Browsing All posts tagged under »budget deficit«

Snookered: Budget deal only really cuts $14.7B

April 12, 2011


Grumbling has grown over the tiny nature of cuts reached in the recent deal to avoid a government shutdown. It’s sure to gain even more intensity after analysis shows that a lot of the cuts were accounting tricks and on programs that the President wanted to cut anyway. The upsetting bottom line – if you’re […]

Gov’t shutdown thwarted by last-minute deal

April 8, 2011


As the minutes ticked closer to a partial government shutdown at midnight on Friday, Congressional negotiators were continuing to work to get a deal. With little more than an hour to go, it appears that a compromise has been struck, resulting in $39 billion in cuts for FY 2011 and a deal to vote on […]

Former Rep. Tony Hall leading anti-budget cut fast

March 28, 2011


A former local Congressman is coming back into the spotlight with his method of protesting proposed Republican spending cuts. After representing Dayton and Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District for 22 years, former Rep. Tony Hall is leading several anti-hunger organizations in a fast that begins tomorrow to register his anger at budget cuts that target foreign […]

Happy Tax Day

April 15, 2010


As happy as it can be, I suppose. There are still two more hours left in April 15th, so in theory you have a bit more time to get your return in without incurring a penalty – even more if you happen to live in Hawaii! (Just another reason, by the way, why it’s OK […]

Short-term benefits, long-term shortfalls of health care passage

March 23, 2010


In the media afterglow of the historic signing of the health care reform bill, the immediate advantages of the legislation’s passage are rightfully being highlighted in news reports and analyses. Children cannot now be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions, and insurers cannot drop their clients because they get sick. No matter how you felt […]

Fact-check on insurance premiums and healthcare reform

March 17, 2010


Much has been made about how insurance premiums will be positive affected by the health care bill being shepherded through the House at this hour. But  the Associated Press writes a fact-check article that finds that, despite promises made by the President to the contrary, premiums will continue to increase under the new bill: Premiums are likely to […]

Dems don’t have acceptable CBO score yet

March 16, 2010


Nancy Pelosi and House leadership have yet to release the language of the bill they plan to vote on this week that will reshape one-sixth of the American economy. Part of the delay is the lack of a CBO score that would demonstrate acceptable cost savings, both through the original bill itself and the reconciliation […]