Maine’s Economic Present and Future Look Bright, but Democrats in Denial

By Onan Coca – Re-Blogged From http://constitution.com

The state of Maine is offering the rest of the nation proof that conservative economic policies not only work better in the short term by stimulating the economy, but are beneficial for the long term as well ensuring long–term economic success.

A new article in the Bangor Daily News examines the exciting economic successes of the controversial Republican Governor Paul LePage. Maine’s economic outlook is so bright that many other states in the nation are watching to see how they might incorporate some of the states policies in their own plans. The Daily News notes that Maine has an all-time record amount of “cash on hand,” more than $1 Billion, and that this is mostly due to Governor LePage’s fiscal discipline and economic decision making.

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A Blueprint for Balance: A Federal Budget for 2017

Re-Blogged From The Heritage Foundation

The Blueprint for Balance provides detailed recommendations for the annual congressional budget. Congress needs to drive down spending – including through reform of entitlement programs – to a balanced budget, while maintaining a strong national defense, and without raising taxes.

While Congress cannot solve everything at once, it can and must take opportunities through the annual budget and appropriations process to make a down payment of putting the government’s finances back in order. They can do this by immediately reducing discretionary spending and taking meaningful steps to reduce mandatory spending by reforming those programs.

The Blueprint:

  • Balances the budget while reducing taxes. The Blueprint reaches primary balance (i.e., without including interest of the debt) within the first year and eliminates deficits by 2023 without counting any benefits from growing the economy (that would result in balance even sooner). The budget stays in surplus while allowing the nation to begin reducing the national debt. It does this while completely eliminating over $1.3 trillion in the tax revenues included in Obamacare.

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Creating 35 Million New Jobs

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the US has 156 million people 16 and over, who make up the civilian labor force – 8.7 million of these are out of work. If you add in those Americans who are working part time but want full time and those Americans who have given up hope of finding any job, there are closer to 35 million Americans either unemployed, work part time because they can’t find a full time job, or have given up hope of finding any job.

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Pay Off the National Debt

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

Our leaders in Congress and the White House have been spending, and promising future spending, way beyond our country’s means for generations. Taken together, our overspending, plus off budget agency debt, and plus the current value of unfunded liabilities for entitlement programs is around $225 Trillion.

In previous posts, I’ve suggested ways to phase out the entitlement programs, and their unfunded liabilities. I also have called for a Balanced Budget Amendment, a Budget Dollar Limit Amendment, and

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