Leviathan: A Little History

    Time for some hard numbers to follow on this post discussing “fiscal conservatism” and provide some historical perspective on the GOP’s successes and failures in controlling taxes and spending. The bottom line here is pretty much what you’d expect: Republicans have had better luck cutting taxes than spending; a GOP Congress and specifically a GOP House is more important to fiscal discipline even than a | Read More »


    Moving On

    As some of you may have noticed, my participation in the RedState community has dropped significantly since the primaries. Several factors both personal and political contributed to my relative absence, not the least of which was my dissatisfaction with our Presidential nominee. Our grim prospects in Congressional races didn’t help. Those factors, combined with my personal situation and need to focus more on thins non-electronic, | Read More »

    Baghdad spending budget surplus

    Baghdad seeks to buy arms from Europe LONDON, Oct 1 (KUNA) — The Iraqi government has begun talks with European allies about arms purchases as it rebuilds its military in a drive towards independence from US forces, it was reported here Wednesday.Iraqi representatives have visited UK defence officials in recent months as part of a series of “fact-finding” missions in Europe, according to people close | Read More »

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    No money in defense bill for 11,550 airmen

    But Congress never forgets Acorn funding..By Sam LaGrone – Staff writerPosted : Sunday Sep 28, 2008 9:38:16 EDTIn June, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the end of the Air Force drawdown.But, apparently, no one told Congress.A Sept. 24 joint congressional report on the 2009 defense bill says lawmakers have not authorized funds for more than 317,050 airmen.That is considerably fewer than the 328,600 airmen Gates | Read More »

    I can balance a budget

    Michigan Constitution requires the government to have a balanced budget.If I can balance a budget then why can’t the leaders of the country?Since Michigan does not have a balanced budget, will the Govenor shut down state government? Again.That was the threat last year…..and by a miricle they found a surplus after a shut down. But that shut down didn’t last long, and neither did the | Read More »

    California Republican lawmakers show their Cashews

    Corporate Taxes: Democrats Have the Right Question but the Wrong Answer

    Senators Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) and Carl Levin (D-Michigan) deserve some credit for being smart enough to go to the GAO and ask a sensible question when they commissioned a recent study on why more than two thirds of foreign corporations and about half of the domestic companies doing business in the US get away with not paying corporate taxes in any given year.The report | Read More »

    How to stop the bag tax

    From what I understand, Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2008-2009 Budget for California includes a 10-percent across-the-board spending reduction, because he wants there to be a linkage between tax revenues and spending. He wants to sell bonds to avoid a shortfall in California’s cash reserves but does not seem to want to use any of that income to pay back old bonds. Instead, he wants to reduce spending.(http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/BudgetSummary/GOV/1249556.html) | Read More »

    NOW You are Working for YOU! Freedom From Taxes Day Has Arrived

    Yesterday was finally the end of the days this year when you were working to pay the government its exorbitant fees. That’s right, July 16 was Cost of Government Day for the average American. Grover Norquist , author of the recent book “Leave Us Alone,” has once again crunched the numbers and determined how long it takes most of us to finally pay off our | Read More »

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