Archive for March, 2011

Shhh! The Big, Secret Gas Tax Increase


Tuesday March 22nd, 2011   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 8:40am PDT   •   1 Comment

Keith Hennessey decided to dig deeper into why the CBO believes that President Obama’s new budget proposal will add an extra 2,300,000,000,000 dollars to the U.S. national debt over the next 10 years above and beyond what the President claims, and specifically why the budget proposal anticipates that $328,000,000,000 of that extra amount will...
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Key California State Workers Receive Half-Million Dollar Payments for Sick Days


Sunday March 20th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 3:10pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In “State workers’ unused paid time means big payouts,” Marisa Lagos reports in the San Francisco Chronicle that while California has been facing a financial crisis with record deficits and high unemployment, many state government employees are receiving half-million dollar payments for amassed sick days upon leaving or retirement: One public employee received a...
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The Risk of Doing Nothing


Saturday March 19th, 2011   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:48am PDT   •   1 Comment

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has identified the biggest risk in continuing today’s levels of deficit spending for the U.S. government: Barack Obama may lose the advantage of low borrowing costs as the U.S. Treasury Department says what it pays to service the national debt is poised to triple amid record budget deficits. Interest expense will rise...
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Obama Understates U.S. Government Deficits by $2.3 Trillion


Friday March 18th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 5:59pm PDT   •   1 Comment

The Associated Press reports that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) questions the claims of the Obama administration regarding projected budget deficits over the next ten years in which the White House overestimates tax revenues and savings from Medicare payments to doctors. A new assessment of President Barack Obama’s budget released Friday says the White...
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New Video on Spending and Debt Crises for State Governments


Thursday March 17th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 2:40pm PDT   •   0 Comments

FreedomWorks has produced a very timely new video, “We Won Wisconsin—But the Fight Goes On,” on the very serious, looming crises for state government across the U.S., as a result of the unsustainable entitlements, government employee union costs, and other spending and debt.

“Mandatory” U.S. Spending Alone to Exceed All Federal Revenues


Wednesday March 16th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 12:38pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Jeffrey Anderson at The Weekly Standard reports that “Mandatory Spending to Exceed all Federal Revenues—50 Years Ahead of Schedule”. We have now gotten to the point . . . where if national defense, interstate highways, national parks, homeland security, and all other discretionary programs somehow became absolutely free, we’d still have a budget deficit....
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The U.S. as Welfare State: Government Entitlements Now 35% of Wages


Monday March 14th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 9:34pm PDT   •   6 Comments

In “Is the U.S. Becoming a Welfare State?”, Daniel Indiviglio reports in The Atlantic that U.S. government entitlement programs now account for a whopping 35% of wages, up from 26% in 2008. Uncle Sam has been aggressively increasing Americans’ allowance recently. Government entitlement programs have grown to account for 35% of wages, according to...
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The Defense Budget: Ignorance Is Not Bliss


Sunday March 13th, 2011   •   Posted by Winslow Wheeler at 6:27pm PDT   •   4 Comments

Polling from Pew and Gallup reveals major public misconceptions about the defense budget. Fifty-eight percent of Americans know that Pentagon spending is larger than any other nation, but almost none know it is up to seven times that of China. Most had no idea the defense budget is larger than federal spending for education,...
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To Whom Does the U.S. Government Really Owe Money?


Friday March 11th, 2011   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 11:39am PDT   •   48 Comments

Back in January, we featured a post where we looked at who are the largest holders of the U.S. national debt. Since that time, the U.S. Treasury has revised their data, specifically to identify who the real foreign owners of the U.S. national debt are. Here are how things really stood at the end...
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World’s Biggest Bond Fund Dumps All U.S. Government Debt


Wednesday March 9th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 7:50pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Susanne Walker reports at Bloomberg that because of fears of inflation created by the enormous credit expansion by the Federal Reserve and rapidly increasing U.S. government deficit spending, the world’s biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco) has dropped all U.S. government debt from its portfolio. Bill Gross, who runs the world’s...
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