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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.
  • Officials: Cost of illegal immigration 'immense' - San Diego County

    08/15/2006 10:19:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 716+ views
    North County Times ^ | 8/15/06 | Edward Sifuentes
    SAN DIEGO ---- County officials testified during a congressional hearing Monday in San Diego that illegal immigrants extract a heavy toll on local governments and law enforcement agencies, especially in North County. But they said they did not know precisely how much. Officials said illegal immigrants have strained local education, health care and prison resources. Many of the panelists blamed the federal government for failing to secure the nation's borders. "San Diego County may be the gateway to Mexico, but my taxpayers in the County of San Diego are the doormat," said Supervisor Bill Horn, whose district includes most of...
  • Viagra For Rapist (rapist of Top Gun star & others received tax-payer funded viagra despite history)

    06/28/2006 9:47:25 AM PDT · by dead · 85 replies · 3,018+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 28, 2006 | LAURA ITALIANO
    A rapist whose victims included "Top Gun" actress Kelly McGillis got taxpayer-funded Viagra for years, despite his fiendish history, it was revealed yesterday as he was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Serial sex predator Leroy Johnson was prescribed the erectile dysfunction pill by doctors at the Bronx-based Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center from early 2003 to mid-2005, according to court records. The health center stopped doling out the little blue pills to Johnson only after new DNA tests linked him to a 1996 knife-point double rape - bringing his total number of rape victims to five. Center officials didn't...
  • Utahns say no thanks to illegal alien handouts (POLL)

    06/22/2006 1:29:47 PM PDT · by goalinestan · 128 replies · 1,587+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 6/22/06 | Jennifer W. Sanchez
    Most Utahns feel a state law that allows undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition should be repealed, according to a new Salt Lake Tribune poll. Seventy-one percent of the 625 registered voters who were interviewed by telephone for the statewide poll this week said Utah should "repeal the current state law that offers the discounted resident college tuition rate to the children of undocumented immigrants." Ruth Bick, a 63-year-old Ogden resident, said Utahns should not have to pay taxes to subsidize a college education for undocumented students. The state's middle class already is burdened enough with big tax bills,...
  • Examples of Homeland Security Grants in Wisconsin [earmuffs, pencils, fuel cell nailer, boat]

    06/19/2006 5:42:04 PM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies · 1,299+ views
    Gazette Xtra ^ | 6-19-06
    Some examples of what federal homeland security grants purchased in Wisconsin during the past three years: -Sturgeon Bay Fire Department: $109.12 for four behind-the-neck earmuffs and $23.79 for ear plugs for a new rescue team trained in responding to building collapses, fire Chief Tim Herlache said. The earmuffs provide hearing protection for rescuers wearing hardhats when they are using loud equipment, such as jackhammers. The earmuffs were part of a grant equipping a new $210,000 rescue truck also purchased with the homeland security money. The team also got money for a small carpentry shop - including $3.90 for 10 carpenter...
  • Bill would Allow Illegals to attend California Community Colleges for FREE!!!

    06/19/2006 2:43:49 PM PDT · by Craig DeLuz · 56 replies · 1,553+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 06/19/2006 | Craig DeLuz
    State Senator Gill Cedillo, infamous for his effort to give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants has now wants to allow them to get grants provided to UC and CSU students and would make them eligible to receive the Community College Boar d of Governor’s Fee Waiver that would allow them to attend Community College in California for free. Read More...
  • One family’s struggle-six without documents, work hard, but they must rely on social safety net

    06/19/2006 12:10:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 75 replies · 1,679+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 6-19-06 | LYNN FRANEY
    ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS | KC weighs costs, benefits One family’s struggle The Monroys, six without documents, work hard to provide for themselves, but they must rely on the social safety net, too.   Meet the Monroys, two illegal immigrants from Mexico.He prepares condiments for $8.25 an hour and cleans offices on the side. She chops vegetables for $8. Together they bring home $30,000 a year.That’s not enough for their family of seven in Overland Park. To get by, they need a little taxpayer help.Medicaid assistance for the baby’s delivery and for her doctor visits.Free breakfast and lunch at school for the...

    06/15/2006 3:53:06 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies · 2,198+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 15, 2006 | GEOFF EARLE
    June 15, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - A Houston hairdresser with a long rap sheet conned the feds into paying for his sex-change operation with Hurricane Katrina aid, it was revealed yesterday. In a shocking example of mismanagement and fraud in the widening FEMA fiasco, Michael James Green, 25, was charged with bilking the feds out of $36,000 meant for destitute hurricane victims. He claimed to have lived in 18 damaged addresses and used 18 different Social Security numbers, federal prosecutors said. But Green wasn't using the money for food and shelter: He used it to pay for a sex-change operation,...
  • FEMA relief rife with abuse, fraud, report says (Katrina Fraud)

    06/13/2006 4:01:53 PM PDT · by Libertarian444 · 99 replies · 2,658+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12 JUN 2006 | Chip Reid
    WASHINGTON - As requests for emergency assistance poured in after Hurricane Katrina, one applicant listed as his address the Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans. FEMA promptly issued a check for $2,358 for rental assistance. That's just one of thousands of examples of alleged fraud and abuse described in a new report by the investigative arm of congress — abuse that cost taxpayers about $1 billion. One person applied for aid 13 times, using 13 bogus addresses, and received a total of $139,000. The report says FEMA didn't even try to verify the identity of people who applied for aid by...
  • A first in Northwest Indiana: Illegal immigrant sets sights on attending college

    05/29/2006 12:19:30 AM PDT · by Prince Charles · 22 replies · 744+ views
    The Times (N.W. Indiana) ^ | 5-29-2006 | JERRY DAVICH
    A first in Northwest Indiana HISPANIC SERIES: Illegal immigrant sets sights on attending college through new program BY JERRY DAVICH 219.933.3376 This story ran on on Monday, May 29, 2006 12:16 AM CDT Chapter two: Reaching for the dream HOBART I Frances Vega cried when she heard the news. On Nov. 23, the day before last Thanksgiving, she heard about Sen. Dick Lugar's formal introduction of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act. The still pending measure would help young, undocumented immigrants in the United States earn legal status by obtaining an education and...
  • Another Possible Bump to the Debt Ceiling (to nearly $10 TRILLION)

    05/09/2006 11:04:47 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 55 replies · 1,305+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 9, 2006 | Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray
    A $2.7 trillion budget plan pending before the House would raise the federal debt ceiling to nearly $10 trillion, less than two months after Congress last raised the federal government's borrowing limit. The provision -- buried on page 121 of the 151-page budget blueprint -- serves as a backdrop to congressional action this week. House leaders hope to try once again to pass a budget plan for fiscal 2007, a month after a revolt by House Republican moderates and Appropriations Committee members forced leaders to pull the plan. With passage of the budget, the House will have raised the federal...
  • After long night, lawmakers vote to put $37B bond plan on ballot

    05/05/2006 7:55:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 331+ views
    Sacramento -- Bleary-eyed lawmakers voted early today to put a $37 billion package of bonds intended to fix levees and build new highways and schools on the November ballot. "Today we made a giant step forward in terms of our commitment to the state's economy and in terms of strengthening our crumbling infrastructure," said Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. "We also showed what bipartisanship can look like." An attempt by the Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to put a larger bond on the June ballot failed two months ago. Of the four bonds, transportation is the largest, at...
  • Feuding GOP's House Budget Talks Collapse

    04/06/2006 10:45:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 324+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/6/06 | Andrew Taylor - ap
    WASHINGTON - House GOP leaders failed Thursday to deliver a $2.8 trillion budget blueprint, sending lawmakers home for the Easter holiday and possibly into the fall election with deficits on the rise and no plan to contain them. Opposition to the plan among Republican moderates and a power struggle between a faction of conservatives and the GOP-controlled Appropriations Committee forced party leaders to either pull the measure or suffer a humiliating defeat. In the face of solid opposition from Democrats, they chose the former, but said they hoped to revive a revised budget plan when Congress returns from a two-week...
  • Free Inside Every 'Guest Worker' Plan: A Ticking Social Security Time Bomb.

    03/13/2006 12:17:02 PM PST · by cope85 · 98 replies · 1,721+ views ^ | March 8, 2006 | Barbara Anderson
    Free Inside Every 'Guest Worker' Plan: A Ticking Social Security Time Bomb. Barbara Anderson March 8, 2006 ‘Yessirree, ladies and gents, step right up. Get yer 'guest worker' elixir with secret ingredient that will fix what ails ya. Goes down smooth and easy and costs just pennies a day.” So say the snake oil senators trying to sell this poison. Every “guest worker” program (read amnesty) plan being advanced in the Senate has in it provisions for acceptance into the Social Security program the millions of illegal aliens who have managed to sneak into the country and can “prove” with...
  • Government claims FEMA paid $5.2 million to fictitious company to build relief camp

    02/28/2006 9:33:52 AM PST · by LA Woman3 · 12 replies · 1,234+ views
    WWLTV ^ | 02/28/2006 | Associated Press
    BATON ROUGE -- A Virginia company that did not even exist was paid $5.2 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to set up a base camp for disaster relief workers, but most of the work was never done, authorities alleged. On Monday, U.S. District Judge James Brady froze the assets of Lighthouse Disaster Relief and owners Gary Lee Heldreth and Kerry Lynn Farmer after the Justice Department claimed the money was being spent on vehicles and checks were being cashed $10,000 at a time. Lighthouse was one of two companies that bid on the contract to provide food and...
  • Disaster aid hits new high

    03/05/2006 3:14:41 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 12 replies · 364+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 06, 2006 edition | Ron Scherer
    Congress is considering another $20 billion in aid to hurricane-impacted zones. If 2005 hurricane relief were a separate category in the US budget, the only larger items would be defense, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The federal commitment in the aftermath of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma has now hit $88 billion, with at least another $20 billion under consideration in Congress. This has become the largest disaster relief effort the government has agreed to - more than the combined amount it spent for 9/11, the Florida hurricanes of 2004, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and 1992's hurricane Andrew (in nominal dollars)....
  • Are We Ready for the Next 9/11? The sorry state—and stunning waste—of homeland security spending.

    03/05/2006 3:18:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,235+ views
    Reason ^ | March 2006 | Veronique de Rugy
    March 2006 Are We Ready for the Next 9/11? The sorry state—and stunning waste—of homeland security spending. Veronique de Rugy What do gym memberships, the Fourteen Mile Bridge in Mobile, Alabama, and a promotional campaign for a child pornography tip-line have in common? Answer: They all were funded with your homeland security dollars. Since September 11, Congress has appropriated nearly $180 billion to protect Americans from terrorism. Total spending on homeland security in 2006 will be at least $50 billion—roughly $450 per American household. But far from making us more secure, the money is being allocated like so much...
  • $375-a-night condos, $450 tattoos purchased with Katrina relief funds

    02/13/2006 6:24:38 PM PST · by Ellesu · 43 replies · 1,459+ views ^ | 02/13/06 | Hope Yen
    The government squandered millions of dollars in Katrina disaster aid, including handing $2,000 debit cards to people who gave phony Social Security numbers and used the money for such items as a $450 tattoo, auditors said Monday. Federal money also paid for $375-a-day beachfront condos and 10,777 trailers that were stuck in mud and unusable. Overcharges, poor accounting and abuses will take "months or years" to rectify, the Government Accountability Office and the Homeland Security Department's inspector general concluded in preliminary reports on how billions of dollars in taxpayer money is being spent. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recognizes it...
  • Auditors Find Huge Fraud in FEMA Aid

    02/11/2006 12:04:49 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 20 replies · 933+ views
    New York Times ^ | 2/11/06 | ERIC LIPTON
    Thousands of applicants for federal emergency relief money after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita used duplicate or invalid Social Security numbers or bogus addresses, suggesting that the $2.3 billion program was a victim of extensive fraud, a Congressional auditor will report Monday. The examination of the so-called Expedited Assistance program determined that the Federal Emergency Management Agency failed to take even the most basic steps to confirm the identifies of about 1.4 million people who sought expedited cash assistance, leaving the program vulnerable to the "significant fraud and abuse," the Government Accountability Office intends to report. The auditors did not try...
  • New Bush Budget Does Little to Slow Spending Binge

    02/06/2006 6:36:45 PM PST · by Reagan Man · 68 replies · 850+ views
    Human Events ^ | February. 6,2006 | John Berthoud
    In the days after the release of President Bush's budget for fiscal 2007, liberal special interests and the Bush Administration will have something in common: both will claim that it outlines deep cuts in spending. Don't believe it. The budget for fiscal 2007 (which will be begin October 1) proposes aggregate federal spending that is 49% higher than in 2001 (the last Clinton budget). This rampant spending growth during the Bush years is the cause of our current large federal budget deficits (which had been vanquished in the late 1990s). The President's budget projects a deficit in 2007 of $354...
  • Entitlement spending growing out of control

    12/29/2005 8:50:37 PM PST · by jb6 · 10 replies · 636+ views
    The Free Press ^ | December 29,2005
    When congressional Republicans, a free-spending lot who have helped ratchet up federal spending to record levels, proposed slowing the rate of federal spending growth by a hair, congressional Democrats accused Republicans of wanting to starve the poor and recreate Dickensian England.That scenario, in a nutshell, explains the looming fiscal crisis at all levels of government. The debate is between those who want enormous government and those who want something even bigger than that. Hence, the Associated Press reported this week that "entitlement" spending is growing out of control. The word "entitlement" itself is a problem. Americans believe they are entitled...
  • $39M Katrina Gov't. Credit Charges Probed [four 27-inch televisions - $3,200 for golf carts..]

    12/24/2005 11:13:28 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies · 937+ views
    $39M Katrina Gov't. Credit Charges Probed By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago Federal employees helping Katrina victims charged more than $39 million on government credit cards for disaster relief items. Congressional investigators want to make sure the taxpayers got a good deal. And a senator, citing past abuse, wants to know whether anyone used the cards for holiday shopping. Many of the goods, which included $60,639 for sleeping bags and $713 for four 27-inch televisions, were bought at retail rather than cheaper volume prices following the Aug. 29 storm, according to federal records. The spending also included...
  • Senators propose taxing Internet shopping

    12/22/2005 7:31:47 AM PST · by BradJ · 180 replies · 2,748+ views
    This may be the last holiday season to enjoy tax-free Internet shopping, thanks to new legislation in the U.S. Congress. Two bills introduced Wednesday propose sweeping changes to how Americans are taxed for online and mail order purchases. Businesses initially would be required to collect sales taxes on purchases shipped to roughly half of the country, and that percentage is expected to rapidly increase. "Main Street retailers collect sales taxes, while many online and catalog retailers are exempt from collecting the same taxes," said a statement published by Sen. Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican. "This is costing states and localities...
  • Republicanism in decline

    12/05/2005 9:43:02 AM PST · by strategofr · 60 replies · 1,759+ views
    town hall ^ | Dec 3, 2005 | Tony Snow is the host of the 'Tony Snow Show' on Fox News Radio.
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When Democrats gibber about Republicans' writhing in a culture of corruption, they're on to something -- but not what they think. The Republican Party in Washington is in trouble not because it's overrun by crooks, but because it's packed with cowards -- and has degenerated into a caricature of the party that swept to power 11 years ago promising to take on the federal bureaucracy and liberate the creative genius of American society. The collapse stems from the simplest and most natural of causes, the survival instinct. Within months of seizing power in 1995, Republicans began backing...
  • Bush Bigger Spender Than LBJ

    12/04/2005 10:49:33 AM PST · by yoe · 140 replies · 2,073+ views
    News Max ^ | 12 - 4 - 2005 | Staff
    George Bush is the biggest-spending president of the past 40 years, surpassing even Lyndon Johnson and his "Great Society" spending spree, a new report by the Cato Institute reveals. The increase in discretionary spending - that is, all nonentitlement programs - in Bush's first term was 48.5 percent. That's higher than LBJ's 48.3 percent, and more than twice as large as the increase during Bill Clinton's entire two terms, 21.6 percent. When spending is adjusted for inflation and length of time in office, Bush has an annualized real growth in spending of 8 percent, compared to Johnson's 4.6 percent. In...

    11/18/2005 11:40:48 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 221 replies · 3,495+ views
    Robert Drobot | 18 November 2005 | Robert Drobot
    According to the Treasury Department, from 1776-2000, the first 224 years of U.S. history, 42 U.S. presidents borrowed a combined $1.01 trillion from foreign governments and financial institutions, but in the past four years alone, the Bush administration borrowed $1.05 trillion. ... "No American political leadership has ever willfully and deliberately mortgaged our country to foreign interests in the manner we have witnessed over the past four years," said Tanner. "If this recklessness is not stopped, I truly believe our economic freedom as American citizens is in great jeopardy." [CNSNews] I wonder if there are any implications... "The facts are...
  • National debt passes $8,000,000,000,000.00

    10/25/2005 2:08:43 AM PDT · by Capitalism2003 · 51 replies · 1,187+ views
    Current Month 10/20/2005 $8,009,635,518,716.50
  • Thousands given $2,000 checks with little in losses

    10/23/2005 4:47:17 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 30 replies · 1,096+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | October 23, 2005 | Sally Kestin (A.P.)
    MOBILE, Ala. -- When Hurricane Katrina knocked out power to Lakeshia Watson's public housing apartment, she opened a window. An air conditioner fell out, and water damaged a mattress and clothing, said the 23-year-old tenant of Roger Williams Homes. "It wasn't bad," she said. "It just was rain coming in." Watson called the Federal Emergency Management Agency and got $2,000 in emergency aid. A bathroom ceiling partially collapsed in the modest house Thelma Robinson rents. A sofa in front of a fireplace got wet, as did other living room furniture, from the family opening the door to watch the hurricane....
  • FEMA Katrina Funeral Contractor Desecrated Corpses

    09/28/2005 3:39:32 PM PDT · by Ol' Dan Tucker · 48 replies · 1,560+ views
    Scoop ^ | September 15, 2005 | Jason Leopold
    FEMA Katrina Funeral Contractor Desecrated CorpsesThursday, 15 September 2005, 2:15 pm Article: Jason Leopold Division of Funeral Corp. Charged With Desecrating Corpses Hired to Collect Deceased Victims of Hurricane Katrina By Jason LeopoldA funeral services company which recently learned that one of its subsidiaries is negotiating a lucrative contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to remove dead bodies in areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, paid $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit several years ago alleging the company desecrated thousands of corpses, and dumped bodies into mass graves.Moreover, the company paid $200,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that sought...
  • After the hurricanes, it's raining money

    09/29/2005 7:30:52 AM PDT · by manny613 · 3 replies · 534+ views
    It is one of the secrets of the Beltway: Washington loves disasters. With large-scale disasters, government expands, its friends get wealthy and citizens become as docile as kittens. That is why Congress calls it "disaster relief" — the relief is from the usual restrictions on revenue spending and individual responsibility.
  • Blunt Talk (Pence might have helped propel Blunt into temporary leader)

    09/28/2005 5:25:29 PM PDT · by slowhand520 · 39 replies · 1,091+ views
    If temporarily deposed House Republican Leader Tom DeLay didn't like "Operation Offset" and its creators at the Republican Study Committee, led by Rep. Mike Pence, he surely hates it now. That's because Pence and his budget-cutting plan probably helped propel Republican whip Rep. Roy Blunt into the temporary party leader post late today. DeLay in meeting earlier in the day with Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, had asked that Rep. David Dreier be elevated to the leadership post. But instead, during a late afternoon caucus meeting, it was determined by Republicans that Blunt would take the post. There is...