Posts tagged "deficit"

Illinois Democrats' utter contempt for you, the taxpayer

This has gone viral, and justly so. Read why Americans need to learn about the nation’s most ignored war. Find out what freelance editorial services I can provide for you.     Want to be notified by email when I post? Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is... Read more »

Schakowsky and her flunkies don't speak for this senior.

A breathless e-press release arrived today announcing: REP. SCHAKOWSKY, SENIOR ADVOCATES CALL ON SUPER COMMITTEE TO DEFEND MEDICARE Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in Debt Negotiations  It runs on to proclaim: [Today] Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) will join Latinos for a Secure Retirement (LSR) and the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans on a press... Read more »

Illinois: The most broke state in America

Not that this should come as news. The governors and lawmakers of Illinois have long been working to get to this point. Even worse, despite some nibbling around the edges, they haven’t come up with a realist, workable plan for getting Illinois out of this mess. The Illinois Statehouse News story is here.
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Boehner Calls Obama’s Cynical Bluff

By Jonathan S. Tobin President Obama’s speech tonight on the debt ceiling debate was not an attempt to bridge the gap between his position and that of his congressional opponents. By repeating the rhetoric he has been using all through this debate by attempting to demonize Republicans, it was clear his goal was not to make a... Read more »

Republicans, call and double down Obama's deficit reduction bluff

Even while deficit reduction talks continue between the White House and congressional leaders, Democrats and Republics, pundits already are awarding victory points for President Barack Obama’s challenge to do a really big deficit reduction deal. “If not now, when?” he asked at his press conference today, when he made it appear that Republicans were backing... Read more »

Uh? The Washington Post is worried about federal overspending?

Bless my soul, but a Washington Post editorial also is suggesting that the Bush middle class tax cuts also be extended for a year. Even the blind can smell an approaching disaster.
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How can Illinois (aka Greece) climb out of its deep budget hole?

Tribune columnist Eric Zorn and I debate how Illinois could–if ever–resolve its financial crisis.  To Eric from Dennis: We have seen Greece, and it is us. When Greek mobs were rioting over government austerity measures needed to secure sufficient international loans to keep the country afloat, the discussion on CNBC immediately turned to whether the... Read more »

Preposterous demands for Illinois tax increase

Tribune photo by Abel Uribe / April 21, 2010 Thousands of people march around the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. during a pro-tax rally on Wednesday. The headline read “Thousands rally at Illinois Capitol — for a tax increase.” A subhead could have read, “Millions more stay at home, fuming at the very idea.” Last... Read more »

The immoral Obama budget

Wait, weren’t the Democrats going to reduce the deficit? Not so, according to the Congressional Budget Office: Here it is, as described by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget: Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the President’s FY 2011 budget. The President’s budget would increase deficits by $9.8 trillion over... Read more »
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Battling the bulge: Here's where to slash the budget

Two weeks ago I suggested that climbing out of our financial sinkhole requires us to fundamentally downsize our expectations of what we can milk from government (“Champagne taste with a beer budget”). Reader Dienne posted a complaint: “I’m sorry, Mr. Byrne, perhaps I missed it, but I didn’t see a solution in this column —... Read more »
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