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  • Australian health minister stands down over expense claims

    01/08/2017 6:18:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 8, 2017 8:16 PM EST | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s heath minister temporarily stepped down Monday while her travel expense claims are investigated. The scandal surrounding Minister Sussan Ley’s expense claims could trigger the first reshuffle of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Cabinet since his government was re-elected six months ago. Ley has been under scrutiny since last week over allegations that she made taxpayers pay for personal travel in recent years, including to the tourist city of Gold Coast where she bought a luxury apartment in 2015. Turnbull said Ley had agreed to stand aside without ministerial pay while the prime minister’s department investigated whether her expense claims met...
  • Lunch is too expensive

    09/21/2016 6:00:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 20, 2016 | Abha Bhattarai
    What’s for lunch? If it’s a homemade sandwich or last night’s leftovers, you may be in good company. An increasing number of Americans are ditching $10 sandwiches and $12 salads in favor of food from home, according to new data from the research firm NPD Group. Lunch traffic is slowing at restaurants around the country, with weekday lunch visits down 7 percent compared to a year ago, the steepest decline since the beginning of the recession, data show. The reason? Nearly 40 percent of Americans now work from home (at least on some days), according to Gallup, and lunch out...
  • Bill to limit office expenses of ex-presidents sent to Obama

    07/08/2016 7:53:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 8, 2016 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Congress voted Friday to put limits on the expense accounts ex-presidents get from American taxpayers. The bill, which cleared the House by voice vote, is heading to President Barack Obama's desk. The legislation sets an annual allowance of $200,000 a year for travel, staff and office costs that have become a standard part of life after the Oval Office. For former presidents who make money through books, speaking fees and other ventures, the allowance is reduced for every dollar in outside income in excess of $400,000. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, like other former presidents before...
  • What Ever Happened to Las Vegas? (Vanity)

    09/17/2015 10:15:38 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 92 replies
    Scribd.com ^ | 17 September 2015 | Me
    Don't get me wrong, there is STILL a lot I like about Las Vegas: cheap flights, lot of choices, inexpensive rental cars and relative proximity (six hour drive) to three of the four most important people in our lives: our grandchildren. But this time, we agreed to a three night stay at a brand name hotel along the strip in return for listening to a time share spiel, which we politely declined. It is a LOT different from the Las Vegas I knew as a pup when I was single and working in the LA area and my kid brother...
  • House bill would cap expenses for ex-Presidents

    05/19/2015 6:52:25 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    WRBCTV -- AP ^ | 5-19-15 | Matthew Daly
    Washington - Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff under a bill in the House. On a voice vote, the House Oversight panel backed a measure Tuesday to limit taxpayer dollars for expenses, including travel, incurred by ex-presidents who earn more than $400,000 a year. U.S. taxpayers paid a total of $3.5 million last year in pensions and benefits to the four living former presidents, including $1.3 million for...
  • 'Wounded Warrior’ Charity Unleashes Hell—On Other Veteran Groups

    05/04/2015 4:12:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5-4-15 | Tim Mak
    What happens when a non-profit that was started to help veterans becomes the neighborhood bully? For a charity supposedly devoted to helping veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project spends an enormous amount of time suing or threatening to sue small non-profits—spending resources on litigation that could otherwise be spent on the vets they profess to serve. At issue is the Wounded Warrior Project’s brand: the charity has become particularly litigious over the use of the phrase ‘wounded warrior’ or logos that involve silhouetted soldiers. At least seven such charities have discussed their legal problems with The Daily Beast. The Wounded Warrior...
  • Shocking! Ontario Fairness Commissioner’s Expenses Questioned

    11/06/2014 10:13:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/06/14 | Arthur Weinreb
    With these Liberals, can a “Goodness Commissioner” be far behind? The fact that an appointee of Ontario’s Liberal government, a former federal Liberal MP, was charging taxpayers so to travel in style and that there was no small expense she wouldn’t pass along, was no surprise. What was indeed a shock is the province of Ontario has a Fairness Commissioner. Who knew? Earlier this week, Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner was questioned about her expenses. According to PC MPP Monte McNaughton, the commissioner, Jean Augustine, billed the taxpayer for $3,400 in limousine rides and $3.40 for airplane headphones. In addition to these...
  • Expenses went up in 2013 for families

    06/02/2014 5:14:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 27, 2014 | Ann Belser
    A survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the average income for families of all sorts decreased from 2012 to 2013 by $103 to $65,069 before taxes, but their expenses went up by $777 a year to $51,408. ... The biggest share of the increased expenses of the average American household went to transportation, which cost a total of $8,999 a year, or $494 more than the previous year, as a result of purchase prices going up.
  • Expenses scandal roils Cameron ahead of European elections

    04/07/2014 6:40:23 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 11 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | Mon Apr 7, 2014 6:17pm BST | By Andrew Osborn
    (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's handling of an expenses scandal engulfing one of his ministers has put him under pressure before European elections, threatening his Conservative party's already clouded electoral outlook. Cameron, whose party risks being beaten into third place in next month's European Parliament elections behind the anti-EU UK Independence party (UKIP), has stood by Maria Miller, Britain's minister for culture, since a parliamentary report ordered her to pay back wrongly claimed expenses last week. But the media and public backlash against Miller shows no sign of abating despite Cameron's efforts to end it. Many of his own...
  • The Benefit of Trial by Media and More

    07/15/2013 5:35:47 PM PDT · by dvan · 2 replies
    self | 7/15/2013 | Dvan, self
    Trial By Media and More This country has entered a new era of justice. Actually, it goes all the way back to the trial of O.J. Simpson, Jodi Arias and now George Zimmerman. More and more the media have begun trying these cases on television and using public opinion and a high degree of emotionalism. Channel HLN, headline News, Nancy Grace has been prominent in this. Now I believe that we will enter a new era that can be very beneficial to the justice system. That of using the television media to actually try criminal cases in vivo. Before you...
  • HHS on Health Insurers' Costs: 'Expenses Like Profits and Red Tape'

    06/20/2013 4:38:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/20/13 | JERYL BIER
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put out a press release today promoting the savings to consumers from Obamacare in 2012. The department claims that the average consumer receiving a refund will get about $100 as a result of rules on how insurers must spend premium dollars. The press release contains the following curious characterization of ineligible expenses health insurers might incur: Created through the Affordable Care Act, the rule requires insurers to spend at least 80 cents of every premium dollar on patient care and quality improvement. If they spend a higher amount on other expenses like...
  • Taxpayers pay for Bill Clinton’s Cinemax, Jimmy Carter’s Dish Network

    01/15/2013 3:34:21 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 15, 2013
    Bill Clinton is a multimillionaire, but you’re paying for the Cinemax in his office. That’s just one eyebrow-raising expense a former occupant of the White House has been allowed to put on the taxpayer tab every year, even though every living ex-president is quite wealthy. In an attempt to shed light on this little-known perk of being a former commander in chief, The Daily Caller — through a Freedom of Information Act request filed last year — has obtained thousands of pages of emails and documents from the government detailing how taxpayer money is spent on former presidents each year....
  • From $2,000 dress to $1,000 skirt, Michelle Obama's lavish Hawaii wardrobe revealed

    12/29/2011 5:29:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    U.K. Daily Mail ^ | December 29, 2011
    Complete title: Well what else would one wear on a $4m break? From $2,000 dress to $1,000 skirt, Michelle Obama's lavish Hawaii wardrobe revealed Michelle Obama successfully managed to rile U.S. taxpayers with her lavish $4m family jaunt to Hawaii this Christmas. But it seems her expensive taste has not stopped there, as her vacation wardrobe has proved to be equally lavish. Though the First Lady has only been spotted on a couple of occasions since arriving in Kailua, Oahu, some sartorial analysis of her fashion choices has revealed that her outfits have been consistently high-end. A classic example, as...
  • Strauss-Kahn 'rape victim' accused of being a prostitute...

    07/02/2011 10:16:31 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:38 PM on 2nd July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The hotel maid who claims former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn raped her has been accused of working as a prostitute. Allegations have emerged that the 32-year-old cleaner was was taking extra money from male guests at the hotel for sex. 'There is information... of her getting extraordinary tips, if you know what I mean. And it's not for bringing extra f**king towels,' a source close to the defence investigation told the New York Post. The woman also had 'a lot of her expenses – hair braiding, salon expenses – paid for by men not related to her,' the source added....
  • Obama lie: Oil company business expenses are “tax giveaways”

    05/14/2011 6:39:04 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 27 replies
    Radio Vice Online ^ | May 14, 2011 | Steve McGough
    This is out of control. On May 3 I wrote about how the left, President Obama and Democrats can’t admit that what they refer to as major “subsidies” are simply ordinary business expenses. Now Obama has used the word “giveaways” in a direct email campaign looking for donations. ... "The CEOs from the five major oil companies — which together booked $36 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2011 alone — went to the Senate on Thursday to try to justify the $4 billion in tax giveaways they’re receiving this year." Read more...
  • Arizona calls for online donations in bid to build fence along entire border with Mexico

    05/08/2011 11:22:21 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6:55 AM on 9th May 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Arizona lawmakers want to erect a fence along the border with Mexico - whether the federal government thinks it's necessary or not. They've got a plan that could get a project started using online donations and prison labour. If they get enough money, all they would have to do is get cooperation from landowners and construction could begin as soon as this year. Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that sets the state on a course to building a permanent barrier along its borders, and a website is being launched to raise money for the work.
  • Retirement Planning Advice for My 20-Something Son

    02/24/2011 9:55:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    cbs ^ | Friday, February 25, 2011 | Steve Vernon
    Establish smart spending habits. Live like you're poor. How do you do that? Drive your cars into the ground, don't eat out very much, avoid expensive and potentially unhealthy processed foods, buy food in bulk, buy just enough clothes to fit your needs, and use public transportation. ... Use credit cards only as a convenience to avoid carrying cash; limit your credit card spending so that you can easily pay off the balance each month. Make every dollar count with your spending, so you can free up money to invest in the future. Get healthy. One of the best things...
  • MWHC EXECUTIVES REAP BIG REWARDS

    01/05/2011 9:26:07 AM PST · by Amerisrael · 11 replies
    [This is one reason why healthcare is so expensive. The cost of healthcare insurance is not the problem. It's the high cost of doctor's salaries and hospital services.] "The top employees at Mary Washington Healthcare earned more than $1.1 million in bonuses in 2009, their reward for a successful 2008." "More than two dozen key executives and employee physicians earned annual bonuses ranging from $2,000 to $246,278. The median bonus for the company was more than $28,000." "Fred Rankin, president and chief executive officer, received the largest bonus among managers: $151,430. Rankin continues to be the firm's highest-paid employee, with...
  • UK MPs Unhappy That Their Expenses Claims Are Being Checked Too Thoroughly

    08/05/2010 10:30:32 AM PDT · by sussex · 2 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 05/08/10 | the Aged P
    Get over it – or, even better, get out of Parliament and find yourselves a real job….
  • New British government rocked by expenses scandal

    05/29/2010 7:05:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 396+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/29/10 | Guy Jackson
    LONDON (AFP) – Britain's new coalition government suffered a blow Saturday when a high-profile finance minister, David Laws, resigned after just 18 days in the job following revelations over his expenses claims. Laws stepped down as Chief Secretary to the Treasury after the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported he had channelled more than 40,000 pounds (57,800 dollars, 47,100 euros) of taxpayers' money in rent to his long-term boyfriend. "I do not see how I can carry out my crucial work on the budget and spending review while I have to deal with the private and public implications of recent revelations," Laws...