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  • Only Yesterday—-How The Federal Debt Went From $1 Trillion To $18 Trillion in 33 Years

    12/08/2014 5:25:01 AM PST · by Robert DeLong · 13 replies
    David Stockman's Contra Corner ^ | December 5, 2014 | David Stockma
    In the great fiscal scheme of things, October 22, 1981 seems like only yesterday. That’s the day the US public debt crossed the $1 trillion mark for the first time. It had taken the nation 74,984 days to get there (205 years). What prompts this reflection is that just a few days ago the national debt breached the $18 trillion mark; and the last trillion was added in hardly 365 days.
  • Man Under Fire for Allegedly Posing as a Decorated Army Ranger

    12/03/2014 9:20:02 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 42 replies
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  • Police: Suspect in downtown Austin shootings dead

    11/28/2014 4:42:52 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 18 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 28 November 2014 | Nicole Chavez
    6:25 a.m. update: A gunman targeted at least three buildings in downtown Austin — the Mexican consulate, the federal courthouse and Austin police headquarters — early Friday morning before being shot and killed by Austin police, authorities said. Assistant Chief Raul Munguia told reporters that the suspected shooter was killed near his vehicle. The suspect was found wearing a vest of some type, Munguia said, and that the suspect’s vehicle may contain an improvised explosive device. The police bomb squad has been dispatched to secure the vest and the white SUV the suspect was using. Munguia said police are also...
  • Federal Eye: More than 25,000 federal workers to lose their health plans next year

    11/06/2014 2:28:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/06/14
    More than 25,000 federal employees will lose their health plans next year as insurance providers drop out of the government’s coverage network, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Affected workers will have the option of switching to other plans within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, but the number of disruptions will reach the highest level since more than 61,000 enrollees had to change plans in 2009. Insurance providers drop out of the federal workforce’s health program every year, so this year’s changes are nothing new. Companies generally leave the network because they have not attracted enough enrollees to...
  • Republicans take control of US Senate, increase their House majority

    11/05/2014 6:20:38 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | Nov 5, 2014 | DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
    Republicans take control of US Senate, increase their House majority for Obama's final 2 years Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press Updated: November 5, 2014 - 7:45 AM WASHINGTON — Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama's final two years in office. Republican Mitch McConnell led the way to a new Senate majority, dispatching Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky after a $78 million campaign of unrelieved negativity. Voters are "hungry for new leadership....
  • Feds Retaliate against the Bundy Ranch and the Southern Nevada People

    10/30/2014 1:23:00 PM PDT · by yoe · 37 replies
    From The Trenches ^ | October 29, 2014 | admin.
    Feds Retaliate against the Bundy Ranch and the Southern Nevada People On Friday October 10th, 2014 a Notice from the federal registry reveals that the federal government is mounting retaliations against the Bundy family and the Southern Nevada people. Federal Register / Vol. 79, No.197 Notice, outlines plans to make the Bundy ranch and most of the rest of Southern Nevada, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). 90 days from October 10th, 2014 these proposals will become federal law without consent from the Nevada State legislatures or the people of Southern Nevada. Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) are human...
  • Thousands of federal workers on extended paid leave

    10/21/2014 6:25:58 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 8 replies
    The Washington Post via Drudge Report ^ | October 20, 2014 | Lisa Rein
    Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more — while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government records show. During a three-year period that ended last fall, more than 57,000 employees were sent home for a month or longer. The tab for these workers exceeded $775 million in salary alone. The extensive use of administrative leave continues despite government personnel rules that limit paid leave for employees facing discipline...
  • Federal Judge Blocks Texas Voter ID Law Weeks Ahead of November Elections

    10/10/2014 7:40:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    AP via The Blaze ^ | 10/-09/14
    A federal judge on Thursday blocked Texas from enforcing voter ID requirements just weeks ahead of the November elections, knocking down a law that the U.S. Justice Department condemned in court as the state’s latest means of suppressing minority turnout. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi is a defeat for Republican-backed photo ID measures that have swept across the U.S. in recent years and mostly been upheld in court. However, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday night blocked Wisconsin from implementing a law requiring voters to present photo IDs.
  • Building Legacy Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench

    09/16/2014 4:19:13 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/16/2014 | Jeremy Peter
    WASHINGTON — Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy. For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees. Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took...
  • How to Eliminate Almost Every Federal Agency: Here's the List.

    08/15/2014 4:19:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Journal ^ | 08/14/2014 | JASON PLAUTZ
    This week, the Heartland Institute offered up a modest proposal: Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's 15,000-person staff, move the headquarters from Washington to Topeka, Kan., and reload it with 300 state delegates. The policy brief from the libertarian think tank that promotes climate skepticism—written by Heartland science director Jay Lehr—is something of a dream scenario for tea partiers and other conservatives, who would like a smaller government and a chance to wipe clean EPA's federal regulations. Lehr writes that "incremental reform of EPA is simply not an option," hence his proposal for a "Committee of the Whole" made up of...
  • Federal Judge Orders IRS to Explain Lost Emails

    07/10/2014 12:48:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    abc ^ | 7/10/14 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press
    A federal judge ordered the IRS Thursday to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing. Sullivan said he is also appointing a federal magistrate to see if lost emails can be obtained from other sources. Sullivan issued the order as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. He said the IRS declaration must be signed, under oath, by the...
  • 85 percent of ObamaCare ‘inconsistencies’ can’t be fixed

    07/02/2014 8:03:25 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/2/2014 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — Federal officials can’t resolve 85 percent of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” on applications for ObamaCare even after nine months of trying, according to new data provided by the administration. Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship and income, key components of the national health plan. But some of the problems are downright nutty. One unidentified state-run marketplace cited situations in which infants and young children were “erroneously identified as incarcerated, according to federal data,” the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department revealed Tuesday. Just 425,000 problematic applications have been resolved out of 2.9 million that states...
  • Obama: Vast Majority of Federal Employees Are Not Boneheads

    06/27/2014 9:11:56 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    GovExec ^ | 6/27/14
    President Obama declared Thursday that 99 percent of federal employees are not boneheads. "Are there some federal workers who do some boneheaded things? Absolutely,” Obama said at a town hall meeting in Minneapolis, Politico reported.  The president recalled something that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told him: “One thing you should know, Mr. President, is that at any given moment on any given day, somebody in the federal government is screwing up.” That, said Obama, is "is true because there are 2 million employees … If 99 percent of the folks are doing the right thing and only 1 percent aren’t, that’s...
  • Are Children's sissors that dangerous??

    06/06/2014 7:32:24 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 51 replies
    vanity | 06-06-14 | ealgeone
    Today my family and I had need of entering a federal building. In the process of doing so we encountered the following crazy federal hangups. 1) one family member had a pair of child's sissors they forgot about. these had to be removed and kept up front before we were allowed entrance to the building. now bear in mind thousands of kids take the very same kind of sissors to the gun free zones known as schools every day without a care. in fact, the schools often supply the "deadly" weapons. 2) another family member had left their driver's license...
  • Big Labor's VA Choke Hold

    05/30/2014 6:03:59 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 29, 2014 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    Big Labor's VA Choke Hold How Democrats put their union allies before the well-being of veterans. By Kimberley A. Strassel May 29, 2014 We know with certainty that there is at least one person the Department of Veterans Affairs is serving well. That would be the president of local lodge 1798 of the National Federation of Federal Employees. The Federal Labor Relations Authority, the agency that mediates federal labor disputes, earlier this month ruled in favor of this union president, in a dispute over whether she need bother to show up at her workplace—the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg,...
  • Federal court: police can break down door and seize guns without warrant or charges

    05/23/2014 2:06:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Police State USA ^ | May 18, 2014 | staff
    MILWAUKEE, WI — The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it is not a violation of constitutional rights if police break down a citizen’s door, search the home, and confiscate firearms, so long that they believe it is in the citizen’s best interest. A Doctor’s Concern The lawsuit stems back to an incident that occurred on May 22, 2011. A psychiatrist, Dr. Michelle Bentle, phoned police to report that a patient had expressed a suicidal thought during an outpatient appointment; the woman had received some bad news and privately expressed grief during a difficult appointment. At approximately...
  • Common Core: Federal Agents To Be Placed In Schools (?)

    05/14/2014 4:26:53 PM PDT · by taildragger · 41 replies
    TellMeNow ^ | 5/12/2014 | Unknown
    Under a new program implemented by education czar Arne Duncan, employees from the federal department of education will be placed in schools throughout the nation to oversee their operations and ensure they’re following federal guidelines and procedures. This doesn’t sound so horrible, until you remember that the federal government isn’t supposed to have any hand in education and they’re continually telling us that their role is ‘limited’.
  • Federal Land Grab Comes to California at Vail Lake

    04/30/2014 8:30:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/30/14 | Kristin Tate
    Americans have become increasingly concerned about the federal government's seizure of privately-held lands and property, especially after the Cliven Bundy incident in Nevada. Now another land owner, Bill Johnson of Temecula, California, claims his property at Vail Lake, the largest privately-owned lake in California, is being threatened by the county, state, and federal governments. Johnson purchased 11,000 acres of land in Riverside County over 17 years ago, including Vail Lake, encompassing over 1,000 square surface acres of water. Now Johnson claims various levels of government are trying to seize the property, using intimidation under the guise of environmental concerns. Johnson...
  • Warren's fighting chance?

    04/30/2014 6:44:07 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 26 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 4/30/2014 | Peter Lucas
    There ought to be a law prohibiting Massachusetts politicians from writing books that few people actually read, especially when they write them on company time. Nevertheless, the politicians still make money on these quickie books, thanks to outrageous advances from publishers. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, now being feted by crazed liberals as the possible next president of the United States, is only the latest example of a politician seeking to cash in on her newfound fame. Gov. Deval Patrick did it, getting a $1.3 million advance for his book. Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown followed suit with a book of...
  • Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

    04/25/2014 7:16:39 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 11 replies
    The following are U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. Click on the link to take you to the official agency web site
  • The Blueprint: James Madison’s Advice

    04/23/2014 9:11:01 AM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies
    The Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 7 Aug 13 | Michael Maharrey
    Madison: "Should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps, refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union; the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassments created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, difficulties not to be despised; would form, in...
  • Fight federal abuse of property rights by making the government obey its own rules

    04/21/2014 9:52:18 AM PDT · by Sons of Union Vets · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 15, 2014 | By Ron Arnold
    Cliven Bundy marched into my life one Friday morning in January 1992 in a protest bound for a federal courthouse in Las Vegas. He held up one side of a street-width banner that asked, “Has the West been won or has the fight just begun?” To my great relief, just as Bundy promised, nearly 200 ranchers from all over the state marched behind him, yelling “Property rights!” Nearly a mile later, the marchers fell silent and filed into the courtroom where Wayne Hage of Pine Creek Ranch faced arraignment for the felony of cleaning brush out of his ditches without...
  • Agents In FBI Shooting Working On Drug Investigation

    04/14/2014 7:55:33 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | Apr 12, 2014
    Agents In FBI Shooting Working On Drug Investigation April 12, 2014 10:43 PM OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County police say a man is dead after FBI agents opened fire on the person in a busy shopping area in Owings Mills. The agents confronted the man in an SUV late Friday afternoon on an access road near a Wal-Mart store and Sam’s Club near Reisterstown Road. Officials released little information about the incident and did not identify the man who died.
  • Moment federal agents tasered son of last Nevada rancher caught on tape as critics accuse officers

    04/11/2014 12:52:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/11/14 | Dan Miller and Meghan Keneally
    A newly-released video has captured the moment a rancher's son was tasered by federal agents and the use of force has today provoked fresh outrage among libertarian groups across the country. Ammon Bundy, the son of the Nevada rancher locked in an increasingly tense land dispute with the federal government, is shown being shot with a taser and threatened by police dogs. The confrontation took place Wednesday and was caught on video by Bundy supporters and relatives who got into an aggressive- and at times violent- face off with the officers. 'Watching that video last night created a visceral reaction...
  • Obama imposes his policies directly on federal contractors, in 'year of action'

    04/06/2014 1:23:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 6, 2014 | AP
    President Obama is imposing his policies directly on federal contractors. This week, he will sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. The prohibition on the wage "gag rules" is similar to language in a Senate bill aimed at closing a pay gap between men and women. That legislation is scheduled for a vote this week, though it is not likely to pass. In addition, Obama on Tuesday will direct the Labor Department to adopt regulations requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data based on sex and race....
  • Under attack: Depth of federal arms race should surprise, shock citizenry

    04/03/2014 10:06:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | 4/3/14 | Rob Nikolewski
    Photo taken from EPA promotional video. THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW GETTING LONGER: The number of law enforcement agents, such as these from the Environmental Protection Agency, have grown in recent years.  By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico WatchdogSANTA FE, N.M. — In late February, four federal agents carrying side arms with a drug-sniffing dog descended on the Taos Ski Valley in what was called a “saturation patrol.”Authorities were working on tips of possible drug selling and impaired driving in the ski resort’s parking lot and surrounding area.But the agents weren’t from the FBI, ATF or even the Drug...
  • Official Policy: Male Federal Workers Can Use Women's Restrooms, Locker Rooms

    04/02/2014 11:00:38 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 49 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4/2/14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    When an expectant mother visits her doctor for an ultrasound, the doctor invariably asks: Do you want to know the sex of your child? The Obama administration, however, does not believe an unborn child has a sex — even when a doctor sees indisputable physical evidence. Obama's Office of Personnel Management has published what it calls "Guidance Regarding the Employment of Transgender Individuals in the Workplace." This document speaks of "sex" as something a person has "assigned" to them only after they make it through the birth canal. "Transgender individuals are people with a gender identity that is different from...
  • Federal Judge Hands Republicans In Kansas, Arizona A Big Win In Voting Rights Fight

    03/19/2014 5:45:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    TPM ^ | 3/18/14 | Eric Lach
    A federal judge in Kansas on Wednesday ruled that the federal agency which oversees the federal voter registration form must include the state-specific proof-of-citizenship requirements requested by both Kansas and Arizona. The ruling was hailed by Republican officials in both states. And it also does away with the need for the "two-tier" voting systems that were proposed while the case was pending. “This is a huge victory for the states of Kansas and Arizona," Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) said in a statement. "They have successfully protected our sovereign right to set and enforce the qualifications for registering...
  • Federal complaint details Acampo man’s arrest on terrorism charge

    03/18/2014 1:36:59 AM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 17, 2014 11:18pm updated 12:14am | Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton
    The FBI secretly kept tabs on Nicholas Michael Teausant for six months, having a confidential informant meet with him repeatedly in Stockton at breakfast joints, a park and a flea market as the 20-year-old student allegedly spun his vision of jihad against the United States. Federal court papers say Teausant talked for months of his desire to train fighters in Syria, to bomb the Los Angeles subway system over the New Year’s Day holiday and to spark a civil war that would topple the U.S. government. :snip: In Internet postings quoted in the complaint, as well as conversations Teausant had...
  • Federal audit calls new school lunch rules a failure

    02/27/2014 8:21:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/27/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The federal government’s changes to school lunch menus have been disastrous, causing problems for cafeterias trying to comply with the rules and leaving the menu so expensive or unpalatable that more than 1 million students have stopped buying lunch, according to a government audit released Thursday. One school district told federal investigators that it had to add unhealthy pudding and potato chips to its menu to meet the government’s minimum calorie requirements. Other school districts removed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from their elementary school menus. Five of the eight school districts surveyed by the Government Accountability Office, the official...
  • Labor unions disappointed at 1 percent pay raise Obama to propose for federal workers

    02/25/2014 2:56:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/24/14 | Joe Davidson
    Federal labor leaders are disappointed with President Obama’s proposal to raise federal employee pay by 1 percent next year. The proposal will be included in the administration’s budget, which Obama will announce next week. His spending plan also will include a 1 percent raise for members of the military. “I strongly believe that federal employees deserve more, and this amount is inadequate,” said Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). “There is no question in my mind that inadequate raises will have consequences on recruitment and retention.” Kelley says a 3.3 percent increase would be “fair...
  • Banks warned they risk prosecution if they follow Obama admin. guidance on marijuana

    02/15/2014 9:40:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 14, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Bankers should beware of the Obama administration’s newly issued green light for banks doing business with the legal marijuana industry, according to the head of the Colorado Bankers Association. Memos released Friday by the Justice Department and Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network were intended to give banks leeway to open accounts for marijuana businesses in states like Colorado and Washington that have legalized retail pot. Instead, the guidance “only reinforces and reiterates that banks can be prosecuted for providing accounts to marijuana related businesses,” said the CBA in a Friday statement. “In fact, it is even stronger...
  • Congressional Probe of Cover Oregon

    02/13/2014 3:16:59 PM PST · by goodnesswins · 6 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 2/13/2014 | Nick Budnick
    Influential members of Congress have asked its investigative arm to probe the beleaguered Cover Oregon health insurance exchange, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., announced Thursday in Medford. Walden joined with Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-Penn), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Penn), and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich) to sign a Feb. 12 letter requesting an investigation to Gene Dodaro, the U.S. Comptroller General who oversees the Government Accountability Office.
  • Some details still fuzzy on Obama’s minimum wage for federal contractors (Who pays for that?)

    02/13/2014 3:22:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/12/14 | Ben Wolfgang
    **SNIP** The order will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, and each new federal contract thereafter will have to comply with the new wage requirement. With that in mind, Mr. Perez said the number of contractors benefiting will rise over time. “Some will benefit year one. More will benefit year two. Even more will benefit year three,” he said, but added more calculations are necessary to determine how many workers will be affected. Also, the labor secretary insisted the order won’t bust budgets even though some federal contractors will be taking home bigger paychecks.
  • Federal employee unions use tax-funded official time, money to build political muscle

    02/05/2014 7:18:05 PM PST · by gooblah · 2 replies
    Foxnews ^ | February 05, 2014 | Mark Flatten
    A leaner union contract had been imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association was not happy about it.
  • Florida Considers Bill Ending State's Cooperation with Federal Gun Laws

    01/27/2014 10:54:44 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-27-2014 | Awr Hawkins
    On January 27th Florida state representative Dan Eagle (R-Cape Coral) put forward a bill to prevent any "agent of the state or its political subdivisions [from participating] with or [assisting] federal agents in the enforcement of federal firearms laws." According to the Tenth Amendment Center, the bill also bars the state from "[providing] material support of any kind to federal agents in the enforcement of these laws." Eagle explained the bill thus:
  • Supreme Court Grants Temporary Reprieve to Little Sisters of the Poor

    01/24/2014 6:39:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 1/24/14 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From Politico: The Obama administration cannot enforce the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage requirements against a Catholic nuns’ order for the time being, if the nuns tell the government they object to providing that coverage, the Supreme Court ruled Friday afternoon. The Supreme Court’s action could defuse for the time being a showdown between religious employers and the federal government over the procedures for providing contraceptive coverage to employees of hospitals, nursing homes and other entities run by religious groups.
  • Mike Lee photo depicts a nation of federal regulations

    01/15/2014 5:53:07 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JANUARY 13 | JOEL GEHRKE
    Congress passed a historically low number of laws in 2013, but the executive branch bureaucrats who write the nation's federal regulations remained as busy as ever, as Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, demonstrated with a single picture. "Behold my display of the 2013 Federal Register," Lee wrote in a caption for a photo posted to his Facebook page on Friday. "It contains over 80,000 pages of new rules, regulations, and notices all written and passed by unelected bureaucrats. The small stack of papers on top of the display are the laws passed by elected members of Congress and signed into law...
  • Federal employees still wondering if government will close Christmas Eve

    12/23/2013 2:25:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/20/13 | Rahat Husain
    WASHINGTON, December 20, 2013 — Federal employees are wondering whether the President will close the government on Christmas Eve. The order to close the government for Christmas Eve 2012 came on December 21, 2012. According to Government Executive, “Obama gave federal employees a half day on Christmas Eve in 2009, when it fell on a Thursday and Christmas on a Friday. He did not order any extra holiday time in 2010 or 2011.” **SNIP** As of the publication of this article, the White House has not given any indication about Christmas Eve closures.
  • Veteran Chris Taylor makes his connections count to win government work

    12/15/2013 7:05:51 AM PST · by Poundstone · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2013 | Greg Jaffe
    When Taylor started his company, Novitas, in late 2012, his plan was to work his connections, hire the right people and find something big. The end of the wars and deeper-than-expected federal budget cuts this year were making it harder for start-ups, like Taylor’s, to win government work. But the government was still spending nearly $200 million a day on contracts in the Washington area. Most people didn’t have the connections or insider knowledge to get at this money. Taylor was one of the few who did.
  • The Federal Reserve Exudes Growing Desperation

    12/13/2013 11:11:21 AM PST · by publius321 · 13 replies
    A Marketwatch column points out that the "Fed wants to exit QE but keep long-term rates low". This is as realistic as saying that "I want to get rich but I do not want to work". They cannot keep rates down without buying UNLESS the Treasury takes over, literally prints the money off their presses - then buys their bonds themselves at auction instead of the Federal Reserve buying. One of the things that keeps these scoundrels in the administration out of prison is that...
  • Fed's Fisher wants December taper, clear path to end of QE3

    12/12/2013 4:39:11 PM PST · by Son House · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 9, 2013 | Tom Polansek
    Saying that the cost of the Fed's $85-billion-a-month asset-purchase program "far exceeds" its benefits, Fisher urged reducing it "at the earliest opportunity," and to articulate a clear, well-defined path for ending it by a certain date. Doing so, he said, could make the Fed's change of policy course easier for markets to digest. When the Fed last signaled it was gearing up to end its bond-buying program, in May and June, investors pushed up market rates faster and farther than the Fed had expected. The rise in rates threatened to slow an already fragile recovery, and was one factor in...
  • The Staggering Price of Red Tape Regulation

    12/06/2013 11:54:02 AM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 2 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | December 6, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    America is being strangled in red tape by bureaucracies. I've talked in the past about how progressive liberals are circumventing the legislative process by issuing government regulations with no oversight and no accountability. Yet us poor serfs are liable to be fined or imprisoned if we run afoul of the imperial edicts. The latest example is how the EPA is shutting down the last remaining lead smelter in the USA at the end of the year, which will have a disastrous impact upon the cost and availability of ammunition. If progressives can't pass gun control laws, then they'll go behind...
  • Federal Stealth Gun Control by the EPA

    12/04/2013 5:09:44 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 8 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    Our government was designed that citizens elected officials to represent them and work together to create legislation to govern our land. While America is not a true democracy in the strictest sense, being a Republic, this method of governing has led a great deal of influence onto laws by the average voter. This allows unpopular legislation to be shot down by an angry public, despite the wishes of the progressive elite that they know better than us common serfs. However, this bond between citizen and government is being subverted by a relatively new menace: regulation. This is where federal agencies...
  • Go East, Young Man! Real Median Household Income Is Falling, But Not In Washington DC!

    12/03/2013 12:38:34 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/03/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    “Go West, young man” is a popular quote from Horace Greeley in 1865. “Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country.” – Horace Greeley I see much hasn’t changed since 1865, but Greeley’s advice was wrong if we look at real median household income. The blue line is for the nation as a whole, the red line is for Washington DC. realmedhi So, go east young man, if you want to...
  • (Rep. Earl Blumenauer RAT-Ore.) Bill would nearly double federal gasoline tax

    12/02/2013 4:50:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/13 | Keith Laing
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is introducing legislation that would nearly double the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax that is traditionally used to pay for federal transportation projects. Blumenauer's bill would increase the gas tax by 15 cents, matching a proposal that was included in the 2011 Simpson-Bowles budget reform recommendations. The legislation would result in drivers paying an extra 33.4 cents per gallon on their purchases, in addition to state taxes. Transportation advocates have pushed for a gas tax increase to close an approximately $20 billion shortfall in infrastructure funding that has developed as cars have grown more fuel efficient. The...
  • The 'Spy' Who Fooled the EPA

    11/22/2013 3:50:55 PM PST · by cowpoke · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/21/13 | editorial
    Prosecutors estimate that from 2000 to 2013 Beale was absent from his EPA duties for a total of 2.5 years, claiming to be working for "Langley" or on a special EPA "research project." In 2008 he was gone for six months but never submitted a leave request. Around May 2011, Beale claimed to be retiring and celebrated with colleagues on a dinner cruise. An EPA manager admitted to not seeing Beale at the office after that, though not noticing until November 2012 that Beale was still on the payroll...
  • Capital Gains: New Wealth in Washington DC

    11/18/2013 6:22:15 AM PST · by Poundstone · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2013 | Greg Jaffe and Jim Tankersley
    So much money to be had if you know where to look. The avalanche of cash that made Washington rich in the last decade has transformed the culture of a once staid capital and created a new wave of well-heeled insiders. The winners in the new Washington are not just the former senators, party consiglieri and four-star generals who have always profited from their connections. Now they are also the former bureaucrats, accountants and staff officers for whom unimagined riches are suddenly possible. They are the entrepreneurs attracted to the capital by its aura of prosperity and its super-educated workforce....
  • Washington: A World Apart

    11/10/2013 6:12:37 AM PST · by Poundstone · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 9, 2013 | Carol Morello, Ted Mellnik
    A Washington Post analysis of the latest census data shows that more than a third of Zip codes in the D.C. metro area rank in the top 5 percent nationally for income and education. But what makes the region truly unusual is that so many of the high-end Zip codes are contiguous. They form a vast land mass that bounds across 717 square miles. It stretches 60 miles from its northern tip in Woodstock, Md., to the southern end in Fairfax Station, and runs 30 miles wide from Haymarket in Prince William County to the heart of the District up...
  • Americans' Belief That Gov't Is Too Powerful at Record Level

    10/22/2013 8:59:04 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 51 replies
    http://www.gallup.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | by Joy Wilke
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Six in 10 Americans (60%) believe the federal government has too much power, one percentage point above the previous high recorded in September 2010. At least half of Americans since 2005 have said the government has too much power. Thirty-two percent now say the government has the right amount of power. Few say it has too little power.