Archive for September, 2010

29.4% Increase in Pork in 2011 Senate THUD Act


Tuesday September 14th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 6:56am PDT   •   3 Comments

Citizens Against Government Waste reports that the U.S. Senate’s version of the 2011 Department of Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Act includes 590 projects ($2.2 billion) with an increase of 29.4% in costs over Fiscal Year 2010’s 588 projects. “The significant increase in the number of projects is indicative of senators’ continued...
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“Unpaid” Pay Czar Got 6-figure Salary


Sunday September 12th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 5:54pm PDT   •   7 Comments

Through the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch has obtained copies of Treasury Department documents that show that President Obama’s Compensation Czar (“Pay Czar”), Kenneth Feinberg, received an annual GS-15 salary of $120,830, contrary to the claims that he was unpaid. “Jill Farrell, a spokesman for Judicial Watch, said her organization had sought clarification...
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U.S. Debt $130 Trillion; Global GDP and Money Supply Both $60 Trillion?


Saturday September 11th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 8:32pm PDT   •   1 Comment

Kevin Williamson at National Review has further discussed his June 2010 projections of total long-term, U.S. national debt being $130 trillion. In a 2008 Forbes article, economist Laurence Kotlikoff had more conservatively estimated the debt to be $70 trillion. What Williamson points out now though is that both the total, money supply of the...
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Government Motors CEO Receives $9 Million Pay Package


Saturday September 11th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 1:57am PDT   •   2 Comments

The Associated Press reports that having received a $50 billion bailout in corporate welfare from the U.S. government, General Motors Corporation (GM) is giving its new CEO Daniel Akerson a $9-million pay package, the same deal received by his predecessor Edward Whitacre. Akerson is the fourth CEO in less than two years at Government...
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Federal Health-Care Overhaul to Raise Rates on Individuals and Small Business


Friday September 10th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 1:24am PDT   •   2 Comments

In an article by Janet Adamy, the Wall Street Journal reports that contrary to the claims of the Obama administration, rates for health insurance for individuals and small businesses are projected to increase by as much as 20%. Although such rate increases primarily apply to new policies, “consumers could be subject to the higher...
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The Deficit’s Dark Secret


Wednesday September 8th, 2010   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 5:37pm PDT   •   5 Comments

The New York Times on Monday, columnist Peter Orszag addresses the important issue of the the unsustainable budget deficit problem and the current high unemployment. What Orszag suggests as a “compromise” neglects the heart of both problems. Orszag suggests that “ideally only the middle-class tax cuts would be continued for now” but that doing...
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How Government Unions Became so Powerful


Wednesday September 8th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 6:25am PDT   •   1 Comment

In her September 4th article in the Wall Street Journal, “How Government Unions Became so Powerful,” Amity Shlaes traces how federal protectionism, collective bargaining, and striking powers for public-sector unions have created government labor monopolies for which private workers are forced to pay ever higher taxes for generous pensions and other benefits: “This weekend...
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Who Is Hurting? Not Government Employees


Tuesday September 7th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 6:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

This new interactive graphic from the Wall Street Journal traces the growth in job gains and losses in the United States from December 2007 through August 2010. The results show that all sectors of the U.S. economy have dramatically declined except for employees in education, health care, and government, with federal and state workers...
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Public School Spending Like There’s No Tomorrow


Monday September 6th, 2010   •   Posted by Mary Theroux at 7:18pm PDT   •   0 Comments

The failed and bankrupt Los Angeles public school district is spending money like there’s no tomorrow—which for the students it’s failing to educate is unfortunately true. The school district, currently running a $640 million deficit, is spending $578 million—about $140,000 per student—on a new, 24-acre school in the middle of Los Angeles. At the...
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82% Say More Government Stimulus Will Destroy Jobs


Monday September 6th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 12:31am PDT   •   0 Comments

In a new online poll by the Wall Street Journal, 82.2% of those participating are voting no to the question, “Can more government stimulus lower the nation’s unemployment rate?” As the article states: “Washington’s response to the country’s stubbornly high unemployment rate will depend in part on who wins an increasingly intense debate over...
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