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  • Michael Steele's spending spree angers donors

    02/23/2010 10:02:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 918+ views ^ | 2/23/10 | Jeanne Cummings
    Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessors on private planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers – expenses that are infuriating the party's major donors who say Republicans need every penny they can get for the fight to win back Congress. Most recently, donors grumbled when Steele hired renowned chef Wolfgang Puck's local crew to cater the RNC's Christmas party inside the trendy Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, and then moved its annual winter meeting from Washington to Hawaii. For some major GOP donors, both decisions were symbolic of the kind of...
  • House passes $447B spending bill

    12/10/2009 9:46:10 PM PST · by myknowledge · 15 replies · 893+ views
    UPI ^ | December 10, 2009
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. House Democrats, without a single Republican vote, passed a $447 billion appropriations bill Thursday to fund several government agencies next fiscal year. The House approved the conference committee report on a 221-202 vote, over GOP concerns about spending increases. Senate Democrats and Republicans were at odds over when to vote on the conference report that combines six of the seven remaining 2010 appropriations bills.
  • CA: State's long spending spree halted abruptly (from $38.9 blln in 1993 to $102.9 bln in 2008)

    08/02/2009 11:25:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 373+ views ^ | 8/2/09 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Sacramento - -- California's spending boomed in recent years - from $38.9 billion in 1993 to $102.9 billion in 2008 - as lawmakers poured increasing amounts of money into state services. But a crash in revenue collection that began 19 months ago forced lawmakers in the past two years to make the deepest cuts to the state's discretionary fund in the history of the Golden State. Today, general fund spending stands at $84.5 billion and the state's per capita spending is $2,301 - down to what the state was spending per person 11 years ago, when adjusted for inflation, a...
  • Anti-Stimulus [Tea Party] Protests Sprout Up

    02/21/2009 7:17:13 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 43 replies · 4,686+ views
    InvestorsBusinessDaily ^ | 2/20/09 | DAVID HOGBERG
    Holding signs reading "Stimulate Business, Not Government," "Families Against Porkulus" and "Say No To Generational Theft," protesters opposed to the $787 billion stimulus package have been mobilizing across the country. It started last Monday in Seattle, then moved Tuesday to Denver, where President Obama signed the stimulus bill into law. That was followed by another one in Mesa, Ariz., where Obama unveiled a mortgage rescue plan. Another protest was planned for Saturday outside the office of Rep. Dennis Moore in Overland Park, Kan. The Democrat voted for the stimulus. His office didn't return calls seeking comment. A New Populism? As...

    02/19/2009 7:21:21 AM PST · by Islander7 · 124 replies · 7,791+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Feb 19, 2009 | Drudge
    A Dobson High School Advanced Placement government class with strong opinions about Barack Obama watched the president's speech Wednesday on a small, grainy TV in the corner of their classroom. Some of the students attentively watched the speech, giving questioning looks and comments, shaking their heads and laughing at some of Obama's words. Other students listened, occasion ally glancing up to watch, while texting on their cell phones, reading a book or finishing school work. The gymnasium's events were shown simultaneously in rooms throughout the Mesa school, and teachers were given discretion on whether to show the speech, the students...
  • Dobson students question Obama's plan (Uh-Oh)

    02/19/2009 9:49:32 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 18 replies · 2,758+ views
    EastValleyTribune ^ | 2/18/09 | Hayley Ringle
    A Dobson High School Advanced Placement government class with strong opinions about Barack Obama watched the president's speech Wednesday on a small, grainy TV in the corner of their classroom. Principal, student talk hoops with Obama Obama lays out plan amid hundreds at Dobson Some of the students attentively watched the speech, giving questioning looks and comments, shaking their heads and laughing at some of Obama's words. Other students listened, occasionally glancing up to watch, while texting on their cell phones, reading a book or finishing school work. The gymnasium's events were shown simultaneously in rooms throughout the Mesa school,...
  • CONGRESS $HOPPING CARTS (Millions For Green Golf Carts)

    02/11/2009 9:20:45 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 9 replies · 785+ views
    New YorkPost ^ | 2/11/09 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON - "Fore!" The federal government is preparing to spend millions to purchase a fleet of small electric vehicles that critics compare to golf carts. The $838 billion economic stimulus bill that passed the Senate yesterday contains $300 million for the government to purchase a fleet of "green" cars. But the money won't just go to buy fuel-efficient hybrids such as the Ford Escape or Chevy Volt. The cash also can be used to purchase "neighborhood electric vehicles." The NEVs, which resemble streamlined golf carts, scoot at up to 25 mph, operate on battery power and can be plugged into...
  • Obama: Caterpillar will rehire if stimulus passes

    02/11/2009 8:46:53 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 61 replies · 2,519+ views ^ | 2/11/09
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Caterpillar's chief executive has told him the company will rehire some laid-off workers if the stimulus bill passes. The heavy equipment maker announced more than 22,000 job cuts last month as it scales back production amid the economic slowdown. During a visit to a transportation construction site just outside Washington in Springfield, Va., on Wednesday, Obama urged Congress to pass the bill. The House and Senate are
  • Obama, Dems continue Rush Limbaugh attacks

    01/31/2009 8:02:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 72 replies · 2,668+ views
    WND ^ | 1-31-09 | staff
    In what many see as a foreboding sign about what Congress and President Barack Obama will try to do with the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," Democrats are continuing their attacks on talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh over his opposition to what he has described as "Obama's Porkulus Bill." Radio and television ads are being launched by and other organizations condemning Limbaugh's opinion that such government spending is wrong, and then linking Republican lawmakers to Limbaugh through their opposition to Obama's massive $1 trillion "stimulus" plan.
  • Biden backs off Geithner on China

    01/30/2009 6:59:27 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 17 replies · 939+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/29/09 | CAROL E. LEE
    The Obama administration backed off Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s statement last week that China is “manipulating” its currency. In an interview with CNBC on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden said the administration has made “no judgment” on whether the Chinese have manipulated their currency, an accusation that would have international legal ramifications. “The policy of this administration is going to be to say to China, which occasionally the last administration was reluctant to do. `You're a major player on the world scene economically, and you've got to play by the rules that
  • Today was a good day for conservatism

    01/28/2009 8:11:06 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 20 replies · 1,996+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 1/29/09 | Michelle Malkin
    I’ve been doing a lot of B.O. (Barack Obama/Bend Over) Republican-bashing the past few weeks. Watching the Republicans crumble on the Geithner and Holder nominations, swoon over The One’s congeniality, and display indecision over the stimulus hasn’t been easy on the stomach or the head. But credit must be given where it is due. Today was a very good day for conservatism — and a good day for the party whose logo I’ve had to run upside-down for too long. Thank you, GOP. It’s a sad state of affairs when I can tally the number of notably good days for...
  • My Bipartisan Stimulus -- Let's cut taxes, as I want, and spend more, as Obama would like.

    01/28/2009 7:59:43 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 33 replies · 1,194+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-28-09 | Rush Limbaugh
    There's a serious debate in this country as to how best to end the recession. The average recession will last five to 11 months; the average recovery will last six years. Recessions will end on their own if they're left alone. What can make the recession worse is the wrong kind of government intervention. I believe the wrong kind is precisely what President Barack Obama has proposed. I don't believe his is a "stimulus plan" at all -- I don't think it stimulates anything but the Democratic Party. This "porkulus" bill is designed to repair the Democratic Party's power losses...
  • WaPo's Capehart: 'Shop-a-Long Palin' Guilty of Virtual 'Child Abuse'

    10/22/2008 5:15:51 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies · 961+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I suppose that mocking Republican candidates is an essential element of a Washington Post editorial writer's job description. Even so, it was jarring to hear the snide comments of WaPo editorialist Jonathan Capehart [seen right in file photo] about Sarah Palin read on the air today. Not merely did he mock her shopping habits, Capehart came very close to accusing Palin of . . . "child abuse." Mika Brzezinski, at the Morning Joe helm with Joe Scarborough off on assignment today, led the show with the Politico report that the Republican National Committee has spent more than $150 thousand on...
  • U.S.- Mexico Pact Revealed: Billions to Non-Citizens.

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

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

    01/01/2007 8:04:50 AM PST · by WatchingInAmazement · 304 replies · 7,345+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/29/06 | Yahoo
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After numerous refusals over three and a half years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has released the first known public copy of the U.S.-Mexico Social Security Totalization Agreement. The government was forced to make the disclosure in response to lawsuits filed under the Freedom of Information Act by TREA Senior Citizens League, a 1.2 million-member nonpartisan seniors advocacy group. The Totalization Agreement could allow millions of illegal Mexican workers to draw billions of dollars from the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund. The agreement between the U.S. and Mexico was signed in June 2004, and is...
  • Fed Spending Up 40 Percent Under Bush

    11/17/2006 1:50:24 PM PST · by Reagan is King · 97 replies · 1,916+ views ^ | Friday, Nov. 17, 2006 | Staff
    Federal spending in fiscal year 2006 increased by a whopping 9 percent — the largest rise since 1990 — and has risen more than 40 percent since President Bush took office. The most recent rise far outpaces inflation — the Consumer Price Index is up only 1.3 percent in the past 12 months. "The greatest scandal in Washington, D.C., is runaway federal spending,” Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said after the midterm elections. In recent years, he points out, the GOP majority "voted to expand the federal government’s role in education, [added new] entitlements, and pursued spending policies that created deficits...
  • House passes new ethics rule - H. Res. 1000 (aimed at curtailing earmarks)

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

    09/01/2006 6:00:41 AM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 154 replies · 3,234+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/1/06
    Womenn: Money more important than looks in a man By Jennifer Hill Thu Aug 31, 9:44 PM ET LONDON (Reuters) - Women regard healthy finances as more important than good looks in a man, according to a survey on Friday. Almost half (45 percent) said a healthy bank balance is more significant than physical attractiveness in a potential partner, according to National Savings & Investments' (NS&I) latest quarterly savings survey. Just 22 percent of men, however, rate finances above looks in women. A salary of almost 50,000 pounds a year is demonstrative of male financial success, according to women. Men...
  • Alaska Lawmaker Owns Up to "Secret"

    08/31/2006 2:06:57 PM PDT · by 308MBR · 58 replies · 1,673+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 31, 2006 | Rebecca Carr
    Alaska Republican Ted Stevens admitted Wednesday that he used a parlaimentary maneuver to secretly block legislation that would open federal spending practices to public scrutiny. Stevens used a procedure known as a "secret hold" to derail the legislation, which was introduced by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.), said Aaron Saunders, a spokesman for Stevens. Speculation over who placed the hold on the measure, which would create a searchable database of $2.5 trillion in government contracts, grants, insurance, loans, and financial assistance, has been swirling around Capital Hill as well as the blogosphere.