget director drew up, the president sarcastically replied: "We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of 'Battleship' where we're counting ships; it's what are our capabilities." As we've...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama, horses and bayonets

    10/23/2012 5:19:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 23, 2012 | Editorial
    Condescending debate outburst exposes weak defense strategy Note to President Obama: Stop pretending you’re a military genius. “Commander in chief” is simply a title, not a skill set. In Monday night’s foreign policy debate, Mr. Obama mocked Republican challenger Mitt Romney for daring to discuss the dangerous diminution of American naval assets to levels of a century ago. “Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed,” said Mr. Obama. “We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so...
  • Strike at 'Haaretz'

    09/10/2012 11:51:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/9/12
    Employees of the Haaretz daily started an open-ended strike Tuesday, demonstrating outside the newspapers editorial meeting rooms in protest of management's refusal to present its detailed program of budget cuts. The employees also want management to formulate an emergency plan for increasing revenues and to extend its offer of voluntary retirement...
  • America’s aging aviation force: Father, son flew same fighter jet 30 years apart

    05/18/2012 8:14:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/18/2012 | Rob Bluey
    Dave Deptula, a retired three-star general, knows the risks associated with flying older aircraft. While serving as the joint task force commander in 1998 and 1999 for Operation Northern Watch, Deptula flew 82 combat missions over Iraq. On one mission, as he was headed to a tanker to refuel, the master caution light came on, revealing a problem with the plane. His fuel gauge went to zero. Meanwhile, he was 500 miles away from his base. Fortunately, he was able to land safely.“The insulation was so old it simply had deteriorated to the extent where it came off and all...
  • O’Malley pushes two sessions on Maryland revenue, gambling issues

    04/25/2012 8:57:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 20112 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley emerged Tuesday from a much-anticipated meeting with the state’s two leading lawmakers and revealed that he is not only leaning toward calling a special session, but he might even call two of them. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, said he hopes to bring the General Assembly back into session by mid-May so legislators can pass a set of tax and revenue increases to erase $512 million in cuts that were put into place when the assembly adjourned April 9. The governor said he wants to focus strictly on finances and hold off on debating a gambling...
  • Jerry Brown warns of more cuts to state budget

    04/25/2012 7:42:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/25/12 | Andrew S. Ross
    The topic was "States and competitiveness in a global economy," but first off, the panel's moderator wanted Gov. Jerry Brown to give us a "sneak peek" at his 2012-13 budget revision, scheduled for next month. Brown demurred, but said, "It will be very interesting." In fact, "You'll hear howls of execration over the next 30 days," he told a gathering of Silicon Valley CEOs on Tuesday. That is, when he lays out additional cuts - watch out health and social services - beyond the $4 billion he's already asked for. Basically, some cuts that Brown wanted have been delayed by...
  • Miller pushes for a broader tax increase in Maryland budget talks

    04/24/2012 4:40:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. is pushing for broader income-tax increases and a last-ditch attempt at expanding gambling as lawmakers look toward a possible special session, but the House appears reluctant to embrace either proposal. Mr. Miller will meet Tuesday with Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch to discuss the scope of a potential special session, during which the General Assembly likely would pass several tax and revenue increases to cancel out $512 million in cuts resulting from their failure to pass the increases at the regular session’s close. Mr. Miller is waging...
  • 56 LA County Courtrooms to Close, Including Judge Ito's

    04/17/2012 5:38:39 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 12 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | April 17, 2012 | Melissa Pamer
    Budget cuts are set to force the Los Angeles County court system to close 56 courtrooms, including that of its most famous adjudicator, Judge Lance Ito. The courtroom controlled by the man who presided over O.J. Simpson’s 1995 murder trial will be shut down by June 30, the Associated Press reported. Ito will be reassigned to fill in on cases in which no judge is available, AP said. His courtroom is one of many across the nation's largest trial court system that will go dark. The county courts will also lay off 350 workers, reduce use of court reporters and...
  • Defense secretary Panetta blasts defense budget cuts in visit to ship off California coast

    03/31/2012 7:01:02 AM PDT · by Doogle · 27 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 03/31/12 | AP via FOX
    ABOARD THE USS PELELIU – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Marines and sailors on Friday that Congress would be irresponsible if it doesn't act to prevent drastic military budget cuts. In a visit to this amphibious assault ship off the Southern California coast, he also said Afghanistan is making progress against the Taliban but Iran remains a potential threat to the U.S. A budget agreement reached last August calls for defense cuts of $487 billion over a decade, a reflection of the drawdown of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the pressure to reduce the nation's deficit. The failure...
  • Mayor Calls For Budget Cuts To Offset Millions In Occupy LA Costs

    12/22/2011 12:24:53 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 5 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 12/21/11 | CBS Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The City of Los Angeles reportedly faces millions of dollars in expenses brought about by the Occupy LA movement. City agencies have been ordered to calculate what was spent on the Occupy LA protests. Repairs to City Hall’s lawn where the Occupy group set up camp on Oct. 1 will require an estimated $400,000. The police action to clear out the encampment on Nov. 30 cost more than $700,000.
  • California cuts to affect students, poor, disabled

    12/13/2011 5:36:24 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/13/11 | JUDY LIN, Associated Press
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ordered $1 billion in midyear cuts to California's budget that will result in pain for students who rely on school buses to get to class, mothers who depend on child care subsidies to keep working and support programs for the developmentally disabled. Brown, a Democrat, said that the state's revenues will fall about $2.2 billion below the $88.4 billion he and state lawmakers had hoped for when they passed the budget last summer. The announcement was not surprising and could have been worse. The state's legislative analyst had predicted revenues would fall $3.7 billion below...
  • Obama to slash National Guard force on U.S.-Mexico border

    12/12/2011 3:00:02 PM PST · by illiac · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/12/11 | Stephen Dinan
    Blaming budget cuts, the Obama administration early next year will cut the number of National Guard troops patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border by at least half, according to a congressman who was briefed on the plan. The National Guard said an announcement will be made by the White House “in the near future,” but Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who has learned of the plans, said slashing the deployment in half is the minimum number, and he said it will mean reshuffling the remaining troops along the nearly 2,000-mile border. In California, that will mean going from 264 Guard troops...
  • Rand Paul: Supercommittee Failure May Be Best Option to Force Spending Cuts

    11/20/2011 1:56:11 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 20 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 11-20-11 | Amy Woods
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said that, if the congressional supercommittee fails to reach a deficit-reduction agreement before Thanksgiving, that might be the best way to force the government to cut spending. "It's sort of like telling your children that, if you don't clean up your mess — or else," Paul said today on CNN's "State of the Union." "Really, maybe we need the ‘or else’ because Congress isn't behaving the way they should be behaving. Maybe sequestration is our only way we will get any kind of cuts." Sequestration, the term used for automatic spending cuts that will be...
  • Report: Budget cuts would hollow military

    09/30/2011 12:16:05 AM PDT · by Clairity · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | sept. 29, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    A new congressional report spells out in detail how the military would become "hollow" if Congress´ supercommittee fails to agree on deficit reductions, triggering $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts. The Army and Marine Corps would lose 200,000 troops, bringing active strength "well below" pre-Sept. 11, 2001, levels, and the armed forces would not be able to carry out its essential mission, says a 14-page analysis by the Republican majority staff of the House Armed Services Committee. The report also says the cuts would deplete weapon systems, further degrading the fighting capabilities of the armed forces. Defense Secretary Leon E....
  • Save the Lightning (F-35)

    09/06/2011 9:56:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 6, 2011 | Thomas Donnelly
    Save the Lightning Why we need the F-35 By Thomas Donnelly The Weekly Standard Tuesday, September 6, 2011 Thanks to the provisions of the Budget Control Act and the subsequent directions of President Obama's budget director, Jack Lew, the Department of Defense is figuring out how to trim $1 trillion from its current and planned budgets. Perhaps the principal target in the sights is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program (aka the Lightning II)—a fact that neatly encapsulates the Pentagon's severe budgetary, programmatic, operational, and strategic problems. It's only modest hyperbole to conclude that as fares the Lightning, so fares...
  • Budget Cuts: Free Haircut

    08/23/2011 9:03:28 PM PDT · by aaronopine · 14 replies
    Aaron Opine Blog ^ | 8/23/11 | AaronOpine
    I sat forlorn in a discount haircut franchise watching as my hair fell to the floor whilst what remaining on my head began looking similar to unwanted patches of crab grass in my lawn. I handed over my $5.00 off coupon and grimaced as the total still came to $12.00. Why was I paying money for a haircut I could from a chance encounter between my head and the weed whacker in my garage?
  • Clinton opposes budget cuts

    08/17/2011 6:38:52 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 11 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 16 Aug 2011 | Unknown
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday against budget cuts that could force an abrupt pullout of the US security presence in the Pacific at a time when China's power is rising. The debate over reducing the US debt "does cast a pall over our ability to project the kind of security interests that are in America's interests," Clinton told officers at the National Defense University. "We need to have a responsible conversation about how we are going to prepare ourselves for the future and there are a lot of issues that are not in the headlines but...
  • 'Doomsday' Defense Cuts Loom Large For Select 12

    08/14/2011 6:39:15 AM PDT · by blam · 49 replies
    Yahoo - Associated Press ^ | 8-14-2011 | DONNA CASSATA
    'Doomsday' Defense Cuts Loom Large For Select 12 By DONNA CASSATA - Associated Press August 14, 2011WASHINGTON (AP) — For the dozen lawmakers given the task of producing a deficit-cutting plan, the threatened "doomsday" defense cuts hit close to home. The six Republicans and six Democrats represent states where the biggest military contractors — Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Corp., Raytheon Co. and Boeing Co. — build missiles, aircraft, jet fighters and tanks while employing tens of thousands of workers. The potential for $500 billion more in defense cuts could force the Pentagon to cancel or scale back multibillion-dollar weapons programs....
  • A Balanced Approach

    07/27/2011 3:37:04 PM PDT · by Todd Kinsey · 3 replies
    President Obama continues to call for a “balanced approach” when it comes to raising the debt ceiling. In fact, he did so seven times during his primetime speech to the nation this past Monday. So what is the president’s idea of a balanced approach? Well we know he continues to call for an increase in revenue which is simply Madison Avenue speak for raising taxes. To many Americans this probably sounds like a good idea, we just need more money so the government can meet its obligations. But where will that money come from? According to the president it’s going...
  • House panel backs ban on abortion funds

    07/21/2011 9:27:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/21/11 | DONNA CASSATA
    A House panel on Thursday endorsed a ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information, a fresh effort to reverse Obama administration policy. On the second day of a marathon session, the House Foreign Affairs Committee struggled to complete a sweeping foreign aid bill that would block U.S. assistance to Pakistan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority unless the Obama administration reassures Congress that they are combatting terrorism. It also would slash U.S. contributions to international organizations and limit President Barack Obama's authority on overseas issues. Overall, the bill would cut $6.4 billion from...
  • Under New Proposed Inflation Measure Seniors Would Lose $720 per Year in Social Security Payments

    07/18/2011 10:04:37 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 7-18-2011 | Robert Wenzel
    Under New Proposed Inflation Measure Seniors Would Lose $720 per Year in Social Security PaymentsEconomic Policy JournalRobert WenzelJuly 18, 2011 As I have pointed out before, as part of the current deficit-reduction talks, White House officials and Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle are advocating changes to the way inflation is calculated by using a method to measure inflation known as the "chained consumer price index." This method would likely result in a slower inflation adjustment rate payment on social security. So if you think the current CPI doesn't reflect price inflation accurately, just wait until the SS...
  • White House: Budget cuts to president's office hurt debt efforts

    07/18/2011 10:34:54 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 18, 2011 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Proposed House cuts to the Executive Office of the President's (EOP) budget will hurt administration efforts to cut the deficit, the White House argues. The Obama administration made the argument in comments on H.R. 2434, the 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. That bill could be on the House floor as early as next week, and would decrease funding for the EOP from $705 million to $640 million. "The level of resources provided in the bill would significantly impact the EOP's role in assisting the president in carrying out his constitutional duties as head of the executive branch,...
  • Emanuel to send out layoff notices today

    07/15/2011 10:41:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.chicagotribune.com ^ | 15 July 2011 | By Kristen Mack
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will send layoff notices to up to 625 city employees today as he tries to close a $30 million budget hole. Custodians, call center operators at the city's water department and seasonal workers at the Department of Transportation will be among those affected. Emanuel said he will close an entire $30 million budget hole left by the expiration of a deal with City Hall labor unions for unpaid days off. The mayor previously had turned up the pressure on unions for concessions or cost-cutting ideas at a series of news conferences. "It has been two...
  • The Sneaky Way They Plan on Cutting Social Security Benefits

    07/08/2011 4:41:50 AM PDT · by blam · 152 replies · 2+ views
    EPJ ^ | 7-8-2011
    The Sneaky Way They Plan on Cutting Social Security BenefitsJuly 8, 2011 Talk of changing the way the CPI is calculated is now part of on going talks on how to deal with the debt expansion. Reuters explains bluntly what is going on: President Barack Obama and lawmakers are considering cutting Social Security and increasing revenue by changing the way the government measures inflation. Four senior congressional aides said lawmakers are discussing using an alternative yardstick to gauge inflation, known as the “chained consumer price index,” to determine annual cost-of-living adjustments for millions of Americans. How much of an impact...