Tag: Head Smacker

Poor Excuse: Trump Budget Slashes Programs That Work Just Fine


March 17, 2017

So the first part of the Trump budget is out, and it is one of the clearest examples of upside-down priorities you’re likely to see. It cuts funds from programs serving our people – education, nutrition, housing, job training, legal services, afterschool care… – to add money for the Pentagon. And their excuse for making Read More »

Head Smacker: GOP health care plan would make the poor sicker so they can make the rich wealthier


March 8, 2017

“This bill sends a loud and clear message: tax cuts for special interests and the wealthy matter more than your health care.” This is how Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) described House Republicans’ legislation, unveiled on March 6, to repeal the Affordable Care Act and dismantle Medicaid. There’s so much head-smacking material in their versions of Read More »

Trump’s 2-1 executive order: It’s (not) as easy as 1, 2, 3….


February 14, 2017

Joan Claybrook, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration during the Carter administration, had an immediate reaction when informed of President Trump’s executive order requiring that federal agencies scrap two existing regulations for every new one adopted. She burst out laughing. “That’s a completely illogical way of doing things,” she told the Los Angeles Read More »

Head Smacker: Pentagon buried study showing $125 billion in waste, but Congress and the Trump Administration want to give it more money


February 10, 2017

According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon buried an internal study that found $125 billion in administrative waste because it was afraid Congress would use the findings to cut the defense budget. Despite this, the Trump Administration and some members of Congress are preparing to give even more money to the Pentagon for the current Read More »

Head Smacker: During the height of mosquito season, Congress recesses — without fighting Zika


August 5, 2016

For months, public health officials have warned that the Zika virus eventually would show up in the continental U.S. They warned of this back in the winter, months before the mosquitoes that help transmit Zika were on most people’s radar screen. They warned of this in the spring, even as health officials warned of an Read More »

Head Smacker: U.S. Corporate Taxes are Below Average, but Some Continue to Call for Lowering Them Even Further


April 13, 2016

We’ve repeatedly heard the calls from “pro-business” members of Congress and supporters: the U.S. corporate tax rate is too high. It drives businesses overseas, they say. We need to lower the corporate tax rate to bring and keep business here, allow U.S. companies to compete internationally, create jobs and grow the economy, they say. But Read More »

Head Smacker: Congress Insists on Cuts to Offset Emergencies and Food for Children but Not for Corporate Tax Breaks


March 18, 2016

Congress has been talking about the national debt and fiscal responsibility a lot lately, especially with the release of the House budget proposal this week. They insist that our deficit is out of control and that any additional spending – even for basic human needs like feeding hungry children or an emergency situation like the Read More »

Head Smacker: What Could We Do with $695 billion?


March 8, 2016

Imagine what our country could do with an additional $695 billion. Imagine the number of schools we could build. The number of teachers we could hire (and the decent salaries we could pay!) The number of child care and early childhood education slots we could fill. Imagine how we could combat poverty, eliminate childhood hunger, Read More »

Head Smacker: Misnamed “Working Families Flexibility Act” Would Give Workers Less Flexibility, Less Time and Less Pay


July 15, 2015

Bills in Congress are named by those who write them, which means the name can sound good even if the bill actually does the opposite of what the title implies. That’s the case with the Working Families Flexibility Act. It sounds like a good thing, right? Families would get more flexibility, and who doesn’t want Read More »

Head Smacker: Fewer than 1 in 4 Households Eligible for Housing Assistance Get It, but Congress Cuts Assistance Even More


June 26, 2015

Fewer than 1 in 4 low-income households who qualify for housing assistance receives it due to lack of funds, but that didn’t stop the House of Representatives from cutting housing assistance even more. Earlier this month, the House passed its spending bill covering the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the next fiscal year Read More »