Republican thinker Max Boot on the economic course the Republicans have set

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Republican thinker Max Boot on the economic course the Republicans have set

Post by MaxEntropy_Man on Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:54 pm

In 2009, with the country in the midst of its worst recession in decades (unemployment rate: 8.3 percent ), all but three Republicans in Congress voted against President Barack Obama’s much-needed $787 billion stimulus package. Now, with a healthy economy (unemployment rate: 4.1 percent), a majority of House and Senate Republicans voted for a $560 billion spending package. Republicans are turning economic logic on its head. Periods of economic expansion should be used to balance the budget. Then, when a downturn hits, that’s the time for stimulatory spending increases and tax cuts. Running stratospheric deficits now leaves us defenseless to fight a future recession.


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Re: Republican thinker Max Boot on the economic course the Republicans have set

Post by confuzzled dude on Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:48 am

On Monday, June 5, accompanied by his personal security detail, Pruitt settled into his $1,641.43 first-class seat for a short flight from the District to New York City. His ticket cost more than six times that of the two media aides who came along and sat in coach, according to agency travel vouchers; the records do not show whether his security detail accompanied him at the front of the plane.

In Manhattan, Pruitt made two brief television appearances praising the White House’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, stayed with staff at an upscale hotel near Times Square and returned to Washington the next day.

That Wednesday, after traveling with Trump on Air Force One for an infrastructure event in Cincinnati, Pruitt and several staffers raced to New York on a military jet, at a cost of $36,068.50, to catch a plane to Rome.

The transatlantic flight was part of a round-trip ticket for the administrator that cost $7,003.52, according to EPA records — several times what was paid for other officials who went. The documents do not explain the discrepancy. In Rome, Pruitt and a coterie of aides and security personnel got private tours of the Vatican and met with papal officials, business executives and legal experts before heading briefly to a meeting of environmental ministers in Bologna. Pruitt departed the Group of Seven summit a day early, before negotiations had concluded, to attend a Cabinet meeting at which Trump’s deputies lauded the president’s job performance.

In total, the taxpayer-funded travel for Pruitt and his top aides during that stretch in early June cost at least $90,000, according to months of receipts obtained by the Environmental Integrity Project under the Freedom of Information Act. That figure does not account for the costs of Pruitt’s round-the-clock security detail, which have not been disclosed.

Yet another fine example of being fiscally responsible

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