Author Archives: Gary D. Halbert

Another Government Shutdown Looms on January 19

Here we go again. Unless Congress passes a new federal budget or another “continuing resolution” (CR) to fund Uncle Sam, the Treasury Department says the government will effectively shut down at midnight a week from tomorrow. And this time around, all three sides – Republicans, Democrats and President Trump — are threatening to let such… Continue Reading

Looking Back at 2017 & Ahead to the New Year

As we kick off 2018, it’s always good to look back on the highlights of last year and contemplate what the New Year might bring. While the US economy finished 2017 on a strong note, it certainly didn’t start out that way. GDP was up only 1.2% (annual rate) in the 1Q but rebounded strongly… Continue Reading

American Life Expectancy Declines 2nd Year in a Row

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced yesterday that US life expectancy fell for the second consecutive year in 2016. This is the first time we’ve seen a multi-year drop in life expectancy in over a half century (1962). According to the report, the average life expectancy fell to 76.1 years for American men and 81.1… Continue Reading

51% of Americans Say Economy is “Good or Excellent”

Business network CNBC reported on Monday that American optimism on the economy is nearing new heights. The CNBC “All-American Economic Survey” found that for the first time in at least 11 years, more than half of respondents (51%) to the poll rated the economy as “good” or “excellent,” while a near record 41% expected the… Continue Reading

“Civil Asset Forfeiture” – Out of Control Abuse of Power

Civil Asset Forfeiture is one of the most flagrantly unconstitutional government practices occurring in the United States today. Under its auspices, law enforcement agencies are permitted to seize cash, cars, homes, businesses and other property from innocent people who have been neither charged nor convicted of any underlying crime. The seized property is then sold,… Continue Reading