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  • Ouch! Jeb!'s 3 Delegates Cost $50 Million a Pop, No Wonder He's Mad at Trump

    07/20/2016 10:47:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | July 20, 2016 | Justin Holcomb
    Jeb Bush's three delegates at the Republican National Convention cost him and his campaign around $50 million each.  After being the 'hands down' favorite to win the Republican primary with an unlimited bank account supporting him, Bush ended up spending all the money his donors had fundraised and losing the election in miserable fashion.  Ever since, Jeb and the entire Bush family have been extremely negative and reluctant to support the Republican nominee.  In May, (politically correct) Bush criticized Trump for eating a taco salad.  “What Trump did was so insensitive,” Bush told Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.  "First, not all Hispanics are Mexican,"...
  • Bush's three delegates cost $50 million each

    07/20/2016 4:50:56 AM PDT · by maggief · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 20, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Jeb Bush's three delegates at the Republican National Convention cost him and his campaign about $50 million each. Bush, who ended his presidential campaign in February after a poor showing in South Carolina, had only three delegates vote for him at the Republicans' nominating convention Tuesday. His campaign and super PAC spent $46 million for each delegate, according to The Washington Post's Dave Weigel. He was a favorite going into the primary season and had substantial financial backing from his family network, but he was unable to muster the enthusiasm his campaign needed. Donald Trump's attacks on Bush as “low-energy”...
  • Judicial Watch: Obama Travel Cost Taxpayers over $79.5 million

    07/13/2016 10:38:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies ^ | July 13, 2016
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revealing the Obama family’s August 2015 vacation on Martha’s Vineyard cost taxpayers $465,420.49 in Secret Service expenses alone. This included $457,310.33 in hotels, $271.56 in car rentals, and $7,838.60 in air/rail travel. The records were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on November 24, 2015. Judicial Watch sued The Department of Homeland Security, of which the Secret Service is a part, because it had failed to respond to 19 FOIA requests from Judicial Watch since July 21,...
  • Sorry, Bernie fans. His health care plan is short $17,000,000,000,000.

    05/09/2016 11:52:31 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 9 replies
    Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed paying for his proposals to transform large sectors of the government and the economy mainly through increased taxes on wealthy Americans. A pair of new studies published Monday suggests Sanders would not come up with enough money using this approach, and that the poor and the middle class would have to pay more than Sanders has projected in order to fund his ideas. The studies, published jointly by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and the Urban Institute in Washington, concludes that Sanders's plans are short a total of more than $18 trillion over a decade....
  • U.S. Spent Nearly $100 Billion On Foreigners To Fight Terrorists

    10/08/2015 10:35:18 AM PDT · by amorphous · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8 Oct 2015 | Authored by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, originally posted at,
    To combat Islamic militants the White House says threaten national interests, the U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion to arm and train foreign militaries across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, an analysis by Vocativ shows. And nearly all of them are reeling from setbacks that threaten to undermine what’s become a core component of American foreign policy in these regions. U.S. programs funding foreign fighters began flourishing in the years after 9/11 and were later bolstered by President Obama, who prefers doing this instead of deploying American troops into troubled areas. Now central to how the White...
  • EPA Incompetence Could Cost Taxpayers Nearly $30 Billion

    08/20/2015 3:34:41 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/19/2015 | John Merline
    Soon after it released 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into Colorado's Animas River, the Environmental Protection Agency tried to downplay the damage.
  • Obama Family’s 2014 Christmas Vacation Cost Taxpayers $3,672,798 in Transportation Expenses

    03/10/2015 3:30:45 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Martha’s Vineyard August, 2014 Vacation Cost $400,666.30 in Transportation $2,425,085.50 were Spent in Transportation Expenses for Obama’s July, 2014 West Coast Fundraising Trip Obama Hawaii Christmas vacations over the past three years have cost taxpayers $15,540,515.10 in travel expenses alone; (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that the Obama family’s 2014 Christmas vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii, cost taxpayers $3,672,798 in flight expenses alone. Christmas in Hawaii is an annual tradition for the family and their most recent visit, from December 19, 2014, to January 4, 2015, marked...
  • What is the cost of Thomas Duncan's medical treatment and who is paying for it?

    10/06/2014 12:19:07 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 46 replies
    one man's opinion...
    Ebola is in the news everywhere. We're learning a lot. One question that has yet to be asked, let alone answered, is who is paying for the cost of Thomas Duncan's medical treatment, and how just big is the bill?
  • After One Year, Obamacare’s Biggest Achievement: Hiding Its Cost

    10/03/2014 2:06:16 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 3, 2014 | John Daniel Davidson
    In a speech yesterday at Northwestern University, President Obama declared that the Affordable Care Act is “working pretty well in the real world”—a claim he couldn’t have made this time last year. Now, armed with surveys of the uninsured rate and CBO reports, his administration can take credit for “good, affordable healthcare”—but only by citing choice data and dwelling on those parts of the law that disguise its defects as virtues. Still, that’s a big improvement from where the administration was last October. It’s been a year this week since the launch of, the health insurance exchange website through...
  • US: Price tag attacks against Palestinians ‘largely un-prosecuted

    04/30/2014 10:41:48 PM PDT · by zoharm · 9 replies
    Israel Police spokesman denies claim, says, "The police are working around the clock on this issue."
  • Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel

    04/18/2014 11:15:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2014 5:43 AM EDT
    … Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the door of a mosque in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm was damaged overnight and the house of worship was sprayed with anti-Arab graffiti. He said on Friday that the attack appeared to be the latest “price tag” incident. …
  • Restaurant owner sells business to pay brain tumour surgery bill for his teenage waitress

    01/10/2014 4:45:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 99 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | Jan 9, 2014 | Rebecca Pocklington
    Brittany Mathis can't afford the operation because she doesn't have health insurance, so her boss Michael De Beyer is selling his Texas eatery Brittany Mathis, 19, was diagnosed with the small tumour in December but can't afford surgery to remove it because she doesn't have health insurance. Manager and boss Michael De Beyer has offered to sell his Kaiserhof Restaurant in Montgomery, Texas, which he has run for 17 years, to help his employee out.
  • The hidden costs of ObamaCare

    01/01/2014 7:24:24 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | 1/1/14 | Jacqueline Leo
    ObamaCare has delivered another sucker punch to the middle class. This time it's sticker shock. Now that most people can get past the tech problems of and actually see the real cost of insurance plans available, they are finding that Affordable Care is a big hit to the family budget. And when the family budget gets hit in the solar plexus, guess what happens to consumer spending and the economy?
  • Washington D.C. Spends $133,573,928 to Enroll Five People in Obamacare Exchanges

    11/09/2013 10:43:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | November 8, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this week we learned Delaware has spent $4 million to enroll four people in Obamacare. That was nothing. New numbers from four different healthcare providers show Washington D.C. has spent $133,573,928 to enroll a grand total of five people in Obamacare. That's $26,714,785.60 per Obamacare enrollee. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield: two enrollees from Oct. 1, 2013, through Oct. 30, 2013. Kaiser Permanente: three enrollees from Oct. 1, 2013, through Oct. 31, 2013. UnitedHealthcare: no enrollment data from the exchange as of Nov. 4, 2013. Aetna: no enrollment data as of Oct. 24, 2013. American's for Tax Reform breaks down taxpayer...
  • Popular Obamacare provision is causing 'sticker shock' for some

    11/07/2013 5:48:43 PM PST · by grundle · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov. 6, 2013 | Julie Appleby
    When setting premiums for next year, insurers baked in bigger-than-usual adjustments, driven in large part by a game-changing rule: They can no longer reject people with medical problems. Popular in consumer polls, the provision in the health law transforms the market for the estimated 14 million Americans who buy their own policies because they don’t get coverage through their jobs. Barred from denying coverage, insurers also can’t demand higher rates from unhealthy people and those deemed high risks because of conditions including obesity, high blood pressure or a previous cancer diagnosis. But the provision also adds costs. To a larger...
  • Experts stunned at cost for website development

    10/22/2013 6:05:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 173 replies
    My FOX-TV DC ^ | October 22, 2013
    “My overall sense, right from day one, was it was created by people who had never created a commercial database application before," said FMS Software developer Luke Chung. Chung looked over the site and was stunned by the code and the cost - by some estimates, perhaps $200 million. Chung continued, “At $200 an hour, that would be a million man hours, 5,000 man years. I don't think they had time to use 5,000 man years. So I don't know where the money went. I don't know what these people were doing. There're not that many web pages. I don't...
  • Daily Kos Blogger: Obamacare Will Double My Premiums

    10/15/2013 3:42:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    National Review ^ | October 15, 2013 | By Avik Roy
    Tirge Caps, a blogger at Daily Kos, says that in 2013, pre-Obamacare, he pays $150 a month for a health insurance plan from Kaiser. His wife pays $168. However, under Obamacare, their rates will nearly double, to $284 and $302, respectively: Read the comments section to see how Tirge’s compadres reacted to his situation.
  • $100 Million Trip To Africa? That's Nothing. Obama's Head To Asia For Vacation

    09/15/2013 12:14:11 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 29 replies
    President Obama will again pivot toward Asia next month with a week-long trip to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines, the White House announced Friday. Obama will be away Oct. 6-12 for a trip that the White House describes as “part of his ongoing commitment to increase U.S. political, economic and security engagement with the Asia Pacific.” He’ll start the trip in Bali, to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders meeting. He missed last year’s summit in Russia, which came weeks before the presidential election. Depending on the status of Syria talks, the summit could include a...
  • Israeli Held for Pro-Settler Vandalism of West Bank Monastery

    07/01/2013 8:10:12 AM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Monday, 01 Jul 2013 07:44 AM | NewsMax
    JERUSALEM — An Israeli is under arrest for the vandalism of a Christian monastery in the occupied West Bank last year, carried out in solidarity with hardline Jewish settlers, police said on Monday. Graffiti left on the 19th-century Latrun Monastery referred to Migron, an unauthorized settler outpost evacuated by the Israeli government. The words "Jesus is a monkey" were also daubed on the wall in Hebrew, and the monastery's doors torched. The September act was condemned by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said the perpetrators had threatened freedom of religion and must be punished. Netanyahu has become increasingly concerned by...
  • The Obamas Family Trip to Africa to Cost $60 to $100 Million

    06/13/2013 12:25:18 PM PDT · by yoe · 25 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 12, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama and his family will be going to Africa later this month. But the trip won't be cheap; it's expected to cost American taxpayers $60 to $100 million, according to the (The Washington Post) "When President Obama makes his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa later this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe won’t be taking any chances. Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case...
  • Saudi Prince Fahd al-Saud Spends $20 Million In Three Days at Disneyland (graduation present)

    06/03/2013 4:16:28 PM PDT · by drewh · 29 replies
    Australian News ^ | June 03, 2013 11:27PM
    A SAUDI prince has spent 15 million euros ($A20.41 million) for three days of fun at Disneyland near Paris to celebrate his degree, the group that runs the theme park says. Prince Fahd al-Saud booked entire areas of the park between May 22 and 24 for his 60-odd guests. The festivities included tailor-made events involving "rare Disney characters", Euro Disney said.. Special security was put in place for the prince, one of the park's top customers, it added. The theme park attracted 16 million visitors last year but Euro Disney has not made any profits since it was set up...
  • Justice Min.: Define Anti-Arab Vandalism as Terror

    05/16/2013 2:09:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/5/13 | Gil Ronen
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni wants punishment for "price tag" operations – as Jewish nationalistic vandalism is called – to be legally defined as terrorism. She is in the process of proposing a law to this effect and is expected to present it to the Cabinet next week. The law would mandate heavy punishment against people convicted of such vandalism and those who express support for it. It will also make it possible for the police and Shin Bet to take harsher measures against suspects in the vandalism, like the measures that are taken against Arab terrorists. Minister of Public Security...
  • Bombing, Aftermath Could Cost Boston Billions

    04/20/2013 5:41:57 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 40 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | April 19, 2013 | Althea Chang
    The economic impact of the Boston Marathon bomb suspect manhunt could run into the billions of dollars, according to one expert, as a million city residents were stuck at home, stores were shuttered and public transit ground to a halt. Boston businesses were advised to remain closed, city employees were told to stay home or remain in place at work, vehicular traffic was limited and travel into the city via Amtrak and discount bus lines was suspended.
  • PA Arabs Claim Bat Ayin Jews Destroyed Olive Trees, Grapevines

    04/14/2013 2:49:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/4/13 | Chana Yaar
    Palestinian Authority Arabs have accused Jews from Bat Ayin of carrying out a price tag attack last week on an old Arab farmer’s vineyard and olive grove. The accusation came in a report published on the website of the Stop The Wall organization under the self-described “Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign,” subtitled “Settlements, Land and Resource Theft, Destruction of Land.” According to the report, residents of the Judean Jewish community of Bat Ayin allegedly cut and destroyed “dozens of trees on the land of farmer Hamad Abdul Hamid Jaber” last Thursday morning, including 55 grape vines, 1 quince tree and...
  • Revealed: Arabs Behind 'Israeli Attack'

    02/28/2013 7:46:31 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/2/13 | David Lev
    Members of the Samaria Residents Council slammed leftist groups Thursday after police said that what had been thought to be a “price tag” action by Jewish residents of Esh Kodesh in the Binyamin region turned out to be a dispute between Arabs. It was the Arabs who set fire to six vehicles in the village of Korsa near Shechem last week, deliberately blaming the Jews for their activities. Among the groups with egg on their face in the wake of the police findings is the “Rabbis for Human Rights” organization, which in the wake of the claims by Arabs that...
  • Sandy caused $37 billion in damage in NJ: Christie

    11/29/2012 7:12:19 AM PST · by Stingray51 · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 28, 2012 | Associated Press
    TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Chris Christie says Superstorm Sandy caused $36.8 billion in damage in New Jersey. Christie is requesting that amount, which is greater than his state's entire budget, from the federal government. Christie says more than 30,000 homes or businesses were destroyed or sustained substantial damage from last month's storm.
  • Marriage Mania: Average Couple spends more than $26,000 on Weddings

    08/13/2012 1:44:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 76 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 12, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Back in the 1980s when I was ordained, there was a priest in the area who was famous (infamous) for the fact that he requested couples who were going to spend more than $5,000 on a wedding (more in those days than now) to pay a tithe, (one tenth) of what they spent on the wedding, to the poor. While he could not require this of couples, he made of it more than a casual suggestion, reminding them that, as they spent thousands on flowers that wilt and dresses worn only once, there were some in this world who had...
  • Report: Soldier Refused to Participate in Exercise

    07/02/2012 2:22:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/7/12
    An IDF soldier was accused of refusing to participate in an exercise that was conducted several days before the evacuation of five buildings in the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El that were designed to deal with the aftermath of the evacuation. The exercise was designed to teach soldiers how to handle “price tag” actions by youths opposed to the evacuation. Channel Two reported that the soldier refused to participate, telling commanders that this was not what he had joined the IDF for. The soldier was ejected from a commanders' course he was enrolled in....
  • Health-Care Law Will Add $340 Billion To Deficit, New Study Finds

    04/09/2012 10:08:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 09, 2012
    Health-Care Law Will Add $340 Billion To Deficit, New Study Finds By Lori Montgomery April 9 President Obama’s landmark health-care initiative, long touted as a means to control costs, will actually add more than $340 billion to the nation’s budget woes over the next decade, according to a new study by a Republican member of the board that oversees Medicare financing. The study is set to be released Tuesday by Charles Blahous, a conservative policy analyst whom Obama approved in 2010 as the GOP trustee for Medicare and Social Security. His analysis challenges the conventional wisdom that the health-care law,...
  • MK: Is Organizing a Protest Now a 'Price Tag' Crime?

    01/04/2012 4:24:31 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/1/12 | David Lev
    A routine visit to an MK on Wednesday afternoon turned into a trip to the police station for Ro'i Ridar, chairman of the action committee for the Binyamin Regional Council. Ridar arrived at the Knesset Wednesday for a meeting with MK Uri Ariel, and was arrested by Knesset security, on charges of encouraging a “price tag” activity. Ridar's “crime,” he says, was the chartering of a bus for students at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem to participate in protests agains the demolishing of Ramat Gilad several weeks ago. Police had issued an arrest warrant for Ridar, and alerted the Knesset...
  • Israelis set fire to mosque in West Bank

    12/15/2011 6:03:09 AM PST · by Cardhu · 26 replies
    Press TV ^ | December 15th 2011 | Staff
    Extremist Israeli settlers torched the mosque in the village of Burqa on Thursday. The extremists also scrawled graffiti on the walls of the mosque. The graffiti indicated that the attack was carried out “in response to the dismantling of two buildings” in an illegal Israeli settlement outpost several hours earlier in the day. Israeli settlers also set fire to a mosque in the western part of al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Wednesday. In recent months, the settlers have increased attacks on Palestinian mosques. On many occasions, the attacks have led to clashes with Palestinians. The latest attack in Burqa was apparently carried...
  • Arabs Warn: We’ll Personally Prevent ‘Price Tag’ Operations

    09/17/2011 10:32:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/9/11 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority Arabs warned on Friday that they will personally stop any ‘price tag’ operations by Jews residing in Judea and Samaria. A report in the PA-based WAFA news agency said, “The popular committees set up by Palestinians in the villages near Shechem in order to protect their property and the lives of citizens from the settlers, were able to arrest nine settlers who tried to enter the village of Kusra which recently suffered from harassment and arson of its mosque.” The report was referring to the torching of a mosque in the village last week. The attack on the...
  • New Police Policy? Yitzhar Residents Arrested After Midnight

    08/21/2011 3:08:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/08/11 | Elad Benari
    As part of the many measures being taken lately against residents in the Samaria (Shomron) Jewish community of Yitzhar, the police and the military have adopted a new policy: arresting residents who come home after midnight. One of them is Elchanan Gruner, a resident of Yitzhar and a member of the Honenu legal aid association. “We came on Monday at 12:15am,” Gruner told Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew website on Wednesday. A Border Police jeep stood at the entrance to the community, stopped us and asked us for identity cards. We asked why, they said that there are all kinds of suspicions...
  • Michelle, Mom, Kids Africa Trip Costing Taxpayers $171,000 At Least for Air Travel Alone

    06/21/2011 7:29:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Michelle, Mom, Kids Africa Trip Costing Taxpayers $171,000 At Least for Air Travel Alone Tuesday, June 21, 2011 By James Zilenziger ( - The White House isn’t saying how much of a tab the taxpayers will need to pick up for the week-long trip that First Lady Michelle Obama, her two children, her mother, a niece and a nephew are taking to South Africa and Botswana. But according to Congressional Research Service estimates, the flights alone will cost taxpayers more than $171,000--almost as much as the $174,000 annual salaries paid to rank-and-file members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The...
  • Jerusalem Mufti Condemns Mosque Vandalism

    06/07/2011 8:01:50 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/6/11
    The Grand mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Muhammad Hussein on Tuesday condemned the vandalism of a Ramallah area mosque earlier in the day, saying, "the attack on this mosque is part of a systematic policy aiming to flame the conflict and show disrespect to the religious and human values of others," the Palestinian Authority's Ma'an news agency reported. Arabs from the community of al-Muayar near Ramallah reported that a carpet in the mosque was set aflame during the early morning hours in what appeared to be a "price tag" attack...
  • Special IDF Deployment to Stop Reactions to Havat Gilad Incident

    03/17/2011 5:19:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/3/11 | Gil Ronen
    The IDF and Border Police are on special deployment near the Arab villages around Shechem, in order to forestall any Jewish attempts to demonstrate in the Arab villages or damage property in what are often referred to as "price tag" attacks. The deployment is described in a military document that has reached the hands of Samaria residents. About 100 soldiers are have been carrying out dozens of patrols and observation missions on about ten jeeps and on foot since Monday, when pneumatic guns were used to shoot at Jews in Havat Gilad, arousing the wrath of Samaria residents. Forces from...
  • Settlers threaten riots over synagogue sealing

    10/05/2010 3:44:40 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 12 replies
    YNet News ^ | 5 Oct 2010 | Yair Altman
    The Settlement movement warned Tuesday of a harsh reaction and painful "price tag" style retaliation if authorities proceed in the plan to seal a synagogue which was illegally built in the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Shomron. The settlers are enraged that while legal action is taken against their prayer house, no action is being taken again an illegally built mosque in the Burin, an adjacent Palestinian village. Elements in the far Right warned that should the synagogue be sealed, they will stage protests, burn tires, set Palestinian farmland on fire and block roads. Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari (National...
  • Anger mounts over Michelle Obama's £150k Spanish holiday bill... footed by U.S. taxpayer

    08/06/2010 6:11:44 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 101 replies · 1+ views
    Michelle Obama today faced a fresh wave of attacks over her lavish break in Spain with 40 friends which has cost U.S. taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds. The First Lady has been lambasted for her extravagance at a time when the economy is still struggling. One blogger went so far as to brand her a modern-day Marie Antoinette. The exact cost of the trip is unclear as Mrs Obama, 46, and her friends are footing personal expenses - including accommodation at Marbella's five-star Hotel Villa Padierna - themselves. But the taxpayer will have to pick up the tab for...
  • GM Volt's price induces some sticker shock (the ObamaVolt Car)

    07/28/2010 3:43:38 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 210 replies · 6+ views
    Washington Compost ^ | 28 July 2010 | Peter Whoriskey
    The long-anticipated Chevrolet Volt, General Motors' electric car, will cost $41,000, the company announced Tuesday, leaving consumers to decide whether its environmental appeal is worth a price far above that of similarly sized conventional autos. Electric-car technology has been around for years, but the high cost to make the vehicles has prevented automakers from producing them for the mass market. The price announcements for the Volt and its electric rival, the Nissan Leaf, have been highly anticipated as a result. Nissan, the only other major manufacturer expected to bring such a vehicle to market this year, said the Leaf will...
  • Chelsea Clinton's Lavish, Star-studded Wedding Ceremony will Cost between $3 and $5 Million

    07/27/2010 4:27:16 AM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 120 replies · 4+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/27/10 | Joe Dziemianowicz
    Here comes the bride. There goes the cash. On Saturday Chelsea Clinton is set to marry her investment-banker boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky at a posh private estate 90 miles north of Manhattan. The hotly anticipated, highly secretive affair has been called the Wedding of the Decade and of the Century. Extravagant and notable events like that don't come cheap. Experts in all things nuptial ballpark the cost of Bill and Hillary Clinton's little girl's big day at anywhere from $3 million to $5 million. "This will definitely be the biggest wedding of the year." But this is different from your garden-variety...
  • Thanks To Fannie And Freddie, Bailout Tab Hits $3.7 Trillion !!

    07/21/2010 8:40:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies · 2+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 07/21/2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Remember when the bailout was going to cost $700 million? Yeah, not so much. Reuters: Increased housing commitments swelled U.S. taxpayers' total support for the financial system by $700 billion in the past year to around $3.7 trillion, a government watchdog said on Wednesday. The Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program said the increase was due largely to the government's pledges to supply capital to Fannie Mae (FNMA.OB) and Freddie Mac (FMCC.OB) and to guarantee more mortgages to the support the housing market. Of course, Fannie and Freddie went completely untouched in financial reform.
  • Average cost of sheltering a single homeless family in D.C.: $2,500-$3,700 a month

    03/25/2010 10:11:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 748+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/25/10 | Mike Riggs
    Average cost of sheltering a single homeless family in D.C.: $2,500-$3,700 a monthBy Mike Riggs 03/25/10 at 9:33 AM According to a study released today by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and reported by USA Today, it’s cheaper to put homeless families in real homes than it is to house them in shelters: Many communities probably don’t know that they are spending as much “to maintain a cot in a gymnasium with 100 other cots” as it would cost to rent an efficiency apartment, says Dennis Culhane, a University of Pennsylvania professor who studies housing policies. “We are...
  • CA: Report: NUMMI Closure To Cost Taxpayers $2.3 Bil.

    03/03/2010 7:03:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 1,424+ views ^ | 3 | CBS 5 / BCN
    FREMONT (CBS 5 / BCN) ― California Treasurer Bill Lockyer said Wednesday that Toyota's plan to close the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant in Fremont on April 1 would cost taxpayers an estimated $2.3 billion and cripple the state's economy. Lockyer said a report by a blue ribbon commission chaired by University of California at Berkeley professor Harley Shaiken "completely takes apart Toyota's excuses for closing the plant" and shows that the plant is financially viable and is needed to help Toyota meet its U.S. sales targets. Shaiken said closing the plant "would amount to abandonment of one of...
  • NBC Nightly News puts price tag on Commiecare™ over the next 10 years - $900 TRILLION!

    02/26/2010 7:14:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies · 1,771+ views
    Schnitt Show ^ | 2/26/10
    \ Screen Shot of NBC Nightly News - 900 Trillion
  • Absolutely...The funniest joke ever...

    02/09/2010 8:19:48 AM PST · by kcvl · 73 replies · 3,365+ views
    Absolutely...The funniest joke ever... AND IT’S ON US ! Let it sink in. Quietly... we go like sheep to slaughter. Does anybody out there have any memory Of the reason given for the establishment Of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY During the Carter Administration? Anybody? Anything? No? Didn't think so! Bottom line ... We've spent several hundred billion dollars In support of an agency ...the reason For which not one person who reads This can remember. Ready??????? It was very simple .. And at the time everybody thought It very appropriate... The 'Department of Energy' Was instituted on 8-04-1977 TO LESSEN...
  • Billion dollar nightmare looms as Obama refuses to rule out holding 9/11 terror trials in NYC

    02/08/2010 8:32:51 AM PST · by pissant · 35 replies · 860+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/8/10 | Ken Bazinet
    The feds may still try the 9/11 terror thugs near Ground Zero, President Obama said yesterday, shocking critics. "I have not ruled it out, but I think it's important for us to take into account the practical, logistical issues involved," Obama told CBS News anchor Katie Couric. "I mean, if you have a city that is saying no, and a police department that is saying no, and a mayor that is saying no, that makes it difficult," Obama acknowledged. The White House asked Attorney General Eric Holder late last month to look for alternatives to a trial in Manhattan Federal...
  • The Obamas Write a $15,000 Check for Haiti Recovery (But Spent $40,000 on Christmas Vacation)

    01/20/2010 5:32:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 56 replies · 2,229+ views
    ABC News ^ | Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | Sunlen Miller
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama donated $15,000 today to the Haiti relief efforts, the White House confirms. The donation came from their personal bank account, a check written to the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund. “The President and First Lady have been inspired by the way that millions of Americans have responded with tremendous generosity to the Haiti crisis – even in these tough economic times,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest says, “So, today, they sent their own check for $15,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund to support the ongoing relief efforts in that country.” The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund was...
  • Obama announces $100 million for Haiti

    01/15/2010 7:23:06 AM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies · 552+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Thursday, January 14, 2010 11:09 AM | Domenico Montanaro
    WASHINGTON -- Calling Haiti a top priority that would involve every element of America's national capacity, the president on Thursday announced $100 million in aid to help with relief efforts in the devastated country.
  • Obama's Green Jobs Program: $135,294 Per Job

    01/08/2010 3:19:23 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 7 replies · 419+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/8/2010 | Sean Higgins
    The White House announced Friday the awarding of $2.3 billion in tax credits — the money comes from last year’s stimulus bill — to companies to create “green jobs.” The announcement was rather obviously timed to counter the news that the nation lost 85,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate stayed at 10% — bad news for an administration that once promised to hold unemployment to 8% by the end of 2009.
  • Behind The Real Size of the Bailout (Mother Jones says its $14 trillion)

    01/04/2010 11:13:58 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies · 783+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | Dec. 21, 2009
    A guide to the abbreviations, acronyms, and obscure programs that make up the $14 trillion federal bailout of Wall Street The price tag for the Wall Street bailout is often put at $700 billion—the size of the Troubled Assets Relief Program. But TARP is just the best known program in an array of more than 30 overseen by Treasury Department and Federal Reserve that have paid out or put aside money to bail out financial firms and inject money into the markets. To get a sense of the size of the real $14 trillion bailout, see our chart here. Below, a guide...