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  • Senators vow to reassert America's rocket power

    07/16/2014 2:12:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Julian Hattem
    Lawmakers and top military officials on Wednesday expressed fears that friction with Russia could someday leave the United States without the power to launch rockets into space. Reliance on a single Russian engine to launch many critical military satellites could come back to haunt the U.S., officials said, if tensions between the two nations continue to rise. “If you consider space a national security priority, then you absolutely have to consider assured access to space a national security priority,” Gen. William Shelton, commander of the Air Force’s space command, testified in a joint Senate committee hearing on Wednesday. “Given that...
  • RAHN: Privatize almost everything: With money running low, government functions become inviable

    05/01/2013 5:35:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/01/2013 | By Richard Rahn
    As a mental challenge, try to think of all of the governmental activities — federal, state and local — that could be privatized. Now, go a step further. Suppose you were required to develop a plan to privatize, or make self-supporting through user fees, nearly every activity of government. Could you or a group of your friends do it? Try it. I expect your success will surprise you. The reason this is relevant is because most governments will reach their borrowing limits in the not-too-distant future, which means they will have to operate on current revenue from taxes and fees....
  • As flight delays increase, so does the finger-pointing in Washington

    04/24/2013 5:00:36 AM PDT · by Tugo · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 23, 2013 | John Whitesides
    Federal officials reported flight delays at U.S. airports for a third consecutive day on Tuesday, fueling a political blame game as Republicans and Democrats accused each other of causing the furloughs of thousands of air-traffic controllers. On Capitol Hill and at the White House, the rhetoric over across-the-board federal budget cuts known as "sequestration" became increasingly biting. Both sides tried to take political advantage - and avoid responsibility - for cuts by the Federal Aviation Administration that officials say could plague the country's aviation system during the summer travel season.
  • Louisiana's bold bid to privatize schools

    06/01/2012 4:17:37 PM PDT · by redreno · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | By Stephanie Simon June 1 | Fri Jun 1, 2012 6:04pm EDT | By Stephanie Simon June 1 | Fri Jun 1, 2012 6:04pm EDT
    Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools. The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others. Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.
  • NATIONAL EDUCATION STANDARDS: An Exit Strategy for States

    01/03/2012 4:15:43 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Dec. 20, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A GREAT QUICK SUMMARY OF HOW TO PULL BACK FROM OBAMA ED. THE TWIN SISTER OF OBAMACARE. A lot of deals were made quickly. Arne Duncan showed up with suitcases of money. Race to the Top? Common Core Curriculum? Excuse me, I've become such a cynic. I don't believe any of this stuff will result in better schools.
  • Physics vs. Phys Ed: Regardless of Need, Schools Pay the Same

    11/01/2011 10:03:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/1/2011 | Tom Gantert
    There are 19 gym teachers in the Farmington School District who make more than $85,000 a year each. The average gym teacher's salary in Farmington is $75,035. By comparison, the science teachers in that district make $68,483 per year on average. That’s not unusual in Michigan schools, according to Freedom of Information Act requests received from around the state. In the Woodhaven-Brownstown district, 18.5 (FTE) science teachers average some $58,400 per year in salary, while 12 gym teachers averaged nearly $76,700. In Harrison, science teachers earned $49,000 on average while gym teachers averaged $62,000. This is not unusual, because school...
  • Are Public-School Teachers Underpaid?

    11/01/2011 9:11:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/01/2011 | Andrew G. Biggs
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan thinks public-school teachers are “desperately underpaid” and has called for doubling teacher salaries. In a new paper co-authored with Jason Richwine of the Heritage Foundation, I look into whether teachers really are desperately underpaid, or underpaid at all. Jason and I find that the conventional wisdom is far off the truth. At first glance, public-school teachers definitely look underpaid. According to Census data, teachers receive salaries around 20 percent lower than similarly educated private-sector workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says teachers’ benefits are about the same as benefits in the private sector. But both the...
  • Should College Loans Be Forgiven? This Dinosaur Says No!

    10/28/2011 9:41:28 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 25 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | Oct. 28th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Maybe the problem is that kids are not taught personal pride and responsibility. Nowhere does the constitution say that your college loan must be paid for by the government. The pursuit of happiness means that you have the opportunity to succeed, not a guarantee that you will. The country and the world are in upheaval. You think if you make noise and cause havoc you can get your way. Good luck with that, you are adults now, take a shot at being one.
  • Department of Education (Let's Get Rid Of It)

    10/25/2011 3:49:58 PM PDT · by bthockey · 19 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 10/24/11 | Bryan Thomas
    Of all the departments of our federal government, the most pointless and unconstitutional is the Department of Education. Since it was created back in 1976, test scores have shown no substantial improvements compared to all the money we are spending. If we are looking for ways to cut back our budget and the debt itself, one of the first places we should look is the Department of Education. The Department of Education's budget has increased over 300% from when it was first established. With this significant increase, one would logically think that test scores of American students would be increasing...
  • The Republicans Who Blocked Charter School Choice

    09/23/2011 12:13:04 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/23/2011 | Ken Braun
    Before the creation of charter public schools in 1994, mere geography determined the education of Michigan’s public school pupils. Much like buying boots in the old Soviet Empire, parental choice was limited to accepting what the bureaucrats in the local education monopoly offered, or fleeing with the family across the border to another district (if you could afford it). Even today, a majority of charters have a wait list, and some must conduct lotteries to determine which parents get a choice over who teaches their kids. For last school year, one such lottery was used because a district had just...
  • President Obama Offers the Military a 'Risky Scheme'

    09/10/2011 9:19:05 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 10, 2011 | Elizabeth Herring
    When President Obama provides his roadmap for saving the economy, he needs to explain why it is bad to privatize Social Security but good to privatize military retirement, changing it from a government pension plan to a 401(k) investment program. And if this really is the key to economic solvency in the retirement system, then why not privatize Social Security as well? When things aren't broken, don't fix them. The all-volunteer military system still attracts some of our finest young people even though we have been at war for ten years. If a change to 401(k)s is a good idea,...
  • Major Media Tricked By Education Spoof [satire]

    07/27/2011 5:16:03 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies
    EducationImproved,blogspot.com ^ | July 23, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    President Obama met with executives from the nation’s largest corporations and demanded large cash payments for education. Corporate bosses eagerly agreed to fork over what amounts to additional taxes for a schools system that does little to educate future employees. President Obama agreed to do nothing in return to improve the state of the public schools. He orated: “We’ll tell you what you need. Your job is to feel guilty and sign checks.” Corporate executives and government officials held hands and sang verses from Gilbert and Sullivan, with an especially rousing rendition of “We are the very model of a...
  • House GOP Considers Privatizing Medicare

    01/27/2011 3:34:33 PM PST · by Walts Ice Pick · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 27, 2011 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Months after they hammered Democrats for cutting Medicare, House Republicans are debating whether to relaunch their quest to privatize the health program for seniors. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is testing support for his idea to replace Medicare with a fixed payment to buy a private medical plan from a menu of coverage options.
  • Freep a Poll! (privatizing liquor licences in Virginia. 4 choices)

    07/21/2010 8:48:21 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Hamptonroads.com ^ | 7-21-10 | Hampton Roads
    Which, if any, of the four options being looked at for privatizing the state liquor store system do you prefer? Privatize retail and wholesale operations and auction licenses to distributors and sellers of spirits. Retain control of retail and wholesale operations and use private retailers to sell spirits for the state Sell wholesale and retail rights to a corporate partner. Allow the more than 3,000 Virginia stores already licensed to sell wine and beer to also market liquor Make no changes.
  • City Moves to Privatize All Services

    06/29/2010 8:22:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2010 | Tom Gantert
    When City Manager John Szerlag said he would consider privatizing all of Troy's city services, he said if the municipal departments could match the private company bids, he'd keep them. The city's building department, however, never bothered to even put in an official bid, Szerlag said. That's because a quick review found that every one of the 22 employees in the building department would have to take a 35 percent cut in pay, an option deemed unacceptable to the city employees, Szerlag said. From 2001 to 2009, the city's general fund had subsidized the building department to the tune of...
  • Obama Names Bolden for NASA

    05/28/2009 4:59:36 PM PDT · by Coleus · 39 replies · 1,694+ views
    tna ^ | 05.27.09 | Steve DuBord
    “Obama's NASA selection is a boost for manned spaceflight” proclaimed the headline to the May 24 Los Angeles Times story. Apparently, “the choice of astronaut Charles Bolden as NASA administrator reassures many who feared that Obama was lukewarm on future manned missions,” and is being interpreted as supporting NASA’s goal of humans once again going to the moon by 2020.“Clearly Charlie Bolden would not have taken the job if he were being asked to shut down human spaceflight," said John Logsdon, a space policy expert in Washington, according to the Times. If approved by the Senate to take the captain’s...
  • Blue Dogs look beyond '08 election (privatize Social Security?)

    06/13/2008 3:27:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies · 243+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/11/08 | PATRICK O'CONNOR
    Blue Dogs look beyond '08 electionBy PATRICK O'CONNOR | 6/11/08 4:50 AM EST Democrat Jim Cooper is focused on the federal government’s swelling financial obligations. Photo: John Shinkle Rep. Jim Cooper never misses a chance to talk about the federal government’s swelling financial obligations. But the Tennessee Democrat clams up when asked about a conversation he had on the topic with his party’s likely presidential nominee, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. “I’ll let his campaign speak to his position on this issue,” Cooper says. Cooper’s silence is understandable: Although the party that takes power next year will have to address deficit...
  • Canadians more open to private health

    11/22/2005 2:19:02 PM PST · by proud_yank · 9 replies · 451+ views
    National Post ^ | November 22, 2005 | Siri Agrell
    Canadians are losing faith in the health care system and are open to the possibility of private initiatives if their access to quick and effective treatment does not improve, according to a new survey. "If Canadians are not reassured that timely access is eventually going to happen, their support for this private option is likely to increase," said Marie Larose, vice-president of POLLARA Research, which conducted the 2005 Health Care in Canada Survey. "If politicians are not able to demonstrate that there are solutions, people are more and more going to turn to other answers." Fifty per cent of respondents...
  • After 111 Years, Postage Stamps Go Private Bureau of Engraving Prints Its Last Rolls

    06/13/2005 1:13:31 PM PDT · by Ladysmith · 26 replies · 1,361+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 13, 2005 | By Bill McAllister
    The end to 111 years of stamp production by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) came without any public ceremony in the same 14th Street building where many of the nation's most famous stamps have been printed. Workers pulled a final roll of 37-cent flag stamps from an aging, four-color Andreotti press on the fourth floor. That simple act terminated a once-thriving business that the Treasury Department agency had monopolized for decades.
  • Codey Wants to Privatize Toll Road

    06/09/2005 5:48:31 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 26 replies · 611+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Jun 9, 2005 7:23 am US/Eastern
    Gov. Richard J. Codey is working on a plan to bolster the state's Transportation Trust Fund with a temporary increase in the gasoline tax and additional money generated by privatizing the New Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Parkway, according to a published report. The Record of Bergen County, citing an unnamed administration source, reported in Thursday's editions that the plan calls for a small gas tax increase to be pushed through shortly after the Nov. 8 election. The increase would be rescinded or phased out after the lease deal is signed and begins to generate cash. The Transportation Trust Fund...
  • Ranking Space Policy Alternatives

    04/18/2005 6:54:48 PM PDT · by anymouse · 6 replies · 324+ views
    The Space Review ^ | April 18, 2005 | Sam Dinkin
    I am in favor of space access: the sooner the better, the more the better, and, especially, the cheaper the better. Here are some policy options that I have ranked according to the benefit/cost ratio. 1. Encourage other nations to sell their launches at marginal cost instead of just for “government launches” as espoused in the U.S. Space Transportation Policy (STP). Russia has surplus ICBMs. We should be grateful they are beating their swords into plowshares. We should encourage them to harvest their surplus equipment for cash to worthy Western buyers who want access to space so that they do...
  • Pensions and Penury: the Galveston Experiment Prepares to Go National

    02/27/2005 10:01:12 PM PST · by anymouse · 28 replies · 1,072+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | February 28, 2005 | Julian Borger
    Bush plan to follow Texan lead in ending social security splits US The island of Galveston, just off the Gulf coast of Texas, does not have a happy place in American history. In 1900 it was the site of the worst natural disaster in US history, a hurricane that killed more than 6,000 people. Half a century later two ships laden with fertiliser exploded, incinerating 600 locals and levelling much of Texas City on the other side of Galveston bay. Now Galveston is in the process of becoming famous once more. No one has been killed this time, but the...
  • Time for National Private Radio (The death of classical music on Washington's NPR station)

    02/21/2005 1:42:21 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 41 replies · 1,370+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 28, 2005 | Andrew Ferguson, for the Editors
    ON THE EVENING OF FEBRUARY 10, the board of directors of WETA-FM, the only commercial-free classical music station in Washington, D.C., voted overwhelmingly to eliminate its music and arts programming. At the end of this month, someone will flick a switch and--thud!--WETA will fall to earth as just another all-news, all-talk station, and the nation's capital will be left without a public radio station devoted to beautiful and intelligent music.WETA's transformation is a blow to the cultural life of the Washington metropolitan area, of course, which despite its succulent demographics in income and education levels has always struggled to maintain...
  • Bush Retirement Accounts Plan Dead: Top Democrat(Harry Reid)

    02/02/2005 2:28:12 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 68 replies · 1,615+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 1, 2005 | Donna Smith
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat in the Senate on Tuesday predicted that President Bush's plan to revamp social security by diverting taxes into private investment accounts would fail to pass Congress. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid was speaking as Bush prepared to use his State of the Union address on Wednesday to argue for his proposals and then follow up with a five-state tour to campaign for the new investment accounts. "President Bush should forget about privatizing Social Security," the Nevada Democrat said. "It will not happen. The sooner he comes to that realization, the better off we are."...
  • Don't use FDR to undermine Social Security (FDR's grandson whines)

    01/30/2005 10:12:08 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 41 replies · 1,080+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 31, 2005 | James Roosevelt Jr.
    IN HIS inaugural address, President George W. Bush invoked the name of my grandfather, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as part of his campaign to privatize Social Security. Similarly, a political organization supporting that drastic change recently ran a television commercial using a newsreel clip showing President Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act into law. The implication that FDR would support privatization of America's greatest national program is an attempt to deceive the American people and an outrage. President Roosevelt founded Social Security for very basic but important reasons. He believed that the only enemy that could ever defeat the United...
  • Qatar Advances Plans To Privatize Al-Jazeera

    01/30/2005 9:18:14 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 429+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2005 | Shankar Vedantam
    The government of Qatar is pushing forward with plans to privatize al-Jazeera, the popular and controversial Arab television network that has often drawn the ire of U.S. administration officials, a network spokesman said. Details of the plan are yet to be worked out and await a feasibility report that should be completed in coming months, said Jihad Ballout, a spokesman in the Qatari capital of Doha. Al-Jazeera is highly popular in the Arab world but has repeatedly drawn criticism from the Bush administration about its coverage of the war in Iraq and other hot-button issues in the Middle East. Pressure...
  • By The Numbers: Social Security

    01/18/2005 5:16:11 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 493+ views
    BY THE NUMBERS: SOCIAL SECURITYAmericans Understand Social Security Crisis And Support Personal Retirement Accounts____________________________________________________________________________________________________________“The Survey Suggests That Democratic Leaders May Be Out Of Step With Their Rank And File On The Severity Of The Problems Facing Social Security.”  “Those leaders are attempting to thwart Bush’s plans by saying there is no immediate crisis.  But two-thirds of all Democrats said they worry that there is not enough money to keep Social Security funded until they retire.”  (Richard Morin and Dan Balz, “Political Divisions Persist After Election,” The Washington Post, 1/18/05)“A Clear Majority Of Americans … Support The President’s Proposal To Allow...

    01/12/2005 12:06:22 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 2 replies · 343+ views
    NY Sun ^ | Jan 12, 2005 | By GARY SHAPIRO Staff Reporter of the Sun
    Has Berkeley — a known bastion of liberalism — become enamored of privatization? A recent Los Angeles Times article about the University of California, Berkeley Law School might have you believe so. Last Monday it stated that the school’s dean, Christopher Edley Jr., wanted to privatize the school, in part. The story said Mr. Edley’s plan was “unusual for a liberal law professor who served in the Carter and Clinton administrations.” But Mr. Edley told The New York Sun that the Times’s headline — “UC Law School Needs to Privatize, Dean Says” — was “terribly misleading.” “I need private resources...
  • Time to face reality on Social Insecurity

    12/17/2004 1:52:53 AM PST · by billybudd · 6 replies · 182+ views
    Danny Taggart's Blogarama ^ | 12/17/2004 | Danny Taggart
    I was looking at this post from Mark Cuban on Social Security privitization and was suprised by its belligerent tone and ignorant argumentation. He makes a couple of points: 1. The nasty brokers will screw people over with bad investment products and high commissions. 2. People expect the government to bail them out, so they will take on high risks and lose their money. The big problem with Mark's arguments here is that he compares Social Security with private accounts as if they are the same thing. Social Security is not your personal account. You have no rights to the...
  • Time To Personalize Social Security

    12/08/2004 9:52:34 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 3 replies · 274+ views
    Valley Scene ^ | December 2004 | Robert Meyer aka "Right-wing Nut"
    Time to Personalize Social Security While we have all heard of the Enron scandal, along with other fleecing of employees and the public by large corporations, we often forget to consider the great pyramid scheme run by our own government, which would make even Charles Ponzi green with envy. That is today's Social Security "plan." There have been rumblings from the administration about aggressively moving forward, changing the character of SS to personalized accounts for younger workers. That's a big step in the right direction. Now I'm not a "gloom and doomer," believing that SS will go bankrupt or...
  • CA: Lawmaker Seeks to Privatize State Pensions

    12/05/2004 9:09:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 361+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/5/04 | Catherine Saillant
    Declaring rising pension debt a "ticking time bomb," a California legislator proposes converting public employee retirements from a traditional defined-benefit system to the 401(k)-style plans held by most American workers. Employees hired by a public agency after July 1, 2007, would automatically be enrolled in the new contribution plan proposed by Assemblyman Keith Richman (R-Northridge). The plan would make pension payments for public agencies more predictable and potentially lower costs, he said. Although the measure would not affect the 1 million workers now employed by the state, local governments and school districts, Richman expects the bill to meet stiff resistance...

    11/06/2004 6:20:09 AM PST · by OESY · 10 replies · 688+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 6, 2004 | MICHAEL TANNER
    ...The third rail has been losing its juice for years. Bush came out in favor of individual accounts during his race in 2000. And, in the 2002 congressional elections, in every race where Social Security was a major issue, candidates favoring reform won. In fact, those results are simply a reflection of the strong and continued public support for reforming Social Security. A recent poll for the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that 56 percent favor letting workers invest some of their Social Security contributions in the stock market, compared to only 36 percent opposed. Another survey by Rasmussen Reports...

    10/23/2004 10:40:30 AM PDT · by forest · 449+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #322 ^ | 10-24-04 | Doug Fiedor
    We're getting close to Election Day 2004 and the Kerry campaign is feeling the stress. Even with 90% of the media acting like an arm of the Kerry campaign, Kerry is still losing. Of course, Kerry's neighbor (at one of his mansions), a fellow named George Soros, got himself into the act by contributing about $18-million to the socialist committees of darkness in the background. The dark side thought they could use the money to defeat Bush this year by being extremely negative. Silly Soros, all he did was make a few political pikers rich. Oh, and it went far...

    10/18/2004 6:59:42 AM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 14 replies · 1,384+ views
    Neal Nuze ^ | 10/18/04 | neal boortz
    THE POODLE'S GETTING DESPERATE Here we are two weeks from Election Day and all John Kerry can do is run around the country telling us all the evil things George Bush is going to do if he is reelected. What about the Kerry plan? What is his positive message for the future of America? Why isn't John Kerry telling us of all the wonderful things he will do? Well, there's a slight problem. The Kerry Plan is an empty vessel. He knows it. The Poodle's campaign is running on doom and gloom and non-stop fear mongering. First up, it's this...
  • Skyway Jackpot For City; Lease Deal to Bring $1.82 Billion

    10/16/2004 7:58:04 AM PDT · by Founding Father · 7 replies · 429+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 16, 2004 | Gary Washburn
    Skyway jackpot for city Lease deal to bring $1.82 billion By Gary Washburn Tribune staff reporter Published October 16, 2004 The Chicago Skyway, a financial albatross for the late Mayor Richard J. Daley when he built it more than four decades ago, has become a golden goose for his son the mayor. In a windfall that comes at a critical time for the cash-strapped city, Mayor Richard M. Daley announced Friday that a Euro-Australian joint venture has agreed to pay a whopping $1.82 billion--with the money upfront--to lease and operate the skyway for the next 99 years. But the bad...
  • Privatizing Social Security

    09/28/2004 7:27:13 AM PDT · by The Great Yazoo · 41 replies · 1,529+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2004 | Thomas Sowell
    Would you sign a contract that enabled the other party to change the terms of that contract at will, while you could neither stop him nor make any changes of your own? Probably not. Yet that is exactly what happens when you pay money into Social Security. No matter what you were promised or at what age you were supposed to get it, the government can always pass a new law that changes all of that. But you still have to pay into the system. A private annuity plan run by an insurance company is legally required to pay you...
  • Walmart Heirs Pour Riches into Education Reform

    04/08/2004 7:52:25 AM PDT · by Aquinasfan · 15 replies · 316+ views
    USA Today ^ | 3/11/2004 | Jim Hopkins
    <p>Wal-Mart's founders transformed U.S. business. Now they are taking on a very different subject: the nation's public schools. The Waltons — the USA's richest family — have quietly become top philanthropists in education reform, including controversial charter-school and school-voucher causes.</p>
  • Hubble could be a privatization test case

    02/18/2004 9:06:05 PM PST · by GeronL · 12 replies · 217+ views
    National Review ^ | Feb 18, 2004 | Dennis E Powell
    The outraged screams would put Howard Dean to shame: How dare the administration cancel the maintenance-shuttle flight that would give the Hubble Space Telescope a few more years in orbit? Those anguished cries come from varied entities — space enthusiasts, scientists, people who are against anything the administration favors, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.), whose state houses the center that handles images from the space telescope. It is true that, all else being equal, it would be great to keep Hubble around. But all else is very distinctly not equal. The space telescope, for all the wonderful images it has...
  • Privatize the Space Program

    01/22/2004 10:25:18 PM PST · by anymouse · 6 replies · 125+ views
    CNSNews ^ | January 22, 2004 | Robert Garmong
    After years of declining budgets, public apathy, and failed missions, NASA has gotten a big boost from the Bush Administration's recent promises of extravagant missions to permanently settle the moon and eventually explore Mars. No one knows what it would cost, but a similar idea in 1989 was estimated to cost up to $500 billion. Rather than lavishing money on new missions of dubious value, President Bush should consider a truly radical solution for America's moribund space program: privatize it. There is a contradiction at the heart of the space program: space exploration, as the grandest of man's technological advancements,...
  • Postal Service trimming hours

    09/02/2003 1:33:09 PM PDT · by mikenola · 13 replies · 898+ views
    CNN ^ | 9-2-03
    <p>NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow is supposed to stop mail deliveries, but costs are starting to force trimming of some operations within the U.S. Postal Service.</p> <p>The Postal Service has started reducing the hours at some of its lesser-used post offices as it faces dwindling first-class mail deliveries, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.</p>
  • "Iraqi Freedom" Requires Individual Rights

    05/05/2003 5:37:40 PM PDT · by WaterDragon · 8 replies · 214+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | April 22, 2003 | Robert W. Tracinski
    [www.CapitalismMagazine.com] Having been forced to recognize that our soldiers won a brilliant military victory in Iraq, media commentators are trying to minimize that achievement by loudly proclaiming how much more difficult it will be to "win the peace" by establishing a stable and benevolent new government in Iraq. But the greatest threat to this goal is not the existing divisions and hatreds among different Iraqi factions. The problem is the advice these very same commentators are giving about how to deal with those divisions: that the key to the political reconstruction of Iraq is to ensure the right political balance...
  • Voluntary Alternatives to Taxation

    01/11/2003 7:34:51 PM PST · by ultimate_robber_baron · 13 replies · 746+ views
    The Hawaii Reporter ^ | April 16, 2002 (what a date!) | Stuart K. Hayashi
    Voluntary Alternatives to Taxation Stuart K. Hayashi Most Americans believe paying taxes is a patriotic duty. Yet this very nation was founded upon people evading taxes in 1776. When individuals don’t pay taxes, the government goes after them with guns, even though they haven’t used force on anyone else. Thus, taxation is an initiation of physical force against the individual’s right to life, liberty and property. Because taxation is forcible extortion, it violates your right to property. If you don’t pay taxes, you can be jailed, hence depriving you the right to liberty. And if tax “evaders” fight tax...
  • Federal Jobs Plan Draws Fire

    11/17/2002 4:40:12 AM PST · by listenhillary · 7 replies · 194+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | November 16, 2002 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Washington - A Bush administration plan to let private companies compete for nearly half the nation's federal civilian jobs drew charges of union-busting and political favoritism from Democrats and labor officials. Administration officials defended the proposal, issued Thursday, as necessary to improve service and cut costs. But critics said the plan was just another example of the administration's anti-labor policies. "The Bush administration officials are at war with reliable and experienced rank-and-file federal employees," said Bobby L. Harnage Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees. "They are systematically conspiring to bust their unions, gut their civil service protections...