Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Politics

De Blasio, MTA, & Big Taxi Beat Uber, Lyft

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 9, 2018:  

Following his signing into law a bill passed by the New York City council on Wednesday which caps new ride-share drivers from obtaining necessary licenses to operate in the Big Apple and requires ride-sharing companies to start paying them minimum wage, rabid anti-capitalist Mayor “Bolshevik Bill” de Blasio explained why: “Our city is confronting a crisis that is driving working New Yorkers into poverty and our streets into gridlock. The unchecked growth of app-based for-hire vehicle companies has demanded action — and now we have it.”

What he failed to mention is that

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Maduro Rounds Up “Dissidents” After Assassination Attempt

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 6, 2018:  

Whether the attack on Venezuela’s Marxist strongman Nicolás Maduro on Saturday was legitimate, a botched attempt, an accident causing an explosion in a nearby apartment building, or staged to generate support for the failing socialist regime, Maduro is taking advantage of it. In his retelling of the incident, the dictator said, “This was an attempt to kill me!” adding that “They have tried to assassinate me and everything points to the Venezuelan ultra-right in alliance with the Colombian far right and that the name of [Colombian President] Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack.”

Maduro’s mouthpiece, Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez, echoed Maduro’s plaint:

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Left Coast Clone of Ocasio-Cortez Tries to Pull a Similar Upset

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 31, 2018:  

Sarah Smith, a liberal millennial Democrat from Washington State, is hoping to duplicate the success of another liberal millennial Democrat from New York, in removing a long-term Democrat from office in the state’s August 7 primary. On a recent forum on Reddit she wrote: “I’m Sarah Smith and I’m running for US Congress in the 9th [District] on the same slate as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”

Smith grew up in Southern California and attended the University of Arizona before moving to Renton, Washington, where she worked at a body shop as an insurance adjuster. On her website she expanded on her background:

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The Trump-Juncker “Deal” Isn’t Such a Great Deal

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, July 26, 2018:  

Following the issuance of the joint U.S.-EU statement after the meeting on Wednesday between President Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Juncker was understandably delighted: “When I was invited by the president to the White House, I had one intention: I had the intention to make a deal today. And we made a deal today.”

Except that the deal Juncker was celebrating had little to do with paper promises to cut tariffs and reduce trade barriers, and everything to do with persuading Trump to agree to “reform” the World Trade Organization (WTO). From the joint statement:

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Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Stumbles When Asked Common-sense Questions

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 17, 2018:

When Margaret Hoover asked socialist rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions during her Firing Line interview on Friday, the candidate who obliterated 10-term Democrat Joe Crowley in the primaries in June stumbled, dithered, and then admitted she really didn’t know what she was talking about. She characterized the generations-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an “occupation” of Palestine by Israel:

I think that what people are starting to see — at least in the occupation of Palestine — is an increasing crisis of humanitarian condition[s], and that to me is just where I tend to come from on this issue.

To her credit Hoover pressed the young socialist to explain exactly what she meant. Said Ocasio-Cortez, after a long pause:

Oh, I think — what I meant is that the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas and places where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes.

Recognizing the incoherency of Cortez’s response, Hoover pushed further, asking her to explain exactly what she meant. Ocasio-Cortez admitted: “I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue,” but forged ahead into unknown territory anyway:

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Politics Reduces Trump’s Picks for Supreme Court Down to Two

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 9, 2018: 

With the clock ticking toward the moment when President Trump announces his pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night, political expediency has narrowed his list first from five to four and now down to two: Judge Raymond Kethledge and Judge Thomas Hardiman.

Amul Thapar, nominated by the president to the 6th Circuit of Appeals in 2017, has largely disappeared from public discussion and private consideration by the president. Judge Amy Barrett, serving on the 7th Circuit Court, has been ruled too risky of becoming a lightning rod over Roe v. Wade while Judge Brett Kavanaugh, considered by many to be the front-runner, has been deemed too risky. Senate Democrats opposed to all of them would see an opportunity to delay confirmation due to Kavanaugh’s 12 years of opinions covering millions of pages which they could use as an excuse for that delay.

The American people are essentially holding five winning lottery tickets — whichever one the president redeems will bring the Supreme Court ever closer to a faithful consideration of the Constitution as intended by its crafters. Each of Trump’s picks has been vetted by the Federalist Society which, as The New American noted last week, “supports a ‘textualist’ or ‘originalist’ interpretation of the Constitution.” The Society’s purpose is

To promote the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.

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Harvard-Harris Poll: Seven of 10 Registered Voters Want to Keep ICE

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, July 5, 2018:

The results of the latest Harvard-Harris poll over the question of keeping or abolishing ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) portends great difficulty for the Democrats in the upcoming midterms. If the leading lights of the party continue their push to abolish ICE, the results for them in November could be catastrophic.

In its online survey of 1,448 registered voters, the pollsters asked, “Do you think that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, known as ICE, should be disbanded, or not?” Sixty-nine percent of them said no, while 70 percent of them said ICE should instead step up its enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.

The push to abolish ICE by leading Democrats reached a fever pitch following the surprise victory of upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over 10-term New York Democrat Joe Crowley. The 15-point margin of victory gave Democrats the excuse they needed to hype the push to get rid of ICE. Part of Ocasio-Cortez’s platform included a promise to abolish the agency guarding the nation’s borders.

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez anointed her as the “future of our party” on Tuesday during The Bill Press Show, a daily liberal talk-radio program:

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Ocasio-Cortez: Gazette Shooting Was “195th Mass Shooting This Year”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 2, 2108:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time in seizing as an opportunity the shooting in the offices of the Capital Gazette on Thursday not only to burnish her anti-gun image but to pick a number out of the air to support it. She tweeted: “Horrifying. This is our nation’s 195th mass shooting — this year.”

This confirms her far-left stance as reported by The New American on Friday: “Her platform was other-worldly: Medicare for all, a federal jobs guarantee, tuition-free public college, and abolition of ICE — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In addition she made clear her contempt for the Second Amendment by promising to push for more gun control.”

Where she got the number 195 was not revealed. But it doesn’t matter, anyway: Since there is no standard definition of “mass shooting,” any number will do to reinforce her position. When the Washington Post said in late 2015 that there were 355 mass shootings for that year, the figure was so far removed from reality that Mother Jones editor Mark Follman took the time to investigate the number, and refute it: “At Mother Jones, where I work as an editor, we have compiled an in-depth open-source database covering more than three decades of public mass shootings. By our measure, there have been four ‘mass shootings’ this year.”

CNN has taken the lead in inflating the numbers. Following the mass shooting on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida, the network claimed that there was one school shooting “on average” every week.

Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety tweeted on that same day that there had been 18 school shootings so far this year. But Breitbart looked into the matter and concluded “that Everytown had reached the number ‘18’ by counting suicides … and eight non-suicide firearm-related incidents in which there were no injuries or fatalities.”

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) defines “mass public shooting” as a multiple-homicide incident in which four or more victims are murdered with firearms in at least one public location, including schools. According to that definition, CRS reports that there were 66 mass shootings from 1999 to 2013, with just seven of them happening in schools or college campuses.

And then there’s the Gun Violence Archive, which claims on its website that, so far this year, there have been 154 mass shootings. A closer look at this outfit reveals an inherent bias even as its website claims it has none: It just counts every incident involving a gun and then lets researchers draw their own conclusions. Founded in late 2012 by Michael Klein, a wealthy attorney, it claims to “provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States.”

Klein is also the founder of Sunlight Foundation, which was launched in 2006 with $3.5 million of his own money. Since then, Klein has enlisted the financial assistance of a number of Deep State deep pockets, including George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Michael Bloomberg’s Bloomberg Philanthropies. Bloomberg, it will be remembered, also helps fund Everytown for Gun Safety.

Even if the Gun Violence Archive has honest intentions about reporting all of the facts on gun violence in the United States, it has a serious problem in supporting its claim of 154 mass shootings for 2018 alone. It claims that “GVA uses a purely statistical threshold to define mass shootings based ONLY on the numeric value of 4 or more shot or killed, not including the shooter.” But a download of its statistical conclusions reveals just 11 shootings so far this year where four or more individuals were killed by gunfire.

But this really doesn’t matter, at least to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who seems content to have pulled the “195” out of the air. She is counting on that number — unsourced but likely accepted as true by her adoring fans — to confirm her position that guns are responsible for such shootings, while leaving the blame on the shooter entirely out of the conversation.

As AWR Hawkins noted at Breitbart: “When suicides, accidental discharges, and firearm-related incidents with no injuries or fatalities are counted as ‘school shootings,’ alongside heinous attacks like those on Parkland or Great Mills, we have reached the point where the phrase ‘school shootings’ no longer communicates anything.”

The terminology “mass shootings” also no longer has meaning when coming from the upstart radical who is using her phony number to reinforce her public anti-gun position as she prepares to take the seat of 10-term New York Democrat Joe Crowley in January.

In Politics, Truth Means Nothing, as New York’s Latest Radical is Proving

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, July 2, 2018:  

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a fast learner. Just days after her surprising primary victory over the fourth-ranked Democrat in the House, Joe Crowley (slated to become Speaker of the House if Nancy Pelosi’s position opened), she was given an opportunity. She saw it and she took it: the shooting of five people in the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis on Thursday. She tweeted: “Horrifying. This is our nation’s 195th mass shooting – this year.”

This is in keeping with her far-left platform she used to oust Crowley, himself a far-left 10-term Democrat with 100% ratings from NARAL Pro-Choice and Planned Parenthood, and a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee. Even though she was outspent 10:1 by Crowley, she defeated him in the primary by a margin of 15 points, making her a welcome icon to the floundering Democrat Party.

It was her platform that made Crowley look almost conservative:

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Socialist Upstart Ocasio-Cortez Ends Career of Longtime Congressman in Big Upset

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 28, 2018:  

Liberal Time magazine called the surprising victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over 10-term Democrat Joe Crowley in Tuesday’s primary in New York City “the biggest upset of the 2018 elections so far.” The New York Times described Crowley’s loss as “a shocking primary defeat … the most significant loss for a Democratic incumbent in more than a decade” while the liberal UK Guardian called Ocasio-Cortez’s victory “one of the biggest upsets in recent American political history.”

Crowley had everything going for him: $3 million in campaign funds versus just $300,000 for his upstart challenger; a voting record over his time in the House that earned him a Freedom Index rating of just 21 out of 100; a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America, and a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee; a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood; an ardent supporter of ObamaCare; and a harsh critic of President Trump’s call to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

None of this mattered. He looked conservative compared to the credentials loudly and proudly proclaimed by his opponent in the primary: a member of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and a track record that proved it. A graduate of Boston University in 2011 (she is just 28) where she majored in economics and international relations, she interned for Senator Ted Kennedy and served as a community organizer for Bernie Sanders in his 2016 presidential campaign.

Her platform was other-worldly: Medicare for all, a federal jobs guarantee, tuition-free public college, and abolition of ICE — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In addition she made clear her contempt for the Second Amendment by promising to push for more gun control, and supporting the ending of the privatization of prisons.

She even interrupted her campaign the weekend before the primary to join protests at an ICE detention center in Texas.

She played to the illegals living in the 14th District:

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Latest CBO Report: Government Debt to Double by 2048

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 27, 2018: 

The “2018 Long Term Budget Outlook” released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) earlier this week said that if current conditions hold (same tax policy, no recession, etc.) in the next 10 years, the national debt will equal the national output of goods and services. In 30 years, the national debt will be 50 percent larger than the country’s economic output and double what it is now relative to the GDP:

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The War On Trump: From Confrontation to Harassment to … Violence?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 26, 2018:

After The New American reported on the harassment of White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, on Friday night, her father told talk show host Laura Ingraham what happened next:

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Maxine Waters Urges People to Confront, Harass Trump Officials

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 25, 2018: 

Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) had a busy day on Saturday. Appearing on CNBC, she urged viewers to harass and publicly confront every member of the Trump administration wherever they might be found:

I have no sympathy for these people that are in this administration who know it’s wrong for what they’re doing on so many fronts. They tend to not want to confront this president or even leave, but they know what they’re doing is wrong.

 

I want to tell you, these members of his cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they won’t be able to go to a restaurant, they won’t be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store. The people are going to turn on them. They’re going to protest. They’re absolutely going to harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president, ‘No, I can’t hang with you.’ This is wrong. This is unconscionable. We can’t keep doing this to children.

She reiterated her threat to impeach the president:

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Economic Ignorance Driving California Rents Ever Higher

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, June 21, 2018: 

The Sacramento Bee has performed an excellent public service not only by asking why rents are rising so fast in California, but by publishing many of the answers it received in response. Some of them are nearly staggering in their lack of understanding of basic fundamental economic law. For example, Angie Wei, Chief of Staff of California Labor Federation, told the Bee:

Allow local governments to adopt rent control policies. Incentivize home ownership, not investors. Increase housing production. Create good jobs near housing.

Rent control is the very last thing to use to “increase housing production.” Why would a builder, already faced with massive overregulation by California’s various codes, build something that politicians guarantee would not be profitable for him? History is replete with examples where rent controls have stopped all new residential building, but apparently Wei is free from the burden of any such knowledge.

In addition, if somehow home ownership could be “incentivized” beyond where it is currently, this would accelerate rent increases, not reduce them.

Wei is not alone. Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President of The California Endowment, had his lengthy, abysmally ignorant answer published by the Bee:

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Increasing Rents Driving Middle Class Out of Silicon Valley

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 21, 2018: 

An article appearing in the liberal U.K. Guardian told half the story: Increases in rents in apartments close to the Facebook facilities in Silicon Valley are driving the renters out. Sandra Zamora, a 29-year-old preschool teacher and restaurant worker, told her half of that story to Guardian reporter Sam Levin: “Facebook is taking everything we have … and giving us what? Nothing. Just pain in our lives. Facebook is just ruining the community.”

Zamora and others living in the Menlo Park apartment complex (about a mile from Facebook’s headquarters) just received notices from the complex’s new owners that their rents would soon rise from $1,100 a month to $1,900 a month, and they would have 90 days either to sign a new lease, or move out.

Levin milked the story:

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Will Americans vote Their Pocketbooks this November?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 20, 2018: 

James Carville, Bill Clinton’s campaign advisor for the 1992 presidential campaign, gave Clinton good advice: he should remind his audiences every chance he got that his campaign should focus on three themes:

Change versus more of the same,

It’s the economy, stupid, and

Don’t forget health care.

The one that continues to resonate through the years is Number 2. And it’s very likely to extend the Republicans’ advantage in both houses of Congress come November.

Pocketbook issues certainly influenced the 2016 presidential election, especially among young voters between 18 and 26.

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Americans’ Satisfaction Highest in 12 Years, Says Gallup

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 19, 2018: 

When more than 1,500 American citizens were asked how they felt about the direction of the country during the first two weeks in June, Gallup noted on Monday that 38 percent of them said they “are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today.” This is the highest percentage recorded since September 2005.

Notable was that satisfaction among people surveyed by Gallup was just 22 percent going into the November 2016 elections. In addition, the satisfaction rate measured by Gallup has now topped 35 percent three times this year, “a level reached only three times in the previous 12 years,” according to the pollster.

Also notable was that the gains were among Republicans. In the previous survey conducted in April, only 29 percent of whom were satisfied, and among independents, only 25 percent of whom were satisfied with the country’s direction. Democrats, on the other hand, were steadfastly, determinedly negative in their assessment, with just 13 percent expressing satisfaction with the country’s direction in both polls.

Gallup surmised that its satisfaction index was so high because “the United States continues to enjoy a nine-year-long economic expansion.”

The positive news about the economy continues to pile up. Job creation continues to exceed forecasters’ predictions, unemployment is at record lows, manufacturing and construction industries continue to flourish (with housing starts jumping to near an 11-year high as reported by Reuters on Tuesday, the latest ISM (Institute for Supply Management) manufacturing index exceeding Wall Street estimates, and construction spending showing a monthly gain of 1.8 percent (one full percentage point higher than expectations).

The future looks brighter as well, with the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow tracker estimating that GDP growth in the second quarter (ending June 30) coming in close to five percent on an annualized basis.

That satisfaction level reported by Gallup was confirmed by Rasmussen Reports on Monday, noting that in its own poll that 43 percent of Americans think the country is headed in the right direction, up from 36 percent a year ago.

All of which is being reflected in Trump’s own numbers. In a separate poll released on Monday by Gallup, the president is “earning his highest approval rating since shortly after he took office.” His approval rating hit 45 percent, matching the president’s highest rating touched nine days after his inauguration. Gallup’s results were also confirmed by Rasmussen Reports, which reported on Monday that 48 percent of likely U.S. voters approve of his performance.

Taken together this bodes well for Republicans in the upcoming November midterm elections. As James Carville, Bill Clinton’s campaign advisor in 1992, reminded the Democrat candidate to tell his audiences: “It’s the economy, stupid!”

Deerfield, Illinois, Proposed Ban on “Assault Weapons” Blocked by Court

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 14, 2018: 

As The New American accurately predicted in its coverage, the ban on so-called “assault weapons” passed unanimously by the Deerfield, Illinois Village Board of Trustees in early April was tossed by a court before the ban could be implemented on June 13.

It was thrown out with 24 hours to spare, by Lake County Circuit Court Judge Luis Berrones, on Tuesday. The ban clearly violated a state law of Illinois that declares that “the regulation of the possession or ownership of assault weapons are exclusive powers and functions of this State. Any ordinance or regulation, or portion of that ordinance or regulation, that purports to regulate the possession or ownership of assault weapons in a manner that is inconsistent with this Act, shall be invalid.”

Mayor Harriet Rosenthal also predicted the outcome. The ban was intended, she said, to “increase the public’s sense of safety” following another mass shooting, notwithstanding “potential objections … or the enforceability of such a ban.” In other words, the ban was “feel good” legislation that had nothing to do with reducing gun violence in Deerfield (a small, low-crime community 25 miles north of Chicago) but merely to make a statement.

Said The New American at the time:

The chances that this nascent law is stillborn are between excellent and certain. The National Rifle Association (NRA) announced on Wednesday it would be financially and logistically supporting an Illinois-based pro-gun group, Guns Save Life, in its lawsuit to stop the law from going into effect.

 

The next day the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) announced it had already filed a lawsuit in the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Lake County along with the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA).

SAF’s Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb explained:

We moved swiftly to challenge this gun ban because it flies in the face of state law. While the village is trying to disguise this as an amendment to an existing ordinance, it is, in fact, a new law that entirely bans possession of legally-owned semi-auto firearms, with no exception for guns previously owned, or any provision for self-defense.

 

The new ordinance also provides for confiscation and destruction of such firearms and their original capacity magazines. What is particularly outrageous about this new law is that it levies fines of up to $1,000 a day against anyone who refuses to turn in their gun and magazines or move them out of the village by the time the ordinance takes effect in June. This certainly puts the lie to claims by anti-gunners that “nobody is coming to take your guns.”

The New American coverage in April ended: “The courts will likely — hopefully — toss the ordinance into the trash bin of history well before it becomes law on June 13.”

It was tossed, with 24 hours to spare.

No More “What Ifs” for Deerfield, Illinois as its Proposed Ban on all “Assault Weapons” was Blocked by Court Order on Tuesday

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, June 15, 2018: 

Back in April, this writer explored in this space the consequences facing residents of the little town of Deerfield, Illinois if its ban on all so-called “assault weapons” had been upheld by the court. Happily, just the day before the ban was to be implemented, Lake County Circuit Judge Luis Berrones blocked it.

The ban clearly violated Illinois’ state law that declares that “the regulation of the possession or ownership of assault weapons are exclusive powers and functions of this State. Any ordinance or regulation, or portion of that ordinance or regulation, that purports to regulate the possession or ownership of assault weapons in a manner that is inconsistent with this Act, shall be invalid.”

Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal predicted the outcome.

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Revenues Grow but Spending Grows Faster — and Deficit Explodes

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 13, 2018: 

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has never bought the line that Trump’s tax cuts would pay for themselves. Instead, it has projected that tax revenues over the next 10 years will fall $1.5 trillion short of government spending over that period.

The report from the U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday confirmed the CBO’s conclusion: For May, increases in tax revenues flowing from individual taxpayers were more than offset by decreases in corporate tax revenues, resulting in a budget deficit for the month of nearly $150 billion, two-thirds higher than May a year ago. For the fiscal year (starting last October) through May, tax revenues of $217 billion were overwhelmed by government spending of $363 billion, creating a fiscal-year-to-date deficit of $146 billion. On an annualized basis, total deficits for the fiscal year, which ends in September, will be awfully close to the CBO’s initial projection of $804 billion.

And that’s just the beginning.

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.