Prepare for the Pain!

Posted on February 10, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Prepare for the Pain!!! No… not the weather! It’s the budget!! We are all awaiting the President’s budget next week and hoping that our programs are exempt from the budget axe. Everyone here is surveying their neighbors, their contacts and eavesdropping in Starbucks to ascertain what is getting cut and by how much! I know, it’s a weird pastime!

We do note, however, that the House Republicans proposed, (today) some severe cuts for the remainder of FY 2011. For example, cut EPA by $1.6 BILLION, cut Food Safety and Inspection services by $53 million etc. If you want a full list of proposed cuts, please click here.

Of course, these cuts will need to balanced against the Senate and the Administration. So don’t panic… Yet.

On a less painful note, we met this week with the (newly thinned out) Blue Dog Coalition from the House. They were in New York for the first time in three years to meet with former President Bill Clinton who, apparently was sharing some messaging points and survival techniques. You have to admit, whether you like or dislike Nancy Pelosi, it took a lot of guts for the Blue Dogs to vote for Heath Shuler (yes, former Redskin and Saints football star) over Nancy Pelosi…. ! A separate breakfast, Steny Hoyer urged US industries to flaunt a “Made in America” focus. Sounds good to us.

Please call or write with any questions you may have. We will do our level best to figure it all out for you!

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I wanted to thank you once again for the cutting edge information, and especially for the unpretentious way in which organization has in making its explanations understandable for all readers. As one who is recently part of the ranks of the unemployed, I now have more time to pay more attention to the political atmosphere. I will take a more active role as my part as a citizen, trying to decipher what is most relevant for myself and most other Americans. Being more informed allows for better self-confidence, which in turn assists in making wiser decisions. I do have one small issue in regard to your most recent posting. Even if i was not recently laid off from my job i would still have thought it off-putting in regards to your using Starbucks as your example of a watering-hole kind of place. I don’t think the” average “joe” is in the position of shelling out big bucks for a cup of coffee nowadays….I think that image smacks of customers who may be projected more as elitists.
Having ranted about that, I want to thank you once again for opening up my eyes, and I will be paying close attention to your most helpful website. M.S.

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