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  • EPA: Harley-Davidson Must Buy Stoves As Punishment For Air Violations

    08/19/2016 8:09:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 19, 2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is going after Harley-Davidson for allegedly selling motorcycles that emit more air pollution than the almighty federal government allows, and is punishing them by making them pay for people’s stoves. The federal tree-hugging watchdog complained that the motorcycle company “manufactured and sold approximately 340,000 illegal devices, known as ‘super tuners,’ that, once installed, caused motorcycles to emit higher amounts of certain air pollutants than what the company certified to EPA.” “Since January 2008, Harley-Davidson has manufactured and sold two types of tuners, which when hooked up to Harley-Davidson motorcycles, allow users to modify certain aspects...
  • Washington Sees Incomes Soar as Most of U.S. Declines

    09/20/2013 6:38:31 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 19, 2013 | Neil Shah
    American incomes have tumbled over the last decade. But for many people in Washington, D.C., it’s been something of a party. The income of the typical D.C. household rose 23.3% between 2000 and 2012 to an inflation-adjusted $66,583, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, its most comprehensive snapshot of America’s demographic, social and economic trends. During this period, median household incomes for the nation as a whole dropped 6.6% — from $55,030 to $51,371. The state of Mississippi, which had one of the biggest declines, dropped 15% to $37,095: Nearly one in three people there have an income...
  • Even in shutdown, Feds get overtime, comp time, 'Sunday pay'

    10/01/2013 6:03:13 AM PDT · by Qbert · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 | PAUL BEDARD
    A federal government shutdown will temporarily cut off pay of thousands of Uncle Sam’s workers, but for those considered “excepted employees,” there could be a nice salary bump thanks to rules allowing overtime, compensatory time and other benefits provided to those the administration feels too important to furlough. In advance of the potential shutdown, the Office of Personnel Management distributed a 30-page “Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs” that spells out who will get what, if anything, if President Obama and House Republicans can't negotiate a break in the budget stalemate by Monday night, the end of the fiscal year. Most workers...
  • Bush/Palin 2016 called 'the GOP's only chance'

    06/28/2013 6:20:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 181 replies
    American Thinker via Blog on Washington Times ^ | June 28, 2013 | By Michael Sheppard
    Earlier this year, Jeb Bush told ABC that both his father George H.W. Bush, and brother George W. recommended he run for president in 2016. Mama Barbara Bush is not keen on the idea, declaring in April that “the nation’s probably had enough Bushes.” But in the constantly shifting equations of potential Republican hopefuls for future president and vice president, the former Florida governor’s name has been tied with another former governor: Sarah Palin. The pair have now been framed as a “the GOP’s only chance” in the race by American Thinker contributor Michael Sheppard. “Would Jeb Bush have as...
  • Congress plots exit from Obamacare coverage

    06/28/2013 6:43:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-28-13 | Glenn Garvin
    Congress is not as stupid as you think. I realize that is not a high bar; but still, credit must be given when credit is due. Quite often when our duly-elected political representatives get together in Washington to pass some ill-designed, over-intrusive and brutally expensive law, they recognize the difficulties it will create -- and so they exempt themselves. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration? The National Labor Relations Act? Minimum wage laws? None of them govern Congress. The much-lauded Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which sends corporate executives to prison for falsifying financial data, would decimate Congress if it were applied to...
  • America's New Nomenklatura

    03/29/2010 4:59:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 525+ views ^ | March 29, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Government: With the passage of health care reform and the ongoing boom in federal hiring, it's becoming increasingly clear that America is now run by a new, privileged class of bureaucrats. For those who remember the old Soviet Union, it was a grim place — at least for average citizens. But not so for those in government. Contrary to the official ideals of equality and a classless society that the ruling communist regime espoused, the USSR created a privileged class of party members inside government — the nomenklatura. This semipermanent bureaucracy earned higher incomes, got better health care, ate better...
  • Washington Exempts Itself From Obamacare and Airport "Sequester" Delays

    04/25/2013 8:41:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/25/2013 | Tyler Durden
    The uncomfortable effects of government actions are being felt everywhere. Obamacare concerns are, anecdotally, delaying hiring, causing firms to change benefits for the people, and increasing taxes on the great majority. On the other hand, in the context of the "sequester", which is merely a slowdown in the breakneck rate of government spending, anyone who has traveled by plane in the last month knows the full court press efforts under way to ensure the American public knows just how 'devastating' the sequester cuts are - with delays rising exponentially with every dollar removed from the FAA budget. But there...
  • Private-sector salary for public employee (CA cty admin receives +$400,000 per year for life)

    03/26/2013 2:52:00 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 9 replies ^ | 3 26 13
    Working for the public good has also worked well for one California county administrator’s bank account. According to reports by several newspapers, Alameda County, in the San Francisco Bay Area, is paying its County Administrator Susan Muranishi, north of $400,000—for life. This includes a generous base salary of $301,000, plus taxpayer-funded deferred pension plans paid for by the county. The pension accounts are set by a formula that multiplies years of service by 2 to 3 percent of the top salary to calculate the benefit, the San Jose Mercury News reports. With 38 years of service under her belt, the...
  • New Evidence Confirms Federal Bureaucrats Don’t Work Very Hard, Paid Too Much

    12/14/2012 7:36:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | December 14, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    My Cato Institute colleague, Chris Edwards, put together a remarkable (and depressing) chart showing that federal bureaucrats get almost twice the level of compensation as workers in the productive sector of the economy. Defenders of the bureaucracy (including a federal pay panel dominated by bureaucrats) claim that government employees actually are underpaid because…well…just because.My modest contribution to the debate was to put together a chart based on the Labor Department’s JOLTS data, which shows that bureaucrats are far less likely to voluntarily leave their jobs than folks in the private sector, which is very strong evidence that they are being...
  • 73% of New Jobs Created in Last 5 Months Are in Government [Analysis To Share w/your Obama friends]

    12/07/2012 9:55:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    cns news ^ | 12/7/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments.
  • Starting now, state workers, families to pay more for medical care

    01/04/2012 7:28:28 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 1-1-12 | Steven Verburg
    State workers and their families will pay more for medical care starting Jan. 1 under the latest changes to emerge from a state law that wiped out most public employee union rights. The changes in the state health plan require 183,000 participants to pay 10 percent of their bills for doctor visits, tests, surgeries and hospitalizations up to an annual maximum of $500 for single people and $1,000 for families. Health plan administrators have explained the new system previously, but they expect to get a lot more questions when workers begin reaching into their pockets. "I think the reality will...
  • Is the Public Sector Hurting? In fact, government workers have been the safest of all

    10/27/2011 8:33:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/27/2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    ‘It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about,” Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid claimed last week. Senator Reid is simply wrong: The private sector has suffered from much deeper job cuts than public-sector workers have faced. Obviously, Americans are hurting, with some 7 million losing their jobs since the start of the recession. And that doesn’t include the 7.2 million people who should have entered the work force over the same time period. But the pain hasn’t been in...
  • No recession for Obama's 454 White House aides: They'll make $37,121,463 this year

    07/05/2011 8:34:32 AM PDT · by yoe · 38 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | July 5, 2011 | Andrew Malcolm
    In his numerous fund-raising and policy speeches around the country these days, President Obama often bemoans the difficult economic times and uncertainties afflicting millions of Americans, including the nearly 14 million still seeking work unsuccessfully.
  • Guess what's the average San Francisco city pension? [ It's 2x the average wage in SF ]

    06/20/2011 11:43:01 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies
    San Franciso Chronicle ^ | June 20 2011 | SF Chronicle
    Here's some fun facts. OK, maybe not so fun depending on your perspective. The average retiree from San Francisco city government earns an annual pension of $46,272, according to the San Francisco Employees' Retirement System. The average retiree who worked at least 30 years in city government earns an annual pension of $76,981. The average pension for a retiree from the fire department is $108,552. From the police department? $95,016. And everybody else? $41,136. The figures show most retirees aren't getting anywhere near the fat packages that outrage many city residents - like the $264,000 pension paid to former Police...
  • FACT CHECK: Are federal workers overpaid? [retread zot]

    04/11/2011 3:26:07 PM PDT · by Got Long Form? · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 4/7/11 | Sam Hananel
    Republican leaders in Congress think so, and they are calling for an overhaul of the entire federal pay system to help slash government spending. Democrats and other defenders of the government work force say federal workers are actually underpaid compared with their private counterparts. A closer look at the data shows that both sides have a point but that supporters of federal workers are a bit closer to reality.... That argument is backed up by a 2002 study of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. It found that federal salaries for most professional and administrative jobs lagged well behind compensation offered...
  • Schwarzenegger & Shriver's Daughter Leaves Dressing Room 'in Shambles'

    11/11/2009 3:39:29 PM PST · by george76 · 117 replies · 4,199+ views
    Emily's Post ^ | 11/10/09 | Emily Miller
    Shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue in Washington, D.C. recently, Maria Shriver and her daughter left all the clothes the daughter tried on -- but didn't purchase -- on the floor of the dressing room. The sales staff was shocked that Shriver allowed her daughter, whose father is California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, to leave her rejects in a pile during their visit in mid-October. "She left the dressing room in a shambles," according to a sales clerk. "Why doesn't Maria Shriver teach her daughter manners and respect for others?" Shriver writes: "My role model, like most daughters, was my mother. She...
  • Russia's Medvedev says too hard-up to own a car

    01/21/2008 11:23:22 AM PST · by hh007 · 19 replies · 1,109+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan. 21, 2008 | Guy Faulconbridge
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's likely future president, Dmitry Medvedev, does not have a car of his own and the only family transport is his wife's nine-year-old Volkswagen Golf, an official income declaration showed on Monday. The modest means set out in the declaration submitted to election officials contrast sharply with the funds he controls: he is chairman of gas giant Gazprom which in 2006 notched up a net profit of about $13 billion. President Vladimir Putin, who has to step down as president at the end of his second term in May, backed Medvedev last month as his favored candidate...
  • Havana,U.S.S.R.

    09/19/2006 11:52:14 AM PDT · by JZelle · 2 replies · 359+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9-19-06 | Paul Greenberg
    I have never been to Havana, though I've long wanted to go. It's one of those storied cities of the mind that you're afraid an actual visit might spoil -- like Buenos Aires or Alexandria. Yet the other day I got the distinct impression I had been to Havana. It hit me as I was reading a piece by Oswaldo Paya, the Cuban dissenter awarded the Sakharov Prize in 2002 for refusing to be cowed by Cuba's commissars. His petition calling for free elections and a decent respect for human rights garnered 11,000 signatures -- an impressive tribute to the...
  • Venezuela Photo - Caption This

    07/28/2005 4:57:40 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 29 replies · 1,591+ views
    When you think you have seen it all, then this picture is in the front page of today's El Nacional. The picture was taken at yesterday's anniversary of the city of Caracas, where the illustrious Mayor of the Libertador municipality, Freddy Bernal, gave a medal to the wife of the new Minister of Defense, who is the man in white on the right of the picture. His wife is shown on the left in military garb.