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  • MILITARY UPDATE: Ex-commissary chief warns cuts could topple resale system

    04/27/2014 6:49:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 36 replies
    A retired Army sergeant first class living in Northeast El Paso, Texas, says he and his wife will stop shopping on Fort Bliss if the Department of Defense allows commissary prices to climb, as planned, to within 10 percent of local grocers. “I am not the only one here who thinks the same way,” said Louis Lindemann. “By the time we pay for gas alone, we could go to the local Albertson’s or the Walmart food store around the corner. The commissary already has a number of items we can purchase cheaper on the economy.” His email arrived moments after...
  • Obama backs down on cuts to Medicare (House floor protest by RATS)

    04/08/2014 2:54:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    PressTV ^ | 4/08/14
    The Obama administration on Monday canceled planned cuts to Medicare Advantage amid a drumbeat of election-year opposition from Democrats. The cuts would have reduced the benefits that seniors receive from insurance plans in the program, which offers an alternative to traditional Medicare. The reversal came as a relief to many Democrats, who feared the cuts would create a backlash among seniors in the midterm elections. “In many parts of the country, including New York, Medicare Advantage works very well. They’ve shouldered their share already and this proposed cut would have been disproportionate, hurting seniors who would lose doctors or pay...
  • Europe Begins to Rethink Cuts to Military Spending

    03/29/2014 2:44:30 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 March 14 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    LONDON — President Obama spent Wednesday in Brussels talking up the importance of the security relationship between Europe and the United States, but it is considered unlikely that Russia’s seizure of Crimea will prompt increased European military spending at a time of economic anemia and budget cuts. NATO and the European Union regard the Russian move in Ukraine as a wake-up call, a reminder that hard power can easily trump 21st-century assumptions about Europe as a sphere of trade, international law and cooperation. Despite the newly militant tone, NATO members will continue to spend paltry amounts on defense, experts say....
  • Troop cut may cost fort 2,700 soldiers, civil service

    03/20/2014 6:15:16 AM PDT · by SandRat
    FORT HUACHUCA — A reduction of 2,700 positions on this southern Arizona Army post is possible in the next five years, as the Army looks at a proposed end-strength of 420,000 soldiers, the post’s senior commander told the Herald/Review Wednesday. But before the Army makes any decisions impacting the fort, and other of its installations, there will be a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA), allowing area community and business leaders, and the general public, to comment on on any environmental or socio-economic impacts such a reduction will have, Maj. Gen. Robert P. Ashley said. “For Fort Huachuca the planning (reduction) numbers...
  • Insurers: Medicare Advantage cuts cost seniors $900 per year

    03/02/2014 8:51:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/14 | Elise Viebeck
    The health insurance industry fighting proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage payments argued they will raise seniors' out-of-pocket costs next year. America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a trade group, blasted the reductions with a report Thursday finding that beneficiaries could pay as much as $900 more in 2015 if the cuts take effect. The report by consulting firm Oliver Wyman concluded that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans could see a 5.9 percent total cut to their payments next year as a result of changes proposed by federal health officials. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) floated a 2015 cut of...
  • GOP blasts Obama defense cuts

    03/02/2014 6:35:30 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2 March 14 | Kristina Wong
    GOP lawmakers say the Obama administration is ignoring history in planning a defense budget that bets there won't be another protracted ground war in the near future. The White House is expected to unveil the 2015 defense budget on Tuesday that would cut the active duty Army by more than 20 percent over the next five years. “After Iraq and Afghanistan, we are no longer sizing the military to conduct long and large stability operations,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said last Monday as he previewed the president’s 2015 defense budget. Republicans say this move is foolish, given the effects of...
  • Obama’s Treasonous Squandering of American Power

    02/26/2014 10:06:17 AM PST · by xzins · 22 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 2/26/14 | CHQ Staff
    We don’t usually flak for The Washington Post, but every so often the Washington elite’s liberal “paper of record” gets something right, or at least asks the right question. Such was the case on Monday, February 24, when the Post published an opinion piece by Richard Cohen entitled “Susan Rice and the retreat of American power,” that detailed a bill of particulars against President Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, and the President himself, for the treasonous squandering of American lives, treasure and influence in the world’s affairs. While what happened at Benghazi, Libya and how the events there led...
  • Is this really a good time to cut back our military? : Sending the wrong message to our enemies

    02/25/2014 6:48:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/25/2014 | Silivo Canto Jr.
    According to news reports, the US military will be cut dramatically: "Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years through a series of base closures and troops cuts, and by completely eliminating several Air Force aircraft fleets. The move comes as the U.S. Army moves into the final phases of a massive troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and Congress raises new red flags about American deficit spending. Hagel surprised some observers on Monday when he outlined a global military philosophy that removed America from the center of its universe. [SNIP] I oppose these...
  • Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level

    02/24/2014 6:52:15 AM PST · by shove_it · 35 replies
    NYT ^ | 23 Feb 2014 | THOM SHANKER and HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001. The proposal, described by several Pentagon officials on the condition of anonymity in advance of its release on Monday, takes into account the fiscal reality of government austerity and the political reality of a president who pledged...
  • 2014 January Job Cut Report: Planned Cuts Surge 50 Percent

    02/07/2014 5:56:59 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    Challenger Grey ^ | Feb 5, 2014
    2014 January Job Cut Report: Planned Cuts Surge 50 Percent After falling to a 13-year low in December, monthly job cuts surged nearly 50 percent to kick off 2014, as U.S.-based employers announced plans to reduce their payrolls by 45,107 in January, according to the latest report on monthly job cuts released Thursday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. The 45,107 job cuts last month were 47 percent higher than a December total of 30,623, which was the lowest one-month total since 17,241 planned layoffs were announced in June 2000. January job cuts were up 12 percent...
  • Gov. Dave Heineman calls for tax cuts of up to $500 million over next 3 years

    01/15/2014 7:41:48 AM PST · by NEMDF · 5 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | January 15, 2014 | Paul Hammel
    LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman is wasting no time promoting his push for tax-relief legislation in 2014. Heineman scooped his own State of the State address — scheduled for delivery this morning — by revealing his plan Tuesday night to seek up to $500 million in tax cuts over the next three years.
  • Vast Majority of Military Pension Cuts Remain in Omnibus Spending Bill

    01/14/2014 2:26:56 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 17 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 14 Jan 14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill introduced Monday evening leaves the vast majority of pension cuts to military retirees intact, only exempting disabled veterans from the controversial provision included in last month’s budget deal. The spending bill amends a section of the bipartisan budget agreement that hit the military with reduced retirement pay, while also leaving generous benefits for civilian federal retirees untouched. The new spending bill, negotiated by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R., Ky.) and Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.), would only restore retirement benefits for 17.5 percent of military retirees. Title...
  • Democrats plead with Obama to abandon Social Security cut

    01/12/2014 10:18:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/11/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Democratic senators are pleading with President Obama to abandon his proposal to trim Social Security benefits before it becomes a liability for them in the midterm elections. The president proposed a new formula for calculating benefits in his budget last year, in hopes that the olive branch to Republicans would persuade them to back tax increases in a broader fiscal deal. But Democratic lawmakers say Obama should shelve the idea now that they are facing a difficult midterm election where they need to turn out the liberal base to preserve their Senate majority. “I’m not sure why we should be...
  • New Md. health care delivery system will prioritize wellness ["when the dust settles......"]

    01/11/2014 1:38:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 11, 2014 | Gov Martin O'Malley
    "...That's why we're modernizing our unique system. Under the new approach—made possible by the Affordable Care Act and approved by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services—Maryland will implement a groundbreaking new system of health care delivery. Using the rate setting structure, the state will set global budgets and other alternative approaches to payment that reward clinical systems of care for providing improved outcomes at lower costs. Support for this new demonstration has come from a coalition of the hospitals, the insurance companies and the state all working together with a common vision....Under the new model, our hospitals have committed...
  • 'A Promise Broken': Budget Deal Hits Military Retirees' Pensions

    01/10/2014 10:54:11 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | 10 Jan 14 | Christina Scotti
    <p>Last month’s congressional budget deal hit military retirees with 20 years of service or more in a very real and controversial way: It trimmed their cost-of-living adjustments [COLAs] by 1% each year until they reach 62.</p> <p>Veterans’ groups say this reduction could add up to an average of more than $80,000 in losses for retirees who are affected -- and a loss of confidence in the U.S. government’s word.</p>
  • Colleges Trim Staffing Bloat - Amid Tuition Backlash, Cuts in Subsidies, Schools Target Efficiencies

    12/26/2013 1:12:53 PM PST · by abb · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 25, 2013 | Douglas Belkin
    After years of cuts in state subsidies and growing resistance to rising tuition, U.S. colleges and universities are starting to unwind decades of administrative bloat and back-office waste that helped push up costs and tuition. The State University of New York system shaved $48 million in the past two years by cutting unused software licenses and consolidating senior administrators. The University of California, Berkeley, cut $70 million since 2011 by centralizing purchasing and laying off a layer of middle managers, among other things. And the University of Kansas revamped its back-office operations to save about $5 million in 2013. One...
  • DC staff irked as NBC News eyes cuts

    12/21/2013 11:50:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 68 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/21/13 | Claire Atkinson
    NBC News boss Deborah Turness is spending the last few days of the year eyeing cuts — moves that could include axing some senior on-air talent, The Post has learned. Turness, brought on in August to shake up the moribund news division — where “Meet the Press” and “Today” had stumbled — is in the midst of a host of end-of -year buyouts and cost reductions, sources said. The current moves are not the first time Turness has irked journalists under her command.
  • Ryan knew about, ignored Military Pension Cuts 'Mistake' in Budget Deal

    12/20/2013 8:46:23 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 12-20-13 | Matthew Boyle
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan admitted on Wednesday evening that cutting the pensions of disabled and injured U.S. military veterans as part of the deal he forged with Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) was a mistake. Apparently, Ryan knew the mistake was in the legislation for at least two full days before the House vote. He has not, however, provided any explanation for why he did nothing to fix it. While interviewing him on Kudlow Report on CNBC Wednesday evening, Larry Kudlow asked Ryan if he agreed with a statement Murray made on the Senate floor...
  • Senators fight cuts to veteran benefits ahead of key budget test vote

    12/17/2013 6:11:47 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 67 replies
    AP and Fox News ^ | 17 Dec 13 | AP Staff
    <p>Republican senators were making a last-ditch bid to undo cuts to military retiree benefits in the House-passed budget deal ahead of a crucial vote Tuesday morning in the Senate.</p> <p>Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions filed an amendment late Monday to restore money that was cut from veteran and military retiree pension benefits by closing a loophole that allows illegal immigrants to qualify for child tax credits.</p>
  • Military retirees 'screwed' in budget deal

    12/18/2013 6:13:57 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 12 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 12/18/13 | Jenifer Liberto
    Military retirees are getting "screwed" by a budget deal expected to pass the Senate on Wednesday, said Sen. Lindsey Graham. "Is the choice between keeping the government open and screwing all the military retirees? Is that that right choice?" said Graham, Republican from South Carolina.
  • Thanksgiving: (Hussein's porkulus) Food stamp cuts leave pantries struggling to meet rising need

    11/28/2013 7:34:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 97 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/28/13 | Elisha Fieldstadt
    Food pantries and food banks struggled to meet demand this Thanksgiving, just weeks after food stamp cuts for millions of Americans took effect. On Nov. 1, the 47 million people who rely on food stamps — also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — saw a decrease in benefits when Congress allowed a 2009 program funding boost to expire. As a result, a family of four will receive $36 less in food stamps in November and each month thereafter, according to the USDA. “All of our food banks have really ratcheted up what they have had to serve,”...
  • Obama using food-stamp cash to fund Michelle’s ‘Let’s Move’

    11/12/2013 9:01:13 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | 3:52am | By Andrea Peyser
    On Nov. 1, sizable cuts were gouged into the federal food-stamp program (or, as it’s now called, SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which feeds 47.6 million people, or nearly one in six Americans. In the city, 1.9 million folks get the bulk of their Jell-O and Campbell’s Soup from stamps. But ...it wasn’t heartless Republicans who triggered the cuts. Rather, some of the food-stamp cash was snatched to pay for Michelle Obama’s pet project, Let’s Move... The great food grab began in 2010, when President Obama, with Michelle and US Department of Agriculture honchos at his side, signed the Healthy,...
  • An Inconsequential Washington DC

    10/17/2013 11:38:23 AM PDT · by Chris in VA · 4 replies
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | 10/17/2013 | Chris McAllister
    Couple the government shutdown with the debt ceiling deadline, and there is something that should be clear to everyone at this point – Washington D.C. must be rendered inconsequential in the everyday lives of Americans. Since this same debacle is going to replay itself in just a few short months, it is time for the Republicans to do what is in the best interests of the country and gut the federal government. Here are a few examples they could consider in their “negotiations” with Obama:
  • VA outlines scope of cuts to veterans

    10/09/2013 11:19:06 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-9-13 | Seth McLaughlin
    The Veterans Affairs Department has been able to maintain most operations amid the government shutdown, but Secretary Eric K. Shinseki warned Congress on Wednesday that it will soon have to halt payments to more than five million beneficiaries. Mr. Shinseki said that by next month he will likely run out of money to cover disability and pension payments to veterans and surviving spouse, and will also have to halt GI Bill payments for education expenses. “Before the end of the month, the mandatory account will not support payments in November — even though I will have checks lined up to...
  • House GOP may add budget cuts to debt limit bill

    09/20/2013 3:05:01 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 7 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | Sept 20, 2013 | By ALAN FRAM — Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — House Republicans are considering demanding Medicare and other budget savings, reining in the Obama administration's environmental agenda including greenhouse gas restrictions, and other proposals as the price for extending the government's ability to borrow money, GOP lawmakers and aides said Friday. Republicans said that during closed-door discussions this week about what to include in upcoming legislation renewing federal borrowing authority, options have included blocking administration plans to curb coal ash pollution; forcing civil servants to contribute more to their retirement plans; and requiring Congress to approve many major regulations. Republicans said that during closed-door discussions this week about...
  • Leaked Department of Defense Report Blames Budget Cuts For Lax Security at Naval Yard

    09/17/2013 8:31:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/17/13 | Rachel Pulaski
    A leaked report by the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office that wasn’t set to be released until next month claims budget cuts led to lax security at the D.C. naval yard. Time Magazine published leaked excerpts of the report. Daily Mail reported: Budget cuts may have been the cause for lax security at the Washington D.C. Navy Yards where 12 people were shot dead and eight others were injured on Monday morning. A yet-to-be-released government audit reveals that federal oversight investigators concluded that the reduced security measures at the base left security risks unaddressed. A report by the Department...
  • A ´No´ on Syria If Military Cuts Aren´t Restored

    09/09/2013 7:16:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/9/13 | Buck McKeon
    As Congress debates whether to authorize a strike on Syria in response to Bashar Assad´s use of chemical weapons, much has been said and written about America´s special role in the world. Simply put, the blessings of prosperity obligate the U.S. to enforce the peace it seeks. There is no nobler duty. If the U.S. is unwilling to use its strength to respond to Assad´s crimes, then the defenseless will continue to be slaughtered in Syria, and America risks having similar atrocities visited upon its citizens. To allow the use of weapons of mass destruction to go unanswered would be...
  • (Chicago RAT) Emanuel doesn't address CPS neighborhood school cuts (pensions a problem)

    08/06/2013 6:16:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/06/13 | John Byrne
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended the choices he has made on the Chicago Public Schools budget, but did not directly address reports that neighborhood schools will face deeper cuts during the coming year than charters or other kinds of schools. CPS estimated classroom cuts in the upcoming budget to be about $68 million. But the Tribune found that the cuts to district-run neighborhood schools is more than $100 million for instruction and operations. CPS came up with its lower figure by including budget increases at charter and contract schools that in many cases saw enrollment rise and seats added....
  • Bring on the Draconian Cuts: Even tiny budget cuts infuriate Democrats.

    07/13/2013 6:21:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/13/2013 | Kevin Williamson
    Hark, unless mine eyes are cheated, it appears that the House has passed a bill — on energy and water development — that would spend less money than we spent last year. Indeed, that is the case: The $30.4 billion bill is $2.9 billion less than was appropriated for 2013. If my always-suspect English-major math is correct, that $2.9 billion represents a full 0.08 percent of 2012 federal outlays. The White House has threated to veto these “draconian cuts.” Seriously — OMB put out a statement calling these “draconian cuts.” Does anybody over there know what “draconian” means? Among the...
  • Pentagon eyes cuts in danger pay

    07/10/2013 12:25:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 7-10-2013
    The Pentagon is eyeing plans to eliminate danger pay for service members in as many as 18 countries and five waterways around the world, saving about $120 million each year while taking a bite out of troops' salaries, The Associated Press has learned. Senior defense and military leaders are expected to meet later this week to review the matter and are poised to approve a new plan. Pentagon press secretary George Little declined to discuss details but said no final decisions have been made.
  • U.S. to Propose New Phase In Nuclear Arms Cuts

    06/18/2013 5:03:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/18/2013 | Adam Entous & Julian E. Barnes
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama, in a major foreign policy speech in Berlin on Wednesday, is set to make the case for a new phase in nuclear weapons reductions, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the plans. Despite mounting tensions with Cold War adversary Russia over the Syrian civil war and missile-defense, Mr. Obama is expected in the speech to say that the U.S. and Russia can reduce their arsenals of deployed nuclear weapons by up to another one-third, beyond the cuts mandated under the 2010 New START, or Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, without undercutting deterrence
  • Obama urges Congress to fund diplomatic security (Benghazi)(Barf alert)

    05/16/2013 2:33:31 PM PDT · by haffast · 21 replies
    AFP ^ | 17 May 2013 4:44 AM | AFP/jc
    WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama urged Congress on Thursday to fund upgrades to US embassy security around the world, as a way of truly honouring the memory of four Americans killed in Benghazi. Obama made the call in his latest bid to regain the initiative after Republicans accused his administration of covering up details of the September 11 attack to safeguard his re-election hopes last year. The president said he was committed to improving security at US posts abroad as recommended by a State Department review board set up to probe the attack on the US mission in the eastern Libyan...
  • Demoralizing

    04/04/2013 7:05:14 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 3 replies
    Washinton Free Beacon ^ | 3 Apr 13 | Adam Kredo
    Demoralizing Hagel tells military to prepare for cuts, ‘appreciate’ its ‘limits’ Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel tried to mollify worried military leaders Wednesday, speaking publicly for the first time about the Defense Department’s pressing budgetary woes. Widespread cuts to the defense budget have led DoD to impose furloughs on civilian employees, defer critical maintenance projects, and consider cutting benefits to military families. Military employees who attended Hagel’s speech at the National Defense University did not hesitate to express their fears, pressing Hagel to explain why benefits and salaries have been placed on DoD’s chopping block. “Why are we still furloughing?”...
  • Pinocchio reigns: Lies our government tell us [Budget exploding, not shrinking]

    03/17/2013 12:45:48 PM PDT · by Moseley · 7 replies
    BIZ PAC Review (West Palm Beach, Florida) ^ | March 17, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Will 10 percent cuts in government spending known as “sequester” really harm American citizens in our everyday lives? Or have politicians gone way too far this time with their lies? The truth – sharply contradicting President Obama’s assertions – can be found buried within data published by the Office of Management and Budget under “Historical Tables” posted at www.WhiteHouse.Gov. Some calculation is needed to subtract 2013 projected spending from 2008 spending and to adjust for the 10 percent sequester from “Table 4.1—Outlays by Agency: 1962–2017.” Our nation is struggling with an extraordinary rash of government lies even while government spending...
  • Sequestration cutbacks hit defense

    03/17/2013 9:51:29 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    Daily News Los Angeles ^ | 15 Mar 13 | Andrew Edwards
    Washington's recent failure to meet politicians' self-imposed deadline for broad-based budget cuts does not seem to have yet had much effect on average Americans, but its impacts on the military are on pace to "snowball". That's the word from Lt. Col Don Traud at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, home of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing. The 452nd's pilots and crew members take flight in C-17 Globemaster jets and KC-135R Stratotankers, which are respectively deployed to transport personnel and cargo and conduct air refueling missions. "One of our biggest missions is actually picking up the wounded in the...
  • Pelosi caught in a bind on entitlement cuts

    03/17/2013 6:06:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/16/13 | Mike Lillis
    President Obama's openness to Social Security cuts as part of a sweeping budget package has put Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a tough spot. The minority leader is straddling the gulf between a Democratic president who's been willing to shrink pay hikes under the popular retirement program for the sake of a bipartisan deficit deal, and numerous liberals in her caucus who are fighting tooth-and-nail to prevent that change. The issue has left Pelosi with at least three balls in the air. First, she wants to keep a united front in the high-stakes budget battle with Obama, who has backed...
  • Military 'quality of life' to suffer under sequestration

    Military pay is exempt from the automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, that went into effect earlier this month. But scores of military programs that impact service members in their everyday lives — including funding tuition assistance and family-assistance programs — are not protected from the across-the-board budget reductions. And that will certainly have an effect on service members, officials from the Defense Department and the military services told the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on military personnel. The Army and the Air Force both announced this week they would cut tuition-assistance programs for new applicants. Under sequestration, and the...
  • Feds Spend $1.5 Million to Study Why Lesbians Are Fat

    03/12/2013 2:01:19 PM PDT · by maddog55 · 74 replies
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | March 11, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.5 million to study biological and social factors for why “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese and why gay males are not, calling it an issue of “high public-health significance." Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., has received two grants administered by NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study the relationship between sexual orientation and obesity. “Obesity is one of the most critical public health issues affecting the U.S. today,” the description of the grant reads. “Racial and socioeconomic disparities in the determinants, distribution,...
  • Make cuts hurt: email reveals

    03/06/2013 8:17:04 AM PST · by EyeSalveRich · 31 replies
    Fox news ^ | 3/6/2013 | Fox news
    A leaked email from an Agriculture Department field officer adds fuel to claims President Obama's political strategy is to make the billions in recent federal budget cuts as painful as possible to win the public opinion battle against Republicans. ...According to the partially redacted email, the response came from the Agriculture Department’s budget office and in part states: “However you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”
  • Obama Issues Order Setting Off ‘Slow Grind’ of Budget Cuts

    03/01/2013 9:17:15 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 24 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | Friday, 01 Mar 2013 10:00 PM | http://www.newsmax.com
    President Barack Obama ordered the start of $85 billion in government spending cuts, beginning a potentially decade-long wave of belt-tightening that risks curbing U.S. economic growth this year. The White House released the order tonight, the deadline set by a law passed two years ago to avoid a debt default, and the Office of Management and Budget sent Congress a detailed list of program cuts. The reductions’ impact will become clear over the next several weeks, as agencies inform affected government contractors and notify employees about furloughs, most of which wouldn’t begin until some time in April. “What’s important to...
  • Congressman Takes No [Bleep] From Obama

    02/27/2013 2:17:00 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Quin Hillyer
    Congressman Takes No [Bleep] From Obama Quin Hillyer Sophomore U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, graduated first in his class at West Point, graduated from Harvard Law School, had a hugely successful career in the aerospace industry, and also has a think-tank background. He may be a seriously rising star. Anyway, he put out a self-explanatory press release that is a beauty to behold. Today, White House Spokesman Jay Carney asked during a press briefing what Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, would say to defense workers facing furlough because of the President’s sequester plan. The following is his statement: “Mr. Carney doesn’t...
  • Obama Admin:'Sequester will Result in HIV,Illegal Immigration, Hepatitis B for Children, Terrorism'

    02/27/2013 1:47:00 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 42 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/27/13 | Aurelius
    The Obama Administration is doing everything it possibly can to inflict the most damage on the United States of America if sequestration, the very sequestration that they came up with, is not repealed in some way. To make the American people suffer, President Obama is promising that these cuts will result in a myriad of terrifying consequences. The average person might think that sequestration could result in higher unemployment. Not quite, the Obama Administration is now saying. If sequestration goes into effect, President Obama promises that Americans will see an increase in illegal immigration, whooping cough, Hepatitis B for children,...
  • Brief and Direct: Why are Firemen Always the First To Be Laid Off?

    02/26/2013 5:40:18 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Red State.com ^ | Feb 25, 2013
    Brief and Direct: Why are Firemen Always the First To Be Laid Off? After garbage workers, that is. By: Flagstaff (Diary) | February 25th, 2013 at 08:33 Maybe because we’ll miss them the most. Because the President has forgotten he’s already been elected and he’s been campaigning across the country to defeat his own idea, there are too many sources to quote regarding the dire consequences President Obama sees if the sequester, or Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), isn’t averted. So without individual attribution here are some of the services we will lose. Local first responders–fire, police, EMS. Teachers....
  • Obama Warns: Budget Cuts will Slow Economy, Eliminate Jobs

    02/25/2013 11:22:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/2/13
    US President Barack Obama warned warring politicians Monday it was time to start governing as Washington headed into another manufactured crisis threatening the fragile economy. Obama told an annual meeting of state governors at the White House that huge budget cuts due to hit on March 1 would "slow our economy, eliminate good jobs" and leave Americans with "thinly stretched" budgets wondering what to do, AFP reported. The president is demanding that congressional Republicans stave off a set of arbitrary, automatic spending cuts known as the sequester by closing tax loopholes that benefit the rich and corporations. "We can't just...
  • Woodward pushes back: W.H. confusing, distorting facts on sequester

    02/24/2013 2:11:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/24/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    The Washington Post's Bob Woodward tells POLITICO Playbook that the White House is muddling the facts on the sequester - "a classic case of distortion and confusion." **SNIP** "The White House pushback is a classic case of distortion and confusion," Woodward said in an email to Playbook. "We unfortunately have seen this too often in recent presidential history... I do not think it is willful. They are just mixed up, surprisingly so."
  • Depressing poll of the day: Public opposes cuts to virtually all types of spending

    02/23/2013 5:07:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 92/22/2013 | AllahPundit
    Nothing new here, which is the most depressing part. Scroll halfway down the page at Pew and you'll find a table tracking shifts in public opinion on various programs over the last four years. There are noticeable jumps in support for cuts from 2009 to 2011 as America got a snoutful of Obamanomics, but we've leveled off since then — and in not a single category of the 17 tested is there 50 percent in favor of decreasing spending. In fact, in only three of those 17 categories (foreign aid, unemployment aid, and the State Department) is there more support...
  • Former Security Officials to Obama: Cancel Nuke Cuts

    02/22/2013 2:47:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/22/13 | Bill Gertz
    A group of 18 former military and national security officials wrote to President Barack Obama on Friday urging the administration to cancel plans for further cuts in United States nuclear warheads, warning that new arms reductions would undermine U.S. security. The ex-officials, including two former members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated in the letter to Obama that North Korea’s recent underground nuclear test, and concerns about growing Pyongyang-Tehran nuclear arms cooperation, undermines any further disarmament sought by the president. “In our professional judgment, born of decades of experience with national security policy and practice, America’s ‘triad’ of nuclear-armed...
  • 57 Terrible Consequences Of The Sequester

    02/21/2013 10:20:31 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    Go.com ^ | Chris Good
    57 Terrible Consequences Of The Sequester By CHRIS GOOD (@c_good) February 21, 2013 If the heads of 20 federal agencies are to be believed, disastrous consequences await if President Obama and Congress fail to reach a budget deal, triggering the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as "sequestration." Those cuts are slated to begin March 1, and earlier this month, the Senate Appropriations Committee asked agency heads to explain what would happen in such a scenario. In separate letters to Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., they warned of terrible things: Greater risk of wildfires, fewer OSHA inspections and a risk of more...
  • Nancy Pelosi begs us not to ruin her dignity by cutting her paycheck

    02/16/2013 11:14:32 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 83 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 2/15/2013 | MSNBC
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is speaking out against a cut in congressional pay because she says it will undermine the dignity of their positions. "I think we should respect the work we do," Pelosi said. "I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded."
  • Automatic budget cuts to happen: Senator McConnell

    02/13/2013 6:48:12 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 Feb 13 | David Lawder
    The Senate's top Republican predicted on Tuesday that automatic spending cuts will take effect on March 1 as scheduled. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he did not expect some last-minute deal to materialize that would avert the cuts, known in budget jargon as a "sequester." "Read my lips: I'm not interested in an 11th-hour negotiation," McConnell told reporters. "It's pretty clear to me that the sequester's going to go into effect," McConnell said. "I have seen no evidence that the House plans to act on this matter before the end of the month." The across-the-board cuts were set in...