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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; http://www.3news.co.nz/ ^ | 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...
  • U.S., Banks Near A Plan to Freeze Subprime Rates

    11/30/2007 1:38:02 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 116 replies · 1,035+ views
    The Wall Street Journal (excerpt) ^ | November 30, 2007 | Deborah Solomon and Michael M. Phillips
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration and major financial institutions are close to agreeing on a plan that would temporarily freeze interest rates on certain troubled subprime home loans, according to people familiar with the negotiations. An accord could reassure investors and strapped homeowners, both of whom are anxious as interest rates on more than two million adjustable mortgages are scheduled to jump over the next two years. It could also give a boost to the Bush administration, which is facing criticism for inaction amid the recent housing turmoil. The plan is being negotiated between regulators including the Treasury...
  • Drinking from the Public Trough

    11/01/2007 1:26:58 PM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 103+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | November 1, 2007 | Clint Bolick
    The City of Phoenix's $97.4 million subsidy to a developer to build the lavish CityNorth Project-we've dubbed it the Taj Mah-Mall-was based on the developer's estimate that it would need more than $100 million to break even on the deal. This is called a "feasibility gap"-but the credibility gap is even wider. The city's own independent consultant estimated the feasibility gap at only $25 million. The bottom line is much worse. Two experts hired by the Goldwater Institute in our constitutional challenge to the CityNorth subsidy have demonstrated that the developer will reap a huge profit even without the subsidy,...
  • I'm Shocked, Shocked!

    10/29/2007 11:13:46 AM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 73+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | October 24, 2007 | Clint Bolick
    Oro Valley's recent decision to yield its status as Arizona's subsidy capital didn't come a moment too soon. The first report for two sales-tax rebate subsidies awarded for Oracle Crossings Center and Steam Pump Village are in, and the results are predictable. The first project forecast sales of $106 million over the last two fiscal years, which would have generated $2.12 million in sales tax revenues; but instead produced $35.5 million in sales and only $441,000 in sales tax revenue. The second projected sales of over $26 million and tax revenue of $525,000, and instead produced sales of $2.1 million...
  • Riding the $20 million wave

    10/20/2007 4:13:03 AM PDT · by xkateshaw · 3 replies · 126+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | October 07, 2007 | Asha Sharma
    Jakki Pettitt’s letter (“Waveyard would give Mesa identity”, Sept. 27), aptly recognizes the importance of a city to develop an identity and personality with time. As a Mountain View High School graduate and Mesa resident, I can wholeheartedly relate to the frustration of Mesa’s lacking flair. It also brings to light however, the underlying debate: is it the place of Mesa’s city government to give away $20 million of taxpayer-owned assets to create said identity? The answer is no. A drive by deserted Riverview, a project that consumed $80 million in city funds, quickly dispels any notion that taxpayer money...
  • Rebate rule chills sales of solar

    05/09/2007 1:01:06 PM PDT · by amchugh · 58 replies · 1,659+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 8, 2007 | Marc Lifsher
    SACRAMENTO — California homeowners are rejecting new rebates for solar power equipment, saying the state has made installing the rooftop panels far more costly than expected. As a result, Public Utilities Commission reports show a decline of 78% in rebate requests in the first three months of this year, compared with last year, and the solar installation industry says it is threatened with collapse across much of California.
  • (CA)State's fruit, vegetable growers may gain in farm bill

    02/01/2007 4:32:33 AM PST · by radar101 · 6 replies · 226+ views
    SACBEE ^ | 1 FEB 2007 | Michael Doyle
    The federal government would buy a lot more fruits and vegetables under the Bush administration's farm-bill proposal, planted Wednesday. Gratifying farmers in states such as California and Florida, the administration wants to increase specialty-crop spending by billions of dollars in coming years. The money would pay for school lunches, more trade help, additional research and more. "I think the proposals in the specialty-crop area will be very, very well received," Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said. Other proposals, though, may be nipped in the bud. The administration, for instance, says it wants to stop paying crop subsidies to the 80,000 richest...
  • Georgie Cracks Corn

    01/30/2007 5:08:24 AM PST · by joeystoy · 4 replies · 367+ views
    Give 'n Go ^ | January 30, 2007 | J. Martini
    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 its many indisputable virtues. Science aside, the numbers on ethanol are staggering. Today, the federal subsidy stands at 51 cents per gallon. The most optimistic projections regarding the effects on greenhouse gases are estimated at 5%,...
  • Democrats to offer permanent tax cut

    11/30/2006 10:18:39 PM PST · by xtinct · 90 replies · 2,799+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12-1-06 | Charles Hurt
    Democrats have long attacked President Bush for the historic tax cuts he ushered through Congress during his first term and have promised to reverse at least some of them. But among their top priorities when they take over Congress next month is passing a permanent tax cut of their own. Included in their "Six for '06" platform that they say helped them win majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats promised to: "Make college tuition deductible from taxes, permanently." Their tax cut promise is neither an election-year gimmick, Democrats say, nor a reversal in their long-standing opposition to Mr. Bush's...
  • EADS poised to launch A350 as Boeing trade row intensifies

    11/20/2006 10:22:54 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 11 replies · 604+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 11/20/2006 | David Gow
    EADS poised to launch A350 as Boeing trade row intensifies The Guardian (UK) 11/20/2006 Author: David Gow EADS, owner of Airbus, will this week or next give the go-ahead to launch the new A350 wide-bodied jet and could call in promised government loans to fund the €10bn (£6.8bn) programme. Any decision to reactivate "launch aid" from Britain, France, Germany and Spain would inflame a long-running dispute between the EU and the US. Last week the US formally submitted its written complaint to the World Trade Organisation about illegal subsidies to Airbus.
  • Sexy lingerie subsidy to 'save' marriages

    10/04/2006 12:34:12 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 27 replies · 1,106+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 4 October 2006 | Jamie Duncan
    THE bonds of marriage should be reinforced with satin, lace and a truckload of Federal Government cash, a Melbourne fashion retailer said today. Gail Lee, managing director of clothing business Leethal Fashion Accessories, has called for the Federal Government to subsidise half the cost of sexy lingerie to keep the zing in Australian marriages. With about 40 per cent of Australian marriages ending in divorce, Ms Lee said a woman wearing sexy lingerie would spice up a flagging marriage and dissuade wayward partners from straying. "Financial difficulties have many marriages under pressure and, if there are arguments and problems, they...
  • Suddenly, China dominates steel industry

    07/24/2006 5:28:10 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 63 replies · 1,598+ views
    Charleston gazette ^ | 7/23/2006 | Paul J. Nyden
    Suddenly, China dominates steel industry The Charleston Gazette (W.VA) 07/23/2006 By Author: Paul J. Nyden Today, China has the world's largest steel industry. In fact, the world's most populous nation now produces more steel than the next four largest producers combined: Japan, the United States, Russia and South Korea. Chinese mills make 31 percent of the world's steel. Between 2000 and 2005, Chinese steel production grew by 170 percent, from 126 million metric tons to 349 million metric tons. China's steel exports quadrupled between 1998 and 2005. Steel imports flooding into the United States doubled between 2000 and 2005. The...
  • Tech Stuff: Ethanol Promises. Farm-raising our own energy independence: Could it happen?

    07/07/2006 9:06:32 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 70 replies · 5,059+ views
    Car And Driver ^ | July 2006 | PATRICK BEDARD
    Tech Stuff: Ethanol Promises   1   2   3   4   5   6   7 Farm-raising our own energy independence: Could it happen? BY PATRICK BEDARD July 2006 You will be hosing ethanol into your gas tank. You will. It’s the law. The 551-page Energy Policy Act of 2005, signed last August, includes many sops to a blur of special interests, but one single provision rang the bell for automakers, greenies, and farmers, and for a broad coalition of ordinary motorists who were hoping for something, anything, to bring down gasoline prices; starting in 2006, the average gallon of “gas” will contain 2.78-percent...
  • Airbus loses altitude

    05/12/2006 10:40:10 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 16 replies · 543+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 5 12 06 | Thomas Lifson
    The largest and most technologically sophisticated companies in the world rarely surrender to the competition and admit they have made a poor decision about what to produce. That’s why the leak of Airbus’ latest product plan is so significant. A state-supported Europrestige standard-bearer is grappling with the realities of the marketplace: the opinions and desires of customers really matter. There is both good news and bad news here for fans of competitive capitalism. We are still far from seeing a newfound devotion to the teachings of Adam Smith among the continental Europeans who seek to challenge American dominance of high...
  • WTO Protests Continue for Second Day

    12/14/2005 3:17:10 AM PST · by paudio · 4 replies · 419+ views
    ap via foxnews.com ^ | December 14, 2005
    WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy opened the six-day meeting by urging nearly 6,000 delegates from the Geneva-based trade body's 149-member countries to be "bold, open-minded and prepared to take some risks." The Hong Kong meeting originally was meant to draw up an outline for a global treaty by the end of 2006 to lower or eliminate trade barriers in agriculture, manufacturing and services. But negotiations got off to a rocky start as delegates from poorer countries accused the European Union, the United States, Japan and other wealthy countries of offering insufficient cuts to their agricultural tariffs and farm subsidies. Farming accounts...
  • Apec 'to warn EU on trade talks'(Pacific-rim squarely against EU farm subsidies)

    11/15/2005 6:34:58 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 247+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/15/05
    Apec 'to warn EU on trade talks'   Europe appears increasingly isolated on agriculture World trade talks will fail unless the European Union makes fresh concessions, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) nations are expected to warn. Reports say Apec leaders, meeting in South Korea, will issue the warning in a joint statement later this week. Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer has already said the success of the World Trade Organisation talks now rests with Europe. Europe is under pressure to increase cuts on farm subsidies and tariffs. French pressureBoth the US and leading developing nations such as Brazil have...
  • Congress signals subsidy for TVs

    11/14/2005 8:37:17 AM PST · by libertarianPA · 50 replies · 971+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/14/05 | Stephen Dinan
    The federal government wants to pay for some U.S. residents to be able to watch television -- the only question is how much. The Senate's budget bill, which passed last week, contains a $3 billion subsidy for owners of televisions that are not ready to handle the eventual transition to digital television. The House budget bill, which ran into trouble Thursday but which will be on the floor this week, contains slightly less than $1 billion. Both bills set a date when broadcasters must return their current licenses and instead broadcast a digital signal on a different part of the...
  • Farm Payments Seen Concentrated in Midwest

    11/05/2005 9:57:09 AM PST · by tjbravo · 13 replies · 822+ views
    Aberdeen News ^ | Tuesday, November 1, 2005 | By LIBBY QUAID, Associated Press Writer
    (11-01) 17:31 PST WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Half of government farm payments over the past decade have gone to just 22 of the 435 congressional districts, according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group. The group wants the federal government to cut payments to large farm operations and revise provisions that allow some to collect millions of dollars a year in subsidies. The Senate could vote on the issue this week. "The whole system is tilted to a handful of big farm operations, and everybody else comes up short," said Ken Cook, the group's president. "We were surprised at the...
  • House Digital-TV Bill Sets Dec '08 Deadline; $1 Billion Subsidies

    10/21/2005 3:33:34 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 28 replies · 743+ views
    Dow Jones Newswires (excerpt) ^ | October 21, 2005 | Brian Blackstone
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- A House Commerce Committee draft bill sets a Dec. 31, 2008, deadline for the transition to digital from analog television signals - three months earlier than legislation approved by the Senate Commerce Committee Thursday. The House Commerce Committee is expected to mark up its version of the digital-TV bill later this month. The legislation, details of which were obtained by Dow Jones Newswires, also sets aside nearly $1 billion to conduct a consumer education campaign and fund a subsidy program for consumers with analog TV sets to purchase digital converters so that they don't lose...
  • House Rejects Cut in Amtrak Subsidies

    06/29/2005 6:50:10 PM PDT · by Founding Father · 30 replies · 519+ views
    SFGate ^ | June 29, 2005 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    The House on Wednesday rejected a big proposed cut in Amtrak subsidies that would have led to major cutbacks in rail service. By voice vote during debate on a spending bill that covers Amtrak's budget, the House approved an amendment by Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, to add $626 million for Amtrak. That would bring Amtrak's budget to its current level of $1.2 billion. The Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee had proposed spending $550 million for Amtrak and eliminating 18 routes, including every cross-country run and all long-distance trains outside the Northeast corridor. Those routes include the famed City of New Orleans...
  • 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...
  • Researcher admits fraud in grant data(we ain't as fat as we're told we are)

    03/18/2005 2:26:23 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 32 replies · 1,339+ views
    boston globe ^ | 3-18-05 | Carey Goldberg and Scott Allen
    In the worst case of scientific fakery to come to light in two decades, a top obesity researcher who long worked at the University of Vermont admitted yesterday that he fabricated data in 17 applications for federal grants to make his work seem more promising, helping him win nearly $3 million in government funding. Eric T. Poehlman, a leading specialist on metabolic changes during aging, acknowledged that he altered and made up research results from 1992 to 2002, including findings published in medical journals that overstated the effect of menopause on women's health. Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors
  • States line up to hear Airbus pitch for possible U.S. plant

    02/19/2005 2:09:06 PM PST · by El Conservador · 13 replies · 562+ views
    The Daily Times (Pryor, OK) ^ | February 19, 2005 | Matthew Daly
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A pitch by European aircraft maker Airbus for a $600 million U.S. plant drew representatives from 35 states Tuesday - including at least nine with ties to archrival Boeing Co. Officials from Washington state - where Boeing assembles 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s - were among those attending the informational session hosted by the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co., parent company of Airbus. France-based EADS, has said it plans to open a U.S. manufacturing site within a year, with hopes of building a refueling tanker to compete with the Boeing 767 for a multibillion dollar Air...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il's 'useful idiots' in the West

    02/02/2005 4:07:16 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 718+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 02/03/05 | David Scofield
    Kim Jong-il's 'useful idiots' in the West By David Scofield The term "useful idiots" has been widely used over the years to describe apologists from Western democracies who could be counted upon to offer slavish praise despite obvious evidence of the egregious system they supported. During Joseph Stalin's reign of terror there was the infamous Walter Duranty, a correspondent for the New York Times who in 1932 won the Pulitzer Prize for his glowing prose praising Stalin and the communist utopia he was building. Duranty chose to ignore the malice of the regime, the brutality of Stalin's forces and the...
  • Milk support program faces uphill battle

    01/02/2005 6:33:48 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 33 replies · 657+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 2, 2005 | Frederic J. Frommer (AP)
    WASHINGTON -- In the heat of the presidential election, President Bush declared his support for a taxpayer-funded milk support program coveted by dairy farmers in the battleground states of the Upper Midwest. But Congress did not act on Bush's call, and now that the election is over, the program faces an uncertain future. The Milk Income Loss Contract program, or MILC, expires Sept. 30, and will have to compete for scarce dollars at a time when Congress is trying to chip away at the budget deficit. The program was included in the 2002 farm bill. It pays dairy farmers cash...
  • D.C. officials optimistic Expos deal saved

    12/20/2004 10:41:26 PM PST · by drt1 · 5 replies · 334+ views
    AP/MSNBC ^ | 12/21/2004 | AP
    WASHINGTON - District of Columbia leaders announced an agreement Monday night that they said would bring the deal to move the Montreal Expos to Washington back from the brink of collapse.
  • Millions Face Cut in Winter Fuel Payouts

    12/17/2004 6:21:09 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 306+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | Dec. 18, 2004 | Brendan Carlin
    The future of winter fuel payments for millions of pensioners was cast into doubt last night after the Government refused to rule out major cutbacks after the election. The Telegraph has learnt that, on current spending plans, the winter fuel budget will drop by nearly Ł1 billion in the first full year after the General Election expected in May. That would mean payments, which this winter will be as high as Ł300 per household for the oldest pensioners, would collapse to a flat rate of Ł150 in two years. Mervyn Kohler, of Help the Aged, said last night that the...
  • WSJ: Free Speech vs. Tax Code -- Defending the NAACP from the IRS.

    12/14/2004 5:29:24 AM PST · by OESY · 6 replies · 489+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 14, 2004 | Editorial
    Kweisi Mfume recently announced his departure as NAACP President, and not a moment too soon. His tenure has been a disaster for the storied civil rights organization, driving it deeper into liberal irrelevance. But that doesn't mean it still shouldn't be defended against the current IRS probe of its tax-exempt status. Back in October the NAACP was informed that it may have violated a law that prohibits charities, churches and other nonprofits from engaging in partisan activities. Under Mr. Mfume and chairman Julian Bond, the group has accused President Bush of being at war with black America; compared Republicans to...
  • San Jose car race subsidy at issue

    12/07/2004 6:01:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 283+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 12/7/04 | Barry Witt
    Having been burned in the early 1990s by a grand prix race that went bust, the mayor of Denver had one instruction for his staff three years ago when it came to negotiating for a new race in another part of town. ``Fine,'' Kevin Magner, who oversees the race for the city's public works department, recalled the mayor, Wellington Webb, saying. ``But under no circumstance would we put any money into this.'' Unlike the deal Mayor Ron Gonzales cut last month with promoters of a similar race that backers say will draw more than 100,000 people to downtown San Jose...
  • Real conservatives fight against farm subsidies

    12/03/2004 7:07:02 AM PST · by Natty Boh · 6 replies · 491+ views
    I posted this note yesterday and it generated a range of replies. I can understand that there are people out there who support farm subsidies from the perspective of their own narrow self-interest. Fine. But it puzzles me that these people can call themselves conservatives. If you support free markets, small government and low taxes, how can you support a system that spends $180 billion on subsidies, mandates what can or cannot be grown and requires massive government regulation? How can people oppose welfare and socialized medicine and then turn around to support the welfare of farm subsidies and socialized...
  • Farm subsidies have to go

    12/02/2004 2:30:49 PM PST · by Natty Boh · 93 replies · 3,649+ views
    I know it's an old report, but I can hardly find any discussion of this matter on these boards. Farm subsidies are the single biggest remaining example of socialist central planning in the US. And just what do we get for the $180 billion we are spending? Don't start the "no farm, no food" chant -- it's like "four legs good, two legs bad". The vast majority of farm subsidies go to rich individuals and corporations; subsidies do little to guarantee our food security. We could guarantee a minimum income to all farming families for a fraction of what we...