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  • Mike Flynn: GOP Establishment Fighting to Quash My Conservative Candidacy

    06/22/2015 6:14:08 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 6/22/15 | Kate McHugh
    Speaking to Breitbart News Sunday, Big Government founding editor Mike Flynn, a conservative activist running for the seat vacated by Aaron Shock, recounted the ways the central Illinois GOP is trying to quash his candidacy. Flynn says that, instead of making robocalls which can be recorded, supporters of his primary opponent Darin LaHood are conducting live calls and telling voters in the deeply conservative district that Flynn is a liberal Republican. “They’re saying I support amnesty, that I support banning hand guns,” said Flynn. “They’re not even testing the truth — they’re just outright lying, wholesale.” The amnesty charge is...
  • FAA to close 149 air traffic towers as budget cuts bite

    03/22/2013 1:49:36 PM PDT · by haffast · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 March 2013 Last updated at 16:21 ET | BBC
    The US aviation authority plans to close 149 air traffic control towers in response to steep budget cuts that took effect this month. Towers will close at small airports but the facilities will remain open, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Pilots will have to co-ordinate takeoff and landing by themselves after 7 April using a shared radio channel. On 1 March, $85bn (£56bn) was cut from this year's budget after Congress failed to reach a budget deal. "We heard from communities across the country about the importance of their towers and these were very tough decisions," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood...
  • THE BIG PURGE After proudly binging on stimulus dollars, LaHood now says Transportation Dept.

    03/12/2013 11:41:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/13/13 | Nicholas Ballasy
    WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told The Daily Caller that his department is “making reductions everywhere” to deal with the sequester, including furloughing Federal Aviation Administration workers. But less than seven months ago, LaHood said he was “very proud” of putting 65,000 people to work with $48 billion in federal stimulus funds — a figure that amounted to $738,461 per job. (RELATED VIDEO: LaHood boasts of DOT stimulus spending) On Tuesday TheDC asked LaHood why his agency is closing as many as 238 air traffic control towers instead of cutting its $179 million travel budget.
  • Ray LaHood: Sequester will disrupt air travel even though we get more money for fewer flights now

    02/25/2013 11:02:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    We picked on CNN's Candy Crowley last week, so it's only fair to highlight her effort here in demolishing Ray LaHood in his attempt to push the Nightmare on Sequester Street hysteria, FAA edition. Air travel will go haywire if the sequester cuts take place, LaHood warns, but Crowley notes that (a) even with the sequester, the FAA will have more money in this year's budget than last year's, (b) the cuts bring the FAA back to their 2008 funding level in real dollars, and (c) the level of domestic flights has dropped by 27% since 9/11. So why the...
  • In 2011 Obama threatened to veto any attempt to adopt short-term fixes that would stop his sequester

    02/22/2013 2:06:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    2/22/2013 | laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Hypocrite? He said that any short term fixes that would derail automatic spending cuts on both domestic spending and the military spending would be vetoed by him. Does he not realize that videotape exists of this - at Youtube and all over the net? Does he think that he can say anything and that anything and everything he says somehow has an expiration date?
  • Transportation Dept. Hands Out $500 Million More Stimulus Funds – Including $100 Million...

    07/20/2012 12:23:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 20, 2012 | Penny Starr
    Full title: Transportation Dept. Hands Out $500 Million More Stimulus Funds – Including $100 Million for Trains in Obama’s Hometown ( – In a fourth round of funding grants paid for by the $831 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Chicago is receiving $100 million of $500 million for CREATE, a regional rail task force. The task force web site describes the program as a “partnership” between the Transportation Department, the state of Illinois, city of Chicago and the Metropolitan Rail Corporation (Metra), Amtrak, and freight railroads using the rail lines. The task force goals include improving infrastructure, passenger service,...
  • Transportation Secretary Wants Us to Be Like Communist China

    07/09/2012 1:11:08 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Heritage foundation ^ | 7/9/2012 | Amy Payne
    China’s attempt at a high-speed rail network is fraught with corrupt officials, impossible costs, and deadly safety failures. But U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wishes America would follow it as a model. LaHood told The Cable last week: The Chinese are more successful [in building infrastructure] because in their country, only three people make the decision. In our country, 3,000 people do, 3 million. In a country where only three people make the decision, they can decide where to put their rail line, get the money, and do it. We don’t do it that way in America. His comments are...
  • Ray LaHood: Golly, I envy the Chinese government (In China, only three people make the decisions)

    07/06/2012 2:01:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/06/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    It's bad enough to have a columnist at one of America's most prominent newspapers regularly singing the praises of Chinese authoritarianism. It's worse when high-ranking members of the American government do it. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood griped at the Aspen Ideas Festival about having to deal with political opposition, and yearned for the ease in which Beijing could impose solutions without having to deal with dissent: Echoing the laments of pundits like Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood argued Saturday that China outpaces the United States in building major transportation infrastructure like high-speed rail...
  • U.S. pro-democracy workers flying out of Cairo, travel ban lifted

    03/01/2012 4:31:46 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 10+ views
    Sam LaHood, the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and six other U.S. pro-democracy group workers flew out of Cairo Thursday after Egypt lifted a travel ban that had barred them from leaving the country for over a month, democracy groups and Egyptian media reports said. A U.S. military plane waiting at Cairo airport since Wednesday was transporting the seven Americans and other foreign NGO workers to Cyprus. A U.S. military plane waiting at Cairo airport since Wednesday was transporting the seven Americans and other foreign NGO workers to Cyprus.
  • Egypt Will Try Son Of Former Illinois Congressman

    02/06/2012 9:30:39 AM PST · by Qbert · 35 replies
    My Stateline (Fox 39) ^ | February 6, 2012 | Colin Clarke
    (Cairo, Egypt)  --  Egypt is set to try 19 Americans, including the son of former Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood. Egyptian officials announced yesterday that Sam LaHood is among the 43 people to be tried for what prosecutors called using funds from their non-profit organizations to foment unrest in their country.
  • Egypt to prosecute 44 workers, including 19 Americans, after raids on rights groups

    02/05/2012 8:14:38 AM PST · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/5/2012 | fox news
    The son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is among 19 Americans being referred to criminal trial for allegedly receiving foreign funds illegally and being involved in banned activity in Egypt, several news agencies reported Sunday. In all, Egyptian officials say 44 non-governmental organization workers will be put before the court after investigating judges claimed they had reason to try the democracy and rights workers. The move is likely to further sour relations between Egypt's military rulers and the United States, the Arab nation's chief western backer for more than 30 years. The decision came just after Secretary of State Hillary...
  • Egypt plans to send delegation to U.S. as NGO furor mounts

    01/27/2012 10:43:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:52pm EST | Andrew Quinn
    A Egyptian military team plans to visit the United States next week as Cairo's crackdown on pro-democracy organizations has called into question the future of U.S. aid to Egypt, American officials said on Friday. … The Egyptian visit comes after Egypt's military-led authorities pounced on non-governmental organizations, including several funded by the U.S. government, and slapped travel bans on six American staffers including a son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former congressman. Political analysts say the crackdown, along with questions over Egypt's emergency law and security forces' treatment of women protesters, has clouded the outlook for Egypt's fledgling...
  • Washington Power-brokers Defend Egypt After Raids on US Offices

    Prominent American lobbyists are coming under fire for offering "talking points" smoothing over a recent raid by Egyptian security forces on the offices of 10 rights and democracy groups – including three American organizations. The late December raids were decried by the U.S. government as "harassment." Since then, the nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that were hit have been locked in a battle with the Egyptian government. Workers have been dragged in for questioning. Despite repeated assurances, the Egyptian government has not returned the loads of equipment it confiscated in the raids. Most recently, several rights workers, including the son of U.S....
  • Egypt bans travel for US official's son, 9 others

    01/26/2012 11:22:10 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Egypt has banned the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and at least five other Americans from leaving the country, officials said Thursday, heightening tensions over an Egyptian investigation into groups that promote democracy and human rights.
  • Ray Ray LaHood on Toyota

    12/07/2011 2:28:55 PM PST · by donjuanluis07 · 6 replies ^ | Dec 7, 2011 | donjuanluis
    Not a good day in Obamaville. His newly owned car company is having problems. Government Motors engines are catching fire on their Environment conscious flag ship, the Volt. Heres the run down: Government saftey checks were ignored it seems.Sales were already miserable.And it looks like the Repub controlled House might start an investigation! This brings back memories of newly minted Car Czar, Transportation Secretary Ray Ray LaHood. He was talking about the fraudulent claims of an accelerator problem. (Toyota did an investigation and proved it was bogus.) But leave it to Obama's loveable RINO Ray Ray LaHood to say this...
  • Obama appointee says GOP lawmakers are do-nothings (Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood)

    10/14/2011 10:06:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies ^ | 10/14/11 | Joan Lowy - ap
    The most prominent Republican in the Obama administration is accusing GOP House members of blocking efforts to resolve the nation's problems, partly because they don't want the president to be successful. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was asked at a transportation conference Friday why it was so difficult to get big infrastructure projects built right now. He responded that "some people don't want Obama to be successful."
  • St. Paul: Union Depot construction jobs are touted as heart of Obama jobs bill

    09/20/2011 5:31:07 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9--20-11 | Frederick Melo
    It's a formula many officials at all levels of government hope to see repeated across the country. On Monday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Peter Rogoff, lead administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, joined Gov. Mark Dayton at the Union Depot to tout President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs bill, which is moving through a divided Congress. The bill, they said, would invest heavily in infrastructure projects such as roads, rail and bridges, putting more unemployed Americans back to work, if only for a few months to a few years at a time. At its heart, a key question:...
  • Tom Ridge to endorse Huntsman at St. Anselm [Hunstman surge begins, soon to hit 2% LOL]

    09/16/2011 7:45:31 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 153 replies
    NH Union Leader ^ | 16 Sep 2011
    Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman will announce the endorsement of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Gov. Tom Ridge Friday in an event at St. Anselm College in Goffstown. Ridge, a former governor of Pennsylvania, plans to attend a press conference with Huntsman at the college’s New Hampshire Institute for Politics. In a statement by the Huntsman campaign, Ridge said Thursday that Huntsman is “a serious, insightful leader.” Huntsman, 51, a former Utah governor and ambassador to China, said he’ll be counting on Ridge for help and counsel.
  • Reid announces deal on FAA funding

    08/04/2011 1:45:27 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 81 replies · 1+ views
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, announced Thursday that Democratic and Republican leaders have "been able to broker a bipartisan compromise between the House and the Senate" to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • FAA Shutdown to End After Obama Official Waives GOP Provision (Dictator Obama writes own law)

    08/04/2011 3:56:34 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/4/2011 | fox news
    After all the pleading and partisan accusations over funding the Federal Aviation Administration, Democratic lawmakers and Obama officials found the answer to ending a two-week shutdown of the agency literally right under their noses. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is sending a letter Thursday, saying a bill that the GOP-led House passed extending the FAA's operating authority through mid-September gives him the power to waive a provision Democrats opposed that cuts $16.5 million in air service subsides to rural communities.
  • U.S. transportation secretary releases $77M in federal funds for SunRail

    07/18/2011 3:32:41 PM PDT · by shove_it · 8 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 18 Jul 2011 | Dan Tracy
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood turned loose $77 million in federal tax dollars to help build the much-contested SunRail commuter train during a sun-baked ceremony Monday near one of the system's future depots. LaHood signed a fake document before a crowd of more than 300 people. But the stroke of the pen that counted occurred in an air-conditioned tent a few moments later. That opened the way for the first 31 miles of the $1.2 billion train to be up and running by May 2014. "When you get your act together, unbelievable things can happen. … And look what's happening:...
  • LaHood: Administration Not in Favor of Taxing Drivers by the Mile

    05/26/2011 2:34:38 PM PDT · by CNSNews · 7 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 5/26/11 | Patrick Ryan
    ( -- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was adamant in telling on Wednesday that the Obama administration does not favor tracking and taxing Americans for every mile they drive--a so-called Vehicular Miles Traveled (VMT) tax. LaHood had personally suggested that the administration look at a VMT early in his tenure at the Transportation Department and it had recently been reported that the administration was considering such a tax. In a Feb. 20, 2009 interview with the Associated Press LaHood said, "We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they...
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary rolls up in big SUV to unveil new fuel economy stickers

    05/25/2011 1:17:08 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 19 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 5/25/11 | Justin Hyde
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood unveiled new fuel-economy window stickers for cars and trucks, saying "we're not just sitting around waiting for high gasoline prices to come down." His ride of choice to the unveiling: This 12-mpg Chevy Suburban SUV.
  • Train cash: same old, same old

    05/12/2011 1:56:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 11, 2011 | Patrick McIlheran
    Of course it's payback that Wisconsin got snubbed when the Obama administration divvied up $2 billion in train booty. Wisconsin said no to the administration's grander, gauzier rail dreams, embarrassing the president, so of course Wisconsin gets nothing now. This is how things work. It should surprise no one.Unless, that is, you'd mistakenly thought you'd voted for change in how the country does politics.Sorry: Politics is as it ever was, which is why federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was passing out $2 billion this week. It was money Florida didn't want to start a rail line it couldn't afford. Its...
  • The Obamas, out for Italian

    05/08/2011 5:32:13 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 05/07/11 | JULIE MASON
    President Obama took Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood golfing today -- message received: LaHood is safe in his job -- and capped an eventful week with dinner out. From the pool report: "POTUS and FLOTUS emerged from the south portico at 7.52 p.m., and the (motorcade) traveled in three minutes to 12th and F, N.W, where the First Couple entered Tosca, an Italian restaurant. FLOTUS is wearing a dark-leather jacket." Tosca. Hm. Is this a Mother's Day treat, a celebration, an effort to mellow and unwind after an eventful week? The POTUS gave no indication. UPDATE: The President and the First...
  • Sleeping Air Traffic Controllers and the Battle for the Shop Floor

    04/20/2011 11:17:59 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 6 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 20, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    At Washington Reagan National Airport in late March, a sleeping controller failed to respond to two airliners seeking to land shortly after midnight. The resulting publicity broke the silence on a long festering problem between the FAA and the air controllers’ union MATCA. And that is there has been a culture of sleeping on the job. It is banned by long existent regulations, but ignored by the controllers especially on the midnight shift. This is now the battle for control of the “shop floor.”... "It has been an open secret in the FAA dating to at least the early 1990s...
  • $461 million project will speed train trip to Raleigh by 13 minutes

    03/23/2011 12:13:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    wbtv ^ | 3/23/11 | AP/WBTV)
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WBTV) - North Carolina transportation officials say they've reached an agreement that will allow them to obtain $461 million in federal grants to improve train service. The agreement will allow faster and more frequent passenger service between Charlotte and Raleigh. State transportation secretary Gene Conti says the agency will seek bids for contracts for tracks, bridges and trains. Officials say the new service would cut travel time from Charlotte to Raleigh to less than three hours, even with seven stops along the way. However, the ride will only be 13 minutes faster. The project is expected to create...
  • LaHood Visits Honolulu to Discuss ($5.5 Billion) Rail Project

    03/23/2011 1:41:49 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 23, 2011
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is meeting with Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle to discuss the city's planned $5.5 billion commuter rail line. LaHood, Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and other officials were to join Carlisle at a briefing Wednesday on the rail transit project. LaHood oversees the Federal Transit Administration, which has pledged to sign an agreement providing at least $1.5 billion for the rail. LaHood plans to tour the port and talk with people about how to "rev up this economy in Hawaii." This is LaHood's first visit to the state since being appointed by President Barack Obama....
  • President Obama Busts the Budget for Pie-in-the-Sky Amtrak and “Livability” Proposals

    03/04/2011 1:01:56 PM PST · by libstripper · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Mar. 4, 2011 | Ronald Utt, Ph.D.
    President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2012 is an unabashed attempt to grow government and add $1 trillion to the national debt. While a detailed review of the flaws in the President’s budget is beyond the scope of this paper,[1] one of the budget’s more fiscally irresponsible components is the proposal to increase surface “transportation” spending by more than 84 percent (from $58 billion to $107 billion) over FY 2010 spending levels.[2]
  • Sessions ‘flabbergasted’ by increase in Obama transportation budget (it's a union payoff)

    03/03/2011 9:37:57 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/03/11 | Erik Wasson
    Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) took Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to task Thursday for the Obama administration’s call for a massive increase in transportation spending. Given the record deficit this year, Sessions said he was surprised to see Obama’s 2012 budget call for an 11 percent spending increase and a 9.5 percent increase for the Education and Energy departments, respectively. But, he said, “I was flabbergasted to see Transportation wants 62 percent increase in spending.” Sessions noted, ahead of LaHood’s testimony on the request, that the Obama budget calls for an unspecified new tax to raise $435...
  • US may disable all in-car mobile phones (Obamarxism)

    11/18/2010 5:25:22 PM PST · by pissant · 76 replies
    The Register UK ^ | 11/17/10 | Rik Mysllewsli
    The US government may require cars to include scrambling tech that would disable mobile-phone use by drivers, and perhaps passengers. "I think it will be done," US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said on Wednesday morning, according to The Daily Caller. "I think the technology is there and I think you're going to see the technology become adaptable in automobiles to disable these cell phones." LaHood is on a self-described "rampage" against distracted driving, and if making it impossible to use a mobile phone while in a car can save lives, he's all for it — although, according to TDC,...
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary: I Told My Daughter to Buy Japanese Car

    02/09/2011 4:11:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2/9/11 | Penny Starr
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that he told his daughter to buy a Japanese car--a Toyota Sienna--and that she did so. LaHood's comment came as he announced the results of a 10-month long Department of Transportation study that was undertaken to determine whether electronic systems could have been responsible for reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles. The study determined that this was not the case. LaHood's statement that
  • Biden: Hey, let’s spend $53 billion on high-speed rail

    02/08/2011 2:22:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2011 | Allahpundit
    Why not? The federal budget is now like a teetering Jenga tower that stretches into the Earth’s upper atmosphere. There’s no question that it’s going to topple pretty soon, so in the meantime, why not have fun and see how many more pieces we can stick on there before it does? Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced an ambitious $53 billion program to build new high-speed rail networks and make existing ones faster over the next six years.Biden, who estimated he has ridden Amtrak between Washington and his home in Wilmington, Delaware, some 7,900 times, made a strong pitch...
  • US. proposes cell phone ban for truck drivers

    12/18/2010 7:51:26 AM PST · by libstripper · 38 replies · 2+ views
    CNBC News ^ | Decembefr 17, 2010 | Reuters
    The U.S. government on Friday proposed prohibiting commercial truck and bus drivers from using cellphones while behind the wheel. The Transportation Department rule would affect approximately 4 million drivers, who are already banned by the government from texting while working
  • State gets $42.3 million more for high-speed rail (IL -redistribution)

    12/10/2010 10:42:03 AM PST · by STARWISE · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12-9-10 | Mary Wisniewski
    The incoming Republican governors of Wisconsin and Ohio rejected $1.2 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail — leading to a windfall for Illinois. The state is getting $42.3 million in additional high-speed rail money, federal officials announced Thursday. That is in addition to the $1.2 billion in funding the state received in January to build high-speed rail between Chicago and St. Louis. The improvements will allow trains to increase their speed to 110 mph — and cut travel times from five hours to just over three hours. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood redistributed the money from those two states...
  • LaHood yanks rail money from 2 states

    12/09/2010 11:00:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/09/10 | ABBY PHILLIP
    The Obama administration will take away high-speed-rail stimulus money originally awarded to Wisconsin and Ohio after their incoming Republican governors indicated that they wouldn’t continue with the projects.
  • Obama Administration Seeking Technology to Disable Cell Phones

    12/06/2010 12:28:06 PM PST · by John Semmens · 30 replies · 12+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 4 December 2010 | John Semmens
    Citing the “dangerous distraction” that cell phones pose to motor vehicle drivers, US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is proposing that a means of disabling cell phones from operating while they are in vehicles be installed in all vehicles. “It’s bad enough that we so readily allow nonprofessional drivers to operate vehicles on our roads,” LaHood said. “The vast majority of them aren’t really competent to drive. They should be riding public transit. But when you allow cell phone conversations to driving it’s a deadly combination.” LaHood observed that “there’s a lot of technology out there that can disable...
  • Rasmussen survey shows 60% support offshore oil drilling (54% expect gas prices to increase)

    12/06/2010 11:58:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/06/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Last week’s reversal on offshore oil drilling by Barack Obama didn’t go over well with likely US voters, according to a new Rasmussen survey. Sixty percent support offshore drilling in principle, and 48% oppose the ban directly, with only 35% supporting Obama’s reversal. A majority expect economic damage and higher fuel prices as a result: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the new seven-year ban will increase gas prices, while just 11% think it will make gas prices go down. Twenty-five percent (25%) expect the ban to have no impact on...
  • Obama's War on Chris Christie

    12/06/2010 3:39:35 AM PST · by Scanian · 51 replies · 3+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 06, 2010 | Ed Lasky
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has swiftly become a superstar in the political firmament. His stands for the taxpayers and against wasteful government spending have exhibited the type of tough decision-making people have been waiting for among our politicians; his forceful stands against the public unions and the stranglehold they have over our lives and futures have become YouTube hits. He is the real Governator, not like that pretender in California. Governor Christie has been touted as a future GOP candidate for the presidency. But Barack Obama knows of only one kind of preemptive war: against those who threaten his...
  • Technology Suspension

    11/23/2010 8:27:11 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 4 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 11/22/2010 | Guy Smith
    Given that overreaching government control is antithetical to freedom, it is a tiny logical step to believe that the same big government that created the bottomless Social Security pit is at best brainless and at worst dangerous. It then makes sense that most of the schemes politicians and bureaucrats brainstorm are imbecilic. Such as disabling your cell phone during an emergency. ... Yet transportation secretary Ray LaHood, of the Peoria LaHoods, thinks letting your child die is an acceptable loss to his grander visions of controlling all recreational driving activities (better talk your girlfriend into that highway hummer before LaHood...
  • Ray LaHood: Obama’s Power-Mad Cell Phone Czar

    11/19/2010 10:11:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 11/19/10 | Michelle Malkin
    My column today shines light on the autocratic agenda of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Readers of Culture of Corruption already know all about this Chicago crony porker’s ties to Rahm Emanuel, Richard Daley, Rod Blagojevich, and Tony Rezko. For a trenchant look at LaHood’s penchant for government coercion and central planning, see chapter one of Terry Jeffrey’s Control Freaks. Ray LaHood: Obama’s Power-Mad Cell Phone Czar By Michelle Malkin • November 19, 2010 09:40 AM He’s got hang-ups. My column today shines light on the autocratic agenda of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Readers of Culture of Corruption already know all...
  • When Liberal Alpha Males Gear Up

    11/08/2010 6:46:31 AM PST · by Bumpus2 · 18 replies
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | 11/8/10 | Blind Blueberry
    Does anything convey the power, the austere dignity and awesome responsibility of the stewards of American democracy like the bike helmet? Why, there’s Ray LaHood, secretary of transportation taking part in a photo op wearing a sleek silver and blue helmet. I dunno about you, but the sight of the late-middle-aged secretary of a multi-billion-dollar cabinet department with his noggin encased in foam and shiny plastic is reassuring to me. Here’s a man who gets it, who’s going to spend my tax dollars not to improve the highway system to facilitate the movement of goods and citizens, but to construct...
  • LaHood Takes Driver's Seat to Curb Dashboard 'Distractions' (More from the nanny state)

    09/22/2010 9:34:03 PM PDT · by Terrence DoGood · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 22 September, 2010 | Judson Berger
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned this week that the auto industry is not doing enough to keep drivers from fiddling with flashy media features, opening up a new debate over how far the government should go in regulating electronic auto goodies. A wave of built-in auto technology is starting to hit the market -- the kind of developments that consumers demand in an iPhone world but also pose potential distractions.
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces $293 million for new transits solutions

    07/08/2010 9:06:04 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 20 replies ^ | Thursday, 08 July 2010 | ???
    A $293 million investment announced today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood means that residents in dozens of communities nationwide will soon enjoy major transit improvements, including new streetcars, buses, and transit facilities. The nearly $300 million investment is part of the Obama Administration's livability initiative to better coordinate transportation, housing and commercial development investments to serve the people living in those communities. It is being made through two competitive grant programs, the Urban Circulator Grant Program and the Bus and Bus Livability Grant Program. "This investment by the Obama Administration in our nation's communities will create jobs, boost economic...
  • Mullen Stresses Precision, Innovation to Graduates

    06/11/2010 2:54:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 129+ views (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | June 10, 2010 | By Jim Garamone
    Note: The following text is a quote: Mullen Stresses Precision, Innovation to Graduates By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, Washington, D.C., June 10, 2010 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today told graduates of the National Defense University here that their careers will be dominated by their understanding of the precise application of military force and national power. NDU’s National War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces graduated 603 people from the armed services, civilian agencies and many foreign countries. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and King Abdullah of...
  • US to announce Mexico trucking plan soon-LaHood

    05/06/2010 6:12:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 617+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/6/10 | Doug Palmer
    WASHINGTON, May 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's adminstration will soon announce its plan to reopen the U.S. border to Mexican trucks and end a dispute that prompted Mexico to slap duties last year on $2.4 billion worth of U.S. goods, a top U.S. official said on Thursday.
  • LaHood Gives the Green Light(for Govt to take away your car and force youi into mass transit)

    04/19/2010 9:12:34 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 20 replies · 923+ views
    american spectator ^ | 4/19/2010 | matt purple
    At a National Press Club event last year, a panel moderator decided to quiz Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on his department's policy. "Some in the highway-supporters motorist groups have been concerned by your livability initiative," he said. "Is this an effort to make driving more torturous and to coerce people out of their cars?" "It is a way to coerce people out of their cars," answered LaHood, with a blunt frankness rare for a politician. These days, the Department of Transportation is sticking its nose into everyone's lives. DOT has teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency and Housing...
  • Toyota Should Be Fined $16.4 Million, LaHood Says (Obama's World: Your competitor can fine you)

    04/05/2010 1:33:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 828+ views
    Business Week ^ | 04/05/2010 | Angela Greiling Keane
    Toyota Motor Corp. “knowingly hid a dangerous defect” that caused sudden acceleration and should be fined the maximum civil penalty of $16.4 million, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, waited at least four months before it told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about vehicle accelerator pedals that may stick, LaHood said today in an e-mailed statement. “We now have proof that Toyota failed to live up to its legal obligations,” LaHood said in the statement. “Worse yet, they knowingly hid a dangerous defect for months from U.S. officials and did not take action to...
  • Transportation Department Embraces Bikes, and Business Groups Cry Foul

    03/27/2010 5:32:03 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 45 replies · 988+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 26, 2010 | Leora Broydo Vestel
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a “major policy revision” that aims to give bicycling and walking the same policy and economic consideration as driving. “Today I want to announce a sea change,” he wrote on his blog last week. “This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of nonmotorized.” The new policy, which was introduced a few days after Mr. LaHood gave a well-received speech from atop a table at the National Bike Summit, is said to reflect the Transportation Department’s support for the development of fully integrated transportation networks. It calls on state and local...
  • Obama Transportation Secretary: ‘This Is the End of Favoring Motorized Transportation

    03/25/2010 3:30:11 AM PDT · by Man50D · 84 replies · 1,631+ views ^ | March 24, 2010 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Rest of title: at the Expense of Non-Motorized' Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that federal transportation policies will no longer favor “motorized” transportation, such as cars and trucks, over “non-motorized” transportation, such as walking and bicycling. LaHood signed the new policy directive on March 11, the same day he attended a congressional reception for the National Bike Summit, a convention sponsored by a bicycling advocacy group, the League of American Bicyclists. LaHood publicly announced his agency’s new direction four days later in a posting on his blog—“Fast Lane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation”--where he effusively...