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TaxesA
Cruz has proposed simplifying taxes with the ultimate goal ofabolishing the IRS.
B-
Paul has proposed simplifying taxes with the ultimate goal of abolishing the IRS, but recently proposed special tax breaks tofavored minorities and fiscally irresponsible college students.
SpendingB-
Cruz ignores trillions in wasteful military spending, but has an otherwise outstanding record.
B
Paul was among the most fiscally responsible senators in U.S. history until recent pandering to Israel,neocons, and favored minorities.
Illegal ImmigrationC-
Cruz has proposed increased legal immigration without securing any commensurate reduction in the welfare state. His proposals for “increased border security” would only further empower TSA molesters and inconvenience US citizens.
C-
Paul has proposed increased legal immigration without securing any commensurate reduction in the welfare state. His proposals for “increased border security” would only further empower TSA molesters and inconvenience US citizens.
ObamacareA+
Cruz has demonstrated that he will go to any lengths to repeal Obamacare.
C-
In 2013, Rand Paulreneged on his promiseto help Ted Cruz and Mike Lee defund Obamacare. Paul’srecent statementssuggest he no longer believes Obamacare can ever be repealed.
Illegal NSA SpyingB-
Cruz has made strong overtures to civil libertarians. These efforts are welcome, but undermined by his unconstitutional proposal to grant Obama and corrupt federal bureaucrats the unquestioned authority to strip Americans of citizenship.
B+
Paul is known for his opposition to illegal NSA spying, but has recently softened his position to placate neocons and low-information Republicans.
Patriot ActB-
Though Cruz supported reforms to the Patriot Act, he did not go far enough many civil libertarians– who feared his legislationwould codify unconstitutional domestic spying.
* N/A
Paul backed Mitch McConnell in opposing much-needed reformsto the Patriot Act.
* This position is almost assuredly political, and not an accurate reflection of his views or the policies he would enact once in office.
InterventionismC+
Cruz has generally advocated a far more liberal interventionist foreign policy than Ronald Reagan. There is some evidence to suggest, however, that his liberal war-mongering is merely lip service to low-information Republicans.
B
Paul has recentlyabandoned non-interventionism to placate neocons and low-information Republicans. However,50 years of statements and writings suggest this evolution is not entirely genuine.
Defending Religious LibertyA-
Cruz has a long history of defending religious liberty. Most recently,he boldly spoke outagainst the SatanicGBT community’s jihad and persecution of Christians.
C-
Paul recently paid lip service to religious liberty, has made no serious legislative effort to resist the Gaystapo. Furthermore, he flip-flopped on private property rights.
AbortionA
Cruz is unabashedlypro-life.
B-
Paul is pro-life, but has softened his stance and will likely continue to do so.
Fighting FeminazisF
Ted Cruz joinedpsychotic liberal Kirsten Gillibrand’s jihad against masculinity in the military (ignoring 200,000 years of human history) and sacrificing military readiness at the altar of feminazism.
F
Rand Paul joinedpsychotic liberal Kirsten Gillibrand’s jihad against masculinity in the military (ignoring 200,000 years of human history) and sacrificing military readiness at the altar of feminazism.
OVERALL GRADEBB-
Taxes A Cruz has proposed simplifying taxes with the ultimate goal of abolishing the IRS. B- Paul has proposed simplifying taxes with the ultimate goal of abolishing the IRS, but recently proposed special tax breaks to favored minorities and fiscally irresponsible college students. Spending B- Cruz ignores trillions in wasteful military spending, but has an otherwise outstanding record. B Paul was among the most fiscally responsible senators in U.S. history until recent pandering to Israel, neocons, and favored minorities. Illegal Immigration C- Cruz has proposed increased legal immigration without securing any commensurate reduction in the welfare state. His proposals for “increased border security” would only further empower TSA molesters and inconvenience US citizens. C- Paul has proposed increased legal immigration without securing any commensurate reduction in the welfare state. His proposals for “increased border security” would only further empower TSA molesters and inconvenience US citizens. Obamacare A+ Cruz has demonstrated that he will go to any lengths to repeal Obamacare. C- In 2013, Rand Paul reneged on his promise to help Ted Cruz and Mike Lee defund Obamacare. Paul’s recent statements suggest he no longer believes Obamacare can ever be repealed. Illegal NSA Spying B- Cruz has made strong overtures to civil libertarians. These efforts are welcome, but undermined by his unconstitutional proposal to grant Obama and corrupt federal bureaucrats the unquestioned authority to strip Americans of citizenship. B+ Paul is known for his opposition to illegal NSA spying, but has recently softened his position to placate neocons and low-information Republicans. Patriot Act B- Though Cruz supported reforms to the Patriot Act, he did not go far enough many civil libertarians– who feared his legislation would codify unconstitutional domestic spying. * N/A Paul backed Mitch McConnell in opposing much-needed reforms to the Patriot Act. * This position is almost assuredly political, and not an accurate reflection of his views or the policies he would enact once in office. Interventionism C+ Cruz has generally advocated a far more liberal interventionist foreign policy than Ronald Reagan. There is some evidence to suggest, however, that his liberal war-mongering is merely lip service to low-information Republicans. B Paul has recently abandoned non-interventionism to placate neocons and low-information Republicans. However, 50 years of statements and writings suggest this evolution is not entirely genuine. Defending Religious Liberty A- Cruz has a long history of defending religious liberty. Most recently, he boldly spoke out against the SatanicGBT community’s jihad and persecution of Christians. C- Paul recently paid lip service to religious liberty, has made no serious legislative effort to resist the Gaystapo. Furthermore, he flip-flopped on private property rights. Abortion A Cruz is unabashedly pro-life. B- Paul is pro-life, but has softened his stance and will likely continue to do so. Fighting Feminazis F Ted Cruz joined psychotic liberal Kirsten Gillibrand’s jihad against masculinity in the military (ignoring 200,000 years of human history) and sacrificing military readiness at the altar of feminazism. F Rand Paul joined psychotic liberal Kirsten Gillibrand’s jihad against masculinity in the military (ignoring 200,000 years of human history) and sacrificing military readiness at the altar of feminazism. OVERALL GRADE B B-

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Federal Open Market Committee

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is the monetary policy making body of the Federal Reserve System. The FOMC is composed of 12 members--the seven members of the Board of Governors and five of the 12 Reserve Bank presidents. The Chairman of the Board of Governors serves as the Chairman of the FOMC; the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is a permanent member of the Committee and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Committee. The presidents of the other Reserve Banks fill the remaining four voting positions on the FOMC on a rotating basis. All of the Reserve Bank presidents, including those who are not voting members, attend FOMC meetings, participate in the discussions, and contribute to the assessment of the economy and policy options. 

The FOMC schedules eight meetings per year, one about every six weeks or so. The Committee may also hold unscheduled meetings as necessary to review economic and financial developments. The FOMC issues a policy statement following each regular meeting that summarizes the Committee's economic outlook and the policy decision at that meeting. Four times per year the Chairman holds a press briefing after the FOMC meeting to present the FOMC's current economic projections and to provide additional context for the FOMC's policy decisions. A full set of minutes for each FOMC meeting is published three weeks after the conclusion of each regular meeting, and complete transcripts of FOMC meetings are published five years after the meeting.

By law, the Federal Reserve conducts monetary policy to achieve its macroeconomic objectives of maximum employment and stable prices. Usually, the FOMC conducts policy by adjusting the level of short-term interest rates in response to changes in the economic outlook. Since 2008, the FOMC has also used large-scale purchases of Treasury securities and securities that were issued or guaranteed by federal agencies as a policy tool in an effort to lower longer-term interest rates and thereby improve financial conditions and so support the economic recovery.

(via The Federal Reserve)  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015