by | Mar 14, 2019

The Trump administration just delivered a massive budget to Congress. A look at the numbers and the talking points drafted to defend it confirms that budgets favor politics over policy. This also confirms that it really doesn’t really matter who…

by | Mar 25, 2018

President Donald J. Trump is unhappy. Why? Because he signed a wildly unpopular (outside of Washington, D.C. at least) omnibus spending bill. Chants of “never again” emanated from the president’s mouth as he described the $1.3 trillion spending bill as…

by | Jan 26, 2018

Anyone over the age of 30 has lived through a rather profound shift in federal priorities. A half-century ago, defense accounted for 45 percent of federal outlays at $405 billion. Medicare and health, combining for $45 billion, constituted five percent…

by | Mar 19, 2017

Washington President Donald Trump presented a radically different budget blueprint to Congress on Thursday. The new plan would increase defense spending by $54 billion and fund the increase with targeted cuts in other discretionary spending. What makes the $1.1 trillion…

by | Mar 16, 2017

The Trump Budget will not pass. The Republicans will go wobbly in the face of the screaming Left and Media. Plus, the Republicans kinda like PBS and all the fat government programs. In the meantime, though, it’s nice to glory in…

by | Jan 12, 2017

Sacramento My neighbors and I just survived a week of flood dangers, as something called an “atmospheric river” led to massive rains throughout northern California. The warmth of the rain in the Sierra Nevada melted a good bit of the…

by | Nov 25, 2016

Editor’s Note: This piece is an ongoing investigative series in partnership with Watchdog.org’s state-level journalists. Pension budget woes beset nearly every state in the union, and cities and municipalities are also being hit with unprecedented pension debt. Baby boomers are retiring….

by | Nov 18, 2016

Editor’s Note: This piece is an ongoing investigative series in partnership with Watchdog.org’s state-level journalists. Pension budget woes beset nearly every state in the union and cities and municipalities are also being hit with unprecedented pension debt. Baby boomers are retiring….

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