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  • President Trump is Right, The Fed is Loco

    10/12/2018 5:06:38 PM PDT · by Ahithophel · 11 replies
    The American Dream ^ | October 11, 2018 | Michael Snyder
    Donald Trump just made one of the most brilliant moves of his entire presidency. By accusing the Federal Reserve of “going loco”, he is placing the blame for the coming stock market crash and horrifying economic downturn squarely where it belongs, and he is firing up millions of true conservatives among his base at the same time. For many, many years, a lot of us have been trying to educate the American people about the deeply insidious Federal Reserve system. As Ron Paul once so astutely observed, it is actually about as “federal” as Federal Express is. (More at link..)
  • Maxine Waters attracts scrutiny for potential federal election law violation

    10/09/2018 2:29:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/08/18 | Diana Stancy Correll
    Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is facing scrutiny from a conservative watchdog group for possibly violating fundraising rules in a slate mailer, with the group requesting that Waters’ campaign committee be audited as a result. The Federal Election Commission received a complaint Monday from the National Legal and Policy Center claiming that Waters, her campaign, and a pro-charter school group called Families and Teachers for Antonio Villaraigosa violated federal election law. The complaint claims the group paid $25,000 for Villaraigosa to be featured in the Waters mailer when he was running for governor in the Democratic primary earlier this year. Although...
  • Federal court upholds New York program to subsidize nuclear plants

    09/27/2018 9:00:41 AM PDT · by McQ444 · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2018-09-27 21:00 | Josh Siegel
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit on Thursday upheld the legality of New York’s program that props up struggling nuclear plants to provide electricity without carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Current U.S. Federal Government Tax Revenue

    09/11/2018 5:36:41 AM PDT · by central_va · 63 replies
    The U.S. government's total revenue is estimated to be $3.422 trillion for Fiscal Year 2019. That's the most recent forecast from the Office of Management and Budget for October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019.
  • Trump's Federal Pay Freeze Will Mean a Raise for the Rest of Us

    09/05/2018 8:13:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    RCM ^ | 09/05/2018 | John Tamny
    “Without you, I’m nothing.” A version of the latter is frequently uttered by movie stars and athletes to their fans. Absent the individuals who buy tickets to their games and movies, or who watch them on TV, these celebrities would be largely unknown. And they would earn very little money by extension. Celebrities of the film, television and sports variety, along with businesses more broadly, well understand that consumers conduct a daily vote with the fruits of their labor. Without them, they’re nothing in the figurative sense. What’s obvious to those who’ve won customers in the competitive markets is frequently...
  • Trump Administration Boots Hundreds More Federal Employees out of Washington DC

    08/12/2018 11:37:13 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 75 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | August 10, 2018 | None stated
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is moving two agencies and roughly 700 federal employees out of Washington, D.C., to save money and improve the department’s service to taxpayers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture will be fully moved out of the nation’s capital by 2020, according to the USDA.
  • Smoking banned in public housing nationwide, effective today

    07/31/2018 3:00:59 PM PDT · by Drango · 174 replies
    CBS ^ | July 31, '18 | CAITLIN O'KANE
    Smokers can no longer light up in or near public housing facilities in the U.S. due to a new rule that went into effect July 31. The nationwide ban on smoking in public housing was implemented nearly two years after the rule was passed by the Obama administration in 2016. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all public housing units and common areas, as well as any outdoor areas up to 25 feet from public housing and administrative office buildings. The ban does not apply to e-cigarettes, snuff...
  • Federal subsidies flowing to Sen. Claire McCaskill's husband

    07/28/2018 7:32:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/25/18 | Emily Jashinsky
    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., probably didn't have the best birthday this year. A Kansas City Star report on Tuesday revealed that a whole lot of federal dollars have been flowing to businesses tied to the senator's husband since she took office in 2007. According to the report, more than $131 million in federal subsidies have been routed to companies McCaskill's husband, Joseph Shepard, has invested in since she entered the Senate. "Based on the data, it appears that a growing percentage of Shepard’s personal earnings come from new businesses he has invested in that are receiving federal awards, primarily rural...
  • Federal Procurement System: Pigs and Makeup

    06/23/2018 8:26:00 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/18 | Sam Clovis
    No matter how much makeup we put on the federal procurement system (pig), the underlying animal is still a pig As I wrote this piece, the United States Air Force was sponsoring a conference on innovation. The meeting was held in Las Vegas and those attending were folks who can make a difference in the acquisition of war fighting material for our front line warriors. The reports I received on the meeting were encouraging, but I have horrible memories of countless meetings, conferences and consortia dealing with exactly the same set of issues I first encountered over 30 years ago...
  • Trump Has Cut Federal Payroll by 24,000 Jobs

    06/01/2018 8:35:10 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 26 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | June 1, 2018 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    CNSNews.com) - The federal government cut 3,000 jobs in May and federal employment has now dropped by 24,000 since President Donald Trump took office, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even as federal government jobs were declining, overall employment was increasing—as was employment in state and local government. In April, there were 2,789,000 people employed in civilian federal government jobs. In May, that declined to 2,786,000, a drop of 3,000
  • US added modest 103K jobs in March, rate stays 4.1 pct.

    04/06/2018 5:38:06 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/6/18 | Christopher Rugaber
    U.S. employers added a modest 103,000 jobs in March after several months of bigger gains, though the government's jobs report suggests the labor market remains healthy. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent, a 17-year low, for the sixth straight month. Average hourly pay ticked up, climbing 2.7 percent compared with a year earlier.
  • The Justice Department Sues California: The state is trying to grab control of federal lands.

    04/04/2018 8:40:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/04/2018 | Margot Cleveland
    On Monday, the Department of Justice filed suit against the state of California, challenging a state law that purports to prevent the federal government from selling federal lands without the permission of a state agency. Passed by the California legislature in October 2017, Senate Bill 50 declares that, with limited exceptions, “conveyances of federal public lands in California are void” unless the State Lands Commission is provided a “right of first refusal” or “the right to arrange for the transfer of the federal public land to another entity.” The statute also prohibits purchasers of federal land from recording the deed...
  • Why Are The Salaries Of A Quarter-Million Federal Employees - Paid For By You - A State Secret?

    02/21/2018 7:15:03 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-21-2018 | Adam Andrzejewski
    Why is the U.S. government withholding salary information on nearly 255,000 employees whose salaries are paid for by American taxpayers? Over the past 11 years, our organization, OpenTheBooks.com, summed up and posted online the salaries and bonus information for nearly every person employed in federal government agencies – a tally that mostly keeps growing and growing. This year, our auditors filed our standard Freedom of Information Act request for the same information in Fiscal Year 2017 – and we got a big surprise. For the first time, the government’s response involved massive and targeted deletions of salary data. A total...
  • Let's Limit Spending: Why a Balanced Budget Amendment is not the key to our Big Government problems.

    02/06/2018 8:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/06/2018 | Walter Williams
    Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That's a misguided vision, for the simple reason that in any real economic sense, as opposed to an accounting sense, the federal budget is always balanced. The value of what we produced in 2017 — our gross domestic product — totaled about $19 trillion. If the Congress spent $4 trillion of the $19 trillion that we produced, unless you believe in Santa Claus, you know that Congress must force us to spend $4 trillion less privately. Taxing us is...
  • Your Paycheck Could Increase Very Soon -- Here’s How Much You Can Expect

    02/01/2018 8:00:26 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | Matthew Frankel
    Your Paycheck Could Increase Very Soon -- Here’s How Much You Can Expect New IRS federal tax-withholding guidelines should give millions of Americans higher paychecks in 2018. Matthew Frankel Jan 12, 2018 The Treasury Department recently released new withholding tables based on the recently passed tax-reform bill. These tell employers how much to withhold from their employees' paychecks, and 90% of workers should see an increase when the new guidelines are implemented. Here's what this means, when you should expect the change to affect your paycheck, and how much of an increase you should expect. New IRS federal tax-withholding guidelines...
  • Treasury check scam happening now?

    01/24/2018 3:59:12 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 36 replies
    Mailed Treasury Check ^ | 24 January 2018 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Received a fake Treasury check in the mail today with no letter or anything to indicate as to why it was sent. Didn't put my name correctly per the government records (missed a little tidbit I won't mention here). When people cash these checks, the check is returned to whoever sent it per the routing info with your endorsement signature and your account number. Don't fall for it. Micro printing on the endorsement line, but not on the edge of Liberty's garment. Biggest warning sign of all is that I haven't filed my taxes yet and have no reason to...
  • Democrats in high-tax blue states look to gimmicks, loopholes to cut residents’ federal bill

    01/10/2018 10:37:15 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 10, 2018 | David Sherfinski
    Democrats in high-tax blue states are already plotting ways to avoid the new tax law, hoping to seize on gimmicks that will allow their residents to cut their federal tax burden without costing the states themselves any money. The Democrats are trying to get around a new $10,000 cap on how much of their state and local taxes residents can write off on their federal forms. High-tax states fear their residents will quickly top the $10,000 limit, leaving them grumbling over their higher tax bills. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has suggested switching some of his state’s tax collections from...
  • California Looks For Ways Around Federal Tax Changes

    01/03/2018 5:10:51 PM PST · by Joe Dallas · 73 replies
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic California lawmakers are exploring ways to blunt the impact of the new federal tax law on the state’s taxpayers. Federal law has long allowed people to deduct their state and local taxes from their federal tax bill, but the tax overhaul signed last month by President Donald Trump caps that deduction at $10,000.
  • ‘Mapping The Swamp’ Report Shows It’s Even Bigger, Costlier Than You Think

    12/28/2017 6:52:44 AM PST · by harpu · 30 replies
    www.lifesett.com ^ | 12/27/17 | Mark Tapscott
    Paying federal workforce costs taxpayers $1.1M per minute, according to a pro-transparency group, Open The Books December 27, 2017 by Mark Tapscott James P. Cochrane earns $250,335 annually as chief marketing and sales officer for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), making him the highest paid public relations employee of the federal government. The USPS lost $5.1 billion in 2016. Right behind Cochrane is Stephen Katsanos, who pulls down $229,333 as a public affairs official for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). And the third highest-paid federal public relations employee is Titus Simmons, also of the FDIC, at $215,248, according to...
  • US Judge Steps Down After Accusations Of Sexual Misconduct

    12/18/2017 9:52:51 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 12/18/17
    A prominent U.S. appeals court judge announced his retirement Monday days after women alleged he subjected them to inappropriate sexual conduct or comments. Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a statement that a battle over the accusations would not be good for the judiciary. He said he'll step down, effective immediately. The Washington Post reported last week that at least 15 women made allegations against Kozinski that go back decades. The allegations include inappropriate touching and lewd comments. Kozinski said while speaking in a "candid way" with male and female law clerks, "I...