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  • Biden's 'infrastructure' plan is a Washington power grab

    04/11/2021 11:22:17 PM PDT · by blueplum · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner via MSN ^ | 11 Apr 2021 | Rep. Jason Smith
    When President Joe Biden recently announced a $2.3 trillion spending plan, on the heels of the nearly $2 trillion bailout bill enacted in March, some Democrats in Washington complained. Their complaints: The price tag was not big enough, and the Washington power grab was not ambitious enough.... ...Less than 6% of Biden’s $2.3 trillion plan goes toward roads and bridges. Less than 2% goes to upgrade and repair America’s waterways, lakes, dams, ports, and airports. And while the Biden administration likes to cite expanding broadband as a priority, an idea that has bipartisan support, the administration devotes less than 5%...
  • Republicans Should Oppose Corporate Favors in General, Not Just as Retribution against Woke Capitalism

    04/09/2021 7:41:54 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | April 8, 2021 | By PHILIP KLEIN
    If Republicans were to get serious about ending special favors for corporations in general, it would be a positive development. To be clear, states and the federal government should keep taxes low and maintain reasonable and predictable regulations. But they should not provide special subsidies or tax carveouts to penalize or reward favored industries or businesses. They should not tempt rich owners of sports leagues with government funding for sports stadiums. Or lure Hollywood productions with special tax incentives. Or provide large companies with special tax breaks to get them to do business in their states. However, as tempting as...
  • Top health officials told to prioritize COVID testing for Cuomo's relatives

    03/24/2021 5:40:22 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 7 replies
    Times Union ^ | Updated: March 24, 2021 7:43 p.m. | Brendan J. Lyons
    High-level members of the state Department of Health were directed last year by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to conduct prioritized coronavirus testing on the governor's relatives as well as influential people with ties to the administration, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter. Members of Cuomo's family including his brother, his mother and at least one of his sisters were also tested by top health department officials — some several times, the sources said. The medical officials enlisted to do the testing, which often took place at private residences, included Dr....
  • PA Boondoggles Gaming Control Board $145K Connected Legislators

    03/06/2021 11:25:54 AM PST · by apoliticalone · 6 replies
    The Spotlight ^ | 3--3-21 and 2- | Angela Couloumbis
    The idea of PA legislative cronyism sadly goes on. They take care of their own. In this case Republican Sen Mike Regan's wife Frances. Then Democrat Frank Dermody got his turn after losing reelection in 2020 after 30 years in office Both were appointed by legislative leaders to Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board, whose responsibilities include meeting once or twice a month — three times in busier months — have among the highest-paid positions in state government, with annual salaries topping $145,000. It’s one of the best jobs in town — if you can get it. That is because ex-state legislators...
  • NY Democrats are moving to lock in one-party rule — maybe forever

    08/11/2020 7:51:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 7, 2020 | Post Editorial Board
    Democratic lawmakers in Albany are never satisfied: Their party already has a firm lock on the key levers of power, yet last week they moved to solidify that power even more — via an amendment to the state Constitution. And because they control both houses of the Legislature, the measure sailed through easily, with barely any public input. The amendment deals with the redistricting process — how new maps, based on the Census, must be drawn and approved. And the changes essentially favor Dems and tie Republican hands, so Democrats will be free to draw lines to their advantage. Under...
  • Nancy Pelosi’s ‘Emergency Coronavirus’ Obamacare Bailout Also Funds Abortion Coverage

    03/24/2020 5:52:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 24, 2020 | Christopher Jacob
    The House speaker not only wants to use the coronavirus pandemic to entrench Obamacare, she wants to make taxpayers fund abortion in the process In the words of her former House colleague Rahm Emanuel, Nancy Pelosi never wants to let a crisis go to waste. The House speaker not only wants to use the coronavirus pandemic to entrench Obamacare, she wants to make taxpayers fund abortion in the process.A recent summary of the legislation Pelosi plans to introduce as an alternative to Senate Republicans’ “stimulus” bill laid out the strategy. House Democrats want to force insurers to reopen enrollment in...
  • Stop the CoronaBailout from Raining Your Money on Corporate Lobbyists Instead Of Struggling Americans

    03/22/2020 1:20:27 PM PDT · by chiller · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/22/20 | Matt Stoller
    Congressional leaders are likely to put a very ugly deal in front of the American people, and if it passes, America may be unrecognizable after this pandemic. But there is a way to stop it, if people on the populist left and people on the populist right work together. Here’s the situation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and the Trump administration are negotiating a bailout package to address the coronavirus crisis. There’s been a lot of chatter about the need to support workers as the economy goes into a freeze.... But in the United States,...
  • Former Official Will Cooperate With Investigators Probing Scheme Funneling Money From State To Kerry

    02/22/2018 8:19:53 AM PST · by bitt · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/21/2018 | ethan barton
    A former senior Peace Corps official agreed to cooperate with any law enforcement investigations surrounding a scheme that funneled millions of Department of State dollars to a nonprofit founded and run by former Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter, recently published court documents show. Warren “Buck” Buckingham agreed to cooperate as a condition of an agreement with the Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney’s Office that would keep him from facing prosecution for a related illegal lobbying charge, court documents filed Thursday and made public Tuesday show. (RELATED: Former Peace Corps Official Who Steered Contracts To John Kerry’s Daughter May Avoid Prosecution)...
  • Watergate the Sequel' Is Good Business for Boeing

    01/30/2020 1:32:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | January 30, 2020 | Ross Marchand
    Spend enough time around Capitol Hill and you’ll inevitably hear phrases like “Worse than Watergate,” or worse yet, “The Ukraine.” But, while the American people are being forced to watch the underwhelming, direct-to-DVD sequel of Watergate, some companies are taking advantage of the distraction to craft legislation that would be a boon to their bottom lines – and a disaster for everybody else, especially taxpayers. In particular, struggling mega-corporation Boeing is stealthily trying to use the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as its own personal piggy-bank while leaving taxpayers in the lurch by getting lawmakers to craft legislation giving Boeing...
  • On the Swamp, Cronyism, and Gaming the System

    12/17/2019 3:19:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | December 17, 2019 | Derek Hunter
    President Donald Trump was elected on the pledge that he would “drain the swamp.” The swamp, as has been painfully obvious since day 1, has been fighting back. But not all of the swamp that thrives in Washington, DC, is in the intelligence community or actively working against the president. Much of it is institutional, bureaucratic, and more interested in scamming taxpayers out of as much money as possible. This part of the swamp, likely the largest part, operates under the radar, in offices with titles you’ve never heard of, overseen by the staffs of deputy assistant under secretaries of...
  • Obamas pay $11.75M for Martha’s Vineyard home on nearly 30 acres: report

    12/04/2019 11:51:21 PM PST · by conservative98 · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published 2 hours ago 12/5/19 | Dom Calicchio
    Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have purchased a nearly 7,000-square-foot home on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts for $11.75 million, according to a report. The purchase price was recorded Wednesday with the local Registry of Deeds, the Vineyard Gazette reported. The Obamas paid about half the original asking price for the property
  • Crony Capitalism & Joe Biden's Brother

    10/02/2019 1:36:45 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 1 replies
    New York Post ^ | 23 October 2012 | Charles Gasparino
    If you said it has something to do with his last name, the one shared by his older brother Vice President Joe Biden, you wouldn’t be far off. At
  • New FOIA Docs Show Rosenstein Offered Reporters to be ‘Anonymous’ Source Shortly Before He Appo

    09/20/2019 10:54:55 AM PDT · by bitt · 6 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 9/20/2019 | Christina Laila
    In June of 2017, then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decried leaks and said “Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials’ …” “Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations,”Rosenstein warned in a June 2017 statement. “The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.” BuzzFeed obtained through FOIA a tranche of emails from the Justice Department showing Rosenstein offering to be one of the ‘anonymous officials.’ About two weeks before Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel, he emailed a reporter [named redacted by BuzzFeed] and told them...
  • Trump Chooses Air Force Over Liberal Cronyism

    07/27/2019 5:41:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | July 27, 2019 | Jeff Crouere
    Once again, the House Democrats are at odds with the solid recommendations of our top military leaders. After prodding from House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA), the House passed the National Defense Authority Act (NDAA) 220-197 on July 12. The legislation passed without the support of any Republican members and with eight Democratic members voting against the bill.It was a vigorous debate that spanned three days as even Democratic Party leaders were uncertain of the result. Eventually, the House version of the NDAA passed, including $733 billion in defense spending, $17 billion less than the White House requested.The...
  • First Shipment Of US Oil For Ukraine Being Unloaded In Port Of Odessa

    07/06/2019 12:00:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 63 replies
    Urdu Point ^ | July 2019 | Faizan Hashami
    The first-ever shipment of oil delivered by the United States for Ukraine is currently being unloaded in the Port of Odessa, the port's press service said on Saturday. "The Hong Kong-flagged 'Wisdom Venture' tanker with the vessel length of 237 meters [778 feet] loaded with 75,000 tonnes of oil from the United States arrived to the Port of Odessa's dock 2H," the press service said. According to the pres service, unloading operations could take about 36 hours. The press service also pointed out that delivered oil was planned to be sent by the Odessa-Kremenchuk oil pipeline to the Kremenchuk refinery....
  • How Liberal Companies Are Bringing Blue State Mindsets to Red States

    03/07/2019 3:18:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 7, 2019 | Tony Perkins
    Amazon isn’t the only one fed up with New York’s ridiculous tax rates. Plenty of companies are packing their bags and looking for office space in states with more business-friendly policies. There’s just one problem: A lot of these top firms can’t stand the conservative laws that make their new homes so successful. AllianceBernstein, another firm fleeing the Empire State’s stifling economy, just announced that it’s relocating its $70 million headquarters to Nashville. But before it moves, the CEO is warning Tennessee: It’s not a fan of religious liberty. And AllianceBernstein is proving it by fighting the state’s faith-based adoption...
  • No President Trump, Prescription Drug Prices Can't Be Reduced by Decree

    02/11/2019 2:15:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 97 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | February 7, 2019 | Daniel Savickas
    After President Trump’s State of the Union Address, there seems to have emerged one common thread that is uniting the two parties. Both agree that the cost of prescription drugs is far too high in the United States. Trump mentioned it in his speech, and the theme has been invoked in countless post-speech interviews by elected Democrats. America spends far more per capita on healthcare than other developed nations, and yet drug prices here dwarf those in other countries. In one analysis carried out by Reuters, researchers found that top-selling drugs in the U.S. cost roughly triple what their counterparts...
  • Willie Brown says Kamala Harris threatened him with indictment after their affair (Trunc)

    01/28/2019 5:58:28 AM PST · by Enterprise · 38 replies ^ | January 28, 2019 | Tom Tillison
    The difference is that Harris is the only one who, after I helped her, sent word that I would be indicted if I “so much as jaywalked” while she was D.A. That’s politics for ya.
  • The government should put its cozy relationship with Musk on a long, if not permanent, hiatus.

    12/14/2018 4:39:33 AM PST · by BurgessKoch · 26 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | December 12, 2018 | Allen Brownfield
    Elon Musk and his corporate empire, much of it financed by taxpayer dollars, is very much in the news. Most of it is not good. And it may be getting worse. Tesla spends $1 million annually on Washington lobbyists. Its cars are financed by over $280 million in federal tax incentives, including a $7,500 federal tax break and millions more in state rebates and development fees. SpaceX has also received over $5 billion in government support. It has over promised and under delivered. SpaceX rockets, for example, are far less reliable than many of its competitors. This is outlined in...
  • Clueless Ocasio-Cortez doesn't understand Dem corporatist strategy

    11/14/2018 7:22:51 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/14/18 | Thomas Lifson
    It is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s glory and burden that she actually believes all the slogans that progressives mouth. She hasn’t yet realized that the Democratic Party coalition has a senior partner, of the ultra-wealthy corporate elite that provides campaign funding and institutional support, and a junior partner, the poor and minorities, the electoral cannon fodder who provide votes and (lately) mobs, and get freebies from the government in return. The junior partners get noisy public support (aka, “lip service”) from the Dem politicians, but the senior partners get the goodies – the regulations, subsidies, and tax breaks – mostly in private.