Trim budget starts with ending wars

Freedom New Mexico As the U.S. Congress haggles over raising the debt ceiling, it needs to look behind the figures. Yes, the overall numbers are staggering. The U.S. government has run up so much debt that it soon will surpass the current legal debt limit of $14.3 trillion. That’s $14,300,000,000,000.00. The budget deficit for the […]

City officials give budget breakdown

The city of Portales 2011-2012 fiscal year budget involves about $8.12 million in expenditures and about $228,000 for a year-end balance. “Basically our budget this year was not much different than last year’s budget,” City Manager Tom Howell said. A 30-cents-an-hour pay raise for employees and increased fuel costs were the biggest increases, he said. […]

Obama’s vision for America one of extortion

President Barack Obama blasted Republican budget reform proposals in his national address Wednesday and announced his plan for solving the budget deficit, which can be summarized as: Tax rich people because they should bear “a greater share of this burden.” Obama’s class-warfare rhetoric painted a portrait of two Americas, two competing ideologies and two visions […]

Senate needs to back House on recent votes

Freedom New Mexico In recent days and weeks, the House of Representatives approved four major pieces of legislation that, if they become law, could stagger the big government mindset responsible for massive deficits and draconian regulations. On three separate bills, the House overwhelmingly voted to prevent federal agencies from spending money to implement Obamacare, and […]

Budget plans raise TRICARE fees

President Obama’s fiscal 2012 defense budget request brought a few surprises for military retirees. First, the plan to raise TRICARE fees for working age retirees is more “modest” than retiree advocates had expected, and might be viewed favorably in light harsher possibilities and the mounting debt crisis. Surprise two could discourage 103,000 veterans forced by […]

Deceptive Obama budget still bloated

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s $3.7 trillion budget, the largest ever, at best temporarily would freeze, not reduce, federal spending, increase the deficit and the national debt to record highs while substantially raising taxes on large segments of the society. To say there’s not much to like is to grossly understate the case. “Americans […]

Proposed federal budget does not include Ute pipeline money

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico If Monday was any indication, 2012 might be a dry year for the Ute Water Project. President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget proposal, unveiled Monday, has no money set aside for the $500 million project, which would pump water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to members of the […]

Press release: Ute pipeline funding missing from proposed 2012 budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased that the Obama administration is making water projects and public lands initiatives in New Mexico a priority in his 2012 budget proposal. Congress will use this budget proposal as a blueprint when it develops the spending bills that will fund the federal government next […]

Editorial: Nation needs budget cuts, not investments

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama suggested freezing spending on a small fraction of the federal budget and making a few cuts. But, as the National Taxpayers’ Union calculated, the plan actually would add a net $21 billion in spending. And that’s before the unknown costs of seven other major State […]

Legislators must focus on budget

Budget cuts seem to be foremost in everyone’s mind these days — everyone it seems but our elected officials. Budget cutting seemed to get short shrift during the President’s State of the Union address this week. The words investment came up quite a bit, which I’m sure is political code for “spending.” Federal lawmakers aren’t […]