We've heard the statement “Elections Have Consequences” from both political parties. The Democrats embraced this mantra in 2008 and 2012, while Republicans shouted it from mountain tops in 2010. I'm getting a 2010 feeling in my gut, and I don't like it. Let me describe why, below the symbol of continuation.
Once again I’m hearing CEO’s say that “if they ran their business like the Government, they'd be out of business.” I agree with that statement. The Government is not a business, never has been, and never should be.
To see how ridiculous this is, I want to imagine what the restructuring of our Government would look like if it were a corporation. Follow me below the Spirograph generated twirler for the reorganization of USA Inc.
I have seen a lot of misleading statements regarding Social Security’s (SS) financial health and future. To help educate myself, I decided to take a journey through the nuts and bolts of the program. Join me as I go through the history, dispel myths, and discuss the financial health of Social Security on the 76'th anniversary of its first payouts.
I saw a link the other day to Nate Silvers 538 Blog, the Title was “What Is Driving Growth in Government Spending?” Being a numbers guy who is pretty familiar with Govt Budgets, and halfway through Nate’s book The Signal and the Noise, I meandered over to take a look.
Let me say after reading the post, his conclusions, and looking at his sources, I was in shock. Let me re-state that, total shock! Here is Nate Silver --whose book says over and over again “to always check your data sources” -- using a site that quite frankly seems to have pretty shifty data. As I was looking through the source site usgovernmentspending.com I stumbled on a link specifically for Tea Party people, probably to reload the old data cannon.
Did everyone know we are already three months into 2013? Oh sorry, I mean Fiscal Year 2013. For the federal government the FY-13 began on October 1, 2012, and ends on September 30, 2013. Given that info, the CBO’s monthly budget review is out. The report shows we are still improving and heading in the right direction.
Put succinctly, year over year Receipts/Revenue are up (~$60B) and Outlays/Spending are also up (~$31B). Together that's a (~$29B) reduction so far, for our yearly deficit.
Lets dig a little deeper into those numbers because there is more good news.
I wanted to do a follow up on military spending with a question… Why is everyone so afraid of cutting defense? We (the US) spend more on Defense than the rest of the world combined. These spending levels will once again be at the forefront of the next budget battle brewing in Congress. The Democrats and President Obama will have the upper hand in the negotiations because of the Sequester; it’s still there ready to automatically cut DOD by 8% or ~$55B on March 1. Not much considering the DOD annual budget authority has erupted in the last ten years, with 2012 spending levels at ~$700B. The common argument used by the DOD protectors is “it’s for the troops” talking point. While that plays well to the MSM, is it true?
I was poking around twitter tonight and got a rather rude forwarded tweet from The Heritage Foundation regarding some wasteful US food aid programs. The tweet – as seen below—claims major waste cited in a GAO report. Being I have nothing better to do, I printed out the report and actually read it. I found no such findings in the report. There is some mention that our international food aid programs may overlap in some countries, but the programs (USDA & USAID) coordinate to ensure they are not helping the same people or during the same time-frame.
We need to redirect the conversation that will start in Washington tomorrow. It’s not really a conversation, it’s a negotiation. During that negotiation I want to suggest -- no demand -- that Social Security & Medicare/Medicaid be taken off the table. In its place…. I offer Department of Defense (DOD) cuts. Give me a few minutes of your time to explain why we should all be demanding these cuts.
I don’t want to hear the job creator bull-shizzle anymore. The Republican House is still exhibiting their old habits of protecting the wealthy or so called “Job Creators” Let’s look a bit deeper into that myth by pulling back the rug on what creates jobs. (It’s sure not the Republicans)
Hello everyone, welcome back! As we continue our journey into the secretive world of federal budgeting. That same federal budget that is available to all in painstaking detail on the internet for all to see (or download). If you’re like me, just having thousands of pages containing more numbers than imaginable is absolutely heaven, and it’s FREE!
So as we move further into the budget I wanted to refresh everyone on just one chart from last week. Below is the budget at its highest level; receipts or revenues, and outlays or spending.
Let’s take a journey together, a journey of numbers. I love numbers, so much so that I pretty much live in Excel. I thoroughly enjoy calculating and charting data of all types. As part of my (soon to be former) job, the Federal Budget – in particular the Defense Budget – is my main analysis area. It’s amazing when I talk to people, read articles, or listen to pundits the amount of mistakes made when referring to certain aspects of the US budget or budget process.
Mitt Romney’s 47% comment further revealed what the deep seated (rarely spoken in public) feelings of the Republican Party really are. I have news for him; in the 47% he speaks of resides a huge bloc of staunch Republicans. Even with this latest proof of contempt pointed toward them they will not change their minds. They will still methodically get up on Election Day, (probably get a ride) go down to the polls, and cast their vote for any Republican. Here’s why.
Recommended by simple serf
- Sometimes, I find something and think: the content speaks for itself. More as this goes on...134 comments 376 Recs
- When I lived in Alburquerque, stupid men there thought I was a prostitute. I don't mean to imply that all the men of Alburquerque are stupid but there sure was a bunch of them down there who were. ...61 comments 183 Recs
- One of the reasons Paul Krugman is routinely marginalized by those with the power to do so is that he has a bad (for them) habit of putting into words what 'polite' people do not want to ...332 comments 588 Recs
- Maine Gov. Paul LePage recently falsely stated that horror author Stephen King doesn't live in Maine or pay taxes during a weekly radio address . "Remember who introduced ...219 comments 471 Recs
- I literally (really literally, not Lindsey Graham "literally") gasped at this cartoon from the Salt Lake City Tribune: On a bus ride to hell In one image, the cartoonist Bagley connects two ...90 comments 394 Recs
- A woman had a major problem with the fact that a Planet Fitness gym in Midland, MI, was allowing an identifying transgender woman to change in the woman's locker room. Below is a link to the story ...314 comments 389 Recs
- Reports are flying that the large Chicago Cumulus radio ...208 comments 396 Recs
- UPDATED 2/27/2015 with more memes and a sobering video at the end. Earlier today, when asked about ISIS, presidential hopeful and current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that his response to ...410 comments 586 Recs
- Today on Fox News, House Speaker John Boehner admitted that he concealed his invitation to Israel's Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to avoid the President and his staff from "getting in the way."235 comments 433 Recs
- We might as well get used to sights like this for the foreseeable future. San Francisco broke an unfortunate record last month:240 comments 401 Recs
simple serf's Tags
- No current results.