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While we're on the subject of CBO projections, check out this little gem:

And speaking of flubbed projections, these numbers (from two years ago) are devastating:



Great points, Paula. Here are some more interesting numbers.

Forgive me if this is insensitive, but doesn't it make sense for people to pay more for health insurance when they're older and more likely to need it? I don't want health insurance to be a burden, which is why I support free markets, which tend to decrease the costs of everything over time, as innovation leads to more niche markets and basic necessities become more widespread.

I remain an AHCA skeptic — I'd rather see a full repeal of Obamacare and a market-driven reform package. But once again, these numbers are coming from the CBO, which famously got Obamacare very very wrong.

Lose vs. choose:

Dear MSM:

I've got a little list.....

Twitter is asking:

Spicer, a Catholic, was not a part of the entourage that visited the pontiff today—the guest list included several of the president's family members, as well as Hope Hicks, Rex Tillerson, H.R. McMaster, and former Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller. The list also included social media advisor Dan Scavino, who tweeted this last year:

If an unnamed source at CNN is to be believed, meeting the pope was "all [Spicer] wanted." Ouch.

Michael, and you didn't even include a picture. Harumph.

Part of the problem with today's young reporters is that they're simply ignorant:


Bonus: the word is actually poticapronounced "potizza," as is typical of Slavic language orthography.

Update: Sorry, Charlie, just noticed you posted on this earlier. I used to get head-hunted to run various journalism schools around the country and the first thing I suggested they do with the curriculum was make the students study history,languages, culture, and firearms. That was usually the last I heard from them.

This is what you call a good start:

President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal would completely eliminate 66 federal programs, for a savings of $26.7 billion.  Some of the programs would receive funding for 2018 as part of a phasing-out plan.

Here are the programs the administration wants on the chopping block.

There follows a complete list. Some samples:

Agriculture Department — $855 million

·       McGovern-Dole International Food for Education

·       Rural Business-Cooperative Service

·       Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Account

·       Single Family Housing Direct Loans

Education Department — $4.976 billion

·       21st Century Community Learning Centers

·       Comprehensive Literacy Development Grants

·       Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

·       Impact Aid Payments for Federal Property

·       International Education

·       Strengthening Institutions

·       Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

·       Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants

·       Teacher Quality Partnership

Housing and Urban Development — $4.123 billion

·       Choice Neighborhoods

·       Community Development Block

·       HOME Investment Partnerships Program

·       Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program Account

Clearing away the accumulated barnacles of decades won't happen overnight. But zeroing-out these useless programs and daring both the GOP squishes and the hostile Democrats to do something about it will definitely get their attention.

Speaking of Kevin Love, could he be the answer to the Cleveland Browns' perpetual quarterback woes?