Biden seeks to sell Democrats on stripped-down $1.75 trillion plan

October 28, 2021 | The Hill

By Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuels, includes “President Biden will present Democratic lawmakers with a framework on a new $1.75 trillion social spending and climate package on Thursday, seeking to unify a fractured party behind the plan before he heads to Europe for an international climate conference later in the day. ” (Note: $1.75 trillion is “stripped down?”)

There’s no reason for progressives to vote for the watered-down infrastructure bill

October 28, 2021 | Jacobin

By Branko Marcetic, includes “The reconciliation bill has been so watered down, progressives should no longer feel pressure — moral or political — to support it. … The country and world are in a moment of profound crisis, and Democrats desperately need to use the brief window of power they have to show they can act to improve people’s lives.”

Democrats use accounting gimmicks to conceal spending in bloated “Build Back Better” bill

October 28, 2021 | The Daily Signal

By Grace-Marie Turner, includes “… They want to reduce the overall size of the spending bill to ‘only’ $1 trillion to $2 trillion (as though those two numbers were even remotely close), and only fund programs for a short time, assuming that it would be too painful for a future Congress to stop funding them.”

City Council passes mayor’s 2022 budget in record time

October 28, 2021 | Chicago Sun-Times

By Fran Spielman, includes “Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $16.7 billion budget sailed through the City Council by a vote of 35 to 15, thanks to an avalanche of federal relief funds helping support an unprecedented 30% increase in city spending. … Mayor Lori Lightfoot likes to celebrate her budget victories with a steak, a Scotch and a cigar.”

Chicago pols approve $23M property tax hike amid pushback

October 28, 2021 | The Real Deal (Illinois)

Includes “Chicago homeowners are about to pony up more for property taxes. A mixed vote by the city council approved Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $16.7 billion budget, including a $23 million property tax hike, according to the Chicago Tribune. The automatic increase is based on the national inflation rate instead of a local one that some economists say makes more sense.”

Amendment 1 would give Illinois government union bosses nation’s most extreme powers

October 28, 2021 | Illinois Policy Institute

By Mailee Smith, includes “… Specifically, Amendment 1 would place four distinct labor provisions in the Illinois constitution: 1) a ‘fundamental right’ to organize and bargain; 2) the right to bargain over wages, hours, working conditions, economic welfare and safety at work – i.e., virtually anything; 3) a prohibition forbidding lawmakers from ever interfering with, negating or diminishing those rights; and …”

The debt ceiling is a cliff – and we keep raising it

October 28, 2021 | Bitcoin Magazine

By Captain Sidd, includes “…… As long as governments like the United States continue to overspend, bailing out every short-term debt cycle, they will simply delay paying the bills and either increase the severity of an eventual unwinding — via payments or default — or trigger a collapse of society through debt monetization.”

Federal red tape costs 3X what Washington says: Report

October 28, 2021 | Washington Examiner

Op-ed by Paul Bedard, includes “The federal government is hiding the actual costs of the paperwork burden it puts on people and U.S. companies, making it appear less oppressive than it really is, according to a new analysis of Uncle Sam’s red tape. Instead of costing the public about $139 billion a year to comply with over 9,000 rules and requirements, such as filling out income tax returns, …”

Where are the Wuhan subpoenas?

October 28, 2021 | The Wall Street Journal

Editorial, includes “Anthony Fauci and NIH Director Francis Collins have insisted that their organizations didn’t fund gain-of-function research, which was banned in the U.S. from 2014-2017. … But Americans deserve to know whether taxpayer dollars funded risky research that could have started a pandemic. …”

Comptroller General’s annual report 1968

October 28, 2021 | U.S. Government Accountability Office

Includes … "Our reviews of the policies, procedures, and practices followed by the Department of Defense and the military departments in the management of various areas of their operations frequently result in findings which indicate need for improvement in management controls. In our reports on such findings we include recommendations for improvement."

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