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  • Senate bailout bill keeps growing

    10/01/2008 5:34:06 PM PDT · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 15 replies · 592+ views
    Politico ^ | October 1, 2008 | David Rogers
    The Senate hopes to revive Treasury’s $700 billion financial rescue plan Wednesday night by packaging it together with more than $100 billion in popular tax breaks as well as aid to rural schools important to House Republicans. To calm voters fearful of bank failures, the $100,000 cap on federal insurance for deposits would also be raised to $250,000—a concession backed by both parties but also aimed at community banks who can be helpful in building small town support for the larger bill. With each permutation, the bill has steadily grown in size. Treasury’s initial plan was about three pages long....
  • Hogs on the Hill

    06/15/2007 7:59:25 AM PDT · by gpapa · 15 replies · 431+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 15, 2007 | Editorial Staff
    After increasing the national debt by more than $3.2 trillion over the previous six years, President Bush submitted a fiscal 2008 budget totaling $2.9 trillion, which represents a trillion-dollar-plus increase (56 percent) over the spending level ($1.86 trillion) he inherited from the 2001 budget. Mr. Bush's five-year budget blueprint would add nearly $600 billion to the national debt in 2008 alone and another $1.9 trillion over the next four years. To keep the debt from soaring even higher, the president had to rely on numerous delusional assumptions. These included the absurd notions that his global war on terror would cost...
  • Fed Spending Up 40 Percent Under Bush

    11/17/2006 1:50:24 PM PST · by Reagan is King · 97 replies · 1,916+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Friday, Nov. 17, 2006 | NewsMax.com Staff
    Federal spending in fiscal year 2006 increased by a whopping 9 percent — the largest rise since 1990 — and has risen more than 40 percent since President Bush took office. The most recent rise far outpaces inflation — the Consumer Price Index is up only 1.3 percent in the past 12 months. "The greatest scandal in Washington, D.C., is runaway federal spending,” Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said after the midterm elections. In recent years, he points out, the GOP majority "voted to expand the federal government’s role in education, [added new] entitlements, and pursued spending policies that created deficits...
  • Viagra For Rapist (rapist of Top Gun star & others received tax-payer funded viagra despite history)

    06/28/2006 9:47:25 AM PDT · by dead · 85 replies · 3,018+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 28, 2006 | LAURA ITALIANO
    A rapist whose victims included "Top Gun" actress Kelly McGillis got taxpayer-funded Viagra for years, despite his fiendish history, it was revealed yesterday as he was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Serial sex predator Leroy Johnson was prescribed the erectile dysfunction pill by doctors at the Bronx-based Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center from early 2003 to mid-2005, according to court records. The health center stopped doling out the little blue pills to Johnson only after new DNA tests linked him to a 1996 knife-point double rape - bringing his total number of rape victims to five. Center officials didn't...
  • Utahns say no thanks to illegal alien handouts (POLL)

    06/22/2006 1:29:47 PM PDT · by goalinestan · 128 replies · 1,587+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 6/22/06 | Jennifer W. Sanchez
    Most Utahns feel a state law that allows undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition should be repealed, according to a new Salt Lake Tribune poll. Seventy-one percent of the 625 registered voters who were interviewed by telephone for the statewide poll this week said Utah should "repeal the current state law that offers the discounted resident college tuition rate to the children of undocumented immigrants." Ruth Bick, a 63-year-old Ogden resident, said Utahns should not have to pay taxes to subsidize a college education for undocumented students. The state's middle class already is burdened enough with big tax bills,...
  • Examples of Homeland Security Grants in Wisconsin [earmuffs, pencils, fuel cell nailer, boat]

    06/19/2006 5:42:04 PM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies · 1,299+ views
    Gazette Xtra ^ | 6-19-06
    Some examples of what federal homeland security grants purchased in Wisconsin during the past three years: -Sturgeon Bay Fire Department: $109.12 for four behind-the-neck earmuffs and $23.79 for ear plugs for a new rescue team trained in responding to building collapses, fire Chief Tim Herlache said. The earmuffs provide hearing protection for rescuers wearing hardhats when they are using loud equipment, such as jackhammers. The earmuffs were part of a grant equipping a new $210,000 rescue truck also purchased with the homeland security money. The team also got money for a small carpentry shop - including $3.90 for 10 carpenter...
  • Bill would Allow Illegals to attend California Community Colleges for FREE!!!

    06/19/2006 2:43:49 PM PDT · by Craig DeLuz · 56 replies · 1,553+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 06/19/2006 | Craig DeLuz
    State Senator Gill Cedillo, infamous for his effort to give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants has now wants to allow them to get grants provided to UC and CSU students and would make them eligible to receive the Community College Boar d of Governor’s Fee Waiver that would allow them to attend Community College in California for free. Read More...
  • THAR HE-SHE BLOWS

    06/15/2006 3:53:06 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies · 2,198+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 15, 2006 | GEOFF EARLE
    June 15, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - A Houston hairdresser with a long rap sheet conned the feds into paying for his sex-change operation with Hurricane Katrina aid, it was revealed yesterday. In a shocking example of mismanagement and fraud in the widening FEMA fiasco, Michael James Green, 25, was charged with bilking the feds out of $36,000 meant for destitute hurricane victims. He claimed to have lived in 18 damaged addresses and used 18 different Social Security numbers, federal prosecutors said. But Green wasn't using the money for food and shelter: He used it to pay for a sex-change operation,...
  • FEMA relief rife with abuse, fraud, report says (Katrina Fraud)

    06/13/2006 4:01:53 PM PDT · by Libertarian444 · 99 replies · 2,658+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12 JUN 2006 | Chip Reid
    WASHINGTON - As requests for emergency assistance poured in after Hurricane Katrina, one applicant listed as his address the Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans. FEMA promptly issued a check for $2,358 for rental assistance. That's just one of thousands of examples of alleged fraud and abuse described in a new report by the investigative arm of congress — abuse that cost taxpayers about $1 billion. One person applied for aid 13 times, using 13 bogus addresses, and received a total of $139,000. The report says FEMA didn't even try to verify the identity of people who applied for aid by...
  • A first in Northwest Indiana: Illegal immigrant sets sights on attending college

    05/29/2006 12:19:30 AM PDT · by Prince Charles · 22 replies · 744+ views
    The Times (N.W. Indiana) ^ | 5-29-2006 | JERRY DAVICH
    A first in Northwest Indiana HISPANIC SERIES: Illegal immigrant sets sights on attending college through new program BY JERRY DAVICH jdavich@nwitimes.com 219.933.3376 This story ran on nwitimes.com on Monday, May 29, 2006 12:16 AM CDT Chapter two: Reaching for the dream HOBART I Frances Vega cried when she heard the news. On Nov. 23, the day before last Thanksgiving, she heard about Sen. Dick Lugar's formal introduction of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act. The still pending measure would help young, undocumented immigrants in the United States earn legal status by obtaining an education and...
  • Another Possible Bump to the Debt Ceiling (to nearly $10 TRILLION)

    05/09/2006 11:04:47 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 55 replies · 1,305+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 9, 2006 | Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray
    A $2.7 trillion budget plan pending before the House would raise the federal debt ceiling to nearly $10 trillion, less than two months after Congress last raised the federal government's borrowing limit. The provision -- buried on page 121 of the 151-page budget blueprint -- serves as a backdrop to congressional action this week. House leaders hope to try once again to pass a budget plan for fiscal 2007, a month after a revolt by House Republican moderates and Appropriations Committee members forced leaders to pull the plan. With passage of the budget, the House will have raised the federal...
  • Boortz: THE PRESIDENT'S RENOVATION STRATEGY

    03/13/2006 5:23:08 AM PST · by ConservativeBamaFan · 17 replies · 793+ views
    Neal's Nuze ^ | March 13, 2006 | Neal Boortz
    THE PRESIDENT'S RENOVATION STRATEGY Renovation strategy? That's one word you could use. Today George Bush begins a series of speeches trying to turn more public support for the war on terror in general and the war in Iraq in particular. It's an effort to rebuild his approval numbers. We've seen this before. The public becomes restless, and George Bush launches a series of speeches about the war in Iraq. Today Bush will talk about the global war on terror at George Washington University. I'm still a supporter of the Iraqi war. I still believe that Saddam Hussein had to be...
  • Disaster aid hits new high

    03/05/2006 3:14:41 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 12 replies · 364+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 06, 2006 edition | Ron Scherer
    Congress is considering another $20 billion in aid to hurricane-impacted zones. If 2005 hurricane relief were a separate category in the US budget, the only larger items would be defense, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The federal commitment in the aftermath of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma has now hit $88 billion, with at least another $20 billion under consideration in Congress. This has become the largest disaster relief effort the government has agreed to - more than the combined amount it spent for 9/11, the Florida hurricanes of 2004, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and 1992's hurricane Andrew (in nominal dollars)....
  • Are We Ready for the Next 9/11? The sorry state—and stunning waste—of homeland security spending.

    03/05/2006 3:18:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,235+ views
    Reason ^ | March 2006 | Veronique de Rugy
    March 2006 Are We Ready for the Next 9/11? The sorry state—and stunning waste—of homeland security spending. Veronique de Rugy What do gym memberships, the Fourteen Mile Bridge in Mobile, Alabama, and a promotional campaign for a child pornography tip-line have in common? Answer: They all were funded with your homeland security dollars. Since September 11, Congress has appropriated nearly $180 billion to protect Americans from terrorism. Total spending on homeland security in 2006 will be at least $50 billion—roughly $450 per American household. But far from making us more secure, the money is being allocated like so much...
  • $375-a-night condos, $450 tattoos purchased with Katrina relief funds

    02/13/2006 6:24:38 PM PST · by Ellesu · 43 replies · 1,459+ views
    wwltv.com ^ | 02/13/06 | Hope Yen
    The government squandered millions of dollars in Katrina disaster aid, including handing $2,000 debit cards to people who gave phony Social Security numbers and used the money for such items as a $450 tattoo, auditors said Monday. Federal money also paid for $375-a-day beachfront condos and 10,777 trailers that were stuck in mud and unusable. Overcharges, poor accounting and abuses will take "months or years" to rectify, the Government Accountability Office and the Homeland Security Department's inspector general concluded in preliminary reports on how billions of dollars in taxpayer money is being spent. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recognizes it...
  • Auditors Find Huge Fraud in FEMA Aid

    02/11/2006 12:04:49 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 20 replies · 933+ views
    New York Times ^ | 2/11/06 | ERIC LIPTON
    Thousands of applicants for federal emergency relief money after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita used duplicate or invalid Social Security numbers or bogus addresses, suggesting that the $2.3 billion program was a victim of extensive fraud, a Congressional auditor will report Monday. The examination of the so-called Expedited Assistance program determined that the Federal Emergency Management Agency failed to take even the most basic steps to confirm the identifies of about 1.4 million people who sought expedited cash assistance, leaving the program vulnerable to the "significant fraud and abuse," the Government Accountability Office intends to report. The auditors did not try...
  • New Bush Budget Does Little to Slow Spending Binge

    02/06/2006 6:36:45 PM PST · by Reagan Man · 68 replies · 850+ views
    Human Events ^ | February. 6,2006 | John Berthoud
    In the days after the release of President Bush's budget for fiscal 2007, liberal special interests and the Bush Administration will have something in common: both will claim that it outlines deep cuts in spending. Don't believe it. The budget for fiscal 2007 (which will be begin October 1) proposes aggregate federal spending that is 49% higher than in 2001 (the last Clinton budget). This rampant spending growth during the Bush years is the cause of our current large federal budget deficits (which had been vanquished in the late 1990s). The President's budget projects a deficit in 2007 of $354...
  • Entitlement spending growing out of control

    12/29/2005 8:50:37 PM PST · by jb6 · 10 replies · 636+ views
    The Free Press ^ | December 29,2005
    When congressional Republicans, a free-spending lot who have helped ratchet up federal spending to record levels, proposed slowing the rate of federal spending growth by a hair, congressional Democrats accused Republicans of wanting to starve the poor and recreate Dickensian England.That scenario, in a nutshell, explains the looming fiscal crisis at all levels of government. The debate is between those who want enormous government and those who want something even bigger than that. Hence, the Associated Press reported this week that "entitlement" spending is growing out of control. The word "entitlement" itself is a problem. Americans believe they are entitled...
  • $39M Katrina Gov't. Credit Charges Probed [four 27-inch televisions - $3,200 for golf carts..]

    12/24/2005 11:13:28 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies · 937+ views
    $39M Katrina Gov't. Credit Charges Probed By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago Federal employees helping Katrina victims charged more than $39 million on government credit cards for disaster relief items. Congressional investigators want to make sure the taxpayers got a good deal. And a senator, citing past abuse, wants to know whether anyone used the cards for holiday shopping. Many of the goods, which included $60,639 for sleeping bags and $713 for four 27-inch televisions, were bought at retail rather than cheaper volume prices following the Aug. 29 storm, according to federal records. The spending also included...
  • Senators propose taxing Internet shopping

    12/22/2005 7:31:47 AM PST · by BradJ · 180 replies · 2,748+ views
    This may be the last holiday season to enjoy tax-free Internet shopping, thanks to new legislation in the U.S. Congress. Two bills introduced Wednesday propose sweeping changes to how Americans are taxed for online and mail order purchases. Businesses initially would be required to collect sales taxes on purchases shipped to roughly half of the country, and that percentage is expected to rapidly increase. "Main Street retailers collect sales taxes, while many online and catalog retailers are exempt from collecting the same taxes," said a statement published by Sen. Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican. "This is costing states and localities...
  • President Bush's Budget Predicts Rising Social Spending, Less Defense Spending

    12/20/2005 6:23:36 AM PST · by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 · 44 replies · 762+ views
    OMB ^ | 12/20/2005 | President Bush
    One of the overlooked stories of President Bush's Budget is what the President's focus is in the near-term future by his budget projection out to the year 2010. When President Bush submitted his Budget this year for Fiscal Year 2006, he also was required to submit projections four years out. It is the trend of the major categories (called "Superfunctions") which is both the most important and also the most shocking. "Human Resources" is the broadest measure of social welfare. It is also the largest expense in the USA's budget. For Fiscal Year 2006, the projection is 65.3 cents of...
  • The Republican Revolution is back

    12/19/2005 8:55:00 AM PST · by Gipper08 · 34 replies · 1,270+ views
    humanevents ^ | 12-18-05 | Mikepence
    The year 2005 will be remembered as one of good intentions, bad disasters and promises kept. This spring, Congress adopted the toughest budget since the Reagan years and, under the leadership of Chairman Jerry Lewis, the Appropriations Committee reported one bill after another on time and on budget. Then came the heartbreak that was Hurricane Katrina -- 90,000 square miles of the gulf coast destroyed. Congress responded by speeding relief and recovery funds totaling $60 billion in six days to rebuild the families and communities destroyed by this storm. After the storm, many in Washington thought that fiscal discipline was...
  • Alaska Governor Reinstates 'Bridge to Nowhere'

    12/16/2005 7:04:19 AM PST · by AmericanDave · 74 replies · 1,778+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 16 Dec 2005 | NEWSMAX
    Alaska's governor outlined a plan Thursday to spend almost $200 million on two bridge projects, including one dubbed the "Bridge to Nowhere" that triggered sharp criticism across the nation. Congress recently dropped its funding provisos for the bridges in Ketchikan and Anchorage, but let the state keep the money and left it up to state officials to figure out how to spend it. Gov. Frank Murkowski in a budget proposal Thursday said he wants to use $91 million for the Ketchikan project in the fiscal year beginning in July. The two-bridge project would connect the town's airport to Revillagigedo Island,...
  • GOP Congress Earmarks $4 Million for Leftist Pro-Illegal Alien Group [LaRaza]

    12/10/2005 8:38:50 AM PST · by aculeus · 15 replies · 896+ views
    Human Events on line ^ | December 2, 2005 | by Amanda B. Carpenter
    Thanks to a congressional earmark, an open-borders advocacy group that pushes for driver’s licenses, free in-state tuition and healthcare for illegal aliens and bilingual requirements for state agencies and ballots is slated to get $4 million in new taxpayer money to add to the more than $30 million it has received from various federal agencies since 1996. The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Spanish for “the race,” will get its latest grant through an appropriations bill passed by Congress on November 18. The Joint Explanatory Statement of HR 3058, available on the House’s Rules Committee website lists 1,100 plus...
  • Bush Bigger Spender Than LBJ

    12/04/2005 10:49:33 AM PST · by yoe · 140 replies · 2,073+ views
    News Max ^ | 12 - 4 - 2005 | Staff
    George Bush is the biggest-spending president of the past 40 years, surpassing even Lyndon Johnson and his "Great Society" spending spree, a new report by the Cato Institute reveals. The increase in discretionary spending - that is, all nonentitlement programs - in Bush's first term was 48.5 percent. That's higher than LBJ's 48.3 percent, and more than twice as large as the increase during Bill Clinton's entire two terms, 21.6 percent. When spending is adjusted for inflation and length of time in office, Bush has an annualized real growth in spending of 8 percent, compared to Johnson's 4.6 percent. In...
  • EVERY SINGLE MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA NOW HAS A $166,000.00 PUBLIC DEBT

    11/18/2005 11:40:48 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 221 replies · 3,495+ views
    Robert Drobot | 18 November 2005 | Robert Drobot
    According to the Treasury Department, from 1776-2000, the first 224 years of U.S. history, 42 U.S. presidents borrowed a combined $1.01 trillion from foreign governments and financial institutions, but in the past four years alone, the Bush administration borrowed $1.05 trillion. ... "No American political leadership has ever willfully and deliberately mortgaged our country to foreign interests in the manner we have witnessed over the past four years," said Tanner. "If this recklessness is not stopped, I truly believe our economic freedom as American citizens is in great jeopardy." [CNSNews] I wonder if there are any implications... "The facts are...
  • National debt passes $8,000,000,000,000.00

    10/25/2005 2:08:43 AM PDT · by Capitalism2003 · 51 replies · 1,187+ views
    Current Month 10/20/2005 $8,009,635,518,716.50
  • FEMA Katrina Funeral Contractor Desecrated Corpses

    09/28/2005 3:39:32 PM PDT · by Ol' Dan Tucker · 48 replies · 1,560+ views
    Scoop ^ | September 15, 2005 | Jason Leopold
    FEMA Katrina Funeral Contractor Desecrated CorpsesThursday, 15 September 2005, 2:15 pm Article: Jason Leopold Division of Funeral Corp. Charged With Desecrating Corpses Hired to Collect Deceased Victims of Hurricane Katrina By Jason LeopoldA funeral services company which recently learned that one of its subsidiaries is negotiating a lucrative contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to remove dead bodies in areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, paid $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit several years ago alleging the company desecrated thousands of corpses, and dumped bodies into mass graves.Moreover, the company paid $200,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that sought...
  • After the hurricanes, it's raining money

    09/29/2005 7:30:52 AM PDT · by manny613 · 3 replies · 534+ views
    It is one of the secrets of the Beltway: Washington loves disasters. With large-scale disasters, government expands, its friends get wealthy and citizens become as docile as kittens. That is why Congress calls it "disaster relief" — the relief is from the usual restrictions on revenue spending and individual responsibility.
  • Blunt Talk (Pence might have helped propel Blunt into temporary leader)

    09/28/2005 5:25:29 PM PDT · by slowhand520 · 39 replies · 1,091+ views
    If temporarily deposed House Republican Leader Tom DeLay didn't like "Operation Offset" and its creators at the Republican Study Committee, led by Rep. Mike Pence, he surely hates it now. That's because Pence and his budget-cutting plan probably helped propel Republican whip Rep. Roy Blunt into the temporary party leader post late today. DeLay in meeting earlier in the day with Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, had asked that Rep. David Dreier be elevated to the leadership post. But instead, during a late afternoon caucus meeting, it was determined by Republicans that Blunt would take the post. There is...
  • Senators: Hurricane Aid Is Being Blocked

    09/28/2005 11:23:18 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 85 replies · 2,083+ views
    WASHINGTON - With Gulf Coast governors pressing for action, Senate Finance Committee members complained Wednesday that the Bush administration is blocking a bipartisan $9 billion health care package for hundreds of thousands of evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. ADVERTISEMENT "We've got people with needs today," Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. She was joined by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, who testified via a teleconference hookup, in urging quick action on the legislation. Sen. Charles Grassley (news, bio, voting record), R-Iowa, chairman of the committee, said four or five senators have been blocking action on the...
  • GOP Leaders Are Naked(and spineless! IMO)

    09/27/2005 7:13:55 AM PDT · by kellynla · 52 replies · 1,346+ views
    The Republican congressional leaders want Indiana’s Rep. Mike Pence to go away, or at least shut up. They say that he’s grandstanding by talking about cutting spending and that the effort of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), which he chairs, to force them to look for offsets as they prepare to spend as much as $200 billion on hurricane relief, on top of the spending that already has conservatives rolling their eyes, is “counterproductive.” Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), among others, took Pence to the woodshed last week and,...
  • Go Back To Gulf Coast On Your Own Dime (Risks of Living on the Gulf Coast)

    09/27/2005 11:08:23 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 88 replies · 1,791+ views
    http://www.suntimes.com/output/letters/cst-edt-vox27a.html ^ | September 27, 2005 | Brian Costin Letter to the Editor
    People have always known the risks of living on the Gulf Coast. New Orleans has now had four severe category 4 hurricanes since 1915 (1915, 1947, in 1969 a category 5 narrowly missed, and 2005 Katrina). That's a category 4 or bigger storm every 22.5 years. This is hardly a once in 200- or 300-year event. Hurricanes for the Gulf Coast region are predictable, frequent and are going to happen again. Knowing this, what should the federal government do in response to the hurricanes? If the federal government takes $200 billion out of the American economy to finance Gulf Coast...
  • Louisiana Goes After Federal Billions

    09/25/2005 8:47:52 PM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 54 replies · 1,496+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Sep 26, 2005 | Michael Grunwald and Susan B. Glasser
    Louisiana's congressional delegation has requested $40 billion for Army Corps of Engineers projects in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, about 10 times the annual Corps budget for the entire nation, or 16 times the amount the Corps has said it would need to protect New Orleans from a Category 5 hurricane. Louisiana Sens. David Vitter (R) and Mary Landrieu (D) tucked the request into their $250 billion Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief and Economic Recovery Act, the state's opening salvo in the scramble for federal dollars. The bill, unveiled last week, would create a powerful "Pelican Commission" controlled by Louisiana residents...
  • Bush Budget Aide Weighs Cut in Benefit Outlays

    09/25/2005 10:25:33 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 13 replies · 459+ views
    Bush Budget Aide Weighs Cut in Benefit Outlays Storms' Cost Spurs Look At 'Mandatory Spending,' Including Health Programs By DAVID WESSEL Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL September 26, 2005; Page A2 WASHINGTON -- In view of the growing costs of Gulf Coast hurricanes, White House Budget Director Joshua Bolten said the president has asked him "to examine the rest of the budget...to see where we can tighten our belt," a quest that may lead to cuts in federal benefit programs. [Joshua Bolten] Those expenditures, which budget experts call "mandatory spending," include benefits such as farm subsidies and the...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Is Bush a socialist? He's spending like one

    09/25/2005 10:56:29 AM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 264 replies · 4,232+ views
    September 25, 2005 The Sunday Times Andrew Sullivan: Is Bush a socialist? He's spending like one Finally, finally, finally. A few years back, your correspondent noticed something a little odd about George W Bush’s conservatism. If you take Margaret Thatcher’s dictum that a socialist is someone who is very good at spending other people’s money, then President Bush is, er, a socialist. Sure, he has cut taxes, a not-too-difficult feat when your own party controls both houses of Congress. But spending? You really have to rub your eyes, smack yourself on the forehead and pour yourself a large gin and...
  • LA governor asks for $32 billion for repairs

    09/25/2005 1:26:12 PM PDT · by ThreePuttinDude · 107 replies · 2,098+ views
    http://today.reuters.com/news/ ^ | Sun Sep 25, 2005 3:58 PM ET | Reuters
    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - The governor of Louisiana, whose state was slammed by two powerful hurricanes in less than a month, said on Sunday she was asking the federal government for $31.7 billion to help rebuild the state's infrastructure. Gov. Kathleen Blanco said she would ask Congress for $11.5 billion to rebuild the state's damaged transportation system, including rebuilding spans of a key interstate highway, damaged ports and airports. She said she would seek $20.2 billion to rebuild and protect the levee system surrounding New Orleans. Parts of that system breached during Hurricane Katrina and again during Hurricane Rita...
  • 'Whatever It Takes.' Is Bush's big spending a bridge to nowhere?

    09/22/2005 1:36:50 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 54 replies · 881+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 9/22/05 | Peggy Noonan
    George W. Bush, after five years in the presidency, does not intend to get sucker-punched by the Democrats over race and poverty. That was the driving force behind his Katrina speech last week. He is not going to play the part of the cranky accountant--"But where's the money going to come from?"--while the Democrats, in the middle of a national tragedy, swan around saying "Republicans don't care about black people," and "They're always tightwads with the poor." In his Katrina policy the president is telling Democrats, "You can't possibly outspend me. Go ahead, try. By the time this is over...
  • RSC proposed cuts incite friction among house GOP

    09/22/2005 9:19:24 AM PDT · by Gipper08 · 92 replies · 982+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9-22-05 | Patrick O'Conner
    House conservatives called for broad spending cuts yesterday to offset emergency funding in response to Hurricane Katrina, a move that triggered heightened friction between leadership officials and the right wing of the GOP conference. The tensions illustrate a growing divide within the party about how to handle hurricane relief as another storm heads for the battered Gulf Coast region. Yesterday’s rally was an echo of the so-called Republican Revolution, when the current majority first swept into power behind their brash new Speaker, Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), after the 1994 elections. Conference conservatives pointed to a number of government programs, both big...
  • Speaker Howell's statement on VA tax issue

    03/12/2004 5:26:48 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 105+ views
    Below is a statement from House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell concerning the budget and the referendum proposal: March 11, 2004 Statement of House Speaker William J. Howell -- on People’s Demand for a Referendum to Avoid a Budget Impasse -- Ten days ago, U.S. Senator Allen and former Governor Wilder took the initiative to propose a statewide referendum as a reasonable ground for compromise on the tax and spending issues now facing Virginians. The state Senate and the Governor were quick to reject the referendum as a compromise. But they have offered no alternative, demonstrated no flexibility, and provided...