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Trump Administration Will Reportedly Eliminate Important Cultural Programs

Trump Administration Will Reportedly Eliminate Important Cultural Programs

The incoming administration is reportedly preparing to make dramatic cuts to federal spending. They plan on cutting $10.5 trillion in government spending over the next decade. A write-up in The Hill provides some detail on where these cuts may be happening. Slashing To Save Nothing Among the big cuts to several government departments, the report details cuts […]

The Future Without Obamacare Looks Grim (VIDEO)

The Future Without Obamacare Looks Grim (VIDEO)

Now that “repeal and replace Obamacare” has moved from Republican mantra to near-inevitability, it’s becoming clear that repealing the landmark healthcare legislation will be disastrous on many levels. The first issue at stake is the cost of a repeal. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget – a public policy nonprofit – estimated that repealing […]

Police Fraud: Officers Spent THOUSANDS ‘Investigating’ Lap Dances (VIDEO)

Police Fraud: Officers Spent THOUSANDS ‘Investigating’ Lap Dances (VIDEO)

Police misconduct is front and center in the national spotlight. People across the nation are asking for police accountability. What began as a cry to end police brutality has extended to examining the harms of private prisons, police culture, as well as monitoring monetary expenditures. In examining budgets, it’s important to question the reasoning behind […]

Public Defender Crisis Leaves THOUSANDS Languishing In Jail (VIDEO)

Public Defender Crisis Leaves THOUSANDS Languishing In Jail (VIDEO)

A crisis in the recruitment and resources of public defenders across the U.S. has created near-endless workloads and left thousands of people serving unwarranted jail time. Many remain behind bars simply because they are unable to pay court costs, and public defenders don’t have time to plead effectively on their behalf. The Guardian newspaper cites […]

Audit Finds Discrepancies In The Army’s Finances (VIDEO)

Audit Finds Discrepancies In The Army’s Finances (VIDEO)

Someone is not balancing the Army’s books very well. They had to do all kinds of ledger voodoo to make it look like the books are balanced. The Army made $2.8 trillion in adjustments in 2015. There were so many adjustments that the books became practically worthless: “DoD and Army managers could not rely on […]

Pentagon LOST $6.5 Trillion of YOUR Taxpayer Money (VIDEO)

Pentagon LOST $6.5 Trillion of YOUR Taxpayer Money (VIDEO)

The Office of the Inspector General recently released a shocking report about the United States military’s finances. The Pentagon’s record-keeping system is so poor that it cannot provide adequate documentation for $6.5 trillion of spending. These missing records are not unusual for the United States military. The Pentagon is the only U.S. agency which consistently fails to […]

Scott Walker For America Campaign In Major Debt, Get Your T-Shirts Here!

Scott Walker For America Campaign In Major Debt, Get Your T-Shirts Here!

Scott Walker’s presidential campaign began with good early polling numbers in Iowa, then turned into an absolute trainwreck before they even got to the Iowa Caucus. And now his campaign is in debt: a LOT of debt. Typically the word “debt” is a naughty word in Governor Walker’s household. So naughty that Walker’s entire campaign […]

Paul Ryan Says He Regrets Past Views On The Poor, Now It’s Time To Prove It

Paul Ryan Says He Regrets Past Views On The Poor, Now It’s Time To Prove It

It’s not easy to admit to being wrong, especially when that admission encompasses such a significant part of one’s life. That’s why when House Speaker Paul Ryan told a group of interns this week that he was wrong in the past about the real struggles of poor people, I found myself wanting so badly to […]

KY’s Matt Bevin Makes Fool Of Himself Trying To Shame KY House Democrats (VIDEO)

KY’s Matt Bevin Makes Fool Of Himself Trying To Shame KY House Democrats (VIDEO)

Matt Bevin, Tea Party favorite and governor of Kentucky, attempted to make a video to show that legislators in Kentucky are not doing their jobs…but made a big mistake. See the video in this newscast: The video makes the Kentucky Democrats in their state congress look very bad. Why are none of them working? Why are […]

‘Credible Explosive Device’ Found On Rental Car At Albuquerque International SunPort

‘Credible Explosive Device’ Found On Rental Car At Albuquerque International SunPort

Reports are coming out of New Mexico that a “credible explosive device” was discovered under an Avis Budget rental car at the Albuquerque International Sunport (AIS), Sunday, the largest commercial airport in the state–a mere three miles southeast of downtown. EOD is rendering safe a credible explosive device at the @ABQSunport rental car facility. Airport […]

6 Charts That Will Help You Save Money In 2016

6 Charts That Will Help You Save Money In 2016

Now that we all have made–and broken–our New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to get real about our finances. Although the US has been recovering from the 2008 recession under Obama, recent studies have shown that Americans are still broke. Now, to add insult to economic injury, food prices are increasing, especially fresh produce. (I live […]

The Future Is Now: Renewable Energy Tax Credits May End Demand For Fossil Fuels

The Future Is Now: Renewable Energy Tax Credits May End Demand For Fossil Fuels

Congress has passed a spending bill this month has the potential to continue America’s path toward a sustainable energy future! The bill extends tax credits for the development of renewable energy. These credits will make it easier for companies to continue pursuing renewable energy options, with solar and wind power research being the largest beneficiaries. […]

Tax Refunds Will Be Delayed In 2015, Thanks To Republican Budget Cuts

Tax Refunds Will Be Delayed In 2015, Thanks To Republican Budget Cuts

If you thought the recent budget compromise would only hurt government funding, then prepare yourself: it might hurt your personal finances, too. On Dec. 18, the IRS announced that 2015 tax refunds will take longer to process ? and directly because of those cuts that Republicans demanded. The $346 million reduction to its budget will […]

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 […]

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 […]

NSA Black Budget: $52 Billion, $136 Million A Day Spying On Us

NSA Black Budget: $52 Billion, $136 Million A Day Spying On Us

The NSA isn’t just invading your privacy; it’s getting you to pay for it, too. That’s right; $52.6 billion is what American taxpayers provide for this “service”. That’s roughly $574 per taxpayer every year, according to John Hopkins professor of applied economics Steven Hanke, and that’s provided the program does not continue to grow. Hanke’s […]

Americans Go Hungry In a SNAP (and Nobody Cares)

Americans Go Hungry In a SNAP (and Nobody Cares)

Hungry? Broke? Tough luck, nobody cares. That’s about the long and short of it one would think. Yesterday’s $5 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamp program, has barely made a ripple in the media pond as of yet, though millions of Americans are already wondering how they are going […]