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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...