Spending Articles

Sky Still Not Falling

7:48 AM, Aug 14, 2013

The effects of the sequester would be dire.  Or so we were told.  The massive furloughing of bureaucrats across all agencies and departments would result in cutbacks, or even elimination, of essential services.  The bonds on civilization would be strained.

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'Illusion of Choice'

7:54 AM, Aug 03, 2013

Mackenzie Eaglen, writing about the weakening of the military:

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Defense Dept. Urges Furloughed Workers to Use ‘Free or Low-Cost’ Recreation During Time Off

12:17 PM, Jul 30, 2013

While furloughs of civilian employees of the Defense Department have not lived up to the pre-sequester billing, the Pentagon is doing what it can to ease the pain for those who will be taking involuntary time off.  The American Forces Press Service is reporting that the director of the Pentagon's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (WMR) program is urging furloughed civilians to tap into "fitness, recreational and educational services, often at no charge or for significantly less than one might pay just outside an installation’s gates."  The list of "free or low-cost" offerings is extensive:

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Rubio: 'I Will Not Vote for a Continuing Resolution Unless it Defunds ObamaCare'

11:09 AM, Jul 11, 2013

Marco Rubio, speaking earlier today at an in event in Washington sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America and THE WEEKLY STANDARD:


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'The Need for Spending Reform: The $17 Trillion Debt Threat & America’s Spending Addiction'

7:00 AM, Jul 11, 2013

A live event this morning with Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor Ed Rendell called, "The Need for Spending Reform: The $17 Trillion Debt Threat & America’s Spending Addiction." Panelists include Veronique De Rugy, Representative Adam Kinzinger, and Pete Hegseth.

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The Plague of Locusts Has Been Canceled

9:09 AM, Jul 01, 2013

Remember how the sequester was supposed to ravage the landscape?  The automatic spending cuts would, we were told, cause all manner of pain and suffering – inconvenience, even – as David A. Fahrenthold & Lisa Rein of the Washington Post report, we were warned:

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The Government's Priorities

11:55 AM, Jun 20, 2013

Budget may be strained and deficits may be insupportable but there is money, $70 million worth, for IRS bonuses.

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Dem. Congressman: IRS Will Have 'More Trouble,' Scandals If More Money Isn't Given to Agency

'There is no clearer way to promote more scandals than by cutting funding.'
2:41 PM, Jun 03, 2013

Democratic congressman Jose Serrano made the case that the IRS needs more to prevent the federal agency from more scandals:

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Obama's Budget Includes $800 Billion Tax Hike, $7.3 Trillion in New Debt

2:21 PM, Apr 05, 2013

The Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee is breaking down President Obama's budget with this preliminary analysis:

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Obama: ‘We Still Waste Money in All Kinds of Things That Don't Work’

5:21 PM, Apr 04, 2013

At a Democratic National Committee fund raising event in Atherton, California Thursday morning, President Obama declared that the United States government still needs to get its fiscal house in order:

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Feds Sign $6M Helicopter Contract for 'Wild Horse and Burro'

6:46 AM, Apr 02, 2013

As the sequester bore down on Washington, the dire warnings from the Obama administration gave the impression that wild horses couldn't drag another dime out of the treasury for a whole host of vital government services. Aircraft carrier refueling, the Head Start program, and White House tours were among the high profile victims.

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Podcast: Obama's Bad Sequester Calculus

Could it change public opinion on big government?
3:04 PM, Apr 01, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on President Obama's bad sequester calculus. Hosted by Michael Graham.

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Spender in Chief

Mar 18, 2013

On March 6, Barack Obama invited a dozen Republican senators to dine with him at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington. The group spent virtually all of their time discussing debt, deficits, and spending. Obama picked up the tab. The next day, he hosted House Budget chairman Paul Ryan, along with his Democratic counterpart, for a lunch of grilled sea bass and roasted vegetable ragu and more discussion. This week, Obama will travel to Capitol Hill for meetings with Republicans in both chambers of Congress. All of this on top of personal phone calls he made to Republican lawmakers he thinks could be open to working with the White House.

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Sessions: Democratic ‘Budget Enriches the Bureaucracy at the Expense of the People’

8:35 PM, Mar 14, 2013

The Democratic budget, released yesterday by Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray, passed out of committee this evening on a party line vote, 12-10. In response, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, Jeff Sessions, released this blistering statement:

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Obama's PR Stunt

11:40 AM, Mar 13, 2013

There will be no grand bargain.

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Obama: 'We Don’t Have an Immediate Crisis in Terms of Debt'

7:00 AM, Mar 13, 2013

In an interview that was released this morning with former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos on ABC, President Obama talked a little about his view of the debt.

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Obama: 'No,' My Budget Won't Be Balanced

6:07 PM, Mar 12, 2013

In an interview with ABC News, President Obama says his budget won't be balanced:

"Paul Ryan, today, put forward his budget," says ABC, "and he says, he's challenging you to come forward with a budget that also reaches balance. Are you going to do that?"

"No," Obama says. "My goal is not chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance."

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Our $4 Trillion $7 Trillion Challenge

8:36 AM, Mar 07, 2013

When it comes to deficit reduction, President Obama and the mainstream press seem to have a fascination with the figure of $4 trillion.  During last year’s first presidential debate, Obama falsely claimed, “I've put forward a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan,” even though he’d done nothing of the sort

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Poll: Most Support Cuts, but Not Defense Cuts

9:50 AM, Mar 06, 2013

ABC reports that most folks support spending cuts, as long as defense budgets aren't slashed:

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Kristol Podcast: Opposing Obama Isn't Enough

4:00 PM, Mar 04, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, hosted by Michael Graham, with Bill Kristol:

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Obama's Now Added $6 Trillion to the National Debt

10:19 AM, Mar 02, 2013

Since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, more than $6 trillion dollars has been added to the national debt.

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The Obama Scorecard

Every government program is a winner.
Feb 25, 2013



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Kristol: Cancel the Sequester

2:30 PM, Feb 22, 2013

Bill Kristol joined Chris Stirewalt to talk about sequestration: 

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3:25 PM, Feb 19, 2013

The president has returned from Florida and is back in form, warning against the imposition of the drastic spending cuts called for by what is known as the "sequester."  

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Harkin: No Spending Problem, and We're Not Broke

10:55 AM, Feb 14, 2013

Democratic senator Tom Harkin insisted this morning that America does not have a spending problem and that we're not broke:

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Obama: 'Nothing I’m Proposing Tonight Should Increase Our Deficit By a Single Dime'

"It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth."
6:04 PM, Feb 12, 2013

The White House has released limited excerpts of President Obama's State of the Union Address: 


“It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.

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White House Still Denies ‘Spending Problem’—Except for Health Care

2:41 PM, Feb 11, 2013

After dodging the question just a week ago, White House spokesman Jay Carney's hand was forced today by a statement Nancy Pelosi made yesterday on Fox News Sunday:

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Pelosi: Wrong to Say We Have a 'Spending Problem'

9:38 AM, Feb 10, 2013

In an interview this morning, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi made the case that we don't have a spending problem. Indeed, Pelosi says, it is wrong to say we have a "spending problem":

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Why Not Flournoy?

8:42 AM, Feb 05, 2013

The woman who still could be the next defense secretary, Michele Flournoy, has an intelligent op-ed, well worth reading, in today’s Wall Street Journal, on "The Right Way to Cut Pentagon Spending."

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Ryan Blasts Obama for Breaking Law by Refusing to Submit Budget

Shirking his duty.
12:02 PM, Feb 04, 2013

Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, blasts President Barack Obama in a statement for breaking the law by refusing to submit an annual budget. "President Obama is required by law to submit his budget request for Fiscal Year 2014. For the fourth time in five years, however, he will miss the statutory deadline," Ryan's office explains.

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