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  • Congress Still Wasting Taxpayers' Money

    04/14/2016 6:40:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    As the tax deadline approaches it's once again time to consider how the federal government wastes our money. Remember the spending caps that were supposed to keep Congress from overspending? Gone with the wind. How about the promise Republicans made about no more earmarks on spending bills? It disappeared almost as fast as a gold coin in a magician's hands. Of course, they are not calling these new and improved earmarks earmarks. They call them something else, so they can claim they are keeping their promise. Is it any wonder this political season is characterized by voter anger? Just in...
  • Sports and State: Time to Separate

    10/05/2015 5:52:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    All in favor of more separation between sports and state, raise your beer koozies and stop millions of dollars from being wasted on bad coaches and old stadiums. I love sports and so do you. But it’s not right that you and I don’t have a strong say in how our politicians play ball with our money when it comes to renovating Stone Age stadiums or retiring awful athletic directors. I’m calling foul on plays like a Texas judge’s plot to renovate the Astrodome despite strong voter opposition. And I’m hitting the buzzer on schemes like asking taxpayers to subsidize...
  • Memorial to Waste

    09/19/2014 8:56:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The long-running debacle over the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., is a textbook case of corruption. A great deal of money sloshes around without any accountability, pocketed by those with connections and without scruples, in the name of doing good. It's a sucker's game, at which taxpayers always lose. The Eisenhower Memorial travesty is more offensive than the usual palm greasing, because the greatness of an American hero is being lost. "You like Ike. I like Ike. Everybody likes Ike for president." So ran the campaign ditty from 1952. It was pretty well true. The former 5-star general won 39...
  • Who Will Pick Up The Pieces When ObamaCare Crashes and Burns?

    04/02/2014 11:40:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Despite all the hoopla from the Administration and its media shills about how wonderful it is that a certain, arbitrary number of American citizens have signed up for ObamaCare by particular benchmark dates, the fact remains this federal law is rotten from start to finish. It remains one of those rare pieces of legislation that contains on balance not one positive provision; not a single worthwhile crossed t or dotted i. Still, we taxpayers continue to pay billions for ObamaCares implementation, even as it forces millions of citizens into healthcare plans that do not meet their needs and into relationships...
  • Its the President, Stupid

    03/06/2014 4:48:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2014 | John Ransom
    Our Demander-in-Chief has once again put together a budget so mind boggling stupid, so bereft of credibility that it will spontaneously abort somewhere between the White House and the desk of Senator Harry Reid (D-Who Me?). You can think of Obamas newest budget as the legitimate rape of America. All you really need to know about the budget is this headline from the Washington Posts Wonk Blog: Obama budget seeks new spending, new taxes to boost economy, tame debt. Ha, ha, ha. Stop me if you heard that one before. If we gave the government a buck for every time...
  • Budget Baloney

    03/05/2014 4:55:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | John Stossel
    This week, President Barack Obama proposed "a budget that will create new jobs in manufacturing and energy and innovation and infrastructure, and we'll pay for every dime of it by cutting unnecessary spending, closing wasteful tax loopholes!" What? I must have fallen asleep and woken up in 2008. That could not be something he'd claim after five years in office -- years after making similar claims and not delivering on them. Does he think we have no memory, or that we're just ignorant? Are these just poll-tested phrases that work because most voters are too busy to pay attention?...
  • Before You Dig: 8 Snow-Shoveling Tips (Bloated Government Barf Alert!)

    02/15/2014 7:13:41 AM PST · by McBuff · 53 replies
    Arlington Patch ^ | February 14, 2014 | Mary Ann Barton
    Ever wonder what a "Loss Prevention Manager" of a "Risk Management Division" of Arlington County, Va does for a living? You didn't? That's what I thought. Well apparently, he dresses up in a suit, tie and overcoat, puts on his ear muffs and then tells us how to shovel snow. Yes, that's right, how to shovel snow. Oh, you think you already know how to shovel snow and don't need a high salaried public employee to tell you how to do it "properly?". . well, think again. His knowledge of how to shovel snow properly is impressive; probably representing hours...
  • Non-partisan group paid $1 million to produce positive Obamacare stories

    11/27/2013 9:50:30 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Capitol City Project ^ | November 25, 2013 | By Joe Schoffstall
    With the roll out of Obamacare being as disastrous as possible for the Obama administration, one group was given a $1 million grant to help lead a rebranding effort with hopes of salvaging the law in the eyes of the American people. Families USA (FUSA) an organization that describes itself as a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans was given a $1.1 million grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on October 4, 2013, to gather success stories of Americans dealing with Obamacare and distribute them to the...
  • Farm Bill Bottom Feeder Program Must Be Stopped

    11/24/2013 3:57:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2013 | David Williams
    Throughout the history of the country, Congress has done some pretty dumb things and their recent abysmal approval ratings shows that the American public is losing faith. Not to say its an institution built on imprudent thoughts and actions. No. In reality its a venerable institution responsible for some of the most important legal, social and political advancements in modern history. But its hasnt always been smooth sailing. For example, Congress once earmarked $50,000 in taxpayer money to support a museum honoring mules? Congress also spent $1.9 million on a Center for Public Service that would eventually honor a member...
  • DHS Abusing Overtime Pay

    11/01/2013 3:06:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    The latest report from the U.S. Office of Special Council has found some serious waste in the Department of Homeland Security. Shocking! The report shows a collection of data showing that nearly $8.7 million in overtime pay was spent on employees who were sometimes doing nothing more than watching sports and entertainment channels on TV. According to the government investigator, collecting overtime pay in the DHS is a long-standing abuse and has become a persistent pattern. Employees have been able to take advantage of a program known as Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime. This system is meant to be used only for...
  • Most Broke, Liberal City Spending Half Billion on Hockey Arena

    08/01/2013 12:27:33 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Downtrend.com ^ | 7/30/13 | James Daniels
    Weve all heard about Detroits bankruptcy as bleeding-heart economists plead for a bailout from Uncle Sam. Yet, the city of Detroit intends to move forward with its contribution to the Redwings new hockey arena. According to CNN, the city plans to spend $444 million of Michigan taxpayers money on the facility, despite hour-long police delays and shutting off 40 percent of its street lights to save money. To borrow from The Simpsons character Mr. Burns, Detroit plans to use taxpayer funds to help a billionaire build a private playground for millionaires. Team owner Mike Ilitch is only worth $2.4 billion...
  • IRS official in Star Trek spoof apologizes for lavish conference

    06/06/2013 9:29:25 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 27 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | June 6, 2013 | Kim Dixon and Patrick Temple-West
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top official at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Thursday acknowledged that it was "embarrassing" how much the tax agency spent on training videos, including a Star Trek spoof, and other lavish expenses during a 2010 conference in California. Faris Fink, commissioner of the agency's small business and self-employed division, told lawmakers the videos, which cost more than $50,000 to produce, were well-intentioned but in hindsight inappropriate. "It's embarrassing. I apologize," said Fink, who played the character Spock in the Star Trek parody that included a tax-themed skit. "I regret the fact that they were made."...
  • Dems: IRS Discriminates Because It Needs More Money

    06/05/2013 5:02:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    It must be nice to be a leftist. The solution to every problem is more of someone else's money. That's the favored solution over on the Democratic Party side of the aisle when it comes to the IRS' targeting of conservative non-profits. In a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano of New York suggested, "There is no clearer way to promote more scandals than by cutting funding that could be used for oversight, training and reform. At the level of this subcommittee is funded right now, we're just asking for more trouble at the IRS and elsewhere." This...
  • IRS woes grow with report of conference spending

    06/03/2013 3:33:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 3, 2013 3:25 AM EDT | Alan Fram
    The Internal Revenue Service, already under fire after officials disclosed that the agency targeted conservative groups, faces increased scrutiny because of an inspector generals report that it spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.The report by the Treasury Departments inspector general about conference spending is set to be released Tuesday. The department issued a statement Sunday saying the administration has already taken aggressive and dramatic action to reduce conference spending. The White House and the agency were on the defensive before the report on conference spending. Agency officials and the Obama...
  • Homeland Security funds sno-cone machines and underwater robots

    12/11/2012 10:48:51 AM PST · by SmileRight · 7 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 12/11/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    At a time when national security remains a high priority, it seems that a $7.1 billion Homeland Security Department grant program would focus on terrorism. But according to an investigation by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, the program paid for 13 sno-cone machines in Michigan, a $98,000 underwater robot in Ohio, and an armored vehicle in New Hampshire that patrolled a pumpkin festival. Coburns report, Safety at Any Price: Assessing the Impact of Homeland Security Spending in U.S. Cities begins with this introductory letter:...
  • $6.5 Billion Wasted (A new report highlights the worst of federal spending)

    12/29/2011 12:27:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/29/2011 | Andrew Stiles
    Many Americans are no doubt making resolutions to eliminate their bad habits in the New Year. The federal government would be well advised to do the same. President Obama and members of Congress could start by reviewing the jaw-dropping report put out by Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) outlining 100 examples — totaling more than $6.5 billion — of wasteful federal spending over the past year alone. What follows is a collection of some of the more outrageous examples.● $120 million paid out in retirement and disability payments to deceased federal workers. According to the Inspector General of the...
  • Our way to ruin is paved with empty promises

    06/29/2011 2:06:51 PM PDT · by Cybercorrespondent · 3 replies
    Cybercorrespondent's blog ^ | 6/29/2011 | Cybercorrespondent
    Our way to ruin is paved with empty promises We are in a real bind. We have massive entitlements growing out of control and there is no end in sight. The term unsustainable does not even scratch the surface of the problems that are facing this soon to be once a great nation. Like Obamas former chief of staff, Rahm Israel Emanuel once said, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste, Obama is taking his advice and is doing just that. He will continue to gut the dollar until everything falls apart and when people who dependent...
  • Gov. Christie arrives at son's high school baseball game in State Police helicopter

    06/01/2011 11:25:22 AM PDT · by 57 Red States · 37 replies
    Gov. Chris Christie arrived at his son's baseball game this afternoon aboard a State Police helicopter. Right before the lineup cards were being exchanged on the field, a noise from above distracted the spectators as the 55-foot long helicopter buzzed over trees in left field, circled the outfield and landed in an adjacent football field. Christie disembarked from the helicopter and got into a black car with tinted windows that drove him about a 100 yards to the baseball field....
  • Matthews: Isnt it kind of racist to worry about the cost of Obamas India trip?

    11/05/2010 8:37:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 5, 2010 | AllahPundit
    Is that what the kerfuffle about his India trip was all about? I thought it was the fact that, hot on the heels of Mrs. Os Spanish getaway and in the midst of what Obama himself frequently describes as the worst economy since the Great Depression, there were reports from Indian media of fantastically exorbitant spending for the trip. Those reports were untrue, to be sure, but is the thought of blowing $200 million a day on a junket to Asia something Americans shouldnt note when they hear it? Also, if this is racist, how come lefties didnt mind...
  • Entire Maurya Sheraton booked for Obama! (New Delhi, India-Needs Teleprompter at Parliament)

    11/02/2010 2:33:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Humsafar News Site ^ | November 2, 2010
    New Delhi, November 1, 2010: Not an inch of the ITC Maurya Sheraton will be without surveillance when US President Barack Obama arrives for a two night stay. The luxury hotel is swarming with Delhi Police commandos a week before he checks in with wife Michelle. Obama arrives for a Nov 7 9 stay at the Presidential Suite of the south west Delhi hotel and security is visibly tight even though police and hotel staff refuse to divulge details. Police commandos in combat gear have been stationed in Mercedes vans. Also fortifying the hotel are private guards...
  • New Yorkers outraged as bureaucrats order city to change lettering on every single street sign

    09/30/2010 8:00:45 AM PDT · by Qbert · 120 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/30/2010 | ANDREW PHILLIPS & PETE DONOHUE
    The city will change the lettering on every single street sign - at an estimated cost of about $27.5 million - because the feds don't like the font. Street names will change from all capital letters to a combination of upper and lower case on roads across the country thanks to the pricey federal regulation, officials said Wednesday. By 2018, MADISON AVE. will become Madison Ave. and will be printed in a font called Clearview, the city Department of Transportation says. The Federal Highway Administration says the switch will improve safety because drivers identify the words more quickly when they're...
  • Postal Service Executives get Extra Perks (while Postal Service drowns in red ink)

    09/28/2010 11:09:30 AM PDT · by Qbert · 24 replies
    GovExec.com ^ | 9/27/2010 | Emily Long
    More than 800 U.S. Postal Service executives receive health insurance coverage at no cost, in just one example of the excess and mismanagement that's costing the agency $800 million annually, according to a Republican lawmaker. A USPS inspector general report released last week in response to requests from Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, found the Postal Service pays the full health insurance premiums for 835 Postal Career Executive Service employees, OIG directors and Senior Executive Service members, a perk not available to other federal workers. Fifteen members of the Postal Regulatory Commission receive this benefit, according to PRC spokesman Norman Scherstrom....
  • Feds Spent $800,000 of Economic Stimulus on African Genital-Washing Program

    09/13/2010 7:43:00 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 148 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 13, 2010
    The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spent $823,200 of economic stimulus funds in 2009 on a study by a UCLA research team to teach uncircumcised African men how to wash their genitals after having sex. The genitalia-washing program is part of a larger $12-million UCLA study examining how to better encourage Africans to undergo voluntary HIV testing and counseling however, only the penis-washing study received money from the 2009 economic stimulus law. The washing portion of the study is set to end in 2011... Because AIDS researchers have been...
  • Top Ten Stimulus projects: Radioactive rabbit droppings to the sex lives of female college freshmen

    10/29/2009 8:58:17 AM PDT · by clyde_m · 5 replies · 486+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | October 3, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    Rather remarkable ways in which millions of dollars were passed out. no wonder no jobs were created. I thought "shovel ready" meant something.
  • Pittsburgh to Philly Maglev to Receive $28 million in Federal Funding

    09/11/2009 8:10:54 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 38 replies · 1,280+ views
    U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey and Congressmen Bill Shuster and Mike Doyle today announced that the Pennsylvania High-Speed Maglev Project will receive $28 million in federal funding. The funding is in the form of a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration SAFETEA-LU Maglev Program. This $28 million award is the most significant development in the 29 years weve been working on Maglev, Senator Specter said. The vision is to have a 250 mile-an-hour train traveling from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia with intermediate stops. Such a train would be a tremendous economic boon with thousands of new jobs in the...
  • Cash for Clunkers: Why Government Should Not Meddle In The Economy

    07/31/2009 8:21:52 AM PDT · by SalAOR · 15 replies · 671+ views
    Axis of Right ^ | 7/31/2009 | Sal
    The Cash for Clunkers Program, a stimulus program designed to help Detroit, gave people up to $4,500 in cash for old cars if they exchanged them for so-called green cars. The program was supposed to go from last week through the end of October, but was shut down last night because of the law of supply and demand. You see, price determines the equilibrium of demand vs. supply. It sets what people are willing to pay for an item at the supply levels that exist. However, when something is given away for free, (i.e. free money), the demand will be...
  • The Cost of the Crisis: $23 Trillion

    07/21/2009 11:46:04 AM PDT · by SalAOR · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Axis of Right ^ | 7/21/2009 | Sal
    The events of the last year have produced a flurry of legislation so complex, and debated and passed so quickly, that most of the citizenry (not to mention the members of congress) have no idea what the government has passed and how much we are spending. Enter Neil Barofsky. Barofsky is an economist who also happens to be the special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). In his report to Congress yesterday, he outlined that the cost allocated to all of the programs passed to deal with the economy, including those by the Federal Reserve that did...
  • $60K spent on Red Wing prison conference room (More Wasteful Spending in MN)

    07/14/2009 6:53:34 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 6 replies · 367+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka the Red Star) ^ | 7/14/09 | Mark Brunswick - Staff Reporter
    An $11,000, high-definition audio/video teleconferencing system. A $4,300, 58-inch plasma screen TV for "talking head viewing." A $3,400 interactive tablet. The high-tech amenities of a multinational corporation? No. It's the warden's conference room at Minnesota's juvenile prison in Red Wing. Work was recently completed on a remodeling of the conference room that included $60,000 in new electronics, funded by what the Department of Corrections said was "end of year savings due to responsible management of the budget." Coming at a time of major state budget cuts and layoffs in other state departments, the Red Wing project has drawn criticism from...
  • New Revelations on Obama from Google Archives...wasted money...go figure!

    10/27/2008 7:13:49 PM PDT · by richnwise · 2 replies · 331+ views
    While I was perusing around the Google archives, I found a few interesting links. The one that I found mostly amusing, yet somewhat disturbing is this one: Chicago Lands $1.7 Million in FIRST Funding Date Posted: 12/18/2000 $5,000 to the Hyde Park Historical Society to expand and enhance its educational web page. This project was initiated by Obama and Currie. And now, the shocking results of this $5,000 procured by Mr. Obama:
  • Sarah Palin fumbles on Fannie, Freddie

    09/08/2008 2:22:19 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 175 replies · 640+ views
    Chicago tribune ^ | Sept. 8 08 | Frank James
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stumbled this weekend when she commented on the federal takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Huffington Post "helpfully" pointed out her mistake to anyone who missed it the first time around. Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs, the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had "gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers." The companies, as McClatchy reported, "aren't taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization." Economists and analysts pounced on the misstatement, saying...
  • Dont Blame the War for the Economy

    04/20/2008 11:54:38 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 28 replies · 200+ views
    NYT ^ | April 20th, 2008 | MARTIN NEIL BAILY
    I am no fan of the war in Iraq, but it simply has not been a major contributor to the financial crisis and the impending recession. The high price of oil is largely the result of strong demand, notably from China and India, pressing against a limited supply. The global oil supply is growing more slowly than it could because of politics and policies in many places Russia, Mexico, Nigeria and Venezuela as well as the Middle East. Fears that the turmoil in Iraq might spread have probably given a boost to oil prices, but nowhere near enough to...
  • State budget still in trouble (MD)

    02/16/2008 8:55:54 AM PST · by JZelle · 10 replies · 60+ views
    FrederickNewsPost.com ^ | 2-16-08 | Meg Bernhardt
    ANNAPOLIS -- Frederick County's lawmakers serving on state budget committees are preparing for between $100 million and $300 million in cuts to the governor's proposed fiscal 2009 budget. The cuts come just a few months after lawmakers met in special session, passing tax increases and pushing for a skinnier budget as a way to address an anticipated $1.5 billion deficit. Delegate Galen Clagett, a Democrat representing Frederick County, attended a meeting with other leaders of the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday and said they plan to cut between $100 million and $300 million to make up for projections in revenue...
  • Local 2 Investigates Police Secrecy Behind Unmanned Aircraft Test

    11/24/2007 1:02:06 PM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 56 replies · 345+ views
    Click 2 Houston ^ | November 21, 2007 | Stephen Dean
    WALLER COUNTY, Texas -- Houston police started testing unmanned aircraft and the event was shrouded in secrecy, but it was captured on tape by Local 2 Investigates. Neighbors in rural Waller County said they thought a top-secret military venture was under way among the farmland and ranches, some 70 miles northwest of Houston. KPRC Local 2 Investigates had four hidden cameras aimed at a row of mysterious black trucks. Satellite dishes and a swirling radar added to the neighbors' suspense. Then, cameras were rolling as an unmanned aircraft was launched into the sky and operated by remote control.
  • Senate rejects Bush veto [water projects]

    11/09/2007 10:27:30 AM PST · by doc30 · 11 replies · 262+ views
    The St. Pete Times ^ | 11/9/2007 | By WES ALLISON and CRAIG PITTMAN
    WASHINGTON - Congress sent President George W. Bush its most forceful rebuke Thursday by overriding his veto of a water projects bill that directs billions of dollars toward restoration of the Everglades and recovery programs for Hurricane Katrina. The Senate voted Thursday to override Bush's veto, 79-14, far more than the two-thirds majority needed to overturn Bush's veto of the $23.2-billion Water Resources Development Act. Among the senators voting for the override were 34 Republicans, including Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla. The Senate vote followed a resounding 361-54 vote in the House on Wednesday. Together the two votes turned the bill...
  • Millions Not Joining Medicare Drug Plan

    02/21/2006 7:02:35 AM PST · by AZRepublican · 50 replies · 1,649+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Ceci Connolly
    A $400 million campaign by the Bush administration to enroll low-income seniors in prescription drug coverage that would cost them just a few dollars per prescription has signed up 1.4 million people, a fraction of the 8 million eligible for the new coverage. At this rate, by some calculations, the government is on track to spend about $250 for each person it enrolls, and even then it would have only 2 million poor senior citizens taking advantage of what is perhaps the most generous government benefit available today. "It's a very, very good benefit," said Deane Beebe, whose organization, the...
  • 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...
  • Tavis Smiley to Leave NPR After Three Years

    11/29/2004 6:21:56 PM PST · by wagglebee · 72 replies · 3,389+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/29/04 | Carl Limbacher
    WASHINGTON - Talk-show host Tavis Smiley said Monday he will be leaving National Public Radio, which he said has tried hard but fallen short of reaching "a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio." Smiley, 40, said Monday that Dec. 16 will be his last day as host of "The Tavis Smiley Show." Launched in January 2002, the show is a daily, one-hour program, a collaboration between NPR and public radio stations with predominantly black audiences. Smiley said he decided against renewing his contract, which is up at the end of the year. In a statement, he...
  • Democrats in Action (DIA) in Colorado again !

    10/19/2003 12:37:58 PM PDT · by Uriel-2012 · 665+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | Oct 17, 2003 | XeniaSt
    Aurora Mayoral Candidate Filed For Bankruptcy Three Times AURORA, Colo. -- Aurora mayoral candidate Debra Vickrey has admitted she filed for bankruptcy three times in the past 22 years. ........ She's the chairwoman of the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners and has served as a member of the Aurora Planning Commission and the Aurora City Council.
  • Redirecting Tennessee Schools' Wasteful Spending

    01/30/2003 12:09:52 PM PST · by GailA · 3 replies · 224+ views
    The Oak Ridger ^ | 1/29/03 | David Coffey
    Redirecting TN Schools' Wasteful Spending David Coffey, 1/29/2003 [Businesssman, former state legislator] The Legislature is revving up to spend more of your money on education - in all the wrong ways! That's right, just as the Legislature is wondering how much more to spend on teacher salary equity - to comply with the Supremes - comes a report by the Rand Corporation saying that's waste. "Raising teachers' salaries. . . was not one of the cost effective policies." (www.rand.org). In fact, the Rand analysis "failed to show a relationship between achievement gains and changes in spending patterns." But in studying...
  • Inside the Beltway - Try Reading This

    10/14/2002 7:18:35 AM PDT · by lormand · 12 replies · 206+ views
    <p>The Department of Education is displaying a series of charts that one could argue undermines the federal agency's very raison d'etre.</p> <p>"Promoting its 'No Child Left Behind' agenda, the department's statistics page reveals some embarrassing truths about federal education spending," says Citizens Against Government Waste.</p>