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  • Question of the Day - Government too involved in private sector?

    11/13/2009 12:32:38 PM PST · by RDasher · 11 replies · 443+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/13/2009 | Joesph Curl
    Former President George W. Bush, outlining plans for a new public policy institute, on Thursday said America must fight the temptation to allow the federal government to take control of the private sector, declaring that too much government intervention will squelch economic recovery and expansion.
  • Obama Putting $3.4B Toward a 'Smart' Power Grid

    10/27/2009 6:34:09 AM PDT · by RDasher · 24 replies · 863+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/27/2009
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is giving a jolt to the futuristic "smart" electric grid, hoping to more quickly bring America's power transmission system into the digital age. President Barack Obama, during a visit to a solar energy facility in Arcadia, Fla., is announcing Tuesday that he is making available $3.4 billion in government support for 100 projects aimed at modernizing the power grid. The projects include installing "smart" electric meters in homes, automating utility substations, and installing thousands of new digital transformers and grid sensors.
  • How Much Would Universal Health Care Cost?

    09/05/2009 6:13:32 AM PDT · by RDasher · 21 replies · 1,248+ views ^ | 9/4/2009 | Randy
    I was thinking about what the cost of Universal Health Care would be if Obama got his way. Analyzing Medicare might provide some answers. There are about 40 million people on Medicare. The Medicare budget is $420 billion, or about $10,500 per recipient. Persons on Medicare pay about $97 a month in premiums taken from their Social Security checks. The net Medicare budget is then $420 billion - $46 billion (from premiums) = $374 billion in Medicare taxes. In 2006 there were 138 million people who filed income tax. They each paid 2.9 percent of their earned income (1.45 x...
  • Federal Debt keeps up ticking....

    03/24/2009 10:05:55 PM PDT · by RDasher · 12 replies · 428+ views
    US Debt Data | Mar 25, 2009 | Dasher
    In case you haven't noticed the federal debt increase has been on a tear this this year... no end insight.
  • Vanity: How they compare: ACU & ADA Congress Ratings

    01/25/2009 9:32:41 PM PST · by RDasher · 4 replies · 977+ views
    ACU and ADA | 01/25/2008 | Dasher
    I looked up the ratings of all of the US House and Senate members and did a mini-analysis on them;I used ACU (American Conservative Union - conservative) ratings, and ADA (Americans for Democratic Action - liberal)ACU ratings by party: Percentage of Republicans with 100 percent ACU ratings in 2007 -- 26.40 Percentage of Republicans with 90 percent or more ACU in 2007 -- 56.29 Percentage of Democrats with 0 percent ACU ratings in 2007 -- 52.80 Percentage of Democrats with 10 percent or less ACU in 2007 - 81.82 ADA rating by party: Percentage of Republicans with 0 percent ADA...
  • Companies start competing for bailout money

    10/26/2008 6:17:50 AM PDT · by RDasher · 182+ views
    AP ^ | 10/26/2008 | MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    WASHINGTON – The bailout is now the hottest lobbying game in town. Insurers, automakers and American subsidiaries of foreign banks all want the Treasury Department to cut them a piece of the largest government rescue in U.S. history. The betting is that many with their hands out will be successful, especially with financial markets in a stomach-churning dive and predictions the economy is about to tumble into a deep recession.
  • Mortgage firm arranged stealth campaign

    10/19/2008 6:21:02 PM PDT · by RDasher · 25 replies · 876+ views
    AP (Yahoo) ^ | 10/19/2008 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON – Freddie Mac secretly paid a Republican consulting firm $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and trimmed the mortgage finance giant and its sister company, Fannie Mae, three years before the government took control to prevent their collapse. In the cross hairs of the campaign carried out by DCI of Washington were Republican senators and a regulatory overhaul bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. DCI's chief executive is Doug Goodyear, whom John McCain's campaign later hired to manage the GOP convention in September.
  • An open letter to Senator John McCain about Climate Science and Policy

    10/18/2008 6:01:52 PM PDT · by RDasher · 7 replies · 513+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 10/18/2008 | The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
    Dear Senator McCain, Sir, YOU CHOSE a visit to a wind-farm in early summer 2008 to devote an entire campaign speech to the reassertion of your belief in the apocalyptic vision of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change - a lurid and fanciful account of imagined future events that was always baseless, was briefly exciting among the less thoughtful species of news commentators and politicians, but is now scientifically discredited.
  • The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

    10/09/2008 8:10:59 PM PDT · by RDasher · 14 replies · 525+ views ^ | August 27, 2008 | Amity Shlaes
    Mad Men and the Bank Failures It's possible to wreck a recovery through policy. In my Bloomberg columns, I've tried to write about how the hybrid model of banking -- half public, half private -- does damage to our economy. "Moral hazard" is such a starchy phrase we instinctively hate it but it is the right one to describe the bailouts and guarantees. The series MAD MEN is a great example of guys widening their own [moral hazard].
  • For African-Americans, struggle and some gains (from Web Archive)

    10/07/2008 2:50:33 PM PDT · by RDasher · 8 replies · 618+ views
    Chicago News Project ^ | 2001 | unknown
    Organizing in neighborhoods has taken two paths that reflect historic dichotomy between integrationist and nationalist strategies. Many top conununity leaders collaborate on urban issues through city's grasgroots network, forging multi-racial coalitions, while others take black nationalist approach, looking only within the African-American community for leadership and resources. ...and Barack Obama, 773-684-4809, whose work to empower blacks has included his law practice, community organizing, philanthropy and most recently electoral politics: he is a candidate for state senate. Chicago is national center of black nationalist thought and organization. Chicago is home base for African-American Muslim organizations. Muslims have been visible forces for...
  • Unintended (or intended) Consequences of The Bail Out Bill

    10/04/2008 9:51:48 AM PDT · by RDasher · 72 replies · 1,094+ views
    Thomas Library of Congress ^ | 10/3/2008 | Congress
    From the passed bailout bill S-1424; TITLE I - Troubled Assets Relief Program SECTION 110 b. HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE BY AGENCIES. 1. IN GENERAL.To the extent that the Federal property manager holds, owns, or controls mortgages, mortgage backed securities, and other assets secured by residential real estate, including multifamily housing, the Federal property manager shall implement a plan that seeks to maximize assistance for homeowners and use its authority to encourage the servicers of the underlying mortgages, and considering net present value to the taxpayer, to take advantage of the HOPE for Homeowners Program under section 257 of the National Housing...
  • What is the Democrat Parties end goal for income taxes? (VANITY)

    10/04/2008 7:11:32 AM PDT · by RDasher · 14 replies · 608+ views
    Me | 9/4/2008 | rdasher
    Below is a table of income tax distribution from 2005, and the floor of the income for each income level. Top Top Top Top Top Bottom Item Tax Year 1 percent 5 percent 10 percent 25 percent 50 percent 50 Percent Pct of All Income Taxes Paid 2005 39.38 59.67 70.30 85.99 96.93 3.07 Income floor for bracket 2006 392,643 153,866 109,441 65,084 32,261 < 32,261 My rhetorical question for Democrats; What is the end goal for who pays what percent of the nations income taxes? Is the Democrat talking point of "tax breaks for the rich" a real issue...
  • Burning Down The House: (Karl Rove - Bush Version)

    09/30/2008 6:55:09 AM PDT · by RDasher · 178 replies · 1,437+ views
    You Tube ^ | 9/29/2008 | fromthepen
    Unbelievable video of Bush promoting zero down loans for minorities....
  • Paulson acts decisively to protect Goldman bonuses

    09/28/2008 8:39:19 AM PDT · by RDasher · 8 replies · 974+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 9/28/2008 | Michael Lewis
    Anyone who caught even a sliver of Tuesday's hearings in the U.S. Senate on the proposed Treasury bailout of the mortgage-backed securities market knows the current financial crisis is far from over. Suddenly all sorts of previously unthinkable catastrophes seem possible.
  • Electoral Vote: McCain 274, Obama 243 Ties 21

    09/18/2008 5:42:26 AM PDT · by RDasher · 22 replies · 224+ views
    The Votemaster ^ | 9/18/2008 | The Votemaster
    McCain expands lead with slight shift in polls.
  • Sarah Palin for President

    09/15/2008 9:15:28 PM PDT · by RDasher · 24 replies · 656+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 9/15/2008 | Joesph Farah
    As I continue the promotion of my new book, "None of the Above," the No. 1 question I get from interviewers is whether the selection by John McCain of running mate Sarah Palin has changed my mind at all about the two major-party candidates.
  • Democratic Party War Room

    09/13/2008 8:23:36 AM PDT · by RDasher · 21 replies · 201+ views
    You Tube ^ | 9/12/2008 | Advocate1234
    A secret video of the current happenings in the Obama war room, of election strategy. (Humor) Inside the Democratic Party War Room
  • Crowds jam Fairbanks hangar as they wait for Palin to arrive

    09/10/2008 7:59:41 PM PDT · by RDasher · 56 replies · 699+ views ^ | 9/10/2008 | Rena Delbridge
    FAIRBANKS -- Just before 5:30 p.m., long lines had formed for Alaska residents to get through security and into a fairly full hangar at the Alaska Republican Party's welcome home rally for Gov. Sarah Palin, who is due by 7 p.m.
  • ALERT: "Environmental Ed" House Vote Thursday

    09/09/2008 5:25:30 PM PDT · by RDasher · 13 replies · 117+ views ^ | 9/8/2008
    HR 3036, the No Child Left Inside Act (chief author John Sarbanes, Democrat, MD), gives states and schools incentives (federal grants) to conduct "environmental education" programs within existing classes. This means that when children are enrolled in history, literature, math or science, during some of their class time, they will actually be schooled in "environmental education" instead of academic subjects.
  • A Star Had Already Been Born

    09/08/2008 8:18:55 AM PDT · by RDasher · 17 replies · 174+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 9/5/2008 | by Dave Jamieson
    When Senator John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate two Fridays ago, the first-term governor and would-be vice president was a complete stranger to the vast majority of Americans. But, as we soon found out, she had already charmed not just her fellow Alaskans and a devoted University of Colorado at Colorado Springs undergraduate student--the one who launched "Draft Sarah Palin" early in 2007--but also some of the most influential members of D.C.'s conservative establishment. Who were her earliest boosters in the chattering class, and how did they fall so hard, so fast?
  • Rallying The Right, Confounding The Left

    09/07/2008 8:40:48 AM PDT · by RDasher · 12 replies · 163+ views ^ | 9/7/2008 | Kevin Rennie
    It took Ronald Reagan 14 years to create a confident, optimistic Republican Party. Gov. Sarah Palin did it in six fraught days. Her introductory odyssey concluded with the great exhale of Wednesday night when the vice presidential nominee joined the thin ranks of performers who possess the power to astound.
  • Todd Palin due at snowmobile event

    09/06/2008 8:31:18 AM PDT · by RDasher · 29 replies · 203+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 9/5/2008 | Tad Vezner
    Forest Lake / Palin's husband to attend race event Todd Palin, who could be America's "second man" come January, is slated to attend a large snowmobile event Saturday in Forest Lake, according to an event sponsor. Palin, the husband of Republican vice presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is the four-time champion of the famed Tosoro Iron Dog race, a 2,000-mile run stretching across Alaska.
  • An Open Letter on Sarah Palin

    09/06/2008 7:32:12 AM PDT · by RDasher · 9 replies · 224+ views
    email | 9/3/2008 | Deb Frost
    Judy,Sarah Palin is the USs answer to Margaret Thatcher! Anyone who thinks she cannot handle the job or deal briskly and efficiently with ANY issue, including foreign governments well, they haven't met our Sarah (grin). As an Alaskan resident as well as a resident of Wasilla, AK, where Sarah Palin was at one time Mayor I can speak with confidence. Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska is exactly what she portrayed during her introduction this morning and exactly what our US Government needs. She is ethical to a fault (if there is such a thing), a refreshing change to the status-quo...
  • Sea of white faces at Republican convention

    09/05/2008 10:57:53 AM PDT · by RDasher · 14 replies · 153+ views
    There is such a thing as a black Republican, but they have been all but invisible at the party's national convention which is hardly representative of America's diverse population.
  • Potential "First Dude" Todd Palin Speaks at Cindy McCain Tribute

    09/04/2008 1:57:24 PM PDT · by RDasher · 55 replies · 359+ views
    Blog ABC News ^ | 9/4/2008 | Jennifer Duck
    ABC News' Jennifer Duck Reports: You might say Todd Palin was part of the First Wives Club today at the Minneapolis Hilton in "a Tribute to Cindy McCain." Elisabeth Hasselbeck of "The View" was MC at the luncheon and introduced Cindy McCain and Todd Palin as "the next First Lady and future first Second Man." Hasselbeck added, "You better get your game face on because America fell in love with your wife last night."
  • Anti-Obama Democrat on Neal Cavoto today

    08/11/2008 8:23:37 PM PDT · by RDasher · 7 replies · 283+ views
    Posting new thread to News/Activism Title of Thread REQUIRED Anti-Obama Democrat on Neal Cavoto today Topics unknown: cavoto, democrat, obama, PUMA Comma-separated list of no more than 4 topics; or press "Choose" to select from list REQUIRED cavoto, obama, democrat, PUMA Keywords Comma-separated list of no more than 4 keywords cavoto, obama, democrat, PUMA Author Date Published Source The name of the source (example: The Washington Times) Source URL A web link to the original article Body of Thread is required HTML okay This is an excerpt. Body of Comment HTML okay I was clicking channels this afternoon (8/11) and...
  • Some Wind Power Calculations

    08/06/2008 10:04:37 PM PDT · by RDasher · 71 replies · 175+ views
    I was just looking at the task of providing wind power to according to T Boone Pickens Plan. It is not a pretty picture. But here is a try at it. TX power Requirement (MW) 104,754 MW Amount of Wind Power Desired 20.00% MW of Wind 20950.8 MW Area per Megawatt 0.02 MW/Acre Efficiency 35.00% percent Sq Miles Wind Power 2992971.4 Acres Acres / Sq MIle 640 SqMi/A Actual Sq Miles Req 4676.52 sq miles Distance from Minot ND to Big Bend TX 1300 miles Width of Corridor 3.60 miles Watts per Tower 1.5 MW Quantity towers 13,967 units Cost...
  • China’s Loyal Youth

    04/13/2008 4:59:42 AM PDT · by RDasher · 14 replies · 143+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/13/2008 | MATTHEW FORNEY
    MANY sympathetic Westerners view Chinese society along the lines of what they saw in the waning days of the Soviet Union: a repressive government backed by old hard-liners losing its grip to a new generation of well-educated, liberal-leaning sophisticates. As pleasant as this outlook may be, it’s naïve. Educated young Chinese, far from being embarrassed or upset by their government’s human-rights record, rank among the most patriotic, establishment-supporting people you’ll meet. More...
  • Obama's easy path to the Senate...

    02/15/2008 1:43:08 PM PST · by RDasher · 19 replies · 626+ views
    Amazingly Obama's has had a remarkably easy path to the Senate... - "There they began the tedious process of challenging hundreds of signatures on the nominating petitions of state Sen. Alice Palmer, the longtime progressive activist from the city's South Side. And they kept challenging petitions until every one of Obama's four Democratic primary rivals was forced off the ballot." Now Unopposed in Primary - "Obama was elected unopposed to the Illinois State Senate in 1996 representing the 13th District, comprising the university neighborhood of Hyde Park in south Chicago." Unopposed in General Election - "Obama is vying for...
  • Biden Won't Serve As Secretary of State

    11/30/2007 9:42:18 AM PST · by RDasher · 26 replies · 60+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/29/2007 | Compiled by Philip Elliott.
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Joe Biden is complaining that his foes keep saying he'd be a great secretary of state. ...
  • Kennedy Memoirs Said to Fetch $8 Million

    11/26/2007 9:37:40 PM PST · by RDasher · 30 replies · 74+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/27/2007 | MOTOKO RICH
    Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the most prominent surviving member of the Kennedy family, has agreed to sell his memoirs for an advance of more than $8 million, people with knowledge of the negotiations say.
  • Clinton Campaign Confirms Planting Town Hall Question, Says It Won't Happen Again

    11/10/2007 7:42:16 AM PST · by RDasher · 4 replies · 123+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/10/2007 | Major Garrett
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s campaign admitted Friday that it planted a global warming question in Newton, Iowa, Tuesday during a town hall meeting to discuss clean energy. Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elliethee admitted that the campaign had planted the question and said it would not happen again...
  • Storm Drain Marking

    10/11/2007 2:58:19 PM PDT · by RDasher · 11 replies · 301+ views
    Woodbury City Update - Vol 8 / No.9 (Woodbury, MN) | October 2007
    Volunteers needed for environmental programs... ... The city has several programs open to individuals and organizations.Storm Drain Marking "This project involves gluing markers to storm drains in the city to warn residents of the consequences of dumping unwanted materials such as grass clippings into the drains." It goes on how they will have teams to put these stickers on storm drains. Blah Blah Blah. I got a good laugh out this one. But unfortunately these ideas come evidently from real people. I expect these signs will come off in the near future, and contribute to clogging the storm sewers. Stickers...