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Leaked "Black Budget" Includes Hacking Offensives, Inside Jobs

Secret budget figures leaked to the Washington Post by Edward Snowden show the CIA and the NSA had planned “offensive cyber operations” to hack into foreign networks. There were also plans for the NSA to investigate approximately 4,000 situations where sensitive information was compromised by an internal source.

Obama Budget Brings Grover Norquist and Sen. Bernie Sanders Together, Wait What?

It’s not everyday you see Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) opposing the same policy. But President Obama’s budget has done just that. Both Norquist and Sanders have issues with the proposed change to a chained CPI. This change would reduce federal payments to beneficiaries including veterans and those who collect Social Security. It would also cause the rare phenomenon of an “tax bracket creep“. Sanders, who is […]

Marco Rubio: Obama Budget 'Blueprint for a Recession'

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio slammed President Obama’s $3.8-trillion budget plan Wednesday as filled with “recycled liberal ideas,” saying the proposal is “useless” because it was delivered two months late. “President Obama’s budget is a blueprint for a recession,” said Rubio, who is widely viewed as a leading hopeful for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. “Filled to the brim with middle class tax hikes and debt spending, the recycled liberal ideas […]

SC-01: Colbert-Busch Rejects Obama Budget

In a released statement this morning, Congressional candidate Elizabeth Colbert-Busch rejected President Obama’s proposed budget. I respectfully disagree with the budget that President Obama is expected to present today because it simply doesn’t take the right steps to putting our fiscal house back in order – especially from my perspective as a businesswoman. The fact is, we have to balance our budget, cut our spending and lower taxes for small businesses to […]

President Obama Issues $3.8-Trillion Spending Plan, Adds $580 Billion in Tax Increases and 'Buffet Rule'

President Obama’s published his new budget plan Wednesday, proposing higher taxes on upper-income households as well as changes to the Social Security and Medicare programs. Republicans in Congress immediately pronounced the plan “dead on arrival” on Capitol Hill, but there was also sharp criticism of the budget from many of the president’s own political allies. Obama’s plan would increase taxes by limiting deductions for the top 2 percent of family incomes, a measure the White House said would […]

Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, First in 4 years

There is a lot of political posturing going on in DC right now in regards to Senators up for reelection in 2016. As a caveat to such posturing, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) was happy to announce this weekend that for the first time in over four years the US Senate has successfully passed a budget. The vote stuck almost strictly to party lines with a 50-49 vote, ending […]

Your Tax Dollars at Work: $384,949 to Study Duck Penises

Remember that big “stimulus” bill Congress passed in 2009? Part of that $800 billion paid for a $384,949 grant to Yale University from the National Science Foundation to research “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia.” The project has been receiving money from the NSF since 2009 and is slated for funding through July of this year. “In the last quarter, we have prepared a manuscript for submission […]

Speaker Boehner Pushes Senate Democrats to Pass Budget via Infographic

Speaker of the House, John Boehner‘s office is no stranger to infographics and other popular methods of pushing their message on the digital medium. Continuing their #NoBudgetNoPay push, they have a nifty infographic. The graphic posted to Flickr comes with the caption: Will Senate Democrats Ever Pass a Budget? The last time Senate Democrats passed a budget - “the most basic responsibility of governing” - was April 29, 2009. With […]