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  • Increased Spending, Deficit Produce Political Danger for GOP

    06/10/2003 11:00:31 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 33 replies · 363+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 6/10/03 | Christine Hall
    Think Republicans are the small government party? Federal domestic spending rose eight percent from 2001 to 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, at a time when the GOP controlled the White House and the U.S. House. A decade ago, when Democrats controlled all of Congress and the presidency, spending rose 4.8 percent from 1993 to 1994. Now, the Congressional Budget Office is forecasting a $400 billion budget deficit this year, about four percent of the Gross Domestic Product. That could mean trouble for the GOP in upcoming elections. "People think we're increasing spending just for defense," said Brian Riedl,...
  • Patty Murray's Hostage

    06/07/2003 5:21:46 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies · 277+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | June 6, 2003 | The Prowler
    Democrats in the Senate aren't just filibustering President Bush's judicial nominees. They're also blocking a number of his political nominations. Perhaps the biggest head-scratcher is the hold up on Office of Management and Budget deputy director-designate Clay Johnson. Johnson, who has been friends with President Bush since college, was put up for nomination several months ago. At that time, Sen. Robert Byrd placed a hold on the nomination, citing Clay's allegedly testy relationship with organized labor. "Byrd is a slave to the unions, and would do just about anything for them," says a Senate Republican leadership staffer. Earlier this week...
  • US businessman to lead Iraq agriculture reconstruction efforts

    04/23/2003 10:50:39 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 186+ views
    US businessman to lead Iraq agriculture reconstruction efforts The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has named a Washington-based agribusinessman to head the department's agriculture reconstruction efforts in Iraq. In an April 21 press release, USAID said that Dan Amstutz will serve as senior ministry advisor for agriculture in the rebuilding effort and will coordinate the US Government activities in the sector. USDA is one of several US federal agencies sending officials to the region agencies to assist efforts to rebuild Iraq's political system, the release noted. Others include the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Interior, Treasury, Justice,...

    10/19/2002 9:56:12 AM PDT · by forest · 1 replies · 254+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #292 ^ | 10-20-02 | Doug Fiedor
    As we reported back in 1999 (issue #134), the political quote of the decade comes from former economics professor turned politician, House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R. TX): "I have identified three groups of people who have the privilege of taking and spending other people's money. They are children, thieves and politicians, and they all need more adult supervision." Four and a half years later, nothing has changed. "Public relations charades like 'Reinventing Government' cannot change the way Washington works," said Dick Armey (who, incidentally, has a Ph.D. in economics). And Armey was absolutely correct. Al Gore's "Reinventing Government" program...
  • New Guidelines Open U.S. Data To Challenge

    10/06/2002 3:28:38 PM PDT · by anymouse · 5 replies · 280+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, October 1, 2002 | Washington Post Staff Writer
    <p>Knowledge may be power in most places, but cold, hard data rule in Washington.</p> <p>In the arduous process of creating a federal regulation, the bricks and mortar are the data underlying the rule -- the scientific studies, the surveys, the risk assessments, morbidity estimates, the economic analysis. Regulators at federal agencies are the final arbiters in what goes into the mix and whether it's reliable. Challenges to their judgment usually end up in court years after the rule is conceived.</p>
  • Congress sends OMB a $100,000 message (or, my title: "The Empire Strikes Back")

    08/05/2002 4:38:14 PM PDT · by Demian · 1 replies · 234+ views ^ | 8/5/02 | Bill Ghent
    August 5, 2002 Congress sends OMB a $100,000 message By Bill Ghent, CongressDaily Blink and you would miss it: a one-liner in the fiscal 2002 supplemental spending bill President Bush signed Friday to rescind $100,000 from the budget of the Office of Management and Budget. But the cut—worth less than a half percent of OMB's budget - has significant political undertones to it. In the words of appropriators themselves, the rescission was as much about substance as it was about sending a "symbolic gesture" to what has become their worst nemesis. Worn down by what they see as lack of...
  • Bush Admin recommends voluntary reductions of diesel pollution, linked to 8,500 premature deaths

    06/08/2002 9:44:03 AM PDT · by Native American Female Vet · 12 replies · 241+ views
    AP ^ | 6/7/02 | John Heilprin
    <p>WASHINGTON Three days before the scheduled release of a study linking non-road diesel engines to 8,500 premature deaths a year, the Bush administration said Friday that curbing such pollution should be a top environmental priority and suggested voluntary reductions.</p> <p>The study concludes emissions from engines used in diesel-powered vehicles and equipment such as bulldozers, portable generators and tractors should be toughly regulated because of their role in the premature deaths and an estimated $67 billion in health care costs annually. The health costs result from problems such as asthma attacks, chronic bronchitis and emergency room visits.</p>
  • The Worst Job In America

    04/01/2002 2:49:05 AM PST · by pt17 · 4 replies · 308+ views
    Fortune ^ | Monday, April 1, 2002 | Mark Roberti
    Norman Lorentz might just have one of the worst jobs imaginable. Named the first chief technology officer of the Office of Management and Budget last fall, he oversees the federal government's $45 billion information technology budget and coordinates 24 e-government initiatives that span all agencies. His mandate? To make the federal government fast, efficient, and responsive--in short, everything it's not. The fix, Lorentz believes, is that government needs to be run more like a private company. (Yes, he is a Bush acolyte who refers to citizens as "consumers" and government services as "lines of business.") First on his agenda is...