The major media have widely reported that President Barack Obama has greatly underestimated the extent of the deficits to come, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the new president’s fiscal 2010 budget proposal published March 20. However, little attention has been devoted to the fact that even the CBO budget projections look very optimistic.

Korean War veteran David Conrad listened to the changes that were being made at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion, Illinois. AP ImagesIn early March, veterans’ groups got wind of a plan by the Obama administration to charge veterans’ private health insurance companies for service-related injuries. “Currently,” according to CNN.com, “veterans’ private insurance is only charged when they receive health care from the VA for medical issues that are not related to service injuries, like the flu.” Veterans are worried that the proposed plan would cause their private insurance rates to skyrocket and quickly max out their private insurance.

Missouri Highway Patrol troopers at a shooting scene. AP ImagesA recent report issued through the Missouri State Highway Patrol is stirring alarm among citizens and some elected officials that Christians, political conservatives, and opponents of unconstitutional government action are being targeted for intimidation and harassment — or worse. The drafters of the report clearly are attempting to create in the minds of law-enforcement personnel an association between violent “right-wing extremists” and the millions of law-abiding Americans who oppose gun control, the United Nations, the Federal Reserve System, the income tax, illegal immigration, and abortion.

War means big government and an excuse to clamp down on constitutionally protected freedoms, AntiWar.com co-founder Eric Garris tells The New American in an interview. The longtime libertarian political activist is the webmaster of AntiWar.com, the non-partisan, daily global news source on war and empire. He spoke with TNA correspondent Thomas R. Eddlem.

Eric GarrisPresident Obama’s plans are fast diverging from candidate Barack Obama’s campaign promises on Iraq, AntiWar.com co-founder Eric Garris tells The New American in an interview. The longtime libertarian political activist is the webmaster of AntiWar.com, the non-partisan, daily global news source on war and empire. He spoke with TNA correspondent Thomas R. Eddlem.

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