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.Read more
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:Read more
Marco Rubio, speaking earlier today at an in event in Washington sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America and THE WEEKLY STANDARD:
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.
Democratic congressman Jose Serrano made the case that the IRS needs more to prevent the federal agency from more scandals:Read more
The Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee is breaking down President Obama's budget with this preliminary analysis:Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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."Read more
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.Read more
Since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, more than $6 trillion dollars has been added to the national debt.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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