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  • Madame Ovary of the Minority

    11/17/2010 1:56:10 AM PST · by Scanian · 1 replies
    The Amercan Thinker ^ | November 17, 2010 | Jan LaRue
    Republicans are giddy about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi becoming Minority Leader of House Democrats. It was her legislative agenda that got the Dems hammered in the election. Republicans should seize the opportunity to drive a wedge between Pelosi and nervous Democrats who fear another drubbing in 2012: They should force a vote on spending cuts for abortion. Apparently the historic election thrashing has reduced testosterone levels of House Democrats, except for 32 women backing Pelosi who share her abortion zealotry. Most of the male Democrats are behaving like Madame Bovary's lovesick husband, who remained loyal to her despite her unfaithfulness....
  • Jim Talent: Don't Cut Military Spending (Defense is an obligation, not an option)

    11/04/2010 7:36:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Nationa Review ^ | 11/04/2010 | Jim Talent
    After their big election gains, congressional Republicans must now commit to getting the federal budget under control. Unfortunately, some have advocated cutting the defense budget as part of the solution. Reducing defense spending now would be a dangerous mistake. It’s important for conservatives to get this issue right. To that end, here are a few observations. First, the framers of the U.S. Constitution envisioned national defense as the priority obligation of the federal government. The first power granted to the president in Article 2 is “Commander-in-Chief of the Armies and Navies of the United States, and of the Militias of...
  • FINALLY: Here's The Spending The Republicans Want To Cut (But Are Too Chicken To Say So)

    11/01/2010 10:51:20 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 81 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 11/01/2010 | Gus Lubin
    Republicans love to talk about cutting spending, but most candidates are hesitant to really spell out their cuts. So the premier conservative think tank, Heritage Foundation, has gone and done it for them, proposing measures that would slash spending by $343 billion. Do you really want this austerity plan? * Food stamp cuts -- $500 million Better enforcement of eligibility for food stamps ($500 million). * Commerce cuts -- $500 million Eliminate business subsidies from the National Institute of Standards and Technology ($500 million). What this means: No more R&D grants for small businesses. * Interior Cuts -- $1.7 Billion...
  • UK unveils major spending cuts

    10/20/2010 4:03:59 PM PDT · by FromLori · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/20/10
    Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled the biggest UK spending cuts for decades, with welfare, councils and police budgets all hit. The pension age will rise sooner than expected, some incapacity benefits will be time limited and other money clawed back through changes to tax credits and housing benefit. A new bank levy will also be brought in - with full details due on Thursday.
  • Republicans' 'what now?' challenge

    08/09/2010 3:14:46 AM PDT · by Scanian · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 9, 2010 | MICHAEL BARONE
    Republicans are starting to think about how to answer the Robert Redford question. You know the scene. In the 1972 movie "The Candidate," the Redford character, having won the election, turns to his political consultant and asks, "What do I do now?" Many Republicans fear they'll look as clueless as Redford. They entered this campaign cycle with little hope of winning congressional majorities. Now they have a good chance to do so in the House and an outside chance in the Senate. Some cynical Republicans say candidates should just harp on their opposition to the Obama Democrats' policies and figure...
  • Real Tax Cuts, Real Spending Cuts (GOP must make a big list of things they are willing to cut)

    06/29/2010 7:10:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 06/29/2010 | Kevin Williamson
    Republicans have rotten luck when it comes to timing. Think about the miracle of the “Clinton economy” — Slick Willy took credit for a recovery that was under way well before he was elected and then evaded blame for a recession that began in the final months of his presidency, while two different Republicans, both named Bush, caught absolute hell. In another case of bad timing, it’s a little bit unfortunate that when the Republicans finally summoned the testicular fortitude to start making a ruckus about spending, they ended up with an extension of unemployment benefits as the nearest issue...
  • Daniels Orders Deeper Cuts To State Budget (Indiana)

    04/22/2010 6:44:29 AM PDT · by Abathar · 6 replies · 293+ views
    theindychannel.com ^ | 04/22/2010 | WRTV staff
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Gov. Mitch Daniels is ordering deeper cuts to the state budget. In an e-mail sent to every state agency this week, Budget Director Christopher Ruhl said the agencies will be expected to cut 15 percent from its spending for the fiscal year that starts July 1. "We have two options: continue to restrain spending or raise taxes on Hoosiers at a time when they can least afford government impounding more of their income. The choice is clear," the e-mail read. Quantcast Agencies already cut 10 percent from spending in the current year. Department of Education spokeswoman Lauren Auld...
  • Christie's fight to end union privilege

    04/22/2010 3:16:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies · 1,004+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 22, 2010 | George F. Will
    The bridge spanning the Delaware River connects New Jersey's capital with this town where the nation's most interesting governor occasionally eats lunch at Cafe Antonio. It also connects New Jersey's government with reality. The bridge is a tutorial on a subject this government has flunked -- economics, which is mostly about incentives. At the Pennsylvania end of the bridge, cigarette shops cluster: New Jersey's per-pack tax is double Pennsylvania's. In late afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie says, the bridge is congested with New Jersey government employees heading home to Pennsylvania, where the income tax rate is 3 percent, compared to New...
  • Field Poll: (California) Voters back spending cuts as budget solution

    03/03/2010 12:28:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 399+ views
    SaC bee ^ | 3/3/10 | Kevin Yamamura
    Half of voters think legislators should focus on spending cuts over taxes to close all or part of the $19.9 billion budget deficit, according to the latest Field Poll. A trailing 29 percent said they supported an equal mix of spending cuts and tax increases, according to the results, which were released today. The poll also showed a slight edge in opposition to a proposal to lower the supermajority vote requirement for passing a budget to a majority vote, with respondents split 47-43 percent.
  • Plain Talk--Cuts in Government the Only Solution

    02/26/2010 11:11:32 AM PST · by Welshman007 · 4 replies · 170+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 2/26.2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    It is time for some painful plain talk on the economy. Rather than dancing around the issue, whistling past the graveyard as if things are not as bad as they seem, the only solution for our current financial woes is to cut government spending to the bone. Economists across the board are in near-unanimous agreement that the mind-boggling debt load of the United States is unsustainable and only adds to the ongoing problem in the economy. There can be no recovery when the nation carries a debt load that is nearly impossible for the human brain to comprehend.
  • Obama should follow the Warren Harding Economic Model.

    08/15/2009 8:51:46 PM PDT · by RebelYell1990 · 9 replies · 790+ views
    CATO Institute ^ | January 7, 2009 | Jim Powell
    Which U.S. president ranks as America's greatest depression fighter? Not the fabled Franklin Delano Roosevelt, since unemployment averaged 17 percent through the New Deal period (1933–1940). What banished high unemployment was the conscription of 12 million men into the armed forces during World War II. FDR actually prolonged high unemployment: he tripled taxes; he signed laws that made it more expensive for employers to hire people, made discounting illegal, and authorized the destruction of food; and he launched costly infrastructure projects like the Tennessee Valley Authority that became a drag on states receiving TVA-subsidized electricity. America's greatest depression fighter was...
  • Dear Mr. President, Where's Our $100M in Cuts?

    07/20/2009 10:06:28 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies · 764+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7/20/09 | Peter Barnes
    Today is a self-imposed White House deadline to identify another $100 million in 2009 budget cuts requested by President Obama in April from his cabinet secretaries--and so far, it has not announced any cuts. “I'm asking for all of them to identify at least $100 million in additional cuts to their administrative budgets, separate and apart from the work that [Office of Management and Budget Director] Peter Orszag and the rest of our team are doing, to go line by line with the budget and identify programmatic cuts that need to be made,” the President said at his first cabinet...
  • Palin proposes 7 percent cut in state spending (VIDEO @ link: Conservative principles on display)

    12/17/2008 9:40:06 AM PST · by ebiskit · 138 replies · 4,552+ views
    www.ktuu.com ^ | Monday, December 15, 2008 | Jason Moore
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Gov. Sarah Palin released her proposed budget for next year, and if the Legislature follows her lead, the state will be spending less money. Palin's $4.9 billion budget proposes an overall 7 percent cut in state spending, although state agencies would see a slight increase in the operating budget. The governor is proposing cuts in capital projects to achieve the decrease in spending. Palin, surrounded by her budget staff and state commissioners, made the announcement Monday morning in Juneau. With oil revenues on the decline, she says the state is forced to adjust the way it spends...
  • GOP wants deep cuts to schools, social services

    12/15/2008 4:43:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 30 replies · 1,081+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/15/8 | Jim Sanders
    Republican legislative leaders released a long-awaited plan Monday to ease the state's massive shortfall without raising taxes. Republican Senate leader Dave Cogdill and GOP Assembly leader Mike Villines said their joint proposal would cut $22 billion from the state's projected two-year $40 billion shortfall. The GOP plan proposes that voters be asked to approve a stiff state spending cap, and it proposes a wide range of changes to environmental and labor laws to bolster businesses. The proposal would cut deeper into public schools, $10.6 billion, than proposals by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger or Democratic leaders. The plan also targets the state's...
  • Obama Video kowtowing to Caucus for Priorities Group on Cutting Defense Spending (Vanity)

    08/22/2008 8:57:47 AM PDT · by wildbill · 7 replies · 262+ views
    Video: See it to believe it. His pledge to the Caucus for Priorities Group who want to cut 60 Billion from defense.
  • Texas Highway Funding

    12/25/2007 8:57:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 986+ views
    Associated Construction Publications ^ | December 24, 2007 | Texas Contractor
    From the Texas Contractor Austin Bureau January 7, 2008 Texas Contractor Interview with Amadeo Saenz on TxDOT construction and maintenance spending in 2008 and beyond. Amadeo Saenz, P.E., a transportation engineer with 29 years' state experience, took over as the executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) at the end of September — and began working to find ways to allow the agency to meet the state's highway needs despite increasing demand,rising costs and decreasing resources. Saenz, 51, was named to Texas' top transportation position by the Texas Transportation Commission in late September to replace Michael Behrens, who...
  • (California) Governor deeply cuts funding for poor, old - cites need to spend more on prisons

    05/16/2007 5:24:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 12 replies · 598+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 15, 2007 | Greg Lucas, John Wildermuth
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed an updated budget Monday that would cut some Californians from the welfare rolls and suspend cost-of-living increases for blind, elderly and disabled people while selling off the state's student loan agency for an estimated $1 billion. Democratic lawmakers had hoped Schwarzenegger would back off some of the cuts he proposed in January, but the governor said unexpected expenses, such as higher spending for prisons, have eaten up the $2 billion reserve in the original budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The governor said he was forced to make even deeper cuts and generate...
  • It's Not Luck (The Celtic Tiger)

    03/16/2007 1:20:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 618+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | March 16, 2007 | Chris Edwards
    Chris Edwards is director of tax policy studies and author of Downsizing the Federal Government. On St. Patrick's Day, we wear green and celebrate the culture of Ireland. I'll be down at the pub tomorrow, but I'll be toasting Ireland's success at attracting greenbacks -- all that investment flowing into the Emerald Isle and the resulting prosperity. Ireland has boomed in recent years, and it now boasts the fourth highest gross domestic product per capita in the world. In the mid-1980s, Ireland was a backwater with an average income level 30 percent below that of the European Union. Today, Irish...
  • Fears of welfare, health cuts

    12/17/2006 10:24:31 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 23 replies · 800+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec. 18, 2006 | Clea Benson
    As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes final decisions on the state budget that he will propose on Jan. 10, advocates for the poor say they are bracing for a spending plan that would cut or freeze social programs. Advocates say Schwarzenegger's Department of Finance has been running the numbers on how much could be saved if the state eliminates or changes the welfare "safety net" -- payments to children whose parents have been cut off from cash assistance for failing to participate in welfare-to-work activities. ... there's evidence that the administration is looking to restrain spending in social programs. Though Democrats...
  • The False Promise of a Line-Item Veto

    03/09/2006 4:10:14 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 15 replies · 420+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | March 9, 2006 | Steve Chapman
    In the last five years, the federal budget has done a good impression of major league sluggers, bulking up to such frightful proportions as to be almost unrecognizable. Baseball responded to the excess girth by cracking down on steroids. President Bush, however, wants to try stomach stapling. This week, he urged Congress to give him a line-item veto so he can "reduce wasteful spending."In reality, he's about as likely to cut spending as he is to give the next State of the Union address in Aramaic. Since he took office in 2001, federal outlays have increased by $845 billion a...
  • Senate Panel Drops Spending Cuts (RINOs Hamstring Conservatives Yet *Again*...!)

    03/08/2006 2:26:11 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 6 replies · 333+ views
    Guardian.co.UK ^ | 03/08/2006 | AP/Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON (AP) - With many Republicans nervous about cutting popular programs in an election year, a key Senate panel is prepared to drop President Bush's proposals for politically painful cuts to Medicare, farm subsidies and food stamps. And without spending cuts, a new round of tax cuts is also a nonstarter, stripping Bush's budget of two of its signature initiatives.
  • This Crap Has Just Got to Stop

    02/19/2006 7:27:16 PM PST · by JamesP81 · 10 replies · 431+ views
    The Southern Pundit ^ | 2-19-2006 | Self
    For all Bush’s good qualities, the man can’t not spend money. This republican congress and president has spent an obscene amount of money. I find this behavior to be irresponsible during a time of war, to say the least. I know I’ve ranted about it before at length, but I’ll say it again: the federal government’s spending habits have far exceeded its constitutional mandate, and something has to be done.
  • Dems,GOP give tax cuts political twist-Both sides spin issue in effort to gain edge in election year

    02/13/2006 3:24:07 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 179+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/13/6 | Carolyn Lochhead
    A clash over the domestic crown jewel of the Bush presidency -- the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, with looming expiration dates -- has emerged as a central theme of the Democrats' campaign to retake control of Congress this November. Children, widows, the elderly, farmers, veterans, students, working mothers -- every vulnerable group short of puppies -- is to be sacrificed at the altar of the Bush tax cuts that benefit America's richest citizens, Democrats claim. "Democrats will fight the president's anti-widow and anti-children agenda," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, announced last week. Added Senate Minority Leader Harry...
  • 2006: A Year to Get the GOP Back to Its Roots

    12/30/2005 6:22:34 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 6 replies · 347+ views
    Human Events Online | 12-30-05 | Tabor, Nathan
    I could not post the Source URL and the thread too. By Nathan Tabor Now that 2005 is fading into history, the time is right for the Republican Party to make its New Year’s resolutions for 2006. While the national news media may be calling upon the GOP to support an immediate pullout from Iraq and a relaxation to its staunch opposition to nationalized health care, it’s high time for the party of Lincoln to return to its roots. In fact, Republicans have an opportunity to change the course of history—but they can only do it if they go back...
  • Spending Cuts May Require Cheney Tiebreaker

    12/20/2005 10:06:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 581+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/05 | Andrew Taylor - ap
    WASHINGTON - A Senate vote on a deficit-reduction bill looks to be so tight that Vice President Dick Cheney was rushing home from an overseas diplomatic mission to be the tiebreaker for saving one of the Bush administration's top priorities. The showdown vote loomed on the bill, which would cut some federal benefits and trim budget deficits by $40 billion through the end of the decade. Cheney was in Pakistan Tuesday to check on U.S. aid to victims of an October earthquake that killed as estimated 75,000 people. He also met with President Pervez Musharraf. The budget vote is expected...
  • House Conservative Leader:President must Push for spending cuts cuts

    12/09/2005 9:01:52 AM PST · by theworkersarefew · 13 replies · 399+ views
    http://humanevents.org/ ^ | 12-09-05 | Terrance Jefferey
    Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.), chairman of the conservative House Republican Study Committee, says President Bush must become directly involved in seeking votes from wavering members of Congress if Congress is going to pass sufficient spending cuts this year to offset the massive federal expenditures made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “I believe it has to happen,” Pence told the editors of Human Events. “I don’t believe we can achieve significant budget cuts and savings for the American people without the direct involvement of the President and the White House staff in the deficit-reduction legislation.” Crucial Battle The legislation is...
  • GOP Pushing for Spending and Tax Cuts

    12/04/2005 2:07:17 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 12 replies · 415+ views
    The Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | December 4, 2005 | Andrew Taylor
    Republican leaders in Congress are hoping to complete a bill to curb the growth of student loans, Medicaid and other benefit programs before Christmas, though they may delay extending tax cuts until next year. Staff aides and lobbyists are skeptical about the prospects of finishing work in the next few weeks on five-year spending cuts of up to $50 billion. But failure to deliver would disappoint GOP loyalists eager to see their party burnish its budget-cutting credentials, and would push the contentious issue into January or February, muddying the agenda for 2006. The House returns for a scheduled two-week session...
  • House Passes Sweeping Budget Cut Bill (It's About Time!!)

    11/18/2005 8:58:29 AM PST · by MikeA · 4 replies · 409+ views
    www.ap.com ^ | 11/18/2005 | Andrew Taylor
    Measure Takes Aim at Many Programs in Bid to Curb Deficit WASHINGTON (Nov. 18) - House Republicans sweated out a victory on a major budget cut bill in the wee hours Friday, salvaging a major pillar of their agenda despite divisions within the party and nervousness among moderates that the vote could cost them in next year's elections. The bill, passed 217-215 after a 25-minute-long roll call, makes modest but politically painful cuts across an array of programs for the poor, students and farmers. The victory on the deficit-control bill came hours after an embarrassing and rare defeat on a...
  • Bush says open to across-the-board spending cuts

    10/26/2005 11:13:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 396+ views
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Wednesday he was open to across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget to help pay for hurricane assistance. In a speech to the Economic Club of Washington, Bush also said he was working with congressional Republicans on a plan for pushing "significant reductions in mandatory and discretionary spending." Some Republican conservatives have been outraged at the level of federal spending under the Bush administration and projections of up to $200 billion to help rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
  • House GOP Leaders Set to Cut Spending (DeLay Mea Culpa)

    10/16/2005 10:08:15 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 29 replies · 933+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 17, 2005 | Jonathan Weisman
    House Republican leaders have moved from balking at big cuts in Medicaid and other programs to embracing them, driven by pent-up anger from fiscal conservatives concerned about runaway spending and the leadership's own weakening hold on power. Beginning this week, the House GOP lawmakers will take steps to cut as much as $50 billion from the fiscal 2006 budget for health care for the poor, food stamps and farm supports, as well as considering across-the-board cuts in other programs. Only last month, then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and other GOP leaders quashed demands within their party for budget cuts...
  • CA: No red ink, but.. (No spending cuts either.. Where's that spigot prop now, eh? )

    05/15/2005 11:14:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 419+ views
    OC Register ^ | 5/15/05 | Op/Ed
    California is off the plastic - for now. For the first time since recalled Gov. Gray Davis went on his spend-a-thon half a decade ago, a governor has proposed a budget that will not resort to new borrowing. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger did it Friday with his May revision of his January budget proposal for fiscal year 2005-06, which begins July 1. A tax windfall of $4 billion this year allowed the governor to rescind $1.7 billion in deficit bond borrowing proposed in his January budget. And the governor would impose no new taxes. As he pointed out in his Friday...
  • The Tories are split, just as we were [HALF TRUTH SPIN ALERT]

    04/13/2005 5:55:07 AM PDT · by tjwmason · 4 replies · 192+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 13 April, 2005 | the Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, M.P., P.C.
    The Tories are split, just as we wereBy Tony Blair (Filed: 13/04/2005) Perfectly understandably, The Telegraph yesterday asked how can we accuse the Conservatives of an economic plan that both promises spending cuts of £35 billion a year and spending increases of £15 billion a year at one and the same time? Isn't that a contradiction? The answer is yes and that is the whole point. Because the contradiction is not a Labour accusation. It is the Tory economic plan. The confusion is not in our explanation of it. It is in the plan itself. The problem for Britain is...
  • AP: Bush Budget to Call for Spending Cuts

    02/06/2005 4:52:31 AM PST · by Flavius · 29 replies · 616+ views
    ap ^ | Feb 06, 2005 | ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites)'s budget will propose slashing grants to local law enforcement agencies and cutting spending for environmental protection, American Indian schools and home-heating aid for the poor, The Associated Press learned Saturday. Photo AP Photo Bush molded the roughly $2.5 trillion spending plan for 2006 as a response to a string of record federal deficits, and is sends it to Congress on Monday. The budget, the toughest he has written since entering the White House four years ago, seeks about half the increase for school districts in low-income communities he requested last year and...
  • Snow Sees Spending Slashed in '06 Budget

    12/19/2004 6:53:46 PM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 532+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/19/04 | Peter Szekely
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration will seek to slash government spending next year, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said on Sunday, but he was less specific than the president in predicting how quickly the deficit would fall. Snow, who was asked by President Bush to stay during Bush's second term after heavy speculation he would be replaced, said the administration's budget proposal early next year would rely heavily on spending cuts. "It will be a tight, disciplined budget with spending under disciplined controls," he said in an interview on CNN's "Late Edition" program. "Everything is being looked at and...
  • Some people don't choose to apply

    12/06/2004 4:24:56 AM PST · by spintreebob · 17 replies · 540+ views
    The Daily Vidette of ISU | 12/03/2004 | Chicago(AP)
    Plan may cut food stamps for some. Chicago(AP) - More people will fall off the federal food stamp rolls if the state follows through with a plan to close 25 regional offices of the Department of Human Services, an advocacy group said. Only 67 percent of Illinoisans who are eligible for federal food stamps receive them, Illinois Hunger Coalition Executive Director Diane Doherty said. About 20 members of the Coalition protested the planned cuts Wednesday outside the department's regional office in Chicago.More people would apply for and receive food stamps if Human Services had a bigger staff, Doherty said.Illinois is...
  • The CIA’s Plaster Disaster: How Kerry Crippled Intelligence

    07/27/2004 2:18:08 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 693+ views
    www.therant.us ^ | July 27, 2004 | Karen Hathaway Pittman
    The CIA’s Plaster Disaster: How Kerry Crippled Intelligence Karen H. Pittman July 27, 2004 Victims. That's what we've become. A society of victims. But when we wallow in victimhood, we deny natural law. We shun nature. We reject the simple truth of cause and effect. But we do so at our peril. Consider the current brouhaha over the intelligence failures preceding 9/11 and leading up to the war in Iraq. (Case in point: If we blame the CIA, we--we who voted the CIA-degraders into office--cleverly sidestep taking responsibility. Thus we anoint ourselves victims. How convenient. How conscience-salving.) Here's how the...
  • CA: Editorial: A promise to abandon - Yes, taxes are part of budget solution

    04/02/2004 9:02:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 222+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 4/2/04 | Op/Ed
    <p>Is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger looking to crawl out of the not-so-little political box he put himself in - the campaign promise that the state's budget gap can be closed without any new taxes? "That does not mean that later on someday you cannot go there," Schwarzenegger recently told The Sacramento Bee. In other recent interviews with other newspapers, the governor has similarly gone from a fast-and-firm no to a fudging maybe.</p>
  • CA: Núñez cautious on tax increases, spending cuts

    02/12/2004 5:40:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 152+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/12/04 | Alexa H. Bluth
    <p>In a departure from legislative Democrats' longtime insistence that the state must raise taxes to ease its budget woes, the Assembly's new Democratic leader said Thursday that his agenda does not include tax hikes.</p> <p>The message from voters in the fall recall election, he said, has prompted him and others to rethink their rigidity on the issue.</p>
  • GOP lawmakers plan cuts in Bush budget

    02/04/2004 7:52:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 152+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb 4, 2004 | Ralph Z. Hallow and Amy Fagan
    <p>Congressional Republicans, in an extraordinary break with the White House in an election year, say President Bush's 2005 budget proposal "doesn't go far enough" to restrain government spending and are considering pursuing further cuts in outlays.</p> <p>Rep. Jim Nussle of Iowa, chairman of the House Budget Committee, yesterday said Republicans and the White House should even be willing to trim wasteful spending in the Defense and Homeland Security departments.</p>
  • Schwarzenegger unveils California spending cuts in bid to stem financial black hole

    01/09/2004 7:25:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 194+ views
    Yahoo News via Drudge ^ | 1/9/04 | AFP - San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites) unveiled his first state, including cuts to education and healthcare spending in a bid to curb the largest state's multi-billion-dollar deficit. AFP/Getty Images Photo   The former actor-turned-politician said he had been forced to make radical spending cuts in the face of a projected 12-14 billion dollar budget shortfall for 2004. Aides say Schwarzenegger's plan will balance the state's precarious finances. "Over the past five years the politicians have made a mess of the California budget, and now it's time to clean it up," Schwarzenegger said in a...
  • Governor's Budget Bill Comes Due (Arnold Caught Between Democrats And Republicans)

    01/05/2004 12:20:23 AM PST · by goldstategop · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/05/04 | Peter Nicholas And Jeffrey L. Rabin
    The governor's choices are limited. Because of voter-backed initiatives, constitutional mandates and contractual obligations, as much as three-fourths of the state's $100-billion budget can't be touched, Ross said. Within the narrow slice of the pie over which he has discretion, Schwarzenegger is expected to call on lawmakers to cut spending on state programs such as Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, along with prisons, colleges and universities. "Virtually every aspect of state government is going to be asked to shoulder part of the savings and sacrifice to get our fiscal house in order," Palmer said. ... Some Democrats applauded the reversal, interpreting...
  • State Legislative Analyst Says Budget News Will Get Worse Before Its Gets Better (My Title)

    11/15/2003 12:50:41 AM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 239+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/15/03 | Evan Halper And Jeffrey L. Rabin
    California's economy has turned a corner but the billions in extra tax revenue will be dwarfed by a deficit that could reach $14 billion next year, Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill reported Friday. In issuing the first cautiously optimistic economic assessment in more than two years, Hill stressed that spending still will outstrip revenues next year and urged lawmakers not to rely on borrowing to close the gap. The state's fiscal problems could be increased by $4 billion a year if Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger repeals an increase in the vehicle license fee, as he has pledged to do when he is...
  • Cuts In State Budget On The Table (Arnold Vs The Beast)

    11/14/2003 3:45:06 AM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 152+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/14/03 | Evan Halper, Jeffrey L. Rabin and Nancy Vogel
    For Schwarzenegger, sources said, the closed-door sessions became another lesson in just how limited his options will be in addressing the budget crisis if he is to keep his campaign promises to repeal a recent tripling of the state vehicle license fee, avoid tax increases and still not disturb education programs long championed by the governor-elect. The sessions took place only hours after another private meeting in which about a dozen economists told Arduin that California's gradually recovering economy is unlikely to grow quickly enough over the next 18 months to dig the state out of its continuing fiscal crisis....
  • Joseph Sobran: "Victory in 2004!"

    09/24/2003 9:31:45 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 196+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 09-09-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    Victory in 2004! September 9, 2003 Time to get moving if I want to be elected president of the United States in 2004. I’m not going on the road to campaign; I’m not spending money, much less seeking unconstitutional matching funds from the Federal Government; you won’t be getting mailings or seeing TV ads for me. I’m simply relying on word-of-mouth (and word-of-Internet) to spread my message. Those who agree with it can write my name in. My message is simple: no wars, no spending programs, no taxes. My legislative program is equally simple: the repeal of most Federal laws...
  • Joseph Farah Says "McClintock for Governor" of CA

    08/29/2003 6:53:26 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 21 replies · 308+ views
    WND.com ^ | 08-29-03 | Farah, Joseph
    McClintock for governor Posted: August 29, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com SACRAMENTO, Calif. – I rarely endorse politicians for office. As editor of WorldNetDaily, I have never endorsed a presidential candidate. I don't routinely get involved in these races mainly because I think they are overrated in terms of actually changing the nation's direction. But when a choice arises that is so stark in contrast, it's difficult to be silent. In fact, I think it's wrong to be silent. That is the case with the California recall of Gov. Gray Davis. Surely Davis has to go. Practically everyone...
  • Texas Governor Perry Firm on Fund Cuts in Lubbock Appearance

    02/16/2003 6:45:37 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 186+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal | 02-16-03 | Kitchen, Sebastian
    Perry firm on fund cuts In Lubbock, governor defends belt-tightening By SEBASTIAN KITCHEN AVALANCHE-JOURNAL Recent proposals to cut state funding to higher education and deregulate tuition will not shift the financial burden to students and families, Gov. Rick Perry said Saturday in Lubbock. Perry was at Gary's Frozen Foods to discuss points from Tuesday's state of the state address, in which he said it is essential to balance the budget without raising taxes. In Tuesday's speech, he suggested cutting the budgets of all state agencies by 9 percent and listed other proposals that would greatly cut budgets of institutions, including...
  • CA: Dire visions of spending cuts offered

    12/06/2002 11:52:03 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 338+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 12/6/02 | Margaret Talev
    <p>While Gov. Gray Davis fine-tuned a plan he'll present today to shave $10 billion from California's growing deficit, advocates for schools, police, counties and cities spent Thursday unveiling "doom-and-gloom" scenarios they hope will spare them the knife.</p> <p>Fearing $1.9 billion in cuts through June, educators called a news conference and talked of having to close schools early and lay off teachers. By the summer of 2004, some predicted, the governor would try to cut more than $4 billion from schools.</p>