Congress should consider downsizing their pensions

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I learned to swim a few weeks ago, but I still stay in the shallow end of the pool. I think I’ll stay in the shallow end of these arguments as well: • It looks like the new victim of attacks from Congress is the public employee, and the unions that help them acquire pensions […]

Taxpayers not taken into consideration

Freedom New Mexico We suspect that if Congress had asked, American taxpayers would have emphatically explained they don’t want to pay to bail out failing companies. Nevertheless, Congress approved $700 billion in late 2008, ostensibly to stabilize the financial system by injecting tax money into banks and other financial institutions. Most Americans, it seems likely, […]

Portales past: Aug. 17, 1950

Aug. 17, 1950: Joy Morgan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Morgan of Floyd, won an all-expense paid trip to Chicago to attend the National 4H Congress held at State College.

Press release: Cannon funding makes progress in Congress

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a vote of 411 to 6. The legislation provides a 7.4 percent funding increase for veterans’ health care and benefits, including funding for more than 4,000 additional permanent claims processors. The legislation strengthens the […]

GOP carrying substantial fight into November

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. The attorneys general of at least 14 states have filed challenges to various provisions of the massive health care bill passed by Congress and signed by the president. It is unclear yet […]

Nurse shortage overshadows health debate

Freedom New Mexico While the president and Congress bicker over private insurance and tax funding in Washington, the question of who will provide our nation’s health care has a more direct, and important, meaning. A growing shortage of doctors and nurses already affects many Americans’ ability to get the care they need. The Robert Wood […]

Pay raises, fee increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration proposes to spend three percent more next year on support programs for war-strained military families. But officials are urging Congress to stop adding extra dollars to the military pay raise every January and find a way to raise TRICARE fees for the first time in 15 years. […]

Congress setting debt limit pointless

Freedom New Mexico It’s almost enough to make you wonder why Congress, in a show of ersatz fiscal responsibility, bothers to set a limit to the national debt at all. But back in more innocent days — 1917, with the passage of a second war bonds act — Congress had the na

Congress extends benefits to military spouses

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands. Under current law, service members can choose to keep their original residency as they relocate. Spouses who lobbied for the change said having that same […]

Obama plan aids disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As reported here last week, President Obama has asked Congress to phase in “concurrent receipt” for all Chapter 61 retirees — those who received a disability retirement from the Department of Defense. This week we explain more details of the plan which, if enacted, would boost pay for 103,000 veterans […]