Red ink? What red ink? Let’s spend more

Red ink?  What red ink? Let’s spend more

The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit. As the nation’s ledger adjusts to decreasing levels of deficit spending, the voices in Washington calling for austerity are barely audible. Republicans want more defense spending. Democrats want more domestic spending. And President Barack Obama wants both. For the first time since the 2011 Budget Control Act […]

Obama wants no limits on domestic, defense spending

Obama wants no limits on domestic, defense spending

President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law. Obama’s budget proposal to Congress will “fully reverse” the so-called sequestration cuts on the domestic […]

Democrats complain of drop in outside spending

Democrats complain of drop in outside spending

Environmentalists, labor and women’s groups that spent more than $29 million to help House Democrats in 2012 have put up barely a quarter of that amount this year, sparking grumbling among party strategists that is likely to grow louder after Election Day. Democrats, already in the minority, are in jeopardy of losing at least a […]

Democrats spending a million a day on Senate races

Democrats spending a million a day on Senate races

Senate Democrats’ campaign arm spent almost $1 million a day last month to defend their at-risk majority, according to a summary of their September finances released Monday. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s figures also indicate the group raised $16 million in September and began October with more than $14 million ready to spend. The group […]

Feds waste billions in improper payments

The administration has reduced the amount but the waste continues

Feds waste billions in improper payments

By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them — tax credits to families that didn’t qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical payments for treatments that might not have been necessary. Congressional investigators say the […]