By Ali Meyer
(CNSNews.com) -For the first time ever, real federal tax revenues topped $1 trillion in the first four months of the fiscal year–October through January–according to data released Wednesday by the U.S Treasury.
Federal tax revenues hit a record $1,046,224,000,000 for fiscal year 2015 through January, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement, but the federal government still ran a $194,209,000,000 deficit during that time.
Each month, the Treasury publishes the government’s “total receipts,” including all revenue from individual income taxes, corporate income taxes, social insurance and retirement taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes), unemployment insurance taxes, excise taxes, estate and gift taxes, customs duties, and “miscellaneous receipts.”
In constant 2014 dollars, the $1,046,224,000,000 that the federal government has collected in October, November and December of 2014 and January of fiscal 2015, is $85,626,000,000 more than the $960,598,000,000 it collected in fiscal 2014 through January.
That $960,598,000,000 that the federal government brought in in October through January of fiscal 2014 is now the second-highest-ever federal tax intake through January.
In fiscal year 1998, the federal government collected $797,331,210,000 through January in constant 2014 dollars. Since then, real federal revenues in the October through January period have increased by 31.2 percent.
Although the federal government has brought in a record of approximately $1,046,224,000,000 in revenue in October through January of this fiscal year, according to the Treasury, it has also spent approximately $1,240,433,000,000, leaving a deficit of approximately $194,209,000,000.
The media are already analyzing the new proposals President Obama is set to layout this evening in his sixth annual State of the Union address (seventh if you count his unofficial 2009 address). Here at Grabien, we’re also looking at results. Taking a look back at past SOTU promises, How many actually ever materialized?
The numbers aren’t pretty. From 2009 through 2014, we count 112 promises that to date remain unfulfilled.
We should also note that many of these promises are duplicated from one year to another. For example, every year he has pledged to pass comprehensive immigration reform, overhaul corporate taxes, reduce regulations, and close Guantanamo Bay.
The full list is below. Montage above. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.
1. The stimulus bill will create 3.5 million jobs over the next few years, 90 percent of which will be in the private sector.
2. Create program that will enable Americans facing foreclosure to lower their mortgage payments and save their homes.
3. Double the supply of renewable energy within the next three years.
4. The “largest ever” federal spending program on science will yield breakthroughs in energy, medicine, science, and technology.
5. Lay down 1,000s of miles of power lines to connect Americans’ homes to these new sources of energy.
6. Reduce Americans’ energy bills by “billions of dollars.”
7. Cure cancer “in our time.”
8. Use stimulus funds to spend on preventive health care, which will get federal health spending “under control.”
9. Use the savings that result from the stimulus’ reform of health-care to reduce the deficit.
10. Cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office.
11. Go “line by line” through the federal budget to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs – saving $2 trillion over the next 10 years.
12. Never raise taxes “a single dime” on any family earning less than $250,000.
13. Stop the growing cost of Medicare and Social Security.
14. Make Social Security sustainable.
15. Create tax-free savings accounts for all Americans.
16. Close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
17. Use stimulus funds to build a high-speed railway in Florida.
18. Research funds from the previous year’s stimulus will cure cancer, lead to “the cheapest solar cells.”
19. Building a new generation of nuclear energy plants.
20. Passing a climate-change law that will make clean energy profitable
21. Passing health-reform that lets Americans keep their doctors and their plans.
22. The health-reform law will reduce costs for “millions” of families and businesses
23. The health-reform law will bring down the deficit $1 trillion over the next 20 years.
24. Starting in 2011, government spending “ will be frozen for three years.”
25. Cut programs we don’t need to maintain a balanced budget.
26. Veto spending bills that don’t adhere to balanced budgeting.
27. Go through budget “line by line” to eliminate programs that we can’t afford and don’t work.
28. Create a bipartisan fiscal commission; the recommendations of which he’ll enact.
29. Restore the pay-as-you-go budgeting rules.
30. Create a website that publishes every lawmakers’ earmark requests.
31. Never give up “ trying to change the tone of our politics.”
32. Pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
33. Secure America’s borders.
34. Enforce existing immigration laws
35. More nuclear power, more natural gas, more wind and solar.
36. Pass comprehensive immigration reform.
37. Secure America’s borders.
38. Enforce existing immigration laws.
39. Reduce unemployment by increasing the number of people working on infrastructure projects – ensuring these projects are “fully paid for.”
40. Recruit private sector financing to assist these infrastructure projects.
41. Projects will be prioritized by importance, not by politics.
42. Give 85 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years.
43. Within the next three years, enable 98 percent of Americans to receive high-speed wireless Internet.
44. Lower the corporate tax rate and eliminate loopholes.
45. Reduce business regulations restraining growth and investment.
46. Starting this year, freeze domestic spending for the next five years.
47. ObamaCare will slow rising costs of health-insurance premiums.
48. Enact medical malpractice tort reform.
49. Consolidating various federal departments to streamline federal bureaucracy and ensure it’s “more competent and more efficient.”
50. Create website that lists all federal spending.
51. Veto every bill that contains earmarks.
52. Reduce corporate income taxes.
53. Consolidate federal jobs-training programs – creating a single website that makes all information about these programs available in one place.
54. Convert federal unemployment insurance into a system that focuses on finding the unemployed jobs.
55. Enact comprehensive immigration reform.
56. Force all high schools to require students to stay in school until they graduate or turn 18.
57. Open more than 75 percent of off-shore U.S. territory to drilling.
58. Go “all out” on every type of energy.
59. Take “every possible action” to expand natural gas production.
60. Ordering “every federal agency to eliminate rules that don’t make sense.”
61. Create “financial crimes unit” to crack down on white-collar crime.
62. Work with Congress to procure power to consolidate federal bureaucracy.
63. “End the notion that political parties must be engaged in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction.”
64. Reform Medicare and Medicaid to save as much as was proposed by the Simpson-Bowles Commission.
65. “Reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies.”
66. Raises taxes on the wealthiest seniors.
67. Bring down health-care costs by changing the way the federal government pays for Medicare.
68. Eliminate loopholes and deductions for the “well off.”
69. Enact comprehensive tax reform that brings down the deficit and encourages job growth.
70. Cut “red tape and speed up new oil and gas permits.”
71. Create an “energy security trust.”
72. Create a “fix it first” program that will direct the unemployed to the highest priority programs.
73. Make “high quality” preschool available to every child in America.
74. Require that aid to colleges be distributed according to the value they impart upon students.
75. Pass comprehensive immigration reform.
76. Raise the minimum wage to $9/hour.
77. Create a tax incentive for companies to hire the long-term unemployed.
78. Create a program to put people back to work by rebuilding vacant homes in rundown neighborhoods.
79. Enact new tax credits for businesses that hire and invest.
80. Eliminate the marriage penalty for low-income couples.
81. Encourage fatherhood through tax policy adjustments.
82. By the end of 2014, end the war in Afghanistan.
83. Never make promises the government can’t actually keep.
84. Keep the promises already made.
85. Lower corporate income taxes, close loopholes.
86. Use the money saved from corporate tax reform to finance new infrastructure spending.
87. Slash bureaucracy through executive orders.
88. Create an additional six “high tech manufacturing hubs” in 2014.
89. “Do more” to help entrepreneurs and small business owners.
90. Use government research funds to create entirely new industries – like vaccines that adapt to evolving bacteria, and inventing material thinner than paper but stronger than steel.
91. Pass a patent reform bill.
92. Use executive orders to cut red tape to enable factories to be built that are powered by natural gas.
93. Reform taxes so that fossil fuel companies are taxed more and “ fuels of the future” are taxed less.
94. Enact new fuel-efficiency standards for trucks.
95. Pass comprehensive immigration reform.
96. Consolidate federal jobs training programs, helping match people with skills to jobs they can fill.
97. Reform unemployment insurance to encourage Americans to return to the workforce faster.
98. Assemble a coalition to help more kids access pre-K education.
99. Pass the “Equal Pay Act” for women.
100. Raise the minimum wage to $10.10
101. Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit
102. Reform the tax code to help lower-class Americans save
103. Give every American access to “an automatic IRA on the job.”
104. Ensure Americans never have to wait more than a half hour to vote.
105. Pass legislation that will prevent mass shooting tragedies.
106. End the Afghan war by the end of 2014.
107. Reform NSA surveillance programs.
108. Close Guantanamo Bay Prison in 2014.
109. End the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
110. Ensuring the Iran will stop installing advanced centrifuges.
111. Be the “first” to call for more sanctions if Iran doesn’t abandon nuclear program.
112. Reform Veterans Affairs so that vets no longer have to deal with backlogs and instead receive the health care that they need.
Feds using Medicare reimbursements to force doctors to ask about guns, according to medical professional
by KIT DANIELS | INFOWARS.COM | DECEMBER 22, 2014
The federal government is pressuring more and more medical doctors to ask their patients if they own firearms, according to a healthcare professional.
The feds are using Medicare reimbursements along with the new electronic medical record format standardized by the government to coerce doctors to ask patients about their guns and other personal questions, reported Dr. Mark Kestner, who writes for The Murfreesboro Post.
“In essence, the feds are using their control of Medicare reimbursement to manipulate how your physician handles your personal health information,” he wrote. “As part of that process, the doctors are required to seek the answers to a certain number of personal questions from all their patients, including asking about gun ownership.”
The new electronic format allows the information to be made “available to government entities,” Dr. Kestner added.
“The federal Medicare program is structured in such a way that physicians had little choice but to comply with the program,” he continued. “On the one hand, if physicians complied with the program fully by last year they were rewarded with a financial incentive of several thousand dollars.”
“However, if they delayed or failed to agree to provide the data they will be penalized by a certain percentage of Medicare payments going forward.”
“Medicare reimbursement is already quite restricted and often doesn’t cover the actual costs for the services covered,” Dr. Kestner emphasized.
While some doctors are already asking patients about their firearms, it now appears the feds are ramping up this inquisition amid the recent appointment of the new Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, who called gun ownership “a public health issue.”
“[I’m] tired of politicians playing politics with guns, putting lives at risk because they’re scared of [the] NRA,” he tweeted out in 2012. “Guns are a health care issue.”
About a year before President Obama nominated Dr. Murthy for Surgeon General, the White House released the president’s gun control agenda which reminded the public that Obamacare allowed doctors to ask patients about their firearms.
“Some have incorrectly claimed that language in the Affordable Care Act prohibits doctors from asking their patients about guns and gun safety,” the press release stated. “Medical groups also continue to fight against state laws attempting to ban doctors from asking these questions.”
“The Administration will issue guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit or otherwise regulate communication between doctors and patients, including about firearms.”
White House Correspondent
President Barack Obama’s Nov. 21 amnesty puts millions of illegals on a fast-track to citizenship, Utah Sen. Mike Lee announced Thursday.
Obama and his administration “have cleared the pathway to citizenship for millions of people who have crossed our borders illegally,” Lee said in a Thursday speech on the Senate floor.
“They know what they have done, and it is illegal,” he added.
Obama’s amnesty allows illegals with U.S.-born children to briefly leave the country, perhaps for a business meeting in Canada, and then be given “advanced parole” by border officials that lets them legally return to the United States.
Once they have legally returned under “advanced parole,” they can be immediately sponsored for a green card and citizenship by their adult child, he said.
That process bypasses U.S. law that requires illegals to leave the country for 10 years before their U.S.-born adult children can sponsor them for citizenship, Lee said.
Lee spoke shortly before Republican House Speaker John Boehner tried to muscle through a 2015 budget that doesn’t bar federal spending to implement Obama’s amnesty.
The budget’s support for Obama’s amnesty is opposed by numerous GOP legislators and a significant slice of the GOP base.
Obama’s amnesty offers work permits, drivers’ licenses, Medicare and Social Security to five million illegals who have children with citizenship or green cards.
The five million could get citizenship via Obama’s new parole technique.
“The president claims that he is not changing this rule, but that’s exactly what he’s doing,” Lee said.
“So long as you have a business meeting in Toronto. you can get permission to leave and be paroled back into the country on your return … [and] once you do that. … You can get a green card and get citizenship,” Lee said.
The method is illegal, said Lee, because Congress has narrowly defined when the administration can offer “advanced parole” to foreigners, he said.
Parole can only be offered to people “only on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.”
These reasons include allowing a person without a visa to attend the imminent funeral of a relative, or to act as a witness in a trial, he said.
Obama’s plans to provide parole to many returning illegals “clearly violate U.S. law,” he said.
By Terence P. Jeffrey
(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Treasury continued to rake in tax dollars at a record rate in November as the federal government closed out the first two months of fiscal 2015 with $404,155,000,000 in total receipts, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.
In constant 2014 dollars, this is the first time federal revenues have topped $400 billion in the first two months of the fiscal year.
Even with these record revenues, the Treasury ran a deficit of $178.531 billion deficit in October and November as it spent $582.686 billion.
This continued to follow the trend seen in fiscal 2014, when the Treasury brought in a record $3,020,809,000,000 in revenue, but spent $3,504,145,000,000, and ended up running a deficit of $483,336,000,000.
In the first two months of this fiscal year, the Treasury spent $1.44 for each $1.00 in tax receipts.
Given that there are 115,831,000 households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau, the Treasury spent $5,030 per household in the first two months of fiscal 2015.
The $178,531,000,000 deficit the Treasury ran in those two months equaled $1,541 per household.
The biggest source for the record federal revenue during the two-month period was the individual income tax. It brought in $192,619,000,000 in October and November. The second biggest source was “Social Insurance and Retirement Receipts,” the taxes Americans pay for Social Security and Medicare. These brought in $146,263,000,000.
Corporate income taxes brought in $12,810,000,000 over the two months.
Statistical sleight of hand
With so much riding on the success of the Affordable Care Act, officials in the Obama administration felt it necessary to inflate the number of Americans who had signed up for health insurance.
They tried pulling off this statistical sleight of hand by combining the number of people who had purchased dental coverage on the healthcare exchanges with those buying health insurance.
Somehow, the officials didn’t think anyone would notice … despite the fact they had previously reported the dental and medical totals separately.
In May, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that 8 million individuals had bought medical coverage and about 1.1 million had signed up for dental insurance. Then in September, CMS reported that 7.3 million people had purchased insurance through Obamacare without specifying that the total included both medical and dental purchases.
A breakout of the data showed about 7 million had bought health coverage and 380,000 dental coverage.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees CMS, had to backtrack and admit that officials “erroneously” folded sign-ups for the two different plans together. “A mistake was made,” a spokesperson for HHS said in a statement, adding that, in fact, 6.7 million Americans had purchased medical coverage as of October 15.
CMS chief Marilyn Tavenner will have the opportunity to explain when she testifies before the House Oversight Committee on December 9.