Are you concerned a proposed farm bill would spend $195 billion on farm subsidies over the next decade? How about $80.35 billion spent on food stamps last year? Would you be more or less concerned if it were $1.95 billion and $8 billion?
When President Obama took office in 2009 at the height of the recession, the annual budget deficit came in at 10.1 percent of gross domestic product — a level not seen since the end of World War II. In the five years since, the budget deficit has been sliced more than half. New figures in Obama’s just-released budget put it at only 3.7 percent of GDP in 2014. Explore 60 years of deficits - and the occasional surplus - in the interactive chart below.
Now that Vladimir Putin’s Olympics are over, his gaze has turned inexorably to what he clearly regards as the premier foreign policy priority of the Russian Federation: retaining determinative influence — if not full control — over Ukraine.
Crimea, a former Russian-held region, is home to Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet and other important Russian assets. With Ukraine in turmoil over the future of its leadership, Jeffrey Brown talks to Angela Stent of Georgetown University and Dimitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest to get more background on the relationship and interests between the two countries.
Jan Brewer heeds the calls of her fellow Republicans to scrap the bill.
"In times of great change and challenge, our country must have the right kind of people in trusted positions of leadership…
I have high expectations for all these leaders. DOD and our country will rely on them, and they’ll rely on their integrity and their leadership. I know this country is grateful to these men and women, and I know our country is grateful for all the men and women who serve our nation with honor and diligence. And I’m proud of them. The president is proud of them. And we’re proud of their families. And I’m proud to serve with them. They’ve earned the respect and the admiration of the American people and of our allies and partners all over the world.
But some of our people are falling short of these high standards and expectations. Ethics and character are absolute values that we cannot take for granted. They must be constantly reinforced. It is the responsibility of all of us — all of us who ask for the trust and confidence of the American people — to ensure these values are imbued in all our people and we all live up to them…
Competence and character are not mutually exclusive. They are woven together. They must be. And an uncompromising culture of accountability must exist at every level of command. That must be practiced and emphasized by leadership at every level.
Like in all institutions, it starts at the top. Ethics and character are the foundation of an institution and a society. They must be constantly emphasized at every level of command, in training, curriculum, and all phases of DOD in both the officer and the enlisted corps, top to bottom.” - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel" — http://www.defense.gov/Transcripts/Transcript.aspx?TranscriptID=5368
When Americans think about government in the big picture, they can seem like a nation of Ayn Rands. People want to lay waste to the Leviathan. But when Americans consider specific aspects of government, a curious thing happens. People rediscover their love of Washington. On issue after issue, Republicans are winning the argument in general, whereas Democrats are winning the argument in particular.
In an ongoing revisionist history effort, Southern schools and churches still pretend the war wasn’t about slavery
Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, of Paducah, Ky.
There are idiots among us….