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  • “Hardest Hit Fund” to Help Struggling Homeowners Spent Millions on Parties, Bonuses, Cars

    09/03/2017 8:45:52 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 31 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 08/31/2017 | na
    A multi-billion-dollar government program launched by Obama to help families hit by the housing crisis squandered millions on parties, employee bonuses, cars, and superfluous data storage. The program is known as Hardest Hit Fund and operates under the Treasury Department, which does little to oversee it and sits by as federal audits expose pervasive fraud and waste. The findings of the latest probe were released this month by the inspector general of another reckless Treasury gem, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Obama’s disastrous initiative to rescue the nation’s ailing financial institutions. The findings are documented in an exhaustive 93-page...
  • Beats Not Bullets program teaches students music production, ins-and-outs of music industry

    08/07/2017 5:02:13 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 45 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 8/4/2017 | Brittany Britto
    Sade Alvarez-Gibson, 15, raps into a studio microphone in a makeshift booth made of blankets, while Oladele Kiambu, 17, records: “Keeping my mind focused / I’m controlling my reality / My grind’s an everyday thing / It’s something that I do casually,” she raps. Just feet away, Kamal Muhammad — wearing headphones and a face full of determination — sits in front of a computer monitor, rhythmically tapping on a keyboard, eliciting sounds of a synth and a drum kick. “This is my first time making a beat,” the 12-year-old said proudly. All three are hoping to break into the...
  • Tollway aims to boost minority jobs by teaching construction skills

    11/04/2016 9:46:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | October 19, 2016 | Marni Pyke
    With 10 years remaining in its $12 billion road-building program, the Illinois tollway intends to start training workers to help finish the job. The aim is to increase the number of minorities working on tollway projects through a center teaching construction-related skills, officials said at a meeting Wednesday. The program is in the early stages, with diversity department planners still figuring out logistics, including funding. About $400,000 is allocated for 2017, although several tollway board directors advised staff members to budget for more. A 2015 tollway study concluded that blacks, Hispanics and women are underrepresented compared to whites when it...
  • Closest Thing to Immortality? Government Programs

    10/19/2016 9:05:25 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/15/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    A number of sources attribute jokes about government programs being the closest thing to immortality to President Ronald Reagan. At least one source traces the humor back to a United States senator in 1933. That is an apt starting point because it was in that year President Franklin Roosevelt took office and worked to create — among other relief programs — the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC long ago folded but its Michigan-specific derivative, the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps, survived. And it continues today as an at-risk youth program despite having been defunded in the past. As the 2016 fiscal...
  • computer problem

    09/28/2016 1:28:58 PM PDT · by ex-snook · 38 replies
    experience | 9/28/16 | self
    Here's the message "A web page is slowing down your computer. What would you like to do? -stop it- -wait- " Nothing on what program, or time estimates. Never had it before. Is there something I can do. Thanks. BTW I turned on the computer.
  • U.S. Government Funding Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Anti-American School Programs

    09/17/2014 10:59:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/17/14 | Adam Kredo
    Federal taxpayer funds continue to flow to a slew of U.S. universities that are spending the cash on programs that promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-American viewpoints, according to a large group of Jewish and civil rights organizations that are now pushing Congress to rectify what they call a systemic problem. Taxpayer funds have been allocated to universities under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA) since 1965. However, Congress and the Education Department have exerted little oversight, leading these funds to be spent on biased educational programs that promote radical views about Israel and even America, according to the...
  • You Can’t Fix the Collapse of the Family with “Programs”

    06/11/2014 8:34:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/11/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    David Brooks makes a good point and then a bad point in his take on the so-called reform conservative agenda. Today, millions of Americans are behaving in ways that make no economic sense: dropping out of school, having children out of wedlock. They do so because the social guardrails that used to guide behavior have dissolved. Giving people in these circumstances tax credits is not going to lead to long-term thinking. Putting more risk into vulnerable peopleÂ’s lives may not make them happier.The nanny state may have drained civil society, but simply removing the nanny state will not restore it....
  • Good Ol’ Boy, Inc.

    12/31/2013 6:45:28 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | December 31, 2013 4:00 AM | Victor Davis Hanson
    December 31, 2013 4:00 AM Good Ol’ Boy, Inc. Reality shows about gold miners, ax men, and ice-road truckers are a far cry from the Kardashians. By Victor Davis Hanson The hysteria over Duck Dynasty reminds us that cable TV is currently inundated with working-class, white-guy reality shows. Top-drawing, relatively low-cost realities showcase gold miners, oil drillers, hunters, locomotive drivers, off-the-grid backwoods eccentrics, fishermen, crabmen, truck drivers, ax men, moonshiners, or the new generation of Beverly Hillbillies. The list of the particular subspecies of the muscular classes is endless. These shows share a few common themes. They do not take...
  • Obama: Surveillance programs involve 'modest encroachments' on privacy, help fight terror

    06/07/2013 9:53:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/7/13 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama defended the government’s internet surveillance as a “modest encroachment” on the privacy of Americans, but he maintained that the programs initiated by George W. Bush help keep Americans safe, adding that he increased oversight of the surveillance. Obama warmed to the Bush-era Patriot Act programs after taking office. “We actually expanded some of the oversight, increased some of the safeguards, but my assessment and my team’s assessment was that they help us prevent terrorist attacks,” the president told reporters. “And the modest
  • Higher Tax Rates Won't Support Entitlement State

    12/06/2012 7:34:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2012 | Michael Barone
    The fiscal cliff negotiations seem to be foundering on Barack Obama's insistence on higher tax rates on high earners and House Republican leaders' insistence on opposing them. The president believes he has a mandate from voters for his position, and House Republicans believe they have a mandate from voters for theirs. The real argument here is over the size and scope of government. Under Barack Obama, federal outlays -- the technical term for federal spending -- have increased to 24 and 25 percent of gross domestic product. That's a higher level of federal spending than in any year since 1946,...
  • Al Sharpton Begins One Third of His MSNBC Programs Saying 'Hey, Republicans'

    10/05/2011 8:13:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 10/5/11 | Noel Sheppard
    Six weeks into his new job as an MSNBC host, Al Sharpton has made it crystal clear he despises members of the GOP. So far he has begun one third of his shows hatefully saying, "Hey, Republicans" (video follows with transcript and commentary): October 5: "Hey, Republicans, the people want fairness. Can't you hear them?" October 3: "Hey, Republicans, looks like you've been stood up." September 30: "Hey, Republicans, you sure you want to go after this president's leadership?" September 29: "Hey, Republicans, the people are speaking. Isn't it about time you started
  • We Can't Even Cut Programs That Don't Work (Or why the SuperCommittee will be a waste of time)

    08/10/2011 7:49:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 08/10/2011 | Steven Malanga
    The prospect that Congress's proposed 12-member super committee might not do its budget-cutting job properly has provoked anxiety among the defenders of discretionary spending programs in the federal budget. The new budget deal provides that if this so-called "Super Congress" can't agree on some combination of entitlement cuts, tax increases and program reductions to slow the growth of the federal deficit, then spending cuts will kick in automatically, with half the cuts coming from non-defense discretionary spending. I've already read newspaper accounts about how these mandatory cuts in discretionary spending may gut a host of programs, from job training initiatives...
  • CA: Budget deal could jeopardize high-speed rail, clean-water programs

    08/03/2011 8:58:37 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/3/11 | Karen de Sá and Steven Harmon
    The federal government may have staved off the imminent threat of default Tuesday when President Barack Obama signed a bitterly fought budget deal, but the woes and uncertainty for states have just begun. In California, some of the most likely cuts include nutritional programs for low-income women and children, the federal portion of the controversial high-speed rail project, clean drinking water programs, and subsidies for farmers. Also potentially at risk are federally funded university research projects and military bases, policy-watchers said Tuesday after hastily reviewing the plan to cut national spending by $2.1 trillion over 10 years. None of the...
  • Health care costs a hefty price tag for Pentagon

    05/08/2011 8:17:57 PM PDT · by quantim · 13 replies · 1+ views
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 8, 10:55 PM EDT | DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A military built for fighting wars is looking more and more like a health care entitlement program. Costs of the program that provides health coverage to some 10 million active duty personnel, retirees, reservists and their families have jumped from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in the Pentagon's latest budget request. Desperate to cut spending in Washington's time of fiscal austerity, President Barack Obama has proposed increasing the fees for working-age retirees in the decades-old health program, known as TRICARE. After years of resisting proposed increases for the military men and women who sacrificed for...
  • Global Economy? 23 Facts showing Std. of Living Of our Middle Class pushing to 3rd World Levels

    03/03/2011 1:50:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 03/03/2011 | Michael Snyder
    Global Economy? 23 Facts Which Prove That Globalism Is Pushing The Standard Of Living Of The Middle Class Down To Third World Levels From now on, whenever you hear the term "the global economy" you should immediately equate it with the destruction of the U.S. middle class. Over the past several decades, the American economy has been slowly but surely merged into the emerging one world economic system. Unfortunately for the middle class, much of the rest of the world does not have the same minimum wage laws and worker protections that we do. Therefore, the massive global corporations that...
  • GOP list of programs for ax loaded with survivors

    01/25/2011 8:26:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 1+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | January 25, 2011 | Andrew Taylor (Associated Press)
    Federal subsidies for Amtrak, mohair farming, public broadcasting, small airlines serving rural airports and many others were targeted in the heady days of the 1995 GOP takeover of Congress. But like cut bamboo, they grew back healthier than ever. With budget deficits over $1 trillion, conservative Republicans are trying again, determined to weed out dozens of programs ranging from regional development commissions to replenishing sand lost to beach erosion that they see choking a free-enterprise economy. The ardor of tea party-backed GOP freshmen to make the government smaller shouldn’t be underestimated, but most of the programs they want to eliminate...
  • Millions spent on Arizona mental health system

    01/11/2011 2:04:45 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 18 replies
    azdhs.gov ^ | 1/11/2011 | Arizone Dept of Mental Health Services
    The annual reports of Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Services are show on their website. With all the money that is spent on mental health in Arizona, citizens should be outraged that the police neglected to refer Loughner to mental health services on even one occasion when his problems were so obvious, documented and indicative of violence. CPSA alone has a $300 million dollar budget and it's only 1 of 4 agencies; it's the agency that covers Pima County. I have not found the budget of Division of Behavior Services itself.
  • Obama, Congress Cut $ for 176 Abstinence Programs Despite New Study

    08/26/2010 9:17:49 AM PDT · by julieee · 21 replies · 4+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | August 26, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama, Congress Cut $ for 176 Abstinence Programs Despite New Study Washington, DC -- More than 176 abstinence education programs will lose funding for their outreaches to youth and young adults on September 30 because Congress and the Obama Administration canceled all grants going to abstinence-centered programming in their FY2010 budget. http://LifeNews.com/nat6659.html
  • Nominees for Top 5 Worst Government Services

    07/13/2010 10:28:34 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/10/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    What are the worst government programs? To qualify for an award the nominee must be government run, backed or financed, and fail a "Yellow Book" test, meaning that if a private company found in the Yellow Pages can do the work, the government should get out. The nominees are, in reverse order: Veterans Hospitals, Post Office, General Motors, Public Schools and Freddie Mae/Fannie Mac To see why, please click the article.
  • What are the 5 worst government services?

    06/23/2010 6:48:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    One analyst nominates Veterans Hospitals, the Post Office, General Motors, Public Schools and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Check out the article to learn why...