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  • AP survey: China’s lending bubble a global threat

    04/28/2014 6:54:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2014 5:40 PM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    Just as the global economy has all but recovered from debt-fueled crises in the United States and Europe, economists have a new worry: China. They see a lending bubble there that threatens global growth unless Beijing defuses it. That’s the view that emerges from an Associated Press survey this month of 30 economists. Still, the economists remain optimistic that Beijing’s high-stakes drive to reform its economy—the world’s second-largest—will bolster Chinese banks, ease the lending bubble and benefit U.S. exporters in the long run. […] The source of concern is a surge in lending by Chinese banks. The lending was initially...
  • China Property Collapse Has Begun

    04/15/2014 8:03:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 13, 2014 | by Gordon B. Chang
    Nothing is going right for Hangzhou at this moment. Walmart will be closing its Zhaohui store in that city on April 23 as a part of its overall plan to dump marginal locations—about 9% of the total—in China. Thanks to the world’s largest retailer, another large block of space in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, will go on the market at a time when there is generally too much supply. The problem is especially pronounced in the city’s premium office market. Hangzhou’s Grade A office buildings at the end of 2013 had, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, an average...
  • Are Larry Page, Jerry Yang, and Larry Ellison pulling their philanthropic weight?

    03/21/2014 11:40:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 21, 2014 | By Joe Garofoli
    We often write about the generosity of philanthropists. But what about rich folks who are giving — but not really pulling their weight? Inside Philanthropy’s calls out some billionaires not because they’re not giving, but because they’re not giving ENOUGH based on how much cash they’ve got stuffed in the mattress. While The Chronicle of Philanthropy annually drops its list of the top 50 donors, Inside Philanthropy took a different approach. Instead of just looking at how much an individual is giving away, IP is using “relative generosity as our main criteria here, looking at what percentage of their wealth...
  • Failure to lunch: Biden cash-strapped during stop (Slow Joe comes up short)

    11/22/2013 9:37:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/22/13 | S.A. Miller
    The vice president went to pick up sandwiches Thursday for himself and President Obama but didn’t have enough money to pay the bill. Luckily, the veep doesn’t travel alone — he called on an aide, who reached into his pocket for a 10-spot so that Biden and his boss wouldn’t go hungry.
  • White House threatens veto of House farm bill

    06/17/2013 5:12:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2013 7:06 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, five-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry. The House is preparing to consider the bill this week. The legislation would cut $2 billion annually, or around 3 percent, from food stamps and make it harder for some people to qualify for the program. Food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, cost almost $80 billion last year, twice the amount it cost five years ago. The Senate passed its version of the farm bill last...
  • 10,962,532: U.S. Disability Beneficiaries Exceed Population of Greece

    05/07/2013 11:53:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 7, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,962,532 million in April, which exceeds the 10,815,197 people who live in the nation of Greece. … April was the 195th straight month that the number of American workers collecting federal disability payments increased. The last time the number of Americans collecting disability decreased was in January 1997. …
  • (Mayor Moocher) Newark Mayor Cory Booker agrees to live off food stamps for a MONTH

    11/20/2012 3:15:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 20 November 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    Mayor Cory Booker is known for his social media savvy, having helped direct emergency services in Newark, New Jersey to stranded citizens during snowstorms and field questions during Hurricane Sandy. Now he's taking the talk offline as he bet a Twitter trash-talker that he could live healthfully on food stamps for a month. The Democratic politician got into a dispute with a woman on Twitter who took issue with his dispelling of some free advice via Plutarch. 'An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics,' Booker wrote on Sunday morning. User @MWadeNC...
  • FHA Nears Need for Taxpayer Funds (More Bailouts!)

    11/15/2012 3:22:32 PM PST · by mojito · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/15/2012 | Nick Timiraos
    The Federal Housing Administration is expected to report this week it could exhaust its reserves because of rising mortgage delinquencies, according to people familiar with the agency's finances, a development that could result in the agency needing to draw on taxpayer funding for the first time in its 78-year history. Such a report would likely set off a political fight over the government's role in housing, as it raises the prospect of billions of dollars being added to the U.S. government's effort to stabilize the hard-hit sector in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, which already includes $137 billion...
  • Congress proves Obama himself engineered $535 million taxpayer loss in Solyndra debacle

    08/05/2012 10:03:08 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/5/2012 | Doug Book
    Though grudgingly provided and universally redacted, documents subpoenaed by Congress from the White House and the Office of Management and Budget now reveal that Barack Hussein Obama himself was responsible for manufacturing the loss of $535 million taxpayer dollars in the 2011 Solyndra bankruptcy. In 2010, solar panel manufacturer Solyndra Inc. received $535 million in loan guarantees for “innovative technology” under the terms of Barack Obama’s federal stimulus plan. The fact that a Price Waterhouse audit filed earlier that year with the SEC showed Solyndra had lost $558 million during its first 5 years in business, boasted negative cash flow,...
  • Why Danny DeVito could be Romney’s best rebuttal to ‘King of Bain’ attacks

    01/12/2012 1:55:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 49 replies
    The American ^ | 1/12/12 | Josh Burek
    Remember that big-budget Hollywood movie about the powerful company that creates jobs, drives innovation, and gives millions to charity? Neither do I. From Gordon Gekko in “Wall Street” to Edward Lewis in “Pretty Woman,” Hollywood loves to hate corporate raiders. And now, we’ve learned, so do many of the Republican candidates for president not named Mitt Romney. “Winning our Future,” a super PAC that’s backing Newt Gingrich, just released a documentary called “When Mitt Romney Came to Town” that assails Romney’s record as head of Bain Capital. It’s the kind of withering attack on private equity that makes the Daily...
  • Inslee: Ready to ‘rumble’ with the Tea Party(That's just meanspirited)

    09/30/2011 5:35:20 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | September 30, 2011 | Joel Connelly
    He didn’t break into song, but Rep. Jay Inslee otherwise sounded like a character in “West Side Story” as he excoriated young supporters during a Thursday fundraiser at Nabob on Queen Anne Hill.“It is time to get out on that field of battle with the Tea Party: It is time to stop rumbling with ourselves and start rumbling with the Tea Party,” said the gubernatorial hopeful.Inslee has sought to tie GOP Attorney General Rob McKenna, his all-but-certain 2012 opponent, to the Tea Party: Polls show rising public disapproval of the right-wing movement.Inslee was ready to rumble with a lot of...
  • SF supervisor takes a costly stand on public financing

    09/20/2011 10:10:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 9/20/11 | Melissa Griffin
    Supervisor Sean Elsbernd asked his colleague Jane Kim a worthwhile question at Monday’s Rules Committee meeting: “What is more important to [our] communities? Having dollars available for services? Or standing on a principle that has been deemed unconstitutional?” Kim, for the record, prefers the latter, but we’ll get back to that. The U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down part of Arizona’s system of publicly financing candidates for office. And it just so happens that San Francisco’s local public financing system basically has that same unlawful provision. So, Supervisors Elsbernd and Mark Farrell have proposed a perfectly rational solution: remove the...
  • Bloodlusting crowds make GOP look bad (LAUGH ALERT)

    09/16/2011 8:00:31 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 16, 2011 12:42AM | Roger Simon
    I love the smell of bloodlust in the evening. Not every evening. Just the evenings that have Republican presidential debates. There have been five such debates so far, but only the last two of them have been considered major because they have featured Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is leading in the polls. Except the debates haven’t really featured him. They have featured the audience. If you have ever asked yourself how crowds could have gathered to cheer public burnings and beheadings in times past, tune in to one of these debates, and you will stop asking. At a Politico/NBC...
  • Obama talks estate tax at final bus tour stop (Obama wants you to eat your peas)

    08/18/2011 3:57:30 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    cnn ^ | 8/18/2011 | Adam Aigner-Treworgy
    The final stop on President Obama's three-state Midwest bus tour was at the Country Corner Farm Market in the small town of Alpha, Illinois. The president was roughly an hour behind schedule due mostly to a visit with the Galesburg High School football team, and although the crowd showed some signs of fatigue from waiting in the hot sun, most left the event saying it was worth the wait. Although his opening remarks didn't change too much, the president did field one interesting question about the future of the estate tax that is worth looking at. I think it's the...
  • PostHeaderIcon Gates Foundation Water Energy Vision

    08/14/2011 9:22:43 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 8 replies
    The healthy growth of mankind depends on continuously decreasing the cost of water and energy everywhere.Nice thought. Why mention it?Its a mission statement.For who?Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett — and through them America’s billionaires. Why Bill Gates? Why Warren Buffett?As to Bill Gates, his passion; According to a recent interview Understanding science and pushing the boundaries of science is what makes me immensely satisfied. What I’m doing now involves understanding maths, risk-taking. The first half of my life was good preparation for the second half.’ Now in the context of the interview he was...
  • Washington Could Learn a Lot from a Drug Addict

    07/22/2011 6:02:45 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies
    Washington's chronic overspending is just like a junkie's addiction to drugs. Unless the cycle of addiction is broken, our economic and unemployment situation will continue to suffer. Washington is out of time. To avoid hitting rock bottom, Washington must cut spending today.
  • Obama pushes jobs plan in North Carolina [10,000 new American engineers every year]

    06/13/2011 11:50:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 13, 2011 | Jim Kuhnenn
    DURHAM, N.C. — President Barack Obama promoted job creation in politically important North Carolina Monday, trying to assure Americans he's focused on their No. 1 concern — and his greatest political weakness — as his potential GOP presidential opponents prepared to target his economic policies in their first major debate. [snip] "I am optimistic about our future," the president said, even while acknowledging that "we can't be complacent." Obama announced details of a program to train 10,000 new American engineers every year, saying private companies will join the government to promote education in science, technology, engineering and math. They'll offer...
  • Greeks go on strike to protest austerity measures (want $86 B more instead)

    05/11/2011 10:52:25 AM PDT · by mewykwistmas · 5 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | 5/11/2011 | marketwatch.com
    "The Associated Press reported that all train and ferry services were suspended, while a strike by air traffic controllers was expected to ground flights in the afternoon. Public transport workers in Athens also began walkouts... ...Radio and television programs were blacked out as Greek journalists joined the strike, The Wall Street Journal reported... ...European officials have been scrambling to address the renewed crisis. News reports on Tuesday said Greek officials expected an additional package of around €60 billion in aid through 2013. "
  • Gallup Finds Palin Still leads in Favorables in the GOP with 69%

    04/19/2011 4:11:46 PM PDT · by unseen1 · 83 replies
    04/19/2011 | unseen1
    The new gallup poll out today has a chart on page 2 that breaks down the GOP candidates favs/unfav. Palin continues to be the most favorable candidate in the GOP field with a 69% favorable rating. She also continues to be the candidate with the highest strongly favorable ratings at 23%. This is good news as she continues to ramp up for a 2012 primary run.
  • Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows

    08/07/2010 8:24:03 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 42 replies · 1+ views
    seattle times ^ | Aug 6 2010 | Peter Nicholas and Katherine Skiba
    irst lady Michelle Obama is on a five-day trip to a luxury resort along with a handful of friends, her younger daughter, Sasha, aides and Secret Service personnel. As the U.S. economy endures high unemployment and a jittery stock market, President Obama has preached sacrifice and fiscal discipline. But the pictures coming out of a sunsplashed Spanish resort this week may be sending a different message. First lady Michelle Obama is on a five-day trip to a luxury resort along with a handful of friends, her younger daughter, Sasha, aides and Secret Service personnel. Her office said the first family...
  • Greeks see red over tough austerity measures

    05/15/2010 8:14:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 32 replies · 910+ views
    Euronews.net ^ | 15/05/10
    The streets of Athens became a sea of red earlier when the Greek Communist Party staged a huge protest.
  • Insurance firms big winners in health care bill

    12/20/2009 10:28:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 982+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/20/9 | Willie Brown
    I got a call from Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry the other day. From the sound of things, the Senate clearly intends to take its holiday break Wednesday, no matter what. If so, President Obama is going have a tough time making his Christmas deadline for a health care reform bill to win Senate approval. At this point, it looks like the biggest winners when a bill finally does pass are going to be the insurance companies. They'll be getting millions of new customers - at government expense.
  • S.F. home value drop, jobless drain city budget {'Perfect financial storm' could rock S.F.}

    11/17/2009 7:44:36 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 735+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/17/9 | Heather Knight
    San Francisco's lowered home values and high unemployment rates have created another unwelcome side effect: far less revenue coming into city coffers than expected. A report released Monday by the controller's office shows that property tax revenues will likely be $35 million less than anticipated in the 2009-10 fiscal year that began July 1. Payroll tax revenues will probably be $24.8 million less than expected, the report said. To make matters worse, some city departments are going over budget, including shortfalls of $5.1 million in the Fire Department, $4 million in the Sheriff's Department and $3.2 million in Superior Court....
  • Senate's Darrell Steinberg: Deficit battles dampen his ambitious plans

    10/19/2009 7:56:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 160+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/19/9 | Susan Ferriss
    As he became California's state Senate leader last December, Darrell Steinberg gave a speech urging his colleagues to pass a bill – within 120 days – extending health insurance to every child in the state. Ten months later, after a season of budget slashing, Steinberg instead scrambled for votes and money to rescue the existing kids insurance program from collapse. "When I gave that speech, I don't think anybody realized the complete magnitude of what we were about to face," the Sacramento Democrat said in an interview, looking back on his opening year as president pro tem of the California...
  • More than 30 Jersey school heads due 6-figure deals

    09/05/2008 6:47:13 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 269+ views
    star ledger ^ | 08.15.08
    New Jersey taxpayers will have to shell out more than $36 million in coming years to cover school administrator retirement payments as more than 30 school administrators are due six-figure retirement packages, according to a new state analysis. The state initiated the study, and new rules on retirement packages, after it was reported that retired Keansburg Superintendent Barbara Trzeszkowski was due $740,876 in unused sick time and other buybacks. That led to lawmakers to place caps on new contracts. The state Attorney General's Office is trying to get a judge to nullify the payment to Trzeszkowski. Meanwhile, the new numbers...
  • N.J. "Douple-dippers" growing by double digits [Up to 10 jobs by Gov't 'civil servants']

    04/13/2008 5:14:03 PM PDT · by Swanks · 35 replies · 1,167+ views
    APP.com ^ | April 11. 2008 | Bob Ingle
    A Gannett New Jersey study finds the number of government employees with two or more public jobs that paid more than $100,000 together swelled by 20 percent last year. Those multiple job holders had a collective salary of $107.8 million. My colleague James W. Prado Roberts reports there were 6,271 multiple job holders including one woman who had 12 jobs. Sen. Stephen Sweeney asks "Is it really right for part-time workers to be in the pension system?" Does the question really have to be asked? To take a look at the double-dippers click here.... http://php.app.com/NJpublicemployees/results2.php
  • Senators earmark $70 million for their old schools

    10/31/2007 6:46:45 PM PDT · by freespirited · 13 replies · 38+ views
    Examiner ^ | 10/29/07 | Susan Ferrechio
    Having a graduate in the U.S. Senate is not only a source of pride for colleges and universities, it can also mean wads of cash from the federal government. A major spending bill under consideration in Congress provides more than $70 million in earmarks for the alma maters of 30 senators, roughly 40 percent of the higher education money earmarked in the legislation, an analysis by The Examiner shows. The earmarks are tacked on to a $606 billion appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services and Education that was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate last week and that now...
  • Big Paychecks for U2 Millionaires (Bono Preaches High Taxes for World's Poor; Evades His Own Taxes)

    10/28/2007 3:13:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies · 1,864+ views
    MSN Music ^ | Oct. 26, 2007 | The Associated Press
    Big Paychecks for U2 Millionaires Oct. 26, 2007 The Associated Press U2 Ltd., the Irish band's music publishing company, raked in $30 million-plus last year — and $25.8 million of it went to five unidentified "employees," according to documents obtained Friday by The Associated Press. Those "employees" are suspected to be the band members and their longtime manager, Paul McGuinness. But U2's public relations firms in Dublin and London refused to confirm that. While Bono has won accolades worldwide for raising awareness of Third World poverty, he has been criticized for moving U2's corporate offices out of Ireland to avoid...
  • The Lure Of Other People's Money (Steven Greenhut On California's Credit Card Profligacy Alert)

    07/15/2007 4:50:46 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 593+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 07/15/2007 | Steven Greenhut
    Watching how my kids spend money, I'm constantly reminded of something rather obvious, but still instructive: They are far less profligate with their own cash than they are with mine. What's 40 bucks for a concert if it comes right out of Dad's wallet? But that same concert is far less of a must-see event if they've got to spring for it out of their own piggy banks. My kids would explain this economic principle with one word: "Duh." People are much more careful with their own resources than with others' resources or with those resources that are publicly owned....
  • Study Links Hurricanes to Teen Smokers

    06/25/2007 2:35:12 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies · 1,236+ views
    Study Links Hurricanes to Teen Smokers Jun 25 05:07 PM US/Eastern BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Teenagers in a southeast Texas county were more likely to smoke cigarettes if they or their family members were affected by Hurricanes Katrina or Rita, according to a university study. The study by the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston surveyed more than 5,100 middle school and high school students in Jefferson County six to nine months after the hurricanes made landfall. "The physical damage was easy to see, but the psychological damage from the hurricanes was pretty well hidden," said Alfred L....
  • Dad wasn't dad after all, but still owes child support

    02/10/2007 7:19:53 PM PST · by ellery · 452 replies · 6,997+ views
    A Florida Supreme Court case raises fundamental questions about the nature of fatherhood and legal responsibilities. Sixteen months after his divorce, Richard Parker made a devastating discovery. A DNA test revealed that his 3-year-old son had been fathered by someone else. Mr. Parker immediately filed a lawsuit claiming fraud by his apparently unfaithful ex-wife. He took his case all the way to the Florida Supreme Court. Last week, the Florida justices ruled 7-0 against him. They said that Parker must continue to pay $1,200 a month in child support because he had missed the one-year postdivorce deadline for filing his...
  • U.S.- Mexico Pact Revealed: Billions to Non-Citizens.

    01/05/2007 8:10:44 PM PST · by T.L.Sink · 294 replies · 4,819+ views
    NewsMax.Com ^ | Jan.5 '06 | Dave Eberhart
    The U.S.- Mexico Social Security Totalization Agreement ...an agreement signed between the Bush administration and the Mexican government in 2004 that would funnel billions of U.S. Social Security funds to Mexican citizens. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has already warned that as a result of this agreement, the number of unauthorized Mexican workers and family members eligible for social benefits will likely increase. The Social Security Administration itself warns that Social Security is within decades of bankruptcy - yet they seem to have no problem making agreements that hasten its demise...
  • UPDATE - Leftist Moonbat Now Locked-Up in Federal Prison for Hacking into Protest Warrior Website

    01/05/2007 7:06:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 51 replies · 1,923+ views
    www.bop.gov ^ | January 5, 2007 | DogByte6RER
    Jeremy Hammond from Chicago is now incarcerated in federal prison for illegally accessing the Web site of a conservative political activist group and downloading the credit-card numbers of thousands of its members. Hammond plotted to use the credit cards to make donations to humanitarian and charity groups opposed by the Protest Warrior Web site into which he hacked.
  • U.S.-Mexico Pact Revealed: Billions to Non-citizens

    01/05/2007 10:42:16 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 76 replies · 2,415+ views
    Newsmax ^ | January 5, 2007 | Dave Eberhart
    WASHINGTON -- As a result of lawsuits, the U.S. government released this week the actual U.S.-Mexico Social Security Totalization Agreement, an understanding signed between the Bush administration and the Mexican government in 2004 that would funnel billions of U.S. Social Security funds to Mexican citizens. TREA Senior Citizens League, a Washington-based nonpartisan seniors group, announced this week that after Freedom of Information Act lawsuits it filed against the government, it had received the secret agreement document. Brad Phillips, a spokesperson for TREA, told NewsMax that the language in the agreement "raises more questions than it answers — such as what...
  • Social Security Agreement With Mexico Released After 3 1/2 Year Freedom of Information Act Battle

    01/01/2007 8:04:50 AM PST · by WatchingInAmazement · 304 replies · 7,345+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/29/06 | Yahoo
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After numerous refusals over three and a half years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has released the first known public copy of the U.S.-Mexico Social Security Totalization Agreement. The government was forced to make the disclosure in response to lawsuits filed under the Freedom of Information Act by TREA Senior Citizens League, a 1.2 million-member nonpartisan seniors advocacy group. The Totalization Agreement could allow millions of illegal Mexican workers to draw billions of dollars from the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund. The agreement between the U.S. and Mexico was signed in June 2004, and is...
  • Scrooge and intellectual property rights

    12/26/2006 10:33:36 AM PST · by A. Pole · 64 replies · 1,033+ views
    British Medical Journal ^ | December 23, 2006 | Joseph E Stiglitz
    At Christmas, we traditionally retell Dickens's story of Scrooge, who cared more for money than for his fellow human beings. What would we think of a Scrooge who could cure diseases that blighted thousands of people's lives but did not do so? Clearly, we would be horrified. But this has increasingly been happening in the name of economics, under the innocent sounding guise of "intellectual property rights." Intellectual property differs from other property—restricting its use is inefficient as it costs nothing for another person to use it. Thomas Jefferson, America's third president, put it more poetically than modern economists (who...
  • Democrats Close Money Gap With GOP

    10/19/2006 11:42:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies · 1,028+ views
    AP ^ | 10/19/6 | JIM KUHNHENN
    The Democrats' Senate campaign organization raised $13.6 million in September, outpacing the Republican National Committee and setting the stage for an expensive and brawling finish to the 2006 campaign. Overall, Republicans still hold a financial advantage going into the final days of the campaign. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported $23.1 million in hand, compared with $26 million reported by the RNC. But the numbers show a closing trend for Democrats who have been lagging behind overall Republican fundraising. "The fact that the Senate Democrats beat the Michael Jordan of political fundraising speaks to the fact that there is an...
  • House passes new ethics rule - H. Res. 1000 (aimed at curtailing earmarks)

    09/14/2006 4:25:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 440+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/14/06 | Jim Abrams - ap
    WASHINGTON - The House changed its rules Thursday to require lawmakers to identify the special projects they slip into legislation, a modest step toward restoring the reputation of Congress in a year of ethical lapses and scandals involving relations with lobbyists. "We are making a commitment to changing the culture of this institution," said House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier, R-Calif. The change, in effect only through year's end, is aimed at curtailing a practice whereby lawmakers anonymously insert "earmarks" — narrowly tailored spending that often helps a specific company or project in their district — into bills. President Bush...
  • Immigrants struggle to go to college (Boo-Hoo Piece)

    08/29/2006 8:19:44 AM PDT · by radar101 · 35 replies · 1,062+ views
    Sacto Bee ^ | 29 Aug. 2006 | Aurelio Rojas
    As the chairwoman of the Orange County Dream Team Coalition, she is familiar with tight schedules. Gomez, 22, maintained an A-minus average at California State University, Long Beach, while working full time as a waitress on the graveyard shift. She recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology. Gomez -- who was 5 when her parents left Mexico and illegally entered the United States -- is a beneficiary of Assembly Bill 540. The 5-year-old measure, which has come under attack in the courts and Legislature from critics of illegal immigration, allowed her to attend college for the same...
  • Remittances to Mexico increase 23 pct.

    08/26/2006 1:10:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 772+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/26/06 | AP
    MEXICO CITY - Mexicans living abroad sent $11 billion home in the first half of 2006, an increase of 23 percent over the same period last year, the government news agency Notimex reported Friday. Remittances have become an increasingly important source of income for the country in recent years, surpassing tourism. They represent Mexico's second-largest source of foreign income after oil. They topped $20 billion for the first time in 2005, a 17 percent increase from the previous year. Mexico's government has lobbied intensely for the U.S. government to legalize some of the 11 million undocumented migrants living in the...
  • White House to Ease Medicaid Rule on Proof of Citizenship

    WASHINGTON, July 6 — The Bush administration said Thursday that it would exempt millions of the most vulnerable Medicaid recipients from a new law that requires them to prove they are United States citizens by showing birth certificates, passports or other documents. The action was apparently intended to pre-empt a ruling by a federal judge who is scheduled to hold a hearing on Friday on a lawsuit challenging the new requirement, which took effect on July 1. Dr. Mark B. McClellan, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said that more than 8 million of the 55 million...
  • Viagra For Rapist (rapist of Top Gun star & others received tax-payer funded viagra despite history)

    06/28/2006 9:47:25 AM PDT · by dead · 85 replies · 3,018+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 28, 2006 | LAURA ITALIANO
    A rapist whose victims included "Top Gun" actress Kelly McGillis got taxpayer-funded Viagra for years, despite his fiendish history, it was revealed yesterday as he was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Serial sex predator Leroy Johnson was prescribed the erectile dysfunction pill by doctors at the Bronx-based Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center from early 2003 to mid-2005, according to court records. The health center stopped doling out the little blue pills to Johnson only after new DNA tests linked him to a 1996 knife-point double rape - bringing his total number of rape victims to five. Center officials didn't...
  • Utahns say no thanks to illegal alien handouts (POLL)

    06/22/2006 1:29:47 PM PDT · by goalinestan · 128 replies · 1,587+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 6/22/06 | Jennifer W. Sanchez
    Most Utahns feel a state law that allows undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition should be repealed, according to a new Salt Lake Tribune poll. Seventy-one percent of the 625 registered voters who were interviewed by telephone for the statewide poll this week said Utah should "repeal the current state law that offers the discounted resident college tuition rate to the children of undocumented immigrants." Ruth Bick, a 63-year-old Ogden resident, said Utahns should not have to pay taxes to subsidize a college education for undocumented students. The state's middle class already is burdened enough with big tax bills,...
  • Examples of Homeland Security Grants in Wisconsin [earmuffs, pencils, fuel cell nailer, boat]

    06/19/2006 5:42:04 PM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies · 1,299+ views
    Gazette Xtra ^ | 6-19-06
    Some examples of what federal homeland security grants purchased in Wisconsin during the past three years: -Sturgeon Bay Fire Department: $109.12 for four behind-the-neck earmuffs and $23.79 for ear plugs for a new rescue team trained in responding to building collapses, fire Chief Tim Herlache said. The earmuffs provide hearing protection for rescuers wearing hardhats when they are using loud equipment, such as jackhammers. The earmuffs were part of a grant equipping a new $210,000 rescue truck also purchased with the homeland security money. The team also got money for a small carpentry shop - including $3.90 for 10 carpenter...
  • Bill would Allow Illegals to attend California Community Colleges for FREE!!!

    06/19/2006 2:43:49 PM PDT · by Craig DeLuz · 56 replies · 1,553+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 06/19/2006 | Craig DeLuz
    State Senator Gill Cedillo, infamous for his effort to give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants has now wants to allow them to get grants provided to UC and CSU students and would make them eligible to receive the Community College Boar d of Governor’s Fee Waiver that would allow them to attend Community College in California for free. Read More...
  • One family’s struggle-six without documents, work hard, but they must rely on social safety net

    06/19/2006 12:10:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 75 replies · 1,679+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 6-19-06 | LYNN FRANEY
    ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS | KC weighs costs, benefits One family’s struggle The Monroys, six without documents, work hard to provide for themselves, but they must rely on the social safety net, too.   Meet the Monroys, two illegal immigrants from Mexico.He prepares condiments for $8.25 an hour and cleans offices on the side. She chops vegetables for $8. Together they bring home $30,000 a year.That’s not enough for their family of seven in Overland Park. To get by, they need a little taxpayer help.Medicaid assistance for the baby’s delivery and for her doctor visits.Free breakfast and lunch at school for the...
  • THAR HE-SHE BLOWS

    06/15/2006 3:53:06 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies · 2,198+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 15, 2006 | GEOFF EARLE
    June 15, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - A Houston hairdresser with a long rap sheet conned the feds into paying for his sex-change operation with Hurricane Katrina aid, it was revealed yesterday. In a shocking example of mismanagement and fraud in the widening FEMA fiasco, Michael James Green, 25, was charged with bilking the feds out of $36,000 meant for destitute hurricane victims. He claimed to have lived in 18 damaged addresses and used 18 different Social Security numbers, federal prosecutors said. But Green wasn't using the money for food and shelter: He used it to pay for a sex-change operation,...
  • 'Whatever It Takes.' Is Bush's big spending a bridge to nowhere?

    09/22/2005 1:36:50 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 54 replies · 881+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 9/22/05 | Peggy Noonan
    George W. Bush, after five years in the presidency, does not intend to get sucker-punched by the Democrats over race and poverty. That was the driving force behind his Katrina speech last week. He is not going to play the part of the cranky accountant--"But where's the money going to come from?"--while the Democrats, in the middle of a national tragedy, swan around saying "Republicans don't care about black people," and "They're always tightwads with the poor." In his Katrina policy the president is telling Democrats, "You can't possibly outspend me. Go ahead, try. By the time this is over...
  • A first in Northwest Indiana: Illegal immigrant sets sights on attending college

    05/29/2006 12:19:30 AM PDT · by Prince Charles · 22 replies · 744+ views
    The Times (N.W. Indiana) ^ | 5-29-2006 | JERRY DAVICH
    A first in Northwest Indiana HISPANIC SERIES: Illegal immigrant sets sights on attending college through new program BY JERRY DAVICH jdavich@nwitimes.com 219.933.3376 This story ran on nwitimes.com on Monday, May 29, 2006 12:16 AM CDT Chapter two: Reaching for the dream HOBART I Frances Vega cried when she heard the news. On Nov. 23, the day before last Thanksgiving, she heard about Sen. Dick Lugar's formal introduction of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act. The still pending measure would help young, undocumented immigrants in the United States earn legal status by obtaining an education and...
  • Another Possible Bump to the Debt Ceiling (to nearly $10 TRILLION)

    05/09/2006 11:04:47 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 55 replies · 1,305+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 9, 2006 | Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray
    A $2.7 trillion budget plan pending before the House would raise the federal debt ceiling to nearly $10 trillion, less than two months after Congress last raised the federal government's borrowing limit. The provision -- buried on page 121 of the 151-page budget blueprint -- serves as a backdrop to congressional action this week. House leaders hope to try once again to pass a budget plan for fiscal 2007, a month after a revolt by House Republican moderates and Appropriations Committee members forced leaders to pull the plan. With passage of the budget, the House will have raised the federal...