Rep. Greg Walden: President rejected our offer

by Rep. Greg Walden In your family or your job, when you have a disagreement, how to you handle it? You sit down and talk, and find a solution that works for both sides. On Thursday, I joined other leaders … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Budget, President Obama | 2,663 Comments

Sen. Obama voted against debt limit hike

by NW Spotlight Do as I say, not as I do Watchdog.org has a great article today about President Obama trying to justify why he voted against raising the debt limit when he was a senator, but now he criticizes … Continue reading

Posted by at 02:45 | Posted in Federal Budget, President Obama | 697 Comments

Media tells America: Republicans to blame on shutdown

Brit Hume on Fox News yesterday: Media keep telling people Republicans are to blame. Who’s really responsible for shutdown? Government’s status of government services during the shutdown

Posted by at 08:46 | Posted in Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Obamacare, President Obama | 498 Comments

Furloughs Are Designed to Protect the Government Class

You may remember Peggy Joseph, the woman who, in the aftermath of President Obama’s election in 2008, raved on television that Mr. Obama would now pay for her mortgage and her gasoline.  For many she became the face of entitlement.  … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Federal Budget, Government Spending, Oregon Government, PERS, State Budget | 278 Comments

Who’s going to pay for all this?

by Dan Lucas When we talk of the national debt or Oregon’s debt, we’re talking about money our government has already spent that will need to be paid for in the future. When we talk about Social Security, Medicare and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, PERS, Social Security, State Budget | 954 Comments

Paul Ryan vs. Patty Murray: a real budget process emerges

by Eric Shierman On Tuesday, Paul Ryan did what he has done every year this earnest fellow has been chair of the House Budget Committee; he proposed a budget for his committee to vote on and send to the House … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, Fiscal Cliff, President Obama | 22 Comments

Aging Baby Boomers Are Only a Part of the Entitlement Problem

Last weekend, reporter Russ Wiles of the Arizona Republic, authored a lengthy piece concerning entitlement spending. It was both enlightening and misleading although I am not sure the latter was by intent. In the aftermath of the sequestration – a … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Federal Budget, Food Stamps, President Obama, Social Security | 262 Comments

Barack Obama: America has a debt problem

by NW Spotlight President Obama has flip-flopped on raising the debt ceiling, and he no longer appears to care that Washington is putting this debt, in his words, “onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.” Back in March 2006, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, President Obama | 31 Comments

Federal Relief Aid Is the New Entitlement

Recently, the governors of New York and New Jersey sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders expressing their outrage that the “fiscal cliff” legislation did not include more than $50 billion in federal aid for damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

No joke: $1 trillion coins

by NW Spotlight Wow. The fiscal cliff fight is over, but now a debt ceiling fight is looming and it’s getting pretty surreal. Oregon U.S. Rep. Greg Walden is having to introduce a bill to prevent the U.S. Treasury from … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:22 | Posted in Federal Budget, President Obama | 21 Comments

Welcome to our Hotel California fiscal policy

by Eric Shierman Somehow a year of focus group tested framing created a bipartisan message that the expiration of a few temporary tax cuts and spending measures constituted a fiscal cliff, ignoring the real fiscal cliff – that the continuation … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget | 5 Comments

Rep. Greg Walden on his fiscal cliff vote

Greg Walden votes to permanently extend tax relief for Oregon families and small businesses WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) issued the following statement on House passage of a plan to prevent a tax increase for 99 percent of taxpayers … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:44 | Posted in Federal Budget | 31 Comments

Speaker John Boehner: spending is the problem

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Here’s a copy of a House Budget Committee chart I used at a press conference this week to show how Washington’s spending problem threatens our future. As you can see, the president’s fiscal cliff … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:59 | Posted in Federal Budget, Fiscal Cliff, President Obama, Uncategorized | 476 Comments

I’ll Take the Fiscal Cliff Over the Solutions Being Proposed

There is a skin condition identified as basal cell carcinoma that mostly occurs as a result of prolonged or intense exposure to the sun. Often times it manifests itself on the face, forehead and ears in a form that looks … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, Federal Government, Fiscal Cliff, Public Employee Unions, Uncategorized | 29 Comments

Why isn’t Amtrak on the table?

by Eric Shierman After completing all of my Christmas shopping online this year, I used the saved time to finally get a chance to read a very well researched paper released a few weeks ago on the privatization of Amtrak … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, Transportation | 48 Comments

Negotiating the Fiscal Cliff: Chess or Blackjack

If Congress represents the “best and the brightest” that America has to offer, then we are in deeper trouble than any of us have imagined. Normally I reserve my derision for the Democrats who have a seemingly unquenchable thirst for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Fiscal Cliff, President Obama | 39 Comments

Dealing With the Fiscal Cliff Instead of Talking About It

The Washington Post Writers Group’s Robert Samuelson recently published a column detailing a fiscal strategy for avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff facing the government should it fail to find a substitute for the automatic tax increases and sequestration (mostly for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, President Obama, Taxes | 27 Comments

The Election is Over: Stop Whining and Start Doing

The 2012 election is over and before the ashes cooled Republicans were happily engaged in their favorite pastime – beating the holy bejeezus out of their own party’s losers. Most of this comes from a bunch of self-anointed talking heads; … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2012 Presidential Election, Economy, Federal Budget, Illegal Immigration, President Obama | 15 Comments

U.S. debt hits $16 trillion

When the U.S. debt went over $9 trillion, then-candidate Obama called it “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic”. Now the debt under President Obama has hit $16 trillion.

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget | 16 Comments

Racing Towards Stagflation

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal carried an article by Jon Hilsenrath describing a push by Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for a third, but unlimited, round of quantitative easing – a euphemism for monetizing the debt. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, President Obama | 15 Comments

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