In case you’ve been living in a cave or in a coma, if this is what you voted for, enjoy it.

CBO: Feds Taxing More, Spending More, Running Bigger Deficit in 2015

April 13, 2015 – 1:21 PM
House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

(CNSNews.com) – The federal government taxed away more money, spent more money and ran a bigger deficit in the first half of fiscal 2015 than it did in the first half of fiscal 2014, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

“The federal government ran a budget deficit of $430 billion for the first half of fiscal year 2015, CBO estimates–$17 billion more than the shortfall recorded in the same span last year,” the CBO said in its Monthly Budget Review for March 2015, which was published April 8. “Both revenues and outlays were about 7 percent higher than the amounts recorded in the first six months of fiscal year 2014.”

The federal fiscal year begins on Oct. 1 and ends on Sept. 30.

 

Feds Taxed More, Spent More, Ran Bigger Deficit

 

In the first six months of fiscal 2014, the government took in approximately $1,323,000,000,000 in revenue, according to CBO. In the first six months of this fiscal year, it took in approximately $1,420,000,000,000—an increase of $98,000,000,000.

Meanwhile, the federal government spent approximately $1,736,000,000,000 in the first six months of fiscal 2014. It spent approximately $1,851,000,000,000 in the first six months of the fiscal year—an increase of $115,000,000,000 over last year.

Last year, the government ran a deficit of $413 billion in the first six months of the fiscal year. This year, it ran a deficit of $430 billion—a $17 billion increase over last year.

The biggest source of additional tax revenue for the federal government was the individual income tax. In the first six months of fiscal 2014, Americans paid the federal government approximately $585,000,000,000 in individual income taxes. In the first six months of fiscal 2015, Americans paid $642,000,000,000 in individual income taxes—an increase of $57 billion (or 9.7 percent) from fiscal 2014.

 

Tax Revenues Up in Fiscal 2015

 

Corporate income tax payments had a higher percentage increase than individual income tax payments—but did not yield as much an increase in actual revenue as the individual income tax.

In the first six months of fiscal 2014, businesses paid the federal government approximately $118,000,000,000 in corporate income taxes. In the first six months of fiscal 2015, they paid approximately $133,000,000,000 in corporate income taxes. That was a 12.8 percent increase from 2014, but only an additional $15,000,000,000 in tax revenues.

Payroll tax payments increased only 3.7 percent—but brought the federal government $18,000,000,000 in additional revenues, rising from $490,000,000,000 in the first half of fiscal 2014 to $509,000,000,000 in the first half of fiscal 2015.

Overall tax revenues increased 7.4 percent from the first half of 2014 to the first half of 2015—with total receipts rising from $1,323,000,000,000 in the first six months of fiscal 2014 to $1,420,000,000,000 in the first six months of fiscal 2015.

Despite this windfall in additional tax revenue, the federal government ran a bigger deficit in the first half of this fiscal year because federal spending increased even more than federal tax revenues.

Total federal outlays climbed from $1,736,000,000,000 in the first half of fiscal 2014 to $1,851,000,000,000 in the first half of fiscal 2015.

The $115,000,000,000 increase in federal spending outpaced the $98,000,000,000 increase in federal taxation to result in a $17,000,000,000 higher deficit ($413,000,000,000 in the first half of fiscal 2014 compared to $430,000,000,000 in the first half of fiscal 2015).

Medicaid—which was expanded by Obamacare—was a major force driving increased federal spending.

“Outlays for Medicaid rose by $31 billion (or 22 percent), largely because most of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that led to increased enrollment in Medicaid went into effect in January 2014 and therefore did not affect the program’s spending in the first few months of fiscal year 2014 [which began in October 2013],” said the CBO.

Medicare spending (up $23 billion or 9 percent) and Social Security spending (up $19 billion or 4 percent) also saw large increases.

It was kind of exciting to think a conservative would run for mayor, but lets face it..it will never happen in the liberal utopia called Duluth.

Dahlberg decides not to run for mayor of Duluth

By John Myers at 12:02 p.m.

St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg has decided not to run for mayor of Duluth after all.

Dahlberg, who revealed his decision Monday, had been mulling the run since last summer, shortly after he lost a close battle for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Dahlberg, 53, is in the middle of his second four-year-term on the county board representing western Duluth neighborhoods. His term expires at the end of 2016 but he has already said he will not run again for a third term on the county board.

Dahlberg last month said several prominent conservatives in Duluth were encouraging him, testing the waters for his mayoral run, even raising money for his race.

Instead of a summer campaigning for mayor, however, Dahlberg said he wants to spend more time with his 10-year-old daughter, Maija.

“At the end of the day, my heart just isn’t there. I said last summer I want to take some time off to spend with my daughter, and that’s what I’m going to do,” Dahlberg told the News Tribune. “I’m looking forward to getting her up in the Boundary Waters for a nice trip.”

Dahlberg said he will continue is Duluth law practice and will continue to spend his free time fixing up his Morgan Park home.

Incumbent Don Ness announced last fall that he would not seek another term, and Dahlberg’s decision leaves City Councilor Emily Larson as the only announced candidate for mayor less than seven months before the election. Former Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon continues to mull a mayoral run and state Rep. Erik Simonson also has said he might consider a run if Prettner Solon does not. Both are Democrats.

Although the city office is non-partisan — candidates don’t declare a political party — Dahlberg said he’s disappointed that no conservative, business-oriented candidate has emerged for mayor.

“It’s a little bit disappointing, maybe even disturbing, that we have a lack of competition for the mayor’s race among people who come from strong business backgrounds; business leaders,” he said. “You’d think people would be willing to take a couple years off to take on this challenge, to make a commitment. I hope we still see that.”

Do you think the AG should really have to write a memo telling his employees not to hire a hooker? Wonder why our government doesn’t seem to be working so well?

Holder warns DOJ employees against soliciting prostitutes

FoxNews.com

 

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Mar. 4, 2015: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses reporters in Washington. (Reuters)

Attorney General Eric Holder sent a memo to employees of the Department of Justice Friday, reminding them that soliciting prostitutes is against agency rules and that violation of those rules could lead to suspension or termination.

“The solicitation of prostitution threatens the core mission of the Department, not simply because it invites extortion, blackmail, and leaks of sensitive or classified information, but also because it undermines the Department’s efforts to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking,” the memo said.

The memo was sent weeks after a Justice Department watchdog report allegedseveral Drug Enforcement Administration agents attended “sex parties” with prostitutes in an unnamed “host country” paid for by local drug cartels.

The alleged parties took place over a period of several years. According to the report by the Justice Department inspector general, the parties were even held in agents’ U.S. government-leased quarters.

The IG report found such allegations often went unreported or underreported, or were not pursued properly.

Holder said in the memo Friday that the prohibition on soliciting prostitutes also applies when employees are off duty, or in a foreign country where prostitution is legal.

The Department of Justice is in the process of reviewing security clearances of the DEA employees who attended the parties, and is investigating the disciplinary process following the accusations of sexual misconduct, a senior law enforcement official told Fox News.

“Department leadership takes very seriously the allegations laid out in the IG’s report and acted quickly to remind all employees that they are prohibited from participating in commercial sex acts and will be suspended or terminated for violating the policy,” a Justice Department spokeswoman said in a statement Friday.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ Matt Dean contributed to this report.

Wait..what? Hasn’t the liar in chief repeatedly said they leave nobody behind? Only when its convenient to release terrorists, I guess.

U.S. Gov’t to Americans Trapped in Yemen: Call India

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The evacuated U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen / AP

The evacuated U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen / AP

The State Department is telling U.S. citizens fleeing the fighting in Yemen to contact the government of India or an international NGO dedicated to migrant rights for help, according to the website for the abandoned U.S. embassy in Sanaa and statements by Indian government officials.

The Chinese Navy last week evacuated hundreds of people from the war-torn country. Russia, Canada, and France are also reported to have recently conducted evacuations of their own.

The website of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Yemen posted two messages on Monday laying out options for American citizens looking to flee the country. The first noted that, “The Indian government has offered to assist U.S. citizens who want to depart Yemen for Djibouti.  This potentially includes flights out of Sana’a and ships from Aden.  U.S. citizens wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should contact First Secretary Raj Kopal at the Indian Embassy in Sana’a at 00967 734 000 657.”

A second message stated that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was working to arrange a flight out of the country to Djibouti at some point this week, and directed American citizens needing assistance to contact the IOM.

Indian government officials have stated on Twitter that the United States is among nearly two dozen countries seeking their assistance with evacuating endangered citizens from Yemen, and claim to already have evacuated Americans. India has deployed a missile destroyer and a handful of other military and civilian ships to effect maritime evacuations, and the Indian Air Force and civilian aircraft are also assisting in the effort, according to a report in the Diplomat.

The United States has military assets in the area. However, Marie Harf, a spokesperson for the State Department, said last week, “Doing something like sending in military assets, even for an evacuation, could put U.S. citizen lives at greater risk.” The State Department’s website currently states that, “There are no plans for a U.S. government-coordinated evacuation of U.S. citizens at this time.”

There are no reliable figures for how many U.S. citizens are currently in Yemen, but advocacy organizations suggest that those needing assistance number in the hundreds, many of whom have dual U.S.-Yemeni citizenship.

The U.S. Embassy in Yemen was evacuated in February, with American personnel flying out of the country on private jets provided by the nation of Oman. Marines guarding the embassy personnel were not permitted to bring their sidearms on board these aircraft, and were ordered to disable and abandon their weapons before leaving the country. A U.S. special operations training mission assisting the Yemeni government in its fight against al Qaeda withdrew from the country last month.

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I believe judges and prosecutors should participate as well to better understand the crap cops have to tolerate.

Duluth Police offer citizen training program

By News Tribune at 6:48 p.m.

The Duluth Police Department is accepting applications for its 2015 Citizens’ Police Academy, open to people who live and work in Duluth.

The academy provides 11 weeks of classroom and field instruction regarding various responsibilities facing Duluth police officers. Academy attendees learn about the procedures and techniques used by police officers in a variety of scenarios, along with the rationale for them. The academy will teach on issues such as use of force, narcotics enforcement, patrol operations, criminal investigations, death investigations and K-9 Unit demonstrations. It includes a ride-along with a police officer.

The police department offers the academy to foster a better understanding of police operations and how the police department serves the community.

Academy applications will be accepted until April 14. Applicants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis and the Duluth Police Department will conduct a background check prior to acceptance.

The academy classes are scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays for 11 weeks, beginning April 15. For any questions, contact Investigator Mike Peterson and 730-5040.

Another example of why Cartoon County Judge Macaulay needs to retire.

Okay folks,the article below highlights how its supposed to work.  The guy in this article only stole $25,000 and gets 18 months in jail.  Our garbage nazi admits stealing over $80k, agrees to pay back a million of what she stole, and our local moron behind the black robe foregoes the pre sentence recommendation of jail and gives her probation.  Would you be willing to do probation for a HALF A MILLION DOLLARS?  I’m really starting to wonder how much money trades hands under the desks of our local elected officials.  In some places they call it payola, other places they call it bribes, some call it padding the pension, here I think its just a way of doing business.  They are stealing from YOU if you pay taxes.  

Minnetonka tax preparer pleads guilty to ID theft

A Minnetonka tax preparer has pleaded guilty to stealing clients’ identities and failing to file his own taxes, the Hennepin County attorney’s office said Wednesday.
John William Zastrow, 65, pleaded guilty late Friday in Hennepin County District Court to a single count of identity theft with eight or more victims that netted him more than $25,000, County Attorney Mike Freeman said at a news conference in Minneapolis.

Zastrow also pleaded guilty to six felony counts of failure to file taxes, which allowed him to evade at least $50,000 in Minnesota corporate and individual income taxes. He will also be sentenced to paying restitution and has promised to cooperate with the Minnesota Department of Revenue in determining what he owes in back taxes and penalties and to pay those.

Zastrow, who will be sentenced June 12, is expected to receive an 18-month prison sentence on the failure to file charges and 105 months on the identity theft. However, instead of serving the additional 105 months, he will be placed on probation for 10 years and will only be sent to prison on that charge if he violates the conditions of probation.

“Mr. Zastrow swindled tens of thousands of dollars from numerous clients who trusted him to prepare their taxes,” Freeman said in a news release. “He stole their names, birth dates and Social Security numbers in order to divert their income and property tax refunds to his own bank account. A week out from tax filing day, I want to assure all Hennepin County taxpayers that we will not hesitate to prosecute these complex cases where people either cheat other taxpayers or refuse to file their own tax returns.”

The investigation of Zastrow began in October 2012, when a couple told Minnetonka police that Zastrow had prepared their income tax return but then had the federal and state refunds sent to his house and never turned the money over to them.

Minnetonka police found that Zastrow controlled a bank account for Arbordale Development Corp. at Bremer Bank. Records showed 92 deposits of tax refunds meant for other people being deposited into the Arbordale account. The state Department of Revenue then began a simultaneous investigation.

According to the criminal complaint, Zastrow was using client information to divert the refunds into his account. He also often changed their tax information so as to get a larger refund. One victim told investigators that she stopped using Zastrow after 2007, yet he managed to get a property tax refund in her name for 2008.

While Zastrow made his living by preparing and filing income tax statements for others, he did not file any tax returns for himself, Arbordale Development Co. or another of his businesses for at least the last six years, the complaint also states.

Suddenly, as mines close, Comrade Nolan opposes free trade. His record tells a different story.

It took me a couple nanoseconds to find this information on ballotpedia.org, look it up yourself, don’t believe me…

On The Issues Vote Quiz[26]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman’s unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[25] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

I’d sure like to see some of Minnesota’s 87 sheriffs adopt this way of thinking…maybe they already do but are afraid to be vocal about it.

Sheriff Stands Up To Democrats, Promises Not To Enforce Gun Control Measure

He called the proposed bill “borderline treasonous.” 


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Even as anti-gun activists push for stricter regulations limiting the availability of firearms to law-abiding citizens, Second Amendment supporters faithfully fight such attempts wherever they might occur.

With Oregon Democrats considering a bill that would force prospective gun owners to submit to increased background checks, one sheriff in the state has voiced his opposition and intention to stymie the effort.

State Sen. Floyd Prozanski is the lawmaker behind the proposal; and according to Breitbart, he has the support of major gun control activists including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the Brady Campaign. Nevertheless, Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer made it clear that he will not enforce the law should it ultimately pass.

During a recent hearing on the issue, Palmer described the bill as “borderline treasonous” and received some support from participants including National Rifle Association lobbyist Dan Reid.

Reid explained that criminals are, by definition, undeterred by laws.

“Most criminals acquire their guns not through legal means, but through thefts,” he said, explaining that the people this bill would ostensibly prevent from obtaining a firearm would find some other method of attaining a weapon.

As Breitbart pointed out, the specifics of the Oregon bill present another glaring problem. The background checks being called for are virtually identical to those successfully passed by numerous violent criminals – including the man responsible for shooting Giffords in the head several years ago.

Other notorious gunmen who obtained a firearm through the channels being touted as effective include Nidal Hasan and Ivan Lopez, the shooters behind both Fort Hood incidents, and Jerad and Amanda Miller, who went on a shooting spree in Las Vegas last June.

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Our entire Government locks out the taxpaying citizens.

Crash Position

The pilot was locked out of the cockpit.

That phrase finally revealed the full horror of the crash of Germanwings flight 9525. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz waited for the pilot to leave the cockpit, then locked the door to prevent his re-entry. After which Lubitz, for reasons unknown and perhaps unknowable, deliberately steered the jet into a harrowing 8 minute plunge ending in an explosive 434 mph impact with a rocky mountainside. 150 men, women and children met an immediate, unthinkably violent death.

Lubitz, in his single-minded madness, couldn’t be stopped because anyone who could change the jet’s disastrous course was locked out.

It’s hard to imagine the growing feelings of fear and helplessness that the passengers felt as the unforgiving landscape rushed up to meet them. Hard – but not impossible.

Because America is in trouble. We feel the descent in the pits of our stomachs. We hear the shake and rattle of structures stressed beyond their limits. We don’t know where we’re going anymore, but do know it isn’t good. And above all, we feel helpless because Barack Obama has locked us out.

He locked the American people out of his decision to seize the national healthcare system. Locked us out when we wanted to know why the IRS was attacking conservatives. He locked us out of having a say in his decision to tear up our immigration laws, and to give over a trillion dollars in benefits to those who broke those laws.

Obama locked out those who advised against premature troop withdrawals. Locked out the intelligence agencies who issued warnings about the growing threat of ISIS.  He locked out anyone who could have interfered with his release of five Taliban terror chiefs in return for one U.S. military deserter.

And of course, Barack Obama has now locked out Congress, the American people, and our allies as he strikes a secret deal with Iran to determine the timeline (not prevention) of their acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Was Andreas Lubitz depressed, insane, or abysmally evil when he decided to lock that cockpit door and listen to no voices other than those in his head? Did he somehow believe himself to be doing the right thing?

The voice recordings from the doomed aircraft reveal that as the jet began its rapid descent, the passengers were quiet. There was probably some nervous laughter, confusion, a bit of comforting chatter with seatmates, followed by a brief period in which anxiety had not yet metastasized into terror.

It was only near the end of the 8 minute plunge that everyone finally understood what was really happening. Only near the end when they began to scream.

Like those passengers, a growing number of Americans feel a helpless dread as they come to the inescapable conclusion that our nation’s decline is an act of choice rather than of chance. The choice of one man who is in full control of our 8 year plunge.

A man who has locked everyone out.

- Author unknown

Racism is driven by those that need it for their agenda. Yes, our liar in chief is one of them.

Ted Nugent Just Spoke the TRUTH About RACISM in America – Liberals Are ENRAGED

by  on March 31, 2015  in Al SharptonObamaRaceViral

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by Bill Callen | Top Right News

Just when you think Ted Nugent has said every eye-popping — but typically dead-on — shredding of liberals that there is to say, he manages to surprises you yet again.

 

This time Ted has sparked liberal fury by blasting the “Reverend” Al Sharpton and Obama for their obsession with making race the issue on nearly every issue. On conservative Mike Broomhead’s  show in Arizona, Nugent remarked on how he has never experienced racism like this in his 66 years on Earth — until Obama came into office.

Nugent said that he was “shattered” to learn of racism against Black Americans as a young man, but that:

“By the late 60s, the 70s, I couldn’t find racism. I never saw racism. I never heard of racism. I thought it was a thing of the past in isolated pockets of inbreeding and cannibalism and spiritlessness.”

Nuge remembered growing up in Detroit, where he was surrounded by mostly black musicians during the Motown era. He says that he never judged people by color, he judged by “spirit and soul,” and others did the same, regardless of race.

But once Obama started injecting race into issues for his own political reasons, Nugent saw the real face of racism.  Nuge recalled the controversy early in Obama’s first term, surrounding the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, who is black, by a white police officer — where Obama, before he had any facts — wrongly accused the (White) police of “acting stupidly.”

Ted then blasted Obama’s disgraceful gas-pouring ” If I had a son” comment about Trayvon Martin.

Ted delved into just why Obama taking ownership of Trayvon Martin as a “son” was so disturbing. Why would you want to say that someone who did drugs, got in fights and attacked a community watchman could be your “son”?

Nugent zeroed in on the key problem:

“I never heard of any racism (in the daily lives of Americans) except the celebration of divisiveness in the media, academia, and by our own government.”

Then Ted courted major controversy, calling Al Sharpton a “racist mongrel”, and then making a brutally honest observation by asserting:

 “Nowhere can I find racism EXCEPT COMING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!”

There is no doubt Ted Nugent has made some seriously zany comments in the past, but this was a seriously logical and well-reasoned description of where we are in America today.

We have made HUGE strides in race relations since Jim Crow, and the turbulent 50s and 60s. We seemed to have finally moved past race as a nation — and then came Obama. And now, thanks to his reckless, calculated divisiveness, race is a more poisonous issue than ever. Obama — the first so-called “Black President” — has set back race relations in America by decades in just 6 years in office.

I’m glad Ted had enough integrity to tell it like it is. We need more brave souls to step into the fray and challenge our racist-in-chief and his shameless minions on the damage they are doing to the fabric of our great nation.

Listen to his interview below…

Already, Liberal heads are EXPLODING. Media Matters — the propaganda arm of the George Soros machine that put Obama in power — in going nuts attacking Nugent as a “racist” for daring to go after the repugnant hate-monger Sharpton.

What do you think? Did Ted hit the nail on the head, or did he go too far?