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  • Venezuela to nationalize food distribution

    05/02/2015 11:16:29 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    AFP ^ | May 2, 2015
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has promised to nationalize food distribution in the South American nation beset with record shortages of basic goods, runaway inflation and an escalating economic crisis. [Snip] Various estimates suggest the government already controls about half of the country's food distribution, but that hasn't stopped record shortages in shops and markets. Venezuela is struggling with a recession, 68.5-percent annual inflation and severe shortages of the basic goods that it relies on oil money to import. On any given day, people in Venezuela can wait hours to get some subsidized milk, cooking oil, milk or flour -- if...
  • Spontaneous Order

    02/11/2015 6:04:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | February 11, 2015 | John Stossel
    Most of life happens without a central planner. Yet people think we need one. Suppose you'd never seen a skating rink, and I told you that I want to lay down some ice and charge people money to strap sharp blades on their feet. They will zip around on the ice -- young and old, skilled and unskilled. My only rule: Go counter-clockwise. Hillary Clinton would say the rink needs regulation. She calls herself "a government junkie." Government junkies like government plans. Hillary'd probably demand that my rink have an official who tells skaters when to zoom left or right,...
  • Obama Hits Suburbs After Election

    05/29/2014 5:57:04 AM PDT · by bushwon · 46 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 27, 2014 | Stanley Kurtz
    President Obama repeatedly assures us that this will be his “year of action.” (snip).... Yet not a word has been heard of late about a truly transformative Obama executive action, his rule on “affirmatively furthering fair housing” (AFFH). That rule will push Americans into living how and where the federal government wants. It promises to gut the ability of suburbs to set their own zoning codes. It will press future population growth into tiny, densely-packed high-rise zones around public transportation, urbanizing suburbs and Manhattanizing cities. You won’t see a more ambitious Obama administration initiative than this. Yet Obama never discusses...
  • Another sign that central planning works: condom shortage in Cuba

    04/21/2014 2:59:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Sovereign Man ^ | 04/21/2014
    Having traveled to well over 100 countries, I have seen some pretty shocking signs of poverty around the world.In parts of Asia, it’s not uncommon for parents in poor villages to sell their children for bags of rice… or for children to be stolen outright and sold as orphans to unsuspecting foreigners.In Africa, I’ve seen people who are so destitute they intentionally mangle and gash their own bodies just to give themselves good cause to shock foreign tourists into donations.But I’d have to rank poverty in Cuba as the most extreme.Going to Cuba is like going back in time....
  • The Coming Paradigm Shift on Climate

    03/27/2014 8:02:29 AM PDT · by libstripper · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Mar. 27, 2014 | S. Fred Singer
    The just-published NIPCC reports may lead to a paradigm shift about what or who causes current climate changes. All the evidence suggests that Nature rules the climate – not Man. Watch for it: We may be on the threshold of a tipping point in climate history. No, I’m not talking about a tipping point in the sense that the Earth will be covered with ice or become hellishly hot. I’m talking about a tipping point in our views of what controls the climate -- whether it’s mainly humans or whether it’s mainly natural. It makes an enormous difference in climate...
  • The Circumlocution Office Shows the Economy How NOT to Do It.

    Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit (1855-1857) CHAPTER 10. Containing the whole Science of Government Mr Arthur Clennam, scion of a merchant family, seeks to intervene with the Government to assist William Dorrit, held in Marshalsea prison for debt for more than twenty-five years.   Mr Meagles is a successful banker, retired, with whose family Mr Clennam shared confinement in quarantine for some weeks at Marseilles.   Daniel Doyce is a successful inventor but unsuccessful as a patent applicant for more than twelve years. The Circumlocution Office was (as everybody knows without being told) the most important Department under Government. No public...
  • The Growth Management Act: Just another Central Planning Failure

    01/21/2014 3:36:14 PM PST · by Twotone · 1 replies
    Freedom Foundation ^ | January 20, 2014 | Glen Morgan
    Last Thursday, thanks largely to Senator Pam Roach (R-Auburn), the Washington State Senate provided an opportunity to discuss the Growth Management Act (GMA) in a public work session. Last year, I wrote about a less formal work session held by Representative Dean Takko (D-Longview). However, the recent Senate work session demonstrated notable willingness to look at Washington State’s GMA in a comprehensive manner without constraining the comments of those who testified.
  • Crime wave spurs tobacco shop design rethink

    01/07/2014 10:25:49 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 5 replies
    Budapest Business Journal ^ | 1-7-14 | Gergő Rácz
    The central government is set to ease the design requirements for tobacco stores as a response to the recent wave of robberies targeted at the units, commercial broadcaster RTL Klub has reported.
  • Peter Klein in IBDinvestors: It's Not Yellen That's The Problem, But The Fed Itself

    11/06/2013 7:32:25 PM PST · by theBuckwheat · 4 replies
    IBDinvestors ^ | 11/05/2013 | Peter Klein
    ... The Federal Reserve is the most important economic planning agency in the world. It's charged with promoting full employment, stabilizing prices, and overseeing the financial sector. So the new chair's theoretical views, management style, and personality quirks could affect trillions of dollars of economic activity. Is it wise to hand such extraordinary power to an elite cadre of economists and bureaucrats? The pretenses of top-down planning have been debunked by history. Throughout the last century, every nation that adopted central planning had its economy flounder. Even at the microeconomic level, the limits of top-down planning are increasingly obvious.
  • The 10 Commandments of Government

    11/02/2013 11:27:50 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies not Zero Hedge ^ | November 2, 2013 | Doug Ross
    Generally speaking, government always grows -- it never shrinks -- whether times are good or bad. In each area it purports to "assist", government attempts to replace individual decision-making with central planning. In order to implement its grand central plans and solidify its power, government must take from one citizen to give to another; this is, in effect, lawful theft. No matter how many times central planning fails, the self-appointed masterminds in government assert that "this time is different" and that with only a few tweaks and more money, their delusional plans will succeed. Because it uses funds confiscated...
  • Carter: Middle Class Today Resembles Past's Poor

    10/08/2013 8:47:35 AM PDT · by CharlesThe Hammer · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/7/13 | Lisa Leff
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House. Carter offered his assessment of the nation's economic challenges Monday at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in Oakland - the first of five cities he and wife Rosalynn plan to visit this week to commemorate their three-decade alliance with the international nonprofit that promotes and builds affordable housing. The recent economic downturn revealed that families living in...
  • The Central Planning Solution to Evil (Guns or the Tyranny of the Police State?)

    09/22/2013 5:25:44 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | September 22, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    We are not a violent society. We are a society sheltered from violence. No one in Rwanda spends time wondering what kind of man would murder people. They probably live next door to him. If your neighborhood is diverse enough, you might be unfortunate enough to live next door to war criminals all the way from Eastern Europe to Africa. Guns are how we misspell evil. Guns are how we avoid talking about the ugly realities of human nature while building sandcastles on the shores of utopia. It's not about the fear of what one motivated maniac can do in...
  • The Comic and Con of Central Planning

    06/04/2013 9:54:04 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 7 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 6/3/13 | Shout Bits
    Last weekend, Denver hosted a Comic Con convention – a gathering of fantasy enthusiasts and an excuse to wear Halloween costumes in the summer (also Captain Kirk was there). 48,000 people attended the convention, and 6,000 had to be turned away because the Colorado Convention Center could not hold them. The convention may have been the most successful two day event in CCC history. Still, the success has nothing to do with the CCC and is actually an indictment of Denver's culture of central planning. Built in 2005, the CCC promised to bring major league conventions to Denver. The old...
  • America on a Flatbed

    03/25/2013 4:43:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 23, 2013 | Tim Slagle
    The presidential limo is a perfect metaphor for the economy. The people who claim authority have no idea what it runs on. President Obama was due in Israel. So the advance team wheels his non-sequestered limo out of the cargo plane and over to the gas pumps to make sure he has a full tank when he arrives. Apparently there is some concern he might have to make a hasty retreat and won’t have time to fill it up later. Whoever was filling it up didn’t know that it ran on diesel and filled it up with regular. Apparently, they...
  • Right Must Summon Moral Courage To Fight Back

    01/25/2013 3:39:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | January 25, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Welcome to an America with liberalism in full ascendancy as golfer Phil Mickelson apologizes for doing nothing wrong while the Obama administration lambasts its opponents for justly demanding it apologize for doing plenty wrong on Benghazi. Welcome to a land where the gravest problem threatening the nation is spending, where the Democratic president refuses to cut, where the Democratic Senate lawlessly refuses to pass a budget and where Democrats thwart congressional GOP efforts to enact spending and entitlement reform, yet the public is conned into believing that Republicans are the problem. Welcome to a culture in which the political left...
  • Elites Sneer at You

    01/09/2013 8:16:45 AM PST · by Edmunds mom · 15 replies ^ | 1/8/2013 | Scott Walter
    One lone trustee objected to the institution’s betrayal of Andrew Carnegie. As Lagemann reports, a Cornell professor presented to the board a proposal that it focus, not on building libraries, but on spreading library science, which would lead to “advancing popular intellectual progress” (read: “smartening up the slack-jawed yokels”). The lonely dissenter, trustee James Bertram, argued that if the board consented to this recommendation, it "would contravene Carnegie’s clear and known wish 'to give libraries to communities and [to] leave the communities absolutely free to manage them any way they might see fit.'” Because Bertram spoke the truth, the trustees...
  • Want to help someone?

    11/27/2012 4:59:42 PM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies ^ | Unknown | Ernesto Sirolli
    A TED talk by Ernesto Sirolli - 17 minute video. A practical talk on why central planning is always doomed to fail.
  • China: Road Built Around Couple’s Home

    11/22/2012 10:49:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Sky News ^ | 6:25pm UK, Thursday 22 November 2012
    A Chinese couple have found themselves living in the fast lane after refusing to move out for a new road. Construction workers in the country’s Zhejiang province surrounded their five-story building with asphalt, leaving motorists to navigate an unlikely obstacle. …
  • Grazing away at billions of euros

    11/07/2012 9:12:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai ^ | 7 November 2012 | (Trouw, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
    “New problems with European Union spending,” headlines Dutch daily, Trouw. A report on the implementation of the 2011 EU budget, published by the European Court of Auditors on November 6, notes spending “errors” of €5.2 billion ($6.6 billion) from a total €130 billion ($165.8 billion), and an increase in unjustified spending, up from 3.7% in the previous year to 3.9%. The unjustified spending was particularly prevalent in the administration of funds for rural development, the environment, fisheries and health. …
  • Brussels unveils ‘smart cities’ innovation scheme (yay central planning)

    07/12/2012 4:07:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 12 July 2012
    The European Commission has announced a new €365 million a year innovation partnership scheme aimed at boosting the development of ‘smart’ technologies in cities, EU officials told the press on Tuesday (10 July). For 2013, €365 million in EU funds have been earmarked for the development of urban technology. The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) will see private business and the EU executive pool research from energy, transport and ICT to develop a limited number of approved projects. Examples of mooted projects included silent electric city buses that use digital technology, satellite technology aimed at improving traffic flow, a smartphone application...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Proposes 300-Square-Foot 'Micro' Apartments For New York City Singles

    07/12/2012 11:31:02 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/10/2012 | Meredith Galante
    Bloomberg is currently accepting proposals for the apartments, which will be located on E 27th Street and First Avenue in Kips Bay. The apartments would help young professionals find appropriate housing in the city while they start their careers. The craziest thing about these 300-square-foot apartments (which are about the size of half a subway car) is that they will cost around $2,000 a month to rent. Under current zoning laws, all apartments must be at least 400 square feet, but Bloomberg said he plans to change the zoning laws to make the new micro-units legal.
  • Southeast Florida’s seven counties join to draft 50-year plan for sustainable development [GREEN]

    06/28/2012 1:50:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | June 26, 2012 | ANDRES VIGLUCCI
    ..[SNIP]...The plan is led by a consortium established jointly by the South Florida Regional Planning Council and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and is funded by a $4.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Some 200 public agencies, advocates, business and academic groups are involved, including county and city planners, elected officials, major universities and chambers of commerce. ..[SNIP]..HUD has issued similar grants to 45 U.S. regions in an effort to get more bang for its economic development dollars as federal outlays shrink amid increasing demand. HUD wants to focus its funding on places...
  • Same Old Story on Energy Policy - Politicians show continued folly of central planning

    04/17/2012 12:15:00 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/16/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    As spring blooms, the president addresses the nation on energy. He tells us, “Without our planning for the future, it will get worse…The oil and natural gas that we rely on for 75 percent of our energy is simply running out.” Unless profound changes are made in the next decade, the president warns, the world will demand more oil than it can produce. He calls for “strict conservation” and switching to “permanent renewable energy sources like solar power.” Because they promise future energy independence, his administration is spending billions of taxpayer dollars on wind, solar and biodiesel, plus offering massive...
  • Agenda 21 - What Is It? Apparently is is a plan to reduce the population

    06/22/2011 12:44:33 PM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 658 replies
    Vanity | Various
    Several people have become interested in a quite controversial topic called "AGENDA 21." They have requested being on a ping list for this topic. While I do not have time to do a thorough treatment of this subject, nor am I in any way an expert, I am willing at least for a time,to ping people as I run across articles which might pertain to this concern. It might be good to start with an examination of just what it is or might be. To kick this discussion and exploration off,I did a Google search (just for fun) on "Agenda...
  • Gingrich’s environmental proposals include altering climate with giant mirrors

    12/08/2011 11:43:54 PM PST · by Fred · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 120711 | Alexis Levinson
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich‘s hobby, he says, is studying “dinosaurs and other fossils.” He openly mourned the death of Knut the polar bear.Gingrich believes it is a “false dichotomy” to group policies according to whether they deal with the country’s economic problems or protect the environment. Instead, he thinks government can incentivize the production of new energy technologies, which would consequently help the environment and the economy by making the country less dependent on foreign oil. And he is not short on ideas of how to do it. “One generation’s science fiction is the next generation’s practical reality,” wrote...
  • Reid signals government jobs must take priority over private-sector jobs

    10/19/2011 10:38:45 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | Oct 19 2011 | By Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday indicated Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders. "It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about," Reid said on the Senate floor. Reid was responding to recent comments from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who accused Democrats of purposefully pursuing higher taxes as part of the teacher/first-responder bill, S....
  • SANDERS: War on energy at home creates disasters abroad

    09/26/2011 9:01:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2011 | Sol Sanders
    President Obama’s war on fossil fuels is adding to instability in a world already racked by international debt, demographic pressures and unpredictable, galloping technological advances. The domestic implications of his policies are increasingly apparent: The closing off of prospecting and drilling is costing tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of jobs. The attempt to choose winners and losers through “green energy” subsidies is producing market distortions, huge losses of taxpayers’ funds and corruption rarely seen since the Soviet Union’s Gosplan. Using executive fiat for arbitrary environmental rulings after Mr. Obama’s “cap and trade” climate plan quietly died in Congress is eroding...
  • Obama blows another $100bn on green fantasies(Energy Sec. Chu's office declares Solyndra a success)

    09/07/2011 7:45:25 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    washtimes ^ | 9/7/11 | David A. Keene
    Last week, the Obama administration’s Department of Energy announced it is extending an $852 million loan guarantee to something called the Genesis Solar Project in California. Genesis, according to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, will be built on federal land and ultimately employ perhaps 800 people during its construction and 47 people once it is up and running. This would seem to be a lot of money to generate very few jobs at a time when the nation is on the verge of bankruptcy, but the project really isn’t about jobs. It’s the latest in the administration’s attempt to turn us...
  • Hilda Solis: Labor Secretary . . . Or Central Planning Comissar?

    09/05/2011 6:24:00 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Check out Labor Secretary Hilda Solis [she of the solicitude for the rights of illegal immigrants at the expense of American workers] on the CBS Early Show this morning. Solis ticks off a list of industries in which the government will make "investments" because "we know" they will be growing in future years. Kinda like the Obama admin "knew" solar energy was the wave of the future when it "invested" about a half-billion in taxpayer dollars in Solyndra, a company that backed by a major Obama fundraiser. Participating in pure partisan politics, Solis claimed the unemployment rate in Rick Perry's...
  • U.S. moves to sell, rent 92,000 foreclosures Administration looks for buyers for U.S.-owned REOs

    08/10/2011 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Fred · 31 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 081011 | Ronald D. Orol
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Struggling to clear its inventory of foreclosed properties, the Obama administration said Wednesday it’s looking for investor ideas for converting more than 92,000 foreclosed properties owned by the U.S. government into rental units, a sign of the depths to which the U.S. housing market has sunk. “Exploring new options for selling these foreclosed properties will help expand access to affordable rental housing, promote private investment in local housing markets and support neighborhood and home-price stability,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a statement. The Obama administration is working with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator for...
  • Gasoline Taxes by State (get out while you still can)

    06/29/2011 1:38:01 PM PDT · by Fred · 90 replies · 1+ views
    Big Picture ^ | 062911 | Barrty Ritholtz
    Interesting map, showing what each state charges in taxes for gasoline, per gallon....
  • Barack Obama’s Seven-dollar-a-gallon Gas Ambitions

    05/09/2011 9:47:53 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 27 replies
    The New American ^ | Monday, 09 May 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” said Steven Chu — the man Barack Obama would ultimately tap to be energy secretary — in September 2008. He was explaining to The Wall Street Journal that higher energy prices are the centerpiece of the Left’s energy overhaul. Well, I don’t know if they’ve figured out the Euro-boost yet, but we are halfway to Vienna. Now, while I’m sure Barack Obama would love it if gas prices declined until November 6, 2012, there’s every reason to believe he shares Chu’s sentiments....
  • After Two Years Of Obama ... Here's Your Change!

    05/06/2011 11:37:39 AM PDT · by Armaggedon · 27 replies · 1+ views
    After two years of Obama ... Here's your change! January 2009 TODAY % chg Source Avg.. Retail price/gallon gas in U.S. $1.83 $3.44 84% 1 Crude oil, European Brent (barrel) $43..48 $99..02 127.7% 2 Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel) $38..74 $91..38 135.9% 2 Gold: London (per troy oz.) $853.25 $1,369.50 60.5% 2 Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL $3.56 $6.33 78.1% 2 Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL $9.66 $13..75 42.3% 2 Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. Fob $13..37 $35..39 164.7% 2 Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall 7.6% 9.4% 23.7% 3 Unemployment rate, blacks 12.6% 15.8% 25.4% 3 Number of unemployed 11,616,000...
  • Obama floats plan to tax cars by the mile

    05/05/2011 5:42:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 348 replies
    Obama floats plan to tax cars by the mile By Pete Kasperowicz - 05/05/11 07:45 AM ET The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive. The plan is a part of the administration's "Transportation Opportunities Act," an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly. This follows a March Congressional Budget Office report that supported the idea of taxing drivers based on miles driven. Among other things, CBO suggested that a vehicle miles traveled (VMT)...
  • Obama team is happy with higher gas costs

    05/05/2011 10:10:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    Livingston Daily ^ | 10:02 PM, May. 4, 2011 | Randy Kniebes
    Steven Chu, Obama's energy secretary, has called for higher and higher gas prices to force citizens to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles and live closer to work. "Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," Mr. Chu was quoted as promising. By the way, Mr. Chu's goal would equate to $7-$8 per gallon. Sure enough, the Obama administration has slowed down or stopped the future development of most of the vast U.S. energy reserves, onshore, offshore and in Alaska. That is despite the fact that the United States' oil shale deposits,...
  • Brasilia: The Socialists Planned Environmental Disaster

    03/23/2011 8:11:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 1+ views
    NetRight Daily ^ | March 23, 2011 | Rick Manning
    By Rick Manning – President Obama visited both Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, Brazil this weekend including their capital city of Brasilia, to meet with that nation’s leaders.While many in the United States have commented on the bitter irony of Obama urging the development of Brazil’s offshore oil reserves right off the legendary beaches of Rio de Janeiro while killing efforts to develop our oil reserves domestically, I was struck by something completely different.Obama met with Brazil’s President in a city that stands as a shining example of big government good intentions gone awry — Brasilia.In 1956, Brasilia did not...
  • How to Make the Dollar Sound Again

    11/15/2010 3:09:16 AM PST · by Palter · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Nov 2010 | James Grant
    By disclosing a plan to conjure $600 billion to support the sagging economy, the Federal Reserve affirmed the interesting fact that dollars can be conjured. In the digital age, you don’t even need a printing press. This was on Nov. 3. A general uproar ensued, with the dollar exchange rate weakening and the price of gold surging. And when, last Monday, the president of the World Bank suggested, almost diffidently, that there might be a place for gold in today’s international monetary arrangements, you could hear a pin drop. Let the economists gasp: The classical gold standard, the one that...
  • Beech-Nut plant exit wallops village taxes [Central Planning Destroys a Village]

    08/26/2010 7:35:19 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 35 replies
    Albany TU ^ | August 26, 2010 | By BRIAN NEARING Staff Writer
    CANAJOHARIE -- Loss of the Beech-Nut factory, the lifeblood of the village for more than a century, could mean an average homeowner will have to pay an additional $2,700 in water and sewer bills, and taxes, for years to come, according to an audit released Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Most of that will be needed to repay debt taken on by the village for water and sewer systems large enough to handle Beech-Nut, its largest customer, the audit found. In June, the company, which had been in the village for 116 years, moved to a new plant in...
  • The Livable Communities Act

    08/11/2010 2:57:45 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 11, 2010 | Ed Braddy
    Is the American Dream getting smaller? Are we defining down the tools of opportunity and the pleasures of prosperity? President Obama's flippant dismissal of American Exceptionalism last year stirred a lot of criticism because it suggested he did not believe the United States held a special place in the world. It also suggested America's unique history is, to the President, no big deal. Now with fellow travelers exercising power at all levels of government, progressives can do more than just belittle the idea of American Exceptionalism. They can enact policies to make America unexceptional -- diminishing our quality of life...
  • Obama to pitch "cash for caulkers" in Georgia

    03/02/2010 4:19:08 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 33 replies · 930+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 2, 2010 | Patricia Zengerle
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce details of an estimated $6 billion program on Tuesday to generate jobs by providing incentives for Americans to make their homes more energy efficient, the latest step in his bid to convince Americans he can ease their economic woes. The plan, which must be passed by Congress, is intended to prompt Americans to invest in everything from insulation or new windows to overarching energy upgrades of their homes, creating construction and manufacturing jobs, and boosting energy efficiency. "The current thinking is that the program would be in the range of $6 billion,...
  • Things to watch for during a “Declared National Emergency”

    10/25/2009 8:04:24 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 87 replies · 3,541+ views
    Sentinel Radio ^ | 10-24-09 | Marion Valentine
    *snip* When the Constitution of the United States was framed it placed the exclusive legislative authority in the hands of Congress and with the President. Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution is concise in its language: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” That is no longer true. The Bill of Rights protected Americans against loss of freedoms. That is no longer true. The Constitution provided for a balanced separation of powers. That is no longer applicable. Perhaps it...
  • The Illustrated Road to Serfdom (Short Cartoon Describing Planned Economies)

    02/20/2009 1:37:26 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 128 replies · 5,343+ views ^ | 1944 | Friedrich Hayek

    06/26/2009 3:06:00 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 464+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | June 23, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release June 23, 2009 EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - ESTABLISHING A WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL ON AUTOMOTIVE COMMUNITIES AND WORKERS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. Over the last decade, the United States has experienced a decline in employment in the auto industry and among part suppliers. This decline has accelerated dramatically over...
  • US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive

    06/12/2009 3:04:37 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 34 replies · 1,447+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | JUne 12, 2009 | Tom Leonard
    The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature. Local politicians believe the city must contract by as much as 40 per cent, concentrating the dwindling population and local services into a more viable area. The radical experiment is the brainchild of Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, which includes Flint. Having outlined his strategy to Barack Obama during the election campaign, Mr Kildee has now been approached by the US government and a group of charities who want him to apply...
  • Job Sprawl Revisited [Brookings' central planning rationale]

    04/06/2009 10:46:32 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 2 replies · 307+ views
    Brookings ^ | 4/6/9
    ...Currently, members of the 111th Congress and the new administration, along with leaders at the state and local level, are crafting policies with the potential to directly impact metropolitan development patterns and, by extension, the location of employment. The recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will result in billions of dollars of new spending in areas including transportation and infrastructure, housing, energy, and job creation. If used wisely by federal, state, and local leaders, these investments could help spur cohesive planning and policies that connect decisions around affordable housing, transportation, and jobs to foster more compact and...
  • The Fraud of Government Intervention

    01/10/2009 5:38:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 562+ views ^ | December 31, 2008 | Robert Tracinski
    The top story of 2008 is undoubtedly the revival of the left. After nearly two decades on the defensive following the collapse of the Soviet empire--the definitive example of the failure of socialism--advocates of a government-controlled economy are trying to make a comeback. How brazen has this leftist revival become? It has gotten so far out of hand that some on the left are openly defending central planning. Yes, comrades, you read that right. I occasionally poke around the Internet to see the response to my articles, and I recently came across a reply to my December 11 article warning...
  • ‘Car Czar’ Could Dictate Models and Prices of U.S. Automakers

    12/12/2008 2:27:28 AM PST · by Man50D · 42 replies · 1,073+ views ^ | December 12, 2008 | Matt Cover
    The House-passed $14-billion bailout bill for U.S. automakers would give a presidential "designee" the potential power to tell the automakers what cars they could make and the price at which they could sell them. The bill--formally titled the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act--passed the House Wednesday, but appeared stalled in the Senate yesterday. The act would grant sweeping powers to a federal "Car Czar" -- an individual the bill merely refers to as "the President’s Designee." The designee would be solely responsible for carrying out the provisions of the auto bailout, including overseeing the negotiations for and approving the...
  • Washington Takes Risks With Its Auto Bailout Plans ("nationalization")

    12/09/2008 3:54:45 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies · 687+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 8, 2008 | David Sanger
    WASHINGTON — When President-elect Barack Obama talked on Sunday about realigning the American automobile industry he was quick to offer a caution, lest he sound more like the incoming leader of France, or perhaps Japan. “We don’t want government to run companies,” Mr. Obama told Tom Brokaw on “Meet the Press.” “Generally, government historically hasn’t done that very well.” But what Mr. Obama went on to describe was a long-term bailout that would be conditioned on federal oversight. It could mean that the government would mandate, or at least heavily influence, what kind of cars companies make, what mileage and...
  • Pelosi: If Automakers Don’t Meet Conditions of Restructuring, There is Not Going to Be.....

    12/08/2008 4:33:34 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies · 1,137+ views
    Press Releases Contact: Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami 202-226-7616 For Immediate Release 12/08/2008 Pelosi: If Automakers Don’t Meet Conditions of Restructuring, There is Not Going to Be an Endless Flow of Money Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chairman Barney Frank of the House Financial Services Committee held a press availability in the Capitol late this afternoon on the aid package to the auto industry. Below are the Speaker’s opening remarks: “Good afternoon, thank you for joining us. We are, as you know, in conversations about how we go forward with the package for the auto industry that produces, at the...
  • The Big Bailout: Product of a Flawed Democracy (Hmmm...)

    12/08/2008 4:54:54 PM PST · by decimon · 2 replies · 203+ views
    Live Science ^ | Dec. 8, 2008 | Heather Whipps
    When the $700 billion emergency bailout of the struggling U.S. economy was finally passed by Congress on Oct. 3 after an arduous period of political wrangling, it was against the wishes of an overwhelming majority of the American public. Now, with more bailouts in the offing and Main Street still skeptical about handing so much cash to Wall Street (and now possibly Detroit), it's worth asking: How the heck did that happen? While economists, politicians and the public remain divided on whether giant bailouts ultimately help or harm the economy, many argue the act was simply an affront to American...