Shutdown fears guide Senate Republicans to vote for bad budget deal

By Robert Romano Update:  The Senate has advanced the budget deal by a vote of 67 to 33, with 12 Republicans voting in favor. Senate passage of a two-year budget deal brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) appears all but certain, with at least six Senate Republicans planning on voting in favor of cloture, reports […]

Power to tax and destroy

By Rick Manning Tax reform is likely to be one of the hot button topics in the months ahead as politicians on both sides of the aisle grapple with how to make the federal income tax system, flatter, fairer and less complicated. The tax code itself has been altered, fixed, reformed, flattened, expanded and criticized since it was created in […]

National Debt jumps $328 billion after debt ceiling lifted

By Tom Toth President Obama claimed that lifting the debt ceiling did not cause increased indebtedness, and while this is technically true, not even the prince of prevarication himself could claim that the day after the debt ceiling was lifted, the national debt jumped by $328 billion. This jump answers the question that had bothered many debt watchers – how […]

Obamacare exemptions put D.C. deal making back in business

By Robert Romano With House and Senate leaders merely disagreeing around the edges of a continuing resolution funding the government for fiscal year 2014 and increasing the $16.699 trillion debt ceiling, it appears all but certain that Obamacare will be fully funded this year, next year, and every year after that. The principal reason for that is House Republican leadership […]

The American people never voted for Obamacare

By Robert Romano As a famous German propagandist once said, if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. Elections have consequences, it is true. And in 2008, following the epic market crash and financial crisis, Republicans were demolished in the general election, losing the White House while Democrats picked up seats in the House and Senate. And […]

$3.15 trillion automatic government spending goes on in spite of ‘shutdown’

By Robert Romano One surprising aspect of the partial federal government so-called “shutdown” is what a small portion of the budget is actually affected, in turn bringing attention to just how little impact Congress can have on spending through the normal budget process. Some $2.5 trillion of federal outlays — more than 66 percent of all spending — is categorized […]

Harry Reid blocks cancer funding for kids

By Tom Toth CNN: “But if [by funding the National Institutes for Health] you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?” REID: “Why would we want to do that?” This video shows the Senate Majority Leader saying those words in response to a question from a CNN’s Dana Bash on the House’s offer to fund […]

Playing poker with Harry Reid on the government shutdown

By Bill Wilson I hope and pray I am wrong. Ideally, I hope the House of Representatives stands firm against demands from the Senate and White House to rubber stamp a so-called “clean” continuing resolution — one that will allow funding for Obamacare to take effect. That they hold the line even with the government partially shut down. But based […]

03.26.2013 in Big Government, Congress, Featured, Federal Budget, Politics, Senate by Rick Manning 13

Why Harry Reid is ashamed of the Senate budget

By Rick Manning – Hell must have frozen over this past weekend as the U.S. Senate broke a four year record of intransigence and failure as it unleashed a blizzard of votes that culminated with the passage of a budget document that reveals the plans and priorities of the 50 Democrats who supported it. It was no mistake that the […]

Closed Capitol entrances still being spruced up

Due to the sequester, some entrances to Capitol Hill Congressional building have been closed. But in a sign that these entrances are merely being closed for the theater of it all, the closed entrances are still receiving regular maintenance. Odd. Here’s a picture of one of the closed entrances being painted: The closing of the entrances is merely a way […]

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