CBO Report on the American Health Care Act of 2017

25 May 2017

2017/05/24 – H.R. 1628, American Health Care Act of 2017 – Congressional Budget Office

The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, as passed by the House of Representatives. CBO and JCT estimate that enacting that version of H.R. 1628 would reduce the cumulative federal deficit over the 2017-2026 period by $119 billion.


Health Care Premiums Have Doubled Since 2013

24 May 2017

2017/05/24 – Premiums have doubled since before Obamacare, says HHS report – Washington Examiner

The findings, assembled by the Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, show that since 2013, one year before the Obamacare regulations were fully implemented, premiums have risen from an average of $2,784 in 2013 to $5,712 in 2017 on the federal exchange, healthcare.gov. This represents an increase of $2,928, or 105 percent.

The 4 page report is here.


Report: The Panama Papers

8 Mar 2017

Found this as a reference… just marking it for future reference. This came out in April 2016.

The Panama Papers – Politicians, Criminals, and the Rogue Industry That Hides Their CashThe International Consortium of Investigative Journalists


US Tops Global Arms Market in 2015

27 Dec 2016

US Sold $40 Billion in Weapons in 2015, Tops Global Arms Market

With decades of imperialist meddling around the world and a culture defined by hyper-militarism, it’s no surprise the United States yet again topped the list of global weapons sales last year, signing deals worth about US$40 billion, according to a new congressional study.


The largest buyers of arms in 2015, the report found, were largely U.S. allies in the Gulf region, with Qatar buying more than US$17 billion in weapons last year, followed by Egypt, which bought almost US$12 billion in arms, and Saudi Arabia, with over US$8 billion in weapons purchases.

Nothing like war and conflict to prop up the economy.

Here’s the moral dilemma – Is it OK to feed ourselves through the sales of weapons, assuming that some of these weapons could be used in random acts of terror or war against ourselves?

The Congressional report is here.

Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2008-2015


Airport Survey… Portland Rated The Best, New York LGA The Worst

15 Dec 2016

Portland, Indianapolis rated among best airports; NYC LaGuardia, Cleveland among the worst

Large airports among the top five were Portland, Tampa, Las Vegas, Orlando and Miami. The top five mid-sized airports were Indianapolis, Buffalo, Fort Meyers/Southwest Florida, Jacksonville and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky.

Only five airports nationally scored below 700 points: LaGuardia, Newark Liberty, Philadelphia, Chicago O’Hare and Boston Logan.

The survey is here.


Report On Cabinet Over-Regulation

9 May 2016

Report: Ten Thousand Commandments

Noting the highlights….

•The federal regulatory cost reached $1.885 trillion in 2015.

•Federal regulation is a hidden tax that amounts to nearly $15,000 per U.S. household each year.

•In 2015, 114 laws were enacted by Congress during the calendar year, while 3,410 rules were issued by agencies. Thus, 30 rules were issued for every law enacted last year.

•Many Americans complain about taxes, but regulatory compliance costs exceed the $1.82 trillion that the IRS is expected to collect in both individual and corporate income taxes from 2015.

•Some 60 federal departments, agencies, and commissions have 3,297 regulations in development at various stages in the pipeline.

•The top five federal rulemaking agencies account for 41 percent of all federal regulations. These are the Departments of the Treasury, Commerce, Interior, Health and Human Services, and Transportation.

•The 2015 Federal Register contains 80,260 pages, the third highest page count in its history. Of the seven all-time-highest Federal Register total page counts, six occurred under President Obama.

•The George W. Bush administration averaged 62 major regulations annually over eight years, while the Obama administration has averaged 81 major regulations annually over seven years.


Agencies do not answer to voters. Yet in a sense, regulators and the administration, rather than Congress, do the bulk of U.S. lawmaking. Years of unbudgeted growth of the federal regulatory enterprise are worrisome when no one can claim with certainty that regulatory benefits exceed costs. But agencies are not the only culprits. For too long, Congress has shirked its constitutional duty to make the tough calls. Instead, it delegates substantial lawmaking power to agencies and then fails to ensure that the regulations deliver benefits that exceed costs.110 Thus, agencies can hardly be the only ones faulted for suboptimal or damaging regulation or for not ensuring that only good rules get through.

The last paragraph appears in the last section, and is accurate in that the multitude of regulations are not routed through Congress as it should be. This is a good extensive report.


DHS Expecting An Increase of Domestic Threats to Government

15 Aug 2014

Report:  Domestic Violent Extremists Pose Increased Threat to Government Officials and Law Enforcement

Based on past events since 2010 – Alaska militia men, Waffle House plot in Georgia, FEAR militia, LAX shooting, XXX Militia Splinter Group, Bunkerville Ranch, Texas Militia plot, Las Vegas shootings – they believe there will be more anti-government activity.