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  • House tries to shackle sway of new consumer agency

    07/21/2011 11:10:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 7/21/11 | Jim Abrams, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    As the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officially opened its doors Thursday, the House was considering legislation that could restrict its authority to act against abuses of the financial system. Republican sponsors of the bill say they are simply trying to promote transparency and accountability in the agency that was created a year ago as part of President Barack Obama's overhaul of the rules governing financial markets. But the White House has threatened to veto the legislation, saying it would expose consumers to the same risks that led to the 2008 financial meltdown. The Democratic-controlled Senate is unlikely to take...
  • Six stone woman with paralysed stomach is refused life-saving operation

    07/11/2011 2:07:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 11, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A young woman who is starving to death after being diagnosed with a paralysed stomach has been told that NHS bosses refuse to fund an operation to save her. Rudi Hargreaves, 22, has shrunk from a healthy 10st to a skeletal 5st 10lb after being diagnosed with the crippling condition last year. Within weeks of being diagnosed with gastroparesis, Rudi found her size 12 clothes were hanging off her - as her stomach became unable to digest food at a normal rate. The condition can be treated with a £14,000 operation to fit a gastric pacemaker - although this is...
  • Hard Times Don’t Impact White House Staff

    07/11/2011 12:13:05 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    With the federal debt bumping up against the legal maximum, the federal deficit exceeding a trillion dollars each year, official unemployment at 9% and unofficial unemployment twice as high, one might expect some belt-tightening among the governing class. Such expectations have not borne out when it comes to Obama’s minions. More than 75% of the White House staff got raises this year. The average salary increase was 8%. These statistics would seem to contradict Administration claims that salaries have been “frozen.” Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney contended that “in the context of the nearly four trillion dollars being spent by...
  • Homeowner Faces Jail for Front Yard Garden

    07/10/2011 5:48:44 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Oak Park, Michigan resident Julie Bass faces a possible 90-day jail sentence for planting an “unsuitable” vegetable garden in the front yard of her home. “We came up with the idea as both a way to cut back on our food bill and to teach our kids some useful skills,” Bass said. “Now, every kid in the neighborhood is over here playing ‘farmer.’ They’re also a lot more eager to eat their vegetables after growing them themselves.” Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski has ruled that the garden violates city code. “Ms. Bass’s household budget, nutritional and educational objectives are...
  • Willimantic/Everytown public education racket video

    Second in a series (I hope- it's a lot of work to make them) on this awful town, the result of decades of liberal rule. A microcosm for the USA today. I tried to post this earlier, but the link didn' work, so I'm trying again. Hope that is ok.
  • Dump welfare bureaucrats, help your own neighbor

    06/20/2011 8:11:12 PM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 9 replies ^ | 06/19/2011 | Scott Walter
    Richard Cornuelle coined the term “independent sector,” yet when he died on April 26, he was largely forgotten by that very sector. Better evidence of what’s wrong with the sector — and America in general – is hard to find. Cornuelle believed that ordinary people in ordinary places should have a large scope for action, whether they are raising their families, building their businesses, running local governments, or coming to the aid of their neighbors. The threat to such local independence comes from the “scientific,” centralized bureaucracies that from mid-twentieth century onward have grown ever more powerful – in government,...
  • President Obama signs an Executive Order creating SelectUSA

    06/17/2011 12:13:04 PM PDT · by hattend · 170 replies · 2+ views
    Dept of Commerce ^ | 16 June 2011 | Dept of Commerce
    On Tuesday, President Obama signed an Executive Order creating SelectUSA, a new government-wide initiative that will promote the United States as the premier place to do business globally and help attract business operations to the U.S., in order to spur economic growth and job creation. Yesterday, I launched this important new initiative with the President of the Business Roundtable, John Engler, and CEOs from a number of multinational companies. SelectUSA comes at a critical juncture in our nation’s economic recovery. In order to encourage foreign firms to do business and U.S. firms to keep their business here in America, SelectUSA...
  • Block of Pay Hike Called “Extortion”

    05/30/2011 9:57:00 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Senator David Vitter (R-La) was assailed by Democrats for blocking a proposed $20,000 pay raise for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “A lot of Americans are unemployed, people are losing their homes, and the federal government has a humungous deficit,” Vitter observed. “For a government bureaucrat to get a pay hike at a time like this would need to be preceded by an exemplary job performance. In Secretary Salazar’s case I just don’t see that. The weak economy has been pummeled by rising gas prices, yet Mr. Salazar hasn’t issued new oil drilling permits.” Salazar characterized Vitter’s stance as “extortion.” “In...
  • Southeast students served raw onions as snack

    05/27/2011 8:55:13 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 55 replies
    The Examiner DC ^ | May 27, 2011 | Lisa Gartner
    No matter how you slice it, the days of milk and cookies are long gone as schools aim to provide students with healthy fruits and vegetables as snacks. But raw onions? That's what several classes of students at Southeast DC's Turner Elementary were fed Tuesday, instead of the zucchini slices the school's food provider, Chartwells, said it would serve as part of a federal initiative to provide healthy food to young learners. When Trevor Rill picked up the snack bags from the cafeteria for his third-grade class, he found bundles of raw scallions... "I asked the cafeteria workers, 'Are you...
  • U.S. Flag Banned

    05/16/2011 12:24:10 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 17 replies
    An attempt to erect a monument to U.S. soldiers killed in combat ran into a snag when the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) forbade the display of the American flag at the site. The site is located between a highway exit ramp and a park-and-ride lot in the town of Orcutt, California. “Transportation facilities serve travelers from many nations,” CalTrans spokesman Alfred Dimson pointed out. “American troops have killed the soldiers of many of these countries. A flag celebrating only American troops is a non-neutral expression of support for a single side in events where others took an opposing side....
  • Gov. Brown to eliminate questionable board

    05/13/2011 12:41:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    AP via CoCo Times ^ | 5/13/11 | JUDY LIN, Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO -- As part of his revised budget, Gov. Jerry Brown will propose eliminating a state board that has been criticized for providing a highly paid landing spot for termed-out lawmakers looking for work. Brown will propose eliminating the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board as part of his revised budget plan to help close the state's remaining $15.4 billion deficit. The Democratic governor will release the full plan on Monday. Administration spokesman Gil Duran says the move will save $1.2 million a year, but it's also symbolic. Six of the board's seven members are former lawmakers. They each make $128,109...
  • NYC May Impose Necktie Ban

    05/05/2011 9:42:14 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 24 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | May 5, 2011
    The authoritarian nanny state of New York City has reached the point where it is almost impossible for bureauweenies to find new things to ban. They've become so desperate, they may resort to forbidding neckties: Some New York lawmakers are proposing a law that would prohibit doctors from wearing neckties while working. The proposal quotes a study that shows bacteria may build-up on neckties and lead to infection.The Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate is calling for the legislation to readdress what they consider a fashion emergency. One place where bacteria really does build up is in the reusable...
  • Arizona Governor Vetoes Health Care Freedom Bill

    05/02/2011 5:32:32 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 30 April 2011 | John Semmens
    Tepublican Governor Jan Brewer vetoed legislation that would have opened Arizonato interstate competition in the provision of health insurance. “This legislation would have exposed Arizonans to a plethora of choices that most are unqualified to assess,” Brewer argued. “Decisions about what coverage to buy and what price to pay would have been left to ill-prepared individuals. Rather than a ‘knee-jerk’ response in favor of ‘freedom’ I determined that it is best that such decisions be handled by experts in the Department of Insurance.” read more...
  • Political Overlords Shackle China's Monetary Mandarins

    04/17/2011 5:30:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | 04/15/11 | BOB DAVIS
    MARKETS APRIL 15, 2011. Political Overlords Shackle China's Monetary Mandarins By BOB DAVIS BEIJING—China's premier, Wen Jiabao, warned last month that inflation is like a tiger—once unleashed, it is "very hard to cage again." Amid growing worries over inflation in China, many question what the People's Bank of China can do to put on the brakes without dampening rapid economic growth. WSJ's Bob Davis explains to David Reilly the complications of adjusting policy in the country. Yet Beijing has been slow to pounce, even though food prices are rising at a nearly 12% annual clip and overall inflation hit 5.4%...
  • FACT CHECK: Are federal workers overpaid? [retread zot]

    04/11/2011 3:26:07 PM PDT · by Got Long Form? · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 4/7/11 | Sam Hananel
    Republican leaders in Congress think so, and they are calling for an overhaul of the entire federal pay system to help slash government spending. Democrats and other defenders of the government work force say federal workers are actually underpaid compared with their private counterparts. A closer look at the data shows that both sides have a point but that supporters of federal workers are a bit closer to reality.... That argument is backed up by a 2002 study of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. It found that federal salaries for most professional and administrative jobs lagged well behind compensation offered...
  • Look before you leap

    03/31/2011 10:07:52 AM PDT · by ancientart · 5 replies
    Aberdeen American News ^ | March 30, 2011 | Art Marmorstein
    In 1958, Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong launched his “Great Leap Forward,” a plan to radically change the economy of China. Mao and his central planners cooked up an imaginative scheme designed to increase industrial and agricultural production and to make China into a workers' paradise. In agriculture, especially, there would be dramatic changes. Farms would be collectivized instead of left to individual farmers. By adopting new, scientific, government-approved approaches to farming, the collectives would be able to ensure record harvests year after year. To bring about collectivization farmers were held for hour upon hour until they “voluntarily” agreed to...
  • Almost Every Federal Employee Gets a Raise

    03/28/2011 11:02:28 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 15 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 26 March 2011 | John Semmens
    With the federal budget deeply in deficit you’d think that every effort would be made to tighten up efficiency. Well, you’d be wrong. Despite a survey of federal workers in which the workers themselves judged over 14% of their fellow employees to be performing below reasonably expected levels, less than one-tenth of one-percent were denied raises last year. That means that more than 99.9% got raises. “You can’t compare compensation policies of the government to those in private business,” said Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney. “It’s a whole different animal.” As for the notion that 99.9% would merit raises given...
  • Japan: Bureaucracy, hoarding gum up fuel delivery(can't get permits)

    03/17/2011 5:21:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Yomiuri ^ | 03/18/11
    Bureaucracy, hoarding gum up fuel delivery The Yomiuri Shimbun A shortage of fuel is hampering the shipment of urgently needed disaster aid to stricken regions, and while damage from last week's earthquake and tsunami is playing a major role in the problem, rigid government regulations are also slowing down the process. Supply is not the problem, as primary oil distributors are reportedly working around the clock and the government has urged the private sector to release stockpiles. But still, many consumers even in unaffected areas have rushed to fill their gas tanks and scoop up other fuel. /snip "We have...
  • How Washington Ruined Your Washing Machine

    03/17/2011 6:27:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 118 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/17/11 | Sam Kazman
    ...In 1996, top-loaders were pretty much the only type of washer around...Consumer Reports tested 18 models, 13 were "excellent" and five were "very good." By 2007, though, not one was excellent and seven out of 21 were "fair" or "poor." ...The culprit is the federal government's obsession with energy efficiency...washer standards demonstrate the harmfulness of the ever-growing body of efficiency mandates.
  • AP Interview: Gingrich calls for replacing EPA (Just get rid of it and don't replace it)

    01/25/2011 3:51:50 PM PST · by tobyhill · 43 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/25/2011 | ap
    DES MOINES, Iowa – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called Tuesday for the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency, which he wants to replace with a new organization that would work more closely with businesses and be more aggressive in using science and technology. In an interview with The Associated Press, Gingrich said the EPA was rarely innovative and focused only on issuing regulations and litigation. "What you have is a very expensive bureaucracy that across the board makes it harder to solve problems, slows down the development of new innovations," Gingrich said. Gingrich, who has acknowledged that he's mulling...