Category Archives: Budget

Cutting Meals on Wheels? Say it ain’t so!

Turns out … not such a big deal.  For one thing, Meals on Wheels gets only 3% of its funding from the federal government.

Also, CNN reported that the day after Trump’s budget came out, Meals on Wheels received 50 times the typical amount of daily donations.  Volunteer sign-ups also jumped, increasing by 500%.
Meals on Wheels

Tweeters commented:

  • It’s almost like it can survive without 3% funding from the fed. Who could have guessed.
  • Great. This is the way charities are supposed to work. Individuals decide where their time/$$ should be spent … not Govt.
  • B-b-but I had hand wringing people wailing in my TL all day yesterday that elderly people & small children were gonna DIE from this cut?!


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Trump’s Budget

Budget Blueprint for 2018:

• provides for one of the largest increases in defense spending without increasing the debt;
• significantly increases the budget for immigration enforcement at the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security;
• includes  additional  resources  for  a  wall  on  the  southern  border  with  Mexico,  immigration  judges,  expanded  detention  capacity,  U.S.  Attorneys,  U.S.  Immigration  and  Customs Enforcement, and Border Patrol;
• increases funding to address violent crime and reduce opioid abuse; and
• puts America first by keeping more of America’s hard-earned tax dollars here at home.

Mitt Romney said during his 2012 presidential campaign that the test of a program’s value was whether it was “so critical that it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it.”

White House budget Director Mike Mulvaney said Thursday during an appearance on “Fox & Friends”, “The president finally got to the point where he said, ‘Do I really want to make the coal miner in West Virginia, or the auto worker in Ohio, or the single mom in Detroit to pay for the National Endowment of the Arts or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting?’ And the answer is no.”

2017_03 18 Trump and Big Bird

Radio show host Glenn Beck, a longtime Trump critic, on proposed budget cuts: “I am so pro-Trump right now.”  We shouldn’t be using public monies to pay for shows like “Sesame Street” which “makes more money than any other show.”  Or NPR, which “is the No. 1 podcast. They’re No. 1 in many, many cities on radio [and] their television shows are now being sold all around the world.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the budget was a shift in the right direction after eight years of Democratic blueprints from the White House.

Sen. John McCain said the “budget proposed today cannot pass the Senate” because the increase in defense does not go far enough.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York signaled that Democrats would fight the proposal tooth-and-nail.


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Let the Budget Battle Begin

The president will reveal his budget today. Much of what he is proposing is already known. The democrat objections are pre-written and Kermit and Big Bird are ready to go on TV and whine about having their funding cut. From all quarters of the liberal world will come a hue and cry not heard by anybody who has not thrown boiling water on a cat or been in close proximity to a slaughterhouse. It is predictable as the sunrise.

Trump budget expected to seek historic contraction of federal workforce
President Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the federal workforce.
This would be the first time the government has executed cuts of this magnitude — and all at once — since the drawdown following World War II, economists and budget analysts said.

The America First budget: Trump wants $1.5 BILLION for the wall and cash for the military but will slash foreign aid and eliminate funding for PBS and NPR
Trump will release a budget blueprint today that makes cuts to discretionary spending to fund his border wall and the military build-up he’s been promising
State Department is cut deepest with a 28% reduction to its foreign aid division
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Housing and Urban Development Department are also expected to suffer
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides support to NPR and PBS, will see its funding phased out
Trump’s budget may not make it past the House and Senate – a top Republican has said it’s ‘dead on arrival’
Dramatic cuts make way room for $1.5B for his wall with Mexico in 2018 and $54 billion for defense without adding to the federal deficit


Trump’s First Budget Promises To Beef Up National Security, Dramatically Cut Domestic Spending
If you find a $54 billion addition, you will find a $54 billion reduction,” he said. “We have simply not added to the deficit in order to accomplish these policies. You’ll see reductions in the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, and in many agencies, as he tries to shrink the role of the federal government.”

The way this works is Trump proposes his budget to actually bring some sanity to federal spending.This,of course,will never fly.Taxpayer giveaways are the mothers’ milk of politics,especially in the democrat party.There will be argument over cuts,the left will threaten to shut down the government and with the help of the media whores republicans will be blamed.It’s happened before and the GOP has always backed will be interesting to see how this president handles it.


Filed under Armed Forces, Budget, Donald Trump, National Security, Obamacare



These disgusting PIGS didn’t just leave behind inanimate trash.  They also abandoned PETS.

I got the stuff below in an email from Catholic Vote.  In comments, I’ll add other stuff I see that doesn’t inspire a whole blog.

BUDGET // Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Trump’s first budget proposal will spare Social Security and Medicare from any cuts.

HEALTH CARE // A draft Republican bill to repeal Obamacare has been leaked. The replacement plan reduces subsidies, takes out the individual mandate, and scraps the Medicaid expansion. But the Republican plan would maintain some elements supported by Obama, including the “Cadillac” tax on more generous health plans.

CONGRESS // President Trump will address a joint session of Congress tomorrow night. GOP insiders say he may not be in the mood to play nice.

MONDAY MOTIVATION // “The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.-Saint Vincent de Paul

MARKETING // Conservative activist Grover Norquist says that on regulatory reform, Trump is ‘out-Reaganing Reagan.’

MILITARY // Trump wants to raise military spending, but cut everywhere else.

CATHOLIC // Spirit of 79: The number of Americans proposed for sainthood.


Filed under Armed Forces, Budget, Dakota Access Pipeline, Obamacare, Republicans, Steve Mnuchin, U.S. Congress

The Dark Night of the Nation

Batman and St John of the Cross

“New House Speaker Paul Ryan quickly passed a budget bill (with more Democrats than Republicans voting for it) which essentially gave Barack Obama and his cronies everything they could possibly want with no fight whatsoever.

“Cash for Planned Parenthood butchery? Full funding for the resettling of immigrants and refugees in the nation’s vulnerable heartland? Taxpayer dollars to combat alleged climate change? All this and much, much, MUCH more was rubber stamped “to keep the government open,” making a complete mockery of the hard fought elections which finally gave the House and Senate to Republicans under the mistaken impression that it might make a difference.

“And we conservatives can scream, complain, and debate amongst ourselves all we want, but to what end? Everything we stand against is already funded through next year.” – Stilton Jarlsburg at Hope n’ Change



Filed under Barack Obama, Budget, Climate Change, Democrats, House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Planned Parenthood, Republicans

The Democrat Knee Jerk: “If it’s bad, blame Republicans!”

The latest Lame Democrat Meme is to blame Ebola on Republican budget cuts.

Republican Cuts Kill [1:00]

Let’s get a quick reality check about which party has been in charge of federal spending since January 2007, shall we?

2007 to present Dems have had majority

Now let’s get another quick reality check about how the “Republicans cut CDC funding” is a Big Fat Lie.

2013 GOP votes big incr for CDC

If health-related spending is SO IMPORTANT to Democrats, then how come it was House Republicans who introduced a bill to fund the National Institutes of Health during the government shutdown and Senate Democrats who refused to consider it?

Oct 2, 2013 – Harry Reid: Why Would We Want To Pass A Bill To Help Children With Cancer?



Filed under Budget, Democrats, Ebola, Harry Reid, Republicans, U.S. Congress, Videos

Debtmageddon and the Do Nothing Democrat Senate

2014_07 332 bills stuck in the Senate

Among the bills blockaded by Harry Reid’s Senate are any and every attempt made by the Republican House to pass a budget (as required by law) and/or curb the runaway spending that is fast bringing on DebtmageddonHave you see the Debt Clock lately?

2014_07 27 Debt Clock



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What we wish our leaders cared about

January 22, 2014: Quinnipiac Poll

What do you think should be the top priority for President Obama and Congress in 2014?

(Note: This was an open-ended question, not a multiple choice question.)

The SINGLE BIGGEST RESPONSE: 18% responded “Healthcare”

Here are the responses as grouped and ranked by CtH:

48% = Economy worries and stuff the Feds are supposed to do (combined)

  • 16% Jobs/Unemployment
  • 15% Economy(General)
  • 12% Budget and Taxes (combined)
    • 4% Budget(General)
    • 3% Budget deficit
    • 2% Budget(Gov spending)
    • 1% Budget (Other)
    • 1% Taxes(General)
    • 1% Military Issues/Benefits
  • 2% Foreign Policy
  • 2% Immigration Issues
  • 1% Obama resign

36% = Social engineering stuff the Feds are NOT supposed to do (combined)

  • 18% Healthcare
  • 2% Education (General)
  • 1% Wages/Minimum Wage
  • 1% Income inequality
  • 1% Class inequality
  • 1% Social Issues/Social Services
  • 1% Gun Issues/Policy/Control
  • 1% Environment

24% = People who don’t pay enough attention to answer intelligently (combined)

  • 10% Other (less than 1% each)
  • 9% Don’t Know / No Answer
  • 4% Bipartisan/Cross party lines/ Coop to get things done
  • 1% Candidate cares about people

January 27, 2014: Pew Opinion Poll

Which of the following should Congress and the President make a top priority?

Note: This was NOT an open-ended question. Percents given were for those who says YES to top priority.

The SINGLE BIGGEST RESPONSE: 80% Strengthening the Economy

Issues more or less evenly split Republican vs. Democrat:

  • 80% Strengthening nation’s economy
  • 74% Improving job situation
  • 73% Defending against terrorism
  • 69% Improving education
  • 66% Securing Social Security
  • 63% Reducing budget deficit
  • 61% Securing Medicare
  • 59% Reducing health care costs
  • 55% Reducing crime
  • 55% Reforming the nation’s tax system
  • 45% Dealing with nation’s energy problem
  • 42% Reducing the influence of lobbyists
  • 41% Dealing with illegal immigration
  • 39% Improving infrastructure
  • 28% Dealing with global trade

Issues predominantly Democrat:

  • 49% Helping poor and needy
  • 49% Protecting environment
  • 29% Dealing with global warming

Issues predominantly Republican:

  • 43% Strengthening the military
  • 39% Dealing with moral breakdown



Filed under Budget, Climate Change, Democrats, Economy, Immigration, Medicare/Medicaid, Minimum Wage, Obamacare, Polls, Republicans, Taxes, Unemployment