Tag Archives: Budget

Highlights from Gov McCrory’s NC budget

Why We Worry / Raleigh-Durham Bureau Governor Pat McCrory (R—NC) released his first budget proposal this morning, outlining spending recommendations for 2014 and 2015. Left-leaning North Carolinians braced themselves for the announcement, fearful of the influence of McCrory’s budget director, the ultra-conservative Art Pope. The good news is the news isn’t all bad. The budget calls […]

How Sequester cuts would impact North Carolina

Why We Worry / Raleigh-Durham Bureau The Sequester cuts may be small relative to the overall national budget, but if Congress does not prevent them, they will be coming in the context of prolonged economic stagnation, as well as recent significant cuts and severe budget shortfalls on the state level. For North Carolina, new cuts […]

Class warfare

Republicans put their heads together and decided the biggest problem facing America is … … Drumroll please … Rich people don’t have enough money!: The [the House Republican budget] plan would condemn millions to the ranks of the uninsured, raise health costs for seniors and renege on the obligation to keep poor children fed. It […]

Idiocy rules in D.C.

Ladies and gentlmen, i present to you the new Republican majority: House Republicans on Friday easily approved amendments to the spending package that would deny government financing for Planned Parenthood, block money for the Democrats’ big health care overhaul and bar new regulation of certain greenhouse gases. […] The Securities and Exchange Commission, for instance, […]

Budget debate = sham

Paul Krugman: The whole budget debate, then, is a sham. House Republicans, in particular, are literally stealing food from the mouths of babes — nutritional aid to pregnant women and very young children is one of the items on their cutting block — so they can pose, falsely, as deficit hawks. What would a serious […]

Obama’s budget bright side

Obama's new budget is meh. It stupidly cuts some programs that help the neediest among us in yet another boneheaded attempt to please conservatives. But at least it doesn’t touch the biggies like Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, which would be fine if we weren’t dedicated to giving millionaires gigantic tax cuts. In any case, […]

Roundup for Friday 3/27/2009

Apparently, rightwingers are convincing themselves that Obama is too reliant on teleprompters and is thus a terrible communicator (we’ve come a long way since the days of ‘Just Words’). Here is Letterman’s response: **** From the guys who brought you the Iraq war (Kristol, Kagan and Senor), comes a new foreign policy think tank titled […]