U.S. President Donald Trump asked lawmakers on Tuesday to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade, taking aim at healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor in an austere budget that also boosts the military.
With all the venom directed at public employees these days, its hard to separate the facts from the attacks. Heres a guide to common claims made about government spending, taxes, and public employees. The Claim: Government employees are overpaid. The Facts: The Economic Policy Institute measured state and local public workers against their private sector counterparts with the same age,
Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend–even a friend whose name it never knew. - George W. Bush