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  • Reinstituting earmarks could benefit region (BARF)

    12/03/2016 1:04:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Altonna Mirror ^ | November 27, 2016 | Altoona Mirror editorial board
    Earmarks again are a topic in Congress, and people in this part of Pennsylvania shouldn’t condemn them. Back in the 1970s, when highway construction was booming around the biggest population centers of the Keystone State, places like Altoona, Johnstown, Ebensburg and Bedford were told that once those projects were completed, work would begin on their roadway needs.But as the large-scale projects around Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Erie were completed, the promises that had been made to Blair County and other smaller-population areas, didn’t materialize because of alleged money shortages.The message seemed to be: “We’ll get to you sometime, but for...
  • Congressional Committee Just Voted to Kill the A-10And Endanger Troops Lives

    06/13/2014 11:08:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 13, 2014 | Winslow Wheeler & Pierre Sprey
    On June 10, the House Appropriations Committee made clear the way many on Capitol Hill view national defense. By a raised-hands vote of 13 to 23, the Committee rejected an amendment from Congressman Jack Kingstona Georgia Republicanto redirect $339 million from operation and maintenance funds, deemed excess, to retain 234 A-10 close air support aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory. Even though the committee found $1.6 billion to increase the Obama Administrations budget to buy hardware, it could not find a penny to retain one of the most extraordinarily effective weapons in the U.S. arsenaland one of the cheapest...
  • House-Passed Compromise Farm Bill to Cost $1.4 Billion a Page

    01/30/2014 10:12:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2014 - 5:54 PM | Timothy Hill
    The bill will cost nearly a trillion dollars over ten years. But, considering the bill itself is 702 pages long, the bill will cost about $1.4 billion per page. If that doesnt garner the attention of taxpayers, there was something else that bothered at least one member of the House todayhow settling on cutting $8 billion of waste could be a called compromise between a $40 billion House cut and a $4 billion Senate cut.
  • Feds Will Spend $18M to Develop Reliable Climate Change Predictions

    10/19/2013 3:57:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 18, 2013 - 3:52 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have plans to spend up to $18 million over the next five years to develop reliable climate change predictions for the next few decades. The funding opportunity enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium: climate change and how it is likely to affect our world, according to NSFs official request for bids. Current methods of predicting future climate change have proved to be wildly inaccurate. For example, none of the 73 computer models used by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...
  • Pelosi on Pork Barrel Spending in CR Bill: Why Are We Talking About This?

    10/17/2013 6:04:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 17, 2013 - 1:48 PM | Melanie Hunter
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked why reporters were making an issue out of the additional spending that was added to the continuing resolution that re-opened the federal government and increased the debt limit. What difference does it make? Why are we talking about this? Were talking about a bill that as I said last night, Im not asking anybody to vote for this bill on the merits, Pelosi said.
  • Germany wastes billions on bizarre projects

    10/17/2013 5:57:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Oct 2013 16:19 CET | (The Local/AFP/fs)
    Bridges for field mice, a disastrously over-budget philharmonic hall and a cycle path that stops in the middle of nowherea list published on Thursday reveals the bizarre ways in which the government has wasted German taxpayers money. The so-called Black Book, compiled by the German Taxpayers Alliance, lists the many and diverse ways where the state has spent billions of euros of public finances through poorly planned, questionable and absurd projects. The bodys head, Rainer Holznagel said: Germany is richer than ever before. But far too much of our hard-earned money is not being spent efficiently. Most expensive of...
  • Vintage Photo, Early 1900's - U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Pig Cafeteria"

    06/24/2013 7:35:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Early 20th Century | Retronaut
    The Pig Cafeteria was an exhibit produced by the Department of Agriculture to educate farmers about new methods of farming and raising livestock specifically, what to feed pigs so that they would be healthy and profitable.
  • IRS woes grow with report of conference spending

    06/03/2013 3:33:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 3, 2013 3:25 AM EDT | Alan Fram
    The Internal Revenue Service, already under fire after officials disclosed that the agency targeted conservative groups, faces increased scrutiny because of an inspector generals report that it spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.The report by the Treasury Departments inspector general about conference spending is set to be released Tuesday. The department issued a statement Sunday saying the administration has already taken aggressive and dramatic action to reduce conference spending. The White House and the agency were on the defensive before the report on conference spending. Agency officials and the Obama...
  • Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill

    01/28/2013 5:33:26 PM PST · by haffast · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1-28-2013 | ANDREW MIGA
    WASHINGTON (AP) Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Congress on Monday sent a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for storm victims to President Barack Obama for his signature. "I commend Congress for giving families and businesses the help they deserve, and I will sign this bill into law as soon as it hits my desk," Obama said in a statement late Monday. Despite opposition from conservatives concerned about adding billions of dollars more to the nation's debt, the Senate cleared the long-delayed bill, 62-36, after House Republicans had stripped it earlier this...
  • EARMARKS

    07/28/2012 10:10:04 PM PDT · by AMP1
    AmpersanArchist.com ^ | 2012-05-19 | AmpersanArchist1
    EARMARKS $129,859,196,359 This is a short outline describing only one method, only one very small portion of the vast Federal Budget, that elected officials use, with impunity, to TRANSFER WEALTH from hard working citizens, like you, to UNDESERVING PATRONAGE GROUPS. Or, to put it in other terms, they STEAL your money and BUY LOYALTY and VOTES so they can stay in office and power. Or to put it yet another way, THEY APPROPRIATE THE MONEY YOU WORKED YOUR ASS OFF TO EARN AND RE-DISTRIBUTE IT IN A MORE “FAIR” WAY. Don’t forget they are SMARTER than you and know how...
  • Brown pins legacy to Calif. high-speed rail plans

    02/18/2012 11:02:29 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/18/12 | JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
    Critics have called it the train to nowhere and a $98 billion boondoggle. As concerns mount over the practicality and affordability of California's plan to build a high-speed rail system, even many former supporters are beginning to sound skeptical. Not so Gov. Jerry Brown. He has emerged as the most vocal cheerleader of a project that is as risky as it is ambitious. Building a first-in-the-nation project would provide a lasting legacy for the 73-year-old Democratic governor as he moves into the twilight of a long political career. His father is revered for promoting the construction of California's comprehensive water...
  • Newt Gingrich was a lobbyist, plain and simple

    11/20/2011 6:56:38 PM PST · by Fred · 122 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 112011 | Tim Carney
    When Newt Gingrich says he never lobbied, he's not telling the truth. When he was a paid consultant for the drug-industry's lobby group, Gingrich worked hard to persuade Republican congressmen to vote for the Medicare drug subsidy that the industry favored. To deny Gingrich was a lobbyist requires an Obama-like word parsing over who is and who isn't a lobbyist. Gingrich stated last week on Fox News, "I do no lobbying of any kind. I never have. A very important point to make. I have never done lobbying of any kind." But the facts contradict that claim. First of all,...
  • Newt and the Social Conservatives (A twice-divorced candidate seeks Evangelical acceptance)

    11/18/2011 8:04:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 136 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/18/2011 | Katrina Trinko
    Three marriages. Two divorces. Add up the numbers, and Newt Gingrich is an improbable candidate to win over the influential social-conservative bloc in the GOP. But in this unconventional cycle, both national and early-primary-state evangelical and social-conservative leaders are signaling that Gingrichs personal history is no insurmountable obstacle, although some would like to see him further address his past decisions. In general, I think people who have experienced the ultimate form of forgiveness themselves are willing to extend mercy and extend forgiveness to others, says Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. In Newts case, hes...
  • Newt Gingrich: Only worked one hour a month giving advice to Freddie Mac

    11/18/2011 8:42:45 PM PST · by Fred · 72 replies
    Wapo ^ | 111811 | Dan Eggen
    Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is stepping up his defense of his lucrative consulting career, in part by arguing that he didnt do very much to earn all that money. In an interview late Thursday on Fox News, Gingrich said that he only worked about an hour a month giving advice to Freddie Mac, the quasi-public mortage company that paid him up to $1.8 million in fees.
  • Newt Gingrich Hit on Health Care Flip-Flops, Think Tank

    11/18/2011 8:15:13 PM PST · by Fred · 34 replies · 2+ views
    KLPW AM ^ | 111811 | Admin
    AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As Newt Gingrich attempts to shrug off his political baggage, the former House speaker is under new scrutiny for having close ties to health care giants and flip-flopping on his statements on health care. The Center for Health Transformation, which Gingrich founded, raked in millions of dollars from heavy hitters like GE Healthcare and Wellpoint, as first reported by the Washington Post. The group says it does not lobby, but on its website, it touts its ability to build bridges between the federal government and private sector. Among its strengths, the think tank lists its unparalleled network...
  • Gingrich hints he may release details on Freddie Mac payments today

    11/18/2011 10:59:24 AM PST · by Fred · 26 replies
    CBS ^ | 111811 | Walt Cronkite
    Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Thursday that he's trying to figure out how much money he made from controversial housing giant Freddie Mac and suggested he may release the information as early as Friday. Gingrich's comments, in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, represent the latest shift in his campaign's response to a Bloomberg News story earlier this week that said the former House speaker made as much as $1.6 million from Freddie. Initially, the Gingrich campaign promised to release details about the payment, then appeared to back off that pledge. Freddie Mac and its sister quasi-governmental...
  • Gingrich think tank collected millions from health-care industry ($37 million & MANDATE)

    11/18/2011 2:51:00 AM PST · by Fred · 298 replies · 2+ views
    Wapo ^ | 11/18/11 | Dan Eggen
    A think tank founded by GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich collected at least $37 million over the past eight years from major health-care companies and industry groups, offering special access to the former House speaker and other perks, according to records and interviews. The Center for Health Transformation, which opened in 2003, brought in dues of as much as $200,000 per year from insurers and other health-care firms, offering some of them access to Newt Gingrich and direct Newt interaction, according to promotional materials. The biggest funders, including firms such as AstraZeneca, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Novo Nordisk, were...
  • GINGRICH FACES MORE SCRUTINY OVER CORPORATE CLIENTS

    11/17/2011 7:56:15 PM PST · by not2worry · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2011 | Jim Rutenberg
    His campaign has said that he did no lobbying; but his consultancy practice was centered around his ability to help big corporate interests speak the language of Republicans and navigate the corridors of Capitol Hill on issues vital to their businesses.
  • Gingrich made big bucks pushing corporate welfare (BIG PHARMA)

    11/16/2011 6:54:03 PM PST · by Fred · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/16/11 | Tom Carney
    Newt Gingrich spent the last decade being paid by big business to convince conservatives to support big-government policies that would profit his clients. Gingrich's consulting firm racked up $1.6 million in fees from the government-sponsored enterprise Freddie Mac, we learned this week from Bloomberg News. Gingrich's job was to help Freddie Mac win over conservatives to this market-distorting, bubble-fueling, housing-subsidy entity, which is now officially owned by the federal government. We also know that Growth Energy, an ethanol lobby, paid $312,500 to the Gingrich Group in 2009, according to the group's tax filing. Growth Energy lobbies to preserve many ethanol...
  • Bachmann took campaign money from Freddie Mac while she was fighting them

    11/16/2011 6:41:00 PM PST · by Fred · 56 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 111611 | Matt Lewis
    Rep. Michele Bachmann hit former Speaker Newt Gingrich hard on Wednesday for receiving consulting fees from mortgage giant Freddie Mac, but it turns out Bachmann herself received campaign contributions from The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporations (Freddie Mac) political action committee during the 2007-2008 cycle. While [Gingrich] was taking that money, I was fighting against Fannie and Freddie, Bachmann said on Wednesday. It turns out that while she was fighting them, she was also taking their money.