U.S. Budget and Deficit

Won’t Vax? Then Pay a Tax!

Won’t Vax? Then Pay a Tax!

Two law professors and ?the assistant director of a vaccine program at a children’s hospital?recently wrote?a research paper that makes an interesting?proposal: if a family chooses not to vaccinate their child or children, and does not have a special medical dispensation, then they should be levied a tax. Charlotte Moser of the Children’s Hospital of […]

The Swiss Army Knife That Is Obamacare: Cuts Costs, Deficits, Numbers of Uninsured

The Swiss Army Knife That Is Obamacare: Cuts Costs, Deficits, Numbers of Uninsured

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on Monday that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will cost $1.35 trillion, which is 20 percent less than what they originally expected. This is nearly 33 percent less than the $2 trillion that Republicans predicted it would cost. It should be no surprise that Republicans got this […]

Obama To Propose Tax Hike On Richest Americans

Obama To Propose Tax Hike On Richest Americans

Saturday night, a senior Obama Administration official, who spoke on the condition on anonymity, revealed that President Obama plans to layout a new tax plan in his Tuesday State of the Union address that would benefit millions of Americans and raise $320 billion over the course of a decade. According to the anonymous official, Obama’s […]

What Did Congress Sneak Into The Last-Minute Spending Deal?

What Did Congress Sneak Into The Last-Minute Spending Deal?

What Did Congress Sneak Into the Last-Minute Spending Deal? To shut down the government or not shut it down? Republicans and Democrats have until 11:59 p.m. to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September of next year and avoid a government shutdown. As of Thursday morning, the deal is expected […]

Should Marijuana Continue To Be A Casualty Of The ‘War On Drugs?’

Should Marijuana Continue To Be A Casualty Of The ‘War On Drugs?’

Now that?more and more states have decriminalized and in some cases completely legalized the sale of marijuana, Mexican cartels are reported to have been significantly hamstrung by the loss of revenue. The results in those states who chose legalization have been so overwhelmingly positive, two more states and our nation’s capitol elected to legalize in […]

These 14 Surprising Charts Show Exactly Where Your 2013 Taxes Went

These 14 Surprising Charts Show Exactly Where Your 2013 Taxes Went

It’s difficult to wrap our minds around the billions and trillions of dollars that are working at the government level. We know we pay taxes. Most of us know exactly how much. But where exactly does it go? From Campaign for America’s Future: But what if tax day was something we could be proud of […]

Paul Ryan’s New Budget Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Paul Ryan’s New Budget Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Tomorrow US Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI) will unveil his new House budget plan. The 204 page critique will focus on slashing federal programs such as Medicaid and Head Start, and outlining a plan to reform federal welfare programs. Ryan, who has never worked in the private sector and collected Social Security survivor benefits after the […]

Veterans Fall Victim To Benefit Cuts In New Bipartisan Budget Deal

Veterans Fall Victim To Benefit Cuts In New Bipartisan Budget Deal

A wave of GOP opposition and the negative effects on U.S. military members wasn’t enough to keep the Ryan-Murray budget from passing the house 332-94, or the Senate 64-36. It is now moving toward President Barack Obama who has signaled his support for the plan. Recently a budget deal was brokered between House Budget Committee […]

Budget Deal Grabs Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

Budget Deal Grabs Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

The proposed budget deal between the House, represented by Paul Ryan, and the Senate, represented by Patty Murray, once again proves that Democrats will, without fail, protect and preserve the prominence and power of the Republican Party. It was announced today that it is believed the Senate has the votes to pass this “deal.” How […]

Meet The Millionaire Who Wants To Raise The Minimum Wage

Meet The Millionaire Who Wants To Raise The Minimum Wage

We have a new hot-button political issue to talk about these days and it’s none other than the minimum wage. By and large Democrats are for a minimum wage hike and Republicans are starkly against it. Either way it’s hard to deny that the plight of the low-wage worker is a very real problem on […]

Billionaire Apologizes For Wealth Accumulated ‘At Expense Of Workers’

Billionaire Apologizes For Wealth Accumulated ‘At Expense Of Workers’

It has been mentioned before here at the Liberal Conservative that this guy loves Pope Francis. The man is a self-aware, loving, kind, open-hearted, open-minded gentleman. In other words, he’s a stand out among a collection of bitter, angry, greedy, and selfish people. Much like 69-year-old California billionaire, William Gross. Gross is a certifiable billionaire […]

Can The GOP Survive Even After The Deal?

Can The GOP Survive Even After The Deal?

Tonight, with the United States teetering on the edge of a potential default, a deal appears to be likely later tonight if the House of Representatives passes the Senate’s bill. However, come February of 2014, it’s quite likely that dejavu will be taking place all over again. If we have learned anything since President Obama […]

Shutdown Puts Critical Research In Jeopardy

Shutdown Puts Critical Research In Jeopardy

As the Republican engineered US government shutdown continues its third week, it is becoming more and more apparent that US-based science research efforts and cooperative activities both at home and abroad are being impacted. Although signals of a possible compromise are coming from Washington, research and operations at federally-funded agencies has been severely hit by […]

Default Showdown: Countdown for Declining American Empire in 3… 2… 1!

Default Showdown: Countdown for Declining American Empire in 3… 2… 1!

With a likely permanent downgrade in Americans’ quality of life just around the corner, all eyes and ears are focused on the debt ceiling/default showdown. The weekend kicked off last Thursday with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warning Congress of the “potentially catastrophic” dangers of the United States defaulting on its payments.?Lew told the Senate Finance […]

Tea Party Seditionists Say Default Not So Bad

Tea Party Seditionists Say Default Not So Bad

All anyone has heard for months now from the Republican party is that unless the Affordable Care Act is defunded they were going to huff and puff and shut the government down. So in conjunction with the unveiling of President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform law the Republicans made good on their threats and […]