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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 Ł14,000 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
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 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... http://azconserv1.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/president-says-tornadoes-may-be-a-blessing-in-disguise/
  • 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...
  • Salazar, Bromwich Announce Next Steps in Overhaul of Offshore Energy Oversight and Management

    01/21/2011 6:44:10 AM PST · by fruser1 · 4 replies
    ...two new, independent agencies that will carry out the offshore energy management and enforcement functions once assigned to the former Minerals Management Service (MMS). ...“The former MMS was saddled with the conflicting missions of promoting resource development, enforcing safety regulations, and maximizing revenues from offshore operations,” ...The new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will be responsible for managing development of the nation’s offshore resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Functions will include: Leasing, Plan Administration, Environmental Studies, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Analysis, Resource Evaluation, Economic Analysis and the Renewable Energy Program. ...The new Bureau of Safety...
  • Why Our Best Officers Are Leaving

    01/06/2011 5:52:59 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 47 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jan. 6, 2011 | Tim Kane
    Why are so many of the most talented officers now abandoning military life for the private sector? An exclusive survey of West Point graduates shows that it’s not just money. Increasingly, the military is creating a command structure that rewards conformism and ignores merit. As a result, it’s losing its vaunted ability to cultivate entrepreneurs in uniform.
  • Obama's New 'Unreasonable' Standard

    12/28/2010 8:34:01 PM PST · by Innovative · 39 replies · 8+ views
    Forbes ^ | Dec 28, 2010 | Merrill Matthews
    The unreasonable standard is being applied to both private sector health insurers and companies that provide Internet service. But expect the White House to impose the standard on a lot more industries as the Obama blob continues to absorb every aspect of the economy. What it means is that we are abandoning the rule of law for the rule by bureaucrats. Unelected officials have been given the power to fundamentally remake industries based on their political and value judgments. Here, folks, we see the usual pattern of liberal, big-government demagogues. They proclaim that they - as the protectors of the...
  • End-of-Life Decisions and the Bureaucracy

    12/27/2010 12:28:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 1+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 27, 2010 | Wesley J. Smith
    When I learned today that the federal bureaucracy had promulgated a rule compensating physicians for the time they spend counseling patients on end-of-life health-care decisions, I wasn’t surprised. A similar provision was dropped from the Obamacare bill, but anyone who understands the profoundly bureaucratic nature of contemporary government knew that that was not necessarily the end of it. The 2,700-page law is destined — if it is not rolled way back or repealed — to generate over 100,000 pages of enabling regulations. In such a milieu, that which can’t be obtained legislatively, can often be gotten through the bureaucratic back...
  • DOT Proposes Revised Hours of Service Rule

    12/23/2010 6:48:48 PM PST · by Big E · 3 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | 12/23/2010 | Transport Topics
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday issued its latest hours-of-service proposal, though the agency has yet to decide if truckers should be allowed 10 or 11 hours of daily driving time. The proposal retains the 34-hour restart provision that allows drivers to restart their weekly clocks after 34 consecutive off-duty hours. However, FMCSA said the restart will have to include two consecutive off-duty periods from midnight to 6:00 a.m. In addition, FMCSA said drivers will be allowed to use the restart only once during any seven-day period. As part of an earlier court settlement, FMCSA must publish a...
  • The Busy Little Termites of the Modern American Left

    12/19/2010 11:44:35 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 9 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 19, 2010 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Busy Little Termites of the Modern American Left When every federal agency becomes a regulator-at-large By John F. Di Leo At the White House Forum on Environmental Justice, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano (D, Pluto) proudly demonstrated her department’s commitment to the issue by announcing that the DHS was forming a Climate Change and Adaptation Task Force. Where to begin? We can’t discuss how outrageous, how out of the mainstream this conference was, because five cabinet members participated. Yes, five. The Attorney General and the Secretaries of the Interior, Labor, Health and Human Services, and, yes, Homeland Security all played...
  • It is time to rein in the power of government agencies.

    12/03/2010 2:07:38 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 33 replies
    Self | 12/3/2010 | Self
    In the past several weeks we have heard rumors that the president plans to use the many government agencies he is the head of to force through regulations that he cannot get through constitutional and congressional channels. Why has Congress allowed this? My guess is partially through laziness and political cowardice as Congress would create a government agency and give it power to create rules affecting everyone without having to go through the actual trouble of doing it themselves and so they could avoid blame for the problems created by those agencies. Partially it was through stupidity and naivete as...
  • Suffocated By Red Tape - 12 Ridiculous Regulations That Are Almost Too Bizarre To Believe

    11/27/2010 11:49:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | November 12, 2010
    Even with all of the massive economic problems that the United States is facing, if the government would just get off our backs most of us would do okay. In America today, it is rapidly getting to the point where it is nearly impossible to start or to operate a small business. The federal government, the state governments and local governments are cramming thousands upon thousands of new ridiculous regulations down our throats each year. It would take a full team of lawyers just to even try to stay informed about all of these new regulations. Small business in the...
  • The Government Loves You And Wants You To Stop Smoking

    11/21/2010 6:59:45 AM PST · by mattstat · 11 replies · 1+ views
    As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake. When they used to tell me I would shorten my life ten years by smoking, they little knew the devotee they were wasting their puerile word upon---they little knew how trivial and valueless I would regard a decade that had no smoking in it! Mark Twain made that first quip at a public lecture more than a century ago, a time in which bureaucracy was still a benign...
  • China's 'State Capitalism' Sparks a Global Backlash

    11/16/2010 3:59:14 AM PST · by Palter · 68 replies
    Since the end of the Cold War, the world's powers have generally agreed on the wisdom of letting market competition—more than government planning—shape economic outcomes. China's national economic strategy is disrupting that consensus, and a look at the ascent of solar-energy magnate Zhu Gongshan explains why. A shortage of polycrystalline silicon—the main raw material for solar panels—was threatening China's burgeoning solar-energy industry in 2007. Polysilicon prices soared, hitting $450 a kilogram in 2008, up tenfold in a year. Foreign companies dominated production and were passing those high costs onto China. Beijing's response was swift: development of domestic polysilicon supplies was...
  • How EPA could destroy 7.3 million jobs(Ready for a prolonged recession? Thank Obama)

    11/16/2010 2:44:52 PM PST · by bestintxas · 26 replies
    wash examiner ^ | 11/12/10 | William F. Shughart II
    Environmental Protection Agency officials Wednesday provided power companies and states with new guidance on EPA’s plans to regulate greenhouse gases. A D.C. lobbyist for two major power companies told Bloomberg News that “the energy and manufacturing sectors will essentially be in a construction moratorium” as a consequence. Here we are, with 15 million Americans unemployed and millions more underemployed, and the EPA is moving blindly ahead with new regulations that will increase dramatically the energy costs of U.S. industries, reducing their competitiveness and profitability, and making it less likely they will hire. EPA’s action amounts to rewriting the Clean Air...

    10/26/2010 10:04:14 PM PDT · by JLS · 9 replies
    steynonline.com ^ | 27 October 2010 | Mark Steyn
    As I said last year, the short history of the post-war western democracies is that you don’t need a president-for-life if you’ve got a bureaucracy-for-life: The people can elect “conservatives,” as from time to time the Germans and British have done, and the left is mostly relaxed about it because, in all but exceptional cases (Thatcher), they fulfill the same function in the system as the first-year boys at wintry English boarding schools who for tuppence-ha’penny would agree to go and take the chill off the toilet seat in the unheated lavatories until the prefects were ready to stroll in...
  • Border Patrol Projects Caught Up for Months in Red Tape, Government Study Shows

    10/05/2010 7:48:48 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 11 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | October 05, 2010 | Judson Berger
    A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent patrols along the Arizona-Mexico border Aug. 15 in Hereford, Ariz. (AP Photo) Border Patrol agents trying to keep up with the pace of illegal immigration along the southwest border have gotten stuck in a kind of bureaucratic limbo, with a new government report showing federal regulations have stalled projects for months.  In one case, it took the Bureau of Land Management almost eight months to issue a permit allowing Border Patrol to move an underground sensor in New Mexico. In another, Border Patrol officials were denied permission to improve maintenance on roads...
  • Couple to file suit against meter man

    09/15/2010 12:03:12 PM PDT · by brytlea · 124 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | September 15, 2010
    I'm sorry, I can't tell if it's ok to excerpt any of it, but basically it's a video with an article about a whole selection of idiots, one a volunteer meter man who got angry and lashed out and a woman and her husband who caught it on video and want to sue (over what damages I cannot imagine).
  • Government Transparency Causes 'Blindness'

    09/03/2010 8:07:07 AM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 8-31-10 | Bob McCarty
    If my experience with one Justice Department agency is indicative of the federal government as a whole, then I must conclude transparency causes "blindness."
  • Bureaucracy Immortal

    08/31/2010 6:32:23 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 31, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    "Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status" -Laurence J. Peter The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches, an exceedingly odd number... Why was that gauge used ? Because that's the way they built them in England, and English expatriates designed the US railroads. Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used. Why did 'they' use that gauge, then? Because the people who...
  • Philly requiring bloggers to pay $300 for a business license

    08/23/2010 6:36:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 08/22/10 5:10 PM EDT | By: Mark Hemingway
    It looks like cash hungry local governments are getting awfully rapacious these days: Between her blog and infrequent contributions to ehow.com, over the last few years she says she’s made about $50. To [Marilyn] Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it’s a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut. In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license. “The real kick in the pants is that I don’t even have a full-time job, so for the city to tell me to pony up...
  • Paradigm Shift

    08/02/2010 11:38:55 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 6 replies · 5+ views
    Paradigm Shift by Ari Bussel Israel cannot win the PR War if she acts on a different sphere than her enemies. Thus, her meager efforts to react and respond, consistently too late, are ineffective. For Israel to be successful in her efforts, she must play on the same field as her enemies. Short of that happening, the outcome is fixed: Israel’s PR attempts will continue to fail. Changing a frame of reference is useful in discovering trends and cause-outcome connections to which we were otherwise unaware. This can be achieved either with the distance of time or space. Let us...
  • Do You Trust Your Government to Be Competent to Run This? (Who in his right mind can?)

    07/28/2010 2:16:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/28/2010 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Do You Trust Your Government to Be Competent to Run This?   [Kathryn Jean Lopez] A portrait of Obamacare, courtesy of the minority in the Joint Economic Committee: PDF here, for a closer look. Texas Republican Rep. Kevin Brady says in a release that committee analysts actually couldn't fit everything in: “This portrays only about one-third of the complexity of the final bill. It’s actually worse than this.” 07/28 11:19 AMShare
  • Bureaucracy gone wild: the US Senate edition

    07/25/2010 11:40:12 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 10 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 25th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    At the beginning there was the desk. Actually 48 desks that New York cabinet maker Thomas Constantine made for the Senate Chamber at newly reconstructed Capitol building in 1819. The US Senators actually did their work on that desk. They were all together in the Senate Chamber...In 100 years the space for books was doubled and ventilation was added to the work space. The things really got out of control at the beginning of the twentieth century. The tiny red mahogany desks were the Senate primary working space until the first Senate office building opened in 1909. ...in 1941...
  • Who was the man behind the diaries, Samuel Pepys?

    07/24/2010 4:42:50 AM PDT · by csvset · 9 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 22 July 2010 | Trevor Timpson
    It is 350 years since one of the UK's most famous diarists put pen to paper. But what was Samuel Pepys really like? And why did this modest clerk become so celebrated? A new home for a new man in a new age - on 11 July 1660, a clerk, obscure but already on the way up, was moving into a house.His new home, in Seething Lane near the Tower of London, came with his new job at the Navy Board. Samuel Pepys had been lucky. His patron had been involved with the restoration of the monarch, Charles II, from...
  • 20% Staff Cut Plan Sent to Putin

    07/20/2010 10:37:57 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | 20 July 2010 | Scott Rose
    The federal government must cut its staff by 20 percent over the next three years and prohibit any further growth of the bureaucracy, according to a draft decree the Finance Ministry published Tuesday. Starting April 1, 2011, the federal and regional offices of the executive branch should have 5 percent fewer officials than on July 1, 2010, according to a copy of the order posted on the ministry's web site. The reductions should rise to 10 percent from the base level on April 1, 2012, and then to 20 percent one year later. Half of the revenue savings from each...
  • Sales Down? Customers Leaving? Losses Looming? Monopoly Crumbling? Gov't Solution: Raise Prices!

    07/07/2010 9:44:49 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 8 replies
    Red County ^ | July 7, 2010 | Matthew Burke
    Let's imagine you and I have an extremely poorly managed lemonade stand. Sales over the years have been protected from competition by a government-mandated monopoly in the lemonade market...
  • Public Servants

    07/04/2010 3:39:30 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel
    Criticism by Ari Bussel No one likes to be criticized. When the critique is constructive and aimed at improving, a person must separate one’s emotions from the practicality and wisdom of the criticism and view it with a sense of detachment. Critique can be used as a tool for improvement, yet most government employees will do everything possible to quash it when aimed in their direction. In a recent meeting with a government representative, I pointed out there are complaints that telephone calls and e-mails sent to his office remain unanswered. “Impossible,” was the adamant reply, “It is against regulations.”...
  • Need Advice-IRS Bill for $ .10 (vanity)

    06/07/2010 2:52:13 PM PDT · by whence911 · 48 replies · 210+ views
    self/IRS | 6/7/2010 | whence911
    After several exchanges in which we explained to the IRS why we didn't owe over $2,000 of our tax bill, the IRS now says we still owe 10 cents. They mailed the notice to us.
  • The New Bureaucratic Man - Unlucky Ducks

    05/20/2010 11:58:43 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 1 replies · 319+ views
    http://mises.org ^ | May 19, 2010 | Jim Fedako
    There is something to Trotsky's vision of man under communism. From all historical appearances, man under a totalitarian state functions differently than a man under liberty. And degrees of man exist as society slowly turns from liberty to slavery. The prevailing view is that man under socialized healthcare will remain the same as man today — a man living under a pseudo-free market. In fact, some even believe that man may progress. In this view, the doctor we see today will, at the very least, remain the same under socialized health care. Don't bet on it. Unlucky Ducks I once...
  • To Russia, with Love

    05/11/2010 1:15:58 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 1 replies · 180+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Published April 01, 2010 by | Alice Winters
    Given Russia's reputation for excessive bureaucracy, it's only right that a company would exist to help businesspeople to set up, find the right translators, and also provide the right legal guidance to navigate the Byzantine direction of Russia's business bureaucracy. Center of Economic Planning consists of a professional team of skilled translators, auditors and IT specialists who will also not just help foreign businesses, but also help native Russians build their businesses.
  • Hillsdale College Professor Burt Folsom: "The Tyranny of Good Intentions"

    05/11/2010 9:38:25 AM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 9 replies · 539+ views
    BurtFolsom.com ^ | 5/11/10 | Burt Folsom
    As we look around us, we are awash in failed government programs. At the state level, California (and other states) are broke and desperate for cash. At the federal level, we see minimum wage laws stifling the hiring of young men and women; a social security system that is on the verge of paying out more than it takes in; and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac receiving $145 billion in tax dollars now, and more later. We got into this mess because people looked to government to solve problems. The Founders of our nation, by contrast, saw government as a...
  • The Death of the Tea Party Movement

    05/07/2010 9:42:42 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 97 replies · 2,714+ views
    Farewell to the Tea Party. It was fun while it lasted. It certainly got a lot of undue media attention. But it died a premature, yet welcome, death. Ironically, what killed the Tea Party was not opposition from either the Republican or Democratic Party. The Tea Party committed suicide, rendered irrelevant by a succession of current events. The central premise of Tea Party loyalists, after all, was that they were anti-government. You know the drill: All government is bad. Taxes are bad. Government bureaucrats are bad. Then, unfortunately for them, just as they were gaining traction, tea baggers ran into...
  • The New Despotism of Bureaucracy: While the era of big government rages back, the tyranny of...

    05/07/2010 10:04:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 379+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | May 7, 2010 | Matthew Spalding
    The New Despotism of BureaucracyWhile the era of big government rages back, the tyranny of administration is just getting under way.   The objective of the American Founding was to break free of the old despotism, characterized by the arbitrary will of the stronger, based on force and fraud, masked by the false claims of long inheritance or divine right. Virtually every government at the time was based on a claim to rule without popular consent. The Founders’ object was to establish the rule of law, decentralize political authority, and limit government to secure the unalienable rights with which man...