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  • Presenting The $303 Trillion In Derivatives That US Taxpayers Are Now On The Hook For

    12/12/2014 6:25:55 AM PST · by coloradan · 57 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 12/12/2014 | Zerohedge
    Courtesy of the Cronybus(sic) last minute passage, government was provided a quid-pro-quo $1.1 trillion spending allowance with Wall Street's blessing in exchange for assuring banks that taxpayers would be on the hook for yet another bailout, as a result of the swaps push-out provision, after incorporating explicit Citigroup language that allows financial institutions to trade certain financial derivatives from subsidiaries that are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, explicitly putting taxpayers on the hook for losses caused by these contracts. Recall: (more at link)
  • Cal Health Dept. ordering all insurance plans to cover elective abortion

    12/10/2014 2:07:29 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    California State Senate 36th District ^ | 12/10/2014 | Joel Anderson
    Senator Joel Anderson California State Senate, 36th DistrictHon. Jerry Brown Governor, State of California State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814Dear Governor BrownMy constituents and I are deeply troubled by the Department of Managed Health Care's (DMHC) assault on the religious liberties of 38-million Californians.DMHC's August 22nd decision ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin covering elective abortion procedures. According to DMHC, elective abortions must be covered under a 40-year-old state law requiring health plans to cover "basic health services." This new, unprecedented interpretation of 40-year old language creates a mandate that violates the free exercise rights of churches,...
  • New Law Would Make Taxpayers Potentially Liable For TRILLIONS In Derivatives Losses

    12/07/2014 4:30:18 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 28 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | December 7th, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    If the quadrillion dollar derivatives bubble implodes, who should be stuck with the bill? Well, if the “too big to fail” banks have their way it will be you and I. Right now, lobbyists for the big Wall Street banks are pushing really hard to include an extremely insidious provision in a bill that would keep the federal government funded past the upcoming December 11th deadline. This provision would allow these big banks to trade derivatives through subsidiaries that are federally insured by the FDIC. What this would mean is that the big banks would be able to continue their...
  • It is Time to END Farm Subsidies

    12/04/2014 12:32:05 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 25 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | December 3, 2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    How much does it cost to run a country? Each year federal, state and local governments confiscate more than $5.7 trillion from the economy, based on 2013 figures. Of that number, $1.1 trillion is eaten by local governments; state governments take in $1.6 trillion, and the federal government consumes more than $3 trillion. And still runs a deficit of hundreds of billions each year. Part of the problem is that We the People have developed quite a voracious appetite for OPM – other people’s money. Federal aid and entitlement programs consume the lion’s share of the budget; this is called...
  • Welfare Abuse in America

    11/19/2014 5:50:41 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/1/2013 | MisterYouOkay
    Welfare Abuse in America 30 year old Kiara of Baltimore been on welfare for 12 Years. She is one of the welfare recipients who feel entitled for services on are tax payers dollar
  • JW Files Taxpayer Lawsuit to Stop Congress from Participating in D.C.’s Small Business Exchange

    10/16/2014 7:27:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | OCTOBER 15, 2014
    Documents Show Congress Submitted False Information to Participate in Exchange. Though restricted by law to small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, D.C. Exchange allows Congress to provide health insurance to 12,359 members of Congress, staffers, spouses, and dependents. Judicial Watch today filed a taxpayer lawsuit against the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority to stop Congress from participating in D.C.’s “Small Business Exchange.” At least 12,359 members of Congress, congressional staffers, and their spouses and dependents currently purchase health insurance in D.C.’s “Small Business Exchange” even though Congress far exceeds D.C. law’s 50-employee limit for participating in the...
  • IS ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SCANDAL ABOUT TO EXPLODE? [Taxpayer info used for politics]

    10/06/2014 8:08:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Powerline ^ | 10/06/2014 | John Hinderaker
    While strong cases can be made for both Benghazi and Fast and Furious, most voters consider Barack Obama’s misuse of the IRS to be his administration’s worst scandal so far. But, as we wrote last year, targeting of conservative non-profits for harassment is not the only dimension of the IRS scandal. In addition, there is strong reason to believe that one or more White House political appointees have illegally accessed private taxpayer information and used it for political gain.Austan Goolsbee directed Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and later chaired his Council of Economic Advisers. In August 2010, Goolsbee conducted...
  • Billions In Taxpayer Dollars Spent On ´Lyrical, Poetic´ Embassy Architecture Overseas

    07/09/2014 11:41:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jonathan Strong
    Under the Obama administration, embassy construction costs have exploded even while security – a major issue in the Benghazi scandal – has grown worse. Now we know why. A video released by the State Department in 2012 shows exhibits the philosophy behind a campaign begun under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to build fancy buildings overseas to enhance the nation´s reputation. The video opens with a narrator explaining the “universally understood language of diplomacy” including “art, design and architecture” that “communicate our ideals...without speaking a word.” From there, a series of high-profile architects use embarrassingly flowery language to explain
  • Campaign Contributions Ensnare Udall in IRS’s Missing Emails Scandal ( Colorado )

    06/21/2014 8:11:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | June 19, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    Top GOP officials are concerned that missing among the IRS’s internal emails are communications with Sen. Mark Udall and a dozen other Democrats who received campaign contributions from the federal agency’s union. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) first issued Freedom of Information Act requests to the IRS last year seeking all electronic and written documents between top officials there and the Democrats who received the campaign funding, but the attempts have been repeatedly stonewalled. Udall has accepted $13,000 in donations from the National Treasury Employees Union that represents IRS employees ... This is just another instance of Mark Udall...
  • Congressman introduces 'The Dog Ate My Tax Return Act'

    06/20/2014 7:47:57 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 49 replies
    http://www.wnd.com/ ^ | June 20, 2014 | BOB UNRUH
    A statement released from the office of Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, says what’s good for the government should be good for taxpayers. So there might come a time in the future when a letter starting out, “Dear IRS, The dog ate my tax receipts,” would be a perfectly acceptable response to a government inquiry about those “health cost” deductions for a hot tub and the trips to the Bahamas. The word came from Stockman’s office on Friday after a contentious hearing in Congress where the chief of the IRS said there was no apology due for the agency’s loss of...
  • New Live Action project exposes Planned Parenthood’s illegal practices, urges Congress cut funding

    05/29/2014 7:29:14 AM PDT · by topher · 2 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed May 28, 2014 15:49 EST | Dustin Siggins
    ARLINGTON, VA, May 28, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Six years of undercover videos and phone calls show that Planned Parenthood engages in illegal and unethical behavior, according to the pro-life group Live Action's newest video and website project. Launched earlier today, Live Action's "Planned Parenthood EXPOSED" project calls upon Congress to stop taxpayer funding of the abortion giant. The organization has penned a letter to all members of Congress insisting that Planned Parenthood "should not receive even a cent of American taxpayers' income."
  • Planned Parenthood closes office after Kansas cuts off state funding

    05/24/2014 12:43:02 AM PDT · by topher · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Fri May 23, 2014 15:47 EST | by Ben Johnson
    HAYS, KS, May 23, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Planned Parenthood has announced it is closing its office in Hays, Kansas, after the state successfully defended a law that effectively cuts off state funds from the abortion provider. The Hays Health Center offered abortion referrals as well as the morning after pill, which can work as an abortifacient.
  • Planned Parenthood defrauds Medicaid with unnecessary procedures on incarcerated minorities: lawsuit

    05/22/2014 12:51:49 AM PDT · by topher · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed May 21, 2014 15:14 EST | Ben Johnson
    HUNTSVILLE, TX, May 21, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Texas bilked state and federal taxpayers for 10 years by performing unnecessary medical procedures on incarcerated teens, most of whom are minorities, according to a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower. “Planned Parenthood targets an incarcerated population of minority youth exclusively for unnecessary testing and fraudulent claim billing,” according to a lawsuit filed by Patricia Carroll, an Accounts Receivable Manager at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) from October 2007 until she resigned in October 2012.
  • States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI(Return on Investment)

    05/15/2014 5:56:01 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 4 replies
    Wallet Hub ^ | May 2014 | John S Kiernan
    There is an obvious disconnect in the minds of taxpayers between the amount we fork over each April and what we ultimately receive from the government in return. Tax Day is a tangible, painful reminder of our investments in federal, state and local governments, but it’s difficult to discern the government’s precise role in our day-to-day quality of life and overall pursuit of happiness. Perhaps that’s why 52% of people feel they pay too much in taxes and most people think roughly half of their tax dollars are being wasted.
  • Ukraine Just Issued $1 Billion Bonds Backed By The US Taxpayer

    05/14/2014 12:22:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/14/14 | tyler durden
    The bailout floodgates are open and the US taxpayer is footing the bill once again - whether through IMF loans or more directly. Today saw Ukraine issue $1 Billion 5-Year Notes at a stunningly low risk of only 28bps above US Treasuries and dramatically cheaper than the cost of capital in the public markets (and from the IMF) which yield over 10%. The reason for the 1) low cost, and 2) actual ability to raise debt... the bond is guaranteed by the US Agency for International Development and "assures full repayment of principal and interest" based on the full faith...
  • Ruben Wills, Queens city councilman, busted in corruption investigation ( NY Democrat )

    05/11/2014 5:18:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 8, 2014 | Barry Paddock , Kenneth Lovett
    The politician was charged with misusing tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds — even spending some of the money on a $750 designer handbag. ... A city councilman's career is going to hell in a Louis Vuitton handbag. Councilman Ruben Wills, 42, of Jamaica, Queens, was arrested Wednesday on charges of stealing $30,500 in government money, and using some of it for shopping trips to Nordstrom and Century 21 and the purchase of a $750 Vuitton bag at Macy’s. Wills, a Democrat, was slapped with a dozen charges, including scheming to defraud, grand larceny and falsifying business records....
  • The influence pedlers in D.C. don't want the IRS code changed

    . Is it possible that the people in Washington D.C. who sell their influence and the rest of the people in Washington D.C. that are buying that influence don’t want to solve the problem? Senators and Representatives often talk about simplifying the tax code but it never happens. The very complexity of the tax code creates an enormous opportunity for special interest lobbyists in Washington. Given the large campaign war chests amassed by incumbents from special interest lobbyists and the companies they represent I think that we can correctly surmise why the tax code exists as it does.
  • Their Right to Your Money

    03/23/2014 11:37:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Thirty-three hifalutin members of Colorado’s political elite — state legislators, former legislators, board of education officials, city and county politicians, and assorted insiders — have locked arms in whining solidarity as plaintiffs in what’s called a federal case. Why? They lost an election . . . way back in 1992! Now, as the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals put it, “Plaintiffs claim that they have been deprived of their power over taxation and revenue.” Boo hoo. Back in 1992, the pesky people of Colorado petitioned the Taxpayer Bill of Rights onto the ballot and passed it, against the objections...
  • US Taxpayer "Bailed Out" BNP Paribas Probed By DoJ & Fed On Sudan, Iran, Libya Deals

    02/13/2014 11:24:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/13/14 | tyler durden
    TARP Recipient BNP Paribas got $4.9bn of bailouts from the U.S. Taxpayer - Today, as the WSJ reports we learn BNP Paribas has been funding transactions in Iran, Syria and other countries subject to U.S. Sanctions since 2002. The bank set aside $1.1 billion to settle investigations by the Department of Justice and the Federal Reserve but as the NY Times reports, investigations are playing out on multiple fronts - centering on whether the firm did "a significant amount" of business in "blacklisted" countires (and routed the deals through the US financial system). Via WSJ, “...an internal probe conducted over...
  • Whoah! Obama´s Opulent StateDinners Cost The Taxpayer AboutHalf A Million Dollars Each

    02/11/2014 8:32:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 2/11/14 | Soopermexican
    Obama is having a grand old time with his socialist buddy President Francois Hollande of France on his visit, and for the first time ever, Americans will get a view of just how much a State dinner costs them. It took thirteen months for the State Department to respond to the request for the costs of such dinners, but here they are! CBS News has obtained the Office of Protocol’s expense calculations for the first five state dinners of the Obama presidency. Nov. 24, 2009 – State dinner for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India. $572,187.36 May 19, 2010 –...
  • Thinking of Employee Evaluation Forms for Incumbent Elected Officials

    01/29/2014 10:46:36 AM PST · by Howie66 · 7 replies
    Vanity | 29 January, 2014 | Self
    Living in TEXAS, I have been hearing campaign ads being aired by Senator John Cornyn that really are irritating me. In these ads, one would not know that Senator Cornyn IS the Senate Minority Whip or that he's been in the Senate for almost a full 2 terms (11 years). Further, he paints a self portrait as being a Real Conservative just like me. In light of this, I am preparing to fill out an Employee Performance Evaluation form and then send it to him. Can anybody recommend a good and comprehensive form with which to do this? I'm also...
  • The Taxpayers’ Happy Thanksgiving

    11/27/2013 9:36:53 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-28-13 | Ben Wilterdink
    We all know there is nothing scarier than taxes, but with Halloween behind us, taxpayers have much to be thankful for this holiday season. ALEC’s recently released 2013 State Tax Cut Roundup highlights the 18 states that significantly cut taxes in the 2013 legislative session. Here are some of this year’s top picks that highlight how much reform minded legislators can save taxpayers. North Carolina’s 2013 tax reform package is one of the most successful tax reform efforts in the last decade. Although it was contentious, the final plan is estimated to save taxpayers $500 in the first two years...
  • Obamacare may need a taxpayer bailout: Ex-HHS head

    11/19/2013 7:53:41 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 53 replies
    The rollout of Obamacare has been "absolutely chaotic," said Tommy Thompson, who served as U.S. Health and Human Services secretary under George W. Bush. But worse, he added, the new law is flawed and needs dramatic changes. "It's actuarially unsound," the former Republican governor of Wisconsin said on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Tuesday. "If you don't have the healthy young people involved, ... Obamacare cannot function. It's going to require a huge infusion of tax dollars or huge cuts." One of the cornerstones of the new health-care law is that healthy young people will pay for medical insurance that they...
  • Miami Dolphins Owner Recruits Puppet Candidates for State

    08/03/2013 9:34:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    MT ^ | August 01, 2013 | James Taylor
    Stephen Ross, the billionaire owner of the Miami Dolphins, is recruiting tax-and-spend puppet candidates to challenge fiscally conservative Florida Republican state legislators in the 2014 Republican primaries. The New York real estate investor’s actions are the latest in his campaign of personal destruction against fiscal conservatives who voted against massive taxpayer subsidies for Ross’ Sun Life Stadium. Ross, a real estate investor from Michigan who now lives in New York, owns 95 percent of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. Ross sought funding this year from Florida state and local taxpayers to cover much of the expenses for $350...
  • President Obama's Taxpayer Funded UAW Event ( Tennessee )

    07/29/2013 3:41:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jul 29, 2013 | Scottie Hughes
    Under the cover of Obama’s campaign to sell his budget .. it is no coincidence that his visit is occurring at the same time Volkswagen is being pressured to accept the UAW into its Chattanooga factory. The United Auto Workers have tried every other option at this point including calling in a favor with the union that resides in Volkswagen’s home plant in Germany. ... it doesn’t look like the UAW’s normal campaign of propaganda seems to be succeeding; therefore, it’s time to call in the big dog himself and hope their investment of $148,967 into the reelection of President...
  • Prison with benefits: WI inmates collect $600,000 in unemployment

    07/12/2013 6:03:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-11-13 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — Who says you can’t collect unemployment in prison? The law. But that didn’t stop hundreds of inmates from cashing in on hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal unemployment payments, according to information obtained by Wisconsin Reporter through an open records request. There were 593 cases of “overpayments,” or jobless benefits paid in the names of Wisconsin prisoners between July 2012 and this month — to the tune of $616,248, according to state Department of Workforce Development records. Crime Pays? 593 inmates collected a total of $616,000 in unemployment benefits over the last year, according to the Department...
  • Tea Party group founder to Congress: I am outraged by the accusation we are subsidized

    06/04/2013 8:11:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    This is an important point because Democrats like to pretend that if you have tax-exempt status that you are being subsidized by the taxpayer. But Laurens County Tea Party group founder Dianne Belsom, who says she’s outraged by the accusation, corrects the record and points out that donations her C4 group receives are not tax deductible and have already been taxed when they were earned. The point, she says, of C4 is to ensure those donations don’t get taxed again at the end of the year.
  • The Taxpayer's Share (There's been a rash of Americans who have been renouncing citizenship)

    02/14/2013 7:53:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/14/2013 | Jon N. Hall
    Taxes have been in the news of late even more than usual, and not only in America. France's new socialist president has proposed a 75 percent top tax rate, causing the investor class to seek sunnier tax climes than dreary old Gaul. Actor Gerard Depardieu took up residence in Belgium, while former French President Sarkozy plans to move to jolly old England. Citizens of the United States, however, can't just absquatulate to some foreign country to avoid taxes. You see, the U.S. is the only major nation that taxes its non-resident citizens on income they earn abroad (see chart). Consequently,...
  • IRS Loses Lawsuit Challenging Authority to Regulate Tax Preparers

    01/22/2013 5:55:26 AM PST · by tired&retired · 20 replies
    Accounting Today ^ | JANUARY 18, 2013 | MICHAEL COHN
    In a stunning blow to the Internal Revenue Service’s efforts to regulate the tax preparation profession, a federal judge struck down the IRS’s licensing requirements for tax preparers on Friday, including testing and continuing education. U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg ruled against the IRS and in favor of the tax preparers in enjoining the agency against enforcing its Registered Tax Return Preparer requirements. “Today’s ruling is a victory for hundreds of thousands of tax preparers across the country and the tens of millions of taxpayers who rely on them to prepare their taxes,” said lead attorney Dan Alban....
  • (Channel 2 D.C.)Investigation Finds Obama Financing Mosques Worldwide With U.S. Taxpayer Dollars

    09/19/2012 4:32:38 PM PDT · by ResisTyr · 27 replies
    patdollard.com ^ | Sept. 14, 2012 | Pat Dollard
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Channel 2 Action News investigation found that the State Department is sending millions of dollars to save mosques overseas. This investment has received criticism as the United States makes an effort to slash nearly $4 trillion in government spending.Plenty of outrage following the announcement made Thursday afternoon by a government commission that suggested huge cuts to the budget, including eliminating the interest education for home mortgage. This juxtaposed with the United States investing millions to refurbish mosques as a good-will effort in Muslim countries has upset many taxpayer groups.
  • "Thank the Taxpayer" Campaign

    09/19/2012 4:27:02 AM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 2 replies
    September 19, 2012 | Everyone
    It's time to stop demonizing the taxpayers and start thanking them. They are the ones who are paying for all the benefits so generously given out in this country. Here is the start of a list of of slogans we can send to the Romney campaign. Keep them simple and positive, as much as possible. 1. Thank me. I'm a taxpayer. 2. The government didn't build that. The TAXPAYERS did. 3. Thank me. I'm paying for your benefits. 4. Who's going to pay America's bills when the taxpayers are all gone? 5. (I'm a) Taxpaying American. How about a little...
  • The Democrats’ GM Fiction (No, "Government Motors" is NOT Thriving)

    09/10/2012 7:24:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/10/2012 | The Editors
    The Democrats have decided to run in 2012 as the bailout party. It is an odd choice — the 2008–09 bailouts were deeply unpopular among the general public, and even their backers were notably conflicted about the precedent being set and the ensuing moral hazard. But Democrats have nonetheless made one of the most abusive episodes in the entire bailout era their economic cornerstone: the government takeover of General Motors. The GM bailout was always an odd duck: The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was created in order to preserve liquidity in the financial markets by heading off the collapse...
  • American Patriot Proves Obama Tax Pays For “Free” Illegal Alien Health Care

    07/08/2012 5:35:16 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 4 replies
    http://www.westernjournalism.com ^ | July 7, 2012 | Unknown
    llegal aliens are already benefitting from Obamacare, courtesy of the American taxpayer. Henderson, Nevada (United States) (OFFICIAL WIRE) July 6, 2012 Barack Hussein Obama repeatedly stated that his health care law does not pay for illegal alien medical expenses. But American Patriot has proven the fact that illegal aliens and the special interest groups that represent them are cheering the Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare because it does exactly that. Marcelo Rivera, representing the group Latinos Para La Revolución (“Latinos for the Revolution”), told the Chicago Civil Rights Examiner, “The individual mandate was the most important part of the...
  • NHS staff drive fleet of taxpayer-funded luxury cars

    07/02/2012 12:20:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 7/2/12 | Staff
    National Procurement, a branch of the NHS National Services Division, arranged for staff who are deemed to be "regular users" of cars for business to get the cars through a taxpayer-backed vehicle-leasing scheme. The role of National Procurement, which is funded by the Scottish Government, is to buy medical supplies for the NHS, and to "increase savings" for the health service. Figures provided by National Procurement in response to a Freedom of Information request showed that 40 employees, or one in eight members of staff, had used the 4x4s and convertibles to drive to work. Much of the
  • Help Us Stop Liberals From Spending Tax Payer Money on an Expensive Dinner Saturday

    04/25/2012 1:04:39 PM PDT · by rightjb · 2 replies
    Texas Trash Talk ^ | 4/25/2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    Want to Deprive a Liberal of An Expensive Taxpayer Dinner? Here's a way to IMMEDIATELY take out some of your angst | http://bit.ly/I1XTS2 Texas Trash Talk is attempting to shut down the pilfering of Harris County Texas taxpayers who have been paying for a “fake” school district for nearly 50 years. These bureaucrats had the audacity to ask for MORE tax money after paying the former Superintendent (now Mayor of nearby KATY) $100K and trips to Four Seasons in Washington DC among other things. (They meeting PolitiJim went to the board had a catered lunch and jazz music if you...
  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects Wisconsin bid to ban transgender inmate treatments

    03/26/2012 9:48:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies · 12+ views
    JS Online ^ | 3-26-12
    Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider reinstating a Wisconsin law that banned hormone treatments or sex-change surgeries for transgender prison inmates. The justices Monday rejected the state's appeal of a ruling that the 2006 Wisconsin law, by withholding treatments that prison doctors deem medically necessary, violated the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments. Three Wisconsin inmates who are male-to-female transsexuals filed suit after prison doctors, who had diagnosed them as having gender identity disorder, stopped providing hormone treatments because of the law. "Refusing to provide effective treatment for a serious medical condition serves no...
  • Chu: I give myself an A-minus on managing taxpayer investments

    03/01/2012 11:07:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 3/1/12 | Ed Morrissey
    Consider this your spit-take moment of the day. After overruling Department of Energy auditors and losing $535 million on Solyndra, as well as a number of other green-tech flops, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu gives himself a pretty good grade as a steward of public funds. In fact, after Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) asks him to assign himself a grade, Chu goes one better than Barack Obama’s one-year self-assessment of a “good, solid B-plus”:
  • Officials Return From Western Gas Fields ‘Invigorated’

    02/04/2012 8:58:39 PM PST · by greenwill · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Rocket-Courier ^ | 01/19/2012 | RICK HIDUK
    Participants in a recent shale gas energy conference held in Hobbs, New Mexico, referred to a whirlwind trip to Lea County, NM, as “exhausting” but “enlightening.” Bradford County Commissioners Doug McLinko, Mark Smith, and Daryl Miller, Susquehanna County Commissioner Mary Ann Warren and Pennsylvania state Rep. Tina Pickett were among local elected officials to partake in discussions and serve as guests on informative panels.
  • Commissioners visit New Mexico for natural gas conference

    01/30/2012 8:59:55 AM PST · by greenwill · 1 replies
    THe Daily Review ^ | 01/21/12 | JAMES LOEWENSTEIN
    TOWANDA - While Bradford County has experienced extensive gas drilling for a few years, what will it be like after the drilling has gone on for decades? The three Bradford County commissioners and other local officials had a chance to get a sense of what could happen when they traveled last week to participate in a two-day conference in Lea County, N.M.
  • Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up To $250K Per Vehicle

    12/22/2011 12:40:06 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/21/11 | Tom Gantert
    Analyst: 'This might be the most government-supported car since the Trabant' (Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a reaction from a General Motor's official.) Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
  • Confirmed: President Obama campaigns on the taxpayers’ dime more than previous presidents

    11/28/2011 6:13:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/28/11 | Tina Korbe
    The White House dismisses the data, but, according to a study by Brendan Doherty, a U.S. naval academy assistant professor and expert on presidential travel, President Barack Obama has visited swing states “on official business” more times in a shorter span than either George W. Bush or Bill Clinton. The Wall Street Journal reports: Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 17 of his third year in office, Bill Clinton held 40 events over 24 days in the battlegrounds of his time, according to data compiled by Brendan Doherty, a U.S. Naval Academy assistant professor who is widely viewed among political scientists...
  • Basement Dungeon Ring-Leader Linked to 50 People in Three States

    10/17/2011 6:45:49 PM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/17/2011 | COLLEEN CURRY and JACK CLOHERTY (@jjclo)
    The woman accused of keeping four handicapped adults chained in a Philadelphia basement and stealing their Social Security checks may have done the same thing to victims in Florida, Virginia and Texas, Philadelphia police said today. *snip* (hate to butcher article but have to in this case..I apologize) She was charged with beating the man with a hammer, tying him up in a closet with only three meals over the course of two months, and beating him with broomsticks, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. When he died, his body was stuffed into a plastic bag and dumped it in an...
  • Chuckie Schumer - All Mouth With Sharp Teeth Bites Taxpayers Again

    10/15/2011 9:21:56 PM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Saturday, October 15, 2011 | Jerry McConnell
    The owner of the not-too-generous traits outlined above is one New York Democratic Senator named Charles Schumer. I suspect that Democrat leadership feels that they can call on “Chuckie” to make a public spectacle out of himself as the spokesman for anything distasteful with which leadership would rather not be connected.
  • Michelle's Fabulous Designer Diamonds: Taxpayer Paid?

    09/22/2011 4:06:55 AM PDT · by Cyclops08 · 36 replies
    CultureMap Houston ^ | 9-21-11 | Shelby Hodge
    Michelle Obama dazzles in New York, wearing diamond bangles by H-Town's Katie Decker That was no ordinary bling on the wrist of First Lady Michelle Obama at the DNC fundraiser in New York Tuesday night. Those fancy diamond cuffs were the creation of 23-year-old Katie Decker, whose namesake jewelry line has been making a serious splash since her graduation from Texas A&M two years ago. --- blah, blah, blah
  • Suspected looter and his mother are the first to be punished with eviction

    08/12/2011 7:37:01 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:52 AM on 13th August 2011 | By Jack Doyle
    A suspected looter in this week’s riots and his mother are being thrown out of their council home. In the first case of its kind, Daniel Sartain-Clarke, 18, and his mother have been served with an eviction notice as council bosses seek to turf them out of their £225,000 taxpayer-subsidised flat. Sartain-Clarke is charged with violent disorder and attempting to steal electronic goods from the Currys store at Clapham Junction, South London, on Monday night.
  • President Obama Heading Out on 'Economic Bus Tour'

    08/10/2011 3:25:10 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    CNS News ^ | Aug 10, 2011 | Fred Lucas and Susan Jones
    President Obama Heading Out on 'Economic Bus Tour' Wednesday, August 10, 2011 By Fred Lucas and Susan Jones wheat farming, farm President Obama is heading to farm country on Aug. 15, 2011. (CNSNews.com) - Don't call it a campaign trip: On August 15-17, President Obama will travel to the Midwest on a "three-day economic bus tour," making stops in southern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and western Illinois, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. "The President will discuss ways to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and accelerate hiring in communities and towns across the nation and hear directly...
  • The Debt Crisis: Why There Is a Stalemate

    08/05/2011 11:39:58 AM PDT · by betty boop · 41 replies
    The Conservative Underground, Vol. 4, Issue 16 ^ | August 2, 2011 | Jean F. Drew
    The Debt Crisis: Why There Is a Stalemate By Jean F. Drew Ask just about any person on the street nowadays what the U.S. “debt crisis” is all about, and he’ll probably tell you it’s about “raising the debt limit.” He has had it drilled into his head — by the Obama Administration, the Democrat Party, the labor unions, and their various enablers in the “official” media — that the international credit reporting agencies threaten to downgrade sovereign U.S. debt from Triple A to a lesser — and costlier — grade because Congress has failed to increase the debt ceiling...
  • Coburn on Grover Norquist: ‘Old news..doesn’t matter what he says’

    06/15/2011 7:58:31 AM PDT · by Bigtom67 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 6/14/2011 | Chris Grygiel
    Coburn on Grover Norquist: ‘Old news..doesn’t matter what he says’ Coburn talks with reporters before their caucus luncheon on Capitol Hill Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) An intra-GOP feud played out in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
  • Why Are Taxpayers Paying for Wine Tasting?

    06/15/2011 3:06:21 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | 15 June 2011 | JIM DEMINT
    Focus: The Economic Development Administration, U.S. Commerce Dept....the Senate is currently seeking to increase EDA funding to $500 million a year from $300 million. Worse, this bill passed out of a Senate authorization committee with unanimous, bipartisan support. [snip] In April, the bureau reported that it gave a $2 million grant to build a "culinary amphitheater," wine tasting room, and gift shop at the Port of Benton and the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Richland, Wash. The same month, it gave $1.5 million to promote tourism in the Northern Mariana Islands. In January, it spent $1 million on...
  • Govt to lose $14B of auto bailout funds

    06/01/2011 12:08:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/1/11 | Staff
    Washington – The Obama administration said Wednesday that the government will lose about $14 billion in taxpayer funds from the bailout of the U.S. auto industry. In a report from the president's National Economic Council, officials said that figure is down from the 60 percent the Treasury Department originally estimated the government would lose following its $80 billion bailout of Chrysler and General Motors in 2009. The report's release coincides with the administration's efforts to tout the bailout's role in the revitalization of the U.S. auto industry after last week's announcement that Chrysler is repaying $5.9 billion in U.S.