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  • Fabiola Santiago: As tolls rise, Florida shorts Miami

    12/16/2014 7:44:24 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Florida News ^ | December 14, 2014 | Fabiola Santiago
    While Miami-Dade residents were strike recently with new, rare fee hikes on vital east-west arteries, Gov. Rick Scott was rewarding his farming regressive supporters with $9 million to build and urge their toll-free roads. So while down south we compensate a way, a folks adult north who minister reduction to state revenues get a giveaway ride. Poor timing? Irony? A giggle to go with a slap to a pockets of Miami-Dade’s toll-payers? The governor’s proclamation from Tallahassee was all those things — and came by approach of press releases finished with difference of regard from a prolonged register of who’s...
  • Three Things We Learned From The CRomnibus

    12/16/2014 7:21:49 AM PST · by xzins · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 15, 2014 | Conn Carroll
    After a week of passionate debate and late night votes, the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill this Saturday that will keep the entire federal government, except the Department of Homeland Security, funded through September 2015. Here are three lessons conservatives should take away from the ordeal: 1.Corporatism is King - Money talks and activists walk. That is the sad lesson from a $1.1 trillion spending bill that included huge payoffs to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Citibank, and corporations that use taxpayer subsidized loans to invest overseas. Meanwhile, House leaders did nothing to stop President Obama's executive amnesty other than...
  • Mark Levin to the GOP: I AM ONE INCH AWAY FROM LEAVING YOU!

    12/15/2014 3:47:57 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 118 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12/15/2014 | the Right Scoop
    Mark Levin ripped Republicans a new one tonight as he opened his show tonight, saying that he is one inch away from leaving the Republican Party. He starts in hard, asking Republicans if they think this is a joke, if they think they can just lie to Republicans and conservatives with impunity about defunding Obamacare and fighting Obama’s illegal amnesty. He points out that Republicans go on and on about an imperial president and his illegal amnesty and they can’t even vote on a point of order challenging Obama. Levin says the Constitution is in tatters and that the Republican...
  • Super Bowl documents suggest what NFL will seek from Legislature

    12/09/2014 12:28:18 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-9-14 | doug belden
    As they're sorting through requests for more funding from programs and agencies next legislative session, state lawmakers are likely to be asked to help out a huge New York City-based nonprofit: the National Football League. 2015 is the year when any additional tax exemptions for the league related to the 2018 Super Bowl would likely be passed, and stadium officials have confirmed they will be making requests. The question of what exactly Minnesota taxpayers would be giving the NFL as part of hosting the game has been in limbo since Minneapolis' bid was accepted by league owners in May. As...
  • Liberal Politico asks: Will Jonathan Gruber Topple Obamacare?

    12/09/2014 9:24:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    We shall see. Gruber has had plenty of help. The President, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Kathleen Sebelius are more to blame for Obamacare’s troubles than Mr. Gruber even if he is the program’s “architect.”Jonathan Gruber in his now famous panel discussion at Penn simply told the truth as he saw it. A key reason, the key reason, Obamacare limped its way across the finish line was because of the deception employed by its champions. The ignorance of the American people, Gruber explained, was to be manipulated for their own good, and it was. And truly, from start to finish...
  • The Liberal Policies that are Killing A Gun Company

    12/07/2014 8:24:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Given that our Commander in Chief is a surprisingly decent firearm salesman, it’s a little odd that one of America’s most prolific gun manufacturers might soon be facing an agonizing financial death. But, that’s exactly where Colt is headed if things don’t change drastically. It takes a very specialized form of failure for a gun company to miss out on the Obama-inspired run on guns, the “assault weapon” craze of the 2000’s, and the proliferation of Concealed Carry in the 1990’s, but that’s exactly what happened. And, worse, this isn’t Colt’s first foray into fiscal failure. In fact, this...
  • Obama Sues Companies for Complying with Obamacare

    12/05/2014 9:55:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    What’s the easiest way to avoid getting sued by the Obama Administration? Well… If you come up with an answer, let the rest of us know. A company that has supported the President and his Affordable Care Act, is currently being sued by Obama for following the law. (Wait… “Affordable” Care Act? Can we sue Democrats for false advertising yet?)Welcome to Obama’s America. Where you can literally get sued for trying to comply with the law. (Boy… That’ll teach you.)Honeywell International Inc., and two smaller firms, are being sued for taking advantage of a specific provision in the ACA that...
  • Job Churn Shows Futility of Corporate Welfare

    12/02/2014 7:10:03 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 12/1/2014 | James Hohman
    Monthly job reports on payroll employment and the unemployment rate hide the massive job creation and job loss that occurs in the economy. This turnover challenges the state’s ability to influence job creation by offering tax money to select businesses to locate their business in Michigan. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michigan’s private sector created 193,208 jobs in the first quarter of 2014 and lost 179,299 jobs in the same period. The job creation was caused by 40,862 existing businesses adding to their payroll plus the opening of 11,150 new business establishments. The losses were caused by 41,565...
  • World's largest solar plant applying for federal grant to pay off federal loan (Watch the Video!)

    11/08/2014 2:03:57 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 8, 2014 | William La Jeunesse
    After already receiving a controversial $1.6 billion construction loan from U.S. taxpayers, the wealthy investors of a California solar power plant now want a $539 million federal grant to pay off their federal loan. "This is an attempt by very large cash generating companies that have billions on their balance sheet to get a federal bailout, i.e. a bailout from us - the taxpayer for their pet project," said Reason Foundation VP of Research Julian Morris. "It's actually rather obscene." The Ivanpah solar electric generating plant is owned by Google and renewable energy giant NRG, which are responsible for paying...
  • California Obamacare cronies got paid big via no bid state contracts

    10/15/2014 1:18:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    <p>I feel like I have to say this every time a story like this comes out of California, and stories like these come out of California all the time.</p> <p>California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency’s executive director.</p>
  • Crony Christianity: Where Christian Organizations Are Funded by Government

    10/13/2014 10:46:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/13/2014 | Lee Cary
    Crony Christianity challenges the separation of Church and State. Crony Christianity is the collaborative arrangement between government and Christian faith-based organizations whereby government funds Christian organizations to deliver goods and services that advance the political agenda of the government. Any government. The crisis surrounding the flood of unaccompanied alien children into the U.S. has promoted crony Christianity. It is a variation of the spider’s web of similar arrangements, spun between businesses and government, that we call crony capitalism. The Players The five players in crony Christianity are: (1) the bureaucrats who run ecclesiastically-related organizations; (2) the church laity aligned with...
  • Scandal: Wealthy Obama Donor Behind Epic Ebola Fail

    10/07/2014 9:02:07 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 88 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 8, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    A Dallas hospital's bizarre bungle of the first U.S. case of Ebola leaves me wondering: Is someone covering up for a crony billionaire Obama donor and her controversy-plagued, taxpayer-subsidized electronic medical records company? Last week, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital revealed in a statement that a procedural flaw in its online health records system led to potentially deadly miscommunication between nurses and doctors. The facility sent Ebola victim Thomas Duncan home despite showing signs of the disease -- only to admit him with worse symptoms three days later. Hospital officials, who came forward "in the interest of transparency," initially cited workflow...
  • The Meaning of Crony Capitalism

    09/29/2014 8:16:53 PM PDT · by jespasinthru · 28 replies
    Vanity | 9/29/2014 | jespasinthru
    Last year I took an Ethics class at school. Our professor gave us a lecture about the pros and cons of Capitalism. And at the end of the lecture, he asked us if we could define "crony capitalism". We all drew a blank. We'd all heard the phrase, but we didn't quite understand it. So he broke it down to us in very simplistic terms: "Let's sat that you own a cow. And your neighbor owns one hundred cows. But he's so greedy that he wants your cow, too. So he bribes corrupt politicians to pass laws that will take...
  • Stage Production for 18-Minute Obama Speech Cost $94,360

    09/29/2014 12:56:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9-29-14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    War speech at Air Force base produced by private, Dem-friendly company The stage, drapes, and sound system for an 18-minute speech by President Barack Obama cost taxpayers nearly $100,000. “Elite Productions,” the go-to company for prominent Democratic politicians such as Bill and Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, put on the set for Obama’s speech to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 17. The company provided “stage, drapery, and audio/visual equipment,” according to a contract document made public by the Air Force last week. The government paid the company $94,360 for a speech that lasted from...
  • Food Stamps for Fascists

    09/17/2014 6:56:12 AM PDT · by all the best · 20 replies
    American Vision ^ | September 17, 2014 | Dr. Joel McDurmon
    Conservatives rightly rail against “welfare” programs such as food stamps. This is especially true when these programs are abused, but it is true in general as well. The government simply should not be in the business of redistributing wealth, and certainly not of giving direct handouts, especially to people who are perfectly capable of working. But did you know that business corporations receive far more in direct handouts than do these maligned individuals—often backed by conservatives and conservative politicians? And the numbers will startle you. According to a report by watchdog organization “Open the Books,” Fortune 100 companies received direct...
  • Big profit for Pritzkers on costly Chicago FBI deal

    09/15/2014 7:40:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    chicago sun times ^ | Sep 14, 2014
    Chicago Big profit for Pritzkers on costly Chicago FBI deal Sun, 09/14/2014 - 3:30pm Better Government Association @bettergov | Email A deal involving the federal government’s most expensive lease in Chicago produced millions of dollars in profits for a development group that included Penny Pritzker, a top campaign fund-raiser for President Barack Obama who is now his commerce secretary, a Chicago Sun-Times / Better Government Association investigation has found. The developers also included Jack Higgins, a friend and political backer of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. Over the 14-year term of the lease, the government will pay $280 million in...
  • Ex-Im Typifies the Cronyism Obama Vowed to Fix

    09/07/2014 10:06:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Stephen DeMaura
    The American people should be sadly unsurprised to hear President Obama say one thing and see him do another. From the now-laughable “if you like your plan, you can keep it” claim to those infamous “red lines” in Syria, empty rhetoric is unfortunately all too common in this administration. But with his recent ringing endorsement of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the President has taken his flip-flopping to a new level. In his weekly address to the nation on August 23, President Obama praised the Ex-Im Bank, a federal credit agency that provides financing for deals between American...
  • US pharmacy giant CVS ends tobacco sales [Obama Tweets Support]

    09/04/2014 5:12:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    Rappler ^ | 9/4/14
    CVS, the leading US drug chain by sales, announced Wednesday, September 3, that it had stopped selling tobacco products.... CVS was cheered by the White House as "setting a powerful example that we hope others in the industry will follow." First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted: "Congratulations and thank you, CVS Health. Creating a healthier future for our next generation is one good reason to live tobacco-free."
  • At the trough

    09/03/2014 9:14:34 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 2 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/3/14 | Steve Berman
    “There’s a sucker born every minute” A phrase of unknown origin—usually associated with P.T. Barnum, of Barnum & Bailey Circus fame.  Barnum would never have called his patrons “suckers”, as he always wanted to give them their money’s worth, as long as he made money doing it.  There’s only two levers to pull in making money:  take in more, or spend less.  Since Barnum’s day, this has not changed. The notable exception is government.  At all levels, but especially the federal government, they add weights and counterbalances to the levers of business, and expect business to simply keep pulling the...
  • The Hill: The rise of ‘Obama Inc.’

    08/24/2014 6:46:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    How’s this for a depressing passage: “There’s just a lot more regulation going on,” Zelizer said. “There’s a lot of intersection between the economy and Washington.” “There’s just a lot more regulation going on.” My liberal friends, “regulation” is the mother’s milk of the crony capitalist state, the “fascist light” state. Our system of “regulation” is in most regards now just a vehicle for rent seeking. Blindly defending regulations in 2014 because liberals are supposed to be for regulation, is to give power to a vested corporate oligarchy. Am I saying that all regs are bad? No. Am I saying...
  • U.S. Treasury Clears Jay-Z and Beyoncé Trip to Cuba

    08/21/2014 9:13:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/21/14 | JOEL SCHECTMAN
    A U.S. Treasury Department investigation has found Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s 2013 Cuba trip did not violate sanctions law. Superstar Beyoncé and her husband, the rapper Jay-Z, had obtained permission to visit the blacklisted country from the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control, under a license that allows cultural exchanges....
  • The Rise of Progressive Oligarchy: Reviving the 'vigilant and manly spirit' of republicanism

    08/18/2014 6:16:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 18, 2014 | Professors David Corbin and Matt Parks
    In what might have appeared to be a minor political event a few weeks back, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) “insignificant” and “inconsequential” in a debate on the House floor. Why would the former House Speaker insult a colleague in such a manner? She didn’t count her way to this assessment; Democrats do not hold a majority of the House. Nor did she reason her way to this position, as there was nothing in Rep. Marino’s argument on the immigration issue that raised empirical red flags. Perhaps it was a momentary lapse in judgment in the midst...
  • Comcast and Time Warner fund event for regulator while seeking merger approval [Cronyism!]

    08/13/2014 9:09:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/13/14 | Josh Hicks
    Comcast and Time Warner Cable are spending more than $130,000 on a dinner to honor one of the federal regulators who will rule on their controversial merger plan, according to records of the companies’ contributions. The fundraising event for the Walter Kaitz Foundation will honor Federal Communications Commission panel member Mignon Clyburn as an advocate for diversity.
  • The Unions’ War on Small Businesses

    08/11/2014 11:51:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/9/14 | James Sherk
    Would you like to own a small business someday? If so, sorry — the Service Employees International Union would rather you didn’t. The SEIU has convinced the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to eviscerate the franchising model that many small-business owners rely on.Under the current model, these small-business owners pay for the right to use a corporate brand. The franchising corporation researches appealing products. It also does marketing to promote the brand. In return, the local franchisees agree to produce those products to fit certain price and quality specifications. The local franchisee handles all the hiring and employment.
  • Michigan Loses 40K Grads; Corporate Welfare Program Paid $127K Each To Keep 125 of Them

    08/11/2014 6:24:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/8/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Attracting about 125 college graduates a year won’t do much to stop an annual exodus of nearly 40,000. But the corporate welfare arm of Michigan government is happy about spending $126 million for that result. James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, questions the assertion made by a state official that a Michigan Economic Development Corporation program is helping reverse a “brain drain.” Paula Sorrell, the Senior Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital for the MEDC, made her pitch for how her organization is helping stop the exodus of young college graduates...
  • Bill Gates vacations better than most aboard 450-foot luxury yacht near Italy

    08/09/2014 11:16:17 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 82 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 08/08/2014 | LEE MORAN
    Bill Gates doesn’t slum it when it comes to his vacations. The world's richest man has been photographed enjoying quality family time aboard an extravagant $330 million yacht. The Microsoft founder has been pictured on “The Serene,” a stunning 450-foot boat he’s renting from Stolichnaya vodka magnate Yuri Scheffler for a cool $5 million per week. Moored off the coast of Sardinia, it reportedly has 12 state rooms, a seawater swimming pool, a cinema, a nightclub, a climbing wall, a gym and two hot tubs.
  • Thanks Putin! Market Correction has begun

    08/08/2014 6:26:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    CNN MONEY ^ | 8/8/14
    German investors are feeling the pain of escalating tensions with Russia that may have already pushed Europe's largest economy into reverse... ....Europe, the U.S. and other Western nations have issued increasingly tough sanctions against Russia over its role in destabilizing parts of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin responded this week by banning various food imports from the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada and Norway. Several companies have already warned of damage to come, and economic data have soured as businesses postpone big spending decisions. Germany is Russia's biggest trading partner in Europe and thus has most to lose. Now Russian leaders...
  • The Three Faces of Cronyism

    08/02/2014 8:32:07 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/1/2014 | C. Edmund Wright
    There has been a lot said in recent years by Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservatives about crony capitalism – or if you prefer, crony socialism, crony government, corporatism – or just plain cronyism. Whatever you call it, this conversation is increasingly vital as government grows and continues to pervert markets by picking winners and losers as a way to obtain wealth for powerful lawmakers and their fund-raisers and friends. This rampant cronyism is one of the most insidious outgrowths of a government gone wild, and has become a swirling vortex of self sustaining and systemic corruption. Thus, the...
  • We let our government become rulers over us

    08/01/2014 7:56:56 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 6 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 8/1/14 | Steve Berman
    My friend Vaughn posted this on his Facebook timeline. Can someone explain why congress needs to take a break in August. It is not like they have done anything to earn a break.Oh wait! I forgot they need to go home to stay in touch and listen to the people they represent. Oh wait! They don’t listen to those people. Oh wait! They need to go home to cash the checks from the people they do listen to, you know the corporations, billionaires and lobbyists. We have continually returned the same corrupt, owned, elitist group to office year after year. We are the...
  • Obama Unfriends Putin on Facebook – Then Gives Him Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    07/30/2014 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Seriously. Things are beginning to look kinda pathetic for the Kerry/ Obama foreign policy doctrine. Just this week Russia violated an arms treaty by testing a new type of cruise missile; and Obama’s response was to send a letter to Vladimir Putin (not joking) explaining his disapproval. Future ramifications might include a new hashtag campaign, unfriending Putin on Facebook, or sending angry text messages late at night. And, really, given the West’s reaction to Putin’s acts of aggression in Ukraine, it only makes sense that the former KGB agent would feel emboldened to disrespect an obscure Reagan era treaty. Vladimir...
  • The Rebuilding of I-45: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity to Improve Houston

    07/29/2014 10:14:21 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Cite Magazine ^ | Jul. 28, 2014 5:35 PM | Torie Ludwin
    According to proposals on the table at the Texas Department of Transportation, the highway system around Downtown Houston may be subject to a significant transformation. This well may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the city to reconnect neighborhoods long bifurcated by highway IH-45 while also improving traffic capacity of the highways. How to change and improve the highway system is of great debate. As the Department of Transportation follows through on its federally required processes to propose and examine alternatives to the expansion of IH-45, also called the North Houston Highway Improvement Project, itÂ’s winnowing the options quickly. Now is...
  • Google’s $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed — joins YouTube for new video empire

    07/25/2014 8:46:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | 7/25/14 | Dean Takahashi
    Google has signed a deal to buy game-livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, confirmed sources familiar with the matter. We don’t know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that...
  • When Obamacare loses in court, insurance companies lose, too

    07/22/2014 4:14:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/22/14 | Timothy P Carney
    When the administration lost an Obamacare case in federal court Tuesday, the insurance companies lost as well... Subsidies were one of the many goodies Obamacare provided insurers. Obamacare also required individuals to buy insurance, compelled many business owners to insure employees, expanded Medicaid (which is often administered by private insurers) and supplied a bailout to struggling insurers in the form of “risk corridors.” The Halbig ruling is a triple threat to the insurers’ Obamacare favors. By stripping away tax credits, it reduces insurance companies transfers’ from the federal government. Halbig also reduces the impact of the law’s employer mandate and...
  • Perry Announces Details Of Texas National Guard Border Deployment

    07/22/2014 6:23:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 120 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 7/22/2014 | CHQ Staff
    On July 3, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry told Members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security that urgent federal action was required to stem the humanitarian and national security crises unfolding along the Texas-Mexico border. After almost three weeks of inaction by the Obama administration, yesterday, Gov. Perry directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately begin preparations for the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. – Mexico border. These troops will support the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety, which is focused on combatting criminal...
  • Second chance? Perry in Iowa again courting voters

    07/19/2014 3:08:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 83 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | 7/19/2014 | CATHERINE LUCEY
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is visiting Iowa for the fourth time in eight months, hoping for a second chance to win over Republican voters who delivered him a stinging caucus loss when he ran for president two years ago. Perry, 64, hasn't said if he plans to run again in 2016. But he's clearly considering it and is meeting Saturday and Sunday with veterans and conservative activists in the northern Iowa communities of Algona and Clear Lake. Perry has been raising funds for GOP candidates and seeking advice from political insiders since November. He is signaling he's committed to the...
  • Funny: More Awards for Obama...and They Got You Nothing

    07/18/2014 4:55:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | John Ransom
    I have to claim responsibility for the newest parody that’s now starring as president of the United States on TVs everywhere. If ever there were a Steven Colbert character assigned to play a faux president, Obama would get the nod. You see: he’s been nominated for an Emmy now. In a comedy, playing himself, in a tragedy. Seriously. His own incompetence has led to an Emmy nomination. And it’s my fault. When Obama visited Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame in May, ostensibly to promote tourism, I suggested with mock fawning that they should induct him into the HOF as the...
  • GM Could Make Huge Payments to Crash Victims [Feinberg, Obama Czar, Involved]

    06/30/2014 7:15:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 6/30/14
    ...The decision on how much to pay claimants is being made by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg. GM says the faulty switches are responsible for at least 54 crashes and more than 13 deaths.....
  • National Interest Or Self Interest? Not A Hard Choice

    06/20/2014 5:02:37 PM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | June 20, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    If character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking, World War II Gen. Dwight Eisenhower radiated it on D-Day’s eve, writing that “any blame … is mine alone” in never-delivered remarks known as “In Case of Failure.” In making one of history’s toughest and most consequential decisions — unlike those chronicled in Hillary Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choices” — Eisenhower prepared for the worst as 150,000 men readied for a veritable suicide mission 70 years ago this month. Willing to shoulder failure’s blame, even without knowing its reason, Eisenhower publicly attributed the anticipated victory to liberty’s cause and the...
  • Eric Cantor’s Opponent Beat Him By Calling Out GOP Corruption

    06/12/2014 10:21:04 AM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    Republic Report ^ | 12 June 2014 | Lee Fang
    “All of the investment banks, up in New York and D.C., they should have gone to jail.”That isn’t a quote from an Occupy Wall Street protester or Senator Elizabeth Warren. That’s a common campaign slogan repeated by Dave Brat, the Virginia college professor who scored one of the biggest political upsets in over a century by defeating Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary last night.The national media is buzzing about Brat’s victory, but for all of the wrong reasons.Did the Tea Party swoop in and help Brat, as many in the Democratic Party are suggesting? Actually, the Wall Street...
  • Obamacare Rigged to Fleece Taxpayers

    06/11/2014 2:43:38 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Never doubt the cleverness of Big Health. Obamacare does not redistribute wealth to the poor. Instead, the law's various requirements redistribute wealth and wages to Obama's partner in crime: large health plans. These corporations are then by law allowed to keep the cash and shortchange the care under "medical necessity" guidelines, demonstrating again that coverage is not care. New evidence shows how one Obamacare tactic, called "risk adjustment" (RA), will be used to redistribute premium dollars from one health plan to another health plan. In short, the health plans with the sickest (riskiest) patients on paper win. Under RA, enrollees...
  • See How Cronyism Affects You--in Less than 90 Seconds

    06/10/2014 1:37:48 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 3 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 3, 2014 | Amy Payne
    What is “cronyism,” and why does it matter? Merriam-Webster defines it as “the unfair practice by a powerful person (such as a politician) of giving jobs and other favors to friends.” This matters because there are only a few in power, and chances are you’re not one of the favored “friends”—but it’s your money they’re playing with. In our new video, we explain what Washington is doing with some of your hard-earned money—in addition to the big-government programs you’ve already heard of.
  • Potato Council Debunks First Lady's 'Science' Claims

    05/30/2014 4:59:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Craig Bannister
    Today, the National Potato Council praised the House for considering a bill to include the potato in its WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) food nutrition ("food stamp") program. The Council also debunked First Lady Michelle Obama's claims that including the potato would "override science" and that Americans are already eating enough of them.The Potato Council notes that the First Lady's science is based on old data - not the latest government reports:"Opponents of adding fresh potatoes to the WIC package are picking and choosing the science. Instead of relying on a 2005 report that looks at data from the mid-1990s,...
  • ICE ORDERED TO STAY SILENT ON RELEASE OF 36,000 CRIMINAL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    05/14/2014 4:25:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2014 | by KRISTIN TATE
    Breitbart Texas recently reported on the release of 36,000 convicted criminal illegal immigrants, including almost 200 murderers, who were released back into the U.S. by immigration officials in 2013. The figures were outlined in a report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Breitbart Texas subsequently reached out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices around the country, in an attempt to learn more about release policies. Each ICE representative that Breitbart Texas came in contact with was familiar with the CIS report, but would not comment on it. They additionally refused to answer general questions regarding detention and release...
  • Tim Geithner is no hero, no matter how many times he says that he is one

    05/14/2014 10:46:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    TARP was the absolute height of crony capitalism. Many of the big banks should have gone down, but in the midst of a “Blackberry panic” – as David Stockman puts it – the masters of the masters of the universe lost sight of reality and the nature of markets. Yes, Goldman Sachs would have gone down. But this would have been a GOOD THING. The blood which should have filled the the streets of Downtown Manhattan would have washed the unsustainable leverage clean from the system (for a while.) Giants are meant to fall. It would have been good for...
  • Whistleblowers Expose Rampant Corruption Inside Spanish Conglomerate Abengoa...

    05/04/2014 2:31:04 PM PDT · by calfit32 · 7 replies
    The Green Corruption Files ^ | May 2, 2014 | Christine Lakatos
    The Bureau of Land Management is attempting to shut down the Bundy Ranch to clear the path for massive solar energy developments in southern Nevada that will enrich an A-list of well-connected Democrats close to President Obama, Al Gore, Bill Clinton and others. Completely unreported however, a scandal of epic proportions has been brewing with yet another Democrat-connected recipient of “green energy” stimulus funds. The Spain-based conglomerate Abengoa operates close to 600 subsidiaries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia, and has received $3.6 billion in loans and grants in direct violation of President Obama’s "Recovery Act" promise...
  • Ignorance And Cronyism Are The Only Settled Sciences

    04/27/2014 12:56:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    An honest debate with a progressive is almost as rare as a verified sighting of Bigfoot. You’d have better luck getting a devout Scientologist to say L. Ron Hubbard was a horrible writer than you would to get a progressive to admit the “science” behind climate change is not all it’s cracked up to be. For one thing, it is based on models of what could happen in 100 years, even though those models are mostly unreliable when you use them to map what happened in the last 30. That’s right, the vast majority of “climate models” predicting doom and...
  • Desert Developer's Woes Buffet Reid [Coyote Springs about 50 miles from Bundy's ranch]

    04/26/2014 5:44:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 10, 2012 | By ALEXANDRA BERZON
    Six years ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid celebrated what he called a "love fest" of government support for the construction of a proposed 150,000-home community in the Nevada desert and the lobbyist-turned-developer behind it, Harvey Whittemore. Last week, a federal grand jury charged Mr. Whittemore with making illegal political contributions to Mr. Reid, a Democrat. Even before the indictment, Mr. Reid and other politicians had begun to distance themselves from Mr. Whittemore—long one of Nevada's most powerful lobbyists—by pledging to charity money to offset donations they had gotten from him. ~~snip~~ The allegations against Mr. Whittemore stem from a...
  • So long, net neutrality? FCC to propose new pay-for-preferential treatment rules

    04/25/2014 4:35:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    PC World ^ | 4/25/14 | Grant Gross
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday. The FCC will release a proposal soon to reinstate net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to negotiate with content providers for preferential treatment, an agency official confirmed Wednesday.
  • When the government owns the land it's communism

    04/24/2014 6:03:37 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies
    April 24, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    When the government owns the land and natural resources and controls production from same, it's called communism. The Founders intended Americans to enjoy their God-given liberty. The constitution was written to severely restrict government power and ensure freedom. The founders never intended for an all powerful central government to own the land or to control the means of production. They limited the central government to about 18 enumerated powers and left all others to the people and the states to decide locally. The United States was intended to be a free Republic governed at various levels by elected representatives, working...
  • Crony Capitalism Keeps the US Dependent on Vladimir Putin

    04/24/2014 8:52:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The latest news to come out of Ukraine doesn’t involve Vice President Joe Biden, European natural gas supplies, or Vladimir Putin’s insatiable appetite for the resurrection of the Soviet Union. In fact, it hits a bit closer to home. America’s spy satellites, as it turns out, is dependent upon Russian provided technology to reach orbit. That’s right… Not only are our astronauts hitching rides to the Russian-run “international” space station, but even our spy satellites have to hitch a ride via Putin’s Russian Military industrial complex. And any sanctions that could come out of the situation in Ukraine, may just...