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How Washington D.C. Works (Or Not) – Part 2

Monday February 11th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 4:48pm PST   •   2 Comments

Ripped from the pages of the Washington Post comes a very interesting story about how politicians stacked the deck against making real spending cuts at the same time they claimed they were making record spending cuts back in April 2011, as they also claimed success in averting a shutdown of the federal government. Let’s…
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Natural Born Killers: Federal Wildlife Services agency “out of control”

Monday February 11th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:00am PST   •   5 Comments

Russell Files, a trapper with the Wildlife Services (WS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, objected to a neighbor’s dog coming into his yard. So while on duty he set traps that severely injured the canine. Similar incidents of wanton cruelty have prompted legislators to call for an investigation of the Wildlife…
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Government and the “powerful, widespread and enduring” Great Recession

Friday February 8th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:06am PST   •   1 Comment

Americans are skeptical about the federal government’s ability to lead a recovery from the Great Recession, according to Diminished Lives and Futures: A Portrait of America in the Great-Recession Era, a national survey from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. Those surveyed have good reason for that belief. Near…
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West Point Politico Maligns the Mainstream

Thursday February 7th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:38am PST   •   5 Comments

West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, is home to the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) whose origins “are inextricably linked to the tragic events of 9/11 and West Point’s unwavering commitment to the future security and safety of our nation.” The Center has produced material on radical Islam and Al Qaeda but a recent report…
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A Quick Overview of the CBO’s New Budget Projections

Thursday February 7th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:03am PST   •   3 Comments

The Congressional Budget Office has just issued its annual Budget and Economic Outlook, which attempts to project what the federal government’s revenues from taxes and spending will be from 2013 through 2023. Here’s a quick rundown of what they foresee. For 2013, the CBO projects that the deficit will be $847 billion, which rounds…
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Washington D.C. at Work (or Not)

Wednesday February 6th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:21am PST   •   5 Comments

Three headlines caught our eye recently. First, as we expected, President Obama failed to produce a budget proposal by the first Monday in February as required by law for the third year in a row, and for the fourth out of the five Februarys in which he has been President: For the third year…
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Head Start, Lies, and Government Programs

Monday February 4th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:00am PST   •   4 Comments

One of the federal government programs slated for cuts is Head Start, which President Lyndon Johnson first deployed in 1965 as part of his War on Poverty. President Obama wants a Head Start budget of $8.2 billion, up from the current level of $7.2 billion. Republicans want $2 billion in cuts to the federal…
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The Costs and Choices of ObamaCare

Friday February 1st, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:30am PST   •   10 Comments

The IRS has released its first regulations related to how it will determine the penalty tax for not having “affordable” health insurance under ObamaCare. In those regulations, the IRS projects that the lowest cost “Bronze” plan for health insurance required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will cost $5,000 for single…
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