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  • A Growing Disaster

    11/28/2009 4:19:57 AM PST · by joeystoy · 12 replies · 947+ views
    Give n' Go ^ | 11-28-2009 | J. Martini
    The NY Times this morning is running an Op-Ed piece which suggests that our government's policy toward ethanol production has been less than enlightened. Some of us arrived at this conclusion long ago. Georgie Cracks Corn I don't know how many State of the Union Addresses since 1973 have pledged commitment to energy independence, but to quote Jim Ignatowski when he was asked how many different illicit drugs he had ingested in his lifetime, it's "exactly a lot." It was still a surprise, however, when our current President touted ethanol last week citing the sustainability myth as just one of...
  • Losing your 65% COBRA subsidy (Thousands begin to lose discount on premiums in as little as 10 days)

    11/20/2009 6:03:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies · 1,175+ views
    Money.CNN ^ | 11/19/09
    Losing your 65% COBRA subsidyThe government discount only lasts 9 months and it may not be extended. Here's some health insurance options. November 19, 2009: 11:17 AM ET NEW YORK (CNN) -- Thousands of people will begin to lose a major discount on their COBRA health care premiums in as little as 10 days. Here's what you can do: 1. What's happening First, let's briefly go over what COBRA is. It's a health care plan that allows you to continue group health care coverage after you've been laid off. Back in February, the government provided a 65% subsidy for COBRA...
  • An update on Obama repealing oil subsidies.

    10/04/2009 11:22:58 AM PDT · by larry hagedon · 9 replies · 1,230+ views
    World net Daily ^ | September 28, 2009 | Jerome Corsi
    President Obama declared war on oil and natural gas at the United Nations global warming summit, and he made the same pitch to the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, Jerome Corsi's Red Alert reports. "I will work with my colleagues at the G20 to phase out fossil fuel subsidies so that we can better address our climate challenge," he told the U.N.
  • Obama to cut fossil fuel subsidies

    09/23/2009 10:49:02 AM PDT · by larry hagedon · 90 replies · 2,762+ views
    New Zealand site; ^ | 9/23/2009 | Assiciated Press
    This came over the AP, and was picked up by a New Zealand site. I have not yet located other sources. Obama wants to end all Federal subsidies for petroleum. Most people do not realize that Petroleum has been massively subsidized for the past 50 years. This will not affect state, county, city or township gasoline, heating oil and diesel fuel subsidies.
  • Dan Rather wants Obama to help save the news

    07/29/2009 8:17:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies · 1,655+ views
    Aspen Daily News ^ | July 29, 2009 | Andrew Travers
    Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press Tuesday night in an impassioned speech at the Aspen Institute. “I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,” the legendary newsman said. Such a commission on media reform, Rather said, ought to make recommendations on saving journalism jobs and creating new business models to keep news organizations alive. “A truly free and independent press is the red beating heart of democracy and freedom,” Rather said in an interview yesterday afternoon. “This is...
  • Dan Rather Calls for White House to Save Journalism from Financial Hardship

    07/29/2009 2:16:48 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies · 778+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 29, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    As if the relationship between the Obama Administration and the news media weren't cozy enough already, former "CBS Evening News" anchor Dan Rather is calling on President Obama to "make recommendations" for the media on how to survive the economic downturn. Rather spoke at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colo. on July 28 and addressed challenges to the news industry, which he described as challenges to the "very survival of American democracy," and insisted the president should step in. "I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media," Rather said, according to the July...
  • Does GM's Volt Make Sense?

    03/10/2009 6:05:49 AM PDT · by docbnj · 145 replies · 2,195+ views
    Technology Review (MIT) ^ | 4 Mar 2009 | Kevin Bullis
    GM is defending its design for the Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle after a study out of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) slammed the design, saying that it's not economical. (Plug-ins are hybrids with batteries that can be recharged by plugging them in.) *** [GM VP Lauccckner] says that the study should have accounted for the tax credits for plug-in hybrids available through the stimulus bill. He implies that these credits, along with cheaper batteries, will make the Volt affordable. But if the Volt relies on government incentives to be economically viable, is it really economically viable?
  • Mr. President, End this Farm Subsidy Boondoggle

    02/28/2009 6:51:12 AM PST · by steelyourfaith · 15 replies · 1,073+ views
    TCSDaily ^ | February 27, 2009 | Amanda France
    Before taking office, President Barack Obama pledged to cut government waste: "We cannot sustain a system that bleeds billions of taxpayer dollars on programs that have outlived their usefulness." Yet after signing the $410 billion omnibus (the largest annual increase in 30 years) on top of the gargantuan $787 billion spending package with questionable items to "stimulate" the economy, it seems like what is bleeding is that promise's credibility.
  • Proposal Letter Reshaping NY State's Subsidy for AMD Chip Fab Plant [Vanity => Public Service]

    01/05/2009 5:02:34 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies · 965+ views
    FreeRepublic (right here) | (right now) | Citizens of NY
    Albert P. Carey, President and CEO Frito-Lay North America 7701 Legacy Drive Plano, Texas 75024 Dear Mr. Carey, I would like to make a proposal for Frito Lay to consider. Please bear with me as I 'Lays' the ground work. If your not aware, New York State is offering 1.2 Billion dollar subsidy for a chip fabrication plant to be located in Saratoga New York. We the citizens of New York, are led to believe this is an effort to bring new jobs to the State –roughly 1,400 jobs. The State has been in lengthy discussions with Advanced Micro Devices...
  • The trouble with incentives (perils of enviro-related subsidy)

    11/24/2008 5:50:33 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 401+ views
    The trouble with incentives In science there is a theory called the butterfly effect. It could have a big impact on pension funds that have made renewable energy and other green investment a major part of their alternative strategy, and that are hopeful the administration of President-elect Barack Obama and a new Congress will promote policies and incentives to encourage growth of this new economic sector. The butterfly effect suggests that a small change in conditions (e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in California) can reverberate to cause unpredictable major changes throughout a system (e.g., a major storm on the...
  • The Tramp Stamp: Your Tax Dollars at Work

    09/05/2008 2:53:37 PM PDT · by vadum · 10 replies · 162+ views
    Cantankerous Gentleman ^ | September 5, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    The government inadvertently offered people who wanted a duck something altogether different. The Fish and Wildlife Service isn't going to remedy the error because doing so would cost too much. That's according to this wire service report, "Gov't Error Sends Callers To Sex Line: People Hoping To Order Duck Stamps Greeted By Phone-Sex Line Due To Printing Mistake": People calling a federal phone number to order duck stamps are instead greeted by a phone-sex line, due to a printing error the government says would be too expensive to correct. The carrier card for the duck stamp transposes two numbers, so...
  • "Splash and Dash" Biofuel Scam Costs Americans Millions, Lawmakers Say

    06/15/2008 2:31:29 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 24 replies · 288+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2008 | William LaJeunesse
    In 2007 this subsidy cost the American taxpayer $300 million, and it’s projected to cost the American taxpayers $600 million next year,” said Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz. The scam — as Shadegg and others call it — is known as “splash and dash.” It stems from an existing $1 subsidy for every gallon of biodiesel fuel blended with regular diesel in the United States. Here’s how it works: Biodiesel is produced abroad using South American sugar cane or Asian palm oil and shipped to the United States, where it’s blended with just a “splash” of regular diesel. A typical tanker-load...
  • EU protests U.S. aid for fuel producers

    06/14/2008 7:09:58 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies · 187+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | June 13, 2008 | By James Kanter
    BRUSSELS: Picking a new trade fight with the United States, the European Union on Thursday accused U.S. producers of biodiesel of benefiting from subsidies that threaten to put European producers out of business. Biofuels are bitterly contested because of allegations that they raise food prices and do little to fight global warming. But they are also a big business, with sales of about €8 billion, or $12.3 billion, annually in Europe. EU trade officials say European producers are at risk because of a tax credit that is granted to American exporters. The commission said it would begin a formal anti-dumping...
  • Pork piranha alert

    06/05/2008 11:49:09 AM PDT · by JZelle · 6 replies · 139+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-05-08 | Donald Lambro
    Lawmakers, including many Republicans, voted to spend more than half a trillion dollars last month - signaling what's in store for taxpayers if Democrats win additional seats in Congress this November. The spending spree included a whopping $300 billion farm bill, loaded down with subsidies for millionaire farmers and pork-filled provisions that won the support of 100 House Republicans who voted to override President Bush's veto. The squandering also includes a fat-filled $250 billion supplemental bill for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, plus $52 billion in tuition benefits for veterans and other domestic expenditures that passed the Senate by a...
  • Bush Vetoes Farm Bill

    05/21/2008 3:41:32 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 2 replies · 96+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 05/21/2008 | EagleUSA
    WASHINGTON - President Bush vetoed the $300 billion farm bill on Wednesday, calling it a tax increase on regular Americans at a time of high food prices in the face of a near-certain override by Congress. It was the 10th veto of Bush's presidency. But since it passed both houses of Congress with veto-proof majorities, his action will likely be overridden. The president calls the legislation fiscally irresponsible and says it gives away too much money to wealthy farmers, yet his criticism didn't faze lawmakers from both parties who voted for increased crop subsidies, food stamps for the poor and...
  • McCain Favors End To Ethanol Subsidy As Food Costs Soar

    04/26/2008 3:23:50 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 76 replies · 242+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Monday, April 28 2008 | Jed Graham
    Most politicians have been swept up by the notion the U.S. could supply a good portion of its energy needs from Midwest farms, instead of from unfriendly regimes in the Middle East and elsewhere. In December, Congress overwhelmingly passed, and President Bush signed, a new energy bill dramatically raising renewable fuel mandates. But that consensus will be open to debate in the presidential election with John McCain as the GOP standard bearer. He’s one of the few politicians who oppose handouts to the ethanol industry.
  • The Empire Strikes Back With Massive Attorneys’ Fee Request in CityNorth Case

    04/24/2008 1:01:28 PM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 1 replies · 81+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | March 24, 2008 | Clint Bolick
    The Empire Strikes Back With Massive Attorneys’ Fee Request in CityNorth Case Clint Bolick, Goldwater Institute, April 24, 2008 While the Goldwater Institute’s legal challenge to the CityNorth subsidy moves to the Court of Appeals, one issue remains before the trial court that upheld the subsidy. Not content merely to demand $97.4 million of taxpayer money, the developers now are seeking hundreds of thousands more for their attorneys’ fees—from the Goldwater Institute. The City is, too. Rather than using the same huge in-house legal department that negotiated the deal, the City hired a high-priced private firm to defend it. The...
  • Sophistry from the Superior Court

    04/08/2008 9:03:39 AM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 1 replies · 65+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | April 8, 2008 | Robert Robb
    Sophistry from the Superior Court : Ruling on CityNorth amends the state Constitution Without A Vote by the People Robert Robb, Goldwater Institute Daily Email, April 08, 2008 The Superior Court decision upholding the massive subsidy Phoenix gave CityNorth is an exercise in legal sophistry. Judge Robert Miles held that there were considerable public benefits from the building of the shopping center, and so there wasn't a violation of the state Constitution's gift clause. There is not, however, a public purpose or benefits exception to the gift clause ban. It states that no Arizona government "shall ever give or loan...
  • Arizona's Booster Socialism

    03/16/2008 4:38:17 AM PDT · by Nony · 20 replies · 380+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | March 16, 2008 | George Will
    When the upscale stores—Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and other magnets for affluent shoppers—open their doors at the CityNorth “urban village” being built here, Phoenix taxpayers will be there, sort of. They are providing a $97.4 million subsidy to the Chicago-based developer of the 144-acre project that will include residential, office and hotel facilities. The subsidy—allowing the developer to keep sales taxes collected up to $97.4 million—might, however, violate the state constitution. Represented by the litigation arm of the Goldwater Institute, six taxpayers who own small, unsubsidized businesses say the subsidy violates three constitutional provisions.
  • Hoi Polloi in Eloy

    12/04/2007 9:16:13 AM PST · by GoldwaterInstitute · 74+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | November 28, 2007 | Dr. Byron Schlomach
    Maybe it’s a good idea. A music-themed amusement park in Eloy just might work. True, the park would be in the desert between Tucson and Phoenix with a limited available work force and limited infrastructure for large numbers of visitors. Still, there have been surprises before. Who could have predicted Branson, Missouri? But, the developers of Decades Music Theme Park want a big favor from the state. They want their park to be a “Theme Park District.” This would be a mini government agency with the ability to issue tax-free government bonds. The bonds would be paid off with a...